Tuesday, January 28, 2014

I'm finally reading again

For months I haven't read anything, I don't know what it was about my third trimester, but I just couldn't get into any books.  
During Christmas my husband started reading Ender's Game to my 7 year old.  My kid could have read it to himself, but as my husband wrote, " I am making him listen to me read them rather than turning him loose for selfish reasons. Basically I can make sure he understands so he likes them more. Too good of literature for him to give up before he gets to the good parts like he tried to do. He wanted to stop reading after a couple of chapters and I pushed him on." I enjoyed listening to my husband enough I told him maybe he should read me Ender's Shadow.  He had been asking me for months to read it, and I just wasn't getting around to reading.  Then he went on a business trip half way through the book.  So I finished the book myself. 

Ender's Shadow (Ender's Shadow, #1)Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In some ways I enjoyed this book more than its companion book, Ender's Game. Ender, the main character of Ender's Game has a lot of love and compassion. Something I personally don't relate to too well especially since he is a small kid. While Bean, the main character in Ender's Shadow is unfeeling and calculated, it personally makes it a more enjoyable book for me. But parts of the book seemed really forced to me to make the plot coexist with the companion book.  Other parts seemed forced in order to keep the shadow series moving.  But like I said I for the most part enjoyed the book.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I reread this book in January of 2014.  My 7 year old kept meaning to read it, but never got around to it.  So I challenged him to a reading race to see who could read it faster.  I was only aloud to read it while he was at school or playing on the computer.  I just barely lost.  Anyway, I think I enjoyed the book more this time, maybe because I was reading it with my kid.
Written in August 2010
This book was fairly good, but I struggled to want to read it.  Even though it wasn't my favorite book, it had some good qualities.  I really liked that one of the central plot themes was it was ok to be dyslexic and have ADHD.  I also liked that one of the characters was described as a bookworm and had dyslexia.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The first book in this series slightly annoyed me, so I'm not sure why I reserved this book from the library.  I was surprised I found this one quite enjoyable.  Maybe because there was more teen romance, it was nice and clean, but what boy does she like more? What boy will she accidentally encourage more?  Will either boy make a move?  These are fairly small plot details but oh this book did not disappoint.  In this book the school goes to London.  The vampires, werewolves, and robots seemed less annoying in this book.  More just random characters thrown in, instead of forced in like the first book.  I'll wait for the third. Also I enjoy that the girls are both girly, and powerful females that can be in control. Yea! girl power.  (I know that sounded so late 90s) 

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I read this book with my son to help him fulfill a goal he had set in school.  (To find and read books on a 7th grade reading level.) I didn't read it with my son, we read it individually at the same time.  He had already read the abridged version and enjoyed it, so he was totally into the book.  I found the book so boring, but indeed more challenging to read than most of the fiction that is popular right now.  The book was no double spaced, it wasn't on small pages with small margins.  I'm not much of a lover of classic animal literature.  The book seemed to get more and more depressing, which I mentioned to my son.  He told me it gets better, so I forged through, missing Francois and Perrault, needless to say I was thrilled when John Thornton entered the picture. Still it took me an embarrassingly long time to read this book.  Plus I didn't even read all the short stories in the end which my kid did.  I'm lame. 

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Book 2, this time I didn't even keep up with my 7 year old reading it. (I was bogged down in Call of the Wild.) He loved it, the weirder it got the more he loved it.  I quickly read it in fear he would return it to his school library before I finished. I think I probably enjoyed this one more than the first too.  In my opinion these books are more interesting when I look up the Greek Mythology on wikipedia.  

King of ShadowsKing of Shadows by Susan Cooper
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was another 7th grade reading level book to read at the same time my son was reading it.  It was a fine example of a book, that technically he could read, but emotionally did not get, because of his young age.  During the first 50 pages, I wondered why we were reading this, but then once Nat went back in time to Shakespeare's time, the book got a lot more interesting. The last third me and my son both very much enjoyed.  In fact I was enjoying it enough, that I took the book with me to the hospital so I could finish it before my fourth baby was born.  The minute I finished it, I ordered my epidural.

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