Wednesday, January 02, 2008

It seems that I have had some time on my hands.

I have always enjoyed a good book.
Since I spend my days on the couch nursing my sweet baby,
I have had some time to read.

Here are my reviews:

These is My Words The diary of Sarah Agnes Prine 1881-1901, by Nancy E. Turner
Of the four books pictured, this was my favorite.
It was very interesting and fun to read, and definitely inspired me to write in my journal more often.
My favorite quote:
"I wonder if every new mother feels as if there is nothing left of herself. Every minute of my day and every last thing I do is tied to this little someone else."
I love that.
My "little someone else" takes quite a bit of my time, too.
5 stars (out of 5)

Thirteen Moons, by Charles Frazier
It's not as good as Cold Mountain, but it's worth a read.
3 stars

Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer
I had to see what all the fuss was about.
The story is entertaining, but the dialogue between characters drove me crazy.
I don't feel like I need to read the other 2.
I've had enough of vampires.
2 stars

Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett
I like epic books, and this is definitely an epic book.
It covers about 40 years and several characters.
I didn't think it was as amazing as Oprah did, but it was good.
4 stars

What should I read next?


  1. i'm glad you loved "these is my words". it's SOO good. i bought myself the sequel for Christmas.
    and i knew we would concur about "Twilight".
    AND, can i borrow mom's "Pillars of the Earth" when I come? or is it yours. either way, can i? :)

  2. ruby is almost finished nursing, and i'm already missing my reading time (and time w/ just her).

    pj wodehouse's jeeves books are a fun read. hope you find something great!

  3. I'm totally with you on the craze about vampires... not for me. Good, but not really worth reading any more.

    As I've been on the treadmill, some good ones have been--
    Gap Creek by Robert Morgan
    While I Was Gone by Sue Miller
    Fall On Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald

  4. I felt the same about twilight. I had to finish to see whether I'd care to read the others. I decided that one was all I could take.

  5. I was not convinced about Twilight, but I just finished it and thought it was a fun read. I am sure I will read the others, but I'm not in a huge hurry. I had heard good things about the first book and now I will have to read it. Always looking for good books, thanks for the ideas.

  6. I read Twilight while I was nursing, too! Here are some more book recommendations:

    For Young Adult Lit, try Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliet, or Ella Enchated by Gail Carson Levine (I admit I was Enchanted by this little book.

    I loved Life of Pi by Yann Martel, Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, Wicked by Gregory Maguire, and The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd.

    For something less heavy, but adult, I liked the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith (they are not really typical "detective" stories, per say. It's a fun read.)

    And for something altogether quirky, check out the Lemony Snickett "Series of Unfortunate Events" books. They are essentially for young adults, but he interlaces a level for adults that is really amusing.

  7. I haven't been real interested in reading Twilight. After your review, I will pass.

    I recommend "The Christmas Hope" by Donna VanLiere

    Even if it's not Christmas, it is an inspiring book.

    If you have a child in Kindergarten or 1st grade I recommend the Junie B. Jones Series. It is written in the thinking style of that age group. It is hilarious and my girls absolutely loved it when I read it to them.

    Congrats on using nursing time to multi task.

  8. I never managed to read while nursing. Bravo to you! Even though I think I'll like Twilight, I'm sort of relieved to hear that someone didn't. I'm about halfway thru Life of Pi and loving every sentence. Check out my GoodReads link on my blog for other good ones.

  9. "These is my Words" is one of my very favorite books. My favorite scene is when Sarah storms off to bed. There is so much in that book that I relate to!

  10. hey sdtephanie thanks for the book review. girls at my work love those twlight books and say that book 2 gets so good after page 300 you just can't put it down and that book 3 is amazing. did you know they are going to make a movie of them? that is when i will see what the big fuss is about.

  11. I just finished the third in the Twilight series and I hated most of it. I like the first one and was ok with the 2nd but shoot me now if I have to read one more!

    Have you read Pope Joan? Loved it. And I'm reading Eat, Pray, Love and enjoying it.

  12. wonderful reviews. i have no input as we are on opposite ends of the spectrum in the reading area, but i still love you. can't wait to see you guys! :)

  13. Were you bawling at the end of "These is My Words?" I could not stop crying. I LOVE that book. Reading the sequel right now. It's good but not as good. But I'll still read the 3rd book in that series. Then after that on my list is "The Glass Castle." I also really liked "The Secret Life of Bees."

  14. two of those are on my "must read" list - Thirteen Moons and These Is My Words - I just can't get myself to do the vampire thing either - your review is enough for me.
    other greats in my book of books include:
    Jane Eyre by Bronte (no big surprise)
    Mila 18 by Uris
    The Bonesetter's Daughter by Tan

  15. oh! i can't wait to check out some of these. i'm totally with you on twilight, although i read the others just to see if it got better, and i'll probably read the new ones, because i'm a sucker like that!

  16. Wow. from reading all the comments, everyone reads while they nurse! I shall take a cue from you all and try this...seeing as how I haven't read a darn thing in 5 months---sheesh. Good work ladies!

  17. I do miss that nursing/reading time.

    Pillars of the Earth was great, but don't read Worlds Without End (the sequel)... too much perverted s*x, and the endless conflicts the characters faced drove me crazy. uhg!

  18. I must just be lazy because I would much rather watch news, DIY network or Raymond re-runs than read when I nurse babies! I did read Twilight and I can't believe you didn't love Edward! Oh well- if I get the urge to read again I will have to try some of your favorites.


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