Monday, March 14, 2011

March 14, 2011

I have started so many books since my last post and have only completed one.  I tried to read Louisa by Simone Zelitch.  But only read 100 pages.  Thats my limit if I am not wanting to pick the book up anymore.  This story was about a mother and her daughter-in-law both survivors of the Holocaust.  Maybe I just didn't want to read another Holocaust book.  I just couldn't get into it.

The next book I did read.  To Live by Yu Hua.  When I started this book I was at the high school and I had about 5 students come up to me and tell me that they read that book their junior year  for English and that they loved it.  I was pretty excited by this and looked forward to it.  I, however did not like the book it was a tragic story.  Not for me. 

The next book was Wedding Dress stories from the dakota plains by Carrie Young.  This book was a collection of short stories from North Dakota.  I read the first two but then had enough. 

I then started The Piano Teacher by Lynn York.  I couldn't get into this story too stupid.

I then read Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto.  Again another short story book.  I read 3/4s of the book then it got weird so I quit. 

My next book was Tales from Comache County: the peculiar education of Max Freeman  More short stories but this time with improper english.  I quit. 

Yesterday I started Eyes at the Window by Evie Yoder Miller.  I couldn't get into this book either.  Each chapter is a story from a different charachter.  So It doesn't flow and the time period is the 1800s.

With so many books that I haven't enjoyed I went back to the library and peeked ahead.  The rest of this shelf looks equally as bad.  We'll see.  I just don't think I should waste my time on books that aren't calling my name when there are so many to read.

March 1, 2011

I finished Songbird by Walter Zacharius.  I really liked this book.  It had it all, it was intense, it had a love story and persecussion.  It was a story of a jewish girl living in Poland with her family during the Hitler regime.  Her family paid money to be taken on a train to a safe place and instead, they were decieved and along the way found they were on their way to a work camp called Auschwitz.  They tried to flee the moving train but only Mia was able to when her father pushed her out.  This book is about her journey. 

I also scanned 1001 Books you must read before you die by Peter Boxall.  I would like to look at this book again when I have read more.

Friday, February 25, 2011

February 22, 2011

I started Songbird by Walter Zacharius.  It is another book about the holocaust.  We'll see

February 21, 2011

I read Pinnocho Syndrome by David Zeman all  in one night.  When I picked up this book it looked like something Doug would read.  Some sort of political crime book. I thought I'd givie it a shot. It started off okay.  But I found that I couldn't put it down because I couldn't find a place to stop reading that wouldn't give me bad dreams.  It was a book about a terrorist attach on the U. S. and one reporters way of trying to get to the bottom of all the deaths.  Not my cup of tea. I ended up reading the Bible before falling asleep to get my mind off it.

February 11, 2011

I watched Someone Like You and liked it better than the book.  So, I say don't even bother with the book.  It was a really cute movie and it had a much better ending than the book.

I read Dating Big bird by Laura Zigman.  This book  was about a lady who wants to have a baby desperately.  She decides to look into sperm donors online.  I found it hysterical that when she was looking online for a donor she could choose an option for tanning ability.  That can't be possible can it?
I started reading Camelot's Shadow by Sarah Zettel and knew from the moment I picked up the book that it wasn't for me.  I could tell it was a fantasy book by the cover.  But I promised myself I would read 100 pages. I did just that and couldn't get into it.  When I found out that the father promised his first born to a sorcerer to save his wife's life, I knew I was done.   I'm not a fairytale type person anymore. I can barely sit through a kids movie without crawling out of my seat wanting to be done.

I started to tell Makayla about the book she was on the edge of her seat.  She told me that I had to finish it and tell her what happens.  i might have to pick it up again.  But for now it sits on the library shelf waiting for someone else.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

February 9, 2011

Finished Animal Husbandry by Laura Zigman.  Yipee, this book has a movie.  The book was okay. It was about a girl who fell in love and then her partner suddenly quit liking her.  She was so confused that she began to study the mating of animals.  She began writing a column for a men's magazine under an alias about the behaviors of men and how they are similar to animals , under an alias.  I sort of felt like I had heard this story before.  So, I checked online and there was a movie made based on it.  I have seen it but I don't completely remember it so I will watch it again tonight. It is called Someone Like You  starring Ashley Judd, Greg Kinner, and Hugh Jackman

Favorite quote from the book.  Pg. 200  The Origins of New Cow Theory   The males of most mammalian species have a definite urge towards seeking variety in their sexual partners.  if a male rat is introduced to a female rat in a cage, a remarkably high copulation rate will be observed at first.  Then, progressively the male will tire of that particular female and, even though there is no apparent change in her receptivity, he eventually reaches a point where he has little apparent libido.  However, if the original female is then removed and a fresh one is supplied, the male is immediately restored to his former vigor and enthusiasm.  Glenn Wilson, The Great Sex Divide.  

February 6,2011

Today I finished Her by Laura Zigman.  I did not like this book.  It had a ridiculous story line.  Guy is engaged to girl.  Guy's ex fiance moves into town and knows no one.  Guy invites ex fiance to dinner at home shared by him and new fiance.  New fiance becomes extremely jealous and stalks ex fiance. New fiance makes accusations that aren't true, feels dumb, and then guy and new fiance get married. STUPID

Next book: Animal Husbandry by Laura Zigman