Saturday, December 29, 2012

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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December 29, 2012
 
 
 
 

Hardcover, 419 pages
Published May 24th 2012 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson

Summary from Goodreads:

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?

With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.

 
My Thoughts:
 
This book completely blew me away! It was amazing.  The book starts right off with Amy missing.  The story told from both Amy and Nick's perceptive in alternating chapters and you do not know who is telling the truth and who is lying.  The writing was amazing and I was sucked right into the story and found it hard to put this book down.
 
Ms. Flynn does an excellent job in keeping you guessing what is going on and does not keep the reader in suspense too long.  Once I did find out what was really going on, I was thrown for a loop. It was completely unexpected for me.  I was in shock!  I could not believe it. I do not want to say too much more about the story as I do not want to give anything away.
 
This was one of the best books I read in 2012.  If you have not read this book, it is a definite must read and I hope you like it as much as I did. 
 
Millie

Saturday, December 8, 2012

The Rose of Winslow Street by Elizabeth Camden

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December 8, 2012




Paperback, 342 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Bethany House Publishers
 
 
Summary from Goodreads:


Romance and Drama to Capture the Heart in This Emotional Tale
The last thing Libby Sawyer and her father expected upon their return from their summer home was to find strangers inhabiting a house that had been in their family for decades. Widower Michael Dobrescu brought his family from Romania to the town of Colden, Massachusetts with a singular purpose: to claim the house willed to him long ago. Since neither party has any intention of giving up their claim, a fierce legal battle ensues between the two families.
When important documents go missing from the house, Libby suspects Michael is the culprit. Determined to discover the truth behind the stolen papers, Libby investigates, only to find more layers of mystery surrounding Michael and his family. Despite their rivalry, Libby finds herself developing feelings for this man with the mysterious past.
As a decision about the house looms in the courts, Libby must weigh the risks of choosing to remain loyal to her family or give her heart to a man whose intentions and affections are less than certain





My Thoughts:

This book starts off with the reader meeting Michael Dobrescu and his family.  I was immediately drawn in the with the first chapter of this book and that is where it ended for me.  For me there was no further mystery or fierce legal battle.  I had a hard time liking Michael or Libby at times.  Libby was at times strong willed and decisive and then other times whiny and uncertain.  I connected with her better when she knew what she wanted and not when she was whiny. Michael was not a character I was emotionally vested in at all.  He was a difficult character to like or even care about for me.
I did like the theme of accepting people for who they are and over coming prejudice.  The writing in this book was good and the story did move along at a good pace and is a fast read.  Overall this was a good book and I would recommend as a good book to read on a rainy day.

Millie
 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children

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November 15, 2012


Hardcover, 352 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by Quirk


Summary from Goodreads:

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. Fiction is based on real black and white photographs. The death of grandfather Abe sends sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and explores abandoned bedrooms and hallways. The children may still live.

My Thoughts:

I really liked this book and the vintage photos throughout the story made in interesting and added another dimension to the story.   I thought the characters could have used a little more development.  I wanted to know more about their background and how the peculiar children ended up with Miss Peregrine.  Even though I found the characters lacking the story was fantastic. I had a hard time putting this book down once the action got started (although no real action took place until almost the end of the book). There are definitely some unexpected twists to this book that surprised me!

I can't wait to read the next one to see what happens next.  I am curious to see how the events will unfold with World War II going on at the same time and how the characters will react with their world so drastically changed.
 
Millie

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Weight of Water by Anita Shreve

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October 17, 2012

 
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 7th 1998 by Back Bay Books (first published 1997)
 
Summary from Goodreads:
 
When a photographer researches a legendary crime that took place a century earlier, she immerses herself in the details of the case--and finds herself caught in the grip of an uncontrollable emotion.

My Thoughts:

What interested me about this book was that part of it was based on actual events that took place on March 5, 1873 when 2 women on Smuttynose Island off the coast of Maine were murdered and there was one survivor who escaped spent the night in a cave with her dog.  This story was weaved in and out of the main character Jean's story.  I liked Ms. Shreve's take on what she believes happened and who the real murderer was.

The writing was good, but the story was sometimes hard to follow as you would be reading about Jean and her story, then suddenly halfway through the page the story would shift to the events taking place in 1873 and then back to Jean again.  For me this was confusing and did not make the story flow well. It seemed choppy but I do not know if that was intended by Ms. Shreve or not. 

This was the first book I read by Ms. Shreve and I enjoyed it.  I would definitely read another of her books.

Millie

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Deweys 24 Hour Readathon Mid Event Survey

Posted by Millie L at 7:31 PM 0 comments
October 13, 2012

Ok so here is how I am doing in between my nieces birthday party and helping my hubby pour cement for our retaining wall:

1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired? Hanging in there, not tired yet!
2) What have you finished reading? Sadly I am still working on my first book.
3) What is your favorite read so far? See number 2
4) What about your favorite snacks? Can't go wrong with Skittles
5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? Have not really had a chance to look.


Millie

Dewey's Readathon Here We go!

Posted by Millie L at 5:59 AM 2 comments


Its that time!!  I do have my niece's birthday party to go to and hopefully I will be able to get some reading done before I go.

Introduction Questionnaire


1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

Northern California

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

I have not picked out any books just kinda winging it as I go.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Hmm.... not sure, you have to stop to eat?

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

 I started this blog this year and have not been posting too much but that will change.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today?

I did horrible during my first read a thon. I did not even finish one book. This is my 2nd read a thon and I hope to finish at least 3 books during this one.

Millie :)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Alright, So I gave it a Whirl

Posted by Millie L at 6:38 PM 2 comments
October 4, 2012

Bleak House

 
 
 
 
 
I have been interested in reading some of those classic books that I refused to read in high school.  I thought I would never be interested in ever reading classic books but I have heard many good things about them on Goodreads so I thought I would give it a try.  I started to read Bleak House by Charles Dickens and it was off to a good start.  But then I began to fizzle out.  Some of the chapters were confusing and I was not sure how or why this chapter or characters fit into the story and when I reached a point where all the characters had the same last name but just started with a different letter like Doodle and Foodle, I found I had had enough.  This was a DNF for me but that is not to say I will not stop reading classics.  This one just did not work for me.  Maybe I will have better luck with the next one.
 
Millie


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

OMG Its Finally Here

Posted by Millie L at 4:27 PM 0 comments
Wednesday September 5, 2012

Hi All

I am so excited. After not being able to participate fully in the first one due to life getting in the way (sigh!!)  Dewey's 24 Hour Read a Thon is here 10/13/12!!  I fully intend on participating in this one!  I will do my best to keep my blog updated but since the goal is to read as many books in 24 hours, it will be hard!  I will need to go through and pick out what books I hope to read during the readathon.  Better get working on it!!

Millie

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Seventeenth Summer by Maureen Daly

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August 5, 2012



Paperback, 340 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by Simon Pulse (first published 1942)
Summary from Amazon:
 
Angie didn’t think she would fall in love, especially not with someone in her small town. But when she meets Jack during the summer before she goes off to college, all bets are off. From the moment they meet, Angie and Jack can’t get enough of each other. Even though Angie’s family thinks she should be with someone more sophisticated and with a brighter future, Angie knows Jack is the right one for her. But although Angie and Jack are in for a summer full of romance, first heartbreak is not far behind...
 
My thoughts:
 
When I picked up this book I did not realize it was orginally published in 1942.  I saw it at the book store, read the back and thought it would be interesting.  When I started reading it I was thrown off by the way the characters were talking and interacting with each other.  So when I found out it was written in 1942 it made more sense.  (Although I did call my mother in law to find out what a car robe was!!)
 
The writing in Seventeenth Summer is fantastic!  I was able to get a real sense of what teenage life was like at that time and the fact they did drink a lot of Coke.  But at the same time, I felt like I never got to know the characters.  They seemed very one dimensional and I do not know if that was because of the time era that the book was written.  I never really understood Angie or Jack only that they liked each other.
 
Overall this was a good read but it did take me a while to get through it because there is not much action or anything that kept me interested for an extended period of time.   I did like the parts where Ms. Daly talked about family and life for a teenager at that time.  I just wish I was able to connect with the characters more.
 
Millie

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Circle of Quilters by Jennifer Chiaverini

Posted by Millie L at 8:26 AM 0 comments
July 11, 2012
Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 11th 2010
by Simon & Schuster (first published September 6th 1995)

Circle of Quilters is about 5 people - 4 women and one man all applying for 2 jobs at Elm Creek Quilts to be a teacher for their quilting camp.  There is a chapter devoted to each of the people applying for the job.   The chapters allow the reader to get to know a little about the person and how quilting is a big part of their life.  In the last chapter you find out who got the job. 

I loved how this book was set up and I was able to get to know the characters and each of their reasons for wanting to get the job.  I especially loved the chapter regarding Gretchen and loved how she became empowered at the end to stand up to her so called friend Heidi.  Ms. Chaverini does an excellent job of creating relatable characters and I found myself wanting to know more about each one and was sad when I was only able to read a snippet of their lives.  I really wanted the story to keep going.

This was the first book I read of Ms. Chiavernin's and after I started reading it I found out that this was the ninth book in the series, but really reads as a stand alone novel and not having read the first 8 did not take away anything from the story.  I was still able to follow it and the main players at Elm Creek Quilts were only minor characters in this novel.  The main focus was on those 5 applying for the job.

I highly recommend this book and can't wait to read more of Ms. Chaiverini's books.

Millie :)

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Southampton Row by Anne Perry

Posted by Millie L at 7:35 AM 0 comments
June 17, 2012


Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 4th 2003
by Fawcett                                          

It took me a while to really get into this book even though the action started right away. The murder mystery was good and well set up and was only part of the story.  We actually have a nemesis for Thomas Pitt, Charles Voisey and this is round 2.  I really loved their interactions and hope to see more of them battling it out. And I was glad that she brought the character of Samuel Tellman back!This story was very good and Ms. Perry as always does an awesome job with her writing and drawing you into the story.  Even though it took me time to get into this book, once I did I could not put it down.  It was interesting that this time it seemed the murder of Maude Lamont appeared to take a back seat to the story going on between Charles Voisey and Thomas Pitt. If you love the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series and have not read this book or love Victorian mysteries, I highly recommend it

Millie

Friday, June 1, 2012

Too Many Books and Not Enough Time

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Friday June 1, 2012

I am new to this whole blogging thing and love to talk about books so you would think I would be blogging every day and carrying on about the books I have read and all the memes I have participated in.  Truthfully, I have been stuck in a reading rut-not really in the mood to read. Really I been too busy just to even sit down and just read.  But that is life.  Hopefully with vacation coming up, I will be able to get sometime to just relax and enjoy and blog about all the books I read while on vacation!!

Cheers!!

Millie

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Girl of Nightmares

Posted by Millie L at 4:36 PM 0 comments
May 16, 2012

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating.

This week: Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake

Expected publication: August 7th 2012
by Tor Teen    

Summary from Goodreads:

It's been months since the ghost of Anna Korlov opened a door to Hell in her basement and disappeared into it, but ghost-hunter Cas Lowood can't move on.

His friends remind him that Anna sacrificed herself so that Cas could live—not walk around half dead. He knows they're right, but in Cas's eyes, no living girl he meets can compare to the dead girl he fell in love with.

Now he's seeing Anna everywhere: sometimes when he's asleep and sometimes in waking nightmares. But something is very wrong...these aren't just daydreams. Anna seems tortured, torn apart in new and ever more gruesome ways every time she appears.

Cas doesn't know what happened to Anna when she disappeared into Hell, but he knows she doesn't deserve whatever is happening to her now. Anna saved Cas more than once, and it's time for him to return the favor.

I am soo excited for the sequel to Anna Dressed in Blood!!  What is your pick this week?

Millie

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Top Ten Favorite Book Quotes

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

May 8, 2012

Its that time again.  Here are my picks for my favorite book quotes.  I know some come from the same book but these are dang good quotes!!

  1. No, I don't think I will kiss you, although you need kissing, badly. That's what's wrong with you. You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.”
    Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind
  2. My dear I don't give a damn Margaret Mitchell Gone with the Wind
  3. That's right. When I was your age, television was called books. And this is a special book. It was the book my father used to read to me when I was sick, and I used to read it to your father. And today I'm gonna read it to you.  William Goldman The Princess Bride
  4. Fools who wear their hearts proudly on their sleeves, who cannot control their emotions, who wallow in sad memories and allow themselves to be provoked this easily -- weak people, in other words -- they stand no chance...  J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  5. You have widely mistaken my character, if you think I can be worked on by such persuasions as these. How far your nephew might approve of your interference in his affairs, I cannot tell; but you certainly have no right to concern yourself in mine."
    Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice
  6. As you wish' of course what he really meant was, 'i love you'” William Goldman The Princess Bride
  7.  "...we call them dumb animals, and so they are, for they cannot tell us how they feel, but they do not suffer less because they have no words."  Anna Sewell, Black Beauty
Unfortunately I cannot think of anymore but these are my favorites.  What are yours?

Millie

Monday, May 7, 2012

Review Everyone Worth Knowing by Lauren Weisberger

Posted by Millie L at 3:46 PM 0 comments

May 7, 2012
Paperback, 367 pages
Published May 2nd 2006
by Downtown Press (first published October 4th 2005) 
Summary from Amazon.com:



WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A GIRL ON THE FRINGE ENTERS THE REALM OF NEW YORK'S CHIC, PARTY-HOPPING ELITE?
Soon after Bette Robinson quits her horrendous Manhattan banking job like the impulsive girl she's never been, the novelty of walking her four-pound dog around her unglamorous Murray Hill neighborhood wears as thin as the "What are you going to do with your life?" phone calls from her parents. Then Bette meets Kelly, head of Manhattan's hottest PR firm, and suddenly she has a brand-new job where the primary requirement is to see and be seen inside the VIP rooms of the city's most exclusive nightclubs. But when Bette begins appearing in a vicious new gossip column, she realizes that the line between her personal and professional life is...invisible.

My Thoughts:

Overall this was an ok book for me and it reminded me too much of the Devil Wears Prada. 

The majority of the characters I disliked and I sometimes found it hard sometimes to even cheer for the main character Bette, my reasons being the book seemed to focus too much on the drinking and parting.  I would have liked to have seen more between Bette and her love interest too (I did like this part of the book).  And I did like Bette's birthday present from her friend Penelope at the end.  However outside of this, there was not much else about about the book I cared for.  Too many shallow vapid people.  But maybe that was the point Ms. Weisberger was trying to make. 

Millie





Wednesday, May 2, 2012

"Waiting On" Wednesday: Tiger Lily

Posted by Millie L at 3:21 PM 1 comments
May 2, 2012




"Waiting On"  Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating.

by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Expected publication: July 3rd 2012
             by Harper Collins Children's Books         



Summary from Goodreads:

Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn't believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.

Peter is unlike anyone she's ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland's inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she's always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter.

With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it's the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who's everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Peaches comes a magical and bewitching story of the romance between a fearless heroine and the boy who wouldn't grow up.


The summary of this book has me intrigued and I can't wait get my hands on it to read it. 

Millie

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Top Ten Books I'd Like To See Made Into A Movie

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

OMG so excited to be participating in my first meme!!.  Here are my picks for books I would like to see made into a movie (in no particular order).

  1. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  2. Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
  3. Graceling by Kristin Cashmore
  4. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  5. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  6. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
  7. The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
  8. Louisa Elliot by Ann Victoria Roberts
  9. A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
  10. Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic
Those are my picks, although it was hard to narrow the list down.  What are your picks?

Millie

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Under Construction

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Under Construction
 

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