Tuesday, March 6, 2012

February Mini-Reviews

First, let me say a big 'Thank You!' for everyone who commented on my last post. You guys raise me up. I got over my slump, but more about that later...

Another month has gone by which means it's time for another round of mini-reviews. My goal is to read a book a week (52 books this year) So let's see how I did this month, eh?

The first book I read was Enders Game. I know I'm way behind the curve on this one, but better late than never, right? Seriously one of the best books I have EVER read. It made me want to be a better writer.











Faithful - I LOVE the cover to this book. I know, you can't judge a book by it's cover. But I did. This book has a great premise. A girl in the early 1900's who wealth is stolen and she's forced to go from high society to living inside Yellowstone. Does she find love?

I wish I could tell you, but I didn't finish it. It was very wordy, which made it somewhat long winded. The story was interesting, but there wasn't enough conflict. I was halfway through when it fell behind my couch and I could find it for a week. When I discovered it, I had no interest in finishing. It wasn't a terrible book, it just bored me. I'm only counting this as 1/2 read.


I read an article by this woman and then proceeded to buy her book. Bringing up Bebe is an insightful look into French Parenting. Some things I agreed with wholeheartedly like teaching our kids patients and making them eat real food.

But other things I vehemently reject, like why Day Care is a better choice, and how we are just fooling ourselves to think breast feeding is a better option for our kids.

I think it was worth the read, but I don't endorse everything in it. Although I would recommend parents read it and judge it for themselves.



I borrowed The Tale of Depereaux from a friend about a year and half ago and forgot I had it. (She has some of my books too, so it's okay) Anyway I thought it was about time to read and return. I am so glad I did. The movie (from what I remember) actually followed the book closely, so I wasn't surprised at anything coming, but the writing kept me hooked. Of the best written books I've ever read.





I really wasn't expecting to read another book in February. I had already read 3 1/2 books which was plenty to stay with my goals. I started Shatter Me on the 29th and ended the book on the 29th. (Thanks for the extra day, leap year!)

I was hooked from line one and it didn't let go until the end. One thing I really loved about this book was how different it was. I could just see a critique partner saying things like --

"You can't use strike through's all the time."

"You can't have repeat words over and over like that."

"You can't internalize so much. "

You can't 
You can't
You can't

Well Tahereh Mafi took the words 'you can't' and did this - you can't and it was amazing. The. Entire. Way. Through. It got me over my little editing slump and has me writing like a fiend again. 

Friends, don't be afraid to take risks. Don't lose your voice to rationalized editing. Be bold and your readers will lap it up.

What did you read this month?

19 comments:

Ava Jae said...

I absolutely loved Shatter Me--the voice is so unique and her style is just fantastic, not to mention that the plot was exciting and the characters were memorable. All in all, a great read.

Annalisa Crawford said...

Shatter Me sounds fantastic. I'll have to look out for it.

And I really should start reading more. I'm so tired when I fall into bed, I turn out the lights, and reading during the day eats into my writing time.

Kyra Lennon said...

Wow, you have got me very intrigued by Shatter Me!

So far this month, I have got through Night Sky by Jolene Perry, Let The Wind Blow Through You by Roland Yeomans, and I'm a little way in to Build A Man by Talli Roland. :D

Kelley said...

I really loved Shatter Me as well as Ender's Game. Currently reading Ken Folliet's Fall of Giants which is like 1000 pages long so I'll be on it for a while... :) haha

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Many have told me my first book reminds them of Ender's Game, but believe it or not, I've never read it.

Shallee said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Ender's Game. I read Paritals by Dan Wells this week and it was amazing. I just reviewed it on my blog, too! The book is so worth a read.

Cortney Pearson said...

I'm with Shallee, I LOVE Ender's Game, though I haven't read any of the subsequent books about Bean, though I've heard those are good also. And Shatter Me is on my TBR!!

Anonymous said...

I love, love, love ENDER'S GAME. I'm so, so, so hoping the movie they're making lives up.

Mark Noce said...

Amen, great reading goal! I try to read 2-3 a week myself, but my wife puts me to shame. She literally reads a book a day on average, and we both have full-time jobs. I don't know how she does it. Good luck on your reading!

Hektor Karl said...

I enjoyed Ender's Game, and you've made me eager to give Shatter Me a look...

Donna K. Weaver said...

Hey, there's a whole Ender series (though I personally LOATHED "Xenocide" and "Children of the Mind"). Loved all the other books.

cherie said...

I've yet to read Shatter Me, so it's been on my TBR list for-evah! But now I might have to hustle and get this based on your FAB review. ;)

Btw, I'm glad to hear you're outta your writing slump. And how's the baby? Take care, beautiful mama!

Angela Cothran said...

I've been wanting to read Shatter Me. I read Life of Pi but it didn't rock my world.

Krista McLaughlin said...

I've never read Ender's Game or Shatter Me - I'll have to check both of them out.

And about the parenting book - people that think breast-feeding is not good for their baby are not intelligent. Why would our bodies create breast milk if it were not the perfect nutrition and immunity protection for our children? Wow, people can be dumb.

David P. King said...
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David P. King said...

Glad to see you read the book that inspired me to start writing. Now you're prepped and ready for the movie next year.

And I'm glad you enjoyed Shatter Me. ;)

Leigh Covington said...

You're the reading queen! Great reviews. I love Shatter Me too! It's amazing, isn't it? *sigh*

Melissa Sugar said...

Great reviews. I haven't read any of them. I love how candid you are in your reviews. I know a tiny bit about French parenting and I have argued with a good friend (college roommate ) until we agreed we will never agree on the breastfeeding issue. I am not against it, I think is is a healthy option. I am not, however, a fan of the La Leche club (or whatever it is called). In my opinion, and I hope I don't offend anyone, but when a child is old enough to walk up to you and articulate (No baby talk), "hey mom, I am quite hungry now. Is is time for my mid afternoon snack ?" then he is too old to breastfeed.

I am glad you are over your writing slump. My blogging has been very sporadic so I am not sure what all has been going on in your life , but I am glad things are looking up. It is refreshing that you found so much support from blogger buds.

Sarah Pearson said...

I spent most of February re-reading The Hunger Games trilogy (so I could read the last one, which I somehow missed). Hoping to get to something new soon :-)