Monday, November 5, 2007

Some Reviews and such

I just updated my sidebar and realized there are several books I haven't even given a nod.

Year of the Dog by Grace Lin: This was cute, but nothing that remarkable. I enjoyed it most, because I had heard her speak at TLA and knew that all of the happenings in the story were based on true events. I think maybe it was just slightly below my preferred reading level.

Vampirates: Demons of the Ocean: This was a rolicking good read! I think the whole family enjoyed this, and we'll probably read the second in the series at some point.

Aurora County All-Stars: My daughter and I listened to this on our morning commute. All Stars is the third novel by Deborah Wiles; the others are Each Little Bird That Sings and Love, Ruby Lavender. I think Ms. Wiles is my current favorite children's (chapter) book writer. The books are set in rural Mississippi, about halfway or so between where my husband and I grew up, and I can so relate. She is a master of setting and characterization. And All Stars throws in a lot of Walt Whitman, too, which prompted my and my daughter to go buy a copy of Leaves of Grass. Unfortunately, my daughter was a little disenchanted once she actually tried to *read* Whitman. She is, after all, only 11. I think the snippets we heard, though, were a good exposure.

I picked up Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil this weekend, and this is the first time in a while I've not wanted to put a book down. I had forgotten it is nonfiction, and almost put it down when I realized, because I wasn't really in the mood for nonfiction. However, this reads just like a fiction book, and Berendt's portrayal of Savannah, GA is just captivating. I highly recommend this book!


Amanda said...

That's good to hear about Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. That was one of the books in my $5 box.

Dewey said...

I really loved Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, too.

Iliana said...

Did you see the movie for Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil? I didn't like it at all... Unfortunately I saw it first before reading the book and I think it clouded my judgement about the book a bit. It's been so long now though.

Somer said...

bookgirl, I saw the movie years ago but don't really remember much about it, other than Kevin Spacey was in it! So it's like reading the book fresh really. I'd like to watch the movie again now that I've (almost) read the book.