Friday, April 23, 2010

A Treasure of Books

When I post on here about books and movies, the credit almost always goes to Barnes and Noble so I can show you their lovely covers.

Have you seen the wonderful features they just added?? This is the page for the book below. At the bottom of the page, there is an age-appropriate rating with details about what parents need to know before they read this book. We brought home a book a few months ago from the library that was about divorce. It was difficult to glaze over and try to explain THAT to a three year old! So this is wonderful to have!

I digress!

Have you seen this movie???
You need to.
It's charming and heartwarming and has good football in it to boot!
This was one of those books that we took home from the library because, of course, she looks like a princess. It is charming and I hope it is part of our permanent collection someday.
The Duchess of Whimsy is annoyed that everyone wants her to get married when she's so whimsical and free-spirited and the Earl of Norm is smitten with her. Finally one night they talk and she discovers that the Earl of Norm is not boring and normal but extraordinary.

It's a treasure and a surprise. And M didn't quite get it (the handy dandy B&N rating is for 5 and up) but I loved it!

Now here's my other recent reads. Can you tell I haven't been sewing much? :)
I can read these in a day and almost did!

This was the first one I read. I wasn't prepared to have a seven year old with stigmata. Once I learned what that even is! You all know I like my loose ends tied up so I wanted more of an explanation of WHY this all happened to them. I didn't get it. I guess that has to do with the faith part, huh!
This is the first Picoult book I have thought about not finishing. It's about child molestation and since it's a courtroom drama, it had more detail than I was comfortable with. However, this one had me gasping out loud. Holy twists and turns!!!!
This was the third one I read. I have her new book on reserve. It's popular so I may get it in, oh, six months if I'm lucky!

This one was interesting. I just do NOT buy that if you truly loved someone, you would help them commit suicide if you didn't even have a clue what was making them suicidal. Maybe I'm clueless and insensitive here, but I just don't buy it. Yes, they're teenagers with a severe lack of higher executive functioning making very adult decisions. I just didn't buy it that true love was helping them die when you don't even know WHY!

Okay, I'm off my soapbox now. And off to watch Sydney White, a recommendation from my sister. I'll let you know how it goes. But I should probably warn you that I DID like She's the Man.


Grandma Jan said...

I started 'The Pact' too and couldn't finish it. I did like 'Keeping Faith' very much and I loved the timing in the story. It was God's time and not theirs and I thought it was very moving. (Hope I'm not giving too much away.)
I have been reading a lot lately. I read a whole book this week when I was home with a sinus infection for one day - I read Digital Fortress' by Dan Brown. I really liked it. It's a good suspense mystery - has W read it. I think he would like it.

Liz&Meg said...

I don't know if Will has read Digital Fortress but I remember not being impressed. But I was trying to read everything Dan Brown right after Da Vinci Code and so it paled in comparison. Standing on its own, it probably wouldn't be that bad

Allyson said...

I have read all of those Jodi Picoult books and Keeping Faith was my favorite just because it was a little bit different than the rest. My Sister's Keeper is still my all-time favorite, even though I hated the ending. What a cop out! (PS Her new book isn't that good, IMO. I put it down after about 100 pages, but maybe you will get further than I did.)

Emily said...

Loved the Blind Side. I liked Keeping Faith - but Catholic school gave me an interesting peek at stigmata and I've always been fascinated by it. In general, Picoult's books are TOO twisty and turny for me - sometimes I feel like she just decides in the last 5 minutes to throw in a totally different ending. I've been on a Picoult break since 19 minutes because of that...