Sunday, May 27, 2007

The Good Good Pig

The Good Good Pig: The Extraordinary Life of Christopher HogwoodMy mom picked this book for her bookclub choice and wanted me to test it out first. It's a true story, where the author ends up raising a runt pig that no one expected to live. But he fooled everyone. He went from being the size of a cat to 700 lbs and living for 14 years. During his lifetime, Christopher, affected the lives of everyone in the little town that he lived it. He made friends, and made people realize the joy of life. As one person put it- 'he was a buddah'. It was a good tale, and made you realize just how much an animal can change a person's life. It always made me feel bad for eatting pork and bacon, and after reading this, I really am going to try and stop eatting it, because a pig is a good animal and should be raised to bring joy to people, not just dinner.

Monday, May 21, 2007

The Best Place To Be

The Best Place to Be: A Novel in StoriesSo, I didn't really like or hate this book. The reason I bought it is because I liked the title and because it follows the main character throughout different parts of her life, which is the type of book I love to read, because you really the get feel of a person when you can see how they have changed throughout the years. But I think that my problem with this book was that I was never really sure what age she was during the chapters. Clearly the one where she's in college made sense, but it felt like for the most part, the story just focuses on her adulthood, when she's married, not so much as to her younger years. And there wasn't an ended. A chapter ended, but whether it was during the same age as she was when she started telling the story, or before or after, I have no idea. It confused me. So maybe I didn't like it. I'm not sure.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1)Since the new HP book is coming out soon, I decided to re-read all the Harry Potter books, which I'm sure that I don't need to explain what happens in them, as everyone and their grandma has read them. But it was kind of fun to go back to the first book, back when Harry seemed so young and innocent and had no idea who he was and what was in store for him. And it didn't take very long to read, seeing as how it's the shortest of all the books. 17 chapters?! That's nothing.

Monday, May 7, 2007

The Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants

Cover Image I really don't know why I had this on my bookshelf. I guess the first time I read it, something about it touched me. Maybe it was because I was one of four best friends who spent tons of time together, even though we didn't share a pair of magic pants. That's what this book (and the movie) is about. Four best friends who find a pair of pants that fit them all, and they share the pants over the summer while each spends time away from the others for the first time. It was a good book, and I might have liked it alot more if I was sixteen as they are, but the characters are just different enough that you get the feeling for how each one acts and what they are going through. Bridget is my favorite. She's the tall blonde who get's all the guys and has tons of energy that she puts forward in soccer. Just reading about her running around and catching guy's attention makes me want to start running, and if I didn't live downtown just a few blocks away from the homeless shelter and it wasn't after midnight, I would start running. But she's not perfect, she's hurting inside as we all are and doesn't know what to do about it. Then again, she is sixteen, and just how many of us knew anything about life back then? Or now for that matter? I've read the other books in series, but this by far the best one. So start off with this one if you are interested.

When I first read this book years ago, this is what I had to say about it:

I read this book because it has become a motion picture movie and I was curious to see if it was worthy enough to be a movie. I didn't hate it but I didn't feel that the characters where nearly as different as the author wanted them to be. I wish I had a pair of magical pants.

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Save Karyn

Save Karyn: One Shopaholic's Journey to Debt and BackThis is the second time I've read this book, and I swear, as the years go by and I get a little more smarter, when I reread books, I understand them a bit better. And the fact that I can relate to the endless shopping and worrying where the rent money is going to come from, it just made the story seem more realistic. It's a true story of a girl who got into a great deal of debt and thought up the idea to start up a website asking people to help her pay it off. And it worked. Of course there were mean people, like there is in the world, but mostly a lot of nice people donated money to help her. Isn't that nice. It's a good book to read for anyone who loves shopping and needs a little wake up call when it comes to your money. And check out her website