Friday, December 31, 2010

My Top Books of The Year

Here's a list of my favorite books of the year and the date that I read them so you can go back and check them out:

The Last Song: January.
The Cinderella Pact: February.
The Girl Who Chased The Moon: April.
A Model Summer: June.
Hex Hall: July.
Confessions of a Werewolf Supermodel: October.
The Art of Racing In The Rain: December.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Hold Still

My mom read this book and liked it. My sister read it and didn't. So I wasn't sure what I would think.

It's about a teenage girl Caitlin who's best friend Ingrid kills herself. This book follows Caitlin's year after her friend's death. I felt like during her journey of adjusting to her BFF know longer being around helped her figure out who she really is and grow up a bit. She finds Ingrid's journal and learns the things that she never really knew about her friend. Aren't most people more open in their journals than they are in real life?

Throughout the school year, she makes new friends, gets her first boyfriend, and deals with her photography teacher who ends up dealing with the loss of Ingrid as well.

I liked this book because so far it's been the one of the few teenage books where all the characters aren't out there having sex, drinking, smoking, drugs, etc. So that was nice. Also, I think the message was to live life and always be there for your friends and family, because you never know when one simple talk might change their mind about doing something drastic.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Art of Racing In The Rain

I read this book because everyone else in my family read and said I should to. At first it took me a while to read it because I wasn't sure what it was about. "You don't need to know what it's about. Just read it!" OK, so I did.

It's about Enzo, the dog, and life through his eyes. From the time he is a puppy and meets Denny, witnessing as Denny gets married, has a child, races cars, loses his wife, almost loses his child due to a scandal that didn't happen. From puppy to adulthood, to his last day.

It was a touching story as far as the dog's life goes, makes me wonder how much of what we say and do that our pets truly understand. Probably not much, otherwise the cat would know how mad I get when they poop on the floor.

Parts of this book made me mad. The whole part where everyone thought that Denny had relations with an underage girl even though he didn't really made me mad. People being accused of things they didn't do angers me.

But other than that, and all the racing talk (because it bores me),it was a touching read and something to check out

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Murder At The PTA

For a mystery, this one was kind of weak. The principal of the elementary school gets murdered because she wants to add onto the school. The main character, Beth, hardly even knew the lady, but as always in these kinds of books, took it upon herself to find out who the killer was. Also, because her stupid best friend was getting death threats because of her local blog. As much fun as it is to gossip, when your life is in danger, you should probably stop. Mostly I was annoyed by how nice Beth was. I want a series where the character has a backbone and doesn't let everyone walk all over her.

I usually like mystery books because the chapters are short and quick, but these were long and there was just to many people, I got confused. And once you find out who the killer is, I had no idea. But maybe I zoned out and missed some info that wouldn't hinted that it was this person. Hopefully I'll remember to not read anymore from this series again.