Monday, August 10, 2009

Summer Reading Reviews

The only thing I love more than reading a good book is getting to talk about it. Thus, my fascination with posting book reviews. However, since I have only reviewed a few of the books I have read so far this summer, I decided to just make a simple statement about the rest of them to get caught up. So... (in order by favorite)

#1 The Help by Kathryn Stockett: Two thumbs up for this story which details the (fictional) lives of African-American maids during the 1960's. Warning: It's a real tear-jerker. Be prepared. This book is a must read for youth and adults alike.

#2 - # 5 Sookie Stackhouse Novels by Charlaine Harris: This adult vampire series is just that: adult! The stories are captivating but would be most appropriate for audiences already numbed to the provocative tales of vampires. I have read the first 4 in a series of 9 and find each one equally compelling to read.

Dead Until Dark

Living Dead in Dallas

Club Dead

Dead to the World

#6 - #9 Pretty Little Liars Novels by Sara Shepard:Mystery series revolving around the lives of 4 ex-best friends. This series would be interesting for adults who like chick lit and for high school girls. The only reason I liked this series less that the Sookie Stackhouse is that the content of both is rather adult, but Pretty Little Liars is marketed for teens which seems a little irresponsible in my opinion.

Pretty Little Liars



#10 The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs: I was drawn in the by the captioning on the front cover of this book that claimed it was a New York version of Steel Magnolias. For me, it fell flat. The idea behind the story was great, but there were so many mini stories being told that I never made a significant connection to the characters. I would only recommend this book to avid readers who have read all the other "best-sellers" out there.


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