Monthly Archives: March 2014

Somerset by Leila Meacham

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You know how you read a book and it’s amazing and then you’re all excited when another one comes out by the same author? GAH! That was me with Roses and then Leila Meacham’s subsequent books. However, her book after Roses (Tumbleweeds) wasn’t related to Roses at all and I hated it. So I was all like, maybe Roses was all she’s got. And then I heard about Somerset. Here is the Goodreads summary.

“One hundred fifty years of Roses‘ Tolivers, Warwicks, and DuMonts! We begin in the antebellum South on Plantation Alley in South Carolina, where Silas Toliver, deprived of his inheritance, joins up with his best friend Jeremy Warwick to plan a wagon train expedition to the “black waxy” promise of a new territory called Texas. Slavery, westward expansion, abolition, the Civil War, love, marriage, friendship, tragedy and triumph-all the ingredients (and much more) that made so many love Roses so much-are here in abundance.”

Exciting, right? But not. This is Roses but not as good. She doesn’t hide the twists as well so I already knew what was going to happen. I did not want to invest in something I already knew the outcome of when it meant reading 625 pages. However, if you have a short to-read list and abundant time for reading then that’s great and you should finish it!

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This is what Libraries are for

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YA Book Craze Dwindling?

In this quick article about Divergent they question whether the young adult book craze is dissipating. I have no idea what the website is that published the article (io9) but the Wall Street Journal is who they reference and that I know. Here is their logic.

“The Hunger Games” movies was so strong in 2012 that it lifted the entire category. Sales for the series, which had 24 million copies in circulation before the first movie was released, surged. There are now around 65 million copies of the books in circulation…

As the “Hunger Games” frenzy faded last year, sales sank. Publishers scaled back, releasing some 10,965 young-adult titles last year, a 34% drop from 2012.”

Interesante. In case you forgot, the movies for Beautiful Creatures and Mortal Instruments tanked. So it’s not illogical to ask if Divergent will also.

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The Giver movie trailer

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Books Subscription

I don’t quite understand this. It’s like a magazine subscription for books. They send you two books in 15-20 minute increments a day and over a month’s time you have read two books, one classic & one current. It does sound interesting. It’s called Rooster and you can download it in the app store. I mean it sounds interesting. But there’s only one choice. They send everyone the same two books. What if I don’t like that book? I’ve just wasted my month’s subscription on something I’m not going to read. Sounds like a good idea but needs further tweaking I’d say.

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Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

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Charlotte’s Web is a very sad book. Wilbur is constantly trying not to be killed & eaten. A rat eats an egg that was supposed to be a goose. And Charlotte dies. What kind of a kids book is this? I’m getting depressed. Which is why I didn’t finish the book. Even worse, I was listening to it on audiobook because I heard an interview on NPR with the author, E.B. White, talking about how it took him over ten takes to read the part where Charlotte dies. GAH! Then today I read an interview with Mr. White explaining why he wrote Charlotte’s Web. He says, “I haven’t told why I wrote the book, but I haven’t told you why I sneeze, either. A book is a sneeze.”

I’m still not going to finishing reading his sneeze.

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

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I’ve tried to read Me Before You more than once. I don’t know why I didn’t get in to it the other times because I finished this time and enjoyed it. It was initially brought to my attention by a blog I love, Eat Live Run. She occasionally does posts on books she’s read recently that she really loved. Here’s her post about this book. This book was not a typical love story. It was very good. I didn’t have a lot of interest in the main character and I still don’t really know what she even looks like but I enjoyed it overall. It would be a good winter read next to the fireplace with a cup of tea. Definitely not a beach read.

 

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