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1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
Author: Peter Boxall, Peter Ackroyd
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 16
Review Date: 5/23/2008
Helpful Score: 3


This is an AWESOME AWESOME book. I like that it has the reasons WHY they think this is a MUST READ book ... it has really been a discussion starter for a lot of the company and/or parties we have had ...

I will tell you though ... it only comes in a hardcover and the book itself is MASSIVE!!!


Alex Cross's Trial (Alex Cross, Bk 15)
Alex Cross's Trial (Alex Cross, Bk 15)
Author: Richard Dilallo, James Patterson
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 8/31/2009
Helpful Score: 2


WOW, WOW, WOW!! This is written in classic Patterson prose and his infamous short chapters. The first book of JP's I ever read was one that was totally different than anything else he has ever written ... The Jester ... I was hooked from page one and I then went in a frenzy and just HAD to have and read every book he has ever written. This book, is like that!!

Although is it a part of his Cross series ... it's not typical ... it takes place back in the early 1900's and it is told to you by Alex Cross telling it from Ben Corbett's first person journal account and it features Cross's relatives. It made me tear up a few times while reading it and it was really very graphic when describing some of the lynching scenes ... it's very sad for me to know that these things actually did happened in our country's past. For a white author writing about a very serious time in black history ... I think he did an awesome job relating it and letting you, the reader, feel it.

If you have never read JP before and you pick this one up ... you WILL be hooked. If you have read JP before ... you WILL NOT be disappointed!!


Alex Cross's Trial (Alex Cross, Bk 15)
Alex Cross's Trial (Alex Cross, Bk 15)
Author: James Patterson, Richard Dilallo
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 222
Review Date: 8/31/2009
Helpful Score: 4


WOW, WOW, WOW!! This is written in classic Patterson prose and his infamous short chapters. The first book of JP's I ever read was one that was totally different than anything else he has ever written ... The Jester ... I was hooked from page one and I then went in a frenzy and just HAD to have and read every book he has ever written. This book, is like that!!

Although is it a part of his Cross series ... it's not typical ... it takes place back in the early 1900's and it is told to you by Alex Cross telling it from Ben Corbett's first person journal account and it features Cross's relatives. It made me tear up a few times while reading it and it was really very graphic when describing some of the lynching scenes ... it's very sad for me to know that these things actually did happened in our country's past. For a white author writing about a very serious time in black history ... I think he did an awesome job relating it and letting you, the reader, feel it.

If you have never read JP before and you pick this one up ... you WILL be hooked. If you have read JP before ... you WILL NOT be disappointed!!


Alex Cross's Trial (Alex Cross, Bk 15)
Alex Cross's Trial (Alex Cross, Bk 15)
Author: James Patterson, Richard Dilallo
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 8/31/2009
Helpful Score: 2


WOW, WOW, WOW!! This is written in classic Patterson prose and his infamous short chapters. The first book of JP's I ever read was one that was totally different than anything else he has ever written ... The Jester ... I was hooked from page one and I then went in a frenzy and just HAD to have and read every book he has ever written. This book, is like that!!

Although is it a part of his Cross series ... it's not typical ... it takes place back in the early 1900's and it is told to you by Alex Cross telling it from Ben Corbett's first person journal account and it features Cross's relatives. It made me tear up a few times while reading it and it was really very graphic when describing some of the lynching scenes ... it's very sad for me to know that these things actually did happened in our country's past. For a white author writing about a very serious time in black history ... I think he did an awesome job relating it and letting you, the reader, feel it.

If you have never read JP before and you pick this one up ... you WILL be hooked. If you have read JP before ... you WILL NOT be disappointed!!


Atonement
Atonement
Author: Ian McEwan
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 378
Review Date: 5/12/2008
Helpful Score: 1


This book (and subsequent movie)received so much hype that I feel a little disappointed when I was reading it. The author just is so OVER detailed and just rambles on and on about that I had a VERY difficult time getting interested and staying interested, that I found myself skimming a lot of the time. Towards the end, it did get a wee bit better and I was beginning to be able to read and imagine and retain what was actually happening. I am one to not stop reading a book ... but I came VERY close several times. I haven't seen the movie, but I think that this might be one of those rare exceptions where the movie is better than the book.


The Book of the Seven Delights (Library of Alexandria, Bk 1)
The Book of the Seven Delights (Library of Alexandria, Bk 1)
Author: Betina Krahn
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
 63
Review Date: 4/24/2008
Helpful Score: 1


I have read Betina Krahn's Wife Test (Husband Test and Marriage Test) series and I loved it. But this book I had a difficult time getting into at first as it was slow. It took me a while and I even debated quitting a time or two ... but I was glad that I kept on because it did get better and I enjoyed it.

There is a sequel, The Book of True Desires that was released in 2006.


The Castle Ghost: An Adventure in Great Britain
The Castle Ghost: An Adventure in Great Britain
Author: Walt Disney Company
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.9/5 Stars.
 7
Review Date: 4/24/2008
Helpful Score: 2


This book is a part of a set from Disney's Small World Library. My daughter LOVED these books ... they take one of the Disney characters through a different country (one per book) and interact them with that particular countries way of life and famous sites. If you want to get them for your child to read by themselves ... I'd say that it would be for wee bit older kids because there are a lot of words per page (it took me about 15 to 20 minutes to read) ... but a definite "must have" for your own Disney Prince or Princess ...


A Child Called 'It': One Child's Courage to Survive
A Child Called 'It': One Child's Courage to Survive
Author: Dave Pelzer
Book Type: School Library Binding
  • Currently 4.8/5 Stars.
 6
Review Date: 7/27/2008
Helpful Score: 2


Okay, I know this book has been reviewed to no end, but I thought I'd give it a try anyway.

I began reading this unbelieveably horror filled and incredibly sad TRUE story of this little boy named Dave at 11pm and finished it at 3am. I just COULD NOT put this book down. I had tears roll down my face several times and I had that all too familiar lump in my throat pretty much from page one. I tried and tried to swallow it away, but it stayed ... even for several hours AFTER the book was over. I don't recommend you read this book right before you go to bed, because you won't be able to sleep afterward.

It's difficult for me to say that this book was GREAT or AWESOME or A MUST READ (even though it sorta is) because you know that this story was REAL and Dave Pelzer lived through it all, although I do not know how. I was left with A LOT of questions though (Like WHY!?!?!? and HOW!?!?!?), the book seemed to just end (although I am not sure I could stomach mentally anymore of it, to be honest ... ).

This book chronicles his life from ages 4 to 12 and the sequel, The Lost Boy, is form his ages 12 to 18 and promises to answer a lot of the questions that obviously he knew we'd all be asking ourselves once the reading of this book was finished.

This is not a book that I would ever personally want to reread, but one that will stay with me for the rest of my life. It also makes you stop and be thankful for what you have, and that the system we have in place today to protect children is SOOOOO much better (even though there are still flaws) than it was back in the late 60's, early 70's.


A Child Called 'It': One Child's Courage to Survive
A Child Called 'It': One Child's Courage to Survive
Author: Dave Pelzer
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 1952
Review Date: 7/27/2008
Helpful Score: 3


Okay, I know this book has been reviewed to no end, but I thought I'd give it a try anyway.

I began reading this unbelieveably horror filled and incredibly sad TRUE story of this little boy named Dave at 11pm and finished it at 3am. I just COULD NOT put this book down. I had tears roll down my face several times and I had that all too familiar lump in my throat pretty much from page one. I tried and tried to swallow it away, but it stayed ... even for several hours AFTER the book was over. I don't recommend you read this book right before you go to bed, because you won't be able to sleep afterward.

It's difficult for me to say that this book was GREAT or AWESOME or A MUST READ (even though it sorta is) because you know that this story was REAL and Dave Pelzer lived through it all, although I do not know how. I was left with A LOT of questions though (Like WHY!?!?!? and HOW!?!?!?), the book seemed to just end (although I am not sure I could stomach mentally anymore of it, to be honest ... ).

This book chronicles his life from ages 4 to 12 and the sequel, The Lost Boy, is form his ages 12 to 18 and promises to answer a lot of the questions that obviously he knew we'd all be asking ourselves once the reading of this book was finished.

This is not a book that I would ever personally want to reread, but one that will stay with me for the rest of my life. It also makes you stop and be thankful for what you have, and that the system we have in place today to protect children is SOOOOO much better (even though there are still flaws) than it was back in the late 60's, early 70's.


A Child Called 'It': One Child's Courage to Survive
A Child Called 'It': One Child's Courage to Survive
Author: Dave Pelzer
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 7/27/2008
Helpful Score: 1


Okay, I know this book has been reviewed to no end, but I thought I'd give it a try anyway.

I began reading this unbelieveably horror filled and incredibly sad TRUE story of this little boy named Dave at 11pm and finished it at 3am. I just COULD NOT put this book down. I had tears roll down my face several times and I had that all too familiar lump in my throat pretty much from page one. I tried and tried to swallow it away, but it stayed ... even for several hours AFTER the book was over. I don't recommend you read this book right before you go to bed, because you won't be able to sleep afterward.

It's difficult for me to say that this book was GREAT or AWESOME or A MUST READ (even though it sorta is) because you know that this story was REAL and Dave Pelzer lived through it all, although I do not know how. I was left with A LOT of questions though (Like WHY!?!?!? and HOW!?!?!?), the book seemed to just end (although I am not sure I could stomach mentally anymore of it, to be honest ... ).

This book chronicles his life from ages 4 to 12 and the sequel, The Lost Boy, is form his ages 12 to 18 and promises to answer a lot of the questions that obviously he knew we'd all be asking ourselves once the reading of this book was finished.

This is not a book that I would ever personally want to reread, but one that will stay with me for the rest of my life. It also makes you stop and be thankful for what you have, and that the system we have in place today to protect children is SOOOOO much better (even though there are still flaws) than it was back in the late 60's, early 70's.


The Count of Monte Cristo (Abridged)
The Count of Monte Cristo (Abridged)
Author: Alexandre Dumas
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 12
Review Date: 4/30/2008
Helpful Score: 2


I was hesitant reading a book that was originally written in 1844 by a Frenchman and translated, but I am so happy that I did!! It is now one of my all time favourite books ever. It was beautifully written and smooth flowing. I honestly DID NOT want to stop reading this book ... I read it late at night until my eyes crossed and then thought about what I had just read until I fell asleep and couldn't wait to begin reading again the next day. I think this is a book that everyone should read at least once, as who hasn't wished revenge ...


The Dangerous Days of Daniel X (Daniel X, Bk 1)
The Dangerous Days of Daniel X (Daniel X, Bk 1)
Author: James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 31
Review Date: 8/23/2008
Helpful Score: 1


This book is written in classic Patterson style ... short chapters that leave you hanging and NEEDING to read the next one. (Or as I like to call it ... "I'll read just one more chapter until before you know it, there are no more left to read") I read this book in just a few hours and I really liked it. It IS geared more toward Young Adults though, like the Maximum Ride series. Patterson has already made it known that this will be his new series, as at the end of this book he gives you sneak peeks at the next two in the series ... which also leave you wanting MORE and RIGHT NOW!!

I know that Patterson has been getting a lot of grief as of late for his writing style, but he is indeed an exceptional and talented writer and he is still my favourite author, and I like the fact that he is able to write for adults, teens and even children. Not many authors have that ability ...


The Dangerous Days of Daniel X (Daniel X, Bk 1)
The Dangerous Days of Daniel X (Daniel X, Bk 1)
Author: James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.
 137
Review Date: 8/23/2008
Helpful Score: 14


This book is written in classic Patterson style ... short chapters that leave you hanging and NEEDING to read the next one. (Or as I like to call it ... "I'll read just one more chapter until before you know it, there are no more left to read") I read this book in just a few hours and I really liked it. It IS geared more toward Young Adults though, like the Maximum Ride series. Patterson has already made it known that this will be his new series, as at the end of this book he gives you sneak peeks at the next two in the series ... which also leave you wanting MORE and RIGHT NOW!!

I know that Patterson has been getting a lot of grief as of late for his writing style, but he is indeed an exceptional and talented writer and he is still my favourite author, and I like the fact that he is able to write for adults, teens and even children. Not many authors have that ability ...


Donald and the Big Cheese: An Adventure in The Netherlands
Donald and the Big Cheese: An Adventure in The Netherlands
Author: Walt Disney Company
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 8
Review Date: 4/24/2008
Helpful Score: 1


This book is a part of a set from Disney's Small World Library. My daughter LOVED these books ... they take one of the Disney characters through a different country (one per book) and interact them with that particular countries way of life and famous sites. If you want to get them for your child to read by themselves ... I'd say that it would be for wee bit older kids because there are a lot of words per page (it took me about 15 to 20 minutes to read) ... but a definite "must have" for your own Disney Prince or Princess ...


Donald Joins the Mounties: An Adventure in Canada (Small World Library)
Review Date: 4/24/2008


This book is a part of a set from Disney's Small World Library. My daughter LOVED these books ... they take one of the Disney characters through a different country (one per book) and interact them with that particular countries way of life and famous sites. If you want to get them for your child to read by themselves ... I'd say that it would be for wee bit older kids because there are a lot of words per page (it took me about 15 to 20 minutes to read) ... but a definite "must have" for your own Disney Prince or Princess ...


Donald's Fantastic Fiesta: An Adventure in Mexico
Donald's Fantastic Fiesta: An Adventure in Mexico
Author: Walt Disney Company
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 4
Review Date: 4/24/2008


This book is a part of a set from Disney's Small World Library. My daughter LOVED these books ... they take one of the Disney characters through a different country (one per book) and interact them with that particular countries way of life and famous sites. If you want to get them for your child to read by themselves ... I'd say that it would be for wee bit older kids because there are a lot of words per page (it took me about 15 to 20 minutes to read) ... but a definite "must have" for your own Disney Prince or Princess ...


Dry : A Memoir
Dry : A Memoir
Author: Augusten Burroughs
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 719
Review Date: 5/2/2008
Helpful Score: 3


Dry is a great follow up to it that I'd recommend to anyone who has read the first one. This book is all about the author trying to break his alcohol addiction ... I found it similar to Million Little Pieces without the lies and more believeable. I did tend to find his thought process just sort of go off on a tangent and really have nothing to do with the story (like his Feed The Children and Sally Struthers rant!) but I found myself chuckling more so than I did in his first memoir (Running With Scissors) with his off the wall thoughts.

The sequel to this book is Magical Thinking and is available now.


Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
Review Date: 5/12/2008
Helpful Score: 1


Well, what to say about this book?! After all the hype I had been hearing about it, I just HAD to read it and UGH ... I didn't like it at all. I think this is one of those books that you either really LOVE or you really HATE. I found the author to be a wee bit shallow (a lot of me, me, me going on) and to be honest, I wasn't sure I quite believed everything that she wrote. Although, after reading her description about Italy and Bali ... I do now have a strong desire to go on holiday to both places.

The sequel, Weddings and Evictions, will be available in 2009 ... (I don't think I will be reading this one ... )


Fire Study (Study / Chronicles of Ixia, Bk 3)
Fire Study (Study / Chronicles of Ixia, Bk 3)
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 142
Review Date: 5/28/2008
Helpful Score: 4


BOOK DESCRIPTION:

The apprenticeship is over â" now the real test has begun.

When word that Yelena is a Soulfinderâ"able to capture and release soulsâ"spreads like wildfire, people grow uneasy. Already Yelena's unusual abilities and past have set her apart. As the Council debates Yelena's fate, she receives a disturbing message: a plot is rising against her homeland, led by a murderous sorcerer she has defeated before.

Honor sets Yelena on a path that will test the limits of her skills, and the hope of reuniting with her beloved spurs her onward. Her journey is fraught with allies, enemies, lovers and would-be assassins, each of questionable loyalty. Yelena will have but one chance to prove herselfâ"and save the land she holds dear.

MY BIT:

I just LOVE this author. This is the THIRD book of the series (Poison Study (1) and Magic Study (2)) and it really lived up to my expectations and I already can't wait until the next one comes out (although as of today, there is no word on when it will be or even if there WILL be ... she is starting a spinoff of this series with one that will be released in 2009 called Storm Glass and it will be about Opal Cowen ... so I am sure we will see a lot of our favourite people making a visit or two in this book).


The Fuck Up
The Fuck Up
Author: Arthur Nersesian
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 68
Review Date: 4/14/2008
Helpful Score: 1


Maybe it's because I've never been to New York or because I am almost 40, but I didn't get any of the "humour" that was supposed to be in this book. I kept waiting to laugh and never did. It's an interesting story though and I can see how it might even be close to a memoir ... I did have a difficult time putting it down as well. I wouldn't say that I loved it, but I didn't hate it either.


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