Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Book Review #874
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Rating: three stars (out of four)

This is a short, but surprisingly jam-packed book. I thought Dickens did a good job of incorporating a moral without making the story seem preachy or trite. I also liked the character interactions and the story's flow. This book was also humorous, which was not something I was expecting. There were several hysterical lines that made me giggle. I would recommend.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Book Review #873
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Rating: four stars (out of four)

As cliche as it sounds, I'd probably have to say that this is my favorite Austen book. There is something remarkably timeless about this story and all the characters are so unique and crazy that I get a kick out of them. Austen has created such a world that I am completely enthralled and I keep turning the page, wanting to see what is going to happen. I love the witty asides Austen incorporates into her story. I am always laughing. I fell in love with the characters and enjoyed watching them as they went through their trials and triumphs. I could probably read this novel a dozen times and still get something new out of it.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Book Review #872
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Rating: four stars (out of four)

This is one of my favorite Austen novels because of the interaction between the two sisters. I can see a part of myself in both of the sisters, but I think I can definitely relate more to Elinor because I am not as romantic as Marianne. I love the tension between the characters and the miscommunication that Austen has cleverly spread throughout the text. It really leaves the reader guessing - not sure what they will find out - but knowing that something dramatic is going to happen. I've read this novel before and I've seen several of the movies, but there is nothing quite like the words Austen has written - they have a certain way of getting straight to your heart. I also can't see how I missed out on so much of the humor when I read them as a young teen. This is 19th century snarkiness and I love it.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Book Review #871
The Winter Of Candy Canes by Debbie Viguie
Rating: two stars (out of four)

Some of the situations in this book were a little random. I had a hard time imagining this as contemporary fiction because of the fantastical elements (or unbelievable - since I've worked in an amusement park and The Zone is nothing like where I worked.) But I enjoyed seeing how Candy dealt with her mishaps and adventures. I wanted certain events to happen and I think the reason I kept reading was because I wanted to see how the author would deal with each situation. In the last book I want to see certain things happen, which I won't mention them because it would ruin the plot. I'd probably recommend this series.