Friday, April 30, 2010

Book Review #888
Cat the Cat Who is THAT? by Mo Willems
Rating: four stars (out of four)

Absolutely enthralling! This book was such a delight. The illustrations were super cute and humorous. I loved turning the page because I knew there would be some hilarious animal on the next page. One thing I love about Mo Willems is how he works in twists - even in his simplistic children's books. I loved this book and I can't wait to read the rest in the series.

Book Review #887
I Am Going! by Mo Willems
Rating: four stars (out of four)

This was hilarious - I loved the interaction between the two characters and how one was level-headed and the other was just completely over-dramatic and paranoid. This series always makes me laugh and I enjoy looking for the sneaky little pigeon that Mo puts in all his books. I'd totally recommend this book.

Book Review #886
Pigs Make Me Sneeze! by Mo Willems
Rating: three stars (out of four)

This book made me smile. I loved how Elephant jumped to conclusions and was convinced that he was allergic to pigs. The ending was amusing and I adored the whimsical and playful the illustrations. Mo Willems has created a cute series.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Book Review #885
The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smollett
Rating: two stars (out of four)

I read this for my Engl Lit II class and it was kind of random. The story didn't seem to have a well-defined plot and kept jumping all over the place. But it was a fairly interesting story because I was able to keep reading without forcing myself. The characters were vivid and their descriptions of each other was sometimes humorous. I probably wouldn't recommend this book though.

Book Review #884
Encountering the New Testament by Walter A. Elwell
Rating: two stars (out of four)

This book put me to sleep on a couple of occasions. It had a nice set-up and a variety of pictures and tables to read, but I just didn't find it interesting. There were so many names and dates that I had a hard time keeping track of everything. I wasn't the biggest fan of this book, to say the least.

Book Review #883
The Cambridge Companion to Jane Austen edited by Edward Copeland and Juliet McMaster
Rating: three stars (out of four)

Of the several essays I read in this book I enjoyed them and thought they did a good job of pointing out key features in the novels. There were a couple of essays that I was a little shocked with the mannerisms of the authors - they didn't seem dignified enough, or they were using some slang that I would never get away with putting in my paper. But I learned something from every essay I read and I thought it was a good way to get knowledge about a certain subject/element in the novel that I might not have known about. I'd recommend for an Austen enthusiast.

Book Review #882
The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Volume D: The Romantic Period
Rating: two stars (out of four)

I think I read most of this book for my Engl Lit class and I felt like I had a pretty good (if not general) overview of some of the writers at that time. It was interesting to see what was going on in their era, what they felt, and why they needed to write. Some of the poetry in this book was just gorgeous. As I said for the other volume though, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't consider this a pleasure read. I'd recommend for class.

Book Review #881
The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Volume C: The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century
Rating: two stars (out of four)

I read the majority of this book for my Engl Lit II class. It seemed like most of the stuff I read was interesting but after I was done, I wasn't entirely sure that I had understood everything I had just read. It seemed to have a decent overview of authors and I thought it was a well put together book. I definitely wouldn't read it in my spare time though.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Book Review #880
The Spring of Candy Apples by Debbie Viguie
Rating: two stars (out of four)

I liked this book, but I felt like it was kind of unrealistic. I also thought that it all wrapped up nicely without any major clashes or disturbances. I wanted the author to slow down and show me why she made those choices instead of speeding through the story and then dropping me off at the end. I had been rooting for this to happen all through the series, but when I saw how it ended I was a little disappointed because I wanted it to be more original and unpredictable. I still enjoyed the book, but it's not at the top of my favorites list.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Book Review #879
The Shack by William P. Young
Rating: one star (out of four)

I had heard so many great things about this book, so I was eager to read it. The story was kind of disturbing in the beginning and I wasn't sure if I wanted to read about that kind of thing for the whole book - but luckily it changed. I thought it was an interesting story, but I thought the author's theology was off and there were a couple of things in the book that I just didn't agree with. And the author's portrayal of God, well, that was a little bit too weird for me to kind of made me grimace a couple of times.

I felt like this book was trying too hard to appease a wide audience, and that meant it didn't stick to a proper sense of restrictions. I don't believe that God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit know everything the others know. I believe they are three in one, but I also believe that God is the head. I don't believe that there is not a heirachy, because in the bible it clearly states that God knows certain things even Jesus doesn't know. So with the author's portrayal that God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit were all the same but separate was something that I wasn't buying and I thought it was unbiblical. This book is supposed to be from a Christian perspective, but I felt that it made some of the beliefs a little murky and slanted. I would not recommend this book.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Book Review #878
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Rating: four stars (out of four)

I think I enjoyed this story more than the other novels I reread because I had forgotten the majority of this story's plot. I liked the main character and I enjoyed seeing the world through her eyes. Sometimes I was a little annoyed with Austen because the book was not going the way I thought it should, but she would unexpectedly twist the plot and make it even better than I had imagined. I would definitely recommend this book.