Monday, November 21, 2011

Books I'm thankful I read in 2011

It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is this week!  I love this holiday - food, seeing family, relaxing, watching football - what's not to like?  Here are some books that I am "thankful" I read this year.  

1.  Across the Universe by Beth Revis - a fabulous tale of science fiction, mystery, and romance.  It also had one of my favorite "covers" of the year!
2.   I'd be hard pressed to pick a favorite of these three - I stayed up till 3am to finish the last one!  I never thought I would like these books, hearing about the gladiator style fight to the death games in a futuristic North America, but they were fabulous.  I can't wait to see the movie in March of 2012!

3.  One of my favorite reads of the year - a debut novel about magicians caught in a deadly game. 

4.   Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly is a memsmerizing story of a modern day American girl in Paris with flashbacks to the French Revolution.  Makes me want to go explore the catacombs!

5.  An unusual book, partly told in words, and partly told in exquisite drawings.  Two stories of people that feel the need to run away that who's stories become intwined.

6.  I am fascinated with the Titanic.  This book indulges my need to pour over facts about that fateful night.  Read it and be ready for the 100th anniversary of the sinking of this magnificent ship this April of 2012.

7.  This book was so fun!  I loved it as much as "Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict".  For all you secret Jane Austen fans - imagine if you got to swap places!  I liked this book almost as much as "I Was Jane Austen's Best Friend" from 2010.
8.  I am a mystery fan, and have become a huge fan of Flavia de Luce - a cheeky, 11 year old chemistry prodigy that travels by bicycle across the English countryside to solve crimes. Thank goodness it's a series. 
9.  This is a very powerful book, exposing what it must be like to be a refugee, running for your life.  I also loved the aspect of the World Cup for homeless kids that is a real international competition!

Traci L. Jones is a great storyteller.  This book, based on her own life, tells the story of a black girl that integrates almost all white high school in Colorado in the early 70's.  She handles the subject with grace and humor, and it is a very enjoyable, eye opening read.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

In the mood for a fun Autumn Romance?

"Jamie Edwards has loved everything about growing up on a pumpkin patch, but ever since her cousin Milan Woods arrived, things have really stunk. Jamie can’t imagine it was easy for Milan to leave her life back in Los Angeles and move to Average, Illinois, population one thousand. But it’s kind of hard to feel sorry for her since (a) Milan’s drop-dead gorgeous; (b) she’s the daughter of two of Hollywood’s hottest film stars; (c) she’s captured the attention of everyone in town, including Danny, Jamie’s crush since forever; and (d) she’s about to steal the title of Pumpkin Princess right out from underneath Jamie!"  If you like a light romance with a dash of fun - this book is for you. 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Not so very long ago, Eragon—Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider—was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders.

Long months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can. There will be no second chances.

The Rider and his dragon have come further than anyone dared to hope. But can they topple the evil king and restore justice to Alagaƫsia? And if so, at what cost?

This is the much-anticipated, astonishing conclusion to the worldwide bestselling Inheritance cycle, released on Tuesday, November 8, 2011.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

New Christian Fiction

When Finley travels to Ireland as a foreign exchange student, she hopes to create a new identity and get some answers from the God who took her brother away and seems to have left her high and dry.
But from the moment she boards the plane and sits by Beckett Rush, teen star of the hottest vampire flicks, nothing goes according to Finley's plan.  For the first time in her life, Finley must get honest with herself to get right with God.  Jenny B. Jones writes Christian Fiction with equal parts wit, sass, and untamed hilarity. When she’s not writing, she’s living it up as a high school teacher in Arkansas.