Karen's books

Karen's books

It's not about reading to impress anyone else.  It's about reading for the sheer enjoyment of it all...

Happy New Year and Happy Reading in 2016!
Happy New Year and Happy Reading in 2016!

Wishing a very Happy New Year to all my Booklikes friends!

Just Read

This is exactly how I feel. The fact that you read is the most important thing - not how you read.:



Reblogged from Susana "Lost in Fantasy Land"

Ahhhh...  the falling snow is back for the season on booklikes!  Thank you, booklikes administrators!  You made my day!


For those who might not know, see that cute snowman at the top of the page?  Give it a click...  and enjoy!

This Time I'm LISTENING to this classic...
A Christmas Carol: An Original Performance - Tim Curry, Charles Dickens

I read this a couple years ago at Christmastime and loved it.  This time it's for my book club, and I've decided to listen to this as performed by Tim Curry.  It should be very very good. 

It's not about zombies!!!
Day of the Dead (A University Mystery Series) (Volume 1) - Brenda Donelan

I just met the author of this series tonight and she signed all her books for me.  Normally I would see a book with a title like this, laugh at the zombie title and move on.  But this book was inspired by a big news story in my area about 11 years ago where a university professor was found dead on the campus with a gunshot wound to the back of his neck. The investigation concluded rather quickly that it was suicide.  Case closed.  Very weird. Author Brenda Donelan knew this professor as they were colleagues at the university at the time.  She made it very clear in her talk that she in no way means to put across that she has the answer to the mystery or that she has any inside info on what really happened.  It's just a story, based on the situation.  No zombies.  Just one dead professor. Here we go...

Frustrating ending! Well, really the whole book was an exercise in frustration...
A Voice in the Wind - Francine Rivers

Really?!  Seriously?!  After all the "suffering" I endured through all 500-plus pages...  and it ends like that!  Nothing happened in this story until about 75% into it -- I kid you not.  Everything was leading up, leading up, leading up to something.  And then...  then end.  Finis. The Audible narrator even had the nerve to say, "the end."  Grumble grumble.... 


Later in the day...


It is now a few hours after writing the quick review above, which was, in fact, just my very strong reaction to the end of this book.  I knew it was part of a trilogy, thus the terrible ending with so many loose ends. I have researched the other two in the series.  Maybe I could skip the second (the hideous sister character is just someone I cannot spend any more time around right now!) and read the final which seems to focus more on the Barbarian character.  I might eventually like to know how things turn out for him.  This is why it can be really aggravating when fellow book clubbers choose these "series" books. 

Reading progress update: I've read 52%.
A Voice in the Wind - Francine Rivers

"By the gods!" (A phrase used often in this story) I am sure hoping for...  something to actually HAPPEN in this book! 

Really liking this one so far!
Orphan Train - Christina Baker Kline

Oh my is it ever fun to find a good story, well written, and that pulls me in from the get-go.  Enjoying this ride on the train!

'Tis The Season for Daphne du Maurier
Frenchman's Creek - Daphne du Maurier, Julie Myerson

Been a year since I read Jamaica Inn and devoured it like I did RebeccaFrenchman's Creek has been sitting in my "to read" pile in my living room for about 4 years, patiently waiting for me to pick it up. It is time, once again, to disappear into another du Maurier  story... 

3 Stars
Not Horrible, But Not Really My Cup O' Tea
The Shadow of Your Smile - Mary Higgins Clark

This is the book we will discuss this week at the meeting of my local book club.  This is my first time with Mary Higgins Clark.  I know she has been a very popular author for many years now, but I have to say I probably will not read her again of my own free will.  Her writing drove me nuts with way too many characters thrown at me in the first chapter!  Slow down, lady!  And while we all talk/think to ourselves everyday, I think it's safe to say we do not over describe details and other people the way it's done in this book. My own example:

"She thought to herself, 'I think I'll go talk to my neighbor down the street, the one who was a private detective for 50 years and lives in the yellow house with the barking dog, and who I hope will ask me out on a date so I'd better wear the red dress and matching shoes that my grandmother, the one who lives in Maine, sent me for Christmas when I was married to Tom, the husband who cheated on me with my best friend, the one who I went to elementary school with.'"  Wow.  Maybe I have a career as an author after all!  Not!  Ha ha. 

5 Stars
Won't Forget This Story... Ever.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas - John Boyne

I finished this story last week, same day as my 5th grade son finished reading it at school.  His class is now watching a movie based on this book.  His teacher told me she would be glad to loan it to me as well.  Maybe.  I don't know if I need to see the movie.  Bound to be a disappointment after the images formed by my imagination while reading.  I thought I was prepared for the powerful ending of this book, but I was still absolutely shaken by it.  Very good read. 

4 Stars
Second time around on this one...
Of Mice and Men - Gary Sinise, John Steinbeck

I first read this back in high school, which amazes me now because I had forgotten how much profanity is in it.  Aside from the the cussing, it's a great story and I enjoyed it even more this time listening to it on Audible.  Gary Sinise gives an exceptional performance with all the voices and the drama, really bringing the words to life.  We will discuss Of Mice And Men tomorrow night at my local book club meeting.  Lots to talk about on this classic!

Must control the urge to keep going!
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas - John Boyne

Yikes, I think my son told me he would be reading through chapter 2 today. I started reading this morning and had to force myself to stop at chapter 5 so I don't get too far ahead of him. Oh, this is going to be hard on my self-control when a story is this good...

Reading this along with my 5th grade son
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas - John Boyne

Received a note last week from my son's reading teacher regarding this book.  I had to sign to either grant or deny him permission to read it, along with an offer from the teacher to send home another copy for parents to read along.  He should be bringing my copy home today, but I think he kept it in his desk on purpose so that he could be ahead of me in reading it.  =)


currently reading

Progress: 7%
Kitchens of the Great Midwest - J. Ryan Stradal