For Monday, May 23 - Sunday, May 29, 2011
- A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness - I read this book in its entirety because my friend loved it and I wanted to give it a chance. It's nearly 600 pages and the action did not pick up until around page 400. A lot of time is spent in libraries and talking about food, which I don't mind. Obviously I do both of those things myself! My problem with the book is that it becomes obvious that the main character's life is in danger in the first 20 pages or so. There's this sense of urgency that something is very wrong. But it is not until around 400 pages later that any of it is taken seriously by the author. Also, the love interest (a vampire - of course) is a male chauvinist and by the end of the book the formerly strong female lead has completely and willingly given her autonomy to him and allows him to tell her what to do. It is explained that vampires are like wolves and there has to be an alpha. That is frankly NOT my world-view and I'm getting really sick of books that take that for granted. (Twilight, I'm looking at you. Actually, this book reads like the author read Twilight and wanted to write an adult version.) The male lead out-Edwards Edward on some other points that I found irritating but not appropriate for this blog.
- Turtle Moon by Alice Hoffman - I loved the movie Practical Magic and I keep telling myself I'm going to read an actual Hoffman book. This one happened to be sitting on my bookshelf so I'm giving it a shot.
- The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan - My friend asked for opinions on this book, and I happened to have it so started reading it to see what I thought. I'm really enjoying it so far.
- It's Not The Stork!: A Book About Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies Families. . . by Robie Harris & Michael Emberley - This book is for ages 4 and up. It was recommended by A Family of Books for talking to preschoolers about where babies come from. Monkey Georgia has some weird ideas, so I picked this up to see if I thought it was a good book. So far, I love that it mentions doulas!
- Hippie Crafts: Creating a Hip New Look Using Groovy '60s Crafts by Joanne Sullivan - I really like earthy crafts. I'm excited about making a worn out pair of jeans into a skirt!
- It's So Amazing! A Book About Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies and Families by Robie Harris and Michael Emberley - This one is for 7 and up. I just picked it up to see what the differences are between the two books.
I am linking to It's Monday! What are You Reading? hosted by Book Journey.