** Below you’ll find short “reviews” of the books I’ve read from my Raved-Reads list **
“The Thirteenth Tale” by Diane Setterfield
I liked this one. Any book lover would, I think, as the descriptions of the main character’s reading habits and obsession with books was something we all could relate to. 😉
“Twilight” by Stephenie Meyer
I really wasn’t going to read this book (or series), but the Raved-Reads Challenge participants convinced me that it was more about the love story between Bella and Edward than about vampires. And, they were right — this was a fantastic book! I loved it, and can’t wait to read the rest of the series!
“New Moon” (book 2) by Stephenie Meyer
This book started off really slow, compared to Twilight. I didn’t like it nearly as much, mostly due to the fact that it focused more on Jacob than on Edward. But, the last 1/4 of the book had more action, and made me enjoy the story more. Overall, it was still a good book, and I enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to book 3. 🙂
“Eclipse” (book 3) by Stephenie Meyer
This third installment in the “Twilight” series was definitely better than book 2. There was lots more of Edward, and the action was intense. I can’t wait to see what happens in the fourth and final installment, “Breaking Dawn“. But I also don’t want to see the series end, strangely enough! LOL.
“Breaking Dawn” (book 4) by Stephenie Meyer
This 4th, and last, book in the “Twilight” series was certainly different from the previous three books, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t good. It just didn’t have as much suspense and action as the other books, and this one focused almost entirely on the Cullen family. Overall, though, I still loved it, and thought it was a decent ending to the series. I still couldn’t put the book down. 😉
“The Other Boleyn Girl” by Philippa Gregory
Another great book in Ms. Gregory’s “Tudor” series. I couldn’t put this one down, either. I read it for this challenge, but also because my face-to-face book group chose it for our September 2008 read. This one was about Anne Boleyn, her siblings Mary & George, and King Henry VIII.
“The Shack” by William P. Young
I thought the book was written very poorly — I’ve definitely read better writing — and I don’t really understand all the “hype” surrounding the book. BUT, there was a lot of good “spiritual stuff” in there, and it provided lots of “food for thought”. So, in that respect, I gave the book a “C” rating — average. It was just ‘meh’, in my opinion.
“Same Kind of Different As Me” by Ron Hall & Denver Moore
As the cover states, this book is about “an art dealer, a homeless man, and the extraordinary woman that brought them together”.
This was a fabulous book. Each chapter alternates between Ron’s side of the story, and Denver’s side. I loved how every time it was Denver’s time to speak, you could “hear” his Southern accent and his “roots” by the way the words were written on the page.
And, what a story! As a reader, I really was moved by the fact that this kind of thing still goes on in this day and age — it’s really hard to believe, almost.
There were parts of this book where I laughed, and parts where I cried very hard.
I can’t recommend this book enough.