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My Mind Is My Weapon…

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October 7, 2013 · 7:00 pm

Reading + Pinning = Awesome

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“My Love of Books” board on Pinterest

About a year ago, I blogged about my new obsession with Pinterest. I’m still obsessed.

Above is a screenshot of part of my “My Love of Books” board on Pinterest. I have found some fund book and reading-related jewelry and clothing, as well as bookshelves and libraries to envy, plus witty quotes and sayings about books and reading.

I pin other things as well, but I’m mostly on the lookout for pins that relate to my love of books.

Are you pinning?

 

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Drop Everything And Read!

I met one of my dearest childhood friends in the pages of books written by Beverly Cleary: Ramona Geraldine Quimby. I loved those stories, as well as those about Henry Huggins and Ellen Tebbits.

In honor of Beverly Cleary’s birthday, April 12 is National D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything And Read) Day!

So, hop to it! Drop everything and read!

For more information about D.E.A.R., visit dropeverythingandread.com.

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Book Review: Immanuel’s Veins

Immanuel's Veins coverAuthor: Ted Dekker
Published: Thomas Nelson, 2010
One Word Review: Alucard?!

18th century Russia. The Carpathian Mountains. Catherine the Great has charged two of her warriors with the protection of the Cantemir family, specifically the two young women of marriageable age. When the mysterious and beguiling Vlad van Valerik arrives at his nearby estate with his associates, the young women and one of the warriors fall under their spell, leaving the other to find a way to extricate them…if he can.

I would call myself a Ted Dekker fan. I have devoured many of his books and never hesitate to pick up one that’s new to me. I would recommend any one of them…except this one. I don’t know if Dekker was in too much of a hurry to jump on the vampire bandwagon, or what may have happened, but this book just did not resonate as a fully formed story. For one thing, it does not seem plausible that warriors Toma and Alec would be pulled away from a war to babysit a family that does seem to be facing an imminent threat, at least not one that’s well explained.

And using Dracula’s name backward…seriously?! I’ve come to expect much more from this author.

But as the book jacket itself says, “This story is for everyone, but not everyone is for this story.” Apparently, I am not for this story.

I suggest skipping this book, but picking up any one of Dekker’s many other treasures.

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Book Review: The Woman in Black

The Woman in Black book coverAuthor: Susan Hill
Published: D.R. Godine, 1983
One Word Review: Suspenseful

ALERT: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR BOTH BOOK AND MOVIE

In both the book and film, a young London solicitor is sent to a small town to settle the affairs of a client of his firm who is recently deceased. While sorting through papers in her home, her encounters a mysterious woman dressed all in black and has other hair-raising experiences. That’s where the similarities end.

Unlike the movie, not much happens for most of this book. Since I’d seen the movie before reading it, the suspense built quite high as I waited for action.

The book and film are so different from one another that they are best evaluated separately, though if you’ve experienced both, you might be tempted to ponder the ramifications of action vs. inaction and of trying to make things right with the spirit world.

The book is a good, old-fashioned ghost story in which the payoff comes at the end, while the movie is filled with thrills, chills and action but has what could, in some sense, be considered a happy, or at least merciful, ending.

If you haven’t seen the movie, I’d recommend reading the book first or it might feel a little slow. Definitely a good choice for a damp October evening!

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One Word Book Reviews

Ack! I’m behind. So, to catch up, here are some quick reviews:

A Discovery of Witches: Magical
A little bit more: I can not wait for the next book in this trilogy. I was completely absorbed in the world of this book, and would love to be friends with Matthew and Diana. (Or forget Diana, can I just date Matthew?)

The Queen of the Damned: Really?
A little bit more: I don’t get it. What was the big deal about the Anne Rice vampire chronicles? This book was not good. The others weren’t much better.

Book of Days: Forgettable

The Windup Girl: Scary
A little bit more: I use the word “scary” because the depiction of problems caused by genetically engineered crops is both bleak and believable.

Watership Down: Adorable
A little bit more: Why did I not read this book earlier in life? Love it, love it, love it. Go read it right now if you have not done so already!

The Chaos Code: Incomplete
A little bit more: Good premise, great beginning, needed more at the end.

Tales Before Tolkien: Appetizer
A little bit more: Most of the stories in this collection were enjoyable, but short stories usually leave me wanting. They’re just not long enough!

Ape House: Bland
A little bit more: I wanted to spend more time with the apes. This was mainly a story about humans, and they weren’t very interesting.

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The Help: Great Book, Meh Movie

The Help CoverThe book is almost always better than the movie. Some good examples: Children of Men, Eragon, The Lightning Thief, and The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising.

The most recent example: The Help. Excellent book. Kathryn Stockett’s writing is vivid and powerful. The story she writes does not shy away from the truth, but does leave you with the feeling that a small group of people can make a difference and things can get better. The characters seem ready to step off the page and into your living room.

The movie does not do it justice. The story is watered-down, the characters become one-dimensional, important parts are changed or omitted. Charlotte, Constantine and Rachel are mis-cast.

To be fair, Bryce Dallas Howard, Emma Stone, Octavia Spencer, Sissy Spacek and Viola Davis deliver top-notch performances. The costumes were gorgeous. And my mom, who did not read the book, thought the movie was excellent.

I’d give it three stars out of five. How about you?

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