29 September 2011

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Book Review Roundup

Book Nerd Alert!

Even after having a baby, I still make time to do the things I love: craft, blog and read. If I don't, I won't be a good mom. I have to stay sane...for my family's sake. Anyway, here is my take on a few books I have recently finished.



The Real Mary by Scot McKnight
This book is geared toward Protestants believe it or not. I am a Catholic, but I just had to know what the Protestants were saying about the Mother of God.  He outlines various reasons why all Christians should revere (not worship) Mary. His final argument is for a day to be dedicated to the celebration of Mary's role in raising the Son of God. I would caution you when reading this book as I disagree with a few of his arguments (which, being Catholic, I expected!). But, if you have a strong knowledge of your catechism, give it a read. It's always fun to join the conversation. I think it's easy to forget that Catholics and Protestants are really striving toward the same goal, and in essence, believe in similar things. This book opens up the conversation for the two faith groups and gives them a chance to come to even more of an understanding.

Marley and Me by John Grogan
I was against reading this book for a while. I don't like to cry and I don't like dogs. Oh, please. Don't give me that look. They slobber and jump and you have to pick up their poop and they bark. Cats are where it's at. Anyway, it was on sale at Borders (R.I.P.) for $4, so I picked it up. I swore I wouldn't have an emotional reaction to it, but, surprise, surprise, I did. Really it got me thinking about my cat, Jessie Baby who passed away a couple of years ago at 21. Animals really do become a part of your family. Man I miss that cat. So, should you read this book? Sure. Just keep in mind that if you love an animal, this will make you squirt some.


At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon
This is one of my favorite books that I have read in a while. It has such a small town charm to it.  Really it's funny that that is what I like about it. I would say I'm a suburban/bigger city kind of gal (and by big city I mean like Ann Arbor, MI...). Anyway, I am not enjoying living out in the boonies so much this year. However, I would totally live in Mitford. I think it is because the quaintness of it reminds me of Gilmore Girls. Man, I love that show.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
I'm sure many of you have read this, so I won't say much. I really enjoyed it, but I have to say it fizzled a bit at the end. That didn't take away from my enjoyment though; don't jump down my throat, people. Anyone, just one line sums this book up: "You is kind. You is smart. You is important." Now I have to see the movie. HAHAHA like that is going to happen for another two years. I have a baby!

Right now I am reading Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. On deck and in the hole: Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda and perhaps #1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. Have you read any of these? What are your thoughts? 

Finally, I found out a couple of weeks ago that Kindle will be enabling users to check out books from local libraries. This is great news for me. Mike bought me a Kindle a while back, but I returned it because I enjoy holding real books. I also didn't want to spend money on a device that made me pay more money for books to load on it. I would rather buy used books on the cheap. But, if the library selection proves to be good, I just might go for one. I have wanted to buy one for one reason: my brother works for Lab 126 which helps develop the Kindle. But, sorry Alex, that wasn't reason enough. This might put me over the edge.


Update: My brother has been keeping a secret from me! In case you missed it, Amazon just released their new Kindle Family. My brother has been so excited about this top-secret info that he couldn't share with us, but now it's public knowledge.  Also, when you order yours, and I know you will, notice the packaging. Alex designed that.

 So, what is on your reading list (paper or ebook)?
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  1. Marissa teslak said... September 29, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    Im one of 5 people who couldn't finish the Help.... I thought it was by far the most poorly written books. :( but i loved the hunger games!

  2. Jenna said... September 29, 2011 at 8:07 PM

    I didn't find the writing terrible, but I thought the end could have been stronger. Hunger games though? Awesome!

  3. Losing Brownies said... September 29, 2011 at 10:21 PM

    Thanks for your thoughts! I think I will tell the head of my department first.

    I'm reading The Song of Ice and Fire series. I'm on the fourth book. I can't seem to put them down!

  4. Jenna said... September 29, 2011 at 10:32 PM

    You'll have to let us know how it all goes!

    As far as the series, who is it by? I am not familiar :)

  5. Jaclyn T said... September 30, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    I have Ape House by Sarah Greun to read---but not for a while (right now textbooks and articles are my reading material). I LOVE my little cat-man, Alfie, and hope he lives to be 21! Aren't pets the best?

    If you really want to fool people with my cake recipe, I would suggest using a more traditional recipe (using sugar). My version is yummy, but not as sweet as regular cake.

  6. Jenna said... September 30, 2011 at 7:42 PM

    That's what I like about it though! I love sweets, but not when they are too sweet!

  7. kendal said... November 6, 2011 at 7:43 PM

    clicked on your blog from a comment you left over at laura parker's. because i love to read and saw your post title. the secret daughter was one of my favorite reads from the summer and i have read all of the number one ladies detective agency books. the narration is a little ummm, weird? but i ADORE them. i teach 7th graders about africa, so that is one of the draws for me, but i think i would find them delightful anyway! have you read unbroken by lauren hildenbrand? incredible.

  8. callherhappy said... November 7, 2011 at 8:44 AM

    Kendal-

    Thanks for stopping by! Feel free to visit anytime :)

    I actually had to abandon Secret Daughter until my pregnancy hormones straightened themselves out! My husband just got me a Kindle so I am doing light reading on that until I stop crying at the drop of a hat!

    Jenna

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