Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Review - Homefires

Homefires by Emily Sue Harvey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Homefires is a story set in the Deep South centering around a couple, Janeece and Kirk Crenshaw, who have been together since high school.  It follows them as they grow as a couple, have children and deal with marital difficulties.  You see how Kirk's pastoral duties affect their lives and way of handling the world around them.

I enjoyed Ms. Harvey's descriptions of the characters and their surroundings as you followed their journey.  This was a good book and something that is outside my normal type of reading material.  I'm glad that I had the chance to read it.

I obtained a copy of this book from the author to review as part of her Virtual Book Tour.

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Notes on what I'm reading

Just finished this and need to write my review, hopefully in the next day or so.  

Genre - Mystery, Fiction
 Almost done.  Interesting...

Genre - Travel
 I just got this from the library last week and am done!  I'll be writing my review this week!  :)

Genre - Fiction, Vampires, Mystery
hmmm...that's all for now.  Review to come.

Genre - Fiction, Vampires, Young Adult
I finished this last week and will be posting a review on it tomorrow as part of her virtual book tour.

Genre - Fiction

Armchair BEA 2011: For the Love of Reading

Who am I, and how do I Armchair? Two interesting questions and a great way to start Armchair BEA.

Who am I?  I am a SAHM with two beautiful little girls who loves reading.  Lately, I've been thinking that I'm a repressed librarian and that I should have gotten my Master's in Library Science instead of Information Science.  Growing up, I volunteered for several years in my school library.  While I was in college, I worked in the university library and my first job upon graduating was in a library.

I made my decision about my Master's at a time when the Information Science around was booming and that was where the jobs were.  I also thought that it would be a good choice because technology is so much a part of our lives, that even libraries and books are affected by them.  Maybe I will go back to school and get my Master's in Library Science when my girls are older.

In the meantime, I will simply enjoy my love of books and reading.  At Thanksgiving, my husband gave me a NookColor as a combination anniversary/Christmas present.  I love it and am slowly building up my library with books that I love and free ones that I am able to get.  The free books are exposing me to authors and genres that I had never looked at before.  One of the things that I love about my Nook is that it is a nice size to fit into my purse and take with me anywhere.  That can't always be said of a book.  While I love my Nook, I still enjoy reading books and love the feel of a book in my hands.  There are several books that I have purchased a hard copy of instead of an electronic copy.

I armchair throughout the year by reading and blogging about what I am reading.  My blog is now almost 18 months old.  I started it as a way to keep track of what I am reading and to be more honest so that I didn't get stuck on one kind of book, but read more and explored new areas.  I started following several bloggers on both their sites and on Twitter because I liked seeing what they had to say and they frequently give me ideas for my TBR pile.

Well, that's a lot for now.  I'm hoping to have a couple of posts up later today about some of the books that I am currently reading and tomorrow there will be at least one review up.

Have a great day!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Review - Private

Private by James Patterson

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Usually, I enjoy reading James Patterson and have a hard time putting his books down. When I was reading the description for this book, I thought that it sounded interested and would be a good book. I have to say that I did not enjoy reading Private. It seemed to me that the book was dragging and I had to force myself to pick it up several times.

Unfortunately, the characters did not draw me in and hold me. Maybe I'll give this book another try in a couple of months.

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Review - Naked Heat

Naked Heat (Nikki Heat #2)
Naked Heat by Richard Castle

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have to admit that I accidentally started to read this book first. When I realized that I was missing some background on the relationship between Rook and Heat, which was pretty quick, I stopped went back. I think that I could have read this book first, but I prefer to read books that are in a series in order.

As with Heat Wave, I enjoyed this book. The chemistry between Rook and Heat and the way that they acted with each other was fun to watch. The unresolved issues between them from their romance keeps the sparks flying throughout this book.

The storyline was clever and the interaction between everyone was lively as Rook and Heat worked with and around each other to find the killer.

I hope that this series continues.

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Review - Heat Wave

Heat Wave (Nikki Heat, #1)
Heat Wave by Richard Castle

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoy watching Castle on ABC when I can watch it, which is not often with little ones, so I was looking forward to seeing if the books would be any good. I was not let down.

I really enjoyed reading Heat Wave. The characters were well developed and the storyline gave me background that I have missed because of not being able to see every episode. Because I saw the show before reading the book, my mental picture of the characters is the actors who portray them on television. I love the chemistry between Rook/Castle and Heat/Beckett.

I can't wait to see what happens in Naked Heat.

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