Tuesday, November 5, 2013

What's that got to do with the price of eggs?*

January - 4
February - 3
March - 4
April -2
May - 3
June - 4
 July - 4
  August - 5
September - 9
October - 5
Total =43

Chasing Lincoln's Killer by James Swanson

Something about October got me into a historical mood.  This was just the first of several this month.  I really enjoyed the book, there were parts that were a bit gruesome but it was certainly interesting to learn the full story, I just don't know if it's ever been taught to me before.  I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning a little history.

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

When I started to read this book, I had just gone through a period when I had started and stopped several books because I found them too emo or lame and I actually worried that this one was headed in the same direction. I thought maybe she was writing to her mom or someone else that she had lost and that we were headed down some emotional remembrance.  But I stayed in there because it had been on my "to read" list so long I had forgotten why I put it there.  Excellent book.  I love how everything ties together and the foreshadowing is great. What can I say? I'm a sucker for twist and time travel.

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
This is another historical book.  NOT Historical Fiction, I almost said that but it would have been a lie.  I LOVED how this book was done.  Larson tells two stories in one and how these two events came together in history.  One story is of the World's Fair in Chicago and the other story is of the rise fall of serial killer H.H. Holmes; who built a mansion of a hotel for the World's Fair with the intent to trap and kill girls traveling alone, far away from home.  One chapter I was intrigued, learning what products and attractions made their debut in Chicago, or what things the fair didn't allow (and those things made it big later); the next chapter, I was horrified by the misdeeds of H.H. Holmes. A very interesting history lesson.

The Registry by Shannon Stoker

This was a pretty intriguing idea to me (which is why I bought the book) but sadly I don't love it and I learned at the end that it at least will have a sequel if not a trilogy but I don't think it impressed me enough for me to remember to buy the sequel when it comes out.  I get why I don't like the main character, she is exactly what she is supposed to be, but I found the main character's development unbelievable based on the rules of her world.  Overall, I did not find the other characters endearing either.  I like the main guy, and later on they come across a gay couple and I like them too.  But the bad guy - hated him (and not because I was supposed to).  He was supposedly evil, at least that was what I was continually told and somewhat shown, but not enough to convince me that he was so. Yes, he killed and threatened but it didn’t seem believable to me. My favorite characters were sadly ones that didn’t stick around for very long. Still, overall I think it was a quick, easy, enjoyable read

The Reservoir by John Milliken Thompson

I borrowed this one from the library - on my phone...so it took me a long time to finish it because I kept forgetting I had it on my phone!  This book is based in Richmond, VA (hometown yea!) so that is probably what got my attention at first.  I did not know until reading in the back of the book that this is based on an actual court case and that the author stuck to the facts as much as possible, but added filler where there was no information.  The book was great and I was close to crying near the end (which I hate to admit - but there it is). 

Overall - October was a good reading month.  Here's to 2 more months and 7 more books!

1 comment:

Lacee said...

I loved Devil in the White City. We had to read it for a history class. The class was all about the 1893 Chicago Exposition. That's all we talked about the whole semester, as there's lots to talk about. Very eye-opening.


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