Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Girls in Pants

Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood By: Ann Brashares

Ok so I didn't think that I would like this series that much but when I opened this book and started it, I realized that I really missed these characters and it was like seeing old friends again. The author really makes you feel apart of this group of 4 girls and makes you wish even more that you could wear these magical pants. the 4 girls Tibby, Carmen, Bridget (B) and Leena have graduated from High school and have one summer left before they go their separate ways for college. Bridget has soccer camp that she is coaching and has an unexpected run in with Eric an old flame that made her life horrible after the first summer. Carmen is adjusting to her mom's new marriage and is still adjusting a bit to her dad's as well when an unexpected surprise helps Carmen see herself in a new perspective. Leena's newly widowed grandma is living with them and is causing grief in the house. But because of Leena's chance to put together a portfolio for art class she learns more about her family and feels a deeper love for them. Tibby is starting to feel that maybe being a tomboy still at 18 isn't all it's cracked up to be, especially when a new crush emerges, she also has a almost fatal occurrence that makes he realize just how important her family is to her and how much she does really love them. All this mingled with the girls friendship being set in motion for the ultimate test...COLLEGE!
I really loved this book and I am excited to start the next and final chapter.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Return of the King

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King By: J.R.R. Tolkien

The end of the trilogy. I really love the detail you get in books that you don't in movies and I am especially grateful that Tolkien believed in Happy endings for all. :) One of my favorite things about this book is the part that couldn't fit in the movie. When Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin
go back to the shire to find that Sauruman has taken over and they stand up to him and get their fellow hobbits together to rebel and stand up to the "ruffians". In the movie I didn't like how after they got back from their adventures that they felt alienated with their own kinsman. I think that's one of the reasons why I enjoyed this part in the book because it helps to show that they weren't alienated and in fact thought of as hero's in their homeland as well. Albeit for different reasons.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Why Do Horses Sleep Standing Up?

Why Do Horses Sleep Standing Up? By: Marty Becker D.V.M, Audrey Pavia, Gina Spadafori, and Teresa Becker.

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love animals and particularly HORSES. So it comes as a shock to no one when I said I want to go to school to become a Vet and it comes at no surprise that when I found this at Barnes and Noble I bought it. (after narrowing it down from a stack of choices). This is a wonderful book that I am so happy that I have added to my collection. It has a lot of questions that I myself have had about horses but never really found the answers to. It also has re kindled my interest in horse racing. If your a horse lover like me and want to find out more about these magnificent animals this is the book for you.

Monday, October 11, 2010

The Two Towers

The Lord of the Rings-The Two Towers By: J.R.R. Tolkien

I actually find it a little funny that I am reading this series right now. When I first started to read it I got close to the end of this book before I had to stop because I was leaving to live in the Philippines for close to 2 years. When I got back I jumped into school but wanted to finish the series. Of course I couldn't remember where I was so I started over and would listen to them as I drove to and from school and work. Well it's now 5 years later and I picked up this series again right as I once again started back into school, and listen to them as i drive to and from school and work. :p
I love this series and the story that Tolkien has created. He truly set the standard for fantasy writing and I can relate almost all the fantasy books I read back to Tolkien. He really brings the characters to life and paints a very vivid world that is so fun to escape to. This book continues the fellowship as they part ways and go different routes but still with the same purpose. You get to meet new characters that are easy to fully accept into the story and you get to meet the old character Gollum from The Hobbit and even get to learn more about him and why he is the way he is. The series should really be read at least once in your lifetime. book reader or not I think this is a wonderful story that everyone should know.