Thursday, July 24, 2008

the little prince

My book group read The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery this month. It's a quick read, only 113 pages, and illustrated with line drawing by the author. I enjoyed reading it, I remember parts that my mom read aloud to my class in 3rd grade, but I also enjoyed learning more about the author, who was a pilot and loved to fly, especially for his country (France). The dedication is especially touching - to his friend who was a Jew in German-occupied France during the war.
Highly recommended to read or re-read.
113 pages.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

what my girlfriend doesn't know

What my girlfriend doesn't know by Sonya Sones

I read when I put this book on request that it was a sequel to "What My Mother Doesn't Know" which I knew that I had read, but didn't really remember. Luckily, you don't have to have read (or remember) the first book to really enjoy this one.

Written in free verse (non-rhyming poetry), this book is a very fast read. Sonya Sones does an incredible job of capturing Robin's feelings about Sophia, about life, and about being a fourteen year old boy.

291 pages.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Count Karlstein

I listened to the audiobook (full cast!) of Count Karlstein by Phillip Pullman - a delightful Gothic tale for children.5.5 hours.

Also I read The Pirate's Dilemma; how Youth Culture is Reinventing Capitalism by Matt Mason -- sort of edgy and not exactly my thing, (I'm just not cool enough to be a pirate) but good for me to expand my horizons a bit and try to understand how other people think.239 pages.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

fearless fourteen

Why do I keep reading these books?
Seriously, it would be okay in like...a movie...or even a tv season...if one girl was in love with two guys for awhile. But the Stephanie Plum books are just getting creepy the way that she draws out her relationships with Ranger and Morelli in book after book. It's handy for plotting for a bounty hunter detective to work "intimately" with both the police force and the less-law-abiding-private-security firm, but from a personal standpoint, it's just tacky to sleep and flirt around like that. The reasons that she doesn't commit to Joe Morelli are thinner in every book, but that doesn't mean that their relationship is stronger, just that the reasons to keep flirting with Ranger are less and less appropriate. So, anyway, I read Fearless Fourteen, and I'll probably read "Sexy Sixty Two" and I'll probably still be complaining about it then too....
310 pages.