Heather's books

Sarah's Key
The Help
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
New Moon
Breaking Dawn
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
The Lightning Thief
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
The Notebook
Eat, Pray, Love
The Time Traveler's Wife
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Is Heaven Real?

Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

Heaven is for Real:

A Little Boys Astounding Story of his Trip to Heaven and Back

By: Todd Burpo

Genre:  nonfiction

Pages: 163

Published: 2010

Read: July

3 out of 5

I am a Christian and believe in Heaven, but I still have a hard time believing this story. I believe that people may “see the light” and still not die. However, I have a hard time believing that Colton was in heaven long enough to see and meet everyone he claims. When people go under they have more unique dreams and being raised in a Christian family and having a Pastor as a father the dream he could have had makes sense. Most of the information he gave could have been overheard and his parents asked leading questions. I felt the movie was better, but not necessarily nonfiction. I felt there was also more facts in the movie. I enjoyed the story, but as a fictional story. 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

A coming-of-age book with music

This Song Will Save Your Life
This Song Will Save Your Life

By: Leila Sears

Genre:  YA realistic fiction

Pages: 279

Published: 2013

Read: July

4 out of 5
Meet Elise. She doesn’t want to be popular.  She just wants some friends.  The more she tries, the more she fails.  I believe this book may just save some lives. It provides the lesson that you only need to find your own passion and you find yourself, therefore friends that share your passion. It’s a coming-of-age story about unpopularity – to downright mean peers.  The author has the special talent of making the reader want to be friends with Elise themselves. Not everyone will connect with her feelings, but if you ever felt lost in your teens years this is a must read.  If music is your thing, I also recommend Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell and Beautiful Music for   Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills.

What is a Horror...

Help for the Haunted

Help for the Hunted

By: John Searles

Genre:  Adult Horror

Pages: 368

Published: 2013

Read: July

1.5 out of 5

I haven’t read a great horror book, since I used to read Stephen King novels years ago. Not that you should compare other horror novels to the great prolific Stephen King, but this one failed miserably. It wasn’t suspenseful, horrifying or any other word to describe a good horror story.  All events and circumstances that seemed to be important in this novel NEVER went anywhere or developed. The ending came out of left field. I like being surprised or discover a twist ending, but not a new person or twist that wasn’t foreshadowed at all. This author took a seemed to write an ending to a completely different novel and my only thought was “What a cop-out”.  I continued to read the novel only because it had such good promise, even if not a horror and it just died. I did not hate this book, but do not recommend it either.  

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A Midwest Story


Shotgun Lovesongs

By: Nickolas Butler

Genre:  Adult fiction

Pages: 320

Published: 2014

Audiobook: 8 discs (10 hours)

Read: July

4 out of 5

This book is a great story about the Midwest. It’s about friendships, relationships, families, living in a small town, and the struggles to survive. Since I happen to live in the Midwest and travel to Wisconsin often, I especially enjoyed the scenery described throughout the story. The characters were fascinated to the point I imagined living in Little Wing, being friends and going to their weddings. The audiobook version was especially intriguing because each character was narrated by a different person, so the reader really got to know that character as their own individual.  It’s just a story of small town living – nothing tragic or phenomenal occurs – however, especially Midwesterners, will become intertwined in their lives. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

A horrifying graphic novel

The Walking Dead, Book One
The Walking Dead, Book One

By: Robert Kirkman

Genre:  Graphic Novel

Pages: 304

Published: 2010

Read: July

4 out of 5

As far as graphic novels go, this was a great intriguing horrific roller coaster of a ride. The book was jammed packed with action, but also included friendships, families and even a sideline love affair. The artistry was extreme and a very graphic zombie story. You could even envision the zombies moving across the page as stiff as a board.  I loved it!  I remained fascinated throughout the story. I have never read a graphic novel where I felt the characters were so well developed. My rating for this book is relative to other graphic novels and while I enjoyed it, I still prefer nonfiction/biographical graphic novels.  As this is a series, I am still unsure if I will continue reading them.  I got a taste (no pun intended) and there are so many books to read.

A possible sequal to Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

Say What You Will

Say What You Will

By: Cammie McGovern

Genre:  YA fiction

Pages: 343

Published: 2014

Read: July

4.5 out of 5

This book is referenced to being a cross between The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell.  I completely agree with the similarities of Eleanor & Park, but I didn’t see much of TFiOS. Rather I felt it was a sequel to Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper. In that novel, Melody is an 11 year old confined to a wheelchair, doesn’t have the ability to speak, but was extremely intelligent. Amy shares all these characteristics, but is a high school senior and is desperately seeking peer friendships and shows interest in boys and sex. I really enjoyed the story and appreciated the idea McGovern introduced – that severely disabled individuals desire intimate relationships and even sex. However, the reason I only gave the book 4.5 stars versus 5 is because she takes the idea too far and I started to feel that Amy was slimy and a slut. If you can get over that, I recommend this book, especially to those that enjoyed Out of My Mind

Friday, July 18, 2014

A Puzzle-Solving Mystery

Key to the Treasure by Peggy Parish
Key to the Treasure

By: Peggy Parish

Genre:  Juvenile mystery

Pages: 154

Published: 1966

Read: July

5 out of 5

I first read this book as a kid and remember loving it. The book is very unique in the fact that the puzzles that Jed, Bill, and Liza find can be solved by the reader before reading how the kids solve it. So it's a true puzzle-solving mystery.  I still worked the puzzles myself this time as well. However, I appreciated more of the story as an adult.  It shows the importance of one's family history being past down through the generations.  I feel this is an excellent example of a children's classic and is definitely timeless.  It's about kids growing up in any decade trying to find a lost treasure hidden on their grandparents property over 100 years ago. This book should be treasured by kids of all ages . Join the journey as the siblings find the key to a treasure!