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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Some Book Reviews

I haven't posted a book review in a long time, so here are some books that I've read recently!

 The Cookbook Collector  by Allegra Goodman.  Todd bought me a Kindle a couple of months ago, and this was the second book that I read on my Kindle.  I did enjoy the book, but it had a lot of problems.  First and foremost, there were just too many characters.  I couldn't keep track of who was who, and I couldn't keep track of how they related back to each other.  The entire book had a bunch of revolving story lines, and some of them related only loosely to each other.  Some were never resolved.  I found the "main" plot of the cookbook collector and the characters that are trying to learn more about him the most interesting, but I felt like for pages at a time we're taken away from this story to hear about some other minor character or plot point that I don't care about at all.  It was an OK read, but still my favorite part of the whole book is the cover.

The Castaways by Elin Hilderbrand.  For no apparent reason, I loved this book.  I think that perhaps I had low expectations because I picked up the book on a whim at BJs Wholesale Club, and maybe I thought a BJs book could not be very good.  I don't know.  Regardless, I devoured it and finished it while in Disney World for the Wine & Dine Half Marathon.  Like The Cookbook Collector, I felt like there were too many characters, but unlike it, all of the characters meshed together and made sense together.  While the description of the book discusses a "mystery," this is less of a mystery kind of book as it is a book about people who just need to get their lives together.  Another odd thing - I really didn't care for any of the characters in this book - they were either too whiny, too annoying or just made constant bad decisions.  And still, I loved the book.  Go figure!  I'm putting another of Elin Hinderbrand's books on my "To Read" list on my Kindle, so we'll see if I like her other books as much.

The World is Blue by Sylvia Earle.  I wanted to love this book.  The subject matter (saving the oceans) is one that I love.  I also admire and respect Sylvia Earle and the work that she has done trying to educate people on saving the oceans, and taking climate change seriously.  I was also reading this while the Gulf oil spill was going on, so it was very pertinent.  However, the book is a downer, and it is boring.  I wish it had some more photos - maybe full color photos of underwater things?  As it is, it's a terrific reference, but a little difficult to read cover to cover.

Ok, that's it for now.  Can I just say that I totally love my Kindle?  Granted, only one of these books was a Kindle read, but I still have to keep repeating it.  I love my Kindle!!  My co-workers think I should marry it.


Diana said...

I have yet to try a kindle, but i am hoping santa might have one for me in his sack!

Kim said...

Wow, Diana, your profile links to a casino... Are you a spammer? I am leaving your comment because at least it was relevant.

Marlene said...

I loved the Whole Truth Q&A!

Will have to check out that book...

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