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Book Review: The Woman I Was Born To Be by Susan Boyle

It gets slow in the middle, but when you get to the part about her overnight fame and her incredibly honest reaction to it, it was very inspiring. If you’ve never heard her audition from Britain’s Got Talent, then look it up on YouTube before you read this book.

Content Review: Mild, at the most there were a few swear words.  She’s a very devout Catholic and keeps it clean.


Book Review: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

It’s like Harry Potter meets Ancient Greece with a mix of Bruce Coville’s “My Teacher is an Alien.” It was entertaining, if not a little immature, but the part that was most touching to me was why Rick wrote these stories.  His son loved Greek Mythology and when Rick ran out of stories, he made them up.  He created Percy Jackson off the top of his head and Percy had ADHD and dyslexia like his son did at that time. The author was showing his son how someone became a hero with the same problems he had and, in an indirect way, that he was special.

He talks about this and other things more in his interview here.

Content Rating: Mild, for a few swear words and action.

Book Review: The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

A great murder mystery set in medieval times.  I felt like the main character, William, was a modern character in medieval times. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one that thought this because he addresses it the post script and says that the passages that most people find too “modern” are direct quotes from 14th century texts. I thought the medieval attitude was well portrayed in this book. You could feel the attitude that the world is in decline and that the old days were better than they are now.  I like how he also mentions that there isn’t a story that hasn’t already been told. He talks a lot about books and how “books speak of other books.” I loved this book, but the beginning was hard to get through.  There’s a lot of history that he goes through so get out your Google skills, but it was worth it by the time I got to the end.

Content Rating: Medium, for some suggestive material and some violence.

Book Review: The Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Will’s character bugged me most of the time (mostly because he reminded me of Jace from the Mortal Instrument Series).  Sometimes it just didn’t feel like the story and characters “fit” in Victorian England. But overall, it was entertaining.  It was a page-turner for me.  The author is very good at creating an unpredictable story and immersing you in a totally different world.

Content Rating: Medium, for some swearing and some violence.

Book Review: The Great Typo Hunt by Jeff Deck

The cover and title caught my attention at Borders and I had to read it. The book is pretty straight forward as far as the plot, but it was the writing style that made me love this book.  It wasn’t all fluff and entertainment, either.  He grew on the journey and made me laugh my head off along the way.  Here’s some non-spoiler quotes from the book to give you a flavor:

“She described to us six lanes’ worth of unadulterated fear, populated exclusively by motorists whose driving education had been paid for by the blood of pedestrians.”

“The standard clauses of the American dream only included two weeks of vacation a year.”

Content Rating: Medium. I remember it being fairly clean, but there was some language (if I remember right:)

Book Review: My Life in France by Julia Child

It made me want to cook, eat and live in France! She’s very funny and honest. It took forever to realize that when she said “marketing” she really meant “shopping at the market.” Her story was very inspiring and it was fun to know that she loved cooking for no better reason than she loved eating.  Same here!

Content Rating: Mild.  Julia swears here and there, but nothing terrible.

Book Review: Julie and Julia by Julie Powell

It made me laugh out loud sometimes, but swears so much that I wouldn’t recommend it. The movie catches the essence of what she went through in the book.  There are some scenes in the book that were funny and didn’t make it into the movie, but there are also a few gross stories that didn’t make it into the movie, either.  Overall, the writing was good.

Content Rating:  High, for strong language.

Book Review: The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

I was disappointed by this book – 200 pages in I was still waiting for the story to start. I had to make myself finish it. It was more teen novel with a tiny bit of super-natural sprinkled in.  That being said, I like super-natural stories and I was expecting there to be more of a super-natural element than there was.  So it might be that I didn’t like it because I had different expectations.  Lots of people like this book and it’s a good murder mystery, but I don’t like murder mysteries, either.

Content Rating: Medium, there was a long make-out section that I skipped over and there may have been some swearing (It’s been a while since I read it and I don’t remember:)

Book Review: Beastly by Alex Flinn

It was cute, fun, and entertaining, but it reminded me a lot of Disney’s version of Beauty and the Beast. It went back and forth between teen-angst and old-fashioned which made it feel a little inconsistent sometimes. Honestly, it veered a little into the sappy and over-the-top.  The characters were good, though, and it was fun to watch them grow.  I’m excited to see the movie because I can tell you right now without even seeing it that it’s very different from the book.

Content Rating: Medium, for swearing and crude teen humor.

Book Review: The Hunger Game Series by Suzanne Collins

It’s like 1984 meets reality TV and gladiators. I think the series is so popular because it makes you examine and ponder how we as a world are living now.  This is one of the first books to come out in the huge dystopian YA market.  It was recommended to me by Stephenie Meyer (not personally…) and I enjoyed the series as a whole.  The end of the last book grew on me.  I didn’t like it at first.  There’s a supernatural element to them, too, which I enjoyed.

Content Rating: Medium, for lots of violence, some of it kind of disturbing.