Thursday, July 30, 2015

Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee

Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee, 278 pages

I loved this book!!  I tried not to prejudge this book by listening to all the spoilers.  I knew when I heard the manuscript was found that I would want to buy this book.  I am a big fan of To Kill A Mockingbird and was afraid this book would not live up to all the hype.  Although Go Set A Watchman may not be the classic as was To Kill A Mockingbird, it deserves the attention.  I was not disappointed in the story or the characters.  This book focuses on Jean Louise (Scout) and Atticus Finch and how they have been influenced by situations in the south at the very early beginnings of the civil rights movement. Their relationship is just as touching now as it was back when Scout was a child.  I really appreciated how Jean Louise had grown into an intelligent young woman. The flashbacks in the book remind us why we all loved To Kill A Mockingbird.

Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger

Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger, 302 pages, (3 stories read)

I have never read The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, so I thought I would try a small sampling of his works in this book.   I started by reading two stories, and then went to read a third, Uncle Wiggly in Connecticut, after I heard it was made into a movie back in the 1940s under the title My Foolish Heart.  Salinger really held my interest with his varied characters and settings. Influenced by Ernest Hemingway, Salinger wrote truly classic literature.

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge  441 pages

When Rachelle was 15, she was good - apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village from dark magic. But she was also reckless - straying from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat.

Three years later Rachelle has given her life to serving the realm, fighting deadly creatures in a vain effort to atone. When the king orders her to guard his son, Armand - the man she hates most - Rachelle forces Armand to help her hunt for the legendary sword that might save their world. Together they navigate the opulent world of the courtly elite, where beauty and power reign, and no one can be trusted. And as the two become unexpected allies, they discover far-reaching conspiracies, hidden magic... and a love that may be their undoing. Within a palace built on unbelievable wealth and dangerous secrets, can Rachelle discover the truth and stop the fall of endless night?

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories by Ernest Hemingway

The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories by Ernest Hemingway, 154 pages (4 stories read)

I have always wanted to read Ernest Hemingway, and this was a great way to get a little taste of his writing style.  I found his writing style simple, but yet his ideas are a little more complex.  I am not sure I could say I enjoyed the stories I read, but I did find them interesting.  His stories are reminiscent of the era he writes in, the early 1900s.

The Murders in the Rue Morgue and Other Stories by Edgar Allan Poe

The Murders in the Rue Morgue and Other Stories by Edgar Allan Poe, 310 pages (3 stories read)

This book brought back memories of why I don't care for the writings of Poe. Poe, mostly known for his short stories, wrote horror and mystery stories in the 1800s.  I always thought his stories were rather creepy.  I am sure this is the effect he was going for.  The stories I chose to read in this book were no exception.  This book was great if you are up for a little Edgar Allan Poe.

The Life and Legend of Chris Kyle, American Sniper, Navy Seal by Michael J. Mooney

The Life And Legend of Chris Kyle, American Sniper, Navy Seal by Michael J. Mooney, 129 pages

I had wanted to read Chris Kyle's book, American Sniper, but not sure how I felt about reading too much detail into his kills.  I had recently watched the movie American Sniper and very much enjoyed it.  I wanted to read more about the man Chris Kyle.  Michael J. Mooney writes a short concise biography about the legend we know as Chris Kyle.  I found this book exactly what I was looking for.  It gave me insight into Chris Kyle's life, both as a husband and father and as a Navy Seal.  This was a very well written and heart felt life story.  Chris Kyle was truly a man who died an American Hero.

Truth Or Die by James Patterson and Howard Roughan

Truth Or Die by James Patterson and Howard Roughan, 383 pages

In James Patterson's latest bestseller, Attorney Trevor Mann has to solve the mysterious murder of his girlfriend Claire.  Along with young genius Owen Lewis, who has invented an amazing possible cure all serum for Alzheimer's, the two set out on a wild ride.  In the wrong hands, the serum can turn deadly when used as a weapon against terrorists. What ensues is a suspenseful thriller that involves people high up on the government food chain.  For James Patterson fans, this was one of his better novels.