Tuesday, September 20, 2011

#58 - The Day I Shot Cupid - Jennifer Love Hewitt

I bought this book in the final days of Borders when things were very on sale and books that I may not have bought orignally became things that I would pick up and set aside to buy at the end of my shift. This book was one of them. I had heard of the book and I thought it sounded intersting but never picked it up before. Now I picked it up for more than one reason. The primary reason I picked this up was because this book is about dating. I was interested to see what it was like since a book I am currently working on is about my past dating experiences so I considered this book to be research.

This book is just short little snippets of advice, experiences, and other thoughts. This was very well done and well written. I found myself comparing the experiences in the book to my own experiences. These were not only well written but funny as well.

I never figured I would be reading a self help book but that is what this book was categorized at Borders. This book not only was entertaining but I actually found some useful information in it. I found myself looking at my own past dating experiences through the eyes of someone else who has had less than a stellar dating record.

This book was very interesting and I enjoyed it considerably.

#57 - Cum Laude - Cecily Von Ziegesar

I've said it before and I apologize for saying it again but I don't stay within a specific genre for books. Now this book isn't something I would've picked up on my own but my friend Shawna had it and said I should read it. I started the book with some apprehension but quickly found myself setting that apprehension aside.

This book while not something I would typically read and not one of my favorite books was not bad. I enjoyed the characters in the book. They seemed very real and relatable to some extent as I am not far out of college myself.

The story while not overly enthralling was real and relateable. this seemed more like typical teen fiction or even some of the teen shows that are on tv. This auythor is in fact the author of one of the most noteable teen series "Gossip Girl".

One of the things I enjoyed most about this book was the location and the way the setting was described. Since the setting was in Maine I found it interesting. The author described the location well and I was able to picture many of the places in Maine that I recognized.

This books was entertaining to a point and like Shawna said 80% of the way through the book it got a lot better. If I were to rate this book I would give it 2 stars out of 5.

Friday, September 2, 2011

#56 - Never Knowing - Chevy Stevens

We all love to see those human interest stories where children that were put up for adoption are reunited with their birth parents but what about those reunions that are less than happy?

Chevy Stevens brings a compelling story about a woman who's decision to find her birth parents turns up at a past and secrets best left alone. If you found out your birth father was a killer and your birth mother was the only surviving victim what would you do?

Despite the length of time that it took for me to read this book it was very good and very interesting. The story is original and has all the elements of a good suspense thriller. Stevens also has a unique structure to the chapters. Every chapter is set up like a session with a psychiatrist. So there are little openings and conclusions o each chapter, it's definitely a style of it's own.

This book was well written and interesting. I loved the storyline and setup. This book will have you on the edge of your seat and wondering how this will turn out.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Writer's Journal

When I was in High School the University of Maine at Machias hosted a Writing Workshop for young writers. My creative writing teacher suggested it so my mom and I went. While I was at the workshop I learned a lot of things but one of the biggest things that stuck with me was the idea of a writer's notebook. As we left the workshop I convinced my mom to stop somewhere so I could get a Writer's notebook.

I have had many different notebooks since but the idea behind them all is the same. In my notebook I can write down story ideas, character descriptions, things I see I want to remember, quotes I like, I can also add pictures postcards and other little doodads that interest me.

I always try to keep some sort of notebook with me. i have small notebooks that I keep in the center console of my car and one in my purse. Then I also have my writer's notebook. This is a small three ring binder. I like this because it's easy to add and remove pages. I have decorated the outside to reflect my personality. I love my writer's notebook because it gives me a place to put ideas and it is also a great place to pull ideas from if I get stuck.