Saturday, August 15, 2009


I've been in a reading frenzy lately. Finishing one book and depending on the hour, starting immediately on another.

I'm about to start my 4th Harry Potter, although, I must admit that I skipped ahead to the last book after seeing the Half Blood Prince at the movies a couple of weeks ago. I couldn't stand being the last person on the planet that had absolutely no clue how the series ended. I'm sure I heard about it or read it somewhere when the last book was published, I remember it being a huge deal but at the time I wasn't a fan (or not a fan) of the series so whatever I heard didn't stick.

I finished the Deathly Hallows and picked up My Sisters Keeper. It was our Bookclub book about a month and ago and I missed it, but still had it here to read. I have to say that I hated that book, but I couldn't put it down. * spoiler alert * (in case you haven't read it and plan to, you may want to skip on through.)

I wanted to reach through those pages and strangle those parents, mostly the mother. I get wanting to do everything in your power to save the life of your child, but to go so far as to genetically engineer a baby for spare parts is unfathomable to me. All I could think about was how they would end up losing all 3 of their kids this way. I cried. I finished it in less than 3 days. It was a horrible story that hooked me, drew me in and made me think and have terrible dreams. While I may not have liked the tale, I must say that Jodi Picoult is a good writer. This story evoked so much emotion in me, it was scary.

I've heard that the movie is very different from the book and that the ending isn't the same, I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing, because I wasn't expecting the ending I got. I don't know if I will be seeing the movie, but I do know that I'm looking for a lighter read.

Any suggestions?


Michelle said...

I wanted to do the same thing after I saw the Harry Potter movie with my son. I always liked the movies but my son has read the whole series 3 times and my husband at least twice. My book list is long too so I didn't dive into Harry Potter too.

Something light... My recent good reads are Mother Warriors, The Shack, and 3rd Degree by James Patterson, none of which are light. Expecting Adam is good but not a lot lighter. Sorry I guess I read pretty intense books :-)

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

I haven't read it myself, but anything that has to do with bad or questionable things happening to kids is NOT up my alley. I just can't handle it. (Deep End of the Ocean ... I read it but HATED it. So sad. Thanks, Oprah!)

I just read the Twilight series, which I noticed at some point you have a whole CATEGORY for, so I read all of your posts on it. (I'm not sure if you saw my recent post about the movie, but I liked it.)

Anonymous said...

Jessica REALLY likes the Janet Evanovich books. She has read them all from "One for the Money" to "Finger Lickin Fourteen" They are pretty light fare. She says they are great beach books.