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Any of you had experience with this?
Also, there are a few books I've been meaning to tell you all about.... so....
How about a few book reviews?
I recently read a really good book you probably have heard of- 'The Lovely Bones' by Alice Sebold. The first line of the novel was intriguing enough to catch me, it goes- "My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name Suzie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6th 1973." Some might find this book bizarre, macabre, or unbelievable...as I did at times but overall I really enjoyed this book for being as unique as it was beautifully written.
Also, I just found out that it is being made in to a movie staring more than a few amazing actors- Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, and some lesser known actors that have also done great work, like Saoirse Ronan (Atonement). Oh and Peter Jackson directing! Release date is set for December 2009...which is right after the New Moon release so I guess I have a few things to look forward to this winter.
Another I also really enjoyed was 'The Book of Negros' (title in Canada) or 'Someone Knows My Name' (US and UK) by Canadian writer Lawrence Hill. This story follows the life of Aminata, a girl who at 11 year old was stolen from her home and family in West Africa and sold in to slavery. This is a very moving, well researched and powerfully written book accounting the lives of slaves during the end of the 17th century and their quest and fight for freedom. It is not an easy read but I found it worth while.
Now a book I wouldn't recommend is 'Girls in Trucks' by Katie Crouch. I can see how some might have loved this book but personally it did very little for me. The title is what first caught my eye and the jacket description sounded promising but I found this book depressing and the main character unlikeable. I would even have trouble describing it... a girl turned woman who struggles to find a hold in life and so fills her holes with sex and men, and more men, and more sex. I guess you could call it a human nature study- her friends, family and relationships are deep, thought provoking and complex- something that I usually apprecaite but still, I didn't like it... lol Oh but it does have a beautiful cover!
'The Glass Castle' by Jeannette Walls is a truly unbelievable book! A shocking biography about the authors childhood as she was raised by two lunatic parents in extreme poverty and neglect...or you could say, raised by a two free thinking radical parents keen on teaching their kids self sufficiency, survival and the power of positive thinking... but I'm going with the first description. This is a very odd book that is, IMHO, a worth while and easy read.
And finally, in other news. I have a Pop Tart problem. I simply CAN NOT have them in my house or else I WILL eat them. All of them. And leave none for DB. It is a sick addiction. DB bought two boxes on Saturday. I wont tell you how many are left. Because that would be embarrassing.