Sunday, October 21, 2007

notes on books

Okay, no real reviews here. Probably ought to get some sleep before I attempt anything along those lines. But I just figured I'd mention a few of the books I've finished up over the last few days that don't need actual reviews, meaning they weren't for reading challenges.

*Finished Cross by James Patterson the other day. What can I say...I love the Alex Cross series! They're always quick-to-read, suspenseful page-turners. This one definitely wasn't the best in the series, however.

*Finished The Lewis & Clark Expedition: Join the Corps of Discovery to Explore Uncharted Territory by Carol A. Johmann. This is a great book! It's going to be perfect for our homeschooling purposes, but I definitely wouldn't limit it to that. I think any kiddo interested in history would enjoy this one. Appropriate ages, I would guess, would be about 8-13. Not only is it packed with history written in a very fun yet informative way, it's also loaded with great activities. We'll be building a keelboat from balsa wood and making mocassins from leather...and those are just a couple of the cool projects. The instructions look both complete and easy to follow. I was definitely happy with this one!

*Finished up A Time to Kill by John Grisham during the Readathon. I started this one way back in August for the Maggie's Southern Reading Challenge, but when I didn't finish in time, I sort of set it aside. Not sure why, because I was enjoying it. And I continued to enjoy when I picked it back up this weekend. I've read several of Grisham's books in the past, but for whatever reason, never got to this one. What a shame...'cause I would have to say this is the best one I've read yet. The story was disturbing, yet compelling. What I loved the most was how "real" it was. Yes, the bad guys were definitely bad guys. But the good guys...well, let's just say they were "flawed". Aren't we all? And that's what I loved.

I'll try to get some reviews up tomorrow. Not because I love writing reviews, not because anyone actually wants to read my reviews, but because once I get them written I can check those books off my challenge lists. And that always feels soooo good!


gail@more than a song said...

I think I read Time to Kill years ago...if I remember correctly I believe Grisham thinks it was his best book. But I may have read that when he'd only written a few rather than a lot of books! Did you know he's from Mississippi?

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Wow, you did a lot of reading! Congrats to you :) I read "A Time to Kill" when it first came out. The disturbing part was so upsetting to me, but it was a great book. We own every Grisham book except Innocent Man, and I'm way behind. Like 6 or 8 books behind!

I have to get busy soon on the Womens Murder Club books. Are they similar to the Alex Cross ones? Or are the Cross ones more graphic? I'm enjoying the TV show on Friday nights too! :)

Have a wonderful week!

Maggie said...

Congrats on finishing the challeneg within another challenge! Kewl!