What We're Reading

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena and Carry On

posted Aug 10, 2016, 1:40 PM by Jenni George   [ updated Aug 10, 2016, 1:40 PM ]


All the Light We Cannot See and Grasshopper Jungle

posted Jan 13, 2015, 6:07 AM by Jenni George

The Bone Clocks and The Program

posted Nov 10, 2014, 6:29 AM by Jenni George

Fortress of Solitude and The Impossible Knife of Memory

posted May 22, 2014, 8:12 AM by Jenni George


The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

posted Aug 14, 2012, 1:15 PM by Jenni George

So, technically I'm not reading this book-- I'm listening to it as an audiobook in my car.  But, that's besides the point.  WOW!  The story is so engrossing that I've spend many moments parked in front of my house because I have to keep listening to find out what will happen.  So many twists and turns in this mystery, and such interesting and developed characters.  I'm really loving it.
Here's the synposis:
"Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to run a story that will expose an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government.

But he has no idea just how explosive the story will be until, on the eve of publication, the two investigating reporters are murdered. And even more shocking for Blomkvist: the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to Lisbeth Salander—the troubled, wise-beyond-her-years genius hacker who came to his aid in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and who now becomes the focus and fierce heart of The Girl Who Played with Fire.

As Blomkvist, alone in his belief in Salander’s innocence, plunges into an investigation of the slayings, Salander herself is drawn into a murderous hunt in which she is the prey, and which compels her to revisit her dark past in an effort to settle with it once and for all."
This book definately deals with some adult issues, and some scenes are pretty violent, but I'm totally wrapped up in what will happen to Lisbeth Salander and what exactly was "all the EVIL" that keeps being alluded to in the novel.  If you like mysteries, especially ones that delve into the dark depths of the human psyche, then this is one for your "to read" list!

Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King

posted Jan 30, 2012, 8:07 AM by Jenni George

I love this author's quirky style and original characters!  How can a book about something as painful as bullying also be funny?  I highly reoommend the latest by A.S. King.  She also wrote Please Ignore Vera Dietz and The Dust of 1,000 Dogs.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

posted Oct 4, 2011, 11:25 AM by Unknown user

"What if you lived in a world where love was classified as a disease? Known in seventeen-year-old Lena’s futuristic society as “amor deliria nervosa,” it is something to be feared more than anything else. To catch amor deliria is to lose control, to forget to eat, sleep or work. It even drives some people to their death. That’s why Lena can’t wait to have the procedure that is administered to all teenagers on their eighteen birthdays, a simple operation that divorces you from any feelings of fear and pain. Even though it also stifles excitement, joy and causes some to lose their memories of loved ones, Lena doesn’t care. She’d rather feel nothing than end up like her mother, an emotional woman who, after three procedures, still couldn’t stop exhibiting the terrifying symptoms of love. So she committed suicide rather than go through the operation again. Now Lena’s procedure is coming up. And unlike her mother, she can’t wait to feel safe forever. Then she meets Alex, a boy with “crazy golden brown” eyes who challenges everything she’s ever known to be true about her world. She discovers a hidden society of light and warmth below the cold gray existence she’s been living, and a horrible secret that threatens to tear her very identity apart. And worst of all, she catches amor deliria nervosa. But instead of being terrible, it’s the most wonderful thing she’s ever experienced. Now Lena has to decide if she can continue to live in a world without love."  from the (fabulous) blog Reading Rants

How to friend books-- Goodreads.com and Shelfari.com

posted Aug 17, 2011, 11:23 AM by Jenni George   [ updated Aug 17, 2011, 11:49 AM ]

I'm a fan of social networking and I happen to love books.  So guess how happy I was when I discovered that a social networking site built all around reading!  Goodreads is an awesome place to find out about new books to read, what other people thought about things you've read, to discuss a book you just put down and you're dying to talk to someone about.  It's also a great place to just keep stuff you want to read or that you've read.  I have the goodreads app on my phone. When I'm browsing books and find something I want to read later, I just scan the ISBN barcode on the book and load it into my goodreads page.  Pretty nifty, huh? 
I also like Shelfari.  It also has a cool feature where you build a virtual book shelf.  I've embedded mine below.
These are both cool sites!  Enjoy!

Blank Confessions by Pete Hautman

posted Aug 17, 2011, 11:15 AM by Jenni George   [ updated Aug 17, 2011, 11:22 AM ]

I've read two other books by Pete Hautman, Invisible and Rash, and I loved them both.  He has a great way with action and he also writes a really good mystery.  Invisible might be one of the creepiest stories I've ever read!  It has a great twist to it.  I'm looking forward to reading Hautman's lastest book, Blank Confessions, because it features one of my favorite author tricks: two narrators.  I like books that show different perspectives on the same story, and I think it works really well in mysteries.  After, there's never just one truth, right?  Truth belongs to the teller.
Here's a little summary of Blank Confessions:

Shayne Blank walks into the police station and confesses to having killed someone.

How could the quiet, unassuming new kid in town be a murderer? It's hard to believe, but as Shayne tells his story, Detective Rawls is forced to face the reality that Shayne may be more - a lot more - than he seems.

But who is he?

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

posted Oct 21, 2010, 5:56 AM by Jenni George

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