Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Mini-reviews...the only way to catch up!

It's mini-review time again!

Making History by Stephen Fry
Ever wondered what the world would be like if Hitler and World War II hadn't happened? Stephen Fry explores this question in this great book, which shows us that things can always be worse and reminds so to be careful what we wish for. It left me thankful for the freedoms that I have in this world. And what a great idea for a book, a fascinating question. Be warned though, this is nothing like the comic side of Stephen Fry that you may already know and appreciate!

Dating Big Bird by Laura Zigman
A light, quick read about Ellen, a single woman who desperately wants a child - so desperately that "Big Bird is looking like a better candidate for fatherhood every day: he's tall, affectionate, and steadily employed" (from back cover). Those who were ever desparate for children will be able to relate and those who have children will certainly laugh at some kid-related bits. But if you're not really into this topic then you probably won't enjoy this as much as I did.

Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants: The Second Summer by Ann BrasharesAnother installment of the young adult series about four best friends. Not much to say, really, it's fun. I like how the four girls are different and how they end up in completely different places and situations that let them grow. I'll definitely be reading the next one. Oh, and I like the movies too, though Alexis Bledel will always be Rory to me!

The Weed that Strings the Hangman's Bag by Alan BradleyThis actually deserves a post of its own, but I've been sitting on it too long and now can't remember the details of what I loved about the book. Except for Flavia the 11-year-old solver of murders herself of course, I love her for everything she is. My only gripe with the book is how horrible her sisters are to her, I can't imagine living in a family like that!

Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick RiordanThe fourth in this series about Percy, son of Poseidon. It brought more adventure, mayhem and monsters - and also some teenage boy feelings, though not explored in any depth. But this isn't supposed to be a deep book, just a fun one that gets kids into mythology. A great aspiration, in my opinion.


Patty said...

Am intrigued by the "making history" book, because I'm currently reading "la part de l'autre" by E-E. Schmitt which almost covers the same question. Will read this one right after, just to compare. Thanks for the review

Kailana said...

Great post! I am always impressed with the diversity of what bloggers read. I know I read all over the place and didn't always pre-blogging...

Trish @ Love, Laughter, Insanity said...

I've been thinking about doing a bunch of minis for the audios I've been listening to but even that is overwhelming!

Glad you liked The Weed that Strings. I read it when I was on maternity leave and can't really remember too many of the details either. I actually don't have much memory of the sisters being mean as I did with the first one! But that Flavia is a clever one, huh?