Sunday, January 13, 2013

Books Read in 2013

  1. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey (3 Stars)
  2. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (3 Stars)
  3. The Cross Examination of Oliver Finney by Randy Singer (4 Stars)
  4. Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio (3 Stars) 
  5. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (3 Stars)
  6. The Death of Bees by Lisa O'Donnell (3 Stars)
  7. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (3.5 Stars)
  8. The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult (3 Stars)
  9. Defending Jacob by William Landay (4 Stars) 
  10. If You Were Here by Alafair Burke (3.5 Stars)
  11. A Textbook Case (Lincoln Rhyme short story) by Jeffery Deaver (3.5 Stars)
  12. Say You're Sorry (Joseph O'Loughlin #6) by by Michael Robotham (3.5 Stars)
  13. Tell Tale by Same Hayes (3.5 Stars)
  14. Joyland by Stephen King (3.5 Stars)
  15. The Wednesday Sisters (Wednesday #1) by Meg Waite Clayton (3 Stars)
  16. No Way Back by Andrew Gross (2.5 Stars)
  17. The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards by Kristopher Jansma (3 Stars)
  18. The Kill Room (Lincoln Rhyme #10) by Jeffery Deaver (3.5 Stars)
  19. Bait by J. Kent Messum (2.5 Stars)
  20. After the Fall by Victoria Roberts (2 Stars)
  21. Mother, Mother: A Novel by Koren Zailckas (4 Stars)
  22. The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom (3.5 Stars)
  23. The Stranger You Know (Forensic Instincts #3) by Andrea Kane (3.5 Stars)
  24. Corrupt Practices: A Parker Stern Novel by Robert Rotstein (4 Stars)
  25. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (3 Stars)
  26. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (2.5 Stars)
  27. We Are Water by Wally Lamb (3.5 Stars)
  28. The October List by Jeffrey Deaver (4 Stars)
  29. The Boy Who Could See Demons: A Novel by Carolyn Jess-Cooke (4 Stars)
  30. Going Home (Survivalist #1) by A. American (3.5 Stars)
  31. Surviving Home (Survivalist #2) by A. American (3.5 Stars)
  32. Escaping Home  (Survivalist #3) by A. American (3 Stars)

  1. Once Upon a Secret: My Affair with President John F. Kennedy and Its Aftermath by Mimi Alford (3 Stars)
  2. Lessons From Madame Chic: The Top 20 Things I Learned While Living In Paris by Jennifer Scott (3 Stars)
  3. Until I Say Good-Bye: My Year of Living with Joy by Susan Spencer-Wendel, Bret Witter (4.5 Sars) 
  4. The Other End Of The Stethoscope by Marcus Engel (4 Stars) 
  5. You Are What You Wear: What Your Clothes Reveal About You by Jennifer Baumgartner  (3 Stars)
  6. The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing by Evan Marshall  (4 Stars)
  7. How to Fix Your Novel by Steve Alcorn (4 Stars)
  8. Awakened Leadership: Beyond Self-Mastery by Alan E. Shelton (2.5 Stars)
  9. My Road To Wealth: Learn About Obtaining Wealth Through The Story Of A Young Self Made Multimillionaire by Todd Babbitt (4.5 Stars)
  10. Mammolina: A Story about Maria Montessori by Barbara O'Connor, Sara Campitelli (4 Stars)
  11. Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job by Jon Acuff
  12. Relish: My Life In the Kitchen by Lucy Kinsley (4 Stars)
  13. My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf (3.5 Stars)

Did Not Finish - Fiction
  1. The Antagonist by Lynn Coady 
  2. You Shouldn't Call Me Mommy by Susan Tsui  
  3. Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple 
  4. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  5. The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo

Did Not Finish - Non-Fiction

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Book Review - The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

*** This review most likely include spoilers, so read at your own risk! ***

First book of the year. It's been getting cold here so reading this book is quite fitting. I was captivated by the imagery and wondered whether the child was real or not (fairy tale re-tell, remember?) and what'd happen. My favorite character is Esther, the neighbor. She's just a hoot. The rest of the characters are not as well developed and seemed too flat or too stereotypical.

In the end, this book is just okay to me because nothing really happens... well fine, stuff happens, but there wasn't a climax and the plot is flat. I didn't really feel much emotion one way or the other about the ending... and I use how emotional I get to gauge how much I like a book.

So 3 Stars out of 5 only for me.

Note - The book was borrowed from the library.

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