Saturday, March 29, 2008

A Couple of Non-Reviews and (Yet Another) Challenge

I have a long-standing policy of reviewing everything I read, so it feels kind of wrong not to write about the two books I just finished. Don't worry, I'm not breaking policy, I'm just not going to review these two right now. I read Lisa Daily's Fifteen Minutes of Shame, a chick lit novel that actually had some substance. If you want a sneak peek at this fun book, check out Lisa's official website. If you want my take on it, come back on April 2, when BBB hosts Lisa on her virtual book tour. The other book I finished is The Hostile Hospital by Lemony Snicket. I've been reading his A Series of Unfortunate Events books. When I've finished them, I'll review the series as a whole.

The other thing I want to mention is a fun new reading challenge called Soup's On. You can get all the details here. Basically, you have to "read" (not every word, just enough so you have an idea what it's about) 6 cookbooks and make 1 recipe from each between April 1, 2008 and March 31, 2009. Sounds fun, doesn't it? My reading list will be on my challenge blog in the next couple of days.

Right now, I'm trying to decide what to read next. I've got a pile of review books, a TBR mountain chain, plus I just ordered a bunch of books using MyPoints rewards (have you heard of MyPoints? If not, check it out. I've been doing it for years, and I love the program. If you sign up, would you mind putting my name in as the one who referred you? You will probably have to use my email address susanrjensen[AT]yahoo[DOT]com. Thanks.), and I've got a bag full of books from the library. Hmmm ... choices, choices.

5 comments:

  1. I got stalled in the middle of the Lemony Snicket saga. I still have a bookmark in the next one. I found them very clever, but it's hard to motivate myself to read the next one when I know what will happen: the Baudelaire orphans will be places with terrible, horrible, no good, very bad guardians, Count Olaf will try to steal them using a disguise only they can see through, no one will believe them until it is too late and he gets away again, and they will be shuttled off to the next book, which will repeat the foregoing with a different setting, different guardians, and a different disguise. My favorite parts of the books are the back cover, the dedication, the author's bio-snippet, and the "note" to the editor about the next book. Those are pure pleasure. And shorter. :)

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  2. I do MyPoints as well and love it, but how did you order books? Were you able to redeem points for them or did you just buy through a site and earn the points? I usually use my points for gift cards to restaurants, but books are better than food (unless it's chocolate!).

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  3. Robin - I still like the series, even if it is very formulaic. Did you notice that the books' illustrator graduated from BYU, just like us??

    Amanda - Sorry - I should have been more clear. I had a bunch of MyPoints, so I redeemed them for $75 in Amazon codes. I like doing it that way because I can use my reward immediately!

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  4. I think it's great that you review each book you read. I think I would find that overwelming! I really appreciate the reviews you do though.

    Oh, and Series of Unfortunate Events does change it's formula at some point during the series (maybe after The Vile Village?) - I thought they really picked up after that. At least until the last one, which I hated.

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  5. I'd highly recommend the Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis as a great read. The author's imagination and creativity never cease to amaze me. Although most might think that they are for children.,I think most adults would also enjoy reading them. In fact, Disney is coming up with the latest Narnia movie-Prince Caspian, this May 16th. It promises to be awesome by the looks of the trailor. I think its very well-timed also, especially for the kids who'd be on summer break. So dont miss it!

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