Some Reviews While Recovering From Starting SRP..

Posted by Steph on June - 11 - 2013

Well the Summer Reading Program is upon us all within the public library systems…which is what I will be using as my excuse for not getting any blogging OR reading done.  I feel like something detrimental is missing not having a book finished every other day!  However, I do have 4 started at the moment, which is something I despise doing.  I like to read one book at a time, finishing it within a few days, but the chaos of library programming has creeped into my reading habits..making it just as difficult to choose only one book. So I’m currently reading The Storm Protocol by Iain Cosgrove, The Rose Throne by Mette Ivie Harrison, Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, and Stoker’s Manuscript by Royce Prouty.  They are all fabulous books and all completely different; mobsters, princesses/fantasy, and a nice dark vampire novel, but I’m having a hard time staying focused on just one.  This has NEVER happened to me before so it’s a bit disconcerting…I’m typically super focused.

As I haven’t actually finished any books, I figured I’d give you all some past reviews of books I’ve enjoyed : )

Summer and Bird

Summer and Bird
Katherine Catmull
Genre: Junior Fiction
Rating: 4

Summer and Bird by Catherine Catmull

I got this book as part of the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program and am glad I did 🙂

Summer is a practical and loving young girl, older sister to Bird, a wild and free-spirited, sometimes irrational little girl. Summer and Bird.  This is a lovely story completely out of the ordinary. After waking  up to find their parents, and cat Sarah, missing one morning, Summer and Bird embark on a magical adventure which will change their lives forever.   A beautiful swan queen, an evil puppeteer, a mysterious old man, and all kinds of birds flock this book and mix with the two girls, for better or worse, throughout the story.  Summer and Bird is filled with many thought provoking issues and beautiful imagery, making it not just a young adult story, but a gret read for adults too.

Summer and Bird was a bit hard for me to get into right away, but it was well worth the difficult start.  I feel like I gained something from reading the story and learned about myself too. (Always the sign of a great book).


The Apothecary

The Apothecary
Maile Meloy
Junior Fiction
Rating: 4

The Apothecary by Maile Meloy

A highly enjoyable and fun read. The Apothecary provides a great mix of history combined with magic and adventure. Janie, the main character, is forced to move to London from L.A. with her parents during the Cold War which she is not happy about. However, she ends up meeting a boy named Benjamin in London and together they embark on a dangerous mission to stop the testing of an atomic bomb.  They are helped out with the aid of magic, adding a welcome fantasy element to this story.  I would definitely recommend this book to others who enjoy stories with adventure and magic like Harry Potter and others in that genre.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Seth Grahame-Smith
Adult Fiction
Rating: 4

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

So I’ll admit, I only read the book so I could watch the movie when it came out on DVD, and I didn’t have high hopes, especially given the kinda gross cover.  However, I was pleasantly surprised (I did skip the gory parts though).  It wasn’t so completely out there to make it sound absolutely ridiculous and it wasn’t so “completely true” to make it seem like an actual boring biography.  I actually found myself looking up different things that happened in the book to see if some of the happened in Lincoln’s real life to like his familiy history manic depressive tendencies (so I did learn a little too:) Overall, it was a good read, held my attention and made me curious (possibly curious enough to read a non-fiction book?).


Do you read one book or many at a time???

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9 Responses so far.

  1. Briana says:

    I thought Summer and Bird was beautiful. The prose is almost dreamy. Very lyrical. I also thought the novel presented a lot of interesting philosophies about life. I didn’t necessarily agree with all of them–and that was a minor barrier to enjoyment for me, since of course I would like a book to be true (or what I see as true?)–but it still gave me a lot of ideas to think about. I think it’s been a bit overlooked in the blogosphere.

    • Steph says:

      It was written so prettily. Even though some of the ideas were iffy like you said, it does force you to think differently (which I never like doing at the time, but once a book is finished it makes it seem like a more worthwhile read). I did think this book was going to be far more popular than it seems to be. It’s a thinking story that’s written well….hopefully more people will pick it up soon 🙂

  2. Kim says:

    Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith is a much better book than it is a movie. I do read multiple books at a time. Usually I read one physical, one nonfiction, and one ebook. Whenever I’m on the go, I read the ebook on my phone, whenever I’m not, I read the physical book (or the nonfiction one).

    • Steph says:

      Definitely agree with you there. The book was great…and then the movie just wasn’t. I’m impressed you can read multiple books at once! Wish I was better at it, but this is driving me crazy right now….

  3. Laurie C says:

    I didn’t know that Maile Meloy had written a children’s book! Summer reading is a crazy time at the library!

  4. Madeleine says:

    I had forgotten I wanted to read The Apothecary! I just looked it up, and apparently there is a sequel being published in June. Two more books for my to-read list…

    Good luck with SRP!

    • Steph says:

      I didn’t know you guys blogged!! Should have guessed…well now I will be stalking it 🙂 Really enjoyed The Apothecary and I’m supposed to be getting an ARC of the next one, The Apprentices, but I think it came out last week already so I guess it’ll just be a free book which is fine lol..

      • Madeleine says:

        I never came back and replied. We do blog, occasionally, but we just started a month or two ago. It’s a lot of fun! I’ve been enjoying stalking your blog as well.