Monday, February 28, 2011

Read another book of random pieces of information

Are You Kidding Me?: Fun Facts That Feel Like They Can't Be TrueI'm really not sure why, but I enjoy books with random tidbits of information and trivia, or, as some may call it, useless information.  I find them entertaining.  And Are You Kidding Me?: Fun Facts That Feel Like They Can't Be True by Jakob Asner and Harry Bright is a good one to have read.

What I liked most about this book (besides the fun and interesting facts they listed) was how they put the book together.  One interesting factoid lead right into another one.

For example, probably my favorite part of the book was when they explained that death caused by fatal hilarity "is death resulting from uncontrollable laughter."  On the next page, they explain that "the Greek stoic philosopher Chrysippus died of fatal hilarity in the third century BC after getting his donkey drunk on wine and watching it attempt to eat a fig."

It makes me wonder exactly how much Chrysippus had to drink before deciding to try this.

This is a very quick and fun read.  If you're a "useless information" nerd like me, you'll enjoy it.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Read the book, now I want to see the movie

Tuck EverlastingI didn't realize that Tuck Everlasting was a book first until I saw it in the book flier my son brought home a couple months ago.  I thought it would be worth picking up and reading, and it was.

Tuck Everlasting is a story that tries to answer the question (as stated on the cover) what if you could live forever?  It also explores what living and life really mean.

Natalie Babbitt's work is exceptional and beatifully written.  There were paragraphs I found myself re-reading just because it was so lovely.  Here is one such part:

"For the wood was full of light , entirely different from the light she was used to.  It was green and amber and alive, quivering in splotches on the padded ground, fanning into sturdy stripes between the tree trunks.  There were little flowers  she did not recognize, white and the palest blue; and endless, tangleed vines; and here and there a fallen log, half rotted but soft with patches of sweet green-velvet moss."

The book is apprpriate for children ages 9-12 and is only about 140 pages long.  If you've never read it, I recommend it as a quick, enjoyable read.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Oh Molly Pink - How fun it would be to be your friend!

There are many things I admire about Molly Pink.  She works at a book store and she is part of a fabulous crochet group.  I don't think I could handle all the crime she walks into, though.

You Better Knot Die (A Crochet Mystery)But it makes for some fun reading!

As always, Betty Hechtman has written another fun crochet mystery with You Better Knot Die (A Crochet Mystery) that's exciting till the last page.

Like any mystery, there is intrigue into an alleged crime and Molly finds herself pulled into it.  Between this and her busy schedule at the book store, and of course the attention of her gentlemen suiters Barry and Mason, I don't know how she gets any of her fabulous cooking and crocheting done.

There's a bit of a cliff hanger at the end of this one and I really am anxious for the next installment.

Except I can't find any date as to when it will be released!

So in the mean time, I will try to make some of the yummy recipes in the back of the book (especially Mrs. Shedd's Santa Lucia buns) and do some crocheting.

If you've not read any of Ms. Hechtmans's crochet mysteries, I suggest you start with the first one, Hooked on Murder (A Crochet Mystery), and work your way up to this fifth book.  They are fun and easy to read and are a great way to spend a weekend.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Read a classic - always a good choice

The Catcher in the RyeI read The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.  You may be asking "shouldn't you have read this in high school?" And the answer is "well, yes, but I never finished it."

Please don't tell Ms. Hoisington, my high school English teacher.

I made it about half way through the book in high school, but this time, I read it all the way through.

What can I really say?  It's Catcher.  If you haven't read it in a long time, it may be time for you to pick it up again.  If you've never read it, I recommend reading it at least once.  However, if you're younger than high school age, please ask your parents first as this book continues to be on the banned book list.  Even though this book debuted almost 60 years ago, it is still incredibly relevant today.