History of Rock and more Books: What I’ve been doing and What’s next

I haven’t posted more book reviews during the last days because I had been busier than usual and one of the reasons is that I’m enrolled on an online course: History of Rock Part 2 by the University of Rochester (I finished History of Rock Part 1 weeks ago) and between watching the Video lectures, work on my notes and take a quiz (corresponding to two weeks of classes) is like being in College again (but I love it).

Now, back to things books related…. What’s next:

  • I’m working on a post about Audiobooks that I’ll be posting this week and
  • For my next reading, I’m trying to decide between:

the hallowed ones

   The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle

and

From what i remember

              From What I Remember by Stacy Kramer & Valerie Thomas

The two books are very different, but both have good reviews (and average rating of 4 in Goodreads).

And that’s it for now, I have to get ready to go to the Library (there are some DVDs ready for me to pick up), have a great day you all!

Article: Best Books For Your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s And 60s

The article includes some good books that I’ll be adding to my TBR List (some are already in it).  🙂

Summer Reads: Best Books For Your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s And 60s

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“Just like our lives can often be divided into chapters, there are also different books that can define each decade.

In your 20s, you’re exploring the world and figuring out who you are and who you want to be with, while your 30s may be time to start thinking about that first home…”

Click here to read the full article.

 

Book Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

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Book Description (from Goodreads):

Beth and Jennifer know their company monitors their office e-mail. But the women still spend all day sending each other messages, gossiping about their coworkers at the newspaper and baring their personal lives like an open book. Jennifer tells Beth everything she can’t seem to tell her husband about her anxieties over starting a family. And Beth tells Jennifer everything, period.

When Lincoln applied to be an Internet security officer, he hardly imagined he’d be sifting through other people’s inboxes like some sort of electronic Peeping Tom. Lincoln is supposed to turn people in for misusing company e-mail, but he can’t quite bring himself to crack down on Beth and Jennifer. He can’t help but be entertained-and captivated- by their stories.

But by the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late for him to ever introduce himself. What would he say to her? “Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you.” After a series of close encounters and missed connections, Lincoln decides it’s time to muster the courage to follow his heart . . . even if he can’t see exactly where it’s leading him.

Written with whip-smart precision and charm, Attachments is a strikingly clever and deeply romantic debut about falling in love with the person who makes you feel like the best version of yourself. Even if it’s someone you’ve never met.

 

Book Review:

When I read the synopsis I knew I definitely had to read this book and I’m glad I did.

Lincoln is the Internet Security Officer in a Newspaper and his job is to monitor (and sometimes read) the employees’s emails to make sure everyone makes proper use of the computers.
Jennifer and Beth work in the same Newspaper, they are best friends who enjoy their conversations using the company’s email. One day the system than Lincoln manages starts flagging some of these emails and Lincoln (as part of his job) reads them; the system flags more emails between these two women and as Lincoln continues reading them, he can’t help feeling attached in someway to Jennifer and Beth (more to Beth).

I found the story really interesting and captivating, I started reading this book one day after dinner and I couldn’t put it down until I finished it (when I looked at the clock it was almost 3 am, I had totally lost track of time).

The dialogues between Jennifer and Beth while they are exchanging emails are really delightful and addictive (sometimes so hilarious that really made laugh) and is like you can see through these emails how strong is their friendship.

I loved Lincoln, he’s a sweet guy, quirky, adorable and a little shy that seems not to realize how good he is, and I was rooting for a happy ending for him during the entire book. I truly enjoyed finding out more about Lincoln and follow his growth trough the book, to me he is a great character with an engaging story.

Overall I really liked this book, is well written, has some wonderful characters and it really made me smile.

Book Review: Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally

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Book Description (from Goodreads):

Companion to Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker. 

Kate has always been the good girl. Too good, according to some people at school—although they have no idea the guilty secret she carries. But this summer, everything is different…

This summer she’s a counselor at Cumberland Creek summer camp, and she wants to put the past behind her. This summer Matt is back as a counselor too. He’s the first guy she ever kissed, and he’s gone from a geeky songwriter who loved The Hardy Boys to a buff lifeguard who loves to flirt–with her.

Kate used to think the world was black and white, right and wrong. Turns out, life isn’t that easy…

Note: Mature themes, sexual situations, religious discussions.

Book Review:

I loved Catching Jordan and after spending several days on my Local Library’s waiting list, I was happy to finally pick up this book and start reading.

This book tells the story of Kate, who during the summer is working as counselor in the same Christian Camp where she was sent when she was eleven years old, however things and people have changed over the years and she is going to learn that.

In this story we find romance, friendship and all the fun that comes with summer camps, but also certain sensitive issues are addressed by the author, one of them refers to the secret that Kate keeps (I will not give any spoilers here), also religion and people’s beliefs are an important part of the story.

The author has a great talent to create good characters and this book wasn’t the exception, Kate wasn’t my favorite in this book but is a well-developed character, quite interesting to read and I really enjoyed follow her emotional journey.

There were other characters that I liked better, among them were Will and Parker (I thought they were a lovely couple) and of course Matt (romantic, loyal, adorable, I couldn’t find any fault in him) this character has become (so far) in my favorite from the two Miranda Kenneally’s books I have read.

The things I loved about this book were the friendships, the chemistry between Kate and Matt and Kate’s relationship with her parents (they were sympathetic, supportive and I found them likeables, especially her father).

Would I recommend this book? Yes, this is a great summer reading and even when at times I found that Kate’s character was quite judgmental for my taste, this is an engaging book that I enjoyed reading and that reminded me the wonderful summers I spent meeting people and making new friends.

Teen Summer Reading 2013

This Bookmark is from my Local Library and contains some recommended readings for the Summer 2013:

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From this list I chose three books to add at my “To Be Read” List:

  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
  • The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer Smith

 

What books do you have on your Reading List?

Book Recommendation: “Heart: A School-boy’s Journal” by Edmundo de Amicis

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The first time I read this book I think I was about 7 or 8 years old, I remember the beautiful hardcover edition my parents bought me (that I re-read several times).
To this day this book keeps a special place in my heart.

Here’s the book description for the English version (as appears in Amazon):

Written following the Italian war for independence by a sub-lieutenant who had fought in the siege of Rome in 1870, Heart is the fictional diary of a boy’s third year in a Turin municipal school. It was written to foster juvenile appreciation of the new found Italian national unity, which the author had fought for in the recent war. The book is often highly emotional, even sentimental, but gives a vivid picture of urban Italian life at that time. A master, introducing a new pupil, tells the class, “Remember well what I am going to say. That this fact might come to pass–that a Calabrian boy might find himself at home in Turin, and that a boy of Turin might be in his own home in Calabria, our country has struggled for fifty years, and thirty thousand Italians have died.”
The novel became internationally popular, and has been translated into over twenty-five languages, and is part of the UNESCO Collection of Representative Works. Edmundo de Amicis (1846-1908) established a reputation as a writer in various genres after his experience as a soldier.

This is a book I absolutely love (with amazing characters and beautifully written) that, if you haven’t read yet, I recommend adding to your Reading List.

Note: Is important to mention that the author’s name can be found also written as “Edmondo” (depending on the language).

Book Review: Destiny’s Call (The LightBridge Legacy, #1) by Elayne G. James

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Book Description (from Goodreads):

The LightBridge Legacy Series chronicles the unexpected adventures of a 12 year-old girl who learns she has been chosen by a race of ancients to inherit the most powerful magical object in the world.

Book Review:

Destiny’s Call (Book 1 of the LightBridge Legacy’s Series) is about Ani Jasper, a teenager from the Mojave Desert whose life takes an unexpected turn when she finds a mysterious stone in the desert and strange things start to take place in her life.

When Ani’s family moves to New York she has to face several changes and challenges. I really enjoyed this part of the book with a great story about growing up, starting a new life in a new city, making new friends, dealing with the public school and the impact of all decisions in family life.

I don’t want to give many spoilers about the story, but what I can say about the book is that the writing is really good (descriptive, detailed, engaging) and the characters are interesting (besides the protagonist, I especially liked C.J. who is Ani’s friend and Kahete, Ani’s godfather ).

This is a great book full of magic, legends, adventures, real teen problems and supernatural elements that I truly recommend and I think it will be an enjoyable read for teens and also for adults who enjoy fantasy and adventures genre.


 

Photography: Cute Bookmarks for good Books.

Last year in Barnes & Noble, I bought a bookmark with the image of Audrey Hepburn’s in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (one of my favorite movies) and I absolutely loved it, since then I started collecting bookmarks.

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In our wedding anniversary my husband gave me one of Hello Kitty (I’d been always a Hello Kitty’s fan).

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Today I found these three (on sale for around $.60 usd each) to add to my collection:

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