Monday, August 24, 2009

juicy, juicy, juicy.

Bobby and Jackie's (Kennedy) love story by C. David Heymann titled "Bobby and Jackie: A Love Story" was deliciously fabulous. I was never one to pay attention in history class, so what has stuck with me in the history of the 1960's is marijuana and love affairs. Let's just say I wish they taught this book in history class.

After the assassination of JFK, Bobby and Jackie got together. Rumor has it he banged it out with Marilyn Monroe as well, you have to admit the guy has excellent taste, but thats another story for another time. The book definitely pried into their very personal relationship, reading it made me feel slightly dirty, which I love.

It's a page turner like no other!


Granted, I am not funny AND clean, but I can definitely appreciate a book that is. "Entr@pment: A High School Comedy in Chat" by Michael Spooner is teen friend and VERY humorous. The characters are believable which makes them relatable to readers like you and me.

Spooner definitely reminds us that internet identities may not be real. It's something the youth of today forget, the people that you talk to on Instant Message and Facebook, could be ANYBODY. The book is written in an online chat type way, you will get sucked in on the first page, trust me!

I give this a big thumbs up to all ages and all genders. Everyone will love it!

oh hey, i'm in a cult, no big deal.

Cults, they are like train wrecks, disturbing but you cannot help but look, or in this case read. "Cult Insanity: A Memoir of Polygamy, Prophets, and Blood Atonement" by Irene Spencer is the most intense memoir I have ever read.

This chick was raised to believe that polygamy was her golden ticket to heaven. Clearly a man must have been in charge because any idea that we were designed by a higher being to marry more than one person and have a bazillion kids is effing insane. Oh and, the men could bed as many wives as they wanted, but if I walked up demanding 21 husbands to fulfill my "needs", they would murder me. Anyone who went against this "religion" were killed. Hi, can we say psycho?

The crazy-ass-ness of this book was extremely interesting to read about. It's a true life story. I mean, wow, could you imagine living Spencer's life? Take a look into her story and you will get an idea of what she was up against. You won't be disappointed!

every thug needs a lady.

Please do not let the title of Wahida Clark's new book "Thug Lovin'" turn you off. For those of you who do not know, it is the fourth book in her "Thug" series, and you should not be scared off by the ghetto fabulousness of the title. It's more urban fabulous.

Our main characters Trae, Tasha, Kaylin, Angel and the rest of the crew in books 1 - 3 are back in action! Book 4 is filled with twists and turns and you will probably develop a different view of these characters (and your favorite couple (HINT), than in the past three books. I mean, they are thugs so you can't expect them to be predictable, right?

Lets just say you will "dig" this new installment of the series, I promise!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

summer love, loss and self discovery.

"Twenty Boy Summer" by Sarah Ockler is technically a "young adult" book, but it is enjoyed by adults, I am proof because I am one, and I enjoyed it immensely, so forget stupid categories on this one people. (Unless you are a young adult, then you are set).

Here's the deal, Anna and Frankie are best friends, what Frankie doesn't know is that Anna is in love with Frankie's older brother Matt. The two keep their relationship a secret, and the three's worlds turn upside down when they get into a car accident, and the only survivors are Anna and Frankie. A year later, with hearts still fragile, the girls go on a fabulous summer vacation to California.

Secrets, death and heartache. Doesn't seem like a typical summer read that you would want to enjoy, but you will find it insightful and youthful. Self discovery is something that we can all relate too, and friendship is friendship, no matter how old you are.

just getting warmed up!

Stieg Larsson's first book of his Millenium Trilogy, "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" was extremely hard to beat, and I wouldn't say that the second, "The Girl Who Played with Fire" was better per say, but it was just as good!

Publisher Mikael Blomkvist and the police are conducting parallel investigations into three horrifying murders. Their initial evidence points straight at young computer genius and social misfit Lisbeth Salander. Thats when things get complicated, and extremely complex. There are multiple investigations (Salander's of course, the police and Millenium's), multiple suspects, more murders...

The story is riveting, really, and of course leaves us with a cliffhanger. The third book is already out, and if you want to learn Swedish, you can read it now. For those of us stuck with this silly English langugage, we have to wait until 2010!

Monday, August 3, 2009

history buffs.

We have been learning about men and women in history, such as George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, since we started kindergarten. "American Heroes" by Edmund Morgan includes these famous gentlemen, and then some. He focuses hardcore on the Puritans. Quakers, witches, society, sex, etc.

I was pleasantly surprised to find people that I have never heard of enclosed in this book. Not that the popular ones aren't important, but we have learned about them for forever, it's time to take a look into the ones who were behind the scenes. For example: the genius Perry Miller, and the case against Anne Hutchinson who bravely stood up to the Puritan Church.

Pick up this book, even if it's just for the fact that you will learn something new about someone new.