June 20th, 2009


Book Reports (119-126)...

For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact the I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool). 'R' means it's a re-read.

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- definitely will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite!

Magic Bites, by Ilona Andrews *** I've seen Ilona's name all over Fangs, Fur, and Fey, and I figured I should try it out. Definitely unique ideas here, and I liked the heroine. I don't know if I'll read others, or not, though I've also read that the series gets stronger as it goes on, so I might try one other. It was a little gory for me, truth be told. (definitely adult)

Selkie Girl, by Laurie Brooks ** Honestly, the unusual language patterns (which are probably extremely authentic) threw me off this one. I just couldn't get into a rhythm of reading. I love Selkie stories and legends (with my favorite being Westward, by Susan Cooper), and this one had a good overall storyline, but I mostly skimmed.

The Virtual Life of Lexie Diamond, by Victoria Foyt ** I guess I could never quite suspend my disbelief for this. I liked the idea of the mystery and how the MC did such a great job figuring it all out -- except for her dead mom talking to her through the computer...I guess it just wasn't for me.

Marked, by PC and Kristin Cast **** I very much enjoyed this book. It's another series I've heard much about and finally got to start. I liked the MC, I liked the world -- I just liked it all. I'm ready for the next one (which I have on hold at the library).

The Anatomy of Wings, by Karen Foxlee ** Okay, someone tell me why I keep picking up literary books! Yeesh...if you like literary, you'll probably really enjoy this. For me, it simply isn't my thing (plus, it's sad).

The Resistance, by Gemma Malley **+ I liked this one better than the first, definitely. It's not nearly as dismal, for one thing. I still mostly skimmed, but it has a good mystery and interesting science fiction ideas.

Dragon Spear, by Jessica Day George ** I know George is one of the main authors of traditional fantasy, and I've never tried her books before. I picked this one from the 'new' section of the library. I'll have to be honest here: although I liked the MC quite a bit, the strange names and talking dragons kind of put me off -- apparently, I'm not a huge traditional fantasy lover. Okay, I shouldn't be surprised, because I don't read any traditional fantasy (other than Tamora Pierce, and I think we all know she's in a world apart). However, if you do like traditional fantasy, and especially if you've read the other books in this series, I imagine you'll definitely like this one.

Soul Enchilada, by David MacInnis Gill ***+ This is very enjoyable in many ways. I started skimming through it, but by about halfway, I was caught up in the wacky characters of Bug and Pesto -- I mean, their names alone are worth it! The quirk factor for this book is high, and it really stands out, in my mind, among recent books published. And I found the basketball 'tournament' at the end hilarious!
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The Self-confidence versus Angst bandwagon...

First off, I think authorwithin best sums up my feelings on the matter. But because I'm me, I had to say something, you know ;)

1. For me, it all boils down to this: at the end of the day, when you look at your life (not circumstances, mind you -- everyone will have things happen to them which are better or worse) -- truly look at your life (the people you love, the day-to-day workings that get you from the morning to the evening) -- if you can say, "I'm glad this is the life I have", then life is truly good.

2. This doesn't mean we don't have dreams (hopes, goals -- whatever you want to call them), but it means we realize that whether or not those dreams come true exactly as we want them to, we'll still be okay.

3. Most of all, this has nothing to do, imo, with other people (beyond our friends and family -- those who are our 'village') -- be they successful or not, cool or not, positive or not. True contentment and joy and peace comes from within, not from those we surround ourselves with. I think one of the wisest things I've ever heard was at a wedding. The pastor said many great things, but this was the kicker: "You do not become happy because you find someone who loves you and someone to love. Getting married -- even to the most wonderful person in the world -- will not make you happy. Happiness comes from within, from understanding and accepting and enjoying yourself. Happy single people become happy married people -- unhappy single people become unhappy married people." (Yeah, that's a bit of a paraphrase because I didn't have a tape recorder, hehe). But substitute writing (or any dream) for marriage, and I think that's one of the keys to life.

However, this is all just my outlook. I don't expect anyone else to truly see it the way I do :) We're all different -- it's part of what makes this world so interesting.