Sunday, June 6, 2010

Kara's most recently read book reviews

Hello hello! School is out for me which means I have been working hard at catching up with my neglected reading stacks at my house! It's going well and I am here to report on the books worthy of picking up and reading yourself! (I know you all were anxiously awaiting MY ultimate judgments on some of these!)

Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende
This is a fantastic story about Haiti in the 1770's during the revolution and throughout a lot of upheaval and violence. It's centers around a plantation owner, his family, slaves and concubines. This story really captured my heart with the fight for freedom for the slaves and the harsh conditions of Haiti both politically and environmentally. I think that Isabel Allende does a great job making you get connected with her stories and to really feel like you are there and experiencing life with the characters. I highly recommend this book!

Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
I know, I know, everyone is reading this book series right now but I read it to stay current and couldn't put it down! The book is about a financial journalist who is hired by a wealthy elderly man to research what happened to his niece who's been missing for years. This story is FULL of intrigue, suspense and lots of insane twists. I had no idea what was coming next which made me read it practically straight through. Excellent story! And the rest of the series (Girl Who Played With Fire and Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest) are also superb continuations of the same story and characters. I also recommend looking up the author and books on Wikipedia because the info about the author is as fascinating as the fictional story!

A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
Wow. This book was intense and different. Full of drama, intrigue and strange story lines! I enjoyed reading this book but was definitely confused by the end of what the author's goal or point was with the story. :) I think anyone looking for some interesting historical fiction reading is going to enjoy this book, also anyone who enjoys lots of drama and plot twists will probably also really like reading it!

As always I hope that you will stop in and check out some of these books, if you aren't interested in any of these titles we have about a bazillion more that we recommend and can tell you all about so stop in and ask one of our staff members what they are reading or have read! We love to talk about books so just ask!

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