Saturday, February 21, 2009

3 R's: read, rate, & recommend

January and February were productive months for reading and listening to books, and as usual, I enjoyed some more than others. I highly recommend the books with four or five stars: they offer more than mere entertainment.

Most of the books with three stars or less are considered classics and give a unique perspective of history or other cultures. I enjoyed the stories, but the writing style clearly reflects another era.

The worst book I read was 1984. I found it tedious and felt that Orwell nearly bludgeoned his readers with his message. I understand why the novel is considered a classic, but I would never want to read it again.Here if You Need Me: A True Story was by far the best book I read. By the time I finished, I was sad to leave Kate Braestrup's company and would gladly spend time with this book again.

Five Stars
Here If You Need Me: A True Story by Kate Braestrup

Four Stars

World Without End by Ken Follett

Three Stars

The Red House Mystery by A. A. Milne
The Alibi Man by Tami Hoag
O, Pioneers by Willa Cather
My Antonia by Willa Cather
Bittersweet by Danielle Steel
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
A Step from Heaven by An Na

Two Stars

Vinegar Hill by A. Manette Ansay
A Whole New Light by Sandra Brown

One Star

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
1984 by George Orwell


  1. I love audio books. I can knit while I listen! I've been known to listen to them while I drive and at intense moments in the book, I often find a place to pull over and listen.

  2. I took a class on Alice and Wonderland when I was in college. It was really interesting. I had never really read the book until I had that class, because my sisters and I grew up on different versions of the movie (my fav being the 4hr miniseries on tv with Sammy Davis, Jr., and Carol Channing, among others!). We talked about everything from math concepts, time warps, tea parties (we actually had one lol), to Lewis Carroll himself. It has made me look at the book in a totally different way!

  3. I meant Alice IN Wonderland, I always do that. lol

  4. Thank you so much for the recommendations and ratings. I'm going to download 'Here for you' ASAP.

    Take care Naancy! [hugs]

  5. Love love love your booklists!


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