Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Last Olympian

Pow!!! Rick Riordan seriously delivers with this final Percy book. I've loved all the others and this book was the perfect end to Percy's story. It has every element that I love in a good story: adventure, suspense, romance, character complexity, imagination . . . you name it. The writing is brilliant!!! I just can't say enough about it. Maybe you think I'm strange because I read a lot of children's and YA literature. Often that's because it's the only clean lit to be found out there. Other times I consider my reading to be research (meaning that I'm scouting out books I can recommend to my kids, particularly for my boys; I know plenty of good books for girls). Good examples of that kind of book are the 39 Clues books, or the Charlie Bone series. Percy is NOT that kind of book. I read Percy totally for myself. And thoroughly enjoy it. It's not even that sad that this is the final book because Rick Riordan has already announced that he's doing another Camp Half-Blood series. Wahoo! And it gets nicely set-up at the end of this book. What a great book. You should read it.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Bleak House

I did it! I can't believe it took me over a year to read this book. Really, I just don't understand myself sometimes. It only took me 3 days to read the last half of this 800+ pager and I didn't find it boring in the least. Maybe the first half is just slow. Or maybe I just needed to spend enough time reading it to get into the language and the time period. That's probably it. No matter what my problem was, I'm so glad I endured it out. This book is worth it, as I'd say just about any Dickens book is worth it. I've read a lot of books in my life, but there are just a few authors that make me feel changed when I come to the end of one of their books. I'd definitely put Dickens in that category. The story in this book is one of the most moving, intricate, and emotional ones I've ever read. It's just so good! And now, I feel like rewarding myself by watching the recent and gorgeous Masterpiece Theater adaption which I'm proud to own. Except I think I may have already packed it. Blast.