I created this blog for those who enjoy reading, whether with a real book of paper and ink, a Kindle or other device, or online. I find that often I have read a book and would like to discuss it, perhaps to clear up some passage, throw out an idea the book has stuck in my mind, or just to enjoy the story for a little while longer. Unfortunately, there often isn't anyone to discuss the book with. Well, now there is. 

If you've just put down a book that leaves something gnawing at your brain, craving to be heard, demanding to be discussed-let's blog. 

I just finished J.R.R. Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring, first of his trilogy-The Lord of the Rings. I love the way he describes the environment. It really puts me right there in the scene. Another author, a very good author who has had many books published, has stated that his descriptions are too much. They are boring and interrupt the story. Less would have been better.

What do you think? Did you find his descriptions too much? I would be interested in your thoughts. 

November 13, 2010

Number the Stars, the 1990 Newberry Award Medal Winner by Lois Lowry Is the story of a ten year old girl and her friend in 1943 Copenhagen. Denmark is controlled by the Nazis and are relocating the Jews. Annemarie, the main character, is asked to go on a dangerous mission and must find the courage to help save her best friend's life.

I have just started the book and believe it is going to be quite good. Lois Lowry is a good writer and has had several Newberry winners.

If you've read it, tell me what you think.

November 30, 2010

I finished reading Number the Stars and found it quite good. I recommend it, especially if you are interested in stories which contain real bits of history. This novel was based on real events and even had a very neat trick showing how they fooled the Nazis who were looking for Jews aboard fishing boats. This is introduced in a very tense part of the story, although at the time, we don't understand what is happening.

Check it out and let us know what you think.