Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Book Review: February

I know I'm a little behind on this book review, but my philosophy is, "better late than never!"  So, I am still doing my February book review even though it is mid-March.

Leaving off from my list of books in January, these are the books I read in February:

13. Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal- Conor Greenan
14. Once Upon a River- Bonnie Campbell
15. Commencement- J. Courtney Sullivan
16. American Dervish- Ayad Akhtar
17. The Last American Boy- Jane Leavy
18. Doc- Mary Doria Russell
19. The Last American Man- Elizabeth Gilbert
20. Before I Go To Sleep- S.J. Watson
21. The Wilder Life- Wendy McClure
22. Silver Sparrow- Tayari Jones

Of these ten books, my three favorites were:

1. Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal

I'll be honest, I didn't know much about Nepal or the political situations going on there before I read this book. Now I have a bit of a better understanding how the political situation there has affected the children of this country. This book was a good read, focusing on a man who thought he'd impress his friends by volunteering at an orphange in Nepal and then goes on to fall in love with the country and the children that he is taking care of.

2. Doc

If you like the movie Tombstone (hello hot Val Kilmer) then you'll like this book. It's pretty much a prequel of the movie Tombstone and tells how Doc Holliday was raised and where he grew up and how he got to Dodge City, Kansas where he met the Earp Brothers. I really, really enjoyed this book a lot and loved knowing a bit of a backstory to some of my favorite characters.

3. Before I Go to Sleep

I really liked the creepy undertones and the plot twist in this book. The story is about a woman who has lost her memory. Every day she wakes up and remembers nothing. Eventually she starts seeing a doctor who is trying to help her regain her memory and she begins a journal, writing down her story everyday and other events that happen so she can look back each day and build upon that.  It was scary to think that could happen to someone, but the book was good. I always love a good creepy story.

My biggest disappointment of the books I read this month was The Wilder Life.

Growing up, I was a huge fan of the Little House on the Prarie series, so I had high hopes for this book.  There were good parts of it, where the author went to go visit the various home sites from Laura's youth, but she always seemed to go on and on about how the house was so small and how disappointed she was that it was different then the book of her imagination. I got tired of the book quickly, but stuck it out, hoping that it would improve. It didn't.


The Rest is Still Unwritten said...

You are quite the reader! I am still trying to get through Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close...It's so interesting but incredibly boring at the same time...if that makes ANY sense!

Lindsey said...

I love these reviews! You are such a reader! I'm inspired to read more now:)

Shoshanah said...

I'm sad yo hear you didn't enjoy The Wilder Life. It sounded like such a cute book and it's disappointing to hear that it didn't live up to expectations.