Monday, August 13, 2012

Congratulations, Kami!  That's exciting!  I've never birthed a baby that big...I'm impressed.    Hope things are going well!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Baby Lando

Kami just posted about a book and failed to mention that she had a baby last week.  Congrats again on Lando's arrival, Kami Sue!  He was huge--8' 14 and more than a week overdue.  Fortunately, everything went well and Kami is feeling well enough to blog about books.  :)


Yes, I have read other Jules Verne books--I read 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea when I was in 7th grade, and I think I read another one too.  Anyway, I remember it being interesting for the story, but slow writing.  That was a long time ago though.  But the book was much longer than Around the World so maybe it did have a bit more depth to the characters.  I put Little Britches on hold at the library.  I read that too in middle school but I don't remember it at all.

Friday, August 10, 2012

80 days

I too read it awhile back and decided not to re-read it. I checked it out from the library but ran out of time. In terms of how I liked the book, I think I'm in the middle between Julia and Kami. I thought it was interesting, but it wasn't the best book I'd ever read. I'm super excited to re-read Little Britches. Ralph Moody is one of my favorite authors. This year for school, I read his book about the Pony Express aloud to the kids. It was a GREAT story to read to my 9 year old son, and even had me in tears at several parts as I contemplated the incredible courage several of the PE riders had. I think I get more emotional when I'm reading aloud than to myself because I seem to cry over all sorts of stories that I read aloud. ;-) I highly recommend the book, as it taught me a lot about the Pony Express that I didn't know, and was an action-filled adventure story, to boot!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

ARound the WOrld

It's so funny to me how I can give a book five stars and then have someone give it a one.  How is that possible?!  Kami - sorry you were disappointed. I love this book!  Maybe I just was in a quirky mood when I read it, but I just found this book delightful and funny and worth reading. 

I did not read it recently for this discussion so I don't have concrete points to share (sorry, I decided last minute to be in charge of a girls book group this year and so have been reading ferociously for that trying to decide what books to read). 

I do remember, however, thinking about the time element of the book.  There was a theme on time running throughout the whole book that I found interesting and thought with a book group we could delve into the creation of clocks and how that has affected the way we live today  (something I'm studying in other areas as well right now, actually).  And really, I just thought it was so funny. 

Have you read any of Jules Verne's other books?  Are they dry to you as well?  Just curious.


Friday, August 3, 2012

Around the world....zzzzzzz.........

Oh my goodness, how dry. Luckily it was short. I guess I'm character driven in the stories I like, and the main character in this is personified by his lack of any apparent emotion or reaction to anything. Ugh. The one saving grace was the last two pages, because they were at least romantic. I won't give away what happens though. And I find it funny that Utah and Mormons were one of the 3 places/people he actually spends time describing, I guess we're just that exotic. Hee. Hee.

Ready to move on to Little Britches?  Anyone still reading?