I've decided to start doing a monthly rewind of all the books I read that month. I got this idea from http://www.thebookrat.com when I stumbled upon her vlogs on Youtube.
A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend
by Emily Horner
I picked this book up in the library because the title and cover caught my eye. The story line seemed decent enough, A girl who has lost her best friend goes on a cross country road trip via a bicycle to figure out where she is in life. This is a story of love and friendship. This book was a YA novel that just didn't catch my full interest. It's not a book I'd suggest to read to anyone but it's not horrible so I wouldn't advice against it. I'd say it's just okay.
by Colleen Coble
"For some people, Alaska is a breathtaking wilderness adventure, full of light and beauty. For Haley, it is a dangerous world of dark dreams and tortured memories. On the surface, she's here to document wildlife activist Kipp Nowak's bear encounters. But her real reason is to unearth the truth about a past murder. The suspense mounts when another body turns up, and Haley begins to wonder if the tragedies she experienced in the past are connected to the dangers and mysterious incidents of the present. "
When I was strolling through the library one day I saw a gorgeous cover on a book by Colleen Coble. After reading the back cover I realized that it was part of a series. I had never read anything by Coble before so I decided to pick up one of her solo books, read that, and see if I liked her style. I do and I will definitely be going back to pick up the series I first saw. This was a fun read with it's suspense, love, and faith.
Lyle the Kindly Viking
by Karen Poth
I'm a big veggie tales fan so when I saw this in the book store I picked it up for Haleigh. I know these books are aimed to be simplistic for little kids but because of this I wasn't a huge fan. We will be sticking to the dvd's from now on.
Here's the Deal, Don't Touch Me
by Howie Mandel and Josh Young
Howie Mandel's memoir of how he struggles daily with OCD and ADHD. If you've heard anything about Howie Mandel it's probably that he's a germophobe and can't stand to shake hands with people. Knowing this and seeing him in a huge bubble on the front of his memoir was definitely the reason I picked up this book. Simply, it amused me. The book itself was awkward and amusing all at the same time. It won't go on my all time favorite list but I did enjoy learning more about Howie.
Twilight Director's Notebook
by Catherine Hardwicke
No need to even tell you all what a Twilight freak I am. I love this series. I, however, was not a huge fan of the first movie. I though Catherine Hardwicke was weird and the film was more indie then I wanted it to be. None the less this is a book I was looking forward to reading. I wanted to know what Hardwicke was thinking while she made the movie. What was going through her mind. That's exactly what you get with this book.. her sketches and thought processes. I definitely think more of her now after seeing/reading this then I did before hand.
by David Ellwand
"Every day in the world, more than 350,000 babies are born. That's 14,500 per hour, 245 per minute, 4 per second . . . and each one is unique. And never is that miracle portrayed more stunningly than in the luminous photographs of David Ellwand — an infant gazing intently with balled-up fists; tiny toes and fingers as delicate as flowers; a medley of babies' faces, close up and radiantly expressive. Interspersed with quotes that will resonate with grown-up readers, BABY UNIQUE is sure to fascinate the youngest of listeners, who will see themselves reflected in its enchanting images."
I received this book when I had my daughter over a year ago. I don't know why it's taken me this long to take it off her book shelf and read it. I am glad I stumbled across it recently though because it by far is one of my favorite books I've read after becoming a mother. It is filled with gorgeous photography of children and quotes that fit so very well with the photograph. It is amazing how well put together this book is. This is a book I'd definitely recommend to other people and will be getting for my friends when they have their own children.
Olivia & Olivia Saves the Circus
by Ian Falconer
Falconer is now on my list of favorite children book authors. His books are simple but always have a lesson to be learned in the stories that are told. These two books are in Haleigh's collection but I will be buying the rest of his books to add to it. A definite must for all children.
Love in a Nutshell
by Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly
"Kate Appleton needs a job. Her husband has left her, she’s been fired from her position as a magazine editor, and the only place she wants to go is to her parents’ summer house, The Nutshell, in Keene’s Harbor, Michigan. Kate’s plan is to turn The Nutshell into a Bed and Breakfast. Problem is, she needs cash, and the only job she can land is less than savory."
If you've ever read any of Janet Evanovich's books you know how this one will go. Now I'm not saying that is a bad thing, I love Evanovich's work, but I'd categorize her romance novels under fluffy beach read. Which to be honest with you, is sometimes my favorite.