The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas - John Boyne Wow. That's all I can say. I spent the entire book wondering why this wasn't taught in schools like "Number the Stars" was when I was in elementary school. Then I got to the end.
This book was so brilliant, written from the point of view of a nine year old boy. The story could be anywhere at any time, that is the sad part. That such things still occur in the world today, even after all the advances that have been made for human rights. I think I'll have to come back to this review, as this is still fresh and raw. I'm speechless. While reading the last few chapters, all I could say was "oh dear...". I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone. I would especially recommend reading the interview with the author that comes after the story.
In all, I loved this book, and even though the end was so sad it's so much more real. Life does not come with built in happy endings and it can't always be what we want it to be.

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate - Jacqueline Kelly First off, this book is definitely my favorite cover of the year. Amazon is doing a best cover of 2009 contest and I could not believe that this book wasn't on it. In fact, the cover is what led me to pick up this book in the first place.
The first page really drew me into the story. I didn't want to put it down and consequently finished it really quickly. I loved the story, and commend the author for writing her book based on what were the norms during the previous century for women but having a heroine who wanted out of that box.
What kept me from giving it five stars was the ending. I really got attached to Calpurnia and her granddaddy by the end of the book, as I never got to know either of my grandfathers, and I really wanted to know what happened when she grew up. Maybe there will be a sequel, but in the mean time I feel left hanging.
This book is brilliant for young girls, and boys for that matter. It's a story that shows if you work hard enough, and want it enough, that you can be whatever you want.

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane - Katherine Howell It's been a while since I've read this, but all I can say is it was brilliant. I love this specific type of book, which is probably why I also loved "The Monsters of Templeton" so much.
The main character is researching Salem for her doctoral thesis when she finds out her grandmother's house needs cleaned up and sold before it's taken by the city for non payment of taxes. What she finds is way more than she bargained for, and she takes us along for the ride. Interspersed with the contemporary narrative are historical flashbacks. Read it, you won't be disappointed.


Arcadia - Lauren Groff I got this book as an advanced read copy from a big box book chain ages ago, so forgive me if I've missed some of the smaller details. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I've noticed some of the other reviewers giving this book one and two stars because it's "fluff". Why on Earth does a book have to be dense and dreary to be good? What ever happened to the story telling aspect of books? Isn't that the point of a good book, that you learn something (either about the world, or yourself), enjoy what you're doing, and get transported to another place entirely? This is how I choose what I like and don't like, and this book I like.
Ms. Groff writes in short chapters that leave you wanting more. You start out with Willie Upton and her story, but then get into an entire historical narrative soon after. You find yourself drawn into the story line, and you can't wait to find out "whodunnit". It's a great story. The argument over whether this is fluff or heavy intellectual prose aside, it is a completely enjoyable read and a good story to boot.

The Magicians: A Novel

The Magicians: A Novel - Lev Grossman I think this needs a rereading. I'm really not sure whether or not I liked it, but I liked it in theory I suppose. The concept is awesome, but its so.... I don't know.

Eve: A Novel of the First Woman By Elissa Elliott

Eve: A Novel of the First Woman By Elissa Elliott - Caleb Melby (Author) I'm not sure whether or not I really loved this book. The concept was a good one, and well executed. Even though the novel is titled "Eve", it's really about Cain and Abel. It's a story about love, loss, and family dynamics. All the pieces of the story are told by the female members of the family, never the male members.
It's a great story, and one that I'll definitely have to re-read. I think I simply took too long to read it, and read too many other things while reading this book. I will definitely be checking out of the library again. I love historical fiction based on bible stories.

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