23 May 2008

Book Review

I just read The Candy Shop War and liked it a lot. It is a children's book, so don't expect any exciting romance or intellectual stimulation. The plot moved at a great pace, the characters were realistic and well-developed, and the dialogue was better than many children's books I have read. I also really like Brandon Mull's Fablehaven series. I'm currently 30-something on the library waiting list for number three. (Sigh)

I'm pretty sure Brandon Mull was at BYU when I was there (and probably majoring in English, too!) So I'm pretty much personally acquainted with a NY Times best-selling author, right? Actually, I feel closer to Shannon Hale, whose blog I stalk and whose sister is married to a friend from high school. Doesn't that make us practically bosom friends?

I am up for book recommendations, because I go through them pretty quickly when nursing. But you can't recommend Nancy Drew books, because I read all of them (yes, all one bazillion) in the 5th and 6th grade.

12 comments:

Dansie Family said...

i just finished peter and the starcatchers, but you've already recommended that one. it was fun.

tom's friend just sent us a mystery about a park ranger in texas. nevada barr is the author. looks fun, i'll let you know if it is any good.

www.potsandpins.com said...

Not my usual genre but it does sound intriguing...every now and then a "lite" read is just what I need so thanks! Now, do me a favor and email me your address again, will you? I have something I want to send you...nothing to get too excited about, certainly not nearly as thrilling as the Publishers Clearning House packet that comes in the mail but you might get a kick out of it. Nan

msjvd said...

Jennifer, I'm currently reading the Mitford Series, by Jan Karon. I highly recommend it. It's an easy read. Sweet and comforting. An actually a bit soul nurturing. It might be tough to find in a small town Utah library, since it is about an Episcopalian minister in a very small town. But if you do find them, I can guarantee that you'll like them.

Jessi said...

I always appreciate good book recommendations!! This time of year I love to re-read the Anne series (especially Anne of Avonlea). It's like visiting an old friend.

Melissa said...

I REALLY liked that book! Fun, quick, easy read that was clean and entertaining! Always a good thing... and the Fablehaven books are awesome! Have you read Eragon? That was another good one...

Jen said...

I haven't read Eragon yet. I'll have to check it out. The Mitford series sounds good, too. I bet I can get them at our library because we are on a county system, so we get a pretty good selection.

The Yoder's Three said...

Jen!! I'm so glad you found my blog. You have two of the cutest kids I've ever seen. I'm moving back to Hurricane in December, so I'm looking forward to catching up with you.

Melissa :)

SpecialK said...

Thanks for the recommendation! I'm looking for some good books to read to Liz during the summer. I hope I'll be able to get my hands on this one. You're awesome and your blog is really great.

Hey It's Di said...

Thanks for a good book to read to the kiddos at night. I wish I could come up with something to recommend to you but I have done so little reading lately! I'd like to sit down with a good book right now and go for it:)

Angie Lewis said...

Sounds like fun, I haven't read a book of that type in awhile. I recently finished The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (about a woman who decides to become a detective in Africa) and then Daddy's Little Girl (a Mary Higgins Clark mystery)...now I have to find a new book myself!

Kevin + Lori said...

If you liked Peter and the Star Catchers... There are two more! I have started but not finished Peter and the Shadow Thievies. It has been interesting so far. A little darker than the 1st though. I do not know what the other one in called. If you like Fantasy and magic, I like the Author Sage, I forgot her first name. She wrote Magyk, Flyt, and two more I believe. They were fun and interesting. Not as good as Harry Potter, but there were some fun characters, and the way to do magic that was presented was interesting and new. I liked those books.

Lori

myimaginaryblog said...

BYU English? Don't forget Stephenie Meyer to share your (our) fame with (although I'm guessing my stint as a BYU English major preceded yours by about a decade.)

I must say that I *did* notice a lot fewer misspellings and other gaffes on your blog than you see on most blogs. (Although there are some very intelligent people out there who apparently can't spell. Nor use as spell checker. But I do enjoy reading without the constant jarring of misspelled words.)