For this edition of the Bookworms Carnival, since it was going to be hosted here, I wanted the theme to be very broad so everyone, regardless of their preferred genre, had a chance to participate. The most obvious answer to that was “what is everyone reading”. So the idea was to either send me your favorite review (whether it was the review itself or the novel) or whatever you had just finished reading. So let’s see what’s been going on in the blogosphere…
Amanda from the Zen Leaf just finished Wild Roses by Deb Caletti. Amanda gave it a pretty high rating of 5 out of 5 and said: This book is brilliant. Utterly, completely brilliant. It’s heart-wrenching, beautiful, and far transcends the boundaries of “young adult.”.
Bart at Bart’s Bookshelf wants us to check out the tale of Gold by Dan Rhodes. It’s not as laugh-out-loud funny, as the book blurb would suggest, but that’s not really the point, this is a lovely cosy read that for nearly all of the book, just fills you with a lovely warm feeling.
Beth from Beth Fish Reads wanted to share three of her recent reads and I’ll be honest, one of them has caught my eye before and the other is just fabulous. Plus I was introduced to a new author, so maybe you will be to:
- Home Game by Michael Lewis: is a frank, funny, and ultimately sweet look at Lewis’s adaptation to the birth of his three kids. To some observers, he’s the model of an involved father, but to others—like his wife, Tabitha—he’s barely treading water.
- Wintergirls by Laurie Halse: It is impossible to covey the emotional strength of Wintergirls. The language is beautiful, even as it describes horrific scenes.
- Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr: The novel is elegant in its simplicity, and we are drawn in as easily as is a child listening to a bedtime story.
Amy from Amy Reads Good Books recently loved Everyone is Beautiful by Katherine Center. Center manages to capture the everyday details of motherhood with vivid accuracy. Her writing is honest, compassionate, and compelling.
Ana from Things Mean Alot brings us The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness. This is an uncomfortable book, but it’s also so full of tender moments, of moving scenes, of people remaining human even in the most dehumanizing of circumstances. I cried, and not just once. Or twice. Or…well, you get the point.
Tracie from Yule Time Reading is loving The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. The beauty of the language and the characters will stay with me. I cannot forget key moments, people or sentences. The melancholic tone along with the beautiful language keeps echoing in my ears.
Bonnie from The Koala Bear Writer wants to share her favorite book of the year – Talking to the Dead by Bonnie Grove. Kate’s grief and emotions are portrayed with such reality I found myself wondering if her story was based on personal experience. Throughout the story, there is a great balance of humour, suspense, and emotion. Bonnie would also like to make sure we check out:
- The Passion of Mary-Margaret by Lisa Samson: [it] makes me want to write, to put words together with the beauty that Lisa does, to touch readers the way this book has and will.
- Daisy Chain by Mary Demuth: Jed Pepper’s voice is real and heart wrenching as he deals not only with the pain of losing a best friend, but also with the trials of becoming a man…
Teddy from So Many Precious Books, So Little Time has decided that The Painter from Shanghai by Jennifer Cody Epstein is his favorite so far this year. I felt like I was there as a witness to everything she endured and her triumph as an artist. The characters are believable and the writing is beautiful and richly textured.
Heather from Age 30 Books had the same problem and has 3 books that she wanted to recommend to everyone and since we’re all about passing on our love of reading…
- Little Bee by Chris Cleave: The story is horrible and heartbreaking in parts but it is written in such a way that is doesn’t feel heavy or burdensome to read.
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte: I am SO GLAD that I revisited this book. I love it as much today as I did back in high school.
- The Last Queen by CW Gortner: I was completely drawn in to Juana’s life. I could see how she progressed from child to young lady to a seemingly crazy woman ….
Ali from Worducopia has many thoughts on Writing the Life Poetic by Sage Cohen. I’m here to tell you, Sage Cohen lied to us. The correct answer to the question “Who is Writing the Life Poetic for?” Everyone. I have to say, I chose this quote because the end of her review was not what I was expecting. I have to say that I love it when a review throws me a curve.
Rebecca from Rebecca Reads wants us to know about The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck. I do know I would have to reread it a few times before I can truly put in to words all that this is about! There is so much there.
JC from the Biblio Blogazine wants us to know about these two great novels…
- Crossed Wires by Rosy Thornton: From what you read on the jacket, you would think the story was only about Peter and Mina, but much of the book is about what happens around their growing friendship.
- Atmospheric Disturbances by Rivka Galchen: is a story about relationships: one between a husband and wife and the other, of the person we are and the person we are expected to be. It is about what happens when these relationships break down and how, if not reconciled, we deal with the resulting fall out of loving someone we thought we knew.
- Into The Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea: If I had to summarize this novel in one sentence, it would be exactly that: a story about the experience, not the reason or even the result.
I have to say that JC’s review of Atmospheric Disturbances was probably my favorite submission of all time. The reason why – she submitted a negative review. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a negative review submitted to the Bookworms Carnival before and I love it. We were talking about it and she’s so right when she said:
I feel, that bloggers who review books and want to be seen as a viable resource for opinions and recommendations, we must share all of those opinions: the good, the bad, and the ugly.
So, I want to make sure that everyone realizes that negative reviews can be submitted. It’s still up to the host to accept it, but I always will.
Jodie from Book Gazing is bringing us a review for Empress of the World by Sara Ryan, which is a love story, a story of summer love, first love and first love with someone of the same gender, but it never feels like an intense, angsty novel.
Kim from A Sophisticated Dorkiness wants us to know about The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion. Despite the fact that this is a memoir about grief, I finished it and immediately wanted to re-read the entire thing.
Vasilly from Classic Vasilly is sharing with us:
- Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson: Woodson has created such an authentic character. I didn’t believe for a second that this wasn’t the voice of a child who’s growing and learning, grieving and trying to make sense of all that has happened to him and his family.
- The Latent Powers of Dylan Fontaine by April Lurie: Lurie did a fantastic job capturing the essence of adolescence while making readers care about every character in the book.
Ryan at Damned Conjuror brings us Audition by Ryu Murakami…is about misogyny; be it hidden or blatant, it’s about our ability to hide who we truly our, it’s about our own gratification and it’s also an insight into the relations between Japanese men and women.
Jo from Ink and Paper is sharing a novel that I’ve been seeing around quite a bit. The Trouble with Demons by Lisa Shearin has so many awesome supporting characters in this novel, I can’t tell you. You come to love them, even the baddies in a love-to-hate way.
Patricia’s Vampire Notes would like to share one of her all time favorite reviews. Do Not Hasten to Bid Me Adieu by Norman Partridge is a brief retelling of Stoker’s Dracula, but this time from the viewpoint of Quincey Morris, one of the suitors of Lucy Westenra.
Laura from I’m Booking It wants to share two novels with us. The first is one of her favorites, The Actor and the Housewife by Shannon Hale. Once I started reading, I didn’t want to stop. I finished before I went to bed that night, in spite of a packed day. I can’t remember the last time I was sneaking in a few pages while my husband drove us to a family activity. Laura just finished reading The Castaways by Elin Hilderbrand. I was impressed from the beginning, when the 8 main characters were introduced in a way that allowed me to keep track of them.
Emily from Emily’s Reading Room is bringing us a great review for The Stolen One by Suzanne Crowley. The character development was really fantastic, and the book really brought to life the time period it was representing.
Angie from Angieville was immediately struck by the the hinting at a sort of irresistable blend of fantasy, intrigue, romance oh my! of The Laurentine Spy by Emily Gee.
Nicola over at Alpha Heroes is bringing us two great reviews.
- Branded by Fire by Nalini Singh: Singh has taken a very common modern relationship affliction– fear of commitment– and built a fairy tale around it that lets us look at that fear and think about it on a level that’s not quite as threatening as a straight contemp might be.
- Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey: is less hefty, more accessible, [than her Kushiel’s series] and instantly drew me in — even on a bumpy bus ride.
And to round out this edition of the Bookworms Carnival, I’m going to include a couple of my latest reviews:
- Demons Not Included by Cheyenne McCray: the overall idea isn’t all that unique (the apocalypse is coming!), but I have to say that McCray gives her own twist to it and it works well.
- Death’s Daughter by Amber Benson: In a time when we’re getting a lot of demons, angels, vampires, shapeshifters, etc, it was nice to read about the one aspect all of those have in common, yet hasn’t been addressed yet – Death. The Grim Reaper is the ultimate supernatural in my opinion.
- The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns by Elizabeth Leiknes: is a pretty good story for those who like a little paranormal, but really don’t want it to be the focus of the story.
Edition 34 hosted by: Bella at A Bibliophile
Deadline for submission: July 24, 2009
Theme: YA Fantasy
To submit a post, email: bellalee.mc at gmail dot com
Edition 35 hosted by: Rebecca Reads
Deadline for submission: August 14, 2009
Theme: Really Old Classics (pre-Shakespeare)
To submit a post, email: rebecca at rebeccareid dot com