Saturday, February 28, 2009

Run for Your Life by James Patterson

Run for Your Life by James Patterson

Det. Michael Bennett is just coming off of a particularly difficult hostage negotiation in Harlem when the Commissioner calls him personally to head up a task force to stop a seemingly connected string of murders targeting the wealthy of New York City. This is the second book featuring Detective Bennett after Step on a Crack. I liked this one more than Step on a Crack and I enjoy the character, his nanny Mary Catherine, his grandfather Seamus, and his brood of ten children.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Force of Nature by Laird Hamilton

Force of Nature: Mind, Body, Soul, and of course Surfing by Laird Hamilton

I saw Laird Hamilton on Chelsea Lately promoting this new book. It sounded so inspirational, I just had to check it out. The book opens with a quote from Mark Twain that I think sums up the book well:

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain

This book is written in four parts: Mind, Body, Soul, and Surfing. Each section discusses Laird's philosophy on how to live life to the fullest, how to feed your body, how to excel in every aspect of life, and how to appreciate the world and people around you. I did indeed find it very inspirational. He is an amazing athlete and an amazing person.

In addition to the great advice in this book, the photographs are beautiful. I can't stop looking at them!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Burned by Ellen Hopkins

Burned by Ellen Hopkins

I don't want to talk about it....not yet anyway....

Friday, February 20, 2009

The Dead Room and Coraline

The Dead Room by Heather Graham

Leslie McIntyre has become a famed archaeologist for her uncanny ability to find dead people with ease. When she is asked to return to New York City to work on another historic dig she is anxious to return to the historic home where an explosion killed her husband and nearly ended her own life. Leslie is determined to help the ghosts reaching out to her by finding their burial sites, help her late husbands cousin, Joe (a private eye), discover the truth behind the explosion and also help Joe find a missing heiress and the missing prostitutes she was helping. All seem to be connected in some way, Leslie and Joe just need to fit the pieces together.

It took me a while to read this due to my car accident, but I did enjoy it. There is an interesting twist at the end that I did not see coming. So far, I have enjoyed all of the Heather Graham books I have read.

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

While exploring her home out of boredness one day, Coraline discovers a door that leads to another world. This world looks very much like her own and has all of the same people, only it is different. Her "other mother" and "other father" with the button eyes want to keep Coraline. Will she ever find her way back out? To her real home, real mother, and real father? This is a fun and creepy read. I look forward to seeing the movie!