Thursday, November 19, 2009

Book Review: Plum Pudding Murder

Plum Pudding Murder (Hannah Swensen Mystery, Book 12) Plum Pudding Murder by Joanne Fluke

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Last February, when I started working at Barnes & Noble "Cream Puff Murder" (Hannah Swensen Mystery, Book 11) had just been released and we had it everywhere in the store. The cover was so pretty that I kept meaning to read it, but never took the plunge. Then, we got in the newest addition to the series and I had to pick it up. The series just looked like a nice fun entry into the mystery genre. I mean, really, even if the story itself hadn't been that great, you at least got all the fun recipes that the book is loaded with. Win, win, right?

I'm really glad that I picked up Plum Pudding Murder and I'm planning on getting the other books in the series soon. The bite-sized chapters make these easy to read books perfect to pick-up and breeze through while I'm on break at work or if I just have a few minutes here and there. Some of the lines that the characters use seem corny at times and slightly unrealistic for any actual person to use, but they really seem to fit Joanne Fluke's writing style so they don't feel too out of place.

All in all, I really enjoyed this as a nice break from some of the more serious reading that I've been doing lately and will be recommending the series to anyone who loves baking, coffee, and needs a quick break from time to time.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Book Review: Dracula

Dracula (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) (B&N Classics Hardcover) Dracula by Bram Stoker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I'm kind of sad that it took me so long to read this classic. I really enjoyed it and I loved how it was written in the form of diaries and journals from the different characters. This made it so that you really got to know the characters personally without being told straight-out. This also provided several views of some of the same occurrences, but through different eyes so you could pick out facts that the first narrator may have missed.I really loved this book and have been urging everyone that I know to read it. ^_^

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Book Review: Knitting the Threads of Time

Knitting the Threads of Time: Casting Back to the Heart of Our Craft Knitting the Threads of Time: Casting Back to the Heart of Our Craft by Nora Murphy

My rating: 1 of 5 stars
I actually just had to call it quits on this book. I couldn't stand reading it anymore because of the author's voice and personal views that are constantly re-hashed over and over throughout.

Nora Murphy did her homework on the history of textiles, but the way that she twines actual history with how she perceives the craft of knitting drove me crazy. Apparently, we have very different interpretations of the craft and the world around us and I just couldn't stand to pick up the book after the chapter about how much she enjoys and respects her period. Sorry, but I just don't get enjoyment out of reading about how she can link her monthly cycle to knitting and it's history. No thank you.

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