Paul's reading history

Cover imageThis Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All

by Marilyn Johnson
Finished on October 10th 2010
Rated by Paul: 2 out of 5

Parts of this were kind of cool, but overall the author's bright and sunny tone didn't sit well with me. The best part was seeing Kelly from the Denver Zine Library mentioned!

Cover imageWomen Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything

by Geneen Roth
Finished on September 11th 2010
Rated by Paul: 4 out of 5

Ok, I admit that I was interested in reading this after watching the episode on Oprah w/ Geneen Roth. The audience's reaction was too intense not to be at least curious. So while, I was initially turned off by the word 'god' in the title, I was relieved to find out that it's only a spiritual reference and touched on briefly throughout the book. And while I'm not a woman and maybe not the direct audience Mrs. Roth is writing for, I did glean some pretty good information for myself, but most importantly for my daughter and hopefully some new skills to deflect her impending issues w/ body image and "the voice". At just over 200 pages, and a small book, this is a quick read but still packed w/ enough information to make reading this worthwhile and hopefully rewarding. If you've ever struggled with your weight (which i haven't) and have an unhealthy relationship with food, this is a must read. Great.

Cover imageThe Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest

by Stieg Larsson
Finished on August 3rd 2010
Rated by Paul: 3 out of 5

This is my favorite of the trilogy, but just barely. The plot is still loaded with tons of minor characters and way too much detail, but for some reason I was finally able to resign myself to it and get on with the reading of the good parts. While predictable in general terms as trilogies go, I did like the ending. No big bang, but enough resolution to be a proper ending to what will hopefully remain just 3 books. Now onto the movie, but in the meantime I need to find a new series to read...

Cover imageThe Baby Sleep Book: How to Help Your Baby to Sleep and Have a Restful Night

by William Sears, Martha Sears
Finished on August 1st 2010
Rated by Paul: 3 out of 5

I didn't get a chance to finish this book, but I did like what I had read. Maybe a little redundant for the reader who openly embraces attachment parenting. Still, this has a lot of information about the subject matter and is worth checking out.

Cover imageThe Girl Who Played with Fire

by Stieg Larsson
Finished on July 6th 2010
Rated by Paul: 3 out of 5

Overall, this was a better read than The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. While there is still an exhaustive amount of detail and way too many minor characters, and cutting in and out of the various subplots, the fact that Lisbeth is actually in the book for more than 50% of the time makes The Girl Who Played With Fire more interesting, exciting and just better. I thought the ending was understated, making for a good semi-cliffhanger for the last book. While I HAVE enjoyed reading both books in the 'Millenium' trilogy, they are way overhyped and I actually preferred the movie for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo to the book, which is surprising, but I have a feeling that I'll feel the same way once the second film comes out in the states.

Cover imageThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Vintage)

by Stieg Larsson
Finished on June 19th 2010
Rated by Paul: 3 out of 5

I might have made the fatal error of seeing the movie first, but there's no shaking the fact that at 644 pages, this book is long and at many points, longwinded with a really slow and boring beginning tacked on. That said, I do think this is somewhere around a 3.5, but again w/ the given options i went down in rating. So the plot gets cooking somewhere about half way through, once the main protagonists meet up and everything starts to gel. The brutal parts are brutal, but I was surprised at how understated they were compared to how I imagined they would be after watching the film. While the characters are definitely more fleshed out, the end also starts to drag some as well. Worth reading, but don't get your hopes up too high. This thing is definitely overhyped. See the movie, for sure. How often does that get said?

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Finished on June 8th 2010

If there were half stars, this book would almost be a 3 1/2, but left to choose I went with a 3. While I enjoyed it, the mysteries and major plot lines were on the sleepy side of things. Overall I felt like not much happened, other than some welcome backstory on Eric and Bill and a few minor deaths of newly introduced characters wrapped up at the end. Good, but not great.

Cover imageVegan Freak - 2nd Edition

by Bob Torres
Finished on February 2nd 2010
Rated by Paul: 4 out of 5

It's been a long time since i've read any books on the subject of veganism. While I didn't agree 100% with everything in Vegan Freak, I still found the book to be a re-energizer/re-motivater. This is a must read for anyone interested in becoming vegan or newly converted vegans.

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Finished on January 21st 2010

Still riding on an upward swing for the series. I really liked all the plot developments and further insight into the characters. The fairy war was pretty extreme on sookie and it will be interesting to see how the outcome manifests itself. I didn't agree with the deaths of a couple of minor characters, for completely different reasons. Although I do appreciate the fact that Charlaine Harris isn't afraid to kill more prominent characters. Just not those! Of course, I read this one a breakneck pace and now I have to wait months for the new title to arrive...

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Finished on January 16th 2010

This is my favorite in the series so far. Lots of character development and unfolding plot lines are hopefully setting up new revelations and an interesting story in dead and gone. I'm almost at the end of the series...ack!