There is nothing – absolutely NOTHING – more frustrating than somone reading a book you are waiting to read…and constantly telling you how good the book is, rubbing your nose in the fact that you haven’t read it, but they have it.

Especially if it’s someone you don’t particularly like or get along with. Just saying.

Salt, Pepper, Butter…Honey?

At supper tonight, Andrew was preparing himself another helping of mashed potatoes (ick) and asked Dad to “pass the salt, peper, butter, and honey.” So he did. When Andrew got the stuff, he said, “Why did you pass me the honey? I’m making up my mashed potatoes!” “It’s what you asked for!” Mom replied. We all had to laugh at Andrew. He seriously (claimed) didn’t remember asking for the honey. Though maybe a little sticky, sugary goodness would improve the potatoes…I don’t like them one bit!

The Innocent Mage

I just got done with this great book called The Innocent Mage by Karen Miller, the first book in the Kingmaker, Kingbreaker duet. It’s got everything: a rough, sarcastic protagonist, an up-and-down plot, a host of colorful and well-developed character, just a touch of magic… For those who love to read fantasy, The Innocent Mage is a must-read. I can’t wait to get the second book, which according to my local library is The Awakened Mage, and according to the Karen Miller site is Innocence Lost. There’s also a follow-up duet in the same world, called The Fisherman’s Children. Once I read Awakened Mage/Innocence Lost, I’ll probably track down copies of the Fisherman’s Children books.

The Giver

The Giver by Lois Lowry wasn’t what I expected, honestly. I was expecting something like The Odyssey – a good story, sure, but not really relevant to real life, and hard to understand without a handy translation. Instead, I got an awesome story that makes you think about what really matters in life – all through the eyes of a twelve-year-old boy. The characters are well-developed, and the writing is descriptive enough that you can easily see what’s going on, but not too detailed – that would take away from the aura of mystery and tension. It’s balanced very nicely. So, all in all, an excellent read for middle-schoolers on up.

Horizons – Please Expand

One of the things my mom likes to do is pick out books that will “expand my horizons”. These horizon-expanding books vary from classics (The Odyssey) to nonfiction (not my cup of tea, thanks) newer realistic or historical fiction books (The Disappeared). And one of these books was The Giver, by Lois Lowry. And, as usual, my mom was right. The Giver definitely expanded my horizons. In fact, The Giver will be my first review.