Friday, September 18, 2009

The Great Train Robbery

The Great Train Robbery by Michael Crichton- This was my first Michael Crichton novel, and I must say that I got sucked in pretty quickly. I had to read this for my Victorian lit class- and I know you're thinking, "Chelsey, how could this be for your Victorian lit class when it is CLEARLY written by a well-known contemporary author of pure fiction?" And my answer for you my friends is this: Crichton wrote this historical fiction novel about the Great Train Robbery of 1855 in England. So yes, it does seem odd that I read a Crichton novel for my Vic. lit class, but it also makes sense, no?

I won't go too much into the plot because there are so many subplots and main plot threads that go on that it's hard to explain it in one simple paragraph. But I will say that this is about one of the biggest and greatest robberies of all time- no one thought that it could be done (and as you get farther into the novel you can't believe that it's possible also). Crichton does an excellent job of immersing readers into the Victorian world and mindset- every other chapter is a further description into how the Victorian society is run and what each fact of history means to the story.

I gotta tell you- I was against reading a Crichton novel that was supposedly Victorian when all I've ever thought of Crichton has been contemporary, but he really pulls it off. Definitely read this if you're looking for a glimpse into the past, wanting a good mystery or an adventure novel, or are just looking to be surprised ( in a good way) in the overall subject matter and content. I highly recommend this book. Enjoy!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Harry Potter

Can I just tell you how much I love Harry Potter? I do. Because the 6th movie came out this summer I decided to reread all 0f the books- I'm sad to say that I've only read the 6th and 7th books once, so rereading them was a blast. Though, for obvious reasons (school...and then more school) I haven't been able to update my blog. I've been ridiculously busy, but I have just now finished reading the last chapter of the last book. And I WOULD have cried (I was a little misty) had I not have read the last couple of chapters while I was at work. Ah, Harry Potter. How I love thee.

Summer Reading Reality Check 2009

So I know that summer has been over for roughly 2 1/2 months now, but school and work has pretty much consumed my ENTIRE life, so I'm not cranking out posts as much as I would like to. Anyhoo, here's a list of everything I read this summer:

Practical Magic- Alice Hoffman
Paper Towns- John Green
The Sisters Grimm: The Everafter War- Michael Buckley
The Jane Austen Book Club- Karen Fowler
The Last Olympian- Rick Riordan
Dragon Slippers- Jessica Day George
Lean Mean Thirteen- Janet Evanovich
Prince of Persia- Jordan Mechner
Coraline- Neil Gaiman
Savvy- Ingrid Law
Fearless Fourteen- Janet Evanovich
Wonderland- Tommy Kovac and Sonny Liew
The Tale of Desperaux- Kate Dicamillo
Smiles to Go- Jerry Spinelli
Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat- Lynne Jones
Book of a Thousand Days- Shannon Hale
A Kiss in Time- Alex Flinn
The Luxe- Anna Godbersen
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone- J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets- J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban- J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire- J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix- J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince- J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- J.K. Rowling
The Revolution of Sabine- Beth Levine Ain

Of course, not as much as I would have liked to have read this summer, but I think I took a pretty good stab at things. Until next summer (or maybe Christmas break)!