Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Not-in-30-Days-Book Challenge Post 5

Day 21-A guilty pleasure book
Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney
I really love this book. Go ahead and laugh. Now take a deep breath...and hear me out:P
There is just something about reading a novel with pictures that is easy on the brain. Especially after a long day when the last thing I want to be doing is conceptual exercises(huh?)....
Fregley. He always had that creepy look on his face
Diary of a wimpy kid kept me in stitches, even long after I had turned the last page. Sometimes I would be cracking up so bad that my mum would ask me what was wrong. Dutifully I would try to explain. Of course she never understood. 
The POV from Greg Heffley, a junior in middle school is very funny. The whole cast of characters is amazingly humorous, my personal favourite being Fregley. He was wiiieeeerd.
There is just something about seeing the characters' reactions on a page while reading them that is appealing. It's kinda hard to explain. For example, the main character(Greg)'s baby brother (Manny) completely wrecks his game player and is made to apologise by his mom. The expression on Greg's face is priceless when Manny gives him an apology gift- a wad of tinfoil with toothpicks stuck in it.Okay, it doesn't sound funny but it is.'Nuff said.

 Day 22-Favorite Series
 Women of Justice series by Lynette Eason is a newly found favourite. You can read my review of the second book in the series, Don't look back, here.
The concurring theme in this series is justice. In the first book Samantha Cash is seeking a mastermind serial killer who disposes of young girls. In the second, Jamie Cash is struggling to escape a man who is trying to kill her after 10 years of thinking he already did. In the final book Kit Kenyon, a first rate hostage negotiator, has unwittingly become the target of the very murderer she is seeking.
Whew! What a wild ride !Lynette Eason is a master suspense-writer who flawlessly brings to life a nervewracking plot, which has many twists and turns. I was literally checking around me at night, remembering all the bad guys so expertly portrayed in the novels.
The writing was action packed and detailed. I can't remember any times that I was skimming from boredom. I really liked how the killers were given a POV, where we could read what they were thinking- kind of creepy. It really freaked me out when I guessed who they were-and the characters didn't know!
All in all a set of excellent books. Don't read these late at night!

Day 23- Favorite Romance Novel
A passion most Pure by Julie Lessman
I was pretty skeptical when I first picked this up. i had read a range of resposes and was sure this was going to be just another typical romantic fling. However I was completely and utterly awed by the level of depth this novel took me-depth into its characters, story, and into the recurring aspect of true Passion.

I'm hoping to write a full review on this soon.

Day 24 - A Book you later found out the Author lied about
Since most of my reading scope is fiction, there's nothing much that can be lied about. However I don't really like it when authors change historical facts/figures too much to suit the story. It depends, I guess.

Day 25-Favorite Autobiographical/Biographical book
Again, don't really read much of these. An autobiography that I really enjoyed and was wowed by was The Heavenly Man by Brother Yun. Book description: The dramatic autobiography of one of China's dedicated, courageous, and intensely persecuted house church leaders.
This is the gripping story of how God took a young, half-starved boy from a poor village in Henan province and placed him on the front line for Jesus, in the face of impossible odds. Instead of focusing on the many miracles or experiences of suffering, however, Yun prefers to focus on the character and beauty of Jesus. Interspersed with his personal account are contributions from his wife, Deling, made mostly during her husband's frequent periods of imprisonment. You will remember where you were the first time you read this life story. It's a watershed book that will turn the reader to prayer and praise.
I was quite young when I first read this. Even now I am amazed at Brother Yun's testimony and how God worked in his life. A very encouraging read.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Not-in-30-Days Book Challenge Post 4

Day 16-  Book turned movie
One Night with the King 
This was quite a lovely movie based on the novelisation of the book of
Esther by Tommy Tenny. As can be predicted, there were some changes and inconsistencies with the biblical account; however based on the book, the movie was great! I loved the drama and action portrayed, as well as the amazing film setting and costumes. Tiffany Dupont led a strong cast as Esther, and really brought her sweet character to life. Loved it!

Day 17- Book turned movie and completely desecrated
Thankfully I can't think of any:)

Day 18- A Book You can’t find on shelves anymore that you love've probably never heard of these but I can't find the full Mildred Keith classics on shelves or online:(

Day 19- A Book that changed your mind/view about a particular subject
The Silkhouse Series by Linda Chaikin
Well, this series completely changed my perspective on French History. I was not really aware of the struggles the early French protestants (Huguenots) had to face , especially during the reign of the evil Catherine de Medici- the tortures of the Bastille, the constant fear of execution, the threat of being beheaded. I was horrified many times while reading, especially when there were sickening execution scenes or devious plots occurring concosted by the Queen Mother. I enjoyed the story of Rachelle, the protagonist, who is called to court as a seamstress, and her interaction with the dashing Marquis Fabien. I enjoyed reading about Court-as well as many battle scenes. Packed with historical detail as well as political intrigue, this series was one I will not forget soon. It really reminded me of how much people were willing to endure for their faith.

Day 20-A Book you would recommend to an ignorant/racist/closed minded person
I would highly reccommend Francine Rivers' 'The Atonement Child' to people who are pro-choice, anyone who thinks abortion is right or even okay, and anyone who doesn't know/care. The book answers a lot of hypothetical questions many people put forward, such as'but what if the mother was sick and needed an abortion to live?'. In the story, Dynah, a young woman who has a whole future in store for her has her life shattered in one horrific moment by rape. In the months ahead she must make the choice whether to keep or abort her  ill-conceived child. As well as Dynah, her mother as well as her grandmother had to face abortion-related questions. This book faces the issue of abortion in an enlightening, honest and eye opening way.