Thursday, February 24, 2011

Book Buzz

Interesting books on Dear Reader's website under Author Buzz. What would you do if your husband suddenly wanted to re-write the rules for your relationship? That is the question Sarah Pekkanen asks in her story, Skipping a Beat.

You may remember that Dear Reader is an online book club of which I am a member. I get the first chapters of new books before they are published.

Ayanla Vanzant has a new book out, Peace from Broken Pieces: How to get Through What You're Going Through, that was at #2000 on one of the bestsellers list. After her first interview on the Oprah show after 11 years, the book went to #8. Last night was the second interview. This morning Ayanla said her book is now #1. It's now clear which bestsellers list. I saw it at #2 on amazon's list of biographies today and Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand as # 1

Sunday, February 13, 2011

World Without End

I have put all books down to focus on "World Without End" by Ken Follett. This book continues with the story of Kingsbridge. Kingsbridge is a medieval town with a Gothic cathedral designed and built some 200 hundred years earlier in the 12th century by Jack Builder whom we readers met in "Pillars of the Earth".

I am following the lives of Gwenda and Philemon, raised by their father to be thieves. I am also following Merthin, a skilled mason/builder, and his brother Ralph, a knight, descendants of Jack Builder. I am following the monk and wanna be Prior of the cathedral, Godwyn, and his cousin, Caris, who is in love with Merthin. Both are also descendants of Jack Builder.

Monday, February 07, 2011

Okebook Club's 2010 Selections

January 15
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamba

February 19
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

March 19
Angel’s Game by Carlos Luis Zafon

April 16
The Book Thief by Markus Zusac

May 21
The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood

June 18
Sarah’s Key by Tatiana Rosnay

July 15
Thin Woman by Dorothy Cannell

August 20
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

September 17
Handle with Care by Jodie Picoult

October 15
The Help by Kathryn Stockett

November 19
The Blood of Flowers: A novel by Anita Amirrezvani

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Pillars of the Earth

I spent all evening yesterday watching 8 episodes of Pillars of the Earth based on the book by Ken Follett. Wonderful historical fiction set in the twelfth century! I was mesmerized by the storyline - corruption in the church and crown, fulfillment of prophecy, murder and mayhem. I think I will be checking out the sequel to Pillars titled, World Without End

Fall of Giants is Follett's first book in the Century Trilogy, set in the twentieth century. This book does not seem to be a big hit with amazon readers/reviewers.