Year 6, Book 27

27. Drinking Closer to Home by Jessica Anya Blau
I picked up an advanced reader’s copy of this book at ALA Midwinter. I started reading it back in January and wasn’t enjoying it that much. I had to stop reading it to read a book club book and then could never force myself to finish reading it. I got about 2/3 of the way through, but realize I just don’t care about what might happen these characters. There are too many books out there that I want to read so I don’t think I’m going to force myself to finish this one.

Year 6, Book 26

26. I Beat the Odds: From Homelessness to the Blind Side and Beyond by Michael Oher
This is the story of Michael Oher, the inspiration for the book and movie The Blind Side, told from his perspective. You get a little bit more background on his childhood in this book and then because it goes farther into the future a little more about where he is now. He of course also shares his feelings on the experiences and what he felt was misrepresented in the movie,but for the most part I didn’t feel like I learned anything terribly new from this book. It’s a very quick read, so if you were really taken with the book and/or movie it’s worth a read but don’t expect any profound revelations. I give it a 6 out of 10.

Year 6, Book 25

25. The Weird Sister by Eleanor Brown
The title of this story comes from a line in Macbeth where the witches are referred to as the weird sisters. The “weird sisters” in this book are three sisters whose father is a Shakespeare professor at a small college in Ohio. They are named after Shakespearean characters and their lives are much informed by his works. They often quote Shakespeare in their every day conversation, so I think you will appreciate this book more if you are fairly knowledgeable about Shakespeare’s works although it certainly isn’t necessary to read the book. The three sisters all return home to live with their parents after their mother is diagnosed with breast cancer allowing all of them to run from things in their lives they don’t want to face. Their time together allows to face old demons, and move into the future. I give it a 7 out of 10.

Year 6, Book 24

24. Naked Heat by Richard Castle
I love the television show Castle, so I can’t resist reading the books that ABC is putting out as tie-in with the show. This book is supposedly written by the lead character on the show, who is a mystery writer. Obviously it’s not really, but it’s kind of fun to see how the book is informed by the characters on the show. I enjoyed this one more than I did the first one, Heat Wave. I’m not sure they were ghost-written by the same person or not but I found the mystery in this one more engaging and it seemed more well-written to me. I also appreciated the little shout out to Nathan Fillion’s character on Firefly with having two minor characters named Malcolm and Reynolds. If you’re not a Castle fan I wouldn’t bother reading it, but if you are it’s a fun light mystery read. I give it 6 out of 10.

Year 6, Book 23

23. The Struggle (The Vampire Diaries #2) by L.J. Smith
The second in the series of books that the television show The Vampire Diaries is based on. And at this point I have to say very loosely based on as the books and the television show are highly different. Even though many of the characters share the same names their stories and their personalities are mostly entirely different. I’ll probably read the last 2 in the series because I am curious as to where the story goes, but this certainly isn’t any great fiction. Although I’m sure I might have liked if I was actually reading it when I was part of the intended audience of YA girls. I give it 5 out of 10.

Year 6, Book 22

22. You are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto by Jaron Lanier
I’ve had this book on my to-read list for awhile and finally decided to read it since the author is going to be speaking at the Association of College and Research Libraries conference that I will be attending in a few weeks. In the book Lanier examines the rise of the internet and how the way it has become easier to contribute to the web is harming humanity. That’s not his only point, but I felt like it was his main one. I have say that I didn’t agree with most of what he had to say. It’s definitely thought-provoking even if I didn’t agree with it. I look forward to hearing what he has to say at ACRL.
I give it 5 out of 10