May 15, 2013

Quick Thoughts on Recent Library Reads 05/15/13




Maya's Notebook by Isabel Allende

Isabel Allende scores again. I've always enjoyed her books and this is no exception. Maya is a fascinating character. The people she's surrounded by are even more interesting. I loved that this is set in Chile. I'm a big fan of learning about other places and cultures.

Recommended? Yep!


The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan

There once was a hidden city that didn't appear on any maps. The people that lived there were sworn to secrecy about every aspect of their lives and work. Even if they wanted to tell someone about what was going on they couldn't have. The vast majority of the men and women working in Oak Ridge, TN didn't have any idea of what they were working on.

This was completely engrossing! The patriotism that led these people to move to the middle of nowhere to work on a secret something was awe inspiring to read about. What an amazing hidden bit of history.


Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

I didn't know that this book existed! The only Pinocchio I knew of was the Disney version. For shame! Josh, at  The World's Strongest Librarian recommended this to me. I'm so glad! Guess what? Pinocchio was such a dick! The cricket? He's no song and dance man in this original version.

I'm glad I took the time to read this. It was a crazy and delightful romp.


34 comments:

  1. I love this format! Short reviews that get to the point!

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    1. I love writing these too :) For one thing I don't like to give too much away when I'm yapping about a book. For another? They are so much easier to write, lol.

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  2. What fun you discovered Pinnoccio - I only read a children's book about him, not the original. I haven't read Isabel Allende for a while. She and I are hit and miss.

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    1. It's an oldie but a goodie! It's so different from the Disney version, and so much better ;)

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  3. ohhh...The Girls of Atomic City sounds good!

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  4. Pinocchio was one of those books we all HATED when we read it in grad school. So different from Disney (and not in a good way). I totally want to read Atomic City now.

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    1. Ha ha! The Disney version is a lot sweeter, and not so manic, but I liked this crazy version ;) You should read Atomic City! I forgot to mention that there were some dry science bits but nothing that made my head hurt :)

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  5. The Girls of Atomic City sounds fantastic and I tried reading Pinocchio ages ago, gosh when I was in grade school, but I couldn't get into it.

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    1. Pinocchio is a bit crazy. I've heard that it was first published as a serial. I think that is what makes it a bit hard to get into? It's a bit choppy.

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  6. Library reads, my favorite! I've never read the original Pinocchio but sounds like a good classic to get to!

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    1. Library reads, hooray! I don't know what I'd do without my local library...lose my mind!

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  7. I STILL need to read one of hers, where should I start?

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    1. Marie, I would go with Daughter of Fortune :)

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  8. Another Disney-fied story then? Though I do seem to remember reading it when I was younger and not liking it.

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    1. They do like to mess with classics don't they? ;)

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  9. Nice feature! I like the short-and-sweet reviews. (Don't get me wrong; I also like long, meaty ones.)

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    1. Thanks Lark :) I really like trying to fit my thoughts into a few sentences.

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  10. I really want to read Atomic City - I'm glad it didn't disappoint!

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    1. I hope you're able to get to it! Very informative :)

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  11. I was planning to read Pinocchio a couple of years ago and never got to it. Sounds like I should find the time to read the "real" story!

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    1. It's definitely worth the time Lisa :) If only to marvel at the differences between it and the Disney version

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  12. Pinocchio was my favourite movie as a child!

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    1. I always liked that movie too :) The books is WAY different!

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  13. The Girls of Atomic City has caught my eye several times at the library/bookstore. Glad to hear you enjoyed it.

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    1. It's a very interesting read Chris, full of info. I love that :)

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  14. Great way to share your thoughts! I am very curious about the original Pinocchio! And Maya's Notebook, too.

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  15. Nice little reviews! I'm glad you liked The Girls of Atomic City!

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  16. I saw the Girls of Atomic City in the book store and was just blown away when I read the flap summary. It still amazes me and I know at some point I will sit down and read this book.

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    1. I hope you do Gina, and I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did :) Thanks for visiting!

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