Saturday, February 27, 2010

Six Sentence Saturday

Welcome to Six Sentence Saturday.
Where I try to express my thoughts on recent reads using only 6 sentences!!!!.
At the end of each review I will post a
rating scale of 1-5 using the cute and original (lol) Playing Cards.
Rating scale will be as follows:

5 of Hearts- You must read this book NOW!!
4 of Hearts- A great read, put it on your TBR list.
3 of Hearts- Glad I read but no big deal

2 of Hearts- Why did I finish this?
Joker Card - Don't bother (why did I?)
 

Italian for Beginners- Kristen Harmel
** This book was absolutely charming!! I love books that take place in Italy because this is a country that I want to visit so bad I can taste the wine!!!! I loved how Cat finally decided to live her life for herself for once and took that brave first step by just up and going to Italy without much thought. Once she arrives things don't exactly go the way she was hoping, but the ups and downs helped her grow as a person and a woman! In the end she learns what makes HER happy and realizes that at some point, you need to jump without looking. You're not going to read anything utterly life-changing from this book, but I'm sure that if you enjoy women's fiction then you would like this!
 
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Crossing Washington Square - Joanne Rendell
** I absolutely enjoyed every single page of this "women's literature" novel. I found the two main characters very interesting and each intricate in their own way. I loved the idea of studying Classics and then comparing them to modern "chick lit." I felt like I was in a front row seat listening to the professor debate the merits of "trash literature" and how in the world anyone would think it made for important reading. You also have a delightful mix of men with the irresistible cad and the boyish romantic guy. I think this book would make a fun movie!!!!

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Secrets of Eden - Chris Bohjalian
** How to write a review on this one, yet not spoil it for others???? I've decided not to tell you much, except that Bohjalian is at the top of his game with his latest release. I loved the story and once I started reading there was no stopping until the last page.


 


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23 comments:

  1. I like the idea of 6 sentences, makes a review less daunting and the outcome is easier to read,

    I am supposed to be getting Secrets of Eden soon, so I am glad that you didn't spoil it for me.

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  2. i always loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee your reviews! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

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  3. Fun reviews Staci, I was actually offered Italian for Beginners for review but I was snowed under so had to say no ... I'm sorry I did now. I like the cover of Secrets of Eden, you've intrigued me by saying so little LOL

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  4. Staci, all three of these books are on my wish list so I'm glad to see you enjoyed them. I have Italian For Beginners on my shelf - it was a giveaway win : )

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  5. I've got the first two books and you've made me anxious to read them, especially Italian for Beginners - I love charming stories!

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  6. All three are now on my b.i.o.S list! I won a Kristen Harmel book and the title put me off so I just stuck it on the shelf but hauled it out recently and ended up really liking it! Title- The Art of French Kissing.

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  7. I like this review format - I may have to try it some Saturday :)

    I am anxious to read Italian for Beginners. I am like you - I am very anxious to visit this country myself.

    I read Crossing Washington Square and while I liked it, I wasn't as enthralled with it as you. I think I had expectations for a different kind of story.

    Hope you have a fun, literary weekend.

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  8. I love the 6 sentence idea but you can probably tell that if you read my reviews! I just want to know if you recommend the book and why.

    Funny... last night I wrote my sunday post on my definitions of 2-5 stars on goodreads. Most of my books get 3 stars, then 4 and last year I only handed out 5 stars to 4 books. They need another category for DNF.

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  9. They all look like great books!

    From my page...so glad you liked Manly too! He was always my favorite. He looks adorable these days. Did you ever see him now? For Happy Days people, I went to an autograph signing and got to meet Potsie, Ralph, and Joanie. Do you know that Potsie (Anson Williams) had no recollection of singing that "Pump Your Blood" song? How could he forget that?

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  10. You hit the jackpot with all three books this week. I have the first two on my wish list. You have me very intrigued about the third one. Another great six sentences.

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  11. Three books are going on my wish list! I did look at Italian For Beginners at the library, but put it back.

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  12. I have Secrets of Eden at home and I was going to return it the library unread. After seeing your review, maybe I will read it! Thanks Staci!

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  13. I have Crossing Washington Square on my bookshelf, and I am looking forward to it.

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  14. Great reviews as always Staci! Italian for Beginners sounds charming. I love books based in Italy also. I'm glad that you like Crossing Washington Square, I enjoyed it as well. I'm glad that you liked Secrets of Eden! I want to read this one.

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  15. So glad you had good reads this week. And thank you for not giving away anything about Secrets of Eden. I avoid most reviews until after I've read the book because I think they tell too much. I have loved those books I've read by Bojhalian so far; Double Bind and Skeletons at the Feast. I am so looking forward to this one. I love short reviews-just tell us how much you liked it and give it rating I say. Good job.

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  16. I love how you're doing the highlighting now!

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  17. that second one sounds quite interesting

    and the last a must read!

    I read the mia books---did I get them from you?

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  18. Second time I've come across Italian For Beginners today :) It looks really cute, I'm thinking it needs to be added to the to-read list.

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  19. You had a good week reading!

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  20. I still need to read Crossing Washington Square. I got so behind when the dog and my pops got sick. Oh well, I need more time in a day to read I think, preferably on a beach somewhere.

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  21. I've been wanting to read Italian for Beginner's for awhile! Sounds fun.

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  22. Oh I want to read all of these! If you liked them then I'm sure I will too! Thanks for the great reviews.

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