Sunday, December 14, 2008

Book Review: The Tale of Despereaux

The Tale of Despereaux
by Kate DiCamillo
272 pages
My rating: ****
I've had this book on my shelf for a while. With the recent advertisements for the upcoming movie, I decided to give it a try.
This is a cute tale of love, courage, and a mouse on a quest. The book is well written, for a reader of any age. I think that you will fall in love with brave little Despereaux, the mouse who wasn't supposed to live. Kate DiCamillo did a wonderful job of painting a quaint story of friendship and change. I look forward to seeing how the movie stays with the plot of the book.

Book Review: The Time Traveler's Wife

The Time Traveler's Wife

by Audrey Niffenegger
519 pages
My rating: ****

There was a huge buzz around this book on the book board I frequent. I didn't really buy into all the hype, as there were many other books I wanted to read first. I was at the thrift shop one day and came across this book for only 99 cents. I couldn't pass it up. I figured, though, that it would end up sitting on my shelf for quite a while. I got into a reading funk though, and couldn't decide what book to read, so I hesitantly pick this up. I say hesitantly, because I was pretty sure that TTW was a book you really need to be invested in. I get so attached to characters when I read, that I wasn't sure if I could do this after the Twilight saga. I needed a "fluffy" read, and this wasn't it.

I really enjoyed this book. At first, it was difficult to get into, because the point of view changes. It really took me about 75 pages to feel comfortable with the style. In the book, the main characters are both artsy Chicagoans. I couldn't really relate to that scene, but the author didn't overdo it with the artsy-ness of the book. I feel like I got to know the characters well enough without being completely entranced by them. Will this book go on my list of favorite books ever? Probably not. I definately would recommend it to others. This was a good love story, without too much mush. I don't really know how else to describe it. If you have a free weekend, give it a try!

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