Fahrenheit 451


Author: Ray Bradbury

Bookstore Classification: Science Fiction

Readers: Anyone, but often used as high school required reading

This is one of my favorite books.  In a futuristic world where technology has become so advanced that houses no longer burn, a fireman named Montag is the main character of this story.  However, firemen do not exist to put out fires, but instead their job is to find books and burn them.  Society’s reasoning behind this activity is that without the differing viewpoints within books, people will find peace in their lives, which will bring harmony to the world.  Unfortunately, everyone now communicates through large television screens with little human contact.


Published in: on July 6, 2009 at 7:55 pm  Comments (1)  

The Raw Shark Texts


Author: Steven Hall

Bookstore Classification: Fiction

Reader: Adult

This book was slightly bizarre, but I enjoyed it.  Set in modern day, the premise of the book is about a man who wakes up and has no memory.  His memory is so depleted he doesn’t know his own name, he has no understanding of current events or social structures; he is basically a shell with basic motor functions.  However, the story progresses and you realize his house is designed for the disease he has. (more…)

Published in: on June 30, 2009 at 6:53 pm  Comments (1)  

Welcome to Reading!


This is our first book review ever!  Are you as excited as we are?  Probably not, but that’s okay.  I, Stephanie, read several books last weekend and the one that stood out to me was Lee Child’s “Nothing to Lose.”  Although I have known about Child for a long time, I never picked up one of his books.  But I was hit with a book craving last Friday and just happened to be in Target where the only book I hadn’t read was his mystery novel, which happens to be new in paperback.

This book is action oriented.  Jack Reacher is a man of few words, but makes his mark on society by not backing down from any challenge.  In “Nothing to Lose” you meet Reacher in the midst of his quest to hitchhike from Maine to California.  You meet up with him as he is traveling to Hope, Colorado.  However, the town next to Hope is Desapair and where Reacher decides to visit, simply because he can.  When he arrives, he is arrested, and charged with vagrancy and then kicked out of town.  Reacher’s antennae go up and he determines to figure out why Despair refuses to allow visitors.

I enjoyed this book, mainly because Reacher has several philosophies in which he lives by that make his life more interesting.  Don’t worry, I won’t tell you what they are.  This book is age appropriate for any mature 14 year old, but it does present some ethical and moral challenges within the last third of the story.  There are some vague sexual references, but nothing and graphic and about two dirty words.  Overall, an enjoyable read.

Published in: on June 24, 2009 at 4:27 pm  Leave a Comment