Finished! Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult

Title: Handle With Care
Author: Jodi Picoult

When I first heard the premise of this book I was pretty sure I was not going to like it.
Who wants to read about a mother suing her OB for the ‘wrongful birth’ of her daughter who was born with a rare disability, osteogenesis imperfecta (OI).
But I had been captivated by the author’s most recent book, House Rules, so decided I would give this book a chance.

Using the heart wrenching struggle of a little girl with OI, aka Brittle Bone Syndrome, as the background, Picoult builds our sympathy for the family and then lets us watch as it falls apart.
Like watching a train wreck, the reader is fascinated and horrified at the same time.
The story shows how the choices we make have consequences and when you decide the ends justify the means, are you have to be ready to live with the consequences.

Although some of the twists and turns seemed forced, I enjoyed the story and was not sure what was going to happen up to including the last page. I look forward to reading the next book by the author!

Twitter Tuesday 2010-12-28

TwitterNot everything makes it to the blog. Twitter is, of course, a great place to post links and thoughts as they occur. Weekly, on Twitter Tuesday, I try to pull them into a blog post and add some more substance to the 140 characters.

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Woot! Won Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women & DVD of the PBS movie from @TooFondOfBooks
Should be an interesting book & movie that I can share with my daughter when I am done.

RT @TooFondOfBooks @harperbooks I'll get to that PROCRASTINATION quiz ... in a little bit ...
too funny.

Mail Box: Publisher ARC of The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino - Will be my first Japanese Thriller
Book looks quite interesting. Now next in my TBR pile of ARCs

Journey of the E-Book illustrates how the "dream of reading books electronically dates back decades via ShelfAwareness
History of eBooks is quite old, relatively.

RT @PublishersWkly Long NPR story on how e-books are changing bookselling and publishing
Quite a conversation including embedded video, libraries, and blind users.

RT @eBooksBN GULLIVER'S TRAVELS starring Jack Black opens Christmas Day. Today only, get the FREE eBOOK of Jonathan Swift's classic
Picked mine up! Love free books.

@aldiko Will be nice when the hype is over and Aldiko 2.0 is available.
Aldiko eReader for Android has come out with version 2.0 but it is only available as a paid app. The free app is the old version. I would like to see if I could use the new version to see if it works better than the nook app that I am currently using.

RT @ShelfAwareness @changinghands Sierra Club mag: unless you read 40+ books a year, paper books are greener than e-readers.
I love the fact that e-readers may not be as green as everyone wants to think.

RT @randomhouse Essential reading: NY Public Library's Children's Books 2010: 100 Titles for Reading & Sharing @nypl #booksgifts
Great list of Kids reading, will use it to guide my buying.

Enter the Simon & Schuster Celebrity Sweepstakes. Package of great celebrity reads.
You have until 12/31/2010 to enter to "win a package of great celebrity reads including Bethenny Frankel's Skinnygirl Dish, Tim Gunn's Golden Rules, and other recent bestselling books from Rick Springfield, Tori Spelling, Portia De Rossi, Nicole Richie, Clinton Kelly and Susan Boyle."

Christmas as Santa's punishment - Dark side of the history of St. Nick
Interesting video version of Neil Gaiman's Christmas poem

RT @bartsbooks Just brilliant! : The Digital Story of the Nativity
What if Joseph & Mary had smart phones?

#FridayReads Sideways Stories from Wayside School, Decision Points, Mr. Toppit, & Last Call: Rise & Fall of Prohibition
I still have Last Call & Decision Points on my reading list from last week. Might still be on next week too, but should finish everything else.

RT @CrownPublishing: DECISION POINTS Deluxe eBook Edition - These kinds of 'enhancements' could sway me over to eBooks
I am reading Decision Points now on my Droid using the Nook app. Would be interesting to have the deluxe edition with enhancements.

RT @andrewtshaffer RT @itsJason: It's not really antisocial to love books. Books are distilled people.
Although when I curl up with a book while in a group of people I wonder....

Finished reading Mr. Toppit by Charles Elton (book #50 this year)
Very odd book. My sense is that it was a study in dysfunctional relationships. My review of Mr. Toppit

Started: The Trinity Six by Charles Cumming. Due to be published 03/2011. 40 pages in and hooked.
Has enjoyed my reading so far.

RT @ShelfAwareness So, you got an ereader for Xmas. Now what? helpful advice from @jane_l
All the ins and outs for using your new Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Sony, or iPad.

How to operate new paperback book you received for Christmas: 1) Pick up book 2) Open book 3) Read the words
Just in case you forgot or never learned how to use a real book.

Finished book #6 for December: Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar #91 of Top 100 Kids Fiction
It is fun reading through the top kids books. This story was funny but I wonder about some of the attitudes it may foster in kids.

Just started: The Dead Boys by Royce Buckingham - Story is set in my town. Not too keen on the 'radioactive' mutant tree but...
Has been an interesting read, especially since the main character just moved to town and so has to explore all the haunts I am quite familiar with.

Just added 'links to other book reviews' to my review pages, ex: Girl in Translation
Nice to be able to call out other bloggers and point to their reviews.

RT @ShelfAwareness: New Kindle replaces ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ as bestselling product in Amazon’s history
It is amazing that Amazon went from a reseller of others products to selling their own and have been so successful.

Reading takes us away from home:
Trunk of Books

Just finished Audiobook: The Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva — Great detective story turned spy novel
Loved the story. Had me from the start.

Twitter Tuesday – 2010/12/21

TwitterNot everything makes it to the blog. Twitter is, of course, a great place to post links and thoughts as they occur. Weekly, on Twitter Tuesday, I try to pull them into a blog post and add some more substance to the 140 characters.

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Thanks @ !! Received copy of 'Bliss, Remembered' by Frank Deford of NPR and Sports Illustrated fame.
Looks to be an interesting book! Hope to start it soon.

Mailbox: Received ARC of The Trinity Six by Charles Cumming - Looks to be a great spy thriller
Hope I don't get too far behind in my reading this next year.

Abandoned 'Freedom' audiobook by Jonathan Franzen and started listening to The Postcard Killers by James Patterson
Started it two times but could never get into the groove of the story.

Caddie Woodlawn, Last Call, Decision Points, & The Postcard Killers
4 books, 2 already finished, still working on Last Call & Decision Points.

Love it! Christmas Tree at Gleeson Library in San Francisco Doubt my wife would ever consider it for our house.
A Christmas tree of books, very nice.

Finished Reading: Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink. Is #93 of Top 100 Kids books
Great kids book! Highly recommend.

Great review of Android eReader apps over at @ - I am using the Nook app but always open to change
I like the Barnes & Noble Nook App because it allows me to highlight text and make notes. Aldiko is a close 2nd but it is missing the ability to highlight and notate. Maybe the promised 2.0 version will include this.

RT Best video of the week? Might have to be the Brontë Sisters Power Dolls.
The Brontësaurus looks quite menacing.

Just Finished: Postcard Killers (Audiobook) by James Patterson & Liza Marklund
Interesting book. Not to many surprises though just a gruesome story.