Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Book Reviews - Mockingjay, Bad Beginning
The Bad Beginning, the first book in the series A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. Robbie has read all the books in the series and I've read the first three. Even though the books contain many unfortunate events, we both like them because they are written so differently than your typical fairy tale "once upon a time" and "everyone lived happily ever after" books.
However, we both agree that listening to the audio book was tedious and often boring. I think there were two reasons for this assessment. First, it was read aloud much slower than we could read it ourselves and it felt like the story dragged along. Robbie could probably finish reading one of these books in an hour while the audio was over three hours long. Second, the cute little definitions that the author using as parenthetical inserts throughout the book seemed to interupt the flow of the reading of the book. I guess we are used to parenthetical inserts when we are reading but not so much when we are talking. I recommend the books for some easy reading, but don't suggest the audio book unless you enjoy slow stories.
I'm working my through six books right now - you can check out my list in the sidebar. Anyone else enjoy reading several books at a time?
(For a complete list of books I've read this year and to see my reviews, click here.)