Monday, September 27, 2010

"Alas Babylon" by Pat Frank (1959) - REVIEW

Goodday and welcome to
"The B.B. Weekly Review"

This week I have chosen to review the book "Alas Babylon" by Pat Frank.

Review: "Alas Babylon" by Pat Frank (1959) was a fantastic read!As a novel, it was easy to read and kept me interested from cover to cover. More than that, however, it really makes you stop and think; what if nuclear warfare began to destroy the world? Would people be able to survive? What would they do? Would they revert back to base animal instincts, or be "civilized" to the end?
This novel details the daily lives of a family learning to survive in a new world after a nuclear disaster hits the world. When this book was written, people were still a lot more self-sufficient than they are today. Reading from a Twentyfirst Century view point, I think most people would be a lot worse off than Pat Frank makes them appear to be in the mid-Twentieth Century.
 Compelling and real, I couldn't put the book down until it was finished. I read this book out loud to my husband while we were driving and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. I would recommend this book to anyone.

My Rating: 5/5
Have you read "Alas Babylon" by Pat Frank? I would love to know what you thought!
Want to read it? Find it on Amazon!
Happy Reading!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

60 followers in 5 days!!!!!!!

This has got to be some kind of record! My first post was on September 21, 2010.... and as of today, September 26, 2010, I have 60 followers!!!
I guess book reviewing must be a more popular topic than I originally thought...and I am so thankful! I can't wait to get to know you all better!
Thank you all so much!!! 
I think as soon as I reach 100 followers I will have to have a book giveaway!!!!
Be sure to check back tomorrow for the "B.B. Weekly Review!"

PLUS... check out this fabulous giveaway at Sparkling Reviews!!

Happy Reading!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Book-Junkies Unite! aka Friday Follow (9/24/10)

Happy Friday Everyone and Welcome to
"Book Junkies Unite!... aka Friday Follow"

This is your chance to get out there and meet other book lovers... so get going! Click on the pictures below to check out all of our fellow book-junkies! Follow the blogs you like and comment on the posts you like... and most of all, have fun!

Book Blogger Hop
This Week's Question:
When you write reviews, do you write them as you are reading or wait until you have read the entire book?

My Answer:
I always wait until I have finished the book completely. Usually I need to read the entire book before I can form an honest opinion of it.
Happy Reading!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

"Life With Father" by Clarence Day Jr. (1920) - REVIEW

Goodmorning and welcome to
 "The B.B. Weekly Review"

For my first review I have chosen a book called "Life With Father" by Clarence Day Jr., first copyright  1920.
I chose this book, firstly, because I just finished reading it this morning, and secondly because I wanted to start my blog off with an easy and fun read. 

"Life With Father" by Clarence Day Jr. is a true story about the daily life of a red-headed, New York family in the late 1800's. Each chapter reveals a different incident or characteristic in "Father's" life, making it easy to read either "on-the-go" or all at once. The Author remembers "Father" from a child's perspective, adding hilarity to every chapter as Father continuously loses his temper or forces his views and ego on everyone around him. "Father" rules the house and the money, but "Mother" is continually outwitting and scheming to get what she needs. Though often humourous at "Father's" expense, the book comes across as a wonderful and respectful memoire. Written in early 20th Century style, some people may find this book hard to relate to. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who likes a good chuckle. 

My Rating: 4/5
Have you read "Life With Father" by Clarence Day? Let me know what you thought of it!
Want to read it?

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Welcome to The Benterud Bookshelf!

Welcome to the Benterud Bookshelf!
My name is Pris and I love books. It is more of an obsession really.
I have an English BA degree and am passionate about reading. I married an amazing man who also loves to read... so you can imagine what our romantic nights at home consist of... reading!

This is a blog for the discussion and review of all different kinds of books. What I have been reading, what I loved or hated and what I would recommend or warn against. I have a little journal that I review every book I read in and give it a rating of my own. I have been doing this for just over two years, and I thought it was about time that I started sharing my reviews with the outside world.

Above you will notice I have a bunch of pages... this is a list of every book on our bookshelf. I try to keep this list as up to date as possible... but new books always seem to be popping up! Feel free to browse through my "shelves" and let me know if there is a specific book you would like to see a review on.

My goals for this blog are as follows:

1. Read books off of my own bookshelf. My goal is to have read 75% of my Fiction & Non-Fiction bookshelf  by 2012

2. Keep track of the books I am reading

3. Post reviews of books I have read

4. Meet lots of amazing people who love to read and discuss literature!

5. (Eventually) host Authors and have book giveaways

 Is there a book you would like to discuss? A book you are eager to read but want to hear a review first? Let me know and I will try to accomodate. I would also love to here what YOU are reading and YOUR opinions of books I have reviewed... so drop me a comment!

Happy Reading!