First Ladies Winner!

The First Ladies of the United States by Nicola Gillies: Book Cover

In yesterday’s quiz I promised to give away my copy of The First Ladies of the United States if all 38 were guessed correctly.  You guys rocked and you got them all right.  Heather had 14, Nise’ 8, Susan 5, Linda B 4, Kate 4, Em 2, and Joy with 1 (although it seems a shame to only count as one since it has so much extra info :))  The randomly chosen number was 37 so that makes the winner Nise’ from Under the Boardwalk!  Congratulations, Nise’. I’ll be contacting you for mailing info. 

Thanks so much for playing along with me every week 🙂

Heart-Shaped Box, by Joe Hill

Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill: Audio Book CoverFinished audio 12-31-09, rating 2.5/5, fiction, pub. 2007

Jude Coyne is an aging rock star who goes through 20-year-old goth girls like candy.  When his assistant finds a ghost for sale online he knows that Jude will want it.  Only once Jude receives the old suit and the ghost with it bad things start to happen.  The ghost turns deadly and Jude must face his past sins and accept that they are directly responsible for what is happening.

9 cds, 11 hours and countless good reviews later and I confess that I really did not like this book.  The last two cds actually made me angry because I just wanted it to end.  Harsh, yes, but true.  This book was well written (by Stephen King’s son) but boring.  I did not care about the characters at all and because of that this story just dragged on and on.  I kept waiting for something exciting to happen, but was disappointed.  My husband and I listened to this on our Christmas travels and we still had 2 cds when we got home.  I finished listening on the treadmill and Jason decided not to bother finishing at all.

I confess that I did not enjoy the audio and I think that could have something to do with my dislike.  It was so slow.  If I had been reading it I may have been able to move along at a faster pace, but that doesn’t really solve the problem of characters I didn’t like.  Hill is a talented writer and I would read another of his books, but not anytime soon.  A disappointing way to end the year.

I checked this audio book out of the library.