I picked up The Bride Stripped Bare on a whim while shopping at Target. I was in the mood for something a little fun, a little sexy, and totally breatI picked up The Bride Stripped Bare on a whim while shopping at Target. I was in the mood for something a little fun, a little sexy, and totally breathtaking and that is exactly what I got. Nikki Gemmell does a wonderful job of drawing you into her character’s mind. You experience, first hand, the struggle of being caught in a relationship that feels suffocating and passionless. You relate to the restlessness, and you understand the main character’s need for more. I’ll admit, the sex scenes made me blush while reading on my train rides to and from work but the strength within Gemmell’s writing curbed my embarrassment.
If there’s a sequel on the way, it’ll be added to my library immediately. ...more
I feel the need to admit that I read The Namesake because I thought the movie looked interesting. I have a tendency to not finish a novel if I’ve seenI feel the need to admit that I read The Namesake because I thought the movie looked interesting. I have a tendency to not finish a novel if I’ve seen the movie version first because I love the responsibility of creating characters in your mind when you read a new book. This experience is always ruined for me if I watch a movie and then try to read its counterpart. I wanted to explore the journey of Gogol/Nikhil on my own, completely unaffected by the movie adaptation (which I still have yet to see…).
Months after reading this book, I am still so affected by the story of a young Indian-American man who struggled to find his place in the world. Not completely comfortable as Gogol or as Nikhil (which was subsequently shortened to the more American sounding “Nik”), our protagonist spends the novel searching for contentment. And in my opinion it was never found. Lahiri takes her time thoroughly exploring the lives of her characters. You find it hard not to feel sorry for Gogol, his stubbornness, and his desperation.
I found the story to be very tragic. I was left heartbroken for Gogol and Ashima (his mother). Upset with all of Gogol’s love interests, and passionately hating the character of Moushumi. Please note that I believe that being left with such strong feelings is the mark of a powerful book. I was left conflicted, saddened, and slightly happy. Perhaps I was so rattled by the text because it felt so real. Real life characterized so meticulously by Lahiri who I believe is a truly talented writer. I am eager and excited to read her short stories in the future. ...more
The Other Side of the Story was first Marian Keyes novel and I must admit: I bought it because it was on sale at Borders for $4.95. Who knew I’d actuaThe Other Side of the Story was first Marian Keyes novel and I must admit: I bought it because it was on sale at Borders for $4.95. Who knew I’d actually really enjoy the text?! Keyes surprised me with her thoughtful writing and thought-provoking layout. I instantly felt connected to her three main characters, Gemma, Lily, and Jojo; and loved the connections Keyes drew between them to keep her readers interested. It's a great read for lazy Sunday, best accompanied by a cup of tea and a few pieces of chocolate.
This novel was the perfect introduction to Keyes, I’ll definitely be reading more of her pieces in the future. ...more