I was lucky to get a copy of this through NetGalley, and am kicking myself for leaving it unread for so long. This kind of reminded me of Where'd YouI was lucky to get a copy of this through NetGalley, and am kicking myself for leaving it unread for so long. This kind of reminded me of Where'd You Go, Bernadette? with a David Foster Wallace + Dostoevsky vibe. Truly amazing.
The Methodist Fundraising Cookbook chapter was hilarious, heartbreaking and just brilliant. Serve with cornbread.
Seriously, this is in the top 3 of books I've read this year; I'm glad to be ending 2014 with such a great one....more
Sorry Greggers, I have to read this now. It sounds like it would even be better than getting to meet Mary Lou Retton. _________________________________Sorry Greggers, I have to read this now. It sounds like it would even be better than getting to meet Mary Lou Retton. _____________________________________________________________________________________________
I love to people-watch. Even as a little girl, I remember seeing people in stores, walking down the street, or even in passing cars and be fascinated with the thought that they had actual lives they were living, just like me. I would imagine what kind of house they lived in, how they got along with their family, what they liked to eat, and wonder if I would ever come across those same people later in my life. Does this have anything to do with the fact I love, love, love connecting short stories? Stories that in the slightest of ways join people together? I'm not sure, but I do know they get to me every time, and more than likely end up on my favorites shelf.
Throughout the book, each story connects characters in some small way, but honestly, this didn't jump to a 5 star rating for me until the very last chapter. Seriously, that last part in itself was Pulitzer-worthy. Showing a glimpse of our probable-not-so-distant-future, Egan totally blew me away. I was enthralled and a little sick at the same time.
Not being too technology savvy, I only recently bought a Droid phone. Before that, I had the type of phone most parents buy for their first-graders. My kids also have a pretty basic phone, but constantly tell me they need a new touch-screen phone or an iPad. Oh, how I laugh. Sorry, not gonna happen. I don't care how many of your friends have them. It has amazed me that every single time I set my new phone down, I'm now bombarded with all of them circling me like vultures, "Can I see your phone, can I see your phone, can I see your phone?" Um, no. Go do your homework, grab a book, or go clean something (yes, my kids are mad at me a lot of the time).
Egan gives a depressing and almost frightening look at what our society is gradually becoming. Just today, while reading NPR's "What We're Reading this Week" post on facebook, a lady commented that she wasn't reading anything at the moment because she was waiting for her new iPad to be delivered since her iPhone was too small. Really, lady?!? Ever hear of a book??? Hell, I'll even send you one (not this one though, it's a keeper).
I realize all these changes are inevitable, but really, e-readers, text speak, our growing inability to actually talk to another person, it all makes me sad. At least it inspires me to continue my already out-of-control book buying (you know, just to make sure I'll always have enough), and truly appreciate this site and fellow goodreaders. I love you, booknerds....more
This book was crazy-good. I almost wish I could go hide out in some dark and dreary place (not as dreary as the lime works--nooooo thank you) for a daThis book was crazy-good. I almost wish I could go hide out in some dark and dreary place (not as dreary as the lime works--nooooo thank you) for a day and re-read this in one straight shot. While reading this, I would immeadiately be so immersed in the story that even the smallest distraction would annoy me to no end. God forbid anyone tried to talk to me while I had this book in my hands; they certainly got the ol' stink-eye. This was basically a 241-page narrative--no chapters, no paragraphs. Just an incredible look into obsession and insanity.
What fascinated me most about this was not only the main character's obsessiveness with his idea and life's work, but how his obsession could twist around to such an intense procrastination. I think everyone may feel somewhat like this at times; I know I do (not in a bat-shit crazy way, though). Putting off an idea or distracting yourself with something else always seems a lot safer and easier than having to admit your idea could be a complete failure. Fear is a difficult emotion to handle, and denial seems to be a quick go-to method when it emerges.
There was so much in this book I loved, it's hard to express it all. If you haven't already, check out David's fantastic review, which was the reason I picked this up in the first place. Thanks, DK!
Sometimes, I'm actually grateful for when good ol' insomnia kicks in. I can deep clean my kitchen without any distractions, play catch-up with the nevSometimes, I'm actually grateful for when good ol' insomnia kicks in. I can deep clean my kitchen without any distractions, play catch-up with the never-ending, nervous-breakdown-inducing amount of laundry I have, and even try to finally watch a movie (surprisingly, even snooze-worthy The Wolfman couldn't get me to sleep). And of course, I can read. Sure, I hate myself in the morning and feel like crap all day, but there's times that it's worth it. Especially when the book I'm reading is as good as this.
I loved all the characters in this just as much as I did in Foer's Everything is Illuminated. Admittedly, when I first started, I was thinking, "This Oskar kid is supposed to be nine years old??? Really?" But the more I read, I didn't care; I totally bought it. Bringing to life not only the events on 9/11, but also the Dresden bombings, Foer does show that some good can come out of such horrors. Which I think is really the only thing any of us can do--continuing to live while trying to comprehend something so unimaginable would be almost impossible.
While finishing this early this morning, my son came in to sneak in bed with me, not knowing I was still awake. He saw me, and quietly crawled under the covers. I hugged him so hard and didn't let him go. Though I tell him all the time, this morning I told him over and over how much I loved him, to the point where he got annoyed, rolled over, and went back to sleep-with me still hugging him. That's what this book did to me. As much as we don't like to think about it, the unimaginable does happen, and I just want people to know. This really was an inspiring, beautiful and touching story. Another member for TEAM FOER checking in.
Side note: This is the only book where font size has made me cry. This should have never even been released in audio format. Just sayin'...Ben....more
Is this really the same Kate Atkinson that wrote the so-so mystery novel, Case Histories?? What happened there? This was fan-freaking-tastic. Crazy faIs this really the same Kate Atkinson that wrote the so-so mystery novel, Case Histories?? What happened there? This was fan-freaking-tastic. Crazy family secrets, history, motherhood, war...I loved it. ...more
It's funny how just straightening up your bookshelves can lead to opening a book just to read the first couple lines...next thing you know you've readIt's funny how just straightening up your bookshelves can lead to opening a book just to read the first couple lines...next thing you know you've read half of it.
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I couldn't stop reading this once I started. It was a light, yet entertaining/disturbing read--perfect for reading straight through on a long car ride. (Side note: I have discovered reading on my Nook while in a moving car DOES NOT make me carsick! Woot!) This book + a kid that can drive = Good Road Trip....more
This was so great! A Shakespearean mystery, a non-cheesy love story (I think I only rolled my eyes once!), and book descriptions that would make any bThis was so great! A Shakespearean mystery, a non-cheesy love story (I think I only rolled my eyes once!), and book descriptions that would make any bibliophile drool all in one book! Sign me up.
After hearing this book was similar to Zafon’s The Shadow of the Wind and Byatt’s Possession—two books I absolutely loved—I had to give this one a go. I know for me, I enjoyed this one just as much or maybe even more than The Shadow of the Wind. And although I can’t say this was better than Possession, it was definitely more fun. I think anyone who loves books, Shakespeare, or just a really good mystery would feel the same....more