i really enjoyed this book at the beginning, but as it continued i became irritated with the lead character, Hadley. I enjoyed all the fun that the Hei really enjoyed this book at the beginning, but as it continued i became irritated with the lead character, Hadley. I enjoyed all the fun that the Hemmingways experienced, but Hadley was just plain annoying! i understand it was a different time, and women were different then, but the fact that she had no hobbies, no job and a servant...i mean, what the hell did she do all day except wait for her husband to come home and hang out with him. She spent hardly any time taking care of her child, and could barely take care of herself (which she often admitted when she would once again call her servant to help with everything) I hate reading about weak female characters, and she was just that! Towards the end, i just wanted the book to end and get it over with. I did enjoy the very end though, so i would have to say im glad i read the whole book and didnt give up....just really had no sympathy for Hadley....more
there were some fun and interesting parts to this book...but in the end..i was just happy to be done with it! some sections seemed to drag on FOREVER!there were some fun and interesting parts to this book...but in the end..i was just happy to be done with it! some sections seemed to drag on FOREVER!!!!...more
we recently started a reading group up here in the mountains...and we were given a list of books that were in bulk for reading groups to chose from, awe recently started a reading group up here in the mountains...and we were given a list of books that were in bulk for reading groups to chose from, and this was one of the books. im not really a fan of Nicholas Sparks, so i wasnt that thrilled to start it, especially when i had a stack of books sitting on my nightstand that seemed sooo much more interesting. i was feeling the pressure to finish this book, all for the sake of a book club, which it turns out, i wasnt going to be able to make the meeting anyways. Alas, i trudged on and finished the book. It had some fun moments, but i had a hard time tolerating the main character, as i found her completely annoying. Every time she opened her mouth, she made an ass of herself, and it became old hat! Im sure the book was doomed to me from the start with my preconceived opinion of the author and the typical depressing "Oprah" books...but i really tried to shake that opinion while i read it. As i said, i did not make the meeting, but the women all had a very average opinion of the book, so it seems we were all on the same page :) ...more
I had never read the Elm Creek Quilt books, so this was a first for me. I have to admit, i was sucked in by the cover and the title of the book...it sI had never read the Elm Creek Quilt books, so this was a first for me. I have to admit, i was sucked in by the cover and the title of the book...it seemed like a nice light sweet book to read over the holidays. (i discovered later, that it is book 8 in the series, but it stands alone fine by itself) I enjoyed reading about the lives of the women who worked on "the christmas quilt". Each set of blocks represents a different family member who tried to finish the Great Aunts original attempt...and with that is their story, of one kind or another, sad, joyful, funny, tragic. As they struggle thru the great depression, its a reminder of how lucky we are (even with the economy being the way it is today). Im sure some folks might find it sappy or simple...but it was just what i was looking to read this holiday, and i enjoyed it :) I would like to read the first book now, The Quilters Apprentice, as i would love to learn more about how Sylvia and Sarahs friendship begins....more
i tried to read this book several years ago, and just couldnt get into it. i decided to give it another try...after all, i hadnt seen the movie yet, ai tried to read this book several years ago, and just couldnt get into it. i decided to give it another try...after all, i hadnt seen the movie yet, and thought it would be fun to read the book first. Well, im glad i stuck with it...once again, it started out really slow for me, but then it really picked up and i found i couldnt put the book down. Its hard to imagine living as they did then...the way women were treated, the pompous high society folk, the prudish ways...so it was fun to see Lucy's behavior in all of it. Im glad i gave this book another try :)...more
This book was very good, very dark, and very disturbing! Its about slavery and all of the horrors that entails. It took me a while to get into the styThis book was very good, very dark, and very disturbing! Its about slavery and all of the horrors that entails. It took me a while to get into the style of her writing, but once i did, it was a page turner...and frightening and depressing after each page. I wont read this book again...as i said, it was depressing...but an eye opener for sure! A reminder of a world we never want to see repeated!...more
I chose to read Treasure Island for several reasons...the main one being that a previous book i read had some exciting pirate adventures, and i was haI chose to read Treasure Island for several reasons...the main one being that a previous book i read had some exciting pirate adventures, and i was having so much fun with that, i decided to stay with that theme! Besides, how did i get thru my childhood without reading this book? The story was fun and exciting, but i did find the writing a bit hard to get into sometimes. I tried to read some of it out loud to my daughter and that was a disaster! Once i got into the book, however, the writing didnt seem to bother me as much. I imagine this would have been rather exciting to read as a child...Jim was definitely a likable character, and his crazy reaction to situations were entertaining as well. But i really enjoyed Long John Silver...what a shady, interesting and fun character he was, by thunder! Always playing the game...always the pirate :) For such a short story, it was filled with lots of excitement, and its obvious that Robert Louis Stevenson was a fan of the tropics, the seas and adventure. His travels helped to tell a thrilling story for folks that, at that time, probably couldnt even dream of those kind of places. A story well worth the read, even if just once! Pieces of eight...pieces of eight....pieces of eight.........more
I had a hard time getting into this book and was nearly halfway thru when it finally caught my interest.(i was about to give up, but its such a shortI had a hard time getting into this book and was nearly halfway thru when it finally caught my interest.(i was about to give up, but its such a short book, and a "classic", that i trudged on). Not sure if it was the writing style, or the story itself, but it did finally pick up and become exciting. Against many other reviews, i found Golding's descriptive detail a little tiresome and windy...and often found my mind wandering when he rambled on in this way. (perhaps its my short attention span...who knows :)
I did find myself wondering what the outcome would have been, had they been a bunch of girls on the island instead. It was only too obvious what was going to happen...given a bunch of prepubescent boys running wild on an island...sad, but not surprising. It would be interesting to see how a bunch of girls would have fared in the same situation.
Im sad to say, that once the kids started to turn savage, i finally became interested in the story. Up until that point, it seems all the kids were busy picking on the lazy "fat" kid, Piggy...and i didnt care for their cruelty...but i suppose that was all part of the story and the symbolism.
In the end, im glad i finally read this book, though i will happily pass it on, with no plans to ever read it again....more
Unbeknownst to me, i read book 4 first...then when i realized that, i started with book one, and then continued on. This is book three, and probably mUnbeknownst to me, i read book 4 first...then when i realized that, i started with book one, and then continued on. This is book three, and probably my favorite of the whole series. (of course, it could be because i have grown so fond of all the characters by now that i really enjoyed the story, and conclusion). The lead character, Ave Maria, can be a bit annoying, which made the series hard to read sometimes...but in this book, her "annoying" character comes to the realization that she is a pain in the ass, and that perhaps she should lighten up a bit.(of course, its not until the end that she realizes this) :) Her friends and family all know her to be this kind of person, and tease her a bit about it in this book, which to me, was sweet justice to her character. When you are reading and thinking, "enough already...put on your big girl panties and deal with it"...the other characters basically tell her that for you :) A lot of things happen to many of the characters in this book too...sad, happy, interesting, fun....and she covers a lot of years in this book, as well as answering some questions about the folks we've come to love. All in all, a nice, light book...and i have to admit, as a whole, i enjoyed the series very much!...more