I can't say I "enjoyed" in the traditional sense of the word. Was I gripped? Absolutely. Was it a page-turner? You betcha. Does it deserve the accoladI can't say I "enjoyed" in the traditional sense of the word. Was I gripped? Absolutely. Was it a page-turner? You betcha. Does it deserve the accolades? Completely! I found the story to be powerful, raw, dark, especially and particularly haunting and with every page I prayed for redemption.
I delayed reading this book because I knew it was about life in war-torn Afghanistan. And it's true when I started the book, I felt the Afghan culture thrust into my face ~ something I wasn't altogether comfortable with. As I progressed through the book, it either "fell" away or I became so submerged in it. I still can't discern which. Regardless, "The Kite Runner" reminded me that Afghanistan is so much more than the Taliban and that suffering is universal.
Khaled Hosseini is certainly gifted. For this to be his first novel? Truly amazing. I thought it was particularly impressive that his words and the way he phrased situations, emotions and the darkness, was like a suckerpunch with every page. I felt bruised as I read it. It's a deep, dark book and yet, somehow, it is also inspiring. When I finished it and thought to the movie, I knew there was no way what I read and felt could be conveyed onto the screen. Not to the same extent. I will watch it when it is released on DVD but I just want to hold that book and the characters in my heart for a little while first. ...more
Who would have thought a story set in high school involing vampires would completely captivate me! I adoredTwilight by Stephenie Meyer.
Although thisWho would have thought a story set in high school involing vampires would completely captivate me! I adoredTwilight by Stephenie Meyer.
Although this was recommended by a good friend, I hesitated to start. I mean ... High School! Vampires! ... C'mon! The cliché "never judge a book by its cover" rings true here.
"Capitvated" is the only adequate word to explain how I felt as I read this book.
Twilight is set in the small town of Forks, Washington as Bella Swan (daughter of the local Polive Chief) arrives from Arizona. It follows her as she starts school and becomes involved with the mysterious Cullen Family.
I have recommended this book to all my friends ... and so far, everyone has felt exactly the same way. I loved it!!...more
So many book-loving friends had raved about Nora Roberts, I thought I should give her a try. I picked up then discarded "Northern Lights" and rolled mSo many book-loving friends had raved about Nora Roberts, I thought I should give her a try. I picked up then discarded "Northern Lights" and rolled my eyes when friends begged me to try "Angels Fall". Perhaps she's just not my style. But for some reason, I thought I would try again.
I'm so glad I did (and might I add, I plan on reading "Northern Lights" all the way through!)
For me, Nora Roberts' books are like trying on an old, comfortable and much loved pair of slippers. Heaven! Delightful! Relaxing! Please don't be fooled into thinking, this means they are predictable or poorly written. Quite the contrary. I was gripped, staying up all night, flicking pages like a fool on a mission.
Not only did I thoroughly enjoy this book but I found a new author whose writing style really appeals. ...more
"Deadly Gamble" is written in the same formula as the very funny and popular Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich.
Instead of Stephanie, we have M"Deadly Gamble" is written in the same formula as the very funny and popular Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich.
Instead of Stephanie, we have Mojo Sheepshanks; a likeable (& bumbling) Medical Billings Clerk (and part-time P.I.) who sees dead people!
Rather than Trenton, New Jersey, Mojo lives in Arizona ... and above Bad-Ass Bert's Biker Saloon to boot!
And finally, instead of Jersey cop Joe Morelli, we have the Narcotics Cop, Tucker who gives as good as he gets.
I don't say this to be cruel, especially as I thoroughly enjoyed this book and bought the sequel (Deadly Deceptions) when I was only half way through, but I must admit at times I felt like I was reading a Janet Evanovich knock-off. On the outside, looks the same, but just not quite the same quality.
Still, it's a great concept (a P.I. who sees Dead People) and I loved the way it ended. Honestly? I cannot wait to start the next installment....more
Inevitably there are those books who, in that rush of world-wide acclaim, fail to deliver. A marked difference between literature and entertainment. SInevitably there are those books who, in that rush of world-wide acclaim, fail to deliver. A marked difference between literature and entertainment. So despite my bookworm friends waxing lyrical about “Water for Elephants”, I refrained from reading it as I suspected it would be a saccharine, predictable and disappointing read.
What an unexpected delight! It surpassed expectations at every turn. Literally stunned at how it differed from my preconceptions, it was an intelligent, thought-provoking, often brutal yet beautiful read. Intricate themes weave in and out of the pages and as much as the author unveils, she still also holds back just a little to leave you thinking about the characters as you close the book.
There are so many things I loved about this book yet the treasure should be yours to uncover. My recommendation? Ignore the hype and feast upon this as soon as possible.
Like other fans of the Twilight series, I had pre-ordered my copy of "Breaking Dawn" and eagerly counted down the days for it to arrive.
When it did ~Like other fans of the Twilight series, I had pre-ordered my copy of "Breaking Dawn" and eagerly counted down the days for it to arrive.
When it did ~ TA set in. "Twilight Anxiety". I mean I didn't really like the third book truth be told. And then there was all those reviews of people simply loathing the final installment of this series. What if it didn't live up to my wishes, dreams and expectations for Bella, Edwards, the Cullens, Jacob and everyone of Forks.
OK ... so it's only a book. Fairy-tale. Make believe. Get a grip woman!
So months after I received it, I gingerly picked it up and started ~ reading faster and faster the deeper I got into the book and ....... ...... ...... ...... LOVED IT.
What was all the fuss about? The hoo-har?
I am not going to give away the plot or the twists and turns that I enjoyed (and those I didn't) and yes, there are twists and turns!
What I will say is: This series needs to be read in order. If you don't like a book (like me), keep going. It IS worth it. So what are you waiting for? Jump in and submerge yourselves in the Twilight series. It really is magical. ...more
It was on my second attempt at "Oh My Stars" by Lorna Landvik that I really got into the story and found myself capitvated.
It tells the story of ViolIt was on my second attempt at "Oh My Stars" by Lorna Landvik that I really got into the story and found myself capitvated.
It tells the story of Violet Mathers as she grows up in the Great Depression ~ normally not a book I would flock to! However the characters are charming and keep your attention piqued as you turn the pages.
I fell in love with this story and quickly added other books by Lorna Landvik to my reading shelf!...more
I love Stephanie Plum. Joe. Ranger. Grandma Mazur. But the last few Plum adventures by Janet Evanovich haven't had the same WOW factor as the earlierI love Stephanie Plum. Joe. Ranger. Grandma Mazur. But the last few Plum adventures by Janet Evanovich haven't had the same WOW factor as the earlier books.... or if I am being brutally honest, any WOW at all.
And I feel guilty saying that because I for one, don't want the series to end (or at the very least quite yet) but I also don't want to the series to continue if this is an indication of what there is to "look forward to"!
It hurts to remember the good old days - days of reading a Plum adventure and laughing till your sides hurt. Having to go back a page or two because you were so engrossed and eager to find out what happened you skimmed over some of the details and had to go back and catch up again!
It's sad that I can't even remember the last Plum adventure that I experienced that.
I must admit I did laugh out loud ONCE in "Fearless Fourteen" and I did find all the characters really likeable (an old favourite even makes an appearance) but it definately wasn't worth pre-ordering the hardback or even dropping everything else to read it.
Two words best describe this reading experience ... Disappointing and Heartbreaking. I can only hope that installment 15 sees the Plum adventures of old.......more