“When I've really been in love with someone, it's not because they looked a certain way or liked a certain TV show or a certain cuisine. It's more bec“When I've really been in love with someone, it's not because they looked a certain way or liked a certain TV show or a certain cuisine. It's more because when I watched a certain TV show or ate a certain cuisine with them, it was the most fun thing ever.”
As a person who doesn't always know who funny "up-and-coming" people are that have gained attention via television, I tend to become familiar with funny TV personalities only once they have written a book. This is the case with Azis Ansari--who I likely would have never known had it not been for his awesome book Modern Romance.
Modern Romance is not a memoir about the journey of Aziz to become a successful comedian, author, or movie/TV actor, or how he came to write/direct/star in his own Netflix TV show Master of None. It speaks very little of his race, or obstacles that he may have had to overcome in modern America. This book is actually part social/anthropological study (a modern day Margaret Mead with a sense of humor--I would never have guessed) and part investigative journalism.
In a nutshell, it's a funny "state of the union" on dating and relationships in the modern world, and how they have evolved over the years with the onset of technology and internet which have given romance-seekers an entire globe full of options.
Aziz is so funny! And this book is so fascinating! It's only around 250 pages, and it's hard to put down. This book would be perfect for subway/train/airplane reading or even listening while driving on audio. It was smart, and it seriously cracked me up--a double win. I'm so glad he wrote this book!
I know of this book because it was on a list of the best books of 2015. It happened to be in at the library, so I grabbed it.
This is a fun book to reaI know of this book because it was on a list of the best books of 2015. It happened to be in at the library, so I grabbed it.
This is a fun book to read! I went through an Agatha Christie phase in my teens, and this book was reminiscent of some of her plot-lines (although with contemporary settings and themes). It was said to be a re-telling of Patricia Highsmith's Strangers on a Train--but aside from one plot maneuver at the beginning--I found it to be very different (or at least different from the movie story-line).
This would be a great book to read on an airplane. Not only is there a pivotal airport scene--but it's easy to read, and suspenseful. It's hard to put down so it would pass your time really quickly.
I don't think I've read any story so twisty! Your expectations and perspective literally shift from one chapter to the next--from one paragraph to the next. One character thinks they have the jump on the others. But read-on...the next character actually has the jump on that one. Who's going to win in the end? It's a fun back-and-forth, cat-and-mouse--just like I used to love from Ms. Christie back in the day. I expect to see this as a film....more
If you plan to read Fates and Furies--try not to read too much about it beforehand.
I will only go so far as to say that Fates and Furies is divided inIf you plan to read Fates and Furies--try not to read too much about it beforehand.
I will only go so far as to say that Fates and Furies is divided into two parts--Part 1 is Fates and Part 2 (of course!) is Furies. They are quite different in pace and style.
It took me a while to get going with Part 1. It is the story of one character, and while interesting, it wasn't quite gripping or suspenseful. The author can clearly WRITE WELL. The sentences are so thick that there will be no skimming. As a reader you must catch every intended word in order to just keep up. (This is one of those books where I kept getting so muffled in my thinking that I finally had to create for myself a "character list" so that I would at least know which character was being referred to.)
The second part flies by. It's more plot-driven and the pace picks up--less words, more action. We hear from the other vital character, and it's a bit on an un-doing of all we thought and felt in the first part. It serves to remind us how little we really know about the ones around us and how "off" we are if we think we can know what someone else (even our life partner) is thinking, or feeling, or why they are acting a certain way.
Fates and Furies was a bit of an "it" book for 2015, and rightfully so. If you get going and find it a little slow--just pay attention and keep reading. Would also make a great film!...more
“It was not about strength in numbers nor in size. It had nothing to do with volume. It was about surprise. It was about knowing you were going to be“It was not about strength in numbers nor in size. It had nothing to do with volume. It was about surprise. It was about knowing you were going to be underestimated by everyone and then punishing them for those very thoughts.”
I loved this book, and I can't wait to read it again. Carrie Brownstein is the rare musician that is gifted enough in the literary sense to pen an amazing memoir. It's not so much the extra ordinariness (word?) of her story, it's more of THE WAY THAT SHE WRITES (+ the extra ordinariness of her story). It's like a story, but it's a poem at the same time. This girl has story AND style--both of which I am very envious.
Of course I found myself listening to some Sleater-Kinney while I was reading and after I finished. The total compilation of the life, the music, the words, and the woman just make this book a super-cool reading experience. And I haven't even seen her show (Portlandia), but I can only gather that it will be super-cool as well.
Sometimes I'm a little put-off when I find out a popular book is set during World War 2, and that there will be brutal scenes of the Holocaust/GermanSometimes I'm a little put-off when I find out a popular book is set during World War 2, and that there will be brutal scenes of the Holocaust/German occupation of beautiful European countries involved. I feel like I've read a pretty fair deal of books in this vein, and they are oh-so-difficult to process.
Excellent buzz surrounding this book led me to choose it for my book club selection. And I ended up really loving it. It's the story of a father and two sisters living in the idyllic countryside of France in World War 2, and how the three of them process the aftermath of wartime differently. The story is gripping, and epic in scope.
This would likely be a four-star review for me, but I really loved the ending. I felt like the story started a bit slow, then built, then became almost too brutal for me to bear, then ended on a redemptive note. I felt like I knew these people, and I was invested in their outcomes. There is also a bit of a twist involved, and it's always fun to feel you've been outsmarted by the author. I would go so far as to call this a modern classic....more
The Good Life to me is this: a life rich in faith, family, friends, and creativity.
I've read several self-help-ish books lately by Christian authors,The Good Life to me is this: a life rich in faith, family, friends, and creativity.
I've read several self-help-ish books lately by Christian authors, and they all seem to tackle the same subjects--making the most of your time; harnessing your creativity; finding the place where your passion meets your career; curbing excess (in eating, spending, alcohol, or anything). I'm drawn to these books because I appreciate the little nuggets of wisdom these authors share. While I don't find every tid-bit to always ring true or to be super-realistic and helpful, I find enough good stuff to keep me coming back for more.
"Living Well, Spending Less" was my favorite of the contemporary books I have read regarding a healthy lifestyle. I felt like the author's philosophies were in line with mine. She was re-iterating a lot of principles that I already knew and practiced--but she was doing what I couldn't do or hadn't tried to do--she was eloquently and efficiently getting them down on paper to share. And she was also offering some perspectives I had not yet considered but appreciated.
I underlined ALOT of this book, and that's meaningful. I also read aloud some underlined parts to my husband which was also telling that I was connected to the words. I enjoyed this. I would recommend it. I will probably eventually read it again.
P.S. You don't have to be a mom, a wife, or a woman to appreciate this book, despite the blurb up there mentioning motherhood....more
“Maybe the first time you saw her you were ten. She was standing in the sun scratching her legs. Or tracing letters in the dirt with a stick. Her hair“Maybe the first time you saw her you were ten. She was standing in the sun scratching her legs. Or tracing letters in the dirt with a stick. Her hair was being pulled. Or she was pulling someone's hair. And a part of you was drawn to her, and a part of you resisted--wanting to ride off on your bicycle, kick a stone, remain uncomplicated. In the same breath you felt the strength of a man, and a self-pity that made you feel small and hurt. Part of you thought: Please don't look at me. If you don't, I can still turn away. And part of you thought: Look at me.”
I had never heard of this book or this author when I picked this one up, despite it being an international best seller and winner of many awards, so thank you Robbie for broadening my horizons here.
This is a beautiful book. The story is beautiful and the writing is beautiful. The plot got a little confusing to me (probably because it's impossible for me to read without distractions), so I had to find a synopsis to catch up on one plot point. But, wow, what a story she weaves.
Alot of readers were deeply emotionally touched by this story. And I was touched. But not to the point of sobbing or even tears. The ending is beautiful, and this will make for a nice film if some one decides to go in that direction. It's very much in the same vein as Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, which was written by this author's husband Jonathan Safran Foer, as many of us now know. There must be a great deal of dramatic effect in that household!
In the past week I have recommended this book or brought it up in conversation at least a half a dozen times. My father-in-law is noI loved this book!
In the past week I have recommended this book or brought it up in conversation at least a half a dozen times. My father-in-law is now reading it, and he loves it too. Thank you, Shelia.
Awesome things about this book:
1. It's true, but it doesn't feel like it could possibly be so. Sometimes it feels like the plot of a black-and-white science fiction movie.
2. The author took ten years of her life to research and write this book, and every fact, every conversation feels entirely true and accurate. The author's journey to tell this story is inspiring and impressive.
3. Hela cells are amazing! Biology can be fun and so much easier to comprehend than one might ever imagine.
4. It's so interesting how medical ethics have changed through the years. As science intensifies and evolves, so do the ethics surrounding it. Informed consent, the privacy of medical records, what is or isn't ethical to do in the name of scientific progress and medical discovery...a fascinating and TIMELY journey.
5. It's important to realize how culture has shifted regarding racial equality in the past 80 years in America. It's important to understand how it was vs. how it is today, and to visualize how it should and can be.
We Were Liars or as I will remember it...Everyone Loved This Book Except Me.
I listened to this on audible.com while I drove a 9 hour distance. Over tiWe Were Liars or as I will remember it...Everyone Loved This Book Except Me.
I listened to this on audible.com while I drove a 9 hour distance. Over time, I came to dislike the author's voice and her reading of this novel.
Like many reviewers, I came to "uncover" the mystery about mid-way through the novel (for the most part). So for the second half of the book, I was just waiting for resolution to unfold so I could finish it and choose another book. The writing and setting were interesting, and the story somewhat interesting (and extremely sad and unnerving). Overall, this one wasn't for me....more
Someone found out I liked to read, and when they finished this book, they gave it to me in hardback. So I started out this book with good feelings.
ExtSomeone found out I liked to read, and when they finished this book, they gave it to me in hardback. So I started out this book with good feelings.
Extremely YA account of the alien-incited apocalypse. I WOULD recommend this for young teenagers, except it's way too violent for that age group. So...maybe people who can handle violence but still like stuff that's easy to read. ...more