I read Irene's book after reading her sister-wives book. Irene's story is heart breaking in her own right, but because she was older than Susan and an...moreI read Irene's book after reading her sister-wives book. Irene's story is heart breaking in her own right, but because she was older than Susan and an earlier wife, poor Irene has to live through so much more.
I enjoyed Irene's writing style, which was down to earth and straight forward. The book does seem to drag a bit, only because so much is similar - "Hey, I want to marry another wife" "No, I don't want you to marry again" "Tough luck", oh look another wife. Over and over again.
OK let's move to another dirt poor area and live where there's no heat... "NO, I don't want to" "Tough luck" oh look, another move.
Poor Irene, Through it all you really do feel bad for her. Irene really struggles with jealously throughout the book, natural enough, and by then end you are really rooting for her. You do have to question why she stays with her husband so long. But how she manages to survive is why this book is worth reading.
I read this book back in Oct 2013, but as always, I needed a little bit of time to think about the book before I wrote my review. I also youtubed Jenn...moreI read this book back in Oct 2013, but as always, I needed a little bit of time to think about the book before I wrote my review. I also youtubed Jenna Hill and got more of a personal insight by watching her on video (and I admit, I liked her less after watching her in person then after reading her book. On TV, she comes across as looking for her five minutes of fame; in the book, she seems more "real").
Jenna grows up in a scientology family - something I only had the vaguest ideas about before reading this book. After she becomes an adult, she marries and becomes a scientologist in her own right.
Her childhood is filled with a variety of abuses and things most people don't have to deal with in their every day lives: from chanting and lack of privacy, to controlled public punishment for imagined wrongdoings, to a uniform dress code, isolation from the rest of the world (and told that the rest of the world is "bad"), to doctrines that are never quite explained, to out and out abuse like slave labor, mental and physical abuse, public humiliation, and let's not forget brainwashing.
Jenna's writing throughout is a bit childish, as is her story, but as she was a child during most of the book, that makes sense & isn't necessarily a negative, as you really do feel for her. I do feel like she enjoyed throwing herself a pity party - not saying she didn't deserve our pity, mind you. My biggest point for mentioning this is that Jenna, sadly, does not seem to grow at all as a person within the pages of this book.
A lot of the writers in this volume didn't seem to read "get" the Hunger Games trilogy, of which i am a H...moreOverall, this book was greatly disappointing.
A lot of the writers in this volume didn't seem to read "get" the Hunger Games trilogy, of which i am a HUGE fan. It seemed some of them might have just skimmed the books or watched parts of the movie, and then decided to preach about it.
I thought I was going to get insights about the trilogy, or maybe actually read something that was going to make me "think" - I quote that the book is supposed to include:
"How does the way the Games affect the brain explain Haymitch’s drinking, Annie’s distraction, and Wiress’ speech problems? What does the rebellion have in common with the War on Terror? Why isn’t the answer to “Peeta or Gale?” as interesting as the question itself? What should Panem have learned from the fates of other hedonistic societies throughout history—and what can we?"
and in one way, yes, these subjects are covered, but in such a way it makes you scream at the book in frustration.
So why am I giving it 3 stars? Well, because a few of the authors here actually do a good job with their essay, and though I disagree with most of it, I didn't actually hate it & everyone has a right to disagree. I was just very disappointed, that the authors weren't as passionate about the Hunger Games as I am.(less)
Eric Lindner's book is about a few different hospice patients he worked with at the end of their lives. The people he meets up with are all memorable...moreEric Lindner's book is about a few different hospice patients he worked with at the end of their lives. The people he meets up with are all memorable in their different ways.
Eric briefly starts his book with his training, and often refers back to it when he is faced with any dilemmas (and sometimes ignores his training, as in the case when he gives a woman her meds when he knows he shouldn't have, something I think I would have done in the same situation). In between his stories of his patients, Eric also talks about his own family and his travels overseas, especially his aging parents. While I understood talking about his parents in the book, I did not like that Lindner did so. I wasn't reading a book about Lindner's life, I was reading a book about Lindner's dying hospice patients. The author often seemed to be bragging about how good his life was, about how they have so much money that they can afford to donate a lot of money to charity (the bragging really turned me off, becausehe was comparing how good his life is to someone who was dying (I honestly don't think he meant it that way, that was just how I felt. To clarify, I think it's wonderful the author's family does give so much back to their community, I just didn't feel it was appropriate talking about it in the course of the book).
Surprisingly, the book isn't sad at all. I know I was really worried (in agreeing to read this book) that it was going to be too sad & to hit too close to home, but Eric really does a great job in balancing his visits with his patients end of life.
- I agreed to read this book as part of a blog tour in Jan 2014 and was not paid for my review. I wanted to read this book because I worked in nursing homes for a few years and saw the good in hospice(less)
I'm not a prepper, but I often read books like this because they usually talk about gardening and canning and preserving the harvest, topics that grea...moreI'm not a prepper, but I often read books like this because they usually talk about gardening and canning and preserving the harvest, topics that greatly interest me.
This book does cover a wide variety of subjects, including a long list of needed tools or survival skills, many of which I already possess to varying degrees (animal care, sewing, weaving, making my own clothes, knitting, gardening, saving seeds, canning, preserving, deydrating, etc etc etc.)
There are many areas where the information is repeated over and over again. I think the author is doing this to make a point, but since I'm not in kindergarden, I didn't feel it needed to be repeated so often. The author tends to go off on a tangent, and then get back to his original point (which he then restates for you, to get back on subject). There are typos and spelling errors, which could have been caught with a decent editor. I did like the author's writing style, which was like talking to a friend over a cup of tea about the subject matter.
I picked up this book when it was listed for free on amazon.(less)
I consider myself an avid vegetable gardener, but I've only had a garden two years so I'm definitely still in the beginner camp. I've been reading a l...moreI consider myself an avid vegetable gardener, but I've only had a garden two years so I'm definitely still in the beginner camp. I've been reading a lot about it, but I've learned the most just from talking to other gardeners. My boss has had a huge, successful garden for most of 30 years, and he's taught me the post, and he was teaching me about companion planting before I had ever heard of the term or knew what it meant.
This book is really rather basic, doesn't present anything that hasn't been mentioned before, and the drawings/illustrations are so tiny as to be useless (I looked on kindle keyboard & on my kindle nook app, which is in color). If you try to enlarge the screen (which I did) the drawings end up blurry.
The only "good" thing about this book is its length - and the reason why I gave this 3 stars. The book is very short, but it makes it very easy for you to find the information you are looking for. If you are about to plant peas, for example, and you can't remember what to plant with it or what not to plant with it, it's easy enough to find that section in the book.
The other good thing is the author does talk about what flowering plants are good for your garden - something I attempted to do last year, but all my flowers died, defeating the purpose.
I got this book on amazon when it was listed for free.(less)
This book is one of a few similar books I read back in October on various religions/faiths/cults, and didn't review at the time - mostly because books...moreThis book is one of a few similar books I read back in October on various religions/faiths/cults, and didn't review at the time - mostly because books like this I have to think about for a little while in order to get my thoughts into place. It's always very difficult for me to review a biography or a memoir because I feel like I'm reviewing someone's life and how can anyone do that? Or be so bold as to do that?
Susan's story is about how she marries at age 15 to a man twice her age, who already has many wives, and continues to marry and have more and more children. Her husband at times seems evil and cruel, yet at others seems to genuinely care for Susan as much as he is able - which isn't much, considering all the other wives, children, and demands on his attention.
He (I feel bad, I can't remember her husband's name) continually puts his faith, his brothers, and himself before any of his wives, including Susan the so called favorite wife.
That being said, Susan does a great job showing you her life and her horrors, but letting the reader draw their own conclusions. She ends up leaving her husband and takes her kids with her, makes a few mistakes but ends up happily married at the end.
Anyone who is interested in learning about other cultures or faiths should read this one.(less)
This is another book I read months ago but had to spend some time thinking about it before I had to read it.
This is the story that goes along with the...moreThis is another book I read months ago but had to spend some time thinking about it before I had to read it.
This is the story that goes along with the TV show, Sister Wives. I admit, I'm a fan of the show. Do I believe it's all true? No, no reality show is gonna be that - the editors are going to pick and choose what scenes to show to share the story they want to tell. It's still fascinating to me all the same, all the more so as the kids are getting older and going off to college.
The book is told by Kody Brown and his wives. A lot of the information is the same as the show, but there's some new information presented here as well - especially the early years, when Kody Brown had just one or two wives. Meri was truly horrible to her sister wife back then, and it's really unclear how she feels about it now. The wives all struggle with jealousy, which is understandable, and you do see some small insights into that in this book as well - how they handle it.
Whether or not you agree with their lifestyle and choices, it's still an interesting read and if you enjoy watching the show, you'll most likely enjoy the book as well. I watch the show - and read books like this - because I enjoy learning about other lifestyles and cultures, and because more often then not, the truth is stranger than fiction.
If you are looking for more information about their faith, and what they believe - that's not covered in this book, as it's a 'personal' thing. This book is about their lives and relationships, not their faith.(less)
The Enchanting World of Garden Irene McGeeny is a cute children's book about a girl named Garden Irene, who tells her classmates one day in social stu...moreThe Enchanting World of Garden Irene McGeeny is a cute children's book about a girl named Garden Irene, who tells her classmates one day in social studies that she lives in an underground castle. I remember being amazed at castles when I first read about them, so I can just imagine that a statement like that would bring about such excitement in a classroom!
Naturally everyone doesn't believe poor Garden Irene - the author states that she came up with an unusual name so that people will remember her story. She goes home and tells her parents what she did, and her parents - especially her father - are very disappointed with her. And the rest of the story goes on from there.
I think this is a great, cute story for tweens. My only real negative is the drawings were all in black and white and it would have been nice to have seen at least a few color drawings.(less)
Scarlatti's Cat is a cute children's story about an Italian music composer, Scarlatti, and his beautiful and smart cat, Pulcinella, and how his cat co...moreScarlatti's Cat is a cute children's story about an Italian music composer, Scarlatti, and his beautiful and smart cat, Pulcinella, and how his cat composed a sonata. Man, I wish my Wedgie was talented like that - does this mean his scratching on my furniture is really a display of artistry?
This book is beautifully drawn, and I especially love the drawings of Pulcinella, who reminds me a lot of my beloved Zorro. There's a great drawing of Scarlatti holding Pulcinella, with Handel's dog nearby.
The book also teaches young readers to follow their hearts, their passions and their dreams. Though being a proud and crazy cat lady, I was very sad to read the ending.
I picked up this book to read from net-galley because though I know, in the vaguest possible terms, that things like trafficking and the sex trade do...moreI picked up this book to read from net-galley because though I know, in the vaguest possible terms, that things like trafficking and the sex trade do exist, it's so distant from my life that I don't really *know* what goes on.
Sophie starts off her book by telling us about her childhood with an abusive father and a mother she worships. She has a few adult relationships and meets a man, Kas, who she views with innocence. I found it hard to believe that she honestly never saw any signs of his insaneness prior to his kidnapping her, but certainly know that this does happen every day.
While Sophie's story is heartbreaking, and I can't even imagine her pain or how difficult it must have been for her to write of her story, it wasn't as emotional as I expected - which isn't necessarily a bad thing. She brings a story often ignored into media's attention (and that's one of the reasons why I read and am reviewing this book, to help educate people).
While a difficult story matter, this book was a very quick read.
I Dream of Zombies is a cute, fast, little read that you'll enjoy, especially this time of year when your time is not your own!
Rose Lee is a zombie co...moreI Dream of Zombies is a cute, fast, little read that you'll enjoy, especially this time of year when your time is not your own!
Rose Lee is a zombie counselor, though she's really more of a social worker. Her job is to help the zombies, a part of the population often misunderstood, ignored, abused, and hurt, siimply because some are losing body parties and often go crazy at the end.
Rose's story is told with humor throughout, and there are some twists and turns throughout the story to keep you going, though a few of the "mysteries" weren't mysteries to me at all.
There are some minor typos and some editing things that did bug me, however (most of the book is told from the first person point of view, but there are occasions when for a sentence or two, it switches to third person).
The book ends with a cliffhanger that really wasn't a surprise to me at all (without giving anything away, this character just kept being mentioned oddly, and there wasn't any point to the character being mentioned, so obviously the author was setting us up for something).(less)