This was a quick read about Marie Kondo's "one-time" tidying method. I really connected with her ideas. I have been particularly aware this year of thThis was a quick read about Marie Kondo's "one-time" tidying method. I really connected with her ideas. I have been particularly aware this year of the energy I feel when my room/apartment is tidy vs. less tidy, and it's true that life feels sweeter when the house is clean.
Her method is, basically, discard/donate everything that does not bring you joy, and then give a specific spot to everything else. I do recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a clutter-free space.
She does go on to somewhat sensationalize her method by saying her clients lose weight, have clearer skin, and find more success after tidying. This may be true, who knows? I loved it either way and started tidying today!...more
I am likely the only person who rated Redeployment one star.
This book is highly revered and includes several short, sometimes poignant, stories of warI am likely the only person who rated Redeployment one star.
This book is highly revered and includes several short, sometimes poignant, stories of war. I couldn't have been more interested in the topic, though I was a little disappointed to read 1) that it isn't one story 2) that it isn't non-fiction. Since Klay is a Marine himself, I knew that his insight would be powerful.
So, one star. It's not because Phil Klay cannot write, necessarily, but Redeployment was not for me. First, it contains an absurd amount of acronyms that I imagine the average person does not understand. Maybe Klay is trying to keep the true-Marine appeal. I almost threw the book across the room. It took away from the meaning, and that's not helpful.
Also, I didn't find any of the stories interesting. How could that be? I don't claim to know anything about what fighting a war entails, but I would have liked to get a minuscule sense of it through stories like these. I'm not sure I did. Don't get me wrong, there are some powerful sections of Redeployment, but they are few, and since there are so many stories, it was hard to feel connected with any of the people. Overall, I don't feel like truth was captured - perhaps keeping some distance from that truth is therapeutic....more
Yes Please ends with a sentence about being kind to one another, so I feel it is necessary to say that the book world doesn't revolve around me, and mYes Please ends with a sentence about being kind to one another, so I feel it is necessary to say that the book world doesn't revolve around me, and my opinion isn't the only one that matters. That would be so much pressure. The truth is, I didn't like this book. I would probably appreciate it more if she didn't complain about how much she didn't want to write it.
I chose this one for my book club not knowing much about Amy Poehler, except that she is considered funny. I haven't had TV in several years, so I haven't been able to watch Saturday Night Live, which made me feel a bit out-of-the-loop.
A common complaint about Yes Please is that is jumps from theme-to-theme with no chronological organization. This is true! I felt like I was reading several short stories with really no direction. This method may be a part of her comedy appeal - she does whatever she wants - but it's more likely that she just didn't know what to write about. I also got tired of reading about pot and celebrities who I don't know. I am sure if I watched SNL, I would be more interested. I did, after all, read Courtney's book from the Bachelorette AND enjoyed it.
As I was about to finish Poehler's book, I couldn't help but think about how I'd almost rather read the memoir of a regular, unknown person. I felt like Poehler, being a comedian, added a lot of sarcasm and shock-value to her writing that just seemed shallow. I hated when, after seriously offending a viewer and feeling badly about it, she reprinted the e-mails of her apology and the girl's acceptance of her apology. It seemed a little tasteless.
In Amy's favor, I am sure her fans appreciated this book, and I wish her the best. ...more
Gone Girl is initially about a dysfunctional couple going through heavy relationship struggles. It is na**spoiler alert** Spoilers all over the place.
Gone Girl is initially about a dysfunctional couple going through heavy relationship struggles. It is narrated by Amy Elliot Dunne and her husband, Nick. I enjoyed reading about Amy and Nick's difficulties as a couple, actually. Many of the thoughts and attempts Amy made at love, reminded me of things I do and enjoy. As the book turned to the second third, though, I lost interest. The one character I found (somewhat) likable - "nice Amy" - was not real at all. I found myself wondering if she ever thought like that, (sweet and a bit neurotic,) or if she was always such a complete narcissistic sociopath. The transition from her initial presentation to (just kidding) she's actually awful, was a bit abrupt and unbelievable. I also found Nick's sister, Go, obnoxious and too much of a laid-back, cool girl. Any time she was speaking, I wanted her to stop.
I was on my way to a two-star rating.
The third section of the book, when Amy returns to Nick, was brilliant. Many reviewers claim the ending is the weakest part of the book (my two reading friends included,) but I found it interesting and intelligent. I kept thinking that Flynn would never be able to write Amy out of the mess she created. In real life, I don't even think it would have been possible. But Amy is so well-written and manipulative, that I believe she actually did succeed in getting the outcome she desired. The battle in Nick's mind about loving a totally psychotic woman, or leaving her, interested me, because Amy clearly had power over those around her. Would this happen in real life? Probably not. I really liked how her character was written though, and I think Flynn covered all of the bases of her story.
A nice read with a weak middle. 3.5, I think. ...more
I can't help it - I just loved this book! From the beginning, I found that it was fresh, energetic, interesting, fairly realistic, and a page-turner.I can't help it - I just loved this book! From the beginning, I found that it was fresh, energetic, interesting, fairly realistic, and a page-turner. Big Little Lies tells the story of several women and their children in their first few months (??) of Kindergarten. There is drama, bonding, humor, personal issues, love, envy, greed, etc., but it is written so well. Whenever I read a less serious book (chick-lit, or the like,) I tend to analyze what is wrong with it. Finally, within the first hundred pages, I gave in and said thought, I am really enjoying this book! Every time I sat down with it, I felt happy.
The characters gossip and sometimes do "stupid" things, but I found them real and interesting. One has family issues with her daughter, another with her husband, another with the women at school, and another with her past. Though I couldn't relate specifically to any of the drama, I connected with the dialogue and friendships. I even laughed a few times, which is rare for me while I read.
A few of the twists may be a little unbelievable, I suppose, but I let that go. This was a really pleasurable read for me....more