I follow the blog Momastery and am a big fan of Glennon's writings. But this was stunning. I feel a little breathless after reading it for two days. AI follow the blog Momastery and am a big fan of Glennon's writings. But this was stunning. I feel a little breathless after reading it for two days. And I wish someone around me had read it too so I could talk to them about it. It's hard for me to put into words WHY this book matters to me. My childhood/teenage experience was 180 degrees different than Glennon's -- I liked myself, I was really quite confident, I knew I was loved by God and others, and I felt I was worthy of love -- perhaps that's why it's so important to me. It was such a window into this unfamiliar experience to me but one that is so familiar to other people. Reading about her experience reminds me of all the movies I watched about high school when I was in high school. I thought they were so stupid and unrepresentative of real life -- but when I read this story I think that for some people THOSE movies aren't so far from the truth. They somehow get mucked into that shallow space that is full of lies and malice and sickness. I hope this doesn't sound critical, because I don't feel critical. Even though it was a different experience than mine, I felt so grateful to Glennon for opening my eyes to it and letting me see what it was like for her and was/is like for others.
There were plenty of things that she talked about that I could identify with personally and I just felt so grateful to her for analyzing them and saying them. I won't share some of them. But, for instance, her self-assessment about how reading is one of her forms of "going under" and how writing is a way of hovering and reporting and how both keep her out of the present -- as someone who likes to read and write, I could relate to that. Her observations in her marriage made me reflect on my own marriage. I have a good marriage, but I did wonder if there are places I could be more honest or verbal to make our marriage deeper.
Just generally, I felt grateful for her honesty. It was interesting as a long-time reader of hers, to get a glimpse into her growth even in the time I've read her blog and to understand better a little bit of what was going on behind the surface.
My religious experience and beliefs differ from hers in some big ways, I know, but I value her focus on love and kindness, and I pay tribute to her efforts to claim those virtues in her personal life for herself and others and I pay tribute to her efforts to amplify those virtues in the vastness of this difficult world. I feel like she speaks so much truth in both small-scale and large-scale ways. ...more
A friend recommended this book to me on Monday, and I was delighted by it. I feel a little ridiculous by how much it drew me in. When I think about itA friend recommended this book to me on Monday, and I was delighted by it. I feel a little ridiculous by how much it drew me in. When I think about it logically, I feel like this book should have been a let-down. There's no exact villain. Most of the characters are genuinely good. I really knew the story-line quite well, of course. But emotionally it just drew me in, and the little bits of surprises regarding the enchantment just delighted me (ex. the books in the library). Even though I knew it would have a good ending, I still felt dread and fear and suspense throughout.
Some things that are just kind of my personal issues [a bit of a spoiler alert on #2 I suppose]. 1.) I'm not much of a dreamer (literally) myself, so sometimes I get tired of the role dreams play in so many books (ex. Harry Potter). But I get it adds to the emotional drama and gives the author a different avenue for revealing important plot points. 2.) I sometimes wish that plain girls would just BE plain and still manage to be attractive despite it rather than suddenly NOT actually being plain, because in real life I think this happens, instead of the constant ugly duckling to swan transformation. I sometimes tire of that plot line.
However, I was unreservedly enchanted overall. I loved Beauty's character and her family. I loved how the book managed to draw me in. I loved the character of the Beast. Just all in all, a great read! I would love to see THIS version of the story on film over the bumbling father of Disney's version, and the coarse Gaston, and the pretty boy Beast at the end. Don't get me wrong, I do love Disney's version, but this tells a different concept of the story and there were many things I found I preferred. ...more
I read this book a few weeks ago now. It was a very quick read. It was fun to see the Harry Potter world with a new generation, as it followed his sonI read this book a few weeks ago now. It was a very quick read. It was fun to see the Harry Potter world with a new generation, as it followed his son. Some other things I liked 1.) More positive marks for Slytherin characters. I find it hard to buy the fact that Slytherin might be okay when really they're so consistently horrible throughout the series. Even Snape hates Harry and is horribly mean to him in his very first interaction before Harry's even shown that, yeah, he is arrogant and doesn't think rules apply to him. This book lends some more credibility to Slytherin house as a possibly positive place. 2.) The alternate universes. The different iterations of what the future could have been . . . with just small, seemingly innocent changes to the past.
I have to admit I didn't love reading it in play form. I knew it was a script before I started reading it. I've read scripts before. It did make me want to see the play, but I still didn't love *reading* this book in play form. I wish they'd made it into a novel. It at least let me know what I'm missing out in London.
My husband guessed the villain before it was revealed. I'm not as quick and didn't guess it, though it retrospect it seems obvious. ...more
This was such a great story! I loved the narrator's voice -- it was really funny -- and the character portrayal, especially of Ove. He's just such a dThis was such a great story! I loved the narrator's voice -- it was really funny -- and the character portrayal, especially of Ove. He's just such a delightful, crazy, good-hearted curmudgeon! In the end, it was one of those feel-good novels where this community comes together in such a positive way. I really enjoyed it. Some people I know wouldn't like this book because of the language, so that would be my one reservation in recommending it....more