amazing & well worth it. I cried, I laughed, and I thought alot about it..the greater implications of this book. the words. it's a story of so many t...moreamazing & well worth it. I cried, I laughed, and I thought alot about it..the greater implications of this book. the words. it's a story of so many things..not just a little girl during the Holocaust..I assure you that. it might be a slow start but it is really amazing. i promise.(less)
3 stars on the fluff scale. Boo yah. Very entertaining and I read it in 2 days during finals. Loses 2 stars on the fluff scale due to overuse of the w...more3 stars on the fluff scale. Boo yah. Very entertaining and I read it in 2 days during finals. Loses 2 stars on the fluff scale due to overuse of the world VELVET (or velvety) and for Bella being incredibly irritating. I wish he would have just let the damn car hit her.(less)
I wanted to absolutely LOVE this book and I think that I hyped it up too much in my head. I really did like this book. I thought it was a great story...moreI wanted to absolutely LOVE this book and I think that I hyped it up too much in my head. I really did like this book. I thought it was a great story with really amazing characters. I just thought it was slow and dull in some parts. I don't know why I didn't LOVE this book..maybe I was expecting too much? I think I might read it again. But I really did enjoy this book so much but I thought I would enjoy it more.(less)
After reading this book and thinking about how many stars I think it was worth, I had a thought! I realized that books like these, for me, needed thei...moreAfter reading this book and thinking about how many stars I think it was worth, I had a thought! I realized that books like these, for me, needed their own scale. The "Fluff" scale. Please do not think I'm some elitist, literature snob. I am by no means. Fluff reading is great! I have to read fun books like this from time to time. They entertain me and it's nice to read something light after reading certain books. They have there place for sure in my shelf! That being said, I realized I cannot rate them the same way I do other books. I approach reading these types of books differently than I do other books so I find it difficult to try and rate it on the same scale. Giving Twilight a 5 to me was not a statement of this was the best book I've ever read nor was it a rating of it's literary merit. It was more a statement of how much I enjoyed it as mindless fun reading. It was a 5 on the fluff scale.***POSSIBLE SPOILERS** So..I'm giving Sookie a 3 on the fluff scale. Her character really annoyed me. Like really bad. Reminded me of alot of my dislike for Bella in Twilight. Yes, Sookie was kind of "kick ass" in some ways. However, she is kind of an idiot. She cries more when her cat dies than her grandmother. (Yes, I understand grief is crazy like that.) And her reaction to someone being a shapeshifter just really made me laugh. Yes, I know she lives in a strange world, but..a little reaction to that creepy news would have made her more real to me. Although, I mean, if you lived in a world where vampires are mainstreamed and you have a 'gift' of reading minds, then I guess just about anything could happen and it wouldn't catch you off guard.
However, I really did enjoy finding who this vampire hater was that was killing all the hoe cookies that liked kinky sex with vampires. I just really couldn't wait to find out all the wierd things that would keep happening to Sookie. I liked the name that the vampire had the name Bill. Vampire Bill? Yes, that's right. I just really liked that it was a vampire book that didn't take itself to seriously. It had a sense of humor & made me laugh.
I might give the second one a go sometime when I need some vampire fluff. (less)
4.5 for sure. This book completely took hold of me from the start. Interesting style and it worked. I read this in a matter of 3 hours. Beautiful writi...more4.5 for sure. This book completely took hold of me from the start. Interesting style and it worked. I read this in a matter of 3 hours. Beautiful writing and compelling story. I can't wait to read Glass. HAUNTING.
I would also warn NOT to read the description of the book here on Goodreads. It gives away WAYYY too much. I had only read the back of the book before reading it but after I read it..I read the blurb on here and was soo glad I didn't read it or else the story would have been ruined.(less)
This book was the nicotine patch to my travel addiction. Wanderlust at its finest. I truly felt the thrill of sitting wide-eyed, wit...moreA solid 4.5 stars!
This book was the nicotine patch to my travel addiction. Wanderlust at its finest. I truly felt the thrill of sitting wide-eyed, with my hair blowing and the music blaring, and staring out the open window trying to take in all the sights before me only to realize that I couldn't possibly take it all in. I loved being able to be on the road, albeit vicariously, but it pacified my annoying little travel bug. Read this book if you tried to read On the Road (one of my favorite books), for the promise of a good road trip, but couldn't quite take the stream of consciousness writing or the meandering plot and wanted some sweet romance and a bit more action.
FULL REVIEW on my blog along with a personal playlist from the last road trip I was on!(less)
Oh, this book! My heart. Do you ever read a book and feel like the weight of the world is just sitting on your heart the whole time? One of my favorit...moreOh, this book! My heart. Do you ever read a book and feel like the weight of the world is just sitting on your heart the whole time? One of my favorite expressions to describe how I feel, from one of my all time favorite books, is as having “heavy boots.” Tell The Wolves I’m Home was excellent and completely made me feel a whole array of emotions. Thank you, Margot, for letting me borrow it and pushing it on me!
It’s an adult fiction novel but the narrator is 14 years old and I found this just to be a most beautiful and heartbreaking coming of age story set in the 1980′s. There were so many things about this book that I loved that I feel like I can’t even begin to tell you about it all — the characters, the writing, this weighty grief that June has to work through and so many other little aspects of the plot.
Watching June deal with the grief of losing her Uncle Finn was so emotional because it was just all so complicated within the family and the public perception of Finn because of how he died! Finn died of AIDs and it’s back in the 80′s so everything is very hush hush and not as much public knowledge about it. Her and Finn were so close and June’s feelings towards him are kind of complicated and intense. Then she meets Finn’s boyfriend Toby, whom her parents kept a secret from her because they blame him for Finn dying, and from Toby she learns even more about her Uncle Finn — to the point where she feels like she didn’t even really know him in some ways and she hates having to had shared him with someone. I loved learning about Finn through June but also through Toby and Finn really became such a real character to me. I could feel the love just emanating from them.
While June and Toby’s friendship was one of my favorite parts of this novel, I also really loved the relationship between June and her sister even though I wanted to kick her sister in the face so many times. I love complicated sisterly relationships and this one was a thread throughout the story I was fascinated by.
It’s honestly just so hard to explain what I thought about this novel. It was just brilliant, touching and got me all choked up. I loved it! It’s a quieter novel but it moves along at a good pace and hooks you with the compelling characters and their dynamics.(less)
This is the funniest book I have ever read! I am not the type of person who laughs out loud too often while reading a book or ever when I am alone..ho...moreThis is the funniest book I have ever read! I am not the type of person who laughs out loud too often while reading a book or ever when I am alone..however..this book had me laughing out loud several times!
Why did Laurie Notaro resonate so well with me?
Well..I think this is basically due to the fact that I felt like everything she was saying was all the things that I think on a daily basis and all the commentary that goes on my head in regards to people and situations..except she is alot more hilarious and can write a hell of a lot better than I can.
Favorite line of the book (maybe because my best friend thinks it describes me to a T.):
(she is talking about how she is not a people person and how she is labeled as "mean" sometimes)
"Now, I really need to point out that I am not indiscriminately mean; I am not mean to people whenever the mean mood strikes me. I feel that I must be provoked first, although my husband disagrees. In all honesty, I really wouldn't even identify myself as a mean person; rather, I would classify myself as a Pointer-Outer of Extraordinary Acts of Incredible Foolishness and, on Occasion, Rudeness. Some people, including my husband, would call these experiences meltdowns, but I would rather consider them Opportunities to Enlighten."
I will read every book written by Laurie. I will!(less)
I hate that I feel like I can’t convey my love for this book. I’m smitten. Beyond smitten. This book j...moreFrom the "Final Thoughts" portion of my review:
I hate that I feel like I can’t convey my love for this book. I’m smitten. Beyond smitten. This book just gutted me because of how visceral of an experience it all was — the way Nastya and Josh’s stories are revealed, the beautiful way in which Nastya begins to find herself again and just the raw sadness that emanated from the characters sometimes. But it made me laugh and swept me off my feet and gave me genuine hope. It’s a new favorite for sure and I will be pushing it on everyone I can because The Sea of Tranquility took my expectations for it, stomped on them and gave me this perfect book that I needed so, so bad.
I have to say I had my doubts on whether or not I would enjoy this book. Despite the fact a good number of people loved it, I just wasn't sold that I...moreI have to say I had my doubts on whether or not I would enjoy this book. Despite the fact a good number of people loved it, I just wasn't sold that I would.
However..I really did. I tore through this book. I immediately fell in love with the characters and of Guernsey. I was actually sad to finish the book because I just wanted to see their lives play out.
I stayed up all hours of the night to finish it despite the fact I had to wake up early for work. I honestly don't know what it was about this book that made me love it..but I really did.(less)
Oh my soul. OH MY HEART. OH MY THIS BOOK. This is a must for anybody who is married for sure but even if you aren’t married it’s a great story and the...moreOh my soul. OH MY HEART. OH MY THIS BOOK. This is a must for anybody who is married for sure but even if you aren’t married it’s a great story and there is so much to glean from it regarding relationships — especially romantic ones. Estelle and Hannah both raved about this book and THEY WERE 100% RIGHT. It’s freaking amazing. No seriously.
1. As a married lady, this book resonated with me in more depth than I could have imagined: It was a lot like Landline by Rainbow Rowell in the way it made me think about marriage and relationships but this one affected me even more so to be honest. Will and I have been happily married for two years this month and this book made me want to vow to never stop talking, never let apathy lead the way and resentment to build and SO MANY OTHER THINGS because this story broke my heart in ways and I don’t want my marriage to ever get to the point this one did. There were little things that were in this book that scared the hell out of me because some of them I could see happening to us if I’m being honest. The beginnings of things that don’t look like a big deal but ARE. I’d recommend this to everyone but ESPECIALLY YOU MARRIED PEOPLE. It was Thinking Book for sure and I am so thankful for it.
2. From page 1 I was just captured by this story: We know from the start that they are in a bad place so it’s super bittersweet when we get the story of them falling in love. Despite that, I loved learning how they met, their engagement and then life as newlyweds and then we get these chapters of these small cracks in the foundation and then each little section gets progressively sadder and worse with their relationship. I could FEEL the resentment and the anger there. And then we get into the present where they are deciding to separate from each other for a year. I found myself furiously reading because I HAD TO KNOW how it would turn out. I enjoyed watching what Lauren was learning in her year away from him and I just was so nervous to see what would happen at the end of the year. They both learned a lot about themselves/their marriage but would they be able to fix it? I HAD TO KNOW.
3. This book made me WEEP multiple times: There were just so many things about this story that made me emotional — especially the ending. But watching them leave each other, witnessing the sad moments and the loneliness, the doubt, the realizations of where things went wrong. It all just killed me and there were these perfectly written moments that just stirred up something in my heart so forcefully. And when the ending came…I was just a mess. It was just so unflinchingly honest and poignant that my heart couldn’t handle it.
4. I’m so used to reading books about people FALLING IN LOVE that it was refreshing to read something different: Sure, we see the beginnings of their love story but then we start to see this unraveling of it. And I liked that I really didn’t KNOW if they were going to get back together in the end. To watch how hard sometimes you have to work at love was just really refreshing because like the tagline says, “falling in love is the easy part.” And I honestly was glued to this unraveling but then this year of self love and reflecting on the marriage and the love for each other.(less)
I bawled through the last few pages of What Happens Next — this emotional surge that had been building up...moreFrom the Final Thoughts portion of my review:
I bawled through the last few pages of What Happens Next — this emotional surge that had been building up from the beginning to the end overtook me and the dam was able to burst forth with my tears. It tackles a really difficult subject brilliantly and Sid is a character who shines. Really, really shines. In the midst of a story that could, at first glance, seem to be a complete downer there is resiliency and strength in a character who is so vibrant and funny you can’t not care and flawless slowburn romance that will light your heart on fire but not distract you from Sid’s journey to come to terms with what happened so healing can come.
If you like books that you are going to devour from page 1 because of the twisty suspense and mystery...more From the "Final Thoughts" portion of my review:
If you like books that you are going to devour from page 1 because of the twisty suspense and mystery, get yourself a copy. This book surprised me! Shocked the pants RIGHT OFF ME. (Don’t worry, I put them back on. OR DID I?) You’ll constantly be guessing who did it and pointing the finger at everyone. I loved the premise and the way the story was told — it was this constant mounting anxiety while I was reading where it all was just so, so palpable — every betrayal and accusation and feeling of hope for Anna and GAH EVERYTHING. It was a nail biter FO SHO and kept me guessing and completely kicked my brain’s ass at times.
What a truly fantastic book. this is my first Vonnegut novel and I was certainly not disappointed! It was not at all what I expected when I read that...moreWhat a truly fantastic book. this is my first Vonnegut novel and I was certainly not disappointed! It was not at all what I expected when I read that it was an anti-war novel..it certainly exceeded my expectations. (less)
eh this was just ok. It didn't compel me to read the next installments. It felt a little too juvenile for my taste. However, I think I would like it i...moreeh this was just ok. It didn't compel me to read the next installments. It felt a little too juvenile for my taste. However, I think I would like it if I was a bit younger and I know my little sister would love it. It is a really interesting concept/story though but I just really didn't feel like reading it anymore because I was just getting annoyed with it. Not for me..but I think it could be a really awesome book for someone else because it was really an interesting idea.(less)
I really enjoyed this book! The writing could have been a bit stronger..however..the story was certainly enough to keep me entertained! It was such a...moreI really enjoyed this book! The writing could have been a bit stronger..however..the story was certainly enough to keep me entertained! It was such a great story that pulled me in from the prologue. I couldn't stop reading it. I think that it could seem like a simple story about the circus at first..it really is quite a complex novel dealing with many issues. I loved the character of Jacob and thought that going back and forth from the young Jacob and the old Jacob really gave a clear picture as to who Jacob truly is. (less)
I really had a hard time to get into it in the beginning..but once i kept going..i loved it! It's worth keeping at it if you find yourself bored in th...moreI really had a hard time to get into it in the beginning..but once i kept going..i loved it! It's worth keeping at it if you find yourself bored in the beginning. I absolutely love her writing and I loved the story alot. I would have given it a 3.5 if I could..wasn't a 4 because it took me soo long to get into it.
I really enjoyed the child Elaine more than I did the adult Elaine. She was kind of dull to me. There is so much I want to say about different parts of this book..but I feel like I will do it no justice..soo..you should read it! :)(less)
I really loved this book. As I just finished it, I can't write a proper review because I have to still wrap my head around it some more. I really enjo...moreI really loved this book. As I just finished it, I can't write a proper review because I have to still wrap my head around it some more. I really enjoyed it. My only wish for this book is that the author would have cut out some boring & unnecessary details and gave more life to the personalities of the character. (less)