This is a very beautiful book that I would love to read again. It redefines preconceived notions of love, happiness, and death through the love storyThis is a very beautiful book that I would love to read again. It redefines preconceived notions of love, happiness, and death through the love story of Tin Win and Mi Mi. Not only is the language itself rather pretty, but the bittersweet story also has an appealing taste despite its bitter essences....more
It's amazing that a book narrated by a butler about being a butler should keep me up until 3am, but I suppose therein lies the beauty and magic of worIt's amazing that a book narrated by a butler about being a butler should keep me up until 3am, but I suppose therein lies the beauty and magic of words themselves. It took me a while to actually open the book, but once the pages were there I was captivated by the language. This book is extremely introspective and is basically a narration of what happens in the main character's thoughts. Topics broached vary from dignity to meaning in one's life to the significance of bantering. Overall I really enjoyed reading this. ...more
What started out as a day in the life of "Mean Girls" turned into one of the most cruel endings I've ever read in a book, but also one of the most satWhat started out as a day in the life of "Mean Girls" turned into one of the most cruel endings I've ever read in a book, but also one of the most satisfying. The question of what will happen as a day is repeated and the frustration of living a day over and over while remembering the other moments (that, of course, no one else knows about) really moved this book forward for me. I found myself, at first curious, and eventually aching to know what Samantha will do as each day and another chance passes. Not too sure how to word the "moral" of the story, but I love the unpredictability of the events every day in the book....more
Perhaps it's because I never ventured into other novels that dared to give narrative to the first woman, but I loved this book in a way that speaks toPerhaps it's because I never ventured into other novels that dared to give narrative to the first woman, but I loved this book in a way that speaks to my soul. Tosca delicately weaves the tale and intimately describes emotions that I sometimes think I know too well without ever actually labeling them. Her depiction of the perfect joy and sheer simplicity before the fall, as well as the horror of disconnection and hurt within silence afterward will be things that I will now always link intricately with the story of Eve. I especially loved the way the complexities with which Cain is portrayed in this book.
I feel like there is so much I want to say and not enough ways to say them, it's not the first time I wish I could communicate the way Tosca portrayed the silent knowing and connection Eve had with Adam, with God, and even with the Earth itself. Such a beautiful, beautiful book. It's undeniably founded on the Christian faith as I know it, but even aside from that I think it's a remarkable work of art. I gobbled it in the time frame of about 15 hours and willingly endured the roller coaster of emotions Tosca forced me to go on throughout the book. Love, love, love. I am totally going to read her other book....more
There is something just so charming about Miss Calpurnia Virginia Tate. Her spunk and personality makes this novel such a fun and interesting one, andThere is something just so charming about Miss Calpurnia Virginia Tate. Her spunk and personality makes this novel such a fun and interesting one, and the relationship that develops between her and her granddaddy really is a precious one. One that I am readily putting into the ranks of favorites, this story is definitely one I'll be giving my kids to read.
I loved that there was a good balance between what Calpurnia could realistically do and accomplish with her grandfather and the hard facts of life that she would eventually have to be facing. Though we don't get to see into her life past that first day in the year 1900, the book leaves me feeling optimistic about the wonderful things a girl with the kind of spirit and intelligence Calpurnia possesses will accomplish....more
So yes, I really liked this book. What I actually liked about it is that you're not actually witnessing the tributes fighting for their lives until arSo yes, I really liked this book. What I actually liked about it is that you're not actually witnessing the tributes fighting for their lives until around halfway into the book. I loved how Suzanne took the time to not only give the reader a fairly good idea of what it was like to live in one of the districts, but also emphasize the function of the hunger games as a form of perverted entertainment. Definitely a page turner. I'm sure I would have much more to say once I'm done recovering from this fever. Boo!...more
If ever a reader wanted a young but perfectly capable female protagonist, he/she should pluck this novel from the shelf. To be honest, her rambunctiouIf ever a reader wanted a young but perfectly capable female protagonist, he/she should pluck this novel from the shelf. To be honest, her rambunctious and plotting personality had me guessing her gender for about a chapter or two since the library barcode blocked the informing part of the summary on the back cover. However, I was enthralled to discover that she was, indeed, a girl and a quite competent and smart one at that.
The mystery itself is not necessarily a riveting one, but the writing was entertaining and sardonic enough. At the end of it, this book is less about the mystery and more about Flavia herself, something I had absolutely no problem with....more
"But answer me this: how can a story end happily if there is no love?" It was impossible for me to not think of the Velveteen Rabbit as I read this st"But answer me this: how can a story end happily if there is no love?" It was impossible for me to not think of the Velveteen Rabbit as I read this story. Both children loved their rabbits as real individuals. The difference though, was that the velveteen rabbit loved his boy back while Edward Tulane was forced to learn to love.
Kate always manages to pull something amazing out of who knows what, and I always inevitably love it. After the velveteen rabbit, I had always wanted to get a rabbit for my children, and after this story, it would be silly and unlikely for me not too. Like Despereaux, this story managed to tell so many lessons in so few words, and it definitely pitched my heart to my stomach multiple times.
The intermittent color pictures didn't hurt either :)...more
In a way that I can't fully explain, there is something about this book that makes me love it. Gabriel narrates the story as just that: a story. ThereIn a way that I can't fully explain, there is something about this book that makes me love it. Gabriel narrates the story as just that: a story. There's nothing presumptuous or overreaching about it. At times, I felt like I was less reading a novel and more listening to someone tell me the story of three people whose lives were entwined together, more with conscious will than with accidental fate. In this way, the story was not of a typical love triangle in which two members of one gender have a heated and drawn out battle for the affections of a single member of the other gender. Instead, it is the story of one man's steadfast and persistent pursuit of his life's ultimate love.
Florentino Ariza seems to be the ultimate representative of human, eros love in some weird, and kind of creepy, probably not just in the time of cholera, but the way it has been in human life and the way it probably will forever be: constant, present, and giving only a hint of its existence in the form of a shadow.
Though I'm sure many think that Florentino Ariza just had an exaggerated, lifelong obsession and infatiuation with Fermina Daza, the candid way in which Gabriel uses language to beautifully tie it all together makes everything understandable, if understandable in a very saddening manner. It's a bit reminiscent of Lolita by Nabokov in that there is something perversely maddening about the actuality of the situations, but also something hauntingly accurate and beautiful in its literary and story-telling ability. The language and imagery is amazing in a slow, but consistent fashion that made this possibly one of the first books that I've thoroughly enjoyed and would consider re-reading without the need for it to be an intense, adventure-filled page turner (which is no small feat, indeed)....more
This book was EXACTLY what I was in the mood for. Direct involvement with greek mythology, adventure, a good balance of personalities for main charactThis book was EXACTLY what I was in the mood for. Direct involvement with greek mythology, adventure, a good balance of personalities for main characters, unexpected twists and turns... what more could I ask for? There were a number of moments when I needed to refer to my good friend Wikipedia to figure out all the allusions, but all of this has got me re-interested in learning more about greek mythology again. There's something about stories and myths that fascinate me. I'd like to think that it's an interest similar to C.S. Lewis' own. This book also called up some pretty strong emotional reactions. In the few hours I spent reading this, there were moments when I teared up, moments when I chuckled out loud (yes, to myself), and moments when I exclaimed "WHAT?!" with indignant anger. Super fun. I can't wait to read the next one. I'm so glad I borrowed all of the first three in the series from the library....more
Never has the word "legacy" felt more fitting than in describing the sum of this book. Randy Pausch brings a childlike attitude to discuss his childhoNever has the word "legacy" felt more fitting than in describing the sum of this book. Randy Pausch brings a childlike attitude to discuss his childhood dreams, all the while leaving an immortal legacy for his 18-month-old daughter and 3-year-old and 6-year-old sons to cherish for years to come. Though pancreatic will indefinitely take his body, his spirit will undeniably live on through this collection of short stories and lessons.
Even though the words were not from a writer's hands, they are from a mind that has had experience making observations and deductions from mankind, as so many of my favorite authors had. Though the copy I just finished today was borrowed from the library, I will definitely go buy this book when I have the chance to....more
I think this is one of the best "Christian" books that I've ever read. Gary doesn't rely on sensationalism or the ups and downs of our frail and vacilI think this is one of the best "Christian" books that I've ever read. Gary doesn't rely on sensationalism or the ups and downs of our frail and vacillating emotions like some other writers do. Instead, he relies on the brute force of undiluted truth. There's a lot of repetition in the book, but not for lack of creativity. Instead, Gary uses this repetitive factor to really drill in certain facts and skills and how to apply them to different situation. I personally like this because he instills a sense of hope, that the problem of injustice is not so big that NOTHING can be done; indeed, SOMETHING can be done, and a good amount of it can be accomplished through the development and refinement of these key skills and perspectives.
Sometimes with books that address injustice or problems such as human trafficking, bonded slavery, and child soldiers, authors tend to write about the problem as it exists, the reason why it sucks, and/or phenomenal heroes who had amazing resources and insight who go into these areas and battle these injustices with such force that the common person can only gaze upon these stories and wish we were just as wonderfully skilled. Gary, however, emphasizes the fact that we in the church ALL have a role in fighting injustice, and he also repeatedly tells us that no task or role is worth any less than another in the eyes of God. Overall, a much better "Christian" read than I've had in a long time, with just the right mix of theology and practicality....more
I think I've pretty much concluded that this is my favorite novel of all time. I feel slightly blasphemous for saying so, but I must say that having rI think I've pretty much concluded that this is my favorite novel of all time. I feel slightly blasphemous for saying so, but I must say that having read this before any of Lewis' works and once again after I've read a good amount has greatly helped me understand where he's coming from. The myth of Cupid and Psyche also happens to be my favorite myth, and I love how Lewis maintains the pagan feel of the story while still speaking his own voice through Orual's words. I can almost feel his own struggle with the tangibility of the gods in the same way that Orual finds them frustrating and confusing. The book speaks on so many different things with such depth and wisdom that I think this book will never get old. It's definitely one of those that I will be able to read over and over again. ...more