"No one can pull anyone out from anywhere. You save yourself or you remain unsaved."
And so begins Lucky...Alice Sebold's harrowing account of her rape...more"No one can pull anyone out from anywhere. You save yourself or you remain unsaved."
And so begins Lucky...Alice Sebold's harrowing account of her rape that occurred when she was a college freshmen. I have read Lucky 3 (maybe 4 times) in the last few years and it never fails to have an impact on me. Lucky is written in such a beautiful way. It's both poetic and gritty. The candor in which Sebold writes about the rape was a shock to me when I first read Lucky. And re-reading the chapter in which the rape takes place made me flinch just as much this time as it did the first time.
Lucky is just an all-around amazing book. Alice Sebold's account is honest, unflinching, slightly humorous, and a book I wholeheartedly recommend.(less)
When Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows first came out, I remember trying to space the pages out, so that I would make it last and it did last. I fi...moreWhen Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows first came out, I remember trying to space the pages out, so that I would make it last and it did last. I finished it after a day and a half as opposed to a day. I went through The Deathly Hallows so fast that I missed the subtleties J.K. Rowling embedded in this book that tied all seven books together. The second time I re-read The Deathly Hallows, I loved it more than the first time. I took my time with it and as soon as I finished, I had to restrain the urge to turn the book around and re-read it all over again.
This is my third time reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and I loved the book more in its two re-readings than when I first originally read it. This is definitely my favorite Harry Potter book. It was just so full of excitement. From the moment it says “Rufus Scrimageour is dead…The Ministry has fallen.” up until the last sentence before the epilogue, this book is full of thrills. Obviously, though, it’s sort of bittersweet because you say goodbye to the characters that everyone has grown to love, especially the ones that didn’t make it.
I loved that in The Deathly Hallows we get a clear view of the progress that Neville Longbottom makes. He goes from a clumsy, shaky, somewhat nervous boy to a strong, courageous hero. We get a clear view of how Harry, Ron, and Hermione grew up. We get to see the love that these three have for each other and that’s really sweet to me. We get to see the BATTLE of ALL BATTLES! Yep, that was definitely my favorite part of The Deathly Hallows. At first, I was worried that the final confrontation between Harry and Voldermort would be anti-climactic. I needn’t worry because it was just amazing. I also loved that you had other Hogwarts students who had already graduated come back to enter the fight.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was filled with twists and thrills galore! Seriously, a lot of the things you thought you knew for certain were completely turned upside down in this book. That being said, I still say that this book is depressing as hell. People’s favorite characters were dropping like flies. But, I guess in a battle there have to be some casualties (but seriously did it have to be MY favorite character?). Still, this book was just full of awesomeness and I really can’t wait for my next re-read of it. You know why? Because the ENTIRE Harry Potter series (the books AND the movies) NEVER gets old. And due to this, the readers never will either. HP is sheer perfection.(less)
I had a goal this year to read 100 books by December. And so as I reached book 99, I started to look for a book in my shelves to be number one hundred...moreI had a goal this year to read 100 books by December. And so as I reached book 99, I started to look for a book in my shelves to be number one hundred. You see I wanted my goal to end with a bang. And while some of the books I read this year were mere disappointments, I didn't want book 100 to end up being one of those. So, I picked My Enemy's Cradle from my shelf. It killed two birds with one stone. Being my 100th book and satisfying one of my other goals which was to diminish the pile of books that I have had for more than a year.
My Enemy's Cradle didn't disappoint. I thought it was utterly amazing! I found myself feeling terrified for Cyrla with the danger she was in. This book had me enthralled and kept me turning the pages in record time. I was surprised that I actually liked the romance in the book. Usually I find myself not liking the romance in most adult books because it either comes out as cheesy or terribly contrived, but I thought the romance was intriguing and I found myself rooting for these two characters to make it through.
I actually had no idea about the Lebensborn Organization. And I love it when historical fiction books tell me about some part of history that I didn't know about, so that was a plus with this book. Anyway, if anyone is thinking about picking up this book, don't hesitate and just read it. It's a beautiful book with a fast pace and an intriguing main character that you root for until the end. This is definitely staying on my keeper shelf. No swapping for me. (less)
While looking at Amazon's product page I noticed that The Green Mile had a five star rating...not four and a half stars which is what other Stephen Ki...more While looking at Amazon's product page I noticed that The Green Mile had a five star rating...not four and a half stars which is what other Stephen King novels have. However, after reading The Green Mile, I have to say that I'm not the least bit surprised. I've read my fair share of King books and while The Stand will always have the title of favorite in my heart, The Green Mile is, in my humble opinion, Stephen King's best novel (In the full interest of disclosure, I will say that I have yet to read all of his works...there's so many).
Here's the thing about Stephen King: he's a magnificent writer. He has this way of drawing you to the exact location where his books take place...It can be the post apocalyptic world of The Stand or the summer of 1958, where a big chunk of IT takes place. Another thing about King...he has a tendency to go on tangents. Even in The Stand and IT (my top two King books), he sort of rambled on a bit that my interest waned on some of the paragraphs. Absolutely none of that went on while I was reading The Green Mile. It was simply superb. I was immediately transported to 1932...to the Cold Mountain penitentiary. And while there, I was gripped from beginning to end.
The characters in The Green Mile just leap off the page. It's extremely hard to take a criminal, someone who has been prosecuted for horrific crimes, and make them sympathetic. King did this with Delacroix and with Bitterbuck. He gave them a sense of humanity that most people feel you would lose after committing such a crime and being imprisoned and on Death Row. John Coffey and Paul Edgecomb couldn't have gotten more intriguing. The Green Mile has a lot of characters in it and as someone who gets a little lost when this happened, never had a problem keeping up with it. Even the minor players in The Green Mile extremely well-written.
While not your standard horror fare, The Green Mile is still a horrifying read. Horrifying yet utterly beautiful. It's a gripping and a haunting read. While Stephen King is a master of horror, I'm starting to think that he excels equally (if not more) when focusing on other genres. If you're a horror fan, check out The Green Mile. If you're not a horror fan, check out The Green Mile. This one is definitely going into my favorites. (less)
I have literally been wracking my brain for a way to write this review. I loved The Myth of You and Me. I guess that's why this review has been so har...moreI have literally been wracking my brain for a way to write this review. I loved The Myth of You and Me. I guess that's why this review has been so hard for me to write. It's easier to just rip apart a book you completely hate and words come to you so easily when you try to do that. It's also easier to write a review if you liked a book you really expected not to like. I had a feeling I was going to love The Myth of You and Me, so the element of surprise that comes from loving a book you would never have read on your own in a million years, was not really present for me. My point is is that The Myth of You and Me was a wonderful novel.
In The Myth of You and Me, you're intrigued from the first page. Throwing a mystery at the beginning of the book is a sure-fire way to keep readers reading even if they hate a book because they're curious as to what the hell happened. That's what happened with me. I didn't at all hate this book, but if I'd had, I still would've kept reading because I needed to know what exactly caused the rift between Cameron and Sonia. While she's telling the story, Leah Stewart, weaves in flashback scenes of the friendship between Cameron and Sonia and we readers start getting a sense as to how strong their friendship was. That intrigues us more as we start to think "It must've been something huge that caused this". The Myth of You and Me sort of exemplifies that while strong friendships really do exist, it can take something small (or not so small) to put a kink in the armor, so to speak. Friendships are strong yet completely fragile. I really got a sense of that in this book.
When it comes to the secondary characters, I found that they were also extremely interesting. Although, Sonia's mother really takes the cake for "Most mysterious/weird Character Ever". The psychology major in me really wanted to know more about her and why exactly she was the way she was. Granted I understood that while she was a major character, she wasn't really a focal point in the whole book, so I could forgive that air of mystery that particular plot point left.
So, The Myth of You and Me was an amazing book. It was an extreme page-turner (I literally read it in one sitting) and I thought that it explored Cameron and Sonia's friendship extremely well. We got to know these women separately and as a whole and how their friendship and the consequent "breaking-up" shaped their futures and the way the were now in the present tense. The Myth of Me and You is highly recommended.(less)
My finding of The Book Thief was a bit serendipitous. Not my finding as in actually knowing about the book (since this book was highly talked about wh...moreMy finding of The Book Thief was a bit serendipitous. Not my finding as in actually knowing about the book (since this book was highly talked about when I first joined Goodreads), but my actual finding of it...in the store. I was just entering the thrift store I frequented at the time (is there a better place but a thrift store to find books? I think not.) and I remember thinking "God! If only I could find The Book Thief in this place instead of having to pay full price for it!" (I was a broke college student then, actually I still am). And lo and behold, there it was! On the second shelf hidden behind yet another copy of a James Patterson novel. Oh, you would not believe how fast I snatched that book up (It was only two dollars, after all, for a hardcover in mint condition)!
This happened about two years ago (or at least a year and a half) and I've only now just read it. Why did I wait so long? Because this was one of those books that was hyped up like you wouldn't believe. So many people were talking about the greatness that was The Book Thief. My expectations, which were already quite high, went through the roof. Of course, then comes the inevitable thought "This will never live up to my expectations" and so it kept falling further and further down the Mt. TBR. Finally, after two previous failed attempts at getting into the story (only made it to page 30 both times), I buckled down and said "I WILL READ THIS". And I did. While it didn't exceed my expectations (or reach them, but again I say "Through the roof!"), I will say that The Book Thief was a really great book.
I loved that this book was narrated by Death (or The Angel of/Grim Reaper, whatever you want to call him or it--whatever!). The author could've taken the easy way out and had Liesel narrate the book. I'm certain that the flow of the events would've been done in a "normal" way had that been the case. What do I mean by normal? Well, a lot of the time, Death tells us the events that are about to come. He just spoils it for you (not really)! He'll just come right out and tell you what's going to happen in the next part because he's just not into building suspense or curiosity. That's kind of what I liked about him. For the most part, he was dispassionate. The events just were what they were. And then something would happen, which would make Death be in awe of humans; whether it be at their extreme capacity for evil or their extreme capacity for goodness.
As a reader, I have much love for the written word (as I'm sure everyone on GoodReads does), so I could understand how Liesel found words to be completely beautiful, yet heartbreaking, especially since that's how I was feeling when The Book Thief ended. I was sobbing my eyes out through the last 150 pages. In fact, those last 150 pages were five-star caliber. It was the rest of the book that ultimately led me to give this four stars instead of the five that most people are giving it. I just kept thinking "Okay, this is pretty damn good, but am I missing something? Why am I not just automatically loving this?" In fact, I spent a majority of the novel in like. Again, it was the last 150 pages that made me fall in love. So, I took the majority of like and the rest of love, put it together and ultimately decided on the four star rating.
So, pretty great novel. I personally think that it was a tad (just a teeny, tiny, tad) overhyped. But if you take out all the hype, you still have a tremendous novel that will touch and simultaneously break your heart. And really as readers what more can we ask for? After all, The Book Thief makes me value the written word that much more.(less)
A couple of years ago, I was really into chick-lit. It was for a time all I would read. Now that I've branched out, I don't read as much chick-lit as...moreA couple of years ago, I was really into chick-lit. It was for a time all I would read. Now that I've branched out, I don't read as much chick-lit as I used to. That being said, I still enjoy a nice, easy read every once in a while. Angry Housewives Eating Bon-Bons was all that and more.
I found that I loved each one of the five leads. Yeah, sure all of them had their flaws that ranged from serious to not so serious, but because of their flaws, I was able to relate to each character just a little bit more. The thing about these characters were that they seemed real. Because of that it was easy for me to imagine them being friends. In a book about friendship, the worst thing that can happen is for the friendship not to ring true, but this did.
Being the booklover that I am, my favorite element of the novel was the setting of the bookclub and seeing each month's pick and which character picked it. That right there allowed me to have that much more insight to the characters. As I was reading, I was longing to create my own face-to-face bookclub with a couple of my other close, book-wormy friends.
Angry Housewives Eating Bon-Bons not only made me laugh and cry, but gave me this huge craving for pie, chocolate, and basically any other treat that mostly every woman loves. My advice, grab this book, some chocolate, and your closest friends and enter the story of a friendship with it's up and downs. A friendship with laughs and tears and solidarity. A friendship that can very well be just like yours.(less)