Shockingly funny, Things Your Dog Doesn't Want You to Know is a book that isn't afraid to take risks. There's a difference between reading something f...moreShockingly funny, Things Your Dog Doesn't Want You to Know is a book that isn't afraid to take risks. There's a difference between reading something funny and reading something both funny and fresh. Thankfully this book, for the most part took on a fresh new perspective. There were times I was mentally saying to myself "You did not just say that!" That being said I also found some of the little tell-all stories lacking in comparison to the shock factor of the others. They seemed rather obvious and not really in the vain of things dogs wouldn't want us humans to know. Considering how many stories there are, I couldn't really expect to like all of them equally, but I still felt a little let down by some of them in comparison.
Like most nonfiction books about animal behaviour, this one is divided into little sections. The difference is each section is a little story told by one of 11 dogs. I found it a little difficult to keep track of each dog personality at first but figure the book isn't meant to be read in one sitting and so it wouldn't be so hard to look them up in the cast of characters whenever picking it up. It really is that kind of book you can pick up whenever you are in the mood for a laugh. No need to read cover to cover either and so you can read whichever story appeals to you.
I no longer have a dog but still love them and remember the way they act. Things Your Dog Doesn't Want You to Know stuck out to me because it seemed the kind of book to still dwell on those things and laugh about them whether you are a dog owner or not. The humor aspect really appealed to me. It worked out for me and is also one of those books that can be shared with a friend or two as well.
This is the second book by L.B. Gwschwandtner I've read - the first being The Naked Gardener - an I am very happy to have the opportunity to have read...moreThis is the second book by L.B. Gwschwandtner I've read - the first being The Naked Gardener - an I am very happy to have the opportunity to have read both. Although both were fairly different from each other (and Foxy's Tale being co-written with author Karen Cantwell) both were very enjoyable in their own ways.
Foxy's Tale was both what I expected it to be and also what I didn't expect it to be. For example, the book is much more focused on the chick-lit genre than fantasy. For most of the story I was wondering if there even was going to be vampires. The hint kept coming and it was fun guessing what was going on there. At the same time I wish there was bigger appearances by the vampires and those aware of them. Foxy's story was cute and I enjoyed her converstations with Knot (pronounce the k!) as well as her open-heartedness to those around her. Most of all I enjoyed Amanda's story. "Amanda's Life in Hell" as her blog was titled was always a fun way to end a chapter and have me wanting more. Amanda's perceptiveness of what was going on all around her was also very refreshing as opposed to Foxy's who seemed clueless so much of the time. Amanda's character was a very convincing teen
The ending had a bit of a cliff-hanger but since I can already see myself reading book 2, Amanda's Dish, I had no problem with that.
Overall this was a cute, fun book and those who enjoy chick-lit will enjoy this refreshing tale with a touch of vampires thrown in.
Seriously. Every moment of this book was pure momentum. It made me want more and more from...moreThis book was 486 pages long.
This book was NOT long enough.
Seriously. Every moment of this book was pure momentum. It made me want more and more from the very first page. And from the first page, Roth kept dishing it out. I couldn't stop and I didn't want to.
I am completely and utterly in love with Veronica Roth's dystopian society. Not just the writing of it, but what it is. Everyone lives in one of five factions, or segments, of society. Each of these factions having their own way of life based on a character trait that they feel is the most important one to live by. It is virtue in its most extreme manifestation. A virtue, that at age 16, a member of society must figure out where they belong.
The whole premise of it is so fascinating to me. The idea that what you believe and how you are able to process life is where you belong. It sounds comforting in a way. It also sounds scary in a way. Whatever faction you choose - that is where you belong and you should never have to question your place in society after you join them. They are supposed to take care of you, you are supposed to be given a role to contribute to society. It makes life sound easy. The society even goes so far as to have the motto "Faction over blood." You belong in a faction even more than you belong in a family - afterall, your family may not agree with the same lifestyle as you.
But as much as the ideals of the factions - of giving everyone a place in society, of making everyone feel like they fit in somewhere - appealed to me at first, Veronica Roth's main character "Tris" kept showing me how the society doesn't work. Because Tris is Divergent she could fit into more than one faction. It's a dangerous thing. Tris must find out why it's dangerous but the more she finds out, the more we realise why the society doesn't work.
This is just the beginning. Throughout the book Roth keeps throwing more and more at us. A scary leader, a possible love interest for Tris, tryouts and training, friends, enemies, lots of jumping off tall buildings and walking around dangerous places, characters that need to face their fears, conspiracies, tattoos everywhere, backstabbing, amazing technology, and probably a hundred other things I'm forgetting at the moment.
The world may be "dystopian" but it's a complicated one. Not just a break down of society, but beyond that, a whole new society. I loved having the insiders look at The Dauntless faction from Beatrice's fresh new eyes and hope to see much more of the other factions in the next two series books.
My enthusiasm for this book tops almost every other young adult book I've read this year - matching only Matched by Ally Condie and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. It's fast paced, had me from the beginning, there was something magical about it from the first page, and is filled to the brim with discussion worthy, thought provoking ideas.
Way to go Veronica! Now, please magically insert Insurgent into my hands - I'm waiting...:)(less)
I was lucky enough to see Lauren Oliver at a book signing last year and think she is an amazing person. That being said, her book had a lot to live up...moreI was lucky enough to see Lauren Oliver at a book signing last year and think she is an amazing person. That being said, her book had a lot to live up to. Delirium is the first book I've read of hers and I also have Before I Fall to look forward to.
I have to admit that when I first heard about this book, the premise seemed a little bit gimmicky to me, like it was something that would be hard to pull off. Love is a disease that people are cured of. Really? It's a neat idea but would it be a little bit too "after school special" for my taste? But there so many rave reviews and everyone said this was a must read. Therefore, I had to give it a try.
I'm glad I did! I enjoyed Lauren Oliver's writing style. It flows very beautifully and she has obviously thought through how the world might work if love really were thought of as a disease. She paints a very scary portrait. A nice touch were the proverbs and excerpts from books at the beginning of each chapter. No, not books that are published in our world. Books Lauren Oliver has made up especially for this one. It lent a huge hand to setting the tone of the book and was a bit of foreshadowing for each chapter that kept me guessing what would happen next.
As for the love story between Lena and Alex I also thought it was quite beautiful. Unfortunately I felt there was way too much time describing what happens and having Lena reflect on what was going on instead of putting in more action and dialogue. It made me feel a little bit disconnected to what was going on. I did enjoy their relationship though. Alex was so awesome :)
So does Delirium live up to the awesomeness that is Lauren Oliver? Not really. But that has more to do with just how awesome Lauren Oliver is rather than the quality of this book. I think she pulled off the story really well despite my earlier concerns and really enjoyed learning about her world. It is a book I would recommend with an open heart <3