The stuff about Quality and not giving grades was fascinating. I'd have liked to have read more about Aristotle, too. It felt like he alluded to it an...moreThe stuff about Quality and not giving grades was fascinating. I'd have liked to have read more about Aristotle, too. It felt like he alluded to it and anyone who knows philosophy would "get" it, but the rest of us were in the dark -- for the most part -- about the supposed climax of the book.
All the Phaedrus stuff? So. Very. Weird. Reminded me oddly of "Coyote Blue."
Also a surprising amount of typos, given that this was a 25th anniversary edition. In this edition, the author notes 1 of the things he'd have changed was the meaning of the name Phaedrus; I'm forced to ask why there wasn't a simple fact checker or editor checking that singular thing.
I was also sadly disturbed by his relationship with his son. Certainly this tainted whatever "score" I'm going to give this book.
In the end, it was interesting -- partially -- but I truly only finished it because it was the only book on the plane (to and from NYC).(less)
I started this a long time ago and read about 3/4 of it. Loved it. When it became clear that someone was going to die (that's hardly a spoiler, folks)...moreI started this a long time ago and read about 3/4 of it. Loved it. When it became clear that someone was going to die (that's hardly a spoiler, folks), I just didn't want to face it at the time, so I put it aside. Time passed, and it became a book for book club and I had to find it and finish it!
I really liked this book. I loved the humor in the midst of sadness. I loved how smart the kids were. The trip to Holland was slightly unbelievable, but still. I really liked this, and I loved the way Green handled it.
This was a good book for discussion at book club, too.(less)
This definitely falls into the "couldn't put it down" category, as I started it Saturday and finished it Sunday night before bed.
I loved Strike and Ro...moreThis definitely falls into the "couldn't put it down" category, as I started it Saturday and finished it Sunday night before bed.
I loved Strike and Robin, and look forward to reading them in future books in this series. She (Rowling/Galbraith) really does write her characters well, doesn't she? You truly care about them.
One odd thing in this? It got increasingly crude as I got closer to the end of the book. Halfway through it, I was thinking of a friend I know loves mysteries, and that I'd recommend it to her. By the time I finished, I decided I wouldn't. It wasn't awful, but it definitely had a crude element.
Looking forward to more adventures of Cormoran Strike!(less)
I really liked this. Really. And I'm still blown away that it was a Newbery book. 1962 just wasn't that long ago, and I'm surprised this made the cut....moreI really liked this. Really. And I'm still blown away that it was a Newbery book. 1962 just wasn't that long ago, and I'm surprised this made the cut. Of course, there's plenty of floofy we-are-one-with-nature stuff in the Newbery lexicon, so why shouldn't a clear gospel presentation of Jesus' life make it in, but still. I'm shocked.
This was really well done, if a little bloodthirsty for a pre-teen. I loved Daniel's story and growth. I loved his innate sense of responsibility, and I loved Joel and Thacia. This really captured me, and I had a hard time putting it down.
This author managed to make me feel hot and dusty when Daniel did, and long for the cool night air in the caves. That doesn't happen very often, and I appreciate it when it does.
I took this with me on a recent trip, and by the time it was 8:00 at night on a redeye where I wasn't sleepy, it was the only book left I hadn't read....moreI took this with me on a recent trip, and by the time it was 8:00 at night on a redeye where I wasn't sleepy, it was the only book left I hadn't read.
There were parts that were charming, and I loved Holly Short, but overall I felt like it tried too hard without trying well enough. I had the feeling the author tried to write Artemis like Ender (maybe I'm wrong, but that was my feeling the whole book), but didn't hit that mark at all.
It was fine, but I don't think I'll knock myself out to read the rest of the series ... (less)
Outside the coffee shop where we got our morning coffee in Princeville, Kauai, there was a cart full of books for sale by the local library. I was so...moreOutside the coffee shop where we got our morning coffee in Princeville, Kauai, there was a cart full of books for sale by the local library. I was so pleased, as I'd only brought two books with me and thought I'd be buying full price ones to read on the beach! This was $2.00, and worth that. If I'd paid the $10.97 of the sticker on the cover, I'd have been a little disappointed.
I loved the cooking parts, the father-daughter parts, and of course the Colorado parts. The trashy parts were oddly romance-novelly and out of place in this otherwise interesting story.
There are also actual recipes in this that I might even consider trying. Who knows? They might change my review!(less)
Requested this from the library because one of my favorite authors (Rainbow Rowell) recommended it.
Loved this. Loved that it starts in The Strand, lov...moreRequested this from the library because one of my favorite authors (Rainbow Rowell) recommended it.
Loved this. Loved that it starts in The Strand, love the obscure and classic book references, love the plays on words and the general feel of loving books and words. Not sure that I've ever known any high school-aged people (myself included) who speak like this, but I still loved it.(less)
This book was both interesting and forgettable. I don't know another way to say it!
Kara clearly has an interest in and a passion for getting more wome...moreThis book was both interesting and forgettable. I don't know another way to say it!
Kara clearly has an interest in and a passion for getting more women (and men) interested in running, which I appreciated (and is frankly why I wanted to check this book out from the library. But this isn't the smoothest, most well-written book she could have published. I felt like there were many parts where she missed the opportunity to elaborate, say more, educate further, and expand upon something she said. There were also places where it seemed it would have been appropriate for her to add a "check with your doctor" caveat. Basically, it felt like a self-published book with a lot of good information and something that could have been much better and become a best-seller had she had a good editor.
But that didn't necessarily detract from the things I learned from this book, and that I found it motivational. She has a lot of good information in here. Lots of suggestions for things to try, how to stay motivated, etc. However, my POV at the time of reading it was that I have been walking for a little over a year, with small forays into running attempts. I have lost 70 lbs and have another 30 or so, and am sort of contemplating running. So it's possible I was interested enough in the topic to be invested, and someone with a lower interest level might give up sooner. I should also mention that I really am invested, as I owe the library quite a bit of money on this book :) That also is a little telling as to how "interesting" it was -- that is, I didn't whip through it and finish it immediately after starting, like I do with most books. So there's that.
I appreciated that she has some very specific women-centric things in this book, and I think other women would, too. She also has a refreshing perspective on things that I hear a lot of people obsessing about. For example, when you first start running, just eat the same things you've been eating for walking. You're not a marathoner (yet). Worrying about carb-loading, etc. is probably not critical when you first start. And she's right; it hasn't been a problem for me :) Speaking of what to eat, she has a great quote at the end of Chapter 6: Avoid any diet that discourages the use of hot fudge. - Don Kardong, marathoner and 1976 U.S. Olympian Her comment that follows it is equally brilliant: "I love this quote because it reminds us as runners not to get too caught up in our diets. A little hot fudge every now and then isn't going to kill you. It might make you happier!"
Among other things she touches on -- she gives good tips for things like how to go through a water stop in a race. You might think it's a small thing, but I found it interesting!
She has quotes from other runners throughout the book. Another one I like: Running is a lot like life. Only 10 percent of it is exciting; 90 percent of it is slog and drudge. -Dave Bedord, English distance runner who occasionally puts 200 miles a week in training.
I did like this, but I should also admit that I skimmed a LOT by the time I got to the last quarter.(less)