This book was decent, a worthy read but not spectacular. Again, it was part of a series that wish I had read the first part of. Just because I'm a sti...moreThis book was decent, a worthy read but not spectacular. Again, it was part of a series that wish I had read the first part of. Just because I'm a stickler for background information. I don't believe that this took away too much from the story however. The basic premise of the story was intriguing, and not the cookie-cutter type of mystery that seems to be floating around these days. Kendall is fairly easy to like and respect, but her new partner is infuriating at times IMO. The damsel in distress is just not what appeals to me. Like so many other books unfortunately, I felt that the author tried so hard to keep the mystery aspect going that it was "Who did it, who did it, who did it, THISISWHODIDITANDWHY OMG OMG OMG." Maybe I'm just super picky because very few books have been truly pleasing to me lately.(less)
I started reading this book because I recently found out that I have Scottish ancestry. I really want to learn more about this country that I come fro...moreI started reading this book because I recently found out that I have Scottish ancestry. I really want to learn more about this country that I come from. This wasn't the most complete history, but it was a great introduction. It went through the physical landscape, political history, religious affiliation, traditions, and popular culture hitting the main highlights of each.
There were tons of quotes I loved, which you could probably tell if you saw my tumblr as I was reading. Lots of interesting tidbits that I didn't know. For instance, did you know that Scotch is actually just whiskey made in Scotland (where it's actually spelled whisky)? Or the story behind the Scottish thistle? Or that even though the game is often credited to the Dutch, it's actually the Scottish who came up with golf (they added the wholes- the Dutch version basically seems like a big game of cricket). I can't wait to one day make it over there. It's only a hop, skip, & boat ride from Ireland, where hubs is determined that we will go one day (that's where his family is from). (less)
This was the first "classic" I read this year. I have this goal to start working on those literary "masterpieces" that every good bibliophile should h...moreThis was the first "classic" I read this year. I have this goal to start working on those literary "masterpieces" that every good bibliophile should have read. I say that with sarcasm, because I am abnormal in the bookworm world in that I don't believe age or acclaim makes a book good. I think it makes it popular, which is completely different. Classics are, in my humble opinion, merely books that are popular with people in literary power.
I will admit that I wasn't amazed by this book, and it wasn't my favorite ever. It was one of those where I didn't personally enjoy the style of writing but I appreciated the story. I can easily understand why people fall in love with it and why it has a cult-ish following. I would probably be in that category if I enjoyed the older, formal style I would be apart of that following. However, I do not so I'm merely a fan. I do feel like I am better for having read it, which is ultimately the most you can ask from a book I think.
The thing I enjoyed most about this book is that it wasn't mushy. I'm just not a mushy person. I appreciated that the relationships in it were confusing and sometimes ended before becoming firm. It's more realistic. I'm not saying that the courtship rituals and ways relationships came about, or what constituted a good relationship were things I understood or respected. I'm just saying that I think everyone one was very clear about what was it they expected from a marriage (and the role society played in that), and things didn't always go smoothly. It was realistic in that sense I thought, and I appreciated it. (less)
Palahnuik has a very distinct style, and I did not enjoy it. Overall the writing was a little choppy and hard to follow IMO. The storyline was interes...morePalahnuik has a very distinct style, and I did not enjoy it. Overall the writing was a little choppy and hard to follow IMO. The storyline was interesting, but I feel like there were parts that were not necessary. It was kind of like someone put the border of a puzzle together and then just started shoving pieces in there. The afterword, where he talked about how he came up with the idea and the responses to the book/movie, was much more interesting for me than the actual book.
I'm not saying Palahnuik is a bad writer. He has thousands, probably millions, of fans (including my husband- CP is pretty much the only author he loves). He just has a different style of writing that isn't for me personally. (less)
True Talk- I did NOT like this book. It was ridiculously long and very depressing. Heathcliff was an ass, Cathy was a selfish bitch, her husband was a...moreTrue Talk- I did NOT like this book. It was ridiculously long and very depressing. Heathcliff was an ass, Cathy was a selfish bitch, her husband was a disgusting weak excuse for a man, there was seriously no worthwhile character in the whole book.
I get it. Heathcliff had this miserable childhood & mistreated and then lost the love of her life. Catherine was so selfish and spiteful she married the wrong guy. Their love was the only good thing in their life, they fucked it up, and regretted it forever. Then those who were left around had to suffer because Heathcliff was like the most spiteful guy ever. There was seriously NOTHING good or worthwhile here. Every time I thought maybe there would be a point or something good, it just turned to shit again. I think the author should have either focused more on Catherine & Heathcliff instead of ending them halfway through the book, or focused on Catherine (the second) and her life in the second half. The way it was told with so many points of view and trying to cover everything was just too spread out.
And holy shit, the names were so confusing. Half the time the author used first names, half last, and then the second generation had the last names of the first generation as first names and it was just damn confusing. Ugh I'm sorry but I do not understand why this is a "classic" or worthwhile read. (less)
One for the Money was okay, but I wasn't crazy about it. Two for the Dough definitely stepped up though, and I really enjoyed it. Loved all the Grandm...moreOne for the Money was okay, but I wasn't crazy about it. Two for the Dough definitely stepped up though, and I really enjoyed it. Loved all the Grandma Mazur interaction- definitely a fantastic character! Seriously laughed out loud while reading this book, and that's definitely something I need atm.(less)
First off, if you are not a faithful person and don't enjoy that genre then please just don't read it. I don't enjoy sci-fi, so I don't read it. I don...moreFirst off, if you are not a faithful person and don't enjoy that genre then please just don't read it. I don't enjoy sci-fi, so I don't read it. I don't read it and then give it bad reviews, that's just senseless.
I'll be honest. I only downloaded this book because it was featured on B&N's Free Friday. But I'm SO GLAD that I did.
I was worried when I read the first few pages, I'll be honest. It starts off with Mary Madison, the man character, speaking before members of Congress to encourage them to continue funding for abstinence education. This is ripe territory for preaching a conservative agenda, and I wasn't looking forward to this. I'm a Christian, but that doesn't mean I like being preached to constantly or am close minded. But thank God (literally) that I continued on. Because the story and the message were amazing.
Mary was abused and mistreated for years of her life. I won't spoil the story, but suffice it to say that she is a survivor of some terrible terrible things. However, she manages to pull through and eventually becomes saved by Jesus Christ. She ends up being an advocate for abused and assaulted women as well as a living testimony for Christ. The books follows her story as she tells it to a woman on the brink of despair, Emma. There are parallels between the two women, and Mary is trying to share her story as a way to show Emma that no one is beyond help or love when it comes to Christ.
That is the awesomeness of this book. It demonstrates that no matter how far gone you are, there is hope. I also think it did well with addressing the "Why do bad things happen to good people?" question. A repeated scripture is Jeremiah 29:11:
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future
When these horrific things are happening to Mary, she questions why this is part of the plan for her life. It's a question I know I have certainly asked myself before- Why God, why? In the end, she realizes that she had to survive through these trials to show other women that they can survive and be saved. She had to go through with it to be a living testimony, a clear shining example of the power of the love of Christ.
The only big problem I had about the book was the fact that Mary and her friend Nigel chose a life of celibacy. It was a bit frustrating the way that was discussed as almost the only way to truly put Christ first. There were some mentions of Christian people who had love lives and families- her foster parents, Grace, lastly Emma. Yet the main characters gave up that chance to "focus on Christ." It's admirable, and certainly the choice that some people make, but I don't believe that is a necessary part of Christianity.
I read some reviews on Goodreads, and frankly I'm quite disappointed in the views some people took on this book. There were comments on the preachiness of it, which I can agree with in the beginning. But some people said it "wrapped up to tidily." I think the people who state must not be religious, or at least definitely not Christian. That's the whole point of the book- to demonstrate that regardless of what happens to you in life, you can have a happy ending. If people don't believe in overcoming obstacles and the possibility of happiness...why even bother getting out of bed? Much less wasting time reading...(less)