Sometimes bigographies get laden down with too many details and I find my interest waning- but thankfully not this book. Perhaps because the lives ofSometimes bigographies get laden down with too many details and I find my interest waning- but thankfully not this book. Perhaps because the lives of Richard Burton and Elzabeth Taylor are so fascinating that you can't help but want to know more, I found this a very easy to ready biography.
Detailing from the beginning, "La Scandale" all the way to Richard Burton's death- this books reads better than anything Perez Hilton could ever right on celebrity gossip and scandal. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were never a boring couple. Ever. Their extravagent lives, coupled with their enormous wealth and famous friends made for never a dull moment.
Underlying the wealth and the excess is a relationship, fuelled by a passion I don't know if I could ever understand. They made each other overly happy and glaringly angry all at the same time. They could not get enough of each other. Richard's romantic letters to Elizabeth are filled with longing and romance- and his many attempts to placate his wife with truely massive and expensive baubles is nothing short of exceptional. He was not an easy man to love- a heavy drinker prone to fits of depression and rage- but Elizabeth loved him passionately.
The true star in this book, as always, is Elizabeth Taylor. I loved her carefree abandon- in a generation that expected her to be uptight. She really didn't care what people thought. She lived in the moment. Choosing to love and live, not to what was expected of her, but to how she wanted to, whether it was accepted or not.
A great book and a great read- I highly recommend it for anyone fascinated with old Hollywood. This is THE couple you want to read about!...more
**spoiler alert** Firstly I don't agree with the reviews that this book was "funny". This book scared the shit out of me.
This book begins in the not s**spoiler alert** Firstly I don't agree with the reviews that this book was "funny". This book scared the shit out of me.
This book begins in the not so distant future, as our society has crumbled to a mere idea of it's former self. People no longer read, they "scan" and information about everyone is immediately available, so you can instantly know where you rank in society. It paints a picture of broken America that is ultimately become weak and whoring itself to any country who will inject some cash back into the economy. The society it paints is familiar enough to relate to the story, but also terrifying as we see we could become. The "too close to home" feeling about this book made it a scary read to see society degenerate so much.
We meet Lenny- a pathetic loser who is desperate to hang on to his youth and Eunny, a damaged girl just looking for someone to protect her. They're both using each other and are able to build a "relationship" (let's use that term loosely) on their mutual need for each other. The story is told through their diary entries as they navigate a crumbling New York together.
In a way, this book is interesting, it is certainly thought provoking and startling in it's premise. It maybe serves as a cautionary tale... but I found it unsettling. And yes, the title really does give away the whole premise, it's just a super sad love story. It's worth a read, but I'm not voluntarily going there again, at least for a while!...more
**spoiler alert** Oh.... I didn't want this book to end. I'm a sucker for a good romance story, but the cynical bitch in me always feels shame for enj**spoiler alert** Oh.... I didn't want this book to end. I'm a sucker for a good romance story, but the cynical bitch in me always feels shame for enjoying it. One Day is the kind of book where I can have my cake and eat it to.
The story of "Dex and Em" or "Em and Dex" was so real in so many ways. 2 people, who's lives cross paths every day for 20 years. They have a mutual attraction to one another, but realize much later on in life, that they were meant to be. I loved the characters in this book so much. Emma with her wry sense of humour, her neurotic worries and her inability to achieve much. Dexter who is just a hopeless mess for so much of the time, choosing to self medicate away anything resembling feelings. Both characters delightfully flawed and also delightfully infatuated with each other.
A love story that doesen't rely on schmaltz or embarressing cliches. Dexter and Emma were real people, trying to figure it all out and in the process didn't always get it right. The book will make you laugh one page and break your heart the next. I enjoyed this book immensely and recommend it to you "romance realists" out there.
**spoiler alert** Firstly- it must be said, I love TINY Cooper. Love him.
What a fun "listen". I'd recommend anyone who hasn't read this book, to downl**spoiler alert** Firstly- it must be said, I love TINY Cooper. Love him.
What a fun "listen". I'd recommend anyone who hasn't read this book, to download the audio version- you will not be sorry! Pure entertainment.
The story follows 2 Will Grayson's and how their lives cross paths thanks to their mutual friend, Tiny Cooper. Will Grayson #1, has been the flamboyantly gay Tiny Cooper's friend since middle school. Will Grayson #2 is a closeted young man who finally openly steps out of the closet thanks to Tiny Cooper. The story really chronicles what it's like to grow up a teenager and the trials of being gay or being a friend to someone gay in high school.
I liked this book because it was real- the characters were funny and there were several moments where I laughed out loud. The dialogue is witty and the final act, "Tiny Dancer" was hilarious. I will say I found the ending a little bit cheesy, but not enough to make me like this book any less. Great ready- I want more!!...more
This was just okay for me. I like the idea of strong female character that doesn't neatly box into the stereotype she supposedly fits... but at the saThis was just okay for me. I like the idea of strong female character that doesn't neatly box into the stereotype she supposedly fits... but at the same time, I just couldn't bring myself to care. Good but not great....more
I'll admit when I started reading this book I felt it was pretty bleak. The author wasted no time setting up a pretty depressing reality for her charaI'll admit when I started reading this book I felt it was pretty bleak. The author wasted no time setting up a pretty depressing reality for her characters. And the story just kept getting bleaker and bleaker... but somewhere when Hunger Game training begins, I realized I was completely hooked. Don't let the heavy beginning and premise scare you off. This was a very enjoyable read. Even when the reality is still heavy, you are fascinated by the drive and the strategy of the players. Soon Collins' world that she has created seems less and less fantasy, and more and more real.
I really liked this book. I wasn't able to predict what was going to happen and the characters aren't perfect and dazzingly. If you're going to read a Y/A series- skip Twilight and read something that's actually reasonably written and with BELIEVABLE characters. There is a love story in there- but it's not as cut and dry as someone like Stephanie Meyers would make it. There are layers, and challenges and it's riveting.
Needless to say I'll be diving into book 2 starting tonight!...more
**spoiler alert** To be honest I thought this was a rather sluggish end to the Hunger Games series. Book 2 left me wanting more, but book three kind o**spoiler alert** To be honest I thought this was a rather sluggish end to the Hunger Games series. Book 2 left me wanting more, but book three kind of limped over the finish line. The last three hours I wasn't really left wanting to know what was going to happen next. It could be a symptom of reading all three in a row and just wanting something else, or it could be that the Book 3 just wasn't as good as the others?
Panem is in full war against the Capitol, as all of the Districts have revolted against President Snow's reign of terror. District 12 is oblivated, and refugees move into District 13, a underground people previously thought to no longer exist. There the rebel plan is revealed to Katniss, who has been saved from her second Hunger Games- only to learn that several of her competitors were plotting a rebel escape the whole time.
Furious to learn she was not in on the plan, Katniss is satiated by the return of Gael in her life and then horrified to find out that Peter is a captive of the capitol. Recognizing her fame and ability to unite the people, the rebels use Katniss as their Mockinjay- the symbol of freedom and rebellion to broadcast to all of Panem.
But just as Katniss begins to believe in the Gael and Rebel's intent, certain events lead her to question who's side she's really on. Katniss once again is called in to question her own heart and in the process try to save Peter....more
**spoiler alert** I knew I was right to be worried about Peeta. PEETA!!!
The Capitol is pissed. The survival of 2 Hunger Games champions flies in their**spoiler alert** I knew I was right to be worried about Peeta. PEETA!!!
The Capitol is pissed. The survival of 2 Hunger Games champions flies in their faces as rebellion, and President Snow wants to supress uprising. HKatniss and Peeta have returned from the Hunger Games, traumatized and finding it difficult to face the horrors they've witnessed. They are forced to visit each district in order to celebrate their mutual wins, and they begin to see signs that the districts are beginning to rebel against the Capitol. With rebellion on their minds and District 12 becoming in itself hostile, Katniss and Peeta learn that they will once again be revisiting the Hunger Games, as part of the Quarter Quell.
On top of everything else, Katniss is confused. A faux marriage to her betroved Peeta and her reliance on him for comfort as well as her growing feelings for Gaele leave her uncertain about her feelings for both boys. If she follows her heart to Peeta, she risks hurting the one person she trusts most (Gaele) but keeping the Capitol happy and her family safe. She risks offending the Capitol and harming her family if she chooses Gaele. Tricky tricky!
As events unfold in the Quarter Quell, Katniss emerges as an unlikely symbol of the uprising- and the person she is working so hard to protect goes missing.
You bet your ass I'm already reading book 3! Great series for everyone!
(Forgive my spelling of names and events- I listened to the book and have not read it so actual spellings may be different that I use here.)...more
Is there a church of Tina Fey? Because I'm a convert and want a place to worship her. This book is funny. Straight up, laugh out loud, funny. But undeIs there a church of Tina Fey? Because I'm a convert and want a place to worship her. This book is funny. Straight up, laugh out loud, funny. But underlying the comedy which is prevelent, is that Tina has some very important things to say. She delivers her message in a way that has you laughing but also nodding your head and thinking "I wish I could say it as well as that".
I couldn't imagine reading the print version of this book- as listening to Tina read this book to me was like having a hilarious chat with a friend. Tina is someone I want to be friends with. Our life philosophy's are closely linked and so often she says and comments on things that I have thought or done I was convinced she was in my head. I'm sure this kind of effusiveness would only embarress her- but damn people this book is good!
I can't say enough positive things about this book- so I will just instruct you to move heaven and earth to read or listen to it. It's worth your time- and you will feel like I did after- like Tina's your new bestie. I am glad that people like Tina Fey have a voice in this world I suggest you all listen to it. :-)...more
I enjoyed this book. Nothing particularly groundbreaking happens, but it follows the ups and downs of campers from Spirit in the Woods. I liked followI enjoyed this book. Nothing particularly groundbreaking happens, but it follows the ups and downs of campers from Spirit in the Woods. I liked following the lives of other people from young/naive youth to middle aged....more
I just couldn't care. The book, which builds and builds with more clues, just couldn't draw me in. At the end I was so excited for it to be done, butI just couldn't care. The book, which builds and builds with more clues, just couldn't draw me in. At the end I was so excited for it to be done, but it felt like it would never end. Right when it should end, the author would quickly be like "OH WAIT- I have more". Glad it's over. Ready for something else....more
I sort of secretly, (except I guess not here), love to indulge in reading romance novels. It's shameful and embarressing and yet I can't help myself.I sort of secretly, (except I guess not here), love to indulge in reading romance novels. It's shameful and embarressing and yet I can't help myself. Recently gossip blogger Lainey Gossip (another shameful indulgence) recommended some "new adult" lit- which were the smutty romances I had been looking for.
I get that there's a formula for romance novels and pretty quickly you tire of it. Into the Deep isn't that different, but I did appreciate the characters, which were less cheesy than a typical romance novel. The cliches are there, but they weren't as bad as some that I've read.
I read this in a day. I'll probably go through a phase where I binge read a whole bunch of these novels. I sorta really enjoyed this....more
I need to stop reading these. There were a whole lot of "Just communicate dammit" moments for me. But I suppose jumping to absurd conclusions make forI need to stop reading these. There were a whole lot of "Just communicate dammit" moments for me. But I suppose jumping to absurd conclusions make for more intense romances? The story is silly but certain parts of it *ahem* weren't too bad....more