I am not a huge chick lit fan, so I was surprised to like Me Before You, which is the prequel to After You. Jojo Moyes is a hot young author, and I liI am not a huge chick lit fan, so I was surprised to like Me Before You, which is the prequel to After You. Jojo Moyes is a hot young author, and I liked the prequel and her writing style enough to pick up this book. She is a very relatable and capable writer and her books are laugh out loud funny at times. This is the end of the line for me if there are more books in this series, though.
I just wasn't impressed enough with Louisa's story to enjoy a second novel with her, or perhaps it was because I was satisfied with how things turned out for her in the first book.
After You is about a young woman named Louisa Clark who refuses to cope with the death of a former patient and first love. A year and a half after Will's death, Louisa still hasn't moved on with her life. She goes through all the classic avoidance techniques before finding herself working in a dead-end job at the airport. Then life comes to a complete stop after she has an accident and she joins a support group to help her deal with her feelings. Slowly, Louisa starts to realize the importance of living boldly and finding happiness. Everyone will lose someone they love eventually.
In After You, Moyes highlights the tragedy of losing someone and being left behind, but she also writes truthfully about how many of us get lost and don't know how to move on after death.
I've been waiting to read The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington since it came out. While I enjoyed the book, it turned out to be exactly what I eI've been waiting to read The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington since it came out. While I enjoyed the book, it turned out to be exactly what I expected.
To me, it came off as a university thesis with lots of facts and interesting information, but nothing too in-depth. It isn't worth the $35CDN that Chapters was charging for this book this summer. (Shame on you, Chapters. You can buy the paperback edition online for $16USD.) I'm glad I waited and read it on my sister's kindle.
Perhaps it's because I'm already well-informed on the importance of sleep because of my own health issues, but I'm sorry to say that there was no earth-shattering information in this book that deserves a special mention.
To sum up:
Is the world in the midst of a sleep crisis? YES.
Is technology a main factor in people being sleep deprived? YES.
Is The Sleep Revolution worth its asking price? NO.
Is the hype about this book centered around the fact that it was written by Arianna Huffington? YES.
Would I recommend that YOU buy it? NO. You can find all this information online with some digging, if you're interested. ...more
From childhood onwards, Helen has shielded her mother from the outside world. Partially abandoned by a father who flitted in and of their lives when tFrom childhood onwards, Helen has shielded her mother from the outside world. Partially abandoned by a father who flitted in and of their lives when things got tough, Helen ends up dedicating her entire life to caring for her abusive, mentally ill mother.
The Almost Moon begins with Helen committing an act that is truly unspeakable and focuses on the next 24 hours of her life as the consequences of her actions catch up to her. This is s story about love, hate, and devotion, and the invisible ties that bind families together.
Alice Sebold has done it again. The Almost Moon is every bit as gripping as The Lovely Bones. How does a writer begin writing about such a detestable subject?...more
I am fascinated by Richard Branson. He is such an interesting person - motivated, extremely successful, and he loves adventure. While it seems that evI am fascinated by Richard Branson. He is such an interesting person - motivated, extremely successful, and he loves adventure. While it seems that everything Branson touches turns to gold, he's definitely not a writer. I would be very surprised to learn if he even used an editor for his book. There is absolutely no flow to the book, and he jumps all over the place with his stories. I found Screw It, Let's Do It to be overly simplistic with fairly common advice that can be found anywhere. Branson supports his advice with interesting tales about his adventures though, from hot air balloon rides to dining with kings and queens.
At times, he comes off really arrogant, but I suppose you have to be arrogant and have a lot of self-confidence to start your own record label and airline. I admire his positive attitude and ability to jump into things, and I like that he acknowledges his mistakes and turns them into lessons that he can use in the future.
I wouldn't recommend this book if you're looking for a book to guide you in business. I'm hoping his next book will be better.
I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book at first. It started off really slow and I almost gave up about 100 pages in, but then the story got beI wasn't sure if I was going to like this book at first. It started off really slow and I almost gave up about 100 pages in, but then the story got better and I found myself enthralled with T.C. Boyle's account of Frank Lloyd Wright's life, told from the perspective of his wives. Further to this, the story was told in reverse, starting with Olgivanna, the last love in his life through to Kitty, his first wife. All in all, The Women ended up being a fascinating tale that I really enjoyed.
Boyle uses one of Wright's apprentices, a Japanese architect by the name of Tadashi Sato, to tell the story. An apprenticeship with FLW was highly coveted by young architects around the world, but what's even more fascinating is what these apprenticeships were comprised off. None of his apprentices were paid, and they were all put to work keeping Talesin running smoothly, including chopping firewood and minding the garden.
Frank Lloyd Wright's life was swathed with scandal and his struggle with the conventional bonds of love and marriage. Financially in ruin, despite being the world's most famous and well known architect, Wright also led a life that was lived in the public eye, and with no less than four great loves in his lifetime, his life was often ruled by the women he adored.
Goddess of Vengeance is the last book in Jackie Collins' Lucky Santangelo series. This series is the ultimate beach read series: you can just sit backGoddess of Vengeance is the last book in Jackie Collins' Lucky Santangelo series. This series is the ultimate beach read series: you can just sit back and enjoy the show, no matter how ridiculous the storyline gets.
This time, Lucky is up against Armet Askarani, a middle eastern billionaire and a sadistic misogynist who is used to getting his own way. He loves to beat up women and treats everyone he encounters with zero respect. Armet has decided that Lucky is going to sell him the Keys in Las Vegas, and he won't stop until he gets it. Lucky, however, has no intention to sell and she makes her decision 100% clear to Armet. Armet, of course, has no respect for Lucky's decision. And so the battle for the Keys Las Vegas begins.
(As if there is any question of who will win.) ...more
Song of Susannah (The Dark Tower #6) wasn't my favorite in this series, but there were some really great aspects to it and I enjoyed it nonetheless.
ASong of Susannah (The Dark Tower #6) wasn't my favorite in this series, but there were some really great aspects to it and I enjoyed it nonetheless.
At the beginning of the tale, a demon by the name of Mia has escaped in Susannah's body in order to give birth to her chap. They have taken Black Thirteen with them and have made their way to New York City in 1999, where the clock begins ticking down to the hour of birth.
Jake, Father Callahan and Oy chase after Susannah/Mia, while Eddie and Roland travel to western Maine in 1977 to catch up with Calvin Tower and...Stephen King. I love that he wrote himself into the story!
Book Six sets things up for the final two books in the Dark Tower series. Despite being a good, fast-paced tale, this book doesn't resolve much in the series. I am really starting to wonder how King is going to wrap this all up, but I have faith that the story is going to end up where it's supposed to end up. I didn't like Roland's character to begin with, nor Eddie or Susannah's characters, but they have all grown on me and I can't imagine them not being a ka-tet. King has really pulled out all the stops - demon pregnancies, alternate universes, gunslingers, the wild west, evil robots, and at the root of it all - the Crimson King in his dark tower. No matter where books seven and eight take me, this series is going down on my favorite epic fantasy list!
Excellent and well researched advice from a doctor (and sufferer of CFS and FE) who has helped thousands of patients achieve relief from these devastaExcellent and well researched advice from a doctor (and sufferer of CFS and FE) who has helped thousands of patients achieve relief from these devastating illnesses. Although I have sourced my own vitamins and supplements from his list of recommended products, I have found that some of his recommendations have been excellent. The SHINE protocol makes sense.
I didn't think that Stephen King could top Wizard and Glass, Book 4 in The Dark Tower series, but Wolves of Calla was a fantastic read.
Roland, Eddie,I didn't think that Stephen King could top Wizard and Glass, Book 4 in The Dark Tower series, but Wolves of Calla was a fantastic read.
Roland, Eddie, Susannah and Jake have followed the path of the Beam to a peaceful farming community called Calla Bryn Sturgis. They have arrived just in time to take on the task of putting a stop to the wolves of Thunderclap, which visit the community every 20 years of so to steal one from each set of twins in town. The children are then sent back 'roont. The wolves are impossible to beat, but the good people of Calla have decided to fight this year, and they have asked Roland and his ka-tet for their assistance. Not everyone in town wants their help though. Some people believe that Roland's group mean trouble for everyone.
Meanwhile, Roland, Eddie, Susannah and Jake have been plagued with episodes of time travel that send them back to New York in the 1970s to see the rose, which has fallen into danger. The rose is a key to the Tower, and they all know that they must protect the rose at all costs. As if this isn't enough trouble for the group to handle, Susannah is pregnant and she has developed another personality who does not mean them well.
Will they succeed in their mission to protect the rose, save the children of Calla Bryn Sturgis, and be able to help Susannah?...more
I am usually a big Jackie Collins fan, but this was a terrible read. This is supposed to be a Lucky Santangelo story, but she was barely mentioned. II am usually a big Jackie Collins fan, but this was a terrible read. This is supposed to be a Lucky Santangelo story, but she was barely mentioned. I am assuming Denver will show up in the last book of this series. ...more
I'm a big fan of Tina Fey's and this book is just as funny and as on point as everything else she does. Bossypants is a humorous read, but it also reaI'm a big fan of Tina Fey's and this book is just as funny and as on point as everything else she does. Bossypants is a humorous read, but it also really honest and true. She is a gifted writer and a terrific role model for women around the world.
Back when I started traveling solo in 1999, it was tough to find guide books strictly for solo female travelers. I had read plenty of travel memoirs,Back when I started traveling solo in 1999, it was tough to find guide books strictly for solo female travelers. I had read plenty of travel memoirs, but resource guides for women were few and far between. Online resources for travel and for women travelers didn't exist back then.
Kristin Addis's new travel book, Conquering Mountains: How To Solo Travel the World Fearlessly takes the most stressful parts of traveling solo and streamlines it into an easy to follow format for anyone to use. This is a fantastic book for first time travelers who are looking for that something extra to help them get over the fear of getting started and following through on their journey.
Kristin has compiled a complete how-to travel guide based on her three years of solo travel. She has also included 15 other established female travelers to contribute advice to her book AND 6 in-depth case study interviews from female travelers.
In her book, she includes advice on learning how to get over the fear of traveling alone, building self-confidence and dealing with critics, tips for saving money for your adventure, additional advice for making money while you're on the road, and banking advice.
She has also included a great section on planning for your trip, covering everything from ticketing and budgeting advice to healthcare, safety advice and packing lists.
Conquering Mountains: How To Solo Travel the World Fearlessly is a terrific resource guide that will take you all the way through to the end of an amazing and successful solo journey.
This is the book the Kristin wished had existed before she started traveling solo three years ago. If you're looking for a great resource guide that offers loads of tips and advice on everything you'd want to know as a woman on the road, buy it and read it. You won't be disappointed.
"Great people do things before they're ready. They do things before they know they can do it. Doing what you're afraid of, getting out of your comfort zone, taking risks like that, that's what life is: You might be really good. you might find something out about yourself that's really special. And if you're not good, who cares? You've tried something. Now you know something about yourself." - Amy Poehler