This was a good book. I have so much more respect for Henry Longfellow (although I had a lot to begin with) after having read this book. And it was fuThis was a good book. I have so much more respect for Henry Longfellow (although I had a lot to begin with) after having read this book. And it was fun to see how the couple might have fallen in love...with words first and then each other. ...more
This was the sequel to the Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I liked it. I liked how there were illustrations for how to fold clothes. I liked how thThis was the sequel to the Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I liked it. I liked how there were illustrations for how to fold clothes. I liked how there was more details as to how to deal with komono. But some of the stories felt the similar (if not the same) as the other book. Which is probably why it took me almost three weeks to get through this one. (I kept stopping and reading other books in between.) So...I almost could have just read this one and been fine. Although the other book had more of the "why" to do this. This book expanded on the how. Still, overall it has continued to help motivate me to tidy things. And that is good....more
So the whole objects having feelings thing doesn't really fly in my brain. And, I like having a stock pile of toilet paper or extra food. So getting rSo the whole objects having feelings thing doesn't really fly in my brain. And, I like having a stock pile of toilet paper or extra food. So getting rid of everything like that just doesn't sit well. However, I do like the idea of cleaning out the house and only having the things you really love or need. (Even if my table doesn't make me jump up and down for owning an old, used table I am not going to get rid of it just because I don't totally love it. I love it enough that I sit down and use it everyday when I eat...) So, taken with a grain of salt this book could prove to be helpful. I think it will help me look through my "stuff" to really think about what I really need. And perhaps this will help me not fall into the consumerism trap that the rest of my country seems to fall prey to. So, we will see. The book was a good read...now comes the test of what I do after having been somewhat inspired while reading it......more
So the other day while at the library a patron told me about a book that she loved. And since all the books I was talking to her about were ones thatSo the other day while at the library a patron told me about a book that she loved. And since all the books I was talking to her about were ones that she loved as well…I figured that this was a book I needed to read. And it was. This is a book about Della Anders, an orphan who lives with her aunt and uncle in 1899. And aunt who doesn’t like her humble circumstances and an uncle who could care less about even thinking about anything other than business. With a great determination Della decides to go and teach school in Winter Quarters, Utah (a mining town community). Of course there are new problems that come with teaching school in a place where the bread-winners face such dangers that come from coal mining. (And as a reader there is always a bit of worry since this is based on a time where a terrible mining accident happened and you know something horrible is coming Della’s way.) And then there is the miner Owen. He is so king and yet so stubborn. The type of character that is so good and so flawed that he actually seems real.
I found myself dreaming about this book (because I was crazy enough to start it without having enough time to finish it before I went to bed…though I did stay up rather late reading that night). The characters found a way to my head and my heart and I loved to see how they would stand up and make the best of a horrid situation. And I liked the nod to the LDS religion that plays such a great part to the story. Kelly didn’t shy away from giving details about what these characters believed or why they did what they did. It was just part of the fabric of the story. And I liked that. Plus I liked how each of the characters had to think through what it means to have a relationship and to put another person above yourself and what you think is best…all the while staying true to yourself. And that balance is ever so tricky to keep in check. A good, clean romance that stole my attention from the first page. Well done....more
Samantha Moore has had a hard life. She grew up going from foster home to foster home (with some time with her parents who were worse than all the fosSamantha Moore has had a hard life. She grew up going from foster home to foster home (with some time with her parents who were worse than all the foster homes put together) and one group home. In order to survive her horrid up bringing she would read books. To the point that she would take on the persona of different characters in order to survive different situations. Now Sam has a great chance to go to grad school thanks to a grant from a charitable foundation to help underprivileged children. This will be Sam’s last chance to get an education before she must face the real world all on her own. The only stipulation for the grant is that she must write letters to the foundation’s president about “things that matter” so that he will be able to know that he didn’t waste his money on her. Of course the writing is helpful to Sam in that she can just tell everything like it is without wondering if anyone will actually write back (since Mr. Knightley, the president of the foundation, has promised to not reply to any of her letters).
Sam is a great character. She has had a hard life. Of course Mr. Knightley, along with the readers, have found her a likable character that we all wish we knew. Sam writes about happy moments, sad moments, tense moments and anything in between. Although it has a bit of a predictable ending (especially for those who have read Daddy Longlegs) readers will wish that Katherine Reay had more wonderful books out there to help us discover how we may hide behind characters or books, in order to find ourselves. Well done....more