This book is strangely addictive and somewhat disgusting. I say disgusting just because of the amount of dirt and things that were in the house AugustThis book is strangely addictive and somewhat disgusting. I say disgusting just because of the amount of dirt and things that were in the house Augusten went to live in and it was something I found hard to stomach. That being said, the book really was addictive and I had a hard time putting it down.
Running with Scissors centers on Augusten and his life from a young boy to a teenager. His life is very crazy and so much happens in such a short amount of time. He ends up living with his mother's psychiatrist and him and his family are very eccentric. There are so many strange things that happen, at times it seems crazy that all of this actually happened to someone.
There are some pretty intense parts to this book. Augusten Burroughs had a very strange life and a lot of it was not good. There were quite a few parts of this book that I was a little shocked at. It's really difficult to write about my thoughts on this book because it's someone else's life and their telling it. I will say that it's very well written and the way that Augusten Burroughs writes is definitely engaging.
Overall, I found Running with Scissors to be strangely engrossing and I definitely feel like I will be reading more of Augusten Burroughs' work. I've already had a look at his other books and they sound very intriguing....more
I wasn't entirely sure what this book would be about but I loved the cover and something about it just appealed to me. I was curious about what this bI wasn't entirely sure what this book would be about but I loved the cover and something about it just appealed to me. I was curious about what this book would tell me. It has a little bit of a memoir vibe to it as Rebecca Campbell tells the story of her spiritual journey and then she also offers advice on how others can find their true calling and open up spiritually. I think this is always something that has interested me but never something I've particularly thought about. Rebecca Campbell also provides tips on different types of meditations and she also has links to her website where you can find more content relating to certain topics. The back of this book makes it seem like it's advertised as being predominantly for females but there were only a couple of chapters (very short chapters of about a page) that were about female empowerment and even then I think that males would be able to read them anyway. I think that Light is the New Black had a lot of interesting tips and advice in it and it will probably be something that I'll go back to every now and again. If you think this book is something that might appeal to you then I would suggest giving this book a read. Campbell is currently working on another book at the moment and I definitely think I'll pick it up when it comes out later on this year....more
After reading Light on Yoga, I decided that my next book should be another of Iyengar's. This time it's The Tree of Yoga. Light on Yoga is more aboutAfter reading Light on Yoga, I decided that my next book should be another of Iyengar's. This time it's The Tree of Yoga. Light on Yoga is more about the poses and how to do them correctly and The Tree of Yoga is a collection of Iyengar's teachings on how to incorporate Yoga into every day life.
There are so many short little chapters that have so much information that I had to take the time to read a little bit and then let the information sink in. I like this approach when 'studying' Yoga books so this was good. I did find that the content of the book wasn't too heavy so it was a pretty straightforward read.
Iyengar provides insight into a lot of different areas including an explanation of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. I haven't read that text yet but it will probably be something I get to soon. That being said, I felt as though I didn't necessarily need to have read the text to understand what was being said. I actually found it to be a really good summary of some of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras so am more interested in picking them up than I was before.
I definitely think that The Tree of Yoga is a good resource about incorporating Yoga into every day life. It goes into the philosophy behind Yoga and gives advice from the perspective of someone who actively lives a Yogic lifestyle in every aspect. Iyengar has so much to say about Yoga that I will be continuing my journey by reading more from him soon....more
Before she wrote The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton wrote The Rehearsal so I decided to start here rather than The Luminaries. Not to mention that this boBefore she wrote The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton wrote The Rehearsal so I decided to start here rather than The Luminaries. Not to mention that this book is a lot smaller than The Luminaries. Anyway, The Rehearsal is Eleanor Catton's debut novel and I believe she originally wrote it as part of her MFA.
I really enjoyed The Rehearsal, it's not at all like anything I would usually read but I found that to be kind of refreshing. The opening page was so strange and fascinating that it drew me into the book and I read it in a couple of sittings.
As this book is set in a New Zealand high school, I found that I could actually relate to a lot of what the character's were going through and what they were talking about. It was pretty easy to sympathise with the characters and it was kind of cool to see references to things that girls at my high school also did.
I really enjoyed the writing of The Rehearsal, Eleanor Catton just seemed to write in a fasinating and wonderful manner. I definitely feel like she's an author I could read more of so I will be reading The Luminaries some time soon....more
I decided to pick this up to get some insight into what PhD study would be like and for any useful tips on how to keep motivated with a PhD. While thisI decided to pick this up to get some insight into what PhD study would be like and for any useful tips on how to keep motivated with a PhD. While this book is mostly centered around PhD's in the UK there are other parts of it that seem to be pretty good. There are individual students talks and they're honest, some of them are good things that happen and some of them are things that you should be aware could go wrong. I feel like a lot of information, which was about before you decide to do a PhD, was stuff I already knew. There were some useful tips and information about the process and how to keep motivated. Also, just helpful bits about what is expected for each year of the PhD. So, if you know nothing about the PhD process or you know some but not everything, then I would recommend having a look at this book as it's quite a handy little guide....more
This is Paul Cleave's second published novel, the first being The Cleaner. I really enjoyed The Cleaner and was interested in picking up the second boThis is Paul Cleave's second published novel, the first being The Cleaner. I really enjoyed The Cleaner and was interested in picking up the second book written by Paul Cleave. While this is not a sequel to The Cleaner, it's set in the same place and references the first book once or twice. There are, I believe a couple of references to a character who will be focused on in a later book too. That being said, I don't think you need to have read any of Paul Cleave's other books to enjoy this.
I went into this book not knowing a lot about it, as I didn't bother reading the synopsis. I think that was a really good way to go into the book as I was really surprised by everything that happened. The synopsis doesn't give a lot of plot away, it was just that I had no idea what was happening right from the start.
I really loved this book. I read it in two days in four settings. I genuinely couldn't put it down. The book starts off with Charlie waking up and things are revealed really slowly about what happened and as they get revealed his story just seems so crazy and unbelievable. It's really hard to tell if Charlie was telling the truth or if he was just making up this insane sounding story.
I don't think there was ever a dull moment in The Killing Hour as there was always something going on. There were a few twists and turns that were really unexpected. It really was just a thrilling book.
In terms of the New Zealand aspect of this book, it's set in Christchurch, New Zealand which I'm quite familiar with so it was very interesting reading the book and finding the main character Charlie finding himself in places which I was quite familiar. It's definitely something different hearing about a killer in a place you're very familiar with.
Overall, I really enjoyed The Killing Hour by Paul Cleave. It's so interesting and fans of thrillers should definitely check it out as it has an interesting spin on the run of the mill thrillers that are out there. I am definitely going to be checking out more by Paul Cleave....more
I am very slowly exploring Stephen King's works and I'm finding it an interesting endeavor. In all honesty, the cover of this book is what drew me toI am very slowly exploring Stephen King's works and I'm finding it an interesting endeavor. In all honesty, the cover of this book is what drew me to it. It's just so colourful and I love it. I also really love the other edition of the book because that cover is very creepy too.
Anyway, on to my thoughts on the stories themselves. Before each story there was commentary from Stephen King about the story and why he wrote it or what he had in mind before he wrote it. I thought it was really interesting and I quite enjoyed those parts.
Usually with a lot of short story collections it's a mixed bag of good and not so good. This case was no exception. There were four stories that stuck out in my mind as really good. The first one was good once it got past all the pop culture references. My eyes kind of glazed over when he was mentioning Justin Bieber and I started to tune out so when there was actually some horror aspects I was really taken aback as I'd kind of forgotten what I was reading. Other ones I really enjoyed were the ones about the Kindle, a boy with a hat and the warring neighbours. They were all really good and kind of addictive. Especially the Kindle story.
Overall, I don't want to say too much about this book but I thought it was quite an interesting mix of stories. Some were horror and others would fit better in other genres. I would definitely recommend it for those who enjoy King's work....more
I've waited to read this book for about four years and now it's finally here. As soon as I spotted it on NetGalley I snapped it up to read as I have bI've waited to read this book for about four years and now it's finally here. As soon as I spotted it on NetGalley I snapped it up to read as I have been waiting so long. The trouble with waiting so long though, is I had forgotten a lot of what happened in the last book. I was also a little nervous that I wouldn't really enjoy this one after I had been waiting for so long. So I let the book sit for a while.
The things I love the most about this series are the mystery elements and the spooky vibe. I felt like in this book there was a little less of both those things but the creepy parts were still pretty creepy. The mystery aspect of this one was better than what I remember of the third book but I felt like there wasn't a whole lot of emphasis put on this one.
I think the thing that bothered me the most about this book was that I didn't like Devlin and I just thought there was too much weird stuff going on with him. The relationship between him and Amelia felt really awkward and strange that every time he was in the book I felt kind of uncomfortable, like I didn't want him to be there.
Overall, I enjoyed reading The Visitor but it just didn't feel like the previous three books in the series. That being said, I might actually go back and read the first three again at some point before I pick up book five as I really couldn't remember much of the previous books....more
I wasn't the biggest fan of the first three Mistborn books, they were enjoyable but they weren't my favourite books by Brandon Sanderson. But I reallyI wasn't the biggest fan of the first three Mistborn books, they were enjoyable but they weren't my favourite books by Brandon Sanderson. But I really loved The Alloy of Law which is book four so I was excited about reading Shadows of Self.
The book started off really interestingly but one issue I had was that I had trouble remembering what had happened in The Alloy of Law which is also about the same characters. So, I kind of had to second guess myself about some of the characters, eventually I started to remember things again and I was away and reading the book.
The book has a really good mystery, as it opens with a mass-murder and you have no idea whats going on. Eventually Wax gets called to the scene and from there he pieces together bits and pieces to try and figure out what happened.
I'm really fascinated by Wayne's magic use and just the things he does. He's so mysterious and I just feel like I want to know more about him and his past and what he can do.
I really enjoyed reading this book, there was an interesting mix of magic and technology as this has a Western feel to it. I kind of feel like there's something missing from it though. As though there's something more that I wanted from the story that I just didn't get. I just don't know exactly what it is. That being said, I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series so I will be reading that one soon....more
I've been watching a lot of How to Get Away with Murder lately so I was looking for a book with court cases, and an unfolding mystery that will revealI've been watching a lot of How to Get Away with Murder lately so I was looking for a book with court cases, and an unfolding mystery that will reveal it piece by piece and have a twist at the ending. I had a feeling that Dangerous Girls might fill that need and I was partially right.
This book started off quite interestingly with a transcript of the call to the emergency services after the group of friends discover Elise's body. I was sucked into the story for the first couple of chapters but once I got past the first couple I felt like the story slowed down a little. It did pick up again towards the end and I found myself just sitting in my chair waiting to get to the point where it's revealed what happens. I did feel like the end of the trial was pretty tense. For the last quarter of the book I was definitely glued to the page just desperate to finish it.
I had an idea about what I was hoping the ending would be and who had killed Elise but at the same time I also had a feeling that the author would spin a different ending to the one I was hoping for and I was right. I was a little disappointed at that as I felt like it was a little too predictable.
Overall, I thought Dangerous Girls was quite enjoyable. I did find it was a little predictable for the most part but it was an interesting read none-the-less. I would suggest it for fans of thrillers and murder mysteries....more
I've been reading a few heavy fantasy books lately so I was wanting to read something a little more light and fun so I decided it was time to pick upI've been reading a few heavy fantasy books lately so I was wanting to read something a little more light and fun so I decided it was time to pick up the second book in Yasmine Galenorn's Chintz n China mysteries series.
I went into this book expecting a light and fun mystery with a slight paranormal aspect and that's exactly what I got. The mystery in this one was quite interesting as it was more to do with bad things happening to Emerald and her family. I had my guesses about who was behind it all and I have to say that my guesses were correct which was awesome. In books like these I find guessing is half the fun.
I did find that some of the things Emerald did were a little annoying. Just the way that she treated some of her friends and stuff but that was just a minor thing.
Overall, I had a lot of fun reading Legend of the Jade Dragon and would love to read more in the series. Unfortunately, I think this could be a difficult task as the books don't appear to be in any of the bookstores I normally frequent. That being said I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for the rest of the series....more
I've been putting off reading this book for a long time after hearing that it was nowhere near as good as Harry Potter. Initially I just figured thatI've been putting off reading this book for a long time after hearing that it was nowhere near as good as Harry Potter. Initially I just figured that I'd pick it up sooner but I think as time went on I began to convince myself that this book was the worst book in the world and that when I finally did get around to reading it I would absolutely hate it.
I finally managed to pick it up and told myself to at least try the first page. I read the first page, then the second, then the third and from there I continued to read. No, The Casual Vacancy isn't anything like Harry Potter but I never expected it to be.
I found all of the characters to be really unique and interesting. I enjoyed seeing how one man's death affected a large number of people and in various ways.
The Casual Vacancy reminds me a little of George Elliot's Middlemarch which follows different characters lives from different socio-economic backgrounds. In a way, The Casual Vacancy was like a modern version of Middlemarch.
I usually struggle to read character driven novels as I find the characters tend to have quite boring lives and annoying personalities but I felt with these characters there was never a dull moment. There was always something interesting happening.
I wasn't sure how the book would end but I was pretty shocked by how it did end but I was pretty shocked by how it did end as it wasn't at all what I was even somewhat expecting. It was definitely like a slap in the face....more