I enjoyed this book a lot more than the last two in the series. It was just really refreshing and I think that because it felt more like a police procI enjoyed this book a lot more than the last two in the series. It was just really refreshing and I think that because it felt more like a police procedural with a really interesting mystery I was hooked. I'm tempted to binge the rest of the series because I really enjoyed this one....more
Underneath a lot of the filler and relationship drama there is an interesting premise. It's just a shame I have to wade through a lot of tedium to getUnderneath a lot of the filler and relationship drama there is an interesting premise. It's just a shame I have to wade through a lot of tedium to get to the couple of interesting parts. I swear so much of this series is about who likes who and who wants to marry who and it just frustrates me because it's not something I care about at all....more
I love Victoria Schwab's writing but I felt like this one was missing the magical element that was in The Near Witch and Vicious. The premise was intrI love Victoria Schwab's writing but I felt like this one was missing the magical element that was in The Near Witch and Vicious. The premise was intriguing but for some reason I just felt really neutral about this book. I didn't hate or dislike this book but I didn't like it either. I probably won't pick up the sequel but I will definitely pick up more of Victoria Schwab's books....more
I love these Mistborn books a lot more than I do the original trilogy so after the previous book in the series I was looking forward to reading this oI love these Mistborn books a lot more than I do the original trilogy so after the previous book in the series I was looking forward to reading this one. The Bands of Mourning was so good! I honestly feel like that's everything I can say about this book but I'll say a little bit more.
This book was so interesting. There was so much going on, that I just couldn't wait to read more about. I read this book in about three sittings because I was so intrigued by everything that was going on. The Bands of Mourning was so interesting and I really enjoyed the discoveries that Wax and the others made in this story.
I felt like all of the characters really stepped up their game in this one. Steris was so cool in this book, I think I liked her a lot more in this book. But of course Wayne is still my favourite character.
I just really loved this book and I eagerly await the release of the next book, and really anything else that Brandon Sanderson writes....more
This is the seventh book in the Krewe of Hunters series, and before that are the Harrison Investigation series which are somewhat related to these booThis is the seventh book in the Krewe of Hunters series, and before that are the Harrison Investigation series which are somewhat related to these books. So, by this point I have read about 16 of these paranormal investigations series. I still have a pile of 4 more Krewe of Hunters to read of my own collection.
In the beginning I found these books to be really interesting mysteries with a creepy supernatural aspect. Now that I've read so many of them I notice that the focus is more on the romance and less on the murder mysteries. The books are also getting a little more formulaic in which they follow the same kind of pattern.
I picked up The Unspoken and was surprised that this book actually followed on more closely from the book prior to it, in that they both feature the Pharaoh Amun Mopat and they actually discussed the events of the previous book.
The mystery felt like it was more of an afterthought and the main focus was the romance aspect. That was kind of unbelievable though. Neither of the main characters seemed that appealing and they honestly didn't seem like they had chemistry.
Overall, I thought The Unspoken was OK. I didn't think it was anything special and the mystery aspect was held so far on the backburner compared to the romance that I was a little disappointed. At this point in time, I will read the next book in the series but if they continue to degrade in quality then I'll give these books a miss. ...more
From the first page I knew I would really enjoy this book. It's a collection of essays and articles written by Calvin Trillin about food. All of the wFrom the first page I knew I would really enjoy this book. It's a collection of essays and articles written by Calvin Trillin about food. All of the writings are really interesting and they are so funny. I got quite a few laughs out of this book....more
I'm not the biggest fan of diary books but this one was supposed to be about food. I'm also working my way through the Penguin Great Food series. I diI'm not the biggest fan of diary books but this one was supposed to be about food. I'm also working my way through the Penguin Great Food series. I didn't find this book particularly interesting. It's short so didn't take me too long to read, but it just didn't take my fancy....more
I love John Wyndham's writing and I'm slowly making my way through his books. This one is a short story collection and the first of Wyndham's I have rI love John Wyndham's writing and I'm slowly making my way through his books. This one is a short story collection and the first of Wyndham's I have read. There are only two out in these Penguin editions and I'm not sure if he has any more short stories but that's all good. I'll take as much of John Wyndham's work as I can get.
So, there are six short stories in this book but the first one, the title story is actually the longest by quite a bit. I quite enjoyed this story. It was really unique and quite intriguing. Basically, the world only consists of women. There were a couple of things in this that made me laugh for instance, there is one woman who suggests that they could have made it to the moon by now if men were still around. I feel like this was just a trademark of the times.
The others stories are all quite interesting, and I don't have too much to say about most of them. However, there was one story that I didn't quite get. I think I might have just missed something somewhere or it was supposed to be mysterious in a confusing way. Off the top of my head I think it was called The Disappearance of Peggy MacRafferty.
Overall, I really enjoyed Consider her ways and others. The stories were all entertaining and John Wyndham is definitely one of my favourite authors right now. I look forward to reading even more of his books....more
As I read more books by New Zealand authors I'm finding that I'm also expanding my reading horizons a little and reading books I wouldn't typically reAs I read more books by New Zealand authors I'm finding that I'm also expanding my reading horizons a little and reading books I wouldn't typically read. Literary fiction is a new foray for me and I think The Salted Air falls into that category.
This book is written really beautifully. Thom Conroy has a nice poetic writing style and it just made reading this book a really nice experience. He captured the emotions of the book really well too. There were so many times when I felt just as Djuna was feeling.
There is great descriptive writing within this book and it explored and described the East Cape of New Zealand so well. There were times where I could picture it so vividly in my head and it really made me want to go there.
The main character Djuna is 28 and I felt like she didn't act like it a lot of the times. Just the relationship with her parents seemed so strange. It made the book have a strangely fascinating angle as I struggled to understand the relationship she had with her parents.
I found The Salted Air to be a really intriguing and enjoyable read. It's quite complex but the shortness of the chapters made the book easier to digest. Thom Conroy has another book out called, The Naturalist which I think I'll pick up some time soon....more
I'm going to make my thoughts on this book quite short. Basically, this is one of the essential readings of Yoga, if you're interested in the spirituaI'm going to make my thoughts on this book quite short. Basically, this is one of the essential readings of Yoga, if you're interested in the spiritual and I guess you could say, religious aspect of a Yoga practice.
I read the Penguin Cloth bound classic version of the book and the translator was Juan Mascaro. He included a pretty comprehensive introduction that talked about the translation as well as some of the other ancient sanskrit texts on the same sort of topics. I found the introduction to be really interesting and it gave a lot of insight into the history of the book and the translations surrounding it.
In terms of the actual text itself, I found it to be quite easy to read and really insightful. The poem is split into smaller pieces so you can read a section and take a break and let the ideas and philosophy being presented sink in a little and then move on.
I quite enjoyed reading The Bhagavad Gita and I definitely think I'll read through it again at some point....more
Thoughts after reading the book: I'm not usually one to read self-help books but for whatever reason, this one stuck out as being one that I should reThoughts after reading the book: I'm not usually one to read self-help books but for whatever reason, this one stuck out as being one that I should read. Now, I am going to be honest in my thoughts and say that I was originally open minded but also skeptical of this book. I know that some self-help books can be extremely repetitive and also really cheesy. I wasn't sure how much this book was going to help me, but I was willing to be open-minded about it as a whole.
The beginning of the book has a few pages of peoples praise for the book and I always ignore those because I have noticed from past experience that people tend to give excess praise and it just annoys me and makes me appreciate the book less. So, I read the first page or two and then decided that I would read this book in its entirety that day so I could get started on my Miracle Mornings the next day.
There is a lot of helpful information in this book about how to get started and what to expect. There are lots of little strategies and Hal Elrod explains the whole plan really clearly and in great detail. It was enough to get me really intrigued and willing to give this a go because really, I have been looking for a way to get up early and work on practicing Yoga in the mornings before work.
I do have a couple of things that bothered me a little. One of those is that every few paragraphs Hal Elrod mentions that you can check out his website for lots of extra free resources. Sure, I think it's great that the book has complementary material but I also hate when people try and push things at me constantly. Maybe the book isn't meant to be read in one sitting, and in which case I guess that would be less irksome. I did check out the free resources and utilized the Fast-start kit which is a little pdf file of how to get started on your 30 day journey.
**Review to be continued after implementing the advice in the book......more
I have been having trouble with completing books lately. I've been starting them and then putting them down after a couple of pages because I just couI have been having trouble with completing books lately. I've been starting them and then putting them down after a couple of pages because I just couldn't get into them. I went through my entire wishlist on the book depository looking for anything that might keep my interest. I found Wild and picked up a library copy to have a go at. As soon as I started reading this book I knew that it would be one to break the curse of the reading slump.
Wild isn't the kind of book that I would normally be interested in but as I'm getting older I'm finding my tastes in books to be changing up a bit. Anyway, on a whim I grabbed this one because it sounded intriguing. I know there was a lot of hype about this book being really inspirational and things and I tend to ignore things like that because I felt like this book could have potentially been overhyped.
Wild broke me a little. It is just such a heartbreaking read in more ways than one. I've always found the idea of divorce to be heartbreaking. You make this commitment to be with someone forever and then something happens and you're no longer able to make that promise. Cheryl's divorce coupled with her mothers death made for a very sad read. Cheryl Strayed wrote the emotions and how she was feeling so well that I felt awful. I felt as though I wanted to go crawl into bed and stay there for a while after reading some of the parts of this story.
The PCT and Cheryl Strayed's journey along it was also intriguing, every time something bad happened I felt myself cringing internally. I also felt that her descriptions of the outdoors and hiking along the trail made me want to get out and experience more of the wilderness for myself and the weekend that I read this book I went out and did a nice walking track where I live.
Wild was such a good book. It's definitely a book I can see myself coming back to every now and again, and it has inspired me to actually get up off my seat and get outside and see more of the world. I'm not going to go off hiking in the woods by myself but I still feel like I want to get outside more....more
I love Brandon Sanderson's books so I jumped at the chance to read this one early as I try to get my hands on everything Sanderson has written. I wasI love Brandon Sanderson's books so I jumped at the chance to read this one early as I try to get my hands on everything Sanderson has written. I was a little nervous as I'm not the biggest graphic novel fan but it's Brandon Sanderson so it has to be good.
The art style is quite interesting. It's quite unique compared to other graphic novels I've tried out. I'm not a visually minded person so I did find it hard to tell some characters apart from others. I felt their names were a bit confusing too. That being said this is the first book in the series so it was setting everything up and I definitely think I'll be reading it again soon.
The story itself is mostly setting things up and I'm really hoping that the rest of the books will things well because I honestly feel a little confused. I almost feel like I need to wait until all the books are out so I can see the whole picture.
Overall, I enjoyed the story but I wasn't completely blown away by it. I think I'll definitely be needing to read this one again soon to try and wrap my head around it some more. I would definitely recommend it to fans of Sanderson and fans of graphic novels. I think that because I'm not a regular reader of graphic novels it's hard for me to say if this is good as a graphic novel or not. That being said, I am definitely excited for the next book in the series...more