This book gets me every time...yup, made me cry again. This is only my 45th time reading it and I've seen the movie about as many times but yup, madeThis book gets me every time...yup, made me cry again. This is only my 45th time reading it and I've seen the movie about as many times but yup, made me cry again. It has probably been 15+ years since I last read it but I still knew what was coming and yup, made me cry again.
Which came first the chicken or the egg or the book or the movie? It doesn't really matter they are very similar and both amazing.
This book was a staple of my childhood. I grew up with Vada (who was actually my cousin Ruth in both looks and personality) and Thomas J. This story captures the feeling of youth, the thoughts and ideas, the pain and fears, the changes of growing up. This book does it all with a style that has grabbed my heart. Is this the best written book or best story ever? Probably not but the 5 stars is for the legend, the classic and the comfort returning to this story over and over again has given me over the years....more
The opening of this book hits you like a ton of bricks. Descriptive passages of going through withdrawal and the intense feelings connected with aBAM!
The opening of this book hits you like a ton of bricks. Descriptive passages of going through withdrawal and the intense feelings connected with addiction portrayed made me sick to my stomach reading about it. The book slows down a bit from there but the connection between the author's OCD-ish collecting of ancient opium smoking utensils and the meticulous decline into drug addiction are woven together wonderfully.
I didn't know much about opium going into this book. I learned more than I ever would have wanted to know. The author talks about that he is convinced that inanimate objects had feelings. I love this brief (very brief) passage. I felt connections that I was unable to feel with most other passages speaking of drug addiction.
The path to recovery was also interesting. The change in feelings, friendships and world views was articulated well. I like how the author chose to end the book as well. Not too messy, not too pretty.
Overall, a dip into a world that I am far from and knew little about. I am glad that I was able to view through the peephole the little sections of this world that the author shared....more
Isabel Toledo is creative, innovative and unique. This book tells about the fashion world from her perspective.
Isabel's way of designing is very muchIsabel Toledo is creative, innovative and unique. This book tells about the fashion world from her perspective.
Isabel's way of designing is very much her own. She believes in movement and letting the fabric speak to her. She believes in art as an entity that flows into all areas of life. Reading about her process was wonderful and inspiring.
Isabel does do a lot of name dropping in this book but most of the time I felt that it was justified. It is not the best written book but entertaining and motivating just the same.
Overall, I am VERY glad that I won this in the First Reads giveaways. I will read this book again and look to it frequently for inspiration....more
It has cute line drawing pictures that make it a bit more fun. I haven't tried any recipes from this book yet but there are a few that I would like toIt has cute line drawing pictures that make it a bit more fun. I haven't tried any recipes from this book yet but there are a few that I would like to try. The recipes are separated out into your normal sections: Breakfast Dishes, Appetizers, spreads and snacks, Soups and stews, Salads and salad dressings, Sandwiches, Fish and shellfish, Poultry, Meats, One-Dish meals, Vegetables, Pasta, rice and grains, Sauces, Breads and Desserts. Heart healthy meals for the family....more
Comfort zone - begone. The recipes in this book definitely are not the run of the mill supper affair, at least not in my house. I like the 5 ingredienComfort zone - begone. The recipes in this book definitely are not the run of the mill supper affair, at least not in my house. I like the 5 ingredient premise but there is often that the author (cook? chef? not sure what to call her) goes above the 5 ingredient mark. There are some main dishes that look intreguing as do some of the cocktails and desserts that I'm sure I will try. I do think that I will have to wait for a day when I am up for adventure as well as my husband (my food tasting guinea pig) before trying many of the recipes included....more
Tessa is a woman with a past, a past full of questions, mystery and tragedy. "The Secret of Everything" is about Tessa exploring heWon on First Reads.
Tessa is a woman with a past, a past full of questions, mystery and tragedy. "The Secret of Everything" is about Tessa exploring her past, delving into mysteries that she didn't know existed and finding ways to be a stronger and better woman because of it.
I loved this book. The included recipes were amazing and added so much to the book. I loved the characters; I loved the story; I loved where the author chose to take us. The writing was very descriptive, at times, which brought us, the readers, into the story even more. You could feel the air and see the mountains or river or whatever surroundings currently being described. Tessa's love of the arts, of nature and of humanity was refreshing.
The reasons that I gave this book 4 stars instead of five are simple and few. 1. Dogs - lots and lots about dogs. Now if you are a dog lover this is fine, and I don't have anything against dogs I just don't love them and it was a bit much reading about them every page (Remind me never to read "Marly and Me" for this very reason) 2. Some things happened very abruptly i.e. romance, change in story line, characters getting over their anger and I found it to be er.... abrupt.
Overall, I highly recommend this book. I'm looking forward to reading more by this author. I am very excited that I was able to read an advance copy. Thank you first reads....more
Wonderful, easy recipes! Cute antidotes prior and within the recipes as well! Step by step directions make it easy for even my daughter to follow theWonderful, easy recipes! Cute antidotes prior and within the recipes as well! Step by step directions make it easy for even my daughter to follow the process and create something delicious. Cute and quirky cookbook that reminds me of home! Would make a great gift!...more
Surprisingly enjoyable book. This book brought out a lot of feelings from my younger years and made me oh so happy that I am in a stable marriage withSurprisingly enjoyable book. This book brought out a lot of feelings from my younger years and made me oh so happy that I am in a stable marriage with supportive friends. This book was gripping and I read the entire book in 3 days (which is fast for me). I wanted to find out what happened to the characters and if anyone ever got what they wanted. Almost all of the characters are individuals that you love to hate or hate to love. My favorite character of course being Ethan! HA! What a guy! The last two chapters with all their "emotional insight" (if you can call it that) were probably the most enjoyable as the book pretends to express morals in an oh so mind candy way. Loved it!...more
Wow - it is finished! Finally! I have been reading this book for so long that it has become a constant friend to me and I would have to say I'm a bit,Wow - it is finished! Finally! I have been reading this book for so long that it has become a constant friend to me and I would have to say I'm a bit, yes, a bit, sad that it is finished. This is the first book of Brooks' that I have read. The awesome characters and great descriptions of them kept me reading. I loved the descriptions of the different races and the dark evil magic. It was easy to conjur images in my mind due to the descriptive details. There was constant action that always had me engaged. Lots of moral lessons were entwined in the story. I do think that I may have enjoyed it a little more if I would have read the first story (book), then read something else, then the second one and so on. Some of the themes were a bit recurring which, at times, led to easy anticipation of what would happen next.
The Sword of Shannara. -4 stars Epic tale of friendship, good versus evil and finding strength within oneself. Brooks inbued a few comidic episodes which I was thankful for with all of the intense action. Great introduction to characters and really had me rooting for many of them.
The Elfstones of Shannara. -5 stars Loved the new characters in this story. The gypsies were described beautifully and added an interesting twist that wasn't present in the other stories. The presence of the 2 female characters also was a pleasant surprise. The female interactions added spice and depth to the story. Loved the witches. Loved Wisp. Loved the wingriders- reminiscent of McCafferty's Pern stories if my memory serves correctly, I'm not sure which came first.
The Wishsong of Shannara. -3 stars Probably my least favorite of the three. This is the story that seemed a bit molded. It did veer off in a couple of different directions. Interesting view on good vs evil and magic. First real familial love interaction of the three stories. Also, an interesting ending(?) to the trilogy wrapping up some things but leaving room for more stories as well. ...more
**spoiler alert** I was very prepared to give this book four or possibly even five stars........... and then I finished it. The beginning caught my at**spoiler alert** I was very prepared to give this book four or possibly even five stars........... and then I finished it. The beginning caught my attention. The focus shifting from Ellie to Mika through me off a bit, but hey, I can deal with twists and turns and surprises. It keeps the story interesting and is why I read in the first place. The story was engaging and kept me wanting to continue reading. And then the end. The author definitely leaves room for a sequel. In fact, at this point, how can she not write a sequel? She did not finish one story line. Not even a little bit. And the author had me so engaged in the characters and what was happening that I WANTED to know. Still a good book and a worthy read and hopefully a sequel is on the way but definitely a disappointing ending....more