I entered a giveaway on Goodreads for this book because I was forced to read The Vindication of the Rights of Women (Wollstonecraft) in college and II entered a giveaway on Goodreads for this book because I was forced to read The Vindication of the Rights of Women (Wollstonecraft) in college and I willingly read Frankenstein (Shelley) and loved it.
Honestly, when I got this tome in the mail I was thrilled at its heft and beauty...and then I realized I was supposed to read it all. ;) Happily, this is an easy book to read. There is SO MUCH I didn't know about this period in time and so much I didn't know about these people. (Duh.) Mary Shelley was married to the poet Percy Shelley and the pair of them were, frankly, a little "off". Percy was juvenile and more than obsessed with his own personal freedom, at the expense of those around him. They were well-enough-off that they were able to basically never work and always be comfortable--excepting for some dry times when Shelley's family cut him off. On the other hand, both Mary Shelley and Wollstonecraft were women who dared to buck convention and live a life that society spurned. For that, they deserve respect and some amount of awe.
Definitely a good read! Thanks to Goodread for this book--loved it.
I think I would have enjoyed this story more if the romance hadn't been so heavy-handed. Then again, maybe most people who read romance are all for it! I really liked some elements--the time period, the poacher falling in love with the guy trying to stop poachers--but overall I didn't feel like it was written very well: "The silence was like a wall of pain separating them. After many minutes, he began to slow his pace and his breathing became more labored. She was not small, being rather taller and broader than most women. But Jorgen was obviously very strong. Still, even he would have a hard time carrying her so far. To distract herself from the pain, and from worrying about Jorgen's suffering, her mind conjured up his broad shoulders and rock-hard arms, his muscled back and leather-encased thighs." That's a bit much for me. But for those romance readers out there...this might be a good one. :) Thanks to NetGalley for this read!...more
This book was fantastic. It's not fast-moving (in fact, for some it might be excruciatingly slow), but it's beautiful. This is the story of a German bThis book was fantastic. It's not fast-moving (in fact, for some it might be excruciatingly slow), but it's beautiful. This is the story of a German boy, Werner, and a French girl, Marie-Laure, during the second World War. Jumping back and forth in time and in the narrative wasn't my favorite thing, but mostly it worked. Werner and Marie-Laure are amazing, compelling characters. Werner is basically drafted into Nazi Youth because he's so smart and capable. Marie-Laure is a blind girl in Paris whose father works for a museum and is asked to help hide a priceless diamond from the Germans. Of course, Werner and Marie-Laure's lives intersect in beautiful ways.
Somehow this book made me feel closer to the war than any other book/movie I've encountered so far (and let's be honest, we write about WWII almost too much). Much of my family emigrated from Germany; my great-grandfather fought for the Americans in World War II. This is the first book I've read that told the story of this war from the perspective not only of the Allied Forces but also from the German side of the war. Maybe I just need to read more! I enjoyed seeing both sides instead of just the one...
Definitely a good read, if you can dedicate the time and emotion. ...more
This type of book is one of my favorites--fun, silly, but also true-to-life (you know, the harried mother part). Probably all the loose ends tied up bThis type of book is one of my favorites--fun, silly, but also true-to-life (you know, the harried mother part). Probably all the loose ends tied up by the end of the book, which is comforting sometimes. To sum up, I know this book isn't anything ground-breaking in literature, but I love it.
This is the story of a mom who is too busy, too stretched, too stressed. She finds a magical app on her phone that basically allows her to be in two places at once. It turns out a genius-physicist lives in her building and has invented time travel through wormholes. She doesn't want to share it with the world, she wants to share it with an exhausted mother. Thus this madcap story begins...
This was kind of a weird read for me...the parts of the story that really intrigued me (romance! emotionally fraught abortion! mom with MS!) were overThis was kind of a weird read for me...the parts of the story that really intrigued me (romance! emotionally fraught abortion! mom with MS!) were overshadowed (bludgeoned to death?) by the story-obliterating, pervasive political discourse. I noticed another reviewer comment about how this seems like political discourse masquerading as a novel and I definitely agree. The super intense political arguments (which seem to take place everywhere--who are these people?!) are VERY heavy-handed and distract from the actual narrative of the story. This seems more like a philosophical treaty couched in the guise of a coming-of-age novel than an actual, fictional story. ...more
This probably isn't a book for everyone! The first quarter is all about Shakespeare--the timeline of what he wrote, when, and how he was a big ol' nobThis probably isn't a book for everyone! The first quarter is all about Shakespeare--the timeline of what he wrote, when, and how he was a big ol' nobody for the longest time. Then, all because a couple of his buddies decided to publish a compendium of his work, he became more and more renowned.
The rest of this book is about how, two hundred years later, Henry Folger (not the coffee one, but a relative) became a true bibliophile and antique book collector. Of course, Folger's Library still exists today (*add THAT to my bucket list!*) so he was, you know, sort of successful at amassing as much about Shakespeare as he possibly could. This book follows his acquisitions of first folios and quartos, but he also collected other ephemera about Shakespeare.
I'm not going to lie, the information about who had what folio where and how much it cost sometimes got a little tiresome. Overall though, this book is totally interesting and absorbing. My favorite part remains the information about Shakespeare. I'm distraught at how little we know for sure about him and his life. I'm baffled that he wasn't more famous in his own time. I'm fascinated with facts about Elizabethan times--paper was super expensive and super rare, which is part of the reason none of his works exist in his own hand. The theater company probably used the papers again and again, both sides. Apparently a piece of the oldest Bible was found in the binding of a book from the 1700s--all because people were serious about reusing. See? Look how much I learned. ;)
Not what I thought it'd be--more day-to-day life (boring) and flashbacks than anything else. Finding out what actually happened to this dude's life toNot what I thought it'd be--more day-to-day life (boring) and flashbacks than anything else. Finding out what actually happened to this dude's life took forever and even then it didn't seem worth the time it took to get there. Not as suspenseful as I'd hoped. I am grateful to Netgalley for the opportunity to read this one!...more
So I devoured the first book in this series and was so happy to find this one waiting for me at the library. It's not as good as the first one and I tSo I devoured the first book in this series and was so happy to find this one waiting for me at the library. It's not as good as the first one and I think it's primarily because there's not as much Rosie in this one. Don is still charming--the analytical, but basically tender-hearted autistic dude is just as perfect as ever. But Rosie is distant in this book and it took away some of the fun of their interplay. Nonetheless, when Simsion writes more about these two, I will be reading each and every one.
I spied this book on the February Library Reads list and thought to myself, "I don't mind if I do!" This is a new sci-fi/magical book about a sort ofI spied this book on the February Library Reads list and thought to myself, "I don't mind if I do!" This is a new sci-fi/magical book about a sort of magician, Kell, who can travel between (what I would call) parallel universes. He is in touch with four different versions of London--his own Red London, our Grey London, White London, and Black London. Each universe has its own rules and realities and Schwab is an expert at crafting and differentiating each one. Almost everyone in Red London has some affinity for magic, but the skill of moving through space is rare.
Kell has a bad habit of bringing objects home from other Londons. Soon enough, he is tricked into smuggling something strange and powerful, something that will basically screw up everything and rock his world--and all the other worlds. ;)
This book is fun and adventurous, very well-written and totally absorbing. Hoping for more from Miss Schwab! (In fact, when I was working in the library the other day I went searching feverishly for more of her books...)
I accidentally took home this book's sequel (The Rosie Effect) and realized I needed to start here instead. This book was wonderful! The narrator, DonI accidentally took home this book's sequel (The Rosie Effect) and realized I needed to start here instead. This book was wonderful! The narrator, Don, is clearly autistic and a little socially awkward. He's a totally endearing, engaging narrator and the supporting cast is wonderful as well. This book is mainly the story of Don's desire to find a wife and then falling madly in love with someone totally inappropriate and illogical. I laughed out loud so many times. For example, Don speaks to a group of families about Asperger's syndrome and demonstrates that being emotionally detached is an evolutionary advantage. Soon, he has all the autistic children chanting, "Aspies rule!" This is a great read and a fantastic love story.