Her books make me want to sit by a peat fire in a worn, but cozy chair, with a cat on my lap. I have no idea how to make a peat fire, I'm allergic toHer books make me want to sit by a peat fire in a worn, but cozy chair, with a cat on my lap. I have no idea how to make a peat fire, I'm allergic to cats, and warm fires make me hot flash. So, I like the idea of all these things. Instead, I sit with my dogs in my cool-ish living room. At least I do have a worn and cozy chair.
Binchy's last book was a great ending to her prolific career. Her books always make me feel good and want more. This one even more so. Knowing that there will be no more of her works lended a sadness and an inevitability to the ending.
She will be missed. I guess I need to start re-reading her books from my younger days.
Thank you for your work and the inspiration to go to Ireland. ...more
I liked the first book in this series, the second, not so much. I hate to completely bash an author, so I feel I need to explain myself.
What I wishedI liked the first book in this series, the second, not so much. I hate to completely bash an author, so I feel I need to explain myself.
What I wished for from this book, was less teenage angst and more substance. I think underestimating the teen reader is a huge mistake. They don't all want "Twilight" type titillation. And there was way too much of that in this book. I was looking for answers to the questions the first book left me hanging with, and while I got some of them, I have to admit, I skimmed most of this book just to find them.
I broke my rule of "read at least 50 pages before you chuck it" with this one. Just when I thought I couldn't take it anymore, there was a scene that engaged me. So, I kept going, just to be disappointed again.
I haven't given up on this author. I just feel a bit as if she caved to the pressures of mass market and would be best served continuing in the voice she started the first book with. ...more
I liked it, I liked the first one more, but mostly because I got to read it almost straight through while sitting next to a lovely creek in a state paI liked it, I liked the first one more, but mostly because I got to read it almost straight through while sitting next to a lovely creek in a state park. If you're thinking about reading the series, I would wait and read all three in a row. And the third one is not out yet. I had a hard time keeping up with all the story lines and really had to dig deeply in the old brain cells to remember the first book! But, then again, I'm over forty and losing it rapidly, as my teenager is so quick to remind me. So, if you're brain cells are young or abnormally functioning for an over forty year old, then go for it.
This is the kind of book that you want to carve out large chunks of time to read. Well done, Mr. Cronin. I don't usually like series books since there's the dreaded, predictable "sequel coming" scenes. You managed to write this without that. Bravo.
Ok, so when is the third one coming out? I can only retain this for so long.
I loved this book. As I told my husband, "Don't you just love it when you read a book and you can't read it fast enough and you don't want it to end?"I loved this book. As I told my husband, "Don't you just love it when you read a book and you can't read it fast enough and you don't want it to end?" His answer, "No," I guess, really doesn't matter. But my question does. That's what kind of book this is.
Wish I would have saved it for book club. Wish I would have received an ARC so I could have reviewed it. Wish it would have been longer.
Having worked in nursing homes myself, the story intrigued me. I really enjoyed getting a peek into the far superior British system. Imagine only hav
Having worked in nursing homes myself, the story intrigued me. I really enjoyed getting a peek into the far superior British system. Imagine only having three to four patients! What a luxury to treat them like human beings. Having the time to read to them, listen to them, sit with them. No wonder the woman's title was "carer".
Interesting premise, a relatively engaging story, but not something I would rave about. It was enjoyable, although somewhat predictable. ...more
I made the mistake of purchasing the kindle version of this book. It is a coffee table book and I think would be best read in that format as it seemsI made the mistake of purchasing the kindle version of this book. It is a coffee table book and I think would be best read in that format as it seems a bit disjointed in Kindle format.
I am a Bell fan and love his work. I enjoyed his perspective on art and suffering, but would like him to continue and dig deeper. Those of us with chronic illnesses need his perspective. So, keep going Rob. Dig deeper and continue on in this vein. You've got something here.
It partially takes place in my favorite part of the world, the Cinque Terre, Italy. As if that isn't enough, it is well wrExcellent book. Great read.
It partially takes place in my favorite part of the world, the Cinque Terre, Italy. As if that isn't enough, it is well written, thought provoking and the story is riveting. The author doesn't wrap it up in a neat little bow, which I really appreciate. What he does is wrap some of it up, not in ribbon, but with garden twine. Beautiful endings, but bittersweet, for some of the characters that you hadn't really spent too much time thinking about. But then, ahhhh, he tells you what happens to them nonetheless. Delightful!
Intelligently written and the story is beautifully told. Only wish I would have gotten an ARC of this novel so I could have been part of the early buzz.
In the top ten of my favorite books list this year.
This book absolutely captures the adolescent experience. I found myself highlighting phrases and rIn the top ten of my favorite books list this year.
This book absolutely captures the adolescent experience. I found myself highlighting phrases and rereading passages just to experience the language again.
I don't know many of us who didn't feel like Junie in high school. Different, an outcast, and misunderstood. Junie was lucky. She had her beloved Uncle Finn who totally got her. Well, she did, until AIDS took him from her. This look at the epidemic, this many years later, was fascinating. Even more so, was Junie's ability to see Finn's impact on her life.
The relationships in this novel are absolutely real and identifiable. I know that I will return to think about them time and time again.
This would be an excellent novel for young adults to read and discuss.
This was fun. Downloaded Season 2 already. Apocalyptic fiction is a guilty pleasure, but hey, it helps me relate to my 14 year old son and his friendsThis was fun. Downloaded Season 2 already. Apocalyptic fiction is a guilty pleasure, but hey, it helps me relate to my 14 year old son and his friends really well. I'll never forget the conversation I had with a friend of my son's when he tried to go toe to toe with me on Zombie and end of the world books. He left with a long list and I finally got someone that could discuss my disappointment with World War Z intelligently. Bravo.
Anyhoo, this is enjoyable. Everyone disappears. There are creepy survivors (a serial killer, nice touch) and those who are genuinely good. There are scenes that actually spooked me, monsters that scared even his jade 42 year old mom (and let's face it, not much can scare a mom), and characters that are well developed and intriguing. Written in serial form, I wish I would have heard about this series when it first came out. Reminds me a lot of The Walking Dead (without my beloved zombies). Love the cliffhangers and I think it would have been delightfully agonizing to await the next installments.
Good books challenge the reader to look at life and how others live it differently. This is just one of those books. This book leapt out at me as an oGood books challenge the reader to look at life and how others live it differently. This is just one of those books. This book leapt out at me as an opportunity to understand this family better. I couldn't wait to read it because I felt the show was a guilty pleasure and the book just one more opportunity to enjoy another fluffy summer read. While it was easy to read, it certaintly wasn't fluff.
This is a fascinating look behind the scenes of Sister Wives, on TLC. I was relieved to hear that there were petty grievances, jealousy, and very human emotions that aren't always depicted on the show. The book made them seem more normal, more human, and for that, I was willing to overlook some of the story telling that was disjointed. To call it amateur is given. They are amateur writers, but that isn't what you read this book for. You read it because you want to know more about this family who is bravely putting a face on modern American polygamy.
I strongly believe that all should be able to marry. This very normal family puts another face on the marriage equality issue.
If you are at all a fan of the show, it's a must read, but if you aren't, it's still a very good read. I found myself breezing through it, fascinated that women would still make this choice and what price they pay for it. But, there are also benefits to their children and the wives. They juggle and balance together, work together, in ways that I can't imagine.
The opportunity to explain WHY they are polygamists never comes up other than they feel it's sacred. I wanted to know more. More than just the conclusions that I've made on my own with other, very public polygamists (think Warren Jeffs). I'm sure that this is because it is a required secret to keep as a fundamentalist Mormon. But, I think if they're lifting the veil this high, why not go all the way? The time for secrecy is over if true understanding and acceptance are going to take place. Perhaps it will take another generation to accomplish this.
With all of that said, am I a true supporter of polygamy? Well, it's not that simple. I'm not a supporter of any religion that uses secrecy and fear to control others. I find that, in itself dangerous, but not limited to those who's religion steers them towards polygamy. This danger occurs any time religion is used to keep people powerless. Fundamentalists of all religions seem to persecute those deemed powerless and that usually always means women.
This book allowed me to learn a lot about a group of people living a more normal view of polygamy than I have been fed and led to believe by the media. Isn't that what books are supposed to do? Most importantly, it is the story of a family filled with really good people, struggling with very similar challenges to mine, doing it in a lifestyle very different from mine. Great for broadening my mind and making me think about what marriage equality actually means for all United States Citizens. ...more
Let me start this by saying that I purchased this book for my Kindle based on number of positve reviews it's low price. I won't do that again. ReadingLet me start this by saying that I purchased this book for my Kindle based on number of positve reviews it's low price. I won't do that again. Reading the description of this book right before I started it, I realized that for the first time since I was a teenager, I was reading a romance novel. Ugh. Bluck. And all that. I'm just not a fan of rippling muscles or and bodice ripping, but I digress.
I think I'm too old, too jaded, and way too creeped out by the fact that the premise of this book is a love story between a teenager and a woman in her thirties to have enjoyed this book. They fall in love while stranded on a deserted island, cause of couse that's where you'd have to be to even consider a romantic relationship with a teenager. And even thinking for just a minute about my own teenager having such a relationship almost made me hurl.
I just about quit reading because of my "read 50 pages before you chuck it" rule, but then I realized that my husband was out of town and the next book on my list had a mild level of creep factor to it. Since I wanted to sleep, I soldiered on. I wish I would haved bucked up and read the other book.
I just couldn't get past this relationship. I couldn't get passed the dry dialogue and bland descriptions. And skimming ahead to the ending, of COURSE it all winds up just fine and dandy. Well, even better than fine and dandy. Double bluck.
So, should you read it? Well, maybe if it's the only thing you can find while trapped on a deserted island. (I couldn't resist.) ...more