I cried several times and just fell in love with Mia and all those who surrounded her, "her family". It's a truly touching and a wonderful story. I li...moreI cried several times and just fell in love with Mia and all those who surrounded her, "her family". It's a truly touching and a wonderful story. I liked the way it switched back and forth, it made the pace faster for me, even though Forman moves from repeatedly past to present the story remains fluid and engaging. The depth of the emotions that Mia must navigate through is beautifully written. I really enjoyed the emotional journey through this book and would read others by Gayle Forman. From this book I was taught to not take everything for granted and not be be unhappy when we don't always get everything we want. Interesting how one can "see" family and friends while fighting to stay alive, trying to decide if it would be worth it when you have lost the people who meant the most to you. Amazing how resilient the body is. When it's not time to let go, then somehow the body says "wait". It's said that the hearing is the last of the senses to go, so a message to the family is: "Tell your loved one how much you love them and give the permission they need to "go" or "stay".(less)
"The Fault in Our Stars" is a work that defies its genre in all the best ways possible. There is great benefit to all who read this. It’s not only abo...more"The Fault in Our Stars" is a work that defies its genre in all the best ways possible. There is great benefit to all who read this. It’s not only about two teens battling cancer; it’s about a lesson to all of us to live our lives every day, every minute. We should be thankful for this time especially if we are lucky enough to find love and be capable of giving. This story is beautiful, funny, heartbreaking and poignant. John Green truly told a great story of love, of life, of death, of humor. This is the first John Green book I've ever read and I am sure it want be the last one. Well the only mistake that I did is that I saw the movie in the middle of reading the book. So I took a little brake from the book. I love Agustus' metaphore with the cigarette. A great read even thought the theame is pretty hard, but it's part of our lives.(less)
This novel is set in Sweden and you jump in to an immediately fast paced plot, with lots of twists and surprises. It's a mainstream novel now, but is...moreThis novel is set in Sweden and you jump in to an immediately fast paced plot, with lots of twists and surprises. It's a mainstream novel now, but is surprisingly deep. It touches on journalism and ethics, business and economic theories, and then builds in an in-depth family mystery with a huge cast of characters. You can trust no one, and you can't even pretend to know what happens next. My suggestion to any reader of it would be to turn the pages slowly and savor it, because you'll be so sorry to see it end. You'll also want to be sure to install heavy duty encryption on your computer as soon as possible, and you'll never read another article in The Economist in the same way again. I also have to mention that the author wrote at a high caliber of skill, there was no dumbing down of the literary aspect as some bestsellers often seem to do. This is the best novel I've read this year. The slow beginning puzzled me as to how this was going to be a mystery novel. The transition from a journalist's fall in the world of magazine publishing and economics into the the mystery and its eventual difficult outcome was so good, and so enhanced by the quirky and misfit character of Lisbeth Salander that I didn't want to leave the story, the area of Sweden, or the characters behind. I thought I had it all solved about halfway through, but I was nowhere near being right about what happened to a missing girl nearly 40 years ago. If you like cold case mysteries that are well-written with fascinating characters and a look into the world of hackers, you'll love this book. I'm glad that a few pages of the next book were included at the end of this one. I could have read on forever in this book, because the continuity of the story flowed along so well, and I hated to see it end. I'm just very sorry that the author's works are being published posthumously. Stieg Larsson didn't get to see his books published and the book world lost a wonderful writer.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The book unveils the story of the Guernsey Islands during and recently after WWII and how the war changed the lives of...moreI thoroughly enjoyed the book. The book unveils the story of the Guernsey Islands during and recently after WWII and how the war changed the lives of the inhabitants. The form of the book suits is subject and adds to the suspense and drama, allowing for changes in voice and perspecitves that may have been more difficult in a different form. The way the authors weave together the various characters' stories is engaging, basically, each character letting you see what they want you to see, while at the same time giving insight to the other characters that they didn't. I'm happy to have read this story. The residents' tales of wartime in the village, told in letters, were compelling. I was enjoying the more light-hearted present-day (right after the end of the war, that is) story as well, until I felt jarred by the ending. Even though I realize Ms. Barrows had to finish the story alone, I wish she had given more time to the ending so I could have believed in it. (less)
Review: The entire Aurora Teagarden series are fun little mysteries that keep you guessing til the end. I got bored with it towards the end because it...moreReview: The entire Aurora Teagarden series are fun little mysteries that keep you guessing til the end. I got bored with it towards the end because it seemed to not relate too much to her personal life which didn't appeal to me. (less)
This novel is a decent thriller. Patterson writes in such a way to keep the pages turning with his short sentences and action packed storyline. The pe...moreThis novel is a decent thriller. Patterson writes in such a way to keep the pages turning with his short sentences and action packed storyline. The personal aspect of the kidnapping of Cross's niece adds some drama into the story. The story has plenty of thrills and chills, but there is certain realism to it, lots of young women disappear all over the country, things like this happen, there are no supernatural demons and creatures that lurk in the imagination, this can be real. When I was reading the book I kept thinking, what if that happened to me, what would I do? Fight to the death of course, hopefully the bad guy's death. I enjoyed this book immensely. It is true that there are some very graphic descriptions of violent acts involving female victims. Graphic descriptions of violent acts are not rare in books of this genre, and I don't see the complaints if the victims are men. So, if you have a serious problem with violence against women this book is probably not for you. (less)
A very good book, fast reading. This book continues the Ladies Murder Club. Patterson's characters are well developed and quite believable as well as...moreA very good book, fast reading. This book continues the Ladies Murder Club. Patterson's characters are well developed and quite believable as well as likable. I look forward to his next foray with Lindsay Boxer a recommend to all mystery/detective fans. 4th of July, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro is a very good book. It's a classic suspense novel with an extremely eerie vibe. This makes a hard book to put down.I enjoyed this book. Especially the two storylines, which go in parallel (the trial of Lindsay and her murder investigation). Overall it was an entertaining book. Patterson's style of small chapters (2-3 pages) is very addictive ... just one more chapter ... and another one. I am not sure how realistic the trial is, but the trial showed some real issues from two sides. It is also extremely fast paced and enjoyable as it contains a twist that caught me off guard(that I should have expected).(less)
Apart from the break-neck pace, I love the way Patterson squeezes in contemporary facts and events in his thrillers. This latest in the Women's Murder...moreApart from the break-neck pace, I love the way Patterson squeezes in contemporary facts and events in his thrillers. This latest in the Women's Murder Club series is every bit as nailbiting as the first two, but with a slight twist: this time, the solution to a grisly string of bombings cannot come without the expense of having to lose someone very close to our amateur detectives.
Riveting plot twists. Bullet paced turn of events. This novel packs in just about everything you would expect from a wholesome crime thriller. If you've read the first 2 in the series, you'd probably be even better off as you could relate more easily to the fears and idiosyncrasies of our intriguing protagonists.
Don't know how Patterson does it, but he just keeps on getting better and better! Couldn't put 3rd Degree down. (less)
הרעיון להציג את השואה מנקודת מבטו של כלב הוא מקורי ומבריק. יצירה שמשלבת את דעתו של האדם בפיו של ידידו הטוב ביותר. שמחדדת את חייתיות ה'אדם' הנאצי מול '...moreהרעיון להציג את השואה מנקודת מבטו של כלב הוא מקורי ומבריק. יצירה שמשלבת את דעתו של האדם בפיו של ידידו הטוב ביותר. שמחדדת את חייתיות ה'אדם' הנאצי מול 'אנושיותו המוסרית' של הכלב. אין זה רומן,סיפור אהבה, או מתח אלא סיפור מסע בדרך אחרת , מאוד מיוחד ומהנה לקריאה
The idea to show the holocaust from the viewing point of a dog is something original and original. Its a creation that combines a man opinion in the mouth of his best friend. It also focuses the cruelty of the nazi "people" against the " moral humaneness" of the dog. It isn't romance, love story, or suspence, it is a story of an other journey, something special and enjoyable to read.(less)
This book is about appreciating your family history. It is based on a Jewish family and their struggles, but you do not have to be Jewish to love this...moreThis book is about appreciating your family history. It is based on a Jewish family and their struggles, but you do not have to be Jewish to love this book. I am a "sucker" for books with love of family and faith--- and adding a little romance never hurt anything! Few authors can capture history, human emotion and romance as well as international bestselling author Naomi Ragen. In "The Ghost of Hannah Mendes: A Novel", she expertly interweaves the tragic chronicle of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews with the spellbinding tale of Hannah Mendes, a true historical figure of unconquerable spirit and will, and the moving story of a modem American family in danger of losing its cherished heritage. The novel is absolutely riveting. It is a wonderful mix of culture, history, romance, mystery and suspense. I found it an enchanting and charmful way of learning a piece of history through fiction. This is a wonderful book for people who view history as boring. One can feel the cruelty that was felt by the jewish people during this time through the eyes of a fiction character. Which in turn, leaves one with a new perspective and respect for culture and history. The words simply flow and keep ones attention. (less)
What an unusual concept for book, this story of a man obsessed by capturing the ultimate perfume. I'm not sure what to think of this book. It was defi...moreWhat an unusual concept for book, this story of a man obsessed by capturing the ultimate perfume. I'm not sure what to think of this book. It was definitely interesting in its vivid description of Paris and various places in France. The imagery that the author used was fantastic and really made you feel as if you were there. I did not really enjoy the story and plot. I didn't really think it was that entertaining even with the crazy ending.(less)
Review Steinbeck's peculiarly intense simplicity of technique is admirably displayed in this vignette - a simple, tragic tale of Mexican little people,...moreReview Steinbeck's peculiarly intense simplicity of technique is admirably displayed in this vignette - a simple, tragic tale of Mexican little people, a story retold by the pearl divers of a fishing hamlet until it has the quality of folk legend. A young couple content with the humble living allowed them by the syndicate which controls the sale of the mediocre pearls ordinarily found, find their happiness shattered when their baby boy is stung by a scorpion. They dare brave the terrors of a foreign doctor, only to be turned away when all they can offer in payment is spurned. Then comes the miracle. Kino find a great pearl. The future looks bright again. The baby is responding to the treatment his mother had given. But with the pearl, evil enters the hearts of men:- ambition beyond his station emboldens Kino to turn down the price offered by the dealers- he determines to go to the capital for a better market; the doctor, hearing of the pearl, plants the seed of doubt and superstition, endangering the child's life, so that he may get his rake-off; the neighbors and the strangers turn against Kino, burn his hut, ransack his premises, attack him in the dark - and when he kills, in defense, trail him to the mountain hiding place- and kill the child. Then- and then only- does he concede defeat. In sorrow and humility, he returns with his Juana to the ways of his people; the pearl is thrown into the sea.... A parable, this, with no attempt to add to its simple pattern. (less)
Book is so much better than the film. If you did not read before seeing the film slumdog, then it's fine, but after reading, the film is a bit deceivi...moreBook is so much better than the film. If you did not read before seeing the film slumdog, then it's fine, but after reading, the film is a bit deceiving. So even before or after the film READ the book. Inspiration for the movie Slumdog Millionaire, but this novel stands on its own. It is well told tale, without the violence and betrayal of Slumdog Millionaire. I enjoyed it and rooted for the character all the way from page one until the end. In Q&A Swarup has found a doozy, utilising a format most readers will be able to easily relate to whilst springing continual surprised in the non-linear timeline. Even when you know a particular story is due to be told, when it arrives the details are always fun. And the punchline is fantastically plausible and consistent with the established story and characters.(less)
Carnegie Medal Winner, United KingdomLos Angeles Times Book Prize Winner Borders 2004 Original Voices Award Winner Named a Best Book of 2003 by Publis...moreCarnegie Medal Winner, United KingdomLos Angeles Times Book Prize Winner Borders 2004 Original Voices Award Winner Named a Best Book of 2003 by Publishers Weekly, Booklist, School Library Journal, The Irish Times, The Times (London), The Financial Times and The Albany Times-Union.Sixteen-year-old Mattie Gokey has big dreams but little hope of seeing them come true. Desperate for money, she takes a job at the Glenmore, where hotel guest Grace Brown entrusts her with the task of burning a secret bundle of letters. But when Grace's drowned body is fished from the lake, Mattie discovers that the letters could reveal the grim truth behind a murder.Set in 1906 against the backdrop of the murder that inspired Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy, Jennifer Donnelly's astonishing debut novel effortlessly weaves romance, history, and a murder mystery into something moving, and real, and wholly original.
07.03.2012: ========== This is one of those books where about a third of the way through, you anxiously thumb the remaining pages, knowing that despite your best efforts to savor it, the book will be over all too soon. When A NORTHERN LIGHT falls open, you,the reader, will fall in. While it has been classified as a Young Adult novel, as it does contain some language and situations, every word is absolutely true to the character who is speaking or being spoken of. I urge every teenage girl to read this, then pass it on to her mother, all of her girlfriends, aunts, a favorite teacher--in short, anyone who has a love of words, of learning, of mysteries, and a belief in the power of young women. Donnelly weaves a compelling plot while keeping the story and the characters together. She is truly a gifted writer. I love the historical placement too--this book provides a glimpse of what life was like in rural America in the early 1900's. Most of all, I love that this book is about the struggles and decisions that all women make in pursuit of their dreams. Mattie Gokey is like a kindred spirit! It weaves racism, discovering sexuality, the pains of growing up, and just discovering oneself, plus a historical mystery, all into an amazing novel. I went through excitement, anxiety, laughs, pain, and joy with the main character. Quote from Jennifer Donnelly: ============================ "Ever since I was a child, charachters in books have been as real as flesh and blood people. Open a book and suddenly you can hang out with Tom and Hunk and Jim, Holden Caulfield, or Heathcliff. What can possibly beat that?"That's what I felt with this book.
British author Gil McNeil's book is not a book about knitting, in the most obvious sense. Nor is it the book you would expect from the story outline....moreBritish author Gil McNeil's book is not a book about knitting, in the most obvious sense. Nor is it the book you would expect from the story outline. The book is full of absurd characters and irreverent British humor. This is a good book if you're in the mood for reading a book about a woman learning to cope with what life sends her way. It's well written and I enjoyed it. I was disappointed with the outcome of the "romance", but there is promise on that front if there is, in fact, a sequel. All in all, a good book for a rainy day. (less)