Listening to comedians and humor writers read their books aloud often adds an extra dimension of enjoyment to an audio book for me, and Dad Is Fat con...moreListening to comedians and humor writers read their books aloud often adds an extra dimension of enjoyment to an audio book for me, and Dad Is Fat continues that trend. Jim Gaffigan reads his book with the same tone and solid sense of timing with which he delivers his stand-up routines.
Dad Is Fat explores Gaffigan's thoughts on parenting, particularly the special difficulties (and positives) involved with raising FIVE kids, in a small New York City walk-up apartment, no less.
I didn't laugh out loud that much (though I guffaw when watching his stand-up), but I smiled all the time while listening to this title. It's funny, endearing, and relate-able, whether you have one kid or nine.
Not giving it a rating since I didn't read past page 100, and I figure I should read at least half of a book before rating it. I didn't care about any...moreNot giving it a rating since I didn't read past page 100, and I figure I should read at least half of a book before rating it. I didn't care about any of the characters. While I recognize the difficult struggles of the main character, both from his past (told in flashbacks) and the present, I wasn't moved.(less)
I stopped on page 6088, right at Part Two. Edit: after hearing how much a friend liked this book, I gave it another try, to no avail. It seems I was j...moreI stopped on page 6088, right at Part Two. Edit: after hearing how much a friend liked this book, I gave it another try, to no avail. It seems I was just not in the mood for chick lit. Further, I dimly recalled that this became a movie. I viewed the trailer, and then realized in those 90 seconds that I knew how it would end, and didn't need to read any more.
The writing is okay, there's humor, it has entertainment value. Assuming the future romance bits aren't too gaggy, I would have likely given it 2.5 stars.(less)
This book has been sitting in my to-read stack for so long, I am not 100% sure of its origins. I suspect, but hope that I am wrong, that I picked it u...moreThis book has been sitting in my to-read stack for so long, I am not 100% sure of its origins. I suspect, but hope that I am wrong, that I picked it up at a book swap I hosted a few years back. If so, that means ONE OF MY FRIENDS (ACK!!!) read this, and apparently liked it enough to highlight things.
I didn't read much of it at all, or else I'd give it one lousy star. I didn't need to read much to determine the author is all about Jesus, and making sure your sons don't turn out gay (the horror!).
I am mildly horrified to see that the previous owner highlighted this: "In 15 years, I have spoken with hundreds of homosexual men. I have never met one who said he had a loving, respectful relationship with his father."
Normally after I read something in print that I own, I eventually stick it in my Little Free Library, so that someone else may enjoy it. I won't be doing that with this one; it goes in the recycling!(less)
I stopped at page 62, but probably would have quit earlier had insomnia not struck while this was the only book in my bed, and I wasn't going to get o...moreI stopped at page 62, but probably would have quit earlier had insomnia not struck while this was the only book in my bed, and I wasn't going to get out of bed to find something else to read.
I won't rate it since I quit early on, though at the point I stopped, I was at a 2-star. This is my first Hornby book, which made it into my stack because I'd heard of him, was aware of High Fidelity, and knew that one was supposed to be good.
Four suicidal people find themselves together on the rooftop where they were going to jump to their deaths, but they don't. Some other reviewers mention the humor aspect of this book, but I didn't find anything funny in the part I read, though I guess I can see what was *supposed* to be funny.
I don't mind unlikeable characters, as long as I still care about what they have to say, or what happens to them, etc. In the case of these four, I couldn't bring myself to care about any of them, though the pizza delivery musician guy came the closest for me.
The writing is okay, but I just didn't care enough to continue, especially with so many other titles out there on my To Read shelf.(less)
A dwarf pays a man to lead him to a cave in the mountains. This cave supposedly contains all the gold you want, for a price. While not exactly a graph...moreA dwarf pays a man to lead him to a cave in the mountains. This cave supposedly contains all the gold you want, for a price. While not exactly a graphic novel, it's filled with illustrations that help punctuate certain parts of the story. The illustrations are not my preferred style of artwork, though they fit well with the words, and are well done.
Neil Gaiman is a wonderful, inspired and creative storyteller. He uses the right amount of words, and knows how to put them together to convey a mood, set a world, and define a character. This felt like a dark fairytale for adults, and I liked it.(less)
In the future, a war starts between Pro-Life and Pro-Choicers. It's solved in an unexpected way: human life begins at conception, and no chi...more4.5 stars!
In the future, a war starts between Pro-Life and Pro-Choicers. It's solved in an unexpected way: human life begins at conception, and no child may be terminated from then until the age of reason. From ages 13-17, however, parents now have the option to 'unwind' their children. Once this order is given, it cannot be taken back, and that teen's body will be harvested for parts, in effect keeping them "100% alive".
Mostly Unwind concerns three kids that are due to be Unwound, all for unique reasons. We follow their journey in trying to stay alive and in one piece. The chapters are brief, with each one told through the point of view of different characters. I couldn't wait to see what happened next!
Whoah, what a premise. As far as my reading experience goes, this is a unique concept. Even better, Shusterman executes it exceptionally well. I bonded to the characters, or I marveled at the distinct personalities of the ones I didn't care for so much. Some parts are predictable, but nothing that should lessen your enjoyment.
My 15 year old son read this several years ago, and since he is no longer a reader (alas), when he told me it was "a good book", with genuine enthusiasm in his voice, I knew I needed to read it. What I didn't expect was to like it so much that I want to read the next one, though that's a good thing!
I also like that none of the characters made me roll my eyes, gag, or wish they would just STFU already. Too many YA dystopian novels seem to have that affect on me, so, thanks, Mr. Shusterman. Plus, this book could get you thinking about some heavy existential stuff, if you wish to let your mind wander there.(less)
Dr. Marc Schlossler provides the first-person narration in this title, which is not really a mystery but has some mystery to it, and isn't an extreme...moreDr. Marc Schlossler provides the first-person narration in this title, which is not really a mystery but has some mystery to it, and isn't an extreme thriller, but does have some suspense going on. If nasty, reprehensible characters make your eyelids twitch (Ha! If you read it, you'll see what I did there!), then you should probably stay away.
Dr. Marc overflows with self-centeredness and an extreme dislike of his patients. He's homophobic and hypocritical, and his inner thoughts are vile, cruel, and twisted. This might be annoying in the hands of a lesser writer, but Koch knows how to write, and nails the characters. There are even other characters that are nastier than Marc!
I loved being privvy to Marc's painfully honest thoughts. Most of the story centers around a summer vacation, at, of course, a house with a swimming pool. So much happens there in a compressed amount of time, things that set the course Marc takes for the latter part of the novel.
I usually only read some at night, and during lunch breaks here and there. This one, I devoured. It's really a page-turner. Yet I liked the first half or so much better than the rest. I was sucked in enough to see how things played out. Some flash-backs are thrown in. Not all questions are answered at the end, and some that are still remain unclear.
Last summer was my first exposure to this Dutch author, and I liked The Dinner too. I don't plan on seeking out any translations for his earlier work, but I will likely pick up his next localized for English title. (less)
For me, the beauty of a well-done graphic novel is that nearly any subject can be an engrossing reading experience. I don't have interest in the build...moreFor me, the beauty of a well-done graphic novel is that nearly any subject can be an engrossing reading experience. I don't have interest in the building of the first atomic bomb or that particular aspect of World War II. That doesn't matter, for Trinity is compelling in its narrative and detailed black-and-white illustrations.
I especially liked using dominoes as an analogy for the complexities involved in atoms and fission. I'm pretty sure this is more science that I've read in a couple of decades, and I certainly learned things.
My 13 year old son, an even bigger graphic novel fan than myself, also read this. He liked it, though he's a peace-loving boy, and I'm sure he would have preferred to read about some happier aspect of history. Still, knowledge is power, though Trinity also shows the double-edged sword of gaining that power.(less)
My children's pediatrician recommended this to me. He's not only someone I admire and respect, but he also is a prolific reader, all which seem to be...moreMy children's pediatrician recommended this to me. He's not only someone I admire and respect, but he also is a prolific reader, all which seem to be books designed to enlighten and teach. I'm glad I gave it a try, and gladder still chose the audiobook. Jennifer Senior's voice is a bit scratchy, and for the first chapter I wasn't sure if I liked that or not. Voice actors who are paid to read audiobooks never sound like Senior does. It quickly grew on me, as did she.
Senior presents a wealth of studies, research, information and more on her subject; you can tell she worked on this for some time. Some history on parenting is offered as well. This book strives to explore a different view--how children effect their parents. Parenthood is challenging, difficult, so many things. Yet it is also all worth it.
The sections are roughly broken up by ages, starting with preschoolers and their particular issues, and ending with what I am currently experiencing, adolescents. The research information is interspersed at just the right moments between and during Senior's own interviews of parents. There's plenty here that made me nod my head, thinking, 'Oh yeah. That.' There's also lots to ponder. I suspect most parents wish happiness for their children. Before listening to this, I never considered that such a wish might be a burden to the child, or that it's the wrong thing to strive for, when chosen over, say, independence.
Note that while I put this title in my Historical and Realistic Fiction shelves, I recognize that it's based on an experience the author's father had...moreNote that while I put this title in my Historical and Realistic Fiction shelves, I recognize that it's based on an experience the author's father had in the late 60s.
I wasn't previously aware of this story from the Civil Rights Movement. A white TV reporter (Jack) meets and forms something of a friendship with a black activist (Larry). Jack videotapes some of a peaceful protest organized by Larry that goes horribly wrong. Racism hurts my heart so much, especially since it's still around decades after the events depicted in this graphic novel.
The artwork is all black and white, and realistically depicts the characters and backgrounds. It isn't really my style, though it is good.
The storyline is a bit confusing in places, or maybe it's just a lack of flow, for sometimes I had difficulty telling what was going on. By the end I was either used to it, or all caught up, for that ceased being a problem.
I would recommend this to teens that are both interested in the Civil Rights Movement and enjoy the graphic novel format. It was good, but not great. (less)
Overall, I was disappointed. While most of Oprah's book club books are depressing in some way, I still usually like them. That's probably why I kept g...moreOverall, I was disappointed. While most of Oprah's book club books are depressing in some way, I still usually like them. That's probably why I kept going until the end, even though the story felt slow at times.
Icy Sparks suffers from Tourette's Syndrome, though she doesn't know it, and the people in her small town just figure she's crazy. Part of the time I believed Icy was a 10 year old girl with some issues. Other times I questioned whether a 10 year old girl really would think that deeply about flowers and her surrounding landscape.
The writing is okay, though a number of times I had unanswered questions, and some loose ends muddled up the story. Yet I was ready to go for 2.5 stars, until the last part of the book. Icy (view spoiler)[ finds religion, gains a purpose, and suddenly things are better. The sudden influx of heavy religion surprised me, for it felt out of place. (hide spoiler)] So, I didn't like the ending.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I enjoy most First Second graphic novels, and this one is no exception. The artwork is perfect, and the story is engaging. Before reading this, I had...moreI enjoy most First Second graphic novels, and this one is no exception. The artwork is perfect, and the story is engaging. Before reading this, I had never heard of Galdikas, and my knowledge of Goodall and Fossey was basic. So, I learned stuff, and it happened while I was being entertained, even better.
I did find the narrator switching confusing. Sometimes it was first person, sometimes third person, and sometimes I couldn't clearly tell who was speaking or thinking. A few bits were left unexplained, but maybe this was for brevity's sake. Also, while a bibliography is provided at the end, the authors note that their work includes some fiction. Because of this, I wouldn't recommend it for a student's research project, except as maybe a fun introduction and starting point.
The flaws, for me, were minor, and I liked it a lot, as did my 13-year old son (another graphic novel fan). Now then, off to check out Feynman!(less)
Rosie is Elizabeth's (formerly unwanted) daughter, who becomes the world to her mother. The character portrayals are deep and intensely desc...more3.5 stars.
Rosie is Elizabeth's (formerly unwanted) daughter, who becomes the world to her mother. The character portrayals are deep and intensely described, though I felt like I knew Elizabeth better, perhaps due to her narrating of Rosie. The story centers on the mother-daughter relationship (Rosie's dad is dead), the relationship with their best friends, and the men in all their lives.
A core part of Rosie is Elizabeth's descent into alcoholism. While the book is a quick read, this aspect can be difficult to read, for Lamott offers us an honest, open insight into Elizabeth's innermost thoughts.
Overall, it's a good book, by someone that knows how to write well. It wasn't great for me, however, and I may not seek out the next two books about Rosie.(less)
I kickstarted this and read it as a PDF file on my tablet. The artwork is black and white (as is the 2012 PDF), though I don't kno...moreCloser to 4.5 stars.
I kickstarted this and read it as a PDF file on my tablet. The artwork is black and white (as is the 2012 PDF), though I don't know if the print version is in color or not. It boasts tons of diversity (even alien sex!), so as long as this sort of title is your thing, you're likely to find something here you like. The artwork, as well as the writing, ranges from average to great, though most of them are quite good. A nice bibliography is included at the end, so you can find more work from your favorite artists.
I will be kickstarting their next project as well!(less)