This is a collection of short stories and although there were a few real standouts amongst them, I found the majority unremarkable and hard to differeThis is a collection of short stories and although there were a few real standouts amongst them, I found the majority unremarkable and hard to differentiate. I love Roxane Gay as a writer, and the whole book is written wonderfully, but for the most part, I just didn't care about many of the characters who were in it.
The characters and stories are wonderfully diverse, with every sort of woman and relationship represented, I just wish there were more than 3 or 4 stories that I would choose to read again....more
If you liked/loved the film as much as I did, this book is pretty much a must read, I think. It adds to the film and will make the ending even more imIf you liked/loved the film as much as I did, this book is pretty much a must read, I think. It adds to the film and will make the ending even more impactful because you grow to love the characters even more. The last few chapters, Chapter 20 in particular, pack an emotional punch.
Star Wars novels are obviously not literary masterpieces, but I have always enjoyed them regardless, but this one felt more rounded, more engaging and perhaps it was because the film was fresh, and the characters had hit a spot, but the book helped me rekindle my love for the genre and I definitely plan on reading more of the books from this universe again....more
I thought I would enjoy this more than I did - I think the idea was good and some of the essays struck a cord with me, but for whatever reason, I justI thought I would enjoy this more than I did - I think the idea was good and some of the essays struck a cord with me, but for whatever reason, I just didn't seem to get any sort of connection with this book. Perhaps if I go back to it at another time, I will feel differently, but right now, all I really got out this was some pretty great song recs....more
I very much enjoyed this sort of sequel to Pride & Prejudice and the decision to focus on Mary. The author did a great job in making it feel almosI very much enjoyed this sort of sequel to Pride & Prejudice and the decision to focus on Mary. The author did a great job in making it feel almost cannon and although I, of course, wish there had been more Darcy & Elizabeth, I found myself very much enjoying reading about Mary.
I am a fan of most P&P variations, so I admit my bias, but I really enjoyed this. I would have given it all 5 stars if only we had seen more of Mary and Mr Aikens together...the ending felt a bit rushed and I felt a bit cheated. Beyond that though, I loved everything about it....more
This is sold as a love story, but I never really got a sense of it.
The story is about Winnie, the white daughter of a plantation owner, and George, tThis is sold as a love story, but I never really got a sense of it.
The story is about Winnie, the white daughter of a plantation owner, and George, the black post office worker she meets one day. In theory, history, forbidden love, angst, drama should have ticked all my boxes, but somehow, it just didn't work for me. I found Winnie a very immature protagonist and the love story, such as it was, never felt engaging so I never really cared if it would work out.
For me, the story was well written and engaging, the characters not so much. There is going to be a follow on book though, and I will read that because I would like to see how it all ends up. I think Winnie and George will be much more interesting to me when they are a little older....more
Lovely illustrations and it was good to relive some of my favourite Austen passages and excerpts from Jane's letters, but overall, I didn't enjoy thisLovely illustrations and it was good to relive some of my favourite Austen passages and excerpts from Jane's letters, but overall, I didn't enjoy this as much as I thought I would.
I think it lacked a little bit of humour - I think if it had taken itself a little less seriously I would have connected with it a wee bit more....more
I finished this book and felt a bit annoyed by it as I felt like I just wasted my time to read a story that had no real point to it.
It wasn't terribleI finished this book and felt a bit annoyed by it as I felt like I just wasted my time to read a story that had no real point to it.
It wasn't terrible - the book is about a young woman who goes to work as an assistant to a reclusive author and starts looking after the author's eccentric child, Frank while the author tries to finish her first book in decades. And...that's pretty much it. There is a half-hearted attempt at other plots (what was the point of Xander? Vargas & Mimi's subplot? The school issues?) but nothing really seems to stick, and instead we have a book of an introspective 20 something looking after an eccentric child with a few barbed comments from the mother. The subplots wouldn't have bothered me if they all hadn't had so much potential to be interesting if they had been expanded. Maybe that was the point though - maybe they were underwritten to highlight the temporary feel of Alice's place in their world, but for me, it didn't really work.
Frank is a wonderful character - he was funny and sensitive and I loved reading about him. He was a child who deserved more than the adults in his life and I hope that the author maybe one day will write a follow on book with a 20 year old Frank or something so we can see how he turns out.
It was a quick read and it was well written, I think I was just expecting a wee bit more with it than I got....more
This feels like an important book. I'm not American. I'm not black and I don't risk being beaten up by police officers for simply existing, but this sThis feels like an important book. I'm not American. I'm not black and I don't risk being beaten up by police officers for simply existing, but this still feels like an important book.
The story is written by two authors - one black, one white, about two teenage boys - one black, one white. The book starts with Rashad dropping into a grocery store where a woman bumps into him and falls. Before anything can happen or the woman even gets a chance to explain what happened, Rashad finds himself face down on the ground and being beaten to a pulp by a police officer who won't even let him speak.
The other character is Quinn, a white basketball player who is also dropping into the grocery store, who sees the beating, and runs away because the cop who is doing the beating was a man who was like a surrogate father to him after his own was killed in combat.
The juxtaposition between the two viewpoints was fascinating to me - I liked both kids and they felt like real teenage boys dealing with very real, very unfair issues. It was hard to read, it was scary and it made me so angry and so sad to read it. I can't believe that it is still an issue, but I feel like stuff like this is important. It is important to see it from all sides, it is important to realise how we can change things and that's why this feels like it's an important book. Maybe this book won't stop the next child being beaten because he has darker skin or baggy clothing, but maybe it will make some people realise that by ignoring it, by pretending there is a justification for it, that there is ever a justification for it, we are all part of the problem....more
This was a difficult one to rate - I think the ideas in it are a solid 5 stars, but actually seeing them applied to the author's life dragged it downThis was a difficult one to rate - I think the ideas in it are a solid 5 stars, but actually seeing them applied to the author's life dragged it down a little. That's a terrible thing to say, I know but what I mean is that she put some great work in, and created a wonderful plan that can be implemented by everyone, but sometimes the opportunities she had made the project seem out of reach for the rest of us who perhaps can't just get a friend published, or who can't just decide to start a variety of groups and little things like that.
It's perhaps an unreasonable complaint and probably says more about me than the book, in fairness but it was something I struggled with regardless.
Beyond that though, I found the book very insightful and helpful and I hope to maybe try and implement some of the lessons within it into my own life....more
I had finished Me Before You, so I thought I would ride the wave of devastation and finally get around to reading this since I had hopefully cried mysI had finished Me Before You, so I thought I would ride the wave of devastation and finally get around to reading this since I had hopefully cried myself out earlier.
Big mistake. Huge.
As much as I love Chloe and Adam from The Ballad series, there was always something about Zach and Natalie and their relationship that I loved, so much so that I still harbour a bit of an irrational grudge on the interloper.
Getting to see more of them (even knowing the tragic ending that was inevitably coming) was wonderful, but man, it broke my heart. Nat and Zach had such a different relationship to any that you usually see in a book and I enjoyed the added glimpses of them. The letters and emails were funny, sad, sexy and them and they broke my heart. Again.
This book wrecked me. I went into it knowing what happened and being prepared, but yet, it did nothing the alleviate the emotional impact.
Everyone knoThis book wrecked me. I went into it knowing what happened and being prepared, but yet, it did nothing the alleviate the emotional impact.
Everyone knows the basic story - Lou Clark takes a job as a carer to a quadriplegic Will Traynor and yada yada yada, it's chick lit, you know what happens...and you invest in them. Lou is eccentric and good and scared of change and I felt a bond with her that I don't often feel with the lead characters in most chick-lits I read. Will is wonderful, but I don't think the story would have affected me quite as much without seeing Lou's character growth throughout it and Will was the catalyst for that. There was a wonderful, bittersweet twist of watching Lou's life get larger when Will's was getting smaller.
I am a cryer - and I cried at this. The lovestory was beautiful and the end was heartbreaking, but what got to me, what made me cry was the lost opportunity - the what might have beens. It was just a beautiful book, with two beautiful lead characters (& in the interest of fairness, some pretty irritating secondary characters - but I'm not knocking points off for them) and I wish it hadn't taken me so long to read it, but better late than never.
The one thing I wish we had seen in this though was a Will section - I think, especially towards the end of the book (especially after the holiday) that seeing inside his head would have been great. I think the book needed it. It's a small gripe, but I just think a book where one of the themes was Will having a hard time getting people to listen to and understand him, it would have been wonderful to have heard from him....more