As a Southern Californian, I'm super-familiar with In-N-Out but not the story behind the company or the family that owns/founded In-N-Out, so when I sAs a Southern Californian, I'm super-familiar with In-N-Out but not the story behind the company or the family that owns/founded In-N-Out, so when I saw this book at the library, I knew I had to read it!
Parts of the book were completely fascinating, but overall, it was just okay for me.
I think it's important to note that Perman was unable to talk to In-N-Out, but she did interview a lot of other people, as well as look at Census Bureau records. Unfortunately, I've returned the copy back to the library, so I couldn't tell you all of the work she put into researching, but what I've mentioned is all I can remember as far as that goes. Still, she had plenty of material to work with, but it would have been really interesting if she could have interviewed the family.
It is a really interesting look at the coupe who started In-N-Out, and it's as about them and how the company because the company we know today as it is about the fast food industry. What really stood out was how important the quality of ingredients were, and how Snyder had a really good relationship spanning decades with the vendors. What also stands out is how important good customer service was, how important good wages and promoting from within are, and how important it is to do something really well. And that staying small is really important too.
I didn't know that they were such good friends with the Karchers, the family that founded Carl's Jr., but it was interesting that they saw each other as colleagues and friends, not competitors.
It is more business-y than I was expecting, and that made it a little bit hard to get through at times, especially when Perman was talking about the trusts put in place to make sure that it stays in the family. I also think that it's a book a lot of people might find interesting to some degree (even people who have never been to In-N-Out) but I think it's devoted legions of fans will find it super-interesting.
My Rating: 2 stars. While there were a few interesting things in the book, it was more business-y than I thought it would be, and the book did get bogged down in that....more
I really liked Taking Flight! It's such an inspiring story, and to go from being an orphan to a ballerina and and she had to overcome so much to do thI really liked Taking Flight! It's such an inspiring story, and to go from being an orphan to a ballerina and and she had to overcome so much to do that. She's accomplished so much, and at such a young age, and there is a part of me that feels like I've accomplished nothing in my life.
But I liked seeing her chronicle how hard it is to not just be a professional ballerina (which is something that just fascinates me, especially as a very uncoordinated person), but also as a minority. She doesn't feel sorry for herself, and she keeps going because it's what she wants to do, and she's very determined to not only have her dreams come true but to be a role model for future ballerinas.
Her parents and brothers are truly amazing- her parents for adopting her, and two other girls from her orphanage, and her brothers (especially Teddy) for making her feel welcome and like she was part of the family. They are very supportive, amazing people, and it's clear that they love each other.
We also get a lot about her childhood, which is awesome, and I wish we got a lot more about the dancing. It did seem a little like a resume, but I'm very much interested in seeing First Position, the documentary that DePrince is a part of. It's been on my netflix queue for a while, but having read this book, it's definitely going up on the list of things to watch. And I enjoyed it so much that I really wanted it to be longer, especially since there were a few points where I felt like there could have been more detail. I know it takes a lot of time to write a book, especially a memoir, and it's such an inspiring story that I'm sad there isn't more to the book.
My Rating: 4 stars. I really liked Taking Flight, and DePrince is such an inspiration. ...more
I'm definitely fascinated with World War 2, especially with Nazi Germany, so when I was intrigued by this biography of Goebbels when I saw it on netgaI'm definitely fascinated with World War 2, especially with Nazi Germany, so when I was intrigued by this biography of Goebbels when I saw it on netgalley. I know the name and that he was charge of propaganda, but other than that, I didn't know anything, so I definitely wanted to learn more about him.
This biography is definitely daunting and very, very detailed- it's an astounding 900+ pages, and it was definitely a marathon of a book. Nothing really jumped out at me as particularly interesting, other than Goebbels studied philosophy and that he was loyal to Hitler, to the point of murdering his children before taking his own life. I feel like, at the end of the book, I knew as much about him as I did before I started the book.
It's definitely dense (and on the dry side) and I had to fight the urge to skim the book (which I maybe did at certain points throughout the book). I don't know that it's the best book for someone who doesn't know much about Goebbels, and since it leans more to the scholarly end of things, it might be better suited for people who are really into World World 2 and Nazi Germany (especially those close to Hitler).
This biography really goes into depth about Goebbels and why he did the things he did, and what made him tick. It's also a really good look at some of what was going on during that time, because of his journals. It's also why it's a slow read, because it's very meticulous.
Let's Rate It: This biography is definitely not a book for everyone, but still worth checking out for historians and students or for anyone studying the Holocaust or the Nazi's (or World War 2). Goebbels: A Biography gets 2 stars....more
I've been meaning to read The Princes Of The Tower for quite a while, so it's about time I actually read it! I liked it but not as much as I thought II've been meaning to read The Princes Of The Tower for quite a while, so it's about time I actually read it! I liked it but not as much as I thought I would.
As much as I love Weir, it's a book you need to go into with some knowledge of the time period and the people. I've read several books about the Tudors, but I know very little of the events that led to the Tudors taking the throne, so for a few chapters, I felt really confused by all of the names and events.
It definitely felt like Weir set out to prove that Richard III was the one behind the mysterious murders of the two Princes, and it did feel like Weir didn't go into this as objectively as one would think. She does make some good points, and Richard III does seem like the likeliest suspect, but I don't know that he's as evil as Weir would make him out to be.
Still, it's a really good overview of the time, and the events that led to the reign of Henry VII. There is quite a bit of information, and I like that Weir mentions sources from that time period. I did get the sense that there's not a lot we know, and that some of the sources may be sketchy. Still, with some of the things that have come out over the last few years, with the discovery of Richard III's grave, I'd be curious to see a more updated book.
Let's Rate It: The Princes In The Tower was an interesting read, and it's a good overview of the time. It did seem slightly biased against Richard III and it's not the best for people who aren't super familiar with the time period. It still has some interesting things to think about. The Princes In The Tower get 3 stars....more
When I saw this biography on netgalley, I was intrigued because I know the name, but not the person behind the name. Unfortunately, I didn't like MadeWhen I saw this biography on netgalley, I was intrigued because I know the name, but not the person behind the name. Unfortunately, I didn't like Mademoiselle as much as I thought.
It was very interesting to how she got into fashion, and what her early life was like. It did get very repetitive at times- it was tiring to read that Chanel wanted to re-write her own life over and over and over. Mademoiselle was very detailed and had a lot of information- too much information for me. There were times when I skimmed the book (mostly at the end of the book), just because I couldn't take in any more details. For me, there was so much detail that nothing really stood out to me. Sometimes it felt like names and events were thrown at me. And it felt much more like we got all of the different people and events that had an influence on Chanel personally and professionally, and not a lot about Chanel. I know that they all had a big impact on her life, but I wish I walked away with a better sense of Chanel.
I did like that there were photos and quotes from Chanel herself scattered throughout the book. It made Chanel much more real to see her own words throughout the book. It also seemed like a very objective look at Chanel's life, but as a result, it seemed a little dry, and I would have liked the little something extra that seemed missing. I do think anyone who's curious about Chanel and anyone who's into fashion will like this book.
Let's Rate It: Mademoiselle got a little too detailed and was a little too repetitive at times, which made it okay for me. It's still an interesting look at the person who started this huge and iconic company. Mademoiselle gets 2 stars.
*I received Mademoiselle from netgalley.com in exchange for a fair and honest review...more
Of the Mary Roach books I've listened to (Stiff and Gulp), I thought I'd give Spook a try. It seemed interesting and quirky enough, which seems to fitOf the Mary Roach books I've listened to (Stiff and Gulp), I thought I'd give Spook a try. It seemed interesting and quirky enough, which seems to fit Mary Roach's style, but it wasn't as compelling or as interesting as I thought it would be.
I like that she took a more scientific approach to the afterlife, and the book has her trademark humor. I definitely couldn't help but laugh a few times. Nothing really stood out to me as particularly interesting or memorable- other than the first chapter, where she spends time with someone in India researching reincarnation, the chapter where she spends some time at a medium school and how she felt out of place, and the bit about how people who had near-death experiences/out-of-body experiences kept seeing shoes.
I liked that each chapter was devoted to something different, and I liked that she focused on how people used to see death and the afterlife. But I also felt like it was much more skewed to the past than the present, and I wish more of the present was included.
As for the narration, I really liked Bernadette Quigley! I really pictured Mary Roach with Quigley narrating. Quigley does do the occasional accent, and I can see that irritating some people, but it didn't really bother me.
Let's Rate It: Overall, Stiff turned out to be just okay. It's interesting, but not a lot was very memorable to me, and I'm not sure if a scientific approach to the afterlife is necessarily the best approach. Roach does bring a lot of humor to the topic, though. Spook gets 2 stars....more
After listening to Stiff, I knew I wanted to read her other books, so I decided that I would give Gulp a try. It's definitely interesting, and I loveAfter listening to Stiff, I knew I wanted to read her other books, so I decided that I would give Gulp a try. It's definitely interesting, and I love how Roach is so enthusiastic about what she's learning. It really comes across well, and her enthusiasm makes me excited to listen to what she's learned.
I really like how each chapter is about a different topic, and each chapter flows into the next chapter really well. There are so many things I wouldn't normally think about, and she does it in a way that manages to not gross me out. (Well, most of the time).
Like, there's a lab devoted to researching saliva. I had no idea such a lab existed, but it makes sense that there is such a place. And a lot of eating is smell (not tasting), which goes right to emotions and feelings, but not words, which is why smell is so hard to describe. And our jaw? It's really strong! Plus, we can detect a grain of sand that's super-duper small.
I totally wish I remembered how small it was, but it's pretty dang small.
Being able to chew and swallow is really important. Chewing is really satisfying, and there are people who would rather be mute than tube-fed. And there's an entire chapter on pet food and all of the research that goes into it.
She makes a topic that does have the gross factor interesting and entertaining, and that came across really well in the audio book. I actually liked Zeller as a narrator, and I really felt like it was Roach talking to me. It came across much more for me in Gulp than it did in Stiff, and it kind of makes me wish Zeller had narrated Stiff.
Let's Rate It: I really liked Gulp! As much as one can like a book like Gulp. I love how Roach asks questions I wouldn't even think to ask, and her interest and curiosity and enthusiasm makes me interested in something I don't tend to think about! Gulp gets 4 stars....more
Stiff is definitely one of the strangest books I've ever read or listened to! But in a totally good way because it was fascinating, and I couldn't lisStiff is definitely one of the strangest books I've ever read or listened to! But in a totally good way because it was fascinating, and I couldn't listen to it fast enough. What's super-interesting about Stiff is that it's not something you normally think about. I know you can donate your organs and body to science, but it's not like I spend time thinking about all the people who donate themselves to science or what happens to the body itself after death.
One of the things I found really interesting was the chapter about the crash-test cadavers. I know there are crash-test times, and I never even considered the possibility that cadavers are used. It makes total sense that a dummy can only tell you so much, and that cadavers would be used to see how the crash simulations impact an actual human body. And even how airplanes can be made safer by studying how it affects the human body.
There are so many interesting little tidbits throughout the book, and while it might not be a good book to read when you're eating, it's not a book that will make you squeamish. I would know, since I have a tendency to get grossed out by stuff, and I didn't find Stiff to be like that at all.
It's actually pretty entertaining, and Roach has a way of making it humorous and interesting while also being educational. Like, there's a best preserved body contest. I think it's hosted by an embalming company. Or the research done by a university that has a field of decomposed bodies to better understand how different things affect the stages of decomposition. Or even the plastic surgeons who were practicing some techniques on severed heads, and how it's a good way for them to practice because there's less pressure than during an actual surgery on an actual person.
"It is astounding to me, and achingly sad, that with eighty thousand people on the waiting list for donated hearts and livers and kidneys, with sixteen a day dying there on that list, that more then half of the people in the position H's family was in will say no, will choose to burn those organs or let them rot. We abide the surgeon's scalpel to save our own lives, out loved ones' lives, but not to save a stranger's life. H has no heart, but heartless is the last thing you'd call her."
This is definitely one of the things that as stayed with me and jumped out at me when I was listening to Stiff. I knew for sure I wanted to donate my organs before I even read Stiff...and I like that it came up naturally. Then again, it's not hard to with a book like this.
So, I listened to Stiff, which in itself is odd, because I don't normally listen to non-fiction. Still, it's fun enough to listen to, and if I did listen to more non-fiction on audio, I think I'd go with something like Stiff. The narrator was okay- not completely amazing, but she wasn't completely horrible either.
Let's Rate It: Stiff is definitely one of the more interesting books I've listened to in quite a while. It's an odd topic, for sure, but Roach made it really fun to listen to, and I feel like I've learned a lot about something I don't normally think about. Stiff gets 4 stars....more
*Elizabeth of York is an ARC from netgalley.com, which hasn't influenced my review in any way.
I'm super-fascinated by the Tudors, and I'm also a huge*Elizabeth of York is an ARC from netgalley.com, which hasn't influenced my review in any way.
I'm super-fascinated by the Tudors, and I'm also a huge fan of Alison Weir, so I knew I had to read Elizabeth Of York. I don't know much about her, or the Wars Of The Roses, since I tend to read about Henry VIII and his wives and children. It was great reading about Elizabeth, since I didn't know a lot about her.
The first few chapters...they were a little hard to go through, mostly because I found it hard to keep up with all of the people and events Weir writes about. It's fairly easy to understand, but it's a lot to take in, and I think I need to read the book a few more times with pen and paper to have a better grasp of everything. It's very readable, but my head swam with names and such.
One thing I thought was interesting was how Henry VII kind of needed her to make his role as king legitimate. It's not surprising, given there was a war over who should be king, but it's still interesting that marrying someone like Elizabeth neutralized some claims to the throne. Not completely, of course, and some of them must have taken their toll on her.
Another interesting thing was the possibility that Henry VIII named his daughter Elizabeth after his mother. I don't know why it didn't occur to me before, but it does make sense. I also thought that Henry would want to have a relationship like the one his parents had to be interesting. It seems like Elizabeth and Henry VII had a really good relationship and marriage, so Henry had a relationship to look up to. I don't know why that surprises me, but it does. Of course, trying to find someone like his mother wasn't conclusive or anything, since having heirs was really important.
While I found the first chapters confusing, they were also really interesting. I liked reading about her childhood, and you could easily focus in on that part of her life. Having to live somewhere really secure because of living in uncertainty, and losing her 2 brothers and not knowing if they were dead or alive, and holding out hope...I do have a lot of sympathy for her.
A lot of the book, especially those early years, focus on what was going on around Elizabeth, since there isn't a lot we know of that time in her life. So I don't mind that part of the book is more about the people around her, because it shows how she became the person she did, and why things went the way they did.
Final Thoughts: Overall, Elizabeth Of York was very readable, and I liked learning more about her. It was hard to keep track of what was going on at the beginning, but in the end, I learned a lot! Elizabeth Of York gets 4 stars. ...more
I have really mixed feelings about The Rainborowes. It is interesting to see this family in the context of a very tumultuous time, and on two differenI have really mixed feelings about The Rainborowes. It is interesting to see this family in the context of a very tumultuous time, and on two different continents. But I also felt like the book had a jumble of names and dates and events that was hard for me to keep track of. It just seems like the Rainborowes had a lot going on and were really involved in important events, and I wish I had taken notes so I could keep better track of everything. I think me not keeping up with everything was pretty much my fault, since I didn't pay as much attention as I could have. I did find myself going back a few pages a few times, because I felt like I missed something important.
I think another reason why I have mixed feelings is that I wasn't expecting a book about the family and how they fit in to what was going on around them. While it is the best way to talk about this very large family, I think I was expecting more about them. I liked some of the details about life in New England, especially some of the details about the churches they attended, but there were times when the book got bogged down in the details.
I think the thing I liked the most about The Rainborowes is that I was reminded of how there are people and families throughout history that played a really important part in things and yet they don't get the recognition they deserve.
The Rainborowes also felt a little over the place, and just when I got used to reading about one side of the Atlantic, the book would switch locations, and we'd be on the other side of the Atlantic. It did seem pretty linear, but there was something non-linear about it at the same time.
Final Thoughts: I'm not sure what else to say about The Rainborowes. It is an interesting look at a family I had never heard of before and how instrumental they were on both sides of the Atlantic, but the book got weighed down in the details at times, and I had trouble keeping track of the many people in the book. While interesting, I don't think it's the book for me. The Rainborowes gets 2 stars....more
When I saw Empty Mansions on netgalley, I knew I had to request it! While it sounded interested, it was far more interesting than I ever could have imWhen I saw Empty Mansions on netgalley, I knew I had to request it! While it sounded interested, it was far more interesting than I ever could have imagined.
Huguette was such an interesting and eccentric woman, and she really came to life in Empty Mansions. The book does jump around in terms of time and place, but I didn't mind it, because it gave a really good picture of who Huguette was as a person, and why maintaining mansions that she never visited or hadn't visited in decades was something she did.
Her love of painting and her interest in art was one of the most interesting things about her. And the fact that her relatives hadn't seen her since the 1950's and 1960's was also super-interesting. I can't imagine only communicating with someone by mail or over the phone...and not knowing that she was living in a hospital room for something like 20 years or that she had cancer.
Like, she just randomly gave away millions of dollars. She was very giving- if someone mentioned a child or grandchild going to grad school or needing work done at home, she'd write a check with no hesitation. She lived a very long life, and given she lived to be over a hundred, she seemed to be in pretty good health and pretty alert. And she didn't write out a will until really late in life. I found myself really irritated with the hospital she lived at, because part of the book talks about their plan for donations from Huguette. I understand wanting/needing donations, and targeting a very wealthy patient. Some of the doctors and at least one of her nurses accepted monetary gifts from Huguette and it seems like they did what they could to hide Huguette from inspectors, which kind of makes them suspect. And I'm not sure if it's coincidence or what, but her room got moved when they learned they weren't getting a large sum from her in her will.
Also: her family challenging her will. I get their concern (especially in regards to her accountant) but it's interesting that they'd challenge her will, given they hadn't seen her in decades, and tried to get messages to Huguette, even though she didn't seem interested in communicating with them. As of now, things still are not resolved.
Final Thoughts: Empty Mansions is such an interesting and complex look at Huguette Clark, her life and her homes. I definitely recommend the book! Empty Mansions gets 4 stars.
*Empty Mansions is an e-ARC from netgalley.com, which has not influenced my review in any way...more
The Telling Room is definitely one of the more interesting books I've read this year. It is a book about cheese and stories and betrayal and history.The Telling Room is definitely one of the more interesting books I've read this year. It is a book about cheese and stories and betrayal and history.
So...I felt like there was a lot of rambling. There are a lot of stories, and there were times when I felt like Paterniti went off on these random, story-driven tangents that didn't seem connected to this apparently awesomesauce cheese and the intriguing cheesemaker. And somehow, Paterniti managed to bring these seemingly unrelated stories back to the cheese. There were times when I wished that he just got right to the point, but the strange thing is that I can't imagine the story being told any other way. And...The Telling Room really is more than a book about cheese. Storytelling is also a really important part of the book, and there are several different stories of what was really going on with that famed cheese.
Seeing Paterniti's obsession with this cheese, and how his own story got entangled with Ambrosio's was interesting. Some things really do make an impression on us, and that our own story can very much be changed by the stories we seek out and the stories that find us.
There is one thing I didn't truly didn't like about The Telling Room: the footnotes. I appreciate a lot of the history incorporated throughout the book, but the lengthy (to me) footnotes at the end of each chapter got tiresome after the first couple chapters. Had they all been at the end of the book, I, at the very least, would have skimmed them, if not outright read them. After several pages of footnotes on my Nook, I got bored to the point of ignoring them completely. Final Thoughts: So, I totally want to hunt down this cheese and try some, even though I know that's not going to happen! The book rambled on times, but it all connected back to Ambrosio's cheese, so it was interesting to see how it all connected together. While the footnotes made the book feel a little cluttered, I really liked this story about stories. The Telling Room gets 4 stars....more
I really liked this cookbook. Granted, I only made a few things from it, but what I did make, I liked.
There were a bunch of recipes I wanted to make,I really liked this cookbook. Granted, I only made a few things from it, but what I did make, I liked.
There were a bunch of recipes I wanted to make, but didn't have the chance to, so I'm planning on checking it out another time. I'm not sure about the authenticity of the recipes, but honestly, I wouldn't know the difference.
Some of the recipes looked really complicated, but after making them, they really weren't that complicated. There's a lot of steps involved with some of the recipes, so they don't seem good for weeknight cooking.
A lot of the ingredients were easy to find at the grocery store, but an Asian market would also be a good place to find the ingredients. Probably. I think.
My only complaint is there are not a lot of pictures. There doesn't have to be one for every recipe, but since this is the 1st time I've cooked Vietnamese food, pictures of what things are supposed to look like would be really helpful.
Overall, it gets a 4 out 5. Things are explained pretty well, but more pictures and a better explanation of the different kinds of noodles are needed. ...more
Tudor England is one of my favorite periods in history, so when I saw this book, I knew I had to get it.
It definitely wasn't what I was expecting. TheTudor England is one of my favorite periods in history, so when I saw this book, I knew I had to get it.
It definitely wasn't what I was expecting. The thing with Mary is that very little is known about her, so it was of Weir trying to dispel all the myths surrounding her. It was more along the lines of what we know and think we know about her and why they're correct (or not correct). We learn a lot about her family and how she didn't seem to have a huge impact in a time that had a lot going on. It really was more about what we don't know than what we do know.
Mary, as a person, was pretty unremarkable, especially with how little information there is about her, but Weir did the best she could. Learning more about her 2 husbands was really interesting, but she spent a little too much time on possible birth dates for both Anne and Mary. It really seemed like their ages were going to be important- only for it to not be as important as I expected.
I did like this book, but it was just too much of a stretch. There just isn't enough to fill pages upon pages. I found myself getting slightly frustrated with how pop culture gets history wrong. It has to be frustrating to see t.v. shows and movies take liberties with history, but at the same time, it was frustrating to see her take it so seriously. She is very readable, and she has an eye for detail, but I really felt like she lost something with this one.
I think the part about how she wasn't this great and infamous whore was the most interesting part of the book. Weir goes into quite a bit of detail, and the idea that if she had such a reputation, there would probably be more in terms of records.
Final thoughts: I liked it, but it was more speculation and debunking of myths than anything else. I think it would have worked slightly better as a biography of the Boleyn family as a whole. It gets 3 stars....more
I'm glad I finished this book. It took a while, but I finally managed it!
We all know about the Nazi's- it's hard not to know about them. What I didn'tI'm glad I finished this book. It took a while, but I finally managed it!
We all know about the Nazi's- it's hard not to know about them. What I didn't know was the specifics about how they came to power. It certainly didn't happen overnight, and it was nice to see the author go back several decades and talk about the events that led to the rise of the Nazi Party.
One thing I thought was interesting was that Evans didn't focus solely on Hitler. Evans was very impartial, and I couldn't really detect any sort of bias. It was also very detailed. And considering the amount of detail and research, it was a fairly easy read. It was dry, and dense, but all things considered, it wasn't terribly hard to get through.
I liked how it was organized into 6 different sections; and each section was divided into even more sections. He did jump around a little, mostly at the beginning, but for the most part, it was a pretty linear book. It was nice to learn about all of the different factors that played a role in the Nazi's rise to power.
As for a rating, I would give it a 3 out of 5. It was a little overwhelming at times, but overall, I liked it. ...more
I wasn't sure if I would like this book, but I really liked it! In fact, I liked it a lot more than Fairies, also by the same author.
I loved the artwoI wasn't sure if I would like this book, but I really liked it! In fact, I liked it a lot more than Fairies, also by the same author.
I loved the artwork, and it's absolutely beautiful! Froud has a talent for drawing fairies, and I'm so glad he's sharing it with the world. I loved seeing so many different fairies and Froud's vision of what they looked like. As for the text, it wasn't overwhelming, and it complemented the art rather nicely. I was expecting huge blocks of text, but much to my delight, there were small paragraphs to go with a lot of the pictures.
I liked that he divided the fairies into good fairies and bad fairies. A lot of them weren't familiar to me, so it was cool to see a lot of different fairies. And for the ones I have heard of...I liked seeing his version of them, and his thoughts on those fairies.
Overall, it gets a 4 out of 5. Beautiful artwork, and interesting information about fairies. But I didn't completely love it. ...more
Queen Of Fashion was a really interesting read. I don't remember much about Marie Antoinette, other than a few details from a podcast the History ChicQueen Of Fashion was a really interesting read. I don't remember much about Marie Antoinette, other than a few details from a podcast the History Chicks did on her. And her dying, of course. There aren't a lot of details about her childhood, and the book mainly focuses on her life in France.
I loved the focus on clothes and how her style really changed things. One thing that stood out was the corset reserved for princesses and other high-ranking royalty. Marie had to wear it on a regular basis, while the everyone else only wore it on certain occassions. It was definitely more restrictive than the standard corset, and it was much more restrictive than the corsets Marie used to wear in Austria. Even pregnancy didn't exempt you from wearing it, and they felt the effects of it more than anyone else. Fainting, heart palpitations and asthma were among the symptoms.
Appearnce and clothes were really important over in France, and it really signified a lot. Etiquette and ritual was also important, but clothes really signified the structure of society in France. Certain people wore certain things, and if you deviated from that...it was not good.
I was surprised to learn that there were people who didn't like Marie from the very beginning. I knew that people really didn't like her towards the end, but when she first arrived- that was definitely surprising.
I did like the descriptions of the clothes she wore, although it did become tiresome by the end of the book. People definitely copied her fashions for a while, but what once earned her respect would soon work against her. It seemed like she didn't get what her clothing represented to her subjects.
It was interesting to see Marie through the clothes she wore, especially since I never associated her with clothes for some reason.
One thing I thought was a little odd was how Weber referenced Antonia Fraser's work several times. I did enjoy the one book I read by Fraser, and it's clear that Fraser's work was very important to Weber's book. But in comparison to other authors mentioned, it was almost as if Weber didn't use any other sources.
I will say that it is pretty well-paced, and it has a lot of details without getting bogged down with them. It's also pretty straight-foward and fairly easy to read.
I am a huge fan of fairies, and I've seen Froud's work before, so I thought I'd check this book out from the library.
I I loved the artwork, but I thouI am a huge fan of fairies, and I've seen Froud's work before, so I thought I'd check this book out from the library.
I I loved the artwork, but I thought it would be mostly drawings with a little text. There was a lot more text than I was expecting. It is pretty interesting, to see all the different kinds of fairies and some of the stories about them. There were some I had never heard of before, so at least I learned something new!
I thought it needed to be better organized- there was no table of contents, and it seemed to be a little random. There were sections, but there didn't seem to be much thought put into it. Then again, this is one of those books that benefits slightly from minimal organization.
Overall, it gets a 3 out of 5. I liked it, and the art was really pretty, but I wish the book focused more on the art, and less on the text....more
This was interesting. I've heard of the Lost Boys, but other than hearing the name, I didn't know anything about them.
I liked seeing what things wereThis was interesting. I've heard of the Lost Boys, but other than hearing the name, I didn't know anything about them.
I liked seeing what things were like for him, and how his life was changed because of what he's been through. I can't even begin to imagine what things were like for him...betrayal, being forced to fight, and starvation don't seem to cover half of what being a child soldier entailed. It was inspiring to see him go from child soldier to being a successful singer.
I'm glad I read it, because you see that while it's possible to move on, one can never truly recover from something so horrific.
I liked it, but it's more about what his own experience was like. You don't get an overview of what happened or anything, but I would like to learn more about what lead to the civil wars in Sudan. While it's a linear story, it felt a little disjointed. It was linear, but it didn't feel linear- if that makes any sense.
I give it a 3 out of 5. It's interesting, but I felt a little disconnected from the story. ...more
Candyfreak is definitely interesting. Almond traveled around the country to explore a lot of the small, regional candy companies. Honestly, it nice toCandyfreak is definitely interesting. Almond traveled around the country to explore a lot of the small, regional candy companies. Honestly, it nice to learn about the candy companies I've never heard of. Basically, you have Nestle/Mars/Hershey's and then there's everyone else. It's really sad that the smaller companies can only afford to be in small, local places. How many candy bars have I missed out on because they're not at one of the major companies?
This book definitely made me want a candy bar, and I loved Almond's descriptions of the various treats he came across. You can tell he has a love for candy and I really liked seeing his journey through the world of candy.
While I enjoyed the book, it was more about his experience than the actual history. You get bits and pieces, but there isn't as much history as I expected. He also jumped around a little, and he sometimes went off-topic, which was slightly irritating by the end of the book.
Overall, I did like it, and it was interesting, so it gets a 3 out of 5. It felt like there was something missing from the book, though. ...more