I'm a fan of Picoult's & a fan of short stories, but neither did me any favors this time. I was very interestedToo short to really tell the story
I'm a fan of Picoult's & a fan of short stories, but neither did me any favors this time. I was very interested at the beginning of the story, and feel like if that were the only angle taken, it may have been enough. But including the second storyline just didn't work for me. It felt like it ended too abruptly and was not a very satisfying conclusion. It almost feels like a high school creative writing student penned this one....more
Typical Hemingway. Very long sentences that often make it difficult to ascertain what exactly is going on. I had to go back and re-read a few paragrapTypical Hemingway. Very long sentences that often make it difficult to ascertain what exactly is going on. I had to go back and re-read a few paragraphs because I wasn't exactly sure what was going on. After re-reading, I still wasn't sure.
The major storyline is very interesting, and even quite satisfying. But the substories may have added even more if I had been able to decipher what was happening.
Oh Hemingway, why do I need to go back to English class to sometimes understand you? He is brilliant and can write so much in such a short story, but that doesn't mean you can breeze through his works any faster. Well, unless you've decoded his formula, perhaps....more
Meet Annie Choi, a Korean-American whose family only wanted to give her the best life, so they moved the family to the USA. California, to be exact.
AdMeet Annie Choi, a Korean-American whose family only wanted to give her the best life, so they moved the family to the USA. California, to be exact.
Admit it. You've cussed out a few Asians (at least under your breath) because you don't like the way they drive or dress or talk or eat. Read about all that from Annie's perspective. She begins each chapter with an open letter to some inanimate thing or general group. She flawlessly moves into a story that relates to that letter, always outing her family in some way, shape or form. I especially enjoyed the stories about her mom's driving! And Annie writes exactly as her parents speak - mangled English and all!
If you enjoy humorous memoirs, I think you'll enjoy this one....more
Brilliant, really. I've never worked as a server, but my mom did and my daughter does. I've heard a lot of insider stories, but these are written mastBrilliant, really. I've never worked as a server, but my mom did and my daughter does. I've heard a lot of insider stories, but these are written masterfully and with such great humor.
I've mentioned this book (or a story in it) many times in conversation since finishing it less than a week ago. It doesn't matter if you're a waiter or not. It's a satisfying read. You will learn a lot about yourself, and might think twice about eating out again.
I can't help but think Steve and I would have been BFFs in an alternate universe. He's the perfect combination of snarky and serious. He's got a good head on his shoulders. And he has a great command for the English language, or an amazing editor. Or both. Could be both. I highlighted a lot in this ebook and intend to go back and re-read a lot of the gems!...more
I was reading another book when this one was recommended to me so highly that I put the other book down and began reading this one.
No doubt, many readI was reading another book when this one was recommended to me so highly that I put the other book down and began reading this one.
No doubt, many readers will compare this book to Gone Girl. It's thrilling with lots of twists and turns, and fantastic characters. The writing style is one of my favorites, too, reading the perspectives of several characters.
I wasn't a big fan of the dates being at the heading of each chapter, but I suppose it would have been easier to read and follow had I not read a digital edition of the book. I got confused sometimes about how much time had passed between passages, but it wasn't easy to go back and forth with an e-book.
You can read the summary on the back cover or from other reviews. Let me just say that the book is great if you like easy reads, great characters and thrilling plots! If you liked Gone Girl, you'll like this. Probably even better than Gone Girl since the ending doesn't suck....more
My first Hemingway story. I actually researched which one would be best to read first, and many suggested The Old Man and the Sea. I decided to go witMy first Hemingway story. I actually researched which one would be best to read first, and many suggested The Old Man and the Sea. I decided to go with his book of short stories, which begins with this story. I'm happy to say I loved it!
The story began a little confusing to me with all this talk of a lion, but this is Hemingway we're talking about. I knew there had to be a point. And there was.
For such a short story, there's a great depth to the characters too. I mean, there are limits to how much you can squeeze in, but Hemingway tells you a lot about Macomber, his wife & Wilson.
Once you've gotten a few pages in, you really do need to keep going until you finish. And the dialogue? The dialogue is fantastic!...more
**spoiler alert** I downloaded this book several months ago, but finally read it for the #ReadHarder challenge. It's written by an author under the ag**spoiler alert** I downloaded this book several months ago, but finally read it for the #ReadHarder challenge. It's written by an author under the age of 25. Its setting is Asia. I'd classify it as YA. That fills three qualifications.
I'm not sure what expectations I had before reading this book, but I know it exceeded them. Partly because I used to live in Japan, I felt very much "at home" while reading this book. The Japanese people are "my people" in a way. When the earthquake and tsunami hit a few years ago, I remember how much sadness I felt and how I cried. So when someone wrote a book about what the survivors endured, I had to read it.
Red Sun Blue Earth is easy to read. The chapters are bite-sized and flow well. I like that I can pick up the book and read a chapter if I only have three minutes to read while I'm on hold or waiting at the doctor's office. The author does a great job of staying true to the Japanese people and their culture while trying to relate it to an English-speaking, non-Japanese audience. There are Christian undertones as well, which I, as a Christian, appreciate, but they are not glaring, so if you're not a Christian, I don't think you would notice them.
I don't want to spoil it for anyone else, but I will say I was surprised by the ending. Surprised, but happy with it. I kept thinking it was going to go in another direction and I worried it would spoil the authenticity. Because that sentence alone may be enough of a spoiler for some, I am hiding the entire review for those who may feel like I ruined it for them.
Lately I've been in a reading funk, which is why I joined a challenge this year. I've found it difficult to pick a book up again once I've started it, even if it's a good book. But this one held my interest enough that when I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it and I couldn't wait to find out whether Sayaka would find her family....more
I really didn't know what to expect, but this was not it. All I know is my friends who read this book kept telling me how gLike Nothing I've Ever Read
I really didn't know what to expect, but this was not it. All I know is my friends who read this book kept telling me how good it is. So finally, for the #ReadHarder challenge, I chose this to be my YA pick.
The title told me this story was about a girl who had to choose whether to stay or leave. I assumed her boyfriend or husband had cheated. This book was nothing I expected, but I don't want to ruin it for others who haven't yet read it. So let me say I can't wait to read the second book. This one was incredible!...more
This is my first book for the #ReadHarder challenge. It's nothing I thought it would be. I realize it's been out a while and that everyone is readingThis is my first book for the #ReadHarder challenge. It's nothing I thought it would be. I realize it's been out a while and that everyone is reading it and everyone is talking about it and it's even a movie now, but I honestly had no idea what "If I Stay" meant. Big twist early in the book!
I love the characters. Mia's parents remind me an awful lot of the parents in the movie Easy A. Very fun and sarcastic and hippy-like. Teddy is a precocious little thing. I had to keep reminding myself his character is much younger than he sounds.
The book isn't divided into chapters. It's one long chapter, and it only takes about two hours to read. Still, it's long enough to say what needs to be said, and I know there's a second book, which I think is a little shorter even. I can also see why it's necessary. "If I Stay" leaves a lot of unanswered questions that I hope will be picked up in the second book.
It's hard to say much about this book without giving everything away. The author goes between the current time and things that happened in the past, but it's written well and works for the story. It's also marked so that you can tell you're going to be going back in history. In the version I'm reading, there is a squiggle drawing of some kind that separates the tenses. And each new section begins with a time, like 10:06pm.
I caught myself looking up a couple of words that were new to me. While you don't have to have an incredible vocabulary to read this book, the author doesn't stick to only common words and phrases. That makes it a little bit more difficult to read than your typical YA book, perhaps, but it's still a fast and easy read....more
I experienced two emotions while reading this book: anger and grief. Through most of the book, I was angry thI Tried To Like This Book. Really, I Did.
I experienced two emotions while reading this book: anger and grief. Through most of the book, I was angry that she was still talking. "Isn't this book over yet?" I actually started reading the book several months ago and had to put it down. I picked it back up a couple of weeks ago. A book this "simple" shouldn't take this long to read.
And then there was the grief. In the last part of the last chapter, I cried like a baby. I guess the only character with whom I identified was Good Dog Carl.
I'm not sure what made me dislike Heather's book so much. Unlike others, I don't feel like she's saying she or the townsfolk are better than anyone else, but I never did relate to her. Not as a woman or a wife or a mother or a human. Not even as a writer.
Some of the stories got confusing with all the players involved or the hard-to-pronounce names. The way she set the stories up was nice. I like the that she included all the little blurbs between chapters. It was a good way to really showcase just how small a town this is.
This lifestyle she lives is not for everyone. Maybe it's for her and Sarah Palin, but it's not for me!...more
This book wasn't as easy for me to love as Flynn's other two novels. It took a bit of time for me to get into it, but once I dNot for the weak-hearted
This book wasn't as easy for me to love as Flynn's other two novels. It took a bit of time for me to get into it, but once I did, I couldn't wait to pick it back up and learn who killed the two little girls.
There really aren't a lot of likeable characters in this book I wasn't even fond of Camille, the protagonist.
The book has murder, sex, drugs & alcohol. Not for the weak at heart....more
It's hard for me to give a book five stars. Usually that comes after I've given it four stars and then I've thought about it a while and come back andIt's hard for me to give a book five stars. Usually that comes after I've given it four stars and then I've thought about it a while and come back and change it to five if it has stuck with me. That may be the case with this book.
I have this horrible habit when I'm reading a book I love. My eyes look ahead in the pages while I'm still reading, which makes me have to go back and re-read paragraphs because I wasn't really paying attention I was so busy looking ahead. I did that a lot in this book. I just couldn't wait to find out what happened!
Gillian Flynn's writing style is fun to read because she goes between current times and 'back then'. It makes it so easy to follow what's happening in the story.
Before I read this book, I read Gone Girl for a book club. Someone told me I'd love her other books just as much, if not more. I did love this book. I don't know if it was more than Gone Girl, but I really loved it. I felt so sorry for those kids and for their mother. I loved Libby's character. She's so brutally honest and self-aware. I love that Lyle calls her Sticky Fingers Libby! I kind of hoped to see a romantic relationship form between them, but I think it ended with them being right where they needed to be. It's not really "that kind" of book.
The ending was satisfying for me...much more so than Gone Girl. It wasn't simple and it wasn't wrapped in the neat little bow so many things are, but it was satisfying and I felt good about it after I put it down. I tried to read it as quickly as possible...devour it. I had a hard time NOT reading it. But when it was over, I was really upset that Libby and I never got together for coffee. Of course, she probably would have stolen my chapstick or lotion if we had....more