Smiley Bone ~ “Remember th' first time you got us run out of town? You opened a chain of franchises - - Bone Environmental: Nuclear Reactor and EndlesSmiley Bone ~ “Remember th' first time you got us run out of town? You opened a chain of franchises - - Bone Environmental: Nuclear Reactor and Endless Salad Bars!” Phoney Bone ~ “That wasn't a silly idea! Th' lettuce wouldn't spoil for decades!”...more
"As I see it, part of the art of being a hero is knowing when you don't need to be one anymore, realizing that the game has changed and the stake are"As I see it, part of the art of being a hero is knowing when you don't need to be one anymore, realizing that the game has changed and the stake are different and that there isn't necessarily a place for you in this strange new pantheon of extraordinary people."...more
The words (she was looking at the window) sounded as if they were floating like flowers on water out there, cut off from them all, as if no one had saThe words (she was looking at the window) sounded as if they were floating like flowers on water out there, cut off from them all, as if no one had said them, but they had come into existence of themselves....more
I really enjoyed this graphic novel. It's a wonderful look into growing up, in so many ways. I love the way the story was toBLANKETS by Craig Thompson
I really enjoyed this graphic novel. It's a wonderful look into growing up, in so many ways. I love the way the story was told, and the graphics were great. BLANKETS will make you laugh, and make you think, but most of all it will make you remember. A beautifully assembled book about growing up and moving on. Definitely a book that most people can relate to, even if it's just in the smallest way. I recommend it. :)
"How satisfying it is to leave a mark on a blank surface. To make a map of my movement -- no matter how temporary."
This graphic novel was not bad, not exactly my taste so I didn't enjoy it immensely or anything. I likTHE COMPLETE FRANK MILLER BATMAN by Frank Miller
This graphic novel was not bad, not exactly my taste so I didn't enjoy it immensely or anything. I liked the third installment the best ('The Dark Knight Returns'). It had some interesting parts overall, not a bad read. I didn't really like the graphics, though. Not sure why. but they just didn't appeal to me. THE COMPLETE FRANK MILLER BATMAN was entertaining, but nothing special. As it stands I'd recommend this only for those who are already Batman fans. :)
Alfred ~ "That refugee charity called..." Bruce ~ "Write them a check." Alfred ~ "And the committee for the preservation of obssessive behavior in middle-aged men?" Bruce ~ "Write them a check." Alfred ~ "Very good, sir. Your sense of humor is keen as ever, sir."
When I heard what this book was about I thought it was an awesome concept, but even with all that potential I didn't enjFAHRENHEIT 451 by Ray Bradbury
When I heard what this book was about I thought it was an awesome concept, but even with all that potential I didn't enjoy this book at all. Lots of nonsense speeches and only one character I even remotely liked (Faber). It had a few interesting moments, but all in all he book was disappointing. It wasn't even worth the 190 pages. I think the idea could be made into a great story, but it just didn't work for me this time. I'd pass on this one.
"He hadn't known fire could look this way. He had never thought in his life that it could give as well as take."
I'm glad to be done this book, because I didn't enjoy any of it. The main character wasn't likable at all, and the story seemedUNLESS by Carol Shields
I'm glad to be done this book, because I didn't enjoy any of it. The main character wasn't likable at all, and the story seemed to go nowhere. The entire book consisted of Reta rambling on and on about the most pointless things, and then quickly switching to another topic, and repeat. She goes from talking about how she could stop a wedding in her latest novel to describing how she takes the decorations off her Christmas tree. This seems to be the framework of the novel. I don't get it. The story did nothing basically, and I didn't like any of the characters, mainly because I was given no reason to. A disappointing book, it was just awful. I don't recommend it.
I really liked this book. It's not my usual style (mainly because it's not set in current times), but I thought this bookTHE BIRTH HOUSE by Ami McKay
I really liked this book. It's not my usual style (mainly because it's not set in current times), but I thought this book was wonderful. Truly phenomenal characters, exceptional writing, and an amazing story. I was completely absorbed into this book, I found it all very interesting, and I loved the way the story was told. THE BIRTH HOUSE was a great read, and I throughly enjoyed it. I recommend it! :)
No matter what you do, someone always knew you would.
This was my first graphic novel, and it was wonderful! The graphics were amazing, and I loved the style. The stories were iESSEX COUNTY by Jeff Lemire
This was my first graphic novel, and it was wonderful! The graphics were amazing, and I loved the style. The stories were incredible, heartwarming, tragic, sweet, and funny. I barely came up for air while reading this, it's perfect cover to cover. My favorite book was 'Tales From the Farm' because I loved the conversations between Lester and Jimmy. One of the best things about ESSEX COUNTY was how all the stories joined together, the background history made the stories even better. This book has earned a spot on my favorites list. :) I highly recommend this book, even for those who have never read a graphic novel before (like me!).
Feed the chickens. Milk the cows. Stop an alien invasion.
"I don't know why I was upset about not being an adult. It was right around the corner. Becoming a child again is what is impossible. That's what you"I don't know why I was upset about not being an adult. It was right around the corner. Becoming a child again is what is impossible. That's what you have legitimate reason to be upset over. Childhood is the most valuable thing that's taken away from you in life, if you think about it."...more
When I first started reading this book I didn't think it was the type of poetry I would like at all, IROOMS FOR RENT IN THE OUTER PLANETS by Al Purdy
When I first started reading this book I didn't think it was the type of poetry I would like at all, I nearly had to force myself to read it, but the style did grow on me the more I read. I didn't enjoy much of the first half, but the second half held some poems that I throughly enjoyed. (In the Beginning was the Word, On the Flood Plain, and In the Garden.) Most of the poems I felt started out flowing nicely, but had me wondering what on Earth was Al Purdy thinking at the end; to me some of the poems felt "ruined" by the ending, or an odd piece popping up in the middle of a beautiful passage. There are definitely some decent poems in this book, but the majority aren't the type I would seek out. A decent read, and at only 142 pages you might as well give it a try if you are looking to expand your poetry spectrum. Side note: I love, love, love, the title of this collection. :)
"and even tho nobody was there to analyze it they nevertheless produced a feeling you couldn't put a name to which you could only share like moonlight on running water"
"All I remember about it is Bert saying end of story. End of Story. And how it left me speechless and depressed. But that's because endings are my wea"All I remember about it is Bert saying end of story. End of Story. And how it left me speechless and depressed. But that's because endings are my weakness and I hate them and mistrust anyone who knows when they occur."
"He told me I was cute in the moonlight. I wished he'd said beautiful. Cute made me feel like a garden gnome."
"She told me that every night she lay down next to him and whispered in his ear: You are almost perfect."
"Is it wrong to trust in a beautiful lie if it helps you get through life."...more
This book was a little to predictable and flat for me. I think it would've been an incredible novel if it was written from an aduROOM by Emma Donoghue
This book was a little to predictable and flat for me. I think it would've been an incredible novel if it was written from an adult point of view, but the 5 year old narration hindered the story in my opinion. The characters were written well and I enjoyed it as a story, but I really think it could have been done better. The story seemed to have some gaps, and there were things that didn't make sense, or were just pointless and unnecessary. ROOM was a decent read, and it kept my attention well enough, but it was nothing special. I probably wouldn't recommend this book.
"We're like people in a book, and he won't let anybody else read it."
This was a great read. I really enjoyed the setting and all the beautiful descriptions of the gardens, it really madTHE LOST GARDEN by Helen Humphreys
This was a great read. I really enjoyed the setting and all the beautiful descriptions of the gardens, it really made you feel like you were walking through them, too. I thought the characters were well written, I especially liked Gwen and Jane. THE LOST GARDEN kept me interested and intrigued, and I was quite surprised at the ending. This book was a great mix of loss, love, grief, and hope. It was a beautiful and unique story to read. I recommend it. :)
But what is love if not instant recognitition? A moment of being truly equal to something.
The first half of this book was a bit confusing, but as it went on and the characters became connected the stIN THE SKIN OF A LION by Michael Ondaatje
The first half of this book was a bit confusing, but as it went on and the characters became connected the story greatly improved. After weaving a mildly interesting story the confusion popped back up near the end. I found myself wondering what this was all about, and was it even necessary in the story? I liked the intertwining characters aspect of the story, but the rest of it I thought was too muddled and just thrown together. It didn't have much order or clarity to it, which made it had to enjoy the stories of each of the characters. Some of IN THE SKIN OF A LION intrigued me and made me want to read more, but in the end, once more was revealed, it wasn't very enjoyable. Beautiful writing, but lacking substance.
The first sentence of every novel should be: "Trust me, this will take time but there is order here, very faint, very human."
I decided to try out a classic, so I chose #98 on Modern Library's Best 100 list. This 116 page quickieTHE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE by James M. Cain
I decided to try out a classic, so I chose #98 on Modern Library's Best 100 list. This 116 page quickie was definitely a new genre for me, but I found the whole Noir deal to be quite interesting. The characters were feisty, the plot was exciting, and you can't help but be intrigued by the style of it all. I really enjoyed the writing style, and the story kept a nice pace, with exciting twists, turns, and scandals. At 116 pages there's no reason not to give this classic a try. It was one of the few classics I have read, and it was probably one of the most worthwhile reads of the bunch. Recommended. :)
This is such a sad, beautiful story. I love the concept, and it was written wonderfully to work with theTHE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE by Audrey Niffenegger
This is such a sad, beautiful story. I love the concept, and it was written wonderfully to work with the time travel aspect. I loved Henry and Clare, they were great characters. I especially loved Henry's interactions with Clare when she was young, it was just so sweet. Although things don't turn out the way most would hope I think it was well written (if a little overly so at times) and told a fascinating story of love, loss, and fate. The time traveling and romance worked perfectly together, and I wouldn't really expect that in most cases, but it was wonderful. THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE is a powerful, heartbreaking novel about Henry and Clare's unique relationship throughout the years. A great read, I recommend it. :)
"Tonight I feel that my love for you has more density in this world than I do, myself: as though it could linger on after me and surround you, keep you, hold you."
This book didn't turn out how I expected it to, but that's a good thing - it's not fun if a book ends exactly the wayTHE LOVELY BONES by Alice Sebold
This book didn't turn out how I expected it to, but that's a good thing - it's not fun if a book ends exactly the way you imagined it, right? It had a wonderful story full of powerful characters. I loved Susie, she's such a dynamic character, she really made the book what it was with her observations from above. I will admit there were some parts that didn't feel in place, or felt unnecessary, but for the most part I really enjoyed Susie's narration of all the happenings she was privy to. Definitely an interesting story, there were pieces I did not expect, and things I waited for that didn't come to pass. THE LOVELY BONES was tragic, hopeful, heartbreaking, and reassuring. A unique read. :)
"They would go back to their homes and put me to rest, a letter from the past never reopened or reread. And I would could say goodbye to them, wish them well, bless them somehow for their good thoughts."
HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE by J.K. Rowling
The Harry Potter series is genius, and it couldn't have started out any better than it did witHARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE by J.K. Rowling
The Harry Potter series is genius, and it couldn't have started out any better than it did with this book. The characters are rich, and dynamic, and you can't help but be drawn in by each and every one of them. The magic and mystery of Hogwarts pulls you in instantly, there's is no better world to lose yourself in than this one. I have never known another book to be so versatile than HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE, I have seen men and women, boys and girls, children and adults alike, all reading this novel, and all of them being in awe of the magical journey this novel takes you on. I loved this book even more the second time around. I highly recommend it to those of you who haven't yet had the pleasure of meeting Harry Potter. :)
Overall Opinion: A+
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I was completely impressed with ANGELS & DEMONS, and THE DA VINCI CODE definitely lived up to my expectations as BooTHE DA VINCI CODE by Dan Brown
I was completely impressed with ANGELS & DEMONS, and THE DA VINCI CODE definitely lived up to my expectations as Book 2. The characters were great, the detail incredible, the setting wonderful, but it was the codes and puzzles and the hunt that really kept me attached to this book. Non-stop suspense and mystery, I loved it! I was guessing my way throughout the entire book, some things I had right, and others I had no idea, but once it was all brought together it was an awesome, creative story that kept me intrigued with every single page. I loved the ending, I wasn't disappointed with any part of THE DA VINCI CODE. I'm really looking forward to reading the next Robert Langdon book now! I highly recommend these books! :)
Langdon ~ "These books can't possibly compete with centuries of established history, especially when that history is endorsed by the ultimate bestseller of all time." Faukman ~ "Don't tell me Harry Potter is actually about the Holy Grail." Langdon ~ "I was referring to the Bible." Faukman ~ "I knew that."
This is one of the most powerful and touching stories I've ever read. THE CALL OF THE WILD is wonderfully written,THE CALL OF THE WILD by Jack London
This is one of the most powerful and touching stories I've ever read. THE CALL OF THE WILD is wonderfully written, emotionally charged, tragic, and breathtaking. It's a definite must read for everyone. I highly recommend it! :)
Deep in the forest a call was sounding, and as often as he heard this call, mysteriously thrilling and luring, he felt compelled to turn his back upon the fire and the beaten earth around it, and to plunge into the forest, and on and on, he knew not where or why; nor did he wonder where or why, the call sounding imperiously, deep in the forest.
My Thoughts: I knew going into this book that it is said to be one of the most difficult (English language) books to read.FINNEGANS WAKE by James Joyce
My Thoughts: I knew going into this book that it is said to be one of the most difficult (English language) books to read. I wouldn't call it difficult, just more...exhausting. I find it hard to enjoy a book that has so little structure and clear plot to it. When I did finally grab onto some clear(ish) plot and understand what the heck was going on something would change and I'd be back to where I started wondering what was going on. Each scene like this never lasted long, almost as if someone was changing the channel of your television every 30 seconds and you could never get a grasp on any of it. Kind of annoying, right? (I did find Book III clearly had the least jumping around, in my opinion, for whatever reason.) I didn't hate reading FINNEGANS WAKE, but I will admit it was a chore, no pleasure reading here. (It's #77 on the list, so I was not going to quit!) One thing I will give Joyce is that I love the "circle plot" in books - FINNEGANS WAKE opens in the middle of a sentence, and ends the middle of that same sentence; I loved that. I also enjoyed some choice quotes from the book, although the majority of the language was a drag to muddle through (some call it genius, but I call it "itwood havebeanbetter without the wordchoiceand writingstilebeeing socrazy"). I found myself reading sentences over and over again to make sure I had cut up the words correctly, and that was a pain and a major barrier for enjoying anything good I could have picked out from this book. If you are not required to read this book for any reason, then I would pass on it, unless you'd like to read something that you are sure your friends probably haven't, or you are a hotshot literature wizard that wants to try to "understand" FINNEGANS WAKE. For average readers who love a great (clearly understandable) story, like myself, there are many other classics that are very enjoyable, and I suggest grabbing one of those instead.
Favorite Quotes: "Sweet bad luck on the waves washed to our island." (Page 46) "When I'm dreaming back like that I begins to see we're only all telescopes." (Page 295) "Leave the letter that never begins to go find the latter that ever comes to end, written in smoke and blurred by mist and signed of solitude, sealed at night." (Page 337)