Ok, as much as I love history books, this one was rather rough to start off with. I actually fell asleep at one point reading it. Hochschild does a fa...moreOk, as much as I love history books, this one was rather rough to start off with. I actually fell asleep at one point reading it. Hochschild does a fantastic job so far, but it is killing me to get through this.(less)
THIS BOOK IS AWESOME!!!!! Originally suggested to me as an interpretation piece for debate, my friend's mother warned me that I may take a liking to t...moreTHIS BOOK IS AWESOME!!!!! Originally suggested to me as an interpretation piece for debate, my friend's mother warned me that I may take a liking to the protagonist....understatement of the week. Gilman's recreation of her childhood and adult experiences are hilarious and easily related to, and the descriptions leave nothing to the imagination. Her gritty description of the punk streets of NYC as a teenager are everything that VH1 describes and complaints about being a feminist bride who is planning her wedding are nothing short of hilarious, even if you have never been around a wedding being planned or never been subjected to the Bridezilla television show. As an 18 year old about to enter college, this book helped me to gain perspective on what it means to be a strong woman, to find your identity and to never lose it, in a very subtle and unique way. If you are open minded and looking for an amusing laugh, I highly recommend this book...you won't be disappointed(less)
**spoiler alert** Oh my GOD I HATED THE ENDING!!!!!!!!!!
I loved this trilogy, I loved the final book's characters, I even loved the battle scenes that...more**spoiler alert** Oh my GOD I HATED THE ENDING!!!!!!!!!!
I loved this trilogy, I loved the final book's characters, I even loved the battle scenes that Collins created when the kids invaded the Capitol. I adored the development and the relationship between Annie and Finnick, especially the wedding and the birth of their child. I actually cried when Finnick was killed, and I haven't cried in a book since Hedwig died in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I was sad and really shocked when Cinna was beaten to death in front of Katniss in Catching Fire, but I didn't cry. Surprisingly, after the main character, Cinna was my favorite character in this series. I loved that he had a presence in this book, with the new uniform for the military fighter that Katniss was to become, and I love the way she spoke of him in a loving manner, like an older brother or mentor figure that he was.
I hated the love story, in fact it sickened me. I loved that Peeta was rediscovered and that it added to the mystery and uncertain air that Collins created in the book. I loved the relationship that Katniss and Peeta were forced to rebuild between them, however it never touched on loving or sickeningly happy ending. I loved that Gale was a jealous attention whore because I kind of felt he was always that way, and that her obliviousness to him as male helped add to the detatchment she held when he left.
Coin and Snow, the best villians and true politicians. I love how little Katniss trusted Coin and how much she defied her by making decisions for herself and for the safety of others. I enjoyed how she hated being the posterchild for Coin's revolution, despite being the central image of the revolution before she arrived in District 13. Coin's namesake was rather fitting as well, because the image portrayed has the exact opposite side to her actual intentions and feelings, particularly towards Katniss. I appreciated what Collins did to create District 13 as a military state with technology to survive, but not actually live. It helped to tie the Snow/Coin dichotomy tighter, stating that under the Capitol, you have no freedom, and in District 13 you have no freedom.
I totally saw Primrose dying, as did anyone else if they really thought about it. It did shock me, however the confusion of the novel and how it ended KILLED me. I loved that Katniss killed Coin instead of Snow, and I love that Snow died by choking, because the irony was sooooooooo good. That being said, I wanted to see the trial and to see how the world fared. The epilogue was CRAP and everyone knows it was, especially the author. For myself, I felt like Collins was tired and just ended the book because she needed to meet a deadline. That is the only explanation I can honestly come up with to explain why the book, which was written with so much love and dedication, just ENDED. I wanted so much more out of this story, and I really was disappointed in the ending, merely because it just ENDED.(less)
Very few books need to be taken with breaks, however, due to the magnitude and emotion behind this book, taking a break every segment is recommended t...moreVery few books need to be taken with breaks, however, due to the magnitude and emotion behind this book, taking a break every segment is recommended to digest the information you have just read. This book takes the experiences of an African journalist and mixes it with the historical information, the accounts of those involved with his writings, and the (lack of) knowledge in the West to create a vivid and captivating explanation of 6 different situations and regions of Africa. In each of the situations, the actors are presented early on and painted in a very candid and frank light, with little room for imagination and misinterpretation. Tackling the villains of Mobutu Sese Seko and Charles Taylor, as well as the atrocities of the Rwandan genocide, Berkeley exposes the flaws of the African system, the problems that colonial rule created and left to be solved by a society ill equipped to handle the lure of power and the greed of money, and explains to the reader why there are so may problems within the African continent. This book tackles the history of the continent in a very light and informative way, telling the reader exactly the key points that led up to the events he chronicles. If you ever watch the movie Hotel Rwanda or The Last King of Scotland, read this book and it will help you understand just why Africa is the way it is, and how much the negligence of the West has contributed to it. (less)
AMAZING!!!!!! This book rocked! I saw the movie a lot when I was younger, and the book is even better. Despite the book being harder to get into than...moreAMAZING!!!!!! This book rocked! I saw the movie a lot when I was younger, and the book is even better. Despite the book being harder to get into than the movie initially, the setup of all the characters alongside the history and visual recreation of Savannah in the 1980's is priceless. The characters are amazing and dynamic, and unlike in the movie, the book develops a side of them that makes the tension in the courtroom unfold better. After finishing the book, I was saddened that the movie didn't show more of the life of the victim, Danny, and didn't show more of the antics of Williams. An amazing book, I couldn't put it down during the second half. The book actually made me want to travel to Savannah at some point in my life. (less)
Typical Woodiwiss....lots of raunchy love scenes, but the historical fiction aspect was rather gripping. The love story is a typical miscommunication/...moreTypical Woodiwiss....lots of raunchy love scenes, but the historical fiction aspect was rather gripping. The love story is a typical miscommunication/against all odds their passion survies...but it was still a fun read.(less)
Oh my god, LOVE! This book chronicles the ultimate love story and pairs it with food, but not just any food, PARISIAN food! Elizabeth Bard couldn’t ha...moreOh my god, LOVE! This book chronicles the ultimate love story and pairs it with food, but not just any food, PARISIAN food! Elizabeth Bard couldn’t have written this book better, because as her story of love and happiness unravels, the recipes become increasingly delicious. Truthfully, the tea she describes in the first chapter is AMAZING and any tips that she has advised on in the book, I have used with success. The evolution of her journey from an American Jew disenfranchised in London into a French-American wife residing in Paris is truly phenomenal. She leaves little to the imagination and is surprisingly honest about her own shortcomings, particularly in regards to her family. Her brutal honesty makes her relatable and her creativity and passion with regards to life make her memorable. Her Jewish background adds to the romance of both cooking and her transition into French life and into her own as a wife, French woman and a Jew. A must read if you are a fan of Julie and Julia or Eat Pray Love. On the cooking notes, her recipes are easy to follow and surprisingly simple. Paying homage to each aspect of her new and old life, she rebuilds her each recipe and tailors it so that a novice in the kitchen would be able to make the food she so deliciously describes. (less)
This is the BEST BOOK EVER!!!! Ok, maybe not the best book ever, but certainly a book I can read over and over again. The cliff-hanger ending is prett...moreThis is the BEST BOOK EVER!!!! Ok, maybe not the best book ever, but certainly a book I can read over and over again. The cliff-hanger ending is pretty much awesome and everything about the book screams self actualization and independence in the face of anything. I honestly cannot wait to see my cousins/nieces/nephews read this book and understand and relate to Katniss and the world that she lives in. I love dystopian books and this, as a second in the series, further reinforces how much Suzanne Collins senses the need for non-supernatural alternate realities as the ultimate escape for readers of all ages.
I refuse to write further because I am tempted to spoil the book, something I refuse to do. READ THIS BOOK!(less)
Ok, as a true blood lover, I couldn't resist. Especially after Evelyn and Adam both promised me it would be worth the read. I wasn't expecting it to b...moreOk, as a true blood lover, I couldn't resist. Especially after Evelyn and Adam both promised me it would be worth the read. I wasn't expecting it to be an actual mystery novel, but rather more like the television show. I knew the plot and the eventual ending, but I couldn't put the book down! The first person perspective of the book adds sooo much depth and understanding, and the focus on sookie helps to eliminate the "white noise" I sense in the show.
Vampire Bill seems more realistic and less idealized, which I appreciate because the character sickens me, and the commentary Sookie gives on her life and the world around her is pretty frank and honest. Despite writing a book that makes you believe the characters are real, Harris does a phenomenal job of making the book easy to relate to.
I honestly couldn't put the book down and the series is pretty much ensuring that I won't put one down anytime soon.(less)
This book was fun. All the books written by Charlaine Harris are fun, but this one is more fun because it eliminates the multiple story lines that Tru...moreThis book was fun. All the books written by Charlaine Harris are fun, but this one is more fun because it eliminates the multiple story lines that True Blood has. While I loved the relationship between Jason and the wife Sarah when he got involved with the Fellowship of the Sun, it was a much better story when it was told exclusively from Sookie's point of view. Her toughness is really highlighted in this book and helps develop her more than the TV show does.
I hate Vampire Bill, I honestly do. I never liked him in the TV show and the books are making him less idealized, which won him points with me, but I still hate him. I LOVE that Andy is a raging idiot in both the books and the TV show, and I was sad to see the death of Lafayette, but c'est la vie.(less)
Surprisingly...kinda liked this book. Despite the "Mean Girls" aura about the characters, I liked the frankness and honesty in the ending. The realiza...moreSurprisingly...kinda liked this book. Despite the "Mean Girls" aura about the characters, I liked the frankness and honesty in the ending. The realization that her preoccupation with her job has destroyed her moral responsibility to her friends, relationship and family is the only honest thing about this book. The boss was uncompromising and yet, her demands and needs seemed far underplayed in the book, especially when compared to the movie.
Loved Meryl Streep in the movie, however if you have seen the movie prior to reading the book, I strongly suggest you try to clean your mental slate from the movie, or else you will hope that the characters become the Stanley Tucci and Meryl Streep that you envision...a sad disappointmet.
Overall, this borderlines on the Jersey Shore for me intellectually. The book is a good read if trapped on an airplane with a crappy in flight movie, but don't expect fireworks over it.(less)