Not because I don't think it's any good, but because I'm an extremely suggestible person, and a single horror nOkay, first things first.
I HATE horror.
Not because I don't think it's any good, but because I'm an extremely suggestible person, and a single horror novel can have me on edge for months later. Horror about your family going missing and or getting killed? I'm OUT. PERIOD. Nope, not for me. EVER.
So, when I needed to read this for work, I was... not loving my job quite as much as usual. But by the end of the first day, when I had to stop, because work was over, I was very, very, veryveryvery tempted to just hole up in my house that night and finish the book ON MY OWN TIME, because I absolutely HAD to know what happened next. I had to. (I didn't get the chance, because we had other obligations. Sad face.) So, for the first time in my life, EVER, I was excited to come into work and finish a HORROR novel. Seriously. This never crossed my mind as a possible thing to happen in this lifetime.
The suspense is built so well, and the joy is in watching Olivia come to realize just how far she has been wrapped up in this, without her ever realizing. Highly recommended, even to people who don't like horror....more
I didn't expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. I'm not usually a Western kind of person. But this isn't really a Western. This is the story of aI didn't expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. I'm not usually a Western kind of person. But this isn't really a Western. This is the story of a man, who happens to live in the West. Monte Walsh is, as it says at the end, A Good Man With a Horse. You live his life with him, and the sights, smells, and wonder of the old, untamed West seep in, like the first melt of the snow, creeping through the soil, starting the new grass for the year. I cried at the end. I have been out West, I have seen the open spaces, the deep, crushing sense of being nothing more than a tiny speck in the big country. I have never encountered a better memorial for that land, and the men and women who made it, than this book....more
This is an absolutely beautiful book! The story is lovely, subtly reminding kids there is a whole world out there to explore firsthand, instead of filThis is an absolutely beautiful book! The story is lovely, subtly reminding kids there is a whole world out there to explore firsthand, instead of filtering it through electronics, but honestly, it almost takes a backseat to the graphics. I loved the style in this so very, very much! Doug and his parents look like '50s-style robots, and the color saturation is similar to the same era, with great results. The pictures pop off the page, but you aren't overwhelmed by a messy, headache-inducing riot of COLOR, COLOR, COLOR! that sometimes happens. This is a great book to read to babies, for the colors. It's a great book for toddlers, for the fun ("Look! Doug sees a pigeon out his window! What's out our window?", etc.). It's good for the I-Can-Read-It-Myself! crowd, because it has a good mix of challenging words, and repetition. And it's nice for families to read, because it encourages hugging, and hey, who couldn't use an extra hug? :)...more
I'm not good with slice-of-life type books. I just don't understand why to read them. There is a plot, yes, and yes, things happen, but there is no clI'm not good with slice-of-life type books. I just don't understand why to read them. There is a plot, yes, and yes, things happen, but there is no clear resolution. I read fiction as an escape, wanting a clear-cut story, with a bad guy, and a hero, and a happy ending. Slice-of-life dramas do not fulfill my needs. That said, I could not stop reading You Are the Love of My Life. Lucy is a damaged person. Zee is damaged in her own way, but you don't find out why until later. Maggie is every teenaged girl who ever lived, wanting more from her mother than her mother could give. I remember being like that, and both my parents were amazing. Susan Richards Shreve made me truly care about these people, wanting to see how they would put the pieces together, even though i knew as I read it that this would not end neatly, all the ends wrapped up in a nice, happily-ever-after bow. And somehow, that is perfect for this book. It is the story of damaged people, and damage relationships, and how they cannot be "fixed," or "get better," but take that damage, and incorporate it, and grow around it, until they are more beautiful because of it. The way a lilac tree with thrive on abuse, and being run over by a lawnmower, but will sicken if it is cosseted. It is a book that I have trouble explaining my reaction to. I felt this book, but I do not know if I would say I liked this book. And yet, I know I will not forget it, or it's cast of characters whom I identify with just slightly more than makes me comfortable....more
I liked this book, up until about the last quarter. It's a nice coming-of-age type of story, focusing on Ellis' life before going away to a prep schooI liked this book, up until about the last quarter. It's a nice coming-of-age type of story, focusing on Ellis' life before going away to a prep school, and how he and his family change while he's there. But the end bothered me. It felt like it was not as fleshed-out as the rest of the book. And then it just ends, and left me feeling like several issues were left unresolved. Now, I'll admit that I don't like Slice-of-life stories, because I want my stories to GO somewhere. So, maybe this was supposed to be a slice-of-life, and that's why I didn't enjoy it as much. I just felt much better about the beginning, and was a bit disappointed in the end. But the character development was actually really good, especially with Ellis growing up, and developing from a kid just out of middle school to a prep-school freshman....more
I really loved this book! I love British "cozy mysteries," (think Miss Marple), and found this exactly the type I like. Imagine my surprise when I fouI really loved this book! I love British "cozy mysteries," (think Miss Marple), and found this exactly the type I like. Imagine my surprise when I found out the author actually lives in Connecticut! And she obviously loves Agatha Christie, because there are a few little nods here and there, but it doesn't overwhelm the story or get to forced. Can't wait for the second book!...more
I loved this book! It's not a linear timeline, although I didn't find this distracting. Lexicon is a very psychological novel, and the timeline shiftsI loved this book! It's not a linear timeline, although I didn't find this distracting. Lexicon is a very psychological novel, and the timeline shifts serve to help make you question everything you think you know. But don't think that this title is all in your head, and nothing happens. Things happen. People get shot, stabbed, throats cut, and killed in a large number of other, more creative ways. One man chokes to death on his own hand. Good guys and bad guys keep shifting sides, and back, or maybe not; it's all part of making you wonder about everything....more