This book made me realize maybe the word feminism is misconstrued. It made me proud to be a feminist and made me think we need to change a lot of ourThis book made me realize maybe the word feminism is misconstrued. It made me proud to be a feminist and made me think we need to change a lot of our views on a lot of different issues. In such a heated and divisive time and after the Women's March, an epic worldwide event, this book was a perfect read!...more
I would love to tell you my YA love is making up for lost time but I think it's my quick no thinking read. I'm also currently doing The Brother KaramoI would love to tell you my YA love is making up for lost time but I think it's my quick no thinking read. I'm also currently doing The Brother Karamozov and The Alchemist they require a lot of brain power and so much attention, This probably sounds pretentious but I simply mean, I'm not 15 anymore, I can read from a distance. Reading these books at 31, I'm not thinking this book sums up exactly how I feel, I'm reading with distance and what I hope is wisdom but probably isn't. It's probably gratitude that I was never a teenager in 2015 going up against Facebook (remember when you had to go to college to get it and it was called The Facebook) let alone Snapchat, Twitter or Insta.
It is with that in mind that I read Jennifer Niven's Holding Up the Universe. It's an interesting book to read as overweight adult. Why you may ask? Because it is about an overweight 16 year old who falls in love and goes back to high school for the first time in years after she had to be cut out of her home. Reading the story I cringed because in my head I knew how this book was going to go. She would be bullied. She'd fall for the cute boy. He would like her but could never get over the social construction of teen mob mentality and betray her. They would share a brief moment and then she'd die because someone always dies (I really think that characters dying in YA novels is more like a killing off of your childhood self and stepping into an adult self but that's a former psychology major for you). I was pleasantly wrong.
Some of it was right. Of course kids were mean, they always are. Although, they seem to get worse in these teen years. But Libby, "The Fattest Teen in America," is actually pretty self confident. She kind of loves herself and she knows she is awesome. How great to finally read a book where the female is the confident one and she loves herself no matter what. It's refreshing. The male character, the handsome well-adjust male is not so well-adjusted and he actually has propasgnosia, face blindness. He can't tell people's faces, something Brad Pitt actually has and in a character in a novel, he actually is quite lonely. To never know who you are looking at is quite sad....more
I just read and mostly devoured Nina George's The Little Paris Bookshop. Anything billed as a book about books gets my attention. It is a bizarre genrI just read and mostly devoured Nina George's The Little Paris Bookshop. Anything billed as a book about books gets my attention. It is a bizarre genre, but one I am obsessed with and always fall in love with (Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, The Book of Speculation, Shadow of the Wind). So I took on Jean Perdu a book pharmacist. What is a book pharmacist you may ask yourself? It is someone who prescribes books to people to cure ailments or help them achieve something. Need meaning in your life take on Brothers Karamazov, need a piece of happiness something cozy and cuddly to sidle up against you like a kitten, then read The Little Parish Bookshop.
Perdu means lost. This 50 year old man is dealing with a love lost 21 years ago and takes some very interesting characters with him. A 20 year old famous author and an Italian also looking for a love lost. But it's not the love story I find appealing, it's this Jean Perdu. He is transitioning from a life not lived and after a 21 year hiatus you have to learn to live again. At one point he realizes there is a a thing called the Time of Hurt when you end one journey and start another one. This book made me realize maybe I'm going through my Time of Hurt and getting ready to start a new one. Maybe I'm letting go of 7 years in a relationship where I lost a lot of who I was and I'm ready to be ME again. It's scary because it involves finding out who I am and who I want to be. But it is also interesting and exciting and terrifying. Like the things nightmares are made of terrifying, but we all need a kick in the ass and a change in our lives.
When I met my now ex-wife I would never have seen myself as a sales person. I want an academic and pretentious job. I found something I love. I love corporate life, I thrive it in. I want to find someone who loves a lot of the same things I do, I want someone ambitious who lives life not allows herself to be a victim of circumstance.
If this book were a cuisine it would be something rustic. Simple and elegant and it makes me crave the same. I want to visit the South of France and sit on the beach, wake in a B&B and have baguettes and croissants for breakfast. I want simple chickens and potatoes and veggies for dinner on a wood table watching a quieter life. I also want Paris with its glitz. I want to learn to love wine. I want to see this beautiful. ...more
I love everything that Wally Lamb writes and so despite the disjointed nature of this book I still found myself charmed. Felix is a sixty something geI love everything that Wally Lamb writes and so despite the disjointed nature of this book I still found myself charmed. Felix is a sixty something gentleman living in Connecticut who loves film. He teaches it and even runs a film group on Monday's. Why is this important. It's not really, but nothing in this book is important but it is all important. Confused, I am a little too but I still would read this book again because there was some so undeniably charming and feminist about it. You see, Felix starts to see the ghost of an old female movie director and he begins to relive specific parts of his life to do with his his sister Francine. What comes out is an complicated story of Francine's birth and her life and Felix's life in relation to the women in it. Again, I'm not doing anything justice but the book was disjointed but it did make you feel something. For a first read of 2017, I'll take it....more