I enjoyed this book, it may be that it was the right book at the right time for me. We are in the middle of moving and things are stressful, and thisI enjoyed this book, it may be that it was the right book at the right time for me. We are in the middle of moving and things are stressful, and this was a light fun book. I don't follow tennis much now, but I used to when I was a teenager. I was a huge Andre Agassi fan. So the book brought back memories of watching all of those tennis grand slam tournaments and any other one I could catch on TV.
This book felt like a nice rom com and just something to let me sit back and relax for awhile and escape the chaos at my house.
If you are looking for a light fun book that happens to take place with a pro tennis backdrop, this could be exactly what you're looking for. ...more
Still Alice was an amazing book. It really feels like it lets you into the head of someone who is losing themselves to Alzheimer's, or any kind of dimStill Alice was an amazing book. It really feels like it lets you into the head of someone who is losing themselves to Alzheimer's, or any kind of dimension. It often felt to me like coasting downhill, as the book progresses it just feels like you're going faster and faster and more out of control. This was a difficult read because I lost my grandpa to dementia, but he was older when we really were able to see symptoms.
I also couldn't help thinking of a book I read as a child What's Wrong with Daddy?. It was from the point of view of a teenage girl who's father gets diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. I remember liking that book, but Still Alice was much better.
I am interested in reading more by Lisa Genova, she really brought this story to life. ...more
I almost gave this book 3 stars, but that seemed unfair to a book that I stayed up till 3am to finish even though I had to be up by 6 am the next day.I almost gave this book 3 stars, but that seemed unfair to a book that I stayed up till 3am to finish even though I had to be up by 6 am the next day. It might have been so appealing because it let me sink into someone else's drama and forget about my own chaos for a little while. But, whatever the reason, I did get sucked in. It was a little over the top in some ways. They say life is stranger than fiction but I would be amazed if there are many people in real life who ran home to their family and encountered the kind of secrets and drama that Georgia encountered when she went back to her home in Sonoma valley a week before her wedding.
It reminded me more of a soapy tv show or movie than a book, just because of the sheer amount of craziness that was packed in to such a short book.
So, I almost gave it 3 stars, it probably really gets 3.5 stars but I rounded up because once it got near the end, I could not put it down until I figured out how it all worked out.
One part that really has bothered me since I finished the book was one very brief sex scene. It felt so out of place in context of the rest of the book. The book overall was focused on the character drama, it's not really a sexy times filled kind of book, more family drama. So the one scene she threw in, while I kind of understand why it was there, it felt out of place. But, I think it was a sentence or two at most.
I would recommend this book, if you like family drama and don't get upset at stories that have a lot of infidelity and flirting with adultery. I enjoyed the story and would read more by this author. This is a pretty quick read and really fairly light in spite of the drama. ...more
This is a fun story, set in WW2 about how Amanda Waller (if you saw Suicide Squad, you'll recognize the name) set up aI love all things Wonder Woman.
This is a fun story, set in WW2 about how Amanda Waller (if you saw Suicide Squad, you'll recognize the name) set up a team of heroes to help defeat the Nazis.
It's a great intro to a lot of characters I did not know much about before, like Stargirl and Mera. I love that they kept Batwoman's relationship intact through the time shift.
This is a great series to read even if you are only vaguely familiar with the DC universe and comics in general, and I'm sure if you have read every DC comic there is a lot here to enjoy as well. ...more
First, if you are wondering whether to read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, you should know it is actually a play. It's literally a script so it'sFirst, if you are wondering whether to read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, you should know it is actually a play. It's literally a script so it's mostly speaking parts with very little description. That being said, if you have read the books or even if you have just watched the movies you won't have any trouble picturing the settings.
This story takes place around the same time as the epilogue in the last book/movie. Harry is married to Ginny Weasley and their children are going off to Hogwarts. It's about the conflict between Harry and his middle son, Albus. About how difficult it is to be the son of someone that famous, especially if you don't necessarily take after them. The things you will do as a teen to carve out your own identity and accomplishments.
I thought it was very good. It was easy to read, if your only exposure to reading plays is Shakespeare in English class, it's not that.
I would recommend reading the book, and am jealous of anyone who has gotten to see it performed on stage!...more
I am a huge fan of all of Gail Carriger's various series. Her main series: The Parasol Protectorate, Finishing School, and The Custard Protocol, all tI am a huge fan of all of Gail Carriger's various series. Her main series: The Parasol Protectorate, Finishing School, and The Custard Protocol, all take place in the same universe at various times. I have read them all and love them.
Imprudence continues the story of Alexia Maccon's daughter Prudence. Alexia and Conall appear in this book too, along with a few other characters from The Parasol Protectorate. This is the book where Prudence achieves her majority, and as we adults know, adulting isn't all it's cracked up to be. But it is always better with the support of good friends around us.
I highly recommend these books. You should definitely start with Prudence though. And, really if you haven't read them, you should start with Soulless. The Finishing School books are very good, but not as necessary for background in the adult series. Full disclosure, the adult series are adult for a reason, the Prudence books kind of straddle the line between Teen and Adult, but the Soulless series definitely has sex scenes, albeit sometimes very humorous ones. ...more
Much like the Chrestomanci series, this book is fantastic. I have never actually watched the movie, but I will definitely be watching it now to see hoMuch like the Chrestomanci series, this book is fantastic. I have never actually watched the movie, but I will definitely be watching it now to see how it compares to the book.
I loved Sophie and Howl. I loved the world that Jones created, it is similar to the Chrestomanci series, but different. Although it feels like this could all be in the same general universe (or multiverses as the case may be).
If you have never read this book, I highly recommend picking it up. I'm going to try to get my boys to read it now. I may just go right on to the next book!...more
Crowned and Dangerous is the 10th book in the Royal Spyness series by Rhys Bowen. I have loved this series since the beginning and always look forwardCrowned and Dangerous is the 10th book in the Royal Spyness series by Rhys Bowen. I have loved this series since the beginning and always look forward to seeing what Georgie and her crew are up to. This time finds Georgie at loose ends, as she often is, and not even sure where she will lay her head next. Her boyfriend Darcy has a family emergency back in Ireland, and when he tries to tell Georgie that the family matter means he will have to cut ties with her, she is ready to go fight for her love life and her future. We meet a new character in this book, a Russian princess who is friends with Darcy. When she and Georgie team up, stubborn Darcy doesn't stand a chance.
I love the humor in these books and each new installment is like visiting friends. I like that there are enough characters that we see glimpses of different ones in each book. And Georgie's accidentally jet-setting life let us see a lot of 1930's Europe.
The mystery in this one is compelling, and even though I had some idea who was probably involved, I had no idea why until near the end.
I just wish it wasn't a whole year between books! I highly recommend this series if you enjoy cozy or amateur sleuth mysteries, especially with a bit of a historical twist.
I really enjoyed this book. I had it from Kindle Unlimited and I was working through clearing my backlog of unlimited books.
Greensleeves is a teen noI really enjoyed this book. I had it from Kindle Unlimited and I was working through clearing my backlog of unlimited books.
Greensleeves is a teen novel about a girl who was the daughter of two high profile parents and grew up bouncing around Europe, never feeling like she had a real home. She has a kind of identity crisis and needs to spend the summer figuring out exactly who she is.
The book was first published in 1968, but the themes are still relevant to today. The book has a modern feel to it in spite of the lack of technology that we take for granted, you don't even notice that it's missing in the book. But maybe that's because I grew up not far from the era this book takes place. Maybe a younger audience would get caught up in the lack of cell phones and email and social media.
I really loved this book. I can empathize with the main character and not knowing what she wants to do and I applaud her for taking a time out to try to figure it out. I would highly recommend Greensleeves to anyone looking for realistic fiction with a hint of mystery and a little romance. ...more
I found this book because Neil Gaiman talked about this author in one of his short story collections, or maybe on social media or his blog. This bookI found this book because Neil Gaiman talked about this author in one of his short story collections, or maybe on social media or his blog. This book is probably more children's than teen, but it is good for either age and adults too!
This is the story of two orphans, the older sister is a witch and the younger brother has no magical talent, but is a very sweet boy. The same cannot be said of his sister. She is nice enough to her brother, but she has big dreams and isn't about to let anyone stand in her way.
The circumstances of the orphans changes dramatically when the Chrestomanci takes an interest in them. Whether the circumstances are better or worse was yet to be determined....
I like the characters in this book and the world building. It touches on the subject of multiple worlds. Worlds split off when a big event could go in one of two directions. But I think there will be more on that in future books in the series. This is mostly the story of two orphans. It is a quick read and very charming. I am going to try to get my kids to read it. I am also planning to read the rest of the series. If you like fantasy, I would call this light fantasy, not too different from our world, almost more like alt-history. ...more