3.5 stars. I actually really enjoyed this. Definitely made me nostalgic to re-read all of those old Judy Bl2015 Reading Challenge: A Non-Fiction Book.
3.5 stars. I actually really enjoyed this. Definitely made me nostalgic to re-read all of those old Judy Blume books. This is a collection of essays from women who recall feeling influenced or helped by JB's books in some way as they were growing up (or as an adult). It's essentially an ode to Judy Blume. Anyone who grew up reading her books would enjoy this book.
I would have liked to see some more diversity among the writers, since this was very cis-gendered and hetero-normative....which makes sense since JB pretty much only wrote about boy-girl relationships, given the times, and certainly no transgendered girls....But, oh well....more
2015 Reading Challenge: A book by an author with the same initials as me.
I read about half of this, and then skimmed the rest. It was about as cheesy2015 Reading Challenge: A book by an author with the same initials as me.
I read about half of this, and then skimmed the rest. It was about as cheesy and clichéd as you'd expect a romance novel from 1990 to be.
Still, I gave it two stars because it was at least an easy read and it actually had a plot, albeit a far-fetched one.
Oh, but I have to add that the sex scene was completely ridiculous. Even more so than most. He tackled her to the floor and then went full insertion in the same motion? How is that even possible? And then scooted (yes, the word "scooted" was used) her across the floor until her head hit the wall. In a frontier shack. Are we talking dirt floor or splintery wood floor? Neither sounds great. Scenes like this make me wonder if the author has ever had sex herself....more
2015 Reading Challenge: A Book With a Number in the Title.
3.5 stars. I'm taking away half a star because it did seem like it took a little while for t2015 Reading Challenge: A Book With a Number in the Title.
3.5 stars. I'm taking away half a star because it did seem like it took a little while for the plot to get moving with this one. However, I still found it to be yet another thoroughly enjoyable book from this series. This one literally gave me goosebumps a couple of times.
I don't know how the author keeps up this kind of imagination. Each chapter is a new, ridiculous, whimsical scenario....more
2015 Reading Challenge: A book set in high school.
I really enjoyed this book. As much as you'd expect the slight cheesiness of teenage love to overwhe2015 Reading Challenge: A book set in high school.
I really enjoyed this book. As much as you'd expect the slight cheesiness of teenage love to overwhelm a story...it really doesn't, at least not for me. I kept turning the pages, wanting to know what happens next. I finished this book in only two evenings, so it was both smooth reading and page turning.
The book ended with the reader dying to know what happens next....and I was happy to let it stay at that. Most books are just fine with questions unanswered. However, it seems to be the trend these days to take any book that has unanswered questions, and answer them...in the form of an unneeded trilogy. Sure enough, there is a sequel slated for this book already. *SIGH* Leave well enough alone!
The book is definitely not without some flaws...Some parts of the plot felt repetitive, sometimes the main character felt a little stalkerish (possibly because they've never lived a normal life and just don't know what all of the boundaries are?) Still, read this. It's too intriguing to put down....more
I'm a bit torn on this one. This wasn't as sappy as I thought it was going to be (since the description2015 Reading Challenge: a book my mother liked.
I'm a bit torn on this one. This wasn't as sappy as I thought it was going to be (since the description sounded like a romance). The writing was clean, fast moving, descriptive without being flowery...but I never really felt like I "knew" the main character very well, and am not really sure I like her all that much.
16 year old Kathy goes to live with her uncle in the Canadian north to improve her lung health...and falls in love with a 27 year old Canadian mountie. We're never really sure WHY she falls in love with him except that he has gorgeous blue eyes. And we also never find out why he falls in love with her, unless it's because he wanted a helpless child to care for. He later says that he didn't ask her to marry him because she was "too young" to make that decision, which is why he asks her uncle. WTF? If someone is too young to give consent to marriage, maybe don't marry them? Different times, I suppose....Anyway, they get married, and then he (knowing that she has medical conditions) takes her off into the deep wilderness to his patrol district. She nearly dies from the strain of the trip and the cold, but he saves her. Several times throughout the book, she nearly dies, but then he saves her. I never really saw her show much backbone, despite living someplace so rugged. She just does whatever Mike tells her to do, trusting him completely to take care of her and their children....although he's making them live someplace where grizzly attacks are routine, where people die from mosquitoes, and basic medical care is pretty much non-existent (eventually leading to the death of both children). He's seen all this stuff happen to other families, yet he doesn't take any steps to remove his family from this region for their own safety. Different times, I suppose... There was definitely blatant sexism and racism in this book, but it felt like it was fitting with the times.
So, I don't know. Others have called this a "sweeping romance" but for me it felt too much like the Kathy/Mike relationship was all "tell" instead of "show". We're told that they love each other deeply, yet I didn't really feel it. I was reminded of Laura and Almanzo Wilder in the Little House books, because of the similar "frontier" setting. Yet with THAT relationship, there is actually some legit courtship happening, and Laura definitely has a backbone to make some decisions for herself (and she's already shown that she's rugged and resourceful, rather than just relying on a man to make all of her decisions for her). Still the tragedies that Kathy and Mike go through are certainly horrific and moving, and you wonder how the hell people ever managed to settle in that region. The relationships that Kathy forms with some of the local women are very touching (I actually wished at times that the story was about THOSE women, who actually seemed strong and capable). The ending was a bit disappointing, because for a minute I thought Kathy was finally developing that long-lost spine....but no.
Still, despite my hang ups and wishy washy feeling on this one, I'll give it three stars because of the writing, the wilderness descriptions, and the interesting side characters. It was a page turner, and I made it through in only a couple of days....more
This was my first ever graphic novel. For me, it was OK. It's a story of a young man raised by strict Christia2015 Reading Challenge: A graphic novel.
This was my first ever graphic novel. For me, it was OK. It's a story of a young man raised by strict Christian parents, growing up, exploring his faith, and finding his first love. While most of the illustrations were quite beautiful, but this book didn't really do anything for me. I'm probably just not a graphic novel person...it felt more like I was only skimming a story.
So...I think others might really enjoy this story, but it wasn't for me. My rating purely reflects my reaction to this book, but I also fully understand the higher reviews. I think that people who ARE into graphic novels will love this one....more
DNF on audio. I thought this was going to be narrated by Stephen King himself, but instead it turned out to be narrated by a different man with a lowDNF on audio. I thought this was going to be narrated by Stephen King himself, but instead it turned out to be narrated by a different man with a low voice. I made it through an hour or two...but I have a hard time hearing low voiced narrators in my car. I'll try again on paper....more
I read this book over and over as a kid. I'm not sure exactly what appealed about it, but I loved it anyway. It's just about a couple of girls at a boI read this book over and over as a kid. I'm not sure exactly what appealed about it, but I loved it anyway. It's just about a couple of girls at a boarding school who become friends, and have regular kid "adventures" like planning a midnight feast, building a house in the woods, inventing a secret language, ec.
One thing that is still relevant to this day is that it's one of the few books where a character has synesthesia, though it's not really discussed as such in the book. I have gender-personification synesthesia, which basically means that my brain assigns distinct personalities and genders to numbers and letters. I never thought it was odd, because in this book one of the characters talks about which numbers are boys and which are girls (though as a kid, I remember thinking that I thought the genders were different than those that she said). So, I just assumed that everyone thought the way that this character and I did. ...more