My husband was an anonymous living liver donor last year and we're getting close to the time when we might hear from the recipient. I'll admit that thMy husband was an anonymous living liver donor last year and we're getting close to the time when we might hear from the recipient. I'll admit that the curiosity was pretty intense for a few months, at least for me. My husband will be perfectly okay with not knowing but I'm hopeful that the year mark passes and he gets a letter from the recipient. I want to know the basics, at least, and I'll admit that I spent the first quarter of the book being jealous of the fact that she was able to find a name so easily when my Googling hasn't led to anything :) The book originally hooked me because of the idea of a person desperate for details and unable to have them. Our situations are so different as there is no grief compelling my desire for knowledge...but I could still relate to the process of communication.
And then the book brought back my love for "Return to Me." I loved that movie when it came out. Loved. Like, with a capital L and everything. By the end, though, I just found myself thinking, "Oh, it's a teenage rewrite of the movie." Started so strong but ended with a feeling that it was just a copycat....more
I wasn't sure about this book. In fact, I was tempted to quit about a third of the way through it. I was stuck in my car with a two hour wait and thisI wasn't sure about this book. In fact, I was tempted to quit about a third of the way through it. I was stuck in my car with a two hour wait and this happened to be the only book I had with me, which ended up as a great stroke of luck. Turns out that the book gets better when The Forgettings get started. A 4 star start, a two star middle and a 5 star ending. While Harry August spends his life in pursuit of the types of knowledge that wouldn't appeal to me, and that I found a bit dull in recitation, the actual plot was well-planned. ...more
I needed a memoir for a book challenge and my library search stopped when I found this book. It spoke to me. I *am* a MWF seeking friends and was immeI needed a memoir for a book challenge and my library search stopped when I found this book. It spoke to me. I *am* a MWF seeking friends and was immediately curious about a book written by someone like me.
Making friends is so easy as kids. All through college, it was relatively easy because a person is surrounded by people with similar interests and goals and they are conveniently all the same age. Then, you start a new job and realize that you are the oddball among your coworkers - younger, single, less settled - and friendships aren't as quick or easy to form. Then the decades roll by and married life, kids, increasing demands at the job...real life, basically...all suck away that carefree friend time. And when you do have the time, does anyone else? Friendships fade away over lack of time, lack of commitment, distance or changing situations. Making new friends would be fabulous, but how do people make it happen?
This book is related a blog (discovered that in the book - I've never visited the blog) and it has 'free lance assignment that I can sell and use to cover a year of work' written all over it, but I'm okay with that. It had creative ideas for meeting people, short references that could lead to more info and while they may be completely irrelevant in my small town, they were still interesting.
And it's official. I need to join a book club. Who knew book clubs could be such a great way to meet people?!...more
Ally, Ally, Ally! How can this book be written by you?!? I have enjoyed Heist Society and Gallagher Girls so much but this doesn't even feel like an AAlly, Ally, Ally! How can this book be written by you?!? I have enjoyed Heist Society and Gallagher Girls so much but this doesn't even feel like an Ally Carter book.
I listened to the audio version and I'm wondering if that's what ruined it. The narrator had this tremulous, panicky tone and it never. let. up. Hour after hour of listening to someone that sounded like they were *this close* to a panic attack was rather depressing.
Because it's Ally Carter, I may actually try book 2...but not in audio format!...more
I entered the giveaway for this book because I loved the idea of a book that appreciated, encouraged and talked about fandoms and all things geeky. II entered the giveaway for this book because I loved the idea of a book that appreciated, encouraged and talked about fandoms and all things geeky. I always feel a bit out of place in the newly chic geek world because I'm older (over 40 - gasp!) than so many of the fans. I discovered fandoms after Harry Potter and it was in large part because of my daughter. She watched a movie marathon of the first 5 films with me and fell in love the way only a 7 year old who believes in magic can fall in love. Together we discovered Wrock music and downloaded tons of songs, we went to a Harry and the Potters concert, we found podcasts, we shopped Etsy and joined Pottermore. For the first time in my life, I realized that other people get as involved in books and TV shows as I do.
I love HP, Supernatural, Sherlock Holmes (books, BBC show, US show, everything but the movies), Buffy, and lots of others. This book says that fictional love is fine. And fun. And encouraged.
And, it really helped me understand the terminology. Again, I'm 41 so this isn't something I grew up with. I was married before I had an email address, you know? Ship? Got it. Canon? Yep, that too. Various WhateverCons? Know what they are like, too. I'm raising a little Potterhead who is a huge Whovian and burgeoning Supernatural fan. I feel like this was a primer on how to speak the language that her generation (she's 11 now) will grow up knowing.
The author was fun to read. She has a tone in her writing that says she would be fun to be with in a line at a movie premier. Or that her blog would be a blast to read. The book itself was uniquely topical, if that makes sense - the formatting, the design, the pictures...it all fit together with her writing style.
So why not 4 stars, which is what I was thinking of the book as I read it? The end was...random? Oddly disconnected? There are two chapters at the end that are decidely 'girl power' focused. I *am* a feminist and I still felt it was out of place. It was a weird way to end the book and left me with a slightly less fangirl response to the book....more
My 11 year old daughter read this book on her Kindle and spent two weeks telling me how awesome it was. I decided to read it, too, so that we could haMy 11 year old daughter read this book on her Kindle and spent two weeks telling me how awesome it was. I decided to read it, too, so that we could have a book chat. Every night, I'd read a bit more and then she'd quiz me on where I was, what had happened and how I thought it would end. I always enjoy sharing books with my kids, especially when the book is this good.
Great twists, hints of the supernatural, excellent minor details, lots of the unexpected. It was perfectly spooky for my tween daughter and comfortably creepy for me.
My daughter is checking out Alex Bell's other books to decide which one we'll read next. ...more
This book started out so well. It was Jurassic Park with dragons, which is a much cooler park. They were huge and vicious and smart and humans had, asThis book started out so well. It was Jurassic Park with dragons, which is a much cooler park. They were huge and vicious and smart and humans had, as expected in a story like this, underestimated their cunning. And then there was CJ. Independent, proud, brave, wounded...and female. The first 100 pages were fabulous. I hated to put the book down.
And then it just fell apart. Dragon-English translators. Eyeball removal with a first aid kit. A dragon-human pair bond that was formed instanteously. Dragons that knew more about electricity than I do. A technical conversation about wiring between two people using second languages that would include terminology well beyond basic fluency. The evil dragon focused on revenge. Every few pages I would sigh as the story became more and more outrageous.
Action books should have action. It should feel like Indiana Jones. There should be explosions and near escapes and sacrificed characters. I totally get that. But this book just wouldn't stop. The last 100 pages were a chore to read....more