I keep reading tiny house books, always hoping for something that will give me a variety of floorplans to compare. This is that book. It's exactly whaI keep reading tiny house books, always hoping for something that will give me a variety of floorplans to compare. This is that book. It's exactly what I was looking for and organized in a way that makes plans easy to visualize each plan.
Technically, there is very little content. A few pages to explain the design concepts, a few pages of a key to reading the plans, and the bulk of the book is the same walls with different layouts. Honestly, the author could have sat down with a drawing program and just tweaked one design into another, into another, into another. While the content doesn't seem like much, it was exactly what I needed. I was able to compare multiple ideas and really decide what features were most important to me. When the time comes, I'll buy this book. Small investment for good inspiration. ...more
I don't think I've ever started a review before beginning a book. This time, I am compelled to because the feel of the book is amazing. It's somethingI don't think I've ever started a review before beginning a book. This time, I am compelled to because the feel of the book is amazing. It's something that only a book geek would appreciate, but the cover is that slightly gritty texture and the pages are those not-quite-as-thick-as-usual ones that make me feel like I'm reading a book from my childhood. Even the smell of the paper seems reminiscent of my early obsession with bookstores. In an era of eReaders and downloaded audiobooks, a book that feels extraordinarily real is a unique find.
Okay, I'm back. I've finished the book. I stayed up late to read it, read it while sitting in a parking lot waiting for my kids to come out, read it when I should have been at a party, read it until it was done. Bottom line - I loved this book. It has the potential to be my favorite book of the year.
I remember being thirteen. The idea of spending decades as a thirteen year old is horrifying. Choosing this age for Boo was a good choice, however. It's an age where there is still a joy of life and bursts of energy found in younger kids but the emotional depth of burgeoning adulthood. Townies can be youthful enough to enjoy dressing up for Halloween but mature enough to understand rules and do work.
I'm a collector of sentences. When I'm reading, there are lines that jump out at me and make me pause. It's usually small things - sentences that are completely unimportant to the storyline but that give unexpected depth to a person or a situation. A uniqe phrasing that gives understanding, if that makes sense. Neil Smith is a master of these sentences. For instance, at one point Boo was feeling homesick. Reading "and I even miss the cobwebs that gathered there because, on my insistence, you gave the spiders the freedom to spin their webs." made Boo more real, more the sense of being an actual person. And when Boo re-met Johnny, we were made to feel the momentousness of the occasion with "Even though I dislike being touched, even though I was never hugged by anybody but you two, I do not pull away. I pat between his shoulders, gently the way a mama does, as Johnny Henzel sobs and sobs in my arms."
Amazing book. This had better be on the list for Book of the Year voting on Goodreads this winter!...more
Love, love, LOVE this book. It's basically a modern retelling of Greek mythology/religion as interpreted by a fictional demigod. Brilliant. And, as aLove, love, LOVE this book. It's basically a modern retelling of Greek mythology/religion as interpreted by a fictional demigod. Brilliant. And, as a bonus, it was read by the person that narrates all of the Percy Jackson books so even the gods and goddesses were familiar. I've decided that Rick Riordan needs to become an expert on every topic I'm interested in and then write a book explaining it in this light-hearted, fun, not-dry format. ...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
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
Years ago (in my baby-naming days) there was a baby names website I was addicted to. It was something like, "Babies named a bad, bad thing" or somethiYears ago (in my baby-naming days) there was a baby names website I was addicted to. It was something like, "Babies named a bad, bad thing" or something equally fun. There were sections for posting bad name sightings, polls, overheard names, etc. Some of the names were appalling. Not just attempts for uniqueness, but some that were actually gringe-worthy. I pitied these children.
This book brought back the baby name humor. I actually laughed out loud at some of the names. The only drawback was the repition - I would think that there are enough non-names out there that each category could be filled with unusual names. ...more
If I had discovered this book when I was nine, I would have spent the next three years talking my mom into letting me try every recipe in this book.
FoIf I had discovered this book when I was nine, I would have spent the next three years talking my mom into letting me try every recipe in this book.
For a book challenge, I needed to read a book written the year I was born (1973) and when I stumbled across this in the store, I wanted desperately to buy it just to sit in on the shelf with my childhoold Betty Crocker Junior Cookbook. I checked out the date and as soon as I saw 1973, it was added to my cart.
The nostalgia I felt when I read this makes up for the fact that there is a recipe that involves non-fruits in gelatin. I mean, I know it was the 70s, but still......more
This book is an excellent read for people who don't accept the educational system just because it's what the experts have designed. For parents and edThis book is an excellent read for people who don't accept the educational system just because it's what the experts have designed. For parents and educators that regcognize that the status quo isn't meeting the needs of today's students.
I've always been taken by Einstein's idea that “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” There is this idea that there is a way to teach, a way to learn and a way to behave in school. Kids that naturally learn best by the system in schools, they excel. They can succeed in honors classes. And if they have the type of brain that is good at tests, they can get great scores on the ACT and SAT and earn scholarships to college. But if you are a kid that is creative or loud or fidgety, you can sit at school all day, every day, believing that you are not smart, not capable, not successful. You are...but you have a brain that needs a different approach to learning. When my kids were homeschooling and in those early years, my son practiced spelling with jumping jacks. He learned letters by making the shapes with his body. he needed to DO, not hear. He needed to MOVE, not sit quietly. At public school, which he moved to for third grade, his brain and behavior needed to change to fit the only mold that was an option - the listen to your teachers, copy down your work, sit still except for a 15 minute recess at lunch. My daughter is a watcher and a listener. She absorbs information when it's presented to her on a board, aloud or in a presentation. She is the child that today's schools are designed to reach. Guess which one gets better grades? And views themself as smart? And has expectations of staying in school until they earn their doctorate? My daughter. My children have the same potential they don't perceive that.
As I was reading this book, I found myself thinking, "Exactly!" And, "So true." I would love to hear the author speak and this book matched my opinions so well that I think I'd be that person in the crowd nodding along with everything he said. ...more