Favorite from childhood - I haven't read it in a few years. This is one of the books that is credited with being one of my "hooks". You know, the firs...moreFavorite from childhood - I haven't read it in a few years. This is one of the books that is credited with being one of my "hooks". You know, the first time you got a whiff of the reading addiction? As such will always hold a place in my heart! Now I want to re-read it, goshdangit.(less)
I love books that I can read over and over again. Not many fall into this category. But this does - and I unequivocally hope to read it over and over...moreI love books that I can read over and over again. Not many fall into this category. But this does - and I unequivocally hope to read it over and over the rest of my life.
This is more than just a mere love story between two 'ugly' people. A commentary on religion, God, principles, virtue, vanity, greed, compassion, charity, intellect, class, love, society, forgiveness, consequences, and choices. Oh and did I mention it's a girl with no power, connection, or rank that rises on her own, knows her self, and changes her destiny? This is no Pride in Prejudice where women spend their time fawning over prospective suitors and spend pages on tete-a-tete. Not that love isn't novel-worthy; but this is so much more. Grittier. Dirtier. Deeper. The lows are lower, the triumphs are higher. I mean, I'm ALL for girl power - so I just love Jane. But imagine the guts it took Bronte to write the character in 1847!?
Books have been written on the interpretation of this book. Forty-two times it's been told in movie form (watch out for that, some feel child-molestery). And it is a Gothic novel in its truest form: brooding man, distressed woman, supernatural elements, large estates, mystery, and romance. In fact I just googled this page and, yup, it fits every one!
If you haven't read it, READ it. If you have - when you read it again I daresay you'll take other things away from it each time. LOVE this book!
ps I hosted this book this month for bookclub, are there is no shortage of discussion questions. And blast walden media for only releasing the new movie in big cities on limited release. I am dying to see it.
pps This is the first ebook I've ever read. Kind of fun to know I'm 74% done.
I liked it much better reading it the second time. It seemed to have more meaning to me with the recent Arab Spring and Syrian uprising.
The thing tha...moreI liked it much better reading it the second time. It seemed to have more meaning to me with the recent Arab Spring and Syrian uprising.
The thing that I noticed in this reading is that Katniss is never really hero-worthy. I guess I don't mean it that way, because I love her, I do. I mean, she's awesome and kick-a**, but she is so selfish and flawed. The moment with Gale she realizes to run is to save herself and let others perish, to go along with the game is cowardly but understandable, but the only way justice will be done is to fight/rebel. I think over the last two books Collins has desperately tried to show us her flaws, her selfishness (motives-only saves Peeta in #1 because she couldn't live with herself otherwise. I think this is actually foreshadowing what will happen in the next book. Sometimes there isn't a hero.)
I think it showed some growth that she allowed her family to take care of her - before she wouldn't let her mom touch or nurture her, but no one is the perfect protector and provider all the time. I thought it showed a good example of the human condition being in need and accepting it, even when you have never needed it.
I think Collins' true hero is Peeta. An emotionally comlete, selfless, caring individual. This is the first time I noticed the scrambled gender-roles. The cake-decorating heart-throb, katniss has been the de-facto mother and father of her family, etc. It's cool.
There is so much good stuff to dissect in these books I could read them over and over.(less)
When you're in mood for chick lit this should be a good first place to go if you're looking for a clean regency romance, I suppo...more
quick read. 3.5 stars.
When you're in mood for chick lit this should be a good first place to go if you're looking for a clean regency romance, I suppose. "A proper romance" indeed. I first saw that it was nominated as a GR Reader's Choice award for romance and knew it had been published by Shadow Mountain and sold at Deseret Book. It's got to be good if it's taking out some heavy hitting romance-genre competition (typically-bodice-ripper-types).
The dialog is, eh, okay. It just seemed they were speaking modern American English...Which, once you just accept it and move on, is okay. A little bit too much cheese (specifically Mr. Whittle and the kidnapping and rescue scenes). But I'm not sure these types of books can be held to some great literary standard. For what it is, it does very well.
Ellie's cousins came to stay with us during the summer, and they love Wizards of Waverly Place. They bought wands, ma...moreREREAD ALOUD WITH ELLIE JULY 2013
Ellie's cousins came to stay with us during the summer, and they love Wizards of Waverly Place. They bought wands, made potions, and wrote down home-grown spells. When they left our summer was quiet - too quiet. And it had been a while since Ellie and I jumped into read alouds with both feet. So I gave her a choice: Ella Enchanted or Harry Potter. Ella won. And last night when the plot started getting interesting as she turned into a scullery maid, after every chapter Ellie asked for just one more. Until I looked down at the clock and realized it was past 10 and we'd been reading for 3 hours!!!! We woke up this morning and finished off the happily ever after. This time around I'd give it 4 stars because it did drag a bit and the dialog was a bit 'eh' when we had to hear her thoughts plan how to make Char laugh. Trying too hard, Ella? We are both happy with the book - I love the characters, humor, magic, and most of all Ella. Even though Ellie is a bit young and I had to re-explain some pages that went over her head - it gives Ellie some things to think about. What would life be like if you couldn't choose and must obey? Did Lucinda choose well when she decided to quit doing big magic? Etc. Excellent fairy tale twist.
Ok, first I'll say I've been avoiding reading this book because I saw the movie first -- and I thought the book would be just like the movie. I had watched it with my three nieces and though, oh, that's a cute movie. When I heard it was from a book I couldn't imagine reading such a "tween" book. I was glad I was wrong. It is written to be serious and a little more complex than the silly movie was, much to my enjoyment.(less)
remembering reading the same christmas-themed book that you are reading aloud to your own daughter at christmastime? nostalgia hit me like a brick. +1...moreremembering reading the same christmas-themed book that you are reading aloud to your own daughter at christmastime? nostalgia hit me like a brick. +1 extra star American Girl, your sneaky marketing trick of using historical fiction to make the books timeless and thus generational is working, goshdangit.(less)
In an alternate universe, the UK has been beset on all sides by "The Problem" of paranormal activity. It turns out only children have the gift to see...moreIn an alternate universe, the UK has been beset on all sides by "The Problem" of paranormal activity. It turns out only children have the gift to see or hear the problems around us and thus they are trained as "agents" with adult supervisors in vanquishing all types of ghost-like behavior. Lucy ends up joining the Lockwood & Co. agency, and all heck breaks loose. Literally.
Usually I don't' like to be scared. Ever. I just went to the haunted forest this month and decided I never want to go again! I'm not sure I would describe it as a positive experience. So it was with some trepidation that I requested this book from Netgalley. I passed on it the first time but when Elizabeth Bird reviewed and recommended it on her blog, I decided it must be good and I took the leap. It just so happens I picked it up to read on Halloween.
It was perfect. It was SO MUCH FUN. It was just the right amount of creep factor without being gory or violent. The horror was so spot on with the ghosts I started wondering if it was age appropriate. And then I remember being in the middle grades - and a lot of us loved to read scary books! And this is so age appropriate for the middle-school-horror genre. Heck it was fun for me, even if I didn't want to read it in the dark - it sure made my Halloween more fun.
Stroud created a world that felt current and Victorian at the same time. The world building and unfolding of the plot and mystery were excellent, even if I did figure out the bad guy before the big reveal. I loved Lucy and feel like there's great room for development in the characters of Lockwood and George and the three of them together (in the future books in the series).
4.5 stars, because for what this book is - it does so well, I can't think of one complaint. This would be the first book to recommend to others looking for a skeery ghost story. (less)
I read this book a few years back. The authors did a major study of people in the US with net worths of more than 1 million dollars. Basically what th...moreI read this book a few years back. The authors did a major study of people in the US with net worths of more than 1 million dollars. Basically what they found was that there are a lot of millionaires living among us -- driving Ford Taurus' and wearing Timexes. They typically have started their own businesses and then just kept up their frugal lifestyles. They also study those with "millionaire lifestyles" and found that their net worth is usually next to nothing because they may make a lot - but they spend most of it. I think it's a great book to champion the cause of frugality and to battle "keeping up with the joneses" symptoms. It was fun to read all the real life stories of these people and know that it's possible for regular people to be that successful (and not show it :-)(less)
There has not been another book in the world that has helped me become more self-aware of my feelings, reactions, and interactions with people as this...moreThere has not been another book in the world that has helped me become more self-aware of my feelings, reactions, and interactions with people as this book. It's helped me a lot in my extended family relationships, too. It's an easy read, too.(less)
Blech, I couldn't finish it! I may be attached to the movie character but I could NOT make myself finish this book no matter how hard I tried. I just...moreBlech, I couldn't finish it! I may be attached to the movie character but I could NOT make myself finish this book no matter how hard I tried. I just quit caring :-((less)
This book was very interesting -- Kind of Kite Runner - like . . . but a lot earlier and in a new england prep school setting. It's an interesting psy...moreThis book was very interesting -- Kind of Kite Runner - like . . . but a lot earlier and in a new england prep school setting. It's an interesting psychological journey about jealousy and demons (i.e. the voice inside our head that says all the wrong things) and what happens when you listen to those voices and most importantly friendship -- it was sad, but good.(less)
In my extended, continuing search to read every word written by Megan Whalen Turner, I've been led here: one of her first published works (and she doe...moreIn my extended, continuing search to read every word written by Megan Whalen Turner, I've been led here: one of her first published works (and she doesn't have many).
I read a few of the short stories and decided Ellie would like them so much we're starting over but 'reading aloud' this time. Last night Ellie informed me that 'it's boring'. So I just finished it myself.
This is a collection of short stories that would probably fit a 4th grader better. I really liked them. MWT con put so much complexity into her plots it will blow you away. But these weren't like the Attiola series. You can still hear her voice and sense of humor, and things happen in every story that might surprise you and make you think. MWT certainly likes characters that follow the beat of a different drummer, which I love. Some stories are better than the others, but it is one of her first published works.