Gillian Flynn's niche is definitely suspenseful page-turners about young women who experienced bad things in Missouri. In this one, a woman returns toGillian Flynn's niche is definitely suspenseful page-turners about young women who experienced bad things in Missouri. In this one, a woman returns to her hometown to investigate some murders of girls only to fiiinally connect the dots between today's current events and the things that made her dislike her hometown/own family all those years ago. But like in "Gone Girl," there is a twist at the end (although in this case I wasn't as surprised). ...more
Things this book made me think about: - whether caring about others makes us the best we can be (I think so, but it seems impossible to be selfless!) -Things this book made me think about: - whether caring about others makes us the best we can be (I think so, but it seems impossible to be selfless!) - whether my anger is caused by me or by the things that bother me (It's nice to let go of anger if you can!) - whether there is too much of a good thing and why someone would prefer small doses of pleasure over large doses (I get the idea, but life is short and a full day of happiness is better than a minute) - yoga (some people make such a big deal out of it. I'm like, "Good for you! You held a difficult pose!") - reincarnation (nope)
It was an interesting read. Regular, already open-minded husband-father-writer-upstanding-member-of-society agrees to drive across country with his hippy-dippy sister to take care of their parents' estate. Aforementioned hippy-dippy sister pulls a switcheroo when he arrives to pick her up and tells him he is taking a yoga master/holy man in her place. Yoga master/holy man acts strangely and imparts esoteric wisdom throughout the trip. It's honestly just what I expected, except the narrator was more open from the start than I expected and wasn't 100% changed at the end. Also, he threw in a bunch of unnecessary restaurant reviews. ...more
This wasn't my favorite Palahniuk novel, but I think this sequel was better than "Damned."
If you read "Damned," you might be wondering things like "DThis wasn't my favorite Palahniuk novel, but I think this sequel was better than "Damned."
If you read "Damned," you might be wondering things like "Did Madison's parents love her?" or "Why did they take so many drugs?" or "What's the story behind Madison's friends in Hell?" or "Why did Madison end up in Hell?"
In "Doomed," our gentle narrator takes a break from improving Hell to come back to Earth as a ghost. We get a lot of her back story, too--not so much about her time in the snobby Swiss boarding school or her adventures with the Eastern European adopted brother who ended up strangling her with a ribbon of condoms in "Damned"--but a bit further back, when Madison was sent off to upstate New York for a summer with her maternal grandparents which ends with her developing an eating disorder and a fear of public restrooms and some major issues regarding her grandfather.
In this one, we see a more innocent Madison who attempts to get her rich and famous parents' attention by writing pornographic diary entries and later pretending she is in love with Jesus. I loved the part where her father asks her to put away her phone at the table and she mouths, "I can't. It's JESUS."
But seriously, there is a larger issue at hand. A phone call Madison made from Hell to her parents in "Damned" has here resulted in the Spencers inventing a very popular new religion called Boorism, which calls for people to insult each other and commit sins, but to not take offense when others do the same. It actually brings about world peace, but damns everyone to Hell at the same time. What's a girl to do? God wants her to spread the message of the right wing. Satan wants her to lead everyone to Hell.
Do you like books that make you cry? If so, you'll love this one. Of course when you read a book about kids with cancer, it's a good guess that somethDo you like books that make you cry? If so, you'll love this one. Of course when you read a book about kids with cancer, it's a good guess that something tragic is going to happen. I like how the narrator acknowledges things like cancer perks and the things people say about cancer and "fighting" as if wanting to live is what saves the people who don't die. As if you have to be worthy enough to be spared.
The story is told by a smart, funny teenage girl. I didn't realize this was supposed to be for a younger audience until my book club discussed it. Sure, there are parts about BOYS that teenage girls will totally relate to, but so will older people who can remember what it was like to be young and smitten.
The positive takeaway for me was how it makes you think about why life is worth living despite the inevitable end. "Some infinities are larger than others."...more
This was a book club pic. We all liked it in varying degrees because there was a romantic element and the characters were good people. I think I likedThis was a book club pic. We all liked it in varying degrees because there was a romantic element and the characters were good people. I think I liked it the least, which means I thought it was so-so. My problem with this book is that because it is based on the author's family history, it totally reads like the sort of story someone would tell about their grandparents as young people. Ciro was the strongest 10-year-old boy in the village! Enza was the best seamstress and she always looked after everyone in her ridiculously large family! Everyone in the family was a wonderful, loving, talented person! ...more
I'm only in the early stages of this book, reading the Kindle version. So far I am really grateful this book exists because it has made me think aboutI'm only in the early stages of this book, reading the Kindle version. So far I am really grateful this book exists because it has made me think about some to-do items that hadn't crossed my mind. The idea of huge life change is terrifying enough without the fear and confusion of making dumb mistakes in the process like forgetting to cancel an account or agreeing to work overtime when you should be packing. I bought this book hoping for information about visas, moving timelines and cost ranges, and tips on how not to blow up your Xbox and laptop while using a foreign power supply. So far this book has given me a few very useful worksheets on planning. We'll see about the rest. The downside of using the Kindle version is you can't fill out the charts. You can create a note but not in chart form. Too bad!
I wasn't really concerned about culture shock last week when I downloaded this, but now I think it IS a big deal and am glad the author goes into depth about it. She is an expert on the subject and admits to having hated her first 3 years in London (where she lives now) because she was mentally treating her new home as temporary. It is a little disturbing that one chapter deals with the "panic phase," but I think I will panic a little less with an expert's advice and the knowledge that I'm not the only one who panics when faced with large-scale change....more
I think the success of this book doesn't come from the fact that Christian is a pervert or because of all the sex scenYeah, I read it. Don't judge me!
I think the success of this book doesn't come from the fact that Christian is a pervert or because of all the sex scenes. True, sex sells and that is the first thing everyone knows this book contains. But Anastasia's overwhelming love for this man and the possibility of attaining him (he is obviously smitten with her, but his strange sexual preferences and control issues and the fact that he doesn't "do the girlfriend thing" keep making her wonder)--this is the story most women can relate to.
I also read this because my boyfriend's name is Christian and he is just a teeny bit bossy. He told me not to read this. So whenever he tells me to do something, I call him Mister Grey. ...more