I feel like a heel giving this book 2 stars, but I spent the whole book thinking, "Dude, really?" It just seemed a little too...I don't know the wordI feel like a heel giving this book 2 stars, but I spent the whole book thinking, "Dude, really?" It just seemed a little too...I don't know the word to use. Cloying? Perfect? Easy? Trite? I hope it's true that heaven is really like that. But I sincerely doubt we're all going to be dressed in white and floating on clouds when and if we get to heaven. With this book review, I doubt I'll make it. haha...more
The first 300 pages were just kinda there, then it picked up for about 130 pages and the last 20 pages were trying too hard. I enjoyed it, but it wasnThe first 300 pages were just kinda there, then it picked up for about 130 pages and the last 20 pages were trying too hard. I enjoyed it, but it wasn't nearly as good as the first two Robert Langdon books....more
**spoiler alert** This book scared the living heck out of me. I read the audiobook while driving around for work and so often it was just such a relie**spoiler alert** This book scared the living heck out of me. I read the audiobook while driving around for work and so often it was just such a relief to get out of the car and take a break from it. I would drive white knuckled down the highway and it was just so crazy!
The story revolves around the town of Jerusalem's Lot, a quiet and quaint Maine town where a couple of mysterious men have bought the town's creepiest house where a murder-suicide took place. At the same time, an author with a history of the same house moves into town to work on a book.
Mayhem ensues. If you can't tell from the book's cover, one of the two creepy men in the creepy house is a vampire and is out to feed on the residents of Salem's Lot, who in turn then must feed on their family and neighbors.
This book is scary as hell. I'm not big on vampires, have never read the Twilight series, have never read Dracula, any of it, and don't care to! And this book is enough vampires for the next 33 years of my life.
It's been a long time since I read a Stephen King book, probably since high school, and while the creep factor was delicious, it also reminds me why I love chick lit so much :-)...more
Rarely have I had so much fun as reading this book. My copy now has tons of little papers sticking out for my favorite quotes, many of which I plan toRarely have I had so much fun as reading this book. My copy now has tons of little papers sticking out for my favorite quotes, many of which I plan to incorporate on my blog. No subject is taboo, from money to sex, from men to politics, from what women can do to what men think women shouldn't do! Great women from Amelia Earhart to Gypsy Rose Lee to Marie Curie to Queen Victoria to Helen Keller to Gloria Steinum are all quoted. Read, laugh, think, enjoy, and be inspired!...more
Lorna Landvik has done it again! I love all the books she's written that I've read, but this one ranks right up there with Angry Housewives Eating BonLorna Landvik has done it again! I love all the books she's written that I've read, but this one ranks right up there with Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons, which was amazing. I just finished reading it and I had tears in my eyes--not because the ending was sad, but because the book ended. The characters were amazing, warm, fun, funny, flawed, frustrating, and infuriating. The Andreson family was wonderful--reminded me of my family in so many ways. Joe, as a main character and as a man written by a woman, was warm, strong, and it was easy to love him. I wish I could read it again for the first time!...more
This was a quick and entertaining look at church life from the outside. It has such entertaining chapters as How to Try and Stifle Laughter in Church,This was a quick and entertaining look at church life from the outside. It has such entertaining chapters as How to Try and Stifle Laughter in Church, How to Make a Hospital Visit, Stephen King's Favorite Bible Stories, and the In Your Heart of Hearts You Know multiple choice quiz.
The book looks insubstantial, one of those quick little humor books, but in fact takes a good while to read through those 200 pages, especially if you want to savor them. It doesn't focus on any one denomination, instead having fun with all major Christian churches. If you don't take yourself or your church too seriously, you'll get a good laugh from this little gem....more
Despite my proclivities for England and those who call her home, I am not much on English history and the old kings and queens of England. I knew veryDespite my proclivities for England and those who call her home, I am not much on English history and the old kings and queens of England. I knew very little about Elizabeth I, although I did watch the movie starring Cate Blanchett (the first one) about 10 years ago. Sadly, it was a little too brutal for me, and I watched it once and never again.
However, I need audiobooks. And a friend recently loaned me this one so that I'd have a nice, long read while driving around for work. Driving is one of the few times I force myself to read something I'm not sure I'll enjoy, as I don't have anything else to do. So consequently, while I was not excited about the subject matter, I liked that there were 16 discs to fill my time.
Boy was I in for a surprise! This was a great book! The story was riveting. I would come home at night to read up on the Tudors and see how much of the book was factual and what happened to the various players on the fringes of Henry the Eighth's court.
It took me nearly 2 months of driving to finish it, but that was with the holidays breaking up much of my drive time. I will definitely read more by Alison Weir--several other titles have been recommended to me and if I can get them on audio again, so much the better!...more
Rare is the book that can say so much without saying a word. A Small Miracle is a beautiful book composed entirely of pictures. It follows the ChristmRare is the book that can say so much without saying a word. A Small Miracle is a beautiful book composed entirely of pictures. It follows the Christmas Even journey of a poor gypsy woman who is saved from certain starvation by a true Christmas miracle.
Every picture is a work of art, and the story is so beautifully moving and sweet. You are doing yourself a disservice if you miss this one. For kids of all ages....more
Traci Depree's Lake Emily books were recommended to me because I am/was a fan of Jan Karon and Philip Gulley's similar tomes. Traci Depree's novels arTraci Depree's Lake Emily books were recommended to me because I am/was a fan of Jan Karon and Philip Gulley's similar tomes. Traci Depree's novels are another entry into the (I think) relatively newish genre of Christian literature.
I am not a particularly religious person, but I love Philip Gulley's Harmony books above most books I've read in the past 10 years. I find my enthusiasm for the Mitford series has waned, they're a little too preachy. So I find myself approaching Christian fiction with a lot of leariness.
I got all 3 of the Lake Emily books on PaperbackSwap.com, however, and nothing warms my heart like free literature. So I decided to take a crack at it as I need some of the early parts of the alphabet for my alphabet reading challenge. Lake Emily will happily cover A, C, and D if I can get through them.
The story revolves around Mae and Peter, a young couple who take over Peter's grandfather's farm after the older man's death. While Peter struggles to make a go of the farm, Mae struggles to fit in with her new surroundings and figure out what she's going to do as a farm wife.
Honestly, the book wasn't really in-your-face Go God Go! In fact, it seemed to me like Depree randomly threw some praying in there when she didn't know what else to write. It was almost jarring. Pages and pages of why Mae is depressed or Peter is tired and then "let's pray".
I spent the entire book thinking, "Man I hate this book" and then at the end, I wound up crying. Which made me hate this book even more. But something about it must have touched me because I pulled out the sequel tonight and started reading it.
It's kind of akin to how I feel reading Jennifer Chiaverini's Elm Creek Quilt books--I hate myself for wasting the time on them, but then I can't wait to read the next one anyway. I guess there's a place for books like that in life, and so I'll keep reading till I can't take any more. I rated it 2 stars, but I guess I would have given it 2 1/2 and I'm toying with 3. We'll see how the next book fares!...more
Not as bad as Lolita, but I have to tell you, the fact that I finished this one is a testament to the sheer power of human determination.
En route to TNot as bad as Lolita, but I have to tell you, the fact that I finished this one is a testament to the sheer power of human determination.
En route to Tampa from NYC, a flight crashes into the Gulf of Mexico, killing all on board. Several days later, a note reading "T, All is forgiven, I love you. Dad" washes up on a beach and a woman gives the note to struggling journalist Peyton MacGruder, who uses the note to jumpstart her failing career as "The Heart Healer", a sort-of-advice columnist. MacGruder finds three survivors of plane crash victims who potentially fit the bill to be the recipients of the note. Word gets out and a TV journalist wants in. So not only is MacGruder struggling--you know what? I'm bored writing this synopsis. This book sucked. Plain and simple sucked. At the end, the absolutely ridiculous twist in which Peyton's family struggles are revealed just make the whole thing insipid and dumb. Don't bother with this one. Really. I'm saving you a lot of time. ...more