This is not a great book, let me put it that way. But I enjoyed the hell out of reading the story of the two Sinclair sisters, whose father takes off...moreThis is not a great book, let me put it that way. But I enjoyed the hell out of reading the story of the two Sinclair sisters, whose father takes off to Paris and ships them off to Colorado to be mail order brides. Kat and Nell arrive to find the town literally up in flames and no husbands waiting for them.
It was the right book at the right time--I needed something light and not too taxing in December. I am looking forward to reading the next Sinclair Sisters novel, which is coming out soon according to the author's website!(less)
I got this book from Paperback Swap thinking it'd be a wonderful trip down the road of great romantic moments in literature. In fact what it is is a h...moreI got this book from Paperback Swap thinking it'd be a wonderful trip down the road of great romantic moments in literature. In fact what it is is a how-to sex manual drawing on literature as inspiration. Not what I wanted and I didn't find it all that appealing.(less)
I was really torn between giving this book 3 and 4 stars--call it 3.5 :-)
The book follows Charlie, a 9th grader who has some mental issues, as he ente...moreI was really torn between giving this book 3 and 4 stars--call it 3.5 :-)
The book follows Charlie, a 9th grader who has some mental issues, as he enters high school. He hears about someone in the community who is a good listener and proceeds to send this person letters detailing what happens during the school year. The events cover his life, his family's lives, and those of his friends.
Charlie is of above-average intelligence, so I don't know if that is to blame for the somewhat stilted language or if the age is to do with the kind of general weirdness of this kid. For a while I even entertained the possibility that he was delayed or autistic.
In all, it was a pretty decent read, very quick. I like that the copy of the book I got had writing in it from its original owner who wrote her thoughts in it. Niki Winning, if you're out there, I've got your book.(less)
I hated this book and hated myself for reading it.
This is my 3rd Anita Shreve book and the worst of a bad batch. The previous two I'd read were book...moreI hated this book and hated myself for reading it.
This is my 3rd Anita Shreve book and the worst of a bad batch. The previous two I'd read were book club books and the people who recommended them both loved Anita Shreve. But I'm afraid this book was the final nail in the coffin for me--I won't read her again.
The book centers around a bunch of friends who reunite for a wedding after many years. They are all nervous because of a deep dark secret in their past, which happened to be the reason one of their friends died--although only one of the people assembled actually knows the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. The others are randomly nutty, insecure, ill, or otherwise pre-occupied.
And they are all obsessed with 9/11. I don't know if Shreve wrote this book immediately after 9/11, but in the midst of everything else, they kept bring up 9/11 and it REALLY pissed me off. I felt like the whole thing was cheapened by the discussion of it in the book. I hate books and movies and literature that mention 9/11. It's too soon, in my opinion and no one has yet to adequately capture what I felt, and what I think many or most of us felt that day. SO LEAVE IT ALONE.
The ONLY redeeming factor of this book for me was that one of the characters was writing a book/story and it was included in this book as a kind of subtext. That story was genuinely interesting and made me wish that Shreve had just written that and forgotten about these nutcases in New England.(less)
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 to...moreRarely 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!(less)
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 Bon...moreLorna 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!(less)
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 very...moreDespite 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!(less)
One of my favorite Stephanie Plum books yet!!! I actually cried when I finished reading it, not because the ending was sappy or sweet, but because I'm...moreOne of my favorite Stephanie Plum books yet!!! I actually cried when I finished reading it, not because the ending was sappy or sweet, but because I'm done in 2 days with a book I feel like I've been waiting forever for, and I don't know when the next one will come out!
This was, in my humble opinion, Evanovich and Plum at their best. The story revolves around a nine million dollar fortune that may or may not be buried in Morelli's basement.
Favorite characters return and new, loveable characters make their debut. I hope we'll see more of Gary and Brenda, and I loved seeing Mooner and his potato gun. What a blast...
Plus Lula was at her finest, as were Morelli and Ranger.
In short, all you can ask for from this wickedly fun series.(less)
This book was definitely not set in the US, a fact I didn't not fully realize or appreciate until partway through when the girls and their parents wer...moreThis book was definitely not set in the US, a fact I didn't not fully realize or appreciate until partway through when the girls and their parents were openly discussing their alcohol consumption. I was further clued in by the places--the main being New South Wales.
So here we have a sweet novel of teenage girls in Australia forced into contact with boys at a rival school. As you can imagine, all manner of mayhem, romance, and so forth break out.
It was a fun and quick read, taking the form of letters, diary and notebook entries, emails, and school notices. Somewhat predictable, there were a few surprises thrown in to make it not totally formulaic in its inevitable formulaicness, if that makes sense.
Still, you found yourself rooting for these girls (in particular) and satisfied with the ending.(less)
Kate Jameson has outgrown her Brooklyn gang: Bina, Bunny, Barbie and Bev, aka the Bitches of Bushwick. Whi...moreThe Amazon.com review says nearly all of it:
Kate Jameson has outgrown her Brooklyn gang: Bina, Bunny, Barbie and Bev, aka the Bitches of Bushwick. While the Bs still go for French manicures and (gasp) matching furniture, Kate has embraced the urbane life. She has a Chelsea apartment and a neat job as school psychologist at Andrew Country Day "in the best neighborhood in Manhattan." But when Kate meets bad boy bar owner Billy Nolan in her natal borough, she instantly wants to get Brooklyn back into the girl. He's hot for her, too, but fate intervenes in the form of Kate's best friend, Elliot Winston. Elliot and his boyfriend, Brice, are determined to keep Kate from committing romantic folly yet again. In a plot twist, Elliot notices that every time Billy dumps a girl, she marries the next guy she dates. So instead of following heart and loins to Billy's bed, Kate helps Elliot engineer a match between Billy and Bina, whose putative fiancé, Jack, went to Hong Kong without giving her the anticipated diamond. Minor complications abound, as Bina dates Billy but falls for someone else, and Kate's burning jealousy blinds her to the truth long after the reader sees it. Goldsmith's fans will perhaps forgive the almost farcical absence of reality; others may resent not only the illogic but also the stereotyping of gays, Jews, working-class Catholics and nearly everybody else. If Goldsmith had affection for her characters, she hid it well.
Rarely in literature have I encountered a character I despised as much as I despised Kate Jameson. She was a self-righteous, sanctimonious, I'm-way-cooler-than-you b-i-t-c-h. She looks down on her friends, acts like she's a goddess of fashion and culture, treats people like garbage, and I absolutely hated her. Which distresses me, because I really, really wanted to like this book. But it was despicable from start to finish. I don't know why I even finished it, other than sheer tenacity, but with a page to go, I sat in front of the computer, and as soon as I read the final word, logged onto PaperbackSwap and BookMooch and posted the book. Quel Surprise. No one wants it. Don't bother with this book. I'm saving you hours of aggravation. (less)