Thanks to the GoodReads group "What's the Name of That Book?" I was able to find You're the One after years of trying to remember the title. I immedia...moreThanks to the GoodReads group "What's the Name of That Book?" I was able to find You're the One after years of trying to remember the title. I immediately ordered it used from an Amazon seller and was excited when it appeared in the mailbox. It was just as much fun to read as I remembered!
Randall MacPherson has just inherited the family mansion that has been closed up and forgotten for over 100 years. He is excited to move in and begin renovations; but gets more than he bargained for when he discovers the house is haunted by Cassandra, a beautiful ghost with a scandalous secret.
I confess that I have a complete weak spot for paranormal romances; I love them. This story is sexy, funny and sweet. I am so glad to have found it after all these years!(less)
Wuthering Heights is beautifully written. I fell in love with Emily Bronte and her cadence of language from the very first chapter.
Sadly, I loathed t...moreWuthering Heights is beautifully written. I fell in love with Emily Bronte and her cadence of language from the very first chapter.
Sadly, I loathed the characters. I sympathized with Heathcliff in the first half of the book and was disappointed to find myself hating him in the second half. I despised Catherine Earnshaw from her introduction in the story until her death. The only character I liked at all was Hareton, and I was happy for the way things turned out for him.
Reading Wuthering Heights made me appreciate Jane Austen so much more than I already did! Emily Bronte's female characters continually made me wistfully think of Austen's Elizabeth Bennett, and long for her to inhabit Thrushcross Grange instead of Catherine Earnshaw. The difference between Austen's female characters and Bronte's is shocking. I definitely take the existence of strong willed women in modern fiction for granted, and this reminded me how ahead of her time Jane Austen really was. I would love to read a piece of Austen fanfic in which Elizabeth Bennet bashes Catherine Earnshaw over the head with a frying pan, usurps her as mistress of Thrushcross Grange, and gives Heathcliff a sound thrashing.
I was surprised that some describe this story as romantic; I didn't find one word even remotely romantic! I appreciated the Gothic and supernatural elements and the wonderful, descriptive writing style. I have a beautiful image of Thrushcross Grange and Wuthering Heights in my head; I can picture the houses and their rooms, the landscape, the gardens and the hills. Despite the personalities of the characters, I really did enjoy this story and I'm glad to have finally read it.
Little Bee is the story of two women who meet under extraordinary circumstances and become forever tangled in each other's lives, in very unexpected w...moreLittle Bee is the story of two women who meet under extraordinary circumstances and become forever tangled in each other's lives, in very unexpected ways.
Little Bee is a beautiful character; I cared for her right away. She is insightful, frank, and funny when you least expect it. I loved the parts of the story narrated by Little Bee, simply because of the unique way she looks at the world.
I found Sarah significantly less likeable; she was very self-centered and disconnected from the people around her. Her character voice annoyed me. While I was interested in the story that she was telling, I never truly cared for HER, not even in the much anticipated "beach scene".
I liked the first half of the book a great deal better than the second half. It seemed truer and more heartfelt, while the second half seemed weaker and less deliberate. I can't pretend that the end didn't disappoint me; I was expecting more.
And now we have come to the part of the review in which I must lament the hype surrounding this book. The publisher went to quite a lot of trouble to shroud the plot in mystery, and hinted at a shocking and tragic incident which takes place on a beach in Nigeria. The reader is made to feel like something SO shocking and SO horrific happens on this beach, that by the time you actually get to that part of the story, it is completely underwhelming. Had nothing been mentioned about this scene, had I not been expecting something perfectly insane, I would have been more moved by the incident in question. If it had not been built up to impossible heights, it would have had more of an impact. Instead, I was disappointed and a bit confused; what happens didn't seem very realistic to me.
Overall, I liked this book but didn't love it. I thought Little Bee was a beautiful character with an important message, but the rest of the cast didn't quite hold up their share of the load.
The story of Lily, Snow Flower and their fan was interesting and amazing to me from the first chapter. It is difficult for me to imagine a life where...moreThe story of Lily, Snow Flower and their fan was interesting and amazing to me from the first chapter. It is difficult for me to imagine a life where my worth is only equal to the sons I bared or my obedience to my husband. I take for granted the luxury of being able to do whatever I want when I want and this book reminded me that for women, this has not always been so. The last chapters had me weeping. The descriptions of foot binding filled me with morbid curiosity and frequently had me running to google for more information and photographs. It amazes me that this practice was ever an accepted part of daily life.
I love Bob Newhart. I love his voice and his face and his sense of humor; I just want to hug him. I was pleased to find that Newhart narrates the audi...moreI love Bob Newhart. I love his voice and his face and his sense of humor; I just want to hug him. I was pleased to find that Newhart narrates the audiobook version of this book, which I listened to during my commute. In a very conversational style, Bob tells of growing up in Chicago, becoming an accountant and then a comedian. His stories are littered with bits of his stand-up routine that I had never heard before; Abe Lincoln vs. Madison Avenue, the driving instructor, and King Kong had me laughing out loud as I drove to work. I loved the anecdotes about his wife of almost 50 years, Ginny, and his Granddaughter (who doesn't understand that he's not really an elf). A very funny and enjoyable book about an endearing and loveable man.(less)
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the setting and the time period, and the cast of circus freak characters was really fun. I loved the way that the...moreI really enjoyed this book. I loved the setting and the time period, and the cast of circus freak characters was really fun. I loved the way that the author wrapped everything up. Here's hoping Tim Burton makes this one into a movie like he did with "Big Fish". (less)
I loved this book as a child. The pages were made of thick paper that smelled good and I loved the illustrations. It was always checked out of the sch...moreI loved this book as a child. The pages were made of thick paper that smelled good and I loved the illustrations. It was always checked out of the school library, so when you could actually get your hands on it, it was a moment to be savored. (less)
I didn't finish this book. My husband and I adopted a 4 month old puppy from the shelter; this book is really more for people who are purchasing a pup...moreI didn't finish this book. My husband and I adopted a 4 month old puppy from the shelter; this book is really more for people who are purchasing a puppy from a breeder. It really starts instructions from the day the puppy is born, and makes numerous comments that the most bonding happens with your puppy in the first 4 months of it's life. A little late for us to be reading something like that since our puppy was that age at adoption, and also, in my opinion, not true. We have bonded extremely well with our puppy despite the fact we didn't choose him at his birth. Yes, the book offers helpful information for training your puppy once it's a few months old, but this information didn't start until seriously halfway through the book and it wasn't anything special; standard dog training tactics that I found elsewhere in a more reader-friendly format. The entire first half of the book was completely useless to me.
I'm sure this is a wonderful book if you are a breeder, or purchasing from a breeder. But if you are adopting from a shelter, or adopting an older puppy that needs training, there are other books out there that will be so much more applicable to your situation and help you so much more. Congratulations! It's a Dog! Training and Behavior Tips for the Newest Member of Your Family was one that I found especially helpful, as it started off with helpful information that I could actually use, right on the first page.(less)