This was my first reading of Virginia Woolf. The first page hooked me. How could I not be intrigued by a book that references Bronte and Rossetti?
I foThis was my first reading of Virginia Woolf. The first page hooked me. How could I not be intrigued by a book that references Bronte and Rossetti?
I found Virginia Woolf to be an incredibly independent thinker. Fascinating the way she connects things together. Her analysis of the plight of women's creativity so often unexpressed because of child bearing, poverty, no privacy or time to create....was all right on. I now understand why she is considered the mother of the women's liberation movement.
Simply put, I was so impressed by her brain! This book is one that could be read and studied many times over. It was not an easy read. VW doesn't use paragraphs much, and that made it difficult. The writing seemed to vacillate between bright jewels of profound observation and recommendation and totally boring tangents that I just had to get through.
However, I must say, the bright spots were worth it. I'm glad I read it. And it is fairly marked up with highlighter.
I want to say thank you to Virginia Woolf, for putting into words the special challenges that women have to live out their creative lives. And to name what it is that women need to create, "A room of one's own and $5000 pounds a year." And to plead with women to write their truths. Not just their truths in relation to who they are mothers to or wives to....but their own authentic truths.
Brilliant woman, Virginia Woolf. I'm glad to be getting to know her....more
This is a book of profound simplicity. Its prose is so poetic, I nearly wanted to add it to my poetry shelf. I can't count how many times I went back This is a book of profound simplicity. Its prose is so poetic, I nearly wanted to add it to my poetry shelf. I can't count how many times I went back and read passages just to get everything out of them that there was to get. Sometimes I just re read for the sheer beauty of the language, the thought, the profound understanding of the life and mind and relationships of Old Jack.
Wendell Berry doesn't romanticize the life of Old Jack, but tells his story in the realistic grittiness of the earth that Jack found his purpose and solace in. And that is moving and transcendent.
It is a short book, but it took time. It refused to go quickly. It's a story to be savored.
Sue Monk Kidd has a firm footing on my "favorite authors" shelf. I find her writing to be simple and straightforward, yet deep and profound. She conneSue Monk Kidd has a firm footing on my "favorite authors" shelf. I find her writing to be simple and straightforward, yet deep and profound. She connects dots in a way that no one else does. It has been so interesting to watch her writing evolve.
I would say that in terms of writing style, SMK is hitting her stride with The Invention of Wings. It is so well written and lovely to read the way SMK puts her words together and creatively describes things.
I love the way she has woven Sarah Grimke's own words into the text. And I think that the story of the Grimke sisters is long overdue for a revival. Writing Handful into the mix was a stroke of genius. I really really really enjoyed reading this story.
It read a bit slow in some places. But the punch of the final few chapters was well worth it. I can tell that Sarah Grimke's story is an echo of SMK's story....the journey of one woman to break out of a heavy handed tradition and to find her voice. Only SMK could have written this story the way she did.... right out of Sarah and Handful's heads.
Another SMK bites the dust..............whatchu workin' on for us next, Sue?...more
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath leaves me with one question:
What makes a classic??? WHY is this on a classics list? It reads as little more than SP's di The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath leaves me with one question:
What makes a classic??? WHY is this on a classics list? It reads as little more than SP's diary of dark and suicidal thoughts. Granted, it was well written, the girl could write. But would this have ever been a classic had SP not committed suicide?? My guess is that The Bell Jar would be in the heaps of obscure works by little known American Authors if SP had not taken herself out sideways.
I would like to hear other perspectives if you are willing to engage in discussion.
Not an easy read. But CS Lewis never is. Like so much that he writes: words words words PROFUNDITY!!!!!! words words words PROFUNDITY!!!! words wordsNot an easy read. But CS Lewis never is. Like so much that he writes: words words words PROFUNDITY!!!!!! words words words PROFUNDITY!!!! words words words.
Stick with it and get to the end for it to be worth it. It is a profound story, full of truths, but a very strange story as well.
Well, I gave Julie Rowe's second book double the stars I gave her for her first book. Unlike the first book, there was a little bit more than a long jWell, I gave Julie Rowe's second book double the stars I gave her for her first book. Unlike the first book, there was a little bit more than a long junior sunday school lesson....or the tearful testimony of the sister who takes all the time in Sacrament Meeting.
Her visions were interesting and it creeped me out how closely they paralleled Visions of Glory. But they were soooooooooo poorly written. Honestly, did Julie go beyond the eighth grade??? If I had to read "I was shown" or "It was made clear to me..." one more time, I was going to lose my mind.
I read the book fast and skimmed alot to just get through it.
The most helpful thing in the book is her list of supplies to get to prepare.
I've been on an Outlander binge since last August when the Starz series began. And as I've finished each book, I've had to immediately open up the nexI've been on an Outlander binge since last August when the Starz series began. And as I've finished each book, I've had to immediately open up the next one and continue the saga. This book is different though. It had a very nice ending. One that had some sense of comfort and resolution.
This read a little bit more like book #2 did for me. With lots of day to day minutia, wondering when something would happen. I didn't zip through it like I did Voyager for that reason. However, by the end, I was satisfied enough with the read.
One issue I had with this era of Claire and Jamie's lives is that I was unable to suspend my belief that Claire, who was once head of surgery at Boston General could be happy living like a pioneer in the isolation and hardship of nascent America: going to the outhouse and finding a rattlesnake in the privy. Spinning her own cotton, grinding her wheat to bake her bread. Tending her garden. I just don't think that a 20th century professional woman could make such a leap! No matter HOW PERFECT Jamie Fraser is! (and he is!)
Sometimes I get frustrated with the characters because I feel like they stupidly don't give each other the space to come from their different centuries. So their conversations come off as ridiculous. LIke when Brianna is deeply hurt by her father's horror at her pregnancy sans husband.....what does she expect from an 18th century Scot???? Stupid.
I loved the last chapter with DB's description of the Gathering and the families at the bonfires..."The MacKensies are here!" It was like the Scots had a new chance in the new world to reclaim what was lost at Culloden.
Anyway, I'm going to TRY to put the series down for a minute and read something else. Don't know if I will succeed.
I would say that from my favorite to least favorite in the books I've read so far would be 1. Voyager (my fave) 2. Outlander 3. Drums of Autumn and 4. Dragonfly in Amber.
Another evolution of the saga that I am not finding to be as compelling is Claire and Jaime's change of venue. I'm not finding young America to be as romantic as old Scotland.
This is the third book in the Outlander Series and it is my favorite, so far. I found Jamie and Claire's reunion to be truly sweet as they felt theirThis is the third book in the Outlander Series and it is my favorite, so far. I found Jamie and Claire's reunion to be truly sweet as they felt their instant connection again, yet, needed to get to know who each of them had become in their 20 year separation. I found their mature love to be even more satisfying than their young love. And DG has written some love scenes that will stay with me forever.
Diana Gabaldon's writing really took off in this book, as well. Interesting to watch a writer grow in strength with time and practice. ...more
I didn't like this book nearly as much as I liked Outlander. In fact, it took me nearly 3 months to finish it, so I wouldn't call it a page turner.
I lI didn't like this book nearly as much as I liked Outlander. In fact, it took me nearly 3 months to finish it, so I wouldn't call it a page turner.
I love the story of Claire and Jamie, but I feel like Diana Gabaldon's books could be about 1/3 shorter and just as good. Better, in fact. I felt like I had to wade through their time in France. Much of it useless to the story. At the very least, the pertinent essentials of their time in France could have been written in half as many words. In fact, at one point, I even thought that I would not move on to the third book.
However, DG has a way of ending a book so that you MUST read the next one. So, I got on Amazon today and ordered the next 3 in the series.
So, while I'm CRAZY about Claire and Jamie's love story, and while I love being transported to old Scotland, this book still only gets 3 stars, I hope that Voyager gets more....more
I've wanted to read this book for years as I have always been impressed with the life and mind and writings of C.S. Lewis. And I loved the movie "ShadI've wanted to read this book for years as I have always been impressed with the life and mind and writings of C.S. Lewis. And I loved the movie "Shadowlands".
Now I have finally gotten to it. I will keep it and put it next to my collection of Lewis books. However, I found this book much like Lewis' own books: moments of brilliance that I had to wade through much dry writing to get to.
Jack and Joy's love story is one of the greatest of all time. His description of can send one to the floor as he, for a brief shining moment had what every human being craves:
Joy was "my daughter, my mother, my pupil and my teacher, my subject and my sovereign, ...my trusty comrade, friend, shipmate, fellow soldier..."
"no cranny of heart or body remained unsatisfied."
"the pains you give me are more precious than all other gains."
"How long, how tranquilly, how nourishingly we talked together that last night."
"There were so many joys to be remembered:... games of Scrabble played simultaneously in English, French, Latin, and Greek, the cut and thrust of argument, long walks followed by pints of ale in old pubs, talk of books and bookmen -- George MacDonald, Jane Austen, Dr. Johnson, H.G. Wells and Samuel Pepys, music -- Mozart and Chopin...poetry, read aloud... over which they often read together."
How could one not be absolutely swept away by such a love story of similar souls, fortunate enough to find each other if only for a brief moment in time?
That is why I was so disappointed in the dryness of the writing. It's a great love story. It should have been a page turner and it wasn't. However, I am glad I read it. Because I wanted the story, and this was the only way to get it.
This was a quick and easy read with depth and great writing. WOW! What a story! This book must have taken an incredible amount of courage and honestyThis was a quick and easy read with depth and great writing. WOW! What a story! This book must have taken an incredible amount of courage and honesty to write. And I so admire Jack Gantos for that.
We were all young once and we all made really stupid decisions. Most of us were lucky enough to escape those decisions with only a few scratches and a lesson learned and the ability to chalk it up to youth and naivete.
Unfortunately for Jack Gantos, his youthful lapse in judgment has horrifying consequences. And he has done an incredible job of letting us into his teenage brain and allowing us to take this unsentimental journey with him back in time.
Jack WAS a good kid. He DID have good goals. He also did not have a lot of parental guidance and support to help him get where he wanted to go. Left on his own to try to figure his life out, he made some VERY poor choices that landed him in a federal prison with all the inherent dangers there.
The moral of this story to me is the end does NOT justify the means. And Jack Gantos learned this lesson the hard way.
Perhaps this book should be required reading for high schoolers in the hopes they can learn through another's mistakes and save themselves some grief.
I'm glad that Jack Gantos finally found his life's true path and learned to walk it honestly and with integrity. But he sure found out the hard way!
I recommend this book. It definitely falls under the category "good read".
P.S. I LOVED all his references to the classic he read and how they impacted his life. I now want to read all the books that he referred to. ...more
Sometimes you find a book that has great writing but does not tell a likeable story. Conversely, there are a lot of books out there that tell a greatSometimes you find a book that has great writing but does not tell a likeable story. Conversely, there are a lot of books out there that tell a great story, but are badly written. And once in a while a great story comes along that is excellently written. Loving Frank is one of those latter books. A very intriguing story that is beautifully written.
Nancy Horan really gets into the head of the main character, Mamah Borthwick, and writes about her journey and her relationships with great clarity and compassion.
Solomon Northrup was obviously a brilliant, articulate man that writes in such beautiful language of such a horrific experience.
It breaks my heart toSolomon Northrup was obviously a brilliant, articulate man that writes in such beautiful language of such a horrific experience.
It breaks my heart to think of the thousands of dear souls whose lives and potentials were wasted in slavery. It breaks my heart to know that there really was a Patsey whose body and spirit were broken by human devils. And there was no one to rescue her, as there was for Solomon.
It's hard to find language to express the profound read this is on so many levels. To read this astonishing account of Solomon Northrup's 12 years on the plantation of a devil incarnate.....IN HIS OWN WORDS, is an experience I will not soon forget.
This was a profound and heartbreaking book, written beautiful language. A human story that one cannot but be deeply affected by.
This is a very unique book, one of a kind, highly creative. The only Goodreads shelf of mine that this book fits on is "read". It doesn't fit in any oThis is a very unique book, one of a kind, highly creative. The only Goodreads shelf of mine that this book fits on is "read". It doesn't fit in any other category I have.
It took a while to suspend my belief and accept the Black Dog, the personification of depression, as a walking talking character. But my interest in the subject of depression and in Winston Churchill as a historical person that suffered with it, kept me reading.
I'm glad that I kept with it. It was a most creative treatment of depression and a lot of it rang very true. How depression lays across your chest and hangs on you, like a dog might.
I also found the different characters' relationship with the black dog to be intriguing. How some had more choice over how much the Black Dog controlled their lives than others. Yet, they all put up a valiant fight. Churchill's refusal to surrender, in his inner life, as well as WWII was nothing less than inspiring.
In the end, I liked this book and I'll keep it on my shelf. ...more
Even though Carmen Bin Ladin's story is not well written, it is real and honest and entirely readable. In fact, I would call it a page turner. Her mesEven though Carmen Bin Ladin's story is not well written, it is real and honest and entirely readable. In fact, I would call it a page turner. Her message is extremely important and should be read by every freedom loving citizen in Western Countries. Her description of the evils of Islam and their intolerance of non Muslims and subjugation of women is horrifying. They are VERY dangerous and if we don't pay attention, we will live to regret it....more
I couldn't put this book down for different reasons at different parts of the book. The first half of the book is a very different read from the lastI couldn't put this book down for different reasons at different parts of the book. The first half of the book is a very different read from the last half.
The first half of the book details Spencer's experience in the spirit world when his spirit leaves his body during health crises. I found this part of the book to be absolutely compelling and totally compatible with my own beliefs and conclusions about the spirit world. Therefore, it totally resonated with me and I loved it.
However, when Spencer starts talking about his visions of times to come: natural disasters, plagues, foreign invaders, translated beings, the millennial day, I squirmed my way through the book quite a bit. It is a very disturbing and uncomfortable prediction for the future. I'm not sure if I believe it, though I believe that Spencer believes it and that he really did see what he saw. I just don't know what it means.
The second half of the book really read like a dystopian sci fi with a Mormon flair. I just don't know what to make of it. Though it was a compelling read.
But beyond the believable first part and into the less believable second part, the book is full of wonderful metaphors about one's own walk to Zion within one's own heart. And I really appreciated that.
So, even though I don't take this book as gospel truth. I do believe that it is one man's truth. And it was a really fascinating read that I would recommend to others....more