*sigh* This book is so true that it hurts. "He's Just Not That Into you: The No-Excuses Turth to Understanding Guys" presents a literal 'No Excuses' m...more*sigh* This book is so true that it hurts. "He's Just Not That Into you: The No-Excuses Turth to Understanding Guys" presents a literal 'No Excuses' method for dating. The book, only 165 pages long, states it simply and clearly "If the guy likes you, he'll work to catch you. Period."
In a way, it's a 'waste no time' dating style that sets a high bar. He's Just Not That Into You suggest that if you're searching for a serious, long-term relationship, why should you settle for someone who isn't going to contribute to that? It's the kind of logic people sometimes don't want to hear when they're smitten with someone. Which, of course, can lead to years of wasted time and broken hearts.
One of the main points the book tries to sell to the love-frustrated reader is the idea that there IS someone out there who's compatible and eager to be with you. It admits that the statistics seem stacked against you, but also points out that people who seem emotionally unavailable to one person will suddenly find a match in another person. He's Just Not That Into You argues that just because one (or two, or three, or ten) person doesn't stack up doesn't mean that there aren't others who are worth a shot. The search may feel endless, but all things considered, you just need one Mr. Right.
The book reminds the reader that it's okay to have needs in a relationship, and it's okay to require those needs to be met by a partner. It argues that a person who loves you, truly and deeply, will not only meet those basic requirements but enjoy meeting them (like, you know, actually calling you when he says he will. Or meeting your family and being polite about it, even if he's scared witless of your mother.)
The book is written by both a male and female, and it engages in a conversational Q&A advice column kind of style. It's easy to read (even when you might want to hear what it has to say sometimes,) and witty enough to keep you laughing even as you realize throughout the book your way just hasn't worked thus far. He's Just Not That Into You feels like listening to an older brother that every girl needs to have, letting them know, 'hey, if he's not into you, he's not into you, and it's his loss. Keep going and try something new this time.'
A must-read for anyone who finds themselves asking: "Why isn't this working quite right?"(less)
Fantastic story. I was captured for the whole four hours it took to read it. I didn't want to stop.
I have yet to watch the movie, but I believe it's o...moreFantastic story. I was captured for the whole four hours it took to read it. I didn't want to stop.
I have yet to watch the movie, but I believe it's on Netflix, so I'll have to watch soon. I've been told that the movie is fantastic as well.
What I liked most about The Shawshank Redemption was the ending. It felt like I got everything that I wanted for the characters, only it was given to me in a way that wasn't the most obvious or direct rout. It pulled on my heart strings just enough. In the span of these four hours, I met a stranger with a background unlike mine, and came to care about his troubles and rejoice when he overcomes them. It was very satisfying.
Some books I end up reading don't leave me with too many thoughts afterward. The Shawshank Redemption is not one of them. I don't know if it was Stephen King's intention to make me wonder about the prison system and the people (guilty or innocent) trapped inside it, but it certainly left me with thoughts that I'll have to chew on before they become opinions.
Excellent book, and well worth the time to read. Pick a free evening and enjoy! (less)
AAAAHHHH THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD WHAT THE HECK WHY DO I HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL 2013 TO READ THE NEXT INSTALLMENT?!?!
I am such a sucker for fairytale inspir...moreAAAAHHHH THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD WHAT THE HECK WHY DO I HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL 2013 TO READ THE NEXT INSTALLMENT?!?!
I am such a sucker for fairytale inspired stories and this story NAILED it. I LOVED the main character and the love interest and the plot development and srjfnejocksksdmenfke so good. My only wish is that I got a more satisfactory resolution, but since it's the first book in the series I understand but STILL WHY DID IT HAVE TO BE SUCH A CLIFFHANGER GAWSH I WANT TO READ WHAT HAPPENS NEXT RIGHT NOW.
The world is really cool. Going into this book, I only knew about the cyborgs so the Lunar people took me off guard at first, but then I warmed up to the idea. I'm interested to watch how the plague unfolds further in this world and what the characters plan to do about it. I also want to know what this world is like outside of New Beijing so I'm glad the next book takes place in France.
As long as the next book does not deviate from Cinder as the main character, I'm pleased to predict that followers of this series are in for an exciting and fulfilling reading experience.
As a side note, I listened to this book, and the narration is the best I've heard yet.(less)
This story largely felt like a bad caricature of imagination. I completely couldn't get into the characters, and I didn't like the world either becaus...moreThis story largely felt like a bad caricature of imagination. I completely couldn't get into the characters, and I didn't like the world either because there was simply too many worlds with not enough depth. Good and evil were clearly defined without having any real active agents of good and evil.
And singing holy centaurs with wings made of rainbows and poetry? Are you kidding me?
Maybe I'm just flat-out too literal for this story. Which is saying something about the outlandish nature of the story considering I've always been willing to suspend disbelief. But please. Fantastical things were happening without a reason for their happening. It was just a literary acid trip.
Despite that, I did fall in love with one of the quotes. From Aunt Beast to Meg when trying to communicate in English:
"Oh child, your language is so utterly simple and limited that it has the affect of extreme complication." -Aunt Beast
The second half of the book was much better than the first half of the book. Likely because we finally got a 'bad guy' and direction for the characters.(less)
I went back and forth between really liking this book and being like 'eeeeehh, speed it up why don't ya'. At first I didn't like D'Artagnan because he...moreI went back and forth between really liking this book and being like 'eeeeehh, speed it up why don't ya'. At first I didn't like D'Artagnan because he seemed like a complete brat, but he eventually turned out to be a character I really liked because he grew up throughout the book.
Of the three musketeers, Athos was easily my favorite. That guy is so cool.
Anyway- would I read this book again? Most likely not. The writing was too dense for my tastes. Characters got caught in long, winding conversations, some of which I actually enjoyed, but overall there was too much of it to keep me focused consistently. The sword fights were the best part, in my opinion. It was a fun way to see the characters' personalities shine through, and I always like to see characters work together as a team. (less)
I LOVED this book! I almost NEVER read romances but this one was just absolutely perfect in every way and I enjoyed it so much. Gosh, I feel like such...moreI LOVED this book! I almost NEVER read romances but this one was just absolutely perfect in every way and I enjoyed it so much. Gosh, I feel like such a gooey little girl with rose-colored glasses and too much sugar in her veins but it was just so good!
It's so refreshing to read a book written by someone who honest to god knows how to write and tell a good story. If you're looking for a read that you can trust to have a happy ending and will fulfill all your expectations, this is the book for you. It's enough to get anyone out of a downer mood, for sure.
The wonderful descriptions of all the food made me really hungry, haha. And I felt like the characters were all people that I recognized from my own life. The story takes place around DC, too, which is just far enough away from where I am currently for me to be pleased with getting lost in it, but close enough to feel like I was reading a happy story of someone who actually lives nearby.
This is, without a doubt, the most candid self-help book I have ever read. It covers a vast range of subjects, from how to deal with optimist do-goode...moreThis is, without a doubt, the most candid self-help book I have ever read. It covers a vast range of subjects, from how to deal with optimist do-gooders when you're down, all the way to mourning the death of a child. And the ironic part-? All of these situations, the book teaches, can be handled with a single, powerful, simple tool:
Absolute honesty with yourself.
"This Is How" spends 230 pages repeating the same honesty mantra in so many different ways, that it's a profound experience when it finally clicks. So many different examples are used that, at some point in the book, you're garunteed to find something that speaks to you, and when you do, the point hits home.
Everyone has issues. Some people more than others. And it seems to me that no matter how light or extreme your life difficulties are, this book will definitely help give a second perspective on your situation.
I read this book in a day and a half- exceptionally long for only 200 pages of text. But the words invoke a lot of thought, a lot of conversation, and offers something that lasts beyond the turn of the last page.(less)
Dollhouse: Epitaphs is the first book of a series that is a must have for all Dollhouse fans. The comic retains many aspects of the show that I enjoye...moreDollhouse: Epitaphs is the first book of a series that is a must have for all Dollhouse fans. The comic retains many aspects of the show that I enjoyed most: the mood, the characters, and the psychological thrills.
The comics take the opportunity to explore characters besides Echo, who we already know so much about. Instead we follow primarily the story of Alpha and a 13-year-old boy named Trevor who gets wrapped up in the adventure. The comics explain several things about the ending of the television series that the show didn't have time to delve into, and I'm certain that future books will explore more of Joss Whedon's world that we didn't get to dive into during the show.
I'm really excited for the comic series. Besides the story, the art is really good, with most panels capturing the actors' likenesses well. The first volume also comes with the cover gallery at the back so that you don't miss out on any of the other beautiful cover pages you might not get with the mini-issues. I felt a little bit twitchy at first about paying 18.00 USD for a comic book, but I think it was worth it in the end. I look forward to more!(less)
I'm sorry to say that I struggled to get through this book. I'm going to give it two stars for "it was okay" because really that's what I'd have to sa...moreI'm sorry to say that I struggled to get through this book. I'm going to give it two stars for "it was okay" because really that's what I'd have to say about it. It was okay.
The characters were overwhelmingly cardboard (with the exception of Nash, who actually seemed to have some complexity) and the plot was so-so. I feel like the story was an excuse for the author to lecture me about Big Oil. Characters randomly broke out into long-winded speeches and rattled off statistics as if they were reading it right off of wikipedia. The dialogue throughout these long stretches of texture-less expository chunks was brittle and constructed at best.
The action scenes were pretty okay, until the point that they inevitably reached a level of absurdity even I was taken out of the book. I'm all for camp, really, but if the main character noticed Nash's "chiseled torso" one more time at the very wrong time I was going to flip my desk. That, and the results of said action scenes were unsatisfactory. Chloe spent too much time being tossed from one action wave to the next without discovering any information on her own. She might as well not have been the main character of this book.
At any rate, there were several redeeming qualities that kept me going throughout. Miles, Chloe's gay paralegal, was entertaining comedic relief (even though the obviousness of his role in the story did irritate me by the time I hit the half-way point.) And normally I don't like the use of pets in books but I found myself oddly pleased by Lucy's simple pleasure in car rides and usefulness as a midnight look-out.
My roommate read this book at the same time I did, and she found much more enjoyment in it than I did. However, she didn't read the whole book, just popped in and out and read over my shoulder for the scenes that made me laugh. I'm not sure what that says for the book beyond saying it has potential that wasn't properly exploited.
Then again, maybe this isn't my kind of story? Unsure. I'll go compare notes with other readers and see if I'm just the odd-man out on this one.(less)
My opinion on Brave New World keeps fluctuating between liking it, disliking it, and being outright confused by it. I really loved some of the concept...moreMy opinion on Brave New World keeps fluctuating between liking it, disliking it, and being outright confused by it. I really loved some of the concepts, but several sections felt too disconnected or unrelated for me to really say I enjoyed it. Likely I'll just have to spend more time thinking about this one before I can formulate a complete opinion.
It DOES make me want to write dystopian fiction, though...(less)
This book was so much fun!! It involved all of my guilty pleasures wrapped up into one book: werewolves, true love, absurd levels of homosexual pairin...moreThis book was so much fun!! It involved all of my guilty pleasures wrapped up into one book: werewolves, true love, absurd levels of homosexual pairings, mysterious estates, magic, drama and happy endings. It felt like my version of the paperback romance novels you find old women and nurses reading behind the counter-- that is meant entirely as a compliment. The paperbacks I refer to are addictive, honest in their intention, and incredibly fun to get lost in for an afternoon or two. I fell in love with the characters in Cursed, enjoyed the werewolf lore in this world, and not to mention the explicit material was well-written. I've got a handful of friends who will enjoy reading Cursed, so I'll definitely be passing along the word.(less)
I really really liked this story. It's obviously set up for a series, so this book is all about introducing the characters and the world they live in....moreI really really liked this story. It's obviously set up for a series, so this book is all about introducing the characters and the world they live in. A couple story-points in the book were a little bit choppy, but overall the progression of the storyline and the development of the characters was engaging and exciting.
This is a really good book that you can read in one day. Pick a free weekend and enjoy!(less)
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest is an awesome wrap up to an awesome trilogy. Stieg Larsson's stories may be dense with detail and backstory, but...moreThe Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest is an awesome wrap up to an awesome trilogy. Stieg Larsson's stories may be dense with detail and backstory, but it all seems well worth it when the series comes to a satisfying conclusion. I'm not normally into stories of intrigue and politics, but Larsson's compelling characters and intricate plot (peppered with bits of action the silver screen will love) kept me going to the very end!(less)