This may be one of the best books I have read in a long time. It's slow to start but once it gets going it's impossible to put down. Heartbreaking. WiThis may be one of the best books I have read in a long time. It's slow to start but once it gets going it's impossible to put down. Heartbreaking. Will write a better review when I can collect myself. ...more
I came across Tyler's recipes via Reddit and while I didn't go for the original 2AM Chili I did go for the lasagna/bolognese sauce and LOVED it so I dI came across Tyler's recipes via Reddit and while I didn't go for the original 2AM Chili I did go for the lasagna/bolognese sauce and LOVED it so I decided to pick up the cookbook. There's not a ton of recipes but what is here is easy to follow, hilarious and well worth the investment even though it's "just another cookbook." It's so far beyond that though and this is a great gift idea for the man who likes to cook (or the woman with a great sense of humor). I'll check back in when I've tested out more recipes but from the 2 I've tried, it's a hit.
As soon as I completed the scripts for the first season, I preordered the second season - THAT is how much I loved the first set. The second season -As soon as I completed the scripts for the first season, I preordered the second season - THAT is how much I loved the first set. The second season - which was delayed quite a few times - was well worth the wait. They are set up just like the scripts from season one. There are footnotes, historical backstories, deleted scenes and behind the scene info throughout the book. Julian inserts his own stories throughout in the reasoning behind why some of the scenes were written a certain way or who a character was based upon.
While there weren't as many revelations in this season as there were the first, the backstories and cut scenes (there is an entire storyline that was removed from the Christmas Special and moved to Season 3) are still there though and lend a bit more oomph so to say to the stories that we are told. There's some extra lines of Lavinia's that I am sad they cut, while they weren't terrible they made her a bit more well-rounded with the ability to be a bit snarky (although I did adore that character).
I hope that Season 3's scripts (as heart-wrenching as they will be to read!) aren't too far behind! ...more
I'd read this many times in my teen years discovering it around the late 80's when I was in the 4th grade. This and Hatchet spurned my love for survivI'd read this many times in my teen years discovering it around the late 80's when I was in the 4th grade. This and Hatchet spurned my love for survival-type stories that's been with me ever since. Someone mentioned this book recently and I decided to re-read it to see if it held up 20+ years later and I'm surprised to say that it did.
This story follows the Tillermans - Dicey, James, Maybeth and Samuel as they try to find their way to a home they can call their own. Their Mom left them in a car while she went shopping and didn't return and they were left to find their own way to their Aunt's house a few hundred miles away. While this novel is based in the 70's I felt that the story held up in the 80's and holds up today pretty well. It's interesting to reread it after being to the cities they walk through and realize just how far they went.
I forgot how much I liked Gram and her quirky humor and how much I admired Dicey. ...more
I saw a friend give this novel a good review so I decided to pick it up. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it!! While its still technicI saw a friend give this novel a good review so I decided to pick it up. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it!! While its still technically a chick-lit novel it has a bit more substance to sink your teeth into along with a heroine that you don't want to throttle! Win!!
Definitely add this to your list to read this summer, you won't be sorry. ...more
All of my life I've heard about The Great Hinckley Fire and have seen multiple pictures of the monument but I never knew much about what happened otheAll of my life I've heard about The Great Hinckley Fire and have seen multiple pictures of the monument but I never knew much about what happened other than my great-great grandparents were able to escape with my great grandfather and his siblings. I've always wanted to know more but never really knew where to look since I'm in Ohio and have never been to Minnesota. In High School we had to write a play or novel based on a historic event and I wrote mine based on the fire and actually almost failed because my history teacher thought I made it up or that it was the Chicago fire that I meant to write about but placed it elsewhere. So, when I came across this book in a Listopia on Goodreads I ordered it immediately! Imagine my surprise when I found out not only was my family in the book (the Curries) but my Aunt was mentioned in it as well as she helped with some research!
I had pretty high hopes when that book landed at my door and was worried that it wouldn't live up to the kind of book I'd hoped it be. I had recently read The Children's Blizzard and while it was interesting, it wasn't quite as engaging as I had hoped it would be. My worries were for naught though as Under a Flaming Sky was not only informative but very engaging. While there is a bit of technical talk, it's all laid out so that anyone could understand it and it actually helps you place yourself in Hinckley and the surrounding areas during the fire. From the moment I picked up the book it was very hard to put it down - even the ending where he lists all of his sources was interesting to read! While the book doesn't quite go deep into depth with the survivors stories as I would have liked, this is definitely one of my favorite disaster/history books I've read and that is without the fact that if my family didn't survive the fire storm I wouldn't be here ;)
Definitely a highly recommended read to anyone that likes survival or disaster type stories about events in history!...more
I have been a huge fan of Lucy Maud Montgomery ever since I fell in love with Anne of Green Gables when I was 5 years old. Despite reading all of herI have been a huge fan of Lucy Maud Montgomery ever since I fell in love with Anne of Green Gables when I was 5 years old. Despite reading all of her works (The Blue Castle is my favorite) I never really read up much on Maud herself until after I visited Prince Edward Island in 2006. I saw so many quotes and things about her everywhere I went that I decided to read her journals and picked up the first at the bookstore on the site where her home used to be. I really enjoyed the journals and eventually read all of them but I always was sad when I saw the dreaded ... as things would just seem... off sometimes in those entries. I had, at the time, believed though that things were edited out for monotony.
This year I find that they are re-releasing the first journal with ALL entries present and I quickly preordered my copy from Amazon. It took a while for a copy to find its way to me but I was glad when it finally did and I jumped right in. I immediately liked how much better the new version is formatted - with all of the pictures within the texts and the footnotes at the bottom of each page rather than at the back of the book.
The journal itself is hard to describe. I remember when reading the journals originally, I thought that it was odd how Maud went from this happy go lucky girl to this somber, sad woman as the years went on. However, now with all of the entries put back in, one can see that she was always a bit moody and prone to the blues from an early age. While her blues seem to have been more prevalent as the years went on, it's not something that stared with her marriage, it was with her long before that. I also liked being able to read more of her verbose entries about the landscapes.
I feel after reading this journal in full I have a better understanding of who Maud was and I like her a lot more. I'm very glad they decided to redo these and hope that there is more to come!...more
When I was a kid, I saw a Made-for-TV movie called "Anything to Survive" and I don't know why but it fascinated me and my family. Years later we happeWhen I was a kid, I saw a Made-for-TV movie called "Anything to Survive" and I don't know why but it fascinated me and my family. Years later we happened across it again on TV and were again reminded of the movie we liked more than any other TV movie we'd ever seen. After reading The Raft I was reminded of this movie and searched for it online and discovered that "Anything to Survive" was based on a book about the actual event. I'd had no idea it was based on a real story so I was pretty excited to order the book and read the story that inspired the movie.
The story follows Elmo and three of his children whom manage to survive against all odds when their ship wrecks in Alaska during one of the worst winters the area had seen. Elmo had been taking the children to the only orthodontist in the area and was en route back when a winter storm hit and they lost their boat in the storm despite all futile attempts to keep her afloat. After all miraculously make it to shore, they spend the next month attempting to find help and be rescued.
I seem to gravitate towards survival stories and this is definitely one of the better ones I have read. I definitely recommend it to anyone whom has seen the movie or likes ship wreck or survival stories. What this family went through and survived is amazing!...more
While this novel isn't anything earth shattering, it's a perfect beach read that I know I'll be recommending to friends this summer whom are looking fWhile this novel isn't anything earth shattering, it's a perfect beach read that I know I'll be recommending to friends this summer whom are looking for great books to read on the beach.
I wasn't expecting much from this novel but I ended up being pretty surprised by how much I liked it. The plot twists and turns aren't anything surprising but the story itself is somewhat like the south it takes place in, slow and meandering but sweet. I rarely tear up during novels but this one had me tear up not once but TWICE.
While there is a bit of romance this novel isn't focused on it, it's more of a story to tell more about the characters than the focus of the book. I rather liked that.
I also loved the intertwining story about the turtles. I've always loved sea turtles after watching a mother lay eggs with my Dad as a kid so it was neat to relive that experience in this book. I now want to go hunt for nests and hatchlings during my yearly trek to the beach. ...more