I'll admit, I read this book because someone told me to and at the time, Kate Winslet was rumored to be in talks to play Claire. I wasn't expecting toI'll admit, I read this book because someone told me to and at the time, Kate Winslet was rumored to be in talks to play Claire. I wasn't expecting to like the book, rarely do I like something that everyone tells me to read. I was really surprised by this novel though and I am glad I took the advice to read it.
It's not an easy book to follow or to read - I recently re-read it and I feel that I got a lot more out of it the second time around. I wanted to sink into the story and the timeline but it's not easy with Henry (and later another character) time traveling around it. However with the second read I had already figured out the time travel bit and it was a lot easier to submerge myself into the story.
This is not for the people who want a light fluffy read. ...more
Zadie is a crazy, scattered, sarcastic teacher whom was recently jilted at the alter by her Soap Star fiance. Helen, Zadie's cousin, is a 28 year oldZadie is a crazy, scattered, sarcastic teacher whom was recently jilted at the alter by her Soap Star fiance. Helen, Zadie's cousin, is a 28 year old virgin, has never been drunk, remembers birthdays and is planning the perfect wedding to the perfect man, Grey whom happens to be Zadie's best friend. Of course, Helen is having the perfect bachelorette/bridal shower and Zadie is in charge of getting Helen to "loosen up" at Grey's request. The perfect bachelorette party goes from perfect doing the downward dog at Yoga to hell with Helen in a blue strap-on, topless in Deep. Zadie knows she's IN deep with Grey and doesn't know what to do. Does what happen at the bachelorette party STAY at the bachelorette party or does she break her silence and clue her best friend in on perfect Helen's imperfect party?
This novel is non-stop laughs, but fair warning, if you are a prude you may want to skip the leg press scene. ;)...more
Ever since I was introduced to Anne Frank, I've always been drawn to novels about the Holocaust. They tear at my heartstrings but I can't help but reaEver since I was introduced to Anne Frank, I've always been drawn to novels about the Holocaust. They tear at my heartstrings but I can't help but read them. I don't know why - none of these novels are ones that you feel good about after reading and yet I am still drawn to them. Some books though are able to grab you a bit tighter than others and Sarah's Key is one of the books that has grabbed me the hardest.
This novel is set in France and is told from the point of view of Sarah in 1942 as she is ripped away from her home in Paris by the hand of her own countrymen and handed over to the Germans and the point of view of Julie, a modern day journalist that stumbles upon the knowledge of Sarah.
This is by far one of the least graphic novels that I've read about what people endured during the Holocaust, yet this one is just as poignant and heartwrenching. The stories are twisted together and both told so well that you believe these are real people.
The only slight flaw in this novel is the constant breaking of chapters - and that is a minor flaw to have. ...more
This captivating story sets up the trilogy story that surrounds two identical men separated by 700 years.
Shawn, whom is living in current times, is aThis captivating story sets up the trilogy story that surrounds two identical men separated by 700 years.
Shawn, whom is living in current times, is a celebrated trombonist touring the world and causing havoc everywhere he goes. Every hotel they leave is in ruins thanks to him and many hearts are broken in his wake. He has a steadfast girlfriend who wants to believe the good in him but even her patience is wearing thin.
Niall, whom is from the 1300's, is recovering from a wound and preparing to set off for battle against the English. He is known for being an honest and good person. He is betrothed to be married if he returns unscathed from battle.
Somehow (this hasn't been explained quite yet) the two men switch places while they were both asleep in the same room in the castle and wake up being assumed by everyone else to be the other person. Niall quickly figures out what happened, thanks to some fairy tales from his time but Shawn takes a bit longer to figure out that he is not in the century in which he fell asleep in.
The story follows both men as they try to figure out what is going on and how best to play the role they've been thrust into while all the while trying to get back to where they belong and the women they love.
I was immediately swept up into this novel and found it very hard to put down when I began reading it. I think that any fan of time travel novels and/or Scotland will enjoy this book. It is very well written and the characters are believable which is intricate when writing about a premise which is so far fetched.
I am greatly looking forward to the next in the series!...more
While I watched Little House a few times as a kid, I didn't become a big fan until recently when I re-read the books from childhood and bought the boxWhile I watched Little House a few times as a kid, I didn't become a big fan until recently when I re-read the books from childhood and bought the boxed set when it was on sale at B&N. As a child, Nellie scared the daylights out of me - mostly because I was bullied a lot in school and she reminded me of those mean girls. As an adult, I kind of loved her brazen bitchy style. While she was annoying, she was pretty damn smart. I did like how she grew up though and was sad to see her leave the show (but was thrilled when she came back for visits).
Since I read "Prairie Tale" Amazon suggested that I may want to preorder Confessions of a Prairie Bitch... and I did, immediately. It sounded like a much more enjoyable read than the former book. While I liked Prairie Tale okay I didn't relate much to Melissa at all. I didn't grow up rich. I didn't have a seemingly great family. I didn't drink until I was 21. So while her story was interesting to me, I couldn't really relate. It was also told in more of a dramatic sad fashion, than in the dark-humor fashion that I greatly prefer and understand.
I got Confessions the day it was release and it killed me to have to finish my book I was reading before I could delve into it. I kept looking at the cover just KNOWING a great story lied beneath it's pink pop art cover. While you can't always judge a book by its cover, this one is exactly what its cover depicts - sassy, spunky, edgy and hilarious.
While I didn't have a gay father, I had a similar abusive relationship with my older brother so from the early stages of this book I felt like Alison was a kindred spirit. It's rare to meet someone that has and appreciates dark humor and isn't weirded out by it. I'm also a Daddy's girl and am proud to this day when people tell me that I remind them of him in looks and wit. While I was never an actor (well unless you count the local theater!) I could really relate to a lot of Alison's stories and life. Even if I couldn't, I know that I would still enjoy this book so much more than the other prairie tales because it plays it real.
If you are looking for a backstory on some of the antics on the Little House set they are here in abundance. Alison tells the truth about everything and doesn't sugar coat a thing, including just what was beneath Charles' trousers and what Melissa Sue was really like. If you are just looking for a fun memoir to read, look no further. This book is a great read, even for the non-LHOP fan!
By far the best book I've read this year and one of the best memoirs ever. I hope to read more from Alison and that she makes a stop somewhere near the lonely state of Ohio on her tour!! ...more