I can't remember who recommended this book to me but for whatever reason I put it on my TBR shelf and finally decided to read it since I saw in the reI can't remember who recommended this book to me but for whatever reason I put it on my TBR shelf and finally decided to read it since I saw in the reviews it was hard to put down. Holy crap, they were right.
The beginning of this book is a bit slow but not impossible to get through but once the 'modern day' stuff starts you're on a train and you won't want to walk away. I'm pretty good at figuring out twists and turns but this one had me gobsmacked more often than not... at least until the very end. The last section of this book really had a lot of f bombs dropping and it almost seemed phoned in? It just didn't line up with everything else although I do kind of get where it was going I just wasn't very satisfied with where it went, especially the very end - hence the 4 stars.
That all being said, if you liked Gone Girl or Girl on the Train but didn't quite get as OMG about it as your friends seemed to, pick this one up. I think this is way better than both of those books at the genre. ...more
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 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
I'm wavering between a 4.5 & 5 star so I'm going to round up for Christmas ;)
This was a surprise hit with me that shouldn't have been a surprise.I'm wavering between a 4.5 & 5 star so I'm going to round up for Christmas ;)
This was a surprise hit with me that shouldn't have been a surprise. I have a fascination with lost-at-sea type stories and this one is one of the best that I've read of that genre. It also reads somewhat like a YA novel (which I have yet to outgrow) but was still adult enough that I wasn't bored to tears or rolling my eyes. The descriptions were good and I could put myself on the island with them. I read this book in less than a day and I found it very hard to put down.
I was initially leery of the age difference but, like others said, the way it is written and unravels it didn't creep me out. Also, I've generally found that children with cancer are wise beyond their years. Not always, but when they have to deal with such adult things at a young age often it makes them grow up sooner than they would have normally. I can see how T.J. would be attracted to Anna and I liked how the attraction went from the normal teenage infatuation to a more adult relationship. With Anna, I see how she could look at him more like an equal and a kid, especially given the time together and his wisdom. I honestly thought I'd finish the book and not be sold on it but I was.
My only mild gripe is that things were solved a little too easily and perfectly. ;)
Overall it was a quick and delightful read. I look forward to more from this author. ...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
Gah! This book pulls at the heartstrings from almost the word go and doesn't quit until the last page. I kept meaning to put the book down and get somGah! This book pulls at the heartstrings from almost the word go and doesn't quit until the last page. I kept meaning to put the book down and get something accomplished but I kept wanting to know what happens and returning to the book. I ended up finishing it in less than a day.
This novel follows Travis, Robin and Erin through a journey of trials that will have you questioning yourself and wondering what YOU would do in this situation. Even still, when you think you've decided things change again and again and it's hard to tell in the end what I would have done. However, I do know what my father would have done for me and there's no doubt he would have done exactly what Travis did for Bella.
This book hit a smidge close to home for me as I was a definite Daddy's Girl growing up and my father and I had a very similar relationship that Travis and Bella did. My Mom was forever chastising my Dad for teaching me things beyond my years but I always hung on every word and there was nothing I enjoyed more than going on a walk with my Dad and having him teach me about nature. We had very similar walks on the beach and that little bit of the book sold their relationship to me. I want to wrap those two up and put them in my pocket. They may be some of my favorite characters to date.
The book is exceptionally well written and the pacing is amazing. I'm sad it is over but I'm so glad to have spent time with this lovely book!...more
I'm not going to do the usual review w/ a synopsis because to do much of one will spoil most of the story and if you got this far you should know theI'm not going to do the usual review w/ a synopsis because to do much of one will spoil most of the story and if you got this far you should know the gist of things: a guy goes back in time with a mission to save JFK.
It's been a long time since I've read a King book - since Lisey's Story which was okay but didn't grab me in the way his other novels have in the past (namely It). However I have always been a fan of his style of writing and the way he makes even the most unimaginable things seem feasible. It takes a true artist to do that.
I didn't expect to actually like this novel. I didn't know when reading it that it was a complete deviation from King's paranormal horror type novels. While there are storylines that are horrific, they are true life and not about any strange beings that come from the sewer. Speaking of though... King fans will be surprised to revisit Derry and have a few glimpses into the months after the 50's portion of It takes place. It took me a few minutes to place everything but it was a delightful surprise.
Now onto the good stuff.
For the entire time of this reading, I bounced between thinking it was a 4 and 5 star. I ended up settling for 4 because I did feel at times that it lagged a bit. There was a few things I think that the readers could get without everything being spelled out for them then again - I am not a JFK buff so this may have been to appease those that would have torn things apart had King not got into the minute details of some of Oswald's goings-on. I think I also just wanted to get on with the romantic ties of this book - which was written amazingly well especially for King. The story is one that you will think about for days after the book is finished.
I feel that everything was tied up fairly well - which is a major bone of contention in many novels I read. I also liked reading the end about how the book came to be. It's always interesting to read the behind the story on the story.
I think that this is a book that will be universally well liked by men & women who are young(er) and old. ...more
It seems that there is a delicate tightrope when it comes to novels that deal with Alzheimers - they either go really well or they crash and burn. ThiIt seems that there is a delicate tightrope when it comes to novels that deal with Alzheimers - they either go really well or they crash and burn. This novel is definitely the former. I had this on my TBR shelf for quite a long time but the premise didn't completely grip me but I kept seeing more and more rave reviews for it. I eventually decided to read it and I'm glad that I did.
It's hard to say that this novel was enjoyable given the premise/story but it was a good read. I read this in a tinge over a day as I was swept up in the story from the first chapter. Often stories from the POV of someone whom is losing mental stability can be plain awful but Genova handled it perfectly and beautifully. ...more