This book, although sad, was very touching and sentimental. It showed the bond these friends had and how each one coped differently with loss and, ult...moreThis book, although sad, was very touching and sentimental. It showed the bond these friends had and how each one coped differently with loss and, ultimately, saying goodbye. (less)
Overall, it's the author's writing style that got me through this book. Like most people (I found during and post read), I found Italy to be the easie...moreOverall, it's the author's writing style that got me through this book. Like most people (I found during and post read), I found Italy to be the easiest to get through with Indonesia being next and followed far behind in last place was India. However, and yes even though the book is called "Eat, PRAY, Love," my problem with India was not because it was slow but because I could no longer relate to all her God talk. Although I'm a spiritual person, I don't really believe in God. I don't feel Gilbert imposed any of her beliefs on me, but I was no longer able to relate to her experience and for a while was no longer interested. However, I found many of her notes to resonate with me on a spiritual lever. It was these little moments that slowly helped me make it through the middle section of the book till I was finally able to find a quicker pace and move to the end. It was quite enjoyable and had many key notes I think many people strive for in life, but have I ever met a person to accomplish these things? Not so much. So, for that reason, I feel it was more a romantacized version of what really went on and perhaps how Elizabeth wanted and tried to have been during this chapter in her life. (less)
this book was a really hard read. beautifully written, but a hard read. it was painful and incited anger and frustration, and left me crying on more t...morethis book was a really hard read. beautifully written, but a hard read. it was painful and incited anger and frustration, and left me crying on more than one occasion. i'm happy i read it, happy i took that journey with the author and her characters, and happy i let it affect me, but i won't be seeing the movie and probably won't be reading it again.(less)
i loved memoirs of a geisha! i thought it was so poetic and beautiful, and vivid in its imagery. it really transported you to a different time and a v...morei loved memoirs of a geisha! i thought it was so poetic and beautiful, and vivid in its imagery. it really transported you to a different time and a very different culture. i think it was the cultural differences that led to the most emotion and attachment on the end of the reader as the characters spent most of their time practicing propriety and tacit compliance.
it was heartfelt & hurtful, painful & beautiful all rolled into one. i really enjoyed it!(less)
the only problem i have with sophie kinsella is that i can't put her books down! this was no exception. "the undomestic goddess" was a super fun read...morethe only problem i have with sophie kinsella is that i can't put her books down! this was no exception. "the undomestic goddess" was a super fun read and i really enjoyed it! i wanted to give it 4.5 stars, but was easily persuaded to round up to 5 considering how fast i went through it. if you're looking for a turn-off-your-brain, sit-back-and-relax kind of read, this book definitely fits the bill! it's complete with entertaining characters, witty bantering, a little romance, and a plot twist that wasn't completely predictable.
i do occasionally get frustrated with sophie's lead female characters in that i think they should be a little more vocal and stand up for themselves, but this character, being a top financial lawyer, isn't as passive as all the rest. she had her moments, but when it mattered, she handles things with tact and clarity.
i'd highly recommend it for the workaholics, the domestic, and undomestic alike! so fun! thanks for another great read, sophie!(less)
**spoiler alert** i gotta say i was slightly disappointed with this book. it wasn't until i read the questionnaire at the back that i was a little mor...more**spoiler alert** i gotta say i was slightly disappointed with this book. it wasn't until i read the questionnaire at the back that i was a little more satisfied with the story.
the premise and writing was really great but the storyline i felt was lacking. there were so many interesting turns throughout the book, mainly in elphaba's teenage/college years and the subsequent years after. but everything was to no avail. not that there always needs to be a happy ending, but it feels that nothing was accomplished throughout the entire book. yes, you learn about the character and see her degradation through time; you see the environment around her change; you learn interesting back stories on everyone as well. but, again, nothing happened. it was so frustrating and not that i'm a sucker for a happy ending, but i would've liked the character (well any of them) follow through on something and see how that something affects the story of the "wizard of oz" that we all know.
i did appreciate the justifications of other things such as why the monkeys have wings and can fly, etc. but just wasn't enough to satisfy.
all in all an enjoyable read. it was nice to have a fresh insight. glad i read it but probably wouldn't revisit it.(less)
**spoiler alert** i read "atonement" for 2 main reasons; 1) i fell in love with the movie and wanted to see if how the script was written was how the...more**spoiler alert** i read "atonement" for 2 main reasons; 1) i fell in love with the movie and wanted to see if how the script was written was how the book was written, and 2) i've heard this book / author to be what some think of as the best of the 20th century. so of course, my interest was piqued.
i really wanted to give this book 4.5 stars but i chalked it up to 5 since goodreads doesn't offer halfsies, hehe. a part of me loved the book while another part of me feels the movie might have spoiled it for me just a bit. it took me a while, but once i got into the writer's groove, i loved and appreciated his writing. i can also now appreciate the movie even more in that it kept the true essence of the book by having the timeline jump around a bit. again, i think had i read the book first, that definitely would have made much more of an impact. however, i did enjoy jumping from character to character and getting completely different interpretations of events. and, as in all books, i loved getting into the heads of some of the characters. i have a much better understand of briony as a person and a much better sense of her childhood naivete and unrelating to love, sex, and passion, even though it's her most sought after subject matter in her plays.
i enjoyed how the author divided the book into 3 main parts which not only makes sense, but sets up each section beautifully, especially the ending. but it's the ending i'm most torn about which could also have been more of a movie influence. the book, to me, made a full circle and gave an element of harmony and sadness that was wonderful. it was how the last few pages were written and how the author informed the reader of the lovers' fate that put me off just a tad. it also ended quite abruptly which i wasn't prepared for. (i'll probably go back and read (and re-read) it again to warm up to it.)
"atonement" was a wonderful, beautifully written book. it has made me beyond curious about mcewan's other books and in love with his writing. it is not only beautiful but impactful and will leave you thinking about the characters and their lives, and leave you longing for more...(less)
what i found most interesting about this book was the way the author wrote and constructed his sentences. the only punctuation he uses us periods and...morewhat i found most interesting about this book was the way the author wrote and constructed his sentences. the only punctuation he uses us periods and commas. very interesting. it was hard to follow a few times when an in depth conversation came up, but really engaging for the most part. it occurred to me that it was somewhat written in a blur and that's how you accept it... it's all a blur. you quickly read one sentence to the next as if one run-on sentence after another. it's very reflective of our blind characters.
although really intense, unique, and interesting, this book was pretty hard to read. it got gruesome at times and hit too close to home. it was hard knowing that what the author was saying was most likely true and very probable if this type of situation were to ever take place. this leads me to believe he has an uncanny understanding of human nature and a great ability to relate to each character anticipating what each would do next. nonetheless, reading through the story did not make you feel good about any of it but left you somewhat depressed at the sad state us humans are really in.
all in all, i did enjoy the book and got sucked in quickly and went through it rather quickly as well. it was intense and suspenseful and always kept me in a state of wonder.(less)