I just finished this book. I liked it, I tend to always like EJD's books. I like his style of writing, I like How he travels to different cities and cI just finished this book. I liked it, I tend to always like EJD's books. I like his style of writing, I like How he travels to different cities and countries to do his research for his books. For this novel, he wrote about a married couple who were financial distress in their marriage and the circumstances they took to try to stay afloat of their situation. I could definitely relate to the themes of economic distress in this book. I always look forward to read more from this author....more
I've been reading this book on and off since last October. So I am especially proud of myself for finishing it. It's not because I struggled with it, I've been reading this book on and off since last October. So I am especially proud of myself for finishing it. It's not because I struggled with it, but because of life's distractions. Definitely, one of the creepiest books I've read in a long time. I saw the movie when I was younger and didn't understand much of it at the time, I knew it was a scary movie. Without giving too much away the book lived up to the hype, I felt for the family towards the end. It's been a long time since I've read a SK book, the last one I read was Misery, a long time ago. I'm most likely am going to read Doctor Sleep because I'd like to see what became of Danny Torrance and Salem's Lot because I really liked the movie. The downside to this book I would say would be the choice of language especially when it came to race. I understand that that one of the main characters had a colorful way of talking and expressing himself, and SK had to write the character in such a way given the culture of the time. But at times I felt like I was reading a Mark Twain novel in which the N word was used repeatedly, which was the case with the Shining. As I said I haven't read an SK book in a while and was a bit taken aback by this, but it didn't take away from the story, and I am still interested in reading some of this other books....more
I thought this was a well written autobiography. I liked that the chapters weren't incredibly long and drawn out to read. I like that it was an easy r I thought this was a well written autobiography. I liked that the chapters weren't incredibly long and drawn out to read. I like that it was an easy read except for the chapters on the wars. I was attentive as best as I could in trying to understand Bush's point of view. Some of the information was somewhat complex for me at times.
Before reading this book I believed every negative word in the media about Bush. I still am on the fence about some of the decisions he made regarding the wars and hurricane Katrina. Regarding Katrina I did blame him alot for the lack of response, but since reading his book I learned the difference between where a president steps in and a Governor is suppossed to step in. Both former Gov. Kathleen Blanco and Mayor Ray Nagin had equal shares of responsiblity. I have wondered how Gov. Kathleen Blanco slept at night. You'd have to read the Katrina chapter to see where I'm coming from.
I admire Bush for his faith. And I believe he made decisions the best that he could. In the book he admitted to his mistakes constantly, and I have to respect that in a person. So while I don't empathize with George Bush, he witnessed what his father had to go through as President, so he had to know what came with the territory of running a country. I do sympathize with the events endured during his run in office and the pressures he felt to right what his decisons made wrong....more
Excited that I finished a book by James Baldwin. I was always curious about his books... This one was good, slow at times and I felt somewhat guilty f Excited that I finished a book by James Baldwin. I was always curious about his books... This one was good, slow at times and I felt somewhat guilty for rushing through some parts... It's to be expected that classics such as this book would be slow, classics aren't like books today, books in which the storyline would go by so fast that you would have to re-read some lines over....more
I just finished reading this book a few minutes ago. I thought it was a enlightening and light-hearted book to read. While reading it at times I had t I just finished reading this book a few minutes ago. I thought it was a enlightening and light-hearted book to read. While reading it at times I had to remind myself that the story takes places fifteen years after the first book that was written in the early nineties. So in the book the year is 2005, TM writes about what took place that year like Hurricand Katrina and etc..., so I would say that she fused in the timeline of events well. I had to also get used to characters being older than they were in the first group... Although they were alot older than I am, I could relate to some of the issues they went through in their lives, death and how to move on after losing your better half, getting older and being single but looking of love on online websites, the uncertainly about life and whether you could ever get to happy and be content. So overall, I like that TM has done a follow up to WTE, because that book and the movie was a smash hit and it was very funny revisiting these characters again. I am hoping that a movie is in the works and that TM will be able to get back the original cast, with the exception of Gregory Hines who died in the mid 2000s... I know I wouldn't mind seeing Whitney Houston on the bring screen again, it may restore some faith in the fans that she lost due to her lack-luster concerts and album....more
I just finished reading this book. I hate that it took me over a month to get through it. I picked this book up at the grocery store in a bin full of I just finished reading this book. I hate that it took me over a month to get through it. I picked this book up at the grocery store in a bin full of reduced priced books. I had left it lying around the place, I didn't think that I was going to read it, until the day when I decided to take the chance to challenge myself with a genre that's outside what I normally would read, in other words its okay to put aside my fiction novels sometimes, to read a book that's going to give me food for thought. This book was written before President Barack Obama was sworn in as the POTUS... It basically laid out the challenges of taking over the presidency after what was the distaster of the previous President before. Not only that but the author made comparisions of the Presidents from the past, and how they handled policy to how policy is handled today. It was really interesting reading about President Carter, as I was an infant during the time he was President. The author had some not so nice comments about President Carter, but he seemed like a nice person to me. Some parts of the book I just read through, because govt is still a confusing subject to understand so I did the best I could to follow along with the author's points of view. And, I'm glad that I challenge myself in reading this book, and the book was 200 hundred pages, so I appreciated that author didn't drag out his points of view over 3 or 400 pages....more
I really enjoyed reading this book. I actually finished it yesterday Nov 1st. It was important that I started reading this book in the month of Octobe I really enjoyed reading this book. I actually finished it yesterday Nov 1st. It was important that I started reading this book in the month of October, because that is when the DC Sniper shootings took place. I really wanted to understand what made John Allen Muhammed committ those killings. I wanted to understand it from his ex-wife's Mildred's point of view. She really lets the readers into her life, as she writes about how she met John and the circumstances that led to the month of October. There were signs early on that something wasn't right, but in loving someone, sometimes there's a reluctance to see what's in front of one's view. Therefore, I judge her as being this or that because she did eventually left John. Could I say that early in their relationship there were red flags that she should've paid attention to, yes, maybe I could, but other readers will see like I have how charming, manipulative, and cunning John Muhammed was. I felt bad for their children and what they had to endure... And continue to have to endure. So, this book receives a high rating from me, I guess the questions that will always linger for me is, was it Gulf's War syndrome or evidence of mind-control?...more
Overall, this was a good and interesting read. Eldridge did leave me confused during some parts in the book, I tried to understand what he was relatinOverall, this was a good and interesting read. Eldridge did leave me confused during some parts in the book, I tried to understand what he was relating to. Eldridge was in jail during the late sixties, so it was interesting reading about his struggles and what led him to imprisonment, plus learning how he broke down the social issues from that decade, I liked comparing them to the social issues of today. And although much progress has been made, there's still much more work to be done. I would recommend for people to read this book, especially young African-American males. I wish it was required reading for school....more
I finally finished this book. It amazes me that I have been reading it on and off since last year. I normally enjoy thrillers, but this book was a lit I finally finished this book. It amazes me that I have been reading it on and off since last year. I normally enjoy thrillers, but this book was a little slow in some parts. And it made me put down the book for a while, once I did that I had to force myself to pick it up again. There were times that I wanted to put the book down forever and start another one. But I was determined to finish it to the end, and I'm really proud of myself. What kept my interest was that it was based in my city, so it was cool to read about certain sections and streets of the city that were mentioned....more