I have likely read all of Grafton's ABC Mystery novels many years ago. Decided to reread them ~ started with S is for Silence simply because I purchasI have likely read all of Grafton's ABC Mystery novels many years ago. Decided to reread them ~ started with S is for Silence simply because I purchased it from Friends of Long Beach Public Library to donate to my apartment complex library.
Story okay, but novel did not hold my interest as many riveting mystery or murder novels generally do....more
First sentence of Butterfly Sisters written by Amy Gail Hansen:
"Gwen could not have been more explicit at our fist session: I was to cease reading booFirst sentence of Butterfly Sisters written by Amy Gail Hansen:
"Gwen could not have been more explicit at our fist session: I was to cease reading books by or about women who killed themselves."
I was hooked. Hansen has a way of giving just enough info to keep a reader reading to learn more. Why did Ruby's therapist tell her to stop reading that type of literature? If I made a guess, my guess would have proven correct.
The book jumps from present to past in a way that did not interrupt flow of story. It is not until very near the end of the tale (which had unexpected plot twist) that readers learn why the novel is titled Butterfly Sister.
Some of the themes are commonplace: feminism, jilted lovers, insanity, yet I found premise of story to quite original. Great read. ...more
Mystery writers could take lessons from Lauren Beukes or perhaps author of Broken Monsters took lessons from the best of the genre; just perfect.
Why tMystery writers could take lessons from Lauren Beukes or perhaps author of Broken Monsters took lessons from the best of the genre; just perfect.
Why then just "it was okay?" Simply because I did not like the ending ~ too confusing. A lot of art involved in this tale; hard to form an image from descriptions. A door embedded in a face? True the door had "tiny gold hinges," yet my mind struggled to imagine a door replacing nose, eyes, mouth and other facial features. Perhaps if author had led with "a miniature door with tiny gold hinges," I would have instantly formed a picture of it.
I also did not understand concept of "the dream." A wonderful murder mystery turned sci-fi might describe this novel. ...more
Book jacket blurb: "Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands" is the story of Emily Shepard, a homeless teen living in an igloo made of ice and trash bags filled wBook jacket blurb: "Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands" is the story of Emily Shepard, a homeless teen living in an igloo made of ice and trash bags filled with frozen leaves."
Novel's next to last sentence: "Please know that: I am really, really sorry. I wish I could have stopped even one heart from breaking...."
In a quote, Jodi Picoult said this book is "proof that fiction can scare us, move us, and break our hearts simultaneously..."
My heart did not break, nor was I moved or scared. I wanted to know how the story would end, but did not build up any empathy for Emily. The story is told, first person, by Emily. She jumps back and forth in time, makes mention of things yet to come, making the tale hard to follow.
It seemed that there was not enough time on the day of the nuclear power plant accident for Emily to do all she did. Plus, what did she do to deal with no tampons. The kids had to leave school without getting their backpacks; Emily tried to get hers due to having extra tampons in hers.
Some sentences confused me. Such as: I loved the posters I brought back from the Emily Dickinson Homestead in Amherst when I was fourteen that my mom had gotten framed.
There must be a better way to say that.
Emily loves Emily Dickinson. Ironically, the day before I began this book, I took one of those silly Facebook quizzes my friends love to share. (Who Were You In A Past Life) Result tagged me as Emily Dickinson. I am not into poetry; may/may not have read her poems as assigned reading in high school.
Our fictional character quotes the poet, and shares bits of her own poetry. Liked some of the bits; understood the relationship between Emily's life and the poetry ~ mainly about death or dying.
"...the insane rollers (I loved that phrase because it sounded like a name for a rock band.)"
"...six degrees of separation always trumps million-to-one odds."
After a thinking back session: "I know I've been through a lot, but sometimes I'm not sure I can think of anything sadder than a homeless person with a homeless dog."
"You have no idea how amazing it is to sleep on a couch when you have been sleeping burrowed inside a quilt in a trash bag igloo for nearly two months."
"A part of me started to feel a little guilty, like I had violated some Homeless People of the World doctrine to love on another or keep one another warm. But there really was no such doctrine. There was no such code. Sometimes we helped each other and sometimes we didn't."
"Life on the streets is fucking exhausting. It really is. There's nothing harder."
I agree that life on the streets is exhausting, but not that there is nothing harder. Okay, maybe there is nothing harder than living rough in extreme cold climates. Especially if one is a sixteen-year-old orphan.
I was disappointed when Emily returned to her now empty school and did not check her locker. I liked this story; might have loved it if author, Chris Bohjalian had done more to evoke feelings other than indifference on my part.
When I was helping clean up apartment complex library, I grabbed some books to read. The committee head would probably have put the Shoeless Joe paperWhen I was helping clean up apartment complex library, I grabbed some books to read. The committee head would probably have put the Shoeless Joe paperback written by W. P. Kinsella in the discard pile. Despite being a bit old, I wanted it kept in our library. Finally got around to reading it.
I did not know this story inspired the movie Field of Dreams. It was a good read, but already knew the story.
I am not a fan of sports. That is why, even though I liked Shoeless Joe, I got bored with some parts. Liked this quote:
"The kind of people I absolutely can not tolerate are those, like Annie's mother, who never let you forget they are religious. It seems to me that a truly religious person would let his life be example enough, would not let his religion interfere with being a human being, and would not be so insecure to have to fawn publicly before his gods."...more
All I Have In This World by Michael Parker is an interesting story, yet I struggled to finish it.
The story begins in March, 1994 in Pinto Canyon, TexAll I Have In This World by Michael Parker is an interesting story, yet I struggled to finish it.
The story begins in March, 1994 in Pinto Canyon, Texas. It jumps forward to 2004, Junction, Texas, and anyone's guess what time & place the following chapters covered. It was hard to follow the main story, due to irrelevant chapters (1983, Wentzville, Missouri; 1983, Brazil, Indiana; Coshocton, Ohio, 1985; Shafter, Texas 1986-2003 and so on.)
I am still wondering what became of Courtney and other characters introduced in those chapters. They truly had nothing to do with the story, a big distraction, unless the book was titled: The Blue Buick Electra. ...more