I absolutely loved this book. "Hyperbole and a Half" by Allie Brosh is funny and dark at the same time. Allie Brosh has a canny way of describing theI absolutely loved this book. "Hyperbole and a Half" by Allie Brosh is funny and dark at the same time. Allie Brosh has a canny way of describing the way things really are, from depression to trying to do what is right for the wrong reasons. She had me laughing and pondering about why humans do the things that we do and the real motives that drive us.
I loved the goose story and the description of her dogs is dead on. The story of her mother taking her and her sister into the woods is hilarious.
A great book which is humorous and yet has quite a dark side to it, which makes you ponder life. A great read! ...more
"A History of the World in 100 Objects" by Neil MacGregor is a life changing book; I absolutely loved it. It covers world history by traveling the glo"A History of the World in 100 Objects" by Neil MacGregor is a life changing book; I absolutely loved it. It covers world history by traveling the globe and examining 100 different objects that are found in the British Museum and it explains how these objects according to MacGregor have shaped our world. It is humorous, personal, brilliant, intelligent and absorbing.
I have had the honor of visiting the British Museum and it contains one of the finest collections worldwide; after reading this book I must go back and look at each of the objects discussed in this book and study them and ponder them.
Edified, educated, uplifted and motivated by this book; I recommend it to all people....more
"And the Mountains Echoed" by Khaled Hosseini is now one of my favorite books. It is a story that I will read numerous times and each time I know I wi"And the Mountains Echoed" by Khaled Hosseini is now one of my favorite books. It is a story that I will read numerous times and each time I know I will read a different book.
Family, friendship, love, betrayal and the intimacy between humans is contained in this book. The reader travels from Kabul, to Paris, to San Francisco, to the Greek island Tinos and the story spans generations within families.
The title of the book is based on the following poem.
The Nurse's Song: ~William Blake~
When the voices of children are heard on the green And laughing is heard on the hill, My heart is at rest within my breast And every thing else is still
Then come home my children, the sun is gone down And the dews of night arise Come come leave off play, and let us away Till the morning appears in the skies
No no let us play, for it is yet day And we cannot go to sleep Besides in the sky, the little birds fly And the hills are all cover’d with sheep
Well well go & play till the light fades away And then go home to bed The little ones leaped & shouted & laugh’d And all the hills echoed ...more
"The Light Between Oceans" by M.L. Stedman is a heart-wrenching, life changing book. It covers the life span of Tom and Isabel from their beginnings a"The Light Between Oceans" by M.L. Stedman is a heart-wrenching, life changing book. It covers the life span of Tom and Isabel from their beginnings as a couple to the end of their time. Tom is a keeper of the light at a lighthouse and Isabel his wife joins him in isolation on the island that protects sailors from unseen perils. Through pain and emotional turmoil Isabel and Tom lose three children until the day comes when they are blessed to have Lucy in their lives...but, who is Lucy and where does she really belong?
This story is dead on when it comes to the feelings of love a person can feel for a child...raising a child is not about blood, but about service and love...when you love and serve a child they become a stitched permanent part of your soul and to remove that child on either end is heart tearing.
This book is beautifully written and insightful when it comes to human nature. I love Frank's statement "You only have to forgive once. To resent, you have to do it all day, every day. You have to keep remembering all the bad things." A book that changes the way a person thinks and for the better is definitely worth cherishing and reading.
"A Fine Balance" has become one of my favourites. It is an outstanding book. The writing is superb and the story is captivating.
This is a life changin"A Fine Balance" has become one of my favourites. It is an outstanding book. The writing is superb and the story is captivating.
This is a life changing book, it has changed the way I look at society and how we treat people.
The story takes place in Mumbai, India between 1975 and 1984 during the times of "The Emergency", a time of expanding government power. The story follows four people from different walks of life: Dina Dalal, Ishvar Darji, his nephew Omprakash Darji and the young student Maneck Kohlah. These four people's lives are interwoven in such a cleaver way and the experience of reading this book was a pleasure.
"Three Day Road" is a journey into the horrors of the Great War. Joseph Boyden tells the story of two aboriginal Canadians, Elijah and Xavier who join"Three Day Road" is a journey into the horrors of the Great War. Joseph Boyden tells the story of two aboriginal Canadians, Elijah and Xavier who join the war thinking it will be over quickly and they would return as war heroes.
The story is told in two voices: Xavier, who has come home wounded and by his aunt, who nurses him back to health emotionally and physically.
Elijah and Xavier once on the Western Front are discovered to be in possession of Native hunting skills that impress their superiors and leads to them becoming snipers. Many men are killed by their sniping abilities, but each one takes a different road, a different journey in confronting the demons that result from the war and the killings and the horrors witnessed.
Not a story of redemption, but a story of acceptance and a story of life continuing on...life happens and it affects people in different ways.
This is an outstanding book, that describes all the horrors of war, from physical to emotional. It is a life changing read that is worth every minute and it motivated me to learn more about Canada's place in the Great War....more
Laura Hillenbrand is a fabulous writer. I loved "Seabiscuit" and I found "Unbroken" to be riveting and eye opening.
"Unbroken" is well researched and sLaura Hillenbrand is a fabulous writer. I loved "Seabiscuit" and I found "Unbroken" to be riveting and eye opening.
"Unbroken" is well researched and seamlessly put together into a very readable book. It is the story of Louie Zamperini and his World War II experience of survival, resilience, horror and redemption.
I am not well educated in the history of World War II and so was unsure of what I would obtain from this book...but I was more than awarded for opening the cover of this book. It is so well put together in its explanation of the war with regards to Japan that it is an approachable read for all people.
My heart and view of life has changed and that is why I read...to stretch my mind and soul to new levels of understanding of humanity.
“The Help” by Kathryn Stockett is the type of book I love; I made so many friends while reading the book that once I was finished I started missing th“The Help” by Kathryn Stockett is the type of book I love; I made so many friends while reading the book that once I was finished I started missing them.
This story is told by three ladies: Skeeter who is white and fresh out of college and returns to living at home with her parents and their African American hired help, Aibileen who is a middle age African American maid who also raises the children of the families she works for and by Minny another African American maid who tends to speak her mind and often loses her jobs as a result.
Skeeter when she arrives back home finds out that the African American lady who took care of her while growing up no longer works for the family and no one will tell Skeeter why or where she has gone. The time period is in the 1960’s and Mississippi is boiling with racism and Skeeter decides to write a novel about African American women and their stories about working for white families. The result of writing this book alienates Skeeter from her friends and puts in danger the lives of those who tell her their stories.
Aibileen, who has recently lost her son, is the first to tell her stories to Skeeter and she and Skeeter form a friendship and work together to get other maids to tell their stories.
Minny is reluctant, but eventually agrees to tell her stories to Skeeter. She has a hard time keeping employment, and is outspoken and abrupt with people, but deep down she protects those she loves even if it means sacrificing her own protection.
This book shows the fine lines people walk when confronted with how they feel about each other whether in regards to race, income, education or family connections. It shows how someone can depend entirely on another person to raise their children or to cook and clean for them yet will not let them use the same bathroom or share the same grocery stores.
While some stories of the maids or stark and shocking some are touching and show the depth of intimacy and caring between the help and the employer. The truth behind race and friendship and how it affects society and families is wonderfully portrayed in this book.
I loved this book and it made me weep, laugh and form friendships, it is a book I will be thinking about for a while. To see beyond race, status, wealth and education and truly look at who a person is, that is what I want to do. Wonderful read! ...more
"The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins is the first book in a trilogy that takes place in a post-apocalyptic world. The Capitol is a dictatorship that"The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins is the first book in a trilogy that takes place in a post-apocalyptic world. The Capitol is a dictatorship that demands each Sector provide one female and one male candidate who are between the ages of twelve and eighteen to fight for life in the "Hunger Games". Only one person of the twenty-four candidates will survive the games; it is a battle for life or death and it is all broadcasted on television for the viewer's pleasure or displeasure if you are the family of one of the contestants.
Katniss is sixteen years old and lives in Sector twelve within the nation of Panem that was once North America. Her twelve year old sister’s name is chosen to participate in the games, but Katniss volunteers to take her place. Katniss has been living her life already on the edge and is well prepared to battle within the games. Peeta the baker's son is the male candidate from Sector 12 and he happens to be infatuated with Katniss, but does she feel the same way?
Peeta and Katniss are portrayed as star-crossed lovers at the games and the audience loves it. Katniss grabs at the chance to increase her odds of surviving the games while Peeta truly does love Katniss; it is not until the end that Katniss realizes that Peeta is not pretending to love her to increase his odds of survival.
This is an intriguing story and young adults will ravishingly read it; my daughter read it within twenty-four hours. She simply could not put it down and the only disappointment she experienced was finding out there is to be two more books and she has to wait until September, 2009 for the second one.
I enjoyed this book and read it quickly and when I was done it was like losing a friend, I do look forward to meeting this friend again in September, 2009.
I love stories that make you contemplate them for days or weeks after you have finished them and even superior are stories that stay with you for a liI love stories that make you contemplate them for days or weeks after you have finished them and even superior are stories that stay with you for a lifetime. "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck classifies as one of those books in my life.
The only problem with the book is that it is short, but maybe that is what makes it so appealing. It is a simple story with complex themes, which involve so many layers of characters and problems in society.
George and Lennie are travelling companions, with George being the leader who is slight in body build and Lennie being mentally handicapped and large in stature. George and Lennie travel from farm to farm looking for labour. Lennie is sworn into silence during the interviews because if the employer finds out Lennie is mentally handicapped they will not hire him. Lennie has to remain silent until they see how strong he is and how much work he can do, Lennie is able to work more then most men combined.
If this was all there was to George and Lennie the book would be done, but Lennie has a problem. Lennie loves soft things and cannot stop himself from stroking them. It is tolerable when he accidentally kills mice while stroking them and even the death of the puppy is forgivable though a greater crime, but when it comes to the death of a human the crime becomes too great even if not done in malice.
I often wondered throughout the book why George stuck with Lennie, and the book never explains why in a clear way that makes the reader say “Oh, that’s why he stayed”. Sometimes I thought it was out of kindness, other times I thought it was because Lennie was stronger physically and George needed him to get and keep employment, and other times I considered it may have been due to the need of human companionship.
“Of Mice and Men” is unquestionably a book I will read again and I am certain it will feel like welcoming an old friend. ...more
"Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley is a fascinating book. I was prejudiced by the film adaptations of this novel. To start with I had no idea that Franken"Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley is a fascinating book. I was prejudiced by the film adaptations of this novel. To start with I had no idea that Frankenstein is actually Victor Frankenstein, the creator of a monster. The monster that was created is not called Frankenstein; it is his creator's name.
The monster is the creation of Victor Frankenstein and the monster is lithe, strong, fast and intelligent; this again differs greatly from any film version of the book.
In reading the book I sympathized with the monster that is spurned by his master and by all who gaze upon his repugnant form. The monster flees from society and lives in a hovel, while secretly observing a family which consists of a blind father, a daughter and a son. In observing the family the monster learns their language and learns about love and acceptance and thus learns about the wretchedness of his own existence; how he longs to be part of the family. He attempts to join the family, but one glance at his hideous frame and the family rejects him with great horror.
The monster then seeks out his maker and is rejected once again and this turns his soul to malevolence and revenge.
Victor Frankenstein loses his brother, friend and wife to the monsters murdering hands and indirectly the monster is responsible for the death of Victor's father and a friend of Victor’s family. Victor pursues his creation to the ends of earth to rid mankind of the fiend. The story ends up in the North Pole and the ending is tragic. Victor loses his life in his journey and once his creator is dead the monster decides there is no reason for his own existence.
"Frankenstein" is a fabulous read, a read that has you sympathizing with the monster. His creator rejected him when all he wanted was acceptance. Mankind rejected him due to his hideous appearance. He was kind and giving, but turned to hatred and evil due to society's rejection of his physical being. "Frankenstein" is a thought provoking read. ...more