“The Motley Fool Money Guide” by Selena Maranjian explains most of what you ever wanted to know about finances, investing, and spending as if it were“The Motley Fool Money Guide” by Selena Maranjian explains most of what you ever wanted to know about finances, investing, and spending as if it were your best friend. Published in 2001, much of the rates listed are grossly out-dated, but the general advice is very much still applicable. The book is formatted in a 500 question-answer layout that asks the fundamental questions such as, “What are some ways to reduce my debt?” and “What is a dividend?” Speckled throughout the guide are easy-to-understand what-if scenarios and informal commentary for kicks.
A good beginner’s tool, “The Motley Fool Money Guide” is best fit for young adults and adults who are looking to understand the basics of managing personal finances and saving for future goals. It features recommended literary and online resources to expand upon topics covered—and by golly, if you are serious about finance, this book should not be the last one you read on what to do with your moolah. ...more
At its core, “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E.L. James is about the plight of a young woman “in love.” Anastasia Steele —who prefers ‘Ana’—is a twenty-one-At its core, “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E.L. James is about the plight of a young woman “in love.” Anastasia Steele —who prefers ‘Ana’—is a twenty-one-year-old college graduate with uncooperative hair, pent-up emotions, and an overactive imagination. When cajoled into running an interview for her more confident, attractive best friend/roommate Kate, Ana happens to catch the eye of her interviewee, the mysterious business tycoon, Christian Grey. Ironically, Grey’s appearance and demeanor comes up in the book frequently in description as ‘dark’/’cold,’ ‘gray’/’steel’ eyes/gaze—all of which are a play on last names of these two protagonists.
The two engage into a bout of charged flirtation until they are established as a dating couple by friends and family otherwise unbeknownst to their actual arrangement. The story’s main conflict arises when Ana, a newbie to the dating world, seeks more commitment from Mr. Grey. She’s infatuated by this lavish, strange world he’s open to her while at the same time feeling hesitant and frightened at the prospect of losing herself. Grey meanwhile seems to exude bi-polar tendencies, unsure of what to make of his growing fondness of Ana.
“Fifty Shades of Grey” is what you’d call a very modern take of the Grimm Brothers’ Cinderella-esque tale overlaid with rather graphic intimate relations and seriously awkward and laughable moments. Heavy in dialogue, it makes for a quick read doable in 1-2 days. At times it feels as though the title of the book is excessively worked into narrative and thesaurus words haphazardly thrown into conversation, but again, these are also elements that add to the humor. ...more
New things are always exciting. A new-found love is exciting, thrilling. It is the excitement that makes us gFor the short story: "A Temporary Matter"
New things are always exciting. A new-found love is exciting, thrilling. It is the excitement that makes us giddy, allowing us to overlook the flaws in our partner--the flaws that somehow find themselves appearing later when the initial rush dies away. And life rushes forward, giving life to the milestones that come our way--and also the rare heartbreaks. When this story's young couple--with a love so fresh and strong--lose their first child, life's cheerfulness seems to shatter. Both partners, experiencing different parts of the loss, grieve in their own way. Neither speak to each other because both feel isolated--as if what he or she was feeling would never be understood by the other partner. The gap widened and each found their initial love dimming. They found themselves forcing a smile, forcing a kind greeting, a gentle touch. And it took the temporary power outages for both to console each other.
In life, we all experience our moments when it seems as though the sun will never rise again. Little do we know that the majority of the world knows how we feel, little do we know that the majority of the world has or is, experiencing the same heartache. We nurse our heavy hearts away from those who can help us. Grief only seeks company in silence. No one wants to appear weak; and thus, we cry when we think no one is watching. It took the lights to go out for the truth to come out because in the dark, no one serves as a threat. Facial features are shielded from the observing eyes. In the dark, there is silence.
And so the truths came out gradually as each learned about their spouse, as each confronted what has been avoided for so long. "A Temporary Matter" addresses love and grief, reminding us that issues cannot be avoided, that we cannot run away from our problems. Yes, we can turn a blind eye, pretend that it does not exist, pretend that we have moved on, but sadness has a funny way of reappearing when we least expect it. One catalyst, and the tears and truths spill out in a roaring waterfall. ...more
**spoiler alert** A delicious drama with an ironic twist is what Emily Giffin dishes out in her novel "Something Borrowed." Rachel, the story's narrat**spoiler alert** A delicious drama with an ironic twist is what Emily Giffin dishes out in her novel "Something Borrowed." Rachel, the story's narrator, is a plain, soft featured woman with a best friend who has everything she apparently lacks--the confidence, the looks, and the love life. Since the dawn of their friendship, Darcy has always been the one to call the shots. She has always been the one to get what she wants--even if it means embellishing the truth. Now nearing their thirties, Rachel is single and unhappy with her mundane job and Darcy is beaming next to her soon-to-be husband, Dexter. At a party that Darcy throws for Rachel's birthday, Darcy ends up heavily drunk and sent home. Dex is coaxed to stay by his friend and as the night wanes, Rachel finds herself in Dexter's company where under the alcoholic influence, they find themselves in bed. This one-time mistake leads to a deluge of emotions and what-ifs for the two former law grads. Caught in between her developing emotions for Dex and her bond of friendship with Darcy, Rachel finds herself fighting an internal war. Eventually the news leaks and at the urging of a friend, Rachel pushes for a decision from Dex--her or Darcy. The novel ends on a bright note for the protagonist, but screams ironic comedy when Darcy confesses her infidelity and her baby's father--Marcus, Dexter's best friend.
"Something Borrowed" is written in a manner that the reader feels like a close friend listening to a story unfold. It is highly relatable novel in terms of self-esteem, questioning love, and having that horrid feeling of anxiety waiting for that call or that message. Giffin gives "the other woman" a new perspective that makes readers re-evaluate what it means to be in love. A fast-paced and believable novel, "Something Borrowed" leaves readers laughing, wondering, and inspired to live for one's self....more