Monday, November 24, 2014
I found myself curious about vampires about a year ago, so I thought I would go to some primary source material to understand more about them. They are scary.
One of Boomer's friends unexpectedly came over one evening so I was sitting at the kitchen table with him while we waited for Boomer to come home. I told him that I was reading Dracula so we started talking about vampires. He said, "Remember, vampires can't come into your home unless you invite them in." And then I started wondering if Boomer's friend was actually a vampire and I had just invited him into my house, and then I started really hoping that Boomer would come home soon...and then remembered that Boomer could not protect me against a vampire anyway.
So if you want more information about vampires, I recommend Dracula. But be prepared to be creeped out.
Monday, November 17, 2014
Written by the same author as The Art of Racing in the Rain (which I really liked), A Sudden Light is a dark coming-of-age story complete with ghosts and family secrets. A neat setting (outside of Seattle) and some interesting characters. I did like The Art of Racing in the Rain better though.
My therapist recommended this book to me which was weird. Now I have an idea of what my therapist reads. Double weird. This book is about a man looking for the woman who saved his grandfather from the Nazis. The narrator is an English learner who seems like he uses a thesaurus to find the right words to use. The words are close, but not exactly the right words. Original in some ways, but to be honest, sometimes I just didn't get what was going on. But I pay my therapist too much to ask him what the heck this book was about. Hahaha.
It's 1922, after the war, and 26-year-old Frances and her mother are forced to take in some boarders when their finances are tight. I was deeply engrossed in this book. The only slight disappointment was the end. I thought that someone else needed to die (!).
Monday, November 10, 2014
I LOVED The Husband's Secret by Moriarty and was afraid that she would get stuck in the same formula. But no, this book was different from The Husband's Secret. Different, but not quite as good. Still, I read it in a couple of days and really liked it. It's definitely a runner-up to The Husband's Secret.
Monday, November 3, 2014
This is a book to read slowly. It's full of life wisdom and encouragement to enjoy life and to become who you are meant to be.
If you are needing some positive energy in your life right now as the darkness of autumn falls upon us, I encourage you to check it out.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
I read The Secret History anyway, and it is some heavy duty reading. It's the tale of a group of college students at a small liberal arts college who are in on a secret. Keeping this secret tears them all apart physically and emotionally in different ways. Psychologically insightful and deftly written, I would recommend this if you're looking for a solid book to read, but I actually did like The Goldfinch better. Make no bones about it...this is not lighthearted beach reading fare.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Anyway, Early Decision is a fictional tale about Anne, a 27-year-old who works with high school seniors on perfecting their personal essays for college applications. She works with five students as they write and re-write their essays. The essays give a view of what it's like to grow up privileged and under the rigid and high expectations of parents.
A so-so book. It could have used some editing as it rambled at times and dragged.
Monday, October 20, 2014
This is a different kind of memoir (and it's actually more of a long reflective meditation rather than memoir) than I've ever read because she seeks to find comfort and meaning in literature and weaves all sorts of literary references throughout the book. I actually wish that she wrote more about her son's decline and what it was like in terms of the practical ways she had to care for him. Her vagueness about the end of his life left me unsure about what it was like for her and her husband.
If you're looking for an uplifting and happy book, you are not going to find it here.