Happy Thanksgiving from the French Fry Reader Family! 🙂
One-sentence review: Overall a good book with a predictable romance, a decent protagonist, and an annoying “sidekick.”
The good: I thought the book was well written, if a little lacking in substance. The romance was good, Dashti was a pretty good main character, and Tegus was awesome. I ended up rooting for Dashti and Tegus, and I loved My Lord the cat and how he finally helped Saren snap out of her craziness.
The bad: Holy cow was Lady Saren annoying! I know that some characters are just supposed to be unlikable, but this one was a little much–though she did calm down later. I thought the lore could’ve been a little more detailed, and I thought it was weird that the bad guy turns into a wolf. Really? We get that he’s a terrible person, but let’s make him a little more believable. The song stuff was a little weird too–even for fantasy.
Bottom line: I would recommend this book for sure, and I did enjoy it once I got into it. It’s just not my favorite of Hale’s. Her Books of Bayern and Princess Academy are a lot better.
It’s Top Ten Tuesday again! I’m really getting into this meme. Thanks, The Broke and The Bookish! This time I’m here with “Ten Things I Am Thankful For.”
You know, when you’re thankful for so many things in your life, it’s really hard to narrow the list down to ten, but here goes. I tried to balance booky things with lifey things.
- My husband. I really don’t know what I’d do without him. I’d be a pretty sad duck, that’s for sure. It’s one thing to be surrounded by things and people that you love, but it’s quite another to walk through life with someone who really knows you and loves you for all the quirks (and I have many) that you bring into the marriage. I love you, Rich!
- My family. I love my family. Being around them and talking about the goings on in life is so wonderful. I’m lucky to have half my family nearby, so it’s fun to visit them more frequently. The other half live far away, but it’s always great to visit them when we get the chance.
- God. He is good and good to me. He knows who I am and my potential. He is always there.
- My job. I get to be around books all day! Yes, it’s stressful, and, yes, sometimes I work long hours, but I’m an editor. Kind of a dream job for me, a reader and grammar nerd.
- My Kindle. I love to read “normal” books during my lunch break (“normal” meaning books that my company doesn’t produce)–and they transport me far away for a while. Anyway, my Kindle allows me to take my eBook library with me. What a luxury.
- Peppermint hot chocolate–because, well, is there a better beverage? I will not take other suggestions. 😉
- The library. Oh, the smell of books and the rows and rows of them.
- Traveling. Boston. San Francisco. Kansas City. Hawaii. Yep, love it.
- Good food! Heck yes. Especially cheeseburgers and french fries–you can’t forget the french fries. I love trying new things, and I’m grateful I’m not picky. Like, really grateful. I don’t know what I’d do with myself if I were . . . actually I don’t know what my husband would do with me. 🙂
- Great words: Rectitudinous, eristic, prestidigitation, bonhomie, egregious . . .
I really could keep going; I have so many great things and people in my life! Life is good.
What are some things that you’re grateful for, bookish or otherwise?
Stacking the shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.
So, there was a library sale this week. . . . 🙂 i got 7 books for $1 each.
Pride and Prejudice (Adams and Oliver), Forest Born (Shannon Hale), The Constant Princess (Philippa Gregory), Dragonhaven (Robin McKinley), Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (Helen Fielding), Two Truths and a Lie (Sara Shepard), The Hypnotist’s Love Story (Liane Moriarty)
From the library: Eleanor & Park, The Schwa Was Here, and Cinder
The one I’m really thrilled about is Pride and Prejudice. I’m planning on starting my kids on Austen as early as possible. 🙂 I really want the whole set, and though this copy isn’t in the best shape, it’s a good start. I’m also excited to break into The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty.
And I’m late to the Cinder party, but I’m excited to get started. Anyway, there ya go, my haul for the week. What have you been reading?
Hi, friends! So this week I’ve got three books for ya for First Line Friday, a weekly feature by me. I’ll be introducing books that I’ve started this week or will start by Saturday (and I might tweak it a bit, but that’s how it is for now). 🙂
I’m starting the first for my book club and the second for fun. And I started the third because I’ve heard great things about it. Any thoughts on any of these books? I’m feeling my classics-reading severely lacking, so I’m going to try and read more of them. Any suggestions?
I grabbed this idea for Thursday Quotables from Bookshelf Fantasies. Here’s how it works: “This weekly feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.” If you participate, make sure to head back over to Bookshelf Fantasies and link up! I love quotes, so I was really excited when I came across this idea. 🙂
Here is my quote this week:
Insane or not, Rudy was always destined to be Liesel’s best friend. A snowball in the face is surely the perfect beginning to a lasting friendship. (The Book Thief)
it’s funny how we make friends sometimes. And can I tell you how much I like the way this book is written? It’s a lot.
What are some good quotes you’ve come across during your week of reading?
One-sentence review: A marvelous work of fiction that lets you see the world through the eyes of a seven-year-old and reminds you that things are not always as they seem.
Background: I’ve just heard good things about this book, so I thought I’d check it out from the library. Neil Gaiman is new to me, though I’m familiar with the stories of Coraline and Stardust, and I was really excited to read this.
The bad: It’s a little dark, but I wouldn’t call it bad, necessarily.
The good: It’s just a great work of fiction. Gaiman writes in such a way that I totally believe everything in the story. Other realms? Sure. Magical neighbors? Why not.
Bottom line: I loved this book, even with its dark undertones, and I’m excited to read more books by Gaiman. He’s a new favorite. I recommend this to anyone who wants to read a fantastic work of fiction and who wants to get lost in another reality for a short time. I can’t recommend this book enough!
Top Ten Tuesday is a feature from The Broke and The Bookish. This time I’m here with ten books I’d recommend to . . . um, no one in particular. I tried really hard to think of books to recommend to one person, then to many people, but it wasn’t working out too well. Haha. So I’m just going with ten books I love and some random thoughts on each. Yep, that’s all.
1. Anne of Green Gables. My favorite book, hands down. I always thought I was so cool because my middle name is Anne with an E (p.s. I am pretty cool, actually). Gilbert Blythe will always be a heartthrob. Tomorrow really is a day with no mistakes in it. A bosom friend is the best friend a girl can have. It’s cool to be smart. And, c’mon, you know you want puffed sleeves. 🙂
2. Ocean at the End of the Lane. This is one of my current favorites. It’s a captivating read and extremely well done. Gaiman’s the bomb.
3. Tiger’s Curse. This whole series is good so far. Okay, so it’s a romance with tigers that turn into people. Er… People that are cursed to be tigers. But it’s really cool. Romance, mythology, adventure, awesomeness. Go read it. 🙂
4. Brave New World. Is our modern society all that different? Maybe so, but you can certainly draw some interesting parallels. Excellent book.
5. The Book Thief. Okay, so I actually haven’t finished this yet, but the writing is just so gooooood. I’m an instant fan.
Wow, this is getting hard . . . .
6. My Loving Vigil Keeping. I love this book. It’s one of those romances where you become attached to the characters and feel what they feel. I love Carla Kelly’s books, and this one is particularly good. p.s. It’s clean too!
7. The Help. What a great book that speaks to racial segregation on the other side of the color line. Excellently written, great story. Makes you think and leaves you satisfied.
8. Pride and Prejudice. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” Doesn’t that just draw you in? Just the characters, the story, the everything is awesome.
9. Hamlet. I can’t make a ten-recommendations list without Hamlet. It’s my favorite play and one whose themes you find everywhere. I love all the characters (or love to hate them), and I’m pleased that Claudius gets what’s coming to him in the end. And poor Horatio, right?
10. Harry Potter. Because duh.
One-sentence review: The writing was choppy, the material was reused, and the book didn’t add anything to The Happiness Project.
Background: Having read reviews on Goodreads and Amazon, I decided to just check this out from the library. Good choice.
The good: I like the author’s writing style. It’s more conversational and approachable-sounding, though the book itself was choppy.
The bad: I would’ve liked new material in this book, but a lot of it was reused from the last book. So, really, you just need to read the one and ask yourself, “Hm, how can I apply this concept to my home.” Boom. You’ve got Happier at Home. Okay, not quite, but close.
Bottom line: Read the first book. I’m giving it 3 stars just because I do like the stories and the author’s writing style.
One-sentence review: I loved this book, and though the premise was simple and the contents commonsensical, I was able to glean some great information and become more determined to be the guardian of my own happiness.
Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. “The days are long, but the years are short,” she realized. “Time is passing, and I’m not focusing enough on the things that really matter.” In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project. . . . Her conclusions are sometimes surprising—she finds that money can buy happiness, when spent wisely; that novelty and challenge are powerful sources of happiness; that “treating” yourself can make you feel worse; that venting bad feelings doesn’t relieve them; that the very smallest of changes can make the biggest difference—and they range from the practical to the profound.
Written with charm and wit, The Happiness Project is illuminating yet entertaining, thought-provoking yet compulsively readable. Gretchen Rubin’s passion for her subject jumps off the page, and reading just a few chapters of this book will inspire you to start your own happiness project
My incredibly thoughtful husband bought me this book for my birthday, having read really good reviews on Amazon and knowing that I’d been going through a sort-of funk. By the time my birthday rolled around, I was feeling much better, but because I love some good nonfiction, I gave this a shot. I was not disappointed.
The Happiness Project had a lot of good tips on how to take the happiness you have in your life and expand it within your individual capacity. The information–divided into sections according to items on a list of personal “commandments”–was backed up with a lot of good research and examples, and I was totally inspired to take my happiness into my own hands and improve my life–and, of course, create my own personal commandments, which I’m still working on following.
I wouldn’t say this was really “bad,” but a lot of the information was common sense, and if I had wanted to do my own research, I would have come to some of the same conclusions. Sometimes the narrative felt a little rambling, but not as bad as the sequel (review on that coming soon!).
I’d recommend this book wholeheartedly to anyone seeking greater happiness in his or her life, which I hope we’re all striving toward.