August 26, 2010
Today I explored a new book related gem in my area! This bookstore is GREAT!!! Not only do they sell new books, but they sell used books as well!! YES!!! Eclectic books has couches for you to curl up on!! My girls had a wonderful time in their kids corner, especially my oldest. This place is amazing!! I urge anyone who can get there (Murrieta, CA), to do so. I met one of the ladies who works there and she was so nice... bonus!!!
The store has it's own website with a link to Amazon for book buying pleasure! I have a feeling I'll be spending LOTS of money there! Oh yeah, and LOTS of time, too!! Please check them out!!
Of course, I didn't leave empty handed! One of my scores was Auntie Mame!! I pounced on it so fast!! (It'll be part of an upcoming reading invitation I have planned)
August 24, 2010
August 17, 2010
August 14, 2010
August 13, 2010
Persuasion, in my opinion, suffers from the all too familiar illness of the story and story description not matching. The description says the book is about Anne Elliott who fell for Frederick. They were engaged to be married, but she broke it off after being influenced by those close to her that he wasn't good enough. Now, several years later, Frederick has returned and the tables have turned. Frederick is no longer poor and Anne's family now is. Will they fall in love again and get the happy ending they originally wanted?
I threw in the towel with about 100 pages left to go. I have to say, very little interaction between Anne and Frederick had happened. If I hadn't read the summary before starting the book, I would never have thought these two characters were the focal point of the book! None of the other characters, or the other story lines, were able to make up for what the book lacked.
Sadly, time had no affect on me in regards to this book. I didn't finish it then or now for the same reason. It just wasn't good. I usually enjoy Jane Austen, too. Oh well. On to the next!!
August 12, 2010
August 9, 2010
According to the library catalogue, my book is "being transferred between libraries". My question is what is taking it so long to get from them to me! I want my freaking book already!
Now watch, it'll come in within the next day or so. After I make a big old stink here! Well, here's hoping.
Running on the theory that humans have good & evil sides to them, Stevenson tells the story of a doctor who experiments with this theory. Dr. Jekyll creates a formula that is able to turn him into another person, physically. This alter ego, Mr. Hyde, is full of evil and is disliked by all who see him. Dr. Jekyll's experiment gets out of hand when Hyde murders a man. From then on this experiment gets out of control.
I liked this story. Though Stevenson is wordy and elaborately descriptive in telling this tale, I still liked it. I often found myself having to re-read parts of the story so I could figure out what was going on. This is definitely a book I would read again. Chances are I'd get more out of it the second time around since it would fill in the holes from the first reading. This book will find a great home on my bookshelf.
August 7, 2010
When you hear the title Breakfast At Tiffany's what do you think of: the book or the movie? Chances are it's the movie- and there's a reason for that. In a nutshell, this book reminded me of swiss cheese. It's good, but the holes make you feel like it's missing something- though I don't know what. Odd...
In this book, you meet Holly Golightly. Good time party girl who, it turns out, ran away from one situation and lived to do the same thing again. At 14, Holly marries a widower with children. In time, she leaves. 5 years later her husband finally tracks her down. Nothing comes of it and he goes back home by himself. When she gets the notice that her beloved brother has died in the war, she demolishes everything in her apartment out of grief. Lastly, she gets arrested for being the go between for an incarcerated mobster and his lawyer. What does she do? What any good time gal would- she flees to Brazil.
I felt like all these things could have brought so much more to the book, but they were never explored to their fullest potential. I don't know if this was purposely done, or not. But it made me feel like the book was missing something. I would have liked a little more.
August 4, 2010
Idle curiosity drew me to this story. I wanted to read the work that My Fair Lady was based on. Well, I have read it. Gotta say, while I'm glad I read it, I don't think it's something I'd read again. For starters. I had no idea it was a play and not a book. Sometimes I have a hard time connecting with plays because they don't always give you the details books do. Such is the case with Pygmalion. You got the story of her big transformation before and after it happened, but nothing of it during. Even if Mr. Shaw had done subtle things during the transformation, I think it would've been easier to embrace the story.
I found Henry Higgins to be awful in the play. He was conceited, a jerk, and unlikeable for me. I was happy to find out he and Eliza don't fall in love in the end as they did in the movie. Pickering was a far more likable character. He was more understanding to Eliza and more sensitive. He treated her with far more respect than Higgins ever did. I also loved Henry's Mother, Mrs. Higgins. She was fun to read about.
August 3, 2010
August 2, 2010
Here we go for round 2: Daisy Miller
Daisy Miller: James paints a vivid portrait of a vibrant young American girl visiting Europe for the first time. Lovely, flirtatious, eager for experience, Daisy meets a wealthy American, Mr. Winterbourne, and a penniless but passionate Italian. Her complex encounters with them and others allow James to explore one of his favorite themes, the effect of Americans and Europeans on each other. -- bn.com (I edited a little)
You're welcome to read with me. Or, if you'd like, make your own list and work your way through it. If you'd like to peruse the Barnes & Noble Classics List, here is the link to it:http://www.barnesandnoble.com/u/Classic-books-Barnes-and-Noble-classics/379000132/?cds2Pid=18918
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--- already done! I woke up my poor, sick hubby to tell him!
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August 1, 2010
The ending is more heartbreaking in the book, I think. Though I have to say, I would've been heartbroken with any ending. This book was definitely one of those stories that pulls you in and keeps you glued. I can see myself reading this book many times more to come. It has become one of my all-time favorite classics!