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Global Literature - Weeks 7-10

Mini Reviews of the last two books in the semester!


Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I liked this book, but it was a bit disturbing.  The whole romance between senior citizens...yeah that didn't go over so well with me.

I think I enjoyed it more because I had to analyze it for class. Having to break it down and look at meaning and everything gave me a different way to look at the story.  If not for this, I think some of the descriptions would have had me closing this book and not picking it back up.  The same can be said for Midnight's Children.


Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

OMG I feel like I've been through a war reading this book. I don't know how some of my classmates said it was their favorite book of the semester.

There was so much going on in this story.  I think an abridged version was needed for me.  There was just too much talk of excerment, and bodily fluids and stuff.  If you co…

Color Coded Reading Challenge - Yellow

Yellow Flag by Robert Lipsyte
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The last few YA books I've picked up have been directed at boys.  I must say, they are a refreshing break from the drama/love stories of the YA I have been reading.  They seem to focus on a older teen boy who needs to make a choice between two things and they aren't little things, they are major life changing decisions.

In Yellow Flag, Kyle needs to decide if he's going to keep racing with his family or keep pursuing his music.  The race scenes were great, I couldn't put the book down.  Not being a big race fan (I've been known to watch a handful of laps of a handful of races) it was a great look at the inside workings of a team/car.

As great as those scenes were, I got thrown a few times when the POV changed from 3rd to 1st person.  Normally when I see those changes there is a font change or the changed POV is italicized.  Not so in this book, and there was no warning, it was one sentence to the next in the s…

A Thanksgiving Quote

"Happy kill an Indian and steal his land because God told you to day."

Global Literature - Weeks 6

Wide Sargasso Sea: A Norton Critical Edition by Jean Rhys
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After giving myself some time to dwell on it, I had to up my rating of this book.  I think this book was my favorite of this class.

This book is written as a sort of prequel to Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre.  It really changes your opinions of Bertha and Rochester (or just mine).  I always felt bad for Bertha, having your husband lock you away in the attic because you went crazy, now I really feel bad for her when you read Rhys' back story of how she ended up the crazy woman locked in the attic.  I had felt bad for Rochester for having the first wife that wasn't the love of his life and who went crazy; I no longer feel bad for Rochester!  Well, I guess I do, but just not as much as I did before reading this novel.

Being a big fan of Jane Austen, it's almost required (in a sense) to not be a fan of the Brontes.  Charlotte didn't like Jane, just look at the results of a Google search fo…

Color Coded Reading Challenge - Brown

Brown-Eyed Girl by Mariah Stewart
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

I read romance, but I tend to stay away from romantic suspense, it's just not my thing.  I find too often that the suspense is just a catalysis to throw the characters together with out ever really contributing to the plot.  There are a few authors who write really great suspense stories and oh yea there's a lot of romance.  Mariah Stewart is now one of those authors I'll read for this reason.

I picked up the book because it was the only "brown" titled book that sounded interested in my library system. The plot seemed like it could have been the flip side of a Criminal Minds episode, and I really like that show.

Anyway Leah's sister Missy disappeared forever ago and now this serial killer is contacting her with information about her sister's disappearance.  Before she can get any information out of him he's killed in jail (shortly before his execution).  So Leah goes to see Ethan who wrote a …

Late Halloween Themed Post about Werewolfs

In honor of Halloween I had wanted to read some appropriately themed books. (This post is late due to Super Storm Sandy and my own laziness.)


Moon Shadows by Nora Roberts
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Just reading Wolf Moon for my Nora Roberts Reading Challenge. I have read everything published since 2004 (except for the books that haven't been released yet).

I have to say I like how Nora Roberts seems to write these male characters who just worm their way into the woman's life.  Simone wants to keep her distance since she's been turned into a werewolf but Gabe just nudges his way into her life.  Together they end up working on a way to cure Simone of being a werewolf.

Personally it's the first time I've read this concept of trying to cure the werewolf.  I've seen it done in TV shows and it never really goes far, but I like the way Nora worked with the concept.  Simone had been working on it but she just needed Gabe.  A fresh set of eyes, a medical background, and …

Book Trailer Thursday - Madly in Love with ME

Madly in Love with ME - Self Love Guidebook Trailer


Self love author Christine Arylo releases the official self love guidebook - practical, tangible and fun ways to truly love yourself, for real and for keeps. I don't know if I'll really get this book, but it's one that will be added to my list of books that I'll consider.  I'm picky about which self help books I'll pick up, the writing style of the author has to sound like me.  I want to read the book and feel as if I'm telling myself these things, as if I'm pushing myself to make the changes and helping myself.