Thursday, June 27, 2013

Book Trailer Thursday! - Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

I'm so backed up  on my Stephen King reading, I don't know when I'll finally get a chance to read this, but I'll be buying it!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Beats of Summer - Howl

Howl and Other PoemsHowl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I get it but I don't get it.

As poems, they are beautiful in the an abstract piece of art is beautiful.  As for understanding what he's writing about I'm at a complete loss.

After I got done reading this I went online to see if I could get a better understanding of what I read. It is cases like this that I find Wikipedia useful, even if not the most reliable source for information.  In this case they have a section Bibliographical References and Allusions and a chart that explains a lot about  Howl.

Looking back on Howl now that I've read On the Road, I will admit it makes a bit more sense.

Besides Howl I really enjoyed Ginsberg's earlier work.  I think those few poems saved this from being a 2 star review.  My two favorite were Song and In Back of the Real.

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Writing Exercise #2

Describe an evoke a simple action (for example: sharpening a pencil, carving a tombstone, shooting a rat)

*click, click, whoosh*

My lighter flares to life. I hold it under my purple eyeliner pencil.

“M-I-SS-I-SS-I-PP-I”

*whoo, whoo, whoo, whoo*

Close left eye, hold lashes down with the first finger of my left hand. Pinky of the right hand balanced on the bottom lip of my open mouth. Very carefully I place the still warm tip of the pencil to the inside of my upper left eye lid and start to carefully glide it along the line of my upper lashes.  Opening my eye I blink a few times.  I add more liner to the outside of my eye before smudging it a bit with my finger for a smoky look.

Desired effected achieved.

*click, click, whoosh*

 “M-I-SS-I-SS-I-PP-I”

*whoo, whoo, whoo, whoo*

Close right eye, hold lashes down with the first finger of my left hand. Pinky of the right hand balanced on the bottom lip of my open mouth. Very carefully I place the still warm tip of the pencil to the inside of my upper right eye lid and start to carefully glide it along the line of my upper lashes.  Opening my eye I blink a few times.  I add more liner to the outside of my eye before smudging it a bit with my finger for a smoky look.


Desired effected achieved. 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Book Trailer Thursday - The Astronaut Wives Club



The books website is really worth checking out. There is a lot of really great things on there.


Thursday, June 13, 2013

Book Review: Extreme Love

Extreme Love (Love to the Extreme, #1)Extreme Love by Abby Niles
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Let me start off by being honest.  I requested a copy of this through Netgalley and completely forgot to sent it to my Kindle.  When I finally did remember, I promptly forgot to read it. Then I was cleaning in Kindle of all the free ebooks I had downloaded but will probably never read, and I noticed it and was like hmmm where did this come from.  That's when I finally read it...

I really liked this book. First, it's about an MMA fighter, which is a topic I haven't really seen a lot of (let me know if I'm missing out on other books in this area).  Second, Caitlyn's story was honest and again one I'm not used to reading. Dante is an MMA fighting getting ready to train for the biggest fight of his career and he can't afford to get distracted.  Caitlyn is that distraction, but she's not so sure she wants to be the center of Dante's focus. While Dante fights in the cage, Caitlyn has been fighting for herself.  She's recently lost a lot of weight and is still adjusting to her new self and not everyone is as supportive as those closest to her.  Including Dante who, after a rocky start, notices the real Caitlyn and works hard get her to believe he sees that person.

Caitlyn is very insecure and confused about the whole situation with Dante. This is what made it real for me and made me like her as a character. As much as I liked this about her, it also bothered me a little, I think it took over a little too much of the story line. The other thing that I disliked were the events that took place around the time of Dante's big fight.

This is the first book in the series and I will be reading the rest of the books in this series.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Book Review - Time Flies by Claire Cook

Time Flies: A NovelTime Flies: A Novel by Claire Cook
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received an ARC ebook through Netgalley.

This delightful book starts off with Melanie cutting up the mattress that was on the bed she had shared with her husband.  Not only is she in the middle of a divorce, but her best friend B.J. is on her case about going to their high school reunion, she has a horrible fear of driving on the highway, and she's contemplating dating again. This added to her normal worries of being a mother to two grown sons and a sculpture artist.

Melanie is a bit bitter about her divorce.  She didn't want to leave Massachusetts, but she made the best out of it and found her passion for metal sculpture.  From the descriptions she makes some really great pieces ... if only they had picture books for adults!  Anyway, she spends a good portion of the book trying her best to avoid her nearly-ex-husband, Kurt.  She's also trying to avoid going to her high school reunion because as she sees it, she has nothing great to show for all her years out of school.  Her decision to go is partially to see her old friends and partially her new communication with the guy she liked in high school.  Speaking about guys, there is also the owner of restaurant who purchased one of her pieces that is a fountain ... one that happens to be a little bit faulty.  Once up in MA for the reunion things do not get easier for Melanie and B.J.. There's an issue with tattoos, missing friends, and a pissed off truck driver.

I have to saw this was an enjoyable book.  It's not my typical style but it just sounded too good to pass up. One thing that did bother me, the number of awkward and unusual situations Melanie found herself in, like the incident with the truck driver.  These over the top moments just seemed a bit too much in a book that didn't need all the extra drama/excitement.

I think this book would be great for book clubs.


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Thursday, June 6, 2013

TBR Challenge - Needles and Pearls

Needles and Pearls: A Beach Street Knitting Society NovelNeedles and Pearls: A Beach Street Knitting Society Novel by Gil McNeil
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is book #2 in this series, to read my review of book #1 go here.

Thing are going good for Jo, the yarn shop is doing good.  The knitting group is doing good. The boys are doing good. Everything seems to point to Jo's life settling down.  Then Jo realizes she's pregnant and promptly freaks out. Daniel gets angry and Martin steps up. Everyone in the town rally's around Jo letting her know that she won't be alone. They prove that a village raises a child.

There are two weddings. A stand off between Jo and her arch nemesis, the PTA president.

Jo is just settling into this idea of being a mom again, when it seems her world just crumbles in around her.  Again the town rallies around Jo. Then the baby is born and one of the two men in Jo's life makes his intentions known.

I kind of feel that just a bit too much happened in this book. Jo's life is just up and down for the past few years, I just want a few months to go by without anything major happening. Hopefully things will settle down for her in book three.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

TBR Challenge - The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club

The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn ClubThe Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club by Gil McNeil
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Jo thinks everything is going well in her life.  She has a husband she adores and two wonderful little boys. Her husband comes home one night and tells her he got a new assignment at work, and he's leaving her. Like any woman in this situation she freaks out.  He gets mad and storms out of the house only to crash his car.  Jo is now a widow.

Jo starts over by moving to the little shore town where her grandmother lives and takes over her grandmother's yarn store.  The town has an interesting cast of characters but is completely charming. It reminded me of a British Stars Hallow. One of these characters is Grace, a very famous movie star.  Grace and Jo become an odd sort of friends with Jo becoming Grace's knitting coach. Through Grace, Jo meets Daniel a word famous jet setting photographer. Daniel's foil in every sense is Martin, the lovable but hapless son of Jo's co-worker/employee Elise.

There are so many likable characters I'm not going to get into talking about all of them, but just say that I feel in love with the whole little town Gil McNeil created in this novel.  I quickly picked up book #2 Needles and Pearls.

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