Great Philosophy

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go..."-Dr. Seuss

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs


Jacob is growing up in a wealthy home with his parents. He has a very strong relationship with his grandfather, who tells Jacob stories about his youth at a home on an island during the war. He talks of strange beings, children with other-worldly powers and Miss Peregrine, the headmistress of the school.
As Jacob gets older, he kind of starts believing that the stories are just that. Then he witnesses the death of his grandfather in a very violent and other-worldly way and wants to find the island and the home that his grandfather talked about.
He and his father head to that island and Jacob goes in search of the myth that his grandfather instilled into his head. He initially finds only devastation on the island, but then discovers a world that exists beyond our realm.
He comes into contact with children that have mysterious powers, headmistresses that can change from human to bird, and time travel.

Ransom Riggs has a wonderful way of using the English language to really draw you in to the story.
The book started to get less interesting about half way through. It almost seems that there was so much put in there to make it a second book. The photographs in the book definitely make it a lot more interesting, and help you envision certain plot references. 

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Gone Bitch: A Parody of Gone Girl by SteveLookner


I won a copy of this book from LibraryThing for review.

This was a wonderfully written parody of the novel Gone Girl. You definitely would have to read Gone Girl to appreciate this, but once you have, read this one.
I read Gone Girl and this is exactly how I would have read the feelings of both Amy and Nick at the end of the novel.
This book will make you laugh so hard.  

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh


Victoria is a young, foster-care child who has been to numerous foster families & foster homes. Meredith is her social worker. Meredith knows that Victoria is a hard child to place.
Meredith has found a foster home for Victoria with Elizabeth. Elizabeth has a vineyard that she maintains very well.
Elizabeth recognizes Victoria's thirst for the knowledge of the meaning of flowers and the secret language that they issue. Elizabeth proceeds to teach her the meanings behind different flowers.
Victoria thrives with her knowledge and learning and acquires a job working at Bloom, a floral shop owned by Renata.
Victoria's knowledge and use of flowers for people earns her repeat business from customers. She then meets Grant who sells flowers at the flower market. They become friends in a complicated manner. They both share the love of flowers and their meaning.
Many ups and downs from this point. Life happens and you will have to read the book to find that out.

This is well written and Victoria's trials and tribulations will make you smile and cry.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty


What a tempest takes place in a weeks time in this novel. We are introduced to three families: Cecilia & John-Paul Fitzpatrick & their three beautiful daughters, Tess & Will & their son, Liam, and Rachel Crowley, widowed with one son, rob and a daughter that was murdered at a young age, Janie.

Cecilia is the mother who is constantly doing everything right, selling Tupperware, being the school mom, and extremely capable at all levels.

Tess owns her own business with her husband and cousin, Felicity.

Rachel is the school secretary and probably runs the school from her front desk.
Cecilia finds a letter in her husbands files and it says on the envelope to only read on his death. Being curious, she reads the letter and discovers an appalling truth that shakes her world.

All of these women, in one week's time, are going to go through major trauma and it will involve each of them with each other.

This novel is compelling and I would consider it a must read for all.
Liane Moriarty writes so well that you are a part of each woman's life and are feeling every pain & joy that they feel.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading by Nina Sankovitch

Nina Sankovitch has been reading her whole life. Her parents and two sisters were also very avid readers.
Nina loses her sister, Anne-Marie to cancer, and takes life devastatingly hard, going all out to make sure that she encompasses everything that life offer like running, going at all speeds.
She comes to the conclusion that she is going to take a year and read a book a day, to try and bring her sorrow to some kind of conclusion.
Nina shares with us some of the philosophies that she acquires during her reading a book a day and they seemed to have worked for her in her grief from losing her sister.
While I understood having to deal with grief in your own way, I don't think that I could have dealt with it in the same manner. I read, have always read, but my turn to books is as an escape from the normal and the opportunity to escape into someone else's story and put my own away for a short period of time.

Kudos to Nina for using the tool that made her deal with her grief in her way and for sharing that with us.

/Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading

Friday, August 14, 2015

Daddy's Home by A K Alexander


This book is a very well-balanced mix of crime and romance.
Holly Jennings is Crime Scene analyst for the San Diego police department. There have been two cases of murder of a child and a mother, with the perpetrator becoming known as "The Family Man" by the media.
Holly is a widowed mother of a daughter, Chloe, who was born after her father was killed in an explosion. Jack and Holly were both involved in law enforcement. Holly has had a hard time moving on personally with her life, not wanting to become involved with anyone without feeling that she is betraying her dead husband.
Her daughter has a best friend who's father is a veterinarian. Holly is feeling really good about this man and is growing closer to him and both of his daughters. He is also a single parent.
The crimes take on a personal aspect with Holly at one point and things start to get really involved. You must read to find out how.
I thought this novel as so rounded. Very enjoyable and nice to see a very strong woman as the main character.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Seriously...I'm Kidding by Ellen Degeneres


This is a fun, short read. I admire Ellen Degeneres and her spirit. I think she is hilarious and in her book she has some very funny things to talk about. She gives a little advice to either use or not, I would choose to use it. Fun, fun book to read.