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, January 31, 2016

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins


Rachel is one complete mess. Her ex-husband is remarried with a little girl. Rachel has become an alcoholic with no job. She rides the train that takes her past her ex-husbands house every day. She observes the neighborhood and makes stories about other people's lives, like the couple that live two houses down from her ex-husband. 

She creates a world in her head about these people. She continually bothers Scott, her ex, about problems, usually in a drunken state.

One of the couples that Rachel has watched from the train seems to have run into some trouble. Then it is found that the female of the couple is found killed under the underpass of the train.

The story is told from the view-point of three females, Rachel, Anna (her ex-husbands new wife, and Megan, the woman living two houses down.)

The book leaves you guessing about many things until the end. 

I liked the book, just probably wouldn't consider it one of the best books I have ever read.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

This was a very nice romance that doesn't fall into the normal romantic genre. Louisa Clark is a very individualistic young lady who lives in a very small world. She can count how many steps it takes her to get from her job at the local cafe to her home, where she lives with her parents, grandfather, sister and her sisters young son.
Her world kind of falls apart when the cafe is closing and she has to apply for another job with an agency that really has nothing too good to offer. The only position that appeals to her at all is the one of a care-giver for William Traynor, who has become a quadripalegic after an accident.

Her main job is to keep Will occupied and maybe bring his spirits up. Will was a very rich, very active man and this accident has really taken his whole life from him.

Louisa is dating a man, Patrick, who has become obsessed with training and running and that leaves Louisa out a little.
Louisa is a very individualistic person with her outlook and her attire. She dresses colorfully and has a very upbeat manner, which hits Will the wrong way at first.
They slowly become friends and Louisa is avidly trying to find things for Will to do that are more adventurous.

This is a very good modern romance. Not a normal romance, as it is between two people that have lead very different lives and with him being handicapped.

The characters are very well-defined and you are very taken with both of them and the way they feel about things.

Me Before You

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Winterfrost by Michelle Houts

 Winterfrost by Michelle Houts

 This book was provided to me by LibraryThing for review.

Bettina Larsen and her baby sister, Pia, are alone in their home because their parents are away visiting. It is up to Bettina to take care of Pia and maintain the chores in the house and in the barn. It is just after Christmas, the first Christmas without Farfar.
Farfar was always talking to Bettina about nisse. Nisse are creatures who help people take care of homes and barns and yards. In all of the hubbub about family at the past Christmas, Bettina had forgotten to leave the oats in the barn for their nisse.
Klakke is the nisse in the barn. He was a little upset with Bettina and as Bettina puts Pia outside one morning to take a nap, he takes Pia away.
Bettina is devastated, not really knowing what has happened to Pia. She is unaware of the nisse in the barn.
Bettina goes on an adventure to find her baby sister and we learn of the nisse traditions and creatures.

This was well-written and takes you back to fairy tale stories of youth.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

A Rose For Her Grave by Ann Rule

A Rose for Her Grave and Other True Cases (Crime Files, #1)

It absolutely amazes me when people think they can get away with murder and believe they will not get caught. Ann Rule writes about cases that are very interesting and have characters who really thought they were above the law.
Very interesting and enlightening.

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.