The time has come my friends, time to make a big change and get a fresh start. Sometimes when opportunity knocks it gives you a chance to see possibilities that you didn’t know existed. I think any time you make large changes it is natural to have fear. To overcome this fear and focus on the positive is the challenge I am facing right now.
So I finished reading this book in February, then my son asked to read it and I had these big plans for us to write a collaborative review together but now it is July and he has still not finished reading it. I can’t really judge too much, although I have done quite a bit of reading over these last few months, I have not written a review since March. I could make all sorts of fancy excuses but really who cares, I been busy y’all!
So I do at least remember this book, and that I liked it. This is the first book I read by Joe Hill and for those who do not know he is the son of Stephen King and I love me some Stephen King so I decided that I must read some of Joe Hill’s work as well. I used the CBR holiday book exchange as an excuse to ask for one of his books and Rochelle was kind enough to oblige.
So it is pretty hard for me to give an objective review of a Stephen King book as I am what you would call a King junkie or as he calls it a Constant Reader. But the thing is really it is not like you are reading this review thinking, “Who is this Stephen King I keep hearing about? I wonder if he is any good?” You likely are already a fan, a disgruntled fan or a detractor. I fall into the straight up fan category meaning I don’t really complain about the quality of his later works and all of that. Nobody is perfect but I can always count on King to give me a good time and that is all that matters to me.
So Doctor Sleep is the latest King novel that I read and surprise, I liked it. For anyone not familiar, this book is a sequel to “The Shining”. I read the shining about 13 years ago as I remember it was when I was working as a toy crane machine stuffer and my route took me through this winding road that reminded me of what I think Colorado would be like. I remember taking my breaks and reading the tale of Jack Torrance and his family. I don’t remember everything about the book but I do remember Jack’s struggles with alcoholism, the scary hedge maze and topiary animals and of course the boiler. I was glad to be able to revisit the characters from this book and see how things worked out for Danny Torrance.
I was hunting through Goodreads to find something good to read and stumbled upon this book after someone recommended it over another addiction book that I was considering. I like to read addiction books, above all else for the hope that people can change. There is also the “Intervention” type of reason that I like these books, it makes me feel a bit better about my own choices to see someone else so much worse off than myself. (Side note, I miss Van Vonderen)
One of the drawbacks to being so far behind on my book reviews is that I lose many of the thoughts that I may have had about a particular book and then writing the review becomes much harder. I have started writing myself notes in my drafts but alas this one has no notes. One big thing that sticks out in my memory about this one is my audio book drama so I will relay that to you all, lucky you!
I resisted reading this book for some time as I don’t read many young adult novels as I am not a young adult. Not that I don’t think that adults shouldn’t read YA fiction (I reallly enjoyed Hunger Games for example) but it is not generally my first choice. This book to me seemed like a Nicholas Sparks type of book, which is another type of fiction that I don’t generally read. I decided to read this one as I happened upon a free copy and so I decided to see what the fuss was all about.
My boyfriend and I binge watched the Showtime series “Masters of Sex” and once I finished I was keen to learn more so I decided to read the book by Thomas Maier. In the past I had learned a bit about Masters and Johnson when reading “Bonk” so this book was not entirely unfamiliar territory. It was interesting to read how the book differed from reality (although even in a non-fiction book like this I am sure that some liberties were taken). Overall it was an interesting read, however towards the end it started to drag on and I lost interest somewhat but powered through it to finish. If you are watching the series or plan to read the book and want to be surprised then I don’t think you need me to tell you not to read on, but you never know.
You know that feeling when you’re reading a book and it’s so good that you want to keep reading it all the time but you also don’t want to finish too soon because you want to keep enjoying it for a longer time yet you can’t help yourself. That’s this book.
I wrote the above sentence in February when I finished reading this book. I don’t know if I can really say much more about how much I loved this book, other than I am looking forward to reading it again, and I don’t usually re-read books (especially with my CBR addiction it’s all about the numbers). I read on the wikipedia page that it is going to be made into a movie, of course. This saddens me a bit as I know there is no way they can relay the magic of this book onto the screen.
“The Martian” is about an astronaut stranded on the titular planet. (I love the word titular, it is titillating). There is a snafu with an evacuation and he is left behind. The rest of the book details his struggle to survive and it is a mix of science with a good dose of humor mixed in. If you are at all interested in reading it, just go for it you will not regret it. I prefer not to know too much about books before I dive in as I find it makes it all the better when you find a really good book, and to me this was a really good book.
Incandenza wrote a great review of this book over on CBR, and he (or she) pretty much read it in one sitting. Very impressive! As stated above I felt the same way, binge reading when you find the right book, cannot be beat!
2014 so far has been a busy time but full of steps in the right direction as well. As much as I tend to be hard on myself I have accomplished a lot so far this year. As I mentioned before, I have been getting ready to move and tomorrow is the big day. I get the keys to my new place at 8am and I really can’t wait. As much as I tried to make the experience as stress free as possible I didn’t fully succeed. I have come to the conclusion that the stress is inevitable. But looking on the bright side, I am organized, I have a plan and I took tomorrow and Monday off work so that I can take my time setting things up at my new place. My biggest excitement lies in the fact that I will now have a bath tub!! I haven’t had my own tub in over 5 years. I am gonna aromatherapy and candle up the place!!
Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain was the first book that I finished reading in 2014. I read this book as I decided to go to a meeting of the girly book club. I have been a part of Cannonball Read for 5 years now (wow how time flies!) but in the spirit of getting out of my comfort zone I decided to get together with some real live humans and maybe even make some friends along the way (spoiler, I didn’t make any friends).
First of all about the book. Necessary Lies is a tale of eugenics, empathy and changes in reproductive freedoms. Set in North Carolina in the early 60s and loosely based on actual events, this tale takes us through a turbulent time for both a young woman (Ivy) living in poverty on a tobacco farm and another young woman (Jane) starting out a career as a social worker with little experience or world knowledge. Ivy does her best to hold her family together, but is often left responsible for the care of her young nephew and her elderly aunt. Her sister has limited intelligence, and Ivy worries often that she will become pregnant again leaving Ivy to take care of more children. Ivy doesn’t worry enough about herself, and despite efforts from social workers to educate her, she denies her own involvement with any sexual activity. Jane is a doctor’s wife who although recently married, decides to secretly take the birth control pill and seek out a career in social work despite her husband’s concerns. The two women of course meet through Jane’s work and Jane becomes Ivy’s advocate, to her own professional peril.