One one hand, I want to finish off some reviews to get myself closer to my goal but on the other hand I have already scraped together two and I don’t really have that much else to say. To compound this problem it has been a while since I read this book so some of the details are fading. I have been writing book reviews for Cannonball Read for like 5 years (crazy!) and it does get hard to come up with new ways to say, it was a decent book and I liked reading it.
Lately I have taken a ton of books out from the library and have read very few of them. When I was living in my old town, the library dicked me around, saying that I damaged a book when I hadn’t so I decided to forgo the library and just read what I had (as well as download a ton off amazon). Now that I am in a new city, I have a new library card free of fines and I plan to keep it that way (OK I already have $3 in late fees but who’s counting) Anyways, where I was getting at was that I have taken a lot of books out lately and if I am being completely honest, this is the only one that I have read. I maybe didn’t pick the best books, or I wasn’t in the right head space to read them or whatever, so I decided to get myself a comfort food book.
I read this book a while back when I was going through withdrawals after binge watching season two of the show the book is based on. Initially when I found out that the series was based on a book I didn’t want to read it right away so as not to spoil the series, but in this case the need was too strong (and there is enough differentiation to not really spoil much).
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!
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.
Back near the beginning of January I got a concussion after some kid cut in front of me at the ice rink and I bumped my head. The Dr sentenced me to several days of complete rest including no reading, no TV and no phone. I decided that there was no way I could sit in a dark room with silence for all that time so I decided to download an audio book. I had previously decided to no longer buy audio books after losing them all when my phone died (why on earth I can’t re-download them like everything else I don’t know, thanks apple) but I have never been too good at sticking to my guns so here I am with another audio book review.
I just finished listening to this and I will be honest that I have reviews for 5 other books that I have finished reading sitting in my drafts folder but I have been experiencing a bit of writer’s block in getting any of the reviews up. If I want to be Bridget Jones style honest, the drafts contain only the titles of the books lest I forget what I have already read this year.
So once I got past a certain point in the Dark Tower series there was no turning back. I read the last 3 books in a huge binge but it was glorious. So glorious in fact that I have been unable to get past it and move on to another book. I purchased “Wind Through the Keyhole” but I am not ready to go back to the world of the Dark Tower yet either.
So on to these reviews. I decided to compile them into one as I am not sure how much I will have to say about each one as they really do all fit together into a really long story. Of course although it doesn’t really need to be said, there will likely be spoilers so if you have not read the series and do not want to know about it then this is not the best place for you to be. Also my details might get all mixed up but that is the way things go sometimes.