So glad I finally got around to this one. Definitely one to keep and reread. Dark topics sometimes, but there‘s an overall tone of hope and optimism for the future.
A mix of poetry and prose about gun violence. Profiles six characters and how they ended up making the choices they did that led to a shooting. Not bad, but the styles sometimes clashed and while the characters were well done, they weren‘t particularly sympathetic. Appreciated her attempt to look at gun violence through poetry. The intro and afterwards were interesting too.
If you think you know what the Departments of Energy, Commerce, and Agriculture do, think again. Lewis looks inside these agencies and provides information on how much the US infrastructure depends on them, but also pens a love letter to the civil servants who keep these agencies running. An informative and engaging read.
Confession time: I‘m a polygamist reader and I‘m cool with that 😎
What type of reader are you?
A hidden gem. Some of the stories are merely a short paragraph while others cover several pages, the longest near 40. Regardless of length, they all have that Kafka flavor of keen observation and sharp wit, with a twist of the absurd to prevent complacency. A hint of humor, a touch of horror, a smidge of the grotesque, and no holds barred.
Unexpected blast down memory lane at the reference to The Heroic Trio 🎥 Recall renting the DVD from Blockbuster 📼
LOL‘d at waking someone from a nightmare by threatening to take away their Nordstrom‘s frequent shopper card! Gasp 😱
Fun, fast paced. Identity, belonging, family, friendship, and saving San Francisco from demons along the way.
This is a collection of short stories with art drawn on post it notes. Not all the stories were as enjoyable, but I did like the art.
Rainy weather is good for reading. Had tons of stuff in progress at some stage or other, so I made a concentrated effort to finish them instead of letting them sit around while I forgot the plots.🙄
Out of this group my favorites were Ten Years in the Tub and The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton.
I liked the themes that were covered, but the writing style itself wasn‘t my thing. The narrator had a lot of self loathing and pride mixed together but seeing the disfunctional dystopian society around him, it was understandable. That said, while the style wasn‘t my thing, I cared enough to see how things ended.
It‘s interesting to hear someone say they‘re happy with themselves as they proceed to tell you about everything they‘ve changed 🙄
Pro‘s: her formula and the questions to ask yourself each day are simple and common sense.
Con‘s: she spends a lot of time talking about her former bad habits of binging and not taking care of herself but blows it off as not important, tho it‘s part of why she changed her lifestyle.
Overall, worth a read.
A nice short article about the benefits of reading 😊
Wanted to love it, but didn‘t. Decent reference book. Some listings indicate if they‘re dangerous for pets, others don‘t. I‘ve had some of these “indestructibles” in the past and and they weren‘t as tolerant or low maintenance as Martin says. However, it‘s a place to start and the charts about size, light exposure, and foliage type are useful. Some of it‘s very generalized, with “try until you succeed” tossed in. A starting point anyway.
Science geekery at its best. Really enjoyed this look at liquids, told during the course of an airplane flight. An engaging tour of liquid substances in the droplets, molecules, heartbeats, and waves that make up the fuel, beverages, liquid-crystal display screen, the ocean...and of course, the tiny bottles in the carry-on‘s. Very conversational tone, simple layman‘s terms. Approachable and engaging read 🤗
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Hard call on pick or so-so with this one.
Pro‘s: a lot of important topics covered. She gets help, starts to makes changes, learns to stand up for herself.
Con‘s: some things weren‘t really resolved. Although she eventually went to therapy, some topics felt glossed over or got resolved because other people did things. Possibly time constraints but it left things feeling incomplete.
Overall, not bad, but a library read rather than a purchase.
Barnes and Noble is having a sale. Select hardbacks are 2 for $10 and select paperbacks are 2 for $8. And of course, the rest of the store is full of books you can‘t go home without. A couple of these are gifts so I didn‘t do too badly. 🙄📚
“Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?” – Henry Ward Beecher
Enjoyed the second entry in this series. Bibliotherapy, references to tons of books, yummy sounding food, and a group of strong women solving crime and doing good deeds. Ready for book three!
With Amazon gone, Queens building owners may boot local library branch.
Wish the library the best of luck extending their lease.
I don‘t normally pan books because I understand that a lot of blood, sweat, and tears goes into them. However, statements like “arresting questions about the very nature of fiction itself” are essentially Do Not Read signs that should be heeded. The characters, plot, and structure were all poor. Not confusing, but poorly executed. This was a waste of my time, money, and mental energy that could have been better spent elsewhere.