Sunday, May 22, 2016
My thoughts on this story.
I thought it was a bit on the longish side. Someone reviewed that they almost put it down because it was long and boring. Well I stuck it out.
The concept behind the story was cool, to be that age and still want some adventure. But what I thought is the flashbacks of Allen's life sounded a little far fetched when big names were dropped every other sentence. Even it was written in the story that Allen talked too much. It was something that needed to be asked of,it was necessary?
I'm glad that I continued to read the story. I give The 100 Year Old Man who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared 3
Friday, April 08, 2016
A very detailed book in a story form. I like how the story dove into Brian's personal life as a child on up into battle. Even though there is some factious characters you could still feel that you are part and follow the story. And the ending may be a bit different from what others say. But no one exactly what happened either.
Brian Boru was a big part of Ireland. He stood for quality. Union, standing together. All Irish under one flag,under one country.
Now it's time for me to write my own story about Brian Boru. I want to make sure my grandchildren have the knowledge of the history of their ancestors.
Tuesday, February 02, 2016
Another good book from Michael Malone. I enjoyed this story. It wasn't a traditional Christmas story.
Sure Kaye and Noni meet on Christmas Eve. And their birthdays were around the same time. But other than that the story flowed nicely.
The friendship of Kaye and Noni became a good one. Even though tension of race was written in for the relationship their friendship bloomed to be a kind and everlasting one.
They started out with a sled ride together. And ended with a sled ride as adults.
Kaye could of had anything to remember. And he picked the sled as a very sweet memory.
I give The Last Noel 4
Friday, December 11, 2015
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Wasn't real impressed with this book. Can't put my finger on it. I think it was the kid, Jack. I think it was the way he spoke. Being that he was the narrator of this story. Jack was only 5 years old and he used vocabulary that you usually don't hear from a child. Granted he was in the room with his mother and she taught him the way she saw. The thing with the breast feeding was annoying. I get it, the connection of mother and son. It was just too much.
I wish I seen the mother actually prepare Jack that someday they will get out. No wonder he thought everyone lived in the tv.
I'm guessing his grandfather really didn't have much of a part in any life. I think what really annoys me is the repetitive actions that that all the characters had. To see at the end it was left flat
I'm glad I finished the book. It feels complete when a story is read to the end.
I'm hoping that Emma Donoghue's other books are better. I will look forward to reading them.
I give Room 3
Sunday, September 27, 2015
I know I saw the movie and remember reading the book a very long time ago. Re reading this book again on this 50th anniversary led me to think more about what was in To Kill A Mockingbird stood out to me.
First I recognized that the story was told by Jean Louise (Scout) as a child. But as I read on I realized some of the 50 cent words written made me think was she older telling this story? Or was Scout that advanced because of the care of reading that her father gave her? Remembering Scout was upset because her teacher would not let her go forward in her reading. Telling her that Atticus should not be teaching her. “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”
Myself I taught my kids to appreciate that they can read. But until they realized it themselves that their dreams and books are connected. That's when it turned around for them.
Always heard the quote “Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” Re reading I feel what was said says it all. "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” Connects the actions with Tom Roberson, Bob Ewell, and of course Boo Radley. "Hey Boo"
I feel that the lesson in this story was innocent enough. And there was hope that people would take something away from this. The movie version leaves a lot out of course but these characters of Scout& Jem Finch, Atticus and his sister Alexender Finch, Dill, Bob Ewell and sister Mayella, Calpurnia, and of course Arthur (Boo) Radley will always stay with me.
Even though today there is always strive for non judgement and peace. It will always be a struggle.
I give To Kill A Mockingbird 5
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