Friday, April 08, 2016

Lion of Ireland

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.

I give Lion of Ireland -----> 5 

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

The Last Noel

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

To Kill A Mockingbird

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.
Always recommend to read this story

I give To Kill A Mockingbird 5---->

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Gracelin O'Malley

As I was reading this book I couldn't put my finger on it. The actions of the characters Bram, and Grace with each other made me think that I read something like this before. Than I thought Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier and Withering Heights by Emily Bronte. Grace married Bram who was controlling, distant just down right mean. A twisted soul. In this case Bram was a pig of an Englishman. Just as Rebecca, and Cathy of Withering Heights were strong in some way. Grace like the name sake  Grace O'Malley Pirate Queen of Ireland, was strong. Stuck up for herself, kind to others, helping as much as she could with the sickness that had spread on Ireland, her country.

I thought the story was well written. But it was long winded. Some things weren't necessary to write on. It was self explanatory. Which made it for me a very long story. Me reading the story never changed my perception of the famine in 1845. I did know that Ireland's people did have trouble with their potato crops. If the author was writing the truth about some actually growing other vegetables, than I didn't know of that.But fever,being sick in that time for me was well known.
Grace was bought in marriage just as the daughters were made to live and work on farms, etc and send back money to the family. And sons were kept to work on their own land. It's just the way of life back than.

Toward the end Grace has lost almost everyone in her life. Her babies,grandmother,two husbands. One of which Morgan who loved her all her life but was short lived. I think what prepared her to survive was the will to live. The will to be with her family brother,father, grandmother,her child Mary Kate that lived, also her son that was surviving to live himself. A product of Morgan and Grace's love for each other. And deep down Morgan, I think Grace survived because she thought of the good Ireland would be after the fighting and sickness was gone.
I think the spirits of some people are resilient is because their purpose in life didn't happen yet. Their dreams is to make that happen. Live for their family to make it better. But spirits are also defeated too. I believe they feel broken. They feel there is no opportunity for them to get a head. And feel unloved. There is no purpose.

Grace had to leave her son behind with her father until both get stronger. As she headed to the New World I think it was a good idea this way she can get set up and have some kind of home for them all when they come. It would really take a lot for me if the situation was turned around. I know I couldn't do it. Something extra special would have to be put on the table for me to change my mind to leave my child.
Faith had to do with alot of Grace's character as well as her Granny,brother and Morgan. Her brother Sean and Morgan had faith indeed to fight against the enemy without a army.

This story doesn't affect me too much on my views of the current struggles of Northern Ireland. First what Sean and Morgan were fighting for in the Young Irelanders is true in some ways of today. Change laws that give no power over own destinies. Today some Irelanders do want to stay under the English flag. And that rubs others the wrong way. My relatives live in Northern Ireland and say there are people coming over to seek shelter and employment because their country isn't going to well. There will always be animosity toward the politics One will never find peace. The wheel will just turn. And they will have to make the best out of it of what they have.

I give Gracelin O'Malley 4-----------> 
Just because it was a long story