Great Philosophy

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go..."-Dr. Seuss

Monday, January 23, 2017

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Hope all are well. Finally, a review!

 Four college classmates from a Massachusetts move to New York. JB is an aspiring artist, Malcolm an aspiring architect, Willem an aspiring actor, and Jude an aspiring lawyer.
Their bond is strong, but JB and Malcolm tend to pair up and Willem and Jude tend to lean to each other.
The group has a tendency to gravitate around Jude. He has disabilities in his walk and is extremely enigmatic about anything about his life before college. Rightly so, as we learn about his horrendous childhood with monks in a monastery and further.
We slowly learn of the abuse he suffered and the horrors he feels about anything pleasant happening to him, he feels he does not deserve the good things in life.
There are times that you are in love with Jude, feel sorry for Jude, hate Jude. Reading how he interacts with others is fun, sad, frustrating.

This is a very intense novel. There are undercurrents of abusive behaviour, but nothing very graphic. I personally felt it a bit lengthy and thought that it could have been done in a more concise manner, but it is not my book.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Still reading!

Am close to finishing my book. Very intense. Hope everyone is enjoying 2017 so far! I am trying to pick books out for the PopSugar reading challenge.
I don't usually involve myself in the challenges, even though I love, love, love the lists. I have decided that this is a great way to get back down to challenging myself to read more. Some of the categories are going to be hard to do, but I am hoping to accomplish as much as possible this year.

Hope everyone is well and reading!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Yeah, it's Friday!

Still reading A Little Life and am getting closer to finishing. I hope everyone has a wonderful Friday, even with it being the 13th. Don't really have any superstitions about things, but I know that some people really do. Smile and let it ride!

Monday, January 9, 2017


Just checking in and WOW! I got to read so much this past weekend because of the snow. Enjoyed sitting, reading and playing the fireplace video on Netflix. Want to have a fireplace so bad! Won't happen, but I can pretend to have one and enjoy it. Hopefully will have a review shortly about the current book I am reading, A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. Hope you all have a wonderful day!  

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year! I hope to be on here more often this year and give more reviews! Come talk to me and let's get to know one another!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

2017 Begins a New Year.

I am so going to try to keep pace with this new year and post more often. I hope that anyone paying attention will jump in and talk, discuss, etc with me. Wishing all a great 2017!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

The Interestings

The Interestings are a group of 6 teenagers who are attending Spirit-In-The-Woods art camp in New York. Jules (Julie), Ash, Goodman, Ethan, Jonah & Cathy, all fledgling artists of sort. They all come from different backgrounds with artistic endeavors.
Ethan and Jules try to make a relationship work, although that doesn't work out. Cathy & Goodman form a bond. Eventually Ash and Ethan become a couple
The summers end and each goes their own way. Ethan and Ash end up getting married. Jules becomes a counselor and marries. Jules and Ash stay best friends throughout.
They share marriages, bad times, children, etc. Their worlds become a little divided, as Ethan becomes very famous in his career.

The story is compelling as we watch kids who thought that their artistry would carry them far. The story is well drawn with many underlying twists that keep you wanting more.