Friday, January 13, 2017
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
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
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.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
This is a most compelling read about lives that will definitely make you think about how you are raising your children and trying to change them and live your life through them. The whole novel is all about secrets and things that didn't turn out right for some and how this married couple put all of their hopes and dreams into their daughter, never really letting her be who she was.
In so doing, there were two other children that never felt the ability to reach their goals, or to even want to reach them. Everyone's lives centered around Lydia and, technically, everything that her mother was not able to attain in her own life.
The father also put those burdens on his daughter, as he was Oriental, thinking that people always looked down upon him because of his race. Therefore, with his daughter being half-Oriental, he was always trying to teach her to be a sociable, friendly person, to no avail.
This is a really compelling, sad look at a family that was so dysfunctional, yet not the kind of dysfunction that that term presently incurs.
Sunday, March 20, 2016
While these letters between Marilyn Monroe and Jacqueline Kennedy are tentatively not real, you start to read them and are swept into them. I have much admiration for both of these women, they were both in love with the same man, and with so much research done in writing this, kudos to Wendy Leigh for creating what seem like real letters to each other.