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review 2017-10-27 01:22
Eight Hundred Grapes: A Novel - Laura Dave

I won this book in a giveaway. Overall, not really my kind of book. I really enjoy wine and have liked other vineyard-based novels, but this one was not my glass of wine, so to speak. I was really intrigued by the opening quote, "You have to grow about eight hundred grapes to get just one bottle of wine. If that isn't an argument to finish the bottle, I don't know what is." Unfortunately, once I turned the page, the novel took a sharp nose dive. I feel like it is supposed to be a book that you can relax to, enjoy a glass of wine or whatever. But it had the opposite effect on me. I felt stressed and annoyed by everything. The premise was silly. The main character was annoying. The ending was predictable. The writing was confusing, repetitive, and overly simplistic. The dialogue was awkward. I feel like most of the events in the book could have been avoided if all of the characters simply stopped blowing every little thing out of proportion. I couldn't help thinking that I was reading about a bunch of children. Most of the stuff wasn't even that big of a deal, but they (especially Georgia) acted like it was the end of the world. Which leads us to the ending. Seriously? What kind of ending was that? Without giving anything away, it is the most fake fairy tale ending where everything kind of works out without anyone really doing anything. Really? How unsatisfying. I can see this book being popular in book clubs, but it was not a good fit for me. The snobby wine-maker/drinker attitude of the narrator certainly didn't help much. I apologize for the overly-negative review. I really hate when the things I dislike outweigh what I do like in a book. At least now that I am done with reading and reviewing the book , I am allowing myself to enjoy a nice glass of wine. Cheers.

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review 2017-06-09 00:00
The Grapes of Wrath 75th Anniversary Edition
The Grapes of Wrath 75th Anniversary Edition - John Steinbeck I read this book some while on my lunch breaks. It's the perfect diet companion for sure. The people have horrible times and barely make it day to day. It's during the depression while people are just trying to find a place to settle for a couple of days and work. The system is set up so that they can't get an honest pay for a days work. Times were horrific, but also the good in many people came to surface. People had to band together to help each other. No matter what, it seems no reprieve is in site for them, but it doesn't kill all of the humanity. Very touching, sad and though-provoking.
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review 2017-04-25 02:52
My Favorite
The Grapes Of Wrath (Macmillan Readers) ... The Grapes Of Wrath (Macmillan Readers) - Margaret Tarner,John Steinbeck

This is one of my favorite books.  I loved it, although the ending was a bit weird.

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review 2017-02-19 14:42
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Grapes Of Wrath (Macmillan Readers) ... The Grapes Of Wrath (Macmillan Readers) - Margaret Tarner,John Steinbeck

I’ve struggled with the thought of putting my ideas about The Grapes of Wrath down on paper because, what on earth can I say about such a great book? And what insights could I possibly give that haven’t already been said? I doubt I can excel in either regard, but I’ll relate some of my thoughts.


I’ve wanted to read something by John Steinbeck for a while now. I was planning to try Of Mice and Men, but my friend recommended this. I didn’t know much about it and went in more-or-less completely blind which enhanced its effect.


For anyone who doesn’t know, Grapes of Wrath concerns the Joads, a family who have been run off their farm and are forced to go to California in search of work. They have a flier advertising work fruit picking and believe securing this job will provide for them exponentially. The whole family then begins the journey south. Most of the novel charts this journey with a portion at the end depicting their time in California.


Even though I didn’t feel a great bond with any of the Joads, I felt intimately acquainted with their struggles. Their story charted the changing climate towards greed that we are all familiar with. Grapes of Wrath shows how that pendant to greed strips away humanity. It depicts how one set of men’s desires have devastating consequences on anothers needs.


The Joads were at once insightful and naïve. When any outsider tried to tell them about the conditions in California they would meet, they refused to believe it. Of course these claims did have a mounting effect on the Joad’s and a main reason they wouldn’t accept what they were being told is that this future was inescapable for them regardless.

When discussing naivety I can’t fail to mention Rose of Sharon. She really got to me when she believed that stupid hag at the government camp, but then that heart-breaking ending hit and she completely redeemed herself.


As I said, the Joad’s were also very insightful in regards to human behaviour. For example this piece of wisdom from Ma Joad was something I really connected with.


If you’re in trouble or hurt or need-go to poor people. They’re the only ones that’ll help-the only ones.


This book will always stay with me, not as a warning to what humanity can become, because they’ve already reached it, but as an example of the devastating effects greed can have.

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review 2017-02-18 16:55
Grapes and Gravity (Violet Visions) Viola Grace Review
Grapes and Gravity (Violet Visions) - Viola Grace

Stuck as a prize in the arena, Tara discovers there are worse things than being ignored. Being chosen is one of them.

Tara, a crashed pilot, has spent months being waved in front of the arena fighters as a pleasure option. There have been no takers.

The day that a fighter looks at her and promises to make her his, Tara’s life freezes. She watches him fight and wants him to win, but is terrified of the consequences if he does.

Galeno has no interest in the arena. His sole interest is in the soft female sitting on the podium. She is his and it will be a short time before she knows it.





A fun science fiction short story with a rescue and a good fight and sexy times. 


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