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review 2017-05-16 17:19
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

The interesting part of this book is that even though it’s written in 1985 almost 32 years back still it holds good even to this day. It’s scary but yes there are chances that this might happen one day, this world can turn in to one such hell! I know it’s a dystopian novel but a different kind that, which can turn into reality. The narration was a bit dry but, of course we can’t expect a flowery narration of the environment and situation which Offred was a part of.  At first it’s tough to get into the book but once you are in there it’s very hard to get out. Forget men, this is a world where one woman doesn’t respect or cares for the other, where even though a woman is going through hell the other just sits there and watches it rather than doing something about it, sounds so similar to this world which we are living in, right? That’s why it’s scary. It’s actually disturbing as hell.

 

“But who can remember pain, once it’s over? All that remains of it is a shadow, not in the mind even, in the flesh. Pain marks you, but too deep to see. Out of sight, out of mind.” (p.135)

 

Just like the above mentioned quote it’s in our nature to overlook things once it over we people tend to forget everything once the commotion is over, once headlines turn to a sideline. Everything will just be shadow for us. That’s why this novel so scary. I know i’ve been repeating the word ‘scary’ but IT IS!

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text 2017-05-11 08:29
Reading progress update: I've read 150 out of 324 pages.
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

It's impossible to say a thing exactly the way it was, because of what you say can never be exact, you always have to leave something out, there are too many parts, sides, crosscurrents, nuances; too many gestures, which could mean this or that, too many shapes which can never be fully described, too many flavors, in the air or on the tongue, half-colors, too many.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-05-18 05:59
If I Counted The Ways In Which You Have Disappointed Me....
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak

 

Some parts were beautiful. A few examples:

 

"Pfiffikus!" she echoed, quickly adopting the appropriate cruelty that childhood seems to require.

 

...humans like to watch a little destruction. Sand castles, house of cards...

 

Others were just weird. Look at this one:

 

I carried them in my fingers, like suitcases (he is talking about souls)

 

It was narrated by Death. That was not an attraction when the book began and it simply became a bore as I read ahead.

 

There was no subtlety at all. Look at the following examples:

 

It sounds like the beginning of a joke: There's a Jew and German standing in a basement, right?

This was fine until he added

 

This, however, was no joke.

 

Then there was:

 

...everything went smoothly

 

Where the author just had to add:

 

Qualities of Smoothness... Trudy came and went without suspicion

 

We get what you meant when you said smoothly. The book was full of examples like the ones given above!

 

Lastly, there were parts that looked as if included to gain the reader's sympathy. One of them was the excerpt from Death's Diary where he talks about the events that took place in Cologne.

 

The book did have me shed a tear or two as I finished it, which means that I connected with it on some level. Papa and Mama were my favorite characters. The rest were all right. Death, the narrator, I hated.

 

#ReadForABookClub #DeathIsABadNarrator

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text 2015-06-29 16:30
Always a Bridesmaid in Romance Novels
Bolted - Meg Benjamin
East of the Sun: A Novel - Julia Gregson
The Eldritch Conspiracy - Cat Adams
Ripped - Sarah Morgan
Bridesmaid for Hire (The Almost Wives Club Book 3) - Nancy Warren
Bad Girl Bridesmaids - Susanna Carr
One Night with the Best Man - Noelle Adams
Always the Best Man - Fiona Harper
The Bridesmaid - Katie Crabapple
Seducing the Bridesmaid (Wedding Dare) (Volume 3) - Katee Robert

Some more great books for wedding season!  Get out those ugly bridesmaid's dresses and settle down for a good read!

 

My lists are never in any particular order. Enjoy!

 

1. Bolted by Meg Benjamin

 

Greta Brewster McBain is in a bind. Two, if she’s really counting. First there’s the can-barely-breathe bridesmaid’s dress from hell. Second, the stranger who just carried her “perfect” brother’s fiancée out the church door has made it impossible to tell her own mother about her own divorce. 

 

Rather than confirm her reputation as the family screw-up, Greta takes a drive to clear her head. 

Trapped in a hole and unable to reach his cell phone, Hank Mitchell is resigned to becoming a permanent part of his own archeological dig when help arrives—in the form of a woman who looks like a Gone With The Wind refugee. Behind the ruffles and lace, though, is something he appreciates: a woman who isn’t afraid of a little dirt. 

 

Their instant connection draws Greta into the eccentric world of the Hotel Grand, where she impulsively trades her hoopskirts for an apron. Soon things are getting hot—not only in the hotel kitchen, but in Hank’s arms... 

 

Warning: Contains hot moonlit sex, a melancholy turtle, two wisecracking seniors, and the world’s ugliest bridesmaid dress.

 

2.East of the Sun by Julia Gregson

 

s the Kaisar-I-Hind weighs anchor for Bombay in the autumn of 1928, its passengers ponder their fate in a distant land. They are part of the “Fishing Fleet”—the name given to the legions of English women who sail to India each year in search of husbands, heedless of the life that awaits them. The inexperienced chaperone Viva Holloway has been entrusted to watch over three unsettling charges. There’s Rose, as beautiful as she is naïve, who plans to marry a cavalry officer she has met a mere handful of times. Her bridesmaid, Victoria, is hell-bent on losing her virginity en route before finding a husband of her own. And shadowing them all is the malevolent presence of a disturbed schoolboy named Guy Glover. 

From the parties of the wealthy Bombay socialites to the poverty of Tamarind Street, from the sooty streets of London to the genteel conversation of the Bombay Yacht Club, East of the Sun takes us back to a world we hardly understand but yearn to know. This is a book that has it all: glorious detail, fascinating characters, and masterful storytelling.

 

3. The Eldritch Conspiracy by Cat Adams

 

Not every bride needs a bridesmaid who can double as a bodyguard. But Celia's cousin Adriana is no ordinary bride: she's a Siren princess, and she's marrying the king of a small but politically important European country. She's getting death threats from fanatics who want to see the whole Siren race wiped out-including Celia herself, who is half Siren.

 

Luckily, Celia is on duty when a trip to a bridal salon is interrupted by an assassination attempt, so everyone survives. When Adriana returns to the Siren homeland to try to prevent a coup, Celia is free to hunt for the terrorists and the vile mage who is helping them (while keeping her eyes open for the perfect maid-of-honor dress). 

 

Assuming the bride and groom both live to see their wedding day, this will be one royal wedding no one will ever forget.

 

4. Ripped by Sarah Morgan

 

With a rip louder than the “I dos,” Hayley’s hideous bile-yellow bridesmaid dress explodes. She’s always had enviable curves, but nearly naked wasn’t quite the look she’d been going for at her ex’s wedding.

 

She’s rushed from the altar under the best man’s designer tux jacket. Hayley’s expecting a blast of icy disapproval from sexy, sophisticated Niccolò Rossi—his usual reaction to anything she does. What she gets is a kiss that nearly melts what’s left of her polyester nightmare gown.

 

It’s impossible on a million levels. Exuberant engineer Hayley and buttoned-up lawyer Nico have never seen eye to eye—but skin to skin? Oh, mio…. So when Nico shows up at her flat on Christmas Day to give her a fabulous gift—himself—Hayley’s delighted to do the unwrapping. But it’s just a holiday fling. By New Year’s Day, she’ll come back to her senses…unless Nico’s sensual skills tear away all her resolve.

 

5.  Bridesmaid for Hire by Nancy Warren

 

Tasmine Ford is such a perfect bridesmaid, she’s made a side business out of it. But, when a gorgeous designer wedding gown is handed to her, after the bride who is supposed to wear it climbs out the window on her wedding day, she starts to wonder, will she always be a bridesmaid and never a bride? It’s not that she doesn’t know exactly who she wants to marry. But Eric Van Hoffendam wants to cry on her shoulder not ask for her hand in marriage. 

Now that the jilted groom is free, she begins to wonder if maybe their friendship could turn into something more, when she discovers exactly why he got jilted. Can she reform this bad boy into the amazing man she knows he could be? 

Five brides, one (possibly cursed) designer wedding gown. Will any of these brides actually walk down the aisle in the fabulous dress? Follow five runaway brides in this romantic comedy series as they find love in the most unexpected places.

 

6. Bad Girl Bridesmaids by Susanna Carr 

 

These bridesmaids are ready to trade in their taffeta dresses for something much sexier. At a wedding, Kelsey Morgan meets a hot millionaire who's really going somewhere-and wants to take her with him-in "Serial Bridesmaid on the Loose." Tara Watkins started a blog called "The Bridesmaid Diaries." Now she's about to see the best man who's been reading up on her-and is determined to relive a wild night from their past. Feeling like the "Wedding Wrecker," Amber Hughes is a bridesmaid again-and this time she runs into a seductive former classmate who hopes to make this wedding even crazier than her last.

 

7. One Night with the Best Man by Noelle Adams

 

Raney wants to enjoy being a bridesmaid at her friend’s wedding, but the best man, Justin Woodward, keeps putting a damper on her mood. He’s brilliant and kind of geeky—not at all the kind of guy she’s used to—but she’s always been nice to him, so she can’t figure out why he acts so cool and obnoxious with her. 

It shouldn’t matter what he feels about her, but she can’t stop thinking about him. So her mission for the weekend is to get Justin to like her. Her attempts don’t seem to work at all. 

 

8. Always the Best Man by Fiona Harper

 

The best man...for the bridesmaid? Standing at the altar, Damien's breathless as the woman he loves walks towards him - to marry another man. Knowing bridesmaid Zoe's watching him makes it harder still. The opposite of the bride, Zoe's too loud, too vibrant, too...everything. She's the only woman he really can't stand! Catching Damien looking at her critically, Zoe can't resist provoking him. Just once she'd like to see 'Mr Perfect' lose his cool, she can tell there are fireworks smouldering behind those pale blue eyes. Before the wedding night is over Zoe will succeed in breaking Damien's iron-hard self-control...but their unexpected connection will threaten to undermine everything they both believe about themselves and what they really need...

 

9. The Bridesmaid by Katie Crabapple

 

This is the third story in the Parkside Christian Church Series. Kennedy and Anna were roommates in College, and Kennedy feels privileged to be part of her wedding. When the youth pastor of Parkside Christian Church takes a new job as a senior pastor for another church, his replacement makes Kennedy’s heart sing. Will the on-going problems of PCC keep them apart?

 

10. Seducing the Bridesmaid by Katee Robert

 

She has a plan. He’s about to change it. Regan Wakefield is a headhunter in both name and personality: driven, motivated, and unafraid to pursue what—and who—she wants. Naturally, she’s thrilled when her friend’s wedding offers her an opportunity to score Logan McCade, the practically perfect best man. Unfortunately, groomsman Brock McNeil keeps getting in her way, riling her up in the most delicious of ways. But Brock’s smooth southern charm isn’t part of the plan…so how exactly did they end up having searing-hot sex? Regan may pretend the erotic electricity sparking between them is merely a distraction, but Brock knows better. She refuses to see beyond the devil-may-care façade he presents to the world, while he sees straight through hers. Changing her mind—and getting under her skin—is a challenge he can’t resist. And when he wins, Brock will do whatever it takes to convince Regan that the best man for her is him.

 

 

Do you have a favorite Bridesmaid? Let me know!

 

Vote for the best of the best on my Goodreads lists: Always a Bridesmaid in RomanceNovels.

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review 2014-09-05 00:00
The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls
The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls - Julie Schumacher This was a very light read for me and I have to say a welcome read as well. I read this as part of the USA by the book summer challenge (as far as I am concerned it is still technically summer somewhere in the world) and this book represented the state of Delaware.

This book is told in the first person by Adrienne. Adrienne for her 11th grade English class has to read 5 books on the summer reading list and has to learn at least 20 new literary terms and include them in an essay that is due when she starts school in the Fall.Adrienne's mother and a few other girls mothers who are included in this book insist that their daughters create a book club so that they can all meet up and discuss the books as the Summer progresses.

The other characters besides Adrienne are three other girls, CeeCee,Jill, and Wallis. Although we do get Adrienne's comments on the other girls because of the essay style structure of the book we don't get a chance as readers to really delve into the other girls' personalities at all. I would love to read another book by this author from the other girls' perspectives some time since all of these girls had a lot of things going on.

Additionally, the books that the girls choose are pretty interesting and besides "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley I have not read any of them.

If you are interested in what the books the club read they are: The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman; Frankenstein by Mary Shelley; The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin; The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros; and The Awakening by Kate Chopin.

The set-up of this book was very good and as I said the essay style format worked for me since you know this is ultimately what Adrienne turns into her teacher when school starts. It also cracked me up how some of the vocabulary words were used. This is a very good young adult novel and nothing included in here I think would be too racy for kids under the age of 14 or 15.

Can I just say that I would have killed for something like this to be assigned to me in high school? I read like it was my job as a kid and summer was the best time of year for me to just read as much as I want without being forced to go to school and participate in classes I was not interested in at all (looking at you Algebra 2). As soon as dawn broke we were watching cartoons, eating breakfast, and then we were outside all day. We were riding bikes, playing games, wading in the nearby creeks and rivers surrounding our little town. I always used to sneak back into the house and just read. My cousin who lived five doors down from me had different books than I did and I used to take as many as I could carry home and bring them back as soon as I finished them.
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