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review 2016-12-28 21:14
A great book for music lovers
The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto: A Novel - Mitch Albom

Music himself narrates this book. We learn that music visits newborns and tempts them to grab a bit of talent--or even a lot of talent. Frankie grabbed enough to be the best guitar player on the planet. He amazed everyone. Played with a lot of bands. Got famous. Got rich. But he was forever haunted about his past, the fact he knew nothing about his parents. This is a story told in flashbacks. I liked Frankie, though I suppose if he lived next door where he practiced his guitar 24/7, he would drive me nuts. He sacrifices a lot for his music, too much, perhaps, so there's heartbreak in this story along with love.

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review 2016-10-27 21:18
Magic Strings of Frankie Presto
The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto: A Novel - Mitch Albom

"All humans are musical. Why else would the Lord give you a beating heart?"

 

Since the dawn of time, people have used music for everything: a cry for battle; a victory after a battle; to sooth a crying baby; to uplift ones spirit; to showcase how much one loves another and so on and so forth. Music always has meaning. Even if it's just the sound of someone plucking an old guitar, there is meaning behind what we hear.

 

And to Frankie Presto, sound means more than what we hear.

 

Frankie Presto is a huge successful musician. Well, he was. Frankie just passed away in a weird unexplained death onstage at a concert. Interviews at the funeral of his friends, family and acquaintances about how they met Frankie and what part in their lives was touched by Frankie himself or of his music. Many believed that Frankie just had that touch. That gift of sliding from one note to the next with such fluid motion that only a few guitar players have.

 

What if it was more than that?

 

What if it wasn't just him playing the guitar?

 

What if the reason you are so touched by this, it's because there is more at play here than just one man?

 

Follow the interviews and follow Music as Music takes you through the life of Frankie

Presto and how he became the person everyone loved.

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/1475282598
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review 2016-09-03 16:45
The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom
The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto: A Novel - Mitch Albom

A beautiful story with gorgeous detail. My favorite Albom book yet. Mitch Albom weaves an incredible tale unlike anything I've read before. Brilliant! If you're a music fan, read this book. Better still, if you're a book lover, this is a must read.

 

 

*I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway.

 

 

 

 

**DOUBLE POSTINGS. What's up with this? Haven't been doing a lot of blog posts recently on BookLikes because I'm having so many viral issues. Double postings are annoying as hell, I get it. At first, the posts were doubling only on my Samsung tablet and I was still able to blog from my iPhone and Kindle. Now, it's doing it every post, from each device. Just one of several issues here. Therefore, I've limited my already limited posts. Until something changes, pleas excuse the double vision. 

 

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review 2016-08-21 21:02
Jak Ojciec Czas zatrzymał wszechświat - "Zaklinacz czasu" Mitcha Alboma
Czy zastanawialiście się kiedykolwiek, jak wyglądało życie, którego nie odmierzało się minutami czy godzinami? Jakie konsekwencje miało wynalezienie zegara? Skąd w ogóle pomysł, by mierzyć czas?
Mitch Albom proponuje nam podróż w czasie, do momentu, kiedy wszystko się zaczęło. Do chwili, gdy człowiek zapragnął wiedzieć. Tak właśnie Dor, pierwszy z bohaterów "Zaklinacza czasu", tłumaczy swoją potrzebę liczenia mijającego czasu i konstruowania przyrządów, które mają mu w tym pomóc. Całkowicie poświęca się tym czynnościom i bardzo długo zajmie mu uświadomienie sobie, co się tak naprawdę w życiu liczy.
Równolegle śledzimy losy dwóch osób żyjących w czasach współczesnych. To nastolatka Sarah Lemon i starszy mężczyzna Victor Delamonte. Sarah mieszka sama z matką. Odrzucona przez rówieśników, czuje się bardzo samotna. Jednak właśnie się zakochała i z wielką niecierpliwością odlicza chwile do spotkania z obiektem swych uczuć. Ethan wreszcie zwrócił na nią uwagę. Mimo że w szkole uważają ją za dziwną kujonkę, w dodatku zbyt grubą. Czy on może być tym jedynym?
 
Victor z kolei dowiaduje się, że jego dni są policzone, a walka z chorobą przegrana. On i jego żona zupełnie inaczej reagują na słowa wypowiedziane przez lekarza: "Niewiele możemy zrobić". Ona szczególnie o niego dba z nadzieją, że choć trochę wydłuży w ten sposób jego życie. On jednak nie jest człowiekiem, który potrafi tak po prostu pogodzić się z sytuacją. Ma własny plan. "Jeszcze jedno życie". Jako jeden z najbogatszych ludzi, dysponuje środkami na jego realizację. Czy uda mu się doprowadzić go do końca?
 
Co się stanie, jeśli Ojciec Czas zainterweniuje?
 
"Zaklinacz czasu" to prosta, ale jednocześnie niesamowita opowieść o życiu i o miłości. O czasie i jego przemijaniu. O strachu, że mamy go za mało. Że nie zdążymy go w pełni wykorzystać. O tym, jak człowiek próbuje oszukać śmierć i maksymalnie wydłużyć czas spędzany na ziemi. O pierwszym zauroczeniu. O odrzuceniu i samotności. A także o tym, że każde życie ma znaczenie. Że jedna osoba może zmienić cały świat. Że istnieje plan i to nie my decydujemy, jak długo będziemy żyć, ale Bóg, który wyznaczając kres naszemu istnieniu, nadaje mu znaczenie.
Polecam z całego serca!
Source: ogrodksiazek.blogspot.com/2016/08/jak-ojciec-czas-zatrzyma-wszechswiat.html
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text 2016-06-06 19:48
Six more influential books
The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy: A Lexicon of Life Hacks for the Modern Lady Geek - Sam Maggs
By Paulo Coelho: The Alchemist - -HarperCollins-
The Witch Of Portobello - Paulo Coelho
The Five People You Meet in Heaven - Mitch Albom
Cecelia Ahern 2-Book Valentine Collection: PS I Love You, Where Rainbows End - Cecelia Ahern
Where the Heart Is - Billie Letts

Hey y'all and how's it going? I'm doing pretty good myself. As you can see from the title of this post. I have Six books I wanted to add to my original post of my top ten influential books. I'll try to leave a link to it. Well, I'm adding to the list, because since then I've read more books and have found some quite inspiring. These six books have made an impact on me in some way. So, without further ado I bring to you my six books!

 

1. The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs

 

I've done a review of this book a while ago and I list all the reasons why I love it. This book has made me feel good about being a major dork and fangirl over fictional characters and the actors lol! That it does not matter what age you are...you probably have a secret stash of fics somewhere, some lusty, some not! Hehe. Like on Pinterest I have boards for Supernatural, Doctor Who, Sherlock, The Walking Dead, Once Upon A Time and so on and so forth! That's why I love this book, because I can be me and I'm not alone!

 

2. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho 

 

I came across this book online while trying to find another. I thought nothing of it and then when I went to the Salvation Army and seen it. I read the blurb and decided to give it a try. This did not disappoint me at all, this book deals with wanting to do something different. All the crazy things that can happen, all the great teachers you'll meet along the way of the character's journey.

 

3. The Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coelho

 

Yes, another book by Paulo! This one is just as amazing as The Alchemist. It deals with a woman who wanted to learn and teach what she had learn. An unconventional way of being religious. She wanted to be free and do what she wanted without being held back by her life. Well, she does have a responsibility to her son only. I understood the character more as I got deeper into the book!

 

4. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

 

This book had me in tears at the end. I just adore this book and what it represents! I love the idea of being greeted by people who you impacted in some way without even knowing it. This book had depth and it helped the character out trying to understand his life and why it was the way it was. I just had a smile every turn of the page.

 

5. P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern

 

I had this book as an honorable mention on my original post! Now, it's part of the list here because I still find the book so romantic and awe! I loved how Gerry took the time to let Holly know how much he loves her and to push her out of her comfort zone. This book shows that you have to cherish every moment with your loved ones no matter who they are. That why I love this book!

 

6. Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts 

 

This book was also an honorable mention, but this too gets to be on the list. Novalee is a strong character! She went from living in a Walmart pregnant and broke to being loved and cherished by some amazing character along the way. She started from the bottom and came out on top, she worked hard to provide for her daughter, the people who took her in and herself. This book was just so adorable!

 

Well, that's it! Here are six more books that have been added, I'm sure I will add more later on down the road. Each of these book had an impact on me in some way. So, that's it from me for today! I hope you all have a great day/night where ever you are and til Wed!

 

Just click!

TOODLES!!!

 

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