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review 2016-10-24 02:23
The Wise Man's Fear
The Wise Man's Fear - Patrick Rothfuss,Nick Podehl

Here's my big dilemma! I am not actually sure how to rate this book. I really love the series. Kvothe is one of my favorite character of all time. He is, and I cannot believe I am going to say this, up there with Harry Potter and Sirius Black. The world in which the novel is set also rivals HP as well. I call it a novel but it seems more like a volume.

The problem is, that even thought I really loved this book, a lot more than most books that I have rated five out of five stars, I do not love it as much as The Name of the Wind. So, it gets 4 out of 5 stars because it just does not compare with the first one. I do not want to spoil anything for anyone but, there were times where I just did not care about any events that were happening. In fact, there is a significant part in the novel, mainly about his love life, that I just lost interest and it really slowed my reading. There are at least 200 to 300 pages in the middle that could be removed because they do not serve any real purpose. But then, I found that it ended too quickly. I was left thinking, wait that's the end? What?

Rothfuss blows my mind again and again with the world and all its parts. It is crazy to think of how he could imagine all the different parts and tie them all together so neatly. He is truly an amazing writer, creator and storyteller. But there were parts in this novel that I feel he was trying too hard. Trying to give too much information that I did not really need.

I loved The Name of the Wind. It is one of the only books that I think I would re-read for fun rather than just because I forgot most of the plot of the novel. I am not sure if I would re-read this one. It was kind of exhausting at times. I would definitely skip though some parts if I did. That being said, I would absolutely recommend this book.

You should read this book. Read the first one, then read this one and then read the third one when it comes out. Hopefully it will blow these two books out of the water.

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review 2016-05-21 01:32
Big Magic
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear - Elizabeth Gilbert

A creative living guide to life by following your happiness. This is definitely a self-help book. It was written for perfectionists and anxiety driven people like me and a reality check for everybody else on how to accomplish anything and everything in life. Yes, there is no earth shattering advise in this book. It is mostly common sense. Just basically all the good advise you have ever heard on becoming a productive creative person all in one book. It is about letting go of the excuses and moving beyond them.


Elizabeth Gilbert has a unique way of straight up telling you what you need to hear to move beyond all that chatter in your head about not being good enough. Her writing is so relatable it almost feels as if she is specifically talking to you.


If you are looking for motivation this is the book for you. If you need a kick in the pants to start a project that you've been dreaming off, then pick up this book. Great to read on those dumpy days or if you have every felt in a slump and not living your life to the fullest. It is going to be one of those books where I can just pick it up and read a chapter here for motivation.


I love her TED talks on creativity and watch it frequently as well. My favorite linked below. 




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review 2016-05-13 02:07
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman has done it again! He wrote just the book that I wanted to read. Both beautiful and haunting at the same time. He balances just enough myth and magic with a little bit of real life. It's a modern fairy tale for grown ups. Like most of his books, it contains that little bit of wisdom he imparts on the read. The only regret I have is not reading it sooner.


His characters are always fantastic. They draw you in. I loved the three generations of Hempstocks. As always, his endings always have that twist that you never really see coming. He is a genius at wrapping up his books really well.


The book is quite short, less than 200 pages. It reads super easy. It took me only one night to finish. I could not put it down. Magical realism is not for everyone. If you have never read Neil Gaiman and not use to his writing style then you probably don't want to start with this one.


Another book in to the to be re-read pile. 


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review 2016-05-07 13:43
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - John Berendt

One of the best "true crime" book I have ever read. Every inch of the story is fascinating. It reads like a novel. I had to keep reminding myself that it was, in fact, a true crime book. From the very first chapter I felt drawn in. I immediately wanted to go to Savannah and see it for myself.

So often in true crime books the characters are a little flat. Berendt was really able to make them come to life. His writing made the whole city come to life. His ability to infiltrate the exclusive Savannah society and do such an awesome character study was amazing.

The characters or the personalities in the book, not sure what to call them, are so bizarre and fantastic. It is almost hard to believe that they all live in a small city together. It had almost the same Southern society vibe to it as Time to Kill. The focus was not so much on the crime but rather the mesh of characters are interwoven into the plot (if I can call it that). Just found out that it's a movie with Kevin Spacey. Wonder if it's on Netflix...

In to my re-read pile it goes!

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text 2015-04-18 16:07
There ought to be a word for it: the morbid need to buy more books

buytbrIn the past twelve months, I've read a little more than eighty books.


In the same time period, I've bought more than 200 books.


This gives me a TBR (To Be Read) pile of 120+ books.


With an average consumption of seven books a month, I have a seventeen month supply of books. Which should mean that I won't be buying another one until October 2016.


Yeah, like that's going to happen.


I buy books every month. They call to me and I have to have them.


The logical part of me says that, even if I only buy one book a month (reducing my current purchase rate by more than 90%) I wouldn't run out of reading material (now there's a frightening thought) until the middle of February 2017.


The emotional part of me says that such a Draconian regime would be intolerable. Which leads me to the conclusion that I have a morbid need to BUY books - there really ought to be a word for that.


The need to BUY is not directly related to my need to READ books. The compulsion seems to be about OWNING the book.


This seems to place me in the same relationship to books that a miser is to money. That is not a pleasant image.


I love books. Always have. Always will. So I can't just want to hoard them in a dark place, running my hands over them from time to time, murmuring "Precioussssss". Can I? TBR

So what is it that drives me to purchase so many books?


I think it's partly a failure to adjust to changing circumstances.


At one time it would have been impossible for me to own more books that I could read: I read ALL the time, I had limited access to bookshops, no access to on-line bookshops and a very limited amount of money to spend. In those circumstances, being in a bookshop with money or, more likely, book tokens in my hand would have triggered a feeding frenzy that only stopped when the money ran out.


These days, I have 24/7 access to almost any book, my income has risen dramatically and the price of books has tumbled: by taking an annual membership with audible.co.uk an undiscounted book cost my £4.58 ($6.85).


Another limiting factor used to be bookshelf space. Now, most of my TBR pile is not physical. I carry 80+ books with me on my little iPod with no physical reminder of just how high those books would stack.


It seems the only constraint on buying books now is my will-power.


So why don't I have any?


Because there are so MANY good books and so little time.


Because so many of the good books are NEW and need to be read (or at least bought) right now.


Because I just HAVE to have every book in every good series in the right order.


Because I OUGHT to have enough time to read everything if life wouldn't keep getting in the way.


Because, deep down, I'm afraid of missing something.


But mostly, I think this behaviour is the equivalent of comfort eating. Having a tough day? Buy a book and make it better. If buying a book had the same impact as eating something bad for me, I would have Type II diabetes by now.


So what am I going to do about it? Probably less than I hope but more than I have before.

I will increase the number of books I read.

I be more rigorous about adding books to my CNF (Could Not Finish) pile because each book I'm not enjoying is costing me time with one that I might love.

I will decrease my rate of purchase by adding to my Wish List rather than my Shopping Cart and deleting anything that's been on the Wish List for nine months or more.


If that doesn't work than I need to find or found a branch of Book-Buyers Anonymous.  

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