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text 2018-01-18 08:23
Reading progress update: I've read 108 out of 400 pages.
The Midnight Line - Lee Child

Jack Reacher got dumped. No surprise there. Not a lot of women could be a drifter like him.


So, he kind of drifted again. And while he is on the road, he came across a West Point ring, woman's size.


So instead of reflecting on why he got dumped and how he could improve his situation, he is now focus on who this ring belonged to and why this is on sale in a pawn shop.


That led him to a thief, then another. 


The start is good. Reacher is a bit more mature, but not quite. 


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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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