We survived our 50 books in one year challenge. In 2009 we are still reading...
Thursday, January 22, 2015
4 out of 5
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
It's a sad, but happy story. Finding the right balance for me between not being a total downer ending and not being a too easily wrapped up happily ever after ending is very difficult. This book veered more towards the happily ever after in my opinion, but there was some serious tragedy along with it. But somehow the author wasn't able to capture the relationship between Jim and his sister enough for me to have anything but a very minor reaction.
But the thoughts of a dog? That gets me every time.
3.5 out of 5
I actually read Into the Wild many years ago. I went through a Jon Krakauer phase sometime shortly post college. Initially, I planned to skip this one and just read the books I hadn't previously read. But whatever whim caused me to pick it up at the library I am thankful for! His writing is so great. Generally I'm not a fan of the telling of stories not directly related to the story at hand, so when Krakauer went on his "other adventurer" chapters I started to skim. But at some point during my skimming I realized I was reading every word, and not only reading them, but enjoying these tangential stories!
He's such a great writer and I'm so happy I've been reminded of his extreme talent and plan to pick up a new Krakauer very soon.
4.5 out of 5
Friday, October 24, 2014
This book felt thin. Throughout you can sort of guess how things are going to shake out at the end, but you're not really sure why, or the motivations, or why things are happening or happened. It's very fairy tale, then messy, and finally fairy tale again, with a twist of simplicity for extremely complicated circumstances. She basically uses huge gaps in time to explain away the complication... a bit lazy?
A disappointment after the first book.
2.5 out of 5.
3.5 out of 5.