Review: Stay by Allie Larkin

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StayStay by Allie Larkin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Van is devastated when her best friend marries the man she is in love with. When she comes home from the wedding she drowns her sorrows in kool-aide and vodka and accidentally orders a German Shepherd off of the internet. A German Shepherd from Slovakia. That only answers to Slovakian.   Hilarity ensues. And so does romance.

I LOVED this book. I absolutely loved it. I looked forward to reading it and enjoyed every minute of it. I didn’t devour it. I just enjoyed it. The characters are wonderful. Somebody mentioned in another review on Goodreads that they are not good or bad characters. They just are. They are themselves and they are living life and getting through the issues that they have to get through. I love that. People are people. We all have our things that we have to deal with. There was a line that Van ¬†says that I loved and I don’t have the book in front of me to quote exactly but it was something like “Life is complicated. Relationships are complicated. They aren’t easy. You have to work at them. And some people are worth the work.” I probably butchered that quote but the idea is there.

Allie really does a good job of pulling the reader into the story. I really felt like I was there with Van, experiencing what she was experiencing. I love a story that I can get lost in like this.

Highly recommended reading for people who just want to read a good book about life. Great characters and a good, solid story.

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The amazing adventures of Kavalier and Clay

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At the moment I am reading The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon. I was invited to join the woman’s book group at the library and thought it would be a great way to make some friends. I still love the idea. I checked out the current read, fully planning on attending the first meeting. Well that meeting came and went. I didn’t go because I didn’t feel well. But also because I was only half way through the book. sigh. I’m still getting through it. I have 200 pages left. I’m really enjoying the story, don’t get me wrong. I just wish I was a faster reader. I doubt I will be able to get to the book group’s current book before the next meeting.

I’ll post more about it when I’m actually finished. God knows when.

Book Talk Saturday: Dead Until Dark

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Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1) Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I became addicted to True Blood earlier this summer after I had heard so many people talking about the show. I had no idea it was based on a series of books until later on. Having watched all of the Season 1 DVDs I needed my fix, so decided to start reading the series.

The book is pretty much exactly like the Season 1 of True Blood, with a few exceptions. I loved it. Sookie Stackhouse is a great character and I enjoyed her narration. Which is actually another difference between the book and the show. The story is told through Stackhouse and unfolds thusly, while the show is told from a more omniscient perspective and the audience is let in on things before Sookie is.

Anyway, it’s a fun, quick read and I look forward to the other books in the series.

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The Road by Cormac McCarthy

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The RoadI just finished The Road by Cormac McCarthy. I am quite blown away by it. For a summary of the book check out Good Reads or Amazon. Basically, it is the story of a boy and his father in a post-apocalyptic world, walking along a highway to find a better, safer place.

The writing was stunning. It was so wonderfully succinct. I loved the relationship between the father and son. The Father’s love for his son was so beautiful and I loved it in contrast with the bleakness of the world. For me, that is what made this story. I wondered about what happened to the world at first, but after awhile it didn’t matter to me anymore. It doesn’t matter. I believe the story is this father and son’s relationship.

The book is bleak and there are some frightening and gory moments in it. I hesitated to read it while I was eating lunch sometimes.

It was recommended to me by a patron on a really dark, dreary day. I had just finished telling him about my step-dad. He saw the book on the shelf and came up to the reference desk and said, “you should read this. It’s the perfect book for a day like this. Sit down with a glass of wine and just enjoy the writing.” He explained that the story was kind of bleak but it was worth it. He was so right! I’m glad he recommended it. It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read and I look forward to reading more from Cormac McCarthy.

Life as we knew it

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Cover of "Life As We Knew It"

Cover of Life As We Knew It

I finished reading this book yesterday evening. Usually when I read in bed it puts me to sleep after a few pages. Not this one. I had to finish it. Just had to.

And then it gave me nightmares.

The book is Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer. It is the diary of a young woman, Miranda, who is at the end of her sophmore year in high school. Miranda’s life is very normal. She has fights with her mom. She likes to ice skate. etc. She writes about all of these things in her diary. She also writes about the meteor that is about to hit the moon. Everyone is talking about it everywhere. And some people are worried about it but many people take it with a grain of salt, like it’s something there to entertain them. On the night of the meteor everyone in her neighborhood is outside, waiting for the impact; as if it were a fireworks display. Then it actually happens. It appears in the sky and then hits the moon. And then she hears screaming as the moon becomes bigger and bigger until it fills up most of the sky. The meteor moved the moon closer to the earth.

This causes all kinds of worldwide disasters. The first of which are tsunamis that decimate the coastlines and wipe out all coastal cities and the people in them. The electricity goes out and then stays out for undetermined periods of time. Then the volcanoes start erupting. Like the mega one at Yellowstone National Park. This is the begining of a long, hard story of survival.

As I said, this book scared the hell out of me. But it was goood. Boy was it good. A definate must-read.