This past week I was visiting my sister and her family for a much much needed vacation. Usually I take a few books with me, and expect to make a trip to the book store at least once. In Tennessee, there is a Used bookstore called McKay’s. It has only three locations, and all three of them are in Tennessee. This trip, it was my downfall.
Remember in a previous post, I said I tend to buy books faster than I can read them. Usually I will buy three, maybe four books a month IF I’m lucky. Thanks to McKay’s I bought 11 books! That is in addition to the three I’d ordered from amazon before I left. And One book from the free bin outside of McKay’s. At the rate I’m going, I may have to plan next year’s reading list now along with the one for 2014.
I guess it’s a good thing my 2 year old nephew hurt my wrist (typing this little tidbit of a blog is agony). With it in a brace I can’t do much other than read.
This book is about Holly Kennedy, a young woman who has just lost her husband to a brain tumor. Upon learning that he was dying, he wrote her letters to help her cope with his death. Along the way she leans to cope both with his letters and without.
I did not like this book as much as I wanted to. Maybe I made the mistake of watching the movie first, and that is what made me not like it as much as I wanted. It was vastly different than the movie, but I think I’m one of the few people who like that. The book was a little too long in my opinion. I loved reading about the family dynamic, and the closeness of her friends. I hated that she was always in such a bad mood. I know, she was a grieving widow, but she was downright rude to her friends. I know when you are in mourning, you don’t want to do or see anyone, but 51 chapters of it is too much. Yeah, it’s a slow process, but she was being a brat to her friends, and what was worse was she knew she was acting horribly but did nothing to correct it.
I wanted desperately to like the book as much as the movie, but the truth is, it was just a difficult book to get into. I started this book in September of last year. If I really like a book I will finish it in a matter of days. The most likable character was Richard, and he was hardly in the book at all.
I know, It’s been a while since I’ve posted a review, and I’m truly sorry about that. I have one I’m going to post in a few days, but I want to get the wording just right.
Anyway, I think it’s time for me to turn into a total fan girl for a minute. Two days ago I learned that John Barrowman, along with his sister, Carole, have written a book! It’s about Twins Matt and Emily who have the power to bring art to life and go into paintings (remember that part in Mary Poppins where Mary and the kids jumped in the sidewalk drawing?). Soon they find out that their powers are sought after, so they flee to their Grandfather for protection.
It’s taken John and Carole around ten years to write and finish this book, and I must admit, I didn’t know this was what they were working on. Carole Barrowman is a Professor of English and Director of Creative Studies in Writing. And she has an article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel every third Sunday. She has written I am what I am and Anything Goes, also with John Barrowman.
John Barrowman is an actor. He started out in 1989 in a stage production of Anything goes. From there he’s moved on to being in west End plays, and Television shows. He is most known for His appearances in Desperate housewives, Doctor Who, and his starring Role on Torchwood. He hosts and produces an x factor like singing compitition on BBC1, Tonight’s the night, where he “makes people’s performance dreams come true”. He is also a judge on How do you solve a problem like maria, any dream will do, and I’d do anything finding new West End stars. He has put out 4 albums. The music is mostly songs from stage productions he’s been in and covers of other songs. And he also has a line of mens skin care products.
Obviously, I know a lot more about John than I do his sister, you guys can blame Doctor Who, where I fist saw him in 2005. And yes, he is the main reason I want the book he co-wrote for kids aged 9-12. But hey, Harry potter was originally for 11-year-olds and there are many adults who love it just as much, if not more, than the target demographic.
Just learned that Anne Rice has a few new books coming out. Anne Rice is probably THE most defining Author of my adolescence. She was one of the first authors that got me really interested in reading, and her books not only peaked my interest in vampires and other supernatural beings, they shed light on religion for me as well. I really think her books are what made me question my faith. Not in a bad way, just in a way that made me question if I had any real belief in Christianity. I know what you are thinking. A book should not hold such influence on a big part of life for anyone, and you shouldn’t let a fictional book be a guide to life. But it did turn out to be a good thing in the end. I remember reading the Lestat books and falling in love with the character. Not because of the way she wrote his physical appearance (except maybe the violet eyes), but because of the way his personality was written. So Arrogant and self-serving, but so damnably honest and unapologetic about it. How he loved Louis, but wouldn’t admit it to anyone, not even himself, but how obvious he made it at the same time. He played by his own rules, not just because he wanted attention or because he was bored, or because he could, but because he needed to. For his sanity maybe? To satisfy curiosity? or maybe just to try to connect to humanity himself? Only Anne knows why she made him do the things he did. But that, for me, was part of why I loved the character. Rice’s books gave me so much back then, and I still love them now as adult. I admit, I haven’t kept up with her writings as diligently as I did when I was a teenager, but I wasn’t sure what to think about her (not so sudden) turn to writing about God and Christianity. I’ve been…..uninterested to go down that reading path. Not because I don’t have those beliefs anymore, but because I really don’t know that much about my former religion. But it seems, that my curiosity is going to win this fight.