Good news: I have read three books since this past Friday. Had a slow weekend.
Bad news: Two of the three books were duds.
Rating 2/5 stars
Author: Kristin Cashore
What I Liked: The world building was kinda interesting.
What I Didn’t Like: This book.
It’s anti – marriage and anti- commitment. No I’m not exaggerating. It’s message is : ‘If you really love someone, you don’t need marriage or commitment -you can come and go as you please and do whatever you want. And I will let you go cuz you need to be freeeeeeee…’ Doesn’t align with my belief system. And it’s a YA novel, so geared towards teenagers. In looking at the reviews for future books this theme continues and is complained about in the other books. Nope. Next.
Rating: 2/5 stars
Author: Lauren Willig
What I Liked: This was a quick read.
What I Didn’t Like: This story annoyed me.
OK, if you are still with me – I felt like the story was not thought through and in the worst possible way. Walk with me if you will. In the parallel “historical” dual timeline the wife is cheating on her husband because he doesn’t pay attention to her and is neglectful. It seemed like the author didn’t think people would feel this was rationalization enough for the wife’s behavior considering she doesn’t really talk to him about her feelings in a meaningful way so towards the end of the book the author explains the loss of interest by implying that the husband is only interested in young teenage girls. Ew. And THEN the wife and her lover die under mysterious circumstances and their daughter is raised by a pedophile who also knows that this is not his daughter. Then we bounce back to the present story line like huh, dem’s the brakes. It left me with an icky feeling. So nope. Not recommending.
After reconsidering why I even read, I broke out a self help book and enjoyed it:
Rating: 4/5 stars
Great points, great advice and really helped me. I have been doing bullet journaling for about two years now and find it to be the planner I’ve stuck with the longest. Some of this reminded me of the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, especially when it talked about honing in on a mission statement, as well as when it spoke about ‘between what happens to us and how we respond to it lies our power- the ability to choose our response’ – very Stephen Coveyesque (who also took a lot of what he said from the Bible btw).
Also reading and enjoying…
…will be back with a review later this week.