Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Recommended Read - All the Stars in the Heavens by Adriana Trigiani

All the Stars in the Heavens: A NovelAll the Stars in the Heavens: A Novel by Adriana Trigiani
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Admittedly, I'm not the biggest movie fan in the world, and I know even less about The Golden Age of cinema back in the 1920's-40's. But this book brought it all to life and I was transported to a time of stars such as Clark Gable and and Joan Crawford. This book flowed so beautifully that you couldn't really tell what was fact and what was fiction, but the underlying story is surprisingly true and shows that Hollywood then was just as full of affairs and rumors and intrigue as it is now. I was easily sucked in to the story and had a hard time putting this book down. Even if you aren't into golden oldies or don't know much about that time period, you will still find the characters interesting and the scenes poetically drawn. Highly recommend - probably my favorite book of 2015 so far!

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Flop - Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Of Mice and MenOf Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I am not sure why this is considered a classic, but it was one I never got around to reading in high school or college so I thought I'd give it a whirl now. It really wasn't my style - didn't like the writing, the characters seemed overly simplified, and it wasn't terribly interesting. Not the worst book I've ever read, but definitely not one of the best.

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Recommended Read - Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans

Crooked Heart: A NovelCrooked Heart: A Novel by Lissa Evans
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a delightfully fresh perspective on a familiar subject! It's rare that you can find a World War II book that pulls off such a different kind of story and I really loved it. Follow a boy who is strange and his "war mom" who is even stranger as they attempt to make a living off the war. Great characters and a great story!

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