"'A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one."
Brazilian reader with way too much time in her hands. My mother dropped me in my head when I was four. It shows in my reviews.
“Trees make babies by dropping tiny wooden tree eggs on the ground.”
It's no big news that I worship the ground Randall Munroe steps on. The idea of NASA scientist turned artist turned writer has a big appeal to me. Specially because he never really leaves behind the things he loves. He simply mixes them all together. Like this book,which has his comic style mixed with useful scientific information that even kids would enjoy reading.
This one seemed more "broad" in it's information than What If. More didactic,you could say. Even if the most used words were "things" and "stuff". A book after my own heart. If I'm trying to explain something it's inevitable that I will fall into "stuff territory." Sorry 'bout it.
My favorite chapters were about the universe. It did not surprise me that those were the most entertaining,they *are* Munroe's specialty,after all. But everything else was a lot of fun a well,and the illustrations made for a very beautiful book.
SENTENCE: Read it if you like science,or just looking at pretty illustrations of science!
I tried,I honestly tried. 100 pages in and I could see no discernible plot around this book,nothing to hold me to the story. So I gave up. I have way too many books in my to-read list to hold myself to such a boring one. I might try again later,just not now.
P.s: The cover was gorgeous,which is why I brought it. So one bonus star for cover art. Also half a star because the writing is decent,even though there wasn't much content at all.
“I want to fix an image of him in my head, but all I can see when I close my eyes is his body, still and lifeless in my arms. I let him go, and I will never forgive myself for that.”
I stumbled across I Let You Go a few days ago after I took an interest to psychological thrillers. I needed something that could keep me in my toes,and I'm very thankful to Clare Mackintosh for delivering it.
The first half of the book was both sad and calming,in a weird manner. Jenna seemed to be finding her peace,and I grew to admire her strength and ability to keep her calm. This part was slow paced,but still my favorite. Jenna was a woman desperately in need of a hug,and all I wanted was to give it to her.
Everything changes in party two. All bets are out,everything you know is crushed along with your poor feelings. I had to take the book down a few times for the mix of surprise and anger at what was happening in the narration,but I couldn't keep myself from going back to reading after a few hours. I felt like an addict,aching for my next share of anything the book could give me.
The ending of this book was painful. I'm still questioning my own beliefs about what happened. Clare,you are an evil thing to leave me wondering like this. But you gave me a great time,so you are forgiven until I get to your next book.
SENTENCE: What a great debut! Definitely left me wanting more. Can't wait to become a Clare Mackintosh addicted once again.
P.s: This book has very strong passages relating domestic abuse. If you feel that might affect you somehow,I recommend caution when reading it. Below is the National Domestic Violence Hotline site.
“Restaurants are minefields for the socially inept”
Like I mentioned in the title of this review,The Rosie Project is what Sheldon's diary would be if he had fallen in love with a woman that was the complete opposite of him. It's quirky,funny and often endearing. The exact type of read I would run to when I needed to shake off a heavy week of *gasp* human contact!!
I didn't expect this read to be perfect,though. The biggest flaw that bugged me by the end of the plot was the book's shortness. This is a story that craves for depth. You can't just have your socially challenged character turn into a charismatic and extroverted person in a single chapter. But the shortness of the story made that necessary. This book would be heavily benefited from an extra one hundred pages. Maybe two hundred. That would also allow the book to have more of a plot than simply "Don looking for someone to crash in his couch and become his wife."
But falling back into the positive points: this is a very charismatic book. I was drawn to every single main character,mostly because they were portrayed well. They were not only imperfect,but also likable. Don is a naturally sweet person,Rosie is clever and fun,Gene deserved to be punched a few times but also was pretty fun to get to know.
From what I heard from a few friends,the next book in this series is a bit disappointing. I don't really plan to read it. I want to keep the sweet experience that The Rosie Project gave me. For now,that's enough.
Sentence: The Rosie Project gave me everything I could ask for in the form of an adorable weirdo and an alcoholic bartender. And I loved that!