Here are a few reviews on some of the books I read in 2013
THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
By Robert James Waller 5 stars
A love story---very powerfull. A bored housewife who had four days of sensual loving. Although she felt movements in her body that were dormant for so long she refused to disrupt her family to answer to her quivering body and deny herself a love that would remain in the memory banks of her mind. Her lover likewise, a loner who travelled doing photography and never again felt the sensation he received that four days in 1962. They died with their memories.
A true love story full of emotion. Makes you cry reading their story.
The movie was just as nice but you are more in touch with the deeper emotions when reading the book.(less)
THE COMFORT OF LIES By Randy Susan Meyers 3 Stars
The characters frustrated me with their melancholy behavior about cheating. The wife got on like her whole world came to an end and her actions bordered on ridiculousness. As for the young cheater who gave up her child because the man told her to go get an abortion. Another stupid reason.
As for the doctor who adopted the child and did not want to be a mother. How sad. The cheating husband is typical. The only sane person is the husband of the doctor---the adopted father. The Comfort off Lies was more like The Misery of Lies because all the liars were miserable.(less)
A CUPBOARD FULL OF COATS BY Yvette Edwards 4 stars
I like this book. In some places I find it was a bit too long drawn out. There was a whole chapter of flashback and I think that could have been broken up. Althought the actual flashback was interesting it still was too much with one character doing a confession of sorts.
Being a mother I cannot wrap my head around a mother's inability to love her child or to bond with her child. Although the narrator offers some twisted logics for that I still cannot get it. Sometimes I want to slap her and what's his name behind the head if I could.
I can relate to some of the scenes in the story and overall it was a good read. (less)
TWICE BORN BY Margaret Mazzantini, Ann S. Gagliardi 2 stars
I read the preview somewhere and liked the concept of the story. I got and read the flaps and liked it. I'm a sucker for mother son bonding. I started to read and liked the beginning but by Chapter two I could not continue. It lost interest to me. Probably because the names of places were so foreign to me and it lacked any humour. But I could tell the author was very good with the craft of writing but I need a little more oomph to continue. Hence I had to give it up by Chapter 2 as it became boring then. (less)
THE GLASS CASTLE By Jeannette Walls 2 stars
Heard so much about this book. The beginning is intriguing but could not get beyond a few chapters. Don't know what the fuss was about. Could not finish it.
FIFTY SHADES OF GREY (FIFTY SHADES #1) By E. l. james 3 stars
I finally got to read this book after all the hoopla surrounding it. Just got curious.
Christian Grey is one sick mathafucka with his out of this world kinky sex. Ana his doormat is so ridiculous she have me constantly saying WTF. Always borrowing clothes, toothbrush yet she refuses gifts from Christian. Does not add up. Her roommate, (too nosey).
From page one the reader is on an adrenaline rush which only intensifies throughout the pages.
It seems like the only colour Ana turns is scarlet. This book is not for the faint of heart.
Reading the book disturbs my senses below my navel and continues down down down. If you are looking for erotica-this is the book. It sure will awaken your inner goddess. It is addictive as I want to read the other two books even though the characters annoy the shit out of me with their absurdities.
Ana is on an emotional rollacoaster throughout the book and I do not know how many times we need to be told how handsome Christian is and what a lethal weapon he possess in his pants. How he can whip it out and jam it into Ana several times in one day without taking viagra is beyond me.
And what kind of psychological shit is this Christian does not want to be touched yet his hands are all over Ana and the shit head allows this man to blind fold her and do whatever in the name of pleasure. She had many times to run and finally does so in the end after getting six slaps on the ass. WTF? (less)
GET KNOWN BEFORE THE BOOK DEAL: USE YOUR PERSONAL STRENGTHS TO GROW AN AUTHOR PLATFORM BY Christina Katz 5 stars
Before reading this book, I was green and clueless about building a platform. The book provided me with valuable information that I felt empowered to build a website.
The book offers a step-by-step approach to creating, growing and nurturing a platform in a clear and understanding manner.
With Christina's guidance you are able to dig deep inside yourself and realize personal strengths/skills you had forgotten or was not aware that you possess.
Buying this book was a good investment in myself.