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Wordless Wednesday: Broccolove

January 30, 2013

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Teaser Tuesday: Beautiful Redemption – Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

January 29, 2013

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!



There’s nothing to try, Ethan. It’s over. It’s too late.

~ p.20, Beautiful Redemption Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

The Marriage Plot – Jeffrey Eugenides

January 28, 2013


Genre: Adult Fiction
Publisher: Picador
416 pages
ISBN: 9781250014764
Source: Book Store


I have loved each book Jeffrey Eugenides has written.

I will say, however, that I have loved each one in a very different way. This makes sense as they’re all pretty darn different.

The Marriage Plot was perhaps my least favorite of his three books but still it rises above many an ordinary tale. The story centers around 80’s Jersey girl Madeleine Hanna and her life beginning at Brown. The writing is fantastic, of course, but the plot is often disjointed as it bumps from Madeline to one and then the other of her two collegiate suitors, the Lurch-like Leonard and the mystical Mitchell. I believe the intention is to create a fairly Victorian plotline of traditional courting and heartbreak through modern scenarios as this is Madeline’s study focus. For that, it works and is tied up nicely in all areas.

In terms of the character development, something I’m not usually prone to discussing, I think that Eugenides has done better. As I said, I’m not usually a “character development” chick but I do feel as though it’s worth mentioning in this capacity as it was the kind of story that seemed as if it should, really, be driven by the characters coming into some sort of self discovery. I despise when people complain about characters especially when the story given clear indication of why each character is as annoying or strange as the writing allows. However, again, I have to make note that I found Madeleine tiresome and Leonard a bit of a caricature of mental illness. Mitchell, my favorite of the three, was sadly pushed to the side for most of the book. I think I would have read an entire four hundred page novel about Mitchell but I suppose that’s neither here nor there.

I did not intend for this to be such a wet noodle of a review. I really did enjoy the book for its own uniqueness, philosophy and literature references and, of course, Eugenides and his famed writing. Like I’ve said, there are definite critiques to be made in the characters but I think, over all, it was a worthwhile reading adventure.


Wordless Wednesday: Best Bookends Ever

January 9, 2013

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Teaser Tuesday: This is How You Lose Her – Junot Diaz

January 8, 2013


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


I’m not a bad guy. I know how that sounds – defensive, unscrupulous – but it’s true. I’m like everyone else: weak, full of mistakes, but basically good.

~ p.3, “This is How You Lose Her” by Junot Diaz

Saturday Snapshot: A Place for Everything…

January 5, 2013

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Will Run for Chocolate.

January 4, 2013

So, I promised that I’d be back but so far I am making bad decisions that lead me away from fulfillment of this promise.

Decisions like signing up for next weekend’s Hot Chocolate 15k (which I’m running for RMDHC so sponsor me!)
Decisions like signing up for next month’s Disney Princess Half Marathon (in which I will be dressed as a pirate for 13.1 miles).
Decisions like signing up for March’ Publix Half Marathon.
Decisions like spending way more time running than reading.

But I have to have rest days at least once a week so I am, I do truly promise, getting some books ready for review.

Now, pardon me, I am off for an early run before the rest of my family rises.

I can stop anytime.

Really!

Really.

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