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Quote of the Day

When trouble strikes, head to the library. You will either be able to solve the problem, or simply have something to read as the world crashes down around you.  Lemony Snicket
Monday evening I sat down with a cup of black coffee to rediscover a book that I read back in 2009 when I was 18-years-old. Opening The Thirteenth Tale was like meeting an old friend again, after many years had past, only to realize you both are now two different creatures but with the same expectations. I remember loving the book a lot, being trapped in it, being lost without it. It is beginning to have almost the same effect, but it is not the same. I was a new avid reader when I first got my hands on Diane Setterfield's book, so I was very ignorant about what else was out there. But maybe it is my fault. Maybe I have turned my back on this kind of rich, flamboyant, chatty writing style for too long. While I read the book for a second time, I am finding it is very claustrophobic, it leaves little room to breathe. I wouldn't say the magic is lost, but it is quite a devil getting use to it again.
3/5 stars. I tried my very best to like Amanda Hocking's Wake. The whole siren thing to me is a bit new so I was intrigued for a hot minute but then the book lost its spark. I don't really know what to say... but where was the detail to pull you in? Where was the passion? The writing was mediocre at best and the story was predictable. Things felt rushed and scenes were plain. It felt more like an outline for a book than an actual novel. Was this one of the novels Hocking wrote in a week? If so then it has earned its three stars because then that might explain why it was written so poorly. Sorry Amanda.

Book Review: "Thing of Beauty" by Stephen Fried

5 out of 5 stars!
This book brought me to laughter, tears, excitement, then back to tears again. I wasn't expecting to feel such a connection with Gia. Yes some of the errors/typos in there got a little distracting, but overall it was a good book with lots of insight into the modelling industry and the family, romance, and friendships behind this beautiful, heartbreaking enigma that is Gia. At times I couldn't wait until this demanding novel ended, but was sad when I did get to the final page. Ultimately this is a sad story, and an eye-opener about what can happen when you play with fire (read: drugs). But if you are up for a wild, adventurous story, with everything from sex, rock n' roll, to AIDS, fame, and family drama, then this is the book for you.