My little book review…
Ok, here it is. Just a quick review over five books I have read recently. I have friends who are always looking for a good read so I will recommend a couple of my best ones. I am not the most read person and I am a rather slow reader compared to some of my friends. But I do enjoy reading or listening to a book on tape for long car rides. I am pretty picking though. If the book doesn’t grab me right off the bat then I will lose interest. Also, I refuse to read scary or horror. That’s just not my thing.
- The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. It is about the building of a cathedral in the fictional town of Kingsbridge, England. It is set in the middle of the 12th century, from year 1135 – 1174. It is not a true story but you feel like it is because he uses actual historical events of that time in the book. This is the largest novel I have ever read but at no time does it drag or become difficult to finish. I will warn you that there is a very graphic scene in Chapter 5 that was heart breaking for me and very vivid. I would rate this book 4 out of 5 stars. It kind of makes you think of how people lived back then. ****
- The Shack is a novel by William P. Young. I am hesitant to tell you what it is about. I didn’t know anything about it before I read it. Had I known in advance I probably wouldn’t have read it. But now that I have it is one of my all time favorites. But very reluctantly I will tell you…The book is set in the Northwest part of the US. The main character is Mack Philips, a father of five. Four years prior to the main events of the story, Mack takes his three (of his five) children on a camping trip to Wallowa Lake near Joseph, Oregon stopping at Multnomah Falls on the way. Two of his children are playing in a canoe when it flips and almost drowns Mack’s son. Mack is able to save his son by rushing to the water and freeing him from the canoes webbing, but unintentionally leaves his youngest daughter Missy alone at their campsite. After Mack returns, he sees that Missy is missing. The police are called, and the family discovers that Missy has been abducted and murdered by a serial killer. The police find an abandoned shack in the woods where Missy was taken, her bloodied clothing is found, but her body is never located. Mack’s life sinks into what he calls “The Great Sadness.” This is more about Mack finding himself again and learning to love God. I was never touched by any other book as much as I have by this. You have to have an imagination to read this but I promise you that you will not regret it if you give this a chance. I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars *****
- Fifty Shades of Grey is an erotic novel by British author E. L. James. Yes, I am going there. It takes place in current day in Seattle. It is the first book of a trilogy, the 2nd being Fifty Shades Darker and the 3rd is Fifty Shades Freed. Now I would not recommend this to anyone under 18 or over 80. But everyone else should be able to handle it if they aren’t a prude. It is about the deepening relationship between a college graduate, Anastasia Steele, and a young business magnate, Christian Grey. The warning is that it has explicitly erotic scenes featuring elements of sexual practices involving bondage/discipline and dominance/submission. Don’t get me wrong, I do not partake in whips, chains or anything else crazy but it is a wonderful book and a great love story. It does get very very heated in some parts. If you don’t want anyone to know your reading it then I recommend downloading it on to your e-reader or kindle. I read this faster than probably any other book. And I rate it with 5 stars *****
- Unbearable Lightness by Portia de Rossi . This is a memoir of a Hollywood actress who tells her story of coming out (being gay) and struggling with anorexia. She is originally from Australia and moved to the States and eventually married Ellen DeGeneres. She is best known for her roles in the popular television series Ally McBeal, Arrested Development, and most recently Better Off Ted. This is her first book. It is well written and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. But I only gave it 3 stars ***
- Kris Jenner …And All Things Kardashian by Kris Jenner. I read this because I am a huge fan of Kardashians. This is Kris Jenner’s story of her life. I felt it was a waste of my time and all she did was name drop. I was always curious of how the Kardashians came about and where they got all their money, before their reality shows. Well, I found out and learned a lot. Let me fill you in… Kris was born and raised just outside of San Diego. She was a flight attendant who married lawyer Robert Kardashian. Robert was rich and had a lot of hollywood connections, including being one of OJ Simpsons best friends. She had 4 children with him and then left him. Kris then married Olympic decathlon champion Bruce Jenner in 1991 and had two children. Then all the Reality Shows began. I will add that she is a great business person and learned how to market her family.. I gave this only 2 stars **