I read almost every genre & I enjoy venturing into unfamiliar territory. As a library volunteer, I'm constantly bringing home novels. Being a substitute teacher, I read lots of YA & children's books.
Just opened my mail and I received this book and notification from MacMillan Publishers. I loved He Said/She Said so much so I was thrilled to receive this. Check out that cover. The woman is looking at the Royal Park Mayor (according to the paper). Luxury countryside living with” framed artifacts from the original Nazareth Hospial” - yep, according to the books synopsis, that’s a mental hospital. I can’t wait to dig into this!!
This was a reread for me. I have to admit, I don't do a lot of rereads because there are too many books that I want to read and to stop and do a reread, if just not something I normally do. When I saw this book last month, in my bookclub's bag, I was pumped! Finally, a YA book for us to read and also, one of my favorites.
I had a feeling that this book would have mixed reviews at bookclub, as we have an older crowd that normally shows up. Like most bookclubs, there are a few who are very vocal about their opinions and I was hoping we would have some good discussions pertaining to this novel. Surprise! Most everyone liked the novel. There were some questions about the novel and there were some parts that individuals didn't care for but everyone liked it. We had some great discussions and trips down memory lane, as we chatted about the novel.
In our bookclub discussions, we discussed the other characters in the story and their importance. We talked about the importance of Clay's trip around town and whether that enhanced the story or not. The question about Hannah's purpose and whether we thought her purpose was successful provoked some interesting conversations. I thought that Hannah put a lot of trust in Tony, which I thought was interesting considering all the other people she included on her tapes. What was Hannah real purpose though for making these tapes? It wasn't as if everyone received their own tape. No, everyone got to listen to the whole story, how they each played a part in Hannah's life. Everyone on the tape heard Hannah's side of the story, but for what purpose? Did she want them to feel guilty/bad/good? Did she do it to just let them know that they have have this effect on people? Did she want some action to take place after she was gone?
As I reread this novel, there were parts of the novel that quickly came back to me and others that I saw in a new light. The novel still impressed upon me the magnitude an individual can have upon another human being, whether positive or negative. Whether it be for a few minutes or longer, its how we treat one another that makes a difference.
Discussing this novel in bookclub, I rediscovered this novel all over again.
Used this novel for Snakes and Ladders - square 39: A reread - finally a book that fits the square!
Meet Jack, this is Charlie’s new brother. They haven’t officially meet each other face-to-face but they know that each other exist in this house. Jack has his own room in the house ( spare bedroom) where he’s been hanging out. I’ve been looking for a brother for Charlie for about a month, someone to keep him company, someone to hang with.
I’ve been to quite a few shelters and when John and I saw this cat, his temperament and body language warmed us over. He’s almost just like Charlie, he wants you for loving and when he’s done, he’ll walk away and come back later. He’s not a cuddly cat which is just like Charlie. I’m glad that I took John because i was afraid I’d fall in love with a cuddly cat which wouldn’t be a good fit.
Jack is a great. I can’t wait till this introductory period is over and hopefully, they have a great relationship. Day #1 was intense. Day #2 was much better. Taking this process very slow.
This might be the motivation I needed to get back on track. Today in my mailbox I received these two lovely books from St. Martin’s Press. I was a winner today, a double winner ! After shoveling for over 5 hours I didn’t quite feel like a winner today but after getting the mail, my spirits were definitely lifted.
Ive been in a reading slump lately as I feel all I ever do is shovel, shovel, and more shoveling. We’re getting constant snow here in the Midwest and next week’s forecast, yup snow forecasted every day.
I actually sat down this afternoon and read a couple books after getting the mail. I’m psyched now. I’m picking up my new rescue cat tomorrow too. I couldn’t do it today because of the snow. I’m hoping my Charlie (3 yr old rescue I’ve had for over 2 years) and this new cat will get along. I’m getting him to be a brother/companion for Charlie.
Mother Nature please stop