Saturday, April 30, 2016

Brooklyn: A Coming of Age Love Story

A few months ago, I saw the movie version of Brooklyn and I absolutely adored it, so I just had to read the book it was based on by author Colm Tóibín. It is the story of a young Irish woman named Eilis Lacey who has fairly routine life in a small Irish town in the 1950s. She worked on Sundays at a local grocery store, took care of things around the house and her mother, and went to the town dances with her best friend Nancy where she giggled at boys with too much grease in their hair. Rose, Eilis’ older sister, wanted a better life for her sister. With the help of a priest, Father Flood, Eilis got the chance of a lifetime: a job offer in America.

The story follows Eilis across the Atlantic, through the doors of Ellis Island, to her boarding house in Brooklyn. She began working in a department store, became homesick, and started taking night classes. She lived a fairly routine life, not unlike the one she had in Ireland, until she met Tony. Tony is a handsome Italian plumber who went to the Irish Friday night dances Eilis attended with the girls from her boarding house. He quickly swept Eilis off her feet and they fell deeply in love. When tragedy strikes back in Ireland, Eilis must decide which life she wants to live: her new life in Brooklyn, or one at home in Ireland.

Check out both the book and the movie!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon Round 2!

It's April 23, 2016, and do you want to know why today is special????


So, like I did in October, I'll be updating this post all day long! Let's go!

8:21 am

I am starting with The Tales of Beedle the Bard. I'm ashamed to say this has been sitting on my shelf for over a year and I haven't picked it up (the same thing has happened with many other books on my bookshelf), and I also feel like a bad Harry Potter fan for letting it sit so long.

9:18 am

Finished my first book! I'm not going to lie, I wasn't that into Tales of Beedle the Bard, and maybe that's why it sat for so long. I wanted to like it because it's J.K. Rowling, but I just don't really like reading "traditional" fairytales, not even the Muggle ones. I'd rather just watch a Disney movie. But, it was a short book at only 109 pages, so not too bad. Now, I'm on to Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.

 6:27 pm

Sorry for the extreme delay there in updates, this afternoon I took a minor detour from reading in the form of shopping with my mom (though I did bring the book along with me and read in the car and in a few stores!). I just finished Me Before You and I have so many feelings! I loved it, I hated it, I'm sad, I'm happy, this book was excellent!! If I hadn't gone out to shop I would have read it much much quicker, because I really couldn't put it down! I definitely need to check out more of Jojo Moyes' books. Alright, next on my list is Just My Luck by Cammie McGovern

Total Books Read: 2
Total Pages Read: 478

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

What Would You Wish For?

This non-mystery reader may have just become a mystery fan after reading this charming little tale set in the quaint British village of Finch. I just finished Aunt Dimity and the Wishing Well by Nancy Atherton, which opens with the death of the sole reclusive neighbor in the village, Mr. Hector Huggins. As his perfunctory eulogy was wrapping up, an unexpected visitor arrives in the form of the very young and boisterous Jack, who claims to be Mr. Huggins nephew. The nosy villagers swarm him, trying to get any snippet of information they can about him and his uncle, all while filling his plate to the toppling point with their best pies, cakes, cookies, and other treats at the church luncheon.

Jack reveals that he would be staying at his uncle’s home, Ivy Cottage, until further notice to tie up his uncle’s affairs, and to get the home ready for sale. This causes even more of a flurry because no one has set foot on the Ivy Cottage property since it was bought by Mr. Huggins decades before, so not surprisingly, there are many volunteers, including Lori Shepherd. Lori and a few other neighbors started work on cleaning up Mr. Huggins overgrown yard with Jack when they discover a wishing well. Lori makes a silly wish into the well, wishing for the rain to stop. It does. This gets out into the town and villagers left and right begin sneaking into the yard, making their own wishes. There’s a bit of magic surrounding this well, and Lori makes it her mission to find out what’s behind it. She also gets some help from Aunt Dimity, who is very sweet and quite magical.

Friday, February 12, 2016

finding love in lowercase

Samuel de Juan is a lonely linguistics professor, who listens to classical music, reads, and is a self-described hermit. He follows the same routine every day of his life and becomes distraught when there is the slightest detour. One day, the biggest detour of his life appears in the form of a cat. This cat arrives at Samuel’s door, darts in, and refuses to leave. At first, Samuel wants nothing to do with this uncontrollable force, and immediately tries to find him a new home. Despite his disdain, he slowly warms up to the unrelenting kitty, to the point that he panics when the cat runs out of the house and down the road. Samuel pursues him, ending the chase at a storefront, where he sees a woman he believed he was in love with many years ago. She sees him, and Samuel takes this as a sign that the world was telling him to pursue his lost love.

Like the movie (500) Days of Summer, this is not just a simple love story, but a story of Samuel finding himself. Samuel’s life in all aspects comes alive after meeting this cat. He makes friends with his neighbors, begins working on projects outside of his work, explores more of his city, and begins to realize how vibrant life can be outside of his apartment. Read Love in Lowercase by Francesc Miralles to learn more about Samuel, and see a person whose life is revived by a small feline friend.