A Fall from Grace

I’ve been putting off writing about the last book I finished reading because recalling it doesn’t exactly put me in a writing mood. I recently finished J.M. Coetzee’s award-winning novel, Disgrace, but didn’t post a review about it because I don’t really have anything to say about it.  The novel is mainly about the inner struggles…

The Geography of Bliss

Everyone wants to find happiness, and Eric Weiner is no exception.  In his non-fiction / travel book, The Geography of Bliss, Eric, a self-proclaimed miserable grump, and former National Public Radio correspondent, tries to find happiness by looking for the happiest places on Earth. With the help of scientists from the World Database of Happiness,…

Last reads of 2010…

I’m a little late writing about the last two books I read in 2010.  Two books of quite different moods – the first, quite heavy, A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, and the second, to brighten my mood a bit, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, by Salman Rushdie.  A Thousand Splendid Suns by…

Signed, Sealed, Delivered…

“If a guy like you can stand up and do what you did, then maybe everyone can.  Maybe everyone can live beyond what they’re capable of.” This is my concluding post about Markus Zusak’s I am the Messenger. After a week, I finally finished 357-page “children’s book.”  As I stated in an earlier post about…

The Messenger

It’s taking me a little longer than I expected to finish Markus Zusak’s I am The Messenger.  I thought I would be able to breeze through it during the weekend, but the copy I have has around 350 pages, and it takes me a while to read something that long.  The book is easy enough…

The Book Thief: A Review of Sorts

“First the colors.  Then the humans.  That’s usually how I see things.  Or at least, how I try. *Here is a small fact*  You are going to die.” I find it much harder to write about a book I liked than to write about a book I disliked or hated. With ‘bad’ books, there’s always…

Viva, España!

An amazing game between Spain and Germany ended the World Cup semi-finals yesterday, with Spain beating the Germans 1-0 and moving on to the finals against the Dutch.  I really didn’t see that one coming.  Though not a fan of Germany myself, I did think they would win against Spain and move on to defeat…

The Uncommon Reader

“At Windsor it was the evening of the state banquet and as the president of France took his place beside Her Majesty, they royal family formed up behind and the procession slowly moved off and through into the Waterloo Chamber.” The Uncommon Reader is a short, funny, and surprisingly refreshing novella about the Queen of…

Calling in sick…

Don’t you just hate it when you pretend to be sick so you can skip work, but in the course of the day, you actually do get sick and can’t leave the house anyway? Yes, I’m definitely having one of those days.  Staying home is definitely not fun if you’re actually sick and miserable.  Calling…

Do cry for me, Argentina

It was a black day for Argentina fans last Saturday after the Germans beat team Argentina, 4-0.  Argentina was strong coming in to the games, having won all previous matches.  The match between Germany was Argentina’s first, and unfortunately, biggest loss.  The remaining teams; The Netherlands vs. Uruguay and Spain vs. Germany will slug it…