Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Boris Pasternak Quotes

I ran across a few quotes that I wanted to save and since the first one was about literature I thought to save them here.

Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people, and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary.

I don't like people who have never fallen or stumbled. Their virtue is lifeless and it isn't of much value. Life hasn't revealed its beauty to them.

What is laid down, ordered, factual is never enough to embrace the whole truth: life always spills over the rim of every cup.

Surprise is the greatest gift which life can grant us.

Monday, April 23, 2018

My Grandfather's Blessings

by Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D. 

This is a reread for me.  I've left my bookmark in the book because I'm sure I'll be reading it again in a few years.  Dr. James Allen, our family doctor, recommended this book years ago and both my husband and myself have read it twice.  It's that good!  Fist time through we marked passages we especially liked with book darts.  This time through I used a yellow marker.  I didn't mark passages we'd already book darted and I was surprised at the new items that stood out to me.  This is one from the last few pages: "Only the people who become free can serve God's holy purposes and restore the world.  Only those who are not enslaved by something else can follow the good in them."  Dr. Remen was loved and taught by her Jewish grandfather, raised by socialist parents, suffered since a youth with chrones disease, and still became a doctor.  She is amazing!  And her writing is thoughtful, inspiring, and empowering.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

The Night Bird

The Night Bird by Brian Freeman

The cover captured my attention the first time I saw it.  It's quite striking.  Of course, it was the book's description that encouraged me to read it.

I loved this smart, complex mystery and I instantly liked the main character, Detective Frost Easton.  Psychological novels hold a special appeal for me, too.

Frost teams up with a psychiatrist who helps people erase troubling, debilitating memories so they can live 'normal' and productive lives.

Immediately after finishing I bought book two in this series.  Book three will be out later this year.  I love finding the first in a series that grabs hold and makes me anxious to read the next.

Monday, February 20, 2017

The Swap

by Nancy Boyarsky

I loved this mystery!  There was a lot of action and surprises.  And the story line was new.

Gilded Cage

by Vic James

I requested this title from NetGalley.  When Istarted reading I realized it was a YA dystonian novel and almost stopped reading.  I decided several years ago that I didn't enjoy YA books anymore.  Most have too much teen-age angst and are written at a lower reading level.  However, Gilded Cage grabbed my attention and I continued reading and enjoying it.

I thought the book was well written with layers of complexity and interesting characters and story line.  The book is set in an alternate modern day England where Equals rule and the commoners have to spend ten years of their life in slave towns.  The Equals have Skills or the ability to do magic.

The chapters alternate between a few different characters.  I generally enjoy reading books that give perspective from different characters so I liked that.  Plus we meet different people in the different settings - some in the most powerful family's enclosure and some in a dirty factory town.

The book is well paced and kept my interest throughout even though there were some major events happening in my life.  As I neared the end I realized that everything wasn't going to be resolved in the next few pages at that this was book one in a trilogy or series.  I will definitely be watching for the next installment.