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Outlander review

Outlander (Outlander, #1)

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I have severe emotions when it comes to Outlander. It has made me feel so happy. I have been terrified. I have been ripped to shreds by this book. I have fallen in love.
Jamie Fraser a fierce lover, strong protector, and loyal friend. He has the honor to match men twice his age. There is nothing he won’t do. Despite essentially being an outlaw and being on the run because he is wanted for a murder he somehow maintains the respect of his clansmen and holds on to his dignity.
Then by what can only be described as fate, he meets Claire Randall. A woman who comes to the past via some gigantic stones arranged in a circle at Criagh Nuh Dunn. She is catapulted backward from the 1900s to the 1700s. She lands right into the hands of the evil Jack Randall. Jamie rescues her and in turn, she mends his wounds.
As the story progresses she and Jamie marry essentially to keep from having to turn Claire in to the English.
My thoughts
Gabaldon is an exquisite storyteller. She wove a narrative that made feel like I was in Scotland. To be honest, I did not know a lot about Scotland or its history, but after reading this I felt fairly educated. For a first novel, Gabaldon displayed natural talent and skill. For me, she brought history back to life.
Claire and Jamie are my favorite couple by far. The longer she was with Jamie the less I felt bad for Frank. Claire and Jamie’s relationship pulled at my heartstrings. I love how Jamie was able to allow her to express her opinions at least to him when in that time women were seen not heard. I think Claire is perfectly suited for Jamie as he is always needing to be mended and taken off of his high horse.
I would root for them in any century.
I believe what makes this book so loveable is the characters. You fall for them yourself.
I did not like one part of the book. Laoghaire. She made my book boil. She was just vile not to mention an accomplice in an attempt to basically commit murder. Other than that evil person I loved the book.
All in all, Outlander is a book of history, a book of love, and a book of hardship. It is worth the read or in my case the reread.



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Something Borrowed Review

Something Borrowed (Darcy & Rachel, #1)

Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


If anyone has seen my moral compass, I would like it back now.
I have got to give my girl Emily Griffin some props for Something Borrowed. She did an amazing job at making me forget cough cough, not care that the romance in this book was wrong on so many levels, by making me root for the couple’s happiness. That is what a romance writer is supposed to do.
A little synopsis
Who is this forbidden couple? Dex and Rachel. They meet in law school. Rachel is the girl who is beautiful but has no clue. Dex, well he is charm and sex in the shape of a man. Rachel has a best friend since diapers, named Darcy. She meets Dex, and the two eventually become engaged. Because well Darcy gets everything Rachel wants. That is until Rachel loses her moral compass and begins an affair with Dex. Don’t worry there is still so much more to the story. I haven’t spoiled anything. Trust me. If you are feeling bad for Darcy, go read the book. You won’t feel bad any more.
My personal thoughts
I feel like Something Borrowed was a little bit of an underdog story. Rachel seemed to learn to take a stand and came out on top despite those keeping her down. If I could take anything away from this book it’s that it is important to fight for your happiness no matter what others might think. Just maybe not in the same scandalous way as Rachel. ‘

Infidelity aside if you are looking for a decent story this would be the book for you




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My First Read-A-Thon

On Friday I had the pleasure of participating in my very first Read-a-thon. One of the groups on Goodreads that I am a member of hosted the event. It began at 12:00 AM on Friday January 26 and ended  Sunday January 28th at 11:59 PM.

Our goal was to collectively read 20,000 pages over the weekend. At this moment I do not know if we reached our goal or not, but I think we did pretty great.

I read Beautiful Chaos on Friday and Saturday. It’s a book I have been trying to finish for weeks, and thanks to the read-a-thon I did. Once I finished Beautiful Chaos I began reading Stephen King’s Sleeping Beauties. ( I am beginning to see an accidental pattern here).

If you have not done a Read-a-thon before I recommend trying it. It made me feel united with readers from all over as we tried to reach a common goal. In a world separated by so much it is a great and rewarding way to come together. Reading brings people together.

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It’s Finally Here ( no pun intended)

Every story has facts. It doesn’t matter if it’s make-believe or if it really happened. Facts don’t necessarily mean it was not made up. It can also mean what we know to be true about the story. Every story has its own truths.

Stephen King’s book It is no different. Here is what we know.

  • There is a clown that lives in the sewers of Derry, Maine.
  • This clown/ evil celestial being has killed people, including George
  • One day 6 kids made a blood oath promising that if the killings ever start again they would all come back, find It, and kill It.

That is what is happening as Part One comes to a close. Except now there are 5 because one person I guess out of fear found suicide to be a better option. I place no judgments on his decision because fear can cause people to do things they wouldn’t normally do. I do wish he would have faced it instead.

These 5 kids now adults are returning home for the first time. What I find interesting is that not a single one of the 6 people had even thought about Derry in 20 years. It is almost like they had been put under some spell that made them forget. Out of the blue, they receive a phone call from one of the 6  who made the oath saying that the killings had happened again and they promised to come. Just like that, as if the phone call was a trigger they all began to remember their hometown. They even remembered the childhood memories they had forgotten too. The five of them without hesitation left right away into the night heading back to Derry, Maine. They were heading back to It.

Why do you think they have all forgotten? Do you have any theories? I wonder if It heard them make that oath and did something sinister. Stranger things have happened.

I am not done with the book yet. I hope to be done by Halloween. This is where I am at so far, so keep an eye out for more.

 

Redeeming Love

I was over at my significant others mother’s house about a week ago. Devon and I were sitting in their book nook that has no books in it. (I know it’s really sad.) Instead, it contains a play station and a port for phone chargers. Devon was playing the play station like most people who have even the slightest sense of hand-eye coordination tend to do. I am not one of those people with any form of coordination so I was bored. His mom must have noticed and brought me a book.

Turns out I had read it when I was 16. It’s been 20+ years since it was published, and I thought why not blog about it. I wanted to remind people what a great story it was and what a great writer Francine Rivers is.

Redeeming Love is a contemporary Christian romance novel following the same plot as the book of Hosea in the Bible. I am almost certain that’s where her inspiration came from.

In the book, we meet Angel a harlot living in a brothel run by a selfish conniving woman called The Duchess. It’s 1850, California is Gold Country, and men from all over America are loading their wagons hoping to find instant fortune at their destination.

As we all know not everything that glitters is gold. The streams supposedly filled with gold were dry. What little gold dust the men collected they would pray was enough to let them even get a glimpse of Angel.

Micheal Hosea got his glimpse, but not in line to squander what little gold had. He saw her in the street taking her weekly walk. Right then he heard God say “She’s the one. She’s the one you will marry.”

Micheal got in the line just like the others. He had enough to make it to her quarters. He had no interest in her body. He talked to her. He never touched her. He continued this for many nights. Still, she wouldn’t leave with him.

Months passed, Micheal went back to his farm, and Angel continued working for The Duchess. One day she angered the Duchess. Out of punishment, Duchess sent Mogawan the bodyguard to teach Angel a lesson. He beat her within an inch of her life. Then just like in most great love stories, Micheal was back at just the right moment. He rode in like the knight in shining armor he was and rescued her. Of course, he married her. Angel was just conscious enough to say why not.

That is all the sneak peek you get. This was all just in the first couple chapters. The story only gets better from there. Go read the book for the rest of the story.

 

I would never recommend a book I wouldn’t read myself, so why did I like so much.

I began to understand the book of Hosea better. Sometimes the Old Testament books completely confuse me. It’s fancy and has all the laws and names I can’t pronounce without trying to remember phonics I learned in Kindergarten As I read Redeeming Love I could picture the storyline, and as I read the book of Hosea I began to be able to picture its storyline.

I could literally feel the love Micheal had for Angel come off the pages. It got me all in my feeling. More than once I texted Devon and was all This book makes me think of you. And I hope we always have a love as deep as this one. And baby I love you so much. When a book makes you feel stuff in your real life it’s a good book.

I learned about the gold rush period. I learned more about it than I did in high school. Pretty sad huh.

 

Now every book has its flaws. This one thankfully only had one.

Paul the brother in law of Micheal. He was mean. He was unforgiving. He did some things in this book that would make you feel complete horror. I won’t tell you what they were and spoil a major part of the story. Plus this way you can form your own opinions. He eventually saw the error of his ways, but not soon enough to make me not dislike him.

 

If you want to feel something deeply, live the life of the gold rush, or even read some sappy love story Redeeming Love is the book for you.

Sincerely

– Little Read Reviewer

Books to Make a Difference

I recently read a book called Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall. She is a Goodreads author, and if you get a chance to, definitely check out some of her work. In this book the main character has a fear of going outside, being touched, and being around people. At least that is the simplest form I can describe it to you with out sounding like a doctor. It is more than just being afraid. It is a mental illness that cripples her everyday life. She even has times when she passes out in cold sweats, and shallow breathing. I am not reviewing it right now, but definitely be on the look out for it soon. Instead, I want to talk about books making a difference by writing about what I would call taboo subjects.

I am not saying there is not a range of books about some of the hard and most difficult things in life. Look at John Greene he wrote a book about cancer, and it became a phenomenon. No, I am not saying that at all. It is my personal opinion, and it may differ from yours, that there just is not enough.

I suffer from depression, and when I read Under Rose Tainted Skies I realized that there are people who don’t understand what we may be going through. Those of us with mental illness. She lost all of her friends. I know with depression people tell you to get out of bed, to do something that makes you feel happy, to smile. If you are anything like me you paint a smile on, and when it gets too much, and you can’t hold it inside anymore they tell you that you are not your usual happy self. In reality, you are in bed because the sadness keeps you there. You can’t make yourself happy. It’s not anything you did on purpose, or that you don’t want to be happy it is just the way it is. As I like to say people will question, judge, and fear what they don’t understand.

So, what if more authors wrote books that helped educate about things like mental illnesses. What if they raised awareness about suicide? What if that one book helped save a life, or helped a person find a ray of happiness in the gloominess that surrounds them? What if a book actually made a difference?

Do you agree with me? Do you see where I am coming from? Do you have suggestions of books with similar themes? Did my post make a difference? I urge you to communicate with me in the comments. I would love to hear your insight.

-Little Read Reviewer