Book Review: The Glass Castle

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Ok, I’m not going to deny that I am behind the times here, this book came out over ten years ago. Over the summer a friend invited me to check out a used bookstore. She had heard it was in the basement of the old bell tower and we were expecting a cool adventure that involved exposed brick. Turns out, it all about emphasis. Old bell tower conjures up images of churches and “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame”. When in reality, here in Canada, there is a phone and internet company called Bell-Aliant. We were a tad disappointed. While we were there, I found this. I had heard a lot about it in the sense that the movie was coming out and the bookstore I work in had about 100 copies because of said movie. I had no idea what book was about. My friend told me I would really enjoy it and she wasn’t wrong. I put off picking it up for a while but before we were heading home to New Brunswick for Thanksgiving I decided to throw it in my bag. I never end up having a lot of down time when I’m home but better safe than sorry. Once I started it, I didn’t want to stop. The only reason it took me two weeks to read it was because of the everyday responsibilities I have to do, like you know,going to work and making sure we don’t live in filth. I had yesterday off and I was determined I was going to finish it, which I did.

So for those who don’t know, I feel like I’m writing this in vain but I just can’t stop talking about it, this book is the memoir of Jeannette Walls. She grow up very poor with extremely book-smart parents, who are the definition of eccentric and do not like being told how to live and “raise” their children. Walls recounts her childhood of constantly moving from place to place to avoid the authorities, the ups and downs of income (as well as food) and the slow climb that is growing up. The stories are fantastically told and leaves you reeling afterwards.

I have had a few conversations about this book over the last two weeks and there are definitely some mixed reviews. My grandmother, who I normally share the same opinion when it comes to books, absolutely could not stand it. She read it when it was originally published and she thought it was an awful book about two people who shouldn’t been allowed to have children. I was also talking to an older customer this week who also shared the same opinion. Two of my friends that encouraged me to read it, could not love it more. I don’t know if it’s an age thing or just a life experience thing but I love this book.  The thing that strikes me most about her writing is that even though she had to relive some awful experiences to share her story, you can tell its coming from a place of love. A few of the people I have been talking to said it was her justifying her parents flaws and the things that happened to them, also over simplifying the stories as to not paint her parents in a bad light. While you are reading this book, you are growing up with her. At first this stories are told with love and almost no judgement as she would experience them. As she is growing up, you can still sense the love in her stories but also a sense of frustration. As well for her to share these stories is an amazing thing. I think telling people you know about your past is one thing, but reliving them to share with them with the world is powerful.

I love thing book and I’m so glad I stumbled across it. I also really liked that it was worn book. I love when books are brand-spanking new and I love when they have been through the ringer. This book has definitely gotten some more dings in it because it travelled with me non-stop for two weeks trying to find a moment to finish it.

Did you read The Glass Castle? Where do you fall on the spectrum of liking this book? Have you seen the movie? let know me!

~Danielle

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Labour Day Weekend

This past week has been crazy! I worked the first part of the week, then I spent the second half getting ready to visit home for the long weekend. We spent most of the weekend running around visiting family all over our home city. I managed to take a few pictures of my trip (I actually took around 700, I love to take pictures but only a few should see the light of day). I promise to have a real post for next week!

Have a great week 🙂

~Danielle

Book Review: The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

Welcome to my first book review! Last night I made this site because I felt inspired to, with a vague idea what I wanted to post about. Today I sat down and came up with so post ideas I’m excited about and I hope anyone reading it will enjoy! Now that I have that off my chest, let’s get into!

So for my birthday back in April, my husband bought me a copy of In a Dark,Dark Wood by Ruth Ware. I was skeptical. I had seen the book about hundred times because of my job (I work in a bookstore), I had seen that Reese Witherspoon’s review featured on the front( I knew nothing of her book club at the time), and I knew it was being turned into a movie. Those things aren’t bad or negative, they just don’t necessarily make me excited for a book. Now I had this book in my possession, I have to read it. Talk about judging a book by it’s cover, It is one of my favourite books of the past couple of years. I recommend it to anyone looking for something to follow up Girl on The Train or Gone Girl. So as soon as The Lying Game was released, I knew it was next on my list to read!

This book is about four women that cross paths school, they end up being together for less then a year but their life is forever marked by the Lying Game. Years later, three of the women get a text from an unknown number but they know who it is, Kate, with the words ” I need you”.  They drop everything. Isa, Thea, and Fatima make their way to Kate’s house, where they spent most of their weekends during the school, wondering what could be bringing them together again? So many twists, be careful and hold on tight! I do not want these reviews to be full of spoilers, so I won’t reveal too much.

First off, I will say once I got hooked into this book (for me roughly around page 50), it took me less than 24 hours to devour it!Ruth Ware has not let me down, I absolutely loved it. I love when a book gets you hooked and you need to know what happened. I also appreciate with Ruth Ware’s works, so far, I haven’t figured out the endings. Ware’s writing style, as well, is so important.It flows naturally and doesn’t feel forced. She provides the right amount of detail and stays true to her characters thoughts. I have read enough of this genre to say that writing style is usually my biggest hurdle. Nothing takes me out of the story more than too much stupid details. There is much I would like to say about this book but everytime I write I sentence I feel like I’m giving too much a way and I am also trying to stay away from a “Book report” format that was drilled into from school.

I would definitely recommend to anyone who loves a good suspenseful book, this one is not scary so don’t shy away if that is a factor for you! I have had customers tell me they didn’t like this one as much, their biggest compliant was they didn’t find the characters relatable and that the story was too weird from them. I totally get that! This is not a typical crime/mystery happens lets find out who dunnit! But in my opinion still worth it!

*Just a disclaimer- These are just my opinions, I am in no way a professional writer or critic. I’m just a girl who enjoys books.

If you have read it, let me know what you thought!

~Danielle

 

Welcome!

This is the excerpt for your very first post.

Hello there, I don’t know how you made your way here but Welcome! I’m not gonna lie, this is the third time attempting to write a blog. The difference this time is that I’m just going to write what is relevant to me, last time I was just trying to create something for the sake of creating it! The plan this time is to write book reviews, makeup reviews and just whatever comes up! If things go well, I will invite friends to post as well! Somethings to note: I’m just a girl working in a bookstore who loves books, makeup, coffee and most animals (I could live without the aquatic kind) and I’m just trying to figure out life and do things that make me happy! I hope to post once a week and more as things come up! Thanks for visiting!

-Danielle