The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Opinion: It is an extremely intriguing story but I felt frustrated and a bit angry reading it due to the actions of the narrator. It was intense and some parts were too awful for my liking but the overall story was amazing and gripping. Be ready for some intense scenes, a flawed main character and a story that will stick with you and leave an impression.
Recommend? Yes, if you are looking for a serious and awful (in the sense of the events that happen, not the quality) story.Recommend? Yes, if you are looking for a serious and awful (in the sense of the events that happen, not the quality) story.
Opinion: This was so fun, I was not anticipating to enjoy this book as much as I did. It was so clever and witty and wonderful that I didn’t want it to end. Since this is only the first book of a 5 book series, I started ordering the rest so it won’t have to. It just put me in a good mood and really did make me laugh out loud. It was FUN.
Recommend? Absolutely.This was so FUN, I was not anticipating to enjoy this book as much as I did. It was so clever and witty and wonderful that I didn’t want it to end. Since this is only the first book of a 5 book series, I started ordering the rest so it won’t have to. It just put me in a good mood and really did make me laugh out loud.
The Adventured of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
Opinion: As expected, it was cleverly written. This is actually the third book in the series but since I was already familiar with the premise, it did not matter. The best of these cases is that the case seems impossible to solve but somehow Sherlock seems to figure it out and after the fact, it seems almost obvious but is many times unexpected.As expected, it was cleverly written. This is actually the third book in the series but since I was already familiar with the premise, it did not matter. The best of these cases is that the case seems impossible to solve but somehow Sherlock seems to figure it out and after the fact, it seems almost obvious but is many times unexpected.
The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht
Opinion: A bit disappointing. I don’t really get why it’s called the Tiger’s Wife in relation to the big picture and I did not like how it jumped around between different stories. I also felt that there was so much unnecessary description and background of characters and places that were irrelevant to the story. However, I am a person who likes to stick to the story while my sister is someone who would appreciate the extra detail and descriptions so it all depends on preference. Aside from this, the story itself had some interesting parts and intriguing mystery I did enjoy. It is a book that explores the relationship between the narrator and her grandfather and her understanding of him more than anything else. It was by no means bad (the writing was great) but story-wise, it was just ‘eh’ for me.
Recommend? Not really but I wouldn’t dissuade anyone.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo
Opinion: This book was great. I was constantly impressed with Santiago and was extremely entertained by the curious events in the book and the way Santiago goes about fulfilling his destiny. I also enjoyed the messages conveyed in the book and the strength and intelligence demonstrated.
Opinion: This was really funny and amusing to read. Short and sweet, these stories were quick and easy to get through. I loved how unexpected the stories really were. There was such a great variety, I never knew what to expect.
Het Achterhuis (Dairy of Anne Frank) by Anne Frank
Opinion: Being Dutch, I wanted to read the dairy in her own words so I got it from my grandparents for Christmas in Dutch. Anne was a fantastic writing, especially considering she was only 13 and born in Germany! I regret to say that some words were beyond my capacity. However, it was fascinating and heartbreaking to read about her life as her family and several others were living in hiding for so long, unable to set foot outside and witnessing the war waging outside from the 'Achterhuis' (the name of the area of the house they were hiding in - there is no English equivalent). From politics to love to philosophy to literature, Anne talks about it all with absolute honesty. She gives a first-hand account of the effects of the war as they happen to her and around her and it again amazed me that the world allowed it to happen
SIDE NOTE: My relatives (my great grandfather and great grandmother on my grandfather's side) hid a Jewish girl during the war (they also made fake identification papers for Jews). I was in a musical at my high school (in Florida) and during intermission, a lady approached me and asked me if I was Sam Hogeweg. I realized she had a Dutch accent so we started speaking in Dutch. She then proceeded to tell me that a family with the same last name as mine hid her during the Holocaust. It was closing night for the show and my parents happened to be in the audience. I immediately asked my sister who was helping backstage to get them. When the woman, Sonja, introduced herself to my dad, he said he already knew who she was. We exchanged contact information and told my grandpa soon after. Sonja was only a girl (10-13) when my great grandparents took her in and she shared a bed with my grandpa's older brother (you can't have an extra bed without being able to account for a person who sleeps in it) and my great-grandfather fashioned a hiding place in the floorboards in case the house would get searched. Sonja's parents were taken in by my great grandfather's brother but the girl was not told about this since she was too young to be able to convincingly lie to the SS. She was reunited with her parents at the end of the war and lived a long happy life. The summer after we met Sonja, I went to the Netherlands during the summer and she threw a reunion brunch with her family members and my family. She got to see my grandfather and his brother, Tom, for the first time in about 60 years. It was amazing to see and made me very proud of the people my relatives were and are.
Yes Please by amy Poehler
Opinion: I did a free trail for Audible and I chose this book for my free one. It was more about life lessons than I was anticipating. I also thought it would be funnier than it was but I guess it's unrealistic to expect someone to only write funny stories when life is not always funny. The book is actually pretty well balanced between serious and funny and I did enjoy hearing Amy's words from herself (and a few guests). I love Amy Poehler and I really annoyed hearing about her life beyond the cameras.