Monthly Archives: October 2013

anna karenina, whew!

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annaWell, it’s been three (yes, THREE) years in the making… I’ve finally finished reading Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.  During the first yearI probably needed to set this book aside and not finish it.   I didn’t enjoy it… not the beginning, not the middle, not the end.   What is wrong with me??   216, 972 people on Goodreads have given this book an average rating of 3.98 stars (out of 5)!!  My step-mom loved it, my neighbor loved it, it’s an Oprah pick for goodness sake!  To me, this was 1,170 pages of torture.

I’m proud of myself for sticking with it and finishing it (three years later).  And, I’ve only read about 200 books in-between starting this book and finishing it.  I’m only slightly exaggerating.  I love all types of books.  However, this one did nothing for me, but that’s not to say that you will not like it…  William Faulkner said it was the “best novel ever written” and it’s also been described as “flawless.”  And…

It’s an Oprah pick for goodness sake!!!

It’s not, however, a Melanie pick.

Goodreads describes the book:

Described by William Faulkner as the best novel ever written and by Fyodor Dostoevsky as “flawless,” Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer, Count Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and must endure the hypocrisies of society. Set against a vast and richly textured canvas of nineteenth-century Russia, the novel’s seven major characters create a dynamic imbalance, playing out the contrasts of city and country life and all the variations on love and family happiness.

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just read it…

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I’ve read a few more books recently, so before my list of “just read” books gets too long again… I thought I’d write a post (see, I’m getting better!).

husbandThe Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty was a good book!  It was a completely different book than I initially pictured.  I had a vision in my head before even beginning to read… I was completely wrong (I even read the book description several times, go figure!).  There were several different characters and stories happening and it was interesting putting myself in each of their shoes throughout the book.  This was a quick read, good book, and I would recommend it!

Goodreads describes the book:

At the heart of The Husband’s Secret is a letter that’s not meant to be read

My darling Cecilia, if you’re reading this, then I’ve died…

Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . .
Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.

Acclaimed author Liane Moriarty has written a gripping, thought-provoking novel about how well it is really possible to know our spouses—and, ultimately, ourselves.

18128561 Small Time: A Life in the Football Wilderness by Justin Bryant is an interesting book!  I am also pleased to say I know the author: he is my daughter’s soccer coach!  I especially loved reading the book to get a little insight on his history as a soccer player and even as a person.  It’s not everyday you are able to read a memoir of someone that you actually know!  I am impressed with the book, with Justin’s soccer history and most of all his reflections on his career.  I would recommend this book, especially if you are a soccer (football) fan!

Goodreads describes the book:

In 1988, 23-year-old American goalkeeper Justin Bryant thought a glorious career in professional football awaited him. He had just saved two penalties for his American club – the Orlando Lions – against Scotland’s Dunfermline Athletic, to help claim the first piece of silverware in their history. He was young, strong, healthy, and confident. But professional football, he found, is rarely easy. Small Time is the story of a life spent mostly in the backwaters of the game. As Justin negotiated the Non-League pitches of the Vauxhall-Opel League, and the many failed professional leagues of the U.S. in the 1980s and 90s, he struggled not only with his game, but his physical and mental health. Battling stress, social anxiety, a mysterious stomach ailment, and simple bad luck, he nonetheless experienced fleeting moments of triumph that no amount of money can buy. Football, he learned, is 95% blood, sweat, and tears; but if you love it enough, the other 5% makes up for it.

twoTwo for the Dough by Janet Evanovich was a fun read.  This is the second in a looooong series of books by Janet that feature Stephanie Plum, the bounty hunter.  This is a quick, fun read.  The author is great at coming up with odd scenarios for Stephanie to be a part of.  I plan on continuing to read the rest of the books in this series, just not all in a row.  I like to mix it up a bit!

Goodreads describes the book:

Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is still learning the ropes at her cousin Vinnie’s bail bond office, so when she sets out on the trail of Kenny Mancuso – a suspiciously wealthy, working class Trenton boy who has just shot his best friend – the stakes are higher than ever. That Mancuso is distantly related to vice cop Joe Morelli – who is trying to beat Stephanie to the punch – only makes the hunt more thrilling…

Taking pointers from her bounty hunter pal, Ranger, and using her pistol packing Grandma Mazur as a decoy, Stephanie is soon closing in on her mark. But Morelli and his libido are worthy foes. And a more sinister kind of enemy has made his first move… and his next move might be Stephanie’s last.

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