Saturday, May 14, 2016

Midsummer - Year Four

A Midsummer Night's DreamA Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love stories that end well - with love winning the day and all the characters getting what they hoped for (whether they should or not is the next question). I wish life worked out like a Shakespeare comedy more often. Good should triumph and all stories should end with weddings and feasts. I think the world would be a happier place.

P.S. Can you tell that I'm still teaching sophomores by the books I read on an annual basis?

The Fault in Our Stars...Again

The Fault in Our StarsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Nearly four years to the day, here I am again. While I really liked The Fault in Our Stars when I first read it, I didn't love it until months later as the book stayed with me in the way that only truly great books do. After four years of knowing them, I adore Hazel and Augustus so much that they and the other characters in this book, seem like people that I've potentially encountered in my day-to-day life. That's John Green's way. He catches my attention with his wit and cleverness, and I unconsciously give his stories my heart. You just can't fight it. [cheesy, non-objective post over]

Happy reading~

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Yes Please

Yes PleaseYes Please by Amy Poehler
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Life and my reading choices have been a bit intense lately, and I needed to laugh. Since I feel too exhausted to run, and I still don't drink, my solution was to sign up for Audible and listen to Amy Poehler tell her stories. While Poehler's "Yes Please" is self-indulgent and not nearly as witty as Tina Fey's "Bossypants", it was exactly what I needed. And for that reason, it gets the three star rating instead of the two. There are some brilliant anecdotes and one liners, and it made me laugh, so I'm happy. Mindy Kaling, here I come.

Happy reading~