Posts Tagged ‘books’

Sometimes…

September 25, 2009

…having a blog makes me sad, because it sits there looking at me, waiting for me to write something on it like an expectant child looking for affection from an indifferent parent. I have nothing to say right now… *sigh*

Oh wait! I finished reading another book – The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold.
It was shocking. Don’t bother.
What is it with books and rape eh?! I’m sick of it. Sick of reading about it/watching it/thinking about it. Ugh!

Just wait for the film to come out.
Peter Jackson can only make it better…

…one would hope.

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Sunshine Reading.

August 29, 2009

Apparently, when I am on holiday I become a reading machine. I managed to read three books in ten days this time around. They were…

Join Me – Danny Wallace
The Pact– Jodi Picoult
Nothing to Lose – Lee Child

 

Join Me

Now this was the second Danny Wallace book I’ve read, and even though I loved Yes Man, I think I loved this more! In this book Wallace is up to his crazy ventures once again, only this time he’s starting a cult …by accident. Bored one afternoon, Wallace decides to place an advert in his local paper saying simply ‘Join Me’. What comes from there is an amazingly funny read of Wallce’s goal to reach first 100 and then 1000 joinees in the memory of his Swiss relative Gallus. You would really be pressed to find a more bizarre yet hilarious look into how to collect people. If he could only come up with something for everyone to do…
Brilliant read!

 

The Pact

This book upset me and impressed me all at the same time. The problem with reviewing Picoult’s books is that she writes books that are very much how the journey makes the ending. Therefore to talk about all the things that happen can give away the ending, and to talk about the ending usually would spoil something that comes as a great surprise when reading. To give a simple blurb then, the book is based around two teens who have been inseparable their whole life. They decide to kill themselves as a suicide pact …one of then survives. This is a powerful book which I would recommend to anyone to read …and for those of you that read it a long time ago, I think it’s time to dust it off the shelf.

There were a few passages in this book that struck a real cord with me, and quite a few situations that I could see myself in. One of these paragraphs I liked enough to dog-ear, and so I’d like to share that with you now –

Sometimes he was certain he’d come away a hero, and one day he and Emily would find this all very funny. And other times he believed that he would be only what he’d promised Emily: someone there to witness her, as she went.

 

Nothing To Lose

This is one of the latest books in the Jack Reacher thrillers, but for me, it was a lot less thrilling than its predecessors. One again Child follows the same formula; Reacher is walking/hitchhiking alone, no destination in mind, when he finds himself thrust into some small town problems. He fights it out. Beds and attractive and witty local female, and saves the day. It’s James Bond, without the accent or the tux. Normally this formula doesn’t bother me, but this time around it just seems Child was almost trying to hard. Gone were the fresh ideas and instead are just a reworking of the old – minus the interesting storyline to keep up the ante.  The only sense of urgency is the idea that with this newest mystery to solve, the stakes have a worldwide importance. Also, those that are militant, may find some of the ideas in this book  a little controversial. There was one passage that stood out for me however –

We’re all atheists. You don’t believe in Zeus or Thor or Neptune or Augustus Caesar or Mars or Venus or Sun Ra. You reject a thousand gods. Why should it bother you if someone else rejects a thousand and one?

All in all, I think that fans of the Reacher saga, will be left lacking a little after this one. Let’s hope the next one saves my view of the series!

This Years Girl…

August 22, 2009

Have you ever felt such an overwhelming surge of emotion that you thought you might burst? Some people feel the need to punch something etc to release this surge – I, write. Yesterday I felt this way. I cannot really explain where it came from, but I was reading The Pact by Jodi Picoult and there was a certain section in the book that just clicked something inside me, and I went in to a bit of a rage. I´ve only ever felt this once or twice before in my life, and (with my best friend the other side of the world, and nothing around I felt I could punch) before I knew it I´d written scrawled two pages of rant.

Originally I thought that I would type up this rant and post it here, but to be honest, there´s probably too much of it that would of hurt someone´s feelings a little too much. Also, you know how sometimes in the heat of the moment you can say (or write) things that, although true in that instant, seem less true once you´ve calmed down? …this was one of these such rants.

It centered around this book I mentioned, which had parts which were uncannily like my last major relationship. There was even a line of dialogue which I´d said myself!* Anyway, this sort of got me thinking about the relationship and reasons behind why it ended, and then I got mad. Basically, my memory was refreshed to someone who once told me that if they were capable of being with anyone in an emotional and physical way, it would be me. Since then I´ve found that they are with someone now …needless to say, it´s not me.

The strange thing is that I don´t know why this got me so angry. It´s been water under the bridge now for a little while, and it´s annoyed me that it took something as stupid as a similarity in a book to bring back such strong emotions. (But then I guess I was always a little sentimental like that wasn´t I?)  Maybe I´m just jealous. Maybe the idea that she has someone else now and I don´t just got to me. I´m not really sure. My head is a mess of jumbled emotions. All I know is that I need to get over it, and I´m still not sure the best way of doing that.

Waiting hasn´t done me any good. I  don´t  can´t want this anymore.

Laura Perry
Santa Susanna
22 August 2009

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*  “I, um, I have this problem. I broke up with my boyfriend you see. And I’m pretty upset about it, so I wanted to talk to my best friend.” She swallowed and looked at the black ground. “The thing is, they’re both you.”

Potty for Potter!

July 26, 2009

I have just read the most amazing piece of news EVER! Apparently, throughout the American suburb of Wauwatosa, Milwaukee, Harry Potter fans plastered STOP signs with Voldemort’s name …thus reading STOP Voldemort! It is thought that around 80 signs in the ‘burb have been altered, and that similar markings have also been spotted across the US and in England! Quite frankly, I think it’s an awesome tribute to Miss J.K. and I’m sure she had a quiet chuckle to herself when she read about this. Hopefully we’ll see some more of these signs crop up around the UK. Personally, that would make my day… ;p

StopV

Not the latest Shakespeare.

July 2, 2009

I seem to be having some problems with writers block recently. On two separate occasions now I have woken up in the middle of the night with some amazing (or I think so anyways) ideas, and been overwhelmed with the urge to write them down immediately. One of these was a blog about sexuality and just some thoughts I’d been having about all the different reasons behind what people think makes some gay or straight. The other was actually something a bit more creative, as I had this idea for a love story…

Now these sudden burst of inspiration were all very well and good at the time, but since I laid pen to rest after the late night scribbling, I haven’t seem to get started on them again. I currently have a page of story on my laptop, and a page of ‘gay’ blog on a note book on my bedroom floor – It’s just frustrating that a page seems to be my limit these days! Anyone got any thoughts on what might rid me of this dreaded block, please feel free to share!!

Now this is some writing:

Erica: My whole life, my whole adult life, I have been with men. And it always felt y’know, fine, good, but I never… I mean, I did, but not – not like this. This is like needing glasses.

Callie: (laughs) Um, I blinded you?

Erica: No. When I was a kid, I would get these headaches and I went to the doctor and they said that I needed glasses. I didn’t understand that, it didn’t make sense to me because I could see fine. And then I get the glasses and I put them on and I’m in the car on the way home and suddenly I yell because (starts crying) the green big blobs I’ve been staring at my whole life… They weren’t green big blobs, they were leaves on trees. I could see the leaves, and I didn’t even know that I was missing the leaves, I didn’t even know that leaves existed and then… leaves! You are glasses. (laughs) I am so gay, so, so gay. I am extremely gay.

Callie: Um, I have to go…

Grey’s Anatomy
Season 5 – Episode 6
‘Life During Wartime’

And you know what, just because I love it so damn much – here’s the video that goes along with it! So much better than just reading it…

It’s a sister thing…

June 30, 2009

So yesterday, I managed to see two films that I have been looking forward to for some time. The first of these was My Sister’s Keeper, closely followed (well actually a chicken sandwich by the river, a drive to Cardiff and an hour of shopping later…) by Sunshine Cleaning.

I’m not really sure what to say about My Sister’s Keeper to be honest. I liked it, but for me, it was just missing something (and not just the fact there was no mention of Julia!) that the book had. I understand more than a lot of people the constraints of a page to screen adaptation, but a big part of me withes they’d skipped over some of the minutes long meaningful glances and just added in Campbell’s Judge jokes, Jesse’s delinquency and (as mentioned above) Julia, who is supposed to be Anna’s guardian (not Campbell) for the trial and has the most interesting romantic subplot – and that’s before even mentioning that she also has a lesbian sister! lol! As a stand alone, the film isn’t all that bad. The acting is very good, especially from Sofia Vassilieva (Kate) and Cameron Diaz (Sara). It even made me shed a tear …I don’t think huge fans of the book will be overwhelmed with joy at the outcome however.

Sunshine Cleaning on the other hand was a revelation. From the makers (and half the B cast) of Little Miss Sunshine, this was about two sisters (Amy Adams and Emily Blunt) who, out of sheer desperation for money, start a crime scene clean up business. I know it sounds kind of random, but trust me, it’s actually quite a brilliant film. I don’t want to give too much about it away, but if you liked the humour and style of LMS, you will most definitely enjoy this one!

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Anna: Want to hear our routine?
Sara: What routine?
Anna: [lowers voice, imitating a male] Hey baby, what’s your sign?
Kate: Cancer.
Anna: You’re a cancer?
Anna: No, I’m a Leo.
Anna & Kate: But I have cancer.
~ My Sister’s Keeper

Lynn: How’d she die?
Norah: It was sorta a do-it-yourself thing…
~ Sunshine Cleaning

Two weeks of me!

March 20, 2009

Now, don’t get too excited, this post does not in fact declare my return to cyber space …I’ve just found another poor soul to lend me their connection (I’m getting quite good at that…)! So, what I’m going to do is try and cram in as much as I can think of that I’ve been up to in the last two weeks for you …it will feel like I was never even gone! Oh, and in case you are wondering, I’m not going to add any PostSecret posts, as this blog will probably be long enough without them

Movies
Well, working in a cinema, it has been a pretty busy fortnight for films. I’ve seen at least six that I can remember (which I feel is pretty impressive…). First of all I saw the haunting thriller The Unborn, the most important part of which was when the lead wears a shirt that I own! Next of which came Hotel for Dogs with the lovely Emma Roberts …and no I’m not ashamed to admit a little crush! Young Victoriafollowed with again another crush, this time in the form of Emily Blunt (how lucky is Michael Buble?!). Then, and by far the most epic, came Watchmen. What a film! I really enjoyed this one, although I feel that it’s only really going to be fans of the graphic novel that completely get it all. Mind you, if the enticement of attractive folk in latex outfits is enough for you …I’m sure you’ll enjoy it too!

The most recent I’ve watched was Lesbian Vampire Killers, and then Bolt just today. LVK was quite amusing, but is definitely a film made for 15 year old boys (the slow motion kissing and boob shots more than prove that…). It made me laugh out loud a few times anyway, so what more can you ask for? Bolt then was reallygood …but then I am a huge sucker for anything that Disney/Pixarcome up with! Plus, as my manager Rob keeps telling me, I was in the film …apparently I’m the splitting image of Penny! Ha!

Not to mention that in the comfort of my own home, I’ve been busy watching the Alienquadrology (“they’re coming out of the goddamn walls!”) and Double Indemnity, the very first noir film I’ve watched (and enjoyed!) without being told to do so by a University professor!

Books
We’ve been apart for so long that I have even finished two books and am half way through another! One of the guys from work leant me the Watchmen graphic novel, which was really awesome and I read in just a few days. Next then was The Dark River by John Twelve Hawks, which was a sequel to a book I wrote about not that long ago called The Traveller. Now normally I find I’m disappointed by sequels, but I really loved this book …it’s a real dystopian view of a society oblivious to all the ways their freedom is lost through the expansion of technologies, such as surveillance and tracking, masquerading as for our own protection. It’s quite scary actually, and it’s not such a far-fetched future for our existing society. After finishing this, I decided it was probably a good idea to move onto something a little lighter, and so am now reading Yes Man by Danny Wallace. Now this book really is amazing (and I’m only half way through!)! It had me in stitches from the prologue alone, and strangely is quite inspiring and really does make me want to say “Yes” more to opportunity.

TV
Sadly the lack of Internet has meant that I am seriously behind on my downloads, which means I am yet to see The L Wordfinale. Due to a very kind work friend of mine however, I am up to date with Dollhouse! Now this really is a good show! I must admit, I was slightly disappointed by the pilot (it just didn’t feel like it was a Joss creation), but episode two blew apart any doubts I had! I’ve also managed to catch the third and fourth episodes now, and have yet to be let down! I’ve also started on Season 4 of One Tree Hill this week. Oh, and what about Skins?! How amazing has that show become this series? Now I know that there is many a cynic out there thinking “Hmmm, isn’t this the series that finally has lesbians?” …Well, you’re not wrong, but I promise it’s not the only reason that I love it!

Life
Life has been pretty interesting over the last fortnight – first of all, I got offered a place at the Edinburgh TV Festival again this year, but sadly am on holidays at the same time so can’t make it – gutted! Then a piece of bad news got turned into some great news where, my brother’s school trip to New York got cancelled and so to try and to make it up to him, my parents are taking us to London for a few days in April, where we’re going to see the sights and watch Wicked again and Phantom of the Opera.

Now, onto events that I have actually partaken in – I’ve been drinking a lot the last week or so. Now many would raise an eyebrow at why this is a good thing, but I promise you, it’s been the good kind of drinking and not the excessive bad kind of drinking! Now let me think…the first big night, was when there was this huge drama at work, involving a bit of a boy-girl-girl triangle which I don’t really want to go into. Anyways, it all ended pretty shit and so I was in much need of cheering – cue Stephand alcohol! We literally spent the night with three bottles of aftershock and some peach snaps, discussing how life would be just so much easier if either she would become a gay, or if I would turn into a man! Ha! The next night of drinking was actually the very next night, where we went over some of the guys from work’s house and played drinking Jenga. Now if you have never partaken in said game, I warn you, it is not for the faint of heart! It’s basically a mixture of Jenga and ring of fire, where I discovered that I am actually quite good at Jenga. Stephon the other hand is not good at Jenga… Let’s just say the night ended with her telling me that I’d very definitely have to undress her, as I’m practically carrying her upstairs to where we were sleeping! Impressively, she did get up and go to work for 10am the next day, and we plan to repeat this Monday night where it is however my turn to work the next day (wish me luck!!)

The next drinking occasion was also somewhat of a mini adventure. I drove to Bristol on the weekend to visit my friend Amy, and it was the very first time that I’d driven over the bridge and into England on my own (I was geekily excited about this fact!). In true style, there was much cider drinking that took place, and though I didn’t really see much of Bristol (though I did catch the St Patrick’s Day parade…), it was a nice weekend away from all the drama at home. The most recent drinking then took place right back West, where I went out with the LGBT in Swansea (where as you can see from below was where my last Internet thieving took place!). Now this was actually a really good night out! I must admit, when I first got there and discovered that most of the people that I knew (Ruth, Adam F, Adam H, Shegs, Sefton…) were not going to be out – I panicked. It turned out to be a needless panic, as the people I did know that were out more than made up for it (Kirsty, Jo, Dom and Izzy!), and I met some awesome new members (Lizzie, Ria and Simon especially), who would be more than enough incentive to make the trip back to good old Swansea more often. I even managed to have a drunken walk down the Marina…and no, going to Tesco at 3am for a Double Decker was not my finest moment! Ha! Swanseawas more than just a night out mind you, as I also had a really nice hangover day with lunch at the Brynamor. I also ended up seeing two familiar faces in my less than attractive state – little Dan (thankfully I don’t think he saw me…) and Stacey who used to be on my course! What are the chances?!

I think that might be just about it actually. Oh no, wait…I also washed my car! (How could I forget that?!) I mean I’ve had some other odd days out with some work people, but that was generally just to see a film or catch a bite to eat. It’s been nice having so many options of things to do mind and going to different places with different people. I’m pretty excited for the next two weeks actually! I’m going into Cardiff to see Little Shop of Horrors on stage with my brother and Burke tomorrow, over the boys drinking on Monday, my cousins 18th birthday on the Saturday, seeing a stage performance of Rent on Wednesday, and then come my own birthday celebrations with a couple of big nights out planned! Things couldn’t look much better!

Nose in a book…

January 17, 2009

So I’ve realised that I’ve spent alot of time with this blog writing about films, TV shows and music, while paying next to no attention to books. This is a mistake I therefore intend to rectify with a list of the books I’ve read over the last 6 months or so …I hope this makes amends!

Northern Lights
Philip Pullman
The first in the trilogy known as His Dark Materials. Published in 1995, the fantasy novel is set in a universe parallel to our own and tells of Lyra Belacqua’s journey north in search of her missing friend, Roger Parslow, and her imprisoned father, Lord Asriel, who has been conducting experiments with a mysterious substance known as Dust. Winner of the Carnegie Medal in 1996, the novel has been adapted into a Hollywood feature film, released in 2007 as The Golden Compass.

The Subtle Knife
Philip Pullman
This is the second novel in the His Dark Materials series, published in 1997. In the book, Lyra Silvertongue’s adventure continues as she travels from her own world into strange, new worlds; one of which is our own, and another which is very different. Will Parry, a boy from our world, meets Lyra and together they search for the boy’s lost father. Thankfully, the book focuses more on the characters and their own individual plots, rather than just on Lyra’s father, Lord Asriel, and his war against the Magisterium. Making this a much more interesting read than he first.

The Amber Spyglass
Philip Pullman
The Amber Spyglass is the third and final novel in the His Dark Materials series, and published in 2000. It begins with Will and Lyra separated amidst great dangers. Can they find each other, and their friends? Then complete their mysterious quest before it’s too late? The great rebellion against the dark powers that hold Lyra’s world, and many others, in thrall is nearing its climax. She and Will have crucial parts to play, but they don’t know what it is that they must do, and terrible powers are hunting them down. Quite the trilling conclusion…

My Sister’s Keeper
Jodi Picoult
A bit out of my usual genre this… A heart-wrencher about a 13 year old girl who, ever since she can remember, has been a donor for her sister who has Leukemia. Tired of surgeries, transfusions, and shots, she makes the unbearable decision to sue her parents for the rights to her body. I have to say, this was an amazing book, and those left without a tear in their eye should be ashamed. PLUS, if reading isn’t your thing, they’re actually making this into a film set to be released June this year, starring Cameron Diaz and Alec Baldwin – have a look HERE.

The Notebook
Nicholas Sparks
If you’re in the market to get your heartstrings plucked, look no further. The Notebook, a story of love-lost-and-found-again, revolves around a single time-honored romantic dilemma: will beautiful Allison Nelson stay with Mr. Respectability (to whom she happens to be engaged), or will she hook up with Noah, the romantic she left so many years ago? Decades later, after Allison develops Alzheimer’s, her beau uses “the notebook” to read her the story of the great love she’s forgot. A lot of readers will frown upon it’s supposed sickly sweetness, but for the true romantics out there, it’s perfect. It’s a story that teaches the importance of following your heart instead of your head.

The Painted Man
Peter Brett
Sometimes there is very good reason to be afraid of the dark! Eleven-year-old Arlen lives with his parents on their small farmstead, half a day’s ride from the isolated hamlet of Tibbet’s Brook. As dusk falls upon Arlen’s world, a strange mist rises from the ground; a mist that promises a violent death to any foolish enough to brave the coming darkness, for hungry corelings – demons that cannot be harmed by mortal weapons – materialize from the vapours to feed on the living. As the sun sets, people have no choice but to take shelter behind magical wards and pray that their protection holds until the creatures dissolve with the first signs of dawn. When Arlen’s life is shattered by the demon plague, he is forced to see that it is fear, rather than the demons, which truly cripples humanity. Believing that there is more to his world than to live in constant fear, he must risk leaving the safety of his wards to discover a different path. In the small town of Cutter’s Hollow, Leesha’s perfect future is destroyed by betrayal and a simple lie. Publicly shamed, she is reduced to gathering herbs and tending an old woman more fearsome than the corelings. Yet in her disgrace, she becomes the guardian of dangerous ancient knowledge. Orphaned and crippled in a demon attack, young Rojer takes solace in mastering the musical arts of a Jongleur, only to learn that his unique talent gives him unexpected power over the night. Together, these three young people will offer humanity a last, fleeting chance of survival.

The Traveller
John Twelve Hawks
In the shadows of our modern society, an ancient conflict between good and evil is being fought. A life-and-death battle we will never see, between those who wish to control history and those who will risk their lives for freedom and enlightenment…
Los Angeles: A city where you have to work hard to live beneath the surface. Gabriel and Michael Corrigan are trying to do just that. Since childhood, the brothers have been shaped by the stories that their mystical father, a man of strange powers and intuition, has told them about the world in which they live. After his violent death, they have been living ‘off the grid’ – that is, invisible to the intricate surveillance networks that monitor our modern lives.
London: Maya, a tough and feisty young woman, is playing at being a citizen, is playing at leading a normal life. But her background is anything but. Trained to fight since she was a young girl, she is the last in a long line whose duty is to protect the gifted among us. When she is summoned to Prague by her ailing father, she learns that Gabriel and Michael’s lives are in danger and are in desperate need of protection.
Prague: Nathan Boone, a disciplined and amoral mercenary, watches Maya leave the meeting with her father before brutally killing him. Tasked to hunt down the Corrigan brothers, he tracks Maya as she seeks to fulfil what turns out to be her father’s last command. When Maya flies to California to find them, an extraordinary chase begins, the final running battle in the war which will reveal the secret history of our time…

Taliesin
Stephen Lawhead
A magnificent tale which begins with the tragedy of Atlantis and the arrival in Britain of King Avallach. In this world, Celtic chieftains struggle for survival in the twilight of Rome’s power, and one heroic figure towers over all, the Prince Taliesin, in whom is the sum of human greatness. This is a tale of a love that spawns the miracle of Merlin and Arthur and a destiny that is more than a kingdom. This is literally one of my favourite books of all time!

Merlin
Stephen Lawhead
Having brought the two worlds of Atlantis and Celtic Britain together in Book I, the author now focuses on Merlin. In this second book, Merlin tells his own story – and his vision – the vision of the Kingdom of Summer, ruled by the Summer Lord. It is a story of love and passion, triumph and tragedy, with its own special and powerful ‘magic’. The saving of the infant Arthur, and the setting of the sword in the stone form both the climax to this book and the entry to the story of Arthur himself.

Arthur
Stephen Lawhead
Arthur is the third book of The Pendragon Cycle: a magnificent epic set against the backcloth of Roman Britain and the legends of Arthur and lost Atlantis. “It is the eve of Christ Mass, and the noblemen have come to Londinium to hold council – to essay who among them might become High King. Fifteen years have come and gone since the sword was first placed there. A young man stands grim-faced, gazing at the sword thrust deep into the stone…hesitant, uncertain. ‘Take it, Arthur,’ Merlin tells him…” So the story begins – a tale of high hope and bitter endeavour, of loyalty and treachery, of spiritual quest and the winning of a kingdom – a story whose end, as its beginning, is shrouded in mystery…

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8: 1 – The Long Way Home
Joss Whedon
Since the destruction of the Hellmouth, the Slayers – newly legion – have gotten organized and are kicking some serious undead butt. But not everything’s fun and firearms, as an old enemy reappears and Dawn experiences some serious growing pains. Meanwhile, one of the “Buffy” decoy slayers is going through major pain of her own. An amazing read for any dedicated Buffy fan!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8: 2 – No Future For You
Brian K. Vaughan/Joss Whedon
When a rogue debutant Slayer begins to use her power for evil, Giles is forced to recruit the rebellious Faith, who isn’t exactly known for her good deeds. Giles offers Faith a clean slate if she can stop this snooty Slayer from wreaking total havoc – that is, if Buffy doesn’t beat her to it.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8: 3 – Wolves At The Gate
Drew Goddard/Joss Whedon
Vampires that, at will, can transform into wolves, panthers, insects, or fog invade the Slayer base of operations in northern Scotland, and not only walk away unscathed, but in possession of Buffy’s scythe, the symbol of Slayer power worldwide. Buffy and the Slayer-legion travel to Tokyo in order to learn more about their dangerous new foes, as Xander journeys to Transylvania to solicit the only person they’ve ever known to possess such power – Dracula! Not to mention, Buffy sleeps with a woman, as according to Joss “everyone experiments at one time or another…”

Pages For You
Sylvia Brownrigg
17-year-old Californian Flannery is new to the East Coast and the Ivy League college she attends, and is drawn irresistibly to Anne, a teaching assistant 11 years her senior. A hauntingly beautiful love develops between the two in this tale either for young readers first discovering who they are and how they love, or for those remembering a rose-colored past. It’s a very easy read, that strikes some rather familiar cords in both my life, and that of my friends…

The Five People You Meet In Heaven
Mitch Albom
Part melodrama and part parable, this book weaves together three stories, all told about the same man: 83-year-old Eddie, the head maintenance person at Ruby Point Amusement Park. As the novel opens, readers are told that Eddie, unsuspecting, is only minutes away from death as he goes about his typical business at the park. Albom then traces Eddie’s world through his tragic final moments, his funeral, and the ensuing days as friends clean out his apartment and adjust to life without him. In alternating sections, Albom flashes back to Eddie’s birthdays, telling his life story as a kind of progress report over candles and cake each year. And in the third and last thread of the novel, Albom follows Eddie into heaven where the maintenance man sequentially encounters five pivotal figures from his life (a la A Christmas Carol). Each person has been waiting for him in heaven, and, as Albom reveals, each life (and death) was woven into Eddie’s own in ways he never suspected. Each soul has a story to tell, a secret to reveal, and a lesson to share. Through them Eddie understands the meaning of his own life even as his arrival brings closure to theirs.

 

So you can probably guess that some of these descriptions have been snipped and pasted from around the wonder that is the Internet, but hey, I’m a busy lady and decided it would just take too long to post this if I wrote every description in my own words …it’s taken 3 attempts to post this as it is! Never the less, I hope you’ve enjoyed, and you never know, maybe I’ve even inspired you to read on or two of them…