Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Art of Racing In the Rain by Garth Stein

I am currently in a book club called You Read Like A Girl.

Pick number one is a book written by a boy. If you have read my blog much you know, I'm not often drawn to the male voice in the books I read.

This book was easier to read than most.

If you are in the book club and you haven't finished the book, warning, I have and there will be spoilers here. (I have to review it all as it is due back to the library.)

Things I liked:

I liked the usage of the dogs point of view and enjoyed reading those parts.

I liked the introduction into the racing world.

I liked Denny's relationship with his daughter. I love fathers who are engaged in their children's lives in positive ways.

There are really nice passages in the book that are definitely truths wrapped in fiction. Like this one:


"Often things happen to race cars in the heat of the race...When faced with one of these problems, the poor driver crashes. The average driver gives up. THE GREAT DRIVERS DRIVE THROUGH THE PROBLEM. They figure out a way to continue racing....To be able to possess a machine in such a way is the ultimate show of determination and awareness. IT MAKES ONE REALIZE THAT THE PHYSICALITY OF OUR WORLD IS A BOUNDARY TO US ONLY IF OUR WILL IS WEAK; a true champion can accomplish things that a normal person would think impossible." Garth Stein

Things I didn't like:

Eve. Probably bitchy of me but I just never liked her.

The thing I hated: SPOILER ALERT:

I don't like it when books, movies, or tv use a girl or woman lying about sexual assault as part of their plots.

I know it happens in real life. But I think it is very, very rare.

What is more common is a girl or woman being assaulted, telling the truth, and not being believed. Or being too afraid to tell anyone for fear she won't be believed.

It ruined the book for me.

Feminist is a label I wear proudly and I don't like books, movies, television that make life harder for all of us in the human tribe.

I am happy that the next book we will be reading is The Wanderground by Sally Miller Gearhart. I think it will establish balance.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Verse for anti trump rallies (and all of the people involved in his attempts to destroy the USA)

The Cranberries song Zombie is one of my favorite angry, sing/yell in the car songs. Just realized the chorus could be used effectively at anti trump rallies.

Hey donald trump -

"What's in your head, in your head, zombie, zombie, zombie eha eha eha oha?"

Hey betsy wetsy -

"What's in your head, in your head, zombie, zombie, zombie eha eha eha oha?"

Hey bannon, sessions, flynn -

"What's in your head, in your head, zombie, zombie, zombie eha eha eha oha?"

Really you could yell/sing it at any of them at any rally. It would be very satisfying.


I love you Dolores O'Riordan!!!!!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Color Run Fun

Myself, my granddaughter and my grandson have decided to do the Color Run 5K that is happening in Louisville KY in June, 2017. It looks like so much fun.

Check it out.

We plan on walking instead of running. We start 'training' on Monday!

Doesn't that look like fun?

You can see why they call it the happiest 5K on Earth, right?

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Little Paris Bookshop - day 5

This could go on forever. I have endless bookmarks in this book. But I think I have given you enough of a taste.

There is some sadness. But it's not the unbearable kind of sadness that bruises you. And it is overcome in the end.

There are regrettable decisions that were made in fear and there is fear to push through. And there is grace and beauty in the way the fears are vanquished.

There is love. There are unusual relationships. There are quirky characters. Everyone down to the last person is lovable with flaws. Except (for me anyway) Manon, who is the reason for Jean Perdu's regrets. I never loved or liked her.

It is, as I said on day one, a charming story and I recommend you read it.

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Little Paris Bookshop - day 4

Prescriptions from The Literary Apothecary:

"What kind of book?" the oval whispered.
"The consoling kind."
"I need to cry some more. I'll drown if I don't. Can you understand that?"
"Of course. Sometimes you're swimming in unwept tears and you'll go under if you store them up inside." And I'm at the bottom of a sea of tears. "I'll bring you a book for crying then." Nina George

Different patient:

"My type. Okay. Excuse me, but maybe I should point out to you that I've come to your book barge for a book. Not a husband, ma chere Monsieur."
"With all due respect, what you read is more important in the long term than the man you marry, ma chere Madame."
(She leaves then comes back later.)
"All right," she said. "Give me the books that are kind to me, and to hell with the men who don't give a damn about me." Nina George

I loved this movie. Maybe I'll read the book:

"von Arnim, Elizabeth. The Enchanted April.
      For indecision and for trusting one's friends.
      Side effects: Falling in love with Italy; a yearning for the South; a heightened sense of justice."
Nina George

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Little Paris Bookshop - day 3

Jean Perdu is the owner of a barge boat called The Literary Apothecary.

He purposes to cure peoples ailments with books. I love this idea. That I could go to the bookstore or library and they could ask me questions to determine what I need and then prescribe a book. Why can't this be real?

Jean asks Catherine* what she wanted to be when she was young and she tells him she wanted to be a librarian and a pirate.

"At night I would have stolen back from evil people everything they'd tricked the good ones out of with their lies, leaving a single book that would cleanse them and force them to repent, turn them into good people and so on--of course." Nina George

Does the world not need this right now, I ask you?

*Catherine becomes Jean's love interest.

Monday, January 9, 2017

The Little Paris Bookshop - day 2

Jean Perdu's parents are divorced. But they still have a relationship. Once a week Jean (who is getting close to 50) visits his father with messages and questions from his mother. The next day he visits his mother with communications from his father.

"Anything else?" asked Joaquin,... "She needs a new secondhand car. She wants you to look for one, but not some weird color like the last one." "Weird? It was white. Your mother. I ask you---" "Can your nice new girlfriend cook, Maman asks, or are you going to eat at hers on July 14?"
There is very little of his parents in the book but what is there is endearing.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

A revival of sorts (though definitely not the religious sort)

Long, long ago I started this blogpost with the intentions of creating blogposts as kind of book reviews which pointed out truths that are found in fiction novels. I haven't done that kind of blogpost in a long time.

I found a book that has inspired me to do it again and for once I'm going to answer that inspiration, although slightly differently.

I find it hard these days to read long blogposts (with a couple of exceptions) so I intend to write a burst of short posts daily.

The book is The Little Paris Bookshop: A Novel by Nina George.

It is a charming story full of delights and truths, sometimes in combination, with a happy ending.

First delight / truth combo:

"Yet that was only one part of what Perdu* listened out for and recorded: what was making the soul unhappy. Then there was the second part: what made the soul happy. Monsieur Perdu knew that the texture of the things a person loves rubs off on his or her language, too."
"Madame Bernard, the owner of number 27, transposed her love of fabric into houses and people; "Manners like a creased polyester shirt" was one of her favorite sayings." Nina George
I love the notion that what we love flavors how we speak. And look. The way I worded that; flavors. It's true. I do love food.

*Monsieur Jean Perdu is the lovable, flawed main character of the book