The Month that Slagged

So I am going to be restarting these up(maybe I will start doing reviews if people are interested). Hopefully it interests you, if not, oh well, I can’t do nothing about it. 😉

May was not the best reading month I had. In April I was able to read 14 books, but I was only able to read 8 this month. I got into a bit of a reading slump and reading was slow for me. It didn’t help that several of the books were mediocre, to say the least. But here in my wrap-up, I will share my thoughts with the books, in just a few sentences. I will also be sharing with you the books I plan on reading or will be trying to read in the next month.

So lets start with the wrap up.

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  1.  The first two books were the last books in the Harry Potter series: Half-blood Prince & The Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling. I loved The Half-Blood Prince. Getting to know more of Snape, made what happened to him in the last book that much more saddening. Although throughout the series there wasn’t anything really I had major issues with, there was a minor one. That minor issue was Harry’s romance with Ginny. It felt like it came out of the blue. There was never one moment where Harry saw Ginny in a different light and then BAM! all of a sudden he was in love. The book that seemed to fall apart was the last one, The Deathly Hallows. A lot of people seem to have issues with the reason for the Deathly Hallows, but not me. I got the reasons for them. But what I had issues with was really, the ending. For one, the final battle was anti-climatic and we never really find out what happened right after. Where did Harry go? What job does he get? Those are important questions that never get an answer. The epilogue was cliché and kind of out of place for me. Harry getting married is a nice picture, but with Ginny? *shrug* Also, in this book he became the godfather of Lupin’s kid and yet, what happened with him? Logically, you’d think Harry would take him in, but maybe he couldn’t. So then, who did? And he should be 19 years old, but it sounds like he is still attending Hogwarts? So there were a lot of holes there. Overall, the series gets 4.5 stars. Half-Blood Prince gets 5 stars and The Deathly Hallows gets 4 stars.
  2. Macbeth by William Shakespeare.  I found the story interesting, but the characters intriguing. How it seemed that  the wife went crazy, while the husband-who seemed going that way at the beginning-got the backbone. It was a bit of a character study for me. Thinking on that, made this book that much more better of a read. I do agree, that Shakespeare’s writing is a bit hard to get through, which is why I appreciate the Folger’s Library. They put notes and annotations alongside the play and it helps immensely. I give this one 4 stars.
  3. Emma by Jane Austen. I really couldn’t get into it. The story didn’t grab me, the characters weren’t relatable and mostly just wasn’t my thing. Whereas, people don’t like Emma, I kind of feel sorry for her. Her father, I almost detest him, spoiled her to almost ruining her. He was this pathetic type of man that you’d rather avoid. There was no structure or discipline at all. It is no wonder she was the way she was.  Like I said, not for me. I give this one 2 1/2 stars.
  4. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent.  This is a beautifully written, debut book, that captured me from the beginning. I fell in love with her writing, the world, and characters she created. I think the one thing I really would have loved more of was getting to know the younger daughter of the family. Her reasons for being aloof was never delved into and developed, and really I felt that we needed to get to know more of the other family members other than the wife. I think for the first book she’s published, it was really great and I am looking forward to seeing more from her. I give this 4 stars.
  5. The Women by T.C. Boyle.  I couldn’t stand how narcissistic this author was. Every other sentence was filled with words that nobody else would be all that familiar with and it bogged down the writing and the story. All I could hear was his “look at how smart I am. I am so cool” attitude. If it wasn’t that, I couldn’t  get into the story itself. I didn’t realize that Frank Wright Lloyd was a real person, so that took me back a bit. Just not in my taste. I give this 2 stars(really 1).
  6. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The first half of this book was good. I liked getting to know Mary and seeing her getting healthier and happier, but then the last half comes and it is taken over by Colin. I didn’t care for it at all. It became repetitive and annoying.  Overall, it was not what I was expecting and it is rare for me to say it, but I liked the film better. I give this 3 stars.
  7. Dead Man’s Walk by Larry McMurtry. I have been looking forward to reading this ever since I read Lonesome Dove. I wanted to see how they got to that point, especially Call. Although I got an understanding of that, the rest was not what I expecting. I felt we never got to know any of the other characters and that when a death occurred I couldn’t feel it as much as I would have if I was reading Lonesome Dove. Also, the writing was jagged and rough. Not at all what I remembered of his writing. It was a disappointment and I give it 3 stars.

Now on to my TBR for June. Some of these I have and others I am waiting for from the library. I am not going to say anything about them. If you are interested in what they are about, just ask and I will tell you. 🙂

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  1. The Probable Future by Alice Hoffman(currently reading).
  2. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See.
  3. White Oleander by Janet Fitch.
  4. Now You See Her by James Patterson.
  5. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte.
  6. All- Girls Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg.
  7. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller.
  8. The Last Letter From Your Lover by Jojo Moyes.
  9. Looking For Alaska(most likely won’t get it this month since I am on a very long waiting line).
  10. Three by Truman Capote.

So have you read any of these? What are your thoughts(if you have read any from my TBR pile don’t spoil me !) on them?

What have you read this month/ planning to read in June? Come by and chat. 🙂

 

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The Falls of Water

The rest of the photos. It was beautiful there and I was surprised how, well, watered it all looked. (Haha). Just that our town is freaking out and being uber strict about watering times and there in Yosemite is gallons upon gallons of water. It was wonderful to see. 2014-05-25

The water of Tenaya Lake. The color was beautiful and refreshing lookin’.

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These next five are from Tuolumne Meadows.

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It peeves me just how disrespectful people are to the fact they aren’t even suppose to be walking on the meadows and they do anyways. ><

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This is more snow than it was the last time I came up this high during, around, this time. Kind of surprising considering how dry this winter has actually been.

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Tuolumne Meadows brings back memories of a 3-day hike that ended up being a 6-day hike. Ah, that was a lot of fun.

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I was really happy to see water. 😀

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You can’t see the snow because it is on the other side, but it is there. When we were at Tenaya/Tuolumne we were able to see it.

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This young buck was just chillin’ and chewin’. I don’t think he expected anyone to be able to see him and if I hadn’t been looking that way I wouldn’t have. I liked this shot the most because it seems to show what he wanted, which was to be hidden and left alone. 🙂

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And that is what Yosemite looks like in May.

 

Horses and Asses

So today we went to Yosemite. It was a big mistake. We thought by going today we’d be avoiding tomorrows rush, but everybody must have thought that.  The family decided to go to Tenaya Lake. Sadly, we didn’t stay long and we ended up driving to the valley. It took over 2 hrs and that isn’t normal, if you know anything about Yosemite. I was very disappointed. We were there all day, but most of it was us driving. But I did get a few pictures. Tenaya lake is about 8000 feet in elevation so I wasn’t too surprised to see this:

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I will share more tomorrow. I am tired and want to catch up on Call The Midwife, which I just started yesterday. BBC does know what it is doing.

P.S. The rangers must have been having the worse day of their lives for they acted like asses. Can’t exactly blame them.  The nice thing was seeing them on horses, haha.

jumping down people’s throats

Sure you may not agree with there being global warming(how could disagree, I can’t quite understand but it is their opinions), but to call them unpatriotic? What the hell? That doesn’t make sense. How does trying to get people to understand how we are damaging our planet, our home being unpatriotic? Oh, but that wasn’t all. He(Sajak)  called them racists! What the fucking hell? How does trying to raise awareness of something very important make someone a racist on top of being unpatriotic?

 

This, I think, is what a lot of people are saying and feeling. At least a few, maybe. But.

 

The bigger question, that I think people who are upset with his statement seemed to not have asked, is did we miss something? Is this taken out of context? Does it matter, for would what is not shown change the meaning of  what he said? You tell me. I am confused as how anything he said makes sense. Maybe before jumping down a persons’ throat and making leaping judgments without knowing the whole story behind his statement, we should be rational and talk like mature adults. That isn’t really too much to ask.

End is Nigh

my bones ache–

     quake inside the lining of skin–

skin that feels thin. Will it hold?

 

Can it keep them in?

                                        Stop the blood from flowing through the covering that holds everything in?

My soul quivers–

    cries to be released–

heart that strains against the shrieks. Will it keep beating?

Can it stop my soul from escaping?

                                             Stop my skin from opening up for it’s release?

A body that is a prison. A Soul that has become thin with starvation and from lack of light.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The end is nigh.

 

10 Great Quotations from Writers about Cats

Interesting Literature

‘Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons.’ – Robertson Davies

‘When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade, without further introduction.’ – Mark Twain

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‘I am glad you have a Cat, but I do not believe it is so remarkable a cat as My Cat.’ – T. S. Eliot (letter to his godson, 1931)

‘Little one, I would like to see anyone — prophet, king or God — persuade a thousand cats to do anything at the same time.’ – Neil Gaiman

‘When I play with my cat, who knows if I am not more of a pastime to her than she is to me?’ – Montaigne

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‘If a fish is the movement of water embodied, given shape, then cat is a diagram and pattern of subtle air.’ – Doris Lessing

‘Cats will amusingly tolerate humans only until…

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