Tag: Mixed Feelings

Alice Sebold – The Lovely Bones | Review

Title: The Lovely Bones

Author: Alice Sebold

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 330

Rating: 3/5

 

 

I have pretty mixed feelings about this one, mainly because I didn’t really enjoy reading it but I still feel glad that I picked it up. I think it’s one of those where most of the fuss about it comes from the writing style, and in my case, I didn’t really like it. In fact, it read almost like translated fiction, which kind of weirded me out. I actually checked the front to see whether a translator was listed, but no dice. It turns out it’s not translated, it’s just a little weird.

Then there’s the ending, which honestly just infuriated me and made me wish I’d not stuck with it. I don’t think I would have if it hadn’t been a buddy read. As is, I don’t really have too much to say about this and I don’t really know what I’ll have to talk about with her. It was a slow burner, heavily character driven and just written in a way that I didn’t enjoy. What more can I say?

I did like the actual idea here, I think it was just the execution that I wasn’t a fan of. This seems to be the case quite a lot with books that I pick up purely because they’re popular, and indeed it’s one of the reasons why I’ve been being more selective recently. But I’d bought this one a while back and I thought it would be a shame to get rid of it, and so here we are.

Would I recommend it? I mean, probably not, I can’t think of anyone who I think should go out of their way to give it a go. But at the same time, it’s not like it’s a bad book. It’s just boring and a little bland with too much to say for itself. So there’s that.

 

 

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Arianna Huffington – Fanatics and Fools | Review

Title: Fanatics and Fools

Author: Arianna Huffington

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 372

Rating: 3.5/5

 

Arianna Huffington - Fanatics and Fools

Arianna Huffington – Fanatics and Fools

 

I have mixed feelings about this book, and when I first started it I wasn’t enjoying it to the point at which I almost gave up on it. I was filming an unhaul video for my BookTube channel when I happened to notice that my copy of this was signed by Huffington herself. That made me think that I might as well keep it.

It’s basically a big long book about the 2004 presidential election, outlining Huffington’s theories on what a democratic candidate would need to successfully unseat George Bush. Obviously it didn’t quite turn out that way, but it’s strange because a lot of what she says about this new leader that they need could be describing Barack Obama.

Huffington also has an interesting take on things because she’s no stranger to politics. She ran against Arnold Schwarzenegger for the role of governor of California, and she has some interesting things to say about his brand of politics — and indeed of Republican politics in general.

 

Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington

 

One of the main themes in this book is the way in which corporate America basically makes a mockery of democracy, with politics for sale to the highest bidder. Huffington clearly knows her stuff and I wouldn’t be surprised if she has a dossier on her computer to this day detailing all of the sleazy, sketchy stuff that politicians get up to, not just in America but around the world.

Sure, it’s sometimes a little slow going, and I did have to read this twenty pages at a time as my bedtime book, but I am still glad that I picked it up even if it’s out of date by now and no longer really relevant. I also found Huffington’s writing style a little abrasive to begin with just because of how sarcastic she can get, but after a while I was able to overcome it.

All in all, I liked what she had to say here and if she was running for office somewhere that meant I could vote for her, I probably would. And most of the policy ideas she shared were spot on.

 

Arianna Huffington Quote

Arianna Huffington Quote

 

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