Category: Based on true events


Review: 5 Stars to Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham

Posted 24 January, 2017 by katheryn13 in Adult, Adult Fiction, Autobiography, Funny, Reviews, TV Shows, Updates / 0 Comments

In her first work of nonfiction, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood recounts her experiences on Gilmore Girls – the first and second times – and shares stories about life, love, and working in Hollywood. This collection of essays is written in the intimate, hilarious, and down-to-earth voice that made her novel, Someday, Someday, Maybe, a New York Times best seller.
“This book contains some stories from my life: the awkward growing up years, the confusing dating years, the fulfilling working years, and what it was like to be asked to play one of my favorite characters again. You probably think I’m talking about my incredible achievement as Dolly in Hello, Dolly! as a Langley High School junior, a performance my dad called ‘you’re so much taller than the other kids.’ But no! I’m talking about Lorelai Gilmore, who, back in 2008, I wasn’t sure I’d ever see again. Also included: tales of living on a houseboat, meeting guys at awards shows, and that time I was asked to be a butt model. A hint: all three made me seasick.”
REVIEW:
Alright, you know I have a thing for autobiographies. I think it’s like…you’re getting to know the person behind the media? I don’t know, but it’s bloody fantastic. I love Gilmore Girls, though I’ll admit, I only got into it last May? It’s amazing, and I want to binge it all again soon. Of course then there was the revival series, which was kinda…brilliant but short. Too short.
How many big words can I put in one paragraph?

Lauren Graham is the best; so funny, so wise and just…well, great. I read her book in two days? Pretty short for me, and not a surprise since this was a short book and still seemed to go on forever…in a good way? I don’t know, it’s complicated. Come back another day.

KIDDING!
There was so much I didn’t know about her and when you think of how she got to where she is now it’s incredible. I’d never have the strength, to be honest. There’s a chapter where she gives advice about how to get more writing done which I think I’ll cherish forever, and another where she pretends to be ‘Old Lady Jackson’ which is just hilarious; it’s a character she made up so she could be all ‘oldy worldy’ to young folk and still be all “but I’m cool with it, really”. Honestly, the things “Old Lady Jackson’ says is SPOT ON. And I urge you all to read it and dare you not to agree. Maybe I’m just getting old in my head, but I couldn’t help but want to hold this book up like Simba and claim it as the new King (er..Queen?). 

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The way this book ended, after a diary of her on set for the Gilmore Girls revival, was kinda abrupt but also completely right. I wish they’d do another series, because I miss Rory and Lorelai and Logan and, pretty much everyone (even the ones I’m not keen on!). This book will give you ALL the GG feels and so much more. I must make an effort to read Lauren’s other books which are fictional. 
Oh and one last note:

-Kat
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Oooh what’s this? “Bout Of Books 11” August fun!

Posted 30 July, 2014 by katheryn13 in Adult Fiction, Based on true events, Contemporary, Dystopian, Fantasy, Fun, Mature, New Adult, Romance, Sci-Fi, Steampunk, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

Fancy doing something different for August?

Why not do what I’m doing? Sign up to Bout Of Books 11!

Don’t know what it’s about?

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

 

It’s gonna be so much fun and it’s non-competitive so don’t feel like you have to read more than others (although, that would be super cool if you did!) and dig through that pile of books you’ve been dying to get read!

 

I’ll be taking part. Will you?

 

 

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4.5 stars to Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Posted 10 January, 2014 by katheryn13 in Based on true events, Reviews, YA / 0 Comments

That morning, my brother’s life was worth a pocket watch . . .

One night fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother and young brother are hauled from their home by Soviet guards, thrown into cattle cars and sent away. They are being deported to Siberia.

An unimaginable and harrowing journey has begun. Lina doesn’t know if she’ll ever see her father or her friends again. But she refuses to give up hope.

Lina hopes for her family. For her country. For her future. For love – first love, with the boy she barely knows but knows she does not want to lose . . . Will hope keep Lina alive?

Set in 1941, Between Shades of Gray is an extraordinary and haunting story based on first-hand family accounts and memories from survivors.

Review:

I’m not sure how to write this review. I only finished the book a couple hours ago but it’s planted itself in my mind like a rock that doesn’t want to budge.

Yes, I know I’m terrible at poetry and analogies. So sue me.

Between Shades of Gray has to be one of the most depressingly sad books I’ve ever read. And I’ve read John Green’s books. So that’s saying something.

Now I know why I’d avoided this for so long. I was recommended it once and when I saw it in the library I thought, oh why not? Why not indeed!

The description was phenomenal, and the horrifying living conditions that these poor people had to endure made me feel like I was watching them all, a birds eye view. Because it’s based on  real events from survivors and family members, this made it twice has hard to read. Sure, the chapters were short and the writing flowed well so I didn’t find it difficult in that sense, but understanding that these people were treated like animals, spat on and kicked and made to live like slaves, was just too much for me.

And I’m supposedly part Russian, so this made me mad. Really mad. How could they do that?

But yes, I know these were different times, and most of Europe suffered because of high rulers who got out of control.

Lina’s journey is powerful, heartbreaking and at the same time, uplifting. To know that even with her family and friends dying around her, she is still determined to keep on living, to make it home, however long it may take. This made me want to keep reading. The strength and the positivity.

The illnesses kinda grossed me out though, and how obviously real it all was. It made me want to reach into the book and save them all. Knowing this actually happened…well, it’s just so sad. Yknow?

This was powerful, for sure, and I hope others find it to be the same.

Kat

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