Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sunday Salon - I'm baaAAAaaack



Time //  7:22
Eating // lasagna then bunny tracks ice cream
Drinking // Raspberry hot tea, sleepy time. Trying to manage my caffein. 
Weather // foggy, unseasonably warm and holding. 
READING // Some Luck ~ Jane Smiley


LISTENING TO // The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest ~ Stieg Larsson



Watching // Fringe
 
Music // KLOVE and some good uplifting music
Blogging // Now that I"m just a normal person again, I'll try to get back to blogging like one.
Acquisitions // I'd rather talk about how many I've gotten rid of at this point. It's a little overwhelming to have my entire inventory in my downstairs.
Hating  //  Being annoyed with myself. 
Loving // The support of friends old and new!! People are good. The end.

Writing // Won NaNoWriMo but haven't started revisions.
Avoiding // purging. But I'm not going to avoid it fro long.
While some folks may look at my experience and see failure. I saw an attempt at something that mattered to me and found out so much about myself in the process. Lessons that will be invaluable. I loved my store. My patrons loved my store. I'm so glad I had it!! :)

And it's great to be back around you all as well!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Review: Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children ~ Ransom Riggs

Review: Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children

Title: Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Publisher: Quirk
Pages: 352
Why I read this book: Blogosphere hype. And the cover is super cool.

Goodreads Synopsis:
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.


Personal Reaction
I realize I'm not the target audience for this book, but I'm not for, say, Harry Potter (sorry I know, not comparable, but it's the first one that came to mind) or The Borrowers or The Boxcar Children.  
I didn't love this book. It felt forced and trite and ... well similar to another series. I had a hard time with disbelief. And I was less than charmed by the 'world building'. BUT, I didn't Hate this book either! It had tons of potential and the writing itself was solid. I think we can expect to see great things from Mr. Riggs. 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Yeah.. That's about the book store.
That was fast, huh?

But...
I love books. Always will.
I love my landlords. They were the kindest people on the face of the planet!!
I love MOUNT VERNON!! what a town!!
I loved my shop! It was soooo cute!

But I neeeeeeed income to pay the bills.

I've accepted a job offer and arranged for an auction.

I think I"m the shortest lived shop in the history of retail.

I've also learned that I do NOT have the constitution for this kind of risk! I've been through a lot, but this nearly took me out! To say I had a nervous breakdown was beyond a cliche. While 'nervous breakdown' isn't a medical term, Anxiety Disorder is and Panic Attacks are and are HORRIBLE!

I've learned so much. And I have so many people to thank that I can't even begin right now!!
So I'll thank God for all the blessings in my life! And they are many! :)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Dewey's Fall Read-a-thon!

Once again a read-a-thon has snuck up on me. I have to work, but since I now work in my bookshop, I certainly would have pointed patrons to this fun event! Ok. Putting spring on the calendar now! I am reading in honor of it.
If anyone else is reading this please please let me know if you're as amazed and in love with it as I am! ok or if you hate it and why.

If I finish this? hmmm what to go to next.
a lil non-fic for some research I'm doing...
I'm going to google it, but does anyone know if there's a write-a-thon? Oh yeah.... there is!

Not only is Among The Stacks (my store in case the billion times I've said that aren't enough) hosting Pep parties for writers, but I'm participating. Which is hilarious because I'd have to do 3 times the 500 work goal I've already set for myself and not consistently reached. BUT! I'll TRY!!

How bout you? Doing Dewey? Nanowrimo?
Off to open and settle in for a bit of a read :)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

A long over due Sunday Salon 7 20 2014

I've been so swamped with my plans, planning, and panicking that I haven't even gotten a Salon done in weeks!




Time // 5:29 
Eating // had some taco john's. 
Drinking // coffee...yeah. coffee again
Weather // Super Duper!! .... yeah! Again!!
READING // The Circle Maker ~ Mark Betterson
I'm enjoying this much more and as he explains his prayer philosophy in more depth, it seems less like superstition and just a deeper more involved way to pray. Now it seems a bit like begging, or it does for me to pray for what I want this way, Mark Batterson was praying for some God-Glorifying way so it seems ok for him to pray this way. Not that I"m not going to try it. If anything to increase my communication on MY end with a God who loves me and doesn't mind hearing from me, no matter what answer He has to give me.

LISTENING TO //  Wind In the Willows ~ Kenneth Grahame

 It's so heartwarming and adorable!!

FINISHED// It's been so long since I've blogged that I've finished two books!

I loved loved loved Odd Thomas. Forever Odd was ok but didn't have that flirty unique discovery to it. The one thing that DID work well for me... I've seen the Odd Thomas movie and thought Anton Yelchin was brilliantly cast. So for then whole of Forever Odd, I heard Anton's voice as Odd. Which was very pleasant I must say ;)
 
3/5 stars. While fun, it just wasn't that impressively memorable
 
I also finished listening to:

I'm still processing just what I thought of this. There were aspects of it where I had a terrible time suspending my disbelief. When I took those un-believable things and pushed them aside, I enjoyed it very much and especially the ending! I was actually taken by surprise by the post-plot-climax ending. Happily so. I think I'll try the movie on this one. Just for fun.

Watching // I had the great pleasure of watching 
May I just say this about this really enthralling flick: Jaren Leto. No no no, let me re-iterate... Jared. Leto. Not to mention Jared Leto.
but seriously, this was a super cool, thought provoking movie full of the exploration of the 'what-if's' we all go through when we wonder about our decisions. I could have turned around and watched it right over again...but mostly just for Jared Leto ;)
Music // oh I suppose like everyone else, I'm totally smitten by 
I mean really!! Canadian Reggae!!! Yes! Canadian. like cantelopes on these guys!!
I like the rebuttle video I stumbled on too though, why dads are rude..
(although as a Christian I wouldn't be puttin nobody, at the bottom of a lake...just sayin')
Blogging // At least I got this post done! other than that, there is so so so much I'd love to blog about, but I simply don't have time yet
Acquisitions // More acquisitions abound. My opening inventory on used books will be super interesting to say the least! I know I've picked up at least 100 more.
Hating  //  Not having any showings. Seriously! would you look at this 3 bedroom 2 bath house? It has a library and it could be your for under 100K. Nothing wrong with it at all!

Loving // How close I am to having my dream become a reality... a very difficult, costly, time-consuming reality, but it's my DREAM!!

Writing // After writing my full 35 page business plan, writing a novel should be a cinch!
Avoiding // Calling on Mom's stuff. 
Has anyone every suffered from a Migraine without the headache? I get disoriented, get HUGE blind spots, tingly, upset stomach yet hungry. The blindness lasts about 15 minutes. I feel wiped out for about 6 hours after. I've read on the net that this is actually a thing, but I've never met anyone else whose had it.
I have no idea how to move. I mean right now I have two places that I live and own. And I'm having a hard time moving from one to the other. I'd feel so much better if this house would sell, then I could simply move and not worry. I should stop worrying anyway. It doesn't help or do any good I suppose.
I wrote last time that I love the Tiny House movement..well low and behold there is a full fledged tiny house in my trailer-hood! :) I hope they are nice! I'd love to beg a look inside :)
Going to work on writing up my 'ownership' list. See how long it is and how much I can shed. no not PUT in the shed... shed as in get rid of.
I missed you guys!! but I have been popping in and reading your blogs, a few a day. So I'm around and enjoying all your discussions! 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Sunday Salon June 15, 2014 and general news

So let's do the Salon first...



Time // 2:26 and I'll be doing this in parts as I stop blogging to go pack and polish woodfloors
Eating // just finished some home made chicken & noodles.
Drinking // coffee... tibby just left... he followed the empty chicken and noodles bowl
Weather // Super Duper!!
READING // The Circle Maker ~ Mark Betterson
He says it's not, but it still feels like superstition to me. But I am giving being bolder in prayer a try; praying for what's outside of my ability to accomplish so that God would be the one glorified by the fruition. It also is making me examine my plans for too much selfishness. Which I am finding.

LISTENING TO //  Dean Koontz ~ 77 Shadow Street
 Almost done with this. It's dragging on now that I know I really, really don't like it.
Still working on...

Beth Moore's ~ So Long Insecurity ~ came back around to enjoying and appreciating this book. Even doing some underlining!

FINISHED// The Story but my review is pretty much what I commented on it last week so I'm not even going to bother. 

Watching // I just finished watching Tiny: A Story About Living Small. I liked it a lot and have much more to say on the topic actually. I didn't go down to a >300 square foot life, but I am buying a trailer for these exact reasons 
Music // Pandora had me in 80's 90's dance land last night... so fun!
Blogging // AWFUL!! I didn't even Salon last week, but I am super super busy trying to get this place primped, and working on the business plan.
Acquisitions // Oh dear...yes that's the other reason I didn't get the salon done last week. I overspent on books and bought 480 books for 90 bucks. I hope I can get my money back out of them in the store. There are some unusual titles... if anyone cares to be a Ninja, I can hook ya up :) I didn't get a picture before I boxed them up either. Rats. 
Hating  //  Well I had a swearing, ranting, kiniption the other day about what a slob I am and how can I live like this.. so I'd say the way I live. Which I'm changing. And I hope it helps. 
Loving // Thinking I may actually do this! I may actually put this together. I may actually change my life and hopefully the lives of my girls and other's. A Bookshop is a blessed thing to lots of people! Right?

Writing // Here's where my prayers get above my ability. Just because I'm trying to open a retail store does not mean I've abandoned my plans for the projects I'm writing. I want to do them too! And I believe, salable or not, I will get them written.
Avoiding // Mom stuff is always the answer. And reading... I'm not reading very much right now.
I have effectively put myself in position to reduce my living expenses from 7000 per year to 3100 per year. I am buying a 3 bedroom mobile home. I'll own it outright and only have to pay lot rent and basic utilities. (which will also be less... much less seeing as I had over a 300 dollar gas bill one month here).
I consider myself part of the 'tiny house movement' but I'm not sure tiny-housers do. I am super down sizing. I've become unattached to having too many THINGS. Things are sorta getting on my nerves. I do love a beautiful home, I do love a table-scaped table, I do love holidays and changing up decor. But I can do all this without boxes and boxes of things I'm holding on to just because I"m supposed to be. This was so & so's, this was a gift, this ...well no one knows what this is but it might be important so keep it! You know the stuff. And lemme tell ya 30-sumthin bloggers. It just keeps getting WORSE!! 
So I opted to halt the march towards hoarder-dom. I'm going SIMPLE. Small, economical place. Limited amount of THINGS. and books. But I even plan on rotating most of those. I would love to be able to list the things I own on 1 piece of notebook paper. Clothes and all. Hows that for a goal?
My daughter asked me yesterday when I became a hippy. I'm really not sure? But I was born in the 60s. Maybe it's just a latent gene :)
How was your week?

Sunday, June 1, 2014

June 1 2014. Sunday Salon

My favorite week in the books.
This week was
I found so many awesome new blogs while being a cheerleader this year! And hopefully made some new blogging friends. I did only get to make it to one twitter party though which bummed me out because those are my favorites! 
 
My TBR pile grew again too... By several feet!
 
Congrats organizers for another successful year!

Next year I'll BE at BEA. (God willing).
 
Ok so on to the Salon....


Time // 9:24
Eating // nothing yet
Drinking // coffee... no cats..hmmm
Weather // Amazing! Hot & a tad humid (I love it) with afternoon thunderstorms (I SUPER love it!)
READING // 

I'm not sure I get the point of this book. It's not narrative just some subjective paraphrasing. It doesn't contain any reference marks.. you know John 3:16. It doesn't better exemplify God's word or lessons therein, It certainly wouldn't help a baby Christian deepen their faith. I try to keep a spiritual study book going at all times to grow my faith and continue my journey... this isn't it. This seems a bit self serving actually for the authors to have compiled it so. I'm really disappointed in this. I'll finish it, but I won't be deeply seeking while reading that's for sure. 

LISTENING TO //  Dean Koontz ~ 77 Shadow Street
 So I was looking forward to "Odd Thomas" quality Koontz... unfortunately. This isn't that caliber of work. I'm starting to wonder... I Koontz actually 2 people????
Still working on...

Beth Moore's ~ So Long Insecurity ~ came back around to enjoying and appreciating this book. Even doing some underlining!

FINISHED// Notes From A Small Island ~ Bill Bryson


Review later this week... But I gave it 31/2 out of 5 stars. Mostly for length. 

Watching // I watched something the other day I think. Don't remember what... but something. 
Music // Back to K-LOVE
Blogging // Did pretty good through the week of compiling a post for the ArmChair BEA topics until the weekend, then got just too busy.
Acquisitions // My dear friend is culling her pile so she gave me some books for inventory. 
Hating  //  Money!!!!!! How can it go so fast and come so slow!!
Loving // Progress!!!!! Eryone be making progress!! Me especially toward getting the house ready to sell.

Writing // I thought of something GREAT last night but was too tired to write it down. I told myself I'd remember and I ALMOST do.... buuuuut. ARGHHH!
Avoiding // Mom stuff. It's hard having to balance 2 lives of stuff.
My youngest LOVED London... of course she did!
I'm trying to be patient getting things in line to go forward with my shop plans. It's like a house of cards. I never know what I should be working on at any given time. What should be first? Just when I think I know what to work on first, I realize I have to wait for something else in order to make that work... CRAZY! 
I'm trying not to get overwhelmed and I"m utilizing a lot of business savy friends. 
Securing financing would take away all the anxiety. 

How was your week?


Thursday, May 29, 2014

To infinity and.... somewhere other than here. Day 4



http://www.armchairbea.com/2014/05/link-it-up-beyond-borders.htmlBeyond the Borders 
It’s time to step outside your comfort zone, outside your borders, or outside of your own country or culture. Tell us about the books that transported you to a different world, taught you about a different culture, and/or helped you step into the shoes of someone different from you. What impacted you the most about this book? What books would you recommend to others who are ready or not ready to step over the line? In essence, let’s start the conversation about diversity and keep it going! 

 I've been a boy on a deserted beach trying to tame a big black horse,.
I've been a headstrong girl scribbling away in my attic writing nook,
I've been a family of children living in an abandoned railcar scrounging little plates and chipped cups. I've been a wump running from the pollutions.
I've gone on a grand adventure with a guy named Frodo
and I've seen terror with a weird dude named Edgar.

These are the books and stories that have taken me away. The ones that when I think of them I still get a feel for WHERE they are and all the attending details of time, place, season, location, culture etc. With these (and many more)
I've been to the past and to the future.
I've been home and far, far from anyone's home.

This sedentary transportation is why I read! It thrills and delights, terrifies, and consoles. But above all, it warms my heart. Both in the travel... but especially. ..In the coming home.




PS~ in case you're wondering: The Black Stallion, Little Women, The Boxcar Children, The Wump World, The Hobbit, All Edgar Allen Poe. 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Long and short of shorts... or sumthin'

Novellas/Short Stories 
Now it is time to give a little love to those little stories in your life. Share your love for your favorite shorts of any form. What is a short story or novella that doesn’t get the attention that it deserves? Recommend to readers what shorts you would recommend they start with. How about listing some short story anthologies based upon genres or authors? 

Since I seem to be the resident Stephen King number one fan  fanatic, I have to say that some of favorite stories and my favorite novella are from this super prolific author.

I became a fan through his short stories and I'm old enough that the first collection I read WAS his first collection.


Stories like: Jerusalem's Lot, Graveyard Shift, The Mangler, Trucks (which became Maximum Overdrive the poorly done and overly brutal movie), Children of The Corn (Same fate, yet an Iowa favorite! lol), and the one that scared me forever... The Boogyman.

From there I stumbled upon one of my favorite novellas every. My Sci-Fi book club sent me an anthology called Dark Forces which contained a new novela called The Mist.

This was classic King and classic novella.
no. clear. ending.
I LOVE that :)

Short stories to me are drinks from a sweet river not the history of where that river starts, passes and stops.
While King, as I say often, isn't exactly high literature, he gave me such an appreciation for the short tale, and the short story. ... most of which I DID go one to find in more literary veins (like the amazing Olive Kitteridge, each chapter a stand alone short story) but still not nearly as much fun as not being able to sleep because of a well crafted creepster :)

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Day 2 ~ Let's talk Authors... yes, lets, indeed. myes.

Author Interaction 
Let’s talk interacting with authors IRL (in real life) or online. This is your opportunity to talk about your favorite author readings that you have attended. Or, you can feature your favorite author fan moment (i.e., an author sent you a tweet or commented on your blog). Maybe you even want to share how your interactions have changed since becoming a blogger or share your own tips that you have learned along the way when interacting with authors as a blogger. 

This is going to be a super hurried post because it's 9:03 and I just got home for the day.  (I actually had to go look at a retail space for my book store! so exciting! unfortunately it's not going to be "the one" but hey it's a start)

So authors... 
Having Iowa City, Iowa so close has afforded me the opportunity to see quite a few author talks over the years. and some AMAZING ONES... there are author readings almost every week at the famous Prairie Lights bookstore and the Iowa Book Festival where the author talks are non-stop!!

But it was a totally different reason in Iowa City. It was a connection through University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Children's Hospital that I connected with two authors...

At 17 my daughter had to be in the hospital for 7 months fighting Leukemia. Much of the time she felt decent but  had no immune system. I spent as much time as I could with her but as a single mom traveled back and forth. Aside from the internet, she needed ways to keep occupied. (we just aren't tv people). The hospital actually has an amazing library and we would go up often. During one trip my daughter found a galley on the shelves. Excited that it was a galley she checked it out and read it in like 2 days. She then posted a quick review on Goodreads. 
A couple days later she gets a Goodreads email. From the author. His name is Alexander Maksik and the book was You Deserve Nothing.  I read it too and corresponded with him a bit. I tried to get my daughter to agree to let him come and have coffee with her, but she wouldn't. I did get the hospital Library Director and Xander in contact with one another to (hopefully) put together a writer's clinic there at the hospital someday. Although I doubt he remembers any of this, his communication with my daughter and with me was unforgettable.  



Another event that happened at the  hospital... I write a little (not enough but that's a different post) and was working on a project. One of the nurses sort of asked what I was up to. When I told her she said "OH that reminds me of Heather Gudenkauf, Have you read her?" It turns out that her child had fought this horrible battle as well and she spent time there too. While she was there she worked (and finished) her projects. I read one and got online and emailed Heather through her website. She emailed me back and we corresponded a few times.  Iowa City Book Festival was only a couple weeks away at this point and when I saw the author line up... low and behold. Heather was going to be there. So I went to her reading and book signing. 

Well when I handed her my book copy I said, "Hi Heather, I'm Laura. my daughters on 3JCP" which was the cancer unit... she stopped, stood up and came around the table and saying... Oh hon I have got to give you a hug. 

Her newest book, Tender Mercies, is due out in June.





And that's how I've crossed paths with two the coolest, biggest hearted authors on the planet!!

And my daughter is in remission now and attending the University of Iowa. As an English Major. :)

Monday, May 26, 2014

BEA14 Intro! Woot Let's Do This!!

Hi all,
Sooo excited to get to take part this year... so here goes!

ahem...

Question 1)
although this seems like 5 questions right here!... I'm Laura and my blog Bunny Tales is an offshoot from a decorating/crafting/up-cycling blog I started a bazillion years ago called The Shabby Rabbit.

I suppose I've been at this about 5 years with greater or lesser verve. I got into blogging... book blogging... because of my overwhelming love of books and my sheer joy that there were things like 'reading challenges' going on in cyberspace! I just HAD to join in...

So thank Callipider Days (which I can't find anymore) for my first accidental step into book blogging :)

I'm from a wee town in Eastern Iowa called Maquoketa. There's usually a bit of debate about the exact meaning of that Mesquakie word (pronounced Mah-coke-a-tah), but it's usually pretty close to say it means Bears were here. But they're not anymore.... I don't think?

Question 2)
My blog in one sentence...
The personal adventures of a non-trad blogger through the literary world as she records her knee jerk reactions to everything from classics to the worst recommendations at a steady-by-jerks pace.

Question 4)
Favorite book last year....
I had a very good reading year last year so choosing is a tad bit...well.. impossible so here are my ties for favorite last year




And for this year so far... two have really caught me this year... the literary Olive Kitteridge was one and I wish I'd read it sooner! But the one that really made me happy was..
I was well pleased with how he handled the transition from The Shinning to a grown, independent, a tad effed-up Dan Torrence. and the story was so King!

Question 7) My blogger buds!
These two have been my constant readers and I am inspired by their blogs as well! We've never met in person, but I consider them both friends..

http://jennielyse.com/


http://headfullofbooks.blogspot.com/

Go say hi!! They'd enjoy the visit :)

Question 8) Favorite reading related quote
I'm such a fan... I can't help it :)

Now.... off to read and CHEER! :) Let's be BOOKISH!!!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Sunday Salon. Memorial Day & BEA Rev Up

First. I want to have the proverbial moment of virtual silence for those who served and those who gave all. From the bottom of my heart. Thank you. Oh Thank you so much!




Now.... on to that event that makes me want to jump up and down and squirm in my seat and feel perfectly giddy...

I can't even do my normal Sunday Salon layout because I'm too excited!!
ARMCHAIR BEA STARTS TOMORROW!!!!!
http://www.armchairbea.com/

This it such a big deal to me because I'm working hard to be able to open my bookstore and Book Expo America is the most important event to the book selling industry. Not to mention SUPER COOL!!!!

The Expo itself takes place in New York City. And this year... with every dime going towards the book store and well... life, actually GOING to NYC was out of the question..

Thats where Armchair bea comes in... and Thank God for that!!

Go to their link. Get involved. This is not just a booksellers' event!!! Bloggers UNITE! Readers UNITE!! Armchair bea is for anyone who LOVES the written word! 

Like me. And if you're reading this.. you too! So come one and go with me ok??

Now, on with the Salon


Time // 12:50
Eating // Made some real-popped popcorn. I gave up microwave popcorn a couple years ago.
Drinking // coffee... and shhhhhh I'm cat-less!! They must not realize I'm sitting down!

Weather // Gorgeous!! 
READING // 
I loved this book at the start... but not having BEEN to England, now that I'm I'm 2/3rds through it, it is all sorta of running together. Bad weather, good food, or bad food, good lodging or bad lodging. Place to place to place

LISTENING TO // I finished Thomas Hardy's The Mayor of Casterbridge... which I LOVED!!! and I'm getting ready to start Dean Koontz ~ 77 Shadow Street
 I come into this audio book with no other preconcived ideas aside from Koontz's other work, some I didn't care for some, like Odd Thomas, I loved!! So I'm very anxious to get going on this.
Still working on...

Beth Moore's ~ So Long Insecurity ~ chipping away but not very enamored with it.

Watching // I dunno.. nothing is catching my attention right now.  
Music // Back to K-LOVE
Blogging // I did my Frankenstein review and I have to do my Mayor of Casterbridge review but... with BEA on the way I've been working on writing some daily posts ahead of time so I can focus on reading other blogs during the week and being an AWESOME cheerleader!!
Acquisitions // 3 fun books from the second hand store.
Hating  //  How hard money is. I'm circling the drain here!! I need to make a move SOON! I firmly believe my best hope is to be on my own.
Loving // My youngest seems to having a marvelous time in London :)

Writing // not a great week for that.
Avoiding // Do want to see the exemplification of the writing on the wall? read back to my older Avoiding and guess what... we've hit caught up. So no more avoiding. Time to pay the piper. lol!
On a happy, happy note.... My Youngest gets back from England tonight!!! I'm so excited to hear about her trip! :)

Monday, May 19, 2014

Review: Frankenstein ~ Mary Shelley

   Title: Frankenstein
Author: Mary Shelley

Why I read this: A classic and I feel classics are important

My rating: 4/5


Synopsis from Goodreads: Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature's hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.

My Opinion: I admit it gets very drag-y in the middle and I have a hard time with esoteric language and writing style.. but that last part is my issue, not the book's so... with the last 1/3 of the book and the ending as boo-ya strong as it was, 4 stars is definitely called for!!

If you haven't READ Frankenstein, you DO NOT know the story of Frankenstein. Why more movies didn't stay closer to the book is beyond me (with the exception of Young Frankenstein, cuz well, that's just too funny to miss). The torment of dealing with the repercussions of what we have done, what we have let into the world, are dramatically portrayed in the both the person of Victor and the Monster. 

It shows that the love we withhold is what resonates in eternity. 

It shows that just because we regret something, we still have to be responsible for it. 

While it may never be one of my favorites per se, this is a tour de force of a novel... and she wrote it on a playful challenge!! Wow. Talent like that leaves me awestruck!