Baby Proof by Emily Giffin
I’m not saying that I went into this thinking it would be the best book I’ve ever read. I’m not saying that I expected it to be exceptionally well written. I’m not saying that I expected to have to take a look at the world around me and think “what would I do in this situation.”
Come on. This ending was kind of a joke. You cannot build a book on ONE SINGLE PREMISE and then change the core thoughts and beliefs of the main (and extremely annoying and self absorbed) character in the last two chapters of the book, and expect people not to care.
I am not a reader that always wants a happy ending. I’m not. If the “happy ending” makes sense with the rest of the book, and doesn’t make the entire book irrelevant, then that’s fine. If the happy ending does make the book irrelevant…. well, why do it that way?
Not only did I find the main character, Claudia, to be extremely annoying, but I found her to be a selfish person who Griffin was trying to paint as a martyr. I understood how the character came to her conclusions, because I know that most of the time people act in their own self interests. It takes a special kind of person to act selflessly. Claudia though, was portrayed as being this self righteous character, without earning it in her actions.
I also found that many of the arcs of secondary characters were hurried in the end, as though the Griffin was looking to wrap this book up nicely with a pretty bow.
I don’t know. I went into this looking for an easy and fun read, and I just felt frustrated most of the time.
100 Days of Yoga
Days 46 & 47.
It’s funny, but I never knew how tight I was in my rib area, until I was able to get space in there with my side stretches. I thought that I was able to stretch that area but now I know how untrue that is. My range of motion has expanded so much, that I can’t imagine how I thought I was open.
The other thing I noticed is how much I hate practicing next to a mirror. I knew that I didn’t like it, but I had to the other day and I was reminded how much I hate it. I judge myself based on the people around me, and the reflection in the mirror feeds my insecurity…and my ego. That’s not what I want.
That’s why I don’t practice by the mirror (if I can help it). If I don’t, I’m judging a pose by how it feels rather than how the mirror is telling me it looks.
City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6) by Cassandra Clare
Let me start by saying this book received four stars partly due to sentimental reasons. I’ve been attached to this series since I inhaled the first five books on my kindle last summer in Italy. Which means that I am very attached to certain characters and their development, and how they end up. So it was sentimentality that resulted in my rating this book a four, when I think that the writing and the story itself didn’t quite warrant that four. I don’t know if that makes sense.
SPOILERS BELOW. Do not read if you do not want to be spoiled.
Alrighty, here are my thoughts…good and bad and in no particular order.
1) The whole situation with Jordan, while it makes sense, I felt like he was killed in order to add a sense of desperation to the book. It read as almost unneeded and I felt that Maia’s guilt over wanting to break up with him was inconsistent with the previous books as well as with the arc that Clare had made. It seemed sudden.
2) The main problem with this book for me was the bit with Tessa & Jem sorry, Zachariah. I just…..the end of the Infernal Devices should have been the end. I don’t know if that makes sense. I wish that they had not been included in this series. It was clear that the reason this book was written NOW was because Clare wanted to add the Infernal Devices into the story.
3) Simon…he’s never been my favorite. However, when he sacrificed his memories, I cried. That was the best part of the entire book, in my opinion. I also liked seeing Isabelle and her caring for Simon as well as the chinks in her armor (especially in regards to Max) and how he was able to help her. That’s why I was so touched with Simon’s memories going away.
4) The characters with the best development and writing were Magnus and Alec. Period. I love their relationship and how far they came in this series. It’s fantastic. They made the entire book worth reading. I really feel this way.
100 Days of Yoga
41, 42, 43, 44, & 45
Last week was a rough week for me, and I only was able to go to yoga twice. This week I’ve been three times so far, and plan on going tomorrow.
I haven’t been able to go as much as I wished, but my yoga this week has been aimed at working through the way I was feeling last week.
Most exciting, I was able to almost get my shoulder under my arm, while seated in a forward fold & holding my foot. This is HUGE for me.