Six Sentence Saturday v.1

Welcome to Six Sentence Saturday.
Where I try to express my thoughts on recent reads using only 6 sentences!!!!.
At the end of each review I will post a rating scale of 1-5 using the cute and original (lol) Playing Cards.
Rating Scale will be as follows:

5 Of Hearts

You Must Read This Book NOW!
4 Of Hearts

A Great Read, Put It On Your TBR.
3 Of Hearts

Glad I Read It, But No Big Deal.
2 Of Hearts

Why Did I Finish This?
Joker

Don’t Bother
(Why Did I?)
 

Book

Details Synopsis
Year Of Magical Thinking
Joan Didion
Vintage International
©2006
Trade PB 227 Pages
From one of America’s iconic writers, a stunning book of electric honesty and passion. Joan Didion explores an intensely personal yet universal experience: a portrait of a marriage – and a life, in good times and bad – that will speak to anyone who has ever loved a husband or wife or child.
My Six Sentences My Rating
Starting on the book I had prepared myself to haul out the tissues, as I had heard that this memoir was one of the saddest books. But I didn’t tear up while reading, probably because even though it was terribly sad, it was one of the most heart-warming books I’d ever read. Joan Didion writes (shares) her thoughts about the death of her life partner and the simultaneous illness of their child in such a incredible way. She never seemed to hold back on the misery she was going through, but it was hearing about how she dealt with it that really made me love this book. Her actions and reactions may not have been the same as mine in that situation. But the true enjoyment I got from this book was seeing that sometimes the worst can happen, but we can get through it.
Other Reviews    
A Book A Week
Care's Online Book Club
Everyday Reads
Passion For The Page
Shelf Love
Sophisticated Dorkiness


Book

Details Synopsis
Hurry Down Sunshine 
Michael Greenberg 
HarperCollins
©2008 
Hardcover 233 Pages

An extraordinary family story and a memoir of exceptional power. In it, Michael Greenberg recounts in vivid detail the remarkable summer when, at the age of fifteen, his daughter was struck mad. It begins with Sally's sudden visionary crack-up on the streets of Greenwich Village, and continues, among other places, in the out-of-time world of a Manhattan psychiatric ward during the city's most sweltering months. It is a tale of a family broken open, then painstakingly, movingly stitched together again.

My Six Sentences My Rating
I cannot believe that I finished this book, but I did. It’s not at all what I had expected or hoped for. For example, in the books description it says “An extraordinary family story” – but in my opinion it wasn’t balanced enough to be about a family. It’s a memoir of a father’s experience dealing with a mentally ill daughter, but the daughter is so absent from the story that I really couldn’t care less about any of the characters involved. I’d hoped to hear more about the relationship between father and daughter, instead I found it focused entirely too much on the father. The narrative felt self-pitying and a little too “center of the universe” for me.
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A Certain Bent Appeal
Bold. Blue. Adventure.
Book Lady’s Blog
Printed Page
Puss Reboots
She Is Too Fond Of Books


Book

Details Synopsis
On Writing
Stephen King
Scribner
©2000 
Hardcover 288 Pages

With On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft, Stephen King shares his insights into the craft of writing and offers a humorous perspective on his own experience as a writer.

My Six Sentences My Rating
I didn’t read this book because I’m a writer, or aspire to be a writer, I’m too much a rambler to ever take my writing seriously. Nope, the reason I read this was because I’m a geek who loves reading non-fiction written by writers I enjoy. Oh and I didn’t really read this, I read the first few chapters, listened to the audio version for the majority, and then went back and re-read some parts I thought were interesting. For me this book had a few moments that were kind of boring, but not boring enough to make me stop. It had lots of really cool anecdotes, as well as hints that are probably very helpful. And I have to say it was such an awesome audio book to listen to, King has a comfortable, conversational voice and it was really fun listening to him.
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Ms. Bookish
Confessions Of A Bibliophile
POD People
Reading Through The Night
Rebecca Reads
What Are You Reading?


Six Sentence Saturdays is fabulous review format I discovered and decided to borrow from Kailana’s blog The Written World, she had borrowed it from Staci’s blog Life In The Thumb – thanks to both of these bloggers! Trying to write a review in only six sentence is just the exercise I needed (since I tend to go on and on forever without any guidelines holding me back.)



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17 comments:

bermudaonion said...

Wow, Year of Magical Thinking sure does sound good! I'm disappointed to see that Hurry Down Sunshine doesn't measure up.

Chris said...

I love this format!! I may have to try it sometime soon :) Fun reviews!

christina said...

LOL. This is such a great format. And I'm totally diggin' your cards = rating system.

I read On Writing for similar geeky reasons. But I don't think I enjoyed it as much. I was a bit more on the fence, card 3. I agree, though - liked the anecdotes.

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Oh my gosh! My computer spazzed on me. So sorry for all of the repetitive comments, and now mad crazy deletions. :(

Kailana said...

I think this is so great. I can do a bunch of reviews at once that I probably wouldn't review otherwise! yay! Glad you are joining in, too.

Ceri said...

I really like this style of writing the reviews. You do it really well :)

I've always wanted to read On Writing. Stephen King's one of my favourite authors and, as a writer myself, I've always wanted to see what his tips were. I believe it's in that book that he mentions he was using drugs and drinking so heavily at the time he wrote Cujo, that by the time he got sober, he couldn't actually remember writing it!

softdrink said...

Hee, hee. I love the joker rating!

Zibilee said...

I have heard the The Year of Magical Thinking is a great book, so I am glad you liked it. Too bad about Hurry Down Sunshine though, I had high hopes for that book. I really liked this post, it's very creative!

Zibilee said...

I have heard the The Year of Magical Thinking is a great book, so I am glad you liked it. Too bad about Hurry Down Sunshine though, I had high hopes for that book. I really liked this post, it's very creative!

Zibilee said...

I have heard the The Year of Magical Thinking is a great book, so I am glad you liked it. Too bad about Hurry Down Sunshine though, I had high hopes for that book. I really liked this post, it's very creative!

Joy said...

I have read on writing, and am encouraged to go listen to it on cd. His nonfiction book Danse Macabre was most enlightening and I reccommend it.

Anonymous said...

There is no disputing about tastes.

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