Monday, December 8, 2008

Homeland

HOMELAND (FORGOTTEN REALMS DARK ELF TRILOGY, NO 1) HOMELAND by R.A. Salvatore

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
So I tried out this book as my first Forgotten Realms/R.A. Salvatore read at the recommendation of my good friend Jason. I started this book three or four times and just couldn't get myself through the beginning. I'm not sure if was too detailed and started to bore me or just slow.

Well, I pushed through it and after the first let's say fifth of the book, it started to pick up and got way better. I actually enjoyed learning about Drizzt and how he was so different from the other drow elves. As he got older, learned more and developed as a character, the book developed as well and I couldn't wait to finish it. A great book and I really can't wait to read the next books in the series.

Now I can actually return this book back to Jason after, what I'm sure is, more than a year of having it.

Blog Addition: It's been so good to get back to reading again. This was the first book that I've really enjoyed reading in the past five months. My reading had dropped a little due to situations in my life and this sort of brought back the "fun" of reading. A good reminder as to why I love to read.

In general I had always stayed away from fantasy-type books because there is so much detail in the writing. That's not necessarily a bad thing but I tend to enjoy making the characters up in my mind and when so much detail is given that it takes away my ability to see it in my head my way, it somewhat bothers me. In this book however, the great details were in the beginning and the rest of the book was pretty much left to your imagination. I liked that.

Friday, December 5, 2008

On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief through the Five Stages of Loss

On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss by Elisabeth K├╝bler-Ross

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
I highly recommend this book to anyone dealing with a loss. I believe that it has helped me immensely to sort through the myriad of emotions that I was dealing with following my fiance's death. Although not all points in the book spoke to me directly, it definitely helped me to understand grief and therefore, better understand myself and what I was going through.

Blogging Addition: I'm not one for books that even remotely look like they could be a self-help book but this one was amazing and not written to sound like the usual self-help book. I think the appeal for me was being able to learn something from it. I didn't just learn about grief but I learned what was "normal" and I learned a few things about myself and how I deal with grief. That has really jetted me forward in the grieving process. When I finished this book in August, not only had I cried some needed tears but I had understood what these feelings inside me were all about.

That doesn't make dealing with loss any easier and yes, it did cause me to think of other people in my life that I had lost besides Michael such as my Uncle Al, Uncle Dom and Grandmother - and see how grief affected me then. I see how they all affected me differently and for differnet reasons although never the same... yet, the same.

Okay, so maybe this post was a little cryptic but it felt good to me.