Review: Crazy Good

Before there were bikers, or fighters, or even good old-fashioned jerks, there were Navy SEALs. They put the bad in badass because, well…it’s their job.

Navy SEAL Maverick Hart has everything. Women want him. Grown men idolize him. Little boys want to grow up and be like him. The job, the glory—it’s all his. Not because it’s handed to him…because he works hard for it. The second his sights lock on something, he owns it—or destroys it. Unfortunately he does both at the same time.

Windsor Forbes only takes calculated risks in her profession and in her personal life. After being left at the altar by the only person she’s ever loved, the very last thing she’s looking for is a relationship—especially the insane brand an arrogant Navy SEAL is offering. Hesitant, yet trusting to a fault, she gives in.

She knew she shouldn’t take the chance, especially a second time, but love is irrational and their love is perfect, infallible. Or so she thought…

The downfall to having everything is you have that much more to lose. A man like Maverick can’t have it all without something slipping out of grasp.

Crazy people perish for love.

Good people live for it.

Love doesn’t die. No matter how many bullets you put in it.

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Author: Rachel Robinson
Pages: 457
Published: April 7th, 2014

I did not like it at all. I mean there were some good parts but mostly it felt like such a huge task to finish it it felt like a burden. When I was reading the sentence “show, don’t tell” kept playing in my mind. I felt like that was the line Rachel Robison should’ve followed a little more closely.

First of all, I was so stupid I didn’t realise this was part one of a series. Which doesn’t necessarily mean anything but then it is a good chance the book ends in a cliffhanger and this does. I really don’t like it when books do that. In my opinion, there should be hints of something and questions left answered so that the reader can be satisfied with the book but still buy the second part. Especially since in the beginning there was one cliffhanger before jumping to the start of a story. It means in the following books there’s probably more cliffhangers. Ugh.

Maverick. The leading guy. He wasn’t a convincing character at all. It shone from miles away that he was a male character written by a woman who tried to make him the perfect man for women readers. Even his “flaws” were perfect. Of course he had lots of women and was good looking and loved Windsor fiercely and blah blah blah… His inner musings were so boring I had to skip parts and his thoughts sounded exactly like woman trying to describe man’s thoughts. And he was described as this bad ass alpha male but he got jealous way too easily and his reactions were over the top.

Windsor. You’re just waiting for the nickname Winnie bear. It came surprisingly late. Windsor was more likeable and believable than Maverick but still a laborious character. She freaked out about everything. I get that the author wanted some drama but Windsor’s reactions were over the top just like Maverick’s. She saw Maverick talking to girls in a bar after they’d been on a couple of dates and she freaked out so bad she moved out of her apartment so Maverick wouldn’t found her. All her emotions were heightened too much.

I wouldn’t recommend reading this, even if you get it for free. The world is full of good books and you shouldn’t be wasting time on this one.

Review: When breath becomes air

At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naïve medical student “possessed,” as he wrote, “by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life” into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.

What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when the future, no longer a ladder toward your goals in life, flattens out into a perpetual present? What does it mean to have a child, to nurture a new life as another fades away? These are some of the questions Kalanithi wrestles with in this profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir.

Paul Kalanithi died in March 2015, while working on this book, yet his words live on as a guide and a gift to us all. “I began to realize that coming face to face with my own mortality, in a sense, had changed nothing and everything,” he wrote. “Seven words from Samuel Beckett began to repeat in my head: ‘I can’t go on. I’ll go on.’” When Breath Becomes Air is an unforgettable, life-affirming reflection on the challenge of facing death and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a brilliant writer who became both.

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Author: Paul Kalanithi
Pages: 208 (Kindle edition)
Published: January 12, 2016

I know this book was published over a year ago and there has been a lot of talk about it but for some reason I just kept delaying reading it. I read a lot of reviews and it was probably going to be a good book but it felt like I had to have that special moment to it.

The book lets us into Paul’s mind as he looks back on his life and  faces death. It got me thinking about my own mortality which is always astonishing achievement for a book. I’m fairly young, so there’s not been that many times in my life that I’ve had to face the irreversibility of death.

Paul was an English major which explains his ability to write such eloquent words and string them up together as sentences in such a beautiful way. The pace of the book is peaceful, some could say almost slow, but I never got bored. Paul’s thoughts of life and death got my eyes glued on the screen of my Kindle, anxiously turning every page to absorb his every word.

From the start you know what is going to happen to Paul, which is why I think you need a certain mindset to read this. But even though the book is touching, and I was crying like a lunatic at the end, my overall mood was good after finishing it. I was in peace with Paul’s death, it almost felt like remembering a good friend who has passed away but enough time has gone by so you don’t remember the grief so much anymore, just the good times you had together.

I highly recommend this book for everyone! But warning, this will tug your heartstrings like no other, so I would stay clear of this book in public places. Unless you have nothing against crying like a baby in public.