Aug
29
2014

This book got way too real sometimes….
Shanghai Girls, by Lisa See, is the story of two sisters in pre-WWII Shanghai. They begin the book as “beautiful girls,” which are girls that pose for paintings that are used in advertisements. They live through the invasion of Shanghai (and China and Hong Kong) by the Japanese. They survive the brutal process of immigrating to America and discovering that it isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The sisters, Pearl and May, go from flighty girls to mothers, wives, business owners, protestors and women. 
Shanghai Girls was one of the most intense books I have read in a while. Sometimes I forget that books can be about rape and war and miscarriages and all manner of terrible things. Though it was rather gritty, I did enjoy it…except for the ending. I kept waiting for there to be extra pages that I had missed the first time round, but it just ends on a cliffhanger of sorts. 
This book is fairly good. Just be forewarned that it can get real heavy, real fast. 

This book got way too real sometimes….

Shanghai Girls, by Lisa See, is the story of two sisters in pre-WWII Shanghai. They begin the book as “beautiful girls,” which are girls that pose for paintings that are used in advertisements. They live through the invasion of Shanghai (and China and Hong Kong) by the Japanese. They survive the brutal process of immigrating to America and discovering that it isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The sisters, Pearl and May, go from flighty girls to mothers, wives, business owners, protestors and women. 

Shanghai Girls was one of the most intense books I have read in a while. Sometimes I forget that books can be about rape and war and miscarriages and all manner of terrible things. Though it was rather gritty, I did enjoy it…except for the ending. I kept waiting for there to be extra pages that I had missed the first time round, but it just ends on a cliffhanger of sorts. 

This book is fairly good. Just be forewarned that it can get real heavy, real fast. 

Aug
28
2014

(don’t mind my chipped toenails in this picture)
I FREAKING LOVE CINDER!!! I love it because it is simple, it is fast paced and it gives an old story a crazy unbelievable new spin. 
Cinder, by Marissa Meyer, is a dystopian re-imagining of the classic tale of Cinderella. Cinder is a cyborg mechanic stuck under the shadow of her step-mother and her second citizen-type status. A crazy plague, combined with some even crazier moon people, set the conflict for this story. Plus a romance plotline that takes such a far backseat to the actual plot, it’s actually refreshing.
Sometimes I just get into the mood for YA novels. They can be very simple, yet still manage to tackle moral and social issues. There are clear themes of racism, familial loyalty, sacrifice and a plethora of other tough issues in Cinder. The main character is relatable, she may be unlike other girls because she is part robot, but I understood her. I may not have been way out on the fringe as a teenager, but that doesn’t mean I can’t have empathy for someone who is. I definitely relate to her desire to get the heck out of the city she lives in though.
This book is good. I can’t wait to read the sequels, which I have been told are on pretty much the same level as the first installment.  

(don’t mind my chipped toenails in this picture)

I FREAKING LOVE CINDER!!! I love it because it is simple, it is fast paced and it gives an old story a crazy unbelievable new spin. 

Cinder, by Marissa Meyer, is a dystopian re-imagining of the classic tale of Cinderella. Cinder is a cyborg mechanic stuck under the shadow of her step-mother and her second citizen-type status. A crazy plague, combined with some even crazier moon people, set the conflict for this story. Plus a romance plotline that takes such a far backseat to the actual plot, it’s actually refreshing.

Sometimes I just get into the mood for YA novels. They can be very simple, yet still manage to tackle moral and social issues. There are clear themes of racism, familial loyalty, sacrifice and a plethora of other tough issues in Cinder. The main character is relatable, she may be unlike other girls because she is part robot, but I understood her. I may not have been way out on the fringe as a teenager, but that doesn’t mean I can’t have empathy for someone who is. I definitely relate to her desire to get the heck out of the city she lives in though.

This book is good. I can’t wait to read the sequels, which I have been told are on pretty much the same level as the first installment.  

Aug
28
2014

I apologize for my lack of posting lately. I have been dealing with illness and my crazy brain and lack of motivation (poor excuses I know). So I am disbanding the 30 day challenge and starting fresh with book reviews. I finished a couple of books from the library and will queue those up for later in the week. 

Sorry. Thanks for your patience :)

Aug
22
2014

"To the English, skin is, as a rule, the compliment of the last resort, to be employed when there is nothing else to praise. Good skin is frequently dwelt on when talking of the plainer members of the Royal Family."

Julian Fellowes, Snobs

Aug
18
2014

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I will never not be mad about how the Maximum Ride series turned out. It will never be okay. Like seriously, don’t even mention it to me. I may look calm, but I am still very upset about this whole thing. Do not get me started. I cannot handle the emotions.

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maximumrideconfessions:

I will never not be mad about how the Maximum Ride series turned out. It will never be okay. Like seriously, don’t even mention it to me. I may look calm, but I am still very upset about this whole thing. Do not get me started. I cannot handle the emotions.

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Aug
16
2014

Day 14: A Book That Made You Cry
This stupid, stupid, stupid book ruined me! I cannot read animal based stories anymore because of the traumatic memories associated with Where The Red Fern Grows.
I remember reading this book as a class in sixth grade. Of course, being the impatient little booger that I was, I started to read ahead while suffering through the torture that is listening to 10 year olds read out loud. I am sure my face scrunched up into a mask of horror upon reading about the boy who gets CHOPPED IN HALF BY AN AXE and THE MAULING OF THE DOG BY THE COUGAR and THE SLOW, PAINFUL STARVATION OF THE DOG WHO MISSES IT’S DEAD SIBLING (no spoiler alert, cause come on, this book is oooooold). This is not a children’s book! I just remember sobbing, in front of 30 of my peers, as Rawls describes the red fern curling into life between the cold graves of the dead dogs. Just huge, ugly sobs as I realized that the dogs were running around in doggy heaven together and this poor boy was left without his two best companions. 
Uggggghhhh this book wrecked me and ruined a whole genre of literature for me. 

Day 14: A Book That Made You Cry

This stupid, stupid, stupid book ruined me! I cannot read animal based stories anymore because of the traumatic memories associated with Where The Red Fern Grows.

I remember reading this book as a class in sixth grade. Of course, being the impatient little booger that I was, I started to read ahead while suffering through the torture that is listening to 10 year olds read out loud. I am sure my face scrunched up into a mask of horror upon reading about the boy who gets CHOPPED IN HALF BY AN AXE and THE MAULING OF THE DOG BY THE COUGAR and THE SLOW, PAINFUL STARVATION OF THE DOG WHO MISSES IT’S DEAD SIBLING (no spoiler alert, cause come on, this book is oooooold). This is not a children’s book! I just remember sobbing, in front of 30 of my peers, as Rawls describes the red fern curling into life between the cold graves of the dead dogs. Just huge, ugly sobs as I realized that the dogs were running around in doggy heaven together and this poor boy was left without his two best companions. 

Uggggghhhh this book wrecked me and ruined a whole genre of literature for me. 

Aug
15
2014

Day 13: A Book That Disappointed You
Bruh this book sucked. My best friend got it for me and I was excited to read it because we were both going to read it and talk about it and bond over a book. And then it sucked baaaad and none of that happened and she felt like she got me a useless gift. So yeah, The Pieces We Keep by Kristina McMorris disappointed me. 

Day 13: A Book That Disappointed You

Bruh this book sucked. My best friend got it for me and I was excited to read it because we were both going to read it and talk about it and bond over a book. And then it sucked baaaad and none of that happened and she felt like she got me a useless gift. So yeah, The Pieces We Keep by Kristina McMorris disappointed me. 

Aug
15
2014

Mike Brown Law. Requires all state, county, and local police to wear a camera.

As literary lovers, we are citizens of the world. As citizens of the world, we have a responsibility to do our part to make the world safer for our fellow humans. Take some time out of your day to sign this petition, which could help ensure greater accountability in American law enforcement. 

Aug
14
2014

Day 12: A Book You Have Wanted To Read For A Long Time (But Haven’t)
The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath. I don’t know why I haven’t read this yet, it seems like it would be right up my alley. I guess it just keeps slipping my mind.
Sweet cover design courtesy of Bud Cato. 

Day 12: A Book You Have Wanted To Read For A Long Time (But Haven’t)

The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath. I don’t know why I haven’t read this yet, it seems like it would be right up my alley. I guess it just keeps slipping my mind.

Sweet cover design courtesy of Bud Cato

Aug
13
2014

Day 11: Favorite Classic Book
ANYTHING by Jane Austen, although ultimately I’d have to choose Pride and Prejudice. 
'Nuff said.

Day 11: Favorite Classic Book

ANYTHING by Jane Austen, although ultimately I’d have to choose Pride and Prejudice. 

'Nuff said.

Aug
12
2014

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July: Classic

A Wrinkle in Time, the graphic novel adaptation | Hope Larson

Genre: Children’s Classic, Science Fantasy

Publication Year: 2012

# of Pages: 392

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

12-year-old Meg, her younger brother Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin are whisked away on an adventure of a lifetime to find and save Meg and Charles Wallace’s father, who is a top secret government agent gone missing after working on a project called a tesseract. 

Personal Reaction: I feel as if I should have read the original text by Madeleine L’engle first before tackling the graphic novel adaptation because much was missing from the latter. There weren’t enough explanations and I flew through the pages in a matter of minutes. 

I will definitely be picking up the non-graphic novel version and then compare it to this adaptation.

Fans of A Wrinkle in Time would appreciate this adaptation, though.

Ah man, I need to read this. This book was my straight up jam. I wanted to be Meg. Except the scary demon eye gave me the chills. 

Aug
12
2014

Day 10: A Book You Thought You Wouldn’t Like But Ended Up Loving
Misery by Stephen King. I can be very wishy washy when it comes to horror books. Some days I love them and can’t read enough, while some days I hit a dry spell and get scared when I even walk past the King section in the library. I had heard of Misery before I read it, as it is a source of several pop culture references (I believe even Family Guy did an episode where they parodied this book). I thought I knew what to expect when I started reading this, but I was totally blown away This book just does not stop coming at you full force. I don’t know how many times I thought it was over and that Paul was going to escape, only to have the impossibly still-living Annie crawl through a window or barge through a door and scare the living daylights out of me. 
I loved this book because it is an example of good, simple, terrifying story-telling. 

Day 10: A Book You Thought You Wouldn’t Like But Ended Up Loving

Misery by Stephen King. I can be very wishy washy when it comes to horror books. Some days I love them and can’t read enough, while some days I hit a dry spell and get scared when I even walk past the King section in the library. I had heard of Misery before I read it, as it is a source of several pop culture references (I believe even Family Guy did an episode where they parodied this book). I thought I knew what to expect when I started reading this, but I was totally blown away This book just does not stop coming at you full force. I don’t know how many times I thought it was over and that Paul was going to escape, only to have the impossibly still-living Annie crawl through a window or barge through a door and scare the living daylights out of me. 

I loved this book because it is an example of good, simple, terrifying story-telling. 

Aug
8
2014

Just finished reading Cinder

It took me one day…less then 24 hours. Now I need Scarlet….looks like I’m not sleeping tonight.

Aug
8
2014

Day 9: Most Overrated Book.
I feel like people forget that this is a book about cancer. About teens with cancer. About teens with cancer who die from cancer. As I have said before, I think this book is better read as a commentary on the struggles of the real world, rather than as a teen romance novel. So as a YA romance novel, I do think this book is overrated. 

Day 9: Most Overrated Book.

I feel like people forget that this is a book about cancer. About teens with cancer. About teens with cancer who die from cancer. As I have said before, I think this book is better read as a commentary on the struggles of the real world, rather than as a teen romance novel. So as a YA romance novel, I do think this book is overrated. 

Aug
7
2014

Day 8: Most Underrated Book.
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. THIS BOOK! It is so good and has such a unique storytelling style. It is definitely more of a slow burn, but it all pays off in the end. I reviewed it earlier and had some issues with it. But the more I thought about it and contemplated the plot, the more I grew to love it. 

Day 8: Most Underrated Book.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. THIS BOOK! It is so good and has such a unique storytelling style. It is definitely more of a slow burn, but it all pays off in the end. I reviewed it earlier and had some issues with it. But the more I thought about it and contemplated the plot, the more I grew to love it. 

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