A Thousand Splendid Suns – Review

I remember first falling in love with Khaled Hosseini after reading The Kite Runner. It was an amazing book and made me fall in love with Khaled Hosseini’s beautiful writing. (Review: Here) When I found A
Thousand Splendid Suns 
in the school library last week, of course I grabbed it.

This book was a little disappointing at first. I couldn’t quite get my head wrapped around it. For most of the first and second parts of the book I wondered what Khaled’s purpose was in how he introduced the characters. Yet, as the story unfolded, it made perfect sense.

“A Thousand Splendid Suns” is a novel about two women’s fight for survival; in the light of war, famine, drama, and abuse. It begins as two women are introduced to the reader, both coming from the total opposite of places: one, from a city called Herat, A_Thousand_Splendid_Sunswhere she was raised by only her mother, and was known to all the people that knew her as a “harami”; the second, from a city where she was brought up by a loving family and Both end up in the same place. Together, they fight the battle of being a woman.

Still, this book didn’t just show me how women can inspire each other and motivate each other through life, but it also showed me the power of love and sacrifice. I learned that through pain, there is peace. Through sadness, there is happiness.

“A Thousand Splendid Suns” is a beautiful book. It’s inspiring and amazing. However, I rate it four stars because I honestly wished that it had a bit more. As said earlier, this book definitely disappointed me at first. The characters were a little complex, though I’m sure that without their complexity, the impact of this book wouldn’t be as great. Even though that was the case, the question of, “What is Khaled planning now?” honestly pushed me to read more to answer my question.

Rating:  4stars

I do recommend this book to anyone who really enjoys a complex story line and though-provoking endings. Nerds, it’s such a beautiful and heart-breaking story. But be aware guys, THIS ONE’S A TEAR-JERKER. I suggest setting a box of kleenex next to you before you read the last chapter.

If you have already read this book, definitely tell me how you like it in a comment below. I love book discussions!

Happy Reading!!!

What To Read From A-Z

When deciding on what thing I wanted to write about today, I was at a loss. Writer’s block is no joke. Yet, I knew I needed to write so I decided to challenge myself and see how it panned out. Here’s what I did:

I decided to take some of my favorite books and place them in alphabetical order to find you guys a list of books that I recommend, with titles starting with the letter A through the letter Z. For four hours I sat at my computer looking my booklist on Goodreads until I finally created the list. Hope you guys enjoy!

After by Amy Efaw

Blonde Roots by Bernardine Evaristo

Cut by Patricia McCormick

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Easy by Tammara Webber

Fade by Lisa McMann (The second book in the Dream Catcher Series)

Grief Girl by Erin Vincent

Harry Potter (The entire series) by J.K. Rowling

I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini 

Looking For Alaska by John Green

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

The Outside by Laura Bickle (The sequel to The Hallowed Ones) 

Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk 

Etched On Me by Jenn Crowell

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff 

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Tilt by Ellen Hopkins

Under the Dome by Stephen King

The Perks of Being A Wallflower

World Without End by Ken Follett

Burned by Ellen Hopkins

The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible As Literally As Possible by A.J. Jacobs

Zomb-B by Darren Shan 

Granted, not all are matching their respective letters, but it was hard to find books by certain letters that I had read. None of the books that I have read start with the letters Q, V, or X.  Most of them do match their letter,though. I hope that you guys enjoyed the list. If anyone has read any of the books above, why don’t you just leave a comment below telling me if you liked them or not and why.

By the way, if you guys haven’t checked out my Goodreads and/or my Twitter account, I’ll try to leave the links to my profiles in the comments below. If I don’t get to (in other words I forget) then make sure I do it next time by leaving me a message or comment.

Bye for now

Happy reading!! xoxoxo

Book Review: “Paper Towns”

Being a binge reader sucks. It’s like, going two months before finally picking up a book, finishing it, and then in the next three days you read like four books.

One of those books, happens to be Paper Towns. 

You guys know by now that I’m not one for following book trends, but this one seemed to be impossible to pass up. EVERYONE was reading it. So, I decided to give it a try.

51hgkNew+XL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Let me just put it plainly:

I loved this book. It was magical. There were so many things in this book that allowed me to look at life differently and made me realize so many things. I laughed, I got angry, and yes, nerds, I cried.

Paper Towns starts as Margo Roth Spiegelman climbs through her neighbor’s, Quentin’s, window and takes him on the night of his life. The next day, Margo goes missing. This sends Quentin on a quest, to find Margo, and to find himself.

I feel like this book says a lot of things. It says that people are ordinary. It says that people are complex. It says that we, as people, like to think of others as how we like to think of them, instead of how they really are. It says everything that a book, in my opinion, needs to say.

My Rating:

five-stars-rating

Seriously, nerds, read this book. It’s fantastic and needs to be read. When you finally put it down, it’ll leave you looking at the people around you differently. If you’ve already read this book, go ahead and comment what you thought about it. I’d love to hear it.

HAPPY READING!! XOXO

Blind Date With A Book!!!

Hey Nerds. In case you haven’t quite noticed yet, I’ve connected my blog with Goodreads, which means that

  1. You guys can view all of my books and book reviews
  2. You nerds can add me as a friend and talk to me about anything and everything books!!!

(Check out my link in the sidebar on the homepage.)

And speaking of Goodreads, I just recently found the best and easiest way to get free books on there, one of which I’m reviewing as a part of “Blind Date With A Book.” It’s called First Reads and all you have to do is go to the giveaways section and sign up for drawings on whatever book you’d like to win. Obviously the odds of you winning depends on the amount of people who are requesting and the amount of books that are being given away. So far, I’ve won seven.

Since I’ve only received one so far, I’ve decided to review it first. download

World Crash is a small novel by Michael R. Worthington.

It’s set in America, and begins as young Sarah wakes up in the hospital after a car accident. She’s befuddled, and later finds that the accident was caused by an incident that the world called the Crash. During the crash, a virus spread through computers and disabled the internet, as well as the electricity. After aliens that call themselves the Annunaki, Sarah and her friends in the military derive a plan to make the aliens surrender and go back to their planet.

First reaction: The cover was a little underwhelming for me. It did kind of make me wonder what it was about, but after I read the book, it definitely didn’t match up with the plot. To me, it conveyed a different story than it should have.

Overall Rating: download

I loved the plot, the beginning, and the end. Yet, to me, there was a lot of stuff missing. For example, I didn’t really have much of a connection with the characters.There wasn’t really anything that made my emotions connect to the book in general, which is a big part of reading for me. Plus, I’m not really into computer programming so it was kind of hard for me to follow along (which is a personal thing, I know). In addition to those things, there were several typos and mistakes that I really couldn’t ignore, and they didn’t really make for an enjoyable reading experience.

I give this 3 stars because of how the characters and story weren’t really relatable and there were several spelling mistakes and typos (specifically in the chapter titles and headings). Even though I really enjoyed the plot, those things were elements of the book that didn’t allow me to rate the book any better.

Would I recommend it? Probably not. It isn’t the type of book I would recommend to anyone for the same reasons I rated the book so low.

HAPPY READING!!! XOXO