Another Overdue Book Review – Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

“You should just accept who you are, flaws and all, because if you try to be someone you aren’t, then eventually some turkey is going to shit all over your well-crafted facade, so you might as well save yourself the effort and enjoy your zombie books.”
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Let’s start with this: Jenny Lawson. Is. Hilarious.

I laughed my butt off when I read this book. The Bloggess is a phenomenal writer. In this book she tells about the insane events she’s experienced and has a good laugh at all of them. From dead pet squirrels and accidental cow insemination to the not-so serial killer outside of her bathroom door, Lawson takes the reader on many adventures in order to learn one simple lesson: bad memories aren’t really that bad, they make us who we are in the end.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with this book, either. Jenny Lawson is an awesome story-teller, making you laugh your beautiful little bum off at every page turn (awkward wording intentional). She truly is awesome. And pretty hilarious. And full of painful yet amusing experiences. I wish I had known about this book way long ago, because I absolutely love it. 

Throughout the novel, there are many times you’ll ask, “What the heck is wrong with her?!?!” and that’s the beauty of it, ladies and gentlemen. She truly knows how to make fun out of bad experiences.

Overall, this book really deserves five stars. It’s light-hearted, insightful, and absolutely hysterical. The stories she tells are mixed in with the small tragedies that she’s experienced, making it an all-out amazing read. If you’re looking for a book that is fun-to-read and hilarious, you should pick this one. *whisper* It’s awesome.

My rating: Five Freaking Beautiful Stars. Jenny Lawson, you deserve it. 

 

 

One Flew East, One Flew West, One Flew Over the Cukoo’s Nest – A Review

Well, that was an adventure.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a novel narrated by a man called Chief as he tells his story about the many battles between McMurphy and the Nurse Ratched in an asylum.

At first, I had mixed feelings about this book. The excessive details and imagery in the very beginning turned me off almost immediately. It was a tad redundant, and it made it a little difficult to get into, which was a problem since it held so much key information. The writing style was unique, as well and I found it hard to get around it. It didn’t help much that it moved kind of slow. Until halfway through, I was pretty lost. Once the plot took off, though, my feelings changed.
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Now to the good stuff:

First things first: Billy is a gift from heaven. I love his character so much. Read it. Just for him.

Second: This novel really brought to light a lot of heavy subjects that had to do with the mental asylums in the 60’s and 70’s. I have a high respect for that, as I’ve read other novels that didn’t really do the job.

Third: THESE. CHARACTERS. They are so well-written and well-introduced – it’s great. Kesey did a very well job in bringing them into the plot and introducing them to the reader. I also just have to say it’s great to read a book where the characters are complex and aren’t …well, good.

Fourth: It was just. So. Put together. I really enjoyed that. It was kind of a pain because I knew that almost every detail was key in the very beginning. Still, everything in this novel meant something and it was really nice how complex it was. I think that really added to the overall meaning of the novel.

I wish I could have had the relationship with this book that I feel like I should have. Overall I enjoyed, but there were just moments that I just kind of wanted to put it down. Those great elements of this novel is what pulled me through (and the fact that I read this for English).

Oh, wow, I still have mixed feelings about this book.
But, seriously, I have to give this book credit where it’s due. This is such a good novel and I still recommend it. Once it really kicks off, it’s worth your time. Kesey did a really good job in writing this and I really enjoyed most of it. It had a few hang-ups, which is why I rated it what I did. But the rest is good! So, read it.

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Winter of the World by Ken Follett: Review

Winter of the World is the second book in the Century Trilogy. This trilogy follows a series of generations in five different families struggling to survive through the 20th century. The second book, Winter of the World, picks up during World War II as the Third Reich rises and chaos ensues.

It begins with Walter and Maud Von Ulrich and their two children, Eric and Carla, in Berlin. Eric, who aspires to be a doctor, becomes a part of the Third Reich contrary to his parents’ wishes. Carla, on the other hand, works her hardest to become a nurse and assists in the war. On the other side of the world, American brothers Chuck and Woody Dewar both work their hardest to aid America in the war. Then we have Lloyd Williams, an Engl12959233.jpgishman who is determined to fight both Communism and Fascism to the best of his abilities. Winter of the World also follows Daisy, who cares only about her popularity, and her cousin Volodya, who is a crucial member of an intelligence team in Russia.

Yes, this novel is a total chaotic mess, but it has a great theme of strength and perseverance. It shows that in order to survive, we as humans use our strength and persevere through turmoil. Through the craziness of World War II, we see these characters fight through to reach their dreams and fight for what they believe is right. With that, it conveys its theme very strongly, and delivers a strong message about how with strength we can always survive.

Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It was a bit long, but was worth the time. I always enjoy Follett’s work, and this one was equally enjoyable as all the rest. I especially loved how the characters were developed and how the plot was laid out. Unfortunately, it wasn’t as fast-paced as what I’m used to, but it was still quite enjoyable.

 

My rating: IMG_0176

Books That Changed Our Minds

Nerds! I’m back! After an extremely long semester and an exhaustively busy Christmas, I finally came back to you guys. [insert applause here] It’s honestly been a stressful, yet fun month, but it’s 2016 and I’m happy to be back!

Every once and a while we come across a book that changes our life. Usually this kind of book changes the way we perceive the world around us and helps us grow in character. I’m sure we’ve all read several of these, but there are definitely a few specific titles that have definitely affected me. These books aren’t in any order, I just compiled five that I’ve found to influence a lot of book nerds.

  1. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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I think we all understand how amazingly screwed up this book is (in a good way, of course). It really changes a person’s perspective on the world. To Kill A Mockingbird tells an absolutely wonderful story about equality and childhood innocence. It’s definitely an eye-opener, and a tear-jerker (says the person who almost started crying in her English class one day because of it) and it really can teach someone that it’s the people around you that really can help a person grow.

2. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Steven Chbosky 

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The Perks of Being A Wallflower is my all-time favorite book. I don’t think I’ve ever expressed that enough on this blog, so I’m telling you now. I love this book. I love it too much. It teaches us about teenagers and the real struggles that they face.  It’s not romanticized. It’s raw. I love that about  this novel. It puts into words how a teenager feels during that time of their life and it definitely puts it into a good perspective. It’s beautiful, okay? Just plain beautiful.

 

3. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini 

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Written about two Muslim women surviving together in a marriage, it is an amazing book about the strength of women who work together. If you guys haven’t read my review on this book, you can view it here. It is an honestly fantastic book that is eye-opening and shows how a task that may seem daunting can be achieved if two people work towards it together.

 

4. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling 

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Overall, this series was one of the most influential book series I’ve ever read. Harry Potter is full of acceptance and friendship. I feel like the fandom associated with this series is probably the most diverse and the most amazing out there. Therefore, I feel like this series tops all the books that mean a lot to people. You can tell how Harry Potter has influenced a vast number of readers and it’s purely amazing. I think the fans is what makes this series even more special than it is alone.

 

5I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak

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If you’re a fan of Zusak’s The Book Thief, you’ve probably either heard of this book, or you’ve read it. Hopefully you’ve read it, because it’s a darn good book (book review here). It’s perfectly amazing and teaches the reader of how good deeds can help people. In this novel, Markus Zusak’s plot and writing style mixes very well to create a book that is way too amazing to even begin to describe. It’s gripping and just overall fantastic.

So, nerds, those are the five books that’s changed our minds. They’re truly amazing and I recommend them all.

Happy reading!!

(Oh yeah, and Happy New Year!!)

 

 

Above by Isla Morley: A Review

UGH THERE IS SO MUCH TO SAY ABOUT THIS BOOK WITHOUT GIVING SPOILERS SO BARE WITH ME, K?

 

Okay, so this book was crazy. Really crazy. So, apparently a sixteen-year-old girl named Blythe Hallowell is kidnapped by a survivalist and is hidden in an abandoned missile silo. Seventeen years later, she escapes, and has to learn to survive Above.

 

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At first, I really enjoyed this book. It was action-packed and had a great writing style. The first part was just really great and I enjoyed it immensely.

Then she reaches Above and things went downhill from there.

Granted, I enjoyed this book, to a point. It was fun and interesting and it was very action-packed… In the beginning. As soon as Blythe reaches Above, it just wasn’t fun anymore. In fact, it was a total let-down.

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The idea of this book was there, but the execution fell flat. Personally, I feel like this book could have been cut in half. That so the first part wasn’t so underdeveloped and the reader had more time to get adjusted. I think that there was way too much that happened in this book.
Towards the end, it was hard for me to keep up with it because I had to remember minor details that was at the beginning of the book. In my opinion, this was because of the amount of events that occurred between the beginning and the end. There was just way too much.

Nerds, this book had so much potential! It’s so frustrating how this book is. I wanted to love this book so bad, but I just couldn’t.

My rating:

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I debated rating this a four, but there’s so much that kept me from doing so. This book was just such a let-down and I wanted this book to be so much better. Honestly, I wouldn’t recommend this book. If it had reached its full potential, then yes, I would. Still, this book still had more to work on.

 


 

 

Announcement: 

Okay, so before I go, I decided to let you nerds know that I’m changing the URL of the site on December 4th. I’ve found that the current URL is actually quite difficult for people (even me) to remember. I haven’t quite decided to what yet, I have a few contenders but I though maybe I could get a few suggestions from you lovely nerds. Thanks, guys!

 

Happy reading!! xoxo

 

 

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
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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!!!

Who I Am Today

When I was first exposed to the event that changed my life, I was incredibly young. I only vaguely remember the day when my mom brought home the first book I ever learned to read: “Dick and Jane.” I was only three years old. Go aheead, make fun of me, but I promise, that was the book that made me who I am today.

George R. R. Martin once said: “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies… The man who never reads lives only one.” This is exactly how I feel. When I read, I travel. Whether it’s to Narnia to meet Aslan the Lion and the Pevencies or to England during the anarchy of the 12th century, I’m always traveling. Through books, I’ve gained friends, lost friends, traveled, saw, and lived. I’ve seen the Tribulation, the Holocaust, and the fall of Troy. I’ve met Hermione and Anne Frank. Without books, I would not be who I am today. Without the lives I’ve lived and the people that have befriended me and betreayed me, I wouldn’t have learned the lessons I need to survive in life.

I have always told my mom that I blamed her for how I am now. It is technically her fault. Ever since she brought home my first book and taught me how to read, I developed an addiction; an addiction  that not even the best rehab can fix. To be honest, though, I’m thankful. Without her, I wouldn’t have experienced all I have. Still, it’s to the books and their authors that I am most thankful. If the author who had written these books, if he hadn’t sat down and put their time and effort to putting their deepest thoughts on paper, my life would be so different now.

Ever since I was three years old, books and words have enveloped me in their warm embrace. I have always been intrigued by the words on a page that has the potential to lead a person into a whole different dimension. If it weren’t for the book I’ve read, the things I’ve seen, and the people I’ve met, I would be a totally different person. I’m proud of the fact that I have seen so much for a person of my age. I’m proud of the fact that I’m a reader. If I wasn’t, I would never be who I am today.

In The Land Of Blue Burqas

After turning the last page, I can’t even tell you about the smile that this book had placed on my face.

Kate McCord has spent five years in Afghanistan, working with an NGO (non-government organization). During these five years she conversed with the Afghan people, laughed with the Afghan people, helped them, and learned to love them. In this book,  she shares the stories she’s heard with us, in her attempt to show us the way Afghans live and how we can impact their lives.

As I read this book, I learned so much about Middle Eastern Culture and how their religion impacts their culture. I also learned how much Jesus impacted the world He lived in.

I was so inspired as I read this book. I cannot truly tell you how much it affected my spirituality and helped me become a better Christian. I couldn’t have began the year with a better book.

The only problem I had with this book was that it was repetitive. It repeated several facts and stories throughout the novel. However, it barely affected my overall feeling about this book.

This book was truly amazing and is definitely educational. Therefore, I recommend this book to everyone.

If you’ve already read this book, leave a comment below because I would love to know what you think.

Happy reading!

5 Books That You Absolutely HAVE to Read

I think everyone has finally realized how much I love reading. How much I absolutely adore it. So I decided to show you guys five books that you absolutely positively have to read. Some of these books may be part of a series, or a sequel to another book, which means that you have to read the one(s) before. But I only didn’t list them because out of the many books that I’ve read, I unfortunately can only pick five. 😦

5. The Secret Garden This book is amazing, I don’t even have words for it.

4. A Living Nightmare by Darren Shan This book is the first book in the

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series. Once you read this book, you’re hooked. You’ll never go back.

3. Smoke by Ellen Hopkins The sequel to

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is one of the best books I’ve ever read.

2. The Heroin Diaries Based on Nikki Sixx and his battle with drug addictions while being in the band Motley Crüe, this book will seriously inspire you. Have fun with this one. 😉

1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak I can’t even explain to you how amazing this book is. There’s nothing I can use to describe it. Words, symbols, drawings, actions, etc., can’t even show you. If you choose any of these books I’ve mentioned, and you can ONLY choose one, choose this one. You won’t regret it!

I know this post is a little short but with school and everything else going on, well… I hope you understand. And if you all want to know the author of the books that I have listed above, I’m sorry but some of these that I’ve read so long ago, I seriously can’t remember. (Yes. I have accepted the fact that I have problems.)

Thank you everyone for your support, follows, comments, likes, etc.! I appreciate it so much. 🙂