Thursday, November 15, 2012

Books, Books, Books...

I've been reading so much lately, and have a couple books coming up that are great, and I just had to share some of the stuff I've been reading and have coming up.

1. Chop, Chop: L.N. Cronk - Found through Pixel of Ink, I figured I would get it because it was free. Geared towards young adults, it wasn't poorly written (not excellent either, just good), but it was so geared towards religion. However, there are so many great events, and you really get to like the characters in the book.

2. Day-Day: L.N. Cronk - Yep, the sequel to Chop, Chop. There are seven books in the series. This book follows Lacey and David as they live in Mexico, have troubles getting pregnant and trying to adopt a kid.

3. Pon-Pon: L.N. Cronk - Third in the series, this books follows Lacey and Dave back to their hometown. It follows them as they help their friends through hard times and get them back on a more positive track in life.

Currently Reading:

1. The Book Thief: Marcus Zusak. I am not that far in this book yet (about 30 pages) but so far, it is AMAZING! It came out a couple years ago (I think in 2006) and follows a young girl living in Nazi Germany living with a foster family because they may be able to provide for her better. She steals books from wherever she can so that she can read.

Upcoming:
1. The Casual Vacancy: J.K. Rowling. Written strictly for adults, this book is A LOT different than the Harry Potter series. I am very excited to read it, because I think Jo Rowling is such a fantastic writer.

Monday, September 10, 2012

UnEnchanted

I had every intention of doing some blog posts in August, but life got in the way. Anyway, I'd like to start September off with a book review. I got hooked up to Pixel of Ink through a friend, so I thought, Hey free books, why not? I have downloaded a ton of books through Pixel of Ink. I mean, like more than I'll be able to finish in a year. But that's okay, because at lease they're free.

Anyway, rambling aside, the first free book I read was called UnEnchanted, by Chandra Hahn. It was supposed to be a sort of retelling of the Grimm Fairy tales in modern times. Interesting concept, right? I thought so. I was a fan of Grimm's Fairy Tales from a young age, and we had to memorize many of them for the Storytelling Category of Speech when I was in 11th and 12th grade.

Well, this book does a terrible job of retelling these stories. Mina, the "heroine" of the story, is a clutsy 15 year old with a penchant for getting into or causing accidents. Her best friend Nan is someone who makes a meal out of embarrassing Mina when something happens to her. For example, by tweeting about her tardiness on the day of their school field trip.

The two stories that get told through the course of this book are Hansel and Gretel and Little Red Riding Hood. To start off the tale of Hansel and Gretel, the class that Mina is in goes to a place called Babushka's Bakery, which is the house. A series of events ensues, and Mina ends up simultaneously almost killing and saving the life of her crush, Brody. She drops a pencil, a bunch of people fall, knock into him and he almost falls into this big vat used for cooking donuts. Long story short, she grabs his back pack, he clings to it and she saves him.

Then her mom finds out and tries to run again, because running away is apparently what she does best. Every time "the tale" has gotten close to finding Mina, her mom has packed up all their belongings and moved them to a different town.

Well, they don't end up moving, and the tale that ensues is one long, crappy tale. There are enough grammatical errors in the first chapter to make Twilight look like high literature. The book is full of run on sentences. The author went comma crazy in some places and left commas out in other areas where they actually belonged. The book was repetitive and poorly written. When one character would say something, another character, often times, would repeat exactly what had just been said.

Overall, I'd say this is the first book I'd ever give an F to. Save your time and read something else.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Bookish Time - The Last Town on Earth

For May, my book club is reading The Last Town On Earth, by Thomas Mullen. It takes place in the little Washington town of Commonwealth in the year 1918. WW1 is going on and the Spanish flu is breaking out everywhere. In order to defend itself against the flu outbreak, Commonwealth shuts itself off from the rest of society. They do not allow anyone in or out of the city for at least two months. The novel revolves around that decision and the ramifications of said decision.

To pique your interest in this novel, let me tell you, without giving to much away, what it entails.

1. Wobblies. After all, who doesn't love a socialist, anarchist group that supports the rights of all working folks.

2. Murder. Nothing grizzly, but something that impacts the town of Commonwealth in a very dramatic way.

3. Love. When all is said and done, when is love ever a failure?

The author does a great job of handling all the themes and characters of the book. It was his first novel and for a first time author, he's done an excellent job of giving each character their own voice and writing in a manner that hooks you and keeps you going to the last page. If I were you, I'd definitely put this book on my must read list.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Another Hunger Games Post

I finished reading all the books in the Hunger Games series. I can tell you honestly that I was correct in my opinion that these are the best YA books I've ever read. Let me get you up to speed on what happened.

*There was a rebellion
*Katniss agreed to be the face of the rebellion - at great expense to herself and her family.
*There's a lot of good deaths. Okay, that sounds morbid. But trust me, people that I wished would get killed did! And it was AWESOME!

Those things being said: get thee to a bookstore or library and read these books!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Books, Books, Books,

I like to share what I'm reading. Right now on my shelf I've got:

A Visit from the Goon Squad - Jennifer Egan - reading for book club
The Reading Group - Elizabeth Noble
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood - Rebecca Wells
The Book Thief - Marcus Zusak
Zombie - Joyce Carol Oates

I'm finishing up:
Full Frontal Feminism - Jessica Valenti
The Purity Myth - also Jessica Valenti

What books are you reading right now?

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Hunger Games

I should give a disclaimer: There are SPOILERS in this blog post. If you have yet to read The Hunger Games, then DON'T read this post yet!

Last week, in like two days, I read The Hunger Games. I am currently well into the second book in the series. I cannot recommend these books enough! Go out and read them. That being said, here are my thoughts.

The book takes place quite far in the future on the continent of N. America, now referred to as Panem. The country is divided into (13) districts, but during a period of unrest and uprise, the Capitol destroyed the 13th district and invented the Hunger Games as a way to remind the country that the capitol is ALWAYS in charge. Basically they can kill you as soon as look at you if you do anything they have deemed illegal (including hunting past a fence that is placed around the woods).

So, in this the 75th year of The Hunger Games, one Katniss Everdeen and one Peeta Mellark from District 12 are chosen to be the tributes for their district. They are taken to a training area, where they are cleaned up, fed lots of good food and trained to kill the 22 other tributes. The person surviving at the end of the games is the winner. Their district is then given food once a month for a year. The winner is also given enough money and a huge house to live very well off of for the rest of their life.

Once the training is over, Katniss, Peeta and the 22 other tributes from the remaining 11 districts are pitched into an arena where they must fight to the death. There is a giant cornucopia right when they are lifted to the arena that is full of food and fighting supplies. So, right off the bat, about 12 people get killed. That leaves Katniss and Peeta fighting career tributes from Districts 1-4 as well as a small 12 year old girl from one district and a girl Katniss has nicknamed FoxFace.

Now that I've given a bunch of stuff away, let me tell you, by the time I got to the end, I really wanted Katniss to be the only survivor. I really did. BUT, that was not the case. So, before I ruin anything else, here are some thoughts:

-I am so glad I don't live somewhere like Panem, because here in the US, we may have people trying to strip away our freedom, but we still have the power to fight and stand up for ourselves.

-I am glad I don't have to hunt for my food or kill other people like that, because the happy happy veggie passive side of me says I would probably starve to death before I allowed myself to do something like that.

-I was happy to see that Katniss grew a pair by the end of the book and stood up to the Capitol.

-Last thought: The book is, hands down, the best young adult book I have ever read! If you haven't read it yet, you need too!

Happy reading :)