I love the two first parts of this book: more political drama, more character history and well portrayed. I was set on giving it a five star already bI love the two first parts of this book: more political drama, more character history and well portrayed. I was set on giving it a five star already but then when it came to the last part, things just went downhill. I felt as if the author had panicked about the page counts and decided to wrap things up as quickly as possible. The result ended up being sloppy, messy, simple and just way to confusing with such an elaborated plot (which had all the potential to be mind blowing if just executed well.)
However, I still loved the whole book, just as I loved the first one. I'm more invested in the characters (especially Peeta, oh dear) and can't wait to find out more about what will happen to Panema and all the districts. Guess I will find that out very soon now :) ...more
What I needed: a novel with fluffy romances, cute dogs, awesome friends, lives you wished you also had, predictable plots, easy language and most of aWhat I needed: a novel with fluffy romances, cute dogs, awesome friends, lives you wished you also had, predictable plots, easy language and most of all, a feel-good story that just does not require too much brainpower. This definitely delivered.
Minus for using brands and labels as adjectives. Plus for many mischievous and cute dogs. Bonus for all the Doctor Who references.
Honestly, I never ever thought I would ever read the following line in a book: "Your sperm would have to have a TARDIS to make a baby this month."
Sweet, short, simple, cliche, cute...what else is there to expect?
It was a quick and simple read. I needed something easy and simple - kindSweet, short, simple, cliche, cute...what else is there to expect?
It was a quick and simple read. I needed something easy and simple - kind of like when you sometimes just want to sit down with a nice romantic drama or comedy, you know? I had saw my favourite local bookshop recommending this book and it sounded cute enough.
The book is about seventeen-year old Hadley who has just missed her flight to London, and is late to her father's second wedding. She remains stuck at the JFK airport and meets a British boy named Oliver, who is sitting in her row. Hadley does not look forward to the wedding and meeting her soon-to-be-stepmother. She and Oliver get to know each other during the long flight but when they reach London, they lose each others. The question is of course - will they meet again?
Even though the title and the summary suggest a romantic story, the focus is more on family drama. Of course, there is romance too though! The whole book is set in a period between twenty-four hours.
I wish I could say more about the book but to be honest, there isn't much to say. If you expect a lot of twists and turns, drama and depth, then no. This is a cute, fluffy and sweet story. It's simple, short and cliched. It's perfect if you need something quick that will make you feel good without overthinking it....more
Giving this a 2 stars when I felt it was a 2 1/2 star. Might change to 3 after tomorrows discussion.
Overall. A boring novel. It got interesting at soGiving this a 2 stars when I felt it was a 2 1/2 star. Might change to 3 after tomorrows discussion.
Overall. A boring novel. It got interesting at some points but I found the main character to simply be just unlikeable, especially at the start. Apparently he was to have changed after meeting his "angel" (the girlfriend, an even more unlikeable character) but I beg to differ. ...more
Saw this in a bookshop and got so excited. MUST READ IT.
Well, now I have read it. I'm not yet sure how I feel about it. Was it a disappoiSaw this in a bookshop and got so excited. MUST READ IT.
Well, now I have read it. I'm not yet sure how I feel about it. Was it a disappointment? Yes, I suppose, but I still liked it. I don't know. I really don't know. It was definitely worth reading but I can't place my thoughts and opinions on it. ...more
I loved re-reading this. I feel so tagged now to see the last part of the film tonight. Deathly Hallows could very well be one of my absolute favouritI loved re-reading this. I feel so tagged now to see the last part of the film tonight. Deathly Hallows could very well be one of my absolute favourites from the whole series, if only Ginny was a very minor character....more
I wish I could give this collection of poetry the review that it deserves but truthfully, I find myself unable to write about it adequately enough. ThI wish I could give this collection of poetry the review that it deserves but truthfully, I find myself unable to write about it adequately enough. The book is so good. It's not often I read poetry and it is even less so that I find myself drawn into it. With this, each poem drew me in. Each line felt like a story of its own and more often than not, I found myself reading a poem further in and reminisicing a poem that I had read earlier in the collection and wondering how connected they were. I love the style of writing; it is powerful, emotional and chilling. His words are filled with details and anyone who knows me well, know that I absolutely love that.
I would write more but I'm just going to leave this review now with my favourite parts (as well as one complete but short poem):
"Tell me about the dream where we pull the bodies out of the lake and dress them in warm clothes again. How it was late, and no one could sleep, the horses running until they forget that they are horses. It's not like a tree where the roots have to end somewhere, it's more like a song on a policeman's radio, how we rolled up the carpet so we could dance, and the days were bright red, and every time we kissed there was another apple to slice into pieces. Look at the light through the windowpane. That means it's noon, that means we're inconsolable. Tell me how all this, and love too, will ruin us. These, our bodies, possessed by light. Tell me we'll never get used to it.” ---- Scheherazade
"We made a graveyard// out of the bone white afternoon."
"When we were little we made houses out of // cardboard boxes. We can do anything. It's not because // our hearts are large, they're not, it's what we // struggle with. The attempt to say Come over. Bring // your friends. It's a potluck, I'm making pork chops, I'm making // those long noodles you love so much."
"Can you see the plot like dotted lines across the room?"
"I'm battling monsters, I'm pulling you out of the burning buildings // and you say I'll give you anything but you never come through."
"These are the dreams we should be having. I shouldn't have to // clean them up like this."
"A man takes his sadness down to the river and throws it in the river // but then he's still left // with the river. A man takes his sadness and throws it away // but then he's still left with his hands."
"Is that too much to expect? That I would name the stars // for you? That I would take you there? The splash // of my tongue melting you like a sugar cube?"
Yes, it's a children's book but what an adorable little story!
I am absolutely delighted in seeing children's book that have a focus on LGTB because thYes, it's a children's book but what an adorable little story!
I am absolutely delighted in seeing children's book that have a focus on LGTB because this world really needs more of them. I can only imagine how it is for a child with two same-sex parents to read books that are so very heteronormative. I for one, also cannot wait to read this for my own children (if I ever have any, that is) to make them understand and realize that there are many different kinds of love and family. ...more
Setting: Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea Author: Born in New Zealand
Mister Pip is a novel set in the tropical island of Papua New Guinea. It is iSetting: Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea Author: Born in New Zealand
Mister Pip is a novel set in the tropical island of Papua New Guinea. It is in the 1990s and the island is struck by a civil war. All the white people have left, except for one - Mr. Watts. Matilda, the main character, narrates the story of how Mr. Watts takes up the task to teach school children. His classes consist of reading out loud Great Expectations by Charles Dickens and the adventures of Mr. Pip fascinate the children. However, not everyone approves of the novel (including Matilda's mother) and the islands inhabitants is affected by cruelty of a civil war.
The book itself is very poetic and beautiful. The descriptions are sometimes gorgeous and Jones also bring about the cultural differences between the islands inhabitants and Mr. Watts. Matilda's voice seem honest and innocent but at the same time, since there is a war going on, you catch glimpses of the horror that is to come. The novel didn't fail in both touching me, making me smile and shocking me and making me want to cry.
This could have been an amazing read and even a 5 star. It had the language, the plot, the characters and everything that a good book need. The reason why I gave it 3 stars however, is because of the inconsistency. The second half of the book felt rushed and different and whilst I'm sure the author did so on purpose, I felt that it was out of place and perhaps too sudden. I'm also a bit critical about the stereotypical views that are brought forward regarding the characters.
Quotable Quotes "I had found a new friend. The surprising thing is where I’d found him - not up a tree or sulking in the shade, or splashing around in one of the hill streams, but in a book. No one had told us kids to look there for a friend. Or that you could slip inside the skin of another. Or travel to another place with marshes, and where, to our ears, the bad people spoke like pirates."
"At night we listened to gunfire. There were no battles. This was the loose gunfire of rambos drunk on jungle juice trying to scare the redskins. They took aim at the stars and blasted up through the tree-tops."
"You cannot pretend to read a book. Your eyes will give you away. So will your breathing. A person entranced by a book simply forgets to breathe. The house can catch alight and a reader deep in a book will not look up until the wall paper is in flames. "
"I suppose it is possible to be all of these things. To sort of fall out of who you are into another, as well as to journey back to some essential sense of self. We only see what we see. He was whatever he needed to be, what we asked him to be. Perhaps there are lives like that—they pour into whatever space we have made ready for them to fill."
"I had discovered that the plainest house can crown a fantasy or daydream. An open window can be tolerated. So can an open door. But I discovered the value of four walls and a roof. Something about containment that at the same time offers escape."
"Dreams are nervy things—all it takes is for one stern word to be spoken in their direction and they shrivel up and die. "
"We were young. Everyone was young in those days. That’s the main complaint you hear from people who are getting old. You stop seeing young people. You begin to wonder if there are any left and whether there were only young people when you were young." ...more
This has got to be the most depressing novel I have ever read.
I spoke to several friends who have seen the film and they told me that the film was soThis has got to be the most depressing novel I have ever read.
I spoke to several friends who have seen the film and they told me that the film was so depressing that they didn't even want to touch the book it was based upon. My feelings are very similar except in reverse. This book is so depressing that I don't even want to see the film that is based upon it. It's a shame because one of the ways that I discovered this book was when Precious received two Oscars awards.
Push is about the 16-year old illiterate Black girl, Precious. Since she can remember, she's been subjected to rape and abuse by her father and mother and has been neglected by everyone around her. Whilst carrying her second child (with her father), she is directed to a new school program, where she is inspired and determined by the teacher and the class to find her way, learn to read and write and actually live the life she is suppose to live. The book deals with many themes such as incest/rape, abuse, HIV, literacy, social attitudes and races and etc.
What intrigued me the most from the start wasn't however the overwhelming plot but actually the language. The book is written in a language as if it is spoken directly in Precious mind. It is colloquial and filled with grammar and spelling mistakes. The words are raw and straight forwards and it all makes it feel so much more real and harsh. There are also journal entries and poems that she writes as a form of communication and as a way to express herself and learn to write.
I really don't know what else to say about this. The book overwhelmed me. Sometimes, particularly in the beginning, it became too much. The scenes were too horrible and sad and I had to put down the novels several times and just stare at it, breathe and take it all in. I couldn't understand how it all could happen. I still don't understand how this can happen. This book isn't based on a real story but the fact remains that some parts of this life is always real to someone in this world and it just makes me want to cry.
"Listen baby, Muver love you. Muver not dumb. Listen baby: ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ.
Thas the alphabet. Twenty- six letters in all. Them letters make up words. Them words everything."
"I'm gonna break through or somebody gonna break through to me - I'm gonna learn, catch up, be normal, change my seat to the front of the class."
"I big, I talk, I eats, I cooks, I laugh, watch TV, do what my muver say. But I can see when the picture come back I don’t exist. Don’t nobody want me. Don’t nobody need me. I know who I am. I know who they say I am – vampire sucking the system’s blood. Ugly black grease to be wipe away, punish, kilt, changed, finded a job for. I wanna say I am somebody. I wanna say it on subway, TV, movie, LOUD. I see the pink faces in suits look over top of my head. I watch myself disappear in their eyes, their tesses. I talk loud but still I don’t exist."
"Ms. Rain say write our fantasy of ourselves. How we would be if life was perfect. I tell you one thing right now, I would be light skinned, thereby treated right and loved by boyz. Light even more important than being skinny; you see them light-skinned girls that’s big an’ fat, they got boyfriends."