How can I not give this 5 stars? How can I not? It was really amazing and this book really defines what epic fantasy is! It was just great, the world...moreHow can I not give this 5 stars? How can I not? It was really amazing and this book really defines what epic fantasy is! It was just great, the world (Middle earth), the characters (especially the hobbits) and the story itself. I have been a fan of the movie since I was in High School and I didn't even watch the Fellowship of the Rings first because I started with The Two Towers movie and then Return of the King and then The Fellowship (I sometimes watch movies this way). And even if a lot of my friends back then are hardcore Harry Potter movie fans (and I am also a hardcore HP fan) I always answer when ask what my favorite movie is, it's always Lord of the Rings (still it's my favorite movie I think).
So, my love for Lord of the Rings was already there when I started reading this one. I didn't have the chance to read it before because the copy in our school library was really thick and heavy. I also can't find an e-book copy online but thanks to one of my friend here in goodreads I've got the chance to finally read it. I must say if you're really into fantasy you've got to read this. This has been the greatest fantasy book ever written and it has inspired J. K. Rowling, George Martin and a lot of authors and it is also the inspiration to a lot of computer games like Warcraft. So yeah read it if you have the time.
The book was a little bit boring at first but once the characters were on Rivendell the pace will pick up. I also find the book better than the movie because I think Aragorn is more interesting in the book than in the movie. The story about the origin of the ring and the other rings are much clearly told. And a lot of the other parts that are missed out in the movie you can read in the book. My only complaint about the book is that it has a lot of song lyrics like I think for every chapter the hobbits or the elves will sing and it was just blah and then I skimmed reading those parts :). But, overall it's a great read can be a little bit purple prosey but it's tolerable and uhmm I just can't wait to read the next one.
I really don't understand why they think you're a great book maybe it just so happen that I'm not that re...moreOh Great Gatsby and your shenanigans. Pfffft.
I really don't understand why they think you're a great book maybe it just so happen that I'm not that really big on vocabulary and I'm a lousy, lousy reader who just don't have the patience to read you from cover to cover.
Sorry but my brain can't seem to handle you after the first two chapters.
I love this book. It's easy to read, straight-forward and memorable. I immediately fell in love with the story because of the characters. Atticus Finc...moreI love this book. It's easy to read, straight-forward and memorable. I immediately fell in love with the story because of the characters. Atticus Finch, Jem and of course Scout. It brings you back to your childhood when life is easy and you're always playing with your siblings, friends and neighbors. The time when you always look up to your parents and your parent/s will be your teacher, friend and role model. If you liked Tom Sawyer or the first half of The Book Thief you might like the first part of "To Kill a Mockingbird."
To be honest, reading the middle part becomes tedious and I just want something big to happen. So, I stopped reading for a while and watched Nikita (American TV Show). After I finished that, I resumed my reading and right then I couldn't stop reading because it became really interesting.
One thing that haunts me and angers me is that it doesn't end the way I liked it to be. Reading the first part, it felt like a fairy tale. I was really hoping that it will be a happy ending for Robinson. I felt like I was slapped by the author. This is the sad reality that she wanted me to read and to experience. I knew that it was obvious, the title itself is a foreshadowing. It's a tragic story of injustice and racial discrimination. I just felt really bad reading it especially the parts when a child read a current event about Adolf Hitler and what he's doing in Germany. In America the Whites discriminate the Blacks, in Germany the Germans discriminate the Jews.
This book is an eye-opener and I learned a lot of things. I hope that I'll be able to treat everyone equally without prejudice and discrimination. (less)
"Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody."
God I love this book.
First of all it's kind of hard to explain why I love...more"Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody."
God I love this book.
First of all it's kind of hard to explain why I love Catcher in the Rye since my reasons are highly personal and I was not even in the mood explaining some of my past life experiences just for you to understand why I felt such great connection and empathy with Holden Caufield. Just put it this way that once in my teenage life I've experienced alienation and depression. It was painful and it really made me sad and depressed that through this novel I was able to remember those things that I really don't want to even remember.
See I am depressed. This book made me depressed.
It just made me realized some things like when maybe sometime in the future you'll meet someone, a person who doesn't have anyone to talk to, it is important that you listen to them, just listen, and maybe that was enough for them. Sometimes this world and this life is such a sad place to live in but if you know that there is someone willing to stay with you or be your friend, it doesn't seem so sad anymore.
More Things I like about it: 1. It was an easy read, even if it's a Classic book surprisingly it was very easy to read unlike Pride and Prejudice and The Great Gatsby (note: I didn't even finish these two books because my head exploded while I was reading them).
2. It was very similar to The New Dress by Virginia Woolf and what a surprise they even have the same "stream of consciousness" style and the "non-linear plot" style. Mind you I love The New Dress but Catcher in the Rye was way better.
3. Symbolism: -ducks= was actually Holden Caufield
***When Holden Caufield was asking the cab driver what will happen to the ducks in the pond during Winter. What he was actually trying to say is that: "What will happen to me during this winter?"
-red hunting hat= security blanket
-when Holden says "You" in the narrative he actually means "I"
One Thing I Don't Like About It 1. The book was very "Anti-Girl" I just didn't like it that Holden says so many negative things about women and that he really generalizes women. Like for example he had an experience with this girl and he'll say something negative about it and then after that he will generalize it that "All girls are like that" and that was really way over the belt and that's just faulty generalization. I am a girl and all the negative things mention in this book about "girls in general" were highly ridiculous and so not true.
Book Reviews by John Green, themissingn and 60 second recap
***I recommend you to watch these if you wanna understand Catcher in the Rye deeply***
I really like the drawing and I've learned a lot from it. It's a good book and I really like the part when they define the word "ephemeral." It's a cu...moreI really like the drawing and I've learned a lot from it. It's a good book and I really like the part when they define the word "ephemeral." It's a cute story and I think it fits more to children.(less)
Cute, sweet, witty, entertaining, funny, tragic and romantic.
The Benedick/Beatrice love-hate relationship brings the gem in this play. They literally...moreCute, sweet, witty, entertaining, funny, tragic and romantic.
The Benedick/Beatrice love-hate relationship brings the gem in this play. They literally hate each other at first because of their views about love and marriage. They both swear to live as a bachelor forever rather to be married. After that their friends plan to make them fall in love with each other by deceiving both of them that the other love them and just not want to tell it to the other. Their chemistry is just lovely they both intelligent and their argument is funny and cute. When they confess their love for one another it was very funny because they're like very proud of themselves that confessing love was really like hard for them. The couple ended together at the end of the play.
The other couple Hero/Claudio tragic/comic love story is just stupid. First I really hate Claudio for he's an ass by declaring to all the people in their wedding that Hero was a whore despite of lack of investigation. This make me think that Claudio didn't really love Hero because if he love her truly he wouldn't shame her in front of so many people and he didn't ask her first if what he saw last night was really her. Hero also was very silent after what Claudio than to him and she doesn't even defend herself thus making his father believe at first that she really cheated on Claudio. I really hate that in the end they got together and married if I were Hero after I redeem myself I wouldn't marry this jerk. (less)
It's the type of play wherein you were actually forced to read it and then you read it and then you gave up and then you just ask your classmates what...moreIt's the type of play wherein you were actually forced to read it and then you read it and then you gave up and then you just ask your classmates what's all about and then even they don't wanna read it and then you just have to use the last resort and that's to google it.
And hey I've found Goodreads because of it.
So maybe even if I really don't read it at least it has been a blessing in disguise.
Some part of me thinks that this is quite ridiculous like they meet, they fall in love at first sight...moreWhoa! Whut the fuck? It's such an intense play!
Some part of me thinks that this is quite ridiculous like they meet, they fall in love at first sight and then they got married and then they killed themselves in the end because they can't be together because a lot of people are not in favor of their love.
However, what I find amazing in this play is the love story of Romeo and Juliet is larger than life and they choose to end their lives here on Earth so that they can be together in the other life also known as life after death. So this is an example of eternal love that can't be hindered by death. And I think that really makes Romeo and Juliet a timeless beauty.
I thought when I borrowed this one from the library that I was really gonna like it because I knew that Eclipse by SM was patterned in the book Wuther...moreI thought when I borrowed this one from the library that I was really gonna like it because I knew that Eclipse by SM was patterned in the book Wuthering Heights and obviously many people I think like this book. But the truth is I don't like it in general, some of the parts and lines I really did like, however most scenes are just extremely annoying and frustrating. I don't see any romantic qualities Heathcliff has so it felt kind of odd that some people find him romantic. Also I hate Catherine, I hate her more than any other character in the book. She's just too spoiled and annoying.
A small part of me can see why people actually like it since the book is unique, the characters are all anti-heroes, the scene is mostly gloomy, the lines are melodramatic just like in SM's books and love is being portrayed as opposite. Instead of love that give away to happiness and acceptance, love was depicted as a source of suffering and hatred. The thing is the writing is horrible, the narrator is their I think servant or something like that so I really don't know what Heathcliff or Catherine was thinking most of the time. It also has a lot of telling things and not showing things. It was extremely boring especially at first, I think the pace was pickup almost in the middle of the book. And the ending is just somewhat detached it became like a ghost story or something. Atleast Harethon and Cathy has a happy ending though. (less)
Thoughts before Reading I remembered enjoying my classmates' reactions when we watched the film for our literature, it was really *porn-like* movie but...moreThoughts before Reading I remembered enjoying my classmates' reactions when we watched the film for our literature, it was really *porn-like* movie but done really well.
Thoughts after Reading
I simply can't finish it because of the writing style. It was written in a very "wordy" manner. The sentences and paragraphs were lengthy even the chapters were really long and draggy.
I'm not the type of reader who enjoy dreary descriptions and what I love about reading were dialogues and the stories' characters. It's just get tedious and tedious as you read it. I've only read the first two chapters and I skip to the very last chapter. And really sorry I don't want to continue reading because I find myself not enjoying it and it'll be like doing something I was just forced to do and I think it'll be just a waste of time.
I still recommend you to watch the movie instead though because the movie was really amazing and the sex scenes was done artistically.
Sorry Love in the Time of Cholera it just seems that your writing style was not my cup of tea and I really don't want to waste more time on you.
***So many books so little time*** duuuuhhhh! I really am not the type of person who have the patience to read you cover to cover.(less)