Beloved, a story set in 1873 about ex slaves who are haunted and can't forget their grim past of enslavement, is an fantastic yet almost creepy storyBeloved, a story set in 1873 about ex slaves who are haunted and can't forget their grim past of enslavement, is an fantastic yet almost creepy story with these of love, family, nature, birth, and death. Morrison also incorporates past histories of enslaved blacks, like the Middle Passage, to give her book not only historical significance but powerful and truthful meaning. The main characters in the book are Sethe, Beloved, Paul D, Denver, and Baby Suggs who all spend their life trying to forget some aspect of their past and trying to live a life of freedom in the racist and resticting world of the post Civil War era.
Morrison is a phenomenal and inspirational writer, creating meaning in every word she write to bring the reader on a true journey that will have then thinking long after they put down the book. The novel is dense, not a quick read but enjoyable if you are patient. I would recommend this one to anyone and everyone, but I would suggest it specifically for people who are apart of book clubs or academic classes where group discussion will be available. Morrison's style of non linear and non straight forward can be overwhelming and confusing at times, so having people to discuss it with is extremely helpful!
"A Walk to Remember" by Nicholas Sparks is a story of two lovers who have nothing in common at first but later discoveries how their differences bring"A Walk to Remember" by Nicholas Sparks is a story of two lovers who have nothing in common at first but later discoveries how their differences bring them together. In a way it is a coming of age story as the main character, Landon, learns about what it means to have responsibility of ones actions and choosing to not be influenced by what others think about his choices. Jamie, the very religious, humble, and charitable love interest, teaches Landon by example how to live his life according to his own desires and principles. Just when Landon believes he has a grasp on this new concept, everything changes and he must reevaluate all that he once believed in. I would give this book a middle thumb (not quite thumbs up and not quite thumbs down) because I enjoyed the story but I thought the plot was predictable (which could have been partially due to the fact that I have seen the first half of the movie, even though it was not well adapted) and the writing was so simplistic and dry that it was almost painful to read at times when I craved detail. Because of this, I believe this book is for the younger audience, like pre-teens, who want to read a sweet love story with a moral touch. ...more
I really did not like this book. The characters to me were extremely flat and substance-less and I felt like I did not get to know any of them. The plI really did not like this book. The characters to me were extremely flat and substance-less and I felt like I did not get to know any of them. The plot of the book was not very entertaining and the ending was disappointing. The book never made me feel excited to keep reading. I gave the book two stars though, instead of one, because I found Fitzgerald's writing to be interesting at times and kind of liked Nick's character although I barely felt like I knew him by the end. It may be a classic but to me it is definitely overrated. ...more
I really enjoyed this book because to me, everything the author said seemed "real." The character Zits sounded so much like a teenager in his thoughtsI really enjoyed this book because to me, everything the author said seemed "real." The character Zits sounded so much like a teenager in his thoughts and frankly I found being in Zit's head to be hilarious, often laughing at the truth he would lay out on the table. I also feel like this book had the message that you are not born to be any certain person, but you experiences will shape the way you behave and see the world. Overall, great book!...more
Wow an amazing story about family dynamic, equality, love, separation, death, and ethics. The book is about a 13 year old girl who has an older siste Wow an amazing story about family dynamic, equality, love, separation, death, and ethics. The book is about a 13 year old girl who has an older sister, Kate, dying of Leukemia. Their desperate mother, Sara, is doing everything in her power to keep Kate alive, including conceiving Ana many years before so she could be a matched organ donor. Everything the family does revolves around Kate and as a result Ana and Jesse (the oldest of all three children) are essentially neglected of parental love. Ana claims that she wants control over her body and does not want to give any more organs or other parts of her body to Kate and sues her family, demanding Medical Emancipation. Ana's father takes care of her during the trial process as he understands the way Ana feels. I would give this book a thumbs up as it was captivating and really made me question situations where one would usually assume there was only one right answer. Jodi Picoult wrote the story beautifully and I found myself writing down quotes from this book for writing inspiration and to collect. It really is a book for everyone and is very entertaining from start to finish. ...more
**spoiler alert** I felt like having read Eclipse, it was nice to know what we weren't able to see with just Bella's perspective. This book shows the**spoiler alert** I felt like having read Eclipse, it was nice to know what we weren't able to see with just Bella's perspective. This book shows the dangerous side to being a vampire and you get to see how monstrous they can be when mass murdering hundreds of people. I did though feel like the story not only rushed but wasn't in enough detail. There was little character development and I would have liked to see more of Diego's and Bree's relationship before he mysteriously died so quickly. I couldn't understand Bree's love for him because they were only in like two scenes together! My favorite character would have to be Fred because he seemed to be one of the only sane people in the whole book. ...more
I honestly have no clue what this book was about or whether it was good or bad. I just remember reading it in 6th grade and found an essay on my compuI honestly have no clue what this book was about or whether it was good or bad. I just remember reading it in 6th grade and found an essay on my computer that I had written about it....more
How to Write a Damn Good Novel by James N. Frey, a 41-year-old best selling American author with the goods on great storytelling. This step-by-step guHow to Write a Damn Good Novel by James N. Frey, a 41-year-old best selling American author with the goods on great storytelling. This step-by-step guild explains all the essentials to fictional writing desired by aspiring novelists. Frey covers novel basics such as creating well-rounded characters, successful premises, engaging rising conflicts, efficient viewpoints, productive dialogue, organized planning, and dealing with the agonies a writer may feel in his or her exhausting, yet rewarding, project. He promises that your novel will be complete when “you feel like throwing up whenever you look at it” (171). And that right there is the true indicator of a masterpiece as a result of hard work and Frey’s insightful knowledge on how to squeeze every ounce of potential out of any story idea, until it reaches its maximum greatness. Never again will you fail to start or complete your dream book because Frey will teach you how to write a damn good novel....more
Very interesting book. I would give it a medium thumbs only because the story itself was not horrible, but the repetitive and looooong writing and desVery interesting book. I would give it a medium thumbs only because the story itself was not horrible, but the repetitive and looooong writing and descriptions took away from it. But then again attention to nature was a big theme in the Romantic era which would explain the lengthy setting descriptions. Although it was a three frame book, I would have liked to hear more in the monsters perspective because I felt like by the end of the story he was the most misunderstood character. I did, though, like how the book ended because the mystery of the monsters existence is exciting and fun to ponder. Also I would have liked to know what happened to Ernest, Victor's brother, and a few other gaps in the story that were not explained. Our question for this book of "what is the responsibility of a creator for his/her creation" was extremely relevant and helpful, actually, when trying to understand the relationship between Victor and his monster. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys lengthy descriptions of scenery, or 19th century/romantic writing. Although I may not choose to read the whole thing again, I did enjoy this book....more
This book was both interesting and challenging for me to read. Although it is in pop culture philosophy genre, this book incorporates many ancient texThis book was both interesting and challenging for me to read. Although it is in pop culture philosophy genre, this book incorporates many ancient texts, thinkers, and ideas that were difficult to understand at times. But besides my experience of reading my first book on philosophy, I somewhat enjoyed the actual book, but did not love it. Part of the reason for my dislike is I felt like the author would make many false statements about factual things in the Twilight book series and at times I would wonder if she has even read the books. Her opinions were also very biased towards different characters which I found annoying very quickly. But be assured, this is not a book summary or anything of that kind of the Twilight series. About 80% of it is unrelated to the actual novels but more centered on large themes apparent in them like religion, ethics (similar to our class question of the year on "what is ethical") and feminism/ sexual inequality. I would give this book a thumbs up for the philosophical background, but a sideways thumb for the authors analysis of the novel and its characters in correlation with the philosophy. Would recommend this book if you want to read philosophy or love/ hate the Twilight Saga (I promise both sides are welcomed and appreciated in this book). Overall this was an interesting read....more
Wow what a great book. Three Cups of Tea about a man named Greg Mortenson who after getting lost climbing the summit of K2 in Pakistan, ended up in aWow what a great book. Three Cups of Tea about a man named Greg Mortenson who after getting lost climbing the summit of K2 in Pakistan, ended up in a small village where he made a promise to build them a school. He fell in love with bringing education and opportunities to kids, especially girls, in Pakistan and Afghanistan and started the Central Asia Institute and has dedicated his life to changing the lives poverty stricken people and children for the better. I was especially impressed by the interview at the end with his 12 year old daughter Amira Mortenson who was amazingly articulate and had experiences that have allowed her to understand the world in more debt than many adults can.
Anyways I give this book a thumbs up and would recommend it to anyone. This is the young readers edition so I found it very easy to understand and the color photographs were a nice addition that is not in the normal version of the book. After reading this book I have come to appreciate my own education more and it has helped me to really see how great my life is and that every moment should be appreciated. ...more
What an amazing collection of essays. I found it very interesting how the paths that led many of the inmates in jail vary so largely and I found myselWhat an amazing collection of essays. I found it very interesting how the paths that led many of the inmates in jail vary so largely and I found myself having a hard time classifying many as the horrible people we are told they are, once I understand their previous circumstances. Also it was inspiration to read the feelings of some of the prisoners who really do want to learn from their mistakes and change for the better. And in addition to the essays the photographs of the authors were a beautiful companion, and it was nice to put a face to the stories. Overall I give this collection a thumbs up and hope the program continues to inspire prisoners to write and learn. ...more
I found this book randomly in a pile of books from elementary school. I remember really enjoying the book but forgot what it was about so I decided I I found this book randomly in a pile of books from elementary school. I remember really enjoying the book but forgot what it was about so I decided I had to read it. And I'm so glad I did. The story is about a young boy (we are never told his name) who is forced to move out of his parents house for the summer due to their alcohol abuse problems. He is taken to the Larsons, very distant relatives, who live on a farm in the middle of nowhere. The boy meets the Larson's kid Harris who is happy to have someone to play with. The whole summer they work on the farm and get in trouble with Harris's dangerous games. By the end of the summer they find that the boy has really become part of the family. I haven't laughed out loud at a book for a long time. The book was hilarious and was a nice change to my usually interests (this being a book mainly written for young adults). I found a way to connect with the child themes even though I am older, thus making it a book for all ages. The story and writing is short and sweet and I loved the creative personalities of each character (including the animals on the farm). In addition to the funny tale the book also ended with a subtle message about family value and inclusion. I am curious about the other books Gary Paulsen has written. I would recommend Harris and Me to everyone.
This book did not reach it's full potential. The book is suppose to be for teenagers but the adult author overdid the teen aspect which turned the booThis book did not reach it's full potential. The book is suppose to be for teenagers but the adult author overdid the teen aspect which turned the book into a stereotypical mess. The book takes place an a high school for vampires (if you can even call them that because they don't do anything vampire like, they might as well been humans and the story would not have been different). And the whole book is full of high school drama, silly teen problems, and a plot that goes no where. I was very upset with the book because it started out good enough to catch my attention and then it went down hill. I can't imagine what the rest of the books in the series could be about......more
This book was unbelievably boring to me. The character were undeveloped and the main character was a shallow and conceded teenager. The book moved tooThis book was unbelievably boring to me. The character were undeveloped and the main character was a shallow and conceded teenager. The book moved too fast and Elena (main character) and Stefan falling in love was immediate and too dramatic. The only interesting part of the whole book was hearing about Stefan's past. Also I found myself confused as the author would contradict herself on facts. I would not suggest this book, and I don't plan on reading the last three books anytime soon. (I admit that it is possible that my love for Twilight made this seem like trash). ...more