This was the first time reading anything Ernest Hemingway. I'm always a little intimidated by reading the so called classics. I'll be honest and tellThis was the first time reading anything Ernest Hemingway. I'm always a little intimidated by reading the so called classics. I'll be honest and tell you the reason I wanted to read his writing is because of a show with Ozzy and Jack Osbourne. In the show they visited Ernest Hemingway's house in Cuba. It was a fascinating house and there were a ton of quirky things that were done as you can imagine with any classic author. Recently the movie Logan referenced the book in the opening scenes. This was when I finally decided to purchase this book and give it a shot.
The Old Man and the Sea starts out with introducing us to Santiago and Manolin. Santiago is an old fisherman that has gone a good while without catching a big fish. That is a big problem when your life is based on fishing. Manolin is a young boy who learned how to fish from Santiago. Santiago took him fishing when Manolin was only five. Manolin's family told him not to fish with Santiago because he wasn't catching any fish. Manolin obeyed his family but still cared for Santiago. This friendship really shows at the beginning of the book. It almost seems like a father/ son relationship. So one day Santiago goes far out in the sea by himself and catches a huge marlin. He can't even handle this marlin. He often wishes Manolin was out there with him. The book then follows Santiago's physical and mental struggle with the Marlin, life, growing old, and even the New York Yankees.
The writing in this book is amazing. I was immediately hooked. Get it? Nevermind. I was intrigued by the honest friendship between Santiago and Manolin. They both respected and looked out for each other. It got even better with the internal dialogue of Santiago. Even though his life of being a poor fisherman seems simple, the mind and will of Santiago really shines through this book. I thought it was an amazing story.
This book was right up my alley. I really enjoy books that focus on the internal struggle. It almost seems like a coming of age novel of a person is already...came of age? I don't know. I felt like it was very similar to Catcher in the Rye and Life of Pi. The Old Man and the Sea makes you think intrinsically about life, growing old, and will power among other things. I also really love the setting of the sea. I'm not sure what it is but I absolutely love it. Whether in songs, books, or movies I just think this is like the best setting. ...more
It took me a few attempts to even start this book. I think I read the first chapter a year ago or so and hadn't really thought about it since. After rIt took me a few attempts to even start this book. I think I read the first chapter a year ago or so and hadn't really thought about it since. After reading All the Ugly and Wonderful Things I just wanted to read something a little bit lighter and normal.
I enjoyed this book. It is pretty straight forward. This book is set in the 80's and during the awkward time in life called high school. Park is a bit of an outsider guy who seems to not be the most popular but not really the geek either. He just kind of is there. Elenanor is the new quirky girl. They bond but very slowly and over mostly geeky 80's stuff. There are a ton of references to comics, music, and just pop culture in general in this book. My favorite line in the book is the comparison of Elenanor's eyes to the eyes of Jean Grey from the X-Men.
Overall this was pretty standard YA love story with the backdrop of the 80's. It also parallels Romeo and Juliet while they study it in their English Class. ...more
**spoiler alert** I have owned this book for a while now but I knew it would be a tough read. I'm not sure if I have ever read a straight up war memoi**spoiler alert** I have owned this book for a while now but I knew it would be a tough read. I'm not sure if I have ever read a straight up war memoir. I have definitely read fiction but I can't recall reading a memoir about someone in war.
A Long Way Gone is Ishmael Beah's story growing up in a village in war torn Sierra Leone. The Rebels end up arriving in Beah's village and drive the families out. Ishmael Beah gets separated from his family in fleeing for safety. About the first half of this book follows Ishmael as he flees from village to village for safety and hoping to reunite with his family. Eventually Beah ends up at a base and gets recruited to fight against the rebels. He is trained to kill with other teenage boys. Eventually Ishmael Beah is sent away from the war against his will in the best efforts for him to live a normal life.
This book was definitely a tough one to read. Any book about war has some pretty deep issues. This one is even worse because this soldier is 13 years old, on drugs, and fighting against an enemy that has killed his family, friends, and community. It is tough to hear a story from this point of view. As tough as it was to hear these parts I really enjoyed the second half of the book that focused on Ishmael Beah being sent away from the war to the rehab facility.
Although this book is about focuses on a child soldier, this book was great. The writing is great and it is a perspective that I would have never known I needed to hear. It really opens my eyes to issues around the world that I know little or nothing about. It makes me truly grateful for what I have in my life....more
Yikes! This book was unfair.It was a loaded. I saw this book was featured on the book of the month club and this book was nominated for an award on goYikes! This book was unfair.It was a loaded. I saw this book was featured on the book of the month club and this book was nominated for an award on goodreads and decided to give it a shot. I read the description once and when it was on sale decided to buy it. A lot of time passed through this so I was more than foggy on the plot of this book.
Let me start out with my biggest complaint of this book: Nagadoches. I am not a stickler for spelling or grammar errors but this one was tough for me as a Texan. Greenwood describes Kellen going to a small town in Texas called Nagadoches. I even googled to see if that was a place but I knew it was meant to say Nacogdoches. Sure, it was only one word in a fantastic book but it still threw me off a little bit.
So I have been stalling on actually writing a review on this book, it is just such a tough book to discuss. The book is told from many different character's perspectives. We first hear about Wavonna from her cousin, aunt, and grandmother. She is a bit of an odd child that comes from a broken home. When Wavonna's parents get thrown into jail, Wavonna goes to live with her aunt and cousins. Wavonna eventually goes to live with her parents who run a meth operation in the Midwest. Kellen is essentially the muscle/ mechanic of the operation. Wavonna witnesses Kellen get into a motorcycle accident. Wavonna and Kellen begin a relationship.
That doesn't sound so bad does it? Well it gets a little weird because of the age difference between them. The story spans across about 15 years and when we first meet Wavy she is 5 years old. Kellen is in his 20's. That is where this story gets confusing/ uneasy. Through all different points of view we see different perspectives on this relationship.
This book was amazing but it is definitely hard to read. It was uncomfortable and different but it was great. I definitely stayed up late reading and when I wasn't reading I was thinking about reading. The plot sounds weird I know but it is a great book and it really makes you think about than more than just the surface level of people's lives. Not saying at all that the age difference is not bad. ...more
I know this is a parody of a self help book but it was actually pretty helpful to think about. In a world full of distractions it can be easy to fallI know this is a parody of a self help book but it was actually pretty helpful to think about. In a world full of distractions it can be easy to fall into wasting time and effort into things that don't really matter. This book was a pretty funny way to look introspectively into time management. Basically it says to spend time doing things you enjoy and not stuff that annoys. That rhyme scheme makes this book feel like a legit self help book.
If you couldn't tell, this book is littered with f words. Just about every other sentence has one so you should definitely feel comfortable with that before reading this book. I don't feel like this is a must read book but if you want to read a funny book that also makes you think about your time management this book is for you. I think the best thing about this book is how it emphasizes that it doesn't really matter how you spend your free time as long as you enjoy it.
Sarah Knight also emphasizes the importance of being honest with others. Most people will appreciate honesty and politeness. Why waste time and energy on telling a lies? I think this was my favorite aspect of the book. At times, I felt like this book came off a bit selfish in the examples. But maybe being selfish with your time on the earth is not the worst decision you can make.
I think this book was an interesting perspective to look at time management. This brings me back to my favorite quote. As my boy Socrates said, "the unexamined life is not worth living."...more
2016 was the year when I finished a large amount of Harry Potter books. I even watched a lot of the movies, somewhat. But I completely fell in love wi2016 was the year when I finished a large amount of Harry Potter books. I even watched a lot of the movies, somewhat. But I completely fell in love with the writing, movies, and the whole wizarding world.
I think it is great how intricate this world has become. It reminds me a lot of the Star Wars Galaxy that became this vast and complex entity. Even before Disney, fans and others created this entire universe and history that was intriguing. I definitely appreciate it but on the other hand, I have stayed pretty surface level with these universes.
I definitely enjoy the writing of J.K. Rowling. I have also been intrigued in Quidditch. In 2017, I also set foot on a practice quidditch pitch for the first time in my life. That is something I never would have imagined I would have ever said but here we are.
This book was a quick read and interesting. It wasn't deep or anything but it is fun for anyone who is a Harry Potter fan. I liked the shoutout to West Texas with the Sweetwater All-Stars. ...more