I really enjoyed Confessions of a Shopaholic and I'm looking forward to reading the following books in the future. The writing is very fun and the boo...moreI really enjoyed Confessions of a Shopaholic and I'm looking forward to reading the following books in the future. The writing is very fun and the book is definitely a mood lifter. I thought the humour was fantastic and I was laughing out loud at several points. I even found myself (rather shamefully) connecting with Becky and her thinking! Becky is such a fun character and I can't wait to see her outlook on other issues that may come up in the next novels. A highly enjoyable read which is bound to make most people smile.(less)
Despite the subject of this book, I got through it extremely quickly as I found it so compelling. This book had me near tears by the first 10 pages as...moreDespite the subject of this book, I got through it extremely quickly as I found it so compelling. This book had me near tears by the first 10 pages as it was so powerful. Though I found the writing style somewhat difficult at first, as the protagonist was only five, it was easy to become accustomed to and made the book so much more effective. There was certainly the risk of finding the child protagonist irritating, but I found him somewhat realistic and his mind was intriguing. This book is one of the most emotionally powerful, upsetting and unsettling books that I have read - Donoghue has definitely made an impact with this novel and it will certainly have a lasting impression with me.(less)
This was easy enough to read for a classic and it had a very interesting concept. After about 80 pages or so and certainly during the daemon's dialogu...moreThis was easy enough to read for a classic and it had a very interesting concept. After about 80 pages or so and certainly during the daemon's dialogue, I was really into the story and actually found it pretty difficult to put down. The story was not as horrifying or as graphic as I thought it'd be but the whole idea of who Frankenstein's monster victimizes is the scary part - imagine knowing your loved ones were at risk because of something you had created. I thought that the structure of the book was good although it certainly wasn't perfect. This was a quick enough read but Shelley managed to include a lot events and actions of both Victor and his 'experiment' to think about. A very addictive and easy to get into classic, I only wish that there was more written about the conception of the monster. (less)
The title of this book had me sold, even though it didn't give me much of an idea about what it was about, it just got me intrigued. The whole book is...moreThe title of this book had me sold, even though it didn't give me much of an idea about what it was about, it just got me intrigued. The whole book is oddly fascinating, there's no other way for me to describe it. well written, intriguing and captivating straight from the beginning. Slaughterhouse-Five is certainly unique. The narration is brilliant and I found Billy to be someone I could just keep on listening to. He definitely wasn't perfect and he has a lot of different quirks. The plot jumps around to different places and events, introducting different people but it is not all that confusing and it actually flows together pretty well. Although I did find Billy's experiences in Dresden more interesting and effectivr than his supposed visit to Tralfamadore, I still found his alien experiences to be interesting to read about, which I wasn't expecting to enjoy. There's not much more I can say about this - it was simply very strange, but definitely in a good way.(less)
After leaving school, I've always put off reading classics, most probably because of all of the essays I had to write about them in English classes. H...moreAfter leaving school, I've always put off reading classics, most probably because of all of the essays I had to write about them in English classes. However, The Great Gatsby is a classic that I did want to read due to all of the good things I've heard about it, plus as it's relatively short, the idea of picking it up wasn't so daunting. Seeing as the the latest film adaptation of The Great Gatsby is now out in the cinemas and gaining a lot of attention, I thought it was time to finally get the book off the shelf and read it!
When I first picked the book up, I only had a (very) vague idea of what it was about - well, actually, I hardly knew anything about it at all. The copy I have doesn't have a very descriptive blurb, so I basically went into the book only knowing to expect lots of 1920's glitz and glamour. Whilst there is some, this is not all fancy parties and cocktails - it's multilayered. It is hard to describe the plot of this book because it does encompass so many different things, including some more complex themes which are apparent even if you're not deeply analysing the story. The Great Gatsby is a story of passion, of sadness, of envy, of loss, of greed, of wealth of all kinds, of the American dream, or the problems facing it.
Though there is so much you could take from this novel, it never seems overwhelming. I certainly did get caught up in the 1920's, but in the best way - I found it very easy to get absorbed into the whole atmosphere of this book, it didn't take me all that long to start enjoying the story. It's very easy to follow yet it still has good complexity. The setting is very easy to imagine - from the extravagant parties at Gatsby's house, to the bleaker highways of everyday, post First World War America.
I especially enjoyed meeting all of the characters in this novel - For me, it was Gatsby himself that was certainly the most interesting, though not the most likeable character throughout. Gatsby was probably one of the most intriguing characters that I have read about. There is a depth to him that seemed never ending, there always seemed to be something else to know, another layer to peel away to get to the true Gatsby. I loved reading about his relationship with Daisy, along with his relationship with every other character, seeing how he interacted with everyone really helped us to get a little insight into who Gatsby was, or at least how he wanted to portray himself. Like aforementioned, I did really like reading about the other characters too, and I especially had a fondness for our narrator, Nick, who was perhaps the only person I could connect with, or who I (and he) felt was honest in this book. Nick was a contrast to all of the other characters, he was... just Nick. He felt like he could be any one of us, at any time, which is something amazing to achieve.
Overall, I'm glad that I finally managed to pick this book up and give it a go. I would urge anyone to pick this up - young adults, adults, those who love classics, those who haven't had much experience with them - this is a book which has, and hopefully will continue to appeal to a wide audience. I have tried to be quite vague with my review, as I think that is a positive way to go into this book - don't expect anything, just pick it up, devour and enjoy.(less)