When I first read this book, I was having chronic/daily migraines. Did I put this book down? Nope. I pushed on through the migraines, because I was so...moreWhen I first read this book, I was having chronic/daily migraines. Did I put this book down? Nope. I pushed on through the migraines, because I was so enthralled by Memoirs of a Geisha.
There has been controversy involving the inaccuracy of this book, but nevertheless Memoirs of a Geisha is still rich with historical Japanese culture. I was pulled into this fascinating world I knew nothing about. I had never had much interest in a book of this type or genre before and I fell completely in love, despite.
It can be a bit wordy at parts, and I had to reread sentences at times to make sure I fully understood what I had read... but that didn't deter my interest in the slightest. I love this book.(less)
This book immediately became one of my all-time favorites. My best friend had recommended it to me, giving me the limited information that this was a...moreThis book immediately became one of my all-time favorites. My best friend had recommended it to me, giving me the limited information that this was a bit of a mystery and was about a girl who attended boarding school and discovered her mom was involved in some secret group. It didn't really fit in with my usual tastes, but I checked it out from the library nonetheless. When I started reading, I was startled to find out this book takes place in the late 1800's. I don't know why, but I had no idea this was historical fiction.
A Great and Terrible Beauty pulls you in from the start. It has all the elements that make for a good read: catty school girls, love, suspense, crime, fantasy, a haunting atmosphere, and is rich with culture. Everyone can find something they enjoy about this story. As soon as I finished the first book (and I finished it in a day) I immediately went back to the library to check out the following two in the trilogy.
I highly recommend this book to everyone, age not being a concern.(less)
I wanted a ghost haunting my room after I read this book.
Suze, the main character, is a mediator... that is, she helps wandering spirits finish their...moreI wanted a ghost haunting my room after I read this book.
Suze, the main character, is a mediator... that is, she helps wandering spirits finish their business and pass on to whatever lies in store for them in the afterlife. Jesse is Suze's roommate... a male ghost from the 1800's. He is the perfect gentleman, while still being quite funny. Suze is also very funny and very much so the "I can take care of myself" character. Jesse tends to help her out in rough spots, however, and Suze starts to develop a crush on Jesse.
Basically, this book has a little bit of everything: mystery, romance, thrill, comedy, the supernatural. It's just an excellent read.
The Mediator series is one of my all-time favorite book series. I read those books over and over.(less)
One of my all-time favorite books. Yeah, the main character, Georgia, is very concerned with superficial matters--but she's fourteen. A lot of girls t...moreOne of my all-time favorite books. Yeah, the main character, Georgia, is very concerned with superficial matters--but she's fourteen. A lot of girls that age are concerned with the same things Georgia is--boys, trends, friendships, embarrassments. Georgia is easy to identify with and she is incredibly funny and in turn makes many of the concerns of fourteen year old girls easier to deal with. This book teaches readers to laugh at themselves and to enjoy life as much as you can. I laugh out loud every time I read one of the books in this series. I absolutely love Georgia Nicolson.(less)
If I could mold the world to my liking, it would definitely resemble the world in Boy Meets Boy. Not only does this book give the reader warm fuzzy fe...moreIf I could mold the world to my liking, it would definitely resemble the world in Boy Meets Boy. Not only does this book give the reader warm fuzzy feelings, but a better understanding of homosexuality (and how it can be just as normal as heterosexuality).
The manner in which it's written is so appealing. It is so rare that I don't skim some portion of every book I read... but Levithan's writing style caught my attention with each and every word. There are so many beautiful and quote worthy sentences. The metaphors are clever and unique, making this book one that inspires me to become a better writer.
This book promotes acceptance, understanding, and love. A fan of those? Read this book and you'll be a fan of Boy Meets Boy too.(less)
The thing I love most about this book is that I found it in my high school library. There have been few instances where I have read something for scho...moreThe thing I love most about this book is that I found it in my high school library. There have been few instances where I have read something for school or in school that I've actually enjoyed. This was one of those few books. I actually did a project on it and got an excellent grade.
It's been a while since I read this, but I remember I really liked it. The main character has an eccentric best friend who runs away to join the circus. I remember she started getting notes from a secret admirer as well. I wish I remembered more about this book, but one thing I remember clearly was that I enjoyed it.
ETA post second read-through: Very clever and witty. Shows personal growth and the changes of relationships teenagers endure in a unique way. Well, Moriarty really just illustrates different relationships in general in a unique way. A mom who may not always be home and cooking dinner for her child can still be a pillar of support. Best friends we've known our whole lives can turn out to be not the best type of friend after all. Fathers related to us by blood aren't always the fathers we need them to be. Friendships can be forged in unexpected ways, like through class assignments we were against from the go. And you never know who might be admiring you from afar.
All of these different relationships are shown to readers through only memos, pen pal letters, anonymous notes, and postcards. Also, the protagonist receives "letters" from imaginary organizations. These I feel are meant to sort of replace a diary entry or internal monologue in order to keep with the theme of the book, the letters and whatnot. The letters from imaginary organizations really give us a look at how critical we can be of ourselves, comparing our behavior and lifestyle to what we feel society expects of us. The whole book is a really in-depth look at adolescence and how we are forced to grow up even if we aren't prepared. Very thought-provoking, but in a subtle way. It's so enjoyable, reading about Elizabeth's life, that you don't even realize you're experiencing a teenager dealing with some very adult problems.
A great book for reluctant readers. As I said, I checked this out from my high school library originally when required to do a book report. I never checked books out from school and hardly ever read anything for school I ended up enjoying. But Feeling Sorry For Celia stood out to me as one of those very few books I discovered through school and will enjoy even after the fact.(less)