I just read this wonderful book of poems and now all my thoughts are narrated in my "children's poetry voice". That bouncy, rhythmic voice that emphas...moreI just read this wonderful book of poems and now all my thoughts are narrated in my "children's poetry voice". That bouncy, rhythmic voice that emphasizes all the right words, that is quick and makes everything sound much more clever and meaningful then it probably is. It's getting awfully annoying. But aside from that this book is just a great, wonderful read!
There is always a place in me for children's books and even more so now that I can look at them from a slightly different point of view then when I was younger. Here we have a perfect combination of the silliness and wonder of childhood thoughts and stories and yet there's this tone of satire, of growing up to know different that makes reading this book even more interesting. Whenever I read poetry especially the silly and nonsensical, I always end up wondering about the poet. The process of how that one poem came to be, how they came up with their idea and what they were thinking while writing it, what exactly compelled them to write down something that can only truly be appreciated by a child? I don't know why this happens but for me it adds that little bit of amazement in reading this sort of book.
You will probably notice by this point that I don't really have anything critical to say about the poetry itself but in my defence this inner narration is making forming thoughts really hard. So... I'm just going to continue my meandering.
I wish I had read this or had this read to me when I was a kid but I actually only heard of this book recently (and through GR). I didn't even make the connection to the author who also wrote The Giving Tree which only clicked when I noticed this glaring fact mentioned on the back flap of the book that this was the same person! Wow, major over sight on my part!
I'm glad that I decided to read this and I hope to take the time to look into reading more children's lit over the coming months, I've really missed this.
*Side Note: Authors picture on back cover, Creepy, yes? or Creepy, no? I can't make up my mind.(less)
Twilight and I am have a very strange relationship. Come one, come all and step through the looking glass into what may very well be the strangest rea...moreTwilight and I am have a very strange relationship. Come one, come all and step through the looking glass into what may very well be the strangest reading experience I have ever had.
I listened to the audio book of Twilight before I really got into reading YA. This was the first time I had listened to an audio book since I was a very young kid. Back then audio books were all on tapes and came with a little four page read along books. The way I found Twilight was accidental. I didn't know it was this incredibly popular book or something that had fangirls squeeing all over the world, it was just this audio file on this music website. So the way I came into this was a little strange in itself, but things get much, much stranger.
I liked the story well enough, this was after all one of my first exposers to the YA genre, but when I started listening to the book, I did the same thing I did when I was a young kid. I took the voices and made my own characters in my head.
Bella had dark hair, brown eyes, and Puerto Rican skin. Edward was Caucasian, but very European, he had a Spanish flare, and his trademark amber hair. Other characters went through a similar metamorphosis, changing features, sometimes I guess I even glossed over facts to suit my own caricatures.
I'm sure you're asking yourself: "Wait, what?" Looking back that is my reaction exactly. The story of Bella and Edward and my own story of Bella and Edward may very well be two different things.
Allow me to clarify however, I didn't do any of this on purpose. I wasn't listening and thinking that the story was so horrible that I needed to make up one of my own within it. I liked the story being told, the romance was something that made me smile. I was just doing something I had always automaticly done while listening to audio books in my early youth.
I know. I know.
I eventually I wised up and evolved my reading practices in general actually allowing books to speak for themselves. This was by far one of my strangest early reading experiences, but was partly responsible for encouraging me to go to my library and venture into the previously unexplored YA section.
Before I finally got around to writing this review, I had rated Twilight 3 stars, because I found that to be an accurate judgement of my enjoyment. But thinking about it now, I plan on leaving this strange little experience of mine unrated, but still marked as read.
I definitely look back at this event and smile. Now days you can say I've changed a bit. Past Jessica-Robyn, a dreamy girl with her head stuck in the clouds, would be surprised how quickly my love of reading grew. She probably wouldn't believe how it has now become such a important part of my life. Maybe because of this I'll come back and read Twilight again just for kicks, but I'm pretty sure that the series itself is something I may prefer to pass on completely.(less)
This was the first book I had read by John Green and seriously, I geekn' love this book. How many young-adult novel do you know that are about mathema...moreThis was the first book I had read by John Green and seriously, I geekn' love this book. How many young-adult novel do you know that are about mathematical equations?
A light, nerdy, fluff fest, Abundance of Katherines was a fun read that didn't take itself to seriously. I especially enjoyed the appeal of the characters and how it is blatantly a romance novel for nerds.
13 Little Blue Envelopes was a disappointment for me. I had high expectations and I just love Maureen Johnson, so I tried really hard to like this boo...more13 Little Blue Envelopes was a disappointment for me. I had high expectations and I just love Maureen Johnson, so I tried really hard to like this book, but it left me feeling bitter.
My problem lied mostly with Ginny, it felt like all she could do was complain. You're on this amazing, once in a life time adventure, and complaining about every little thing the whole way through. I expected there to be some of that, jet-lag can be a bitch, but it was too much complaining, not enough adventure. It just didn't balance out.
There were some really great moments where I would get pulled into the plot and characters, but then she would think something bratty and I would just get frustrated again.
I did end up investing in how everything would come together, but the character narration was just too distracting for me. I had a love it / hate it roller-coaster ride.
Also, parents! Where the hell are the adults? Does the YA genre break down when parents actually play an active role in, you know, PARENTING? (less)
I need to re-read this book. It's been a couple of years since I read this and I just can't shake the feeling like I didn't give this the attempt that...moreI need to re-read this book. It's been a couple of years since I read this and I just can't shake the feeling like I didn't give this the attempt that it deserved.(less)
As a long lover of the Spellman family I was not surprised when this latest read disrupted my already odd sleeping hours. This installment has carried...moreAs a long lover of the Spellman family I was not surprised when this latest read disrupted my already odd sleeping hours. This installment has carried the same amazing writing and insane situations shown in the first two books. This time around focusing on the new changes of the each character and Isabel's relationships in and outside of the family as we still deal with the aftermath of the previous book.
Of course there's also case #001, which brings it's own set of over the top problems and detours, along with the new rift between Rae and Henry.
I loved every second of reading this book. The wonderful combo of humour, mystery and problems much more complicated then my own make reading the series something I just can't not enjoy. I'm looking forward to seeing how the Spellmans problems are farther explored and perhaps concluded(?) in the next book.(less)
Having been a fan of the show for a while now, I was incredibly excited when I learnt there were book adaptations. This is the first of the Psych book...moreHaving been a fan of the show for a while now, I was incredibly excited when I learnt there were book adaptations. This is the first of the Psych books that I've read and now that I'm done I can say that I did enjoyed the story but not in the ways that I thought I would knowing the show.
My problem with the book was that a lot of it was build up for the plot. I expected more Shawn-Gus banter and I was disappointed of how little interaction there was between the characters.
Something that I guess is to be expected, is that Psych is a character driven show but Rabkin doesn't have much he can do in terms of character development in the book since their main stage is still the show. He can't contradict future Psych plots and his writing seems very conscious of that. However, the story as a whole outside of the characters is great! The mystery was "out of this world", but if this wasn't a Psych story I would not have enjoyed it as much as I did.
This. Book. Is. Awesome. Now, whenever I come across a book I really love I always find it hard to write something expressing why exactly I love that...moreThis. Book. Is. Awesome. Now, whenever I come across a book I really love I always find it hard to write something expressing why exactly I love that book specifically over other books. With WG, WG this trend persist. Please bare with me while I ramble this out.
The writing by both John Green and David Levithan is so different in style and story line but in the end meld together incredibly well.
The characters have a wonderful over arc of gayness and yet this ultimate guy on guy love fest is not the pinnacle of the story. I love that. It's not about coming out or being gay in an non-gay world, it's about friendships and relationships and figuring out why these things are awesome despite how flawed people really are.
That is another thing that I love entirely, these characters actually seem like real people, granted people who you probably would never meet, but people that act, and think, and behave like people really do. In most YA fiction you would never see characters get an entire page to rant about their feeling to another character, or having to deal with their emotions in a way that shows their is no right answer. In most YA fiction you do not get the experience of gradually shifting emotions that real people deal with, this book contained an up and down that felt like one of those kiddie roller-coasters at the fair, it's not overly exaggerated for the sake of the ride, it is a steady, yet still incredibly enjoyable experience.
I loved how every 10 pages their was a line or a moment that would make me laugh, out loud, in front of people I don't even know, unashamed to disrupt their silence again, and again. It's just so funny! Then it would get all cute and then it would be deep or emotional, and then it would be really funny again! This is the sort of book that I want to have on my physical shelf so that I can pick it up, flip to a random page, giggle, and go on with my day tickled.
Overall, this is an awesome book, and I love it, and that is all I need to say.
I rarely use the term "silly bitch" but I shall use it now and apply it to pretty much everyone in this play. The things Romeo and J...moreRating: 3.5 Stars
I rarely use the term "silly bitch" but I shall use it now and apply it to pretty much everyone in this play. The things Romeo and Juliet do with the support of the misguided adults around them is both incredibly fascinating and ridiculous.
Don't get me wrong, I think Romeo and Juliet is a truly great play. It's entertaining and has the perfect balance for a stage performance. I unfortunately had to read this for school, which means I also had to analyse it and the crap that my course layered on top of it was baffling at times. However, I really like the letter A. This means I had to keep the majority of my ranting opinions out of my assignments. So I've decided to put all that analyse to good work and put everything I held back into this review.
I think Shakespeare got his characters pretty dead on. Although I never ever agreed with the actions of Romeo and Juliet I could identify that there are indeed teenagers who think death is the ultimate solution to every problem, who think they've "fallen in love" at first sight, who commit their hearts foolishly, will do anything to have some sexy time, and don't understand the concept of "foresight". I also think there are plenty of adults who would aid in their delusions because of delusions of their own. Raging hormones and misguidedness are not inventions of a modern era.
Needless to say, I didn't read this play as any sort of romance like some of my classmates did, I read it as a tragedy. Destiny is a big theme throughout the play and it's incredibly sad that a violence between families then birthed love which only ended in death. (I will get to the death bit in a second). Love does not concur all. This isn't a fairy tale, it isn't romantic, it is sad and maddening because it was not just death, but pointless death. I also don't doubt for a moment that Shakespeare knew how foolishly his characters were acting and over time I think we've almost altered his intent with our romanticism of love+death= jadhfadhfnak.
Now onto the pointlessness of the death to which was very pointless indeed. Poor Paris. Poor unfortunate Paris! The one guy who was just happy to be getting with the girl he liked and had no idea what he was stepping into. Then BAM! dead. And of course there was Romeo and Juliet. Whatever, I feel bad for Paris.
When I neared the end of the play I started thinking, what would have my reaction been to the ending had I not known so much about the play going into it? I'm really rather curious what experiencing that would have been like. Part of the interest of this play is all the obvious foreshadowing throughout each act, but if I was part of an unknowing audience I would have seen the foreshadowing and yet still hoped for a happy ending. I think it would have been more powerful a conclusion had it not been unavoidably spoiled for me through its cultural significance.
On a completely different note, I don't think I've mentioned it, but this is my first Shakespeare play. I was happy to see that I picked up the pacing and new words pretty well and knew what was going on without having to consult the definitions guide every couple lines. I'm going to be challenging myself to read all of his plays because in a city with a huge three month long yearly Shakespeare festival (Bard on the Beach, 24 years running) those bragging rights could very well come in handy.
After this I am seriously looking forward to reading more Shakespeare and seeing what else he has to offer. Does anyone have any favourites I should pick up next? I have a long list and lots of free time after completing this English course. (less)
My first time reading the Harry Potter series. I know I'm a little behind in the times, although it wasn't of my own accord, but I can now say with kn...moreMy first time reading the Harry Potter series. I know I'm a little behind in the times, although it wasn't of my own accord, but I can now say with knowledge that I love Harry Potter. (less)
I could have swore that I wrote a review for Heist Society, did I? I can't remember. Oh well here I go... possibly for the second time.
This audio boo...moreI could have swore that I wrote a review for Heist Society, did I? I can't remember. Oh well here I go... possibly for the second time.
This audio book had been staring at me from its shelf since I first saw it, it took two library visits for me to cave and go back on my plans to read the book, actually doubling back after check out to finally pick it up.
It has been a long while since I listened to an audio book with only one narrator voicing everyone. So took a bit longer then normal to get used to the narration, which did somewhat effect my connection to what was going on in the story. However, after I had adjusted and could really focus on the plot I found myself absolutely loving the characters and how the book was taking shape around Kat.
My immediate reaction after finishing the audio book was that I don't think I would have connected to the characters as much if it hadn't been for the fact that this was an audio book. Their individual voices gave them a major boost in personality that I'm unsure I would have been able to deliver myself with just the text alone.
Also on the topic of characters, I was just a tad bit disappointed how little backstory the secondary characters were given. I know that they are all there just to be part of Kat's crew but I would have enjoyed seeing the focus come away from Kat for maybe just a paragraph or two.
The major draw of the book for me was most definitely the plot. I love the mystery-crime genre and because I'm much to nerdy and lack the necessary skill set to participate in grand heists or detective work personally, I love to get sucked into this sort of world. Ally Carter has written an excellent storyline and I'm glad that she was able to balance that with the YA character elements. This was a problem I had with a book I read earlier this year, Stealing Heaven which is similar in concept but executed much differently.
Now since I'm writing this after I've read and reviewed the second book, I must say that something that surprised me was that while reading Uncommon Criminals I actually heard the character voices from this audio which had somehow managed to still be stuck somewhere in my head months after the fact. I think this really says something about both the narration and story/characters that it managed to actually accomplish that and made reading and connecting with the second book that much easier.
Overall, I really loved this book and although I had a few very minor issues I immediately was looking forward to reading more about Kat and where her path in crime is truly going to take her. Recommended! (less)