The Polaroid Book, a gorgeous coffee table book, contains polaroid photographs from the Polaroid collections of photography, taken by a variety of art...moreThe Polaroid Book, a gorgeous coffee table book, contains polaroid photographs from the Polaroid collections of photography, taken by a variety of artists, such as Andy Warhol, Chuck Close or David Hockney to name the famous ones. The book is really clean and simple, as it shows a picture by page. There's a lot of different themes and subjects in these polaroids ; they were also taken with different polaroid cameras, which are indexed at the end of the book. Maybe more text would have been welcome, for example a short history of Polaroid, or anecdotes about artists and their use of the polaroid medium.
It's an infinite source of inspiration for photographers but also for people who like art and are curious about everything !(less)
I first read Andersen's Fairy Tales when I was 8, and since then I frequently re-read them, as I love them so much. Hans Christian Andersen was categor...moreI first read Andersen's Fairy Tales when I was 8, and since then I frequently re-read them, as I love them so much. Hans Christian Andersen was categorical: his stories were not intended for children, they were aimed at grown-ups. When you read them, you obviously understand why. These stories are totally different from the Disney's adaptations that nearly everyone know (but I'm a huge fan of them too, don't get me wrong)! The edition I own contains : The Little Mermaid, The Flying Trunk (my thoughts as a little girl: why couldn't he take the stairs?), The Swineherd, The Snow Man, The Garden of Paradise, The Elfin Hill, The Emperor's New Clothes, The Beetle Who Went On His Travels, The Sheeperdess and the Chimney Sweep, The Little Match Girl, The Princess and the Pea, The Ugly Duckling, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and Thumbelina. I love them all but my favorites are probably The Little Mermaid (tragic ending), The Ugly Duckling (awesome ending), and The Little Match Girl (overwhelmed me as a kid, and still does). Andersen's Fairy Tales are always funny, cute, but sometimes really sad and tragic, and they all come with a moral lesson in the end you often can relate to, even as an adult. (less)
Though a bit long (I finally finished it after 2 months), A Game of Thrones is still a great fantasy book. The world G.R.R.Martin creates is detailed...moreThough a bit long (I finally finished it after 2 months), A Game of Thrones is still a great fantasy book. The world G.R.R.Martin creates is detailed and the characters are all interesting (I have a preference for the female characters, especially Sansa - I know, unpopular choice ; but I also love Daenerys, Arya, Cercei and Catelyn). However I'm glad I saw the TV show before reading the book (also another thing people don't like to do :P) because it's so dense and detailed, seeing the TV show really helped me imagine it much better (for example the scenery, or the Dothraki traditions). (less)
As a lot of girls, I love Lauren Conrad's style. She is always looking amazing and gorgeous : clothes, hair, as well as make-up. I really admire her,...moreAs a lot of girls, I love Lauren Conrad's style. She is always looking amazing and gorgeous : clothes, hair, as well as make-up. I really admire her, so i decided to buy this book (a type of book i'm not used to read), and i have to say i really enjoyed it. The book is divided into three parts : - Fashion, in which she gives tips about organizing your closet, how to shop, what are the key pieces you should have in your closet, etc. - Beauty : Lauren explains how she does her daily make-up and there's also several tutorials on doing the famous smoky-eye, applying blush and foundation, or getting red lips right. She also presents some of her signature hairstyles, like the Goddess Braid as she calls it or perfect wavy hair. - Lifestyle : In this final part, Lauren gives advice about what to wear in different situations : to school and work ; for travelling ; and to parties.
Like I said, I really loved reading her book. It's definitely a fun read. Obviously, her tips and advice are mostly common sense, but it's nice to have them all in one place. And the gorgeous pictures that illustrate the book really make it look great in my opinion !(less)
I knew this third book was really different from the two others, but I thought I would still like it, and that the action would be as fast as (at leas...moreI knew this third book was really different from the two others, but I thought I would still like it, and that the action would be as fast as (at least) Catching Fire (because yes, The Hunger Games cannot be topped imo). But it was so slow ! It took me like one month to finally finish it, when I read the first book in 3 days. But honestly, if you love and care for the characters and their story, you'll still have to read the book to know what happens. So be prepared for a lot of anger and thoughts (from Katniss), war between the rebels and the Capitol, final battle and inevitable deaths. And keep in mind that it is indeed slow but catches up at the end !(less)
I couldn't wait to read it right after I finished The Hunger Games, and I wasn't disappointed in the end, just a bit frustrated. The story takes place...moreI couldn't wait to read it right after I finished The Hunger Games, and I wasn't disappointed in the end, just a bit frustrated. The story takes place right after the first book, so don't read this review if you haven't read the Hunger Games first!
Katniss and Peeta won the 74th annual Hunger Games. The beginning of the book is a bit slow, because it follows Katniss and Peeta in their new life as winners of The Hunger Games. But this new life isn't as relaxing as they would have imagined. Because they won the games in defiance, and that fueled a rebellion in some of Panem's districts, and by doing that they became the face of that rebellion, especially Katniss. Then it's time for the 75th Hunger Games, in which 24 victors from previous years will be forced to compete again...
I said I was frustrated with this book because of its rythm. The plot of the first book is really fast, with lots of suspense ; this one starts out as really slow and with nearly no action. It was a bit hard to adjust after the tension of the first book. Then I was really upset with the love triangle between Katniss, Peeta and Gale, because first of all I don't like Gale, and then I don't understand how Katniss changed her mind so suddenly about him. Whatever, that's just my opinion (and I usually appreciate love triangles). And finally, I was literally FURIOUS that Peeta and Katniss had to compete again in the Games, but in the end it made the book much more interesting and brought action to the story. I just hope Mockingjay will not disappoint me now... (less)
It's been a long time since I read a book that fast... At first I thought The Hunger Games would be a remake of Battle Royale (with a hint of 1984), bu...moreIt's been a long time since I read a book that fast... At first I thought The Hunger Games would be a remake of Battle Royale (with a hint of 1984), but it's actually way more than that.
It tells the story of the 74th annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. 2 children from each district of the Capitol are chosen and sent to the game, where they had to fight until there's is one last survivor. The protagonist is Katniss, a brave girl from District 12 who chose to volunteer in replacement of her young sister, initially chosen for the game. She is with Peeta, the boy who was chosen for District 12.
I think what's so interesting about this book is the fact that the Hunger Games are a kind of reality-TV, because Katniss knows she have to behave in a way that would please the viewers (and sponsors). The kids have to completely reinvent their personnality, and they have to worry about their image on tv, when they could be kill at any time by another child. Really interesting book, a bit disturbing when you think about it... What if it happened in our society?(less)
I've seen the Miyazaki movie first (it was stunning and brilliant), and a few years after I realised I also owned the book. What can I say? I really e...moreI've seen the Miyazaki movie first (it was stunning and brilliant), and a few years after I realised I also owned the book. What can I say? I really enjoyed it. I think seeing the movie first was a great help to understand all the details and hints in the book. A lot of things are missing in the movie though, such as the chapter where Howl take Sophie and Michael to a mysterious country (his hometown... can't say more without spoiling the book). I really loved that part, and I don't remember it in the movie (I might be wrong though). The story is great: a mix of adventure, magic and humor ; the characters are interesting, unique and funny (especially Calcifer) and the ending is lovely ! Definitely a must-read for fans of fantasy and fairytales.(less)