Well Stephenie Meyer sucks. Twilight is so obviously taken from Vampire Diaries.
I always wanted to read this series, but I was worried that 1. It wouldWell Stephenie Meyer sucks. Twilight is so obviously taken from Vampire Diaries.
I always wanted to read this series, but I was worried that 1. It would ruin Twilight 2. It would ruin the tv show. Both have proved to kind of be true... I still love Twilight, but I'm definitely upset with Meyer about her whole "the story came to me in a dream" thing cause that is obviously a load of bull. But whatever, it didn't hinder me from enjoying this series at all.
I started watching the show first. I watched the first two seasons, but then decided I would rather read the books. However, I immediately realized how different the two are. Elena is completely different then the way Nina Dobrev portrays her in the show, which is fine with me, it was just hard to accept at first (along with all the other character changes and plot changes). Really the best way to enjoy either series is to completely separate the two. But once I did, I loved this book and I am so excited to read the rest of the series....more
This book was a little disappointing. I know so many people that have read it and loved it but for some reason I couldn't really get into until the enThis book was a little disappointing. I know so many people that have read it and loved it but for some reason I couldn't really get into until the end. There was almost too much backstory in the first three parts and not enough scary moments. The second half was much better though and I found myself easily engrossed in it, otherwise I probably would have given it only two stars. This was my first Stephen King book and I'm hoping I like the next one better.
I read "The Moonlit Road" (only) for my ghost stories class in school. My teacher actually dressed up as Ambrose Bierce in the war and came to class wI read "The Moonlit Road" (only) for my ghost stories class in school. My teacher actually dressed up as Ambrose Bierce in the war and came to class with a big speech and everything. This story was interesting; I liked the use of three different perspectives. I feel like that is done a lot now but then it was way before it's time....more
Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried was a powerful and profound novel, one that I did not expect to enjoy. I have never liked novels about war. TheyTim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried was a powerful and profound novel, one that I did not expect to enjoy. I have never liked novels about war. They are just not something I have ever been interested in and there is no way I would have read this novel on my own, but I am very glad I did read it. O’Brien begins the novel by describing the things he and the other soldiers carry with them, physically and emotionally. He tells various stories about the Vietnam War through the use of flashbacks and with different characters. His use of alternating between the men shows the wide range of people that were involved in the war, both by choice and those that were forced. O’Brien even tells the story of how he came to be involved in the war. The novel describes not only things O’Brien and his comrades encountered during the war but also how everything was different when they returned.
One story that I really related to was the one told in “Field Trip” when O’Brien took his daughter to Vietnam (view spoiler)[were they visited the field Kiowa died in. (hide spoiler)] My father was never involved in any war, but I was still able to relate a lot with his daughter. I can remember being ten and my father trying to show me photos or tell me stories about his youth and I wasn’t really listening. I just thought they were boring stories and I probably couldn’t wait to get back to my Barbie dolls. However now that I’m older, and know that he might not always be around, I try to cherish those things more and regret not really listening when I was younger. O’Brien’s daughter seemed to be that same way to me. She kept asking if they could leave; she didn’t really understand the significance of where they were.
Overall, this was an incredible novel that I think any solider or human being should experience. I think it can teach you something really precious about life. O’Brien’s stories and descriptions are truly powerful and I’m sure anyone can find something to relate to in them, even if you haven’t been to war.
I don't know why but this book was just hard for me to get through. I couldn't even finish reading it, I stopped with like 20 pages left. And it wasn'I don't know why but this book was just hard for me to get through. I couldn't even finish reading it, I stopped with like 20 pages left. And it wasn't like I didn't like it, it was interesting. I just think it's too complex for me try to understand right now. It's my English teacher's favorite book and he says it will have a different meaning when we read it now at 20 something then when we read it at 40 something. So maybe I'll feel differently about it if I ever decide to reread it. I'll keep it on my book shelf just in case......more
Crossing the Mangrove by Maryse Conde is a novel that tells mostly about Caribbean culture while being wrapped in an intriguing murder mystery. The stCrossing the Mangrove by Maryse Conde is a novel that tells mostly about Caribbean culture while being wrapped in an intriguing murder mystery. The story takes place in a small town in Guadeloupe and begins immediately with the discovery of Francis Sancher’s dead body. Francis was an outsider to the community and was disliked by most of the townspeople. However, each chapter tells a different story about Francis, and the reader starts to put together the different pieces of his life. This novel is told almost entirely in flashback, with only parts of each chapter actually told in the present. While at Francis’ wake, each character thinks back on their various encounters with him and inadvertently realizes how he impacted their lives, positively or negatively.
Intertwined in the mystery of Francis Sancher and his death is information about the Guadeloupian culture. I learned so much about their ideals and their mannerisms that I never would have known before reading this. Having visited Haiti once on a cruise a few years ago, I was able to really picture the Caribbean scenery. This was an interesting and absorbing novel that really pulled me into the stories and the village; I read it in one sitting because I just could not seem to put it down. Conde’s writing is beautiful and I look forward to reading more of her work. I would definitely recommend this novel to someone who wants to read something with a little bit of mystery, but the culture is the backbone of this story.
Candide (or Optimism) is a satirical novel about the French enlightenment. The story centers around a young man named Candide and his journey throughCandide (or Optimism) is a satirical novel about the French enlightenment. The story centers around a young man named Candide and his journey through adulthood. Candide has been taught by his tutor, Pangloss, to believe all that happens is for the best. Candide struggles while traveling the world with holding onto his teachings. Candide and his various friends and acquaintances encounter many trials that test Candide’s beliefs, but even after natural disasters, diseases, and even murder, Candide still thinks these things are for the best.
While this novel addresses some intense issues, there is still a great deal of comic relief from the silliness of the characters at times, especially from Candide and Pangloss. You also can’t help but laugh at the many misinterpretations that happen throughout the novel. The humor is one of my favorite things about the book. Voltaire is able to address pressing matters and concerns from that time period in a comical way that many people can understand. In a way, the novel reminded me of today’s television sitcoms. Each chapter was like a different episode where the characters encounter the most ridiculous situations and normally have to handle them in a way that is funny to the audience. Especially when Voltaire made you think a character was dead, and then a few chapters later they are found alive with some elaborate, bizarre story to tell.
The comedic, satirical nature of the story immediately drew me in, and this is definitely a novel I would recommend to many people who normally aren’t inclined to more dramatic novels. It was a nice, fun read, and I really loved reading it.
I read this (in The Oxford Book of Ghost Stories) for my ghost stories English class and loved it. It's exactly the kind of scary stories I like. SincI read this (in The Oxford Book of Ghost Stories) for my ghost stories English class and loved it. It's exactly the kind of scary stories I like. Since it's told in the present from his perspective, the reader has no idea whether the character lives or dies like many of the other ghost stories we've been reading this class. Definitely recommend this to anyone who is a fan of scary stories....more
I read "What Was It?" (in The Dark Descent) for my ghost stories English class and literally all I could picture this invisible thing as looking likeI read "What Was It?" (in The Dark Descent) for my ghost stories English class and literally all I could picture this invisible thing as looking like are the goblins from Harry Potter lol. It was really good though, definitely creeped me out....more