I'm really caught between "liked it" and "really liked it". I love the HP series and it falls in the category of the only YA series I still read every...moreI'm really caught between "liked it" and "really liked it". I love the HP series and it falls in the category of the only YA series I still read every single year without a doubt-no matter what. But, for some reason ...this book ...I think it's because I've read it so many times, it's getting old. I know it so well, front to back, that it's become almost tiring. But I recommend this book to everyone -- I recommend the series to everyone. Not just because I'm a lover of the series but I think that through it, it has some good life lessons in it, mainly about friendship and love, and how it steps up and conquers all. (less)
I hated this book. With a passion. It took me about four hours in a week period to read it. There are a number of things with this book that I can sta...moreI hated this book. With a passion. It took me about four hours in a week period to read it. There are a number of things with this book that I can stand but there are three I will touch on.
1.) I am a vampire fanatic. I love vampires, I used to go outside on the full moon in hopes that one would come to me after fighting with a werewolf and bite me ...well, reading Twilight, I was disgusted by what she had turned vampires into. They aren't vampires ...they're bunnies.
2.) Bella. I have a huge issue with Bella. I have an issue with her as a character. As a writer and a roleplayer I see her as a Mary Sue, I see her as a huge blow to the whole female population.
3.) The writing style. I think that S. Meyer needs to go back to school and take some English classes or perhaps pick up the big Dino book and learn some new words. Maybe join a few writing websites to help her. She has potential but no flow.
Anyway, the point is. I hated Twilight yet I sucked it up and read it all the way through. I read all the books in the series and I didn't care for any of the books. I wasn't excited, I'm not a twihard and the amount of people that are in love with this series makes me shudder. Really. Truly.
I volunteer at the library and discovered this book as I was shelving it. I'm not sure why I decided to add it to my stack of books, I didn't even rea...moreI volunteer at the library and discovered this book as I was shelving it. I'm not sure why I decided to add it to my stack of books, I didn't even read the back, just grabbed it and brought it home ...boy was I surprised when I started reading it.
I was instantly swept up into the story; hooked right in. I was biting my nails, unable to do anything except read. I almost cried when I discovered the truth...although I was kind of bummed at the end. I think that it was a little -- to sappy? Too put together? I think it fit because the whole story was risky, thriller, edge of the seat and Melissa deserved some happiness.
Sadly, I was kind of hoping for some dramatic sickness or something at the very very end.(less)
This is the first Stephen King book I've ever read and I have to say ...love ...I am truly, deeply in love. My first thought was that these 100 boys a...moreThis is the first Stephen King book I've ever read and I have to say ...love ...I am truly, deeply in love. My first thought was that these 100 boys are crazy -- they're insane, what EVER gave them the idea to do this walk? The prize doesn't seem worth it, especially since only one person can win. One vs death. It doesn't seem very logical to me.
Then I turned the page, I kept reading and my way of thinking started changing. Suddenly I was there, I was in the book. Reality, I was up and pacing -- but I was there, walking with them. I wanted to win. I wanted 'The Prize'. It suddenly became the most logical thing in the world -- I needed my walking shoes, my ipod, my comfy hoodie and I was set.
Forget the guns! Death -- who cares?! Sleeping? It's for losers.
But then, at the end ...I realized something. 'The Long Walk' wasn't ever about "the prize", it wasn't about surviving or being the better walker, the better person. It's about character, about the person you are. I had to read between the lines (probably too much) to see it, but that's what I got out of the book.
I think I just did a cruddy job of explaining myself.(less)
A friend of mine told me to read this book more times than I can count until finally one day I picked it up at the library and decided to give it a go...moreA friend of mine told me to read this book more times than I can count until finally one day I picked it up at the library and decided to give it a go. "Life of Pi" was one of those books I knew nothing about, I didn't read the jacket cover, I didn't read a review, I didn't google or amazon it, but I did know the quote "Richard Parker has stayed with me. I’ve never forgotten him. Dare I say I miss him? I do. I miss him." up, down, left, right, front and back.
Actually reading the book, I started into it slowly …it's not really my usual cup of tea. I usually like a lot more action, historical truth or romance and this was completely out of the norm for me but as I started to get through the book I started to get soaked into it – literally. I'm not one for religion (and was no swayed by the book) but I love learning the differences between every single religion – the fact that Pi was giving his love to God through three different points of view, shocked me! It pushed me to read on and to read more, faster even. I had to gobble that book up; especially when the animals came into play.
I'm an animal lover through and through so when it came to being in the lifeboat with Richard Parker I couldn't set the book down. The trials he was set through, the life he had to live for so long …Yann Martel had a way of weaving the words together to put me right on the lifeboat with them, I felt as if I was back in the ocean with the saltwater in my hair and too much of it on my skin. I used an overabundance of lotion during my time reading this book.
Like Richard Parker has stayed with Pi, this book is going to stay with me forever whether I read it again or not.
I do believe this is one book that everyone should read for the sake of reading, no because it won an award but because, I think "Life of Pi" is very moving. It isn't like any other book out there; sure, books of survival are easy to come by but never like this.