This is my third Rainbow Rowell, and yes- everything she writes is cute. It's quirky, it's fun, it portrays a subject of awkward, socially inept teenaThis is my third Rainbow Rowell, and yes- everything she writes is cute. It's quirky, it's fun, it portrays a subject of awkward, socially inept teenage girls with anxiety. It's great young adult fluff. But I'm not sure I get why everyone loves her stuff. It's fun for the time being, but certainly isn't lasting for me. Eleanor & Park was her strongest in my opinion- I strongly disliked Attachments. And this was a nice, cute in the middle of the road for me.
This follows the freshman year of college of Cath. A 'Simon Snow' (Harry Potter) fanatic who has a popular twin sister who couldn't be more different from her. I guess I didn't relate to Cath at all. I was definitely more of a Wren in college (hopefully not as bad/bitchy/and certainly never drank till I had to go to the hospital). Cath honestly annoyed me the entire time. I'm not sure how great of a portrayal this was of anxiety and the feelings that come with it. But really- she is full of avoiding the problem, doesn't do anything to help herself, and she blames everything on one central thing in her life for all of her problems.
What I loved about this is it really understood and portrayed the freshman year of college. This brought me back, I imagined Cath and Regean in my old dorm, with Levi standing outside. I pictured my own campus, looking back on the "good old times" with my freshman friends and I. Exploring my first college party, not knowing where your classes are, all that kind of thing. I was a HUGE Harry Potter Nerd. I never did fanfiction, but I totally understand the excitement of midnighting the book, and having the nerd-connection when you realize someone else loves Harry Potter too.
I'll come back to Rainbow Rowell again when I want some nice light entertaining beachy read. ...more
This proves that even in the olden days, the trifecta of love, crime, and religious will interest just about anyone in a book. I recently went to theThis proves that even in the olden days, the trifecta of love, crime, and religious will interest just about anyone in a book. I recently went to the Seattle Center's special exhibit on Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes, and it inspired me to actually pick up the first in the series. Everyone is familiar with Sherlock, I knew about his eccentricities, his methods, and whatnot. But the exhibit was really great and put it into perspective. If anyone is interested, here's the link to the exhibitlink to the exhibit.
I thoroughly enjoyed the first part of A Study in Scarlet. I didn't realize it was going to be from Watson's perspective so that was a surprise. Loved getting to know how Sherlock and Watson met, and loved seeing into Sherlock's mind. How he comes to conclusions, how reads the unreadable, and how he sees what others take for granted. I wasn't super interested in the mystery because it moved so quickly I didn't have time to engage with it as much. Still fun, was planning on giving it 4 stars.
Then the book goes into this super weird backstory that you don't know why it's there and I was completely thrown off. Flashes to America and Mormanism- I actually had to google the book because I thought the version I had had the wrong middle section in it... I didn't really care about these characters and until I realized how they intertwined I was pretty bored. I get why it was there, because at the end tying everything together was great. But man there should be some sort of warning about the middle section of this! This knocked it down to 3 stars for me. But I'm definitely willing to give Sherlock and Conan Doyle another try. I've heard there are much better stories, so perhaps I shouldn't go "in order" of the series, and just skip to the good stuff. ...more
A cute 2nd installment of the Mr. Lemoncello's Library series.
You definitely need to read the first book to understand the base of the Library OlympicA cute 2nd installment of the Mr. Lemoncello's Library series.
You definitely need to read the first book to understand the base of the Library Olympics. I didn't enjoy this one as much- there were many more characters, which left less time for us to get to know them, and develop much personalities for the side characters. Kyle, the main character didn't seem to "grow". The plot doesn't grow and climax much, it's mainly about the Olympic games, and the subplots fall to the wayside.
The whole point of the series has become a nostalgic whim and reference haven for those who love kids books. Which I do. I enjoyed the ideas and concepts of the Olympic 'games'. I had fun playing along. Word puzzles, and the banned book trivia was fun, and figuring out the hints and references in the text is interesting. But overall, a mediocre 3 star read. ...more
I was set on giving this 4 stars pretty much the whole book. Then the heartstrings tugged, the emotions pulled, and I bumped this up to 5 stars. So faI was set on giving this 4 stars pretty much the whole book. Then the heartstrings tugged, the emotions pulled, and I bumped this up to 5 stars. So far my first 5- star read of 2017! I didn't realize going into this fully what it was about, it fit a challenge, and is becoming a movie this year so I wanted to read it (sad/happy news- the movie release date got pushed from April to November in hopes of higher viewership). I was met with relatibility I wasn't expecting, a unique perspective, and a heartwarming moral of the story.
This follows Auggie, a boy starting the 5th grade in public school for the first time because he has a facial deformity. It's about bullying, it's about courage, it's about coming of age. The book has shifting perspectives between Auggie and his sister and classmates. This gave a different perspective from teenage minds and how actions can be perceived differently- a great look into how other's think. Especially for a young adult reader. But it isn't a depressing story- yes, Auggie is bullied. But it's more the positivity about how to handle, recover, and "be brave". I'm realizing how corny this sounds, but hey. If it works- it works.
The only things that bugged me about this- which clearly I overlooked where Justin's chapter- HOLY CRAP. It was written as he would- so there was incorrect punctuation, spelling, captivation, generally written as a teenager- it was SO hard to read. Also what kind of school has a graduation every year for every class? Seems a bit much...
What I didn't realize going into this was that Auggie has a cleft palate. Pair this with multiple other things, that is why Auggie's face is "different". The main reason this got 5 stars from me? Ding ding ding! I had a cleft palate when I was born too. Luckily, I had multiple surgeries as a kid to get all that stuff fixed, and my face is and has been completely normal since I can remember- but this really hit home for me. I'm so grateful for everything that I had- and Auggie did not. Craniofacial difficulties is real, it's hard, and it's something that despite "looking normal" it doesn't mean it doesn't effect other things. (dental issues, scarring, speech and language issues, orthodontia, the list goes on). I totally take for granted what Auggie had to deal with in every page of this book.
Just take my 5 stars, my tears and emotions, and let me linger on this book for a while longer....more