Why. THE FUCK. Is this not a television series already? I don't think I've ever read a book more perfect for a show.
Argh, this book. This fucking bookWhy. THE FUCK. Is this not a television series already? I don't think I've ever read a book more perfect for a show.
Argh, this book. This fucking book. For the past two weeks I've missed sleep, work productivity and socializing. It single-handedly cured me of my fear of Enormous Tomes You Could Kill Someone With. Yes, it's a thousand pages long in tiny print, yet it's so compulsively readable, entertaining and hilarious that you barely notice. I apologize for the incoherence here, but I'm too enamored right now. If you were able to deal with Kvothe as a narrator throughout the whole first book, then reading this shouldn't be a problem.
The only problem I have with this series is that it's been five years since this was released and there's still no date for the third one ... ...more
I put off rereading this series for ten years, worried that - like so many other books I read as a child - I would discover it was never as good as II put off rereading this series for ten years, worried that - like so many other books I read as a child - I would discover it was never as good as I made it out to be and be crushingly disappointed.
I worried for nothing.
After ten years, hundreds of other books, and an English lit degree later, I can still say this is my favourite series. Not only that, I think I might even love these books now more than I did when I originally read them, which was something I didn't even think was possible. I will never, ever be able to put into words what this series means to me. ...more
*takes a deep breath* I can't ... It's just ... I don't know how .... The thing is ... I actually cried three times, and I haven't been able to stop t*takes a deep breath* I can't ... It's just ... I don't know how .... The thing is ... I actually cried three times, and I haven't been able to stop thinking about this book since I finished it. That's all I can say, really. It's amazing. One of my all-time favourites. (Ever)...more
I literally clutched this book to my chest when I finished it. I’ve never done that before.
Ms. Marchetta, I am so, so sorry for having doubted you, anI literally clutched this book to my chest when I finished it. I’ve never done that before.
Ms. Marchetta, I am so, so sorry for having doubted you, and I am so, so glad that this is one of the few books I’ve given a second attempt to.
I can’t remember the last time I’ve been this emotionally invested in a book, but it was so easy to do. The world is so real without ever falling into over-description, and the portrayal of war was so harrowing that I often thought about this book when I wasn’t reading it. I often read fantasy books where the stakes are high but very little is lost, and while I appreciate that lighter entertainment (I read fantasy for the escapism, after all), I know that that isn’t reality. When there is war, people don’t just die – they’re tortured, humiliated, impoverished and much worse. And of course, the worst acts are almost always enacted on women, and Marchetta doesn’t shy away from this reality.
Still, this was secondary to why I loved this so much. I just adored the characters. I’ve never come across a character quite like Evanjalin before; she’s brave, strong, spiritual, and so damn smart. For the majority of the book she keeps a lot of secrets, but every single one is kept for a reason and makes sense in the end. Like Dumbledore, or something. Finnikin, as well, was insanely endearing and hilarious. All the secondary characters had their quirks as well, and almost every single one was important to the plot. I liked that, especially because there was such a large cast.
I really suck at writing positive reviews, but I just had to gush over this one. I laughed, I cried, I gasped, I groaned, I shook my head, and ended it with a smile.
I’ve been told Froi of the Exiles is even more emotionally taxing, and I’m not quite sure how that’s possible. I don’t think I could take much more … ...more
Children's books have always gotten to me in a way no other genre does. I love them. I love how they reveal simiple truths in a way adult books can't.Children's books have always gotten to me in a way no other genre does. I love them. I love how they reveal simiple truths in a way adult books can't. I love the heroism mentality. I love how creative they are because children's imaginations are so much broader than ours.
But this awesome, well written, little book just blew me out of the water; Madeleine L'Engle is a genius. It really is a children's book, but at the same time it deals with such dark themes they're almost scary. The fantasy/scifi element is also original and cool, and ties in perfectly with the messages of the story.
I'd pretty much recommend this book to anybody, adults and children alike. A child will enjoy it because it's a fun, magical story, but an adult might appreciate even moreso just because it really is so much more more that. ...more
I get why people can hate Catcher in the Rye. I really do. There isn’t really much of a plot. Holden is incredibly irritating, and there are times youI get why people can hate Catcher in the Rye. I really do. There isn’t really much of a plot. Holden is incredibly irritating, and there are times you just want to reach into the book to punch him in the face and tell him to grow the hell up. His pointless diatribes sometimes can make you grit your teeth. He sees things in a simplistic teen way that adults would roll their eyes at. It’s pretty easy to hate Holden, but Holden is the reason I love this book.
I should probably mention I’m a few years older than the character, so there isn’t some weird fictional crush going on here (I don’t understand how any teenage girl *could* have a crush on him, but whatever). I just find Holden incredibly realistic – I’m surrounded by teenage boys and honestly, yeah – they’re really annoying. They see things simply, and they’re angry and hormonal and self absorbed – what do you expect? I’ve read so many books written about idealized teenage boys and that’s far more annoying than reading about Holden, who has such a genuine teenage boy voice. I found myself rolling my eyes at him, shaking my head in exasperation and despite myself, kind of smiling at some of the things he said. He was almost real, like a guy I actually knew.
Not only that, I actually felt bad for him. He was clearly miserable, but because he’s so young, he can’t even really explain that to the reader because he doesn’t understand it himself. He doesn’t understand why he’s so lost, and just ends up being misguided and directionless. He’s at that age where he’s still mentally a child, and having to learn about adults the hard way. I noticed the only people Holden was truly kind to were children, probably because he can relate so much more to them. The whole image of him being the catcher in the rye is him trying to protect children from growing up, because he doesn’t want them to experience the real world like he had to.
When I read this book, I don’t consider the whole time that it is a classic. I just read it just like I would any other book, not looking for hidden meanings and trying to figure out why it’s so famous. I don’t over think it, just enjoy the ride and let it be the relatable and sincere book it is to me. ...more
I wish I had read this as a kid. This has instantly become one of my favourite books ever.
Everything about this book just oozes with sweetness. WheneI wish I had read this as a kid. This has instantly become one of my favourite books ever.
Everything about this book just oozes with sweetness. Whenever I was unhappy, I’d go to read this book and it would just give me a little warm fuzzy feeling, it was THAT cute. Reading about the March sisters was delightful; it takes a good author to make ordinary lives that interesting, but it was definitely accomplished. Jo, of course, is spunky and hilarious, but very human. There were times I was annoyed with her, but the whole time I knew, that’s so Jo. I don’t know why everyone hates on Amy so much, as she probably grows the most out of all the girls throughout the book, and even in the beginning I didn’t dislike her – she was that typical little sister! In the end though, she grew into a wiser, kinder softer version of herself. Beth ... what’s there to say? She’s Beth, how can you NOT love her? And then there’s Meg, who is the oldest and most responsible. She was probably my least favourite of the girls, but I probably related to her the most, being an oldest myself.
What I’ve noticed from books written in this era is that they are centered around character growth, which I love. Some say this book is too preachy, and while I slightly agree, I’d say that there are a lot worse things for young people to be reading about than lessons on treating people better, being more selfless and not put so much emphasis on money, which are problems we have in society today. Maybe that’s why this book is so timeless.
The ending surprised me, but not in a bad way. I don’t want to mark this as spoiler-y, so I’ll just say that things turn out different than you think, but when you look back, it makes sense how the characters turn out.
I’d recommend this to any girl of any age for an endearing, heart-warming story. ...more