The Storyline This being the first story in the Sherlock Holmes series, this is also the introducInterested in more of my reviews? Visit my blog!
The Storyline This being the first story in the Sherlock Holmes series, this is also the introduction of the two main characters: Holmes and Watson. After meeting one another they agree to move in together as they were both in need of a roommate. Shortly after, a man is discovered as being murdered and Sherlock Holmes is asked to evaluate the scene to determine if there is any evidence of who may have done it. The only clue is a woman’s wedding ring and the words “RACHE” written in blood on the wall.
My Thoughts Okay so… I think I have a bit of a crush. I loved Sherlock eccentricity and how unconventional he was. I will admit, the mystery wasn't really much of a mystery but it was still entertaining nonetheless. It did get a big "oooohhhhhhhhh...." from me once the mystery was finally solved though. Silly me, probably should have seen that one coming.
‘There is no mystery about it at all. I am simply applying to ordinary life a few of those precepts of observation and deduction which I advocated in that article. Is there anything else that puzzles you?’
Part II So, umm… I thought I missed something. The second half of this book was almost like a different book entirely and all of a sudden I’m right smack dab in the middle of Utah and everyone has buckets o’ wives?
Anyways. Essentially, the second half of this book was a major bash-fest on the Mormons. I figure that’s why it ended up on the banned book list.
"We have come," continued Stangerson, "at the advice of our fathers to solicit the hand of your daughter for whichever of us may seem good to you and to her. As I have but four wives and Brother Drebber here has seven, it appears to me that my claim is the stronger one."
Uh-huh. Five is definitely better than eight.
Overall, pretty enjoyable, would definitely be interested in reading more about Sherlock most definitely....more
One of the great classics of the 20th century... well, a statement like that will definitely get anyonInterested in more of my reviews? Visit my blog!
One of the great classics of the 20th century... well, a statement like that will definitely get anyone interested in reading it. Many of you read this in school, but naturally I missed out on this one as well. This one is not only on the BBC Book List but the 1001 books to read before you die.
’For a moment the last sunshine fell with romantic affection upon her glowing face; her voice compelled me forward breathlessly as I listened – then the glow faded, each light deserting her with lingering regret like children leaving a pleasant street at dusk.’
I thoroughly enjoyed the writing of F. Scott Fitzgerald; it was by far the best part of the book. I had a major disconnect with the characters as I found them to be quite shallow and pretentious. The whole story seemed off for me; but I think that was just the overall oddness of the characters themselves.
My impression going into this book was that it was to be a great love story… how Gatsby loved Daisy but the war came between them. Daisy, becoming tired of waiting for Gatsby to return, marries Tom who’s a loaf of a man that cheats on her quite openly.
Now I understand this is a book not set in the 20th century and women were supposed to all be stay out home mothers who took care of the house and the children and kept their mouths shut so I naturally didn’t expect her to get fed up with his cheating and hit him over the head with a dinner plate, but I really did expect more. By the end it all felt a tad anticlimactic and there was a resounding ‘So… what was the point?’ floating through my head.
All in all, I’m glad to have read it so I can now say that I’ve read it, but that it’s definitely not going down as one of my faves. ...more
"Once upon a time there was a little prince who lived on a planet that was scarcely any bigger than himself, and who had need of a sheep . . ."
To thos"Once upon a time there was a little prince who lived on a planet that was scarcely any bigger than himself, and who had need of a sheep . . ."
To those who understand life, that would have given a much greater air of truth to my story.
This was a cute short story, obviously meant for children; however, I don't feel as if children would be able to understand this on their own. A bit too deep and philosophical for the average kid. Cute illustrations....more
“We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us. We don’t have to sit in no bar room blowin’ in our jack jus’ because we got“We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us. We don’t have to sit in no bar room blowin’ in our jack jus’ because we got no place else to go. [...] But not us.” Lennie broke in. “But not us! An’ why? Because… because I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that’s why.”
Of Mice and Men is the prominent classic set during the Great Depression about the friendship between two men, George and Lennie. Lennie has a big heart but doesn’t possess the mind of a mature adult and after an incident in the last town they lived in where he was accused of rape after touching a woman’s dress, the two have to travel to find new work.
George and Lennie share big dreams of one day owning their own land and from the very beginning the reader is painted a despairing picture despite their constant optimism. It’s a simplistic and saddening story of day-to-day survival; of individuals forever hoping to achieve their unattainable dreams. The novel, published in 1937, showcases the mindset and struggles of people during this period in history. It explores in depth yet with few pages how the Great Depression affected society and also the prejudices, sexism and rampant racism. The end of George and Lennie’s story brings a loss of hope, a loss of purpose and an abandoning of dreams that is nothing short of a tragedy....more
“I want to do something splendid…something heroic or wonderful that won’t be forgotten after I’m dead. I don’t know what, but I’m on the watch for it“I want to do something splendid…something heroic or wonderful that won’t be forgotten after I’m dead. I don’t know what, but I’m on the watch for it and mean to astonish you all someday.”
Can you believe it? The last person on Earth has finally read Little Women! Okay, I’m kidding, I’m sure I wasn’t the last one to read it but sure feels like it. But yes, this was my very first time reading it and I’m glad I did even though it was a bit of a struggle because 18th century works of fictions and I don’t often get along real well. But despite my apprehension (view spoiler)[and my perpetual desire for Amy to fall into a deep, dark hole (hide spoiler)] this one really won me over in the end. I learned to appreciate it for what it’s meant to be: an old-fashioned yet authentic tale of a close knit family, and in particular four very different young women, struggling to find their place in a difficult time in history. It’s not a glamorous tale of silk gowns and ball rooms, but rather an accurate interpretation of how life really was for Louisa May Alcott and her three sisters, as well as all the other women coming of age in the 1800s. It makes you appreciate family, life itself, and presents under the Christmas tree. And NOW, I can finally watch the movie.
‘You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.’
I‘You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.’
I recall reading this for the first time early on in school, in junior high possibly, and I can definitely say that the powerful message behind the book was completely lost on me at the time. As wonderful and inspirational as it is, it’s also much more complex and layered than my memory served. This is a book that teaches tolerance, morality and ethics, about the senselessness of violence and the differences between right and wrong. Doing what’s right meant something vastly different down South in the 1930s when Mockingbird was set and also in the 1960s when first published, however, even 50+ years later, it’s sad to see that we still deal with these issues to this day even if it may not necessarily be on the same large scale. This story still manages to retain significant meaning and teach us something about humanity regardless of time or place.
“They’re certainly entitled to think that, and they’re entitled to full respect for their opinions… but before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”
In addition to the various storylines that serve to teach an important lesson is the full cast of amazing characters that act out these life lessons. Atticus Finch, by far my favorite character, is a man that saw everyone as his equal. He believed this wholeheartedly and was willing to put his very livelihood on the line to fight for those rights. He was able to accept the differences in all of us and see the true bottom line: regardless of race, color, gender or any of the multitudes of ways that not only make us who we are but also separates us from the rest, at the end of the day we are all the same; we’re all human beings. This world would be a far better place with a few more Atticus Finch’s in existence.
As simplistic as this story is delivered, it’s actually deceptively significant. It’s not a preachy how to guide on how to be a decent person but instead it’s the didactic story of one man’s fight for what’s right.
Notes on the narration: Sissy Spacek delivered an amazing narration with her authentic Southern accent that had me listening well past my bedtime. I couldn’t imagine Scout sounding any other way. Listen here for a clip to the audiobook....more
Having missed this in my childhood education it's alwaysInterested in more of my reviews? Visit my blog!
Another on my list of Banned/Challenged books.
Having missed this in my childhood education it's always been one that I've heard so many things about but have never been able to experience. I have to say that I'm quite glad I didn't read this until later in life because I don't believe I'd be able to appreciate it or understand it half as much as I would have in my early teens. I remember hearing about this book when I was younger and thinking that it was literally about animals.
I was amazed at how easy a read it was (although I stopped about halfway and started listening to it on audiobook) yet how complex the topic really was. At the start of the book their rebellion against their owners was a beautiful thing and their strength was remarkable.
"The animals were happy as they had never conceived it possible to be. Every mouthful of food was an acute positive pleasure, now that it was truly their own food, produced by themselves and for themselves, not doled out to them by a grudging master."
Unfortunately, as time progressed, social classes were established. I found myself so wrapped up in this book that when the pigs that ruled and had all the privileges would change rules at random to suit their needs I was groaning and pitying these other animals who suffered because of it. The ending was inevitable and despite the fact that I saw it coming it still left me gasping. An incredible that was well worth the read; a novel I won’t be forgetting anytime soon.
"ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL, BUT SOME ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS"...more
Another on my list of Banned/Challenged books. And another book that I apparently failed to be given aInterested in more of my reviews? Visit my blog!
Another on my list of Banned/Challenged books. And another book that I apparently failed to be given as a reading requirement when I was younger.
I don’t have much to say about this series as I know the vast majority of you have already read this, but I will say that I was most definitely thrown by the story as I really didn’t know what I was getting myself into. ‘Wow’ was the most used word while reading/listening to this book, for sure.
The setting of this story is in a mental institution and you’d never think that you’d find yourself laughing, but you do. Patrick McMurphy really makes this story what it is, he was such an influential character: funny and rebellious and being in a mental institution certainly doesn't stop him from doing whatever he damn well pleases. The one part that cracked me up (as wrong as the situation was) was following one of his electro-shock therapy treatments:
’…he just laughed and told me Hell, all they was doin’ was chargin’ his battery for him, free for nothing. “When I get out of here the first woman that takes on ol’ Red McMurphy the ten-thousand-watt psychopath, she’s gonna light up like a pinball machine and pay off in silver dollars!”’
As the story progressed I got so caught up in loving these men that I practically forgot that they were all in a mental institution… and because my mind glazed over this fact, by the end, my heart broke for them. This is a really powerful tale that I’m glad I finally read....more
”In fairy tales, witches always wear silly black hats and black cloaks, and they ride on broomsticks. But this is not a fairy-tale. This is about REAL”In fairy tales, witches always wear silly black hats and black cloaks, and they ride on broomsticks. But this is not a fairy-tale. This is about REAL WITCHES.”
I decided to read this in support of Banned Book Week. So obviously I’m a bit behind schedule as this is my first time reading this and I know many of you had read this early on in your childhood. I’m 25 years old and am just now getting around to experiencing it. I positively adored Roald Dahl’s writing and am quite surprised that I never actually read a single one of his books.
”The curtains were never drawn in that house, and through the windows I could see huge snowflakes falling slowly on to an outside world that was as black as tar.”
Does it make me a total wuss to admit that this book really freaked me out a few times? And what about those pictures?! Holy crap.
[image error] That? Is some seriously scary shit right there.
Bottom Line… it was quite a charming little book and the relationship between the little boy and his grandmother was damn adorable.
Favorite Quote ”It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like so long as somebody loves you.”...more
A Clockwork Orange is set in a futuristic London where nadsats (teenagers) roam the streets a*spoilers will follow*
“What’s it going to be then, eh?”
A Clockwork Orange is set in a futuristic London where nadsats (teenagers) roam the streets at night seeking to cause all sorts of horrorshow (good) ultra-violence. Our humble narrator, Alex, and his three droogs (friends) are those exact types of nadsats that people fear, causing them to lock themselves inside their house to avoid danger. Alex and his droogs relax at the Korova Milkbar drinking moloko plus (milk plus… something) before going out to cause ultra-violence and maybe a little of the old in and out. It’s a night like any other night for Alex and his droogs. Burgess created a specific language solely for these characters which he calls Nadsat. It’s is a fictional language but is essentially an eclectic mix of Slavic and Russian words with a bit of gypsy swirled in. It’s incredibly confusing to follow and does take a while to catch on to but it’s one of the most fascinating aspects of this book.
This is my first time reading A Clockwork Orange and I actually went into it knowing practically nothing about the plot/story. The whole brainwashing aspect reminded me a lot of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest which is one of my all-time favorites, but A Clockwork Orange had a whole other level to the story regarding moral choice. In the book, Alex volunteers to undergo an experimental treatment that would condition him out of his violent behavior and get him out of prison early which was most appealing to him. Even though he volunteers for Ludovico’s Technique, he’s not clear on what exactly he’s volunteered for.
“Is it better for a man to have chosen evil than to have good imposed upon him?”
The technique removed his ability to choose to do right as Alex became violently sick whenever he attempted violence of any sort, including when it involved the need to defend himself against others. I believe that Burgess’ intentions were to show that behavior that is forced, rather than chosen of your own free will, is wholly wrong and that it was much more preferred that Alex make his own decisions even if he was making all the wrong choices. Because in the end, did he not eventually go on to make the right choice himself without the help of the brainwashing? This may have been Burgess’ intentions but it took a lot of contemplating to truly decipher it. Moral choice is such a vast topic that attempting to pack it into this slim novella really left a lot unsaid and I felt he didn’t explore it in as much detail as he could have.
The version of Clockwork Orange that I read contains the mysterious 21st chapter that was left out from the original American publication. It’s the version of the story that most people are familiar with as Stanley Kubrick’s film adaptation of the novella was also created without the final 21st chapter. I finished the book and then watched the movie shortly after and the ending of the movie was incredibly dreary and lacked any sort of hope for anything good. The book wasn’t chock full of hope but it gave the novel a point. The movie ended with Alex no longer brainwashed and quickly going back to his evil ways but the intended ending that was contained in the 21st chapter showed Alex realizing the wrongness of his actions and even going so far as to contemplate a possible future with a wife and kids of his own. While I personally preferred the books ending, I still didn’t think it was fitting. Some unknown amount of time has passed between the 20th chapter and the 21st, yet it still feels as if his realization of his wrongdoings came completely out of nowhere. After the horrid things he did I didn’t expect such a giant leap into being a good and moral individual.
A Clockwork Orange is a book truly meant to be discussed and analyzed. I was fortunate enough to have buddy-read this with Christina and we traded e-mails back and forth for over a week after finishing. I’m not sure I would have been able to properly wrap my head around the story without her. :)...more
I never actually read this in school; however, I was very familiar with the storyline itself. The Crucible. What is there to say that hasn’t already bI never actually read this in school; however, I was very familiar with the storyline itself. The Crucible. What is there to say that hasn’t already been said?
This story was based on historical people and real events and was a very authentic depiction of paranoid and hysterical people in a tiny village. Despite knowing this was mostly factual, it was still hard to imagine such an unfortunate situation occurring. This village had laws established but it blew me away how everything was handled. These people were accused of crimes that many of them were innocent of yet they were denied a fair trial and the accusers were believed 100%. This is a prime example of what happens when there are gaps in due process and when local governments infringe on an individual’s civil liberties: chaos.
The scene that I will forever remember was where they speak about Giles Corey and the torture he suffered through. Giles had been one of the individuals accused of witchcraft (falsely) but he refuses to admit guilt or innocence as he is educated in the law. The law at the time stated that anyone who refused to enter a plea could not be tried. To force a plea, the townsfolk proceeded to pile large stones on top of his body in an attempt to get him to admit to his ‘crimes’.
At the end of the audiobook I listened to there was an interesting tidbit regarding what followed in future years that I was unaware of.
‘Twenty years after the last hanging, the government awarded compensation to the victims still living and to the families of the dead. However, some people were still unwilling to admit their total guilt. The town was still divided into factions for some of those compensated by the government were not victims at all, but informers.’...more