The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet is the companion novel to The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, the Emmy-award winning YouTube series. In the book, Lizzie keep
The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet is the companion novel to The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, the Emmy-award winning YouTube series. In the book, Lizzie keeps a day-to-day account of making her video diaries.
This was an awesome book. I watched the YouTube series probably two years ago, so it was really fun to read the book and remember watching all the moments that she was talking about. The book includes a lot of great stuff you won’t get in the series: like text messages, emails, conversations between Lizzie and her professor, and the letter than Darcy wrote Lizzie about George Wickham. The book is really entertaining and you can tell that the writers put a lot of thought into it’s production. It’s designed so that you can read the book while watching the series and both will fit together perfectly, which they do. I did a bit of rewatching while I read, because the book made me want to see the characters again.
Overall, super awesome companion book. You don’t have to read it to understand the series, but trust me, you want to.
Landline was not what I expected, in the best way possible. I didn't read the summary before going into it, because I just love Rowell so of course ILandline was not what I expected, in the best way possible. I didn't read the summary before going into it, because I just love Rowell so of course I bought it, so I assumed it would be about teenagers like the other two books read by her. In a way, the novel is about teenagers, because a majority of it is focused on the flashbacks of Georgie and Neal in college, but really the book talks about what happens 15 years after the marriage.
I really loved the concept of the novel. Rowell dips her pen into magical realism here, and she pulls it off really well. The genre lends itself to flashbacks and interesting conversations. What would you say to your husband when in his world he's about to propose and in your world you've been married for 15 years?
Overall, the book is really interesting, very realistic, and extremely poignant. I enjoyed every minute of it, and I think it's such a great change from the typical teenage love story. Young adults rarely (if ever) read about what it's like to actually be married and have a family, and I think Rowell made the idea both approachable and entertaining, as well as meaningful. I'd recommend this book to any fans of Rowell's, realistic fiction, and a little bit of sci fi. ...more
Pure Drivel is a collection of short fiction by Steve Martin. In this book, Martin discusses meaningful things like MENSA, writing and how easy it is,Pure Drivel is a collection of short fiction by Steve Martin. In this book, Martin discusses meaningful things like MENSA, writing and how easy it is, apologizing, and Michael Jackson.
I liked this book a lot more than his other collection of fiction. These pieces were a lot longer, more clever, and ultimately more entertaining. I really enjoyed "Dear Amanda," a collection of letters from a guy to his ex-girlfriend. I also liked "Times Roman Font Announces Shortage of Periods," in which Martin waxed on about the lack of the period all without using a single period until the last sentence.
Some of the stories require a bit more knowledge of the pop culture of the 80s to understand them, I think, such as the "I Love Loosely" bit, a commentary on I Love Lucy. I like Martin's tongue in cheek writing, and I enjoy his meta bits. Overall, worth reading. ...more
Cruel Shoes is a book(?) by Steve Martin. In this collection, Martin gives fiction a try. This book was published in the 70s and was the first thing MCruel Shoes is a book(?) by Steve Martin. In this collection, Martin gives fiction a try. This book was published in the 70s and was the first thing Martin wrote and is weirdly incomprehensible.
The book reads as if these are ideas for SNL sketches that need to be fleshed out and given dialogue. Some of the snippets are really clever, but the execution still doesn’t allow it to work. There were a few passages with bathroom humor, which I never really find funny. I’m glad I read Born Standing Up before I read this book, because this was so weird and disjointed that I probably wouldn’t have read another Martin book if I’d read it first.
The book is really easy to read and took me about an hour, but I wouldn’t really recommend it unless you’re curious as to what Martin’s stand up routine might have been like. I imagine it was a bit like this book: out there and jarring. But the book lacks Martin’s charisma and comedic flair. So I’d rather just watch an episode of SNL with him. ...more
The Old Man and the Sea is a novel (novella?) by Ernest Hemingway about exactly what you think: an old man fishing.
Um, I don't really even know whatThe Old Man and the Sea is a novel (novella?) by Ernest Hemingway about exactly what you think: an old man fishing.
Um, I don't really even know what to say about this book. It's 90 pages of a man fishing and thinking about fish, and I found the ending pretty unsatisfactory. It was kind of depressing, and I guess that might be the point. It was an easy read and it took me about an hour. I liked Hemingway's writing. I just wish the plot had been a bit more interesting. As it is, it's pretty dull. ...more
Fires of Our Choosing is a collection of short stories by Eugene Cross. The stories are very real and emotional, and his writing is interesting and enFires of Our Choosing is a collection of short stories by Eugene Cross. The stories are very real and emotional, and his writing is interesting and engaging.
I had to read the collection because he’s coming to my college next week, but of course I’m in class while he’s performing. Go figure. I’m a little pissed that I can’t see him, because I really did like a majority of the stories. Some of them were a little dull, and I think one I read without retaining anything, but a lot of them I really loved.
My favorite story was the one about the babysitter in the summer. It’s in second person, which I love, and the ending was so shocking and awful. I really loved it, and it was very emotional. Cross clearly knows what he’s doing with second person, which is impressive.
I’d definitely recommend this collection to anyone who likes contemporary short stories. They were interesting and funny, and I loved reading the collection. ...more
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is about Huck's adventures post-Tom Sawyer's book. Huck escapes from his father and sets out on a journey across AmericAdventures of Huckleberry Finn is about Huck's adventures post-Tom Sawyer's book. Huck escapes from his father and sets out on a journey across America, I think for fun. He takes with him Jim, a runaway slave who helped him escape. They get into a lot of trouble and there are a lot of weird and pointless interactions with people, and some crazy coincidences and then the book ends.
Man, this book was hard to read. Some of it was interesting, but mostly it was just strange. Some of the dialogue took a long time to decipher, and I had to read the whole book in less than a week on top of my other school work and such, so I didn't really have time for that.
I didn't enjoy this book, but I think it's a good book to read if you're interested in American literature. The treatment of slaves is interesting (the n-word is said over 200 times in this book), and Huck's point of view is very fascinating. The book was painful to read in such a short amount of time, but I think it might not be that bad if read slowly. It also might be okay to teach. I haven't decided yet. Overall, not the biggest fan, but I didn't hate it. ...more
The Awakening and Other Stories is a collection of short stories by Kate Chopin focusing on life in New Orleans during the late 1800's. The stories arThe Awakening and Other Stories is a collection of short stories by Kate Chopin focusing on life in New Orleans during the late 1800's. The stories are about the relationships between the people living there, and how these relationships develop and change. Mostly it's about married people having affairs.
The stories are all very romantic and I really did enjoy the plots. I wasn't a big fan of Chopin's writing. Some passages are full of beautiful descriptions, but a lot of the time it felt like I was very distant from the characters. It felt like someone was telling me a story about them, which actually is a pretty cool and useful narrative technique. I just didn't like it that much. Also, the dialogue was very difficult to read because it was all Bayou vernacular (that was the best way I could think to describe it).
I had to read this for class and I probably wouldn't have finished it otherwise. I didn't like it that much, but I can see why it's a classic. Chopin was probably one of the first people to write about real life in New Orleans and it is interesting and realistic. ...more
My Antonia by Willa Cather is a novel about Jim Burden, a boy growing up in Nebraska in the 1800’s. Jim’s life is influenced by the existence of a famMy Antonia by Willa Cather is a novel about Jim Burden, a boy growing up in Nebraska in the 1800’s. Jim’s life is influenced by the existence of a family of Bohemians, particularly the vivacious and mysterious Antonia. Jim’s life changes and he drifts away from Antonia, but she never stops affecting his life.
This book is clearly an American classic for a reason. Cather describes life on the plains of Nebraska while also giving you beautiful and real characters. It’s interesting to read a historical piece like this about a time that no one really hears about beyond the obvious facts. Cather allows you to see what life was actually like for the people, and it can be heartbreaking.
I really did like this book. It was interesting, and Cather’s writing is effortless and engaging. Jim is an interesting character, and Antonia is even more interesting. The novel progresses nicely, and there are many secondary characters that have fascinating stories. I especially loved the plot of the Russians in the first book. It was sad and beautiful and very interesting.
I had to read this book for school, so I’m excited to talk about it more in class. It was very interesting and I think I need to analyze it more to fully comprehend its impact. I’d recommend it to anyone who likes pioneer stories or American classics!...more
Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser is a novel about a young woman in the late 1800's who moves to Chicago to live with her cousin. She has to find a joSister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser is a novel about a young woman in the late 1800's who moves to Chicago to live with her cousin. She has to find a job, and she is swayed by many different people. Carrie is naive and inexperienced, and she isn't sure exactly how life works. The novel follows Carrie as she makes decisions and tries to live her life successfully.
The book is very good. It's really long, so a lot happens, but it's very interesting and Dreiser is a great writer. The characters are very intriguing, and I liked the setting of the late 1800's. At one point Carrie works in a factory and is disgusted by the labor she's required to do with very little payoff. We also get to see how the richer middle class live, and how Carrie goes from very low in life to very high.
Hurstwood is a great character because he goes from very high in life to very low. He sacrifices everything in a moment of panic and decides to run away with Carrie. It's easy to feel sorry for Hurstwood because he would have had a much different life if he'd never left Chicago. Poor guy.
Drouet is a strange character. He courts Carrie and seems to love her, but then when she leaves him he hardly thinks anything of it. When he comes back into the plot, it's almost pointless. He wants to win her back because she's successful now, but when she's uninterested he just gives up. I need to think more about Drouet.
I really enjoyed this novel. I have to read it for my American Literary Landmarks class next semester, so I'm excited to talk about it then. Dreiser is a great writer, and the book is very interesting. ...more
The Universe in Miniature in Miniature is a collection of short novellas by award-winning author Patrick Somerville. I had to read it for my creativeThe Universe in Miniature in Miniature is a collection of short novellas by award-winning author Patrick Somerville. I had to read it for my creative writing class because Somerville is coming to my college on Thursday to talk. After reading the book, I’m really excited to hear him talk.
Somerville has a fantastic grasp on how humans think and act. Every character is interesting and realistic, and Somerville add bits of fantasy to many of the stories that adds an extra level to the story. The stories are really fascinating. I liked all of them, and Somerville plays around with a lot of different elements.
The last story is the one that really stuck out for me. It ties together all the other stories and shows how humans can empathize with and understand one another. It was seriously awesome.
There’s also a really interesting story about a girl having an affair with her teacher. It’s written from the girl’s point of view and it’s very authentic.
I really recommend this book. The stories are engaging and well-written, and it’s really fascinating to read. Also, the book cover itself turns into a mobile. How awesome is that?...more
This book is really weird. It's got a strange point system, but most of the time you're losing points rather than gaining them. Most of the time you'rThis book is really weird. It's got a strange point system, but most of the time you're losing points rather than gaining them. Most of the time you're doing things that would never happen in Austen's novels, but I did like that they were a kind of throwback to the books. The author spent more time insulting the reader than being clever, though, and I didn't enjoy the book as much as I thought I would. ...more
The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks is about a marine stationed in Iraq who finds a picture of a girl that becomes his good luck charm. When he makes itThe Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks is about a marine stationed in Iraq who finds a picture of a girl that becomes his good luck charm. When he makes it back to America, he sets out to find her and repay her for saving his life.
I loved this book! Nicholas Sparks will always be a master of romantic fiction, but what makes this book better than others is the fascinating premise. Logan is an excellent character, as are all the others. The parts about Iraq are interesting and real, and the character dynamics are great. The writing is engaging and I wanted to keep reading once I’d started. So far this is my favorite Nicholas Sparks book.
I can’t wait for the movie. I was trying to picture Zac Efron as Logan and to be honest I really couldn’t, not with the way Sparks wrote the character. But I think he’ll be great in an adaptation, I really love him. I’m very excited to see this story on screen, I think it’ll be very powerful.
Not much more I can say except that everyone should go read this book! It’s wonderfully written and extremely interesting. Sparks is fantastic. And on an unrelated note, this is the first book I read on my new Kindle! :)...more
Fever by John Edgar Wideman is a collection of twelve short stories written in an extremely experimental style. The plots of the stories tend to be abFever by John Edgar Wideman is a collection of twelve short stories written in an extremely experimental style. The plots of the stories tend to be about a moment of depression or struggle in the life of the main character. Wideman focuses on themes of human depravity and desperation, and the collection ends with the story “Fever” which focuses on the outbreak of Yellow Fever in 1779. Other stories focus on the holocaust or rape or the ending of a marriage. The collection’s themes are pretty depressing.
This book was really hard to read. Without analyzing this book in class, I would have had a hard time understanding many of the stories. It was very interesting to look closely at these stories. It takes a lot of brain power to examine these stories, and it’s definitely worth it. Wideman’s writing is complex and interwoven and it is necessary to look closely at the text. After a while, we discovered Wideman’s emphasis on storytelling. Each plot involves an aspect of storytelling. It’s important to think about the narrator and their point of view, and many characters in the stories are storytellers themselves. With this collection, Wideman is asking if stories can change a person. Wideman uses complex themes and plots to make the reader think about how the story itself is affecting theme. The collection is extremely interesting to talk about, and I would recommend it to any literature enthusiast. ...more