I really hate to say this, but this book didn't connect to me at all. Don't get me wrong because John Green is actually one of my favourite authors, bu...moreI really hate to say this, but this book didn't connect to me at all. Don't get me wrong because John Green is actually one of my favourite authors, but this is definitely my least liked books written by him.
What I disliked about the book:
* All the formulas, I personally hate Math and the whole mathematical aspect of the book didn't appeal to me at all. * Colin wasn't as likable as Miles, Quentin, or Will Grayson. * I struggled to connect with the characters.
The aspects I did love were the notes at the bottom of the pages, It's what differentiates this book from other John Green books, the humour was great.
Unfortunately, I still haven't finished this book. I am going to try though, but it may take some time... 3/5 stars :((less)
The Great Gatsby is a truly wonderful book. I must admit that I was pretty excited to read this novel when I found out that I would be studying it for...moreThe Great Gatsby is a truly wonderful book. I must admit that I was pretty excited to read this novel when I found out that I would be studying it for English Literature, as it is one of those classics that has been praised greatly over time.
When I first attempted to read this book, it did take me quite a while to finish. I found it to be very dense and at times I found Fitzgeralds writing style difficult to decipher. As time went by, I learned more about this novel in class, and the more I read into the chapters and paid attention to details within it, the more I began to love The Great Gatsby!
The way Fitzgerald structured the novel is great, especially how Gatsby's true self was revealed slowly within the book. The symbolism in this novel is amazing... with the green light, the eyes of Dr. T J Eckleberg, The Valley of Ashes... just EVERYTHING in it! Even the title fits the novel perfectly. "This fella's a regular Belasco. It's a triumph. What thoroughness! What realism!" as Owl Eyes would say. When the facade was stripped away and Gatsby true self was revealed, I couldn't help but admire him for his extraordinary gift for hope like the narrator, Nick Carraway.
A definite 5/5 stars for me! I've already read The Great Gatsby twice and I wouldn't hesitate to revisit the roaring 20's again. (less)
I've read quite a few book reviews saying that this is one of John Greens best novels, So I was really excited about reading this book. I wasn't disap...moreI've read quite a few book reviews saying that this is one of John Greens best novels, So I was really excited about reading this book. I wasn't disappointed at all and it did meet my expectations. This book is full of memorable phrases and I really like how it made me think of life in a different way. Overall it is definitely one of John Green's best books, it's witty, funny in some bits and a very touching book.(less)
It didn't really occur to me to read J.R.R. Tolkien's books until this month. I've started to wonder a lot about his The Lord of the Rings Trilogy an...moreIt didn't really occur to me to read J.R.R. Tolkien's books until this month. I've started to wonder a lot about his The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and decided to start with the prequel.
The Hobbit is a classic story which focuses on Bilbo Baggins, in which he embarks on a journey with the dwarves to The Desolation of Smaug.
Firstly, this novel is filled with exciting events that continuously plunges the reader into a world of fantasy with various creatures from trolls, giant spiders, to goblins and dragons. This aspect of the novel ensured that it flowed effortlessly and there was not a boring part in the book. Although, one of my favourite parts have got to be the moment when Bilbo meets Gollum. Each event provided a sinister but also adventurous atmosphere which captured the dwarves' and Bilbo's mission really well.
Furthermore, I thought that the character of Bilbo was very likeable and how he developed throughout the whole book was great. In the beginning he was very wary of joining Thorin and co but as the Hobbit went on Bilbo became braver and stronger as well as eventually gaining the dwarves' trust and respect. I also loved the dwarves which consisted of: Thorin, Balin, Dwalin, Fili, Kili, Dori, Nori, Ori, Oin, Gloin, Bifur, Bofur and Bombur. In my opinion some stood out more than others for me especially Thorin, Balin and Bombur.
This book also consists of various poems which are scattered throughout the novel, they were all very enjoyable to read especially the one that was sung by the dwarves in Chapter One. The riddles between Bilbo and Gollum in Chapter Five were very intriguing and interesting.
Overall, I found The Hobbit a very captivating read. It drew me in from the first couple of sentences, which of course are:
“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.”
The Hobbit is an enchanting read and I would definitely recommend it. 4/5 stars. (less)