Being new to the world of memoirs, I was not sure what Nick Flynn’s Another Bullshit Night in Suck City would be like. I ended up being very pleased....moreBeing new to the world of memoirs, I was not sure what Nick Flynn’s Another Bullshit Night in Suck City would be like. I ended up being very pleased. Being partial to humorous books, I was hoping that this would keep my attention and have me laughing. As I have mentioned in some of my previous reviews, I have a strange sense of humor. Very dry and sarcastic. I enjoyed Flynn’s work partly because I write a lot like he does.
From a grammatical and style standpoint, though, one thing I noticed from Flynn’s work was his lack of quotation marks around the dialogue. This can either work well for the writing, or it can really hinder it. With Flynn’s work, I thought the lack of quotation marks really helped. With any dialogue, the reader may feel like that is definitely what was said, whether in fiction or nonfiction. However, with nonfiction, sometimes the writer can not be 100% certain that the character actually said exactly that. When there are no quotation marks, I felt like it was more of a description of the words, not necessarily the exact ones that had been used.
I also really liked how the chapters were laid out. Each chapter was a separate story that was tied together with the other chapters by the overall storyline of Flynn finally meeting his father and spending time with him. While each chapter may be able to be linked with the other chapters, each story can stand on its own, though, which was a good layout and kept the story going. (less)
I’ll admit it. I was late on the boat to read Jane Austen. When I was younger, I steered clear of the old English writing and stories. I’ll be honest,...moreI’ll admit it. I was late on the boat to read Jane Austen. When I was younger, I steered clear of the old English writing and stories. I’ll be honest, it kind of bored me. But, lately I’ve been trying to get back into some of the classic stories that I have neglected over the years. Pride and Prejudice was the first one on my list. I’m surprised that I didn’t like it before now. It really is one of the original romantic novels. I loved the descriptions that Jane Austen gave of the characters and setting.(less)
This book was a very emotional one for me to read because I found myself bringing in my personal experiencing, as I was reading the story. I read this...moreThis book was a very emotional one for me to read because I found myself bringing in my personal experiencing, as I was reading the story. I read this book right around the time when my brother was supposed to be shipped overseas and I was an emotional and nervous wreck. But, Dear John tells the story of John Tyree, who had just decided to put his rebel days behind him and enlist in the army, because he is unsure of what he wants to do with his life. Then he meets the young and beautiful Savannah Curtis and they couldn’t be happier or more in love. Savannah vows to wait for him, until his army tour is finished, but then 9/11 occurs and they both are faced with a choice. John must suddenly choose between who he believes to be the love of his life and his duty to his country.
It doesn’t seem to be physically possible to read one of Sparks’ novels without crying. He has a knack of being able to evoke an emotional response with just the right set of words or knowing that there are plenty of people out there who would be able to relate to the situation. For instance, when Sparks was describing when John watched the 9/11 coverage, I couldn’t help but start crying because I remembered how I felt when I watched the 9/11 footage. (less)
I was excited when this series first started. The story follows a group of six kids who are products of an experiment. They can fly. Yes, you read tha...moreI was excited when this series first started. The story follows a group of six kids who are products of an experiment. They can fly. Yes, you read that right. They have wings attached to their backs, like angels. In The Angel Experiment, the kids have escaped their “prison” at the lab and they are now searching for their real families and answers for why this happened in the first place.
As I said before, I was excited when the series first started. This book is really well written and it keeps your interest throughout the book. But, the series as a whole seems to be lacking. I lost interest after the 5th book. So, The Angel Experiment, as a book alone is a great one. There’s suspense, action, and fantasy. But, the series as a whole feels a little too long. So, I guess I could take away from this series the idea that sometimes it’s not a good idea to spread a story out too much, if you can fit the story into two or three books. Quality over quantity. (less)
Being a huge fan of Showtime’s Dexter, I really wanted to go back and actually read the books themselves, since I’m a bigger fan of original material...moreBeing a huge fan of Showtime’s Dexter, I really wanted to go back and actually read the books themselves, since I’m a bigger fan of original material than adaptations. I loved this first book in the series. Jeff Lindsay really manages to use his style of writing and the subject matter of a serial killer being the hero of the story, to mess with your moral sense. You know that it’s wrong what Dexter is doing, but because he only kills the people who get off of crimes by a technicality, then you find yourself rooting for him. It also has a lot of really dry humor, which I loved because that’s what my sense of humor is like. Lindsay does a great job at keeping a person interested in such a morally backwards story and really does a good job at making a person question what they morally believe in.(less)
Overall, I enjoyed this first book in the Heather Wells trilogy. This book tells the story of Heather Wells, an ex-pop star who now works as an assist...moreOverall, I enjoyed this first book in the Heather Wells trilogy. This book tells the story of Heather Wells, an ex-pop star who now works as an assistant dorm director at the local college, while constantly getting caught up in mysteries going on around her. Meg Cabot’s writing style really seems to be the closest to the style of my own writing, which may be why she is my favorite author. Cabot writes her books in a very conversational way. For example, she writes, “It’s not like I’ve been to the gym recently. Not that I don’t exercise, of course. I just don’t do it, you know, in the gym” (2). This style of clarifying something that was said before makes the character seem more relatable because I, personally, can see myself talking that way. (less)
Sophie Kinsella, author of Confessions of a Shopaholic, is a recent discovery for me. I wasn’t a fan of Shopaholic, so I was a little unsure about che...moreSophie Kinsella, author of Confessions of a Shopaholic, is a recent discovery for me. I wasn’t a fan of Shopaholic, so I was a little unsure about checking out her other books. But, I’m so glad that I did. Can You Keep a Secret? is about a young woman who has just a few secrets that she has kept to herself over the years and would never tell them to anyone. That is, until she is on a plane, sure that she is going to die, and ends up spilling every secret to the stranger next to her. Or, at least she thought he was a stranger…Overall, I enjoyed this book because the writing style really seems to closely resemble Meg Cabot’s style. Kinsella is very witty and sarcastic at some points. I could not help but laugh out loud at some points. So, if you do decide to read this book and you worry about what people around you will think of you, make sure to read it in the safety of your home, where you can laugh as loud as you want to. I really want my writing to be a little funnier, so I think I will be able to use some of the techniques that Kinsella uses, in my own writing.(less)
Mel Fuller is the sweet girl-next-door. She has a great job, she loves the old lady who lives next to her, and she’s overall happy with her life, with...moreMel Fuller is the sweet girl-next-door. She has a great job, she loves the old lady who lives next to her, and she’s overall happy with her life, with the one exception of her love life. Then someone breaks into the old woman’s apartment and she winds up in the hospital, unconscious. Mel takes it upon herself to contact the woman’s next-of-kin and have him take care of the woman’s animals. When he shows up, there’s something off about him. Is he really who he says he is?
Meg Cabot’s “The Boy Next Door” is written in a unique way that could either help move the story along, or it could hinder the story line. But, I think that it really works well with this small series. The whole story is a collection of IMs and emails between the various characters in the story. I really enjoyed this style because it gives you more of an insight into each of the characters, instead of seeing how they talk to other characters. With this way, you can see how they act with characters you may not have gotten a chance to meet in a basic prose-written story. It makes me want to try to write a story in this style. (less)
Even though my dad did his best to try and prepare me for the real world, while I was still living at home, there are still some things that I feel un...moreEven though my dad did his best to try and prepare me for the real world, while I was still living at home, there are still some things that I feel unsure about. Then I found this book. Yes, it’s called “How to Walk in High Heels,” which my dad definitely didn’t teach me how to do, but it also covers basically everything a girl might have to do while on her own. Changing a tire, hanging a picture, eating lobster, getting out of the car in a miniskirt, and so many other things. Overall, this book is really written in a very conversational way. It made me feel like I was reading a chick lit book, which I guess it technically could be considered that. And, overall, I liked the book. I did learn some things.
But, there were some other parts that I found a little insulting. For the section on changing a tire, it was divided into two parts. Part one tells you to call your road side assistance and play the “damsel in distress card.” Then, part two starts out by saying “Okay, we were trying to avoid this…” Why? I want to know how to change a tire, not how to rely on a guy to do it for me. I thought that was what the whole book was supposed to be about. How to do things yourself. (less)