As you may have guessed, I wanted to see the movie.
Though I haven't read The Lovely Bones, I've been told about itWhy I Chose the Book
As you may have guessed, I wanted to see the movie.
Though I haven't read The Lovely Bones, I've been told about it. The writing style of If I Stay sounds similar; it's told from the point of view of a car crash victim while she experiences an out of body experience and works through whether to stay alive or move on to the after-life.
I should have realized that reading an entire novel about a girl trying to figure out if she should live or die would be depressing. Somehow wanting to see the movie blinded me to that concept. Finished the book but probably can't bring myself to see the movie now. It was 5+ hours of depression, well written depression, but depression.
I sobbed like a baby, sometimes so hard that I put my hand to my chest trying to get the pain to stop. I felt heartbroken, and that's amazing writing, but the book was not for me. I didn't realize until writing the review that there's a second book. While I'm hoping it will be less depressing, I doubt it. She's become an orphan and her body is in pieces after multiple surgeries. Whatever happens next for Mia, it's not going to be an easy journey.
I was not expecting to learn anything, but as a result of reading If I Stay, I've learned it is possible for two blonde haired, fare skinned, blue eyed parents can have a brown haired, brown eyed, darker skinned child. It's rare, but possible. An unreasonable portion of the book was about how Mia thought she never fit in with her family and they joked she was switched at birth. I spent so much time wondering if it was even possible for her parents to have given birth to her that it distracted from the story rather than enhancing it. It would have been enough to highlight her different taste in music. Maybe downplaying the physical discrepancies but leaving them in there would have been better... but then I wouldn't have learned anything....more
I needed something short, preferably something I've read before. I found this book with my uncle's things that I still haven't unpWhy I Chose the Book
I needed something short, preferably something I've read before. I found this book with my uncle's things that I still haven't unpacked. I thought it was one of his, but turned out it was mine from high school.
It's amazing how memory works. I knew the story well. After the premonition, his parents try to have him killed. They leave the task to someone else, so the kid lives. The adopted parents don't tell Oedipus that he's adopted, so he runs away from home thinking he's preventing the premonition. In doing so, he kills his birth father and marries his mother.
I forgot it was a play.
Back in high school, I had an argument with the teacher about Fate. The Greeks saw Fate as being inescapable. Look at Oedipus, his parents tried to kill him, he tried to run away, but he couldn't escape his fate. I fought vehemently that he could have gone through life not killing people. Even if he accidentally killed his father and that part was unavoidable, he could have remained unwed or married a younger woman. He did not do everything in his power to avoid this coming to fruition.
My other complaint about the Greek understanding of Fate was that people can't be held accountable for their actions. How can you punish someone for doing something that they couldn't have not done?
Now I understand a little better. Omniscience and free will can coexist. Fate or God or whatever it is you believe in can know what you will choose without taking away your choice. If given the opportunity to go sky diving, I will always decline. My parents know this, my boyfriend knows this. That doesn't mean it's not still my choice to decline skydiving. In the case of Oedipus, the gods knew that he would let his temper get the better of him, that he would lash out even though he had the choice to let it go. ...more
Monstrous Regiment is one of my all-time favorite books. Sir Terence David John "Terry" Pratchett died in March of this year and tWhy I Chose the Book
Monstrous Regiment is one of my all-time favorite books. Sir Terence David John "Terry" Pratchett died in March of this year and though I am incredibly sad he won't be writing any more, I am so glad he was able to leave a lasting mark in the literary world. As for why I picked Guards! Guards! as my next Terry Pratchett novel... well it was in the top sellers in the fantasy section at $63 on Audible and I have a membership, which means it cost me 1 of my monthly credits (less than $20). What can I say, I'm Scottish.
Dragons! This is going to be awesome. Monarchy! No wonder this is a top seller.
This is not a good book for driving in the city (Audible). It jumps around quickly; here's what's going on over here, now over here, now over there. I think it would be a good book for long car rides where all you have is highway and you need to stay awake. Obviously sitting down and reading it is also a great option if you have a schedule that allows for down time.
Unlike Monstrous Regiment, where half the fun is being fooled over and over again, never seeing the final twists, Guards! Guards! is predictable. There were some funny bits where you knew what was going to happen but you didn't know how. It reminded me of a quote from Pitch perfect regarding why Becks didn't like movies. "They're predictable. The guy gets the girl, Darth Vader is Luke's father."
As much as I liked it, I'll always compare the characters to Polly and her band of miscreants and its hard to like anyone that much. That being said, I enjoyed Carrot. He's a lawful good if ever there was one. Vimes is described as someone negative three drinks in so he has to drink more to catch up. When sober, he's a "nerd" or something to that effect.
Pratchett also has an incredible mind for description.
"...and the food was good solid stuff for a cold morning, all calories and fat and protein and maybe a vitamin crying softly because it was all alone." I don't think any Terry Pratchett novel will live up to Monstrous Regiment but Guards! Guards! was very good in it's own right. I love fiction where you can pull out life lessons, but you never feel like it was shoved down your throat as if some after school special. Usually it's a one-liner from a character as he or she remarks about the state of a fictional world.
Here are a few gems from this one:
"Who thought that weakness could be a greater force than strength?" Here, we're essentially talking about "beware of stupid people in large groups." Weakness is easier to control and when in mass, hard for the other side to stop.
"Never build a dungeon you wouldn't want to spend a night in yourself."
"Never trust a ruler who puts his faith in tunnels and escape routs. Chances are his heart isn't in his job."
"They accept evil not because they say yes, but because they don't say no." This last one took me back to a scene in Matched by Ally Condie. People witness injustice but ignore it because it's not happening to them. When the same injustice shows up on their doorstep, there's no one left to stop it.
I have started the first discworld book at least three times and don't think I've ever gotten past the first chapter. Monstrous Regiment is #31 and Guards! Guards! is #8, so there's no reason to try and read them in order. I recommend this book if you have time to sit down with something light or you have a great stretch of mindless driving to do.
The bluetooth sync to my car display thought I was listening to a One Direction song for 10 hours. I even changed it to radio and back to media, then to Pandora and off of Pandora, but it was picking up the audio book audio just fine.
Emma Watson. I know you can't judge an actress by her role, but I am in love with Hermione Granger. I've also read some very maturWhy I Chose the Book
Emma Watson. I know you can't judge an actress by her role, but I am in love with Hermione Granger. I've also read some very mature and poignant quotes from Emma, so at least for the foreseeable future, I will be seeing every movie she's in. As of this year, I decided that I must read the book before seeing the movie. So in a roundabout way, Emma Watson is the reason I bought Perks of Being a Wallflower.
I like the writing style. It's not what I expected given that I picked it so I could watch an Emma Wastson movie. We read letters from Charlie to an unknown person, a stranger he's been told is a good listener, who he has never met and does not expect to write back. It initially reminded me of the style of Dracula but without the suspense.
I had to look up the definition of Wallflower because I wasn't convinced it was being used correctly in the novel. According to Google, a wallflower is "a person who has no one to dance with or who feels shy, awkward, or excluded at a party." I have described myself as a wallflower as I considered it a synonym for introvert. I don't like large groups and would prefer to stay to the side of the room than be the center of attention.
Chbosky seems to define Wallflower as someone as a pushover who is an observer of their life with little to no free will. Charlie is so amicable that when his gay friend is hurt about a breakup and kisses straight Charlie, Charlie goes with it to be nice. Charlie is the definition of passive. Things happen to him; he neither pushes his life nor the story forward in any way. When he observes a rape, he does nothing about it except tell his friends, who in turn don't do tell anyone. If the next book I read involves teenagers having sex, I'm stopping in the middle.
I was so bored with the book that despite finishing it almost a month ago, I haven't sought out the movie.
Pass. It's not one star, but I didn't care for it. Though I think some teens may relate to it, I've read what I consider to be better coming-of-age novels. Maybe it's because I was not one to experiment or even be offered drugs or alcohol growing up that I don't relate to any of the main characters. I'd expected to since I was nerdy and on the outskirts of high school. Like Charlie, I found a close group of friends that accepted me, but the similarities end there.
The entire time I was listening in my car, the dashboard read:
I didn't care for the quotes in between the pages of puppy thoughts. I also didn't think that puppies would speak in the manner suggested by BottenfieI didn't care for the quotes in between the pages of puppy thoughts. I also didn't think that puppies would speak in the manner suggested by Bottenfield. Read it to my nephew and realized why it was in the bargain bin....more