I really enjoyed this novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, though sometimes it can seem long. It weaves around telling many stories of 6 generations of the same family line - the Buendias. Although it follows a general progression forward in time, Marquez's style of writing jumps back and forth between time and characters in a very poetic manner.I had tried reading it last summer but only got maybe 150 pages in when school started... But this summer I got more into it and pushed the limits of my patience. It has enchanting stories but can sometimes be tiresome in its length and amount of characters.Nevertheless, it is a definite thumbs up.
Well, like any other Harry Potter book, this one holds your attention and turns out to be a speedy read despite being more than 700 pages in length. My problem with it was that it seemed like nothing happened for most of the book - just camping out in the woods. Also, the summer chapters before Harry goes back to Hogwarts always irked me, and these chapters have steadily increased with each new novel. Let's just say not much time is spent in the castle in this one.But, since it's a Harry Potter book, I give it a thumbs up.I saw an entry where Emma wonders what should be done about this group...I say we keep updating.I'm currently reading 100 Years of solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez...stay logged in for my review on this classic [after all, it was an Oprah's book club selection]
Opinions about Native Son and/or I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings ?
This book is the third in the series chronicling Jessica Darling's life in college. Don't be fooled by the girlie cover. I highly recommend the first two books Sloppy Firsts and Second Helpings. Jessica is sharp, witty, and immensely likable. She goes through the ups and downs of Columbia's college life including money issues, different relationships, and worrying what she'll do with the rest of her life. It can seem quite long at times, and yet face paced. Over the course of the book, about two or three years go by. It can be a bit dull but I love all the different characters. They're so relatable. Yes, everyone has a 'Sara' in their life. One who always says 'omigod' and will not stop blabbing on about useless gossip. The ending is satisfying and I really enjoyed it. Thumbs Up.
Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen So, I read this book in about two days. It's a really easy read and doesn't require much effort. It's basically about this girl who has a famous fitness instructor mom. Nicole aka "Colie" (ugh, annoying nickname) is sent to visit her eccentric aunt, Mira, over the summer. Colie, an ex-fattie, finds new friends who help her find out who she really is. I liked the character Norman, a hippie artist type who lives in Mira's basement. It's pretty good I guess... you're not going to find amazing writing or a deep story line. You're going to find wholesome themes and a coming of age story. It's a good summer read- thumbs up.
This book was ... alright. With all the hype on the cover from Ned Vizzini, John Green, and James Frey, I thought it was going to be a bit better. It's about a kid from a small Illinois town named Tim Temples. He's basically a movie star because he's a good baseball player and he can get away with anything. Then he meets Helena, in my opinion, a stupid, annoying character. Blah blah blah. Tim needs to choose between college and staying in his comfort zone: home. Honestly, this book was boring ... Some of the humor was alright, but I got to give it a thumbs down. It just wasn't my cup of tea.
I read It's Kind Of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini a few weeks ago. I read a few other books by him and I liked his writing style, so I bought it. It was surprisingly good and very relatable. Craig, a 15-year-old kid, is admitted into a special high school for well, smart people. He experiences what I like to call "School Depression" aka you feel abnormally stressed and worthless all because of school. He goes through the ups and downs of depression and often thinks about suicide. "It's so hard to talk when you want to kill yourself" is the first line of Vizzini's novel. It really grabbed me and I couldn't put it down. It revisits the simplicity of life and the amounting pressure put on teens today. Thumbs up! Just keep in mind, it's not exactly an upbeat book in the beginning.
I really enjoyed this book - it was amazing. The whole conflict with the Catholic Church is annoying, however, because the book is fiction, although Brown's descriptions of artwork, documents, and rituals are stated to be true. I thought Brown did an excellent job writing The Da Vinci Code and it's a good book for anyone who enjoys action filled and intellectual works. Thumbs up.
I just finished The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger.I happened to love it. It wasn't at all hard to read and was quite modern compared to other works such as A Tale of Two Cities. It was a great, depressing coming of age story. I enjoyed Holden's cynical, witty thoughts on the world. I especially loved when Phoebe, Holden's sister, asked him what he likes and what he wants to be when he gets older. I won't give away his answer, but I thought it was wonderful in a heartbreaking kind of way (does that make sense?). The chemistry between them was classic. I loved the ending, although it did become a bit boring at some points. I would suggest reading it on your free time instead of for school. You'd probably enjoy it more. Thumbs up.
Herman Hesse's novel Siddartha is such light reading that after Tale of Two Cities, it was glorious. This novel was very introspective and almost mind-numbing at times in it's over-analyzation. Joseph Campbell based his theory of the Hero's Journey on this book, among a few others, so it follows a strict path of events. one thing that has to be understood about this book that we discussed in english is that it is about Siddartha meeting himself. In the Buddhist religion, Siddartha is the Buddha, and the goal of life is to separate from your Self to be completely unattached and reach Nirvana. Herman Hesse takes this quite literally and has young Siddartha meet himself as older Sid, the Buddha, and then deny the Buddha and go on his own path. To put it in plain terms, he meets a woman and it actually quite superficial and only loves her for her beauty, and he becomes her baby's daddy (yeah i said it!). Sid seems somewhat schizophrenic at times when he listens to rivers, etc, but I feel the book is relaxing. Take a bubble bath, put on an Enya cd, read Sid, and think existentially. Thumbs up!