Saturday, February 25, 2012

In My Mailbox #15

  • "Nevermore" by Kelly Creagh
  • "Beat the Band" by Don Calame
  • "Clockwork Prince" by Cassandra Clare

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Book Review - "Will Grayson, Will Grayson" by John Green and David Levithan

Publisher - Speak
Release Date - April 5, 2010
Number of Pages - 310
Series - n/a

One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.
Hilarious, poignant, and deeply insightful, John Green and David Levithan’s collaborative novel is brimming with a double helping of the heart and humor that have won both them both legions of faithful fans.

My Thoughts:

1.  The Will Graysons were very relatable and likeable. They had their flaws and overall were just very well developed characters. Same goes for Tiny Cooper, Gideon and Maura. Can't say the same for Jane unfortunately. I felt like she could have been developed more.

2. This book was definitely something I loved reading and enjoyed it.

3. The writing style was excellent! I twas perfect for this type of book and I was really sucked in for almost the entire book.

4.The book was full of nerdy stuff, just as i expected and it made it all the more to read!

Overall, this book was pretty awesome!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Teaser Tuesday - Feb 7, 2012

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser:
" The way I figure it, everyone gets a miracle."
(Paper Towns by John Green, p.1)

Very short, yet I love this line!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

In My Mailbox #14

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by kristi over at the Story Siren

Bought Second-hand:
"One Day" by David Nicholls
"Time Traveller's Wife" by Audrey Niefenegger
"Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" and "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" by JK Rowling
"Lovely Bones" by Alice Sebold
"The Notebook" by Nicholas Sparks
"The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien

For Review:
"Ugly To Start With" by John Michael Cummings (not on the picture)

Friday, February 3, 2012

Book Review - "The Lover's Dictionary" by David Levithan

Publisher -Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release Date - January 4, 2011
Number of Pages - 211
Series - n/a

 How does one talk about love? Do we even have the right words to describe something that can be both utterly mundane and completely transcendent, pulling us out of our everyday lives and making us feel a part of something greater than ourselves? Taking a unique approach to this problem, the nameless narrator of David Levithan’s The Lover’s Dictionary has constructed the story of his relationship as a dictionary. Through these short entries, he provides an intimate window into the great events and quotidian trifles of being within a couple, giving us an indelible and deeply moving portrait of love in our time.

My Thoughts:
1. The biggest highlight of this novel was definitely the writing. The heart-wrenching, beautiful writing. Here are some passages fromt he book to show you wha I'm talking about.
      "Love is one kind of abstraction. And then there are those nights when I sleep alone, when I curl into a pillow that isn't you, when I hear the tiptoe sounds that aren't yours. It's not as if I can conjure you up completely. I must embrace the idea of you instead.” 

   " Even when I detach, I care. You can be separate from a thing and still care about it. If I wanted to detach completely, I would move my body away. I would stop the conversation midsentence. I would leave the bed. Instead, I hover over it for a second. I glance off in another direction. But I always glance back at you.”

    “The key to a successful relationship isn’t just in the words, it’s in the choice of punctuation. When you’re in love with someone, a well-placed question mark can be the difference between bliss and disaster, and a deeply respected period or a cleverly inserted ellipsis can prevent all kinds of exclamations.” 

2. This book is such a quick read! I read it in about an hour and a half.

3. This novel is very realistic. It does not portray the romance like a fairy tale, and yet the emotions described are out of this world.

4. The concept of this book is just so unique and original. I never heard of any other book that is told through dictionary definitions,a nd still contain and amazing story.

Overall, this is a dictionary that you want to read cover to cover.


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

What I hope to read in February 2012

This is the list of books I am planning to read in the month of February.

  • "Swim the Fly" by Don Calame
  • "Paper Towns" by John Green
  • "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green
  • "Nights of Rain and Stars" by Maeve Binchy
  • "Mockingjay" by Suzanne Collins
  • 2 Nancy Drew books that I featured in my last IMM
  • "Ugly To Start With" by John Michael Cummings
Hopefully I will be able to read all of these!

Book Review - "City of Fallen Angels" by Cassandra Clare

Publisher - Margaret K. McElderry
Release Date - April 5, 2011
Number of Pages - 424
Series - Mortal Instruments #4


My Thoughts:

1. I was really glad to see some of Jace's sarcasm and wittiness return, after his moodiness in the previous two books.

2. According to the synopsis, one of the main points of this book was suupoosed to be the Shadowhunters getting murdered. But instead, it seemed like the book was focused more on the relationship and angst.

3. The ending was amazing! Very exciting and I love how it turned out. It creates a great conflict for the next two books in the series.

4. I have one thing to say that does nto have anything to do with the story itself, but with the cover. Clary's are eyes are just way too creepy. I hate it.

5. Clare's writing remains just as good as it was before.

Overall, it was pretty good. Not super amazing, and definitely not the best in the series, but still worth the read.