Book Review: The Glass Castle

Glass Castle

Read from August 23 to September 28, 2014

I have to stay true to my rating system and say that a majority of readers would find this book interesting, but it’s not for all and it’s not a must-read-before-you-die thing. It was close, though; near the end, it slowed down for me. I strongly insist you read The Glass Castle if you’d like to add a lifetime on top your current lifespan via taking in the story of this author.

You’ll live through the eyes of Jeannette Walls as her family moves from place to place around the United States. They live off the bare necessities, the same way society labels as homelessness or runaways. Her parents hated establishments that tell her she has to live a certain way to survive or be happy. It’s an eye-opener, oh yes. It might not be a pleasant eye-opener, which is why I say this book is not for everyone. But if you want to learn about traveling, hippies or poverty, I’d pick this one up.

I gave The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls a 4/5. See rating system below.

  • My rating system stands: 5/5 is a knock out of the park; this book deserves to be read by everyone. 4/5 is, “I really liked it,” but it did have a couple of kinks. 3/5 is, “I believe there are a lot of people who would enjoy this book, but for one reason or another, it didn’t sit well with me.” 2/5 is, “I really didn’t enjoy it and I’m not going to recommend it.” 1/5 is, “no one read this – throw it in a lake.”

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Book Review: Harry Potter, The Goblet of Fire (#4) and The Order of the Phoenix (#5)

Harry Potter GoF

Read from July 28 to August 19, 2014

Now I know why J.K. Rowling went into writing mysteries! I was counting with hands and toes the number of secrets this had been going on up until the end when everything was cleared up. I thought she might’ve made a mistake when writing something into the book to only later discover it was completely on purpose. Fantastic job; I didn’t know who to trust! I learn so much about the Riddles; however, something had been said that I was still wondering about. All in all, I gave Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (#4) a 5/5 stars. See rating system at the bottom. If you’re wondering how I felt about book #5, here’s the short review:

Harry Potter OotP

“Read from October 20 to November 05, 2014

This definitely made my favorite out of the series, the third book taking second place. We’ll see, though; I still have two books to go before I finish. And what about those short stories rumored to be releasing??? I gave Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (#5) 5/5 stars.”

I’ll link my reviews for books #1, 2, and 36, or 7 here, just in case you’re curious.

Very good read and I’m for sure finishing the series now!

  • My rating system stands: 5/5 is a knock out of the park; this book deserves to be read by everyone. 4/5 is, “I really liked it,” but it did have a couple of kinks. 3/5 is, “I believe there are a lot of people who would enjoy this book, but for one reason or another, it didn’t sit well with me.” 2/5 is, “I really didn’t enjoy it and I’m not going to recommend it.” 1/5 is, “no one read this – throw it in a lake.”

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Book Review: Paper Towns

Paper Towns

Read from July 16 to 26, 2014

I feel that someone just getting into reading that hasn’t already read every single John Green book already would like this book. Otherwise, it might feel repetitive.

With that said, Paper Towns is very thoughtful and heart-warming at times. Whenever Q talks about high school, I become nostalgic because his band class description is so real. There wasn’t that much drinking in my high school (as far as I know), so I didn’t really connect with that part.

The middle was a little slow, but I still managed to find one or two pages out of its entirety where I broke out the highlighter and got my money’s worth. So, I gave the book a 4/5. Rating system below. Also, windows and mirrors.

Thanks for reading!
  • My rating system stands: 5/5 is a knock out of the park; this book deserves to be read by everyone. 4/5 is, “I really liked it,” but it did have a couple of kinks. 3/5 is, “I believe there are a lot of people who would enjoy this book, but for one reason or another, it didn’t sit well with me.” 2/5 is, “I really didn’t enjoy it and I’m not going to recommend it.” 1/5 is, “no one read this – throw it in a lake.”

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Book Review: Good Behavior

Good Behavior

Read from April 05 to June 11, 2014

This book, Good Behavior by Nathan L. Henry, really hit reality hard. What can I say about it? I loved the voice of the narrator; I loved the back and forth between times (which I have seen done somewhat poorly in nonfiction and he did a fabulous job with this); I loved the conclusion.

First off, because this is a true story, the pure journey of turning over a new leaf from rock bottom sucked me right in. It’s a fast-paced book. It wasn’t hard for me to see what the author was trying to say because this was a story from his heart. “Read me!” it screams.

When some authors write, you know they’ve left out some of their finest (maybe for another book), but as I read this, I believe Henry intended on this being his only book (though, I was surprised to see he has others now) and put his all into writing it.

Every event is important, leading to something. Every chapter is believable beyond what you’d expect and I respect the author for telling it how it was. It’s important to note, since he’s the protagonist, I’ve bonded with him as a character.

I highly recommend this story to anyone wanting to experience a new type of living or want to be inspired by someone who’s hit rock bottom and has come out of it. 5/5 for a survivor’s story. Rating system below.

I actually donated a copy to my local JDC, fyi.

  • My rating system stands: 5/5 is a knock out of the park; this book deserves to be read by everyone. 4/5 is, “I really liked it,” but it did have a couple of kinks. 3/5 is, “I believe there are a lot of people who would enjoy this book, but for one reason or another, it didn’t sit well with me.” 2/5 is, “I really didn’t enjoy it and I’m not going to recommend it.” 1/5 is, “no one read this – throw it in a lake.”

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Book Review: Thirteen Reasons Why

Thirteen Reasons Why

Read from May 20 to 21, 2014

I’m excited to hand over 5/5 stars to Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. What I wanted from this book, I got. Rating system at the bottom.This was one I couldn’t put down: fast-paced, always grabbing my attention. I actually remembered most of the characters names without referring back. Better yet, I saw them each in their own light. I enjoyed the two protagonists. You can tell the author thought long and hard when he was writing this novel.

I might’ve gotten annoyed with the characters if the author didn’t perfect the inner dialogue. What could’ve gone wrong: the suicidal Hannah could’ve given unrealistic reasons for offing herself. It would’ve had a roll-your-eyes effect. It helped that Clay’s character pointed out very clear bogus situations that I did roll my eyes at. When I felt I couldn’t relate to Hannah, I could always agree with Clay.

There’s a clear ending. What you might predict won’t get answered by the end is answered, but not in the typical “this happened and then this happened” sort of way, but its hinted. Every once in a while, Hannah mentioned getting to “that” later. Although it’s not for sure what or who that is, it becomes pretty obvious eventually. Instead of Hannah saying, “Remember this?”, it just happens and the readers then go, “Here’s where Hannah reminds us- no? Well, hey, I guess it’s obvious. Good job for respecting the readers’ abilities to put one and two together.”

I love the writing style of this book and really do appreciate the effort this author put into his novel, along side addressing such a controversial subjects with a brilliant handle on it.

  • My rating system stands: 5/5 is a knock out of the park; this book deserves to be read by everyone. 4/5 is, “I really liked it,” but it did have a couple of kinks. 3/5 is, “I believe there are a lot of people who would enjoy this book, but for one reason or another, it didn’t sit well with me.” 2/5 is, “I really didn’t enjoy it and I’m not going to recommend it.” 1/5 is, “no one read this – throw it in a lake.”

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Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars

Read from April 22 to 25, 2014

I’m in such despair to give The Fault in Our Stars book 3/5 stars.
  • My rating system stands: 5/5 is a knock out of the park; this book deserves to be read by everyone. 4/5 is, “I really liked it,” but it did have a couple of kinks. 3/5 is, “I believe there are a lot of people who would enjoy this book, but for one reason or another, it didn’t sit well with me.” 2/5 is, “I really didn’t enjoy it and I’m not going to recommend it.” 1/5 is, “no one read this – throw it in a lake.”

I believe there are many fantastic analogies, metaphors, and themes thought out in this book. I feel there were a bit too many, though. I didn’t grasp the overall meaning conveyed in this book, but rather too many at once.

It’s a great story, a little slow-paced; there’s a lot of character there. It’s depiction of a cancer survivor’s/victim’s life holds true.

I love John Green and how dedicated he is to making art. I wish they gave him more time to write this (his editors), on the grounds that he was rushing the last few months before publishing, or so I’ve heard.

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Book Review: The Great Gatsby

Read from April 13 to 21, 2014

I can’t remember much about this book when I read it in high school, but I’ve since memorized every outstanding quote that’s ever been taken from it.

The Great Gatsby, reading it a second time, has made the world that much sad and bewildering to me. I want to be Gatsby, not in the I-want-to-live-golden sense, but to believe anything is possible, ignore potential failure, the kind that makes a person tired and miserable for the rest of their life.

But if anything, those quotes take the prize, for how settle they are, but somehow ringing so true to reality no matter what century they’re read in. F. Scott Fitzgerald for life.

So of course I gave this book a 5/5 stars. Read rating system below.

  • My rating system stands: 5/5 is a knock out of the park; this book deserves to be read by everyone. 4/5 is, “I really liked it,” but it did have a couple of kinks. 3/5 is, “I believe there are a lot of people who would enjoy this book, but for one reason or another, it didn’t sit well with me.” 2/5 is, “I really didn’t enjoy it and I’m not going to recommend it.” 1/5 is, “no one read this – throw it in a lake.”

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Book Review: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Immortal Life of Henretta Lacks

Read from January 07 to March 23, 2014

In the light of all of us, this The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot demonstrates that everything has come into this world with nothing, it’ll leave this world with nothing, and so we can all chill out and quit stressing over little things!

I really loved this book for its scientific studies. The whole time, I was witnessing the science of immortal cells, the act of research being done by the author, and the morality of something so small that has lived over many centuries.

It shined light on personal rights: is taking tissue without permission okay? There’s some racial issues brought up, which I always like to inform myself on. That’s a quick summary.

The trouble I had was at the end when there were more religious things, an though there’s nothing wrong with a religious read, it became less centered around Henrietta, her family, and the cells, and more about the author, which wasn’t exactly what I wanted to learn about. I felt like that could’ve been cut short, but moreover, the entire book was deeply inspirational.

I loved a lot of quotes from this book and I’ve highlighted some on my Goodreads page, which you can check out via this link. Just reading them makes my heart melt.

I gave this book a 4/5 stars, which you can see how I judge using the system below:

  • My rating system stands: 5/5 is a knock out of the park; this book deserves to be read by everyone. 4/5 is, “I really liked it,” but it did have a couple of kinks. 3/5 is, “I believe there are a lot of people who would enjoy this book, but for one reason or another, it didn’t sit well with me.” 2/5 is, “I really didn’t enjoy it and I’m not going to recommend it.” 1/5 is, “no one read this – throw it in a lake.”

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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (#3)

Harry Potter PoA

Blood ‘ell, I loved it! The story winded down slowly at the end, but that’s only because I’ve watched the movie. The first part of the book… Very little of it… Was slow. The majority was fantastic! Putting all movie knowledge aside, I felt every bit of feel as it was meant to be read, which I didn’t quite get from book one or two. If you’re wondering where #2’s review is, here’s that: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

  • Read in October, 2013: I knew I should’ve read it when I was ten. I also know that the series will get better. Hopefully. The beginning of this installment was very slow. 3/5 Rating system down below.

Harry Potter CoS

Without any spoilers, it’s a great addition to the series – my option of the collection has turned around because of this one! I gave it a 5/5! Read rating system below.

Some best reaction highlights from yours truly:

“Do I want to put it down? No. I must though – sleep is my depriver.”

“I wanna go to Hogsmeade…”

“OMG…I’m not done reading for the night but.. OM G! *tenses up*”

If  you want to read my review for books 4 and 5, 6, or 7, click on the number and it’ll take you there.

  • My rating system stands: 5/5 is a knock out of the park; this book deserves to be read by everyone. 4/5 is, “I really liked it,” but it did have a couple of kinks. 3/5 is, “I believe there are a lot of people who would enjoy this book, but for one reason or another, it didn’t sit well with me.” 2/5 is, “I really didn’t enjoy it and I’m not going to recommend it.” 1/5 is, “no one read this – throw it in a lake.”

 

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