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Review: Anne Frank The Diary of a Young Girl

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

This is more of a discussion than a review, because in my opinion, this piece deserves nothing less than a 5 star rating even if someone doesn’t finish it. You open the work to the first page and it deserves 5 stars. This may seem like a crazy statement, but I shall explain. Read more…

Quick Thought Reviews: Graphic Novels (5)

Starting off the year with some great graphic novels! Some that get you talking (and maybe arguing), some that make you think, some that throw you back to your childhood, and some that are just plain fun! Can’t wait to read more and continue some great series that I’ve started here. Read more…

Review: The Buried Giant

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

Or, Why am I reviewing my first DNF of this year!?

 

Ugh. What is there to say about this novel but, ugh. This novel was touted to be the perfect book for Game of Thrones fans. It was written by an author that everyone sold to me as genius. This novel had it all: adventure, love, dragons, and knights in shining armor. Sadly, it didn’t seem to meet any of my expectations. The novel is The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro.

This may be a short review because, really, I didn’t really even reach the 50% point. I’m writing this review because, sadly, this novel hit a few of my unforgiveable writing pet peeves. So let’s get started. Ugh. Read more…

Review: To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

 

This review, surprisingly, was started before I had finished the novel. To Kill a Mockingbird is one of those all-American classics, which is loved by all. As such, it comes as quite a shock (and a bit of shaming) that I can admit that this is my first read of the novel. I also haven’t seen the movie, as I wanted to read the novel first (even though reviews for both say they are equally stunning).  I truly do not know how I made it so long without reading it. I can say though, that I am glad that I waited this long; classics didn’t fare very well with me in my younger years, and I fear that this novel would have been disliked for some strange reason. Reading it now, when my reading tastes have matured, I can say that this first read is definitely more appreciated now than it would have been years ago. Read more…

The choices so far:

IMG_3626Managed to work through my book shelves of books not read, and found some great choices for the 2015 Reading Challenge List.

A few of the choices so far: Read more…

Prepping for the 2015 Reading Challenge

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Ciara is making her For the LOVE of Books! debut as she watches me match a few books with the prompts from the 2015 Reading Challenge list.

Reading Retrospective 2014

Well, apparently 2014 wasn’t a particular strong year for reading total; to say the least, it was a crazy busy year with major changes and new beginnings. Without realizing it though, it seemed the year of M/M novels, with 32 books falling within that genre; over half of my total books read. My greatest find was Westwind by Ian Rankin, making me squee not only because it was a rare out of print find, but because it officially allowed me to complete all of his novels published at the time. Another semi-happy but semi-sad squee (do those even exist!?) was the penultimate Ty and Zane novel by Abigail Roux; I loved it so much, that I had to read it back-to-back. And then don’t even get me started (or maybe do?) on the first full-length novel for Nick and Kelly; I will forever be an Abigail Roux fan. I read some really weird things; books that actually made me gag and skip sections because it went WAY past my comfort zone (of which I didn’t know that I had one). Of course, there were flops and of course there were amazing reads. As always, take a look at the list. I hope a few peak your interest like they did mine. Read more…

Review: And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

To anyone that has yet to read an Agatha Christie novel, I gasp in shock. You are severely missing out. While the writing is sometimes simple and maybe at times juvenile (ie: Lombard said: …..  Berta said: ….. Justice said: …..), this is a woman that is only surpassed in sales by Shakespeare and the Bible. Her book covers tout her as The Queen of Mystery. If you are going to read any Christie novel (especially if you haven’t read her before), pick up The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, or this one, And Then There Were None. Read more…

Review/Discussion: The Cuckoo’s Calling

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

On a cold winter’s night, a beautiful supermodel, Lula, falls from her condo balcony to her death. The ensuing chaos results in multiple interpretations: it was suicide, it was murder; a man could be heard fighting with the victim seconds before she fell, but witness testimonies did not jive and based on such testimonies, there was no way (due to soundproofing) that anyone could be heard. The police rule that the death was a suicide; friends and family are not convinced. Lula was happier than anyone had ever seen her in the days preceding her death; she simply wouldn’t commit suicide.  It is at this point that The Cuckoo’s Calling introduces its main character, Cormoran Strike.

When reading The Cuckoo’s Calling, I was constantly comparing it to the Rebus series by Ian Rankin. This is not to say that The Cuckoo’s Calling is simply a copy of Rankin’s police procedurals, but they are similar in skill and technique. Like Rankin, Robert Galbraith has written a top-notch P.I. novel, with such story-telling skill, that readers can continue to have faith in the good, old-fashion mystery novel. Read more…