Monthly Archives: January 2014

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

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Slaughterhouse-FiveSlaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I found this book almost disorienting to read, but yet I couldn’t put it down as I was drawn into Billy Pilgrim’s world, and the way he perceived what was going on around him. Yet, I don’t believe i would’ve read beyond the first chapter, if it hadn’t been written in the way it was. The story of a man struggling to come to terms with what he needs to write, and how to write it.

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Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by JK Rowling

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A definite re-read for me, and still one of the most charming books I’ve ever read. There is not a time where I’ve re-read these books that I haven’t fallen directly into the magical world once again.

J.K Rowling isn’t an amazing, wonderful technical writer, but she writes her characters with such heart that any flaws seem to fall by the wayside. I love this book as it is, an introduction to something so much more, and a world that has grown beyond just literature.

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The Maze Runner by James Dashner

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The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)The Maze Runner by James Dashner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I didn’t really know what to think of this book at first. I found the language used, instead of swearing to be honestly jarring at first before I settled into the story. It pulled me in and I was intrigued, brain working to try and figure out what the maze could mean and why children? I know, logically dystopian fiction does seem to be the most popular genre in YA literature as of late, but each writer has their reason.

I grew to enjoy the characters, even though they weren’t people I would like in real life, Thomas filled with a sense of morals that he couldn’t necessarily reconcile with any sort of memory, Teresa with her mind-speak, Chuck with his good humour and in the end protective nature.

I’m quite excited to read the next book.

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Peter Pan by J.M Barrie

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Peter PanPeter Pan by J.M. Barrie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’d never read this book as a child, or had it read to me, which makes me really glad I ended up reading it as an adult.

It’s a world of escape, this whole novel and yet at the heart of it is the reality that no matter what we do all have to grow up but it doesn’t mean that we have to forget who were were as children. We don’t need to forget our friends, imaginary or not, or the fact that we believed we could fly, believed in fairies or something else.

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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FangirlFangirl by Rainbow Rowell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I feel like my life has been highjacked by an author and used for fictional purposes, and yet I am perfectly okay with that.

I read this novel in the span of two hours, with the knowledge that I was probably reading what will end up being my favourite book of 2014 and it’s only the beginning of the year. What does that mean for the rest of the time? I don’t know. I’ll find something.

I would like to preface this review by saying I absolutely, positively did not want to read this book at all. It was everywhere though and I couldn’t avoid it so finally I gave in.

After all a book about a girl who loves fan fiction and a fictional world so in tune with books I’d loved (possibly Harry Potter, possibly the Magicians) couldn’t even be that good could it?

I was wrong.

Cath is a very fulfilling and enriched character, with all of her flaws laid out before her and sadly it is in her that I see my own flaws. The ability to bury ones self in a fictional world to avoid what is going on around you is seen in this book. But the realization that the world around you might not be so bad is what makes this novel great. When she began to come out of her shell I felt a sense of pride.

This book is just awesome. It’s not masterful literature and might not be considered a classic by anyone who isn’t in a fandom but it’s fun, and it’s a fast read and altogether lovely.

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Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

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Eleanor and ParkEleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Eleanor and Park is a book so well written about how even in youth there is a sort of classist division which needs to be struck down.

I know I might be reading too much into it but I completely and utterly fell in love with this book and everything it stood for. The ability to see beyond what’s there and to find common ground no matter what we look like is something that I wish people were more aware of.

Eleanor is not the most likeable of characters, but seems mainly to be a victim of circumstance, and when circumstance dictates that she needs to change her life in some small way, or even in a large one she does and that is what is so great about this book.

Park is a character who evolves from someone who passes judgment to realizing that not all people are who they seem to be and that your life can change if you take one simple step.

In some ways this novel was reminiscent of a John Hughes film, in that the characters spoke in a way that people actually do and teenagers are not treated as anything but human beings who might not be fully developed yet.

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Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

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AttachmentsAttachments by Rainbow Rowell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Can we talk about this book and how much I loved it?

The premise was one that had me tilting my head from side to side actually wondering if it could be good or not. But the way it is written, in a way that makes it feel like it’s a story being told by a friend instead of a complete stranger is ever so welcoming.

This book was clever, and amusing. It was such a quick read, and I loved all the different characters. Beth, Jennifer, Lincoln, Doris.

Lincoln is an awkward character, who amuses me in some ways because of how very human he is. He’s not one to pretend to be something he’s not and when he does try it’s ultimately the worst idea.

It was a warm read, and I suspect I had a smile on my face the entire time that I was reading it, that’s how much I enjoyed it.

I hope some of my friendships are as good as Jennifer’s and Beth’s, and that if someone were reading my work emails between colleagues that they would get as much amusement and entertainment out of them as Lincoln does those two.

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Band-Aid for a Broken Leg by Damien Brown

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Band-Aid for a Broken LegBand-Aid for a Broken Leg by Damien Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is one of those books that you will either put aside because you can’t handle the subject matter or you will delve deeper into it because you desperately need to know more about what is happening.

Damien’s journey is one filled with heartache, happiness, life and death. All of them clash together and intermingled until I wasn’t entirely sure which was which, or if this kind of life, as a volunteer was just that. Nonetheless, the writing was vivid and captivating, and the story was one I will not soon forget. I don’t know how I ever could.

It is simply put, amazing.

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