Books on Books
studentlifenetwork:

Here’s a fun prank: tell your mom she’s going to be a Grammy.  Pause for effect.  When she looks good and scared, add “… audience member!”  Hilarity ensues.That’s right, you could take your mom (or anybody! I’m just biased in favour of moms) to the 55th Annual Grammys.  You and three guests could be walking the red carpet, rubbing elbows (and ONLY elbows, let’s not go crazy here) with the stars, and witnessing performances by The Black Keys, Fun., Mumford & Sons, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, and more on February 10th.  We’ll send you there: tickets, hotel, airfare.  The whole shebang (and shebangs are expensive these days, yo.).All you have to do to enter is sign up: getustothegrammys.com.  Contest closes February 3rd.

studentlifenetwork:

Here’s a fun prank: tell your mom she’s going to be a Grammy.  Pause for effect.  When she looks good and scared, add “… audience member!”  Hilarity ensues.

That’s right, you could take your mom (or anybody! I’m just biased in favour of moms) to the 55th Annual Grammys.  You and three guests could be walking the red carpet, rubbing elbows (and ONLY elbows, let’s not go crazy here) with the stars, and witnessing performances by The Black Keys, Fun., Mumford & Sons, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, and more on February 10th.  We’ll send you there: tickets, hotel, airfare.  The whole shebang (and shebangs are expensive these days, yo.).

All you have to do to enter is sign up: getustothegrammys.com.  Contest closes February 3rd.

Book Five, part iii

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

So I actually finished this book two days ago, I just have not had time to write about it. Sorry!

So finally, I have finished the Hunger Games Trilogy. It was AWESOME. I really am not a “series” person, but this book was great and kept me wanting to read all the time! I am really happy I read these books because they were so great although I was extremely disappointed in the ending of the trilogy. I was happy for the country of Panem, but as for the protagonist, Katniss, I felt it wasn’t exactly right. I kind of feel like Suzanne Collins just threw it in there with next to no details, where as the rest of the novels give intense detail about everything that happens. I never found myself questioning the plot except for the end.

I don’t want to ruin the novel, as I said in my last blog because if I tell you, it literally will give away the entire novel. I already knew what was going to happen, it was actually quite obvious. It was just a matter of finishing the novel to see what happens!

Well I strongly recommend this novel, you will not want to put it down!

I think that’s all for now, I will not ruin the book but you must eat it!!

Next book: My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

Book Five, part ii

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

So I will be honest, I never thought I could read THAT fast. I swear this whole book list thing is teaching me to read faster.. Oh well I think I would be okay with that.

Just to fill you in on my life, I got my wisdom teeth out on Monday! Oh no, no more wisdom for me! Haha, I had to. Well I literally haven’t been doing much but sitting at home, taking medication and crying out in pain. Kidding, it’s not that bad anymore. Monday was horrible. But I can actually talk now. The one thing that is killing me is that I CAN’T EAT ANYTHING. I can only really have pudding, or soup, or jell-o. Some of you may think this is awesome.. well it isn’t. I crave the feeling of chewing. Literally crave the feeling. Last night I gave in and had a piece of cheese bread. Let’s just say that the craving was over after that.

Anyways, maybe thats why I have been able to read this book in basically record timing. Or maybe because it’s the Hunger Games and an incredible series! I’ll be honest, I’m not one for series. I always find them really repititive. The same things may not happen to the protagonist, but it’s the same kind of drama. Let’s use Harry Potter as an example; Harry can’t go to school because his guardians won’t let him. Harry finds a way to school. Harry’s school year pretty much always go by really fast, with little mention of Voldemort. Then at the end of the school Voldemort and Harry have a battle, in which they both give up and run away until the next year. I could not get through a 600 page book knowing that THAT is the inital premise of the story. I gave up after Book Four.

BUT, to my approval these series are incredible! I totally did not expect what happened in Catching Fire, I honestly thought it would be a love triangle between Katniss, Peeta and Gale. But it totally wasn’t! And after I finished the book, I realized that the title was actually very smart for the book.. very smart.

Back to business, the second book in the Hunger Series is still focused on the protagonist, Katniss Everdeen who also won the Games in the first novel. Nhe first half of the book basically sums up to the aftermath of the Games. Now the second half was so good, I couldn’t put the book down. Between last night and this morning and very good nights’ sleep, I read over 200 pages. Thats how quickly the second part of the novel is. I really don’t want to give any of it away because I hate ruining books, but I will tell you this.. Read the book and you will not be disappointed.

Now I am off to find something to do.. I have been stuck inside for what feels like ever, and my cheeks are so swollen I dont want to go out and face the world.

Ta-ta for now! :)

Next book: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins.

Book Five, part i

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Ouuuu yes that is right!! book five… part one! Because this series is a trilogy, I will break it down into three parts (for the three books)!

Let me start off by saying that I have been huddled in my bed all day long (literally since 11 am) reading this book. Not because I wanted to for your pure enjoyment for what little audience I have, BUT because i simply could not put this book down.

Now I have said that about books before, and it is a common term when reading a book… but seriously I couldn’t. My life has become this book, and anyone who has read this book UNDERSTANDS me and my life with this book.

So, to begin: the book is based on the ruins of what is now known to all of us, and once to each character as North America in the Appalachian Mountains. There is a country called Panem, which seperates it’s land into 12 districts. The place has a cruel and demeaning way of futuristically, but savagely governening each districts and controlling them. The further they are away from the Capitol (the main portion of the nation and the place that controls each district), the poorer they are and worse they are treated. Each year there is an event called the Hunger Games, which literally are games in the battle to the fight of death. But here is the catch! The games are focused on children between the ages of 12-18 who are put into a sort-of bingo-like draw. A boy and a girl from each district is chosen to fight to the death. The girl that is chosen (Katniss, who is the protagonist of the story) has intense survival techniques, but battles between her own thoughts on love and survival. No this is not a love story, but at the same time… it is (for what audience though.. that is the question you must ask yourself!). This is an epic story about an epic girl who not only finds part of herself in this cruel matter of “entertainment”, but finds the demeaning manner of her country that she has come to love and hate.

PLEASE read this book. I highly reccommend it… and for now leave me be as I will begin reading the second book, Catching Fire.

Book Number Four

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

I literally JUST finished this book (not even five minutes ago….) and I am sorry it took sooo long to finish.

This book is a slower read, just because it is a bit harder to understand in the terms of who is speaking. The book is under the narration of one of the masters of the houses near Wuthering Heights but it is a story told by the housekeeper of Thrushcross Grange and the Heights, Ellen Dean (confusing..). There is one main protagonist, Mr. Healthcliff, who I would like to say is the main character in the book because besides the housekeeper and the master of Thrushcross Grange, he is the only person that remains in each chapter. The book is about the events that occur at Wuthering Heights from when Mr. Healthcliff is a young boy to the master of the house. It entails three love stories, but all with grim endings. This book is extremely depressing and slow-moving. Although it is a larger book (415 pages) it is a good book. A great classic if you are interested in those types of books, but you have to be willing to sit there and really understand the book in order to grasp the overall concept of it.

I did enjoy the book, but I probably won’t read it again for many years to come. It’s one of my mom’s favorite books. This one does not quite make it to my favorites list!

The next book(s) I will be reading is the Hunger games (the trilogy, so all three). My brother read these books in three weeks, so I hope to accomplish the same!

Random fact…. :)

Hi everybody! Guess what.. I’m done high school!! Yes thats right, I am still in high school. I graduated in the summer, but I came back for another year. But that only means that I have waaaay more time to read and get through this book list!

So I am halfway through Wuthering Heights and it is really great so far! I should be done by next week! Anyways… my random thing that I learned: a fun fact about the COVER of the book!

Now there are hundreds of different covers and publishers for this book, and I chose this particular cover because it intrigued me and the book was exceptionally cheap. As told by my co-op supervisor yesterday, the cover is ACTUALLY the very first self-portrait from the man who invented the camera. I did some googling, and I believe his name is George Eastmann. Now I can understand why they chose this particular picture because it was from the same era as Wuthering Heights. The man in the picture is very handsome (atleast I think so…) and represents Mr. Healthcliff (the “protagonist”) in all terms. He is handsome but grungy at the same time while looking very grouchy.

Well that was my fun fact. Enjoy this photo, and I will be back to you in a week! And by the way… YAY FOR SOPA NOT PASSING.. yet. We postponed it for a bit. :) Picture of the coverart of my book

Book Number Three

Room by Emma Donoghue

This book is one of the best books I have ever read. I will saythat it is ONE of the best books, because there are others that are up there. But this one still makes the list. Once getting past the terrible grammar, you find yourself so wrapped up in the character that begin to BELIEVE that you are the protagonist. It has this sort of awe about it because the protagonist is not just a person, it’s a little boy and it is from his perspective. I enjoyed this novel so much that I just could not put it down! Every free second I had, I was reading that book. But anyways… about the book:

The book is based in the United States (as far as I know) about a five year old boy and his mother who are in this Room. There really isn’t anything more I can say about this Room, or else it would ruin the entire plot. It really does give you a different perspective from the eyes of a young boy who has been raised by one person, the only person he comes to know. And everything in this Room are the only things he knows. It’s a bittersweet story because there are so many tragic moments that make your heart yeild to this young boy, but at the same time the amount of good that reigns makes the story that much more of a page-turner. And the story is so real because it takes place in a society that we live in, it could happen to any one of us and we could be so oblvious to this fact. The book ends with bravery and triumph and leaves you feeling satisfied, which is one thing I look for in a good book. This is a phenenomal story of heartbreak, curiosity and adapting to new surroundings. This book is a must read! You won’t be able to put it down.. Not even kidding.

Next book I will be reading is a classic, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. The only book she wrote, which ended up being one of the most famous classics. It’s kind of strange that I haven’t had the chance to read it yet, but I will now! See you in about a week.. maybe less, maybe more :)

Book Number Two

The Penelopiad by Margaret Attwood

I picked up this book for .50. thats right. Fifty cents. Not like the rapper, like the change. Sorry for the corny joke.. I had to ;) I saw the author, Margaret Attwood, who has written some amazing books. So I thought I would like it. And guess what.. I DID! This book was set in the times of the mythical Odysseus, in ancient Greek. I am a huge classic fan. I mean huge. Everything about the ancient Greek and Roman world fascinates me. I love the myths and the cultures of the Minoans and Myceneans and the Spartans, just everything. So I figured this would be a good read.

The Penelopiad was based way back on the myths of Odysseus and his wife Penelope. It focused on Penelope (Hence the name Penelopiad). Odysseus won Penelope when her father passed her through the Greek method of marriage. He cared for her, and she loved him in return. But, once the Trojan War broke out, Odysseus had to leave to fight. The novel is an extremely easy read and the chapters bounce back and forth between Penelope and her twelve maids. It is most-defintely a page turner, and if you are big into the myths of the ancient Greek world, then you would most certainly enjoy this one!

That is all my friends, enjoy.

Expect to see a blog about my next book, Room either tomorrow or Sunday.

Book Number One

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

I read this book because everyone else did and because it became a movie with my favorite actor, Emma Stone. If you are looking for a book about change, this is one. The book is located in the southern part of America in the 1950’s, between the time of segregation. One of the protagonists is a young girl who has dreams of changing the world, changing how people see white people and dark people. The other protagonist is a black woman, who has been a servent to white people her whole life.. or as it is called in the novel, ‘the help’. Each chapter is a different person telling it from their perspective as it moves on through time. The progression from darker skinned tones with no rights, to having rights.

In my personal opinion, this book was slow-moving. Normally it does not take me long to read novels, but this book took me two months. It was good, don’t let me discourage you from reading it, but it was just a very slow book. I thought I would enjoy it, but I really didn’t. Although I don’t give it a total thumbs down, I think it makes a great plot! But I like it better as the movie than as the book.

Read on my friends, read on.

The Books I Will Read

These are in NO particular order. Except for the books that are from bottom to top, left to right in the picture I posted earlier. It goes as follows:

Oryx and Crake - Margaret Attwood

Jane Austen in Scardale (Or Love, Death, and the SATs) - Paula Marantz Cohen

Sarah`s Key - Tatiana De Rosnay

The Prophet of Zongo Street - Mohammed Naseehu Ali

Some Girls (My Life in Harem) - Jillian Lauren

Republic - Plato (an attempt to read and fully understand this book… wish me luck?)

My Sister’s Keeper - Jodi Picoult

Shopaholic Takes Manhatten - Sophie Kinsella

Lost December - Richard Paul Evans

Fear and Trembling - Soren Kierkegaard

The Social Contract - Jean Jacques Rousseau (I have already read most of this… but it was over a year ago. I have decided to reread this one and finish it)

Room - Emma Donoghue

(Second Row - bottom to top)

Generation A - Douglas Coupland

The Prophet -

Appointment With Death - Agatha Christie

Sad Cypress - Agatha Christie

Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte

The Catcher in the Rye - J.S. Salinger

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest - Ken Kesey

The Help - Kathryn Stockett

Plain Truth - Jodi Picoult

The Penelopiad - Margaret Attwood

Player One - Douglas Coupland

Snow Falling On Cedars - David Guterson

MISSING FROM PICTURE:

One Day - David Nicolls

The Hunger Series (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay) - Suzanne Collins