1984 by George Orwell Review

5470Recommended for: fans of dystopian novels—this is what they’re all copying!

Read from May 05 to 19, 2015

★★★★☆


Spoiler Review here


Synopsis

 

If I hadn’t been assigned this book my second semester of my senior year of high school, I maybe would have read it more thoroughly. That said, I don’t feel right writing a review for 1984 because I feel like I’m cheating. But I also don’t like not writing anything after “finishing” a book. Continue reading

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson Review

51499Recommended for: fans of short and strange novels
Read from March 09 to 11, 2015

★★★☆☆


Spoiler Review here


Synopsis

 

 

Wow, was this a strange book! I actually knew a spoiler going into the novel. But, it wasn’t too bad.

I appreciated the way it was narrated, with Mr. Utterson. It was interesting to see someone else’s perspective. This book is so short! There’s not much I can say about it without totally spoiling it. Continue reading

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley Review

223900Recommended for: people who like science fiction 
Read from February 24 to March 04, 2015

★★★☆☆


Spoiler Review here


Synopsis

 

 

I don’t really know what to say about this novel. I had to read it for my British Literature class, and therefore would have been fine had I not read it. This book is nothing like what the movie adaptations portray. And it was very very confusing, at least in the beginning when Victor was preparing to make the Creature. Continue reading

Hamlet by William Shakespeare Review

1434Recommended for: anyone looking for a good play full of revenge and humor (and tragedy…)

Read from January 22 to February 17, 2015

★★★★★


Spoiler Review here


Synopsis

 

I really liked this play. It is chock-full of witty and humorous remarks. There were times I found myself actually laughing out loud, but other times when I gasped because of this play’s suspense. I can now say Hamlet is definitely one of my all time favorite characters. He is quite a witty and funny guy.

At the same time though, Hamlet is quite a tragic story. Of course I had to know this since it was written by Shakespeare, but still this play shocked me. I read this for school, but unlike most school-assigned literature, I actually enjoyed Hamlet. Continue reading

About a Boy by Nick Hornby Review

248420Recommended for: anyone who thinks the synopsis is interesting; it’s worth the read!
Read from August 16 to September 01, 2014

★★★★


Spoiler Review here


Synopsis

 

3.5-4 stars

So this was the book I chose from a few options for my senior year summer reading. I was attracted by people saying it was comical, and that the synopsis sounded interesting.  When I started reading this book, I wasn’t very intrigued.  It was actually quite boring to me, to the point where if I didn’t have to read it for school, I probably wouldn’t have continued.

However,  About a Boy ended up surprising me. I quite liked it; I guess because it was such a simply realistic story of a young boy who’s having a hard time, and an older man who helps him out. I actually thought it was a sweet story. I admired Will for his weird personality, and how realistic his character was. He starts out thinking Marcus is just some weird twelve-year-old, and doesn’t want to be involved in his life. But then he realizes that Marcus is actually quite a great kid, funny too. And I don’t know, this just made me happy. Marcus needed someone like Will.

There were quite a few times I laughed out loud while reading this book, like when Marcus would explain how he just couldn’t help accidentally singing out loud, or the dead duck event. This book was quite comical.

And I especially enjoyed when Marcus and Ellie are on their way to Cambridge, so many good scenes occurred then.

*You can view my spoiler review with the link above*

Overall, I liked About a Boy and definitely recommend it, especially if you’re looking for a funny contemporary book.

 

What did you think of About a Boy?

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien Review

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Recommended for: those who enjoy novels about war and storytelling
Read from May 12 to 27, 2014

★★★


Spoiler review on my old blog


 

 

Synopsis

(3.5 stars)
I’m not a big fan of war books, but this one was definitely different. I enjoyed how the book included some completely honest thoughts from O’Brien. However, I disliked how the novel was not written chronologically. I think it would have been easier to follow if it had. And I especially liked the ending, I guess because it felt honest…anyway, if you like war books, read it. It just was not really my thing (read this for school).
What did you think of The Things They Carried?