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text 2015-11-16 20:21
Top 5 books I read this year that made me think

I was watching Karina's old videos (click here for her channel) and I thought I would be a great idea to show you the top 5 books I've read this year that made me think. The original tag was just 5 books in general so not this year, but I wanted to make this twist.

Here they are:

 

1. Sold by Patricia Cormack

I read this book in a day. It made me so sad and I had to think about it a lot. This is about a young girl who goes into prositution after she just got her first period. Her stepfather made that do that to her, but first she thought she was going to be just a made. She had to ''work'' a year for like 10.000 ruppees (which is 1 or 2 euros) but then she heard she had to work an other year. This still happens today and it made me so angry and mad. I wish I could help them in some way but yea. This made me realise I should be happy for the fact that I didn't/don't have to live in that world.

 

2. The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank. Baum

We all know this story, but I've never read the book before. This story made me realise that it's never wrong to ask for help whenever you need to. This books shows that we all need someone else to get to our goals and that we can't do it alone. We need different things from different people and stand together. I have no idea if those who have read it got the same feeling as I do, but it made me think about that afterwards.

 

3. Carrie by Stephen King

This book is about a girl who has been bullied at school. She is really lonely and when she gets home she also has to deal with her crazy mom. This book made me feel and think about the past (when I was a child) and how lucky I am where I'm standing now. It made me think about all the things that have happened to me and that children/teenages can be really cruel. If one of my children (when I will have one) is bullying someone I will let them read this book so they will stop. It's such a powerful story with a huge impact!

 

4. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Burmese Days is a story that takes place in India around that time that it was a colony of Great Britain. When I had to study history during high school, we only got to learn about the western perspectives and it was just really interesting to see a different one. It made me think about it must have been for them and how I would feel if I would have lived in a land which was ruled by a country from the western world. It's so strange to imagine that, but still so powerful.

 

5. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Purple Hibiscus is the first novel she has written and the only one that I've read so far, but it's a really powerful one. This story is about a fifteen year old girl from Nigeria during the '60. Her father is a really powerful man and everything his children do something he didn't want them to do (for example, be the second in their class instead of first) they get punished really, really hard. This book made me feel so much, especially that those things still happen today. This story made me open my eyes. I knew those things are happening even before I read this book, but still.

 

I think this is the reason why we all love to read: to get a reminder of our real lives and to get away from it as well. There are still so many books I've read this year that made me think (such as It's Kind of A Funny Story and A Room of One's Own), but yea I had to make just a top 5.

Sold - Patricia McCormickThe Wizard of Oz - L. Frank BaumCarrie - Stephen KingPurple Hibiscus - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie1072932

Which books you've read this year so far made you think?

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review 2015-06-02 17:08
It's Kind of a Funny Story
It's Kind of a Funny Story - Ned Vizzini

 Synopsis: Like many ambitious New York City teenagers, Craig Gilner sees entry into Manhattan's Executive Pre-Professional High School as the ticket to his future. Determined to succeed at life-which means getting into the right high school to get into the right college to get the right job-Craig studies night and day to ace the entrance exam, and does. That's when things start to get crazy.

At his new school, Craig realizes that he isn't brilliant compared to the other kids; he's just average, and maybe not even that. He soon sees his once-perfect future crumbling away. The stress becomes unbearable and Craig stops eating and sleeping-until, one night, he nearly kills himself.

Craig's suicidal episode gets him checked into a mental hospital, where his new neighbors include a transsexual sex addict, a girl who has scarred her own face with scissors, and the self-elected President Armelio. There, isolated from the crushing pressures of school and friends, Craig is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety.

Ned Vizzini, who himself spent time in a psychiatric hospital, has created a remarkably moving tale about the sometimes unexpected road to happiness. For a novel about depression, it's definitely a funny story.

 

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

 

My Opinion: I loved this book. It made me literally laugh out loud. This book will open your mind about how people are effected by depression and suicidal thoughts and will make you want to know more. Ned Vizzini actually spent time in psychiatric hospital and his representation of it in this book I'm sure is spot on. This book is not the least bit depressing and it taught me the importance of human life.

 

Would I recommend?: Absolutely yes

 

Stand Alone or Series?: Stand Alone

 

Is There a Movie?: Yes It's Kind of a Funny Story Movie IMDB

 

TrailerClick Here

 

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text 2015-06-01 08:17
May wrap-up

So.. May wasn't a great reading month, but that was because of finals. Most of the books I read during the last week of May. These are the books I've read:

- Yes Please by Amy Poehler (on audiobook) 4/5 review

- The Queen (The Selection #0.4) by Kiera Cass (novella) 4/5

- Deception Point by Dan Brown 5/5 review

- It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini 5/5 review

- Legacy Lost (Serena Legacy #0.5) by Anna Banks (novella) 3/5

 

I've read Deception Point during the first three weeks of May and finisht in in the last week. I also started Animal Farm by George Orwell last night and at chapter 7 out of 10, but that will be in my June wrap-up. My review of the novellas will be up when I've read the entire series.

 

What have you read in May?

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review 2015-05-30 17:11
Review: It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
It's Kind of a Funny Story - Ned Vizzini

Summary:

Ambitious New York City teenager Craig Gilner is determined to succeed at life - which means getting into the right high school to get into the right job. But once Craig aces his way into Manhattan's Executive Pre-Professional High School, the pressure becomes unbearable. He stops eating and sleeping until, one night, he nearly kills himself.

Craig's suicidal episode gets him checked into a mental hospital, where his new neighbors include a transsexual sex addict, a girl who has scarred her own face with scissors, and the self-elected President Armelio. There, Craig is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety.

Ned Vizzini, who himself spent time in a psychiatric hospital, has created a remarkably moving tale about the sometimes unexpected road to happiness.

 

My opinion:

This book was so good! (so I gave it 5 stars, of course!) I was hooked from the beginning 'till the end. If you're feeling down a little bit, this books makes you excited about life again. You go through Craig's story, but it feels like you can learn from it as well.

 

I wanted to watch the movie as well, but there were so many differences in the first 8 minutes that I stopped watching. I'm not sure if I'm going to finish it though..

 

Do you recommend the movie?

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text 2015-05-05 14:19
30-Day Book Challenge: Day 5

Day 5: A book that makes me happy 

 

 

Something most folks don't know about me is I have a lot of social anxiety and am prone to unexpected bouts of panic attacks followed by depression. This dates back at least six years, and is partly why I love books as much as I do -- they provide escape for a while. I first read It's Kind Of A Funny Story in 2010. I had just lost one friend in an automobile accident and another to suicide. I was about to go into high school, I felt like I had no one to talk to, and I was lonely. I was in Books-A-Million one day and saw this funny-looking paperback by Ned Vizzini.  The synopsis spoke to me so I picked it up and read it in one day. I've read it countless times since. This book has had more of an impact -- for good or bad -- on me than anything else I've ever read. It's not a particularly uplifting novel until the very end, but it's the ending that make me happy. It gave that little junior high kid hope five years ago, and it gives this college kid hope today. 

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