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text 2016-11-18 18:43
Review: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger

Goodreads summary:

"The Catcher in the Rye" is J . D. Salinger's world-famous novel of disaffected youth. Holden Caulfield is a seventeen- year-old dropout who has just been kicked out of his fourth school. Navigating his way through the challenges of growing up, Holden dissects the 'phony' aspects of society, and the 'phonies' themselves: the headmaster whose affability depends on the wealth of the parents, his roommate who scores with girls using sickly-sweet affection. Written with the clarity of a boy leaving childhood behind, "The Catcher in the Rye" explores the world with disarming frankness and a warm, affecting charisma which has made this novel a universally loved classic of twentieth-century literature.

 

My opinion:

I surprisingly really liked this novel. It was a bit slow at the beginning, because Holden is very moody etc., but the writing style kept me going and I ended up really liking this novel. I do understand why this is a classic that most people in USA are required to read in school (I didn't read in school, so I picked it up because I wanted to), because you can learn something from it (or even realize something about life and/or society) and it's (I think) relatable to most teenagers as well. Everybody feels kinda depressed one in a while and thinks about dropping school. This is also a very accessible classic, because it's very easy and quick to read and feels like you're reading just a YA novel. And another reason why I think it's so relatable is because Salinger made the characters so very realistic (which I really loved). Oh and I personally also really liked Holden as a character (which is a very unpopular opinion I think?), even though he could be sometimes annoying to other characters. Those part where even funny to me. So if you like to read YA novels and want to try a classic: read this one! You can also read it if you usually don't read YA; this book is just for everybody. I personally really, really liked it and I'm glad I gave it a shot.

 

What is your opinion about this novel? Did you have to read this one for school or not?

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text 2016-09-10 09:43
Bookhaul #31

Since my last bookhaul I only bought one book (yes self control hahah) and I got one (my boyfriend's dad got rid of it and asked if I wanted to have it), but because it's been already quite a few weeks since I've posted a bookhaul, I decided to just show these two books. Next weekend I'm going to a booksale that's once a year (you can go different places in the country, so it's basically throughout the entire year) so I think (hope) I will pick up some really nice books (and they're really cheap so yea). Anyways, here are the books:

The Catcher in the Rye is the one I got from my boyfriend's dad and I'm so excited to read it! I love children's classics and I didn't own a copy of this one yet and it's on the Rory Gilmore reading list so yay!

 

I wasn't planning on buying Iluminae anytime soon (I'd like to read series when all books are already out), but it was so cheap on Amazon.de and the next book comes out in October (and that one is very cheap as well, considering those are hardcovers) so I decided to buy it. I also cannot wait to read this one!

 

Ps. I also haven't been posting that many reviews lately, but that's because I'm reading a series and I wanted to do a full review when I'm done with it. I'm currently reading the Shatter Me trilogy and today I started the last book in that trilogy (Ignite Me), so a review will be up in two weeks I think. 

 

What are you recent purchases? 

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text 2016-08-02 20:03
Review: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

Goodreads summary:

The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.


Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior - to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.

 

My opinion:

I know the summary doesn't say too much about the story, but first I have to say that I absolutely loved this book and for the exact reasons it says in the summary. This book has become one of my favorites!

 

To Kill a Mockingbird is a classic that I think everyone should read at least once in their lifetime because:

- The language is very easy to follow

- It talks about racism

- It talks about prejudices and that you can understand someone only if you try to stand in their shoes (which is why we love to read, right guys?)

- Even though it's a classic, it's still accurate today

- It talks about culture and human behavior; which are my favorite subjects in books

- Even if you don't like law stuff or anything like that that you've learned in school or think that subject is boring; I'm telling you this: even I liked that object in this book

- It's a coming of age story and has some aspects like Jane Eyre (only that becoming of age part to, as far as I could get from it).

 

Things I didn't like about this novel:

- Towards the middle of the book was not that appealing in my opinion and sometimes even boring. 

- The trial was going on way too long in my opinion

- The ending had some vague parts

 

I still really recommend it to everyone and if you haven't read it yet: please do! I'm also thinking about watching the movie (I watched like ten minutes or so), but I'm so not used to black and white movies (that's not an excuse, I know) and I have no idea if it's as good as the book, but I don't want my opinion about the story to change after I've watch the movie adaption. 

 

What is your opinion about To Kill a Mockingbird? Should I watch the movie adaptation or not? 

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review 2016-07-12 11:11
Review: Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Hamlet - William Shakespeare

Goodreads summary:

Among Shakespeare's plays, "Hamlet" is considered by many his masterpiece. Among actors, the role of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, is considered the jewel in the crown of a triumphant theatrical career. Now Kenneth Branagh plays the leading role and co-directs a brillant ensemble performance. Three generations of legendary leading actors, many of whom first assembled for the Oscar-winning film "Henry" V, gather here to perform the rarely heard complete version of the play. This clear, subtly nuanced, stunning dramatization, presented by The Renaissance Theatre Company in association with "Bbc" Broadcasting, features such luminaries as Sir John Gielgud, Derek Jacobi, Emma Thompson and Christopher Ravenscroft. It combines a full cast with stirring music and sound effects to bring this magnificent Shakespearen classic vividly to life. Revealing new riches with each listening, this production of "Hamlet" is an invaluable aid for students, teachers and all true lovers of Shakespeare -- a recording to be treasured for decades to come.

 

My opinion:

I really liked this play and especially Hamlet. While I was reading this edition, I found out that there's a modern version on Sparknotes, so I decided to read that one instead. It's so much easier to read and understand and those are the reasons that it also reads a lot faster. I also like the morals like you're not going to marry twice and especially not so soon after the first husband dies, it deals with de choices and decisions about being human and also about revenge (of course). Those are the reasons why I don't think this play is over the top or overdramatic (like Romeo and Juliet is compared to a bad mtv tv show) so I really liked this one! I just can't give it 4.5 or 5 stars because I wasn't hooked or blown away by it. Still really liked it and I also highly recommend this one! 

 

What is your opinion about Hamlet?

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review 2016-03-22 19:25
Review: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury

Goodreads summary:

Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. Even so, Montag is unhappy; there is discord in his marriage. Are books hidden in his house? The Mechanical Hound of the Fire Department, armed with a lethal hypodermic, escorted by helicopters, is ready to track down these dissidents who defy society to preserve and read books.

The classic novel of a post-literate future, Fahrenheit 451 stands alongside Orwell's 1984 and Huxley's Brave New World as a prophetic account of Western civilization's enslavement by the media, drugs and conformity.

Bradbury's powerful and poetic prose combines with uncanny insight into the potential of technology to create a classic of twentieth-century literature which over fifty years from first publication, still has the power to dazzle and shock.

 

My opinion:

I loved it! This book is so unique (btw, I haven't read Brave New World and 1984 yet, so I don't know how unique it actually, but when I've read them all I will do a comparisation)  and good and it really makes you think. Yes we know that back in the days books had to burned and we should be glad now we have access to all the stories etc., but the story itself has so much more to say. For example how important books are. So if you're reader you're going to love it and if you have people around that don't understand how you can ''enjoy'' reading: explain this book to them. It has also other morals (about life and love) in it. Part III was a bit weird, but it's definitely worth to reread for multiple times in your life. I think it's a must read for everyone. 

 

What is your opinion about Fahrenheit 451?

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