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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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review 2016-01-03 20:11
Review: Little Women and Good Wives by Louisa May Alcott
Little Women (Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classic Collection) - Louisa May Alcott

Goodreads summary:

Meg, Jo, Amy, and Beth--four "little women" enduring hardships and enjoying adventures in Civil War New England

The charming story of the March sisters, Little Women has been adored for generations. Readers have rooted for Laurie in his pursuit of Jo's hand, cried over little Beth's untimely death, and dreamed of traveling through Europe with old Aunt March and Amy. Aspiring writers have found inspiration in Jo's devotion to her writing. In this simple, enthralling tale, Louisa May Alcott has created four of American literature's most beloved women.


My opinion:

The two reasons why I can't give it 5 stars is because 1. I don't think you can re-read this book/series because it would be very boring and it's already something that really sticks with you so you'll know everything reading it for the second time and 2. I don't like with who Laurie and Jo ended up with.. Other than that is was a great classic! The characters felt really real and not in a heroic way and even though it's a Victorian classic, it's very easy to read and it feels like you're reading a YA novel, but than better than most YA books. I adore this book so much and it really sticks with you. I also cannot wait to read Little Men and that sequel! (It's a seperate spin-off series).


If you've read it, there are some awesome facts about Little Women: click here. For those who haven't read it yet I can mention some of those facts here as well: Louisa May Alcott never wanted to write Little Women, but her publisher said she should try it and she wrote it then in ten weeks. The sisters to Jo were based on her own sisters and the events that happened in Little Women were real to her as well and you can visit the house where Alcott lived in while she writing Little Women! It's in Massachusetts.

What is your opinion about Little Women and Good Wives and have you seen a movie adaptation? If so: which version so you like most?

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text 2015-12-31 09:46
December Wrap-Up + Currently reading

Usually I don't do wrap-ups before the month is even over, but I'm pretty sure that I wont be finishing any book today, so why not post it today, right?

I read 4 books in total, 1 short story and 1 novella:

  • Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer 5/5 ★ (re-read)
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott 4.5/5 ★
  • To-morrow by Joseph Conrad 1/5 ★ review
  • Just One Day (Just One Day #1) by Gayle Forman 4.5/5 ★ review series
  • Just One Night (Just One Day #2.5) by Gayle Forman ★
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens 2/5 ★ review


I'm currently reading 2 books, which I've been reading for the past week:

I've been reading Good Wives by Louisa May Alcott, which it's the sequel to Little Women (it's in this bindup as well) and I'm absolutely loving this one as well! I've also been re-reading Cress by Marissa Meyer, which is the third book in the Lunar Chronicles series.


What have you read in December?

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