May 2013

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#Friday Reads 31.06.2013

Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013

This weekend I will be continuing with Light by Michael Grant, and probably finish it. I was really happy when I received it in the mail but my motivation for reading has been non existant since getting sick. I'm well now though, and I'll definitely sit down and read some more before I go to bed tonight!
My goal is to finish Light tonight so I can feel a bit better about finishing three boks in May instead of two.

After reading Light I'm either going to continue reading Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver(I only have about 100 pages left, but I'm not loving it) or A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin which is really good but a bit difficult to read.

What are you reading this weekend?

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Reading Wrap Up // May 2013

Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The last few months have been horrible reading months for me. Although May started out pretty good, and I felt optimistic after buying some new books that I really want to read soon, I got sick and lost all interest in doing anything but sleeping and watching Arrested Development. I ended up reading three books, and starting two more.

The first book I finished was Wonder by RJ Palacio. I did a full review of it for my English final that you can check out here and a video review that you can check out here, but if you want something a little more general I'll sum it up for you. The book is about August Pullman, a ten year old boy with an abnormal looking face. His eyes are placed halfway down his cheeks, his lower eyelids are pulled down, he has a big gap in his upper lip and so on. The book is about him starting public school for the first time, and it was really heartbreaking. I gave the book 4/5 stars on GoodReads because I felt like some parts were a bit unnecessary, but I definitely recommend it!


The second book I read was Wither by Lauren DeStefano, the first book in the Chemical Garden trilogy . Wither is a dystopian book about a world were all women die when they turn 20 and all men when they turn 25. It follows 16-year old Rhine who is kidnapped and together with two other girls she is forced to marry House Governor Linden, the son of a rich geneticist. I really liked this book although the world building was horrible and the characters were also pretty bad. Rhine came across as a strong character, willing to fight her way out to be reunited with her twin brother and I liked her for that, but I still didn't connect with her, and I didn't care what happened to her. Linden came across as very na├»ve wich annoyed me, but I was still charmed by him.
The people in this book were very thoroughly described, but the world was not. We got to know that South America was the only remaining continent in the world, wich i didn't really understand, and it seemed way too unlikely, but I hope that Rhine turns out to be wrong about that later in the trilogy. Overall though, I really enjoyed this book. I definitely had some issues with it, but it kept me up all night and I'm probably going to pick up the next book in this trilogy very soon. I also found the book very similar to The Selection by Kiera Cass, although Linden cannot compare to prince Maxon and The Selection was overall a better book.

And then, last minute, I finished Light by Michael Grant, the last book in the Gone-series. It's been a year since everyone over the age of fourteen disappeared and now the kids have to fight one last challenge, the gaiaphage, before the end. I am not going to spoil the book for those of you who have yet to read it, but I think it was a great ending to the series. I gave it 4/5 stars on GoodReads, mainly because I wasn't a huge fan of the plot and I had some problems with the timing. In the previous books we get the impression that it takes a while to walk from Perdido Beach to the lake to Clifftop, but in this book it seemed like it took people five minutes to walk that distance. I may have misunderstood something, but that annoyed me a bit. I had a similar problem with the last chapter before the aftermath, the one where the countdown is at eleven minutes. To me, that chapter felt like three minute at most. Those were just some small things that annoyed me, and they pulled down my rating a bit, but I still really enjoyed the book and I thing everyone should read the Gone-series.

What books did you read in May?

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Wonder // RJ Palacio

This book review was written for my English final, but I decided to post it here because it's a really heartbreaking book that everyone should read.

Wonder by RJ Palacio

When August Pullman was born, his nurse fainted. People looked away in disgust and children ran away from him, screaming. August was never like the other kids. He was born with a series of facial anomalies that necessitated in a lot of surgeries. Most people would probably guess that he looked somewhat normal after 20 surgeries, but although we don’t get an accurate description of his face, he looks anything but normal.  His eyes are placed almost halfway down his cheeks, his lower eyelids are pulled down and his his upper lip has a big gap.

I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

When he turns ten, his parents decide that it’s a good idea for August to start public school for the first time, and this book follows August through fifth grade. It is told from multiple first-person points of view, including August’s himself, his sister Via’s and some of his friends. It is definitely a character-driven book and even though you don’t necessarily agree with the characters, you always get where they’re coming from. This made most of the characters in the book phenomenal. They were realistic and flawed, but easy to understand, and I was rooting for them throughout the entire book. However I felt like some of the characters, including August’s parents were a bit too perfect which pulled down my rating of the book a bit. 

Kinder than is necessary. Because it’s not enough to be kind. One should be kinder than needed.

Even though I liked most of the characters, I felt like some of them were a bit unnecessary and made the story more difficult to follow, like Via’s boyfriend Justin. There were a couple of chapters from his point of view in this book, but they didn’t add anything to the story. Even though I enjoyed the length of the book, some of those parts could have been cut out off the book.
My favorite character in this book, however, was Via. Although she never got any attention from her parents, she never once complained and she was always supporting of her brother. To me, she was the most relatable character.

Your deeds are like your monuments. Built with memories instead of stone.

The book falls under several genres; Middle Grade, Young Adult, Realistic and Contemporary fiction. I think it fits for children and teenagers over the age of 10 as well as parents and teachers. The style of the book is simple, although the plot can get complicated.

Somethings you just can’t explain. You don’t even try. All your sentences would jumble up like a giant knot if you opened your mouth.

The book touches on a lot of difficult topics, like having a disability, bullying and death. I feel like the book created a really strong role model for children with facial anomalies as well as giving people a hint to what it’s like being August.

Here’s what i think: The only reason I’m not ordinary is that no one else sees me that way.”

All in all I give the book 4/5 stars. It was really amazing and heartbreaking, with great character development throughout the book, but some of the parts were unnecessary.

“Everybody deserves a standing ovation because we all overcometh the world.