August 24, 2016

BOOK REVIEW | MARY GREEN BY MELANIE KERR


I was provided with an ARC by the author and publisher to give an honest review.

OK I'm going to start this thing where I talk about the covers of books because (gasp) I always judge a book by its cover. The picture on the screen isn't necessarily the right colour - more orange than it is red in real life. Overall, I think it has a very elegant design that really does represent the story. The only thing I would change would be the author's name, which is just barely visible. Maybe putting it in a different colour and possibly even below the frame would do it more justice.

Onto the review...

August 17, 2016

BOOK REVIEW | THE ART OF FIELDING BY CHAD HARBACH

I was extremely surprised by how much I loved this book. Not having been a fan of baseball pretty much my entire life, I was actually expecting to have difficulty getting through this book as it was about 500 pages long.

Despite there being many, MANY, baseball terms that I completely did not understand, it was really easy to just keep reading because I was just so interested by the characters. I always love a book that is told from multiple POVs and this one was told from FIVE. It seems like a lot, but it did not feel cluttered or confusing at all. Each character's storyline started off separate, and slowly they all just came together. This is my favourite part of multiple POVs.

Most important, however, would be the lessons learned from the challenges that each character faced. Each of them found themselves in a situation that caused them to question their morals. The book dealt with the issue of success and failure, and what that means to different people based on one's experience.

My favourite thing about The Art of Fielding was the way that character development was intertwined with plot development in that, the plot developed mostly because of the ways the characters were finally being honest with themselves.

August 10, 2016

BOOK REVIEW | ABOUT A BOY BY NICK HORNY

When I first started this book, I had difficulty trying to get through it mainly because I couldn't relate to any of the characters. Although that isn't always necessary for me to enjoy a book, it certainly makes it more difficult when I don't particularly care about the story.

The more I read, the more interested I became mostly in how the fates of the characters would turn out. The plot began to develop as the characters' lives became more intertwined with each others'.

Moreover, I loved seeing the way the characters slowly developed and matured in different ways, and in different aspects of their lives. Personally, I would have liked to see more surrounding the topic of depression but considering the point of views from which the book was told, it was understandable.

Overall, it was a short and sweet book that had a good overall message. I think it would definitely be suitable if you were looking for a short and enjoyable read!

August 03, 2016

WHAT I'VE BEEN READING | COMPILATION OF BOOK REVIEWS

I'm going to try and catch up with a few of the book reviews I should have done months ago before posting the reviews of books that I have just read. Because of school, I mostly just read without thinking about writing a review, but I definitely still retain enough of what I read to compile a few short reviews!

THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak

After having read All The Light We Cannot See, I read several reviews that drew lines between the two books and I can definitely see why. However, even with their similarities, they are still very unique in their own ways. One of my favourite parts of The Book Thief was just witnessing the compassion of Liesel's parents, as well as from Liesel herself. It's a great reminder of all the goodness and kindness that people possess despite all the horror that is unravelling around them. 

I would definitely recommend this as a must-read. Despite being marked as a fiction novel, I always love novels that attempt to recreate the reality of WWII without focussing on Hitler and his abysmal actions. Do yourself a favour and read this book.

THE GLASS CASTLE by Jeanette Walls

Despite its tiny size, this book still took a bit of time to get through. What started off as a genuine interest to see how everything turned out in the end, slowly warped into impatience with the writing style. I do not in ANY WAY want to doubt the integrity the events as described in the book, but at times, it was just described in a way that felt almost like fiction. Perhaps, however, that was what Jeanette Walls was trying to achieve - to show that her life, even to her, felt almost like fiction; that such events occur all the time to many people in the world, yet their stories are left untold, or treated as fiction. 

419 by Will Ferguson

This one was also a little difficult to get through, and I'll admit to falling asleep on the LRT several times while reading this (though because I was tired or because of the book is hard to tell) I didn't feel entirely satisfied at the end either, it seemed like a lot of building, building, building - then just nothing really. I thought that the entire premise of the book was good, especially considering the extent to which everyone is connected to the internet now. Most people can probably relate to having a parent or aunt who, although connected to the internet, has no idea what an e-mail is. Or how anything works.

THE SWEETNESS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PIE by Alan Bradley

OK 3/4 of this post is of books that I had a hard time getting through, I'm sorry. But not really - it's just my opinion. This also wasn't a bad book, it just wasn't my style. Although I enjoy challenging myself by reading books of different styles (as I started reading non-fiction this year) I just couldn't bring myself to truly enjoy this book. The type of mystery I enjoy borders with thrillers, so this just didn't pack a punch for me. If you're looking for a lighter, more humorous type of mystery, I would definitely recommend this.