Books I’m Donating Part 1

Hello lovely readers!! So there comes a time in your reading life where you don’t like a book or you like other books better so you have to make some tough choices about what to keep because you’re running out of space on your shelves. I’m once again in that stage so I thought it would be a neat idea to post in three parts what I’m getting rid of and why I’m doing it. I donate all my books to my library because they have a sale once a month to help them raise money. I also go there to purchase more books and the cycle starts again.

  
Look Back In Anger by John Osborne: This is actually a play from one of the classes I took this year on British and Irish Drama and I despised it. I was able to write an excellent paper because I hated it so much. The characters aren’t redeeming and everyone is selfish and not in the good way. Look Back In Anger made me angry (ha I’m so funny).

Pamela by Samuel Richardson: I HATE THIS BOOK WITH A BURNING PASSION!!!! I had to read this for a class and I did not want to finish it. It’s about a girl who is a maid and her master wants to sleep with her but she wants to keep her virtue and blah blah blah. Pamela is a simpering idiot and Richardson is a jerk.

Joseph Andrews and Shamela by Henry Fielding: I read these for the same class as Pamela and these are just two parodies of Pamela so I hated these by default.

The Lantern Bearers by Rosemary Sutcliff: This book isn’t bad at all but I probably won’t reread it. It’s a Roman legionnaire take on the Arthurian legend. It’s a good one time read so I’m donating it because I’d rather keep others that I would read again.

A Fast And Brutal Wing by Kathleen Jefferie Johnson: I used to read this book all the time when I was a Freshman in high school. It’s the strangest book I’ve ever read in my life. It’s about two siblings who the sister believes can turn into animals. I don’t remember much else about it because it’s been a long time but I remembered I enjoyed it. It seems like it’s not something that’s in print anymore since the only copies available on Amazon are used. 

Except the Queen by Jane Yolen: I wanted to like this book but I couldn’t. My two main problems with it is its trying to be edgy when it’s like any other fairy YA book trying to be edgy and the ending was such a letdown to what the plot was building up to. It just fell short for me but I know others love this book.

Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Henry: I have nothing against Tess, in fact I enjoyed Tess when I read it in high school but now I have no use for her. The book is immensely tragic and a bit of a bummer which may be why my classmates hated it. There’s just things I’d rather keep over this book so that’s why it’s going.

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Who Let Me Near Thrift Shop Books?

Hello for the second time today!! I was just going to do this post tomorrow but I’ve been reading the books from this haul so I figured it was probably best to post it now. All I have to say is “DARN YOU THRIFT STORES AND YOUR REASONABLE PRICES ON BOOKS!!!” I have bought so many books from one of many local thrift stores. Now granted I’m not spending a lot I think it’s only been $14 for all of these but still. I don’t need more books (yes I do) and this is going to get worse the more thrift stores I visit. In all seriousness thrift stores are great for finding books especially if you’re on a tight budget. You’ll find a lot of hidden gems but sometimes you find current popular books because someone didn’t like it. So without further ado lets get into the damage.

Trip 1  
As you can see I’ve already reviewed two of these. The others I haven’t even started yet.

The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King: I enjoy his horror books even though they cause me emotion trauma so I thought I would try something that wasn’t so scary. It’s a story of princes and dragons so I am totally down for that.

Covenant with the Vampire by Jeanne Kalogridis: Read this and loved it. The prequel to Dracula. Go read my full review. Totally skin crawling book.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: Just finished this and posted a review today. It’s a cute summer read but not worth all the hype in my opinion.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larson: I think everyone and their mother knows about this book but I have never read it. I’m really looking forward to reading it after all these years of constant debate over buying it.

The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin: A historical fiction about money, power, and love. The copy I bought looks well loved so I’m hoping I’ll love it to. I love novels with scandal and societies.

The Dragon Queen by Alice Borchardt: It’s a novel about King Arthur’s wife Guenivere but not as a simpering idiot. I love Arthurian legends but usually hate the boring Gwen so I’m interested in a new twist that might make her more interesting.

Trip 2

 
Darkwalker by E. L. Tettensor: I’ve just started this one but it’s about an embittered detective being followed by a demon. I mean that’s right up my alley so I’m stoked.

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver: This book has been floating around for a few years now and I haven’t given it much notice. The concept is interesting since it’s the Groundhog Day effect. A girl must relive the day of her death seven times to see what she will lose.

The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman: I’ve also seen this one around for a bit and never looked to see what it is about. I’ve been informed that this book will make me cry

Switched by Amanda Hocking: A fantasy story about a fairy changeling. This looks dark and interesting. A good friend of mine recommends this highly.

Just A Fan, Not A Fangirl Over Fangirl

  

Hello lovely readers!!! I finally have sat down to read Fangirl after hearing so much love and hype over it. I actually picked up my copy from the thrift store for $2 and thought why not. I’m going to start off by saying I liked the book but I don’t love the book. It’s good but for me it just isn’t what I wanted. I can see why so many people love it and maybe I don’t have the same connection with the character Cath.

The novel focuses on Cath who has just become a freshman in college and is still in love with the children’s series Simon Snow. In fact Cath writes fanfiction about two of the characters and it is immensely popular with the people of the Internet. Cath must cope with her twin sister Wren not wanting to do everything with her and meeting new people. 

At first when I read this I almost put it down because many times I thought Cath was immature and unreasonable. I started to keep on with it because it was mentioned she had anxiety and then it clicked why she would seem irrational. Once I got passed that wall the book got much better. I think Rainbow Rowell created wonderful characters like Cath’s roommate Reagan and her always around boytoy Levi. There were parts that just made me laugh out loud. This book can be heart wrenching and hilarious but I’ll tell you what made me just like it. I couldn’t read all the little fanfiction they threw in. I don’t know why but I skipped every passage. Maybe it’s because I’m bitter about Harry Potter and how it’s just a cheap knockoff even though the book acknowledges Harry Potter is also real. Actually I think the acknowledgment that it existed in this universe offended me because of its blatant copying. Maybe because I know the fake author would be sued for copyright infringement. But since I couldn’t read the fanfiction it’s what only made it good and not great. I would give this 3 1/2 stars out of 5.

Covenant With The Vampire by Jeanne Kalogridis

  

Hello again book friends!!!! Today I have a book that made my skin crawl but in the best way. I could not put this book down when I started it because it is so creepy and engaging that you just have to know what happens on every page. This is supposed to be a prequel to the events that happen in Bram Stoker’s Dracula but told in the same style as Dracula. We get to read the diaries of the decendants of the vampire Dracula to get an idea of what is going on. What I love about this book is how distinct each voice is in the diaries. Each switch of character is noted but you don’t need it because you know exactly who is talking.

The story is about the great nephew of Vlad (more like great grandson times 8) Arkady and his wife Mary who return to Transylvania at the news of his father dying. When they arrive they are greeted by Arkady’s sister Zsuzsanna and the sad news he has already passed. Arkady is to take up his father’s duties of helping Vlad which he learns will put his soul into danger. There’s the subplot with Zsuzsanna being horribly crippled and Vlad is turning her into a vampire to heal her. 

This is book one of a trilogy which I am so anxious to find the rest and read them. This book has so much suspense and just the ick factor. You can tell this woman has done her research. Certain passages are exact mimics in description in Dracula which will keep it consistent. You can tell she truly took great care when writing this and I appreciate it. 

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

 

Hello again lovely people!!! Today I’m going to review the most anxiety inducing book I have ever read in my life. I’ve wanted to read The Secret History since the fall semester of this year when I saw it in the campus bookstore but the paperback is $16 which I did not want to pay for a book I may or may not like. However I now know this is worth the money. 

The story revolves around six students studying Greek at Hampdon College. They are the only six people studying it with their professor Julian. So really they’re only friends are each other which leads to high tensions when things go wrong. Our narrator is Richard who is the most recent addition to the Greek group and is significantly poorer than his companions. The others are Henry, Francisco, Bunny, and the twins Charles and Camilla. What I’m about to tell you isn’t a spoiler because it’s mentioned on page one. They will end up murdering Bunny. I won’t tell you all why because the build up is crazy. The novel focuses on the lead up to Bunny’s murder and then them coping with what they’ve done.

I think what I love about this book is none of the characters are the epitome of good or bad. These are complex and realistic people. The closest we have to a “good” person is Richard but he has his flaws as well. I get a real Kill Your Darlings feel from this book. In fact when I was reading I kept imagining Dane DeHaan as Henry. I will say if you are offended by strong language and slurs then this might not be the book for you. It’s not constant but Bunny is very homophobic and racist but this goes away in the second half of the novel. I love this book and the stress it caused me. I ended up reading it everywhere and I would get so entranced by it I couldn’t hear people talking to me. I highly recommend this book!!!

World Dracula Day!

  

Hello everyone!!! Today is a very special day! Today it has been 118 year since Dracula was published in the UK!! Dracula is one of my favorite books and probably one of my strongest obsessions. Basically if you were to ask my friends they would tell you I worship the ground Bram Stoker walked on. Anyway, I thought I would do mini reviews (basically just my opinion) of my Dracula collection to celebrate. Obviously I might write longer reviews for these later on their own posts but mini ones will suffice here. So let’s get started!

Dracula: The reason for this day. Do I need to review this? One of the greatest works to come out of the late 19th century in my personal opinion. It feels immensely modern written in the style of letters, journals, and news clippings. 

Dracula’s Guest: Basically this short story was going to be the original first chapter of Dracula but in revision it didn’t fit the story. 

The Historian: An engrossing story that takes a modern view of Dracula. It’s based more on the historical figure of Vlad the Impaler rather than Bram’s inaccurate depiction. It’s very Indian Jones or The Mummy in style. It makes for a great summer read.

Sherlock Holmes vs. Dracula: I haven’t read this yet but I’m assuming it’s going to be silly and ridiculous.

Covenant With The Vampire: I’ve just started this today in honor of the anniversary but this follows the story of the decendants of Dracula and how they must deal with the demands of their vampire relative. Also written in journal style like Dracula. If it’s good I’m going to try to find the other two books.

Paper Towns by John Green

  

Hello again everyone!! So if you haven’t heard already another of John Green’s novels is being turned into a movie. I figured it would be a good idea to review the book so you can either read it before it comes out (my personal preference) or just to see if you would want to watch the movie. 

Paper Towns is about Quinten who has been enamored with his beautiful and adventurous neighbor Margo Roth Spiegelman. When Margo comes to his window one night during their senior year of high school to ask for help getting revenge on her boyfriend and the people she thought were her friends, Q can’t refuse. After their wild night of adventure, Margo vanishes. This isn’t particularly unusual for her to do but she always leaves clues as to where she is. Q and his friends begin a search for Margo only going off of highlighted passages in Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. 

John Green has an amazing talent to create these three dimensional characters that actually sound like teenagers. This book has some golden lines in it that just have you rolling on the floor laughing. I really hope these lines are featured in the movie or I am going to be so upset.

So for those of you who read the book, what do you think of the casting?