Monday, February 16, 2015

The Da Vinci Code

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The Da Vinci Code
Dan Brown

I don't know why I never read this book before. Probably because if my uncle knew I was reading it, I'd be burned at the steak. Anyway, it was an easy read. It went by quickly and it was very entertaining. I'm hoping that I read some more of his books next.

People of the Book

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People of the Book
Geraldine Brooks

I can't even say how amazing this book was. I enjoyed every minute of it. It's very well thought out and beautiful. I highly recommend it. 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Giver

The Giver
Lois Lowry

I'll be completely honest, I judge books by their cover, 100%. It's a habit that I really need to stop because I never read this book when I was younger because I decided it was going to be come weird book about people that live in the woods and there's an old guy. Cause that's what the cover denotes, right? Wrong. I've never been more wrong in my entire life.
When I was in elementary school we had to do book reports "The Island of the Blue Dolphins" and "The Giver". I was in 4th grade and I was not about to read a book about some old man. I wanted to read about an island of dolphins, goddammit. Needless to say, I made the wrong decision. I got a C on my book report because I turned it in late. It was a sad day

Anyway, the book is really amazing. It's set in the future in a civilization that has completely gotten rid of human emotion. I don't want to give anything away because if you haven't read it, you should. It does just end though. Spoiler alert. I actually felt betrayed that there wasn't more at the end.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Fault In Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars
John Green

Welp, I did  it. I hopped on the bandwagon. I've always thought about reading it but it was never at the library and I wasn't interested enough to put it on hold. My mom gave me her tablet, so I downloaded the Kindle app and got this book free through my library.

I cried a lot.
I liked this book more than I thought I would.

Yes Please

I'm really phoning this in right now. I read this book by Amy Pohler and it was okay. I can't say it was my favorite celebrity memoir I've ever read.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Not That Kind of Girl

Not That Kind of Girl
Lena Dunham

I'm not sure(like always) what to make of this book. I read it pretty quickly without stopping much. I don't consider myself a fan of Lena Dunham, I've always wanted to be. I was so excited when Girls came out because I thought "here is this girl who isn't particularly attractive and she's not skinny. She's supposed to be funny, so maybe we'll have some things in common." That, of course, is not the case. I think the only things we have in common are that we're fat and not that attractive. I don't particularly find her funny, I guess a lot of people do. I thought that she did a lot of whining and usually her life ended up pretty good. So aka we didn't have much in common (I guess I whine a lot though).
The book, however, was excellent. Maybe not excellent, I don't know. I liked it. I think the only thing that bothered me was the fact that she threw in big words with little sentences. And also that 90% of her stories were about having sex and the like. I can't relate with that and it almost felt as if she was bragging. Like "I'm not that attractive, but I have a lot of sex stories. I'll force you to read them all".
She is a good writer, I have to give her that. There was a lot of controversy about her molesting her sister. I think that's nonsense and just people trying to put her down for no reason. People making a mountain out of a molehill, you know.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Pretty Little Killers

Pretty Little Killers

So I've never really been one for true crime books, actually this is the first one I've ever read. I don't even think I've ever been interested in murders/kidnappings and whatnot when they've been on the news. The closest I've been to being interested is when Joran Van Der Sloot killed those two girls, mostly because I thought he was one of the most attractive men I've ever seen. Anyway, this one is not even a good crime, I'm just obsessed.

It started when I was getting my hair done about two weeks ago. I was in the processing stage with my color and I was reading an old issue of People. There was an excerpt from the book along with an article about the background on the case. Basically it's this (not to spoil it for anyone): Three friends; Skylar, Shelia and Rachel. They all became friends some way or another and they were a trio of "BFF's" as they were referred to. Shelia was like the ring leader, Rachel was there and poor little Skylar was the innocent virgin who wanted to look cool. So Shelia and Rachel were, possibly, lovers, and Skylar found out..threatened them on Twitter and what not, eluding to outing their relationship. So they picked her up in the middle of the night under the guise of a "joyride", took her into the woods and stabbed her to death. They were too lazy to dig a hole,  or too weak or stupid, so they just buried her body under some rocks and leaves. Sadly, they got away with it for 6 months. The cops in this case seem like novices, but they never even solve the case. Rachel has a mental breakdown and confesses everything, leads them to the body, eventually goes to jail. She outs Shelia, too. Sheila goes to jail. The book kept saying it was a complicated case, it seems pretty simple to me. I guess as normal human beings, we can't understand why someone would kill someone because they "didn't want to be her friend anymore", which is what Rachel told authorities when she confessed. 

The week that I had to wait for the book to be transferred to my library and into my hands, I read everything I could on the case, so I knew all the details before I read the book. There isn't too much literature on it to begin with. I read all of Shelia's tweets. Like literally all of them. I didn't bother with Skylar, because while her story is tragic, she's not that interesting. Shelia is really messed up. Like Dexter or Patrick Bateman, but she's just dumb enough to involve someone else in her murder. I'm sure that's serial killer 101. Rookie mistake, Shelia. This girl didn't cry during the trial until she was sentenced. 

It's a really sad case because usually when kids are killed, it's an adult and it's easier to wrap your head around. Just the fact that they probably would've gotten away with it if Rachel didn't confess is really scary. Everyone knew that they were lying about being involved, but no one would ever think these girls killed her. 

As far as the actual book goes, it was horrible. The content was good because the case is pretty interesting. The structure of the book makes no sense the way it is laid out. They'll mention something about 30 times, like how Skylar's supporters wore purple but never mention why. Until the last chapter when you find out it's Skylar's favorite color. 

It is an interesting read though.