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. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Tampa


Tampa
Alissa Nutting


I think I got past the initial shock of this book, I started to enjoy it for what it was. A modern day Lolita of sorts, however more distributing. The sex scenes were pretty vivid, which I wasn't expecting, but once I got past that, I thought it was a well written book. I picked it up because it was on a list that said if I liked American Psycho then I would like Tampa.
Essentially the plot is a pretty young teacher gets a job as an 8th grade English teacher and starts having an affair with a student, Jack. It's not a love story, I think that's why it's good. It is a story of a sociopath and she admits it.

Gone Girl


Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn


I'm still not sure how I feel about this book. I finished it earlier this week in about three days. So what that tells me is that I liked it. I read it in a fury until I neared the end. It got a little much for me.

My reaction to this book are as follows:
Hmm...this is good.
I need to read it so fast I need to know what happens.
WHATTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT THE HELLLLLLLLL
Okay, no. Is this a joke?
Wow no way. Okay, really no no no.
Well.. I kind of get it.
Yayyyy
Okay, seriously? SERIOUSLY what is happening?
Wow really?

This isn't something I want to ruin since some of you may see the movie, but that was my reaction to the book in order of how I felt it. I think I liked this book. The only thing that I didn't like was that it was predictable. At the initial moment when I read the "shocking" parts I was actually shocked. And then I thought about it and it started to make more sense and stop being ridiculous.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Good Luck Of Right Now

I read this book a few days ago, and I wasn't too impressed. I read Silver Linings Playbook and I really really enjoyed that and this book is by the same author. The writing was decent, I liked the characters... It was the plot that threw me. It was almost like Matthew Quick (author) pitched this idea and for some reason the publishing company said "brilliant, go for it" and then he tried to start writing and realized it was a lame plot. 
Basically it's a guy who has a low IQ and lives with his mother who passes away. The mother takes care of him and the two are really close. There are a few other characters but only one is worth mentioning, Max ( I think that's his name, I can't remember). Max is great. Max is in grief counseling or anger management or something because his cat died. Max says "fuck" a lot. And I like to imagine his energy like Craig in Parks and Recreation and we all know how much I like him. 

I don't think this book is worth reading. Or I just really liked Silver Linings Playbook and this book isn't even remotely as good.  I had high expectations for the author. 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

This is Where I Leave You

This Is Where I Leave You
Johnathan Tropper


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Gray

Gray
Pete Wentz

When I started reading this book, part of me expected it to be horrible. I'm not sure why, but it's not like any of the celebrity memoirs that I've read have been "good reading material" exactly. I'm still not sure what this is, I'd say it's a memoir, but it's focused mainly on a relationship that he has with this girl from when he was in his early 20's. I thought it was pretty pathetic honestly. I just wanted him to get to the good stuff. The Ashlee Simpson stuff, the FOB stuff, the partying and the tours and the Patrick stuff. But there wasn't any of that. Maybe a dash here and there. I wasn't even entirely sure if this was his life, but I'm assuming it is. 
Like I said, the whole book revolves around how he feels about this girl, never refering to her with a name, only as "Her", capital H. Then you get to the end and you're laying in a ball of your own tears crying like you did when you read the part in Harry Potter when (spoiler alert) Snape died. It's pretty tragic and then you realize why the book was all about this girl. 
I don't know why I initially expected the book to be bad, he does write the FOB lyrics and I do love those. If I could stay focused this month, I'd have read the book in less than two days, but alas, maybe it's my mind, maybe it's the book. It took me over a week to finish. I'm glad I read it though. I sort of makes you feel about 20 different feelings. A lot of times it was eexcitementwhen he would talk about FOB and their success. That usually made me cry a bit. But I'm also a crazed fan. 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sweetness #9

Sweetness #9
Stephan Eirik Clark

I can't say that this was the greatest book I've ever read, but it wasn't bad. This was a much anticipated read after I heard Clark talking about it on NPR (don't ask what I was doing listening to NPR, anyway...). It sounded like something that I could get in to. He was talking about the effects of this fake sweetener and I liked the guy's voice, if I'm being honest. 
So I requested the book through the library and in less than two weeks, it was in my hands to read. This book is only about 330 pages and it still took me over two weeks to read. I do most of my reading on the weekends and I did go to Toledo last weekend, so that was a deterrent. 
I got the book and started reading it and it was good enough I thought to continue reading it. When I was listening to it on the radio, I was under the impression that this was a non-fiction book, more or less a memoir. Within the first couple pages, you could tell this was a work of fiction. Not until the very last chapter, almost the last page, there is a footnote from the author letting you know that he wanted to classify the book as non-fiction, but his publisher wouldn't let him, for legal reasons. That makes sense, but then I wonder how much of the book is real and what is embellished. There are parts of the book you wonder if it actually happened.
The good thing about this book is now I'm a bit more weary about drinking diet soda. It hasn't stopped me, but I think I've decreased. I've been drinking more water (thanks, Mr. Clark) and turning my eyes to my once beloved Diet Cherry Pepsi. 
All in all, it's an easy read about a flavorist who was the guy who did experiments on Sweetness #9 on rats in the 70's and he saw the rats do all of these crazy things, like kill each other and go generally crazy. He tried telling management but they just made him feel bad and then the protagonist, David, goes crazy. David gets into a mental hospital and then he is given a job by a crazy old guy who was Hitler's personal flavorist. I liked hearing about the Hitler stuff, that was all very interesting. David gets his life back, just to have a series of unfortunate events happen. It all works out (sort of) in the end. 

I didn't hate it. 

On the the next one.   

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Will Grayson, Will Grayson


Will Grayson, Will Grayson
John Green and David Levithan

  I can't say that I particularly enjoyed this book all that much. Maybe it was just too YA for me. I do love some YA, but this just was too much. Too much weird teenage feelings. The kind of feelings where you want to kill someone or yourself and actually talking about it. I don't know. I mean, overall, it wasn't that bad. Clearly I liked it on some aspect because I finished it.
The plot was a bit bland. I'm sure that there was some big thought process to it as there were two authors writing this. The straight Will was alright. He was a little bit out of place. Like out of place, but not a loner, not a popular kid and not a kid that was floating. Just like random, I can't explain. I mean, he gets a girlfriend. So boring. Gay Will was just like the manifestation of the Emo Kid from the Adam and Andrew song from when we were in High School.
Over all, I'm sure there is a better book you could waste your time on.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Last Picture Show




The Last Picture Show
Larry McMurtry


My mom was reading the sequel to this book and told me to start the series. I don't generally like anything that my mom likes on principle, but she was the one who told me to read Valley of the Dolls and Shadow of the Dolls and I love both of those books so much. So, what else was I reading? Nothing.  It took me forever to find it at the library because I kept forgetting to request it and they don't have it at Shaler. So I went to a different library and just picked it up. I wasn't disappointed.

I started reading it and I wasn't very intrigued, I just kind of assumed that it would get better. I haven't been in the reading mood lately and I haven't been able to concentrate on one thing, so I figured that's why I didn't like it. Then, on the way home from vacation, I read most of it. About 90% and I still had at least 4.5 hours (out of 13) where I wasn't reading. So this book is not a hard read and can clearly be done in one or two sessions.

Overall, the characters were very bland to me. I guess the plot kept me going? It wasn't much of a plot, but there is a romance between an older woman and a high school boy, sort of like The Graduate but more depressing as the older woman has breast cancer. I liked the time period as well. Takes place in a rural Texas town in the 50's. I think that there were a lot of unnecessary characters and I would've liked for the author to develop a few of the other characters, but I think that there a bunch of books about Thaila (the town), so if I ever get around to reading them I'm sure I will be satisfied.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Silver Linings Playbook

The Silver Linings Playbook

Matthew Quick




THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD. Well, let me rephrase that, the first hundred or so pages are so good. I think I was just in this crazed mind set because I think that I was completely remembering the movie. In my mind, Bradley Cooper played a perfect Pat Peoples. He has this crazy person energy. Like he is hyperactive and is always moving around, so I read the first hundred pages with that same tenacity. Not to say that the rest of the book wasn't excellent, but I think that the first part had a lot of energy, even if that was all my doing. I just read it really quickly, just like Pat running 10 miles around the block. 

The plot was generally the same as the movie. Or, technically, vise versa. I thought that every single character was perfect. I liked the female main character, Tiffany, up until the end. I'm not sure what switched, but I started to hate her near the end. Maybe it's cause of what she did, maybe it's because she gets to be happy, I'm not sure. My favorite part of the whole book is a scene that was not in the movie; They are at the beach and Pat is holding his friend's baby, Emily, in the waves. The two are alone because the mom is off somewhere and the dad is sleeping. Pat is just holding up the baby so she doesn't get splashed with the water and he's going pretty far out into the ocean. It reminded me of Holden in a way (also, they reference Catcher quite a few times), just the way that he wants to save all of those little kids from falling off the cliff. 

Anyway, read this. You won't regret it. I cried during the dance scene. I can't take happiness. 

Monday, June 30, 2014

K Blows Top

K Blows Top

Peter Carlson


I loved this book. Honestly, I thought it was great. It was everything a non-fiction book about a premier's visit to the United States should be. The book is mainly about Nikita Khrushchev visit to the US in 1959. This book is funny and entertaining, making a rather boring topic very interesting. Before I read this book I knew that Khrushchev was in charge of the USSR for a bit after Stalin, but that was it. Now, I forget most of what I read, but I think that I learned some new things. I think that Khrushchev symbolizes the Cold War in a way after reading this book.  The Cold War, in itself, is a very comical thing. You have to question what kind of world it was where everyone was living a gigantic game of Chicken and where young Americans were taught to hide under their desks in the event of a nuclear attack. Just the panic and chaos that I can only imagine was always surrounding the Cold War era. Maybe as American's we're just too proud to think that anyone would actually drop a bomb on us, or most people don't even care that there are communist countries that have more powerful bombs and missiles now than during the Cold War, and that they could kill us in a second. Maybe they do, I'm not sure. But I sure don't panic ever. And I don't spend much time thinking about war and bombs and world annihilation at the press of a button.  
Anyway, this was a very well written book. It was easy to read and I'd actually recommend it to someone that didn't give a hoot about history. 

Friday, June 6, 2014

Joyland

Joyland
Stephen King


I hated everything about this book, but then all at once, I loved it. I think that the only reason that I loved it was that it took place in the 70's. I naturally love any book that takes place between, say, 1930 and 1985. The reasons that I hated this book were 2 very strong reasons. #1 I hated the main character. Like PLZ stop talking about your ex-girlfriend. She doesn't like you anymore and she's a bitch so cease the mooing. It's annoying and you're a 21 year old boy not a 12 year old girl. Grow some damn balls. Then he's going on and on about how the love interest is so beatiful. Blah Blah Blah. I'm bored. And I also need zero details about you losing your virginity, especially if you're going to talk about it like it's a damn flower. #2 Stephen King is the king of detail.
Let me examine the dramatic structure:
Exposition- Perfect. He nailed this. Other than introducing the main character, Devin, because I just hate him. 
Rising Action- I really have hope for this book. You're setting up a real nice climax there, Stephen. 
Climax: IS THIS A CROSS BETWEEN GOOSEBUMPS AND A LIFETIME MOVIE?
Falling Action: bored. lame. stupid
Dénouement: Thanks for making me sad, dude. 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

IT

The cover of 'IT'
It
Alexa Chung

This book is nothing like I thought it was going to be. It wasn't even a book, really. I'd say it's like a journal/diary/blog. It's basically her thoughts, about a page in length each, and pictures of random people and things. At least they're colored pictures though. It took me less than an hour to read, so no harm, no foul.

It wasn't that bad, either. She wasn't too annoying, but also not my cup of tea. Alexa is a model, I guess. I've never heard of her.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Don't Worry, It Gets Worse

Don't Worry, It Gets Worse
Aldia Nugent

I have another horrible book to write about for you. Maybe I wouldn't have hated this book so much if I was 22 again. I believe that she is my age, but we seem to be in differnet phases of our lives. She's trying to be a writer and living in New York City and working in a retail shop for minimum wage. While I sometimes work in a retail shop for minimum wage, I cannot relate to anything else she says. She's not really an "adult". She's more of an adult in the way a college student thinks they're an adult because they pay rent and have a cable bill in their name. And, I mean, if that's the definition of adult then I'm a toddler. To me, being an adult is not saying you're an adult. Just being one. Not needing a pat on the back because you are struggling to live in a shitty apartment and some months you can't pay your cable bill, yet you're still getting by. That's not very adult-ish. But that's just my opinion. I'm the antithesis of an adult because I live at home for free, I don't cook any of my own meals and I only change my sheets when the corners start coming off. To me, that's just when they get so dirty they can't keep their shape. Time to change them, only if you're not too lazy that day though. 
Anyway, I think that I didn't like this book for several reasons. One reason being that it wasn't really a book of specific stories with a lot of detail it was more of a book of "one time I went to a party and ate some cheese" stories. I can only follow stories. I can't follow when people ramble on and give advice that I already know and don't follow. Like what do you know about life? Not much, little girl. She's the type of girl that thinks she is awesome because she plays Legends of Zelda and takes Xanax. Not like I have a problem with either of those things, it's just people who brag about it. The other thing I'm getting tired of is these girls that go to school for "creative writing" and such and consider themselves "writers" as a profession and then pen these "memoirs" (think I've used enough quotes in this sentence?) that are meaningless and petty. I think that if some celebrity writes a memoir about cute antidotes from their lives, that's fine. But stop saying you're such a good writer. Maybe you are, it seems that you have your commas in order and your grammar correct, but it seems like selling out to me. But that's just me. I'll keep reading them, so hopefully these girls keep writing them. 
Maybe I didn't really like the book because I can't relate. Also, I don't like the author's picture. I don't like thinking about this girl going out and doing things with a bow-tie. Bow-ties should be reserved for adorable, slightly chubby guys with red beards and plaid shirts. Or adorable dark haired boys in tuxes at a wedding. That's it. 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

I don't Care About Your Band

I Don't Care About Your Band: Lessons learned from romantic disappointments
Julie Klausner


It's safe to say that I'm not a fan of this book, while it still is in my preferred genre (memoirs from people who are not famous at all but still think they can write books), this book was not a catch. It took me a while to get into this book and I wasn't sure if I was going to finish it, honestly. But I trudged on and I sort of found some of it endearing. I think it's mostly because I couldn't relate to any of her stories since she always ends up having sex. It's not Blue Ball, let's just say that. And to add to it, the authors picture she has in the back makes her look like Kathy Griffin (whose memoir was awesome, by the way). 
Klausner spent a lot of time making me feel like she thought she was better than everyone. There's nothing I hate more than girls who shop at thrift stores, as she did in her younger years, and think that they're above everyone else. Like you're not the greatest thing to ever walk the planet cause you work at some indie record store, yet you hate indie music. 
There was one story, about Ben, I think, that I related to. If you read the book, you'll understand completely. I've never really had resolution to my issue with my Ben about why I still carry on with Ben. But this made sense to me for some reason. I'll feel bad if it's not the chapter about Ben. 
Anyway, the thing that I did like about this book is she made it seem like you can screw around in your twenties. I told myself when I turn 25 I wasn't going to make any more stupid decisions, which is impossible. But anyway, I made some while I was 25. Maybe when I'm 26 I won't, but we all know I will, just like every other single female. Anyway, it seems that it's okay for me to keep doing what I'm doing and when I turn 30, I'll magically know that I don't need to be with everyone that asks...or doesn't ask, just does. 
(which, side note, I think I'm getting back to that, maybe I'm almost 30)

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Virgin Suicides

The Virgin Suicides
Jeffery Eugendies


I believe I tried to read this book a year or so ago and didn't get very far. I can't remember why, but I don't understand.  While this book does start off pretty slowly and it's sort of an odd plot, everything else about the book was so good. The thing I liked the most about it was the fact that it was 100% third party perspective. I haven't ready many books like this, but I was really intrigued. 
The plot: If you were obsessed with Josh Hartnett and Kirsten like I was back in the early 2000's, then you've seen this movie...or if you're a Sophia Coppola fan. If you're neither, and you're my age, you probably haven't seen it. Anyway, I'm in the mood to type so I'm just going to go through with the plot.  There is a family of 5 girls, the Lisbon's, Therese, Bonnie, Mary, Lux and Cecelia. Her parents aren't super religious (they go to church on the regular, but it doesn't appear they're the Duggar's or anything), but they don't let the girls date or see boys or wear revealing clothing. This takes place in what I can only assume is the early 70's, I don't believe it ever said, but I might have missed it. The youngest girl, Cecelia, slits her wrists in her bathtub. It doesn't work as a method of suicide, but it does spark the hospital psychiatrist to say that the Lisbon's keep too tight of a leash on their girls, so the parent's decide to let the girls host a very chaperoned party. Cecelia jumps out of the window during the party on to a fence and dies that way. The boy (boys) telling the story are there at the party and witness the whole thing. There is a group of sort of unidentified boys who create the story. It reads a lot like a police report but with a lot more plot. I still have no idea who the narrator was, and I like it that way. The narrator never says who he is, which is interesting to me. 
So anyway, Cecelia dies and everyone goes crazier after a few more episodes. All of the girls end up killing themselves. It's all pretty morbid. I'm not really spoiling it because you find out about all of the suicides fairly early in the book. I checked the book out from the library around 1:30 pm and was finished around 9:00 pm. It's about 250 pages so I enjoyed it very much, however, if I'm being honest, it was a bit hard to begin. T

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Bossypants

Bossypants
Tina Fey


I borrowed this from Marissa who read it and liked it. I liked it too, I guess. I liked most of it. I'm not the biggest Tina Fey fan. Not that I don't like her, I just don't really think much about her... good or bad. The book started out pretty good, but then it sort of fizzled out when she started talking about how amazing Alec Baldwin is. I have no problem with Alec Baldwin, I think he's great, but the book isn't about him and his acting skills. That's what the last 30 pages were about. And about all of the people that she works with currently who are amazing. 
For the first 190 or so pages, I thought that I might start to like Tina Fey. That is until she started talking about her coworkers. I think it was good because she wasn't trying to be overly funny, which I find a lot of female comedians do. It was the right amount of humor. 
I always like to know about how people were when they grew up. Funny stories from when people were in their 20's are my favorite. She had a few of those, I think they could've been a bit funnier, but what can you do. 
Overall, I liked the book. But I generally do enjoy reading a good memoir. 
I'm going to try to read the books that I have at my house because my library fine is probably outrageous and I can't afford it with all of my car issues.