Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Book Club?

My class is supposed to have a Book Club this year. At first I was like "Wow!"but I have come to the realization that it is not that great an idea, for various reasons.
1) Everyone reads at different speeds. What would take me a few days would take someone else 6 months. This means that we cant really discuss the chosen book in class.
2) Not everyone has the same taste in books. There is a girl in my class who hates love stories. There are people who think that Epics are... well not very epic.
3) Our teacher wont listen to our suggestions. I made loads of suggestion to her, which were seconded by some of my friends. In the end, she picked a book that none of us had ever heard of. I don't mind that much, but I would appreciate if she at least considered our ideas.

So, in the end, all we decided upon was that we were called The McLovin Club.... And that we are going to read 'Random Acts Of Heroic Love.' I hope it's good.

Monday, 29 August 2011

Review: Pretties - Scott Westerfeld

This is the sequel to Uglies, which is set in a futuristic world where at the age of 16 everyone undergoes an operation to make them beautiful - at a cost.
Tally Youngblood has undergone the operation despite knowing the risks - in order to try and find a cure to 'pretty-headedness" Tally and Zane will do almost anything to stay bubbly. Pulling Ugly tricks and starving themselves works for a while, but a masked ghost from Tally's past changes everything.
As the name suggests, this book is as much about Pretties as the last one was about Uglies. A recurring problem I've noticed with these books is that they are slow to start, but it is soon remedied by the middle and ending - so don't loose heart!
Overall, it's a good book. The story is full of originality, and although it does bear a slight resemblance to its prequel, I feel as though it is worth reading.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Review: The Book Thief - Markus Zusak

So I just got back from the west of Ireland, and I finally have internet! When I was down there, I finished The Book Theif.
As I said before, it's about WWII. The protagonist is a girl names Liesel, who has a love of books. It's a fantastic tale about the power of words, and how much they can anchor us in an unsteady time.
I really enjoyed Death's narration (Yes, narrated by Death!). I found the focus on colours truly interesting, and quite true, surprisingly. Zusak uses creative imagery as regards things like the sky.
Zusak also has a way of making you feel truly hollow at the horror of that time, without using so much as a single gruesome phrase. I love books that make you feel.
Over all, this book is fantastic. You should read it, even if, like me, you're not so fussed on non-fantasy/sci-fi stuff.

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Whatcha Reading??

Right now I'm reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I wasn't sold on it right away - it'a about a family during WWII, not really my thing. But get this, its narrated by Death. The moment I heard that, I had already taken out my money and bought it.
It's an interesting book, whereby the story is given out in little threads, and sometimes not in the correct order. Altogether though, I think it will end with a beautiful rug - or carpet - or whatever analogy you want to use.
When I've finished it I'll write up a review.