Sunday, June 4, 2017

"It Was Just Ok, Dog."

I'm sorry for skipping last week, I was very very swamped.
(Ok, this is probably the tenth time I've used The Princess Bride gifs. I'll stop.)

Anyway, this week's book is a book I've heard a lot about, and it was mostly positive. You could probably go around my school and ask all the girls if they've read this and they'd all be like: "OMG YES! I LOVE THAT BOOK!"
Unfortunately, I am not one of those people. But I paid three dollars for it so I kind of had to read it.
And no. That's not a typo. I got it at Plato's Closet in surprisingly good condition.
So here is that book:

To All The Boys I've Loved Before
By Jenny Han

Lara Jean's life depends on a hat box. It's a hat box filled with letters to all the boys she's loved before, in an attempt to get over those boys. And when that hatbox disappears and all of the letters are sent out, Lara Jean's life falls apart. Peter Kavinsky is more than just an acquaintance, Josh and Lara Jean's friendship is destroyed, and now the whole school's talking about her. And not to mention, Lara Jean's older sister, who held the Song's house together is off at college. Will Lara Jean be able to pull things together, or will the letters ruin the rest of highschool?


Year of Publishing: 2014
Publishing House: Simon & Schuster
Genre: Realistic Fiction/Romance
Age: Teen/Middle School
Short/Long Read: It was a long read for me. It took me a little over two weeks.
Rating Out Of Five: 2.5/5 (Two and a Half Stars)

"It was just ok, dog."
-Randy Jackson (That Judge From American Idol)



I was reading this, and I was expecting it to become my favorite book, and it turned out to be just average. And yes, I did read Love and First Sight (last week's book) directly before this one, so that's probably why I didn't like this book all that much. The major problem I have with this is that it really isn't realistic. The letter situation isn't realistic really, and it is a fiction book, so I'll let that slide. However, it is a realistic fiction book, so you would think that the relationships between the characters and the way Lara Jean reacts and deals with her situation would be realistic, but it's not. 
For example:
When Lara Jean tells Josh that Peter is her boyfriend, she runs up to Peter and straight up kisses him. That is against the rules in school, and you can get in serious trouble for that.

Also:
Lara Jean's character in general is just not similar to any high school junior on the planet. I have never met a high school girl who scrapbooks and volunteers at retirement homes and randomly kisses a guy in front of a bunch of people at school. That just doesn't happen.

The last thing that I didn't enjoy about Lara Jean:
She didn't really have any motive. At the beginning of the book, she is concerned about fixing the problem with the letters, but the rest of the book she spends farting around with Peter. I never really know what drives our main character, which should always be present in a book and the reader should always know.

I am definitely going to give Jenny Han's books another chance because I have heard that pretty much all of her books are awesome, so The Summer I Turned Pretty is on my To Read List, but as of right now Jenny Han is a decent author.

That's pretty much it! I do realize a lot of people love this book, so if you have heard from people that they like it, I'm not discouraging you from reading it because everyone has a different taste in books.

Have a great day!
:)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

I'M SO SORRY!

(Fancy Font, I Know...XD)
It's been since October of last year...
YEESH.
So here's some updates for you guys:


  • I'm going to actually try to update this blog. Homework is starting to slow down a little bit because all the big tests are going to be over in a couple weeks, so I'll be able to blog some more.
  • However, (brace yourself for some sad news) I won't be using The Awesome Mix of My Life anymore. This isn't the end of my personal blog posts, I'll just be putting them on here, so it's easier to keep up with.
  • I have some big projects going on right now. Aka:
    • A MUSICAL! THAT'S RIGHT!
    • SHORT FILMS! THAT'S RIGHT!
    • FINISHING MIDDLE SCHOOL! that's right...XD
  • So this means that I might be super busy lately, so what I said about blogging more above **MIGHT** be a lie.
  • HOWEVER, I actually have books to review. I have a list.
  • In addition to this blog, MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL IS UP!!! WOOT WOOT! So whenever I post a video, I'll post it here for everybody. So here's my first video, a short film called Scripted. Hope you enjoy!

Expect a book review pretty soon. I will most likely be rejoining Shannon Messenger's MMGM Squad.
Which is an awesome squad, by the way. If you have a book blog, you should totally join it! It's east and free!
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Have a great day and weekend!
Summer's almost here! You can do it!✌

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I. CAN'T. EVEN.

Why hello there!

I'm here to finally do what this blog was actually made for...


REVIEW BOOKS!

Ok, so into the actual review now:

❤Love and First Sight❤
By Josh Sundquist


"On his first day at a new school, Will Porter accidentally groped a girl on  the stairs, sat on a another student in the cafeteria, and somehow drove a new classmate to tears. High school can only get better from there right?"

That quote is from the inside cover of the book, which DO NOT READ THE REST OF THE SUMMARY BECAUSE IT SPOILS THE WHOLE BOOK. UGH. So the book is basically about a blind kid trying to survive high school.

Year of Publishing: 2017
Publishing House: Little, Brown
Genre: Realistic Fiction/Romance
Age: Teen/Middle School
Short/Long Read: It's a pretty short read because you can't put it down. I read it within two days.
Rating Out Of Five: 5/5 (Five Stars)


THIS BOOK WAS FREAKING AMAZING.
I JUST--
I CAN'T WITH THIS BOOK.



Ok so here's the thing:
This book has amazing humor. It's the straightforward kind of witty humor that I enjoy a lot, and I laughed out loud during class multiple times...and I got weird looks for it too.
It has awesome characters. I'd have to say that Nick is my favorite character.  Well, either him or Will. Once again, these characters are super witty and weird.
And my most favorite thing about the book:
We never get a physical description of the characters until the end of the book. This may sound horrible and it may sound like it will drive you insane (which it does), but it leaves readers in suspense. Almost the whole book we are wondering what the love interest Cecily looks like and it builds up so much it almost kills.
I love this book with a fiery passion and it opens up a totally new perspective (that was a pun for all the people who've read the book). PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE buy this book as soon as you get the chance. You can find it online or in the teen section at Barnes and Noble.

That's all for this week!
I'm going to go sleep (which seems the theme of the end of all of my posts, but it's true). Finals are finally over and I'm ready to actually get some sleep.
Have a great week!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Logan Lerman's Smirk and My Library of Greek Mythology Books.

Hellooooooo!!!!
It was a very long week for me. I'm holding out until Winter Break.
58 days.
I have two months.
-.-

Anyway, onto the BOOK HAUL!!!!!!
This week it's Greek mythology reference books that every middle school kid should read.
(Just a warning: I have too many Greek mythology books.)
Exhibit A:
(And I'm pretty sure I have more than those.)

Best Short, Straightforward book:
The Mythology Handbook
Year of Publishing: 2009
Publishing House: Candlewick press
Genre: Informational, Greek Mythology
Age: Children's/Middle Grade
Short/Long Read: VERY Short Read (I read this in a day.)
Rating Out Of Five: **** (Four Stars)
This book gives you straightforward information about the gods, monsters, and heroes in the Greek mythology world. It also has stickers in the back and a guide to the language of Ancient Greek, with extra copies of it so you and your friend can pass notes to each other in Ancient Greek during Social Studies. (Teachers, you thought you got us with note passing...just wait until I use this!!!)This doesn't go into deep descriptions of everything, but it is a book of accurate stories for someone who just wants to dip a toe in the sea of Greek mythology.

Best Comedy books:
Percy Jackson's Greek Gods and Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes
By Rick Riordan

Year of Publishing: Greek Gods-2015 Greek Heroes-2015
Publishing House: Disney Hyperion
Genre: Informational, Greek Mythology, Comedy
Age: Children's Middle Grade
Short/Long Read: In between. I can read these within a week and a half, but you can most definitely stretch out reading these books.
Rating Out Of Five: *** (Three Stars)
These books are great because, ya know, IT'S PERCY JACKSON.
So WHY NOT read it?
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm......
Maybe because it's inaccurate???
I know, I know. How can something that's fake be inaccurate? Well, the way Rick Riordan messed up is that his stories don't always match up with all the other stories that have been told in other books about Greek Mythology. So, these books (along with the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and the Heroes Of Olympus series) aren't the best reference books.
However, the content is hilarious and the pictures (Yes, there are pictures!!! XD) are amazing.

Best Accurate Storytelling book:
Treasury of Greek Mythology
By Donna Jo Napoli
Year of Publishing: 2011
Publishing House: National Geographic Society
Genre: Informational, Greek Mythology
Age: Children's/Middle Grade
Short/Long Read: In between.
Rating Out Of Five: **** (Four Stars)
This book was very accurate (as it is National Geographic) and the pictures were pretty good. It tells the stories of the gods, heroes, and monsters in depth. It's not as much fun as Percy Jackson's Greek Gods and Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes, but it is a really good book for someone who wants to dive head first into Greek mythology and wants to learn something new about it.

Other great Greek mythology books you absolutely MUST read:
Mythlopedia: Oh My Gods!
This is a straightforward, yet comedic take on the Greek gods.

Olympians
By George O'Connor
I've read Hera and Athena. This is a series of graphic novels that explain the life of a certain Greek god. These are great books!!! My cousin gave this to me as a gift after she met the author and he signed Hera and Athena.
My cousin is super cool.

D'aulaires' Book Of Greek Myths
This book tells stories about the gods, minor gods, mythological creatures, and mortal descendants of Zeus. This is a great book that I eventually ended up having to read for school, so this book has knowledge of Greek mythology that is useful to have in your back pocket. (This book was also the first mythology book I ever read, and it was the start of my fascination with it.)

Well, that's it for this week. Not a lot of news for you guys from me, but how have y'all been? Thanks for sticking with me through my random hiatuses and rants.
:)
Have a great week!
:)
(Yes, you!)