It Ends with Us- Colleen Hoover

Whenever I’m in a mood to read a love story I can always count on a Colleen Hoover novel. I’ve read a few of her books and so far they have all been easy reads with drama, romance, and generally happy endings. It Ends with Us had all those elements but it was the book I felt was stronger than the others because it was far more emotional, honest, and more thought provoking than the others.

I didn’t realize how much I appreciated this book till I reached the very end and then read the authors note. The story itself made me feel extremely sad but when I closed the book and paused reading I would remember that the story is fiction. These characters are not real.

Sadly, even though these characters are not real, the subjects in this novel happen in reality and they’re not normally talked about.

Without giving spoilers I will say that this book does contain romance and is beautiful. But above romance, the book discusses heavy themes and becomes extremely complex and moving.

I would recommend this book to everybody. Just remember to read the author’s note afterwards. It is tremendously important. It is what made me realize how significant the story was

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The Picture of Dorian Gray- Oscar Wilde

Hi readers. Here’s a classic you may or may not know a lot about. Before reading this myself, I did not know anything about the plot. Without giving much away I will tell a little about the novel.

This novel is about a man named Dorian Gray. This of course is obvious.

As a reader, we are introduced to Dorian who is this beautiful, wealthy, good man whom seems to attract many people. Before Dorian makes an appearance, we learn of Basil Hallward, an artist who has found great inspiration in Dorian. He is obsessed with him.

Honestly, in the beginning of the novel, I thought it was going to be a romance involving three men (I was wrong).

Anyway. Dorian is introduced to one of Basil’s friends. His name is Henry. Henry’s friendship to Dorian grows and it begins to change Dorian’s personality and his morals/ beliefs. This is when the story starts to have a lot of drama. We begin to see how this friendship has led Dorian to make some bad choices.

As you go on reading this story, you start to really dislike all the characters and it all seems crazy. Well, that craziness actually just continues to grow as the story goes on.

I don’t want to give spoilers, because I do feel like this is one of those classics everyone should give a chance and read at least once. Judging by the book club I am in, the novel is really a hit or miss. People either love it or hate it.

On one hand, I loved it! I thought the novel was entertaining and very well written. I loved being surprised by the characters and having strong reactions to what occurs in the story. On the other hand, people say it’s hard to like the book when they didn’t like the characters and that some parts are hard to get through since there are a lot of thoughts written. I can understand that.

But! I’d say read this. The overall concept is cool and the story gets better and better.

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I’ll Give You the Sun- Jandy Nelson

This book is fantastic, beautiful, and just so amazing! I really loved this one. As I was reading more and more of it I couldn’t put the book down. In my opinion, sometimes it’s more important to remember how a story makes you feel then is it to remember plot details, motifs, etc. I felt like a huge dork because I felt such strong emotions and reacted out loud as I was reading. For example, the surprise you get when you figure out the mystery in a book. You know what I mean? Anyways…

Here is the blurb found on goodreads:

“Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah’s story to tell. The later years are Jude’s. What the twins don’t realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.”

I was skeptical about the story because the characters are so young, and sometimes with younger characters it’s harder to believe the storyline or just be interested. These characters however are so unique and special. I truly feel moved by this book; I might even re read it sometime. Highly recommend, especially if you like contemporary novels.

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane- Neil Gaiman

The Ocean at the End of the Lane was chosen to be the first piece we read for book club at my university. This was good news for me because I have wanted to read it for months, and now I finally had the opportunity to make sure I read it.

Here is a synopsis from Goodreads:

“Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.”

Beginning this book I did not know much about it and I purposely tried to not read any spoilers. Personally I think this was the way to go. The book is not what I was expecting and that make reading it exciting. This story is very unusual and dark and surprisingly a very fast read.

Not only does the story become very unusual, it is also thought provoking. After reading it, you’ll keep thinking about it trying to figure out what was real and what wasn’t. What it all means.

I won’t say anymore, or give my questions and confusing thoughts because I recommended reading this beautiful piece!
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Attachments- Rainbow Rowell

Attachments is by far my favorite novel by Rainbow Rowell. I’ve read Eleanor & Park, Fangirl, Landline, and now of course Attachents. I have to say I’ve personally enjoyed her novels that are considered adult fiction more than the novels written for young adults. This doesn’t have anything to do with the categories,  but I found that at the time I read Eleanor and Park it made me feel sad and it wasn’t what I was expecting.  It was still lovely however. Fangirl took me quite a few chapters to read before I felt like I was enjoying the story. On the other hand, when I was reading the other two novels I thought the stories were beautiful and the writing was witty and clever.

In short words Attachents is about a man named Lincoln who works as a “Internet Security Officer” and finds himself caught in a weird situation. It’s his job to make sure the people who work in the building are only using they’re email address for work related business. Lincoln only works   nights so he doesn’t know many people at all. One night he begins reading a flagged email, a conversation,  between two friends,  Jennifer and Beth. He finds himself reading more and more of their conversations and does feel bad and weird about doing so. On top of that, he begins to have feelings for Beth. A writer whom he has never met or physically ever seen.

This book is so amazing! The writing is so funny and Jennifer and Beth are as great and Lincoln thinks they are. This book can make someone smile, cry, and laugh. When I finished it, I was so happy with how it all wrapped out. If you’re in the mood to read a sweet,  quirky, and entertaining book, pick this up! You won’t regret it.

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Confessions of a Shopaholic-Sophie Kinsella

When I started reading this book I knew almost instantly that it would be a fast read. You realize that it is going to be a funny/quirky read by the first page. I do have to admit that at first I almost felt some sort of anxiety because of the main character Beca. She would spend and spend and spend so much money. I felt worried for her! The book was so good and enticing that I would feel like I were the one who was spending and swiping the credit card. Once I realized just how serious Beca’s problem was I found myself rooting for her.

Here is the synopsis straight from Sophie Kinsella’s website:

“Meet Rebecca Bloomwood. She’s a journalist. She spends her working life telling others how to manage their money. She spends her leisure time … shopping. Retail therapy is the answer to all her problems. She knows she should stop, but she can’t. She tries Cutting Back, she tries Making More Money. But neither seems to work. The stories she concocts become more and more fantastic as she tries to untangle her increasingly dire financial difficulties. Her only comfort is to buy herself something – just a little something…Can Becky ever escape from this dream world, find true love, and regain the use of her Switch card?”

This is a great read, and I recommend it for anyone wanting to have a quick something fast passed. The novel does have a lot of drama but sometimes it’s fun to read. A change from dystopian or fantasy which involve complex worlds. This is something to make you laugh.

On other note, the movie is also very good (of course the book is better) and I also recommend it despite the differences from the book.timthumb[10]

It’s Not Summer Without You- Jenny Han

On the bus ride home from my summer class the other day I realized I didn’t bring a book to read with me. I took my phone out and started browsing though books. So I decided to read The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han. First thoughts. Very fast read and a nice contemporary. It screams summertime. I finished the book in about 2 days. I quickly ordered the second book online.

I don’t really want to spoil anything by ranting but I can’t promise that won’t happen.

The summer trilogy is about a teenage girl nicknamed Belly. Since she was a kid her mom has taken Belly and her bother Steven to Cousins every summer. This is where their mom’s best friend owns a beach house. Susannah (moms best friend) also has two teenage sons. It’s your typical teenage love-triangle setup.

I’ll start with the positive comments first. Like I mentioned before, very fast reads. The dialogue was nice and funny. At one moment the first and second book both made my eyes watery (it has some sad parts). This is positive because I consider these types of reactions to mean that I was very involved in the book and the characters.

When I finished the second book I was able to gather up all my negative comments… First of all, I personally do not like love triangles at all. I feel like they’re senseless. I’m not even sure what is the right word I can use to describe it. It is possible that I would have liked the relationships more between Belly and the sons had Belly not been such a brat. The main character was annoying most of the time for being so self-centered. She complained a lot about being called a child yet she truly would act naïve.

I’d still recommend this series as an easy summer read. Jenny Han’s writing is lovely.

I’d give these books both a 3.5/5

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The Hobbit- J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit, or There and Back Again is a fantasy novel/ children’s book published in 1937. You’ve probably learned of it, read it yourself, and/or seen the movies. This book is considered a classic and I wish I had read it when I was younger because it was such a great story! I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to read a great adventure. There really is no limitation as to who would enjoy this novel, from adult to child.

I bought this book after picking it up at reading the first two pages. With those two pages alone I already knew that I would enjoy the style the book was written in. Oh and Bilbo was hilarious!

Here’s the little description written by J.R.R Tolkien on the back cover of the book
“If you care for journeys there and back, out of the comfortable Western world, over the edge of the Wild, and home again, and can take interest in a humble hero, here is a record of such a journey and such a traveler. The period is the ancient time between the age of Faerie and the dominion of men, when the famous forest of Mirkwood was still standing, and the mountains were full of danger. In following the path of this humble adventurer, you will learn by the way- if you do not already know about all these things- much about trolls, goblins, dwarves, and elves, and get some glimpses into the history and politics of a neglected but important period…”

The story is what it says it is; the tale of one long adventure. At times I felt like it did drag since I am not used to reading so much about traveling. However because I haven’t read any fantasy in quite some time I was extremely entertained being introduced to a world with beings like Goblins, Hobbits, Elves, etc. Another cool thing about this book is that is it told by an omniscient narrator. With this type of narrator I got a sense that I understood/knew what various characters were thinking rather than just the main character Bilbo. This book was so captivating that I don’t want to let go of this world….hence why I am now reading the Lord of the Rings trilogy! J

This a 5/5.

P.S- Don’t hate me for any grammar or spelling errors. I study engineering so I don’t do much writing anymore. Opps!

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Hello world!

This is my very first post!

I’ve always wanted a way to keep track of the books I’ve read and what thoughts I had about them. I remember most things about books that I love, but when I look at books I’ve read previously I vaguely remember the details and only know if I really liked it or did not. The plan is to use this blog to share my thoughts on books that I read and possibly for whatever else comes up that I may want to write about.

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