Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Reading slumps

     I want to discuss a matter that receives somewhat serious attention. Reading Slumps. Their name may seem unimportant, and not daunting at all, but that is not the case. For years, nay, centuries, thousands upon thousands of readers have suffered from one. Perhaps, many suffer from a chronic reading slump, causing them to never believe themselves as readers. Maybe that is the problem that plagues many around us, but that is beside the point. What I really want to discuss is what a book slump entails, how one gets into it, and how one can escape this dreaded thing.
     To understand how to get out of a reading slump, we must first understand what it is. A reading slump to a reader is probably the equivalent to a singer getting strep throat. They stop the person from doing what they love to do. Sometimes, readers can even think they are falling out of love with the written word. Reading slumps are when a reader stops reading, which can be sue to many factors.
     The first factor is reading material. I know that I sometimes end up in a slump whilst reading excruciatingly boring pieces (like history textbooks, science textbooks, just textbooks in general). Another is laziness. Sometimes, you just cannot be bothered to run your eyes across a page to create images in your head, and would much rather the images there for you already manufactured (T.V. or Movies). Some people even read such an amazing book, that everything they try to read pales in comparison. There are just as many ways to get onto a slump, as to get out of one.
   Reread an ultimate favorite novel. Nothing like reliving the beauty of a loved book. Read a new book from a favorite author. The writing style is to be trusted already! Read a level lower (If you are reading manly Young Adult, read middle grade; and so on), or read a different genre altogether (If you read mainly romance, try a thriller; and so on). There are so many things to do.
   Finally, maybe it's time for a break. Maybe your eyes are to weak to be dragged across a page (audio books to the rescue!). Absence makes the heart grow fonder, so maybe sitting down and watching some good old television for a while is the thing to do! Remember, don't rush yourself to read book after book. Books are amazing, but don't feel pressured in any way. They are here for entertainment, a break from the stress of life; not a cause of it!
   As always, stay classy my friends!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Nantucket blue by Leila Howland

   Nantucket blue is an incredible and mind blowing novel about love as friendship and life. It gives truthful insight into the life of a teenage girl. And it shows just how hard it is to be a teen in love. In a forbidden way! Our protaganist, Cricket Thompson, gets the opportunity to go to Nantucket with her best friend Jules, and the Clayton family. Cricket also knows that this summer, she will make the incredibly cute and unatainible Jay Logan, hers. Not all of this actually happens to the lovable Cricket. When the Clayton family has to endure a devastating loss, Jules and Cricket are torn apart. So Cricket must work to stay in the beautiful Nantucket paradise. But it is the little suprises that cricket did not think would happen, that makes her summer an unforgettable one.

   This book is absolutely amazing, from the beautiful cover, to the outstanding messages it has inside. This book made me long for a romance like this. Leila Howard knows what she is doing. This is her first novel though, so it is very impressive. The book is well written, beautifully done, and everyone needs to read this amazing peic eof literature.

   The plot of this book is absolutely superb! There are small twists and suprises that make it that much more lovable. It is an amazing romance novel, along with a sort of coming of age story. You get to follow this girl, as she learns who she is, and what she really wants from life.

   My absolute favorite thing about this book are the characters in it. It is a character driven book most of the time, but it is so well done, that you would not mind that fact at all. It is so easy to fall i n and out of love with every single character.And you really feel and care for every single one of them. This book had me crying even on the 40th page. That is how attached you get to the characters, and how quickly as well.

   In all, this book is amazing, and heart-touching, and beautiful. Leila Howard is an absolute genius, and many, many more people need to read this book. It is an amazing story that warms me up just thinking about it. It is now one of my favorites and will be for a very long time.


Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Elite by Kiera Cass

   The Elite by Kiera Cass is the second book is the selection series. It is about a 17 year old girl, who is named America. America gets put into this competition which is called the selection. The selection consists of 25 girls, who are all fighting for the same thing. Maxon, the prince.

   Now this book really starts right were the selection ends. I felt that this was way better than if the book started out like a couple weeks or months later. I would like to say that in all, this was an amazing book, that is now one of my favorites ever. This book really deserves 5 stars.

   Although this book is absolutely breathtaking, I did have a few problems with it. First of all, I feel that America is a very aggravating character. She has such a hard time making decisions, and when she does make decisions, she will go back on any one of them at any given time. Also I feel that America is quite the "Debby Downer". She has a very negative outlook on things, that, instead of making the reader sympathetic for her, it makes the reader feel annoyed with her.

   Also, I feel quite strongly that a book should have a lot of description in it, and disappointingly enough, this book lacked it. Even when it did have some description, it was very confusing. I had to go back several times, to reread the paragraph because it was hard to understand.

   The biggest issue I had with this book was the love triangle. Now, I know that his was a big part of the book, it is really a big part of most young adult novels, but I felt that that was too big a part. America would make many of her decisions because of a boy, and I felt that the whole story was just completely driven by the love triangle. It is absolutely fine to have some, or even most of the story driven by the triangle, but not all of it. But this didn't completely aggravate me, so I still gave it a 5 out of 5 stars, and I will explain why now.

   First and foremost, even though America aggravates me, I still love her. She is quite easily loved. America is a sweet, caring, and all around beautiful character. Every page I turn, I find myself loving her even more.

   But that love doesn't compare to the love I feel for Maxon!!! Maxon Is such a cute, romantic man. I wish I was in the selection because I need me some Maxon!!!! I truly also love the fact that this nook gives him more depth, so I can love him even more!!! Ahh I adore him!!

   Continuing on with the characters, I am really fond of America's family, especially her father. He reminds me of my own father, and I feel that that is something truly special.
And now to talk about my favorite character. Celeste!!! She is evil! She is just that character that everyone loves to hate. I know that that is the typical "popular" girl scenario, but all of her actions are so well written. I love to hate her!

   Now, this book, was an emotional roller coaster. It made me cry at least 7 times. It was also very humorous though, at times. This book was a great book. An the ending, like cliffhanger much!!??
I want to end this review by saying you all need to check this book out. It was beautiful, funny, romantic, action packed, and all around awesome. It had me on the edge of my seat the whole way through. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.