Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Discussion: Am I Too Critical?

I haven’t done a discussion post in so long I thought it was high time I did one! This topic is something that’s been bugging me a lot as of late: Am I too critical of the books I read?

10 of the 65 books I’ve read so far this year were given 5 stars on Goodreads and some of them were rounded up from 4.5 (only 4 of them actually). ONLY 10 OUT OF 65 compared to last years 15 out of 83 (that’s a lot for me). Now that might seem like it’s not big deal but remember, 2013 isn’t over yet. I’ve got about five more months to read more books so the numbers could change. But the truth is: I highly doubt I’ll have more than 20 5 star reads for 2013. Which again brings up my question: am I too critical?

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Review: Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta

Looking for Alibrandi Melina Marchetta
Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta
Release Date: April 1, 1999
Publisher: Orchard Books 
Source: Own 
For as long as Josephine Alibrandi can remember, it’s just been her, her mom, and her grandmother. Now it’s her final year at a wealthy Catholic high school. The nuns couldn’t be any stricter—but that doesn’t seem to stop all kinds of men from coming into her life.

Caught between the old-world values of her Italian grandmother, the nononsense wisdom of her mom, and the boys who continue to mystify her, Josephine is on the ride of her life. This will be the year she falls in love, the year she discovers the secrets of her family’s past—and the year she sets herself free.

Told with unmatched depth and humor, this novel—which swept the pool of Australian literary awards and became a major motion picture—is one to laugh through and cry with, to cherish and remember

Currently listening to: Lightening by The Wanted

I’ve been a big fan of Melina Marchetta’s after reading Jellicoe Road. I didn’t really have a drive to pick up this book but when I saw it at my library, I decided to pick it up because why no? Looking for Alabrandi was Marchetta’s debut novel and while it wasn’t as good as Jellicoe Road (or Saving Francesca), I enjoyed reading this book.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Jane Austen Love-a-Thon*

*Yes, it's a terrible name.

As of late, I haven't felt like reading anything. I read my common book for a college class but besides that, I haven't read a book in months. That is, until I found my copy of Pride and Prejudice and I instantly thought to read it. And anyone who has read Pride and Prejudice knows that you can't read the book without watching at least one movie adaptation. And it's Jane Austen.

So, that is where this post comes into play. For the next few weeks, I'll be reading all of Jane Austen's books and reviewing them here on the blog. BUT, that is not all. As you all know (and if you don't), I love watching adaptations so I'll also be watching the movies (or mini-series) after I read each week and of course reviewing them for you all!