Review: Legend by Marie Lu

Legend

I think I’m getting old.

Every once in a while, while reading Legend by Marie Lu, I would stop reading and think about how young the characters are. They’re fifteen and something about that just screamed “too young.” Maybe it’s because I’m getting older-I used to have no problem with all the sixteen-year-old’s falling in love and starting a rebellion (cough *the Hunger Games* cough). I think maybe I’ve grown old enough to realize that true love doesn’t happen at 15. And neither does the intelligence to manufacture a rebellion.

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Just Because It’s Famous

There’s a certain pressure in the world of reading. A pressure that anyone who reads often, and likes to give anything a try, will feel. This is the pressure of a famous book. The pressure to love, or hate, something based on it’s fame.

Last year, I decided I wanted to read Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse 5. I had heard about it a lot, especially when it comes to the famous “so it goes” line. It’s an older book, but people everywhere are still raving about it. I didn’t like it that much. It’s not that I didn’t like it because it was weird, I often love weird. It just didn’t seem as though-provoking and emotional as so many reviews claimed it was. At times, I found it a little boring.

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Review: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Oh my god, the characters aren’t typical pretty, white, skinny kids. That’s what this book is about. Or, at least, that’s what I found this book to be about.

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell started off promising. I heard so much about while I searched for books similar to my beloved John Green collection. It seemed this book, like Green’s, was going to be a less sappy, more realistic teenage love story. I was actually happy when I saw that Eleanor and Park were not typical characters. I was happy that for once, the bullied/unpopular girl was actually not prettier, skinnier, and nicer than all the bullies. And I was glad to see that the main male character was not a tall white boy. It seemed much more realistic. Until it went too far.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books on My Summer TBR List

Today’s (Okay it’s Wednesday. This writing on Monday and posting on Tuesday isn’t working out as well as I’d hoped) Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and Bookish is Top Ten Books on my summer To Be Read list. I have like 20 books on that list, so this a narrowing. Here are the 5 first or stand-alone books I want to read this summer as well as 5 sequels I am waiting for.

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YA Stigma

I often find myself in the bookstore with friends, nervously looking through the section labeled Fiction, but glancing longingly at the Young Adult (YA) section. That’s where I want to be because that’s where the books I want to read are. The problem is, there’s a stigma attached to literature labelled Young Adult. For some reason, people seem to think this means “Kid’s Books” which, therefore, means “Lower Quality”. This isn’t true.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’ve Read so far This Year

Okay so it’s Thursday. Don’t judge me. I’m going to get this out anyway cause I like this one. Today’s (or two days ago’s) Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the Broke and Bookish, is Top Ten Books I’ve Read so far This Year. Or, in my case the only books I’ve read so far this year since university was long and required lots of reading of it’s own so I didn’t get time to read for fun. I might have read more than this but here’s the books I remember reading and what I think.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books that should be in your beach bag

I’m a big fan of the Top Ten Tuesday book posts as created by The Broke and Bookish. They’re a wonderful blog that comes out with a top ten list every Tuesday for other book bloggers to create. It’s pretty amazing how many bloggers they get making a top ten list from their category every Tuesday.

Now unfortunately, I’m not at the library to write on Tuesdays but fortunately, the Broke and Bookish post their categories beforehand so I can write the posts on Mondays and then just go on and publish the draft on Tuesday morning. But don’t be surprised if I occasionally forget and it comes out on a Wednesday (for example this week).

Now time for a list of the Top Ten Books that Should be in Your Beach Bag. A.K.A summer reading books.

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