Some Book Reviews

Whaaat? Cat’s being bookish? She ACTUALLY read books? Whaaaaaaa – ?

That’s right, I read a bunch of books. This week I made my dad take me to the library, get me a new library card (the last one I had was from a kindergarten field trip and I can’t remember the last time I saw it), and check out 5 whole books. And while I haven’t read all five yet, I have in fact read 7 whole books in 2019.

I know what you’re thinking – literally every other blogger in the entire universe is already on book 45 out of 200. However, I’m taking small steps to get back to my old rate of reading books. I’m pleased to say that at least 4 out of those seven books were read in one day, so that’s pretty cool. I just have to keep that rate up every single day!!! Heh.

Since I have actually read stuff and am COMPLETELY inspired to read more stuff, I’m going to give a bunch of reviews. I feel so fancy saying that – if I keep that up soon I’ll actually be a book blogger! (Just kidding. I would never abandon photography and writing weird essays and doing random tags…and stuff.)

 

Oh, and guys – I had a book photoshoot. Christmas lights and all. I EVEN USED MY CAT AS A PROP WHAT


 

This post is not going to be all about YA books, or any other book group specifically. The books I have read this year so far are really varied in type, so first we must (of course) begin with C.S. Lewis.

 

Perelandra

by C.S. Lewis

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This book was, as far as Lewis books go, really intriguing. I’m not saying that his more theological books are less interesting, but they’re certainly harder to read, digest, finish, and understand in a timely manner. But with Perelandra, I was sucked in the whole time! I’m not sure if this one counts fully as a 2019 book, because I started it in December, but I’m counting it as a 2019 read on my Goodreads list.

So sue me.

I personally liked Perelandra better than Out of the Silent Planet and what I’ve read so far of That Hideous Strength. It sounds childish to say that THS is more wordy and less  exciting, and therefore I don’t like it as much. The way I view books like the Space Trilogy is magic level; OSP is magical and all, but it’s a bit slow and a tiny bit confusing. Perelandra is the most magical of the three – it’s action packed, but there’s that certain quality about it that distinguished it from the rest. It’s so imaginative, and I loved that.

I can’t really say much about THS since I’ve only read 3 chapters so far, so I’ll just leave it at that.

 

As You Like It

by William Shakespeare

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In terms of Shakespeare plays, my dad has always said that this was one of his least favorites. With that said, I absolutely loved it all the way through! It certainly isn’t of the same caliber as Much Ado and Hamlet, but I loved the characters and the witty banter. The, er, cross-dressing (eep) of Rosalind made me cringe the whole time, but that’s a good thing, because it makes the characters much more lovable. And sure the plot moved a little quickly, but it does bug me when people say that plots like that are unbelievable – come on, guys, it’s Shakespeare’s day. Anything can and will happen faster than you can blink. I, for one, believe in love and marriage in one or two days – as long as it’s just fiction or old England. *bows*

 

Ella Minnow Pea

by Mark Dunn

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What can I say – I love letters!

While the plot of this book wasn’t exactly very realistic, nor were the actions of many of the characters, I still thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was rather cute than amazing, and while it was a bit hard to get into I did like how it progressed and eventually ended. The thing that drew me to it most was the clever use and manipulation of letters – as more and more letters fell from the statue, more and more letters were excluded from the text itself, and it was great fun trying to decipher each word as the substitutions got more ridiculous. I would recommend it as a fun read, but not a serious read. If you’re looking for something thought provoking, this isn’t it. But if you’re looking for a good laugh on a boring day, I’d say to try this one.


 

Here we have an intermission on the topic of Goodreads Reviews brought to you by me myself and I:

 

I implore you all to NOT read a ton of reviews/Goodreads reviews on books you really liked. If you see many bad reviews of said book, it will start to taint your memory of the book or change your perspective as you read, causing you to be overly critical. And even if you do read the reviews, PLEASE for the love of all that is good DO NOT let them change your opinion unless you are totally convicted. That review is THAT PERSON’S opinion of that book, and your thoughts on the book are YOURS. Just because a critic says that it’s a bad book doesn’t mean that you personally can’t enjoy it.

Maybe none of that made sense, and maybe some of it did, but just don’t get too disheartened if you see a bad review of a book you loved. IT’S OK.

 

Intermission over!


 

That being said, the next book is

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

by Jenny Han

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this is my new favorite picture I have ever taken ohhhh my goodness

I watched the movie on Netflix before I even knew there was a book, much less a series. And I LOVED the movie; it wasn’t the most spectacular one I had seen, but it was imaginative enough to make me fall in love with the characters.

And then I read the book, and if I’m being totally honest, I was a tiny bit disappointed.

I had read so many reviews from book bloggers and a few on goodreads saying how AMAZING the book was, and I was expecting a masterpiece. After all, the movie was pretty good! But instead of enjoying it like I thought I would, I felt overly critical the whole time. I wasn’t a huge fan of the author’s writing style; it sounded a little shoved and thrown together, like she was trying to talk like a teenager but overly exaggerating every little quirk. I still loved the plot, but I didn’t fall in love with the characters like I did in the movie, and the romance wasn’t quite as real in the book.

I did like how the book dove more into the platonic/sister/family relationships, especially the ones with Lara-Jean and Margot, and Lara-Jean and Josh. And by the way, movie Kitty was TOTALLY downplayed. She (while still spectacular in the movie) was SO much better in the book.

And as with almost all YA books, there were a few unseemly references and swear words here and there, so if those are big problems for you, don’t read this book. But if, like me, you’re willing to overlook those few bumps, I do think you should read it! And while it wasn’t my favorite book, I still loved it.

 

I Believe in a Thing Called Love

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Relatable? Yeah. Cute? SO cute. Cringey? Definitely. The best characters? Of course.

I must say, I absolutely LOVED this book. It made me happy, sappy, cringey, and enticed all in one, and I couldn’t put it down.

Starting with the prologue – yeah, that was a downright MASTERPIECE. It was so cute, and (in the rest of the book, too) the relationship between Desi and her dad was THE BEST. I loved it. Have I mentioned I love it?

While I certainly have never watched any K-Dramas or anything of that nature, I loved learning a tiny bit about Korean culture, and it was so interesting seeing that affect the rest of the book. Yeah, my favorite character was her dad.

But that doesn’t mean I love the other characters any less – most of them were so living that they just seemed to jump off the page. It’s a talent to make fictional characters so well developed that the reader feels like he/she knows them in person, and that’s exactly how I felt.

Overall (to conclude this disaster of a mini-review) I really enjoyed reading this book, and I definitely loved it more than I expected!

 


 

I have read a few more books than that, but they weren’t quite so significant as to need a whole review. I might be doing more of these this year, as I’m trying to read more books, so expect one at least every month, if not more often!

 

Thanks for bearing with me, guys. I’m trying to figure out what types of posts fit best with my schedule, and life is a bit complicated at the moment! I am definitely going to go try to schedule a room tour (finally!!!!) and hopefully in the next 2 weeks my secret project will FINALLY be revealed.

Along with those two, I’m going on a little vacation next week, so I’m going to try to get lots of pictures there! I also have spring break coming up in exactly a month, and I’m going to try to the best of my abilities to get lots of stuff done and do some things I’ve been wanting to do for a while. 2019 is already shaping up to be a very exciting and productive year (heh…I say this a whole month and a half into the year lol)! I’ve got so many projects I’m hoping to embark upon, and I CANNOT WAIT IN THE SLIGHTEST FOR WARM WEATHER. I AM JUST. SO READY FOR SPRING CAN I GET AN AMEN. *hyperventilates*

OH AND GUYS. FOR MY BIRTHDAY YOU’LL NEVER GUESS WHAT I GOT. OH MY GOSH. I GOT AN ACTUAL CHROMEBOOK. (wait did I say that already? Eh, I don’t care. I’m just so excited) AHHHHHHHH

 

Farewell for now! Have an amazing day, and thanks for stopping by!

 

alittlebitofrunion sign-off

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11 thoughts on “Some Book Reviews

  1. *gasp* Perelandra is better than Out of the Silent Planet?? HOWW- but I can see that though. XD I think the reason I didn’t like Perelandra as much was WESTON. I hate his stinkin’ little rotten guts. *glares* But oooh, book reviews! I’m gonna have to check the others out. 😀

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    • Oh no, I’m sorry – for me I think it was the setting and the descriptions that did it. Although the scene in Out of the Silent Planet in which Ransom finally sees that space isn’t cold and dead but rather alive and bright is probably one of my favorite scenes in any book EVER. And yes, Weston is alllllllll kinds of ew. *shivers* Especially when he wouldn’t die…

      I hope you do, they were fun books!

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  2. Perelandra!!! Best book ever! I’ve read it so many times 🙂 Also To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is such a good movie. My friend convinced me to watch it and when I did it became like my favorite movie ever. (Haven’t read the book though) We are reading Shakespeare for our homeschool group. Taming of the Shrew and its sooooooo confusing and messed up AGHHHH!!!!!

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  3. Perelandra! It’s on my list for the year. I can’t wait to read it. I’m so glad you liked it…makes me even more excited. 🙂 (Yay you got a Chromebook! That’s great!)

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    • Haha I know, I’m not very happy about it and neither is the tiny dog I have to walk!! 😛
      YES you do. It’s amazing. (Except for the last one don’t read that)
      I KNOW I’M SO EXCITED!!! (It’s arriving today and I’m about to scream) That’s awesome! Twins lol xD And THANK YOU!!!

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