Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Best I've read in 2010: Post 5

Light a Penny Candle

Why I Loved it? This was the first (of many more) Maeve Binchy book that I read. I found it in my Mom's room and read the back. It looked intriguing. So... I read it. And LOVED it. I discovered my all time favorite girls' name (Aisling, pronounced Ashlean) and some of my all time favorite characters. I also discovered my love for Irish literature. As a ridiculously proud Irish girl (Who has dreamed of living in Ireland for as long as she can remember), this book really hit home for me. Also, the plot kinda reminds me of my relationship with my best friend. The two main characters, Aisling and Elizabeth, meet when Elizabeth is sent to live with Aisling's family in Ireland during World War Two. They are both eight at the time. They become best friends. Eventually, Elizabeth has to return to England. Somehow, at the age of twenty, even though they barely see each other, they are still best friends. My best friend and I have been best friends since we were both six. Although she moved to Texas (I live in Connecticut) when I was twelve, at the age of seventeen, she is still my best friend.

Best I've Read of 2010: Post 4

To Kill a Mockingbird

Why I Loved it? This January, a kid's mom gave him a used copy of this book. He said, 'thanks mom' and all that jazz, but really had no cares and reeeeallly didn't want to read it. So, knowing the bookie that I was (am), he gave it to me. I put it on my bookshelf and my 'to read' list. When I started in Public School, this was the first book that was assigned to me. They gave me a copy and, of course, there were a few pages missing. So, I got to use my copy. I read it, and I was the only person I knew who understood it and actually liked it. I love books that write the diologue how the characters would say it. It really interests me and keeps it that way. The classic story of growing up, or coming of age, is really a must read American classic. I know it's totally cliche to say so, but it's really true.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Book Blogger Hop

I haven't done this in a while, so I'm excited to do it again! =)

What do you consider the most important in a story: the plot or the characters?
Ooh, that's a good one. I like this one. I think they're both important. You  need both to be a really great book. But, to keep me interested, I think you need to have really great characters. I'm a big fan of characters.


Best I've read of 2010 Post 3

Along for the Ride

Why I Loved it? This was one of the more recent books I've read by Sarah Dessen. I started reading her books, and was enamoured. I LOVE the realities of teenage life that she portrays in her book. Although her books are cliche, they're a good cliche. Sometimes you just need a book like Along for the Ride. Too much unpredictable can be a bad thing. I really liked this one by her. I thought that it was different from her other ones. The insomnia was a really nice touch, especially since every teenager probably experiences insomnia at some point. I like how the two main characters, instead of sitting up in bed, went out on adventures. Of course, the fact that no parents found out about these adventures isn't very realistic, but whatever. I still loved this book.

Best I've Read of 2010 Post 2

Suite Scarlett

Why I Loved it? When this book was released, almost every book blogger was talking about how excited they were to read this, or how awesome it was. I wanted to read it, but I wasn't SO interested that I was going to go buy it. Until... I go to my library's annual booksale during finals (don't try this at home, kiddies). I'm browsing... and lo and behold, Suite Scarlett was in the teen section for a buck. I grabbed it and RAN. I kinda postponed reading it, since I had gotten a slew of other great books, but when I finally read it, I wished that I had read it early. All I knew about the book was that it was about this chick named Scarlett who had a cute haircut (on the cover, at least) and her family owned a hotel in NYC. When I read it, I was pleasantly surprised by the plot and the theater in it. I'm a huge fan of theater, acting and watching. I was really excited by the mentions of it in the book.

Suite Scarlett was a "suite" surprise.

Sorry... couldn't help it...

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Best I've read of 2010 Post 1

Beastly by Alex Flinn

Why I loved it? I'd been meaning to read Beastly for a while. I'm a big fan of fairy tales retold or modernized fairytales, so reading Beastly wasn't a choice as much as it was a, well, need. I had high expectations for it, but I was very happily surprised when I read it. I must admit, the first I had heard of it was the movie, starring Vanessa Ann Hudgens (I later found out that Neil Patrick Harris was in it too, which excited me.), who, well, I'm not a big fan of. I mean, she's a cliche Disney star. Whoopie. But... all images of Vanessa Hudgens fled from my mind as I got to know her character, Lindy. I couldn't, and still can't see, Vanessa Anne Hudgens as Lindy. Maybe that's because I kinda, uh, always see myself as the heroine in books.

In other words, I loved it.