Wednesday, January 27, 2016

UPDATE!!!

YAY!!! Update! So, I've been reading "Landline" by Rainbow Rowell. I LOVED "Eleanor & Park," so much so that I HAD to read another Rainbow Rowell book. So far, it's pretty good. I'm not too far into it. I have a TON of schoolwork, and it's killing my reading time. BUT...I'm hoping to have it finished by next week. So look out for my full review here.

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Ok, there's my update. I'm also considering a BookTube account, so if that would be interesting to any of you, let me know. I might just do that!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

ELEANOR & PARK is a young adult romance by bestselling author Rainbow Rowell. This story follows Eleanor and Park, two high school misfits who find friendship and love in each other. Eleanor is an overweight red-head, who wears men's clothes. Park is an Asian boy who loves comic books and music. Although Eleanor and Park have a rocky start, the reader watches as Eleanor and Park find comfort and belonging in each other. Furthermore, the reader is able to watch this beautiful relationship blossom.

This novel is just absolutely adorable. There really isn't a better word to describe it. From now on, when I think of "Eleanor & Park," the first words that come into my mind are: cute, adorable, sweet. And it's true. The story is so compelling due to its cuteness. It brings about a sort of nostalgia for the reader's own first true love.

The characters are wonderful. They're so well-developed, and with every turn of the page, the reader learns a little bit more about each of them. Eleanor is a troubled girl, and she has a tendency to be melancholy and snippy. But she has a good heart, and Park is able to see the best in her. And, as the story heats up, we learn more and more about why Eleanor is the way she is. She's never felt real love in her life, and she has trouble responding to Park's unconditional love for her. Furthermore, she has trouble reciprocating this love. Park, on the other hand, has always known love. He grew up in a loving household, with parents who never had a problem showing their love for him and each other. At times, he had a hard time understanding why Eleanor was so withdrawn, but as the story goes on, he understands. Furthermore, I loved how I saw each character grow as the story developed. They each became better people because of the other, as is seen in any good relationship.

I have to say, I LOVED the ending. I know there were a lot of mixed feelings about it, but I thought it was brilliant. I have mixed feelings about open-ended endings, but this one was perfect! It left it up to the reader to decide what the meaning was. I'm not going to talk about it too much, but I thought it was great!

Rating: 5/5 for a cute first love young adult novel. There's so much hope and love and cuteness in this book. Rowell is able to perfectly capture the essence of first love and what it's like to be young and in love.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

THE OPPOSITE OF LONELINESS is a collection of award winning writer Marina Keegan's short stories and essays. Although it is difficult to discuss the book as a whole, I can honestly say I loved all the stories. I read many negative reviews about this book before I read it. They mostly were concerned with the fact that she sounded so much like a young writer and they weren't understanding what all the hype was about. However, in my opinion, I understand what all the hype was about. Yes, you could tell it was written by a 20-something-year-old, but that was the point. She was a young writer who wanted to sound like a young writer. She wanted to have her own voice. Furthermore, there was so much promise to her writing. She was talented as was, but that would have only continued to grow. Reading this book was kind of a sad experience, in all honesty. There was so much unintentional foreshadowing. But...It's still a good read.

I loved how I was able to relate to almost all of her stories. I was able to relate to her characters, and the plot lines, for the most part, were interesting. Maybe it was easier for me to relate to her stories due to the fact that I am a college student myself, but I would still recommend it to people older than me.

I also really enjoyed that many of her essays were full of optimism and positive messages. They're really inspiring, for people of all ages. Her messages of hope and love were written seamlessly into her writings. In fact, when I get down about school and what I'm doing (or not doing) with my life, I will probably pull out this book for inspiration, motivation, and putting my mind at ease.

Now, for the most difficult part. Was I able to separate the fact that she tragically died at such a young age from her writing and judge this book objectively? I think I was. I mean, she was a very talented writer. I have to admit that sometimes some of the writing was especially difficult to read because of the fact that she died so young. For example, one of her short stories, "Cold Pastoral" deals with how young college students deal with the loss of a classmate's death. It is a haunting story to begin with, but when you add in Keegan's own death, it becomes even more so. But, it doesn't take the fact that she died so young to see that Keegan had so much talent and was probably going to be a famous writer.

Rating: 5/5 for a very well put-together collection of short stories and essays by Marina Keegan. I felt emotional attachment to characters, loved the story lines, and enjoyed Keegan's young writing style. Furthermore, I loved the positive messages included in all the writings. It is such a tragedy that we will not be able to read more from this promising, young writer. However, since she left such a beautiful collection behind, I recommend everyone take a little time and read her inspiring stories.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Update!

So, I know I haven't posted any book reviews lately. I have been keeping up with my "A Book A Day Keeps the Doldrums At Bay" page, which you should definitely check out. But I decided to just give an update. I'm currently reading "The Opposite of Loneliness" by Marina Keegan. If you don't know her story, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Yale University in 2012. She died right after her graduation in a car accident, when her boyfriend fell asleep at the wheel. This book is a collection of her writing. She was set to start her postgraduate career at The New Yorker.

There was a lot of hype surrounding this book, but I heard several bad reviews, so I'm going to read it and decide for myself. Have any of you read it? If so, what did you think?


Friday, January 8, 2016

FOLLOW ME!

So, I just recently got an Instagram account. Follow me at: thebabblingbookie17. I'm updating pictures of what I'm reading and going to read, along with just pictures of books, quotes, and anything else that seems fitting!

Friday, January 1, 2016

GOODREADS 2016 READING CHALLENGE

DON'T FORGET!!! You can sign up to participate in Goodreads' annual reading challenge. You just set a goal for how many books you want to read this year and log them into Goodreads as you finish them. So proud to say that I set my goal for 2015 and completed it! Good luck :)