Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
The biggest reason I had trouble getting into this book was because the author simply told the story he didn't show it. I kept waiting to experience what the character was and it never really got there. I liked the characters and the story, the writing just seemed to lack. It started out great and interesting and then sort of died off. During the climax the tension increased and I think that's really the reason the book was enjoyable to read. If you are looking for a unique love story that you are able to walk away from on occasion, this is good brain candy for you.
Now, I think I need to go watch the movie!
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
The story was not only original, but the writing was spectacular. If the story doesn't draw you in the writing will. Atwood writes the way the main character is really thinking and you, as the reader, can't help but picture everything she sees with brilliant clarity. Disclaimer: Because this story is largely based on the fact that the main character is used only for her fertile organs, there are scenes that can be potentially disturbing to some readers. They are not long, it's the exactness of the language that may be disturbing.
My advisor had a list of books to read for my writer's workshop class. I had to choose one that was most like the style I read and write. Because I work a lot with dystopia (the opposite of utopia, for those of you who don't know) this book was the one I wanted to read. It really made me think a lot about the factors in an unstable society and it really made me think about my own writing. I've found another author whose writing I can aspire to.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
“I never begged you!” His face was even redder now.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
|I came out with this one too|
Friday, August 6, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Today, I would like to give a shout out to the music that inspires us all. If it weren't for the right song at just the right time I don't think I would get much of anything accomplished. Few ideas would float into my head, I would have fewer triggers to remember a good moment, and I know I would not enjoy life to the fullest. If it weren't for Paramore's song "Brick by Boring Brick," I don't know that I would've been able to write the piece of my story titled Butterfly Paints, because it reminded me of a childhood memory that suddenly was transformed into a story. Kelly Clarkson's "Whyyawannabringmedown" was the inspiration for the novel I happen to be working on right now. That song started a film in my brain and I had to put it to paper. It was knocking on my brain so hard that I couldn't ignore it and every time I hear it I write another piece to my story. Sometimes my brother will start randomly writing a song and it will trigger something. Today, Sia was very inspirational. It set the mood for what I was writing and I just kept flying through the words and loving every second of it. There are so many others that I would like to thank and there is so much more I would like to say regarding the inspiration of music but I'd be here all day. To sum up, music is art, art is a story and a story is what makes us who we are.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
On a different note, I finished yet another book. I devoured this one in just a couple of days. It is the second book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy. (The first book is Shiver.) It took a very interesting spin that I didn't expect. However, I wasn't really surprised by it. The first book hints at it and the reader knows it has to happen sooner or later. I loved the introduction of new points of view and grew to love those even more than the original characters. Maybe just because they're new... maybe. This book is very well written and seems almost poetic at times, just like the first one. Now, unfortunately, and as usual I am waiting for the third one. In the mean time, I think I will be picking up other books by Maggie Stiefvater. Happy reading!
Monday, July 19, 2010
A group of left wing Global Warming supporters are having trouble getting the public to believe that their political agenda actually exists. So what's the only thing that can be done? Create events to convince them. Sure lives will be lost, but that's a small price to pay for the sake of the Earth... right? Enter Peter Evans. In the beginning he is a believer until he meets a mysterious man that throws everything he believes out the window and has scientific evidence to prove it! The story keeps evolving and things get more and more exciting and complex. This is a book that really makes you think about who's running the show when it comes to Global Warming and even other political topics. I recommend this book, even if you do believe that Global Warming is a problem because the story-telling is pretty good and keeps you at the edge of your seat.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
This piece is a flashback to when the main character, Mina, is about 12 or 13 years old and her best friend, Luke, is about 14. Enjoy!
Friday, June 11, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
I also read Bitter is the New Black. It's a decent (and very humorous) memoir about the author Jen Lancaster who has an insatiable urge to spend money, not on anything, but on Prada, the best spa treatments and such. This isn't a problem until one day after 9-11 she loses her job and can't find another one. I have to admit that it was not the best book I've ever read, but I found myself enjoying it. It's probably the first really chick lit book I've read, and I do think that I will read more. They're happy and entertaining. Thanks Jernae! (Sophie Kinsella is still on my list!)
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
This is another one of those books that I could just live my life vicariously through. A love story just for the sake of being a love story. Honestly, I was better than I expected. The story is well thought out and I fell instantly in love with some of the characters.
If you want a book that is just a good fun read with a story about love that could change the world. This one is for you! I can't wait to dive into the next one!
Fallen by Lauren Kate
Monday, May 17, 2010
I just finished reading this book over the weekend and I must say that it deserves all the attention it's been getting especially the little gold sticker on the cover... the Printz Award. For those of you who don't know, it is the highest award a young adult novel can receive. Naturally, this award was what first drew me to this book. I read a sample chapter online to see what it was really like and I was hooked. Her writing in this novel is incredible.
Why it's noteworthy: It handles a serious subject in a funny and original way. It depicts high school life incredibly well for those who are numb to the good things in life or for those who feel like their family is a hinderance to who they are, and shows young adults that battles can be fought and won, just maybe not in the way they expected. What I like most about it is that it can teach young adults to live and love the best they can before it's too late. Life doesn't mean anything if you don't let it. Cameron, the main character, is numb to his surroundings and doesn't understand what he's missing in life until he is somewhat forced into a major change of heart.
Caution: I would recommend this book to older young adults, because language, drug use and sexual references.
Though it is not happy, this book has so much value for young adults, and that is why I recommend it.
If you want to know more about it, I would be more than happy to give you more information.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
I know, it's been forever since I have posted anything. I've been trying to write in the midst of finals and finding a new job. Needless to say, writing hasn't really been the priority. However, now that I'm no longer employed, I find myself writing again! Life has a funny way of working itself out, even if you don't think you're ready for it. There's just something that I was missing while I was working where I was and this is someone's way of saying, "You're not doing your job, so let me help you."
My yoga instructor also said something the other day that really hit home for me. She said that she was afraid to start teaching yoga because she felt like she wasn't good enough, or that she didn't have enough to offer. But, somewhere inside her she knew she had something to offer and knew that she just had to go for it. That's exactly how I felt about writing, and now I know that I just have to go for it! Ready or not! I have a lot to learn, but learning is achieved through practice, success and failure.
This is a story that I started working on as my final project for my literature class and I grew kind of fond of it and I'm excited to expand and keep working on it.
Here's a small sample titled: Kittens, Birds and Other Falling Things.
Once I dropped a kitten in the water just to see if it could swim. When it sank, I knew. Another time I climbed a tree to see a nest of baby birds. They didn't see me, so I picked one up just to let them know I was there. I heard once that baby birds don't always know when they're ready to fly, mama just makes them. Well, mama wasn't there so I assumed the role and let it go. The tiny shrill cry only lasted a couple of seconds. Baby birds aren't always ready to fly.
You can call me heartless all you want. I won't care. The only reason you would say this is if you didn't know my story. Sure, I could've been better, and yeah, I could've done worse. I settle for the middle. Call it fence-sitting, indecisive, numb… whatever. Most of the time it's better not to think about something too much before you do it. In all of these examples I've provided, a mere thought entered my head and I did it. I don't weigh consequences. Nothing turns out how you think it will anyway.
When I tested the kitten I was just curious. My friend's cat just had kittens and one of them wandered into my back yard. I sat on the swing set looking out over the pond wondering about fish and how they swim. People swim, ducks swim. Along comes kitty. You know the rest. No one ever asked me what happened, and if they did, I would've told them. There's no point in lying.
The birds? There isn't much to explain there. A few weeks after the kitten and the day before seventh grade, I climbed a tree by the same pond to see the birds. Baby bird jumped, I jumped off the other side. Dad mowed the lawn.
Friday, March 26, 2010
I don't usually write poetry but I thought I would share this anyway.
This poem came about while writing a notebook entry for my British Romantic Literature class. I know it is kind of depressing, but in the Romantic era there was a lot of focus on the emotions and exploration of everyday things. So, here's my little take on Romanticism.
I ran through the field of daisies
And stopped to pick one.
I knelt and admired the petals
Perfect and petite.
I pulled one petal off and shivered as I said,
"He loves me."
Then feared as I said that he didn't love me at all.
"He loves me."
I smiled once more.
And then a frown once again crossed my face.
I continued on in this pattern,
Of smiling and frowning.
When at last the final petal fell in my lap,
There wasn't a smile but giddy excitement that he loved me too!
In haste I picked another daisy.
And then another,
Each held the same good news.
I couldn't stop,
The news was intoxicating.
I sighed relief and placed a hand in my lap,
I felt what I had done.
The pillow of petals I had created
Was a crime I could not erase.
The field of white,
Now a place of broken stems.
The daisies had done nothing but let me pluck and pluck.
My heart sank and tears threatened.
Love had caused pain to the beautiful and pure.
Was this love I felt a thing of evil?
I knew not.
Pain mixed with my excitement
And the tears flowed freely onto the wilting petals.
I gathered the plucked daisies into my arms.
Sank down into the earth with
Pain as severe as my joy was full.
"He will love me not."
Only my pride fulfilled,
And my garden ruined.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
I am in love with my new little bookshelf! It was actually quite convenient as I am creating my literature collection and now all of you can actually see the books I've read. My literature collection will have a rating system all its own. This little shelf will be rated simply by how much I personally liked the book. My collection will have some deeper influences involved and actually rate the book according to stuff that counts (or at least what I think counts).
I've recently had a lot of people ask me for book recommendations and now you can see what I like, dislike and read because it meant something.
For anyone who wants to know what I'm reading right now…
So far, I love this book. It's another one that keeps me up at night because I can't stop reading.