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Thanksgiving Top Ten Tuesday Freebie!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 Geraldine Lee 0 Comments

It's been ages since I did this! I stopped blogging for a bit - focussed on my schoolwork, living life, etc. but yeah the allure of book blogging and this activity is just too hard to resist xD But yes, Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish, and, by golly, when I found out about it, I decided to join in on the fun! Every Tuesday, a new topic comes out for bloggers to post a list about. This week, it's a Thanksgiving freebie - something about books that also involves being thankful. 

Anyway, I don't really celebrate Thanksgiving where I'm from, but the idea of being thankful for the things you have is great, and definitely something that I try to do daily. This list will be a list of top ten books I'm grateful for
  1. Pride and Prejudice - After reading this book, I realised that the classics weren't so bad after all. Plus, watching the BBC miniseries afterwards wasn't too bad either... -swoons- 
  2. The Great Gatsby - I'm grateful that I was forced to read this in Year10. It really made me appreciate literature, and how much meaning literature can carry. 
  3. Wild Swans by Jung Chang -  This book explores 100 years of China's history, through the stories of three women, a grandmother, mother and daughter. It really started my interest in China's history :) 
  4. The Infernal Devices, The Last Hours, etc. by Cassandra Clare - A lot of people accuse Clare of milking the Shadowhunter world for money, and there may be some truth to that, but I'm thankful for all the series' she's writing, because at least it's better than a small tweet here and there about some miscellaneous thing in the world. 
  5. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde - I think this is the one book (well, a play really...) that got me back into reading. 
  6. Pearson Baccalaureate Chemistry Higher Level by Catrin Brown and Mike Ford - Honestly, this textbook will be the reason why I pass (and hopefully do well) in Chemistry! Lifesaver this year, this book was. 
  7. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling - I'm thankful that this series exists, because without it, there would not be the amazing Harry Potter fanfiction that exists today. 
  8. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini - This book opened my eyes to some of the injustces going on in this world, and I'm grateful that Hosseini conveys some important societal messages with this book
  9. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket - This series hooked me into reading. In hindsight, I don't love these books anymore, but I used to read a book in this series every month, and reread the books when I had polished through the series.
Keep reading and loving books!

The Calling (Endgame #1) by James Frey

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 Geraldine Lee 0 Comments

The Breakdown

  • The concept
  • Too many characters - leads to a lack of focus on some characters - Would definitely have loved to have seen more characters fleshed out!
Rating: 3.5 stars

The Calling, part of the Endgame series, is a fast-paced novel, which combines elements of action and science fiction into one novel.

For ten thousand years the lines have existed in secret. The 12 original lines of humanity. Each had to have a Player prepared at all times. They have trained generation after generation after generation. In weapons, languages, history, tactics, disguise assassination. Together the players are everything: strong, kind, ruthless, loyal, smart, stupid, ugly, lustful, mean, fickle, beautiful, calculating, lazy, exuberant, weak. They are good and evil. Like you. Like all.This is Endgame.

When the game starts, the players will have to find three keys. The keys are somewhere on earth. The only rule of their Endgame is that there are no rules. Whoever finds the keys first wins the game.

Will exuberance beat strength? Stupidity top kindness? Laziness thwart beauty? Will the winner be good or evil? There is only one way to find out.

People of Earth.
Endgame has begun

Before reading the book, when I looked at it in Goodreads, there were a couple of reviews that slandered it, and said that it was too much like The Hunger Games, without even reading the book. This book, whilst there are certain similarities (i.e. a competition involving young adults, 12 tribes/). there are so many differences between these books. For one, The Hunger Games preaches a societal message, whilst this book does not. Instead of just getting one character's perspective (i.e. Katniss's in The Hunger Games), readers get a whole plethora of characters' perspectives, which also really builds the tension. Most importantly, this book is a whole different genre to The Hunger Games, being a mould of science fiction and action, instead of a full-on dystopia.

My one complaint about this book would be with regards to the characters. For me, there were too many characters, and consequently, some were neglected. Most of the book is told from Jago, Chiyoko, An and Sarah's perspective, and I feel like it would have been great to see what the other characters were doing. I also have mixed feelings about the ending - I didn't realise what was going to happen until the last page, and when I did, I wasn't sure if there was any real purpose to the ending. I'm kind of rambling right now, but I just feel like the costs made in the climax wasn't impactful enough on me as a reader.

I'd definitely recommend this novel for fans of The 39 Clues series, especially the more mature fans. The 39 Clues books are very short, but this book is long, and would definitely be perfect for mature fans who breeze through the 39 Clues books easily. The Calling is a wonderful start to the Endgame series, and I can't wait to read more of it! :)

Keep reading and loving books,

The Teen Girl's Survival Guide by Lucie Hemmen

Sunday, November 01, 2015 Geraldine Lee 0 Comments

The Breakdown

  • It appeals to teenage girls - definitely some advice I would have given to my younger self! 
  • The quizzes were a bit cheesy for me haha xD but they were still fun! 
Rating: 4 stars
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Coming to the end of my high school years, I came across this book whilst procrastinating (I didn't want to keep studying for my final exams), and decided to give it a read and reflect on my high school years...

This is a typical guide book for teenage girls- but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. It's interactive and has exercises for girls to try, as well as quizzes at the end of every chapter/tip. There are also real high-school girls' experiences, which adds to the authenticity of the book. Hemmen gets straight to the point, and doesn't waffle around, which I found, made the book easy to read. 

Personally, I found that this book summarised my high school experiences. The tips contained in here were definitely things that I learned myself, and wished that there was someone who was around to tell me those tips earlier.

I think I would give this book 4 stars out of 5. Definitely a good book for any teenage girl!

Keep reading and loving books,