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World War Z

DISCLAIMER: It’s not like the movie at all!

Thank you for joining me in the longest four day week ever! Having only a Wednesday off really is messing me up!

Once again, I apologize for the lack of posts, but with this post, I bring good news! I ACTUALLY read. Like, reading is becoming enjoyable again! Yay! You know what that means?! The medicine is getting better!

ANYWAY, sorry to go off track, but if you’ve read any posts of mine before, you know it just kind of happens. So, as you can tell from the title, this post is about World War Z.

Let me set the scene of my life when I read this novel:

  1. It was dark
  2. My fiancé was out of town
  3. I had just moved to the bottom floor apartment
  4. I read this during moving weekend – yes, I read all of it over moving weekend.

So, under all these circumstances, I am fully allowed to say IT WAS SCARY! Notice, I haven’t said whether I liked it or not? I loved it! If I’m feeling emotion about characters, that’s good writing! (This is how you know JK Rowling writes amazingly since everyone hates Professor Umbridge with a burning passion).

I know I’m late to the game with this novel, but I’m definitely glad I got around to it. It’s set up as a series of interviews of people who survived the War.

If you like zombies or being scared, don’t waste anymore time. Go get this book!

PS: If you want to see a picture of an adorable dog licking the book, check out my instagram: @kelso.gatz

Alexander Hamilton: Graphic Novel

“The ten dollar founding father without a father got a lot farther by working a lot harder, by being a lot smarter, by being a self-starter…”

Any Hamilton fans?! One of my personal favorites – although my favorite character/historical figure isn’t Hamilton (yes, I know he’s done a lot great things! And he is great!); my favorite is Hercules Mulligan. When the story of Alexander Hamilton is told, Mulligan occasionally gets mentioned, but look him up! He was AWESOME! I could type an entire article about Mulligan, but the novel was about Hamilton.

Now, I don’t know where you are in your opinion of “is a graphic novel literature?” My vote is that it can be. There is a difference between a graphic novel and a comic book. One of the distinguishing features (remember, all of this is my opinion!) is colors; graphic novels are typically muted colors or even black and white. Comic books tend to have pretty bright colors. I wanted to point this out because I’ll probably be reading another graphic novel soon – seriously, if you have any suggestions, let me know!

After his musical came out, Alexander Hamilton has become all of the rage in historical figures, which is understandable since he created so. many. things. There have been many, many biographies about him lately, but when I saw that there was a graphic novel, I was so excited!

However, this novel was pretty confusing at times. The images of the characters aren’t very distinguishable; the author does way more telling than showing – what I mean by this is that the characters’ dialogue wasn’t necessary to read, and there were paragraphs of tiny text to fill you in on the history. The novel definitely should have been at least a hundred more pages – cramming an entire life into a graphic novel with less than 200 pages is insanity! So I guess my biggest complaint is that there weren’t enough pages… and I wouldn’t have minded more of Hamilton’s victories!

Inchor

Good morning, folks! I hope you all are having a great week, and, guess what! It’s almost Friday! This week has most certainly been chugging along.

This review is very special to me in a way that the others are not: I was actually in communication with the poet! We talked about her poetry, of course, and I had mentioned that her collection was actually already in my cart on Amazon – guys. I felt pretty cool.

This collection, Inchor, was so meticulously done. Aladea put so much thought into every detail. She explains the title, cover, and herself. She cares greatly about her readers. I was taken aback when I was reading the introduction and conclusion.

The poetry itself is very modern. Stark and raw. But what I really like that Aladea does is that there is a vagueness that allows the reader to make his or her own connections. Of course, you also read the hurt she’s felt and if you haven’t felt the hurt she describes, you can definitely comprehend how someone in that position feels.

For those of you who never ever write in your books, please avert your eyes. This collection really allowed me to make connections. I honestly couldn’t stop thinking of each poem’s meaning, because they mean so many things! Being a visual person (definitely comes from years of reading), I had to make my own notes:

Like usual when I discuss poetry, I’m only posting a few pictures! You need to read this collection in order to make these poems your own, along with Aladea.

And I put this one on because it’s literature about coffee, and who can’t enjoy that?!

 

Manhattan Beach

Welcome, or welcome back, folks!

This book. I honestly don’t know how to feel about this book. The plot was so great in theory: a girl whose dad disappears out of nowhere and set during World War II. Both of these mentioned in the summary had me so excited for the book. The first, oh, 150 were pretty solid, and then, out of nowhere, the book slowly becomes just okay. Once again, I was very sad because of the promising plot.

I never really felt any certain way about the main character, Anna. She was likable, but I didn’t think she was lovable.

I’ll be honest; I have very high standards of two things: 1. Characterization (which is definitely from being an ex-English teacher) and 2. Ending.

Characterization was there, but not on a personal level.

Ending. Well ending is a different story. If you ask anyone remotely close to me how particular I am about endings, you’d get an eye roll and an irritated tone. (It took me a literal week to figure out how I felt about the ending of the newest Great Gatsby movie). So the ending: were things resolved? Yes. Were they to my satisfaction? Not really. And I honestly don’t know why because it’s not a “happy ever after” (zero spoiler!) which is what I like. But it was also a happy ever after. Basically, everything gets somewhat resolved. I just wasn’t a huge fan.

If you can’t tell, It’s been over a week since I’ve finished it, and I’m still going back and forth!

Honestly, I can’t recommend it or not recommend it. I gave it 3 stars on Goodreads (if we aren’t friends on Goodreads, let’s be friends!) and I’m sticking to staying right in the middle. This is a novel that you will have to read yourself to decide.

One of Us is Lying

As the holidays get closer and closer, my free time is dedicated to driving seven hours back home to visit family. I had to go this weekend and I have to go next weekend! Oh yes. Lots of driving. Because this book has went through travel, this poor book has been lost and coffee got spilled on it!

Anyway!

One of Us is Lying is a YA novel about an allergic reaction that actually turns out to be… a murder?!

It is told in four different perspectives; each of the four characters narrating are the suspects. Karen McManus sticks to the high school stereotypes: the jock, the prom queen, the “nerd”, and the burnout. The kid who dies is the kid that runs the school gossip site. It turns out that he knows all of their secrets, and as far as the cops know, that’s their motive!

The story has a lot of twists and turns and you end up trusting no one! With the constant change in narration, there’s always a cliff hanger and the end of each character’s turn.

Recommendation: If you like YA, read it. It’s pretty good! It’s a fun concept (maybe I shouldn’t use the word fun about a murder…); no, enjoyable, yeah, let’s say enjoyable.

The Noel Diary

Disclaimer: this post is going to get a little personal.

So even though I haven’t posted a million reviews on here, you can kind of pick up on the fact that my reading preferences were thrown to the wind when I bought this novel. Which, it kind of was.

You see, my mother and I aren’t talking, and she struggles with emotions. So obviously Christmas this year is going to be pretty hard. The first part of the synopsis on the novel says “Bestselling romance author Jacob Churcher hasn’t been home for almost twenty years – not since his mentally ill mother kicked him out of the house when he was sixteen.” When I read that, I picked up the novel and expected great things. Expected a quality novel? Eh. I expected this novel to give me insight and mend my relationship with my mother. But it didn’t. The only thing that is going to do that is my mother swallowing her pride.

Okay, back to the actual novel. I liked the novel on a pretty shallow level, and there were parts that I really liked. But the romance in this story was a little unnecessary. It was almost shoved into the novel like an afterthought.

The main character, Jacob, comes home to his mother’s house, basically to confront his past. While doing this he meets an old neighbor who becomes the voice of reason/wise and mysterious old lady who says some things that really throws you off and creates the curiosity within Jacob. Then this girl, Rachel, shows up at the front door and then boom. The romance starts. See? Super sudden. The novel is focused on Jacob and discovering his past, but then the Rachel comes in and she leads him to a discovery that he wouldn’t have gotten to without her.

If you couldn’t tell, I’m always super indecisive when it comes to romance novels. I’m not anti-romance; I’m almost anti-happily ever after.

I finished this novel two days ago and I’m still this wishy-washy. My apologies!

Go get lost in some pages.

No Judgements, Please!

Okay, okay. Let’s get one thing straight: I will ALWAYS prefer real books… not electronic. The shuffle of pages and the smell is delightful to my senses. However, with my current job, I don’t always have time to go to Barnes & Noble, but I feel a tad empty without a book to read, so I had to improvise this morning.

As I was researching books to read, I stumbled upon Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang; this appears to be her debut novel. I looked at her Goodreads profile and we seem to like similar things, so I think I’m going to like the novel! I was reading reviews that people had read, and they were very mixed and wishy-washy. So I had to find out for myself what this book holds.

I was able to read the first few/several pages and have come across these quotes one seems to be a theme in the novel; the other is for my pure enjoyment:

“‘What’s your name?’ he asked. ‘I love hearing what different people are called. Someday, I’d like to meet someone by every single name.'”

And this quote just makes me smile: “My wife once said she’d had a better conversation with a donkey, but she agreed to marry me, anyway, because I was a good listener and was slightly better looking.”

I will keep you updated! …and I’ll probably go and by the real life version in my free time; if that exists!

Go lose yourself in your pages!