Sunday, May 28, 2017

Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets (H.P.#2) by J.K. Rowling

Series/Trilogy/Stand-Alone, etc: Series [2nd book]
Release DateJuly 2, 1998
Page Count: 341
Genre(s)YA/Teen, Fiction, Fantasy, Magic, Childrens
Date(s) Read: 5/22-5/29/17
Rating Book: 5/5 Audio: 5/5 (Read by: Jim Dale)

I do believe that this one is my favorite so far. I found myself more interested in what was going on compared to The Sorceror's Stone. And I did like the previous, I just liked this one more. 

There isn't a whole lot that I can say that most do not already know, so, I won't drag this out with describing too much of what I liked about it. All of my faves are still my faves: Hagrid, Ron, Dumbledore but now, I have a new one. Dobby. I found him a bit of a pain but ever so cute and hilarious! Yes, I understood why he was a pain and I guess that wasn't his fault seeing that he did things for a particular reason. I do hope to see him in other stories (do not give me any type of spoilers. At All! Not even the smallest of spoilers. I like going into majority of my books blind). I'd like to be able to have his wit throughout some stories. 

There was one part I found hilarious but because they may seem kind of spoiler'ish and, well, for the rare few, like myself, who haven't read this series yet, I don't want to give any type of spoiler either, as, that drives me nuts. Which is why I don't read too many reviews before reading a book because the slightest thing can spoil me. But for those that have read them and have a good memory, I can just give one name and just think about towards the end of the book. Lockhart! I got a kick out of that one. 

Well, I guess I have run out of things to say for this book or maybe I'm just tired. So, I will hush my rambling and carry on. 😂

Tex by S.E. Hinton

                                                                Goodreads Summary

Series/Trilogy/Stand-Alone, etcStand Alone
Release DateJanuary 1, 1979
Page Count224
Genre(s)YA/Teen, Fiction, Classics, Coming of Age, Historical, Academic/School
Date(s) Read: [Finished] 5/28/17 
Rating 5/5

(Initially started this book in January but put it down and finally picked it back up to finish it this month)

This was a book that I thoroughly enjoyed. I only put the book down initially because I just wasn't in the mood for it at that time and I didn't want to try to force myself to finish it then having that to affect how I felt about the book. 

There was just something about Tex that I loved. He wasn't a stupid "kid", just, innocent. That innocence sometimes got him into situations he shouldn't have been in. He had a very good heart  about him & sweet. As the story went on and he began dealing with a lot of different things, he was able to learn from them and many times, stand up and handle it. He didn't seem to "run" from much but was smart enough to know when it was time to step away from a situation. Although, there was one particular person/place/thing that was hard for him to walk away from (I put it that way as to not give away too much just in case someone has yet to read it). He had a strong love for horses, especially his own. A very smart horse at that. They seemed to have a real understanding of each other. It appears that he had a great understanding of horses period.

Much of her books seem to have a lot of the same type of plot & characters. Absentee, addict and/or abusive parent(s) (not necessarily all of the above at the same time. Some may be just absentee or died. Another may be an addict of something, etc). A smart teen (high school age usually. About 11th or 12th grade) or young adult (18+) is ready to get out of the small down and do something different. Not wanting to be stuck.

Then, others, who don't mind being in the small town. They always find the positive in everything about the town. They would be happy being right there for the rest of their lives and/or if they choose to leave, fine, if not, fine. But, I always find myself loving the characters. The one who may be hardest on everyone, by the end of the book, you realize why they are so hard on them.

I remember seeing previews for the movies for her books when I was growing up but never watching them (this was in the 1980's). So, when I saw That Was Then, This Is now in the library, I picked it up & read it, not really expecting to enjoy it but hoping I would at least be able to get through it. Well, here I am 3 books later and she is now a new favorite author.

I own this one, Rumble Fish (not yet read) and The Outsiders. I hope to buy That Was Then, This Is Now soon (already read). There is another book by her [Taming The Star Runner], that I was not sure if I will read or not, I am still some what unsure but I am now really considering it even more. I have to look up the summary for that one again soon.

After I finished reading That Was Then, This Is Now, I went to watch the movie, I thought it was okay, but not a favorite. Maybe it's just because I am not really a big movie person anymore. One day, I may go and try to watch Tex & The Outsiders, but I won't push it.


This Gives Some Idea On How I Do My Ratings (and much of it goes by FEELINGS when I close the books)

5/5-Loved it. Amazing. Very few flaws, if any. *Potential favorite* 

4-4.5/5: Really, Really Liked it and/or loved it with just a few flaws. *Still has the potential to be a favorite*

3-3.5: Enjoyed it but wasn't great. Even more flaws than the previous rating

2-2.5/5: I only finished it to know how it ended. May have scanned a bit.

1-1.5/5: DNF'd it and I borderline hated it or, I flat out hated it. Chances are, I just scanned it/skipped chapters and/or read the ending. IF I did even that much. 

0/5: If I don't rate it/Zero rating, I may be considering sending the author a tweet or email telling them to stop writing! (No, I wouldn't be that cruel, but once I get to 1.5 and lower, that might be my mindset lol)

Monday, May 22, 2017

Throne of Glass (T.O.G. #1) by Sarah J. Maas

                                                       Summary from Goodreads (Opens in new window)

Series/Trilogy/Stand-Alone, etc: Series
Release DateMay 7, 2013
Page Count404
Genre(s): Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy
Date(s) Read: 4/12/17-5/22/17
Rating: 3/5

It took me this long to read it because I am still struggling to read, but also, I just wasn't feeling this book much. Maybe it was because of my lack of wanting to read, I'm not quite sure. 

It wasn't horrible at all. I actually love many of the characters. And naturally, I have one that I want Celaena to be with, although I do like both. I just think one is more naturally suited to her than the other (those who read the first book, may know who). And of course, seeing that this is the first book, things may change, I don't know, but that one, I do love him so. 

It took me a bit to really start liking Celaena, but once her personality really started to come out, the more I began to like her. By the end of the book, I began to see why people like her so much. I keep seeing people call her "bad-a**" and I kind of see that, maybe I will see more of it when I go on to book two (which I own). Whether I go on after that, I don't know. I will determine that after I read book two. Not sure when I will get to the second book but hopefully I will get to it before the end of the year. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

The First Wife: A Tale Of Polygamy by Paulina Chiziane

                                                     Summary (Opens in New Window)

Series/Trilogy/Stand-Alone, etcStand Alone
Release Date: July 26, 2016 (First published 2002)
Page Count: 494
Edition: Paperback
Genre(s)Women's Fiction, Culture-Africa, Feminism
Date(s) Read: 5/3/17-5/19/17
Rating 4.5/5   

This book was originally written in Portuguese by Paulina Chiziane then translated by David Brookshaw.

I happened to be walking around my favorite little used book store, Julia's Coffee & Books, then I happen to see this little short green book (short in height, not pages of course. As noted above). I take the book, along with others I had picked up along the way to look through. I finally get to this one, read a few pages and notice it's written almost poetically, and, it was beautifully written! Well, although I debated back and forth whether I wanted to get this book or not, there was just something that would not let me put this book back. I knew there was a chance of it making me mad and at some points, it did, but it wasn't always what I thought it would be. It was the wife, Rami, that sometimes made me mad with her going back and forth about what she should do. The more I read, the more I began to realize the why of why she did what she did and believed how she did. 

The culture and beliefs of men and women of the area, held a lot of beliefs many of us, in many parts of the world are just not used to seeing. We know it exists, but when you actually see or read about it, sometimes, reality just slaps you in the face and this book is that slap! 

The reason I gave this book a 4.5/5 stars is because some things were quite repetitive and could have been left out. Much of it seemed like it was just fillers and I found myself getting frustrated for those reasons and part of the reason it took me so long to get through it and why I kept getting bored. The other reason? Well, I am still not in much of a reading mood. I just read when I felt like it, some days I read more than others. Sometimes, I may only read a paragraph or a page then close the book and wouldn't pick it up for a couple of days. 

Saying all of that, I do think this is my favorite book of the year. Not because it was giving all the wonderful feels that normally favorite books give but because it made me think about my own life in some areas. Opened my eyes to other things that go on in this world or, maybe help me to remember/realize, things in our country aren't perfect, women sometimes get treated like dirt and we still have a long, long, long way to go, we have also come a long way as well (and not just with women's rights but also in race relations & human rights as a whole). That, dear people, is why I have to put this down as one of my favorites! Anything that can make me realize things about myself and how things could be better or worse, is a great reason to add it to My Favorite Things/Reads!

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