Behold my shame, I’m failing my own challenge!! It’s July and I’ve only read 3/12 books from my bucket list. Shame, shame, shame! How have your bucket lists been going? Better than mine I hope.
For those not familiar with the challenge – as part of our Book Bucket List Challenge, I’m aiming to read 12 books which aren’t part of my normal review pile that I’ve been meaning to get to for a while. For more information or to sign up, click here
Book: Animal Farm by George Orwell
Publication Date: 1945
Why did you include it in your Book Bucket List?: Animal Farm is one of those classic books that you always hear people mention and seem to feel it’s an important book to read so I thought I’d see what all the fuss was about.
Was it worth it?: Yes.
Brief Thoughts: Though I was really wanting to read this book I was a bit worried that my knowledge of modern history, particularly on Russian/European politics was a bit too limited to fully appreciate the message of the story. However, when you think less about what everything is supposed to be a metaphor for and just take in the story, there’s still a really strong message about society, humanity and how power can corrupt.
The last paragraph really stood out for me and as I finished it I just thought “wow”.
Would you recommend it?: Definitely. I can see now why people consider it to be such an important text. Those who are history buffs, will really enjoy this one and probably understand all the hidden meanings. For those who like me generally shy away from classics, you’ll have no problem at all with this one. It doesn’t have that complicated feel that other classics do as far as the language is concerned – the complexity is in the story.
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It’s challenge time! I can officially cross another book off my Book Bucket List. As part of our Book Bucket List Challenge, I’m aiming to read 12 books which aren’t part of my normal review pile that I’ve been meaning to get to for a while.
Book: Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson
Publication Date: 1992
Why did you include it in your Book Bucket List?: This book had been leant to me by my best friend. She had read it as part of her gender studies unit at university. She really loved it and suggested I give it a try.
Was it worth it?: Ummm….it was worth it in the sense that, I always like reading books my friends like because I feel like I get to know them better through their literary tastes. It was an interesting book, not something I’ve read before so….was it worth it? sort of.?
Brief Thoughts: The main attraction of this book is that the gender of the main character is never revealed. Yep, it’s true, we never find out. This is the reason my friend studied it at uni because it’s meant to make you question why the character needs a gender, why do we need to categorize people etc etc. So in that regard, it made the story very interesting. (For the record, if I had to give the MC a sex, I’d say it was a man).
I know lots of people love this book but it just wasnt for me. The way it was written gave me the same reaction as when I try to read classics like Jane Austen – I just can’t do it. It’s like another language to me, it doesn’t make sense. The words start to blur together when the author goes on and on about some random, hypothetical and philosophical topic the characters is thinking of I get really bored until we get back to the main plot of the story. I admire people who can read those kinds of books and fully comprehend what they’re trying to convey, I envy them.
Would you recommend it?: Not to anyone too young, at least 18+. This book is not YA and discusses sex quite a lot (not in a crude way, but still, there is a lot of sexual non PG content). For those who love reading books that push our standard perceptions, question love, gender and relationship and who have the talent of comprehending any written text (including classics), then you’d enjoy this one.
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I can officially cross the first item off my Book Bucket List! As part of our Book Bucket List Challenge, I’m aiming to read 12 books which aren’t part of my normal review pile that I’ve been meaning to get to for a while.
Book: Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
Publication Date: July 2010
Why did you include it to your Book Bucket List?: When I first got the position as review for this site I had only just finished reading Shiver, and like everyone else, completely loved it. Linger was in one of the first boxes I received from publishers for review, only thing is, Nikki had already read, reviewed it and lined it up as our Book of the Month for July. So, there was no point in it being reviewed twice and I had plenty of books to get to so I put it off for months – till now!
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Was it worth it?: Yes
Brief Thoughts?: In general, I did really enjoy Linger but it didn’t have the same intensity as Shiver. The pace was a little slower and the love story wasn’t as prominent, which was what hooked me to begin with. 3.5 might seem like a low rating but when I think of it out of 10, a seven would be a fair score.
By the end of the book I LOVED Cole, which was a surprise, but I also found myself liking Sam less. He always seemed to be sad about something, first he was sad about being a werewolf, now he’s sad he’s not one since all his ‘family’ is, then he was sad about Grace, sad about Beck choosing Cole to be a wolf…just a lot of sadness. I found myself really agreeing with Isabel who tried to shake him out of it, saying he needed to step up.
Grace showed plenty of strength in this book when she faced quite a few obstacles, including her parents, but she faced them all boldly which was great to see. Isabel was as haughty as ever but let her guard down at times and developed even further as a character and a person becoming someone you could definitely sympathize with and really like.
Would you recommend it?: Yes – the second book in the series sets us up for the excitement of the last book, Forever, which is due out later this year.
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