A Bookworms Bookshelf

I read a lot, like most people that must be on this site, and much by accident, this blog came to life and now here I am, creating this blog. I'm also on a bunch of other sites as well so you can find me on them by clicking the links.

 

I like to use gifs a lot because they represent my feelings towards books a lot. I've read through a lot of reviews and as a result, I view books a little bit differently than how I used to. 

 

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Reading progress update: I've read 214 out of 343 pages.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - J.K. Rowling, John Kerr Tiffany, Jack Thorne

Scorpius is so precious, my baby, must be protected at all costs. The friendship between Scorpius and Albus is so pure, so healthy, so loving (and a lil gay let's be real here).

Reading progress update: I've read 351 out of 594 pages.

Thirst No. 1: The Last Vampire, Black Blood, and Red Dice - Christopher Pike

SHE FUCKING CRIES BLOOD SHE LEGIT CRIES BLOOD I CANNOT BELIEVE THIS THIS SO EMO I FEEL LIKE IM READING MY IMMORTAL ALL OVER AGAIN!!!!

Reading progress update: I've read 330 out of 594 pages.

Thirst No. 1: The Last Vampire, Black Blood, and Red Dice - Christopher Pike

these are the most lifeless characters i cannot they're so robotic

Reading progress update: I've read 276 out of 594 pages.

Thirst No. 1: The Last Vampire, Black Blood, and Red Dice - Christopher Pike

Ray has the personality of a rock and on top of this he serves literally no purpose like at all except to provide extremely unnecessary romance. Like honestly he should've just died his survival doesn't do anyone any good at all.

 

Sita just gets more aggravating with every page.

Reading progress update: I've read 172 out of 594 pages.

Thirst No. 1: The Last Vampire, Black Blood, and Red Dice - Christopher Pike

"He is like my child now, as well an my lover."

That's fucking creepy and pedophilic please stop.

Reading progress update: I've read 172 out of 594 pages.

Thirst No. 1: The Last Vampire, Black Blood, and Red Dice - Christopher Pike

ITS BEEN 3 DAYS HOW HAVE YOU FALLEN IN LOVE IN 3 DAYS? HOW COULD YOU THROW AWAY THE PROTECTION OF GOOD YOUVE HAD FOR FIVE THOUSAND YEARS FOR SOME CRUSTY BOY YOU JUST MET THIS IS SO STUPID.

Reading progress update: I've read 114 out of 594 pages.

Thirst No. 1: The Last Vampire, Black Blood, and Red Dice - Christopher Pike

wow that plot twist totally wasn't obvious

Reading progress update: I've read 5 out of 594 pages.

Thirst No. 1: The Last Vampire, Black Blood, and Red Dice - Christopher Pike

It's only the first page and this already sounds pretentious as fuck you'd think the main character was some fedora wearing meninist instead of a girl

Reading progress update: I've read 410 out of 454 pages.

Scarlet - Marissa Meyer

Every time the story goes back to Kai I get distracted because I picture him like this

and that's very distracting

Reading progress update: I've read 302 out of 448 pages.

The Rivals of Versailles: A Novel (The Mistresses of Versailles Trilogy) - Sally Christie

i am disturbed to say the least

Reading progress update: I've read 138 out of 284 pages

The Princess Diaries - Meg Cabot

Lilly was not this irritating in the movie I'm glad Mia told her to shut up because I was about to start yelling and oh my god Mia is so blind to the fact that Michael has a crush on her.

The Princess Diaries - Meg Cabot

Reading progress update: I've read 84 out of 283 pages.

Reading progress update: I've read 195 out of 400 pages.

Remembrance - Meg Cabot

holy shit i did not see that coming, although in hindsight i probably should have since it was fairly obvious to figure out but i was just not quick enough to put it together.

Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness and the Congo Diary - Joseph Conrad

Let’s get right down to it folks: I hate this book. I hate it with a burning passion, and I’m experiencing severe dislike for my English teacher for making me read this pile of shit. She’s a lovely lady, but I don’t understand why she hates me because there’s no other reason as to why she would make me suffer through this book.

 

I know that this is considered to be some great literary masterpiece, and in the words of my teacher, an existentialist novel but watching paint dry is more interesting than this novella.

 

I’ve read a lot of books that were written in the 1900s or set in the 1900s and dealt with racism but none of those books have made me nearly as uncomfortable as Heart of Darkness did. I know, I know, racism is a thing but that doesn’t make me any less uncomfortable by the amount of times the n word was used throughout this novel, or the many times where black people are referred to as “savages,” “enemies.”

 

Moving beyond that, after reading this entire book, word for word, page for page, I cannot tell you not onething about it beyond what my teacher talked about in class. After reading one entire page, I couldn’t tell you what happened on that page. There is a problem here when I can’t tell you what a book is about after reading it. I have no recollection of any of the events that happened in this book.

 

The story didn’t really go anywhere, there wasn’t a point to it, it was just Marlow talking about an adventure that he had which nobody asked to listen to in the first place. By the end of the story, I don’t think anybody on the ship with Marlow, besides the other narrator, even listened to what he said. I know I’m supposed to care about the events that occur and all the symbolism and stuff, but I couldn’t bring myself to care at all.

This is supposed to be deep and meaningful because it talks about human nature and the darkness in our hearts and yada yada yada but I don’t care.

 

I locked myself up in my room for days on end so that I could focus on this novella and absorb it and understand it, and I cannot tell you what happens in this story. I can’t believe trees actually died so this piece of shit work could be printed on it.

At the Edge of Empire

The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Volume One: At the Edge of Empire - Daniel Kraus

This is the type of book where it's either your cup of tea, or it isn't. I personally enjoyed this book very much, from the writing, to the characters, I thought it was really interesting.

The main complaint with this book is that it dragged on and didn't go anywhere, and I can understand why. The purpose of this story is to tell the life of Zebulon Finch, as narrated by Zebulon himself. It takes you from his childhood, to when he ran away from home, to him becoming a gangster and so on.

I enjoyed the writing of the novel, as well as the pace. With the exception of Zebulon getting extremely horny every once in a while at the sight of an attractive girl, there wasn't any purple prose, there was enough to paint a picture and keep things interesting. Zebulon's narration of his life was witty and honest, he didn't sugarcoat anything, even if it meant showing him in a bad light.

Every person that Zebulon meets serves a purpose in shaping in his character, and all of these people come back to him throughout his life and change it again. Every character in the story is different, has different personalities and stands out, I was actually able to remember them throughout the story. Sometimes these characters turned out to be exactly how you thought they would be, and sometimes they were a surprise and turned out to be someone completely different.

I liked the fact that the story actually acknowledges that Zebulon breaks every law of science and actually makes an attempt to discover as to how Zebulon is still functioning even though he is dead. The story doesn't ignore the fact that Zebulon's body is decaying because he is dead, how the sun and hot lights affect him, how he looks compared to everyone else.

Not every character that is introduced in the story is meant to be liked, in fact, most of them are terrible people, and yet, I didn't find myself hating them the same way that I have a burning hatred for two dimensional characters in other novels. You could understand them, for example, the Barker, he was a terrible man, but it was hard to hate him. He was struggling to survive, just like everyone else was, he did what he had to in order to survive. Zebulon himself isn't a very likeable person to begin with, and yet throughout the story, I didn't find myself necessarily liking him, but I could understand him as well as why he did the things that he did. He tried to right his wrongs throughout the novel, he tried to become a better person despite the fact that he failed continually. Every character in this book changed in some way, whether it was for the better or for the worse, they changed, and personally, I felt the character arcs were perfect.

The situations that Zebulon found himself in were especially interesting, so interesting that I had to plan time to read this book because once I started I couldn't stop reading. It's not everyone's cup of tea, but I would recommend giving it a shot just to see if you're interested.

Reading progress update: I've read 6 out of 319 pages.

Tempted - Kristin Cast, P.C. Cast

Why am I torturing myself again? Why have I picked up this series again? Why didn't I just stop at book 5?

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