Monthly Archives: April 2012

Pearl in the Dirt

I feel the need to write a short little post! This has nothing to do with books, but who cares? I feel the need to share this!

I have been having a hard time for the past few weeks. Every student hates late April/ early May the most out of the whole year! Exam prep, a lot of extra stress, tests way too often and trying to cram a boatload of material into a couple weeks! That, and ever since Spring Break ended I’ve had trouble getting into the groove of things.

Keeping that in mind, I was really looking forward to the weekend. Friday was going way too slow, and I felt on edge and couldn’t concentrate. Hurrying through a ridiculously crowded hallway, feeling very grumpy, and definitely not in the mood for anything. All of a sudden I noticed a little pile of dirt near the wall, and was disgusted until I realized that there was a pearl sitting in the middle of it. I really wish I had taken a picture of it! I will if it is still there tomorrow… but you get the idea. For some reason, this little thing really spoke to me. Something as small as a fake pearl sitting in a pile of dirt in my disgusting school (which I love, but is surely infested with cockroaches and possibly rodents) reminded me that I am lucky. I am healthy, I have an easy life, and a bright future ahead of me! There are so many people that are less fortunate- who am I to complain about school being tough and stupid classes?

It seems kind of preachy, but I just wanted to use this little thing to remind everyone that it always gets better. Not only are we lucky, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel!

Count your blessings, my friends. It really puts things in perspective! 🙂

Olivia

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Book Review- Before I Fall

If you follow me on Twitter, you probably saw that I read this book yesterday. Devoured is a better word! I had a gut feeling that I would enjoy this book- and I was so right!

Before I Fall is about a teenager named Samantha Kingston who has everything. She does normal popular-girl high school things like parties, etc, but one night on the way home from a party, Sam and her friends get in a car crash. Sam dies that night, but she wakes up the next morning- or the previous morning anyway. She relives the day she dies 7 times. Every day is different, and she has to decide why this is happening to her. Is she supposed to save her own life?

This book examines a lot of big questions in a subtle and bearable way- life after death, popularity, relationships…. I would say that I loved this book, but I didn’t. I really liked it, I would probably read it again, but it’s not one of my favorites. I think the subject matter in this book kind of turned me off. I am not a huge fan of death (obviously!)but also lots of drugs, drinking, smoking, and crazy parties. There was just a huge amount of these things and they were impossible to ignore because they showed up on almost every page.

I did like the realistic voice of Sam, she has the same feelings and worries as the typical teenage girl. You could say that this is a bad thing (and it sort of is at the beginning) but by the end, she is way more deep than you expect.

I think this is a book every young adult fan should read! Now I really want to read Delirium and I downloaded a sample on my Kindle! As always I’ll keep you posted- I should be getting a bunch of good books into the library soon! I’m already tingling with anticipation 🙂

Happy Reading!

Olivia

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Movie Review- The Lucky One

Despite my recent lack of reading (I haven’t picked up a book not for school in about 4 days *GASP*) I did see The Lucky One in theaters yesterday! I admit I had high hopes for the movie, because

a.) The book was great.

b.) Zac Efron is very hansome.

and c.) Overall, I like Nicholas Sparks!

Maybe I set my hopes too high, but I didn’t like this movie as much as I thought I would. It isn’t a movie that I would watch over and over, but I would recommend it!

If you want a synopsis of the book/ movie, click here.

Moving on the real stuff. Part of the reason that I waited until today to post this movie review instead of writing it yesterday is that I wasn’t quite sure of my opinion of this movie at first. To be honest, I still can’t totally make up my mind. But mostly, I enjoyed this movie.

As with all movies, certain sacrifices had to be made to fit the events into a short-(ish) run time. However, I felt like too many important events were skipped! There were many parts that I felt should have been included, but weren’t. I expected it to be closer to the book than it was. Although I can say that it could stand alone as a good movie if you hadn’t read the book, and that is always a plus!

Whatever happened to all of Nicholas Sparks’ books being set in North Carolina? I mean, really? Hampton, Louisiana? Jambalaya night instead of taco night? Whyyyyyyyyy!!

Compared to the book, my friend and I both agreed that they squished the first half of the book into a 20 minute segment, and then drew the rest out for another hour and 20 minutes! I realize that the first half is a little boring, and quite frankly romance free, but it seems unfair to the book.

The rest of the movie was great! The actors wear wonderful- although I wish Clayton had been portrayed in a more negative light. It was a quick way to pass a rainy day, and I can see why they call this a date movie. It is very romantic and can get sappy in places, but it still kept that unpredictability that surprised me in the book. The end was great, just like in the book. I recommend this book to those who appreciate a romance, but if not then this probably isn’t for you. 🙂

I finished Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen about a week ago. I don’t plan on writing a review of it, but if you want one tell me below. It was awesome, by the way! And I watched A Walk to Remember this afternoon! It made me cry, of course. But it still rocked! Definitely need to read the book now…. 😉

Have fun reading and movie- watching, everyone!

Olivia

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30 Day Book Challenge: Day 27-Favorite fiction book

I have finally decided to pick back up and finish my 30 Day Book Challenge! It’s been a while.

All of my followers know that I LOVE Tahereh Mafi and Shatter Me! My favorite fiction book is just my favorite book, since I’m not a huge non-fiction gal. Every time I read this book, I feel the language. Language is what speaks to me, that is why I can get into her beautiful metaphors! I also instantly fall for books that make me feel strong emotion(s), and man does this do it!

I am guessing some people MIGHT be tired of me talking about this book. Well, too bad. I won’t!

I have also posted about this book in my Library Awesomeness Haul No. 2!, 30 Day Book Challenge: Day 22- Book that contains your favorite scene, Book Review- Shatter Me. A lot, right? 🙂

I finished Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen last night, so a review is coming soon!

Olivia

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Follow me on Twitter!

Hey guys! I am just letting you know that I am on Twitter now! Yay!

I also want to follow more people, so I will follow you back!

Hopefully daily quotes, tidbits, and reading updates to come! 🙂

Olivia

P.S. Twitter is having some malfunctions with profile pictures right now, so I don’t have one yet! But coming soon….


 

 

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Book Review- The Sugar Queen

I know that I just posted yesterday that I was starting this. I can’t help that this book was so good! I stayed up until 11 last night reading (which I have been known to do on multiple occasions!) until I finished! I gave this 5 stars on Goodreads and am currently FORCING one of my friends to read it. It was that good!

The story centers around a 27 year old woman named Josey who has a pretty stinky life. She is lonely, stuck in a small town doing chores for her mother, and spends her free time hidden in her closet reading romance novels and eating candy. One day she opens her closet to find a woman named Della Lee sitting there(and refusing to move). That is when everything changes. She meets new friends who change her life, and help her find the love she has been waiting for! There is drama, romance, and a wee bit of magic!

Normally, books with “a wee bit of magic” annoy me. It seems like magic is one of those things where you either include it, or you don’t. You either make a magical world or set it in a world where there is no magic whatsoever. That is just the way it should be! Boy, was I wrong! I guess I never read a book that had the perfect balance of real and imaginary, until I found this one! 🙂

I loved this book! The characters are very relate-able, with realistic emotions and vices. This is also another one of those books where the characters are surprisingly dynamic, but still the same character deep down. The plot is enjoyable, and even though I didn’t realize it, from the first few pages I was hooked. Oh, and the happy ending is a plus too! (you know how I am with sad endings)

One of the little bits of magic is that one of the main characters, Chloe, has an “ability”. Books appear whenever she needs them. These books happen to be about whatever Chloe needs the most help with at that time. When she doesn’t want to read them, they are relentless. They follow her everywhere! I dare you to name for me a book-lover who wouldn’t DIE to have this “superpower”! 😀

I highly recommend this book! I am now reading Garden Spells, also by Sarah Addison Allen. Hope you enjoy the book and I’ll talk to you later!

Olivia

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Book Review- The Lucky One

Boy, did I love this book! I know it has been in my “currently-reading” Goodreads bookshelf to the right for a few days, but I only got more than a chapter in a few days ago!! I have been very busy writing (yes, writing 😉 more on this at a later date) lately that I haven’t had as much time to read! But like all Sparks books I’ve read so far, this one kept me hooked until the very end!

This is my favorite of his books so far! I STILL haven’t read his most popular ones, but this one seemed to break the norm of his books. I think it was still predictable (one of few flaws in almost ALL of his books) but a little less so than his others. The romance was good, but realistic still (being unrealistic- another one of those pesky flaws), to a certain point at least.

Endings are one of those things that I think Nicholas Sparks has a talent for. No matter what you say about the rest of the book, whether it be contrived, sickening, annoying, or repetitive(I’ve heard all of those), he really can write an ending. While he doesn’t always shake up the perfect happily-ever-after part, he gives you some serious suspense that keeps you on the edge of your seat for the last 100 pages at least!

As I stated in my review of The Best of Me not long ago, I read this book with the intention of watching the movie afterwards. Did this change the way I thought about the book? I don’t really think so, except that I saw Zac Efron in my head as Logan to begin with. There is nothing wrong with that because I can’t imagine them casting anyone else for the role. And, well, he is very handsome! 😉

They both are perfect! I promise I will do a movie review after I see it! I really hope that it isn’t a rip off, but if it is, you can count on me telling the world (and Internet!) about it! 🙂

For all of you Sparks-haters out there, no worries! I am taking a little break from him for a while. Right now, I am reading The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen. It has the makings of a really good one so far! A lot of people ADORE this book.  Book review coming soon!

Hope all of you enjoyed this!

Olivia

 

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