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If you liked….

I’m sure there are many posts like this out there already. Heck, this is basically exactly what Goodreads does. Sometimes, though, I have issues with Goodreads’ recommendations. As a whole, I LOVE Goodreads. But when you read as many books as I do, it’s hard to trust their recommendations. It’s hard to explain, but some books I like/don’t like are grouped into genres that I wouldn’t normally put them into and thus change what is recommended for me. Example: why exactly is The Tales of Peter Rabbit being recommended for me as a Young Adult book?

Anyway, I could have used a post like this a few months ago. I still could. So without further ado… “If you liked___, you might like___!” I’ll be using a lot of my favorite books, because frankly, they’re great!

If you liked

You might like…

    

If you liked…

You might like….

     

If you liked…

You might like…

   

If you liked…

You might like…

If you liked…

You might like….

    

And that’s all, folks! I hope this post was a little helpful to you! It’s kind of like my entire blog, condensed into one post. All of the books above are my favorites, and absolute must-reads for everyone!

Have

Olivia

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Book Review- The Picture of Dorian Gray

It has almost been too long since I read this book to review it… about 2 weeks! But it is burned into my mind. *shivers* This cover is pretty, but way too innocent.

I’m just going to give you a little warning here. I get scared VERY easily! I’m a wuss when it comes to scary movies (frankly, I just don’t watch them). I don’t read scary books (for the most part). If I see a bug, I can”t squash it. Ghost stories make me run in the opposite direction screaming like a 2 year old girl. Because of all this, I can’t be sure if this book really is as terrifying as I think it was, or I am just very lame. I tend to this everyone is a little creeped out by this book.

The Picture of Dorian Gray (also known as The Portrait of Dorian Gray) is about a man who sells his soul to the Devil in exchange for eternal beauty and youth. The deal is that he lives forever, but a very special portrait of himself ages and gets more grotesque, the more hideous his soul becomes.

I know a lot of people who would stop here, and give up on this book. I don’t blame you, because I almost did the same thing. I’m glad I didn’t, though, because A) this book turned out to be great B) it is a classic, and you should probably read it, even if you dislike the topic and C) I didn’t realize that Dorian actually didn’t sell his soul on purpose! It seems insignificant, but to me this makes a large difference in the morality of the book. This isn’t a spoiler, because it happens just a few pages into the book. I’m not quoting, but it goes something like this:

Dorian: “That picture is so beautiful, and I look so hot! I wish I would stay that handsome forever, and the picture would grow old and ugly, instead of me.”

That’s it. It was entirely an accident. The morality issues come later on in the book, because when he realizes that his wish came true, he goes a little crazy and does very bad things. Another thing to keep in mind while reading is that the bad things he does are awful and disgraceful for his time, but not necessarily ours.

I really enjoyed this book. It gave me the heeby-jeebies all of the way through, especially at the end, but it was in a good way! I can see why this book is a classic. The language is great, and it is remarkably fast paced for a classic.

Another little comment about the morality issues surrounding this book. I think it is a misconception that this book condones killing, savagery, and evil. To me, this was wrong. This book is showing the reader about the dangers of evil, the dangers of defiling your soul. It does it in a very… shady way. But this isn’t an evil book in itself. And keep in mind that it is fiction. This never happened, no matter how real it seemed.

It is one of my favorites, to be sure. I see myself reading it many more times in the future! I can’t wait to watch the movie… in broad daylight. 😉

Happy Saturday everyone!

Olivia

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30 Day Book Challenge: Day 3- Book that makes me laugh out loud

Ooohh! I can’t wait to do this one! I love reading funny books! As you can see from above, I chose The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster.  I first read this when I was in 7th grade, and right from the start I loved it! I know this is kind of a kid’s book, but I don’t really care!

If you haven’t ever read this, it is about a boy named Milo who is bored with his life! Then he discovers a magical world of worldplay-including an Island called Conclusions that you can only reach by jumping and a palace where you literally eat your words for dinner!

In other words, if you like puns, idioms, or are just a person who needs a good chuckle, this book is for you!

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