A Much Belated Update

Wow. I have really ignored this blog lately, and I am so sorry. Honestly, ever since I’ve started college I haven’t given it much thought. But, now that the semester is wrapping up, I have some time.

First of all, I haven’t forgotten about my New Year’s Resolution to read twelve books this year, one for every month. You can read my blog post about it here. So, the last book I finished was my eighth book in August. I haven’t finished another just-for-fun book yet. I didn’t realize quite how much reading there was to do in college or how appealing Netflix is after reading so much for school. I know it’s a lame excuse… I’m going to try to read at least one more book before the year ends, most likely on my journey home from school.

Next year, despite still being in school, I still want to try to post! I have opinions I want to share! I have awesome things I want to share from music to movies to, of course, books!

So, stay tuned! As soon as I finish this post, I’ll be working on some more!

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8. Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan

Such a good summer read.

The book focuses on three generations of women in a crazy family. They all come together at their summer home in Maine.

The novel is from the perspective of four women–one from each generation, plus an in-law. I really enjoyed “getting to know” the whole Kelleher family, learning of all of their drama. The characters are all very well developed, and the storyline has depth. I just got caught up in their lives and I didn’t want to leave.

I’ve really enjoyed J. Courtney Sullivan. She’s a good writer and has compelling story lines. Here’s my review for Commencement.

I definitely recommend it!

P.S. Yay, I’m on schedule for my 12 Books a Year! I’m really glad that I made this my New Year’s Resolution!

22 Jump Street

Funny!

This is the sequel to the movie 21 Jump Street. In this movie, two police officers go undercover ad college students to do a drug bust.

I’m usually wary of sequels, but I think that this one was just as funny as the first one. I’ll admit that some parts of the first one got a little ridiculous, but I think that this one didn’t stray quite so far.

Oh, and Channing Tatum is hot.

P.S. Here’s my review for 21 Jump Street.

 

7. Bossypants by Tina Fey

SO Funny!

This book is Tina Fey’s autobiography. In case you’ve been living under a rock and don’t know who Tina Fey is, she’s a comedian who has worked at SNL, created Mean Girls, and has acted in various movies. This book tells the story of her career and what got her there.

The book is just as good as anyone could expect. Each story is told with her own unique and hilarious humor. It’s interesting to hear many stories about her from her perspective, rather than the media’s. For example, I loved hearing about her Palin skits on SNL. And some of the pictures included were hysterical.

It’s a wonderful light read that will make you laugh!

6. The Summer We Read Gatsby by Danielle Ganek

So disappointed.

This novel is about two half sisters who inherit a cottage in the Hamptons from their late aunt. They bond over the summer, fall in love, and search for a missing painting, possibly by Jackson Pollock.

This book looked like it could be the perfect summer read. And let me tell you, the cover art looked oh so appealing. Yes, I totally judge books by their covers.

The book ended up dimly trying too hard. It tried to show not tell and be clever and breezy. Yet the next “plot twist” always seemed so completely obvious. I felt like the characters were very flat and cliched. Noting special or memorable. Am I being too harsh?

I did enjoy the end of the story where everyone lives happily ever after. Sort of.

Not worth it. I’m sorry.

 

P.S. Yes, I know it’s August, and I’ve finally finished my sixth book of the year. But, you’ll be glad to know that two more reviews will be on their way quite soon! I’m almost caught up!

Orange Is The New Black: First Impressions

Well, I’ve jumped on the bandwagon.

The tv show follows Piper Chapman, an upper middle-class woman, who is incarcerated for a crime she committed ten years ago. The show explores different women Piper encounters in prison and their backstories.

I love how unique this show is. The setting is so different and fascinating. I also love shows that have characters with backstories that are revealed slowly throughout the show. It is also interesting to take a character like Piper who seems so “normal” in her day to day life and put her in the setting of a prison. Also, while watching the show, I’ve come to realize how similar prison is to high school. There are the cliques and rumors and gossip in both places.

I had been looking for a Netflix show to get hooked on, and I chose wisely. It’s always fascinating to find out what will happen next during Piper’s incarceration. Sometimes the focus is on the corrupt administration/guards. Other times the focus is on the tug of war between Piper’s outside life and her life in prison.

I would say it’s a must-watch.

5. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

A good and different perspective on the world.

This novel is from the perspective of a dog named Enzo. His master is Denny who is a semi-professional car racer. Enzo loves Denny and is along for the ride of Denny’s many milestones and adventures as Denny is a driver, husband, and father.

I love the idea of this novel. The perspective of a dog provides a different way of looking at the world. There is a deep dedication and love for his master and family. There is numerous intelligence and great yearning for an opposable thumb.

Enzo is very lovable, and you end up always rooting for Denny.

It’s worth a read if you love animals. Also, if you are a race car enthusiast, there are plenty of metaphors that relate to life.

I’d say it’s worth it.

(Update on the 12 Books, 1 Year thing. Yeah, I know I’m behind. But I’m reading a lot more and trying to catch up!)

21 Jumpstreet

A pretty funny movie.

This movie stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as a pair of cops who go undercover as high school students to do a drub bust.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with this movie because I didn’t really know what it was about. All I knew was that Channing Tatum was in the movie. It’s one of those movies where the characters acknowledge the cliched, cheesiness of the some of the moments. In the first half to of the movie, there were so many laugh out loud moments. I really enjoyed watching it. The second half of the movie went a bit over the edge for me. These types of movies walk a fine line of being funny and being ridiculously unfunny.

I guess my advice is to get excited for the first half of the movie.

The Fault In Our Stars (movie)

I really loved this movie.

In case you don’t know what this movie is about, it’s a story based off of John Green’s novel that tells a love story. The novel and movie both strive to bring a realistic feeling to the relationship and the world the characters live in. They try to avoid the big cliches. It is a story about two cancer patients/survivors who fall in love, starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort.

Honestly, I didn’t have very high hopes for this movie. I loved the book (and here’s my review on it), and I loved the realistic and honest feeling it had to it. But, I wasn’t so sure a movie could pull of the same thing. I think it is far too easy to fall into the realm of cheesy (that rhymed!). Or awkward. But, this movie did it perfectly.

For being a movie that is known to bring tears to your eyes, it was actually pretty funny. I feel like I was laughing more often than not. There were little comments and moments that made the movie funny and realistic. And I think this is one of the reasons that I enjoyed it so much.

I actually didn’t even end up bawling at the movie because though their was death involved, the characters got to experience a good and deep love, which makes me happy. I know, what is wrong with me? I didn’t cry at the tearjerker movie of the year?!

I highly recommend this movie but only if you enjoy a good love story.

It makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside; it makes you believe in love.