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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain – Book Review

This book follows Tom, a young rebellious boy who lives with his aunt Polly, a very strict but caring woman. General consense says the purpose of this book is to “capture the spirit of american boyhood in the pre-civil war era”.

A lot happens to Tom in this book, he fells in love with the new girl in town, witnesses a murder, makes others paint his fence, pretends to be a pirate and goes off to live in a nearby island, makes the town believes he and his friends have drowned, among a lot of other things. As you can see he was a busy child.

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The treatment of extremely important issues in this novel was very appealing to me. Even though it is considered a children’s book it talks about murder and rape. There is also a lot of racism in this book, but I don’t know how intentional it is given that it was written in 1876.

The use of English from the 1800s together with the use of now considered archaic words certainly toke me some time to get used to. A big drawback for me was the fact that I couldn’t seem to feel empathy for Tom whatsoever, which is something that has never stopped me from enjoying a book but he just reminded me of those really mean children who need to hear the word “no” more often.

With all that being said, I found this to be an okay book, I went into it really excited expecting to be one of the best books I would ever read but it was just a quick, entertaining read, not that there is anything wrong with that. I recommend it if you want to get a perspective of what life was like during pre-civil war time in the united states.

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

Bye, keep on reading.

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February Wrap Up|2019

Hello, people of the interweb!

I managed to finish six books this February as well as starting two others. I’ll list them as well as giving a bit of my opinion on them and telling you the rating I gave them.giphy

The 6 books I finished:

  1. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    It’s an essay on feminism and I gave 4 out of 5 stars.
  2. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander (J. K. Rowling)
    You probably know this but it’s a fantasy book part of the Harry Potter world and I gave it 4 out 5 stars.
  3. Bleed Like Me: Poems for the Broken by Azzurra Nox
    This one is a poetry collection and I gave it 1 out of 5 stars.  It was really bad and I finish it because I hate to DNF books.
  4. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
    Another nonfiction book, for some reason. This one I really enjoyed, it was super interesting and up my alley. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.
  5. What Makes Girls Sick and Tired by Lucile de Pesloüan
    I believe this is a graphic novel, but I’m not sure. What I know is that it is a cute little approach to feminism. I gave this on 3.5 out of 5 stars.
  6. Renée Stone: Murder in Abyssinia by Birmant Julie
    This one I know for sure is a graphic novel. This book was ok, but that it. I had some issues with it but nothing terrible. This got 2 out of 5 stars from me.

    The 2 books I started:

  1. Leo Gray and the Lunar Eclipse by K.J. Kruk
    Got this Middle Grade from NetGalley. I haven’t finished it yet and to be honest so far the story hasn’t really grabbed me.
  2. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
    You probably know this Russian classic has one of the greatest novels of all time. Well so did I and I decided it was finally time to pick it up. So far I’m really liking, hope it continues that way.

I had an overall pretty decent reading month, I believe.
I guess that is it. Feel free to share what you’ve been up to and comment your opinions on any of these books.

Bye, keep on reading.

Renée Stone: Murder in Abyssinia by Birmant Julie – Book Review

My thanks to NetGalley and Europe Comics for a review copy of this book.

This book follows Renée Stone, a successful English mystery novelist. This is the first book of the series, set in 1930 and Stone finds herself in Ethiopia for the coronation of Haile Selassie I.43880310

This book was ok, but that it. I enjoyed the mystery element of this story and the illustrations were satisfactory but besides that, I don’t think there is much more to this comic book.

The main character is supposed to be an independent woman (which doesn’t sound very 30’s to me but I’d be okay with that) however she does not come across like that at all. Renée spends a big chunk of the novel lusting over one of the male characters and most of the time she waits for them to decide what to do, I would be okay (mind the book is set during the 30s) if this if she wasn’t described as “modern for her time” type of woman. For me, the lack of a tied up conclusion didn’t really suit the story.

For someone who loves a mystery, and doesn’t mind any of the cons I stated above, this is an enjoyable book.

I give this book 2 out of 5 stars.

Bye, keep on reading.

What Makes Girls Sick and Tired by Lucile de Pesloüan – Mini Book Review

The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. (It will be published on the 18th of March.)

What Makes Girls Sick and Tired is a short feminist manifesto mixed with a graphic novel. Its aim is to denounce discrimination against women of every social class, age, sexual orientation and ethnic culture.41427834

For me, this book is a collection of extremely valid points and I really enjoyed it for what it is. Not to mention, I love how every sentence comes together with the illustrations on the page.

My main complaint is that it’s too short which made it have a somewhat superficial approach to the topic in hands. I believe that if it was longer it could have had a deeper concept. Not to say it isn’t important to have this approach sometimes because it is, not everyone knows what sexism is or that it even exists.

What all that being said, I did enjoy this book and recommend it if you are new to the topic of feminism.

I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Bye, keep on reading.

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly – Book Review

Hidden Figures is a non-fiction book that tells the story of three African American women who worked for NASA during the Space Race. The book takes place from the 1930s through the 1960s, time when most people still viewed women as inferior to men and many parts of the US still practised segregation.DzTexxxXcAAB0T5

This book was very well researched and it was definitely an eye-opener for me. The narrative is for sure helped by the author’s personal familiarity with the subject, not to mention the relevance of the topic. I loved not only the history and science aspects of this book (because I’m a nerd) but the stories of the women and their intelligence and courage as well.

I really enjoyed this book even though its writing was somewhat dry which may be a negative point to some. What annoyed me a bit was the fact that the narrative jumped around quite a bit, both in time and between individuals.

Overall, I think this is a really good book and its strengths outweigh any negative aspect I could find while reading. I also really recommend the film if you read the book and felt a bit lost at one time or another.  If you like science, history, stories about civil rights, this book is a must-read for sure.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Buy, keep on reading.

Bleed Like Me: Poems for the Broken by Azzurra Nox – Book Review

I received this arc over NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Bleed Like Me: Poems for the Broken by Azzurra Nox is a collection of poems. It touches various topics, such as love, lust, depression and self-harm. 43370097

Keep in mind that I love poetry but this book didn’t do it for me at all. I know poetry is extremely subjective and that is why I don’t feel like I’m in the position to say it is a bad book just because it isn’t of my liking.

The writing is quite good and I feel like it could have been a great book. Sadly, overall it felt too melodramatic and sometimes it felt quite depressing and morbid just for the sake of it. Don’t get me wrong, I know it is important to talk openly about depression but in this book, I felt like it was being romanticized, which is never a good thing. Besides that, the book didn’t seem to grasp the reality of those feelings, which prevented me from enjoying most part of the poems.

With that being said, if I was still in my teen years, in my emo phase, I would probably have different feelings towards this book. Just because of what it made me feel.

Sadly, I gave this book 1 out of 5 stars.

Bye, keep on reading.

 

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by “Newt Scamander” (J. K. Rowling)- Mini Book Review

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is supposedly a textbook at the students use in Hogwarts. The book written by Newton Scamander talks about the creatures he encountered while travelling around the world.FBWFT

This book provides a list and explanation about magical beasts in the Harry Potter universe. It also tells the reader the definition of beasts, beeing and whatnot. In this version, there is info on 6 other beasts that wasn’t on the other editions. There’s everything from the hippogriff to the niffler.

The introduction was most likely my most loved part of the book, telling the tale of Newt’s reason for its creation and his arguments with the Ministry on their classifications for the beasts described in this book. I also really love the little quiz at the end of the book to see if I was Magizoologist material, I found that to be just so cute.

Frankly, Fantastic Beasts is still only a companion piece rather than a standalone. But an amazing companion piece nonetheless and I recommend it to every Harry Potter fan out there.

I give this book 4/5 stars.

Bye, keep on reading.