World Book Night

Woohoooooo! I officially received an email informing me that I am a “World Book Night book giver.” I am so excited to share my love of books with people in my community! Hopefully I will be able to inspire at least one person to become a bookworm ūüôā

~Carolinabookworm

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Frankenstein Review

*Book 1/7 for the Classics Reading Challenge!!

I’m going to be perfectly honest here-if I didn’t have to read Frankenstein for class, I never would have picked it up. Having said this, I did enjoy it…to a certain extent.

Title: Frankenstein

Author: Mary Shelley

Quick Synopsis: The¬† novel begins with four letters written by Robert Walton to his sister. He is on a ship in the Arctic when his boat picks up a man who is on the brink of death. This stranger happens to be Dr. Victor Frankenstein,¬†who proceeds to tell his tragic story to his new friend, Mr. Walton. Without spoiling anything for you, he tells us about how his life has led him to create “the creature.” We then meet the monster, who tells his story to Dr. Frankenstein. After completing his story, he makes a very specific request of his creator, and we return to Frankenstein’s perspective as we learn the outcome of his tragedy.

Opinion:¬†I felt like there were several slow sections in this book. However,¬† I like the build-up in tension as we “hear” the story along with Robert Walton. While not every single minute detail was absolutely necessary, it did help to set the tone¬†of this gothic novel.¬†I¬†felt like I was living with¬†the Frankenstein family as Victor grew up, or¬†sitting beside¬†“the creature”¬†in his little hovel.

For some reason, I have been aggravated by several¬†characters in the last couple of books that I have read. This time, my frustration was directed toward…drumroll please…Dr. Victor Frankenstein. I felt little to no sympathy for everything that occurred¬†after he brought his creation to life. His utter disgust and subsequent shunning of his life-form was infuriating! I feel like if he had just shown even an ounce of love for “the creature,” things wouldn’t have gone down like they did. I understand that there wouldn’t have been a story if this had happened, but did Ms. Shelley really have to make the protagonist so naive???

Overall, this novel was just okay for me. I’m not a huge fan of gothic literature; I don’t like overly moody characters and dreary atmospheres. I plan on blogging about this book one more time after my class holds a seminar (next week?) because it will be interesting to hear¬†my classmates’¬†opinions. Maybe I will hear something that will change my opinion, or somebody will bring up a point that I never considered on my own.

~Carolinabookworm

A Classics Reading Challenge!

I figure my semester in AP Literature will help me complete this challenge. In fact, I’m reading Frankenstein right now, so I’m already on my way to completing the first of seven classics! On the 4th of each month, the host will post a question on her blog that will fit with any classic. This is an interesting way to learn everyone’s opinions, and I’m looking forward to the diversity of the questions! Here’s my list of books that I plan on reading for this event:

1. Frankenstein

Like I said above, I am reading this for class. Besides that, who doesn’t love a horror novel every now and then?

2.  Hamlet

This will be another book that I read for class. However, Shakespeare is timeless, and it parallels Ophelia (which I am also reading right now!), so it should be a fun read.

3. Pride and Prejudice

I LOVE this time period!! I haven’t read anything by Austen yet, but I’ve seen the movie, and it was amazing! I can’t think of a better first book to read for Austen.

4. Heart of Darkness

Yet another book I will be reading for class. I’m not sure how¬†I feel about it, but I’ll let you know when I start it.

5. Vanity Fair

I picked this up at my local bookstore a few months ago. I’ll be honest-the cover pulled me in first. I’m a sucker for a fun cover. Hopefully the inside will be as fulfilling as the outside

6. This Side of Paradise

Ohhhh Fitzgerald, how you tugged at my heartstrings with The Great Gatsby! I enjoyed that novel (and¬†sortakinda cried a few tears), so I’m hoping this one will be a winner.

7. The Woman in White

I had to scour other blogs to find my seventh book, but I think I’ve succeeded!! I’ve heard it’s an excellent read, but I have absolutely¬†no idea what it is about. I’m feeling brave right now, so I’m going to go for it!

I’m joining this challenge a little late, but the host only requires that you respond to three of the twelve prompts on her blog. I like the fact that this is a very “go with the flow” type of challenge.

~Carolinabookworm

Historical Fiction Reading Challenge!

I am also joining the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge! I think I will try for 20 books (Severe Bookaholism level) because I lovelovelove historical fiction. I am going to use The Joy Luck Club as my first review because of the focus on Chinese culture. I am wicked excited for this challenge!!!

~Carolinabookworm

Juggling Multiple Books at Once

The new semester began today! One of my classes is AP Literature and Composition. We were given a copy of Frankenstein to read by February 1. While this does not seem like a particularly hard task, I have to balance it with Ophelia, another book that I am reading purely for pleasure. I have issues with reading more than one book at a time.

First, I fear that I might forget important events that I previously read when I switch between books.

Second, I¬†sometimes confuse the events in each book (for example, thinking that what happened in¬†one happened in both, when it really didn’t).¬†

Last, but certainly¬†not least, I like to fully immerse myself in the world of the book.¬†Let me tell you, these two books have VERY different atmospheres to them. It’s hard¬†for me to get in the groove when I am constantly switching up the settings, plotlines, character, etc.¬†

Oh, and in¬†addition to¬†those two books, I have to find time¬†to read The Hunger Games¬†before the movie comes out in March. I have a rule that I can see a movie that is based on a novel only after I read the book.¬†I typically find that I like the movie more than the book, but I’ll¬†discuss this topic¬†in a later post.¬†Hopefully I’ll find time to finish Ophelia before the end of this week so that I can primarily focus on Frankenstein over the weekend.

Do you like to read multiple books, or focus on one at a time?

~Carolinabookworm

Magical March Challenge!

I’ve officially joined my first reading challenge!! I’m super excited to announce that I will be entering in the Magician’s Class. Yes, I know that I am setting my goals low, but I figure that if I read over two books, I will feel like an over-achiever, which will boost my self-confidence, which will make me happier, which…you get the picture. I haven’t officially decided which books I will be reading for this challenge, but keep an eye out for my reviews in March!

~Carolinabookworm

The Joy Luck Club Review

I absolutely flew through this book! While I am a voracious reader, it typically takes me a week or more to get through an entire novel. It might help that I had the past week off from school, during which I did nothing but read, sleep, and eat.

¬†Anywho, I’ve officially decided that I am going to make my reviews short and sweet. This way, I don’t spoil anything for you, and you get the gist of what the book is about. As an extra little bonus,¬†you’ll receive¬†my honest opinion about what I have read.

Title: The Joy Luck Club

Author: Amy Tan

Quick Synopsis: Four female Chinese immigrants come together to form the Joy Luck Club. Each month, they meet up to share traditional Chinese meals and play the game of mahjong. The novel is divided into four parts, with each part containing four chapters. Each chapter is told from the view of one of the four mothers or one of thee four daughters. Taken together, the reader learns important bits of information about each of the four mother/daughter pairs and their families.

Opinion: Overall, I¬†thoroughly¬†enjoyed this novel. I found myself laughing out loud at some of the things the mothers said to their daughters, and sympathizing with each woman’s unique situation. However, I found myself growing increasingly aggravated with one character in particular: Jing-Mei Woo. I found that I felt the least sympathy for her out of all of the characters. In my opinion, she was a brat as a child, rebelling against everything that her mother even showed an ounce of interest in. I understand that she felt¬†pressure when she was constantly compared to Waverly Jong, but this girl was seriously annoying. Her only redeeming quality came at the end, when she finally let her true emotions shine through.

 This is a highly recommended read!!

~Carolinabookworm

The Joy Luck Club

The Joy Luck Club

I picked this book up at a local used bookstore and decided to give it a try. I am nearly 100 pages in, and am¬†LOVING every second of it! I will post an “official review” when I finish.¬†This will be the fourth book that I have read since the beginning of 2012! However, this is the first book of the year that I am reading of my own free will; the first three were for school. While they were good, I associate those books with school, so I won’t be blogging about them. I hope your weekend is as relaxing as mine!

~Carolinabookworm

Hello!

My name is Miranda, and I decided to join the blogging world to review books that I have read. I guess I should start with a little intro, so here are the basics:

1. I am a senior in high school (yay Class of 2012!!).

2. I have been reading ever since I can remember.

3. I like almost every genre, but I particularly enjoy fiction, historical fiction, memoirs, and classics.

4. I have two adorable dogs.

5. I am the oldest of three girls.

I have set a goal of reading 50 books during 2012. Eventually, I want to create a list of books I have read in the past. I am completely new to blogging, so please stick with me as I figure things out!

~Carolinabookworm