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Literary Beauty

"I’m always amazed at friends who say they try to read at night in bed but always end up falling asleep. I have the opposite problem. If a book is good I can’t go to sleep, and stay up way past my bedtime, hooked on the writing. Is anything better than waking up after a late-night read and diving right back into the plot before you even get out of bed to brush your teeth?" -John Walters 

LOVE reading. Although, I didn't actually start readingreading until July of 2012 when I got my Nook, the love of my life.

Abbreviations I use in my reviews:

WTS (Wrist Twitch Syndrome) - The compulsory jerking of the wrist in an effort to pitch the nook away from the body to reduce mental anguish and self inflicted bodily harm. 

ERS (Eye Roll Syndrome)The act of rolling one’s eyes multiple times in a matter of mere minutes.

The severity of this syndrome tend to vary from benign eye rolls every now and then, depending on the situation and protagonist, to intense eye rolls, of which, cause the body to seize up for minutes at a time.

**Both symptoms tend to manifest as a result of naive, stupid, clueless, lovesick, rose-glasses wearing puddle-depth fucktard protagonists or an ag-on-izing storyline.

Currently reading

Frankenstein: Prodigal Son
Scott Brick, Kevin J. Anderson, Dean Koontz
Looking for Alaska - John Green The reason I read this was because I saw the astounding reviews about not only John Green but this piece of literature in particular, so I told myself that I just HAD to read it.

Once I read it however, I didn't love this book. I liked Pudge, I liked that he was witty, there were some laugh out loud moments and there were more than a few times that I chuckled to myself, but I think I just liked it.

There were a couple of things that kept me from loving this read. The first isn’t really major, I didn’t not love this book because of it, but it did throw me off a bit and that was that that this was a high school! My mind would default to a college campus because of the massive amounts of freedom that was given and that they had dorm rooms and a large campus. Ok, not that teens need to be supervised (all the time), it's just different...does this type of high school really exist?

Secondly and most likely the deciding factor was that I got really hung up on the fact that Pudge just loved Alaska SO much that he just couldn’t bear the thought of life without her in it. I understand the loss of a friend is great as I have lost a few in my life, but it irritated me that he didn’t even know her a year and coupled with the reality that they had only gotten to second base with an intoxicated intangible promise of something more, just unnerved me…he was more distraught than anyone. At one point I couldnt help but feeling like he was more upset that he didn’t get to lose his virginity to her before she died, then the fact that she was actually gone.

Overall, I really enjoyed the characters; they were well developed and were memorable. I laughed, I cried and I can see why some individuals, especially teens, would love it.