REVIEW: Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson

TITLE: Where Am I Now?Image result for where am I now? book
AUTHOR: Mara Wilson
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Mara Wilson, former child star, talks about the experiences she had as a kid growing up and how they shaped her today.
GENRE: Non-Fiction | Humor | Autobiography
RATING: 5/5 Continue reading

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Mini Reviews: The Lover’s Dictionary and Nat Turner

TITLE: The Lover’s Dictionary Image result for the lover's dictionary
AUTHOR: David Levithan
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: The lives of a couple is told in snippets in the form of a dictionary.
GENRE: Romance | Fiction | Contemporary
RATING: 4/5
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If I could describe this book in three words I’d say: cute, fast, and creative. We don’t ever get an in depth look at this romance, we don’t even get their names, but it was still very good. We only ever get snippets of this couple, or various couples, but that’s exactly how it is in real life if you think about it. When we see people in public, we don’t get the whole story, we only get that moment.

Part of what drew me into this book was the dictionary concept because I love it when authors are get creative with the format of their storytelling. I especially loved the way Levithan played with the words he was defining. I can tell he had fun writing this.

I know Levithan usually writes YA, but the feel of this book seems to be directed at a slightly older audience like people in their 20s or 30s.

 

TITLE: Nat Turner Related image
AUTHOR: Kyle Baker
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Nat Turner’s slave rebellion of 1831 is told through drawings.
GENRE: Graphic Novel | Nonfiction | History
RATING: 5/5
NOTE: It has violent and graphic scenes.
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I’ve read my share of biographies in graphic novel format, and this one has been my favorite by far. Why? Because unlike most graphic novels of this genre, this one is not wordy like the others. Instead, this novel tells Nat Turner’s story through pictures alone. You won’t find a single sentence in the first chapter of the book, only pictures.

It’s not that I’m being a lazy reader, but when I read graphic novels I shouldn’t need words to make sense of the story. If I did, I would have just read a normal non-fiction book.

The only part of this book I didn’t like was how Baker incorporated the Thomas R. Gray’s The Confessions of Nat Turner. For those who don’t know, The Confessions of Nat Turner is this sort of transcription of what Turner told Gray about the rebellion. This semester I’ve spent plenty of time with this part of American history, to know that Gray’s publication is not reliable. It’s Turner’s story seen through a skewed perspective from white southern lawyer. We never see the true Nat Turner and what the rebellion meant to him.

On the other hand, Baker is taking ownership of Gray’s confessions by displaying it alongside his version of the events. So, I guess it’s this part is not all that horrible.

But by all means please, please, please, read this novel if you ever get the chance or if you want to know more about Nat Turner’s slave rebellion.

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Mini Reviews: Love & Misadventures and The Creeps

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AUTHOR: Lang Leav
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Poetry about love sprinkled with the author’s artwork.
GENRE: Poetry
RATING: 2/5
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I did not like this book. I thought I would, but halfway through the book I couldn’t stop cringing. Overall, the poetry is pretty bad, there’s nothing special about. They’re super short poems in case you have a short attention span and like to waste paper. The poems are generic love poems without much substance so it feels like you can relate, however, and maybe it’s just me, but I like seeing some vulnerability and intimacy in poetry. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say a fourteen year old girl who has fallen in love for the first time wrote this. I have nothing against teenage girls because I was one, but because I was one (with her own poetry phase) I know how bad poetry writing can be.

TITLE: The Creeps: A Dark Deep Collection 
AUTHOR: Fran Krause
ILLUSTRATOR: Fran Krause
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: A collection of comic strips and stories about fears.
GENRE: Graphic Novel | Non-Fiction
RATING: 3/5
NOTE: I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.
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I decided to get this book because I wanted a collection of scary stories to get ready for Halloween next October, but I’m not sure this is what I was looking for.

I was expecting truly creepy and scary stories, and while they were all valid fears, it’s not what I was looking for. I would say that these were odd fears people have, but because they were so specific, I couldn’t relate to all them, and therefore not as scary as I was hoping for.

So, these are not the ghost stories I was looking forward to, but they’re fun nonetheless. The illustrations were also more on the fun side than the creepy side, but it was good. It’s a quick read and fun, but not that creepy.

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Review: Alexander Hamilton (Graphic Novel) by Jonathan Hennessey & Justin Greenwood

TITLE: Alexander Hamilton: The Graphic History of an American Founding Father Image result for alexander hamilton graphic novel
AUTHOR: Jonathan Hennessey
ILLUSTRATOR: Justins Greenwood
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Alexander Hamilton’s life.
GENRE: Graphic Novel | Non-Fiction | Biography
RATING: 3/5
NOTE: I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.
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Mini Reviews: The Story Cure & Room

TITLE: The Story Cure Related image
AUTHOR: Dinty W. Moore
GENRE: Non Fiction / Self Help
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Moore diagnoses the different ailments writers suffer from and and offer a solution.
RATING: 4/5
NOTE: I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review

As an inspiring writer, I looked forward to reading this book and Moore didn’t disappoint. He takes his role of writing doctor seriously, but he also does it with humor. He not only takes you back to the origin of what a story is but he also offers plenty of examples of the dos and don’ts of what to do with your writing. He goes over plot, characters, dialogue, voice, setting, and so on. If there’s something you’re struggling when writing, Moore probably knows what to do about it.

 

TITLE: Room Image result for room book
AUTHOR: Emma Donoghue
GENRE: Crime / Contemporary / Adult Fiction / Fiction
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Jack has spent his whole life in Room along with his Ma, but soon discovers there’s a bigger world than Room.
RATING: 4/5
NOTE: It was adapted into a movie 2015

I read this months ago and realized I never talked about it on the blog. I have no idea why because I adored this book and it’s gripping tale of survival.

The first thing that instantly caught my attention was the fact that the ENTIRE book is told from 5 year old Jack’s point of view. It’s Jack at age five telling his story instead of a grown-up Jack telling this story, so the language is incredibly playful. For example, he says “waterfall the milk” when he’s serving milk and cereal. I think this was my favorite aspect of the story, and I can only imagine the fun Donoghue had with it.

Although the story is from Jack’s perspective, it doesn’t shy away from horrible predicament they’re in, even if he’s unaware of it. Apart from ugliness of captivity, it’s also about the returning to a life of normalcy when you were born without knowing what normal was. That was so jarring for me to read about and equally fascinating.

Overall, I recommend the book and the movie.

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