Friday, December 21, 2012

Book Review - A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol 
by Charles Dickens

Summary -
 One of the best-loved and most quoted stories of “the man who invented Christmas”—English writer Charles Dickens—A Christmas Carol debuted in 1843 and has touched millions of hearts since. 

Cruel miser Ebeneezer Scrooge has never met a shilling he doesn’t like...and hardly a man he does. And he hates Christmas most of all. When Scrooge is visited by his old partner, Jacob Marley, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come, he learns eternal lessons of charity, kindness, and goodwill. Experience a true Victorian Christmas! 

My Thoughts-

Ah Christmas.  How I love your magical...ness. We all get warm and fuzzy feelings when we see Christmas approaching.  Well, that is all, but Ebeneezer Scrooge.  The old miser is grumpy and mean. Hates Christmas, hates people, and generally hates life.  It is only on Christmas Eve, that he comes in contact with some very interesting spirits and ghosts, that his life will change forever. 

We all know of the inspirational story of Scrooge learning about the magic and wonder of Christmas, that even if you haven't read this book you probably know the full story.  So then, why should you pick up this classic and read it? Since you already know the story, why spend the time reading it? I'll tell you why I think this is an essential read. 

1. It's a classic. And we all know, classics are classics for a reason. This story is one especially because of the unique story and idea. Who ever heard of three spirits visiting a cranky old man? Not me! Charles Dickens is a mastermind to come up with this special story.

2. Movies leave out a LOT information in the book. Yes for the most part you know the characters, the plot, but the book adds so much depth to the story, it almost had me in tears several times. 

3. The writing. It was incredible. While I was reading, sometimes I stopped and read a line or two to my mother or father. Talk about good writing! It was unique, descriptive and almost poetical. Very, very good. 

This book is such an essential. Even though it may not capture your heart, or make it to your favorite books list, its such a wonderful tale. About love, friendship, charity, happiness, and support. I really, really recommend this book. And it's so short, that you can drink some hot cocoa and read it in one sitting! 

Merry Christmas, and God bless us, every one. :) 

Miss Book Reader

Ebook Haul!

I spend way too much money on books... (sigh)

 Recently I have purchased several books for my ereader (I have a Kindle Keyboard if you're curious) and I wanted to share the titles with you. Most of the books you've probably heard of or even already read, but they are new to me. And I'm excited. :) I really do enjoy reading books on my ereader because its simple, easy, and very convenient. If you don't have an ereader, hurry up and get one! They're amazing.

The first book is the famous, The Lord of the Rings. I actually got all four books, The Hobbit, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Return of the Ring, and The Two Towers.  I'm very excited to dive into these epic stories, and I'm really upset that I haven't read them yet. 

Next, is The Night Circus. This is a fantasy novel about a circus that only appears at night... or at least that's what I think it's about. I've been told to go into this novel without knowing too much, because part of the joy of reading it is learning as you go along. I'm very eager to read this as well. 

Delirium is a very well known YA book about a dystopian world were love is a disease, and when you turn sixteen you are "cured" of that "disease". This book was on sale for only $2.99, so go hurry up and buy it for that awesome price!

And last, but certainly not least, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Why have I not read this? Why? Because this book, has amazing reviews, everyone and their mother likes it, and I STILL have not read it! Say what?! This is probably going to be one of the first books I pick up in January. 

So, those are the books I downloaded. :) Hope you enjoyed, and everyone have a Merry Christmas. 

Miss Book Reader

Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas Wishlist! 2012

Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus...

The Christmas season is here. Letter's to Santa Claus are being sent in. What books do I want for Christmas? Here is a peek at my book wish list...

- The Hunger Games  by Suzanne Collins (hardback).  I've been wanting a copy in hardback since I read it. I think it would look nice on my shelf. 

- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (hardback).  I have not read this book.  Yes, you read right. Everyone and their mother has, but I haven't.  This is on the top of my list.  I am really, really eager to read this book. 

- The Book Thief  by Markus Zusak (paperback).  This is a book about the holocaust.  I think this is a very important time in history, and this book is so highly acclaimed.  I've been wanting to read this for such a long time.

- Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter (paperback).  The sequel to Heist Society, this book continues the story of Kat and Hale.  I love the first book, and I'm looking forward to reading this book.

- The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan (hardback).  Okay, want to hear an interesting story?  One day I was out in the bookstore and I saw the "Heroes of Olympus" series.  I was really drawn to it, but I decided to wait, so I didn't get them.  The next day, Amazon was having a lightning sale of the most recent book, The Mark of Athena, for only $2.99!  I couldn't pass it down.  So now, I have the last, but not the first... so I'm wanting the first.

- City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (paperback).  I've already read this book at the library, but I liked it so much I bought the sequel.  So, I'm wanting this for my bookshelf. 

- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (paperback).  I have had my eye on this for a while now, but it was only until I was called a wallflower by someone, that I felt an instant connection to this book.  I'm hoping to read it soon. 

Miss Book Reader

Monday, December 10, 2012

Book Review- Between Shades of Gray

Between Shades of Gray
by Ruta Sepetys


Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they've known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin's orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.

Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously--and at great risk--documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father's prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives.Between Shades of Gray is a novel that will steal your breath and capture your heart.

My thoughts-

This book was incredible. It was heartbreaking and tragic. It was funny and charming. Completely captivating. I read this book in a span of twenty-four hours... I couldn't put this book down, nor did I want to. 

The story follows a young girl who falls victim to Stalin's orders. At the age of fifteen, Lina is taken away from her father and home and is sent to live in Labor Camps in Siberia. She has to learn to survive, and support her mother and brother. Along the way she meets other victims, befriends a boy named Andrius, and sends hidden messages to her father. 

I think the thing that made this book so tragic, was just how real it is. This isn't some made up world, with imaginary characters, this is reality. These things really, truly happened. And it's heartbreaking. 

The characters were wonderful. I loved Lina as a protagonist. She was spunky and spirited. As a young artist she is passionate, but patient. The things that happened to her, instead of breaking her, made her stronger. But she had her weak points, but all good characters do. 

And then there's the love interest, Andrius... (sigh). I loved him. My sentimental heart loved the romance between him and Lina. I felt like their relationship was so well written, and so realistic. I liked how he wasn't just a hunk who was crazy about the protagonist, he was different. I liked that. 

There were some things in this book I didn't like... like how the ending seemed to be such a cough out. I'm not sure if it was me, anticipating too much, but it felt so like the ending was so incomplete, and I really didn't get a lot of my questions answered... oh well. 

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone! The writing is simple, but powerful, so you don't need to have a large vocabulary while reading it. Pick this book up! It is wonderful!

Five Stars. 

Miss Book Reader