The Reading And Blogging Slump Funk Has Gotten Me!

The title of this post says it all: I’m in a blogging AND reading slump. And that’s making me really, really sad since I love all of you guys 😦 But because of all the schoolwork I’ve been having, I just can’t find the time or motivation to blog or read. Seriously, it’s that bad. If one pile of work is done, another one will appear in its place.

About The Blogging Slump:

I have decided to take a little break in blogging. I will still be around commenting on your blogs, but mine will be pretty quiet for a little while. Don’t worry, I’m not going to be quitting blogging anytime soon. I’m just going to take a break so I can come back refreshed and ready.

Blogging should never be a chore and I don’t want it to turn into one, since that would make one of my favorite hobbies go bad, so I welcome this break. Hopefully I will be able to visit all you guys’ blogs and comment so I don’t get wiped from your memories 😛

About The Reading Slump:

I’m on the search for a book to get me out of my reading slump! And I would absolutely LOVE IT if you could recommend me some. I’m not looking for a certain kind of book. Long, short, fantasy, mystery, contemporary, anything will do. It just has to have the magical ability TO GET ME OUT OF THIS HORRIBLE SLUMP FUNK!

Thank you for reading that not-so short notification 😛

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Goth by Otsuichi:review

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Goth: A Novel of Horror by Otsuichi
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My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Age Group: Mature Young Adult
Genre: Mystery, Horror, Thriller
Publisher: TokyoPop
Release Date: October 7th 2008
Synopsis: Someone had taken apart her body in the forest. Her eyes, tongue, ears, thumbs, organs–each was nailed to a tree.

One tree had, from top to bottom: the left big toe, the upper lip, the nose, and the stomach. Another had other bits of her arranged like Christmas tree decorations.

The murder was soon the talk of the nation…

Otsuichi-san’s GOTH comes at you with a relentless awe and a taste for the twisted. In this truly shocking tale of terror, two high school sociopaths become fixated on a local serial murderer. But rather than trying to prevent and solve the next murder, their obsession grows, taking them on a descent into a maniacal darkness in which the most nightmarish acts occur.

Psychologically twisted and emotionally wrenching, this compelling story takes Japan’s horror tradition to a whole new level of fear.

My Thoughts:

Stories that are twisted and depict the darker side of humans have always simultaneously disturbed and fascinated me. I find it interesting to read about how sociopaths, psychopaths, and the like think. So, when I began reading Goth, I was absolutely captivated.

Otsuichi didn’t flinch at all when he wrote this dark, twisted tale of mystery and murder. The killers he created are dangerous, unstable, and, at times, ruthless. Goth‘s atmosphere is dark and foreboding. The two leads are very interesting characters. And Otsuichi’s mysteries are skillfully crafted with surprising twists. Really, Goth kicks a heck of a lot of butt.

If you don’t already know, Goth is somewhat of an anthology. There are different stories, each featuring a different mystery and killer, but still containing the same two leads, Morino and the narrator, whose name is unknown until the last story in the book. As the stories go by, you will start feeling like you are grasping onto the two leads and how their relationship works.

This way of telling a story might not work for everyone, but boy, did it work for me. Learning more about the two mysterious leads by finding bits and pieces to hold onto throughout each story was fun and the different mysteries that come with the different stories are hard to figure out and will sometimes even pack quite a punch. And when I think about it, Goth really couldn’t be told in any other way…

Morino and the narrator are two of the most intriguing characters I have ever encountered in fiction. These these two characters begin as enigmas and, for me, uncovering more about them was the best part of reading Goth. These two characters, both of them obsessed with death, are characters that, while I couldn’t completely love them because of how cruel they could be, I genuinely loved learning about them.

Otsuichi did a fantastic job at writing from the point of view of a sociopath. I could really fell how detached from the world and how isolated the narrator was. I could feel how merciless and unfeeling he was. There were also times when a story would be told through the eyes of the killer, which were also very well done.

Goth is a story that I was completely taken in by. This book is mysterious, twisted, and unsettling. Otsuichi really did succeed at sending chills down my spine. Goth is a fantastic read. Highly recommended!

Steel Lily by Megan Curd: review

17828413Steel Lily by Megan Curd
Series: The Periodic Series #1
My Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Stars
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Dystopia, Science Fiction, Romance
Publisher: Starry Sky Publishing
Release Date: August 12th 2013
Synopsis: AVERY PIKE is a commodity. No, more than a commodity. Her existence is guarded at all costs.

She’s a water Elementalist, the strongest of her dwindling kind. She creates steam to provide energy to fuel Dome Four: the only thing standing between humanity and an earth ravaged by World War III. No steam, no Dome. No Dome, no life.

Or so she thinks.

That is, until a mysterious man offers her a way out of having to donate steam. A way to escape the corrupt government of Dome Four. While the offer seems too good to be true, Avery is intrigued. But when she arrives to her new home, she realizes the grass isn’t any less dead on this side of the fence. Instead, the lies are just hidden better.

…Which means digging deeper.

When Avery enlists the help of her friends to uncover the truth, she learns that while some secrets are better left concealed, humankind was never meant to live in a cage. And when you can control the most sought after resource, you can learn to control anything…including the fate of your world.

My Thoughts:

Steel Lily has an interesting plot and world. Earth has become dangerous and barren after the war, causing humans to crowd themselves into domes in order to protect themselves from poisonous air. Avery Pike, a water elementalist, lives her life in Dome Four giving steam in order to power the dome, all awhile feeling like she’s being controlled.

One day, Avery is confronted by a man who tells her he can give her freedom and a life that isn’t controlled by the corrupt government. Avery is reluctant at first, but is later forced into a situation that requires her to leave Dome Four with her best friend Alice and go to a new home. But Avery soon realizes that Dome Seven has its own secrets…

As you can imagine, I picked up Steel Lily I was expecting an adventure in a damaged world, a compelling story that would keep me reading instead of sleeping. And even after a disappointing beginning, I still kept hoping. Unfortunately, Steel Lily, though it had its merits, didn’t have the adventure I seemed.

Instead, Steel Lily isn’t an adventure through a damaged world but takes place in a boarding school. Not that a boarding school is a bad place for a story to take place, but it just doesn’t work for a book like Steel Lily. The wonder of learning about a different world is gone and replaced by shared rooms and classes.

And even the giving of information wasn’t done well. The information about the war that killed the world and caused people to live in domes? Given through a boring video a teacher makes Avery watch. The rest of the information? Told through dialogue but never explained thoroughly. It all felt very lazy, and sometimes I just felt confused.

The main character Avery is also not a part of the book I loved. Avery is certainly a capable girl and knows how to take care of herself, but it really annoyed me that she always seemed to be merely reacting to things. She is constantly being led around by external forces and rarely causes anything herself. It’s Avery’s friends that collect the information and make things happen.

Speaking of Avery’s friends, I have to say that they were amazing and are probably the redeeming quality of Steel Lily. I loved Alice with her cheerfulness, Legs with his funny personality, Sari with her awesome hacking self, and Jackson with his funny, sarcastic comments (and eventual character development!). And the chemistry and relationships they had with each other and Avery was great.

I can’t say much about the villain, but I want to say that the plot twist that involved him was something I found ridiculous. It came absolutely out of the blue with no build-up at all. It just happened and left me rolling my eyes.

Curd’s writing is strong and well in control, for the most part. Her descriptions were often lovely. But I do think that the dialogue felt a little unnatural at times. A little editing bit more editing definitely wouldn’t have hurt.

Steel Lily isn’t a bad book and I was entertained by it, but lots of things fell flat for me, including an out-of-place feeling romance. Curd had thought up a great premise, it’s just that the execution wasn’t up to par. I might recommend this to a person wanting to try out a dystopia with a little bit of steampunk mixed it… Just be prepared for disappointment.

Recap Of My Time In Florida!

Finally! I get to reflect on how much fun I had in Florida! *happy dance* When my family and I were driving to Florida in that cramped, uncomfortable car, I constantly daydreamed about all the fun and amazing stuff I will be able to do there. And when we arrived at the hotel (after driving through a bad neighborhood, making the mistake of going into a gas station where dangerous-looking men were hanging out, and sleeping in a parking lot that I swear was haunted), I was so excited for the future days filled with rides and amusement park food.

And I definitely wasn’t disappointed with the parks! I had a blast and took plenty of pictures with my (crappy but useable) camera! So now I can share the pictures with you 🙂 Not that my pictures are anything to write home about, but still! Oh, and my hotel was really neat, too. There were a lot of birds walking around. I even saw some turkeys!

Disney World

Disney World was all I thought it would be and then some. There was excitement, happiness, and maybe even a little magic in the air. I am also pretty sure I witnessed a proposal as I walked by the buildings along Main Street in the morning. I wasn’t able to take any pictures since my camera literally died three seconds after I turned it on (grrr), but I have a very good memory so it’s okay!

We first went to Tomorrowland and rode Space Mountain (my favorite ride). We were going to ride it a second time, but apparently Space Mountain had broke down right after we got off, so we checked out Monster, Inc. Laugh Floor, which was actually pretty fun. The monsters really weren’t afraid to pick on the people in the audience. (The guy who was behind me with the really long beard was teased the most.) We also went to Stitch’s Great Escape. That one wasn’t very good, but it was still a little fun seeing Stitch spit on the audience.

Adventureland was the next on our list. My mom wanted to go to The Enchanted Tiki Room so we went there. And I loved the whole! Who knew that singing birds could be so darn entertaining? “Let’s all sing like the birdies sing, tweet, tweet tweet, tweet tweet.” That song is still stuck in my head. Oh, and we also rode the Jungle Cruise and The Pirates of the Caribbean rides. I have always loved boat rides so I really liked those two rides.

Adventureland also happened to have this Dole pineapple frozen yogurt stuff. AND IT WAS SOO DELICIOUS! After I pigged out on the tasty pineapple-y stuff, we went to Frontierland and rode Splash Mountain and the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Right after Thunder Mountain, I dragged my parents back to Main Street and spent some more of my money on chocolate ice cream. By then, we had rode most of the rides we desired to ride at least ounce so we started to just visit them over and over again.

At some point, it started raining. Which would have been fine, but somehow my mom and I got separated from my Dad and my brother so we got a little soaked trying to look for each other. We did eventually find each other and after the rain stopped, I realized that we haven’t went to the Haunted Mansion in Liberty Square and proceeded to drag my family into the line. After going into the Haunted Mansion and dancing with the ghost, we resumed our activities of going to the same rides over and over (luckily, Space Mountain got up and running again). And also watched the Electrical Parade during that time.

Time flew by and it didn’t seem to take long for the park’s closing time to come near. So we hurried to The Hall of Presidents (robot presidents. Woot woot!) and watched that show. It was pretty interesting but I couldn’t help but inwardly laugh at the President Obama robot, because they accidentally made him look like a white guy. When the show was over, we ran to find a good place to stand and watched the fireworks.

When the fireworks stopped, my mom revealed to my brother and I that apparently we were able to stay two hours after closing time. We rode a couple more rides and then left at 1:00 am. The end!

Hollywood Studios

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Me when I first stepped foot into Hollywood Studios: THIS PLACE IS SO PRETTY! Guys, Hollywood Studios is an absolutely lovely place. The buildings, signs and billboards, and all the little touches here and there were so well placed and made. And since I remembered to bring my camera that day, I crazily took pictures until the camera ran out of charge. Everything was so fun to look at. And, uh, sorry to the people who might have gotten caught up in my photo-taking frenzy. But don’t worry, you all look dazzling.

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Admittedly, we didn’t get to do as much as we wanted to at Hollywood Studios, because my brother wanted to go back to the hotel early (darn you, brother), but we were able to go watch a couple of shows and ride a couple of rides! We first went to the Hollywood Tower of Terror. You know, this frightening thing:

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You can actually hear people’s screams from all the way across the park

It was an amazing ride. I had butterflies in my stomach and screamed plenty. Oh, and my mom also almost lost her sunglasses on it. They actually floated away from her awhile the elevator was crashing down a few stories 😛 We then went to The Great Big Movie Ride, which was fantastic. When the tour guide says that you will be a part of the action, they really mean it. Your ride vehicle will even be hijacked by some lady who is a thief (or gangster?) and wants to get out of her movie. It was amazing experience and the building itself it beautiful, too.

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We also got to see the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, a show where many scenes from Raiders of the Lost Ark are re-enacted and the stunts that happened in those scenes are explained. The hosts were really good-humored, which made everything more entertaining than it already was. After that ride, we rode Star Tours. Star Tours was really fun. And sort of amusing since C-P30’s reactions to being mistakenly put in charge of a spaceship and being attacked by Darth Vader were hilarious.

Because of my little brother’s complaining, we went back to the hotel, relaxed, and the because of my mom’s insistence, we went back to the park (yay) and watched Fantasmic. I wasn’t able to take any pictures of the show, since I was so dazzled by the water and flashing lights, but trust me when I say it was beautiful. Oh, and before the Fantasmic show actually started, there were these two hosts who managed to get the crowd of people to sing “Call Me Maybe.” I was singing and laughing at the same time when that happened.

After the show, we went home. The end!

Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom is a really lively place, which is to be expected when there are lots of animals in one place. I fell in love with this park. I loved everything about it, really. The birds that were flying everywhere, the animals, and the rides… It was amazing. It was fun to just walk around and look at the scenery and animals. And I took lots of pictures 😀

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We rushed to the Kilimanjaro Safaris, where we were able to see some fascinating animals. There were lions, rhinos, hippos, zebras, and much more! I actually found the whole ride to be funny since the animals had a habit of turning around and showing their butts right when I tried to snap a picture. The rhinos were most guilty of this:

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Luckily, I was able to get some non-butt pictures, too:

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I also got to see my favorite animal, the giraffe:

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After that, we went to the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail. Long story short, we got to see a few more animals!

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Favorite part of Pangini? The lounging gorilla:

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My parents wanted to go see It’s Tough to be a Bug so we checked that out and had a fun time at the show. When the show ended, we ran over to catch the Wildlife Express Train, which took us to Rafiki’s Planet Watch. I didn’t take any pictures there, but I remember everything vividly. I first spent some time with a parrot named Red and learned about how messy parrots were (they don’t even eat all their food), then we went to a show that featured cute little animals like ferrets and pigs and porcupines, then I went to the petting zoo, which housed goats that would not react to you AT ALL. They were all like, “so you’re petting me? That doesn’t mean you exist.”

Anyways, after taking the train back to where we were, we hurried over to the Wonders of Flight show, a show that had lots of interesting birds flying about.

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I also checked out the Maharajah Jungle Trek. It was awesome. The fruit bats, tigers, and other animals were so fun to see! And because the pictures I snapped are full-size worthy (pffft) here they are:

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After that, we went to the Kali River Rapids (that ride disappointed me a little since we didn’t get soaked at all) and the Expedition Everest Ride (the first ride I have gone on that goes backwards and I loved it). We then watched a parade (that I didn’t get to take pictures of). Oh, and we also got to see Nemo: The Musical, which was absolutely adorable. And then we went home exhausted. The end!

Universal Studios

Universal Studios was my favorite park. And I only got to explore half of it! Really, the  whole half of the park is so fun and exciting. I might have only checked out a few things, but those few things were all very fantastic 😀

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First, we rode the Minion Mayhem ride, and it was so cute and hilarious. The ride practically turns you into a minion and lets you run among other minion 😛 I love minions so I adored this ride. We then rode the Rock It ride, which was a ride that I was sort of panicking about. I mean, just look at this:

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Though, about halfway through, I fell in love with the ride. Shrek 4D was next on our list, and while I did enjoy it, I don’t think it was the best >_< But I got some Donkey and I love Donkey, sooo. After that, we went to Revenge of the Mummy, which was a pretty jerky ride, but still really, really fun. The ride also decided to fake us out: it made us tourist think the ride was over and then unexpectedly shoot us off into a room of (fake) fire.

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Everyone was a little hungry, so we went to eat at a Mel’s Drive In. The food was kind of tasteless, but the decor was really nice to look at. Plus, our table had this music player thingy that I enjoyed tinkering with. The place also had some really cool old cars parked in front of it (you can see one of them in the row of pictures above).

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After eating, we went to the Horror Make Up Show. AND IT WAS SOOO GOOD! The two hosts were hilarious right from the very beginning when one of the two ran into the room screaming with a (obviously fake) knife in her chest and then making a big show out of lying down and dying… and then telling the dude in the front row that he has permission to look at her butt. Anyways, the girls were hilarious to watch and I actually started crying from laughing to hard at them.

When the show ended, we walked a little bit and then had the idea that we should ride Transformers: The Ride. It was a real action-y simulation. I’ve never been a fan of Transformers but the fight scenes were so cool in this ride, and it really felt like you were a part of them. We went on another couple of rides (MIB: Alien Attack and Terminator 2 3D) that weren’t really anything to holler about, then found E.T. Adventure, which was really good. (E.T. still freaks me out, though.)

My dad spotted another cool-looking thing called Disaster, so we got in line and then found out that Disaster is apparently an experience that allows you to be in a disaster movie called Mutha Nature. We were stuck in the back and weren’t chosen, but the host was able to find a hot, hunky guy (her words not mind), a group of guys with glasses, a cute eight year-old, an old lady, and a pretty young woman. We then proceeded to watch these guys make a really, really terrible movie that was so bad it was hilarious.

We also went to Twister and got to see a set get destroyed by a “twister.” It was actually really interesting. After that, my family and I started to just go on the same rides over and over again, just having a blast. Some noteoworthy things that happened during that time: I found a dancing minion that wouldn’t stop dancing and being stupid so nobody could take pictures with it. Let’s just say I fell in love with it immediately. I also stumbled across a squirrel (I get so distracted by squirrels it’s not even funny).

At the end of the day, I bought a stuffed minion and named it Marty, and we went home. But not before seeing this beauty all lit up:

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The end!

Epcot

Sadly, we didn’t do very much at Epcot. BUT! We were able to go on Mission: SPACE, and it was quite possibly one of the greatest things ever. Uh… The end!

Additional Note:

I think it should be noted that while all this happened, my dad was determined to find the perfect Disney World hat. Seriously, he checked out every store. And after spending days looking for the perfect hat, he found it. Applaud him please.

As you can see, I had a very, very good time at Florida and I would go there again if I could 🙂 I miss it already! But I still have the good memories and will always happily look back on them. I will end this really long post with a thank you to my parents (hi mom and dad!) for giving me the chance to go to Florida. Love you!

The Sunday Post(15)

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The first week of school happened, guys. And it was pretty awesome 🙂 I was able to meet a lot of new people and was also able to become friends with people who I was only acquaintances with in the past. Also, my new teachers are extremely entertaining. One is absolutely obsessed with moustaches, another is very talkative and outgoing, and another seems to like teasing her students. Those teachers really do make the day go by fast 😛 The only thing that sucks is all the homework.

I haven’t been able to comment on my friends’ blogs very much, though. It makes me sad. But please now that I am definitely reading your post! I will be sure to dedicate more time to commenting next week.

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: review

19063The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
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My Rating:
5 out of 5 Stars
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date: March 14th 2006
Synopsis: The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that will be in movie theaters on November 15, 2013, Markus Zusak’s unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul.

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.

My Thoughts:

I’m writing this review in the middle of the night (I wonder what colors Death would be seeing right now…) and with tear-stained cheeks and with the last line of The Book Thief echoing in my mind: “I am haunted by humans.” A last line that is as ironic as it is powerful. I was struck speechless by that line, but now that I have recovered a bit, I can say with all the sureness in the world that I am haunted, and will probably keep being haunted for a very, very long time, by The Book Thief.

Now, I assure you that being haunted by The Book Thief is a burden that is as heavy as it is to being haunted by the entire human race, but being haunted by the memory of this masterpiece of a book can be a little wrenching. (Though, it can also be a whole lot rewarding. In fact, I urge you to go read this book and get haunted by it!) The characters and their struggles and their triumphs will stay with you, the narrator and his melancholy and his exhaustion will stay with you, all the emotions that you experienced awhile reading the book will stay with you, and the story, which is brilliantly and intelligently told, will stay with you.

The perfect choice of narrator is the part of The Book Thief that immediately made my heart get tied up by the story. Death is an ironic being, haunted by humans and exhausted from watching them tear one another down, even when humans are the ones believing themselves to be haunted by Death. This ironic being is an incredible narrator who perfectly fits the story. Death’s narration had me engaged at the very first page and told a story that could only be told in a way that Death could tell it. And really, I couldn’t help but be lulled and comforted by his words.

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Death’s story is about Liesel Meminger, a German girl with a love for words so strong that she is willing to steal the books where they reside, and her life during a time of war. Liesel is a strong child who observes and looks at the world with wonder. She is the one whose story is told in The Book Thief. But, since Liesel meets many people over the course of her childhood, other characters do get caught up in her story. Liesel’s cigarette-smoking and accordion player foster father named Hans, foul-mouthed and tough foster mother named Rosa, adventurous and daring best friend named Rudy, the fist-fighter Jew hiding in their basement named Max, the mayor’s quiet wife, and many of the other people living on Himmel Street.

Liesel’s relationships with these characters and the characters themselves are complex and intricately written. Every interaction is important and is tied into the story with skill. I especially loved Liesel’s strong friendships with Rudy and Max and her caring relationship with her foster father. Rudy and Liesel were an amazing pair and their eventual love story was pure, innocent, powerful, and painful. Chasing books down rivers and stealing food were never made so sweet. Max and Liesel’s friendship was beautiful and full of impact. The painting of images on the basement walls and exchanging of stories stories squeezed my heart. The daughter-father relationship between Liesel and Hans was lovely. The parts of the book in which the two rolled cigarettes and listened to the accordion were some of the greatest parts of the novel for me.

The prose in The Book Thief is experimental and unique, and I absolutely loved it. Death’s way of describing things, specifically the weather and colors, was gorgeous and really added to the already melancholy atmosphere of the book. Emotions were flawlessly sketches with words. Zusak’s writing in this book is superb.

“The last time I saw her was red. The sky was like soup, boiling and stirring. In some places, it burned. There were black crumbs, and pepper, streaked across the redness.”

One last thing that I think should absolutely must be said: The Book Thief isn’t about the suffering the Jew’s had to endure during the time where Hitler ruled. The Book Thief focuses on the lives of the Germans, which I think was an excellent decision for Zusak to make. Readers get the opportunity to see how people couldn’t go against Hitler’s beliefs without being beaten to the ground and how morality was a complicated thing back then and that many people were just doing what they could to get by, without anything being preached to them. Zusak doesn’t tell you what to think, he merely shows you what happened.

The Book Thief is an unforgettable piece of literature that, like I have said in the first paragraph of this review, will haunt me. Zusak said in an interview (that I really recommend you watch) that he didn’t set out to write a Young Adult book, he set out to write someone’s favorite book. I reply to his saying that with this: Markus Zusak, you have written a favorite book of mine.

*Images were found on I Am Haunted By Humans, a Tumblr site dedicated to this book.

The Sunday Post(14)

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I’m a officially back from vacation, everyone! It was so much fun being able to go to Disney World. My family and I also got to visit Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and (half of) Universal Studios 😀 The whole vacation was simply fantastic! I might do somewhat of a recap post so I can remember everything later this month…

Oh, and guess what? Summer is almost over! I will have to start going to school again (bleh) next week. Everything is a bit busy for me because I absolutely insist on going clothes shopping, calling all my friends and comparing schedules, and getting a new hair cut (I grew my hair way to long this summer break). Wish me luck (I’m gonna need it)!

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Goodbye July, Hello August

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The end of July is already here! Which really excites me since my family will be leaving home and going to Disney World! This upcoming vacation is one of the reasons why I haven’t been around on the blog for the past couple of days. I had to spend my time packing. So I haven’t been able to post on the blog and won’t be able to for several days. But I have been trying to dedicate more time to commenting on friends’ blogs and my own, and I do have a few reviews scheduled during the time I will be away on vacation. So I guess I won’t be that absent 😛

Anyways, I just really can not wait for Disney World! I even have a big stack of books to read and a ton of manga downloaded on my Kindle to read on the road. I also have an audiobook. I am ready to brave the boredom of driving for hours on end and also the boredom that comes with being stuck in the hotel room with nothing to do. Or the boredom of chickening out on a ride (I don’t like going upside down or big drops) and waiting for my family on a bench!

July was a fun month for me. Watching movies (Despicable Me 2, Turbo, Monsters University), hanging out with friends, three-hour long phone calls (muhaha), and more reading! I was able to cut down my TBR pile a couple of books so I guess that means I was a little productive. But I’m also starting to notice that my habit of “unofficially” reading books alongside the books shown on my GR shelf is getting worse– I have about seven books on the side.

Oh, and I completed my GR challenge!

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But now there isn’t any green text saying “You’re ahead!” or something like that. It makes it look boring to me… Oh well.

I hope you are all having a very good summer so far! Bye bye 😀