Thursday, December 31, 2009

Book Review: Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Andersen

Description (from Goodreads):
“Dead girl walking,” the boys say in the halls.
“Tell us your secret,” the girls whisper, one toilet to another.
I am that girl.
I am the space between my thighs, daylight shining through.
I am the bones they want, wired on a porcelain frame.

Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the skinniest. But what comes after size zero and size double-zero? When Cassie succumbs to the demons within, Lia feels she is being haunted by her friend’s restless spirit.
In her most emotionally wrenching, lyrically written book since the multiple-award-winning Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia’s descent into the powerful vortex of anorexia, and her painful path toward recovery.
My thoughts: I got this book yesterday night from the library and I had to spent the whole night reading it, I just couldn't put it down. I read Catalyst by Laurie Halse Andersen a couple of weeks ago and I knew what to expect. After I finished with this book, I was speechless. And that does not happen very often.
Lia's best friend Cassie has died alone in a motel room. Lia feels responsible for her best friend's death. Cassie tried to call Lia 33 times before she died. Lia didn't answer. Lia and Cassie made a deal when they were younger. They both wanted to be the skinniest students of their high school. Cassie, suffering from bulimia and Lia, suffering from anorexia get smaller and smaller. When Cassie dies Lia starts to fight with herself; there is the hungry Lia who wants to take a bite from muffin and eat like a normal teenager. There is the strong Lia, the one who says that food is disgusting, the one who is in charge of the ideal weight goal. The strong, forceful Lia is in charge and the hungry Lia cannot fight against it. Lia gets skiennier and sicker all the time without understanding that eventually, if she goes on the way she is going on now, she is going to die. The fact that Cassie's ghost is hunting Lia, telling her that she is going to die, does not help at all. Can Lia fight against a part of herself and Cassie? Does she find a way to get better soon enough?
The imagenery and lyrical language are amazing in this book. At some points you feel like you are reading a beautiful poem when you read this book. Andersen uses language so greatly that the reader is able to see the struggle Lia is going through, the reader is able to sense it. Even though you wouldn't like the story inself you will love this book because of it's amazing use of English language. I am still mesmerized.
If I wouldn't have made by best reads on 2009 list yet this book would totally be on it on the top 3, maybe even on the first place.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Book Review: Secret Schemes and Daring Dreams by Rosie Rushton

rDescribtion (from
What would happen if Jane Austen's EMMA was set in the twenty first century? Emma Woodhouse is a caring, considerate sort of girl who is well aware of her own good fortune and talent for getting the best out of other people. Which is why, when she meets someone with untapped potential, she puts all interests to one side and sets out to change their lives for them - whether they like it or not. When Emma's childhood friend, George Knightley, needs help at his family's country house hotel over the summer, she sees the perfect opportunity to improve the lot of her new friend, the shy and unfortunate Harriet Smith. But as one after another of Emma's secret schemes go horribly wrong, she finds that nothing (and no one) is ever as simple as it seems.

My Thoughts: This is the 3rd book I read by Rosie Rushton and I must say that it wasn't be best from those three books. Emma does not belong to my favorite Austen novels but there are some elements I really like about Emma, like Mr. Knightley. ;) When reading Austen's Emma I like Emma as character even though she is a little snob and knows that she is above the other people. While reading this book Emma made me really annoyed because at some parts she was a total bitch.

While reading this book you get to know Jane Austen's Emma's characters on 21st century. Mr Woodhouse is ex-rock star who tries to save the world by using and advertising green products and living green lifestyle. Ms. Bates is called Lily Bates, a way too talkative girl who sees Emma as "goddess". Jane Fairfax is Jake Fairfax, Lily's rockstar cousin who shares a secret with Freddie Churchill (Frank Churchill). Theo Elton (Mr. Elton) is a medical student who has a secret crush on Emma. The story pattern is the same as in Emma but with a 21st century twist.

Mr Knightley is so gorgeous in Jane Austen's Emma. While reading this book I kept waiting and waiting to see the gorgeous Knightley but someway I feel like he wasn't there, all the other characters were so visible and he was just somewhere at the background.

I think that Rosie Rushton's books are great for teens who want to get to know Jane Austen but who are not ready to read the actual novels. This book along with the other "Austen books" is fast to read. For you, who has already read Emma by Austen, this is a nice, 21st century perspective to the story with a teenager heroine.

Other Jane Austen related YA books by Rosie Rushton:
-Summer of Secrets (modern retelling of Northanger Abbey)
-The Secrets of Love (modern retelling of Sense and Sensibility)
-Love, Lies and Lizzie (modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice
-Echoes of Love (modern retelling of Persuasion) WILL BE PUBLISHED IN FEBRUARY 2010

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Top 10 reads of 2009

Here are my top 10 books of 2009. I only count the books I read for the first time this year because otherwise the top 3 books would probably be books I've read several times (Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, etc.) Click the name of the book which will take you to Goodreads to read the synopsis of the book.

10. Something Blue by Emily Giffin
('Sequel' to Something Borrowed. I really liked this book because the "heroine" grows as a person; first I couldn't stand her but in the end I really started to like and understand her.)
9. The Reader by Berhard Schlink(Not the type of book I normally read. This book included a lot of sexual tension and images, disturbing situations etc. but the way the book is written is so beautiful that I must include it to this list.)

8. The Importance of being Emma by Juliet Archer
(A very funny modern day adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma. I think that Mr Knightley had a lot to do with the fact that I liked this book so much. I think that Juliet Archer's next book will be a modern adaptation of Jane Austen's Persuasion.)
7. Edmund Bertram's Diary by Amanda Grange(There are so few books about Edmund Bertram and I was so happy when I found this one. I love Edmund, he is my second favorite Austen hero and I just loved to read more about him. Mr Darcy's Diary by Amanda Grange is also awesome.)

6. A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks
(This book really made me cry. Beautiful story with suprises. I also love the movie adaptation of this book.)
5. Must've Done Something Good by Cheryl Cory(I could say that this is a modern day adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, at least it has a little P&P twist on it. Really great book which made me laugh.)

4. Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella
(The Funniest book I read this year. I was laughing alone in my room while reading this. Can't wait to read something else by Sophie Kinsella.)

3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
(This book was a total suprise for me. I'd read a lot about it from the blogsphere but I thought that it is one of those books everyone else but me loves. When I found out that the local library has a copy of it I decided to lent it and see what all the fuzz is about. I was mesmerized.The story is filled with tension and adventure. Can't wait to read Catching Fire.)
2. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
(This books is so beautifully written that it makes me cry. Morrison captures the extremely hard situation and writes beautifully about it. One of the best books I've ever read.)

1. The Crossroads Cafe by Deborah Smith
(This book suprised me completely. The text at the back cover and the picture in the cover almost made me not to read this one. I am so happy I picked this one up and started reading. This book has it all; humor, love, friendship, action... Everyone should read this one! )

The worst books of 2009:
3. The Truth about Diamonds by Nicole Richie
(I hope she understands that she is good at something else than writing)

2. The Heroines by Eileen Favorite
(The idea is SO GOOD but the story sucks BIG TIME)

1. Tuulikaappimaa by Jari Tervo
(The worst book I've EVER read. I have nothing good to say about this book.)

Have you read any of these books from my list? Do you agree/disagree with me about something? I would love to know your thoughts!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Book Review: Heart On My Sleeve by Ellen Wittlinger

Description (from Goodreads):
The story begins when 18-year-old, Boston-born, singer-songwriter Chloe visits a college in Connecticut as a prospective student and meets the dreamy singer-actor Julian from Florida. Both primed to say good-bye to high school and hello to the rest of their lives, the two share an intense, somewhat smooch-filled weekend that blossoms into an online romance. Inconveniently, Chloe already has a boyfriend. And both of them have prom, graduation, and summer jobs to contend with. A bouquet of ill-timed roses exposes Chloe's secret tryst and wrecks prom, but the revelations don't stop here. Chloe's sister Genevieve comes out as a lesbian via e-mail and Julian's sister e-announces her Las Vegas wedding to a man no one has met. The reaction of Chloe's parents to Gen's coming out is both comical and wince-inducing. (If she grew her hair long again would her heterosexuality be saved?) But, with the help of a few instructional books, everyone comes around in the end.

My thoughts:
It was extremely interesting to read this book! The whole story is told via emails, IMs, letters, notes and postcards. This book really made me want to send a letter to someone, too bad I did not figure out for who.

Chloe is an aspiring musician who loves folk music. On her weekend trip to her new college she meets Julian, a little shy but nice guy with an amazing voice. After their weekend together Julian and Chloe start up an relationship by emailing and sending letters to each other. Through this letters the reader gets to know details about Julian and Chloe; you get to know about their families, friends, siblings etc. The whole story is built around Julian and Chloe and by them other characters come into the picture. Both of the individuals, Julian and Chloe have problems in their own lifes and through their messages you get the feeling that they believe that when the college starts and they can be together, they are able to forget all these previous problems and start a new life.

Even though through the letters, emails etc. Chloe and Julian get to know each other they notice in the end that they really do not know each other since there are so many things you cannot see via emails and letters. As the first day of college gets closer, Chloe and Julian get more distant and they both realize that maybe they are not that in love they believed they were.

It was really interesting to read how the relationship between Julian and Chloe develops. Julian and Chloe both send emails to their friends and sister's as well and this gives more insight to the story.

This was the first book like this I'd ever read. I just got 'The Year of Secret Assigments' by Jaclyn Moriarty from the library and it seems to be a story told by email etc. also. So I am really looking forward to reading it.

As I final word I want to say that even though I really enjoyed this book I felt that I had some difficulties in reading it. The letters in the book were written with black ink to gray paper and it was pretty hard to make sense of the words written. Also some slang words were used, especially on the IMs and I had to look for some words I did not know previously. So this book is not the best for the ones that have to wear glasses and who still do not see well (like me) and for the ones who do not know the computer slang words. :D

Monday, December 21, 2009

Book Review: Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson

Summary from Goodreads:
Chemistry honors student and cross-country runner Kate Malone is driven. Daughter of a father who is a reverend first and a parent second ("Rev. Dad [Version 4.7] is a faulty operating system, incompatible with my software.") and a dead mother she tries not to remember, Kate has one goal: To escape them both by gaining entrance to her own holy temple, MIT. Eschewing sleep, she runs endlessly every night waiting for the sacred college acceptance letter. Then two disasters occur: Sullen classmate Teri and her younger brother, Mikey, take over Kate's room when their own house burns down, and a too-thin letter comes from MIT, signifying denial. And so the experiment begins. Can crude Teri and sweet Mikey, combined with the rejection letter, form the catalyst that will shake Kate out of her selfish tunnel vision and force her to deal with the suppressed pain of her mom's death? "If I could run all the time, life would be fine. As long as I keep moving, I'm in control." But for Kate, it's time to stop running and face the feelings she's spent her whole life racing away from.

My thoughts: I've read Speak by Laurie Halse Andersen a couple of years ago in Finnish. Reading Catalyst in English was a total different exprerience since the book was on it's original form, not translated to some other language. Andersen's language is so vivid and beuatiful and noticed that I was constantly analyzing the text by different ways. Someway Andersen's language reminded me a lot of Chuck Palahniuk's language in Fight Club. Andersen also uses a lot of short sentences to mimic the way Kate talks and thinks. In Fight Club listing is also used as a element to bring some order to the chaos and I was suprised to notice that someway the lists Kate makes in Catalyst also bring order to the chaotic life of Kate. Andersen also uses some type of black, sarcastic humor in this book which reminded me about Palahniuk.

Kate is the star student, the perfect daughter and girlfriend. Since she was young she has been dreaming about MIT, the school her mother also went. When MIT disapproves her and Teri and Mikey move to her room everything changes. Teri has been Kate's "enemy" since elementary school and living with her is hard. Kate opens her heart to new people, especially to Mikey, and notices that everything she thinks she knows can change just in a blink of a eye. After an shocking accident Kate has to start to think about her past, her mother and especially about her future. Is everything she wants to do just a flick of imagination? Does she even know what she really wants to do with her life?

I throughly enjoyed Catalyst by Laurie Halse Andersen. The beautiful use of language made me speecless, the character became familiar to me and I somehow were able to feel what Kate is going through. Catalyst is a young adult book with a deeper message and I promise it will make you think about your own life and the things that are important to you.

Bernice L. McFadden's SUGAR: 10th Anniversary

Bernice L. McFadden's debut novel 'Sugar' celebrates it 10th anniversary on Jan.9 2010.
Please help Bernice to celebrate this great milestone and purchase copy of Sugar. Bernice hopes that we, the booklovers, will purchase total of 10,000 copies and so bring Sugar back in to the literary limelight.

Sugar by Bernice L. McFadden: (summary from Goodreads)
From an exciting new voice in African-American contemporary fiction comes "a literary explosion...a stunning tale of love and loss" (The Chicago Defender). The novel opens when a young prostitute comes to Bigelow, Arkansas, to start over, far from her haunting past. Sugar moves next door to Pearl, who is still grieving for the daughter who was murdered fifteen years before. Over sweet-potato pie, an unlikely friendship begins, transforming both women's lives-and the life of an entire town.

Sugar brings a Southern African-American town vividly to life, with its flowering magnolia trees, lingering scents of jasmine and honeysuckle, and white picket fences that keep strangers out-but ignorance and superstition in. To read this novel is to take a journey through loss and suffering to a place of forgiveness, understanding, and grace.

I purchased by own copy this morning from the local bookstore. Can't wait to start to read it! Toni Morrison is one of my favorite authors since I read The Bluest Eye and she has said that Bernice L. McFadden's novels are
"Searing and expertly imagined." Can't wait!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Book Review: The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

Describtion (from Goodreads):
Some summers are just destined to be pretty

Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer -- they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one wonderful and terrible summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.

I really thought that this book would be one of those books I can just read fast, without any thought (I really need those books to get rid of school stuff at least for a while). I was totally wrong, but also positively suprised about it. Belly is again at the beach house. Everything is the same as during the previous summers, but also different. Belly has grown into a beautiful start of a woman and especially Conrad notices it even though he does not show it. Belly has been in love with Conrad for ages and during the summer she notices that whatever she tries to do, she will keep loving Conrad.

It is interesting to read how Belly's crush into Conrad builts into love. Belly, the narrator of the book, goes back into the past in several chapters of the book and gives insight about things that happened on previous summers. I liked the fact that the book was narrated by Belly. The reader gets to know what is going on in her head, how she thinks about herself and how she fights with the feelings towards Conrad. 'The Summer I turned Pretty' is a lot more than just a love story. It is a story about growth, both physically and mentally, friendship, family and traditions. It is a heart warming story about the summer that changes Belly's life.

I love summer and since it is really cold and dark here in Finland it was lovely to read this summery book. A sequel to this book will be published in 2010 and I must say that it is one of the books I wait to read the most during the next year.

Check out the booktrailer from here!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Book Review: The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler

Review: 15-year-old High School sophmore Virginia Shreves from New York City has a larger-than-average body. She feels like she does not belong to the gorgeous Shreves family and she feels like she has been changed to another baby when she was born. Byron and Anais, Virginia's older siblings, are star student, beautiful, thin and intelligent. Virginia's mother is successful psychiatrist and her father a businessman. Virginia is not beautiful, at least that is what she believes, she is not that intelligent as her siblings and she feels like her parents are not as proud of her as Byron and Anais.
Suddenly a shocking phone call from Byron's school changes everything; the way Virginia thinks about her friends, family and most importantly, about herself.

My thoughts: This book was hilarious. To the other people Virginia may seem shy and unconfident, but I think that she is funny just because she understands her "problem" and is able to make fun of it. My body is larger-than-average and when I was younger I felt bad about it next to the thinner bodies of my friends. Now when I've grown older I've understood that I like my body, I love it. It is a part of me and I am proud of it. And just like Virginia says at the end of the book; "If you had a small, puny present and a big, round present, which one would you open first? The big, round one, right? Who ever said smaller is better? NO ONE, that's who!", big things are not bad, they are normally things we want.

I loved to read how Virginia builts up her confidence and realizes that she is proud of herself the way she is. She undestands that the most important thing is that she feels good about herself, not that someone else says what she should look like. After Virginia feels good about herself she is ready for new friends and even a new romance.

This is the second book I've read this year about a girl struggling with her weight. Pretty Face by Mary Hogan (I have a review about it here)
told about girl who also struggled with her weight but in the end realized that she is beautiful just the way she is. I loved the both books and I would love to read more books like them. So if you know any books like that, please leave me a comment. :) Also, if you have read any other books by Mackler I would love to hear what you thought about them. :)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Book Review: Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

Review: Aislinn has always seen faeries. These faeries, powerful and dangerous, hide the mortal world. Aislinn fears their power, fears that they will get to know about her Sight, fears for her family and friends. Now two fairies, Keenan and Donia are stalking her. Keenan- a gorgeous male faery, is trying to talk to her asking her questions she is afraid to answer. Aislinn tries to ignore Keenan and Donia but soon she discovers that it's too late for that. Keenan is the Summer King and determined that Aislinn will be her Summer Queen, someone who he has been trying to find for nine decades. But there is a problem: Aislinn does not fall in love with Keenan, he is in love with a mortal, Seth. Things get hard when Aislinn realizes that maybe she really is the Summer Queen Keenan is looking for. Aislinn has to make some major decisions because her life is going to change forever. Is she able to keep the things she loves from her old life? Will she be able to develop her relationship with Seth? Melissa Marr answers to all of these questions in 'Wicked Lovely', a 21st century faery tale.

My thoughts: This book was one of those books I picked up from the library just because I had read good reviews of it from the other book blogs. I liked the book, but it wasn't one of those books that "changed" my life. I feel like that the beginning of the book went on very slowly and then at the end everything just wrapped up real fast. I expected Keenan to be "more gorgeous"; he was okay but probably I won't remember him after a while.

I will get the second book from the library probably at tomorrow. I think I will try to read it because 'Wicked Lovely' wasn't bad, it just wasn't a type of book I normally use to read. And I've heard that the second book is better than the first one. What I liked the most about this book was the relationship of Aislinn and Seth. I loved the fact how they developed into something deeper from a friendship. Personally, I see Seth as the hero of the book; he is the one character I will probably remember after a while.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Book Review: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

The story starts from autumn 1941 in Lorain, Ohio. Through winter, spring and summer the story develops. The narration changes and the reader gets different point of views of the happenings while Morrison's own voice functions as a gold standard throughout the whole story. The focus of the story is on 11-year-old black girl Pecola Breedlove. Pecola has one wish; she wants to have blue eyes. The bluest eyes. Pecola is ridiculed, spat upon, and ultimately raped and impregnated by her own father, Cholly Breedlove. Pecola wants to be the very opposite of what she is- white child, a doll like figure.

I read this book for my English A2 class. My teacher himself said that this is one of his favorite books and I was very interested to read it. The story is heart breaking, the language used so beautiful that it comes poetry and the happenings so shocking that you just have to keep reading until you know what is going to happen. I felt bad for Pecola from the beginning to end. She wants to be something she never cannot be and is desperate because of that. In the end I also felt bad for Cholly. He does a horrible act, rapes his daughter and she becomes pregnant, but while reading the story yo
u get to know so much of Cholly that in the end you understand why he did what he did.

We are going through this book right now at my English class. My teacher LOVES to analyze everything so we basicly go through this book word by word. It is interesting to notice new levels of the story, learn more about the characters etc. There is so much I could write but I just wanted to write something because I think that this book is one of those books you should read. It is something so different, shocking and beautiful that you will never forget it.

-born in 1931 in Lorain, Ohio to working class family
-as a child, Morrison read a lot; her favorites were Jane Austen and Leo Tolstoy
-in 1949 Morrison entered Howard University to study English
-she received a B.A in English from Howard University in 1953. After that she earned a Master of Arts degree in English from Cornell University in 1955, for which she wrote a thesis on suidice in the works of William Faulkner and Virginia Woolf.
-In 1958 she married Harold Morrison. They got two children, Harold and Slade, and divorced in 1964.
-Wrote 'The Bluest Eye' first as a short story which developed into her first novel and was published in 1970. At 2000 it was chosen as a selection for Oprah's Book Club.
-In 1987 published 'Beloved' earned Morrison a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the American Book Award. The book was adapted into a movie in 1998 starring Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover
-In 1993 Morrison was awarded the Nobel Price Winner in Literature. She was the first black woman to win it.
-Currently Morrison works as a member of the editorial board of the National magazine

Friday, December 4, 2009

Book Review: A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

Review: It is 1958. Landon Carter is a high school senior in a North Carolina town. He is a shallow but well-meaning teenager who spends most of time hanging around with his friends and tries to ignore the responsibilities the forecoming adulthood is bringing to him. When he signs into a Drama Class he thinks that he will survive without any work. Suddenly he notices that he is in the male lead part at the Christmas play and that his opposite actress is the "saint" of the whole town, Jamie Sullivan, daughter of the town's reverend. Against all odds, Landon Carter falls in love with Jamie but quite fastly learns that there is a secret which Jamie has hid from everyone except her father.

My thoughts: I saw the movie starring Mandy Moore a while ago and it made my cry. When I saw this book at library I decided to read it. It probably made me cry more than the movie. I was reading it at the bus at morning when I was going to school and suddenly I noticed I was crying. It was pretty hilarious situation.
Landon and Jamie are so different and it is great to follow how their relationship develops. Personally, since I am not a very religious person, it was at some parts pretty "hard" to read all those religious parts included in the book. But since the story takes place at 1958 I totally understand the whole concept of religion in Jamie's life etc. because the culture was totally different then. All and all I enjoyed this book a lot and I will try to find something else by Nicholas Sparks to read at some point.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Book Review: Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

"The first rule about Fight Club is you don't talk about Fight Club."

I was really excited in starting to read 'Fight Club' because it was the first book read in my English A2 class. My english teacher is really interesting person. He is not like the other teachers and he told us that Fight Club is one of his favorite books so I was really interested to know will I like it too. And I must say that I was positively suprised.

The narrator of the book (his name is not mentioned) is depressed and he has insomnia. He attends several support groups and fakes different diseases to get some comfort. That way he can sleep. One day Marla attends one of the support groups. The narrator notices that Marla is also there as a faker. They have to make a deal and the narrator is not able to attend all the groups anymore. His insomnia comes back. One day in a bar he meets Tyler. Suddenly Tyler asks the narrator to hit him hard and sooner or later Tyler and narrator are fighting on the bar parking lot. After the fight the narrator notices that fighting gives him relief and pleasure.

The narrator moves to Paper Street with Tyler. Tyler is a total opposite of the narrator and the reader really sees that while reading the book. They form a fight club and meeting after meeting the group gets bigger and bigger. Men come to Fight Clubs to get rid of their stress and show their masculinity. After a while Fight Clubs are not enough and Tyler invents Project Mayhem. It's goal is to destroy the history. But in the end everything gets out of the hands and the narrator understands that Fight Clubs and Project Mayhem must be cancelled. But there is problem... Tyler thinks that it is not necessary and Tyler has become extremely close to the narrator.

Fight Club harshy critizices the modern day materialistic society. Before meeting Tyler the narrator is extremely materialistic. There is one extremely funny part when the narrator is listing all of his IKEA furniture from his apartment which blew up in an explosition. Tyler on the other hand lives in a house which is falling apart. For him it is not about the material, it is about the substance in life.

The book has many motifs, for example listing, soap and materialism. The book is otherwise pretty chaotic but by listing the narrator gets some order to his life. Soap represents something materialistic; we use it once and then wash it off. The effect of soap does not last, it is only temporary. Materialism and its criticizims is one of the main motifs of the book.

It is interesting to examine the difference between the narrator and Tyler. In the text the narrator does not have quotation marks. Everything he says is just written normally. That means that the narrator does not really have an identity, he does not have a voice. The narrator is really a human wreck before the fight club. Tyler has quotation marks and it means that he really is a person with a voice. At the last chapter of the book the narrator for the first time gets quotation marks to his words.

There is so much stuff I could write about because we basicly went through the whole book at my English class. But I just decided to write about these main points. I must say that Fight Club is one of the best books I've ever read because it's so different and it has a deeper meaning. There is a lot under the surface and while reading it you really has to think about what is happening.

Have you read the Fight Club? Have you seen the movie based on the book?

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Book Review/ARC Review: Feddie Girl by Nona David

TITLE: Feddie Girl: The hilarious Adventures of an American Teen in a Nigerian Federal School

AUTHOR: Nona David

GENRE: Women's fiction, International Adventure, Thriller

PUBLISHER: Bernard Books Publishing



TARGET AGE: 13 and above

ISBN: 973-0-9824526-0-8

AVAILABLE FOR ORDER: Amazon, Bernard Books

Review: Carlotta Ikedi has never enjoyed being in school. She did not do well in San Fransisco. Her family moved to Oklahoma but her studying did not work there either. Her parents, Richard and Shelley, are desperate. Suddenly Richard gets an idea which chances Carlotta's life completely. Soon Carlotta notices she is in a trap. A trip to Nigeria with her mother turns into a nightmare when she learns that her parents are going to put her into a boarding school which is in there, Nigeria.

The girls only boarding school FGGC Uddah is like a weird planet for Carlotta. The strict school rules and regulations, rising bell, lights-out, manual labor, inspections, dining time, prefects, punishments, mean bunkmates and visiting days soon become the center of Carlotta's attention. With time she learns the traditions of the school, gets new friends and even starts to enjoy her time in FGGC Uddah.

Back in USA things are not going well between Carlotta's parents. Shelley fights to the last bit to save her marriage but understands that maybe fighting isn't enough and eventually kicks Richard out of her life. Suddenly they both notice they are in a middle of organized crime and that all they can do is to do exactly what they are told to to make sure that nothing happens to their daughter.

My take of the book: The whole book is well researched. The author took influence from her background, friends and experiences in Nigeria which is visible in the whole story. The author really brings up the cultural traditions, foods and people of Nigeria. Reading this book was like travelling to Nigeria and really experiencing all those things Carlotta does. I loved the international feeling of the book and I loved to learn something about a totally new culture to me.

I must admit that I almost gave up with this book. The first 100 pages go on really slow and I felt like the story does not develop at all. Finally when Carlotta gets to FGGC Uddah the story starts to speed up and gets really interesting. I think that the only major minus of this book is the whole organized crime thing. It is in the shadows of everything else and I feel like the story does not need it to be exciting. Luckily it is only a minor part of the story so I did not bother that much.
I want to thank Bernard Books Publishing for sending me the review copy of Feddie Girl.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Book Review: Pretty Face by Mary Hogan

Hayley- A girl with a pretty face.
That is what she has always been.
She is witty, funny and she has a great sense of humor but someway the boys just don't see her as a potential girlfriend canditate.
They just see her as a friend.
And Hayley is more than sick of that.

Hayley is not like "ordinary" girls in Santa Monica, California. She does not fit to the scene with the all blond, super skinny California girls. She is a little fat, not much, but just the way that putting a bikini on and going to the beach sounds like the worst nightmare ever.

At the end of the school year everything starts to go wrong. Drew, a guy Hayley has liked for a long time, sees Hayley just as a friend and tells her that he is interested about Hayley's BFF. Hayley's mother is weight obsessed and keeps feeding tofu and other healthy stuff to her family. She pushes Hayley about her weight constantly and Hayley feels bad all the time. When she hears that her parents are going to send her to Italy for the whole summer she first thinks that is is just a bad joke.

At Italy Hayley opens her eyes to a totally different world. There being curvy is seen beautiful. There people enjoy eating and pasta and pizza are not seen as creations of the evil. Hayley starts to see herself in a whole new light. When she feels confident about herself she understands that maybe not is the time for the true love. She even has a hot Italian guy in her mind... someone who sees a lot more than just a pretty face.

I really was able to identify with Hayley. When I was 16 I left my home for 10 MONTHS and started to see myself in a whole new light. I fell in love with a guy who is so amazing and I still miss him more than anything. Those 10 months away from home educated me so much. I got to know myself so much better. I became a lot more independent, I knew that I was able to do some things alone. I think that my decision to leave home at that point was the best decision I've ever made.

Book Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games and its sequel, Catching Fire, are all over the book blogs. Book bloggers are praise these books and the books have gotten great reviews. I had never heard of Suzanne Collins or these books but after following the book reviews I decided I also have to give a try to these books. I was really suprised that the local library had an English copy of the Hunger Games. I loaned it and read it in two days... it was as good as all the reviews promised.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen lives in the District 12. District 12 is one of the districts of the nation called Panem which lies on the ruins of North America. Capitol is the place which rules all these districts, the glorious center of the Panem. The Capitol is cruel and rules the districts harshy by forcing them to send one boy and one girl between the ages 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games. Hunger Games is a reality TV show where the kids are sent to an game area. The only way they can win is to kill others. There is only one winner-- the fighter who stays alive.

Katniss lives with her mother and younger sister Prim. After her father's death she has been the one taking care of the family. She hunts and gathers food and makes sure everything is going well. When the whole population of district 12 gathers to hear the names of the new Hunger Games fighters, Katniss has to make a decision which will chance her life completely. When her sister's name is called she takes Prim's place at the games and becomes the female tribute of the District Twelve. The fact that the male tribute, Peeta, is a guy who helped her a long time ago, does not help her at all. She knows that eventually she might have to kill him.

Without really meaning to, Katniss becomes the favorite of the public. But if she is really to win she has to start to make decisions that weight survival against humanity and life against love.

The whole book is filled with tension and excitement. You just have to keep reading-- putting down the book is extremely hard. The Hunger Games has all the elements of a great book: likeable heroine, great plot, good and bad guys, some love, action, adventure and a conclusion which makes you think... and want to read the second book, Catching Fire.

As I recently read 'Fight Club' by Chuch Palahniuk I must say that I someway see The Hunger Games as a 'teenage edition of the Fight Club'. The books inself don't have that much in common but the fighting theme is the same. I read from somewhere that there is going to be a movie about this book. I am really curious to see how they do it, because the book is really violent but also meant for young adults. So obviously the movie cannot be rated R. It is interesting to see how they will bring all the violence of the book for the eyes of the teenagers.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Book Review: Willoughby's Return by Jane Odiwe

Willoughby's Return, a sequel to Jane Austen's Sense&Sensibility will be published November 1st.
I am really excited about this book, I loved Effusions of Fancy and Lydia Bennet's Story by Jane Odiwe.
Please check out Jane's fabulous website at here.
If you are interested about ordering the book check out the information from here.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Review: Dear Nobody by Berlie Doherty

Chris and Helen are both studying on high school. It is their last year and they both have plans for the future- Chris wants to study English, Helen music. They have sex and after just only that one time everything chances. Helen gets sick and after several pregnancy tests she learns that she is pregnant.

The news of Helen's pregnancy are shock to everyone, especially to Helen. She feels like she cannot speak to anyone about the situation. She starts to write letters to 'dear nobody', to her unborn baby. By these letters the reader gets to know what Helen really feels and how her love towards her baby develops.

I decided to read this book as a part of the read-a-thon because it is pretty short. I think the book is just a perfect lenght, I am happy Doherty did not put too much stuff into it to make it longer. Doherty tells a beautiful story about love and making choices. Doherty uses beautiful language throughout the book to describe how the bond between Helen and her unborn baby is created. A light and easy read with a deeper message.

Review: Ransom my Heart by Meg Cabot

"The Debut novel of Princess Mia Thermopolis"

Finnula Crais is the youngest of the Crais family. Around the village she is known as a beautiful Finnula, but she does not feel herself to be beautiful. She is a girl who loves riding, shooting, hunting and sometimes even drinking with the guys of the village. When she hears that her dearest sister Mellina has problems she promises to do something to help her. They decide that Finnula has to kidnap a rich man so they can get money from the people who want to get him free.

Sir Hugh Fitzstephen is returning back to England. He left England, his home, 1o years ago. How, he is the new owner of the Fitzstephen house, the earl of the village.

Sir Hugh and Finnula bump into each other at the forest where Finnula kidnaps Sir Hugh. Finnula has seen sir Hugh handling big amounts of money at a local bar and she knows that he is a great catch. What she does not know is the fact that Hugh is really the earl of the village Finnula lives at. When they spend time together they both start to feel something they've never felt before; strong passion toward another person.

I love the Princess Diaries and I am sad to say that I did not enjoy this book that much. It had some very juicy and sexual bits and the Finnish translation of the book was hilarious but someway I just felt that especially the latter part of the book was really boring, I was just hoping to get to the conclusion of the story. not a bad read at all but not a good one either.

Book Review: Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella

Lara Lington has always been a little weird. At least that is how her parents think. Lara is a proud Londoner and a new business owner. She started a headhunting business with her friend Natalie. She has recently broken up with her boyfriend, Josh, but she is determined to get him back. She does not believe that their love could have just ended like it did.

Lara's great aunt Sadie Lancester has died at the age of 105. Lara never knew her great aunt, she had only met her once when she was a little kid. At the funeral Lara hears a voice of a girl asking for a necklace. She sees a girl in a weird clothes and starts to talk to her. What she notices quite soon is that no one else cannot see her. Lara is officially a freak- she is seeing a ghost. Sadie, the ghost, is asking Lara to find her necklace, she says she cannot rest in peace without it. Lara has no options, she has to stop the funeral and find the necklace.

Sadie and Lara are like the day and night. Sadie is bubbly, easy going, a little crazy and looking for fun and Lara is more serious and thinks about things more logically. They have a lot of arguments and sometimes Lara feels like a fool talking to a ghost but eventually they become friends and they start to do things for each other; Sadie spies Josh for Lara and Lara goes to a date with Ed, an american guy, so Sadie would imagine herself at a date with him. Later on Lara starts to think that could Ed be something more than just a date for her great aunt's ghost. And in the middle of all this action Lara is trying to find Sadie's precious necklace.

I had a lot of expectations towards this book since it was the first book I read by Sophie Kinsella. All those expectations were filled. Twenties Girl is such a funny book, I was laughing out loud when I read it. I love Lara and Sadie, they are so different but at the same time the same. I love how the story develops and how in the end Lara and Sadie become really close. This is definitely one of the funniest books I've read so far.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Random Reading Challenge: Pick number 6

The challenge is from Caribousmom's blog.

The list of possible books:
1. Jane Green- Straight Talking
2. Elin Hilderbrand- A Summer Affair
3. Lisa Greenwald- My Life in Pink&Green
4. Emily Giffin- Baby Proof
5. Amanda Grange- Mr Darcy, Vampyre
6. Sophie Kinsella- Twenties Girl
7. Julia Quinn- The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever
8. Wendy Corsi Staub- A Thoroughly Modern Princess
9. Jane Green- Swapping Lives
10. Rosie Rushton- Secret Schemes and Daring Dreams

The sixth book of the challenge will be: Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella

Book Review: The Big Love by Sarah Dunn

Alison is looking for the big love. She thought she has found it but when her boyfriend for several years leaves her during the dinner party, she has to start to consider things from different angles.
Eventually Alison starts to think that does the real love, the big love, even exists. And if it does, how can you find it?

The are many new, unfamiliar things Alison goes through while she is searching for the big love. She has an affair with her boss, she has sex after the first date, she feels herself betrayed, she forgives a thing she never thought she could forget and she realizes that she herself has to find the answers to her questions.

I enjoyed this book but somehow I just felt that something was missing. I liked Alison as a character; she is a little silly but still very smart, she is independent and strong and funny. I think that the thing I missed the most was the absense of a gorgeous, amazing hero. I also look for those in books. But all in all, this was a funny, light read and it made me laugh a lot, which is a good thing, especially during the dark and rainy fall days.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Book Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

A beautiful, heart breaking story about love, music, losses, family and how to survive in the changes of life.

Mia is a 17-year-old girl. She has amazing family- a little bit hippie parents and 8-year-old brother Teddy who sometimes feels like her own child. Mia's parents are music lovers- they love old punk music and they are more than suprised when Mia decides during her third grade that she wants to play cello. During her senior year in high school Mia applies to Juilliard's and everyone is sure that she is going to get in. Mia is not sure about going to New York City. She loves music and playing but she also loves her boyfriend Alex who is not ready to go to New York City.

One February morning snow is falling down from the sky and Mia and Teddy get a free day from school. The whole family decides to spend a family day and they go for a ride. During the ride Mia's life changes completely and she has to start to make decisions about her own future while she is connected to million tubes and machines at ICU as hospital.

I loved this book. It is heart breaking to read about the thoughts Mia goes through while she is lying on the hospital bed. She floats around the hospital as a "ghost" and sees how her family and friends are suffering and at the same time realizes how much she has lost, but also how much she has left. This book is about decisions, love, friends and family and it made me both laugh and cry.

I was glad to read that there is going to be movie adaptation of this book. Robert Pattinson would be perfect Alex.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Book Review: Girls by Tucker Shaw

Girls, a novel by Tucker Shaw, is a modern retelling of Claire Boothe Luce's classic play The Women. The original play did not feature any males in the cast and neither does the book. Males are important part of the plot but there is no visible dialog/scenes with males.

Meet Peggy. A culinary genious from Denver. A girl who attends preppy boarding school at Aspen, Colorado. Meet Mary, Peggy's best friend. A girl who has just learned that her boyfriend Stephen is cheating on her. Meet Amber, a girl with all the gossip. Meet Sylvia, always so glamorous girl who has a secret. Meet Crystal, an older girl who is hooking up with Mary's boyfriend.

The narrator of the story, Peggy, tells what happens at Aspen during the first week of the new semester. The air is full of lies, jealousy and misunderstandings and towards the end of the book all of the girls notice who are their real friends and how small the world really is.

I really liked this book but one thing I missed was guys. I kept hoping that some point Peggy would meet a perfect guy for her or something. The thing I really liked were the recipes at the end of the book. I really must try Peggy's double butter double cheese grilled sandwiches.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Book Review: The Truth About Diamonds by Nicole Richie

Okay, I did not expect much from this book. I respect Nicole Richie as a woman; she has gone through a lot but she has stayed strong and now it really seems that she is happy with herself and with her life. But as a writer-- I hope that she herself has also noticed that maybe writing is not her thing.

Nicole herself is the narrator of the story. She is a friend of Chloe Parker, who is the "heroine" of the story. Chloe is a 20 something girl who has been adopted by a famous Hollywood couple when she was younger. Chloe has seen and experienced fabulous life, but also the darker side of the fame is familiar to her. She is addicted to drugs ans she always tends to fall in love with the wrong guy.
Suddenly all the things start going bad and Chloe realizes she has to get rid of ther drug addiction and she decides to go to rehab.

Chloe gets out of rehab, gets a job and even though she faces difficulties in the end everything turns out perfectly. For me that does not seem very real. Chloe also falls in love with DJ Ray, who just seems to be too perfect; loves Chloe even though they really don't know each other that well, does not care about Chloe's drug use etc.

Even though Richie is not writing about herself, she tells her own story through Chloe. Richie was adopted by Lionel Richie when she was 9 years old, she got addicted to drugs, went throught rehab and got engaged to DJ called Adam Goldstein. At the end of the book Richie thanks Adam, her own prince. It is pretty ironic to read that because Richie and Goldstein got divorced 9 months after their engagement.

Now things are good to Richie. She has been married to Joel Madden for couple of years and they have two children. I think that getting rid of her partycrazy bitchy ex-BBF Paris Hilton did good to her. What comes to her "prince" Adam-- he passed away on August 2009 as a result of "accidental" drug overdose.

As a conclusion, I have to say that I agree with Richie about one thing; Diamonds are not as important as the people we get the diamonds from.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Book Review: Before I Die by Jenny Downham

I picked up this book because I noticed my mom reading it in Finnish. Normally I don't pick books which I know are going to end sadly because they make me depressed and think about the losses I have personally experienced in my life. I had to find this book in English and read it because the back cover caught my attention and when I found it from the database of the library I decided to give it a try.

Tessa, a 16 year old girl from England, has been sick for years. She has cancer and doctors have tried everything to make her better without success. Tessa lives in a reality and she understands that sooner or later she will die for her sickness. There are a lot of things Tessa wants to do before she dies so she creates a list of things to do. With the assistance of her friend Zoey she undergoes the 1st couple of steps of her list without feeling any better... until she meets Adam.

Adam is everything Tessa has always wanted. Tessa loves Adam and Adam loves Tessa. He does not care about her sickness. With Adam Tessa learns things about love and undergoes more steps from her list. Even some steps she had never imagined she would undergo.

I really like the style of Downham. Especially towards the end the book got really good. The style of writing Downham uses to describe the thoughts of Tessa on her last days made me speechless. I must say that I did not really enjoy the beginning of the book and many times I thought of giving up on it. I am happy that I did not because the ending was really sad and heartbreaking but at the same time also very peaceful and beautiful.

PS. I think this book would make a really good movie. I love movies like "A Walk to Remember" and "Keith" which are about the same subject - the lost of a love one to cancer.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Dewey's Read-a-Thon

I will be participating on Dewey's Read-a-Thon on 24th of October if nothing big happens. So the basic idea is to read for 24 hours. Check Dewey's site fi you are interested. My reading time would start at 3pm of Finnish time but I will probably re-arrange the time a little so it is easier for me to wake up at Saturday. And I really don't know can I read for 24 hours, but I can try. :)

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Book Review: The Last Chance by Sarah Dessen

Colie does not except much from her trip to North Carolina Coast. The only thing she knows is that the summer in going to be the worst summer ever!

Colie, a 15 year old girl, is very unsure and lacking confidence. She has never had friends, she has never spent enough time in one place to get friends. She has been bullied for her whole life and she feels like no one cares about her. Colie and her mother has faced a change in their life. They were both obese and they were living around United States. They did not settle anywhere. After moving to North Carolina Colie's mother start to work at a gym and after a while she has her own aerobics group where she works as a trainer. Suddenly she becomes a fitness phenomenon Kiki Sparks and she is known all over the world. She courages Colie to start dieting and she loses 45 pounds.

Kiki is having a world tour for her fitness videos and she sends Callie to her sister Mira for the summer. Mira is obese and very artistic and all the people at the town talk bad things about her but later on Colie understand that Mira does not care what other people think about her and she wants to understand how Mira does that. At her 1st night at Colby (The place in NC) Colie goes to a cafe called Last Chance and meets Isabel and Morgan. Suddenly Colie is asked to work at the cafe and for the first time she has friends. She is not used to the fact that someone might be nice to her and she notices that the friendship with Isabel and Morgan gives her courage. Colie notices that she is not the only one with the problems and she experiences things she has never experienced before as she spends time with the girls.

There is also Norman, a hippie guy who works also at the cafe. He lives with Mira and he is very artistic and he collects all these weird things. First Colie thinks that Norman is not her type but when she spends more time with him she starts to sense feelings she has never sensed before.

The Last Change is a story of new chances, the power of friends, first love and personal growth. During the summer at Colby Colie gets so much more courage and she realizes that the fault is not in her, it is on the bullies. She realizes that she has to defend herself against the bullying.

I thoughoutly enjoyed this book and I think that Dessen does great job in describing the feelings and actions of Collie. The book was fast to read and it is great to read who the confidence of Colie grows from page to page.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Book Review: The Crossroads Cafe by Deborah Smith

Deborah Smith's "The Crossroads Cafe" suprised me positively. It is a story of Thomas and Cathryn, a couple of people who has suffered a lot and who find peace and comfort from each other.

Thomas, an architect from New York City has turned to a drunkie. He lives in a cabin at North Carolina and spends most of his time with a whisky bottle. He once had family, a wife and a beautiful son, but it all was destroyed on the morning of September 9th, 2001 when his wife jumped out of the burning North Tower of the World Trade Center with their son Ethan on her arms.

Cathryn had it all. She had money, power and her looks. She was known as the most beautiful women of the world until the day of her tragetic accident. Cathryn crashed her car and her whole body was on fire for a couple of seconds. When she wakes up on a hospital she is in huge amount of pain and she feels that she is so ugly and no worth of life. Half of her face, her other arm and other parts of her body are burned and she knows she will be scared for the rest of her life.

In those couple of seconds she is on fire her life changes extremely. She is not that beaufiful Hollywood starlet anymore, she feels like she is the Phantom of the Lost Angeles. Her husband leaves her because she looks horrible and the only job offers are for roles of burn victims. Cathryn feels like she has hit the rock bottom.

One day, Cathryn hears a voice of a man from her phone. It is a warm, friendly voice and it talks to Cathryn about things she has wanted to hear about, especially about her Granny Nettie's house, which is now her property. She has never had time to visit that house on the mountains of North Carolina, but now she feels like it is time to go there. She has talked on the phone with her cousin Delta, who has sent Cathryn her famous bisquits and cravy. Delta, bisquits and cravy and especially the owner of the warm friendly voice, Thomas, are reasons for Cathryn to pack her bags and go to North Carolina.

It is amazing to follow how Cathryn and Thomas grow apart from their pasts together. They have a great support net around them; Delta and her family and especially 11 year old Ivy and 8 year old Cora, but in the end it is the trust they share which makes then whole again.

This book made me laugh and cry. It created so much feeling inside me and it made me think of what is really important in life. Smith beautifully describes the rumbling feelings of Cathryn and Thomas and the beautiful landscape of North Carolina. The use of language is so vivid that you almost feel like you are there, at North Carolina, at Crossroads Cafe eating bisquits with Cathryn and Thomas. I am so happy that I picked this book out from the library shelf because I can honestly say that this book changed my life -- it made me open my eyes and realize that there must be a person for each of us who see the inner beauty in us and who loves us unconditionally.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Book Review: Secrets of My Hollywood Life: On Location by Jen Calonita

It seems like Kaitlin Burke's all dreams have come true. She is having the best summer of her life; she has just signed in to her favorite director's Hutch Adams' blockbuster movie, she is loved by the media again after her two months disguise in a ordinary High School and she has the most gorgeous boyfriend ever, Austin Meyers. But like always, when the things are going well something bad starts to happen.

Drew, Kaitlin's slimy ex and her co-star for the Hutch movie is all over Kaitlin even though he was the one who dumbed her. When Carol, a new publicist tells that part of Kaitlin's movie contract is to be seen with Drew all over Hollywood things get diffifult. Kaitlin hates Drew. And when the filming to the movie starts Kaitlin gets to know that her rival, her co-star from the Family Affairs, Sky Mackenzie has also been booked to the new Hutch movie. Even Hutch is something different Kaitlin always thought.

Austin remains to be a wonderful boyfriend, but difficulties with him start when Kaitlin cannot be honest about things concerning Drew. Is Kaitlin ready to tell everything about her past to Austin? Why cannot Kaitlin be honest? Does she fear that her heart will be broken again?

This book is a sequel to Secrets of my Hollywood Life by Jen Calonita. There is also a 3rd and 4th book in the series and I am really looking forward to read them. If you like the Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot I guarantee you will love the Secrets of my Hollywood Life.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Discussion Post: The Men of my Dreams

Why do I always fall in love with fictional men? I have wondered the answer for that question already for years. I read a lot and I own a lot of books, but still, I always tend to read the same book again and again and one of the main reasons for that is my passionate love towards the "hero" of the book.First time I fell in love with a fictional man when I was about 12 years ago and reading Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. I will never forget the moment I got Pride and Prejudice into my hands for the first time. I was walking between the shelfs on the huge library in my city. I haven't found anything to read until I found this brown covered, old, little book between the shelfs. The pages were yellowish and I can say that the book looked pretty boring. The only thing it said on the cover was "Jane Austen- Ylpeys ja Ennakkoluulo" (Jane Austen- Pride and Prejudice). I took it with me and went to the sofas at the lounge to read it. The story took me in right away. I had to take the book with me and I read it for the whole weekend. That was the first time I fell in love with a book but also with a man. Fitzwilliam Darcy;handsome, tall, dark, rich, proud, arrogant, completety stole my heart. After that I have know what I want from a man. After seeing BBC's Pride and Prejudice I just felt in love with story and Darcy more, Colin Firth is just gorgeous as Darcy.

After reading Pride and Prejudice I wanted to read all the other books written by Austen. I searched them from libraries and I read them like there were no tomorrow. All the books have gorgeous heroes; Colonel Brandon, Henry Tilney, Mr Knightley, Captain Wentworth..., but the only hero that has become almost equal with Mr Darcy is Edmund Bertram from Mansfield Park. He is totally different type of character than Darcy. He is kind, friendly, etc. I just love the whole story structure of Mansfield Park; Fanny and Edmund are best friends, Fanny is in love with Edmund, Edmund falls in love with Mary Crawford, Edmund notices Mary is nothing like he imagined, he notices that Fanny is the person he has imagined in his mind all the time, Fanny and Edmund get together. I love Edmund because of his friendliness, but also because of the fact, that maybe all the time he loved Fanny, not Mary, but that he was just blind for the love. My favorite adaptation of Mansfield Park is the movie made in 2007 with GORGEOUS Blake Ritson as Edmund. (I must say that Blake Ritson is one of the handsomest men I've ever seen.)Since I read the first Princess Diaries book by Meg Cabot I've loved Michael Moscovitz. He is nerdy, kind, funny, musician etc. He likes Mia even though she is also kinda freaky at the beginning before she hears the she is a princess. I think Michael is lot cuter in the books that in the movie, I was kinda disapointed when he was not in the second movie. During the whole 10 books of the Princess Diaries Michael remains as my favorite character along with Mia. Michael is smart but he is also funny. I want that type of guy for me too. Plus, I always imagine him to be amazingly handsome, (and he smells good, like Mia says).
I never thought I would fall in love with a vampire. I've read Harry Potters several times, but I never fall in love with Harry Potter. When I got the Twilight Saga into my hands I never imagined I could fall in love with a vampire, because it sounds even more unrealistical than wizards. But after reading about Edward Cullen there was no going back. Edward has stolen the hearts of million girls worldwide. He is the day dream of girls from 12 years old, or even younger, to older people. He is handsome, extremely protective, rich, and he is devoted to love only one girl in the whole world. Who wouldn't want that? I must say that when I was reading New Moon I started to dislike Edward at least a little (I think I'm not the only one) but at the end of the book my heart was again beating only for Edward. Gosh I wish there could be guys like him somewhere. The first movie was worser than the book, but I have high expectations towards the second movie because at least the latest trailer looks really good. I think Robert Pattinson is a great choice to play Edward. No one can be as gorgeous as Edward but Robert Pattinson is very close to that.

I have to mention this one character from a TV show because I am basicly talking about him everyday. :D Grey's Anatomy has been my favorite TV show since it started. I am interested about medicine, which is visible on the show, but also the relationship problems and the life in the hospital are interesting. The characters are great, sometimes I feel like I personally know them. I know about their problems, their weaknesses, what they like to do, who they love etc. At season 2, I totally fell in love with this "dirty mistress" Mark Sloan aka McSteamy. He was the guy who broke Derek's marriage, the guy who has sex with everyone, the guy who is not ready to settle down. Despite all these facts I see him as the guy who is scared to settle down and who is able to love someone when he is just ready for it. At the season 5 of the Grey's Anatomy McSteamy changes when he falls in love with a lot younger intern Lexie Grey. It was great to see the other side of McSteamy, the side I always knew existed. I am really looking forward to the 6th season, which is starting next week (I AM SO EXCITED) to see more about the other side of McSteamy. One of the best things also about him is his gorgeous looks. I can honestly say he is the handsomest men I've ever seen.

This is only a little list of the fictional guys I love. I posted about these guys because they are the ones I always go back to, I always want to know more about them, I am always seaching for a guy who is like them and I constantly daydream about them.

I hope I'm not the only one dreaming about fictional guys. I would love to know who is your favorite fictional man and why?

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Book Review: The Importance of Being Emma by Juliet Archer

Emma Woodhouse is 23 years old. She is successful, beautiful, and rich. Her father owns a food company at Highbury, which is a village in England. After studying marketing at universities like Harvard Emma moves back to Highbury and start working at her father's company. What Emma does not know when she is coming to Highbury is that her father Henry has asked Mark Knightley, Emma's teenage crush to mentor her. Mark has been working at India for past 8 years and last time he has seen Emma as a silly teenager. Things have definitely changed during the 8 years.

Emma and Mark has always been like brother and sister. That is at least what they say. Emma is still embarassed about her teenage crush to Mark. When they see each other again, especially Mark notices that Emma has become gorgeous and he definitely has so un-brotherly thoughts in his mind. Emma also sees that Mark is still gorgeous, even though he is turning 35.

Like we know from Jane Austen's Emma, Emma Woodhouse likes to do matchmaking. She thinks she was the one who matched Tom Weston and Kate Taylor. Kate worked for Henry's company, but after she got married she stopped working. To replace Kate Henry hires Harriet Smith, a pretty but a little bit silly girl. Emma sees Harriet as a project and she starts to match Harriet with Philip Elton who works for the Finance at Highbury Foods. Quite fast Emma notices that Harriet is not the one Philip has his eyes for.

Flynn Churchill, the son of Tom Weston is a legend at Highbury. Everyone is talking about him but nobody has really met him. When he finally arrives to Highbury Emma believes that he is the man of his dreams. Quite fastly he notices that he is not the one for her, but she still thinks of him as her friend.

A night after Highbury Food's party something important happens between Emma and Mark. The next morning they both try to make the thing that happen look unimportant, but in the end they both know that what happened was really important and unforgettable. When they clear their heads by avoiding each other they notice that they are the one's for each other.

I really liked this book. I read about it a while ago from JALS and when I saw a copy of the book on a shelf at Borders at Charing Cross Road I had to buy it. The book was funny, romantic, exciting and it had a gorgeous guy, Mark Knightley, on it. What else could I wish for?

The next book by Juliet Archer will be Jane Austen's Persuasion on 21st century. I am really looking forward to it.

I count this as a part of Everything Austen challenge!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Collection of Book Reviews

Here are the couple of reviews I wrote about earlier this week.

Meg Cabot- Princess Diaries- Ten to Ten
It feels horrible to think that this was the last Princess Diaries book. I have love all the previous books and this was not an exception. Mia Thermopolis is so funny. And Michael... He is one on my favorite fictional guys (the list is big). The best thing in this book was the fact that Michael is back at NYC and he is still in love with Mia. Mia is dating JP but she feels very weird when she is around Michael. Mia turns 18 and she also had prom. She is senior at Albert Einstein High School and she thinks that she is the only virgin at the whole senior class. The whole book is about Mia struggling between Michael and JP and also about Mia's senior project, which is a 400 page romance novel. I loved the little parts of the "Ransom my Heart" which we spread between Mia's "diary". I cannot wait to read Ransom my Heart, I bet it is really good.The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
Michael is a young student. One day he gets sick on his way to home and he gets help from Hanna, this thirtysomething lady. When Michael goes to thank Hanna for her help he feels something toward her. Later on they start to see each other and they start to have sex together. After sex Michael reads books to Hanna. Hanna listens to him and wants him to keep reading to her. Michael falls in love with Hanna, but the age difference causes complications to their relationship. Suddenly Hanna just leaves without saying anything.

Years after Hanna left Michael is a law student. He gets into this group who will parcipate on court when they are going through a case in which Hanna is involved. Michael never talks to Hanna, but during the court sessions Michael understand why Hanna wanted Michael to read to her. Hanna is found guilty and she goes to jail.

After years, when Hanna is spending her last days on the jail, the lady from the jail calls to Michael and asks could he make sure that Hanna has a place to live and work when she gets out of jail. Michael goes to visit Hanna only a days before she is supposed to get out. Michael finds very old looking Hanna from the prison, but he understands that she is very happy to see him. Michael promises that he will make sure that everything goes well when Hanna gets out. Hanna never gets out of that jail, she ends her life before that.

When I picked this book up from the library shelf I really believed this would be one of those books I will not like. I was really suprised when the book turned to be out really good. I like the characters, especially Michael. The thing that he is connected to Hanna for almost his whole life was really interesting. I was really suprised about Hanna's past, I was kinda shocked about it first.

The Summer of Secrets by Rosie Rushton
Caitlin Morland is a teenager. She has just got into a new school and she has a couple of new friends, Summer Tilney and Isabella Thorpe. Isabella is a child of British politician, Summer is a daughter of famous marmalade maker.
Isabella says there is something very weird in Summer because she never goes to parties etc, but Caitlin thinks that she is a great friend who just has a secret. When Summer invites Caitlin to her family's wine yard Caitlin does not know what is is getting into. Caitlin meets Summer's brother Ludo, who is gorgeous and Caitlin totally falls for him. Ludo is really nice to Caitlin but he seems not to be interested. Isabella and Caitlin's brother James and especially Ludo's and Summer's brother Freddie are causing problems to Caitlin and she cannot spend all the time she would like to by just wathing Ludo and trying to make him fall in love with her.
Towards the end things of course get well and Ludo and Caitlin get together.

This book is a story of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey on 21st century. This book was really fast to read and I must say that I really enjoyed it. It is probably meant for a little younger readers, but I think it was okay for me too. :) I have two other books from Rosie Rushton on my shelf, I will be reading them when I just get some time.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Book Review: If You Could See Me Now by Cecelia Ahern

This is my first review for The Random Reading Challenge. :)

I liked the whole fairytale concept of this book. This book was really different than I expected it to be but I really enjoyed it and I will definitely look for other books by Cecelia Ahern.

The main characters of this book are Elizabeth and Ivan and the story is told by them both. Elizabeth is successful business woman, she has her own interior desing type of firm. Elizabeth has had a difficult childhood. Her mother never stayed at home for a long time and her father was unhappy by the fact that his wife was never at home. When Elizabeth was about 12 years old her mother got another baby, a girl named Saorse. When Saorse was only about 1 month old Elizabeth's mother left and never came back. When Elizabeth's father, Brandon, was not able to take care of the baby Elizabeth was the one who had to take all the responsibilty. When Elizabeth was old enough she left home, went to University and started to travel around the world. She lived in New York and she had relationship at there. When her sister, Saorse, was 16 she got pregnant and when she was not able to take care of the baby (Saorse turned out like her mother, she was not able to stay at home and she used a lot of alcohol) Elizabeth had to adopt Saorse's son Luke.

When the story of the book starts Luke is 6 years old. Suddenly Luke starts to see this guy called Ivan and Elizabeth starts to fear that Luke is going to turn out exactly like his mother. Elizabeth is worried about Luke's imagenery friend but when she reads from Internet that it is totally normal she does not worry about it anymore. Elizabeth starts to hear voices in her home and one day she meets Ivan who she thinks is Luke's friend's father. Elizabeth does not know that this Ivan is the same Ivan Luke sees and that herself and Luke are the only ones who can see him.

Ivan is invisible for most of the people. He is normally visible to children. He works as a best friend. He becomes visible to someone who needs a friend. When he understands that Elizabeth, an adult, can see him he is suprised but at the same time happy, because he notices that he feels something towards Elizabeth. By the time he understands that he is there for Elizabeth, not for Luke.

Ivan and Elizabeth become friends and Ivan makes Elizabeth talk about things she has never talked about before. Ivan changes Elizabeth a lot. He makes her happy and relaxed and her relationship with Luke becomes easier because Ivan makes Elizabeth understand what a child in the age of Luke needs. Elizabeth and Ivan fell in love. Ivan understands that their relationship would be impossible, because Ivan does not get old and anyone else but Elizabeth does not see him. The ending of the book is happy, but not the type of happy I wanted it to be. The ending of this book was only minor dissapointment for me.