The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner made me very sad and then left me very hopeful.

We follow Amir through his life story. From his youth in Afghanistan to his new home in America. We experience his inner turmoil as he deals with his past and tries to come to terms with what kind of man he thinks he is, and tries to make amends by being someone, he never thought he would be.

This book was so sad! It was mostly miserable event piled on to miserable event. An emotional roller coaster with a plot twist that almost sends you off the tracks. This book has left me shocked, in tears and at very few, precious moments, smiling.

The Kite Runner is smart, heart wrenching, haunting and every once in a while extremely precious in its own way. My words cannot do this books justice. It’s just so good! So I will keep this short and just highly recommend it to everyone interested.

“‘Sad stories make good books’” – page 135


The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

I was actually looking forward to reading this book, because I happen to like the movie. Long story short: I really shouldn’t have been looking forward to reading this book.

Story just a little longer: This books is slow, and it feels like nothing really happens, even though obviously things happen. Those things just weren’t all that interesting. Except for a few minor exceptions, this book seems pierced together by a string of meaningless events.

Also I don’t really think Andrea or Andy, the main character, is all that likable, which might be Lauren Weisberger’s point. I guess under all the seemingly meaninglessness, there might be a hidden critique of the vain fashion world, inhuman bosses and Andrea’s transformation from lovable daughter and friend to workaholic and fashion conscious.

I don’t think this was a good read, but it isn’t necessarily a bad read. What seems like a string of meaningless events to me, might be a great read for some. I can acknowledge that some people might like this book, if they like reading about the problems of a twenty something working her first job out of college as an assistant for a heartless, unreasonable boss.

“’You remind me of myself when I was your age.’ […] I grabbed my bag and hers as well and wondered if this was the proudest or the most humiliating moment of my life.” – page 368

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

This review, like all the other reviews on this blog, is just going to be my personal opinion. That’s all I can really give you. I considered not writing this review, because I don’t think I can really do this book justice. I’m not an experienced or smart enough reader to make claims about literature, where I expect everyone to hang on to my every word. I hope to be able to really read deep between the lines one day, but that day has not yet arrived. That being said, I like to think I have my moments. Moving on; my personal opinion of The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.

  1. This book is smart, well actually it’s quite brilliant, and there were moments that left me a bit confused, but I think I got the gist of it all.
  2. It is a depiction of a person  – Esther – going through a mental illness. It puts us inside the head of someone, who’s head is working against them. It’s a really weird experience.
  3. I liked this book. This was a good book. I liked the main character, despite the fact that she doesn’t always seem lovable. The fact of the matter is, however, that we are inside Esther’s head. Esther’s view of herself might not be completely reliable all the time considering the fact that she is suffering from a mental illness that makes her suicidal. So it might not be so weird that she doesn’t always seem lovable.

I would recommend you read this book. It’s a great, brilliant book and whether you end up liking it or not, it is definitely worth a read.

“[…] I kept feeling the visitors measuring my fat and stringy hair against what I had been and what they wanted me to be.” – page 195

My Mad Fat Diary by Rae Earl

My Mad Fat Diary is funny, relatable and sometimes slightly annoying.

My Mad Fat Diary is the diary of Rae Earl, a 17-year-old, who loves food, boys and music. She has mental health issues, and when we are introduced to her, in the beginning of 1989, she has previously been admitted to a mental hospital. We follow Rae as she doesn’t get along with her mother, doesn’t get along with her “friend” Bethany, as she makes new friends, obsess over boys, obsess over music, struggles with her body image and her love for food.

And let me just say; this is a review of the book, not the TV-show. Apparently  the TV-show is quite different from the book, especially the story line. I liked the TV-show a lot, but this book is not the TV-show. They’re both great in their own way, but I am keeping them separate in my head, because to me they are two different stories about the same girl.

Even though I relate so immensely to many of Rae’s thoughts, I can’t relate to all of them, and sometimes Rae does get slightly annoying, but of course she does. You’re inside someone else’s head. Even the people I love the most in the world, can make me so infuriated and be so incredibly annoying, but that doesn’t mean I stop loving, let alone liking them.

And I did like this book, a lot. Rae puts so much of herself out there. It’s so brave and real. She hits the nail on the head with her description of what it feels like to be the fat girl. The one who thinks no boy will ever love her, unless she changes the way she looks. How hard it is to love your body, when you think no one else will. Rae Earl is awesome for putting it all out there and making you see the inner turmoil of her inner self.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan

This book was okay I suppose, It wasn’t unreadable, but it felt like the young adult cliches that I’ve read so many times before, and I’m starting to think I might have outgrown them. Not all young adult literature – I don’t think I could ever outgrow that – but the really trying-too-hard-to be-a-different-love-story novels, and then somehow ends up being a really cliche love story anyway.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson is written through the perspective of two characters with the same name; Will Grayson.  One Will Grayson has the childhood friend, Tiny Cooper, who isn’t actually tiny. The other Will Grayson is suffering from depression, is gay and has some friends who doesn’t have his best intention at heart, but has a mother who loves him.

While it had it exciting parts, it just wasn’t all that great, but I would recommend it to people who really like novels like Let It Snow. It could also be good if you really have nothing else to do with your time or if you are into the aforementioned cliches. It has its inspirational moments and its good moments, but overall it’s quite meh.

“‘So keeping the box closed just keeps you in the dark, not the universe.’” – page 196

Lord Of The Flies by William Golding

I have to admit every time I go about reading a classic, I worry that it will be – to be blunt – boring. Not because it was/is a bad or unimportant book, but because it might not be a timeless book, but more a revolution of its time. Or maybe it just isn’t for me. Luckily I am often wrong.

Lord of the Flies follows a group of boys stranded on an Island after a plane crash. We experience the boys’ attempt at a life away from civilization; making rules, appointing a chief, coming up with ways to find food and to find a chance of rescue.

It’s interesting to read through the boys left to their own devices in the face of trauma, and see how they handle it surprisingly well at first – considering their age – and then surprisingly bad – still considering their age.

We have a few characters playing men, and two trying wholeheartedly to be the “alpha”, causing the story to go from boys doing their best to survive to survival of the fittest and strength in numbers.

For me this story is about the “true nature of man”, when the boys are left on their own without any sign of consequence for them. This isn’t saying that the “true nature of man” is found in some of the horrific acts this book depicts, but merely the true nature of a boy having to become a man too soon. It shows a development of sin in innocence, and throughout the story we get to question, who’s beast and who’s man.

“The beast was harmless and horrible” – page 162

Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children is good, dark and slightly disturbing, with a twist of sadness and the supernatural, told through Jacob in his search for answers.

Following the death of his grandfather, sixteen-year-old Jacob is looking for answers. Odd stories from his grandfather, that he had previously dismissed, sends him to the Island where the children’s home, his grandfather supposedly spent his youth in, is placed.

It has that young adult book feel, but it isn’t overdone or full of cliches. It is darker than most young adult novels I have encountered so far, and it is the moments hidden in the darkness, that makes it haunting. There are moments of this book that will stay with me forever. Disturbing moments produced by characters I liked, making so that much more disturbing.

It isn’t a perfect novel, but it has its great moments that makes you want to read on and it’s worth a read.

“I had always known the sky was full of mysteries – but not until now had I realized how full of them earth was.” – page 342

Maus by Art Spiegelman

Let’s face it – there are numerous books written on the second world war and the holocaust. This should come as no surprise to anyone. However, when reading Maus, one seems to forget that. Maus is one of a kind. It’s a comic book, and I don’t see how it could be written in any other form. Admittedly, this is the very first comic book that I have read except for Donald Duck and Disney cartoons. Maus is extraordinary. I loved every bit of it.

*No spoilers ahead*

*You’re welcome*

Maus tells the story of Art Spiegelman’s father – Vladek Spiegelman – and how he survived being a Jew during world war two and the horrors he experienced during his time in  Auschwitz. It’s a story about father and son relationships and how we deal with hardships and the past. It’s also about love in all its forms and how humans deal with pressure and being scared shitless. I can’t even imagine what it must have been like, and neither can Art, which makes it a special read as well. With the metacommunication that’s almost going on, we actually get the story through of Vladek as we get the story of how Art made the book.

The characters are amazing – every country and religion have their own animal and i just love how this simplifies and also underlines so many things in the story.

It is truly a magnificent read, and would recommend it to everyone who hasn’t read it! It is so great, that it triggers your tear ducts, only to close them again just before things get real sad. I didn’t cry, although I felt like I did.

“To die, it’s easy. But you have to struggle for life.”

– Maus by Art Spiegelman

Welcome Aboard!

Hello everyone. Welcome aboard our literary ship. We (though mostly Nicks.) [Footnote: Nicks doesn’t really agree, as it was Britt who mentioned it first. But that’s beside the point] got the great idea to make a bookclub. You know, how you sometimes have problems getting started on a book, or finishing a book, or getting in the time to read a book. Well, a bookclub solves that! It forces us to read, because someone else is expecting us to do it. And will be very disappointed if we don’t. Might even start to cry a little. Hypothetically, that is. Not that it ever happened to us. Who cries over books anyways? It’s all just remixes of the alphabet anyways…

So now, once a month we spend two weeks reading the same book, and share our thoughts with each other and you; the people reading this or the void we are publishing this to. Maybe it’s just mom reading this. Hi mom! And once a month we spend two weeks reading a book the other person has already read and thinks the other person should read. Does that explanation make sense? It doesn’t? Example to the rescue! *Drum roll*

On the 21st of August, Nicks and Britt both decided to read Yes Please by Amy Poehler. Mostly because Nicks had seen it, unread, at Britts house too many times, and decided that enough was enough.

On the 4th of September they met up, and kind of forgot to share their opinion on the book, until they had talked about other, *very important* stuff for a couple of hours. Then they exchanged the books, they had thoughtfully picked out for the other person. Nicks gave Britt We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler, and Britt gave Nicks Maus by Art Spiegelman.

On the 18th of September, they will both meet up again, have an interesting conversation on their separate reading adventures, and then they will start reading the same book again, which they picked out when they previously met.

Then two weeks later, they will have picked out another book for the other person, and so on, and so on, until the end of their lives.

But since it’s probably best to keep some kind of suspense *dramatic voice*, we will not reveal which book we ordered for next times bookclub. You know, to keep our readers/mom/the void interested and excited for next week.

But until then, we read Yes Please by Amy Poehler and what did we think? Well, we are optimistic about the book. It was a good book, but it was, however, a bit underwhelming. Sorry Mrs. Poehler, we still love and appreciate your work! We speculated a bit on, why we didn’t find the book as spectacular as we thought we would, and reached the conclusion, that it isn’t targeted towards us. It reaches out more to women older than us. Women with more life experience. Women with children. Women with tough, yet awesome carriers. Women who are or have been married. Lets face it, that’s nowhere near us, with our 19 – thought almost 20 – years. So if you are one of the before mentioned women, you will probably enjoy this book more than we did.

The quote of this week is from Amy Poehler’s Yes Please. Because, you know. We just read it.

“You do it because the doing of it is the thing. The doing is the thing. The talking and worrying and thinking is not the thing.”

― Amy Poehler, Yes Please

*Awesome motto ending to this post*

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