Brooklyn is a historical fiction novel about an Irish girl named Eilis who travels to America and settles in Brooklyn, New York. It’s a simple, well thought out, well-written and slow-burning novel. Eilis was a weak protagonist I thought but that made her more relate-able to me. But it was frustrating reading sometimes because, even though she knew what she wanted, she never expresses it to the people around her. There is no real plot like a rising action, climax, and resolution, just her life with significant and sometimes not so significant events sprinkled in throughout. This doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the book. I actually like books like that and I enjoyed reading this. If you like reading books like that, I would recommend Brooklyn.
Have you read Brooklyn? If so, how’d you like it?
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If anyone has been reading my blog, I said in my August Wrap Up post that I’m not going to be writing book reviews. I lied because I really want to write a book review for Maybe Someday. I think I will just write book reviews ad lib but will continue not to rate them stars. I’m probably taking this book review thing too seriously! Anyway, on to the review!
There are very few books that I read in one or two sittings and this was one of them. When I saw the cover, I thought it would be a typical trope-y love story but I was in a reading slump and what better way to get over said reading slump than a romance novel? So I check it out of the library.
It’s definitely not going to win the Pulitzer Prize but I did enjoy the writing and the plot had a few twists that I didn’t see coming. Definitely a few OMG! moments.
I thought that one of the main characters, Ridge, was very well developed. We got to know a lot more about his life and past than Sydney’s, the other main character. I felt that this book was much more about Ridge’s story than Sydney’s. I don’t know if the author intended it that way but I’m okay with that. I felt that the other characters weren’t as developed either.
All in all, it was a very sweet and engaging read. I wouldn’t analyze this book too in depth for what it is. A simple love story. If you are in a reading slump or are in the mood for a very well written romance, I highly suggest reading this book!
Oh, and my favorite songs are Maybe Someday and Living a Lie 🙂
Have you read this book? If so, what did you think of it?
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Recently, I finished reading The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. It is a story about a boy named Milo, a dog named Tock and a bug named Humbug and their adventure in restoring Rhyme and Reason in a magical new world that Milo happened upon via a tollbooth.
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This week, I finished reading two books, Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell and Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney.
Eleanor & Park is about two teenagers, seemingly different, fall in love. We follow along as they meet, awkwardly and uncomfortably get to know each other and fall in love. I really liked this book because it was an easy, light read, funny, set in 1980’s, one of the main characters is half Korean (I love all things Korean) and the other has bright red hair and chubby. It also has some drama to sink your teeth into.
Next, I read Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I found this at Goodwill and thought it was interesting. I love children’s books (as well as young adult) and I really liked this one. It’s a diary of a kid in middle school name Greg Heffley with comic drawings on every page. There is no plot, climax, rising action, etc. since it is a diary, just anecdotes from his life. Greg never seems to get his way even though he tries very hard, it always backfires. It was a very quick and enjoyable read.
What did you read this week?
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This week, I finished reading The Rum Diary by Hunter S. Thompson. It is about a young man that moves to Puerto Rico and starts working at a newspaper. We follow along with his adventures and misadventures. I really liked the writing style and it was a quick, enjoyable read.