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I like to read insightful books and stuff like that.

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Oedipus Rex
Sophocles, J.E. Thomas
Animal Farm
George Orwell

Boy Meets Boy

Boy Meets Boy - David Levithan Completely unrealistic, but that was what made it so enjoyable.
I smiled the whole way through this lovely book. It's the perfect summer read really

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour - Morgan Matson Though cliché-ridden, this was a really cute book.
The small mentions of Jack's Mannequin made me happy.

Nobodys Girl

Nobody's Girl - Sarra Manning 12 year old me loved this book so much..

Fahrenheit 451 (Spanish Language Edition) (Spanish Edition)

Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury 4.5/5

I had just over two hours to read and as a result I think I read the last part too quickly. I loved this book though! I especially loved the first part of the book.

I personally find it difficult to engage in dramatic battle/runaway/chase scenes. That's a personal flaw, not a flaw of the book. I really should've paid more attention when reading it.

Boys Don't Cry

Boys Don't Cry - Malorie Blackman I really enjoyed reading this book. I would give it 4.5/5.

It was both entertaining and an easy read.
SPOILER ALERT!

Go Ask Alice

Go Ask Alice - Beatrice Sparks, Anonymous Ok this is a massive spoiler or whatever but I'm just so annoyed. I was enjoying this book. It completely scared me I was shook with terror. But that was completely fine. I was certain I was gonna give this book at least four stars. Then, the author adds an epilogue like "she died three weeks after". WITH NO EXPLANATION. I had so much hope for her and I truly believed she was getting better. And the thing is, it's been proved this is a work of fiction. So the author could have easily told us why. I don't know.

3 stars make it seem as if I was passive about this book but believe me, I was not. Part of me wanted to give it 5, the other 1.

Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars - John Green One thing is certain, any synopsis I've read of this book doesn't do the book justice. If you're thinking of reading it don't be mislead by the summaries. There is so much more to it than "two cancer patients falling in love".

This book is so important to me. It inspired me to think in a different way and probably changed my life unlike any other book ever will. When I first read it in early 2012, it reminded me as to why I loved reading so much. After listening to John speak so much about Esther, and how he desperately he wanted to write a book about a children's hospital, it just made this book even more special and wonderful.

Looking at the reviews of this book and even listening to others talk about this book, nearly all everybody says is,I CRIED SO MUCH IT WAS SO SAD. (This is a spoiler because I generally believe being told a book is sad makes me less likely to be upset as I'm mentally prepared for something MASSIVE.) But, I don't know, I think there's so much more to the book than that. The reason this book is so special to me is because it inspired so many ideas in my head. It reassured so many doubtful thoughts I've had. It brought out all the emotions I have. It helped me realise that I should be more appreciative of my own life.

I felt such a connection with the characters, especially Augustus. I mean, I'm definitely no dark, handsome amputee, with a crooked smile, but as the book progressed and Augustus' vulnerability became apparent, I felt a deep-rooted connection with him. I think it's partly because we share the same hopes and ideas.

Yeah I'm finding it hard to write a review that does this book justice but I just really, really love it.

Where She Went

Where She Went - Gayle Forman This was such an amazing sequel. I personally preferred it to If I Stay. I found Adam's narrative much more interesting and we got to see the depth to his character. I loved the fact it was written from Adam's perspective I guess this could be due to the fact I felt such a connection with the whole band scene. Unlike If I Stay, in this book the characters don't seem sugar coated or without fault which I felt was really important. The book just felt a lot more real to me, if that makes sense at all.

Divergent

Divergent  - Veronica Roth I wavered between four and five stars but eventually settled on four. I guess that's because I like to keep five stars for really special books.

Anyway, this book was a really, really fun read. While YA Dystopia is not really my favourite genre of book I could appreciate it. It was an enjoyable read and I really liked a lot of the characters. It was a strange but nice break because most of the recent books I've read have been more thought-based and directed towards an older audience.

It did exactly what I think a dystopian book should. It had me turning pages waiting to see what happened next, it made me laugh and I really liked a lot of the characters.

(I predicted a few of the plots but I don't really think that as a bad thing as I felt rather smug when I discovered I was correct...)

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Will Grayson, Will Grayson - John Green;Penguin Books USA I loved it.

This novel features the greatest sounding musical in existence. It was clever and funny. I laughed out loud a lot of times, which I usually don't when reading.

ALSO, I TOTALLY KNEW THAT WAS HOW THEY WOULD CROSS PATHS.

The Book Thief

The Book Thief - Markus Zusak Before I read this book, I had very high expectations. Which isn't necessarily a good thing. Usually when there is hype around a book, I expect too much of it and end up disappointed. This was not the case with The Book Thief. I was utterly fascinated and amazed by this book.

This story set in Nazi Germany is narrated by death. Obviously, death's workload had increased dramatically around this time due to war, but still he strangely formed an interest in a young girl named Liesel. The story follows Liesel as she moves in with her new foster parents after her mother (like her father previously) had been taken away. On the way there, death meets her for the first time when her brother dies on the train. As he is buried, Liesel steals her first book which she soon finds out is about Gravedigging. At her new home on Himmel street, Liesel forms many special relationships. Particularly with her foster father, Hans Huberman, and her neighbour, Rudy. Hans even teaches her how to read her stolen book.

At the beginning of her move, the Second World War begins. This doesn't mean too much to most residents of Nazi Germany at the time, because they were safe. At a special book burning, Liesel steals her second book. And her life as a book thief begins. As the book continues, so does the war. (However unlike the book the war becomes worse over time.) Hans Huberman had already taken part and survived one world war, this was thanks to a Jewish man who saved his life. Hans never had the opportunity to repay the man, until now. In this book we see Liesel form unique relationships with a promise-keeper, a boy with lemon-coloured hair, a Jewish fist-fighter and with words. Unlike Death (as in the narrator), I am not going to spoil the ending for you.

As well as a unique plot, The Book Thief features some of the most beautiful descriptions of colours I have ever read. In this sense it sort of reminded me of The Night Circus. (Although a lot more happens in this book plot-wise)

I loved this book. I think that it had something for everyone. A grasping plot, undeniably gorgeous descriptions, loveable characters and an element of tragedy. It was one of those special stories in which one sentence could make you gasp. There were many times I had to stop reading to fathom what I just read. My favourite character was Rudy. Like Death, that boy breaks my heart.

A little warning: It is not a quick read. In fact, it took me a little over a week. There are over 550 pages and it is a book that requires to be read with care.

All in all, this books automatically joins my list of favourites. I would recommend it to all.
SPOILER ALERT!

The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger I never really understood John Green's argument that you don't need to like the characters in a book to like the book itself. That was, until I read this book.

I mean, for the first few chapters of the book, I hated Holden. It seemed like he wasn't even trying. He was prejudiced and misogynist. I didn't want to listen to him whine about his problems for roughly 200 pages. But, as the novel went on, I began to empathise with Holden. I saw how lonely and lost he truly was. I saw how this boy - my polar opposite - was in fact the me I didn't like to think about. Deep down I was like Holden in many, many ways. I began to like the fact Holden wasn't typically "likeable", but still relatable. It made the book so much more interesting.

I began to notice the little quirks in the story. For instance, how his red hat was the same colour as Allie's hair, and how he used it to protect himself. When he asked about where the ducks would go, when the lake froze over, I realised he was actually asking where he would go, now everything seems to have frozen over, and where would he go when he was older. Throughout the novel, Holden searches for one thing in particular. Someone to listen to him. And, nobody does. Nobody can understand how he really feels. Nobody ever really understands how anybody else feels.

But for some reason, this novel so often described as "depressing", made me feel kind of, content in a way. That is when I finished it, I mean. I think it's because I felt hopeful for Holden. Here he was, writing down what had happened. And this time, he had finally found the words to get someone to fully empathise with him. I mean, knowing Holden things could go very wrong, but I got the impression that "new Holden" is strong.

When reading the reviews of this novel, I noticed some people deeming Holden as their idol and others, stating how much they disposed him. Holden is not my idol, but I can't help but admire him.

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald One of the most effective last chapters of a book I've read. I really liked this book, but it was hard to adapt to at first.

Eclipse (The Twilight Saga, Book 3)

Eclipse (The Twilight Saga, Book 3) - Stephenie Meyer I can't remember what happened in this book at all... Which is a terrible sign.

I don't recall being particularly enthused by the book.

The Night Circus

The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern A truly enchanting book. The descriptions in it were absolutely beautiful. There were many moments I had to stop to admire the use of wording. During the times spent at the circus, I could almost feel the magical atmosphere, those parts were my favourite. (Especially the chapters Bailey spends at the circus.)

It took me a longer time than usual to read the book and at the beginning I just couldn't get into it. For this reason I was going to give it four stars. The ending is much better than the start. One of the closing chapters between Widget and Alexander, reclaimed the remaining star.

It really was a beautiful book. I really enjoyed it even though I usually go for philosophy over description.

Charlotte's Web

Charlotte's Web - E.B. White, Garth Williams, Rosemary Wells One of the most important books a child can read. It teaches the reader valuable lessons and it is one of those books that make a mark on your mind.

Content. When reading this book (well for most of it) that's how I would describe how I feel. It's sort of a passive feeling, but it's happy nonetheless. It made me subconsciously reflect on the importance of friendship, standing up for what you believe in and reminded me that you can find friends in the most unusual places.

At the sad parts, the book made me feel this most wonderful feeling and the only words I can think of to describe it is sort of a beautiful sadness. The sort of sadness you feel okay with. I guess you can only understand what I mean if you've felt it before.

A part of this book that always stood out to me was at the SPOILER bit at the end. When Wilbur realises how much Charlotte has done for him, and he so little in return. Charlotte replies telling him that he has been her friend, and that was more than anything she could ask for.

All and all, this book was extremely beautiful and I feel it is an essential bedtime story for children. (However, I do believe this book is not restricted for children, all ages would enjoy this book.)