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This Song Will Save Your Life – by Leila Sales – book review

This Song Will Save Your Life is probably one of the most relatable story I have ever read.

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This Song Will Save Your Life is about a girl names Elise.

She wants to fit in, she want to be cool. She’s willing to do anything to be liked, whether it be changing herself or filling herself up with information of what the “popular” people like.

She tried everything she can to fit in, but everything just falls to pieces.

Her social life may have just gotten worse, it seemed impossible, but it did.

One night, she has stumbled into a secret underground dance club and now she has been opened up to this whole new world she never even knew existed. She has found who she truly is and what she can really do.

Non-spoilery review: (To be read by people who have not read the book)

I can relate to it in the sense of not having as much friends as I wish I had.

There was a year in middle school that I pretended to like the things that people have liked, but I never found too much of a liking to these things. All I wanted to do was read books.

I wouldn’t say I’ve tried everything, and I wouldn’t say my attempts completely failed, but I got somewhere.

I found music. I found good music. I found music that I actually liked and didn’t have to pretend I liked. I did not find a secret underground dance party, like she did, but I did find music.

Besides being able to relate to it, I did really enjoy the plot. There are a few parts that I’m not a real big fan of, but there are so many good parts that the bad parts are overshadowed.

The transitioning from the story to the conclusion was a bit awkward, but it’s not something I completely hated, so it wasn’t too bad.

There are 2-3 chapters before the last chapter that I just sort of did not find particularly well written.

So overall, just under 5 chapters that I did not completely enjoy.

If you can, there is a list of recommended music at the last page of the book, listen to those 50 songs before and/or whist reading the book.

Spoilery Review: (To be read by people who have read the book)

I didn’t just find music, I found talent. Elise has found that she has a natural talent for DJing, I have found that what I really like to do, is not just listen to music, but also perform it.

I’ve always enjoyed music and playing music, but it was always just for me, myself, and I. I never would’ve thought that I would like performing, but I do.

This school year, I signed up to put myself in band class. I thought I was just going to learn music, but whilst I was learning music, I was also learning myself.

I’ve always played music, but it was nothing but just fun and to fill in silence at home. I never saw myself going anywhere with music, but I have found what I can really do. I’ve discovered just how high I can really sing. I’ve discovered how many songs I can learn all at once. Best of all, I’ve discovered people who love music just as much, if not more, than I do.

The bathroom scene in the beginning of the story, did not feel real. It felt almost sarcastic to me.

As someone who struggles with self-harming (been clean for a long time now though) I thought I could relate, but I didn’t. I felt that the author did not capture how someone would really feel in that moment.

It felt very unreal for a lot of the parts in the book. I know it’s a work of fiction and it’s not real, but the reason I keep on reading is because it feels real.

Many books encompass this feeling of being real, but this book didn’t do a very good job in the realism.

I have read some reviews of some people claiming that she’s complainy and very judgemental. I agree with what they’re saying, but it added a sort of realism. I know I said it didn’t feel real in the last passage, but this was the realest thing that was in the book, was her thoughts. I have almost the same exact thinking as she has, and that’s why it was easy to see myself in her and understand her better. I would’ve done the exact same things as she did in most scenarios of the book.

My favorite thing about this book though is Elise’s character development.

My favorite line, or should I say lines is from Vicky near  the ending of the book.

It’s not worth it. Sure high school sucks sometimes. Some people will mess with you, whenever they want, and for no reason except that they can. But hurting yourself is giving those people all the power, and they don’t deserve it. Why would they deserve to have control over your life? Because they’re cool? Because they’re pretty? That’s completely illogical.”

I rated it a 4 out of 5 stars.

I highly recommend it.

Definitely one of my favorites.

– Princess Diana

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Amulet, Book 1: The Stonekeeper – by Kazu Kabuishi – Mini Review

Like it says in the title, this is a mini review, so I’m not going to say too much.

Amulet is a graphic novel that starts out with Emily moving into their ancestors old home to forget their tragic past. Soon enough, she finds out this home isn’t just any old home. Her mom gets taken away by some creature and its up to her and her little brother, Navin to rescue their mom. What they find out in the way, will surprise them.

Amulet had the privilege of being my first read of the year.
The day I bought it, I had started to read it, but It’s graphic novel so it’s quite short. I didn’t read it for too long with the intention of savoring it until my next buy.
I finished it 2 days later, yup totally savoring it *sarcastic laugh*.

 

Amulet had very, very beautiful art. I didn’t find the faces to be too flattering but everything else was beautiful. I spent a lot of time admiring the things around them. I also really liked the colors of the book. I think they made good choices in color and colored it very well.
The plot isn’t perfect, but I still quite enjoyed it. Graphic novels are quite hard because you can’t really explain things in great detail as you would in a regular novel, so some parts were a bit confusing. Despite the little things that bothered me about the plot, there were a lot of nice things, so I can’t speak too negatively about it.
I want to mention the art again because it was so, so, so gorgeous. My favorite thing about this book is the art.

       

I can’t wait to see how the next ones will look.

I gave this book a rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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Top 14 Books of 2014

** As I was writing this, it was not many days left until new year’s day. I started writing the main topic, but I got so busy with school. I had projects and finals to focus on. I never got to finish writing this post until after finals, so this had to be posted on 2015 instead of it being posted on the December of 2014. **

The year has finally ended and I’m excited for this new year. I didn’t reach the goal I had set out to read, but I was only 8 books behind and I’m pretty satisfied with that. From my 50 books goal, I managed to have read 42, that’s amazing! I’ve never been one to keep track of how many books I’ve read during the year and not entirely sure if It’s really the most books I have read in a year, but seeing the number is very pleasing.

I’ve seen some people do this list, and I want to give it a go, maybe make it a tradition for all the years to come. Here are my top 14 books of 2014: (Keep in mind though, not all these books we’re published in 2014, these are just the books that I read in 2014)

14. Four (Divergent companion book) – by Veronica Roth: 3.5/ 5 stars

13. Shades of Earth (Across the Universe #3) – by Beth Revis: 3.5/5 stars

12. Perks of Being a Wallflower – by Stephen Chbosky: 4/5 stars

11. Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares – by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan: 4/5 stars

10. Tuesday’s with Morrie – by Mitch Albom: 4/5 stars

9. Landline – by Rainbow Rowell: 4/5 stars

8. Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and The Frenck Kiss #1) – by Stephanie Perkins: 4.5/5 stars

7. Fangirl – by Rainbow Rowell: 4.5/5 stars

6. The Lover’s Dictionary – by David Levithan: 5/5 stars

5. Mr.Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore – by Robin Sloan: 5/5 stars

4. The Time Keeper – by Mitch Albom: 5/5 stars

3. Just One Day (Just One Day #1) – by Gayle Forman: 5/5 stars

2. Eleanor and Park – by Rainbow Rowell: 5/5 stars

1. Ready Player One – by Ernest Cline: 5/5 stars

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This was a really good reading year for me. I found this whole community focused on books, and I really got to know what it really is to be a bookworm. I can’t wait to see what the new year has in store for me.

Happy Reading!

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July Wrap-Up

Hey Guys. I hope you guys are having a really nice day.

What is this? A post! After almost a month of nothing? What?!

So I haven’t posted anything in here for like so long and I know, I’m aware. I was really tired this month from so many things and I took a needed break from the internet. I’m slowly getting into it again and I’m excited to write a post.

 

There was a booktube read-a-thon this month from July 14-20 and that week was the most exhausting week of my entire life, and I used to dance, wow. That whole week I read one book a day and that has never happened before, well not in a whole week. I read 3 books in a row each in a day before but never a whole week of reading a whole book in one day.

It was a fun week of reading, but during that weekend though, I didn’t get to read because I was so so so so tired. I even went with my parents to a family friend’s house and I fell asleep on their couch. I did try to read though, but I couldn’t do it without sleeping. The whole week was like that but during the beginning of the week I could still finish the book, but that weekend I really couldn’t take anymore so I stopped trying because my body is more important than some read-a-thon and I’m ahead for my reading challenge of the year. I was already having problems with my sleep schedule before, but that week made it so much worse.

After that long week of sleep deprivation and reading 5 books, my brain needed a long holiday. I think my brain is still currently trying to recover. My math is a bit slow, I’m not quite comprehending things and I am constantly tired, but I have to wake up earlier than usual because I’m babysitting. So to relax myself I like baking and when I’m baking, I can tell, my brain is not working. I’ve made a few measurement mistakes, few timing errors and also a few baking errors. They’re nothing too bad. and I managed to fix them after I’ve noticed the mistakes. I still had some delicious desserts, so that’s good.

That’s just a not-so-mini update. Here is what I read from that exhausting read-a-thon:

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I didn’t read them in that order, but it looked really weird with Landline in the middle of a series. Here are the books and my ratings in the order that I read them in.

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Percy Jackson and The Olympians: Book One – The Lightning Thief — By Rick Riordan

3 out of 5 stars

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Landline — By Rainbow Rowell

4 out of 5 stars

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Percy Jackson and The Olympians: Book Two – The Sea of Monsters — By Rick Riordan

4 out of 5 stars

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Percy Jackson and The Olympians: Book Three – The Titan’s Curse — By Rick Riordan

4 out of 5 stars

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Percy Jackson and The Olympians: Book Four – The Battle of the Labyrinth — Rick Riordan

4 out of 5 stars

I read Landline after The Lighting Thief because I received a book depository package with Landline in it on Monday. I was going to read it after the read-a-thon was done, but my excitement was too much and I ended up reading it after The Lightning Thief that night. I did not regret that decision otherwise it would still be in my TBR right now.

I’ve taken a good long break, and I think I’m ready to read again. If I try again and I’m still not ready, that’s okay, I don’t need to stress myself out because I’m not reading.  I’m 6 books ahead of my reading challenge for the year and I do have some TV shows I want to catch up with.

Happy Reading

– Princess Diana

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A Child Called “It” by Dave Pelzer – Book Review

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Summary:

In this book, Dave Pelzer writes about his own, personal experience with child abuse. He was brutally beaten and starved by his own mother all through primary school. She constantly tortured him with her ‘games’ that could have and should have killed him, but he wasn’t going to let her have that satisfaction. Even when he wasn’t considered part of the family anymore, forced to live in the basement, considered a slave instead of a person, he still kept going and would not let his mother win.

Personal thoughts/opinions:

I read this book because I know that I’m going to have to read this for one of my classes. I don’t remember what year, but it’s still good to at least have the general story in my head so that when I have to read it again, it will be easier for me to pick up and comprehend things. I’ve learnt my lesson from this year, and I need to really soak up the information and remember them properly, even read it at least twice. It’s also a short book and I wanted to read a short book to get me into reading because I haven’t read anything in the past 3 days or so.

I think the writing was a bit all over the place (kind of like mine). Sometimes, I can’t understand what is going on or what his main point was. I felt like the order was not right sometimes as well. Whether it’d be the event order or just the writing order, where a certain sentence should have came first before this certain sentence. I’m not completely sure if the writer was a real proper author but I still appreciate his courage to tell his story. It takes a lot in a person to sit down, reminisce about this dark time in your life and write about it. Writing about something like this, you’d have to be imagining that event repeatedly as well too to really get it written properly and personally, I don’t have the strength to do that, so three cheers for you Pelzer. Some people might even say that that is self-destructive.

Reading his story definitely touched me. It touched me in a way where it reminded me again why I treated people nicely. Anyone can be going through something and being nice to them can mean so much more to them than you think it will. It might possibly even change their life. In school, I do try my best to be nice to people. I’m not perfect, so sometimes, of course, I’ll have these little (sometimes big) fits of anger and I say something hurtful to someone when I really don’t mean it. I never like it when I do this and I try to apologize as much as I can because, if they were, for example, going through something like this, I possibly had just made that person feel more negative when they needed something positive. Next time when I feel angry and there are people around, I’m going to think of this story and how that person can be having troubles at home, possibly even abused at home, and hopefully it will help me not lash out to them. The ratio for abuse is 1 in 5 and that’s really high, so that means some people I know might be being abused at home and I’d like so much to avoid hurting them more than they are already hurting.

Also, what I’ve learned is that you cannot ignore the signs. If there are signs of bruises or scars, I will ask that person if I can talk to them privately and ask about them. If they talk, I’ll help them tell someone. If they don’t feel comfortable talking, I’m going to report in a possible abuse, because they don’t deserve that, nobody deserves to be abused. No matter what they might think, nobody deserves all that pain and sorrow.

This is a topic that is not easy to read, so if you can’t cope with dark or heavy things like this, this isn’t the book for you. If you think you can handle subject matters like this, I highly recommend it because some people have no idea how common this is and they need to broaden their minds to matters that are actually happening in this world.

I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I gave it a 4 instead of a 5 because like I said, I had just a tiny bit of problem with the writing and although this was a book with a heavy concept, it was written very well for it because it could have been written in another way, but this was just the way for it to be written. Generally speaking, not specifically anyways. If we were talking specifics, it had problems.

Started: 30 June 2014    Finished: (same sitting) 30 June 2014

 

– Princess Diana

Happy Reading

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June Wrap Up

Hello guys. I hope you are having a really nice day. It is officially the first of July. June is finally finished, wait what?

I am as shocked as you, but anyways, I’m Princess Diana. Here’s a wrap up that’s actually on time, and welcome to my blog.

 

June, for me, felt so long but also at the same time felt short. Does that make sense? Am I the only one who feels like this? Please tell me if it felt like this for you too.

Anyways, time for a wrap up. This month, I expected more reads because it is summer and I have nothing else to do but read, but boy was I wrong. It seems I do have a lot to do. Nothing too productive, but it seems I do. I bought a few new games for some of our consoles at home and now I seem to have spent quite a lot of time on them. Also, I am a teenager and we are the generation of Internet, so lots and lots and lots and lots of Internet. My internet usage ensued the birth of this blog in the first place so it’s not all bad, But besides the blogging, I spend way too much time on YouTube, browsing, online shopping and wasting away all the time I could’ve spent on reading more.

In the two weeks alone of having this blog, I already completely changed the look of the blog twice, produced ten posts, and gotten a few followers and views. So that’s pretty awesome.

I’ve gotten quite out of topic, so back to the main topic. June wrap-up. Here are all the books I’ve read in the month of June.

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I’ve read 6 books for June. I thought I’d get more because it is summer and there’s no work that I’ll be stressing out about, but I read the same amount of books in June and in May. I was even stressing out about finals and projects that I had due all in the same week during May. I don’t know what that says about my reading habits, but I guess it is what it is.

 

Here are my ratings:

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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins — 4 out of 5 stars

 

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The 100 by Kass Morgan — 1 out of 5 stars

Click here for full review

 

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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkins — 2 out of 5 stars

 

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Attachments by Rainbow Rowell — 4.5 out of 5 stars

Click here for full review

 

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Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom — 4 out of 5 stars

Click here for full review

 

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A Child Called “It” by Dave Pelzer — 4 out of 5 stars

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(I finished this around midnight between 30 June and 1 July, but I’ll include it in June anyways because I finished it in one sitting and most if not all of the reading was on 30 June)

 

I seem to have a fairly good rating on most of the books I read for June but I was also really, really disappointed in a few as well.

For July, I hope I’ll have the mood to read more books and won’t be too distracted from all the internet and video games I could be on. I hope they’ll be better books as well. I’m also still waiting for my order to come in from Book Outlet that I’m really excited about. As soon as I get it, I’ll make sure to post about it. I’ve been waiting for about two weeks now so I think it should really be coming in soon. It’s my first time buying from Book Outlet so I’m not really sure how long it would take to get here. I can’t wait for it any longer. I want it now.

– Princess Diana
Happy Reading

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Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom – Book Review

Hey guys, I hope you are having a really nice day. My name is Princess Diana. This is what I thought of Tuesdays with Morrie. And welcome to my blog.

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I purchased this book this weekend. It was really nice to finally see the bookstore with this again. I’ve waited for them to restock on this for so long. I saw that there was only one more copy left, so I had to get it.

Summary:

Morrie, if I can remember properly, is a 76 year old man who has found out that he has a terminal disease called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and he won’t live for much longer. Though on a death sentence, he still seems to put some positive thinking into everything. He’s become some kind of a guru to the rest of the world with words almost philosophical.

He was featured on a TV news show and that’s when Mitch, Morrie’s student 16 years ago, finds out about his old professor. After years of not seeing his favorite teacher, hearing about Morrie made Mitch want to see him again. And so he did, even if he was dying.

That ensued a continuation of classes for both of them. Morrie the teacher once again and Mitch the student. Mitch would come by on Tuesdays and listened diligently to Morrie’s lesson on life. But every Tuesday that they meet, Morrie is getting sicker and sicker and death coming closer and closer.

 

Personal thoughts/opinions:

I loved this book. Never have I ever learned more about life than in this book. This is a book I’ll definitely be picking up constantly even through my adulthood. Reading this was a life-changing process and I HIGHLY recommend this book.

When reading a book, I like to tab things in my book that I really like. In this book, I tabbed a whole bunch of quotes. Even though it’s not the most tabbed book on my shelf, it definitely is the most tabbed for quotes alone.

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As you can see, I tabbed quite a lot of things.

 

Even though the words were beautiful and perfect, as usual there are things I don’t like about it.

This is a non-fiction book so I have no problem with the story, but I do have a problem with how it was written. Once again, it’s a book with flashbacks and mini-stories in between the current chapter. From all the books I’ve read of his, I noticed that they’re all written like this. I’m getting used to it, but I’m still not a big fan of this type of writing style. It throws me off.

For that reason, I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I would’ve given it 5 stars but I’m really not a big fan of that type of writing.

But I’ll definitely be rereading this book a bunch of times and if anyone asks for recommendations from me, I’ll be giving them this.

Started: 21 June 2014      Finished: 22 June 2014

 

Happy Reading