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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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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

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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

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

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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