Saturday, December 27, 2014

Book Review: The Awakening by Kate Chopin

The AwakeningThe Awakening by Kate Chopin
Book Summary: This story of a woman's struggle with oppressive social structures received much public contempt at its first release; put aside because of initial controversy, the novel gained popularity in the 1960s, some six decades after its first publication, and has since remained a favorite of many readers. Chopin's depiction of a married woman, bound to her family and with no way to assert a fulfilling life of her own, has become a foundation for feminism and a classic account of gender crises in the late Victorian era.

Rating(1-10): 7

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Shifter's Heart by Desiree Williams

Shifter’s Heart – Heart Song Trilogy Book 2 Blurb

As the flames of Varkadon spread, war rips through the Shifter Territory…
With the Aldonnian kingdom celebrating the news of her brother’s soul bonding, Laelynn seizes every opportunity to drive herself to the brink of exhaustion. If her body is worn, then her brain would be too tired to dream. Laelynn knew the men who’d captured her were gone from this world, but that didn’t stop the haunting images from plaguing her mind. Not even the pesky thorn-in-her-side Shifter Prince could keep the dreams at bay. Though Dustan’s commentary through their mental bond had kept a lingering smile on her lips, despite the battles that rage within her.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Discussion #21: Audiobooks

For the longest time, I was iffy about audiobooks. First of all, because I don't have a car, and we all know that the best place and time to listen to an audiobook is on a long road trip. Recently, I've started listening to audiobooks more in an effort to get into reading again. I would recommend this for anyone, actually. Audiobooks are quite interesting, unless the reader's voice is really faint and soft-- you want to find a really good voice, because when you're listening to an audiobook, it's not your voice in your head, but someone else's voice.

I've noticed that I'm listening to books that I don't have any motivation to finish on my own. It helps. It's kind of slow sometimes, especially if you try to read along, but it's an interesting experience. What do you guys think about audiobooks?

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Book Review: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Goodreads Synopsis: The terrifyingly prophetic novel of a post-literate future. Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. Even so, Montag is unhappy; there is discord in his marriage. Are books hidden in his house? The Mechanical Hound of the Fire Department, armed with a lethal hypodermic, escorted by helicopters, is ready to track down those dissidents who defy society to preserve and read books. The classic dystopian novel of a post-literate future, Fahrenheit 451 stands alongside Orwell’s 1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World as a prophetic account of Western civilization’s enslavement by the media, drugs and conformity. Bradbury’s powerful and poetic prose combines with uncanny insight into the potential of technology to create a novel which, decades on from first publication, still has the power to dazzle and shock.

Rate(1-10): 7.5