Thursday, August 13, 2009

Summer Reading

I am really excited to be back online (seriously, I keep jumping around my house saying, "I'm so excited! I'm so excited!" so everyone here knows I'm happy). So excited that I'm going to do some major postage.

I'm going to do an awesome update on my summer reading, and then everyone can see how downhill my life has gone.

Books I have Read during the Summer of 'Oh Nine

1. Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult
2. Getting in Tune by Roger L. Trott
3. Being Nikki by Meg Cabot
4. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
5. Perfect Fifths by Megan McCafferty
6. Willow by Julia Hoban
7. I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Shroeder
8. Simply Irresistible by Jennifer Banash

Books I Have Bought/Acquired during the Summer of 'Oh Nine

1. DupliKate by Cherry Cheva
2. Never Cry Werewolf by Heather Davis
3. The Lost Sister by Megan Kelley Hall
4. The Lost Summer by Kathryn Williams
5. I Can't Keep My Own Secrets
6. The !!Complete Works!! of Jane Austen (now one of my most prized posessions)
7. Crash Into Me by Albert Borris
8. Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
9. Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkes
10. Bookends by Jane Green
11. The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman
12. Shrinking Violet by Danielle Joseph
13. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
14-16. Dakota Born/ Dakota Home/ Always Dakota by Debbie Macomber
17. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
18. Atonement by Ian McEwan
19-21. Vampire Academy/ Frostbite/ Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead
22. Choke by Chuck Palahniuk
23. Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk
24. Love You, Hate You, Miss You by Elizabeth Scott
25-27. Romeo and Juliet/ The Tempest/ Macbeth by William Shakespeare
28. Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
29. In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner
30. Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner

Needless to say, I have not been doing my part to keep up with my expensive book-shopping habit.

So, my only problem is... what to read first?!

<3 Chelsie

Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Sad day that this isn't going too well at the moment. But here I am, sick at home so I figured I'd come on over. Due to my incapacitated state I'm not certain how intelligent these reviews will be. Nonetheless, here they are. Enjoy! :)

Climbing the Stairs by Padma Venkatraman
This is definitely an amazing book. I loved it so much.
This is a story about a girl in India during WW2 and around the time of Gandhi and the freedom fights. In the highest caste, rather liberal uprising. Her father is a freedom fighter and she dreams of going to college. One fateful day; however, her father gets hurt and the family is required to move in with his father. This new conservative household threatens to change who these people are. With marriage, college, war, and social status creating conflicts throughout, this novel is amazing.

Evermore by Alyson Noel

 Okay. So I feel kind of late getting on board with this book. But now that I have read it, I can definitely see what makes people like it so much. This novel is a nice quick read and although it is the beginning of a series, it really does do well on its own. Be warned, this book is one of those scifi - not in the stars wars-y way, but rather different worlds and dimensions and people who are immortal (and no vampires!). I really enjoyed this, and I can't wait till the next book comes out!

The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
      This book is so freaking wonderful. I can't even begin to explain. This novel is very dense, therefore making it a very long read, and there are parts where it just gets so very boring. But oh my goodness, this book is amazing. I love love love it. There are so many deep and wonderful passages. Ah! sigh! ok. So. This novel is about a boy who lives in South Africa during WW2 and when the apartheid was implemented. He was English and as a young kid he went to a Boar boarding school. Culture conflict! And so the book continues adding in born again Christians (controversy!), exploration, racism, and all that is fun and good. And sad and mean. There is death and abuse and alcoholism. :)
*If going to buy this, make sure you get the real novel (two covers that I have seen, pictured above) rather than the children's condensed version :)

Maus I & II by Art Spiegelman
 and . Umm, okay. I don't normally not finish books. But these two were definitely two that I could not get through. They are graphic novels about the Holocaust. I personally think graphic novels are fine, and I love reading/learning about the Holocaust. So, the fact that I could not finish these books surprises and saddens me. First and foremost, I believe that the actual artwork was sometimes distracting me from the story line (although the cool mouse and pig and cat imagery was kind of cool). Also, I felt like the narration was too annoying. HOWEVER, there are so many people I have talked to who have loved these books so I really think reading them is at least worth a try.

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
 This is yet another graphic novel. I really really enjoyed reading this. The book has three stories in it. Each story takes turns in telling itself, alternating chapters. This is funny, offensive (you'll see why. But for those concerned, there is a Chinese character who is horribly stereotyped), and the ending is amazing. Even if you're not a graphic novel sort of person, I would definitely go and pick this up. So good!

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Okay. So this was really cool to read. This graphic novel is Marjane Satrapi's memoir of life during the Islamic Revolution. 1) How cool is that? I barely any idea what the Islamic Revolution was, but this book really brought so many things to light. It was so eye opening to read about this culture that is so vastly different from my own. 2) The voice of this novel is so easy going and truthful. She is able to mix humor with absolute sorrow, not only in her words but also in the pictures.  Wow. 

Paper Towns by John Green
Books I've Read That  You Might Like part 5Okeydokey. So, I don't even know how to describe the plot of this book. Not because it is nonexistent; but rather, there are so many different ideas that the simple 'girl runs away to a place that doesn't exist(not this isn't not fantasy), boy goes to find her, and in the end they go their separate ways' doesn't seem to suffice. Point is, it's good.

Now I am going to go. Have a wonderful day everyone! 

Saturday, January 24, 2009


Well, hey there, everyone. :) Hope here. :)

Since I really don't want to see this newsletter die, I am posting. :)

But the thing is I don't really have too much to say...

So what is everyone reading right now? Anything good?

hope. :)