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Quiet Or Loud? A Book Reader's Thoughts

I love to read books and would like for others to know what I thought about the books I have read.

Currently reading

The Associate
John Grisham
Progress: 60/373 pages
The Silent Wife
A.S.A. Harrison
Things Fall Apart
Chinua Achebe
Progress: 84/209 pages
Fifty Shades of Grey
E.L. James
Progress: 222/356 pages
The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien, Michael Hague
Progress: 73/366 pages
Blood Red Road
Moira Young
Progress: 133/459 pages
Angels & Demons
Dan Brown
Progress: 184/569 pages
The Elite - Kiera Cass

OMG! I absolutely loved this book in the series. It was way better than the first book and gives more of an insight into Illea. I love America because she stands up for what she feels is right no matter what people think. I think she'll be perfect for Maxon and make a wonderful princess.

Under the Never Sky - Veronica Rossi

'm not really sure how I feel about this book. I liked Perry more than I did Aria. She was very annoying to me until the part where they reach Marron's. I was feeling like the book should have been more focused on Perry instead of Aria. The book was pretty average until about the last 80 pages. That's really when the book picked up for me and I ended up finishing it in like an hour. One thing I didn't like about this book was the lack of explanation for things I felt like where important. For example, The Aether and The Unity. I would really like to know exactly what the Aether is and where it comes from. I would also like to know what the Unity actually was. I am determined to read the second book in the series though because of the ending of this one.

The Selection - Kiera Cass

Loved it! It definitely was not what I was expecting. I don't know how I would feel if The Selection was a real thing in America. I think I would participate for the fun of it and to get away from home, but like America I don't think I would actually win. I like how America and Maxon's relationship started. Even though she wants to be with Aspen so bad, I think her and Maxon would be perfect for each other. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.

City of Bones - Cassandra Clare

When I first started reading this book, I was very intrigued. I knew Clary was different because of what she could see. At first, I thought Simon might have just been blind and somehow couldn't see the people that Clary saw. Then I put two and two together and figured there was a reason Simon couldn't see them. After the night at Pandemonium, Clary's life changed for the worse if you ask me.


I felt like the book went through the action-packed parts way too fast and left all the explanation of everything in the middle in the most boring way possible. I almost gave up on the book trying to get through the middle of it. It was like everything was predictable and I guessed most of what was going on before it happened or was actually told. I think the parts I didn't expect were Hodge's betrayal, that Clary and Jace are brother and sister (it's pretty disgusting that they ended up kissing, but thank goodness that was it), Alex being gay, and Luke being a werewolf that used to be a shadowhunter. I had already figured out that Simon liked Clary, Clary's mother was a shadowhunter and that Valentine is Clary father (I didn't expect Jace to be his son though obviously).


If it wasn't for how the last part of the story went, I think I would have hated this book. The ending completely shocked me and makes me want to read the next book in the series. I'm glad I struggled through the middle to get to the end of the book.

The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald

Gatsby's life was very interesting. It was sad how at the end there were only a few people at his funeral.

How It Went Down - Kekla Magoon

I found this book very interesting. It was intriguing to see one incident from everyone else's point of view. It is crazy how words can get mixed up and mistaken for someone saying something entirely different. Also, it's a shock to realize how people react before they actually know what is happening. The book mainly relates to the Trayvon Martin shooting.

In this book Tariq Johnson, a black teenager, is shot by Jack, a white adult. Tariq's point of view is never shown because (of course) he is dead. It was a shocker to me that Jack's point of view was not voiced in the book. All that was said of him was a few things he said to his friend, Tom Arlen, and what Tom Arlen thought of Jack. We never really get to know what was going through Jack's mind when he shot Tariq, all we and the characters in this book can do is make up our own speculations.

Speculations, however, seems to be what leads Tariq to his death. Everyone assumed certain things about Tariq. A shop owner calls after Tariq. Another guy assumes that Tariq has stolen from the store, while also assuming he is a part of gang because of his attire and interaction with one of the gang members. The guy tries to stop Tariq, in which makes the gang members surround the two thinking they are going to fight. In turn, this makes Jack think that they are trying to jump the white guy. So, he shots Tariq.

This book shows how confusing it can be trying to figure out what actually happened at an incident, especially when one person dies at the incident. Assumptions takes this story through twists and turns as people try to figure out what type of person Tariq really was.

I found it astonishing that no one really considered what type of person Jack could be. The main question that I had through the whole novel was, "Does the type of person you are, really justify your death?" This in turn made me think of so many other topics like the death penalty.

I would recommend this book to anyone. It's been a long time since a book has made me think of something that is actually a question that has no right or wrong answer because the answer depends on the person. Just the same, how people describe you when you're not around depends more on they're feelings towards you than anything you may or may have not done.

Funny and Creative

Yes Please - Amy Poehler

I liked the part in the introduction where she gave rules to reading this book. Very creative and funny. I think this was by far the funniest book I've ever listened to. I laughed the whole time I was listening to the audio book. I wish my life was as exciting as Amy Poehler's. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a good laugh while getting to know about an actress's life.

— feeling amazing
Sharp Objects - Gillian Flynn

I absolutely loved this book. The first book I read by Gillian Flynn was Gone Girl. I liked this one much more. The characters were so complex. I was so interested in Camille's life and background. She had so much going on. The murders of the pre-teens had me stumped. The main reason I loved this book was that the ending was totally unexpected for me.                  


The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway

Title: The Old Man and the Sea
Author: Ernest Hemingway
Release Date: March 1952
Format: Hardcover
Length: 93 pages
Genre: Classics

My Summary:
Santiago, the main character in this book is an old fishermen who has not caught any fish in almost 3 months. He has a young apprentice and friend named Manolin, who has been forced to not go fishing with Santiago because he does not catch any fish. The old man is determined to break his unlucky streak and sets out farther on the sea then he usually does. While out there he hooks a fish that instead of it being easy to pull in starts to pull Santiago’s boat.

Trying to make sure that the fish does not snap his line, he ends up getting in a lot of bodily pain. The fish ends up pulling Santiago into a dangerous current. Santiago eventually kills the fish and gets it in the boat, however, this ends up causing more trouble for Santiago on his way home. When Santiago gets home, he is not completely empty handed. Instead, what he comes home with is not what others think that it is.

My Thoughts:

Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea is a book I had to read my junior year of high school. This book is the worst book I have ever had to read. Even though this book was read aloud by taking turns with students in my English class, I still thought it was painful to get through. I mean the book does teach  a good lesson, but the way in which it teaches it did not interest me one bit. It was very boring. If it had not been required for my high school class, I may have never finished the book. I would not recommend this book to anyone unless I was to reread it and feel differently.


Let's Review The Summer I Died by Ryan Thomas

The Summer I Died: The Roger Huntington Saga, Book 1 - Ryan C Thomas

Title: The Summer I Died
Author: Ryan C. Thomas
Series: Roger Huntington Saga #1
Release Date: January 20, 2006
Publisher: Coscom Entertainment
Format: E-book
Length: 232 pages
Genre: Horror/ Mystery/ Psychological Thriller

My Summary:

The 2 principal characters in this book are Roger Huntington and Mervyn a.k.a Tooth. The story is told from Roger's perspective. Roger is a nerdy, comic book lover who has just come home from college still a virgin. He is anxious to spend time with his best friend Tooth, since it seems like their lives have drifted apart since Roger started college. Roger and Tooth are an odd pair because Tooth doesn’t seem smart, but throughout the book we learn that Tooth is actually very smart. The summer that Roger and Tooth expected to have is far from the summer that they will actually experience. It all starts when they are shooting beer cans with Tooth’s gun and as they are about to leave they hear a woman screaming. Should they help her or should they go home?

My Thoughts:

The Summer I Died is one of the first books I have ever read by Ryan C. Thomas. I had gotten the e-book for free while browsing around on Amazon for free Kindle e-books. The cover of the book caught my attention; a man standing with an ax in his hand while the sun is setting over some mountains seemed just like something I would find interesting to read. However, this book was not what I expected. This book exceeded my expectations with the way that Thomas was able to explain the events taking place with such vivid details. I loved how Thomas was able to squeeze the humorous analogies into the characters dialogues and thoughts even when the characters were in such horrible situations. Since he was able to that it made the book seem more horrifying than saddening about what was happening.

The vivid description of details and events made me feel like I was right there with the characters, and I must say that it has been quite a long time since a book has made me feel this way. Certain parts where so vivid that I could not take what was happening to the characters and had to take a break from reading to get the images out of my head. Between the title of the book and the cover I was convinced that I knew exactly who was going to die and how they were going to die, but boy oh boy was I wrong. This book has so many surprises, twists, and moments where you just can’t believe it did not go how you thought. This book was written so well that it completely leaves you guessing because every event could have went so many different ways and for some reason it seems like I could never guess the way it ended up going.

One thing I liked about this book is how the characters’ values and personalities played a part in how the story climaxed. Roger is so nerdy and an extremely cautious crybaby, while Tooth is courageous and doesn’t take anybody’s bullcrap. All throughout the book it seems like their personalities clashed too much causing them to be in situations that they should have been out of or never gotten into in the first place. I like how religion had its part in the story as well being that Roger did not really believe in God, but believed there was a higher power over everyone. I liked how his thoughts about God kept changing as the story progressed. The importance of family also played a huge part in this book as a driving and motivating force.

I would definitely recommend this book to all of you, unless you have a very weak stomach. With that being said, WEAK STOMACHS PLEASE BE VERY AWARE AND TOUGHEN UP BEFORE YOU ATTEMPT TO READ THIS STORY!