Wednesday, November 30, 2016

November Book Haul 2016

I went book shopping again. Don't worry I used trade in credit for these.
After last week's Classics bookshelf tour I realized two things.
First thing is that I still have some classics packed up in one of these totes. There are about 13 BIG totes full of books waiting for our basement to one day be done so they can go back on bookshelves.
Second that I my classic's collection is pretty small and missing some books I really should own and have read. I am working on a list on goodreads of classics I need and I bought some while I was out.
I also picked up a few other books too. ;)
Any suggestions for classics I need to pick up?
Here is a link to my goodreads books I want to pick up:
And here is the link to the shelf of ones I know I own:
I'm pretty sure I don't have all my books on that list.. but that is a task for another day.
Let me know what I need to add to my classic's collection!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

2016 Classics and Old Books Bookshelf Tour

My first bookshelf tour. I chose my Classics and Old Books bookshelf to share with everyone.
What books should I add to my classics shelf? I know I need to expand and read more classics.
I also think I must have more in a tote because I remember a few that weren't on the shelf. Opps.

Friday, November 18, 2016

October - November Birthday Book Haul

My birthday was Halloween and since my family says I am impossible to buy for.. they gave me gift cards.  Works for me.  So I spent those on BOOKS.  Of course I did.  Here are the books I picked up.  This is my first actual youtube book haul so be gentle..
Have you read any of these?  Any book recommendations?
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Friday, November 4, 2016

Review: The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I just finished the last page and I don't know what to think about this book. In a way I hated it.  I hated how it drained me.  The language was awful.. but I know that real life is that way. The cussing, the teenage boy hormones, the depression.. they are all part of real life. It just makes me sad reading it. I struggle with the point of this book. It is just a weekend in the life of a confused, angry teenage boy who has been expelled from one of many private schools.  There is no plot.  Its very character driven.  You get to know Holden.  You see his weaknesses and strengths.  Although he drinks, cusses, smokes, runs away from school, gets expelled, he has a good side that you see through his love of his little sister.  It was refreshing after the depressing chapters to see how he treats Phoebe.  He redeems himself in the end.  I wonder if he is just boxed into being what he doesn't want to be and is lashing out.   Since his parents are rich he is expected to be and act a certain way.  He obviously doesn't want to or he wouldn't have been expelled.  Given caring parents that took the time to see him for who he is and encourage those interests could of lead to him achieving something rewarding.  The ending didn't really leave me with the impression that it would happen that way.
The book is listed as one of the books recommended for 11th graders. I hesitate to hand it over to my son but I can see how it would be relateable. He has anger and anxiety issues so he would (I imagine) feel a connection to Holden but I won't know until he reads it.

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