Reading books for school! Fun or no fun?

This week I finally finished reading a book that I’d started about a month ago. It was hilarious, scandalous and one of the books I have enjoyed reading the most until now. The book in question is E by Matt Beaumont. Just let me say, this book is a pearl. This type of book is not usually one that I would pick up if I saw it in a shelf somewhere. It’s kinda like The Office. I’m sure I would just pass right by it and never give it a second glance. And that’s why I want to thank my English teacher for telling me and my class about it!!

Basically, I had to read this book for an oral exam that will unfortunately happen when the semester ends. Oh dreadful day! Come already so I can rest in peace and forget everything about college for about 2 months! Anyway, why the hell am I talking about a book which I most probably (definitely) will not review (even though I loved)? Well, to say the truth I’ve always hated the books my teachers had us read. Ok, not always, I loved “Os Lusíadas” by Luís de Camões. BUT, most of the time I just tought, gahhh why do they make us read this books?? They’re so boring… Now I kind of regret saying that but I still think some books are just downright tedious even if they might have a really profound message underneath. Itdoesn’t really matter, boring books are boring…

To be honest, most of the times I didn’t even read the whole book. I just skimmed it… (Hopefully none of my teachers will ever find out about this blog!) I read some summary on the internet and tried finding the most important scenes and read them just so I could have some sense of what happened. Ok, I still do this sometimes for books I can’t seem to enjoy much but since I hate not finishing books I usually end up just reading some parts and passing a few pages forward. I simply cannot bear the thought of starting a book and leaving it unfinished. I just can’t… I start thinking “But how the hell is this going to end? I hate the character and find the plot horrendous or super dull but I just can’t not know how it’s gonna end!!” and then start having a fight with myself whether I want to be a masochist or try to move forward and forget about the book and live happily ever after with other books.

So, back to “school books”. How do I make reading books I obviously don’t like but HAVE to read more enjoyable?? Well, I think there are a few ways to make that possible!

  • Making fun of every paragraph you read
  • Reading the book with a friend and comment every other page
  • Drink a lot while reading (ok, I obviously don’t recommend this technique, but, hey, it might help some people!)

So what do you do when you have to read a book and it’s just awful? Share your techniques with me!

Ana’s Book Review: Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Series: Covenant (#4)

Published: April 4th 2013 (Kindle Edition)

Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

Goodreads: “Fate isn’t something to mess with… and now, neither is Alex.
Alex has always feared two things: losing herself in the Awakening and being placed on the Elixir. But love has always been stronger than Fate, and Aiden St. Delphi is willing to make war on the gods—and Alex herself—to bring her back.

The gods have killed thousands and could destroy entire cities in their quest to stop Seth from taking Alex’s power and becoming the all-powerful God Killer. But breaking Alex’s connection to Seth isn’t the only problem. There are a few pesky little loopholes in the whole “an Apollyon can’t be killed” theory, and the only person who might know how to stop the destruction has been dead for centuries.
Finding their way past the barriers that guard the Underworld, searching for one soul among countless millions, and then somehow returning will be hard enough. Alex might be able to keep Seth from becoming the God Killer… or she might become the God Killer herself.”

Review

For me Apollyon was a so-so book until the last 30 pages. Just let me say, THOSE last pages were CRAZY! After feeling like the book was being such a let down after the awesomeness of that Deity was, I almost jumped like a cat!

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Sofyy’s Book Review: Resisting Her by: Kendall Ryan

Resisting Her

Resisting Her by Kendall Ryan

Publisher: Self-published

Published: April 15th 2013

Goodreads: “Agent Cole Fletcher lives for his job at the FBI, and he’s more than ready for his next assignment—raiding a cult compound and putting their leader behind bars. But he isn’t prepared for Savannah and her knock you on your ass good looks. At nineteen, she’s too old for foster care and too damaged to live on her own. With nowhere else to go, and against his better judgment Cole takes her in. 

But helping her out won’t be easy. He comforts her through screaming nightmares and escaping the lingering fears of her past, but that’s the easy part. Her preference to sleep cuddled up next to his warm body, and her desire to please him in every way makes her harder and harder to resist.”

REVIEW

This is actually my first review, I have been delaying it for a long time because I’m really nervous about whether I will be able to do it well or if I will completely suck at it…  So here it goes!

This was the first book I read by Kendall Ryan and I must admit I loved it! Not 5 out of 5 stars but pretty close to it! I don’t usually like those kinds of insta-love books, only if I’m really in the mood for it or just need a light story. In this book the two main characters feel something for each other since the very beginning, but never do something about it until later in the story. Continue reading

Book Review: Rush Me by Allison Parr

Rush Me by Allison Parr

Publisher: Carina Press

Published: April 8th 2013

Goodreads: “When post-grad Rachael Hamilton accidentally gatecrashes a pro-athlete party, she ends up face-to-face with Ryan Carter, the NFL’s most beloved quarterback.
While most girls would be thrilled to meet the attractive young millionaire, Rachael would rather spend time with books than at sporting events, and she has more important things to worry about than romance. Like her parents pressuring her to leave her unpaid publishing internship for law school. Or her brother, who’s obliviously dating Rachael’s high school bully. Or that same high school’s upcoming reunion. 

Still, when Ryan’s rookie teammate attaches himself to Rachael, she ends up cohosting Friday night dinners for half a dozen football players.
Over pancake brunches, charity galas, and Alexander the Great Rachael realizes all the judgments she’d made about Ryan are wrong. But how can a Midwestern Irish-Catholic jock with commitment problems and an artsy, gun-shy Jewish New Englander ever forge a partnership? Rachael must let down her barriers if she wants real love–even if that opens her up to pain that could send her back into her emotional shell forever.”

REVIEW

This is one of those reviews that I should have written a long time ago (a month actually!) but haven’t had the time to . Sorry!! About the book. I want to jump from joy! After several bad” new adult” books I am proud to say I finally read one that made me remember why I like this genre, even though it is fairly new. Rush Me is a light book that I wouldn’t mind take to the beach as my date if the weather cooperated for once. It did not happen. It rained for days and I had to read this lovely book on the sofa (not that I minded it at all). Continue reading