Dreamer and Daydreamer

Book lover, writer, and dreamer.
"She knew, now, that there was always light—beyond the dark, and the fear, out of the depths; there was sun to reach for, and air and space and freedom.
There was always a way up, and out, and no need to be afraid."
Panic - Lauren Oliver

Lauren Oliver, Panic

SPOILER ALERT!

Animal Farm Book Review

Animal Farm - George Orwell

First of all, I have no idea what to feel about this one. On one hand, I feel bewildered about the premise and I couldn't quite grasp the concept about animals being as intelligent as we are. On the other, I understand that cruelty begets cruelty and the desire for change. I can also see the allegory between this book and the USSR.

 

Plot:

 

The plot is a bit complex. It's about a bunch of animals who revolted against a cruel farmer. They form their own farm and run it like  a state under the premise of socialism Animalism. In the end, the 'leaders' of this so-called 'equal' state ends up no different than Soviet Russia a state run by human beings- who they supposedly despise but end up imitating.

 

Characters 

 

Marx/Lenin Old Major: He is the pig with a dream. He was described as being twelve years old and fathered 400 piglets (???). At the beginning of the book, he delivered a stirring speech that led the animals to organize a revolt even after his death. Sadly, his ideals does not match reality.

 

Stalin Napoleon- At first I found his name funny since I heard that naming a pig after Napoleon is illegal in France. Then again, this book is set in England so...Anyway, Napoleon s definitely a self-centered, selfish, and extremely greedy pig. While undoubtedly sly and clever, he uses his natural gifts to advance himself and his kind. His character is absolutely disgusting- especially the way he alters the rules to suit his own needs.

 

Propaganda Machine Squealer- He's Napoleon's personal PR manager. Everyone believes what he says because he's such an effective speaker.

 

The Common Peasant Boxer- Boxer is said to be dedicated, hard-working, and loyal. Sadly, the reward for this loyalty is a one-way ticket to the glue factory.

 

If you can stomach the idea of animals being able to be as smart as people- or even human-like to the point of being able to walk on hind legs, then this book is for you. If you don't like mass slaughter and good characters being sent to die, then I suggest you skip this one.

 

Rating; 4/5 for Boxer's death.

 

Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell

I bought Fangirl simply because I couldn’t find Eleanor and Park in our local bookstore. I was intrigued by the cover and the summary and I decided it’s worth a shot.

 

Turns out, it’s well worth more than just a shot.

 

Fangirl is my start-of-the-year book. It was a deliciously warmhearted nerd power ballad- exactly as it says on the blurb in the cover. I fell in love with it from the very start.

I fell in love with Cath’s character. She is, simply put, a nerd, and someone I can really relate to (though I wouldn’t be in college for at least  a year and a half). She loves Simon Snow with such a passion that makes my love for the Percy Jackson books look like puppy love. She, like me, loves to write- though she writes fanfiction, I write my own stories. This is where the similarities end.

 

Cath is afraid to let go. She couldn’t (pr rather, doesn’t want to) write original fiction- something that makes her Fiction-Writing professor sigh in despair. She’s so in love with Simon Snow and writing fanfiction about him that writing something else feels weird, unnatural. The way she overcome that and finally wrote something original and from the heart at the end was really, really great.

 

I adore Levi, he was a great love interest- though I must admit that I thought Nick is her love interest. I love those scenes where she reads him her fanfiction. They were, in the simplest terms, adorable.

 

Wren, I don’t know what to feel about Wren. I get that she wants to be independent but it feels like she’s trying to push Cath away.

I

like Reagan, she’s pretty badass.

 

Anyway, I recommend this book to everyone who like Cath, lives in the world of books and writing. You’ll love Fangirl from start to finish.

Tiger Lily - Jodi Lynn Anderson

 I remembered this book. I read it a few days before the start of classes and I just remembered it now.

 

The thing is, it left a huge impact on me.

 

First of all, Tiger Lily was such a beautiful character. She’s flawed and she’s neither good nor bad- only in-between. That’s what I loved the most about her- she isn’t perfect. She fell in love with Peter, and he loved her back.

 

Until Wendy came.

 

Wendy is perfect. She has everything.

 

Including Peter, in the end.

 

What made me cry is the not-so-happy ending (though I’m glad she ended up with Pine Sap, who loved her more than Peter did). How Tiger Lily felt when Peter left and how

Tinkerbell saved her.

 

Still, it was so heartbreaking and it showed me that first love never lasts and that we don’t always get what we want.

 

Words cannot describe how I cried after reading this one. It may be the only book that made me into a sobbing mess.

"As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once."
The Fault in Our Stars - John Green

John Green, The Fault In Our Stars

"In new situations, all the trickiest rules are the ones nobody bothers to explain to you. (And the ones you can't Google.)"
Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl

"We cling to our fairy tales until the price for believing in them becomes too high."
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs

Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Senior Year Required Reading: Animal Farm by George Orwell

Animal Farm - George Orwell

Okay, I've created this blog a long time ago but I haven't really written until now. So, I'll be using this to post my book reviews and anything else related to books. 

 

Every year, we have a book assigned to our year level. We're supposed to read it for class, our vocabulary words come from it, and it's our final project is a book report about it. I have to admit though, I was disappointed to learn that our book will be Animal Farm since it's really short and I like reading longer books. The more I thought about it though, I realized that it would mean I could read it real fast if it proves to be boring- which I highly doubt since it's about communist animals and an  allegory about Soviet Russia. Still, it's a good thing this is short since Uncle Tom's Cabin (last year's book) was really long and I didn't finish it and I'm pretty sure I failed my book report (seriously, what's with the extremely detailed questions?).

 

Classes doesn't start until next week but I'll be reading this now so I can review it later. Also so I can get a head start and just spoil my classmates in case our teachers ask us about it and they don't know the answers.