Weekly Update#7

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What have I been up to? What have you missed on my blog? This is a weekly update of the new posts and books/album I’ve read/listened to.

Monday

Nothing

Tuesday

Book review: Arclight (Arclight#1) by Josin L. McQuein

Wednesday

Nothing

Thursday

Book review: Ostrich by Matt Greene

Friday

Nothing

Saturday

Favourite Book Quotes Of The Week#36

Books Read This Week

Ostrich by Matt Greene

The Pledge (The Pledge#1) by Kimberly Derting

Albums Listened To This Week

Something to Smile About by We Still Dream

Currently Reading

Crap Kingdom by D.C. Pierson

City of Bones (For the first time!)

Currently Listening To

Youth by Citizen

Genuine & Counterfeit by William Beckett

Favourite Book Quotes of the Week#36

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A list of my favourite quotes from books I’ve read in the past week. Leave a comment/link telling me what your favourite quotes are! I’ll be sure to check your post out too!

Ostrich by Matt Green

17934706Favourite quotes:

1. Sometimes it’s easier to hide things than explain them.

2. Having people talk down to you is the absolute worst part about being a kid.

3. This is the lesson: that sometimes something ugly is just something beautiful that I do not yet fully understand.

4. “Loving someone means being prepared to do anything to protect them. Even if the only thing you can protect them from is the truth.”

5. Hope is not the thing with feathers. Hope is an anchor. What keeps you from floating away. Despair is weightless.

The Pledge (The Pledge#1) by Kimberly Derting

10637748Favourite quote: I loved voices, I always had. Words held meaning, but voices held emotion.

Book Review: Ostrich by Matt Greene

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Ostrich by Matt Greene

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult

Release Date: August 27, 2013

Pages: 336 (Paperback)

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This is Alex’s story. But he doesn’t know exactly what it’s about yet, so you probably shouldn’t either.

Instead, here are some things that it’s sort of about (but not really):

It’s sort of (but not really) about brain surgery.

It’s sort of (but not really) about a hamster named Jaws 2 (after the original Jaws (who died), not the movie Jaws 2).

It’s sort of (but actually quite a lot) about Alex’s parents.

It’s sort of (but not really) about feeling ostrichized (which is a better word for excluded (because ostriches can’t fly so they often feel left out)).

It’s sort of (but not really (but actually, the more you think about it, kind of a lot)) about empathy (which is like sympathy only better), and also love and trust and fate and time and quantum mechanics and friendship and exams and growing up.

First of all, I would like to thank the Publisher, Ballantine Books/Random House Publishing for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

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This book doesn’t make any sense, it doesn’t really go in one direction, just kind of in a criss-crossing place that left me with a confused, ‘huh?’ look on my face by the end. To be honest, I’m still not even sure what the hell I just read is about days later. However,(thanks for the tips, Alex) I don’t mind the confusing storyline and the fact that it doesn’t really have a point. I’m okay with this because like Alex, I get carried away too easily. I think about useless things that shouldn’t matter too much and over-analyze them which is what made me love Alex and the way he thinks things over.

Even though I liked the main character, I can’t say I liked all of the info-dumping on things I didn’t care about at all or even remotely made sense to me. There is such an abundance of information that at the end of a chapter, I felt utterly confused and couldn’t remember what was happening in the story before I got all the information on this or on that. With that being said, it’s obvious that some parts of Ostrich are disorganized and confusing with the story being mostly about himself and his relationship between Chloe and his parents.

Some of the things that I liked about the novel are that Alex is not your typical pre-teen trying to fit in. He’s just himself with his obsession over languages, pets, and words just to name a few. It’s nice seeing a character that like to question everything around him and find out the answer for everything. Another thing I liked is the writing and how straightforward it is. Reading about Alex and all the things he’s learned and is still learning made it easier to accept the writing style being of a pre-teen. The relationship between Alex and Chloe is just so cute. They’re confused and young and weird which makes the relationship that more real. When I was thirteen everything was weird, especially boys even though I spent most of my time with them. I understood Chloe and her tactics to spend more time with Alex by doing the dumbest things to become friends with him.

Matt Greene does a nice job of creating a story about nothing and trying to make it into something more. Recommended for anyone looking for a light novel before it’s time to crack open the textbooks *shudders* and start school. This is not a bad novel, just don’t think too much about what’s going on and focus on Alex’s weirdness.

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For quotes from this book, click here.

Weekly Update#6

weeklyupdate

What have I been up to? What have you missed on my blog? This is a weekly update of the new posts and books/album I’ve read/listened to.

Monday

Book review: The Uprising (The Forsaken#2)

Tuesday

Album review: J.A.C.k. by Forever the Sickest Kids

Wednesday

Book review: Perfect Scoundrels (Heist Society#3) by Ally Carter

Song of the Week#5-Hospital by Lydia (The Pretty Cover Edition)

Thursday

Nothing

Friday

Book review: Fire With Fire (Burn For Burn#2) by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Saturday

Favourite Book Quotes Of The Week#35

Books Read This Week

The Uprising (The Forsaken#2) by Lisa M. Stasse

Insurgent (Divergent#2) by Veronica Roth

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

Fire With Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Albums Listened To This Week

Whenever, If Ever by The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Long Afraid To Die (Longest band name EVER)

J.A.C.K. by Forever the Sickest Kids

The Golden Record by The Dangerous Summer

Currently Reading

Ostrich by Matt Greene

The End Games by T. Michael Martin

Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith

Currently Listening To

Something To Smile About by We Still Dream

Paramore by Paramore