Friday, January 23, 2015

Follow Friday 1/23: Do you post your reviews anywhere besides your blog?

Feature and Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read. It's a way to meet new friends and get more followers. This week's question is: 
Do you post your reviews anywhere besides your blog? Where else do you post reviews?

Okay, I know this is a super boring and lame answer, but honestly I don't post my reviews anywhere else. I'm stressed enough with school and everything else going on, I don't think I could handle posting on other sites. I guess I could start posting on Goodreads, but I'll save that for summer, when I don't have school.

Thanks for stopping by! I'd love if you dropped a comment!
Have a great weekend!
- Sarah

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Blankets by Craig Thompson

I have made it a goal this year to read more graphic novels. Even if I hadn't though, I would have still picked up this book. This is a case, where I did judge a book by it's cover. I mainly picked it up because it is overall such a beautiful book to have on my shelf. Flipping through it before I bought it, I found the illustrations to be absolutely stunning and very interesting. So I'm going to hop on into this review now!

I am going to assume that this graphic novel is a memoir. Or at least it read like one to me. It tells the story of a young boy, named Craig, experiencing growing up and loving for the first time. It follows both his childhood and teenage years, and a few adult years in the last chapter. I found this book to be very honest, which is what I want out of a memoir. 
Going into it, I had no idea how much religion would play a role in the story. Craig grew up in a very spiritual household, so of course it will play a big role in his life. I loved watching him grow up as a character, maturing and figuring things out for himself.

This graphic novel is around 500 pages, which was a bit overwhelming at first, I will admit. Despite having a busy start to the spring semester, I flew through this book. I didn't struggle to get through any particular parts, and it was definitely a quick read.

The majority of the novel focused on Craig's first love, Raina. While I did enjoy these chapters , and loved how he illustrated their relationship, I have to say my favorite part of the book was the last chapter. It definitely showed Craig's growth and maturity. He has finally started to listen to himself, despite what others have pushed upon him. I think that that was the important step for him.
Overall, I found this to be a wonderful and honest story of growing up. I'm a sucker for the coming of age books, and this is definitely one of them. I loved the story a lot, but the illustrations were definitely my favorite. Everything about this book is beautiful, whether it be the front and back covers, the endpaper, or just the story itself. I would recommend it to anyone, though there are a few parts that probably wouldn't be suitable for little eyes. So take that into consideration before you pick up this book.
Overall, I'd probably give this book a four out of five stars.

"Sometimes upon waking, the residual dream can be more appealing than reality, and one reluctant to give it up."

"How satisfying it is to leave a mark on a blank surface. To make a map of my movement--no matter how temporary."

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Winter Blues Haul

Hey guys! So, I'm back at school, and I'm definitely not all that happy about it. So I bought some books to make me feel better. That's okay, right? Plus, my family gave me loads of gift cards for Barnes and Noble. They know me so well!
I picked up three new books that I'd been eying for ages. Every time I walked into a bookstore, I'd seek them out, so I finally gave in! I'm so happy with them. I won't lie, though. The main reason I liked them at first was their gorgeous covers. They all have these wonderful blue tones, and coincidentally, they go together wonderfully. I'm no expert photographer by any means at all, but I love the photos I took of these books. I could have taken the pictures with my iPhone and I'd still love them. (:

The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Blankets by Craig Thompson

I took loads more photos, but I think I'm going to end up doing full reviews for The Shock of the Fall and Blankets, so I'm saving them for those posts. I'm currently in the middle of both, and I'm loving them both so far. I've definitely made some notes in the margins.  I'm hoping to finish Blankets tomorrow, so look out for a review sometime next week. If you've read any of these books, let me know what you think! Thanks for reading!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Follow Friday: 1/1/15

I am this week's feature!
                                 Follow Fridays are hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read
This week's questions is: What was your favorite book(s) of 2014?
Ahhhh, this is such a hard question! I started reading the Throne of Glass books this year, so I would probably have to say those. It's so hard for me to chose though! 
What has been your favorite book? I can't seem to think of any of the books I've read this year. Maybe you'll remind me of one I'm forgetting. I'd love it if you dropped a comment! Happy New Year!