Fahrenheit 451 Review

Fahrenheit 451Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.

Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television ‘family’. But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people did not live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.

When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known.

This is probably the first time I read a typical “school” book of my own accord, and I can affirm that even reading it outside of school doesn’t make it that much better to read. I read it in one sitting as I was working at the library, and even being in that peaceful environment couldn’t get me to enjoy this one much.

I think what the story was trying to say was that when people stop caring that someone will be able to come into power, like the firemen, and make people believe whatever they want. It also talks about how people will cling to anything they can when they don’t feel like they have anything else, like how Guy’s wife clung to the parlor “family”.

I also understood what the book was trying to say about peer pressure! There were some people in the world who did want to keep their books, but since the majority did not, they just went along in order to not stand out. This I understood.

I could even understand the story of books being censored by the people. This was a bit shaky, as I do like for characters to not be stereotypical, and if I see this happening in a book, I will not hesitate to mention it. Sure, I don’t mean for the author to completely cut the character or give them no personality, but it is important to me that people are represented fairly in literature. Nevertheless, I did understand the author’s point of “You can never please anyone.”

The only thing I really just couldn’t get into was the characters. They all just seemed so dry. I think that this was the point, that without the books the world would be dry and people would forget how to feel. But in my opinion, I felt that this could have been conveyed without making the book feel dry to read. I couldn’t connect with Guy’s wife, even though she was clearly going through mental turmoil and tried to commit suicide. Beatty should have been an interesting character as a bit of a “villain” but he’s just following the crowd. All of the characters have no backstories, and the only unique character was Clarisse who was only 17 and disappeared at the beginning of the book.

I’ve heard such great things about this book, but for me to like a book, I really need to be able to find some sort of similarities with me and a few of the characters and be able to connect with them on a personal level. I didn’t feel for these characters, so I didn’t feel bad for them when anything happened.

I am going to keep trying to read classic novels, and maybe someday I will come back to this book with fresh eyes and reread it!

Overall Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

WWW Wednesday Post!

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Sorry that this is a day late, I got randomly sick last night and wasn’t able to finish much of anything.

What are you currently reading?

The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus, #5)The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #1)The Sleepwalker (Cherub, #9)Goliath (Leviathan, #3)No Sad SongsSoraya: A Wielders of Arantha Prequel

This is about….1/3 of the books that I am currently in the middle of/starting to read. I have a lot of books to prepare for blog tours/library books that are due, and so I am trying to get through everything at once! Hopefully next week the number will be a bit more reasonable. I think that will happen once I get through the books that are taking me forever, which include Goliath and Sleepwalker.

What have you recently finished reading?

Dreamer (Traveler #2)Bound to YouFinal Notice: A Political ThrillerLife with My Idiot Family: A True Story of Survival, Courage and Justice over Childhood Sexual AbuseMade by Design (Blood Bound, #2)The AlchemistTrouble In Glamour TownBethany's SalvationEnlightenedThe Word Collector

Most of these books were done in my last few days of spring break, so in the next few weeks I will definitely be slowing down. Hopefully, I won’t fall totally behind though, as spring break me was very ambitious in her reading selection and has several deadlines coming up!

What are you planning on reading next?

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1)Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe, #2)Dread Nation (Dread Nation, #1)

I am happy to say that I own every book above besides ThunderHead, and I have a physical copy of Thunderhead finally! I hope to start picking up my reading pace again and starting to work on my pleasure-read TBR.

See you next week!

Top Ten Tuesday Post: Top Ten Books that I Loved and Will Read Again

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

1) Freya Snow Series

Hunt (Freya Snow, #1)White (Freya Snow, #2)Wings (Freya Snow, #3)

I personally love this series, and I am currently in the middle of reading the 11th book of the series! All of the books are fairly short, and they have really helped me to get out of random reading slumps that occur.

2) A Court of Mist and Fury

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

I can’t really say much without spoiling it, but I just really loved this book.

3) Don’t Look At Me

Don't Look at Me

This Beauty and the Beast retelling is such an addictive read that I sped through it the first time. I would definitely want to take the time to read this one again.

4) A Little Princess

A Little Princess

This is my favorite book of all-time, and so I think I could re-read it forever.

5) The Magestaff 

The Magestaff (The Seven Kingdoms #1)

I hope to be able to get the chance to finish the Perrault Chronicles sometime soon.

6) The Throne of Fire

The Throne of Fire (Kane Chronicles, #2)
I listened to the audiobook version of this novel as I fell asleep nearly every night throughout middle school, and now I could probably recite portions of this book if I was able to re-read it.

7) The Castaway Heart Series

Castaway Heart (Castaway Heart, #1)

I also loved the Castaway Heart trilogy, also by L.C. Mawson. Hopefully I will get the chance to re-read that one soon!

8) Golden

Golden (Golden, #1)

I loved the first book in the Golden Trilogy by K.M. Robinson. I hope to be able to finish this trilogy soon, but I keep forgetting to do it.

9) One False Note

One False Note (The 39 Clues, #2)

I love the 39 clues series, and this is definitely one of my favorite books in the entire series. Learning about Mozart was definitely a lot of fun.

10) The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give
I personally love this book and think that teens everywhere should take the time to read it. I hope that in the next few years, with the movie coming out, that it will become more popular.

That’s all for this week, but I will see you next week.

The Alchemist Review

The Alchemist

The Alchemist is a classic that tells the story of a boy on a journey to find treasure. This boy’s name is Santiago and he lives in Spain, but his treasure is near the Great Pyramids of Egypt. He has to leave his sheep and travel across countries, meeting several unique people, in order to find his treasure.

I had heard that this book was amazing, and I even borrowed it from a friend just to read it! I was really drawn in by how he meets all of these people along his journey. Soon, I forgot about the main storyline of trying to find the treasure and instead wondered who Santiago would meet next along his journey.

I have to say that the descriptive language did get to be a bit much for me. I tend to read more plot-based stories without much poetic-ness, and I really don’t understand poetry when I do read that. That drew me out of the story for a bit, and by the middle, I did get a little bored, but I was determined to at least finish this so that I could maybe see what everyone was speaking about.

I did enjoy the ending of this novel, and I enjoyed some of the lessons that were taught throughout! I think that if the language hadn’t been so poetic, I definitely would have finished this novel faster. However, I understand that this is the way with classic novels, and I just have to learn how to work through it.

Overall, this was definitely a relaxing and enjoyable read to finish off my spring break with, and I am happy to say that I finished yet another classic novel in 2018! I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a classic almost-fairytale with descriptive writing and a wonderful tale.

Overall Rating: 4/5

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Book Quotes

Sorry I’m late with this, I’ve been sick, but I still wanted to participate!

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

A Little Princess (Frances Hodgson Burnett)

“Whatever comes,” she said, “cannot alter one thing. If I am a princess in rags and tatters, I can be a princess inside. It would be easy to be a princess if I were dressed in cloth of gold, but it is a great deal more of a triumph to be one all the time when no one knows it.” 

“Everything’s a story – You are a story -I am a story.” 

Harry Potter (J.K. Rowling)

The Sorcerer’s Stone: “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” 

The Prisoner of Azkaban: “HELLO? HELLO? CAN YOU HEAR ME? I-WANT-TO-TALK-TO-HARRY-POTTER!” 

The Goblet of Fire: “We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.” 

Divergent (Veronica Roth)

“Politeness is deception in pretty packaging.” 

A Court of Mist and Fury (Sarah J. Maas)

“If you were going to die, I was going to die with you. I couldn’t stop thinking it over and over as you screamed, as I tried to kill her: you were my mate, my mate, my mate.” 

“I fell in love with you, smartass, because you were one of us—because you weren’t afraid of me, and you decided to end your spectacular victory by throwing that piece of bone at Amarantha like a javelin. I felt Cassian’s spirit beside me in that moment, and could have sworn I heard him say, ‘If you don’t marry her, you stupid prick, I will.”

Twilight (Stephenie Meyer)

“I decided as long as I’m going to hell, I might as well do it thoroughly.”

All The Ugly and Wonderful Things (Bryn Greenwood)

“Your family is real, but mine isn’t? Real people with real feelings, but my family isn’t real to you. You think. I’m a character. A story. Those women you talk about. Not real people to you. Stupid women. I’m real. I’m as real as you are. My family is real like your family.” 

See you next week!

The Narnia Book Tag

I haven’t done a tag for a while, and I love doing book tags, so here goes!

Thank you for Sophie @ Blame Chocolate for tagging me!

This tag was created by Clémence @ Clemi’s Bookish World.

Narnia – A magical world you would like to visit.

The Maze of Bones (The 39 Clues #1)

Besides Narnia, I would love to visit the world of the 39 Clues. Technically the book was based on some historical truths, but I would love to live in a world where a powerful family held such deep secrets. Imagine not being a Cahill, and just being a regular kid who happened to stumble upon the secret bases that the Cahills had throughout the world. It would be awesome to uncover some of the secrets without actually being a member of the family.

The Magician’s Nephew – A book you think is underrated. 

Gregor the Overlander (Underland Chronicles, #1)

Not many people even know that the author of the Hunger Games wrote an amazing middle-grade story. However, I absolutely loved the Gregor the Overlander series when I was in middle school. I even finished all 5 books before I read the Hunger Games series, and consider it to be better than the Hunger Games in some ways. I only wish that the series had been picked up by someone and turned into a movie as well.

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe – A classic that you love. 

Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There

I haven’t reread this book in years, but the first time I read it I was completely lost in it. I hope to reread some more classics this year so that I can review them on here!

The Horse and His Boy – A book you picked up without knowing what it was about.

Girls Made of Snow and Glass

I didn’t even know that this book was a retelling of a fairytale until I read it, but I felt that it really made the story even better for me. I ended up absolutely adoring it.

Prince Caspian – A sequel you loved. 

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

I think that this book was my absolute favorite sequel of all time. If you read it, you probably agree with me.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – A quest you’d like to be a part of. 

The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles, #1)

I loved every single quest that the siblings went on in this trilogy. They were all so suspenseful and action-packed.

The Silver Chair – A book you did not expect to love. 

Since You've Been Gone

 

I thought that I would always dislike “realistic” novels about teenagers. Usually, I can’t relate to them, and I always thought that they were boring. This one may not have been the most relatable, but it was definitely enjoyable.

The Last Battle – The perfect ending to a series you love. 

Splendor (Luxe, #4)

I definitely haven’t read an absolutely perfect ending in a long time, nor have I read an ending to a series in a bit. However, this was definitely a rather good ending that I only had a few issues with.

The Pevensies – A siblinghood of friendship you’d love to be a part of.

Hunt (Freya Snow, #1)

I would love to be a part of the Pevensies definitely, but I would also love to be a part of Freya’s relationship with her sister Alice in the Freya Snow series.

Eustace Scrubb –  A character who grew on you. 

Frankenstein

I loved the creature from Frankenstein so much!

Tumnus – Your favorite mystical creature. 

The Inquisition (Summoner, #2)

I loved Ignatius from the Summoner trilogy. I haven’t read the third book in the series, but as of the second book I still love him.

Caspian – A character with regal qualities.

A Little Princess

Sara would have made an ideal queen. She treated everyone equally whether it was a scullery maid named Becky or a spoiled motherless child named Lottie. She was never mean or spiteful, even when it seemed like the world was against her. She also was very smart and had a wonderful imagination.

Reepicheep – A loyal character.

The Hate U Give

Starr’s boyfriend was always loyal to her, even when it got him in a lot of trouble. I loved seeing their relationship grow throughout the story.

The Wardrobe – Your favorite hideout/place to read.

I usually read in my bed simply because it is the quietest place in my house. However, when I have my own house or apartment, I hope to have a window seat where I can place pillows and blankets and read. Hopefully, it will rain often where I live so that I can read by a rainy window. That way, I will have a real book nook!

I Tag

Youkai Nurse @Books, Boxes, & Baubles

Flavia @Flavia the Bibliophile

Kyera @ Kyera’s Library

Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books

@Down The Book Hole

@Booksmashed

@The Orang-utan Librarian

If any of you don’t have time, this is fine, but just spread the word about this super-fun book tag!