Fahrenheit 451: Review

Book: Fahrenheit 451
Author: Ray Bradbury
Reviewed by: Danielle
Rating: 4/5 stars

Every few weeks or so I like to visit a book store. Sometimes I have a goal, a specific book in mind (usually several), and other times I simply want to browse and enjoy myself. The smell is usually the first thing I notice – it’s one of my favorites. There’s nothing like a room full of books, their aroma so distinct and calming. Eventually I scan the usual sections, rejoicing yet at the same time despairing over how many books I have yet to read, wishing I could buy all of them but knowing I already have a whole box at home to finish. There is nothing quite like buying a new book. Even if you cannot read it for another few weeks or even months, there is a sweet sensation about having it in your hands, knowing it’s yours to devour whenever you wish. Reading a story for the first time, turning it page by page unconscious of what’s going to happen next, even the mere physicality of it in your hands, is an intoxicating experience. There is so much variety, so many emotions books pull out of you. My trips to the book store mean discovering something new; finding words that are pieced together in a way my mind has not yet comprehended. Words that will move me and grow inside of me; I will learn and be a better person for having read them.

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Romancing Mr. Bridgerton (Bridgertons, #4): Review

Book: Romancing Mr. Bridgerton
Series: Bridgertons, #4
Author: Julia Quinn
Reviewed by: Danielle
Rating: 4/5 stars

So I’ve come to really like the historical-romance genre. Is the writing up there with literature’s finest? No. But with the right author, the stories are engaging and swift and, well, romantic. For a girl like me, that goes a long way. I love love stories. It’s in my genes, my DNA, my whatever. I have tended to read a lot of “high brow” literature, but I’ve come to realize that the romance genre satisfies a different side of me. They’re easy reads but so enjoyable as well. There’s no need for expectations of great complexity or literary “richness”. The plot lines may be formulaic and predictable, but that doesn’t mean you can’t wrap yourself up in them. You can still invest yourself in the couple and in their romance. Plus, if there’s one thing I enjoy about the romance genre, it’s the men. It must not take a whole lot to make me swoon, because I’ve found most of them emotionally and physically satisfying to the umpteenth degree.

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Emma: Review

Book: Emma
Author: Jane Austen
Reviewed by: Danielle
Rating: 4/5 stars

Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors. She is funny and witty, she makes pointed social commentary without overtly moralizing or becoming too “serious”, and she has given us some of the very best romances, the latter which holds a great deal of appeal for me. Her heroes are so easy to fall in love with – from the proud but devoted Mr. Darcy to the tender┬áCaptain Wentworth who wrote one of the most precious love letters in literature. I admire, also, Ms. Austen’s fearlessness and courage, to express feminist concerns in the face of a hierarchical society. It’s easy as a modern reader to see how stifled a woman could feel in the early nineteenth century, but it’s clear that Austen knew, and felt, the limitations placed on her own sex. She desires more for her heroines – she wants them to breathe, to grow, to learn – and, in large part, fulfills this desire in the context of love and marriage and equal partnership. You finish her novels (with perhaps the exception of Mansfield Park, which I have not read), feeling that the couples are perfectly matched and have grown in one another. This is no exception in Emma.

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Warm Bodies: Review

Book: Warm Bodies
Author: Isaac Marion
Reviewed by: Ellyce
Rating: 4/5 stars

I’ll be the first to admit that zombie-centric stories aren’t exactly my thing. I tend to avoid them like the plague, so I was a bit wary when I picked up Warm Bodies. I’m glad that I gave it a chance, because it’s a surprisingly good book that speaks strongly of the human story.

Warm Bodies starts off like any typical zombie tale, with the undead situated amidst a shattered America, while those who are still human live with constant fear and rigid authority. The novel is narrated by R, a zombie who has no recollection of his past identity. We come to see that he is not quite like his fellow undead, as he finds enjoyment in music and his dreams. Although his spoken vocabulary is limited to a handful of words, his narrative is filled with color and vivid imagination. Continue reading