Wednesday, April 24, 2013

My Book Reveiw Rating Scale 1-10

10 hearts: I'm speechless; this book is an extraordinarily amazingly wonderfully fantastically marvelous masterpiece (x)

9 hearts: Loved it! This book has a spot on my favorites shelf (x)

8 hearts: An engaging read; highly recommended (x)

7 hearts: Not perfect, but overall enjoyable (x)

6 hearts: Satisfying for a first read, but I'm not going back (x)

5 hearts: Doesn't particularly light any of my fires; I feel indifferent about this book (x)

4 hearts: So-so; reading this book may cause wrinkles (from frowning so much) (x)
3 hearts: Not a fan; I don't recommend this book (x)

2 hearts: Not completely a lost cause, but could not finish; I did not enjoy this book (x)

1 heart: Could not finish and have nothing positive to say; use this book to see if your pens still have ink (x)


A+ = This book is as close to perfect as it gets! I love it and will probably reread it a billion times.

A = This book is terrific and I really enjoyed reading it! It does have some minor flaws that take away from the story, characters, etc.

A- = This book is excellent, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. It does have a few flaws.

B+ = This book is good, and I enjoyed reading it. However, there are some flaws.

B = This book is good, and I enjoyed reading it. There are a few very noticeable flaws.

B- = This book is good, and I liked it okay. There are several noticeable flaws.

C+ = This book is okay, but certain aspects really grabbed me/kept me interested.

C = This book is okay, and I finished it relatively quickly. It didn't blow me away, and something was definitely lacking (characters, plot, dialogue, etc.)

C- = This book is okay, and I finished it in a decent amount of time. I didn't enjoy it very much, and two or more things were definitely lacking.

D = This book is not the best I've ever read, but I begrudgingly finished it. It was lacking in almost every aspect.

F = I hated this book. I finished it, but was not happy with it. It was lacking in every aspect.

Friday, February 22, 2013

First Line Fridays: Feb. 22nd, 2013

Welcome again to FLF!
Sadly, February is a short month, so (for now) with this post the Dickens theme will come to a close. Yes, there are plenty of other books he's written and ALL good! I shall get to them in my time.
For now, enjoy this Classic Opener we ALL should now in one form or another from Tale of Two Cities!

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only."

Again, I have sadly not read this Classic yet. I have seen a condensed stage form of it (as it was a one-act entrance for high school)and I do know that there is a musical out there too. However, I'll get to those after I read the novel.

Friday, February 15, 2013

First Line Friday: Feb. 15th 2013

And welcome to the 3rd week of FLF and our February theme: Dickens!

"My father's family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip. So, I called myself Pip, and came to be called Pip."

So starts Great Expectations! Yet ANOTHER novel focused on the rags to riches of a boy.
Again, I haven't read the book itself, but being here on FLF it certainly is on my List.

Friday, February 8, 2013

First Line Friday: Feb 8th, 2013

Welcome back to FLF!
To continue with our monthly love Dickens, I bring you another story of another boy.  David Copperfield

"Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show."

I'll admit, I have yet to read this Classic fully as I do most of Dickens' works but it comes HIGHLY recommended by my mother of all people. Therefore, it shall follow suite RIGHT after Oliver Twist.

Friday, February 1, 2013

First Line Friday: Feb 1st 2013

Welcome to a whole NEW month of FLF!
This time, we will be focusing on Charles Dickens. After All, February is is birth month.
His first book this month will be the base of the musical OLIVER! That's right, the book Oliver Twist.

"Among other public buildings in a certain town, which for many reasons it will be prudent to refrain from mentioning, and to which I will assign no fictitious name, there is one anciently common to most towns, great or small: to wit, a workhouse; and in this workhouse was born; on a date which I need not trouble myself to repeat, inasmuch as it can be of no possible consequence to the reader, in this stage of business at all events;the item of morality whose name is prefixed to the head of this chapter."

I just LOVE the way Dickens words in order to get the reader from the get go. It's as if he's there talking to the Reader face to face.

Friday, January 25, 2013

First Line Friday: Jan. 25th 2013

Welcome to the last FLF in January.
This being said, my theme of Jane Austen books will also close (for now) with this final entry from her final novel, Persuasion.

"Sir Walter Elliot, of Kellynch Hall, in Somersetshire, was a man who, for his own amusement, never took up a book but the Baronetage."

Come Feb. 1st, a whole new theme focused around Dickens will start. After all, Charles Dickens wrote a lot of classic first-liners too. And not JUST from Christmas Carol.

Friday, January 18, 2013

First Line Friday: Jan. 18th 2013

This week on First Line, we are still continuing the Jane Austen theme.

"No one who had ever seen Catherine Morland in her infancy would have supposed her born to be a heroine."

So starts Northanger Abby by Jane Austen. I have yet to actually read this novel yet like last week's First Line's choice. However, when I do, be rest assured that I WILL review and link it here as well!

Friday, January 11, 2013

First Line Fridays: Jan. 11th 2013

Welcome to another First Line!
This week, more continuation of lovely Jane Austen with Emma:

"Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her."

Now, I haven't actually read this book yet. However it is on my TBR pile And I shall review and link as soon as I've read!

Friday, January 4, 2013

First Line Friday: Jan. 4th 2013 (Happy New Year!)

Hello and welcome one and all to a New Year!
This is the first FLF of 2013!

To continue with the Jane Austen tribute next is the opening from Sense and Sensibility

"The family of Dashwood had long settled in Sussex. Their estate was large , and their residence was at Norland Park, in the center of their property, where, for many generations, they had lived in so respectable a manner as to engage the general good opinion of their surrounding acquaintance."