PA's Official Book Lovers Thread

Discussion in 'School Work Help' started by MissCheekS, May 12, 2008.

  1. MissCheekS

    MissCheekS Reconnaîssant ❤

    This thread is for people who love to read and want to talk about what they have read but also for people who are interested in reading but don’t know any good reads
    A lotta people don’t read anymore these days which I find is a real pity….(N)

    I am going to try and post a review of every book I read from now on.
    Hope other people who enjoy reading will post some reviews too 
    For now I will post about some of my favorite books.

    Please dont spam in here!
    Thank you!

  2. MissCheekS

    MissCheekS Reconnaîssant ❤

    So….Here is the first me -sorc


    Title: Night
    Author: Elie Wiesel (Nobel Prize winner of Peace)

    Rating: 9/10

    Short summary:

    This is an autobiography about a Jewish man born who has survived ww2 and is still haunted by the inhuman things that have been done to him and people he used to know.
    In 1944 Elie, his parents and his sister were taken from their homes and deported to stay in a living hell.
    Elie stayed in two different concentration camps with his father Shlomo (Auschwitz-Birkenau and Gleiwitz) and this book is about he experienced everything that he saw and experienced.

    A piece of this book that I have found on the net:
    “Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed.
    Never shall I forget that smoke.
    Never shall I forget the little faces of the children, whose bodies I saw turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent blue sky.
    Never shall I forget those flames which consumed my faith forever.
    Never shall I forget that nocturnal silence which deprived me, for all eternity, of the desire to live. Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never.”

    My opinion:

    First of all...I must say it’s been almost 2 years ago since I have read this book so I had to dig up some details about the book on the net hehe.

    I had high expectations of this book because I saw it all over the place.
    Lots of websites and he was on Oprah.
    Anyways, I must say it was even better than I have expected. I have read several books about ww2 but none of those were as moving as Night.
    Everything he tells in his book really did happen and some of it is just too cruel too imagine.
    It doesn’t happen often that I cry during reading but I must say that I did feel my eyes burning every now and then while reading this. Actually, it wasn’t just sadness that I felt it was also anger.
    Anger towards those pigs that were (and unfortunately) capable of something like that to other human beings.
    Lifes taken, lifes destroyed just because of racism ---> ignorance.
    Of course we all know what happened during ww2 and that millions of people died but to read all this in detail is quite a hard peel to swallow.
    As most of the books about war theres never a happy ending. Same goes for this book.
    This book wont leave u with a good feeling but perhaps u will feel and realized how blessed we are because we probably wont ever have to live under these conditions and wont have to experience what Elie did.
    Its an eye opener..thats for certain...

    Definitely one of the best books I have ever read.
    Since I have read this book, I have passed this book on to a lot of friends and cousins and not one of them has given me any negative feedback.
    #2 MissCheekS, May 12, 2008
    Last edited: May 12, 2008
  3. Its a goood boook! too bad it couldn't be longer.

    Anyone read the rape of nanking by iris chang? how does it compare?
  4. Knoctur_nal

    Knoctur_nal |Force 10 from Navarone|

    Right on cheeks. Lets keep this to discussion and reviews.

  5. brown_bear

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  6. tiffer858

    tiffer858 Well-Known Member


    yea this book was pretty good i read it in the seventh grade -^_^
  7. ProjectD

    ProjectD VIP yay :]

    really enjoyed reading this in 9th grade... it was extremely sad at the end when he had to throw his father into the furnace T_T
  8. KT

    KT H E L L O K T ♥

    waah.. total spoiler.. it should be no spoilers allowed since its recommending books? err.. maybe seperate thread for recommending and discussion?
  9. Airree

    Airree Well-Known Member

    waitt.. so we all get to do reviews? cause I would like to do a few : )
  10. MissCheekS

    MissCheekS Reconnaîssant ❤

    YES please doooo!

    &&& why's everyone one or two lining in here..ITS a review/discussion thread...

    not a random tell me ur fave book threadddd!


    i will try to make another review tonight....
  11. [N]

    [N] RATED [ ]

    ^lol review threads tend to die :( from my experience. I think barely anyone would do a full review even if they did one. But i'm cool so lets stay on topic.

    anyways it seems the last time i read was centuries ago but from what i remembered last series i read was the thomas harris books. So i'm gonna talk about Silence of the Lambs. It was pure suspense and keeps you reading all though the descriptions in the books of the incidents caused by serial killer buffalo bill were insanely sick and vivid, you just can't stop reading lol. All through the book the author puts you in the mind of the serial killer. It shows his issues and such and also what caused him to do what he does. The main character clarice starling is one tough cop and she had to consult with dr. hannible lector who is a psychopath but he seems very clever and knowledgeable, seemingly helping clarice through solving the case but also trying to dig deeper into her mind and somewhat deceive her. lol i would say more but that's about all i remember, also don't really knows how it compares to the movie since i missed out on it, but i heard it wasn't as explicit as the book describes the killings to be. This book gave me chills and also there are many suspenseful moments, for example when buffalo bill kidnap this girl and was about to skin her alive like his other victims and clarice going into "the belly of the beast" which is buffalo bill's house. Also to make it more creepy the serial killer in this book was one of the many based on this one serial killer who made couches out of human skin in real life. I give this book 9.5/10 because it got me hooked and i never get hooked to books lols.
  12. hiake

    hiake Vardøgr of da E.Twin

    Just read Joy Luck Club for the millionth time, Amy Tan may have written other books but this one is still the best in describing the complexity of women and the tension between mother and daughter in a traditional Chinese culture (despite Western setting). Composed of 16 short stories on 8 women (4 mothers and 4 daughters), the book described the difference between a life where survival gave a sense of purpose and a life where concerns are all very trivial and unreal.

    My favourite stories were Red Candle (Lindo Jong's arranged marriage), Rice Husband (Lena St. Clair's impending doom of a marriage), Waiting Between the Trees (Ying-Ying St. Clair's life as a young girl in a household with 4 wives)... I loved the strong character of Ying-Ying St. Clair, making her daughter pale in contrast. She is a tiger lady, rightly so.
  13. mingming2006

    mingming2006 Well-Known Member

    In a remote mountain village high in the lands of the Three Countries lives Takeo, a boy with the exceptional skills of the deadly Tribe - preternatural hearing, the ability to be in two places at once and invisibility. But brought up among the peaceful Hidden, Takeo has yet to discover the dangerous potential of his own abilities. When his life is saved by the mysterious Lord Otori Shigeru, Takeo begins the journey that will lead him to his destiny. As Takeo grows from boy to man he must find a path through the complex loyalties that bind him to warring clans, the ruthless Tribe and the shadowy Hidden. At the same time, Kaede, a young heiress, must also find her way, using her intelligence and exquisite beauty to assert herself in a world of all-powerful men. For both it is a journey of revenge and treachery, honour and loyalty, beauty and magic and the overwhelming passion of love.

    Rating: 9/10 - for anyone interested in feudal Japan and the way of the ninja / samurai

    My other favourite books are Steven Gerrard Autobio, LOTR and Phillip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy (though I've never read that trilogy yet - still in my shelf, lol)
  14. MissCheekS

    MissCheekS Reconnaîssant ❤

    ^ ooohhh....sounds interesting...ive got 2 books about ninjas n samurai as well...i should really finish my current book n read those two...
    books about japan are so interesting...ive read quite a few too...

    *note to self: stop being lazy n start bloody reading n writing about em*
  15. mingming2006

    mingming2006 Well-Known Member

    n what may be the ninja / samurai books u read? I may wna get them after finishin the series, hehe
  16. MissCheekS

    MissCheekS Reconnaîssant ❤

    oooohhhhh ok....

    these are the ones ive purchased last time...


    "cloud of sparrows" & the sequel of it.... "autumn bridge"
    by Takashi Matsuoka
  17. robsh

    robsh Well-Known Member

    have anyone read The Diary of Anne Frank
    i was thinking of getting this on amazon
    so is it recommended?

    currently reading Empire of The Sun now
  18. hiake

    hiake Vardøgr of da E.Twin

    Sorry, not a fan of Samurai/Ninja books, but I saw that you mentioned Philip Pullman, I just HAVE to talk about him.

    His Dark Material was exquisitely written. I don't think it's necessarily promoting atheism, but you can tell that Pullman has a thing or two to say about organized religion (which is totally DIFFERENT from faith, for the record). The film, in case you had the misfortune of seeing it, did not do the book justice since it went ahead, in the first 10 minutes, nearly spoiled the ENTIRE story (which sucks a lot for those who had read the book).

    Where was I? Oh yes, so go read the book, the "magical" world of Zeppelins and daemons was quite the work.

    @Robsh: I can't say I enjoy the genre of historic fiction all that much... Just the genre, nothing against the Diary of Anne Frank specifically. I don't know, perhaps I usually end up reading historic fictions which I am not familiar with to begin with, so it ends up kind of bland. If you know the history, it should be a good read, all the references to real events would make it so much more enjoyable...
  19. mooiced

    mooiced Well-Known Member


    I read this one too...awww. it's soo cute and sad at the same time.

    I think this one is really good. She is really expressive.

  20. jono281

    jono281 Well-Known Member

    mingming2006...those lian Hearn books are brilliant...

    Id say, Terry Patchett books,

    and Freakonomics...are realli good reads..