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krispychips

krispychips

Joined January 2022

Love to read anything and everything!
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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bront
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1984 by George Orwell
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Hamlet | William Shakespeare
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I read this for class and I loved it. This play was so much more interesting than the last one I read. I also watched the play and wow! The acting was incredible. There were so many scenes that, when I had read it, did not think they would be acted like that. The actors really brought the play to life. Reading/watching “Hamlet” made me want to read another one of Shakespeare‘s plays so I could have a more in-depth knowledge when I watch it.

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I'll Be There | Holly Goldberg Sloan
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Mehso-so

It was a little bit of a struggle to read, but the ending was funny/cute. Sloan hand-fed everything so nothing was thought-provoking or puzzling. The character development (if there truly was any) wasn‘t the best either. The relationships were so rushed that I never got the chance to understand the characters outside of them liking one another. It‘s a cute book for grade-schoolers, but for someone who likes depth it‘s lacking.

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It Ends With Us | Colleen Hoover
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I loved it. Took me a couple chapters to get over the writing (1st person present tense ugh), but overall, it was a great read. The realism was so well-written, and I loved the ending. I loved that Lilly took control of the situation and did the right thing. The novel showed a different, realistic perspective on domestic abuse and it was eye-opening. I loved the character-growth, and this novel did such a good job of it. Totally recommend!

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Ace of Spades | Faridah Abike-Iyimide
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Mehso-so

To keep it short, I didn‘t really like it. The idea was executed poorly, the entire time I was thinking ‘Pretty Little Liars rip off‘. All the “surprises/twists” were so obvious and the ending was an absolute let-down. There was almost no character growth and the plot was so unbelievable. I‘m disappointed in it, because I love books that talk about social issues and racial injustices, but this one fell so short and was such a let down.

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Pax | Sara Pennypacker
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I loved this story! I thought it was just going to be a cute little novel about a boy and a fox, but it had so much depth to it. The journey through the feelings of loss and self-discovery was incredible. The characters were amazingly written and the growth was wonderful. I also love the cover! It‘s so pretty! The artwork on the sleeve is so pretty, and so is the actual cover of the book (a beautiful forest green with ingrained leaves). 15/10

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Saint Anything | Sarah Dessen
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I recently picked this up at Goodwill. I had read it in eighth grade and wanted to reread it. I‘m not a huge Sarah Dessen fan as most YA novels are cringey, boring, and don‘t have much character growth. However, this novel was a pretty good one for being YA. There were some cringey parts, but for the most part, I was intrigued. It wasn‘t super romance-based and the characters were all pretty well-rounded. I‘m glad I bought it.

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In Cold Blood | Truman Capote
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I love murder documentaries so I was so excited to read this. And. I. Loved. It. This is the first book in a long time where I forgot that I was reading it. I flew through the pages so quickly. The writing is fantastic. I was nervous that it was going to be boring, but it had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. The way Capote documented the events was incredible, I had to keep reminding myself that everything was true. 100/10

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It was definitely a page-turner— once I picked it up, I couldn‘t put it down. This was another play written about fantasy vs. reality, and I am all here for it. The dark humor Mr. Albee twisted into the lives of the characters was disturbingly splendid. At times it was comical and others serious. The ending was such a twist as well! Halfway through, I thought I knew how it was going to end, but I was so wrong! It was a dark, but wonderful read.

krispychips The theme of fantasy vs. reality is always huge in most classics, and this one did not disappoint. The crudeness and pettiness of the characters to keep their own sanity was incredibly written. The fact that at the end of the play, they were all stripped of their own illusions and left with the cold-hard truth was disastrous, yet terribly needed. 2mo
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A Streetcar Named Desire | Tennessee Williams
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I hate to love this play, but, oh my gosh, I couldn‘t put it down. I read it one day! The rawness and realistic-ness of the characters portrayed was incredible. It reminded me a lot about The Great Gatsby with how it was all gray area. No real right or wrong. There were obviously characters that were worse than others, but none were good. Even wonderful Stella wasn‘t the greatest. The ending also got to me— (continued in comments)

krispychips What happened between Stanley and Blanche was disgusting. Especially when Stella didn‘t believe Blanche. The fact that this happens and the victims are rarely listened to is so depressing. This play is a great representation of how society worked back in the mid-1900‘s and still today. Again, I hate to love this play, but I do. I will probably read this again and maybe even venture into some of Mr. Williams‘ other writings. (edited) 2mo
krispychips Also Mitch? Really? He couldn‘t bring Blanche home to meet his mother because she had slept around too much, yet he still wanted to sleep with her? Seriously, I was rooting for Mitch too, but Mr. Williams made it clear how reality is different from fantasy. Most stories don‘t get happy endings. (edited) 2mo
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The Red Badge of Courage | Stephen Crane
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I love war stories, but this one was so… dull. There was too much description that didn‘t add to the plot. However, my biggest issue was the ending. Our protagonist was a young adult who saw glory in war, but when he finally got to fight, he fled. He saw people die. He killed people. Yet, in the end, he was barely affected by it. He thought about it for a little bit and then just moved on. The story‘s idea was so good, but it fell so flat.

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Wuthering Heights | Bronte Emily
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This is probably one of my favorite classics. The novel was so well-written. I enjoyed all the characters, even Heathcliff surprisingly, but my favorites were Mrs. Dean and Hareton. The relationship between Heathcliff and Catherine was beautiful and yet disastrous. I was so engrossed in wanting to learn everything about Heathcliff, I couldn‘t put the novel down. In some sickly twisted way, I really enjoyed his character. Overall, wonderful read.

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The Tempest | William Shakespeare
Mehso-so

Not gonna lie, I had no clue what was going on during the play until I watched a video explaining the plot. If I had understood better what I was reading, I might have enjoyed it a little more. The storyline wasn‘t bad and Ariel was a great character, but the ending was so lack-luster. However, Shakespeare did portray the effects of power and how it can be used bother positively and negatively pretty well. Overall, not super impressed.

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Candide | Voltaire
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This novel was hard to put down. I was hooked with the adventures of Candide and his hopes of being with Cunegonde. This satire was witty and comical in so many places, yet serious and thought-provoking in others. It really played on the ideas of blind optimism and philosophy. It was definitely a good read.

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My friend wanted me to read the book without any idea of what it was— so I did, and I loved it so much that I read the manhua… and then I watched the movie and the anime. It was a little hard to get into the novel at first, but because it was translated from Chinese into English, the writing was a wee-bit awkward at times. The manhua was amazing as well— beautiful artwork. I love this series and have already reread the novel.

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I read all eight volumes in one sitting and wow. I loved the characters, they were so cute— especially Taichi! He was adorable! The fact that it was more of a coming of age series than a romance was beautiful. I loved and hated the fact that we don‘t get to see how the two characters got together in the end, but that wasn‘t the point. It was surprisingly thought provoking at times as well. I loved this series and would totally read again.

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Frankenstein: ; Or, The Modern Prometheus | Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
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I‘m a sucker for classics and this book was no exception. The story line was captivating and I loved the characters, especially Victor and Clerval. Clerval was such a loving friend, he didn‘t deserve what happened to him! I also felt bad for Victor, he just wanted to enjoy life and the wonders of science! Overall, the novel was amazing and I loved that it was written through letters. The story within a story was genius.

CogsOfEncouragement I really enjoyed this one too. 4mo
CogsOfEncouragement I really enjoyed this one too. I absolutely agree Shelley deserves a lot of credit for the story in story format. 4mo
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The Great Gatsby | F. Scott Fitzgerald
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I read this once last year for fun and then again for English class. Both times I loved it. It's such an intriguing classic. The symbolism got a little over the top at times, but it was interesting how Fitzgerald used the failing of the American Dream as a theme. I enjoyed the characters even though they weren't supposed to be super likeable. It's obviously a must-read for those who like classics. I'll read it a third time when I have the time.

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To Kill a Kingdom | Alexandra Christo
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I loved it. I didn't want to put it down. The plot was amazingly well written. The aesthetic quotes and descriptions were to die for. The depth and growth of the characters was stunning. The flirtatious banter and joking was flawless. The only thing slightly “disappointing“ was the ending, but then again, I rarely find an ending that suits my taste. For not being huge on fantasy books, I loved it and will definitely read again.

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I liked it a lot. I really, really enjoyed Kya and Tate. Also the descriptions were beautiful. However, the ending was a bit of a let down. The “plot twist“ wasn't that great. Up until that point, however, I was very intrigued on who the murderer was and why the case involved Kya. In all honesty, if I could, I'd read it again for the first time. I was captivated by the characters and the story. Totally recommend.

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Butter | Erin Jade Lange
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I liked this book, but only after I finished it. I was definitely transfixed with it from the beginning, but I hadn't enjoyed it as well as I thought I could have. Butter was quite annoying and rude from the start. I think the author meant to portray him like that; however, I wish that his character growth had been a bit more transparent before his suicide attempt. Then again, it was accurate, I just wish I was able to like Butter more than I did.

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Waterfall | Lauren Kate
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I couldn't finish it. I got about a third through and my brain gave out. Eureka makes me so angry. She has no character growth and she claims that her failing relationships aren't because of her. Excuse me?! She thinks everyone has wronged her and in return she can be a jerk. The whole quirks thing was so dumb, and her father dying and becoming a robot? What the heck? I could rant about this forever. This book was just a wreck. -100/10

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Teardrop | Lauren Kate
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This was the most YA teen romance-fantasy novel I've ever read. Ander's been in love with Eureka since they were born? CREEPY STALKER ALERT! Eureka showed no character growth, she's a terrible friend, and always plays the victim! Their relationship was so cringey and awkward, the first scene had me gagging. The writing was terrible with so many unneeded similes and metaphors! I squirm just thinking about this book. There was so much wrong with it.

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Reached | Ally Condie
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I finally finished it and wow! I love how it's a dystopian series, and yet still realistic. The main characters weren't on the front lines entirely, they weren't the leaders. So many other dystopian books have teenagers running around completely in charge, but Cassia, Xander, and Ky aren't doing that. They're helping, they take the initiative occasionally, but act how teenagers would act. I love this series. 10/10 would recommend.

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Crossed | Ally Condie
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I'm surprisingly really enjoying this trilogy. It's not super action-based like Divergent or The Maze Runner, but it's still interesting. This book was definitely just to bridge the first book and the third together, but there was still important new background information, and the descriptions were beautiful. I love how the characters have grown. I can't wait to read the final book and see how Ally Condie wraps Cassia and Ky's story up.

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The beginning of this book was pretty light-hearted, and then the middle and end hit you and... Wow. I loved it. It's authenticity and realism was astounding. All the characters were fantastically written and I truly felt like I was living the story with them. Harper Lee wrote a beautiful, yet moving coming-of-age novel that I would highly recommend to everyone. It's one of the best, most interesting classics I have ever read.

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Matched | Ally Condie
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It was a slow start, but once I got into it, I couldn't put it down. Sometimes the wording was awkward or cringey, but nonetheless, I enjoyed it. The parts where it talked about burning history and getting rid of it, hurt me. I hated those parts so much, but they were needed. It made me grateful for living now, where we can still learn and make our own decisions. I'm excited to read the next book and I hope it's just as good, if not better.

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Magisterium | Jeff Hirsch
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I remember reading this book when I was younger and thinking it was boring. I started reading it again, but I wish I hadn't. This book is obviously for grade schoolers. However, I know that even if I had read it when I was younger, I still would have disliked it. All the characters were static or flat, and the whole Affinity thing was weird. It's a shame, I really liked Jeff Hirsch's other books, this one was just a let down.

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The Queen's Gambit | Walter Tevis
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I enjoyed reading it, but it definitely is a more visual type of story. If you don't understand chess, you would probably have difficulty following along. I had a hard time caring for Beth and the book didn't really ever resolve her addiction, but nonetheless it was a good read. Just not for everyone.

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Rogue of One's Own | Evie Dunmore
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This was such a good book! I couldn't put it down. Tristan and Lucy's relationship was so flirtatious/angsty and oh my gosh, the ENDING! The last three-four chapters, I was obsessed! When Lucy caught Tristan with her cousin and at the house! She was a total boss! I loved the plot and the way Evie Dunmore didn't overpower the story with feminism, but still made it a prominent theme. I loved it.

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Memoirs of a Geisha | Arthur Golden
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It was very interesting to be able to read a story about Japanese culture and feel like you're watching it instead. The way the author wrote the story made it seem like Sayuri was telling her story to me. It was beautifully written and I enjoyed every page.

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I love, love, LOVED the first half. The dynamic between Max and Lina was cute, flirty, and enjoyable. The storyline was amusing and I was excited to see where it would go. However in the second half, they went to Pennsylvania and stayed over-night, this changed their relationship and kind of stripped them of their personalities . The ending was cute tho especially the rooftop scene, but it felt rushed. Overall, it was a good cliche rom-com book.

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Mehso-so

It was pretty good, and I loved the way the author had it in the friend's perspective and how it smoothly transitioned from the past to the present. It got a little pretentious at times. Altogether I enjoyed it, but I wouldn't recommend it to everyone.

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I read this book in two days, I couldn't put it down. I thought it was going to be a simple space-exploration book, but, boy, was I wrong. The second half of the story hit me like a freight train. This book is definitely something. Recommend to anyone who loves space and enjoys twists 'n turns.

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It took a while to get into and to keep going, and the ending was a little lackluster as well. Besides that, it was still a pretty decent story. I enjoyed the characters even if there wasn't much character growth. I'd recommend if you want a light read.

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Lost | Jaqueline Davies
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I love this story. Based on two events that happened in the early 1900's, this book really captured my attention with the plot and characters. I loved the way the story was told in both the narrator's past and present happenings. It had a slow start, but once I got into it, I didn't want to put it down. The ending still has me reeling.

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The Book Thief | Markus Zusak
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I really, really enjoyed reading this. I didn't want to put it down. I was instantly hooked to the plot and fell in love with the characters. The way Mr. Zusak had Death as the narrator was very intriguing and it really captured my attention.

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The Da Vinci Code | Dan Brown
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Captured my interest right from the first page. Fast paced and intriguing, I instantly fell in love with the characters, the writing, and the story-line. Definitely recommend if you like a good mystery and detective story.

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