I found a ton of good books in March! Here’s what I’ve been reading.
Jezebel, Leslie Hazleton
Rating: 4 Stars
Not for the Biblical literalist, this extraordinarily fascinating book examines the history and culture surrounding the Jezebel story. Definitely recommended as Hazleton expertly reminds her audience why Jezebel’s story is still relevant today.
99 Ways to Get Your Kids to Do Their Homework (and Not Hate It!), Mary Lionheart
Rating: Two Stars
Mostly common sense, but a quick read and useful if your child really struggles with homework.
The Fault in Our Stars, John Green
Rating: Four stars
This was the first piece of fiction I read after Hunger Games, which has turned into my favorite series of all time, so take this review with that in mind!
It’s hard to find a perfect book. The books that are heavy on philosophy are often short on plot, and vice versa. The Twilight Series contains an interesting plot, but employs little literary substance. On the other hand, The Fault in Our Stars was beautifully written, but the plot lagged in a few places, and the characters were hard to believe. The average, middle class teen does not have that extensive of a vocabulary, and should one understand the words, it is rare to hear them employed in actual conversation. They discussed deep literary analyses that transcended a high school or even early college level. I can believe the philosophical part: they are not average teens; however, while cancer may increase your level of thoughtfulness on death and the meaning of life, it does not increase your vocabulary. It was a detail that bothered me greatly. That said, I still enjoyed the book and read the entire thing over the course of one Saturday.
Playful Learning, Mariah Bruehl
Rating: Five Stars
I am not completely finished with this book, but I love it so far.
On my Kindle:
Rating: 5 stars
I sound like a crazy teenage fan girl, I love these books. I do not love all the commercialism around them. I do not love the people who completely miss the point. I do, however, feel insanely jealous of Collins’ writing talent! She managed to weave an absolutely brilliant story with a highly relevant message. Like I said on the review for The Fault in Our Stars, it seems most books are heavy on one or the other: they either focus so much on philosophy that the plot lags, or they focus on entertaining stories that wind up mostly meaningless in the grand scheme of things. These books, however, are a perfect mix of both.
Rating: 5 stars
I loved Catching Fire so much, that I immediately read the third book in the trilogy and finished it in one day.
7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Rating: 3.5 stars
There was plenty like and dislike about this book. I do like the overall idea, but the found the repetitiveness sleep inducing. I did glean some good advice, though, so hence the 3.5 stars.
As you can tell, I am a very avid reader! I don’t watch a lot of television, and when I do, I am usually doing something else such as folding laundry or working on crafts.