Book Blast from the Past

Book Blast from the Past Review: The Princess Diaries #1 by Meg Cabot

The Princess Diaries
The Princess Diaries

This month I have chosen The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot to be featured in my Book Blast from the Past Feature. When I was 13, The Princess Diaries series was my favorite series and it helped me get through middle school which was a hard time for me because I was the new girl in a new place.

Originally Published: 2001

Copy Read: Princess Diaries Collection (#1-3)

Publisher: Harper Teen (A HarperCollins Publishers Imprint)

Goodreads Summary:

She’s just a New York City girl living with her artist mom…

News Flash: Dad is prince of Genovia. (So that’s why a limo meets her at the airport!)

Downer: Dad can’t have any more kids. (So no heir to the throne.)

Shock of the Century: Like it or not, Mia Thermopolis is prime princess material.

Mia must take princess lessons from her dreaded grandmére, the dowager princess of Genovia, who thinks Mia has a thing or two to learn before she steps up to the throne.

Well, her father can lecture her until he’s royal-blue in the face about her princessly duty–no way is she moving to Genovia and leaving Manhattan behind. But what’s a girl to do when her name is Princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo?

Review:

The last time I read this book was in 2004. I had forgotten how witty Mia is and how hilarious Mia and Lilly are together. I swooned for Michael at 13, and I swooned at 22 again. My 13 year old self enjoyed this book, and today my 22 year old self is enjoying it as well. Mia deals with real life problems, even if some people would classify them as first world problems, but they are real problems nonetheless. Problems like the separation of parents, love life problems, having to deal with your mother dating other people that is not your father, and dealing with family that you are not exactly fond of. We will all have those issues at some point [if we don’t already]  in our lives and Mia helps us see how bad it can get, but also that it isn’t all horrible. The Princess Diaries is a book that can be enjoyed by many, and the witty lines in the book only adds to its amazing-ness (Yes, I am aware “amazing-ness” is not a real word.)

Rating: 5/5

Rating System:

1/5: I hate it.

2/5: It had some redeeming qualities but overall, not a good book.

3/5: I like it /A fun read.

4/5: I really like it, but something is missing.

5/5: I love it! It’s as close to perfection as it can get!

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June News

Hello Everyone!

Glad to be back to normal!

For the month of June Book Blast from the Past which happens the first Saturday of the month will be postponed until the 2nd Saturday of this month instead. Why? Because I had not noticed that the first day of June was a Saturday. My bad. Sorry guys. Book Spotlight will be changing. It will now happen every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. More Posts! Yay! Reviews of books I am reading will come as I read them. That will stay the same. Top Ten Tuesdays will continue to be a feature I partake in. Everything is back to normal with a few minor tweaks.

Dates:

Book Blast from the Past: 6/8/13

Book Spotlight: 6/13/13 & 6/27/13

I am currently reading The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler. Expect a review of that book soon. So far, I’m loving it.

That is all for the news of the month of June.

Happy Reading!

Editor Letter

Blog News

So… I’m a little behind on the April Recap and May News. Why you may ask? Because I had to write a 10 page research paper, a 5 page analytical paper on communication, calling, and sacrifices we make for our calling, and other school stuff. I’ve hardly had any time to sleep.

Tomorrow (Friday, May 3rd) I will post the April Recap and this saturday’s Book Blast from the Past post will be postponed until next saturday (May 11th). Sorry!

On Saturday (May 4th), I will be posting the May News.

Stay tuned for all the blog posts coming to your reader/email soon!

Happy Reading!

Book Blast from the Past

Book Blast from the Past Review: That Summer by Sarah Dessen

That Summer by Sarah Dessen
That Summer by Sarah Dessen

Originally Published: 1996

Copy Read: Reprinted 2012 edition

Publisher: Speak (An Imprint of Penguin Group USA)

Goodreads Summary:

For fifteen-year-old Haven, life is changing too quickly. She’s nearly six feet tall, her father is getting remarried, and her sister—the always perfect Ashley—is planning a wedding of her own. Haven wishes things could just go back to the way they were. Then an old boyfriend of Ashley’s reenters the picture, and through him, Haven sees the past for what it really was, and comes to grips with the future.

What I liked:

There is something about Sarah Dessen’s writing that I can’t get enough of. It seems to be personal and impersonal at the same time. Haven’s journey throughout the book had a nice pace to it. It did not feel rushed but it also wasn’t slow either. There was a nice balance with flashbacks to the summer where everything was perfect and to the present where everything was in chaos. This book showed a teenage girl’s journey of growing up and seeing that the world isn’t just black and white, and not everything we see is as it seems.

What I disliked:

The ending wasn’t enough for me. I wished I could have seen more resolution in Haven’s life but knowing Sarah Dessen and her style of writing and structure, the ending I got was as much as I would get.

Overall:

That Summer is your typical Sarah Dessen novel. I enjoyed it and it wasn’t as sad as I thought it might me and that was good because I don’t think I could have handled sad. If you guys want to know what Sarah Dessen is all about, read her debut novel. It is not her best work but it is what started it all.

Rating: 5/5

Rating System:

1/5: I hated it.

2/5: It had some redeeming qualities but overall, not a good book.

3/5: I liked it (A fun read).

4/5: I really like it, but something was missing.

5/5: I love it! It’s as close to perfection as it can get!

Editor Letter

April Blog News

Hello Everyone!

Happy April Fools Day (if you live in the USA that is)!

This month of April I’m going to try to start participating in The Broke and The Bookish Top Ten Tuesday Meme. I have another book haul post coming soon and let’s not forget about Book Blast from the Past and Book Spotlight #2 this month.

  • Book Blast from the Past will be posted April 6th (which is the first saturday of this month)
  • Book Spotlight #2 will be posted April 11th (which is the second thursday of this month).

I believe that is all the news I have as of now for the month of April so keep on reading and you’ll see a post of mine shortly in your inbox/reader/dashboard.

Happy Reading!

Book Blast from the Past, YA Historical

BBB/Book Review: Both Sides of Time by Caroline B. Cooney (Time Travel Quartet #1)

Both Sides of Time by Caroline B. Cooney (#1 in the Time Travel Quartet)
Both Sides of Time by Caroline B. Cooney (#1 in the Time Travel Quartet)

Welcome to the TalkingBookworm’s first Book Blast from the Past!

I chose Both Sides of Time as the book that would debut Book Blast from the Past because it was one of the books that started the process into turning me into the full blown bookworm I am today. Reading it for the first time in 10 years, I was shocked to see this was the type of book I loved to read when I was 12! This book has love, time traveling, murder, almost everything you can imagine without there being anything supernatural (like vampires, werewolves, etc.)

GoodReads Summary:

Imagine changing centuries–and making things worse, not better, on both sides of time

Imagine being involved in two love triangles in two different centuries. What if, no matter which direction you travel in time, you must abandon someone you love?

Meet 15-year-old Annie Lockwood, a romantic living in the wrong century. When she travels back a hundred years and lands in 1895–a time when privileged young ladies wear magnificent gowns, attend elegant parties, and are courted by handsome gentlemen–Annie at last finds romance. But she is a trespasser in time. Will she choose to stay in the past? Will she be allowed to?

What I liked:

Time Travel. I wish more books had time traveling in them. I was surprised to find myself enjoying a book that is written in third person because I normally tend to shy away from books that are in third person. Cooney brought up the issue of women rights and what is really expected of a woman. I applaud her for educating tweens on how bad it was for women in the past, and how far we’ve come to remedy those incorrect notions that society had of women. This book is really 90’s down to the core. I think that’s another reason why I love it so much. It’s a book that can take me back to my childhood.

What I disliked:

The first 80 pages of the book had me questioning why I loved this book so much when I was a tween. I disliked the fact that it took almost half of the book to finally get to an exciting, intriguing part of it. I think the first book in a series always suffers from this syndrome, the “let’s set everything up so the reader knows what I’m talking about in the future” syndrome. I prefer stories that have flashbacks instead of being trapped in the past for ages. When I think ‘time travel’ I think ‘excitement’, and the first half of the book wasn’t giving me the excitement I was craving. Even though Cooney did a good job with the background of Annie and Strat, it was still hard at times for me to sympathize with the characters. I think part of it was because the book was set in third person. I lost some of the connection with the characters because I wasn’t in their heads all of the time. Towards the last third of the book the silliness left and a serious more modern tone set in. I really loved the turn of events and how the last third of the book progressed.

Overall, I still love this book even though I didn’t enjoy it as much as I did ten years ago. At the end, I felt for Devonny, Harriet, and Florinda. Strat proved to be a better gentleman than most gentlemen in his time, and Annie finally did what she was supposed to do from the beginning. This book is a book everyone should read. It teaches the reader history, educates them in a style of writing, and brings enjoyment at the same time. I recommend this book to everyone. Young and Old. You’ll understand my love for this book once you’ve read it.

Rating: 4/5

Rating System:

1/5: I hated it

2/5: It had some redeeming qualities but overall, not a good book

3/5: I liked it (A fun read)

4/5: I really like it, but something was missing

5/5: I love it! It’s as close to perfection as it can get!

Editor Letter, Random, To-Read

Online Book Haul

Online Book Haul
Online Book Haul

Another Book Haul!

This book haul was planned for, not like the previous one I posted a few days ago… Oops.

I bought two books on amazon that I could not find in any of the bookstores near me, including those that are 30 and 50 miles away. Yes, I traveled that far for books. The books are:

  1. Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
  2. Both Sides of Time by Caroline B. Cooney

This coming Saturday “Book Blast from the Past” debuts and I’ve chosen to do it on Both Sides of Time, a book I read in my tween years that started my development into becoming the full blown bookworm I am today. When I first read it, I borrowed the book from my school’s library and wasn’t able to obtain a copy of it at the time. Both Sides of Time was first published in 1995, that was 18 years ago. For my generation, that was a long time ago. It definitely qualifies as a blast from the past type of book.

Saving Francesca is a book I stumbled upon while browsing GoodReads. It seemed interesting and I probably won’t be reading it soon as I have a bunch of other books to read already on my currently reading and to read lists.

I am going to try my best to update this blog frequently even though I am currently in the last semester of my college career. It is very hectic at the moment but it is in a fast-paced environment that I thrive.

Happy Reading!