It’s Thursday, You Know What That Means…TBR Thursday

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TBR Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Sarah at Words with Sarah  every Thursday where you pick a book on your TBR shelf three months or older.

This week I am choosing Everything is Illuminated by Jonathon Safran Foer. This book has been on my bookcase for years. I am going to say since I graduated college, I believe, so at least three years. I don’t think High School. I’m not really sure. But, a long time. I have a print in my old room that I keep forgetting to move to my new room that has a quote from the book that made me buy the book.

“If there is no love in the world, we will make a new world and build heavy walls.”

How beautiful is that? So, that is the book I chose. It’s been telling me to read it. I just have had other books to read. You know how it is. But, this meme is prompting me to read it. So, there you have it.  What will YOU read this week?

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And the Greek Chorus Returns: Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan Book Review

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Two Boys Kissing

By: David Levithan

Released: August 27, 2013 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

Length: 208 Pages

Genre: Young Adult-GLBT

Rating: Four Stars

Acquired: Purchased

 

The Greek Chorus has returned in the form of long passed away Gay men with AIDs watching over a couple that has been together for over a year, a pair of exes who want to beat the Guinness Book of World Records for kissing, a new couple, and a single boy who feels he doesn’t fit in in the world. 

Two Boys Kissing is perhaps David Levithan at his best stylistically. The writing was beautiful from the beginning to end. I loved the narration he chose. I don’t think he could have done it any other way. It was engaging, entertaining, and completely heartfelt. He talks about the AIDs crisis in such a honest way, but it never took away from all the other boys. The boys, the boys were great. Every single one of them. You felt for them. Could understand them as much as you could. There was such a rawness and tenderness with each one.

I really liked this one by Levithan, but, truthfully it was not one of my favorites. I loved the writing style which is perhaps one of my favorites of his. Although it only works in this book. This book was relatively short and I expected to read it in a day, but it didn’t hold my attention well enough. I found myself not truly wanting to pick it up. When I did, I enjoyed it. Mostly the writing style. The topic was great, but I unfortunately couldn’t relate to it. I didn’t think it would be a big deal. It wasn’t that big of a deal if you see I still gave it four stars, but it did stop me at five stars. I was able to get into it more towards the end, but I think maybe because I just liked the thoughts of the chorus and wanted to finish this.

I would still highly recommend this book. I think the writing style/technique used was perhaps the best I’ve seen in a long time. It kept me interested; and, it was something unique enough that worked. The individual stories were interesting, especially the exes. They were my favorite. There were some good quotes to be had, especially at the end. It’s a book not to missed, I think.

 

I’m going old school…TBR Thursday

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TBR Thursday is a meme hosted by Sarah at Words with Sarah where every Thursday you choose a book to read on your TBR shelf that is at least 3 months or older. This week I am going way back when and giving Great Expectations by Charles Dickens a forth go around.

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A forth go around, I hear you say. Yes, for the fourth time I am going to try to read this treasured novel. Why? For two reasons. One, I joined a new book club that meets this Tuesday to discuss the book. I am looking forward to go. It is at Bryant Park in NYC. Hopefully it should be nice. They read only classics, so I am excited to join and be a part of it. Plus, they gave me the book. FOR FREE!! I may have to return it. I don’t know. Didn’t bother to ask. I think I should have. Now, reason two. The Invisible Woman movie. The end of the novel is now spoiled for me. But, that is why I want to read it, for that last sentence. It is so beautiful. And, the fact that it wasn’t the original ending. I haven’t ever been able to get past page 100, but this time I am older, wiser, and reading a different edition. So, we shall see. Expect a review, hopefully, next week.

What book are YOU choosing on your TBR shelf?

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A meme! A meme! TBR Thursday (1)

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I think I’ve found one of my memes. Sponsored by Sarah at Words with Sarah, TBR Thursday is where you pick a book three months or older from your TBR shelf and, wait for it, READ IT this week/weekend. I will also be making this as one of my reviews. Kill two birds with one stone kind of thing. I like this idea of tackling my big shelf of things to read. Especially the books that have been there for a long time.  Now for the good stuff. The book I chose. Cover reveal!

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I have had this book since last September. While looking through my list of what books to read for this meme, this book once again caught my attention. If you haven’t read anything by David Levithan, I suggest you do. ASAP. It doesn’t have to be this book. I hear Boy Meets Boy is good, but Every Day is incredible. Just. In.Cred.I.Ble. Do you see how I spelled that word? It’s not even proper that’s how good it was. All his short stories collections are good, too. He’s just good. Better than good. READ HIM!!!

Now, back to BEA posts.

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