Review: Angels & Demons



Well, I’ve got good news and bad news. The good news is, I just finished my ninth book of the year, leaving us only two shy of last year’s paltry total of 11. Since we’re pretty much at the halfway point of the year, I’d say we could double last year’s total pretty easily. The bad news is that there is no way we’re gonna get to 52. I knew I was taking on a big task when I set that goal, but I had no idea how much time it would take. It made reading a chore, took the fun out of it. That wasn’t what I wanted to do. Anyway, Angels and Demons is done, so now for my thoughts.  Continue reading

Review: Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

MrmercedesWow, it’s been a while. A lot longer than I anticipated, actually. In short, a few things have happened since we last talked—rather, I talked at you guys, and you guys skimmed through to the important stuff. For one, my laptop is fixed and ready to go so I no longer have to rely on my family members for some computer time. The other thing is, it’s summer… and I have slept too much of it away. I know I NEED to be productive, so each night I set my alarm for 7:30. That should give me plenty of time to eat breakfast, work out, read my Bible and what not, and be ready to sit down and write by 9:00. The problem is that I’m a teenager, and I have the sleep habits of one. It’s rather difficult for me to say no to an extra 2-3 hours of sleep when I technically don’t have to be doing anything. I haven’t gotten up earlier than 9:30 at all this summer, and I usually sleep till 11. But THAT’S why I haven’t posted as much as I said I would. I know, my priorities are mixed up.

Anyhow, a while back I picked up Stephen King’s newest book, Mr. Mercedes. Those of you that have been with me from the beginning know that I had the ludicrous goal of trying to review 52 books in 52 weeks—that idea has since gone by the wayside. I’m gonna post whatever I want, although I will review anything I read. This book is still new& relevant, so I figured I’d read it and tell you guys if it’s worth your dough. Continue reading

Review: Total Frat Move



This one wasn’t so much for you guys as it was for me. If you’ve been keeping up with my posts semi-regularly, you probably know that I’m leaving for college in August. I’m really excited, and I’m pretty sure I’m gonna rush a frat. As I was in my future college’s bookstore the other day, I saw this book… I had a 20% off coupon that expired in May and I knew that if I didn’t buy something then said coupon would not be spent. Long story short: I bought the book. My opinions will forever be mixed. Continue reading

Review: Divergent


 “Dude, you need to read Divergent. It’s really good.”

“Just read Divergent, man! You won’t regret it. You’ll finish it in like two days.”

“You better hurry up and read Divergent before the movie comes out!”

Well, I read the damn book. I read it, and I may be the only one in America to dislike it.  Continue reading

Ah, the Shame

I’m not perfect. I do have other obligations. I can’t, like anyone, ALWAYS come through on my promises. I’m going to cut the crap right here and say it: I did not finish a book this week. Some very important things came up, and I did not have the ability to read very much. Whoops.

This isn’t the first time this has happened. I didn’t finish The Shining on time, either. I have a lot of things on my mind aside from this little project; my personal life has to have the front seat. That’s just how it’s gonna go. I’ve decided not to stress it too much. I WILL finish 52 books this year. The last book WILL be done by December 31, 2014. I’m just not sure if I can churn out weekly posts. At the moment, I am extremely focused on college preparation and “living up” my final year of high school, with friends that I may not see again until God knows when. Wavering on a goal is not something I’m particularly proud of, but at least until I graduate in May, waver I will and waver I must. My reading pace will definitely pick up in the summer when I no longer have school, so if we’re that far off-track by then, we’ll begin to head back in the right direction.

I’d also like to take this time to inform you all that my first short story will be published on Amazon by the end of the month. I’m spending my entire Presidents’ Day writing, which means editing, and hopefully by the end of the day I’ll have something that I feel is worthy to publish. I’ll make it free for 24 hours, then then price will go up to $1. Keep in mind that this is a tentative plan…stuff can still go wrong.

I know this short little post isn’t a review, but it’s going to have to suffice for this week. I apologize, and I’ll book it (hehe) next week to catch up.

Review: A Clockwork Orange


I’m slowly discovering why the classics are deemed the classics. While all of them are in unique and interesting worlds, they all seem to have a certain flair about them. Many times, the plot (on an extremely dumbed-down basis) is largely the same. Dystopian futures seem all too common, and after reading a few of these, the plots can get predictable. Maybe that’s why they’re the classics; I don’t know. Continue reading

Review: Edgar Allen Poe


As I said in my Fahrenheit 451 review, when I tackled the works of Edgar Allen Poe I would choose five stories, a mix of the well known and not-so-well known. I only kept half of that promise. Continue reading

Review: Fahrenheit 451



fahrenheit451I finally read the novel that all of my classmates had to read last year in 11th grade English. I finally dove into Ray Bradbury’s classic tale about burning classic tales. I finally met Guy Montag and Faber. The only thing I could think about was this: Fahrenheit 451 is strikingly similar to George Orwell’s 1984. Continue reading

Review: The Shining


As I wrote the other day, I wasn’t quite done with The Shining. I was a little over halfway, but you can read about all that garbage here. Anyway, thanks to a little help from the weather and my school superintendent, I was able to finish the book early this morning. (Just a warning: If you were too lazy to click the link earlier, you may want to do it now. I’m not going to go over anything I touched upon in that post.  Continue reading