Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell | Book Review

Title: Eleanor & Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: 2/26/2013
Genre: YA Contemporary
Page Count: 328

Eleanor & Park

Summary

This book begins in August of 1986. We first meet Park sitting on the bus hating everything around him. He lives for his music, his comic books, and the full seat he has all to himself on the bus. Then Eleanor enters the bus with all eyes on her. She tries to sit anywhere, but is turned away by everyone, until Park reluctantly tells her to sit down. Which begins them being seat mates. Then she starts to read his comics while he is reading them on the bus. Park starts to let her read them and brings her comics and music each day to take home. This is there interaction until Park asks her about the song lyrics written on her books. From there they become friends and then more.

Why I Picked It Up

Purchased from bookoutlet.com

Thoughts

Eleanor & Park is a beautifully written story that felt real from the first word on the first page. This is the second book I read by Rainbow Rowell (first being Fangirl). Both books have given me real characters that people could identify with. E&P gave us Park and his love for everything his dad doesn’t understand until Eleanor. And Eleanor living in that small house with her beautiful mother who puts up with a bully of a stepfather and her sleeping in that small room with her siblings. It took me back to high school and first love. It made me smile. It made me feel sad. Goodness, it made me want to know what these characters were doing after the last page. There were only a few minor issues I had with this book, but I would be surprised if it did not end up as one of my favorites at the end of the year.

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January Wrap Up | What I did in January

The first month of 2015 is over! It was a good month. Goals were accomplished. I do wish I had read more, but that’s okay. Here are things I’ve did in the month of January.

1. I read 2 books
Yep. Just 2 books. Those books are The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P by Adelle Waldman and Golden Son by Pierce Brown. I have a review on this site for the first book mentioned. My words are still forming for Golden Son. A discussion needs to be had though. It will be had soon.

2. I finished my first class in the Skillcrush Web Developer Blueprint
In my resolutions post, I mentioned I wanted to take learning to code seriously this year. I’ve done that so far. Will be continuing in February.

3. I watched Ohio State win a National title!
Of course I was going to mention this. How could I not?

4. I “participated” in Bout of Books
Quotations are around participated because, well, I read one book during it. It was also a very busy week for me at work. Note to self: Don’t do read-a-thons during the beginning of the year.

5. I went to the Ohio State vs. Maryland game

The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P by Adelle Waldman | Book Review

(Disclaimer: I’ve recently written rather short reviews on this blog regarding the books I’ve read. I’m going to try to continue to do that throughout 2015, but hopefully makes these better. Not just “OMG, this book was awesome”. Here is my first attempt.)

Title: The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P
Author: Adelle Waldman
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co
Release Date: 7/16/2013
Genre: Literary Fiction
Page Count: 256

Summary

This book follows the story of Nathaniel “Nate” Piven. He’s a writer living in Brooklyn, NY. He is an established freelancer and also has a book coming out the February after the story begins. When we first meet Nate, he has run into his ex Juliet. She is not fond of him. Their breakup was not exactly amicable. After their run in, Nate makes his way to the dinner party of another ex, Elisa. They are now friends. At least that is what the author wants you to believe. Here he meets Hannah. He doesn’t think too much of this meeting until she emails him and strikes up a conversation regarding a discussion he started at the dinner party. They converse a few times through email before meeting up for a drink. Which begins the beginning of a relationship. The story continues detailing, as the title describes, all of Nate’s love affairs.

Why I Picked It Up

I found this on Bookoutlet.com and it sounded interesting.

Thoughts

This is a character driven story. The trouble I had was that I did not care so much about these characters. It also felt a little predictable. I was just waiting on Nate ruining one of the relationships he was in. He did not disappoint. I just didn’t care. I also didn’t care so much of the past relationships he had. Was it being explained to me that this was the reason Nate was who he currently was? Maybe. Nate wasn’t the nicest guy to these women. There are times he should have definitely ended relationships before they went any further. All humans make mistakes though. The reason why things didn’t work out with the relationships he had before: they weren’t the right one for him. It really is that simple. This book also wasn’t the right one for me.

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The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P by Adelle Waldman – Review

(Disclaimer: I’ve recently written rather short reviews on this blog regarding the books I’ve read. I’m going to try to continue to do that throughout 2015, but hopefully makes these better. Not just “OMG, this book was awesome”. Here is my first attempt.)

This book follows the story of Nathaniel “Nate” Piven. He’s a writer living in Brooklyn, NY. He is an established freelancer and also has a book coming out the February after the story begins. When we first meet Nate, he has run into his ex Juliet. She is not fond of him. Their breakup was not exactly amicable. After their run in, Nate makes his way to the dinner party of another ex, Elisa. They are now friends. At least that is what the author wants you to believe. Here he meets Hannah. He doesn’t think too much of this meeting until she emails him and strikes up a conversation regarding a discussion he started at the dinner party. They converse a few times through email before meeting up for a drink. Which begins the beginning of a relationship. The story continues detailing, as the title describes, all of Nate’s love affairs.

This is a character driven story. The trouble I had was that I did not care so much about these characters. It also felt a little predictable. I was just waiting on Nate ruining one of the relationships he was in. He did not disappoint. I just didn’t care. I also didn’t care so much of the past relationships he had. Was it being explained to me that this was the reason Nate was who he currently was? Maybe. Nate wasn’t the nicest guy to these women. There are times he should have definitely ended relationships before they went any further. All humans make mistakes though. The reason why things didn’t work out with the relationships he had before: they weren’t the right one for him. It really is that simple. This book also wasn’t the right one for me.

Bout of Books Day 2 Challenge: Top 10 Recommendations

Another day. Another challenge. On to the challenge so that I am able to get back to reading. This challenge is hosted by Trees of Reverie.

Most booklovers dream of working in a bookstore or a library, so let’s make that dream come true for a day!

The Challenge: You’ve just started to work at a bookstore (or library) – what are your top ten go-to book recommendations?

Prompts:

You may select any TEN BOOKS of your choice. These books can be from a specific genre, or you may like to choose a few books from various genres.
Make a list of the TEN BOOKS that you’ve selected. Make sure to include the title and author of each book.

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1. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
2. I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley
3. The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
4. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
5. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Book Store by Robin Sloan
6. Third Girl From The Left by Martha Southgate
7. Vicious by V.E. Schwab
8. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
9. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
10. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt (Bout Of Books Challenge)

First challenge for Bout of Books 12.0. Here we go. This challenge is hosted by Caught Read Handed.

It’s a bookshelf scavenger hunt!

Find a book with the following criteria on a bookshelf:
1. Find an author with the same initials as you
2. Find a book with the color yellow on it
3. Find an author’s name with the letter “S” in it
4. Find a book with a female protagonist
5. Find the longest book you own
6. Find a book with a map in it or on it
7. Find a book with a face on it (photograph or illustrated)

IMG_00021. Carrie Pilby by Caren Lissner | 2. Lexicon by Max Barry | 3. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon | 4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell | 5. Harry Potter And The Order of the Pheonix by JK Rowling (870 pages) | 6. Red Rising by Pierce Brown | 7. The Flame Throwers by Rachel Kushner

2015 Resolutions

It’s a new year! With the new year, it’s time for resolutions.

Here are my resolutions from 2014.

1. Read more books!
2. Finish this novel and start my next one.
3. Blog more.
4. Stop threatening to throw furniture/electronics during games. 

I think I did decently. I read more, finished a rough draft of a novel, I blogged more, and have gotten better at threatening things during games. Now onto what I want to do in 2015.

1. Finish Novel. Now that I have a rough draft, its time to polish it.

2. Read 50 Books. Last year I read 36 books. I think I can read more than that. I say that now, of course. It’s January. Of course I believe I can do anything now. I might as well change it to 150 books. That’s a joke. I’m pretty sure for me to do that, I wouldn’t sleep.

3.  Really Learn To Code. I’ve been attempting to learn to code throughout the last few years. I think I have some of the basics, but I really want to take this seriously this year.

4. More Sports Related Things. Whether that’s through writing or podcasting. I’ve taken enough time off from writing about sports. I have an idea of a podcast. I just don’t know if I have the time. Until I can figure that out, I’m sure I’ll put up some pieces on Medium. At least I better.

Goals 2015: 15 Books To Read on My TBR

Happy New Year everyone! I have some goals for 2015. One of those goals is to read what I actually own.

I have TBR shame. Lots and lots of TBR shame. I have a lot of books sitting on my shelf, waiting for me to read them. I’m adding 15 of them to my TBR for 2015. They are in no particular order.

1. The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

2. The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P by Adelle Waldman

3. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

4. Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

5. The Flame Throwers by Rachel Kushner

6. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

7. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

8. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

9. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

10. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

11. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

12. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

13. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

14. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (I will finish this!)

15. Night Film by Marisha Pessl (I will finish this too!)

Favorite 12 Books in 2014

I had a really good reading year. I read 36 books. I got out of my over year long reading slump. Oh and reading helped me write better. Win win all around. I thought about picking 14 books and I also thought about picking 10. I finally decided on 12. My favorite 12 books I read in 2014. With a lot of people probably doing 14 books in 2014, my number seems weird, right? Whatever. The Big Ten has 14 teams and the Big XII has 10. I choose numbers just like my favorite sport. I have them in order below starting with number 12.

12. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. The setting of this book being in Southwest Ohio (where I grew up) gave this bonus points. The book didn’t need those bonus points though to be on this list.

11. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. The internet made me read this. And I’m okay with it.

10. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. Bookstores, secret societies, google…what is there not to love about this book?

9. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. Finally! I finally read this trilogy. AND I actually liked Mockingjay.

8. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. This was fantastic. I bought the second one. Just haven’t gotten around to read it. 2015 will change that.

7. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. Every time I went to a bookstore after this book came out, I would pick it up and then put it back down. Over and over and over I would do that. I finally picked it up in July and I loved it. Can’t wait for the sequel.

6. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling. It’s about time, right? I know, I know. Stop judging me! This series is amazing. So amazing. Of course I own all the movies, I want to get the paperback box set now.

5. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. This is the story about a woman that goes missing on her wedding anniversary and we find out if her husband was involved. Everyone is crazy. It’s thrilling and unputdownable.

4. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. I finished this the most recently. Such a great book. When tragedy happens, we learn how a family copes. So good.

3. Red Rising by Pierce Brown. What can I say about this book? Great read, great story, great writing. A lot of emotions.

2. Daughter of Smoke & Bone Trilogy by Laini Taylor. Such a great story and beautifully written. I didn’t want the story to end. I still think about the characters wondering what they could be doing.

1. Vicious by V.E. Schwab. Have you read this yet? Well have you? HAVE YOU? You’ll understand. I mean, maybe. Everyone doesn’t have the same taste. I highly recommend this book though. So good. No. So great.