“A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning” by Lemony Snicket

BadBeginningObviously I’ve read this series before, but it’s probably been 10 years since I read it through. I remember when the books were still coming out and being so excited that “The End” was about to be released, and that was in 2006.

I decided to read the series again after I watched the new Netflix original version of “A Series of Unfortunate Events.” I think the actors look and act similarly to the movie that was released a while back with Jim Carrey as Count Olaf, but Neil Patrick Harris is the supreme Count Olaf.

In case you’ve never read the series or seen the show or movie, this series is about a trio of orphans, the Baudelaire orphans, who lose everything they’ve ever known in a terrible fire. In “The Bad Beginning,” they are forced to live with their despicable relative Count Olaf, whom they have never met nor heard of before. He’s pretty evil.

Sometimes it’s frustrating to read the books because you just know what a terrible situation these kids are in and how no one listens when they speak, no matter how rational the thought. I know it’s a fictitious work, but it’s still hard to imagine that there might be children who have to go through something like that.

The book is pretty short, so I finished it in I think two sittings. Next up is the second book, “The Reptile Room.” Also still reading “Buffering” by Hannah Hart but I’m making progress on that one.

Until next time,
Maegan

“Prom” by Laurie Halse Anderson

ImageThis is a no judgment blog.

I said I was going to read every book I own, I own this book. I own several more of a similar genre, as I used to be an adolescent female with a thing for sappy teen romance. Sue me.

Anyway, this book was WAY different than the other Laurie Halse Anderson books I’ve read, like “Speak” or “Catalyst” or “Wintergirls” or “Twisted,” which all feature some hard-hitting emotionally wrenching situation that some poor guy/gal has to suffer through. This was about, you guessed it, prom.

I’ve owned this book for years, since well before my actual prom. I just never got around to reading it. But now I have, so accomplishment.

The one thing I liked about this book was that it didn’t require too much from its reader. You know, some books get you so emotionally invested and you just never want to put them down. This one kept me interested, but I didn’t feel guilty just picking it up for a few minutes at a time and then putting it down so I could come back later. It helps even out the load, since, with this book, I was literally reading three books at once. At the present time I have just completed “Prom,” I’ve gotten halfway through “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green (my absolute favorite book of all time), and I am a little over halfway through “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” by Judy Blume. Regardless of the fact that it’s a book about 12-year-olds waiting for their periods, I own it. And a few days ago I checked out “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card, so I’ve got to get on that too.

If it wasn’t for this darn LSAT coming up I would just spend all day reading and I would knock out this whole read-every-book-on-the-shelf before I go back to school in the fall.

But instead I’m taking the biggest standardized test of my entire life in 11 days and I still have to go through 1.5 entire sections in my prep book.

Wish me luck,
Maegan