Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Here's book #2!! So book #2 in my challenge is The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Around Christmas time I came to this realization that I have been neglecting the classics of literature, and of course I wanted to fix that ASAP. I had a friend who had read The Scarlet Letter and immediately fallen in love with it. I decided my first classic should be The Scarlet Letter first, so my friend and I could have a discussion about it. To be honest, I couldn't really get into the story. There was a lot of descriptions, which can be great at times, but not enough dialogue between the characters. The book seemed to move at a slow pace. However, the last two chapters were by far my favorite part of the whole novel! Even though I had a hard time getting into the story, I still hold The Scarlet Letter in high respect. Who knows, maybe I will re-read this classic in the future, and notice things I didn't the first time around. If you guys enjoyed or didn't enjoy (and why)  The Scarlet Letter let me know in the comments below! 

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Trick or Treat by Richie Tankersley Cusick

Hi everyone! I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. I actually have a book to add to my 200 book challenge and it is called Trick or Treat written by Richie Tankersley Cusick. You are probably wondering why I read a Halloween book at the end of January. To be honest you could read this book anytime throughout the year. Richie Tankersley Cusick is a true master of suspense in my opinion. Trick or Treat is about this teenage girl who moves into this "haunted" house with her dad, her new step-mother, and her new step-brother. She has a bad feeling about the house from the the very first sight of it. As the book progresses the reader finds out all these different things about the previous owner's daughter and ex-boyfriend. In all, the book is very suspenseful and does not allow you to guess who the "voice" is until the very last pages. With that my friends, is what I call a great book. Trick or Treat is one of those suspense books that you can read over and over and still get goosebumps or have the urge to look over your shoulders periodically. If any of you have any questions about this book feel free to leave a comment below and I will try to answer them as best as I can! Thanks :)