blind your ponies

Books I read this June. The Casual Vacancy (JK Rowling) and The God of Small Things (by Arundhati Roy) aren’t included because I had to return them to the library.

Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) 5/5

     I’d definately recommend this to anybody who loves Jane Austen. I, myself, have read it about 4 times. It’s amazing and it’s longstanding reputation as one of Austen’s most famous masterpieces speaks for itself.

Deadeye Dick (Kurt Vonnegut) 3/5

       I love Vonnegut, but this is one of my least favorites of his. Still good, but reading it left something to be desired that I can’t quite put my finger on.

Smoke and Mirrors (Neil Gaiman) 4/5

         Excellent book! It’s a collection of short stories, each one more thought provoking than the last. And so my love for Neil Gaiman continues.

Blind Your Ponies (Stanley Gordon West) 2/5

       This was one of my summer reading books for AP English. It’s about a basketball team from Montana defying the odds and winning some basketball tournament after a 13 year losing streak. I found it to be a bit ridiculous, and far too cheesy for my taste. Everything was “oh, woe is me, I’m such a tortured soul!” and the main characters were dull. I’m not sure why my teacher assigned us this book, or why he loves it so much for that matter.

The Help (Kathryn Stockett) 4/5

        I loved this book. It kept me entertained page after page and made me laugh out loud and cry real tears on several occasions. This was another of my summer reading books.

Clockwork Prince (Cassandra Clare) 2/5

         I am not Cassandra Clare’s biggest fan. Never have been. But then again, I’m not really a fan of the YA genre as a whole. The sole reason I read this book is for one character: Will Herondale. I read the first book over a year ago and only picked up the second because I’d just finished three, more serious books and needed some easy reading. I’m still not impressed with this author. I will read the last one, for the purpose of finding out what happens to Will (honestly, I could care less about Tessa, or even Jem for that matter. I find them both irritating). But after the Infernal Devices, I’m done with this author. Her writing style and poor plotlines are exasperating.

The Casual Vancancy (J.K. Rowling) 4/5

        So sad, but so good! I did a review on this book so I won’t say much, but it was stunning.

The God of Small Things (Arundhati Roy) 3/5

     This was one of those books that took me awhile to get invested in. I’ve heard good things about it, but it just didn’t hold my attention for about the first 100 pages. I read this book alongside The Help, so perhaps I was just distracted. Still, the story was good once I was able to get into it. It offered up a perspective of India that was new to me. Of course, switching back and forth between two very different settings left me a tad confused at times.

Hey, the blindbag I bought from you finally came in the mail! I just wanted to thank you for being so communicative with me throughout the process - you’re really rather awesome. Here’s a picture of your awesome blind bag pony!

You’re welcome, I’m glad it got to you safe and sound!