Delirium

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Delirium is a great book. It’s one of my favorites. Delirium is a dystopian novel. A dystopia is a flawed, dark and damaged world. Some examples of books that are placed in a dystopian setting are The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Divergent by Veronica Roth and Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.

So, let’s get back to DeliriumDelirium is set in an alternate United States of America. Love is forbidden in this world because the government has said that it is a disease. Instead, men and women are placed in arranged marriages. Government officials decide on everyone’s future wife or husband after an interview process.

The main character from the book, Lena, is a serious girl who does not want to disobey the law. She goes to her interview resolute to do what she must do.

But things change drastically. She meets a boy. Then something unexpected happens… She falls in love.

The boy is named Alex. He is not a part of Lena’s stringent community. He’s from out there somewhere… he’s from The Wilds.

Lena falls in love with Alex despite the laws and despite everything she has known. That puts Lena into danger. But she faces the danger for love.

Like I said, I loved this book. Lena is painted as an anxious girl in the beginning of the book (there is a reason why she is anxious), but that changes. Once she falls in love she does everything to hold onto it. She faces dangers head-on–with bravery, strength and determination. She does not give up.

This book ends in a cliff-hanger. I was on the edge of my seat when I got to the last page.

This is the first book in a series by the author, Lauren Oliver. The second book is titled, Pandemonium, and the third book is titled, Requiem. I definitely plan to read both of them to learn what happens.

This book is a great teen book. It’s filled with drama. It’s romantic. It has a great story. My verdict? I give it a 5/5 rating.

Yours with infinite love,

Ava Lily Porter

Jane Eyre

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 

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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë is iconic. It’s a classic that is right up there with Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Little Women. It’s one of my favorite books.

What is Jane Eyre about? Jane Eyre is about an orphan girl, Jane Eyre (naturally), who is sent to live in a boarding school called Lowood School. Lowood is a horrible place. They hit and harm their students. Yet, Jane manages to get an education and a list of other accomplishments there. She spends all of her childhood and all of her teenage years there until she is ready to graduate.

With her education Jane is able to work. She advertises as a governess, or a teacher, for wealthy patrons and their children. She receives an answer to her advertisement: a manor called Thornfield Hall.

Jane moves to Thornfield and teaches a young French girl named Adèle. Jane’s life as a teacher is steady and sound. But one day she meets a stranger on the foggy road. It is Mr. Rochester, the owner of Thornfield Hall.

Mr. Rochester is all secrets and shadow. Jane rarely interacts with him but she relishes every time they meet. Mr. Rochester, however? His feelings are shrouded in mystery… because a mystery, a tragedy, surrounds Mr. Rochester. Who is he? Why does he behave in a reclusive, cryptic manner?

You’ll have to read for yourself to find out.

I love Jane Eyre. It is romantic and dark. Jane is the draw of the book. She isn’t your typical heroine. She isn’t overtly brave like a police officer. She isn’t glamorous. She is a slight, dark haired and plain woman. But a fire burns brightly inside Jane–a strong spirit that guides her from an abusive school, to a steady job, and, finally, toward love.

Some portions of the novel were deep and atmospheric. You really get into the head of the characters… into the sorrow that they feel.

Also, I think Charlotte Brontë wrote one of the first instances of mental illness in the book. A few characters deal with depression and other deep psychiatric issues that are critical parts to the book.

This book is serious, romantic, and heartfelt.

I give this book 5/5 stars.

Yours with infinite love,

Ava Lily Porter

Classic books that I want to re-read

I love finding new books to read. I love discovering new titles with great covers, interesting books with intriguing blurbs, and surprising good reads. But are there some books that you just love to re-read? Are there some books that you take off the bookshelf like they’re old friends? Books that feel solid, sure, and right in your hands?

Here are some books that do just that.


 

1. On the Road by Jack Kerouac

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2. Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

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3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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4. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

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5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Look out for a review of these amazing classics. My first review will be next week. I will review Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.

Get excited.

Yours with infinite love,

Ava Lily Porter

Gossip Girl #2 — You Know You Love Me

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I enjoyed the first Gossip Girl book by Cecily Ziegesar. It drew me into a different world–the world of the Upper East Side elite. I decided to read the next book titled You Know You Love Me to see what happens to the two main characters, Serena van der Woodsen and Blair Waldorf.

You Know You Love Me is all about Serena and Blair, the two coolest girls from the Upper East Side. Serena is dating a new guy named Dan, a smart and introverted guy who always liked Serena from afar. She and Dan travel to Rhode Island for their Brown University interviews with other guys from their senior class, such as Blair’s boyfriend and Serena’s friend, Nate Archibald. Blair, on the other hand, prepares for her Yale University interview. She is a legacy at Yale and it is her dream to attend that school. Blair is also dealing with her new step-father and her hippy, attractive step-brother.

This book is similar to the first Gossip Girl book. It’s about rich, privileged kids being rich and privileged. I still enjoyed it though.

The book is fun and filled with drama, drama, drama. You’ll love it if you’re a teenager or someone who is interested in picking up a light read.

That’s it for now.

Yours in the trenches,

Ava Lily

Book blog question and answer

Q & A

1. What is your name?

Avery Lily Porter

2. What is your blog about?

It is a book blog. It is about book reviews and other book-related things.

3. How often do you update?

I update my book blog once a week.

4. What do you like to read?

I like to read anything that is fun, adventurous, dramatic, or romantic.

5. What is your favorite book?

My favorite book is To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.

6. Who is the author?

The author of my favorite book is named Jenny Han.

7. Who is your favorite character in the book?

My favorite character in the book is Lara Jean.

8. What do you like about the book?

I like that the book is fun, funny, and romantic. You can’t help but like the main character and to root for her.

9. What is your least favorite book?

My least favorite book is Catch-22 by Joseph Heller.

10. Why don’t you like that book?

I hate that book because it’s boring.

11. Who is your favorite writer?

My favorite writer is Jenny Han.

12. What is the highest amount of money you’ve spent on books?

I don’t want to talk about it.

13. What is the lowest amount you’ve spent on books?

I’ve spent a few dollars at a used bookstore.

14. What is your favorite book store?

My favorite bookstore is Barnes and Noble. I go there a lot.

15. What do you like about books?

I like books because reading can be very relaxing. I think it’s great to read a book with a muffin and a hot tea by your side.

16. When do you usually read books?

I usually read books in the evening.

17. Where do you usually read books?

I usually read books in my bedroom.

18. Name three books you’d like to read in the future.

I’d like to read Crazy Rich Asians, The Beginning of Everything, and The Cheerleaders.

19. Who are the authors?

The writers are Kevin Kwan, Robyn Schneider, and Kara Thomas.

20. What is your favorite book-to-movie?

My favorite book that was turned into a movie is actually my favorite book–To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. It’s a Netflix movie.

Ender’s Game

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Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card is a classic science fiction novel that a lot of people will love. Ender Wiggin is the main character. Ender lives in a futuristic world where a group of aliens called the Formics invaded Earth and almost colonized the planet. A war was fought. Luckily, Earth won. From that point forward people on Earth began preparing for the next time the Formics may reappear. Ender, a whip-smart kid, is recruited into a special military academy for gifted youngsters. The school is an academy that is training kids to be soldiers… soldier that will annihilate the enemy. Ender is the newest promising recruit. That doesn’t mean the faculty at school treat him better… on the contrary, Ender is put to the test as soon as he enters school. He faces hostile classmates. He faces challenging classes. He faces overwhelming odds.

Ender’s Game is a great science fiction novel. It is engaging and interesting. You can not help but to root for Ender as he grows and changes. You feel Ender’s pain when he is hazed. You feel Ender’s joy when he one ups a bullying classmate. You feel Ender’s glee and sorrow throughout the entire novel.

Ender is an interesting character. He is smarter than other people his age… but he has problems connecting with people at school. The one steadfast connection that he has is his sister. He lives for her e-mails. Sadly, he rarely sees her.

Ender is strong and determined. He faces overwhelming odds at every turn.. Still, winning isn’t easy. Ender manages to make it.

Who should read Ender’s Game? This book is a young adult novel. Kids will love it. Any science fiction fan will love it, too.

Ender’s Game. Pick it up if you’re in the mood for a wild ride.

Yours in the trenches,

Ava Lily Porter

Books that I want to read

There are tons of books you can read out there. Entering a bookstore is like entering a jungle of words… all you have to do is to browse around and pick the best, ripest fruit. So what books (or fruit) am I interested in plucking from the nearby tree? Here it goes…

1. My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand

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2. Fawkes by Nadine Brandes

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3. Starless by Jacqueline Carey

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4. The Selection by Kiera Cass

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5. All These Beautiful Strangers by Elizabeth Klehfoth

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I’ll update you when I have read some of these. I hope they are as good as I hope.

See you next week.

Yours with love,

Ava Lily Porter