That Summer - Book Review

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Started: May 6, 2018 | Finished: May 13, 2018

That Summer by Sarah Dessen
Published by Speak on June, 2012
Genre: YA, Contemporary 
Pages: 198
Book Edition: Paperback, Ebook
No. of times read: 1
Links: Goodreads

As far as Haven is concerned, there's just too much going on.

Everything is changing, and she's not sure where she fits in.

Then her sister's old boyfriend shows up, sparking memories of the summer when they were all happy and everything was perfect...

But along the way, Haven realizes that sometimes change is a good thing.
Rating: 2/5

My Review:

I tried so hard to like this book, and I just couldn't. I finished it so that's something. But I just found the main character to be so whiny and constantly complaining about the same thing over and over throughout the whole book. It felt like every chapter she was complaining about being to tall and complaining about her sister. Honestly that's basically the whole book in a nutshell.

But the thing is I'm not going to let this stop me from reading Sarah Dessen's books. I've heard nothing but good things about her books. This was her first book and it was originally published back in 1996. So I will give her the benefit of the doubt, and carry on reading her books. I want to read them all in order. The good thing about this book is that it's very short, so it was a quick read. It's also set in summer, obviously, but it got me so excited because summer is my favourite season.

A Night to Remember - Book Review

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Started: April 16, 2018 | Finished: May 6, 2018

A Night to Remember by Walter Lord
Published by Open Road Media on March 6th, 2012
Genre: Non-Fiction, Historical
Pages: 293
Book Edition: Ebook
No. of times read: 1
Links: Goodreads

The classic minute-by-minute account of the sinking of the Titanic, in a 50th anniversary edition with a new introduction by Nathaniel Philbrick

First published in 1955, A Night to Remember remains a completely riveting account of the Titanic's fatal collision and the behavior of the passengers and crew, both noble and ignominious. Some sacrificed their lives, while others fought like animals for their own survival. Wives beseeched husbands to join them in lifeboats; gentlemen went taut-lipped to their deaths in full evening dress; and hundreds of steerage passengers, trapped below decks, sought help in vain. 

Available for the first time in trade paperback and with a new introduction for the 50th anniversary edition by Nathaniel Philbrick, author of In the Heart of the Sea and Sea of Glory, Walter Lord's classic minute-by-minute re-creation is as vivid now as it was upon first publication fifty years ago. From the initial distress flares to the struggles of those left adrift for hours in freezing waters, this semicentennial edition brings that moonlit night in 1912 to life for a new generation of readers.
Rating: 3/5

My Review:

Before I get into the book review, I thought I would mention how I do the Published part of my reviews. I don't put the original publication dates and original publishing company unless the copy I read is the original. The original copy of this book was released in 1955, but the copy I have is the one that was released in 2012. So I only will put the copy that I own.

Okay on to the book! I read this on/off in between reading other books. I found it to be a very interesting read. As someone who watched Titanic every year in April since 2012, I always like knowing more about what happened on that tragic night. This book gives you an hour by hour depiction of that night. The author collected his information from the survivors themselves.

The only thing I found difficult was it was a little hard to follow at times. You just have to try to not remember all the names being thrown your way, eventually some names will stick with you. I also struggled with some of the wording. But other than that it was a quick interesting read. I also liked that you can tell the people who screenwrote the movie possibly got their source material from this book as there was lines quoted in here that were in the movie as well as some of the characters from the movie being based off of real life people.

Good book if you like to know more about a historical tragedy.

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