Brave New World Chapter Summaries!

Apr 18, 2017

Chapter 6: Dissension
John and Lenina argue about his ideals.

Chapter 7: Culture Shock
Bernar and Lenina arrive at the Savage Reservation, where they meet Linda.

Chapter 8: John's Life
John tells Bernard all about his life on the reservation.

Chapter 9: A Quick Business Trip
Bernard goes off to obtain permission from various officials to bring Linda and John to the new world, while John creepily stalks Lenina.

Chapter 10: Public Humiliation
The Director attempts to publicly shame Bernard, but Bernard brings out his secret weapon: John and Linda.

Chapter 11: Culture Shock Part II
Bernard and Lenina expose John to daily life in the new world.

Chapter 12: John's Newfound Power
John decides not to go to Bernard's important party and makes friends with Helmholtz.

Chapter 13: Passion Clash
Lenina goes to John's house, but their differing ideas about what is appropriate for a burgeoning relationship cause a violent conflict.

Chapter 14: A Dramatic Death
John visits Linda at the Park Lane Hospital for the Dying, where many schoolchildren are having their death-conditioning, and Linda dies.

Chapter 15: Valiance
John attempts to stop a soma-distribution session at the hospital, resulting in a violent and brutal conflict with a group of angry Delta hospital workers.

Chapter 16: The Truth Snakes Out
Helmholtz, John, and Bernard have a meeting with Mustapha Mond about the current state of the world, and Mond reveals that the three of them will be banished to faraway islands.

Chapter 18: John's Life Part II
John attempts to live a solitary life but ends up becoming a celebrity for his violence, and hangs himself.

POPSUGAR 2015 Reading Challenge ^_^

Jan 2, 2016

Hey y'all! I decided to tally up all my read books this year (2015) according to the POPSUGAR 2015 Reading Challenge! Read on for the complete list of what I read this year and their corresponding categories!

Hattie Ever After by Kirby Larson

Jun 6, 2015

Hattie Ever After (Hattie, #2)Hattie Ever After by Kirby Larson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oh hey look, I wrote a review. Take the following with a grain of salt, however: It's been a really long time since I've read the first book, Hattie Big Sky, and I couldn't remember all the details while reading this book.

I found this book at the new headquarters of the New Taipei City Public Library. I was so excited when I found it; I never knew that Hattie Big Sky had a sequel, and I literally snatched it up immediately. I've read other Kirby Larson books, of course, a notable one being The Friendship Doll (which, fun fact: I wasn't all that sure was by Larson, but hey! Memory serves.), but I'd read them a while ago. Still, I was glad to find this one, if only to 'relive my childhood'.

But this book somewhat disappointed me. I felt that this book was the carbon copy of Bachelor Girl. Sure, the characters were different (somewhat, anyway), and I can't quite recall the romance aspect of Bachelor Girl, but the similarities are definitely there. Independent woman goes to work while abandoning social norms of women not working, leaving beau behind, experiencing exciting new things to advance her career and goals and live for herself. It's a pretty inspirational book, though, and on the whole, though, Hattie Ever After is very fleshed out and real. I found some of her struggles frustrating, however. I can't quite articulate it, but it's probably because of (view spoiler)

Of course, this has everything to do with the moral universe and social standards at the time, and this is by no means Larson's fault, but I felt extremely irate at all the small sexist tidbits (references to the 'weaker sex' and all that), and therefore am especially glad that Hattie is a role model for young girls - a pioneer on the feminist front. I hope that other readers of the book will pick up on it and use it as a chance to see how far we've come, too - and reflect on the fact that some of the things Hattie does would not be considered socially acceptable today (no, I'm not talking about morally questionable things). But that, of course, is a subject for another blog(post).

tl;dr: this is a book about a working woman in the 1900s and the challenges she faces, on the professional, romantic, and friendship fronts. If you enjoyed this book, I'm sure you'd enjoy Bachelor Girl by Roger Lea McBride, but maybe not if you haven't read or had interest in the Little House series. Thanks for reading!

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Black Ships Before Troy~~

May 20, 2014

Hiya guys!!!

So last year at school we read Black Ships Before Troy. I found my notes (chapter summaries) and so I'm uploading them. However, in order to not clog up your feeds and also to not clog up my front page, I'm publishing them in "March 2012". There will be a page link in the sidebar where you can find all the summaries I've ever done and, eventually, an index of all my reviews... ............... eventually, haha.

Just wanted to drop in and let you know. Here is a comprehensive list of all of the links for Black Ships Before Troy, actually. Have a wonderful day!

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20

#feelinggood (book update)

Mar 18, 2014


On the other hand, been busy but haven't abandoned you guys yet, don't lose hope! >.<

I've just finished rereading Catherine, Called Birdy and Stargirl (one of my absolute favorite books).

I'm still ploughing through "The Deja Vu Experiment." Other people have said that it's like a "self-help book for the author," which I find difficult to understand; however, it does read somewhat like an organization of ideas, but not in a way that is coherent or interesting. I cannot think of anyone who would want to read this book, and I'm not sure why there are characters in it.

There is a character named Diana (I believe she is real, or at least a real person with the name changed), and she is basically the author/narrator's (I really cannot distinguish the two; I am not even sure if they are the same person or not) wife, who has taught said author/narrator a ton about some very very obscure and difficult ideas.

I am not in any way condoning the author for the way he chose to present these ideas, or about the ideas themselves; however, he might want to rethink why he chose to publish his book, as I don't believe this has any appeal (for its target audience, at least, which, according to NetGalley, is Science Fiction enthusiasts).

I'm also not sure: if it is classified as Science Fiction, does that mean that the author believes it is "fiction"? If so, then is the author the first-person narrator of the book (or is it based off of the author)? We never learn the character's name, I think; or it might be "John Galt."

Quickie Review: Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Mar 11, 2014

Firstly I just wanna say that y'all continually surprise me with the pageview count <3 :D Keep it up y'all! (click that refresh button! <3) And um please, if you would, check out my other posts? :)

I'm going to actually start using more "jumps" so that I can get more pageviews :3

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The Deja Vu Experiment by J.G. Renato

Mar 6, 2014

The Deja Vu ExperimentThe Deja Vu Experiment by J.G. Renato
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

ARC courtesy of NetGalley. Thank you NetGalley!

I heard someone say that it was like a "self help book.... for the author." While I don't necessarily agree, I thought many of the ideas in it were interesting, but altogether it was not interesting enough to hold my attention for long periods of time. The books seemed incredibly repetitive, repeating things a lot. What I had a huge problem with, though, was the utter lack of plot.

Now, I'm not sure what genre this falls in. On NetGalley, it was listed as Science Fiction, but that seems almost unbelievable now that I've read it. It's more like a spiritual book, somehow. But for a book this thick (I'm pretty sure it's a thick book. I read it in ebook format though.), I can't believe that it talks about the same exact thing over and over.

There are mentions of a certain "Diana," but the relationship between Diana and the narrator is confusing and not at all well explained: she was a widow, and then she met John, the narrator, and then they got married (?) and then (view spoiler) Apparently Diana is the one who taught John [you barely hear his name repeated throughout the book anyway, only once or twice] about "the gap", which I won't explain in further detail. "The gap" and the ideas surrounding it make up ~98$ of the book, probably even more. I'll give the author credit; the book does do a great job of explaining just what "the gap" is. But I'm not sure that many people actually want to know.... I was ready to stop reading at around 15% or 30% through...

Mostly, I didn't understand the author's purpose. Or the genre. Or a lot things, actually, about this book.

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