September 20th, 2008

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Trading hopes, dreams, and escape

I often wonder about the history and fate of books in secondhand stores. Who owned it? Why did they trade it in? Will someone else find it and love it or will it remain unsold on the shelf until the store owner deems it a lost cause?

The local store is small enough that I can check up on the books I’ve brought in. Sometimes I feel small pains of guilt. I’ve left you here and no one else seems to want you, I’ll think, as I pick up a book that I know came from my apartment. Sometimes I’ll debate buying books back. You’re too good to languish here, I’ll say, before firmly walking away. After all, there was a reason I traded it in.

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11. The Vampire Diaries

The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith.
Genre: Fantasy/Romance
Pages: 492
My Rating: 5/10

I read the first half of the new Vampire Diaries volume last summer and found it extremely boring. But recently I decided to try the second book - the Struggle - since it was there, just waiting to be read. I wanted to see if it would grow as a story and if the characters would grow along with it. Not only did I find that it still didn't meet with all of the glowing reviews I've read regarding the book, but I noticed a lot of similarities to Twilight other than the all too common vampire theme.

The Vampire Diaries was originally published in 1991. It is about a girl named Elena - good looking "queen" of her high school - and her love interest, the vampire Stefan Salvatore.

The review as well as the analysis of The Vampire Diaries and Twilight can be found here. (Warning for spoilers and tl;dr.)

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im new to this community and at the "coming of age period in my lfe" i will be turning 15 in a couple of months, is there anyone that would have recommendations of good "coming of age books" i quite enjoyed Catcher in the Rye, but i would also like the book not to be one of those generic teen novels full of sex and drugs, i'd rather like it to be the story of a certain characters struggles, perhaps an aliternative or artistic teenager. it can include those things but i don't neccessarily want to read books like Go Ask Alice.

thank you, 

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Rec: Play, Modern, Classix

Okay I'm taking a year out before I go to university to study English Literature and History...

So I'm taking the year up to read like hell :]

I love my classics and I love my Shakespeare, but I'm trying to branch a lot. My current reading cycle is as follows;

[Define all as you wish]

Ive been getting in a rut though, going for a Shakespeare (Othello, Comedy of Errors, Hamlet) play every time, reading a Bronte or Austen everytime (Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion), going for a mystery/crime newer novel (The Mesmerist, Shakespeare secret).

I want something different!

So, hit me with some recs of anything, but all three would be good!
Im making a list so thanks for any help!

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