Monday, April 19, 2010

Review: Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

Here is my first book review!  Not too good at this but I want to try to do this more often.

Title: Peter Pan
Author: J.M. Barrie
Description: (from the back cover)

"Come Away, Come Away!" is Peter Pan's irresistible call to the Darling children - and to generations of readers who have traveled with him to Neverland and all the secret places in a child's heart.  With a magic and emotional appeal unmatched by any other story.  Barrie's Peter Pan speaks directly to childhood's dreams and desires with an imaginative genius that evokes both laughter and tears.  Peter, the boy who wouldn't grow up; Nana, the Darling children's nurse and pet Newfoundland;deliciously dreadful Captain Hook, who is stalked by a crocodile with a clock in his stomach; and Tinker Bell, "quite a common fairy," who swears like a sailor and is murderously jealous-these characters of startling originality are rich, funny, mischievously insightful, and a joy to read about again and again.  The result is a masterpiece of literature that has been working its timeless wonderment on us since it first appeared in 1904.
My Thoughts:  Peter Pan is shockingly different from what I remember of the Disney version.   I was very surprised how dark the storyline was.  I was really expecting a Disney-like story and got quite the opposite.  Throughout the book it got a bit boring and tedious but through spots it got very interesting.  I was really surprised at the character of Peter Pan and how different he was from the traditional character we all know and love.  I found him to be a very sad character who had no memory of his previous life in Neverland.  He was a very negative character who easily forgot people through out the story.  I found that very surprising.  The parts with the pirates was the section I got very bored by.  I like hearing more about Peter's adventures with the kids than about Hook and his crew.  Although I wasn't completely thrilled with this I still recommend it to anyone who is interested in reading the classics.  I would even go as far as to say that I would be interested in reading a book that might extend the story.  I would find it fascinating to hear Peter's further adventures.  I'm also planning on watching various versions of the movie (from Netflix) to see the differences and how they compare to the book.
What I Liked Most:   I really enjoyed the fairytale like quality to the book.  I enjoyed that Wendy grew up and every generation after her took care of Peter Pan.  
What I Liked Least: Peter's attitude really bothered me.  I always viewed him as a fun character and he really seemed slightly depressing.  Also, the memory loss was slightly shocking to me.  I totally didn't expect that.  
More Like This: J.M Barrie's Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens and Peter and Wendy
Bottom Line: A MUST-read for all ages.
My Rating: 7/10

Sunday, April 11, 2010

One down and another to go.

So I finished my first read and am on to Fantastic Mr. Fox since it is short. Really learned that I'm not too thrilled with audio cds. It's more fun to read the actually book. Anyway, growing very tired so I may not get too far with this one. I'm going to try though. I hope everyone else is doing better than I am. I'm very annoyed that I haven't gotten farther but I haven't been too good at sitting still to actually finish a book quickly. Trying because the concept is fun and I love Dewey! Read the book and loved it!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Hour 8 1/2 of Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon

So this morning I went to my local library and found a couple of books. I've started with The Tale of Despereaux which I'm not too enthused about. This isn't usually my genre of books but I'm trying to read shorter books. It's my first readathon and I find it very hard. Especially since I seemed to be wide awake at one in the morning last night. It must be a little too much Dr. Pepper, ooopps! So anyway, I'm digressing. The list of books I left the library with besides my current read are:

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White (audio cd)
Stuart Little by E.B. White
Charle and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
The Velveteen Rabbit by William Nicholson (just to break things up a bit!)

So that's all. I may decide if I tire of any of these to dip into one of my romance novels or chic lit books. They are my fave genre but I'm trying to stick with these. I'm going to see a show tonight so I'll be not reading for a few hours. Kind of wishing that I didn't have to go so I could read all day. Anyway, back to reading or listening. I'll try to post more later.

Friday, April 09, 2010

Dewey's Read-a-Thon

So last night I signed up for Dewey's 24 hour readathon and I'm totally excited to sink my teeth into some great books. At the moment there's about ten hours till it officially starts. I have two excursions during the day but other than that I'll be totally into it for at least 10-12 hours.

To read more about the history of the fun event dedicated to my favorite cat, go to

You can also read some facts here:

My goal is to read at least 3-4 books if I can. My list of books are fairly short and are mostly juvenile in format. That way I can just breeze through!

They are as follows:

~Peter Pan
~The Tale of Despereaux
~Ella Enchanted
~Bridge to Terabithia
~Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
~Island of the Blue Dolphins
~Charlotte's Web
~Stuart Little
~Journey to the Centre of The Earth

I may add more once I get to the library tomorrow and browse around. I have two others and if I get bored of something I can just switch it up! Anyway, I should go to bed but I'll try to post when I have a chance. Not usually too good at keeping it current but I'll try! Good luck tomorrow everyone!