Thalia @ Pictures in the Words

I'm Thalia! I run a book blog called Pictures in the Words and I hope to be an editor for YA fiction. I'm a GoodReads refugee!



Currently Reading

The Martian
Andy Weir
Progress: 31/369 pages
The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
J.R.R. Tolkien, Humphrey Carpenter
Progress: 193/432 pages
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling
Progress: 43/766 pages
The Children of Húrin
J.R.R. Tolkien, J.R.R. Tolkien
Progress: 313/313 pages
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - James Joyce Oh dear. What to say…I enjoyed and partially hated this book. If I had just been reading it, straightforward and simple (with the help of Sparknotes, of course, because it’s nearly impossible to understand what’s going on), I would have liked it. A solid four stars for sure. And while that’s what I ended up giving it, I kind of want to throw the book across my room and stab it with something blunt. My poor AP English class had to answer more than two hundred basic questions about this book as we read, and it was a nightmare. I know I shouldn’t let that affect my enjoyment of the book, but it made me realize how little sense it really did make, and the time spent on reading this and trying to understand it made thinking about it completely frustrating. Plus, Stephen, the main character, was a gigantic, ego-centric, jerk of a person, and I could not stand him.I really did like it, down to its core. Not enough to give it five stars and call it perfection in a novel–but enough to enjoy it. However, my experience with it has been, unfortunately, tainted–similar to my experience with Of Mice and Men.Read more?