Reading

Books Of The Month: January 2016

New year, new books!

Me and Early and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

One phrase description: The style stands out.

Quote:

The foundation of any good working relationship is trust.

My general thoughts: There was a lot more profanity in it than I expected. I know people say it’s funny and comedic, but I didn’t feel that way. Maybe it just didn’t appeal to my sense of humour. And I technically finished this book in December 2015. It was a nice way to round out the year.

A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen

A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen

One phrase description: A mix of history and story.

Quote:

Our strength came from the collective…

My general thoughts: I liked the concept and premise more than I liked the writing.

On Writing by Stephen King

On Writing by Stephen King

One phrase description: You can never go wrong with reading about writing.

Quote:

All I ask is that you do as well as you can, and remember that, while to write adverbs is human, to write he said or she said is divine.

My general thoughts: King is King. He will always be King. I loved everything about it. Also, I can see myself rereading this book in the future. I can’t recommend it enough.

What’s coming up…

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Why: University.

Happy reading this 2016!

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Reading

Books Of The Month: December 2015

Rounding out the year with some awesome books!

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

One phrase description: A beautiful collection of short stories.

Quote:

Still, there are times I am bewildered by each mile I have traveled, each meal I have eaten, each person I have known, each room in which I have slept.

My general thoughts: I read the stories for class. That being said, I wouldn’t mind reading them for fun. What’s more, the endings are realistic. If you aren’t a fan of happy and unrealistic endings, you’re in luck.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

One phrase description: A strange, strange, strange novel.

Quote:

If you must fail…fail spectacularly!

My general thoughts: I love the photographs, I love the story, I love the characters, I love everything about this book. Especially how the pages feel under my fingertips.

Modern and Normal by Karen SolieModern and Normal by Karen Solie

One phrase description: A beautiful collection of short poems. 

Quote:

…you’re wondering how you hoped/to find peace in a place that doesn’t want you.

My general thoughts: I wish I was a better poet so I could appreciate these poems more. This happened to be the shortest book I read all year, which explains why I finished it within a few days.

The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey

The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey

One phrase description: A dystopian novel with multiple points of view (which threw me off in the beginning).

Quote:

We’re here, and then we’re gone, and it’s not about the time we’re here, but what we do with the time.

My general thoughts: It’s a fun, fast read. Well, it would have been fast if I didn’t have school and exams to worry about.

Now onto what I hope to read next month…

A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen

A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Why: Because these “Books of the Month” posts keep me accountable. And I’m deliberately deciding what to read next so I don’t have to decide once I finish the book I am currently reading (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl). I plan on finishing that book before this year finishes, but since I need to publish this today, I’ll include Me and Earl and the Dying Girl in next month’s post.

I hope you had a fantastic reading year. And if not, you can always make next year amazing.

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