Completing The 30 Books Challenge

1. A book you love:

Morning Star by Pierce Brown

I love this book with all my heart. And I’m trying to make other people love it too.

2. A book you can’t forget:

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

My grade five teacher recommended it to me. Bless her for doing so.

3. A book that motivated you:

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

King makes me want to be a better writer.

4. A book that made you think about life:

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

It’s thought-provoking.

5. A book with a colour in its title:

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

I adore Brown and his brain.

6. A book with a number in its title:

Zone One by Colson Whitehead

I had to read it for school, but I liked the modernized zombie tale.

7. A book everyone needs to read:

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Timeless classic. What more can I say?

8. A book that was recommended to you:

All the Rage by Courtney Summers

A good friend of mine made me pick this one up.

9. A book you didn’t expect to like as much as you did:

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Because of the hype surrounding Maas and her work, I thought I wasn’t going to like her novels. But I enjoyed ToG so very much.

10. A book that made you cry:

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

It didn’t directly make me cry, but I was holding the book while I cried. Does that count?

11. A book that reminds you of your childhood:

The Giver by Lois Lowry

I was a naïve child.

12. A book you have reread or would reread:

Thirst No. 4 by Christopher Pike

I reread the fourth book prior to reading the fifth in order to jog my memory. The second read through was just as good, if not even better than the first.

13. A book that was turned into a movie:

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

I read the book before I watched the movie. If you know me at all, you know I’m firmly in the camp that the book was obviously better.

14. A book you wish was turned into a movie or TV show:

The Escape by David Baldacci

This needs to be made into a movie.

15. A book you couldn’t put down:

Endgame: The Calling by James Frey

Action-packed fun.

16. A book that kept you up at night:

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

I remember finishing the novel late at night and being blown away by the ending.

17. A book you travelled with:

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz

I carried the novel in my bag with a water bottle I didn’t close properly. Safe to say water and paper don’t mix unless you’re painting with watercolours.

18. A book you wanted to toss across the room:

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Because of how it ends.

19. A book you received as a gift:

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

From my one and only older brother. Thanks.

20. A book you gave or would give as a gift:

The Elements of Style by E. B. White and William Strunk Jr.

I would give it as a gift, especially to someone who likes writing.

21. A book you think is underrated:

Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

I don’t see or hear many people talk about Norris and her books.

22. A book that lived up to its hype:

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

I didn’t think it would, but it did.

23. A book that broke your heart:

House Rules by Jodi Picoult

It was my first Picoult novel. I’m happy to say it was not the last. I really felt for the characters in this one.

24. A book that restored your faith in humanity:

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Young, awesome characters tend to restore my faith.

25. A book with a pretty cover:

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

It’s my aesthetic.

26. A book that reminds you of summer:

Atonement by Ian McEwan

The novel takes place in the summer.

27. A book that brings back good memories:

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

Technically it’s a play I performed with some of my best friends in high school.

28. A book that makes you happy:

Nevermore by James Patterson

I enjoyed the entire series.

29. A book you will never get tired of talking about:

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

I could go on and on about this gem.

30. A book you wish you wrote:

Carrie by Stephen King

If I had to be honest, I wish I wrote every novel King wrote. Carrie is no exception.

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Books Of The Month | February 2017

Short months are the worst. But I managed to read every day. And I read more than I thought I would.

How did you fare in February?

What I Finished:

The Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons


One phrase description:

A graphic novel.


“Nothing ever ends.”

My general thoughts:

I haven’t read a comic or graphic novel in years. And I don’t think I ever had to read one for school. So I was a bit taken aback when I realized I needed to read Watchmen for my university English class. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I found the novel hard to get into at first because I’m not used to processing pictures while I’m reading words. After a while, I got the hang of it. Also, the art is amazing. I’m jealous. I wish I had a knack for drawing and sketching.

I highly recommend checking the book out. If anyone has recommendations for graphic novels I need to read, feel free to send them my way.

The Winner by David Baldacci


One phrase description:

A thriller.


“Inferior minds seek convoluted scenarios; it takes a brilliant one to achieve simplicity.”

My general thoughts:

To be honest, it’s not my favourite novel from Baldacci. Still I liked the story and wanted to know what would happen to the main character along with some of the side ones. The antagonist is an insanely evil mastermind. I’d try to summarize the plot, but knowing me I’ll probably spoil the entire book for you. 

Generally thrillers tend to surprise me somewhere, somehow. I’m all for twists and turns. There were many moments in The Winner I didn’t anticipate, which is what made this novel fun to read. Although I think I’m getting better at recognizing foreshadowing and subtle hints dropped by the author.

All the Rage by Courtney Summers


One phrase description:

A trigger warning kind of book.


“All I know is everything costs something.”

My general thoughts:

The subject matter is quite sensitive, and so I took my time getting through this book. 

I can see why for some the short chapters and sentences create a feeling of choppiness or fragmentation, but I had no issues with that. In fact, I felt like the story called for it.

On Beauty by Zadie Smith


One phrase description:

A contemporary novel.


“Traditional qualifications are not everything.”

My general thoughts:

There’s plenty of character development. But I kind of wish there was more. All the characters are flawed. Majorly flawed. So in that sense I guess my prof is right about the novel being relatable, at least in relation to the other books we’ve read thus far. Overall, Smith spun a complex web of stories with each character being related to many other characters.

What I’m Currently Reading:

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver


First impressions:

I think I read this book a long time ago, but I don’t really remember reading it. So I guess I’m reading Before I Fall again? Or maybe I’m reading it for the first time? I don’t really know. 

In the beginning, I despised the main character. I think a part of me still does. Thankfully she’s getting a bit less annoying and a little more tolerable.

What I Want To Read Next Month:

Looking for Alaska by John Green



Because it’s shorter than all the other books on my shelf. As of right now, I don’t think I have enough time to commit to reading a 700+ page novel. March promises to be a busy month, after all.

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Are you ready for a longer month of reading? I know I am.


Books Of The Month | January 2017

Happy Chinese New Year! Happy year of the Rooster. Happy Saturday or Sunday or whenever you happen to be reading this.

As far as I’m concerned, it’s not bad luck or taboo to publish a blog post on the first day of the new year. So that’s what I’m going to do.

What I Finished:

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas


One phrase description:

Like watching a firework show.


“You cannot pick and choose what parts of her to love.”

My general thoughts:

I liked it. I didn’t love it. I think that’s because Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight spoiled me. I enjoyed the characters, both old and new. Also, the third book is longer than the other two, so there was more room for character development. Which I’m all for.

I’m looking forward to continuing with the series. The plot intrigues me, the characters are fun to follow around, and the writing is well done.

A Matter of Style by Matthew Clark


One phrase description:

Like listening to a lecture on writing.


“But knowledge does not have to be conscious to be effective.”

My general thoughts:

This was a course text that I told myself I would read for fun, on my own time. Technically my professor assigned certain pages to read prior to class. But being the rebel I am, I didn’t. So while I read the book after the fact, everything I learned in those lectures came rushing back.

Still, the short book made me think differently about writing. About word choice and sentence structure and everything else in between.

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky


One phrase description:

Like being in a tunnel and not seeing the light at the end of it. 


“Do not be upset with people, do not take offense at their wrongs.”

My general thoughts:

It’s a long novel. But a good one. If not for my English course, I don’t think I would’ve ever picked this up. And even if I did, I would’ve abandoned it.

The characters grew on me, especially the three brothers. The second half of the novel appealed to me more. I felt as though the first half had more talking, the second more doing. As much as I love words, I’m a fan of action. 

What I’m Currently Reading:

The Winner by David Baldacci


First impressions:

It’s not the best Baldacci book I’ve read. But I’m interested in the plot more than anything. I want to know what happens next.

What I Want To Read Next Month:

All the Rage by Courtney Summers



A friend recommended it.

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Here’s to an awesome year of reading!