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Books Of The Month | July 2016

What better way to relax over the summer than to read a good book?

What I Finished:

Half Bad by Sally Green

Half Bad by Sally Green

One phrase description: So strange.

Quote:

…every breath has to be precious and worth it and something important.

My general thoughts: I’m still confused and somewhat unsatisfied after finishing it. That’s probably why there’s a sequel. I seem to have read-the-first-book-in-a-series-and-not-the-second-or-third syndrome. So we’ll see if I get around to picking up the other novels.

The Rule of Three by Eric Walters

The Rule of Three by Eric Walters

One phrase description: So Canadian.

Quote:

I just know that it’s better to have something and not need it than to need it and not have it.

My general thoughts: It felt like I was imagining a movie in my mind. A part of me feels like Walters should’ve turned this story into a screenplay instead. Even though I wasn’t the biggest fan of the dialogue, I still

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

One phrase description: So relatable.

Quote:

If you find that you start a number of stories or pieces that you don’t ever bother finishing, that you lose interest or faith in them along the way, it may be that there is nothing at their center about which you care passionately.

My general thoughts: Lamott gives great advice. But it’s one thing to read. It’s another thing entirely to apply that advice to your writing.

What I Want To Read Next Month:

Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld

Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld

Why: Because I want to. And I didn’t feel like reading anything else on my shelves.

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Books Of The Month | June 2016

Where did June go?

What I Finished:

Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Where She Went by Gayle Forman

One phrase description: Short, sweet, and sad.

Quote:

But still, I find the need to remind myself of the temporariness of a day, to reassure myself that I got through yesterday, I’ll get through today.

My general thoughts: I’m happy to report that I liked the second book more than the first. I felt more invested in the characters and the story this time around.

The Finisher by David Baldacci

The Finisher by David Baldacci

One phrase description: So strange.

Quote:

If I can’t believe in myself, who can?

My general thoughts: I know it’s unfair to compare YA fantasy to adult thriller, but I’m going to stick to the latter. Baldacci’s books never cease to blow me away. This one was no exception but it was very different. The language especially.

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

One phrase description: Simple yet sophisticated.  

Quote:

And just like that, his heart—that dead thing inside of him—came to life again.

My general thoughts: The writing is beyond satisfying to read. It made my eyes happy.

What I’m Currently Reading:

Half Bad by Sally Green

Half Bad by Sally Green

First impressions: I can’t believe it took me forever to open this book. I already feel for Nathan. My heart hurts for him.

What I Want To Read Next Month:

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

Why: Because Camp NaNo is next month. What better way to celebrate that than reading about writing?

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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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