Reading

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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Reading

Fav Books Mid-Year 2015

It’s more than halfway through the year and I’m looking forward to the next few months. Well, not so much since school is about to start.

On the bright side, I might be slightly more productive.

Anyhow, in my opinion, reading is half the fun. Blogging about it makes up the other half.

For this post, I’m going to include books I started and finished before July 2015. Also, I may do another instalment for books I’ve read in the last six months of the year. If I remember.

Black Knight by Christopher Pike

Black Knight by Christopher Pike

If you should know anything about me, it’s this: I don’t like when people compare a book to other books. So I won’t compare Black Knight to anything else. Not Hunger Games. Not Divergent. Go in with an open mind and give the novel a chance. This goes for all books.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

This story changed me. I will never be the same again.

Endgame (The Calling) by James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton

Endgame #1 (The Calling) by James Frey

Does it sound familiar? That’s because I mentioned Endgame in a previous post. Say what you want about Frey. I appreciated the diversity and representation. Not every character was American.

The Escape by David Baldacci

The Escape by David Baldacci

I have no words aside from confessing that I’m in love with Robert Puller’s brain.

Lionheart: The Diaries of Richard I by Chris Manson

Lionheart-The Diaries of Richard I by Chris Manson

It’s a very different read, but the diary entries did not disappoint. I have a more in-depth review here.

Thank you Kev for the suggestion. I took his idea and put my own spin on it. He runs a fantastic blog supporting indie authors so you’re probably following him already.

Oh, would you look at that. I own a copy of all these books. Are you surprised I still want more?

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Personal Reflection

16 Random Facts About Me

A little bit more about me. Each fact is accompanied with a picture which explains why I had to work on this post for the past two weeks. After reading, you might conclude I am a boring, normal, and average person. If that’s the case, you are correct.

When is my life not boring, normal, or average? When I am writing.

16 Random Facts About Me

  • I have natural highlights. Emphasis on natural. They don’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.My Hair Has Natural Highlights
  • I am a huge fan of the band Simple Plan. Check out the door hanger I made during class. Custom Made Simple Plan Door Hanger
  • I have read most of Christopher Pike’s books. I can’t wait to read Chain Letter and the fifth installment of Thirst which I purchased at Chapters a little while back. Also, I vow to keep them in pristine condition.Thirst Number 5 The Sacred Veil By Christopher Pike
  • I like being neat, organized, and keeping everything clean. A before and after of my drawer. My Organized And Clean Drawers
  • I received my very first writing related check of $25 in the mail. Don’t judge me. This happened in grade 9.Creative Communication Spring 2012 Essay Check
  • My personal Facebook account has a display picture of me in the middle of a one handed cartwheel. Seriously. I spend as much time dancing as I do writing. OK maybe not.  Doing A One Handed Cartwheel
  • I participated and successfully completed NaNoWriMo twice. Writing a novel in a month is challenging but worthwhile. Camp NaNoWriMo Winner 2013
  • I think crossword puzzles are a great way of passing time. And this is my somewhat fail attempt at doing one.My Attempt At Doing A Crossword Puzzle
  • I used to wear braces. I still use retainers.Having Braces
  • My very first novel was called “Breaking Ground.” I started it in grade 8 and finished it in grade 10 after writing 73,336 words.  My Word Count
  • I’ve collected Ikea catalogs since 2009. When I was young, I had an obsession with interior design and real estate. I still do. Ikea Catalogs 2009-2014
  • I want to travel across all 50 states in the United States. So far I’ve visited Boston, New York, and Chicago.Skyline Of Chicago
  • I never leave home without my lip gloss. Although, I rarely use or put on any other type of make-up since I prefer going natural, I still love wearing lip gloss.My Lip Gloss
  • I’m an emotional eater. Whenever I’m upset or depressed, I will devour anything in sight particularly, chips of any kind, any brand, and any flavour. Chips
  • I own 5 bottles of nail polish. Only 5. I have no intentions of purchasing more.  5 Bottles Of Nail Polish
  • I have horrendous eyesight. I wear contacts or glasses all the time. My Contacts Lenses