Reading

Books Of The Month | March 2017

There goes another month. 2017 needs to slow down. Now that I’ve finished all my assigned English novels, I might take it easy for a few months reading wise. Or maybe I won’t. I don’t know what will happen. I’m not a fortune teller. But I can tell you all about my past. Starting with the books I read in March.


What I Finished:

Diary of a Bad Year by J.M. Coetzee

One phrase description:

An interestingly formatted novel.

Quote:

“Authority must be earned.”

My general thoughts:

I liked it. I didn’t love it. I found it hard to read at first, since the novel is broken up into three different sections on one page and sometimes they carry over onto the next. So I had no idea how to read the book. I still don’t. It was a different reading experience to say the least.


Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

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One phrase description:

It’s like going back to high school.

Quote:

“So many things become beautiful when you really look.”

My general thoughts:

I’m not sure if I read this book many years ago. Either my memory fails me or I didn’t read it at all. Regardless my mind just loves playing tricks on me. I’m pretty sure I borrowed Before I Fall from the library, however. I probably still have the receipt.

Anyhow, I felt like the concept had potential. Concept being the main character lives the same day over and over again. I didn’t like the main character much, although she does become a bit more likeable as the story progresses. Thank goodness.


Looking for Alaska by John Green

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One phrase description:

Unexpected questions.

Quote:

“You just use the future to escape the present.”

My general thoughts:

I had high expectations going in. And while I wasn’t disappointed, I found it hard to get into at first. It started somewhat slow in my opinion. The ending not so much.

For some reason, I kept seeing parallels between this and Norwegian Wood. They aren’t that alike. To be fair though I read both around the same time. Being an English student and a recreational reader at the same time isn’t easy. 


Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

One phrase description:

More than just a love story.

Quote:

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”

My general thoughts:

I love this novel. Love the characters. Love the writing. Love the story. It was relatable in many ways. And an easy read if you ask me. Then again no one asked me.


What I’m Currently Reading:

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

First impressions:

I’m enjoying it thus far. I keep comparing this novel to Throne of Glass. I’m not sure which book I like more. I’ll try to get back to you on that when I finish ACoTaR. No promises.


What I Want To Read Next Month:

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Why: 

It seems like something I’d enjoy. I hope I’m right.


Alas, April is almost upon us…

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Reading

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

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One phrase description:

A graphic novel.

Quote:

“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

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One phrase description:

A thriller.

Quote:

“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

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One phrase description:

A trigger warning kind of book.

Quote:

“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

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One phrase description:

A contemporary novel.

Quote:

“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

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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

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Why: 

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.