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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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Questions And Answers: Reading Edition

I grouped questions together and answered them accordingly. This was originally going to be a spin off of Truth or Truth, but clearly that didn’t happen. If you want a Truth or Truth, let me know. I grant some wishes and ignore others.

Let’s not waste any more time.

Questions:

  1. What book surprised you in a good way?
  2. What book surprised you in a bad way?

Answers:

  1. I’m all for pleasant surprises. Sarah J. Maas definitely delivered with Throne of Glass.Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  2. Endgame #1: The Calling was a bad surprise. The ending in particular. Not because of the writing. Don’t get me wrong: I love the book. I just didn’t love my heart getting ripped apart.

Questions:

  1. What book did you love?
  2. What book did you hate?

Answers:

  1. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was so peculiar.
  2. I didn’t like I Am Number Four. Mostly because I read some incredible books beforehand.

Questions:

  1. What’s a series you never started?
  2. What’s a series you finished?

Answers:

  1. I’ve yet to read a single Harry Potter book.
  2. Many years ago, I read The Hunger Games.

Questions:

  1. What’s a series you would reread?
  2. What’s a series you didn’t finish?

Answers:

  1. The Maze Runner. I watched the movie twice so I might as well read the books again. It’s been a while.The Maze Runner Series
  2. I read Divergent, but I’ve yet to pick up Insurgent or Allegiant. I don’t think I will anytime soon, but I might in the far future.

I want to know your answers to these questions. Are you going to grant my wish?

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Fav Books Mid-Year 2015: Part 2

My memory didn’t fail me.

I published Fav Books Mid-Year 2015 back in August. Now I’m turning my attention to books I read and finished in the last six months.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

I was surprised at how much I liked the characters, the writing, the plot. That has to count for something. I still haven’t read the other books in the series. Maybe I will in 2016. I won’t make any guarantees.

The Forgotten by David Baldacci

The Forgotten by David Baldacci

I could not not include a Baldacci novel. I still want Robert Puller’s brain. Yes, I read The Escape before reading Zero Day and The Forgotten. Reading the books out of order didn’t spoil my enjoyment at all.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

I wasn’t kidding when I said I love everything about this book.

Thanks to you for creating awesome content.

You made 2015 even better.

Happy reading in 2016!

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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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Books Of The Month: November 2015

Oh, November.

NaNo, NaNo, NaNo.

These are the books I managed to finish this month while trying to write my own.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

One phrase description: The ending will stay with you.

Quote:

You wear the right outfit and you feel like the person you’re pretending to be.

My general thoughts: Bruno was naive, even for his age. Kids are perceptive, and because the main character wasn’t, I was slightly annoyed.

Angels in America by Tony Kushner

Angels in America by Tony Kushner

One phrase description: The characters are out of this world.

Quote:

It’s the fear of what comes after the doing that makes the doing hard to do.

My general thoughts: I liked “Millennium Approaches” (part one) more than “Perestroika” (part two).

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Beloved by Toni Morrison

One phrase description: The prose is beautiful. 

Quote:

If you can’t count they can cheat you. If you can’t read they can beat you.

My general thoughts: It’s a tough, difficult read. I took forever to finish the book because I kept admiring Morrison’s wonderful writing of a very serious topic.

I am currently reading…

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Why: Why not? It’s such a high-quality book in every way possible. The prose, the photographs, even the paper. I’m taking my time with it. Read: I haven’t had all the time in the world this month for obvious reasons.

I hope you had a great month of reading and writing. We have one more month of 2015. Isn’t that crazy?

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