Books Of The Month: August 2015

A while ago I said I’d do a recurring feature on my blog. I lied…about the singularity.

Instead of picking one book to talk about, I’m including all of the books I’ve read each month because I’m an inclusive person.

I try to keep my blog spoiler free and these posts will be no different.

It’ll happen on the 28th of every month assuming I don’t forget and no technical issues occur.

These are the books I’ve finished at the time this post goes up (more like books everyone else has read, yet I’m just getting around to now):

The Book Thief by Markus ZusakThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak

One phrase description: You’ll probably love it or hate it.


It amazes me what humans can do, even when streams are flowing down their faces and they stagger on, coughing and searching, and finding.

My general thoughts: It took me so long to get through this book. Precisely two weeks and two days simply because I had to keep putting it down. Overall, I think Zusak did a good job handling some very sensitive issues.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

One phrase description: If nothing else, read it for the message.


It may seem that every time someone offers you a hand up, they just let go and you slip further down.

My general thoughts: I wish the points of views were easier to distinguish. Hannah’s story was told in italics and Clay was in the same font without being italicized. There were points where I got the POVs mixed up. What a horrible problem to have, am I right?

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny HanThe Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

One phrase description: One of those rare books that I liked more in the beginning than I did by the end.


It’s hard to throw away history. It was like you were throwing away a part of yourself.

My general thoughts: Is it a coincidence I read this during the summer? Yes, although I’m not the biggest fan of romance novels and never will be.

Now onto what I hope to read next month…

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Why: I’m not entirely sure why I want to read it, but I think the book will give me a break from textbooks and academic articles. Reading in general gives me a break from real life.

Happy reading!

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Rainy Reading Days

It’s pouring outside as I’m writing this, which got me thinking. I’m not a huge fan of reading when it’s raining. The sky is darker so the lighting isn’t ideal. I don’t enjoy reading in artificial light for some reason.

I was going to read, but then it started to rain. So I don’t have nice natural light for reading purposes, yet I don’t mind writing or blogging. In fact, I thoroughly enjoy dancing or stretching when it’s not as bright out.

Regardless I finally finished The Book Thief. More on this later.

In all seriousness though, one minute it’s sunny and the next even an umbrella won’t protect you from getting soaked. That’s Canadian weather for you. The rain almost ruined my beloved reading plans.


Books I Haven’t Read

After reading this post, you may think I don’t read at all. That’s not the case. I just haven’t gotten around to reading the ones listed below.

Divergent (and Insurgent and Allegiant) by Veronica Roth

I will start Divergent sometime in the future. I have a copy of it on my bookshelf. It’s one of several books I owe but haven’t gotten through yet. I’m not lying.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I saw the cover for “Glass Sword” just now. The two books side by side are gorgeous together. I’m just worried the story might disappoint.

Throne of Glass (series)/A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Mass

It’ll happen. Galit, thanks for your recommendations. I see them, I do.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

How late am I? To be fair, I think I’d enjoy the novel a lot.

Paper Towns/Looking for Alaska/An Abundance of Katherines, basically anything except The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Isn’t one enough?

Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling

Come to think of it, I haven’t read anything of hers. I know I know. It seems like everyone and their dog has read Harry Potter (or watched the movies). I know enough about the books to get by. I’ve been called Hermione way too many times. I’ve been compared to her as well. I’ve also had people spell my name like that. You have no idea how much that used to frustrate me. And it’s probably the closest I’ll ever get to reading a book with a character who’s similar to me in many ways.

How much respect have you lost for me?

I’m kidding.

Convince me to read any of these, especially Harry Potter, and I’ll send you a copy of my first book. If it ever gets published.

Enjoy what’s left of your weekend. Get some reading done.