Hi everybody! Today's blog post is all about my fall 2015 TBR. Now that summer's coming to an end, and that the weather is cooling down, I definitely know that fall is coming. I'm honestly pretty excited for hot chocolate and sweaters tbh, I'm really done with the hot weather...
1. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
This is a book that has been on my TBR for months, but I wasn't in the mood to read it during the summer time, because I like my contemporaries during the hot weather. However, I'm really excited to read this one, because I love historical fiction.
2. Throne Of Glass, by Sarah J. Maas
Okay, I know that I said that this book series wasn't interesting to me, but now that summer came to an end, I've been getting into this kind of mood where I want to read about a badass female protagonist, and this book is going to give me that.
3. Love And Other Foreign Words, by Erin McCahan
I literally just said that summer was my time for Y.A. contemporaries, but this book has been staying on my TBR shelf for a while and I really want to know what this is about. Plus, I haven't heard much about this book, so I want to dive in completely ignorant.
4. To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
I really need to read another classic soon, and this is one that have been on my TBR as well. I want to know what the hype was about, and also, if I want to read Go Set A Watchman.
5. The Host, by Stephenie Meyer
I bought this book at the thrift store ages ago, because it was cheap. And then I realized that it was a Stephenie Meyer book, so I was like oh, ew. And then I learned that many MANY people LOVED this book and say that this is SO MUCH better than Twilight, so I really want to read and see for myself.
6. Reading Lolita In Tehran, by Azar Nafisi
I have never read a memoir before, and I heard a booktuber talk about this one in such great ways that it made me want to pick this up (I found it at the thrift store!!). It's a collection of memoirs of Iranian women reading books that are banned where they live, for example, Lolita, The Great Gatsby, and Jane Austen books.
Those were 6 main books that are on my fall TBR list. There are much more, but these 6 are definitely ones that I feel the need to finally read!
Thanks for reading,
Required reading is often a pain, especially when teachers choose random and uninteresting books. The idea of "mandatory reading" doesn't appeal to me at all, and I always go into a required book with negative thoughts, but I often find myself pleasantly surprised. Here are my top 5 favourite books I had to read for school!
5) The Giver, by Lois Lowry
Coming in at #5, The Giver, by Lois Lowry. This was the first book we read in grade 10, and it was a great way to start off the year. It was so easy to fly through the first few pages, and get into the world that Lowry created for us. It was probably one of my favourite dystopians ever, and I really loved the characters and the fact that it was really about character growth and not a love story. The movie though...
4) The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, by Mordercai Richler
I have a love/hate relationship with this book, because it reminded me of one of my all time favourite books (hint hint : #1), however, the character angered me so much. I loved the themes that Richler dealt with in this book, and it gave us a different view of Montreal back in the days. I absolutely loved the writing style in this book, and it kept me reading, although the story did get boring at times.
3) The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton
This is a book we read in grade 9 and holy molly, this book got me back into reading that year. I had a huge YouTube phase where I only binge watched videos, and after I finished the book, the love I had for reading came back. The characters in this book and how Hinton didn't romanticize everything and kept it real really made me love this book, and there was never a dull moment.
2) Animal Farm, by George Orwell
Everything about this book was AMAZING. The idea and concept of it, using animals to represent the different political leaders was so brilliant. This was our first grade 11 book and as we read this book in english, we learned about the real situation in history, which honestly made everything so much better. It is incredible that Orwell was able to fit such an action packed, symbolic and incredible story in just a few pages.
1) The Catcher In The Rye, by J.D. Salinger & The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
I couldn't choose between these books for #1, so yeah, the two books I have to thank my grade 10 English teacher for bringing in my life are The Catcher In The Rye and The Great Gatsby.
I loved TCITR mostly, and this one would have to be my favourite classic of all times, because of the complexity of the story. The title literally made no sense until we finished the book, and the character was such a good anti-hero. I love character-driven books, and this one, who gave us a complete look into Holden's mind was exactly what I loved in a book. The "rebellious, anti-society" protagonist to me is always someone who has a lot to say, which in this case, Holden did have. On top of that, there was so much to think about after finishing this book, and that's how we should always feel after reading a book.
As for TGG, it's always fun to have a love story every once in a while. I loved that I could hate characters in this book, and I loved that Nick narrated from the third person. It almost read/felt like a movie. The symbolism behind this story was what I loved the most, especially with the colours, because again, that always kept me thinking and analyzing in this book. The roaring 20s being such an exciting period in time really made this story 10 times better.
Here you have my favourite required readings, what were yours?
As a bookworm, I've been through tons of problems that I thought were completely rational, but to non-bookworms, they were not, apparently. Here I'll share some of these problems with you, and hopefully you can relate, so I don't feel like I'm too much of an outcast.
1) Covers that don't match
Ok, this one I'm not sure if it's only because I'm OCD, but when covers of books in a series don't match, it drives me crazy. I had Insurgent in a different format once, and I literally had to hide it or else it drove me insane to see it next to Divergent. Also, sometimes, the publisher doesn't make the covers match. Like, WHY?
2) Useless dust jackets
Why are dust jackets a thing? They take up those extra millimetres of space on a bookshelf, and you might think that it's totally dumb of me to notice, but those extra millimetres are incredibly important if I want to fit another book on that shelf. I have a blog post about that here, on my second collab blog.
3) Cracked spines
Two words that I despise : cracked. spine. This is the reason I don't lend out books anymore. Once I lent out a copy of my The Catcher In The Rye and got it back the next day with a cracked spine and a ripped cover. The person, whom I shall not name, didn't even say anything about it. Like, did you expect me to not notice it????
4) Price differences
This problem goes with the first one, but why are hardcovers so much more expensive? I understand that the hardback required more material or whatever, but the fact that they are almost twice as expensive as paperbacks is just abnormal. And bookstores always seem to release the hardcovers first, so you always end up paying more. Great marketing technique, I'll give you that.
5) Reading in public
Reading in public is incredibly dangerous. First of all, well, you're exposing your baby to the world and who knows when rain might start falling on the pages of your book. Secondly, if something sad happens (or if anything happens, really...), you just cry. And it's hard to cry in public, because it's already awkward enough to see a random stranger crying, but the fact that you're crying over a fictional character or a fictional event is even more weird. If only there were public transport only for booknerds... We could all cry together, #noshame.
Here you have it, my top 5 booknerd problems. I tried to find some different ones than the ones we always see on the blogging or booktube community, because they get repetitive!
What are your booknerd problems?
The very dreaded reading slump... What is it? A reading slump is basically after you finish a book, and the ones you pick up after are sucky. You just keep picking up a book and putting it down after 30 pages, and it goes on for many, many books.
I recently got out of the hugest reading slump I was in. I didn't read a single book for my own pleasure from February to June of 2015. It was so horrible.
During a reading slump, what probably happens in your mind is that you keep asking yourself some weird questions, for example
"Will I ever read again?" or "I have so many books on my TBR shelf, this can't possibly be the end of my reading career!"
I asked both of these questions to myself, but eventually, got out of a reading slump. Here are my tips on how to avoid reading slumps and getting out of one!
To avoid a reading slump...
1) Don't pick books out of a TBR jar
I know a lot of readers who use this specific technique to choose what to read, and as much as I find it original, I find it really useless. Of course it's fun to put books in a jar that you decorated yourself, but you end up having to read those books. Maybe the book you picked is Delirium, but you were in the mood for a contemporary. Then, you end up not enjoying the book as much...
2) If you don't feel like reading/finishing a book, PUT IT DOWN!
This one is hard, especially for people whose prides hurt when you don't finish a book (me, for example). It's almost heartbreaking to read a book, not enjoy it, and put it down. They usually remind me that I wasn't capable of finishing it, especially when they are super popular books. But if you force yourself into reading a book that you don't like, you won't want to read after.
3) Don't read a book because everyone loves it
With booktube and tumblr and whatnot, everyone knows that some books are totally hyped up. However, it's not because everyone loved it that you will. If, for example, you dislike dystopians, and everyone loves Divergent, don't read it because they love it. If the plot doesn't interest you, don't even consider it. Read what you really want to read, or else you'll end up with a problem like in #2).
To get out of a reading slump...
1) Don't force yourself to read
If you've continuously picked up books that you did not enjoy, don't continue doing it, especially not after you picked up up to 5-6 books. Give yourself a break. Watch Netflix, YouTube (booktube actually, they'll spark the reader in you again), TV, go shopping, etc. Find something else to occupy your time, and wanting reading will eventually come back.
2) Do things that will subtly spark your reading
By things that will spark your reading, I mean watching booktube videos (especially bookshelf tours!), read book blogs, fanfictions even! If you're more into going outside, go into a bookstore. Bookstores are always filled with books that you've read and want to read, and seeing those will probably remind you of how much you love to read.
3) Pick up a book that you've loved before
By this I mean read Anna and The French Kiss. All jokes aside, pick up a book that you've read and LOVED. You'll find it easier to read, and because you know you loved it, you'll finish it, and it'll get you back into reading. I always suggest reading a book like Anna and The French Kiss or any Harry Potter books.
Here you have it, 3 tips to avoid reading slumps and 3 tips to get out of them. I really hope that they were/will be helpful to you!
HEY GUYS! This is a segment on this blog that I never thought I'd make, but I definitely had to share this. If I like how this one turns out, I'll post more "CRs" (Currently Readings)!
A few weeks ago, I was on Indigo/Chapters' website, and I came across this 4 books box set for 15$ only, so I looked up reviews and they were decent. I ended up purchasing them, only to realize how ugly... Like REALLY ugly the covers are. Seriously, an unnaturally buffed guy with a girl wearing a tiny dress. Yeah. But I started reading the first book in the series, and it is actually better than expected. I'm only 100 pages in, but I'm already loving it!
The reason I love it might be the reason a lot of people hate it : it reads like a fanfiction. If you're into bands and youtubers and whatnot, you've DEFINITELY read fanfiction before, and you know how it is. This book, Breathe (Sea Breeze #1), is narrated from two POVs, Sadie's and Jax's.
The story is about Sadie, who is 17 and struggling to pay off her and her pregnant mother's bills by finding a summer job. Her mother is incredibly irresponsible, so Sadie is basically the adult of the family. She lands a job in Sea Breeze, Alabama (I think), and works for a very wealthy family... Jax's. Jax is a rock star, touring the world and making girls go crazy (I think of Harry Styles, to be honest...) and he takes a few weeks off every year and relaxes in his house in Alabama, Sea Breeze. Obviously, he falls in love with her, but they're from different worlds. He tries to stay away from her, but Marcus, another employee, gets closer to Sadie, which drives Jax nuts. And the story goes on from there...
The reason I'm writing an early review about this book is because this is very similar to the Anna/Lola/Isla trilogy! I found out earlier that the second book is the story of Marcus, the third story is the story of another character in Breathe, another book in the series is about Jax's brother, and so on. Basically, they're all companion novels, centered around the same place and character. This just made me want to read the rest of the series so much more! I will keep you guys updated on my thoughts on the book, and if you want, I will make a full review of this book when I finish it.
I'm going to get back to reading now! If you want the books and you're from Canada, you can get there here for 15$ only!
Hey guys! How is it already August??? Where did the year go?????? At least we're getting closer to Christmas...
I went to Indigo yesterday because I wanted to go buy Forgive Me Leonard Peacock, the hardcover is only 5$ at the moment, but they didn't have it in stores... A normal person would've just went home, but I decided to go to the sales section and purchase 3 books to make up for it... In my defense, Indigo has great sales.
I bought Throne Of Glass, by Sarah J. Maas! Finally! I'm planning on reading it with my friend Maxine, so we can fangirl at the same time. I'm finally going to know what the hype around this book is about! The book was in a 2 for 15$ sale, so along with ToG, I bought Ms. Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs. At first, I wanted to buy Ms. Peregrine and Hollow City, but I have this new thing where I only purchase one book in a series. If I like it, I will borrow the rest of the books and if I love the series, I will purchase it eventually. So I bought 2 first books in series, so I can check them out and get a first feel!
I then bought The Picture Of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde. This is a classic that I've been meaning to read for so long. Our teacher summarized the book in class and it sounds so interesting. I hope to read this one in August!
Lastly, I went to my local thrift store this morning, like I always do for books. They have awesome classics and contemporaries for 3.50$ and less (I bought TFIOS there for 3$!) and I hit the jackpot. I found Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in the Bloomsbury/Raincoast hardcover edition!!! It was not only the only book I didn't have in English, but also in my favourite format! I was so happy!
That was my first book haul! So many firsts in a week, but I'm so happy to be getting back into reading and blogging. They are two things I really love to do and I'm glad to have found the motivation again. Thanks for reading!