Thursday, August 29, 2013

Summer Summary

As you may or may not know, this blog originates as a school project, but for me, that is only a fraction of the blog's purpose. So don't worry, posts aren't going to suddenly get super formal and serious. :)

School. Although it technically isn't fall until September 22nd, but when school starts, that kind of signifies the end of the summer spirit. Which means it's time to give you a summer summary! Or at least in terms of books and such.

To start, I'll just do a list. A superficial numeral summary. I have ordered it terms of when I read the book, so number one is the book I read at the start of summer, and so on.
  1. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  2. That Summer by Sarah Dessen
  3. What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
  4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  5. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
  6. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
  7. Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt
  8. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
  9. The Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares
  10. Shards & Ashes compiled/edited by Mellisa Marr and Kelley Armstrong
  11. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
As you can see, I kind of went on a Sarah Dessen marathon. Her reads are essentially chick-flicks, but for summer I enjoyed them, as although they aren't my favourite genre, Dessen's writing was surprisingly deep, if you dared to explore.

Near the beginning of the summer, I took on both The Help and To Kill a Mockingbird, which were both phenomenally moving novels. They share the topic of discrimination and segregation, and therefore obviously had deep morals behind them. In case you haven't realized, I love anything deep and with lots of insight, so these books were awe-inspring and very memorable.


To end off this post... What am I reading now? Along with a book about debate (the season starts soon!!!), I am spending my time observing the words of Lock and Key, yet another Sarah Dessen novel. The topic of this one is something I don't connect to, but I enjoy Dessen's writing, and I had it on hold from the library and didn't want to return it without reading it.

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (August 20)



The Top Ten Tuesday meme originates from The Broke and The Bookish. Check it out and consider taking part too!

This meme is a weekly top-ten list category. I'll try my best to follow this weekly, so yeah! Keep checking back, and make sure to go to The Broke and The Bookish where this awesome idea is from!

August 20
My Things That Make Life as a Reader/Book Blogger Easier/Better
  1. Goodreads! My book life changed when I discovered Goodreads.com. It is seriously a reader's dream come true. Keeps track of what you read, when you read stuff, what you want to read, plus there are tons of reviews and suggestions and quotes and quizzes and polls and ahhhhh.
  2. The public library I'm not a millionaire, and so luckily I have a public library really close to my house, so I can use my magical library card (though I really only use the number, as I have it memorized) and get anything and everything I need. Oh and being able to put holds sure does help :).
  3. My job at the library Not only am I free from most fines (therefore I can keep books a bit longer if I desire), but I am generally at the library at least twice a week, which means I can pick up holds, explore, return things, and be surrounded by books. And when shelving books, I constantly come across new ones that I want to read!
  4. Best friends who are bibliophiles too Being able to discuss what you have read and what you want to read is a true gift, and often feels like a necessity. Especially when I read something that a) really moves me, or b) really disappoints me.
  5. Top Ten Tuesday Even when I can't find something to book blog about at the time, or if I don't have much free time on my hands, I can rely on Top Ten Tuesday to keep my blogging going.
  6. The world of book bloggers! Great motivation, inspiration, and hope for the literature world :)
 

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (August 13)




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This meme is a weekly top-ten list category. I'll try my best to follow this weekly, so yeah! Keep checking back, and make sure to go to The Broke and The Bookish where this awesome idea is from!

August 13
My Top Favourite Books with X Setting: Second Worlds (A fantasy world within/within reach of the "real" world)
*I know this isn't  ten, but my setting choice was fairly limiting, and nearly all my choices are series or have sequels
  1. Harry Potter by Joanne Kathleen Rowling If I shared my thoughts on this one, this blog post would become a novel. Everything Rowling does in this aspect is flawless and intriguing and understandable and oh gosh I shall just get on my knees and devote myself to this series of divine greatness. In case you haven't realized, I am Harry Potter obsessed.
  2. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline This one's a bit special in this category, as the "fantasy" secondary world is actually a virtual game that the majority of the world's population spends the majority of their life submersed in. The idea was scary and intense, but therefore it brought out many deep philosophies, and I loved that.
  3. Wings by E.D. Baker In relation to this week's theme, what I found really smart was how Baker created gateways between the worlds, and found ways to relate them, and therefore highlighted both their similarities and their differences.
  4. Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan One of the things I was especially engaged by in this series is how Riordan connects the "real" world to his fantasy world. He justifies why most people are unaware of this second world that goes on right around them, and it creates a whole new element of suspense and intrigue.
 

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