My disappearance is due to the fact that I'm a busy girl, kay? I'm an independent woman who don't need no blog...
Jokes, I do need it :P I have been busy though with doing a Work Placement, working side jobs to earn money, and also I've been sick quite frequently, and then when I DO get time, I end up writing a blog post on my other blog, The Cocoon of Gawkiness. But now that I am back, I decided that even though it's the 17th of June, I must spam you all the rest of the 30 Day Book Challenge days :D
That would certainly be Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion. It's such a fantastic book that really took me by surprise. I didn't hear about it until the movie, but I decided to read the book and I am SOOOOO thankful that I did! While the movie is great on its own, it definitely did not match up with the sense of humour that the novel contained. I was often laughing because of R's thoughts, and especially how socially inept he was as a zombie. Love this novel :)
I was a huge Dr Seuss kid. I remember my parents bought this ENORMOUS box full of Dr Seuss books, and I basically spent my life in that box. I continuously asked my parents to read to me, when I wasn't reading them myself, books like "Hop on Pop", "Green Eggs and Ham", "The Sneetches", "If I Ran The Zoo", and the one I'm pretty sure I read the pages until they were worn out, "There's a Wocket in my Pocket!".
But for me, Are You My Mother? took the cake. I loooooved this book, and just the other day I passed it in the bookstore and felt like crying because of the flood of memories that washed over me. My biggest dream and hope for my future children is that I can read to them all the Dr Seuss books that I read at their age.
So I picked this book up at a thrift store that I frequent. It looked pretty cute, and I am known to dabble once in a while in a romance novel, and it was also a $1 so HEY WHY NOT? #Livinonthewildside
Initially when I begun reading it, I didn't like it. The characters were so...up themselves, and it made it really hard to read them when half the time they were talking about themselves like they were the greatest thing since the french fry. Like Mara, I'm known to push on through books even when I can't stand them. I can't having the idea that I've finished half a book and didn't even reach the conclusion. I'm a woman of conclusions and finishes. So! I teetered on reading it and not, but then one day when watching one of my favourite Youtubers, Carrie Fletcher, she stated that her FAVOURITE book was One Day...she ranked it higher than The Book Thief, so of course I was thinking - "This must either get REALLY good at the halfway mark or something...best not to skip it then" so I am still reading it, and I can say that the characters are definitely better as they've progressed on through the book, but my review for it will come after I finish it! :)
Why, the Divergent Trilogy, you ask?
It's the stupid romance. I CAN'T DEAL WITH THE ROMANCE IN THIS. I still remember when I read Divergent, and the scene on the Ferris Wheel, where Tobias grabbed Tris when she fell and she wrote, "I felt his hand on my skin"...my shipping radar went off so quickly it was a natural disaster...my shipping face is literally only explainable through Tyler Oakley.
I know it's an averagely written series, and there are parts where I literally just sigh at the terribleness, but the rooooomance *Singing ships descend from the sky*
I love Brad Wilcox. He is honestly one of my LDS 'idols' (I used that term VERY loosely. He is just someone I admire for what he does). This book has helped me through a lot of things, and though not everyone is Christian, I just wish that people would get to feel the peace and hope that I felt when reading this book. It's a greater way of looking at the Atonement of Jesus Christ, instead of looking at it like it's an obligation or something to make you feel guilty for being here.
So, being homeschooled, I didn't do the whole -'Read a book then write a report or do an oral report on it' sort of thing. I actively CHOSE to read books, so it never really counted towards my curriculum. But one of the books my mum used in my schooling was, "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens" by Sean Covey. I was like....gross...I don't want to read that. It looks inspirational and something that will make me vomit....
but as per usual, my mum knows things that I have yet to figure out, and this book was bloody magnificent. It helped me face things like peer pressure, motivation, priorities, your foundations, and everything else that I got to experience as a teenager and am still experiencing day-to-day. I still read this book actively now, and am always trying to find the time to reflect and write in my journals what I've learnt differently from when I read it for the first time.
I was going through this phase where I really couldn't figure myself out. I knew I was quiet, but I wasn't shy like everyone was telling me I was. I got so frustrated, that I began to research on the web and in my local library. I happened upon Susain Cain's book about Introverts in the bookstore at the shopping centre near me, and I remember flicking over that word once or twice while researching. I bought it, and went home to devour it.
My original opinion was that to be introverted, or shy, was a weakness. It was a part of me that I didn't like, because so many people told me that it was a flaw of mine. "Oh, you just need to get more confidence!", "You're just shy because you're scared of what others think of you" were common things I heard, and to be introverted felt like I was cursed.
But this book (thankfully) changed my opinion on that and helped me see the greater and lighter side of what being an introvert truly means. For me, it was enlightening to have my opinion on something that I hated about myself become something I treasure highly about myself.
Okay, so I know I DID write 'The City of Bones' for a previous entry, but this series is just full of plot twists and endings that are like, "REPEAT THAT?! WHAT?! HUH?!" sometimes these plot twists were just so....out of place that it literally felt like a hand came out of the book and just slapped you really hard and you were left sitting there staring blankly at the pages.
I like it, and don't like it at the same time :P It made me read the entire series in a week, if that counts for anything?
Hmm... this is a tricky one. I am one of those people that judges books on their covers, spines, titles, where they are placed in the bookstore, cost, author, font, how big the lettering is, the blurb and where it's written...and so on. I personally find, "The Fault In Our Stars" a beautiful title and even just thinking of it makes me want to just sit on my rooftop and look at the stars and be all melancholy and question life and love and food and ugh....Books.
Okay, I adored this book. It was so clever, it flowed really well, and I fell for all the characters. Even the villain! (But in books you tend to realise that there isn't really any villains, just every character believing that they are the main character in a cause they believe in).
But for some reason, to people I lend it to, they couldn't really get into it (Except for Mara of course). Which is a shame, 'cos it's a pretty good book in my personal opinion :)
The Book Thief. I don't even GIVE A MINT CHOCOLATE DOUBLE FUDGE CREAMED PADDLEPOP THAT IT'S ALREADY ON THE LIST! This is just...this book is the first fictional book that made me weep. I don't cry at things, and if I do, it's a pretty darn rare occurrence. But this book ruined me, I laid as a depressed slug on my bed for DAYS after reading this, and I couldn't even look at the book without wanting to just hug it but stab it all at the same time. Weeks after reading this, I still thought of all the characters, they were still on my mind even when it finished and their world came to an end for me.
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