November TBR and October Wrap-Up

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After a little break from my blog, I am back to regular posting again. Woohoo! To start things off, I created my November TBR pile which I really want to complete this month. With only 2 months until the end of the year, I really need to take the time to read if I want to succeed in my reading goal. Continue reading

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October TBR and September Wrap-Up

Processed with VSCO with hb2 presetNow that it’s the final 3 months of the year, I have to really focus on my reading challenge. So far, I have read 40 of the 60 books I wanted to read in 2017. I still have to read 20 before the year ends. I don’t have a lot of time, so I’m making it my mission to read as much as I can these next few months. If I can read 6 to 7 books per month, I’ll be able to meet my goal. So let’s hope I can do this!

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My Favourite Fall Makeup

IMG_0218Although the weather is nowhere near fall-like, I’m already thinking about fall makeup looks. I tend to go for bolder, and darker looks in the fall and winter. I can still do a bold look in the summer, but it’s a bit harder when you’re sweating your makeup off in the heat. After looking at my makeup collection, I selected a few items that I love to wear during the fall and winter. Continue reading

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch Review

Processed with VSCO with hb2 presetDark Matter by Blake Crouch is a book I didn’t expect to leave a lasting impression on me. I picked up this book with the idea it would be a fun scifi novel to read over the weekend at my cottage. I didn’t have any high expectations. I definitely did not expect it to become one of my favourite books. I can almost guarantee you that I’ll be thinking about this books years and years from now.

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Makeup Dupe: Colourpop vs. NYX

IMG_5586When buying makeup, I always try to buy things I don’t already have. However, when shopping online, sometimes it can’t be avoided. When I decided to buy Colourpop makeup for the first time, I heard that the Ultra Satin Lip in Frick N Frack was a dupe for Lolita by Kat Von D. Lolita looks very unflattering on me, but I saw Kathleen Lights wear Frick N Frack and it looked gorgeous on her. Obviously, she persuaded me into buying it. Continue reading

The Virgin Suicides Review

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A few days ago I finally finished reading The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides, and I was surprisingly impressed with it. At first, I didn’t think I would like it based on the narrative voice. I felt that the narrator was something I had to get used to, but overall it was an excellent read.

The story centres around the suicides of five teenage girls, named the Lisbon sisters. Throughout the novel, the narrator provides moments, and evidence, regarding the girls suicides and how they were like in their short lives. From my reading, I’m guessing that the time period the events take place are around the 1960s or 1970s. I may be wrong, but the way the narrator speaks, how they describe historical events, and how they describe people of colour, it must be close to that time period.

What I really loved about this novel was the prose. Eugenides provides such vivid and life-like imagery to the novel, making the story almost come to life. I could really imagine the Lisbon girls, and the boys that would obsess over them. There was never a moment in the novel where I was bored, or couldn’t vividly imagine the events that occurred. At first, I was a taken aback by the obsessive nature of the boy narrators. There was this ambiguous “we” amongst the narrators, never really stating who they were. The boys’s uncomfortable obsession with the girls felt creepy, and over the top at times. Although I felt like this, I think it is a good depiction of male mentality during that era. Eventually the boys grow up, and lose their obsession for the girls, at least in romantic terms. The boys’s investigation of the suicides becomes more of an investigation of the girls’s humanity that they never realized when they were younger.

The Lisbon girls were another thing I loved about this novel. Each girl had her own unique characteristics and identity. Although the girls were often spoken about as a group, neither of them were a flat or lifeless character. What Eugenides does so perfectly in this novel is giving these female characters life. Each girl has her own life separate from her sisters, making each girl incredibly interesting to read about. I was happy to see that the girls were given identities in this novel, opposed to being characters without a soul.

I would highly recommend this book for anyone who loves literary fiction or who has seen the Sofia Coppola film adaptation. This novel is not for someone who is looking for a light and fluffy read. The novel requires critical thinking, and

Final rating: 5/5
Goodreads link: The Virgin Suicides

Ten Books to Read this Fall

img_2640Books can be read any time of the year, but reading them at a certain time just elevates the experience to another level. I decided to pick ten books that I think are excellent reads for the fall, and will intrigue any type of reader.img_2646Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Series by Ransom Riggs
I read the first book in the series during a class in university, and it is delightfully creepy. The novel is YA, which I hardly read, but this is too good to pass up. I recently just bought the sequel, and can’t wait to finish reading this series. This series is suited for those who like creepy stories, photography.
img_2642The Troop by Nick Cutter and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick 

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is a horror novel which is both scary, and eloquently written. I would have to take breaks from reading it because it was written so realistically and filled me with so many life-like images. The story centres around a group of boy scouts going to an island, when a terrifying and mysterious man comes arrives. The novel is full of plot twists, so it is never a dull moment.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is an amazing science fiction novel that pictures a futuristic world where humans and androids cannot be differentiated. The novel often asks the question of what it means to be human.
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Dracula by Bram Stoker and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte 
I have yet to read either of these novels, yet both are classics. Dracula is more of a horror novel, whereas Jane Eyre falls under the gothic novel category. If you’re a fan of classics, these will be good novels to read this fall.
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The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling and  A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
Both of these series were a staple in my childhood. A Series of Unfortunate Events centres around three orphans going from relative to relative looking for a home. As they go along their journey, Count Olaf attempts to steal their fortune. A Series of Unfortunate Events is suited more for those who are interested in mystery and crime. Harry Potter is about a young boy who finds out he is a wizard, and is then brought to a wizarding school, with lots of action and adventure. Harry Potter is more suited for those who liked fantasy. Both novels are perfect for a younger reader.
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The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie 
I have yet to read this novel, but it is suited towards those who love a good mystery novel.
img_2641 A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry and Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur 
For those who do not like horror, mystery, or fantasy, there are other options to read this fall. A Raisin in the Sun is a play that centres around a family that is being forced to leave their home because they are black. It is a brilliant play, which I have talked about in a previous post. Another option is Milk and Honey which is a poetry book centring around love, and abuse. Although both are not typical fall reads, they are just as amazing to read.