November Wrap Up and December TBR

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I can’t believe it’s already December! I feel like 2017 went by faster than I thought. Last month, I decided that I wasn’t going to complete my 60 book reading goal. A lot of the books I read this year felt rushed. I wasn’t enjoying my reading as much, and I felt like I needed to finish a ton of books to be satisfied. I have now reduced my reading goal to 52 books, which I’ve already almost completed. I feel better taking my time with books, and giving them the time they deserve. I typically read about 50 books in a year anyway, so already reaching that a month before the year ends is pretty amazing. Continue reading

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13 Ways to Get Out of a Reading Slump

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Every once and a while, it happens to the best of us. A reading slump. It’s not something we want to happen, but it almost always does. I’m an avid reader, and I usually read about 50 books a year. So how do I get in a reading slump? There’s many reasons, actually. I sometimes become bored with the books I read, or I’m just not in the mood to read at all. GASP! I know, shocking. Although this happens, there’s always ways to jump back into reading. After a little bit of thinking, I gathered a few tips and tricks to get back on the reading train. Continue reading

How I Rate Books

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I read a lot of books every year, and with that, I get a sense of what I like in a book. Unfortunately, I don’t like every book I read. Sometimes, dare I say it, I hate certain books. With the book community on Instagram, and Goodreads, we all tend to rate our books in between 1 to 5 stars. I use the same type of rating, but each number may differ to what is stated on Goodreads. In my rating system, I rate from 1 to 5 stars, the higher the number, the more I liked it.
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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.

August Wrap Up

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August was definitely a good month in reading for me. I finished four books, and two plays. Here is the list of what I read:

  1. Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction by J. D. Salinger – 4/5
  2. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde – 5/5
  3. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien – 5/5
  4. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte 2/5
  5. Harry Potter and the Curses Child by J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne – 5/5
  6. Othello by William Shakespeare (not pictured above) – 5/5

A lot of what I read in August impressed me, except for a few disappointments. Other than books, there was a show I’ve been really hooked on. I’ve been really liking the show The Man in the High Castle. I had to find a new show after watching the brilliant Stranger Things in July. The Man in the High Castle is based off Philip K. Dick’s novel of the same name, which is about what the world would be like if Germany and Japan won WW2. It is a very interesting show, but I have my criticisms too. I’ll get more into depth about this after I finished season 1.

 

August Haul

IMG_2302As August is coming to an end, I might as well share what books I’ve purchased. This month I bought:

  1. Dracula by Bram Stroker
  2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  3. The Iliad by Homer
  4. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne

I didn’t buy too many books, but I usually don’t buy books all at once. Books tend to accumulate throughout the weeks, or even months, for me. However, this month was a bit different because there was a 3 for $10 deal for the three classics I bought. I had a little nerdy squeal once I saw the price. Of course, I also had to buy the latest Harry Potter story as well. I already finished it, and have a review for it found here.

Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

IMG_2176Probably one of the most talked about releases this summer, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is easily one of my favourite reads of the summer. Although from reading some of my fellow bookstagrammers opinions, I may be in the minority of those who loved this story. I might not have the same criticisms as everyone else, but I’ll at least attempt to tell you why this story is worth your time.

Firstly, I loved how the story was formatted into a script and play. The eighth Harry Potter story is not a novel, it is a script. For those who have never read a play, or who are forced to only in high school, may not appreciate what The Cursed Child has to offer. The readability and description will be quite different between a novel and script, which I hope does not frighten readers into reading this story. I will say that nuance and description is sparse in this story, which I do not have too much trouble with because it is a script. A play is something to be performed, and watched, not necessarily to be read. For those reasons, I do not think the eighth story is bad for lack of description.

The story starts off where the 7th novel concluded with. The original trio are taking their kids to the Hogwarts Express to start their own magical adventure at Hogwarts. The script centres around the relationship between Harry and his middle child Albus – there is a lot of angst and misunderstanding between the two throughout the play. This is a catalyst for Albus to start trying to be his own person and to stop living in the shadow of his father. On the Hogwarts Express, Albus meets Scorpius, Malfoy’s son, and they become friends. From there, they begin a elaborate plan involving a time-turner, changing history and everything we except to happen to the beloved characters from the original series. I will not include spoilers because many people are still reading this script, or are in the process of buying it. I will say, however, that there are many plot twists and moments that I was beyond shocked while reading this story.

In regard to the plot, the script was quite exciting and unpredictable. There were times when it seemed as though you weren’t sure what happened, or how it happened. I feel like some of these moments were missed due to it being acknowledged so quickly, or it was missed because I was reading the script instead of watching the play. For me, I did not have an issue with this. I thought the plot was fun, and provided something entertaining for Harry Potter fans. I liked the direction the authors went with the characters because they are now in their 40s, and have children, which means they have matured and aren’t as childlike as in the novels. They still have elements of their former selves, which was enough to show they still grew up to be what we imagine when we were younger.

I am giving Harry Potter and the Cursed Child a 5/5 rating because I found it entertaining, the plot was not predictable, and it was well written for the medium it was published in. I feel like many people may forget that a script and a novel are not to be judged in the same way. You can’t get the same specificity in a Harry Potter novel within a play. Overall, I would highly recommend this to Harry Potter fans, and play lovers alike.