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
Books 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.Miss 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.
The Troop by Nick Cutter and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
The Troop 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From time to time, we all encounter a book we just didn’t like. I usually like most of the books I read, and some I even love. So when I read a book that I don’t like, I always feel very disappointed, especially if the book was hyped. If I don’t like a book, I tend to donate it. Since I didn’t donate these two books yet, I thought I would talk about what I didn’t like.
The first book I’ll be talking about is Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. This book has been so hyped over the past year, that I just had to buy it to see what it was all about. When I bought it, I really didn’t have too much knowledge about the novel except that it was a romance, and one of the characters was disabled. After purchasing the novel, the movie was about to be released in theatres in a few months. When the movie came out, there were a lot of articles about the movie, so I had to see what the movie was like. I read the movie reviews, which were full of spoilers, and I could see what was so wrong about this novel before reading it.
If you do not want any spoilers, I say skip to the next book I didn’t like.
Me Before You centres around a girl who begins to take care of a man who is quadriplegic, and they fall in love. Although the idea of a love story not centring around abled couples was refreshing, the novel destroyed this potential. The man who is quadriplegic is someone who is wealthy, handsome, and a bit snobbish at the beginning of the book, and then he becomes disabled. From reading spoilers online, I learned that he wishes to have assisted suicide because he cannot live his life being disabled. I found this greatly offensive because I am someone who was related to someone with disabilities, and never was their life demeaned because of their disability. People with disabilities matter and deserve a happy and healthy life, just as much as abled people. From reading online articles, I learned that other people were unhappy with this novel, and started the hashtag #MeBeforeEuthanasia to show that disabled people’s lives matter.
I couldn’t find all the articles I read a few months ago about the novel and film, but here are two articles that are probably what I did read.
The other thing I disliked about the novel was how generic it was. I only read 30 pages of this book, and it read like Twilight to me, except for the plot that I somewhat described above. The female protagonist is a brown haired, quirky girl, who is “not like other girls.” It was incredibly boring having to read something I’ve read in bad YA novels years ago. If this is a contemporary adult novel, I shouldn’t be reminded of Twilight. I honestly would skip reading this book because it is overhyped, offensive, and poorly written. I couldn’t even finish it, and I’m thankful for those articles I read a few months ago for saving me a couple hours of my life.
The second book I didn’t like was Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris. Technically, this isn’t a novel, it’s a play. This particular play centres around race and housing, and how where one lives can greatly effect their social status. In the play’s two parts, it focuses on a black families being forced to move from their homes because they’re in a white neighbourhood. Now, if you have no knowledge of the incredible play A Raisin in the Sun, you might think: “What’s so wrong with Clybourne Park?” Well, my issue is that this play is written by a white man. That’s right, a white man. A Raisin in the Sun was written in the 50s (which is the inspiration for Clybourne Park) and was written by a black woman named Lorraine Hansberry. After learning that Clybourne Park was written by a white man, the effectiveness of the writing was lost to me. It lost all meaning, and I honestly couldn’t finish the rest of the play.
I read both of these plays in university, and I know why my professor made us read both plays on the syllabus. Suffice to say, comparing the two made me like A Raisin in the Sun so much more. I would suggest skipping Clybourne Park, and instead read A Raisin in the Sun. A Raisin in the Sun is a beautifully written play, that eloquently and effectively reveals the intersection of race, class, and the impact of gentrification. If you are a fan of plays, or want to read more works written by people of colour, I suggest picking up A Raisin in the Sun.
Here are Goodreads links to the books mentioned above: