The Bell Jar (1963) by Sylvia Plath

★★★★☆ 4/5

This read was beautifully heartbreaking, you can feel the emotion all the way through.

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Esther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under—maybe for the last time. In her acclaimed and enduring masterwork, Sylvia Plath brilliantly draws the reader into Esther’s breakdown with such intensity that her insanity becomes palpably real, even rational—as accessible an experience as going to the movies. A deep penetration into the darkest and most harrowing corners of the human psyche.  -Goodreads

 


Classics / <300 pages / Can be read in a couple of days

Fun Fact: When The Bell Jar was originally published the author used the pseudonym Victoria Lewis.

What I personally held onto throughout this book is it deals with mental illness and depression, however it shows that even people who you would say have it “good” can still live unfulfilled lives. It also makes the point that sometimes the severity of an event that drives people to go under does not necessarily have to register as a severe event to everyone. A situation that is no big deal to you may be the breaking point for someone else.

This book is said to be semi-autobiographical, Sylvia Plath struggled with depression herself and sadly committed suicide in 1963.

"The silence depressed me. It wasn't the silence of silence. It was my own
silence"
"There must be quite a few things a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know 
many of them. Whenever I'm sad I'm going to die or so nervous I can't sleep,
or in love with somebody I won't be seeing for a week, I slump down just so
far and then I say 'I'll go take a hot bath.'"

 

 

 

July TBR

So many books.. so little time


My reading list for his month consists of :

  1. Finishing A Man Called Ove
  2. The Picture of Dorian Gray
  3. Whisky Words & a Shovel I
  4. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry 
  5. It (This is going to take me a long time to read, therefore I’m going to squeeze it in every so often, but starting it this month)

 

2017 Reading Goal

SO, unbelievably we are halfway through 2017 already!

I gave up reading during highschool and through most on university because I “didn’t have time for it”. That was an excuse, you make time for the things you love in life. As of 2017, my new years resolution was to read about 12 books (one for each month, you know keeping it reasonable). March I was already on my 13th read, so I definitely had to aim higher.

My 2017 goal was changed to 50 books in one year.

As of July 6th, I have read 32 BOOKS. Evidently my goal is not only achievable, but I may also surpass it!

Not only have I committed to making reading and literature a huge part of my life, I have even opened up to blogging and bookstagramming in order to interact with other book lovers like myself.

I use Goodreads and a self-made bullet journal spread to track my books, here is my read list:

  1. Speak – Laurie Halse Anderson
  2. Challenger Deep – Neal Shusterman
  3. Why is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? Mindy Kaling
  4. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
  5. 1984 – George Orwell
  6. Sylvanus Now – Donna Morrissey
  7. We Should All Be Feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  8. Wenjack – Joseph Boyden
  9. The Pilot’s Wife – Anita Shreve
  10. Doppler – Erlend Loe
  11. Birdman – Mo Hayder
  12. The 100 Year Old Man – Jonas Jonasson
  13. A Thousand Splendid Suns
  14. A Walk Across the Sun – Corbin Addison
  15. The Strange Case of Dr.Jeckyll and Mr.Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson
  16. It Gets Worse – Shane Dawson
  17. Bridge to Terabithia – Katherine Paterson
  18. The Martian – Andy Weir
  19. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
  20. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margret Atwood
  21. Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur
  22. Nocturnal Animals – Austin Wright
  23. Project Sunlight – June Strong
  24. The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins
  25. There Are Things I Want You to Know – Eva Gabrielsson
  26. Triangles – Ellen Hopkins
  27. Tilt – Ellen Hopkins
  28. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  29. Shot in the Heart – Mikal Gilmore
  30. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  31. A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness
  32. Carrie – Stephen King

July Book Haul (All Used Books)

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A successful (and cheap) book haul!

I met up with two different people I contacted through a Facebook used book group and managed to snag 10 books for $30!!! (1 of them is not pictured because I purchased it for a friend).

Buying used books is something I strongly advocate. Using buy and sell groups – especially book specific ones- are a great way to find books on your wishlist and get them for cheap.

My great finds consist of:

  • Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
  • Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  • In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
  • What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Series
  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  • The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

The Great Gatsby (1925) by F. Scott Fitzgerald

★★★★☆ 4/5

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After the war, the mysterious Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire pursues wealth, riches and the lady he lost to another man with stoic determination. When Gatsby finally does reunite with Daisy Buchanan, tragic events are set in motion. Told through the eyes of his detached and omnipresent neighbor and friend, Nick Carraway, Fitzgerald’s succinct and powerful prose hints at the destruction and tragedy that awaits. – Goodreads

 


Classics / Fiction / <200 pages / Can be read in a day

You have probably seen this book all over your social feeds, and the hype is well deserved. I loved the story and I loved the writing. However, I could not give it 5 stars because I found the ending happened so quickly.

I wish I had read this long before now, it is a great read and I will definitely be reading more of his work.

The main story is clear and interesting, however I found I need to re-read it to understand more of the relationships and personal conflicts occurring in this book. I was so interested in Gatsby I ignored Nick and I would like to try again in order to understand him.

"'I'm glad it's a girl. And I hope she'll be a fool- that's the best thing a girl can be 
in this world, a beautiful little fool.'"

The Martian (2011) by Andy Weir

★★★★★ 5/5

Processed with VSCO with hb1 presetAfter a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars’ surface, completely alone, with no way to signal Earth that he’s alive. And even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone years before a rescue could arrive. – Goodreads

 

 

 


Science Fiction / <500 Pages / Medium Difficulty read – because of the science aspect.

I couldn’t resist giving this 5 stars, I am a huge space nerd and I am doing an undergraduate degree in Geology – so I loved every minute of this read.

I seen a book about an astronaut, of course I had to buy it. I snagged it at a huge book fair for just two dollars!

Yes, there is a huge science aspect to this story, but it is not long winded and it is explained in simple terms. I think that even if you do not have a strong background in science that you can enjoy this book if science interests you at all!

I was in suspense the whole read. I loved how funny Mark Watney was, I’m glad I read this story from a character who was hopeful, innovative, and hilarious. If I would of had to read this from a character who was complaining or felt doomed the whole time, well I probably wouldn’t of read very much.

The novel is set up into astronaut logs and conferences at NASA, the set up makes the read flow great and builds suspense.

This read was perfect for me.

"Mars is a barren wasteland and I am completely alone here. I already knew
that, of course. But there is a difference between knowing it and really experiencing it. 
All around me there was nothing but dust, rocks, and endless empty desert in 
all directions. The planet's famous red color is from iron oxide coating everything. 
So it's not just a desert. It's a desert so old it's literally rusting."