A Little Life is definitely going to take me some time to finish, and I am also trying to get through an ebook so September’s TBR is slowing me down
HOWEVER, after careful consideration of your suggestions I have picked some spooky halloween reads for this month!
The Shining by Stephen King – I have been dying to read this book, but I wanted to save it for October!
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – I am a little embarrassed to say I have never read this yet, but it fits right into my Halloween theme!
The Shack by William Paul Young – I have chosen this read for now (mostly because I need to finish it so my mom can have it), but it doesn’t exactly fit with my theme so I may change my mind when I get around to it.
Because I still have some September reads to clue up I have chosen only three books besides for my TBR – hopefully I get to read more.
Have you read any of these?
This haunting story centers on Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he’s given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community. – Goodreads
Fiction/Classic / Can be read easily, hard to put it down
It is hard to believe that I am just reading this book at 21 years old, especially since it was such a hit in some high school classes I always managed to avoid reading it – and wow, do I ever regret it!
The whole setting and idea of the society within this story is amazing enough, it is creative, manageable, and well structured. I loved hearing about the transitions children go through each year, and it was amazing to read this and have the citizens act so naturally with it because for their society it is all they know.
And then that’s when you have your twist. I do not want to spoil this book because it really is amazing and I suggest each and every one of you read it. The story really made me appreciate the good and the bad of what we experience in our lives and you get to explore your own morals and beliefs while you are held in suspense about the character’s choice of action.
"Life here is so orderly, so predictable - so painless. It's what they've chosen."
As of today it is officially the first day of Fall which means we sadly have to say goodbye to Summer. I had an amazing summer, and also read some amazing books.
As of today, I have read 40 Books
I still have 3 more months of reading to go, but I wanted to share my top 3 favorite books that I read in the span from june – today. Honestly, this year I have read so many great books. Almost every review I’m throwing out 4 and 5 stars, but I just can’t help it, my reading list this year has been on fire. With careful consideration, here are my top 3 reads of the summer:
3. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath (review here)
2. Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom (review here)
1. IT- Stephen King (review here)
What were your favorite reads of the summer?
I would be very surprised if you have not already read some form of post based on the IT movie adaptation(s), especially recently with the newer release.
I recently read IT by Stephen King in preparation for the new movie release – I also watched the 1990 version before the new one.
2017 > 1990
It was hard for me to enjoy the 1990 adaptation because for one I cannot seem to enjoy old movies, however in saying that, the 1990 adaptation was still well done and I did enjoy watching it. For me, the 1990 version was basically just a way to present Stephen King’s work visually. It very closely followed the book, however it was not scary to me.
It’s hard to compare the two movies because they are two very different interpretations of Stephen King’s work.
The 2017 adaptation, in my opinion, was a masterpiece. Here’s why:
As soon as I heard Bill Skarsgård was playing Pennywise I knew he would be amazing. Bill starred in the TV series Hemlock Grove. That show was extremely weird and creative and Bill fit in perfectly, just like he did in IT. 2017 Pennywise was absolutely terrifying when he needed to be, and strange and mysterious when that was required. Bill portrayed the Pennywise I imagined because he uses the clown identity to enforce fear itself.
Let me just start with that the children actors were absolutely amazing. They also fit their characters perfectly.
Bill – the stuttering sounded genuine and his emotions were easily told from his expressions and seemed sincere which was key for his character since the bulk of him is his love for Georgie and the guilt he feels.
Eddie – the hypochondriac aspect is key for this character and is played very well. He was also hilarious which made him so much better. His mother also played a pretty significant role in the movie which was important for his character development.
Beverly – the actress was amazing, she had a tough persona with a dark backstory that she well portrayed through her actions and emotions in certain scenes (I’m really trying not to create any spoilers)
Ben – I loved Ben. He is so sweet and smart and is essential to the team when they are trying to figure out what haunts Derry. The New Kids on the Block jokes were hilarious.
Mike – I enjoyed Mike as well, but I feel we didn’t get too in depth with his character. Mike plays a huge role in the books so I hope to see this represented in part 2.
Stan – I think Stan’s character was very well portrayed because he always held back and was more hesitant and less invested as the others which is key in his future character development.
Richie – the best character in that movie no doubt. Richie was a little annoying in the books because you had to read paragraphs to pages of his rambling, but this comedic character was essential in the movie and I laughed out loud at everything he said.
Overall, the kids were very well represented – they exceeded my expectations for sure.
I am very happy that I decided to read the book first because I think it made the movie that much more enjoyable for me. This movie did not follow the book scene by scene or detail by detail, however even with the twists made in the adaptation they preserved elements of the book by the little details seen in many of the scenes. Some of these details you can read about in this article by Buzzfeed (spoilers)
This is definitely in my top 3 movies of all time. It was planned out so well, the horror started right away and I was scared the whole time. There were no unnecessary scenes or slow parts.
Honestly, I was nervous to see the movie because how would I feel if it went badly? Thankfully, it exceeded my expectations.
I hope everyone watches this movie, it was enjoyable, creative, and scary. I am still having nightmares (worth it).
Pop-up post because I received my first bookish related mail from arguably my favorite blogger I follow : JD at Studious Creatives
I love their blog because the posts explore a variety of different things and each is so creative in their own way. The blog explores reading, writing, journals, art, and anything related. I urge all my readers to check it out!
So let me introduce the what, how, when, and why of this mail !
Near the end of August JD hosted a bookmark giveaway which involved reader’s to choose their favorite and comment why (the post can be found here). As soon as I seen the bookmark titled “Be Still in the Chaos” it spoke to me, so I commented:
"I love the be still in the chaos with the intertwined roads, I just finished an internship and graduated from university and I have so many different directions I can go with different people pressuring me to go different ways so I definitely relate. Feels like I’m in the middle of a busy intersection and I don’t know which way is the way home."
I received the bookmark in the mail just recently and I love it even more than the first time I seen the design. AND THIS WASN’T EVEN THE BEST PART, I also received a handwritten letter addressed to me and words cannot explain how appreciative I am.
This is the first mail I have received from another blogger and it just shows how fortunate I am to be able to communicate with people all around the world. It inspires me to continue blogging and to become more involved with other bloggers, and I hope to one day hold my own giveaway and make someone happy like JD has done for me.
I love blogging, but to know that it also opportunities to connect with other people makes it worth while.
Thank you so much, JD. Your blog, and now your kindness and generosity will continue to inspire me!
Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, and gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago. Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded. Wouldn’t you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you? Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man’s life. Knowing he was dying of ALS – or motor neuron disease – Mitch visited Morrie in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final ‘class’: lessons in how to live. – Goodreads
Memoir/Inspirational / Quick read can be read in one sitting, and should be read over and over.
Okay, I loved this read. It was so sweet and enjoyable, Morrie was really an amazing man with a lot to offer to the world. This is a great way for a man to be remembered and I am so proud of Mitch for writing this.
These kinds of reads are so important to me. This read reminded me of The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch which I also really enjoyed and have been meaning to re-read. As a 21 year old newly graduated university student, life advice is crucial to me. This is the age where things get confusing because you are trying to evaluate where you are in life and figuring out where you want to be and how to get there. I always say to myself “if I knew then what I know now” and these books can give you that in real time. Learning from others is key to our growth, and having the opportunities to hear the life lessons of wiser and more experienced people can really contribute to your own growth and possibly impact the way you live the rest of you life.
This was an enjoyable book and the set up was perfect. The chapter titles, the transitions between flashbacks and “lectures”, and the overall short and sweetness of the book makes it that much more valuable. It is a well written book with a lot to offer, I encourage everyone to read it, and then maybe read it twice.
"He was intent on proving that the word 'dying' was not synonymous with 'useless'."
"The world, I discovered, was not all that interested. I wandered around my early twenties, paying rent and reading classifieds and wondering why the lights were not turning green for me."
"I felt as if time were suddenly precious, water going down an open drain, and I could not move quickly enough."
"'Life is a series of pulls back and forth. You want to do one thing, but you are bound to do something else. Something hurts you yet you know it shouldn't. You take certain things for granted, even when you know you should never take anything for granted.'"
"'So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they're busy doing things they think are important.'"
"'And in addition to all the miseries, the young are not wise. They have very little understanding about life. Who wants to live every day when you don't know what's going on?'"
"'Aging is not just decay, you know. It's growth.'"
"Death ends a life not a relationship."
Hope you all had a good weekend! For this weekend discussion I am going to discuss the different types of bookmarks I have used and put them in a list from best to worse. Many people use all sorts of bookmarks and there is variation in their preferences. I only picked up reading as of recently so my literature related bookmarks are lacking – I hope to do a similar post in the future to show off my collection as it grows.
Starting with the worst:
10. No Bookmark – okay this one is absurd, but for a while I used to just remember the page number or put the page number in notes in my phone. The obvious issues with this is the page number can easily be forgotten especially if there is significant time in between readings.
9. Folded Corner – this is a touchy subject in the reader world because you are “damaging” the book. I only use this bookmark when I have a used book that is already in a bit poorer of states. Although it is more effective than the no bookmark there is still an easy chance the page can unfold or previous folded pages stay folded and it can be confusing sometimes.
8. Sticky Note – commonly what I use in school because it is what I have on hand always. This is a more trustworthy method than the others, however it is easy to lose the sticky notes or to have to replace it over time. It is convenient when in a squeeze, but it is not the most reliable and there are more creative types of bookmarks.
7. A Piece of Yarn – oh yeah, this is something I used faithfully for my first month back into reading. I rug hook so I always have little pieces of yarn lying around and I was in my office and thought hey this might work temporarily. It was definitely more reliable than the others, but there was still better.
6. Paint Chip – I finally started to get closer to a normal bookmark when I used a paint chip I got from my local Walmart. This was a more convenient and reliable option and started me towards getting more visually appealing bookmarks.
5. Hard Cover Book Slip – there’s probably a better technical term for this, but when I have a hardcover book with a paper sleeve with the little folds (come on I know you know what I am talking about) it is convenient to place them on the page. Of course, this is only an option if the book has this kind of cover, and it is also not the best plan for thicker books. I placed it at the halfway mark because I absolutely love to use this when I can, but like I said it is not always an option.
4. Receipt from Bookstore – this is a great method because if you want to start reading your book right after you buy it you already have a bookmark on hand. This is a great for when you get a new book and are too excited to wait and it is definitely reliable, however the issue is that it is temporary because it this bookmark is thin white paper that can become dirty or damaged very easily.
3. Harry Potter Bookmark – my friend Kelsey picked me up a harry potter bookmark from Florida. As you can see, it is amazing. It is the kind of bookmark that I love so much that I am afraid to use it. The only issue is that it is very large and may be too lengthy for the book which could lead it to be damaged.
2. Grandma’s Homemade Bookmark – I have a very strong relationship with my grandmother and she is always giving me gifts. This gift was very special to me because she handmade it herself with her church group. It is very special to me and I use it whenever I can, the only issue again is the length and where there are beads on both sides sometimes it is not long enough and may bend the pages in that case.
1. My Go-To Bookmark – I discussed this on Monday, my most used is my perfectly sized Geological Timescale bookmark.
What types of bookmarks/methods have you used to save your page?
Whiskey, Words, and a Shovel, Vol. 1, is about reclaiming your power on the path to a healthy relationship. It is a testament to choosing to love yourself, even if it means heartbreak.
Originally released in 2015, this re-release packs the same punch as the first version, but makes an even greater connection with the soul of the reader. Each piece has been re-seen and revamped to reflect the author’s continuing journey with his partner, Samantha King, without whom this book would not exist. Samantha is the muse, the “she” the writer speaks of; she is every woman who has felt like she wasn’t good enough, and every woman who struggles to find love. – Goodreads
Poetry/ Can be read in a short sitting – a good book to turn to when you’re feeling emotional
I absolutely loved this read. I am picky when it comes to poetry, but I was hooked to r.h. Sin the first poem I read.
I will definitely be reading the other Whisky Words & a Shovel installments in the near future.
The blunt poetry was raw and real, I have been going through some struggles myself recently and reading the poems definitely influenced me to be real with my emotions and think more deeply about my life.
It is hard to give a 5 star rating to poetry especially an installment with so many segments because you can’t love them all and you can’t relate to them all. However, the ones I could relate to made this read worth it and I will absolutely be rereading it during anytime I am emotional or feeling vulnerable.
Here are my favorites (in alphabetical order):
after ruins. a tweet. blind and confused. body talk. can't be life. connections. easier but difficult. from start to finish again. his issue, not yours. just be. limitations imitations. my own value. open your eyes. the control. the death of an indie. the good man. the lines. the reasons why. the whiskey fights. true colors.
The essential universe, from our most celebrated and beloved astrophysicist.
What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There’s no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson.
But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in tasty chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day. While you wait for your morning coffee to brew, for the bus, the train, or a plane to arrive, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will reveal just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe. -Goodreads
Non-Fiction/Science – A heavy read, takes time and should be reread if truly interested in learning about astrophysics
I have done university courses in Astrophysics and this book is an excellent background. The first read through would definitely teach the reader about the history of our universe as it explores the birth of the universe, how stars and planets formed, dark matter and energy, the periodic table of elements, scientific laws, and many other topics. If you’re really passionate in learning from this book a slow read through with some notes or reading through it multiple times will ensure you have a good understanding of the main science involved with astrophysics.
It is hard to review such a technical book, it is definitely heavy science and this should be considered before reading. Neil DeGrasse Tyson also adds his sarcastic humor which will make you laugh while you learn about the universe.
"We are stardust brought to life, then empowered by the universe to figure itself out - and we have only just begun."
"The power and beauty of physical laws is that they apply everywhere. Whether or not you choose to believe in them."
"Yes, Einstein was a badass."
"With the power of vision, you miss nothing."
"We do not simply live in the universe. The universe lives within us."
August was dedicated to reading IT by Stephen King even though I managed to get a couple more quick reads in before the month was over. For September, I am going to push my limits and try to conquer a few “shorter” reads and to at least get started with A Little Life. A few of these on my September TBR are a part of my 2017 must-reads I posted about earlier: you can read about that here
On this months TBR list is:
Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
– This is a book I have been wanting to read since highschool, I had the option to read this or The Hobbit for an English course and I chose The Hobbit. About 4 years later I am finally getting around to this read.
The Giver – Lois Lowry
– I have seen this read all over my social media feeds and one of my friends is reading it now. I hope it is worth all the hype!
Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng
– I snagged this book at a book fair for 2 dollars! I had no idea what this book was about or if it would be worth the read, but after buying it I started to see it pop up on my social media feeds which made me excited to read it!
Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom
– I have been wanting to read this book forever, but I wanted to wait until I had enough free time to really take my time and enjoy it. The concept is similar to the book The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch which I really enjoyed. Being 21 and just finishing university I really appreciate hearing about life experiences and advice from others. I will probably start this month with this read!
A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara
– This book has been everywhere! I have only seen praise and excitement for this read. It is a bit longer of a book so I am not expecting to have it finished by the end of the month, but I am hoping to be well into it by then.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman (not pictured ebook)*
– I have already started this one, but I only really use my ereader when I am doing cardio at the gym so ebooks take me a little longer to finish. I am already really enjoying this read I love the suspense and creative characters so far.
Have you read any of these?