November TBR

I am so sorry for my unexpected hiatus, I traveled to Jamaica and then to New Brunswick, and on top of all of this I am in the process of moving apartments. I hope to be back on schedule now!


I am currently reading The Shining and am loving it. My TBR this month is a little different than my usual because I have included a couple books I need to have read in order to gift them for Christmas, a collection of poems to help me get through some tough times, and self-help books to help me arrange my new years resolutions!

I am aiming to have these all read for December, but with school and final exams approaching I may have to extend my TBR.

November TBR

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The Shining – Stephen King

Whiskey Words and a Shovel II – r.h.Sin

The Shack – William Paul Young

The Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin

St.John’s Taxi Chronicles – Joe White

Nice is Just a Place in France – The Betches


Have you read any of these?

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Graduated!

So I have been very slow and off schedule this week, but I have a great reason!

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I GRADUATED!!

After 4 years at Memorial Univeristy of Newfoundland I have offically graduated with a BSc. Majoring in Earth Sciences and minoring in Geography. I had a great day and it has been such a great accomplishment in my life. I cannot wait to see where I go next!

I have had a very eventful and busy month between school (yes, still here doing some extra courses) and work. I wish I had more time to commit to blogging, but after this month it should not be an issue!

 

 

The Giver (1993) by Lois Lowry

★★★★★ 5/5

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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."

Pick my TBR!

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PICK THREE!!

Hard to believe it is almost October, but here we are. I decided for the month of October I wanted to have a TBR list that consisted of scary, thrilling, and/or strange reads, however the problem is I have so many options.

I am currently reading A Little Life, but I was recently contacted to review a novel for someone (I’m moving up in the book world!!!) so it is slowing me down a bit and I anticipate I will have to carry over reading A Little Life at least in the first week of October.

To keep my TBR realistic with my busy workload in school, I am hoping you guys can recommend what three books I should make time for during October.

 

 

Top 3 of Summer 2017

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 amazin 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)

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What were your favorite reads of the summer?

Back To School !

The weeks seem to fly, I feel like I just made a Monday post – oh well, here we are again!

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetThis past summer I actually completed my degree in Earth Sciences and had planned to take this semester off as a new graduate and look for work – obviously that never happened.

I am back to school part-time working towards a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) diploma – and maybe to complete a major in Geography as well.

I panicked the day before the semester started and registered for whatever courses I found that were applicable and available – so here I am.


This is going to impact my reading time, and may interfere with my blogging. However, I still have plenty of time to read and since my last hiatus I have been doing better than ever for scheduling and interacting with my blog. I adore TheBayReads and will always make time for it – don’t worry.

(If you catch me slacking, call me out!)


I just wanted to take this blog post to say that you have plenty of time to figure your life out. You don’t need to jump into post secondary education straight from highschool, and you are not obligated to go to university if something else attracts you.

I am only 21 (turning 22), and I have been having difficultly being happy and sane lately because I feel pressured to start my career in Geology. Finding a job as a new graduate is not easy and I wasn’t even sure exactly what I wanted to do. Going back to school and starting this GIS program has been a step in the right direction for me. I feel like I’m on the right path because I am working towards something I actually enjoy and I have accepted that there is nothing wrong with staying in school.


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September TBR

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

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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
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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?

September Goals

At the beginning of each month I have decided to set out a list of goals that involve reading, blogging, my bookstagram, journals and writing. I will outline those every month and then share my process with a wrap up at the end!


Reading Goals

  • Tackle more reads this month since August was dedicated to reading IT by Stephen King (TBR to be announced tomorrow).

Blog Goals

  • Increase my amount and frequency of my posts which will be achieved through my book reviews, TBRs, book hauls, discussions, pop up posts, and my newly introduced Me, Myself, & Mondays.

Bookstagram Goals

  • I have introduced a “theme” for the fall months, I am testing out how to take pictures and edit them in order to meet certain standards to fit my given theme
  • Communicate better with my followers through instagram stories

Journal Goals

  • Start faithfully using my planners and bullet journal because I tend to neglect it and then try to play catch up. I want to make it a daily ritual to journal/plan.

Writing Goals

  • Keep a notebook on hand in which I can write down any ideas that come to me
  • Possibly successfully write a short story

 

Here it is, my big September plans. I like to set goals and sometimes I go a little too far, so to start I have made realistic small, but signficant goals. Hopefully I can commit this month to achieving these and then aim higher in October!

IT (1987) by Stephen King

UPDATE I have finally finished reading IT about a week before the movie premieres and I cannot contain my excitement.


★★★★★ 5/5

IMG_2834To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine was just their home town: familiar, well-ordered for the most part. A good place to live. It was the children who saw – and felt – what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one’s deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing . . .
The adults, knowing better, knew nothing.Time passed and the children grew up, moved away. The horror of IT was deep-buried, wrapped in forgetfulness. Until they were called back, once more to confront IT as IT stirred and coiled in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.
  – Goodreads


Horror/Thriller/Fantasy – a lengthy read, but worth every word.

There is no denying this is the best book I have ever read. I am usually picky about long books, but this book required every detail and was executed perfectly. I never wanted it to end.

The main characters being the seven kids; Bill, Ben, Beverly, Eddie, Mike, Richie, and Stan. My favorites were definitely Bill and Eddie, my least favorite being Richie (Beep, Beep).

Stephen King’s writing style is just as enjoyable as the story itself, I loved how gracefully he transitioned from the present setting to the memories. The aspect of the adults remembering everything slowly instead of all at once and presenting this as memories added to the suspense and the foreshadowing.

What makes Stephen King so amazing is that he has all these creative ideas and a wild imagination and he can really create a visual image that is equally as amazing as it is terrifying.

Of course, I can’t say too much because I want to keep my reviews spoiler free, but EVERYONE has to read this masterpiece. I am going to watch the old film before the movie release on September 8th!

"I'm doing the Mashed Potatoes all over it and I got a broken arm!"
"In nightmares we can think the worst. That's what they're for, I guess."
"There was blood ... blood everywhere ... and her father didn't see it."

 

Louis Zamperini

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For today’s segment of me, myself, and Mondays I am going to introduce you to my hero – Louis Zamperini. For all my literature friends, he has several books and here are just a couple of my favorites!

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Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In by Louis Zamperini and David Rensin (his “lessons from an extraordinary life”)

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (which is also a MOVIE!!!)

Louis Zamperini is a worthy hero in many ways. He has been my motivation and my idol when it comes to running. Whenever I am participating in a race I always remember a saying he lived by; “One moment of pain is worth a lifetime of glory.”

Louis Zamperini’s story really is extraordinary, and it is hard to believe that such a human lived in this world. I do not want to spoil the movie or the books in case I have sparked interest in any of my viewers, so I will give you Goodreads synopsis of the Unbroken book.


On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.

The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.

Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.

In her long-awaited new book, Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in Seabiscuit. Telling an unforgettable story of a man’s journey into extremity, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit.


Let me know if you have or plan on reading his books or watching his movie!