Everything I Never Told You (2014) by Celeste Ng

★★★★☆ 4/5

Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.
So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos. 
A profoundly moving story of family, secrets, and longing, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another. – Goodreads


Fiction / Can be read in a few days / Emotional 

This was definitely a different read for me this year, I had started out with some emotional reads, but since summer I have almost entirely committed my TBR to books that have some horror or fantasy aspect. Although there was a hint of mystery in this book it was generally focusing on emotions and relationships which is not usually my interest.

I found this book at a huge book fair and the cover drew me in so I said I would take a chance on it and I am glad I did. It is a beautiful, but dramatic story of a family who loses their daughter/sister. It explores the identities of each family member, their own issues, and their own speculation on what may have happened to Lydia.

Growing up has shown me Lydia’s perspective where she feels pressured to make her parents proud, but it has also opened my eyes to a huge theme in this read. When you are young you see your parents as just that – parents. What we soon discover as we mature and begin to think more is that our parents are people too, they have a history, they have a future, and they are not strictly just our parents. There is so much more to a life than we know, and a tragedy such as this has opened old wounds and prompted self discovery of the family.

Although it was not a high action novel, there were still times of suspense and mystery and I loved learning about the different lives and reactions of the members of the family. It is nice to be reminded that everyone has a story.

I cannot wait to read Little Fires Everywhere!

 

"Suddenly she felt drowned in the incredible wrongness of this moment,"
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A Man Called Ove (2012) by Fredrik Backman

★★★★☆ 4/5

Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations. -Goodreads


Fiction/ <500 Pages / Can be read in about a week 

This book was on the top of my TBR for a very long time, you can imagine my disappointment when I started this book and I didn’t think it was for me – but, I was very wrong.

Ove comes off as a bitter old man, however readers get to learn about what has happened throughout his life and how he feels, and it really influences you to be more open minded when perceiving Ove.

There was such great character development and I fell in love with the story very quickly. One minute I would be crying and the next I would be laughing out loud.

This read was great because it reminds the reader that everyone has a history which has shaped them into who they are today. Ove’s actions and perceptions are heavily based upon the influence of the important people he had in his life.

"Ove feels an instinctive skepticism towards all people taller than one 
eighty-five; the blood can't quite make it all the way up to the brain."

"And she was colour. All the colour he had."

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