For some kids summer is a sun-soaked season of fun. But for Steve, it’s just another season of worries. Worries about his sick newborn baby brother who is fighting to survive, worries about his parents who are struggling to cope, even worries about the wasp’s nest looming ominously from the eaves. So when a mysterious wasp queen invades his dreams, offering to “fix” the baby, Steve thinks his prayers have been answered. – Goodreads
Horror/Fiction/YA – read on Kobo Ereader
Writing a good review for this read was a little difficult because I only use my Kobo when I am at the gym during cardio sessions! This should-be quick read probably lasted close to a month for me, but regardless I loved it.
This read has sometimes been referred to as a children’s book, other times a young adult. In my personal opinion, to really grasp the subjects in this book the reader would need to be old or mature enough to understand the pressure placed on a family in circumstances where a family member is sick.
It is hard to give an honest review without spoiling anything, so I will sum it up with saying the reason this book was so great was that it kept the “supernatural” horror alive and real, while simultaneously addressing the natural horrors that can be encountered in life and managed to tie them together. Two forms of horror working as one keeps the reader on edge and curious right up until the very last word, and the fear even continues to linger afterwards.
"But maybe Vanessa was right, and all those other people were broken
too in their own ways, maybe we all spent too much time pretending
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."
This read was beautifully heartbreaking, you can feel the emotion all the way through.
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
"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.'"
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:
Speak – Laurie Halse Anderson
Challenger Deep – Neal Shusterman
Why is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? Mindy Kaling
The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
1984 – George Orwell
Sylvanus Now – Donna Morrissey
We Should All Be Feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Wenjack – Joseph Boyden
The Pilot’s Wife – Anita Shreve
Doppler – Erlend Loe
Birdman – Mo Hayder
The 100 Year Old Man – Jonas Jonasson
A Thousand Splendid Suns
A Walk Across the Sun – Corbin Addison
The Strange Case of Dr.Jeckyll and Mr.Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson
It Gets Worse – Shane Dawson
Bridge to Terabithia – Katherine Paterson
The Martian – Andy Weir
The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margret Atwood
Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur
Nocturnal Animals – Austin Wright
Project Sunlight – June Strong
The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins
There Are Things I Want You to Know – Eva Gabrielsson
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.'"