Something that I love is reading. I try to find time everyday to read, because I find it relaxing. It’s something that I have always enjoyed. Recently, I have been reading a lot more historical fiction. With reading historical fiction, I have found that I’m thinking about and putting things in perspective in a different way. I also love how historical fiction looks at history differently and put things into context that may be easier to understand. I love reading books that make me think differently, no matter what the genre is.
These are the books that I read in February in the order that I read them. February was a slower reading month for me, I only read five books.
1.) Life Unaware by Cole Gibson- Five stars on Goodreads. This book is extremely relatable. The main topic of the book is bullying, something that has become more prominent in schools. The main character, Regan is at the center of the bullying when every email, text and instant message she ever sent gets printed and posted all over. Everything getting posted turns her “perfect” life upside down, Regan’s life is anything but perfect. Regan suffers from anxiety, but has to keep it a secret from everyone, so that her having anxiety doesn’t ruin her mother’s political career. Speaking of Regan’s mother, I couldn’t stand her for the majority of the book. I actually think that Regan’s mother contributes to her anxiety by putting so much pressure on her, especially when it comes to cheerleading and being on student council. Regan loses everything at school, her reputation and her friends due to her private messages getting posted.
After the incident, the only person that even talks to Regan is Nolan, her former best friend’s brother. Regan and Nolan become really close, especially when Regan realizes that she needs to change. Regan feels that the best way to change is to apologize, and Nolan helps her do that by recording her apology. In the apology video, which is to be broadcast to the whole school, Regan reveals that she suffers from anxiety. I felt that when Regan revealed that she suffers from anxiety, it was a huge weight lifted off of her shoulders. After the apology video is filmed, Nolan, his sister Payton, his friend Blake and Regan are discussing the video and Blake offers to help edit it. Blake ends up going way too far, when she edits the video. Things that shouldn’t have gone in the video, end up in the video, pushing one student to a suicide attempt by overdosing on drugs. In the end everything ends up okay.
2.)A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett- I don’t remember reading this when I was younger, however I remember watching the movies and loved them. I’m so happy that I read the book. I found Sara to be more mature than her actual age, and feel that this was extremely important. I feel that she may be more mature because she grew up in India, and was able to experience a culture that the other girls didn’t. I loved how Sara had such a vivid, wild imagination, and felt that this made her life in the attic more bearable. Her ability to simply make the best out of a less than ideal situation was remarkable. I loved how the book had a happy ending.
3.) Zodiac by Romina Russell- I absolutely loved this book. When I was reading it, I kept thinking to myself “I can’t wait to read the second book.” I thought that Rho was such a strong female lead character and that made me love the book even more. I also loved how the book is set in space and the constellations, it made Zodiac more interesting. There is a love triangle, but it added to the plot and made an interesting conflict for Rho. And I definitely ship Rho and Mathias. I was able to put myself into the world of this book and that is something that very few books have the ability to do.
4.) The Magicians by Lev Grossman- I didn’t love this book like I had hoped, however I did like it enough to read it until the end. I did find one thing that I did enjoy, and that was the element of magic. There is a passage on page 7 that reminded me of when the Pevensie siblings go through the wardrobe to Narnia. On page 40, I found a reference to Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass.” Professor March reminded me of Professor Snape from “Harry Potter.” I found too many references to other books that I had previously read to fully enjoy this book. I don’t think that I am going to finish the series.
5.) Wandering Star by Romina Russell- I can’t wait to read more from this series. There was a huge curveball in this book and I loved it. I really loved how Rho grew as a character and brought the Zodiac together. She truly grew into her role as a leader.
I was never really into classics, and there were some that I had to read for school. But this year I would like to read more of them, it is one of my goals for the year. Below is the list of classics that I am planning on reading this year, some of them are the Barnes and Noble Classics Editions.
Barnes and Noble Classics Editions:
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
The Illiad and the Odyssey by Homer
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Some of these books are intimidating, either because of their size or they way the are written. The largest book I’ve ever read is Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, War and Peace is 1,156 pages. After I read The Argonautica, which was difficult for me to get through due to the way it was written, I saw that the Illiad and the Odyssey was written the same way and I’m intimidated to read it. It took me about a week to read the Argonautica, which is only 155 pages and the edition of The Illiad and the Odyssey I have is 731 pages, I’m curious to see how long it will take me read it.
These are my reading/bookish goals for 2016.
1.) Read at least 25 books. Last year I set my Goodreads goal at 15 books and read 33. So this year I set my Goodreads reading challenge goal at 25. If I read 33 books in 2015, why would I set my goal lower and not higher? Well, I feel like 25 is a well rounded goal for books read, and I’m not putting too much pressure on myself.
2.) Tackle the Illiad and the Odyssey. I read the Argonautica and it was not easy to read at all, even though it was only 155 pages it was still difficult to read because of the way it was written. It’s written in verse like a poem but doesn’t read like a poem. The Illiad and they Odyssey is 720 pages and is intimidating.
3.) Read more classics. I haven’t read too many classics and want to read more. I feel like the classics are important pieces of literature that need to be read. To Kill A Mockingbird, and Pride and Prejudice are some classics that I have in my bookcase that I need to read.
4.) Read the past two Fiction Pulitzer Prize Winners. I have yet to read The Goldfinch and All The Light We Cannot See, and I need to read them. And yes, I have them in my bookcase.
5.) Try not to buy too many more books in a series until I have read the first book. I have at least 4 first books in a series that I have yet to read. I need to read them before I buy the sequels, or I’ll just get the sequels from the library.
6.) Do more readathons and challenges. Readathons are a good way to tackle my TBR (To Be Read) list. I participated in a readathon last year, and it was something fun and different, so I definitely want to do more.
It’s been a while since I’ve written a post for this blog, and I decided to do something different and bookish. So for this post I’m going to do a June wrap up of what I read in the month of June. I started one book in May and finished that book in June so I’m counting it as read in June.
For June I read a total of five books and I’m really happy with that number. I’m also five books ahead of my 15 book goal for the 2015 Goodreads reading challenge. So far I have read 12 out of 15 books.
So for books that I have read in June:
Red Sox University by Andy Wasif- This is the book that I started in May, but I read the majority of it in June. I found the book to be quite entertaining, at times sarcastic, but at the same time there was truth to it.
Red Sox Fans are from Mars Yankees Fans are From Uranus by Andy Wasif- This book was hilarious, my favorite part of the book was when the Red Sox and Yankees were compared to Cain and Abel. If you know the story of Cain and Abel, you know that Cain became jealous of Abel. It’s kind of like how for the longest time Red Sox fans were jealous of Yankees fans and the Yankees.
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzi- If you haven’t read this book, you definitely should. There are so many important things and lessons to be learned from this book. It is my favorite book that I have read so far this year, and I found it so inspiring and it made me realize how much we take things, such as education for granted. In the United States education is something that the majority of us have the right to have, while people in Pakistan and other third world countries have to fight for their right to an education.
Winnie The Pooh by A.A. Milne- When I was younger I watched The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh and I have all the Winnie The Pooh books but haven’t read them all. This is a really cute story about love and friendship.
The House At Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne- This book is the first book in the Winnie The Pooh series in which we are introduced to Tigger. In this book Pooh and Piglet build a house for Eeyore. Pooh and Piglet also search but never find Heffalumps, which are supposedly scary creatures. I think Winnie The Pooh books are enjoyable for all ages.
I am currently reading Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.