Random Thoughts and Bookish Ponderings: Why do I read?

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I thought I’d start writing about some of my random bookish musings, hope you enjoy:

I’m always wondering why we humans are so attracted to storytelling.

Why do we tell stories? Why do we take the time out of our own lives to invest in lives of others, fictional or otherwise? Is it a natural curiosity or an escape? Is it humanity’s propensity to empathize and seek connection? To live a thousand lives in one lifetime? Perhaps the answer is a summation of all these things. Continue reading

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A “This book destroyed me” Book Review: A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout & Sara Corbett

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I have no words that will adequately describe how this book made me feel – is still making me feel. It’s the third book to ever make me cry (during my early morning commute on a busy Toronto subway no less). This book was… this book was… was… see? I’m at a loss for words. Continue reading

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson: Book Review!

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Listen up folks! Grab some snacks and refreshments, pull up a chair, and get comfy because I’m about to gush.

This story was intricate, clever, engrossing, and beautifully written. I’m sitting here at my keyboard having an extremely hard time coming up with the right words to do this book justice. I’m hesitant to even label this books as “young adult” fantasy because it’s so much more than that. I adored this book. Continue reading

Book Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater!

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Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Published by: Scholastic Press

Publish Date: September 18th 2012

Paperback, 408 pages

My Rating: ★★★★

 

 

 

There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve, Blue. Either you’re his true love…or you killed him.

Every year, in late April, Blue Sargent accompanies her clairvoyant mother, Maura, to a churchyard where they watch the soon-to-be-dead walk past. Usually it’s just her mother that sees the spirits of people who will die within the next twelve months, but this year, Blue herself sees a spirit of a boy. Continue reading

Book Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas!

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Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Published by: Bloomsbury

Publish Date: May 7, 2013

Paperback, 404 pages

My rating: ★★★✩✩

 

 

 

Oh dear, oh dear. This book was painfully mediocre. After reading Maas’ other series, A Court of Thorn and Roses, and hearing all the hype from booktubers, fellow bloggers and friends, I thought this book would be… more. I’m sorry Ms. Maas, but this story fell woefully short of my expectations. Continue reading

Monthly Book Haul

septbhI promise I don’t buy this many books every month.

milk and honey by Rupi Kaur

I’m not a big poetry fan, but this book has gotten so popular that I thought I would check and see what all the hype is about. I’ve read a couple of pages and it seems pretty heavy… (not that’s necessarily a bad thing!) What did you guys think?

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

No, I have not read The Catcher in the Rye. And yes, I know it’s embarrassing. So many people have been telling me how great this book is and how I should read it. Well. Now I’ve bought it. That’s the first step right? Now I just have to find the time (and motivation to read it).

The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

Part of the movie adaptation of this book was filmed at my high school! I’ve also heard good things.

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

I read this one in high school and immediately became obsessed. This book is the epitome of beautiful books. I have so so so much love for this book. I honestly don’t know why I’m only buying by own copy of it now.

Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende

I really want to be an Isabel Allende fan… But I can’t if I’ve only read one of her books, right?

The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner

This is the third book in the series. I do not own, nor have I read any of the other books. But it was $2.50 at the thrift store and I hope to purchase the whole series eventually, so why not right?

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Just finished reading this one! You can check out my review here.

And I Darken by Kiersten White

Oh baby. I have heard so many good things about this book. I am hella excited to read this one. The protagonist sounds totally badass. Also let’s talk about that cover though… 100%.

Toodles,

Rebecca xx