Forever Re-reads

Lately, I’ve been finding myself re-reading old books instead of picking up new ones. It’s a weird kind of reading slump and the reason for my lack of reviews. Here’s a short list of books I keep coming back to over the years!

1. 1984 by George Orwell

I just re-read this book last week! It was my 5th time reading it since I first bought it in 2009 for my freshman year summer reading. I definitely didn’t fully understand Orwell’s intentions until the second or third time I read it. I just bought a vintage copy of this book that I plan on never touching/ruining. ūüôā

2. The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

This has to be my all-time favorite books. I usually only re-read portions of this book–my copy is all marked up and I can easily find my favorite quotes/parts. I really, really relate with Holden and cherish all 3 copies of The Catcher in the Rye that I own.

3. Second Glance by Jodi Picoult

This was one of the first Jodi Picoult books that I read and I completely fell in love with her writing style (no matter how repetitive it can get). I wish this book was known to more people! It’s one of the best, and only, adult paranormal novels that I’ve read.

4. The Odyssey by Homer

I’m a classics minor, so this is a must-read for me almost every semester at school. Even before then, I was required to read it 2 times in high school and ended up reading it multiple times for fun. I find something new in Homer’s poetry every time I pick it up. I think what I love most about Homer is that you find the same ideals found in The Odyssey and The Illiad throughout almost every modern novel. Even though it was written/spoken in 800 BC, The Odyssey still lives on in literature from all time periods. I think that’s so cool.

March Wrap-Up!

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March was a slow reading month for me. I got sick a few times and couldn’t get myself to sit up, much less read a book. Still, I got through 7 books– 2 e-books and 5 physical books. I wasn’t expecting to finish The Glittering World until April, but I got it done last night. Here’s the breakdown:

Landline by Rainbow Rowell (Adult Fiction)- 3/5 stars

The Sense of Style by Steven Pinker (Nonfiction)- 4/5 stars

The Glittering World by Robert Levy (Fantasy)- 3.5/5 stars

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien (Fantasy) – 4/5 stars

The Girl in 6E by Alessandra Torre (Erotica Thriller)- 5/5 stars

Tiger Tail Soupby Nicki Chen (YA Historical Fiction)- 3.5/5 stars

Awoken by Sarah Noffke (YA Fantasy)- 5/5 stars

February Wrap-Up!

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I was super busy/distracted this month but somehow managed to read 9 books. I read a great mix of nonfiction, YA, graphic novels, LGBT fiction, and fantasy! Here’s a breakdown of my ratings:

The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel (graphic novel): 5/5 stars

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell (fantasy): 3/5 stars

Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman (fantasy): 4/5 stars

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler (YA): 2/5 stars

Redefining Realness by Janet Mock (memoir): 5/5 stars

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters (LGBT historical fiction): 5/5 stars

Room by Emma Donoghue (fiction): 3/5 stars

Annie On My Mind by Nancy Garden (LGBT YA): 5/5 stars

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (fantasy): 4/5 stars

January Wrap-Up!

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January was a good reading month for me! I read 8 physical books and 1 eBook (A Time to Reap by Jonas Lee). Instead of a Sunday Book Rec, I decided that I would just give a brief wrap up of this month’s books for me.

Nine Stories by JD Salinger– 3/5 stars

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children– 3.4/5 stars

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman– 5/5 stars

Sci-Fi Stories by Women– 2/5 stars

A Time to Reap by Jonas Lee– 4.5/5 stars

Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard BachР5/5 stars

The Book of Strange New Things by Michael FaberР4.5/5 stars

Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae BrownР5/5 stars

The Girl on the Train by Paula HawkinsР4/5 stars

My 2015 top TBR

It’s the beginning of a new year, and I already have a long list of books I definitely want to tackle soon. I thought I’d share the top 5 books off of that list and link each book to Goodreads. It’s a mix of different genres!

1. Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger – (Fiction)¬†The Catcher in the Rye¬†is my all time favorite novel. I’ve enjoyed every Salinger book I’ve read…which I think is every book except for¬†Nine Stories.

2. Adulthood Rites by Octavia Butler‘- (Science Fiction) This is the second book of the Xenogenesis trilogy. I read the first book last month and I’m, unfortunately, still waiting for the second and third books to arrive (hurry up Amazon)!

3. At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O’Niell – (LGBT Historical Fiction)- I try to read a variety of LGBT books every year. This book has been on my list for a while. It’s a coming of age story featuring two boys who develop feelings for each other. I know I’m going to love it, so I’m excited to finally pick it up.

4. My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni– (Myster/Thriller) I haven’t read a good thriller in a while, so I’m hoping this will do the trick. I’m glad no one has added this to a YA shelf, because I honestly can’t stand YA thrillers. Anyway, I have high hopes for this one as well.

5. The Book of Strange New Things by Michael Faber– (Science Fiction/Fantasy??) This book has been placed in so many different genres, which is what interests me so much. It has mixed reviews, but the confusion over genre intrigues me. I’m really not sure what to expect.

The Best Books of 2014 (IMO)

I’ve read quite a few books this year! It feels good to scroll through Goodreads and see my year in books. I thought I’d highlight 8 books that really grabbed me this year. In no particular order, of course.

Dawn by Octavia Butler— Butler was one of the first female African American science fiction writers.¬†Dawn is the first book in the Xenogenesis trilogy and the other two books are currently on their way to my house.¬†Dawn was a mix of sci-fi, thriller, and horror…a great combination, if you ask me.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman— This was the first book I’ve read by Gaiman and I ended up purchasing two more of his books for Christmas. This book really stuck with me; I find myself randomly thinking about it throughout the day. Gaiman is absolutely brilliant.

Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult— I’m a sucker for Picoult. I’ve loved her books since I was in middle school. She’s the reason I became such an avid reader. I think¬†Sing You Home is extremely underrated. Perhaps this is because it touches on a bunch of controversial issues. Regardless of your stances on gay marriage, artificial insemination, and abortion, this is a fantastic story.

Unwind by Neal Shusterman—¬†Unwind was one of the only YA novels I read this year. It’s part of a trilogy, although I think I’m going to stop at the first book. It was captivating and a very fast read. Despite this, the concept of unwinding is very interesting to both YA and adults. I got this book for my younger brother for Christmas this year!

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel— What a fantastic graphic novel! Well, I guess it’s technically an autobiography told in graphic novel format. Bechdel tells of her life growing up in Vermont, the suicide of her dad, and her eventual coming out as a lesbian. Bechdel lives around my university, so sometimes she’s spotted at the local bookstore. She seems really cool.

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman— I’ve just learned that this book is going to become a movie in 2015. I rarely read historical fiction, but this book was a great exception. The plot was very interesting, and I’m so excited to see what they do with the film!

Ubik by Philip K. Dick— Philip K. Dick is one of my all-time favorite writers. His books are¬†weird, I mean, I found myself looking up from this book thinking “what was this guy on when he wrote this?!”. He’s written so many books and I’m glad I randomly picked this one up. It’s about sci-fi, time travel, and drugs. Awesome.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield— If you scroll down two posts, you’ll see an in-depth review of this book. I loved it. It was great. Read the review!