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The 2015 Reading Challenge – In Review

Last year, I thought it would be a grand idea to try the 2015 Reading Challenge: a list of prompts that would allow one to read 52 books. In the beginning of the year, I went all out with excitement determining what my reading list would be; I had the books separated from my gigantic TBR shelves and was all prepared to completely blow this thing out of the water. Looking at the 2015 Reading Retrospective, you would think that by having read 102 books, I totally did blow that challenge out of the water. Read more…

Quick Thought Reviews: Graphic Novels (3)

Another set of Graphic Novels have been completed! Most of these were because of the graphic novel group in which I participate. I don’t think I would have heard of them without them being the monthly picks! Read more…

Review: The Quick

The Quick by Lauren Owen

Or, we’re not talking about Vampires here, okay?!

 

The Quick by Lauren Owen has to be the only vampire novel, that I have read, that doesn’t mention the word vampire. For that and many other reasons, this novel is pretty unique and awesome. Read more…

Quick Thought Reviews: Graphic Novels (2)

I’m still working my way through my graphic novel collection. It feels truly satisfying to be able to finally read some of these. Once again, here are a few thoughts for those that I managed to read this weekend: Read more…

Review: The True History of the Elephant Man

The True History of the Elephant Man: The Definitive Account of the Tragic and Extraordinary Life of Joseph Carey Merrick by Michael Howell and Peter Ford

I remember as a kid, my mother always putting on a movie about a severely deformed man and the doctor that tried to make his life as comfortable and as happy as possible. The line, screamed by the character, ‘I AM NOT AN ANIMAL! I AM A HUMAN BEING!’ has stuck with me years after. It wasn’t until I was a little older that I probably realized that this was a true story. I think it was when I found a novel about the man in my mother’s collection. That novel is the one that I have finally read and am currently reviewing. That man, known to many as simply The Elephant Man, was Joseph Carey Merrick. Read more…

Review: House of Leaves

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

Or, THIS IS SERIOUSLY A FIRST NOVEL??!!

Despite an extensive reading repertoire, my choices do not really give me a lot of book cred. There are a few pieces out there that can earn a reader ultimate respect. I do think I should get a bit by having read Bear by Marian Engel (hello, bear sex), but I know that I kind of do my own thing when reading. It’s not very often that I join a fan base or cult following. If there is so much talk about a novel, I actually tend to stray as far away from it as possible. I guess I’m stubborn; I’ll read the book when I want to and not when everyone else says I should. Then, oftentimes, I forget about the novel and never end up reading it (case in point: Harry Potter). Read more…

Review: Bear

Bear by Marian Engel

Or, Who Wants to Talk About Bear Sex?

Oh Canada. Book-wise, I tend to stay away from Canadian authors. I’ve read a few (Atwood in particular), but they just don’t often work for me. Discussing this with a coworker, she made a perfect analogy: Canadian authors are like a train. They are good stories that seem to be chugging along a perfectly solid path, and then suddenly, they completely veer off track! This is a perfect introduction to Bear by Marian Engel. Read more…

Review: To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

 

This review, surprisingly, was started before I had finished the novel. To Kill a Mockingbird is one of those all-American classics, which is loved by all. As such, it comes as quite a shock (and a bit of shaming) that I can admit that this is my first read of the novel. I also haven’t seen the movie, as I wanted to read the novel first (even though reviews for both say they are equally stunning).  I truly do not know how I made it so long without reading it. I can say though, that I am glad that I waited this long; classics didn’t fare very well with me in my younger years, and I fear that this novel would have been disliked for some strange reason. Reading it now, when my reading tastes have matured, I can say that this first read is definitely more appreciated now than it would have been years ago. Read more…

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Who doesn’t agree?

Review: Crash & Burn

Crash & Burn by Abigail Roux

This book gave me feels. Major, major feels. 1) It’s the LAST Ty and Zane novel * sobs * 2) Abigail Roux is the queen of torture!!  I’m going to try and write something coherent, but I’m not sure how I will fare. Read more…

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