Thursday, 31 October 2013

Happy Halloween! And October Wrap Up :)

Hello everyone, hope you all are having an awesome halloween!!!!!!

Anyway, I haven't posted in a while and since it was the last day of October (woah, what?), I thought I'd post a quick wrap up for you guys! :)

So this month, as expected, I totally didn't follow my TBR...sorry, I guess I sort of suck at doing TBRs.... :O However, I did read lots of awesome books! Here they are...

1. The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (see my review here)
2. Looking For Alaska by John Green: Such an amazing book, I love love loved it.
3. Splintered by A.G. Howard: I'm still reading this one...it's taking me a while. :/
Cover love. Just. Yes. 
4. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness: This book was so beautiful. Highly recommended read; see my short review on it here!
5. This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales: This was a truly inspiring and engaging read..might write a review! Stay tuned. :)
Cover love!!! Again. <3
6. Pivot Point by Kasie West: JKFLSKD;ALJL.
7. Leaving Microsoft to Change the World by John Wood (see this blog for more on my novel study on this book!)

Anywho, these are all the books I read this month! I might be writing some reviews on a couple of them so stay tuned, and until then...November, bring it on! 

PS. I might do a TBR for November, but I literally just can't do it, so I might make my own spin on TBRs...stay tuned for this too!


Again, Happy Halloween, stay safe, and keep reading! See you guys next time. :D

Monday, 21 October 2013

Global Issues Novel Study (GINS) !

So as you all know, I took up to reading Leaving Microsoft to Change the World recently. In class, we are doing a novel study on global issues, and I chose this book to do my novel study on! Check out this separate blog I created for updates on the novel study, and watch out for the occasional post about the GINS on this blog too (I will always link these posts to my GINS blog)!!

Here is my Global Issues Novel Study blog (We Can Create Change): http://we-can-create-change.blogspot.ca

Bookish Halloween Tag!!!


Hello guys! Here I am with a brand new tag for you all! I got tagged by Brianna @ For The Love of Books (go check her out, her blog is awesome!!) and I had lots of fun doing this, so thanks Brianna for tagging me!

This is a Halloween-related tag, originally from TheLibraryOfSarah's channel! So here goes nothing...

What is your favourite horror book?
Honestly, I haven't read much horror. But just earlier today, I was thinking about how awesome it would be to read one;\, and personally? I would prefer a horror book over a horror movie anyday...like, it would be way scarier! I've actually been wanting to read Carrie by Stephen King...but still deciding! I'll let you guys know if I pick up a horror though!! :D 

What is the scariest moment in a book you've read?
Hmmm. I guess I've read many many "scary" moments, but there was this one part in The Cuckoo's Calling that was pretty freaky: *SPOILER (kind of?)* When Cormoran Strike and John Bristow are in the dark office together, and the suspense is just crazy...and what happens next was just crazy. *Spoiler over* Anyway, I haven't read many "scary" moments where I had to get up to turn all my lights on or whatever, but I've definitely read a lot of heart-stopping moments! Especially from Harry Potter - those books were so crazy! :P 

Would you or have you ever dressed up as a book character for Halloween?
I actually haven't ever dressed up as a character, but I'd think it would be super fun to! I think if I were to dress up, I would dress up as either a consulting/private detective (Cormoran Strike/Sherlock Holmes) or a Hogwarts student!!!  

What do you think your favourite character would dress up as for Halloween?
A favourite character is really hard to choose.... I think I'm going to go with Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter! She's one of my absolute favourite characters. Anyway, considering her very unique and carefree personality, I think she would dress up as something crazy like a Crumple-Horned Snorkack....that is, if anyone actually knew what it looked like (HP fans, I hope you know what I'm talking about, normal people: I probably sound crazy right now :P )  

What is your favourite kind of horror? (gore, psychological thriller, spooky)
Like I mentioned earlier, I don't read much horror, however, I do fancy spooky classic-y horrors. You know... the whole haunted hotel, doors slamming......all that freaky fun stuff! :D 

If books were as cheap as candy, which one would you give out to trick-or-treaters?
Oh man! I would probably give out A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness or Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, because both definitely have halloween-y elements, and are just absolutely amazing books!  

Halloween to-read list?
Check out my October TBR. Some other books that I'm reading/planning on reading are Splintered by A.G. Howard and Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter! :) 

Do you have any recommendations for some Halloween reads?
Hmmmhmmm. A Monster Calls isn't really too Halloween-ey, but still it's a must. read. Other than that, I'm not really sure! If you really want something horrifying, I've heard Stephen King is like a great writer. Check out Goodreads too, it's the best place to discover some books! :) 

Anywaay, that was the Bookish Halloween Tag! I had lots of fun doing this! I tag everyone, if you're reading this, go ahead and do the tag if you haven't already! :) 

Sunday, 20 October 2013

October Litspiration Challenge! Perks of Being A Wallflower

Hey guys! So we had a chance to do another litspiration challenge this year, which of course, I was ecstatic about!  Look below for a picture of the final product (all on a painted canvas!)

For this litspiration challenge, I was partially inspired by the poetry anthology I created (find it here). It contained many themes of being yourself, choices, etc. So I thought I would incorporate those themes into my litspiration challenge. As I was looking through many books that I read, I came across Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. And there was this one quote…


“So, I guess we are who we are for alot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And can try to feel okay about them.”


When I read this quote, I knew it was what my challenge had to be about. This quote embodies what I want to remind myself of every day, so I challenged myself to use details from the book and my personal life to create a piece that I could put up on my wall; it would remind me that no matter what has happened in the past or what I am right now, I always have the power to influence who I become; I choose to define myself, because...well, it’s my life right? :)


So that was about my literary choice for this challenge (above was a theme that definitely was a part of the book), and now for the artistic choices!


First, the use of book pages! This didn’t really have much to do with the book, but rather myself. Reading is such a big part of my life and who I am, I can’t even imagine a life without it. All the things that I have chosen to read in my life have really had a big impact on who I am; it just felt necessary to include something related to reading to this piece!

Second, the flowers! This was inspired by the book - The Perks of Being a Wallflower - it’s right in the title! While I was looking through the book for details, I had also found this line: “He's a wallflower. You see things. You keep quiet about them. And you understand.” The first time I read this line (a while ago), I felt like I could relate to it so much. It gave me a whole new perspective on myself, and since then, I feel like I have really been able to grow; all because I finally understood why I was never able to quite fit in!

The placement of the flowers were also intentional. I had a clutter of them on one side, and just a single flower on the other. It represented that everyone is different on the inside, but sometimes, we just don’t show it, so that we can fit in. I wanted to send the message that you always have the choice to be different inside and out, and even if you are judged...it’ll still be really worth it! p.s. This is totally something that I’m still learning to do! :)

Anyway, I hope you all enjoyed this challenge! If you’ve read the book or are planning to, leave your thoughts down in the comments! It’s a book that you can take something different away every time. If you haven’t read this book, it’s definitely a must-read (a bit more relatable for teens, but still a book for everyone)!  


Friday, 18 October 2013

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness - Book Trailer

Saw this book trailer of The Monster Calls via goodreads and thought I'd share with you all! (The music is weird though... a bit too depressing if you ask me)


Thursday, 17 October 2013

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

This will be a quick review since I'm really, honestly speechless about this book, but I just want to start off by saying how much I loved this. It was just very unexpected. I wasn't sure what I was going to get when I picked the book off of the shelf, but I was blown away by the simple beauty of it.

A Monster Calls was formatted like a childrens' picture book...glossy pages with illustrations and all. The book does have a non-illustrated copy, but the illustrations just intrigued me so much that I had to get this version. The entire book was pretty dark and mysterious, and the illustrations definitely did justice to the story. I read the book like yesterday (which is sort of a long time, because I read another novel in between), but the pictures are still looming in my mind. Here is a picture of one of the full page illustrations in the book (I used the title page one, because I don't want to ruin the book!):
Isn't that just so beautiful and mysterious and dark and intriguing?!?? How could I not continue to hungrily flip the pages?

As for the story itself, it was really touching. It was really dark and sort of sad the entire time, but I wouldn't say it was quite negative. It had more of a nostalgic tone to it...not really negative. Anyway, as for the story line, it was so interesting and captivating. I did not put the book down once, and the ending - while parts of it a little predictable - was still so so good, and just real. There is really no other way to describe the entire story.

There are a lot more things I could say about this book, but I'm just going to leave it at that for you guys. I will tell you this though: A Monster Calls is a must read. 

I hope you all enjoy this as much as I did. Tell me your thoughts on the book! Happy Booktober! :D

Library/Store Book Haul!!!

So I went on a trip to the library and Indigo (book store) to aquire some books off of my October TBR and just some others that looked interesting! Here's what ended up happening:
Exciting!! OK, yes yes, that is a lot of books, but I couldn't help it. And I only bought 2 of them. :D So anyway the books that I got were (from top to bottom), Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz (impulse buy!), This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales, Splintered by A.G. Howard, Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter, Variant by Robison Wells, Pivot Point by Kasie West, and A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (guys, I bought this, I read it, and I loved it! Review coming soon!!).

Anyway, I'm super excited to dive into these books! Expect reviews on a couple of them, or follow my goodreads to see where I'm at with these. 

I'll catch you all later, happy reading! 

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Bursts of Inspiration!

For the past couple of days, I've been reading Looking for Alaska by John Green and Leaving Microsoft to Change the World by John Wood (on my October TBR)! And while both of these books were completely different, they both were very refreshing to read and just an explosion of inspiration!

Looking for Alaska was so so interesting. John Green has a way of conveying such deep and thoughtful messages through fictional teens to his young adult readers! This book was able to answer one of the many questions I've always asked myself...how do you get out of this cycle of sadness and suffering? Why are we all so sad, all the time? In the book, John Green asked, "How do we get out of this labyrinth of suffering?" Frankly, there were many answers. And if you want to hear what John Green (or in this case, Pudge, Colonel, and crew) has to say (and trust me, you do!!!), go read this book. Now.

As for Leaving Microsoft to Change the World, well, this book was completely different from what I've read before. This book brought up a cause that I was only mildly aware of before; lack of education. Education, and reading are things that are so important in my life and something I cannot imagine just not having. When I learned that there were so many kids across the globe who didn't even know what a computer was, or hadn't ever touched a book..it hit home. This is a seriously big issue that I think deserves a lot more attention, and I hope to get in on the action too! John Wood definitely showed the hardships and struggles of being able to make a change, however, he proved - by creating Room to Read - that if you are really passionate about something and you keep your mind to it, you can achieve anything! 





Check out these books guys, they are both definitely worth the read! Also check out Room to Read  (http://www.roomtoread.org/) and see what they are doing; it's amazing! :)

Sunday, 13 October 2013

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

Here's a quick review on The Cuckoo's Calling for you guys!

In terms of an enjoyable read, this book was literally sooooo good. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time, and I just loved how it was written. I said this in one of my goodreads updates, but yes, I would have died if the last couple pages were missing or something. I just had to know the truth!

As for the characters, they were so well developed. Cormoran Strike is definitely now one of my favourite fictional characters. He's just so real, but at the same time, he had this air of mystery and confidence that only a private detective could have. Thinking of some of the other minor characters, I felt like I connected with them so well, even if they were only in the story for like one chapter.

Annnd then there is Lula Landry. The famous super model who fell to her death. The way other characters conveyed Lula in the book almost made me feel like I knew her. Crazy.


Speaking of Lula Landry and her death...what happened?? Was it suicide...or murder..

You will literally be dying to know what happened........or was it just me?

The writing style was awesome. It was simplistic, yet fitting to each character. If that makes sense. Sometimes it got a bit confusing because the story often changed perspectives between Robin (Cormoran Strike's assistant) and Cormoran, but it was quite easy to catch up! :)

Anyway one last thing: A mention of Harry Potter. Yes, I'm going to go there. But really though. In Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling had a way of always fitting soo many loose ends together. I remember the first time I read H.P., I was thoroughly amazed at how each and every loose end and detail fit with each other at the end. The Cuckoo's Calling was so similar in this way. Throughout the whole book, I literally didn't think we'd get an answer. There were so many questions, and so many details that just didn't make sense. But in the end, it was crazy how it all actually fit together. Insane.

PS. This book is not for younger readers.

PPS. READ THIS BOOK NOW.

Fall Break Read-a-Thon!

A break means loads of time to read! We have a week off from school, and I thought it'd be a perfect time to have a read-a-thon! I'll be reading some books from my October TBR (check it out here) and just some other random books. Stay tuned for updates, happy reading!

Thursday, 10 October 2013

October TBR

I know I'm a bit late, but I thought I'd post some of the books I'd like to read this October!

- The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (I've already started this one...so. good.) 
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Paper Towns by John Green
Insurgent by Veronica Roth (I can't believe I haven't read this yet!!!!!)
Variant by Robison Wells
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
- Leaving Microsoft to Change the World by John Wood

Well, these are some of the books I'd love to read this month! I don't know if I will get to them all, or maybe I will read more than these... who knows! This is a changing list, nothing is set, but nevertheless this is my unofficial October TBR! :D

Change!!

So I was scrolling through my blog when I realized it looked sooooooo boring! I had the same theme for more than a year, and the blog name was very unoriginal (I thought it was a pretty good title like a year ago...opinions change right?). So I decided to change some stuff up! New title, new url, and a new look! I'll also try and be posting more on this blog. :)

PS. They Start Revolutions is just my view on the inspiration books impress upon us. Words are so powerful... Powerful enough to start revolutions. :)