Reading Resolutions

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As 2013 comes to a close, let us all reflect on our year of reading. Did you read anything you hated or loved? What was your reading pattern like? Is there anything you would change about what you read or your reading pattern?

Here are a few of my reading resolutions:

1.Reading more non-fiction.

 2.Read more books (of course).

3.Buy more books from online vendors.

4.Review more books I have read.

 5.Read more dystopian novels.

What’s your reading resolution for 2014? Comment below and tell me your favorite read of the year. Happy New Year and many blessings!

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What Type of Reader Are You

As you pick up your favorite book (or not), you typically prescribe to a particular type of book lover. Listed below are the several type of readers there seem to be. Which one are you?

The quiet reader

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You love the smell of fresh brewed coffee in the morning, reading by the crisp morning light. You love sitting in an old leather armchair with you legs curled into your chest as you clutch a page turning hardback. And you especially love nesting in your down-feathered bed, resting your head on a soft pillow as you peer by lamplight the printed word. If you are fond of any of these settings, chances are you are a quiet reader. You like reading alone with little to no background noise, the quieter the better. You enjoy the solidarity of reading by yourself and being able to relish every word of a book without interruptions.  To you, books require your full attention and must be read in a gentle setting so as to not be distracted. You can often be found inside your home, but you might venture to a library where there is a small corner or study room for you to devour your book.

The coffee shop reader

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As your sip your caramel drizzled non fat almond latte, you turn the page of the newest thriller or the best selling YA novel. You love being surrounding with the hustle and bustle of people drinking coffee and tea and overhearing stimulating conversations or gossip. For you, reading is about being social and interacting with others with the same interests. You always snap a picture of you latest read and apart from books, a coffee cup is your favorite accessory. The noise level doesn’t bother you, because you can either tune the sound out or are an expert on staying focused on your reading. You’re an on-the-go type of person and prefer shorter novels you can fit inside your backpack or tote. You’re ready to strike up a conversation about what you’re reading at any time and you secretly enjoy holding your book up in front of your face, just so everyone know what you’re reading. Whether at Starbucks, a park, or the lobby of a library, you can be found with your nose buried in a book and a cell phone close by!

The collector

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You love books, you really do. You love books so much that you can’t help buying a new book every time you enter a bookshop. However, you buy so many books, your home starts looking like an episode of hoarders. What’s worst is that even though you have a surplus amount of books, you never find time to read any of them. Whether you are busy with life or are currently in a reading conundrum, your book pile seems to never diminish. Your reading tends to be delayed because of other life obligations, but your love of books is strong; you’re just waiting for the perfect time to dive into your collection.

The book snob

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You bibliophile you. You are a knowledge seeker of the most high, and find books to be the gateway of learning. You also tend to be a book critic and scrunch your nose up to any book lacking “literary substance.”  You would never dare to read anything on the best sellers list and award winning novels are always in your hand. You often quote authors and books, and no one knows what you’re talking about. Peasants. You get irritated when people have read a book you haven’t, therefore to you, reading is a competition. You prefer lengthy books and reading the classics are a must. Most likely you were friends with your English professors, and always asked them if they had reading recommendations. You don’t have time for anyone who doesn’t read or read GOOD books. “You’ve read The Hunger Games? How absurd.”

The popular reader

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The Hunger Games. Fifty Shades of Grey. Twilight. You’ve read them all. You love reading books in a series, and if it has a movie to accompany it, even better! You can often be found perusing the best sellers list and love reading the newest “it” book. Whatever is popular at the moment, you can be found reading it and you love recommending you favorite read to your friends. You are a fan of fandom; you’re probably donning the newest Stephen King novel, aren’t you? You’re favorite place to be (if you’re not re-reading Catching Fire) is the interest (Tumblr) and finding out what everyone is reading at the moment. You’ll stand in line for hours for the premiere of the book-to-movie adaptation, and directly after the show, you’ll tweet its success or lack of success. You probably won’t get along with the book snob, but you’re generally a pleasant person to be around and are always filled with fun book recommendations!

The e-reader

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You are a no nonsense practical type of person. You enjoy reading without the hassle of lugging a giant book around or always trying to find a bookmark. You like having  your entire library in your hand, and reading in various locations. You are a tech savvy person and you prefer your books to follow suit. You can be found practically anywhere with your e-reader: the subway, office, school, even PTA meetings. You are always moving from one location to the next, and an e-reader is the perfect way to stay bookish yet mobile and accessible. You may not be fond of collecting physical books, as it’s not that important to you. Instead, with a click of a button you can purchase three to four books right there! While many book snobs frown upon the idea of e-readers, you don’t mind exploring the world of books via technological device.

The non reader 

Yes. There is a special place for you non-readers. As you fold the local newspaper, or NY Times you feel satisfied to at least have a grip on what’s going in the world. You are not a reader of books unless under extreme circumstances, like reading for work or school. You prefer watching TV, and laughing over YouTube videos than spending time reading.  You often skip over long posts, and if you see Facebook statuses that are too lengthy, you scroll to the next. You’ll watch book-to movie- adaptations, but would never dream of ACTUALLY reading the book. Reading just isn’t your thing, and you are perfectly okay with that.

So, which type of reader are you?

Book Review: Stolen-Lucy Christopher

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I honestly have no idea where to start with this book. It was hard to keep my tears at bay when I finished this heart-wrenching story. This is my first time ready Lucy Christopher and I can definitely say it will not be my last, she has proven to be an incredible voice of YA, and I’m looking forward to reading her other works. With the opening lines of “You saw me before I saw you,” it quickly caught my attention and didn’t let go until the end.

The story begins with Gemma: A sixteen year old English girl who is kidnapped in an airport by the name of a young man named Ty. She is taken to the Western Australia Outback and held captive. It is here in the wild where the plot develops and the kidnapper’s tale unfolds. Ty tries to convince Gemma it was for her own good she was taken and that her life should be built out in the wilderness; nature should be apart of Gemma’s soul, Ty convinces. What starts off as Gemma’s hatred for her captor, turns into a deeper understanding and keen interest of Ty. Christopher breaks the barrier between hatred and love, and leaves the reader feeling hurt, angry, and confused, yet fawning for more. Christopher’s style of writing and choice of words wraps around your heart and mind, touching you to the core. The author writes organically and honestly, transferring it to the characters in the book. Although Gemma is young, adult-like emotions resonate within her causing her to respond to the child-like tendencies Ty frequently evokes. 

This psychological thriller is a quick read as it captivates you from the beginning until the end. I was left questioning whether the book was about Stockholm Syndrome or just a twisted story of misguided love. Christopher doesn’t fail in keeping the reader interested as the relationship grows between Ty and Gemma. Gemma learns the importance of nature and life itself through her kidnapping; her harrowing fear of being killed slowly disappears as she begins to trust Ty. 

This book has won several awards including the Michael L. Printz Honor Book, ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults, and the USBBY Outstanding International Book. I am not surprised by the many praise and acclamation this book has received A toughing story of two beautifully crafted characters placed together in middle of “now where,” I was wooed by words and wonder. 

Book Review: The Return of the King-J.R.R. Tolkien

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I finally come to a close of finishing the Lord of The Rings series, and I must say, it is a bitter end. I will greatly miss the adventures, interwoven tales and history of Middle Earth, and the characters developing complexly. As I finished the last chapter, the last sentence, the last words of the book, I found myself wishing the story would continue. If you have read any of Tolkien’s work, specifically the Lord of the Rings series, you are familiar with his narrative style and lengthy descriptions of plots.

The Return of the King was a satisfying end to the series and I was overall pleased. The Companions of the Ring are dispersed across the land left to encounter their own adventures. The darkness surrounded by the ring and the Dark Lord cause the fellowship to unite together to defeat the interminable evil. Unlikely characters such as Merry and Pippin rise as gallant heroes, and Frodo and Sam’s friendship prove truer than ever. Although some parts of the book were difficult to understand because of the many characters and location names, the last installment was filled with page turning chapters and plot twists. Orcs were on every corner and most of the book was filled with a forlorn overtone. I have to say I was quite disappointed in how Frodo is narrated in the last book. I know we are all supposed to praise Frodo’s effort  and accomplishments for destroying the Ring, however he is always described as “tired” and “not having enough strength to carry the ring to Mount Doom.” It is because of Sam’s constant encouragement and help Frodo is able to able to make it. Without the help of Sam, I’m unsure how far Frodo would have actually been able to travel. Their friendship has grown tremendously from the first book, and has become a famous literary friendship. Apart from my peeve with Frodo, The Return of the King, is an engaging final close.

Gandalf remains as the peripatetic wizard, always wise and all seeing, aiding the rest of the fellowship where he can. Needless to say, I am never disappointed by Gandalf. The characters face their inner and outer battles,challenging Death itself and unafraid of the consequences. The final quest of the Fellowship makes for a riveting adventure, guaranteed an unforgettable close to a great series. Tolkien does it again. 

Winter Book List

It’s that time again! I always love when school dwindles down for the winter semester and I get to pick up reading again. It’s so hard to read leisurely when you have 18 hours of course work to do. With that being said, I made a list of the books I will be reading this winter. I will be reviewing each one so look for updates! Also follow me on Goodreads to  see what I’m reading. Happy reading!

J.R.R. Tolkien
J.R.R. Tolkien
Christopher Lucy
Christopher Lucy
Cormac McCarthy
Cormac McCarthy
Marisha Pessl
Marisha Pessl

 

What are you reading this winter?