My Brain Dump 

WWW Wednesday – What am I Reading? – 10/25/17

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme that is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. The “rules” are simple – answer the 3 questions below:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I am still working on As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner. It is a hard book to read but I am determined to finish it!

I am also reading Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. I have been wanting to read this series for a while. I already seen the show so I know what happens, but I’m sure the books will be better!

I am listening to The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien. I have always wanted to read the Lord of the Rings series, but I never got around to it. I finally decided to get the audiobook for The Hobbit and start the journey.

What did you recently finish reading?

I just finished reading (or rather listening to) The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. It too has been on my TBR list for a while. I saw it in the online library I use and decided to time better than the present.

I also just finished reading The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway.

Both of these books will have reviews coming soon!

What do you think you’ll read next?

Since I just started two series’s I know I will be working on The Song of Fire and Ice series and the Lord of the Rings series’s for a while.

I might pick up another classic when I finish the Faulkner, but we will see.


 Now I challenge you to answer the same questions down below! What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next?

Top Ten Tuesday – Unique Book Titles

I have decided to participate in Top Ten Tuesday! It is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and The Bookish! Every week is a new topic and there are a lot of past ones I will probably respond to as well! This week the topic is top ten books with unique titles!

  1. Life and Other Near-Death Experiences by Camille Pagan
  2. Four Past Midnight by Stephen King
  3. First Year by Rachel E. Carter (The first book in the Black Mage series)
  4. Magyk by Angie Sage (The first book in the Septimus Heap series)
  5. My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni (The first book in the Tracy Crosswhite series)
  6. My French Whore by Gene Wilder
  7. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  8. The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland by Rebekah Crane
  9. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (The first book in the Red Queen series)
  10. If I Stay by Gayle Forman

What are some books you would recommend to your mom? Or what do you think I should add to this list?

 

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

I know this book was popular a couple years ago but I never got around to reading it. However, I never watched the movies either so I didn’t know what to expect.

I have mixed feelings about this book. I actually really enjoyed the first one in this series so I had high expectations for this one.

However, I do not feel like it met those expectations. I felt bored several times throughout the book. It keep building and building but it just wasn’t holding my attention.

On the the other hand, it caught me off guard several times. There were several plot twists that I was not expecting, which is why I kept reading.

Also, the last 20 pages were really good. I don’t feel like I was left on too much of a cliffhanger but enough of one that I will read the next book.

I was rate this book with 3 out of 5 stars! And I would recommend it to anyone who read the first book and enjoyed it. If you did not enjoy the first book, it would be extremely hard to get through this one.

Should You Read The Classics?

Should You Read the Classics?

This is a popular question in the reading community and I decided that today I would answer it.

I think that reading the classics, or at least some of the classics, is extremely important. Now I don’t mean reading them in school. Most people have to read at least one classic in school and most of the time they hate it.

I mean read it for fun. Read it by choice.

Reading a classic by choice makes all the difference in whether you are going to like it or not. I hate reading for school assignment. My teacher (I’m in college now) could assign my favorite book as homework and I’m still not going to want to do it.

Reading the classics helps you to expand your language skills, your comprehension, and plus you will be able to say that you read them.

Recently, I have found that I am really enjoying the classics. They are a lot more interesting than I ever expected them to be!

If you are interested in trying your hand at a classic or two, here are my recommendations:

  1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  3. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Favorites – Books

A list of my favorite books. Not necessarily in the right order!

  1. Chasing Redbird by Sharon Creech (Not the best book, but I read it as a kid and it was the book that made me fall in love with reading so I still count it as one of my favorites!)
  2. Harry Potter series by JK Rowling (Literally the entire thing but especially Prisoner of Azkaban!)
  3. The Host by Stephanie Meyer
  4. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  5. Four Past Midnight by Stephen King
  6. Nightshade by Andrea R. Cremer (Loved this one but hated the sequel!)
  7. The Postcard Killers by James Patterson
  8. 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher (I read this book as a teenager and loved it before it was “cool”)
  9. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  10. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

What are your favorite books? Do you have any that you recommend? I am always looking for new books!

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King

I have such mixed feelings when it comes to Stephen King. I really want to like his writing but I am such a chicken that it is hard for me. I don’t do horror therefore he isn’t my favorite author. However, I respect his talent so I continue to attempt reading his books. I just finished this one.

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This book was surprisingly easy for me to read. It was not a horror novel like most of his books. However, it held my attention and I needed to know what happened. It is beautifully written and did not give away the ending. I did not expect it to end the way that it did.

The main character was funny and relatable even though she was a child. Her personality changes through out the book in a manner that is appropriate for what she is going through. She is extremely smart and makes good decisions for the majority of the book, well if you exclude the beginning, which got her into the mess in the first place.

I highly recommend this book for everyone. If you are a Stephen King lover, then you should read this book. If you are not a Stephen King lover, you should read this book!

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars!

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