Top 5 Wednesday: Books I Will Never Read

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There is rarely a book I will never read, but this week I’m talking about the books that I don’t really have a desire to pick up right this second. You know the books — maybe they are over-hyped or maybe they are just not your cup of tea right now, but you really don’t care about them. Let’s get started.

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1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 
by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany
I’m sure there were gasps heard round the world at that one. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a HUGE Harry Potter fan — I’m a true Harry Potter fan. I’m not satisfied with Harry Potter World because they could have done so much more, I waited weeks to watch the last movie because I didn’t want it to really be over, and I read the sixth book in fewer than 24 hours. I have absolutely no desire to read a book that will probably ruin the series. Excuse me, a play.

2. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
I don’t think I even need to justify this one.

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3. Midnight Sun 
by Stephanie Meyer
I remember when this was “leaked”. I was probably in high school and everyone went insane for it. I’m not going to lie, I went through my Twilight phase, like any normal 7th grader, but I hated Breaking Dawn (probably because I was a huge Jacob fan), and thought it was kind of immature of her to refuse to publish her book (that people were genuinely excited about) because a couple chapters got leaked.

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4. Paper Towns 
by John Green
Unfortunately, I have read this book, but it’s one I really regret. While I haven’t been a HUGE fan of any John Green novels, I could see what people liked about them. I’ll never understand the appeal of Paper Towns. Margo is pretentious (even more so than all the other Green characters) and there’s absolutely zero development in the entire novel.

I’m sorry, but I can’t find a final 5th book for this list. I’m usually pretty open minded about books and I’m willing to give anything a chance. What are the books you just have no interest in reading? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading,
Kimberly

Top 10 Tuesday: Books I Read in School

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Top 10 Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in 2010. It combines what I love most in this world into one—lists, books, and blogging. It couldn’t be any better suited for me! Since school has started/is starting (today’s my first last day of school ever), this week I’m going to be talking about my favorite books I read in school. This is going to range from elementary school all the way through college. Let’s get started!

1. The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Warner
These were some of the first books I remember reading in my reading groups in first grade. I would check them out in batches of five and the librarian would always laugh at me since they were due back in two weeks, but I always finished them in time.

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2. To Kill a Mockingbird 
by Harper Lee
I’ve talked about this book enough that everyone should know how great I think it is. Read it if you haven’t, I promise you won’t regret it.

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3. Magic Tree House Series 
by Mary Pope Osborne
What kid didn’t love cracking open a Magic Tree House book?

4. Animal Farm by George Orwell
Technically I didn’t read this while I was in school, but a lot of my friends did so I think it should count.

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5. Blankets 
by Craig Thompson
I read this in my young adult literature class that I took last semester. It’s a graphic novel, something I’ve never read before, and I loved it.

6. A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen
I remember reading this play sophomore year of high school. It was one of the first plays I read and actually liked. It has a meaningful theme and is written beautifully.

Anthem
7. Anthem 
by Ayn Rand
Another book I’ve rambled on about a lot. Read my comparison of it to The Giver  here.

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8. Life of Pi 
by Yann Martel
I read this before my freshman year of high school for one of my classes, and it was one of the first books I ever remember enjoying reading for class.

9. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Before our teacher assigned this, she said we couldn’t handle it and we weren’t going to like it. I absolutely loved it. It’s so much more than just a “monster” book.

10. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
One last book from high school and probably one of the harder books I read, but it is such a good, intricate story. It follows a family on a missionary trip and chronicles their life from the different perspectives of the family. We all know how I love perspectives.

What were your favorite books from school? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading,
Kimberly

 

Treasure Tuesday

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1. I am currently still reading the Chronicles of Narnia (but I’m already on book five).

2. I started my senior year of college today. I feel extremely old, and I’m not ready to talk about it.

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4. Being home for a week was so great. I got to cuddle with my puppy, lay by the beach, and read a ton.

5. This sea otter is absolutely adorable.
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Happy reading,
Kimberly

The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.: A Review

Title: The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.
Author: Adelle Waldman
Genre: Fiction
Quotation: “Dating is probably the most fraught human interaction there is.”
Would recommend to: 
anyone dealing with a break-up looking for perspective.

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“I feel like you want to think what you’re feeling is really deep, like some seriously profound existential shit. But to me, it looks like the most tired, the most average thing in the world, the guy who is all interested in a woman until the very moment when it dawns on him that he has her. Wanting only what you can’t have. The affliction of shallow morons everywhere.”

If you want a summation of The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman, that quote right there does it. The story follows the New York writer Nate in his tumultuous relationships with New York women, but it really focuses on one relationship, which I won’t divulge in interest of keeping the book a mystery.

Waldman looks into the male psyche to determine why and how men lose interest in their partners. It’s an interesting twist on romance that brings a different perspective to the table, especially if you’re a woman.

Waldman creates a simultaneously unique and common character in Nate. He recently received a book offer to get his book published, and before that he was a columnist, book reviewer and temp worker in New York City. While his intelligence and background (his parents are immigrants) make him stand out from the crowd, his pure ass-ery sticks him in the same round peg as almost every other man. He wants what he can’t have, he loves to be needed, and he is far to infatuated with his own body parts.

While it’s easy to hate on Nathaniel, it’s also easy, as a woman, to see this same pattern in most men. It’s interesting that Waldman attacked this book from the perspective of the male, and it made me wonder how honest it really was, whether she was just bitter about a break-up and blaming the man.

Waldman artfully strung words together to both portray her characters mannerisms and deep thoughts. While it would have been easy to show the surface of a deteriorating relationship, Waldman dug into the heart of the matter and showed the ups and downs of a long-term relationship.

I think this was truly an interesting novel that showed the truest of relationships. I know I’ve seen myself in this type of relationship, and it was refreshing for me to read something as harsh and honest as Waldman’s work. It was relatable and revealing in all the important ways.

This is Waldman’s most famous work, but she is also known for her work with Slate, Vogue, and Gawker. 

Happy reading,
Kimberly

Top 5 Wednesday: Books to Read This Year

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This week’s Top 5 Wednesday is all about the books I want to finish before the end of the year. Let’s get started!

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1. One Thousand and One Nights 

I read selections from this series of tales in my class in January and loved every bit of it. I’d love to pick up a copy and read it from cover to cover.

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2. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 
by C.S. Lewis
I’m currently plugging through the series and will be happy to say that I’ve definitely finished this book before the end of 2016.

3. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
I bought this for my grandmother for Christmas, and she loved it so much she gave it to my mother. It’s definitely a book I should read for myself.

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4. The Odyssey 
by Homer
I read a condensed version as a middle schooler but can’t wait to read the full adventure.

5. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
I read East of Eden two summers ago and would love to read more of Steinbeck’s work.

What books are you looking forward to finishing before the end of the year? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading,
Kimberly

 

Top 10 Tuesday: Books I Still Need to Read

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Top 10 Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in 2010. It combines what I love most in this world into one—lists, books, and blogging. It couldn’t be any better suited for me! This week I’m going to be slightly embarrassed to list some of the books on my shelf that I haven’t read from before my blogging days. I’ve only been blogging for a little over a year now, so this shouldn’t be too bad. Let’s get started!

Pride and Prejudice
1. Pride and Prejudice 
by Jane Austen
Even though I’ve started it more times than I can count.

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2. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 
by Douglas Adams
It’s been daringly sitting on my bedside table for a month now.

3. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
I bought it. I put it on a shelf. And I haven’t looked it in the eye since.

4. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
I read the first page when I was eight as a dare and haven’t looked at the thing since.

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5. The Great Gatsby 
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Another one I’ve started with great intentions but always found something more appealing on my shel.

6. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
It’s just so daunting!

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7. Catch 22 
by Joseph Heller
I always buy books with good intentions.

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8. The Chronicles of Narnia 
by C.S. Lewis
But I’m working on it!

9. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
It’s been on my list since high school — it might soon come off it!

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10. Treasure Island 
by Robert Louis Stevenson
I brought it on vacation so there is a high likelihood I will finish it!

What books have you had on your TBR list for a little too long to be acceptable? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy reading,
Kimberly

Treasure Tuesday

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1. I am currently reading “The Chronicles of Narnia” since I have never read them before.

2. I am home for the week! So I’m relaxing and catching up on work before school and my internship start up in the fall.

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4. The Olympics ended this past Sunday! What was your favorite event? Let me know in the comments below.

5. With school coming up nothin calms my spirit quite like a well organized notebook. Check out these aesthetically pleasing bullet journals from Buzzfeed.

6. Check out this adorable Border Collie puppy. It reminds me of my dog Bella!
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Happy reading,
Kimberly

Feed: A Review

Title: Feed
Author: M. T. Anderson
Genre: Science Fiction
Quotation: “We went to the moon to have fun, but the moon turned out to completely suck.”
Would recommend to: anyone who is weary of the development of technology.

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Feed‘s book jacket describes it as a science fiction tale of two teenagers who fall in love and choose to fight the “feed”, basically the internet in your head, together.

I was expecting a story relatively similar to Divergent or The Hunger Games, both stories that include strong protagonists that challenge the current way of life to find something better. That is not what Feed is.

Feed is the story of Titus and Violet and their struggle to overcome socio-economic prejudices they didn’t even know existed and figure out what life would be like without the feed.

Basically, people, rich people, are fitted with feeds, kind of like having an internet directly connected to your brain. These feeds have messaging capabilities, shopping selections and Google at the tips of everyone’s thoughts.

When Titus and his friends go to the moon because they are bored, they meet Violet, a girl their age who has been planning a trip to the moon for a while since she’s much poorer than the other teenagers. While on the moon, their feeds are hacked and they live without them for a few days, seeing for the first time what it’s like to create your own entertainment and not be in-the-know 24/7.

When they get their feeds back and return to Earth, readers see the disturbing world these kids live in. Pants are $400 dollars and they get cars for going through tough times. They think air farms can replace trees and they visit beaches in space suits because of all the pollution.

M.T. Anderson’s novel is really a deep commentary on what can happen to our world if we let technology take over our thought process, if we let corporations become our brains. The in-depth analysis of the effect technology can have on our senses comes way before its time (Anderson wrote Feed in 2002) and speaks for itself. It is deep, introspective, and truly a warning for anyone that relies too heavily on what technology can do for them (such as having Google at the tips of our fingers).

And while his commentary is deep, his characters are flat. Besides Violet, they all rely on popular trends to tell them what to do and have very little understanding of compassion. This is Anderson’s way of convincing readers not to let this happen — to read, to reflect on life, to enjoy the trees, to take in everything they can around them and to not let technology cloud out our humanity.

Anderson is known for writing comprehensive pieces for young adults and encouraging his readers to think about the words on the page. Other books he’s written include the “Octavian Nothing” series, Thirsty, and Burger Wuss. 

Happy reading,
Kimberly

Top 5 Wednesday: First Sentences

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This top 5 Wednesday is dedicated to my favorite first sentences in books. The lines that have hooked me and made me want to devour every other line of the book. Let’s get started!

1984
1. 1984
“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”

The Catcher in the Rye
2. The Catcher in the Rye
“If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.”

3. Slaughterhouse-Five
“All of this happened, more or less.”

4. Fahrenheit 451
“It was a pleasure to burn.”

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5. The Bell Jar
“It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing in New York.”

What are your favorite first lines from literature? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading,
Kimberly

Treasure Tuesday

treasure tuesday banner1. I am currently reading “The End of Dieting” by Joel Fuhrman.

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3. Do you need any advice? Buzzfeed presents some of the most powerful advice from literature. Some of my favorite quotes are from Perks of Being a Wallflower, Tuck Everlasting, and More Than This. 

4. One week from today I’ll be home cuddling with my puppy! I couldn’t be more excited.

5. Michael Phelps crushed the Olympics (again). Who is you favorite Olympian this year?

6. Here’s an adorable photo of a pig eating ice cream. Enjoy!pig

Happy reading,
Kimberly