Hello beautiful people!
Firstly, I want to thank everyone who gave me feedback on the last post. I know it sounds silly, but it really means a lot to me when people provide feedback, since it allows me to make adjustments if needed.
One thing I would like to do is find a way to make shout outs to other bloggers in these wrap ups; I’m a big advocate for helping other bloggers grow and become known in the blogging community, especially since many have done the same for me. Inside My Library Mind did a post called “Monthly Favorites: September“, where she posted thoughts such as favorite music and favorite shows. One thing I absolutely adored was how she listed her favorite posts, those from other bloggers. I want to possibly mimic something similar to this, but I have no idea how to make it different ha-ha!
Books I’ve Read and Reviews I Posted
Where Are You, Wilbert? by Bardur Oskarsson
Eloise (Eloise) by Kay Thompson
Deceptions (Cainsville, Book Three) by Kelley Armstrong
Betrayals (Cainsville, Book Four) by Kelley Armstrong
Books I’ve Purchased
Books I’ve Received
Book Club Theme and Pick
The theme for September 2017 was Classics and High School Specials and I chose George Orwell’s Animal Farm. As I mentioned last month, I wasn’t able to read it for the August 2017 meeting, so I figured I could still read it for this months gathering!
In a nutshell, Animal Farm is an absolutely splendid piece of literature. Not only is the story interesting, but Orwell’s writing style flows incredibly well. Orwell knew when to move from one section to the next, and what pieces of information should be saved for later in the story. Though a commonly used tool for teaching history due to its impeccable detail to accurately portraying parts of World War II, this novella still caters to those who may not have such knowledge yet are looking for a rather unique story.
Below, you can see what the other’s read and their thoughts in brief!
Haley’s Book Choice: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
- Genre: Fantasy
- Rating: 5 Cups of Tea
- General Comments:
This is Haley’s third time reading this book, for she loves re-reading books since you always learn more For instance, J.K. Rowling says there are hints in the previous books to the final (i.e. the Horcruxes like the locket and Harry’s destiny) which Haley didn’t notice until re-reading the novels. It shows how Rowling actually had everything planned for the end of the series since the beginning.
Some parts are a little disturbing, such as torture sections inflicted upon students from teacher; Haley commented that this may be difficult for readers. Additionally, there’s a big shift between the first four books, which are more lighthearted, and the last three, which grow darker and more sinister.
Sean’s Book Choice: The Chrysalids by John Wyndham
- Genre: Science Fiction; Coming of Age
- Rating: 4 Cups of Tea
- General Comments:
Sean’s first time reading this was in Middle school. The book takes place hundreds of years after a major nuclear war. There’s a new book that has been added to the Bible, which condemns those who are mutated. The main character can use telepathy (along with some other children), which he realizes later is considered a mutation. After some events occurring, the children realize they have to run away. If not, they will be sterilized and sent to the Fringes.
It’s a rather strange book. At first you think it’s about learning to accept everyone; however, all the different groups of humans or mutants see themselves as the true image of God. Some see themselves as the more advanced species. Though it’s not a perfectly happy and nice ending, Sean prefers this for the realism. Other comments are that this is rather fast-paced. However, there is little to no humour and the dialogue isn’t great per say.
Rachel’s Book Choice: A Separate Peace by John Knowles
- Genre: Coming of Age; Classic American Literature
- Rating: 5 Cups of Tea (High School); 3.5 Cups of Tea (Now)
- General Comments:
The story follows Gene (the unreliable narrator) and Finn during their time in a boarding school in New England. Gene is introverted and strictly focused on school; Finn, this roommate, is a social butterfly and charismatic, who is also a particularly great athlete. During the summer session of school, some of the boys make a secret society where you have to do a certain stunt in order to be accepted. From there, the story focuses on Gene’s perception of everything (especially Finn) and the development ofGene and Finn’s friendship.
There are a number of major themes and topics throughout this novel: jealously, self-esteem, friendship, loyalty, loss, and perception. The story is well-told and the writing style is grand. Those who are fans of The Catcher in the Rye may enjoy this, for the type of story and writing style are similar. The title references the war, as they are away from it. Some major events are also occurring during the story that reflect the time period, such as World War II which is shown through labour divisions and individuals at the school losing their jobs. One reason that her rating changed though was that the story is very MALE focused, though this may not be an issue for others. Another is simply that the story had a different meaning and importance level to her in high school than it does now; it relates to her older self rather than to her now. This, I find, is a common trend when re-reading books. It’s not necessarily that it’s a bad book; she just doesn’t have the same love and adoration for it now.
- Genre: Drama; Tragedy
- Rating: 1 Cup of Tea
- General Comments:
For Jenn, this was NOT her cup of tea whatsoever. The story faltered, making it rather difficult to become intrigued and have the desire to read the play. In an attempt to find other means of finishing the story. She attempted an audiobook, since reading the plays out-loud in high school seemed to work. However, the audiobook versions she found didn’t make the story anymore intriguing whatsoever.
Goodreads Reading Challenge Update
I actually changed my Reading Challenge Goal to the original number, which was 50. Later in the year, I moved it up to 52 books. However, I’ve realized that those extra 2 are possibly not happening, so I felt like bringing it back down. Now I’m only 3 books behind!
Bookmark Your Thoughts Blog Updates
The biggest update with this month on Bookmark Your Thoughts is that I changed the theme, which has been updated to “Toujours“. I love the simplicity of this theme and how clean it looks; the most interesting feature is having your three most recent posts appear at the top, which I found pretty nifty. I do plan to upgrade my account so I can import a theme from a site I found recently, but I have a lot of research to do before making that decision.
Other fun news…the new feature images are almost done! The owner of Whimsical Logoshop has been MORE than patient with my indecisiveness; I don’t know how she puts up with me. We have almost finished the feature images and are now working on updating my header and rating cups and signature to match some updates…you’ll see a post about this soon!
Lastly, I’m planning to bring back my “Let’s Talk Banned Book” posts. I put them on hold for a while, since I was so busy with other things. The PLAN is to post one a month; that way I can do lots of research and not feel overwhelmed.
Another wrap up complete! Let me know if there’s anything else you guys would like me to add: words of advice, a list of my posts, stuff regarding my personal life, etc. I don’t want to get carried away with this, since it’s easy to do that ha-ha!
One thing I would REALLY like advice on: should I place the mini book reviews of everyone at book club here OR should I make a new mini post once a month on the Book Club Meetings?