May Book Wrap Up

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Is it really that time already? I can’t believe how fast May went! This month was my first without school, so I went a little crazy with all the free time (read: binge-watched Grey’s Anatomy and the Harry Potter movies).

I got some good writing in with that time too. I’m writing chapter three of Candy Wrappers (progress has been a bit slow, but I’m happy with how it’s coming along), and I’m writing a story-blog with a friend called Typing Templar (it’s pretty cool, if I may say so myself. You should totally go check it out!).

I also started a podcast called Book Talk, where I share a bit about books I’m reading, new blogs and authors to check out, and some other cool stuff. I have an author interview in the making for the podcast, so I’m pretty excited about that.  And if you leave a review I will be forever grateful (no pressure or anything).

Somehow between all that jazz, I managed to read ten books! I really do amaze myself sometimes. So, without further ado, here are May’s books!

P.S. The titles are links to the original posts.

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Martini Henry

Rating:  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Thoughts: I loved this book so much. It was fresh and thoughtful and original and an amazing read!

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Pale Highway

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥

Thoughts: It was an okay book, but it lost me as soon as it started with the talking slugs. Other than that is was very well researched and an interesting read.

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Sick

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥

Thoughts: It was a pretty good book, and I definitely did not see the twist in the end coming. Sick was a little disturbed, but still a very entertaining read.

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Sicker

Rating:  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Thoughts: I liked part two of the Sick series much more than the first. It was pretty dark and twisty, but I couldn’t put it down.

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In The Highlands

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Thoughts: There were people in my fifth grade class that wrote better poetry than this. I was very disappointed.

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The Ascent of Feminist Poetry

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Thoughts: This was a truly beautiful book. It used poetry as a tool to reinforce the passages in the book. I think every feminist (and non-feminist) should read this.

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The Travelers

Rating:  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Thoughts: This book was layer after layer of deception, secrets, and lies. The further I got the more it sucked me in.

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Thirteen Reasons Why

Rating:  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Thoughts: Wow. Just wow. Never before has a book so perfectly captured the chain reaction of a teenagers life.

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Rating:  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Thoughts: The book was deep and thoughtful, and the writing was absolutely beautiful. I do, however, feel that the hype surrounding the book is a little much, and I was expecting more than I got.

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Shatter Me

Rating: ♥ ♥

Thoughts: I haven’t actually posted the review for Shatter Me yet (the link is to my review on Goodreads), but I was very disappointed with this book. The writing style annoyed me, and there was way to much romance and desperation.

And there you have my reads in the month of May! What books have you read this month?

 

 

Book Review- The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
Published by David Fickling Books on September 12, 2006
Genres: Young Adult, Historical Fiction
Pages: 224
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Berlin, 1942: When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move to a new house far, far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people in the distance.

But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different from his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas nearly broke my heart. Bruno is young and innocent; he has no idea the truth of what is going on around him. When his family moves to “Out-With”, he is jealous of the people he sees on the other side of the fence, wearing the blue striped pajamas. He wants nothing more than someone to play with, unaware of the horror going on around him.

The writing style is beautiful. It is very easy to read and understand, as if the story is meant to be understood by a child. As Bruno discovers the horrible things going on around him, they are told through the eyes of a child; someone who doesn’t quite understand what is happening. It leaves a lot of room for imagination, a lot of space to read between the lines.

I loved the friendship between Bruno and Schmuel, the boy in the blue striped pajamas. They didn’t judge each other, or hate each other because of which side of the fence they were on. Bruno didn’t understand why they couldn’t play or crawl under the small gap in the bottom of the fence.

The ending of the book wasn’t much of a surprise to me. My only complaint is that I didn’t get emotional enough about it. I was fully prepared to bawl my eyes out, but I think the hype over the book made it less of an emotional journey for me. That being said, it was fantastic, and something that I definitely recommend to everyone.

I am going to give The Boy in the Striped Pajamas four out of five hearts.

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The Things I’d Like To See More In Books, Because For Some Reason They All Magically Vanish

A frolic through fiction

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Have you ever had one of those moments where you wish there was something else included in books?

Whether it be something of a magical topic, or something positively mundane, over my years of reading quite a stack of wishful thinking has built up on this topic.

So here are the top 10 things I’d like to see more of in books!

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Author Q&A- Cammie Sky Hart

Today I had the pleasure of interviewing Jordan Cameron S. Hart, otherwise known as Cammie Sky Hart. She is a wonderful writer, and has recently released her newest book, The Fate of Amber Pine! Read the interview below.
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Q: How long have you been writing?

A: Since I was kid, I started off with poetry and short stories in secondary school. In fact it was my secondary teacher Ms. Dubois who submitted my work to a local paper and encouraged me to become a writer.

Q: What inspires your writing? Do you have a muse? 

 

A: Life. Growing up was hard for me, I grew up between England and California, because of this I was bullied for having a strange accent.  Instead of letting it break me I turned frustration and angst into fiction. Muse, erm…I think movies and telly programmes are my muses. It’d be nice if I had one a la Charmed. She’d whisper something during writer’s block and bam writers block be gone. 

 
Q: Tell me about your book, The Fate of Amber Pine. What was the original idea behind it?
A: The Fate of Amber Pine is about a girl who has to make three difficult choices between two people she loves and death. Amber has three months to choice whether she wants to live in an alternate reality where her father is alive and she can lead a normal life, stay in her world and protect her younger brother from their abusive mother, even it means she’ll die in a year, or accept her death and follow Ryu, her angelic guide to the afterlife.
I thought of The Fate of Amber Pine on my way to Comic Con in 2010. There was a huge accident on the highway leading to San Diego, California a semi truck hit a tiny bug. The buzz around Comic Con for those who saw or heard about the accident was that everyone in the bug survived. I was gobsmacked to say the least. I mean when I think of a truck and a VW involved in a accident it make me shudder. For good reason I heard the word miracle mentioned several times that day. Being a writer my mind started to have fantasy thoughts about how the people in the bug survived. As soon as I saw Sesshomaru my mind went blank. I didn’t  think about Amber’s story for awhile afterward. Because I carry fancy notepads with me everywhere it took browsing through notes after I filled the pages to come back to her story.
I didn’t have a clear picture of how I wanted the story to be developed until 2012 and after writing five chapters I scraped it and didn’t come back to it until 2015 when I heard a lady on the bus talking about how real angels are. So the car accident, my notes, plus the lady on the bus have acted as my muse and shaped Amber’s story.
Q: Would you like your characters if you met them in “real life”? Why or why not?
A: There are characters from my first novel Growing Up Caffarelli-DeSonto a series that I’ve been writing and working on since ’07 that I love. Toni, my main character in my first novel is hilarious and outgoing so much so that I think he’d be fun to be around. His younger brother match him well and both have outgoing personalities like him so I think the three of them would just naturally bring me out of my little turtle shell. Since Amber is fairly new I’m not sure. While Amber is a guarded person I’m shy with our two personalities I don’t think we’d get anywhere. Ryu is a git. He can be loveable, but his angelic nature makes him see humans as weird creatures he doesn’t understand. Amber’s brother is possible my favourite of the lot and I had a lot of fun writing his character. We would probably get on.
Q: If you could collaborate with any writer (alive or dead), who would it be and why?
A: I wouldn’t. It sounds like an arse thing to say but I’ve tried collabs before and they don’t work for me. I’m a person who can scrape a whole project even if 300 pages are written. I’m also someone who has several saved Word docs of one story with fifteen different drafts. I think it would be hard to work with an oddball like me. I think Sarah Ockler, Sarah Dessen, E. Lockhart as brilliant writers though.
Q: What is something you want the world to know?
A: There’s been an ongoing debate of whether or not we live in a five dimensional space. However, if we believe we’re three dimensional beings just like the two dimensional people of flatland in  Edwin A. Abbcott’s novel we’ll never know. According to flatlanders theory two dimensional beings can’t comprehend the idea of something being three dimensional. Therefore we can’t see beyond our 3D selves into other dimensional. Okay, I just geeked out but so fascinating I wanted to share. Also that leaves the idea of actually being able to enter into 4D worlds open if we’re open to believing we can be more than 3D eh?
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#ScaleBackABook

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Recently, the hashtag Scale Back A Book was trending on twitter. A lot of them were pretty funny, so I decided to post some of my favorites here for your enjoyment!

 

 

 

And my favorite of them all:

I decided to join in and posted these:

 

 

 

Which are your favorites? Did you post any? Let me know in the comments!

Book Review- Thirteen Reasons Why

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Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Published by Razorbill on October 18, 2007
Genres: Young Adult, Suicide, Fiction
Pages: 288
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Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.

On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list.

Through Hannah and Clay’s dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.

I absolutely loved Thirteen Reasons Why. I don’t even know if I can find the right words to describe the feeling I got while reading (and after reading) the book, but I’ll try.

The dual narration of the book truly brings it to life. I was able to read what Hannah was saying in her tapes, and immediately read Clay’s reaction to her words. Things she said sparked his memory, so at times two stories were being told at once (which was surprisingly easy to follow) and added dimensions to the book that helped bring it to life.

I love how perfectly Jay Asher captured the “snowball effect” and how the most random encounters can impact people so much. Thirteen Reasons Why digs deeply into how the most thoughtless of jokes can cause serious repercussions.

Thirteen Reasons Why makes me want to be better-nicer-to everyone I know. To everyone in general. I definitely recommend reading this book if you haven’t already. It’s worth it.

I am going to give Thirteen Reasons Why five out of five hearts.

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Book Review- The Ascent of Feminist Poetry

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The Ascent of Feminist Poetry by Charles Bane, Jr.
Published by Transcendent Zero Press on November 1, 2015
Genres: Feminist, Poetry, Women Writers, Feminist Theory
Pages: 32
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Charles Bane, Jr. once again takes a route to poetic interpretation that honors the role of small presses in moving poetry toward its most obscure destinies. In this discussion of feminist poetry and its outlier status, Bane explores the rising trend of female poets and what this means to the future of poetry.

Small presses are important because they assume risks the larger publishers want to avoid. They set market trends, and are market rogues. Honest small presses that love the craft want to push boundaries, lift curses, and broaden the creative dialogue. The small press is often overlooked in the long run, and Mr. Bane makes special note of the contributions these presses add to the art of poetry.

This is not so much playing the devil’s advocate as giving an emerging poetry a solid analysis and voice. Expect an trenchant look into the next big thing in poetry.

The Ascent of Feminist Poetry was very insightful. It speaks about problems in our society and the decline of true culture, among other pressing matters. There is insightful text sprinkled with poems from various female authors, covering a wide range of poetry styles.

The poems are used as a way to reinforce the text surrounding them, giving me chills. It was pieced together expertly, and gave a deep insight into matters I didn’t even know existed, yet affect people on a daily basis.

The book was very short, which made it a quick read. Even so, it has my mind spinning with the context, and I doubt I’ll be able to stop thinking about it for a while.

As much as I enjoyed it, the book was a bit tricky to understand, and I had to stop and go back over some passages a couple times to make sure I was understanding the meaning completely.

I am going to give The Ascent of Feminist Poetry four out of five hearts.

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*This book was given to me for free in exchange for an honest review. This has not in any way affected my views or opinion of the book.