The Power of Books

So normally when I write a blog post, I keep the title blank until last because usually I do have a topic in mind, but I never really know where my mind will stray.

Also, I discovered “Studyblr” on Tumblr. It is literally the coolest thing I’ve discovered since Tumblr itself. So naturally, after seeing all the posts, I went to Target and bought more school supplies. Nice.

Also, I made mini blueberry muffins.

NaBloPoMo #4

So many books I’ve read during 2014; I really wish I would’ve kept a master list of ones I finished and a synopsis of what I thought and how it affected me. I decided to start one in my journal (good things it’s a new year), and I’m so excited to write down a book.

Currently I’m reading four but in reality, I’m mainly reading two. Those are: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain & also: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

So let’s get down to the main focus of this post.

Instead of books I’ve read during 2014, I’m just going to do since I’ve been alive (the titles I can remember at least). Please take in mind, these books are for pleasure reading. There isn’t really anything factual, educational, or informative about these books unless you count learning different techniques from different writers.

The first book being called Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. Do you realize how many questions and odd looks I got from people thinking this is 50 Shades of Gray? I don’t really go for vulgar novels or vulgar anything like that. This is a historical fiction that is purely genius. I’ve read it multiple times and have always loved it as much as the first time I read it. It includes heartbreak, and the Holocaust. Personally, I loved learning about the Holocaust in school. Anyone who loves that kind of thing would adore this novel.

The next novel is a book by Stephenie Meyer called The Host. While she is more known for The Twilight Series, I think this is one of her greater works. It’s a truly phenomenal read. They also created a movie out of this which is also great, but of course, not as good as the book.

This next one, I’ve read more recently. While it didn’t really change my outlook on anything, it did make me go “Wow! How did three authors with different writing styles write a book?”. I’ll tell you how. They wrote short stories but with the same setting. It’s really a great read especially for people who are aspiring authors. Oh my, I forgot to tell you the book. Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle.

The next title sounds totally cliche, but trust me, the plot isn’t. It’s called Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins. It’s truly, truly a great read. Especially for those who like sci-fi ish things and time travel, like Doctor Who. I think it’s quite the girl empowering book.

This next book is also similar to the previous one, but very, very different. It’s The Hourglass series, and trust me when I say, you will not regret reading these books. Time travel, romance, and humor. It’s got it all.

Of course there are plenty more where that came from, but I’ll save those for next time.

“Some stories stay with us forever.” -anonymous

“Everything you’ve heard about monsters, about nightmares, legends whispered around the campfire…all the stories are true.” Jace from City of Bones Cassandra Clare. (Love, love, love this quote so much. I get chills whenever I hear or read it.)

Goodnight, you owls.

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4 thoughts on “The Power of Books

  1. I put off reading Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children for years because the cover looked so strange. I finally read it in 2013 and LOVED it. That will teach me about judging books by their covers!

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    1. Same thing here! I’ve probably been to the bookstore 20 times during winter break, and I kept seeing that book. The cover looked good, but it seemed more like a horror fiction. A few days ago, I finally just picked it up, read the back, and got totally hooked. I’m almost done, and loving it!

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      1. Another one I put off was The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. I actually ended up buying it twice–once in hardback when it was first published in 2006 and then on my Kindle last year. I had given the hardback away because I figured if I’d had it so long I was never going to read it. Then I kept seeing it on “best book” lists, and when I saw it on sale for the Kindle I bought it again. This time I actually read it, and it turned out to be one of the best books I’ve ever read!

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      2. It’s so strange how books like that always find a way into your heart! It’s actually kind of funny. Also, whenever I don’t want to finish a book b/c I don’t like it, I just can’t do it. I’ll think about that book nonstop and end up finishing it.

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