Day 30: Your Favorite Book of All Time

This is really hard to choose ’cause I love all books… well, not ALL books, but you get the point. I would make a top ten to twenty list again, but let’s face it that will make this supposed 30 day challenge into an even longer challenge than that. I mean I started this in FEBRUARY. I think I extended the 30 days as far as they could possible go.

Anyways, back to the point. My favourite book. I loved Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, as well as the Goblet of Fire. I also really enjoyed Tammara Webber’s Easy and Colleen Hoover’s Losing Hope. The list could go on extending to Cassandra Clare’s amazing novels and series, or even Marie Lu’s Legend and Prodigy. But I have to say, my favourite book of all time has got to be The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. If you haven’t heard about this book from me yet, well then, this will probably be the first and last for you ’cause all my old followers are probably slumming around tired me of me constantly talking about it book. Honestly though, I love the complexity of it, the characters are all amazing and distinct, and  love so many quotes from this book, if I did that whole highlighter thing, my copy would be florescent. Anyways, here it is again, my favourite book of all time ~

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Synopsis:

Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julián Carax. But when he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax’s books in existence. Soon Daniel’s seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets–an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love.

If any of you do end up picking this book up, let me know,  I’d love to hear your opinion of it ~!

Day 29: A Book Everyone Hated But You Liked

I read this book for grade 11 English, and I actually loved the themes and the story of the book. While I think I was still much too immature to really process some of the things that happened, I look back and realize that the book was actually extremely good. However, as with Stargirl, my class was less than enthusiastic to read the book and many hated the story, laughed at the harsher parts of the book, and made a joke of it. Again, I don’t know if it was just ’cause we were too immature at the time to really get it, but very few people in my grade liked the book (or said that they did). Anyways, here it is: The Kite Runner.

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(Yes, I know it’s really popular on GoodReads and among the literary world, but I’m just basing this on the impression I’ve gotten from the people I know, because otherwise, this whole hated by I liked thing doesn’t happen very often)

Also, Merry Christmas to all of you celebrating today ~ !

Day 27: The Most Surprising Plot Twist or Ending

BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES.

Haha, I’m just kidding ~ (But seriously though, that movie’s ending, I DID NOT EXPECT THAT.)

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While I was surprised at the ending, I can’t say I hated it. I can’t even say I blame Veronica Roth for it. The message is there, loud and clear, and I have to give her props for her choice. Also, I’m not saying that I’m surprised by what happened in the book, but the book itself. Throughout Divergent and Insurgent, I honestly could not have told you that this was the end. But it was, and I think I can speak for all of us when I say I’ll be crying to myself in my room for the next few weeks.

Day 26: A Book That Changed Your Opinion About Something

This book changed my opinion about a lot of things, but I think the biggest impact it had upon me was the fact that it changed my view on reading. Back in first grade, I hated reading, I only did it ’cause my teacher was like “The more you read, the more stickers you get. The more stickers you get, the more free pizza you get from Pizza Hut.” Of course I had to comply. However, once grade one was over, I dropped books. I was a slow reader, I didn’t enjoy it, and my first Pokemon game was calling my name. However, when my class read Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson, my whole stance changed. The book was so emotionally charged, third grade me was amazed. I read it again years later in 2007, when the movie came out, and felt like my childhood had just punched me in the gut. My first thought was, “How did this not scar me when I was a kid.” It may have not ruined me, but it had left its mark. I don’t know how into reading, or how much later I’d have gotten into it, if I hadn’t read this book. Definitely changed my opinion about books, writing, and reading.

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Day 25: A Character Who You Can Relate to the Most

When  I saw this list, I couldn’t think of one character that I could relate well with. In the past month, I found 2.

The first is Cather, from Rainbow Rowell’s novel Fangirl. Cath is an English major who spends a lot of time on the Internet, enjoys writing, has a roommate (I have 2), and has this fear of screwing things up on the first try and looking like an idiot. That’s basically me, though I don’t usually get embarrassed easily (nor do I blush half the amount she does). Alike to Cath, I fangirl a lot. However, mine’s usually over k-pop groups (and sometimes books) and I don’t write fanfiction (I just don’t have that ability to adopt other people’s characters). I understand growing apart from my close friends (though I lack the twin sister part) and I feel for her with the English assignment issues. While I lack a boyfriend that I’ve met through my roommates, I can relate to her and her story pretty darn well.

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The other character I relate well with is Rebecca, from Shelley Coriell’s novel Goodbye, Rebel Blue. Rebel speaks her mind, all the time, and she’s not always loved for it. She’s blunt and will tell you the honest truth, regardless of which way you try to tip her. She reads people easily and she hates math, mainly ’cause she just can’t do it. This is definitely me. My friends usually appreciate that I’m upfront and forthcoming, but often times strangers think I’m too much to handle (which I can understand…). I am pretty good with predicting what people are going to do, and I have this knack of seeing and gauging reactions easily, adjusting my behaviour respectively. If I can tell that someone can’t take the truth, then I’ll let it slide and move on to another topic. I also detest math. I can’t process numbers at all. The only math I can manage is addition and multiplication. All other math gives me anxiety and I usually take a LONG time to get an answer (which isn’t often right). You can see why I went for the writing gig over the engineering path most Asians take. Again, while I lack the beautiful football playing boyfriend, I can also relate really well with Rebel.

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Day 24: A Book That You Wish More People Would’ve Read

Some time ago, someone actually requested that I review this series, or at least ask if I’ve read it. Made my month ’cause I spent the proceeding weeks reading the series and then reviewing it, and then putting all of the author’s other books on hold. Unfortunately,  I never got to her other series, but I loved this one, and I wish it was more known.

Anyways, here it is: Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

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Synopsis:

Choose: A quick death…Or slow poison…

About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear…