5 Books I Want To Read This Summer

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It’s the final week of June and this is the first time I’ve touched this blog in months after saying I wanted to get back into writing on this thing. Unfortunately, things started happening that were out of my control and it really shattered my morale. Big time. I was still reading, but as much as I loved some of the books I was picking up, it was more to escape what was happening than really taking in what was in front of me.

I did manage to get through some astounding books since February – Chaos Walking, The Exact Opposite of Okay, Artemis Fowl, and Scythe to name a few – and some of them really made me feel things. I wanted so desperately to gush about these books, share my thoughts about them online because I know no one in real life who actually wants to talk to me about books other than to make fun of me for how many I own. But I didn’t have the energy to do so. This one part of my life was draining away all the joy and energy from the parts that made it not suck as much.

But I am away from it all now. I’m on a new path, and one that has given me much more joy and motivation to pursue the things I love.

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Review: Moxie – Jennifer Mathieu

4.5 out of 5 stars.

Contains spoilers.

First published in September 2017, “Moxie” is the fourth novel to be published by American author Jennifer Mathieu. The story is told from the perspective of Vivian Carter, a junior at East Rockport High School who creates a zine in an attempt to combat the sexist tendencies of her school. Inspired by her mother and the Riot Grrrl movement in the 90s, Vivian creates “Moxie” and starts a movement that will shake her school to its core.

Before I go into the nitty-gritty of this book, I have to say that I absolutely ADORED this story. It struck me in a way that a book hasn’t in a very long time, and I’m including books that I have raved about within the last year. I have some issues with certain aspects of the plot, but overall I think that this is an incredible book that a lot more people need to read.

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Review: Different Seasons – Stephen King

5 out of 5 stars.

Minor Spoilers Ahead.

First published by Viking Press in 1982, “Different Seasons” is a collection of novellas written by American author Stephen King. Each novella centres around the theme of seasons and steps away, mostly, from King’s obvious horror background. Three of the short stories were made into Hollywood movies, the most successful of which is the first one we’ll be discussing.

There is something very special about this book and the way certain stories interconnect within the collection, but also with other works by Stephen King.

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Review: One of Us Is Lying – Karen M. McManus

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 4.5 Stars out of 5

(Spoilers Ahead)

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

Published on May 30th 2017, “One of Us Is Lying” is the debut novel of American author Karen M. McManus. Described as “The Breakfast Club” meets “Pretty Little Liars”, the novel centres around the murder mystery in a California high school. One afternoon, five students enter detention but only four leave alive. Simon, the creator of a notorious gossip app plaguing Bayview High School, has an allergic reaction and dies in hospital – only the investigative team involved say his death was no accident and that each of the four students in the room at the time had motive to keep Simon quiet.

“One of Us Is Lying” is one of those rare contemporary novels that swoops in out of nowhere and creates a genuinely compelling narrative in which you, the reader, have no idea what is going to happen next.

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Review: The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger

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1 out of 5 stars

(Potential Spoilers)

The Catcher in the Rye is a coming-of-age novel written by J.D. Salinger in 1951. Set in 1949, the story is told from the perspective of Holden Caulfield – a teenaged boy recently kicked out of his fourth school – as he enters a major existential crisis on his way home.

I have a genuine dislike for this book for so many reasons – and the biggest one is Holden.  Continue reading