Update: Bibliophile

I finished The Fever Code by James Dashner, a teen, post-apocalyptic prequel sequel. Whoo!!! Did you get all that?? It is BOOK FIVE in the series. Book Four is a prequel to the trilogy. This book is the follow up. I promised an update when I read it, because I did not know it existed-but have since found, and indeed, read it.

About the book:
It is book 5 in the series. It is a follow up to the prequel, book 4, in the Maze Runner Series. While the prequel, The Kill Order, discussed how the flare started, how the “Flare” disease was spread, and what happened when it got out of control, this book focused more on building the maze. It gave us an in-depth, more main-character-centric introduction to characters that were prominent in the Maze Runner Series trilogy. It also gave us a little background on WICKED, and on the possible ramifications of all things apocalyptic.
My opinion on the book:
So, having read the entire series, I thoroughly enjoyed this look inward at the characters and their respective stories. I felt like I was invited to peep in on part of their lives I had wondered about when I read the initial trilogy. This book was a fun read-however heartbreaking in its background. An easy read, like the others, meant for young teen readers, but still enjoyable for adults. At the same time, the plot thickens and becomes more intricate and involved, allowing us to become attached to our main characters and their friends.

As I stated before, if you are looking for a fun read, are into suspense and thrill seeking on a book-lover-level, then this series is for you.

If you have read it, or want to discuss any opinions on it, feel free to hit me up!!

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Divergence

I recently finished reading Divergent Thinking: YA Authors on Veronica Roth’s Divergent Trilogy. 

In case you have never heard of the book:
The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth is a trilogy of books (with an extra called Four) about a post apocalyptic society based in Chicago and run in factions. The book Divergent Thinking is a book of essays based in psychology, sociology, military, and other thoughts focusing on the books and topics found within.

In case you have never heard of the authors/editor:
There are 13 different authors that wrote essays for this book: V Arrow; Jennifer Lynn Barnes; Mary Borsellino; Rosemary Clement-Moore; Debra Driza; Julia Karr; Dan Krokos; Elizabeth Norris; Maria V Snyder and Jenna Snyder; Janine K Spendlove; Elizabeth Wein; and Blythe Woolston. The editor is Leah Wilson, editor of other “Smart Pop” books.

My opinion of the book:
I really enjoyed this book of essays. Each essay consisted of about 10-ish pages (give or take) of informative point of views from the real world, but waged against the fiction of the Divergent books, characters, and behaviors. One example: “Mapping Divergent’s Chicago.” This was an amusing essay, taking information from the books to lay out the locations in the story on a real life map of Chicago today. While the actual locations may be just “guesstimates,” the argument for them was pretty compelling.
If you read the series, this is a nice extension of the work, bringing some of it into the real world, making the characters even more authentic and relatable. If you are interested in finding out to which faction you would belong, and to which job you might fit into, and want to jump into the Dauntless pit then eat chocolate cake, then this book would be an interesting addition for you.

If you have read the book and wanna chat, hit me up!!

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“Fear doesn’t tear you down, it wakes you up.” -Four, from Divergent

Austenite

Just finished reading Austentatious by Alyssa Goodnight.

In case you have never heard of the book:
An Austin woman finds an “Austen” -esque journal that works it magic on her life. She finds that the journal talks back in fortune cookie advice, and when she lets loose, and follows the advice, she finds she is much happier in her life.

In case you have never heard of the author:
Alyssa Goodnight is an electrical enginer, in Austin (presumably). She graduated from UT Austin, and now writes romance novels. One, in particular, with a Jane Austen twist.

My opinion of the book:
It was a quick and fun read, easy and entertaining. It offered suspense, humor, and both recent and historical references about Austin locations and pop culture. If you are up for a small romance novel, that feels a bit like a mystery and a little mischievous, then this book is for you.

If you have read the book, and wanna chat, hit me up!!

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“Miss Nicola James will be sensible and indulge in a little romance.” -Austentatious

 

Peruser

I just finished reading a new book last night. It is called Asylum by Madeleine Roux. Published in 2013 by Harper Collins Publishers, it is another book series, aimed at teen readers.

In case you have never heard of the series:
There are three books and four short stories so far. Based on three main characters, who attend classes (in the first book) at a university that uses a closed down asylum as a dorm. The first book follows their adventures, finding out more about their pasts and the school’s past. The history of the three teens and their families seems to be the collective theme throughout the series, not counting the short stories.

In case you have never heard of the author:
She is an American author from Minnesota, currently residing in Wisconsin. She has a creative writing background and a history of fiction.

My opinion of the book:
I have not read the series. I have only read the first book. It was imaginative,  suspenseful, and a quick read. Middle School vocabulary, and easy to follow plot line make this an enjoyable story. The ending was wrapped up well, so you don’t feel a sudden and urgent urge to read the following books in the series if you don’t want.
I probably won’t go out of my way right now, to finish the series, but if I run into the other books at a book sale, I will probably get them and read them.

If you have read the book and want to share your opinion, or just start up a conversation, just leave me a message!

 

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Bibliophile

Today I will go over a series that I read a while ago. Yes, it is considered “teen fiction,” but even adults can appreciate them.

The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure, and The Kill Order
by James Dashner

In case you have never heard of the series:
A dystopian society: A boy gets out of an elevator and finds himself in a society built by boys. They have a farm, all the supplies they need, but no adults and no girls. There is a maze outside the doors, harboring awful, horrible, deadly creatures. Every day, the boys wake up and go about trying to find a way out.
The series focuses on the several main characters and their strengths and weaknesses. The author provides a good underlying story base, and fills in some blanks as the book series progresses.

In case you have never heard of James Dashner:
Dashner is an American author who graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Accounting, got married, had four kids, and now lives in Utah.
His biographical stats are limited.

My opinion on the series:
They are easy reads. They are quick and aimed at a young teen reader, so there is a lot of angst and drama. There is a strong dynamic between the boys who have been in the maze for a while and the new kid, that reminds me of being the new kid. There is a made up vocabulary, but it is easy to follow.
The books outshined the movies dramatically. The movies were merely “based” on the novels-but did not follow a true timeline as laid out in the books. The movies were HORRIBLE. If you must watch them, do NOT use them as a comparison to the book series. Take the movies and books as separate entities-you won’t feel so let down then.
Overall, if you have time to read the series, I would say, do so. They are enjoyable, especially if you enjoy a good post-apocalyptic universe, which I know I do!

PS:
There is a newer book in the series called The Fever Code, released in 2016, that I have not read yet. Don’t be mad, but I didn’t even know it was available. After I obtain and read it, I will do my best to add it into the review here.

If you have read it and have an opinion on it, or wanna start a conversation, hit me up!

 

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Bookworm

I have completed reading Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. 

In case you have never read it:
A young man sits for his portrait, in which he sees all the beauty that resides in him and makes a wish that all the beauty of the portrait should stay with him forever while all the evidence of his sins should be made clear on the painting. When his wish actually comes true, the painting becomes a horrific display of sin and debauchery.

In case you don’t know anything about Oscar Wilde:
“Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was a prolific Irish writer who wrote plays, fiction, essays, and poetry. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London’s most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. He is best remembered for his epigrams and plays, the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, as well as the circumstances of his imprisonment and early death.” (wikipedia) He was incarcerated for being gay, and having relations with men. When he was released from prison, he moved to France, where he lived out his life, poor and alone.

My opinion on the classic:
Where to start? If I had not known about his sexual preferences, I could probably have drawn conclusions from the relationships between the males in the story: it was intense and sometimes flirtatious. The relationships between the male and female in love: lackluster, boring, and excessive. The language was dizzying in amount. The majority of the language was conversation. The sentences were long, and took up several lines. It was old language, originating in the 1800’s, so a few words were unfamiliar, and required a google search. I am familiar with the Bronte sisters and Austen, but even they could not compete, language wise. Overall, the story  had a really deep background, with a base verging on the surreal.

Years later, Ivan Albright painted the actual portrait, for the movie. It is disturbing, and gorgeous, and frightening. The painting adds a life to the story that wasn’t there before, in my opinion. It pulls the series of decisions by the main character out of the imagination, and into the real-fleshing out the sins, so to speak.

If you have any further opinions on the book, or want to start a conversation about what you are reading now, hit me up.

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“Beauty that pleases the eye is a frail, fleeting illusion. But that beauty capable of pleasing the heart can endure endlessly.”
Author: Richelle E. Goodrich

Logophile

Welcome. As you all may have noticed, I am a bit of a nerd. I am an avid reader, and enjoy a good book. It stems from childhood, and extended into adulthood. I am grateful for the opportunity to be transported away. I love words, the images they evoke, and the places I can visit. So, I am going to make this list into a sort of “Books to Read Before You Die” kind of list. How many books will be on it? I don’t know. If you have any books to add to the list, let me know. I will do my best to keep up with it. Enjoy!
(Books with a “*” next to them, I have read.)
(List is compiled from several different websites)

*1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
*2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
3. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
*4. 1984 by George Orwell
*5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
6. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
*8. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
9. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
10. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
*11. Fahrenheit 451: A Novel by Ray Bradbury
*12. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
13. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
*14. Animal Farm by George Orwell
15. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
16. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
17. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
*18. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
19. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
*20. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
21. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
*22. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
23. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
24. Night by Elie Wiesel
*25. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
26. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
*27. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
*28. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
29. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
30. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
*31. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
*32. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
33. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
*34. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
35. The Little Prince by Antoine Saint Exupery
*36. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
*37. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
38. The Giver by Lois Lowry
*39. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
*40. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
41. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
*42. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
*43. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
44. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
45. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
46. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
47. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
48. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
49. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
50. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
51. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
52. The Stand by Stephen King
53. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
54. Watership Down by Richard Adams
55. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
56. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
*57. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
58. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
59. Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel by Arthur Golden
60. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
*61. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
62. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
63. Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire Book 1) by George R.R. Martin
64. The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure
by William Goldman
65. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
66. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
67.The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
68. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
*69. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
70. Dracula by Bram Stoker
*71. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
*72. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games Book 2) by Suzanne Collins
73. Water for Elephants: A Novel by Sara Gruen
*74. The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe
75. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
76. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
77. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
78. The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel by Barbara Kingslover
79. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
80. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
81. The Odyssey by Homer
82. Celebrating Silence: Excerpts From Five Years of Weekly Knowledge 1995-2000
by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
83. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
84. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
85. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
86. The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
87. The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
*88. Mockingjay (The Final Book of the Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins
89. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
90. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
91. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
92. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
93. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
94. Beloved by Toni Morrison
95. Helen Keller: The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
96. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
97. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
98. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
99. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
100. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
101. Lolita by Vladimir Nabakov
102. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
103. Ulysses by James Joyce
104. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
105. Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
106. A Passage to India by EM Forster
107. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
108. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Muriel Spark
109. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
*110. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
111. The Stranger by Albert Camus
112. Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes
113. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
*114. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
115. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
*116. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
117. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
118. Scoop by Evelyn Waugh
119. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
120. Lucky Jim by Kinglsey Amis
121. If On a Winter’s Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino
122. A Bend in the River VS Naipaul
123. Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
124. Atonement by Ian McEwan
125. His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman
126. Middlemarch by George Eliot
127. Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh
128. Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth
129. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharto
130. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
131. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
132. White Noise by Don DeLillo
133. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
134. The Sound and the Fury  by William Faulkner
135. Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabakov
136. I, Claudius by Robert Graves
137. Go Tell It On the Mountains by James Baldwin
138. A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell
139. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
140. Wide Sargesso Sea by Sara Jean Rhys
141. Under the Net by Iris Murdoch
142. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
143. Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
144. Clarissa by Samuel Richardson
145. Tristam Shandy by Laurence Sterne
*146. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
*147. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
148. The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
*149. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
150. Nostromo by Joseph Conrad
151. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust
152. The Rainbow by DH Lawrence
153. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford
154. The Trial by Franz Kafka
155. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
156. The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass
157. Herzog by Saul Bellow
158. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John Le Carre’
159. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
160. Money by Martin Amis
161. Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey
162. Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie
163. American Pastoral by Philip Roth
164. Austerlitz by WG Sebold
*165. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
*166. Are you There, God? It’s Me, Margaret. by Judy Blume
*167. Of Human Bondage by W Somerset Maugham
168. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
169. The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
170. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
171. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
172. The Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
173. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
174. Watchmen by Alan Moore
175. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
*176. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
*177. The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth

*178. Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling
*179. Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
180. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath