Book Recommendation – Life of Pi

Life of Pi by Yann Martel ft. a LEGO pirate

I read Life of Pi for the first time the summer before my senior year in high school. I think it was part of the AP Literature summer reading list my teacher had given us. This book blew my mind. Every interaction between the main character, Pi, and his surroundings is thrilling. Everything he encounters on his journey is layered with mystery and excitement. Continue reading “Book Recommendation – Life of Pi”

Book Thoughts – Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Book Thoughts – Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Quick synopsis: Renegades is about a villain (an Anarchist), who decides to infiltrate the heroes organization (the Renegades) by posing as a good guy hero herself. No one knows her true identity, so she is the best fit from her Anarchists group to pull off this mission. Her character is wonderfully complex and I am excited to see how she is further explored in the sequel.

Superheroes and villains are a classic combination and Meyer does an awesome job of flipping the script a little bit when it comes to their stereotypical dynamics. There is a lot of gray area in the story and characters and that is what was so compelling about it for me. You are kept guessing with each characters motivations and it is a good commentary on how people are not inherently good or evil. We are all composed of a mixture of our actions and thoughts.

I was not expecting the ending at all! So that was pretty damn exciting because sometimes I see twists coming a mile away, like in Warcross. I love being surprised. I have to wait for November 2018 for the sequel now so…

My favorite quote:

“Heroism wasn’t about what you could do, it was about what you did.” (p.169)

P.S. Marissa Meyer is a queen and I love everything she’s written.

Questions for you:

Have you read Renegades? What did you think?

What else have you read by Marissa Meyer?



Book Thoughts – The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

“Better never means better for everyone… It always means worse, for some.”

The story and events in The Handmaid’s Tale are so unsettling. So severely unsettling. Especially reading it as a woman myself. Even though the story is fiction, it is terrifying to think something like that could happen in a “normal” society like what we have now in 2017. Continue reading “Book Thoughts – The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood”

Book Thoughts: The Martian by Andy Weir

fullsizeoutput_2cd7I haven’t been this stressed out while reading a book since Gone Girl. Somehow I managed not to get the ending spoiled for me even though now I can kind of sort of see how it was in the comedy category at the Oscars. But still not really. I really do want to see the movie now though. But I digress, I’m here to talk about the book.

Mark Watney is stranded. On Mars. The odds aren’t looking good. Continue reading “Book Thoughts: The Martian by Andy Weir”

Book thoughts – Gone Girl

Book thoughts – Gone Girl

Holy crap. I just finished reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and wow. I knew it was a suspenseful book but it really went above and beyond that qualifier. I will keep this post curse word free, but just to let you know, the best way to describe this story is with curse words.

I love a good plot twist and Gone Girl definitely had that. I would probably have to put it up there with the twist in Life of Pi. I don’t read the suspense/thriller genre very often so I wasn’t really sure if I would ever read this book. Somehow I managed to not be spoiled since the movie came out in 2014 and I am grateful for that. I wouldn’t have read the book if I knew any of the spoilers.

I will never re-read Gone Girl (it was enough of a mind melt the first time), but I am glad I read it and I definitely understand why it got a movie deal and captured the nation’s attention.


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The Serpent King aka crying in my bed at 12:30am on a Friday

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

I need to start with saying that this is probably the most serious piece I have ever written about a book I have read. And it is definitely the most honest. I cried more than I have cried in a while, in regards to a book or real life. I even knew it was coming but that did not stop the tears. Tears in my bed, needing tissue breaks before I read the next heartbreaking moment. This is not a review of The Serpent King; it is just a lot of feelings that the book brought out of me. There are spoilers, so beware. Forgive me if this piece seems a little erratic and messy but I knew I had to write it the second I finished the book, which happened to be at 12:30 am on a Friday. I had to write it for myself, but I hope you enjoy it. Continue reading “The Serpent King aka crying in my bed at 12:30am on a Friday”