Things Read in 2015

2015

When I was younger I would read all the time. Literally, just one book after another. I carried one with me everywhere (still do) and even when I wasn’t supposed to be reading, like, during class for example, I did anyway.

Now, being older, I don’t have nearly as much time to read as I would like, but I still try to read as often as I can.

That being said, way back in the summer of 2007 (it’s actually quite a while ago if you think about it), I started keeping a record of how many books I’d read and how many pages they were.

It started being divided by the summer and school years, but then I just started doing it by year. So, now that I’ve babbled on and explained (poorly) how this system worked, here is a list of the things I read in 2015!

The Walking Dead Books 1-4 (Issues 1-8), Robert Kirkman

TWD Books

I was a fan of The Walking Dead show before reading the comics, but after hearing repeatedly how different the comics are from the show I decided I had to read them. I’m not going to get too much into what I thought of the books as I reviewed books 1-4 last year.

I will say that so far I’m thoroughly enjoying the storyline both on the show and in the comics. I plan on reading at least books 5-8 this year (hopefully more, depending on if I can get them from the library).

 

Death Note Black Edition I, Tsugumi Ohba

black edition i

The only book I read this year that I haven’t reviewed yet. Not because it wasn’t good, but because I wanted to read Black Edition II first.

I’d already watched the anime of Death Note before reading the manga novels and I absolutely loved it. I knew immediately that this was something I wanted to read and when I discovered the Black Editions I was even more excited.

The Black Editions are basically two of the novels in one. Instead of spending twice as much and buying the books separate, you spend a couple extra dollars and get two of the books.

Death Note is amazing and I’ll definitely be posting a review of it this year as I recently bought Black Editions II and III.

 

F*ck! I’m in My Twenties, Emma Koenig

Fck Im in my TwentiesThis book is brilliant. I had wanted to read it for ages and was so glad when I finally did. Emma Koenig perfectly captures the feelings that come with being in your twenties, whatever stage you may be at.

I read and reviewed this book back in February and it is crazy how much changes in a year! Last year I wasn’t in school, had no job, and wasn’t doing too much. Now I feel like I hardly have time to slow down!

It’s absolutely insane how quickly things can change and I definitely need to read this book again to see just how different things are.

 

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Reptile Room, Lemony Snicket

Reptile Room

I still haven’t finished this series! I started it like a year and a half ago and I still haven’t finished. I’m not going to say I’ll finish it this year cause I think we all know if I say that then it won’t happen.

However, I will say that I’m excited to read it again and actually finish it this time because all of these books, not just The Reptile Room, but all of them are amazing and enjoyable.

 

Handle With Care, Jodi Picoult

Handle With Care

This book still gets me even when I just think about it. I read this book in a matter of days and to this day I would say it’s probably in my top ten favourite novels.

I loved this book, but to this day the ending gets me sooooo angry. If you’ve read it you’ll know what I’m talking about. If not, read this book. Read it because it’s beautiful and wonderful and Jodi Picoult is truly a literally marvel.

And then I want you to come back here and tell me what you thought of the ending and if you were raging for days while simultaneously existing in a state of shock like I was.

 

Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut

Slaughterhouse FiveThis book is one I need to read again simply because I still don’t think I fully got it. But, like I said in my review (which wasn’t really a review), I think not fully understanding the book actually just makes me like it more.

This is definitely one of those books where even if you don’t fully understand it you’ll enjoy it. This is also one of those books where if you’re a book nerd you should read it. It’s not like the great novels of our time now. There’s no magic or great battle against an evil, superpowered villain.

But there is a story and at the end of the day Slaughterhouse Five is exactly what all great novels start out as and what they all end up being.

I love reading. When people ask me what I like doing the first two things I always say are reading and writing. It’s been like this for as long as I can remember and, even though I don’t have as much time as used to, I don’t doubt it will stay like that.

I look forward to reading many more books over the course of this year. Hopefully I’ll be able to finish all the books I started at the end of last year and more. My reading goal every year is to do slightly better than the year before.

Total Books Read: 9 (technically 14)

Total Pages: 2595

But I want to hear from you! What did you read last year? Have any reading goals for this year?

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Handle With Care, Jodi Picoult

Handle With Care

I discovered early on that Jodi Picoult was of those authors who wrote novels I would enjoy no matter what they were about. I own many of her books and even though I haven’t read all that are my shelf right now, I have read many of them. Among these is Handle With Care which may be my favourite of her books up to this point.

Every parent worries about their child getting hurt, but for Willow’s parents, Charlotte and Sean, it’s a daily fight against broken bones and casts and trying to help their daughter find her place in a world that really wasn’t made for her. Handle With Care tells the story of Willow O’Keefe, her family, and the struggles they face. Willow was born with osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) Type III, also known as Brittle Bone Disease. This essentially means that Willow’s bones are like glass. When Willow suffers a severe break it results in her parents going to see a lawyer, though things don’t go exactly as they had originally planned. Instead they end up in a wrongful birth lawsuit which begs the question, “If they had known Willow was sick, would they have kept her?” This lawsuit pits Charlotte and Sean against each other, Charlotte against her best friend Piper (who was also her OB/GYN), and Charlotte and Sean’s oldest daughter Amelia against the whole world. A truly moving story with tests and turns you won’t see coming.

As I said before, I have read several of Picoult’s book, but this was one I had been wanting to read for ages. When I finally got it, it only took me a few days to get through it as I could just not put it down.

Brittle Bone is a rare disease, the first time I heard about it was in an episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and from that moment on I really wanted to learn about it. Jodi Picoult does an excellent job of explaining the disease and how it works and what it’s affects are, as well as the various treatments for it, without giving readers and information overload.

Now, one of my favourite things about Picoult’s novel is the way each of her chapters is told from the point of view of a different character. It helps keep the story interesting and adds so much depth to each character as you get a chance to learn a little more about them throughout each of their chapters. The first time I read one of her books I thought this style of reading would confuse me, but it all flowed together so well and now I look forward to seeing which character is up next. This actually had a lot of influence on my writing style in regards to BYB and have done the same method where each chapter is told from the POV of a different character (though I’m still working on the flow thing).

Writers have the challenge of creating characters who have many different dimensions and sides. No one wants to read about a flat character, a perfect character, or an evil character with no redeemable qualities. Sure, sometimes that’s the point, but in majority of books that’s not what people what. And that’s not what writers want either. Handle With Care contains characters who, whether they get a POV or not, are far from two-dimensional and boring.

You love them and you hate them. Charlotte, she loves her husband and her best friend, but she’ll risk losing them to do what she has to for her children. Even if it means people all over the world hate her. As a reader you will hate her for some of the things she does, for how oblivious she becomes to some of the people around her (like Amelia) while she’s focused on Willow and the lawsuit. But you also can’t help but love her for the same thing. For loving both her children that she risks everything. I think the only character I didn’t hate or dislike for any reason was Amelia. She’s a teenager caught in the middle of her parent’s lawsuit and you can’t help but feel bad for her. Even when she’s acting like a bratty child, you can’t dislike her. Because she is just a child and while everyone is trying to shield her from the lawsuit, they’re not doing a very good job.

Something else Picoult does that I love is intertwines her storylines. Charlotte’s lawyer, Marin, at first seems to be a character who’s adoption storyline was totally separate from her interactions with Charlotte and the family. But as the story progresses you see how it relates. How this woman who was given away at birth could connect to this family who now has to say they would have terminated their pregnancy if they had known about Willow’s illness. And let me tell you, there is twist you will never see coming.

Written in Picoult’s usual (and wonderful) style, Handle With Care is a moving and intriguing novel that you will not be able to put down. By far my favourite of her novels that I’ve read, I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a new read. I can’t wait to pick up her next book and see what’s in store.

Have you read any of Jodi Picoult’s books? Did you have a favourite?

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