Character Profile: Aimee Emerson

Happy Mother’s Day everyone! To celebrate here’s a profile of the mother in Brave Young Boys, Aimee!

Aimee.jpgName: Aimee Elizabeth Emerson
Nickname: Aims
Age: 48
Age Appearance: Late 40’s – Early 50’s
Sex: Female
Gender: Female
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Birth Date: August 6th
Status: Alive
Species: Human
Ethnicity: Canadian (I did Google of this was an ethnicity and apparently it is, but it does seem weird)
Name Origin: France
Name Meaning: Beloved Friend
Name Pronunciation: Ay-mee
Archetype: The Caregiver
Western Astrological Sign: Leo
Zodiac Sign: Snake

Physical Traits: Average height, tan from working outside so much
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 170lbs
Glasses/Contacts: None
Eye Colour: Brown
Hair Colour: Sandy Blonde
Hair Style: Shoulder Length, Usually tied up
Facial Hair: None
Distinguishing Marks (Scars, Birthmarks): Couple scars from over the years
Dress Style: Jeans, tshirts, blouses, pastel colours

Strengths: Proud, Charitable, Organized, Loyal, Caring
Weaknesses: Wilful, Jealous, Easily Frustrated

Allergies: None
IQ: 101
General Health: Healthy except for the occasional migraine
Medical History: Nothing too serious
Handicaps: None
Mental Health: Depressed post-Kyler
Blood Type: A+
Medication: Headache pills
Speech (Pace, Vocab): Fast paced, Vocab depends on who she’s with

Parents: Elizabeth and Michael
Siblings: Maggie
Pets: None
Relationship Status: Married
Significant Other(s): Todd
Children: Nova, Kyle (d), Nathan
Other Relatives: Josh, Caleb, and Autumn
Places Lived: Canada, volunteered for a year in Cambodia
Birth Place: Canada
Birth Order: Oldest
Class: Class
Friends: Three currently unnamed friends as I haven’t written that chapter yet
Relationship History: A high school sweetheart, brief relationship with fellow volunteer in Cambodia, few failed dates over the years before meeting Todd

Education: College Graduate
Degree(s): Business
Average Grades: N/A
Criminal Record: Couple speeding tickets
Occupation: Florist
Employment History: Dental Receptionist
Own/Rent: Own
Lives With: Todd and Nate
Transport: Car

Lefty/Righty: Righty
Handwriting: Neat
Accent: Canadian
Languages: English, Some Khmer
Groups/Alone: Groups
Leader/Follower: Leader
Introvert/Extrovert: Extrovert
Attitudes: Positive
Planned/Spontaneous: Planned
Daredevil/Cautious: Cautious

Hobbies: Jogging
Quirks: Reorganizes things when frustrated
Confidant: Usually Todd
Habits/Mannerisms: Taps Foot, Crumpler things when nervous
Accomplishments: Opened Shop
Talents: Floral Arranging
Wishes: Pre-Story: Typical things like a wish for a new car or to win the lottery. During story: Wishes for her family back
Phobias: Spiders
Religion: Not Practiced
Politics: Avoids Politics
Secrets: Depressed (trying to hide it)
Insecurities: Started questioning and doubting herself after Kyle joined up
Memory: Scarily good memory, ‘mom of three teens memory’

Priorities: Family and the shop
Goals: Maybe open a second shop
Short Term Goals: Make it through each day
Long Term Goals: Give the kids a good life
Addictions: None
Smokes: No
Drugs: No
Alcohol: No

Sleeping Habits: Light Sleeper
Dream Job: Florist
Relaxes Them: Gardening, Walking
Excites Them: Jogging, Holidays

Favourite Food: Garlic Bread
Favourite Sport: Not a big sports person
Favourite Book: Interview With a Vampire – Anne Rice
Favourite Music: Country
Favourite Animal: Otter
Favourite Colour: Red
Favourite Season: Spring
Favourite Holiday: Christmas
Favourite Show: Pushing Daisies (Thought it was a gardening show, ended up staying for Lee Pace)
Favourite Scent: Violets
Favourite Pastime: Gardening (especially with the kids)
Favourite Film: Mamma Mia, 2008
Favourite Quote: “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis
Favourite Place: Cambodia
Favourite Number: 12
Favourite Curse Word: None

Least Favourite Food: Fish
Least Favourite Sport: Basically all of them
Least Favourite Book: Doesn’t really have one, though she isn’t a big fan of new – age vampire novels
Least Favourite Music: Rap
Least Favourite Animal: Fish
Least Favourite Colour: Green
Least Favourite Season: Winter
Least Favourite Show: Game of Thrones
Least Favourite Pastime: Fishing (Todd took her a couple times and it started a lifelong phobia)
Least Favourite Film: Inkheart
Least Favourite Place: The dentist, freaked her out since she was little so Todd always took the kids
Least Favourite Number: 13

Imagined Actor Portrayal: Julianne Moore

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Character Creation: Giving Them Goals

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Everyone has goals. I have goals, I’m assuming you have goals, and your characters should have goals.

Have you ever read a book or seen a film in which the main character(s) didn’t have goals? No? That’s because the story would be really boring!

Imagine Harry Potter where Harry doesn’t go after Voldemort; The Hunger Games where Katniss doesn’t lead the Rebellion; Star Wars where Luke doesn’t destroy the Death Star.

Those stories would all be over pretty quickly. I mean, sure, they made for some interesting Alternate Universe fanfics, but a story where the main character doesn’t have a goal isn’t much of a story.

The goal doesn’t even have to be anything major like saving the galaxy, it can be simple. Ever read The Very Hungry Caterpillar? I did. About a million times as a kid. And that caterpillar had a goal. It’s goal was to eat everything in sight.

This might be a bit of a weird example, but you get the point. The goal can be as tiny as eating four strawberries or as huge as saving the planet or galaxy from someone set on destroying it.

Whatever they may be, give your characters goals. They need it and the story needs it.

What goal does your main character have?

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Professional Blog .vs. Personal Blog

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There are many decisions to make when creating a blog, but one of the first things you’ll have to decide on is whether you want your blog to be professional or personal.

If your blog is strictly professional then it will obviously affect the theme, colours, and content you include. A personal blog is more relaxed in all these things.

When I first created jcarsonwrites I wanted it to be professional. I wanted to make it so that if a potential book publisher ever looked at my blog they would know they were making the right choice to put my book out into the world. However, what I didn’t want was a stiff and boring blog so I really had to decide on just how professional I wanted jcarsonwrites to be.

I try to create content that is informative, useful, and also interesting. This is especially true when I go about writing my Sunday posts. Book and film reviews are obviously a bit more relaxed and everything I post in between is really about having fun and are all things I would like to see on someone’s blog (character names for example) so why not just post it myself?

I try to complete my language professional so I try not to swear on this blog and I attempt to use proper spelling and grammar. However, like I said before, I didn’t want this blog to be stiff and boring so I do sometimes tend to write the way I talk.

Blogging isn’t like going to interview. You don’t put on your best outfit and rehearsewww your answers beforehand. I want my blog to come off as professional (as professional as possible with fish for a background theme), but I don’t want it to be like one professional talking to another. I want to talk to you the way I talk to my friends.

I often find reading a blog where it’s like the writer is talking directly to you and is relaxed in what they’re saying is much more enjoyable (and easier to understand) than a blog where the writer is speaking like a robot. It’s more fun when it’s like you’re sitting down and having a casual conversation.

I write novels and work in a music store, my levels of professionalism can be very high when they need to be, but I don’t want to spend my time being strangled by a pant suit and fancy words.

I like that I can run this blog and have it be professional, but also that I can post pictures of my dog and talk about conventions and fanfiction and things that aren’t strictly professional.

So while it’s important to decide whether your blog is going to be professional or personal, it doesn’t have to be strictly one or the other. It can lean more one way, but still have elements of the other. After all, you can read this blog post which I’m hoping sounds quite professional and then click on the worm on the left side of the screen to bring you back to the top.

That’s a pretty good balance if you ask me.

What do you think: personal or professional blog? What type do you run?

*Also, my computer crashed a couple days ago and while at first it seemed like everything was in order, my “WordPress” folder which had all my jcarsonwrites blog posts saved in it was apparently deleted…

Thankfully, 98% of what was in that folder were things I’d already posted on here so it’s not like I lost too much. However, that other 2% was my ‘Names of the Week’ and ‘Word of the Week’ which I had prepared for several months down the line so I’m going to be redoing those now and will be backing up everything once I have it again*

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The Alice of Three Different Wonderlands (c) – An Essay Written During My Brief Time at Uni

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I don’t normally post a lot of original work on this blog, but as you can probably guess from the title (and the (possibly unnecessary) attempt at a copyright symbol (is that needed? Probably not, I never know the protocol with those thing)) that that’s exactly what this is.

I wrote this essay during my first year of university. It was the best grade I ever got that whole year and it’s the essay I’m probably most proud of in my entire school career. Something I did a lot when I was in school was read essays people posted online. I often found it helped me understand the material better and often helped inspire me. So I decided to do the same.

“The Alice of Three Different Wonderlands”

            Since its first publication in 1865, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has been the basis for many adaptations. From books and movies to television shows and video games, Alice in Wonderland has had a huge influence on popular culture today. While many of these adaptations are very different, something most of them have in common is the darkening – both actual darkness of the scenes and the attitudes of the characters – of the story. The differences in the characters, adaptation of setting, and the varying plot all show how the innocence of Carroll’s novel is a thing of the past. Instead, the many variations based on this novel have become something far more sinister.

In the original novel, the characters in Wonderland are shown to be magical and completely mad. However, in later adaptations, the characters have undergone some changes that makes them evil and corrupt. The first character this is present in is Alice herself. Introduced in Carroll’s novel as being an innocent little girl, recent versions have turned her into be a hardened young woman. In the original novel she is first shown to be sitting with her sister and wondering what the point of her sister’s book is if there are “no pictures or conversations” (Carroll 17). Even though her age is never directly stated, her thoughts about how a book must have pictures and conversations shows that she is only a child. This childish innocence is shown again when she first falls down the rabbit hole. Upon arriving in Wonderland, Alice realizes she is much bigger than everything and tries to find a solution to his. She finds a bottle that reads “DRINK ME” (Carroll 21), but she is unsure if she should do as it says. Alice decides to check if the bottle is poisonous and when she discovers it is not labelled as such, she drinks it. This shows the level of childish innocence Alice still possesses as she believes that if something is not right – like a bottle containing poison – then it will say so. Her belief that the poison will be labelled shows that she is still young and oblivious to the true evils of the world. This is not the case for the Alice that is presented in Tim Burton’s 2010 film. Rather than being a little girl, the Alice in Burton’s film is a young woman preparing for marriage. She is gloomy and sullen, much the opposite of the happy, curious girl in Carroll’s novel. However, this is a somewhat expected change as these characters traits and ones similar to them are common in Tim Burton films. The way Burton changes the stories is explored in Alison McMahan’s book, The Films of Tim Burton: Animating Live Action in Contemporary Hollywood. In her book she calls the films Burton makes “a hybrid genre” (McMahan 71). As he does not make a typical film in which there are good characters following a steady plot and a happy ending. Instead, he “combines two structures – fairy tale and horror” (McMahan 71) and uses this to change what is considered a children’s story into a new form that is meant for an older audience. In Burton’s version of Alice in Wonderland, Alice is angry at everyone she meets and resents the world around her. This is shown before she even enters Wonderland through the way she acts towards other people. Near the start of the film, nineteen-year-old Alice is with her mother – her father having died some years earlier – on their way to a party. The pair argue and from their attitudes towards each other as they do, it becomes obvious this is just one of many fights they have had. This idea is further explored in a thesis paper by Finn-Henning Johannessen entitled Alice in Wonderland: Development of Alice’s Identity within Adaptations. In Johannessen’s paper the author says that “Alice has a small quarrel with her mother about her attire” but that it “ends abruptly when Alice mentions that her father would have laughed, if he were there” (Johannessen 18-19). Johannessen’s observation about how the argument ends at the mention of Alice’s father suggests that much of Alice’s anger and resentment stems from that event. Alice has not even entered Wonderland yet and already Burton is presenting her as being a much more morose character than Carroll created. This characterization is taken even further in American McGee’s Alice. Unlike Carroll’s novel or Burton’s film, American McGee’s video game does not start with her falling down a rabbit hole. Instead, this psychological thriller starts with a fire that Alice barely escapes from and that burns down her home, killing her family in the process. In this game she is neither a little girl dreaming of a magical place nor a young woman getting ready for marriage, but rather “a patient in a mental asylum, tormented by the fire and the death of her parents” (Johannessen 23). The change of Alice’s character in the game is laid out in great detail in the casebook written by Greg Roensch. The casebook is told from the perspective of the doctor who is treating Alice at the asylum and is meant to depict what is happening outside of Alice’s mind. The doctor’s first description of Alice states that she “seems to cling precariously to life” and that she is “[d]eaf, dumb, and blind to all stimulation” (Roensch 2). McGee’s Alice introduces a character who remains comatose to the outside world for ten years, but inside her head she is waging a war in Wonderland. This is the complete opposite of the Alice in Carroll’s original novel who is full of life and colour and the Alice in Burton’s film who is angry at everything, but still full of spirit.

Another character that changes significantly is the Mad Hatter. In Carroll’s novel, he is both very excitable and nervous at the same time, living up to his title of ‘mad’. When the Hatter is first introduced he is having tea with the March Hare and the Dormouse. There are many instances after Alice joins them at this tea party that shows how the Mad Hatter is truly mad. One of these instances is when he asks Alice “‘why is a raven like a writing desk?'” (Carroll 67) and then states that “[he hasn’t] the slightest idea” (Carroll 69). Later in the novel, The Mad Hatter is brought before the Queen of Hearts as witness to a crime. When she starts questioning him he “turn[s] pale and fidget[s]” and keeps “shifting from one foot to the other, looking uneasily at the Queen” (Carroll 103). This is drastically different from the Mad Hatter who was originally introduced and was so excitable. This further proves how he truly is mad when he goes from overly excitable to incredibly nervous within a short space of time. Despite all of this, Carroll’s version of the Mad Hatter is still the most innocent version of this character. In Tim Burton’s 2010 film, Alice arrives at the tea party to find that instead of drinking tea and singing songs, “the [Mad] Hatter, the [March] Hare and the Dormouse seem to be asleep” (Johannessen 33). Also unlike the novel, the Mad Hatter is not sitting with the others, but is “in a far more majestic chair than his companions, [suggesting] his superiority over [them]” (Johannessen 33). Burton has changed the sarcastic, cowardly character into a figure who instead appears to be both a leader and a depressed servant. Like Alice, the elements of the Mad Hatter that are presented in Burton’s film are further enforced in McGee’s video game. In Johannessen’s paper, he discusses the drastic changes in the Mad Hatter’s character. The Hatter in American McGee’s Alice is far more evil than many of the other characters. Alice and the Hatter officially meet when she is kidnapped by him and locked away in a mock asylum. Johannessen comments in his paper that “the walls [of the mock asylum] are filled with clocks, which either are going backwards, fast forward, or standing still” (Johannessen 37). He goes on to explain how the idea of time is futile in the asylum which shows how the Mad Hatter truly has control over those he kidnaps. If time has no meaning then it is because there is no escaping from the Hatter’s asylum so things just go forever and the only end is when the Hatter decides it.

The final character that has undergone serious changes between the novel, the film, and the game is the Queen of Hearts. In Carroll’s novel she spends most of her time shouting “off with their heads!” (Carroll 78) and scaring her card soldiers into doing things for her. The Queen is first introduced when she is getting ready to play croquet with her husband, The King of Hearts, and many others. However, as soon as anyone does anything she does not like she shouts for them to be executed. Despite this, it is shown that not many of those sentenced to execution are actually executed as her servant cards lie and say the job is done even after they could not find the accused. Even though she still orders people to be executed, Carroll’s version of the Queen is the least evil version of this character. In Burton’s film, the Queen of Hearts has no husband and rules Wonderland alone. Unlike the novel where she rules the land that is rightfully hers, in the film she is queen of the land she stole from her sister, The White Queen. Not only is Wonderland not rightfully hers, but the executions she orders are not just threats, but are actually carried out. The Queen of Hearts proves her evil when she kidnaps the Mad Hatter, forcing him to make hats for her. In the film Alice goes to rescue the Hatter, but she must first cross the border which “is represented by the moat in which the heads of those the Queen has beheaded float” (Johannessen 40). While this shows the true evils of the Queen in Tim Burton’s film, this Queen could almost appear innocent when compared to the changes she undergoes in American McGee’s game. In Alice the Queen is feared by everyone except for Alice and the rebels who are waging war against her. She is murderous and kills anyone who gets in her way, including the Cheshire Cat when he begins to tell Alice something important. It is later revealed that the Queen is not actually the Queen, but is the “evil Alice, the one inside the monster” (Johannessen 44). The thing the Cheshire Cat was going to tell Alice was that in order for her to gain back her sanity and leave the real-world asylum, she has to kill the Queen as the Queen is a representation of Alice’s own inner evil. This shows how the three variations of Alice in Wonderland are drastically different. Carroll’s novel uses the characters to present the idea of childish innocence, Burton’s film tiptoes on the edge of evil with more sinister characters, while American McGee gives over fully and presents a physical embodiment of evil.

Characters are not the only major difference between the different adaptations of Alice in Wonderland that show how it has become more sinister over the years. Something else that displays this is the setting described or shown in the novel, film, and game. In Lewis Carroll’s book, he uses vivid descriptions of colour to bring out the life in the setting. When Alice first falls down the rabbit hole, she looks through a tiny doorway and sees the “loveliest garden” and wishes to “wander among [the] beds of bright flowers and those cool fountains” (Carroll 20-21). Carroll’s description immediately offers up the image of a brightly coloured garden that is full of life. Continuing throughout the novel is this brightly coloured setting from the flowers growing around the Caterpillar’s mushroom to the white rose tree growing in the entrance to the “beautiful flower garden, among the bright flower-beds and the cool fountains” (Carroll 74). The setting in Carroll’s novel is very different from the setting presented in Tim Burton’s film. While there is still life and there are still gardens, there is dismal life and virtually no colour. However, both these things are typical of Burton’s films, as is described in Anna Kérchy’s e-journal article. In a Hungarian e-journal entitled “Changing Media of Enchantment: Tracking the Transition from Verbal to Visual Nonsense in Tim Burton’s Cinematic Adaptation of Alice in Wonderland,” Anna Kérchy describes how the bleak and foreboding aspects of Burton’s films are what make them distinctly his. This includes the changes made to Alice in Wonderland that turns it from children’s fairy tale to a film “full of explicit violence, social critical commentary and sexual innuendo” (Kérchy par. 6). Instead of gardens full of brightly coloured plants, it appears as if the colour has been drained from everything. Most things are shown in varying shades of grey and what little colour there is appears to be bleak and dreary. Burton does not even call this world Wonderland, choosing instead to call it Underland. In changing the name, Burton changes the idea of the entire place. Wonderland makes it sounds magical and everything a little girl like the Alice in Carroll’s novel could dream of. In calling it Underland it comes across as being a place where no one would want to venture, especially a child. The setting of Wonderland changes even more in American McGee’s Alice. As Alice is locked in an asylum, the Wonderland she visits is all a creation in her mind. While she is comatose to the world around her, in her mind she is waging war in the dystopian world that is Wonderland. Created out of her insanity, Wonderland is a place full of horrors where massacre takes place. Unlike the brightly coloured flower gardens in the novel and the bleak forests in the film, American McGee’s game contains places like Village of the Doomed and the Vale of Tears. It is while exploring these places that Alice is kidnapped by the Mad Hatter and “sees the tortures people within Wonderland’s asylum” (Johannessen 65). There are no gardens in this Wonderland, only monsters and characters twisted by evil living in a world of madness. McGee creates a setting completely different from the classic novel and turns Burton’s Underland into a children’s fantasy. In changing the setting, Burton and McGee transform Alice in Wonderland into a horror fantasy instead of the classical novel it once was.

Not only are there significant changes made to the setting, but the plot itself varies between the three forms. In the novel, Alice’s curiosity gets the better of her and she follows the white rabbit down the rabbit hole. When she arrives in Wonderland, Alice has no mission or goal other than to find her way home, though this soon proves to be difficult. Alice wanders through Wonderland trying to find her way home, but instead she meets many characters who only manage to confuse her further. One of these characters is the Queen who rules the land with her husband. The Queen orders for Alice to be executed and when her soldiers – who are entirely made of cards – “r[i]se into the air, and [come] flying down upon [Alice]; she g[i]ve[s] a little scream […] and [finds] herself lying on the bank with her head in the lap of her sister” (Carroll 114). It is revealed here that Wonderland was entirely a creation of Alice’s mind while she was sleeping. This shows how Carroll’s novel was a children’s tale because as soon as it became too scary for Alice she woke up, allowing her childish innocence to remain. While Alice may not have had a declared mission in the novel, this is not the case for Burton’s film. While it may seem like Alice falling down the rabbit hole was an accident, it was actually because the creatures in Underland wanted her to. When Alice is at the party with her mother “she notices the White Rabbit beckoning her to follow him […] Eventually, Alice arrives to the rabbit hole. She carefully peeks into the hole and accidentally falls into it” (Johannessen 19). The occupants of Underland had wanted Alice to return because the timeline of Underland stated that she was the only one who could save them. The Mad Hatter informs her that “the plans for slaying of the Jabberwocky need to continue” (Johannessen 34). It is revealed here how, unlike Carroll’s novel, Alice does have a mission in Burton’s film. She has been brought to Underland to defeat the Queen of Heart’s beast, The Jabberwocky. In slaying The Jabberwocky she will defeat the Queen of Hearts and Underland will be restored to the White Queen. Similar to this, American McGee’s Alice also presents an Alice who has a specific mission in Wonderland. McGee’s game includes a connection between the Queen of Hearts and Alice, though it is not revealed until the end what the connection truly is. Alice’s mission in the game is that she must defeat the Queen of Hearts to free the occupants of Wonderland from her wrath. However, Alice discovers that the reason she must defeat the Queen of Hearts is so she can save herself. In Johannssen’s thesis paper, he explains how Alice in the game “understands that she is responsible for the changes that have made by the Queen’s influence on Wonderland’s discourse” (Johannessen 75). Alice comes to this understanding after realizing the Queen is the embodiment of her own guilt and that “she needs to destroy her feeling of guilt” (Johannessen 75) in order to restore Wonderland to the way it was before. Unlike the novel where Alice has no mission, and the film where Alice’s mission is to slay the Queen’s pet, in McGee’s game Alice must slay the part of herself that has kept her locked away in her own mind for so long. From novel to film to video game, the plot of Alice in Wonderland has changed significantly over the different adaptations.

Alice in Wonderland was first published over a hundred years ago and is now considered a classic children’s novel. Due to its continuing popularity, many people have taken it upon themselves to create their own versions of this story. These versions, including Tim Burton’s 2010 film and American McGee’s game, have all become a much more sinister form of Carroll’s novel. Through the changes made to the characters, the setting, and the plot itself, Alice in Wonderland has been significantly altered. Carroll, Burton, and McGee have turned one idea into three very different stories.

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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

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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

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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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