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The Book Thief
This is the best book EVER!!! I think it's going to be one of my top ten favorite lifetime reads. I'm not a big historical fiction fan. Who would have ever thought I'd fall in love with a book written about Hitler Germany? This is an amazing, powerful book. It's told in a third person, omniscient narration, by DEATH! Yes, Death is the one who tells this heartbreaking tale of one Lisiel Merminger of Himmel Street. Having Death narrate the book gives readers the perfect perspective. Death actually was traumatized by humans. He did his job, but it wasn't an easy one, especially when wars were killing off humans by the thousands. Death also used actual colors to describe his emotions and feelings, a rich addition to the story. It added another layer of understanding.
Why Was Harry's Child Named After Snape? J.K. Rowling Explains
There are three types of opinions about Albus Severus Potter's name - lovers, haters, and in-betweeners, as J.K. Rowling put it. Harry naming his child after Albus Dumbledore is somewhat understandable, but after Severus Snape... What?!
Books I Fully Intend to Read in 2018
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur Milk and Honey has been a book that I have always heard about, but I never thought of looking into what was the context of the book. I've been told that this is a really good break up book as it talks about heartbreak and healing. The book is divided into four chapters, with each part symbolizing something different. Amazon describes the book through taking "readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look." When I read a book I want to feel like my life has changed or feel that my perception on the world has changed and I feel this book is what I'm looking for.
Best Books of 2017
A few years ago, I made New Year’s Resolution to read more. I was an avid book collector but just couldn’t get around to reading them. I wanted that to change.
Sirius Black: The Man and the Myth
No series of books has impacted me more as a writer than the Harry Potter series. From the moment I first immersed myself in J.K. Rowling’s world of magic at eight years old, I’ve been captivated by it. By the end of my junior year of high school, I’d read the series six times—forwards, backwards, and out of order; within anywhere from the duration of a week to the duration of a year. I can therefore firmly say, as I look back wistfully but realistically on my nine-year obsession with the series, that I am unbiased—or at least as unbiased as a Slytherin whose Hogwarts letter is nearly nine years late can be.
Is Holden Caulfield Still Relevant?
For Christmas, I received, among other gifts, a red hunting hat—something that fans of J.D. Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye recognize as a symbol of youthful rebellion and the reluctance to grow up. Salinger’s book has been pivotal in my own life, but the hat—which I’ve been wearing religiously—has raised some serious questions in my mind about the book’s continued relevance in modern society.
Very British Thrillers
Chances are you've heard of James Bond and George Smiley. You might even have heard of their creators, Ian Fleming and John le Carré. Have you heard of Alistair MacLean, Alan Hall, Francis Clifford, Ted Allbeury, Ian Stuart Black, or James Mayo? All of them were part of an explosion in the thriller genre headed by British authors over a twenty odd year period between the 1950s and 1970s, a period which the noted writer and critic Mike Ripley now examines with his book Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (itself a paraphrasing of a Fleming quote in fact) which explores this very British contribution to an ever popular genre.
These are the best books that I read in 2017. Not all of these books are new, in fact, quite a few of them are older but nonetheless these are the best books I read in 2017 that I wanted to share with you. If you are ever looking for a good book to grab do not hesitate to select one of these. This selection has a variety of books from different genres.
13 Best Young Adult Books
First of all, I would like to clarify that YA books are not a genre. Young adult books are simply the means of denoting the age range these books are meant for. In my opinion, young adult books are for ages 13 and up, though anybody is welcome to read YA books if it suits their fancy. With that being said, these are the top 13 YA books I have read.
10 Things to Note If You're Reading 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' Today
It was 20 years ago this week that a boy wizard with a scar on his forehead entered our world through the pages of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (or Sorcerer's Stone as it is known in the United States). Author J.K. Rowling's captivating adventures of #HarryPotter and his confrontations with the evil wizard Voldemort would go on to thrill millions of readers through seven successful sequels, including last year's Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. (Not to mention eight corresponding top-grossing films, three theme parks, and one critically acclaimed West End play.)
Short Fiction You've Never Read and Probably Should
In 2,232 words, Vilma Howard tells the tale of Belle—the woman with a scar on her finger. 'Belle'—Vilma Howard It was first published in the Spring of 1955 and published in The Paris Review, just two years after she had published "After The War"—two pages of verse in the same publication.
13 Holiday Reads
Are you having trouble getting into that Christmas spirit? There's nothing like a good book to boost your mood. Grab a cup of hot cocoa and a book from this list and you'll instantly be in the mood to deck the halls and sing carols.