Monthly Archives: November 2015

November Wrapup + December TBR


  1. Forever Young – Veiko Herne *review*
  2. Misery – Stephen King *review*
  3. 1984 – George Orwell *review*
  4. Outlander (Outlander #1) – Diana Gabaldon *review*


  1. Afterworlds – Scott Westerfeld
  2. Down the Wormhole – Ana Franco
  3. Uglies (Uglies #1) – Scott Westerfeld
  4. The Mine (Northwest Passage #1) – John A. Heldt
  5. Pulse (Pulse #1) – Patrick Carman

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Review: Outlander (Outlander #1) – Diana Gabaldon

Outlander (Outlander #1) – Diana Gabaldon


Title: Outlander (Outlander #1)

Author: Diana Gabaldon

Release Date: July 25, 2005

Publisher: Dell Publishing Company

Format: Mass Market Paperback

Page Number: 850

Source: Bookstore

The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.


5 out of 5 stars


Claire Randall goes to Scotland with her husband, Frank, for a honeymoon after the war. The two spend some time there learning and exploring around. They stay in an inn, and Frank learns more about his relatives through family trees. One day Claire goes and explores around where they’re staying and finds a stone circle; she goes around it and picks medicinal plants, until something strange happens. The standing stone start to buzz and sing. She walks around it listening when she touches it and is transported back in time to 1743. While she’s sent back in time she doesn’t know where she’s at, and doesn’t understand what’s happening to her, until a man comes and saves her from the shooting of Englishmen. The red-headed man swings her up onto his horse and they speed away. She’s scared of him and doesn’t understand why he took her, but then she finds out he’s been shot in the shoulder. Because she’s a nurse, she can help him, and does. They sit in a barn with candles flickering, and she has him take off his shirt and she tends to his shoulder. She hadn’t realized how muscular and handsome he was until that moment. She get embarrassed, but realizes that she has fallen for him sooner than she realized possible. They ride off with the rest of the crew of Scots and find safety. Will she ever get back to Frank? Does she even want to?

Oh. My. Gosh. I haven’t read a book this good in so long. This book was slow in the beginning, but I blame that on me and my lack of time to read. I fricking loved this book. It was full of time travel, very attractive Scottish men, and dangerous situations. This book was witty, sexy, fun, and adventurous. I love historical fiction, and this just reiterates why I love it so much. I took a really long time to read this, but now I just want to read the next one. Like right now. I haven’t been this excited about a book since the beginning of the year; it is genuinely one of the best books I’ve ever read. The plot was so great; it was so long, but it was definitely worth it. I loved the aspect of the traveling across the Scottish highlands on horseback, and Jamie. Oh man.


I love Jamie Fraser. He’s one of the very attractive Scottish men I was talking about earlier. He’s perfect for Claire. She needs someone who is sweet, and innocent, and nice. She needs Jamie so much more than Frank; Frank is stupid and irritating, and I’m judging anyone who likes him. Jamie is so tender and awkwardly adorable. I can just picture him blushing when something happens and he gets embarrassed. Gosh. So cute.

I also love Jenny and Ian, Jamie’s sister and brother-in-law. They come into the story about halfway to three fourths of the way through, and they’re perfect. Jenny and Jamie have the best sibling relationship out of any book I’ve ever read. They have a little boy named Jamie and it’s precious.

Claire is one of my all time favorite characters. She’s stubborn, smart, and happy when she’s with Jamie. She made the right choice to stay in 1743; she shouldn’t ever go back to 1945… ever. Don’t leave Jamie.

Who Would I Be?:

I would most definitely be Claire Fraser; even though she struggles living in the 1700s she is perfectly placed there. She gets to be with Jamie, and I mean… Jamie. She gets to travel across the countryside, and she learns how to wield a dagger. That’s pretty cool. She is a nurse, so she can actually help people. She’s amazing. AND she gets to be married to Jamie. If you haven’t noticed, I also love Jamie.

I cannot wait to read the rest of these books! Thank you, God, for making people who can write.

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Review: 1984 – George Orwell

1984 – George Orwell


Title: 1984

Author: George Orwell

Release Date: June 8, 1949

Publisher: Signet Classics

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 268

Source: Required reading

The year 1984 has come and gone, but George Orwell’s prophetic, nightmarish vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. 1984 is still the great modern classic of “negative utopia” -a startlingly original and haunting novel that creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing, from the first sentence to the last four words. No one can deny the novel’s hold on the imaginations of whole generations, or the power of its admonitions -a power that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.

2 out of 5 stars


Winston is different from everyone else in society. He thinks for himself, and has desires no one else has had for decades. Winston knows something is wrong in their little world of Oceania. His job is to edit the texts of history; he has to change everything in order to match what Big Brother says in his speeches to the society. One day he meets a girl with dark hair who works in the Fiction Department, and she is also different from everyone else, just like him. She gives him a secret message, and they meet up more than once. Somehow Big Brother finds out about everything and bad things happen to Winston and the girl. What happens to them? How do they figure everything out?

I really did not like this book at all. I thought that it would be good because it is one of the first dystopian novels, and I’ve read quite a few of those, so I just assumed it would be great and have wonderful world development, but I was wrong. There was no reason for Winston to be different. In The Hunger Games Katniss had to volunteer for Prim in The Hunger Games; that was her spark. In Divergent Tris discovered she was Divergent and had to protect herself from the leaders of Dauntless. Both of them had reasons to be different, and had a choice to do so. Winston was just thrown into being different by Orwell. It was really pointless, because I didn’t care about him. I didn’t care what happened to him, because he had no story!

I also don’t understand how he had these “sexual desires” per say, because the whole society has been trained since before he was alive that sex is only used to reproduce. I just don’t get why Winston was even considering having sex because he shouldn’t have even known. Ugh.


There were only two main characters in this book, Winston and Julia. Neither of them were very intriguing, but both of them were considered different by society’s standards. Neither of them had a story, and it was so frustrating. You can’t connect with characters with no back story to relate to. Winston edited history, and Julia worked in the Fiction Department. Nothing really happened in this book. Their relationship was a fluke and it was just so random.

Who Would I Be?:

I guess that I’d be Julia. She wasn’t interesting, and she was a random addition. I understand that she probably represented a little rebellion in the story, but it was pointless rebellion. They had no reason to rebel because their life was pretty decent. Yeah they were being controlled, but they had jobs and understood the way society worked. Their motto was War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength. The way they explained it made sense, to an extent, but it was a very backwards and round-about way of thinking of things.

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Reading Speed

After looking at the website *best thing ever, and I have no idea how I didn’t find it earlier!* I found a post from the blog Mara Was Here. She got tagged in a post on another blog, and was asked the question: “How long does it normally take you to read a book?” After reading this post, I’ve decided to create my own.

Last year I read between 1 and 3 books each week, especially in the summer, but this year I have not had time to read! I love reading, obviously, and it makes me really sad that I can’t finish as many books as I had been previously. I have been reading Outlander for multiple months… It has never taken me more than a month to read a book before, granted it is 850 pages, but still.

I would love to be able to read a book a week, so I will be concentrating on reading more during the holidays. I am so excited because I have a 4 day weekend this week, then school one day next week, then a five day break for Thanksgiving! I can’t wait, because I will get so much reading done :)

How fast do you read?

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Reading Multiple Books at Once

I am, as you all know, an avid reader. I know a lot of people have trouble focusing on more than one book at once, but I’m currently read 4. I know that seems like a lot, but I have reasons. I am reading one for school, one for book club, one for fun, and one for review. I have them all differentiated in my head, and I don’t get confused by different plots. I used to only read one book at a time, no exceptions. I wouldn’t even start a new book in fear that I would forget information from the previous book before taking an AR (Accelerated Reader) test.

But now that I’m older, I’ve realized that it’s fun to challenge yourself. I love reading multiple books at the same time because I actually have to think when I’m reading them. It’s also nice because once you get into a reading mood you can finish multiple books one right after another quickly.

What’s your take on reading multiple books at once? Are you in a book club that has you read a book in smaller sections?

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Reading Update

Hello, everyone! I just wanted to thank everyone who reads my blog consistently for sticking around with me through my lack of posting throughout this year. I’ve been so beyond busy, but it really means so much to me that I have people who read what I write about.


The point(e) *ha ha. dance jokes* of this post was to explain to people who ‘feel bad about not reading,’ and feel as though they aren’t good bloggers because they don’t read 500 books a month… that it is okay. You aren’t a failure because you don’t read as fast as other people. You aren’t a failure because you don’t have time to post. If you’re making the effort, YOU ARE NOT A FAILURE. I’ve watched quite a few videos on YouTube where people talk about why they’ve stopped making videos for 3 months because of their schedules, and it’s okay!

The moral of the story is: don’t feel bad about something you can’t control. It is alright to not post or read; it’s your right. Don’t feel bad :)

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Review: Misery – Stephen King

Misery – Stephen King


Title: Misery

Author: Stephen King

Release Date: June 3, 1988

Publisher: Signet

Format: paperback

Page Number: 338

Source: book club

Paul Sheldon. He’s a bestselling novelist who has finally met his biggest fan. Her name is Annie Wilkes and she is more than a rabid reader—she is Paul’s nurse, tending his shattered body after an automobile accident. But she is also his captor, keeping him prisoner in her isolated house. Now Annie wants Paul to write his greatest work—just for her. She has a lot of ways to spur him on. One is a needle. Another is an ax. And if they don’t work, she can get really nasty…

4 out of 5 stars


Paul Sheldon is the author of many people’s favorite books; stories dealing with a character named Misery. He has been a writer for as long has he can remember, but doesn’t always love it. One night he is at a bar moping around about his ex-wife. He leaves the bar quite drunk and slides around on the snowy ice on the twisty roads. He crashes his car very badly, but gets picked up by a seemingly nice lady. He wakes up when he’s laying in a bed in her guest bedroom in her shabby home. He gets scared because he has no idea where he’s at, but also because the woman who picked him up is a little out-of-the-ordinary. Annie Wilkes is Paul’s biggest fan. She has read all of his books and will continue to read everything he writes; she’s obsessive. She finds him on the side of the road and immediately recognizes him as her favorite author. He gets creeped out because she doesn’t take him to hospital for his broken legs from the accident. She “treats” him at her house and dopes him up with highly addictive pain meds. Annie wants another Misery novel written just for her, because she’s helping him out so much by opening her house to him. She forces him to write her the next novel, Misery’s Return, on a broken typewriter. Annie holds him captive until he finishes the book up to par. Annie Wilkes is holding him against his will, and he has no idea why.

I read this book for book club, and it is creepy! I have never read a Stephen King book, so I was expecting to be creeped out, but oh my gosh. This was freaky in a physiological way. Annie Wilkes was crazy, which in turn led Paul to become crazy. He went through so much crap just because he was the author of her favorite books. That’s freaky, and is probably the worst nightmare of a lot of authors. I found this book to be quite entertaining, and extremely engaging. I ALWAYS wanted to know what was going to happen next. There weren’t many dull points in the book, but I really did not like reading the story that he was writing. It was hard to connect with because it was supposed to be the last in the series; you had no idea who the characters were or why they were freaking out. The end of this book is so good. Really creepy and messed up, but very good. The last 100 pages were definitely worth the read!


Paul Sheldon was just an ordinary guy living a pretty ordinary life. He dealt with divorce, confusion, and probably some depression. He was a middle-age man who wrote books for a living. Nothing too spectacular, but Annie Wilkes was quite a character. She was scary and creepy and just downright odd. You find out about halfway through this book some of the things she’s done, but you find out because she’s documented EVERYTHING. That’s more than a little creepy. One of the scariest things about her was that she had extreme mood swings. It never said it directly, but I’m pretty sure she was bipolar. She was maternal towards him one minute, and then the next she was yelling and making him do weird things. The characters were very well developed throughout this book, though. You could see the strain Annie’s craziness was putting on Paul.

Who Would I Be?:

No one. I really don’t want to choose who to be out of Paul and Annie. I would not want to be in Paul’s situation, and I don’t want to be Annie because she’s crazy. I literally do not want to choose, so I won’t. Anyone who’s read this book will understand what I’m dealing with here. Nope nope nope.

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