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Top 14 Books of 2014

** As I was writing this, it was not many days left until new year’s day. I started writing the main topic, but I got so busy with school. I had projects and finals to focus on. I never got to finish writing this post until after finals, so this had to be posted on 2015 instead of it being posted on the December of 2014. **

The year has finally ended and I’m excited for this new year. I didn’t reach the goal I had set out to read, but I was only 8 books behind and I’m pretty satisfied with that. From my 50 books goal, I managed to have read 42, that’s amazing! I’ve never been one to keep track of how many books I’ve read during the year and not entirely sure if It’s really the most books I have read in a year, but seeing the number is very pleasing.

I’ve seen some people do this list, and I want to give it a go, maybe make it a tradition for all the years to come. Here are my top 14 books of 2014: (Keep in mind though, not all these books we’re published in 2014, these are just the books that I read in 2014)

14. Four (Divergent companion book) – by Veronica Roth: 3.5/ 5 stars

13. Shades of Earth (Across the Universe #3) – by Beth Revis: 3.5/5 stars

12. Perks of Being a Wallflower – by Stephen Chbosky: 4/5 stars

11. Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares – by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan: 4/5 stars

10. Tuesday’s with Morrie – by Mitch Albom: 4/5 stars

9. Landline – by Rainbow Rowell: 4/5 stars

8. Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and The Frenck Kiss #1) – by Stephanie Perkins: 4.5/5 stars

7. Fangirl – by Rainbow Rowell: 4.5/5 stars

6. The Lover’s Dictionary – by David Levithan: 5/5 stars

5. Mr.Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore – by Robin Sloan: 5/5 stars

4. The Time Keeper – by Mitch Albom: 5/5 stars

3. Just One Day (Just One Day #1) – by Gayle Forman: 5/5 stars

2. Eleanor and Park – by Rainbow Rowell: 5/5 stars

1. Ready Player One – by Ernest Cline: 5/5 stars

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This was a really good reading year for me. I found this whole community focused on books, and I really got to know what it really is to be a bookworm. I can’t wait to see what the new year has in store for me.

Happy Reading!

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July Wrap-Up

Hey Guys. I hope you guys are having a really nice day.

What is this? A post! After almost a month of nothing? What?!

So I haven’t posted anything in here for like so long and I know, I’m aware. I was really tired this month from so many things and I took a needed break from the internet. I’m slowly getting into it again and I’m excited to write a post.

 

There was a booktube read-a-thon this month from July 14-20 and that week was the most exhausting week of my entire life, and I used to dance, wow. That whole week I read one book a day and that has never happened before, well not in a whole week. I read 3 books in a row each in a day before but never a whole week of reading a whole book in one day.

It was a fun week of reading, but during that weekend though, I didn’t get to read because I was so so so so tired. I even went with my parents to a family friend’s house and I fell asleep on their couch. I did try to read though, but I couldn’t do it without sleeping. The whole week was like that but during the beginning of the week I could still finish the book, but that weekend I really couldn’t take anymore so I stopped trying because my body is more important than some read-a-thon and I’m ahead for my reading challenge of the year. I was already having problems with my sleep schedule before, but that week made it so much worse.

After that long week of sleep deprivation and reading 5 books, my brain needed a long holiday. I think my brain is still currently trying to recover. My math is a bit slow, I’m not quite comprehending things and I am constantly tired, but I have to wake up earlier than usual because I’m babysitting. So to relax myself I like baking and when I’m baking, I can tell, my brain is not working. I’ve made a few measurement mistakes, few timing errors and also a few baking errors. They’re nothing too bad. and I managed to fix them after I’ve noticed the mistakes. I still had some delicious desserts, so that’s good.

That’s just a not-so-mini update. Here is what I read from that exhausting read-a-thon:

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I didn’t read them in that order, but it looked really weird with Landline in the middle of a series. Here are the books and my ratings in the order that I read them in.

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Percy Jackson and The Olympians: Book One – The Lightning Thief — By Rick Riordan

3 out of 5 stars

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Landline — By Rainbow Rowell

4 out of 5 stars

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Percy Jackson and The Olympians: Book Two – The Sea of Monsters — By Rick Riordan

4 out of 5 stars

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Percy Jackson and The Olympians: Book Three – The Titan’s Curse — By Rick Riordan

4 out of 5 stars

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Percy Jackson and The Olympians: Book Four – The Battle of the Labyrinth — Rick Riordan

4 out of 5 stars

I read Landline after The Lighting Thief because I received a book depository package with Landline in it on Monday. I was going to read it after the read-a-thon was done, but my excitement was too much and I ended up reading it after The Lightning Thief that night. I did not regret that decision otherwise it would still be in my TBR right now.

I’ve taken a good long break, and I think I’m ready to read again. If I try again and I’m still not ready, that’s okay, I don’t need to stress myself out because I’m not reading.  I’m 6 books ahead of my reading challenge for the year and I do have some TV shows I want to catch up with.

Happy Reading

– Princess Diana

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Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom – Book Review

Hey guys, I hope you are having a really nice day. My name is Princess Diana. This is what I thought of Tuesdays with Morrie. And welcome to my blog.

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I purchased this book this weekend. It was really nice to finally see the bookstore with this again. I’ve waited for them to restock on this for so long. I saw that there was only one more copy left, so I had to get it.

Summary:

Morrie, if I can remember properly, is a 76 year old man who has found out that he has a terminal disease called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and he won’t live for much longer. Though on a death sentence, he still seems to put some positive thinking into everything. He’s become some kind of a guru to the rest of the world with words almost philosophical.

He was featured on a TV news show and that’s when Mitch, Morrie’s student 16 years ago, finds out about his old professor. After years of not seeing his favorite teacher, hearing about Morrie made Mitch want to see him again. And so he did, even if he was dying.

That ensued a continuation of classes for both of them. Morrie the teacher once again and Mitch the student. Mitch would come by on Tuesdays and listened diligently to Morrie’s lesson on life. But every Tuesday that they meet, Morrie is getting sicker and sicker and death coming closer and closer.

 

Personal thoughts/opinions:

I loved this book. Never have I ever learned more about life than in this book. This is a book I’ll definitely be picking up constantly even through my adulthood. Reading this was a life-changing process and I HIGHLY recommend this book.

When reading a book, I like to tab things in my book that I really like. In this book, I tabbed a whole bunch of quotes. Even though it’s not the most tabbed book on my shelf, it definitely is the most tabbed for quotes alone.

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As you can see, I tabbed quite a lot of things.

 

Even though the words were beautiful and perfect, as usual there are things I don’t like about it.

This is a non-fiction book so I have no problem with the story, but I do have a problem with how it was written. Once again, it’s a book with flashbacks and mini-stories in between the current chapter. From all the books I’ve read of his, I noticed that they’re all written like this. I’m getting used to it, but I’m still not a big fan of this type of writing style. It throws me off.

For that reason, I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I would’ve given it 5 stars but I’m really not a big fan of that type of writing.

But I’ll definitely be rereading this book a bunch of times and if anyone asks for recommendations from me, I’ll be giving them this.

Started: 21 June 2014      Finished: 22 June 2014

 

Happy Reading