I hope you all had a fabulous month and hopefully you got to read some enjoyable books! I don’t think I read a lot of books this month, but I do feel like I grew as person, more like a discovery of what I’m interested in. It’s somewhat strange to actually feel growth. I guess it might be because you’re actually paying attention to it happening, you’re looking at yourself and thinking “wow, I’m definitely not that person anymore.” When I look back at my years in University I do know that I changed, for better or worse- I think I did for the better, but I’m sure there’s an argument that I didn’t! The thing is I don’t think I felt myself changing or maybe I did and forgot about it. Anyways like last month this month was one for growth. Maybe this is what happens when you take a post- University break- you start to notice the subtle changes in yourself!
Memorable Moments of the Month/You know things you notice sometimes
- My mom’s birthday: For the past four years I haven’t been home for my mom’s birthday because I was in School and it always falls before Reading Week. So this year after a long time I was able to be at home for her birthday. The downside was that she had to go to work, but she got a lot of phone calls from family and friends which was nice. We also ordered Indian Food (from one of my favourite restaurants since my parent took me there for one of my birthdays) and my dad got her Roses .
- My Grandma’s birthday: This was my grandma’s 81st birthday and my family along with my aunts, uncles and cousins congregated at my great aunt’s (my grandma’s sister) house where we skyped her. It was one of the most memorable evenings of my life. Grandma was really happy to see her extended family and she sang this song called “Ever More.” Apparently it’s the song that wooed my grandpa lol. She has a beautiful voice and it was just nice to see her. We were told that she was elated to see all the famjam, so I’m guessing I’ll be skyping with her for my New Year in April too!
- Hanging out with my Family- It’s funny, when I moved back home on a permanent basis after University I thought I’d honestly find it difficult to adjust after being by myself for so long. After living by yourself you essentially do get used being without your family for long periods of time, however I don’t think I realized how much I missed them. It’s not the same talking with someone on the phone vs. seeing them in real life. I’ve gotten a lot of time to hang out with my brother and my parents which has been really nice. And with my dog of course. Because of all the snow we’ve been outside playing which she enjoys .
- YA Language debate: Another interesting debate that I’ve noticed is the language used in YA. Personally I’m not one for swearing, if I do swear it’s only when I’m really angry, but the use of swear words is pretty much part of today’s vocabulary and it’s hard to get away from it and I can understand people being concerned about using such vocabulary in YA books, but it’s just a part of life for better or for worse. As someone who worked with students in University one of the things that we talked about is language. Most of the times when 18 or 19 year olds enter university they’re unaware of how some use of language is not acceptable on campus. Some examples we talked about was the use of the words “gay” and “retarded.” But is it up to authors to say no to such language or is up to parents to teach their kids? Either way I think it’s an interesting debate. What are your thoughts on it?
Like I said I didn’t read that much in comparison to January, but I did enjoy the books I read.
This was the first time I had heard/read anything by Anthony Horowitz and I wasn’t disappointed. I really enjoyed the story and the ending took me by surprise. I hadn’t suspected it at all, so it definitely kept me on the edge. The characterization of Holmes and Watson too was spot on which I enjoyed. I think it’s a worthy successor to the Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle.
I’ve never read a middle grade book about a Muslim girl before and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this one. I thought the characters were awesome and I’ll be reviewing this one on the 18th of April as part of the blog tour for the book.
This is the second book in the Adam Canfield trilogy and while I enjoyed it, it wasn’t as good as Adam Canfield: The Last Reporter. I think the last book in the series is the best. Still this one had some of it’s funny moments. Phoebe, the world’s greatest third grade reporter is always going to be one of my favourite fictional Middle School characters. She is so awesome!
Indian Horse is one of my favourite reads of the year so far. It’s a beautiful and tragic story about a Ojibway man by the name of Saul Indian Horse as we follow him from childhood to living at a Residential School to his love for Hockey. It’s a book I would highly recommend to anyone interested in First Nations people and I believe it’s a story that deserves more attention. I will be going back to read Wagamese’s other work because his work is just too wonderful to ignore.
This is one of the funniest books I’ve read in a long time. I could not believe some of the things that people said in bookstores and on the other hand I don’t doubt them. If you guys are interested I can share some of my favourite quotes with you. But I definitely encourage people to pick this book up sometime
I’m so glad I finally got to read this book. I saw the movie first and I have to say the book is definitely better! I can’t wait to read the Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass. The world Pullman has created is nothing short of amazing, especially the armoured bears!
That’s it from me for this post. I hope all of you have a splendid March!