Top 5 Wednesday: Series I Want to Start Next Year – Blogmas 12/23

Top 5 Wednesday

It’s Wednesday again! And the last Wednesday in Blogmas! Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and the day after Christmas. 😀 I always feel like December flies by, but doing blogmas every day made it really, really fly by. I mean goodness. I need a nap.

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I’m going to limit this to series of which I already own at least the first book. There are plenty that I want to read that I don’t own, so I figured I should read the ones I do first. So all the books listed, the first in the series is already on my shelves, glaring at me for not reading it yet.

5 – The Mapmakers Trilogy by SE Grove

This is one that I purchased recently but has been on my radar for a while. It’s about a world where each country is stuck in a different time period. I don’t know much about the plot other than this premise, but it’s enough to make me want to read it. Badly.

 

4 – The Gravedigger Chronicles by Alan Campbell

Alan Campbell is one of my favorite authors. He wrote the wonderful Deepgate Codex, which is one of my favorite series. This book has been out for a while but was never published in the US. So I couldn’t find it anywhere. 😦 But! When I was at Half Price Books one day, I spotted this by chance sitting on the shelves. I kinda died a little bit and scared the other customers. It’s been sitting on my shelf since then, taunting me.

3 – The Chronoptika series by Catherine Fisher

This is another ‘favorite author’ picks for me. I love Catherine Fisher. She wrote both the Incarceron series, which you may have heard of, and the Relic Master series, which I feel is highly underrated. I have the first two books in the Chronoptika series sitting on my shelves, haven’t been able to locate the third yet. Hopefully I’ll get to it this year.

2 – The Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson

I have the original trilogy on my shelves, found them for super cheap at Half Price Books. They look so good and I’ve heard nothing but good things, so I’m very excited. :”D Unfortunately, I don’t have them in the beautiful cover shown to the left, but hey, a book’s a book’s a book.

 

1 – The Lord of the Rings (and the Hobbit) by JRR Tolkien.

I had meant to read the Hobbit before Christmas and just didn’t get to it. Maybe before new years, but we’ll see.

I just feel like it’s time

 

 

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Books to Read by the Fire – Blogmas 12/16

Top 5 Wednesday

Only one more Wednesday ’til Christmas guys. As always, T5W was created by Lainey and here is the full list of posters should you like to join. This week’s topics are books to read by the fire. And it has occurred to me that I’ve never actually done that – read by the fire. I need to hire me a fireplace and try it out. So I’m choosing books that I think would make good fire reads, not necessarily choosing from experience. 😛 Anyone have a fireplace? Let me come over and read by it. I’ll make you food.

5. Harry Potter by JK Rowling

Because we just know. Harry Potter is a good anything read, but later in the series when the books get really fat, those I think would especially be good fire reads.

 

 

4. The Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove

I haven’t read this yet, but when I glanced over at my shelves, this one popped out, screaming ‘FIREPLACE, READ ME THERE’. And I feel like it would fit. The Glass Sentence is a book set in a world where each country is locked in its own time period. Some  are modern day, others are Renaissance, others still are in the stone age. This is all I know about the book and it’s all I want to know going into it. It’s going to be good whenever I get to it, I can feel it. 😀

3. The Hobbit the JRR Tolkien

Hey lucky me, I plan on reading this this winter anyways. So I just need a fireplace. Netflix has a fireplace video (which I shamelessly watch, hush) so maybe I’ll just use that for the sound and light a bunch of candles for the warmth. 😛

 

 

2. The Christmas List by Richard Paul Evans

Guys, I’m a sucker for a good Christmas novel. This one I actually read and I know it would be lovely to reread in front of a fire. If you want a simple, heart-warming Christmas novel, this would be it.

 

1. Santa and Pete by Christopher Paul Moore

Aside from A Christmas Carol, which I’ve mentioned to death in the past few posts, I think this is my favorite Christmas novels. My mom read it to me when I was ten or so I think, and since then I’ve reread it two or three times, once every few years. It’s due for a reread but I don’t think I’ll get to it this year. Next year!


And that’s it! As I live in PA, winter hasn’t exactly hit yet (damn humans and their global warming) so when we get blasted in February, I’m going to need fireplace reads to read! So if you have any suggestions, please do let me know! Thank you!

Happy reading!

 

Top 5 Wednesday: Halloween Recommendations

I’m so excited for this topic. Halloween is a fun holiday, though I really don’t do much for it aside from read books, haha. Someone invite me to a Halloween party, dammit.

T5W was created by Lainey, and here is the list of posters if you’d like to join.

Here are my top Halloween Recommendations:

5. Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix

Horrorstör

This book showed up a lot last year during Halloween and for good reason. This is a pretty funny horror story. This book is set in an Ikea knockoff store and it reads like a catalog. It starts off with simple things like chairs and tables and stuff, but as the main story progresses, the advertisements slowly turn into more gruesome and creepy devices. The story itself is pretty entertaining, though not exactly 100% original. It’s like watching a typical horror movie in a book, but with the entertaining twist that I mentioned. Overall, it’s totally worth a read if you’re looking for something creepy and something fast.

4. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

FrankensteinI hope that this one will be on a lot of lists today. It’s a classic!

Frankenstein is one of those books I was forced to read in high school and ended up loving. If you haven’t read it yet and are looking to get into classics, why not start here? It’s good timing.

3. The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

The Monstrumologist (The Monstrumologist, #1)This book man. This book. Rick Yancey. Have you read is 5th Wave book? Did you notice how he has a bit of difficulty writing romance? Well, that problem only deals with romance. With horror, he. is. in. his. element. I dreamed about the monsters in this book for days after finishing it. It was so gritty and dark. It had me fearing they were gonna jump out of the shadows of my closet. Reading this book was an experience, and I highly recommend it.

It follows the apprentice of a mad scientist, a Monstrumologist, as they investigate and capture monsters that I couldn’t even dream up in my worst nightmare. Buh. I’m uneasy just thinking about it.

2. Lord Loss by Darren Shan

Lord Loss (The Demonata, #1)I read this book a long while ago, so I don’t remember too much about it other than the completely consuming feeling of horror and disgust I felt while reading it. I think I’m going to try to re-read it soon This is the first book in the Demonata series and from what I’ve heard, the rest are just as good.

This book is fantastic. It has demons and werewolves and chess. Chess. Chess is scary in here. It’s awesome.

1. Diabolo by Kei Kusunoki

Diabolo: Volume 1

This manga is definitely my top pick. It’s about two boys who sell their souls to the devil in exchange for someone’s life. And then they think all is fine and dandy. It’s a soul right? They don’t need it while they’re alive. But then things start to get weird. Maybe you do need your soul.

This series is unnerving, creepy and riveting. I loved reading this. It gave me goosebumps. This series is only three volumes long, so you could easily get through the whole thing in a couple hours. Highly, highly recommend it.

Have you read any of these? Do you have any recs for me based on these? :”D Please and thank you, happy reading!

Top 5 Wednesday: Authors You Discovered This Year

Top 5 Wednesday

Do you know how long it’s been since I made a T5W post? Because it’s been weeks. Goodness. As usual, T5W was made by Lainey, and here is the full list of posters, should you want to join :”D

This week’s topic is top authors I’ve discovered this year. And if you saw or read my previous post, you know one of the ones on the list already, hawhaw.

5. George RR Martin, author of the A Song of Ice and Fire series

I’m definitely late to the band wagon on this author. I didn’t read the first book in this series until earlier this year, but holy cow, it’s awesome. I was initially a bit wary of starting the series, both because of the hype surrounding it and the sheer size of the things. The time commitment required for these buggers though is well worth it. I’m really glad I started reading this series and once I catch up, I will hunt down his other publications and devour them too.

4. Tammara Webber, author of the Contours of the Heart series

This author I picked because she introduced me to a new genre. The first book in her series, Easy, was my first experience reading a new adult book. It was nice reading about a romance that wasn’t harlequin nor about a fifteen year old. I had heard that such books existed but had never actually found one in a bookstore near me. And then I saw this baby on the clearance shelf at my local B&N and after hearing nonstop praise for it, decided to splurge the four bucks for it. And since, I’ve hunted down the second one as well. Gonna read it pretty soon here I hope – it’s sitting on my shelf, glaring at me.

3. Sabaa Tahir, author of the An Ember in the Ashes series

I feel like the marketers of this book really know what they’re doing. This book was everywhere months before it came out. It was all over blogs, booktube and I even saw posters and pamphlets for it in my local bookstore. And honestly if I hadn’t heard the buzz ahead of time and just would have read the synopsis on the back of the book, I probably wouldn’t have read it. Whoever wrote that blurb made it sound like a star-crossed lovers kind of thing. And it’s so not. I mean, there are hints of romance I suppose, but there is so much more to the book than that. The buzz told me this, the blurb didn’t. This is one of those times I appreciated the hype. This author writes a well-developed, rich world and I can’t wait to read the second one.

2. Peter Clines, author of The Fold

Is this really a surprise. I literally wrote a review* (*see ‘gush’) about it about nine hours ago. I’m still swirling in circles about this book, man.

1. Andy Weir, author of The Martian

This one was another book that the hype helped me. The back doesn’t make it sound like more than a sci-fi, which is all and good, but the comedy was what made me love this book and therefore this author. Mark Watney is a hilarious character. And in combination with his situation, his attitude towards it and then the heavy science topics explained in a way that I could understand, I loved this book. (and it helps that the audiobook I listened to had a fantastic narrator). So I read this and I loved it. Therefore, Andy Weir is definitely my favorite new author of this year.


Ta-da, two posts in a 24 hour period. I’m on a roll. What’s on your list? :”D Link me to your T5W posts!

Top 5 Wednesday: Characters You Wish You Could Drown

Top 5 Wednesday

It’s Wednesday again! And this time, it’s a topic I can do. :”D Last week’s was ‘Books you’ve read in one sitting’, and honestly, I’ve never done that, hah. I get fidgety after about an hour or so, and have to stop. 😛 But whatevs, I can do this week’s. As usual, T5W was created by Lainey, and you could find the full list of posters here. Onto my Top 5 Character I wish I could drown. (or bop on the head)

5. Hatsumomo from Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

Hatsumomo is a character introduced relatively early in this book (her movie character pictured to the left). I. Cannot. Stand her. She’s rude, self-entitled, manipulative, hypocritical… buh. I just don’t like her. At all. Though I have to admit, she does make the book a fair bit better – she’s a very good antagonist.

If you haven’t read this book, do it. Or watch the movie. You’ll get a better experience from the book, but the movie was pretty decent too.

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4. Mayor Prentiss from The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness

What, Emily’s mentioning the Chaos Walking Trilogy in a post? Shocker!

Mayor Prentiss is the Mayor of Prentisstown at the beginning of the first book, and from there he becomes such a butt. I think one of the things I can’t stand the most about this character (and therefore makes him such a good bad guy) is the fact that when reading the book, I was always questioning his motives. He was bad… but was he? Wait yes. But maybe not… No, that was totally evil, but… is that a shred of conscience I see there?

This guy was an enigma, and he made my blood boil.

3. Percy Weasley from Harry Potter by JK Rowling

Oh my gosh Percy, just Shut. Up. for once in your life. Close your faaace.

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2. Naraku from Inuyasha by Rumiko Takahashi

For anyone who has read or watched Inuyasha, you understand my deep-seeded loathing for this character. He’s just evil (but suuuuch a good villain). If he would just mind his own damn business once in a while, but no.. he has to be all vindictive and assholey.

Naraku is the main antagonist in Inuyasha, and enters the show very early. He’s such a good bad guy, but he needs a big, big BIG bop on the head.

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1. Joffrey from A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin.

Any reasons I give will be a spoiler, so just trust me on this. (and I’m only on book two, so no spoilers to me either, please!)

Look at that face. Ugh, so punchable.

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Well, tada! I’m glad to see all the characters I want to bop on the head/drown/throw things at are actually good, well-developed characters with actual reasons for me to despise them. None of them I hate just out of principle, they’re all actual dicks. Yay. :”D

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Series Enders

I feel like this topic is going to be riddled with accidental spoilers in everyone’s posts and videos. I feel like something like this is unavoidable. I vow to you now to try my best to not reveal anything that actually happens in the books, but instead just talk about why the ending is my favorite (my reactions, etc). So hopefully if you read this, it’ll make you want to read the series so you can feel how I felt, not feel like it’s been ruined for you. If I spoil you for something, feel free to yell at me.

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey on youtube, and here is the full list of posters, should you want to check them out (or join yourself!).

Also I’d like to point out that coming up with this list made me realize I haven’t finished many series. For shame.

5. Harry Potter
I always say this when I list Harry Potter for something, but I feel like this is going to be on most people’s lists. It’s just a well-rounded ending. (though I’m ignoring the epilogue. It was awkward). Keeping this spoiler free, I feel like the last book put me on the emotional roller coaster the last book of a series should, and when I originally finished with it, I was satisfied and unsatisfied at the same time, which is how I feel a series should end.

4. Fruits Basket
This is a relatively long-ish manga series, probably what, 17 volumes or so? This is a slice-of-life with supernatural(ish?) elements manga focusing on a young girl that through a set of circumstances moves in with her classmate and his family. Though when she moves in, she doesn’t realize that his family holds the curse of the Chinese Zodiac. I first started reading this series about 9 years ago (wow I’m old) and finished it probably 4 years ago – I was reading as they were released, so yeah. This series I feel gave me a sense of calm when it was over, which is why I liked it so much. I didn’t feel torn up. I felt… good.

3. Rurouni Kenshin
This one I’m listing purely because it’s my favorite manga series ever. It’s ending is pretty good, I’ll give it that, but that thing that makes an ending good or bad has a lot to do with the journey it took to get there. And that’s why I like this ending so much – all the stuff that the characters had to do to get to it. I’ve explained this series before, so all I’ll say now is that it’s a historical fiction set in Meiji Era Japan – it has elements of action, adventure, comedy, romance, drama.. so on. That’s why I love it so much, it has it all :”D

2.The Chaos Walking Trilogy
I just finished this series recently and rarely do I rave about a book so much as I did after finishing this one. The third book in this trilogy had me flying through every emotion possible (the first two did as well). This series, as I’ve said in my review of the trilogy, has become one of my favorite series to date. Go read this, man.

1. Death Note
And this one wins my number one spot. The ending of this twelve volume series is the epitome of poetic. I just. It’s perfect. I can’t say why or how without ruining it, but just trust me. Wowwy.

So there we go. Hopefully you’re not spoiled, and hopefully knowing the endings of these series are good will make you more apt to picking them up. Happy reading!

Top 5 Wednesday: Books that Feature Traveling!

I feel like this topic was chosen to entice us all into going on road trips this summer. Well, let me tell ya, gathering this list has given me a yearning for loud music and truck rest stops. I cannot wait until this summer.
Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey on youtube, and here is where you can find the rest of the posters.

On to the books:

5. Rurouni Kenshin – This one doesn’t really involve travelling throughout the whole thing, considering it’s 28 volumes long, but somewhere around the volume 9 or 10 range, Kenshin has to travel across Japan and the reason I love this part so much is the whole slew of new characters that are introduced during that arc. I’ve stated why I love Kenshin so much a million times before, so if you tend to read my blog, then why haven’t you read it yet. Get on it, man.

4. Forest of Hands and Teeth – Again, travel is not the main part of this, but it is a large part. This book is a dystopian zombie book with large religious undertones. It’s really unsettling, I love it. Definitely one of the better zombie books I’ve read.

3. Saga – This one should be self explanatory. It’s called Saga. What is a saga if not a journey of some kind? :”D

2. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Again, self explanatory.

1. Throne of Jade – This one probably comes across as a weird choice. This is the second book in the Temeraire series by Naomi Novik, which is a historical fantasy series set during the Napoleonic Wars and involves tactical battle on the backs of dragons. I’m not talking Eragon here. I mean, full teams along the back of one dragon, fighting in fleets with others. The aeronautic processes alone Noami writes about are amazing. I picked this book in particular as during it, they have to travel to China (hence the word ‘Jade’ in the title). If you’re looking for a cool book, I’d say definitely check this series out. It’s phenomenal.

Well there’s my list! And it occurs to me none of these books have a conventional road trip in them… oop. Well, whatevs. I still want to go on a road trip because of this list.

Top 5 Wednesday: Books I Wanted to Start Yesterday

It’s Wednesday again! And look, I’m actually posting a Top 5 Wednesday on Wednesday. Unsurprisingly, this is a rare occurrence. This week’s theme is ‘Books You Wanted to Start Yesterday’, and man do I have sooo many of those. One day, they will be read.

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey on youtube, and here is the full list of posters in case you’d like to check any more of our slacking-on-reading-ness out this week.

Right right. Here are my top 5 ‘WHY HAVEN’T I READ THIS YET MAN’ books. (and for clarity’s sake, these are books I own and just haven’t read, not ones I have yet to buy)

5. The Future of the Mind by Michio KakuThe Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind
This book I bought ages ago. I actually pre-ordered it because both my boyfriend and I are Michio Kaku fangirls. I got us both signed copies and he has read his copy but I have yet to read mine. Go figure, right. If you are not familiar with his work, Michio Kaku is a theoretical physicist and in this book, he took an interest in potential future technologies that could be used with the brain. From interviews and stuff I’ve watched about this book, I know one of the theories talks about shooting the human consciousness off into space in a laser beam as a method of interstellar travel. Crazy, right? I want to read it sooo baaaaad.

4. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami1Q84 (1Q84, #1-3)
I actually own two books by this author, and have yet to read either one. This is the one that’s calling to me more, though. (The other is Norwegian Wood). Honestly though, I have no clue what this book is about. I know it deals a bit with parallel existences, but other than that, I’m going in blind, and that’s the way I want it to be.

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3. S. by JJ AbramsS.
Yep, this director also wrote a book. Cool huh? I wonder if there will be lens flair in the book. This book is hard to describe, really. It’s a book within a book. It comes in a sleeve and when you pull it out, it looks like an old library book. The library book is written by an author. And the footnotes are written by the translator. And the first set of scribbles in the margin are written by one person, and the second set are written by another person. So what you’re reading is: the book the author wrote, the footnotes from that translator who is obsessed with the author, and the conversation going back and forth between the two people in the margins who are reading the book and talking about their lives, the author, and the translator. It’s just what. I’ve actually read the first chapter of this and really like it so far. Hopefully I’ll continue it soon-ish.

2. Cinder by Marissa MeyerCinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)
This book I bought a long time ago from bookoutlet – it was in the first purchase I ever made from them back when I first discovered their website. This book from what I know is a Cinderella retelling set in space and dealing with cyborgs. Sounds pretty cool to me, dammit.

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1. Outlander by Diana GabaldonOutlander (Outlander, #1)
This book is another one of those ‘bought it forever ago’ books. I bought this one around Halloween, so I suppose that isn’t that bad, considering I have other books on my shelves that have been there unread for years. This book is about a nurse from the 1945s who gets sent back in time to 1740s Scotland. That alone draws me in. And I heard it’s this epic adventure romance everything, and that makes me want to read it more. There are like 10 books in this series or something crazy like that, so the longer I wait, the more I will have to catch up on. Wish me luck.

So there is my list! What book did you want to read yesterday? O:<

Top 5 Wednesday: Jokester Characters!

Welcome to Wednesday! Welcome to April 1st! Welcome to everything! This week’s topic is Jokesters, and happy April Fool’s Day too. (nobody fool me, I’ll bite you). I figured hey, I don’t have an exam coming up soon, SO WHY NOT MAKE A BLOG POST. (and that’s honestly why my blog has slowed down. Everybody and their mom is giving exams and projects and assignments. It’s butts). But anyways! Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey, and here is the list of other posters, if you’d like to check them out!

5. Fred and George Weasley from Harry Potter.

How can I not add them? It’s their birthday today! If you haven’t read Harry Potter, go read them, at least for these two characters. They are a delight.

4. Son Goku from Saiyuki

Goku is a character based off the Japanese legend of the monkey king. (Think Goku from Dragonball Z, same myth). Goku is definitely goofy. He has this innocent-like personality combined with a horrific love of food. If he’s eating food, he’s talking about food, or whining about food. He’s like my spirit animal. And then at the same time, he’s this kick-ass fighter with concealed power. It’s really funny to see him go from ‘ROAR’ during a fight to ‘FOOD’ a second later – sometimes even during the fight.

3. Allie Brosh from Hyperbole and a Half

Yes I know, she’s the author, but it’s a memoir, so she’s the character too. Hyperbole and a Half is seriously probably one of the most funny books I’ve read. She has a webcomic too, so you if you haven’t read any of her stuff, go do it.

2. Vash the Stampede from Trigun


Writing this is making me realize I really need to reread Trigun. It’s been ages, man. Vash the Stampede is an outlaw on a desert planet populated by Earthling settlers. He’s wanted for the destruction of many cities, for blowing a hole in the moon, and for causing more damage and mayhem than anyone. You’d think he’s this dangerous bad-ass with a gun problem, right? Nope, he loves donuts. That’s all I’m gonna say.

1. The Trickster from Supernatural

Shh, I’m aware this is a tv show. BUT IT’S THE TRICKSTER, I CAN’T JUST NOT ADD HIM. The trickster is exactly what he sounds like. He delights in messing with the main characters of the show, and the episodes he’s in are definitely some of my favorites out of the whole 10 seasons that are out so far. Go Trickster.

Tada yaaay, all done! Any jokester characters that I should know of? 😀

Top 5 Wednesday: Books that Make you Think

Ignore the fact that today is Thursday. Hush hush hush. Top 5 Wednesday was created by Gingerreadslainey on youtube, and here is the complete list of posters if you’d like to see what their choices are too.

But moving on, here are the top five books that have made me think.

5. Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba
This series, if you have not read it, is about a note book. When someone’s name is written in this note book, that person dies. When the main character finds this note book, he decides he’s going to use it to carve out a new world, one that will be perfect, free of crime. To do that, he has to kill anyone he deems evil. Murderers, rapists, so on. Throughout this book, you’re torn. The author writes this character as believing he’s actually doing good, but at the same time, he’s still killing people, still murdering. It made me think… if I would be given the same power, would I attempt the same thing? Obviously, I and everyone would like to say ‘no’ straight off, that I’d never do anything like that. But that’s also what a lot of the characters who ended up handling the Death Note thought originally too. And then they were introduced and seduced by its power. So honestly I don’t know. I’d like to say I wouldn’t use the Death Note, but if the situation became dire… would I?

4. Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa
This is another one of those ‘what if’ situations. The plot of this story follows two brothers whose mother dies. The boys try to bring her back to life using alchemy, but it backfires. Horribly. One boy loses his arm and leg. The other loses his entire body. Before his soul can be taken as well, his brother ties it to a suit of armor. That’s when the story picks up – these two characters, one sporting automail on his limbs, the other nothing but armor, try to regain their original bodies, and try to discover why their alchemy failed. Throughout the story, the taboo of bringing humans back to life is philosophized about, and it makes me wonder how far I would go to bring someone back that I loved if the methods were available. Would I sacrifice my entire body, becoming nothing but a shell? I don’t know.

3. Good Women of China by Xinran
This book is a collection of memoirs, so to say. The book was written by a woman who hosted a radio station in China in the 1980s. Anonymously, different women would call in and tell their stories on the air, unfiltered. This book is the collection of those stories. This book was actually assigned reading for one of my classes back in 2010, and I read it much faster than was assigned. I just couldn’t stop. The things that some of these women went through… blows my mind. It really opened my eyes to cultural differences between different countries, the every day experiences people have, and the differences between how opinions are valued. If you want a thought-provoking book, read this one.

2. Switching Time: A Doctor’s Harrowing Story of Treating a Woman with 17 Personalities by Richard Baer
As I probably mentioned, I have a degree in psychology. This kind of stuff is fascinating to me, regardless of the fact that I have since switched my focus of study to computers. This book is essentially a log book of a psychologist (or psychiatrist, can’t remember) who was doing what the title suggests. First off, multiple personality disorder is kind of fuzzy in the psychology world. A lot of people say it’s a legitimate diagnosis, a lot of people say it isn’t. I can’t say for sure myself. I have a bachelor’s, not a PhD. I’m hardly qualified to make that decision. But regardless, one thing that is agreed upon to result in the symptoms that may/may not be diagnosed as MPD (or DID – dissociative identity disorder) is that the person has gone through continuous trauma. Whether it be abuse, something they’ve witnessed, whatever. Something bad has happened to or around this person. And while reading the different personalities alone is fascinating and gets me thinking, I also get this underlying sense of dread and sorrow. This person had something terrible happen to them. I want to hug the person but at the same time I know it won’t do any good. I just.. buh. This book made me sad. It made me think.

1. Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
This book is set in a place where every thought you have is broadcast out loud to anyone close enough to hear it. Obviously, this made me think about my inner dialogue. What stuff do I say to myself all the time? I’m not even really conscious of it anymore, I just think stuff. And what if that ‘stuff’ could suddenly be heard by everyone? I have a feeling that friendships would become stronger or break apart nastily. Relationships would have a whole new definition of ‘no secrets’. It would definitely be interesting and honestly not something I think I’d want to experience. No thank you, please.

THE END.