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Wuthering Heights: Gothic Literature At It’s Best | Book Review

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Author: Emily Brontë Release Date: 1847
Page count: 400
Genres: Gothic Literature, Classic
Themes: Vegnance, Romance, Prejudice
My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Meet All 19 Characters of Wuthering Heights (Spoiler Free). This post was very helpful to identify the character during my reading journey. As I was reading the book, all of the characters and the children of the main characters got mixed together, so it was nice that I had it all organized in one post.

How Carole Baskin and Heathcliff are Both Murders. I had so much fun writing this heavily sarcastic conspiracy theory.

Wuthering Heights Fuled Into Pop Culture. This is a very interesting post on how Wuthering Heights has been brought into pop culture today. 

Synopsis

Literature’s equivalency to Disney’s Maleficent, Wuthering Heights sheds a light into the dark tunnel of Heathcliff. One of literary’s epic villain, Heathcliff intense and wild obsession for Catherine Earnshaw turns into a revenge onto Catherine’s family and her husbands, Edgar Lintons family. Full of dark imagery, characters who come out the page, and a story of how dangerous love can be, this book is a classic love story like no other. 

Synopsis by the publisher

Wuthering Heights is a novel by Emily Brontë, written between October 1845 and June 1846, and published in 1847 under the pseudonym Ellis Bell. It was her first and only published novel: she died aged 30 the following year. The decision to publish came after the success of her sister Charlotte’s novel, Jane Eyre. After Emily’s death, Charlotte edited the manuscript of Wuthering Heights, and arranged for the edited version to be published as a posthumous second edition in 1850. Wuthering Heights is the name of the farmhouse on the Yorkshire moors where the story unfolds. The book’s core theme is the destructive effect that jealousy and vengefulness have, both on the jealous or vengeful individuals and on their communities. Although Wuthering Heights is now widely regarded as a classic of English literature, it received mixed reviews when first published, and was considered controversial because its depiction of mental and physical cruelty was so unusually stark. In the second half of the 19th century, Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre was considered the best of the Brontë sisters’ works, but later critics argued that Wuthering Heights was superior. Wuthering Heights has inspired adaptations, including film, radio and television dramatisations, a musical by Bernard J. Taylor, a ballet, operas (by Bernard Herrmann, Carlisle Floyd, and Frédéric Chaslin), a role-playing game, and a 1978 song by Kate Bush.

Do you recommend this book? Should I read this book?

If you are a huge fan of romance, tragedies, and gothic literature, this book is a must. Wuthering Heights has been known to inspire many romance novels, tv shows, and movies. 

But this book isn’t for everyone. You either love it or you hate it. Many people hate this book because of Heathcliff. Heathcliff is a dark character who has many flaws and enemies. It’s also important to note that in this book, Heathcliff has a past, and one of the beauties of this book is that it tells the reader about Heathcliff. He’s one of those characters that no matter how destructive he can be, it’s nearly impossible to turn away. 

I would read 50 pages of this book, and if you don’t like it, then you can put it away. 

Which Edition Should I Read?

My recommendation is the Norton edition, linked above. The Norton edition has introduction essays, definitions to vocabulary and phrases, and translations. Especially since this book uses old english, this edition really makes it worth your buck.

If you don’t mind the old English, and you think you got it, any edition works! Just remember that this book is in the public domain, meaning it’s free to read and to print and reproduce, so if any edition is charging you too much, they are scamming you. 

Things to consider before you choose to read the book:

  1. This book uses old English.
  2. This does show dark elements of animal cruelty, mental and physical abuse, and bullying. 
  3. This book is narrated by more than one author so it may confuse the reader. 
  4. The book moves back and forth in time. 

Favorite Quotes:

Do you mark those two lines between your eyes; and those thick brows, that, instead of rising arched, sink in the middle; and that couple of black fiends, so deeply buried, who never open their windows boldly, but lurk glinting under them, like devil’s spies?

Only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! . . . It is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul

I’m tired of being enclosed here. I’m wearying to escape into that glorious world, and to be always there: not seeing it dimly through tears, and yearning for it through the walls of an aching heart: but really with it, and in it.

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Turtles All The Way Down: John Green’s Next Best Book | Book Review

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Author: John Green
Release Date: October 10, 2017
Page count: 286
Genres: Young Adult Contemporary, Mystery, Romance
Themes: Mental Illness, Relationships, Friendships, Class, Love

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Where to buy this book:

I finally read Turtles All The Way Down! I bought this book right when this book was released three years ago, but never read it. I loved John Green’s books, but I was scared that this was going to be a let down. Fast forward today, in quarantine, in the mood to read a YA romance novel, I decided it was finally time, and I’m glad I picked it up. If I would of known this book was about mental illness, and anxiety, I would of read this a long time ago. This book made laugh, be on the edge of my seat, and at the end, I cried. This book will forever stick with me. John Green did it again. 

Synopsis

Turtles All The Way Down tells the story of Aza, a junior in high school who suffers with anxiety and OCD. While in high school,  local billionaire fugitive has disappearance before his prosecution for. Information to his disappearance has a reward of $100,000. Aza doesn’t know the billionaire, but she knows his son Davis. Aza and her best friend, Daisy, become money hungry and decide to solve the mystery for their college funds. Not only is this a mystery novel, through the book you learn about the meaning of friendships and relationships, but most importantly, we learn about anxiety and how to deal with your spiral thoughts in life. As Robert Frost says, “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”

Synopsis by the publisher

It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward. Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity.

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Do I recommend this book? Is it better than Fault in Our Stars?

Question #1: Yes! This book shows Aza dealing her anxiety and how her thoughts make her spiral. If you suffer from anxiety, or knows someone who does, this is the book for you. What I loved about this book is that it suggests that anxiety isn’t something that is solved, but it shows how to cope with it. 

Question #2: That question is up to reader. Did you love Fault in Our Stars? Then you’ll love this book. I can only speak from my personal opinion, and as a fan of John Green’s books (except An Abundance of Katherines and Will Grayson, Will Grayson), this book what all I could ask for. It was full of metaphors, mentions great literature writers such as Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson, has quirky love scenes, talks about teenage things, and treats the young adults in the novel as adults. And the end, it made me cry. I totally had a moment of sadness after reading the book. When I finished it, I was speechless, and fell into a spiral for a gratification for this book. But will this book crush your heart like The Fault in Our Stars? I don’t think so. This book may seem sad, but it’s uplifting, and for that, I appreciate it more than The Fault of In Our Stars.

Things to consider before you choose to read the book:

  1. It heavily discusses mental illnesses. The book goes into heavy detail of what a mental spiral is, OCD, and how it effects others. It’s a heavy topic to read about, but it’s an important one. It’s important that we highlight and discuss these issues to make connections, and raise awareness of what it’s like to have a mental illness.
  2. Not only does this book talk about mental illness, but it also discusses what class is like today. John Green talks about high class, and the many types of middle class. Something I haven’t read in Young Adult literature today. 
  3. This is book also includes text messages, blog posts, and poems. As a sucker for literature, I appreciated the references. 
  4. Many metaphors on the quintessential meaning of life. Just like John Green’s previous books, he writes about the big question of what is life. 

Favorite Quotes:

Anybody can look at you. It’s quite rare to find someone who sees the same world you see.

You’re both the fire and the water that extinguishes it. You’re the narrator, the protagonist, and the sidekick. You’re the storyteller and the story told. You are somebody’s something, but you are also your you.

The thing about a spiral is, if you follow it inward, it never actually ends. It just keeps tightening, infinitely.

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The Apartment | Book Review

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I received this copy from NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Since this book is a rough edit, I’m not allowed to use direct quotes. This book will hit the shelves April 28, 2020!

Author: K.L. Slater
Release Date: April 28, 2020
Page count: 269
Genres: Psychological Thriller, Crime Thriller
Themes: Trust, Love, Paranoia 

My Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Synopsis

This book is about a recently widowed mother, Freya, and her daughter Skye, moving into an apartment that is too good to be true. Freya has nothing to loose and moves-in with her daughter when all of the sudden she hears voices, objects move around the room, and cannot get any rest. It doesn’t help either how she hears bad reputation about the Adder House from past tennants, and neighbors. In this psychological thriller you dive into this The Adams Family kind of tale where you can’t trust anybody. 

Synopsis by the publisher

It’s an opportunity she can’t refuse. The woman before her tried…

Freya Miller needs a miracle. In the fallout of her husband’s betrayal, she’s about to lose her family home, and with it the security she craves for her five-year-old daughter, Skye. Adrift and alone, she’s on the verge of despair until a chance meeting with the charismatic Dr Marsden changes everything. He’s seeking a new tenant for a shockingly affordable flat in a fashionable area of London.

Adder House sounds too good to be true… But Freya really can’t afford to be cynical, and Dr Marsden is adamant she and Skye will be a perfect fit with the other residents.

But Adder House has secrets. Even behind a locked front door, Freya feels as if she’s being watched: objects moving, unfamiliar smells, the blinking light of a concealed camera… and it’s not long before she begins to suspect that her dream home is hiding a nightmarish reality. Was it really chance that led her here—or something unthinkably dark?

As the truth about Adder House starts to unravel, can Freya and Skye get out—or will they be locked in forever?

Spoilers without context: 

Do I recommend this book?

I recommend this book for readers who looking for a fast read. If you read many genres and you want to dive back into a thriller, this is a great start. It’s short, tells a story, keeps you questioning, what the hell is going on. 

I probably wouldn’t recommend this to a die-hard thriller reader. Yes this book is thrilling, but it’s under 300 pages long, and only so much can happen in that short amount of time. For thriller readers, this book is like a sampler to main course. 

Things to consider before you choose to read the book:

  1. It’s a short read. You could finish it one sitting if you’d like. Just make sure you have your next read planned out before you finish it.
  2. It’s a British text. They use single quotations. As an American reader I was bothered by for the first few pages, but after that I was quickly able to transition. 
  3. There will be a few chapters that sound confusing, but it will all make sense in the end. Just push through and read about the story.
  4. The ending is a bit rushed. For those who don’t like rushed endings, this isn’t the tale for you, but in my opinion, the pay off is great.

What I liked about the book:

I liked how the author was able to bring Freya out of the page. The last book I read that had a mother protagonist was American Dirt, and that was a mess. In this book, I was fully able to understand Freya’s motives. 

What I most enjoyed about this book was all the questions that arose while reading the book. Questions like, what the heck is happening? Why her? Don’t you miss him? Could it be this or that? And at the end, all of those questions where answered. It was a satisfying feeling. It felt like I was building puzzle pieces as I was reading the book, and at the end all of those pieces were put together, showing an ending I’ve never read in a book. Maybe there are other books similar to this book, but I hardly read thrillers so I wouldn’t know. But the question of whether this book is fresh or not, nothing takes away the fun I had reading this book, and for that, I appreciate it.

What I didn’t like about the book:

 I didn’t like how this book didn’t feel British. I was in the mood to read a British novel and that feeling didn’t get fulfilled. It did have subtle British notes in the book, but not what I was looking for. 

Will I read more books by this author?

Yes! I loved how even though this book was a short read, I was able to immerse myself into the book and be entertained. 

Do I recommend this book?

I recommend this book for readers who looking for a fast read. If you read many genres and you want to dive back into a thriller, this is a great start. It’s short, tells a story, keeps you questioning, what the hell is going on. 

I probably wouldn’t recommend this to a die-hard thriller reader. Yes this book is thrilling, but it’s under 300 pages long, and only so much can happen in that short amount of time. For thriller readers, this book is like a sampler to main course. 

Things to consider before you choose to read the book:

  1. It’s a short read. You could finish it one sitting if you’d like. Just make sure you have your next read planned out before you finish it.
  2. It’s a British text. They use single quotations. As an American reader I was bothered by for the first few pages, but after that I was quickly able to transition. 
  3. There will be a few chapters that sound confusing, but it will all make sense in the end. Just push through and read about the story.
  4. The ending is a bit rushed. For those who don’t like rushed endings, this isn’t the tale for you, but in my opinion, the pay off is great.

What I liked about the book:

I liked how the author was able to bring Freya out of the page. The last book I read that had a mother protagonist was American Dirt, and that was a mess. In this book, I was fully able to understand Freya’s motives. 

What I most enjoyed about this book was all the questions that arose while reading the book. Questions like, what the heck is happening? Why her? Don’t you miss him? Could it be this or that? And at the end, all of those questions where answered. It was a satisfying feeling. It felt like I was building puzzle pieces as I was reading the book, and at the end all of those pieces were put together, showing an ending I’ve never read in a book. Maybe there are other books similar to this book, but I hardly read thrillers so I wouldn’t know. But the question of whether this book is fresh or not, nothing takes away the fun I had reading this book, and for that, I appreciate it.

What I didn’t like about the book:

 I didn’t like how this book didn’t feel British. I was in the mood to read a British novel and that feeling didn’t get fulfilled. It did have subtle British notes in the book, but not what I was looking for. 

Will I read more books by this author?

Yes! I loved how even though this book was a short read, I was able to immerse myself into the book and be entertained. 

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Wuthering Heights Fueled Into Pop Culture

Wuthering Heights is a hardcore classic novel. For those who don’t know, Wuthering Heights is a dark novel written in 1800s by Emily Brontë, a novel that uses darkness to tell a story of a revenge plot just because he didn’t get the girl he wanted. But why didn’t he get the girl he wanted? Well, because he was different. Heathcliff was an orphan with a dark complexion, working at a farm. Socially, he was “white trash” and for those reasons, rich people treated him like shit, including the girl that he loved, Cathy. Catherine loved him, but she cared more about her social standing  than Heathecliff.

Does that story line sound familiar? That’s because Wuthering Heights has influenced television shows, books, movies, and even poems. Here are some of the works where I have seen Wuthering Heights be a strong presence in.

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How Carole Baskin and Heathcliff are Both Murders

Disclaimer: The following claims are alleged, and are for entertainment purposes only.

For those who don’t know who Carole Baskin is, she killed her husband. Carole Baskin is the reality star of Netflx’s Tiger King. For the purpose of this blog post, that is all you need to know. Everything else will be explained below. 

For those who don’t know who Heathcliff is, he killed Hindley Earnshaw. Heathcliff is a fictional character to our book club’s pick, Wuthering Heights. 

In this blog post I will present all of the evidence that they both share, and demonstrate how they are both murders. 

Exhibit A: They were both alone with their victims prior to their deaths/disappearances

In Wuthering Heights, it was Heathcliff who was the last and only person, left alone with Hindley. 

House servant, Joseph explained that when he left the house, Hindley was still alive. 

 “I’d rayther he’d goan hisseln for t’ doctor! I sud ha, taen tent o’ t’ maister better nor him—and he warn’t deead when I left, naught o’ t’ soart!”

For those who can’t read Yorkshire accents, Joseph said, “I would rather that Heathcliff had gone himself for the doctor! I should have taken care of the master better than him – and he wasn’t dead when I left, nothing of the sort!”

Now Joseph is always honest. Plus, whether or not if you believe this, house maids know all of the gossip. They do not lie. 

It’s interesting to note that Hindley was not dead before Joseph was gone because if Heathcliff was smart, he would kill Hindley when they were alone. In other words, Hindley shared his last breath with Heathcliff. Plus they live in Wuthering Heights, in the moors, where it’s all wilderness and nobody miles away could hear anything. 

In Tiger King, Carole Baskin was the last person to see her husband before he “left to Cuba.” Carole Baskin said that he had to leave early early in the morning, the night before his disappearance. 

Since Carol Baskin was the last person to see or even talk to her husband, that further emphasizes that’s she’s a suspect to his death. Why Carole Baskin the last person to speak to her husband? Why is the alibi too short of a description?

Exhibit B: Their alibi’s don’t make sense

In Wuthering Heights, Hindley is said to have killed himself when he locked himself in his bedroom and died of alcoholism. 

I happened to leave him ten minutes yesterday afternoon, and in that interval he fastened the two doors of the house against me, and he has spent the night in drinking himself to death deliberately! We broke in this morning, for we heard him sporting like a horse; and there he was, laid over the settle: flaying and scalping would not have wakened him.

Heathcliff

What bothers me the most about the alibi is the “fact” that Hindley died of drinking himself to death. Is that even possible? My whole Mexican family drinks alcohol all night long, and they don’t die. The only way that Hindley could of died of drinking too much alcohol is if he had chocked on his own throw up, but from the description that the killer says, it doesn’t show that. 

In Tiger King, Carole’s husband is said to be disappeared and there is not one single piece of evidence that shows his whereabouts. Detectives went to Cuba to look for leads, and found nothing. In the years of his disappearance there must be some sort of evidence that backs up the idea of his disappearance. As of now, Florida detectives haven’t concluded a strong theory that indicates his disappearance.

The only evidence that they both share is their word on the victim’s account. 

Exhibit C: The end result are both the same: they both inherit property

In Wuthering Heights, after Hindley’s funeral, Heathcliff becomes the sole inheritor of Wuthering Heights. After all he did want his revenge right?

The guest was now the master of Wuthering Heights: he held firm possession, and proved to the attorney—who, in his turn, proved it to Mr. Linton—that Earnshaw had mortgaged every yard of land he owned for cash to supply his mania for gaming; and he, Heathcliff, was the mortgagee.

In Tiger King, Carole became the sole inheritor of the Tiger enclosures in Florida. She could of killed her husband so that she could take over his money and property. 

Exhibit D: They both cannot be trusted

In Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff becomes violent. In the book, Isabella, Heathcliff’s wife, receives bruises from Heathcliff. 

add to this a deep cut under one ear, which only the cold prevented from bleeding profusely, a white face scratched and bruised, and a frame hardly able to support itself through fatigue; and you may fancy my first fright was not much allayed when I had had leisure to examine her.

Heathcliff has also killed his wife’s dog and the only thing that Don’t Fuck With Cats has taught me is that when someone murders an animal, they will most likely murder a human being. 

In Tiger King, that whole series are reasons why I do not trust Carole Baskin. But my main reason why I do not trust her is for being a hypocrite. Carole Baskin claims to being a big cat rescuer and advocate when she has her big cats in cages. Practice what you preach CarolE!

Also according to history, we cannot trust anybody who is white and from Florida.

Exhibit E: They both don’t show any remorse

In Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff does not show any emotion for the loss of Hindley.

I insisted on the funeral being respectable. Mr. Heathcliff said I might have my own way there, too: only, he desired me to remember that the money for the whole affair came out of his pocket. He maintained a hard, careless deportment, indicative of neither joy nor sorrow: if anything, it expressed a flinty gratification at a piece of difficult work successfully executed. I observed once, indeed, something like exultation in his aspect: it was just when the people were bearing the coffin from the house.

In Tiger King, CarolE isn’t seen crying, or expressing any emotions of missing her husband. Like didn’t she love him? Doesn’t she miss her husband?

Exhibit F: They Both Had Their Victims Declared Dead As Soon As Possible

In Wuthering Heights, the day that Hindley is found to be dead, he calls his lawyer, the holder of the deed of Wuthering Heights, Kenneth. It might of not been explicitly told that the day that Hindley died, Kenneth was brought to the scene, but Nelly was there when Kenneth declared him dead. 

“Hindley Earnshaw! Your old friend Hindley,” he replied, “and my wicked gossip: though he’s been too wild for me this long while. There! I said we should draw water. But cheer up! He died true to his character: drunk as a lord.

Kenneth

In Tiger King, it was explained that in Florida, a missing person could not be declared dead until five years have passed. It wasn’t until five years and a day that Carole had the death certificate paperwork into motion. This all seems calculated on Carol’s side of trying to go after the money and the property, just like Heathcliff. 

Exhibit G: They both have motives

In Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff has been mistreated by Hindley all through out the book. Hindley makes fun of him, Hindley locks Heathcliff in his room, took Heathcliff out of school to work on the farm, etc. 

In Tiger King, it is said that Carole Baskin and her husband were always fighting, and her own husband had a fear that she would one day kill him in a police report. I mean, if that isn’t evidence than Joe Exotic can really sing.

In conclusion

In conclusion, my evidence shows that both Heathcliff and Carol Baskin are both murders. I rest my case.

What do you think? Do you think Carol Baskin and Heathcliff are murders? Let me know down in the comments!

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Bullet Journal Spreads and Ideas for Book Readers and Bloggers

What is a bullet journal?

A literal definition of a bullet journal is a journal that uses dots rather than lines. The dots are used as a guide to create charts, and shapes.

A figurative definition of a bullet journal is a journal that you customize to your own liking. Bullet journals are for the planners that hate traditional planners because truth is, everyone has different priorities, things to do, and different day-to-day routines. Bullet journals are for fast-logging, organizing your ideas, to-do lists, and planning. So yes, a bullet journal is a diary, a planner, and a to-do list all in one.

This is an example of a bullet journal spread. This journalist wrote their wreaking spread along with their to-do list, goals list, and weather ideas. This is just an idea what you could do with your bullet journal.

Although the idea of bullet journaling sounds appealing, it isn’t for everyone. Bullet journals are time consuming since you have to create your own spreads, use different colors to your likening, and write all of your goals, motivations, and to-do’s all in one list. Not only is bullet journaling time consuming, they are also an investment. Bullet journals range anywhere from $5-50, and besides that, you have to invest on good pens, pencils, rulers, and markers. But at the end of the day, the work is rewarding. Everything is organized in a few pages, and you feel one step ahead. Plus, the whole process of journaling is relaxing for those who love arts and crafts. You have the option to use colors, stickers, and Washi tape.

Since bullet journals force you to create your own spreads, readers use books as inspirations to plan their day, write their ideas, and plan their next reads. Here are some of my essentials spreads, monthly themes, daily themes, and reading trackers, all book themed!

TBR (to be read) Spreads

TBR spreads are essential for every reader. They allow you to jot down all the books that need to read for when you are looking for your next read.

Created by dear friend, Jessica. Thanks Jessica!

I like this spread because it portrays the bookshelf that you may or may not have. This a great example for those who love to see their book visually rather than a list. The use of highlighter colors bring out the books, and appeal to they eye. This spread allows you to have up to 50 books, in one page, and drawn literally.

This spread is also simplistic and easy to draw. All you have to draw are rectangles and squares, use highlighters to draw around the boarders of the books, and use a pen to write in small print the books that need to be read.

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This is a custom made spread by Cara, thank you Cara!!!

This spread is a good way to introduce the month as it has your TBR books for the month, along with a calendar and a separate box for favorite books.

I love this spread because it has a TBR list, a calendar, and colors to make it stand out.

From Pinterest

This a good monthly book spreads for bloggers. This spread allows you to list the books you want to read for the month, and opposed to rating it for stars, you could highlight the emoji that summarizes your relation to the book. Or if you want, you substitute the smiley faces to stars.

This spread is also a good idea for readers who want to get back into reading, and it allows you have a to be read list, a read list, and a rating system all in one page.

My favorite part about this spread is the detail on the pages. You could see the zig-zag and the pencil used to show the age of a book.

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This is a simplistic TBR spread for hardcore readers who have huge libraries, and huge lists of books to read. This is something that I could take advantage of since I’m always reading different books and short stories for the blog.

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This is a great, and a beautiful spread for those who want to draw a reading nook. This is a page for those who are artsy and love to take their time on spreads.

As an English major and a writer, my drawling skills are limited, but this is just a pretty picture to look at.

Monthly Theme Spreads

Most bullet journals, depending on those who like them or not, have a page or two dedicated to presenting the months by a quote or an image. For example, someone’s December intro page would be a picture of a Christmas tree or a snow man.

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This page looks like a lot of work, but then again, bullet journaling are meant to relax you by using colors and drawing objects. This idea is great because it shows the many different types of books, and the classic looks of books from the 19th century.

Now I love this image. Although this may be really hard, it gives the idea of using Belle as a literary theme for your bullet journal. Belle has been a beloved literary character by Disney, and represents the model of reader who reads simply to escape into another world better than their own.

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This spread is another great theme of comic books! Comic books and bullet journals share the idea that they are straight forward, and fastly paced.

This a great idea for those who love comics and have the freedom to use bold colors, markers, and icons.

List of Books Read Spreads

Below are my compilation of bullet journal read books spreads, used as a reference page for readers, book critics, and bloggers to keep track of the books that they loved or hated.

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This is a great spread for hardcore readers and bloggers. This easily organizes the books you read, the dates read, and your ratings. The use of glitter on the top is just an example of how you can make your pages stand out. Plus, they make me feel good so I love glitter on my bullet journals.

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This is a great example of keeping track of the books you read. I love the way that this page looks, but it also stresses me out because it looks so complicated to create. This is definitely a spread for those who are talented at creating 3D art.

Another great artsy, challenging spread idea. I love this spread because it scatters the books all over the floor, almost making it look like 3D art. It also uses details of the spider webs, to evoke the passage of time.

This spread is not also a spread to bring out your nostalgia, but it can also be used as a list to note the books that you have already read.

This another example of simplistic read list. What I appreciate about this spread is that it allows space for a key/legend to remind you of your rating system, and uses lines to organize the columns for each book.

Quote Spreads

Bullet journals often have pages that dedicate an entire page with uplifting quotes from celebrities, philosophers, and authors. Here are some of my favorite artistic quote spreads for artsy fans.

This was a custom made bullet journal by @beansbujo. Please follow her on Instagram!! Her
account is so pretty, filled with bullet journal ideas for days.

I love this spread because it gives you the idea of using a favorite quote from your favorite book, and create something unique. Using the cover for inspiration, you can use the colors, and symbols as part Of the design.

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I love this design as a designated bullet journal spread for a TBR list and a quotes page.

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Reading Trackers

Reading trackers are for those who want to keep track of days that they’ve read. They are perfect for those who are trying to create a routine out of reading.


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Besides the drawing of a girl carrying the book, this reading tracker is great because it’s a whole year view of your reading habits. This tracker allows you to track all 365 days, and the pages that you read using a color key to show how much reading you have done.

This is great idea for readers to keep track of the series that they are reading. As someone who starts multiple book series, and almost never finishes them, I need this bullet journal spread to keep track of my reads.

Now I love this bullet journal spread because of Winnie the Pooh. I love that character.

Okay now for serious talk, this bullet journal spread is perfect for keeping track the minutes and hours that you read, alongside with a rating system for your books.

This is a custom spread and quote by Freya. Please follow her Instagram account!!! Her page is filled with bullet journal ideas for weeklies, dailies, and trackers.

This is an a weekly spread, using an opened book as the inspiration. This image is so pretty for the use of colors. Not only could this be used as a weekly spread, this could be used as a reading tracker for the books or short stories read. This spread could also be used as a tracker for books to be read, or book releases, or books to review.

This bullet journal spread is great for a more detailed list of the books read. You could keep track of the books that you read along with a list of your impressions of the book.

Now I love this spread. It has a great use of colors and organization, with each color meaning the books you read, along with a sleek and clean rating system. The chart on the second chart is also a good idea for those who want to keep track of the pages read for the month.

In Conclusion

In conclusion, these are just ideas. You could use these spreads as inspirations and you could tweak it to your liking. Not only that, these page spreads are versatile. You could use it on your journals, notebooks, the back of books, a whiteboard, where ever you want!

If you have some spreads of your own, email me at readinglitty@gmail.com and submit your submissions to be featured on this blog post.

Do you bullet journal? Comment below your response! 🙂

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A Court of Frost And Starlight: The Book We Could Probably Live Without | Book Review

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Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorn and Roses #3.1
Release Date: May 1, 2018
Page count: 239
Genres: Young Adult Fantasy, but mostly Young Adult Romance
Themes: Love, redemption, healing
My Rating: 4.5★/5

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Synopsis

This book takes place weeks after the war from A Court of Wings and Ruin, in the heart of where Rhys and Feyre have choosen their home: Velaris. In this novella, you follow the relationships between Feyre and Rhys, and also get a better glimpse at how Azriel, Cassian, and Lucian are healing after the war. While some healing, I’m talking about you Elain and Nesta, needs more time than others, the novella focuses on the themes of love and healing, and how in order to accept love, one has to heal. This novella explores those themes during the preparations of the festivity of the Winter Solstice, their version of Christmas.  

Synopsis by the publisher

Narrated by Feyre and Rhysand, this bridges the events in A Court of Wings and Ruin and the upcoming novels in the series. 

Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated–scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.

Is this a must-read to the series?

This book is like the movie Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas. Is it important to the storyline? No. But is it cute as hell? Yes

In other words, I don’t think this book is absolutely necessary into the series. There isn’t much action that drive the trilogy further. Instead, this book offers more background information on Rhys, shows more love scenes between Feyre and Rhys, minor action events on the minor characters, and shows their adjusted lives after the war. I can see Sarah J. Maas summarizing the plot of this book in the next installment of the series, set to be published in 2021.

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Do I recommend this book?

I recommend this book to the die-hard fans who love the trilogy. As a die hard fan, I found this book really cute with love scenes, more details about the minor characters in their point of views, and I got to grow my appreciation to Velaris.

I don’t recommend this book to those looking for a book for full of fantasy, action, and blood. This book focuses more on the themes of love and healing. 

I recommend this book as a prelude to the next installment of the series that is yet to be published. You can wait to read this book right before the next book.

I recommend this book to those looking for a cute Christmas story, or for those looking for some light reading. The Winter Solstice is their version of a Christmas holiday where they all decorate, get gifts for one another, and spend time together.   

Things to consider before you choose to read the book:

  1. Read this book after you have read the first three books in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. This book will spoil the events that happened in the trilogy. 
  2. Although this book does take place right after the war in A Court of Wings and Ruin, the book does summarize the series and events that take place. I haven’t read about the world since 2018, and I appreciated that this book reminded me what happened in the books, and who was who.
  3. This is a short read. It’s a little over 200 pages, but it is fast paced.
  4. This book is more of a romance novel than a fantasy novel. There was no fights, no bad guys, and no threats in this book. I only enjoyed the novel because I love the characters so much, and reading how they react with one another. For that reason, this book has received mixed criticism. Some people loved it, and some people felt “eh” about it.
  5. This book does offer multiple points of views. It’s not like Six of Crows, with every chapter being a different point of view. This book was mostly narrated by Feyre, with Rhysand in second, and a few chapters with a third person point of view of Cassian, and Mor. 
  6. There is a sex scene in this book. When it comes to heterosexual love scenes, I often skim through it. But if you like reading sex scenes, this one is very detailed.
  7. This book talks about Feyre’s menstrual cylces! I still find weird that authors don’t include these details about their cis female characters. Talking about menstrual cycles humanizes characters, and connects readers with the characters. Isn’t that authors want?
  8. Both the kindle and the print copies include a chapter from the next installment in the series. Links to purchase the books are above!

Favorite Quotes:

Stars flickered around us, sweet darkness sweeping in. As if we were the only souls in a galaxy.

To the blessed darkness from which we are born, and to which we return.

To the stars who listen, Feyre.
To the dreams that are answered, Rhys.

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Six of Crows: YA’S Gold Standard of A Thriller | Book Review

Spoiler Free Book Review

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Release Date: September 29, 2015

Page count: 465

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Themes: Thugs and Thives, Money Talks, Darkness

My Rating:★★★★★

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Synopsis

A soon to be Netflix series in late of 2020, Six of Crows is the young adult fantasy version of the film Ocean’s Eight. Full of action, magic, and wit, Six of Crows is an adrenaline rush ride with a group of thugs and thieves that join a heist. This group of thieves are not afraid to kill, steal, and loose their loyalty for money. Bardugo’s craft allows you to escape into a dark world with a group of thieves and you are the spectator, witnessing all of their crimes.

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Meet All 19 Characters of Wuthering Heights (Spoiler Free)

This portion of the blog post is spoiler free! You may read the character descriptions, not be spoiled by the descriptions, and inspire you to read more of Wuthering Heights.

There are a total 19 characters in Wuthering Heights. It may be much, but there are so many family trees, many characters that have similar names, and characters who have the same name. Before I begin introducing you all the characters of this wonderful book, here is a family tree for you to familiarize the families.

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April’s Book Club Pick: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Page Count: 344

Genres: Suspense, Romance

Themes: Love, Infatuation, Good vs. Evil, Violence and Revenge.

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Book Club Agenda

Every week for the month of April, I will publish book club content to enhance your reading of Wuthering Heights.
Week One: Meet the Characters
Week Two: How Wuthering Heights Influenced Pop Culture
Week Three: Let’s talk about the major themes. How Heathcliff and Carol Baskin Are Murderers
Week Four: Wuthering Heights Book Review

How to Join the Book Club

Just by you reading our book club pick, you’re already in the book club! You can read at your own pace, and all posts will have spoiler warnings. You are also encouraged to join the Facebook group in which all book club members will be welcome to join the conversation, take part on quizzes and polls, and help us pick our book club pick for May!

Synopsis

Perhaps the most haunting and tormented love story ever written, Wuthering Heights is the tale of the troubled orphan Heathcliff and his doomed love for Catherine Earnshaw. The windswept moors are the unforgettable setting of this tale of the love between the foundling Heathcliff and his wealthy benefactor’s daughter, Catherine. Through Catherine’s betrayal of Heathcliff and his bitter vengeance, their mythic passion haunts the next generation even after their deaths. Incorporating elements of many genres—from gothic novels and ghost stories to poetic allegory—and transcending them all, Wuthering Heights is a mystifying and powerful tour de force.

Quotes

If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger.

He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.

I have not broken your heart – you have broken it; and in breaking it, you have broken mine. 

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Join us tomorrow for Meet the Characters of Wuthering Heights.