The Ultimate Readers Guide to Quarantine

Everyone around the world is forced to be at home and practice social distancing. Now that we are forced to to stay home, we should take advantage of this time to read, create, and relax. Below I have my list of ideas to kill the boredom, read more books, create book marks and book covers, and most importantly, multiple ways to challenge your mind.

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The Bluest Eye | Book Review

Author: Toni Morrison

Release Date: 1970

Page count: 206

Genres: Fiction, African American Literature

Themes: Beauty, Whiteness, Seeing vs. Being Seen, Sexual abuse

My Rating:★★★★★

Where to buy this book:

I read this book as part of my book club pick for the month, and I do not regret choosing this book for the month of March. This book has everything one can hope for: wit, humor, beauty, tragedy, and imagination.

Synopsis

This book focuses on the story of Pecola during the Great Depression. Pecola is a young black girl who has an abusive father and a mother who finds comfort in her job of caring for a white home. Pecola is often mocked for her dark skin and prays for blond hair and blue eyes. In this novel, you read the story of Pecola when she was taken care by another family, learn the backstory of Pecola’s parents, and ultimately, the meaning of beauty, race, and class. 

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☠ Crown of Midnight ☠ Book Review

Author: Sarah J. Maas
Originally Published: August 15, 2013
Series: Throne of Glass #2
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Young Adult Romance, Young Adult Adventure
My Rating: ★★★★★
Average Rating: 4.45★’s
Length: 420 Pages
Themes: Young love, friendship, good vs. evil, dealing with loss.

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Synopsis:

Assassin Celaena Saradothein is told by the King for which she serves to, that she must kill a man. But what the king doesn’t know is that even though she’s a hired assassin, she does things her way. In this sequel we follow one mission that ends up threatening her and the lives around her.

In short: Imagine Game of Thrones, but the young adult version.

Synopsis from the publisher:

She is the greatest assassin her world has ever known.
But does she have the heart of a killer?

After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king’s contest to become the new royal assassin. But Calaena is far from loyal to the crown. Keeping up the charade – while pretending to do the king’s bidding – will test her skills in an entirely new way. And it certainly isn’t the only point of confusion for the young girl. Because though she’s made her choice between Dorian and Chaol, the ways of the heart are never simple…

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Spoilers Without Context:

Do I recommend this book?

Hell yes! This book had everything that I wanted: love scenes, adventure, magic.

Although the first book was not Sarah J. Maas best, this book made up for that. I can see why the first book was set up in that way and that was to set up the plot for the second book.

Before you read this book know:

  1. This is the second book to the series so before you read this, make sure you read the first one, Throne of Glass.
  2. This book is better than her first book in the series, and that’s a fact.
  3. Expect loss. People will die.
  4. There are love scenes. Not fifty shades of grey explicit, but enough for the imagination.

Favorite Quotes:

“The best lies were always mixed with truth.” 

“What does that mean?” he demanded. 

She smiled sadly. “You’ll figure it out. And when you do…” She shook her head, knowing she shouldn’t say it, but doing it anyway. “When you do, I want you to remember that it wouldn’t have made any difference to me. It’s never made any difference to me when it came to you. I’d still pick you. I’ll always pick you.”

“To escape death, she’d become death.” 

I’m keeping this non-spoiler review as dry as possible because I don’t want anything to be spoiled, it’s that good.

Read down below for a more detailed review, with spoilers. If you don’t mind spoilers or have already read this book: read below in the next page.

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February’s Book Club Pick: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

This is one of my favorite books of all time and I’m so happy to announce this months book club pick. Last month’s pick was Lolita and it was an interesting read, but many readers found it hard to connect with the text in the beginning. But this month, I wanted to choose a book that goes in theme with Valentine’s Day, but also a book that is more than just a romance book. This book talks about family dynamics, feminism, and about the theme of “money talks.” So please please please, join me this month in reading this classic.

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The Ongoing Struggle of Reading Books in A Digital Era (video)

Above is a must watch documentary by Max Joseph, the star from MTV hit series “Catfish,” where Max tackles the idea of reading in a digital era. In this documentary he travels across the world to bookstores and interviews many different people on how to read in the era. This documentary was extremely interesting and insightful. This is a must watch video for all book … Continue reading The Ongoing Struggle of Reading Books in A Digital Era (video)

Is Your New Year’s Resolution to Read More Books? Here are 12 tips

I’m so happy you’ve clicked on this blog post, because that means you want to read books. Reading is a wonderful exercise that helps stimulate the mind, relax, and most importantly, help you reflect on your life.

I ask everyone if they read books and more often than not, they reply with, “No, I don’t have time.”

Reading requires effort. You have to put in the effort and time to read.

Reading is fun. Books are designed to make us feel. You can read a book and have a completely different interpretation than someone else. Books is something that has been used for centuries as a mode of communication. Before there were paperback and hardcover books, there were scrolls in Egypt. In the 1930s, books were Penguin Publisher started selling books at newsstands for the price of a pack of cigarettes.

Remember: books are political. For decades, countries have banned books that limit what we read. Books have the ability to tell us stories that inspire our everyday actions.

So whether you are avid reader or a beginner, here are some tips and tricks for those hoping to get back into the joy of reading.

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