Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

It’s about time I got my hands on this book. I’m really late, I know.

Though the library’s hardcover copy was gnarled and stained, I still had patience and flew through this book. My reaction: WOW!

I’m sure you’ve already read “Gone Girl” but here is a little summary: Nick and Amy Dunne seem to have the perfect life. They’re (seemingly) happily married, but when Amy goes missing, their small town turns to Nick for answers, who seems to be in the same boat as everyone else. Lies and deceit make this harrowing story by Gillian Flynn hair-raising.

The story seemed to be typical at first; spouse goes missing, blame other spouse, turns out he/she killed the other spouse they’re arrested. But as the story progresses, the lies told by both Amy and Nick complicate the plot.

Image result for gone girl bookIt is written from the alternating perspectives of Amy and Nick. Amy’s perspective is shown through her personal diary, which later becomes a part of the plot. Through these first-person perspectives, you can see the similarities and differences in their thoughts. Since this story is about a relationship gone haywire, you can see through their thoughts why they thought they were good for each other at first but not later. It’s a very personal telling of their inner feelings. Especially for Amy, as she writes down everything she is feeling. Nick’s perspective is told on the present. He is in the time when Amy first goes missing and it carries from there. Sometimes the things Amy and Nick think are downright psycho. And that’s what makes this book so intriguing.

Amy and Nick’s characters are extremely well-developed, due to this first-person perspective. It is truly unbelievable how the thoughts of psychopaths can seem so real, almost relatable (not saying I’m a psycho, OK). Flynn creates characters that actually contribute to the story and plot in their own way. It’s remarkable how each and every character is so important to the story.

This book was just the right length. I wasn’t left missing information nor was the book stretched out. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it!

Week in Review (3)

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer in which bloggers are able to share news and happenings in their lives from the past week on their blog. 

Well, what a week it has been! I’m currently sitting here studying for my midterms, but clearly I’m distracted. Blogging is so therapeutic and exactly what I need. The feeling of being burnt out from uni is subsiding, so that’s always a good thing.

I had a bunch of essays due this past week and a whole load of studying to get done. I think it’s been quite successful, but I cannot wait to get into holiday mode (only a little over a month to go)!

The gloomy weather quite accurately matched how I felt this week. I love thunderstorms so much! They have such a calming effect on me.

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For me, studying while it’s raining outside is the best. I’m so productive, and relaxed at the same time, which makes for a great study session. I’ve got to have some icy water to keep me hydrated and focused as well! What’s your go-to beverage while studying?

I went for a quick outing today to end off the week and I got some mango milk bubble tea! Super delicious and refreshing! It was the first time I got milk bubble tea, I usually just get it without milk, but this one was so much more yummy. How do you like your bubble tea?

Here’s to a new week and much success! How was your week? What are you looking forward to next week? Thanks for stopping by. 💕

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

★★★★☆

I actually had to read this novel for school. And surprisingly, for once, it was pretty good. This international bestseller by Markus Zusak won many awards for its complicated story and wonderful characters.

Liesel Meminger is the main character in the book, and her story is told through the perspective of “Death” in Germany during the 30’s and the Second World War. She is a young German girl who is fostered by two poor parents and as the story goes on, Liesel grows into a teenage girl. Along the way, she develops family relationships, makes friends, learns valuable lessons, and creates her own values, all while the horrors of Hitler’s rise and the war occur. It’s a coming-of-age novel that will strike a chord with readers.

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Let me start by saying that this book is bursting with literary devices. The entire book is quite literally one giant metaphor, as “Death” tells the story. Every page has a metaphor somewhere, used in some way. You could be talking about socks and there would still be some deep metaphor made by the author. This is really great for analyzing and interpreting the multiple meanings. When I was discussing this book in a seminar, we all interpreted the book differently, and our answers were all reasonable. The descriptions are so detailed and the language used is not complicated and not too easy, which I like in a book.

The fact that Death tells the story, I found, was very interesting. It created a lot of literary devices and all, but it was also interesting to see how Zusak used Death to illustrate its role in the war. He talks about how “busy” Death becomes in the war and how demanding Hitler is of Death. I think it’s quite clever, and it was enjoyable to read these parts.

The thing I didn’t like about the book is that it is so unnecessarily long. There are countless parts in the book where I could not find a single explanation as to what it adds to the book. Trust me when I say I genuinely tried to find its relevance to the book; I was being graded on my analysis. Not only were these parts useless, but they were just plain boring! Some characters have no real purpose in the book. In fact, they just take away from the story. This book would be so much better if it was less than 584 pages.

Overall, this book was pretty enjoyable. I would recommend this to freshmen, not sophomores (as I was when I read this book). Thanks for reading!

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Stacking it up

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews where bloggers discuss the books that they have borrowed from the library or bought to add to their shelves. I personally think it’s a fabulous idea as you are able to learn about books that may not even have been of interest to you!

I have just begun to read To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway which is such a classic! The following is a quick summary from Goodreads:

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To Have and Have Not is the dramatic story of Harry Morgan, an honest man who is forced into running contraband between Cuba and Key West as a means of keeping his crumbling family financially afloat. His adventures lead him into the world of the wealthy and dissipated yachtsmen who throng the region, and involve him in a strange and unlikely love affair.
Harshly realistic, yet with one of the most subtle and moving relationships in the Hemingway oeuvre, To Have and Have Not is literary high adventure at its finest.

I’ve recently been feeling incredibly burnt out from school, and not really feeling like myself. I have no clue what brought this about, but I’m hoping that a little book therapy will help me feel better. Although I have two midterms coming up next week, I think reading a book is a better use of my time, right? At least I hope so.

Let me know if you’ve read this novel, and feel free to link your STS posts below.

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Cannot Wait Wednesday!!! (3)

             Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely Wishful Endings! This is where bloggers discuss the books that they’re excited to read, as well as those that are not yet published. This meme is a great way to inform others of books that are yet to be released, and to hype the books up!

             I have really been looking forward to the upcoming book by Rachel Caine. “Killman Creek” is the sequel to her amazing book “Stillhouse Lake”. I really enjoyed that book and was delightfully surprised when I found out that there would be a sequel. After all, the cliffhanger was crazy. I always love a good mystery thriller so I’m waiting on this one. Although I’ve got a little less than two months to go, I think I can wait it out with all the other things going on in my life to keep me busy. December always comes around quickly. It is expected to be published on December 12th, 2017.

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The following is a quick summary from Goodreads.

Gwen Proctor won the battle to save her kids from her ex-husband, serial killer Melvin Royal, and his league of psychotic accomplices. But the war isn’t over. Not since Melvin broke out of prison. Not since she received a chilling text…

You’re not safe anywhere now.

Her refuge at Stillhouse Lake has become a trap. Gwen leaves her children in the protective custody of a fortified, well-armed neighbor. Now, with the help of Sam Cade, brother of one of Melvin’s victims, Gwen is going hunting. She’s learned how from one of the sickest killers alive.

But what she’s up against is beyond anything she feared—a sophisticated and savage mind game calculated to destroy her. As trust beyond her small circle of friends begins to vanish, Gwen has only fury and vengeance to believe in as she closes in on her prey. And sure as the night, one of them will die.

Comment below if you’ve read Stillhouse Lake and are looking forward to Killman Creek!

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Hi there!

Nice to meet you. I’m SK. It’s my code name and initials. I’ve joined as an author on Exclusory and I’m excited to be here! I write book reviews mainly but if I ever think of or experience something interesting, I’ll make something about it. Here’s a brief little intro of me!

I’m one of those people who loves personality tests because I’m extremely self-centered and love talking about myself, so if you’re into that stuff too, I’m an INT-J personality type. Comment yours!

Likes: Reading, creative writing, photography in general, long hikes, accessory shopping, peace and quiet, rock (alternative, psychedelic, soft, pop) + R&B music, breakfast food, roller coasters, board games, the idea of exploring the world alone

Dislikes: Socializing for extended periods of time, the loud, the ignorant, the stupid, the boring, spiders, ice cream

Hopefully you all don’t hate me based on this. I’m pretty cool once you get to know me. I’ll see you guys around!

Cannot Wait Wednesday!!! (2)

Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely Wishful Endings! This is where bloggers discuss the books that they’re excited to read, as well as those that are not yet published. This meme is a great way to inform others of books that are yet to be released, and to hype the books up!

I’m totally looking forward to the publication of The Fifth to Die by J. D. Barker in July 2018. Although there’s still quite a bit of time until its’ publication, I’m still ready to hype it up!

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The following is a quick summary from Goodreads.

In this thrilling sequel to The Fourth Monkey, Detective Porter and his team are off the 4MK case and on the hunt for a new serial killer. But Porter just can’t stay away from the Fourth Monkey case, and delves deeper into the killer’s childhood as an attempt to find the truth behind the mysterious murderer.

Even though the summary is short, it still intrigues me. If you read The Fourth Monkey by J. D. Barker, you’ll know exactly what I mean. If you have yet to read it, check out my review here. It was a book that left me speechless, and I felt as though there was something missing at the end. I know this novel will fulfill that void left by The Fourth Monkey, as I truly wanted to know more about the killer’s young years and to find out what turned him into the monster that he is. I know this one will be a serious page-turning thriller and will provide some insight into the questions that I was left with after reading the first book.

How excited are you for this book? What books are you looking forward to reading?

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Sunday Post (2)

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer in which bloggers are able to share news and happenings in their lives on their blog. This idea is fantastic and I look forward to participating in this in the future as well. 

This past week has been so busy at university! I had a bunch of essays and assignments due, and I also had a midterm. Now I have a week off uni to prepare for my next set of midterms, how exciting! I have decided to take this week to study, get back into reading and work on my blog. 

To start off the week, I went hiking with the family. It was so relaxing, rejuvenating and I took quite a bit of pictures. The ones you see below are the best ones that I took with my new phone.

Our hope was to see fall colours, but it’s not exactly time for that yet! I got two fall coloured pictures, as you can see, but other than that, I took pictures of the beach. The place was totally empty and it was so perfect because it was so peaceful and calming.

The hiking was quite tiring, but was worth it in the end. We also did some fishing, ate some of the delicious snacks that we took with us and went out to a restaurant for Thanksgiving dinner (I’m Canadian). Overall, great start to the week and now I must get into gear for some studying!

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I’m just about to start reading Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine! The review of this book I read on Echoing Mind made me want to read it right away. Stay tuned for a review coming very soon.

Other than that, I’ll be back with another blog post very soon! See you then, and thank you for reading!

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University (1)

With the first month of my second year at university coming to an end, I can’t help but feel so sad that I haven’t posted a blog post in quite a bit of time. To be honest, I haven’t really been doing anything fun, other than studying, going to meetings and doing readings for classes. I haven’t even had the chance to read a good book since summer ended. I think I’ll designate my winter break to be the month during which I read as many books and write as many reviews as I can, and I’m already looking forward to it!

For now, I will try to upload a blog post every now and then on any kind of topic that interests me. If you have some ideas of what you’d like to see me write about, please leave a comment below! I’d love some ideas.

How’s your school / work / university / college going? Super busy? Let me know! Thank you for reading.

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I want to visit…….

In this post I will be talking about a place I would love to visit. I chose this topic to write about because I ran a poll on my Twitter, and this topic was the winning option (as seen below). Be sure to go and follow it because I will be hosting more polls on which blog posts you’d like to see me post! Now, onto the topic of the day…..

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I remember seeing a picture of a beach in Bali on my Instagram discover feed and I honestly fell in love. Bali looks like such a beautiful place and I truly hope I get to visit this amazing island one day.   

I have yet to visit anywhere ‘tropical’, which in my mind is some place that has white sand, turquoise blue waters and fabulous weather. I can just imagine myself sitting on the beach, sipping on some kind of tropical drink and taking in the beauty of Bali. What a dream! I love how Bali has a mix of  greenery, as well as pristine beaches! There are many high-end resorts in Bali as well, which will most definitely make the trip there even more memorable!

Have any of you been to Bali? If so, how did you like it? I cannot wait to go there one day! 

Where would you like to visit?

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