September Wrap Up!
I don’t normally do these on my blog, I usually just post them on Instagram but I thought I’d mix it up a little bit this month. And also I think it would be nice to be able to look back and see what books I’ve read in a particular month.
Any who, this month was a very productive month reading wise. I don’t think I’ve read this many books in a month since… I don’t even know when. But anyway, I ended up reading 12 books. I don’t know where I even had the time to read so much considering I had 2 small assignments, 2 major assignments and an exam to study for. I haven’t studied for the exam though, that’s next month’s job. Get it? Because it’s the 30th. And next month is tomorrow. HA! I did find that the reading really did help to manage my stress somewhat. I mean I was still stressed, but not as stressed as I could have been. I don’t think I had any meltdowns over assignments, which is pretty common for me at this time of the trimester, so yay for that.
On to the books! I read 2 audiobooks, 3 eBooks and 7 physical books. AND! 7 of those books were for review so I feel super-duper productive this month! If you want to read more on my thoughts on any of the books, just click on the title.
1. Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery – 8/10
2. The Program by Suzanne Young – 8.75/10
3. Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Taryn Fisher – 9/10
4. What you Left Behind by Jessica Verdi – 7.5/10
5. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy – 4.5/10
6. Denton Little’s Death Date by Lance Rubin – 6.5/10
7. Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines – 7/10
8. Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino – 9.5/10
9. One by Sarah Crossan – 9/10
10. The Boy at the Top of the Mountain by John Boyne – 8.5/10
11. Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery- 6.5/10
12. The Story of my Life by Helen Keller – Review to come
I think this was definitely a good reading month. My favourite by far was Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino. I’m really surprised at how much I loved that book. And I think you can tell which one was my least favourite… I’m not really surprised how much I didn’t like that book.
I’d ask how many books you guys read buuut no one replies (except for my Dad how sweet)so don't even worry. But if you want to tell me feel free. No pressure.
New adventures lie ahead as Anne Shirley packs her bags, waves good-bye to childhood, and heads for Redmond College. With old friend Prissy Grant waiting in the bustling city of Kingsport and frivolous new pal Philippa Gordon at her side, Anne tucks her memories of rural Avonlea away and discovers life on her own terms, filled with surprises...including a marriage proposal from the worst fellow imaginable, the sale of her very first story, and a tragedy that teaches her a painful lesson. But tears turn to laughter when Anne and her friends move into an old cottage and an ornery black cat steals her heart. Little does Anne know that handsome Gilbert Blythe wants to win her heart too. Suddenly Anne must decide if she's ready for love...
Another lovely instalment of Anne of Green Gables. I really love the Anne stories, but so far this one has to be my least favourite. I find it difficult to review classic literature because I am definitely no professional, but I just found this one to be boring.
This was also very different to the movie Anne of Green Gables The Sequel, which was also my least favourite of the three movies (mainly because she goes off to some girls school and meets that old man which was gross), but I still prefer the movie over the book. There were a lot of characters in here that I had either forgotten or didn’t know, but that was partly because I have a terrible memory. It didn’t help that I would fall asleep at the end of most chapters so I never knew what was going on. There were a few things in the book that never happened in the movie and it kind of shocked me a little bit. And small changes that were made like how it was Davie that told Anne about Gilbert, and Anne never went to Gilbert when he was sick (which was my favourite part of the movie!).
I do still really like Davie. He's such a cute, honest character. He always makes me laugh, you don't hear much about his sister though. I wouldn't even be able to tell you her name.
Overall this was s decent book, but I'm looking forward to the next one. Hopefully there will be more of Gilbert (I'm pretty sure I've said that in all of my Anne reviews). I’m just waiting for them to get married and have kids to be honest. I am interested in where the next instalment will take us (or me since I’m the one reading it).
And that concludes the shortest review ever.
Genre: Classic? Young Adult? I don’t even know what this would be classified as. CANADIAN LIT!
Acquired from: Audio Books (the app)
When Pierrot becomes an orphan, he must leave his home in Paris for a new life with his Aunt Beatrix, a servant in a wealthy household at the top of the German mountains. But this is no ordinary time, for it is 1935 and the Second World War is fast approaching; and this is no ordinary house, for this is the Berghof, the home of Adolf Hitler.
Quickly, Pierrot is taken under Hitler's wing, and is thrown into an increasingly dangerous new world: a world of terror, secrets and betrayal, from which he may never be able to escape.
As soon as I saw this book was a thing, I wanted it. I loved The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and I knew that I would love this just the same. Having said that, this book is so different from The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas so if you’re going into it thinking it will be the same, you are wrong. Both books are set around young boys during World War II, and that is really where the similarities end.
The Boy at the Top of the Mountain was an extremely well written and powerful story. Like The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas this book is told from the perspective of the boy however this book spans his life from 7 years old, to 16. It was really interesting to see him growing up in the circumstances that he is in. When he first arrives to the house at the top of the mountain, he is an innocent 7 year old boy. He is told to forget everything about his life before he arrived, never to mention his Jewish friends name or where he originated from and has to change his name to Pieter as it was 'more of a German name than Pierrot'.
It just really shows how easily innocent minds can be corrupted which was incredibly heart breaking. The Impact that Hitler had on this innocent boy was very disturbing and unsettling. Seeing how quickly Pierrot/Pieter’s mindset changed throughout the story was heartbreaking.
I really liked the historical aspect of this as well. I can’t remember the specifics of it but it spoke of the Royal Family at the time, and also spoke of the different battles during WWII, the making of the prison camps and the gas chambers which were explained as a shower room with no water coming from the ceiling. It was all very sad, especially as Pierrot didn’t understand why there would be no water in the “showers”.
I will say that while this book is presented as being for children, I don’t see it being very suitable for children under the age of 12 or 13. While the content is fine for children to read, I think the information would be a bit above their heads. Some of the vocabulary in this book is also a bit advanced for young kids, and I feel like some background knowledge of WWII is needed in order to really understand the subject matter.
This was a very quick, powerful read, and one that will stay with me for a long time to come. I’m hoping that Boyne will write more books like this. I’m also hoping that like The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, this will also be made into a movie. I think the story would translate really well onto the big screen.
This book comes out on the first of October, and if you have any interest in WWII, or you liked The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (even though it’s different), then I highly recommend you pick this one up.
Format: Paperback, 215 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Corgi Children's
Published: 1st October 2015
Acquired from: Penguin Random House
* This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review.
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