I’m so sorry that I disappeared without a trace, but I am so thankful to all of you lovely people who stuck around with me on twitter and tumblr, and who will pick right up where they left off with me! <3 I love you guys! But my life has definitely not been the same without blogging and the wonderful friends I’ve made through blogosphere. I’m so excited to be back online!
Anyway, you’re probably wondering what I’ve been up to for the last five months! Well, mostly school stuff. Second term was a lot busier than first term, and I had a lot more meetings and training sessions to attend to prepare me to be a Frosh Week leader for September! I successfully completed my first year of university, and discovered where my passions lie. I will be pursuing an English Major degree with a minor in math. These are the two subjects that I want to teach when I become a teacher.
I also just had my first ever student teaching placement, and it was in a full day kindergarten class for two weeks. It was so much fun, and the little kiddies were so adorable!!! It was an eye opening experience, and I learned a lot. I’m glad that I got placed with such a young group, because it is basically the complete opposite end of the age spectrum of who I want to teach – which is high schoolers.
I also signed the lease on a house with four of my friends that I made at school this year, and I can’t wait to move in and live independently next year. I mean, I was in residence this year, which is independent, but it is no where near as much responsibility as living in your own house where you need to cook and clean for yourself.
Now, let us move on to talk about all of the books I’ve read in that time!
Natalie’s Single Sentence Reviews
OK. OK. They’re not all single sentences… but they’re short.
3:59 by Gretchen McNeil
This book was the perfect blend of creepy and alternate universes.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
This one wasn’t really my cup of tea, but it was still an okay read.
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
I really enjoyed how Veronica Roth ended off the Divergent Trilogy with Allegiant, despite what a lot of others have said about this book.
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
This was one of the cutest books I’ve read in a while, and I loved the twist at the end! I also fell in love with the entire Garrett family, and would love to have them as my own next door neighbours! I can’t wait to read What I Thought Was True!!!
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Anna and the French Kiss did not let me down after I heard all of my blogging buddies raving about it! I need to find myself a St. Clair. *swoons*
Smart GIrls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer
I absolutely adored the main character Gigi, and was able to relate to her and to her relationships with her two best friends.
Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging
I didn’t find this book as hilarious as I know loads of other people have, but it was still a quick and enjoyable read for me.
The Fault in Our Stars
Let’s just say that when you get to the end of TFiOS you won’t want to be reading it in a classroom full of students… the tears will still come even if you will them to stop.
Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo
This book was refreshingly real–the characters, the plot, and all the emotions. I devoured this book over one night and one morning. I quite enjoyed how the story was told in chunks by the two MCs because it really allowed me to understand their feelings. All in all this was a really good book, it just lacked the WOW factor for me.
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
This one was a DNF for me. I got about 80 pages in and it was just so repetitive and whiny. I was rather upset because I ADORED A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
I literally have no words to even begin to explain how amazingly wonderful this book is. If you take my word, and only my word for just one book, this is the one you should take it for.
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
The second instalment in Leigh’s Grisha Trilogy, this book was just as fantastic – perhaps even more so – as the first!
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
This book was your classic “good girl” meets “bad boy” book and it was enjoyable but nothing special.
Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
If you want a book that will make you laugh until you cry, and also give you a new perspective on serious issues like depression, this book full of short stories with hilarious illustrations is for you!
Crank by Ellen Hopkins
This book grabs ahold of your heart and doesn’t let you go until you finish the very last page.
The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle
Something about this book didn’t sit quite right with me, and I think it was the writing that was somewhat colloquial at all of the wrong times.
Anatomy Lesson by Matt Spadafora
(This book is going to get a little bit longer of a review than the other ones.) (Also my review of this book is not biased in any way.) Anatomy Lesson is a book of short stories written by my good friend Matt Spadafora. He took a “Making a Book” class in his last year of university and successfully wrote and published this book! The interesting concept is that each of these short stories revolve around a memory about a part of his body. Some of them are hilarious, some are revolting, and some of them hurt your heart. Also another major selling point about this book is that I’m mentioned ;)
You can purchase Matt’s book online from Amazon, and you can read more of Matt’s writing on his blog, Mathew John Writes.
Dead Girls Don’t Write Letters by Gail Giles
This one is a very quick read, but will have you on the edge of your seat the entire time, and you’ll never know what to think about everything!
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
I can’t get over how amazing this book was!!! I fell in love with the characters and the story and I literally have no bad things to say about this! And the cover is super cute too :)
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
I didn’t love this book as much as the first TMI book, City of Bones, but I still liked it! I’m excited to read the rest of this series, and City of Glass is coming up soon in my TBR pile.
The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
Creepy, weird book that didn’t seem well thought out, and left too many questions unanswered for my liking.
Every Day by David Levithan
The concept of this book is very interesting, but lacked slightly in execution. The writing was beautiful, but the story itself felt repetitive and drawn out.
The Program by Suzanne Young
I literally could not put this book down. The characters and the superbly unique plot had me captivated from the very first page.
Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller
Phenomenal writing and exquisite characters and development = TEARS. In a word? Flawless
Well, there you have it. A complete list of short review of all of the books I’ve read in the time since I let blogged (minus finishing a couple of series that I want to write about in separate posts.) Thank you for sticking with me and welcoming me back into the blogosphere with open arms!!! I’m so happy to be back :)