2014 January Wrap up

So I feel like sharing with you guys what I’ve read in different months throughout the year. For the first three months of 2014, since I haven’t started this blog yet, I’ll just list out all the books read and give general thoughts on them instead of doing a review/discussion on each specific book. However, for the books I read from now onwards, I’ll do a discussion on them separately – I prefer doing it as a ‘discussion’ instead of a formal ‘review’ as I’d like to hear more opinions on the book and also I like to write like I’m talking to people. Also the discussion method seems more open and interactive and in that way I feel more comfortable in expressing my viewpoints 😀 So without further ado, let’s get started with my January reads:

I’ve read a total of 10 books in January, 4 books are in Chinese (one of my new year resolutions is to read more Chinese books as I really need to improve my Chinese) and 6 books are in English:

1. Angelfall by Susan Ee

2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

3. The Hunger games by Suzanne Collins

4. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

5. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

6. The Fault in Our Stars (reread) by John Green

I’m REALLY late on the Hunger Games Series D: But the point is I’ve read it now, and that what it matters.

Angelfall is a wonderful book and I really enjoy reading it. It’s about fallen angels (obviously) and the protagonist, Penryn, is kick-ass and strong. My favourite part is the last couple chapters where

*SPOILER ALERT*

she had found her poor sister and was captured by the scorpion monster-like creature – it’s pretty disgusting, but it feels real and it’s AWESOME!

*SPOILER DONE*

Fangirl, a contemporary by Rainbow Rowell, is cute and sweet. I’m personally not a fan of contemporary and romance, but I do like those elements included in adventurous books and dystopias. Anyway, Fangirl is about a fangirl starting her freshman year in college – she’s an introvert and writes fanfiction for Simon Snow (which is basically Harry Potter in real live). I’ve heard a lot of people saying that they can relate to the main character, however, that is not my case. Perhaps I’m quite new to the book community (!?) as I’ve only started ‘really’ reading last summer, or maybe I’m not so emotionally attached to the fiction world as I’m a thinker instead of a feeler. But in conclusion, it’s a good book and I really enjoy reading it! I think I’ve only used 2 or 3 days to finish this book, and that’s always an indicator that it’s enjoyable.

The Hunger games trilogy. I guess I don’t need to say much about it. Perhaps I’ll just share my favourite quote – ‘Remember who the true enemy is – Haymitch Abernathy’ Sometimes in our lives we are so focus on the ‘apparent’ enemy, that is, the tributes participating in the Hunger Games and have forgotten who the REAL enemy is. For example, let’s say you’re interviewing for a job. Your ‘apparent’ enemies are the other applicants, however, your REAL enemy is yourself. You need to win the battle that’s taking place inside you – the fear, nervous feelings – you need to conquer them in order to perform the best. Furthermore, you need confidence, and how do you get that? No, not by outsmarting others, but instead, winning the battle of self-doubt and worrying.

Finally, The Fault in our Stars. The right amount of inspiration, feels, and humour in a stand-alone. I just love John Green’s writing style. After reading it for the second time, I feel like I’ve understand more about the ‘theory’ or meaning John Green wants to bring out through this book- that the fault IS in our stars – sometimes it’s not our fault that we unlucky. But we have to cope with that. It’s life. Accepting and facing our destiny needs courage, especially when our destiny is crappy. By the way, I know it’s random, but I just can’t wait for the movie!

I think that’s it for the Jan reads. I really need some rest now. Okay? Okay.

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