November Wrap-up!

This is my November wrap up, plus one book from October. I only read three books this month. Which to be honest, is more than usual. I usually read 1 or two so I’m a little proud! This month I read some pretty great books. I’m very happy with what I was able to read.

Click on the book titles to read the synopsis on Goodreads!

My thoughts on the books I read:

Odd Thomas: Forever Odd

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SCORE: 5/5

WARNING: Potential spoiler if you haven’t read the first book or watched the movie.

Odd Thomas is my favorite protagonist. He is absolutely amazing. Even after losing Stormy he remains kind and brave. All he wants is to be with Stormy again, but he doesn’t let his sadness overcome him. He keeps fighting. This book was great. I was more emotionally invested in this book and I found it a little creepier. Nothing is scarier to me than someone so absolutely delusional they truly believe what they’re doing is ok. That amount of insanity is terrifying. The one thing I didn’t like about this book is the relationship between Odd and one of the characters. Odd describes this other character as a brother, however, in the first book this character was never mentioned. It just felt a little contrived.

John Dies at the End

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SCORE: 5/5

OMG I loved this book! This book was so much fun to read! Cynical, sarcastic, and a lot more deeper and meaningful than it might initially seem. I’m not really sure how to describe this book. This book doesn’t have the typical heroic, brave, rise above it all type of protagonist. This protagonist is quite the opposite. He’s actually a pretty shitty person, but you like him either way. He’s not charming, but he does seem… relatable. That’s not to say  you can relate because you too are shitty, it just means that perhaps you can see your own faults in him. All the characters are interesting and likable.

 Fangirl

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SCORE: 5/5

I loved this book. Cath is relatable, Levi is amazing, and Wren’s behavior is the type of behavior I never understood when I too was young and in college. It’s interesting that so many of us can relate with Cath. It’s amazing and so much fun! Although this book provoked quite a bit of feelings, I wasn’t fully immersed while reading. I’m not sure why. However, after finishing it and thinking about it I realized how much I truly love this book. Now every time I see the cover I get butterflies in my stomach and I feel nostalgia and super happy feelings.  I love this book!

Obsidian

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SCORE: 4/5

I have to admit that what really pushed me to buy this book was the cover. I mean I thought it sounded very interesting and I wanted to read it, but what really pushed me to buy it ASAP was the cover. I mean… wow. Ah Daemon, Daemon, Daemon… boy, make up your freaken mind! Seriously, this hot and then cold thing is cute and exciting at first, but come on now. This book was so much fun. Despite what I said in the previous sentences, all the characters were pretty likable. It was fast paced and not too long. My only complaint is the occasional editing errors and that I wish the English had been a bit more sophisticated. I don’t mean the dialogues, I thought that was fine and true to how teenagers speak. However, the descriptions would have been a lot better if the language had had a little more depth. I will be continuing the series.

 

Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts?

 

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John Dies at the End Discussion

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These are not my words. This is by far the best discussion I’ve found regarding John Dies at the End, and I just had to share it.

I’ve never been very good at discussing books, everything just comes out jumbled. But the author of this post, Christina Kim, did an excellence job at writing down what I too was thinking.

After reading this post, I feel like I gained a new appreciation for the characters and respect for the book.

I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve recommended this book and movie, but I’m about to do it again. I highly recommend this book, or at least  the movie. It might not be for everyone, but if it is for you, it’ll be one of the best things  you ever read.

Please check out the post discussing the John Dies at the End book and movie. And if you ever do read the book or watch the movie, please let me know. I would love to talk about it with you!

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Movies that made me want to read the book!

Like most people, I prefer to read the books before watching the movie adaptations. But there have been times when I’ve watched the movie first, usually because I didn’t know it was based on a book and, although rarely, sometimes because I had no interest in reading the book. Normally, I would feel that there was no point in reading the book after watching the movie since I know how it ends. However, there have been a few times where I loved the movie so much that it made me want to read the book even more!

These are the movies that made me want to read the book!

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

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I absolutely love this movie. I’m not even sure how I came across it, but I’m so glad I did. This movie quickly became one of my favorites which lead me to look more into it, which is how I found out that it was based on a book! Since the books are always better than the movies, I just knew I had to read it! I figured the books had a lot more detail than the movies, and I figured that the books probably had a more satisfying ending too since it was actually a whole series!

Everything about this movie is so good, even the trailer cracked me up!

 

Going Postal

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After watching AND reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, I was left with a bad case of book and author hangover. At this point Douglas Adams had become my new favorite author, sadly he had already passed away, and I had finished reading all of his books. The humor and wit in his books was like no other, and I desperately needed more of it! I asked my friends if they knew of similar authors and one of my friend recommended Terry Pratchett. I looked into his work and found out that one of his books had been made into a two part movie,  the movie was Going Postal. Terry Pratchett has a ridiculous amount of published books that I didn’t even know where to begin. So I decided to watch the movie first instead, just to get a tone of what his books might be like. Not even a minute into the movie and I knew I was going to love it. After watching the movie I decided that YES! I need Terry Pratchett in my life! And I went and got myself a copy of his first book “The Color of Magic.” It was magic~

I’m actually watching this movie as I type this post!

 

Odd Thomas

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Fast forward a year and I find myself…bored. There’s nothing good on Netflix and there’s “nothing good to read”. I was browsing the movie categories on Netflix when a title caught my eye, Odd Thomas. I read the description and it seemed like something I would like. Boy, did I like it. OMG I love that movie. Odd Thomas is one of my favorite movies ever and Odd Thomas is my favorite protagonist too. Even Harry Potter couldn’t achieve that. I needed more Odd Thomas, I needed to know what happened next! Was there a sequel?! Sadly there was no sequel but there was a book, 6 books actually. I’ve now read the first 2 books of the series and loved them both. I can’t wait to read the 3rd!

I need to watch this movie again~

 

John Dies at the End

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My most recent discovery was John Dies at the End. After watching Odd Thomas for the ~th time, I needed something new. Luckily for me, Netflix recommended John Dies at the End because I had watched Odd Thomas. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve watched John Dies at the End, It’s been months, maybe even close to a year, and it’s still as good as the first time. John Dies at the End is a bit… weird. So naturally I wanted to know if people had theories about what the hell it all meant. This is how I found out that it was actually based on a book! I figured the book had to be better than the movie and probably had more detail and information, as is usually the case, so I bought the book. I just finished it reading last week and I have to say that I still have no idea what this book is about, and I absolutely love it! I loved single page in this book, so much fun! It did take me a month to finish, but that’s because I’m slow and lazy. Luckily for me though, there is a sequel and I will be reading that too!

Ridiculously awesome!

 

Honorable mention: City of Bones. I wasn’t too excited about the books and I didn’t exactly like the movie. But, it was entertaining enough to make me want to give the books a chance.

Are there any movies that made you want to read the book? Does watching the movie first usually ruin the book for you?

[If Your Book Had a Soundtrack] John Dies at the End by David Wong

Woo! I have finally finished reading John Dies at the End by David Wong. Man, that took forever. I love love this book. It was so much fun. And, to make this accomplishment even more exciting and awesome, this will be my very first I.Y.B.H.A.S book!

Book: John Dies at the End by David Wong

Song: Atlantis to Interzone by  Klaxons

If you were to ask me what John Dies at the End was about, I wouldn’t know where to begin. I’m not even sure what genre this book is. All I know is that it was so much fun to read, it definitely  made me laugh (although I’m not sure it was supposed to make me laugh as much as it did) and it put me in a good mood (which again, I’m not sure it’s supposed to, it gets a bit dark and gory at times).

Similarly, I have absolutely no idea what Atlantis to Interzone is about. First of all I only understand about 30% of what they’re saying (it’s in English), and when I looked up lyrics I just couldn’t figure out what they were about. However, I absolutely love this song. It’s so upbeat, it’s so much fun to listen to and attempt to dance to. It puts me into a really good mood!

I strongly recommend  John Dies at the end if cynicism and sarcasm is your type of humor. Or if you just enjoy the misery of others (just a little bit). And I strongly recommend you listen to Atlantis to Interzone if you enjoy listening to fun upbeat songs you may or may not understand the lyrics of.

Please check it out!