Challenges · YA Literature

Re-Readathon: Goals & Beginnings

When I heard about thebookishdragon’s Re-Readathon, I thought it sounded like a really great idea. I’m joining in late (because I changed my tumblr url and didn’t get a notification when the re-readathon started), but I thought I’d still give it a shot. With the amount of school I’ve got, there isn’t much time to read at all, but I thought it would be fun to at least read a few old favourites.

My goal is to read 5 books from this list of old favourites:

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (which I just started rereading this morning)19063
  • Alice in Wonderland (not so much of an old favourite, but I had a slight obsession with the idea of Wonderland a few months ago, started reading it for a school project, and never got around to reading much)
  • To Kill A Mockingbird (and that way, I can read Go Set A Watchman which my boyfriend bought me!!)
  • The Silver Chair AND/OR The Horse and His Boy (my two favourite Narnia books)
  • My Anastasia (one of my very favourite books when I was a little girl, which I haven’t read since probably near a decade ago)
  • Matilda (because it’s Matilda)
  • The Long Winter (my favourite Little House on the Prairie book when I was young)
  • The Postman
  • any book by Kit Pearson or Madeline L’Engle

I’d love to start reading The Lord of the Rings again because it’s been a couple of years (where has the time gone when I used to read it every year?!), but I know that would be a little too much to ask with my schedule.

So far, I’m rereading The Book Thief, and I got through 29% on my hour ride to school this morning, so I think it’s going well so far!
11250317As a side note, I finished three books that I had been reading at the same time (all from the library, just in time for another ebook to come in) – The Song of AchillesMockingjay, and JackabyTSOA is basically a retelling and expansion of the story of Achilles and Patroclus from Homer’s Ilyiad. I thought it had a really good plot and some great one-liners, especially towards the end – but the writing style drove me nuts. It was very rushed and I think the writing was less than stellar. I almost didn’t finish it, but I didn’t want to let the book defeat me. Jackaby was better. I picked it up at the library after seeing the Doctor Who meets Sherlock advertisement. However, I believe it was more Sherlock meets Supernatural, since the adventure included creatures of lo7260188re (like banshees), not aliens. It was a delightful read, but I’m not sure if I’m interested in reading any of the other books in the series. Mockingjay was the best of the lot. I enjoyed it more than the first two books in the series since it didn’t focus on the Games, but rather, the unfair treatment of the people by the Capitol and the people’s response to it. The book reminded me a little bit of a dystopian uprising, like The Postman, but the kindness shown within times of suffering really reminded me of my favourite Les Misérables. I thought Collins did a very good job writing mental illness and PTSD, as well. The ending was a little rushed, but as a whole, I felt like this one deserved a 5 star rating on my Goodreads.

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Part 2 of the Book Photo Challenge

Here is my little gallery of Days 6-11 of the Book Photo challenge. Click on each picture to enlarge and read the caption!

And just for a little explanation of some of these pictures. For my borrowed books – I just started A Series of Unfortunate Events and I’m really enjoying it, so I thought I would get the next few. The other book was a recommendation by someone whom I follow on Goodreads. The books I’m reading now are The Idylls for Medieval Literature (I’m reading it all instead of just certain sections because I want to) and The Help (I bought this book a long time and forgot about it, but one of the groups in my Literary Theory class did their presentation on this book and reminded me!) – however, knowing me, I’m reading lots of books. I’ve got Mockingjay for pleasure and a book of letters by Dorothy Day for a project both in e-version… as well as Alice in Wonderland for a project, a book of poetry by Ann Scowcroft, and a book of Catholic devotions. Last, the signed book is my only signed book. It’s a book called I Thirst which was written by a close friend – I highly recommend it, of course. She is actually going to be releasing the sequel very soon!

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Book Photo Challenge & Book Haul

Not that my pictures are any good, but I decided to work my way through Books & Cupcakes photo challenge. I started off with a day or two from the February challenge, but now I’m sticking with the March one.

Day 1 – reading this month

I’ve read this book, years before, as a child. I read it again for my medievalisms paper and I fell in love with it again. (I’ll be posting about this book very soon.)

Day 2 – a book I couldn’t put down

I can never put a Rick Riordan book down. Ever.

Day 3 – last reads / recommendations

I’m not a sport person but I loved this series. I started it for the relationship I heard about on Tumblr, but I stayed for the main character (Neil Josten), in who I saw a lot of myself in. Love this YA series so much. And the first book is free!

Day 4 – reading place

I usually read on the train, but at home, it’s either at my computer desk or on my bed.

Day 5 – someone reading (my sister)

The Land of Far Beyond by Enid Blyton. We’ve started reading this book together (for the third time or something).


I snagged some choice quotes from the books I’ve been reading this month.

from The Help
from A Perfect Gentle Knight

“This king’s ruled long enough—it’s time to tear his castle down (The Raven Court by Nora Sakavic)

“How else could I orient myself in this sea of gray?” (The Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins)


One last thing – I went to Value Village with my mom and managed to whittle down all the books I was holding to just two: a better copy of The Lord of the Rings and Mansfield Park, which I have been looking for a good copy of for a long time because it’s my favourite Austen book.


I just wish I was a millionaire so I could buy more books.

When going to Value Village makes you cry because you can’t buy all the books.