3 Books that Shaped Me as a Reader

Here are three books that have shaped me as a reader through the years 📚

I’m pretty sure that all of us bookworms have certain books that shape us as readers, both as kids and later on in our adult lives as well. We change, our preferences too, and sometimes a book can surprise us into a whole new genre we never even considered being our thing.

I thought I would share some of the books that has shaped me as a reader over the years.

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

My dad was the one that introduced me to Anne Frank. I was about 8 years old and I already knew quite a bit about World War II as my fathers side of the family has Jewish heritage, and actually had to get away from the Nazis by moving to Sweden at that time. So the interest in WWII came at a pretty early age for me, and The Diary of a Young Girl definitely shaped my reading a lot. It was where I truly discovered how horrific, but also interesting and fascinating that time of history was, and still is. I’m still a WWII fanatic, just like my dad. I love reading non-fiction and historical fiction, and the well-written ones (especially those who are based on true stories) always breaks my heart and fill my eyes with tears. Reading Anne Frank’s diary was also what made me start journaling back in the days, which is something that I still do.

I think every kid should read this book. It’s so important and captivating. My dad also took me to Anne Frank’s house later on, which was a really interesting but also intense experience. If I remember correctly, I believe my dad has told me that I didn’t speak for a good while after we got out of there, and it is something I will never forget. I also would highly recommend going there if you ever get the chance to.

Bag of Bones by Stephen King

Bag of Bones is not my favorite King novel, but it was my very first. I remember browsing one of my local bookstores as a teenager and coming across this particular book. I can’t remember exactly what it was about Bag of Bones that compelled me to buy it, but buy it I did, and it has been quite the journey ever since.

I remember bringing it with me on a family vacation (but can’t for the life of me remember where we went), and was so captivated by this story that I was unable at times to put it down. It’s one of those stories that just made such a lasting impression on me that I actually remember quite a lot of what happened even though it has been years, and I’m pretty sure I would be surprised to find out how much I’ve probably forgotten if I tried re-reading it today (which is something I’m considering doing).

Let’s call it love at first sight, and King’s writing and I have been in a happy relationship (for the most part) for many years now, and it will continue to be that way for two reasons.

1 – The man has written so many books that I hardly doubt I will get through them all.

2 – It’s first book love, and that lasts a lifetime. Everybody knows that, right?!

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Did you just roll your eyes at the screen?! Well, if you did, I don’t blame you. Twilight is not great. It’s not even really good, but never the less, it is a book that played a pretty big role in my reading life. At the age of about 20, I found myself not having really read much in a few years. I don’t know what started that massive reading slump, but I do know that the easy entertainment that Twilight offered was what got me back into reading, and with a whole new love of fantasy and paranormal fiction. And because of that, I got to discover so many great books! So, even though I fully agree with the eye roll (and I have tried re-reading it some years later and wish that I hadn’t) it still deserves a spot on this list, and it will always hold a special place in this book lover heart of mine.

These three books are not my top three of all time, but they are all very special to me. If I hadn’t crossed paths with them, I probably would’ve had a very different reading journey than I’ve had so far.

Do you have a book that defined you more as a reader than any other? I would love to hear about it💛

Google Interviews a Bookworm

A little while back I was asked by The Machinery Magazine if I wanted to take part in their YouTube channel launch by doing a Google autocomplete interview about books and bookworms. Of course I said yes, and today they launched the channel and my video!

Have a look and let me know what you think!

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – REVIEW

The_Bone_Season_(cover)The Bone Season is the debut novel from British author Samantha Shannon. It is a dystopian fantasy novel set in England in the year 2059. The mane character is Paige Mahoney, an Irish clairvoyant with a rare gift. She is what they call a dreamwalker. A dreamwalker has the ability to walk in and out of the minds of other people. She works for a the Seven Seals a secret organization of clairvoyants. Clairvoyance is highly illegal in the year 2059 and when Paige uses her powers by accident out in the open she finds herself hunted down and captured. She is later taken to Oxford, a 200 year old well kept secret where clairvoyants are being held captive and used. 

The Warden Arcturus takes her into his household as his human. Paige hates him but is drawn in by the big mystery surrounding him and the world she thought she knew but gradually finds out is nothing but a lie.

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The Bone Season is the first book in a seven book series and  book two (The Mime Order) is scheduled to be released on January 27th.

I was captivated by this story from beginning to end! I found Paige to be a strong and very relatable character with depth and an interesting story. I feared that this universe would be hard to keep track of but Samantha’s writing is excellent. The story flows so easily and even though it has a whole lot of characters, places and histories it just drew me in and held me throughout the whole story. Warden was another character that I found amazing. I started out loathing him just as much as Paige did and as the story progressed and the mystery unfolded I found myself more and more intrigued and curious. It is quite a dark story but such an amazing one at that!

The Bone Season is exciting and different. It is a story unlike any I have ever read before and I found it mind blowing to know that Samantha Shannon is no more than 21 years old. Her writing and her story is unique and I’m looking forward to knowing what happens next in this epic fantasy adventure.

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One of my absolute favorite books of 2014!!!

A few of my favorite quotes from The Bone Season:

“Knowledge is dangerous. Once you know something, you can’t get rid of it. You have to carry it. Always.”

“Then there was that awful slogan: no safer place. More like no safe place. Not for us.”

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I hope you enjoyed this review and until next time;

Smile, read and be awesome!

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (REVIEW)

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In These Broken Stars we meet Lilac LaRoux (daughter of the richest man in the universe) and Tarver Merendsen (a young war hero) traveling on the massive spaceliner The Icarus. 

The Icarus in mysterious ways gets yanked out of hyperspace and by coincidence Lilac and Tarver ends up in the same escape pod. They end up on an unknown planet without any form of communication. They have to learn to work together and see past all their differences if they are going to survive and get home. But there are strange things happening on the planet they landed. And why aren’t there any other people around?

Could they be stuck there forever?

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 From the beginning of the story the attraction between Lilac and Tarver is pretty clear. Lilac however knows that her father will not approve of him so she rejects him and it is not pretty. After this Tarver sees her as a spoiled and rude rich mans daughter and tries to avoid her as much as he can.

But crash landing on the unknown planet forces them to work together.

I immediately liked Tarver. A young, handsome war hero that loves poetry! Of course he came to my liking. Lilac I had mixed feelings about in the beginning of the story. I wanted her to stand up to her father. To be more independent and to rebel more, but later on I learned that there was so much more to her character. As the story went on she showed herself as a strong female character, full of surprises.

The book is written from both Lilac and Tarver’s perspective. Shifting between them from chapter to chapter. I really enjoyed the way that Kaufman and Spooner showed two sides of the story. And I haven’t read a lot of YA literature written by a mans perspective so that definitely added to the enjoyment of this book.

I thought it was exciting, thrilling and heartbreaking. It kept me on edge throughout the whole story and I definitely recommend it!

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Some of my favorite quotes:

“You don’t mention death when it’s hovering near someone you love. You don’t want t attract the reaper’s attention.”

“Abandon her? If only my duty or my conscience would let me. The galaxy would be better off, if you ask me. Who’d even know we were in the same pod? Except that I would know. And that would be enough.”

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The next book in the Starbound trilogy will be out on December 23rd!

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (REVIEW)

To Kill a Mockingbird definitely falls into the category of classics and it’s been on my to-read list for some time now. I finally had the time to get through it now and I have no trouble seeing why this novel won the Pulitzer Prize.

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The story is set in Maycomb, Alabama, (1933-1935) and is written from the perspective of Jean Louise “Scout” Finch, the youngest member of the Finch-family. She lives with her father Atticus and brother Jeremy Atticus “Jem”. 

In the beginning of the story Scout is six years old and starts school. On Jem and Scout’s way to school they pass the Radley place where “Boo” Radley lives. Few have seen him over the years and the kids of Maycomb feed their imagination with stories and theories as to who Boo is and why he doesn’t come out of his house. They even conspire with their friend Dill to try to lure him out of his house.

The town judge appoints Atticus to defend Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white girl. This starts a chain of events and both Scout and Jem struggles to not get into trouble trying to defend their father.

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I found the character Scout to be interesting. The way she has been brought up in a society where they’re taught that black people are not the same and not with the same rights as the white and now must question it all.

Atticus tries his best to teach his kids about justice and not judging people by their color even though so many do.

Scout and Jem are bullied at school and other places in town because of the upcoming trial and they find ways to protect and support each other through it.

To Kill a Mockingbird is an amazing story of family, love, justice and prejudice. It is hear breaking and lovely at the same time. A book that made me extremely emotional. Had me laughing, angry and at the verge of tears.

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An important novel that tells the cruelty of racism and even though the storyline is set in the 30s this is still an important issue. I absolutely loved the writing, the story and the characters! Definitely recommend it!

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A couple of my favorite quotes from To Kill a Mockingbird: 

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”

“They’re certainly entitled to think that, and they’re entitled to full respect for their opinions… but before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”

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Have you read To Kill a Mockingbird? What did you think? And do you have other favorite classics?