Poison Study: Maria v. Snyder. (Spoiler Free)

This book. Is amazing!It was spectacularly written and the story line was beautifully developed; it was an intricate work of art that I loved reading. I cannot even being to describe how happy I am with this book, but I am certainly going to give it my best shot. 

This book. Is amazing, I put it down not three minutes ago and I am currently buzzing with the thrill of finishing a good book and starting a fantastic series. It was spectacularly written and the story line was beautifully developed; it was an intricate work of art that I loved reading. I cannot even being to describe how happy I am with this book, but I am certainly going to give it my best shot.

To start off with I unfortunately have to point out two minimal negative. Firstly, I wish that the romantic sub-plotline was a little more developed, while the build-up was beautiful subtly and not at all like a cheesy romance where you just have to roll your eyes, I feel like if it weren’t for the blurb revealing how it would go I wouldn’t have seen he romance coming and therefore, it would’ve been an out of nowhere occurrence, it also seemed like the development to the point of romantic action was a little rushed to build further up the sequence of events leading to the end. I feel like we weren’t given enough time to properly enjoy the pairing before chaos ensued. Another negative which is barely even a problem was a slight nuance of predictability. I kind of saw the plot-line evolving the way it did before it actually started developing. Now, I’m not sure if it’s because I’m such a seasoned reader that I can spot familiar tropes a kilometre away or if it was just the writing; so I’m only going to mention it instead of talking about it more, just in case it is just me.

Now that the gross negatives are out of the way, on the the gushing and frankly overwhelming compliments and good opinions on this book. HOLY CRAP it was fantastic!

So, right away we’re thrown unceremoniously into the story; and not in the ‘what the heck is going on?’ kind of way, but being thrown smack bang into the story and introduced to Yelena who is a prisoner, whose sentence of hanging is about to be carried out when she is given an unexpected reprieve. Continue on with her fate, to meet the noose or to become the Commander’s food taster, to risk her life everyday in order to ensure the leader of her country’s food to test for poison. She chooses to take the position and beings training under the eye of Valek, the commander’s advisor. The story is set in a fantasy setting; a country called Ixia where they are under martial law with a man called the Commander heading the country. The country is then further split into 8 section with each section under the rule of a General under the Commander’s rule.  It’s an intricately written story and Snyder does beautifully to set it up without the reader feeling overwhelmed by information. It’s done in a way that’s gradual and uses language we can understand and told through flashbacks and other characters stories to reveal how the world is shaped, formed and run. For me, fantasy has always been a challenge; but this series is brilliant and brings a whole new amount of faith into my exploration into the genre. It is truly hard to write a fantastic fantasy novel with a balance of information and plot working together; but Snyder has done it ten-fold. I cannot wait to read the next instalment in her series, and hopefully any others she has written after that.

This book is beautiful written and published, It is a wonderful beginning to what i hope will be a wonderful and fantastic series. I would recommend it to anyone who ants to read a good fantasy novel to open them up to the series.

Til Next Time,

L.K.

Geekerella: Ashley Poston (some spoilers)

Adorable book.

Definitely one to put on the ‘in-case of book slump’ list. Thought reading this adorable novel I was not bored once and was completely charmed by the story, the characters and the relationships developed.

Adorable book.

Definitely one to put on the ‘in-case of book slump’ list. Thought reading this adorable novel I was not bored once and was completely charmed by the story, the characters and the relationships developed.

Geekerella was a beautifully charming story; it follows the two separate lives of Darien Freedman and Elle Wittimer. Darien Freedman is an actor who was best known for his soap-opera role and is about to embark upon the renewal of an old sci-fi TV show known as Starfield.  He is hired to play the main male role known as The Carmindor, and has been a fan of the series since he was a child. However, he finds himself stuck between who he thinks he is and how he is forced to act around others, almost as if he has to act all the time. Never free to be himself; Darien feels like he has no allies or friends to call his own except for his assistant who he considers one of his best friends. His father sees him as a way to gain money and he has previously lost a friend due to his fame. So, when he messages a phone number he believes to be the number for Excelsicon and ends up messaging another fan of Starfield instead, he sees his chance to make a friendship that is real and based on who he is as a person rather than how famous he is.

Elle, on the other side of the phone isn’t experiencing the dream life either. Elle is someone who has recently lost her father and when she was little has lost her mother. Now she lives with a shallow step-mother and two twin step-sisters, both of whom are given everything they could ever want in life, whilst Ella is let with nothing. Ella often finds herself at the butt of her step-mothers and stepsisters cruelty and criticism. there have been cases where the twins have gone out o their way to make her life miserable, even at one point fabricating a false relationship with a boy they’re friends with to hurt Ella’s feelings. She is forced every morning to wake each of them up and cook a ‘healthy’ breakfast for them, while the girls go off the the ‘club’ to have tennis lessons and Ella goes to work in a food truck known as the ‘Magic Pumpkin. The Cinderella pun is strong in this one. Her life seems to be a never ending ritual of sadness and oil stains. Until one day she receives a text on her hand-me-down phone that used to be her father’s. The man who made the convention ‘Excelsicon’. From this point onwards Elle and Darien are in each others lives, even if they don’t know each others names. This sense of anonymity when talking to each other envelops them in a feeling of safety which makes them feel like they can really express themselves for the first time in a long time. Especially about all things Starfield.

From this point onward almost all characters go through a lot of personal growth and change. One of the twins Calliope learns that she can have an identity separate from her much crueler sister and grows in confidence to finally become who she wants to be; hell she evens gets a girlfriend. Elle ends up learning to overcome the suffering she has endured at her step-family’s hands and open up to another human being (her co-worker Sage) and find connections with other that she wasn’t expecting, she also learn that who she is, and her family (her real mum and dad) are not isolated to a single place but are within her forever. Sage, the ever confident hopeful fashion designer, is someone who becomes Elle’s best friend who Elle converts to Starfield. Together they come together to take the old costumes that once belonged to her parents to make a wonderful cosplay, and Sage learns what it feels like to be unconditionally accepted by a friend.

The development of the relationship between Darien and Elle is a really well explored story line.  There relationship is one that is admittedly rushed a little, but under the circumstances it seems appropriate, as their relationship is one that mimics an online one, so essentially there are no hold barred in what they reveal to reach other. So being completely honest and open helps them to fall for each other as quick as they do. And having a relationship this way help them to explore who they are themselves as you can truly be whoever you want to be through anonymous text, even an unencumbered version of yourself. Still its a really cute and sweet romance that makes me squeal overtime something cute happens. You’ll know what I mean when you read the book yourself…

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking to read a nice contemporary to get themselves out of a slump or even to just enjoy a sweet story that isn’t harboured with political mumbo-jumbo and something to just enjoy and love.

 

Til Next Time,

L.K.

p.s. i wrote this with the sun in my eyes, so please excuse any spelling errors.

The Help – Kathryn Stockett vs. Beloved – Toni Morrison (Spoiler Free)

So, I’ve recently read both of these books. One (The Help) voluntarily and the other (Beloved) as a part of my university course. I started off reading Beloved and to be honest, not quite liking it. Trying to find an exact reason why I pondered if it could be because the novel is a historical piece, and I frankly, have little to no experience reading historical fiction. In order to prove or disprove this theory I began reading The Help. Having now finished both novels, I couldn’t help but compare the two novels and thought… why not write about it?

So, I’ve recently read both of these books. One (The Help) voluntarily and the other (Beloved) as a part of my university course. I started off reading Beloved and to be honest, not quite liking it. Trying to find an exact reason why I pondered if it could be because the novel is a historical piece, and I frankly, have little to no experience reading historical fiction. In order to prove or disprove this theory I began reading The Help. Having now finished both novels, I couldn’t help but compare the two novels and thought… why not write about it? So, here it goes..

BELOVED:

So Beloved if you didn’t know is an Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize winning novel written by Toni Morrison. It is based off a real story about a woman who was an escaped slave. For some historical context, this was in a time where in America being one either side of a river (Whose name i unfortunately don’t know) dictated whether or not you were considered free if you were of African descent. However, this freedom was at a constant risk as if you were “owned” by someone across the river they could come and “retrieve there property” essentially dragging you back. For this woman she was living in America essentially free from her “master’s” ensalvement, with her family; until one day she saw her “master” coming up the drive. Reacting quickly she herded her whole family into the shed and killed them all. She was in the process of killing herself and her infant child when she was captured and jailed. A horrific story which to this day astounds me. This true story spoke to Morrison and is what she based her novel off of. The fictional piece follows he life of Sethe and her daughter Denver. Seth is a woman who was a slave on a plantation who was abused, beaten and raped and who despite being injured and about 9 months pregnant trekked across state lines to ensure her baby’s and her family’s future. We are introduced to Sethe when she is living with her youngest daughter (now 18) Denver in a place called simply “124”. This home of of their happens to be haunted by the ghost of the baby whom Sethe killed. Her two other sons had left her already having had enough of the Ghost’s presence and her Mother-in-law Baby Suggs had just passed away. Denver and Sethe live a seemingly quite life, except their house is plagued by secrets, insecurities, and obviously a ghost that doesn’t know when to blood quit.

Admittedly it starts off as a really hard read. You’re picked up and thrown into the story, like Alice falling in to Wonderland. Only unlike Alice instead of saying “oh dear!” i personally was utterly a little more rude expletives. It’s a confusing ride at first, with incomplete stories and a language that while seemingly English is harder to understand, and there is absolutely no context at all. Somehow i feel like that’s the point of everything. To make the reader completely and utterly confused. However, after… quite a long while into the book. Some more context is unveiled and somehow, though I’m not sure how exactly you fall into the “rhythm” of the language of the book and all the things that completely sent you for a loop starts to make sense. Just in time for the climax of the book to leave you utterly confused, elated and sad. It’s not the world’s happiest book. Actually, there is nothing all that happy about it. Still, it’s a good read. Something I would suggest picking up if you want the unbridled and haunting truth of the Slave Trade in America. Just make sure you’re watching a lot of romantic comedies while reading this book, because it made me yearn for a really big hug and an even bigger carton of ice-cream.

THE HELP:

The Help on the other hand is almost the complete opposite of Beloved. The Help for one thing occurs in a later time period than Beloved. It is set in a time when slavery is abolished, and those of African descent are paid for work, although they are still treated as less than human and paid little to nothing, there is also a worrying amount of segregation and racism that makes me very sad. However, unlike Beloved this story while told seriously also has some light hearted elements which make it a much less depressing story. It is also a story that is easy to follow and while it does contain slang, it is slang that I didn’t find difficult to understand. It truly was a fun read and i really enjoyed the story it told and the clever way it was told in. The movie that was based off this book was also extremely good and was fantastically acted and beautifully told. Definitely highly recommended by yours truly.

The story follows three main characters. Skeeter Phelan, Minny and Aibileen all of whom live in Jackson Mississippi . Aibileen and Minny are maids who have been in the business of looking after white-people’s babies and houses since around the time they were fourteen and are long time friends. Minny is a short tempered and sassy maid whose sharp wit and tongue often get her in trouble with her employers and Aibileen is a calm and sad woman who has spent her years raising and loosing other people’s children and after having lost her own son to a tragic accident has just about given up on life. Eugena “Skeeter” Phelan is a white 22-year-old woman who never quite fits in with the crowd in Mississippi as instead of going to college to find a husband like most of the women her age, she actually went to college to get an education. A revelation I know. This decision is constantly looked down upon by just about everybody in her life, including her mother. It is because of her outsider tendencies and her college educated mind that she sees the world in a way that is unique of that time. That is, she doesn’t look down upon “the help” like everybody else does.

Together these three find an unlikely and heartwarming friendship and band together to write a book about how the world really works. By doing so they risk everything, Aibileen and Minny more than most; as while it is not predominant in the book, the violence that African American suffer is touched on and alluded to as a possible consequence. This book does not solely place the victim role upon “the help” as the book also goes into how people who are of the same race but not considered the same class are also treated. altogether the book splendidly highlights people’s ability to be cruel for cruelty’s sake. But, it does not solely focus on the negative like Beloved, instead Stockett choose to include some redeeming themes such as: discovering friendship and strength in difficult times, the kindness of others and sometime Kindness found in unusual places. Stocked even touches on domestic abuse and finding the self-empowerment to put and end to it, as well as definitions of community and how they can make or break a person.

I would seriously recommend this book to anyone who asks. It is a fantastic and beautiful read. Both of these books are.

 

Til next time,

L.K.

A Small Rant About Life and Expectations.

Just a little ramble

Have you ever felt like your life just isn’t that way it should be? Like you have this image in your head of who you are and who you want to become and those two things just feel like their never going to meet? I personally have multiple goals that i want to achieve in my lifetime; I want to publish my own book, travel the world, move into my own home, have dogs (so, so, so, so many dogs) and achieve my own independence as a human being; and of I’m ever feeling particularly confident in myself and self-esteem maybe even make a Youtube channel one day. Yet, I find myself in a place that is seemingly going nowhere, yes; I am in university going towards achieving a bachelor’s degree and possibly even a masters; and yes, I have started writing something (which is far from anywhere near being ready to be read) and yes, I have this blog here where i can express my passions to people who are like minded. But i feel as if I’m stuck forever int his situation without any capability of moving forward. I see people going to different continents and finding love, moving out and starting off in their dream careers whereas my life remains stagnant and the most exciting thing I experience is getting a good mark back on an assignment.

Am I just in this stagnant state of living which needs to remain unchanging until i have finished my degree and then I can successfully start living my life? Or am I missing all the important things that people are experiencing and that I am going to one day regret not doing? I do have these moments of bright possibility in which i start planing what I am going to do once I graduate; but these are all infringing on the decisions and judgements of others. Is that any way to live? should I be out there gripping life by the horns and living every moment to the fullest at the possible suffering of my grades (which believe me would happen) or is the safest route to just bide my time until I am academically free and then live in a state of permanent Carpe Diem? At least until my feet need to touch the ground again.

Maybe some things are meant to be waited for so that when I do eventually experience them I can do so would without the stress of academia sitting on my back like an unfortunate squatter. Or perhaps its not a case of either/or. Maybe I can do little bits of both, I can take whatever free time I have to follow my stationary passions and when i am free from Academic expectations I can take flight around the globe and take some career risks? Is that the way to go?

This stereotype of the ‘golden age’ of living is really an atrocious expectation to live up to. Shows need to stop perpetuating this culture of partying and stupidity experienced at a peak young age, do they writers ever stop to consider that not everyone like that kind of thing? Personally, the idea of dancing like a moron in a hot, sweaty, claustrophobic space with drunk idiots feeling me up like I am a prized pig… holds no pull on me, I’d personally rather sit on a beach, in a hammock, in the sun with a really good book. I don’t find anything appealing about getting drunk, having one-night-stands and wearing shoes that I am going to regret. And according to popular culture and media this makes me a freak? Why? Does youth really need to be immature, stupid and crazy to really be properly experienced? Can’t you live a quiet life and not regret it? Sure, some crazy could be cathartic. But is it necessary to be done through crazy and dangerous actions? Couldn’t someone just get culturally and spiritually lost in a city and be experiencing youth? Or even following their own passions that are more of an academic value? Is it really necessary to have crazy stories about stupidity to be considered as having “lived your life to the fullest”.

I hope not, as otherwise I might seriously consider becoming a hermit.

Thanks for listening/ reading to my small rant.

Til Next Time,

L.K.

A Monster Calls: Patrick Ness (Spoilers Ahead)

This book was a surprisingly beautiful tale with so much heart..

NON-SPOILER SECTION:

I went into this book admittedly with a completely different idea of what it would be about, but going into it i found myself more and more intrigued with this new and creative story that had me enraptured from the very beginning curious to see how it would all tie up in the end.

The story follows the life of a young man named Connor, but his age remains unspoken. this is particularly clever because he never does anything that could hint to a particular age grouping, this disassociation means that connor’s story is one that someone of any age group can relate to and feel and empathy for. His story unlike many others doesn’t start at the beginning of all his troubles but when they seem to be coming to a climax which is rare in my experience for stories, it all begins for us when Connor sees the Yew tree in the graveyard beside his house turn into a gigantic monster who tells Connor that he is a strong force of nature and time, who only comes walking in very few points in history; and he plans to tell Connor the stories of the three times previous in which he went walking. He then demands that when he has told Connor these three tales, that Connor must reciprocate telling the monster his tale and his truth. This is where our story truly begins. It is a beautiful heartwarming and sad tale that I couldn’t put down and is a must read.

SPOILER SECTION:

Connor’s has an extraordinary talethat expresses itself in the most ordinary of ways. He is a child with a mother who raised him on her own all the while battling cancer, his father left when he was six and now lives in America with a wife and child, and his Grandmother is someone who seems a malignant presence in his life. In his own way he is entirely fearless and yet frail, constantly seeking punishment, the reason for we don’t learn until the end. Everything about him speak of a quiet courage and strength, his life is filled with sickness and his childhood is scarce but it isn’t something he is resentful towards his mother for.

If anything in everything he does, even down to the way he interacts with the monster speaks of his love for her. When he came to the monster begging for him to use his yew tree branches to save her life, it brought me to tears. Here is a child who through his mothers illness looks into the reality of death and faces it with a strength that most adults can’t do; through this strength he is able to admit to himself his own truth, saving himself from the nightmares that threaten to destroy him. that he just wants his mother to die so that she can no longer suffer, but that he also doesn’t want her to die with every fibre of his being.

Coming to his won truth required a lot of personal growth for this character, and Ness tells it brilliantly. He uses the Monster’s tales to reflect the obstacles that are currently distracting Connor from the situation allowing him to overcome them, through living and thinking about these stories and allowing them to reflect in and defines actions. Its like watching the Hobbit and feeling a sense of accomplishment in every movie when they face an obstacle only to overcome it and bring them closer to their goal. Only in this case a part of you never wants them to reach it because you know how it will end. This is something I love about this book, its obvious from the very beginning that Connor’s mother isn’t going to make it, its shown so clearly through the actions of Connor’s family members and yet the mystery of Connor’s nightmare and Connor’s truth keeps you enraptured.

We end feeling for Connor and growing as people along with him in so many subtle ways. The stories themselves are particularly clever as they challenge modern day ideals of how stories should be structured as well as enduring ideals of right vs. wrong and good vs. bad. These tales always manage to ensnare as well as surprise, leaving me questioning my perspective on every previous argument or obstacle i’ve ever had in my life. So not only is it an emotional and beautifully written book but its the kind of book that can make someone really look at their life and find their own truth.

Passenger: Alexandra Bracken (Spoilers Ahead)

While i approached this book with caution, i was surprised at how much i liked it 🙂 Read more inside.

NON-SPOLIER SECTION:

i went into this book with admittedly a little trepidation, i’m not overly fond of books that are set in the past, being someone who strongly believes in equality in all forms; reading books set in eras where races are turned into slaves and women are treated like objects to be kept pretty makes me frustrated and angry, it sweeps me up into a mindset that is consumed by social grievances and distracted from the plot and characters. But with this novel – which i believed will be – turned series, i was surprised to say the least that i wasn’t turned into an irrationally angry human being but rather fascinated with the plot line and trying to guess the outcomes of the story that Alexandra has concocted. It was interesting, sweet and complicated in a way that is unique to my reading experiences, however it was a bit of a long read, that had a tendency to drag a little bit. Nonetheless it is a book i am satisfied to recommend.

 

SPOILER SECTION:

In general, this book was really quite good, the plot line was really well-developed and thought out. The characters were really beautifully written and they evolved in their own ways that was developed steadily along the plot line. In terms of adversaries, in this case Cyrus Ironwood; he wore his black cape with pride and played the part of the dictator splendidly (by played i hope you know i mean written). An unexpected quasi-villain was Rose – Etta’s mother – her utter disregard for her daughter’s life was beyond cold and callous, she was so intent on the “good of the future” that she became cold and manipulative of her daughter, and despite all this Etta still adored her mother like any daughter would, which speaks less of her mother and more of Etta. Also, Sophie as a character was really quite interesting to explore during the course of this book. She evolved from a slightly annoying and completely haughty child to someone who was a genuine threat with her greed, selfishness and desire for power leading her to stalk Etta and Nicholas throughout time and come close to ending their lives with her actions causing dangerous consequences.

Etta and Nicholas’ journey is a compelling one which makes you want to continue reading until the end and is what is going to motivate me to buy the next instalment to the series. it all begins when Etta’s violin recital goes awry and she is kidnapped by Sophie and taken to the 1700’s from there she and Nicholas meet and develop feelings for each other and their ways that have been developed by their vastly different upbringings. Etta is taken to NY on board a ship that has been commandeered(?) by Nicholas and his crew in order to take the girls to NY on orders of Cyrus Ironwood. On their journey Nicholas and Etta develop the beginnings of a friendship that leads to Nicholas swearing to protect her should Ironwood have bad intentions. When Ironwood reveals his plan to manipulate Etta with the life of her mother being threatened in order for Etta to retrieve an object that Rose has hidden somewhere in time and space. This object is called the Astrolabe and it has the capacity to create time portals that did not previously exist. They are left a letter concealing a riddle that leads them on the path to the astrolabe. In a very treasure hunt type plot they travel through all time periods imaginable, surviving wars and ancient civilisations all the while falling more and more for each other. It really is an entertaining read that i believe will make an enjoyable series, however many books it ends up spanning.

On negative aspect i’d like to mention though it may seem little is descriptive language. Whilst the characters and plot-line are quite artistically developed, she lacks i descriptive language. A lot of the time the places and people that are encountered, including the main characters and described in ver little detail and in some aspects i myself had to fill in the gaps as much as i could in order to picture what is happening. If asked i couldn’t even begin to describe the appearances of the main characters, only their personalities, that goes for the locations and times visited as well. If theres one thing i would change about this novel it would be that. Otherwise i am quite pleased by the overall book and writing style.

Til next time!

L.K.

The Reading Slump…

The Slump is real…
Read my advice on how to escape this bookworm hell.

The Urban Dictionary defined a reading slump as: A readers worst nightmare. Not being able to pick up a book and read because you just can’t, you just can’t read.

And i couldn’t agree more.

It’s a new kind of hell when you can’t bring yourself to do you’re favourite thing in the world. For readers, this is the reading slump; it’s when no matter how hard you try for some reason you can’t see to either stick with a book long enough to finish it, or you do stick with a book but actually reading it drags on until you can barely even remember the plot line or the original excitement that thrums in your veins at needing to know what happens next dulls into a distant hum.

Reading slumps can occur for many reasons, personally for me its because lately i have university work up to my ears. Bu there are also numerous other reasons such as…

  1. Busy with work.
  2. Haven’t read in a while.
  3. Children.
  4. Read too much of the same genre.
  5. Just finished a soul shattering (in a good way) book.
  6. Just read a really bad book.

No matter the reason behind why you fell into a slump, it’s still hard to shake. I don’t quite have it down to a science (yet) but here’s my personal method that i use to defeat my reading slumps, which are now seemingly becoming an almost monthly ritual.

firstly i take a look at the books i’ve been reading lately to really get a feel for the type of books I’ve been reading as of lately; i don’t specifically look at genre, i look at the emotion and the style of the books I’ve been reading for instance, if i’ve been reading something like The Hunger Games, I would come note that those books had themes of death, war, a love triangle, angst, and anger. So, if i’ve been reading books that, let’s be honest challenges my faith in humanity its better to read a book that has a more positive outlook on life and a way of living and i would definitely stay away from a dystopian novel for the time being.

I recommend to get out of any reading slump, a contemporary book. But the problem is which contemporary? There are so many sub-categories within the contemporary genre that picking the perfect book to help you through the slump can be challenging. Before i get to how to pick this book i’m going to defend my Contemporary rule for a little bit. Contemporaries are the best books in my opinion to help with a reading slump. When an athlete has an injury and tries to get back into their beloved sport, you don’t see them on their first day back trying to work at the same level as they were before their injury, if they pushed themselves they would do more harm then good. For avid readers who are experiencing a reading slump starting off with a content heavy series that is written to ruin your life e.g the Mortal Instruments, Divergent series… you (the athlete) are just going to pull a muscle that’s going to prolong the period of inactivity. So, starting off with a contemporary novel that’s preferably a stand-alone is easing yourself back into reading in the most gentle way possible. It’s usually an easy read, with an ending that can make you feel emotion without feeling like you’ve been overwhelmed as if you’ve just conquered a massive series that would mark the end of a period of your life, and they usually involve a cute sappy romance that makes you believe in love; and… if ended correctly that can re-ignite the need to pick up another book immediately.

The hard part is picking the perfect contemporary to start you off properly on your reading journey or renewal. To bring back the example of The Hunger Games, when picking a contemporary novel if those books are the last ones you’ve read before try to go with a novel that has themes opposite of those in your last novel. So, as i said earlier the Hunger Games has themes of death, war, a love triangle, angst and anger; in order to negate the reading slump that this book helped you fall into going with a short contemporary that would have the general idea of a boy-meets-girl classic genre with little emotional trauma in the way of plot. Something simple and sweet with character growth and a happily ever after ending would be the perfect book to get out of the slump as it would make you feel warm and fuzzy on the inside. It would encourage you to explore this genre further and eventually you can evolve your reading habits to include contemporaries with more intense sub-plotlines and then before you know it you’ll be picking up another dystopian series in no time. Books i would recommend to start off with in this case would be…

  1. Stephanie Perkins. (Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door and Isla and Happily Ever After).
  2. Rainbow Rowell (Attachments and Fangirl)
  3. John Green – Paper Towns.
  4. Lauren Myracle, John Green, Maureen Johnson – Let it Snow.
  5. Nicholas Sparks – Safe Haven.

To all those battling a reading slump i wish you luck! x

Til next time!

L.K.

 

Urban Dictionary Source:

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=reading%20slump