How To Get Out of a Reading Slump

If you are an avid reader, you have probably experienced a reading slump before or might even be in one right now. The major manifestations of a reading slump include the lack of interest and/or motivation to read or the inability to finish a book. Reading slumps can occur suddenly without a cause, as a result of a lengthy or boring book, or as a result of an amazing, emotionally exhausting book.

As an avid reader myself, I have been a victim of this phenomenon one too many times and am here to offer some tips to combat it. All of the tips include reading a book because I personally find that the key to getting out of a reading slump is to just read and, most importantly, to choose the right book to read Continue reading “How To Get Out of a Reading Slump”

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Book Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

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Title: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Author: Gail Honeyman

Published: May 9, 2017

Pages: 327

Genre: Adult Fiction, Contemporary

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I picked this book up on a whim, not expecting anything from it, and was hooked from the first chapter.

Eleanor Oliphant, a thirty-year old woman, is content with the routine she has carried out for the past nine years of her life: wake up, work, crossword, work, avoid confrontation, takeout, radio or book, the weekly phone call with “mummy”, alcohol, sleep. She prefers to spend her time alone as she believes other people around her are uncultured and rude. She finds an unexpected friend in Raymond when they help an old man named Sammy after he has a fall on a sidewalk. With Raymond’s assistance, Eleanor begins to break out of her shell, discuss her “mummy” issues and past, and discover that maybe she isn’t completely fine.  Continue reading “Book Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman”

Reverse Culture Shock

Most of us are familiar with the term culture shock. Google defines it as the feeling of disorientation experienced by someone who is suddenly subjected to an unfamiliar culture, way of life, or set of attitudes.

IMG_0880.JPGI moved across the world to *UniLand for college about two years ago, and I still experience culture shock to this day. The shock ranges from the simple amazement of the different foods people in UniLand eat to being thrown off-guard when someone questions me on something that is considered a taboo topic in the place I originated from (California). Culture shock is something people told me about and I expected I would experience when I went abroad. However, no one ever mentioned reverse culture shock, or the feeling of disorientation upon returning home after spending months or years abroad.

*For my privacy, I’ve decided to call the country I’m studying in Uniland (university + land)—such a creative name, I know.

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My Favorite Books of 2017 (Part One)

I’m proud to say that although I’ve miserably failed at all my other reading goals for 2017, I’ve kept up with my Goodreads Reading Challenge. I’ve read thirty-five out of my fifty book goal, so I figured I would share which ones are my favorite so far 😊.

(The books are listed in the order that I read them, oldest to most recent.)

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Book Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

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Title: Dark Matter

Author: Blake Crouch

Published: July 26, 2016

Pages: 342

Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller, Mystery

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Goodreads Description: 

“Are you happy with your life?”

Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.

Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.

Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.

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I have a confession: for every science fiction book I read, I read roughly twenty books from other genres. That’s alarming coming from someone who claims her favorite genre is science fiction. Let me explain though. I need to space out my sci-fi books with cheesy contemporaries otherwise my brain will melt and I’ll self-destruct from all the feels. It’s quite a predicament. However, it’s always worth the wait when I finally pick up a sci-fi book I’ve been waiting to read. In this case, that book is Dark Matter.

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Book Review: The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

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Title: The Sun Is Also a Star

Author: Nicola Yoon

Published: November 1, 2016

Pages: 348

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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Goodreads Description: 

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

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I was taken aback by how much The Sun Is Also a Star resonated with me. There were several parallels between this book and my life and, in the end, this was honestly the most emotional I’ve been over a book.

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Book Review: A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard (+ a little life update)

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Title: A Quiet Kind of Thunder

Author: Sara Barnard

Published: January 12, 2017

Pages: 320

Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance

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Goodreads Description: Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life – she’s been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible. But Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He’s deaf, and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she’s assigned to look after him. To Rhys, it doesn’t matter that Steffi doesn’t talk, and as they find ways to communicate, Steffi finds that she does have a voice, and that she’s falling in love with the one person who makes her feel brave enough to use it.

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A Quiet Kind of Thunder was a pleasant change from the cliché, YA novels I usually find myself reading.

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