What I Read: We Were Liars (50 Followers Bonus Post!)

Before I get into the review, thank you SO MUCH for 50 followers! It’s been a lot of fun writing this blog this summer, and I’m glad there’s 50 of you out there who enjoy it :) What’s a blog without great readers?

In celebration, here’s a bonus book review about one of the more talked about novels of the summer. I hope you like it!

4.5/5 pineapples

What I Read: We Were Liars | Scribbling in the Margins blog

ISBN: 9780385741262; 240 pages; Pub. 2014

This review has been difficult to write. I finished We Were Liars in the beginning of August, but I just haven’t been able to review it yet. It’s a complicated book. Plus it straight out warns me to lie when people ask what it’s about.

I don’t buy into that sales tactic. So I will review this book as I would any other, without spoiling anything but still explaining what I do and don’t like. Continue reading

Reading for Fun in College

Reading for Fun in College | Scribbling in the Margins blog

Let me be blunt: you won’t have time to read for fun at college if you don’t make time. I have 30 books assigned for next semester. THIRTY. 

So disclaimer: I probably will not be reading for fun this semester. These tips are more for people with reasonable reading assignments or who would rather give up eating than pleasure reading. And while no, I won’t selecting what I read until December, most of the books I have to read are still great reading material. I typically like most of them. No textbooks for the English/History major!

But I digress. You’re here because you want know how to read for fun at college. Or maybe you’ve just found yourself busy with your job, your high school work, your newborn baby, your car, your yard work- you get the picture- and want to fit reading into your schedule. Look no further: here’s what you should try.

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What I Read: A Lesson Before Dying

 3/5 Pineapples

(Back to pineapples we go :))

What I Read: A Lesson Before Dying

ISBN: 9780375702709; 256 pages; Pub. 1993

I wanted nothing more than to love this book.

Ernest Gaines wowed me with “A Long Day in November.” I walked away from that story thinking, “dang, I wish I could write like that.” I walked away from A Lesson Before Dying thinking “wait…what happened?”

After I’ve thought about it for a few days I can’t help but think… nothing.

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My Jane Austen Collection

My Jane Austen CollectionThe first classic novel I ever truly fell in love with was Pride and Prejudice. I needed a book for my tenth grade English class for our reading time (don’t ask me why 16-year-olds had reading time in an honors English class). My friend Jessica offered her copy of Pride and Prejudice, and I took it thinking, “in desperate times…” While I didn’t get very far in the 42 minutes I had to read it, I was immediately intrigued by the book. After borrowing friends and family’s copies a couple of times, I bought my own.

Now, as you can see, I am the proud owner of four Jane Austen books: two copies of Pride and Prejudice, one copy of Emma, and a collection of four books (Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility, and Persuasion). Why Jane Austen, you ask? I really love Austen’s writing. Her way of story telling involves me in the story (and allows me to forgive her for unnecessary long descriptions ;)). Plus, her history has always intrigued me, and I can’t help but wish she wrote an autobiography.

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Thoughts on Procrastination

Procrastination1…I’ll get to them later.

Just kidding! ;)

I just finished reading The Art of Procrastinationa tiny little book about one philosopher’s experience with “structured procrastination,” or putting off big tasks in favor of completing small (and frequently insignificant) ones. John Perry, a philosophy professor at Stanford, wittily puts fellow procrastinators to ease about the habit. He also offers tips, such as “horizontal organization” or teaming up with non-procrastinators for projects.

The book is only 92 pages long and Perry’s writing style makes the reading go quickly. Although, I have to admit, I set time aside to read this instead of using it to procrastinate.

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Real Books Rule, and Kindles Drool

Yeah. I really just said that. And I’m sure you’re thinking, “what is she, 10?” And while a lot of people think I am, indeed, 17 (I’m not), I am ready to defend this post’s title. And by the end of this post, I’m pretty sure you’re going to be with me.

Books Rule, Kindles Drool

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