As a book lover, I’m always interested in what other people are reading to see if I might enjoy it myself. I also like discussing theories and ideas for books that are coming out.
I have a very limited circle of friends, and my experiences are limited to my regular schedule, so I don’t often get to experience what books other people are interested in. Plus being busy most days I don’t get to be involved in the regular chatter and excitement of upcoming books.
That’s why I decided to come up with the idea for a little community “book club”.
It won’t be a scheduled book club. I’m not planning on making people read certain books by a certain date or anything. I just figured I should make a community of book loving people, whether you’re a blogger or not, who want to talk about books, get opinions, and talk about what’s coming up.
It’ll all be hosted on Discord, so it’s not anything formal. There will be some rules against profanity and such, but other than that there will be channels depending on what book you want to talk about.
I’ll throw in a link here: https://discord.gg/sNYTree for you to follow if you’re interested. It’s still a work in progress, but you’re more than welcome to join. If you want a certain channel made, let me know and we can make one.
I’d love to see some people join the “book” club to talk about what books their interested in right now, or talk about the latest in book news. I think it’s a good chance to bring the global book community together for some fun.
I remember in my Grade 2 Language Arts class, we got the chance to write a story. Most kids wrote a 2-3 page story about some dog, cat, or other simple story. I decided to go above and beyond that, cause my story was closer to 20 pages long.
I would write stories now and then in school, mostly for my own personal accomplishment than for actually showing others, but most of them were scribbled onto some pieces of looseleaf.
Fast forward to nowadays, and at first I didn’t know what I wanted to write about. At first I wanted to write a book about what it was like when my brother passed away several years ago.
I thought about it and thought about it, and I didn’t really know how to write a book like that. I’ve never read a book like that, and I didn’t really want to, so I took that as a sign of me not wanting to pursue that idea.
What does that mean for the fantasy book that I now want to write? Well I want it to be my story in a way. Obviously my real story would be pretty boring, but I want my book to be about what I imagine I would do in a fantasy world, while putting together all the different aspects of fantasy that I enjoy the most.
What can I tell you about the book without spoiling anything? Well ideally nothing haha but I will tell you that there will be the main character (based off of me) and he will go on a journey (duh!) and maybe save the day? Maybe die? maybe perish within minutes in a skyscraper sized fire tornado throwing sharks and giant whales at everything that moves.
Hopefully next week I’ll be able to share some very rough (and I emphasize the rough) sketches I’ve been doing of some of the main characters and the map of the world.
So like I have said a few times already, I’ve begun “writing” my book.
It’s still in the early stages, and I’m still figuring out all the kinks, and probably will be for a while, but I have begun figuring out some of the characters and the overall plot that I want to follow.
Most of that people knew already, so what’s the big news this week?
Well from early stages of development, I’m looking to make a series for this book, all related, instead of just a one off. With the ideas I have rolling out right now, it makes more sense for a series, AND I think it’s easier to tell a good story over a few books instead of in one book.
I’ve got a title figured out, and some of the main characters, but I’ll update you about all of that next week when I give you another update (hopefully).
Hey everyone, I am back after a self proclaimed hiatus and am excited to give you the next installment in the One Piece Arc Review saga.
The manga just released the first episode of the Wano arc, and so I thought it was a good time to give another arc review, and it’s one of my favourite ones.
We get to see the original Straw Hats at their best in this arc, and some of the most unforgettable moments in the entire series too.
Arlong, the leader of a Fishman pirate crew, has been ruling over Nami’s home town and has been nothing short of a dictator the entire time.
When he first came to Nami’s village, he basically made everyone pay money in order to be able to live in the village. This led to Nami’s adoptive mother being killed and Nami joining Arlong’s crew, stealing money from other pirates to buy the village from Arlong’s crew.
Luffy of course comes in with his crew, and decides to help Nami and the villagers defeat Arlong. Nami, wanting to defuse the situation herself because she has always relied on herself, tells Luffy to go away…until Arlong and a marine captian steal her gold, that she had been saving since she was a child.
This devestates Nami and finally, in a fit of weakness and tears, asks Luffy for help in defeating Arlong and his crew.
This is where one of the best moments happens. Luffy puts his iconic Straw Hat, the item that nobody has ever been able to wear, on Nami’s head, and vows to defeat the Arlong Pirates.
Behind Luffy; Sanji, Zoro and Usopp are in their heroic poses and are ready to take the fight to Arlong.
Now of course Luffy et. al. win the day and they bring Nami along with them as they start to enter the Grand Line, but a lot happens in this arc that tells you a lot about Luffy, and the other Straw Hat members.
This is the biggest moment where we see Zoro in his classic “fighting against the enemy with a handicap” situation. He rarely has a fight against an enemy where he has some sort of handicap against him. We’ve seen it before, but this is one of the worst moments of it in the series.
Zoro is known to be of the toughest Straw Hats, physically and endurance wise, and surviving the cut from Mihawk, and then taking down most of Arlong’s crew is the epitome of Zoro’s physical capabilities. (Potential spoiler theory: I think he is some sort of demon)
Luffy kind of just does Luffy stuff. He fights for the weak, and defends them and the dreams they hope to achieve one day. This arc sort of just solidifies it and gives us a few more examples of his intelligence for battle, that isn’t highlighted ever in the show.
Arlong Park is also where we get to see Sanji in full swing. We see how tough he actually is and how quick thinking too. We see his capabilities as a fighter but we also discover his personality and everything too.
Usopp shows typical Usopp characteristics at first–running from danger and getting others to save him, but eventually he pulls through. He knows he is needed to stop an enemy, and he steps up to the plate, defeating one of the pirates and showing he might turn out to be a brave warrior of the sea after all.
We’ve seen Nami’s fighting abilities to a degree before this arc, but we get to see that she isn’t the cold, manipulative, trickster thief that we thought she was. We get to see that she is so much more than that.
Overall, this is probably in my Top 3 favourite Arcs. It was in a simpler time of One Piece, but it told a great story that had connections much later on after the time skip, and there were some very good fanboy moments that I love.
I remember reading this book years ago in highschool as the first book in the book club I had just joined.
We got to pick books out of a crate and I was one of the last ones to pick, and the cover of Legend looked interesting.
I started reading it on the bus ride home that afternoon and I was done by the end of the week.
I was hooked in an instant. It was an easy YA book to read, and it was the first book that I read that had a dystopian theme to it. I was putting my foot in the water with Legend, and quickly dove right in because I loved it so much.
One thing I really enjoyed about Legend was jumping between two different perspectives. Marie Lu wrote her entire trilogy about Day and June, two “perfect” characters, or so their tests and evaluations tell us, who have two different experiences in life.
June is hunting down Day, whom she believed killed her brother, and we get to see their interactions from both perspectives.
Usually having different perspectives in the same book isn’t much of a big deal because plenty of books do it.
That is true, but most of them have different character perspectives because they are focusing on different parts of the world, and having just one person’s perspective wouldn’t give readers a large enough scope of what is happening.
In Legend, and the other two books in the series, Day and June spend a lot of time together.
Day is from the poorer part of society, and we get to experience his life as a rebel, helping out the poor much like a Robin Hood sort of figure. He pulls off some pretty insane stunts and is a genius in his own regard, he just does things on his own.
June on the other hand, works for the “government”. She is top of her class, and like June, is able to perform some very remarkable physical stunts and is also a genius in her own regard. She is also fairly well off in life, and hasn’t known poverty.
The two different perspectives in the books is a nice change. It gives us the poor and the rich side to everything. When one character is living their everyday life, the other is exploring it for the first time, and as a reader, this style of reading was nice, because it’s different.
June knows her truth of certain events that happen in the book, and Day knows his truth. Jumping between perspectives gives us a look at the inner thoughts of both characters when the time is right, but also puts us outside of their mind and their thoughts when the stroy needs it to happen.
Marie Lu has done a wonderful job utilizing the different perspectives and making the two characters bounce off of eachother nicely.
Like I said, it is a fairly easy read, but it is good. If you like dystopian style books mixed with some spy and mystery novel aspects I recommend Legend.
When I think back about this book, I can honestly say that there are no happy memories that come to mind. From how I recall The Book Thief, it’s similar to A Series of Unfortunate Events–it’s just miserable.
Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the book as a whole. I thought it was fantastic, but there weren’t any moments that I genuinely remember being happy about it.
It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will be busier still.
By her brother’s graveside, Liesel’s life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger’s Handbook, left behind there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordian-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor’s wife’s library, wherever there are books to be found.
But these are dangerous times. When Liesel’s foster family hides a Jew in their basement, Liesel’s world is both opened up, and closed down.
I hadn’t heard of this book before I started reading it, but I really enjoyed the suspense and the drama that came from it.
If you’ve ever read the book, you’ll remember that there is a very interesting narrator–Death. Yes death is the narrator of the story, and because this is World War Two, you can imagine how busy he was collecting the dead.
Death foreshadows constantly throughout the story, so we know a bit about which of the characters will die. I think Death’s perspective adds to the building suspense through the story.
You might assume that Death being a narrator can be sort of intimidating. I mean he’s Death, why wouldn’t his POV be dark and greusome right?
The truth is, Death was one of the brigher parts of the story. He was a ray of sunshine through some of the darker moments.
I do not carry a sickle or a scythe. I only wear a hooded black robe when it’s cold. And I don’t have those skull-like facial features you seem to enjoy pinning on me from a distance. You want to know what I truly look like? I’ll help you out. Find yourself a mirror while I continue.
The Book Thief is also a bit of a different view of the Holocaust, because it focuses on a little German girl, Liesel, who is living in Hitler’s birthplace.
And the character growth, in my opinion, is remarkable. There are many characters that we hate throughout the story, only to love them by the end. I definitely recommend picking this one up if you haven’t read it yet. It’s technically considered a YA book, but I think it has more impact the older you are.
I will give you a fair warning though, if you want a fast read, this book isn’t for you. It’s a bit of a grind at times. You’ll feel like your clawing your way through mud, but that slow crawl adds something to the story. It adds a sense of accomplishment and connection to the entire story.
I’m not one for re-reading a book, but this one is on the short list for books I plan to re-read in the future.
I have never met someone, or found a single review that has said anything against The Book Thief. Many people state it is a modern classic. It is truly a remarkable book, and I will firmly recommend that EVERYONE should read this book if they call themselves a book lover.