This Is Where it Ends

Alright guys! Book number 7 is officially done and it was a great read! “This is where it ends” is a well-written book by Marieke Nijkamp and just happens to be a New York Times bestseller. This is a book told by the perspective of 4 students dealing with an active shooter situation in their high school where “nothing bad ever happens”. The event comes as a shock to those involved and this story follows the journey and thoughts of 4 students at various times throughout the situation. Nijkamp writes in such a way that each character becomes extremely dynamic, taking risks and doing things that one wouldn’t expect them to do in a situation such as this.

The end is shocking, the trauma these students suffer is devastating and although it is a work of fiction, school shootings are a very real occurrence in today’s society. The story showcases how a normal day could turn into anything but in an instant, how people banding together can do more than just being an individual, the power of love, friendship, and family, and allows for some thoughts on how to prevent this from happening or if there is even a sure fire way of preventing violence on this kind of level.

Would 10/10 recommend for anyone who loves a page-turner.

 

 

The Butterfly Garden

Book number 6 in the Journey of 100 books in a year. This book, written by Dot Hutchison, was probably one of the most beautifully haunting books I’ve ever read. In short, this is a book that stems far beyond what it’s actual words are. It’s a story of captivity, loss of identity, conformity, and the beauty of life and death. Without giving too much away, this is about a man ,”The Gardner”, who “collects” young girls and keeps them in the Garden. He loves them in his own sadistic way and leads a complicated double life while his “butterflies” live hidden from the rest of the world. 

Definitely a must read if you’re looking for a page-turning thriller. Warning: some of the content is extremely disturbing so read at your own risk. Enjoy! 

100 Books in 365 Days

As an avid reader, I always made it a point to carve out time to read books outside of what I was made to read in school. Throughout middle school and high school this was completely feasible and not at all challenging to do.

Then I started college. While I still clung to my love of books, I found myself reading for enjoyment less and less as my work and school schedule became more and more hectic. Then, I received a Kindle for Christmas. While I’ve always been a firm believer in the idea that holding a physical book is much more ideal, the Kindle is amazing. As a commuting student, it’s so much more convenient and I have thousands of books at my fingertips in seconds. However, I still spend a good chunk of time (and money) in bookstores.

At the beginning of 2017, I made it my resolution to read 100 books in 365 days. While this may seem like a small amount, if you factor in work, school, and all the other responsibilities one has, this can actually be a little bit of a challenge. Currently, I am 3/4 of the way through my 7th book and decided to start sharing my opinions on each book. Which brings me to what this blog is about.

Simply put, if you love to read or are just looking for some recommendations, you’re in the right spot. Or if you just want to follow my year long book journey, that’s fine too!

Happy reading and well wishes!