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Top 5 Wednesdays - Banned Books I've Read

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Its been a while since I wrote a T5W post, sometimes I just don't love the topic. But I really thought this one is an interesting one. This weeks topic, banned books, is a very interesting one. Here in Canada, I feel like we are a little more free about our reading selections for school and that sort of thing, at least more so than the United States.

Still, the topic of a banned book is interesting. What makes a book "banned?" Who has the authority to ban these books and what are the messages that people are missing out on by avoiding these banned books?

A photo posted by ryley | eighteen (@ryleyreads) on Jan 12, 2015 at 5:26pm PST I'll go through my full list in a little bit, but one of the most widely criticized "modern classics" if you will is The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. Now, I myself have read and loved this book twice, having to read it for both grade 11 and grade 12 (I moved schools) and I think there is a great message to this…

Reading + University Life - A Struggle

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I have been feeling a little unhappy with my blog lately, and reading in general, and so I figured I would do what I feel like would benefit others struggling with this as well, write a blog post about it.

Originally, I was writing a TBR Tuesday post, and I got a little off topic and thought I should make it its own post. I was talking about how since starting university, I have read 5 books. In about 20 days.

Now, you may be thinking to yourself, if you know my reading habits, that this is unheard of. I read a 300 page book in one day, max two, depending on whether I like the book, etc. So that means I am like 15 books behind schedule.

However, since I started university this month, my life and reading has changed majorly for me. Instead of in high school, where you are reading 2-3 pages of a textbook in class, going home for the day, and doing 30 mins. of homework and you are free for the rest of the night. BUT, in university, you are expected to have all the reading…

Top 5 Wednesday - Fall/Winter 2015 Most Anticipated Reads

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I am back with another Top 5 Wednesday! If you want to check it out, you can go to the Goodreads group and read more about it. 
I know, its been a while since I did a T5W, but I wanted to get back in the swing of things, so here we go!
This week's topic is top 5 title fonts, however, I wasn't really feeling that so I decided to change it up and make my own topic, my top 5 fall/winter most anticipated reads for the rest of 2015!

Through the Dark by Alexandra Bracken - Released: October 6
I can'twait to  get back into this world! I haven't read any of the novella's, so I am excited to see what happens in them! Plus there's a sneak peak of Passenger, her next novel and I am so excited for that book too!

Winter by Marissa Meyer - Released: November 10
There was no way I couldn't not include this book in my list! I picked up Cinder, book one, just over a year ago after it sitting on my shelf for months. I loved it and picked up the rest of the series im…

Monday Reviews - The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

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I am back with another Monday Reviews! This week, I am reviewing Margaret Atwood's newest novel, The Heart Goes Last. Thanks so much to Penguin Random House for sending me this book in exchange of an honest review!


I... I don't know what to say.

I was really enjoying this book, loving the realistic post-apocolyptic/post-economic collapse vibe and then I got to a certain point in the story, probably a third of the way through, and I was just so confused. 
I didn't get the direction the book went in, it just seemed weird. I was expecting a post-socioeconomic apocalypse with a plan for the future but what I got was a book with a strange, cultish, sexually driven society and what I thought was the main storyline of two characters trying to work out their marriage was quickly forgotten.
Now, this was my very first experience with Atwood, so I am not really familiar with her style. 
I just felt like I wasn't feeling the story and I didn't connect to any of…

Monday Reviews - Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

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I am back with another book review! This week, I am reviewing Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling. Thanks so much to Penguin Random House for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review!

Let me start off by saying that this is my first Kaling book, and my first essay collection book.

And I have to say. I really enjoyed it!

I loved her work in The Mindy Project and found Mindy's voice in this book to very well spoken and just very honest. She talks about some funnier things, as well as some more hard hitting topics such as body image and self-perception.

I felt like Mindy's personality and very "tell it how it is" attitude really showed in this book and I enjoyed that.

These essay covered a variety of topics, from crushes to body image to life on set. I really enjoyed this look at Mindy's life and I plan on picking up her first book soon!

If you are maybe in a reading slump, or you just are looking for something different than th…

Monday Reviews - On a Friday! - I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

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I am back with another Monday Reviews on a Friday! This week, I am reviewing a book I just finished this week, I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson. 


As some of you may know, I was a little preoccupied these past few weeks getting ready for university, so even though it took me 6 days to read this book (when it probably would normally have taken 3), it was not because it was a bad book. I really enjoyed it actually.

This book was just such a deep and detailed book, I could only read small sections at a time before needing to take a break. I feel like there were maybe ten chapters in this book, but they were long. Like one of them was close to 75-80 pages. I did end up really enjoying this book, but the long chapters made for putting the book down in the middle of one inevitable, which is something I don't usually like doing. 

I did get some great quotes and it was one of the most well written books I've ever read.

I really liked how the title was incorporated …

TBR Tuesday - Books I'm Bringing to University!

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If you are a regular reader here on Ryley Reads, you would have noticed that I have been on a bit of a hiatus on and off for the past few weeks. That's because on Sunday, I moved into my university dorm room and I have spent these last few weeks anxiously shopping and organizing the things I will be bringing with me.

In an effort to be comfortable and keep my anti-social self company when I'm not studying, I have compiled a pile of books I plan on bringing with me to my dorm room.

These are all books I need to read, so I figured I would start with those first, and then depending on if I read all those, I will bring more.

Anyways, enough chit-chat! Here is my list of reading I brought to university!

A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
Vortex by S.J. Kincaid
Stand-Off by Andrew Smith
Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch
Burying Water by K.A. Tucker
Becoming Rain by K.A. Tucker
Chasing River by K.A.…