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January Reads

Hello dear readers, I have abandoned you! I know it’s been months since my last post, but alas, I have returned.

Last year I made a small New Year’s resolution, which was to broaden the amount of new books I read.  The reason for that was because I always tend to fall into a pattern of re-reading all my favorites, forgetting about new books I want to read. Suffice it to say that I did not do so well on that front.  I think I read 5 books I’ve never read before, and the rest were my favorites. For this year, however, I decided I wanted to read what ever I wanted, no matter if I’ve read it before or not.  By mid 2016 I wasn’t reading quite as much as I like and I don’t want the same thing to happen this year.  I want to always be reading something. So I want to write a post each month about the books I’ve read and what drew me to each book.

The first book I read this month was //The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald//


What drew me to this book: So at the start of the month I came across an advertisement for a new show called Z: The Beginning of Everything, and upon further research I discovered the show was about Zelda,the wife of F.Scott Fitzgerald; and to top it off Christina Ricci is playing her so I was immediately curious. I watched the pilot episode and really loved it. I then felt like watching The Great Gatsby (2016) and then felt like I must re-read the book! haha

“He smiled understandingly-much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced–or seemed to face–the whole eternal world for an instant, and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor. It understood you just as far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself, and assured you that it had precisely the impression of you that, at your best, you hoped to convey.” – The way Gatsby makes Nick feel

This book is definitely one of my all time favorites, I read it for the first time when the movie came out. The feelings of nostalgia and lost love are powerful and felt in every page.

“For a moment the last sunshine fell with romantic affection upon her glowing face; her voice compelled me forward breathlessly as I listened – then the glow faded, each light deserting her with lingering regret, like children leaving a pleasant street at dusk.”

The second book I read was //A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness//



What drew me to this book: Being true to my nature, I saw a preview for this movie and found out it was based on a book. I then went ahead and ordered the book! The movie looked amazing and I love Felicity Jones as well as Liam Neeson. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I was right to buy the book just based on the preview.

This story actually really surprised me and I found it to be deeply moving and beautifully written.  It’s filled with wonderful lessons and truths about life. The illustrations really make the story extra special and I was delighted to find out the artist was Jim Kay, who illustrated the color editions of Harry Potter (*^_^*).



“You do not write your life with words…You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.”

The answer is that it does not matter what you think, the monster said, because your mind will contradict itself a hundred times each day.

The third book I read was //Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling//


What drew me to this book: Need I provide an answer? haha. Seriously though I bought the screenplay for Fantastic Beasts as soon as I knew they had published it! I just hadn’t gotten around to reading it, but as the movie doesn’t come out on Blu-Ray till March, I decided to give it a read.

The screenplay reads really easy and as I have seen the film already I can imagine everything as I read it, which is awesome.  The movie was seriously cast perfectly and I just love the new characters of the wizarding world. I enjoyed reading this screenplay so much more than Cursed Child.  Maybe it was because I know J.K. Rowling actually wrote this one.  I loved the illustrations and all the beautiful details of the actual book.


“Newt Scamander : “My philosophy is that worrying means you suffer twice.”

Only after reading all 3 books did I realize that they have quite a few things in common.  The Great Gatsby and Fantastic Beasts take place in the 20’s and in New York . All 3 books were made into movies or come from a movie.  And The Great Gatsby and A Monster Calls share similar themes of loss and dealing with the death of someone important. I really loved having a book to read at all times. Whatever I’m doing with my day, I love the comfort of knowing there is a story waiting for me to read and discover it.

Until next time, Jeannete x.