Reading Corner – Books and opinions
People usually question others on why they read books, saying that they are ‘boring’ or a ‘waste of time’ but, personally, I love the fact that you can immerse yourself into a fantasy like world where anything can happen – for better or for worse.
There are many advantages to reading such as mental stimulation, stress reduction, knowledge, vocabulary expansion, memory improvement and more; these all scientifically proven. Furthermore, there are many different genres for your tastes like adventure, fantasy, romance, science fiction etc. So there will be many books to fill your desired read.
Name and Author: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Category: Young Adult, Fantasy
Review: I truly enjoyed this book. I liked the dystopia world that Victoria has created with two different bloods, one being the ‘poor’ blood as the other made the person elite with power. The plot twists are unexplainably unexpected yet fit the story perfectly. I enjoyed seeing how the protagonist tried to fit in with the place she hated the most and how she discovered who she really was and her plans to fight back – it’s just great. I would definitely recommend this novel.
Name and Author: The Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling
Category: Adventure, Children’s Literature, Fantasy, Quest
Review: Although the genre is classed as child literature, I can assure you that many teens, adults and others read these amazing books. And if you haven’t read these books, I can only ask you one question – where have you been? The world, characters, plot line, twists, humour, and everything is beautiful.
Name and Author: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Review: This book is about two troubled teens who consider taking their own lives, however, when they first get introduced to each other on top of the bell tower, they start resolving their scars. Unbeknownst to Violet, she starts to fall in love with the eccentric boy named Theodore Finch.
This novel is a great, contemporary love story that is both the most heart warming and heart wrenching thing to read. I love how you see the journey they go through, how the author has created individual, unique personalities for all of the characters and the humour that is displayed in this book. The reason why I have rated it a 4.5 and not a 5 is that the ending is all extremely depressing and the stomach churning combination for some reason left me a little disappointed.
Name and Author: Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
Category: Fantasy, Greek Mythology, Young Adult Novel
Review: These books start off following a 12 year old boy who just discovered that his father was a Greek god claiming him to be a ‘half-blood’. These books follow his adventures with his friends and are good for younger ones as the grammar is fairly simply. I did enjoy this series, however, there were some parts where I did lose interest but I did enjoy these books; they had LGBTQ+ characters, different race etc.
Name and Author: Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Category: Dark Fantasy, Children’s Literature, Horror
Review: This book is about a young girl moving into a large house and discovering a whole new universe behind a small door. In this universe people have buttons as eyes and they claim to be her ‘other parents’. I gave it a 4.5 because it starts off really simple as the author started writing this book at a young age, however as the story progresses you can see the development of his writing which I really enjoyed. It does not contain swear words or content dark enough to make a person of 12 not read this. I do recommend this if you want to read something different and unusual.
Danny Y10, Reporter