4 July 2015

My Bookish Independence Day Celebrations!

::"Hail to the Chief" plays in background::

Happy Independence Day to my American readers! (As I write this, my neighbours are setting off fireworks on their front lawns.) This evening I took some photographs of books (refer to my Instagram profile for more), which I will include within this post, as well as a special treat at the end.

Enjoy the read!


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1. The Battle of the Labryrinth (Rick Riordan)

2. Maximum Ride: School's Out--Forever (James Patterson)

3. Paper Towns (John Green)

4. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (Jennifer E. Smith)

5. Catching Fire (Suzanne Collins)

On the American flag, the colour red demonstrates courage and resilience. All of these YA fiction novels feature brave and persistent characters.


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1. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)

2. Hunger Journeys (Maggie de Vries)

3. Stardust (Neil Gaiman) -- read my previous thoughts on this novel here

4. My Sister's Keeper (Jodi Picoult)

5. The Virgin Suicides (Jeffrey Eugenides)

The American flag uses white to represent purity and innocence. (Side note: I have not yet read Hunger Journeys. I look forward to reading it, though!)


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1. The Titan's Curse (Rick Riordan)

2. Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment (James Patterson)

3. Emblaze (Jessica Shirvington) -- read my previous thoughts on this novel here

4. The Fault in Our Stars (John Green) -- read my review of the film adaptation here

5. Mockingjay (Suzanne Collins) -- read my review of the film adaptation here

Blue is used to represent perseverance and justice on the American flag. Cool, huh?

So, what was that extra-special treat? Well, earlier this week I was feeling artistic and crafty, so I spent about three hours making this wall art for my bedroom:

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The quote is by Vincent van Gogh, and it reads, "The sight of the stars makes me dream."

I think Vincent van Gogh was a fascinating person. I enjoy learning about his life, his struggles, and his art. I find him to be intriguing and insightful.

I am very proud of the finished product. To create it, I simply used scissors to cut out each letter individually from the pages of magazines. (I tried to choose pages that had interesting patterns and colours -- usually this included parts of advertisements.) Then, I used Scotch adhesive tape to attach the letters to my bedroom wall.

So, what makes you dream?


  1. Paper Towns will always be a book that I will never get tired of. The Virgin Suicides looks so interesting, I'm looking to read it soon.

    1. I like Paper Towns too! There are still a couple of John Green books that I haven't read yet, I need to read them soon. :)
      I enjoyed The Virgin Suicides (and the movie adaptation, which I watched after I finished the book). To me, the story is like a creative mixture of realistic and unrealistic ideas. The point of view is interesting too, it's the perspective of the protagonists' neighbours. I recommend it!


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