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September 2017 | Monthly Wrap Up

Welcome October! Month of All the Spooks! And Goodbye to September! Which in my opinion is the toughest month of the year. Since it signals the start of school, which I blissfully did not have to deal with this year!

This month, I seem to have really worked on the books in my TBR pile. Aren’t you proud of me! In the beginning, I mostly focused on my newly purchased books. As well as, the books I received from my August Owlcrate book box. However, I managed to maneuver my way back to my waiting pile. Unlike last month, I managed to finish ELEVEN awesome reads! I’m so excited! This is what happens when I have plenty of time in my hands! Continue reading September 2017 | Monthly Wrap Up

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The Julian Chapter | R.J. Palacio

“I do not like to dwell on the past. Life is ahead of us. If we spend too much time looking backward, we can’t see where we are going!”

“One mistake does not define you.”

Breakdown:

  • Book: The Julian Chapter
  • Series: Wonder #1.5
  • Author: R.J. Palacio

Synopsis:

From the very first day Auggie and Julian met in the pages of the #1 New York Times bestseller Wonder, it was clear they were never going to be friends, with Julian treating Auggie like he had the plague. And while Wonder told Auggie’s story through six different viewpoints, Julian’s perspective was never shared.
Until now. The Julian Chapter will finally reveal the bully’s side of the story. Why is Julian so unkind to Auggie? And does he have a chance for redemption?

REVIEW + SPOILERS AHEAD:

I hadn’t intended to write a whole post for this ebook but since I went on quite a bit in the Wonder book review, it would’ve been too long to add both.

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

I’m glad that Julian got his own “chapter.” Reading from the perspective of the bully was very educational. Everyone always has a story, a reason for behaving the way they do. Julian was no different. Obviously his reasons for doing so doesn’t excuse his actions but they make us understand it, even if just for a little bit.

Just like the book before it, Julian’s Chapter is filled with teachable moments. It shows us the flawed human nature and the blind love of parents that sometimes end up causing too much trouble. For reasons that are oblivious to us, but strong and important enough for them.

“That’s the thing about being scared, though. You can’t control it. When you’re scared, you’re scared. And when you’re scared, everything seems scarier than it ordinarily would be—even things that aren’t. Everything that scares you kind of mushes together to become this big, terrifying feeling. It’s like you’re covered in this blanket of fear,”

Even though I still don’t like Julian or his parents. Especially his parents. I still think this book should be read along with Wonder.

Main Book: Wonder


Final Rating:

““Life is ahead of us. If we spend too much time looking backward, we can’t see where we are going!”

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Wonder | R.J. Palacio

“MR. BROWNE’S SEPTEMBER PRECEPT:”

“When given the choice between being Right or being Kind, choose Kind.”

Breakdown:

Synopsis:

I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.”

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?

REVIEW + SPOILERS AHEAD:

Auggie is such a sweetheart. I wish if I can just scoop him up and shower him with hugs and kisses. He is funny, kind and incredibly smart. Especially for a kid who has been homeschooled all his life. His mom did a good job teaching him all those years, so props for her being an awesome Super Mom.

It took me less than a day to finish this beautiful creation. I went into it expecting heart ache, sadness and anger to the world for August, but I didn’t. Instead, I felt happy for him. Life may have been cruel to him by giving him that condition but it gave him something else in return. In Justin’s words, (Olivia’s boyfriend, who is Auggie’s sister) he explains it, “no, no, it’s not all random, if it really was all random, the universe would abandon us completely. and the universe doesn’t. it takes care of its most fragile creations in ways we can’t see. like with parents who adore you blindly. and a big sister who feels guilty for being human over you. and a little gravelly-voiced kid whose friends have left him over you. and even a pink-haired girl who carries your picture in her wallet. maybe it is a lottery, but the universe makes it all even out in the end. the universe takes care of all its birds.” 

This book is filled with beautiful gems like this one. It was written with the intention of teaching valuable lessons, the most prominent one of all is Kindness. Something I must admit, the entire world seems to have lost.  This is the kind of book that you walk out of, changed, grown and different. At the very least, you walk out of it with a different view on the world, you walk out of it thinking.

“It’s like people you see sometimes, and you can’t imagine what it would be like to be that person, whether it’s somebody in a wheelchair or somebody who can’t talk. Only, I know that I’m that person to other people, maybe to every single person in that whole auditorium. 
To me, though, I’m just me. An ordinary kid.”

Not only does it show the world from August’s view but it also sheds the light on the people surrounding him. We get to live through the point of view of his friends, his sister and the different bystanders that have crossed paths with August. It shows us how their lives have also been affected by August and how they each struggle or grow from it in their own way. Which is makes this book all the more relatable to the readers.

Novella: The Julian Chapter


Final Rating:

“AUGUST PULLMAN’S PRECEPT-“
“Everyone deserves a standing ovation because we all overcometh the world. –Auggie”

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