hplover804 (hplover804) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

First Post!

Hello all!

I know it's a bit late to join this community, but I pledged to do the 50 book challenge this year and I love the idea of sharing my thoughts on the books I read!

I have never done this challenge before, but I was so disappointed in myself for only reading about 20 books last year that I decided to pledge to read 50 this year.  Books are my favorite things in the whole world, and I honestly can't believe I didn't find out about this challenge earlier, or I would have attempted it in years past. As a full-time university student, I can't say I'll always be finishing books in a timely manner, but at least I will be making progress every day.

I like all types of books, but my favorites are typically fiction books, especially fantasy novels, dystopian novels, and historical fiction novels.  I am going to include re-reads and plays as part of my 50, because I love re-reading books and there are some plays I have been meaning to get around to reading.

Anyway, I just wanted to introduce myself a bit! I'll just include reviews for the three books I have already completed in this post as well.

1. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
I found this book to be fascinating.  I hardly ever read nonfiction books, but this one definitely whetted my appetite to read more! I heard about from my statistics professor, who used a few examples from it in a lecture. Basically, it is a book about social epidemics and how they spread, like the spread of fashion trends or the mass decline of crime in cities.  It discusses the circumstances and people needed to start and spread an epidemic. It gave me a new outlook on something that seemed so random to me before.  If I ever had a burning desire to start an epidemic, I'm sure I could look to this book for advice ;)

2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  I have been a longtime follower of the Vlogbrothers, and like thousands of other Nerdfighters the world over, I anxiously waited for January 10th to arrive, since that was the release date of this book.  I found it to be extremely moving.  I have moved away from pretty much all YA fiction in recent years, seeing as I'm 18, so I forgot how deep they can be.  This novel focuses on two teenage cancer patients, Hazel and Augustus, and the bond they form.  I loved this book because it didn't define the characters by their illnesses, like some books do. It took me several hours to get through the last 100 pages because of the frequent sob breaks I needed to take. I'm not much of a crier, so this book definitely stood out to me. Any book that makes me feel something that strong deserves two thumbs up.

3. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  After reading The Tipping Point, I wanted to read more by Gladwell, so I picked up Outliers.  I found it to be even more interesting than The Tipping Point.  It discusses common occurrences in the lives of successful people, and it explores what circumstances might give people an advantage in becoming successful. I loved reading it, even if I made the mistake of reading the chapter about plane crashes on my airplane ride back to school.


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