The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge

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I have decided to finally take on The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge.

I spent a good amount of my teenage years watching Gilmore Girls. I’m not sure what drew me into this show. It might have been their fast conversations, Lorelai and Rory’s relationship, the small town and the weirdness of it and it’s population. One thing is for sure though, I adored the fact that Rory reads. and I mean READ. She may not always be seen with a book in hand but the show made it clear how big of a reader she was.

And because I’m a big fan of the show, I’m here trying to see if I can read through the books mentioned / referenced / appeared on the show. IT’s a hefty list but I also enjoy reading. Plus in this challenge I will make it easier for myself to keep me going:

  1. There will no time limit. I can do this challenge in my lifetime; and
  2. If the story doesn’t catch my interest enough, there is no pressure in finishing it. Why? Because one person’s favourite will not always be another’s.

So there it is. Below is a list I found which has been referenced in the show. I will be marking those I have read as I finish them, and those which I have already read before I even started this challenge.

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My Thoughts On John Wyndham’s The Chrysalids

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“I shall pray,” she said. “Yes, I shall pray.” She paused, then she went on, her voice steady and harder: “I shall pray God to send charity into this hideous world, and sympathy  for the weak, and love for the unhappy and unfortunate. I shall ask Him if it is indeed His will that a child should suffer and its soul be damned for a little blemish of the body…. And I shall pray Him, too, that the hearts of the self-righteous may be broken….”

John Wyndham’s The Chrysalids is a story of a community dedicated to eradicating any deviations to the human breed. They believe in the true image which is of any living creature in proper and acceptable proportions and appearance. Any signs of deviation is a reason to be banished for their community.

My husband recommended this to me as we were browsing a used bookstore. He said it was a good read. Being a guy who’s into manga, I was intrigued whenever he suggests non-picture books. He also suggested I read Ender’s Game before and I enjoyed that as well.

Wyndham’s world in The Chrysalids hit a nerve. I wanted to throw it across the room or even tear the pages apart in the hopes of making some it’s characters feel my frustration in the unfairness of it all. In the unfairness of something they have no control over. What I find interesting though is this: I think we are currently living in Wyndham’s The Chrysalids. I can’t help but notice all the parallels of his story to today’s society. We punish people for not being of the same race. We judge those of a different religion. We tend to disregard and make fun of those who doesn’t confirm to gender norms. What makes this worse is we don’t understand how hurtful this is. We don’t understand how hard it is for some of these people to accept who they are because they are incredibly dependent on how society would react.

Would I recommend this book? Of course I would. It’s eye-opening and as long as we have our own prejudices, Wyndham’s story will always be relevant.

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On “Everything, Everything” by Nicola Yoon

Earlier this year, I gave myself a more relaxed reading goal: re-reading books I love to rediscover why I fell in love with reading. I have slowly felt myself get bored and tired of reading because I was constantly trying to catch up with all the books book bloggers rave about. Not to mention, the number of book lists that pop up in my Facebook feed everytime I check it. I have a toddler, and “so many books, so little time” is only one of the many things I can describe how my life is going right now. I mean, just look at how dead this blog has gotten. (I’m trying, I’m really trying. *sad face*)

Close to the end of 2016, a list of book adaptations to be released in 2017 came out. I was excited but I didn’t feel pressured to read them all. I had this I’ll-read-it-and-watch-it-eventually mentality going at the time. And then I saw the trailer for Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything. And well, Nick Robinson.

 

Basically, I’m allergic to the world.

Nicola Yoon’s novel starts off with Maddy letting you know she’s never been outside. She lives her life as normal as she could between routines, regular (and sometimes hourly) check-ups. She has online classes, and she fills her time reading books. And then Olly’s family moves in next door.

I was happy before I met him. But I’m alive now, and those are not the same thing.

Everything, Everything gave me that Hazel and Augustus feeling which I missed ever since I finished reading The Fault In Our Stars. It doesn’t have anything to do with the fact the characters (except Olly) are sick. It’s the us-againts-the-world thing while at the same time there is worry in the back of their minds.

I also enjoyed that Maddy reads. I found a Book Riot article which lists the books mentioned in the novel. Would I be adding those to my ever growing TBR list, YUP!

I constantly find myself gravitating towards young adult fiction which has a romance/love story line to them. It’s worse when I find the main characters are around sixteen to nineteen years old. For some reason, there is something inviting about meeting the love of your life (or someone you’re willing to go to extremes for) at that age.

The trailer for the adaptation looks great. However, if you haven’t read the book the trailer is pretty much most of it. Probably some parts of it would need more context. Hopefully the entire movie would live up to what I hope.

 

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