Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

“You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake. You are the same decaying organic matter as everyone else, and we are all part of the same compost pile.” – Space Monkey in Fight Club

             Does society make me an individual with no other goal in life than to routinely sleep, eat work and repeat? If I were to take a moment to ponder what I have achieved to this date, would I be satisfied by my accomplishments? Is material conquest, from money to objects, my main and only purpose in life? Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk’s novel written in 1996, is a beautiful story that gets the readers to question so many facets of their own lives. Not only does it critic modern society, it unveils the adventures of a unnamed narrator with a case of insomnia. In order to solve his insomnia issues, he finds his remedy by following his doctor’s advice: attend support groups, comfort in other people’s misery and let his feelings take the best of him. He then encounters a mysterious man who goes by the name of Tyler Durden and slowly gets to the creation of fight clubs across the world. The tale definitely doesn’t end there. The ending grows into one of the most memorable part of this novel and will forever forge the readers love for Chuck Palahniuk.

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The Single Girl’s To-Do list by Lindsey Kelk

A Single Girl’s To-Do List ★★★½ ☆☆

If you want a good read, really easy and uplifting, this is the book for you ( Big shoutout to Anoya for giving me this book! 😉 ).  I felt like sh**t after a moody day but when I picked up the book and start reading it, it made me feel a lot better. A typical girl read, with fun adventures, travels ( shoutout to all the Canada references ! Hahah )  and makeover! It’s a story about a 28 years old list-maniac girl who just being dumped by her boyfriend with whom she had a 5  years relationship. She’s never been single before, I mean not for a long time. She always had somebody to love. But this breakup is going to change everything. Friendship at his best , the writing is amusing, the characters are realistic, honest and I think any girl can relate somehow to this story. It also reminds us how goals are important and although a breakup does hurt very much, but after a few obstacles, you can still move on as an independant, happy woman.

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Batman The Killing Joke by Alan Moore

“Madness is the emergency exit. You can just step outside, and close the door on all those dreadful things that happened. You can lock them away… forever.”– The Joker in The Killing Joke

                Where does a person begin when their minds are blown and their bodies are numb? Alan Moore is a God among us. Any comic reader has the hair on their skin rise at the simple mention of this God’s name. He does not fear to push boundaries. He does not fear to bring to light ideas taboo to the eyes of others. He does not fear to take on one of the most notorious villains origin story in comic book history. The Killing Joke, published in 1988, remains to this date a one-shot story that’s bound to be read by any superhero fan. Giving readers an in-depth look inside the mind of the Joker at his finest, this graphic novel gives us the chance to understand madness like never before.

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Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk

Invisible Monsters : ★★★★★

I heard a lot about this book, especially as the one that Palahniuk’s editor didn’t want to publish because they find it too disturbing. The story is about a model who knew fame and glory until she’s been disfigured during a tragic accident. It follows her journey of being an invisible monster, so hideous that everyone prefers to ignore her existence. After reading it, I have to admit : this book is my favourite from Chuck Palahniuk. I’m a huge fan of his writing and PARTICULARLY his plot twisting.

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll


“Off with their heads!” – The Queen of Hearts in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland : ★★★★★                

                Death couldn’t be portrayed anymore humorously than in this famous child’s tale. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, written in 1865 by the well known Lewis Carroll, tells the journey of a young girl through a magical world filled with animals with human characteristics, also know as anthropomorphic creatures. This novel might have been referenced in over a million different stories and movies for all the different themes that can be meticulously dug out. Personally, seeing different characters and references of this famous story in some Batman comics, I had to slow down, take some steps back and dive into Lewis Carroll’s masterpiece. And without the help of my girlfriend and her amazing copy of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass, I was able to contemplate an awesome child’s tale. Huge thank you to the best of the best for this opportunity. You are definitely the best! Shall we begin?

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Batman: Year One by Frank Miller

                Arguably one of the most essential Batman story in the comic world, Batman: Year One is a must-read. Fan of the dark knight or not, this story arc collecting all four comic issues (#404 to 407 published in 1987) from the comic series Batman tells the tale of Batman’s first attempt at wearing the dark cowl and cape. In fact, this trade paperback gives the readers the chance to live Gotham City through the eyes of Bruce Wayne (almost known as the man behind vigilante Batman) and James Gordon (Gotham City’s Police Department’s detective) as they seek their first baby steps in this city of corruption and evil.

                Personally, I was astonished by the artwork that got me engaged and hooked into the story line (big kudos to David Mazzucchelli’s and Richmond Lewis’s talents). With just a basic color pallet and an artwork typical of newspaper comics, this piece of art sustains greatness throughout all four issues. I’d have to say that the transitions between panels (from one scene to another) were brilliantly done on both an artistic and a storytelling level. SPOILER HERE: Hover over text to read.

                Batman: Year One is gold. It’s mind-baffling-awesomeness does not end there. I’d have to add that the story itself is as fine as wine and only gets better every re-reads. As godlike as Batman is portrayed in our modern society, this story arc shows you just why you always want a Batman in your neighborhood. Bruce Wayne doesn’t go through this adventure as the world’s greatest detective with no flaws. He has to learn the ropes and actually fails multiple times to Gotham’s wrath. He has to climb the ladders and find a way to show everyone he isn’t a villain among the criminals that inhabit the city. He might eat a bullet and still manage to kick down a wall, but even those moments seem completely realistic to the reader’s eyes. And that’s why Frank Miller’s work is praised so much. Although Batman might seem like the center of attention, James Gordon gets just as much attention or, might I add, even more throughout the story arc. In fact, Gordon arrives in Gotham City and has to climb his way to the top just as much as Batman has to, in order to survive and help his city. As a man who respects the law and follows a path exempt of corruption, Gordon has to face his partner detective Flass as well as commissioner Loeb who both take a much more particular path when it comes to justice… a more criminal touch to things. In the end, both Bruce Wayne and James Gordon fight the evil in Gotham, meet their first failures in their attempt to help and learn from their mistakes with open arms. After all, their journey only just begun.

                If there was a common beginning to every comic reader’s legacy, I’d have to say that Batman: Year One is a beautiful place to start at. This flawless masterpiece (at least to my eyes) has one of the most interesting story line, a beautiful narration, an amazing artwork and a captivating and remarkable superhero to follow till the end of time. A very very very big thank you to my girlfriend for giving this trade paperback as a gift on my birthday! I couldn’t be any more grateful for this beautiful gift (among other books that she kindly gave me for my anniversary). She’s definitely the best! What are you waiting for? Go give Year One a try! You can buy yourself a copy of Batman: Year One by clicking on this hyperlink.

My overall rating: ★★★★★/

Lashaan

Fantastic Beasts and where to Find them & The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling

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Hi my lovelies!

                Recently, I got the chance to go on a roadtrip and it’s not a short roadtrip.. it’s a very long roadtrip from 6 to 10 hours in a car. YES. I did it and I will do it again ahaha. In this journey, I’ve passed by New Brunswick and had the chance to read all the books that I didn’t have time to read. Starting off with two spinoff from the Harry Potter series (because I could not accept the fact that Harry Potter series is done ahahah #ohdeny) :

1.Fantastic Beasts and where to find them ( ★★★☆☆)

                If you are a true fan of the Harry Potter world, you will love this book if no, it may seem a little bit boring. The function of this book is more of a Fantastic Beasts Dictionnary. It’s litterally like a manual, textbook. This is really useful if you want to look up a specific animal in the J.K Rowling’s fantastic world . I gave it a 3 stars because I love the aspect of feeling like a Hogwart student and learn about these beasts and their differences. Especially when you know the stories, what the characters have to go through. There’s also a comic side to this book with Harry Potter and his friends’ annotations. But the downside of this book is the fact that it’s getting boring if you read it all at once for it is not a story, I felt like reading a dictionnary for an hour straight ahhaha. If you’re interested, you can get Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by clicking on this hyperlink !

2. The Tales of Beedle the Bard (★★★★☆)

                Since I was a child, I loved and believed in fairytales. I’ve always thought of them as some secret language , secret codes that only the most kind-hearted and pure-hearts can reach out the messages. J.K Rowling wrote an amazing book beyon the walls of Hogwarts and beyonnd the characters, she has built an entire universe including these tales. An essential part of every child’s life because every one was once a child, wizard or muggle. I believe that you would still enjoy these tales even when you’re 30 years old. You can also find The Tales of Beedle the Bard by clicking on this hyperlink !

A big THANK YOU to the sisters of Saint-Sacrement for their hospitality! 🙂

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