Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Conquering 2017: News and What's Coming Up

Welcome 2017!

What can I say about 2016? It seemed like 2016 was a pretty rough year for a lot of us. The same can be said for me. Life is about overcoming challenges and obstacles. I can only hope for the best that this year will be better. I can't believe how fast 2017 has been going. It seems like January is flying by.

I successfully completed my 2016 Reading Challenge by surpassing my goal of reading 52 books: I read 56. I also read a good majority of the book themes for the Popsugar challenge. I am doing the same again this year. The number of books on the Popsugar list this year is 52, so as of right now, my goal is to read 60 books. That could change throughout the year. It will be linked down below.

I have already read a few books this year. However, I still have a few book reviews from 2016 to do first. In the beginning of February, I will be doing my 2016 Book Awards after I finish the rest of the reviews. I base it on the books I read in 2016 hence the title.

Next Friday, I will be making a special announcement, so watch out for that.

Happy Reading and Keep on Writing!


Sunday, January 8, 2017

The Iron Heel (Jack London) Book Review

2016 Reading Challenge

56. The Iron Heel by Jack London
      Theme/Topic: dystopian novel

A dystopian novel about the terrible oppressions of an American oligarchy at the beginning of the Twentieth Century, and the struggles of a socialist revolutionary movement.

My Review:
Jack London wrote a dystopian book mainly to showcase his socialist views. It lacked character growth and development. Most of it was the characters arguing with each other about their opinions on government and the country's development. It was basically one character who felt different than most people and let his opinion known and instigating those arguments with everybody else. There was no real plotlines except for them strongly expressing what they thought about the events the country was going through and the decisions the government made back then. Since this is supposed to be dystopia, it isn't based on actual events (except for the San Francisco earthquake). It was very slow-moving and compared to other works by Jack London, it wasn't good quality writing like he usually wrote.

Oligarchy: the government of a few; a government in which a small group exercises control especially for corrupt and selfish purposes

Happy Reading and Keep on Writing!