Monthly TBR

October TBR 2017 : ALL THE SPOOKS

Hello Bibliomaniacs,

Its been a minute. Life has been soo busy but soo good all at the same time. But, I wanted to share with you my TBR (TO BE READ) for the month of October 2017.

ITIT By Stephen King: The first thing that I am focusing on is the book IT by Stephen King. So, far I am enjoying it but its very long and I feel like I have not been devoting enough time to it.

Where the Road Takes Me By Jay McLean: I am currently reading this asWhere the road takes me an E-book during my cardio at the gym. I have been really enjoying it. It is a young adult romance novel. There seems to be a mix of mystery too this book.

talking as fast as I can Talking As Fast as I Can By Lauren Graham: I already finished this book. I listened to this as an audiobook and it was fabulous. It was like being back in Stars Hollow. Lauren Graham does a great  job narrating her novel. I think it really gives an inside glimpse into the filming life of Gilmore Girls.

The Girl with the dragon tatoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo By Stieg Larson: This is reread for me. I would love to finish this series. But, it has been a few years since I have read this book. I am listening to this as an audiobook. This is one of my favorite thrillers, and I recommend this book to everyone I meet. I can’t wait to continue on with this series.

 

Bird Box By Josh Malarian: Honestly, I don’t know much about this book other than it is Bird Boxsupposed to be really creepy and perfect for Halloween. I have been really into thrillers and horror stories.

Walking Dead VOl 4The Walking Dead Vol 4: The Hearts Desire: Slowlybut surely I am making my way through ” The Walking Dead”, series. I have been really enjoying these graphic novels because they read like the TV show.

 

YOU By Caroline Kepnes: I know very little about this book. I put it on hold from the library so

YOU we will see when it comes in. This is if I’m not mistaken a story told from a male point of view who stalks a girl.I heard a lot of good things about this book. I’m very excited to read this one and add to my creepy feels this month.Dracula

Dracula: Lastly, I would love to listen to the audiobook of Dracula. This book is narrated by Tim Curry who played the clown in the original IT movie. This is a dark gothic read and I can’t wait to get into it.

This month is overly ambitious. I don’t think I will be able to get through everything that I want to read but, the top priorities are IT, YOU and The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo. What creepy, scary books are you reading this month? Or have you skipped October and already are ready for Harry X-mas to you?

With Warm Cups of Tea and Just a Few More Chapters,

RINA

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Booktube-a-thon Wrap -up 2017

Hello Bibiliomanics,

Here is my wrap up for 2017 Booktube-a-thon!!!

Alice in Wonderland By Lewis Carroll & Illustrated by Camille Rae GarciaAlice in Wonderland

This book was such as weird read. I’ll be honest half the time I had no idea what was going on. The ending was a bit disappointing. However, the art style of this book was very beautiful and I am so glad I read this novelization rather then the with the traditional art work. I really want to get to “Through the Looking Glass”. I would like to see if there will be more answers about the whimsical world of wonderland. I do have to say in regards to book to movie adaptation, the new Tim Burton adaptation was awesome and I enjoyed it a lot more than the book.

Suicide Letters from beautiful Girls

Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls By Lynn Weingarten

This book was suspense full. Everything that I predicted to happen did not happen. It had me at the edge of my seat for the majority of the time. I thought that the climax of the story was very well done however the resolution was very rushed. I also thought that the conclusion could have tied more ends together instead of leaving it to reader interpretation.

NewmooncoverNew Moon ( Currently Still Reading)  by Stephanie Meyer

As I am still reading this, I just have to sayI am enjoying it a lot. I loved the Twilight  Saga when it first came out and I still enjoy it years later as I am rereading it. I remember I didn’t enjoy “New Moon”, very much the first time I read it because there is less vampire action in it. This time around I am very much enjoying getting to know Jacob’s character which I feel I didn’t give a chance the first time I read this series.

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Booktube-a-thon Day 5-7: Reflection

Hello Bibliomaniacs,

I meant to post this on Friday but things got kinda of hectic. On Friday my roommates and I did a movie night were we watched “Hidden Figures”.  If you haven’t seen this movie, I highly recommend it. It was such a smart, quirky, informative and interesting movie. There were times that I was sitting one the edge of the couch worrying about how a situation would end. That night lets just say my pizza diet was going strong and I included some color into it by adding cupcakes. Colorful neon frosting, is totally part of a whole foods diet.  As you probably can tell I didn’t read much of anything on Friday.

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Saturday was another very much eventful day, my roommate invited me to a picnic and of course I was like “Yes, I would love to go.” Anything that involves food, you know I’m there. Although, the food was amazing, I have to say the people I met really warmed my heart and it was just a very warm, fun filled time. So, as you may have guessed not much reading was done.

 

 

Sunday was yet another busy day, I ended up going to help my grandma around her house, and lets not forget that there was food involved.

It’s been a minute since I had home cooked soup. I did get some reading done, I am currently on page 202 of “New Moon”, by Stephanie Meyer. And I am enjoying my time reading this so much. I loved the Twilight Saga when I read them the first time and I still am enjoying them now. They are just super fun light reads. Is anyone else TEAM EMMET???

 

STATS:

 

Books Finished: 2

Total Page Count for day 5-7: 40

Total Page Count for Booktube-a-Thon: 483

Classics: 1

Graphic Novels: 0

Poetry Collection: 0

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Booktube-a-thon Day 4: Reflection

Good Evening Bibliomaniacs,

7/27/17 6:52 pm: I have yet to read a single page. However, I caught up on “Shadowhunters” and “So, You Think You Can Dance”.  I went to the library and got “Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index” and Vol.4 of “The Walking Dead “– ( The Heart’s Desire)

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9:22 pm: I still have yet to read a single page. But, I have happily worked out, had a smoothie, and ate dinner.  Looking forward to hibernating with my dogs and many, many cups of tea this upcoming weekend.

9:45 pm: It is finally time to read. I am showered,  those pearly whites are brushed and ladies and gents, you know what time it is. Reading “New Moon”, by Stephanie Meyer time. Ready, set, break!!!

10:43pm: Today I read a total of 38 pages. Heading to bed because my eyes just can not stay open. This wasn’t  the best reading day, but I am not going to beat myself about it because I did spend time catching up on the tv shows that I watch and went to the library. Overall, today wasn’t the best reading day but I still read and thats a win in my book. And did I mention I am loving this book!!!

STATS:

Books Finished: 2

Total Page Count for day 4:  38

Total Page Count for Booktube-a-Thon: 443

Classics: 1

Graphic Novels: 0

Poetry Collection: 0

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Booktube-a-thon Day 3: Reflection

7/26/17 11:21 Am

So, I don’t start work until this afternoon. I was hoping that I would spending the morning reading. I got up around 7 am, ate 2 slices of pizza and read a total of 37 pages, and then I took a nap. Good riddance.

So, now that I am more wake I think it is time to finish “Alice in Wonderland”.

Alice in Wonderland

1:07 Pm: I finished reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland!!! Honestly I have no idea what I just read. I honestly felt like Lewis Carroll was on some kind of drug while he wrote this book. The story just didn’t make sense in places. There was a lot that just didn’t flow. The climax and resolution of this story was just too fast and I didn’t feel like wonderland was really described well in this book. I loved the artwork by Camille Rose Garcia. But, as far as the story goes I think that Tim Burton did a lot better job of putting this story into a movie than Lewis Carroll did of explaining it in words. It was still fast paced, but not as enjoyable as I imagined it to be.

I feel like I want to read a fluffy contemporary. But, I have a few books from the library that I need to finish so I don’t know what I want to pick up.

I have to get ready to go to work. The next book I will be picking up is going to be “New Moon” by Stephanie Meyer. I know this book is quite big, but I reread twilight last week and I really enjoyed it so I think I will continue on with  “The Twilight Saga” reread.

10:20 pm: I planned on reading “New Moon”, when I got off work today, but I ended up just watching Scott Pilgrim : The World. It was funny, but not at all what I expected. It stayed rather true to the graphic novels.

STATS:

Books Finished: 2

Total Page Count for day 3:  90

  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: 90

Total Page Count for Booktube-a-Thon: 405

Classics: 1

Graphic Novels: 0

Poetry Collection: 0

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Booktube-A-Thon Day 2: Reflections

Hey Bibliomaniacs,

7/25/17 3:18 pm: I came home from work and changed straight in my pjs, grabbed a bag of sun chips and finally finished my first read of booktube-a-thon. I

Suicide Letters from beautiful Girls

finished “Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls”. It was very fast paced, yet the book left a lot of lose ends. I think that it also took more of a mocking tone to suicide rather than rising awareness. I think that the title of this book was a little misleading. Check out my full review @ SUICIDE NOTES FROM BEAUTIFUL GIRLS

I am contemplating if I want to continue reading “Ariel” by Sylvia Plath or if I want to start reading “Alice in Wonderland”. I think I’m going to start of with “Alice in Wonderland”.

Later 6:19 pm: I read only like 12 pages of “Alice in Wonderland”

Ariel

before I took a 2 hour nap. Time to work out, any readers do beach body? Today we are killing it with T-25. Shaun T is the MAN!!!

EVEN Later 9:36 pm: If for some very strange reason you thought that after that work-out I had a healthy dinner. Umm, guess again. Unless we consider Costco Cheese Pizza to be protein filled, with a serving of vegetables from the tomato sauce. But, I was craving pizza really bad. I wish I could say that in the last 3 hours I made more progress in “Alice in Wonderland”. The answer would be nope, no, nada, net etc. ( That’s as far as my no vocabulary goes in foreign languages.)

 

But, really I’m going to read now. I am finishing this blog post on the start of day 3. I ended up going to bed around 11 pm last night.

Alice in Wonderland

 

 

I got to page 69 in “Alice in Wonderland”.  The beginning of the book was very confusing and I had no idea what was going on. The movies do a way better job of explaining how Alice gets through to Wonderland.

 

STATS:

Books Finished: 1

Total Page Count for day 2: 127

Total Page Count for Booktube-a-Thon: 315

Classics: 0

Graphic Novels: 0

Poetry Collection: 0

I’m signing off for now, stay tuned for day 3 updates.

With warm cups of tea and just a few more Chapters,

Rina

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Suicide notes from Beautiful Girls|Book Review/ Reflection

Suicide Letters from beautiful GirlsTitle: Suicide Notes From Beautiful Girls

Author: Lynn Weingarten

Pages: 320

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Synopsis: Pitched as Gone Girl meets Thirteen Reasons Why

June barely has time to mourn the death of her best friend Delia, before Delia’s ex-boyfriend convinces her Delia was murdered, and June is swept into a tangle of lies, deceit, and conspiracy. (Goodreads)

Review: I gave this book starsstarsstars/ 5.  I want to acknowledge that this book did keep my attention and it was very captivating. It is written in a mystery format. Our main character June is trying to solve the mystery behind her best friends death. This book has a lot of character interactions, there are quite a few characters that you meet through out the book that make lasting impressions.  I gave this book 3/5 stars because I felt like the resolution of the story could have used a little bit more of explaining. The story took a while to build up to the climax and really kept you on the edge of your seat however the execution of the climax seemed way to easy. I would have liked a little more of an explanation of what really happened. The ending also seemed to leave a lot of loose ends untied.

My Bookish Thoughts: This book was a complete mind fuck. It was twisted but left me wanting more. The mystery aspect of this book was really good. I was not expecting the story that I received from this book. I was really thinking that this novel would be just a collection of letters from girls who have attempted or committed suicide. I also felt after finishing the book that it can be mistaken to be mocking suicide. The events of the book, made actual suicide seem like it is not a serious matter. However, I feel like this book could have been taken in a more serious way and rose awareness about suicide.  The ending was left to be a bit unclear and left me with a lot of questions that could have been easily cleaned up.

CONTAINS SPOILERS BELOW 

I felt that June’s emotions were so unrealistic. She never once cried that her best friend died, however she did throw her self into an investagation trying to figure out what really happened with Delia. I felt there was a lot of loose ends, from pregnancy, to drug use, to rape, to murder, etc.

The plot of this story was very inconsistent. Although, it was fast paced and kept me on the edge of my seat, I couldn’t even begin to explain to some what the hell happened in this book. Right, as I thought I figured a part out the author through something else in. The characters themselves were not very memorable. June seemed very lost and only really confident when she was with Delia. Delia, just seemed to have multiple screws lose, she was a sinister, blood thirsty character. She didn’t really care about anyone but herself. She acted as if June was a possession and have some obsession with her.

 

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