I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season. For all my student readers I hope that your finals have ended successfully. Today was my last day of finals and I am happy to announce that there will be a blog everyday up until New Years.
To start of this blogmas off, lets talk about the current book that I am reading.
Synopsis: Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…
That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.
Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever. (Goodreads)
With Warm Cups of Tea and Just a Few More Chapters,
As the end of the year comes around, I have been thinking a lot about my reading goals and who I am as a reader? Since 2011, I have participated in the goodreads reading challenge. I feel like participating in the goodreads challenge makes me feel part of the book blogger/ goodreads community.
Ariel Basset, recently came out with a youtube video titled “Is reading competitive?” And it got me reflecting on my reading habits. Before blogging, I made youtube videos and although I have wanted to create some video content for a while, I have have had two things stopping me. Number 1, not reading enough and not being able to explain my thoughts clearly enough via the video outlet. With writing, when I do these discussion posts they are mostly brain dumps that I can sit and stare at my screen, I think the notion that the camera is rolling and I am expected to say something really makes me anxious in a way and I battle with anxiety already that having that extra element is not necessary beneficial to my well being.
Going back to the video, Ariel talked about reading being competitive in the sense that the online book community makes goals and makes them public. This in turn no longer makes reading a solitary thing. Looking back, even at this year I feel like I have not read any GREAT books. Which is so sad, and I began to think why do I read the first place. It wasn’t until May this year that I began to even dedicate time for reading. And although I have been feeling guilty for not reading more books, I have enjoyed the process of reading. But, I also feel like a lot of my reading was rushed, because I felt like I was spending too much time on one particular book. I also, have started and put down a lot of books, due to the competition I have been feeling with my reading. In honest truth I don’t think that anyone really cares if I read 100 books or if I have read only one book.
With all that being said, what does that mean for the upcoming year? That means that next year I will be reading just for fun. What does that mean for this blog?
Well, my hopes are that because I am reading for fun and not
pressured to read a certain amount, there will be more diversity in the books I read and am able to bring more content that is authentic and really connects with my life rather than just a review or a tbr. I want to share with you books that have really changed my life. Ariel gave a really good example in her video, something along the lines that “she reads in order to find her favorite hidden gems that she can go back and reread.” I love this because I don’t reread many books, but the ones that I have reread in the past some have brought back joy and memories from the first time I read them and some have disappointed me such as “The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo”, it just didn’t gripe me in as it did the first time I read it.
With taking time for reading for fun this year, I also want to dwell into the creative photography aspect. I have been loving bookstagram and even captured a picture today that I am really proud of (seen above). I want to focus the next year on finding hidden gems and the many new adventures awaiting me in the next year.
With Warm Cups of Tea and Just a Few More Chapters,
(P.S. Check out Ariel Basset on Youtube, she has great content. Just click her name on this post and it will take you to her page. )
“Speak up for yourself–we want to know what you have to say.” From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless, outcast, because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. As time passes, she becomes increasingly isolated and practically stops talking altogether. Only her art class offers any solace, and it is through her work on an art project that she is finally able to face what really happened at that terrible party: she was raped by an upperclassman, a guy who still attends Merryweather and is still a threat to her. Her healing process has just begun when she has another violent encounter with him. But this time Melinda fights back, refuses to be silent, and thereby achieves a measure of vindication.
In Laurie Halse Anderson’s powerful novel, an utterly believable heroine with a bitterly ironic voice delivers a blow to the hypocritical world of high school. She speaks for many a disenfranchised teenager while demonstrating the importance of speaking up for oneself. (Goodreads)
Yet, another really great audiobook that I was able to listen too. This follows our main protagonist Melinda, who after calling the cops on a party finds herself to be friendless and learning to navigate high school as being known as the girl who called the cops on a party.
As one may assume, she isn’t the most popular person nor is she well liked. In order to survive Melinda decides that she is going to stop talking in order to deal with the events of the party.
This book is dark. It is filled with raw emotion yet it is so powerful. It teaches that your voice is powerful. This reads like a journal, almost as if Melinda is standing in your living room and sharing her story with you.
I think that this pertains mainly to the female audience whether or not on was raped, I think as females we can identify with unwanted male attention. The antagonist in this novel acted as if he was overly desired by the female population. However, as the book goes on one can see that the antagonist is viewed by many to not be as desirable.
I enjoyed this book because it was raw, and heartfelt. There is just so much heart in this book. Its a story of a survivor. I thought it was also a very difficult tale to have written and for the content I think it is a good start to the conversation regarding rape.I have not read many young adult literature that rises awareness and conversation about rape.
With Warm Cups of Tea and Just a Few More Chapters,
Cody and Meg were inseparable. Two peas in a pod. Until . . . they weren’t anymore.
When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.
I Was Here is Gayle Forman at her finest, a taut, emotional, and ultimately redemptive story about redefining the meaning of family and finding a way to move forward even in the face of unspeakable loss. (Goodreads)
/5 :(TRIGGER WARNING: DOES CONTAIN CONTENT ON SUICIDE)
I am a huge fan of Gayle Forman. I loved her book “If I Stay”, so I did have rather high expectations for this book. To be honest going into this book I really had no idea what it was about. I have been reading so much Stephen King for my writing class that I felt I need an easier read to follow and just lose myself in the story.
This book did it. I really enjoyed all of it. It is a dark book, if suicide is a trigger for you I recommend you read it with caution. With that said let discuss the book. The story follows our protagonist Cody, who is dealing with the grief of her best friends Meg’s death. When Meg’s parents gift Cody, Meg’s old computer Cody stumbles on files that may hint that Meg wasn’t the only person involved in her death. Add in a attractive rockstar and Cody hits the road to figure out what really happened to her best friend.
Like I said this book was very enjoyable. There was literally almost every element you can think to want in a book. It started of with being a mystery, grief stricken book, mixed with romance and a lot of family dynamic. It is so easy to fall in love with the characters. Cody is so relatable as the angry, grief stricken friend who just wants answers. Meg’s parents are just the perfect touch of creating a warm family dynamic in this book and also showing the contrast of Cody’s own dysfunctional family. What I really liked about the book is how open the characters and the conversations were between them. They faced challenges and at first our main characters Cody and Ben, a boy who is tied to both Cody and Meg have difficulty of putting down their defense but as the story goes on you witness a strong friendship unfold as the characters are forced to really be there for one another as they are solving the mystery of Meg’s death.
I really enjoy Gayle Forman’s writing. She has a way of really taking the reader into the story. I felt like was on the trip along with Ben and Cody. When I was done, with the book it felt like my friends had gone home after a day of hanging out. It was almost as if something was missing. I really enjoy books that make you think of them after you are done reading them. I love Gayle Forman and this book was no disappointment. If you want a quick read that will captivate your attention and make you wish the story never ended try this book out.
With Warm Cups of Tea and Just a Few More Chapters,
“Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes-Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash-it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.” (IMBD)
Review:I extremely enjoyed seeing all of my favorite D.C. superheroes in one movie. Aquaman was my favorite character in this segment, but I wish there was more of a back story to his character. Hopefully, the lack of it means that we will be getting a full Aquaman movie.
I didn’t realize that Flash and Cyborg already had separate origin movies created about them. Obviously, we also have the original Batman Franchise and the new Wonder woman also out. Wonder woman was excellent for those that have not seen it yet, I highly recommend you watch it. I am not familiar with the Justice League in the sense that I never really watched any of the cartoons or read the comics with all the D.C. characters involved. I mostly, enjoyed the individual stories. However, I loved seeing all the heroes interact together. I also noticed some slight hinting of romance between Batman and Wonder Woman. If that is going to be a ship, I am totally sailing on it.
I was disappointed in the villain, Steppenwolf in this movie. I felt that he had a lot of connection with the Amazonian’s, and although there were other heroes protecting mother boxes that he wanted, I didn’t feel like their was enough connection. However, I did enjoy that this movie was connected “Superman vs. Batman” and I feel like you should watch that first before watching this one because there are a lot of spoilers in this movie for “Superman vs. Batman”. Also, shout out to the Flash. He was such a relatable character for young people. I personally related a lot to him on the sense that he is a little geeky and doesn’t really have a place in the world until he discovers his super powers and finds his calling. I also didn’t know much about Cyborg, going into this movie so I will have to watch his origin movie, but I loved that the Justice League movie did provide a little of a backstory so the viewer was not totally lost.
Overall, this movie was great, I do recommend it to those that love the D.C. Universe. My only complaint was the villain, but even then I can live peacefully knowing all my favorite superheroes fought together to beat him. Also, I have to mention that this movie is filled with humor and even at serious parts a character would drop a funny line and I couldn’t help but grin. If you haven’t seen it yet, you should. And if you have seen it I hope you found it as enjoyable as I did.
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia, a contemporary romance full of loss, love and redemption…
Seventeen year-old Frankie Devereux would do anything to forget the past. Haunted by the memory of her boyfriend’s death, she lives her life by one dangerous rule: nothing matters. At least, that’s what Frankie tells herself after a reckless mistake forces her to leave her privileged life in the Heights to move in with her dad–an undercover cop. She transfers to public school in the Downs, where fistfights in the halls don’t faze anyone and illegal street racing is more popular than football.
Marco Leone is the fastest street racer in the Downs. Tough, sexy, and hypnotic, he makes it impossible for Frankie to ignore him…and how he makes her feel. But the risks Marco takes for his family could have devastating consequences for them both. When Frankie discovers his secret, she has to make a choice. Will she let the pain of the past determine her future? Or will she risk what little she has left to follow her heart?
Your own heart will race with each page turn of this heart-stopping star-crossed love story. (Goodreads)
I enjoyed this book so very much. It was literally everything that I wanted in a story. It had an element of love, and adventure. I love the fact that this book was so descriptive about the car races and the how it showed the police investigation. You can really tell that the other knew what she was talking about.
I loved the main two characters. I thought Marco, was just perfect. Although, he was meant to be portrayed as a bad boy, he had a very tender side to him. I really enjoyed how the relationship between him and Frankie played out. I liked that there was no element of instant love, which is often used in young adult novels. I also liked that this book had a lot of other elements that it focused on, and didn’t just zone in on the love story element.
This story was fast paced, and richly written with characters that were hard to resist. I couldn’t put this book down. I was extremely engaged with the relationship building in this book. I also felt that the plot was creatively written with the reader constantly wondering what is going to happen next and keeping them on the edge of the seat. The characters are so good, that it is very difficult not to get attached to them. I would highly recommend this book to fans of young adult and romance.
With Warm Cups of Tea and Just A Few More Chapters,
Where on earth has this year gone? How are already into the middle of November?
So, I guess I should wrap up the month of October and let you know what I really read off my extremely ambitious TBR.
I read 2 books in the month of October. The first being Lauren Graham’s “Talking as Fast as I can: From Gilmore Girl’s to Gilmore Girls and Everything in Between. I am a huge fan of “Gilmore Girl’s “, so when I heard that Lauren Graham released a collection of personal essays about her life and “Gilmore Girls”, I knew I had to get my hands on it. I chose to listen to this as an audio book, because Lauren Graham narrates it and it was almost like I was experiencing “Gilmore Girls” all over again expect the visuals were in my mind. I really enjoyed this book. I was able to clear up some questions that were left at the end of “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the life” which was the reboot Netflix came out with. Its safe to say I loved this book, and that if you are a “Gilmore Girls” fan this book is a must to read.
Another book that I listened to on audio was “A Girl with a Dragon Tattoo”, by Stieg Larson. This was a reread for me. This time around I definitely have mixed feelings about it. This was one of the books that was on my top 5 recommendations
list whenever anyone asked what they should read. Although, I enjoyed revisiting the world in this book it wasn’t as exciting and intriguing to me as it was the first time I read the book. I found the characters flawed and the story to sometime lose its intrigued. There were parts of the story which I realized, that I just didn’t understand what was going on. This wasn’t because the writing was poor. I just found that the story dragged in some parts. However, I also was al to more interested in Salander’s character has a lot of depth which I am very interested to explore in the next few books.
With Warm Cups of Tea, and Just a Few More Chapters,
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.
IT 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 as 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 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 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 supposed to be really creepy and perfect for Halloween. I have been really into thrillers and horror stories.
The 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
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: 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,
Alice in Wonderland By Lewis Carroll & Illustrated by Camille Rae Garcia
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 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.
New 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.
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.
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???