Book Review

Your Creative Career: Turn your passion into a Fulfilling and Financially Rewarding Lifestyle By Anna Sabino| Book Review

Your Creative Career

(I was provided a copy for an honest review from Netgalley.)

Pages: 192

Publisher: Career Press

Release Date: 1/22/18

Synopsis: Anna Sabino is an artist, but certainly not a starving one. She wasn’t born into a wealthy family, didn’t inherit money from a distant relative, and doesn’t have a rich husband. But she made it as an entrepreneur, as a single woman, and most important, as an artist.

In Your Creative Career, she shows her fellow artists and creatives how to build a business that reflects their talent and true calling while generating serious cash. Whether the goal is to build an empire and be financially free, create a lifestyle business, or just to have more time, Your Creative Career guides you through every aspect of creative entrepreneurship.

If you want to start your creative career, transition into it, or give it a boost, this book is a must read that features:Proven systems and strategies to create ideally priced products that keep selling.The importance of going through all the steps of making it from idea inception and execution to branding and distribution.The importance of transitioning from artistic solitude to collaborative, creative entrepreneurship.
The most effective marketing and PR methods adjusted to the new reality of short attention spans and information overload. (Goodreads)

(Book Images belong to Ana Sabino, and Career Press.)

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Review:

This book came into my hands at the right time. I was really inspired by this book. I felt that it had a lot of good information for a person who is looking to start making money off their creative projects. However, I also felt like it was a nice shove into creating.

I wanted to start creating anything and everything after reading this. One of my resolutions for the last few years is to be more of a creative force. However, I have had a bunch of different excuses that always stood in the way of doing what I wanted and love to do.

I think that the biggest lesson that I have learned from reading this book is CONSISTENCY AND CONFIDENCE. I recognized that I will not always be making the best art or coming up with original content to create and thats okay. But, what I am personally not okay with is to stop creating out of fear that my work will not be recognized by others.

If you can’t tell yet, I really loved this book. If you are a creator or small business owner I highly recommend to read this book.

As I am not creating a physical product for sale, I felt a little disconnected with the passages that talked about product selling stand point. But, I still felt that everything this book talked about could be implemented in any creative situation that you may find yourself, whether you are a blogger, Youtuber, or even a small creator. This book is magical because I truly believe that any creative reader can gain a little something from it.

There was a lot of information that in the back of my mind I already knew about but, I still felt like it was a beneficial reminder. Most importantly it reminded me that in order to be a creator, you must be creating for the right reasons. Although, going viral and selling a product is a great thing, I personally gained that if I loved creating something I should continue creating it. However, I should also be open to creating things that I know my consumers would be enjoying as well.

Besides inspiring you this book, shows you the starting point of taking your creative side and moving it into a career. I really liked that the information was not overwhelming and it didn’t seem to be out of reach of accomplishment. I feel like a lot of times you can become overwhelmed with the information that is presented to you but, this book didn’t do that. It gave you a starting point, leading you on your way. And I really, really liked not feeling that my goals were not accomplishable.

I really liked that you could connect with the book because the author shared her own story, while she was leading you on a path of establishing your creative career. I like that a reader could relate to what the author went through, using their own creative experience.

This book definitely makes you reflect on your own creative process. Which I felt was very helpful. I personally, feel I have more direction on where I would like to take my creative projects.

If you are on your own creative journey and you need some inspiration, I think that this book would be right up your ally. If you have an idea execute it. Don’t let things hold you back from trying.

 

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

Rina

Beyond the books

Beyond The Books: Blogging Goals and Most Popular Posts|Thursdays (1.11.18)

Beyond the Books Meme is hosted by Karen Blue over at KissinKarenBlue.


Hello Bibliomanics and welcome to the new post series that I will be starting on here called beyond the books. I found this on whim and thought it would be a lot of fun to do. I will be combining last weeks and this weeks topics into this post.

Lets start with my blogging goals.

I would like to post more book reviews on this blog. The current goal is to have at least one book review go up each week.

Secondly, I would love to incorporate Youtube, into my blogging experience. I would love to film book reviews and more discussion type videos.

And thirdly, I would love to be more active on Netgalley, and concentrate on more critical and thought out reviews.

Let’s move on to my most popular post:

My most popular post of 2017 was Blogmas: Barnes & Noble Membership (Is it Worth it?)

It was also one of my favorite posts to write as it really explored my own feelings towards my membership which I am so blessed to have.

Overall, I am so excited for this upcoming year. I can not wait to see where this New Year takes me.

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

Rina

 

 

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday| January 10, 2018

Hey Bibliomanics,

It is Wednesday, which means it is time for my “Waiting on Wednesday”. “Waiting on Wednesday”, is a meme originally hosted by “Breaking in the Spine“.

Today I will be sharing with you the books I am looking forward to in January!

McGOWAN_BRAVE_HC_TEST2.inddBrave by Rose McGown

Release Day: January 30, 2018

Synopsis:“My life, as you will read, has taken me from one cult to another. BRAVE is the story of how I fought my way out of these cults and reclaimed my life. I want to help you do the same.” -Rose McGowan

A revealing memoir and empowering manifesto – A voice for generations

Rose McGowan was born in one cult and came of age in another, more visible cult: Hollywood.

In a strange world where she was continually on display, stardom soon became a personal nightmare of constant exposure and sexualization. Rose escaped into the world of her mind, something she had done as a child, and into high-profile relationships. Every detail of her personal life became public, and the realities of an inherently sexist industry emerged with every script, role, public appearance, and magazine cover. The Hollywood machine packaged her as a sexualized bombshell, hijacking her image and identity and marketing them for profit.

Hollywood expected Rose to be silent and cooperative and to stay the path. Instead, she rebelled and asserted her true identity and voice. She reemerged unscripted, courageous, victorious, angry, smart, fierce, unapologetic, controversial, and real as f*ck.

BRAVE is her raw, honest, and poignant memoir/manifesto—a no-holds-barred, pull-no-punches account of the rise of a millennial icon, fearless activist, and unstoppable force for change who is determined to expose the truth about the entertainment industry, dismantle the concept of fame, shine a light on a multibillion-dollar business built on systemic misogyny, and empower people everywhere to wake up and be BRAVE . (Goodreads)


I am a huge fan of Rose McGown. I loved her when she starred in the WB’s “Charmed”!! I am very interested in reading about her life and how she rose to fame in Hollywood. Especially since she has been in the media quite a bit lately.


ZenithZenith By Sasha Alseberg and Lindesy Cummings

Release Day: January 16, 2018

Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she’s just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.

But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder‘s all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi’s past.

Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.

Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their shipor just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted. (Goodreads)


I am excited to finally read this. I heard so many mixed reviews about this book. There are either people who feel like this book is really good and there are others that absolutely hate it. I was extremely shocked by how many people actually hated this book on Amazon. This should definitely be an interesting read, if not for the content at least to cure my curiosity about this book.


What books are you excited for this year? Are any of them coming out in January?

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

Rina

Book Review

Hopeless By Colleen Hoover|Book Review


HopelessPages: 410

Published: December 19th 2012 (first published December 17th 2012)
Original Title:Hopeless
ISBN 1301949825 (ISBN13: 9781301949823)

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)


Reviewstarsstars/5

I originally read this because I was trying to get out of a reading slump. Colleen Hoover has always been one of those authors that has always pulled me out of reading slumps. Her writing is addicting and her storyline make a reader invested in the story.

However, I didn’t find this to be the case with Hopeless. At times it was enjoyable, because it had a lot of different themes in it. I liked that there was a mystery plot that developed along with a romance contemporary that Colleen Hoover is known for.

I really liked the relationship development that occurred between Sky and Holder. I thought that their romance wasn’t as instalove as romances can tend to be. I enjoyed that they shared a strong friendship. I also like that at a one point in the story, there was a scene were the main characters were about to have sex and the female protagonist said she wasn’t ready, I felt like the male character did not pressure her to continue and supported her throughout her trying to piece together her past.

Holder wasn’t one of those book crushes that I usually get all the feels for from reading Colleen Hoover books. However, I did like how intense he was portrayed and his whole bad boy persona really made the book more interesting as he was a very big part of the novel. Sky, at parts was a really interesting character to watch because you can see her go through so many emotions. As a reader you can see her fall in love, and figuring out her place in Holder’s secret. Looking back on my reading, and thinking about Holder’s character. I feel like he was written to be to simple, as he is a character that was dealing with holding on too a lot of information and it didn’t seem like he was a very grieving character.

I didn’t like that the resolution of this story was so anticlimactic. The entire book build up the storyline and I felt like it resolved just too easily.  The story also had a lot of triggers, such a rape and suicide. I think that one of the main things that really made me give this book  2 stars is that it wasn’t very memorable. After I finished reading it I only really remembered some main points but not anything that made the story super enjoyable to sit through and read. Also, this isn’t a book I plain on rereading anytime soon.

Overall, this story just fell flat for me. I just didn’t find it to be memorable at all.  The entire book was just okay for me. I hope to enjoy “Losing Hope”, a little bit more.

Until Next Time With Warms Cups of Tea and Just a Few More Chapters,

Rina

 

Book Review

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green |Book Review

35504431Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship. (Goodreads)

Pages: 290

Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers

Published:October 10th 2017

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Review:

This book was brilliant. I related to it on so many levels. Aza, spoke to me because I could see mine own battle with anxiety happen through her eyes.

Turtles all the way down, was very good. It wasn’t my favorite book that John Green has ever written because “The Fault In Our Stars” does holds that special place. I did enjoy it a lot because I was able to connect with it.

Our main character Aza has an anxiety disorder, which I identified with as well. There were so many instances in this novel that I felt that I had reacted to a situation in my life, in a similar way as Aza has. The one problematic area that I couldn’t connect with was when Aza, was prescribed medication for her anxiety right way without the doctor trying to find alternative ways to deal with anxiety.

I loved the relationship and friendship that this story developed. I think that it did show the honest truth and difficulty of what it looks like to date someone with anxiety. I can identify with the feelings that Aza, had when she was conflicted with two sides of herself and wanted to be closer to Davis but, at the same time she pulled away from him, and began to overthink every little bit.

I thought that Daisy, Aza’s best friend was written as a typical high schooler who wanted her best friend to just be able to have fun. I can see how she could be a problematic character in the sense that she was not always supportive of Aza, but I can see where her character struggled to understand what is going on with her best friend and although wanted to continue to be friends, but had to take some time to change her thoughts and  behavior in order to do so.

Overall, I thought that this was a beautifully written novel. I enjoyed that this novel also revolved around a mystery of what happened to the billionaire Russel Picket. The storyline was never flat, as it revolved around the constant suspense element while introducing the struggles of a character dealing with anxiety.

I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in learning about mental illness, and anxiety. There were also so many beautiful quotes in this book that I couldn’t help but flag every single one of them in my copy so I can go back and reread them in the future.

(Also, please know that if you are battling with anxiety or mental illness, you are not alone. If you need additional support please contact SAMHSA treatment referral helpline: 1-877-SAMHSA7. Or reach out to a school counselor or parent.)

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

Rina

As Many As Possible By 2019 · Brain Dump · Yearly TBR

Blogmas: As Many as Possible by 2019 Challenge| Brain Dump

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays Bibliomaniacs,

One of the challenges that I want to take on in the upcoming year would be to read through all my books.  However, if I am brutally honest with myself, the likelihood of that happening is very unlikely. However, one step that I can take in order to get to this  goal is buy less books. This is really hard for me, because I literally want to read everything.

I love buying books, I have always found comfort in going home with a stack of books. However, I realize that if I buy books I need to read at a faster speed and literally do nothing else but read in order to get through all my books.

So, what does that mean for my Goodreads goal? I have been pondering this for sometime. I have come to the decision that I will set my goal to 10 books and up it every ten books when I get there. This will just relieve the pressure of not reading enough and reading shorter books in order to achieve a goal. I would love to focus 2018 on reading books that I have been putting off due to size, or the mentality that I have to read a certain amount of books and end up reading nothing at all.

I know in the month of January I will be dedicating the entire month to reading “It” by Stephen King. And although, I don’t want to have a set “to be read” monthly list in 2018. I decided to dedicate January to “It”, because I don’t go back to school until the 29th. Also, I decided that I will be reading the e-book for this book because I tend to read e-books a little faster and it will definitely be easier to carry then the physical copy. (Just an observation- mass pocketbooks of “It” are impossible to track down.)

If you would like to join me on the adventure of reading “It”, leave a comment and I would love to discuss this book with you.

With Warm Cups of Tea and Just a Few More Chapters & A Very  Happy Holidays!

Rina


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Blogmas

Blogmas:Barnes & Noble Membership (Is it worth it?)| DEC.2017

Hey Bibliomaniacs,

Happy Day 2 of “Blogmas”!!! I am officially done with school and work for the week. It was also my mom’s birthday, so we went for breakfast and spent some time together which is what the holidays are all about.

So, today’s topic is my opinion on the “Barnes & Noble” membership. This is not a sponsored post, all opinions belong to me. I got the membership a few years ago after “Borders” had closed. I had a “Borders” membership and I loved all the benefits that it provided. My favorite being that it provided free shipping. When “Borders” closed I decided to get a “Barnes & Noble” membership and I think that it is worth every single penny.

A membership would be an excellent gift for any book lover that buys new releases or even books in genral. The great thing about this membership is that if you use it online you are able to save on shipping and the prices online are already discounted. This would be a good way to purchase new releases in a more affordable way.  It offers the member 40% off on hardcover bestsellers, and 10% off on everything else in the store. The really cool thing about this membership is that it also works with coupons.

I think that the membership is worth the money. And who can pass on double member days, and new releases for half- off. Also, I feel that by being a member, it helps the store because it entices you to purchase books during the times that the store has coupons out and in turn the sales helps the store to stay open. If you have a Barnes & Noble membership do you feel like it is worth it? If you don’t have a membership have you considered getting one?

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

Rina

Blogmas · currently reading

BLOGMAS- Currently Reading| DEC.2017

Hey Bibliomaniacs,

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.

Hopeless
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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,

Rina

Brain Dump

Brain Dump: The Way I Want to Change my Reading | Discussion

Hey Bibilomainics,

Happy December!

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

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Bookstgram picture I took today! Follow me on Instagram at: marinainw0nderland

 

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. )

Rina

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review

Speak By Laurie Halse Anderson|Book Review

SPEAK“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)



Review:

starsstarsstarsstarsstars/5’s ( TRIGGER WARNING CONTAINS RAPE, BULLY, DEPRESSION CONTENT)

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,

Rina