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This is hard to admit, but these are all the books I have on my bookshelf. The ones crossed off are the ones I have already read. The ones that are not crossed off are the long list of books still waiting to be crossed off. By the year 2020 I want to either unhaul, or read the books that are on this list. Let’s put the reading caps on and READ, READ, READ!!

  • Harry Potter
  • Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Chamber of Secrets
  • Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Goblet of Fire
  • Order of Phoenix
  • Half-blood Prince
  • Deathly Hallows
  • The Silkworm
  • The cuckoo’s calling *
  • The Casual Vacancy
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • Stieg Larson
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo x2
  • The Girl who played with Fire x2
  • The Girl who kicked the Hornets Nest x2
  • Ellen Hopkins
  • Crank
  • Glass
  • Fallout
  • Trick
  • Identical
  • Perfect
  • Collateral
  • Burned
  • Triangles
  • Impluse
  • Tilt
  • Smoke
  • Susan Collins
  • The Hunger Games
  • Catching Fire
  • Mockingjay
  • John Green
  • An Abundance of Katherines
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson
  • Papertowns
  • The Fault in our Stars
  • Every you, Every Me
  • The Wasp Factory
  • The Painist
  • I Hate Myselfie
  • Gone Girl
  • Orange is the New Black
  • Stranger than Fiction
  • The Martian
  • Prozac Nation
  • White Oleander
  • The Journals of Sylvia Plath
  • Ariel
  • Red Queen
  • Glass Sword
  • Shadow and Bone
  • Siege and Storm
  • Ruin and Rising
  • Losing Hope
  • Ugly Love
  • This Girl
  • Point of Retreat
  • Slammed
  • Hopeless
  • Maybe Someday
  • On the Road
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • The Childern of Willesden Lane
  • Half Bad
  • Half-Wild
  • Ready Player One
  • Love Letters to the Dead
  • Catch -22
  • The Darkest Minds
  • Still Alice
  • Walking Disaster
  • Splintered
  • My True Love Gave to Me
  • Crash
  • Neon Angel
  • Harley Quinn:  Hot in the City
  • The Assasins Blade
  • Throne of Glass
  • Crown of Midnight
  • Heir of Fire
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses
  • Shadowhunters and Downworlders
  • The Bane Chronicles
  • City of Bones
  • City of Ashes
  • City of Glass
  • City of Fallen Angels
  • City of Lost Souls
  • City of Heavenly Fire
  • Clockwork Angel
  • Clockwork Prince
  • Clockwork Princess
  • Afterworlds
  • The Lightening Theif
  • The Sea of Monsters
  • The Titans Curse
  • The Battle of Labyrinth
  • The Last Olympian
  • The Lost Hero
  • Fan Girl
  • Eleanor & Park
  • The Hobbit
  • The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The Two Towers
  • The Return of the King
  • The Twits
  • Matilda
  • The BFG
  • The Witches
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory/ Charlie and the Glass Elevator
  • James and the Giant Peach
  • Bitch
  • Tender is the Night
  • The Spectacular Now
  • The wind and the willows
  • The adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Heidi
  • The Adventures of Robin Hood
  • The Secret Garden
  • The Call of the Wild
  • Peter Pan
  • A little Princess
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Go Set the Watchman
  • Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Childern
  • Hollow City
  • Falling Kingdoms
  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without me
  • Mistborn
  • The Hero of Ages
  • The Well of Ascension
  • The Hip Girls Handbook
  • The Pony Party
  • All The Wrong Questions: Who Could Beat this Hour?
  • The Lump of Coal
  • The Bad Beginging
  • The Reptile Room
  • The Wide Window
  • The Austre Academy
  • The Ersatz Elevator
  • The Vile Village
  • The Carnicorous Carnival
  • The Slippery Slope
  • The Grim Grotto
  • The Peniltimate Peril
  • The Beatrice Letters
  • Alice in Wonderland (Leatherbound)
  • Alice in Wonderland (Picture)
  • Snow White
  • Dark Lover
  • Interview with a Vampire
  • 1984
  • Leaves of Grass
  • The Three Muskatereers
  • Girl Interrupted
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Lolita
  • Modern Romance
  • Fairest
  • Room
  • Nightlight
  • Veronica Mars: Thousand Dollar Tan Lines
  • Veronica Mars: Mr. Kiss and Tell
  • Diner
  • Star Wars Trilogy
  • My Life in France
  • Dash and Lilys Book of Dares
  • North of Beautiful
  • Notes from the Blender
  • Want to go Private?
  • Night
  • You Have 7 Messages
  • Coraline
  • The Perks of being a Wallflower
  • Little Women
  • The Best of Sherlock Holmes
  • The Grapes Of Wrath
  • East of Eden
  • Brave New World
  • The Tolken Reader
  • Dark Fever
  • The Bell Jar
  • Franny and Zoey
  • The Catcher in the Rye
  • The Man in the Iron Mask
  • Wuthering Heights
  • Lord of the Flies
  • The Road
  • Les Miserables
  • Kidnapped
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • Treasure Island x2
  • A Game Of Thrones
  • Clash of Kings
  • Storm of Swords
  • Feast of Crows
  • Dance of Dragons
  • Anna Karenina x2
  • Queen Of Shadows
  • Gone with the Wind
  • The count of Monte Cristo
  • The Lucky One
  • The Last Song
  • The Notebook
  • A Bend in the Road
  • Nights in Rodanthe
  • Dear John
  • The Wedding
  • Message in the Bottle
  • The Best of Me
  • Prey
  • The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
  • Marilyn Monre
  • How to Speak Dog
  • FML
  • Babe in Boyland
  • Middle Sex
  • Speak
  • Annie
  • The Privilege Youth
  • A Walk to Remember
  • Disc World
    1. The Colour of Magic (1983) (Rincewind)
    2. The Light Fantastic (1986) (Rincewind)
    3. Equal Rites (1987) (Witches)
    4. Mort (1987) (Death)
    5. Sourcery (1988) (Rincewind)
    6. Wyrd Sisters (1988) (Witches)
    7. Pyramids (1989) (One-off)
    8. Guards! Guards! (1989) (City Watch)
    9. Faust Eric (1990) (Rincewind)
    10. Moving Pictures (1990) (One-off)
    11. Reaper Man (1991) (Death)
    12. Witches Abroad (1991) (Witches)
    13. Small Gods (1992) (One-off)
    14. Lords and Ladies (1992) (Witches)
    15. Troll Bridge (1992) (Short story)
    16. Men at Arms (1993) (City Watch)
    17. Theatre of Cruelty (1993) (Short story)
    18. Soul Music (1994) (Death)
    19. Interesting Times (1994) (Rincewind)
    20. Maskerade (1995) (Witches)
    21. Feet of Clay (1996) (City Watch)
    22. Hogfather (1996) (Death)
    23. Jingo (1997) (City Watch)
    24. The Last Continent (1998) (Rincewind)
    25. Carpe Jugulum (1998) (Witches)
    26. The Sea and Little Fishes (1998) (Short story)
    27. The Fifth Elephant (1999) (City Watch)
    28. The Truth (2000) (One-off)
    29. Thief of Time (2001) (Death)
    30. The Last Hero (2001) (Rincewind, although this is debatable)
    31. The Amazing Maurice And His Educated Rodents (2001) (One-off)
    32. Night Watch (2002) (City Watch)
    33. Death and What Comes Next (2002) (Short story)
    34. The Wee Free Men (2003) (Wee Free Men)
    35. Monstrous Regiment (2003) (One-off)
    36. A Hat Full of Sky (2004) (Wee Free Men)
    37. Going Postal (2004) (Post Office)
    38. Once More* With Footnotes (2004) (Compilation of short works)
    39. Thud! (2005) (City Watch)
    40. Wintersmith (2006) (Wee Free Men)
    41. Making Money (2007) (Post Office)
    42. Unseen Academicals (2009) (The Wizards, Rincewind)
    43. I Shall Wear Midnight (2010) (Wee Free Men)
    44. Snuff (2011) (City Watch / Sam Vimes)
    45. Raising Steam (2013) (Post office)
    46. The Shepherd’s Crown (2015) (Wee Free Men)
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Literary Discussion

Sharing Novels: Literary Discussion

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Hey Bibliomaniacs,

This a topic that I love to discuss with other book lovers, because we all have such different opinions, how do you feel about lending your books?

Personally, I am not a fan of lending my books to people. If I lend you a book than it means I trust you with my life. And before, I am called selfish for not being  fan of sharing my books, let me explain to you my reasons as to why I don’t like lending people my books.

  1. I have a hard time parting with my books. Lots of anxieties come up, for example will my book come back  with every other page dog eared. As someone who spends loads of money on physical copies of books, I like to keep them in great condition and I personally don’t dog ear my pages because it ruins the book, and essentially don’t want to get my book back ruined.
  2. Secondly, I have a true worry about NEVER getting my books back. I feel like this is a really reasonable worry considering I have had to re-buy certain books, especially if they are part of a series after someone borrowed one from me and I never got it back.
  3. I also worry about people eating  while having my books, I know that I am one of those people that eats while reading and when I get ketchup on my book, yes I become upset and feel the need to go out and buy a new copy. But, its not as upsetting when you as the owner gets food on a book rather then when someone who you lent it too gets food on your books.
  4. WATER DAMAGE: yes, thats a thing. Now, lets be real who hasn’t accidentally dropped a book in the bath. I know I have. But, when it comes to lending out a book and the renter gets water damage on it, that makes me all sorts of sad.

Now, if you are the renter you are saving money.

However, I am one of those renters that has a hard time parting with books, and therefore don’t use my public library as much or other peoples libraries to borrow books because frankly I don’t want to part with books. Which is the main reason that I purchase my books. It also causes me anxiety knowing that I need to read a book in a timely manner to give it back, and then I get the feeling of guilt if I am not able to read the book fast enough. Therefore, I don’t really rent books, or borrow them from friends I would rather purchase my own copy.

How do you feel about renting/borrowing books? Leave a comment down below and jump into the discussion.

One Love,

Rina

 

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Monthly TBR, Summer Reading List

Summer Reading List 2016

Summer, is quickly coming upon on us. So, its time to construct that summer reading list. My list is a tiny bit ambitious. The physical books are the books, I will most definitely try to get to first. And To break up any slumps, an e-book list was constructed.  Majority of the books on here are YA, that I just need to catch up on. Stay tuned to find out which books I will be reading for READ-A-RAMA, which is happening on June 13- 19. Screen Shot 2016-05-17 at 11.33.51 AM

What are your summer reading plans? Leave a comment down below, about any books that you are excited to read.

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

Rina

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Book Review

Darkness Series By Stacey Marie Brown Review

I received this series for an honest review. I firstly, want to apologize that it has taken me so long to post this review.

On to the review:

Book 1: Darkness Of Light

Synopsis: (From GoDarkness of lightodreads)

Freak. Witch. Crazy. Schizo.
Ember Brycin has been called them all. She’s always known she’s different. No one has ever called her normal, even under the best circumstances. Bizarre and inexplicable things continually happen to her, and having two different colored eyes, strange hair, and an unusual tattoo only contributes to the gossip about her.

When the latest school explosion lands her in a facility for troubled teens, she meets Eli Dragen, who’s hot as hell and darkly mysterious. Their connection is full of passion, danger, and secrets. Secrets that will not only change her life, but what and who she is—leading her down a path she never imagined possible.

Between Light and Dark, Ember finds a world where truth and knowledge are power and no one can be trusted. But her survival depends on finding out the truth about herself. In her pursuit, she is forced between love and destiny and good and evil, even when the differences between them aren’t always clear. At worst, she will incite a war that could destroy both worlds. At best, she will not only lose her heart but her life and everyone she loves. Once the truth is out, however, there will be no going back. And she’ll definitely wish she could.
DARKNESS OF LIGHT is a Mature YA(16+)/New Adult Paranormal Romance.

**Warning: The Darkness Series is not YA, but a NA Series.

 Fire In The Darkness, Book #2

Synopsis: From Goodreads

***This is NOT a YA Series but a New Adult(17+). Sexual Content and Language.***
It’s been four weeFire in the darknessks since Ember Brycin witnessed what her powers are capable of. The Electrical Current Storm has turned Seattle, Washington into a natural disaster zone. The death toll is in the thousands with countless others homeless and hungry.
And Ember is the one who caused it. Something she will have to live with every day.
Those people who were unable to escape either turned quickly into gangs or live in shelters. Ember, on the other hand, can’t do either. With a price on her head and a Dark Dweller on her ass, she is constantly on the move. Both Light and Dark are hunting her for their own purpose to use her as a weapon or a pawn in the war between the Unseelie King of the Dark and the Seelie Queen of the Light.
Em needs help but doesn’t know who to trust: Lars, the mystery man Torin told her to find? Torin, the Seelie Queen’s personal knight, who has sworn to keep Em safe? Or Eli, who wants to turn her over to the Unseelie King, but whom she has an undeniable, intense connection with?
No matter what she chooses she will probably lose—her life or everything and everyone she loves.

Dwellers Darkness 

Synopsis:  From  Goodreads

Some days feel like years, but in Ember Brycin’s case just the opposite is true. Em would be 22 now—if she were human. She’s not. She is a Dae—part DDwellers of Darknessemon and part Fay—with a little Dark Dweller thrown in to make her more of a freak.

Life has become further complicated for Ember since returning from the Otherworld. Besides being continuously hunted by the Seelie Queen, Ember is at the top of the Unseelie King’s list, after breaking her oath with him. No one breaks a vow with the Unseelie King without extreme consequences.

Adding to Ember’s problems is a certain Dark Dweller whose mood has become violent and cruel. As much as she’d like to deny it, there is an undeniable connection between them. Eli is sexy, gorgeous, and frustrating as hell. She also knows he is holding something back, something that could change their relationship forever.

But her problems go way past him. As the tension for war mounts between the Seelie and Unseelie (Light and Dark), the tension at the Dark Dweller’s compound escalates even more as they prepare to obtain the Sword of Light—the only weapon able to kill the Queen.

But is Ember the answer to the location of the sword? Is she the one to fulfill the prophecy? As usual nothing is ever what it seems.

Blood Beyond Darkness

Blood BeyondSynopsis: From Good reads

After months of searching, Ember and her friends have finally located the Sword of Light, the only weapon capable of destroying Queen Aneira and ending her rule. This is Ember’s destiny. Or so she thought. Now a pact to save the man she loves changes everything.

In this final installment in the Darkness Series, when the truth comes to light, Ember will learn some things are better left in the dark as her world is ripped even further apart. It is no longer a rabbit hole, but a never-ending black void full of endless lies, betrayals, and secrets.

The fight for Earth has begun, and Ember will have to make the ultimate sacrifice to save millions of innocent lives and those she loves.

But this price may be too high—even for her.

Review:

I really enjoyed this series. It was quite fast paced and it kept me very intrigued. The relationship building was unique but at points I thought my heart was going to get ripped out. I also noticed that this is not a series that you will go into thinking you know what is going to happen. You are going to be flipped upside down and your emotions are going to be tested.

The character development gets better as the book progresses but be aware of instalove. That was one thing that really bothered me was how fast Ember was to trust Eli. Another thing that really bothered me was how all the male characters where considered sexy. It just became too repetitive for me. There is definitely a lot of action in this book as Ember is exploring her powers and trying to protect herself from the Queen who wants to use her for destruction.

There is also a lot at stake from all the characters, and I really enjoyed how they were all somehow interconnected. There are a lot of characters in this book. We have Ember and her immediate friends and family her stepfather, her best friend Kennedy and Ryan. It is a constant struggle for Ember to have to protect them and do what is best in order to keep them safe. Then we have the Dark Dwellers which are demons that can turn their bodies to look like giant panthers. They are very dangerous and are considered to be extremly deadly. Ember is forced to befriend them in order to survive. We also have the power hungry Queen, who wants to use Ember for destruction against the Unseelie King. Among, her party is a servant named Torain, who promises to protect Ember but, soon Ember realizes that its just too good to be true.  And the Unseelie King, who would be more then happy to have the Queen out of his hair, no matter what the price may be.

This series is worth reading I give it a 4/5 rating. I think that it is full of growth, from the characters to the writing style. The books will keep you on you toes and make you second guess every thing that you know. I highly recommend you to give it a go if you like paranormal, new adult and fantasy all in one.

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Book Review

Review: Prey by Micheal Chrichton

83763Title: Prey

Author: Michael Chrichton

Pages: 504

Paperback

Published: November 11,2003

Publisher: Avon Publishing

Synopsis: In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. A cloud of nanoparticles — micro-robots — has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining and self-reproducing. It is intelligent and learns from experience. For all practical purposes, it is alive.

It has been programmed as a predator. It is evolving swiftly, becoming more deadly with each passing hour.

Every attempt to destroy it has failed.

And we are the prey. (Goodreads)

Review: I adored this book. I gave it a 5/5 stars. This book was suspenseful  and such a page turner. The man character Jack, a jobless computer programmer turned into a stay at home dad, suspects that there is something off with his wife, she has become hot tempered, absent from her family life and spending lots of time at work. He comes up with theories of what is going on, is she on drugs, having an affair or the long hours at work really wearing her out?

When he gets offered to go out to his wife’s lab to work on a computer code that his old company has been helping her with, he decides that maybe he could find some answers there. But, he is not prepared for what is about to be uncovered. His wife,Julia and her team of scientist have been working on a micro nano camera for the military using nano particles. All was well, until the nano particles began to evolve and think for themselves. Now, the scientist were no longer in control and the nano particles want to reproduce, going on a killing spree. Its up to Jack to figure out how to destroy them before its too late, but it won’t be as easy as he thinks. Because there are those who want to see them live.

This story was so fast- paced and intriguing that I could not put the book down. Micheal Chrichton, has a way of wrapping the reader up in the story even when he is giving background information and nothing is happening. This was a great read, the plot was something that I have never read before, and I was very involved with the characters. I was trying to figure them out and predict what will happen next. I think that was what made the book so much fun,  it had a lot of hints to base predictions on but, it always took a wild turn. Just when you think, you have an idea how things are going to turn out, the novel takes you in a complete different direction. This is a must- read for fans of adult fiction/ science fiction. I defiantly think that this is a great read, for readers trying to get into adult literature as well. The book reads at a fast pace that you are never bored wondering when the action is going to start. It sucks you in, within the first few pages. After I finished reading this novel, I felt myself connecting little movie references or events that happen in my everyday life to the book. I throughly enjoyed it, it had an interesting plot that was very well developed and delivered.

The characters were hard not to either fall in love with or want to smack upside the head. Jack, was a lovable stay at home dad, which I just wanted to help out throughout the book, on the other hand his wife Julia, I couldn’t stand from the very beginning. I felt, that she was very underdeveloped as a character and could have played a bigger part in the novel if her background and what her involvement with nano particles was displayed right of the back. I felt that she was taken out of the main portion of the book way too soon, and didn’t return until the very end and I would have liked to have seen more of her.

The main antagonists were the nano particles themselves, and they were hard not to love. They were just so interesting and it kept me on the edge of my seat learning new information about them. I felt that they were tough, and the more information that was given to the reader about them, the more dangerous the entire plot turned to be and that kept me on the edge of my seat.

The plot was something that I was never exposed to and it was extremely new and exciting. I loved it. Overall, this was a fast paced novel, which kept me gripping to the edge of my seat. I would defiantly have to leave you with saying, if you have not been exposed to the masterpiece that is “Prey”, what are you doing, get up, go to the bookstore or the library and get your hands on it, you will not be disappointed.

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