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BookTube-A-Thon TBR

Hey Bibliomaniacs,

The Booktube-a-thon is upon us once again. I can’t be more excited. This is a week long read-a-thon, filled with challenges and most of all reading. And although, I don’t have a lot of time this week to read, I will try to read as many of this books that I can.

The TBR list and Challenges:

A book with yellow on the cover: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

A Book to read after  sunset: The new 52: Harley Quinn – Hot in the City by Amanda Conner

A Book you found through Booktube: Simon and the Homo sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertali & The Wasp Factory by Ian Banks

A Book by your favorite  Author: Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover

A Book Older than you: Franny and Zoey by J.D. Salinger

A Book to movie Adaptation: Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

Book Review

Winter By Marissa Meyer

3f1630b8451496cc7ec6f198beb000e2Title: Winter

Author: Marissa Meyer

Pages: 824

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Synopsis: Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? (Goodreads)

Review:

I don’t think that this book was my favorite book in the series. But, I really enjoyed it nonetheless. This book heavily follows Levena’s step-daughter, Winter. Winter refuses to use her lunar gift to influence the people around her. Due to this she has strange visions and is going a little insane.

Meanwhile, Cinder and her friends have kidnapped Prince Kai. Levena, begins a war on War, as revenge for the Kidnapping of her beloved prince.

This story is heavily based on “Snow White and the 7 Dawrfs”. Winter in this books is Snow White, while Levena is the wicked witch. Winter although burdened by her visions really cares about the people of Artemsia. All the citizens really look up to her which has made Levena jealous  of Winter. As events unfound Levena tries to get revenge on Winter and her new found friends, (Cinder, Scarlett, Cress, Captain Throne, Wolf and Prince Kai)

I gave this book a starsstarsstars/5 stars. I thought that the plot line of the character Winter was extremely interesting and I enjoyed how she was give certain visions, that she struggled to control.  However, I thought that the story should have been strictly based on Winter and not combining the conclusion to the Lunar Chronicles all in one book. I personally, felt there was just  too much going on and there were times in the book that I would lose complete interest in the story because there was just so much going on. I felt that each character would be up to there own storyline within this book. It took a while for all the characters to meet in the middle together.

I personally felt that this book was overhyped and I did prefer the less rushed style of the other books to this one. I think that the concept was good and the story as a whole was really entertaining but I felt like using this book as a conclusion just really rushed the series.

I would recommend this series and this book to those who like stories about royal families and fantasy put together. This was a very unique series and I think everyone should give it a go. There are books in this series that I connected more with than others but as a whole this series didn’t disappoint.

 

 

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: Heartless

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by: Breaking the Spine

Title: HeartlessHeartless

Author: Marissa Meyer

Pages: 416

Publisher: Feiwel And Friends

Release Date: November 8,2016

Synopsis: Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.
At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king’s marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.

Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans. (Goodreads)

Marina’s thought corner: 

I don’t think that I have ever been more excited for a book. I can not believe that there is more wonderland for me to explore. I have a slight obsession with anything related to “Alice in Wonderland”. I can’t wait for this book to come out. I really enjoy Marissa Meyer’s writing and I know that she will bring a very interesting new twist to the “Alice in Wonderland” story.

 

Book Review

Slammed By Colleen Hoover

Title: Slammedslammed

Author: Colleen Hoover

Pages: 317

Synopsis: Following the
unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she’s losing hope.

Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.

Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart. (Goodreads)

Review:

Plot: 18 year old Lake, just loses her dad when her mom decides that she wants to suddenly  move. Angry, and frustrated with the move Lake finds peace in befriending the neighbor across the street, Will. As a fresh new romance unveils, circumstances are determined to keep them apart.

Characters: All the character were very well written. I enjoyed reading about Lake, as a strong female protagonist who has been helping her mom take care of her brother after her dad’s passing. Will, was definitely boyfriend material. He was only 21 years old in this novel and he had a world of responsibilities.  I enjoyed seeing his self-expression through slam poetry. He was very passionate and it made me curious on how to write slam peoms.

Feelings:

Pro: I fell in love with this book from the first line. The voice of the book was so captivating that I literally could not stop reading. The voice and the plot of the story made this book fast paced. And when I say fast paced, it only took me a day in a half to read. That’s record speed. I really enjoyed how fluently the plot flowed. The events all seemed to be in the right place, and nothing seemed forced in this novel.

Con: I did however, have one small con with this book. This was the first Collen However book that I felt had an instant love. I always, expect my love stories from Colleen to be a  little dragged out. This wasn’t a huge issue for me, it just caught me by surprise.

Rating: I gave this book astarsstarsstarsstars stars/5 stars . I literally couldn’t put this book down. When I did stop reading for the very, very short time that I did, my thoughts were on the story. Have you ever had that feeling where you were part of the story while you were reading it? That was the feeling I had even when I was not reading the book, I felt that I was still living in Will’s and Lake’s world. At times I felt like something was missing, while I was going about my regular day, and then when I started reading the book again I realized I was unconsciously looking for the voice the the book was written in. It had an element of surprise and this book turned out to be nothing like I expected it to be. I enjoyed the aspect of slam poetry and how it encouraged,  a healthy way of dealing with your emotions. Thanks Colleen Hoover, for  getting me out of a book slump. I very highly recommend everyone to check this book out, although I think females will find it more appealing then the male population.

Challenges

Gilmore Girls Reading Challenge

The beloved Gilmore Girls, are supposed to return for  a revival in 2017 on Netflix. I think that it will only  be one episode from what I have read. But, being a huge fan of the show and sharing a passion with Rory of books. I decided to mark all the books that I have read or will read in the future off on this list. A lot of the books in my TBR are on this list, so I figured why not try this challenge. This list is found on the following forum.
[The bolded titles  are books that I have already read.]
1984 by George Orwell

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Archidamian War by Donald Kagan
The Art of Fiction by Henry James
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Atonement by Ian McEwan
Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
Babe by Dick King-Smith
Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney
The Bhagava Gita
The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built a Village in the Forest, and Saved 1,200 Jews by Peter Duffy
Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel
A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Brick Lane by Monica Ali
Bridgadoon by Alan Jay Lerner
Candide by Voltaire
The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
Carrie by Stephen King
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman
Christine by Stephen King
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
The Collected Short Stories by Eudora Welty
The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty by Eudora Welty
A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
Complete Novels by Dawn Powell
The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton
Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas père
Cousin Bette by Honor’e de Balzac
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber – started and not finished
The Crucible by Arthur Miller
Cujo by Stephen King
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Daisy Miller by Henry James
Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
David and Lisa by Dr Theodore Issac Rubin M.D
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
Deenie by Judy Blume
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx
The Divine Comedy by Dante
The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
Don Quixote by Cervantes
Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
Eloise by Kay Thompson
Emily the Strange by Roger Reger
Emma by Jane Austen
Empire Falls by Richard Russo
Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
Ethics by Spinoza
Europe through the Back Door, 2003 by Rick Steves
Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
Extravagance by Gary Krist
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore
The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan
Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
The Fellowship of the Ring: Book 1 of The Lord of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce
Fletch by Gregory McDonald
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our 43rd President by Jacob Weisberg
Gidget by Fredrick Kohner
Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
The Gospel According to Judy Bloom
The Graduate by Charles Webb
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
The Group by Mary McCarthy
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry
Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare
Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare
Henry V by William Shakespeare
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris
The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton
House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer
How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
How the Light Gets in by M. J. Hyland
Howl by Allen Gingsburg
The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
The Iliad by Homer
I’m with the Band by Pamela des Barres
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
Iron Weed by William J. Kennedy
It Takes a Village by Hillary Clinton
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito
The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Lady Chatterleys’ Lover by D. H. Lawrence
The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield
Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway
The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Love Story by Erich Segal
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
The Manticore by Robertson Davies
Marathon Man by William Goldman
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
Mencken’s Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken
The Merry Wives of Windsro by William Shakespeare
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin
Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor
A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman
Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret
A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister by Julie Mars
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall
My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and It’s Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh
My Life as Author and Editor by H. R. Mencken
My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult 
The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen
New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
Night by Elie Wiesel
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke, Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan
Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell
Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Old School by Tobias Wolff
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan
Oracle Night by Paul Auster
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Othello by Shakespeare
Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
Out of Africa by Isac Dineson
The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington
Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche
The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Property by Valerie Martin
Pushkin: A Biography by T. J. Binyon
Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
Quattrocento by James Mckean
A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall
Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers
The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman
The Return of the King: The Lord of the Rings Book 3 by J. R. R. Tolkien
R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
Rita Hayworth by Stephen King
Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert
Roman Fever by Edith Wharton
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi
Sanctuary by William Faulkner
Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford
The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman
Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
A Separate Peace by John Knowles – my dog is named after a character in this book (Phineas)
Several Biographies of Winston Churchill
Sexus by Henry Miller
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Shane by Jack Shaefer
The Shining by Stephen King
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton
Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Small Island by Andrea Levy
Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers
Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World by Barrington Moore
The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht
Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de Burgos
The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker
Songbook by Nick Hornby
The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
Sonnets from the Portuegese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
A Streetcar Named Desiree by Tennessee Williams
Stuart Little by E. B. White
Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne Collett
Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Term of Endearment by Larry McMurtry
Time and Again by Jack Finney
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
The Trial by Franz Kafka
The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson
Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
Ulysses by James Joyce
The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Unless by Carol Shields
Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico (Thirty Three and a Third series) by Joe Harvard
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
Walt Disney’s Bambi by Felix Salten
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
We Owe You Nothing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel Sinker
What Colour is Your Parachute? 2005 by Richard Nelson Bolles
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell
When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

 

Warm cups of tea, and too just a few more chapters!

Rina

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

 

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

Monthly Wrap Up

March 2016 Wrap up

March wasn’t the best reading month for me. I only read two books in March. For a majority of March, I was working on my final project for my “Child Development” class and visiting my dad in the hospital.

6131164 ” A Clockwork Princess“, by Cassandra Clare. This was the 3rd and final installment of the “Infernal Devices” series. I loved this series from the very beginning and was a little sad for it to end. The ending was perfect and the book gave me all the feels.The characters really came to life, and the relationships between the characters were epic and touching all at the same time. I enjoyed seeing how Tessa’s life turned out and I had to reread the epilogue several times. I also, started reading/listening to “City of Heavenly Fire” and I felt  that it really helped that I read “Clockwork Princess”, before starting “City of Heavenly Fire” because they do talk about certain relationship that occurred in “Clockwork Princess.” I gave this book a 4/5 stars.
I also read “img_0317Cress“, by Marissa Meyer. This part of the Lunar Chronicles Series. I enjoyed reading the series so far. However, this was my least favorite book so far. I just really felt there was hardly anything going on the the story and for majority of the book they were flying around in space. However, the ending of the book was amazing, and I really can’t wait to get my hands on the next book “Winter”. I was a little confusing to me at parts because there were so many different characters that had significant counterparts. In this novel, many of the characters were separated from their counterpart and I had a hard time keeping up with which characters were together. I gave “Cress”, a 3/5 stars.

Stay tuned, for my April TBR, which I am hoping to have up this week.

Until next time, warm cups of tea and just a few more chapters!

Rina

Book Review

Lunar Chronicles: Cress By Marissa Meyer

Title: Cress img_0317

Author:Marissa Meyer

Pages: 550

Publisher:Feiwel & Friends

Synopsis:Even in the future. there are damsels in distress…

In the third installment of the Lunar chronicles, Cress, having risked everything to warn Cinder of Queen Levana’s evil plan, has a slight problem. She’s been imprisoned on a satellite since childhood and has only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress a great hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress involving Cinder, Captain Thorne, Scarlet, and Wolf goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes as a high price. Meanwhile, Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

Review:  starsstarsstars/5

The Lunar Chronicles, are fairytale retellings with a science fiction spin to them. I enjoyed this book, but I honestly felt that it was a little slow. For a majority of the book the characters are flying around in space after rescuing a hacker named cress. I understood why the author did this but, it didn’t activate my attention much. However, although the first 3/4 of the book were really slow in my opinion. I thought the way the book ending was epic. Not only were we introduced to a character that will be an important part to the next book but there was an unveiling to how the war between Luna and Commonwealth really started.

I loved the characters once again. I still think that Wolf and Scarlet are my favorite couple in this series. But, this book introduced Cress and Thorne which also made a badass team. One thing that bothered me in this series is that the female characters are portrayed to be very strong and most of the time they are even taking care of their male love interests. But, it made me wonder in the last half of the book are the male characters really necessary to the story or would it have still been an excellent series with out all the love interests. I noticed myself getting really confused in certain parts of the book, because each female character had a their own story that somehow connected with the other female characters. But, there was also the same number of male characters per female character and in this book not all the female characters were in the same situation as there male counterpart which made the book to be a little confusing and I had to go back several times to reference who was who’s love interest.

The antagonist, Levana is such a frightening character. Every time that she made an appearance around Prince Kai I would be on the edge of my seat hoping that Kai would stand up to here. On numerous occasions he did and I did a little cheer for him in my head. I recognized that the decisions he was making were for the good of the country but sometimes I wish he would have told Levana off.

I have to say that the world building was fantastic, not only does it encompass the planet of Luna, Commonwealth, but all the countries that surround the Commonwealth as well. I enjoyed seeing the characters travel through space to Africa. It was interesting to watch Cinder, struggle with decisions that can risk the wellbeing of not only her friends but the planet of Luna and the country of Commonwealth. There are a lot of things that Cinder has come to terms with, and make some big choices as to how to save her and her friends. On numerous occasions she battles with herself and wonders if it would be better to just rescue herself and let her friends figure things out on their own while she is safe and sound. She battles with the choice to start a rebellion and be responsible for a revolution on Luna.

I am impatiently looking forward to read “Winter,” to find out what our characters are going to face next, thanks to the sneak peak in the end. I highly recommend to check this series out if you like science fiction and fairy tales.