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Booktube-a-thon Wrap -up 2017

Hello Bibiliomanics,

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

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

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

Suicide Letters from beautiful Girls

Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls By Lynn Weingarten

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

NewmooncoverNew Moon ( Currently Still Reading)  by Stephanie Meyer

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

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Booktube-a-thon Day 5-7: Reflection

Hello Bibliomaniacs,

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

STATS:

 

Books Finished: 2

Total Page Count for day 5-7: 40

Total Page Count for Booktube-a-Thon: 483

Classics: 1

Graphic Novels: 0

Poetry Collection: 0

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Booktube-a-thon Day 3: Reflection

7/26/17 11:21 Am

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

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

Alice in Wonderland

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

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

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

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

STATS:

Books Finished: 2

Total Page Count for day 3:  90

  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: 90

Total Page Count for Booktube-a-Thon: 405

Classics: 1

Graphic Novels: 0

Poetry Collection: 0

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Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman|Book Review

Synopsis:orange is the new black With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years before.

But that past has caught up with her.

Convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187–424 — one of the millions of people who disappear “down the rabbit hole” of the American penal system.

From her first strip search to her final release, Kerman learns to navigate this strange world with its strictly enforced codes of behavior and arbitrary rules. She meets women from all walks of life, who surprise her with small tokens of generosity, hard words of wisdom, and simple acts of acceptance.

Heartbreaking, hilarious, and at times enraging, Kerman’s story offers a rare look into the lives of women in prison—why it is we lock so many away and what happens to them when they’re there.

Review (Spoiler-Free):

This book was extremely enjoyable for a non-fiction. It was fast paced and it really kept you on your toes. As a reader I really got invested in the lives of the characters and felt along with them.

I sympathized with Piper’s story and it got me thinking a lot about the offenders in our prison systems, the types of conditions different prisons have and how tax dollars affect the prison system.

It also didn’t hit me that Martha Stewart served time. This was one of the topics of the book as the prisoners hoped that Martha would have come to Danbury.

There was LGBTQA+ representation in this book as it did follow a relationship of Nora and Piper, when Piper was younger. However, there was very limited interaction between Nora and Piper which was different from the Netflix show. I wanted to see more of the relationship between Piper and Nora. This was for many reasons, but mainly because the relationship between Nora and Piper in the Netflix show put a lot of strain on the relationship with Larry, who is Piper’s fiancee. And I had to remind myself that the Netflix show is more fictional and has difference then the non-fictional narrative.

Going into this book, do not expect it to be like the Netflix show. It is a lot more fact based and about Piper’s personal experience  as it was written from a collection of letters that she sent to her family and friends. Overall, it was very enjoyable and I gave 4/5 stars. I would really recommend this book if you are a fan of the Netflix show or what to give a go of non-fiction I think this is a really good place to start because this book will suck you in.

Reflection (Contains Spoilers):

I picked this book up after I watched the first season of the Netflix series and was hooked. I first started reading this as an audiobook, but in reality I am not a huge fan of audiobooks. I ended up picking the book half way through and reading an e-book version of it, although I owned the physical copy as well. Marina, why do you need 3 copies of the same book, if only I knew.

This book was very addictive, it goes through the Piper’s journey through the law and prison system after being accused as an accomplice that took large sums of money into the U.S. for an ex-girlfriend that was part of the drug cartel.

Some of the interesting things I found in this book was that the book was not heavily concentrated between the relationship of Piper and her ex Nora as the Netflix series does. Looking back, the show seems to be drawn out because I had to remind myself that Piper only did 10 months in prison before she was let go.

It was shocking to me how the woman of the prisons came together and became a family to Piper. I was also shocked to see how different Danbury was from the high security prison that Piper was at.

I wasn’t expecting that Nora had a sister. This surprised me because I didn’t understand why Piper had to carry the money back to the U.S. and stayed innocent. While Nora’s sister who is already in the drug trade would have been able to travel with the money. I also enjoyed getting to know Piper’s fiancé/husband and watching how supportive their relationship was.

This book was an excellent piece of nonfiction that a reader could tell heart and soul was put into it. I loved this book, please don’t be hesitant to check it out.

Happy Reading (OneLoveAlways),

Rina

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Top 5 Books I want to Read in 2017| Yearly TBR

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Happy New Years my blogger friends,

As one of my New Years resolutions is to post at least one blog post a week, I decided why not start now?

So without further or due, I present to you my “Top 5 Books I want to Read in 2017”.

These are books I hope to get through this year. Although, there are only 5, I hope to read more than this. This year I decided to set my goodreads challenge to 1 book. Mainly, because I don’t want the pressure of having to read a certain amount of books. Secondly, I want to be able to read thick books without feeling like I am taking too long to read them, and lastly I want to find my love for reading again.

Coming in at Number 5: Tender is the Night by F.Scott Fitzgeraldtender-is-the-night

Synopsis: Set on the French Riviera in the late 1920s, Tender
Is the Night
 is the tragic romance of the young actress Rosemary Hoyt and the stylish American couple Dick and Nicole Diver. A brilliant young psychiatrist at the time of his marriage, Dick is both husband and doctor to Nicole, whose wealth goads him into a lifestyle not his own, and whose growing strength highlights Dick’s harrowing demise. A profound study of the romantic concept of character, Tender Is the Night is lyrical, expansive, and hauntingly evocative. (Goodreads)

modern-romanceNumber 4: Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

Synopsis:

Now a New York Times Bestseller

A hilarious, thoughtful, and in-depth exploration of the pleasures and perils of modern romance from one of this generation’s sharpest comedic voices

At some point, every one of us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection. This seems standard now, but it’s wildly different from what people did even just decades ago. Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history. With technology, our abilities to connect with and sort through these options are staggering. So why are so many people frustrated?

Some of our problems are unique to our time. “Why did this guy just text me an emoji of a pizza?” “Should I go out with this girl even though she listed Combos as one of her favorite snack foods? Combos?!” “My girlfriend just got a message from some dude named Nathan. Who’s Nathan? Did he just send her a photo of his penis? Should I check just to be sure?”

But the transformation of our romantic lives can’t be explained by technology alone. In a short period of time, the whole culture of finding love has changed dramatically. A few decades ago, people would find a decent person who lived in their neighborhood. Their families would meet and, after deciding neither party seemed like a murderer, they would get married and soon have a kid, all by the time they were twenty-four. Today, people marry later than ever and spend years of their lives on a quest to find the perfect person, a soul mate.

For years, Aziz Ansari has been aiming his comic insight at modern romance, but for Modern Romance, the book, he decided he needed to take things to another level. He teamed up with NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg and designed a massive research project, including hundreds of interviews and focus groups conducted everywhere from Tokyo to Buenos Aires to Wichita. They analyzed behavioral data and surveys and created their own online research forum on Reddit, which drew thousands of messages. They enlisted the world’s leading social scientists, including Andrew Cherlin, Eli Finkel, Helen Fisher, Sheena Iyengar, Barry Schwartz, Sherry Turkle, and Robb Willer. The result is unlike any social science or humor book we’ve seen before.
In Modern Romance, Ansari combines his irreverent humor with cutting-edge social science to give us an unforgettable tour of our new romantic world.
 (Goodreads)

Number 3: Eating Animals by Jonathon Safron Foer

eating-animalsSynopsis: Jonathan Safran Foer spent much of his teenage and college years oscillating between carnivore and vegetarian. As he became a husband and a father, he kept returning to two questions: Why do we eat animals? And would we eat them if we knew how they got on our dinner plates?Brilliantly synthesizing philosophy, literature, science, and his own undercover detective work, Eating Animals explores the many fictions we use to justify our eating habits-from folklore to pop culture to family traditions and national myth-and how such tales justify a brutal ignorance. Marked by Foer’s profound moral ferocity and unvarying generosity, as well as the vibrant style and creativity that made his previous books, Everything is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, huge bestsellers, Eating Animals is a celebration and a reckoning, a story about the stories we’ve told–and the stories we now need to tell.(Goodreads)

Number 2: House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewskihouse-of-leaves

Synopsis: A blind old man, a young apprentice working in a tattoo shop, and a mad woman haunting an Ohio institute narrate this story of a family that encounters an endlessly shifting series of hallways in their new home, eventually coming face to face with the awful darkness lying at its heart.(Goodreads)

a-clash-of-kingsNumber 1: Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

Synopsis:
Time is out of joint. The summer of peace and plenty, ten years long, is drawing to a close, and the harsh, chill winter approaches like an angry beast. Two great leaders—Lord Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon—who held sway over an age of enforced peace are dead…victims of royal treachery. Now, from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns, as pretenders to the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms prepare to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

As a prophecy of doom cuts across the sky—a comet the color of blood and flame—six factions struggle for control of a divided land. Eddard’s son Robb has declared himself King in the North. In the south, Joffrey, the heir apparent, rules in name only, victim of the scheming courtiers who teem over King’s Landing. Robert’s two brothers each seek their own dominion, while a disfavored house turns once more to conquest. And a continent away, an exiled queen, the Mother of Dragons, risks everything to lead her precious brood across a hard hot desert to win back the crown that is rightfully hers.

A Clash of Kings transports us into a magnificent, forgotten land of revelry and revenge, wizardry and wartime. It is a tale in which maidens cavort with madmen, brother plots against brother, and the dead rise to walk in the night. Here a princess masquerades as an orphan boy; a knight of the mind prepares a poison for a treacherous sorceress; and wild men descend from the Mountains of the Moon to ravage the countryside.

Against a backdrop of incest and fratricide, alchemy and murder, the price of glory may be measured in blood. And the spoils of victory may just go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel…and the coldest hearts. For when rulers clash, all of the land feels the tremors.

Audacious, inventive, brilliantly imagined, A Clash of Kings is a novel of dazzling beauty and boundless enchantment;a tale of pure excitement you will never forget. (Goodreads)

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What are your top 5 books you want to read in 2017?

Happy reading adventures and One Love,

Rina

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The Bad Beginning |Currently Reading

I started to reread the unfortunate events series on my kindle and it was probably one of the best decisions I have recently made. The Bad beginning is very intriguing and there are a lot of details I seemed to miss the first time I read this book back in 5th grade. Its been a while, but I am immensely enjoying my experience with this book.

the-bad-beginningSynopsis:
Dear Reader,
I’m sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.

In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.
It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.
With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket  (Goodreads)

One Love,

Rina

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them| Movie/Script Review

fantastic-beasts-and-where-to-find-themSynopsis:

When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt’s fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone…

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved and internationally bestselling Harry Potter books. Featuring a cast of remarkable characters, this is epic, adventure-packed storytelling at its very best.

Whether an existing fan or new to the wizarding world, this is a perfect addition to any reader’s bookshelf. (Goodreads)

Review:

I have to say that I was not part of the hype, when the scripts for the rest of the Harry Potter world started coming out. Frankly, I have still yet to read the cursed child. But, one of my friends asked if I wanted to see the movie for Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them. I was stoked to say the least. In the back of my mind I remembered that there was a small book about fantastic beast that was out around the time Harry Potter was really big. So, I went on Amazon looking for the e-book, and that was when it happened I stumbled upon the script of “Fantasic Beasts and Where to Find them”. I clicked the “Buy Now”, button and downloaded the script. Best decision of a day well spent, I thought so.

I will be honest I am not a fan of scripts. I like novels, I like getting to the know the characters and having the setting painted right before my eyes. So, how is a script different. Well, the setting is described to you. There are small notes that say what is happening on the stage but there is no actual description or painting of what the world looks like. Secondly, because.a script is meant to be seen and not just read, the actors bring the flare. However, if I had to compare a script and a novel to book to movie adaption. The script wins, it was on point with the movie. I remembered some of my favorite quotes by character and sure enough I was not disappointed when they came up in the movie.

Enough, with how different a novel is from a script. Let’s talk about Newt. He was fantastic. I loved his character. I thought he was written perfectly. And the actor was so fit for the role. Newt, is an intelligent collector of magical creatures. But, what made me love him was that he was so humane to them and reminded me slightly of a common day animal activist. He was also knowledgeable. I think this story was a great example that people are afraid of what they don’t understand. The story shows how all the animals that were in Newt’s collection escape out of his suitcase and it is his job to find them. The unique thing about this animals is that they are all very different, exotic and they are causing mayhem in New York. With the help of some magical friends Newt, has a hard job a head of him trying to get back all his animals. Also, there is an evil wizard on the lose that is wanted for murder, and it’s not Voldemort. Have I convinced you yet to read this script?

Final Thoughts: I give the movie and the script 5/5 stars. It was captivating, and intriguing. Yet, the story was very heartwarming. I loved that the script stayed true to the movie. I loved Newt as the main character. I immensely enjoyed seeing the world that was created based on the instructions in the script. The world, of the suitcase was a safe and wonderful place, and every reader and movie enthusiast should definitely consider visiting it.

To Happy Readings, and peace on Earth!

One Love Always,

Rina

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