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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 1: Reflections

[TRIGGER WARNING: Contains discussion about suicide and depression]

Hey Bibliomaniacs,

This is literally my favorite time of the year besides my birthday, and winter. But,  booktube-a-thon time is upon us once more.

For today’s adventures, I like to say it was not too shabby of a day considering that I was busy working and attended a little fam dinner with my cousin and few friends.

I am cuSuicide Letters from beautiful Girlsrrently still 54 pages away from finishing “Suicide Letters From Beautiful Girls”. This is definitely not what I expected at all. I honestly judged this book by the title and was expecting to have a collection of suicide letters. Call me morbid, but I think that would be a cool collection to read. Instead what I got is a real page turner of mystery. This book has had me captivated, and its been difficult to put it down. The characters are all very interesting and the plot definitely had a few surprises for me. I posted on my instagram story that I didn’t take the book with me to work because I liked the suspense so much that I was trying to savior it. So, I plan on finishing it tonight. (I’ll post an update tomorrow letting you know if that actually happened.)

Ariel

The other book that I talked about on my instagram story was Ariel, which is a collection of poems by Sylvia Plath. Its no secret that I have enjoyed Sylvia Plath’s writing in the past. The “Bell Jar”, till this day is one go my favorite books. This collection of poems is a manuscript that her husband published after her death. The newer edition of the manuscript has an introduction written by her daughter, explaining her mother’s struggle with depression which later led to her committing suicide. I only read a few poems and it made me wish that Sylvia Plath added commentary to her poetry as to why she wrote a particular poem. However, most of them are very dark and you can see the internal battle that she was having with her depression through the words that she wrote on paper. However, although her words are dark there is a type of beauty that is only seen through pain. I personally really connect with her writing and I curious to further explore the depths of such a complicated, dark and unique person that she was.

STATS:

Current Total Page count: 188

Current Total Books Finishing During Booktube-a-thon: 0

Graphic novels: 0

Novels: 0

Poetry Collections: 0

Classics: 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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Movie Review

La La Land |Movie Review

Happy Monday Wonderlanders,

Yesterday, I got to spend a few hours with my mom. And let me tell you I felt like a 5 year old again but, the time spent with her was priceless. We ended up going to watch La La Land, which is brand new musical playing in theaters. Initially, when I chose the movie I knew very little about it, only that it had Emma Stone was in it and I like her as an actress. la-la-land

Synopsis:
Mia, an aspiring actress, serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions and Sebastian, a jazz musician, scrapes by playing cocktail party gigs in dingy bars, but as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.(IMBD)

Movie Rambles:

I wanted to see this movie the moment that I saw a trailer of this movie on youtube. I really enjoyed this film. It had a very independent film vibe to it and it was designed as a video collage. I was surprised that this movie was a musical because I wasn’t expecting it at all. Looking back, it does remind me a little of “Across the Universe.”  I thought that  the movie was very well designed to showcase both of the lives of jazz musician Sebastian and an actress named Mia.

I really enjoyed the story between Mia and Sebestian. I thought that the relationships were complicated yet well developed. The characters were put into difficult situation as they tried to find their own dreams while trying to be supporting of each other. This movie portrayed how one supports someone that they really care about however, it also portrays the hardships of having dreams and putting another’s dream before your own.

I loved how Hollywood was portrayed and that a lot of the movie was done in a coffee shop on a filming set. It was very easy to put yourself in the shoes of the main character, if you have visited “Universal Studios”. I was really able to get a feel of actually being in the coffee shop that Mia worked at  and being surrounded by the celebrities and the set life.

Although, I was really satisfied with the movie as a whole. I was disappointed with the ending, as I had my own hopes for how it would have ended. I definitely recommend this movie to anyone who likes a good love story that revolves around dreams.

The most important thing I got out of this movie, was that dreams are just as important as love and that to love is to dream. But, it also got me thinking that maybe you can have it all an epic love and reaching all of your dreams.

ONE LOVE,

Rina

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Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday: Midnight Heir

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB of “Books and a Beat“. Anyone can participate.

1.Grab your current book title

2. Open to a random page

3. Share 2 lines. NO SPOILERS PLEASE!!

4.Share Author and Title

Lady Midnight ” A boy with blazing blue green eyes and the blond girl he had seen at the shadow market the week before. They were both staring – not at him, but at the boy gripping his shirt. ” ( Chapter 16, “Lady Midnight” by Cassandra Clare)

Feel free to leave a comment with your teaser tuesday, as always if there are any books that you have to recommend please leave a comment or tweet me at: rinareviewsbks.

ONE LOVE,

Rina

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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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Hey Bibliomaniacs,

It is 17 minutes into Saturday, and I realized I didn’t post my #Fridayreads up yet. I have been reading Lady Midnight, by Cassandra Clare. I am Lady Midnightabout 54% of the way through the book.

I have been realizing a few things that have changed in my reading process. The major change is I enjoy reading from E-books, way more than reading a physical copy. Secondly, I read a lot faster when I read an e-book. As much as I love how my books look on my shelf, I am very much enjoying the process of reading e-books. One thing I love about E-books is that amazon offers very cheap audiobooks of the books you buy as e-books. This is especially awesome if you re reading thicker books like “A Game of Thrones”.

Synopsis: In a kingdom by the sea…
In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?

The darkly magical world of Shadowhunters has captured the imaginations of millions of readers across the globe. Join the adventure in Lady Midnight, the long-awaited first volume of a new trilogy from Cassandra Clare.(Goodreads)

My Bookish Thoughts:

I hope to read at least 200 hundred pages of “Lady Midnight”, this weekend. As of today, I have read 83 pages. The book is really picking up, and I am very much enjoying the setting of the story as it is set in L.A. I think that the character development although rapid, it is really interesting and engaging to see how the characters deal with certain situations. Also, there is a lot of suspense and mystery in the plot. I’m enjoying all the forbidden love aspects in this book, and find it to be very fast paced and entertaining.

What are you guys reading this weekend? If you have an book recommendations feel free to leave a commit or connect with me on Twitter at: rinareviewsbks

With Warm Cups of Tea, And just a Few more Chapters,

Rina