Brain Dump

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

Hey Bibilomainics,

Happy December!

As the end of the year comes around, I have been thinking a lot about my reading goals and who I am as a reader? Since 2011, I have participated in the goodreads reading challenge. I feel like participating in the goodreads challenge makes me feel part of the book blogger/ goodreads community.

Ariel Basset, recently came out with a youtube video titled “Is reading competitive?” And it got me reflecting on my reading habits. Before blogging, I made youtube videos and although I have wanted to create some video content for a while, I have have had two things stopping me. Number 1, not reading enough and not being able to explain my thoughts clearly enough via the video outlet. With writing, when I do these discussion posts they are mostly brain dumps that I can sit and stare at my screen, I think the notion that the camera is rolling and I am expected to say something really makes me anxious in a way and I battle with anxiety already that having that extra element is not necessary beneficial to my well being.

Going back to the video, Ariel talked about reading being competitive in the sense that the online book community makes goals and makes them public. This in turn no longer makes reading a solitary thing. Looking back, even at this year I feel like I have not read any GREAT books. Which is so sad, and I began to think why do I read the first place. It wasn’t until May this year that I began to even dedicate time for reading. And although I have been feeling guilty for not reading more books, I have enjoyed the process of reading. But, I also feel like a lot of my reading was rushed, because I felt like I was spending too much time on one particular book. I also, have started and put down a lot of books, due to the competition I have been feeling with my reading. In honest truth I don’t think that anyone really cares if I read 100 books or if I have read only one book.

With all that being said, what does that mean for the upcoming year? That means that next year I will be reading just for fun. What does that mean for this blog?

Well, my hopes are that because I am reading for fun and not

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

 

pressured to read a certain amount, there will be more diversity in the books I read and am able to bring more content that is authentic and really connects with my life rather than just a review or a tbr. I want to share with you books that have really changed my life. Ariel gave a really good example in her video, something along the lines that “she reads in order to find her favorite hidden gems that she can go back and reread.” I love this because I don’t reread many books, but the ones that I have reread in the past some have brought back joy and memories from the first time I read them and some have disappointed me such as “The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo”, it just didn’t gripe me in as it did the first time I read it.

With taking time for reading for fun this year, I also want to dwell into the creative photography aspect. I have been loving bookstagram and even captured a picture today that I am really proud of (seen above). I want to focus the next year on finding hidden gems and the many new adventures awaiting me in the next year.

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

(P.S. Check out Ariel Basset on Youtube, she has great content. Just click her name on this post and it will take you to her page. )

Rina

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Book Review

Speak By Laurie Halse Anderson|Book Review

SPEAK“Speak up for yourself–we want to know what you have to say.” From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless, outcast, because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. As time passes, she becomes increasingly isolated and practically stops talking altogether. Only her art class offers any solace, and it is through her work on an art project that she is finally able to face what really happened at that terrible party: she was raped by an upperclassman, a guy who still attends Merryweather and is still a threat to her. Her healing process has just begun when she has another violent encounter with him. But this time Melinda fights back, refuses to be silent, and thereby achieves a measure of vindication.

In Laurie Halse Anderson’s powerful novel, an utterly believable heroine with a bitterly ironic voice delivers a blow to the hypocritical world of high school. She speaks for many a disenfranchised teenager while demonstrating the importance of speaking up for oneself. (Goodreads)



Review:

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

Yet, another really  great audiobook that I was able to listen too. This follows our main protagonist Melinda, who after calling the cops on a party finds herself to be friendless and learning to navigate high school as being known as the girl who called the cops on a party.

As one may assume, she isn’t the most popular person nor is she well liked. In order to survive Melinda decides that she is going to stop talking in order to deal with the events of the party.

This book is dark. It is filled with raw emotion yet it is so powerful. It teaches that your voice is powerful. This reads like a journal, almost as if Melinda is standing in your living room and sharing her story with you.

I think that this pertains mainly to the female audience whether or not on was raped, I think as females we can identify with unwanted male attention. The antagonist in this novel acted as if he was overly desired by the female population. However, as the book goes on one can see that the antagonist is viewed by many to not be as desirable.

I enjoyed this book because it was raw, and heartfelt. There is just so much heart in this book. Its a story of a survivor. I thought it was also a very difficult tale to have written  and for the content I think it is a good start to the conversation regarding rape.I have not read many young adult literature that rises awareness and conversation about rape.

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

Rina


 

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Book Review

I Was Here By Gayle Forman|Book Review

I was here

Image belonging to Goodreads, Gayle Forman and Viking Juvenile

Cody and Meg were inseparable.
Two peas in a pod.
Until . . . they weren’t anymore.

When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.

I Was Here is Gayle Forman at her finest, a taut, emotional, and ultimately redemptive story about redefining the meaning of family and finding a way to move forward even in the face of unspeakable loss. (Goodreads)



Review: 

starsstarsstarsstars/5 :(TRIGGER WARNING: DOES CONTAIN CONTENT ON SUICIDE)

I am a huge fan of Gayle Forman. I loved her book “If I Stay”, so I did have rather high expectations for this book. To be honest going into this book I really had no idea what it was about. I have been reading so much Stephen King for my writing class that I felt I need an easier read to follow and just lose myself in the story.

This book did it. I really enjoyed all of it. It is a dark book, if suicide is a trigger for you I recommend you read it with caution. With that said let discuss the book. The story follows our protagonist Cody, who is dealing with the grief of her best friends Meg’s death. When Meg’s parents gift Cody, Meg’s old computer Cody stumbles on files that may hint that Meg wasn’t the only person involved in her death. Add in a attractive rockstar and Cody hits the road to figure out what really happened to her best friend.

Like I said this book was very enjoyable. There was literally almost every element you can think to want in a book. It started of with being a mystery, grief stricken book, mixed with romance and a lot of family dynamic. It is so easy to fall in love with the characters. Cody is so relatable as the angry, grief stricken friend who just wants answers. Meg’s parents are just the perfect touch of creating a warm family dynamic in this book and also showing the contrast of Cody’s own dysfunctional family. What I really liked about the book is how open the characters and the conversations were between them. They faced challenges and at first our main characters Cody and Ben, a boy who is tied to both  Cody and Meg have difficulty of putting down their defense but as the story goes on you witness a strong friendship unfold as the characters are forced to really be there for one another as they are solving the mystery of Meg’s death.

I really enjoy Gayle Forman’s writing. She has a way of really taking the reader into the story. I felt like was on the trip along with Ben and Cody.  When I was done, with the book it felt like my friends had gone home after a day of hanging out. It was almost as if something was missing. I really enjoy books that make you think of them after you are done reading them. I love Gayle Forman and this book was no disappointment. If you want a quick read that will captivate your attention and make you wish the story never ended try this book out.

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

Rina


 

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Monthly Wrap Up

October Wrap up| 2017

Hey Bibliomaniacs,

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Where on earth has this year gone? How are already into the middle of November?

So, I guess I should wrap up the month of October and let you know what I really read off my extremely ambitious TBR.

 

I read 2 books in the month of October. The first being Lauren Graham’s “Talking as Fast as I can: From Gilmore Girl’s to Gilmore Girls and Everything in Between. I am a huge fan of “Gilmore Girl’s “, so when I heard that Lauren Graham released a collection of personal essays about her life and “Gilmore Girls”, I knew I had to get my hands on it. I chose to listen to this as an audio book, because Lauren Graham narrates it and it was almost like I was experiencing “Gilmore Girls” all over again expect the visuals were in my mind. I really enjoyed this book. I was able to clear up some questions that were left at the end of “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the life” which was the reboot Netflix came out with. Its safe to say I loved this book, and that if you are a “Gilmore Girls” fan this book is a must to read.

 

Another book that I listened to on audio was “A Girl with a Dragon Tattoo”, by Stieg Larson. This was a reread for me. This time around I definitely have mixed feelings about it. This was one of the books that was on my top 5 recommendations

The Girl with the dragon tatoo list whenever anyone asked what they should read. Although, I enjoyed revisiting the world in this book it wasn’t as exciting and intriguing to me as it was the first time I read the book. I found the characters flawed and the story to sometime lose its intrigued. There were parts of the story which I realized, that I just didn’t understand what was going on. This wasn’t because the writing was poor. I just found that the story dragged in some parts.  However, I also was al to more interested in Salander’s character has a lot of depth which I am very interested to explore in the next few books.

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

Rina


 

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Monthly TBR

October TBR 2017 : ALL THE SPOOKS

Hello Bibliomaniacs,

Its been a minute. Life has been soo busy but soo good all at the same time. But, I wanted to share with you my TBR (TO BE READ) for the month of October 2017.

ITIT By Stephen King: The first thing that I am focusing on is the book IT by Stephen King. So, far I am enjoying it but its very long and I feel like I have not been devoting enough time to it.

Where the Road Takes Me By Jay McLean: I am currently reading this asWhere the road takes me an E-book during my cardio at the gym. I have been really enjoying it. It is a young adult romance novel. There seems to be a mix of mystery too this book.

talking as fast as I can Talking As Fast as I Can By Lauren Graham: I already finished this book. I listened to this as an audiobook and it was fabulous. It was like being back in Stars Hollow. Lauren Graham does a great  job narrating her novel. I think it really gives an inside glimpse into the filming life of Gilmore Girls.

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo By Stieg Larson: This is reread for me. I would love to finish this series. But, it has been a few years since I have read this book. I am listening to this as an audiobook. This is one of my favorite thrillers, and I recommend this book to everyone I meet. I can’t wait to continue on with this series.

 

Bird Box By Josh Malarian: Honestly, I don’t know much about this book other than it is Bird Boxsupposed to be really creepy and perfect for Halloween. I have been really into thrillers and horror stories.

Walking Dead VOl 4The Walking Dead Vol 4: The Hearts Desire: Slowlybut surely I am making my way through ” The Walking Dead”, series. I have been really enjoying these graphic novels because they read like the TV show.

 

YOU By Caroline Kepnes: I know very little about this book. I put it on hold from the library so

YOU we will see when it comes in. This is if I’m not mistaken a story told from a male point of view who stalks a girl.I heard a lot of good things about this book. I’m very excited to read this one and add to my creepy feels this month.Dracula

Dracula: Lastly, I would love to listen to the audiobook of Dracula. This book is narrated by Tim Curry who played the clown in the original IT movie. This is a dark gothic read and I can’t wait to get into it.

This month is overly ambitious. I don’t think I will be able to get through everything that I want to read but, the top priorities are IT, YOU and The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo. What creepy, scary books are you reading this month? Or have you skipped October and already are ready for Harry X-mas to you?

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

RINA

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Booktube-a-thon Day 4: Reflection

Good Evening Bibliomaniacs,

7/27/17 6:52 pm: I have yet to read a single page. However, I caught up on “Shadowhunters” and “So, You Think You Can Dance”.  I went to the library and got “Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index” and Vol.4 of “The Walking Dead “– ( The Heart’s Desire)

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9:22 pm: I still have yet to read a single page. But, I have happily worked out, had a smoothie, and ate dinner.  Looking forward to hibernating with my dogs and many, many cups of tea this upcoming weekend.

9:45 pm: It is finally time to read. I am showered,  those pearly whites are brushed and ladies and gents, you know what time it is. Reading “New Moon”, by Stephanie Meyer time. Ready, set, break!!!

10:43pm: Today I read a total of 38 pages. Heading to bed because my eyes just can not stay open. This wasn’t  the best reading day, but I am not going to beat myself about it because I did spend time catching up on the tv shows that I watch and went to the library. Overall, today wasn’t the best reading day but I still read and thats a win in my book. And did I mention I am loving this book!!!

STATS:

Books Finished: 2

Total Page Count for day 4:  38

Total Page Count for Booktube-a-Thon: 443

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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