Book Review – A Monster Calls

fullsizeoutput_2ffdEveryone go read A Monster Calls. Like right now. It only took me an hour to read, granted I am a quick reader, but you could probably finish it within 3 hours, 4 hours if you like to take your time. It may be short (only 206 pages) but it is beautiful and so, so meaningful. Also, it was inspired by the final idea of an author named Siobhan Dowd who died of cancer before she could finish writing it herself, so that adds an extra heartbreaking detail to the already beautifully, painful story.

A Monster Calls, written by Patrick Ness, inspired by an original idea by Siobhan Dowd, is about a young boy named Conor coming to terms with his mother’s serious illness. One night a monster appears at his window, Continue reading “Book Review – A Monster Calls”

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12 Days of Blogmas – Day One: A Love Letter to Your Favorite Book of the Year

12 Days of Blogmas – Day One: A Love Letter to Your Favorite Book of the Year

Happy 12 Days of BLOGMAS! And happy December!

To start with, thank you Swetlana @ The Caffeinated Bookworm Life, for sharing the 12 Days of Blogmas book event! The idea is to post every other day between December 2nd and December 24th, so that you can have fun with some Christmas book posts and look back on the books you read in 2017. I am very excited to get started with Day One: A Love Letter to Your Favorite Book of the Year. And without further delay…

My dearest Lunar Chronicles,
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T5W – Future classics

T5W – Future classics

Happy Wednesday!

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme that was originally created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey and is now hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. To find out more about this booktastic topic, visit the Goodreads group here!

This week’s topic is “Future classics”.

I loved this topic because it made me look to the future and consider what books and series would stand the test of time. It also made me think about what it would take to be considered a classic. I like how much this topic made me question the content of books more than I usually do when it comes to these topics.  Continue reading “T5W – Future classics”

T5W – Books you felt betrayed by

T5W – Books you felt betrayed by

Happy Wednesday!

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme that was originally created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey and is now hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. To find out more about this booktastic topic, visit the Goodreads group here!

This week’s topic is “Books you felt betrayed by”.

This was a really fun topic because it is not something I usually think about with books and characters. Well I guess some characters, as you’ll see below. So here is my list of top betrayers.

  1. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner – I don’t want to spoil anything but if you read it, you know what I’m talking about. I’m still mad about it. I love the book, but hate that particular part.
  2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – only because the twist completely got me. I was 100% duped, and it was awesome. So in this case, it was a good betrayal, if there is such a thing.
  3. Life of Pi by Yann Martel – I felt totally betrayed by the ending, but again, it was kind of in a good way. I love a good plot twist. **SPOILER** the whole story is this fantastical journey with a boy and a tiger trying to survive, but then we, kind of, learn that it was actually much more mundane and horrifying. I do love the twist at the end though, because it blew my mind.
  4. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood- I only felt betrayed because of the ending. It seemed like an abrupt stop, even though it made sense. I was just expecting there to be more about Offred’s possible escape and life.
  5. Captain America being Hydra because WTF. I am glad that the writers/creators have walked that back since, because it was total bullcrap. That “development” was a complete and utter betrayal of their readers and fans.

I am sure there are some other characters I have felt betrayed by, but that is all I can think of at the moment. Maybe I should throw Scar in there, he betrayed everyone… or the evil guy from UP…or Grant Ward from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D… Ooooooo yeah that one was a doozy. He totally gets an honorable mention.

What characters or books have you felt betrayed by?

Book Thoughts – The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

“Better never means better for everyone… It always means worse, for some.”

The story and events in The Handmaid’s Tale are so unsettling. So severely unsettling. Especially reading it as a woman myself. Even though the story is fiction, it is terrifying to think something like that could happen in a “normal” society like what we have now in 2017. Continue reading “Book Thoughts – The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood”

T5W – Favorite Science Fiction and Fantasy Books

T5W – Favorite Science Fiction and Fantasy Books

Happy Wednesday!

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme that was originally created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey and is now hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. To find out more about this booktastic topic, visit the Goodreads group here!

This week’s topic is “Favorite Science Fiction & Fantasy Books” *BooktubeSFF Awards Crossover Topic!*.

I.Love.Fantasy.And.Science Fiction. No matter the medium: books, movies, TV shows, etc. I mean Doctor Who, Star Wars, and Marvel are my favorite franchises. I also read the books  that are published by/about Doctor Who and Marvel. I think the reason I love those genres so much is because it creates different worlds and futures that I get to live in for a little while. So here are my favorites!

  1. The Martian by Andy Weir – this book completely enthralled me, and it makes me want to read more science fiction.
  2. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer – I adore this series. One of my favorite series of all times. Definitely.
  3. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – I just finished this book today and I could have easily read 2 or 3 more books about this world and characters.
  4. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer- This was one of my favorite series when I was a kid. I haven’t read the whole series, only the first…four I think. The first one is my favorite though.
  5. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern- This book is pure magic and is so mesmerizing. Gorgeous writing.

Honorable mention – Harry Potter because duh. It is the OG fantasy book for me and is probably one of the reasons I love the genre so much now. Thanks J.K. Rowling, you da best.

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Fantasy is probably my favorite genre, what is yours? And why? I hope you enjoyed my post!

Nonfiction suggestions

One of my reading goals this year is to read more nonfiction and I have abysmally failed so far. I need suggestions! I am interested in women in history, feminism, memoirs, current events, writing, food, travel.

I have read a handful of memoirs and some feminist essays but I am always caught up in fiction so nonfiction gets pushed to the side.

Also, does Stan Lee have a memoir because I would read the sh*t out of that.

I welcome any and all recommendations! Thank you in advance for your wonderful suggestions.

tina