Month: February 2014

Review: The Fault in Our Stars

Review: The Fault in Our Stars

I read this novel cover to cover on a flight to visit my boyfriend, and it made me cry in front of a bunch of strangers. It was real awkward, but thankfully I had the window seat so I could try and discretely regain my composure. If there was one word I could use to describe this novel it would be: magnificent. I’ve been hearing about The Fault in Our Stars by John Green for over a year and now that I’ve read it, I have no idea why I waited so long to read it. Mr. Green, I apologize in advance, because there is no way I can do your novel justice in my little review. Don’t get me wrong it definitely had its faults (no pun intended) and shortcomings but overall it’s a beautiful story that will make you laugh, cry and thank your lucky stars for all… Read more »

Divider

Top Ten Tuesday: Books we wish we could read again for the first time

Top Ten Tuesday: Books we wish we could read again for the first time

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish where people who love lists and books can share their favorites based on a certain topic each week. This week’s topic is a “rewind” — we can choose whichever topic appeals to us the most from TBaTB’s extensive list. We went with books we wish we could read again for the first time. Here we go! 1. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot I devoured this book, but sadly, I don’t think I would read it again. Since it isn’t fiction, it doesn’t hold that wow factor for me that makes me want to curl up with it again.  It is well done, wonderfully written, and worth your time. 2. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor This is the most recent read on my list, and it is because of the reveal. The teeth!… Read more »

Divider

Monday Movie Magic: Grave Mercy

Monday Movie Magic: Grave Mercy

I don’t know about you, lovely readers, but this weekend flew by! Well, in order to add a little pizazz to a mundane Monday, I’ve prepared a Monday Movie Magic for you. My pick is Grave Mercy by Robin LeFevers. Unfortunately, I haven’t heard any rumors about this wonderful novel being turned into a movie, but that isn’t stopping me from creating my dream cast. Here we go! Ismae I absolutely love Gemma Arterton. She’s played Elizabeth Bennet, a bond girl and Io, to name a few of her more famous characters. I have no doubt in my mind she can channel the innocent yet fearless female warrior essence that is Ismae. Gavriel Duval Okay, so this is partially a shameless plug but also my true feelings as well. Tim Jacobs (my wonderful and supportive boyfriend) is primarily known for playing heart-breaker after heart-breaker on the stage, but I think… Read more »

Divider

Divider

Review: The Art of Racing in the Rain

Review: The Art of Racing in the Rain

Consider yourself warned, in addition to SPOILERS, this review also contains a probably more than necessary amount of pictures of my dogs. Also, this is long. Real long. The story is about a dog, who is so much more than a dog that he deserves a different pronoun than I would normally grace a canine: Who. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein focuses around the narration of Enzo, who will tell you up front, that he is a “philosopher with a nearly human soul.” Good thing Stein uses “nearly” from the get-go. This choice word justifies the enormous amount of teeter-tottering in this book on whether Enzo is a regular dog, or an advanced dog. First off, lest you think otherwise, I love dogs. But the reason I did not enjoy this book had everything to do with the portrayal of an advanced dog. Ask anyone… Read more »

Divider

Review: Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict

Review: Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict

While I devoured the hilarious and swoon-worthy Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, Laurie Viera Rigler’s sophomore novel, Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict, left me with mixed feelings. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed the novel and read through it quickly, but for some reason the plot and characters in reverse didn’t quite get me going this time. To say Jane Mansfield got the short end of the stick is an understatement. Now we get a glimpse of Courtney Stone’s pitiful life in LA. She may be a modern, independent woman, but she also lives in a dreary apartment with bars on the windows, works at a demeaning job for crap pay, she’s on the outs with her best boy friend, and, oh yeah, she caught her fiance messing around with their baker! Not only is Jane unaware or unaccustomed to our modern times, but also is stuck trying to… Read more »

Divider

Top Ten Tuesday: Why we love reading and blogging about it!

Top Ten Tuesday: Why we love reading and blogging about it!

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where people who love lists and books can share their favorites based on a certain topic each week. This week’s topic is on why we love to read/blog about books! Since Ashley and I share the same thoughts on this, we’ve only got one list today, that talks about reading and blogging. Teamwork! Why we love to read: It transports you to another world. There’s nothing wrong with taking a little vacation from reality, and reading is the best way to do it. Why we love to read: You can develop a crush, and it’s not cheating. Anne is married and Ashley and her boyfriend have been together a long time. Not that we don’t love our real life men, but reading gives you a little freedom to be wooed by others once in a while. Why… Read more »

Divider

Divider

Debut authors I want to read in 2014

Debut authors I want to read in 2014

I’m trying to be organized, here. As one of my goals for 2014, I decided to participate in the cool Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. I started a list on Goodreads, but to be honest, I’m not great at remembering to look at that list rather than my main Want to Read, and the publish date isn’t immediately apparent in list view. So, in order to be a bit less scattered, I am linking to 12 books by debut authors that I would like to read, and the date that these books are released. Each cover links to its page on Goodreads. Here we go! Half Bad by Sally Green Publish date: March 4 The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare by MG Buehrlen Publish date: March 4 Nil by Lynne Matson Publish date: March 4 Stolen Songbird by Danielle L Jensen Publish date: April 1… Read more »

Divider

A belated Valentine to Persuasion’s Anne Elliot

A belated Valentine to Persuasion’s Anne Elliot

I can’t sing enough praises for Persuasion by Jane Austen. If I had a mountain top nearby, I would climb it, just to tell everyone how wonderful Austen’s last completed novel really is. I’m not a romance reader. I don’t mind a romantic subplot,  but I don’t also actively seek out stories that are driven by the coupling of its main characters. The exception to this is Austen, but I’d argue that there is so much more going on in her work; the romance is just a fancy way to dress up her biting criticisms of society. Persuasion has love at its core, but equal parts regret and suffering too. Anne Elliot is the 27-year-old daughter of a squandering and insufferable baronet. Eight years before the open of our story, Anne listened to the advice of a friend and broke off her betrothal to a young naval officer for whom… Read more »

Divider