Friday, January 29, 2016

Let's Discuss

Book To Film Adaptations


The Pros:
  • Assuming the director cast everyone to match the books, it's great!
  • You will get to see your favorite worlds come to life
  • You have a new way to experience the world

The Cons 
  • If done poorly the book series can loose its meaning
  • The public who don't read will not get to see the splendor that the author had intended.
  • The books will attain some bad rap for the film, though it may not reflect anything that the book had to say...
Good Film adaptations:
  1. The Hunger Games
  2. The Martian
  3. The Fault in Our Stars (Stayed close to the book but I didn't care much for it.)
  4. Harry Potter (ALL 8 Films)
  5. Game of Thrones
Questionable Adaptations:
  1. The Shannara Chronicles
  2. The Giver 
  3. The Great Gatsby (the newest one)

These are just a few of my opinions in this discussion, now I ask you all to respond and tell me some of your favorites and disappointments. Let 's get this conversation going in the comments...

Happy reading... Ill be back on Monday!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Classics Book Tag

 
Classics Book
Tag!


I saw this over on my friends youtube channel, My Secret Bookclub, Amanda had some great answers so I was keen to see how my tastes compare!


  1. A classic that everyone but you likes.
    1. The Red Badge of Courage By:Stephen Crane
      1. I may find this novel to be of more interest now, however at the time I was reading it for school and the battle scenes dragged on and the characters were non compelling. Overall I just didn't like this book.
  2. Favorite time period to read about?
    1. I have not read that much during this time period, so I am very open to suggestions but I would love to read about the tudor time period, and Europe in general at that time.
  3. Favorite fairytale?
    1. To be honest I do not read too many fairy tales.
  4. What is the most embarrassing classic you have not read yet?
    1. Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
    2. Enough said...
  5. Top five classics you would like to read soon!
    1. Les Miserables
    2. Anna Karenina 
    3. Shirley 
    4. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
    5. The Borderlands trilogy By: Cormac McCarthy
  6. Favorite modern book based on a classic.
    1. Cannot think of any.... Hmmm, that is peculiar....
  7. Favorite movie/TV renditions of classics?
    1. Haven't seen any... recommendations?
    2. Maybe the Great Gatsby (old version)
  8. Favorite edition you would like to collect more classics from?
    1. The word cloud classics editions 
    2. Everyman's Library editions
    3. Penguin Clothbound editions as well
  9. An underhyped classic you would recommend to everyone?
    1. The Picture of Dorian Gray By Oscar Wilde
      1. This book is amazing you guys please please check it out, it is macabre and witty!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Short Story time!

Short, Short Story
 Reviews!



Lamb To Slaughter
By: Roald Dahl
page length:12 

Plot: 
  • Revenge
  • Murder 
  • Food
Characters: 
  • The characterisation while in this story was fine, it was not great; however as a short story they had me intrigued.
  • Lack of emotions felt towards the characters however they were good examples of why not to trust the quiet and civilized humans.
General:
  • This was a fun short story, I may read it in the future although sadly it is not sold separately from the anthology called Skin anywhere.
  • The story was a witty and gruesome tale from an author I expected none of that from! 
Rating: 3 stars



Rip Van Winkle
By: Washington Irving
Page Count: 31

Plot: 
  • Magical realism
  • Dutchmen 
  • Relatable themes
    • Time 
    • Change 
    • Outcasts
Characters: 
  • I found these characters to be brutally truthful and fitting of the tone that Irving was hitting at about the way the way the world changes.
  • Rip:
    • Naive 
    • Blissful 
    • Caring for everyone involved in his life
    • Loyal
General:
  • This story borders along the fantastical while still enveloping the social commentary and satire I like so much with Classical literature.
  • This would be best listened to as an audible audiobook, because the period English really was bothering me 
Rating: 5 stars 

Friday, January 22, 2016

Six Of Crows By: Leigh Bardugo

Six Of Crows
By: Leigh Bardugo
Review

Click Play: This is what I listened to the whole time while reading this novel, and it added a new depth for the reading experience. 

Plot: "Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...


A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.
 (Goodreads)

Characters: 
  • This novel has some very entertaining characters in it, with a very broad scope encompassing some two continents that we have seen in the Grisha Trilogy!
  • These characters are fun, spunky and realistic... 
  • Some of my favorite aspects of the novel include the snarky remarks that are said by these characters. 
    • " 'Well, we've managed to get ourselves locked into the most secure prison in the world. We're either geniuses or the dumbest sons of bitches to ever breathe air.'"(Bardugo,282)
Writing: 
  • The writing is something that is fluid and easy to read!
  • Anyone can immerse themselves in the story within a few pages.
Setting: 
  • While this world can be expansive and fun, I feel like readers will only get the full effect if they have read and grasped the Grisha Trilogy before reading this book!
  • Otherwise seeing the scope of the world created in her previous books was immense and imaginative, I cannot wait to see more! 
Rating: ****/***** 4.5/5

  

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Kindle PaperWhite Review

Review:
Kindle PaperWhite

This review is in part because of the onslaught of books that I keep attaining and in part to illustrate how useful an ereader can be. I personally love physical books, however I have been buying quite a few in the past months so I have become more focussed on using my Kindle to cut down on the physical mass of my TBR pile. 


How I use my Kindle:
  1. If I am traveling...
  2. When I go home for college breaks it is easier to bring that aside from a bunch of books, although I do bring home books as well.
  3. When I want to find books cheaper on kindle I usually get them there as well

Why PaperWhite:
  1. The backlight is a savior!
    1. It is not like an LCD screen so it gives a soft light that does not hurt your eyes.
    2. You can essentially have thousands of books on there
    3. There is some very very basic web browsing capabilities
  2. It is small enough to fit almost anywhere
  3. Light enough you could forget you are carrying it!
  4. Battery Life is incredible, you can go weeks without a charge
I have had my PaperWhite for years now and I love the device, it is so easy to use and very affordable for an e-reader. All in all if you are wanting an E-reader I would say go for the PaperWhite, you won't regret it when you are able to read in the dark without waking your friends up with the light.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Brainstorming

Brainstorming

Hello everyone, 
I am putting up this post to ask you all to interact with the blog and help me decide the next few posts. I have a few ideas that I am wanting to do, however this morning I was unable to pick one to post... SO if you all help me decide I'll post one tonight, Wednesday, and Friday; just leave a comment to this post telling me what you would like to see!

  1. A kindle Paperwhite review
  2. Six of Crows By: Leigh Bardugo Review 
  3. As I read posts: Where every 50 or so pages I update you guys here instead of a lengthy review?
  4. The Books I have at University 
  5. Or a favorite Authors series of posts 

Comment down bellow what you guys would like to see and I will get on that post ASAP! 

Happy Reading 
Yours, Wil @ MyBookishEmpire :)

Friday, January 15, 2016

Book Buying Bans

Book Buying Ban... 
Discussion

What is a book buying ban?
  • A book Buying Ban is when for financial reasons or the lack of space you slow down or stop buying books for a while, usually to decrease your To Be Read pile (TBR).
Why I am doing it:
  • I am utilizing this as a way for me to make sure that I actually want the books that I spend what little money I have on books. 
  • I want to spend the time reading the ones I already have; before it felt like I was just looking for the next order to place where now I am slowing down to read the books I have.
My Strategy:
  • Every Two books I read I am allowed to buy one book, pre-orders count.
    • I am doing this because there is no way I could cut buying books completely, this way I am anticipating the purchase and deciding what I really want.
  • Using my Wishlists
    • I am using the wish list function on a lot of book buying sites so that I can find the books again when I go into actually buy them. Instead of buying right then.
  • Ridding my Shelves of duplicates. 
    • I am kinda picky about editions of books that I purchase, therefore if I was not able to find the edition of a book I wanted when I bought it and got a random set I will be getting rid of them periodically. Most likely to friends but ones I believe you all will enjoy may be done in a Twitter Giveaway; follow me @komondor70 
  • I am hoping to keep this going until June at the earliest, as college students do not get the most money to spend :)
We will see how long I last... :) 
Happy reading Everyone!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Currently Reading

Hey all, I am getting ready for classes of the day when I realized you all are going to be expecting a post :) So I thought I would be using this time to update what I am reading... In order to finish all of the books I had planned for the month, I needed to read about 100 pages a day, so I do not know If I will be able to finish them all :( but I will try.

Currently Reading:

  • Six of Crows 
    • By: Leigh Bardugo 
      • I am really loving this novel! The setting is not as well fleshed out as the Grisha trilogy she wrote prior, however it is a fast paced read. I am enjoying most of the characters, except Kaz because we don't know too much of him although I am still early on in the novel. I am so happy to be back in aYA world that is fast paced and unique. 
    • Pg:100

Monday, January 11, 2016

The Elfstones of Shannara By: Terry Brooks

The Elfstones of Shannara 

By:Terry Brooks

Review 

Take this review with a grain of salt, keep in mind that I am fairly new to the fantasy genre and the classical genre for sure, so my point of view is skewed. However I really enjoyed this novel on the whole.

Plot:
"Ancient Evil threatens the Elves: The ancient tree created by long-lost Elven magic, is dying. When Wil Ohmsford is summoned to guard the Amberle on a perilous quest to gather a new seed for a new tree, he is faced with the Reaper, the most fearsome of all Demons. And Wil is without power to control them...."(Goodreads)

Characters:
  • These characters are flat at the beginning of the story with some interesting plot points. 
  • The characters have a tendency to grow on you as the story progresses. 
  • Not the best characters ever created, however along with the epic tale that Terry told and their mediocre character development it made for a fun time!
  • Overall the characters were cool to read about even if their personality didn't grow on me as much as some others do.
Writing:
  • This is the MAJOR fault I have in this novel is just Brooks' writing with a very heavy handed dose of repetition. 
    • For example Brooks told the reader of the Elcrys first dying and then proceeded to repeat the same exact story to each character who came into the plot line. 
General Thoughts:
  1. This is not known to be one f the best books, it is almost methodical in its style and plot movements.
  2. It is a fun ride to go on watching Wil and Amberle grow as people and take on the Demons of old.
  3. I found this story to be incredible in scope, it was a self contained storyline in one 500 page book which rarely happens. 
  4. The book was fun and cool, however the television show is not something that I would recommend as it does not stick to the book as well as I would prefer.
Rating: 3.75 stars 

I found this book to be so enjoyable because this was the first classical fantasy novel that I have read. In liking this one so much I cannot wait to begin the Lord of The Rings By: JRR Tolkien.




Friday, January 8, 2016

Most Anticipated Books of 2016

Most Anticipated Books 2016!

I am going to do this in a list format with the date they come out and a link to their descriptions for your convenience.


  1. A Closed and Common Orbit
    1. By: Becky Chambers (October 2016)
    2. ACACO Goodreads Link
  2. The Imposter Queen
    1. By: Sarah Fine (January 5th)
    2. The Imposter Queen Goodreads
  3. Everfair
    1. By: Nisi Shawl (2016)
    2. Everfair Goodreads Link
  4. The Last Days of New Paris
    1. By: China Meiville (August 2016)
    2. Goodreads Link
  5. Sleeping Giants
    1. By: Sylvain Neuvel (April 26th)
    2. Sleeping Giant Goodreads Page
I know there are more that I will find later on, however these are the books I am most looking forward to this year! 

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

First Impressions of MTV Shannara Chronicles

Plot:

  1. Does not really follow the book in any way except using the same names.
  2. Gives a spin on some backstory that readers are left guessing at...
  3. Show jumps around a lot, with some weird CGI moments
Show in General:
  • The characters are cast very well, just as they are in the book!
  • The setting of New Zealand pushes the fantastical elements over the top.
  • Costumes, are epic! I want to be Alanon for Halloween just so I can find clothing to match his character...
Book:
  • The Elfstones of Shannara is where I am at now/ started
  • I am enjoying it a lot! The world is vast and the races are fascinating...
  • I am really bummed that the books each follow different characters...
  • I should be finishing this within the week!
  • Book is good or better and the show is okay or mediocre 

More Updates to come tomorrow when I see episode 2-3 and read more of the book. 


Monday, January 4, 2016

The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet

The Long Way to A Small Angry Planet

By: Becky Chambers
Review

Plot: "Somewhere within our crowded sky, a crew of wormhole builders hops from planet to planet, on their way to the job of a lifetime. To the galaxy at large, humanity is a minor species, and one patched-up construction vessel is a mere speck on the starchart. This is an everyday sort of ship, just trying to get from here to there. "(Goodreads)

Characters: (I am giving my general opinion on all characters)
  • Brilliant!
  • These characters fill all of the topics of modern life including:
    • Relationships
    • LGBTQ
    • Friendship
    • Funny dialog 
    • Cool races...
  • They have so much depth and development which makes them feel like they are  your friends you have known forever!
Writing: 
  1. Smooth as silk... It is easy to read but not a flat story.
  2. Fun and quirky characters 
  3. AMAZING! (I cannot articulate anymore)
  4. Nothing profound and lyrical just a simple fun story!
  5. There is not a whole lot of action and extreme plot, it is very much a journey  with wonderful characters going to an angry planet. But the characters make up for the slow plot!
General Recommendations:
  • If you like sci fi PICK THIS UP
  • If you want to see how all modern issues such as race, gender, family, relationships and much more can be brought together into a masterpiece, GO TRY IT!
Rating:
*****/*****
5/5 Stars

This is a new style of review I am going to try giving you guys a very brief look into the book in hopes that you all will pick it up...

Friday, January 1, 2016

January 2016 TBR

Hello everyone, it is a new year and I am going to try my hardest to keep up with reading when I go back to school on Tuesday and keep you all updated! I have some new posting days, I will post a post Monday, Wednesday and Friday, so keep a look out on those days for a new post or idea coming your way!

Here are the books I would like to complete in January 2016:


  • Mage's Blood 
    • By: David Hair 
    • 671pages 
  • The Elfstones of Shannara
    • By: Terry Brooks
    • 589 pages
  • Angel's Game 
    • By: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    • 531 pages 
  • The Red Knight 
    • By: Miles Cameron
    • 650 pages 
  • The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet
    • By: Becky Chambers
    • 196 pages left
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell 
    • By: Susanna Clarke
    • 465 pages left
  • Six of Crows (Might be read)
    • By: Leigh Bardugo 
    • 465 pages
Grand Total Page Count: 3,567 pages
Pages TO READ A DAY: 115 pages