Monday, May 30, 2016

JUNE TBR

June TBR

This is the first of my new style TBRs, where I will just show you all the books that I WILL be reading regardless. I am just going to be showing you guys the books that I am going to buddy-read, or have set in my mind that I will need to read in that month. 

The Books: 

  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog 
    • By: Muriel Barbery 
    • Pages: 325
  • The Gracekeepers
    • Kirsty Logan
    • Reading this on my Kindle
  • The Story of a New Name 
    • By: Elena Ferrante 
    • Pages: 471
  • Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay
    • By: Elena Ferrante 
    • Pages: 418
  • The Story of the Lost Child
    • By: Elena Ferrante 
    • Pages: 473
  • Assassins Apprentice
    • By: Robin Hobb 
    • Pages: 282 pages left
  • Royal Assassin 
    • By: Robin Hobb 
    • Pages: 648
  • Assassins Quest
    • By: Robin Hobb
    • Pages: 838
Total Pages: 3,455

These books are all ones that I need to buddy read and get completed this month; however as I look at these I am very skeptical that I will get to all of them. I am sad that this TBR is so large, I really want to read so many books but I do not know if this many pages can be read by myself in one month. Well I kind of failed in keeping the stress down for all the books that I need to read in the month, yet I will attempt to finish all of these!

Happy Reading!
Let me know in the comments if you find yourself pledging to read more books than you can in a month/ what are you reading this month?

Wednesday will be a review of a fantastic Literary fiction book, so stay tuned!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Photoshoot! 5-26-16

Swamplandia 
By: Karen Russell
Photoshoot!

I decided that today I would go out and take some photos of the amazing book Swamplandia, which is set in the Florida swamps. I hope you enjoy these pictures and can see the Floridian swamp come to life from New England USA!

















This book is my favorite I have read yet this year! In commemoration to finishing it within this week I took some photos surrounding the books plot. The book is set in the Florida swamps, so I went up to my pond behind my house to shoot pictures for an hour. 

I hope you all read this book very soon, I would recommend it to everyone!

Happy Reading! 
Let me know down in the comments what books you all think should have photos taken of them because they are stunning?

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Terrifying TBR

TBR Issues...
Discussion 

So, for todays post I will be just chatting with you all about my conflicting feelings about TBR lists and how I have had to stop using them! I am guilty of creating huge and very intimidating TBR lists, which stress me out and push me to read a ton in the month. I do like the urgency that I feel with TBR piles that motivates me to read so much, however I have become way to stressed lately with just the immense amount of books that I want to read and have planned for a month. These are the reasons I will be stopping all inclusive TBRs for each month. 

What are the perks of a TBR: 
  • They keep me organized.
  • Stressing me to read all of the books I set out to.
  • I can give you all an idea as to what I will be reading for the coming weeks so you know what reviews to expect.
  • I love planning my month and getting into the reading and blogging mood which TBR creating surely does for me :)
The drawbacks to a TBR: 
  • The stress. 
    • this one is a double edged sword, it can be a motivational tool or it can also push me over the edge and make me go into a reading slump and not want to pick up anything.
  • The sense of commitment and rigidity it adds to my reading. 
    • I feel like it takes all spontaneity out of the reading experience because I read so slowly and I am already squeezing as much as possible into my month. 
With the un needed stress that I am feeling this month to complete and stick to my TBR I have decided for the rest of the summer to just give you a glimpse into the few books I can definitely get to or will need to buddy read within that given month. I enjoy some amount of pressure and motivation but I am hoping to open up my structured reading habits so that I can read the books I really want to in the moment. This unbearable feeling was sparked by my spontaneous picking up of The Neapolitan Novels by: Elena Ferrante; I felt after picking up this book series and wanting to marathon it that I became distraught because I feel like I failed to give you all what I promised for the month.

This is not to say that there will be no more TBRs, I will have some each month where I will share books that I am certainly going to be reading either on my own or for a buddy read. I also finished the Try a Chapter Tag and really enjoyed the spontaneity that it allowed my reading tastes, so I may begin this as a monthly post to find other books for me to read in the month. I hope you will be okay with this new format for my monthly reading plans, the first modified TBR will be live this Friday!

All of the Books I have to read:














Happy Reading!

Please let me know your thoughts about TBRs and their functionality? 
Do not forget that there is a photoshoot will be happening with the book Swamplandia later this week and the post will be up on Monday, follow me on Twitter to see sneak peeks!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Review 5-23-16

Swamplandia!
By: Karen Russell

I know what you all have grown to know and love on this blog, is my Fantasy and Science Fiction reviews, however I have recently been dipping my toes into the genres like Literary Fiction and Adult Fiction. I have been loving the books that I am reading in the genres, however that does not mean that I am done reviewing Fantasy and Sci-fi! I am just branching my reading tastes; and this book is one that any person can read and love. This book was recommended to me on Mercedes YouTube Channel, MercysBookishMusings I could not be happier that I took her advice and read this book!


Plot: "The Bigtree alligator wrestling dynasty is in decline--think Buddenbrooks set in the Florida Everglades--and Swamplandia!, their island home and gator-wrestling theme park, is swiftly being encroached upon by a sophisticated competitor known as the "World of Darkness." 

Ava, a resourceful but terrified twelve-year-old, must manage seventy gators and the vast, inscrutable landscape of her own grief. Her mother, Swamplandia!’s legendary headliner, has just died; her sister is having an affair with a ghost called the Dredgeman; her brother has secretly defected to the World of Darkness in a last-ditch effort to keep their sinking family afloat; and her father, Chief Bigtree, is AWOL. To save her family, Ava must journey on her own to a perilous part of the swamp called the "Underworld," a harrowing odyssey from which she emerges a true heroine." (Goodreads Link)

Themes: 
  • Love: 
    • This theme is seen on many occasions throughout the book, including the Bigtree children's interactions, and Ossie and the Ghost (Lewis Thanksgiving)
    • This theme is used very nicely throughout the book to emphasize lessons such as the importance of family and the pursuit of love and joy! 
    • Karen Russell knows how to write with powerful emotions and family connections and drama that I have never seen an author handle so brilliantly, that in itself should give this book a 5/5 rating however there is more to make this book brilliant!
  • Grief: 
    • The theme of grief and sadness is seen laced throughout this book, with the constant threat to Swamplandia and their home, watching their mother battle cancer, and the families separation in order to save the park! 
      • This books sends you on a rollercoaster of emotions, sad, happy and anguish are felt by the reader most often in this novel. I do like how these emotions are used, they seem to me to be in a logical place and not overplaying a situation as many authors do. 
    • If I was faced with this kind of grief and stress on my family relations, I would not remain as calm and resilient as the Bigtrees do! 
  • Danger/ Death: 
    • They wrestle Alligators for a living, meaning that each and everyone of the family must come to the conclusion that they are in danger each time they perform. Yet they perform for each new group of tourists that arrive to the Island, "the show must go on!"
  • Forgiveness: 
    • This book has a large family aspect interwoven with the prose, and the main conflict with the group is forgiving each other for the past between each other. 
      • Forgiveness is dealt with in the correct time and slow burning style as all other emotions are used in this book, giving the reactions a very relatable quality. 
My Thoughts:
  • Characters: 
    • These characters have become like siblings to me as I read this book! 
    • The Bigtree Tribe is very odd and eclectic, however their quirks allow any person to relate to them, regardless of your personal background or experiences. 
      • I was able to relate to the family even though I have never been to an Alligator wrestling show, or even the marshes of Florida that make up the fictional Swamplandia.
    • These characters are written with such flair and excellent usage of colloquial English that it gives the reader a sense of familiarity and immersion within the story. 
      • The characters speak at times in jilted English, this helps to remind the reader of their young age and the location of the book, the Floridian Peninsula. 
    • With this novel's heavy dependance on character growth and development, along with the realistic nature of each character I fell in love with this book! It houses everything that I love in a book!
  • Writing Style:
    • The writing style in this novel is very unique. 
      • The style is very simplistic and well crafted. 
      • Karen Russell is able to mix the slang of Swamplandia and modern/proper English to form sentences that will stay with you long after you turn the last page!
  • Audiobook Quality: 
    • I read this book through the Overdrive app on my phone, listening to the audiobook as I worked late into the night this passed week. 
    • I enjoyed the narrators, they each had a distinct tone even the two sisters were easily distinguished which added a great depth to the novel.
    • Though I loved this audiobook so greatly, I will be unable to listen to another book narrated by these guys without thinking of the Bigtrees and their sad tale. 
Overall Rating: 5/5 Stars!
I cannot rate this book high enough, it has become one of my all time favorites and possibly my favorite of the year thus far! I am still astonished with the scope of this book and how well each topic was dealt with within the pages.

Happy Reading Everyone!
I hope you all are able to read something amazing this week. If you have a chance to pick up this book and read it, Tweet me at @Komondor70 because I would love to chat with you guys about this amazing novel!

P.S: There is going to be a photoshoot post coming later this week as soon as my physical copy arrives in the post! For now the mysterious Goodreads cover will have to do! Possibly a video later down the road too, because I love this book so much :)

Friday, May 20, 2016

Friday Reads/ Updates!

Updates!


Hey everyone! I am making this post to update you all on my reading progress and change in TBR for the rest of the month! 

  • I am changing my TBR slightly for the rest of the month to begin the Neapolitan Novels by: Elena Farrante. 
    • I picked this series up at a local bookstore and began reading the first book on Wednesday, and I absolutely fell in love with it and bought it. 
    • I am planning to read these books in a marathon fashion so I am able to immerse myself fully into the series.
  • I am also going to finish Swamplandia by: Karen Russel which I am loving even more as I get further into the book!
    • The audiobook is amazing, all the voice actors make the story even more realistic and haunting!
  • I need to read Saga volumes 1-5 before the month is out for the Booktube SFF Awards, these should read very quickly because they are graphic novels. 
  • I am beginning to craft my TBR for June and I have no clue how I am going to complete all that I want to read but I am really going to try  to get to them all and stick to my TBR next month. If you want to know what I am going to be reading in June, keep your eye open, next Friday I will have my TBR up on the blog. 

Happy Reading!
Let me know what you are going to be reading this weekend and for the rest of the month?


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

PhotoShoot!

Uprooted PhotoShoot!

This is an idea that I have had for a long time now, and I just had the chance to photograph some books today in the light of spring! Here is the first in a series of posts that will follow many reviews in the future! I hope you enjoy my photos, and respect that these are my personal photos. If you would like to use them in anyway just mention me as photograph credit and I am glad to have you all using them. 




 A malevolent wood, a Dragon, and wizards all collide in: Uprooted by: Naomi Novik.

These photos were taken in the woods surrounding my house, with the spring snow finally gone I am able to take books out and photograph them.

Have you ever wondered 
what the trees are "thinking" as you stroll through nature? Well after this book you will walk briskly through the wood and never question the trees.
This book combines two of my favorite things into one, nature and magic! The trees were once alive in the wood, and have now come to reign terror on the surrounding villages.
The flowers in the photos were taken from my garden, with many fruiting plants in bloom right now. Sadly I could not find a single rose to tie in with the amazing storyline of the book. 



















Review 5-18-16


Review: Uprooted by: Naomi Novik 

Tag Line: Fairytales, magic, and a deadly woodland combine to create a powerhouse of a novel!

Plot: "Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.
 " (Goodreads)


General Thoughts: 
I found this book to be a very conflicting with all of its components. The book begins with a very slow pace that takes about 200 pages to fully transition into the powerful and swift moving book that it is. A major issue that I have with many novels is not feeling any sort of connection with the characters, something I was fearing that this book would be lacking, however by the end I found myself caring for every single character in this novel! I had some special connections with the Dragon and Agnieska, they had a certain spunk and tenacity that I have never seen within any character; they are a powerhouse that is not afraid to take on the Woods and bring safety back to their community. The Dragon began as a dislikable and aloof character that I was prepared to hate, however his motivations are slowly revealed throughout the novel and he became a "friend" of mine within this strange and dangerous world. 

The magic system that was utilized in the novel grounded the story for me, before the magic was introduced I feared that it would be boring and slow all the way through. The magic system is a combination of illusion and deadly force, which is not anything that I have ever read about! Using the powers to fight a deadly and malevolent Wood immersed me in this novel because of my personal connection to the outdoors and the trees in particular. As a biology major with a concentration in environmental sciences I have to be out in the field and work with nature, after reading this novel I may feel a little unnerved with any trees that stand tall with a silvery bark as we see in the Mother Trees. 

While playful and unique, this book delivers its full force after the halfway mark! Again as I said previously the beginning is very slow and quite dull. The second half of the novel takes on a break neck speed with a very fun and dark twist that turned this entire book around for me! I love books that can evoke an emotion and atmospheric feeling, while I was reading this book I was able to feel unnerving bliss similar to what I remember when fairytales were read to me when I was a child. 

Cons: 
  • Sporadic pace changes
  • Battle scenes with too much detail
    • I am all for a vvid and luscious writing style, however when I read this battle scene which is around 50 pages in the second half of the book I found it too dense and quite confusing at times. 
  • Taking a while to feel a true connection with characters.
  • I would like to have a sequel. 
Pros: 
  • Lush and immersive writing style.
  • Creativity 
  • Atmosphere and character building 
  • reimagining a fairytale that was previously written 
  • Incorporating the Nordic and Swedish elements into a fantasy novel
Booktube SFF Award Thoughts: 
I read this book for the Booktube SFF Awards show on YouTube, I am glad to have picked up this novel! I will not be voting for this novel in the awards solely because I liked another more, hwever this book has some amazing aspects that came together into a wonderfully fun novel. 

Star Rating: 4/5
Happy Reading!
Keep your eyes on the blog for a bonus post later today! I will has a photoshoot up with the book Uprooted.




Monday, May 16, 2016

Reading Habits Tag

Reading Habits Tag!
Summer Edition...

  1. Do you have a certain reading place at home? 
    1. I generally read in my bedroom on my bed, or in the living room. I cannot read outside that well because I tend to get distracted with all the sounds of the birds near my house.
  2. Bookmark or piece of paper? 
    1. Both, it just depends on what I have closest to me when I am done with the section I am reading.
  3. Do you stop reading after a page number or a chapter? 
    1. I am OCD when it comes to this, I cannot stop on a page I must stop at the end of the chapter so I have an idea where I am going to pick up again. 
  4. Do you eat or drink while reading?
    1. Nope! Nothing of the sort happens around my books, I am too afraid to get anything on them...
  5. Movie or TV while reading?
    1. I am unable to read without complete silence because I will focus on the sounds instead of my reading.
  6. One book or several at once? 
    1. I do not like to read many books at once, but I tend to have many on the go at once, although I only am actively reading one book at a time. 
  7. Reading out loud or in your head? 
    1. In my head!
  8. Reading at home or everywhere?
    1. I generally read physical books at home and ebooks or audiobooks when I am not at home.
  9. Do you read ahead or skip pages? 
    1. NO this is awful! You cannot do this, it has a huge spoiler effect and I cannot get around this question. I do not skip pages or read ahead!
  10. Breaking the spine or keeping them pristine?
    1. I keep my books as close to new as possible, broken spines always make me cringe and not want them on my shelves.
  11. Do you write in your books? 
    1. I only write in my books when I am reading them for school or they are classics that I like and find quotes that I want to find and write down later.

Happy Reading!
Let me know what you guys are reading, and your answers to these questions! I would love to see what you guys think...
                                                                                                          I wrote in this book for school :)

Friday, May 13, 2016

Friday Reads

Friday Reads!
5-13-16

I normally do not post things such as this, however today I was thinking about my plan of attack to complete all the books I wanted to for this month and decided to give you guys a glimpse into the madness that will be my next reading week! Again this is a post idea that I originally saw on YouTube, but decided what the heck, I can do this on my blog too!

The Books: 

  • Uprooted by: Naomi Novik
    • This is a Booktube SFF Awards nominee I need to finish and I am currently 58% done with the book according to Goodreads, so I will get to finish it this weekend! I am enjoying it at the moment but we will see where it leads. 
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kalavier & Clay by: Michael Chabon
    • This book is a massive novel that I was sent in a BookedBox subscription and I would like to keep up with the books that are sent to me in the boxes! I am planning to finish this one next week for certain, but that means I need to start it this weekend. I am hoping to read around 94 pages a day, but I do not know if I can read at that kind of pace, we will see :)
  • Swamplandia by: Karen Russell
    • I am loving this collection of vignette fiction collection. It is set in the Florida swamps on an alligator theme park and it has a rustic and cajun flare to it that I love. The audiobook is amazing, although I am loving it so much that I am going to buy the hardcover copy so I can re read it in the future! (My favorite read at the moment)
  • Midnight Hour by: Mary Robinette Kowal 
    • Another Booktube SFF Award nominee for short work that needs to be completed. I know that I can complete this within the span of the weekend, I am hoping to have a joint short story review up on Monday for the Booktube SFF short works.
  • Perfect State by: Brandon Sanderson
    • I love his style of writing however I do not know how his short fiction writing is going to be for me since I know and love his works for their lengthy qualities. I am going to be reading this also for the Booktube SFF Awards. 
  • I may also be picking up some random graphic novels over the next week to fill in the holes, I do also need to complete SAGA vol. 1-5 so I really need to start those within the coming week. 
I know this is a very crazy stack of books to attempt to tackle in one week, but I am armed with my cozy blanket and reading light and I am ready to kick my reading into HIGH GEAR! I am sorry that this post was late, I woke up this morning and began to read more of Uprooted instantly! 

Happy Reading!
Please let me know what you are reading this weekend or what you plan to read next week, I would love to know :)

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Controversial Post

Gender Depiction in Books!


This topic has been floating around in my head for days now, ever since I did the Try A Chapter Tag. I noticed in all the books that i sampled how "ideally" each gender was portrayed, this infuriated me to no end because I found it to be unrealistic and frankly a disgustingly obvious view catcher. By view catcher I mean that the author or publisher would have used this point of having a "sexy" guy/girl in the book would attract readers to buy and read the book. This type of stereotyping has become shamed to do to women for many reasons including the fact that it is morally wrong, however I do not think that the same careful approach has been used with men yet and I feel as though it should. 

Society's Male mold:                                                                           Society's Female mold:












These are images taken straight from Google when you search Men, and Women (full body photo). These are not what most of us look like, however they are the types that are most often depicted in works of fiction.

Me:
I am on the far right, those guys are my friends, and this photo I believe more accurately portrays the variety that is seen in build types, more than fiction does at the least.

In each of the books the male character was either 6' with abs and a glowing smile, or was an athletic build who was a pure jock that everyone loved/swooned for. This image does not appeal to many male readers and honestly it in some cases can serve as a reminder that they are not perfect, which I hope and do not think is the authors intention. I cannot believe that we use such a wide range of races and genders in fiction now, however authors cannot write a love plot point without the male/female being the societal version of perfection. This is awful, everyone should be represented through fiction not just the "best"!

 This infuriates me for many reasons:
  • Not everyone will be built to fit a stereotype.
  • Shaming in either gender is not okay to do. 
  • This unassuming little "perfect" man may be seen as a reader grab, and sadly it works. 
    • This guy stereotype, much like a female stereotype does affect guys in a similar way as always reading about models can do for girls. We all want to be the best we can be and since society has formed these molds for each gender I feel that we are all forced and trying to fit into one. 
  • It irks me that an author can write about a love story without representing all types of people, I understand it is their own creative license however they should realize that is teens and society is constantly bombarded with these images and ideas, people will be either self critical or hate that they cannot achieve that "desired" body type.

I am in no way the "perfect" guy, sure I am skinny, however muscles are not really present and I am not going to fit this type anytime soon. It bothers me that we as a society can skirt around and pretend that there is no issue with body shaming with males and yet it is so constantly thrown into the media we consume. This is an issue that I have been seeing more and more as I have been reading, the representation of women and girls in fiction has broadened with many different body types being depicted in literature. However I do not see the male community having such a great change, I am not saying that either gender is fairly represented in literature by any means. 

We have a long way to go to get correct representation of all types of people in fiction, I have just been annoyed with the singular "hunky" male love interest characters that I have seen recently in books. This is not to say that all body types are ignored, often there will be a slightly heavier set person or a shorter stocky male/female, however they are most often used as a friend or moral support character which is not okay. The message that this is sending to children and adults alike is that they must fit society's mold in order to fall in love and be loved, which in NO way is the message that needs to be sent out! 

Books that I saw this in: 
  • Trial By Fire By: Josephine Angelini
  • Where Things Come Back By: John Corey Whaley
  • Carry On By: Rainbow Rowell
  • Throne of Glass By: Sara J Maas 
    • This is not to say that I do not like these books, however I have been seeing these unfair ideals being portrayed in them. 
I am sorry if this is offensive to anyone reading, however it is a topic that I have been thinking about for days and I needed to get it out in the open. I know as a society we need to work on this, that is why I am highlighting it in a post. 

Happy Reading, 
Let me know what you all think about this topic and the way genders are depicted in fiction, and what you are currently reading, I would love to know!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Graphic Novel Reviews!

Graphic Novel Reviews


Nimona By: Noel Stephenson


Plot: A shapeshifting girl who teaches evil that good can be worth the sacrifices that you need to make to attain it! 

 "Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren't the heroes everyone thinks they are." (Goodreads)

Thoughts: 
  • The artwork is OKAY for me, it was nice but not my favorite that I have every seen. 
  • I really enjoyed Nimona, her character building allowed me to feel a connection to her that I rarely feel within any book let alone a graphic novel character. 
  • I found the idea behind this book to be great! However I found that this could have been written in a better way rather than the satyrical and outlandish way it was formatted. 
    • Honestly who calls a character Goldenloins?!
  • I just found this graphic novel to be a fun jont that I may flick through again for some fun :) Or if I am crunched for space I will not hesitate to rid it from the shelves. 
    • The ending gave me a tear jerk and that is what saved this whole book for me, as I tent to enjoy books that will emotionally drain me and make me connect to the characters. 
Stars: 3.5/5


The Wicked & Divine Volumes 1-2:


Plot: "
Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. The team behind critical tongue-attractors like Young Avengers and PHONOGRAM reunite to create a world where gods are the ultimate pop stars and pop stars are the ultimate gods. But remember: just because you’re immortal, doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever." (Goodreads)

Thoughts: 
  • The artwork was stunning and right up my street! 
    • I loved the bright and clashing colors that they used in these issues. 
    • The characters have that animated TV character feel that I am missing from the shows that I watched as a child. 
  • I loved the characters: 
    • Sin was my favorite and she was acting as Satan, which is odd that she is my favorite. I loved the sass and flamboyance that she exuded as she lept from the page! 
    • I love the others for their realistic attitudes towards the world and witty banter. If you do not know yet, I am a sucker for sarcasm and wit!
  • In general the plot was fun and epic in scope, and I cannot wait to continue on when the third volume arrives in the mail! 
  • Stunning art, Sass, and quirk are the three words I would use to define this series so far. 
Stars: 5/5

Booktube SFF Awards tie in: I will be voting up The Wicked & Divine Volume 2, however I will demote Nimona for its lack of substance and art style. 


I hope you all enjoyed this little foray into Graphic novels that I am doing! I will have a selection of graphic works reviews for you all each month if I am able to get a hold of some :) 

Happy Reading!...



  

Friday, May 6, 2016

Try A Chapter Tag!


Try A Chapter Tag!

Todays post is going to be very odd, I am going to try to do the Try A Chapter Tag which I saw on Rachel from Kalanadi on YouTube. This tag is going to be odd on a blog, but we shall try it anyway. How this tag works: I choose some books to read a chapter from and then decide if I want to keep reading or not. I am using this as a way for me to thin my shelves, all the ones that I do not want to continue reading right away I will be getting rid of. I will post the books I am going to be reading now and then update you guys tonight at 7PM EST!


The Books:
  • Trial By Fire by: Josephine Angelini
    • I read this book and thoroughly enjoyed the part that I read and I had a very very hard time stopping so I really want to continue on with it in the coming months. This is a book that I will surely be reading very soon and  keeping on my shelves. 
  • Dear Killer by: Katherine Ewell
    • This book opens with a very odd premise of a girl sneaking into a bathroom to check her "mailbox" for a letter of who she needs to kill next. I liked this but I think that it will be a fun book to read once, however I do not feel like I will keeo it around on my shelves. 
  • Noggin by: John Corey Whaley 
    • This one has a very unique topic, cryogenically freezing ones head and attaching it to a body later on to save the person from a disease. I really loved this section that I read! I will be keeping this one and hopefully getting to it very quickly.
  • Where Things Come Back by: John Corey Whaley
    • I enjoyed this book second most only to Trial By Fire because I found it to be the most relatable, a boy from a small town learning to cope with many things. I am going to pick this one up next month for sure!
I know this is a lot of books, but I really need to get these sorted out and remove the ones that I dislike or do not want to read anytime soon to make room on my full shelves.

While this did not help me to decide what books to get rid of, however it did remind me of my love for YA and I will be surely reading them all within the next month. I also sadly could not finish the first parts of the rest of the books that I wanted to, however I am glad that I did this! It may be a new installment on the blog!

Let me know what you all are reading for this weekend?

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Review

The Fifth Season
By: NK Jemisin
Review

Plot: "This is the way the world ends. Again.

Three terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, a woman living an ordinary life in a small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Meanwhile, mighty Sanze -- the world-spanning empire whose innovations have been civilization's bedrock for a thousand years -- collapses as most of its citizens are murdered to serve a madman's vengeance. And worst of all, across the heart of the vast continent known as the Stillness, a great red rift has been torn into the heart of the earth, spewing ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries.

Now Essun must pursue the wreckage of her family through a deadly, dying land. Without sunlight, clean water, or arable land, and with limited stockpiles of supplies, there will be war all across the Stillness: a battle royale of nations not for power or territory, but simply for the basic resources necessary to get through the long dark night. Essun does not care if the world falls apart around her. She'll break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter."(Goodreads)

My Thoughts: 
This book warrants a rambling review, because there is so much that I am afraid of spoiling for anyone who wants to read the book. This book has a very unique story arch, tying all of the characters past and present lives together with an alternating chapter type. This book houses some very unique and simplistic writing that will anyone will be able to  read and comprehend. This is a phenomenal book with a discussion about believing in yourself and trusting those around you even if at the moment they may seem to be against you. 
The world that is seen in this novel is horrifying and vivid! This world goes through seasons which last decades and attempt to wipe the population from the earth with any means necessary, this may be an exaggerated connection that I am making but it seems to be making some comments on how we need to protect our environment and not let it disintegrate. This is a pertinent message especially now with all of the issues surrounding global warming. 
I loved this book for many reasons, including the characters and extensive world building that is seen throughout the book. Simplistic and fun writing allows everyone to read it, which I would recommend that anyone who has not read this book go out and buy this and sit down to read it! The emotional punch that this book is able to pack into the mere 449 pages is incredible, by the end of this book I was rooting for each and every character regardless of their social ranking within the Fulcrum (orogeny school). 

Booktube SFF Awards: 
This book was nominated for this award and I am finding it very hard to choose what I will vote for, this book is on par with Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson! The world building is rich and intriguing, I cannot wait for book two! I may be voting for Shadows of Shelf just because my love for Mistborn goes far beyond the logical senses; though this is a very close rival!

Rating: 5/5 stars 

I would have given more information about this book, however going into the story blind is the best way to read it to get the shock factor that is intended!


Happy Reading!

I will see you all on Friday with a fun post, and tag that I recently discovered on YouTube! I hope you guys have as great of a reading month as mine is promising to be!

Monday, May 2, 2016

May TBR 2016

Maybe May...
(TBR 2016)

This is a very spontaneous and lengthy TBR that I have chosen to attempt to complete all of these books. I recently completed my first year of university and I am now able to read everything that I have wanted to! So I realize that not all of these may be read, but I just cannot wait to read all of these so I am going to try to finish them all! 

TBR:
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
    • By: Michael Chabon
    • Page length: 678
      • This book was sent to me by the lovely people at BookedBox! I am hoping to keep up with all of the books that they send me each month in order to stay current with their recommendations. I am hoping to give literary works a chance since I have not delved into the genre very far. 
  • North of Here 
    • By: Laurel Saville
    • Page length: 258
      • This book was a recent purchase set in the area around my University, the Adirondack Mountains. I am just really wanting to read some more set in and around areas that I can visit and photograph for my review :)
  • The Miniaturist
    • By: Jesse Burton 
    • Page length: 392
      • This book is written by an author that I really would like to read, in preparation for the release of her second novel The Muse. I have also heard so many amazing things about this author and her talents as a writer. I also bought this very recently. 
  • Shades of Milk and Honey
    • By: Mary Robinette Kowal 
    • Page length: 302
      • This is a book that I have been eying for years and have recently aquired an amazing signed hardcover from the authors website and am hoping to speed right through! Her signature is STUNNING! 
  • A Little Life 
    • By: Hanya Yanigihara 
    • Page length: 720 
      • This book has been very controversial recently and being a reader who is hoping to get into the literary genre, I figured I should read this in order to gauge what I like in the genre. I am assuming that I will not get through this book this month but I would really like to start the journey!
  • Uprooted
    • By: Naomi Novik
    • Page length: 435
      • This is one of the Booktube SFF Awards books that I need to catch up on the books that I missed so far. I am really going to need to jump into this book and get it done!
  • Nimona 
    • By: Noel Stephenson 
    • Page length: 256
      • This graphic novel is a Booktube SFF Award finalist, which I have started but I really am not enjoying this. I will be finishing this within this coming week to get it done!
  • The Wicked and the Divine volumes 1-2 
    • By: Gillen McKelvie 
    • Page length: 312
      • Another Booktube SFF Awards nominee! I am going to fly through these this week to get ahead of the game for the liveshow that is fast approaching in June!
  • Midnight Hour 
    • By: Mary Robinette Kowal 
      • This is a short work that is for the Booktube SFF Awards and I am going to be reading this on my kindle, it shouldnt take me any longer than an hour to complete. 
  • Perfect State 
    • By: Brandon Sanderson
      • This is the final piece that I must read for the Booktube SFF Awards and it should not take me more than two hours so I cannot wait to read a short work of Sanderson's!


I am also still reading A Brief History of Seven Killings By: Marlon James, however this is only going to be a book that I pick up if I am not liking what I am reading at the time. 

This is again a very ambitious TBR that I may not be able to read them all in this month but I surely will try to do this. I am also going to be working on top of all of this reading! I am crazy but I really want to get through all of this!

Happy Reading Guys!
I will be updating the blog as I read these books.