Monday, October 31, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #127

badgeThe Meme Comes From The Book Dare.

Books I Read Last Week: 

Othello by William Shakespeare
Key Lime Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen #9) by Joanne Fluke
The Crown's Game (#1) by Evelyn Skye 
So Far from God by Ana Castillo





Number of Pages: 1328

Films Watched:

Young Frankenstein (1974)


Currently Reading:


Saturday, October 29, 2016

Stacking the Shelves/Weekly Update #117


Stacking The Shelves

Reviews:

Review: Othello by William Shakespeare
Review: The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
Review: Replica (Replica #1) by Lauren Oliver
Review: Morning Star (Red Rising #3) by Pierce Brown

Bought:

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1) by Becky Chambers ($7.99 Kindle)
Travelling to Infinity: The True Story Behind the Theory of Everything by Jane Hawking ($3.00)
Moby Dick: Or the Whale by Herman Melville ($1.25)
Shirley by Charlotte Brontë ($1.25)
The Blade Itself (The First Law #1) by Joe Abercrombie
The Telling by Alexandra Sirowy ($4.41)





Won:

I did not win any books last week and I was a bit disappointed lol but now I'm back with too many books/wins *facepalm*

Lowcountry Boil (Liz Talbot Mystery #1) by Susan M. Boyer
5-Minute Sketching -- People: Super-Quick Techniques for Amazing Drawings by Pete Scully
Beauty and Attention: A Novel by Liz Rosenberg 
The Black Orchid (A Lady Jane Mystery #2) by Annis Bell
Aftermath  by Clara Kensie 
Better Than New: How Saving Old Homes Saved Me by Nicole Curtis
David Bowie Retrospective and Coloring Book by Mel Elliott


For Review: 

Alterations by Stephanie Scott (a retelling of Sabrina) 
Two Days Gone by Randall Silvis

Friday, October 28, 2016

Friday Follows #10



This is a weekly blog meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read

The Rules:

The goal is to increase blog followers, make friends and have something to post.
You create your own post using the post prompt.
You leave your link and thumbnail in the linky list that links back to your post prompt.
Once you have your post up and linked, visit other posts and tell them hi. The point is to FOLLOW them not just comment.
If you see a post that just hit it to the moon, or just want to show appreciation to a fellow blogger friend, like their name on the linky list to show some appreciation.
The person with the most likes gets chosen as the next Feature (you can be chosen every 90 days unless we are in need of features)
It is required that if you participate that you have to follow the FEATURE. It is a big no-no to participate and ignore the feature. They are the special snowflake in this little blizzard.
As a participant it is up to your discretion on how you want people to follow. Please post RSS, GFC etc if you have a follow of choice.

Specific RULES:

Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say “hi” in your comments and that they are now following you.
If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn’t have GFC (Google Friends Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followed FOLLOW as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”
Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”
If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers
  

This week's prompt is: 

What are some of your favorite creepy/twisted/dark covers? via Brooke Banks

My Answer: 

Here are some of the new releases with awesome/dark covers.




Friday Meme: Books/Movies/Games Coming Out This Month That I Want To Read/See/Play # 41

Books: OCT 31st.




DVD/Theater:



Thursday, October 27, 2016

Review: Othello by William Shakespeare

 Summary from Goodreads:

In Othello, Shakespeare creates a powerful drama of a marriage that begins with fascination (between the exotic Moor Othello and the Venetian lady Desdemona), with elopement, and with intense mutual devotion and that ends precipitately with jealous rage and violent deaths. He sets this story in the romantic world of the Mediterranean, moving the action from Venice to the island of Cyprus and giving it an even more exotic coloring with stories of Othello's African past. Shakespeare builds so many differences into his hero and heroine—differences of race, of age, of cultural background—that one should not, perhaps, be surprised that the marriage ends disastrously. But most people who see or read the play feel that the love that the play presents between Othello and Desdemona is so strong that it would have overcome all these differences were it not for the words and actions of Othello's standard-bearer, Iago, who hates Othello and sets out to destroy him by destroying his love for Desdemona. As Othello succumbs to Iago's insinuations that Desdemona is unfaithful, fascination—which dominates the early acts of the play—turns to horror, especially for the audience. We are confronted by spectacles of a generous and trusting Othello in the grip of Iago's schemes; of an innocent Desdemona, who has given herself up entirely to her love for Othello only to be subjected to his horrifying verbal and physical assaults, the outcome of Othello's mistaken convictions about her faithlessness. 

My Review:

I started off knowing the general story line of Othello, mainly about jealously but it was an interesting read.

It deals with the racism in the culture and the representation of women in an way that undermines the current culture. I only just finished it play last night and I might be writing a paper, so analysis will be happening!

The worst but well-spoken/shocking character was Iago, the main villain who is trying to drive Othello made with jealously. It has so many motives for his crimes but he never truly explains why he did everything.

It was fun locating the quote about jealously as a green eyed monster and I also found the common phrase, crocodile tears.

My favorite characters were Desdemona and Emilia, I usually end up liking the females in Shakespeare's play (even in Henry 5 with just Katherine, who was not in the play every much). There is even a feminist element with the character of Emilia that I enjoyed reading and may reread in the future.

I was expecting a tragic ending, the genre gets the reader ready for that, but this one was as intense as the Hamlet ending!!

My Rating:

3.5 Stars Out of 5

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Wishlist Wednesday # 118



Wishlist Wednesday is where you show a book that has been on your wishlist/TBR list for a while, the meme is hosted by Pen to Paper.

 Summary from Goodreads:

Summertime has finally arrived in Lake Eden, Minnesota, and Hannah Swensen, owner of The Cookie Jar bakery, is looking forward to warm, lazy days, eating ice cream, and sharing picnics with friends. But when a family reunion takes a deadly turn, it's up to Hannah to find a killer...Between baking up a storm for The Cookie Jar and unravelling the mystery of her cat Moishe's recent strange behaviour, Hannah Swensen has a lot on her plate. But she'll always make time for her business partner, Lisa, who's in the midst of preparing for a big family reunion. Everyone is delighted when Lisa's long-lost uncle makes a surprise appearance. No one has heard from Gus in twenty-five years - and his arrival has everyone buzzing with excitement.Uncle Gus is immediately the hit of the reunion, telling tales of his great success and flashing money for all to see. He's almost as popular as Hannah's scrumptious carrot cake, which is also Gus' favourite dessert. But the next morning, as the whole family gathers for the group photo, one person is missing. Hannah offers to track down Uncle Gus, but her search leads to a shocking find. Over by the bar at the pavilion, she spots two slices of her infamous carrot cake, frosting-side down on the floor - and Gus' corpse with an ice pick jutting out of his chest!A little snooping reveals that not everyone was celebrating Gus' return. And when Hannah unearths more secrets from Gus' past, she discovers even more people with an axe to grind. Now Hannah's got to sift through a long list of suspects to find a killer - even if it could mean a recipe for her own demise...

My Notes:

I'm enjoying this cosy mystery series. Plus, the audiobooks are great to listen to while working. :)

Waiting on Wednesday # 119



"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, where you pick a book that is coming out soon that you want to read.

 Summary from Goodreads:

In this irresistible story, Kasie West explores the timeless question of what to do when you fall for the person you least expect. Witty and romantic, this paperback original from a fan favorite is perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson.

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?
 

My Notes:

I love Kasie West (I still need to read her latest novel) and her contemporary works, can't wait to read this one. :)

Review: The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

 Summary from Goodreads:

Once you let a book into your life, the most unexpected things can happen...

Broken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her pen pal, Amy. When she arrives, however, she finds that Amy's funeral has just ended. Luckily, the townspeople are happy to look after their bewildered tourist—even if they don't understand her peculiar need for books. Marooned in a farm town that's almost beyond repair, Sara starts a bookstore in honor of her friend's memory. 

All she wants is to share the books she loves with the citizens of Broken Wheel and to convince them that reading is one of the great joys of life. But she makes some unconventional choices that could force a lot of secrets into the open and change things for everyone in town. Reminiscent of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, this is a warm, witty book about friendship, stories, and love

My Review:

The last half of the novel went off into unrealistic areas and I almost lost interest, however, the great main character, Sara, kept me reading.

I think I would have enjoyed this without the love stories, it could have just forced more on the life of Amy and the creation/upkeep of the bookstore (yes I am a nerd and wanted more about the books).

Despite some nit picking I adored the book for what it was, a cute story that intwined the love of books, traveling to new places, and the questioning of the future.

The side characters were okay (some I could have done without) but my all time favorite was the side story with George and his family, it broke my heart.

I would pick up another book if this turns out to be a series.

I recommend that book lovers check this out (be warned there are some spoilers for other novels in here).

My Rating:

4 Stars Out of 5

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Horror Novels #109


The Broke and Bookish. 

1. The Shining and Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
2. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson,
3. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
4. NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
5. The Madman’s Daughter Series by Megan Shepherd
6. Night Film by Marisha Pessl 

Review: Replica (Replica #1) by Lauren Oliver

 Summary from Goodreads:

Two girls, two stories, one epic novel

From Lauren Oliver, New York Times bestselling author of Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy, comes an epic, masterful novel that explores issues of individuality, identity, and humanity.Replica is a “flip book" that contains two narratives in one, and it is the first in a duology. Turn the book one way and read Lyra's story; turn the book over and upside down and read Gemma's story. The stories can be read separately, one after the other, or in alternating chapters. The two distinct parts of this astonishing novel combine to produce an unforgettable journey. Even the innovative book jacket mirrors and extends the reading experience.

Lyra's story begins in the Haven Institute, a building tucked away on a private island off the coast of Florida that from a distance looks serene and even beautiful. But up close the locked doors, military guards, and biohazard suits tell a different story. In truth, Haven is a clandestine research facility where thousands of replicas, or human models, are born, raised, and observed. When a surprise attack is launched on Haven, two of its young experimental subjects—Lyra, or 24, and the boy known only as 72—manage to escape.

Gemma has been in and out of hospitals for as long as she can remember. A lonely teen, her life is circumscribed by home, school, and her best friend, April. But after she is nearly abducted by a stranger claiming to know her, Gemma starts to investigate her family's past and discovers her father's mysterious connection to the secretive Haven research facility. Hungry for answers, she travels to Florida, only to stumble upon two replicas and a completely new set of questions.

While the stories of Lyra and Gemma mirror each other, each contains breathtaking revelations critically important to the other story. Replica is an ambitious, thought-provoking masterwork.

My Review:

I started off loving this novel, the strange format and the characters in the first section with Lyra, however, I was not a huge fan of the second part.

I adored Lyra's part, and she was by far my favorite main character (I wish she had been the main point of view for the entire novel), and it made me want so much more from her.

The story itself was so interesting with the clones but it was a hard to follow what was going on (at least in Gemma's part) and I'm still a bit unsure what happened in the end.

The main problem with Gemma's side was the pacing, it went on and on and I was mainly reading to finish the book (which may prevent me from picking up the second novel) and all of the inner hate that Gemma feels about her body was hard to read, at least for me.

I may have read this wrong by doing it chapter by chapter with each part, I would suggest reading the stories one chapter of each at a time (the kindle one is the best way to do this).

I recommend checking this novel out, for the strange writing structure and for Lyra! :)

My Rating:

3.5 Stars Out of 5

Monday, October 24, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #126

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I finished some big books this week, and got half way through some others. I have 6 papers due so reading next week might not happen.

Books I Read Last Week: 

Morning Star (Red Rising #3) by Pierce Brown (5 Stars)
Replica (Replica #1) by Lauren Oliver (3.5 Stars)
Voyager (Outlander #3) by Diana Gabaldon (3 Stars)
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald (4 Stars)




Number of Pages: 2,324

Films Watched:

Dr. Strangelove (1964)
Love & Friendship (2016)

Currently Reading: