Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Authors I'm Dying To Meet #126


The Broke and Bookish.


1. John Green. I've loved his novels since I was a freshman in high-school. He seems like a great person. 
2. Lauren Graham. I just finished reading her memoir and I would love to meet her. She seems down-to-earth, funny, and sweet. 
3. Anna Kendrick. I was not expecting to connect with her memoir as much as did, she is a great writer. 
4. Meg Cabot. I have a hug Cabot collection and The Princess Diaries was one of my favorite childhood series. It would be amazing to meet her! :)
5. Sarah Dessen. I'm cheating with this one because I met her back in 2012 at a book signing. However, I want a redo because I was a complete awkward and starstruck mess, lol. 
6. Deb Caletti. Another author from my childhood and I've been an avid reader of her teen novels. 
7. Sarah J. Maas. I love her fantasy YA novels and it would be fun to go to a signing. 
8. Maggie Stiefvater. I missed a chance to see her at a local bookcon but I'm hoping to meet her. 
9. Libba Bray. She is one of my favorite authors, I loved the Gemma Doyle series in high school. 
10. Laini Taylor. She is coming for a signing near me but I can't go because of class. :(

Review: Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham

 Summary from Goodreads:

In this collection of personal essays, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood reveals stories about life, love, and working as a woman in Hollywood—along with behind-the-scenes dispatches from the set of the new Gilmore Girls, where she plays the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore once again.

In Talking as Fast as I Can, Lauren Graham hits pause for a moment and looks back on her life, sharing laugh-out-loud stories about growing up, starting out as an actress, and, years later, sitting in her trailer on the Parenthood set and asking herself, “Did you, um, make it?” She opens up about the challenges of being single in Hollywood (“Strangers were worried about me; that’s how long I was single!”), the time she was asked to audition her butt for a role, and her experience being a judge on Project Runway (“It’s like I had a fashion-induced blackout”).

In “What It Was Like, Part One,” Graham sits down for an epic Gilmore Girls marathon and reflects on being cast as the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore. The essay “What It Was Like, Part Two” reveals how it felt to pick up the role again nine years later, and what doing so has meant to her.

Some more things you will learn about Lauren: She once tried to go vegan just to bond with Ellen DeGeneres, she’s aware that meeting guys at awards shows has its pitfalls (“If you’re meeting someone for the first time after three hours of hair, makeup, and styling, you’ve already set the bar too high”), and she’s a card-carrying REI shopper (“My bungee cords now earn points!”).

Including photos and excerpts from the diary Graham kept during the filming of the recent Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, this book is like a cozy night in, catching up with your best friend, laughing and swapping stories, and—of course—talking as fast as you can.
 

My Review:

What I Liked:

Writing. I'd forgotten how great of a writer Graham because I read her ficion novel years ago. However, the memoir was well-written, full of great jokes, and I loved listening to the audiobooks.

Message. I was not expecting to connect with the memoir as strongly as I did. I loved Graham's tips on meeting writing deadlines and they will be helpful in my future career. Graham is down to earth and a lovely person! I hope that she will keep on writing and I cannot wait to read more from her in the future.

Humor. I'm glad that I decided to listen to the audiobook because Graham was a great narrator and it had some added features (phone calls with her dad and publisher). The humor was a great element and the audiobook was the perfect way of expressing it.

The only thing that disappointed me about the memoir was the length! I would seriously would have listened to a 500 page novel.

I recommend checking this out for Graham's amazing humor and writing and all of the Gilmore Girls goodness.

My Rating:

5 Stars Out of 5 Stars


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Stacking the Shelves/Weekly Update #138



Reviews:

Review: King's Cage (Red Queen #3) by Victoria Aveyard
Review: Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon

Won:

Wool Omnibus Edition (Silo #1) by Hugh Howey


Library:
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
A List of Cages by Robin Roe


Friday, March 24, 2017

Review: King's Cage (Red Queen #3) by Victoria Aveyard

Summary from Goodreads:

In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl's spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?

Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother's web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.

As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare's heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.

When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.

My Review:

What I Liked:

Writing. I enjoy Aveyard's writing style and love reading her prose. Even if I dislike some aspects of her novels like point of view I will still read them because of the writing.

Characters. The main thing I like about the Red Queen series and Aveyard's writing is her characters. The best character in this book was Maven, she did a great job of creating a great three-dimensional villain.

Powers. I love the different types of powers but I would have liked to see even more of them. I do think that the world-building was ten times better in this novel than the second one.

What I Disliked:

Pacing. I had a similar complaint with the second book because at parts of the novel it was hard to get through. It did not need to be over 500 pages and about 50 pages from the end I felt like it could have ended a lot earlier.

Plot. I'm glad that the plot picked up in the third novel because the second one seemed to drag. And now I'm intrigued to see how the fourth and final novel finishes up the story.

Point of View. My favorite point of view was Mare's and I was able to fly through her chapters.
However, I believe the novel should have been only from the point of view of Mare (or even Maven or Cal) because the chapters with Cameron's point of view were not as compelling as the others. 

I recommend checking out this series, the second book was my least favorite in the series but it is starting to get better.

My Rating:

3.5 Stars Out of 5 Stars

Friday Meme: Books/Movies/Games Coming Out This Month That I Want To Read/See/Play # 55

Books: Week of 3/26 and 4/2




Films: 

The Zookeeper's Wife - 3/31

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Wishlist Wednesday # 133



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:

For readers of Lena Dunham, Allie Brosh and Roxane Gay, this funny, poignant, daringly honest collection of personal essays introduces Mara Wilson—the former child actress best known for her starring roles in Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire—as a brilliant new chronicler of the experience that is growing up young and female.
 
Mara Wilson has always felt a little young and a little out of place: as the only child on a film set full of adults, the first daughter in a house full of boys, the sole clinically depressed member of the cheerleading squad, a valley girl in New York and a neurotic in California, and one of the few former child actors who has never been in jail or rehab. Tackling everything from how she first learned about sex on the set of Melrose Place, to losing her mother at a young age, to getting her first kiss (or was it kisses?) on a celebrity canoe trip, to not being “cute” enough to make it in Hollywood, these essays tell the story of one young woman’s journey from accidental fame to relative (but happy) obscurity. But they also illuminate a universal struggle: learning to accept yourself, and figuring out who you are and where you belong. Exquisitely crafted, revelatory, and full of the crack comic timing that has made Mara Wilson a sought-after live storyteller and Twitter star, Where Am I Now? introduces a witty, perceptive, and refreshingly candid new literary voice.

My Notes:

I received this memoir for Christmas and want to finally read it. :)



Waiting on Wednesday # 134



"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:

A banished princess.
A deadly curse.
A kingdom at war.

Wil Heidle, the only daughter of the king of the world’s wealthiest nation, has grown up in the shadows. Kept hidden from the world in order to serve as a spy for her father—whose obsession with building his empire is causing a war—Wil wants nothing more than to explore the world beyond her kingdom, if only her father would give her the chance.

Until one night Wil is attacked, and she discovers a dangerous secret. Her touch turns people into gemstone. At first Wil is horrified—but as she tests its limits, she’s drawn more and more to the strange and volatile ability. When it leads to tragedy, Wil is forced to face the destructive power within her and finally leave her home to seek the truth and a cure.

But finding the key to her redemption puts her in the path of a cursed prince who has his own ideas for what to do with her power.

With a world on the brink of war and a power of ultimate destruction, can Wil find a way to help the kingdom that’s turned its back on her, or will she betray her past and her family forever?

My Notes:

I'm interested in checking out DeStefano's new series, it sounds really good. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Teaser Tuesday #2

 Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Purple Princess of The Purple Booker.

Here are the rules:

1. Grab your current read
2. Open to a page
3. Pick out 2 lines that are SPOILER FREE
4. Name the title, author, etc

"She picked up the kettle and slammed it down on the hob, turning on the gas with a savage twist of her hand. It really wasn't fair." Pg. 24

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #146

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I managed to read quite a bit during spring break and now it is time to push through the last 8 weeks of college! :)))


The Meme Comes From The Book Dare.

Books I Read Last Week:

Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham
King's Cage (Red Queen #3) by Victoria Aveyard
Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1) by Alwyn Hamilton
The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings #1) by J.R.R. Tolkien


Number of Pages: 1,473


Currently Reading:

Monday, March 20, 2017

Review: Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon

 Summary from Goodreads:

Tourmaline Harris’s life hit pause at fifteen, when her mom went to prison because of Tourmaline’s unintentionally damning testimony. But at eighteen, her home life is stable, and she has a strong relationship with her father, the president of a local biker club known as the Wardens. 

Virginia Campbell’s life hit fast-forward at fifteen, when her mom “sold” her into the services of a local lawyer: a man for whom the law is merely a suggestion. When Hazard sets his sights on dismantling the Wardens, he sends in Virginia, who has every intention of selling out the club—and Tourmaline. 

But the two girls are stronger than the circumstances that brought them together, and their resilience defines the friendship at the heart of this powerful debut novel.
Sons of Anarchy meets Thelma & Louise.

My Review:

What I Liked:

Tourmaline and Virginia. It has been a while since I loved both points of view in a duel narrative story. The two strong female characters are fun to read and I enjoyed how diverse they are from one another. The growth of their friendship throughout the novel was realistic and not instantaneous.

The Writing. I loved the lyrical and poetic style of Lemon's writing (most of time it was during Tourmaline's point of view), it kept me interested in the story and it was unexpected.

The plot. I'm a huge fan of Sons of Anarchy and it was interesting to read a similar story but from the point of view of women.

What I Disliked:

Romance. I would have loved the story even more if the element of romance was cut, however, I did like the fact that Lemon does not have instant romances.

Pacing and the Flow. I noticed other reviews that stated that they had trouble following the plot and prose and I agree it is hard to keep up at various moments. However, I was able to figure out what was going on even if I did feel like it was rushed. The novel, most of all the romance aspects, could have been paced out.

Despite that I really enjoyed this novel! :) I'm hoping that we will get to see more from this universe or revisit the characters!

I recommend checking out this novel if you love strong female characters and Sons of Anarchy.

My Rating: 

4 Stars Out of 5 Stars. 

Stacking the Shelves/Weekly Update #137



Won:

Who Is Rich? by Matthew Klam
Occult and Battery (Bay Island Psychic Mystery #2) by Lena Gregory
Somebody Like You (Darling, VT #1) by Donna Alward
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday # 133



"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:

The stunning conclusion to Rae Carson’s New York Times–bestselling Gold Seer trilogy, which Publishers Weekly in a starred review called “Simply terrific.” A historical fantasy brimming with magic, romance, and adventure—perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo, Sarah Maas, and Westworld.

Leah Westfall, her fiancĂ© Jefferson, and her friends have become rich in the California Territory, thanks to Lee’s magical ability to sense precious gold. But their fortune has made them a target, and when a dangerous billionaire sets out to destroy them, Lee and her friends decide they’ve had enough—they will fight back with all their power and talents. Lee’s magic is continuing to strengthen and grow, but someone is on to her—someone who might have a bit of magic herself. The stakes are higher than ever as Lee and her friends hatch a daring scheme that could alter the California landscape forever. With a distinctive young heroine and a unique interpretation of American history, Into the Bright Unknown strikes a rich vein of romance, magic, and adventure, bringing the Gold Seer Trilogy to its epic conclusion. Includes a map and an author’s note.

My Notes:

I loved the second novel in this series and now I'm dying to get my hands on the next one! :) It is such a original story.