Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Wishlist Wednesday # 134

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:

All’s Well That Ends Well finds Helena rewarded for her ministries to the sick with the choice of any husband she wishes. Her choice, Bertram, is unwilling to have her as his wife and sets her a number of seemingly impossible tasks to complete before he will relent.

My Notes:

I want to jump back into reading all of the Shakespeare plays. I read about 7 last year and when I'm out of my reading slump I want to read the rest. 

Waiting on Wednesday # 135

"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

It started for pranks, fun, and forever memories.
A secret society – for the four of us. 
The rules: Never lie. Never tell. Love each other.
We made the pledge and danced under the blood moon on the meteorite in the orchard. In the spot we found the dead girl five years earlier. And discovered the ancient drawings way before that. 
Nothing could break the four of us apart – I thought.
But then, others wanted in. Our seaside town had secrets. History.
We wanted revenge.
We broke the rules. We lied. We told. We loved each other too much, not enough, and in ways we weren’t supposed to. 
Our invention ratcheted out of control.
What started as a secret society, ended as justice. Revenge. Death. Rebellion.

My Notes:

I cannot wait to get my hands on this one! I really enjoyed her two other young adult mysteries because of the writing style.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book #130

The Broke and Bookish.

1. Mary Sues
2. Love Triangles
3. Ugly Covers
4. Open Endings
5. Cliff-hangers
6. Slow Pacing
7. Info Dumping
8. Annoying characters
9. Predictable Plots 
10. Crazy or Ridiculous Endings

Monday, April 24, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #149


Counting down the days until I graduate! :) However, I'm in a horrible reading slump that is stress related. I still have one more book to read for class and I don't even want to read it. And new video game (Mass Effect) I just got last week is not helping the reading slump.

The Meme Comes From The Book Dare.

Books I Read Last Week:

Mother/Land by Cheryl Savageau
Where We Once Belonged by Sia Figiel

Number of Pages: 404

Currently Reading: (or books I want to read once I'm out of my slump)

Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday Meme: Books/Movies/Games Coming Out This Month That I Want To Read/See/Play # 57

Note: Sorry for the lack of reviews/posts. I'm currently not reading anything but class novels/articles. I'm in the last three weeks of my college career. And I'm pretty sure Tolkien's series put me in a reading slump.

Despite my horrible reading slump I did manage to write a 16 page paper on The Lord of the Rings using all of the films/books XD

 Here are some books/movies/video games I want to read and watch but have no time to do either.

Books: Week of 4/24



Guardians of the Galaxy Telltale Game

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Friday, April 14, 2017

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Of The Most Unique Books I've Read #128

The Broke and Bookish.

1. Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood 
2. Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko
3. Winter in the Blood by James Welch
4. No-No Boy by John Okada
5. And I Darken (The Conqueror's Saga, #1) by Kiersten White 
6. The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
7. The Tempest by William Shakespeare
8. A Robot in the Garden by Deborah Install
9. My Lady Jane  by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows 
10. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Review: A List of Cages by Robin Roe

 Summary from Goodreads:

When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he's got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn't easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can't complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian--the foster brother he hasn't seen in five years.

Adam is ecstatic to be reunited. At first, Julian seems like the boy he once knew. He's still kind hearted. He still writes stories and loves picture books meant for little kids. But as they spend more time together, Adam realizes that Julian is keeping secrets, like where he hides during the middle of the day, and what's really going on inside his house. Adam is determined to help him, but his involvement could cost both boys their lives.

My Review:

I doubt I will give this book the review it deserves but the multiple times I nearly started sobbing uncontrollably can justify my 5 star rating. I picked up the novel based on the stunning cover and the glowing reviews. it turned out to be a great decision because I had a hard time putting it down. And it was also a great choice not to read this tear-jerker in public.

It is rare for me to enjoy a novel with multiple points of view because I believe it is better reading experience to have one single narrator. However, Roe did a great job creating distinct characters and their voices came out in the paralleling chapters.

I enjoyed the fact that Adam and Julian's distinct voices made me feel like I was actually reading too different sides of the same story. The chapters with Julian's point of view had a poetic style which fit with his personality and story-telling ability, while Adam's chapters were full of solid and straightforward writing just like his kind and stable role as a friend in the story.

I'm completely horrible at describing writing styles but the main reason I was engrossed with this novel was Roe's amazing writing and character development.

The side-characters, Adam's group of friends, really shined in the novel and I came to love each of them in a different way as the story developed. The way Roe slowly developed the characters and added more elements of their personalities created a realistic feel to the novel and allowed me to connect emotionally with the story-line.

I recommend checking out this novel if you are in the mood to ugly cry. It was an emotional and beautifully written novel.

My Rating:

5 Stars Out of 5 Stars

Monday, April 10, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #148


I was finally able to read for pleasure this week, yay! :) I'm currently in the last 5 weeks of my college education, the last 4 papers, the last exams, and I'm heavily stressed which means late night reading until the wee-hours, so expect a lot of books soon.

The Meme Comes From The Book Dare.

Books I Read Last Week:

A List of Cages by Robin Roe - 5 Stars
So Far from Goby Ana Castillo - 4 Stars - Reread
The Future of Life by Edward O. Wilson -  3 Stars

Number of Pages: 795

Currently Reading: