Friday, June 24, 2016

30 Days of Books ~ Day 27

Day 27 ~ The Most Surprising Plot Twist or Ending

This is a really hard question... I am sure something has surprised me, but I am usually pretty good at guessing endings and plot twists ahead of time. Days from now something will pop in my mind, but at the moment I am drawing a blank... So, I am going to go with this book. The ending was the closest to surprising of anything that I have read so far this year. (If you haven't read this, you should!!)

Thursday, June 23, 2016

30 Days of Books ~ Day 26

Day 26 ~ A book that changed your opinion about something

Let's face facts... When I was a teen, I hated teen fiction. I just couldn't seem to find one that connected with me (other than Madeleine L'Engle, but I saw that as more science-fiction than from a YA viewpoint). Fast forward to blogging and review copies. One of my first review copies was A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray. It was getting a bit of buzz, but this was a different world than blogging is now... I figured it was not my thing, but I like to try and branch out a bit. And, I loved this trilogy! If I hadn't read it, I probably would have came around to the YA books that are crazy popular the last few years in a different way, but this was my gateway book!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

30 Days of Books ~ Day 25

Day 25 ~ A character who you can relate to the most

Jilly! I love Jilly! I honestly am not like her per say, but I just have always been drawn to her... I think it is because de Lint writes regular people in extraordinary situations. It makes the characters easier to relate to while you are enjoying the fantasy aspects. It is not just Jilly. I love all the characters in Newford, but if I am reading a new book description for one of his books and it mentions Jilly... I get really excited! She may not be like me, but you can still relate to her.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

30 Days of Books ~ Day 24

Day 24 ~ A Book You Wish More People Would've Read

I am going to go with this graphic novel series I read this year. The author is getting buzz for Rat Queens, but I had never heard of this series before. And, I should have! I really enjoyed it and can't seem to find if there is another volume coming because I recommend it less if it doesn't get a better ending... I have lots of questions that I am looking forward to checking out the answers to. Plus, Peter Pan retelling in WWII. Great idea!

Monday, June 20, 2016

30 Days of Books ~ Day 23

Day 23 ~ A Book You Wanted to Read for a Long Time but Still Haven't

There are so many, but I glanced at my bookshelves and this is the one that caught my eye. I have owned this book for so long and still haven't read it. I just did a huge purge earlier this year and another one this past weekend. I kept this book through all the purges. I need to read it because I have no doubt that I will like it, but I have found I am reading a lot more fantasy than historical fiction in the last couple years. It is just where my mood is... I need to get back to a favourite genre, though!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Week in Review - Week 25

Random Thoughts

Happy Father's Day to all the father's out there!

This week was kind of a whirlwind. I am not even sure where it all went. I know that my reading is all over the place and leaning towards shorter works or nothing at all. I think I have a lot on my mind. Regular readers (and friends) will know that I broke my ankle in July of last year. We are heading towards the one-year anniversary and I find it sort of hanging over my head because it has been a year and I am still not nearly back to close to normal. I had a busy weekend and right now my ankle is reminding me. I just find it kind of depressing and when I get depressed, it affects my reading.

Graphic Novel Year

Wet Moon - Volume 1: Feeble Wanderings
Starve - Volume 1
Thors: Battleworld
Star War - Volume 2: Showdown on Smuggler's Moon
Star Wars: Darth Vader - Volume 2: Shadows and Secrets

Currently Reading


Weekly Reading

Princesses Behaving Badly (audio) ~ Holy, is history entertaining. In some of these scenarios, if they were men their actions would not even be considered 'behaving badly'. As they are women, though, they pushed the norms of the time and made for some fascinating listening. And, the thing is, the author even says that men wrote the story of these women in many cases, so they are stories that likely still have been altered or remembered wrong. It was great reading, though, and I am glad I finally got to it! Recommended!

Wet Moon - Volume 1: Feeble Wanderings ~ I bought the recent LBGTQ Humble Bundle and this comic was included. It was definitely different than my normal reading and I am not sure if I loved it enough to read on in the series, but I did like it. It is supposed to be normal life, but also not. It kind of pushes outside the norms and follows a young generation trying to get their head together. I can see this series being liked by many!

Starve - Volume 1 ~ This is another one that I got from Humble Bundle. It was quite the spin on the reality TV fads of the last few years. This is a competitive cooking show. If I was reading a review of this, I might not have ran out to get a copy. But, having read it, I though it was really well done. Apparently, even in a future that the world has started to fall apart in, there are still cooking shows as an outlet. While it is classified as LBGTQ, and the main character is gay, that is not the entire issue. It is one I recommend!

Every Heart a Doorway ~ I have heard really good things about this and it was a daily deal last week, so I quickly grabbed a copy. As longer works are not seeming to work for me, I thought a novella would. And, it did! I really really loved this and am so glad that I finally have read Seanan McGuire! It might be a shorter work, but it covers many things that I really love and does it so well! If you get a chance to read this, definitely do! Strongly recommended!

Flowers for Algernon (audio-reread) ~ This has long been one of my favourite books ever and I decided to reread it on audio this time. I loved it yet again! I don't even know what it is about this book that has always connected with me. (Those that know me, know that I am not a big rereader). I have read this book over and over again and love it every time. I flew through this audio. It is just a very human story that people can ultimately relate to even if for a different reason than Charley. I still strongly recommend this one!

Thors: Batteworld ~ I just have to face fact, I am not a huge fan of Battleworld and Secret Wars. I just want it go back to regular storylines (which it technically has, but I read on Marvel Unlimited). I really liked the first issue of this series, but ultimately was disappointed with the volume overall. I look at my unread comics on Marvel Unlimited and am tempted to just skip the rest of this even entirely...

Star Wars - Volume 2: Showdown on Smuggler's Moon ~ Instead, I decided to catch up on Star Wars. There are so many series branching out because of the new movie and I am so happy that Star Wars is popular for new generations and that I get to enjoy them, too! It is fun to go back when Luke, Leia, and Hans were younger and fill in some stories that have never been told before. It is like visiting with old friends and I am happy to do so. Strongly recommended!

Star Wars: Darth Vader - Volume 2: Shadows and Secrets ~ Another series in the Star Wars franchise is featuring Darth Vader. He is slightly different than you see in the movies. I think they were trying to showcase other sides of him? Plus, it includes a female character named Aphra. That is one thing about old Star Wars, no female characters really... I am not quite as invested in this storyline as I am in others, but I do look forward to reading on! Recommended!

New Additions

Nothing this week...

Weekly Posts

Week in Review - Week 24
30 Days of Books - Day 17
30 Days of Books - Day 18
30 Days of Books - Day 19
30 Days of Books - Day 20
30 Days of Books - Day 21
30 Days of Books - Day 22

Weekly Pictures

Saturday, June 18, 2016

30 Days of Books ~ Day 22

Day 22 ~ Favourite Book You Own

I was never super close to my maternal grandfather. My grandparents were divorced and he lived away my entire life. There were visits and phone calls here and there, but he had remarried and had a life with his new wife and the child they had together. So, I was very surprised when he gave me an old volume of Longfellow's poems a few years before he died. I didn't have it handy to take a picture, sadly, so this is definitely not the right edition... But, of all the books I have received over the years, it is the one that I consider the most special. (Even though I am not really a huge poetry reader...)

Friday, June 17, 2016

30 Days of Books ~ Day 21

Day 21 ~ Favourite Book from your Childhood

I always associate this as my first book that I read by myself. So, while there might be other childhood books that I enjoy more, this one has a special place! It is almost always the book I buy for all the various baby showers and babies I have come across over the years.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

30 Days of Books ~ Day 20

Day 20 ~ Favourite Romance Book

I read this series and there is romance in it... That counts right? I am sure there are other books that would work for this prompt, but I guess I don't think of books as romance and was really stumped! But, Roarke and Eve make a good couple in this series!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

30 Days of Books ~ Day 19

Day 19 ~ Favourite Book Turned into a Movie

I finally saw the movie and the movie and the book are both so well done! I am happy I finally saw it and I am planning to reread the book this year at some point. Both are very recommended!