Books I’m Giving For Christmas

Christmas is almost here and this girl is going crazy! I love giving books as gifts, here are the books that I am giving to my friends and family! Merry Christmas Season everyone!

Click on the a cover to go to the Amazon page!

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Until Next Time,

~R

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The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

the-bad-beginningI read this book for the first time roughly 10 years ago when I was either in fourth or fifth grade. I got through the first three books before I got bored, I remember the story line repeating itself in each book. But Netflix released a trailer for A Series of Unfortunate Events season coming out on January 13th. And I got pretty excited. To be fully prepared for the series I wanted to give it another try.

About The Book (Goodreads)

Dear Reader,

I’m sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.

In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.

It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket

What I Liked

It cool slipping back into my childhood, I got to remember little me sitting in my desk at school reading about the terrible life of the Baudelaire children.

I also enjoyed how Lemony Snicket took the time to explain big words, but in way that wasn’t demeaning to the young reader.

What I Didn’t Like as Much

I get that the point of the series is for it to be ridiculously terrible, but it was frustrating to me stupid it made all the adults look.

A Tiny Taste

“It is useless for me to describe to you how terrible Violet, Klaus, and even Sunny felt in the time that followed. If you have ever lost someone very important to you, then you already know how it feels, and if you haven’t, you cannot possibly imagine it.”
Lemony Snicket, The Bad Beginning

“…you know that a good, long session of weeping can often make you feel better, even if your circumstances have not changed one bit.”
Lemony Snicket, The Bad Beginning

For Bookshelf or Borrowing?

This book is for borrowing, even for children.

About the Author

Lemony Snicket had an unusual education and a perplexing youth and now endures a despondent adulthood. His previous published works include the thirteen volumes in A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Composer is Dead, and 13 Words. His new series is All The Wrong Questions.

Extras

Goodreads

Movie Trailer

Upcoming Netflix series Trailer

Until Next Time,

~R

A Series of Unfortunate Events Netflix Series

Before I continue, please take time to watch the above trailer. I will wait.

I am so excited for this! I used to love this series growing up, then my youngest sister fell in love with it, now I am going to brain-wash my nephew. Ahh I’m so excited.

Let’s talk about this trailer though.

I’m going to be very judgmental about the series. I’m excited to see a TV show based on A Series of Unfortunate Events, but I enjoyed and was happy with how the movie with Jim Carey turned out. I’m super sure how I feel about another remake, but for right now we’ll focus on my excited side.

Jim Carey played all the characters, but especially Count Olaf wonderfully. It’s going to be hard to top that! But I am willing to give it a chance. So far Netflix-Violet seems more accurate than Movie-Violet. The house though, the house is exactly how I imagined it.

This Netflix series looks a little sillier than I would like, but it should be good to watch with my nephew. It looks like there a lot of famous actors in this, so hopefully that will equate to good acting and character portrayal.

This series arrives to Netflix on January 13th, 2017 and from I’ve heard we will get eight episodes with the first run, and every two episodes will represent one book. I’m happy about that. Each book deserve two episodes.

Are any of excited for this?!

I’m going to be re-reading the first four books so that the stories are fresh in my mind. This may end up being a good or bad thing haha.

Until Next Time,

~R

December TBR

Whoa… The past three weeks has been crazy!

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These twin girls joined the family! Ashlynn and Avonlea, I’m so in love with my honorary nieces ❤

And I also scored a job which has been keeping me running, but today is my day off which is letting me catch up on so much blogging. Thanks goodness, I’ve missed my book-blogging family!

I have a rather ambitious reading list this month because I just want to read all the books, we’ll how much I actually finish though.

The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

The first book in the Series of Unfortunate Events. I read the first three books in elementary school, but it has been so long and Netflix is coming about with a TV series in January! I need to catch up.

The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket

The second book in the Series of Unfortunate Events. See reason above.

An Untamed Land by Lauraine Snelling

This series has 20+ books in it and I have read all of them except for the last two. I have liked this series for a long time, so I’m picking it up again. If I’m honest, I’m probably not going to read it this month lol.

American Girls by Alison Umminger

I have no idea what this book is about, the cover doesn’t seem my style, but they had it as my library so why not lol.

An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I have only heard great things about A Torch Against the Night, which is the second book in the series. I want to read it sooo badly so it’s time I pick up the first book. Hopefully it doesn’t wreck me too much. *Fingers Crossed*

Keep a Quiet Heart by Elisabeth Elliot

This is a collection of articles from Elisabeth Elliot’s newsletter, mostly about learning about to know God. My heart has been pretty strained lately. Any help to have my heart quieted and more rooted in Christ is welcome.

What books are you wanting to read this month?

Until Next Time,

~R

 

BTD Weekly Round Up

The Blogger Recognition award

Casey from Adopt a Book Aus writes about things she wishes she would have known about book bloging, as a newbie myself, it was both helpful and encouraging!

A Monster Calls-Book Review

Maya from Book Dragon 1017 hits this one on the head! The first time I read this book I started crying on the subway, the looks I got! Thank you Maya for giving an honest and long review! It was lovely to read.

How Books Help Your Bad Days.

Lu, oh Lu. How do you just understand my love for books? Books on bad days really do help, this post makes me want to crawl under my covers and jsut read for the rest of the day.

Book Shaming | Some People Are Just Rude.

Lu’s experience from Girl Who reads of a classmate shamingher reading choices makes my blood boil! It is not up to you what other people read! If you don’t like a certain genre or what someone is reading, then don’t read it! There are plenty of other books out there for you. Ugh. I’m sorry Lu that you had to face that!

Down The TBR Hole #1: Conquer your TBR

Lia from Lost In A Story has a great concept for narrowing down your Goodreads TBR to a managable level! I am so going to do this.

 

These were my favorite bookish blog posts this week! What were yours?

Until Next Time,

~R

Someone Like You by Roald Dahl

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The story of my picking up this book starts after a bad job interview. It was bad because I really didn’t want the job, the interview went well, I was offered the job, and well… Let’s just say I didn’t take it. But! As any rational person would do, I went to the back corner of the library to cry and look at books until I could calm down. And alas! It ended well because by chance I came across a section of Roald Dahl books, but not just any Roald Dahl books, books he had written for adults.

Did anyone else think that Roald Dahl only wrote children’s books?! Since he is my favorite author I needed this book.

Start Date: November 8th, 2016

End Date: November 11th, 2016

About The Book (Goodreads)

There’s the gambler who collects little fingers from losers…there’s the lady who murders her husband with a frozen leg of lamb…not to mention the man who has made a machine that can hear grass scream…Roald Dahl’s particular brand of bizarre, alarming and disturbing story-telling has already attracted a huge following which can only be more disturbed, alarmed and – thankfully – amused by ‘Someone Like You’.

What I Love

Someone Like You is a collection of short-stories that are witty and clever. Each story is different, but similar, taking realistic situations and twisting them in a way that you didn’t see before.

Thoughts I had while reading,

“Ha! I see what you did there…”

“Mr.Dahl! How did you go from this to Matilda!”

“OH MY GOSH. GENIUS”

“That was. no. wait. what? oh my gosh…”

What I Didn’t Like as Much

In some of the stories the dialogue carries on longer than I care for.

“Okay, yes, I get it, the couch is green.”

A Tiny Taste

“I have always liked the process of commuting; every phase of the little journey is a pleasure to me. There is a regularity about it that is agreeable and comforting to a person of habit, and in addition, it serves as a sort of slipway along which I am gently but firmly launched into the water of daily business routine.”

This reminds me of my daily commute when I was living in NYC ❤

About the Author

Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer and screenwriter of Norwegian descent, who rose to prominence in the 1940’s with works for both children and adults, and became one of the world’s bestselling authors.

(Why Didn’t Anybody Ever Tell Me This?!)

Until Next Time,

~R

Is It Alright to Give Up On A Book?

9781447283317Alrighty, discussion post.

I used to believe that if you start a book you have to finish it. I would hold books hostage in my currently-reading shelf on Goodreads for months, telling myself that I could not start another book until I finished this one or I would avoid finishing it by reading every book except that one. I would dread picking it up again. I used to give myself major guilt over not being into a book or not wanting to continue on with a series.

I want to encourage all you fellow readers that if you don’t want to finish a book or book series, you don’t have to! There are so many books in the world that even if you read two books a day, you will never read them all, and new ones are constantly being published.

Don’t waste your time reading something that bores you! This is with the exception of books that you previously committed yourself to read for a publisher or was assigned for a class.

I bring this up because I got about 30 pages into Yes Please by Amy Poehler and while it was funny, I just wasn’t interested. So I am putting it down and I’m not going to feel guilty. Maybe I’ll pick it up again in the future, but for now I am moving on. I’m letting go and frankly, I’m kind of proud of myself.

What is your opinion? Do you believe in finishing every book you pick up? What books or book series did you give up on?

Until Next Time,

~R

The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

the-crowns-game-icon My feelings for this book can only be described as AHHHHHH!!!

Through the entire thing my body was a mere vessels for the feelings and thoughts of “OH MY GOSH,” “WAIT WHAT” “NO,NO, NO” “YES, YES, YES” “OH MY GOSH” “YESSSSS” WHAT! NO! WHAT” “AHHHH”

Just repeat those thoughts about five times per page and that was my reading experience. Oh my goodness. This is Evelyn Sky’e first book and she immediately hit favorite author status.

Start Date:November 3rd, 2016

End Date: November 6th, 2016

About The Book (Goodreads)

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip-smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love…or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear—the Crown’s Game is not one to lose

What I Loved

Umm… Everything.

The plot was fantastic, the characters were strong, the twists and turns were so unexpected they drove me crazy, and with Skye’s writing you right there in Saint Petersburg.

Also, I am low-key crushing on Pasha. #BookBoyfriendAlert

What I Didn’t Like As Much

Umm… nothing. Okay, okay, I don’t like that the second book isn’t out yet.

A Tiny Taste

“Pasha smiled so broadly, it wasas if he’s discovered the secret to eternal life. This was the sort of book one ought to read in pieces, to properly appreciate and savor each bit. And yet, he wanted to devour it whole. Messily and all at once.” #ThisBook

For Bookshelf or Borrowing?

BOOKSHELF. I personallyreccomend buying two copies of this book. One for you to read whenever you please and the second to shove into the faces of everyone you know. It is wonderfullll.

About The Author

Evelyn Skye is the New York Times bestselling author of THE CROWN’S GAME (out now!) and THE CROWN’S FATE (May 16, 2017). She was once offered a job by the C.I.A., she not-so-secretly wishes she was on “So You Think You Can Dance,” and if you challenge her to a pizza-eating contest, she guarantees she will win. When Evelyn isn’t writing, she can be found chasing her daughter on the playground or sitting on the couch, immersed in a good book and eating way too many cookies.

Extras

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Book Depository

Until Next Time,

~R

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BTD Weekly Round Up

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The first weekly round-up for November! Eep! Oh my goodness, everyone has been super active this past week, it’s been fun reading all the posts. But it has also been hard to keep up. Here are a few of my favorite bookish blog posts from this past week.

ON DISAPPOINTMENTS AND SETBACKS WHEN BLOGGING

Jananee gives us tips on how to avoid blogger burn out. One of her tips was to not compare yourself to other bloggers or bookstagram accounts. Just don’t do it! It can be discouraging. Praise them, but focus on the activity you getting, and the content you are putting out. comparison is a slippery slope.

Harry Potter Mini Reviews

Bree from Jasper + Spice did mini reviews of all the Harry Potter books and it was fun to read! Like her, I’ve seen all those movies, but have only read the first three books. This gets me excited to continue on in the series.

Book + Dessert Pairing Guide

This is probably the funnest post I’ve read! Who would have thought to pair books and desserts and all of them are spot on! I was laughing and in awe at the creativity. Thank you Jill from Rant and Rave About Books!

Frenched | A Short Review

Lia from Lost In A Story gave such an honest and blunt review of a book she did not like at all, and it was so refreshing! I like reading less-than-positive reviews, it lets me know that I can trust them when they love a book.

Hello, November: TBR, Aspirations And Other Things. . .

Lu always has the greatest posts, her November TBR post talks about goals for herself outside of just reading and it is inspiring. I need to create a better plan for me month!

The AHHHHH’s Of Reading??

Lu from Girl Who Reads, hit what it is like to read a good book right on the head! If you want to feel understood as a book nerd, read this. It’s wonderful.

I’m really happy with this week’s round-up, thank you to all those book bloggers for keeping it lively.

What blog post did you really enjoy this week?

Until Next Time,

~R

3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge (Day 3!)

I was tagged by the lovely Lia from Lost In a Story to post a new quote every day for three days and today is today is the last day! I really enjoyed sharing some of my favorite quotes with you guys! Maybe I’ll do this again in the future.

Here are the rules:

  • Show the challenge on your blog.
  • Thank your nominator.
  • Pick a favourite quote, explain what it means and tell your readers why you chose that quote.
  • Nominate people for every post
  • Post the challenge once a day for 3 days and include one quote for each post.

Here is my last quote!

“Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down and they’ll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back.”

– John Green, An Abundance of Katherines

Of course it had to be a quote by John Green! He is the guru of amazing quotes that pierce your heart! I thought all of can relate to this, plus what a wonderful truth. There is nothing like being loved by a book.

As the last day of the challenge it’s my last time to challenge you who are reading this! Take three days to share three quotes, they don’t even have to be you favorite. Take a random line from the book you’re reading now. It can be so random and out of context. Extra points if you do that!

If you do this challenge, give me a holla because I want to see what you post. All right lovelies, I’ll see ya next time.

~R