Random Wrap Up (6-10)

Hello everyone,

I thought it was about time for me to talk about the next 5 books I have read so far this year.
the wild robot⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

This is a middle grade book that I randomly heard about on bookTube and thought it sounded cute. It’s about a robot that has made a life on an island and doesn’t realize what her intended purpose was. To be honest it is cute…..Buuuuut this was written for someone much younger than I thought it was going to be. I was expecting more of A Monster Calls type writing. I think I was just not the target audience for this book.

 

The sacrifice⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Sacrifice by Indrajit Garai

This short story collection has a common theme of sacrifice. All the circumstances are different but all  hard decisions were made. It was a very interesting, I don’t often read short stories so I think it says something about how much I like this one giving it 4 stars. Here is my full review if you are so intrigued.

 

 

 

Authority⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Authority by Jeff Vandermeer

The second book in the Southern Reach Trilogy. So I can literally tell you nothing about the plot of this book without spoiling the first one. All I can say is this book does not pick up where the last one left off and it is written in a different way. Many people didn’t like this one but I would recommend making it too the end, it’s worth it if you need to know what happens like I do.

 

 

The tiger⭐️⭐️ The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Vaillant

This all started because I thought this book sounded interesting so I made my significant dork listen to the audio book. Well he really liked it bought me a copy and I was convinced. A non-fiction book about a tiger in Russia that has a vendetta… Well I found the author to go on major tangents about random history that has absolutely nothing to do with the story he was telling. I loved the stuff about the tiger but I go really bored when he started talking about the Russian politics and the history of a town.

 
the illustrated dictionary of snark⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Illustrated Dictionary of Snark by Lawrence Dorfman

This is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Lots of quotes of many different subject matters, with lots of attitude and sarcasm. It’s fun and great to just flip through.

 

 

 

 

Alright those are the next five books I have read so far. Let me know if any of these are on your TBR of better yet if you’ve read any of them.

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Random Wrap Up (1-5)

Last year I was doing weekly wrap ups, but recently my reading seems to be sporadic. So I thought I would just wrap up after every 5 books, I have read a little over ten so far this year so I’ll post them pretty close together to get caught up.

dancing with shadows⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Dancing With Shadows by Adrian Churchward

I’m not going to say really anything about this one because I have a review I will be posting next week and I won’t spoil it for you. But in a nutshell the book is about a human rights lawyer trying to clear his name, from being accused of laundering 250 million dollars.

 

 
Naruto 11 ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Naruto Vol.11 by Masashi Kishimoto

I am slowly working my way through this massive series, they are getting a little better every volume I think but still sitting at three stars for me. This volume is about Naruto preparing for Selection Exams with a new mentor, and him struggling to harness his chakra.

 

 

 

Love Her Wild

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Love Her Wild by Atticus

I fell in love with this collection of poetry, I picked it up because Trang from Bookidote mentioned it in a post. Atticus (which oddly enough is also my dogs name), put so much feeling  into each poeam with so few words. There was just so much depth in every poem and I highly recommend it. The poems are short, he started out with Instagram, but if you are a fan of Rupi Kaur I think you would love this collection as well.

 
Agianst the odds⭐️⭐️ Against the Odds by Marjolijn Hof

I read this book because it was a selection from a read around the world book club that choses women writers. It is about a girl named Kiki who is trying to get her dad to stay home from his work as a doctor that takes him to dangerous areas. I am sad to say this book really didn’t work for me, the girl seem to be acting too young for her age. There seemed to be little supervision from her mother, which seemed odd. Over all just didn’t do it for me.

 

annihilation

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer

I heard about this book a long time ago, when I found out it was going to become a movie this year I bought it right away. This is the story of a 13th expedition that is going in to a secluded area known as Area X, many expeditions did not return or committed suicide and the last one came back as  shadows of their former selves. I loved this book, it was weird and fast paced and I just had to know what was going to happen next. The book is odd and probably not for everyone but if you have been considering it….pick it up!!

 

Alright so those are the first five books I read this year, I hope you guys like the new format I am trying for wrap ups. If you have read any of these books please comment down below and we can chat about them.

The Best and Worst of 2017

Overall 2017 was a great year, I almost doubled what I read last year and my average rating was 3.9!! The only thing I really want to sum up from 2017 is the best 5 and worst 3.

Let’s start with the best, because I am a glass half full kind of girl….Sort of:

1.

flowers for algernon

This books is one that I feel like everyone should read!! I read an excerpt in high school for my English class, I enjoyed it then and I am so glad I have now read the whole book. This book deals with some heavier subject matters. It makes you think about how you treat people, how important is your intelligence, and is ignorance bliss?

2.

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Yes, a middle grade book made it on to my top 5 list. For anyone that wants to learn more about transgender issues this is the book for you. It is a beautiful story, and it has really stuck with me. I also love the fact that these books are becoming more available especially for younger people.

3.

The Hate U Give

This is one time I will say, the book is 100% worth all they hype. The way it is written it all feels very real, and makes you think about your privilege. It is a YA book but the story is great for all ages.

4.

a monster calls

A second middle grade book! I read the illustrated edition which I would recommend, I think it adds to the story. This is a great book for kids and adults to read. Dealing with illness and death is hard at every age.

5.

She's So Fine

My first book I read for review and I loved it!! This is a faced paced book with great character development. If you’re looking for something short with some major punch, this one is for you.

 

Okay, and now the bad apples:

1.

Fear and Loathing

I don’t see the point, just drugs and alcohol. I guess wasn’t for me.

2.

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This one was mainly not what I was expecting. It wasn’t bad exactly, I just found it to be a big let down. It is true crime but felt like I was reading a novel. Wasn’t a fan of the writing style, it felt like he was romanticising the murders.

3.

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Instalove, and overall not very plausible.

 

I didn’t even have enough bad books to mention them in this post so the year must have been pretty good overall. Have you guys read any of these? Do you agree?

November Chat-Up

I have been in a major reading/blogging slump. I just can’t seem to get into anything theses days. Oh well it can’t last forever, just wanted to let you guys know I am still here….Don’t forget about me 🙂

Also I welcome any suggestions to get me back in my groove please.

 

Reading Wrap Up July 23rd

Hello everybody. Man does it feel good to be out of my reading slump. That was a long long two weeks and I am still enjoying the feeling of normal….well normal for me. This week I finished three books, so I’ll tell ya a bit about them.

Long Daze at Long Binh by Steve Donovan and Fred Borchardt⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – This is the memoir of two men drafted in the Vietnam War. A little different from others this one is a light funny memoir about being in the army. I really enjoyed it, it was fun and interesting. It felt like I had just sat down with two old friends reminiscing. I will be posting a full review shortly.

Bone Vol.1 by Jeff Smith ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – This is a graphic novel about these little guys called Bones. This one is about three cousins getting lost finding each other and these scary rat things. This seems to be a graphic novel that everyone has read when they were a kid. I like to call this an all ages book, then I won’t feel as bad for it being a Scholastic’s book. But it was really cute and fun. I am continuing with this series, this one is at least only I think 8 volumes long.

Trouble Purse Sued by Marianna Heusler ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – This is the story of a fashion show at a Catholic school. They are trying to raise money to save the school. Then a series of odd events occurs. Ok so that was a bad summary and I sold no one on this book. But it was really good: it’s a mystery and it was really engaging and well done over all. I will also be doing a full review on this one.

That is all I got read this week, which I am so happy about post slump. Now to keep it going.

For all of you that saw my jar last week and was curious, it has 119 in it, and the glory prize goes to Bookstooge. Thank you all for playing. Now I just need to start picking haha.

Weekly Wrap up July 16th

Well it’s that time again. Time for the weekly wrap up. I feel like the slump is over and I am happy to say that I managed to finish up three books this week.

Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  – This is the one I mentioned in my pervious post about nonfiction recommendations. It is quite simply and beautifully, pictures of random people in New York. Some pictures only show where they were taken while others had short stories about the situation or their lives to follow. I really enjoyed all the different types of people: diversity in every single possible way.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson ⭐️⭐️  – Famous piece of nonfiction work, that was turned into a movie, essentially about a drug infused road trip to Las Vegas. I do believe it was supposed to show the drug culture, and how crazy it gets. But to me it was just him talking about hallucinations and bad ideas he had while on every drug he could think of at the time. I didn’t like it and don’t really know why it was written.

Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  – This book was sooooo good. I honestly don’t want to say much of anything about it; It’s short and hard to stay spoiler free. I’ll just say that it is about a woman trying to recollect what caused her illness. It is being told while she is experiencing a fever. This book is unsettling and that is the best word I can think to explain it. It’s neither horror, nor thriller. But it sort of feels like one. She keeps the pages turning, but if you are looking for a story to be wrapped up all nice at the end, this is not it. I recommend everyone read it so that we can discuss it, because I’m curious as to others’ thoughts on it.

 

Not something that I have read but a small project, I made a TBR Jar. I’m slightly backlogged with library books and couple of review copies right now. But as soon as I get those done I will be picking from the jar to finally make a dent in my massive amount of unread books I have sitting at home.

I hope to finish up Long Daze at Long Binh this week, post reading slump this may be attainable. Then I hope to read two more books: Trouble Purse Sued by Marianna Heusler and Savage Joy by Robert Dunn.

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Anyone want to guess how many unread titles are in the jar….there are no prizes. Just pure glory:)

Weekly Wrap Up July 9th

Hello everybody. My weekly wrap up is not great…..Especially since I didn’t do one last week. I have hit a major reading slump here. It’s not that I don’t know what to read or can’t pick a book, I just don’t feel like picking anything up right now. If you have any suggestions let me know, it feels wrong not to be reading constantly.

I did read one book this week…. Sort of, it was a silent graphic novel.

The Arrival by Shaun Tan  – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½ This is the story of an immigrant, he left his wife and daughter back home to start a new life in a new country. There are no words in the novel, which I think was perfect for showing how hard it would be for someone moving to a new place and not knowing anyone or the language. The artwork is just beautiful. It is really a touching story, that I loved, having only lived in Canada it helped me to understand how hard and stressful it must be for people who come over here.

Well that’s all I have to tell you guys about for this week. I am currently “reading” Long Daze at Long Bin. I am really enjoying it when I pick it up. I also have a stack of books on my bedside table incase I find the urge to read. UGHHHHH so frustrating, please tell me you guys know what I am talking about.