November Wrap-Up

 

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It has been strange being back to having time to read and blog. I have been having a hard time actually reading and thats all I want to do. I have a lot of fun stuff coming up in December so I am hoping that will help me finish the year off strong!

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Books I Read:

Significance by Shelly Crane

As Long As You Love Me by Ann Aguirre

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Things That Happened on Falling Down The Book Hole This Month:

Cora Carmack’s Muse Series Cover Reveal

While I Was Away Book Haul

Horns | Movie Edition

♦ 2015 Bookish Bucket List | Update

Things I Love…About New Adult 

♦ #ReadWomen December

Rambling Down The Book Hole Blogger Book Club

For Even More Posts and Bookish Things From November (Links to the threads of post)

Making Up For Monday 

Top Ten Tuesday 

Friday Reads

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Rambling Down The Book Hole Blogger Book Club

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Samantha @ The Rambling Book Junkie and I have decided to start a blogger book club. We have decided on the theme of retellings for the month of December. We have some posts that we will be doing throughout the month as well as end reviews of the books. We would love for others to join us. We plan on doing the posts in a blog hop fashion. Our book for this month will be….

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For the posting this will be the tentative plan for both mine and Samantha’s blog.
Swag Inspired by the Book (Down The Book Hole) Retelling Recommendations (Rambling Book Junkie)- 12/6
Comparison to the Original Fairy Tale ( Down The Book Hole) Book Playlist (Rambling Book Junkie)- 12/13
♠ Book Review ( Down The Book Hole & Rambling Book Junkie)- 12/20
♠ Monthly Summary/Intro for following month( Down The Book Hole & Rambling Book Junkie)- 12/27

If you would like to join us contact me and make sure to follow along with us on twitter!

#ReadWomen December

I don’t know if any of you have been following the happenings on twitter on the article about Scott Bergstrom’s book and his thoughts on YA. It has provided some controversy and outrage in the book community. Twitter is blowing up with the #morallycomplicatedYA thread.

“The morality of the book is more complicated than a lot of YA so I wanted to try doing it on my own,” Bergstrom said. “In a lot of YA, the conflict takes place inside a walled garden, set up by outside adult forces. If you think of those stories as a metaphor for high school, they start to make a lot more sense, but that was one thing I wanted to depart from.”

Has this man never read YA before? I am not going to get into how I feel about this because there is so much I could say and I doubt anyone would want to read my rambling rants about it. So instead I have decided to participate in #readwomen

@ladybookmad made this thing, #readwomen, where you dedicate the month of December to only reading works by women! The fact is that women write some kickass books so I thought i’d compile a list that might help others decide what to read in December, and also to remind everyone of the exceptional talent that we get to enjoy from lady authors!- FreshsnowHolidayHoe on tumblr

I plan on making a TBR for this as well as some post dedicated and revolving around women writers throughout the month of December! Follow the hashtag on twitter as well as tumblr for posts, suggestions and others participating in the #readwomen December to remind us what women have done for not only YA but the book industry as a whole!

Let me know if you are going to participate or any of your thoughts on the subject and controversy that has appeared since that article and regarding morally complicated YA.

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn | Short Story Review

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THE GROWNUP
BY GILLIAN FLYNN

Genre: Short Story, Mystery, Thriller

Source: Blogging For Book (In return for honest review)

“People are dumb. I’ll never get over how dumb people are.”
― Gillian Flynn, The Grownup

Synopsis:

A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud. On a rainy April morning, she is reading auras at Spiritual Palms when Susan Burke walks in. A keen observer of human behavior, our unnamed narrator immediately diagnoses beautiful, rich Susan as an unhappy woman eager to give her lovely life a drama injection. However, when the “psychic” visits the eerie Victorian home that has been the source of Susan’s terror and grief, she realizes she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore. Miles, Susan’s teenage stepson, doesn’t help matters with his disturbing manner and grisly imagination. The three are soon locked in a chilling battle to discover where the evil truly lurks and what, if anything, can be done to escape it.

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*I would like to thank Broadway Books and Blogging For Books for the copy of this book in return for an honest review*
This review won’t be very long or go into much depth due to the fact that this is a short story and I do not want to spoil anything. Flynn had wrote this for George R. R. Martin’s Rogues anthology.

In this short story Flynn proves that she is a mastermind and has a way of crafting this phenomenal, complex and disturbing characters. Whenever I read something by Flynn I am always caught off guard and shocked because she manages to make you believe one thing and then throws in a bunch of twists and turns. She is the ultimate plot twist creator. I felt like the story was the perfect length and at the end I did not feel like I needed more, it ended at a good point. I am always hesitant with short stories because I feel like I am never given enough, but that was not the case for The Grownup. The characters really make Flynn’s stories and these ones did not let down her reputation. They were disturbing and layered with issues.

Overall all I can really say is that Gillian Flynn continues to shock and amaze me. This story was absolutely fantastic and I recommend it to everyone who enjoys the rest of Flynn’s work or is on the edge of picking up something by Flynn!

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Friday Reads [11/27]

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I am a little over half way through The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson. I am so happy that I picked it up. It was exactly what I needed and I am loving Elisa! I am hoping the binge the whole trilogy. I love the way that there is courtly intrigue and political strategy weaved through this YA fantasy! I am also listening to Under Different Stars by Amy. A Bartol. This book has caught me off guard and has completely surprised me. I picked it just so that I could have an audiobook to listen to when I was busy doing stuff and unable to read a physical book. 19504931It is about a girl who finds out she is from another planet and has been captured to be taken back to her home planet. I do not know what else to say about it right now, but I am really enjoying it!. Hopefully I will also be able to pick up The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson.

 

What books are you currently reading or planning on reading this weekend?

 

Things I Love…

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I have fallen into the New Adult bandwagon. I am all about it and devour new adult books so fast. It is a newer genre that has appeared in the book community and is one I am really grateful for.  NA bridges the gap between YA and Adult books, which is typically more geared towards romance, but has its fair share of paranormal options. Cora Carmack has put into words better than I could what this new genre is all about…

“These could not be a better way to describe the turbulent years between adolescence and adulthood, that terrifying in-between. Whether you’re at college or moving out on your own or working your first full time job—your life seems to change radically overnight. And yet for most people in that age group (18-25ish), you’re still not completely on your own. Your parents are still a large part of your life. You’re not a child anymore, but you’re also not quite an adult. You may call yourself an adult (as will others), but deep down in side you are petrified because you don’t feel like one.
At least, that’s how it was for me. It really did feel like my world was starting from scratch. I was searching for my perfect fit in this wide world. I once likened the feeling to leaving behind a comfortable pair of old shoes for new ones that fit a bit better. It’s not that you want to stay with the old shoes that have become worn out and are a bit too snug, but breaking in those new shoes takes time and can be painful. That is what New Adult books are about to me.
Young Adult books are about surviving adolescence and coming of age. New Adult is about how to live your life after that. New Adult is the “I’m officially an adult, now what?” phase. 
 Just like growing up, that life stage is different for everyone, but I do think there are some things that are constant.”

There are many things that I adore about these books and keep me coming back for more…

♥ Relatability   

New Adult books tend to focus on the age group of 18-25. Since I fall within this age range I am able to easily relate to the characters and what they are going through.

♥ Real Life Struggles 

I have found that in New Adult more than Adult Romance novels focuses a lot of self-discovery as well as taboo topics not found in Young Adult. There is more than just a romance story, but a life story with some romance in it. New Adult covers topics such as sexual assault/abuse, mental illness, drugs, friendships, careers, school etc. It really encompasses all aspects of life and I find I can relate to many things that happen as I have or I am experience similar things.

♥ Intense, Gritty and Raw Passion

This does not only refer to the romance, but also the story as a whole. The stories are gripping and real, letting the walls down and showing the vulnerability found within everyone. It shows all sides of relationships not just the sparkling and glittery, but the tough, real and sometimes bad parts of relationships.

♥ Relationships 

From all the New Adult books I have read they tend to highlight and develop more than just a romantic relationship, but all forms from parent/child, siblings, and best friends. I love to see this happen. I think having these other relationships evolved and working on them as well is so true to this time in someones life. It also adds to the element of self discovery and finding ones self.

♥ Author Cross-Overs

I love that there are many YA authors who have started writing NA. There are so many that have that awesome writing style and character development that you love that appears in old characters within their NA novels!

♥ Happy For Now Endings 

Keeping with the realistic aspect that is brought from the new adult genre, it shows that there doesn’t always have to be a happily ever after. It is okay to have a happy for now ending to a story because life isn’t a fairytale and there are not always happily ever after endings.

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Volition by Lily Paradis                          ♠ I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre 

Rule by Jay Crownover                        ♠ Inspire by Cora Carmack

Losing It by Cora Carmack                  ♠ All Lined Up by Cora Carmack 

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For more information, books and recommendations check out these links! 

New Adult Genre                                              ♦ NA Next Big Thing 

Cora Carmack- What NA Means To Me            ♦ NA Book Rec Vlog – Kassidy

NA Alley                                                            ♦ NA Book Rec Vlog- JBookLover

A Beginner’s Guide to NA                                 ♦ Epic Reads Favorite NA

Addicted to NA Reading List                             ♦ Butterflymybooks- NA Book Recs

As Long As You Love Me by Ann Aguirre | Book Review

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AS LONG AS YOU LOVE ME BY ANN AGUIRRE

Genre: New Adult- Contemporary Romance

Source: The author/publisher in return for an honest review.

“To bad the dragon I have to slay lives inside my head .”
― Ann Aguirre, As Long As You Love Me

Series: 2B Trilogy (Companion Series)
I Want It That Way (#1 in 2B Trilogy)

Synopsis:
Most people dream about getting out of Sharon, Nebraska, but after three years away, Lauren Barrett is coming home. She has her reasons –– missing her family, losing her college scholarship. But then there’s the reason Lauren can’t admit to anyone: Rob Conrad, her best friend’s older brother.

Football prowess and jaw-dropping good looks made Rob a star in high school. Out in the real world, his job and his relationships are going nowhere. He’s the guy who women love and leave, not the one who makes them think of forever –– until Lauren comes back to town, bringing old feelings and new dreams with her.

Because the only thing more important than figuring out where you truly belong is finding the person you were meant to be with.

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review*I would like to thank Ann Aguirre and her publisher for the copy of the book I received!*

This book is the second in the 2B Trilogy, the companion series by Ann Aguirre. Like I said in my review for the first book in this trilogy, this book reminded me of my time in college and hit on so many aspects of life that happen during those year in school and the struggles I was facing within my self.

I could probably use most of the same content I used in my first review because I feel the same about this book in regards to Aguirre’s writing and the plot line of the story.

“Her writing style gave the story such fun and playful feel. It was light and completely gripping. There were a few times that the story lacked some substantial information,but her writing and the overall story made me keep reading. At times there were the cliches and corny sentences that are usually found in romance novels, but there was also sassy dialogue and humor that I could totally understand.”

The way that Aguirre threads the romance novel with a true reality, is aww inspiring. She really makes you understand that even a deep love and all the mushy, corny stuff cannot stop life from going on and issues arising. She added real life issues and made the book more believable and not some fantasy fairy tale. Aguirre proves that happy endings can come for people facing all sorts of challenges in life. 

Aguirre developed a great dynamic of friendships and characters that were in this book.I felt a connection to the characters and really understood them and their struggles because I have been there (for most of the issues). I totally could relate to Lauren and what she was going through- ending up back at home with no money and no job questioning life is something I know all too well.

But the smallness of the town meant everybody knew you, and there was some comfort in the familiarity and the gossip.”

-Ann Aguirre, As Long As You Love Me

 

I am Lauren, in so many ways and it was nice to see how she worked through her issues. Lauren was an awesome character who was quirky and her own person and realizing that there is no such thing as normal. Aguirre sure knows how to write swoon worthy male leads. Rob was the ultimate gentleman, the only issue I had with him is that he was too insecure and corny. I very much dislike when someone constantly needs praises and convincing that they are worth it and good enough/smart enough. It is sad that there are things in life that beat someone down so much that this is the case, but for me personally it just didn’t work in the book for me. I got uber annoyed with Rob a lot throughout the book. I loved the other relationships that were developed through the story. It showed all the different sides and issues that can come from mother/daughter relationships, friendships and frenemies. It was nice to see that there were other relationships worked on and not just an all consuming romance. 

Overall this was a gripping, raw book that  incorporates more than a romance but the struggles of mental illness and sexual abuse. It displayed the difficulties of being in college, struggling with yourself, money, classes, friendships and finding/keeping love

On top of writing a enthralling story Aguirre includes a playlist at the end of each other 2B trilogy books and I think it is one of the coolest things ever! I love when authors include playlist to go along with the book or a playlist of music they were listening to when they were writing the book!

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2015 Bookish Bucket List | Update

 

So I figured since it is almost the end of 2015 I should do an update of my bookish bucket list (although  it is quite depressing). For you who don’t know I took a slight hiatus this year because I was a member of AmeriCorps NCCC (if you would like to know more let me know. I might make a post about it). Its so late in the year so I am not going to change my goals, but there are many I probably( most likely) will not get to.

♠ Read at least 45 books. I have read 19 books so far. That means I have a month to read 26 books 😦 

♠ Complete Anna Karenina. This will be something I hope to get to at some point in my life, but will not be this year.

♠ Keep up with reviews. I am trying really hard to catch up on the ones I did not complete before I left on hiatus and the books I read while I was away. I might just reset and start with the ones I have recently read and not play catch up and just take my losses. It is a lot of work to continuously play catch up. 

♠ Read more classics. I have not been able to read any 😦 

♠ Keep my book purchasing to sequels. So far I have stayed true to this for the most part. This past year I have purchased significantly fewer books, but I got a lot from authors/publishers and from free book libraries.

♠ Finish the Harry Potter series.  I am up to the 5th book. I am not sure I will be able to complete this by the end of the year. 

♠ Catch up on review books. I really need to get on top of this. I feel bad that I have been sent these book and have yet been able to get to them. I am currently reading one right now. 

♠ Figure out a new set-up/blog posts/features. I am currently working/researching on finding new things for my blog to make it more interesting/fun etc.

♠ Read at least three daunting books.  (I am counting this as over 550 pages.) This is something that is going to be near impossible with the time I have left.

♠ Read up all/or a majority of the works by one author. I have a few authors I am starting to work on this for but will not be anywhere near close to finishing by the end of the year. 

 

What are some of your 2015 goals/resolutions? How are you doing so far?

Making Up For Monday [11/23]

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Hosted by: An Avid Reader; A Wannabe Writer

Today’s Question: What is your favorite book set in the future?

This is a difficult question, I think dystopians are all considered the future right? If we are talking about more of a futuristic society I would have to go with Cinder by Marissa Meyers. I feel like besides that I have not read a book that I would consider in the future (or at least any I can think of). To me dystopians are more like alternate universes and not so much future but I guess that can be debatable. 

Have you read an amazing futuristic books? What is your take on dystopians being books “set in the future”?

 

Horns | Movie Edition

 

I watched this movie a few months ago and thought it was about time to share my thoughts on it. Let me just say they definitely did one thing right with this movie, it is as strange as the book was.

The thing that I found I liked most about the movie is that it was less confusing at times and helped me to connect somethings I was lost on in the book. On top of being a jumbled mess and losing something being transferred from pages to screen, I also felt that the movie was missing part of the back story on Lee. It played out more like a strange comedy than a creepy horror story.

The movie dragged on a little too long for me and although some people seemed to think Radcliffe did a great job, I did not think he was right for the role. That might be in part as I can only see him as Harry Potter and that is limiting and unfair, but I just do not think this was the right role or film for him. There were also moments during the film that I felt slightly uncomfortable, which is saying a lot for me because it does not happen to easily.

Overall my thoughts on this movie was that it just was not a movie I would ever watch again. It was strange and scattered and did not get that point across that the book led to in my opinion. I watched this with a friend who has never read the book and she was so confused about what we just saw.

I would love to hear what you thought of the book or movie!

Horns Book Review