Top Ten Tuesday| Join The Resistance

2015 BOOKS READ-5

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic hosted by Broke and Bookish is Top Ten Graphic Novels or Comics, but I do not really read those so I decided to do my own topic. With all that has been going on I have been thinking a lot about dystopian books and thought I would create a post on the top Dystopian Reads!

♦ The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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♦ The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 

− Crazy Government

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♦ Divergent by Veronica Roth

−Fractured Society

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♦ A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

− Genetically Engineered “Perfect” World

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♦ Proxy by Alex London

− Rich control the poor and use as “Whipping Boys”

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♦ Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi 

− Harsh Military Rule

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What are some of your favorite Dystopian Reads?

January 2017 | Tea Party Wrap-Up

TEA TIME
“What’s the matter my dear, don’t you care for tea”

Lewis Carrol, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

 

Books I Read:

♠ Soulless by Gail Carriger

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

♠ Salt To The Sea by Ruta Sepetys

♠ The Shape Of My Heart by Ann Aguirre

♠ RoseBlood – A.G Howard

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

2017 Bookish Bucket List

Top 5 Books of 2016

Series Serial Reader| 2017 Reading Challenge

ROSEBLOOD Release Day Blitz

Adventures in Alice| Reading List

Join The Resistance | Quotes

♠ January Reads | First Lines

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

Top Ten Tuesday 

Top 5 Wednesday 

Friday Reads

Noteworthy Post Around The Blog

♠ YA and Wine – YA and Wine Pairings for Your Wednesday

♠ Bookishness and Tea- How To Start Reading More Diversely

♠ Twirling Pages- 8 Ways To Destress

♠ Bookshelves and Paperbacks – The Ultimate Guide To Diverse Ya Books Releasing In 2017: January – June

♠ Nut Free Nerd- On Separating Women from their Work | Discussion

♠ Flying Through Fiction- Diverse Reads Subscription Box Launch!

Upcoming Excitements!

♠ 4-Year Blogiversary!

January 2017 Reads | First Lines

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I decided that it would be fun to start a new feature to add the the wrap up of books I read every month. For me most of the time I pick up and look at books in the store it is the first lines that capture my attention and draw me in. It has always been intriguing to me the amount of thought that must go into those first words the author decides to but as the introduction to their work. The first lines are your first impression of the book.

Soulless by Gail Carriger
Ms. Alexia Tarabotti was not enjoying her evening.

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins
 There is a pole of clothing on the side of the train tracks.

Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Son, Last Sunday the host of a popular news show asked me what it meant to lose my body.

Salt To The Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Guilt is a hunter.

The Shape Of My Heart by Ann Aguirre
If my life were a romantic comedy, I wouldn’t be the star.

Roseblood by A.G Howard
At home, I have a poster on my wall of a rose that’s bleeding.

Join The Resistance | Quotes

“The bird, the pin, the song, the berries, the watch, the cracker, the dress that burst into flames. I am the mockingjay. The one that survived despite the Capitol’s plans. The symbol of the rebellion.”
― Suzanne Collins, Catching Fire

“Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being.”
― Albert Camus, The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt

“And if we burn, you burn with us.”
― Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay

“It seems like the rebellions never stop, in the city, in the compound, anywhere. There are just breaths between them, and foolishly, we call those breaths “peace”.”
― Veronica Roth, Allegiant

“Taking the kids from our districts, forcing them to kill one another while we watch – this is the Capitol’s way of reminding us how totally we are at their mercy. How little chance we would stand of surviving another rebellion. Whatever words they use, the real message is clear. “Look how we take your children and sacrifice them and there’s nothing you can do. If you lift a finger, we will destroy every last one of you. Just as we did in District Thirteen”
― Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

“Voldemort is playing a very clever game. Declaring himself might have provoked open rebellion. Remaining masked has created confusion, uncertainty, and fear.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

“Supreme excellence consists of breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“Its our actions that define us. What we choose. What we resist. What we’re willing to die for.”
― Karen Marie Moning

“If we are to believe certain oracles of crafty political views, a little revolt is desirable from the point of view of power. System: revolt strengthens those governments which it does not overthrow.”
― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you and you’ll never learn.”
― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

“I like being myself. Myself and nasty.”
― Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

“Don’t let the bastards grind you down.”
― Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale

Friday Reads | New Release

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217a4-rosebloodI was on a reading spree the past week while I was stuck at home alone with nothing other than job searching to do. My reading has gotten back to its normal pace and the book I am currently reading is one I am sure it will take me all weekend to make a dent in it. The last trip to the library I found RoseBlood by A.G Howard calling to me. I absolutely loved the Splintered Trilogy and had to pick up this new release. So far it is beautifully written and intriguing!

What are you reading this weekend?

 

Adventures in Alice| Reading List

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If it isn’t already obvious I am obsessed with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. I have been making a running list of all the retellings or books inspired by the original story. I have decided to make a post of all of them and keep track of the ones I have read and have yet to read. I feel like being such a fan it is sad I haven’t read them all before.

Young Adult

Splintered Trilogy by A.G Howard

White Rabbit Chronicles by Gena Showalter

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Queen of Hearts Saga by Colleen Oakes

Insanity Series by Cameron Jace

The Collector’s Society by Heather Lyons

Death of the Mad Hatter by Sarah J. Pepper

Gears of Wonderland by Jason G. Anderson

Adult 

After Alice by Gregory Maguire

The Chronicles of Alice by Christina Henry

Her Mad Hatter by Marie Hall

 

Are there any that I have missed and need to add to my list?

Top Ten Tuesday | Top Underrated Books I’ve Read

2015 BOOKS READ-5
This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic hosted by Broke and Bookish is Top Ten Underrated Books I’ve Read ! The original topic is to pick a genre, but I decided instead to go with an overall category from the books I have read. I also decided to go to goodreads and look at those books that I have read and enjoyed with under 5,000 ratings. These are all books that I believe deserve more attention and love!  This was a little hard to find because I feel like I haven’t branched out and read a lot of underrated books, so these aren’t all 5 stars, but each is unique and worth a read.

 

Scandalous Women: The Lives and Loves of History’s Most Notorious Women
by Elizabeth Kerri Mahon

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I absolutely adored this book. It is a nonfiction that focuses on women of the past. The writing is real and witty. It was so much fun to read and made me want to read more not only by Mahon but about these Scandalous Women!

Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas

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This was a unique and brilliant science fiction novel about two unlikely friends. I am a little bias about this book because it was written by a family friends, but I believe it deserves so much more attention because it is unlike anything I have ever read.

Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes 

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This was not the best book or even best Alice in Wonderland retelling I have read but it was quite enjoyable and I am interested to see what is to come next in the second book. This book focuses on the Queen of Hearts a story we have not heard much of before.

Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate

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Seven Ways We Lie is an interesting high school drama story told from the perspective of seven different main characters. As a scandalous controversy plagues the school it seems to add more drama and conflict to the lives of these seven students. Each is dealing with their own struggles and consequences of their actions.

Volition by Lily Paradis 

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Beautifully twisted…A novel that shocks and surprises, and is not your typical love story. A gripping read filled with complex characters, dark humor and lyrical writing that leaves you wanting more! Paradis produced a story that carried a lot of emotion that dealt with love, relationships, and the darkness that surrounds death and the mark it leaves on those who have escaped it.

Inspire by Cora Carmack

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Overall I found this book to be unique and an interesting new adult paranormal romance novel. It definitely has a gripping ending that had me completely hooked and needing the next installment. It has some intense relationships layered with issues and secrets. I could have used some more mythology and paranormal aspects, but found what was presented to be intriguing. It is heavy on the romance and can feel a little insta loving at times but it works with the events of the story.

 

What are some great underrated books and authors that you absolutely love or deserve so much more attention?

Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates |Book Review

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Genre: Nonfiction

“I was made for the library, not the classroom. The classroom was a jail of other people’s interests. The library was open, unending, free.”
― Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me

Synopsis:
In a series of essays, written as a letter to his son, Coates confronts the notion of race in America and how it has shaped American history, many times at the cost of black bodies and lives. Thoughtfully exploring personal and historical events, from his time at Howard University to the Civil War, the author poignantly asks and attempts to answer difficult questions that plague modern society. In this short memoir, the “Atlantic” writer explains that the tragic examples of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and those killed in South Carolina are the results of a systematically constructed and maintained assault to black people–a structure that includes slavery, mass incarceration, and police brutality as part of its foundation. From his passionate and deliberate breakdown of the concept of race itself to the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement, Coates powerfully sums up the terrible history of the subjugation of black people in the United States. A timely work, this title will resonate with all teens–those who have experienced racism as well as those who have followed the recent news coverage on violence against people of color.

Goodreads | Amazon 

review

I was in Baltimore during the riots in 2015 over what had happened to Freddie Gray. This was the time when the distance became real to me. I grew up in a small town in the middle of nowhere Michigan that was a very monochromatic community. I feel like with the current state of our world and the horrible events that have been taking place it is important for those to be educated. I had never experienced such hatred or discrimination first hand and was blind to it. I hate that this was the case and I want to be an ally and educate others. Coates allowed me to open my eyes even more and through his words feel his hurt and pain. It is a pain I will never truly understand and I do not claim to know how Coates feels, but I think this is such an important book for everyone to read. The writing is phenominal. It is so deep and raw and you can tell that so much emotion and time was put into this work.

We are all blinded by fear and have those perceptional lenses that were developed at such young ages. The way we were brought up and what we were taught is not always universal or right for that matter. The perception of race, right and wrong and even who we are and want to be was formed by our upbringing and our surrounding. With the coming changes in 2017 I think it is important for the U.S to take the time to try and learn and understand from each other. You can truly never know where the other person is coming from because everyone has had different backgrounds and experiences. It is books like Coates that can open the discussion.

This got a little deep for a book review and I did not go into everything I wanted to because I know this is a hot topic and I dont want anything I saw to be taken the wrong way because I am having trouble putting my thoughts together. I just believe that this was a truly moving piece of literature that should be a must read for everyone. I need to start reading more diversely and educating myself on everything that is not in my wheel house of knowledge or experience.

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Friday Reads | Long Weekend

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25614492Who is ready for the much needed weekend? I know that I am because that means I am that much closer to my girlfriend coming home to me! Since I am alone for the weekend I plan to do a lot of reading. I am currently reading and flying through Salt To The Sea by Ruta Sepetys. This book is a YA historical fiction novel told from the perspective of four different teenagers during WWII. Sepetys brings such life to her writing and does wonderfully with captivating writing. I am sure I will finish it quite quickly and have no idea what to pick up next. I have three 23909755different options and cant seem to decide. There is City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett, which I had received from a publishing company last year and really need to get to. Then there is 21938168The Shape of My Heart  by Ann Aguirre, which is the third and final book in the 2B trilogy.  I am really on the path of completing series and that would be my first. The last possible option is Lover Eternal by J.R Ward. This is the second book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series and I series I have really been wanting to continue. There are so many books in this series and I want 35729to make a dent in it during 2017! Any Suggestions?

What are you reading this weekend?

 

After Alice by Gregory Maguire | Book Review

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Genre: Adult Fiction

“All of life hinges on what one does next, until finally one makes the wrong choice.”
― Gregory Maguire, After Alice

Synopsis:
When Alice toppled down the rabbit-hole 150 years ago, she found a Wonderland as rife with inconsistent rules and abrasive egos as the world she left behind. But what of that world? How did 1860s Oxford react to Alice’s disappearance?

In this brilliant new work of fiction, Gregory Maguire turns his dazzling imagination to the question of underworlds, undergrounds, underpinnings — and understandings old and new, offering an inventive spin on Carroll’s enduring tale. Ada, a friend of Alice’s mentioned briefly in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, is off to visit her friend, but arrives a moment too late — and tumbles down the rabbit hole herself.

Ada brings to Wonderland her own imperfect apprehension of cause and effect as she embarks on an odyssey to find Alice and see her safely home from this surreal world below the world. If Euridyce can ever be returned to the arms of Orpheus, or Lazarus can be raised from the tomb, perhaps Alice can be returned to life. Either way, everything that happens next is After Alice.

Goodreads | Amazon

review

I was extremely disappointed in this book. It was almost a DNF book. I finished this book over a month ago and even as I sit here and try to write this review I am struggling to bring myself to do it. Writing this review is like reading the book. If you did not know I absolutely adore Alice in Wonderland so I was so excited and was anticipating reading this book for so long. It was the hugest let down I have ever read.

The story was suppose to follow Ada, Alice’s friend after Alice wandered down the rabbit hole. It was based in the same setting just following different characters including Alice’s sister (family). The idea seemed like it would make for a great story, but I feel like Maguire failed me.

The language at the beginning of the book made it really hard for me to understand and follow. Just getting past the first 20 pages was a struggle. As the book went on it got easier to understand, but I felt like it was taking a lot of the original story when it was talking about Wonderland. It lacked originality and really did not reach the full potential that I think this story could have.

My other main issue with this story was that it was extremely disturbing and a little offensive. I have no problem with darker books but this took a strange turn and was offensive to people with disabilities and or color. I just did not agree with a lot of how Maguire was saying things and handled certain situations.

Overall I do think the concept of tell the story of Alice through her friend was a interesting twist. It was showing the story of what happened After Alice went down the rabbit hole.  How it affected everyone else around her. It used a lot of the same imagery and nonsensical whimsy that was found in the original story. I think Maguire was trying to do too much by not only attempting a retelling, but trying to make a statement about Victorian Oxford as well. It was a mess and just not what I wanted or expected it to be. There was just a lot that I was not comfortable with and found it boring and a drag to read.

RATING-7