Friday Reads | Rainy Weekend Edition

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All it has done all week long is rained. It looks like its going to be raining and storming all weekend long as well. The perfect solution to a rainy weekend is curling up and reading a good book, snuggling with the kittens and drinking some coffee. I’ve been fighting a pretty severe headache the past couple of days and I really hope that it will go away so I can get some serious reading done. There are so many books I want to read this month that are perfect October reads. The books I am currently reading are Night Film by Marisha Pessl and Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. I am almost half way into Night Film and I am greatly enjoying it.  It is definitely a captivating mystery and has me hooked. I am also listening to Something Wicked on audiobook. It is my first Bradbury and I am interested to see where the story goes.

What are you reading this weekend?

 

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Why “The Little Prince” Quotes are Still Actual? | Guest Post

Thank you so much Paul for creating this post to be featured on my blog! As someone who has never read The Little Prince, this post has definitely made me want to pick it up and read it! 

Why “The Little Prince” Quotes are Still Actual?

There are so many books, though so little time to read them all, but nearly everybody has got a book they are thrilled about with delight and want to read it from cover to cover over and over again. I am not an exception, and this is why today we will speculate about the most famous work of XX century, called The Little Prince. You must have been acquainted with it, for sure, as it is a world bestseller, although the work was published a long time ago, in 1943. Many people can’t stop asking me why so many readers have a crush on this handbook, tearing it into quotes and retelling about its uniqueness to everybody. My answer is simple, “Read it, and you will find an answer.” But indeed, why it is happening then?

  • Le petite prince still rings true today

The little prince story is treated to be a book for kids, but it is unfair to think like this because it lies at the intersection between literature for children and adults. This is a text, where double reading appears, and both children and adults can find their own meaning there. The kids like a plot of the bestseller, a fairy tale, where a petit prince has flown from the other planet and tells his amazing and exciting stories, whereas grown-ups see the other side of the coin – it is full of metaphors, deep allegory and is of a parable nature. I can even say that all the quotes, you might have read in this work or heard somewhere, are, in most cases, popular because of this, an inner adult layer of the book. People, who haven’t read this masterpiece, but having discovered one of those brilliant and catchy phrases, can’t even predict they are from an ordinary children book written by a real genius.

  • When pictures speak louder than words

The pictures, you can find in little princes book, have very a metaphorical meaning as they were created by the author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry himself. We may study it from two perspectives: one as illustrations being an integral part of the story plot, and the others that have an inside meaning. I am speaking of the portraits of the boy, painted by the author now. His pictures are tightly connected with the author’s vision; a Prince is creator’s nostalgia for a carefree childhood, where you, unfortunately, can’t go back. The images are an indivisible part of the book, so we can’t view it separated from the text, but have to perceive it as a whole.

 

  • The value of the Little prince quotes in our fast-paced world

As in all the parables, a quote is at the heart of the whole book, raising deep philosophical issues that have been an enduring concern of all humankind throughout history. The little Prince is and will continue to be a storehouse of knowledge for many generations for centuries. Just remember the little Prince and the fox moments or the end of the story, have them tugged on your heartstrings?

This book contains all the most important aspects of everyday life: childhood, relationships, friendship, love, loyalty, and self-devotion. But it also reminds us the simple truth – as adults, we sometimes completely forget about a little child, who lives inside of us and the fact that we are from our childhood.

This is one of the wisest, kindest and eternal book having read once; you will always catch yourself pondering about rereading it once more. It is not just a book of quotes; it has become a handbook for many people because of the worldly wisdom it contains, written in such a simple manner, then even a child will understand it. If you have procrastinated reading it in childhood, you should make up for lost time and enjoy it now, no matter how old are you because age is never an issue.

 

BIO:

Paul Calderon is a freelance writer from Texas, who is writing for https://eduzaurus.com. He has obtained a Master’s degree in English Literature. He is a creative person, who is always in search of self-development and constantly hones his writing skills. His life motto is “do what you love and love what you do.”

 

 

Reading Guide to the Halloween Season | Book Recommendations

The fall and Halloween are my absolute favorite! When it comes to reading, there is a right way and a wrong way to do it in the month of October. (In my opinion) The fall season has a certain atmosphere and I believe the month of October does as well. The month of October needs to be filled with spooky, creepy, thrillers with paranormal and the unusual. As I was developing my reading list for October I thought I would give some recommendations to others with those books I think are perfect for the month of October.

Ó  Asylum by Madeleine Roux 

This was a dark and creepy story.  And of course it is about an asylum so that is a creep factor within itself. The imagery is so well done I felt like I was thereIt has a dark ominous feel to it and the creepy pictures sprinkled throughout the book help to create that eerie atmosphere.

Ó Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs 

This book is definitely peculiar. It also uses strange and creepy pictures to help tell the story. It is not dark or ominous, but very atmospheric and unique.

Ó Hexed by Michelle Krys

This was a campy story and more light hearted and fun than dark and ominous. I have to say I would categorize this more Charmed/Buffy the Vampire Slayer-esk. It was a fast-paced witchy novel filled with intrigue, mystery and humor.

Ó You by Caroline Kepnes 

This is written in second perspective from a stalkers perspective. I believe that is all I need to say.

 

Ó Odd & True by Cat Winters 

This story was absolutely marvelous and full of monstrous creatures. The two sisters grew up hearing stories about monsters and magic. It is a wonderful story about sisters and has a nice atmosphere.

Ó Black Birds of the Gallows by Meg Kassel 

A love story in the midst of mass chaos. A interesting and creative YA paranormal read that presents unique mythology and characters. It dove into the world of Harbingers of Death, beekeepers, and the hidden magic within.

Ó This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

This was a dark YA with monsters, crime and murder. The atmosphere and overall feel was dark and ominous. It was also beautifully written.

What are some of your spooky/creepy reads?

The House Cup Reading Challenge | TBR

House Cup Reading Challenge is being hosted by Lauren of Live Love Read Ya, Alex of Book Daisy Reviews, Kelsey of Kelsey’s Cluttered Bookshelf, and Erica of Escape Under the Cover. The House Cup Reading Challenge runs from Sunday, October 15, to Sunday, November 12. During this challenge, you will progress from a first-year to seventh-year Hogwarts student by completing seven books on your TBR list. In addition to the main challenge, you will have opportunities to earn even more points by participating in the themed bonus challenges and tweeting with the challenge hashtag on Twitter. But more on that later! To sign-up and find out more about the challenges visit one of the hosts blogs. 

HOGWARTS STUDENT QUESTIONNAIRE

Name: Ashley 
Hogwarts House: Slytherin 
Wand Type: Redwood wood with a phoenix feather core, 13 ¾” and supple flexibility
Pet: Cat
Favorite Subject: Defense Against The Dark Arts 
Favorite Professor: Professor Minerva McGonagall

The House Cup Reading Challenge TBR 

I am going to do the Main Challenge which is a book for each year at Hogwarts and its readers choice. I also want to attempt some bonus challenge reads but 7 books in a months time is more than I have been able to read lately.

Main Challenge

I had already created my October TBR which has 7 books although I am currently reading Night Film by Marisha Pessl. So for the Main Challenge I will be doing my October TBR plus a few additional.

Bonus Challenge 

Slytherin: Read a book set in a dystopian world – Legend by Marie Lu 
Death Eater: Read a book told from the POV of a villain-  Vicious by V.E Schwab (Its about anti-heros so those are basically villians right)
Occlumency: Read a book about a character with magical abilities or superpowers- Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs 

Let me know if you are going to join and what house you are repping!

October 2017 | TBR

I love reading books in the month of October. Specifically paranormal or creepy books. It just fits with the whole vibe of the season and especially with Halloween. I am not going to be able to finish all of these, but I these are the ones I am going to be picking from.

Night Film by Marish Pessl

The Girl With The Gifts by M.R Carey

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

The Ritual by Adam Nevill

 

What are you planning on reading this month?

Never Apart by Romily Bernard | Book Review

NEVER APART BY ROMILY BERNARD

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery/Thriller

“Sometimes people come into your life and change everything. You become someone you would never have been without them. They crack you open, split you apart, let light into places that have only seen darkness, but it always comes with a price: you cannot go back to who you were before.”
― Romily Bernard, Never Apart

Publication Date : October 3rd 2017

Synopsis:
How many times would you die for love?

What if you had to relive the same five days over and over?

And what if at the end of it, your boyfriend is killed…

And you have to watch. Every time.

You don’t know why you’re stuck in this nightmare.

But you do know that these are the rules you now live by:

Wake Up.

Run.

Die.

Repeat.

Now, the only way to escape this loop is to attempt something crazy. Something dangerous. Something completely unexpected. This time…you’re not going to run.

Combining heart-pounding romance and a thrilling mystery Never Apart is a stunning story you won’t soon forget.

Goodreads | Amazon 

*I would like to thank Entangled Teen and Romily Bernard for the copy of this book in return for an honest review*

When I read the last page in the book I closed it and sat there bewildered with how I felt. This book caught me by surprise. It was much different than I thought it would be and the ending completely caught me off guard. It is labeled from what I have seen as a Mystery/Thriller, but I think it also falls into another category as well. Even as I write this review I am going back and forth with how I feel about this book.

I was completely gripped from the beginning of the book. It started off pretty vague and it worked because you needed to know more. I wanted to know what the heck was going on and where the story would go. It definitely had a mysterious vibe and left you questioning. The story was well paced and went back and forth between the present and the past. I was not completely sure how I felt about the back and forth, but it gave the story a slow reveal and increased the mystery and kept a fast pace to the read. There were aspects to the story that I felt went too fast or not into enough details. Trying to think back on the story about the characters its hard to remember the entirety of the characters.I thought there was some lacking in the characterization. There was definitely character development with the main character, Grace, but it fell short for the others. There is a love triangley vibe to the story. But thankfully it was not full on in your face. I liked that you learn about the characters through Grace and how they play a role in her life and finding herself.

Overall I thought this was an enjoyable read. I would say go into it without really reading the synopsis or focusing on what it is about. It surprised me and went a totally different way than I was expecting. It was a gripping mystery that at the end tied up all the loose ends, which is very important in my opinion. It was also quite nice that at the end there was some bonus material of a few chapters written from the other characters perspective, it added a little something to those characters. This book is raw, intense and very true to what happens in ones life without trying to sugar coat the events that shape us.

September 2017 Reads | First Lines

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.

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
“I didn’t realize he was a werewolf at first.”

Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs
” The wind was chill and the cold froze the ends of her toes.”

Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs
“No one knew better than Walter Rice that the only safe place was away from other people.”

Never Apart by Romily Bernard
“I’m going to die again.”

September 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:

♠ Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

♠ Alpha & Omega Novella by Patricia Briggs

♠ Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs

♠ Never Apart by Romily Bernard

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

♠ August 2017| Tea Party Wrap-Up

August 2017| Book Haul

Books I Want to Read Before the End of 2017

2017 Bookish Bucket List | August Update

♠ Series Serial Reader| August Update

♠ Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel | ARC Review

 September 2017 | TBR

 #OTSPSecretSister August Package

♠ Anthem by Ayn Rand | Book Review

 Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel | Author Interview

♠ Series Serial Reader | September Update

♠ 2017 Bookish Bucket List | September Update

Noteworthy Post Around The Blog

♠ Sofii @ A Book. A Thought- Fast Paced Contemporary Book Recs

♠ Holly @ Nut Free Nerd- On reading Classics | Discussion 

♠ Emily @ Books and Cleverness- Writing Reviews| Timing, Genres and Review Styles Oh My! 

♠ Alyssa @ Pucksandpaperbacks – Bi Visibility Week – YA Books Featuring Bisexual Characters

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

Top Ten Tuesday 

Top 5 Wednesday 

Friday Reads

Upcoming Excitements!

♠ Halloween Fun!

2017 Bookish Bucket List | September Update

2017

I have done this now for the past three years and have been decently successful with it.. This year I have set a lot of goals for myself and really want to throw myself back into the book community and blogging world. The past year off has left me wanting so much from books because I have missed the atmosphere and love of books.  

♠ Read at least 100 books. I have a challenge I have created for myself and its the year I take on some completed series. [I have only read 28 so far which is nothing for how far we are into the year]

♠ Read and Complete 6 Series. This goes along with the challenge I have am creating. There are so many out that I have yet to pick up and its crazy. [I am still only at one series completed but I am working on a few]

♠ Read at least three daunting books. This is a repeat from last year.I feel like I am always so intrigued and interested in the huge books, but never get around to reading them because they are intimidating. (I am counting this as over 500 pages.) [I have kind of been avoiding these. There are so many I have that I really want to read, but reading has been a struggle so I have been trying to stick to shorter books]

♠ Read 45 books from my TBR. I just recently moved and don’t have my books. I have been going to the library and with that it give way to an endless array of books. I really want to make sure I am still reading books that I had actually purchased. [I am slowly making a dent in my massive TBR pile with 21 read so far]

♠ Read at least 5 Non-Fiction Books. I started doing this last year and really enjoyed it. I love learning more and I have a lot I am interested in. [ I have been able to complete 2 so far and they were absolutely wonderful!]

♠ Start New Blog Series. I really want to work harder on developing my blog. There are many things I participate in that are created by other bloggers and I really want to come up with something that is completely my own and get others involved in! [I have started a few that I am hoping to work on and create some more posts for.]

 

 

What are some of your 2017 goals/resolutions?

Series Serial Reader| September Update

ssr

ABOUT


The past couple of years my life has taken me all over the country doing a variety of different things, but it has kept me from reading. Especially reading all the books that have been coming out and catching up on series I have started. I decided that I wanted to make this a year revolving mainly around series. I made the decision that it would be fun to create a challenge for myself and that is how Series Serial Reader came about. To check out my full first post click here.

 

THE SERIES


The series I want to read fall under a few different categories:

Completed Series I Need To Finish
◊Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
◊Marked Men by Jay Crownover
◊Misborn by Brandon Sanderson
◊Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
◊Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
◊Harry Potter by J.K Rowling
◊2B Trilogy by Ann Aguirre
◊Asylum by Madeleine Roux
◊Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
◊The Sparrow and The Wolf by Tim Stead
◊Shattered Sea by Joe Abercrombie
◊Modern Faerie Tales by Holly Black
◊Mortal Instuments by Cassandra Clark

Completed Series I Want To Start/Read
♦ Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger {started}[1/5]
♦ Bloodlines by Richelle Mead {started}[2/6]
♦ Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
♦ Seven Realms by Cinda Williams Chima
♦ Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
♦ Immortals by Tamora Pierce
♦ Protector of the Small by Tamora Pierce
♦ Legend by Marie Lu
♦The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
♦ The First Law by Joe Abercrombie
♦ White Rabbit Chronicles by Gena Showalter
♦ The Sweet Trilogy by Wendy Higgins
♦ The Grisha by Leigh Bardugo
♦ Lux by Jennifer L. Armentrout
♦ Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
♦ Georgia Kincaid by Richelle Mead
♦ The Magicians by Lev Grossman
♦ All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness
♦ The Broken Empire by Mark Lawrence
♦ The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
♦The Book of Ivy Duology by Amy Engel {started} [1/2]
♦ Imperial Radch by Ann Leckie  {started} [1/3]

Series I Need To Catch Up On
♣ Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R Ward {working on it} [3]
♣ A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
♣ Saints of Denver by Jay Crownover
♣ Gentlemen Bastard by Scott Lynch
♣ The Divine Cities by Robert Jackson Bennett

Uncompleted Series I Want To Start
♠ Age of X by Richelle Mead
♠ Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs {started} [1/11]
♠ Alpha & Omega by Patricia Briggs {started} [1/5}
♠ Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
♠ A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R Martin

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I have only completed one series but I am working on many others!