10 Years in 10 Books | Dewey’s 24hr Read-a-thon

Submit one book recommendation published in each year of the Readathon (2007-2017)

♣  2007

A Long Way Gone: Memories of a Boy Solider by Ishmael Beah

♣ 2008

Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs

♣ 2009

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

♣ 2010

Sisters Red by Jackson Pierce

♣ 2011

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys 

♣ 2012

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

♣ 2013

Splintered by A.G Howard 

♣ 2014

The Seventh Friend by Tim Stead 

♣ 2015

Volition by Lily Paradis

♣ 2016

Dark Matter by Black Crouch 

♣ 2017

Odd & True by Cat Winters 

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Friday Reads | Read-a-thon Weekend!

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This is going to be a busy packed weekend for me. I have a ton of reading I want to do for both the House Cup Reading Challenge and Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon. I need to get some apartment cleaning done and I want to do some exploring of the new city I live in since its been 3 months since I have moved and have not seen much. My first mistake for attempting to complete all the things I need to accomplish this weekend was starting Mindhunter on Netflix. I have high hopes for my reading this weekend though. I am currently half way through listening to The Uninvited by Cat Winters. I have been meaning to read some of Cat Winters books and this will be my 3rd one this year. I love her writing, settings and characters. Her books contain strong females set in history that Winters describes so atmospherically. I am also about a fourth of the way into Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. I have to say I have not read many ghost stories, but so far this is the best one and proving to be a quick and gripping read! After I finish that I want to pick up Haven by Mary Lindsey as soon as possible. I am so excited about this book and cannot believe I was so lucky to receive a copy and amazing package from Entangled Publishing. It sounds like it is going to be a good one and I am already loving the quotes I have seen from the book.

What are you reading this weekend?

 

Top 5 Wednesday | Books Featuring Shapeshifters

TOP 5 WEDNESDAY

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey (YouTube, Goodreads) and if you would like to join, here is the link for the Goodreads group with all the information.

This week’s topic is Books Featuring [Paranormal Creature of your choice]- Shapeshifter

I have recently really gotten into urban fantasy. I always loved it, but it has been the genre I am currently drawn to. I am a huge fan of werewolves (along with my love of Teen wolf!) I just wasn’t able to find enough books that contained werewolves that I have read. So I thought it would be fun to do shapeshifters, since werewolves are technically considered that as well!

♦ Moon Called by Patricia Briggs (or really any in the Mercy Thompson series!) walker (coyote), werewolves

♦ The Seventh Friend by Tim Stead 

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♦ Soulless by Gail Carriger 
werewolf

♦ The Dark Elements Trilogy by Jennifer L Armentrout
gargoyle

What are some of your favorite shapeshifters? Or paranormal creatures?

Week Down the Book Hole | 10/7-10/14

I thought it would be fun to do a week in my life in regards to mainly books, but also tv, movies and just overall life! I know I always like to know what people are doing and working on. Just something I am trying out. Who knows it may be horrible and no one will read it.

My to-do list today is beyond crazy, but like every Saturday all I want to do is relax after a crazy week at work. I cleaned my apartment, wrote my #otspsecretsister pen pals and have been working on some blog post. It ended up being a beautiful day although it started out yucky and rainy. I have been catching up on tv shows this morning as I blog, the new episodes of Grey’s, This is Us and season 7 of Shameless! I should go to the gym because I have not been in forever, but I think the kittens and I are just going to curl up, read and snuggle. Today I am reading Night Film by Marisha Pessl.

Today was another lazy day. Reading, tv watching and napping was all on the list of things to do. Although I have a lot I should be doing and places I wanted to go, I thought it best to just relax because work has been so crazy and this week is sure to be another hectic one. I am really loving Night Film by Marisha Pessl. It is dark and strange. I think that the incorporation of other media is such a nice touch to the overall story and makes it that much better. I am really interested to see where the story is going to go because it is nothing like I expected. I am not sure what I expected really to be honest. I finished season 7 of Shameless. I am so addicted to this show it is the perfect amount of drama to distract me from life.

This has been a crazy busy week at work. I was working crazy long hours and by the time I got home I was too exhausted to do much else. I did catch up on a lot of tv shows and spent Friday night reading and watching horror movies. Riverdale season 2 started this week!

I have had quite a busy Saturday. I am always so busy during the week that Saturday ends up being the day I spend cleaning and running errands. I went to the store and bought another bookcase today! I was hoping to get all of my boxes finally unpacked from moving almost 3 months ago. Unfortunately my love of books has made it difficult to get all those boxes unpacked. Although I bought another bookcase I still have 2 small boxes of books that do not have a home yet. I got a ton of “reading” done while I was putting the bookcase together and organizing books while listening to an audiobook. I am going to spend the rest of the night relaxing, possibly watching a movie and attempting to finish  the last 120 pages in Night Film by Marisha Pessl so that I can start fresh for The House Cup Reading Challenge that starts tomorrow! I also want to get some reading done since I will be deployed soon to assist with disaster relief for my job. I could be gone for up to a month or more and wont have any time to read or be able to take any books with me. It will definitely be tough to be without books for that long. And without my kittens. I am making sure to get a lot of kitten cuddles and sharing the love with my books before I leave.

Did you get any reading done this week? Watch any good movies or tv shows? Any exciting or interesting life news?

Let me know what you think of this post! 

Friday Reads | Preparing for Read-a-thons & Possible Deployment

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I am participating in The House Cup Reading Challenge which starts on Oct. 15th so I really need to get moving with Night Film by Marisha Pessl. I want to be able to start the read-a-thon off with a brand new book. I am absolutely loving Night Film and can wait to see what happens. It definitely has a dark eerie vibe perfect for the season. It is also the longest book I have read in awhile. I have been crazy busy with work and haven’t had much time to dedicate to reading but its my goal to finish it this weekend. 120 pages left! I haven’t exactly decided which book I am going to pick up first for the read-a-thon, but I am thinking Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. I have the sequel to this book and have had them forever so it would be a good place to start! I am trying to get some reading in and work on some posts before I get deployed through work to assist on the disasters. I could be gone for over a month and that will put me so behind on my reading goal. 

What are you reading this weekend?

 

#OTSPSecretSister| September Package

In case you aren’t aware of what #otspsecretsister is:
The Secret Sister project is essentially a cheer club. Think Secret Santa but all year round (in 6 month intervals) with less emphasis on big presents, and more thoughtful notes, cards, small somethings sent just to let your secret sister know that you are thinking about her!

This is my second round participating in the #otspsecretsister project. The first time I did the pen pal tier and really enjoyed it! There is nothing better than receiving mail! This round I am participating in the top tier. This is the second package I received and I am absolutely in love with all of the things in the box!

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll – This edition is absolutely beautiful! I love leather editions of books and so happy I could add another copy of Alice to my collection.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas- I don’t think I need any explanation about why I want to read this book.

The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima- I have been wanting to read this series forever. I love fantasy and have heard nothing, but great things about this series. So I was super stoked when I found it in my box!

♣ Hersey’s Miniatures- Chocolate is always a good idea. I am a huge supporter and ate a ton when I first opened the box.

♣ Bookmark- This “She believed she could so she did” bookmark is gorgeous. It is a perfect fall colored design and the quote is perfect!

♣ Keychain- I have already attached this ” Nevertheless She Persisted” keychain to my keys. This is one of my favorite quotes and represents those strong females in the country!

Is anyone else participating in this round of #otspsecretsister ! 

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?

 

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?

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?