TV Watch List


I have been watching a lot of TV lately and I thought it would be fun to do some TV series reviews and thought discussions. I thought I would start with just listing all the TV shows I have completed and then when I get to the reviews and discussions I will link back to this post!
♦ 13 Reasons Why

♦ Orange Is The New Black

♦ The 100

♦ Younger

♦ Buffy The Vampire Slayer

♦ Pretty Little Liars

♦ The OC

♦ Grey’s Anatomy

♦ Riverdale

♦ Game of Thrones

♦ Big Little Lies

♦ #Girlboss

♦ The Handmaid’s Tale

♦ Harlots

♦ Famous In Love

♦ Broad City

♦ Gossip Girl

♦ The Client List

♦ Scandal

♦ The Fosters

♦ Finding Carter

♦ The Bold Type

A Court of Thorns and Roses Fairy Tale Comparison

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This month Samantha @ Rambling Book Junkie and I are reading A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas for our new Rambling Down the Book Hole Blogger Book Club! As part of our book club we will be making weekly post revolving around the book. To check out Samantha’s post click here! If you are interested join us and read along, I tweet using #RDBHBookClub! So for my post this week I did a book comparison to the original fairy tale. Unknown

If you have read or heard anything about A Court of Thorns and Roses then you know it is suppose to be loosely inspired by the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. I thought it would be fun to do a slight discussion/comparison post about how the book parallels the original fairy tale. This post although I will try not to, will most likely contain spoilers.

When reading the book I could understand where the original story was woven through and caught the similarities, but I really think the book was completely its own as well. It was so unique and beautifully done that if I wasn’t aware that it was a retelling I would not have made the comparisons. But since it is a retelling and there are parallels between the story I will talk about a few of them now.

Girl being taken by a beast

So as everyone knows in the original the Beast keeps Belle as a prisoner after making a trade for her fathers life. She is locked up in his castle and set to spend the rest of her life there. In Sarah J. Maas own amazing way she kept true to this part of the story. Feyre traded her life to go live with Tamlin after she had killed a wolf instead of being killed herself.

Curse

In the original Beast has a curse put on him to find true love or he will forever be stuck in the form of a beast forever. In A Court of Thorns and Roses there Faerie lands are being plagued by a curse of sorts and although there are other curses involved they are twisted in a surprising way and come with tons of consequences.

Falling In Love

So this might be a complete spoiler, but what do you expect when a book is said to be inspired off of a known fairy tale. Of course in this book it deals with a human girl falling in love with a “beast”

Interest in the arts

Beauty loves to read. Feyre loves to paint and loves art. The twists that Maas does with this are so interesting. The way she plays with the original story and takes pieces and manipulates them to this story are amazing. In ACoTaR Feyre is illiterate, so it is quiet interesting.

It is apparent the inspiration that came from Beauty and the Beast when reading A Court of Thorns and Roses. There are many differences, it has some fantastic twists and surprises and has a little darker atmosphere.

What parts of the original story stuck out to you while reading this book?

Also don’t forget to check out Samantha’s playlist for A Court of Thorns and Roses!

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

How Do You Rate? | Discussion

So while looking back through my review posts and ratings on Goodreads I have discovered something strange. Although it can be quite difficult to say a 4 star contemporary book is the same as a 4 star fantasy novel, they have the same star rating.

I have discovered that while rating series I tend to compare and rate the books against each other. So where I gave Spirit Bound #5 in the Vampire Academy a 3.5 star rating in reality is was probably closer to a 4/4.5 star rating, but in comparison to the other books in the series it was my least favorite. Is that fair to do?

How do you step back and assign a rating to a book based solely on that one book. How do you not compare it to another in the same series. Do you try and rate the book on a set of criteria regardless of its genre. Do you rate on what the author presented and accomplished in the story they were telling?

I haven’t really ever sat down and thought about this and realize now that rating books is such a struggle. I gave The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre both 4 star ratings, but there is no way I could compare these two to each other. To say I liked one more the other would be a correct statement too, but I gave them both the same rating.

I guess what I would really like to know is How Do You Rate? How do you approach this situation and what are the things that affect your ratings?

Guest Posting | Discussion

ThoughtsSo I was trying to think of something to post today and thought I would switch it up and do a discussion post. If you follow my blog you might have seen that I have been hinting to the fact that I might not be around a lot in the coming months and will be on a bit of an unfortunate hiatus from my blog (more to come on this topic in the next few weeks). With that being said I have been trying to schedule out posts and pre-plan for some of the time that I will away. Now if you blog you know how much of a task this is and I have found myself struggling a little.

This has led me to thinking about a couple different things. The thought of having a co-blogger has been thrown around a little, but I really don’t want to have to share my blog. I started this blog for myself and really want to keep it to be my own thing. But the problem that has presented itself is that I love interacting with other bloggers and highly enjoy all the other things that come along with having a blog (new friends, recommendations,learning new things etc) I am so thankful for all that has come from my blog and really appreciate everyone’s love. I am just afraid that all I have worked so hard this past year to create will disappear because of my current situation. That has caused me to play around with the idea of having some guest posting throughout my time away.

I really wanted to know peoples opinions about this. I know I have been doing a book blogger shout-out feature (which I really enjoy and love to see others blogging styles and creative posts!) but I am wondering if it would be weird to have post from other people on my blog instead of post from me. (It is also a bit of an internal struggle going along with what I said early about this being my own blog I created for myself and I don’t want to lose my personality etc. in my blog) The other problem I struggle with this is finding people that are willing to create and give me posts within the next month that might not be posted until a few months from now.

Basically I just need some outside advice because I am kind of stuck with what to do.  So any advice or suggestions you have to offer would be greatly appreciated or any ideas for blog posts I can do!

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Falling For Autumn Read-A-Thon | Discussion & Giveaway

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“Falling for Autumn is read-a-thon where we welcome the Fall/Autumn by reading as many books as possible during a week. It’ll take place from September 22 to 28, with daily guest-posts, interviews, challenges and giveaways. Everyone is free to enter by signing-up and sharing the official blurb by leaving a link to this post on twitter, Goodreads or Facebook. For more information, please visit A Cup of Coffee and a Book


 

DISCUSSION ON SHOVEL READY

17834909Spademan used to be a garbage man. That was before the dirty bomb hit Times Square, before his wife was killed, and before the city became a bombed-out shell of its former self. Now he’s a hitman.
In a New York City split between those who are wealthy enough to “tap into” a sophisticated virtual reality for months at a time and those left to fend for themselves in the ravaged streets, Spademan chose the streets. His clients like that he doesn’t ask questions, that he works quickly, and that he’s handy with a box cutter. He finds that killing people for money is not that different from collecting trash, and the pay is better. His latest client hires him to kill the daughter of a powerful evangelist. Finding her is easy, but the job quickly gets complicated: his mark has a shocking secret and his client has an agenda far beyond a simple kill. Now Spademan must navigate the dual levels of his world-the gritty reality and the slick fantasy-to finish the job, to keep his conscience clean, and to stay alive.

My review

 

So there were some really interesting concepts and technology included in this novel. One that plays a huge role in the story is kind of like a virtual reality bed. People spend a majority of their lives now “tapping in”. This is referring to the act of going into the this virtual world and living out a different life or fantasy/made up reality. It reminds me of like what happens in the movie Avatar except you dont have an actual avatar body to sync up to, it is you just like all in your head (if that makes sense) It makes me think of Second Life which is that virtual world that people can get into via the computer. They create avatars and live out faux lives. A couple years ago this was a big thing in the U.S. and I had watched a tv thing on it which many people spend a majority of their time online in these fictional worlds living out fantasy lives. While reading this is what I kept being reminded of, but the book takes it to a whole new level because it is actually something that you, yourself participates in with wires and everything hooked up to your body. People have to hire nurses to make sure they are healthy and feed via a bag because they spend so much time tapped in.

So to get to the discussion part of this. I felt like this was a really interesting thing to think about while I was reading. When the rest of the world in ruins, with much of what you knew as life destroyed, would you choose to live in a virtual reality world? Why or why not? If yes, what are some things that would be in your fantasy/virtual world? Are there anythings you wish you could do (different profession, living in different place, married to a celebrity) that would be greatly different from your current life? Do you think that this will be a real option in the near future? If it does become a technology that is introduced into our society, what do you think will happen to our world and society?

 

I felt like the book took me longer to read because I kept stopping and thinking about all the things that were happening in the book. I have to say that although it would be interesting to “tap in” every once in awhile, I think I would be one of those ones who gets so sucked into the virtual world that it would be the end of me. I feel like that is like reading for me now. Sometimes the world and reality are tough and it is nice to escape into a fantasy world, like books. For me I need reality to ground me and I would feel like I was just running away. There are many things that I would make true in my fantasy world, I mean who doesn’t think about that every now and then. There are so many celebrities and fictional characters I am obsessed with (probably to an unhealthy extent haha). I think I would want to travel the world and try everything, dabble in a few different professions just because I can. I think I would also have a pet unicorn because that would be fun! There are just too many options! I think it could be a real possibility, but still has at least 50 or so years before anything close to it could start to be developed. 

I hope this all makes sense and that you take the time to add to the discussion. I would love to hear other peoples thoughts about this topic because it is so intriguing. I would love to have other people to talk to about this book as well so check out the giveaway!

 


 

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♠ Must be at least 16 years of age or have parents permission
♠ Must be living in the U.S (sorry)
♠ Must be willing to give me your mailing address

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Brave New World | Mid-Way Reactions

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 THOUGHTS & POINTS OF INTEREST| Chapters 1-7

* WARNING this post will contain spoilers and probably too much personal information about Autumn @Kitty Cat Reads and I. So if you haven’t yet read Brave New World by Aldous Huxley  I would recommend closing your eyes/computer/tab or anything else that might ruin the book for you. 

Ashley
♠ All the promiscuity
♠ The craziness of the process in which is gone through to create-raise a child.
♠ The caste system and predestined/determination of a persons life is crazy/interesting
♠ There are a few phrases that are found in so many dystopians today
♠ 1 ovary = 15,000 adults (WTF)
♠” FORD” replacing God
♠ Erotic play haha
♠ The parallels with our society today although it was written 80 + years ago
♠ First chapter is a little difficult to follow, get into the world
♠ What caste is Lenina in ?
♠ Soma is like modern day xanax
♠ Such unique wording used, like pneumatic 

Autumn
♠ She is very interested in the names and the use of the names
♠ They mock the former society for its religions but then participate in a ritualistic gathering/meeting that is very reminiscent of religion.
♠ Can’t figure out if Huxley was racist or is trying to comment on racism by making so many of his lower caste characters black or describing them as darker at the very least
♠I feel like I don’t know anything about Huxley aside from the fact that he was from a family of scientists to know what kind of commentary he would be making.

DISCUSSION POINTS|

(This is just basically like a stream of thought and might not be grammatically correct or form correct sentences. I just was typing up thoughts for discussion and would love to hear your thoughts on the topics. There is just so much in this book that makes you think and is so interesting.)

Parallels to our society

I noticed from the first half of the book there are some weird parallels to our society today even though this was written 80+ yrs ago. It is crazy how closely our society is leaning towards a less crazy version of this book. Test tube babies is a thing. With the advancements in technology and how people have began looking into altering and choosing features of their children. Socialization is also a thing that is happening around the world, not to the extent to which it is done in this book, but there are countries and communities in which want everyone working for everyone else in a way. Trying to create conformity and stability, taking away free will and the opportunity to make decisions in certain aspects of their life.

 
Sex, Drugs and Discrimination

It seems crazy with the way that sex is a part of the society and taking out the family aspect of life. The fact that someone only being with the same person for close to 4 months is seen an insane seems like nothing in our society. The conformity and silencer of the drugs that put them into a sleepy trance, not being able to think and do for themselves would drive me crazy. I am a very independent and individualistic person and dont think I would be able to fit into the cookie cutter utopian society they are trying to create. I still feel like although these people are conditioned to accept their status and situations in life, there is still such a divide(class system and all that marx shit) between the people. Though not done maliciously (or at least really done consciously), there is a lot of discrimination done even to those in their own class for physical differences etc. I feel like this goes along with the parallels and is a huge problem in our society today. The section about the “savages” I also found interesting because the Zuni people still live like that today (for the most part) even though there have been many advancements in the world and are still seen as culturally different (although I dont think anyone would consider them savages)

What are your thoughts and points of interest? We would love what you think and feel about this book and the world described. 

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Second Chance Summer { Final Reactions}

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 THOUGHTS | Chapters 21-40

* WARNING this post will contain spoilers and probably too much personal information about Autumn @Kitty Cat Reads and I. So if you haven’t yet read Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson I would recommend closing your eyes/computer/tab or anything else that might ruin the book for you. 

♠ Last 50 pages saved the book. Very effective writing (Autumn)

♠ Still love Warren! He is so cute with all of his facts.

♠ Autumn loves that her dads favorite poem is The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S Eliot.

♠ I was annoyed with Taylor still and just some of the things she did. Especially not being able to say I love you.

♠ The end was incredibly sad, to be expected.

♠ I loved the Casablanca references!!!

♠ This book had a hard time conveying a story a lot of it was hard to get through.

♠ The “huge” event was so anti-climatic and was such irrelevant drama compared to everything else going on in her life.

– We both feel like we are very good reviewers of contemporary because we don’t really read it a lot.
*Make sure to look out  for September’s Book Of The Month *

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Second Chance Summer { Mid-Way Reactions}

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INITIAL THOUGHTS | Chapters 1-20

* WARNING this post will contain spoilers and probably too much personal information about Autumn @Kitty Cat Reads and I. So if you haven’t yet read Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson I would recommend closing your eyes/computer/tab or anything else that might ruin the book for you. But don’t worry we are only half-way through the book and you still have plenty of time to pick up the book and finish reading it with us during the month of August! *

♠ The book seems to drag, neither of us really read a lot of contemporary and so it is a little bit of an adjustment, but the whole first half of the book just was repetitive and didn’t really move forward.

♠ We feel that the big reveal of what went down between Taylor and Lucy is taking too long. Autumn says she is a little over it and doesn’t have the patience for child drama.

♠ Taylor is a very typical contemporary teenager, she doesn’t have any friends and such, but the nice thing is she doesn’t seem to complain about that a lot although she does love to complain about a lot of things.

♠ Autumn wishes she had her life and got to spend every summer in the Poconos.

♠ We are both very fond of Warren!

♠ She is so focused on her childhood drama when her father is dying.

♠ We thought this was going to be a more family based book, but it seems to be revolving around Taylor and her childhood drama.

QUESTIONS |

♠ What is with this girl that has been seen with Henry? (Autumn and I have a few theories)

♠ What is this big event that took place when they were twelve?

 

CHILDHOOD SUMMERS| 

For this mid-way reaction we wanted to add something a little fun like we did for last months posts! We decided to stick with the theme of summer and talk about how we spent our childhood summers! I grew up and spent my childhood summers in  Northern Michigan. I live on a lake and during the summer you could always find me outside or in the water! I spent a lot of time camping and I would much rather be outside in the woods than in a hotel.

Much like me and to quote Autumn ” When I was 12 I was probably outside eating dirt”. We both enjoy the outdoors and growing up Autumn would spend parts of her summer in Northern Michigan at a place called Fireside. I have gone up with her a couple years ago and again this summer! I will link up [click here] the post she made about it earlier this summer because she is being bratty and telling me to write all of this!

I added a couple scenery pictures of the places we spent the summer (My lake and than Fireside) and also added a picture of Autumn and I from last summer when we went camping up in Mackinaw City!

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IMG_0838*Make sure to check out Autumn’s blog @Kitty Cat Reads next week for our final thoughts and reactions for Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson! *

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Diving Back Into Old Loves…

It has been awhile since I have posted a rant/thought type of post! I always feel like I have a lot to say and like getting my thoughts out and hearing thoughts and opinions from others on certain topics. I would love to hear everyone’s thoughts and especially if you would like me to create a post on any topics or issues. Okay let me get into the topic of thought…

BOOKS OF THE PAST

I recently moved back home and whole putting all my books together with those from my “childhood” I realized how much my book taste has changed. It kind of made me sad looking at my shelves and realizing there are a lot of authors/genres that I haven’t read in forever and have neglected. I own a countless number of historical fiction book regarding WWII. I was in love with history and still to this day I have a huge interest in history and mainly WWII. I took many course in college regarding the topic and can’t believe I haven’t read any historical fiction all year. I also was a huge fan of Nicholas Sparks and would always get the books as presents from family when younger because they all knew about my love. I noticed when I was looking at my shelves there are many I own and have not read yet (which I will be changing this upcoming month). Although I understand you grow out of old favorites and have ever changing interest, there are elements from those books I use to love that I feel like I have been missing and compromising for other books.

So what are your thoughts about going back and reading genres and authors that you use to love (and I don’t mean re-reading books). Do you think there is a point where you just really do not enjoy a certain author or genre. (Also I am not referring to growing out of like from child/middle grade to adult because they still have similar genres across the “age” groups) I guess this can also go with thoughts and opinions on reading YA as an adult. I am all about it and don’t think that there is anything wrong with reading about kids younger than me and such….I would love to hear you thoughts and opinions!