Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Book Review: You Wouldn't Want to be in the Great Fire of London!

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Links to purchase: Amazon //

Goodreads Description:

As if the plague wasn't bad enough, here comes the fiery antidote! As famous diary-keeper Samuel Pepys, you'll witness four days and four nights of fire and live to tell the tale. Find out how people lived in the London of 1666, how they coped in the aftermath and all importantly, whodunnit! - or at least who we think dunnit! 

"You Wouldn't Want To Be" is a constantly-growing library of exciting titles which transport the reader to the grisliest times and places in history. The first-person narrative approach puts the reader in the shoes of some of the most unfortunate people ever to have lived. Humorous cartoon-style illustrations bring the characters to life, while informative captions explain processes or chronological events. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Book Review: The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary

Tittle: The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary
Page Count: 227 pages 
Where I received: Borrowed from library 
Actual Rating: 5/5 stars

Lately, I have really been loving poetry and different types of fiction, This makes for a great read for a read a then or a younger reader. This book was so deeply moving, and so surprising. I have a book hangover. I was quite worried about this book but it exceeded my low expectations. It is a rather deep story,   exploring issues, people, and major historical events. It didn't preach about it. There was a tale of the march on Washington.  As well as current social justice issues. 

This book takes the individual stories of eighteen different students. They aren't really dynamic or really thought out but you feel like you at least get an idea of them. The children are phenomenal and quite believable. The class is extremely diverse with many cultures and religion present. In front not faded into the background. 

These children come from such different backgrounds but some how to live in harmony, although there are a few issues with some. This makes it completely believe able. It is set up like a real school would be.  Some times the poems are silly but it's authentic for little kids. Each poem is entertaining, full of love, and quite insightful. The journal is passed around and given to the teacher every day. I feel like having no comments from the teacher is pretty cool. I thought the concept of making a time capsule and putting the poems in it was a genius. 

It also teaches kids now quick things change,  the school being closed really showed them that nothing is set in stone. The kids work through grief and sadness by trying to save their beloved school.  I enjoyed the bonus poem tips content. It made it seem like the writer really gave some thought to the how situation. 

Overall The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary was a delightedly fun read. With lessons for any child. Although this is a big book I would recumbent it to middle schoolers and up. Fasten your seatbelt and dive into this lovely book.

I picked up this book at my library, this is not a solicited review,  

Link to purchase:  Barnes and Noble

Laura Shovan’s engaging, big-hearted debut is a time capsule of one class’s poems during a transformative school year. Families change and new friendships form as these terrific kids grow up and move on in this whimsical novel-in-verse about finding your voice and making sure others hear it.

Eighteen kids,
one year of poems,
one school set to close.
Two yellow bulldozers
crouched outside,
ready to eat the building
in one greedy gulp.

But look out, bulldozers.
Ms. Hill’s fifth-grade class
has plans for you.
They’re going to speak up
and work together
to save their school.

Winner, Cybils Award in Poetry
An NCTE Notable Verse Novels
A Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year
ILA-CBC Choices Reading Lists, Children’s Choices
SCBWI Crystal Kite Award Finalist

Nominated for:
Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Awards
Wisconsin State Reading Association Children's Book Awards
Rhode Island Children’s Book Award
Great Stone Face Book Award

Monday, August 14, 2017

Book Review: Scrawl (Spoilers)

This book is a really amazing gem. I enjoyed everything about it. I feel like this is a must read for all teens. The main reason why I love this book is that it had a unique perspective, with an extremely unlikely protagonist. This book will take you deep into the mind of a troubled bully. Even though he was a bully he still was on the honor roll, had perfect attendance, and got great grades. The voice of this book is just so strong and chilling. You really feel like you could know this kid. The characters were vast, interesting, and entirely developed.

The book follows Tod Munn, who is out of control and secretly brilliant. He lives in a rough town and is extremely poor. His parents are stressed and distant. Unfortunately,  because money is tight he helps out his mom with her sewing and laundry business. They are literally living on a prayer. This stress is complete overwhelming young Tod. Although he has to keep those feelings buried. He stepfather Dick, who is aptly named, really dislikes Tod and they have several issues. He eats breakfast and lunch at school because there is never food on the table for him, This was really hard to get through, as someone who has really struggled with food at times this was very heartbreaking. I knew exactly how he felt and how much pain he was in.

He has two questionable best friends. They are called drugs, Rex and Rob are the secondary characters of this novel. There is also a boy named Bernie, although he really isn't involved in the story much. They are the tough guys and really lived up to their image, stealing, drinking, and getting ladies. He keeps a lot of secrets from them, things like his great grades and attendance.

The teachers in this book really pick on him and completely incompetent at times. He is thrown into detention, and it is carried out in a really interesting way. The school guidance counselor, Mrs. Woodrow, makes him keep a diary or journal of sorts. She believes he is innocent, and she wants him to prove it. They were caught doing something pretty bad, but you don't find out what until the end of his journal. The mystery and suspense is very nice. The other two bad boys are sentenced to clean up the outside of the school. This causes some tension with the group. The guidance counselor really gives Todd a come to Jesus experience.

Even though he really doesn't want to tell her any information, he ends up opening up a lot. He pours his heart out in a tragic honesty. I enjoyed the times that the guidance counselor would write back to him, and help him with spelling. But at this point, I figure I should tell you a major issue I have with this book. He writes quite detailed descriptions of things that should have gotten him removed from the home. I sort of feel like the guidance counselor really dropped the ball on that.

This was a serious page turner for me. I read it all in a day, I couldn't put it down. I had to know what happened next.  This is a pretty big book at 200 pages so normally it would take me a few days to finish. I just got so caught up in the storyline, I felt like I was apart of the story, not just an outsider viewing it unfold. This book is an excellent example of what a first person novel should be. Tod's voice is quite memorable. It isn't a typical novel which may make some readers not enjoy this book. It also jumps from the past to present quite a lot.

I feel like a lot of teens will really connect with this book. The teen years can be quite tough, isolating, and rough. It can leave a teen feeling misunderstood and completely defeated. They also can feel abused or victimized by teachers and other staff. This book will show them that they aren't alone and that they aren't powerless after all.

Be sure to check out this book for yourself. It is funny, heartbreaking, deep, and extremely memorable. This will be a book that will make you want to take out your tissue box and will leave you with one of the best book hangovers.

I picked up this book at my local library, but will be purchasing it very soon! Surprisingly good. "read" via Audio book via Overdrive

Goodreads Description: 

Tod Munn is a bully. He’s tough, but times are even tougher. The wimps have stopped coughing up their lunch money. The administration is cracking down. Then to make things worse, Tod and his friends get busted doing something bad. Something really bad.
Lucky Tod must spend his daily detention in a hot, empty room with Mrs. Woodrow, a no-nonsense guidance counselor. He doesn’t know why he’s there, but she does. Tod’s punishment: to scrawl his story in a beat-up notebook. He can be painfully funny and he can be brutally honest. But can Mrs. Woodrow help Tod stop playing the bad guy before he actually turns into one . . . for real? 
Read Tod’s notebook for yourself. 

Book Details: Format: Paperback Publication Date: 8/21/2012 Pages: 240 Reading Level: Age 12 and Up

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Book Review: Love & Gelato

Title: Love and gelato 
Author: Jenna Evens Welch 
Page number: 389 pages
Where I received: From library
Actual rating:  ★★★★☆ 4.5/5 stars

A popular young adult book that I actually loved. It is a Christmas miracle! This book was very interesting and quite hilarious. For a contemporary, it was pretty great. This is the perfect summer beach read. It is quite fast paced. I actually read it all in one setting. This book is cooked in mystery and adventure. I loved the range of topics that were explored in this book. It did have some issues though as seen through my star rating.

"You know, people come to Italy for all sorts of reasons, but when they sat, it's for the same two things."
"Love and gelato.”

Love and Gelato is a story about a sweet girl named Lina ( by the way this name annoys me so much for some reason) Who in the beginning is spending time with her mother, who is seriously close to passing away from cancer. It was very tasteful and honest, for a book that starts out with a woman on her death bed. She decides to ship her daughter off to Italy to live with a total stranger, umm which seems completely crazy to me. At least the move really trusted the person.

Somehow despite all the hype, I went into this book completely blind and unspoiled. Which was really good because the books twist and turns make it a thrilling ride for readers. This is where the story starts to be quite mysterious. All Lina knows about is this guy is supposedly her dad, and her mother really loved Italy as shown through her travel journal. Which I thought was a perfect sentimental gift to be given. She's of course completely terrified by the thought to moving to Italy and having to begin a whole new life. Except this new dad lives in a cemetery, which was sort of pointless but quite interesting. It is a cool World War cemetery so that was an interesting detail.

“Ghosts had never made sense to me. When my mom was gone, she was just gone. I’d give anything for it to be otherwise.” 

She starts finding clues as to why her mother sent her to Italy. Which sends her sight seeing, and exploring the lovely surroundings. Of course, Lina begins to fall for a complete clique guy that is currently off the market. She is jealous and a little territorial over a man she barely knows.  This is something I absolutely hate reading about instal-love and bad guys that are currently unavailable. I really feel like this love triangle was put into the story to create some. classic girl drama. At least the love interest is randomly resolved in record time, so you don't have to suffer through it that long.

The main character is cute and sort of annoying. She quite selfish but what teen doesn't have a selfish period in their growth. I feel like she wasn't completely developed either, she really just was struggling with grief, I would have loved to see various facets of her personality. I had trouble relating to her, but she did feel real. I think was a typical sixteen-year-old.

Also for those of you that don't like romance, or at least puppy young adult romance have no fear, this book has very little romantic details to it.  That is partially why I didn't pick it up at first. It was just too much I thought. It was trying too hard. I know I shouldn't judge a book by its cover and title. This book is surprisingly sweet like tasty gelato.

This book has the perfect recipe for success a romantic location, an adorable plot, and a quick read. The characters hold your interest but don't overshadow the whole book. It is super engrossing.  The writing is quite well done, at no point did I feel awkward or forced.  It was a multi dimensional book.

Be sure to pick up this book to read this summer, you won't regret it. I borrowed this book from my local library, and I am extremely glad I did.

Links for purchase: Amazon // Barnes and Noble /Book Depository // !ndigo //

Goodreads Description:

“I made the wrong choice.”

A summer in Italy turns into a road trip across Tuscany in this sweeping debut novel filled with romance, mystery, and adventure.

Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.

But then Lina is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept from Lina for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.

People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Book Review: Rooms ****MILD SPOILERS****

Title: Room
Author: Emma Donoghue
Page Count: 325 pages
Where I received it: Purchased it from thrift store
Published : September 13th 2010 
Publisher:  Little, Brown and Company
Actual Rating: 5/5 stars 

Also it is important to note that I watched the movie before reading the book. In my humble opinion the movie was much better. Which is something I never thought I would say! 

Every thing about this book broke my heart. I could believe what I was reading. I found that this book was ridiculous at certain parts, painful at times and then my heart felt joy. This is a book that I never thought I would read. I wasn't sure with my PTSD, my heart could take such a traumatic story. This was a book I devoured twice, both in one sitting. It will forever stick in my mind about the greatest crime fiction of all time.  It should be noted that this is based on a true story, that will make you sick. 

In the beginning of the world we see just a typical mother and son relationship. We really don't have any insight to her kidnapping. She is being the best mom that she knows how to be, but she's slowly breaking apart for years of abuse and isolation. It is a very hard life that she has to deal with. Another problem she has is her five year old son named Jack, who is getting more curious and rambunctious. She is really struggling with answering and comforting. She has created a small house inside their tiny room. She has tried to make it look home and decorate but the walls have been suffocating her. 

The story has an interesting voice and narrator, who is a five year old boy. This made me pretty skeptical, how would a five year old be able to properly explain things and drop clues. Much to my surprise his voice was incredible authentic and real. I felt like there was a five year old telling me about his life. 

Although there were issues with him being the narrator. Often times he was trying to explain serious and adult topics, through the eyes of a five year old. As you can imagine it did cause a tiny bit of annoyance, but I believe the point was to invoke some of the emotions the mother felt around him. There is also a air of depression surrounding Jake and I disliked that a five year old had so much depression. Given the situation I realize it is appropriate for him. 

There were a few scenes with him that were particularly hard for me to wrap my brain around. When talking about spending some quality time with his mother he describes it in a strange way

I get on Ma’s lap in Rocker with our legs all jumbled up. She’s the wizard transformed into a giant squid and I’m prince JackerJack and I escape in the end. We do tickles and Bouncy Bouncy and jaggedy shadows on Bed Wall

This might have been cute at first but is immature attitude was simply grating. He also didn't seem to have a lack of knowledge which seems a little implausible. He also seems to be educated in history thanks to his mom and the TV but yet he talks to objects and his mom like he is an infant. 

My last issue is the plot line. I am not going to spoil the rest of the book or movie for you but I do want to mention the whole escape seemed convenient and totally impractical. It was most like they put it in as an after thought. 

Links for purchase:
 Amazon // Barnes and Noble // Abe Books // Albiris //  Book Depository // Better World Through Books // Half // Indie Bound

Goodreads Description: 

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son's bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Book Review: Fortunately, the Milk

I was extremely skeptical about this book. Due to its odd nature and just seeming lack of plot development. I have never read a book by Neil Gaiman, and maybe we don't mesh that well. It was a fast paced read, but it seemed to lack a point. It felt rushed and the moral seemed a bit, lost I guess? It is a very quick read with lots of full page illustration and a huge font. I finished this book in like 30 mins because I kept having to really analysis the message. 

It starts out with a really cute premise and honestly it had so much potential. The story is centered around a dad who is going out and getting milk for his lovely little children, and apparently a huge adventure occurs. The kids are left at home having to eat their dry cereal, which is pretty sad. Then their dad just randomly leaves for milk. The dad ends up being kidnapped by aliens, meets a crazy cool dinosaur, is almost made a sacrifice for a tribal people, and so much more. It is all pretty wild! I enjoyed this book cleverness. I have never read anything like it before. 

Another thing that made me dislike this book, was that the story really jumped around and didn't seem to have any rhyme or reason. It is something that may confuse a child but I believe it would open great dialog with an adult or older child. 

Overall it was a rather cute read, just not super memorable. It would be a fantastic read for children. I believe it would teach them not to tell tall tales. I recommend pretty much every age category. It would be perfect as a first chapter book for little boys. 

I purchased this book from book outlet  and so I need to  read Coraline, and The Graveyard Book next. 

Goodreads Description: 

"I bought the milk," said my father. "I walked out of the corner shop, and heard a noise like this: thummthumm.

 I looked up and saw a huge silver disc hovering in the air above Marshall Road."

Hullo," I said to myself. "That's not something you see every day. 

And then something odd happened."

Find out just how odd things get in this hilarious story of time travel and breakfast cereal.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Book Review: Jane of Austin

Oh, how I love anything that is Jane Austin inspired. So when I saw this book I knew I had to get it. It was a very charming book. This was such a tastefully done book. I believe it stayed true to Jane Austin's style of writing. This book has a lot of parallels to sense and sensibility. 

The book is unsurprisingly modern though. I really enjoyed the sister's relationship and how believeable they were. These three sisters have to get out of quite a sticky situation. There has been a large scandal surrounding their father. I enjoyed the mystery of this plot line. In order to overcome this, they decide to open their own business. Of course, the business is a tea shop. 

I really enjoyed the female empowerment in this book. Their shop is in San Fransico, They have to overcome another challenge and find themselves in Austin Texas. Which I thought it was fun. These girls have so much adventure in their lives I was a little jealous, to be honest. 

This is a romantic tale, something super passionate as well as innocence. The writing style was surprisingly lovely and interesting. The song and recipes that are through out this book. It reads extremely easy. This is something I will read again! 

Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for my honest and authentic opinions. All thoughts are my own. Thanks to Blogging for Books for this amazing read.

Goodreads Description: 

“Know your own happiness. You want nothing but patience - or give it a more fascinating name, call it hope.”―Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

Just a few years after their father’s business scandal shatters their lives, Jane and Celia Woodward find themselves forced out of their San Francisco tea shop. The last thing Jane wants is to leave their beloved shop on Valencia Street, but when Celia insists on a move to Austin, Texas, the sisters pack up their kid sister Margot and Jane’s tea plants, determined to start over yet again.

But life in Austin isn’t all sweet tea and breakfast tacos. Their unusual living situation is challenging and unspoken words begin to fester between Jane and Celia. When Jane meets and falls for up-and-coming musician Sean Willis, the chasm grows deeper.

While Sean seems to charm everyone in his path, one person is immune – retired Marine Captain Callum Beckett. Callum never meant to leave the military, but the twin losses of his father and his left leg have returned him to the place he least expected—Texas. 

In this modern spin on the Austen classic, Sense and Sensibility, the Woodward sisters must contend with new ingredients in unfamiliar kitchens, a dash of heartbreak, and the fragile hope that maybe home isn't so far away

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Book Review: And Again

Title: And Again
Page Count: 320
Where I received: From the Library
Actual Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

This was a book I was hesitant to pick up when I saw it at the library. Mainly I was worried about the content. As someone who has dealt with lots of health problems in my family and self, I was nervous about reading a book surrounding this content.  This debut novel was surprisingly enjoyable. 

This book follows the life of four chronically ill patients. Two have terminal cancer, one has AIDs, and the other is paralyzed and one communicates through blinking. These four are given a chance at a new life when they have transferred their brain cells to bodies that a perfect and with out flaw. These bodies are the result of cloning which I found to be an interesting premise. 

Unfortunately when I was reading I found myself being less and less sympathetic for the characters. I couldn't connect with the characters who were pretty awful and at times quite ungrateful. They spent so much time rehashing the past, complaint about what happened, and really not living in the future. Now I don't know what this situation would be like, obviously but it made for some unenjoyable reading. 

One of the things I enjoyed about the book was the writing style. The flow was quite smooth. The book isn't slow paced, or boring at any point. The characters while having quite a lot of flaws are well developed. I did find that the multiple points of view, was well executed. Although I have a hard time believing this was actually science fiction. 

I'll be interested to see what Chiarella publishes in the future. I feel that she has room for improvement but has great natural skill. 

Links to purchase: Amazon // Barnes & Noble 

Goodreads Description: 

In the spirit of Station Eleven and The Age of Miracles, this exciting literary debut novel imagines the consequences when four ordinary individuals are granted a chance to continue their lives in genetically perfect versions of their former bodies.

Would you live your life differently if you were given a second chance? Hannah, David, Connie, and Linda—four terminally ill patients—have been selected for the SUBlife pilot program, which will grant them brand-new, genetically perfect bodies that are exact copies of their former selves—without a single imperfection. Blemishes, scars, freckles, and wrinkles have all disappeared, their fingerprints are different, their vision is impeccable, and most importantly, their illnesses have been cured.

But the fresh start they’ve been given is anything but perfect. Without their old bodies, their new physical identities have been lost. Hannah, an artistic prodigy, has to relearn how to hold a brush; David, a Congressman, grapples with his old habits; Connie, an actress whose stunning looks are restored after a protracted illness, tries to navigate an industry obsessed with physical beauty; and Linda, who spent eight years paralyzed after a car accident, now struggles to reconnect with a family that seems to have built a new life without her. As each tries to re-enter their previous lives and relationships they are faced with the question: how much of your identity rests not just in your mind, but in your heart, your body?

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Tome Topple Readathon 2017- TBR

Having insomnia really is a blessing and a curse. I decided last night to go crazy and do the Tome Topple read-a-thon. This is a readathon where the whole purpose is to read the big books that may overwhelm us. I have always had a problem reading anything over 500 pages, so I thought this might really challenge me. 

The challenges this time are: 

1. Read more than 1 tome 

2. Read a graphic novel (still over 500 pages!)

3. Read a tome that is part of a series 

4. Buddy read a tome

5. Read an adult novel

Here is my extremely ambitious to be read pile. I really like my picks, as they are all books that have been on my shelf. I have read the sculptor before, but I am excited to read it again. Also, Lux is a bind up so it won't count to the challenges but I want to read it! 

Challenge it meets:  Read more than 1 tome 

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld


Darcy Patel is afraid to believe all the hype. But it's really happening - her teen novel is getting published. Instead of heading to college, she's living in New York City, where she's welcomed into the dazzling world of YA publishing. That means book tours, parties with her favorite authors, and finding a place to live that won't leave her penniless. It means sleepless nights rewriting her first draft and struggling to find the perfect ending... all while dealing with the intoxicating, terrifying experience of falling in love - with another writer.

Told in alternating chapters is Darcy's novel, the thrilling story of Lizzie, who wills her way into the afterworld to survive a deadly terrorist attack. With survival comes the responsibility to guide the restless spirits that walk our world, including one ghost with whom she shares a surprising personal connection. But Lizzie's not alone in her new calling - she has counsel from a fellow spirit guide, a very desirable one, who is torn between wanting Lizzie and warning her that...


In a brilliant high-wire act of weaving two epic narratives - and two unforgettable heroines - into one novel, Scott Westerfeld's latest work is a triumph of storytelling.

Challenge it meets: Read a graphic novel (still over 500 pages!), Read more than 1 tome 

David Smith is giving his life for his art—literally. Thanks to a deal with Death, the young sculptor gets his childhood wish: to sculpt anything he can imagine with his bare hands. But now that he only has 200 days to live, deciding  what  to create is harder than he thought, and discovering the love of his life at the 11th hour isn't making it any easier! 

This is a story of desire taken to the edge of reason and beyond; of the frantic, clumsy dance steps of young love; and a gorgeous, street-level portrait of the world's greatest city. It's about the small, warm, human moments of everyday life…and the great surging forces that lie just under the surface. Scott McCloud wrote the book on how comics work; now he vaults into great fiction with a breathtaking, funny, and unforgettable new work.

Challenge it meets: Read more than 1 tome 

The Harp and the Ravenvine by Ted Sanders


Horace F. Andrews, Keeper of the fabled Box of Promises, knows that nothing is impossible. After all, he has the ability to see into the future, and his friend Chloe can walk through walls. But before either of them can master their Tan'ji--their talismans of power--a new threat looms over all Keepers, and they must prepare to battle their eternal enemies--the Riven.

Far away, drawn by an irresistible summons, a mysterious girl is making her way to the Warren, the Keeper stronghold. She wears the Ravenvine and is learning to wield its fascinating power; but this Tan'ji is damaged. There's no telling what will happen to the instrument or its Keeper if it cannot be made whole again. April's journey is long and dangerous, with strange new companions at her side and a pack of sinister hunters tracking her. Will she reach the Warren in time, and is it a safe haven, or will it offer only more danger?

Ted Sanders's magical series began with The Box and the Dragonfly and continues with this powerful sequel that expands the extraordinary world of the Keepers, where nothing is ever ordinary and three words rule: Curiosity. Discovery.

Challenge it meets: Read an adult novel and  Read more than 1 tome 

Some Sing, Some Cry by 

Award-winning writer Ntozake Shange and real-life sister, award-winning playwright Ifa Bayeza achieve nothing less than a modern classic in this epic story of the  Mayfield family. Opening dramatically at  Sweet Tamarind, a rice and cotton plantation on an island off South Carolina's coast, we watch as recently emancipated Bette Mayfield says her goodbyes before fleeing for the mainland. With her granddaughter, Eudora, in tow, she heads to Charleston.

 There, they carve out lives for themselves as fortune-teller and seamstress. Dora will marry, the Mayfield line will grow, and we will follow them on a journey through the watershed events of America's troubled, vibrant history—from Reconstruction to both World Wars, from the Harlem Renaissance to Vietnam and the modern day. Shange and Bayeza give us a monumental story of a family and of America, of songs and why we have to sing them, of home and of heartbreak, of the past and of the future, bright and blazing ahead.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Reader Problems Book Tag

Hey, guys! So recently I have really wanted to expand my blog content more. Right now it is mainly just book reviews, and I thought some book tags would be a fun way for you guys to know more about me. When searching for tags, I saw this Reader Problems Book Tag on Quinn's Book Nook! I really thought it would be fun to try out! 

1.  You have 20,000 books on your TBR, how in the world do you decide what to read next?

I don't actually keep a TBR list honestly. I know that makes me different than 99% of book bloggers. I think personally I will pick out like five books I that look interesting then read the first chapter. After I do that then I just pick the book that captured my interest the most. 

2.  You're halfway through a book, and you're just not loving it.  Do you put it down or are you committed?  

I am so horrible at DNFing books! Although lately, I have been really working on getting better at this for non-review books. So far it has been a slow process. I will keep going for review books, rarely skimming. 

3.  The end of the year is coming, and you're behind on your reading challenge, do you try to catch up and if so how?

I am great at attempting a million challenges and giving up. The only one I stay true to is the Goodreads Challenge. I will do as many readathons as it takes to get caught up. Right now I am 19 books behind schedule, so looks like I need to do some readathons. 

4.  The cover of a series you love do not match, how do you cope?

I don't care about covers, I care about books. 

5.  Everyone and their mother loves a book that you do not.  Who do you bond with over your shared feelings?

I celebrate differences in reading tastes! I don't care if I have different reading tastes over my friends. It makes us each who we are. 

6.  You're reading a book in public, and you're about to start crying.  How do you deal?

I haven't much experience with this problem. I try to pick fun books for public reading because I am typically trying to make time pass faster while waiting for something. I personally don't care if people see me crying in public. Emotions are okay! 

7.  The sequel to a book you loved just came out but you've forgotten a lot of what happens.  Are you going to reread it?

I would have every intention to reread the first book. Although that probably wouldn't happen and it's pretty likely that I'd put the sequel aside until I could reread the first book. Which would mean I will read them both in the next five years. I am so bad at sequels. 

8.  You do not want anyone to borrow your books, how do you politely say no when someone asks?

Thankfully, I don't know many people who ask, or want to read my books. I am not friends with a lot of regular readers. I also think my amount of reading intimidates a lot of my friends, which makes me sad. I'm okay with lending to people if I have read them and if I trust the people. If I am uncomfortable for any reason then I would be polite and explain the reason to them. Most of my friends are adults and wouldn't have a problem!

9.  You have picked up and put down 5 books in the last month.  How do you get over this reading slump?

I hate reading slumps with such a passion! I get in them quite frequently so my go to solution is to listen to an audio book, read an old favorite, then try a new book. This typically works quite well for me. Another solution is just to stop reading for half a year, I did that once! 

10.  There are so many books coming out that you are dying to read, how many do you end up buying?

I don't really buy a huge number of new release books. I think many I have purchased 2 books in the last 5 years the same year that the came out.  A lot of what I read are review books. I'm  also a big fan of my local library. I typically buy second-hand books or books from discount sites if I purchase. 

11.  After you purchase all these books that you're dying to read how long do they sit on your shelves before you get to them?

I read so many books a year, due to review obligations. I also am a double major so there is a ton of reading with that. So this is why I rarely buy books on my own because they will sit there untouched for several months. Under the Dome by Stephen King has been on my shelf four about 3 years I believe! 

This was such a fun tag to do! I hope you all enjoyed reading!