It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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2aIt’s Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Shelia at Book Journey where you talk about what you posted and/or reviewed the week before and what you will be reading and or reviewing this week.

  This week was a rather quiet review week. I reviewed David Levithan’s Two Boys Kissing as part of the week’s before TBR Thursday post. You can find the review here.

On the posting front, I was nominated for The Inspiring Blogger Award. My acceptance post can be found here. I shared 7 random facts about myself, including opening up my own etsy store.

Of course, I also participated in another week of TBR Thursday. I’m not done with Great Expectations yet, but when I’m done hopefully soon, I will be rushing to read Everything is Illuminated. I’m very excited to read it. If you read my post, you can see why. There’s so many beautiful quotes.

My Reading Queue for this week

*Great Expectations- I’m a forth in. I just met Miss Havisham. It’s getting good!

*Witchfall by Victoria Lamb. I have read the first book in the series. I’m looking forward to read the second finally.

*Everything is Illuminated by Jonathon Safran Foer- for reasons stated above.

What are YOU reading this week?

Happy reading and happy Monday! Thanks for stopping by!

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Something to Look Forward To and a Mini Big Announcement

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It’s Sunday. Time for the second edition of Something to Look Forward, a look at my schedule for the week. Now towards the end of the week I veered off schedule due to outside forces.

This week I will be playing a little catch up with the film review of The Fault in Our Stars and book review of The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine.

The schedule

Monday: it’s Monday! What are you reading?

Tuesday: TFiOS review

Thursday: TBR Thursday

Friday: Book review The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine

Saturday: Surprise discussion post

I should finally be finishing Great Expectations within the next couple of days to start on last week’s TBR Thursday choice. Yes I’m a bit behind.

On this week’s reading queue I have Second Star, Great Expectations, and Everything is Illuminated.

Big announcement time

For the month of July I will be participating in Camp NaNoWriMo for the first time. My goal is to write 25,000 words and complete part two of my novel in progress. As I will be writing a lot, and trying to reach my. Stretch goal of 30,000 my posts may be a little scattered. Please bare with me and wish me luck! I’m going to need it.

That’s all the news I have for now. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!
Happy reading. Thanks for stopping by.

It’s Thursday, You Know What That Means…TBR Thursday

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TBR Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Sarah at Words with Sarah  every Thursday where you pick a book on your TBR shelf three months or older.

This week I am choosing Everything is Illuminated by Jonathon Safran Foer. This book has been on my bookcase for years. I am going to say since I graduated college, I believe, so at least three years. I don’t think High School. I’m not really sure. But, a long time. I have a print in my old room that I keep forgetting to move to my new room that has a quote from the book that made me buy the book.

“If there is no love in the world, we will make a new world and build heavy walls.”

How beautiful is that? So, that is the book I chose. It’s been telling me to read it. I just have had other books to read. You know how it is. But, this meme is prompting me to read it. So, there you have it.  What will YOU read this week?

Happy reading! Thanks for stopping by.

Oh My…The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

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very-inspiring-blog-awardI was very surprised and honored yesterday when I saw Lillie at {Bookraptured} nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. It’s very nice to be thought of for these kinds of awards. For all of them. Thank you so much, Lillie. This started as a simple side project that I have grown to love. I am so happy to know that I have inspired somebody. It makes my day, week, and everything! Thanks so much! You all are so great to have around.

Here are the rules for this blogger award:

1. Thank and link the amazing person who nominated you.

2. List the rules and display the award.

3. Share seven facts about yourself.

4. Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.

5. Optional: Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.

Seven Random Facts About Me:

  1. I love listening to songs on repeat. Right now I have Sylvan Esso’s song Coffee on repeat. Throughout today, it was Damien Rice’s Volcano.
  2. I have officially opened my etsy shop. I’m a shop owner!! I can’t believe. I was going to do a big announcement, I still might, but here seemed like a good place, too. Check it out here (shameless plug!)
  3. I am a proud member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. Just don’t call me a Janeite. That term makes me cringe.
  4. I wrote my thesis on Jane Austen and Ann Radcliffe. Jane Austen was preferred.
  5. I plan on getting my first tattoo in the fall. It’s going to be a feather above my right ankle for Emily Dickinson’s Hope is the thing with feathers poem. And, just to remind me to have hope all the time. My second one will be I am infinite, for The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
  6. I can’t help but cry at romcoms. Even and especially at the theaters. I’m thankfully not loud, though.
  7. I designed a pair of converse that say, “You’re not a slogan, you are poetry.” based on the quote from 28 days with Sandra Bullock. She says Don’t ever be someone’s slogan, because you are poetry. It is perhaps my favorite quote ever.

And I’m nominating (in no particular order)

* Sarah at Words with Sarah

* Christina at You Book Me All Night Long

* Beth at Beth’s Book-Nook

*Leah at The Perks of Being a Bookworm

*Becky at Blogs of a Bookaholic

 

I’m only nominating five AWESOME bloggers I think you should know/follow because I don’t follow many blogs (bad, I know. I’m trying to follow lots more. And I’ve nominated quite a bunch of them already).

I know some of you might be busy but I hope you have the time to accept 🙂

Happy reading and thanks for stopping by.

And the Greek Chorus Returns: Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan Book Review

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Two Boys Kissing

By: David Levithan

Released: August 27, 2013 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

Length: 208 Pages

Genre: Young Adult-GLBT

Rating: Four Stars

Acquired: Purchased

 

The Greek Chorus has returned in the form of long passed away Gay men with AIDs watching over a couple that has been together for over a year, a pair of exes who want to beat the Guinness Book of World Records for kissing, a new couple, and a single boy who feels he doesn’t fit in in the world. 

Two Boys Kissing is perhaps David Levithan at his best stylistically. The writing was beautiful from the beginning to end. I loved the narration he chose. I don’t think he could have done it any other way. It was engaging, entertaining, and completely heartfelt. He talks about the AIDs crisis in such a honest way, but it never took away from all the other boys. The boys, the boys were great. Every single one of them. You felt for them. Could understand them as much as you could. There was such a rawness and tenderness with each one.

I really liked this one by Levithan, but, truthfully it was not one of my favorites. I loved the writing style which is perhaps one of my favorites of his. Although it only works in this book. This book was relatively short and I expected to read it in a day, but it didn’t hold my attention well enough. I found myself not truly wanting to pick it up. When I did, I enjoyed it. Mostly the writing style. The topic was great, but I unfortunately couldn’t relate to it. I didn’t think it would be a big deal. It wasn’t that big of a deal if you see I still gave it four stars, but it did stop me at five stars. I was able to get into it more towards the end, but I think maybe because I just liked the thoughts of the chorus and wanted to finish this.

I would still highly recommend this book. I think the writing style/technique used was perhaps the best I’ve seen in a long time. It kept me interested; and, it was something unique enough that worked. The individual stories were interesting, especially the exes. They were my favorite. There were some good quotes to be had, especially at the end. It’s a book not to missed, I think.

 

It’s Monday! What are YOU Reading?

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  Hello Everyone. I am back to IMWAYR after a very long hiatus..finally! It’s Monday! What are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Shelia at book journey where you talk about what you read the previous week and what you are reading now. I have been doing a lot more reading and posting recently. This past week, I reviewed two books and one book to film adaptation.

 

My first review of the week was The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder that you can find here. Rated five stars, it was by far one of my favorite reads of 2014 so far. I was hooked from the beginning. I never wanted the book to end. While it end, I was completely satisfied, and even more than a little bit moved. It is a YA book not to be missed out on.

Following that review was something different- a book to film adaptation for The Invisible Woman that you can find here. While I did not read the book, I loved the movie; and have added the non-fiction book to my TBR shelf. Based on letters and heavy research, the movie tells the story of Charles Dickens and his mistress of thirteen years Nelly Ternan. It started off slow, but by the middle I was hooked. The performances given were incredible. The story was sad and beautiful. I will always remember Felicity Jones’s quote at the end about her relationship with Dickens post his death. The movie is shot during her life with Dickens and post her life with Dickens–a way that doesn’t always work but is extremely successful in this case. I highly recommend this movie. Especially if you are a fan of Great Expectations, Dickens, or historical non-fiction.

My last review of the week was the historical fiction mystery/suspense novel The Collector of Dying Breaths by M.J. Rose that you can find here. I wasn’t a big fan of this book, giving it just three stars. I liked it, but barely. It was only the historical parts that saved it enough to achieve three stars. If it was just based in the 1500’s during Queen Catherine of France’s reign with Rene le Florentin then the rating would be much higher. He was intriguing, entertaining, and completely three dimensional. There was nothing expected about his character. Plus, learning more about Catherine de Medici was fascinating. I loved it. I want to read more about the two of them now. It was the present protagonist I had problems with.

Coming up this week in reviews is Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan, The Fault in Our Stars Book to Film adaptation, and The Girls at The Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine. There may by a possible bonus review.

Happy Monday and have a good week. See you all next week for another edition of It’s Monday. What are YOU reading?

Please comment below with your IMWAYR link. I would love to see what you’ve read this past week. 🙂

Introducing…My new weekly feature Something to Look Forward To

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When I talked about my blogging resolutions a few weeks back, I hinted at a weekly featured. I am happy to announce ONE of them has arrived. Something to Look Forward To will be arriving every Sunday where I will be releasing my schedule for the week; so you have “something to look forward to” :).

For this week:

Monday: I will be participating again after a LONG hiatus in the meme It’s Monday! What are YOU reading?

Tuesday: Book Review of Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Thursday: TBR Thursday

Friday: The Fault in Our Stars Movie/Book Review

Saturday: Book Review of The Girls at the Kingfisher Club

I hope you check in with me this week. There are some good reviews coming up, as well as a good TBR Thursday pick.

Happy Reading and thanks for stopping by!!

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