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!

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!!

What a Dying Breath Can Do: The Collector of Dying Breaths: A novel of Suspense (Reincarnationists #6) by M.J. Rose Book Review

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The Collector of Dying Breaths: A novel of Suspense (Reincarnationists #6)

By: M.J. Rose

Released: April 8th, 2014 by Atria Books

Length: 384 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction- 16th Century France/Italy Catherine de Medici

Rating: 3 Stars

Acquired: via netgalley

 

Past: 1500’s Rene le Florentin is chosen as Catherine de Medici’s perfumer at just the right time- he is about to be killed for a crime he didn’t commit. She rescues him, sending him to France with her as she becomes a Princess then a Queen. Through the years, their relationship develops and it’s not just perfumes he creates for her and her girls–her spies. In the meantime, he is experimenting on his own, trying to finish what he started with his mentor, how to reincarnate a body with a dying breath.

Present: In France, mythologist Jac E’toile of the famous E’toile perfumery just lost her brother, her only family to mysterious circumstances.No one knows how he got so sick so suddenly. He was fine weeks, maybe even days before. Then Jac gets a call to meet with a woman who Robbie was working on something with– the collection of dying breaths owned by Rene le Florentin. Jac is taken on a strange journey as she works to solve the formula and discover the truth about her brother’s death. All while having flashbacks of Rene le Florentin. 

Before I go into critiquing this novel, let me first state that I liked the book. I didn’t love it, no. It took me a bit to get into it. But, I liked it. Rene le Florentin was a great character. His life was very interesting; I would read another book about his life in an instant. He held my attention. His relationship with Catherine de Medici was both nefarious and familial. I liked the chemistry they had together. They had a clear connection that translated well on the page. The historical aspect of the novel were fascinating. Learning about how Queen Catherine conducted herself was shocking and made me keep reading. The idea of reincarnation and the dying breaths was also intriguing. My problems with the book started in the present.

How can I put this lightly? The present was dull. Yes, many things happened. There was action all the time. There was a character who belonged in a mental institution in my opinion; and, I would never say that lightly. She was truly scary and psychotic. If you read some of the things she did, you would agree. With all the action and everything, it was still dull. Why? Because Jac was a terrible protagonist. She was boring, two dimensional if that. She whined a lot. And, didn’t bring much to the table. I often wanted to skip her parts, but I liked when she would have visions of Rene as she had these reincarnation abilities; she could lock into her past lives. That sounds exciting, right? But, she hates it so much that she completely down plays it. It becomes something so negative. And she tries to stop them from happening all the time.

She made me want more Rene. He was exciting. There were many graphic sex scenes in his time period. Oh my were they graphic. He loved sex. Loved loved loved sex. He was a former monk. Imagine how different the story would be if he stayed one! If the book was all about Rene and his discoveries, the book would get a much higher rating. But, since Jac took precedence in the novel, I can only say I liked it. Would I recommend it? Yes. Just for Rene. Maybe for Jac a little bit because things really do get crazy. Really crazy really slow then really fast. I wanted to love this book. I was so looking forward to it. But, unfortunately it fell a little flat. It wasn’t necessarily the writing. I enjoyed Rose’s writing style. It was more her characters.

If you are looking for a historical, slightly paranormal, mystery with the present thrown in, this is it. The mystery is there. The historical fiction factor is great. It’s entertaining and what you expect. Or, more what you normally want out of historical fiction novels. You can overlook the Present part. Read it, but read it lightly. It’s the 1500’s that’s really got the juice.

 

I’m going old school…TBR Thursday

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TBR Thursday is a meme hosted by Sarah at Words with Sarah where every Thursday you choose a book to read on your TBR shelf that is at least 3 months or older. This week I am going way back when and giving Great Expectations by Charles Dickens a forth go around.

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A forth go around, I hear you say. Yes, for the fourth time I am going to try to read this treasured novel. Why? For two reasons. One, I joined a new book club that meets this Tuesday to discuss the book. I am looking forward to go. It is at Bryant Park in NYC. Hopefully it should be nice. They read only classics, so I am excited to join and be a part of it. Plus, they gave me the book. FOR FREE!! I may have to return it. I don’t know. Didn’t bother to ask. I think I should have. Now, reason two. The Invisible Woman movie. The end of the novel is now spoiled for me. But, that is why I want to read it, for that last sentence. It is so beautiful. And, the fact that it wasn’t the original ending. I haven’t ever been able to get past page 100, but this time I am older, wiser, and reading a different edition. So, we shall see. Expect a review, hopefully, next week.

What book are YOU choosing on your TBR shelf?

Happy reading and thanks for stopping by.

The Invisible Woman Film Review

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The Invisible Woman

Starring: Ralph Fiennes and

Felicity Jones

Directed by: Ralph Fiennes

Rating: 4 stars

The Invisible Woman tells the story of the epic, over a decade long love affair between Nelly Ternan  and Charles Dickens. Based on the non-fiction title of the same name by author Claire Tomalin, The film introduces us to Nelly Ternan, an eighteen year old actress performing in Dickens The Frozen Deep. An admirer of his already, their relationship spans thirteen years, where in that time Dickens separates from his wife and Nelly drops into obscurity.  Through this film and book is Nelly’s story told; and is she remembered.

This film was excellent. I have been a fan of Felicity Jones since her indie movie Like Crazy with Anton Yelchin. This bears no resemble. Her performance is raw, emotional, and relatable. You can truly feel everything she feels. Her performance was great. Ralph “Rafe” Fiennes also gave a phenomenal performance. They fed off each other’s energy so well. I can’t imagine two other actors playing these parts. Fiennes played Dickens the way I’ve always imagined him to be like. He was jovial, funny, and very serious. Fiennes brought real artistry to the role.

As much as I loved both performances, the movie started off a little slow for me. I didn’t truly get into the movie until close to the middle. Then, I was riveted. I was entranced by the performances and what was taking place. What made this movie unique was the perspective. It starts off, briefly, with Nelly’s life after Dickens’ death. She is married with children. The next scene goes right into the past, a seamless transition. The movie goes back and forth between Nelly’s life Before/During Dickens and after Dickens’ death which not only added depth to the story, but to the character as well.

I believe I teared at the end. I won’t ruin it, but there is a beautiful quote Nell says about Dickens to a man when he finds out her true identity and relation to Charles Dickens. I’ll keep the quote to myself but will offer this spoiler, if you read Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, she slightly quotes the end of the story and fits it in with her life with him. It’s really powerful.

If you are a fan of historical movies, indie movies, or of either actor this film is for you. I really did love it.  My only problem was with the beginning, but I got over that. It’s a beautiful film not to be missed. It’s a shame it is so underrated. Fiennes did a fantastic job directing. The cinematography and editing was perfect. I hope you check it out.

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