So many books so little time

So many books so little time

I have been collecting and actively reading books for the past seven years. Even though I love to read now it wasn't always that way. As a child my mother used to force me to go to a read-a-thon that lasted the entire summer at the library...EVERY SUMMER...and hated it. It wasn't until I was a freshman in high school that I started to like reading but rarely read.  When I went to Italy in 2009 is when I started to actively read and collect books. Now a days I feel like I am read so much to try to make up for the lost time.

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1.5 Stars
Forever... by Judy Blume
Forever . . . - Judy Blume

At first I thought this was going to be very cutesy and cheesy love story....but yeah no it wasn't.  I mean it starts off that way but I wanted more of it.  The main characters Kath and Micheal were sort of flat and there wasn't really a lot on them.  I did like Jamie and Erica though they seemed to be more well rounded. 

 

Personally I didn't really like this book...I will probably film a more in depth spoiler type video with more of my thoughts but for right now just remember this read isn't as cutsey as you think it will be. 

Review
4 Stars
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Red Rising - Pierce Brown

I received this book in a giveaway and I could not wait to read it.  

 

It was pretty difficult to get into at first...there was a lot of world building and unique vocabulary.  I found it to be a very interesting and unique read.  I couldn't really connect with the main character but I'm really excited to see how he grows throughout the series.  

Review
3.5 Stars
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death by Jean-Dominique Bauby 1st (first) Edition [Hardcover(1997/5/13)] - Jean-Dominique Bauby

It wasn't what I expected but it was pretty enjoyable.  It reads more like a short memoir than an adventure story.  The story is amazing he wrote the whole thing by blinking his eyes while the rest of him was paralyzed.  It's only 130 pages but it's a lot to digest.  It gives amazing insight to someone suffering from locked in syndrome.

Review
4 Stars
P.s. I love you by Cecelia Ahern
P.S. I Love You - Cecelia Ahern

I really enjoyed the movie so when I found out it was based on a book I knew I had to have it.  In my opinion the book is just as good as the movie.

 

There is some major changes that were made so just keep that in mind.  This is such a fast read, a perfect book for when you are in a reading slump.  

Review
5 Stars
A high stake seduction by Jennifer Lewis
A High Stakes Seduction (Harlequin Desire) - Jennifer Lewis

This is a very well written romance.  It's main characters have so much chemistry and they are so cute together.  The lot is well developed and the story progressed beautifully.  The romance is well written and the conflict isn't too overwhelming but is present during the end.  It's a super sexy and enjoyable read.

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21942819-a-high-stakes-seduction?from_search=true&search_version=service_impr

 

Review
3.5 Stars
Operation Vampyr by David Bishop
Fiends of the Eastern Front #1: Operation Vampyr - David Bishop

 

This book goes back to the basics of vampire lore.  I don't know if this is a series or not but but I kind of hope so.  I did have some issues with it.  The characters are very likable and I found myself worried about them and hoping they didn't bite it.  

 

If you want more information on it check out on goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/674004.Fiends_of_the_Eastern_Front?from_search=true&search_version=service_impr

 

 

 

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BOOK HAUL!!!!! hope you guys enjoy

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Rainbow readathon TBR
Rainbow readathon TBR

So excited for this readathon!! 

Review
2.5 Stars
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
Like Water for Chocolate - Thomas Christensen, Carol Christensen, Laura Esquivel

I kind of have a love/hate relationship with this book.  However I did enjoy the novel, it's structure is really unique.  I don't think I have read many books like this.  

 

The characters are somewhat one dimensional but it kind of works for this type of story.  The novel has more of a fairy tale vibe than reality.

 

I didn't like the ending though.

Review
4 Stars
Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
Safe Haven - Nicholas Sparks

In my opinion this is very different from the other Nicholas Sparks books that I have read.  The characters are amazing and I loved Alex and Katie's relationship.  I do wish that the book focused more on their relationship instead of Katie's past.

April- National Poetry Month
She Walks in Beauty: A Woman's Journey Through Poems - Caroline Kennedy Poe: Poems - Edgar Allan Poe

I probably should have posted this during April but better late than never.  Last month was national poetry month and I read these two books.   I love reading poetry because it makes me think more about what I am reading kind of like when I am reading classics. I know that reading poetry isn't for everyone and I remember when I was in school I had a hard time reading and understanding them.   Here are some tips to make reading poetry a little easier.

 

1.  Read slowly

2.  Try a relaxed tone

3.  Pause at the end of each line.

4. Try reading the poem aloud

5. If you don't know a word look it up

6. Don't skim it

7. Be Patient

8. Try to visualize 

 

I hope that this was helpful.

Review
3.5 Stars
La Vida Vampire by Nancy Haddock
La Vida Vampire - Nancy Haddock

Cesca Marinelli is not the usual vampire, she worries about manners and doesn't like to drink in public.  Saver is a special investigator assigned to the supernatural type cases.  

 

When Cesca's life is threatened Saber offers to be her body guard.  It is a very cue story filled with suspense, murder and a few funny moment thrown in.  I really enjoyed this read.

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2015 reading challenge

I already have a main reading goal where I want to read 200 books this year and I am off to a pretty good start.  I wanted to do something a little different though, I wanted to have specific goals dealing with books to add some diversity into my reading.  This reading challenge is a list of 50 objectives, I'm not sure if I will complete all of them but it'll be fun to try. For me one book can only count for one task so it can be more of a challenge. Please feel free to join me, I will probably will put up a update post now and again to check on  my progress

 

1.   A book that has become a movie

2.   A book that was published this year

3.   A classic novel

4.   A book with more than 500 pages

5.   A mystery

6.   A nonfiction book

7.   A book written by someone under 30

8.   A Pulitzer Prize-winning book

9.   A memoir

10. A romance book

11. A book from your childhood

12. A trilogy

13. A scary book

14. A book with a love triangle

15. A book set in the future

16. A book by a female author

17.  A book by an new to you author

18.  A book based on its cover alone

19.  A book written by an author with your same initials

20.  A book with a number in the title

21.  A play

22.  A book about magic

23.  A book a friend recommended

24.  A book about vampires

25.  A graphic novel

26.  A. book with a one-word title

27.  A book about a wedding

28.  A book set in a summer setting

29.  A book from one of your favorite authors that you haven't read yet

30.  Finish a series

31.  Listen to an audio book

32.  A book that takes place in a different country

33.  A book of poetry

34.  A book based on a true story

35.  Read an ebook

36.  A book that takes place where you are from

37.  A book of short stories

38.  A book written by a male author

39.  A book on the bottom of your tbr pile

40.  A debut novel

41.  A book was originally written in a different language.

42.  A book set somewhere you want to visit

43.  A banned book

44.  A book you should have read in school

45.  A book more than 10 years old

46.  A book less than 50 pages

47.  A book based on or turned into a tv show

48.  A book more than 100 years old

49.  A duology

50   A book set during Christmas

Review
4 Stars
Maya and Filippo visit San Francisco by Alinka Rutkowska
Maya & Filippo Visit San Francisco - Alinka Rutkowska, Konrad Checinski

I was sent an ebook copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

 

I enjoy  Alinka Rutkowska's writing and the illustrations by Konrad Checinski.  I think they make a wonderful team.  I have never been to San Francisco so it was very educational and also creates a must visit list list if I ever get to go there.  Checinski's illustrations are colorful and simplistic, which follows the theme of the story.  I think that both the writing and illustrations complement each other very well.  I love the quiz at the end to ensure that the children retain what they have read.  The additional info on San Francisco at the end is a nice touch for those who want to learn more about the city.  I think  this is a great book for kids because it is fun and educational.

Review
3.5 Stars
The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
The Royal We - Jessica  Morgan, Heather Cocks

I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway a couple of days ago!!!  I have actually broken a big rule reading this.  I don't like to read a book before I have filmed it in a book haul but I wanted to get this review out since it came out today.

 

The Royal We is written by the Fug Girls who I have not read anything else by then so I was really excited going in.

 

I feel like this is a great summer read.  There is witty banter, lovey doveyness and cooky characters so I found it rather enjoyable.  It is the perfect book if you are in  the mood for a chuckle.

2016 Reading Challenge

2016 Reading Challenge
Ryoku has read 6 books toward her goal of 150 books.
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Ryoku's books

Curveball
Game On Boys! The Play Station Play-offs: A Hilarious adventure for children 9-12 with illustrations
The Geography of You and Me
The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales
Landline
Single Man Meets Single Mom
Dollhouse
Grey
The Mammoth Book of Haunted House Stories
Charlotte's Web
If It's Not One Thing, It's a Murder
A Game of Thrones
Fifty Shades Freed
Fifty Shades Darker
Fifty Shades of Grey
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Saga, Volume 4
Saga, Volume 3
Saga, Volume 2
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde


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