Tis’ the Season for Christmas Books

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So this is the year for Christmas books for me. There are always so many different Christmas books that come out each year, and in different genres. The only area lacking Christmas books are the 9-12, but hey you get them everywhere else so you can’t loose.

I have decided that with this blog I am going to embrace this season and start to read some after I finish my true crime book.

They may be sappy and full of cheer but I have a feeling I am going to fall in love. There are miracles, happiness, snow…can’t forget the snow. Maybe we all need a little bit more of those things in our life.

I have a son and this is his second Christmas. Which means that it’s going to be exciting and so much better than many years before. I think all this joy and excitement that he has shown when we have put up the tree and visited Santa has made me even more excited for this year. Due to this I believe I want to fully embrace the season and actually read some of those Christmas books I see all over the shelves.

There are so many to choose from. A lot in romance, which I am not going to read, christmas-books-440x435 but other’s in fiction that I will read and I am sure I will love.

Reviews will be coming up for these books. Look forward to those they will be full of joy 🙂

I think everyone is in need of a good Christmas book this season. Bring a little light to your life. Than enjoy a happy, warm, and wonderful holiday season no matter how you celebrate.

So curl up, get some hot chocolate (with candy canes in it), get some cozy reading socks and get that book. Happy Reading fellow Book Lovers. ❤

#TBT Review: Pride & Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame Smith

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Category: Fiction

Published: 2009

Read: 2009

Score: 5/5

Synopsis: An expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield. Can Elizabeth vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry?

Review: This was a great book. I am a huge fan of both Jane Austen and of Zombies. I have read the original Pride & Prejudice and I loved it. I found it hard sometimes, they do a lot of walking, but it is hands down my favourite Jane Austen book.

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This is just a fun take on the original story. You have the same story with Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, but once in a while they have to stop to kill a bunch of zombies. How awesome is that!? You get the blood and gore and the love and romance all in one.

Even if you are not a Austen fan I know you would like this book. There are friends of mine who are huge fans of these remakes but will never pick up a Austen book. Plus with all the good zombie stuff out there right now you can not go wrong with this. You get the history with a bit of fun.

It’s not so gruesome that teens can’t read it. I wouldn’t give it to any younger than teens but I think it’s something they would really enjoy.

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This is a fun, fast read that you should pick up. I bet you would enjoy it 🙂

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My Reading Life

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I realized this morning that I have never put a post up of why I love reading or anything about my life of books.

I have always been a reader. Some of my earliest memories are of picking up a book and reading it. My dad did read to me as a little girl but I prefered to do it myself. I guess that was where my independence started, was with books.

I read things like Peter Rabbit, and Jacob Two Two. I loved 3-5 books but I always read at an older lever. I was never a fan of the Sweet Valley High but I did love Baby Sitters Club. Even the movie for the BSC wasn’t too bad.

I always had a book on the go. I made time to read every day and would read before I went to bed every night. Not every book was good but if it was one that I was lovin’ I could never put it down.

There are some books that stand out to me in my life. I read Harry Potter when I was a teenager going through a rough time. I also had a cousin I was very close to pass away at that time. While all this was going on I was able to hide away in the world of Hogwarts and forget about the pain. It’s amazing how some books can do that for you and you will never forget them or how they helped you in a time of need. That is just one example but I have a few books that I have read over the year that have helped me through a rough time.

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With books you can travel to new places. You can learn about new people and places and things. Even if they are fiction I still feel like I learn something new from a book. I can admit there have been some times where I don’t know what is written in a book, like an item or place, and I will google it just so I know for sure.

I still read all the time and love books. I love buying them, and reading them, and talking about them. I even work in a book store so I am up to date on the newest books. I get to go many different places when I read these books and I wouldn’t change that for the world. My goal is to teach my children to love to read as much as me.

One reason I started this blog is to share this love with the world. I love to give recommendations and help people find that one book that will change their lives.

Words can be power and change lives. I will always love reading. ❤  love-books-1

What’s New Tuesdays—Nov 24, 2015

Once again, we are back with some new books. Tuesdays are one of the best days, because I get to add to my shelves (or piles on the floor) new and fun books that I am excited to read.

It’s great when you can find that one that is just so amazing and authors that you never knew existed but quickly become your favourite. library books_wel (1)

Gratitude by Oliver Sacks 

Category: Well-Being

Synopsis: In January 2015, Oliver Sacks was diagnosed with a recurrence of cancer, and he shared this news in a New York Times essay that inspired readers all over the world: “I cannot pretend I am without fear. But my predominant feeling is one of gratitude…. Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.”
Gratitude consists of four essays that originally appeared in The New York Times, accompanied by a forward that describes the occasion of each chapter.

Reaction: I don’t know much about Oliver Sacks life,  but this sounds like it would be something really worth it to read. Here is a person who has it all (or so it may seem) and to hear what he is feeling after finding out about Cancer I am sure is a moving testimony and true to the heart. Cancer is something that affects every single person on this planet, it’s something we can all relate to.

It’s a small book and a quick read. People who love these kinds of books will buy this one up quickly.

 

Warren the 13th and the All See Eye: A Novel by Tania Del Rio 

Category: 9-12 Fiction

Synopsis: Warren the 13th, a cursed 12-year-old Victorian bellhop who’s terribly unlucky . . . yet perpetually optimistic, hard-working, and curious. Orphan Warren’s pride and joy is his family’s hotel, but he’s been miserable ever since his evil Aunt Anaconda took over the management. Anaconda believes a mysterious treasure known as the All-Seeing Eye is hidden somewhere on the grounds, and she’ll do anything to find it. If Warren wants to preserve his family’s legacy, he’ll need to find the treasure first—if the hotel’s many strange and wacky guests don’t beat him to it! This middle-grade adventure features gorgeous two-color illustrations on every page and a lavish two-column Victorian design that will pull young readers into a spooky and delightful mystery.

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Reaction: This is a book I am really excited about.  It sounds so funny, and great and full of mystery and intrigue. It also has pictures, I love books with pictures!!

At first glance it doesn’t look like a big heavy read which is great for this age group. Plus did I mention the pictures?! You got a bit of everything in it, and the darker books for this age group in my experience are always amazing.

I have already gotten it and I am going to read it soon so make sure you look out for a review coming soon.

 

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Category: Fiction

Synopsis: When his cousin is accused of a heinous crime, Alex Cross returns to his North Carolina home town for the first time in over three decades. As he tries to prove his cousin’s innocence in a town where everyone seems to be on the take, Cross unearths a family secret that forces him to question everything he’s ever known.

Reaction: Okay I will admit that I have never once read a Alex Cross book. It is a much-loved series and James Patterson has a die-hard following of fans for all of his books, especially this series. Which is a long series, there are so many books it fills a whole wall of the book store I work at.

This is sure to be a hit, it’s already a best seller. I can’t say I will ever get around to reading any of these books but I can tell you that James Patter is sure not done writing them and they will be a big hit every time a new one comes out.

If you like James, and the Alex Cross books you will be excited for this one.

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So I hope you get out there and enjoy some of these new ones. Until next week book lovers. Keep on reading 🙂 

 

 

Review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

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Category: Teen Fiction

Published: 2015

Read: 2015

Score: 4/5

Synopsis: What if you aren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again. Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

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Review: What a neat concept for a book. What about all those other people in these fantasy and action stories that live in the back ground? That have to clean up after the big fights and end of world scenes? I was super excited to read this as it was a different concept and a point of view from the other side, which is where I would be in one of these stories.

You meet Mikey who is the main character of the story. He has issues and a messed up family and seems so real. His problems are normal teen problems, like how is he going to get Henna to like him when they have been friends for so long. He’s also the furthest thing from a chosen one but has to compete with these people who are heroes and have adventures. You can feel his frustration and understand it. You just want to live life, but things keep happening (but not directly to you) that effect you in every way.

I  also loved how at the beginning of each chapter you got a little update on what is happening to the “chosen ones”. It was funny and brief. I bet you could take all fantasy books and do this and you would still get the gist of what is actually happening.

My only downfall of this book was that when you found out what was happening with a few things I feel like I missed the clues in the book. I guess because it was such an easy read I missed some things along the way. On the upside of that, I will be reading it again at some point.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a good story from the other point of view. It is also a good read for teens, not a lot of sex or graphic action, but enough to keep the teens interested. It was funny and great story and it will make me read more of Patrick Ness’s stories.

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#TBT Review: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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Category: Adult Fiction

Published: 2004

Score: 5/5

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Synopsis: Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julián Carax. But when he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax’s books in existence. Soon Daniel’s seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets–an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love

Reaction: This was a beautiful and moving book. A touching story about a boy and how he turns in to a man because of one book he finds.

It’s rich in description and emotion. Detailing how he feels at every turn and you feel it along with him. There is also a bit of a love story involved which is sad and sweet at the same time.

It’s a historic based story after WW2. There is an element of loss and suffering because of this. You read about what has happened to this city and how bit by bit they pick up the pieces to rebuild what life they can out of the ashes.

Plus it’s also about the love of a book. As a book lover myself I understand this and how one book can affect you in so many ways. It sticks with you and it’s all you think about it. You read it over and over again and still find something new every time.

That is also what it is like reading this book. It is one I will re-read over again and love it just as much as the first time. I have also read other books by this author (another #tbt post at some point) and he is a great writer. I look forward to more of his work.

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Review: Curiosity House (Book 1), The Shrunken Head by Lauren Oliver and H.C. Chester

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Category: 9-12 Fiction

Published: 2015 (Harper Collins)

Score: 5/5

Synopsis: Blessed with extraordinary abilities, orphans Philippa, Sam, and Thomas have grown up happily in Dumfrey’s Dime Museum of Freaks, Oddities, and Wonders. But when a fourth child, Max, a knife-thrower, joins the group, it sets off an unforgettable chain of events. When the museum’s Amazonian shrunken head is stolen, the four are determined to get it back. But their search leads them to a series of murders and an explosive secret about their pasts.

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Reaction: I LOVED this book! It was amazing in so many ways. This is a great new series for both adults and kids alike.

Full of intrigue, action, adventure, friendship and good fun. All the kids in the book are great characters. Each in their own unique way they all have different abilities but are also so human it’s believable. It’s wonderful to read how they interact and grow with each other as the book progresses.

There was not a dull moment in this book. One of the things I really enjoyed was how fast paced the book actually was. It didn’t slow down one bit. It made sure all ends were completed before going on to the next idea but it was never stale or maxresdefaultprolonged at all. That is why I think this would be great for kids too. They need that constant movement in books to keep their attention and I think this would be a great one for them. There is also both male and female leads so it’s good for both sexes.

I also liked how it ended (don’t worry no spoilers here). It did end, but it also left it open for the next book which I am looking forward to but I am sure I will have to wait for. CuriosityHouse-feature-860x442

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a good, fast read. It’s just plain fun.