What I’m Reading & Writing Wednesday

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Hello and happy Wednesday! What I’m Reading and Writing Wednesday is my weekly feature where I talk about what’s going on in my bookish life (mostly reading, writing, and blogging). This feature is my own spin on WWW Wednesday, hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words and My Week in Books over at Lipsyy Lost and Found!

Let’s get to it!

What I’m Reading this Week…

I just finished…

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The Diviners by Libba Bray. I first read this book way back when I started this blog, already being a fan of Bray’s Gemma Doyle trilogy. See that review here. I must say that I love The Diviners even more the second time around. The characters were so layered and had quirks, flaws, and dark secrets. As some people in my book club have mentioned, I was kind of disappointed in the lack of wrap-up on some of the character’s stories. However I am so excited for the sequel to come out next month and will probably be reading it this fall. Continue reading

What I'm Reading & Writing Wednesday

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Hello friends! It’s Wednesday and time for me to catch you all up with what I’m reading and writing this week. What I’m Reading and Writing Wednesday is my own personal spin on WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Another great Wednesday feature is My Week in Books over at Lipsyy Lost and Found. Check out both of their awesome blogs!

What I’m Reading….

I just finished…

Fairest by Marissa Meyer and Hollow City by Ransom Riggs. I will do a book talk for my YouTube channel about Fairest. Hollow City was a really fun read that picked up where Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children left off. I liked this book just as much, if not more than the first book. To me, it felt more urgent and action packed and we got to know the characters a bit more. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday- Authors I've read the most books from

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Yay for Top Ten Tuesday! This weekly feature is brought to us by The Broke and the Bookish, one of my favorite bookish blogs! Each week, we have a different theme, this week is Top Ten Authors I’ve Read the Most Books From. I don’t know if I can do this justice really, but I shall give it a shot. Continue reading

Top Ten Books I read in 2013

toptentuesdayIt’s the last Top Ten Tuesday of 2013!!! I read a lot of wonderful books this year. Here are some of my favorites!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme brought to us by The Broke and the Bookish.

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10. The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

The Adoration of Jenna Fox was one of the best sci-fi books that I read this  in 2013 it brought up so many ethical and personal questions that one wouldn’t typically think about. I was so sucked in by this book that I read 3/4 of it in one setting.

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9. Ascendant by Rebecca Taylor

Ascendant by Rebecca Taylor was the first book that I read and reviewed for this blog, so it holds a special place in my heart, but it is also a great book! Ascendant was an exciting supernatural thriller full of secret societies and a strong heroine who comes into her own over the course of the novel. Read my review here!

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8. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan was one of the first books I read in 2013 and it is definitely one of the books that has stuck with me the most over the course of the year. The dual narrative, one written by each of the authors was brilliant. While each was distinctive, both Will Graysons were fun to read about and I loved seeing how their lives collided.

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7. The Diviners by Libba Bray

The idea of The Diviners (a supernatural serial killer roaming Manhattan during the Roaring Twenties) was what originally caught my eye and made me want to pick it up and in no way was I disappointed. Read my review here!

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6. Going Bovine by Libba Bray

Going Bovine by Libba Bray was such a funny and moving roller coaster of a book. I loved that it was so unpredictable and that I had literally no idea what adventure would come next. I wasn’t disappointed with anything I read by Libba Bray this year. Read my review here!

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5. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

2013 was the year of me discovering how much I love Rainbow Rowell’s books. When I saw the synopsis for Fangirl I knew that I had to have it! I found Fangirl to be a fun and entertaining read whose main character reminded me of myself in so many ways. Click here for my review!

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4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

This book is probably on so many top 10 lists and rightfully so. The Fault in our Stars is heartbreakingly beautiful and I found myself sobbing throughout about half of it. But the biggest thing that I loved about this book was that the characters showed so much strength despite terrible illnesses. They didn’t allow their sickness to define them.

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3. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

For me, The Ocean at the End of the Lane was one of the most awaited books of 2013. I started reading it and finished it within a sitting and was left in awe of what I had read. I tried over and over again to review it, but I felt like I couldn’t do it justice. The Ocean at the End of the Lane proves that Neil Gaiman is a master storyteller.

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2. Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

I love the Heroes of Olympus series so much I am actually re-reading it again before I allow myself to pick up House of Hades. This series is just so much fun and it is great to continue the adventures of Percy Jackson and friends after his series was over. I also loved the new characters that were introduced to the story as well as how we now see the Roman aspect of mythology.

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1. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor and Park was quite possibly one of the most heartbreaking and beautiful books that I read in 2013. While it tackles some really difficult subjects, Eleanor and Park has so much heart and is a love story that everyone can appreciate.

Top Ten Books I Would Love To See As A Movie/TV Show

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme: Top Ten Books I Would Love To See As A Movie/TV Show. I have read a million books that I think would make wonderful movies/ tv shows. Some of my choices might be a little unconventional, but I have my reasons 🙂

Here is my list of books that if I had my way, would be fantastically, wonderful, fabulous movies.

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Review: Going Bovine by Libba Bray is Moo-ving and Laugh-Out-Loud Funny

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Summary:

Can Cameron find what he’s looking for?

All 16-year-old Cameron wants is to get through high school—and life in general—with a minimum of effort. It’s not a lot to ask. But that’s before he’s given some bad news: he’s sick and he’s going to die. Which totally sucks. Hope arrives in the winged form of Dulcie, a loopy punk angel/possible hallucination with a bad sugar habit. She tells Cam there is a cure—if he’s willing to go in search of it. With the help of a death-obsessed, video-gaming dwarf and a yard gnome, Cam sets off on the mother of all road trips through a twisted America into the heart of what matters most.

Review:

I honestly wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I first picked up Printz Award winning Going Bovine, but I didn’t think it was going to be anything like the twisting, turning adventure that it was (and I mean that in an entirely good way). The author, Libba Bray, has yet to disappoint me. While the subject matter of Going Bovine wasn’t easy (and it wasn’t that easy Summer read I was looking for) I loved every minute that I was reading it.

The main character of this novel, Cameron Smith is a stoner and a slacker who doesn’t care where he is going to go in life. Until he is diagnosed with Mad Cow disease and goes on a trippy and thought-provoking road trip and learns that nothing is a coincidence. While I found Cameron to be a bit infuriating in the beginning of the novel, I loved him as the narrator of this story. He is a wonderful and unique character, the likes of which I have never had the pleasure of entering their head. Cameron had me laughing on page 1 and kept it coming all the way through the end of the novel.

One thing that I absolutely loved in this novel were that every single character brought something new and funny to the table. None of them were cookie-cutter and they were certainly not predictable. For example, take Balder (who was easily my favorite character) a Viking God turned garden gnome. Bray has given such character and charisma to something we would typically consider an inanimate object to the point that whenever I see a gnome in someone’s garden I will think of him and  smile.

The plot of this novel was crazy and all over the place. At times I knew exactly what was going on and at others I had no idea what in the hell I was reading. But once you think about it and catch on to the action of the story it all comes together easily. There are points in the novel where the plot drags a little, but honestly it was nothing that I would even detract any stars from the rating for.  I wanted to be on this trippy adventure with Cameron, Gonzo, and Balder, and in many ways Libba Bray made me feel like I was there with them.

Going Bovine had everything I look for in a novel and then some! It makes you think about life, death, and what it means to live in an incredibly funny and surreal way. I highly recommend this novel to people of all ages, as there is something that everyone can take from it.

5/5 stars!!!

 

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Review: The Diviners by Libba Bray is Pos-i-toot-ly Fabulous

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Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City–and she is pos-i-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult–also known as “The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies.”

When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer–if he doesn’t catch her first.

 

Review:

The Diviners was one of those books that I had a difficult time putting down after I started reading. The premise of it immediately hooked me- a young girl with unexplainable secret powers being sent to live in Manhattan with her Uncle, while terrifying murders are being committed. It made me want to skip work and stay awake until I finished reading

The setting is what first struck me. I haven’t read many contemporary YA books that are set during the Roaring Twenties. But Libba Bray pulled it off and wrote an intriguing book that shows just how good she is at doing her research. Even the 1920s lingo is sprinkled throughout the novel.

I found both the plot and the characters to be fascinating. While Evie O’Neill and her “lingo” annoyed me at times, I realize that to have a believable story set in the 1920s the language needs to be consistent. I loved how independent, smart, and sassy Evie was (even if it did get her into trouble at times). She could also be a stubborn and selfish character, but Bray has created a multi-dimensional and believable character that overall is very likeable. I enjoyed reading the backstories of all of the main characters and learning about their motivations and pasts throughout the novel, especially that of Theta who remains a bit of  a mystery to me. I hope to learn more about her and am excited to see how each of these characters will grow as The Diviners Series progresses.

Not only did The Diviners have excellent protagonists, but the antagonist was absolutely terrifying. Without giving anything away, he was enough to give me some pretty creepy dreams. However, he was original, unique, and interesting. I haven’t read another novel that had an antagonist quite like him.

I didn’t have many complaints about this novel. There were points that dragged a bit but they didn’t last long. I made myself look past all of the pos-i-toot-lies and allowed myself to get dragged into the story and into the horror. This might not have been the light summer read that I was looking for but it was fabulous.

The Diviners was a thrilling blend of the paranormal and historical fiction. It was a page-turning adventure that made me race to the end to find out what happened to Evie and her friends. I highly recommend it to both young adult and adult readers, especially those who like getting the creepy-crawlies while reading.

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