Try a Chapter | June 2017

BlogSo my TBR is starting to make me a little uneasy. I am not sure if it is because it is half way though the year or I just feel like I need to cut it down a bit. Either way I decided to do “Try a Chapter” to see if some of the books on my TBR are actually something I would enjoy or the description tricked me into thinking it would be something great to read.

 

A Little Life

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they’re broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition.

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Conclusion: Keep

Already a chapter in and I want to know what is going to happen to the character. Even though this book is longer I feel like it is going to go fairly quickly because it is so character driven, or at least seems that way at this point.


Annihilation

Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer.

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Conclusion: Unhauled

This book/series sounded so good. There was a mystery, science and exploration. Sadly, the writing was annoying. For me it took to long to get to the point. Even though I only read the first chapter I already started skimming, which is not a good sign. I do not mind slower books if they actually build up to something now and again, but this did not do it for me at all.


The Circle

When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency.

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Conclusion: Unhauled

Sadly, this was not for me. I really, really wanted to read this then watch the movie. It seems that this book is not for me, I think I will rent the movie so I can see what everyone is talking about. I can’t quite put my finger on the reason I do not want to read it, but I know I do not.


 

What do you think of my try a chapter decisions?

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TAG | On My Shelf Book Tag

Tag TuesdayHello everyone, I hope everyone is doing well. Last week I ended up taking a week off to get some exciting personal stuff taken care of. Now I am back and ready to go with a lot of ideas and energy. So lately if you have not noticed I have been doing more tags, that is because I think they are so fun and I love reading other peoples answers. I am thinking about doing a “Tag Tuesday” type thing because I find them so fun. What do you think? Let me know. So this week I am doing the On My Shelf Book Tag. I have been seeing it for a long time around booktube and blogs and thought it looked like a lot of fun.

Directions: Pick a number between 1 and as many books as you have on your bookshelf. You can ask friends or go to social media for help or you can use a site like random.org. When you get the list of numbers (I picked 8) find the corresponding book for number and provide a memory. (Example: #7 find the 7th book on your bookshelf and share a memory).

The Books

100: The Last Days of Magic by Mark Tompkins

My Mom and Dad took my to the bookstore on my birthday and let me pick out a few books. This is one of the books I picked up. I have not gotten to it just yet, but I am very much looking forward to it. It is a mixture of mythology, magic, and other lore.

142: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

I read this as a ebook loan from the library when I was watching my friends puppy for the weekend. It was great he napped on my lap as I read this book in nearly a day. I would like to add that this dog is about 75 pounds and so not a lap dog. My legs went so numb, but he was being so cute I didn’t have the heart to tell him get off.

10: End of Watch by Stephen King

I have yet to read this Stephen King book because it is a third in a series I have not started yet. But, I will say that Stephen King has become my favorite author. I have yet to be disappointed by him. Even before his books I was in love with his work. When I was younger, most likely to young, I watched creep show and all the movie adaptations for his work and loved it. I remember watching the 6 hour TV version of The Shining with my friend. We started watching it in the afternoon and as things got more intense the sun went down. It was one of the best movie watching experiences I have ever had.

133: 50 Children by Steven Pressman

I picked up this book when I went to DC with my aunt and Mom. We spent the weekend going though all the museums and walking around the national cemetery. Somehow I ended up the tour guide for them since my aunt never went there and my Mom had not been there since she was a little girl. I remember learning more about my moms childhood and the wonderful times they had. It was very nice to hear the stories and spend time with an aunt I had not spent a ton of time with due to distance. I picked up this book on our last day when we went to the Holocaust Museum. I have to say that this museum was one of the best we went to not only because it was factual, but it also impacted us all emotionally as well.

36: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows by J.K. Rowling

One of the funniest memories I have with this book is right before the movies came out for this book I decided to reread it so it was fresh in my mind. Well, I happened to get to a VERY intense/emotional part and I happened to be at Uni in between classes. Lets just say I was trying very hard not to ugly cry in public where everyone could see. Somehow I managed to pull myself together in time for class.

132: Landline by Rainbow Rowell

This was the first book I bought because of booktube. I had just started watching youtube maybe 6 months before that due to makeup tutorials and other lifestyle videos and decided to search books. Well, I stumbled into booktude and I am still have not left. So not only was it the first book I bought because of booktube, but it was the first Rainbow Rowell book I ever read. She is still an author I enjoy a lot and continue to read. I think she is the only author where I have read all of their work.

166: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Honestly, the only memory I have for this book is how happy it made me. I read it so quickly not much happened. I pulled it out and started reading it on a weekend. I stayed in bed all day and read it cover to cover. I think someone had to remind me to eat something I was so into the book.

53: Alice’s Adventures on Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Now, my moms other sister who I spent a lot of time with LOVED this book. In fact it was her favorite book. I picked up a lovely illustrated edition so I could read it since I somehow managed to only watch the movies. Being a book lover I want to read the source material. I will say I much prefer the only animated movie over the newer live action adaptations.

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What is your favorite book on your shelf?

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TAG | The TBR Tag

Tag Tuesday
1. How do you keep track of your TBR pile?
I use Libib and google sheets. I use libib because it is so easy just to scan a new to me book and I have a nice easy list on my phone. When I get a new book I instantly add it to libib, but it may take me a few days to up date sheets. On Sheets I record the title, author, when it was released, when I received it, and when I started to read it. So if something sits on my shelf for lets say a year I can see that instead of thinking of thinking “oh I got that a while ago” I can say “Oh man, I have had this a year and have not picked it up”. This shows me that I may not actually be interested in reading the book. Sometimes seeing a concrete date helps me unhaul my very filled shelves.
2. Is your TBR mostly print or ebook?

My TBR is mostly print, but I want to transition into ebook. As I have said my shelves are very full. So I am slowly moving to putting in requests to my library and reading books that way. Then if I am in love with the book I can buy it and have my own copy.
3. How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

Honestly, I just pick up a book. I just walk over to my shelf and scan till I find something I have not read. I pick it up and start to read. While I do tend to do this at the start of the month and make a little TBR, but if I happen to read all of those books or not stick to it. It doesn’t bother me.
4. A Book That’s Been On Your TBR List The Longest

Salvaged Pages: Young Writers’ Diaries Of The Holocaust by Alexandra Zapruder. I picked this up when I went on vacation to D.C. with my Aunt and my Mom (2015). We visited the Holocaust Museum and I picked up 4-5 books. This is the last of that trip that I have to read. Since this is a collection of diary entries I know I have to be in the mood to read this. The topic is difficult, but to hear about it from those who saw it first hand make is more powerful.

5. A Book You Recently Added To Your TBR

Wicked Like A Wildfire Lana Popović 🙂 
6. A Book In Your TBR Strictly Because Of Its Beautiful Cover

I don’t really do this. Yes, a cover will catch my eye, but I need to be interested in the description as well for me to buy the book.
7. A Book On Your TBR That You Never Plan on Reading

I plan on reading all of them, but the one I think I will be saying for when it gets lower or at its lowest is A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara 

8. An Unpublished Book On Your TBR That You’re Excited For

Refer to answer of question 5 in addition to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The Illustrated Edition , The Dire King by William Ritter, and Rhett & Link’s Book of Mythicality: A Field Guide to Curiosity, Creativity, and Tomfoolery by Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal

9. A Book On Your TBR That Basically Everyone’s Read But You

I feel like everyone has already read The Circle by Dave Eggers and The Secret History by Donna Tartt .

10. A Book On Your TBR That Everyone Recommends To You

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, so many people have told me to read it!

11. A Book On Your TBR That You’re Dying To Read

The book I am most looking forward to it A Court of Wings and Ruin. I am currently reading A Court of Mist and Fury and I am so invested!

12. How many books are on your TBR shelf?

Currently I have 35 books.

You can explore my entire TBR here: https://bookishluna.libib.com/i/to-be-read-pile


I Tag

Charlotte

Misty 

Anyone who would like to take part, please do! I love knowing what is on everyones TBR.


What book has been on your TBR the longest?

*P.S. I did not make this graphic I found it on google, but I could not figure out who created it. If you know please let me know so I can give them credit.

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Bookish Bingo | Summer 2017

Reading Challenge

So I was reading some blogs and came across Summer Bookish Bingo. The creator is Bekka from Pretty Deadly Reviews. You can click her name to find the original post if you want some more details. When I saw the newest bingo board I knew I had to take part, it seems like fun. It is also a bonus that it adds some motivation too.

The Bingo Board

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Rules

Lasts the months of June, July, and August.

Get as many Bingos as you can (any directions counts)

One square per book.

*Bekka is very helpful and has a list of books that could count for each square if you need some inspiration.*

Planned Books

I decided to first use the books I have on my TBR, then if I read all of those I can get some books from the library that would fall into the other categories. If you have a book recommendation that would fall into any of these categories, please share!

  • Royalty – A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
  • Ace RepTBD
  • Over 5 Years Old – IT by Stephen King
  • Thriller – The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
  • Read Cover – The Circle by Dave Eggers
  • Latinx MCTBD
  • A Book About Fandom –  TBD
  • Sci-Fi – TBD
  • LGBTQ+ – The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember
  • Summer Release – TBD
  • While Cover – The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon
  • Family Drama – First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen
  • Blue Cover – Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
  • On Your TBR Forever – Hiding Places by Diane Wyshogrod
  • Revolution and RebellionTBD 
  • A Sequel – A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas
  • Name in the Title – Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King & Richard Chizmar
  • A Book With A MapTBD
  • Author from Another ContinentTBD
  • Flowers on the Cover – The Last Days of Magic by Mark Tompkins
  • TravelTBD
  • Outside of your Comfort ZoneTBD
  • RomanceTBD
  • Award WinningTBD

What books could you recommend to replace my TBD?

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June TBR: 2017

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This month my TBR is going to be small. I have been in a very odd reading mood as of late. I want to read everything so I keep reading about 20% of a book and then picking up something else.  So I am keeping this short so I can keep that up, but hopefully actually finish a few of my books.

The Circle

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I have been hearing all the hype around The Circle coming out with a movie adaptation with Emma Watson, but I want to read the book before I see the movie. The little blurb from goodreads sound interesting so I want to get to it sooner rather than later.

Mae can’t believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in America – even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge. – goodreads

IT

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I am about 26% through this massive tome, it is over 1000 pages. I started reading this in May and have been loving it so I want to finish it up very soon. I can’t wait for the new adaptation to come out later this year. Now I just need to find someone to watch a scary movie with or I will have to wait even longer for it to come out on DVD.

Welcome to Derry, Maine. It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real. – goodreads

A Court of Mist and Fury

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I also started to read this beautiful book in May so I want to finish it so I can finally crack open my copy of A Court of Wings and Ruin. I have been falling behind and I don’t want to be spoiled. I keep having to scroll through my instagram and twitter feed quickly every time I see one of the characters names out of fear.

Quote from A Court of Thorns and Roses (Book 1) : Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price. -goodreads

So, you have seen the books I am going to read. Have you read them? If so let me know what you though. Happy reading!

What are you reading this month?

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May 2017 | WRAP UP

Wrap Up

I can’t believe that May is almost over,  but it seems to be true so I thought it was a good time to share the books I finished this month. I have to say that this month overall was pretty average, but there were a few gems!

FIVE STARS:

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I LOVED this book. It was a perfect mixture of history, horror, and science fiction. It follows a high school teacher who is shown a portal into the past. His goal is to stop the JFK assignation. Once again Stephen King has written an amazing book. I will say this monster of a book is over 1,000 pages, but I got through it very quickly. I find him to write in a way that is easy to read and his stories are very gripping.

FOUR STARS:

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A Single Man was a very enjoyable read. I read through it very quickly and I found I was invested in the main character quite quickly. The ending had me thinking  a lot. It follows a man named George following the lost of his partner. There is also a movie adaptation and I plan on watching it very soon.

THREE STARS

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I wrote an entire review for this book you can find that here:Not Quite The Classics by Colin Mochrie. Over all I enjoyed this book and I plan on revisiting in the future. I found myself laughing and very much enjoying most of these short stories.

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This was a great read about the Russian Revolution. I read it quite quickly and I found it very informative. I will say because it is such a large topic there is a lot of facts crammed in. I wrote a review you can find it here:REVIEW: A Short History of the Russian Revolution by Geoffrey Swain

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Notorious RBG was an interesting read. I will say this is a great read about law, women’s rights, and a strong individual. I wrote a bit more about this book in my May book haul, which you can find here: Book Haul: May 2017. Over all if you are interested in law, women’s and social rights, or just want to learn about a Justice this is a good read.


I am happy to say I did not have any two or one star reads this month! I hope you reading was amazing this month!

What was your favorite read this month?


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TAG | Mystery Blogger Award

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The Rules:
Put the award logo/image in your post.
List all the rules.
Thank whoever nominated you and leave a link to their blog.
Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
Nominate 10-20 people and notify them.
Link back to the creator of the award.
Ask nominees any 5 questions of your choice, with a weird or funny question.
Share the link to your best/favourite post of yours.

About Me:

Lets see, three things about me you may not know. Well I have a history degree, which is why I enjoy non-fiction so much. I am constantly on a mission to learn something new. This year I have been studying constellations and last year I taught myself how to crochet. Hum, for a third one…. Oh I know I can’t iron. I have burned and melted so many shirts, it really has become a problem, but I am working on it! I guess I will thrown in a bonus bookish fact, I hated reading between the ages of 12-16. I don’t know if it was a phase or what, but when I was younger I loved to read and when I was 17 I started to love it again. But, during those years I only read what I had to.


Chelsea’s Questions:

1. What other languages do you speak, and which language(s) would you like to learn?

Sadly, I speak only english fluently. I do know a little bit of a few other languages, but not nearly enough to say I speak them. I would love to learn Spanish and Russian one day.
2. What would your ideal home library look like?

I would love a mix of these two libraries. I guess I love the color blue more than I thought I did. I just want a calm room where I can relax and my books are kept nice a safe. I want enough shelves so I do not need to stack my books one top of each other horizontally because that is bad for the binding. That is the main reason why I unhaul so many books.

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3. Describe your favourite tea or coffee mug.

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4. Which author, living or dead, would you most like to meet and why?

Louisa May Alcott and Stephen King, they are my top two authors. Neither one has ever disappointed me. I would want to meet Alcott because I would love to talk to her about her amazing characters. Not many people know this but there are actually multiple stories that follow the beloved March family. I also think she would just be great to talk to and get advice from. I mean if you developed the character of Marmee you have to have some sound advice. On the other hand I would love to meet Stephen King because I feel like he would be an awesome person to watch a few scary movies with and hang out with. I currently have to watch all scary movies alone, I guess I am the only person who enjoys scary movies that mess with your head a bit.
5. What’s your unpopular food opinion?

I cannot stand tomatoes and I do not like classic Oreos. I feel like I am the only person who doesn’t enjoy both of these. I find tomatoes to have an unpleasant texture and I just don’t enjoy the cookie part of an Oreo that much.


My Questions:

  1. What is your favorite time of the year?
  2. What is your favorite bookish memory?
  3. What is the first book you remember reading?
  4. If you could have everyone read one book what would it be?
  5. What book character do you relate to the most?

My Favorite Post:

Currently, I think my favorite is my birthday book haul. I love getting books as presents and I love sharing books with everyone. You can find that post here: Birthday Book Haul!


I am going to tag:

Misty from mistysbookspace

Charlotte from charlotteannelise

Kristen from thebrunettebookwormblog

And anyone else who would like to do this tag, just let me know you are doing it so I can check out your answers!

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TAG: Books I’ll (Probably) Never Read

Tag TuesdaySo I was on booktube, yet again, and was watching some of Ariel Bissett’s videos and I came across this tag. Even though I was not tagged I thought it would be a ton of fun to do! I will insert her video at the end so you can watch it too if you would like.

The Questions:

1/ A really hyped book you’re not interested in reading?

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
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A year or so ago this book was featured in book hauls, review, blogs, and it seemed like everyone was reading it and was super excited. I on the other hand just was not interested. When I buy or read a book I want to know a little bit about the plot and such, but this book had a description that didn’t really tell me much. Plus, since all the hype I have heard some not so god things.


2/ A series you won’t start/won’t be finishing?

Fallen Kingdoms

Mountain ViewI read the first book in this series and really enjoyed it, I gave it four stars. Even though I liked it so much I decided not to continue with the series because I did not want to commit.


3/ A classic that you’re just not interested in?

Fahrenheit 451

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
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Both of these have been talked about by my friends and family members. I have been told “you have to read it” so many times, but I just don’t feel inclined to do so. If you have read either of these let me know, I am curious to what you think.


4/ Any genres you never read?

Satire, I don’t really gravitate towards it. Maybe one day I will give it a go,  but not today.


5/ A book on your shelves you’ll probably never actually read?

Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison

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The reasons I don’t think I am going to read this is because it is a dystopian/end of the world book, which is a subject I don’t always enjoy and when I picked this up I was unaware it was a series. Lately, I have been getting tired of reading series. I am gravitations towards stand alone books.


What book on your TBR are you unlikely to read?I hope you enjoyed the tag, if you want to do it please feel free!Ariel Bissett’s Video

Book Haul: May 2017

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Even though I had a book haul already this month, for my birthday, I wanted to share the books I picked up for myself for the fun of it. If you have read any of these let me know what you thought!


The Circle by Dave Eggers

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I mainly picked this book up because I have been hearing some great things and it has been made into a movie. Even though I know a lot of movie adaptations are not nearly as good I always enjoy seeing them. When you see a movie adaptation two things can happen. The first is that you get to see a book “come to life” before your eyes not just in your head. The second is you can see a different story that may be good on its own.


A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

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This has been a book I have been intrigued by for a while, but for some reason I did not want to buy it myself. So when I won RAVEN AVERY milestone giveaway I finally picked it up and I am so happy I did. I am saving this for the summer when I have time to read a trilogy. P.S. thank you again Raven!


The Last Days of Magic: A Novel by Mark Tompkins 

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I love reading books about magic, so when I saw the title and read the description I had to have this book. It has a wonderful mixture of myths, magic, and mysticism. All things I  cannot ignore. So in my basket to checkout it went.

“What became of magic in the world? Who needed to do away with it, and for what reasons? Drawing on myth, legend, fairy tales, and Biblical mysteries, The Last Days of Magic brilliantly imagines answers to these questions, sweeping us back to a world where humans and magical beings co-exist as they had for centuries.”

– via goodreads.


Not Quite the Classics by Colin Mochrie 

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I picked this book up because I have been on a Whose Line is it Anyway? kick. If you are unsure of what I am referring to it is an improve comedy show that has been around since the 1990s. I grew up watching it and I have been watching a lot of the old episodes lately. So of course I wanted to read a book by one of these guys. I already read this book and write up a little review you can find here: Not Quite The Classics by Colin Mochrie. Over all I enjoyed it, I had a few good laughs and read it pretty quickly.


Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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I picked this book up for a few reasons. The first being it had to do with law, the second it talks about a strong woman, and lastly the name caught my attention then the description sealed the deal. I have read this already and enjoyed it. It had some cool graphics and images from all periods of her life. It told an amazing story of a strong woman breaking barriers and giving the future woman of the U.S. an opportunity to do great things.


One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter: Essays by Scaachi Koul

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This book I did not really know that much about when I picked it from my BOTM (Book of the Month) dashboard. From what I have read on the little blurb it seems like it is going to be an interesting read and I am looking forward to reading it in the future.


Waking Gods: Book 2 of The Themis Files by Sylvain Neuvel 

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I read the first book in this series last year, I think I also got it from BOTM. I loved the series and when I knew this was coming out I went to the bookstore on release day to get my hands on. Since this is the second book in a series I don’t really want to say much more.


What books have you picked up this past month?

Have you read any of these?

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Not Quite The Classics by Colin Mochrie

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Not Quite The Classics by Colin Mochrie

23330786This little book is a collection of short stories by improve/comedian/actor Colin Mochrie. Every story in here is a little twist on classic literature. Some of the classics he “plays” with include Sherlock Holmes (my favorite), Shakespeare plays, A Tale of Two Cities, and many more.

Now, I can break this book into two sections, stories based off the classics I have read and then ones I have not read. The short stories that were based on classics I was familiar with were amazing! I was laughing and engrossed right away. It was like revisiting the book with a little quirk. He was able to peg the characters personalities, but also change them in an appropriate way that did his little retelling without taking anything away. You can tell he put in effort while writing this.

Now, for the short stories that were based upon classics I was unfamiliar with. They were well written and were funny as well. Even though I enjoyed them I feel like I did not get as much or missed some subtle jokes. So if you do pick up this book you can easily read these short stories and enjoy them, even laugh out loud. Don’t let the fact you did not read the original get in the way. I plan on eventually reading most of the ones used in this collection and plan on rereading this as I complete them.

Over all I would recommend this book for those who enjoy classic literature, retellings, and funny books. It is a wonderful short book to break up reading more serious, intense reads, but also longer books as well. I gave this a 3 out of 5 stars. It was great and I really think as I reread this I will update the score to go higher.


Book Information

Publisher: Diversion Publishing

Publication Date: November 6th 2012

List Price: $14.99

ISBN: 9781626814554

Pages: 194 pages


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