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TAG TUESDAY | The Entertainer Blogger Award

Tag Tuesday

Tag Tuesday

A big thank-you to Misty for tagging me, you should all check her out. Her blog is wonderful!

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Add these rules to your post.
  • Answer all the questions below.
  • Display the award picture in your post.
  • Nominate 12 other bloggers who are funny, inspiring and most important of all ENTERTAINING!

Why Did You Start A Blog In The First Place?

I started my blog to have a place to talk books with others. While some of my friends read, they are not as into it as me and read different books than me. While I love hearing about books I never heard of and reading some of them sometimes I just want to fangirl about a book that my friends would have no interest in at all.

What Is Your Favorite Book?

I would say my all time favorite book is Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. When I was younger I fell in love with the March family and it really sparked my creativity. To this day I reread it often and I still enjoy it immensely.

What Do You Dislike The Most?

I dislike when people are not considerate or compassionate towards other people. I often find myself getting mad when people are nice enough when people hold the door open for someone and they ignore them. For me it is not difficult nor does it take a lot of energy to say, “Thank-you”.

What Is Your Favorite Food A The Mall?

When I am at the mall I always eat Taco Bell. Tacos have been my favorite food since I was a little girl and while I make them at home Taco Bell is my go to when I am out and about.

What Is Your Favorite Past Time?

In my free time I am usually reading, watching youtube, or crafting something.

I Nominate: Anyone who would like to do this tag, I know it has been around longer than my blog so I am not sure who has or has not done it. If you haven’t and would like to please feel free to consider yourself tagged. 


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Book Haul | August 2017

Book Haul

It is that time of the month once again to share with you the books I picked up this month. August turned into a huge book month for me. A book I preordered came out, there was a library sale, and I took a trip to an independent bookstore. I was also lucky enough to receive a few books from publisher to review via print and ebook. Without further delay here are the books I am adding to my every growing TBR.

Physical Books:

The Dire King by William Ritter

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The fate of the world is in the hands of detective of the supernatural R. F. Jackaby and his intrepid assistant, Abigail Rook.

11/22/63 by Stephen King (Read)

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Life can turn on a dime—or stumble into the extraordinary, as it does for Jake Epping, a high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine. While grading essays by his GED students, Jake reads a gruesome, enthralling piece penned by janitor Harry Dunning: fifty years ago, Harry somehow survived his father’s sledgehammer slaughter of his entire family. Jake is blown away…but an even more bizarre secret comes to light when Jake’s friend Al, owner of the local diner, enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession—to prevent the Kennedy assassination. How? By stepping through a portal in the diner’s storeroom, and into the era of Ike and Elvis, of big American cars, sock hops, and cigarette smoke… Finding himself in warmhearted Jodie, Texas, Jake begins a new life. But all turns in the road lead to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald. The course of history is about to be rewritten…and become heart-stoppingly suspenseful.

Selected Poems by Robert Graves (Read)

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You can find a mini review here: Wrap UP | 7 in 7

Since these poems, written at the fairly constant rate of four or five a year since 1914, are offered to a public considerably larger than they reached in hard-cover form, I have omitted the more baffling or shocking ones. The order is roughly chronological.

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

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The orphan Pip is destined to become a blacksmith like his brother-in-law Joe. But when Pip meets the beautiful Estella Havisham, he yearns for a gentleman’s education in order to woo her. A mysterious legacy answers his ambition, and changes the course of his life, taking him far from the Marshes of youth—far, so he thinks, from his early terrifying encounter with an escaped convict, and his sister’s class resentments. In this fictional autobiography, Pip’s coming-of-age story becomes representative of the changing social landscape of nineteenth century England. As Pip’s education provides upward social mobility, he must also learn hard lessons about self-delusion and forgiveness, love and loss, and the true nature of his Great Expectations.

Eating Mindfully by Susan Albers

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This book introduces and adapts the concepts of mindfulness and acceptance to the observation and management of eating habits. The result is a series of exercises and meditations that reinforce healthy habits and lead to greater tranquility at meals.

Misery by Stephen King

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Paul Sheldon is a bestselling novelist who has finally met his number one fan. Her name is Annie Wilkes, and she is more than a rabid reader—she is Paul’s nurse, tending his shattered body after an automobile accident. But she is also furious that the author has killed off her favorite character in his latest book. Annie becomes his captor, keeping him prisoner in her isolated house.

Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets: Emerson

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Ralph Waldo Emerson is one of the best-loved figures in nineteenth-century American literature. Though he earned his central place in our culture as an essayist and philosopher, since his death his reputation as a poet has grown as well.

Audiobooks:

Under the Dome by Stephen King

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On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester’s Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener’s hand is severed as “the dome” comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when — or if — it will go away.

Books from Publishers:

With Ballet in My Soul by Eva Maze

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A life spanning close to 100 years is noteworthy, if only because of its longevity. The rich life of a woman committed to a professional vision ahead of its time, filled with glamour, excitement, and adventure, is truly remarkable. Narrated in her own words, this is the story of such a woman, Eva Maze, who, from the time she left Romania as a teenager in 1939, dreamed of being a ballet dancer, and through a series a circumstances, became instead one of the most successful theatrical impresarios in Europe – with a career spanning more than 40 years.

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

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Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”


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Wrap UP | 7 in 7

Wrap Up

Wow, what a readathon! I have to say I am very impressed that I did so well with this readathon, especially since I failed the last one I attempted. Anyway, I figured I would share the books I read over this past week. If you want to know more about these books please go and visit my TBR post, TBR | 7 in 7.

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki

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Overall, I liked this graphic novel. The art was beautiful and the theme itself was a great fit. But, one downside I would have to say of this is that at times it can be slow and draggy. For me, I find it difficult to find a graphic novel slow because you have constant dialect and images to look at. So when I started to feel that way towards this it bummed me out a bit. Rating:3/5 Stars

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

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Awesome graphic novel, I have been hearing about it on and off for a while and it was always good so I picked it up from the library. It did not disappoint me at all. I loved the story and the art style. Rating: 5/5 Stars

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferris

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I had such high hopes for this graphic novel. I have been hearing such good things, maybe the hype overpowered it for me? Not to sure. I found the art work to be cluttered and the writing to be difficult to read. I love the concept of this, so if I were you I would look into it and see if it is for you. Rating: 3/5 Stars

Poems Selected by Himself by Robert Graves

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During this readathon I headed to an independent bookstore. Lately, I have been reading more and more poetry and decided to pick up a collection. I am not sure where I heard of Robert Graves, but I had his name written down in my notes so I searched for his works. I was shocked when I was only able to find this collection from the 1960s. I hope to find more of his works in the future, because I think his writing is wonderful. If I were you I would look up his name and read a few of his poems. Rating: 5/5 Stars

And It Came to Pass by Laura Stone

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The one full novel I was able to read, I was given this title via netgalley and I have written a full review which you can find here:REVIEW | And It Came to Pass by Laura Stone. Rating: 4/5 Stars.


Well, there you have it my 7 in 7 wrap up. Overall, I think I did a good job. I read a total of 5 books and read 1,400 pages.

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REVIEW | And It Came to Pass by Laura Stone

Book Review

*I received this book through netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *

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As Adam and Brandon spend more time with one another they learn about each others backgrounds and families. One of the things I enjoyed about this look is the insight to the beliefs of the Church of Jesus Christ and the Latter-day Saints. At the start of each chapter there is a few quotes. Not only this, Adam and Brandon discuss their religion from time to time. Now I am going to say I believe these discussion to be accurate.  I did a little research and have found that the author herself has first hand experience with the church. Another thing that I enjoyed about this book was the pacing. It was not to slow or to quick. I found myself not being able to put it down.

Adam Young is a devout, young Mormon following the pious path set forth for him by his church and family. But when his mission trajectory sends him to Barcelona, Spain, with a handsome mission companion named Brandon Christensen, Adam discovers there may be more to life and love than he ever expected.

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Now you may have guessed from the book description “handsome mission companion” Adam and Brandon relationship moves from friendly to having more feelings. I felt that this book created a realistic struggle. Both young men are obviously very committed to their faith. They have taken two years of their life and devoted it to spreading the ideas. But, this religion is not accepting of individuals who are LGBTQ. Witnessing their struggles with their feelings and their faith was heart breaking. I just wanted to sit next to them and tell them everything would be all right.

Overall, this was a very well written book. The story and the characters Laura Stone was able to create within 218 pages is just amazing. I give this a very strong 4 stars. It evoked emotion within me, it flowed, it was insightful, and it was beautiful.


Book Information

Publisher: Interlude Press

Publication Date: May 18th 2017

List Price: $15.99

ISBN: 9781945053153

Pages: 218 pages


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TAG |What Makes Me Happy

 

Tag TuesdayI was tagged by the wonderful Misty over at mistysbookspace, you should really check her out!

List 5 Things That Make You Happy

  1. My plants. I love nature and love being surrounded by it. I currently have a moon cactus, an ivory tower, a sunset jade, and a Zebra plant indoors. If you follow me on Instagram and/or twitter you have seen them in my story or in a tweet. Here is a picture of some of my plants before I repotted them.
  2. Going on walks with my boyfriend. I love going on walks it is a time where I can unwind and it is just me and my boyfriend without distractions.
  3. Finding a new favorite book!
  4. Decorating. I enjoy interior decorating I am always changing my room as well as other rooms around the house.
  5. Good conversations, to me there is nothing better than having a good conversations with another person.

List 5 Songs That Make You Happy

My music tastes are all over the place and depend on my mood, but lately these are the top five songs that make me happy. Each is linked to a youtube video so you can listen if you would like.

  1. Flyleaf – Set Me On Fire
  2. The White Stripes – ‘Icky Thump’
  3. Sia – Chandelier
  4. Imagine Dragons – Believer
  5. PSY – GENTLEMAN

 

I TAG:

Flavia @ flaviathebibliophileblog

Charlotte @ charlotteannelise

Plus anyone else who would like to do this tag. If you have done it please leave the link in the comments I would love to read them!


 

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TBR | 7 in 7

Hello everyone, today I wanted to share my 7 in 7 TBR. Now you may have seen my TBR for the booktube-a-thon and may have noticed I never posted a followup. Well, I failed at it completely. The main reason being I was working and had a lot I needed to get done. So when I saw that the 7 in 7 was during a week I had off from work I though to myself; “Why not?!” So here I am. This read-a-thon takes place between August 14th to the 20th. The goal is to read a total of 7 books in 7 days,

Without anymore delay here are the books I plan to read in 7 days. Wish me luck!

A Sea of Straw by Julia Sutton

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When Jody, young mother and designer from Manchester, arrives on the Lisbon coast, she brings the lure of ‘Swinging London’ to Portuguese painter Ze ‘s existing dreams of freedom. A nascent love is interrupted when, back in England, husband Michael forces her to choose between their 2-year-old daughter Anna and Ze . And Ze, at home in Lisbon and grounded by the state’s secret police, can only wait.

For both Jody and Ze, love is revolution. And personal and political threads weave their story, a period piece set amid the then socially conservative North of England, the light and rugged landscapes of modern Portugal, and the darkness of the dying years of Europe’s longest-running dictatorship. A Sea of Straw, with its pervading atmosphere of saudades, is a quest for love in revolutionary times.

Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King

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The little town of Castle Rock, Maine has witnessed some strange events and unusual visitors over the years, but there is one story that has never been told… until now.

There are three ways up to Castle View from the town of Castle Rock: Route 117, Pleasant Road, and the Suicide Stairs. Every day in the summer of 1974 twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson has taken the stairs, which are held by strong (if time-rusted) iron bolts and zig-zag up the cliffside.

At the top of the stairs, Gwendy catches her breath and listens to the shouts of the kids on the playground. From a bit farther away comes the chink of an aluminum bat hitting a baseball as the Senior League kids practice for the Labor Day charity game.

One day, a stranger calls to Gwendy: “Hey, girl. Come on over here for a bit. We ought to palaver, you and me.”

Call Me by Your Name: A Novel by Andre Aciman

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The psychological maneuvers that accompany attraction have seldom been more shrewdly captured than in André Aciman’s frank, unsentimental, heartrending elegy to human passion. Call Me by YourName is clear-eyed, bare-knuckled, and ultimately unforgettable.

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferris

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Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late ’60s Chicago, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is the fictional graphic diary of 10-year-old Karen Reyes, filled with B-movie horror and pulp monster magazines iconography. Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her enigmatic upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, while the interconnected stories of those around her unfold. When Karen’s investigation takes us back to Anka’s life in Nazi Germany, the reader discovers how the personal, the political, the past, and the present converge. Full-color illustrations throughout.

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

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Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.

But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki

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Every summer, Rose goes with her mom and dad to a lake house in Awago Beach. It’s their getaway, their refuge. Rosie’s friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had. But this summer is different. Rose’s mom and dad won’t stop fighting, and when Rose and Windy seek a distraction from the drama, they find themselves with a whole new set of problems. It’s a summer of secrets and sorrow and growing up, and it’s a good thing Rose and Windy have each other.

My Day: The Best of Eleanor Roosevelt’s Acclaimed Newspaper Columns 1936-62 by Eleanor Roosevelt

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Recently named “Woman of the Century” in a survey conducted by the National Women’s Hall of Fame, Eleanor Roosevelt wrote her hugely popular syndicated column “My Day” for over a quarter of that century, from 1936 to 1962. This collection brings together for the first time in a single volume the most memorable of those columns, written with singular wit, elegance, compassion, and insight—everything from her personal perspectives on the New Deal and World War II to the painstaking diplomacy required of her as chair of the United Nations Committee on Human Rights after the war to the joys of gardening at her beloved Hyde Park home. To quote Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., “What a remarkable woman she was! These sprightly and touching selections from Eleanor Roosevelt’s famous column evoke an extraordinary personality.”

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Try a Chapter | August 2017

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Hello everyone, due to popular demand on a twitter poll I posted today I am doing a try a chapter blog post.  If you are unfamiliar with the idea this is where I pick up a few books off of my TBR and read the first chapter. When I am done with the first chapter I need to decide if I am going to keep the book or unhaul the book. I have done this before a few months ago, if you are interested you can find that post here: Try a Chapter | June 2017 . Without anymore delay lets move on to the books!


Here and Gone by Haylen Beck

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It begins with a woman fleeing through Arizona with her kids in tow, trying to escape an abusive marriage. When she’s pulled over by an unsettling local sheriff, things soon go awry and she is taken into custody. Only when she gets to the station, her kids are gone. And then the cops start saying they never saw any kids with her, that if they’re gone than she must have done something with them…

Meanwhile, halfway across the country a man hears the frenzied news reports about the missing kids, which are eerily similar to events in his own past. As the clock ticks down on the search for the lost children, he too is drawn into the desperate fight for their return.

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First Chapter: 7 pages

Verdict: Unhaul

From what I read of the first chapter I can see this book being entertaining, but nothing grabbed my attention.


The Dubliners by James Joyce

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Perhaps the greatest short story collection in the English language, James Joyce’s Dubliners is a vivid and unflinching portrait of “dear dirty Dublin” at the turn of the twentieth century. These fifteen stories, including such unforgettable ones as “Araby,” “Grace,” and “The Dead,” delve into the heart of the city of Joyce’s birth, capturing the cadences of Dubliners’ speech and portraying with an almost brute realism their outer and inner lives. Dubliners is Joyce at his most accessible and most profound, and this edition is the definitive text, authorized by the Joyce estate and collated from all known proofs, manuscripts, and impressions to reflect the author’s original wishes.

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First Chapter: 9 pages

Verdict: Unhaul, while this book is beautiful. I do not see myself picking this book up any time soon.


Mad Miss Mimic by Sarah Henstra

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Born into an affluent family, Leo outwardly seems like a typical daughter of English privilege in the 1870s: she lives with her wealthy married sister Christabel, and lacks for neither dresses nor trinkets. But Leo has a crippling speech impediment that makes it difficult for her to speak but curiously allows her to mimic other people’s voices flawlessly. Servants and ladies alike call her “Mad Miss Mimic” behind her back… and watch as she unintentionally scares off every potential suitor. Only the impossibly handsome Mr. Thornfax seems interested in Leo…but why? And does he have a connection to the mysterious Black Glove group that has London in its terrifying grasp? Trapped in a city under siege by terror attacks and gripped by opium fever, where doctors (including her brother-in-law) race to patent an injectable formula, Leo must search for truth in increasingly dangerous situations – but to do so, she must first find her voice.

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First & Second Chapter: 10 pages

Verdict: Keep, I almost did not put it down!


The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf

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The acclaimed author of Founding Gardeners reveals the forgotten life of Alexander von Humboldt, the visionary German naturalist whose ideas changed the way we see the natural world—and in the process created modern environmentalism. Alexander von Humboldt (1769–1859) was an intrepid explorer and the most famous scientist of his age. In North America, his name still graces four counties, thirteen towns, a river, parks, bays, lakes, and mountains. His restless life was packed with adventure and discovery, whether he was climbing the highest volcanoes in the world or racing through anthrax-infected Siberia or translating his research into bestselling publications that changed science and thinking. Among Humboldt’s most revolutionary ideas was a radical vision of nature, that it is a complex and interconnected global force that does not exist for the use of humankind alone.

Now Andrea Wulf brings the man and his achievements back into focus: his daring expeditions and investigation of wild environments around the world and his discoveries of similarities between climate and vegetation zones on different continents. She also discusses his prediction of human-induced climate change, his remarkable ability to fashion poetic narrative out of scientific observation, and his relationships with iconic figures such as Simón Bolívar and Thomas Jefferson. Wulf examines how Humboldt’s writings inspired other naturalists and poets such as Darwin, Wordsworth, and Goethe, and she makes the compelling case that it was Humboldt’s influence that led John Muir to his ideas of natural preservation and that shaped Thoreau’s Walden.

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First Chapter: 10 pages

Verdict: Keep, this first chapter sold this non-fiction book easily.


The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

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West Hall, Vermont, has always been a town of strange disappearances and old legends. The most mysterious is that of Sara Harrison Shea, who, in 1908, was found dead in the field behind her house just months after the tragic death of her daughter, Gertie. Now, in present day, nineteen-year-old Ruthie lives in Sara’s farmhouse with her mother, Alice, and her younger sister, Fawn. Alice has always insisted that they live off the grid, a decision that suddenly proves perilous when Ruthie wakes up one morning to find that Alice has vanished without a trace. Searching for clues, she is startled to find a copy of Sara Harrison Shea’s diary hidden beneath the floorboards of her mother’s bedroom. As Ruthie gets sucked deeper into the mystery of Sara’s fate, she discovers that she’s not the only person who’s desperately looking for someone that they’ve lost. But she may be the only one who can stop history from repeating itself.

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First Chapter: 6 pages

Verdict: Keep, this is going to be a great one!


So it looks like for this try a chapter I will be unhauling two books and keeping three.

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REVIEW | Eye of the Storm by Frank Cavallo 

Book Review

Eye of the Storm by Frank Cavallo

*I received this book in exchange for an honest review. *

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I have to say that Eye of the Storm by Frank Cavallo took me on a ride. When I first started the novel I thought it was going to be a military/science book with top-secret mission, then as I read I thought it was a book about something similar to the Bermuda triangle. Then it ended up turning into something very different in a wonderful way.Before I jump more into the review I wanted to share the synopsis with you.

 

“On a research mission in one of the most remote regions of the world, former Navy SEAL Eric Slade and Dr. Anna Fayne are caught in a mysterious storm. Catapulted through a rift in space-time, they are marooned on a lost world.

Struggling to survive and desperate to find a way home, they must confront the dangers of this savage land—a dark wizard and his army of undead—a warrior queen and her horde of fierce Neanderthals that stands against him—and a legendary treasure with the power to open the gateway between worlds, or to destroy them all: the Eye of the Storm.“

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One of the things I loved most about this book is that it avoids unnecessary information, which keeps the book fast paced and interesting. For me nothing ruins a good book like unnecessary  information that causes the book to drag. While reading Eye of the Storm there was never a dull moment so I read through this quickly. I ended up reading this 402 page book in four sittings. Also, the world Cavallo created is nothing short of magical. You can see the thought he put into the word his characters lived in as well as the characters themselves. His characters have attitude and determination, but they are also caring. Between Kerr, Slade, Dr. Fayne, Azreth and Threya there is not one character who is not well defined in their personality. Even characters other than this are well defined.

Overall, I have to say I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys epic adventures, science fiction or fantasy, or just enjoy reading about strong characters. I am giving this fast paced read 4 stars without a hint of hesitation. If any part of my review or the synopsis intrigues you, I think you will end you really enjoying this book.


Book Information

Publisher: Dark Serpent/Ravenswood Publishing

Publication Date: August 10th 2016

List Price: $18.99

ISBN: 9781535327077

Pages: 402 pages


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August TBR | 2017

TBR

This month I am keeping my TBR short. Last month I did read quite a lot, but the last two weeks of July I did not pick up a book at all. I do no want to force myself to read, because I feel like it will make the situation worse.


The Whole Way Home by Sarah Creech

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Playing to packed houses while her hit song rushes up the charts, country singer and fiddler Jo Lover is poised to become a big Nashville star like her idols, Loretta, Reba, and Sheryl. To ensure her success, Jo has carefully crafted her image: a pretty, sassy, down-to-earth girl from small-town Virginia who pours her heart into her songs.

But the stage persona she’s built is threatened when her independent label merges with big-time Capitol Records, bringing Nashville heartthrob JD McCoy—her first love—back into her life. Long ago Jo played with JD’s band. Then something went wrong, they parted ways and took their own crooked roads to stardom. Now, Jo’s excited—and terrified—to see him again.

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I am currently buddy reading this novel with my amazing penpal Raven. You can find her on instagram @worldmadeofwords.


Call Me by Your Name: A Novel by Andre Aciman

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The psychological maneuvers that accompany attraction have seldom been more shrewdly captured than in André Aciman’s frank, unsentimental, heartrending elegy to human passion. Call Me by Your Name is clear-eyed, bare-knuckled, and ultimately unforgettable.

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I picked this book up while I was on vacation and since I failed at the booktubeathon this year I want to make sure I read it this month.


Eleanor Roosevelt, Vol. 1: 1884-1933 by Blanche Wiesen Cook

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Eleanor Roosevelt was born into the privileges and prejudices of American aristocracy and into a family ravaged by alcoholism. She overcame debilitating roots: in her public life, fighting against racism and injustice and advancing the rights of women; and in her private life, forming lasting intimate friendships with some of the great men and women of her times.
This landmark biography provides a compelling new evaluation of one of the most inspiring women in American political history. Celebrated by feminists, historians, politicians, and reviewers everywhere, it presents an unprecedented portrait of a brave, fierce, passionate political lerader of our century.

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This is another vacation read I picked up and have not started yet. This book is the first of a trilogy about Eleanor Roosevelt, I plan on reading one book from this series a month.

 


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JULY 2017 | Wrap Up

Wrap Up

5 STARS:

The Way Back to Florence  by Glenn Haybittle

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I really enjoyed this book if you could not tell from my 5 stars. I did a review of this book, you can find it here: Review | The Way Back to Florence by Glenn Haybittle

The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: A Magical Story by Marie Kondō

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This is the first book I read by Marie Kondo and I had to go to the library right away and get the first book she wrote right away.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondō

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I loved this book and the manga version of the book very much. I even decided to give KonMari method a try. I started a short series on this. You can find the first post I wrote on the book and my experience here: Decluttering | The Start of it All

4 STARS:

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

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I have to say I enjoyed this book much more that I anticipated. Don’t get me wrong Stephen King is my favorite author, but I love him for his horror. This series isn’t horror, but it gets you freaked out and on edge anyway. I would say it is more suspense.

Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

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This was better than the last book in the series, I have to say while I enjoyed this I had to push myself through the book. At times it just felt too long.

Drums of Autumn byDiana Gabaldon

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Another good edition to this series, there were definitely  a few turns in the story I was not expecting to happen. While I enjoyed it I might not read the next one in the series for some time because I think it put me into a bit of a book slump.

The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

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This was a cute read that I got through very quickly. It tugged at my heart strings and took a look at human nature and family dynamics.

BINGO UPDATE:

I have not had a single bingo yet, but I have set myself up to get quite a few during the month of August. If you have any recommendations for the squares that are not open please share them with me in the comments.


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