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#TBRTakeDown: Wrap Up

Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [COMPLETE]

7181920One of the most gripping classics I have read. It is the story of Walter Hartright, Laura Fairlie, and Marian Halcombe. Told from many different points of view. There is love, lies, a possible ghost, and villains that I grew to hate. If you are looking for a strong female character look no further than Marian Halcombe, she is fearless and a strong woman. She will do anything for those she cares about.

This book starts off nice enough it was cute and lovely, then the women in white shows up and things get weird. There were times I was generally mad at this book, not because it was written badly or because it was bad. I became so emotionally attached I was mad that Collins put these characters thought certain events.  Let me tell you, they go through some heart breaking and shocking things. Other times I was so excited I actually jumped out of my chair in excitement. I may or may not have also yelled in triumph. All I have to say is if you like classics I really think you will enjoy this. On the other hand, if you are “new” to classics I would say look into the story. It is interesting and it might intrigue you and pull you in.

Quote: “My hour for tea is half-past five, and my buttered toast waits for nobody.”


A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles  [COMPLETE]

29430012A Gentleman in Moscow is a wonderful historical fiction story that takes place in Soviet Russia. Amor Towles story follows a man named Count Alexander Rostov or to most just Count as he is locked away in the Metropol by a Bolshevik tribunal in 1922. He is placed under house arrest because he is an aristocrat in a time where aristocrats are often thought of as better off dead.

I loved this book, it was wonderfully written and I was very attached to the Count and his friends. Each character was distinct and full of life. They all seemed and felt real to me. Additionally, it was amazing to see how Towles is able to tell an entire story from the inside a hotel following a single person and still bring in the social and political ideologies of the area. This book spans decades, you see characters grow old, characters you meet at children grow into adults, and ideologies and wars come and go. If you enjoy historical fiction, pick up this book. It is written beautifully. I will be looking into other books written by Towles.

Quote: “A king fortifies himself with a castle,” observed the Count, “a gentleman with a desk.”


Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo  [INCOMPLETE]


Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter  [COMPLETE]

28110857Since this book is a third in a series I wont say much about the plot. However, I will say that is series has never disappointed me. Is is always fast paced and I can never guess what will happen next. Jackaby and Abigail are amazing characters to follow. Their personalities have continued to stay true to themselves throughout each book. I highly recommend this series. If I were to describe it, I would say it is a mix between Doctor Who and Sherlock Holmes. Filled with supernatural phenomenon and creatures.

William Ritter is a great author. His writing is addictive and flows freely. He paints a beautiful town, story, and creates great characters.


Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler  [COMPLETE]

15994634Therese Anne Fowler is a great story teller. Reading this book felt like Zelda Fitzgerald was reading me entries from her diary or telling me about her life over a cup of coffee or tea. One thing I would like to make it clear that this book is a historical fiction, not a biography. I feel like it could easily come across as a biography, which is good and bad. Good because you get so attached to Zelda and her story and the author’s writing is so confident and sure. The bad because people could take this as historical fact when it is not. Which, can cause a little confusion if you read a biography in the future.

This book tells many stories. The story of a woman, a wife, a mother, married life, the 1920s, and so much more. I picked up this book  because I always enjoyed reading about the 20s. This shows that even if you are not interested in F. Scott Fitzgerald or his wife directly, it is a good story. I enjoyed it so much I already told a few of my friends to pick it up. Also, a nice bonus is this has been adopted into a show by Amazon. So, I will be watching that in the near future.

Quote: “No writer should be the same as another, that’s not art.”


Other Reads

The Goldfinch by Danna Tartt

18655998When I first started reading this book I was in love with it. It is well written and follows the life of a child as he grows following losing his mother in an awful way. His life takes a horrific turn and he often finds himself in unsettling positions. But, as I read I started to become bored. Characters I once enjoyed became annoying. The book was full of action and somewhat fast pace began to slow to an annoying pace.

Danna Tartt’s writing is very good,  but this book was 200 pages to long. At this point it felt like she was just putting Thoe through stuff, just to have him suffer more. I think this book has its merits, it is different from a lot of the books you hear about and it does make you question and think. But, when I read a book I read not long to learn and to think, but also to be entertained. By the end of this book I was no longer entertained. This was upsetting because the first 500 or so pages were great. I’m still undecided if I will be picking up any other books by this author.

Quote: “When you feel homesick,’ he said, ‘just look up. Because the moon is the same wherever you go.”


Challenges that have been met: 4/5

Books Read: 5

Pages Read: 1586*


Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

 

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*I am not counting progress made before the read-a-thon
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Blogger Recognition Award

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Thank-you charlotte for the nomination! You can find her [here].

Rules:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2. Write a post to show your award.
3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
5. Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

Story About How I Started My Blog

I started my blog as a way to connect with fellow readers and book lovers. I will say I had a very rocky start, I created it and did not really write anything on here for nearly a year. I previously had a Tumblr that I posted on constantly and still do you can find that [here] if you want to see some of my old reviews and bookish things.

Two Pieces of Advice

1. This is something fun, not a job. Do not feel like you HAVE to do anything.

2. Plan ahead! Planning topics ahead of time or even writing posts ahead of time is very helpful and will keep you constant.

I tag:

https://mistysbookspace.wordpress.com

https://flaviathebibliophileblog.wordpress.com

https://charlotteannelise.wordpress.com/

https://caitstielsworld.wordpress.com/

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Bookstagrammers I am Loving

Since last week I talked about my reflections upon my own bookstagram I decided this week to share some of my favorites in no particular order. Also, please share some of your favorites in the comments! I am always looking for new people to follow.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BP5mR-khPNg/?taken-by=the_bandar_blog

https://www.instagram.com/p/BPx68_4jjyo/?taken-by=aliterarypotion

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THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD

I was nominated by Ardent Attachments, check her out 🙂
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RULES:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions set by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and then write 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger award logo in a post/on your site.

Katy’s Questions:

Favourite book-to-film adaptation?

I don’t really watch adaptations that much, but I did enjoy My Sisters Keeper quite a bit. There is also the entire Harry Potter series. Can’t forget them, but I wanted to mention something else.

What book do you want to be made into a TV show/film?

I think Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen would make a great movie or television show.

If you were to write a book, what do you think your main character would be called?

Aria – I love this name so much. Last name, no idea.

What are three songs you adore and why?

As of late, I have not listened to music with words in it. I have been listening to a lot of classical and Dance music. I know all over the place. I just love the feelings that both of these types of music give me. They can keep you calm, make you excited, and so much more.

Do you play video games? What are a couple of your favourites?

I do, but not as much as I once did. A few of my favorites are Lego Hobbit, Sims, Forza Horizon 2, and World of Warcraft.

What book would you like to play through as a video game?

The Hobbit… I have played it and it was so much fun!

What is your favourite Disney film?

Oh this one is hard, The Lion King I would have to go with.

What three book characters would you like to have lunch with?

Death from the Book Thief (narrator, I know),  Bilbo Baggings from the Hobbit, and Abraham Lincoln from the Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. All would have great stories to share, but also lessons to share as well.

If you were to get a book related tattoo, what would you get?

Something Harry Potter related. I know, I know original. But, I would get something related to it mainly because it was something that bought be great joy as a child and an adult. A tattoo lasts forever, I would want a book that have been one of my favorites for the longest span of time.

What’s your favourite breakfast food?

I always have egg and an english muffin, but if I am having a treat I have a breakfast sandwich with a whole grain everything bagel, egg, sausage, and cheese.


My Questions:

  1. What/who got you into reading?
  2. Your current favorite book?
  3. What popular book do you just hate?
  4. How many bookshelf/bookshelves do you own?
  5. Goodreads challenge/reading goal for this year?
  6. Book/s that made you scared?
  7. What is your favorite book series?
  8. If would could change any book what book would it be and how?
  9. What movie/television show has done a book justice?
  10. Where do you like to read?
  11. Do you refer standalone books or series?

My Nominations:

https://mistysbookspace.wordpress.com

https://flaviathebibliophileblog.wordpress.com

https://charlotteannelise.wordpress.com/

https://caitstielsworld.wordpress.com/

https://charlotteannelise.wordpress.com/

Have fun!

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To Be Read

#TBRTakeDown TBR

1Date: February 6-12, 2017.

*Read a book that has been on your TBR shelf over a year

Women in White by Wilkie Collins

*Read a book from your most recent book haul

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

*Read a first book in a series

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

*Read a book to catch up on a series

Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter

*Read a book out of your comfort zone

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler


 What are you currently reading?

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Bookstagram Reflection: January

 

I cannot believe the first month of 2017 is already behind us. It seemed like it flew right past me. Anyway, I wanted to take this time and reflect on the pictures I have taken on instagram over the past month. Man, were my tastes all over the place! I had graphic novels, horrors, classics, thrillers, and some non-fiction books. Some of my photos were full of color while others were in black and white. I think my instagram page is like my taste in books, all over the place.

Below I have added two of my favorite of the month. One is an old edition of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and the other is The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King. Now comes the reflection part of the post.


Little Women

What I liked:

There are a few things about this picture that make me enjoy it. The first is that I love this book. I first read this book when I was a little girl and have reread it numerous times throughout my life. Even though so much has changed for me I still enjoy the story and it continues to resinate with me. Second, I love the worn look of the book as well as the natural look of the wooden chair. This makes me want to add some more natural elements into my photos.

What I did not like:

One thing I did not like about this picture is the color. For me it feels like the blue of the book is fighting with the deep brown of the chair. To me the main focus is the book not the chair.


The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

What I liked:

What I love the most about this picture is the intensity of the red and blue of the book. Even though my eyes are torn between looking at both of these colors they are both on the main focus of the photograph. The contrast of the color saturated book and white simple background works well in my eyes.

What I did not like:

When I took this photo it was boring. There was minimal challenge in balancing the photo.  I don’t know, I guess I just like a little bit of a challenge. I enjoy setting up and staging photographs that are dynamic, but not overwhelming.


Thanks for reading my little self reflection. From time to time I personally think it is important for me to look at the past to make the future better.

What are some things you love seeing in bookstagram pictures?

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Bookish Apps I Use


175x175bbLeio – This app tracks amount of time you spend reading. You track your reading time on a specific book. With the free version you can only track one book at a time. With this app you can scan the ISBN code or you can type your information manually. When you are ready to start reading hit “Read” and it begins to track. Leio predicts how long it will take you to finish a book and tells you your reading speed. It also monitors your reading streak (days in a row), longest book read, most pages read in one sitting, longest reading session. This year I was curious as to how much time I actually spent reading not just the number of books. So this little app is a great help.

You can find more information here:

http://leio.co/?i=1


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Libib – This app lets you create lists of books, movies, video games, and music. I use this to organize my TBR pile. This way when I am getting close to finishing a book I don’t have to search my bookshelf for my next read. I can just open the app and scroll through my list. You can also scare the lists with your friends and follow other people.

You can check out my TBR pile here:

https://bookishluna.libib.com/


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Goodreads – I use goodreads to update reading and track the number of books I have read. I also use it to see reviews when I go to the bookstore and I am browsing and find a book that interests me, but I am not sure if I want to commit. Another fun bonus is seeing what others are reading. I update this very often, more so than my instagram profile.

You can find my most recent reads here:

https://www.goodreads.com/BookishLuna


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Overdrive – I use this cool little app to rent audiobook and ebooks from my local library. It is great for on the go and you find yourself without a book on hand. I can pull something up on my phone free of charge.

You can find more information here:

https://www.overdrive.com


I also use the Kindle, Audible, and Nook apps. Between nook and kindle apps I can shop for the cheaper option for a particular book I want to read. I also have an audible subscription. I love listening to books while I drive or clean. It is wonderful when you can continue to read a book you really enjoy even if you have some chores to do or places to go.

Well I hope you enjoyed learning about my favorite bookish apps.

What is your favorite bookish app?

Reading Challenges

2017 Goals!

Reading Challenge

  1. Give up on series/books I am not enjoying.

This one I know will be a bit difficult for me. I know, I know, how could it be hard to give up something you aren’t enjoying? Well, when I am reading things like this I always think it is going to turn around. In general I am an optimistic person so I always have hope. But, this year I don’t want to waste my precious reading time on books that just aren’t for me.


  1. Be a more critical reader/rater.

I have recently been looking over my goodreads account and I noticed a pattern. I rate book VERY highly. Half of the ones I rated really highly I can’t really tell you what they were about anymore. I mean chances are I did really enjoy it, but I am changing my rating system.

1- I actively did not enjoy this book in anyway.

2-Eh, was not for me but I can see the appeal other see in the book.

3-This was a good book, look into it.

4-I really, really enjoyed this book.

5-This book WILL stay with me.


  1. Get to 0 by 2018.

In the past I have had a very high TBR count, at the height it was nearly 123. My current pile is sitting at a very manageable 26 books. I never thought I would get it under 30 books, but I did it! I really want to get to the point where I can go pick up a book from the store/online/on my ereader and read it right away.


  1. Post a blog post at least twice a month.

I just really want to not abandon this little project.


  1. Organize my goodreads shelves (cough add me :p).

I’m not 100% sure how I want to do this. I currently have set up a fiction and non-fiction shelves. I want to make them a bit more specific, but I’m not sure what genres I want to put there. Any idea please share!


Sign Off

What are some of your book or bookish goals for 2017?

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Liebester Award

I was nominated by the wonderful  pagesbeyondreality, check out her blog!

HERE ARE THE RULES:

  • Acknowledge the person who nominated you for the award and post the award
  • Answer the questions that were asked by the blogger who nominated you.
  • Give 5 facts about yourself
  • Ask 11 questions of your own
  • Nominate up to 11 blogs for the award 200 or under followers
  • Notify your nominees.

THE QUESTIONS:

  1. Have you ever read a book that you wish you didn’t, if so what one?
    • I wish I never read P.S. I still love you by Jenny Han. I LOVED the first one, but the second one didn’t seem to keep true to Lara personality.
  2. If you could put yourself into a book what book would you choose?
    • Any Harry Potter book aside from the last one, I lived through the sadness once, I don’t think I would be able to do it again.
  3. Do you write in your books?
    • I only wrote in my Uni books.
  4. What fictional character do you wish is your bestie?
    1. Cath from Fangirl so we can write fan fiction together.
  5. What’s your favorite book cover?
    • The Book Thief anniversary edition.
  6. Paperback or hardcover?
    • Oh, this is a difficult one. I love large soft covers because they are so nice to read, but I love hard covers because they hold up better. >.< I guess large soft covers, no mass markets please.
  7. what is your Favorite name from a fictional character?
    • Luna obviously lol
  8. Favorite t.v show(s)?
    • That 70s show, Bones, Doctor Who, and iZombie to name a few.
  9. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
  10. What is your favorite genre of books?
    • Right now I am reading a lot of Science Fiction and Horror.
  11. If you could only save one book series from your shelf, what would it be?
    • Harry Potter

FACTS ABOUT ME:

  • I started a blog because none of my friends read and I wanted to fangirl.
  • I went to school full-time and worked full-time.
  • I studied art for two years before changing my major to history.
  • I hated reading until I was a sophomore in high school, I know crazy.
  • I love being outside.

MY QUESTIONS TO WHO I NOMINATE

  1. What is your bookish pet peeve?
  2. Do you use an ereader? What type?
  3. If you can meet three book characters who would you pick?
  4. Where is your favorite reading place?
  5. Do you read a series one after another or do you take a break in-between books?
  6. If you could get everyone to read one book, what book would it be?
  7. How do you feel about graphic novels?
  8. What genre of book is your favorite?
  9. Do you buy bookish goodies? What is your favorite one?
  10. Do you read certain books at particular times of the year?

NOMINATIONS:

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ANYONE WHO WANTS TO DO IT 🙂

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