Update – Ugh, another one

I’m currently writing this post on my cell phone because my computer went kaput. I don’t know if it’s temporary or like forever, but I still have my iPad (which my brother is using), so you can expect post in a while. 

In other news, I won’t be posting for a bit because I have strep throat. Yup. Just when I was all, “I’m finally 100%” my throat gives out 😩. Luckily I have drafts saved that were already complete *high five* so the wonderful people who follow my blog regularly have something to look forward to. 

I’m pretty sure it’s not terribly serious, however, my mom is freaking out. She’s a worrier – maybe because I was sick a lot as a kid – but I’ll sneak to post things. 

Oh right!! I almost forgot. Recently bought books, finished Paper Towns (the review is done), and found some more novels-turned movies. Expect those things and more 😉 

All right book lover’s this is where I leave you. Happy reading 📖

The Book Thief [Movie]

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This was a wonderful movie, and although I haven’t read the book yet, the ratings and reviews are promising. Don’t watch this movie without a rag to sop-up your tears, although the Nazi aren’t the worst I’ve seen in movies – or read in books – the story isn’t really about them so it’s okay. Check out the trailer below:

 

Around the World in YA Books Tag

Thank you Mud & Stars for tagging me in this awesome book tag! After going through the books I’ve read, I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t read many novels, especially in YA, that take place overseas besides England. So, my tags are a mixture of YA, Middle Grade, Historical Fiction, Romance, Multicultural, etc.. So let’s get started.

 

Entwined by Cheryl S. Ntumy  – Botswana

The entire Conyza Bennett series is actually set in Botswana.

Destino by Sienna Mynx – Italy

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Gold – Japan

AJ’s Serendipity by Savannah J. Frierson  – Greece

The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross  – England

I’ve read sooooooo many books set in the England, so I just chose to showcase this one because it’s YA.

Déjà Dead by Kathy Reichs – Canada

Night by Elie Wiesel – Poland

Macbeth by William Shakespeare – Scotland

It’s crazy how limited my settings are! This was insightful and I tag anyone interested in participating.

 

Sapphire Blue (Ruby Red Trilogy# 2) by Kerstin Gier

Book 2 :
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Grade: D+

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Gwen’s life has been a rollercoaster since she discovered she was the Ruby, the final member of the secret time-traveling Circle of Twelve. In between searching through history for the other time-travelers and asking for a bit of their blood (gross!), she’s been trying to figure out what all the mysteries and prophecies surrounding the Circle really mean.
 
At least Gwen has plenty of help. Her best friend Lesley follows every lead diligently on the Internet. James the ghost teaches Gwen how to fit in at an eighteenth century party. And Xemerius, the gargoyle demon who has been following Gwen since he caught her kissing Gideon in a church, offers advice on everything. Oh, yes. And of course there is Gideon, the Diamond. One minute he’s very warm indeed; the next he’s freezing cold. Gwen’s not sure what’s going on there, but she’s pretty much destined to find out.
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Having read this novel quite a long time ago my memory of it isn’t fresh or complete, however I do remember enough for a quick review. The best thing about this installment was the demon ghost cat, Xemerius. He’s very funny and added an element of airiness that this book really needed  to keep me from ripping my hair out. His presence is needed so badly because Gwen is awful.

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Outsiders [TV Series]

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This isn’t a novel (to my knowledge) but I do love this show. It has many different elements that combine to make a story I enjoy. Having always been fans of outlaws (Sons of Anarchy, Red Road, Banshee, etc.) it’s natural for me to gravitate toward the Farrells, and I really have.

Here’s the description:

A struggle for power and control set in the mysterious hills of modern-day Appalachia centers on the Farrells family, who behave as though they are above the law and are prepared to use any means necessary to protect their off-the-grid way of life in rural Kentucky.

Here’s the trailer:

What I’ve Read Recently

If you guys have noticed I’ve been MIA – again – for a few days, however it’s not because of my overflowing schedule, but because I’ve been sick.

I hate being sick, and to be candid, I’m not the most effective sick person (hint’s the no recent post thing) when it comes to work, school, etc. I’m a sleeper. I sleep pretty much the entire day, but I also read the times I am awake. So, I’ve read a few books these past few days.

‘Til Death Do Us Part by Amanda Quick (ARC)

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Liebster Award!

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Whoa, this is awesome!  Thank you so much the orang-utan librarian for the nomination, and if you haven’t checked out her blog you really, really need to. Her post are always fun, funny, and honest so check em’ out!

Now let’s get to it! Here are the rules:

  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you
  • Nominate 11 bloggers that you think are deserving of the award
  • Let the bloggers know you nominated them
  • Give them 11 questions of your own

Questions:

I’m stealing Nut Free Nerd’s Question- put your music on shuffle- what comes up?

My Sharona – The Knack

What’s your favourite Disney song?

The Colors of the Wind – Pocahontas

Who’s your favourite Disney villain?

Anton Ego from Ratatouille and Syndrome from The Incredibles (best movie ever) , but if you mean more cartoon and less animated then….Mr. Smee maybe.

 

 What’s the weirdest book you’ve ever read?

 The Nymphos of Rocky Flats (Felix Gomez #1) by Mario Acevedo

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Surprisingly, this book had like zero sex in it.

 Who’s your oddest book crush?

Maybe Morpheus from Splintered series by A.G. Howard. He’s like pale white with smears on his face, wears a top hat…if that’s not weird he lives in wonderland…

But it could also be Marko from the Saga Volume’s by Brian K. Vaughn. He’s an alien (to Earth) with horns, animal ears….oh and lives on a moon.

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What’s the best excuse you’ve ever given?

Haha, ummmm….

This is your fault because you knew I couldn’t be trusted.

If that’s the kind of excuse you meant.

What’s the worst job interview question you’ve ever had? If you’ve never had a job interview- what’s the most random question you’ve ever been asked? (not including this one)

“Do you have dimples?!”

Yup, someone asked me that while looking right in my face. So that’s random + stupid.

What is your favourite sport? (either to watch or play)

MMA & Hockey (watch), Soccer & Gymnastics (play)

 

What’s the best bad thing you’ve ever eaten? (aka a desert that was so disgustingly bad that you felt guilty but delighted about having eaten it)

I don’t like sweets, but I once ate a 1lb bag of sour gummy worms in an hour. My teeth were screaming in protest.

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 Write a poem detailing your love for your favourite food.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ll Poe it up (haha)

Puddy, is me, when I catch your scent

Honest I must be for the weakness you bring out in me

Oceans separate us (technically) but imitations satisfy me

Back I’ll always come, for you’re taste is intoxicating

Oh, you’re like voodoo

It’s Pho Bo. I really wanted to use the word voodoo, hints its unusual placement at the end there.

Okay, at the risk of making this all about food, would you rather only ever be able to eat your favourite food for the rest of your life or eat whatever you want *except* your favourite food?

Hmm, probably the latter because I haven’t had all the food in the world, so I could find something else that is my favorite….or is that cheating?

My Questions:

  1. Have you ever been to a different country? If so, which ones? If not, where would you like to visit?
  2. What’s the worst present you’ve ever received, or the best?
  3. A book you were obsessed with that you currently hate, or the reverse.
  4. A song that changed your life.
  5. What’s your favorite time of day?
  6. What’s your favorite season and why?
  7. What was your tipping point book? (this is the book that made you fall in love with reading)
  8. If you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be?
  9. What is the weirdest food you enjoy?
  10. Favorite hero/sidekick combo
  11. Do you like anti-hero’s? If so, why and do you have a favorite? If not, why?

I nominate:

Freadom Library

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Betwixt These Pages

The Bookkeeper’s secret

Zezee with Books

Jess’s Reading Nook

Mud & Stars

betweenthebookshelves

The Quirky Book Nerd

THE BOOK-LOVING NERD

 

 

 

 

 

The Playlist Shuffle Tag

It’s not something I write about often – or ever – but I LOVE music with a serious passion. Everything from Classical to Rasta Reggae (let’s hope this playlist reflects that *fingers crossed*), so thank you so much  the orang-utan librarian and Beth @betwixt-these-pages!

The Rules:

Put your music on shuffle and list the first 15 songs to play (no cheating) then tag 10 others to do it as well.

Here goes nothing…

Whatever Lola Wants – Sarah Vaughn

Good start. Although it’s not my favorite Old Time Jazz song (not even close), Sarah Vaughn had a magnetic voice.

Until the End – Breaking Benjamin

What can Breaking Benjamin really do wrong?

JM – Strand of Oaks

7 minutes of awesomeness

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