Recommendation | The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy #1) by Douglas Adams

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★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide (“A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have”) and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox–the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod’s girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years.

Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? Why do we spend so much time between wearing digital watches? For all the answers stick your thumb to the stars. And don’t forget to bring a towel!


 

Splintered (Splintered #1) by A. G. Howard

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3.5 out of 5 stars

Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.


 Originally, this was going to be a review, but I read this so long ago it’d be impossible for my review to make any sense. So, I’m just going to do a recommendation. This is a retelling of Alice in Wonderland with a masterful twist that will keep you entertained, the bad is that it was really slow at certain points. But the best thing about this is Morpheus. Ugh, I fell in super-love with his character and I can’t wait to read book two.

Audio Your TBR Classics

Seeing as there are thousands and thousands of classical novels out there, it seems quite a shame to never open yourself up and experience the words and worlds of authors long since past. They showcase authenticity of historical times and allow for a closer view of ideas, ideals and thoughts first hand, from your favorite time periods (if they’re historical, of course).  But sometimes undertaking these novels can be an extremely exhausting process, with the small, close spaced words and lack of sufficient dialogue that we’ve become accustomed to in our time. So, what does that mean, should we just not read them – or read and not comprehend what the writer is trying to delegate to us in words? The answer to both is *drumroll* no, because there’s another option.

Reading and listening.

Audio books were something I just couldn’t get into. I’m a severely visual person and listening to someone else read a book to me just wasn’t my thing. I love the ability to highlight, the act of holding a book and turning the pages to see my progression. These are the attributes that makes physical books so intriguing and everlastingly beautiful to book addicts, worms, and lovers alike. However, when it came to certain classical novels I just could never get into it enough to finish and it just became a permanent ornamentation of my bookshelf (aka. the pantry). So I just gave up on them, until saw an audio book on amazon and couldn’t stop listening to it!

Personally, I enjoyed reading along while the narrator…narrated the novel. I got through it so fast and understood everything – it truly was amazing. You can check out a little excerpt from the novel War and Peace here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPAlSuzRHM4&index=6&list=LL0DEPTaiGqEMy8wl5k8g1Vw

You can find free audio books on YouTube, phone apps, Audible or the new kindle and listening option. Now, of course there are many classical novels I don’t have to do this with but for the difficult ones this was a wonderful solution. Also try not to limit yourself solely to classical novels, branch out if you enjoy audio books. I hope this post finds you well and you start “reading” more classical novels.

Leoti by Sienna Mynx

4.5 out of 5

★ ★ ★ ★ ★/★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Josie is a brilliant attorney that has the mind of a genius and the soul of a free spirit. She goes on a singular getaway to Montana so she can escape her fickle boyfriend, control freak mom, envious sister, and high-profile life style. While there she gets into a car accident and loses her memory. A mysterious man named, Elu will nurse her back to health and try to give her the answers of her identity and true love. Soon she is forced to reevaluate everything she has believed about her life and the people in it. In doing so she becomes a new woman. Leoti.


Sadly I read this book like two years prior, therefore I don’t have a review for this, but it deserved a showcase so I thought WTH (Hobbit). Musings IRJ wrote Monday Musings: Happy Indigenous Peoples Day! which featured Leoti and I just had to piggyback off this post and give a recommendation for it.

I absolutely adored this book and I have to say, damn, Sienna Mynx outdid herself with our hero Elu. His character was so caring, loving, and most of all spiritual. I felt his love and understood his plight, and let me just say, any man who loves Siberian Huskies is a friend of mine. Elu is my soul mate in so many ways… although my boyfriend may disagree… you know, if I wanted one right now. But his opposite, Josie, was a hard character for me to relate with; I didn’t dislike her character I just didn’t like her character as much as I could have. She was annoying sometimes and didn’t seem to appreciate him when things concluded.

The only thing better than Elu was the plot. I don’t get to read much memory loss, fictional romance, but I’d like to because it’s an interesting topic. That, plus a novel set in Montana is such a treat because it’s so beautiful and rare, especially in the genres I read, to find this setting. But the love between our leads just makes you smile throughout the entire novel because they’re so adorable together and the passion shared is too real.

The story was written beautifully, although the rising action and climax was a little hurried. HUGE thumbs up for Ms. Mynx, this was a neat read.

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White Trash Zombie Series by Diana Rowland

White Trash Zombie Series★ ★ ★ ★ /★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Angel Crawford is a loser.

She’s a high school dropout living in a super hick, southern section of Louisiana with her alcoholic deadbeat father. With a pill popping, drinking, and a tendency toward criminal activities that – along with not finishing high school – prevent her from acquiring a real job. Until one day she wakes up in the emergency room after overdosing on painkillers. Angel remembers being in a horrible car crash, but she doesn’t have a mark on her.

Before she knows it, she’s dealing with a huge crush on a certain hunky deputy and a brand new addiction: an overpowering craving for brains. Plus, her morgue is filling up with the victims of a serial killer who decapitates his prey—just when she’s hungriest!

Each novel follows Angel through different experiences like, zombie mafias, zombie movie extra pieces, zombie v. zombie, and zombie hunters and more decapitations.


To be quite candid, I haven’t read each book in this series. Currently I’m on book three, but I felt seeing as though Halloween’s coming up and the installments I did read were awesome, I had to give it a recommendation; plus those covers are gold. Since I don’t have an up-to-date review I figured I’d just go through my favorite parts about the books I’ve read.

I’m a black human girl from the big city, with one of the largest families in Philadelphia that grew up in a middle class household; therefore of course I feel some serious kinship toward my fellow white, redneck zombie girl from a small town in Louisiana with virtually no family, that grew up poor… Wait, that doesn’t sound right… That’s not right…. what?

Exactly! Angel is this narrow, meticulously developed character with issues and situations I have never found myself in but somehow I felt so close to her character. She’s so flawed and real that everything that happens to her affects you. From the pain of her addiction to her relationships, and feelings of inadequacy. Even her turning into a zombie was easy to relate to, with her humor and bad ass attitude she’s the best thing about this entire series (out of the novels I read).

I also have to mention the great story line that the novel has. Unfortunately, it’s not like iZombie where Liv acquires the skills and sees visions of the brain she eats, but we do get some raging zombie and hungry crazy zombie. And let’s not forget a freaking zombie mafia and hunky Russian cops. The development of all the characters was amazing and wasn’t the usual dramatic interpretation of zombies, but fun and filled with humor and adventure. Basically, you need to read this novel and watch some zombie shows.

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My zombie list:

iZombie

Z Nation

TWD

Wyrmwood

Warm Bodies

World War Z

Shaun of the Dead

Suggest more…

Buy Now: My Life as a White Trash Zombie

Buy Now: Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues

Buy Now: White Trash Zombie Apocalypse

Buy Now: How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back

Buy Now: White Trash Zombie Gone Wild

Santeria Habitat Series by Kenya Wright

 

 

Since the 1970s humans have forced supernaturals to live in caged cities. Silver brands embedded in their foreheads identify them by species: a full moon for Vampires, a crescent moon for Shifters, a pair of wings for Fairies, and the list goes on, for each supernatural species has been tagged and categorized by humans.

Lanore Vesta is marked with a silver X, the brand of Mixbreeds, second-class citizens shunned by society.  She stays to herself, revealing her ability to create fire only during emergencies. All she wants to do is graduate college and stop having to steal to survive.

With the help of her Were-cheetah ex-boyfriend MeShack and a new mysterious friend named Zulu, she will go through tremendous trials and tribulations in order to free her people from the outrageous caste system that is, the Habitat.


I’ve been a fan of Kenya Wright for awhile now, but this series is my favorite by far. It’s hard to find quality Urban Fantasy and this is definitely one of the best. Filled to capacity with vampires, shapeshifters, pyro-starters, demons, Fae, witches, warlocks, etc. And set in a fictional world where these supernatural creatures are segregated in Habitats. It’s a very interesting story with a lot of diversity – Lanore being black and MeShack being Latino – and is just an amazing series.

The Dark Side of Grace by M.L. Cooper

★ ★ ★ ★ ★/★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Dark Side of Grace is an original tale about the fragile veil that separates the world of the living from the world of the dead—and a rupture in the veil sends one woman, and her lover on a quest to uncover the truth about her family’s haunted slave past.

In the midst of Newark, New Jersey’s urban decay and newfound revitalization, Asha, a brilliant, sensual social worker and director of the New Day Job Placement Program for ex-convicts, struggles to uncover the horrific secrets that have led to a history of what has been called mental illness in generations of women in her family. At a time when everything in her life seems all so unstable—her ill-conceived lust for a former client and ex-con, the collapsing relationships she shares with her sisters, and her grandmother’s failing health and apparent manic hallucinations—Asha is forced to confront a haunted past that may very well destroy her future. M.L. Cooper’s Dark Side of Grace follows Asha through the poverty infested streets of Newark, New Jersey to the old-world Spanish moss laden landscape of the South Carolina coast in pursuit of slave master Henry Tisdale’s ghost. Master Henry’s torments and haunts drive Asha to the point of no return. Asha’s quest to undo the family curse that binds them to the ghastly, malevolent apparition reveals her hidden connection to black magic, voodoo and Santeria, and seals her love for the only man strong enough to stand by her side. 


I don’t have an up-to-date review of this novel having read it about three years ago, and not really being a “reviewer” I didn’t have a good one available but I still felt that I should showcase it somehow. So instead of doing a review I’m modeling this to be in the form of a recommendation…without the review part…(I’m trying to think if that makes sense), so let’s get started.

M.L. Copper can seriously write a story. This was my first novel by this author, and whenever they decide to write another one I’ll definitely book looking to read it. If you are into urban mystery paranormal fiction, with historical elements this is so for you and even if it’s not just read it! This novel surpassed being a good novel because of its black, urban, paranormal, historian, mystery roots and went to just being an awesome read, and one of my favorite books. The characters, along with the storyline, and the history lead to an extremely interesting as well as entreating novel to read.

If you’ve ever read the novel Impossible by Nancy Werlin, this book is quite similar to that but in my opinion it was so much better. The dark nature of the novel was just so enticing to my horror side but not overdone, and the progression/pace was perfection. It does feature an AA romance with very engaging characters like Asha, who was strong and independent, but also not afraid to admit her fears. Rahman who was a wonderful character, he is the embodiment of a black man that has done wrong in his life and is looking to change, even though society is really against you. Asha’s best friend could have had more of a role to me, she was kind of thrown in there a little bit, but she was a forceful character and I liked her. And Nzinga (I believe I’m spelling that right) was an awesome character.

This story isn’t the typical slave novel, nor is it a typical romance, paranormal, mystery, historical or urban fiction story – it’s a lovely novel bursting with vitality and strangeness that takes those completely different themes and meshes them into a cohesive story about consequences of the past and changing your future.

This novel was wonderfully written, had great characters, an amazing storyline, as well as a wonderful plot. I cannot explain the greatness of this novel, so you have to read it yourself. The Dark Side of Grace had me captivated from the very first page.

Romance vs. Erotica

Surprisingly, many people fail to comprehend the difference between erotica and romance. Although the two genres are similar, because sex and love go hand-in-hand, they are extremely different in writing style and overall theme. So, in the spirit of celebrating differences (I don’t know if anyone is celebrating that, but it sounds good) here’s a general breakdown of each book genre.

Erotica – literature or art intended to arouse sexual desire

It’s a genre meant to stimulate your primal side, the part of your brain that embraces that ancient dance. Most erotic novels are relatively short, and showcases it’s sex scenes as the main attraction. It’ll generally have more sex than romance novels and the scenes are usually long with pretty detailed descriptions.

Romance – a book or movie dealing with love in a sentimental or idealized way

It’s a genre that touches the heart and is meant to attach itself to your feelings and emotions, the romantic in all of us. Romance novels can range in length and in steaminess levels, unlike erotica, which is beneficial for people who enjoy variety. The sex in some romance novels are downplayed, others might simply hint at the act but not go into detail. Unlike erotica, romance has a very broad selection that can satisfy youths and adults alike.

Now, I have to admit overall I’m biased because I’m not particularly fond of erotica, although I have read some very good erotic novels; it’s not really my genre. I’m more into storylines and sometimes authors use sex as a fluff to fill a novel (BTW, not cool), which doesn’t make it enjoyable. In addition, 9 out of 10 times sex scenes are just awkward me to read. Which one do you enjoy?

Where To Start (Non-Reader’s)

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Reading is something I used to regard with disgust and absolute horror, but I was a serious movie and television show fan. I watched Dawson’s Creek (still do actually), Supernatural, The Office, Friends, etc. and movies I watched absolutely everything, from From Dusk Till’ Dawn (George Clooney with that tattoo is hard not to watch) to Hot Fuzz (You’re a doctor deal with it!) but I could never quite bring myself to actually enjoy a book. That is until I had to find a book for school and discovered that books are just subtitled movies with no sound, well minus the movie pictures.

So, if you’re a movie lover you should start off reading novel that have been turned in to books, or movies that turned into books. Don’t limit yourself, and stay clear of classics unless you really are interested in reading them because some stories are just boring. Start off with novels that are exciting, entertaining and super fun to read. Pick a genre that you enjoy and find books that reflect that theme.

These are some of my genre suggestions (which of course you don’t have to try) for Non-Reader’s to start:

  • Humor – Sometimes the words in books don’t seem as overwhelming when the author has hilarious characters, dialogue’s, and perspectives.
  • Graphic Novels – There is true beauty in graphic novels because they’re, usually, short and have pictures to go with the story. Another plus is that most graphic novels are filled with dialogue not just perspective writing.
  • YA Fiction – YA Fiction is one of those hit or miss genre’s when it pertains to reading. So try a book out and see if you like it, try something that was a movie like The Princess Diaries Series,The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Series, (although it wasn’t good) Twilight Series, The Chronicles of Narnia Series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, etc. 
  • Fantasy, Paranormal, Sci-Fi (short books) – If you’re all about watching movie that have to do with alternate universes, supernatural beings, or a land of witches and unicorns, you need to read short novels like this.
  • Romance – Romance was a genre I got into accidently, I picked up I Thee Wed by Amanda Quickand I never looked back. For a new reader to truly enjoy romance they need to find their sub-romance genre, because if you’re a contemporary you most likely don’t want to read an historical.

I would stay clear of certain genre’s as a new reader, but do not eliminate them all as a whole. Here are some of the stay-away genre’s I suggest:

  • Classics – Classics just aren’t for everyone, some only read them, other avoid it like the plague, but it’s really about what you prefer. My advice is to try a classical novel and see if you enjoy it.
  • Boring Non-Fiction – I’m not a fan of non-fiction because I want to leave the world when I read not stay in it.
  • Long Books – The first book I tried to read was Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and quickly realized my mistake was +700 pages. So choose your books carefully and looking at the page number because it is a factor in your decisions when selecting a title.
  • Hardcore Literature – Hardcore Literature is stuff like Ayn Rand writes. It’s deep, complex and oh so tiring to read. Wait until you’ve mastered reading novels that before you start reading novels that are so complex it’s got you seeing out your ass. Just hold off on this for a very long time.
  • Most Poetry – Some poetry is fun and easy to read like Dr. Seuss, but others are just maddening, although good, like Walt Whitman and Charles Bukowski. But try it out before you completely discount it thinking it’s too hard.

While this list may work for some people, it may be not be as successful with others. This is the reason why you have to experiment and not be afraid to open your mind up to the endless possibilities of reading. And to find specific titles that you might find interesting to convert to bookism I suggest Goodreads.com. It’s a fantastic website that I’ve been a member of since forever so go join! My profile: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/3095876-codie-papageorgiou

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