Inquiring minds want to know – what are you currently reading? Are you enjoying it?
Inquiring minds want to know – what are you currently reading? Are you enjoying it?
“Five married guys conspire to secretly share a penthouse loft in the city–a place where they can carry out hidden affairs and indulge in their deepest fantasies. But the fantasy becomes a nightmare when they discover the dead body of an unknown woman in the loft, and they realize one of the group must be involved. ”
I watched this one with my husband and we both agree it was….MEH. There is an unpredictable twist that we guessed before the reveal.
Chelsea is a hilarious show with great guests, and surprisingly thought-provoking. She interviews guests, asking out-of-the-box questions about important topics. There are also funny skits. It’s a seriously intelligent show with a bunch of laughter thrown in. Definitely recommend this one!
“Acclaimed TV host, educator and bow tie fan Bill Nye is back with a new show that looks at topics from a scientific point of view, refuting myths and claims that rebuke science.”
My kids, husband, and I enjoy watching Bill Nye Saves the World. There are some parts that weren’t kid-appropriate in our opinion, but we just paused and watched those parts when the kids weren’t around. It’s precipitated some fantastic conversations about how we can do our part to save our world.
“In Boston, a bipolar individual (Mark Ruffalo) takes over sole responsibility for his two spirited daughters while his wife (Zoe Saldana) attends graduate school in New York.”
I enjoyed Infinitely Polar Bear one evening when my husband was working an overnight shift. Touching. Sad. Happy. Many emotions watching this story unfold. I recommend this one!
“Marcella Backland left the Metropolitan Police for the sake of her family, only to have her husband leave her. She returns to her job on the murder squad, investigating a case that seems disturbingly familiar to her. ”
If you liked The Fall, then you’ll probably like Marcella.
“Set 97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization, when a spaceship housing humanity’s lone survivors sends 100 juvenile delinquents back to Earth in hopes of possibly re-populating the planet. ”
My husband and I have been watching this one since it first released. We finished up Season 4 in May, and I’m happy to say it was MUCH better than Season 3. So if you were a fan, but stopped watching – pick it back up. It’s worth it.
“Acclaimed writer and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt must battle for historical truth to prove the Holocaust actually occurred when David Irving, a renowned denier, sues her for libel.”
I had no idea that there could ever be anyone who tried to say the Holocaust was a myth. Eye-opening emotional film.
“Examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods. ”
Interesting! I’ve been cutting back on meat for years now, but had no idea just how much you can alter your health by eliminating meat and animal products.
“Chronicles the lives of a group of midwives living in East London in the late 1950s to early 1960s. ”
I started re-watching this one from the first episode after putting it aside a couple years ago. If you liked Downtown Abbey then give this one a try.
“In his first stand-up special, Hasan Minhaj weaves humorous and heartbreaking anecdotes to tell his life story as an Indian-American Muslim. Topics include racism, bullying and meeting the demanding expectations of his immigrant parents. ”
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5 Stars from me! Check out my full review: Thirteen Reasons Why #spoilerfree #bookreview
Based on my Favourites shelf, Goodreads recommends:
“Sports agent Myron Bolitar is poised on the edge of the big time. So is Christian Steele, a rookie quarterback and Myron’s prized client. But when Christian gets a phone call from a former girlfriend, a woman who everyone, including the police, believes is dead, the deal starts to go sour. Trying to unravel the truth about a family’s tragedy, a woman’s secret, and a man’s lies, Myron is up against the dark side of his business where image and talent make you rich, but the truth can get you killed.
In novels that crackle with wit and suspense, Edgar Award winner Harlan Coben has created one of the most fascinating and complex heroes in suspense fiction Myron Bolitar a hotheaded, tenderhearted sports agent who grows more and more engaging and unpredictable with each page-turning appearance.”
“Shortly after Shuichi Saito’s father becomes obsessed with spirals — snail shells, whirlpools, and man-made patterns — he dies mysteriously, his body positioned in the shape of a twisted coil. Soon, the entire town is afflicted with a snail-like disease.”
“The land of Terre d’Ange is a place of unsurpassing beauty and grace. It is said that angels found the land and saw it was good… and the ensuing race that rose from the seed of angels and men live by one simple rule: Love as thou wilt.
Phèdre nó Delaunay is a young woman who was born with a scarlet mote in her left eye. Sold into indentured servitude as a child, her bond is purchased by Anafiel Delaunay, a nobleman with very a special mission… and the first one to recognize who and what she is: one pricked by Kushiel’s Dart, chosen to forever experience pain and pleasure as one.
Phèdre is trained equally in the courtly arts and the talents of the bedchamber, but, above all, the ability to observe, remember, and analyze. Almost as talented a spy as she is courtesan, Phèdre stumbles upon a plot that threatens the very foundations of her homeland. Treachery sets her on her path; love and honor goad her further. And in the doing, it will take her to the edge of despair… and beyond. Hateful friend, loving enemy, beloved assassin; they can all wear the same glittering mask in this world, and Phèdre will get but one chance to save all that she holds dear.
Set in a world of cunning poets, deadly courtiers, heroic traitors, and a truly Machiavellian villainess, this is a novel of grandeur, luxuriance, sacrifice, betrayal, and deeply laid conspiracies. Not since Dune has there been an epic on the scale of Kushiel’s Dart-a massive tale about the violent death of an old age, and the birth of a new.”
I bought Vienna Waltz at my local library used book sale for a fantastic price, along with a few other books. I wouldn’t normally buy this genre, but thought for the price I would give it a try.
“Europe’s elite have gathered at the glittering Congress of Vienna–princes, ambassadors, the Russian tsar–all negotiating the fate of the continent by day and pursuing pleasure by night. Until Princess Tatiana, the most beautiful and talked about woman in Vienna, is found murdered during an ill-timed rendezvous with three of her most powerful conquests. . .
Suzanne Rannoch has tried to ignore rumors that her new husband, Malcolm, has also been tempted by Tatiana. As a protégé of France’s Prince Talleyrand and attaché for Britain’s Lord Castlereagh, Malcolm sets out to investigate the murder and must enlist Suzanne’s special skills and knowledge if he is to succeed. As a complex dance between husband and wife in the search for the truth ensues, no one’s secrets are safe, and the future of Europe may hang in the balance. . .”
2 I have read
Two I have NO INTENTION of reading. Or any of the other Fifty Shades books. Ever.
#1 book on Goodread’s “Best Humorous Books” is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I can’t wait to finally read this one – might be a great summer read actually.
Cersei Lannister. Such a drama queen – love her and hate her, all the same time.
I read the first…8 or 9 books from the Sword of Truth Series, and would love to re-read the series from the beginning so I can read the more recent ones.
Great little book that can help everyone improve their grammar and writing.
Publication Date is June 13th, 2017. So excited to read this one!
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1. Recently Watched:The last book you finished reading.
2. Top Picks: A book/books that have been recommended to you based on book you have previously read.
3. Recently Added: The last book you bought
4. Popular on Netflix: Books that everyone knows about. (2 you’ve read and 2 you haven’t read or have no interest in reading)
5. Comedies: A funny book
6. Dramas: A character who is a drama queen/king.
7. Animated: A book with cartoons on the cover
8. Watch it again: A book/book series that you want to re-read
9. Documentaries: A non-fiction book you’d recommend to everyone
10. Action and Adventure: An action packed book
11. New Releases: A book that just came out or will be coming out soon that you can’t wait to read.
“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.”
― Theodore Roosevelt
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
“It wasn’t a very likely place for disappearances, at least at first glance. Mrs. Baird’s was like a thousand other Highland bed-and-breakfast establishments in 1945; clean and quiet, with fading floral wallpaper, gleaming floors, and a coin-operated hot-water geyser in the lavatory. Mrs. Baird herself was squat and easygoing, and made no objection to Frank lining her tiny rose-sprigged parlor with the dozens of books and papers with which he always traveled.”
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Anything by Dr. Seuss
I’ve tried to read this one for YEARS. I don’t know why, but for some reason I find it incredibly boring and it puts me to ZzzzZzzZzzzzz…
I laughed almost constantly reading Moms Who Drink and Swear by Nicole Knepper. Even if you’re not a mom, I think you’d still find this one lots of fun.
Hmmmm…that’s a good question. I don’t think I feel embarrassed about any books I’ve read…simply because I don’t embarrass very easily haha! I used to read romance novels as a teen, which are super cheesy, but I don’t feel embarrassed about it.
Kate Harker in This Savage Song written by Victoria Schwab. At the beginning of this story Kate seems like she is nothing but a wanna-be-trouble-maker, but we then learn she is the daughter of the mayor – which then made me think she was simply a spoiled brat who doesn’t realize how good she’s got it. I was incredibly wrong. Kate is a strong young woman, who isn’t afraid to say what she means, and means what she says. She’s not the damsel in distress who needs saving – she does the saving. I absolutely fell in love with her character and can’t WAIT to read the next book in this series.
Little Women by Louisa M. Alcott has been my favourite coming of age story since I was about ten years old. This is one of the few books I’ve actually re-read, and would love to re-read again soon. I’ve also watched the movie about fifty times. ♥♥♥
This might seem like a strange choice. Thirteen Reasons Why is the story of Hannah, who left recorded tapes explaining the thirteen reasons why she committed suicide. Painfully depressing read that made me cry numerous times – however, there is an optimistic side there…where it’s teaching us the important lesson that everything affects everything. We can take the time to realize the power of our words and actions. It also teaches us to love our friends and family better and never take anyone for granted.
1. Pre-school: It’s okay to admit it, you’re just in it for the pictures. What’s your favorite illustrated book?
2. Kindergarten: NAP TIME! What’s a book that put you to sleep?
3. Elementary School: Recess and story time and jungle gyms–SO MUCH FUN. What’s a book or series that’s just plain fun?
4. Middle School: The awkward and embarrassing years… What’s a book or series that you’re embarrassed you used to be a huge fan of?
5. High School: The popular girl, the jock, the nerd, the loner–these are all stereotypes, but people are more than they appear!! Who is a character that you initially wrote off as a trope/stereotype but grew to love?
6. College: Out on your own, forging your own path, making your own schedule. What is your favorite coming-of-age story?
7. Adulthood: Taxes and retirement accounts and car payments OH MY. All depressing, but you still have a sense that the world is your oyster. What is a book that’s pretty depressing, but also has a sense of optimism to it?
I finished reading Thirteen Reasons Why, a young adult fictional novel, yesterday, and put off writing a review until now because my mind needed to simmer awhile on what I wanted to write. After watching the Netflix adaptation, I was inspired to read the book by Jay Asher. I have to say upfront that I liked the book A LOT more than the Netflix series. There are many differences between the two, and the Netflix series is much more brutal than the original story.
Thirteen Reasons Why has won many awards:
American Library Association’s “Best Books for Young Adults”
Heartland Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature
Florida Teens Read Award
California Book Award
Barnes & Noble’s “Top 10 Best for Teens”
Chicago Public Library’s “Best of the Best Books”
I read the Deluxe Tenth Anniversary edition, which also includes an introduction from Jay Asher, deleted scenes, and original ending. The cover is stunning, showing a teen girl sitting on a swing, half in the dark, half in the light. This accurately depicts Hannah’s emotional battle. A gold play button sits in the middle, waiting for you to press play and hear her story.
You can’t stop the future.
You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret…is to press play.
“Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker – his classmate and crush – who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.
Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows her recorded words throughout town, what he discovers changes his life forever.”
The novel is told from two perspectives, Hannah Baker’s and Clay Jensen, who were classmates at Liberty High School, in an unnamed town sometime in the 2000s. Clay and Hannah also worked together at Cresmont Theater. Jay Asher has said the story was based on the town where he grew up, San Luis, California.
At first I found the back-n-forth between Hannah’s taped voice and Clay’s present thoughts jarring, but quickly adapted, and realized this technique allowed Clay to express the reader’s responses to some of Hannah’s irrational reasoning.
Asher tackles the touchy subject of suicide in a gentle, yet authentic way. Thirteen Reasons Why highlights friendship, family, trust, loneliness, and depression in a thrilling modern coming-of-age story.
Clay listens to all seven tapes in one night, the reader turning the pages just as fast as Clay turns each tape. This is a really quick read, great for those who aren’t big on reading, who are getting into reading, or who are getting out of a reading slump.
Some may find it hard to relate to Hannah, but when I was a teen I had many of the same feelings she did, have struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts, which enabled me to connect with Hannah easily. Many of her thoughts and actions were completely irrational, and I understand that some readers will find her annoying. I suggest you attempt to put yourself into the shoes of someone who is having a really bad day every single day, who feels left out, put down, used, and abused. Who wants things to get better, but isn’t strong enough to ask her parents or friends for help. If you can find yourself in that mindset then I think you’ll be able to relate to her character.
In his introduction Jay Asher explained the three words that were his motivation for the entire story – “Everything affects everything”. As Hannah shared her thirteen reasons why she wanted to end her life, we see how each character’s story affect each other.
Many reviewers have said they feel like everyone should read this book at least once in their life, and I would have to say I completely agree. I recommend this book to everyone over the age of 16.
Find out more about Jay Asher on his blog http://jayasher.blogspot.ca/
I’m currently reading Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.
“You can’t stop the future.
You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.
Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.
Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever. ”
I plan on finishing Thirteen Reasons Why tonight/tomorrow, then going back to Outlander.
“The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.
Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.”
What are you reading this weekend? 🙂
I’ve had Thirteen Reasons Why on hold at my local library for awhile now, so when it became available I put aside Outlander. Here’s the first chapter first paragraph:
“”Sir?” she repeats. “How soon do you want it to get there?”
I rub two fingers, hard, over my left eyebrow. The throbbing has become intense. “It doesn’t matter”, I say.
The clerk takes the package. The same shoebox that sat on my porch less than twenty-four hours ago; rewrapped in a brown paper bag, sealed with clear packing tape, exactly as I had received it. But now addressed with a new name. The next name on Hannah Baker’s list.
“Baker’s dozen,” I mumble. Then I feel disgusted for even noticing it.”
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I read books sent to me for review first, after that I’ll read the library book that’s due back before the others. It seems like I always have a book to review or a library book due (or one that I’ve had on hold is ready for pick up), so the physical books on my bookshelf that I haven’t read yet are piling up. As of right now I have no books to review, and have three books out from the library. 🙂
I’m also taking part in a few reading challenges on Goodreads: Dewey Decimal, and A to Z Location, and also the Fantasy Book Bingo challenge on Reddit r/fantasy group, so they also help determine which book I read next.
I find it very, very, very hard to quit on a book. It doesn’t happen very often at all, maybe half a dozen times in my life. I like to finish it so I can get the whole picture and be able to give a more accurate review. The curious cat in me likes to know what happens, even if I don’t like what’s happening or how it’s being told, etc…
Ignore all households chores and mommy duties. HAHAHA joking! Naw, I read for pleasure, so I’m not too hung up on “deadlines”.
Doesn’t bother me.
Everyone has their own personal taste, and things happening in their life which change the way they perceive a story. The online reading world has opened up a whole new group of bookworms to chat with about books. I love to chat about books on Goodreads, Facebook, blogs, and “Booktube”.
I don’t like to show emotion in public and have become a suppress-emotion Master Ninja. LOL I wait until I’m home alone, or with a close friend or husband, then let the tears flow while eating chocolate.
I read the first seven or eight books from the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind then got busy with University, work, kids, etc…I have plans this year to re-read the series, starting at the first book…maybe read one per month or every other month. I also want to do the same for The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan.
Anytime I have borrowed a book I NEVER get it back. I feel like I need to put library card holders in the back of them or something LOL
I don’t usually read more than one book at a time…right now I have a few going because I started Man Gone Down but find that to be a very slow read. I started Wyrd Sisters but the e-book was due back to library, and someone else had it on hold…so now I have it on hold to finish it. SO then I started book one of the Outlander series. But – I picked up Thirteen Reasons Why which was on hold at the library, and it’s a fast turn around book, so it’s due back before Outlander…so it kinda makes sense to read that first right? 😛
My local library has books for sale super cheap so whenever I go I always check to see what’s on the sale shelf. I sometimes buy books from Bookoutlet.ca, but not often. My book buying budget is small, so I make great use of our local library 🙂
*Hangs head in shame* My bookshelf is filling up quickly with books I bought but haven’t read yet. I would say the one that’s been there waiting the longest has been waiting for a year or so. I plan on reading them all in 2017.
1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?
2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?
3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?
4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?
5. Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?
6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?
7. A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!?!?!?
8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?
9. Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?
10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?
11. After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?
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