Sunday, November 30, 2014

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award, Pt. 4


Thanks very much to Brittany @ Space Between the Spines for nominating me for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!  This is my fourth nomination for this award since I started blogging in August - Wow!  Go check out her blog - it's fantastic!

Since I've done this before I'm just going to answer the questions she's set for me.  Here we go:

1.) What book are you looking forward to the most in 2015?

Winter by Marissa Meyer.  A close second would be Half Wild by Sally Green. 

2.) If your favorite female character were a Disney princess, who would they be? 

Hermione Granger would be Belle from Beauty and the Beast!  Katniss Everdeen may be Pocahontas...

3.) A song that describes your love life? 

"Single" by Natasha Bedingfield

4.) What's your favorite ship in your favorite series? 

I don't really go in for this shipping business, but do like the relationship between Jem and Tessa from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare and Cress and Thorne in Cress by Marissa Meyer.

5.) What was your favorite childhood chapter book/series? 

Anything by Roald Dahl, Madeline L'Engle, and R. L. Stine!

6.) What's your favorite book-to-movie adaptation? It doesn't necessarily have to be recent or even considered a "great" movie. 

Here are a some in no particular order: the Harry Potter series, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, The PrestigeNever Let Me Go, The Maltese Falcon, Double IndemnityMurder My Sweet, The Princess Bride, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Gone Girl, The Hunger Games (all three movies so far!), Let the Right One In

 7.) If you lived in the Divergent world, what faction would you be in? 

I've taken those internet quizzes for this before and they say I would be a divergent or an erudite.  Erudite sounds about right, if I'm not allowed to pick divergent. 

8.) If you could have a fictional little sibling, who would it be? 

Can I please just have all of the Weasley kids as my siblings?

9.) Do you have any bookish swag? Pictures of it would be nice to see, too! 

Of course!  I do have plenty of Harry Potter related stuff, but a favorite t-shirt references Dead Beat (The Dresden Files #7) by Jim Butcher.  I think I've posted a picture of it before, but here it is again: 



The picture is from a couple years ago.  Look how happy I am to have Mark Twain tell me a story!

The quote on the shirt is: "The movie of my life must be really low budget." -Harry Dresden in Dead Beat

10.) If you could be one fictional character for a day, who would it be?

Hermione Granger - I would love to study magic at a magic school and do magic homework!  (Personally, I don't understand why Ron and Harry did all that moaning about their homework!)

Saturday, November 29, 2014

A Prince of Earth (The Histories of Earth #2) by Steven J. Carroll - Review



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I won a copy of this through the Goodreads First Reads Program.

If Timothy Hayfield knew what kinds of secrets his grandmother, Mattie, had been keeping from him, and the danger and adventure waiting for him during what he thought was going to be a regular summer vacation in Mayfield, then he might have stayed behind.

Who knew what kind of decisions could lead to adventures in the unknown parts of his family's estate. He quickly learns that worlds, kings, and battles hang in the balance if only he wishes it, as a Prince of Earth.

This enchanting middle-grade fairy tale would be perfect for young readers. The premise behind the story is so cool and fascinating. It's really a lot of fun to be immersed in these worlds. Book two definitely relies on the reader already being familiar with the story of the first book, so I really recommended that you read In The Window Room first.

Like I said of the first book, I'll say for this too. I really wish the narrator wouldn't break in as often as he does, in the text or through footnotes, throughout the story. It took me a little while to get back into this writing style, but the story itself is solid.

Overall, this is a fantastic return to a faraway world perfect for middle-grade fantasy fans.


I read this from November 24 - 28, 2014 and my review is also on Goodreads.

Friday, November 28, 2014

The Friday 56: A Prince of Earth (The Histories of Earth #2) by Steven J. Carroll


Welcome to The Friday 56, a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice.

These are the rules:
1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.



Here are the words that Matilde, the Queen of Earth, spoke that night.  And she began, pouring each of her guests a cup of tea.

"Your grandfather simply loved the harvest festivals near Bearu... and the kingdom was at peace.  We had no cause for concern, when traveling alone to the annual festivals, without royal guards."

[From page 56 of my current read.]

The Christmas Carol Book Tag


Thanks to Brittany @ Space Between The Spines for tagging me for the Christmas Carol Book Tag!  For this tag I will be answering questions inspired by famous Christmas songs.  Sounds like fun to me!

1. You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch - Name a villainous character you can't help but love to hate.

Like Brittany, I'm going to have to go with Dolores Umbridge.  I think I wanted her gone more than You-Know-Who himself!

I also love to hate Moriarty, the Napoleon of Crime, from Sherlock Holmes.  Who doesn't love to hate Sherlock's criminally inclined mental equal?

2. All I Want For Christmas Is You - What book do you most want to find under your Christmas tree this year?

I can only pick one?  If that's the case, I would love to get Blue Lily, Lily  Blue by Maggie Stiefvater.  I've really enjoyed the previous books in this series and I can't wait to continue it!

A close second would be Jackaby by William Ritter.  It sounds like it's right up my alley!

3. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Name a favorite character that had to overcome a major obstacle.  Why are they your favorite?

One of my recent favorites would have to be Celaena Sardothian beating the odds, and other competitors, in Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.  I love that she's such a complex character who is very intriguing and strong.

4. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Which characters do you think are at the top of Santa's "nice" and "naughty" list?

If we're going with new books I'll say Calvin from Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick definitely tops the naughty list (I don't want to spoil anything as to why that's the case!) and Star Mackie from Hope is a Ferris Wheel by Robin Herrera should be topping the nice list.  She's a remarkable 5th grader with a great big heart who really deserves it.

5. Frosty the Snowman - What book just melts your heart?

Hope is a Ferris Wheel by Robin Herrera is fantastic.  Young Star has such big hopes and dreams that it's easy to want to join her club!

6. Feliz Navidad - Your favorite book that takes place in a country other than you own

The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling!  Always.

7. It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year - What book do you read to get in the Christmas spirit?

Like Brittany, I don't read too many Christmas books, but I always enjoy A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.  My favorite movie adaptation is the 1951 version starring Alastair Sim, by the way.

8. Sleigh Ride - What character would you most want to spend the holiday with?

Here are three I'd like to spend Christmas with (but maybe not all together):
Aslan from The Chronicles of Narnia, Professor McGonagall from Harry Potter, and Zaphod Beeblebrox from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.  Aslan since he's the wise ruler of Narnia, McGonagall since she's one of the Hogwarts professors I'd love to know more about, and Zaphod because he could really liven up any Christmas party.

9. Baby It's Cold Outside - First things first, I cannot stand this song! - What book do you hate so much you'd sacrifice it to the fire to stay warm?

Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick - it was a train wreck (one I couldn't peel my eyes away from though), honestly.  Here's my review.

10. Do You Hear What I Hear? - What book would you recommend to everyone?

Doubt by Anne-Rae Vasquez and the sequel, Resist.


Tag You're It!  Don't forget to link me your answers because I really would like to see them.  If I didn't tag you and you want to join in the fun, please feel free to jump right in.

A Kernel of Nonsense
Brin's Book Blog
Books, Bones & Buffy
Emily Etc.
Juliababyjen's Reading Room


By the way, I thought I'd share my favorite Christmas song, Good King Wenceslas by The Ames Brothers!  Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick - Review




Britt Pheiffer and her friend Korbie are going to backpack the Teton Range. She's not sure what to think when her ex-boyfriend, Calvin, Korbie's brother, is supposed to go along with them. Before they can meet up with him at the family cabin out in the middle of nowhere, there is a freak blizzard forcing the two girls to stop their Jeep on the road and walk to an unknown and remote cabin to seek shelter. Britt and Korbie accept the hospitality of the two handsome strangers, who happen to be fugitives on the run. Of course, the two criminals take them hostage and want Britt to guide them off the mountain. Throw in a lot extremely poor decision making, Stockholm Syndrome, rampant stupidity, a love triangle, a series of horrific murders, an ex with a serious power complex, and you've got a bad, highly predictable made-for-tv horror movie that makes you want to poke your eyes out.

For the life of me, I cannot understand how this book has such a high average rating. This easily ranks as one of the worst books I've read all year, yet somehow I actually read the entire book. Go figure...


Perhaps, I was hoping that Britt's dumber-than-a-bag-of-hammers level of stupidity would catch up to her. Unfortunately, it never does. (view spoiler)

Initially, the premise sounded interesting, although I was very wary going in because I couldn't stand Hush, Hush or its sequel. I think I liked it less than those, if possible. I tried, but there was just no way I could make it through without laughing (or yelling) at those absurd scenes when they first reach the cabin (and throughout the whole story if I'm being honest). I can't figure out how I'm supposed to take it seriously... Haven't Britt or Korbie ever seen a D-list horror movie?

Regarding, the Stockholm Syndrome plot, Britt is definitely suffering from it regardless of how much she denies it.


But I say:


Truer words were never spoken about this book, Pete.

Final verdict (if that typewriter were the book, that is. I just love Harold Lloyd, by the way! He's one of my favorite silent movie comedians.) :



I read this from November 21 - 24, 2014 and my review is also on Goodreads.

Chew, Volume 1: Taster's Choice by John Layman and Rob Guillory - Review


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Tony Chu is a detective with a weird secret. A very weird secret. He's Cibopathic which means he can get psychic impressions from what he eats. That makes him a darn good detective, if he doesn't mind chewing on the corpse of a murder victim to figure out what happened. He's now been brought on to the FDA's Special Crimes Division to investigate their most bizarre cases.

This original comic is fantastic! The sense of humor is right up my alley and the writing is clever. I also really enjoyed the style of the artwork which really fits the tone of the story. If you like Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead, you'll want to read Chew!


I read this from November 23 - 24, 2014 and my review is also on Goodreads.

Eva's Cousin by Sibylle Knauss - Review


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In the summer of 1944, Marlene is excited when her glamorous cousin, Eva Braun invites her to come to Hitler's Bavarian mountain retreat, Berghof. The Berg is a strange sort of paradise, a world of opulence and imminent danger, of freedom and surveillance. Delighted by her cousin's attention, Marlene tries to understand the connection between Eva and Adolph Hitler. In her own way, Marlene begins to quietly rebel by listening to the BBC, which is forbidden by the Fuhrer. An act of mercy toward a slave laborer forces her to question her allegiance to her cousin and country—and to face the reality of Hitler's Third Reich.

I enjoyed the historical aspect of this novelized portrait of Eva Braun. Unfortunately, it took far too long to actually hook me and get me interested in the story. I mean, the concept is very interesting in that Marlene is based on Eva's real cousin named Gertrude and her actual experiences. That should have been enough to do it right there, but the story is very slow to start and sometimes the level of detail that goes into minute aspects of the story just bogs it down.

My favorite section of the book dealt with Marlene's little rebellions. For the most part, no one really knows about them except her, but it really makes the difference for her character. She starts to come out of the bubble of isolation and starts thinking beyond her cousin. I particularly liked reading her interactions with Mikhail starting around page 159. It's really the first time she begins to learn about the reality of the Third Reich first hand. Her listening to the radio is one thing, but actually meeting someone "living" in that world that she's been so separated from is completely different.

I liked the fact that Eva's not presented as a horrible villain (it is mostly negative), but as a very complex person (though it's very clear she's not blameless). One of my issues with Eva's Cousin is that we don't get much of a sense of the wider world at all aside from these little moments. I understand the isolation element, but I think it would have been much more interesting to see a juxtaposition between the hell of war and the paradise of the Berg.

Overall, Eva's Cousin is a slow-moving, retrospective character portrait of Hitler's mistress, Eva Braun, told from the perspective of her cousin, which, unfortunately, doesn't live up to its potential.


I read this book from November 18 - 23, 2014 and my review is also available on Goodreads.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Winter TBR


It's already Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and this week the theme is Books On My Winter TBR.  The books I am including on my list are those I've won recently in various giveaways that I'm going to have to read.  Here they are in no particular order:

The Silent Deal by Levi Stack



Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis


Wormholes by Dennis Meredith


Wisconsin Vamp by Scott Burtness


The Circuit: Executor Rising by Rhett C. Bruno


Spritzerville,...Ohio by Jason R. Koivu


Contagious by Scott Sigler


A Prince of Earth by Steven J. Carroll






Monday, November 24, 2014

Sunday Funday: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 Edition


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Before work yesterday, I had the opportunity to see  The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 at the movie theater so I jumped at the chance!  My local small town movie theater actually had it in three of their seven theaters.  Based on how many were there when the first two movies were released, I wasn't all that surprised to see that at all.  I went to see the first showing at noon, the doors open half an hour before the first movie starts, and there were already people waiting in their cars for the doors to be unlocked.  Good thing we got their early!  

By the way, in this review I will figure in all aspects of the movie experience when I rate it.  The first strike against them was that the server was down at the box office so unfortunately I couldn't use my gift card to purchase my ticket or my popcorn.  Luckily, we were the third group to enter the theater, so we were able to get really good seats.  By the time the movie started playing, the theater was nearly full.  Before previews and the movie starts up they'll always show these pre-flix, this time we could hear the sound but there was no picture.  It turned out that the bulb was burned out on the projector they're shown with, or something.  Then, when the trailers began playing, we had picture but no sound for about a minute, but they got things fixed very quickly for us.  The trailers we saw were for Mortdecai with Johnny Depp and Ewan McGregor, The Age of Adaline with Blake Lively and Harrison Ford, and Insurgent with Shailene Woodley and Theo James.  I definitely want to see Mortdecai and Insurgent (that teaser was visually stunning but I would have prefered to see actual footage...).  The Age of Adaline looks like it could be promising, but I could have done without that voice over.  

Now on to my thoughts the movie itself (without spoilers): 

To begin with, I wasn't sure what to think about dividing Mockingjay into two parts, especially since Mockingjay wasn't my favorite of the trilogy; Catching Fire takes that honor.  But I had high hopes since the movie's coming from the same director and same talented cast, plus some fantastic new additions.  Liam Hemsworth gets to shine as Gale, and although Peeta doesn't have a whole lot of screen time, you can't take your eyes off Josh Hutcherson when he does appear.  Again Jennifer Lawrence is fantastic as Katniss.  Overall, I say they did remarkably well adapting the first part of the final book for the big screen.  

The tone of this film is quite a bit darker than it's predecessors.  The internal, psychological conflict Katniss faces definitely comes forward on screen.  There isn't as much action as the previous installments, but we do have a few pretty well-done action-y sequences.  The film features a good deal of exposition and we learn, along with the characters a good deal about District 13, President Coin and Plutarch Heavensbee, and their plan for the Mockingjay in the revolution.  The director does a great job of showing us the conflict between District 13 and the Capital, plus everyone caught in the middle.

Even though I wouldn't say this film is as strong as it's predecessors, since it primarily works to set up the final part of the story (it ends right in the middle of it - I don't want to wait another year to see the rest!) , but I was pleased to see that the director is very faithful to the spirit of the story.  In part one, he really has the opportunity to draw out the details of the source material in a way that really enhances the entire experience for the big screen.  I would also like to say that I love the soundtrack of each movie, and this is no exception.  
I only had a couple of issues with the movie.  There were a few moments where it felt like it was dragging (perhaps all of that exposition) in comparison to previous the first two films.  My other issues goes back to the book.  I never really cared for the idea that Katniss becomes more of a passive figure, I mean I understand why it happens in terms of the book and now movie, but that aspect has always sort of bothered me to a degree. 

Finally, I highly recommend seeing the Mockingjay, Part 1 in the theater.  It's quite an experience.  Now we just have to wait another year for the conclusion, which should promise to be rather thrilling.  

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Liebster Award Pt. 5



Wow!! I've been nominated for the Liebster Award for the fifth time by Victoria @ Addlepates and Book Nerds!  Go check out her blog!

Since I've done this before, I'm going to do this just like I did before and simply answer the questions set to me.  So here we go:


1.What is the most recent thing you read?

Eva's Cousin by Sibylle Knauss - for a book club

2. What book do you always go to when you need to feel better?

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

3. Ebooks or real books?

Real books!

4. What one character would you like to bring to life?

Hermione Granger

5. What got you into the world of blogging?

In college, we needed to keep up with them in class and also create our own.  Just a few months ago, I finally decided to make my own new personal blog.

6. What trait do you really hate in book characters?

Stupidity - I like my characters to be at least a little bit clever.

7. What makes you decide to choose a book?

So many factors go into it - author, reviews, recommendations, cover, description, blurb, even price.

8. How long have you been a reader?

As long as I can remember!

9. What book always makes you laugh?

I can always trust The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams to get me laughing!

10. What book would you most want to pass down to your children?

Some of the old family history books.  Also my Harry Potter collection!

11. Are you a book hoarder? (do you keep books you really don’t need?)

Uh, in a word: Yes.

Thanks again, Victoria @ Addlepates and Book Nerds

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award, Pt. 3



I have been nominated by Tia at Read it Write now for my third Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!  Thanks very much Tia!  Go check out her fantastic blog!


Rules:

1. Thank the blogger that nominated you and link back to their site
2. Post the award's logo on your blog
3. Answer the 10 questions you've been asked
4. Nominate 10 other bloggers and ask them 10 new questions


Since I've already done this award, I believe I'll just answer the questions asked by Tia instead.

My answers: 

1. What is your favorite song(s) (and yes I'm just looking for recs xD)


Anything by Kate Rusby, Vance Joy, Hozier, Fall Out Boy, Panic[!] at the Disco, Ed Sheeran, Imagine Dragons, Bob Wills,  and Della Mae.

2. How many books on average do you read a month?

I aim for six, but sometimes I read several more than that.

3. What is the one book you absolutely cannot live without?

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.

4. Ninjas break into your house and plan on stealing your bookshelf, what character do you channel to beat them?

I would channel Isaac Vainio from Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines.  That way with my libriomancer skills, I could reach into books and pull out anything that I may need in that situation!

5. Have you ever read a book because you wanted to cry?


Usually not my goal going into a book...

6. What Disney character do you think you are most like?


Belle - for the reading, Mulan - for the independence, and Alice - for the curiosity.

7. How long do you think you would be able to go without reading?


Not very long at all...I don't even want to think about it!

8. On a scale of 1-10 how crazy do you get if something doesn't go right on your blog?


2-3, I'm a bit of a perfectionist, but it doesn't bother me all that much.

9. If you were to meet your favorite author of all time, how would you react?

I hope I could be calm, approach them, and have a chat...I don't know if I'd be able to hold it together in my excitement!

10. Coke or Pepsi?


Coke!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Liebster Award Pt. 4

I've been nominated for the fourth time for The Liebster Award! Wow!  My thanks go to Diving Under the Cover.  Go check out her fantastic blog!

Since I've done this before, I believe this time around I'm just going to answer the eleven questions my nominator has asked of me,  rather than nominating others and asking them questions of their own.

Here we go:

1. Who is your favorite author?

There are so many authors I love reading, but my favorite is J. K. Rowling.  Always.  She practically created my childhood..  

2. What is your favorite thing about blogging?

My favorite thing is talking about the books I love and having conversations with people I normally wouldn't have the chance to speak with.  

3. What is your least favorite book or series that you have finished?

One of the books that I have not enjoyed is Shatter Me by Tahereh.  I do not get the appeal.  Check out my review here if you want to know more about why I didn't care for it.  I'm afraid if I get going here, I have a hard time stopping...  Lately I also didn't like Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick and Unbreakable by Kami Garcia (just go watch Supernatural and save yourself the time - it's so much better).

4. Is there a certain color of cover that attracts you to reading a book?

Well, I like blues, greens, and browns so those colors will draw my eye.  Of course, if something is bright, shiny, and in my face that will probably do it, too.

5. Is there anything you always have to do/have when reading a book?

I'm not 100% sure what you mean, but do like to have a tea or pop while I'm reading and I definitely have to be sitting in a comfy chair.

6. Where do you like to buy your books?

I'm all for supporting my local small town bookstore.  I also enjoy visiting Half Price Books, Amazon.com, and Barnes and Noble.

7. What is your favorite genre?

I'm a sucker for sci-fi and fantasy!

8. What book would you recommend to me? (something old – within 8 years).

Something within 8 years?  Well, this one came out in 2013, but it deserves a lot of love.  If you like Supernatural, you will probably get a real kick out of Doubt (Among Us Trilogy Book 1) by Anne-Rae Vasquez.

9. Where is your favorite place to read?

Either in a nice comfy chair or outside in the shade.

10. What are you three pet peeves you have about books/reading?

Instalove, love triangles, characters who are too stupid to live.  It's interesting how often these tend to go hand-in-hand.

11. What is the one book that made you cry?

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein - This is a fantastic WWII novel and if you haven't read it you really should.  My eyes were definitely misty...


Thanks again to Diving Under the Cover for nominating for the Liebster Award! 



Friday, November 21, 2014

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld - Review


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Darcy Patel has put everything on hold to publish her YA Paranormal Romance novel, including college (Oberlin!). She's even moved to New York City to be better connected to the publishing world and work on her writing. She has no friends in New York, but she is quickly able to befriend a group YA writers, some that have been around the block a few times and others who are just getting started.

Lizzie, the leading character of Darcy's novel called Afterworlds, becomes a psychopomp/ reaper/ Valkyrie, after she survives a terrorist attack at an airport. As a pomp, she realizes she can see ghosts and travel to the Afterworld, aka the Flip Side. She realizes that she has been haunted for a very long time in the form of a little girl. The little girl, Mindy, was her mother's best friend who died a horrific death 30 years ago. Oh, and she meets another psychopomp called Yama and his ghostly sister Yami. Psychopomps lead the dead to the place they are meant to go after death, and they also, like Yama, help remember who them so they won't fade away.

I greatly enjoyed reading the dual perspectives of both Darcy and Lizzie. Westerfeld does a fantastic job of telling two completely different yet interconnected tales. I found myself invested pretty heavily in each, both for different reasons. I liked getting to know Darcy, her friends, and everything she learns about YA novels and the publishing industry. Her story very much fits into the contemporary genre, and it is most definitely grounded in the real world. Her character's journey is also grounded in the real world, but then the story shifts dramatically into the paranormal and fantasy genres.

By the way, I listened to the audiobook. I loved the production and the use of two separate narrators making it much easier to keep track of the two perspectives.

If you love reading both contemporary and paranormal, or maybe just one of them, you should definitely look into Afterworlds. You'll find yourself completely drawn in! The characters are all remarkably well-written and the worlds are also very well drawn. Westerfeld definitely "has the juice".


I listened to this audiobook from November 14 - 21, 2014 and my review can also be found on Goodreads.

The Friday 56: Eva's Cousin by Sibylle Knauss


Welcome to The Friday 56, a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice.

These are the rules:
1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.




From page 56 of my current book club read:

Everything about her seemed like a false claim that could be upheld for only a limited amount of time. That was how I found Eva when I arrived in Berchtesgaden on the fifteenth of July 1944.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Bedtime Book Tag

Welcome to the Bedtime Book Tag!  I tagged myself from Juliababyjen's video because it sounds like a lot of fun!  I'm not going to tag anyone for this, but if you want to take part do feel free to go right ahead.  Without further ado, here we go!

1. Book that kept you up all night reading.


Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas - This was incredibly addicting right from the start and I didn't want to put it down!

2. Book that made you scared to go to sleep.


The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters - I wouldn't exactly call it scary, but it sure is spine tinglingly creepy!

3. Book that made you go to sleep.  


The French Connection by Robin Moore - Let me say this first, I love the movie and it's so exciting, but the non-fiction account of the real-life events behind the story was so dry.  It bored me to tears.

4. Book that left you tossing and turning all night in anticipation of its release.


I'm going to go with Jenny's response and say City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare.  


I'd also like to add Resist (Among Us Trilogy Book 2) by Anne-Rae Vasquez - it definitely deserves lots of love!

5. Book that has your dream boyfriend.


I'm going to be consistent and say Atticus O'Sullivan from The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne - he just sounds so cool!

6. Book that would be your worst nightmare to live in.  


I was really interested to hear what Jenny had to say about her choice, Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood.  I can say it influenced my choice when it came to selecting The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.  As a woman, that would be a miserable universe to live in, for pretty much the same reasons Jenny listed.  

Otherwise, I would not want to live in the world of Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith or The Walking Dead comics by Robert Kirkman.  Both of these are literal nightmares come to life.



7. Book that reminds you of the night time.


A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness - If you haven't read it, you really should.  Since the monster is a living nightmare, I figure this is a fitting response.  

8. Book that had a nightmarish cliffhanger.


I'm going to borrow another title from Jenny again and go with Insurgent by Veronica Roth.  That was quite the cliffhanger, wasn't it?!

9. Book that you actually dreamed about.


I  don't usually remember my dreams unless they were very odd...but when I was younger I did have dreams of going to Hogwarts, so I'm going with the entire Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.

10. Book monster that you would not want to find under your bed.


Well I don't like spiders, so this is pretty easy.  I wouldn't want to find Aragog from the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling under my bed.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014