Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Book Blurb: The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1) Audiobook

The Bad Beginning The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Really enjoyed the multi-voice cast, including Tim Curry, Jim Carrey, Meryl Streep, and Jude Law. The sound effects were interesting as well, though at times, I thought it took away or even over shadowed the narration. I did actually read the physical copy several years ago and watched the movie rendition, so I'm interested to finally continue this series soon.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Book Blurb: The Wrath and the Dawn

The Wrath and the Dawn The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this! I was familiar with the premise of A Thousand and One Nights before diving in, but have not actually read it. I did start this on audio and am very thankful I did, as it helped with pronunciation of names and terms. I also had Scheherazade by Rimsky-Korsakov playing in the background while reading, which really helped create an ambiance for the novel.

Of course the question is why the wives are killed each night, but I figured out part of the reason very early on in the story. That did not detract from my enjoyment of this story though, and I think the full reveal was perfect. Also I think there might be a misconception that our male lead is a villain, though I feel it's clearly stated on the book jacket that he is not what he seems.

One thing that I do have issue with is that I did not realize this was going to be the first in a series going in! That being said, I don't feel like the end of this book was a huge cliffhanger and I am at peace waiting for the next one to come out.

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Book Blurb: Gone Girl

Gone Girl Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Finally....I am finally finished with this book. It was almost two months of aggravation and attempted avoidance on my part to finally get here. I am trying very hard not to give this book 1 star, but I don't think I can go any higher than 1.5 stars. I do round up on my ratings, so 2 stars it is.

I think if I didn't enjoy crime shows or stories, this would've appealed to me more, but throughout this book there were a lot of verbals on my part while reading/listening (none of which were nice). The only character I enjoyed was Go. I thought Nick had some redeeming qualities toward the end, but I can't stand Amy. I don't even know if I want to watch the movie now that I know how this unfolds.

Unfortunately because of my experience with this book, I don't know if I want to try another one of Gillian Flynn's books....ever. At this point I would say that if I do, it will be a very, very long time from now.

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Books: BookBuddyaThon 2015 Vlogs and Wrap Up

BookBuddyaThon was from September 7 through September 13. Three books, five challenges, and my first attempt at vlogging!

Until next time, Take Care and Smi-Le Always!

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Knitting: Cute High Earth Defense Club Love! Wombat Hat

My daughter and I watched an anime earlier this year called Cute High Earth Defense Club Love! and in it, there is a character called Wombat. He is totally cute (at least in my opinion), so I decided to try to knit my daughter a hat. This is the result and I'm pretty happy with it. I believe she likes it as well and that's all that matters. For all the deets on what pattern I used and such, you can see my Ravelry page here.

If you're interested in checking out the anime, you can watch it on Crunchyroll here or Funimation here. It is pretty hilarious and I find it a little similar to Sailor Moon, but with a team of boys.

Until next time, Take Care and Smi-Le Always!

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Books: Books Set in Schools (Monthly Recommendations)

Links for this video below:

Monthly Recommendations Goodreads Group here

Trina's (Between Chapters) Channel here

Kayla Rayne's Channel here

Christopher Pike's Author Page on Goodreads here

Until the End (Final Friends, #1-#3)

Chain Letter: Chain Letter; The Ancient Evil (Chain Letter #1-#2)

R.L. Stine's Author Page on Goodreads here

When by Victoria Laurie

Murder for Choir (Glee Club #1) by Joelle Charbonneau

A Time for Dancing by Davida Wills Hurwin

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls #1)  by Ally Carter

Ouran High School Host Club, Vol 1 by Bisco Hatori

Ouran High School Host Club Anime here

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Book Blurb: Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Now I know what all the fuss was about. This book was great. In the beginning, I was a little concerned with how I would get on with it. The descriptions were beautiful but I was constantly skipping the sentences and phrases that were struck out and would have to remind myself to go back and re-read it before moving forward. I did enjoy what was in those places though, as I thought it gave great insight to what Juliette was really thinking.

This was a very fast, entertaining read and I appreciate that it did not have a cliffhanger ending. Can't wait to delve into the next one.

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Books: September TBR including BookBuddyaThon and FairytaleaThon Reads

My first video!

#BookBuddyaThon Links:

My Book Buddy, Christina De Vries channel here

Hosts: ElenaReadsBooks channel here
          ColdTeaandCrumbs channel here

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#FairytaleaThon Links:

Hosts: Rebecca Reads channel here
          MadNovels channel here

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