Story Time: Meeting an Author for the First Time

I finally reached that milestone. The thing every reader dreams of, meeting the person who created something they fell in love with. The person who single-handedly changed parts of your life with their writing; authors. If you haven’t guessed already by the title of this post, I recently (earlier today actually) got to meet one of my favorite authors for the first time; or to be more specific I actually got to meet an author for the first time!!! AAAAAHHHHHGGGGG. Read More »

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Born A Crime Review

bornacrimenoahBook Title: Born A Crime: Stories From A South African Childhood

Author: Trevor Noah

Release Date: November 15, 2016

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Page Number: 304 pages

 

Rating:5_stars-svg

Synopsis:

The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.

Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle.

Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother: his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.

The eighteen personal essays collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting. Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Trevor illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time, armed only with a keen sense of humor and a mother’s unconventional, unconditional love.

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The Beginners Guide to Audiobooking

Audio books have been gaining a lot of popularity for the past couple of years and rightly so. They are an efficient and easy way to read (or listen to) books that can be done while multi tasking. On a road trip that requires driving for long hours, instead of reading a book, which can have consequences similar to those of  texting and driving, listen to one instead. Need to spend hours cleaning, pick up some headphones or blare an audio book through your speakers. They are just a great way to keep reading even when you’re really busy, so here are some things I’ve picked up on audio booking. Read More »

The Valentines Day Book Tag

It’s Valentine’s day! The day where people around the world celebrate love with their significant others. I, on the other hand, being excruciatingly single (not that there’s any problem with that ;) ) will spend this Valentines eating a ton of chocolate, drinking gallons of tea, and reading a great book! I thought a great way to get into the spirit of things  was to do a Valentines inspired book tag, since books are my constant and reliable companions.

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These Ruthless Deeds Review

theseruthlessdeedsBook Title: These Ruthless Deeds

Author: Tarun Shakur and Kelly Zekas

Release date: March 14 2017

Publisher: Swoon Reads

Page Count: 320 pages

Rating:2000px-3-5_stars-svg

 

Overall Thoughts:

I had a lot of fun reading this book, anything that takes place in Victorian England with fantastical elements is right up my ally. It did take me a little bit to get into this book because I couldn’t remember much of what had happened in the first book, but over the course of the first hundred pages most of the main events came back to me and I was able to enjoy it  a lot more.

Synopsis:

England, 1883. Still recovering from a devastating loss, Evelyn is determined to use her powers to save other gifted people from those who would harm them. But when her rescue of a young telekinetic girl goes terribly wrong, Evelyn finds herself indebted to a secret society devoted to recruiting and protecting people like Evelyn and her friends.

As she follows the Society’s orders, healing the sick and embarking on perilous recruitment missions, Evelyn sees her problems disappear. Her reputation is repaired, her friends are provided for, and her parents are newly wealthy. She reunites with the dashing Mr. Kent and recovers the reclusive Mr. Braddock (who has much less to brood over now that the Society can help him to control his dangerous power). But Evelyn can’t help fearing the Society is more sinister than it appears…

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Full Package Review

fullpackageBook Title: Full Package

Author: Lauren Blakely

Release Date: January 9 2017

Publisher: Lauren Blakely Books

Page Count: 300

Rating: 2000px-4-5_stars-svg

 

Overall Thoughts:

This was definitely the perfect time to read this book, it’s so close to valentines day and I’ve been in a romance novel type of mood, so obviously I picked up a Lauren Blakely book. Let me just preface this by saying I love her books. They’re all funny sweet and steamy in the best ways. They’re a fun and easy to read and I breezed through this really quickly. If ya’ll love new adult you should definitely give it a shot.

Synopsis:

I’ve been told I have quite a gift.

Hey, I don’t just mean in my pants. I’ve got a big brain too, and a huge heart of gold. And I like to use all my gifts to the fullest, the package included. Life is smooth sailing….

Until I find myself stuck between a rock and a sexy roommate, which makes for one very hard…place.

Because scoring an apartment in this city is harder than finding true love. So even if I have to shack up with my buddy’s smoking hot and incredibly amazing little sister, a man’s got to do what a man’s got to do.

I can resist Josie. I’m disciplined, I’m focused, and I keep my hands to myself, even in the mere five-hundred square feet we share. Until the one night she insists on sliding under the covers with me. It’ll help her sleep after what happened that day, she says.

Spoiler—neither one of us sleeps.

Did I mention she’s also one of my best friends? That she’s brilliant, beautiful and a total firecracker? Guess that makes her the full package too.

What’s a man stuck in a hard place to do?

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Wayfarer Review

20983366Book Title: Wayfarer

Author: Alexandra Bracken

Release Date: January 3, 2017

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Page Count: 532

Rating: 5_stars-svg

Overall Thoughts:

It took me forever and a day to finish this book but I did it, and man I was just blown away. The last 50 pages of this book had me on the edge of my seat, and for a second there I thought that everything was gonna get messed up but it all works out in the end (yay!) This definitely made my top list of books of 2017 and it’s only February, that’s how good it is. There were so much adventure and romance; lots of time traveling and that last portion had me sucked in and I had to finish it in one sitting I couldn’t tear myself away!

Synopsis

All Etta Spencer wanted was to make her violin debut when she was thrust into a treacherous world where the struggle for power could alter history. After losing the one thing that would have allowed her to protect the Timeline, and the one person worth fighting for, Etta awakens alone in an unknown place and time, exposed to the threat of the two groups who would rather see her dead than succeed. When help arrives, it comes from the last person Etta ever expected—Julian Ironwood, the Grand Master’s heir who has long been presumed dead, and whose dangerous alliance with a man from Etta’s past could put them both at risk.

Meanwhile, Nicholas and Sophia are racing through time in order to locate Etta and the missing astrolabe with Ironwood travelers hot on their trail. They cross paths with a mercenary-for-hire, a cheeky girl named Li Min who quickly develops a flirtation with Sophia. But as the three of them attempt to evade their pursuers, Nicholas soon realizes that one of his companions may have ulterior motives.

As Etta and Nicholas fight to make their way back to one another, from Imperial Russia to the Vatican catacombs, time is rapidly shifting and changing into something unrecognizable… and might just run out on both of them.

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February TBR: The One in Which I Actually Read These Books

If you’ve seen my wrap up then you know that reading according to my TBR didn’t work so well last month, but I am more confident that this will work out this month because I am super excited for a lot of these books and if I don’t read them this month I will be very disappointed in myself. For the sake of space just imagine everything from my January TBR that I didn’t read carries on to this list. So here are the books I NEED to read this month.

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February 2017 Releases

At the beginning of every month I like to get my thoughts into order and make a list of all the great news books that are coming out over the next month. A lot of new books come out each year and I find that is I look at new releases over a period of months it’s a lot harder for a book I’m interested in to slip past me. So here are the books that I am excited for this month.Read More »