Book Review: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Format: Paperback

Pages: 297 pages

Published: May 12, 2015

Publisher: Penguin Books

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World Book Night

 

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

No, it’s not Christmas. Today is UNESCO’s (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Book and Copyright Day! Today, the world recognizes what we book lovers already knew…the great effect that books have on our lives and the continued support we can give them. UNESCO couldn’t even say it better myself:

Books are invaluable platforms for freedom of expression and the free flow of information – these are essential for all societies today. The future of the book as a cultural object is inseparable from the role of culture in promoting more inclusive and sustainable pathways to development.”

Now don’t confuse this with the UK’s and Ireland’s World Book Day that occurred in March. The sentiments are the same and March’s book day is geared more towards kids, this day has a particular literary reference. On this day in 1616, Cervantes, Shakespeare, and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died while prominent authors Maurice Druon, Haldor K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo were all born on April 23. Continue reading “World Book Night”

Books To Read For International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day, a day we recognize and appreciate all the great accomplishments women have done for the world. I believe that is fair to say that one day is not enough, let alone an entire month. Nevertheless, it should not stop us from giving women the recognition they deserve. And what better way to understand women’s contributions by reading about them! Here are some great book recommendations that celebrate women  altogether!

 

I Am Malala:The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Christina Lamb and Malala Yousafzai

A true book of the century, Malala’s courage and stance on equal for girls is a true model of why we need to celebrate Women’s Day everyday. Her words will give you the inspiration you need not only for today, but all month long.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books of 2015

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week’s post is:

Top Ten Best Books I Read In 2015 (you can do it by only 2015 releases,  overall , by genre (top ten fantasy books I read in 2015), etc. however you choose to make your BEST list)

I’ve read 35 books this year ( a huge improvement over last year)! Some of them were great and others were stinkers. Let’s just see how well I did for this reading year:

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10.Love in the Elephant Tent: How Running Away with the Circus Brought Me Home by  Kathleen Cremonesi

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9. Cutting the Soul: A Journey Into the Mental Illness of a Teenager Through the Eyes of His Mother by Theresa Larsen

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8. The Unexpected Consequences of Love by Jill Mansell

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7.  A Man of Some Repute (A Very English Mystery #1) by Elizabeth Edmondson

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6. The Secrets of Lake Road by Karen Kutchur

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5.  The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs by Matthew Dicks

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Goodreads 2015 Choice Award Winners

The votes are in! This past Monday Goodreads released the winners of the 2015 Best Books of the Year. There were some great nominees but of course only one can win each category. Here are the winners:

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And now without tearing each other apart, what do you think of the winners? Do you agree or disagree with the winners? Did you even agree with the nominees for this year?

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Quotes From Recently Read Books

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Today’s post is:

Top Ten Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In The Past Year Or So”

 

  1. “Courage isn’t about the absence of fear. Courage is doing the one thing you think you cannot do.” The Sound of Glass, Karen White
  2. “You must be the best judge of your own happiness.”
    Jane Austen, Emma
  3. “True love isn’t a vow to live happily ever after, but a promise to overcome the challenges of entwining two lives and two hearts, two pasts and two futures. True love understands its own worth.” Love in the Elephant Tent: How Running Away with the Circus Brought Me Home, Kathleen Cremonesi
  4. “People think boundaries and borders build nations. Nonsense-words do. Beliefs, declarations, constitutions-words. Stories. Myths. Lies. Promises. History”  Libba Bray, The Diviners
  5. “Michael and I are an anomaly. Hardly anyone stays together forever with their first significant other, except maybe in YA novels. And usually when they do, it’s because he’s a vampire or a werewolf or owns a beautiful estate called Pemberley or something.” Meg Cabot, Royal Wedding
  6. “There’s no great dividing line between being a kid and an adult. We’re not all caterpillars turning into butterflies. You are what you are. When you grow up, you may be more careful than when you were a kid. You don’t say what you think as much as you once did. You learn to play nice. But you’re still the same person who did good things or rotten things when you were young. Whether you feel good about them or bad … whether you regret them. Well, that’s a different thing. But it’s not like they disappear forever.” Matthew Dicks, The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs
  7. “We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.” Jane Austen, Mansfield Park
  8. “In them, she saw the sham of her life laid out like a book, the foolish belief that she, that anyone, could escape the consequences of this world, could flee from death. That was the deceit. The true serpent in the garden.” Libba Bray, The Diviners
  9. “Real friends were the kind where you pick up where you’d left off, whether it be a week since you’d seen each other or two years.”
    Jojo Moyes, One Plus One
  10. “Because even if the whole world was throwing rocks at you, if you still had your mother or father at your back, you’d be okay. Some deep-rooted part of you would know you were loved. That you deserved to be loved.”
    Jojo Moyes, One Plus One

UK & US Bestselling Books: Week Ending November 7

I’m sorry that I missed the last couple of weeks but I’m trying to get back on track. Now that Halloween is over and most stores bypass Thanksgiving altogether, we now have a head start in holiday shopping, especially with these great books entering the horizons. If you need some holiday gift ideas, check out these exciting new rankings:

UK Bestsellers:

  1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School – Jeff Kinney
  2. Grandpa’s Great Escape – David Williams
  3. Harry Potter Coloring Book – Warner Brothers
  4. Girl Online: On Tour: 2 – Zoe Sugg
  5. You Are Dead – Peter James
  6. Even Dogs in The Wild The New John Rebus – Ian Rankin
  7. Star Wars Annual 2016 – Egmont UK Ltd.
  8. Guy Martin: When You Dead, You Dead My Adventures as a Road Racing Truck Fitter – Guy Martin
  9. The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes from a Small Island – Bill Bryson
  10. Memory Man – David Baldacci

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Top Ten Tuesday: Book Adaptations I Can’t Wait For

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Today’s post is:

Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward To or Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I Still Need To Watch”

Even though I sometimes I have animosity towards book adaptations, there are some out there (and I do mean some) that I can’t wait to see how it is put on the big screen :).

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This is one is definitely on the top of my list. It’s coming out next year and I want to see how this plays out!

The Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

A date for this hasn’t been announced for this one but the rights for this one blog has been purchased. This book is so magical and detailed that it really needs to be on the big screen.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen/Seth Grahame-Smith

I refused to read the book and I still have hesitations about this movie but the trailer looks interesting so there is a possibility I might see it.

Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series by Ransom Riggs

I haven’t read it yet but I heard good things so I would to get to read it before the movie comes out.

A Great and Terrible Beauty series by Libba Bray

Again the film rights were bought so a film adaptation for this is long overdue.

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I just finished this so any news on a film adaptation based on this book would be really great.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

The Heist Society Series by Ally Carter

Lady Susan by Jane Austen

I am always excited for any movie based on Jane Austen’s novels and the film Love and Friendship  is no exception. I loved Lady Susan so it would be exciting to see how this plays out.

Something Blue by Emily Giffin

Maybe this sequel will be a whole lot better than the first film.

What adaptations are your excited for?

 

LibraryReads: November 2015 List

LibraryReads published next month’s LibraryReads List, a monthly list of top ten books recommended by librarians across the country. Check out these new hot releases!

(All links are from Goodreads)

  1. The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende (Available 11/3/2015)
  2. The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild (Available 11/3/2015)
  3. Little Victories: Perfect Rules for Imperfect Living by Jason Gay (Available 11/3/2015)
  4. Crimson Shore by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child (Available 11/10/15)
  5. The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro (Available 11/3/2015)
  6. The Girl With Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson (Available 11/3/2015)
  7. Along the Infinite Sea by Beatriz Williams (Available 11/3/2015)
  8. A Likely Story: A Library Lover’s Mystery by Jenn McKinlay (Available 11/3/2015)
  9. Dear Mr. You by Mary-Louise Parker (Available 11/10/15)
  10. A Wild Swan: And Other Tales by Michael Cunningham and Yuko Shimizu (Illustrator) (Available 11/10/15)