Book Review: The Art of Reading by Damon Young

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Format: Hardcover

Pages: 176 pages

Published: August 10th 2017 by Scribe UK (first published March 28th 2016)

Publisher: Scribe UK

Genre: Nonfiction

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Book Review: The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 422 pages

Published: May 27, 2016

Publisher: Custom House

Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction

 

 

Synopsis:

“Set in Victorian London and an Essex village in the 1890’s, and enlivened by the debates on scientific and medical discovery which defined the era, The Essex Serpent has at its heart the story of two extraordinary people who fall for each other, but not in the usual way.

They are Cora Seaborne and Will Ransome. Cora is a well-to-do London widow who moves to the Essex parish of Aldwinter, and Will is the local vicar. They meet as their village is engulfed by rumours that the mythical Essex Serpent, once said to roam the marshes claiming human lives, has returned. Cora, a keen amateur naturalist is enthralled, convinced the beast may be a real undiscovered species. But Will sees his parishioners’ agitation as a moral panic, a deviation from true faith. Although they can agree on absolutely nothing, as the seasons turn around them in this quiet corner of England, they find themselves inexorably drawn together and torn apart.

Told with exquisite grace and intelligence, this novel is most of all a celebration of love, and the many different guises it can take.”

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Book Review: Manga Classics: Sense and Sensibility by Stacy King, art by Po Se

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Pages: 308 pages

Published: July 12, 2016

Publisher: Udon Entertainment

Genre: Graphic Novels, Mangas, Classics

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Impulsive Marianne Dashwood and cautious Elinor are as different as two sisters could be, yet both are shattered by their father’s sudden Death. Elinor’s attachment to the reserved Edward Ferrars is torn asunder by family opposition and his own dark secret, while Marianne’s brilliant romance with the dashing John Willoughby comes to a tumultuous end in a devastating public betrayal. Can the two sisters overcome these trials to find true, lasting happiness?

Jane Austen’s beloved first novel, filled with romance, redemption and social critique, is brought to life for a modern audience in this gorgeous manga-style adaptation! Continue reading “Book Review: Manga Classics: Sense and Sensibility by Stacy King, art by Po Se”

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 Tuesdays: Best Read Books of 2016

Top Ten Tuesdays

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

Top Ten Best Books Of 2016 (you choose — best books overall of what you read regardless of pub date, of a particular genre, 2016 debuts, 2016 releases, etc).

Well, this is it! 2016 felt like it went on forever. This has been draining year on most of us but if the year showed us anything is that we need to read a lot more. So that is what I did this year and plan to do a lot more of it next year.

I read a total of 42 books this year. Here are the top ten I highly enjoyed this year:

178518851. I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb

There are not enough words in the English language to describe how magnificent this biography was. I discovered so much about the Muslim culture and came out with a better understanding of it. Malala is great inspiration for young girls and her empowering words will give strength for many generations to come. I advise everyone to read this, especially if you loss hope on the uncertainty of what is to come in the coming year.

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2. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

This book was a roller coaster ride with unexpected twists every which way you turn. The time travel was just an added bonus. Can’t wait for the next installment Wayfarer

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3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

A fun novel not only about fanfiction and writing, but about taking new chances and overcoming your fears. It has all the fun and the silliness you can want in a book.One of the few YA books I highly enjoyed this year.

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4. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

A great mystery! You can read my full review of it here.

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5. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

I was definitely touched and heartbroken after reading this amazing novel.I am in awe in how powerful and moving this novel was. And although it was important, acceptance of being gay, it was more than that. It was acceptance of being yourself. A fact all teenagers fight for in their ever-changing lives. This maybe controversial to some but it is definitely a must read.

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6. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

I did not see the ending coming! After reading this I want to read every mystery book by her. She really is the Queen of Mystery!

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7. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

A fun, sexy action-packed fantasy. I thought I would be bored with this series but I have not been disappointed yet. Much better than the first one!

8. Ms. Marvel Series: Vol. 3-5 by G. Willow Wilson

I rarely read comic books. But this is the one series that I automatically pick up when a new one arrives. Although she maybe a superhero with powers, Kamala Khan is the epitome of the everyday girl. She is a shining example of how awesome diverse characters can be in comic books.

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9. The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

A creepy, chilling story that makes you take second look at the people around you. You can read my full review of this short story here.

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10. The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe

Long, but beautifully written. The Mysteries of Udolpho is not your ordinary gothic novel. This gets you involved you into the plot (gradually) and also requires you to think. If you want to read this, set aside a couple of months to get through it.

Honorable Mentions:(Good, but just din’t quite make the cut)

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts by Susan Cain

The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

What are the best you books read this year?

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016

Top Ten Tuesdays

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

Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016

At first I wasn’t going to this, but then I looked at my Goodreads Reading List and realized that I read (and currently reading) new authors for me…so why not?

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Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

(This one is really good, especially if you love to write and/or love to read fanfiction)

The Wrath & The Dawn  and The Rose & The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

( A great series! Could not put it down)

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Ten Books I’ve Added To My To-Be-Read List Lately

Top Ten Tuesdays

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

Ten Books I’ve Added To My To-Be-Read List Lately

1.  Paris For One & Other Stories by Jojo Moyes

“Nell is twenty-six and has never been to Paris. She’s never even been on a weekend away—to anywhere, and certainly not with her boyfriend. Everyone knows traveling abroad isn’t really her thing. But when Nell’s boyfriend fails to show up for their romantic mini-vacation, she has the opportunity to prove everyone—including herself—wrong. Alone and in Paris, Nell uncovers a version of herself she never knew existed: independent and intrepid. Adventurous, funny, and charming, Paris for One is vintage Moyes—as are the eight stories that round out the collection.”

 

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2. The Boy is Back by Meg Cabot

Sometimes to move forward, you have to go back…

One post. That’s all it took to destroy the care free, glamorous life of pro golfer Reed Stewart. One tiny post on the Internet.

Then again, it’s not like Reed’s been winning many tournaments lately, and his uncle isn’t the only one who says it’s because of the unfinished business he left behind back home in Bloomville, Indiana—namely Reed’s father, the Honorable Judge Richard P. Stewart, and the only girl Reed ever loved, Becky Flowers.

But Reed hasn’t spoken to either his father or Becky in over a decade.

Until that post on the Internet. Suddenly, Reed’s family has become a national laughingstock, his publicist won’t stop calling, his siblings are begging for help, and Reed realizes he has no other choice: He’s got to go home to face his past . . . the Judge and the girl he left behind.

Becky’s worked hard to build her successful senior relocation business, but she’s worked even harder to forget Reed Stewart ever existed—which hasn’t been easy, considering he’s their hometown’s golden boy, and all anyone ever talks about. It was fine while they were thousands of miles apart, but now he’s back in Bloomville. She has absolutely no intention of seeing him—until his family hires her to help save his parents.

Now Reed and Becky can’t avoid one another…or the memories of that one fateful night.

Can the quirky residents of Bloomville bring these two young people back together, or will Reed and Becky continue to allow their pasts to deny them the future they deserve?

This warm, thought-provoking book, told entirely in texts, emails, and journal entries, is as much about the enduring bond of families as it is about second chances at love, and will delight as much as it entertains.”

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Book Review: Classic Penguin: Cover to Cover by Paul Buckley & Audrey Niffenegger


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Paperback

Pages: 287 pages

Published: 2016

Publisher: Penguin Books

Genre: Nonfiction, Classics, Art

 

 

 

Synopsis:

In Classic Penguin: Cover to Cover, Paul Buckley showcases more than ten years of stunning cover designs from Penguin Classics. This curated tour begins with the now-iconic redesign of the signature Penguin Classics black-spine series in 2003 and moves through award-winning series like the Penguin Classics Graphic Deluxe Editions, Penguin Drop Caps, and Penguin Horror. Exhibiting a mesmerizing array of front covers and full cover layouts, Paul Buckley illuminates the unique and inventive approaches to typography, image, and design that grace Penguin’s covers of the best works in literature. Throughout the book, the artists and designers including Chris Ware, Ivan Brunetti, Jillian Tamaki, Jessica Hische, and Ruben Toledo who have collaborated with Penguin Classics offer commentary on the design process. For lovers of classic literature, book design, and all things Penguin, Classic Penguin has you covered.

Don’t judge a book by its cover. That saying always applied to people but us book lovers try to judge the story instead basing our first impressions on the book cover. However, it is first thing that we see when we peruse through the shelves and impressions our based on how beautiful the book cover is. It mostly influences  us when we are either buying or borrowing the book. That shows how important book cover design is in publishing. It attracts attention to the reader. Classic Penguin: Cover to Cover demonstrates just that.

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Wrap-Up: October 2016

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I know I am a couple of days late but I didn’t want to ignore the progress I mad so far. This month I made my triumphant return to the blog last month. I may not have made many posts but I think I did some great posts last month and they are more to come!

Books I’ve Read:

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

Jane Austen:A Life Revealed by Catherine Reef

The Night Is Darkening Round  Me by Emily Bronte

Lot No. 249 by Arthur Conan Doyle

Lumberjanes Series by Noelle Stevenson & Grace Ellis

Classic Penguin: Cover To Cover by Paul Buckley & Audrey Niffenegger

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Book Review: Lot No. 249 by Arthur Conan Doyle

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Format:  Paperback

Pages: 55 pages

Published: 2016

Publisher: Penguin Little Black Classics

Genre: Mystery & Thriller

The short story opens up with a center of three students who are staying in rooms at a secluded college. All appear to be fine until strange happenings start occurring.

I never got a chance to read anything by Arthur Conan Doyle and that includes the Sherlock Holmes stories. Bu after reading this short story, I can’t wait to read more of his work. This story had every making of a supernatural story: sense of strange, tense action , spine tingling mystery. You can feel the drama mounting as you continue reading. There is very little mystery because you figure out what is really going on. But the suspense of the story just captures you that you forget about not having a “whodunit” common mystery. This is a perfect novelette to read during Halloween.

It was a quick and fund read that might possibly let you think twice when you see a mummy’s sarcophagus.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Get It At: Amazon |Book Depository | Your local library