Books To “Fall” Over

Fall is finally here! Autumn, one of my favorite seasons, has finally arrived. And although there are many pleasurable activities you do in the fall, one of my favorites, of course, is reading, preferably outside. There is no better feeling than curling up in a reading chair or a nice bench under a tree with a good book. The right book can either make you have an enjoyable reading season or a dull one. To make sure you have the former, here are some great book selections that go great with the upcoming cooler weather:
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Top Ten Tuesday: Read…If You Dare

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

 Halloween Freebie! (Happy Halloween! Let your creativity run wild with a themed post to celebrate!)

Scary movies may have always been a hit and miss with me but reading scary stories has always been a definite hit for me. I like reading a spooky ghost story, without having to see blood and guts splashed over a TV/Movie screen. And a ghost story, just like any book, can provide a powerful impact way better than any slasher flick. So if you are looking for something to scare you out of your wits this Halloween, why not try these books out: Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Read…If You Dare”

Top Ten Tuesday: Unique Book Titles

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

Top Ten Unique Book Titles

Other than the synopsis and, we don’t like to admit, the cover, a title of a book is what grabs readers. We are immediately drawn into those few words that make us readers even to attempt to dive into that new world. But some book titles we call “unique” and these titles add a little something more to the story. There are more poetic and required a lot of thought, which is why they are more resonant with us.

So, these are my top favorite unique book titles. Let us bask in their beautiful words…

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Libba Bray Responds to Female Lord of the Flies

Last week , Warner Bros. announced another film version of the classic novel, Lord of the Flies by William Golding. But instead of an all-boys who survive a plane crash, the cast will be all-female. That is not even the worst part. The two people who are to helm a production dealing with the psychological complex relationship of girls by two men.

Is Hollywood that dumb or are they that desperate they want to let me know they are really out of ideas and they just grasping at straws? Continue reading “Libba Bray Responds to Female Lord of the Flies”

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books in My Beach Bag

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

Summer Reads Freebie: In preparation for Memorial Day (which is always the unofficial summer kickoff for me), let’s rec some summer/beach reads: books to go in your beach bag, best books set in summer, books with summer-y covers, best beach reads for people who don’t enjoy contemporary/realistic reads, best beach reads for fans of X genre, etc. etc.

Summer is quickly approaching! And that means great summer reads to take with on your summer adventures. Unsure what books to read? Don’t fret! I have some great good book reads that will keep you entertained throughout the summer:

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And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

I’ve been on a “Agatha Christie” kick as of late so some of her books will be definite reads for this summer.

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A Murder Is Announced (Miss Marple #5) by Agatha Christie

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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

Book Review: The Diviners by Libba Bray

Format: Paperback

Pages: 576 pages

Published: September 18, 2012

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Genre: Young Adult

Synopsis:

 

Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.

Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.

As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened.”

I was so excited when I saw that Libba Bray released a new book. Although Bray has released other books since The Sweet Far Thing, part of the Gemma Doyle trilogy, but none of those books were of any interest to me. But as soon as I read the synopsis I knew I was in for another magical nature.

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