SUPERB NEWS

For some strange reason, I thought my test tomorrow would last from 8 to 5 (ridiculous because who in their right mind would sign up for a 9 hour test?), but it ends at 1. This means that I can go to the my local library’s Non-fiction book sale tomorrow!!!! :D It runs from 10 AM to 5 PM so I won’t miss it after all! Yaay!

I lost my pencil case that resembled an envelope with stamps from around the world. :(((((( it was a gift, too. I have no idea where I even left it.

WHEN I GET A PAYCHECK AND THINK ABOUT HOW MANY NEW BOOKS I CAN BUY

dukeofbookingham:

It’s like:

Books make up 70% of what I use my refund checks on…. :p c’est la vie.

Anonymous said: How did you tell him you didn't want to exchange numbers? I've been in the position before where i didn't want to give my number out but thought it was rude to just say "no"... :/

Hi!

I just asked him if we could limit our conversations on social media (this was on facebook) because I hardly give out my number anymore. :p which is partly true because I have less than 40 contacts.

I know, a “no” sounds completely rude, but what are you supposed to do?

Google says to be upfront about you not having interest in the person requesting, but that could backfire because he or she could deny that they were wanting contact and then make you look like a fool. Yes I googled.

Anyway, I hope maybe my answer could help your situation! Or if not and you find something that works better, let me know lol.

Top Ten Tuesday | August 19, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a top ten list is posted with a particular theme.

This week’s theme is  Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling You That You MUST Read (whether because they think it’s a “you” book or it’s just been generally recommended so often)

  1. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier - I have a copy of this and started it a while back, but just wasn’t in the right mindset to read it. I think once I sit down and actually try to read it, I’ll enjoy it because I like Gothic lit.
  2. Atonement by Ian McEwan - Started this ~ 2 years ago and while the writing was beautiful, I just could not get into it. Will definitely try again in the future.
  3. Any Rainbow Rowell book - I have Attachments on my tbr, but after reading so many others’ reviews of that book, I pretty much know the synopsis by heart and have lost interest.
  4. Americanah by Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie- If I could find a used copy of this book, I’d snatch it up in a jiffy.
  5. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton- I do want to read this book, but my library doesn’t have a copy and I’m not in a good place where I can just go buy all the new releases.
  6. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson 
  7. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides 
  8. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  9. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  10. Room by Emma Donoghue

Rejecting people from getting your number is one of the most awkward things to do ever and it totally shouldn’t be. 

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D’awww thanks!

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bookbaristas:

GIVEAWAY TIME:

Two winners will receive a paperback of UGLY LOVE by Colleen Hoover! Repost this picture on Instagram, follow and tag us @bookbaristas, and hashtag #GetMilesToGo for a chance to win! US only xoxo

Reblog to spread the word!

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A Study in Scarlet | Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Genre: Mystery
Publication Year: 1887
# of Pages: 132
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Dr. John Watson has just returned to London from Afghanistan and seeks a place to live. An old war friend solves his problem by introducing Watson to a Mr. Sherlock Holmes, who is an eccentric chemist with a knack for some problem-solving of his own, particularly murders. For their first adventure, a dead man is discovered in a room. There is writing on the wall written in blood. A wedding ring and a pocket watch lie beside him. 
The game is afoot (sorry, I really had to say it)
Personal Reaction: A few months ago I started watching the BBC series of Sherlock on Netflix and it took me no more than a handful of days to finish the entire three seasons. Now, I occasionally find myself twiddling my thumbs, wondering what on earth am I to do with myself until Season 4 arrives in 2016 (the AGONYYY). So I decided to relive some Sherlock in the books that started it all. I plan to read all of the original Sherlock Holmes stories and maybe some adaptations later on.
Anyway, back to the book. It was fun to compare the TV show to the book and see what was omitted or altered. I thought the book was enjoyable, the mystery a good head-scratcher. There was a section in the book that jumped into a flashback that I felt could have been introduced better. I was reading along and then BAM! new story line so that was unexpected. At first I was a little turned off because I thought, “what the heck does this have to do with anything??" but gradually as I kept reading I found myself enjoying it more and more.
A Study in Scarlet is a nice introduction to the series, but I am yearning to see what more the author has in store.

A Study in Scarlet | Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Genre: Mystery

Publication Year: 1887

# of Pages: 132

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Dr. John Watson has just returned to London from Afghanistan and seeks a place to live. An old war friend solves his problem by introducing Watson to a Mr. Sherlock Holmes, who is an eccentric chemist with a knack for some problem-solving of his own, particularly murders. For their first adventure, a dead man is discovered in a room. There is writing on the wall written in blood. A wedding ring and a pocket watch lie beside him. 

The game is afoot (sorry, I really had to say it)

Personal Reaction: A few months ago I started watching the BBC series of Sherlock on Netflix and it took me no more than a handful of days to finish the entire three seasons. Now, I occasionally find myself twiddling my thumbs, wondering what on earth am I to do with myself until Season 4 arrives in 2016 (the AGONYYY). So I decided to relive some Sherlock in the books that started it all. I plan to read all of the original Sherlock Holmes stories and maybe some adaptations later on.

Anyway, back to the book. It was fun to compare the TV show to the book and see what was omitted or altered. I thought the book was enjoyable, the mystery a good head-scratcher. There was a section in the book that jumped into a flashback that I felt could have been introduced better. I was reading along and then BAM! new story line so that was unexpected. At first I was a little turned off because I thought, “what the heck does this have to do with anything??" but gradually as I kept reading I found myself enjoying it more and more.

A Study in Scarlet is a nice introduction to the series, but I am yearning to see what more the author has in store.

The Enchanted | Rene Denfeld
Genre: Magic Realism, Fiction
Publication Year: 2014
# of Pages: 233
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The Enchanted is set in a stone prison at an undisclosed location. It follows the story of a man named York who is on death row and wants to die, and of a death row investigator who goes out of her way to try to save his life. The story is told through the eyes of a mute prisoner.
Personal Reaction: Don’t underestimate this short book; it packs a powerful punch.
It was pretty cool to learn that the author used to work as a death row investigator. It makes me wonder if she channeled her experiences through the events that happened in this book.
The characters in here are extremely flawed in such a way that you cannot help but grimace every time they are mentioned. 
Denfeld made me feel things I wasn’t supposed to feel. I mean, here are your rapists, your serial killers, all of these people who committed such horrible acts and yet I could still sympathize them. After all, they are human, just like you and me.
It took me such a long time to finally review this book because there’s so much I want to say about it, but then I’d be spoiling bits. It’s not a happy book. Very grim and disturbing in places so keep that in mind if you decide to pick this one up. However, I would have to say that this is probably one of the best (if not THE BEST) book I have read this year, and that’s saying a lot. I found myself subjected to a beautiful storyteller; I was truly enchanted.
And the ending? That slight plot twist? Perfection.
I highly recommend.
**Warning: almost all aspects of abuse are found in this book. Please read at own risk.

The Enchanted | Rene Denfeld

Genre: Magic Realism, Fiction

Publication Year: 2014

# of Pages: 233

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Enchanted is set in a stone prison at an undisclosed location. It follows the story of a man named York who is on death row and wants to die, and of a death row investigator who goes out of her way to try to save his life. The story is told through the eyes of a mute prisoner.

Personal Reaction: Don’t underestimate this short book; it packs a powerful punch.

It was pretty cool to learn that the author used to work as a death row investigator. It makes me wonder if she channeled her experiences through the events that happened in this book.

The characters in here are extremely flawed in such a way that you cannot help but grimace every time they are mentioned. 

Denfeld made me feel things I wasn’t supposed to feel. I mean, here are your rapists, your serial killers, all of these people who committed such horrible acts and yet I could still sympathize them. After all, they are human, just like you and me.

It took me such a long time to finally review this book because there’s so much I want to say about it, but then I’d be spoiling bits. It’s not a happy book. Very grim and disturbing in places so keep that in mind if you decide to pick this one up. However, I would have to say that this is probably one of the best (if not THE BEST) book I have read this year, and that’s saying a lot. I found myself subjected to a beautiful storyteller; I was truly enchanted.

And the ending? That slight plot twist? Perfection.

I highly recommend.

**Warning: almost all aspects of abuse are found in this book. Please read at own risk.

2.5 reviews done, I’m going to bed.