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So my boyfriend and I are in a town near our hometown and as we were about to go into a diner, he asked me if I’d like to go to the bookstore nearby.

Uh, yes!!!! :D it’s probably my favorite used bookstore everrrr.

So egg-cited.

Get it. Eggs. Diner. Ahaaaaaaaa :p

Brief Lives (The Sandman, #7) | Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Jill Thompson and Vince Locke
Genre: Fantasy
Publication Year: 1994
# of Pages: 256
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
In Brief Lives, Delirium, youngest sister of the Endless, goes on a search for her brother Destruction. She enlists the help of the reluctant Dream and off they go on a quest, but the cost of finding their sibling may cause Morpheus to regret he tagged along.
Personal Reaction: Again, like book 6, VERY chaotic artwork-wise. I had to put it down several times because it was giving me a headache (and that’s saying something!)
Even though this had more of a plot than the last volume, I felt that the story was lackluster. It was very plain; I expected more from Gaiman and he didn’t deliver. 
Maybe THIS one is my least favorite instead…

Brief Lives (The Sandman, #7) | Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Jill Thompson and Vince Locke

Genre: Fantasy

Publication Year: 1994

# of Pages: 256

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

In Brief Lives, Delirium, youngest sister of the Endless, goes on a search for her brother Destruction. She enlists the help of the reluctant Dream and off they go on a quest, but the cost of finding their sibling may cause Morpheus to regret he tagged along.

Personal Reaction: Again, like book 6, VERY chaotic artwork-wise. I had to put it down several times because it was giving me a headache (and that’s saying something!)

Even though this had more of a plot than the last volume, I felt that the story was lackluster. It was very plain; I expected more from Gaiman and he didn’t deliver. 

Maybe THIS one is my least favorite instead…

Fables & Reflections (The Sandman, #6) | Neil Gaiman, illustrated by various people

Genre: Fantasy

Publication Year: 1991-1993

# of Pages: 264

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

The book is comprised of four main tales and three single-issue short stories that may or may not provide a connection to the main plot. 

Personal Reaction: This volume was a much more hefty book than the previous ones. 

The artwork in here was very grim and chaotic (as you can see in the picture above). It made for a dizzying reading experience since text boxes were strewn all over the pages. 

I would have to say that this is my least favorite Sandman volume so far.. I felt that the stories within this book was too distant, too much information jammed into the book without giving thought to a central theme. That’s one thing that I don’t like about some short story collections: there isn’t a unifying idea and so the thoughts come across as hurried or muddled.

I would suggest starting with one of the other volumes in this series if you are interested in reading The Sandman. And then try this one out after you get the feel of Gaiman.

Murder with Mirrors (Alternative title: They Do It with Mirrors)| Agatha Christie
Genre: Mystery
Publication Year: 1952
# of Pages: 187 (original hardback)
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
It all started when Jane Marple was visiting her old time school mate Ruth Van Rydock. The two were chatting, reminiscing about the good ol’ days, when Ruth mentions how worried she is about the two’s other peer, Carrie Louise. It’s a feeling that she cannot shake and wants Jane to pay a visit to Carrie Louise and see if anything is the matter. Jane agrees and off she goes to Stonygates, Carrie Louise’s grand Victorian estate which has been converted into a college for rehabilitated juvenile delinquents.
When Jane gets there, she is greeted by Carrie Louise and the family. They’re an eccentric sort: on the outside, they have pleasant and cheerful dispositions, but as time goes by, Jane finds that there’s a bunch of familial secrets just waiting to be uncovered… and that Carrie Louise may be in more danger than Ruth thinks. 
Personal Reaction: I went to the library and found this bind-up of three Agatha Christie novels. I was pretty stoked that I could knock out 3 books in a couple of days, but turns out that this was Volume 2 and only contained a full book and half of another :P so I was only able to read one novel, which was Murder with Mirrors.
You can always count on Christie to deliver a fun and page-turning mystery novel. I stayed up until 3 AM one night, went to sleep, woke up and finished the book off! I love trying to figure out who-dunnit. In this one, I was way off and kind of disappointed that I didn’t nail it on the first try (IT WAS SUCH A GOOD MOTIVE, GUYS). 
Anyway, if you are ever in a reading slump, I’d advise you to read some Christie. 

Murder with Mirrors (Alternative title: They Do It with Mirrors)| Agatha Christie

Genre: Mystery

Publication Year: 1952

# of Pages: 187 (original hardback)

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

It all started when Jane Marple was visiting her old time school mate Ruth Van Rydock. The two were chatting, reminiscing about the good ol’ days, when Ruth mentions how worried she is about the two’s other peer, Carrie Louise. It’s a feeling that she cannot shake and wants Jane to pay a visit to Carrie Louise and see if anything is the matter. Jane agrees and off she goes to Stonygates, Carrie Louise’s grand Victorian estate which has been converted into a college for rehabilitated juvenile delinquents.

When Jane gets there, she is greeted by Carrie Louise and the family. They’re an eccentric sort: on the outside, they have pleasant and cheerful dispositions, but as time goes by, Jane finds that there’s a bunch of familial secrets just waiting to be uncovered… and that Carrie Louise may be in more danger than Ruth thinks. 

Personal Reaction: I went to the library and found this bind-up of three Agatha Christie novels. I was pretty stoked that I could knock out 3 books in a couple of days, but turns out that this was Volume 2 and only contained a full book and half of another :P so I was only able to read one novel, which was Murder with Mirrors.

You can always count on Christie to deliver a fun and page-turning mystery novel. I stayed up until 3 AM one night, went to sleep, woke up and finished the book off! I love trying to figure out who-dunnit. In this one, I was way off and kind of disappointed that I didn’t nail it on the first try (IT WAS SUCH A GOOD MOTIVE, GUYS). 

Anyway, if you are ever in a reading slump, I’d advise you to read some Christie. 

Anonymous said: cool blog! inspiring! how many followers do you have? do you have a twitter? how do you choose what books to review!

Thank you!

I have between 2,000 and 2,500 followers. If you guess the number correctly, you get a virtual pat on the back. ;) 

I have a personal twitter, but I don’t use it. I’ve been thinking about making one just for this blog, though….. may or may not happen!

I  have reviewed all of the books I have read since starting this blog :) There are a minute few that I don’t have reviews for and I leave a note saying which ones. 

booksandhotchocolate:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released seven years ago - July 21, 2007.

slightlyignorant:

Awesome pull-out bookshelves


Oh my god yes.

slightlyignorant:

Awesome pull-out bookshelves

Oh my god yes.

(Source: pinterest.com)

deathbedscene:

having siblings is weird bc like one minute u want to strangle them with their own intestines and then later ur singing dramatic duets together

nosdrinker:

baimbaie:

captainspensaurus:

the fact that there’s only about 5000 people who’ve reblogged this scares me. That means that less that 5000 people know where these come from.
I feel old…

very odd

literally every person on earth has read the very hungry caterpillar

nosdrinker:

baimbaie:

captainspensaurus:

the fact that there’s only about 5000 people who’ve reblogged this scares me. That means that less that 5000 people know where these come from.

I feel old…

very odd

literally every person on earth has read the very hungry caterpillar

(Source: somethingclassic)

I saw this shelf in Books-a-Million the other day and wept silent, happy tears.

valentinapoole said: Hello! To the anon (and you :) that bee gif set is from the show Parks and Recreation. I hope you have a great day/night :)))

Hi! Thanks so much for answering! :)

Anonymous said: I believe that's Parks and Rec. (Re: the bees gif)

Thanks! Bee anon, this anon has the answer.

Apparently everybody but me knows about this show. Lol. *under a rock I tell you