Sunday, July 16, 2017

Audiobook: Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Read by John Ritter
Duration: 4 hours and 24 minutes

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Stargirl. From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, the hallways hum with the murmur of “Stargirl, Stargirl.” She captures Leo Borlock’s heart with just one smile. She sparks a school-spirit revolution with just one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted. At first.

Then they turn on her. Stargirl is suddenly shunned for everything that makes her different, and Leo, panicked and desperate with love, urges her to become the very thing that can destroy her: normal. In this celebration of nonconformity, Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli weaves a tense, emotional tale about the perils of popularity and the thrill and inspiration of first love.


Monday, July 10, 2017

Library Love: Frida Kahlo (Libro en Espanol)

Frida Kahlo: Una Biografía por María Hesse


*This post contains both Spanish and English (after the first) reviews. Book blurb will be in Spanish only.*


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Inspirado en las vivencias de la iconica pintora mexicana, Frida Kahlo, este libro ofrece un hermoso paseo ilustrado por su vida y su obra.
Frida fue algo mas que dolor y angustia. Quiso ser fiel a su arrolladora personalidad y se convirtio en una artista llena de vida. Su pintura es fiesta, color, sangre y vida. Fue una luchadora que decidio ponerse el mundo por montera y una mujer apasionada que no se conformo con estar a la sombra de su gran amor, el pintor Diego Rivera. Frida decidio vivir con intensidad, tanto las desgracias como las alegrias que le deparo la existencia. 

"Pies, para que los quiero si tengo alas para volar."



#ShelfLove: The Name of this Book is Secret


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Warning: this description has not been authorized by Pseudonymous Bosch. As much as he'd love to sing the praises of his book (he is very vain), he wouldn't want you to hear about his brave 11-year old heroes, Cass and Max-Ernest. Or about how a mysterious box of vials, the Symphony of Smells, sends them on the trail of a magician who has vanished under strange (and stinky) circumstances. And he certainly wouldn't want you to know about the hair-raising adventures that follow and the nefarious villains they face. You see, not only is the name of this book secret, the story inside is, too. For it concerns a secret. A Big Secret.



My Thoughts: Shhh!!! I can't say much about this book because it's a secret! Just kidding. I would share my thoughts on this children's book without revealing too much about the plot or characters.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

#ShelfLove: The Mask


https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/510EXBNMWQL._SX274_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgHe travels only at night, shrouded by darkness, his visage shielded by a leather mask. After 11 years, Galen Tarrant, Lord of Rosenthorn, rides back from the Crusades to reclaim his lands, only to stumble upon the most beautiful creature he has ever seen. In her arms he feels complete, but cannot allow himself to take her innocence when the demons of his past threaten to destroy everything he touches.



My Thoughts: I've had this book for many, many years in my shelves. I was so happy to finally get started on this! I remember getting this book because it was Phantom of the Opera and Beauty and the Beast themed, and I love both stories! I was looking forward to reading this book but unfortunately, it was not as great as I thought.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Little Free Library Adventures #6


Hello readers!

I was in the Santa Ana area and saw that there were seven LFLs. I was hoping to find all of them but, unfortunately, I was only able to visit two because I began to have car problems. But that's okay. I know that I can always go back and try to find the rest on a different day. 

These are the two libraries that I visited:


Santa Ana

Sunday, July 2, 2017

High Summer Readathon 2017 Sign-up


Yay! It's time to join a readathon!!!!

The High Summer Readathon is hosted by Seasons of Reading. It runs from July 17th to July 30th. I enjoy the readathons from Seasons of Reading because they are low key. The whole point is to read for fun and at your own pace. You can read more of the official guidelines on the Seasons of Reading blog.

Library Bar in Los Angeles

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Finally!!!! I have finally visited this awesome bar! I've been wanting to go ever since it opened a couple of years ago. My good co-worker friend took me here to celebrate my success in getting my teaching credential and obtaining a teaching job. I was super excited to be celebrating in this place!



Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Audiobook: Asylum by Madeline Roux

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Duration: 6 hours & 45 minutes


Once you get in, there's no getting out.

For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, a summer program for gifted students is the chance of a lifetime. No one else at his high school gets his weird fascinations with history and science, but at the New Hampshire College Prep program, such quirks are all but required.

Dan arrives to find that the usual summer housing has been closed, forcing students to stay in the crumbling Brookline dorm—formerly a psychiatric hospital. As Dan and his new friends Abby and Jordan start exploring Brookline's twisty halls and hidden basement, they uncover disturbing secrets about what really went on here . . . secrets that link Dan and his friends to the asylum's dark past. Because it turns out Brookline was no ordinary psych ward. And there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried.

This mind-bending listening experience blurs the lines between past and present, friendship and obsession, genius and insanity.



Saturday, June 17, 2017

Library Love: Persepolis

I read the two part autobiographical story of Marjane Satrapi. I know that the newer editions combine both books into one graphic novel. I will review both parts separately since I read them at separate times:

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi

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My thoughts: In part one, Marjane recounted her childhood in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. She gave a brief history of her country and explained the revolution through the eyes of a child. Marjane was well educated. She was raised by two progressive parents who encouraged Marjane to think for herself and be outspoken. As a young girl caught in a war, she was fascinated with death. People who died fighting in the war became her heroes. Marjane did not fully understand the meaning behind all of the violence; she thought that everything was for a good cause.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Library Love: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.


Little Free Library Adventures #5


Hello everyone! I decided to treat myself this past Monday on a small adventure in surrounding cities. Here are some cute LFLs that I found:

Fullerton
 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

#ShelfLove Challenge 2017: Mid-year Check-in


The #ShelfLove Challenge 2017 is co-hosted by Chapter Break and Second Run Reviews.


Okay...This is embarrassing. I hardly read books from my shelves these past few months. In fact, I've only read 2. Yup, 2...

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Bibliophile's Summer Reading Challenge 2017



BRG's 2017 Road Trip Summer Reading Challenge

Hello Peeps!
For those who are on Goodreads and are seeking a fun reading challenge for the summer, I am hosting one over at our Bibliophile Reading Group. The theme for this year is: ROAD TRIP!

Here are the rules (Thanks to Lisa for paraphrasing):
  • The books have to take place 100% in the United States.
  • You have to read at least one BOTM throughout the months of June, July, and August, and participate in the discussion questions
  • A book can take place in more than one state, but the state only counts if at least one whole chapter takes place in that state.
  • The number of pages= the number of miles traveled.  For an audiobook, 2 minutes= 1 mile.
  • The book has to be a minimum of 50 pages (100 minutes on audio).  Graphic novels and picture books do not count.
  • There will be random "detours" along the way; mini challenges that are optional to take, where you would be awarded extra raffle entries.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Library Love: Shadow House, You Can't Hide by Dan Poblocki

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Shadow House will find you . . .

Poppy, Marcus, Dash, Dylan, and Azumi are all trapped within Shadow House, a sinister estate where past and present intertwine. As they fight to find a way out, the kids think the ghosts of the house are the greatest danger they face. Little do the kids know it's the secrets they're each hiding that will prove even more lethal.

They're going to have to come face to face with their fears if they stand any hope of escaping the house alive. Is there anyone or anything in the house they can trust? Or is all hope disappearing, too...

Enter Shadow House . . . if you dare.



Monday, May 29, 2017

Teaser Tuesdays #121



Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Purplebooker.

Here are the rules:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


My Teaser:
 

Audiobook: Dark Lover by JR Ward

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Duration: 13 hours & 36 minutes


The first novel of J. R. Ward's New York Times bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood series features a unique take on vampire lore and heavy doses of sensuality. The vampire Darius fears for the life of his half-breed daughter, who is unaware of her unusual destiny. To oversee her transformation, Darius seeks help from Wrath, a dangerous loner and the world's only purebred vampire.



My Thoughts: I first read this book years ago and I remembered loving it. I went on to read the next two books in the series and I couldn't wait to read the fourth book. But like I do with the majority of series, I always stop at the third book (I guess I'm a trilogy type of girl). However, the Black Dagger Brotherhood series kept calling out to me. I wanted to finish the it so I had to retrace my steps back to book one because...for the life of me, I could not remember what it was about! So instead, I decided to re-read the first book as an audio to help me remember what the series was about.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Children's Book: The Invisible Dog by Dick King-Smith

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Illustrated in black-and-white. When her parents can't afford a new pet, seven-year-old Janie invents one. Her new pretend dog is Henry, an invisible Great Dane who eats invisible food bought with invisible money. Then some mysterious events--and perhaps a touch of magic--bring the invisible Henry to life.


Monday, May 22, 2017

Mini Reviews: 2 Audiobooks


Okay...here are some way over-due reviews on some audios that I listened to while finishing school:
 
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Audiobook: The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler

Monday, May 15, 2017

Teaser Tuesday #120



Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Purplebooker.

Here are the rules:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


My Teaser:
 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

I'm back!



I'm back! Did you miss me? Not really? Oh well...That's okay. lol
For anyone who might be reading this, I've been inactive these past few months because I was finishing my credential program. And yes...I finished!!!! I am so thrilled to be done after two long years of hard work and staying away from things that I love to do: dance, hike, read, and blog. 

I was so excited to be done that I went to the library this morning and checked out all of these even though I have hundreds of books at home:

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Mini Reviews: 3 Children's Books






Okay...*sigh* 
Here is another round of mini reviews for you since I cannot find the time or motivation to write full reviews for each one. I do hope that my brief thoughts can shine a little light on these wonderful books.

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Image result for third grade angelsThird Grade Angels by Jerry Spinelli

This was a cute and super quick story of a boy named Suds. He was entering the third grade, the grade known to be the "Angels." He wanted to be the perfect Angel and wanted to be the first in his class to receive the halo. 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Mini Reviews: Audiobook and #ShelfLove


So...I've been completely terrible in trying to write my posts, especially reviews, lately. I've read a few books here and there, but for some reason I can't make myself type up what I think of them. I mean, I do try. I have started many posts. In fact, I have six drafts saved up right now but....I can't seem to finish them. I start typing and then, WHAM! I don't want to write anymore after two to three sentences.  Perhaps I have writer's block? Hmmm...

After a few weeks of finishing the following books, I decided to do mini reviews of them instead. I figured, I should at least say something about them before I forget how I feel about them. Well, here goes!

Audiobook: The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James


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Read by Pamela Garelick
Duration: 9 hours & 56 minutes




Friday, February 24, 2017

Friday Posts #14



It's that time again! It's time to participate in the many memes happening on Fridays.  
The first three memes will be focusing on the book...


Shadow House: The Gathering
by Dan Poblocki



Friday 56 is hosted by Freda's Voice and Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader. The idea is to share a sentence or so from the first page and the 56th page of the book you are currently reading!

Six Word Summary is hosted by the (book) supplier. The idea of the meme is to summarize a book using only six words. 


Boy...I keep forgetting to publish my posts for Friday. Well, here goes!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Library Love- Shadow House: The Gathering by Dan Poblocki



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Some houses are more than just haunted... they're hungry.

Dash, Dylan, Poppy, Marcus, and Azumi don't know this at first. They each think they've been summoned to Shadow House for innocent reasons. But there's nothing innocent about Shadow House.

Something within its walls is wickedly wrong. Nothing -- and nobody -- can be trusted. Hallways move. Doors vanish. Ghosts appear. Children disappear.

And the way out?

That's disappeared, too...

Enter Shadow House... if you dare.


Don't just read about Shadow House -- explore its haunted depths with the free app!


Saturday, February 4, 2017

Book to Movie: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Wow! When was the last time I did one of these? I need to start watching more films. Anywho...

The following review will have *SPOILERS.*
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Director Tim Burton
Producers Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping
Screenplay Jane Goldman
Cast Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Chris O'Dowd, Ella Purnell, Allison Janney, Rupert Everett, Terence Stamp, and Samuel L. Jackson

My thoughts: So...obviously I did not see this film in the movie theater.  Instead, I ended up renting it when it was finally available at our local Redbox. I was super excited to see this movie because I greatly enjoyed reading the book a few years back. I even read the manga version a couple months ago to help me remember what the plot was about. Did it help? Yes. Did I end up liking the film? Yeah...but it wasn't the greatest.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Share-a-Tea January Check-In


I'm a little late to post this, but I did not forget! Share-a-Tea 2017 Reading Challenge is hosted by Becky's Book Reviews. This challenge is not about how many books you read, but actually slowing down. The goal is to sit down and enjoy your read with a nice cup of tea. For this month, the host has posted a few questions for participants:
  • What are you currently reading for the challenge? 
  • Have you finished any books for this challenge this month?
  • Is there a book you're looking forward to starting next month?
  • Want to share any favorite quotes? It could be from your current read. It could be about reading. It could be about drinking tea. 
  • What teas have you enjoyed this month? 
  • Do you have a new favorite tea?

Monday, January 30, 2017

A Winter's Respite Readathon Wrap-up

Seasons of Reading



A Winter's Respite Readathon, hosted by Seasons of Reading, has ended. 

How did I do? Eh...Not as well as I planned.
My plan was to...
  • Listen to 2-3 audiobooks
  • Read 1-2 library books
  • Read 1 TBR ebook
  • Read 2-3 TBR books from shelves

So what did I actually get done?

I finished listening to one audiobook. ONE!! (What the...)

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Friday Posts #13



It's that time again! It's time to participate in the many memes happening on Fridays.  
The first three memes will be focusing on the book...


Enslave
by Cathy Yardley



Friday 56 is hosted by Freda's Voice and Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader. The idea is to share a sentence or so from the first page and the 56th page of the book you are currently reading!

Six Word Summary is hosted by the (book) supplier. The idea of the meme is to summarize a book using only six words.

Audiobook: The Island of Dr. Libris by Chris Grabenstein

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Duration: 5 hours and 11 minutes

What if your favorite characters came to life? Billy's spending the summer in a lakeside cabin that belongs to the mysterious Dr. Libris. But something strange is going on. Besides the security cameras everywhere, there's Dr. Libris's private bookcase. Whenever Billy opens the books inside, he can hear sounds coming from the island in the middle of the lake. The clash of swords. The twang of arrows. Sometimes he can even feel the ground shaking. It's almost as if the stories he's reading are coming to life! But that's impossible . . . isn't it?


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Library Love: The Martian by Andy Weir

http://images.gr-assets.com/books/1413706054l/18007564.jpg Yay!! I finally finished this book! I started it on the last week of December. I was not expecting it to take so long in reading this. Well...here's my review:

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars' surface, completely alone, with no way to signal Earth that he’s alive. And even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone years before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, Mark won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Little Free Library Adventure #4


Boy...it has been a while since I have gone on one of these adventures.  I had to take my car to Garden Grove (about 35 minutes from where I live) to the dealer to get its oil change.

I was stuck there for a few hours, so I decided to reward myself by searching for a LFL in Garden Grove. I only found one:


A Winter's Respite Readathon Start-Up Post

Seasons of Reading


A Winter's Respite Readathon has begun!!!! I'm a little late with this post. It has been one crazy day...it started off fine but then found out that my best friend was sent to the hospital. *sigh* She's all better now after an emergency surgery. Thank goodness!!! 

Anywho...

A Winter's Respite Readathon is hosted by Seasons of Reading. The read-a-thon is very laid back. The main goal is to simply read. 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday Posts #12



It's that time again! It's time to participate in the many memes happening on Fridays.  
The first three memes will be focusing on the book...


 The Name of This Book Is Secret 
by Pseudonymous Bosch



Friday 56 is hosted by Freda's Voice and Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader. The idea is to share a sentence or so from the first page and the 56th page of the book you are currently reading!

Six Word Summary is hosted by the (book) supplier. The idea of the meme is to summarize a book using only six words.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Sign-up for the Winter's Respite Readathon!

Seasons of Reading


What? I am doing another read-a-thon?! Didn't I just do Bout of Books? Yup!!! I figured I am going to get as much reading as I can before I get super busy with my last semester of my program. 

So what is this read-a-thon about?

The Winter's Respite Readathon is hosted by Seasons of Reading. The read-a-thon is very laid back. The main goal is to simply read. Here's what their blog says:

Library Love: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Grabbed this book from my local library. Almost forgot to post my thoughts on it. Whoops! :)

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When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt's fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone…

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved and internationally bestselling Harry Potter books. Featuring a cast of remarkable characters, this is epic, adventure-packed storytelling at its very best. 



Monday, January 9, 2017

Audiobook: A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban

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Duration: 3 hours and 17 minutes
 Ten-year-old Zoe Elias has perfect piano dreams. She can practically feel the keys under her flying fingers; she can hear the audience's applause. All she needs is a baby grand so she can start her lessons, and then she'll be well on her way to Carnegie Hall.

But when Dad ventures to the music store and ends up with a wheezy organ instead of a piano, Zoe's dreams hit a sour note. Learning the organ versions of old TV theme songs just isn't the same as mastering Beethoven on the piano. And the organ isn't the only part of Zoe's life that's off-kilter, what with Mom constantly at work, Dad afraid to leave the house, and that odd boy, Wheeler Diggs, following her home from school every day.

Yet when Zoe enters the annual Perform-O-Rama organ competition, she finds that life is full of surprises - and that perfection may be even better when it's just a little off center.


Sunday, January 8, 2017

BoB: Day 7 & Wrap-up

Bout of Books 18


And it is over! The Bout of Books 18 was fun!!! So here's how I did:



Reading Progress 7
Pages read: 357
Time listened: 3 hours and 17 minutes
Books finished today: 3
Reviews written today: 2
Total pages read: 602
Total time listened: 9 hours and 46 minutes
Total books read: 5
Total Reviews written: 3

#ShelfLove: 8, the Untold Story by Michael Mullin

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With Additional Art & Design by Jim Valeri

The graphic novel adaptation of the cult-hit story "8: The Previously Untold Story of the Previously Unknown 8th Dwarf," published as one of three stories in "TaleSpins" by Michael Mullin. When their 8th roommate starts acting weird, the seven dwarves nickname him "Creepy" and banish him to the cottage basement. From there he affects the Snow White story we all THOUGHT we knew.