Sep
13
2014

"She regarded the boy: a narcissistic, insecure, oversensitive, and underparented adolescent heir to a Fortune 500 company with a substance abuse problem and homoerotic tendencies— it would have been more surprising if he didn’t “see things sometimes.”"

Brian McGreevy, Hemlock Grove

Sep
6
2014

My body mass index is certainly not ideal, I frequently use my debit card to buy things that cost less than three dollars, because I never have cash on me, and my bedroom is so untidy it looks like vandals ransacked the Anthropologie Sale section. I’m kind of a mess. 
Mindy Kaling’s book is the funniest thing I have read since I got really into Uncle John’s Bathroom Readers as a twelve year old. She writes in a refreshingly honest tone and admits to a lot of her own failings in a way that doesn’t make her seem like she is just trying to humble-brag. The book delves into her childhood, her college days and her first career successes, including the beginning of her time on The Office. 
I have been a fan of Kaling since she played Kelly on The Office and I realized that she was behind some of the funniest scripted moments in the show. I religiously watch her show, The Mindy Project, so I expected this book to be written in a similar tone to the show. While Kaling’s voice shines very clearly in both works, the book is clearly the authentic Kaling. I love the section where she outlines the differences between dating a boy and dating a man or where she gives her list of “best friend rules” (I may just really like lists also!). 
Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me? is a fun, easy, relatable read. Kaling is a talented writer and an honest one to boot. I def recommend this to anyone needing a pick-me-up or reassurance that they aren’t crazy.

My body mass index is certainly not ideal, I frequently use my debit card to buy things that cost less than three dollars, because I never have cash on me, and my bedroom is so untidy it looks like vandals ransacked the Anthropologie Sale section. I’m kind of a mess. 

Mindy Kaling’s book is the funniest thing I have read since I got really into Uncle John’s Bathroom Readers as a twelve year old. She writes in a refreshingly honest tone and admits to a lot of her own failings in a way that doesn’t make her seem like she is just trying to humble-brag. The book delves into her childhood, her college days and her first career successes, including the beginning of her time on The Office. 

I have been a fan of Kaling since she played Kelly on The Office and I realized that she was behind some of the funniest scripted moments in the show. I religiously watch her show, The Mindy Project, so I expected this book to be written in a similar tone to the show. While Kaling’s voice shines very clearly in both works, the book is clearly the authentic Kaling. I love the section where she outlines the differences between dating a boy and dating a man or where she gives her list of “best friend rules” (I may just really like lists also!). 

Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me? is a fun, easy, relatable read. Kaling is a talented writer and an honest one to boot. I def recommend this to anyone needing a pick-me-up or reassurance that they aren’t crazy.

Sep
5
2014

WARNING: I AM ABOUT TO RANT FOR A VERY LONG TIME IN THE FOLLOWING POST. 

Do you like The Hunger Games, but wish there was more focus on the love triangle? Or do you perhaps like The Bachelor, but wish that is was played with teenagers instead? Then this is the book for you!

I’m reviewing the series as a whole, because if I have to spend an ounce more of my time on these toilet rags, I ‘ll pull my hair out. Rarely do books make me so angry that I have physically stop reading them because I am too upset to continue. The only way I got through the series was that my brother started reading the books out loud to me and it was the funniest thing he has done in his life. 

The series kicks off with The Selection. The country is split up into numbered classes, where each class performs a different type of task. Our heroine, America (her name is literally America…like I can’t even get past that) is a lowly 5, which means her family are artists. But she is in love with a boy in class 6, which is the servant class! And marriage between classes is not illegal, but is strongly discouraged, so they keep it a secret! But then!!! There is a competition!!! 

At this point in reading I immediately googled the publication date of The Hunger Games and this series. Low and behold, THG came out first. In fact, Mockingjay was published a whole TWO YEARS before this. The whole in-love-with-a-poor-boy-but-then-competition-but-then-love-triangle plot was a huuuuuuuge ripoff of THG. I know that THG isn’t even about a love triangle (except in movie version) but it still felt like Cass was just skimming the surface off of Collin’s work and regurgitating it without the fighting. 

Anyway, the competition is to find the Prince a woman to marry, because in post-apocalyptic America (which is now called Ilea or some nonsense) the Prince marries a common woman to keep the rabble happy! So dearest America (the person) gets selected to be in the competition because of her beauty and…passion? strength? Mainly beauty, so get ready for the girl-who-thinks-she-is-ugly-but-really-draws-the-attention-of-all-the-men characterizations that are coming up. 

After the 35 girls wind up at the palace, there are some weird reality T.V. contests that go on (complete with eliminations) and then the first book ends. The second book is basically pointless. It just throws level 6 loverboy into the palace as a guard, effectively restarting the love triangle (America was all ready to move on and be with the Prince, because out of sight out of mind!). It also sets up the stupidest plot about terrorists evvvvveeeeerrrrr (who are reminiscent of the movement that comes out of District 13 in Mockingjay).

The third, and praise Jesus the last, book wraps everything up into a nice package. Literally no character development has to happen because the King dies so the Prince becomes the King! And the girl he was going to marry to spite America is dead too so they can be together (widdle Princey didn’t like that America had feelings for someone else)! Yay! Contrived plot points coming to a contrived end! Yay!

Long rant made short: THIS SERIES SUCKS!!!! It is literally the worst collection of words that I have ever had float around in my brain before. And I know I didn’t have to read all three, but I did, because I like to be angry. I like to be so enraged by internalized misogyny and plagiarism that I continued reading this trash. The worst part is that this series is being touted as super totes amaze balls! I saw a huge spread for it at Barnes and Noble and have seen several things on the interwebs that sing the praises of this series. Blurgh. For every good YA trilogy that I find, there are 15 crappy ones waiting in line. Maybe if Cass had done this all in one book, it could have been platable. But spreading it over three books necessitated to much contrived plot devices that dragged on and on and on and on. 

Please don’t read this series. 

Sep
5
2014

"Letters were a way of talking so anyone could hear you at any time. Like standing on the corner repeating yourself forever, but without the endless effort. Their shapes were strange, though, bearing no resemblance to their sounds— bent trees and stumbling drunkards and the wanderings of chickens."

Jay Lake, Green

Sep
3
2014

Reblogged from ifyougaveagirlabook :

I feel this is important

books-and-cookies:

If you love to read and you want to blog about it, DO IT. Don’t worry about how many people are following you, or how many books you’re reading, if you post a review for a book or not, if you buy books this month or not. We’re supposed to do this for fun and to relax. We’re supposed to do it for ourselves.

Aug
29
2014

This book got way too real sometimes….
Shanghai Girls, by Lisa See, is the story of two sisters in pre-WWII Shanghai. They begin the book as “beautiful girls,” which are girls that pose for paintings that are used in advertisements. They live through the invasion of Shanghai (and China and Hong Kong) by the Japanese. They survive the brutal process of immigrating to America and discovering that it isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The sisters, Pearl and May, go from flighty girls to mothers, wives, business owners, protestors and women. 
Shanghai Girls was one of the most intense books I have read in a while. Sometimes I forget that books can be about rape and war and miscarriages and all manner of terrible things. Though it was rather gritty, I did enjoy it…except for the ending. I kept waiting for there to be extra pages that I had missed the first time round, but it just ends on a cliffhanger of sorts. 
This book is fairly good. Just be forewarned that it can get real heavy, real fast. 

This book got way too real sometimes….

Shanghai Girls, by Lisa See, is the story of two sisters in pre-WWII Shanghai. They begin the book as “beautiful girls,” which are girls that pose for paintings that are used in advertisements. They live through the invasion of Shanghai (and China and Hong Kong) by the Japanese. They survive the brutal process of immigrating to America and discovering that it isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The sisters, Pearl and May, go from flighty girls to mothers, wives, business owners, protestors and women. 

Shanghai Girls was one of the most intense books I have read in a while. Sometimes I forget that books can be about rape and war and miscarriages and all manner of terrible things. Though it was rather gritty, I did enjoy it…except for the ending. I kept waiting for there to be extra pages that I had missed the first time round, but it just ends on a cliffhanger of sorts. 

This book is fairly good. Just be forewarned that it can get real heavy, real fast. 

Aug
28
2014

(don’t mind my chipped toenails in this picture)
I FREAKING LOVE CINDER!!! I love it because it is simple, it is fast paced and it gives an old story a crazy unbelievable new spin. 
Cinder, by Marissa Meyer, is a dystopian re-imagining of the classic tale of Cinderella. Cinder is a cyborg mechanic stuck under the shadow of her step-mother and her second citizen-type status. A crazy plague, combined with some even crazier moon people, set the conflict for this story. Plus a romance plotline that takes such a far backseat to the actual plot, it’s actually refreshing.
Sometimes I just get into the mood for YA novels. They can be very simple, yet still manage to tackle moral and social issues. There are clear themes of racism, familial loyalty, sacrifice and a plethora of other tough issues in Cinder. The main character is relatable, she may be unlike other girls because she is part robot, but I understood her. I may not have been way out on the fringe as a teenager, but that doesn’t mean I can’t have empathy for someone who is. I definitely relate to her desire to get the heck out of the city she lives in though.
This book is good. I can’t wait to read the sequels, which I have been told are on pretty much the same level as the first installment.  

(don’t mind my chipped toenails in this picture)

I FREAKING LOVE CINDER!!! I love it because it is simple, it is fast paced and it gives an old story a crazy unbelievable new spin. 

Cinder, by Marissa Meyer, is a dystopian re-imagining of the classic tale of Cinderella. Cinder is a cyborg mechanic stuck under the shadow of her step-mother and her second citizen-type status. A crazy plague, combined with some even crazier moon people, set the conflict for this story. Plus a romance plotline that takes such a far backseat to the actual plot, it’s actually refreshing.

Sometimes I just get into the mood for YA novels. They can be very simple, yet still manage to tackle moral and social issues. There are clear themes of racism, familial loyalty, sacrifice and a plethora of other tough issues in Cinder. The main character is relatable, she may be unlike other girls because she is part robot, but I understood her. I may not have been way out on the fringe as a teenager, but that doesn’t mean I can’t have empathy for someone who is. I definitely relate to her desire to get the heck out of the city she lives in though.

This book is good. I can’t wait to read the sequels, which I have been told are on pretty much the same level as the first installment.  

Aug
28
2014

I apologize for my lack of posting lately. I have been dealing with illness and my crazy brain and lack of motivation (poor excuses I know). So I am disbanding the 30 day challenge and starting fresh with book reviews. I finished a couple of books from the library and will queue those up for later in the week. 

Sorry. Thanks for your patience :)

Aug
22
2014

"To the English, skin is, as a rule, the compliment of the last resort, to be employed when there is nothing else to praise. Good skin is frequently dwelt on when talking of the plainer members of the Royal Family."

Julian Fellowes, Snobs

Aug
18
2014

Reblogged from maximumrideconfessions :

maximumrideconfessions:

I will never not be mad about how the Maximum Ride series turned out. It will never be okay. Like seriously, don’t even mention it to me. I may look calm, but I am still very upset about this whole thing. Do not get me started. I cannot handle the emotions.

same same same same same

maximumrideconfessions:

I will never not be mad about how the Maximum Ride series turned out. It will never be okay. Like seriously, don’t even mention it to me. I may look calm, but I am still very upset about this whole thing. Do not get me started. I cannot handle the emotions.

same same same same same

Aug
16
2014

Day 14: A Book That Made You Cry
This stupid, stupid, stupid book ruined me! I cannot read animal based stories anymore because of the traumatic memories associated with Where The Red Fern Grows.
I remember reading this book as a class in sixth grade. Of course, being the impatient little booger that I was, I started to read ahead while suffering through the torture that is listening to 10 year olds read out loud. I am sure my face scrunched up into a mask of horror upon reading about the boy who gets CHOPPED IN HALF BY AN AXE and THE MAULING OF THE DOG BY THE COUGAR and THE SLOW, PAINFUL STARVATION OF THE DOG WHO MISSES IT’S DEAD SIBLING (no spoiler alert, cause come on, this book is oooooold). This is not a children’s book! I just remember sobbing, in front of 30 of my peers, as Rawls describes the red fern curling into life between the cold graves of the dead dogs. Just huge, ugly sobs as I realized that the dogs were running around in doggy heaven together and this poor boy was left without his two best companions. 
Uggggghhhh this book wrecked me and ruined a whole genre of literature for me. 

Day 14: A Book That Made You Cry

This stupid, stupid, stupid book ruined me! I cannot read animal based stories anymore because of the traumatic memories associated with Where The Red Fern Grows.

I remember reading this book as a class in sixth grade. Of course, being the impatient little booger that I was, I started to read ahead while suffering through the torture that is listening to 10 year olds read out loud. I am sure my face scrunched up into a mask of horror upon reading about the boy who gets CHOPPED IN HALF BY AN AXE and THE MAULING OF THE DOG BY THE COUGAR and THE SLOW, PAINFUL STARVATION OF THE DOG WHO MISSES IT’S DEAD SIBLING (no spoiler alert, cause come on, this book is oooooold). This is not a children’s book! I just remember sobbing, in front of 30 of my peers, as Rawls describes the red fern curling into life between the cold graves of the dead dogs. Just huge, ugly sobs as I realized that the dogs were running around in doggy heaven together and this poor boy was left without his two best companions. 

Uggggghhhh this book wrecked me and ruined a whole genre of literature for me. 

Aug
15
2014

Day 13: A Book That Disappointed You
Bruh this book sucked. My best friend got it for me and I was excited to read it because we were both going to read it and talk about it and bond over a book. And then it sucked baaaad and none of that happened and she felt like she got me a useless gift. So yeah, The Pieces We Keep by Kristina McMorris disappointed me. 

Day 13: A Book That Disappointed You

Bruh this book sucked. My best friend got it for me and I was excited to read it because we were both going to read it and talk about it and bond over a book. And then it sucked baaaad and none of that happened and she felt like she got me a useless gift. So yeah, The Pieces We Keep by Kristina McMorris disappointed me. 

Aug
15
2014

Mike Brown Law. Requires all state, county, and local police to wear a camera.

As literary lovers, we are citizens of the world. As citizens of the world, we have a responsibility to do our part to make the world safer for our fellow humans. Take some time out of your day to sign this petition, which could help ensure greater accountability in American law enforcement. 

Aug
14
2014

Day 12: A Book You Have Wanted To Read For A Long Time (But Haven’t)
The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath. I don’t know why I haven’t read this yet, it seems like it would be right up my alley. I guess it just keeps slipping my mind.
Sweet cover design courtesy of Bud Cato. 

Day 12: A Book You Have Wanted To Read For A Long Time (But Haven’t)

The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath. I don’t know why I haven’t read this yet, it seems like it would be right up my alley. I guess it just keeps slipping my mind.

Sweet cover design courtesy of Bud Cato

Aug
13
2014

Day 11: Favorite Classic Book
ANYTHING by Jane Austen, although ultimately I’d have to choose Pride and Prejudice. 
'Nuff said.

Day 11: Favorite Classic Book

ANYTHING by Jane Austen, although ultimately I’d have to choose Pride and Prejudice. 

'Nuff said.

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