New Year, New Books!

This post will serve as a few things,

A: an update on my book club now that the seasons have passed…

B: a list of the new books I am excited to dive in for the new year!

But FIRST, may I say I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday season and may 2o17 be a positive step forward for us all! ❤ 

Below are the pictures of my Autumn book club choices and a small review of each. I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed most of them, high ratings all around!

Hopefully, you’ll find one that suits your fancy!

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  • Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon

An interesting perspective on life from a girl who is stuck permanently inside due to a life threatening illness… until of course, she’s not… do I even need to mention the brooding bad boy? 😉 Still with a unique voice and twist in the end, I give this an 8.5/10Image result

  • A Madness So Discrete – Mindy McGinnis

A fascinating look at institutional life in the 19th century- the setting of a dark plot that pushes the main character to look deep into herself for courage and strength. 9/10

  • My Lady Jane – Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, and Jodi Meadows

Image result for my lady jane Such a creative and fun concept to mix fantasy and fairy tales with loosely based historical events to the point that it’s created something new!? IDK just give it a chance- it has so many references tucked away that will make you smile along the journey   9/10

  • Flawed– Cecelia AhemImage result for flawed

Another sci-fi dystopian that I expected to fall flat based on the synopsis but it hooked me pretty quickly. Seriously, I stayed up until 2 in the morning just to finish this book . It was surprisingly a little more graphic (violence) than I expected or preferred… but it kept me thinking about questions of what’s really right and wrong for DAYS but *spoiler alert* the ending was just cruel to readers when the sequel is still a few months away. 8.5/10

  • Night Circus– Erin MorgensternImage result for night circus

SO MAGICAL and gorgeously written. The plot is a little slow at times but it’s worth it to see the protags relationship bloom. There’s not much I can say to explain this premise, you just need to immerse yourself in this world and let your imagination take over. 8/10

  • Cinder (Book 1 of The Lunar Chronicles) – Marissa Meyer

Image resultI love when I can get hooked in a series and I ate this one up within a year but I’ll just settle with reviewing the first one. I got ahead of myself at times because I thought I was smart enough to see through the story lines but I can honestly say, the series kept me on my toes.

 

 

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  • Althea and Oliver – Cristina Moracho
  • Mosquitoland – David Arnold

I am going to review these two together because I actually never finished them… It’s not that it was bad writing- they both have that quirky vibe that I Really wanted to like but I just couldn’t get into them and it actually ended up feeling more like a chore to read them. So I decided not to be too hard on myself and take a break from them. IMO, both had similar issues. The characters were not likable and the plots were a little too unrealistic for my tastes. I give both a 6.5/10 but hey, I don’t want to turn off anyone who is interested in giving them a try. If you do, let me know if the endings are worth giving them another chance!

And now, my “one person book club” picks for the next few months are: 

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This year, I’m looking to continue to push my genre boundaries and I always enjoy a good comedic autobio 🙂

  • Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
  • Finding Audrey – Sophie Kinsella
  • We Are Still Tornadoes – Michael Kun and Susan Mullen
  • Scrappy Little Nobody – Anna Kendrick
  • Talking as Fast as I Can – Lauren Graham
  • One More Thing – B.J. Novak

I look forward to reading and reviewing these books, hopefully to spread the word and get people reading more!! Comment if you have read any of these yet and what you would rate them! Much love in 2017! #newyear

x emily.

Autumn Book Club

It may look like I haven’t posted in a couple months but that’s only because every time I go to post this idea I always get stuck on how or where to start. I have always wanted to start a book club but never knew how one goes about it. So I thought ya know what, I’m just gonna do what I want… I don’t really have a substantial following anyway so it doesn’t really matter what I do. 🙂

I’ve decided that I will feature my picks for reading this season and then update with my thoughts and reactions after I complete them. Hopefully my fellow bloggers and readers who find their way to my page will also share their thoughts if they recognize the titles.

Without further ado!

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  • Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon
  • Althea and Oliver – Cristina Moracho
  • Mosquitoland – David Arnold
  • A Madness So Discrete – Mindy McGinnis
  • My Lady Jane – Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, and Jodi Meadows
  • Flawed– Cecelia Ahem
  • Night Circus– Erin Morgenstern
  • Cinder (Book 1 of The Lunar Chronicles) – Marissa Meyer

This season I’ve tended to lean toward YA’s that are a little less traditional and don’t present the typical boy/girl formula (there are a few that cross more into other genres). Some of them are new releases and some are ones that I’ve had in my bookshelf for a while and been meaning to read SO if you’re looking for something a little different, give them a try and let me know if you’re loving them as much as I am!!

x emily.

Fun with Foreshadowing

Lately, I’m really loving re-watching seasons of my fave TV shows, mostly because I’m running out of new series. haha Right now I’m restarting Parks and Recreation since I don’t remember most of the early episodes. Most of the time, I do not like to watch things I’ve already seen but I make an exception for Adam Scott ❤

Also, I know this is an unpopular opinion but I never understood why people hate Mark Brendanawicz so much or why his character is never mentioned again after he leaves. I feel like he was Ann’s only functional relationship and yeah, maybe there was a lack of passion but mostly I think she broke up with him because she had unhealthy ideas of what it meant to be in love due to her long term stint with Andy. And I don’t know if I’m convinced that Ann got the happy ending she deserved by having a baby with Chris….

ANYWAY, I’m sorry for that mini rant and now on to the real reason I’ve been inspired to write this post. As I’ve been finishing the second season (CUE BEN WYATT ❤ )I’ve noticed a few little moments of foreshadowing to future seasons. Whether or not intentional, it’s always fun to pick up on things that you wouldn’t have caught.

The ones I’ve found so far were in the 2nd season I think when Tom was talking about his aspirations and he mentioned wanting to have a place called “Tom’s Bistro” which does become a reality for him a few seasons later 🙂 Also, in the episode where Leslie goes out on a blind date with the MRI doctor (played by actual husband at the time Will Arnett) he mentions how much room she has “down there” for child bearing that she could probably handle triplets.

I know there are probably a bunch more easter eggs but these are the ones that stuck with me because I’m still finishing the 2nd season. But I always love when writers go that extra mile with continuity. ‘Cause you know how often TV shows just disregard character and plot development to do whatever the hell they want *cough HIMYM cough* and we still forgive them… most of the time.

:] emily

Parade of Nations

One of my favorite parts of the Olympic opening ceremony is when all the countries come out to represent themselves in the competition. Not only is it so interesting to watch the camaraderie it creates among all the athletes but also the individuality of every nation.

The fashion-loving side of me also loves to comment on the choice of the teams’ “costumes” so I’ll be updating my favorites as the coverage continues! Obviously the US outfits are v. classy but it seems the Polo labels were meant to be seen from space. soooo….

The trends I have noticed so far is a lot of yellow (not mad at that) and an overwhelming number of blazers/sports jackets. Not mad at that either but it does seem to stifle some of the creativity that can go into the design. ALSO, I don’t know how I feel about Portugal wearing JEANS?! c’mon.

My Top picks (imo and kinda in order):
  • Serbia
  • Burkina Faso
  • Bahamas
  • Aruba
  • Israel
  • Latvia
  • Sierra Leonne
  • Cayman Islands
  • Angola
  • Montenegro
  • Poland
  • San Marino- soo fit.
  • Peru
  • Paraguay
  • Kyrgyzstan

Searching For Sky

Author: Jillian Cantor

Pub Date: May 13, 2014

Genre: YA Fiction

Themes: Survival, Friendship, Family

Fave Character: River

What I Think: I finished this book months ago and forgot to review it. #SRY. What was called a “reverse dystopia” was not exactly how I would have described it. It was strange and unique but I didn’t have a great feeling after finishing it. I feel like I needed more closure. I truly don’t know how to explain how I felt about this book. It was totally NOT what I expected. Like it was interesting enough to finish but honestly not one of my favorites. ALSO I still don’t understand why it’s called Searching for Sky when the entire time it’s in her perspective looking for River…

Long Story Short: 6/10

x emily.

poetry from the past

pages turn
time passes
but this is no book
this is life

How quick 
How s l o w

makes no difference

it will come

joys and struggles
love and loss
dreams and failures
hope and pain
join hands

beautiful longing
destructive passion

searching

for answers
for wholeness
for peace

the pages turn
the books is coming to a close
as it began

(and nothing more).

(Originally written 11/21/13- I know this one isn’t all that great but I remember being inspired after learning about e.e. cummings who still is now one of my favorite poets)

poetry from the past

Only whispers remain of the memories
that are slowly fading
cold is my heart and fleeting dreams
after years of waiting

Long are the days of discontent
expectations left unfulfilled do not relent
Nothing less and nothing more
what have I been waiting for?

Am I bound to exist
alone? and how can I resist
this lonely predestined existence
will I, can I, risk this chance?

Change is not an option
Fate will not step in
It seems it’s always been on me
but self esteem is rarely free

I don’t want the game or chase;
To be loved is to accept and embrace
Each “X” made on my calendar
Is one day more I’ve made thus far

(Originally written 11/17/13 for my creative writing college class)