The Mystery Blogger Award

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So I was tagged by Kayla  to do this tag which was created  by Okoto Oke Enigma.

The Rules

1.Put the award logo/image on your blog
2.List the rules.
3.Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
4.Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
5.Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
6.You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
7.Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
8.Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
9.Share a link to your best post(s)

 

Things about myself

1.I’m graduating next  June  from High School and I’m excited!!

2. I play the piano, and I am currently learning one of  Chopin’s waltz’s

3. By the end of 2017 I plan on starting to query for literary agents for my novel.

 

The Questions

1.Under what circumstances would you DNF a book? I very rarely DNF a book, unless it’s super boring and hard to read. I don’t mind reading bad books,but I usually drop a book if I have trouble reading it.
2.Tell me a teaser sentence from the book you’re currently reading! I’m currently reading Going Bovine and it’s really bad so far. But here’s a quote that’s okay:“These are hard times. The world hurts. We live in fear and forget to walk with hope. But hope has not forgotten you. So ask it to dinner. It’s probably hungry and would appreciate the invitation.”
3.What device do you use to write your blog posts (computer, phone, etc.)? Computer
4.Tell me a little known fact about you that no other bloggers know. My parents used to own a bookstore when I was little
5.WEIRD: What song is stuck in your head right now? (if any)  There’s no song stuck in my head atm.

My best posts:

I’ve only been on wordpress for like 3 months, so I i don’t have that many posts but I like my review about Columbine and my Discussion post about  Diversity in Adult books

My Questions

  1. What qualities in  a book allow for you to rate it five stars?

2. What’s your favourite movie soundtrack?

3. What’s your least favourite book?

4. Do you dogear your books?

5. Weird question:Do you sleep with your socks on or off?

I tag my five most recent followers

Rose

afroboricuareads

Rachel

icebreaker694

Darcy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Editing My Novel:Part 2!

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So in 2014-2015, I did two Nanowrimos and during those two  Nanowrimos I wrote a 100k novel called Dried Roses.Dried  Roses is about two women in their early thirties who work at the same school. Rosanna is a psychologist, and Leila is an English Teacher. Leila has had a very rough childhood and seeks Rosanna out  to help her. What Leila doesn’t know is that Rosanna knew Leila as a child and knows stuff about her that no one knows. Thus ensues, a hundred thousand word novel about friendship, love and recovery.

Now since this novel has been finished since about a year ago,I have edited it. Not  heavily admittedly but I have started to work out the rough parts. Yesterday I decided to print out all 185 pages and that I was going to edit it by hand.

I’ve only just started it, and I accidentally printed out the wrong first half but other than that it’s going really well. I really like the fact that I can highlight parts that I don’t like, and change them somewhere else.  I have a notebook where I write down all my changes  and I’m having lots of fun. I’ve seen lots of authors do this, but I never thought I would do it myself.Printing work out really helps you see your mistakes.

What about you? Do you have a novel, and if you’re editing it how do you plan on going about doing it?

Sunshine Blogger Award

I was nominated to do the Sunshine Blogger  Award  by IceBreaker694

The Rules

1.Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
2.Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
3.Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
4.List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog

The Questions

1.If you could marry any fictional character, who would it be?  After watching Gilmore Girls, probably Jess. I love him he’s great
2.Favorite kid’s movie. Brother Bear
3.Favorite book series growing up. Nancy Drew
4.Describe your favorite TV show in 10 words. Funny.Endearing.Eccentric. Quick Pace. Awesome Characters.Catchy Theme Song. Awesome.
5.Do you like books with pictures in them? I mean I’m not against them, but I don’t actively seek them out
6.One thing you want for the holidays.Books
7.Three fictional characters you’d think make interesting roommates. Hermione,Cath, and Veronica Mars
8.What book do you recommend for your favorite author? I’m not sure if I understand this  question. If you mean the best book of that author, or  a book i’d recommend to that author so I’ll go with the former. The Book Thief definitely, though I love all of his books.
9.Who’s in your dream panel? Maggie Stiefvater, Marissa Meyer and  Victoria Shwab
10.Most anticipated read. Benjamin Alire Saenz’s new book.
11.How do you organize your bookshelf? well before my sister ruined it it was organized  by rainbow but now there’s no  order to any of it.

My Questions

1. Most  overrated book?

2. Best book to movie Adaptation?

3. If you had to have five authors to dinner which ones would you pick?

4. Favourite read of 2016?

5. Favorite debut author?

6.Favorite cover of 2016

7. Old books or new books?

8. Favorite bookish find?

9.  What’s the first book you remember reading?

10.Do you write?

11. Favourite ice cream flavour?

I tag:

Darcy

Kristen

Jasmine

Megan

 

 

 

 

Gilmore Girls:A Year In The Life TV Review

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So I’ve spent most of this Friday watching the new Gilmore Girls and I kind of just need to express my feelings about it so this is a just a little “review” which is actually just a list of my likes and dislikes about the show.

*Warning* There are some spoilers,so only read if you’ve watched all four episodes

Likes:

  •  The Characters: I mean how can you not  love the  classic characters? From Lorelai to Luke to all the people in Stars Hollow. I just love everyone, and it was so great seeing  what everyone was up to. Especially Kirk,he has always been a favourite and he just made me  laugh so hard.
  • Stars Hollow:This kind of ties into the first one but I just love Stars Hollow. Nothing has changed, you still have the weird festivals, Taylor’s still complaining and everyone is just their own charming Star Hollows self.
  • Richard’s Death:I mean this part of the show was very sad but it was done very well.Seeing how Emily was dealing with it was absolutely heartbreaking and the whole funeral scene with Emily and Lorelai had me in tears. While I didn’t care for  Richard’s character that much, his absence definitely left a hole in the show.
  • The Musical:The musical in the Summer episode has me laughing so hard. It was such a Stars Hollow thing to do, and I just loved it. Plus they referenced Hamilton which was just  A+
  • Jess: I’m 100% team Jess, and seeing him had me squealing.I love him so much, and I’m pretty sure he’s still in love with Rory which just makes me  so sad.
  • Lorelai and Luke:I’m so happy that they’re still together. They’re one of my favourite ships and though they do have some rough patches throughout the season, I’m glad everything turned out just fine. Lorelai and Luke for life.
  • The Life and Death Brigade: While I’m not a big fan of Logan,I’ve always loved the Life and Death Brigade, so that whole scene was awesome.Plus it was a nod to Across The Universe which is pretty cool.
  • The Ending:I’m still not sure about the ending.I don’t dislike it, but I’m not sure if I like it. I do really think we’ve come full circle, but I do hope that there’s a season 2.

Dislikes

  • Logan:The whole relationship that Rory had with Logan just really irked me. I really don’t like Logan, and I especially hated the fact that he was cheating on his fiancé. I feel like neither Rory or Logan have learnt anything since college.
  • Paul: That whole paul think was so weird and not needed? I found it kind of shitty, and I mean it didn’t add anything to the plot. Rory really should have just dumped in the first episode
  • Rory:I’ve never been a huge fan of Rory, and this season really hasn’t redeemed her.I just feel like she never learns from her mistakes. She does has her moments but there’s still something about her.
  • Problematic Stuff: While I do love Gilmore Girls with all my heart, I know that it has been  problematic in prior seasons. While it wasn’t as bad, there was still that trigger warning joke that really rubbed me the wrong way. I also think that they still need to work on their Diversity. It’s gotten better but still.

 

So these are my thoughts on Gilmore Girls.I enjoyed it greatly and really hope that there’s a season 2.

What did you think of the new Gilmore Girls?

 

Discussion Post:Diversity in Adult books

I felt like writing a post today,but I don’t have any ideas so I decided I’m going to do a discussion post.I’ve never done of these before so bear with me.

For the past few years, the #weneeddiversebooks has become a booming movement. Diversity ranges from race,religion,sexual orientation,gender, and mental/physical disabilities.This movement is really important and I really think that in the past few years, the amount of diversity has really improved,especially in YA and children’s fiction. I read my fair share of YA, and I love seeing all the new releases that are written by #ownvoices  or books that feature elements of diversity. It’s so important to have diversity in books that are marketed towards Young Adult, as a lot of people look in books for guidance. These are the definitive years of our lives, and for teenagers and children to have perspectives that they can relate it is so important.

Not only do I read YA but I also read a lot of Adult book and something I’ve noticed is that there’s not as much diversity in that area.Now I may be completely ignorant and there could be thousands of adult books out there that have diverse elements,but in my personal experience,I haven’t seen or read that many diverse adult books.Obviously there are some, especially when it comes books about race or mental illnesses but I still feel there’s some areas of diversity that is lacking in Adult books. For example LGBTQ books.I feel like any book that i’ve read that features Adult LGBTQ  characters is just so angsty and sad. Obviously that’s okay,but I would kill for a lesbian chicklit or a mystery with  a bi character.

So What do you  think? Am I completely ignorant and is there tons of Diverse Adult books? Feel free to recommend it,or just tell me what you think about this issue!

Blogging Book Tag

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I was tagged by Lia over at  Lost In a Story to do the Blogging Book Tag.( Thank You!)

Rules

  • Always Always Always, pingback to creator (she has trouble finding your tags because it doesn’t pingback correctly) icebreaker694
  • Use graphics by creator or your own
  • Thank fellow blogger for thinking about you enough to tag you
  • Answer the questions
  • Tag 10+ bloggers to do it (Don’t make the tag die!)

The Questions.

1.Commenter: A Book That you love for its character interaction/dialogue.

I have to agree with Lia on this one, The Lunar Chronicles has some of the best character interactions I’ve ever seen. The dialogue is A+,and the pacing is just right.

2.Views:A book that everyone has read before you have.

Throne of Glass Series. I’ve read the first one, but still haven’t read the rest of them. I feel like everyone has read it,and that I should read it but I don’t know if I’m motivated enough. My library has it, so I might get around to reading it someday but who knows.

3. Posts:A  plot you can’t help but fall in love with

Amy and Rogers Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. This book is one of the best contemporaries I’ve ever read, because it has all the great elements of a contemporary novel. I just can’t help but love the road trip aspect to it, and all the quirky elements around the way.Amy And Rogers Epic Detour is so fun and a book that I always come back to.

4.Emojis:A Book with uncontrollable feels

Making Faces By Amy Harmon. This book had me  tearing up time and time again. There are are so many heartbreaking moments throughout this book, and it’s just so good.

5. Keyboard:A Book With Advanced Writing

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.Obviously since it’s a classic there’s a little more complexity to the writing, but I usually don’t like hard too read writing, but the Picture of dorian gray is just soo good.  One of my favourite classics.

6.  Shareable:A Book/series that a friend got you into.

Considering I have like 2 friends, both of whom rarely read, I don’t get recommended a lot of books in real life.but my grandma did get me into the Nancy Drew series so yeah let’s go with that.

7.Video:The Best book to movie adaptation.

The Perks of Being Wallflower.It’s my my fave movie and is like 100x better than the book.

8.Likes:Favourite book/series at the moment.

My fave book at the moment is probably Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. That book is genius.

9.Logo:A beautiful book cover.

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Let’s be real. These covers are the most amazing book covers ever, and they really set the bar for all YA Covers.The watercolours and the details is just exquisite.

10. Awards:An Award winning book that stole your heart.

Aristotle and Dante Discovers the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. This book is beautiful and I love Ari and Dante

Followers:A hyped-up author that you love.

Jodi Picoult,Markus Zusah,Morgan Matson,Maggie Stiefvater and Marissa Meyer.

I tag:

Becca

Sue

ThriceRead

And anyone who wants to do this cool tag!

 

 

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday:Top Ten All Time Favorite Movies

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I love movies,I love shitty movies, I like good movies, I just really love movies. So without further ado, here are my top ten favorite movies.

1.The Perks Of Being a Wallflower

I love this movie, it’s my favorite movie of all time. I’ve watched it sooo many times, and I never get sick of it. The rawness of it, the amazing actors, the humor,the cinematography and the soundtrack are elements that make this a movie that I can come back to time and time again.

2.Les Intouchables.

This is a french movie about am unlikely friendship that forms between a quadrapelegic millionaire and  his caretaker. It’s touching, heart breaking and hilarious.I’ve watched it like 3 times, but those three times was like in the span of two months. It’s truly an amazing film.

3. The Martian.

This is probably one of the best book to movie adaptations I’ve ever seen. it’s so incredibly faithful to the book, and it’s just A+.  Matt Damon is fantastic,and the movie is just hilarious and epic. One of the best sci-fi movies I’ve ever watched

4.Mockingjay:Part 2

Now I love all of the Hunger Games movies, but there’s something just extra great about this one. They managed to make an amazing movie based off a book that was pretty mediocre, plus I cried a lot.

5.Beauty and The  Beast

Gotta throw in a Disney  princess movie. Belle is my favourite princess and that library is goals.I can’t wait for the remake.

6.Brother Bear.

Another cartoon. It’s just soo good and so sad. This is another one that had me bawling.

7.Big Fish.

This is like a family tradition with my dad and sister.We’ve probably watched like a billion times. It’s so odd and eccentric, and just great.

8.High School Musical.

I’m not even kidding, I love these movies. They’re so pure and great. I will never not belt out a High School Musical song.

9.Sound Of Music.

I love a bunch of musicals, but the Sound of The music will always be my favourite. 3 Hours of amazing songs and Julie Andrews. Plus this is the movie that calmed me down at 3 in the morning after my earache, so this movie holds a special place in my heart

10.Harry Potter Series

I can’t mention my favourite movies without mentioning Harry Potter. It does have its flaws, but the nostalgia is too hard not to mention it. Emma Watson,Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe are A+.

 

What are your favourite movies?

Jess,Chunk and The Road Trip To Infinity By Kristen Elizabeth Clark Book Review

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Goodreads Summary:

The last time Jess saw her father, she was a boy. Now she’s a high school graduate, soon to be on her way to art school. But first she has some unfinished business with her dad. So she’s driving halfway across the country to his wedding. He happens to be marrying her mom’s ex-best friend. It’s not like Jess wasn’t invited; she was. She just never told anyone she was coming. Surprise!

Luckily, Jess isn’t making this trip alone. Her best friend, Christophe-nicknamed Chunk-is joining her.

Along the way, Jess and Chunk learn a few things about themselves-and each other-which call their feelings about their relationship into question.

Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating:4/5 stars

My Thoughts:

Plot:

Jess Chunk and the  Road Trip to Infinity  is your classic road trip novel complete with shitty junk food,questionable motels and friendly people.While I was expecting it to be a cute fluffy contemporary, I was surprised. While this book has those classic elements, there’s a lot more to it.  Jess is a trans girl who is transitioning,and her father basically denies the fact that she’s trans. This road trip is a way to give her Dad one more chance, and to also see her Father’s wedding. This book deals a lot with Jess’ struggles and anxieties as she’s forced to face many truths.

This book does an A+ job with  diversity, and it’s the first book I’ve seen where a character is pansexual, so that was an added bonus.

One of my major problems with this book was it was too short. It was like 250 pages and I was able to finish it in one sitting, but I think there could’ve been more expansion on some issues. The ending was kind of abrupt, and while I did like it, I think it could’ve ended better. Another 100 or so pages would’ve made the book even better.

Characters:

Throughout the book I was contemplating what rating I would give it. While I was enjoying the plot, and  I was very enraptured in it, I had a few issues with Jess.She was very centered around her own problems, and what she wanted, while not really thinking about her best friend Chunk.While I don’t mind people who are like that, I think she needed more of a balance.As the road trip progresses, she realizes that she really doesn’t know much about Chunk, and has never really tried to know. Chunk is a great friend, and has been there for her through absolutely everything, but the relationship isn’t  always reciprocal.  Though at first Jess doesn’t understand that, she does eventually which is why my rating is 4 stars. As long as a character promises to try to fix what’s wrong, I’m willing to ignore their flaws. This is why I would’ve liked a little more pages to really see if Jess will change.

 

 

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult Book Review

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Book  summary:Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?

Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice: Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted by Kennedy’s counsel, Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family—especially her teenage son—as the case becomes a media sensation. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other’s trust, and come to see that what they’ve been taught their whole lives about others—and themselves—might be wrong.

My Rating:5/5 stars

My Thoughts

 

Small Great Things is an important book, and maybe one of the most important ones I’ve read all year. With race being such an important issue, this book is so relevant and necessary. I cannot speak for people of color because I’m white and i don’t know if this book is accurate, but I do believe that Picoult tried her best to portray this issue.

Small Things Done  is a tough read. I’m in a position of privilege and to read about the daily injustices Ruth must face is very eye-opening. I know that people of color face prejudice but I don’t you’re really able to understand it until it’s placed on a page for you. It’s a tough read because it’s frightening to think that there are people out there who are so overtly racist and to such an extreme. The main reason why this is a tough read is because for so many people this book isn’t shocking;it’s their daily lives.

Picoult alternates between three perspectives: Ruth,Kennedy and Turk. Ruth is an African American nurse put on trial for the murder of Turk’s child. Kennedy is the attorney representing  Ruth, and Turk is a white supremacist whose child died.All these perspectives are very necessary and represent three sides to a story. We have the victim, `Ruth, the perpetrator Turk and the well meaning attorney Kennedy. I think for anyone reading this book, the most difficult perspective to be will be Turk’s. His POV is filled with hate and an animosity and it’s scary because it’s real. You read about him beating up his gay father, and you think to yourself no one could be that be mean. But there are so many people out there who are so ignorant and filled with hate. Sometimes we forget that though and Small Great Things is an important reminder.

Picoult comments perfectly on the fact that  though we don’t try to be, all white people are racist. Our lives is based on the oppression of others. Though we may not be racist, we succeed because others don’t.And I feel that so few people want to admit that. For Picoult to talk about that is so refreshing.It’s one thing to call a skin-head racist but to call ourselves racist? No one is willing to admit that they though try very hard,they are still profiting from the oppression of others.Throughout the novel we see the attorney Kennedy who is very much like so many white people and would never  call herself racist. She says “she doesn’t see  color.” and Ruth basically tells her  that that’s the whole problem. If we never see color, how are we ever supposed to fix the problem?

Overall I had a few problems with the book and wasn’t that fond of the ending but  the immense importance of this book overshadows those minor issue. I am of the firm belief that one of the ways to get ideas across is through books,movies and T.V shows, and I think that Picoult is in the right direction and I hope other books are to come out of this. For change to come, we need to change the way people think and the best way to do so is through words.

 

 

 

 

The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey Book Review

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Goodreads Summary:When her widower father drowns at sea, Gemma Hardy is taken from her native Iceland to Scotland to live with her kind uncle and his family. But the death of her doting guardian leaves Gemma under the care of her resentful aunt, and it soon becomes clear that she is nothing more than an unwelcome guest at Yew House. When she receives a scholarship to a private school, ten-year-old Gemma believes she’s found the perfect solution and eagerly sets out again to a new home. However, at Claypoole she finds herself treated as an unpaid servant.

To Gemma’s delight, the school goes bankrupt, and she takes a job as an au pair on the Orkney Islands. The remote Blackbird Hall belongs to Mr. Sinclair, a London businessman; his eight-year-old niece is Gemma’s charge. Even before their first meeting, Gemma is, like everyone on the island, intrigued by Mr. Sinclair. Rich (by Gemma’s standards), single, flying in from London when he pleases, Hugh Sinclair fills the house with life. An unlikely couple, the two are drawn to each other, but Gemma’s biggest trial is about to begin: a journey of passion and betrayal, redemption and discovery, that will lead her to a life of which she’s never dreamed.

My Rating:4/5 stars

My Thoughts

Plot:

In both the plot summary and the blurbs for the book, The Flight of Gemma Hardy is described as a homage to Jane Eyre. Now I’ve ever read Jane Eyre so I don’t know if that comparision is accurate but nonetheless I really enjoyed the book.This book has that very classic orphan story about a girl who can’t find her place anywhere she goes,until at one point she does. Though this concept has been done on numerous occasions, I devoured it.I don’t think I ever would have picked it up or even known this book, it if it weren’t for the fact that my friend’s mom lent it to me but  I’m really glad I read it.

You can’t help but sympathize with the main Character Gemma as she goes from living at  a  unlovingaunt’s house to a boarding school where’s she’s the servant. When she gets a job at Blackbird Hall as a a nanny she hopes things will start to shape up. And then they do for awhile, but Gemma still has obstacles to face, and overcome, and these obstacles are with her until the very end.It’s so frustrating to see such a likable character have everything go wrong for her.It’s so infuriating to see the way certain people treat her. Everything good that came to her was taken away from her, and hoping for a good ending was what made me keep turning the pages. It’s very addicting and you just want to know what hardships she will have to go through next.

The only problem I had with the plot was the ending.I don’t want to spoil it, it’s just that I feel like Gemma could’ve done before. But that’s just my opinion.

Characters

In The Flight of Gemma Hardy you either hate the characters or really  like them. Unfortunately, there were more of the former than the lather. But I think that’s what makes this book so good. It really makes you appreciate the good characters.Essentially Gemma is the only magor character with a lot of minor characters throughout the book.Gemma is so driven and really smart. Nothing stops her from pursuing her dream of going to university and she pursues this dream in the hardest of conditions. She’s a very likable character, the type that you want to root for.It’s really impornant to have a likable character in books like this, or else it’s extremely hard to sympathize with them. So Margot Livesey did a very good job  with the construction of Gemma.

I’m not going to talk about the characters any longer. just shoutout to Pauline, Hannah,Jess, Myriam and Nell who were just really great stories that really added a lot to the story.

Writing:

There was something very interesting about the way this was written. Though it was set in the 50s and 60s it felt very victorian-esque which I really loved. I guess it’s because, Gemma never really goes into any big cities, so the small towns still mainitain that old feel. It’s just made me engrossed in the story.