Thursday, September 29, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King

Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King

I loved this book. I don't recall who recommended it or what list of books I nabbed it off but I'm glad that I did.

The story line is that of Lucky Linderman who is getting bullied by Nadar McMillian. Lucky is having problems at school with a project he started for one of his classes that revolved around how you'd kill yourself. Cause his parents and school counsleors to consider him "at risk". He has problems at home with a father who doesn't know how to be a father and is very absent in his life and a mother who just goes along with it all. Lucky escapes in his dreams to the jungle during the Vietnam War and has full on conversations with the Grandfather he's never met who is a POW/MIA. During all of this he manages to grow up and come to peace with his life and finds himself able to stand up to his bully.

I really enjoyed this book. It's a fairly quick read but very well written and something I feel everyone could relate to.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

I received this book from a good friend of mine the other day and I couldn't be happier with it. The story is told from the dogs point of view. So many books I've read in my life time and only a few that come from an animals point of view. 

Enzo's (the dog) health is declining and in the bringing you learn its the eve of his death. While this might down like a super downer to start with, trust me, it's not. Enzo continues on to tell you his life (ultimately his masters as well) story. He takes you through being plucked out of a group of other puppies right up until the end of his life. You learn about his master Denny and his love of racing cars, which in turn Enzo develops a love for this as well. Denny's wife Eve and what it was like when they first met and how Enzo felt about her intruding in on their bachelor pad. He goes through Denny and Eve's wedding, her pregnancy, their child Zoe and both Eve and Denny's parents. Denny and Eve go through a lot with Eve being sick and then in turn Denny goes through a lot with her parents due to a custody battle. Without giving away all the major points of the book... its a very touching story. 

I currently have a dog who was diagnosed with Lymphoma and I imagine some of the things that Enzo says and feel, are things that she feels as well. The one thing that Enzo doesn't want to have to do is have his master HAVE to hurt him intentionally (put him down due to illness) and that is the one thing I hope and pray for my Bitty. 

I'm sure my description of this book really does it no justice as there is so much more emotion and passion involved in Garth Stein's writing... just know:

I laughed. I cried. I cried some more. I loved this book.

This is another book that I found as a trailer for it. Seriously.. why do all books not have this. (All though, the last trailer I found did a much better job making me interested in the book)

I found this trailer too which I think did a much better job of getting me excited about the book.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: A Bad Boy Can Be Good For A Girl by Tanya Lee Stone

A Bad Boy Can Be Good For A Girl by Tanya Lee Stone

This was a really cute story. It was written in prose as if the three girls the book is about are writing the stories personally. It was a very quick read, couple of hours tops. Having gone through what these girls did in high school I was really able to relate to the story. I almost could add myself as another chapter.

The topic of the book was a boy in high school who is a jerk, basically. You know the type, the drop dead gorgeous football player that you feel would never be interested in you and all of  sudden he is? The book covers love, heartbreak, kissing, sex pressure, prude and slut. I wish I could have read a book like this before I went through high school. Would have made me a little more aware of what I'd be running into. Granted not all guys are like the guy in this book, but they are hard to pinpoint and if you aren't already aware that someone like this does and can exist.. you can get caught up in the trap.

I think every girl should read this before entering high school. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

My First Envelope from PIPSTICKS

My First Envelope from PIPSTICKS

Stickers in the mail once a month? WHAT?! Sounds amazing right? After much deliberation (okay like, 2 seconds) I decided I was going to try it out. I LOVE STICKERS!

I got my first envelope in the mail today and it was kind of funny actually. I completely forgot that I had signed up so it was a super awesome suprise today.

It was decorated and wrapped fantastically.

After I greedily tore open the envelope and dumped the treasures out:

First I couldn't believe how many stickers were included and second I didn't realize that they sent OTHER things than just stickers. It was a pleasant surprise.


My favorite stickers by far are the pink flamingos and the unicorn. In the top photo of pictures there is a ticket with a star on it. By being a subscription member I am entered in a drawing this month to win a pink typewriter! A PINK TYPEWRITER! My fingers and toes are crossed.

The something extra (postcard & quote card):


And lastly there was a newsletter included that informed me of my chance to win the pink typewriter, a photo of said pink typewriter.

I don't remember what I paid for this but when I look up the subscriptions online it looks like I paid about $14.95. I think it was worth it for a envelope full of stickers, a postcard, and a quote card. I'm doing it again next month for sure!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: Letters from the Loony Bin by Thatcher C Nalley

Letters from the Loony Bin by Thatcher C Nalley

First off let me say that I read this book thinking that these were actual letters, written by actual patients, and that this whole story was true. Come to find out when I went to do a little research to find more of the back story that it wasn't true at all. So that should give you an indication on what kind of read it was. It felt real.

This is a book of 13 letters written by patients of an insane aslyum called Emerson Rose. The letters describe why the patients were admitted, how they felt about it, and what part they were playing in the "escape". If I had to say anything negitive about the book it would be that it just kinds of ends abruptley. I hope that author is planning a sequel.

On a side note... why don't all books have trailers. Is this not amazing?

Thursday, August 11, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

I've had this book on my 'to read' list for quite some time. I'm not sure where I saw it advertised but I was really anxious to get my nose into it. I was a little disappointed as first as it took me a very long time to get through the first half of the book. I don't normally hang on so long when a book is slow for me but for some reason I did with this one. Once I got to Part 2 however everything changed. I couldn't put the book down and everything that confused me in the beginning, began to make sense.

Code Name Verity is set during World War II (FYI: This is a work of fiction) and it follows the story line of two women. Maddie who is a pilot and Julie who is a spy. They go on a mission to France (who is occupied by Germany at this point) and things go terribly wrong. Julie is captured and held prisoner by the gestapo and forced to document everything she knows about the war effort in lou for her life, Maddie on the other hand is in hiding hoping to reconnect with her best friend. This is a story of best friends.

While I do admit part 1 is pretty slow... STICK WITH IT! I promise you will not be sorry when you finish the book. 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: Shadow of the Titanic: The Extraordinary Stories of Those Who Survived

Shadow of the Titanic: The Extraordinary Stories of Those Who Survived by Andrew Wilson

I've had this book on my "to read" list for quite some time and a random Saturday trip to the library had me walking away with a copy to finally read. 

This book was amazing! I've read other stories about the Titanic but they've always been about the sinking of the ship itself and the people who died on that frightful 1912 night. While I do realize that is the important part of the whole event this book actually focuses on those who survived and what their life was like after the sinking of the ship. I was amazed at some of the lives these people lead after the sinking of the ship. Some obviously couldn't handle the the enormity of it all and ended their lives, others lived as the walking dead, some ended up having very successful lives, while others ended up in loony bins. I never gave much thought to those who survived before and since the majority of them were women and children and the time period they were from what that meant. In 1912 not a lot of women held their own finances and to lose their husband in the sinking of the ship meant more than just losing a loved one. There was also a lot of talk of the honor that someone deemed as a husband/father/brother getting the women and children in to the life boats first and not joining them. There isn't that required kind of chivalry anymore in this day and age so that put an interesting spin on it for me. Something else I found incredibly interesting is the amount of things some of these people brought on the ship with them. Since there are account from survivors you hear about the things that they lost in the ship from fancy dresses to multiple pearl necklaces.

I couldn't put this book down. I recommend this to anyone interested in the Titanic and really anyone interested in a good read. If you've read other books about the Titanic and the sinking of the ship I can guarantee this will be like no other.