Booktube Bites: Stages of Book Grief

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Booktube Bites is a weekly segment in which I spotlight cool bookish videos on the internet. I will discuss some entertaining videos and Booktubers which you can check out. Feel free to participate as well, and send in your own recommendations of videos you would like spotlighted.

Found At: Caroline The Reader

Today’s Video: Stages of Book Grief

In this week’s viral pick Booktuber Caroline, from the channel Caroline the Reader discusses a problem every reader runs into. Book grief, the all too familiar feeling of not being able to let go of amazing book you just read. You loved the characters, the story line, and now you’re not sure what to read next.

The five stages of book grief has happened to me way too many times to count. It not only happens with books, but with TV shows, movies, and other fandoms. It’s so hard to move onto the next thing when you’re stuck in that story’s world.

Question of the Week: What was the last book you read that gave you “book grief”? Share your thoughts!

Have a great weekend and happy reading!🙂

 

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Book Tag Thursday: Nintendo Book Tag

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As always for this segment I will find awesome book tags throughout the vast, wide inter-webs and complete mini-challenges. I’ll hope you’ll have fun and participate with me as well! Leave your own answers in the comments or write your post and link it back to me. (You are also free to use the picture if you’d like, just credit me.)

Today’s Topic: Nintendo Book Tag

Tagged By: Zezee With Books

NES (Nintendo Entertainment System): A classic you want to read.

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Beloved by Toni Morrison

I’ve only read one book by Toni Morrison since college and realized that I need to read more of her novels. I’ve heard wonderful things about Beloved, so this book is next on my Morrison TBR list.

SNES (Super Nintendo): A sequel you liked more than the first (can be a second book in a series).

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The Faerie Prince (Creepy Hollow #2) by Rachel Morgan

The Creepy Hollow books is such a great fantasy series. While the first book focuses more on world building, I felt like the writing, character development, and action were much stronger in the sequel.

Nintendo 64: A book that revolutionized the way you look at the world.

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Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I know I’ve stated this before, but I liked how this novel explored the question of “What does it mean to be an American?” It’s well-crafted and I like how it dissects social issues.

Gamecube: A popular book that did not go over so well with you.

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The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent

The plot in the first installment of the series had great promise, but it fell into typical YA fantasy story tropes and there was a lack character depth from all of the main characters.

Wii: A new favorite book.

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With Malice by Eileen Cook

I saw this book floating around the book blogosphere earlier year and I decided to give a try since I love a good suspense story. I just finished this book about a day ago and I was not disappointed. It went in a direction I was not expecting!

Nintendo Power: Favorite graphic novel series or a series you want to start.

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Saga by Brian K. Vaughn

This series is one amazing fantasy/space opera. The writing is great, the characters are well written, and the plot is entertaining! If you haven’t read this series yet, I highly recommend it.🙂

Super Mario: A character that you’d love to squish like a Goomba.

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The Blood Ties Series by Jennifer Armintrout

The main character of the series Carrie. She is so indecisive about everything that it infuriated me! She gets caught up in a love triangle in the second novel and throughout the whole book she still can’t make up her mind of who she truly loves. I had to DNF this series!

Zelda: A newer fantasy that you consider to be a modern classic.

Hmmm…I can’t really think of one.

Samas-Aran: Favorite sci-fi novel or one you want to read.

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Kindred by Octavia Butler

I started reading this book last year and I need to go back and finish it. It’s a sci-fi book that everyone recommends so hopefully I’ll finish it soon.

Pokemon: Book editions that you want to collect.

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Pretty much any one of the Leather bound Classics from Barnes & Noble. The cover art is gorgeous and the trim of the pages are colored!

Donkey Kong: A book with original characters.

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Lord of the Flies by William Golding

This novel was one of my favorite books I read in British Lit. I loved the characters and the deserted island survival story line.

Nintendo Fandom: Favorite Nintendo game(s) or game you really want.

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Super Mario Bros. I used to play this all the time on my Game Boy Color growing up for hours upon end. It can be somewhat challenging at times, but I always have fun when I play this game.

Tag! You’re it! Comment with your answers below or participate by writing your own post and link back to me. :)

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Reading Recommendations: Fall Reads!

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Autumn has arrived! The smell of cider is in the air and the leaves are changing into hues of red and gold. Today, I’d thought I’d share a compilation of books to enjoy throughout this fall season! Enjoy!

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Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

Synopsis: Alex, a girl from a family of brujas (witches) wishes she had a normal life instead of the one she’s destined for. On her Deathday celebration she tries to get rid of her powers and accidentally sends her family into Los Lagos where she must rescue them from danger.

This was such a fun book! It’s got fantasy, witches, magic, and adventure. On top of that, the coming of age aspect of the story makes it relatable to wide audience.

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Trixi Pudong and the Greater World by Audrey Mei

Take a journey through generations with Trixi Pudong and The Greater World. It’s a story that is centered around one family’s story as they struggle with their hopes, desires, through turbulent times.

If you’re a fan of historical fiction like me, you will surely enjoy this novel. Mei not only focuses on a theme of family in this novel, but she also helps readers to explore a part of world history they may be unfamiliar with.

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We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen

Another story focused on family, this book follows the story of a newly blended family. Stewart is academically brilliant but socially awkward while his older sister, Ashley is the popular girl in her class, but she is a bad student. Will these two find a middle ground and find a way to get along?

I love this book’s message of being yourself and not letting anybody change who you are. While it’s a lighthearted novel overall, I liked that the author does discuss some deeper topics such as bullying and peer pressure.

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The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis

This novel follows a girl named Elka who is raised in the wilderness by a man named “Trapper”. When she finds out the man she loves as a father is a killer she find herself having to escape from everything she’s ever known.

A gripping page-turner! This book is perfect for fans of thriller and suspense stories. Lewis crafts an excellent tale and carefully builds up the tension throughout the entire novel. You won’t see what’s coming next!

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The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

As always for this list, I like to include books I read during school since fall is the start of the back to school season. The novel tells the story of Amir, a young boy from Kabul, whose closest friend is Hassan, his father’s young Hazara servant set against a backdrop of events.

An amazing novel that I think everyone should read. It not only opened my eyes to some historical events I had little knowledge of, but the author also has a way of exploring the themes of guilt and redemption as well as family.

 

And that completes my recommendations for fall! What books do you recommend? Comment below.🙂

 

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Book Review: “The Wolf Road” by Beth Lewis

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“The Wolf Road” by Beth Lewis

Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Mystery

Page Length: 400 pages (hardcover edition)

Synopsis:

Everything Elka knows of the world she learned from the man she calls Trapper, the solitary hunter who took her under his wing when she was just seven years old.

But when Elka sees the Wanted poster in town, her simple existence is shattered. Her Trapper – Kreagar Hallet – is wanted for murder. Even worse, Magistrate Lyon is hot on his trail, and she wants to talk to Elka.

Elka flees into the vast wilderness, determined to find her true parents. But Lyon is never far behind – and she’s not the only one following Elka’s every move. There will be a reckoning, one that will push friendships to the limit and force Elka to confront the dark memories of her past. (description from Goodreads)

Review:

The Wolf Road is a first person, psychological thriller that follows a girl name Elka who is raised in the wilderness by a man named “Trapper”. When she finds out the man she loves as a father is a possible serial killer she tries to escape from him and her past.

There is so much attention to landscape in this novel as it takes place in a wilderness setting. Readers get this vivid imagery that immerses you into the novel such as the freezing waters of the river, snow-covered grounds, and types of various wildlife. You quickly see how cruel mother nature can be and how difficult it can be to survive in these conditions with no supplies. Readers also get a taste of what it’s like being alone in the woods for such long periods of time, how fast time elapses, and how lon periods of isolation can play tricks on the mind.

Elka, the main protagonist, is kind of brash and has an attitude. Though is very sure of herself and confident, her arrogant nature sometimes gets her put into sticky situations. Elka is also resourceful and she knows how to hunt, camp, and survive in the wild. She realizes during the entirety of the novel that her survival skills are based off of everything Trapper taught her through the years. On top of that, she struggles with the accusations being held against Trapper, and is terrified at the fact it is probably true. While she is running away from him, she is also running away from her own haunted past. Though Elka feels betrayed, she also knows she has to be on her a-game in order to survive and outrun Trapper.

Elka is so intelligent about wild life, which I was in awe of. However, when it comes to society and real world affairs she is so out of her element. She is quick to judge others due to her own shortfalls (lack of book smarts). By being exposed to society it makes her realize how truly isolated she’s been for most of her life even though she lived with Trapper for ten years. Watching her character development throughout the novel was intriguing because the reader gets to see all her thoughts, emotions, and feelings.

I think that Lewis’ own hands-on encounters and research of wilderness/survival helps to enhance the book’s entire experience. The whole novel is like one big cat and mouse game in the wild wheee Trapper is the predator and Elka is the prey. Every moment of the book something is new unfolds and I kept getting surprised at every new occurrence. I also loved the way Lewis writes her action scenes in this book. She builds suspense and tension into the smallest moments and keeps the readers constantly guessing at the possible ways the plot could turn.

On a side note, be warned that there are trigger warnings in this book! It was way more gory and graphically descriptive in certain parts than I thought it would be initially.

Final Verdict:

4 star rating

FTC Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Booktube Bites: What Is Literature For?

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Booktube Bites is a weekly segment in which I spotlight cool bookish videos on the internet. I will discuss some entertaining videos and Booktubers which you can check out. Feel free to participate as well, and send in your own recommendations of videos you would like spotlighted.

Found At: School of Life

Today’s Video: What Is Literature For?

In this week’s video the School of Life asks the big question, “What Is Literature For?” It opens the discussion of why people spend time reading novels and poems when bigger events are happening in the world. The video goes on to explain why reading literature is so important such as learning from history, acting as a cure for loneliness, and how it allows you to learn from other mistakes.

I found this video to be really interesting and it even opened my mind to new ways that literature is not only essential to the world, but to each individual.

Question of the Week: What do you think literature is for? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Have a great weekend and happy reading!🙂

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Book Review: “The Masked Truth” by Kelley Armstrong

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“The Masked Truth” by Kelley Armstrong (2015)

Genre: YA, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery

Page Length: 340 (hardcover edition)

Synopsis:

Riley Vasquez is haunted by the brutal murder of the couple she was babysitting for.

Max Cross is suffering under the shadow of a life-altering diagnosis he doesn’t dare reveal.

The last thing either of them wants is to spend a weekend away at a therapy camp alongside five other teens with “issues.” But that’s exactly where they are when three masked men burst in to take the group hostage.

The building has no windows. The exits are sealed shut. Their phones are gone. And their captors are on a killing spree.

Riley and Max know that if they can’t get out, they’ll be next—but they’re about to discover that even escape doesn’t equal freedom. (description from Goodreads)

Review:

The Masked Truth is a fast-paced thriller that jumps into the action of the story within the first few pages. The story follows a teenage girl named Riley who is sent to therapy camp to heal from a traumatic experience only for her and other camp attendees to be taken hostage by masked men. Will they be able to escape alive?

The situation in the novel is terrifying, dangerous, and realistic. Armstrong’s attention to detail puts readers into the heat of the story and asks them the question “What would you do in this situation?” Would you run, hide, or fight your way to safety? While reading this book you truly feel the fear embedded in each character and the intensity of the situation.

The novel is mainly centered on the plot’s two main protagonist’s Riley and Max. Riley dealt with a horrific incident and now suffers from PTSD. Max struggles to find the balance between his hallucinations and real life because has schizophrenia. I enjoyed how the characters developed over the course of action and how we get glimpses of Max and Riley’s backgrounds during the calmer moments of the story.

I really admired Max and Riley’s bravery and their ability to be quick on their feet throughout the novel. Though both are scared to death they push they fear back down inside in order to assess ever-changing situation. When things got too hard to handle, one of them always stepped up to support one another in order to give them the strength to go on.

The Masked Truth gave me a another insight into the lives of people who struggle with various mental illnesses. By looking deep inside the two main characters minds we get a feel for their emotions, what coping methods help them, and what it’s like to deal with something you feel you have no control over at time. Armstrong also touches on the issue of the stigmas surrounding mental illnesses.

This book is also equally a psychological thriller. It puts you on edge and you’re not sure who is telling the truth and who is lying. Just when I thought the climactic part of the story was over, the plot takes readers for a spin. Though there was a bit of romance in this book I appreciated that it was a thread rather than being the center of the story. Max and Riley end up depending on each other for survival before pursuing something further than their initial attraction.

Final Verdict:

4 star rating

Author Interview With Sam Reed of “Fair To Hope”

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Synopsis: Every day two groups secretly war for control of souls; a war that fuels the chosen for the Final Battle. A destined death-fight between best friends for the last soul and the fate of the world.

Q&A Time!

Tell us a little about yourself and your background?

Why is this question always the hardest for me to answer, lol? My name is Samantha Reed, but everyone has called me Sam since the day I was born. I grew up in Pulaski, a very small town in southern Virginia, before moving first to Newport News VA, and then the D.C. area. Let’s see, things about me; I’m an introvert, I love all things sour so I eat lemons like oranges and drink olive juice from the jar. I think words were my first love; books came second. I love the ocean and warm weather, horror movies even though they stopped being scary ages ago, and all kinds of music.

I have a culinary degree in baking and pastry and spent part of my ‘traditional’ career making custom wedding cakes – while the bulk of my career (15 years or so) was spent as an Event Planner. For the past 10 years I’ve been the full-time caretaker for my mom, and feel beyond blessed to be able to give back to her just a little of what she’s given to me. That period of time was also when I decided to sort of chuck it all, take the leap, and look into publishing my first book, and that’s where we are now, with Fair to Hope.

Which writers inspire you and what are your favorite books by them?

It’s impossible for me to answer the favorite book question, it’s ever changing and evolving, in high school I read 1984 and The Invisible Man and was struck by being pulled along by the hand towards the evolution of something…does that make sense? Watching this thing unfold, often tragically, and being so invested that it becomes more than a story, it becomes something that shapes how you view life in general. Beloved did that for me as well, Stephen King’s IT was the first book to truly scare me, and I grew up on horror movies so it was unexpectedly exhilarating. Everything by Toni Morrison, literally everything, shaped how I categorized myself as a black woman, but perhaps no novel more than Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, I read it as a young southern teenager who’d just moved to the ‘big city’ and it gave me all these new definitions of love and security and self-awareness, vulnerability, strength, carelessness and hope.

Though my favorites list is always revolving, that book stays in my top 3. My favorite setting in books is the South, it’s in my blood, I love the slowness and the sly calculation of the people and the observations, the food, the heat, heat can be a character in and of itself, when it’s hot enough, people are inclined to do crazy things! And food too, what a person eats, how they eat, the memories surrounding what they use to nourish themselves can be one of the most telling character traits.

 

What inspired you to write this novel?

As I mentioned I’m an introvert, which means in most social situations, especially those where I don’t know the folks around me, I tend to people watch more than anything else. I’m always fascinated by the way people interact with each other, the subtlety of certain gestures or movements, how without even knowing them you can pick up on things about them; do they smile? Are they funny? Sad? Attracted to someone near them? Trying to get away from someone? Uncomfortable? Bored? Confident? I started to wonder about the way we interact with each other – and thinking about how we’re all connected and what that really means. What if what I do doesn’t just affect me, and doesn’t just affect you in the now…but could have an affect that echoed in a way that led to some sort of finality. I wanted to explore that idea from the perspective of someone who would have no reason to want to be connected to anyone, and what someone put in that position would choose to do if they realized their choices could literally mean life or death for everyone else.

 

What is the hardest thing about writing?

Writing, lol. Writing is by far the hardest part. I think ideas are always there somewhere, even if it’s just the spark of something, but flushing it out and creating wholeness around it, sometimes when it can feel like the words are clawing their way out of you, can be so difficult. I feel like every time, well…okay, maybe not every time, but often when a writer sits and starts to craft a story they go through like the Superman of roller coasters; “this is great! Best idea ever! This is horrible! I’m not a writer…why am I doing this? Oh, look at that tree, I should go sit under that tree, that would be a better use of my time…oh no wait, it was just there, I just thought it, the perfect sentence for this part, why can’t I remember it? Because you suck, writing sucks…oh no wait, there it is! It’s perfect and I wrote the whole thing down before I forgot it, this is completely what the story needs, it’s perfect. I love writing. Which in and of itself as in internal dialogue can be exhausting; self motivating and deprecating simultaneously.

But then when it’s done, and you’ve basically grated off pieces of yourself to live on the page forever, you then open yourself up to judgment from other people, for critique from folks who weren’t in your head while you wrote, who may not understand why you made certain decisions, even while for you it seems so crystal clear. Hearing those opinions can be the hardest part, at least for me, because regardless of what you write, everything you put on the page is personal, it’s a part of you, so criticism can hurt. But as I’ve been told by the amazing mentors I’m lucky to have, it’s also part of the game, it’s not a surprise, it’s what you signed up for, so I’m working on growing a super thick skin, lol.

 

Does Fair To Hope have a lesson? Moral?

I think the moral of Fair to Hope is that we need each other, all of us, even when we don’t think we do. And that what you do as an individual matters; how you choose to live your life and treat other people; whether you’re bringing people hope or despair, even in the smallest sense, those things matter and have everlasting resonance.

 

What do you love most about the writing process?

I love meeting my story on the page. I love seeing how things develop, how something that started out as just one sentence can turn into pages that have a complete life of their own. I love learning to trust myself through that process, and trust in creating something that feels authentic to me…which honestly is probably slightly outside the box of what is considered normal, but I think I’d rather be weird than normal.

 

What are you working on now? What is your next project?

Right now I’m working on my 3rd book, (Fair to Hope is my first, I’ve also written an adult literary fiction novel called Gray Salt). I thought I knew where this new work was going, but a few weeks ago it became clear that I needed to make some adjustments, so I’m in the process of outlining it and seeing where it leads. Hopefully it’ll end up being my next YA book that I’ll have ready to consider for publication by late 2017.


About the Author

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Sam Reed is a born and bred southern girl who grew up reading Toni Morrison, Archie Comics, Christopher Pike, Octavia Butler, Dean Koontz and Stephen King. When she’s not thinking of what to write she is napping or eating, going to church, wishing she could sing, dreaming of owning a tiny house, watching A Different World reruns, trying to perfect her grandma’s biscuit recipe, or reading a book.

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