Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Pokemon Go Book Tag

It's been a long time since I've actually done a book tag, but seeing how I'm so behind in actually reading books I thought this was a great idea. I saw that Val from The Innocent Smiley did this tag (because of course she did) and I couldn't resist! This meme was created by Aentee @ Read at Midnight, so definitely go check out how this all started.

So of course I started playing Pokemon Go because I am in the generation that Pokemon began and it still holds a lot of meaning for me. I haven't really ventured outside of my apartment for Pokemon yet (and now I've run out of poke balls) but it's made me want to go find my gameboy color and replay Pokemon Blue. I loved that game!

I don't know if there is really a book from my childhood that started it all. I read a ton of the Mary-Kate & Ashley mysteries, but I don't think that was what really started me with my love for reading. However when I started reading The Princess Diaries I was in about 5th or 6th grade, and that's when I really started to get into reading. That's when I really started to get into Meg Cabot, and I still haven't read all her books!

Hm this one is really tough for me, because I think I answered it in the above. But honestly Green Eggs & Ham by Dr. Seuss. I know that's a really cheesy answer, but I will always love that one because it was the very first book I ever read. I remember being very excited that I could finally read a book by myself, so it holds a lot of meaning for me.

Have to agree with Val on Throne of Glass. I liked the first book, but something happened in the second one that really pissed me off. I tried the third one and it was okay, but everyone kept raving about it so much! I just didn't care anymore.

Hmm, I think it's hard to read current sci-fi books and not see a lot of tropes. I think I am going to go with Ready Player One. That book does have some tropes, but I think it was kind of the point, and it was an enjoyable ride the whole time.

I actually have to say a book series I haven't been able to finish because of the sheer size, and that is the Outlander Series. I have been reading the second book for an entire year but I keep on picking up other books instead of focusing on it.

Definitely the Miss Peregrine series. Some of those photos are creepy AF if you read at night. I love those books, but can only read them during the day.

I have to say Suze Simon and Jesse de Silva from the Mediator series. As soon as that jerk Paul Slater came into the picture, I was like, "Oh no you don't, these two are meant to be together!!"

I'm going to go with A Thousand Pieces of You. I put off reading that book for a long time, but once I read it I just couldn't put it down.

I don't think I actually have an answer for this, considering that I suck at keeping up with series. I'm just going to go with The Princess Diaries. I want to see more of Mia in her adult life.

Lost Stars by Claudia Grey. I have been kind of "meh" about a lot of the new Star Wars Expanded Universe books, but this one really made me excited for what is to come. It's also why I finally read A Thousand Pieces of You.

The Darkest Minds. I know this has been out for awhile, but I still haven't gotten to it. I have a friend that has been begging me to read it. I trust her opinion on books a lot so I know I'll like it. 
Hmm, I don't pine for Collector's editions that much. I know, I'm probably the only book blogger that doesn't. I guess maybe just The World of Ice and Fire. A friend of mine has it and it's so pretty!

I still want to read The Crown's Game. I was pretty excited when it came out...and I haven't got to reading it yet. I suck, but definitely still interested in it.
This is an easy one for anyone who has ever visited my blog...Meg Cabot

Since I suck at keeping up with my reading I don't really have one for this one. Last year it was Remembrance by Meg Cabot. I wasn't even expecting another Mediator book, and it felt like it took forever!

Whew! This was quite a long book tag, but it was certainly fun. I never actually tag people in these, but I'm tagging anyone that is interesting in doing this or likes Pokemon.

Happy Reads Everyone!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Audiobook Review: Unbroken

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Publisher: Random House Audio
Release Date: November 16th 2010
Format: Audiobook narrated by Edward Herrmann
My Rating: ★1/2

Goodreads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD

On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood.

Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane's bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.

The lieutenant's name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, he'd been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.
Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.

In her long-awaited new book, Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in Seabiscuit. Telling an unforgettable story of a man's journey into extremity, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit.
I will admit it, the only reason that I picked this book up is because I wanted to see the movie, and I am one of those people that needs to read the book first. Going into this, I did not realize that this was non-fiction. I don't read a lot of non-fiction, but I found that the way the author told Zamperini's story made me kind of forget this was a real person. I mean he had such a large personality, I kind of forgot that this was a true story.

This book is hard to read, especially when you remember that all of these horrors actually happened. Once Louis is in the prisoner of war camp that is when the book was a little hard for me to swallow. POWs face a lot of horrors during war, and World War II has to have been the hardest.

At times I do think there was a little too much exposition in this narrative. I understand that it was important to explain to us Louie's olympic status, but I feel like there was way too much introduction in the beginning of this book. I also think I would have preferred this book to end when he returned home from war. I understand that the author wanted to show the aftermath of what happened to soldiers after they returned from war, but I felt like the end kept dragging on. It also was a little too depressing for me, so I just wanted to book to be over.

I don't think I would have enjoyed this book as much had I just read it. There is something about Edward Herrmann's historical narration that has always drawn me. He used to do a lot of narration for the history channel when I was a kid, and I usually found his voice made me interested in the subject. So if you are not sure about reading this fictional book, I would highly suggest trying the audio.

Happy Reads Everyone!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

May/June Wrap-Up

So...I've been bad about keeping up with my blog again, and I just realized I never posted my wrap up from May, so this month I'm wrapping up May & June Together. You want to know who's fault is it? THIS GUY!

Seriously The Witcher has taken over my life. I went to the shore last weekend, so I was hoping I could get a lot of reading done but I didn't get as much done as I thought. Although, I think my main problem is that I procrastinate writing the actual reviews. 

I might even consider going on a hiatus for a little while, because things at work just got crazy again. Back in January I was dealing with a lot of stuff on my plate because two of my coworkers were out on maternity leave and they hired a terrible temp that they ended up letting go and I had to train the new temp. I was working crazy hours and there was a lot of pressure on me. Well...that coworker has decided to leave the company so she can stay home with her son. So all of her stuff got dumped on me again. It's really frustrating, so I'm working longer hours to try to get everything done, so when I come home all I want to do is kill things on xbox. 

Books I Read



So, like I said I have been spending way too much time playing the Witcher! In my April Wrap Up post I was talking about how I got into the second game, and I finished it in like 2 months, I was obsessed. So now my boyfriend and I have been fighting over who gets the xbox one so I can play The Witcher 3. The game is so much bigger, and the graphics are amazing. I just find the story so interesting. There is also this mini-game where you can play cards with NPCs and there are quests involved with it. My boyfriend was like,  "Yeah I never really got into that." but I am obsessed with Gwent. Actually the developer noticed how much people liked it that they are going to release a standalone game just based on the card game. I'm pretty excited for it.

One of our friends kept on raving about Preacher, so we decided to finally watch it. I thought the boyfriend just had no interest in it so I never brought it up. So far we are really enjoying it, there is just a lot of questions about certain things. Hoping all these things get answered.

I finally got the boyfriend to go back to Haven. This show wrapped last year, and I never got around to finishing it. So right now I'm re-watching the fourth season with him so we can finish it up. I really love this show, and I think because it was on Syfy it really flew under the radar. I think it's really underrated, and I highly recommend it. 

What have you been reading or consuming lately?

Happy Reads Everyone!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Audiobook Review: The Girl on the Train

The Girl On The Train By Paula Hawkins
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Release Date: January 13th, 2015
Format: Audiobook
My Rating: 

Goodreads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
A lot of people have some strong opinions about this book, and they are mostly that they didn't enjoy it. I know the main reason is that they couldn't stand the main character Rachel. I think if I hadn't know people that read and enjoyed this one through the end, I might have giving up on this one too. However, I stuck with it and I think once you find out why Rachel is the way she is you can understand her better.

The novel is told from the perspective of three different women involved in the mystery of one woman's disappearance. One of them being the missing woman herself. The audiobook version has three different woman doing the narration, which I was really glad about because it was really clear which one of them you were experiencing. I found all three to be unlikeable for different reasons, but I found Anna to be the worst. I could not stand her. As for Rachel and Megan, they are both damaged characters that once I found out what made them that way I had more sympathy for them.

I'm being purposefully vague in this review, because I really don't want to give anything away about this novel. I also can't comment on if I found it predictable about who done it, because I just had to know and didn't feel like waiting until finishing the audiobook so I looked it up. I suck! But I'm one of those weird people that just loves spoilers. I like knowing how things end and seeing how they play out.

I thought the audiobook was a really good production, and I think that is why I enjoyed this novel so much. I'm not entirely sure if things would have been different had I just read the book. I think if you are looking for a good murder mystery, I would recommend this one.

Happy Reads Everyone!