Super Awesome Book Giveaway!

Hello everyone! It has once again been quite some time since I posted. Unfortunately, consistency is not something I can see in my near future. Life has been crazy awesome and busy for me, and luckily I don't get stressed very easy, but keeping up a regular blog along with all the essays and work and social life that is college might be a bit to hard. So I'll just do it when I have time, which will hopefully be more often then it has been in past months.


I was perusing Tumblr and I came across this:

Isn't it AWESOME? Here is the link to the Rafflecopter! If you have time, just share this graphic all over the internet, and then link (in the Rafflecopter) to where you have shared it. It's super easy and the prize is pretty cool.

Good luck and thanks for reading!


A Few April 2014 Releases

So like a lot of people, I like to look around and see what books are coming out soon, see if any catch my eye. As usual, there are TONS of fabulous-looking books being released in April. Here are a few that stood out to me:

1. House of Ivy & Sorrow by Natalie Whipple
The date for this one is April 15th. I haven't heard much about this one, and I haven't read anything else by the author, but the cover is beautiful! The Goodreads reviews aren't the best though, so I might wait a while to pick this one up.

2. The Looking Glass by Jessica Arnold
This is another April 15th release with a beautiful cover. I haven't heard much about this one either, but the premise on Goodreads is very intriguing. 

3. Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
 April 15th looks to be the big day for book releases this month! This book definitely sports another gorgeous cover, and the premise is extremely promising for this one. I can see myself getting a copy of this in the near future. 

4. The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa
Aaaaaaand ANOTHER April 15th release! I'm a big fan of Julie Kagawa, but I must shamefully admit that I haven't read any in this particular series... With this one coming out soon, I might have to fix that. 

5. Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong
This one is not being released on the 15th, but rather the 8th of April! I've read and enjoyed quite a few Kelley Armstrong books, so I'm excited to see what this one has to offer!

Alrighty, so these five books are what caught my attention for April. What have you seen floating around? Would you read any of these? 

Thanks for reading!


Book Review: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

Synopsis (from Goodreads.com): Nine-year-old Oskar Schell is an inventor, amateur entomologist, Francophile, letter writer, pacifist, natural historian, percussionist, romantic, Great Explorer, jeweler, detective, vegan, and collector of butterflies. When his father is killed in the Septermber 11th attacks on the World Trade Center, Oskar sets out to solve the mystery of a key he discovers in his father's closet. It is a search which leads him into the lives of strangers, through the five boroughs of New York, into history, to the bombings of Dresden and Hiroshima, and on an inward journey which bings him ever closer to some kind of peace. 
My Review: I read this book for a literature theory class, so I suppose I probably looked at it a bit different than someone just reading to read.

This book deals with family and loss, hurt, memory and memorials, something and nothing. It's the kind of book that leaves me feeling incredibly sad and yet incredibly comforted. It's a very complicated book, in every way from the subjects, the characters, the form, to the pictures. It's the kind of writing I find extremely clever.

This book reminded me quite a lot of two other books: The Book Thief and The Catcher in the Rye. The form and the images in the book reminded me of The Book Thief (one of my absolute favorites). I found it incredibly interesting that the form between the two was similar because of the similar nature of the subjects. The main character in this book, Oskar, reminded me of Holden Caulfield who I hated at first but then I absolutely loved.

I loved this book in a way that is a bit hard to describe. It's beautifully written and marvelously complex and clever. It's one of those books I would probably consider a favorite, but wouldn't count it as a loss if I didn't read it again.

If you are thinking about reading this book, I would suggest that you do it with an open mind. I would suggest that you think about the reason the form, the stories, the images are included. I think you'll find it a much more enjoyable read that way. 

Thanks for reading!


A Girl with a Book Problem

Hello fellow readers!

I'm terribly sorry for the awfully long break in posts. Five months is kind of a long time. But it was a much needed break for me. 

I started this blog because I love reading and I love talking about reading even more. For a little while though, it started to be a chore. When something you love starts dragging you down a little, it's not great. SO I took a break, gotten into a good flow of school and work and social life, and read a whole lot of books just for the heck of it. 

And now I'm back! And it's exciting! 

I have a review all typed up for an excellent book that I just finished reading, and that will be up tomorrow. In the mean time, I'm going to tell you a true story.

I started college last June! It was very exciting! I had the opportunity to go and grow and branch out and meet new people and learn new things! Woohoo! But I also had to fly all the way from Alaska and had to fit all of my stuff into one suitcase and a duffel bag. Now being a bookish sort of person, I own quite a lot of books. A ridiculous amount, really. So with the prospect of packing all my stuff looming over me, I decided to go through my books, find the ones I didn't like or wouldn't ever read again, and donate them to the local library. 

I might have got rid of five. 

That didn't really help with all the packing...

Somewhere in the back of my head I had totally accepted the fact that I would in no way shape or form be able to take the number of books with me that I had previously deemed good enough. (Just so we're clear, that would have been all of them). So I set to narrowing it down. Which books could I NOT live without? Which ones would be good enough to read a few more times over? I ended up with the following:

BUT. I am a bookish person! I assume you are too, so you can probably imagine how my situation quickly changed. Hehe. It is now March, nearly the end of my Freshman year, and I now have in my possession 55 hard copies of some book or another, AND because my parents are the best I also procured a Nook and have since loaded it with 58 other books. 

My roommates have all told me that I have a book problem. 

I've assured them that I do.

So there's my story! I hope you enjoyed, and I hope you can relate! Check back tomorrow for a BRAND NEW REVIEW! The last one since August, I must shamefully admit. So be excited!

Thanks for reading!

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