Book Review: The Martian by Andy Weir (Spoiler Free)

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

December 5, 2017

“They say once you grow crops somewhere, you have officially ‘colonized’ it. So technically, I colonized Mars. In your face, Neil Armstrong!” ― Andy Weir, The Martian

I never want to go to Mars.

Although, reading about the lone man who gets left there in Andy Weir's The Martian was an adventure in itself. Mark Watney is one of, no, THE funniest main characters I have read in a while. Weir's writing was phenomenal. Not only was it humorous, but full of scientific jargon that really put you in the world of NASA.

The Ghost Diaries: The Beginning

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

November 28, 2017

"The runt of the litter, that one's your Snow." - Game of Thrones

And thus I embark (bark ha!) on a journey with a small fluffy wolf by my side.

Today marks a little bit after the first week with the little love that is known as Ghost. I haven't written about Ghost on my blog I don't think, so here's a little backstory. If you weren't aware, I deal with very intense anxiety that can range from small panic attacks to full on paranoia episodes. For as long as I can remember I have never felt "safe" and it has affected my life in ways I never could have imagined. Then I also deal with very intense migraine attacks that have gotten so severe that I can be in pain for three to five days at a time with little to no relief. I am planning to do follow ups with my doctor of course, but my family had another idea to help even more. 

Public Libraries: Why We Need Our Innovation Hubs

Sunday, November 12, 2017

November 12, 2017

“Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.” ― Ray Bradbury

Preach Bradbury, Preach.

Okay, so a little bit ago I saw on Twitter (as one does) a Moment that was all about a New York Observer columnist named Andre Walker who said that we should close public libraries because "nobody used them". Now, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, so I thought I would share mine! 

Book Review: Select by Marit Weisenberg (Spoiler Free)

Monday, October 30, 2017

October 30, 2017

"Is a perfect love worth more than a perfect life?" - Marit Weisenberg, Select

This book is a treasure.

An absolute treasure, I tell you. I read this book in less than 48 hours and I can tell you that I never wanted it to end. Select is fast paced, full of romance, and just one of a kind. I can tell that I will be reading this over and over again and definitely recommend it to anyone of any age because, well, it is a familiar story with a unique twist and a thrilling take on the unknown and interesting. That probably made zero sense, but I think you'll get it if you read this book.

Book Review: Turtles All The Way Down by John Green (Spoiler Free)

October 30, 2017

“True terror isn’t being scared; it’s not having a choice on the matter.” ― John Green, Turtles All the Way Down

John Green did it again and this time with more metaphors! 

Turtles All The Way Down is one of those books that I will remember forever and not just because it was well written or because it was written by John Green, but because it left an imprint on me. The last time I read a book that affected me the way TATWD did was a few years back when I read  The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky for the first time. I remember being moved and feeling as if Chbosky understood the way my wind works and the same exact feelings came out of reading John Green's newest masterpiece. 

Book Review: The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan (Spoiler Free)

October 30, 2017

“You can't hold on to hate forever. It won't do a thing to the person you hate, but it'll poison you, sure enough.” ― Rick Riordan, The Ship of the Dead

Another great Riordan series comes to an end. 

I have been reading Rick Riordan since I was a kid and to be honest I have zero desire to stop. His books are so fun and easy to fall in love with. As I have grown older I like to read more adult and serious books, but sometimes after reading intense novel after intense novel, you just need to read a book that reminds you why you love reading. And well, Riordan is always there to help you out. The Ship of the Dead  is the third and final book of the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series which follows the life of Magnus Chase (cousin to our favourite daughter of Athena) and his journey as he tries to save the world. He is a Norse demigod, a son of Frey, and he has some tricks up his sleeve. Along with the help of his friends, he sails across seas to finally defeat Loki once and for all. The synopsis is as followed:

Book Review: Looking For Alaska by John Green (Spoiler Free)

October 30, 2017

“The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.” ― John Green, Looking for Alaska

I finally read Looking For Alaska.

It's about time! That was what I said just as I finished this book! Here's the thing. I picked up LFA about three years ago and tried to read it. I then got bored and stopped. Then about two years ago I tried again and couldn't get passed the first hundred pages and  so I just gave up entirely. Then comes the announcement that John Green is releasing a new book and I decide I want to read all of his other books beforehand. I had finished Will Grayson, Will Grayson when I realized I still had one left. And so after reading Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas, I finally decided to "read" Looking for Alaska and finally finish the story that has been haunting me since 2014.

Bringing Bookish Worlds Into Your Own | Tips for Bookish Decorating

Monday, October 16, 2017

October 16, 2017

“I cannot sleep unless I am surrounded by books.” ― Jorge Luis Borges

Borges has a good point, no? 

As bookworms I think it is safe to say that simply owning books is never enough. As amazing as they are, we are all guilty of growing our passion of literature with more THINGS. At least I am. There are so many items and little bookish gems that show our love for books! Whether it's candles, posters, or a simple Christmas ornament, collecting visual representation of our favourite novels is not only fun, but a tad addictive.
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