Monday, June 18, 2018

Providence Book Review

Providence by Caroline Kepnes is a character driven novel, each chapter is in the eyes of either of three characters. We have Jon a boy that was kidnapped and then his best friend and the life they lead and how they felt with Jon's disappearance. We also have Eggs a police officer or detective I can't recall which since I read this a month ago (to let the feelings sink in before talking about it).
The story takes place in many different places and times. We see the different characters grow and we either love them or hate them. I hated the two main characters and their relationship, it felt so fake and unreal. The relationships in Eggs life is much more interesting even if most of the relationship between his son isn't even really seen only talked about.
Caroline Kepnes has a good way of making you fall in love with characters who are making bad choices and I'm sure there are some characters in this novel you won't fall in love with, but it is a good read.
The novel starts up fast paced, but in the middle of the book it felt a bit slow and the main characters actions started to annoy me. I don't want to say to much about the story because I love to go into books a bit blind, but this book isn't revolutionary. Nothing really made me think back to this particular novel, but if your looking for a book that will hook you in the very first chapter this is it. Eggs made me want to keep reading the story and I wanted to know what the resolution would be to the main character's problem (which I didn't really enjoy in the end). There was a romance in this novel that I hated, but it drove the story. In the end I liked Eggs and hated the rest of the book. Well not really hated I just didn't enjoy the end result which again you have to pick up the book to know exactly what I mean.

I got a chance to read this book ahead of it's release date thanks to NetGalley, all opinions are my own. If you want to pick this book up for yourself it is available Tuesday June 19.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Bout of Books 22 | TBR

This week I am participating in the 22nd round of Bout of Books, which started today Monday May 14 and ends Sunday May 20. 
I have a few books that I hope to finish this week, but I'll be glad to finish at least two of the 4 books on my TBR.

I am currently reading the screenplay of Fantastic Beasts and where to find them by JK Rowling. I picked this book up because I never read all the textbooks (the set of three classroom books assigned to Harry Potter in the series). I though I had finally found an Ebooks of it but I was wrong, but I'm enjoying it either way and it feels just like I'm watching the movie with better ears and eyes. 

At some point this week I might pick up Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I placed this book on hold a while ago because everyone was talking about the movie. So I hope I enjoy it and understand things since I heard it has 80s video game terminology. 

On my days off I want to read Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda because I heard great things even before the film was released. I want to read it now that the second book came out so that I can read them if I enjoy the characters enough.

And finally I have an anthology written by three different authors, I recently read the first book in this duology and decided to see if this second book was any good. The Anatomy of Curiosity is basically short stories each written by one of the three authors with commentary from the authors.

I have a few more but with my schedule I'm surprised if I even finish these four books this week. I'll be filming updates this entire week so check my YouTube channel next week to see my final updates.
Mabel



Thursday, May 10, 2018

Entry No. 2031 and so on

I'm going to stop with the catch ups every time I stop posting. It's always "I haven't written in so long because I've been busy", I'm not lying about that, but it's sort of a given, right? I stop writing because I have nothing to write about or because I have no time. Also, it's intimidating to have to write a post saying "sorry, but I'm back now" again and again. I'm always at work and when I'm home I just want to relax. Not that this isn't relaxing to me, but it is time consuming. Turning on a laptop, exporting/importing pictures, editing my jumbled up thoughts, etc.. But I guess that I'm just going to come here and write, not worry about the length of time since the last update like every other time. 
I plan on starting off with weekly reviews of what I've been up to along side some pictures, to remind me of events as well. Hopefully throwing in a few pictures will keep me from being to boring since my weeks are very bland.
There are also book reviews which I plan on writing so that my readers can get a glimpse of what I've been reading (since I read on my down time) and pick up the book on release dates. I want to get back into read-a-thons so I can hopefully participate in one a few times a month and use my blog as an updating platform. 
Anyways I'll be around so come back here for more random updates from me. 

Extra Special Update to this Update: I wrote this down over a month ago and I couldn't bring myself to type it out and now that I did my app wouldn't let me publish the post so....🙇🏻

Mabel

Monday, May 8, 2017

Bout of Books 19 | Wrap Up

Monday May 8
On the first day of the read-a-thon I had to work most of the day so I only read around 9 pages of A Monster Calls, meaning Chapter 1. I arrived to work a few minutes early so since I downloaded the book onto my phone I read until I had to clock into work. I woke up to an email notification from the library confirming that I now had my hands on Girl Online: Going Solo. I have two days off from work so I plan on finishing Androids and picking up Zoe Sugg's book. I might save A Monster Calls for workdays just because I already have it on my phone, but who knows I might be in the mood for that at some point before Thursday. 

Tuesday May 9
I decided to tackle Do Android Dream of Electric Sheep first since I only had a few chapters left. I read all 84 remaining pages and then relaxed for a bit by watching a few videos on my phone. Then I downloaded Girl Online onto my iPad which I had been charging while I read Androids. I'm thinking I can finish it by Wednesday afternoon since I didn't download it on my phone and will have to wait to be near my iPad to read it. I read 131 pages out of 235 which means tomorrow I should be able to read the remaining 104 pages, if I don't feel lazy like I did today.

Wednesday May 10
I finished reading Girl Online, possibly the last book in the series, and for some reason I feel like even though it is a middle grade book it was so good. The main character does so many hobbies and among those she blogs and throughout the novel we see her posts and how it relates to her life and what is happening at that moment. It made me want to start writing all over again, the same way she does and uses her blog as a personal diary, but my life isn't as interesting as hers. I loved it because of that though. 
I didn't read for the rest of the afternoon since my family and I spent it celebrating Mother's Day.

Thursday May 11
I got to work early so I read a bit of A Monster Calls, once I got out of work I read some more for about an hour. 

Friday May 12
I didn't have to go into work until later on in the day so I read more of A Monster Calls. I had a tough day so once I got home I relaxed for a few hours before going to bed. 

Saturday May 13
I finished reading A Monster Calls, I only had a few chapters left to read. I decided not to pick up another book because weekends always go by too fast and I don't have time to read like I do on weekdays. I didn't get a hold of the next Princess Diaries book or either of the other two books I placed on hold for this read-a-thon. 
While I was at work I downloaded The Monstromologist, but had no time to actually read it.

Sunday May 14
I read nothing before, after, or during work. It was a long day and once I came home I wanted to relax and watch Once Upon a Time's 2 hour season finale and just end the day there. 

Although I didn't read much on certain days I'm glad I participated in this week long readathon because it made me read more than I would usually have. Did anyone else participate and if you did do you know of any upcoming readathons that are similar that I can also join? 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Bout of Book 19 | TBR

I have been in the mood to read recently and since I didn't get to participate in Dewey's 24 hour Readathon because of work, I thought I would try Bout of Books; It's a week long read a thon and there's a bigger chance of actually reading at some point in the week. 


I recently watched Princess Diaries so I read the first two books and have been waiting to get the third book. I have a few of the others for a few days before having to turn them in so if I get the third book on time I will read the Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot.  


I started reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep about a month ago because I was taking the train a few days out of the week and I wanted to read for those 30ish minutes. I haven't finished yet, but I want to get to it during this week.


The next book I want to read is A Monster Calls, it has been on my TBR since before the movie came out so I finally got a hold of it. Hopefully I can actually watch the movie afterwards. 


I have a few more books on hold so hopefully I get them during the week. I have the last book in the Lara Jean series by Jenny Han which I won't get since it's a huge hold list and I'm nowhere near #1. I also have the third book in the Girl Online: Going Solo series by Zoe Sugg, I am either first or second in line for that book. 


So based on my list I can only really read 2 books until I actually have the other books in my hands. So if I finish Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and A Monster Calls without getting any of the others I will borrow another book or pick one of my own books to read. I will post a final list of what I read throughout the week so come back next Monday to see how my week went.  

Monday, October 24, 2016

BookBuddyathon TBR & Wrap-up

Similar to last week this read-a-thon has five challenges two of which I personally changed to fit my goals since I am reading by myself. I will talk about the first two which have remained the same and then the two I changed.

 Read a book with pictures in it.

For this challenge I already had The Monstrous picked since I knew I would be reading it at the same time as the last read-a-thon. Between each story there is always a creepy drawing of what the next story will talk about.

 Read a book just because.

I decided to read Memoirs of a Geisha because I have yet to finish it. I also decided to take a picture of myself with crazy hair and upload it here for all to see. (:

 Buddy read a book with your buddy.
Changed to:
Read the sequel to a series you've started.

I will be reading Zoe Sugg's Girl Online: On Tour which I totally forgot about because I read the first book at the beginning of last year. The third book comes out in November so it's the perfect time to pick it up. 

 Read a book that's title starts with the first letter of your buddy's name.
Changed to:
Start a new series.

I couldn't figure out what book to pick when I went to the library and then noticed these three books and remembered that a lot of BookTubers I watch had talked highly of it so I decided to pick them up.

Read 5 books.

So if you've counted then you will notice that based on my picks I already have 6 books picked out, but I plan to read the new series towards the end of this read-a-thon meaning I'm only planning to read the first book this week. So the last book I chose to read is Behind every mean girl...there's a tragedy because I started it and totally forgot about it.

Monday October 24
I had the whole day to read The Monstrous today, I ended up reading 133 pages. In between reading I went to the library with my brother in order to look for books for this read-a-thon. We spent almost two hours there because my brother was playing Pokemon Go, the only reason he decided to go with me. It gave me enough time to look around and see if anything caught my attention or if there were physical copies of the Ebooks I am waiting to read. 

Tuesday October 25
Today I read the last 51 pages of The Monstrous. Then for the rest of the afternoon I read 97 pages of Memoirs of a Geisha. So in total I read 148 pages.

Wednesday October 26
Workday
Before heading into work I read 22 pages of Memoirs of a Geisha. After work I read 10 pages of Behind every mean girl...there's a tragedy (whose title I am not a fan of b/c length). So, in total I read 32 pages today, typically for a work day.

Thursday October 27
Workday
Before work I read Memoirs of a Geisha and while I was riding the train I read it too so I got to read 33 pages. Then while at work I got to read 9 pages of Behind every mean girl. So in total I read 42 pages.

Friday October 28
I didn't have to go into work today so I started my morning off by reading the last 20 pages of Memoirs of a Geisha. I then went on to read Behind every mean girl...there's a tragedy and read the remaining 118 pages. So I read 138 pages in total today. I was planning to start a new book in the evening, but that just didn't happen.

So, for this read-a-thon I completed only two challenges, and only read 3 books out of the 5 I planned on reading. Which is actually fine wi me because now I can start fresh with my new book series and not have other books waiting to be picked up again. There will be more read-a-thins in November so stay tuned for those.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Spookathon TBR

Some read-a-thons have a few challenges that you have to accomplish throughout the week in order to have had a successful read-a-thon. These next two read-a-thons are just like that, today I will be talking about the books I plan to read in accordance with each challenge for the Spookathon. I have 7 days to finish the 5 challenges for the read-a-thon that starts tomorrow Monday, October 17 and ends Sunday, October 23. The good thing is that if one book falls into more than one category you can use that book for any or all of those challenges so in the end you don't have to read 5 books total.

1. Read a thriller
Basically two of the book on my list fall into this category, but if all else fails I can read a Stephen King novel, Gyliann Flynn book, or anything from this list... https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/thriller.

2. Read a book with a spooky word in the title
The Monstrous is a book that I saw once while walking out of the library, I took a picture to remember the title and I finally picked it up.


3. Read a book with red in the cover
Innocent by Eric Walters was given to me a few months before it came out last year and I never got around to read it so better late than never.


4. Read a 2016 release
I have been waiting to get Harry Potter and the Cursed Child for a while now, if I happen to get it during the read-a-thon I plan on reading it straight away.


5. Read a book with a creature
The last book I want to finish reading is Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs.


More updates for this read-a-thon will be posted next week. The wrap up will also have a long recap of Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon on that Saturday section.

See you then (: