Milk and Honey Review

All seriousness aside, I was thinking of doing this review in poem form considering that this is just a book of poems and lines. However, after much thought, I realize that I did want this review to be taken seriously. With that aside, let us begin with our review.

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur is a collection of poems and prose about being a woman and learning how to deal with loving others as well as yourself. I will note that this book does not start off light and fluffy. I feel as thought I wrote the synopsis as so. It starts off in a dark place and then it slowly grows to be empowering.

With that said, I did give this book three out of five stars on Goodreads. I enjoyed the poems and the prose that were empowering and informative. Those were the poems that made me think about our society, and what it means to be a woman in today’s modern society. However, there were also a lot of poems and prose where I just felt empty and wondered if there was more. I felt that I was missing something. I hated the fact that when I finished this book, I did feel that I did miss something. I felt that I was not understanding the whole hype that surrounded this book. I could understand a few poems, but not the whole book. I will also give a little pro towards the artwork that is a part of this book. I felt they matched the pieces and helped tell more than what was on the page.

I am not sure who to recommend this book to. I just feel as though this book would make a great college/ university staple piece for a writing class or a book literature class. I feel as though this book requires and demands discussion.  It is not a piece that you can just sit read and think for a bit. I do wonder that if I did approach this book differently, and had a discussion with someone about this book if I would give it a better rating, and see it in a different light.  With that thought, I still feel as though I am not giving this book enough justice.

If you have read this book, let me know what you thought of in the comments down below. I really would love to have a discussion with someone about this book. Do not be afraid to leave your comments down below.

Until next time.

Happy Reading!

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A Little Hiatus

I am just writing to let you know that I am taking a small break. My grandma recently passed away and my mom needs help organizing the event and getting everything ready for the funeral this coming Saturday. On top of it, I just haven’t felt like writing or doing anything for the past few days. I am hoping to be back to blogging around the 17th or the 24th. I am not sure when, but I wanted to let you know that I am just taking a short break. Have a wonderful holiday. Happy reading!

Archie Wilson and the Nuckelavee Review

Archie Wilson and the Nuckelavee by Mark A. Cooper is about a 10-year-old boy who saves the world from the most horrific monster the Nuckelavee after he is forced to moved to Scotland to live with his father.

img_2815I ended up giving this book three out of five stars on Goodreads, but if I could give out partial rating I would have given the book 2.5 to 2.75 stars out of five. So let us begin with the cons.

Please keep in mind that these are my thoughts of the book. I did do some research and found out that this book is self-published through Amazon. I have read several self-published books before, and I enjoy supporting and seeing new authors. However, a lot of the problems that I found with this book could have been taken care of with some editing and care. Some of these issues were the spelling and grammar errors, as well as the spacing issues that existed throughout the book. I get that everyone is human, and I am not upset with one or two mistakes, but these errors were distracting, especially the spacing problems. Other problems that I had was the plot holes that existed. One, in particular, happened in the beginning of the book when Archie was talking to some other mythical creatures. You think he is outside, and all of a sudden there is a problem of how to get Archie out of the cave. You do not realize that he is in the cave until these creatures talk about how to get Archie out of the cave. I ended up reading this section multiple times thinking that I missed something, but each time I realize that nope, there was just a few missing details. That is just one of the few plot holes that exist within this book. I also got to experience the opposite in this book. There were several times in which I sat there and thought, Now why is this in the book? What significance will this be later on?  and so on. All of these events don’t even add anything to the story or the plot as a whole. For example, there was the dance scene at the end where you got to see Archie being bullied and made fun of when he was told that the winter dance was a costume dance. That whole entire scene added nothing to the plot or character development. The other bullying scene where Archie was accidently hurting his bully before he was given the costume was important, it showed his new found super power. With this, I had problems with some of the random useless characters that existed in the story. I get that they need to exist, there needs to be a town/ village. However, these characters are not just mentioned, they have roles within the story, in which I am trying to figure out what they are for. Archie’s dad is kind of in this boat. The father had more of a role in the beginning, but I felt as though he was there to create extra plot towards the end of the book. Almost all of Archie bullies could be places as useless extras, and the priest was a bit interesting. I just felt as though our writer felt that he needed to give everyone a part in play. The final problem that I had with this book was the repeat pages. There is one conversation that Archie has three times. It made sense for Archie to have the conversation twice, once with the mythical creatures and once with his dad, but to have the conversation again with the mythical creatures was a bit too much. It did not help that the conversations were almost identical like Cooper decided to copy and past a page and a half of writing.

However, there are a few good qualities about the book. The first being the binding is awesome. I felt as though I would not be destroying the binding as easily as some of the other paperback books. I also have had some experience with some poor binding, with both hardback and paperback books. The way that the binding was done for this book was a bit unique, and I enjoyed the fact that you can open the book without destroying the spine. You can see it a bit in the picture. The other thing that I enjoyed was the huge font. My eyes are getting a little tired from all the reading, and it is nice to take a break with a large font book. The last thing that I enjoyed was the concept of the book. The concept as a whole is wonderful. You have this boy who is going through the loss of a mother and learning how to live in a new area and to be with a father that he has never met, saving the world from a horrific mythical creature. I enjoyed the idea of a boy seeing the importance of saving the environment. These concepts and ideas have potential and I can see it being a successful serries, I just wished it had a little bit more care and was edited it a bit more.

As for recommending the book… I can’t. Maybe if those errors were corrected, I could, but they exist. I don’t know if they have been fixed in the ebook format, but I am not willing to spend $5-$10 on a book that I have already read, just to see if those errors have been corrected and fixed. However, even though Amazon does allow editing, those edits are mainly focused on spelling, grammar, and spacing, not storylines. Since I am not willing to buy the ebook version of the book, I cannot ask everyone to do the same. To tell you the truth, I was not as invested in this story, but I did find the story cute with tons of potential, and I am hoping to see a bit more of this author’s work.

That is it, my friends. I do hope that you enjoyed this review.  Until next time. Happy reading!

Bibliothon and Bout of Books 15 Readathons

I know I am far behind I am with my readathons when I just realize that both the Bibliothon and the Bout of Book 15 is going on right now. When I first signed up for both readathons, I had every intention to doing them. However, life comes up with some unexpected surprises and we need to shift for them.

A few days ago, the second, my grandmother fell and rebroke her hip. So far our days have consisted of spending time with her in the ER and wait. In addition, I have also taken on the responsibility of helping my mom with my younger siblings and making sure that the house is in order when they both returned. It has been a crazy few days.

Now I have gotten some reading done, but not a whole lot, so here are my plans not to catch up but to still participate as much as I can.

The Bibliothon does have some reading challenges.

1) Read Soundless by Richelle Mead – It is their group read

2) Books that been sitting on my shelf for 1 or more years – These books have been on my DNF pile for a while, so I am counting it. I would like to either read Fated or The School of Good and Evil

3) A book over 300 pages – Ink and Bone is over 300 pages

4) reread a favorite book in a series – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. This is not my most favorite book in the series but is the next book that I need to complete to reread the series.

5) Read a book in your favorite genre – Almost all of these books are in my favorite genre. I might read Half Upon A Time. This book fits both middle grade as well as a story retelling which is a double bonus (two of my favorite genres in one).

6) Read a book based on the cover – Almost all the books that I pick up are based on their cover as well as their title and summary. For the purpose of this readathon I will pick Cupcakes, Trinkets and Other Deadly Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge.

7) Read a book that has been recommending to you more than once. – I have some people recommending some books to me on Twitter, so I will check those books out.

As for the challenges for Bout of Books well you will be seeing some posts. But here are my personal goals for this readathon.

Time Devoted to Reading

I will be reading at least an hour a day every day for a week.

My Goals

  • See above with Bibliothon
  • Participate in many of the challenges as possible.

Updates

Monday
Number of books I’ve read today: 1
Total number of books I’ve read:1
Books: 1

Thank you for your understanding and I do hope that you will participate and have fun. Talk to you next time. Happy Reading!

Look at all those book!

Okay… I must make a confession before I give out my November 2013 TBR list. I graphed the amount of books that I have read for each month of this year, for the exception of November and December for obvious reasons. However, I must say that I do not know what I expect when I decided to do this little project. I really can say that I do not have a clue as to why I started this project other than just plain curiosity. I know that it is not impressive little project, and many of your will find it pointless but I did find it a bit fascinating. And I must be honest here, I really do love math, so why not add a little math fun in my day beyond the Khan Academy review that I do every day.

So what did I learn… Well, I can proudly say that the lowest amount of book that I have read is one book a month. Surprisingly, I thought the month of June would be zero, but I discovered that I ended up reading just one book. The most amount of books read went to July with 16, but August had 13 with October being 12, and May being 10. So far it is not so bad, being able to claim 72 books read this year is not shabby. I am also curious to see how many actual pages that I have read in total, because Goodreads is not accurate with page count. But let us just say that I am quite glad with what I have here.

ImageOkay beyond this lovely little chart, I will now give the November TBR list. I will check off one of the books since I have completed reading that book. However, I must say that my list has changed from the beginning of this month to now since I will be completing most of the Cain Chronicles. However, I do not believe that I will stick to this list either since I have already have changed the list in the matter of 24 hours. Though there are two books that will not change for this month and that will be the Clean, Well-lighted sentences and the Mary Kay book. Both are for the two jobs that I have. One is to improve my writing for tutoring, and the other is for the Mary Kay business that I am starting.

1.       New Moon Summer

2.       Blood Moon Harvest

3.       Moon of the Terrible

4.       Red Rose Moon

5.       Clean, Well-Lighted Sentences

6.       Perfect Scoundrels

7.       Uncommonly Criminal

8.      Beast and Maidens

I also want to let you know that I will be trying an experiment in working with Youtube and creating videos. I will still continue to blog, but I also need a bit more flexibility with my crazy schedule. I want to share all the good books that I am reading! In addition, I have been thinking about vlogging, and I have wanted to try it out to see if it is for me. We will see. The Youtube page I am hoping will have the same name as this blog, and I do want to post those vlogs onto this blog. Again it is an experiment.

I do hope that you will have an amazing week full of fun adventures. Happy Reading!

Percy Jackson Review of Book 1 and 2

I am so sorry for the late post. I was so busy yesterday. I went to work in the morning and afterwards I went to our county fair with a friend. We had fun. My sister started a collection with a friend, and we got to see animals, old friends, and live entertainment from Ronald McDonald to the band that played later on that night. By the time I got back home, it was late, and I was tired. On the bright side, I do have two book reviews that I will be able to give. I am starting a new series, and I hope to finish it before the end of this month.

The first book review will be Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief.  Let me just say, that the movie is not like the book. I was never able to read the book during the height of its time. I am not very interested into Greek Mythology and at that time, I did not want to read something that I was not at all passionate about it. However, I did watch the movie because I was a bit interested in the book and wanted to see what it was all about.

Back to the review. I was very surprised with the changes that they made for the movie, and how certain events never made it to the screen. I was even more amazed with how they changed first encounters with monsters. For example, Medusa… When the three heroes met Medusa she owned a shop and was called Aunty ‘Em. Percy did chop the head off of her, but only after they were outside in her garden trying to take a “picture.” In the movie, I believe the three were at a museum when Percy saved the day.

I also found some of the changes of the characters very interesting. Percy for example knows some Greek Mythology, but gets his stories confused. Most of the time, he does not even know about the stories that goes behind each person in the family. Annabeth is definitely the smart girl with the plan, and Grover is just Percy’s best friend who does actually help both Annabeth and Percy out time to time. Being a Harry Potter fan all I could see here is Harry, Hermione, and Ron.   However, even with the similarities, Percy, Annabeth, and Grover are different from the Harry Potter characters.

In all, I did enjoy the book.  I love the characters and their development, not just physically and mentally, but their trust and understanding for each other.  I also love the story that Riordan has written, and I am a bit upset that they were not able to keep most of the book in the movie. The book is creative and entertaining and I recommend everyone to read the book. In all, I gave this book four out of five stars. Even though I love the book and the development of the story, I did not end the book being a complete fan of it.

Onto the next review… I do not want to keep you waiting. So drum roll…

Shock of a lifetime, I read the second book of the series written by Riordan, Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters.

I am a bit surprised with how much shorter the second book was to the first. It is about 100 pages or so shorter than the first book.  However, I did enjoy the bit of mystery that Riordan put within the book and the continuation of the character development of our three beloved characters. You start with the weird dream that Percy has of Grover in a bridal gown shop and wondering why Percy will not be welcome back to Camp. You have Clarisse being granted a mission to grab the fleece but Percy was chosen to see if he could convince Luck to come back from the dark side. It is really nice to see how Clarisse and Percy struggle to get along and find a balance with each other.

I also gave this book four out of five stars. I did enjoy the adventure and development of Percy and Annabeth. However, like the last book, I did not end the book in complete fandom. However, I must admit, I did enjoy the little twist that Riordan gave at the end. I am wondering how this twist will affect the other books in the series as well as the prophecy.

In conclusion, I do recommend this book to everyone. As I have mention, it was a fun adventure, and I believe that everyone will enjoy. Let me know what you think, and happy reading!