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!

Review of The Call

Alright. I am a bit excited to get things started. I know that it has been a while since my last post, and I hope that I will be making it up with a book review.

img_26151I did finish The Call by Peadar O’Guilin. I feel as though that this book is a mixture of Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games. The book takes place in Ireland, where it has been separated from the rest of the world because of the Fae. In doing so, the Fae has the ability to call upon the teenagers and hunt them in the land that they were forced to live (due to an ancient treaty), the Gray Lands. The teens have 3 minutes in our time to survive in the gray lands, or else they will either die or become part of the wildlife. You are following a group of teens who are going to school to be trained to survive in the Gray Lands and their experiences as they are getting called.

I gave this book five out of five stars on Goodreads. There were so many things that I enjoyed with this book. Of course there were those few things that I did not enjoy, but in the end, the book did stick with me for a few days, and I really did enjoy the book overall.

Let me start off with our pros. I really enjoyed that it was a dark, suspenseful, and an intense read.  The book was not easy to put down, and there were moments where I was debating on whether or not I should be responsible or not, because I wanted to read the book and not go to work or do things that I knew that I had to get done. Another thing that I enjoyed and loved was how the characters were relatable, even the characters that I hate. It made the events believable and real. It also helped you sympathize with the characters and what they have experience in the Gray Lands. O’Guilin wrote his characters in such a way that you would understand their thinking and reasoning behind such choices and experiences. I especially loved our main character. I enjoyed the fact that even though she is physically disabled, yet she is still strong and smart. In fact, I remember reading the first few pages and celebrating on such an amazing character. I am more in love with her on the fact that she hates it when people baby her because of her disability. I also enjoyed how O’Guilin used these characters to play with labels and teach us to not judge a book by its cover. He did not just pick on the whole weak being able to survive, but also played with other cliches such as the strong hero being the bad guy or the depressed sick teacher being the leader of darkness. Finally, I enjoyed the different themes within the book, such as friendships, love, kindness, growing up and what it means to be human, not just survival.

However, as much as I loved our book, there are two things that I did not like about the book. Sadly, this does take place at the end of the book and there will be spoilers (so if you want to skip this, you may). The first thing that I did not like was the amount of loose ends that happened at the end of the book. It just left so many unanswered questions that I felt as though we could have had an extra chapter to happily tie those up. Some of my questions are:

  1. What happened to the traitors? Did they get their wish granted?
  2. What was with the crazy woman who wished to be in the Gray Lands? What was her exact wish? Did she make sure that she would not be hunted while she lived in the Gray Lands?
  3. Were there more wars between Ireland and the Fae?
  4. Was Ireland ever able to connect back to the real world?

The other thing that I did not like was how depressing the ending was. Here we are supposed to celebrate the human’s victory, but we end it with a sad reminder of death and loss friendships. Those were the main two problems that I had with the book.

In the end, I would love to recommend the book to everyone. However, I do fear that this book could trigger some people who have anxiety or suffer from PTSD. I can tell you that this book did cause some anxiety problems, and I was struggling with it, but the book was worth it. In the end, I can only speak for myself when it comes to my anxiety. But I do recommend this book to anyone who would like to read dark and intense books, especially if you like both the Hunger Games and the Game of Thrones. It is beautifully formulated and a lot of fun to read and experience.

That is it for the review on The Call. I do hope that your weekend went great and that you will have a wonderful week. See you next time and happy reading.

Uprooted Review

Alright, I just finished this book and thought I would get this review done before I forget or get to distracted. So let us begin.

Uprooted, by Naomi Naomi Novik, is about a young village girl who gets taken away to learn magic and instead learns the truth about the corruption of her beloved forest and home in time to save it. (Sorry about the horrible summary, I just did not want to spoil the book.)

I gave this book five out of five stars on Goodreads, and I believe that it has quickly become one of my favorite books of 2016 so far. In fact, I cannot come up with one bad thing about the book except that I have finished it and wish there is more to this world.

I can tell you that this book is beautifully written. I love the mixture of her writing and the folklore of Eastern Europe (I believe the folklore is Polish). It was fun seeing the mixture of the two and how they existed in both worlds, making the story more grounded in ours. Even the names of some of our characters have their origins from this region. In addition, the book felt like an old fairy but with some modern twists, almost like reading one of your old favorite books. To continue on, the theme of roots was huge throughout the story and enjoyed seeing its multiple meanings, from roots to where you live to roots to the problem, throughout our main character’s experience. Furthermore, this book kept me on the edge of my seat, from creating a desire for two of our characters to be together to wanting to help them through their trials. Finally, all the characters are realistic and relatable, even the ones you hate. Yes, there are a few jerks in the book, but in the end, like I have said before, they are all realistic and as much as you hate them and their choices, you can see and understand their choices. Most of all I do love our main character Agnieszka. She is not your typical pin-up and perfect heroine. She is messy, with messy hair and clothes, kind, compassionate, loyal, and thinks outside the box. In addition, when the traditional method of learning magic has failed her, she finds her own way and expands on that. She is not afraid to get dirty, or to go through old forgotten tombs and books to learn, and is not afraid to follow her own instincts to help her understand and make decisions.

As for recommending this book, I do recommend this book to everyone over the age of 14. The book does have some dark and mature moments that I do not find fitting for children. As I have mentioned before, the content of the story does get dark. There are some graphic description of wounds and battles and if you get easily triggered, I would not recommend this book. There are moments where it is dark enough that you could claim it to be an original Grimm’s Brother fairytale. Though there are some light humored moments that balance everything throughout the book. In all, I really do wish to give this book to everyone and hope that everyone would agree on how great this book really is.

 

Booktubeathon Day 2

Alright, I did not get as much reading as I planned to get done today, but what I got done I am proud of. Today, I mainly focused on listening to More Than This by Patrick Ness. I ended up reading 20 chapters from this book. I would have read more if it were not for the fact that the audible account from my iPod to my iPhone don’t link up at the same location. The iPhone is always behind a few chapters.

I also finished another book after my post. I finished the first book in the Spiderwick Chronicles. Thus completing two challenges in one day. Those two challenges are to read a book older than me and to read a book after sunset. I will leave a review of that book down below.

I do want to talk about my plans for tomorrow. I am going to change my schedule a little bit. Originally I had planned on reading More Than This and finishing the book tomorrow. However, I am really enjoying it as an audio and I want to continue my audible experience. So I have decided to bring The Hidden Oracle up a day. I do not know what I was thinking, I highly doubt that I can start and finish a book in three hours, especially with a character that I have very little empathy with. I am also planning on reading the third Spiderwick book tomorrow.

After this post I am planning on starting and finishing the second book in the Spiderwick Chronicles.

Those are my plans. Now onto the review.

The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Feild Guide by tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black.

Summary: This book is about three siblings experiencing their first encounter with the Fae and mystical folk in their new home while finding a mysterious book.

Rating: I gave this book four out of five stars on Goodreads. If I was, to be honest, I would have given the book 3.5 stars out of five.

Pros: I do have a couple of things that I liked about this book. The first is that this is a good introduction to a series. It does give you a chance to get to know the characters and a bit about their surroundings. In addition, I can see why kids loved this series. The characters are relatable and the reading is pretty easy. The other reason why I like this book was its shortness. I know that this stems from reading this book for the Booktubeathon and trying to complete one of the challenges. However, I did enjoy that the book was concise and to the point.

Cons: There are a couple of problems that I had with the book. One of them was the lack of plot and growth. Yes the siblings getting together can be counted as both, but each character did not grow. I still felt as though I was asking the book “What else?” “What is the bigger plot?” I also did not like the lack of background. As relatable as the characters are, I would still like to know what makes them tick.

Recommendation: I am not sure if I would recommend this book. I can see why it is a popular book with upper elementary age children, but it did not entice me. I do want to continue on with the series to see how the books progress.

I do hope that you enjoyed this post. I might see you tomorrow. We will see with my crazy schedule. Other than that, have fun and happy reading!

Booktubeathon Day 1!

I cannot believe that we are almost done with day one of Booktubeathon. Strangely, I am only an hour behind my schedule time. I am extremely proud of myself. I have finished one book, 18% of another, and in 30 minutes I will be also to start the Spiderwick Chronicles. The book that I got to finish was The Time Machine, and I was able to start listening to More Than This.  I am hoping to keep this pace up and to continue reading.

For tomorrow I am thinking of continuing listening to More Than This and I might read Sorta Like a Rock Star. I am not sure. I know the book is due soon, so I should finish that, but I also want to get started on some of the other books on my TBR. We will see what I feel like reading tomorrow.

Now onto the review. I have decided to keep the format that I did with Everland. I feel like that this format is simpler. I will admit that there will be some SPOILERS. There is no way around it since these spoilers are what helped influenced my rating.

13706928_120120881758330_1698675885_nThe Time Machine by H.G. Wells. This book completes the challenge of reading a book that is older than you.

Rating – I really wish that Goodreads allowed half and partial ratings. For if I was to honestly rate this I would go about giving it 3.5 stars out of 5. Instead, I deiced to go with 4 out of five stars. I ended up liking this classic a bit more than some of the other classics that I have recently read, which helped it gained a .5 star rating.

Summary – This book is about a scientist adventure into the far future with his time machine.

Pros – There were so many things that I truly enjoyed about this book. One, I learned a lot about the past. I did not know that there were portable cameras in late 1800, let alone Kodaks. I thought the type of cameras that existed back then were your old fashion still cameras. The big bulky ones on the side here. I also enjoyed the dual perspectives of the story, like a story within a story. It was nice to see someone else’s view on the accounts that the time traveler told. Finally, I enjoyed the theme about the nature of man and how our choices affect our future. It was somewhat similar to the Jekyll and Hyde in the idea of the two sides of what a man is. I really enjoyed how it is making me think, and wonder how far are we to the society that H.G Wells wrote about.

Cons (yes there are spoilers)- I do have a couple of cons that annoyed me at the end of the book. They are related to each other. The fist annoyance that I had was our Time Travelers lack of thinking, whether it was taking stupid risky moves (like going down a scary dark pipe after everyone tells you not to) to freaking out the inhabitants. It annoys me so much that he sees himself as so much more superior to these inhabiants but he makes these stupid decisions that can cost lives. In addition, he also just stupidly goes back after his near death encounter without a thought on how he can change his device so that the same problem won’t happen a second time. The other thing that annoyed me was that he forgot to bring stuff to help him document his trip, like a camera, or a paper and pen. How are you a scientist and still lack the proper equipment to help prove your case? Finally, we also have those “convenient” moments.  During one of our stupid reckless trips, our scientist discovered that he only had four more matches left and realize that he was recklessly using supplies that he should have saved. Later on, he goes into a museum and discovers matches! How convenient is that?

Recommendations – I will admit that I am being a bit bias and recommending this book to everyone for the sake of curiosity. I really want to know what is your take on this classic. On one hand, I did enjoy the adventure and  the ideas that the book provided. I enjoyed the fact that the book made me think about what is humanity and how our choices can effect that meaning of humanity. On the other hand, the conveniences, at the end of the book, were a bit annoying.

That is my review of The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. My friends, the sun has finally set and it is time to start reading the after sunset book. I will see you tomorrow. Have a wonderful evening. Happy reading!

June 2016 Children’s Books Review

I am really excited, I am finally doing a book review after so many months of not writing a reviews. I do hope that you will enjoy it.

Tigress by Helen Cowcher – Spoilers!

This book focuses on a mother tiger taking care of her cubs in the wild African savanah.

I gave this book four out of five stars on Goodreads. I found the stroy entertaining and beautiful, and the art work. However, the ending was a bit dissapointing. I fel as though this story had all this buildup, and it just ended. I know that the tigers got saved, but about about their dinner? Were they able to get food? It just suggested that they went to bed hungy. I do not think that it solved any of the problems, beyond life.

Though I would recommend this book. I found it interesting and I cannot wait to share this with one of my little ones when I am babysitting.

Silent Lotus by Jenna M. Lee – Spoilers

This story focus on a deaf and mute girl becoming one of the best dancers in the kingdom.

Before I begin with my review, I will admit that this book was not in the best condition. some random kid decided to put stickers on some of the pages and an adult tried to take them off. There are just white marks where the stickers use to be. Some of them were even huge, about the size of my pointer and middle figer together (length and width). I am not complaining that much since I got the book for free.

I did give this story four out of five stars on Goodreads. I thought that the artwork was good, even with the square sticker whiteouts. The story was not that bad. I just saw it a bit more focus on “disability” is a huge issue as to why the child can’t succeed. (Working in special education does not help this issue.) I cannot help but wonder what kind of message a child will recieve when reading this book. On one hand the girl does succeed, but I felt as though the message was negative in how one cannot become a productive member of socitey without all their faculties in tack.

I am not sure if I want to recommend this book. I know the purpose is to read this to young children, but I am not sure if I want that message to get to young children. I will try it out of the girl that I babysit, since her older sister is disable and see what she says. Let me know what you think if you have read this book. Am I overreacting?

Henry’s Show and Tell by Nancy Carlson

This book looks at Henry the mouse being afrad to participate in show and tell while being in Kindergarten.

I gave this book five out of five stars on Goodreads. I loved the story as a whole, and the idea of overcoming your fears. I found it interesting that it was the mouse that was shy and timid to go up and speak infront of his class. What really sold me the book was the ending. It was very fun, and I had a good chuckle.

I do recommend this book. I do believe that children will enjoy this book.

Pink and Say by Patrica Polacco

This book looks in an unlikely friendship that was formed during the Civil War. Patrica Polacco is noted for doing memoirs and sharing family history. This book is no exception.

Like all Patrica Polacco books I gave this one five out of five stars. I loved the story and the artwork. This book is for older readers, like thridish grade. I know that I might be a bit conservative, but I di believe that the topic is for a maturer audience. I know that younger kids can understand what war is, but I do not believe that they have the ability to understand the choices and our characters thought process.

The Self-made Snowman by Fernando Krahn

This is a picture book about a snowman forming by itself with the help of nature.

I gave this book four out of five stars. I did enjoy the story and I found it interesting. I even enjoyed the artwork. However, the story did not wow me. As I was reading the story, I could not help but think “how any children actually read this story?” Considering that I got this book from the library book sale and it was part of their discaded pile, I guess not that many.

As for recommending this book. I would. It is a great book to help young readers develop the confidence in reading. Definately ask your young reader questions as you go through each page, and interact with them as they tell you the story about the snowman.

The Wall by Eve Bunting

This story takes place at the Vietnam Memorial wall, and it looks into the experience at a child visiting the wall.

I gave this book four out of five stars on Goodreads. I loved the artwork and enjoyed the story concept, and felt as though it did honor the memorial and what it stood for. However, I felt as though the book was lacking something. I am not sure what, but it is lacking something that would give the story some umph.

As for recommending the book. You can read it to young children, but I do not think that they will truly understand the concept of the importance of the memorial wall. I can see it being used in upper grades, especially around Veterans and Memorial Day as a means to discuss about war and what it means to honor those who fought for what is right.

Jellybeans by Sylvai Vann Omman

The book is about friends hanging out while eating jellybeans and drinking hot chocolate.

I personally loved this book. I found it cute, charming and fun to read. I did give this book five out of five stars on Goodreads.

Before I recommned this book, I will admit that it can be a bit morbid, becasue the friends talk about how they are going to find each other in Heaven after they die. It is their casual conversation as the two friends are sitting outside eating and drinking.

I am not sure if I want to recommend this book. I would love for other people to read it, but being part of the public American school system made me realize how controversial this book is, just because it reference Heaven and After Life. In the classroom, the safest thing to do would be to not read this book. In a private setting, if you find it appropriate for your kids, read it. It is cute and fun.

I do hope that you enjoyed these mini reviews. I believe that it is the first review of the year. Well, I am finally getting back into the habit! Alright. I bettter get going. I have lots to do and very little time to do it.

See you next time. Happy reading!

Dewey’s April Readathon Reflection 2016

Alright, this readathon when a bit differently than my past one. I must say that I did have fun hosting my Alphabet Soup challenge. I might bring that back for future readathons (with some slight modifications). However, I was not happy that Facebook was not giving me updates when people were posting questions and comments. I will apologize for the very slow delay in answering questions.

My day was quite busy between working two jobs, helping at a serving, and hosting the challenge. I did get read a total of 6 books. Three graphic novels, one 300 page novel, one children’s book, and I got to finish (part my DNF pile) one classic.Which brings me to a total of 706 pages read.

I feel as though this was a very successful readathon and I hope that you had some fun. If you participated in the challenge, please answer my survey in the comments below. If I do this challenge again, I would like to improve it, and having your feedback will help.

If you participated in the readathon, how did it go for you? Did you have fun? What was the best part of the 24 hours?

Have a wonderful week and happy reading!