Monday, December 7, 2015

Holiday & Over 1 Year Blogversary GIVEAWAY

Greetings All!

I love hosting any type of giveaway and wanted spread the love to my followers and fellow readers! I will be hosting an International (as long as The Book Depository or Amazon ships to you) of either a physical or digital copy of any book I have reviewed on my blog (and until January 4 when the giveaway ends)!

+1 book for 1 winner
+Must be able to be delievered to from The Book Depository or Amazon
+Open until January 6, 2016
+Pick from any of the books I have reviewed on my blog or from ones I will post until January 4, 2016
--> For a list of all the books I have reviewed so far click on the "reviews" page above
--->Book Reviews to be published:
      The Courtesan by Alexandra Curry
      This Raging Light by Estelle Laure
      The Little Booshop on the Seine by Rebecca Raisin
      The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden

  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks! :)

Some of the books I have reviewed / plan to post a review soon:

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Debut Books I'm Anticipating

All of these books by debut authors look fantastic and have been admiring them already for some time! I have 10 great reasons to look forward to 2016!
I love this weekly meme started by The Broke and Bookish. I love list-making and books. Most of these books are YA with the exception of the last book. 

1. The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig. February 16, 2016, Greenwillow Books. 
Fantasy. History. Adventure. Romance.
2. Stone Field by Christy Lenzi. March 29, 2016, Roaring Brook Press.
Wuthering Height's inspired. Atmospheric. Vengeance. Love. 
3. Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor. March 1, 2016, HMH Books for Young Readers.
Time-travel. Scotland. Historical. Suspenseful.
4. Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman. Febraury 9, 2016, Simon Pulse. 
Pirates. Ocean adventure. Escaping life for a new one.
5. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. March 8, 2016, Penguin.
American Western mixed with Middle East setting. Fantasy. 
6. The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude. May 3, 2016, HMH Books for Young Readers. 
Missouri Ozarks. Missing friend. Town secrets. Scary woods.
7. The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos. January 26, 2016, Balzer & Bray.
Missing father. Mystery. Family secrets. Searching.
8. The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry. January 26, 2016, Razorbill.
Friday Night Lights meets Time Traveler's Wife. High School.
9. These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas. February 9, 2016, Swoon Reads.
Victorian London. Paranormal. Romance. Adventure. Jane Austen + X-Men.
10. In Another Life by Julie Christine Johnson. February 2, 2016, Sourcebooks Landmark.
Adult Fiction. France. Romance. Ancient Murder.


What other debuts did I miss? Let me know below and leave a link to your list!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Top Five Wednesday: Books I Need to Read Before the End of 2015

   I decided to do this Top 5 Wednesday to show you the books I want to get to the most. There are 5-6 weeks left of the year and I may have to push to get them done. As I've said on my blog before having a puppy takes up a lot of time and patience. Not to mention I am looking for another apartment and a car.

I Own / Library:

Wytches, Vol 1 by Scott Snyder. A good creepy graphic novel. I think November can be equally as ominous feeling as October. 

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I will finally be able to see what the hype was about. My turn on overdrive is coming soon!

For Review:

The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden. I'm really looking forward to this!

This Raging Light by Estelle Laure. A highly anticipated novel for 2015/2016 Winter!

The Little Bookshop on the Seine by Rebecca Raisin. Perfect to get in the mood for Christmas!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Book/Graphic Novel Review: Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Troy Little (Illustrator)

Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Adapted by Troy Little
Publication Date: November 10, 2015
Publisher: Top Shelf Productions
Buy It: Amazon / TBD
Source: NetGalley

"In proud partnership with the Hunter S. Thompson Estate, Top Shelf Productions is pleased to announce Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, a delightfully bonkers graphic novel by Eisner-nominated artist Troy Little adapting Thompson's seminal book of the same name. Join Thompson's alter ego Raoul Duke on the mother of all Vegas benders, as he and his attorney Dr. Gonzo cover a motorcycle race, crash a drug-enforcement convention, and rack up obscenely large room-service bills, all while dosed to the gills on a truly spectacular assortment of mind-altering substances."

My Review:

I had never read any of Thompson's work before and only watched the film version of Fear and Loathing. Troy Little did a great job of capturing the story and the form of art was perfect. I don't know how much was left out from the original story, but it read like the novel could have been in its complete form. The story itself was chaotic just as it would be about two guys drugged up on everything imaginable in Las Vegas. I believe those who loved the novel would enjoy this as a companion and recommend them to give this version a go. For those who had heard of the novel, but never actually got around to reading it may get more out of this version of the story with graphics to give life to the drugged-out segments of the novel. I think novels having a graphic novel companion is a great way to introduce people to the story and their authors and, also, provide fans something extra to enjoy. 

Thank you to NetGalley, Diamond Book Distributors and Top Shelf Productions. 

An example of the Little's art in the graphic novel:

For more comics by Top Shelf here is their website: 

Troy Little is the Eisner Award-nominated writer and artist of Angora Napkin. His other works include Chiaroscuro: Patchwork Book 1The Powerpuff Girls and other statements of our time.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Top Five Wednesday: Books I Didn't Finish

I usually prefer to finish something once I start it, but there has been a few times I couldn't finish it. Only a few in the list are books I will never pick up again while the rest I hope to be in a better state of mind to read them.

1. Belinda by Anne Rice: This is the only one I have no intention to ever finish. I got halfway and didn't want to waste more time on it. It is pure, creepy pedophilia... And in Anne Rice's way: in more detail than it needs and not much action outside the bedroom. Nope. Nope.

2. Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, the audiobook: Basically all about her privilege with a job that will pay her to travel. I was listening to this when I was working a minimum wage job with a horrible person as a supervisor. I didn't feel like listening to her good fortune at the time. I started the audiobook and listened for the first 30 minutes. I felt sorry for everyone who read it and would never get to have those chances, who live paycheck to paycheck while some woman flounces around the world. However, I have the book and want to take another go at it. I read Gilbert's The Signature of All Things and loved it. I would read Eat, Pray, Love more to enjoy her craft than anything else.

3. Lies My Teacher Told Me by James E. Loewen: I don't know if and when I will ever pick this up. I got bored with it. The premise is interesting and I love history, but there were always other books. 

4. Watership Down by Richard Adams: It was hard to get into. I hope to read it someday fully.

5. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski: I started it and never went past the first part... Will get to it again sometime. It was a gift from my husband and he won't let me live down the fact I haven't read it completely yet. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Book To Movie Adaptations To Catch Up On

 I really want to watch a lot of these movies, but would prefer to read the book first. All these movies are ones I am looking forward to watching, including some older releases. One film I woul love to read and then watch is the latest from the Harry Potter franchise: Fantastical Beast and Where to Find Them. And of course: Mockingjay Part 2 will be released soon! Those are big movie franchises I've already invested my time and money in so of course I will continue on. 

Want to Watch the Movie:

-The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson

-Cell by Stephen King

Want to Read & Watch:

-Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Water for Elephants (2011) Poster
Apr. 22, 2011

-Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Nifenegger

The Time Traveler's Wife (2009) Poster
Aug. 14, 2009

-The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian (2015) Poster
Oct. 2, 2105

-Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

-Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) Poster
Feb 5, 2016

-Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth

The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) Poster
March 19, 2016

-The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave (2016) Poster
Jan. 15, 2016

-The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Stacking the Shelves for November

This will be a new monthly feature based on a meme used by other bloggers, but catered to the amount and frequency of my hauls.

Physical Books:

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman. I had received this for a digital review, but I fell in love with the story so I had to buy my own.
*Wytches by Scott Snyder. 
Ody-C by Matt Fraction.
Emma by Jane Austen. Vintage Classics Edition. I am collecting these! I have Persuasion and Mansfield Park left. 
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. Puffin Chalk Edition. I have been wanting a Puffin Chalk for awhile and they aren't expensive.
Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth by Warsan Shire. I had been wanting to read more poetry lately and had heard about it.
Oracles: A Pilgrimage by Catherynne M. Valente. I had a CMV kick lately that I had to scratch. I was tired of hearing about her on YouTube without reading anything by her myself and wanted to get my own impressions of her writing. I am super excited to delve into her work!
The Melancholy of Mechagirl by Catherynne M. Valente
Apocrypha by  Catherynne M. Valente

NetGalley eARCs:

*Tales from the Graveyard by Susan Shultz. Published by Full Fathom Five.
Worlds of Ink and Shadow byLena Coakley. Published by Amulet Books.
*The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden. Published by Skyscape.
Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik. Published by Twenty7.
Sophie Someone by Hayley Long. Published by Hot Key Books.

Kindle Bought: 

*Dog Sense: How the New Science of Dog Behavior Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet by John Bradshaw.
Here & There by Joshua V. Scher.
The Country of Ice Cream Star by Sandra Newman.
Bellefleur by Joyce Carol Oates. 
A Witch's Feast by C.N. Crawford
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

From the Library:

*The Rocks by Peter Nichols. Audiobook. 15 hours!!!
*Cesar's Rules by Cesar Millan. ebook.

* = Tentative November TBR