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

Monday, November 2, 2015

October Wrap-Up and November TBR

What I Read: 

Irona 700 by Dave Duncan. 3/5 Stars. A fantasy novel following a woman who came from a modest life to be politically influential. Strong female protagonist, little romance, war, politics, if you like ancient history you might like this! My review is linked down below. 

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman. 4/5 Stars. I bought my own copy! A YA novel based on The Lot Dutchman lore in late 19th-century Arizona, it follows tom-boy Kate out to seek vengeance for her father's murder. It takes you on a journey to the Superstition Mountains and introduces you to several endearing characters. My review is linked down below.

Pop Sonnets: Shakespearean Spins on Your Favorite Songs by Erik Didriksen. 5/5 Stars. A great gift for those who love Shakespeare and music. An innovative idea and in an aesthetically appealing hardcover edition. My full review is linked below!

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll. 4/5 Stars. I picked this up to get into the Halloween spirit. It is a gorgeous book with great illustrations. However, it wasn't THAT scary and I was confused with how to interpret one of the stories.   

Descender, Vol. 1: Tin Stars by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen. 3.5/5 Stars. A sci-fi graphic novel about a boy robot and a civilization's quest to understand an event that happened 10 years ago. Mt full review is linked down below.

Blog Posts:

If I had a bookish genie these would be my 10 WISHES !

Five (Six) Authors I DISCOVERED this year and loved.

Here are 10 books that are perfect for Halloween/Horror on my To-Buy TBR list!

I made a short list of HALLOWEEN RECOMMENDATIONS from books I have read. 



Since having our puppy I have started to slowly get back to a schedule of reading and posting on my blog. What I have read hasn't been big regarding page numbers, but I have tried to post good reviews for what I can read. The pup can't be home alone for long periods of time so that has been a hindrance on getting errands done outside of the house. I've become fanatic about graphic novels lately. I requested three for review from NetGalley (one is Descender) and bought some more for myself (read my Stacking the Shelves post later this week). It is starting to get foggy more often ==>> creepy. I hope November will be a better reading month for me.  

Currently Reading:

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky. I had been looking at this on my shelf for a couple months now and I finally just took and got absorbed in it. However, ages 57-88 are non-existent and so I have to get it from the library to finish reading it or buy a new book. Thanks to the publisher for the awesome printing and Book Outlet for not checking your merchandise before. 

The Courtesan by Alexandra Curry. The story of a real life Chinese courtesan who lived in the late 20th, early 21st Century.

The Art of Language Invention by David J. Peterson. A dense, yet interesting nonfiction book on how to construct your own language from the creator of the televised Dothraki of Game of Thrones.


November TBR:

I would like to finish these three books on my Currently Reading shelf. I don't want to have any remaining books on that shelf when the New Year comes. I have lots of books for review and on my monthly TBR lists on Goodreads. I will be taking from those lists depending on my mood. However, there is one book I want to get to for sure:

Becoming Darkness by Lindsay Francis Brambles. Published by Switch Press. This is for review.