December 13, 2011

Review: The Martian Chronicles

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
About: Leaving behind a world on the brink of destruction, man came to the Red planet and found the Martians waiting, dreamlike. Seeking the promise of a new beginning, man brought with him his oldest fears and his deepest desires. Man conquered Mars—and in that instant, Mars conquered him. The strange new world with its ancient, dying race and vast, red-gold deserts cast a spell on him, settled into his dreams, and changed him forever. Here are the captivating chronicles of man and Mars—the modern classic by the peerless Ray Bradbury. (from

Review: I really enjoy the way Bradbury writes, in this book he gives everything a sense of life. A gust of wind, the empty cities, the Martian skies, even a hotdog stand. The books starts out with a rocket leaving Ohio and then turns to beautiful golden martians living in a peaceful land. The wife, Ylla, of the martians has a dream about a rocket coming to Mars and a man speaking to her and saying he's from Earth. Basically this is all we hear of this story, besides a few references to the expedition actually happening, the story never comes back to these martians after the first few chapters. The book starts to get interesting when humans come to Mars, expecting to be greeting and congratulated when really the Martians could care less. People die, Americans do what they do best with any new civilization, ruin it, and Mars becomes a second Earth with grocery stores, neighbourhoods, luggage stores and anything else you can think of that would make this pristine red land that was once beautiful, ugly. Each chapter is a different year. Starting off in 1999 when the first rocket leaves to Mars, skipping to 2001, 2005 and jumping to 2026. Each year also follows someone new, either on Mars or Earth. I had a hard time with this, only because some of the chapters I really started liking the character. On the third rocket to Mars, there was a man named Spender, he was my favourite character. When he arrived all the Martians had died away, he understood what humans would do to Mars. That they would rename everything to make it sound like Earth, the memories of the Martians would be swept away. So what happens? The crew doesn't like him, he runs away and dies. The one person I liked dies. And from then on the stories began to bother me. The people, the way they treated Mars and called things New New York and New Texas. Another thing I had a hard time with was the years. I know I know, I understand the book was published in 1946 so obviously this was before 1999, but it was hard reading it and realizing how much things haven't changed compared to the book and how some things have. In one instance there is a man who still owns slaves in 2004...ya. And how in 2006 our houses basically do everything themselves, cook breakfast, clean, read us poems, if only we had advanced in such ways...other than that I did enjoy the book. I always enjoy Bradbury's narrative and descriptions, he had me emotionally attached to a burnt white house, still trying to live once it's family had vanished. Eventually Earth begins a massive war and basically destroys itself. All the people from Earth leave Mars to go back home except for a few. But in the end a family returns to Mars leaving Earth and it's dying existence behind. I liked the way the book began and how it ended but I had a hard time getting through some of the middle. If you enjoy Ray Bradbury, I wouldn't recommend this one first. Try out The Halloween Tree, Something Wicked This Way Comes or one of my next re-reads, Fahrenheit 451.

November 10, 2011

Books For Fashion

In my fashion class I've been assigned to make an accessory. After thinking, hat, shoes, scarf, what do I make? I thought of a more simple accessory. Jewelry. So after many sketches and ideas on what piece of jewelry I should make, I decided on a necklace. Made from what else than one of my favourite things, books. A criss-cross of words from literature all set around your neck. I'm in love with the idea and can't wait to make my necklace. I'll be sure to post pictures immediately after its finished.

Wish Me Luck!

October 31, 2011

Review: Skinny Bitch

Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedom and Kim Barnouin

About: Freedman and Bamouin speak to the reader like a friend who isn't afraid to tell you what's on her mind. They back up their arguments by citing study after study and take the technical talk out of the discussion so as to make a more easily digested point. Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin started a movement when they wrote their bestselling manifesto, Skinny Bitch. Both a wake-up call and a kick in the ass, Skinny Bitch exposed the horrors of the food industry while inspiring people to eat well and enjoy food. They both live and pig out in Los Angeles. (from

Review: I've heard a lot about this book since it was released back in 2005. Six years later I manage to read it. Surprisingly a majority of the information in the book I already knew. Basically the book is about two vegan women who help you understand and realize what, or who, you are eating. They put it in perspective and really, they've made me, a five year vegetarian, go vegan and I've never felt better. It's important to know what we are putting in our bodies and where our food comes from. I found this book to be insightful and helpful for anyone looking for a healthier lifestyle! Best part? They give you a month long menu to help you become vegan! How cool is that.

Fun Reviews from
Hartford Courant
“…incredibly informative and entertaining… Co-authors Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin provide tough-love talk mixed with facts and common sense...This is the first "diet" book I've ever read that has made me laugh out loud numerous times. That being said, since no one warned me, I'll let you in on a secret - the book will gross you out. In the same vein as Fast Food Nation, there are graphic descriptions of factory farming and unsanitary dairy farm practices. It was easy for me to put down Fast Food Nation but this book is so funny, I had to keep going.

Almost immediately, I was one of the transformed. In fact, as soon as I got halfway through Chapter 4, "The Dead, Rotting Decomposing Flesh Diet", I had to call and change my dinner plans because I decided to go vegan on the spot.

West VA University's The Daily Athenaeum, 6/8/10
“a cynical, foul-mouthed read with only good intentions that could get you into your best bikini shape for this pool season…The book’s conversational tone makes for an interesting and entertaining read – not simply just dos and don’ts of dieting and exercise like most weight-loss plan guides.”

October 2, 2011

Review: Marabou Stork Nightmares

Marabou Stork Nightmares by Irving Welsh

About: In a hospital room in Edinburgh Roy Strang lies in a coma - which doesn't save him from reliving the sordid developments that brought him to this state. He seems at times to be engaged in a strange quest in a surrealistic Africa to eradicate the evil predator-scavenger bird the marabou stork before it drives away the peace-loving flamingos from Lake Torto. But Roy's hallucinatory adventures keep being interrupted by troubling memories of his bizarre family, the housing project in which he grew up, a disastrous emigration to South Africa and his youthful life of casual brutality as a club-hopping soccer thug. (from goodreads)

Review: I must say first off, I've never read or seen anything written by Irving Welsh. Conclusion, real, raw, intimate, amazing and fantastic piece of work. On the other note, it's not for the light of heart. A bit of a different swing from Peter Pan but Marabou was a good change up. I began the story with a basic idea on the back of the book. Man in coma finds himself in deep Africa hunting a Marabou Stork with his good friend Sandy Jamison, but all the while is so close to the surface. I enjoyed the way the book was written, Irving took the words and built them up and down bring your eyes and reading along this backwards journey with Roy Strang. The story started out light, adventurous, I actually like Roy. My relationship with Roy was a lot different than most main characters. It was as interesting and backwards as the book. At the beginning I like Roy, I found him interesting, kinda felt bad for him that he was bullied and his weird family. As the story progressed I found myself feeling more hatred towards him that sadness, I didn't like him. Roy was dumb and arrogant and an ass. I honestly hated him. Near the end you started to feel bad for him again, just a bit of sympathy was sent his way. But by the end my relationship with Roy Strang was mutual. We had finished the book together and I felt like the more I knew about him, the less I liked him. But I enjoyed the journey and story of his life, the Scottish humor and language Welsh put into his book. It was a great, interesting read. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone with a light stomach. I must say it gets a bit hard to handle. Overall, so glad I purchased it. Now on to buying Trainspotting and Acid House.

September 2, 2011

Review: Peter Pan

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
About: Peter Pan, the book based on J.M. Barrie's famous play, is filled with unforgettable characters: Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up; the fairy, Tinker Bell; the evil pirate, Captain Hook; and the three children--Wendy, John, and Michael--who fly off with Peter Pan to Neverland, where they meet Indians and pirates and a crocodile that ticks. Renowned children's-book artist Michael Hague has brought the amazing adventures of Peter Pan to life. His beautiful illustrations capture the wild, seductive power of this classic book. (from

Review: First off I have to say how much I'm in love with Peter Pan. How I have never read it before is beyond me. All the characters, adventures, stories and make believe filled that childish part in my heart that I will never let go of. Peter Pan was one of those books I didn't want to end. Oh Wendy, go back to Neverland and have more wonderful adventures with Peter so I may read them!I enjoyed how I read the story as an on-looker, a third party watching the events unfold. On of my favourite adventures was the Mermaid Lagoon, where Tiger Lily is put on Marooner's Rock. Everyone is saved but Pan stays on the rock, unable to fly from a wound by Hook, his line to Wendy, after she is taken away by Tootle's kite is "To Die Would Be An Awfully Big Adventure". How can you not be in love with this book, it just has the essence of childhood and wonder, excitement, adventure, imagination. I'm so glad I bought it, because I will be reading it over and over and over again.

August 27, 2011

Something Old...

Something New...Something Borrowed...Something Blue...Ok so I'm not getting married, but I thought it would be fun to introduce some books I have in this manner. Also, for some reason this rhythm has been in my head all week...

Something Old...
 An old book of my mothers I found while cleaning out some boxes...Tales From Grimm by Wanda Gag. It used to sit on her older brother's bookshelf and it now sits on mine.
Something New...
 Secret of Longevity-Hundreds of ways to live to be 100 by Dr. Maoshing Ni...A new book I got as a birthday present! Definitely one I will be applying to my actual life.
Something Borrowed...
 This book actually is mine but I borrowed it from my sister. It's her absolutely favourite book and I've never gotten around to reading it. So when I saw at Golden Braid Books, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, for only $4.00 I had to add it to my collection.
Something Blue...
To my joy, I've been reading a lot lately. Since I've been reading so much it means reading more in bed. So I've dusted off the trusty blue reading light for those late night reads.

August 24, 2011

Review: The Man Who Loved Books Too Much

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett 

About: Unrepentant book thief John Charles Gilkey has stolen a fortune in rare books from around the country. Yet unlike most thieves who steal for profit, Gilkey steals for love-the love of books. Perhaps equally obsessive is Ken Sanders, the self-appointed "bibliodick" who's driven to catch him. Following this eccentric cat-and-mouse chase with a mixture of suspense, insight and humor, Allison Hoover Bartlett plunges the reader deep into a rich world of fanatical book lust and considers what it is that makes some people stop at nothing to posses the titles they love. (from

Review: This one was designated for August in my small beginning book club. I started it on my way to Chicago and finished it only last week. It was a riveting book. One of my first non-fictions, I have to admit. The idea of the story enticed me, a man who loves books so much he steals them! Ken Sanders, a rare book collector who tries to serve him justice! (this was even more appealing because I literally live 2 blocks away from Ken Sanders Rare Books!). Basically this book was all I wanted from a non-fiction. The story was based from Allison's point of view. She began with interesting facts about this mysterious Gilkey man and her traveling to rare book conventions in New York City and San Francisco. I think I enjoyed more of the shadow Gilkey, one that no one was sure about, who he was. But once Bartlett met Gilkey and started being more involved in his life, I started not to like Gilkey. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the book a lot, but Gilkey's character got less and less interesting to me. Bartlett made him more cocky, arrogant and in my opinion annoying. Over all I enjoyed Bartlett's references to the past. There were little stories of Italian, Spanish, Noble Men, Monks, all types of people in history who love books. Some would do anything to get their hands on books, even murder. It made me appreciate books more than I already do, it made me think of the previous owners, stories and lives of the old books I have. I absolutely loved this book. I bought it and so glad, so I can re read it whenever I would like.

August 15, 2011

New! Alison Wonderland

Alison Wonderland by Helen Smith

About: After her husband leaves her for another woman, twentysomething Londoner Alison Temple impulsively applies for a job at the very P.I. firm she hired to trap her philandering ex. She hopes it will be the change of scene she so desperately needs to move on with her shattered life. At the all-female Fitzgerald’s Bureau of Investigation, she spends her days tracking lost objects and her nights shadowing unfaithful husbands. But no matter what the case, none of her clients can compare to the fascinating characters in her personal life. There’s her boss, the estimable and tidy Mrs. Fitzgerald; Taron, Alison’s eccentric best friend, who claims her mother is a witch; Jeff, her love-struck, poetry-writing neighbor; and—last but not least—her psychic postman. Her relationships with them all become entangled when she joins Taron for a road trip to the seaside and stumbles into a misadventure of epic proportions! Clever, quirky, and infused with just a hint of magic, this humorous literary novel introduces a memorable heroine struggling with the everyday complexities of modern life. (from

I love a new unique story and this one just drew my attention. Besides the fact that the title is a play on my favourite book, I really would like to read this one.

August 4, 2011

Review: The Island of Dr. Moreau

The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells
About: The Island of Doctor Moreau is an 1896 science fiction novel written by H. G. Wells. It is told from the point of view of a man named Edward Prendick who is shipwrecked, rescued by a passing boat, and then left at the ship's destination by the crew along with the ship's cargo of exotic animals. The island is home to a scientist named Doctor Moreau, who is conducting bizarre and cruel experiments on the animals he has imported, attempting to create sentient beings out of animals. The novel deals with numerous philosophical themes, including the need to take responsibility for the things we create, the question of what makes a man a man, the cruelty of nature and of man, and the dangers of trying to control nature. (from

Review: So I'm sure you know H.G. Wells and his other more popular books, The War of the Worlds and The Time Machine. Basically I found this book at my local rare bookstore, Ken Sander's, and recognized the author and decided to read it. It sounds simply intriguing to me and the whopping 104 pages made it more desirable. The book was actually very interesting. The story was told from Edward Prendrick's point of view, almost a journal of the account of his time from being rescued to leaving the island. The book was more about character development than anything. Wells really made you know and feel the characters. Montgomery who liked Prendick, for he was the one that saved him, was a drunk, but you sympathized with him. You found out his past and why he drank and came to the island. Montgomery felt for the beasts on the island but at the same time boasted his superiorness around them. Prendick, for instance, I found interesting, didn't care for the beasts at all. From the time he arrived on the island to the time he left you knew his stance on the beasts, and it didn't change. The book really kept my attention the whole time. Near the end it felt slightly cast-awayish, with Prendick trying to leave the island. But other than that I enjoyed it. It was intense but calming, a very interesting point of view and theory. I also liked that it was like a journal but not entirely. It was from Prendick's point of view, but it wasn't laid out in Journal format. I could have easily had this book read in a day, but sadly school and work conflicted and it took be a bit longer. If you are looking for an extremely good, quick read, find this one. I bought mine for only $2.00.

June 26, 2011

Review: The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

About: Oscar Wilde's story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty is one of his most popular works. Written in Wilde's characteristically dazzling manner, full of stinging epigrams and shrewd observations, the tale of Dorian Gray's moral disintegration caused something of a scandal when it first appeared in 1890. Wilde was attacked for his decadence and corrupting influence, and a few years later the book and the aesthetic/moral dilemma it presented became issues in the trials occasioned by Wilde's homosexual liaisons, trials that resulted in his imprisonment. Of the book's value as autobiography, Wilde noted in a letter, "Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry what the world thinks me: Dorian what I would like to be—in other ages, perhaps." (from

Review: First off I have to say every time Wilde would described Dorian, I literally fell in love. I do believe I have a mad crush on Dorian Gray, sinfulness and all. I got this book from a used bookstore after seeing the British version movie. It was a fluke I happen to find it, hard cover, vintage, I had to have it. So I started this book awhile ago, a book I should have finished in weeks took me months. I've been busy I swear. The book starts off with Basil and Lord Henry exchanging conversation about this new boy Dorian. You meet him, you like him, but it's Lord Henry and his ideas that make Dorian who he is. Lord Henry's voice is throughout the book more than Dorian's. All his ideals, thought, passions, ways of life are torn from this little book Lord Henry gives Dorian. After Dorian wishes for his youth and is granted it through the picture the book becomes vague. Not as in detail, but I guess I wanted to know more about the sins Dorian was getting into and Wilde doesn't spell things out, he leaves a lot unknown. For example, when Dorian needs the scientist to clean up a body, we never do find out how Dorian blackmails him into helping him. It will forever bother me. He vaguely talks all the other scandalous things he does. Sibyl Vane is the main things we read about, maybe because we find out Dorian really doesn't have a heart anymore. The only time we read about Dorian actually going on one of his nightclub adventures, he runs into James Vane at an opium den, and after that Dorian is nothing but nerves. In a strange way like to believe Dorian was out and about, smoking opium, drinking excessively, sleeping with Duchesses. I'm not sure why but I liked that aspect of the book, that Dorian could do anything and his perfect boyish, innocent face would not change. Of course in the end he wanted to be good, and did only what he could to do so. I enjoyed Lord Henry, more than anything. I enjoyed his attitude and way about him. He was who he was and didn't care who knew. Dorian tried to hide a lot of it. Also I liked how Dorian went for beauty, anything aesthetically pleasing to any of the senses. There is a lengthy chapter solely to describe the different art, rugs, statues Dorian has collected through the years. Over all It's a classic and a must read for everyone. If you're a quick reader, shouldn't take more than a week.

(Side Not Fact: There is this guy who has come into my work a couple times and his name is Dorrin, and he is exactly how I imagine Dorian, basically he's gorgeous, I want to marry him.)

June 19, 2011

New! Game of Thrones

A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One by George R. R. Martin

About: In A Game of Thrones, the first book of a projected six, George R.R. Martin rewards readers with a vividly real world, well-drawn characters, complex but coherent plotting, and beautifully constructed prose, which Locus called "well above the norms of the genre." 

Martin's Seven Kingdoms resemble England during the Wars of the Roses, with the Stark and Lannister families standing in for the Yorks and Lancasters. The story of these two families and their struggle to control the Iron Throne dominates the foreground; in the background is a huge, ancient wall marking the northern border, beyond which barbarians, ice vampires, and direwolves menace the south as years-long winter advances. Abroad, a dragon princess lives among horse nomads and dreams of fiery reconquest. (from

It was hard to find a specific review, so this was the best I could do. Also I started watching this series on HBO and it is amazing!! I've had friend who have read the books and said they are better than the HBO series, but that the series is very close to the book and characters. Definitely one I will have to read.

June 2, 2011

Casting For The Hunger Games

As like many people, I am a huge fan of The Hunger Games series. I'm sure the buzz is around the cast of who will play who for these epic films. Well as I do in my spare time, I like to look for people who would fill my imagination of the people I first loved as I read and imagined them in my books. With that being said, the casting for The Hunger Games is already done, but I still wish it was a bit different. Here is my list of people who should have been cast, due to my made up image of them.

Katniss Everdeen: Kaya Scodelario 
I imagined Katniss very pretty but naturally pretty. Kaya Scodelario would have been perfect for her role. And she's also a great actress, tall, thin, totally Katniss.

Peeta Mellark: Alex Pettyfer
I imagined Peeta, sweet, younger looking little blonde boy. This guy would have been perfect!
Gale Hawthorne: Gaspard Ulliel
This one was hard, Cause I am team Gale. One: I imagined him super hot. Two: I just loved his personality in the books. So naturally I found someone who could do both.

Haymitch Abernathy: Sean Bean
I imagined him older, and more drunk, perhaps with a slight beard. I think Sean Bean would have been a good candidate. (he also looks slightly drunk in this picture, how perfect)

Unfortunately the casting they did do isn't all that great. I'm a bit disappointed to be honest. But here is a think to the actual casting from

Who do you think would make a good cast?

New! Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

About: As a kid, Jacob formed a special bond with his grandfather over his bizarre tales and photos of levitating girls and invisible boys. Now at 16, he is reeling from the old man's unexpected death. Then Jacob is given a mysterious letter that propels him on a journey to the remote Welsh island where his grandfather grew up. There, he finds the children from the photographs--alive and well--despite the islanders’ assertion that all were killed decades ago. As Jacob begins to unravel more about his grandfather’s childhood, he suspects he is being trailed by a monster only he can see. A haunting and out-of-the-ordinary read, debut author Ransom Rigg’s first-person narration is convincing and absorbing, and every detail he draws our eye to is deftly woven into an unforgettable whole. (from
This book sounds very interesting. One of those more original kind of thrillers. Adding it to the list of to reads. Also, totally spooky cover, love it.


Life Update: So sorry followers, I've been caught up in school and work since school ended in May, and summer classes started 2 weeks after. Also, I was able to leave on a backpacking trip for a couple days, hence the absence. But I am back and in full force of book blogging.

Book Update: I am still reading Dorian Grey, soon to be finished. Trying to squeeze in a few others at the same time. Mostly library books that I need to return. So new reviews coming soon.

If you have any books you want reviewed, feel free to let me know by leaving a comment.

May 9, 2011

New! Graveminder

Graveminder by Melissa Marr

About: Rebekkah Barrow never forgot the tender attention her grandmother, Maylene, bestowed upon the dead of Claysville, the town where Bek spent her adolescence. There wasn't a funeral that Maylene didn't attend, and at each Rebekkah watched as Maylene performed the same unusual ritual: three sips from a small silver flask followed by the words "Sleep well, and stay where I put you."

Now Maylene is dead and Bek must go back to the place--and the man--she left a decade ago. But what she soon discovers is that Maylene was murdered and that there was good reason for her odd traditions. It turns out that in placid Claysville, the worlds of the living and the dead are dangerously connected. Beneath the town lies a shadowy, lawless land ruled by the enigmatic Charles, aka Mr. D--a place from which the dead will return if their graves are not properly minded. Only the Graveminder, a Barrow woman, and the current Undertaker, Byron, can set things to right once the dead begin to walk
Goosebumps? Ya I got them too. This book sounds so amazing and fun. One I need to read right away. And now I am leaving to the Library to do just that.

New! The Help

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

About: Four peerless actors render an array of sharply defined black and white characters in the nascent years of the civil rights movement. They each handle a variety of Southern accents with aplomb and draw out the daily humiliation and pain the maids are subject to, as well as their abiding affection for their white charges. The actors handle the narration and dialogue so well that no character is ever stereotyped, the humor is always delightful, and the listener is led through the multilayered stories of maids and mistresses. The novel is a superb intertwining of personal and political history in Jackson, Miss., in the early 1960s, but this reading gives it a deeper and fuller power. (from
My sister and mom both read this book and enjoyed it a lot. They are very much wanting to see the movie when it comes out and dragging me along. So I need to quickly read this book before we all venture to the theaters.

May 7, 2011

Review: Castle in the Air

Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones

About: Abdullah the rug merchant leaves his humdrum life far behind when he purchases a threadbare magic carpet from a mysterious stranger. Almost immediately, Abdullah is whisked off on a series of adventures that bear an uncanny resemblance to his own daydreams. He meets the love of his life only to have her kidnapped by a fierce djinn. With the help of the magic carpet--and an ornery genie--Abdullah sets out to rescue his bride-to-be. His travels take him to the fairy tale land of Ingary.

Review: I just have to say, I absolutely love Jones' writing. I've read Howl's Moving Castle, and House of Many Ways, both sequels like Castle in the Air. I enjoy her books so much, they are fun fantasy books with witches and djinns and castles and princesses. This book had a very Aladdin feel to it, with a genie and magic carpet too. Her books are easy reads but so full of adventure and comedy. If you're a fan of Jones other books then you'll appreciate that Howl and Sophie are in this book as well. I did feel myself slightly rushing through the end. I'm not sure if I just wanted it to get done, or I was just a smidgen bored, or that I needed to return it to the library.  I have to admit I enjoyed House of Many Ways more than Castle in the Air, I liked the characters just a bit more. Abdullah, Flower-in-the-Night and the Soldier were all really good character's I just didn't feel more of a connection than I would have lived. The book keeps a good pace, as something is always happening, so it is fun. But despite cramming the last 70 pages in a few breaks at work, I highly recommend this book for any avid readers or fantasy lovers. It was a nice break after reading Candy which was very different also.

April 24, 2011

New! The Man Who Loved Books Too Much

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary by Allison Hoover Bartlett

About: In the late 1990s, John Gilkey stole his way through a significant number of expensive antiquarian book collections. Ken Sanders, a book collector and security chair for the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, noticed the pattern of thefts and began pursuing Gilkey, whose obsession with his precious old books led him to commit a flurry of other crimes—stealing credit cards and forging checks. Bartlett opens up the quirky world of book collecting fanatics with respect but occasionally too much adulation—a perspective that Judith Brackley is guilty of in her more effusive moments. But on the whole, Brackley's enthusiasm is welcome; she excels when exploring the minutiae and arcana of the book collecting subculture and executes the male voices well, with a clear distinction and depth.
I saw this one while browsing at a local book store Golden Braid Books and I instantly wanted it. The story sounds so enthralling and I actually just found this one of sale at Borders 70% off. Sadly they were closing down. But I got a book I've been wanting so it worked out. Also Ken Sanders owns a bookstore right down the street from me!

April 17, 2011

Review: Candy

Candy by Luke Davies

About: Candy depicts heroin addicts set in Australia. "Candy" is the slang name of the unnamed narrator's two great loves: his girlfriend and heroin. He introduces her to the drug, and they descend from being high on life, love, and drugs, to being shamed through prostitution, crime, addiction, and recovery. With no character background, the book reads as a string of scams to score money and heroin: some hilarious, some desperate, and some both at once. One scam starts when they answer a ringing public phone that the caller mistakenly believes is a suicide prevention line. Candy and the narrator are ruthless but human; their likableness and the immediacy of their dramas make them sympathetic even when pathetic. The writing is lean and strong but offers no resolution. Although that reflects junkies' reality, sometimes the pacing is jarring as the characters take action long after the audience is ready. Still, the good writing, realistic portrayal, and affable characters plunge readers into the junkies' world, safely returning them with veins intact.

Review: When a book starts out like this..."Everything's fucking beautiful!", you know it's got to be good. Candy is a book about a nameless author who takes us on his journey of meeting Candy, whom he's in love with, and heroine, who he's even more in love with. The book is actually fun, not the heroine part, but the way him and Candy are in love, go on adventures and basically just lay around all the time, waiting for their next hit. Davies is an amazing writer. From start to finish I was so involved in the story and the characters. Even the one's that quickly come in and out of their life from using, random connections, or friends. Davies does an amazing job really letting you understand the main character without even giving any descriptions of him, or even naming him in the book. It's interesting the way the book is laid out, he meets Candy, they go through their lives together, trying to get clean, going back on smack, the repetitiveness of their stupidity, yet you feel so much for these characters. The last chapter ends with Candy's first hit. It's breath painstakingly beautiful, every word Davies writes. Please read this one, it's absolutely phenomenal.

April 3, 2011

Review: The Stranger

The Stranger by Albert Camus
About: Through the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach, Camus explored what he termed "the nakedness of man faced with the absurd." (from

Review: The Stranger is a very interesting book. Even though I should have finished the quick read of 123 pages, it took me a bit longer (school and work will do that). The entire book the main character did hardly anything. He sat by his window, watched people, talked about his neighbours, drank, smoked, talked to his neighbours, sort of fell in love. Basically it was the life of an ordinary man who randomly kills someone else. The second half is his trial and it's interesting the way he thinks about life. It's insightful, interesting and I love that it's set in France. I enjoyed this book, it's not necessarily a dry read, but I think you have to be able to really imagine this book to like it. I recommend it for the avid book reader.

March 29, 2011

New! The Long Weekend

The Long Weekend by Savita Kalhan

About: Sam knows that he and his friend Lloyd made a colossal mistake when they accepted the ride home. They have ended up in a dark mansion in the middle of nowhere with man who means to harm them. But Sam doesn't know how to get them out. They were trapped, then separated. Now they are alone. Will either of them get out alive?This gripping and hypnotic thriller will have you reading late into the night... 
All of the reviews for this book have been really positive! I love thriller mystery books. I hope I read this one soon.

March 28, 2011

Public Library

It should be obvious as a avid book reader/lover that I would support my public library. As a contribution I wanted to feature how much I love my library. First of all it's four floors of amazing books, cafe's, shops, children's play area, roof top garden. Also it only takes me 3 minutes to walk there. Spending all day there is always appealing to me, sadly I'm too busy to. Here's a glimpse of the beautiful library I get to check out books and movies at. 

March 24, 2011

Need To Read

I feel like I'm finally finding the time to sit down and read books. Even if it means skipping a day of classes (like today) to do so. The books I am currently reading or need to read are as follows:

-The Stranger by Albert Camus (currently reading)
-The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (I just bought this vintage version from a local bookstore)
-The Island of Dr. Moreau
-Purge: Rehab Diaries by Nicole Johns

March 17, 2011

Review: Looking For Alaska

Looking For Alaska by John Green

About: Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps." Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps. (from

Review: I enjoyed this book rather a lot. I liked the characters, mostly 'Pudge' aka Miles Halter. A good thing about the book was his friends didn't over power the main character like sometimes the quirky friends do, Pudge held his own, despite having no friends before he went to boarding school at Culiver Creek. I liked reading it through the author's voice. It felt like everything was a direct story from his life, although I don't know if it was, I liked to pretend. The whole book was great and kept me reading from start to finish. Also, I liked how he ended the book with a little bit of an essay from Pudge, it made me smile. One character I found interesting was Alaska Young, she made such an impact on everyone's lives at school, and  made me realize how one person can change someone, or a lot of people's lives. It was a very good and easy read, I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to jump and gain their 'Great Perhaps'.

March 7, 2011

New! The Stranger

 The Stranger by Albert Camus

About: Through the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach, Camus explored what he termed "the nakedness of man faced with the absurd."
 I do believe that is the shortest book description ever. But I'm excited to read this book, it was actually  referred to me by a very good friend and I can't wait to start reading it.

February 19, 2011

New! The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

About: Oscar Wilde's story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty is one of his most popular works. Written in Wilde's characteristically dazzling manner, full of stinging epigrams and shrewd observations, the tale of Dorian Gray's moral disintegration caused something of a scandal when it first appeared in 1890. (from

Ok so I know Oscar Wilde is long passed away, so technically this isn't a new book. Although I just finished watching the new British version of Dorian Gray and I must say I was intrigued. I've always loved the story or Dorian Gray but just never found time (or I forgot) to read it. So this one will be a borrow from my brother and I cannot wait to start reading it! I'm actually infatuated with scandalous Mr. Gray, I'm grinning just thinking about reading it and getting lost in Wilde's twisted world.

February 16, 2011

Review: The Sweet Far Thing

The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray
About: It has been a year of change since Gemma Doyle arrived at the foreboding Spence Academy. Her mother murdered, her father alaudanum addict, Gemma has relied on an unsuspected strength and has discovered an ability to travel to an enchanted world called the realms, where dark magic runs wild. Despite certain peril, Gemma has bound the magic to herself and forged unlikely new alliances. Now, as Gemma approaches her London debut, the time has come to test these bonds.

The Order—the mysterious group her mother was once part of—is grappling for control of the realms, as is the Rakshana. Spence's burned East Wing is being rebuilt, but why now? Gemma and her friends see Pippa, but she is not the same. And their friendship faces its gravest trial as Gemma must decide once and for all what role she is meant for. (from

Review: Finally! It honestly feels like I've been reading this book since before Christmas...oh wait I have! And I've also racked up a nice fat late fee at the library. Thanks Gemma Doyle. So I really wanted to finish this series and I'm glad I did. The book is still very fast passed, I love how something is always happening. Gemma is a bit more grown up and is starting to not really care what she does, because well, she has the magic and rules the realms and is pretty much awesome. It took me so long cause I've been so busy, also it's 819 pages, which is slightly more than her other books. I still love all the characters and you get introduced to a few more. The last dozen chapters or so (I am reviewing these more cause they are fresher in my mind) I was a bit torn. It was intense, I guess, to a degree. I just felt nothing during the Winterland Battles, and when certain people die. In my mind I was just like oh, that sucks. I didn't feel for them, I didn't miss them, I didn't really care...Which is sad to say. I felt more attached to her characters in her earlier books, but this last one, although it was still a fun book, I didn't get the same out of it. Don't get me wrong here, I did really enjoy the books and do recommend them. If you've started these series, definitely finish them. If you haven't, you could check it out, but don't expect too much dying love for these books. I just happen to love other main girl characters better, Katniss anyone?

February 15, 2011

Valentine's Day Reads

Inspired by Valentine's Day and the month of February, here are some top love stories that are great to read during this month, or any other!
Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare

Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks (or any other Sparks book, they're all pretty cheesy)

-Any other romantic books you can think of? Let me know!

February 10, 2011

5000 Visitors!

Wow, It's amazing I've had any visitors, I am so happy It's reached 5000. Now all I need is more followers...*sigh*. Don't worry though faithful followers, more updates and exciting things will be going on here at For A Rainy Day!

February 8, 2011

Books to Movies: A Great and Terrible Beauty

I've almost finished reading the last book in the Gemma Doyle Trilogies, The Sweet Far Thing. All night I've been looking at different characters of who would play who in the upcoming movie. And I've picked out my favourite.

Gemma Doyle (Rachel Hurd-Wood), Felicity Worthington (Imogen Poots), Ann Bradshaw (Jessie Cave), Pippa Cross (Alexis Bledel, maybe), Kartik (Parker Gregory), Simon Middleton (Ben Barnes), Tom Doyle (Jim Sturgess)


Also I found this video of almost the perfect match up...

Who do you think would be good in the Gemma Doyle Trilogies?

January 26, 2011

New! The Hawk and His Boy (The Tormay Trilogy)

The Hawk and His Boy by Christopher Bunn

About: One night in the city of Hearne, a young thief named Jute is instructed to break into a wizard's house and steal an old wooden box. It sounds like a straightforward job. Climb down the chimney, creep through the house, find the thing and get out fast. Unbeknownst to the boy, however, the box contains the knife that killed the Wind. Overcome with curiosity, Jute opens the box and sets off a chain of events that soon has him on the run from the wizard, his old masters in the Thieves Guild, and their client, who happens to be the Lord of Darkness himself. On his odyssey of escape, Jute is aided by an unlikely assortment of friends, including a guilt-ridden assassin, a reluctant wizard, and a hawk who just might be able to teach him how to fly. But the Darkness will do anything to find Jute, even if it means plunging the whole land into war. (from

I love fantasy books. Especially original ones. I really want to read this one right now! If only I didn't have fines at the library...

January 15, 2011

New! Looking For Alaska

Looking For Alaska by John Green

About: Sixteen-year-old Miles Halter's adolescence has been one long nonevent - no challenge, no girls, no mischief, and no real friends. Seeking what Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps," he leaves Florida for a boarding school in Birmingham, AL. His roommate, Chip, is a dirt-poor genius scholarship student with a Napoleon complex who lives to one-up the school's rich preppies. Chip's best friend is Alaska Young, with whom Miles and every other male in her orbit falls instantly in love. She is literate, articulate, and beautiful, and she exhibits a reckless combination of adventurous and self-destructive behavior. She and Chip teach Miles to drink, smoke, and plot elaborate pranks. Alaska's story unfolds in all-night bull sessions, and the depth of her unhappiness becomes obvious. (from

-I am actually about to purchase this book on amazon, and I cannot wait to read it. It sounds really good. I like a good teen drama and life situations.

January 6, 2011

Book Goals for 2011

It's a new year and with it come many new goals. As I've already written my personal goals on my personal blog, I've decided to make some Book Goals for 2011.

Read More - I guess this is kind of an obvious one for a book blogger. I will be very busy with school so mainly its about making time to read. Which I will do.

Blog More - I know I've been slacking majorly on my book blogging abilities. But I swear its justified. With finals and the Holidays I just haven't had time. But I vow for 2011 to blog at least, if not more, once a week! Have faith readers.

Try Not To Buy Any Book - This one my seem odd but I seriously have two bookshelves full of books. And some of them sit on their shelves unread. So instead of borrowing books from the library, or buying new ones. I am going to finish reading all my own books before the year is out. It's doable right?

Get More Followers - I'm honestly at a loss of exactly how to go about this. All I can hope is that people enjoy my blog enough to follow along, or at the very least comment or even just stop by. Also I shall be bribing and enticing you previous, and hopefully new, followers with Give Aways! Starting this month.

-So be sure to check back often for all these goals will be fulfilled. And also check back for Give Aways and other great blog things.