Books You Want to Finally Read in 2017 12.07.16 | T5W

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Books I meant to read many moons ago!

1. A Woman in the Crossfire: Diaries of the Syrian Revolution by Samar Yazbek
*On my TBR list since Jan. 2013

2. The Secret History of Nursery Rhymes by Linda Alchin
*On my TBR list since Mar. 2013

3. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
*On my TBR list since Nov. 2014

4. Winter by Marissa Meyer
*On my TBR list since May 2016

5. 1984  by George Orwell
*On my bookshelf since Aug. 2016

What books are you looking to read in the new year that have been on your shelf or TBR list for ages? Share down in the comments below!

Until next post,
Pilar

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Books I Want to Re-Read 11.23.16 | T5W

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Taking a moment this week to reflect on books that I would like to re-read.

1. Haunting of Alaizabel Cray
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I first read this book way back (roughly 11 years ago) in my early high school years. I instantly fell in love with it to the point it inspired me to try and write a similar creepy story (it has since been lost as it was written on an old dinosaur of a computer). As it has been over a decade, I vaguely remember what the book was about. The story is set in Victorian England with a teen boy, a teen girl with special powers and a murderous carriage driver (Jack the Ripper comes to mind when I think about the villain). While I did love this story, time has stolen most of my memory of it. However, Goodreads provides a much better synopsis for those interested. It was about a year ago I remembered this book and by remember I mean the poor synopsis I gave above. I DIDN’T EVEN REMEMBER THE TITLE OR AUTHOR! To be fair, I knew it was The Haunting, but after that my mind went blank. I believe I searched for this book on and off for over a year. Typing in variations of “victorian era books fiction”, “victorian era books, jack the ripper, fiction”, “victorian fiction, England, haunted girl” and etc. into Google. I was quite close to using a service to aid in my search for this book when one day, I was successful in my endeavors. I am excited to re-read this book from my teen years, but I am slightly apprehensive as my tastes may have changed (or improved) since then. Even if I find I do not like the book, I do hope it does not ruin how much I loved it back then.

2. Blood & Chocolate
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Now this is a book I would never pick up in the present day. However, after having searched a year for The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray, I was thrown back down the memory lane of books I had read during that time (early teens). Blood and Chocolate was one of them. I remember being so proud of myself for finishing this book in two days (a record that I have still yet to beat after all this time). My whole world belonged to this book for two whole days. I couldn’t fathom doing or thinking about anything else other than simply finishing the story. I truly believe I would have finished this book in one day, if my Mom hadn’t asked me to do chores, eat, or basically function like a normal human being. I also recall being excited about the movie and being utterly upset at how they ruined it. (I’m forever bitter about it). I hated the way the book ended initially, but came to terms with it. Unlike the movie which gave me the ending I had initially wanted. (Bitter. Forever.). Blood and Chocolate was one of my top favorite books and it even traveled with me to college where I then sold it at a Half Price Books with a few other books for a mere $5.00. I was low on cash and wanted to go to a party out of town with some friends that weekend. (Not my proudest moment). I’m excited to read this, but will probably think it all silly compared to my initial thoughts of it when reading it at the age of 15.

3. Harry Potter series
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The last time I re-read the series was my Senior year and last semester of college. I had broken off a year long, nasty and extremely toxic relationship a couple of months prior and was still dealing with all the fall out. Oddly, the Harry Potter series helped me heal. I know, it sounds so cliche, but it kept me sane. While HP was a great read while growing up, that was all it ever was to me. Now, I’ve joined the club of people who say, “HP was XYZ for me.” It’s been a few years and I am itching to do a re-read.  The releases of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Fantasical Beasts and Where to Find Them have given birth to the urge to relive the wonder of Hogwarts and the Wizarding World.

4. To Kill A Mockingbird
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This was a standard high school read and we even watched the movie. I know I did not appreciate the book as I should have at the wonderful age of 15. I want to re-read this classic, as I am sure there was plenty that sailed over my head.

 

 

 

5. The House on Mango Street
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I first read this book in college for a modern English class. I loved it, I still love it and I simply want to re-read it again just for fun. I also plan to read other works by Cisneros.

 

 

 

What books would you like to re-read? Do you have any favorites that you re-read often? Have your thoughts and opinions changed due to re-reading a book? Share your answers in the comments down below!

Until next post,
Pilar

Books That Took You the Longest to Finish 10.15.16 | T5W

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These are the books that you had on your nightstand “in progress” for months or years. The books that you took weeks to read because they put you in a slump. Those books that were an uphill battle. These are books you started and actually read, not books you’ve just had on your shelf the longest.

1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

orderofthephoenixI stopped reading this book when I was 15. I placed the book down and swore to never pick the series up again. I was annoyed by Harry’s angst, exhausted by Cho’s grief, irritated beyond belief by Umbridge’s rules, and over it all when Fred & George left Hogwarts. However, I did enjoy the mayhem they delivered to Umbridge. I did not pick up the series until I was 23 and smack dab in the middle of my last semester of university. I started with book one and read all the way to book seven. I dreaded reading Order of the Phoenix when I returned to it at 23, but it is now my one of my top favorites out of the series. I simply lacked the maturity and life experience to grasp the concepts of Harry, Cho and so many of the other characters situations. Also, 15 was a year of big change for me as I went through all the wonderful teenage hormone insanity, along with high school and all that entails, a change in tastes in basically everything, and a dislike for reading (Le gasp! I know.). While it took some years, I am glad I gave this book another chance and finished the series.

2. A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin

13497After coming off of A Storm of Swords, I was excited to jump into A Feast for Crows. Then I read Martin’s note inside the book that told of how this was originally intended to be a much larger book, containing all my favorite characters, but was split in two with all my favorite characters ending up in A Dance with Dragons. It was a struggle to start this book. However, towards the end it did pick up and I came to love new characters (Sam).

3. Hystopia by David Means

HystopiaThis book is the quickest of this lot that I finished. The reason I had a hard time zipping through it was the way it was written. I’m still debating whether I enjoyed this book or not. I feel as if the writing did a great job of reflecting the drug induced state most of the characters were in, but it also made my head hurt trying to comprehend their thoughts and actions. However, I do recommend it if you can make it through.

4. The Lucky One by Nicolas Sparks

3063499This is another book I started in my teens and did not finish later until I was in my 20s. I had this horrible habit of reading books, but when I got close to the end I would stop reading them as if I could preserve the enjoyment of reading this particular book. Yes, it makes absolutely no sense which is why I have since quit this ridiculous habit. I finished it while weeding out books to give away. I only had 5 pages left to read. I also became aware I clearly had a change of taste regarding Nicolas Sparks books.

5. A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin

13422727Full disclosure, I have yet to finish this beast. I’m less than 1,000 page from finishing it. Usually Martin’s books have pulled me in, towards the middle become a bit slow, but then hook me and yank me around at the end. However, ADWD has me feeling as if I am slowly scaling The Wall. Do not get me wrong, I love the series A Song of Fire and Ice, and I am patiently waiting until The Winds of Winter, but whew this bad boy is a struggle!

 

I think this T5W list of mine is pushing it in terms of these books qualifying for this week’s topic, but they are the closest I could get (and remember) to taking a long time to finish.

What book(s) took you the longest to finish? Why? Share in the comments below!

Until next post,
Pilar

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9.14.16 Books You Want to See as TV Shows | Top 5 Wednesday

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T5W: Books You Want to See as TV Shows

Fevre Dream by George R.R. Martin
Obviously, George R.R. Martin’s series, A Song of Fire and Ice aka Game of Thrones, is a huge success on HBO. Martin also wrote several episodes of a 1980s show called Beauty and the Beast which landed him an Emmy nomination. It is clear that Martin knows how to write stories great for television which is why Fevre Dream by George R.R. Martin would make a great show as well. It is a stand alone novel, so there is perhaps only enough content to do a mini series. However, with talented writers I can see this being drawn out into a multi-season show. Also, people never tire of vampires.

Garden Spells & First Frost by Sarah Anderson Allen
The Waverley Family series reminded me a lot of the movie Practical Magic with Sandra Bullock & Nicole Kidman. This book series would be a perfect to create a whimsical TV show around. The books are set in a charming small town, the Waverley’s are a source of local gossip due to their “gifts”, there is a mischievous fortune telling tree, and a dash of romance. Sold!

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Easily a series I can see on CW or Freeform (formerly ABC Family) as it deals with teenagers and high school, but since the main focus of the book is suicide I think a platform like Netflix would be the best place to create the show as it would do this heavy topic justice. The writers of Jessica Jones come to mind in pulling off this book to tv adaptation.

Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes
Broken Monsters is a stand alone book, but since Lauren Beukes writes from various points of view including the killer, I can see each season being a new killer and a new investigation to be solved. Similar to what American Horror Story does. Also, the other worldly happenings when the killer “creates” his victims would be amazing to see visually.

Blood &  Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause
The main reason I would like to see this adapted into a TV show is to have it redeemed from the awful movie that was made from this work. I can easily see this being a series on the CW or Freeform (formerly ABC Family). Teen werewolf girl falls in love with a human, but must hide her secret from him all the while dealing with family pack obligations and another werewolf seeking her affection. Hello, love triangle!

*BONUS*The Girls by Emma Cline
I love this book and people will forever be fascinated by the Manson Murders. The Girls by Emma Cline would make a great mini-series. Again like Thirteen Reasons Why, I think Netflix or a platform that allows for serious/heavy topics to be explored would be the best fit for the show as the book deals with sexuality, coming of age, murder, relations between adults and children, child abuse, drugs, and sex.

If these book to show adaptations occurred, which show(s) would you be excited to watch? What book(s) do want to see made into a TV show? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Until next post,
Pilar

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9.7.16 Characters You’d Want as Family | Top 5 Wednesday

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Characters You’d Want as Family

  1. Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter series)– I would enjoy having Luna as a cousin. Spending the summers at her house, learning about all the other wordly creatures and theories that are even too “weird” for the wizarding world. She is my favorite character from Harry Potter due to her ability to go through life in her own world and seeing it differently.

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  1. Fred and George Weasley (Harry Potter series) – I’m the oldest out of my sister and I, but if we were to have older brothers I would have loved for it to be Fred & George. While I may not particularly enjoy all the pranks pulled on ME, I certainly would cherish the moments of mischief they let me join in on.

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  1. Sydney & Claire Waverley (Garden Spells) – The Waverley sisters have a certain *magic* as all Waverley’s do. They would make the best aunts in my opinion. I’m picturing Aunt Frances and Aunt Jet from Practical Magic. Sydney would style my hair to look magnificent while Claire created a delicious spread that we all enjoy on the lawn next to the mischievous apple tree.

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  1. Ser Davos Seaworth (Song of Fire and Ice series) – I enjoyed Daavos’ relationship with Shireen and have always got an uncle vibe from him. The kind of uncle who tells who wild tales of his youth or giving an insight into how your Mom/Dad was before you entered their lives. I think his tales of his smuggling days and being the Onion Knight would be a delight!

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  1. Hank the Cowdog (Hank the Cowdog series) – Of course no family is complete without the family pet and I think Hank would do his best to protect us from all the “dangers” and critters trying to cause a ruckus at the ranch.

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What character(s) would you like as family? Share below in the comments!

Until next post,
Pilar

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