Thursday, May 26, 2016

Basic Literature Quiz

I got 83% on this test! I am proudly deemed a book nerd, though I prefer the term "geek".

Take the test and see how you do!
Let me know in the comments!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Manga Classics: Pride & Prejudice

Manga Classics: Pride & PrejudiceFrom Goodreads:    "This adaptation retains all of the charm and fun of the characters and situations, and is a great way to expose those without the time or inclination to pick up the novel."

"Good Comics For Kids (School Library Journal)." 

Beloved by millions the world over, Pride & Prejudice is delightfully transformed in this bold new manga adaptation. All of the joy, heartache, and romance of Jane Austen's original, perfectly illuminated by the sumptuous art of manga-ka Po Tse, and faithfully adapted by Stacy E. King.



My Thoughts:

-    I was SO excited when I found this!

-    The illustrations were beautiful and amazing! I wish they had been in color. I loved the character designs. Everyone was perfect! They way Mr. Collins is depicted cracked me up! Elizabeth and Jane were gorgeous! The clothes and hair were amazing! These were some of the best illustrations I've seen in Manga! I loved it!

-    This is my new favorite adaptation of Pride and Prejudice! I'm really excited to read the other books in this series!

-    I loved this book! I just can't contain how awesome this is!! Austen Manga!!!!! GENIUS!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Memoirs of a Geisha

374147Goodreads Synopsis:    A literary sensation and runaway bestseller, this brilliant debut novel presents with seamless authenticity and exquisite lyricism the true confessions of one of Japan's most celebrated geisha.

In Memoirs of a Geisha, we enter a world where appearances are paramount; where a girl's virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder; where women are trained to beguile the most powerful men; and where love is scorned as illusion. It is a unique and triumphant work of fiction—at once romantic, erotic, suspenseful—and completely unforgettable.





My Thoughts:

-    The story was interesting, but it was very slow and some parts were boring. 

-    The MC would go on and on in these monologues about trivial things, and it got old.

-    For a book about a Geisha, I thought it was pretty clean. There were some uncomfortable moments, but overall it is fairly clean.

-    I thought the ending was a little convenient. It wrapped up all nice and happy, and it just didn't seem believable. 

-    I enjoyed reading about the Japanese customs and culture.

-    I enjoyed the first half of the book better than the second half. I got bored of the character and the writing.

-    I don't understand Sayuri's obsession with the Chairman. I understood her teenage crush/infatuation, but it should have worn off when she was 30. I felt like Sayuri never really matured or grew up. She didn't have the finesse and wisdom like Mameha, and I was expecting her to become more like Mameha. 

-    I'm glad I read this, but I probably wouldn't pick it up again. 

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Happy Mother's Day


Today was my first Mother's Day as a mom of two amazing girls! I love being a mom, and I know there is nothing better I could be doing with my life right now.

  Hubby and Gnome gave me some awesome gifts today!

Happy Mother's Day to all you moms out there! 

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Adulthood Is a Myth: A "Sarah's Scribbles" Collection

25855506From Goodreads:    Are you a special snowflake? 

Do you enjoy networking to advance your career?

Is adulthood an exciting new challenge for which you feel fully prepared?

Ugh. Please go away.


This book is for the rest of us. These comic document the wasting of entire beautiful weekends on the internet, the unbearable agony of holding hands on the street with a gorgeous guy, dreaming all day of getting home and back into pajamas, and wondering when, exactly, this adulthood thing begins. In other words, the horrors and awkwardnesses of young modern life.

My Thoughts:

-    This book was HILARIOUS!!! It nailed so many things! From clothes, to books, to dealing with people, this book was SO me!

-    I laughed at so many pages that my husband read this as well, and he thought it was really funny. He also saw me in most of the pages.

-    The artwork just adds to the humor. The girl is so weird looking, and he eyes are so funny. They get really buggy..

-    This is a must read for any book lover and introvert. 

Friday, May 6, 2016

The Winner's Kiss

20443235Goodreads Synopsis:    Some kisses come at a price.

War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it with untrustworthy new allies and the empire as his enemy. Though he has convinced himself that he no longer loves Kestrel, Arin hasn’t forgotten her, or how she became exactly the kind of person he has always despised. She cared more for the empire than she did for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she did for him.

At least, that’s what he thinks.

In the frozen north, Kestrel is a prisoner in a brutal work camp. As she searches desperately for a way to escape, she wishes Arin could know what she sacrificed for him. She wishes she could make the empire pay for what they’ve done to her.

But no one gets what they want just by wishing.

As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover that the world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and they are caught in between. With so much to lose, can anybody really win?


My Thoughts:

-    This was a decent ending to the series. I didn't love it as much as the first book, but I was good with how things wrapped up.

-    Because of what Kestrel endured in prison, her character really changed. I didn't like the new/broken Kestrel. I liked strategically minded Kestrel better. 

-    Arin seemed a bit broken as well, and he wasn't as clear minded.

-    One of the things I loved about the series was the tension between Kestrel and Arin, and I didn't get that as much in this book. The cleverness and meeting of the minds wasn't as prominent. 

-    Arin hearing a voice in his head was weird. I didn't like it.

-    I liked the battle scenes, and I wish there had been more. A lot of the book happened while traveling or in camp. I wish there had been more action.

-    Just like with the previous books, my heart broke for Kestrel and Arin. They have endured so much, and I understand that it has taken its toll on them physically and mentally. 

-    I really liked Roshar's character. I didn't know whether to like him or hate him. He was a fun character, and I liked his interactions with Arin.

-    Overall, I liked this book. It was a fitting ending to the trilogy. I just didn't feel strong emotions like I did reading the first two, but I did read this right after having a baby.

Previous books in The Winner's Trilogy
(cover is linked)

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Star Wars #11 - #15

27425564Goodreads Synopsis:    Chewbacca unleashed! Skywalker in chains! Han Solo...with a ball and chain?!














My Thoughts:

-    I love this cover! So much Chewy love!

-    Whoa! C3P0 saved Chewy!?!? That was both awesome and surprising.

-    Kongo looks like an evolved cyborg rancor. Cool!

-    The gamemaster intrigues me. There is a lot more to him.

-    Lots of action in this issue. The fight between Chewy and the bounty hunter got my blood pounding! 

-    The last 3 panels are SO epic! One of the best moments in the series.

-    The art never ceases to amaze me. I love the artist for these.


27853412From Goodreads:    It is a period of renewed hope for the Rebellion. On his quest to learn the ways of the Jedi, Luke
Skywalker has been taken prisoner on the infamous moon Nar Shaddaa by Jedi artifact collector GRAKKUS THE HUTT.

Forced into a fight to the death with Kongo the Disemboweler, Luke is struggling to survive. Unbeknownst to Grakkus, his Gamester has sold him out to the Empire. Meanwhile, Princess Leia, Han Solo, and Sana, the woman claiming to be Han's wife, are traveling to Nar Shaddaa in response to the distress call about Luke from the rebel fleet.

Chewbacca and C-3PO, having arrived on the Smuggler's Moon first, encounter a bounty hunter named Dengar who plans to use Chewie as bait. Han arrives just in time to fight to reclaim his friend and continue the search for Luke....


My Thoughts:

-    Another amazing cover!

-    The way Chewy took care of Dengar was so awesome! Never piss off a Wookie!

-    I love the environment in these comics. Not only do the characters look amazing, but the settings do too.

-    OMG! Leia, Han, and Chewy are wielding lightsabers!!! I can't even express how awesome this is! I'm geekin' out!

-    I like the gamemaster. Even though he is evil, I still like him.

-    The story just keeps getting better! Well done Jason Aaron!


28075386From Goodreads:    Bringing together the smash-hit Star Wars and Darth Vader series! Leia comes face to face with true evil!














My Thoughts:

-    The series gets a little weird and jumps around because this is Issue #3 of Vader Down.

-    I LOVE the Beetee and Artoo standoff! 

-    Triple-Zero's dialogue cracks me up!

-    I really enjoyed seeing Aphra and Han go head to head, but a head bonk? Really?

-    I can't help but feel bad for the evil droids. I like them too much.

-    This is getting confusing. I'm cheering for the bad guys and the good guys simultaneously as they fight and rip each other apart.

-    Uh oh Leia!


Star Wars #14Goodreads Synopsis:    VADER DOWN PART FIVE Chewbacca versus Black Krrsantan! What else do you need? Marvel's first Star Wars event continues!













My Thoughts:

-    Whoa! Evil Admiral Ackbar with General Grievous arms! Crazy!

-    There are a lot of different battles going on in this issue. Love it!

-    The face Luke makes when he gets with with the butt of the gun is HILARIOUS!! I can't stop laughing! 

-    What is up with Leia!? First she is all kamikaze, and now she wants to take out Vader all by herself!? She is nuts! Kudos on her take charge gutsiness though. 



Star Wars #15
From Goodreads:    FROM THE JOURNALS OF OBI-WAN KENOBI. Another tale of Obi-Wan's exile on Tatooine! Owen Lars took Luke in...but he refused to let Ben be part of his life. Why? What trouble could have been stirred up by Ben protecting Luke?











My Thoughts:

-    Hooray for another Ben Kenobi issue! He should really get his own series.

-    I love how adolescent Luke is portrayed! Ha!

-    Love the artwork! I especially love the illustrations of Obi-Wan fighting off the sand people.

-    Great story! I want more from Obi-Wan!

-    I love how it shows Obi-Wan talking to Qui-Gon, but I wish we got to see Qui-Gon's ghost or something.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Perfect Princess

93742From Goodreads:    Sleeping Beauty, 
Victoria, 
Cleopatra, 
Snow White, 
Elizabeth,
Pocahontas, 
Mia Thermopolis: 
all princesses 
Do YOU have what it takes
to be a princess?

princess mia will help you find out

Best-selling Princess Diaries author Meg Cabot and acclaimed fashion artist Chesley McLaren team up again to display this clever royal roster of princesses of the world. Big or small, old or new, fact or fiction, our favorite princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo (aka Mia) will point out why these princesses rule, and how any girl can too!


My Thoughts:

-    This was a random book about real and fictional princesses.

-    The illustrations are so simple yet fun!

-    Why didn't this book make it into the YA Non-Fiction section? It is just like the other ones

-    Mia and Lilly really compared Cleopatra to Britany Spears!?

-    I love that Princess Leia and Princess Mononke made it into this book!!

-    Why is this book considered part of the series? It could be a stand alone and companion novel. It doesn't have anything to do with the series. 

Previous Book in The Princess Diaries Series:
(covers are linked)

568617 1141599 1141600
 93743 
93731 439273 93739
439274 93732 23222
 1301153 Forever Princess (The Princess Diaries, #10)
93730

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Serendipity



My Thoughts:

-    For some reason, I haven't reviewed movies I've been watching. Sorry friends! I'll start to remedy that.

-    I sat down and was surfing Netflix, and I randomly decided to watch this movie. I knew nothing about it, but it had John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale, so I said "What the heck?"

-    The movie was lame! Why do I even bother with chick flicks?

-    The whole movie is about the main characters looking for each other. They don't even interact that much. Ugh!

-    Jon and Sara's characters aren't that interesting.

-    Jon's best friend was the most interesting character. He was entertaining.

-    The music was weird, and never seemed to fit the moment.

-    John Cusack didn't age well. He was a lot cuter as a teenager, but his voice is awesome!

-    Kate Beckinsale is SO pretty!!

-    Overall, the movie was boring and nothing really happened. It was lame!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Holiday Princess

93730From Goodreads:    A princess always knows how to celebrate the holidays. There's Christmas, Hanukkah, Yule, Chinese New Year, Saturnalia . . .to name just a few.

Then there's gift giving, the royal Genovian Fabergé advent calendar, hot chocolate with marshmallows -- oh, and all those fabulous holiday movies. How will YOU celebrate this holiday season? Mia and her subjects have a few ideas.








My Thoughts:

-    I think it is weird and funny that this is a YA Non-Fiction book. Who categorizes these?

-    This wasn't as entertaining and informative as Princess Lessons.

-    The illustrations are really fun! The characters illustrated remind me of Audrey Hepburn, and I love that!

-    I liked the Christmas around the world chapter. It was fun to read how all the different countries celebrate Christmas and what they believe. 

-    This book really isn't 10.1. It belongs earlier in the series. It doesn't really add to the series or anything. It is kind of a random side thingy. 


Previous Book in The Princess Diaries Series:
(covers are linked)

568617 1141599 1141600
 93743 
93731 439273 93739
439274 93732 23222
 1301153 Forever Princess (The Princess Diaries, #10)