A few of my favorite quotes

“I always deserve the best treatment because I never put up with any other.” – Emma, by Jane Austen

Emma Woodhouse has many wonderful lines this sassy gem is my favorite. So many of her lines, sound like something I would have said if I’d been alive in that era. Jane Austen had a wonderful witty way of writing and I always find wonderful lines in her novels.

“I know my value, anyone else’s opinion doesn’t really matter.” – Agent Peggy Carter

Agent Peggy Carter will forever be one of my favorite heroes, and an inspiration. If I ever get a tattoo this is quote is what I’ll get.

“Today is going to be a good day and here’s why. Because today at least you’re you.. and that’s enough.” – Final from Dear Evan Hansen

Dear Evan Hansen quickly and unexpectedly became my favorite musical, I can relate to so many of the songs and I hope I’ll one day get to go see it. I love this line from the last song, I think we all can all sometimes use a reminder that being ourselves is enough.

“Have courage and be kind” – Cinderella (2015)

This one is pretty much what I strive to do everyday, whenever I’m having a bad day at work I tell this to myself. I think it should be the hufflepuff house slogan.

 “You know what’s better than being cool? The thing I think is better than being cool, and chill, and bored, and unaffected – I think the thing that’s better than all of that is being happy, and that’s what I’m seeing a lot of tonight, so thank you for being who you are.” – Taylor Swift 1989 tour Atlanta

The 1989 tour is one of the best things I’ve ever gotten to experience, the entire night was perfect. I often think about the speech Taylor gave before she sang Clean, that was probably my favorite moment from a night filled with wonderful moments.

What are some of your favorite quotes from books, movies, shows, etc?

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Book Adaptation wish list

I did a post similar to this when I first started my blog, I still would love to see adaptations off all the books on that list, but now that it’s been over two years I feel it’s time to revisit the topic. Even though there’s always a book being adapted, there usually books I haven’t read and don’t care to read, therefore it’s been a while since I’ve gotten really excited about a book to screen adaptation. Here’s five books I would be thrilled to see a good adaptation of.

Anything by Morgan Maston

I’ve read three of Morgan Matson’s books, I’ve enjoyed all of them. She has quickly become one of my favorite contemporary authors, I would love to see any of her books turned into a movie. They all have to potential to be a perfect summer movie.

Geekerella/ Starfield

I loved Geekerella and it would be great for it to get a movie, however I really want Starfield the fictional TV show the main character Elle is obsessed with to become a movie. Or a book, or well anything, the author did such a good job creating this fictional TV show and I want to see it get a story of its own. A Geekerella movie really would be great though, it could be so cute!

The Night Circus

This is on every list of books that should be movies and now that I’ve read it I understand why, it’s fantastical, and different then anything else I’ve read. The setting is so well done and detailed that you feel like your there, I would love to see The Night Circus come to life on screen.

The Selection

Even though this was optioned forever ago for a movie, and there’s still no news about it, I’m still holding out hope for a Selection movie. I really love the aesthetic of this series, the beautiful gowns and grand palace setting, I think that would translate wonderfully to screen. I would love to see my favorite moments on the big screen, and relive all the wonderful drama and romance.

Six of Crows

It’s time for the Grisha verse to get adapted to screen. I would be exited for a Shadow and Bone movie, but I would rather Six of Crows get turned into a TV show. It has the potential to make a wonderful TV show, if done well. I want it to be extremely accurate to the books, and have all the best scenes.

What books would you like to see get adapted into movies or TV shows? Do you agree with my choices?

Reviewing two great World War II fiction novels

The Girl In the Blue Coat

Amsterdam, 1943. Hanneke spends her days procuring and delivering sought-after black market goods to paying customers, her nights hiding the true nature of her work from her concerned parents, and every waking moment mourning her boyfriend, who was killed on the Dutch front lines when the Germans invaded. She likes to think of her illegal work as a small act of rebellion.

On a routine delivery, a client asks Hanneke for help. Expecting to hear that Mrs. Janssen wants meat or kerosene, Hanneke is shocked by the older woman’s frantic plea to find a person – a Jewish teenager Mrs. Janssen had been hiding, who has vanished without a trace from a secret room. Hanneke initially wants nothing to do with such dangerous work, but is ultimately drawn into a web of mysteries and stunning revelations that lead her into the heart of the resistance, open her eyes to the horrors of the Nazi war machine, and compel her to take desperate action. 


This is quite the page turner, I quickly become invested and ended up flying through this. The mystery was engossing, but there was many other layers to this novel, it’s about Hanneke dealing with the loss of her first love, about the hardship of war , tough decisions and courage. I never knew what to expect, and found that things were rarely as they seemed. Nothing was simple, but thankfully everything mostly made sense. The ending was the only thing that didn’t entirely add up, it was awfully coincidental.

It seemed like the author did a lot of research and worked hard to make this historically accurate. She did a wonderful job of making everything (other than the ending) seem plausible. There was lots of details, about the culture, the city, and the war, that made this an immersive read. This transported me to Amsterdam making me feel like I was there, watching it all play out. The story was very well woven together and beautifully written.

Flygirl

Ida Mae Jones dreams of flight. Her daddy was a pilot and being black didn’t stop him from fulfilling his dreams. But her daddy’s gone now, and being a woman, and being black, are two strikes against her.

When America enters the war with Germany and Japan, the Army creates the WASP, the Women Airforce Service Pilots – and Ida suddenly sees a way to fly as well as do something significant to help her brother stationed in the Pacific. But even the WASP won’t accept her as a black woman, forcing Ida Mae to make a difficult choice of “passing,” of pretending to be white to be accepted into the program. Hiding one’s racial heritage, denying one’s family, denying one’s self is a heavy burden. And while Ida Mae chases her dream, she must also decide who it is she really wants to be.


This was exactly what I wanted it to be, I bought it hoping for a engaging and empowering story and that’s what I got. I loved reading and learning about the WASP, and I loved the characters. Ida Mae made for a darling protagonist, her story was compelling, and even though it isn’t a true story the author made it feel like it could have been. I loved the other characters as well, and the friendships Ida forms it has a great depiction of female friendship and girls supporting each other.

This is a immensely underrated novel, I really don’t get why it doesn’t get the attention it deserves. It’s thought proving , well written and at just 288 pages it’s easy to fly through. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it’s one of the most satisfying books I’ve read in awhile. If your interested in reading about the roles women played in World War II, or simply enjoy stories about courageous girls you should consider reading this.

A few of my favorite series from childhood

The American girl series

My sister owned a few of these and I ended up reading most of the books that were out at the time. My favorite girls were Samantha, Molly and Kit. Samantha and Kit were tied as my favorites. I really liked Kit as a character, I loved that she loved to write and was an aspiring journalist. I liked the time period of Samantha’s books, there set in 1904, my favorite era to read about.

I watched all the American Girl films, after reading the books and I remember them being pretty good! I also joined a American Girl book club at school, the first and so far only book club I’ve been a part of. It was really fun, we would read a few chapters discuss them each week, and do a craft inspired by the story.

The American girl books are full of girl power, and there really fantastic books for young girls so grow up on. They taught me about what it was like to grow up in a different time period, and I found characters who I could relate to, even though their story was set decades before mine.

The Little House books

I must’ve reread these at least ten times over the years. Well skimmed through them ten times, I usually just reread my favorite parts from each book. I only completely reread my favorite books in the series, which are The Long Winter, and Little Town on the Prairie. 

These books are great adventures, I like the later ones best when the Ingalls are settled in one place. I really enjoy Those Happy Golden Years for Laura’s adventures in teaching, but The Long Winter is the best book in the series.

The Spiderwick Chronicles

These books were actually bought for my little brother, I don’t remember if he even read them, I ended up reading and adoring this series. I become immersed in the world, the world building for this series is on point and magic is seamlessly woven into our world. These books are packed full of magical creatures.

I read these when I was in huge fairy phases (a phase I’ve never really grown out of) it was the perfect series for me to read at the time. This series is fun and magical, I got swept away by the story. I should read more of Holly Black’s books since I have enjoyed every book I’ve read by her.

What are some of your favorite books from when you were little? Have you read any of these? 

So many books to read!

Summer has already begun so this summer tbr is definitely late, and I doubt I’ll even get to all these books. We are over halfway through the year and there’s still so many books I want to get to before it’s over. I would like to do a lot of reading in July and get to books that I should have read a while ago. I’m trying to read as much as possible before I go off to college in August. I have been feeling very motivated to read so hopefully I’ll continue to be in a reading mood. There’s eight books on this list so I guess well just have to see how many I end up getting to.

Classics:
  • Jane Eyre: I think it’s time I try and read some classics I’ve read hardly any this is a favorite book for many and I think I might really enjoy it.
  • Anne of Green Gables: I’m am pretty positive I’m going to like this one, it just sounds lovely and like something I’ll enjoy.
  • Little Women: I really doubt I’ll get to this one anytime soon, but it is a classic I feel I should read so hopefully I’ll at least get to it before the end of the year
Contemporary:
  • Speak the graphic novel: I read Speak a few years ago and when I saw the gorgeous graphic novel I knew I had to read it again in it’s new format. This book is as old as me it came out the year I was born, and has been a pivotal YA book that I’m really exited to revisit. I just odored this ans it should be coming in the mail very soon!
  • Moxie: I love the concept of this it sounds like it will be a really empowering read about girls uniting together. I’m always exited to read books about girls supporting girls, there’s not enough of them.
  • Eliza and her Monsters: This like Moxie sounds like something I’m going to love. I always enjoy books about fandom, so a book featuring a main character who is the creator of a popular online web comic sounds right up my ally.
Historical fiction:
  • The Book Thief: I know I should have read this forever ago, but I have been intimidated by its length, and all the hype, but I’m finally going to read it. This is like the third time I’ve put The Book Thief on a tbr I’m really hoping it’s also the last.
  • Under a Painted Sky: I bought this one a few months ago, when I decided I wanted to start reading more historical fiction, it’s another one that’s been on my tbr forever and that it’s past time I get to.

I’m thinking about having a self hosted readathon, like dedicate a day to nothing but reading. Or maybe a whole weekend, I want o read all the books , so I want to set aside some time to get a lot of reading done.

How do you stay motivated to read? Do readathons help you to read more? Have you read any of these books?

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Maston

Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future. Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that?


This is a story about mostly typical teenage girl life happenings, that’s told in a relatable, charming way. That features dogs, dogs and even more dogs. Andie becomes a dog walker after her summer plans go astray, she starts out doing it reluctantly then discovers that it’s fulfilling. She also meets a cuts guy, awkward and very nerdy guy, romance obviously follows. Their initial interactions are so awkward that I literally had to put the book down at one point. It was also really amusing and cute, especially when he first met her dad, this book had me laughing our loud a few times, that was one of them.

I definitely don’t love this as much as Since You’re Been Gone, the romance wasn’t as cute to me, and it wasn’t as relatable. Though it does feel for the most part realistic, and the parent relationship was much better. I did enjoy the friendship, I liked all of Andie’s friends, and how authentic the friendships felt. There’s a really good balance between the romance, friendship, and family relationship, nothing is overshadowed. The story is predictable, but that didn’t really lessen my enjoyment of it.

This is a long book it’s five hundred plus pages and it is a slow read, but it’s not often you find a long captivating YA contemporary. You could argue that some of the scenes are unnecessary, but I enjoyed all the conversations between friends, and even them simply hanging out by the pool. It depicted many mundane, happy moments and I really enjoyed that. This is mostly a light happy book about happiness. Finding what makes you happy, who makes you happy, and strengthening relationships.

The mid year book freak out tag

Best book you’ve read so far?

This is a hard question to answer my initial choice was Children of Blood and Bone, but there’s also Sightwitch, there both standout fantasy novels. Sightwitch is illustrated and told in a unique format, and I actually rated it higher on Goodreads then Children of Blood and Bone, so I’ll go with it. But it is a really close call, the only thing keeping Children of Blood and Bone from being my favorite is the lackluster romance.

Best sequel you’ve read so far?

I have read like no sequels this year I think Radio and Siren, the last two books in the Vinyl trilogy are the only two I’ve read. I enjoyed them both the same amount and really can’t choose between them.

New release you haven’t read but want to?

Save the Date by Morgan Maston, Stay Sweet, and Heart of Iron are all ones I’ve been looking forward to, but haven’t gotten to yet. I can’t believe I haven’t read Heart of Iron, it was one of my top most anticipated releases.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?

I don’t know of that many most of my anticipated releases have already been published. I am looking forward to Toil and Trouble, it’s an anthology about Witches, and The Spy with the Red Balloon. And then there’s A Kingdom of Ash, I was a bit disappointed by Empire of Storms and now I’m worried that this one won’t be satisfying.

Biggest disappointment

Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon and Dean Hale, I have been a long time fan of Shannon Hale, I also enjoyed another book she wrote with her husband. I liked this one but not as much as I wanted to, the story was cute, what threw me off was the art. I wasn’t a fan of the style, and didn’t think it was well suited to the story.

Biggest surprise

I think most of the books I’ve read have lived up to my expectations. The only thing I can think of is Sky in the Deep it wasn’t quite what I expected, not sure what I thought it would be, but luckily it turned out to be more up my ally then I thought it would. And I ended up really enjoying it.

Favorite new author (deput or new to your)

Nearly all the books I’ve read have been by new to me authors so this is pretty much impossible to answer. I feel like this year reading is about discovering new authors and starting new series. And then next year will be about finishing those series.

Newest fictional crush

I don’t tend to get bookish crushes or have Book boyfriends, but I guess I’ll go with Levi from The Color Project. He was such a sweetheart, and the romance in that one is pretty cute.

Newsest favorite character

Princess Amari from Children of Blood and Bone, I have somehow not gotten tired of reading and watching things about princesses and doubt I ever will. I’m definitely a fan of rebellious princess characters, and Amari was no exception I loved her and her character arc.

Book that made you cry

No books have made me cry yet this year. I’ve read some books that have made me emotional but not enough to shed tears. I don’t actually cry that often while reading, I will shed the occasional tear but it takes something really moving to make me truly cry.

Book that made you happy

Hellcat, I loved the art, the characters, the cat puns, it was all adorable. And of course Squirrel Girl, every time I read a vol of Squirrel Girl it has me smiling and laughing throughout the whole thing.

Favorite book to movie adaptation you saw this year

Infinity War, it’s actually the only one I’ve seen, but it would still be my favorite even if I had seen more. I did actually read the comic to prepare for the movie, so for the first time while watching a marvel movie I could notice the references to the comics.

Favorite review you’ve written so far this year

I haven’t posted a lot of reviews this year, I’ve reviewed only about half of the books I’ve read, maybe less. I didn’t give myself a lot of choices for this question. I’m sorry for talking about this book in practically every question, but I have to go with my review for Children of Blood in Bone.

Most beautiful book you’ve bought

I’ll go with Amulet the art is beautiful and that’s what drew me to it, and why I bought it when I was supposed to be on a book buying ban.  The story is also very good, and for some reason reminded me of The Spiderwick Chronicles which is an old favorite series of mine.

What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

All the books, there’s always so many books I want to read that it can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. Right now I want to continue with the comics and graphic novel series I’ve started, I want to get caught up with Ms Marvel and Squirrel Girl. And read vol 2 of Papergirls and Amulet. I also would really like to read Heart of Iron before the years over.

The perfect tea and book pairings

What’s better than curling up with a cup of tea and a book? If there’s a cat curled up with you then nothing is better. When ever I settle in to read, for a long time, I make myself a cup of tea, after years of trying out many tea blends, I have found that certain teas go better with certain books. Today I’ll be pairing up a few of my favorite teas with a few of my favorite books.

9c3c65d3-3074-429a-b2c9-08b043c4f374Berry Blossom White with a thought provoking novel like: Flygirl. This soothing, fruity, white tea is my new favorite and what I was drinking when I read Flygirl one of my best recent reads. And a compelling, well researched, historical fiction novel

Cucumber White with a imaginative read like: Girl on a Wire. I really didn’t think I would like this tea, and I had no idea that I would love Girl on a Wire. It was an unexpected delight, so I’m pairing it with this surprisingly tasty and refreshing tea.

Honey, Vanilla Camomile with a modern fairytale like: Geekerella. Camomile is such a calming tea and is definitely a great staple, I could choose just about any book to go with it. I chose Geekerella because it made me so dang happy. It’s one of the most adorable books.

Peach and Rose with a nice contemporary like: The Color Project. Bee the protagonist is an assistant florist witch makes a floral tea a suitable choice, and I feel like peach tea pairs well with light spring/summer reads. Any fruity blend that has floral notes would go great with this lovely novel.

Peppermint a staple tea with a staple book like: Pride and Peppermint Prejudice. Pride and cfc0caaf-503f-49d0-b06d-5c1ebddee775Prejudice is story I’ll never grow tired of. There both great classics you can never go wrong with, and that always bring me comfort.

Vanilla Bean macaron with a classic YA novel like: Anna and the French Kiss. I was unsure I would like this tea but it was surprisingly really good! And actually tastes oddly similar to a latte. Anna and the French Kiss is a sweet read, that would pair well with this unique tea.

What is your favorite tea to sip while reading? Or do you prefer coffee?

Reading update #3

It’s time for another reading update, this time around I have a wide range a books to talk about. I thought i would read mostly cute summer reads, but so far this summer I have been in the mood for all sorts of genre’s. I’ve read a lot of goods books so far this year.

Books I’ve finished recently

  • Children of Blood and Bone: this is has to be one of my favorite books I’ve read this year, and one of the best fantasy’s I’ve ever read. I loved pretty much all of it, I was so impressed by the magic system and world building. Full review.
  • The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl vol 7: This is not the volume I’m on ,but I decided to buy and read it anyway. It stands on its own like most of the volumes so is was fine, this has a special zine issue that is amazing. It’s partly why I bought it.
  • Since You’ve been Gone: I finally read this after wanting to for years, and owning it over a year, and I loved it. It was the perfect first read of summer, it had everything I could want in a contemporary, friendship, romance, adventure and a girl figuring out who she is.
  • Love and Gelato: another cute summer contemporary that I adored. It made me want to go to Florence and eat all the gelato. The story was a bit predictable, but I did really enjoy it, I loved the descriptions of Florence and the heartwarming family moments.
  • Flygirl: I loved this, it might also end up on my list of 2018 favorites. It has an engaging thoughtful story, with good characters and writing. It’s well researched, and underrated, anyone looking for empowering stories with strong heroines should read this. 
  • Radio & Siren: the final two books in the wonderful Vinyl trilogy, these books are hidden gems. I have a review here for the entire trilogy, if you want to know my full thoughts.
  • Amulet book 1 The Stone Keeper: The art is this is absolutely beautiful, the story compelling and imaginative. I’m exited for the rest of the series.
  • Six of Crows audio book: It was high time I reread this, I really enjoyed listing to the audio book all the narrators did an amazing job and fit each character remarkably well. I will have a post up soon with all my thoughts, on my rereading experience.

Current reads

  • Crooked Kingdom: I’m only two hours in and of course loving it, this is my favorite book in the series and possibly my all time favorite fantasy book.
  • Labyrinth Lost: I started this to have something to read in between listing to my audio book, but I’m starting to favor it, and don’t think it will take me long to finish it. I really like the writing style, it’s engaging and keeps me flipping the pages. I’m thirty percent through, so I can definitely finish it this weekend.

What are you currently reading? Have you read any of these books?

The Vinyl Trilogy by Sophia Elaine Hansen


Synopsis


All citizens within the soaring black walls of Revinia have metal Singers grafted into their skulls at birth. The parasitic machines issue a form of auditory hypnosis called The Music, which keeps their minds malleable and emotions flat. All artistic expression—especially real music—is strictly prohibited.

On the edge of the city, nineteen year old Ronja struggles to support her cousins and disabled mother. A chance meeting leads to her kidnapping by an underground resistance striving to preserve the human spirit. Violently severed from her Singer by the brash young agent Roark, Ronja revels in her newfound freedom until the consequences of her disappearance begin to unfold. 


Review


This series could be classified into many different genres, so no matter what type of books you like most you can surely find an element of it in this trilogy. With the first book I got what I was expecting, a dystopian with steampunk elements and romance. With this final book it sometimes felt more like a epic fantasy novel. I have never read any dystopian like this one. It’s different from every other book I’ve read in the genre in all the best of ways.

With pretty much every other dystopian the answers you get don’t add up, in this case all the answers to my questions are satisfying. Throughout the entire trilogy everything makes sense, there’s no obvious plot holes, or stupid explanations about why the world is the way it is. The world building is great, layers are added with each book,t there is a whole world that gets explored rather than just one continent like in many other books.

I’m always a fan of books about groups of people, this one has a wonderful diverse cast of characters to root for. I liked literally all of them, and loved the banter between them, if you like books with squads of lovable sassy people you’ll like this. I was impressed by the beautiful writing, Sophia is a wonderful storyteller, she has a lovely, strong and distinctive writing style. This whole trilogy has been a delight to read, more so than I expected, each book is compelling and hard to put down. These books are vastly underrated they deserve a lot more attention