Top Ten Reasons I'm Thankful This 2015 Holiday Season

November 24, 2015
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 Hosted by: The Broke and the Bookish 
I have had a amazing year and am very grateful for the wonderful Life I have. Here are the Top Ten Reasons I'm Thankful this 2015 Holiday Season:

1. Being Able to Donate and Volunteer at the Prison for Books program 
Prison Book Program, Quincy, Top Ten Tuesday, InToriLex

This Past Saturday at the Book Prison Program in Quincy I was able to donate a lot of paperbacks and volunteer my time picking out books for prisoners based on their requests. Please consider donating your books, money or time to help others.

2. I'm in Great Health
Donate Blood, Top Ten Tuesday, InToriLex
 I previously had pneumonia for two years in a row in 2013 and 2014, this year I have not had to deal with that. Not being sick has great benefits including enabling you to Donate Blood, please consider if your able to. 

3. Having A Wonderful Supportive Family
Please don't take for granted the people in your life. Don't regret not seeing your family or other people who love you. This is a easy fix, please call someone you love!!

4. Moving into a New Apartment with My Boyfriend
I've moved three times in three years, I'm very grateful we have found a place we love and plan to remain for at least a few years. 
Top Ten Tuesday, InToriLex, Weekly Feature

5. Ability to Share my Excitement and Passion for Books 
Give Books, Give Back, Top Ten Tuesday, InTorilex
I love books and this blog has helped me share some awesome Book Reviews and Bookish News. I've been sent books from authors and publishers for review because of my blog. Go after what you want, I promise you'll enjoy it. Please consider taking the pledge to #GiveBooks and support wonderful authors for the upcoming holiday season.

6. Red Rising , one of My Favorite Sci-fi Books is Becoming a Movie
It is currently in pre-production. If you haven't started the series you definitely should especially with the upcoming release of, the last book in the trilogy, Morning Star (Red Rising #3) on February 9, 2016.

7. Joined and became a Co-Organizer for Boston Radical Women of Color Book Club
I took a step out of my comfort zone and joined a new book club. I wanted to join a club that would focus on women of color authors, and this has turned out to be a a great experience.

8. Able to Run and Complete a Spartan Sprint Race
Fenway Park, Spartan Race, Fitness, InToriLex
 I was supposed to run the August Spartan Sprint, but didn't because a no longer friend bailed last minute. I signed up for the next Spartan Sprint happening at Fenway Park, in Boston, MA and completed it alone. If your at all interested in running a fun very doable for everyone Spartan Race Sign Up!!

9. I'm Better with Time Management= I can Read More Books
Although I only read 20 books last year, by organizing my time better I'm on my way to meeting my goal to read 45 books this year. 

10. I'm Able to Wish You A Happy Thanksgiving!!
Safe travels to anyone traveling for the holiday season. I hope your turkey is delicious and you eat more than your fill. 
Thansgiving, Top Ten Tuuesday, Weekly Feature, InToriLex

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer

November 22, 2015
Cress, The Lunar Chronicles #3, Marissa Meyer, Book Review, InToriLex
Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)


In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who's only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.


Rapunzel, Cress, Marissa Meyer., InToriLex, Book Review

I enjoyed this, there was enough fairy tale, realism and action to keep me reading excitedly through. Cress finds herself growing up very fast, being pushed physically, mentally and emotionally once she leaves her satellite. The motley crew of characters each learn more about themselves. The changing point of views and storylines happening from the Sahrara to Luna made the pages fly by. Cinder continues to develop more int the leader she's becoming out of necessity, and that the people of Luna need.
“I promise, I will not let you die without being kissed.” 
Queen Levana is a force to be reckoned with and unfortunately is relentless with her search for Cinder and power. We learn more about how Lunars look and behave on Luna. The harsh way of life, and deadly punishments for disagreeing give us a better glimpse of what life on the moon is like. This continues to have some awesome sc-fi elements with futuristic androids and medical advances that I wasn't expecting. This books were leaps and bounds better than Scarlet which seemed to move along slowly.

Besides it having alot of  great things going for it, it suffered from some lulls between the awesomeness. The awesomeness has made me be very forgiving about passages that seemed a bit drawn out, and just ok. This was a great, fun read and I'm looking forward to how Cinder will lead and journey on, and learning more about who Queen Levana's stepdaughter Winter is. I would recommend this to fans of fairy tale retelling's, the whole series gives some awesome twists to the classics.

My Other Reviews for The SeriesL:
Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1)
Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2)
Fairest: Levana's Story (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5)
Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4)


I live in Tacoma, Washington, with my fiancé and our two cats. In addition to my slight obsession with books and writing, I'm big on road-tripping, wine-tasting, and hunting for antiques. I'm represented by Jill Grinberg.

J by Howard Jacobson

November 15, 2015
J, Howard Jacobson, BloggingforBooks, Book Review, InToriLex


'What country isn't a charnel house of its own history?'

Two people fall in love in a world where the past is a dangerous country, not to be talked about or visited. As they discover where they came from and where they are going, a bigger, more shattering truth is revealed to them.

Kevern doesn't know why his father made him put two finger across his lips whenever he began a word with a J. It wasn't then, and isn't now, the time or place for asking questions. Ailinn, too, has grown up in the dark about who she was and where she came from. On their first date Kevern kisses the bruises under her eyes. He doesn't ask who hurt her. Brutality has grown commonplace. They aren't sure whether they have fallen in love of their own accord or whether they've been pushed into each other's arms. But who would have pushed them, and why?

Hanging over all the lives of everyone in this novel is a momentous catastrophe - a past event shrouded in suspicion, denial and apology, now referred to as WHAT HAPPENED, IF IT HAPPENED.

Tender and terrifying, J deserves to be spoken in the same breath as Nineteen Eighty-Four and Brave New World.


Dissappointed, Book Review, InToriLex

This was a disappointing read, sifting through it's confusing dialogue, and philosophy felt like work. I kept reading despite boredom because I was hoping I could glean enough about a dystopian society to make it worthwhile. Instead the plot takes a back seat to the authors need to overwrite. Everything was described a bit too much, way more telling than showing. When things did happen, the reaction to it was highlighted more than the thing, so nothing seemed to be happening at all. More than a few times things were described that seemed important but was never tied back into the rest of the story.
"You fell in love and immediately thought about dying. Either because the person you had fallen for had a mind to kill you, or because he exceptionally didn't and then you dreaded being parted from him."
There is some great writing here, but it trips over itself.  I ignored the pretty prose out of annoyance, because this was a collection of ideas rather than a well thought out novel. Aileen and Kevern are not characters, but would be better described as point of views that converse. This doesn't deserve to be compared to 1984 and Brave New World because those novels were accessible, most readers won't be able to stomach this. This is a dystopian, but minus the creativity and detail  necessary to make you care about the characters. The lack of urgency couldn't be made up for with short violent passages describing WHAT HAPPENED, IF IT HAPPENED.
"They had death on them and whoever had death on him was outcast. Illogical because someone had to deal with the dead, the tasks they performed were indispensable and even sacred, but logic had nothing to do with defilement."
It doesn't matter how great this book is to the people who understand it, if most people don't want to understand it at all. The plot could have been put into a book half this size, and it would have been more readable. I don't recommend this book to anyone but I finished it in hopes that the ending or some connection could make it work, it was a waste of time. If you enjoy philosophy, you could enjoy the intellectual banter here, but don't expect to enjoy it as a novel, because it just doesn't work in that respect.

I received this book from BloggingforBooks in exchange for a honest review.


Book Scoop November 6- November 13 2015

November 13, 2015
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Book Industry News and Links to Sift Through When Your Face Isn't buried in a Book  


Rabbit Who Wants to go to Harvard, Book Scoop, InToriLex

2015 Penguin Hotline- Readers can call in November 16- December 21 to get book recommendations to give as gifts for the holiday!!



Top Ten Tuesday: Book To Movie Adaptions I'm Looking Forward To

November 10, 2015
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Hosted by: The Broke and the Bookish 
Some of my favorite books are becoming movies, below are the the movies I'm looking forward too. Unfortunately most have far release dates.  Click on the Goodreads Link under the book covers to add them to your To Be Read List!!!

  1.  The Fifth Wave (The Fifth Wave #1) By Rick Yancy (January 15, 2016)
    The 5th Wave, Rick Yancey, InToriLex, Top Ten Tuesday
    The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)
  2. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (October 14, 2016)
    A Monster Calls, Patrick Ness, InToriLex, Top Ten Tuesday
    A Monster Calls
  3. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children#1) by Ransom Riggs (December 25, 2016) Haven't Read Yet but has Great Reviews
    Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs, InToriLex, Top Ten Tuesday
    Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)
  4. Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (April 15, 2016)
    Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling, InTorilex, Top Ten Tuesday
    The Jungle Book
  5. The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1)by Alexandra Bracken (TBA Release Date 2016)
    The Darkest Minds, Alexandra Bracken, InToriLex, Top Ten Tuesday
    The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)
  6. Looking for Alaska by John Green. I haven't read it yet, but I love his other books (TBA Release Date 2016)
    Looking for Alaska, John Green, InToriLex, Top Ten Tuesday
    Looking for Alaska
  7. Allegiant (Divergent Trilogy #3) This is not a good book, but the movie should be good. (March 18, 2016)
    Allegiant, Veronica Roth, Divergent Trilogy #3, InToriLex, Top Ten Tuesday
    Allegiant (Divergent, #3)
  8. Gunslinger (The Dark Tower 1) by Stephen King (TBA Release Date 2017)
    The Gunslinger, The Dark Tower I, Stephen King InToriLex, Top Ten Tuesday
    The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, #1)
  9. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (TBA Release Date 2017)
    Ready Player One, Ernest Cline, Top Ten Tuesday, InToriLex
    Ready Player One
  10. An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1)by Sabaa Tahir. Haven't Read Yet But Have Heard Great Things(TBA Release Date 2017)
    An Ember in the Ashes, Sabaa Tahir, InToriLex, Top Ten Tuesday
    An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)
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Gathering Blue (The Giver #2) by Lois Lowry

November 8, 2015
Book Review, Gathering Blue, The Giver #2, Lois Lowry, InToriLex
Gathering Blue (The Giver, #2)


In her strongest work to date, Lois Lowry once again creates a mysterious but plausible future world. It is a society ruled by savagery and deceit that shuns and discards the weak. Left orphaned and physically flawed, young Kira faces a frightening, uncertain future. Blessed with an almost magical talent that keeps her alive, she struggles with ever broadening responsibilities in her quest for truth, discovering things that will change her life forever.

As she did in The Giver, Lowry challenges readers to imagine what our world could become, and what will be considered valuable. Every reader will be taken by Kira's plight and will long ponder her haunting world and the hope for the future.

Picasso, Blue Nude, InToriLex, Gathering Blue, Book Review

Kira is a wonderful protagonist, who learns that the world she grew up in, is in need of change. This Book is the second book in The Giver Series, and it tells of a future that could co-exist with the technologically advanced future of The Giver. This is not a continuation of the characters lives in The Giver, which is disappointing but didn't make this a bad book. In Kira's village the people are stuck in old traditions and the continuation of them although they no longer remember their meaning. The poverty and selfishness that the villagers find themselves in, lead to many arguments and mistrust. This novel wonderfully describes Kira, Thomas, Matt, and Jo who are unique and talented characters.

This was a short book, but Ms. Lowry manages to masterfully describe a bleak future that is familiar in some ways to our society. The pacing is good, and there are hints throughout the novel, that things are more sinister then they seem at first. Although this is a young adult novel, it touches on themes that most people can identify with. Kira has a bum leg, which she drags around when she walks. Although she is disabled, she has a talent for embroidery,  the village uses embroidery to preserve it's history visually on a robe.
"Because they were artists, they had some value that she could not comprehend."
This is a wonderful way for young readers to learn about how to treat others who may be disabled, and how to deal with ways that make them different or set them apart. The reason why this isn't a five star book is because there are details that would have completed the story better, that were missing. I may read the last book in the trilogy because I enjoy reading about dystopia. I would recommend this to young readers, who are still understanding how the world works.
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