Box of Surprise!

I’ve been away from this blog for two weeks! My bad. The past two mondays were holidays over here and I was away from the computer all day. BUT NOT TODAY.
This week I want to talk about an adventure that happened a while back. But before that, let me as you a question:

What are your thoughts on used books/used-book shops?
Personally. I think they’re freaking awesome! There are so many awesome finds if you’re patient enough to browse through everything. Meli, Michelle, and I went to a used-book shop a while back and there was an offer that caught my attention.
A taped up box with this sign:

and inside was a bunch of random books.
tada!

The majority of them were extremely cheese-y romance novels that I’m totally not into haha. But Meli grabbed a few that interested her. The books I was interested are parts of a series so I’m probably going to look for first part before delving in.
Have you done this kind of thing before? What kind of books did you get if you did?

Well that’s all for today!
Sorry it’s so short, I’m a little pressed for time,
Until next week~
Sam

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Top Ten Books At The Top Of My Summer TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Every week they post a different topic and we create a list.

June 18th: Top Ten Books At The Top Of My Summer TBR List

Michelle’s List:

1) A Clash of Kings
2) A Storm of Swords
3) A Feast of Crows
4) Clockwork Princess
5) John Dies at the End
6) This Dark Endeavor
7) The Friday Society
8) Divine Misfortune
9) The Ocean at the End of the Lane
10) The Hittite

Meli’s List:

Top Ten Books for the Summer

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman  I’ve been wanting to read a good fantasy book and I’ve come across this book in stores many many times, let me tell you, it has a bloody map in it and the whole look of it reminds of those old times stories mum&pa use to read to me before bed. So for those reasons I want to own it.

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes  So I’ve been watching a lot of Game of Thrones and I am so sad that it has come to an end, so somehow I found this little beaut and thought “yes! I can still live a life within the realm of kings” so I want it.

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter  Now the typical Alice story was good but add a twist of zombies now that just makes me a little more happy. Frail girl turn bad ass (I hope) I just want this book in soft cover first but yes!
Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst  A young girl meant to be embodiment of a god to save her people but failed, now she must journey away to prove her worth! Me thinks magical times again.

Crewel by Gennifer Albin  A powerful weaver who can make anything appear, imagine if that could be applied to real life, I would have taken up knitting ages ago.

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor  The sequel to Daughter of Smoke and Bones I am too thrilled to get my paws on this action-packed, star-crossed lovers and betrayal bent, secret seeping book.

The Demon’s Librarian by Lilith Saintcrow  Enough said the title alone gives me some kicks and giggles, Francesca Barnes is no mousy librarian, and the end of the world is upon us can she save the day?

In the Shadows of Blackbirds by Cat Winters  its 1918 and we’ve entered the apocalypse. If that wasn’t all to worry about, Mary Shelly Black has to deal with the dead spirit of her first love coming back…unfinished business much?

Blood Red Road by Moira Young  Now funny how I won’t read hunger games but something about this book makes me wanna go into a world of total chaos and flights to survive with a female lead which makes girls say “wow I wish I could be like her when I grow up”

The Carny by Brooke Moss  Forbidden romance between a high class girl wanting to break away from stereotypes and find her own path, and the carny boy who makes every one of her impossible dreams possible.

Sam’s List:
In no particular Order
1) Born Weird by Andrew Kaufman
2) A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
3) Dreams and Shadows by Robert C. Cargill
4) The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Vaillant
5) You by Austin Grossman
6) Saga (series) by Brian K. Vaughan
7) Fables (series) by Bill Willingham
8) Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
9) Gods Without Men by Hari Kunzru
10) Amazonia by James Rollins

Let me explain my choices, a lot of them have been on my To Be Read list for a while and I thought this summer would be the best time to get around to it. I’ve also been going through a graphic novel craving. All in all, I can only hope all these books meet my expectations. Has anyone read any of these books? Any thoughts? I’d like to hear it :)

Until Next time~

Words for Dessert: The Dark By Lemony Snicket


The Dark
Lemony Snicket; Jon Klassen
Little Brown Books, 2013
Hard Cover
40 Pages
Children’s Lit.

Laszlo is afraid of the dark.

The dark lives in the same house as Laszlo. Mostly, though, the dark stays in the basement and doesn’t come into Lazslo’s room. But one night, it does.

This is the story of how Laszlo stops being afraid of the dark.

With emotional insight and poetic economy, two award-winning talents team up to conquer a universal childhood fear.
-Taken from GoodReads

I’m a big fan of children’s literature and since one hasn’t been reviewed on here before I thought now was a good time to bring it up.

I chose this children’s book to review first because there are several things about it that called out to me before I even read the pages between the covers. To list them: 1) Lemony Snicket 2) Jon Klassen and 3) The Dark; to elaborate, I really enjoyed “Lemony Snicket’s” style of writing and when I saw the book come in waiting to be put on the shelves at work, I was wondering how it would work for a book “catered” to a younger audience (at my work we shelve it in the 3-5 age range). I’m a huge fan of Jon Klassen’s illustrations and a quick glance through the book was enough to make me fall in love with his work all over again. The Dark. As a child (And shhh. don’t tell anyone, even as an adult) the dark scares me. No matter what age, I was sure that it would be relatable.

The story is short and simple and the ending really sweet. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I’m happy my curiosity compelled me to pick it up. The story is about not being afraid of the dark. I wouldn’t expect anything less from Snicket’s style by giving the Dark a voice. It was a little creepy at first because I’m a scaredy-cat and in my mind I wanted to tell Laszlo not to listen to it but, he’s a brave child. More than myself. Seriously… I wouldn’t have left my room.

The ending brought a nice smile on my face, it’s cute and I really enjoyed it. Jon Klassen’s illustrations fit perfectly and I couldn’t have imagined a better artist to do it. I really hope they pair up more often! (or for Klassen to write more books but that’s another post)
All in all. I definitely recommend this book! I know I put my employee recommends sticker all over every copy we had in store haha. 5 out of 5 for me! Give it a go if you find it at your local bookstore!

:D

Have you read this? Did you love it as much as I did?
Do you read children’s literature? What’s your favourite?

Until next time~
Sam

Words for Dessert: Diary By Chuck Palahniuk

Words for Dessert is my little home for Book Reviews. :)

Diary
Chuck Palahniuk
Anchor, 2004
Trade Paperback
262 Pages
A Genre that can only be described as Palahniuk’s flavor…
Dark Humor/Mystery/Suspense/Contemporary

Misty Wilmot has had it. Once a promising young artist, she’s now stuck on an island ruined by tourism, drinking too much and working as a waitress in a hotel. Her husband, a contractor, is in a coma after a suicide attempt, but that doesn’t stop his clients from threatening Misty with lawsuits over a series of vile messages they’ve found on the walls of houses he remodeled.

Suddenly, though, Misty finds her artistic talent returning as she begins a period of compulsive painting. Inspired but confused by this burst of creativity, she soon finds herself a pawn in a larger conspiracy that threatens to cost hundreds of lives. What unfolds is a dark, hilarious story from America’s most inventive nihilist, and Palahniuk’s most impressive work to date.
GoodReads Summary

I first read this book back in 2005 or 2006 when I was 15 years old, again in 2008, and I recently skimmed through it trying to remember if I enjoyed it or not. While it’s not my favourite, it’ll always hold a special place in my heart.

“Can You Feel This?”

I did.

This book with its angst filled existential nihilistic narrator is the one that introduced me to Chuck Palahniuk’s style of storytelling (not Fight Club?! I know…). This was also the first book I chose for myself (and not forced upon in school) outside of the Teen/YA genre (and I’ve had a hard time looking back since).

Diary can be a hard read for new comers to this genre/Palahniuk’s writing… or at least, I found it a little hard but at the same time, it’s still a quick read with only 262 pages. This book stirred quite a bit of an internal struggle for me. There were some points (graphic in gore-y disturbing details and imagery) that made me want to put the book down and take a breather and at the same time push through because I needed to know more. I think that’s just how Palahniuk works though, it’s a little fascinating how his dark tales can affect you.

I was really interested in the art and history aspect of this novel because it was brought into the story in such a strange and kind of freaky way. Misty Wilmot’s struggles and suffering really put me on edge and as the story unravels… well… without revealing anything I can only say, it’s seriously messed up. And I can understand why Palahniuk uses his character’s talent for art and personal struggles to his advantage. Most artists (successful or not) use their darker thoughts and struggles as inspiration for their art as well as an outlet to let go of these demons. It was clever.

The book also has a few moments that caught me off guard leaning forward on the edge of my seat with my mind screaming “WHAT?!”

I smile just thinking about it. Ahh… Good times.

This was the first book that gave me the whole “What the hell did I just read” reaction and I’m quite happy for it. I’d definitely recommend it for someone who wants to step into a new genre. I can’t guarantee that it’ll be everyone’s cup of tea but all the same, still an enjoyable read.

My 15 year old me would have probably rated this book a 5 out of 5. But nowwww…. I think I’d rate it a 4. Why? Well I’m still a squeamish person and some of those visuals I could have lived without haha. Petty… I know.

Have you read this book or any of Chuck Palahniuk’s books/shorts? What did you think?
Any recommendations (of his writing or writing similar to his style/genre) to give me? (Other Palahniuk flavors I’ve read are Fight Club, Choke, Tell-All, and Guts.)

Until Next Time~!
Sam

Setting the Path to Our New Adventure

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Like any quest, it starts with an idea, then a goal is set, plans are made, and a fellowship is born.

(I know. I know. I’m being a little cheesy here but bare with me… these things happen when I’m lacking sleep and got a few too many bars of chocolate into my system.)

Joining the Book Blogging community seems like a great place to start our search for good books and new friends and so here we are. I’m sitting in the dark typing away, when really, I should be heading to sleep because I have work in the morning. But hey, the former insomniac in me is protesting any further delay for this (re)launch and I know if I want to get any good sleep tonight, this has to get done!

You can expect some nonsense here, it happens when any combination of the five of us come together, especially in public, sometimes it can be downright insane and occasionally face-palm-I-don’t-know-these-people worthy (take this as a warning, and don’t say we didn’t ever tell you).

Besides our craziness, you can expect us to be joining in on the book memes floating around in the community and maybe start our own! We hope to be more active on here as everyone as been assigned a different day (Hello, I’m your Monday). If you’re interested in Guest Blogging just drop us a line and I’ll be sure to get back to you!

All of us here love to share, inspire and just generally be silly together and we want to be able to do that with you! Soooo, we hope you’ll stick around and share your experiences, inspire and be silly with us too! Over time, we hope to get to know you like you’ll get to know us :)

See you around~!
Sam

On My Plate: A Game Of Thrones


On My Plate is my little home for books I’m currently reading :)

Yes. I jumped on that bandwagon a few months ago. I marathoned two seasons in a week (or less) and bought all the books. The difficult part about watching the series before reading it though is staying committed. I’m still reading the first book and it’s been three months. It’s not because it’s a terrible book, but it’s because I already know what happens.
A lot of people have told me to just skip the first book since the first season follows it pretty closely. But if you’re anything like me, then you know it’s impossible to skip books in a series even if you know what’s going on. Besides. Books are more detailed than shows or movies and I want that deeper insight and connection to the series.

I’m halfway through the first book but it’s just taking me so long. Even though I want to get through it I really REALLY want to start the other books to know what’s going on. Oh well.
It just sucks I haven’t been able to keep at it faithfully. Sometimes I feel like I’m cheating on my books by reading something else. Am I the only one who feels slightly guilty for putting a book down and forgetting about it for a little while?

Do you have any book or book series that you’ve been trying to get through but can’t?

Anyway. I’m off to watch season 3 now because I haven’t started yet. I wanted to wait until the season was complete but after a blow up of rage (? maybe surprise?) on my facebook and twitter feed… well. I’m dying to know what’s going on. WHY DON’T I HAVE HBO?! My life would have been much more simple.

Until next time~
Sam

P.S: if you’re a GoT fan, are you a book fan, television fan, or both? Also. Who’s your favourite character? :D

Recommending a Book

Instead of writing a book review, or writing about books I really want to get my hands on, or even about what I’m currently reading, I want to talk about book recommendations.

Recommending a book is hard. I work at a book store and when customers come up to me asking for a recommendation for books similar to so-and-so or whatever-else, sometimes I freeze and I don’t know what to say. Other times, I have the perfect (or so I personally think) book to recommend.

A lot of the times, it’s really hit or miss. One of my favourite (successful) recommending moments was during the holiday season. A woman had come up to me looking for a book series her son could get into. He didn’t like Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, or the Inheritance series, and he was in the 8 to 12 age group. She wanted to find a book that would make her son at least like reading, because at that stage, he just wanted to watch tv and play video games all day.

It took me a moment (and a couple of questions to figure out what the boy was interested in) but then I remembered a book series that was really popular among the boys in my elementary (grade 5-6) class. It had actually caused an argument between one of my classmates and myself because I had borrowed the only copy of the first book before he did and when his bargaining for it didn’t pull through, he got mad (I shake my head remembering this. Boys).

The book series I’m talking about is Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer.

Artemis Fowl: book 1

I remember loving this series (even though I still have yet to finish it; actually, I’m pretty sure I saw the last book arrive this morning at work), and a lot of boys loved it too. I mean, Boy genius criminal mastermind? That’s one great hook right there. Add a whole new world of of (not too girly) fairies and it’s like finding gold.

In the end, the woman had come back a few days later to buy the rest of the series and thank me for recommending it. Her son was enjoying the first book a lot, which was enough for her to be motivated and get the rest. If I still had sales shifts in the kids’ department, I would hope to see her in the next few days to pick up the last one.

Anyway, it felt nice that a recommendation went well :)
If you had to recommend a book series to a boy who didn’t care much for books or reading, what would you suggest? I tried to think of others in case this wasn’t really what a boy would like and fell short.

I’d really like to hear your thoughts on this so, until next time~!
Sam