Friday, July 01, 2016

Book Haul: Phoenix Books, Burlington VT

I am in Vermont for the summer, and of course I visited their bookstores.  Off of Church St in Burlington lies Phoenix Books.  It is a small store filled with the bestsellers and bookish art that you'd find on Etsy.  Downstairs is the bargain basement.  Here are the remainder marked books which I absolutely do not like buying for my collection.  However, I picked up a remaindered Vegan Express.  Who cares if a cookbook is remaindered?  Someone will probably spill food on it anyway.

Another thing I got from the Bargain Basement was an iPad case.  There are cats on it!! And it was $5.

From upstairs, I grabbed The Fireman by Joe Hill (which I still have not started, bad Carly).  The bookseller told me that the book is getting great review but the sales are poor.  How sad, but once I start reading it and liking it, I will promote it.

I liked Phoenix Books better than Crow Bookstore (Booksellers?) on Church St.  There, everything is jammed into small space, and it feels claustrophobic and not relaxing like how a bookstore should be.

Check out both stores, and tell me what you think of them!  What do you think of my iPad case?

Remember to support your indie booksellers!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Barnes and Noble Teen Book Festival

I was really excited for Barnes and Noble's Teen Book Festival. It was last weekend, and author events, swag giveaways, and teen book trivia happened all at the same time in stores across the country. Only, I didn't show up at the correct time. I missed one of the events and was too early for another.
On the way up to the teen/ young reader department of the store, we passed by a table. It was covered in a whiteboard table cloth and around it were a few young girls (elementary maybe middle school) and three adults. The adults were the founder of Young Writer's Project, a program/community that encourages young people to write and be confident about their work, an author, and someone whose position I've forgotten.
The man asked us if we wanted to do a writing exercise, and I felt obligated to say yes so my friend and I sat down though we obviously were much older than the rest of the participants, and it seemed like they had signed up for the activity.
The activity was to pick words out of a bucket and write a story including all of those words in 7 minutes. This was really hard. My words were DJ, Pacific Ocean, and break. So, I picked another slip and got "Bill-28 hates his job, thinks he is stuck." What did other people get? Train station, crashing, aliens. Easy and creative. 
When I looked around after 7 minutes, people had mini novels written it seemed. I think I had 3 sentences.
My story was about Bill who works a 9-5 in a cubicle and decides to go on a solo sailing trip for a year, starting off in a port in the Pacific Ocean.
In the end, I liked this activity and was glad we sat down. First, writing on the table was great. Second, it was challenging to write continuously for 7 minutes and also to get creative and make something up that sounds interesting.  You should try this exercise too. It may make you more confident in your writing abilities, and it feels good to get out of your comfort zone.
Check out the beautiful pen and bookmark I got from the Young Writer's Projwct. Seriously, Geoff has some nice swag!


Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Author Event: David Levithan, Andrea Cremer, A.R. Kahler, TommyWallach, and Goldy Moldavsky

Hi all!
I was back in PA this week for spring break and there happened to be a fun event going on at Haverford's Children's Book World.  Coincidentally, I looked on their website yesterday and found that they were having an event today!

Who was there?

David Levithan- Another Day

 Andrea Cremer- The Conjuerer's Riddle (The Inventor's Secret #2)

A.R. Kahler- Shades of Darkness

Tommy Wallach-Thanks for the Trouble

Goldy Moldavsky- Kill the Boy Band

Each author read a passage from their newest book.  Some even had other authors playing different characters in their books, and the atmosphere was cheery and jovial.  

Some interesting things I learned tonight: 

  • There will be a sequel to Dash and Lily's Book of Dares.  It will be Christmas themed.
  • Andrea Cremer contributed to an anthology about women that came out yesterday on International Women's Day.  It's called A Tyranny of Petticoats
  • Alex Kahler killed off the character based off of his ex.
  • Tommy Wallach used to hang out in hotels in NYC often while he studied at NYU.
  • Goldy Moldavsky thinks Justin Timberlake was the worst member of NSYNC because of his ramen noodle hair.

Signed books from tonight

Beautiful A Tyranny of Petticoats poster

Were you at this event?  Did you read any of the book written by the authors that visited?


Sunday, January 24, 2016

Review: The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey

THE FIFTH WAVE by Rick Yancey
My rating: 5 stars
Goodreads rating: 4.17 stars

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it's the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother--or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

Here I am making use of time while my flight is delayed;)

Overall, as you can see by my rating, I really enjoyed The Fifth Wave.  I picked this book up when it first came out because it had been getting good reviews, but I never read it until now to get ready for the movie.  In fact, I wasn't really sure what the book was about until I saw the movie trailer.  

The plot is engaging, and Yancey writes the prose in such a way that is exciting, thrilling, and intense.  Intense enough to make me question what the movie was going to be rated.  The choices for the waves are interesting and very believable of being capable to wipe out the planet.  If I hadn't read a spoiler, I would have been shocked at one of the plot twists.  I was on the edge of the pages of the book it was so exciting.  As another reviewer mentioned this book lies between Ya and adult which was nice since I'm trying to move away from YA.

I enjoyed the characters as well.  Cassie is brave, but I like her humor the most.  She is a bit childish in the beginning, but she was only sixteen then, and she grows over thee course of the book.  However, I have to say my favorite character is Evan.  Though some reviewers said his relationship with Cassie was creepy, I liked him.  Maybe their relationship had an unconventional start, but he treats her well and his flirty sense of humor is appealing.  Another favorite of mine was Ringer who took no nonsense from anyone and was very headstrong.

Go read the book.  It's great.  Don't watch the movie unless it is purely to stare at the beautiful actors.  I will be posting a review of the movie soon.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Quick update

Finished The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey.  It was great.  Review to come.

Started the sequel, The Infinite Sea last night.

Excited to see The 5th Wave movie.

You should read this too.  Young adults and adults will like it.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

2016 Reading Challenge

In the past, my reading goals have been around 50 books, but I've found that I haven't been reading as much because of lack of time.  Also, I don't include the readings for courses as part of my goal despite how lengthy they are.  So, this year, I've set the number to much lower.  10.

I've already read one, and I'm going to finish my second by the end of this week.  While I'd like to read more books for pleasure, I'm not disappointed.  What's important to me is that I'm still reading and that the material is intellectual and contributing to knowledge expansion.

Good luck on your goals!


Hi Rafael!

Shadowhunters tv show based on Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series will premiere on ABC Family tonight at 9/8 c.  I'll be watching it despite that President Obama's State of the Union will be on at the same time.

This will be the first tv show that I watch in a long time, and I'm excited but doubtful after having seen the terrible Mortal Instruments movie.

I have some reviews of the books on the review page.

Leave a comment if you are going to watch tonight.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Review: Will Travel For Vegan Food: 2 Years, 48 States, 547 Restaurants, +39,000 Miles by Kristin M. Lajeunesse

Will Travel For Vegan Food: 2 Years, 48 States, 547 Restaurants, +39,000 MilesWill Travel For Vegan Food: 2 Years, 48 States, 547 Restaurants, +39,000 Miles by Kristin Lajeunesse

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars
Current Goodreads rating: 3.51

In September 2011 Kristin Lajeunesse set out on a journey that would change her life forever. With the goal of dining at and writing about every single vegan restaurant in the United States, Kristin spent eighteen months living off of donations and out of a renovated sports van, driving up and down the entire country. After 48 states, 500+ restaurants, and 35,000+ miles Kristin shares her uplifting journey filled with risk, laughter, love, and heartbreak. Tear-jerker ALERT: there is one particular story about a teddy bear that will break your heart and put it back together again city after city.

First, yes I am vegan, so I should be inclined to love this book.  But, I didn't... I loved the concept and enjoy traveling to find good vegan restaurants and would like to visit every single vegan restaurant in the country.  However, this book was not what I was expecting.  Like many other reviewers, I was expecting the book to include more on the actual places she ate at and what she ate.  That information I can find on er blog, which I will check out later.

Overall, I was not pleased with the book though I wanted so badly to like it.  At times, I wanted to stop reading it and just look at the blog, but I couldn't give up on a fellow vegan.  Plus, I met the author at Veg Fest Boston this year, and that's why I bought the book.  Again, I love the journey Kristin went on, and I think it is a very important one.  However, the execution of the book was not that thrilling, and I was bored as well as often times confused about the timing and organization.  I see that this book was trying to go for an inspiring self discovery angle, but the prose was flat, and the romance was even dull.

Do I recommend this book? No, but I will try to read the WTF Vegan Food blog.  Very clever name:)

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