BOOK REVIEW | The Commons: Book 1: The Journeyman


Goodreads Review : 5/5 stars

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I received this book to review for Rock the Book.

This book is the first installment in The Commons series. As an urban fantasy series this book established a world that most who were reading could relate to, at least at the beginning that is. I really enjoyed the fact that when the reader first starts this book it isn’t set in a fantastical world. It’s set in America (technically). And when you first start it it definitely doesn’t seem like fantasy.  Instead of being in a world with magic or strange creatures, the reader is put into a world of everyday life.  Nothing out of the ordinary (or so it seems). The author establishes a place that readers find familiar before throwing in all of the amazing fantasy elements and I for one appreciated that. The author’s creativity makes each one of the characters come alive and thrive before your eyes. I could feel myself connecting on some level with each of the characters and that made this book so much more enthralling. I will say I was a bit nervous about this book as some of the urban fantasy I’ve been reading lately hasn’t been up my alley, but I’m extremely glad I picked this one up! From the second I started it I was hooked.  I am definitely looking forward to more from this author.

E-Books or Traditional Books?

Welcome to the first regular Thursday post here on Rooftop Reading!  I’m excited to announce that these posts will be happening every Thursday and will switch between more serious ones like this and more goofy fun posts (because no one wants to read a lot of serious boring junk!).

For this week the topic is ebooks versus regular traditional books.  As someone who does own a Kindle, and is used to using both traditional books and ebooks, I still find myself partial to the traditional style books.  I prefer feeling the books in my hands to that of the e-reader.  I like to go shopping for older vintage books because the smell of walking into a store full of old books is pretty fantastic.  Don’t judge me I know that I’m not the only person out there who has ever smelled one (or possibly more) of her books.

I read an article from Scholastic recently that compared ebooks with print books and I agree with one of their main arguments for print books and honestly this is MY biggest argument for them as well.  They argued that print books allow a child to fall in love with reading more so than ebooks because of technology resitrictions.  Now this isn’t so much an issue with adults (I could be wrong here but I’m assuming adults have control over their own technology usage), but with kids parents tend to be a lot more controlling over how much technology their kids use a day.  If the only type of book a child has access to is an ebook the parent might be cutting their child off from developing a love of reading.  With print books they can read as many books as they want whenever they want.  It allows kids to have an adventure and parents to help their kids escape from the web of technology surrounding them.

Now before you think that this post is bashing ebooks just give me a second.  I LOVE my Kindle and honestly think it’s made life as a book reviewer 100x easier!  It means that when I get review books I can upload them to a place where they wont clutter up my shelves and they are easier to carry with me so that I can read a bunch of them at once.  Having an Kindle, or any other type of e-reader also allows me access to books that I might not be willing to spend the $20 on for a hardback but would be willing to spend $5 on for a digital copy.  The Kindle allows readers who travel a lot more to have an arsenal of books at their finger tips and let’s be honest as adults who are moving around, working, and traveling that’s definitely a bonus.


Both e-readers and print books have their benefits and their downfalls.  Ultimately is comes down to personal preference as either way you end up supporting amazing authors who put out wonderful books.  What are your preferences? Ebook or print book?  Sound off below with your opinion!

Top 4 Most Wanted Sequels

I will be starting to do more regular vlog posts that will happen every Tuesday (this may switch to bi-weekly once classes start again).  This also means that I will be posting more regular blog posts as well (these will occur without video and will be on Thursdays!).

This weeks video is about books that I wish had sequels or prequels!  Share with me down in the comments below if you have books you wish would have expanded into a duology or a series.

{{Doctor Who Book Tag}}

This wonderful tag combines two of my favorite things, Doctor Who and books!  Now I didn’t let my inner Whovian fangirl too hard but this tag was a blast to film!  It was created by Sam from Novels and Nonsense and Sabrina Handal from Books and Adventures.  There is a link to the original video as well as their channels in the description box of the video so be sure to check that out.  As always I am tagging all of you in this video and I am very excited to see which of you readers are Whovians yourself (don’t be shy we all know Doctor Who is amazing ;) ).

What’s on My Bookshelf? | August TBR

After a crazy start to the month of August I finally have my TBR video up for you guys to watch!  This month I have a mix of graphic novels and regular novels on my TBR list which I’m hoping will be a regular thing now that I’m expanding my graphic novel collection.  As always there will be links for Amazon and Barnes and Noble attached to the title and author.


August TBR List:

1. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

2. A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

3. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

3. The Homeland Directive by Robert Vendetti

4. The Surrogates by Robert Vendetti

5. Habibi by Craig Thompson


Wishlist Wednesday

Today is Wednesday so for those of you who are new to the blog that means its time for a Wishlist Wednesday post!  Wishlist Wednesday is a blog hop that is hosted by Pen to Paper so make sure to check out that blog and some of the other fabulous Wishlist Wednesday posts there!  As always I love it when people make their own Wishlist Wednesday posts to share with me! :)


This Weeks Book is…

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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So I have honestly no idea how long this book has been on my wishlist but I needs to come off right now!  I love the concept of this book and I picked up Eleanor and Park recently so it would be a start to completing my Rainbow Rowell collection once I pick this up.  Have any of you read it?  What did you think of it?


Synopsis from Barnes and Noble:

In Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?