BOOK REVIEW: The Book of Life

16054217Goodreads Review: 5/5 Stars!

The Bishops and Clairmonts are back in this action-packed finale to the All Souls trilogy!  Diana and Matthew have been through hell and back both in their present time and in the past, and now more than ever they rely on finding and putting together the Book of Life.  As forces collide to try and prevent Diana and Matthew from achieving their goal the two prove that family and love can overcome anything (I know that sounds gag-worthy). 

Diana is one of my all-time favorite female protagonists. And I was really wary that going into this book her spunk and passion was going to get watered down.  But I was so incredibly happy with my favorite main character!  So adventurous and daring spirit is such a draw to me as a reader and I adore that Harkness is willing to create a female character who takes center stage and does so in a blazing fire!

One of the big draws for me for this series was the fact that there are no background or secondary characters.  Each character has their own story and spark that brings new life to the All Souls trilogy.  Everytime a character is introduced instead of making the story more complicated and tangled, they add a layer and shed light on something special about the other cast of characters.

I’m so sad that this trilogy is officially over but I loved this ending and can’t wait to see if Deborah Harkness writes anything more after the All Souls trilogy!

WISHLIST WEDNESDAY: #2

Wishlist Wednesday

It’s that time of the week again!  Time for another Wishlist Wednesday :) As always this is a blog hop that is hosted by Pen to Paper.  If you would like to join feel free and leave your Wishlist Wednesday posts in the comments for me to check out! I love visiting other people’s blogs!

 

This Weeks Book Is…

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

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If you watched my BookTube-A-Thon update from yesterday you’ll know that I’ve been on a bit of a Neil Gaiman kick lately.  I regret nothing!  I will say I was skeptacle but my roommate had me read the first volume of the Sandman graphic novel series that he wrote and I fell in love!  I just finished Stardust for the BookTube-A-Thon and I was quite happy with that one as well.  I just need to buy this darn book already! SHESH!

Synopsis from Amazon:

 

In this Newbery Medal-winning novel, Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place—he’s the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians’ time as well as their ghostly teachings—such as the ability to Fade so mere mortals cannot see him.

Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead? And then there are being such as ghouls that aren’t really one thing or the other.

The Graveyard Book won the Newbery Medal and the Carnegie Medal and is a Hugo Award Winner for Best Novel.

BookTube-A-Thon Update | Day 2 & Challenges

Holy crap it’s the end of day 2 already! O.O

I mean I still have a couple hours left but I don’t know if I will get a ton more reading done in that time.  Day 2 was definitely much more productive for me than day one, mostly because yesterday I went to the live Welcome to Nightvale podcast in Milwaukee.  If you don’t listen to Nightvale you should definitely check it out.  You can find the podcasts on Podbay (an app you can download on an Android phone).

Today I finished one book and started one other and read a total of 300 pages!  Leave you Booktube-A-Thon updates in the comments below! Happy reading all!

BOOK REVIEW: Ask The Passengers

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13069935Goodreads Review: 5/5 stars

Astrid is a girl who is struggling through finding herself and she’s doing it alone.  She’s doing it alone because she feels as though as can’t trust anyone else in her life not to push her in a direction or tell her that her thoughts are wrong.  So instead Astrid tells the people 30,000 feet above her in an airplane her thoughts and feelings.

This book deals with the issues of finding yourself, coming out, the LGBTQ community, stereotypes, bullying, forgiving yourself and learning to love who you are.  It presents the fact that we as humans need to be more accepting of others and not become the people in the cave (if you’ve read Plato you’ll get that).

Through a beautiful writing style that is honest and truthful, A.S. King sheds light on a topic that is not new but is still controversial.  I adored the fact that in her conversations with the people on the plane, they responded to her.  Their stories gave her an answer to her question.  And it brought up more topics that deal with relationships and forgiveness for mistakes.  I was ridiculously happy that this book was written in a way that expressed a view that accepted everyone whether they are black or white, gay or straight, fat or skinny.  It expressed the idea that people gossip but it’s not the end of the world even though it might feel like it.

I could go on for days about my feelings for this books but I think the quote from Lauren Myracle on the cover pretty much says it all.

“So special and perfect and true and right…I’ll hold it in my heart forever.”

THURSDAY QUOTABLES: Ask The Passengers

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Thursday Quotables is a weekly book blog meme that is hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies and deals with quotes and passages from whatever book you are currently reading!

So this week (or at least today) I am reading Ask the Passengers by A.S. King.  I don’t really know how to describe how I feel about this book other than to flail about a bit and be in complete and utter awe of it.  I picked it up after watching Ariel Bisset rave about A.S. King in videos on her channel and I was not disappointed.  I will be posting my review of it later this week hopefully!

And the first quote from this book is my personal favorite:

“Is it okay to lie in order to be happy?”

This quote is from Astrid as she is sitting in her backyard contemplating her life and who she is and what she wants in a relationship and/or what is acceptable to want in a relationship.  For me this quote hit home and made me think of decision I’ve made in the past and whether or not it truly is acceptable to lie in order to be happy.  Whether you are lying to yourself or to those around you. Sound off below on your thoughts dealing with this quote!

The second quote and last quote that I will be using from this book is from a couple pages down and is another one that really struck me (keep in mind that I am not terribly far into this book yet):

“As I slwly walk down the aisle, I want to ask for their help. How do I forgive myself? I have an imaginary conversation with them, and then they tell me: Just do it.

This quote occurs almost directly after the previous one and it is from the perspective of the person on the plane.  I love the fact that the conversation of Astrid and the people 30 thousand feet above her mirror themselves and answer each other.  It is by far one of my favorite aspects of this book.

Now you all get to participate!  Sound off below about some of the quotes from what you are currently reading that made you think, or laugh, or just struck you as something you wanted to share! And don’t forget to check out Bookshelf Fantasies blog for more cool blog memes!

BOOKTUBE-A-THON: TBR List

Are any of you participating in BookTube-A-Thon? BECAUSE YOU DEFINITELY SHOULD! Although this challenge is geared toward BookTubers, there are also pure reading challenges and Twitter Sprints for those who aren’t comfortable doing vlog updates and the video portions of the read-a-thon.  There is a link to the BookTube-A-Thon channel in the description of the video where you can find more information about the read-a-thon and how everything will work!  If you decide to participate, let me know what you are going to be reading!

{{Social Media Book Tag}}

The social media tag was created by faultydevices and there is a link to her channel and video in the description so you guys can check out the original video!  I was not tagged in this challenge but it looked like fun so I did it anyways!  I CHALLENGE ALL OF YOU and want to see some response videos for this tag or some comments about what books you would pick for these categories! :D