Fairy Tale Adaptations

Fairy Tale Adaptations

Hello friends!

Okay, so I’m getting excited for Winter. Not the season, the book. It comes out next month and I can’t wait!! So, I’ve been thinking about fairy tale adaptations. They’re kind of everywhere at the moment. If they’re well done, I LOVE them. If they’re poorly done, I think they’re a complete cop-out. I mean, come on, the basic plot and characters are already laid out. If you can’t make an original story out of it, then just.. well, just don’t.

My favorite thing about fairy tale adaptations is they give our beloved characters a chance to expand and become actual human beings (or cyborgs, if we’re talking about Cinder). Fairy tales are typically short, so we don’t really get a chance to get to know our characters. Plus, they’re not usually terribly realistic.

Immediately my mind goes to Disney adaptations, of course. Disney has done a lot better lately at creating stronger female characters (Merida, Rapunzel, Tiana, etc.). But the original princesses SUCK. Oh my. Cinderella, Ariel, and Snow White in particular are pathetic characters (I’m sorry, I loved them growing up too). All of them are saved by a man. A man who they hardly know. Cinderella’s man can’t even RECOGNIZE her. Omg. Not an acceptable message for little girls. Or boys. No gender limitations here.

Anyway, here are the adaptations I’ve come across that I think are the best of the best!

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Six of Crows Review and Let’s Discuss (No spoilers)!

Title: Six of Crows
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Published: Henry Holt and Co.
Rating5 Star Rating System 5 stars

“Kaz leaned back. “What’s the easiest way to steal a man’s wallet?”
“Knife to the throat?” asked Inej.
“Gun to the back?” said Jesper.
“Poison in his cup?” suggested Nina.
“You’re all horrible,” said Matthias.”

Just in case you’ve been living under a rock and have not yet seen Six of Crows in all its dark and glorious beauty, I’ve decided it’s imperative to share it with you. Hence the video. Because it’s officially my favorite book by appearance. In the whole world. I think. Maybe not. But it’s tied in first with a currently unknown number of others. Anywho, if you do not live under a rock and have seen the book, I give you permission to ignore me and my awkward frozen wave.

Just in case you were wondering if I’m as ridiculous in person as I am online, the answer is clearly yes. And yes, I make myself laugh. Often. Isn’t that what all the cool kids are doing? 

Review:

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Top Ten Tuesday: My Wish is Your Command

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Hi Friends!

I’ve been super duper MIA from Top Ten Tuesday. No offense at all to the lovely creators over at The Broke and the Bookish, but I haven’t been feeling inspired by the topics lately. I am very excited about this week’s topic though! Teeheehee. My creative juices are flowin’.

This week’s topic is: 10 Wishes I’d Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me. AKA: My wish is your command (Directed at the genie, not you my lovely reader friend).

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I went to….. (!!!)

Hello friends!

This weekend I went on a lovely anniversary mini-vacation with my wonderful boyfriend! Normally I wouldn’t bore you with details about my real human life, BUT I have a very important bookish visit to share!!

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WE WENT TO POWELL’S!!!!!! Powell’s Book City is the largest independent bookstore IN. THE. WORLD. and oh my goodness it is FAN-FREAKIN-TASTIC (especially if you’re a fan of books…hehe…ok I’m done). I had a mini meltdown when we walked in. The bookstore is like a giant maze of floors and rooms of rainbow colors. Each color is a different section. Each book has new and used copies of varying prices. So basically I got books that look brand new and beautiful for about half price! It was so cool. AND there were tons of people in there, which always makes me happy because yay people love books!

Sara Bareilles was there for a book signing which was pretty cool (I didn’t go because to be honest I wasn’t particularly interested in buying her book). But still, I mean, famous person in the house! *Insert raising the roof motion*.

I ended up only allowing myself to buy four books. Tim also got four books because we’re a cool couple like that.

And here they are! Well, here mine are.

These three I’ve been wanting for a while:

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Still Alice by Lisa Genova

I’ve wanted to read this for a really long time but I’ve had two problems: 1. They replaced the original with the movie cover and I obviously didn’t want that one and 2. It’s weirdly expensive considering its size. But I finally found it used for $10 and I’m super excited about it!

More Than This by Patrick Ness

I don’t know anything about this other than amazing. And it’s going to stay that way until I’ve read it myself!

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

I’ve actually heard pretty terrible things about this one but I loved the movie and want to read it for myself. I don’t have terribly high expectations except for a fun read so hopefully that will help!

Aaaaand this one I’d never heard of:

IMG_5933The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

I pretty much love all of the trashy Tudor stories. So I’m excited to kind of check out and read this one, I’ve been reading lots of really engaging books lately and my brain and heart need a break! Bring on the trashy novels.

The cover is cool right?! It’s like gold inlaid and the photo is weird because I wanted it to show off its shininess. It’s definitely quite used but all of the other covers were of the movie (it’s a movie? with Natalie Portman?? HUH?) and only $6, so I went for it. Woot woot!

On another note, we also went to VooDoo Doughnuts, which you should go visit if you’re in Portland, because it’s quite yummy and where else are you going to get a chocolate and peanut butter doughnut called Dirty Old Bastard?

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Have you read any of my new books?? Been to Portland?? Let me know!

I’ll write again soon. Until then, keep reading!

J. Bookish

Library of Souls – Book Review!

Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #3)Title: Library of Souls (Peculiar Children Series, Book 3)
Author: Ransom Riggs
Published: September 22, 2015 by Quirk Books
Rating: 5 Star Rating System 3 stars

“Just a story. It had become one of the defining truths of my life that, no matter how I tried to keep them flattened, two-dimensional, jailed in paper and ink, there would always be stories that refused to stay bound inside books. It was never just a story. I would know: a story had swallowed my whole life.”

**Contains spoilers if you have not read Hollow City**

Library of Souls was a well-written and action-packed finale to the Peculiar Children series. The ending of Hollow City KILLED ME, I totally did not see it coming and I was completely shocked, so of course I was initially incredibly anxious to find out what happened next. By the time I read the book, though, my excitement had waned, and that may be at play in my fairly “meh” feelings about the book.

Jacob, Emma, and Addison the talking dog have narrowly escaped capture from the wights with the discovery of Jacob’s expanding power (commanding the hollows in a language he didn’t know he could speak, how very parstletongue). Their friends were not so lucky. The trio immediately sets off to rescue their crew, and find themselves in Devil’s Acre, the loop where the less savory peculiars take haven.

Riggs continues to expand on his fantastic world building that was begun in Hollow City, and Devil’s Acre was certainly a colorful place (sidenote: I loved the stories that led to the loop entrances in Hollow City, so creative!). I loved that we finally get to see the amoral peculiars. This book began really, really slowly. Nothing that really developed the story happened until about 150 pages in. I was irritated with Emma the majority of that time, and began to worry that the book wasn’t going to pick up at all and I was just going to hate it. It did though, thank goodness! Once the story gets moving, it became really hard to put down. I loved all of the action, the new characters, and the Library of Souls.

I did have a number of problems with this book, but I’m pretty sure they were all my own little annoyances rather than actual problems with the story… so take them with a grain of salt, just in case you think I’m crazy.

My issues (don’t worry, no spoilers!):

  • First of all, I felt that the photos Riggs used for this book were a bit of a stretch. Some of them were photo shopped with words that helped them fit into the story, and I don’t remember that being the case in the previous books (correct me if I’m wrong). In Peculiar Children, he built the story around the photos, and as the series continued he had to find photos that fit in with the story, and it didn’t work so well as the original approach.
  • Fans of the series are going to be upset with me, but I have a problem with the whole Emma and Jacob romance. It just creeps me out that she was originally in love with his grandpa, who has the same powers and looks similar to him, and now she’s in love with him..? I just. No. That’s wrong on so many levels. I also didn’t think it was necessary. It didn’t add anything to the story. In fact, I think it took away from it. As I was reading, I noticed the style of writing changed whenever Jacob thought about Emma; it was like a weird explanatory monologue each time, and I wasn’t a fan.
  • I also missed the other peculiar children. We hardly get to see them in this book, and while the new characters were interesting, I didn’t have a two-book relationship built with them! I thought it was cute that the book is “signed” by all of our favorite peculiar children, but why on earth is it teal?!

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Final thoughts:

I was really hoping the finale of this series would be more satisfying than it was. The ending both wrapped everything up in a convenient little bow while poorly explaining many questions that had been introduced (that’s kind of impressive, actually.. oxymoron?). I’ve heard Riggs is planning on writing more stories in the same world, but unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll be reading them. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was by far the best book of the series, and I can’t imagine stretching the photo concept even further would create any gratifying new stories.

Have you read Hollow City? What did you think??

I’ll write again soon. Until then, stay peculiar ;)

J. Bookish

 

A Post on Yoga

Pardon the quick interruption from your scheduled book blogging for…

A Post on: Yoga

Inappropriate sidenote: omg that woman has really buff shoulders

I know you know what yoga is. But have you ever REALLY tried it?

I have back problems. I was a cheerleader in high school (there’s a long story behind it, don’t judge me) and at one point we were practicing stunting, a girl fell, and I ended up with a vertebra popped out of its rightful place in my spine. I also ended up with a broken nose once, cheerleading is dangerous folks. How the hell was I once comfortable standing on one leg 7 ft in the air? These are the questions I ask myself. The chiropractor fixed me up, but I’ve had issues ever since. Sometimes my vertebrae still pop out, which freaking HURTS, but most of the time I just have weird twinges and general discomfort.

In addition, I hate working out. I also have asthma (hahaha I’m such a healthy child), so running is a bit of a challenge for me. Plus, if I’m being honest, I have long hair and I hate having to dry it but if I let it dry by itself it becomes a crazy half-curled beast and sweat = shower and GAH. Sorry. I digress.

I’ve taken yoga classes over the years, and I pretty much thought they were boring. I was too restless to hold still and focus on my breathing, so I preferred pilates (which is great too).

Now, I’m really tired of my back hurting. I’m not old enough to have joint pain (right?!!!). So I decided to give yoga a whole new try. I found Yoga with Adrienne on YouTube and she has a segment called 30 Days of Yoga so I went for it.

OHMYGOD. The WONDER. My whole body is happier. My brain is relaxed. Even though it feels like I’m doing very little, my muscles are doing an inner happy dance because each and every one of them is engaged.

My muscles:

I’ve attached  the link to day one of Adrienne’s 30 days of yoga so you can try it, if you’d like. I know it feels silly (I used to be the girl who would giggle in yoga classes), but if you just completely focus on your body for 30 minutes every day it will do you a whole world of difference, trust me. Plus, Adrienne is awesome because she doesn’t take herself too seriously like some yogis do.

Day one here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBu-pQG6sTY

That is all.

I’ll write again soon! Until then, keep reading! (Or, you know, try some yoga)

J. Bookish

Re-thinking Twilight…

HMMMMMM.

So.

I’m only doing this because it has been ten years since I read these books, and I am supposed to be an adult now.

So.

HMMMMMM.

I’m sure all of you have heard by now that Stephenie Meyer has re-written Twilight with switched gender perspectives. As in Bella = Beau and Edward = Edythe.

Soooo I have made my position on the Twilight saga quite clear. In case you don’t know, I’m from Port Angeles, WA. Also known as the town that Edward and Bella go on their date in, etc. etc. When I was in high school, people from all over the country came to visit my town and see the movie premiers in a theater so crappy that it has now been officially closed. It was just ridiculous and it pissed 16-year old me off. Seriously, go Google Port Angeles and press “images” and Twilight comes up. And no, none of the movie was filmed there. Which added to my irritation. Plus, teenage me hated anything everyone else loved.

Me and my mommy dearest in good ole PA

But before all that… I read the books. And if I’m being honest, I liked them. THIS IS A BIG DEAL FOR ME TO SAY, GUYS. THIS IS MY TWILIGHT COMING OUT. Did I like Bella? No. She was pretty pathetic. But they were a fun read and you know what? No matter what you think of them, they are a freakin movement. Stephenie Meyer made the love triangle popular. She made vampires popular. Hell, she made YA popular. She deserves partial credit for this incredible genre we all love. And you know what? Kudos, Stephanie. Kudos. You rocked it. I can only dream of achieving even a fraction of what you have.

BUT NOW. What is this?! Too far. Not on board. I’m jumping ship. Again. I was never really on the ship. But anyway. It drives me crazy when authors don’t know when to let go. I understand that she’s addressing the flack she’s gotten on the fact that her protagonist is basically a doormat. But the Twilight saga is over. OVER, PEOPLE. LET IT GO.

That is all.

What do you guys think?? Excited? Irritated? Let me know below!

I’ll write again soon! Until then, keep reading!

J. Bookish

The Emoji Book Tag!

Hello bookish friends!

Today I’m going to take a stab at integrating some technology into my bookish thoughts with the emoji book tag! Thank you Maria @ Marwhal Reads for tagging me! [If you haven’t checked out her blog yet, do it, it’s awesome.] From what I gather, I’m supposed to take my five most-used or most-recently used emojis and match them up to a book! What if I didn’t have an iPhone?! It’s ok though, I do.

I’m not gonna lie to you guys, I was sorely tempted to use the most interesting emojis in my little “frequently used” emoji box thingy majigy. Buuuut I didn’t. Guess I’m not a rebel after all. BUT I am very excited because this tag gave me a chance to get away from my go-to books and give a shout out to some that I haven’t talked about yet! I also took the liberty of naming my emojis. Do they have official names? I don’t really know… mine are better, anyway.

  1. Flirty Emoji

I interpreted the flirty emoji in book form to mean a kind of cutesy romance. Then I realized I don’t really read cutesy romances. Enter Sophie Kinsella to save the day! Kinsella’s books are indeed cutesy, but they are also witty and fun. I love Remember Me? I’ve actually read it more than once, and I loved it both times! Remember Me? (It’s really odd to use a book title with a question mark) begins with Lexi outside of a bar waiting for a cab. The next thing you know, she wakes up in the hospital… three years later. Everything is perfect, and she can’t remember how she got from her crap job and frizzy hair to her gorgeous husband and lavish life. It’s a really fun book if you’re in the mood for a no-brainer; we all need them sometimes!

2. Warm and Fuzzy Emoji

This emoji invokes “D’awwww” to me. So I went for a warm and fuzzy book that just makes you feel happy. My Most Excellent Year follows three kids: T.C., Augie, and Alejandra, through their 9th grade year. T.C. and Augie have considered each other brothers since they were youngins, even though they couldn’t be more different. Alejandra just moved to Boston with her ambassador father, and T.C. immediately falls in love (ok, yes it’s insta-love, but she holds him off and they become besties don’t worry). The whole book is just wonderful. If you haven’t read it I highly recommend it!

3. The “Lovin’ What You’re Lookin’ At” Emoji

I’m taking this emoji to mean something like: everything about this book is perfect I just want to hug it. I haven’t read Ella Enchanted in a long time, but it was really popular when I was young and I WAS OBSESSED. It’s a retelling of Cinderella, but not really at all. Ella has been cursed by a fairy trying to give her a gift: the gift of obedience. She has to obey any command. When her mother passes away we bring in the typical evil stepmother and stepsisters, and Ella goes off to school. This book was just magical to me when I was young. Levine is an absolutely amazing author and oh my goodness the movie was NOTHING like the book.

4. The “Ex-stream” Laughter Emoji (See what I did there?)

Hahaha I’m such a dweeb. Ex-stream. Cause it’s laughing so hard it’s crying. Yeaaah. Ok I’m done now. So anyway, obviously I had to use a funny book for this emoji! The Sex Lives of Cannibals is hilarious. J. Maarten Troost and his then-girlfriend decided to drop everything they had in D.C. and move to an island in the equatorial pacific called Tarawa. Tarawa could not be more different from the U.S. This is actually a non-fiction chronicle of Troost’s time on Tarawa, and the entire book is funny. He’s a fantastic writer and life on the island is just ridiculous. This book actually opened my eyes to non-fiction, I had previously been completely disinterested. Now I love non-fiction. In fact, I’m talking about another NF book below…

5. The Leaky Faucet Face Emoji

Tears. All of the tears. Unbroken broke me a little bit. I remember very distinctly feeling very aware of my own mortality, which was a weird feeling for a book to give. I’m sure you’ve all heard of Unbroken. It’s based on the life of Olympic runner Louis Zamperini and his absolutely harrowing experience as a pilot during WWII. It was made into a movie which I have yet to watch because I haven’t had the time to mentally prepare myself for how drained I know I’ll feel after watching it. Unbroken is absolutely incredible. The writing, the story, everything. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly highly encourage you to. This is without a doubt one of the best books I’ve ever read.

Yay I did it!

I’ve never tagged anyone for a tag… but I’m going to try it. No worries if you don’t want to accept it, this is like freeze tag so you can freeze and I can’t technically tag you. That’s totally not how freeze tag works, is it… oh well.

Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks
Samantha @ Reed’s Reads & Reviews
Deanna @ a novel glimpse

I’ll write again soon! Until then, keep reading!

J. Bookish

The Grisha Trilogy: Series Recap

Hello Friends!

This is going to be a two-book review followed by my thoughts on the whole series. If you haven’t read the book preceding the book being reviewed, don’t read the review! I don’t want to spoil any of them for you because they’re so wonderful and you must read them yourself!!

Siege and Storm (The Grisha, #2)Title: Siege and Storm
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Published: June 4, 2013 by Henry Holt and Co. Rating: 4/5

“I’ve seen what you truly are,” said the Darkling, “and I’ve never turned away. I never will. Can he say the same?”

With Siege and Storm, we re-enter Ravka, the fantastical version of Russia, with more understanding of its power than we’d had before. At the end of Shadow and Bone, Alina and Mal have escaped from the Darkling and left him behind in The Fold.  They’re now on the run, hoping to gain passage to a safer part of the country where Alina won’t be recognizable as the Sun Summoner — or Saint. Horrified by what she helped the Darkling do, Alina has to come to terms with who she really is and what her power, and the joining of the amplifiers, might mean for everything she cares about.

I didn’t love Siege and Storm as much as I loved Shadow and Bone. I didn’t tear through it because the plot didn’t force me to continue reading as book one had done. We do get more world building, allowing for more illumination on Ravka and the Small Science. So that becomes slightly less intimidating, which is nice. I was glad to understand more about the powers of the other Grisha; the fabrikators were barely mentioned in Shadow and Bone. We also get some FAN-FREAKIN-tastic new characters!

I think my lack of extreme enthusiasm for Siege and Storm was pretty typical for the middle book of a series. Book one is exciting because everything is shiny and new, and book three is intense because everything comes to a head, but book two typically has less of that heart-pounding excitement. AND, because you’re in-between the beginning and the answers, there is always quite a bit of frustration. That being said, this one certainly wasn’t bad. It was nowhere near bad. In fact, it was pretty great. Just not AS great as Shadow and Bone. There was a large amount of very necessary development and the ending was CRAZY. Even more so than the ending of book one. Watch yourselves. I did not see it coming.

I can’t say a whole lot more than that because there are twists at every page turn and I refuse to take any of its enjoyment away from you. You’re welcome. ;)


 

Ruin and Rising (The Grisha, #3)Title: Ruin and Rising
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Published: Jan 1, 2014 by Henry Holt and Co.
Rating: 5/5

“Maybe love was superstition, a prayer we said to keep the truth of loneliness at bay.”

I’m not sure why I keep choosing quotes about love from these books. Although romantic love is certainly a theme throughout the series, it doesn’t represent the gist of the story. But the quotes.. they’re just preeetty. Anywho.

At the beginning of Ruin and Rising, Alina has just tried to destroy the Darkling by using their connection to drain both of them of power and creating her own nichevo’ya. She was thwarted/saved by Mal and led to the tunnels of the White Castle, where she is now being held captive by the Apparat, unable to use her power. Meanwhile, the Darkling sits on the throne of Ravka. Alina comes to recognize the strength of the connection between her and the Darkling, and discovers more about his past than she had ever dreamed. In her efforts to destroy him, she continues to desperately search for the Firebird in the hopes that she can create her own army of light and save the people of Ravka.

Ruin and Rising killed me. I loved it so much. I was right back into the “cannot put it down” mode that I had been with Shadow and Bone. I loved everything about it. I don’t know how she did it, but Bardugo somehow twisted my emotions so that I ended up wanting completely different things than I had when I started out the series; I am usually pretty stubborn about my book beliefs, so this was quite a feat.

There was so much grief in this book. Alina becomes more and more damaged while coming into her own. I think this was the first book that I really felt her as a character, and not just as a vessel to tell the story. It was the perfect setting for what had to happen in the end. And let me tell ya, I did not see that ending coming. I hope I’m not just horribly blind and everyone else knew exactly what would happen…

AGAIN, I can’t say much more! I am being extremely strict with myself because I really don’t want to ruin the book for you guys. I hope you read it and love it as much as I did!!


Now for the fun stuff.

**Only continue if you have completed the series, SPOILERS below!!**

OHMYGOSHDARNGOODNESS. Did you see that ending coming?! I did not see that ending coming! I mean I deep down knew that Mal was the third amplifier (the whole wrist-touching power thing was very in-depth for not meaning anything) but the whole back-story of the Darkling’s aunt being brought back to life and the life being past down to Mal because he’s Morozova’s descendant and then Alina’s power being taken from her and given to the people omg omg omg.

That’s not even the craziest part though. That was a fantastic ending to the book, but not anything necessarily special. What was special for me was that by the end I was team Mal. WHAT. If you check out this post, I was very VERY team Darkling originally. And don’t get me wrong, I still loved his character at the end and I teared up when he died, but I was no longer set on he and Alina ending up together. Bardugo and Alina convinced me that they were both just too power hungry to be together. They probably would have destroyed the damn world.

Then there was Nikolai. I think in Siege and Storm I was team Nikolai. I mean, how could you not adore him?! He was my favorite character in the series. Now I wasn’t like “look at the passion between he and Alina”, I was more rooting for their friendship and eventual love. I could see it. They would have been fantastic rulers together. I seriously cried when the Darkling turned Nikolai into a Volcra. I was so mad. That was when I officially was like ok Darkling, you’ve gotta go. And then when creature Nikolai still maintained his Nikolainess, I was so happy. I’m so very glad he didn’t die. I think I would have hated the book a little bit if he had.

And THEN there was Mal. I didn’t like Mal in Shadow and Bone. I HATED him in Siege and Storm. And somehow, I became team Mal in Ruin and Rising. I just didn’t trust him I think. And then he was a little beach in book two and I wanted to slap him across the face for being a baby. And then I think it was, somewhat ironically, the fact that he sacrificed his love for Alina to be loyal to her as the Sun Summoner that won me over. I think this was Bardugo’s plan. And I succumbed. And I’m not even sorry.

For the record, I totally knew that Tamar and Tolya were with the Sankta Alina worshippers. That whole setup at the party? I saw right through it. But I forgave them. I still love them. Sidenote: I also loved that Tamar and Nadia were together. Same-sex love in fantasy? Yes. Way to go Leigh.

Now I have to mention my four favorite smaller characters: Genya, Baghra, Zoya, and David. They were all so beautifully written. EVERYONE in this book had layers, and I don’t think I’ve ever read a book like that. Like there is so much good and bad in each of them, and if you switched perspectives you’d be rooting for a different team. Overall, that is by far what is making me so obsessed with Bardugo’s writing. Anywho. I loved Genya. I thought her gift was really creative right off the bat, and she was my favorite minor character in the first book. Her love for David made me awwww and then his love for her made me awwww even harder. I knew she’d come through in the end. I actually never hated Zoya like everyone else seems to have. I mean, she wasn’t nice, but no one really was in this series. I really liked her in the final book. She was who she was, and she wasn’t going to apologize for it. That doesn’t make her a bad person. I actually think fiction needs more characters like her. Baghra. Aw. I was really sad for her. She had a power hungry father and tried to prevent her son from her terrible fate and he ended up being just as bad.

As for Alina herself, in the first two books I found myself wondering if Bardugo had intentionally fashioned her in a kind of nondescript manner in order for it to be easier for the reader to channel their own viewpoints into her. But by book three I changed my mind. My favorite thing about her as opposed to many other protagonists was that she at least tried to take control, whereas others (I’m particularly targeting Katniss here I’m sorry) just kind of had events happen to them. Alina took control of the second army, then led her own team. She did what she felt she had to do. She actually made decisions.

Finally, the ending was just perfect. It didn’t tie up in a neat little bow. Everyone was damaged. When Mal catches Alina playing with the sun rays? AGH. And when the girls come and give her a kefta I cried. AGAIN. I told you this book killed me. But seriously, I loved everything about it.

Okay. That’s basically it I think. I hardly had anything to say about this series!!

I’ll write again soon! Until then, keep reading!

J. Bookish

October TBR!!

Hello friends!

TBR’s make me chuckle and want to pull my hair out. Uhm, what? Let me explain. I enjoy them because it’s fun to set a goal and think about all the lovely books I want to read and imagine I will have ample spare time in a month to read all of them. BUT when do we ever accomplish our TBR’s?!

Mine are doubly weird because I list physical books that I have and want to read, and then I listen to lots of audiobooks, so come my monthly wrap-up I have lots of random books that I’ve read and you all are probably like wait..where did those come from?

So I felt like I needed to let you guys know why my lists are so far off from each other! Now I’m going to disregard all of the above and go ahead and set my TBR for the month of October. :)

WORKING ON:

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin

So I did some math. It takes me about 2 minutes to read 1 page of Team of Rivals. I have 458 pages left, so at that speed it will take me a little over 15 hours to finish reading this book. WHEW. That’s a time commitment. I don’t expect to finish this one this month, but I’ll be reading it here and there so it’s included. Cross your fingers that by some miracle I do finish it so I’ll shut up about how long it is ;)

Pages: 754


SPOOKY(ISH) CHOICES:It

It by Stephen King

I’m terrified to read this book because I’m about 99.999% certain it will give me nightmares. But I’ve also heard amazing things about it, and it’s kind of a feature in one of my very favorite movies (Stuck in Love, watch it if you haven’t it’s amazing trust me), AND it’s the month to be scared so I’m going to be picking it up soon! I’m like excited scared. Jittery.

Pages: 1,116

Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #3)Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

I can’t believe the final Peculiar Children novel is out already! Didn’t Hollow City just come out a few months ago?? Not that I’m complaining… But I’ll be sad to see the books end! I am quite anxious for the huge cliffhanger at the end of Hollow City to be resolved though. What will happen to poor Miss Peregrine?!

Pages: 458

P.S. The only thing creepy about this book is the pictures… imagine finding those things in your attic or somewhere?! I’d be tearing out of that house.


MAGIC & MURDER:The Fortune Hunter

The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin

I swear I’m going to read this. Sometime. I really want to but series and The Quest just keep getting in my way! *Stomps foot* It’s staying on the list until I actually read it. I just love the cover and the title and the little sections of it that I have read. Agh now that I’m thinking about it I just want to pick it up.

Pages: 468

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

I’m super duper excited to read this series. I’m also really nervous because if I don’t like it I’m pretty sure I’ll have to lie about it or I’ll find burning dog poop on my front step or something. Good luck though, my building has restricted access mwahaha. Haha no I’m just kidding, I wouldn’t lie to you. Plus I’m pretty positive I’m going to love it anyway. Plus it’s all like dark and gorgeous and perfect for Fall!

Pages: 404


Six of Crows
by Leigh BardugoSix of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

*Girlish squealing* I just loved the Grisha trilogy. LOVED it. I was going to post my series review but then I realized I just posted the Percy Jackson one and decided it would be overkill so I’ll post it next week instead! But I basically love Leigh Bardugo. She just. Ah. I’m going to way over-elaborate about it in that post so I’ll shut up now.

Pages: 480

P.S. HOW GORGEOUS IS THIS BOOK?! The black stained pages?! Oh my goodness. Yes.


Six books? Think I can do it? I don’t knowwww… I’m going to try my darnedest.

Also looking forward to in October:

HALLOWEEN!; Hocus Pocus; orange leaves everywhere; sweater weather; the return of rain in Washington; my one-year anniversary with my very best friend/the most amazing man on the planet; my sister’s announcement of the sex of her baby!

It’s gonna be a great month!

I’ll write again soon! Until then, keep reading!

J. Bookish