Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

The Secret Life of Bees
Release Date: January 28th, 2003
Publisher: Penguin Books
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 318
Series: Stand alone
Format: Paperback(10th Anniversary Edition)
Source: Purchased
Reason: Personal interest | Summer Reading Challenge
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon



Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily's fierce-hearted black "stand-in mother," Rosaleen, insults three of the deepest racists in town, Lily decides to spring them both free. They escape to Tiburon, South Carolina--a town that holds the secret to her mother's past. Taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily is introduced to their mesmerizing world of bees and honey, and the Black Madonna. This is a remarkable novel about divine female power, a story women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come.


“People can start out one way, and by the time life gets through with them they end up completely different.” 

I finished this book a few weeks ago and yet the power of it is still with me! This book is filled with so many life lessons; So many simple statements that will get you through the toughest of times. 

Sue Monk Kidd's writing flows so beautifully. The words and characters leap off the pages and come to life right before your eyes. 


Why did I wait so long to read this masterpiece? Although I heard wonderful things about this book, it just didn't sound like something I should jump up and read right away. I was kind of "meh" about it. Shame on me! The Secret Life of Bees is a beautiful coming of age tale, taken place during one of the most hardest times for African Americans. There were parts of this book that aroused some anger, due to the ignorance and cruelty of the white society. But compassion, love and happiness were the emotions I felt most while reading this book(and dabbing away a tear or two). It is so heart-warming and charming!


August is a character that will remember forever. She was not a fictional character to me, she was a loving, enchanting person. She comforted me and taught me many things about life and well, about Bees, too!!


This is a novel that needs to be read! It needs to be taught in schools. The message behind this novel is so powerful and lovely. This was a one of a kind reading experience!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

Please Ignore Vera Dietz
Release Date: October 12th 2010
Publisher: Random House
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 336 Pages
Series: None
Format: Hardcover
Source: From library
Reason: Personal interest | Summer Reading Challenge
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon


Vera’s spent her whole life secretly in love with her best friend, Charlie Kahn. And over the years she’s kept a lot of his secrets. Even after he betrayed her. Even after he ruined everything.
So when Charlie dies in dark circumstances, Vera knows a lot more than anyone—the kids at school, his family, even the police. But will she emerge to clear his name? Does she even want to?


Holy Cow! Why the heck did I wait so damn long to read this? It has been recommended to me countless times and yet I still took my sweet ass time!

 

This is my first novel by A.S. King, but it will NOT be my last. I can definitely see what all the fuss is about. I realized that after the first few pages. She is a literary gem!

I loved Vera Dietz and her peculiar personality. She brought so much character to the novel. She had an edge to her, yet she was hilarious and vibrant. Charlie and Vera definitely have an intense relationship. They are complete opposites yet they fit together perfectly as if they were cut from the same cloth. Charlie's character is raw and dark. He is a great person but is hidden behind so much sadness; Which isn't a surprise with the burden's he carries with him. 

The narrative coming from multiple perspectives was the perfect way to deliver this novel! Even hearing point of views from the pizza joint was a clever touch! 

This novel may be small in size, but small in subject it is not. It tackles a lot of things: Alcohol Abuse, Domestic Abuse, Pedophiles, drugs...The list goes on. It has it's heavy, heart-wrenching moments, but there are bursts of light with some heart-warming additions and comedic relief. 

Please Ignore Vera Dietz will definitely appeal to the lovers of Rainbow Rowell and John Green. Don't wait like I did, get this book now...You can thank me later! ;)

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Blogging Confessions



Top Ten Blogging Confessions


1. What do I blog about?! Sometimes I get stressed about what to blog about. You want to stand apart from the others or at least be on the same playing field as them, and sometimes that can add a little pressure!

2. So much to do so little time. I don't always have time to blog *gasp* The Horror! I feel so guilty when my blog falls to the back burner!

3. I don't really read "Classics" and the ones I have read, I didn't really enjoy. Okay Pride and Prejudice and To Kill a Mockingbird aside, most classics I have read I didn't like at all! 

4. I read and loved all the Twilight Books. Go ahead and judge me!

5. I don't always have time to comment back...And I hate that! Again, so much to do so little time! So if you haven't heard back from The Crazy Bookworm, please don't take it personally! I appreciate and love all of your comments and feedback!

6. I binge buy books and consider myself a book hoarder. My fiance is not happy right now as any spare space we have is being taken over my books...Including our walk in closet....

7. I sign up for TONS of Blogging/reading challenges yet almost fail at completing any of them. My intentions are good and I think "Finally, something that will hold be accountable to finally read these books, etc" but like my New Years Resolutions, they get forgotten about!

8. I CANNOT stand dog-earing or "damaging" my books in any way, yet I love buying used books and don't mind there well-loved physique. 

9.  I have to write it out: I blog better and produce better posts when I physically write them out(on paper, kiddies!) and then once I am happy with my final draft, I will type up my blog post. 

10. I am horrible at organizing my blog-related e-mails. I do get back to you, but usually I let all my e-mails collect, and by the end of the week I am frantically getting back to everyone at once. I need to get better organization skills!

Monday, June 23, 2014

The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wonder

The Museum of Intangible Things
Release Date: April 10th, 2014
Publisher: Razorbill
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 304 Pages
Series: None
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
Reason: Personal Interest
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon


Hannah and Zoe haven’t had much in their lives, but they’ve always had each other. So when Zoe tells Hannah she needs to get out of their down-and-out New Jersey town, they pile into Hannah’s beat-up old Le Mans and head west, putting everything—their deadbeat parents, their disappointing love lives, their inevitable enrollment at community college—behind them.
As they chase storms and make new friends, Zoe tells Hannah she wants more for her. She wants her to live bigger, dream grander, aim higher. And so Zoe begins teaching Hannah all about life’s intangible things, concepts sadly missing from her existence—things like audacity,insouciancekarma, and even happiness.
An unforgettable read from the acclaimed author of The Probability of MiraclesThe Museum of Intangible Things sparkles with the humor and heartbreak of true friendship and first love.

“She really needs to believe she's special. I admire that about her. Because you have to believe you're special before you can do anything special” 

Um, Wow. Wowsy. Wowzers! Seriously, that is pretty much all I can say at this point!

Wendy Wunder had me hooked on her writing since I first read(and re-read) The Probability of Miracles. Her writing style is so lyrical, and her ability to create the most diverse, loving characters is unlike anything I've ever read. She is truly a unique author! The Museum of Intangible Things follows suit with all of those qualities!

Hannah was a character that I loved reading because she reminded me a lot of myself. She is a simple girl that works hard for what she wants. Although I don't share her family situation, we both share the same hard working qualities. She is a strong, loving character and has fierce drive! Her love for her best friend Zoe is not once questioned! 

Zoe was a wild free bird. She reminded me of a beautiful flower child that was born in the wrong generation. She was so vibrant. So colourful. She came alive, jumping out of the pages of the book! 

The wild adventure that Zoe and Hannah embark on is unlike any other Road Trip book you'll ever read. Trust me, that this one will have you laughing and shaking your head in complete amazement. Zoe thrives to live life fast, hard and to it's fullest. You can't help but be inspired by her character and want to adopt some of her "intangible things". 

The Museum of Intangible Things was a spectacular reading experience! Nothing was better than to curl up on a lawn chair and soak up the sun with this beautiful tale of 2 girls and the open road. You will laugh, and if you are like me, you will most likely cry!


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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman

Orange Is the New Black
Release Date: April 6, 2010
Publisher: Random House
Genre: Memoir
Pages: 298 Pages
Series: None
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Reason: Personal Interest
Find the Author: Website



With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years before. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187–424—one of the millions of people who disappear “down the rabbit hole” of the American penal system. From her first strip search to her final release, Kerman learns to navigate this strange world with its strictly enforced codes of behavior and arbitrary rules. She meets women from all walks of life, who surprise her with small tokens of generosity, hard words of wisdom, and simple acts of acceptance. Heartbreaking, hilarious, and at times enraging, Kerman’s story offers a rare look into the lives of women in prison—why it is we lock so many away and what happens to them when they’re there.


Who here hasn't heard of the television show Orange is the New Black?

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That's what I thought! The show has EXPLODED, and my unhealthy devoted addiction started. I absolutely love the show. Orange is the New Black isn't a book I would normally read, but since I have to read anything that is based on a movie and/or T.V. show, I just had to read it!

To say I loved it would be a tad bit of an understatement. I devoured this novel in one sitting! I simply couldn't even fathom the idea of putting it down.

Yes, it is different from the T.V. show. No shocker there! However, I love the entertainment value I get from vegging on the couch with red wine and popcorn while I waste spend valuable hours on binge watching the show. And I loved the real peak inside Prison I got with the book. It made me laugh, it almost made me cry. There are light moments, and then there are harder moments. If you love Yoga Janet in the show, you'll love her even more in the book!

Vibrant women from all walks of life! You will find a place for each person in your heart. Orange is the New Black should not only belong on your Netflix, but it should have a spot on your bookshelf, too!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Far From You by Tess Sharpe

Far From You
Release Date: April 8th, 2014
Publisher: Hyperion
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 352 Pages
Series: None
Format: Arc
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

Nine months. Two weeks. Six days.That's how long recovering addict Sophie's been drug-free. Four months ago her best friend, Mina, died in what everyone believes was a drug deal gone wrong - a deal they think Sophie set up. Only Sophie knows the truth. She and Mina shared a secret, but there was no drug deal. Mina was deliberately murdered.Forced into rehab for an addiction she'd already beaten, Sophie's finally out and on the trail of the killer - but can she track them down before they come for her?

“Bad ideas are sometimes necessary." It sounds so much like an excuse, it's such an addict thing to say, that it makes my skin crawl.” 

Mysterious yet romantic, what's not to love?!

Haunting and nail biting Far From You had me sitting on the very edge of my bed seat! Reading through the night until I turned the very last page. I just couldn't put it down! Reaching the end of this novel was far more important than sleep...Which can be a regular thing with us Bookworms, am I right?

As a crazy bookworm I should know by now to always have the Kleenex close by, but no, I have still yet to learn my lesson. Please friends, take it from me, when you start reading Far From You keep the darn tissues right next to you because you will cry...A LOT!

I am absolutely shocked that this is a debut novel. Tess Sharpe's writing was so seasoned and well delivered, as if she has been writing literary gems for years. Clearly, she is a natural and I look forward to her future work!

Sophie was a truly beautiful character and when it came to Sophie and Mina's friendship/relationship my heart ached. 

This is novel that clearly should be experienced by the reader. There are not enough words or phrases I can use to urge you to read this book. Just. Do. It. You will not regret it! 



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