Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Character Driven Novels

What is a book without good characters? It's the characters that pull off the story line. What is even better is when a book can be entirely carried off by characters. Almost like those movies like Panic Room or Phone Booth; When the actors are only in one spot the entire time but there story is so riveting it keeps your entire attention!

Top Ten Character Driven Novels

The Fault in Our Stars

Looking for Alaska

Revolution

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #1)

I'll Give You the Sun

The Help

The Secret Life of Bees

 Beholding Bee

The Book Thief

Between Shades of Gray

I can't wait to see what books are on your list! Comment with your link so I can check it out!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

A Sudden Light by Garth Stein

A Sudden Light
Release Date: September 30th, 2014
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Canada
Genre: Fiction | Young Adult
Pages: 416 Pages
Series: None
Format: Arc
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: AmazonCA | Amazon

When a boy tries to save his parents’ marriage, he uncovers a legacy of family secrets in a coming-of-age ghost story by the author of the internationally bestselling phenomenon, The Art of Racing in the Rain.
In the summer of 1990, fourteen-year-old Trevor Riddell gets his first glimpse of Riddell House. Built from the spoils of a massive timber fortune, the legendary family mansion is constructed of giant, whole trees, and is set on a huge estate overlooking Puget Sound. Trevor’s bankrupt parents have begun a trial separation, and his father, Jones Riddell, has brought Trevor to Riddell House with a goal: to join forces with his sister, Serena, dispatch Grandpa Samuel—who is flickering in and out of dementia—to a graduated living facility, sell off the house and property for development into “tract housing for millionaires,” divide up the profits, and live happily ever after.
But Trevor soon discovers there’s someone else living in Riddell House: a ghost with an agenda of his own. For while the land holds tremendous value, it is also burdened by the final wishes of the family patriarch, Elijah, who mandated it be allowed to return to untamed forestland as a penance for the millions of trees harvested over the decades by the Riddell Timber company. The ghost will not rest until Elijah’s wish is fulfilled, and Trevor’s willingness to face the past holds the key to his family’s future.

Garth Stein first won my heart when he penned The Art of Racing in the Rain. That book still remains one of my favourite novels of all time. When I learned that Stein was releasing a new novel, I couldn't wait for the opportunity to read it!

My initial attraction to this novel was the big spooky house and the ghost story aspect. What I was left with after reading this novel was a wonderfully written coming-of-age story. There were spine chilling elements of this novel and a lot of wonderful historical aspects. I think my favourite character aside of Trevor was Grandpa Samuel. From my very first introduction with this character he formed a soft spot with me!

Stein has proven to have quite the talent when it comes to crafting riveting characters and a wonderful plot to go along with them. He also provides a great amount of back story and weaves everything together to create a spellbinding reading experience! He also provides some good ol' jaw-droppers. There were some twists in this book that I was not expecting!

A Sudden Light packs a lot of punch and is a book that you should definitely add to your October Reading list. Curl up on the couch and crack open this novel. A Sudden Light is the whole package!

 In One Word
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Monday, September 29, 2014

I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

I'll Give You the Sun
Release Date: September 16th, 2014
Publisher: Penguin Canada | Dial
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 371 Pages
Series: None
Format: Hardcover
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For REview
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA



Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah's story to tell. The later years are Jude's. What the twins don't realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.

WARNING! WARNING! 
This novel will give you an intense case of "The Feels". Please take precautions by having all the Kleenex you own at the ready!

“Maybe some people are just meant to be in the same story.” - Jude Sweetwine

Good lawdy! What just happened to me? I have been away from all civilization because I refused to put this book down until it was finished. I could not peel my away away. Trust me, I tried!

My fiance, god bless him, remained very patient during the hours while ready this book while meals suffered and plans got put on hold because I needed to read just one more chapter(Ha! Yeah right!)

Okay, enough gushing and let's get down to the nitty gritty on why you need to get in your car, bus, taxi or walk to the nearest bookstore and buy this book IMMEDIATELY!

I own The Sky is Everywhere but have not yet read it. I have heard countless wonderful things about Jandy Nelson. Believe me, I am cursing myself at this very moment for not reading her sooner. BUT, better late than never, right?

I'll Give You the Sun is a beautiful story told by 2 different point of views and 2 different timelines. We are introduced to twins, Noah and Jude. Noah's part of the story takes place during the time when they are 13 and Jude's point of view takes place when they are 16. A HUGE part of this contains a big event that the story weaves around, so I am totally avoiding that to remain Spoiler Free...And because you just have to experience it yourself!

I love a good story that has elements ofpersonal growth and self discovery and this book contained those tenfold. Noah is a delicate, lovely character. Almost fragile. He loves and loves hard. And wants nothing more than to be an artist. No need for pictures in this novel. The language and lyrical flow is Nelson's writing style made Noah's art come to life in my very mind. So colourful, so beautiful.

Jude is a strong character. The only person that could get all the in with her was Noah. She had so many beautiful elements about her, and aside from the artistic trait, I felt a lot of myself in her. I love when a book reaches me on a personal level!

You will laugh, you will cry, you will swoon and you will be left breathless. This book will leave you reeling. Don't say I didn't warn ya!

An absolute gem. A spectacular reading experience...adventure!


In One Word

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Perks(and downside) of Dating a Bookworm

I consider myself very lucky for having such an understanding partner! It's not easy for a non-bookworm to understand the joys and woes of a bookworm. There are many perks to dating a bookworm but coming from my Fiance, there are some not so fun things about dating one(I know, he must be crazy!)

1.  Lazy Sundays

I am pro lazy Sundays. Hubby wants to stay in and watch the Football game? Sure! I have no problem curling up next to him with my nose in a book!

2.  Shopping for me is Easy!

My partner has never complained when it comes to buying me gifts for any occasion. When in doubt a Gift card to the bookstore suits me just fine!

3. Great Conversation

Dinner talk is never absent! I am always waiting to dish about the latest from my current read
Note from Fiance: This can sometimes be a downside. Most of the time, I have no idea what she is talking about because I have not read the book.

4. Road Trip, Let's go!

Always down for a road trip, as long as I can take books with me!

5.  Problem Solving

I can help you get through that because it happened to a book character!

The not so fun side...According to Mr. Crazy Bookworm

1. How many more bookshelves do I have to build?

That is a popular phrase in our household. It's about every 6 months my handyman hubby has to pound away in the garage to build be a new bookshelf to house my new treasures.

2. Turn the darn light off!

Yep. Another popular phrase. I have no problem staying up throughout the night to read but I guess when you have to get up for work at 5 a.m. that little light can be an issue.

3. Dragging me to every bookstore or book section

That's right! We cannot pass a bookstore without popping in.
And by "popping in" she means staying for at least an hour, browsing. 

4. You bought more books?! 

I think this one speaks for itself...

5. Books everywhere!

It doesn't matter how many bookshelves he builds. Books are still piling up on end tables, nightstands, shelves, etc.


What about you? Does your partner have any Bookworm complaints? Or perks?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Invitation to Tea: Book Characters


Invitation to Tea is an old feature that I used to do here at the Crazy Bookworm that I would really like to bring back! 

In case you don't already know I am a HUGE tea lover. I almost always have a hot, steaming cup beside me whenever I am reading or blogging. If I could have the ultimate tea party, Alice in Wonderland style, who would I want to Par-tea(like what I did there?!) with?

This week's list is not only Book Characters I want to have Tea with but their 'Plus One's'

You are Cordially Invited to my Tea Party...
On the Guest List:

Revolution

The Notebook (The Notebook, #1)

Tiger Lily

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
Harry was allowed a 'Plus Two'

The Fault in Our Stars

And what is a Tea Party without a Kid's table?!

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #1)


You are more than welcome to do your own post! Just please like back to The Crazy Bookworm. If you do your own post, please link in comments, I would love to check it out!



Friday, August 29, 2014

Follow Friday...It's Been a While!

Wow! It's been a while since I participated in Follow Friday. I can't wait to discover some great new(or old) blogs!

Alison Can Read Feature & Follow

Q: Tell us a Book Character you would trade places with?

I'm sure Harry Potter is going to dominate this week so without going to the obvious with that one, I will go to my all time favourite book: Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly.


I would love to trade places with Andy just for going to Paris alone would be amazing!


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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

When God Was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman

When God Was a Rabbit
Release Date: March 1st, 2011
Publisher: Headline Review
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 341 Pages
Series: None
Format: Paperback
Source: Home Library
Reason: Personal interest | Summer Reading Challenge
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

In a remarkably honest and confident voice, Sarah Winman has written the story of a memorable young heroine, Elly, and her loss of innocence- a magical portrait of growing up and the pull and power of family ties. From Essex and Cornwall to the streets of New York, from 1968 to the events of 9/11, When God Was a Rabbit follows the evolving bond of love and secrets between Elly and her brother Joe, and her increasing concern for an unusual best friend, Jenny Penny, who has secrets of her own. With its wit and humor, engaging characters whose eccentricities are adroitly and sometimes darkly drawn, and its themes of memory and identity, When God Was a Rabbit is a love letter to true friendship and fraternal love.

“Nothing stays forgotten for long, Elly. Sometimes we simply have to remind the world that we're special and that we're still here.” 

Do you ever come across those books that demand to be read? You can almost hear them screaming at you from your bookshelves? That was my experience with When God Was a Rabbit. Owning it for quite some time but put off reading it. Why? I have NO idea. I think though, that I was meant to read this book when I did. I started it during a transition in my life and this beautiful coming of age story was growing right along with me!

Elly is a character like non other. She is awkward, funny and absolutely adorable. You get to witness her grow from a vibrant little girl into a successful, strong willed woman. 

Lots take place during the books 341 pages; Which fly by very quickly! I can assure you, it will be nearly impossible for you to put this book down.  Your heart will fill up quickly with this books wonderful character cast. You will laugh with them, cry with them and grow with them. There were many passages out of this book that I took to heart and that I could relate to my own life.

A beautiful tale about love, loss, self discovery and growth. Get comfortable because you won't be getting up until you turn the very last page!


 In One Word

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