Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Book Blogger Confessions

The name says it all, Book Blogger Confessions. We all have our vices, and when I come across other confession posts I am always left saying "I thought I was the only one!"

This is a sporadic post for me where I post my confessions, a rant, a what grinds my gears segment... anything! This space is going to be used to get it off my chest! Feel free to do up your own post, and if you want to share it, just link in the comments!

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You do WHAT to a book?

Am I the only one that cringes when I see someone dog ear that page, or break that spine. The other say I saw someone use a beautiful copy of The Help as a coaster...A COASTER!! 

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Why? Why must you do this to our precious books? It's the above mentioned things that have stopped me lending my books out. 

At the gym, on the bus, at the mall, restaurants and more, I see people bend the front cover all the way to the back folding the book in half, so they can read it with one hand. Why? The agony! I've had to bite my tongue many times because I don't want to sound like a complete A-hole! But I just want answers!


What are your thoughts on this horrible book Pandemic?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

If You Find Me
Release Date: March 26th, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 256 Pages
Series: Stand Alone
Format: Hardcover
Source: From publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

There are some things you can’t leave behind…
A broken-down camper hidden deep in a national forest is the only home fifteen year-old Carey can remember. The trees keep guard over her threadbare existence, with the one bright spot being Carey’s younger sister, Jenessa, who depends on Carey for her very survival. All they have is each other, as their mentally ill mother comes and goes with greater frequency. Until that one fateful day their mother disappears for good, and two strangers arrive. Suddenly, the girls are taken from the woods and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world of high school, clothes and boys.
Now, Carey must face the truth of why her mother abducted her ten years ago, while haunted by a past that won’t let her go… a dark past that hides many a secret, including the reason Jenessa hasn’t spoken a word in over a year. Carey knows she must keep her sister close, and her secrets even closer, or risk watching her new life come crashing down.

Alright, here we go! I am going to do my very best here. You know how sometimes you come across those books that you just can't put into words; Yeah, this is one of them!

I think Jennifer Brown described it best in her cover blurb "Hopelessly hooked." This book will grab you from page one and will never let you go. Not even when you've finished. The characters embed themselves into your very heart.

Emily Murdoch created the most beautiful, courageous characters I have ever come across. Carey was so passionate, so bold. She was beyond her years; Facing horrible things that no child should ever have to bear. Yet, she was so soft and had this lovely maternal instinct. It is rare that I care more about a character than the story line itself. And sweet Janessa. A little girl of few words will speak so much to you. Everyone who comes in her path falls in love with her, and you will be no exception.

The writing style and plot development was superb. So simple yet had a lyrical flow to it. The author did not need to crowd it with tiny details and unnecessary characters. A small, intimate character cast with a powerful story. It's is truly as if Carey's story came to her, and she just penned the words to the paper.

This book is nothing short of a masterpiece. I look forward to standing in the literature section years from now, and seeing this one among the great classics; Shelved along with Austen, Kerouac and Fitzgerald. This book with speak many things to you but it's message is clear--Survival, growth and self discovery.

Sum it up with a Song



Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Books I Wish I Could Read for the First time Again

Book Jealousy. It happens to me a lot! Especially because I work at a bookstore. When a customer comes in and asks "Do you have this book?" I can't help but get excited for them and practically run out to the shelf to grab it for them. I simply can't help but tell them how amazing it is, and I hope they love it as much as I did! This got me thinking that I actually am Jealous of them. They get to read this book for the very first time, and experience how wonderful it is. Yes, I re-read my favourites, but nothing beats that feeling you got the first time you experienced that plot twist or tearful moment. There is nothing like reading a book for the first time!

Books I Wish I Could Read for the First Time Again

Revolution
This book stole my soul! I have never had a reading experience quite like the one I had while reading this! The characters, the story line...So powerful!

 Beholding Bee
Enchanting and so very magical. Characters that will become forever friends. Such a lovely novel that will have you laughing and crying at the same time!

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
I re-read this one any chance I get. But nothing will compare to the feelings I had when I first completed it. So simple yet so powerful!

Between Shades of Gray
Heart-wrenching but so beautifully told. I can't help but have book jealousy when I know a person will get to meet Lina for the very first time!

If I Stay (If I Stay #1)
Another one I re-read often, and I come away with a new feeling each time. I just wish I could experience this one with fresh eyes all over again!

Of course, there are many others, but you'll have to stay tuned for Part 2!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Movie Monday: Evil Dead


(Photo from AMC Theatres)

Directed by:
Fede Alvarez

Writers
Fede Alvarez
Rodo Sayagues
Sam Rami(Original Screenplay)

Running Time:
91 Minutes

Cast
Jane Levy- Mia
Shiloh Fernandez-David
Lou Taylor Pucci- Eric
Jessica Lucas: Olivia
Elizabeth Blackmore: Natalie

Five friends head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the near by woods. The Evil presence possesses them until only one is left to fight for survival-Summary from IMDB.com


As promised from the movie trailers, be prepared for lots of blood and gore! Critics were already noting the gore factor; Some movie goers even walking out of the theatre. My response: Challenge Accepted!

Aside from being a bookworm, I am a huge movie geek, and horror is my specialty. After hearing all the hype about how terribly scary this one was, I couldn't wait to put my limits to the test! 

The Verdict: A gory good time!

I was a big fan of the original Evil Dead. Yes, it does come with a high dose of blood and guts but it also has a big cheesy factor to it(Which I loved!) The original also has A LOT of comedic elements to it. However, this reboot was no jokes! They skipped out on the laughs and supplemented in some major nail-biting, heart-clenching, stomach-turning moments!

The acting was very well done. Sometimes in horror movies, you have to deal with the typical group of kids; The stoner, the jock, the cheerleader, the outcast, etc. Well, I am happy to say that isn't the case with Evil Dead. They were just an honest group of friends trying to help a friend. A lot of them were new faces to me, and they definitely proved themselves to be great actors and entertainers. 

If you are a squeamish person, than this may not be the flick for you. Evil Dead raised the bar on the gore level! Chainsaws, axes, lots of blood and more served up in high doses! 

Possession is the main storyline. If the Exorcist and Saw had a little horror baby, his name would be Evil Dead. The possession is what gives this movie it's "Scare" Factor. Instead of loud noises and objects flying out at you, this movie crawls under your skin and chills your spine. Instead of just moments of spook, the movie provides spine tingles the whole way through!

Evil Dead did it for me! It gave me exactly what I was after; A good ol' fashioned Scare!



Have you seen it? What are your thoughts?

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Stacking the Shelves

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No books for review this week! However, I did purchase a few books that have been on my wishlist for some time now! 

Bought

Entwined

Try Not to Breathe

Trafficked

The Birth House

One Summer

Sundays at Tiffany's

What books are stacking your shelves this week?

Thursday, April 18, 2013

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

'The Bible' The Epic Miniseries Blu-ray Review

Running time: 440 Minutes
Creator: Roma Downey, Mark Burnett
Based on: The Holy Bible
Starring:
Diogo Morgado
Roma Downey
Darwin Shaw

Production: Lightworkers Media

Purchase: Amazon CA | Amazon


Breathtaking in scope and scale, The Bible features powerful performances, exotic locales and dazzling visual effects that breathe spectacular life into the dramatic tales of faith and courage from Genesis through Revelation.
This historic Television event is sure to entertain and inspire the whole family!
4 Disc set includes all 10 episodes, plus exclusive features!

I know this is primarily a book blog, but from time to time something(other than books!) comes along and it is so grand that you need to rave about it. You can't shut up about it, even if your friends eyes are starting to glaze over. The Bible Miniseries did just that to me!

The historic words and stories that were put to life in this epic TV series was so visually stunning! That almost made it reason enough to watch! The series offered a feast for the eyes. From the visual effects to the perfect-to-the-tee casting choices. 

Which brings me to Roma Downey; most known for her role in Touch by an Angel. Wow! I do not even know where to begin. As if she hasn't proved herself to be a memorable actress, she raised the bar stories high with her role as Mother Mary. Her performance brought tears to my eyes! Dioga Morgado, which is a much loved Portuguese Actor played the most important role; Jesus. Out of all the actors that had the pleasure to play such a powerful role, Morgado rises to the top. He definitely made a mark, and I feel he'll be making the move to international superstar!

Aside from the main event, the Blu-ray comes with some pretty amazing special features, which are sometimes forgotten about or lack dedication. This, however did not. I feel the creators and contributors to this sensational series appreciated their fan base, and wanted to give them the best experience possible.

Your movie shelves will be complete with this addition. Don't miss out on the opportunity to witness one of the most dazzling renditions of The Holy Bible.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Follow Friday

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Q: We are about to see a lot of posts & tweets about reader conventions, RT, BEA, ALA and many more are starting soon. Which one would you love to attend? Where and why?

A: Oh man! I am always so jealous when I see bloggers wrap up posts from these events. I would love to attend all of them! However, if I could only pick one, I would pick BEA because it takes place in New York which I absolutely love. Any excuse to go there, I'll take it!



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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak


The Book Thief
Release date: September 18th, 2007
Publisher: Knopf. Imprint of Random House
Genre: Young Adult | Historical Fiction
Pages: 550 Pages
Series: None
Format: Paperback
Source: Personal Library
Reason: Recommended
Find the Author: Facebook
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.By her brother's graveside, Liesel Meminger's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Grave Digger's Handbook, left there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordion-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor's wife's library, wherever there are books to be found.
But these are dangerous times. When Liesel's foster family hides a Jew in their basement, Liesel's world is both opened up and closed down.
In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.

“I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.”  -Liesel

I did it! I finally read The Book Thief. After so many "You haven't read it yet?!" And "You have to read it now!!" conversations, I finally plucked the book off my shelf, sat down and cracked it open.

There are 2 things I learned while reading this book:

1.That I truly can fall absolutely in love with a character. Not just an "Omg, I love this character" type love. But a love that I would feel as if this person was real. A longing to help and protect this character. I formed a strong bond with Liesel, one that I don't think will ever be broken.

2. That a heart can really break while reading a book. We've all had those moments where we cry for a character. We sympathize with a character. But, my heart actually broke(very slowly) while reading this novel. I could feel the pit in my stomach, while the tears sprang to my eyes.

I have never, ever been so moved by words on a page. The writing style is so simple; it's so bare. Black and white. The simplicity of the writing is what makes it so raw. The author did not need to hide behind any extravagant style. Any unnecessary details. No, the story of Liesel was what needed to be told, and tell it he did. The Book Thief will wiggle it's way to your very core. You will laugh, you will cry. You will get so angry that you'll fight the urge to slam the book down and take a break. This is a true literary masterpiece. A simple story that can surface your deepest emotions.

The Book Thief is the furthest thing from being just a story. The pages will come to life, the words will dance around you. You will be completely engulfed and will devour the novel.

I can't even break down the characters. Liesel may be the main character, but every single character mentioned in this novel plays just as big a role as her. Rudy, Mama, Papa, IIsa, Max...The list goes on. Most of the characters are beautiful. You will care for them, mourn for them and cry with them. But with beauty must come some ugly as well, and there are some ugly characters. One's that will make you cringe. A stunning characters cast!

I am so happy I read this novel, yet so mad that I had waited so long. I will now be the one desperately recommending this book.

If you haven't yet, you simply must!

Sum it up with a Song


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Those Books You Can't Live Without!



We all have those book memories. Those long or short walks to the library, stroking the book spines on the shelves. Pulling out one that caught your eye and curling up in the corner preparing to be whisked away. 

We all have those books. The books that never quite left us. The books that stay embedded in our heart, and that we long to revisit. There is nothing like cracking open that favourite and revisiting some old friends. Whether we are battling monsters, slaying dragons, spicing up some witches brew or living on a farm with a girl and her beloved pig and spider.

They can be old loves or new favourites, we all have them!






The Books I Can't Live Without

Charlotte's Web
My hard copy of Charlotte's Web is very loved. The Spine is cracked, and it has weathered some storms, but it will always remain one that I revisit as often as I can. Even if I just flip it open and read a passage or two!

Twilight (Twilight, #1)
This book is one of my favourites for a few different reasons. It reignited by love for reading. For some reason, I went a few years barely reading. Then, because of the craze, I picked up Twilight, and it reminded me how magical reading can be. When a book can remind you of that passion, I think it deserves a spot on your "Can't live without" book list!

Love You Forever
Can I read this book without crying yet? NO! This was one of my mother's favourites to read to us when we were children. It is now an obvious go-to when reading to my Niece, and will be one when I have children of my own someday.

Revolution
This book will be one that I will re-read any chance I can get! I try to revisit these amazing characters/friends at least once a year..Sometimes twice! Andy and Alex take up a lot of room in my heart!

Between Shades of Gray
Again, another character that will never leave me; Lina. When I admire my bookshelves from time to time, I still stop on this book and can hear Lina's story all over again.

The Fault in Our Stars
I was not surprised when this one won Goodreads Choice 2012. This books is nothing short from perfect. 

 Beholding Bee
This a new favourite, but in years will become an old love. One of the most beautifully told tales I have ever come across. Magical, heart-wrenching...It's just a leave-you-speechless kind of read!

The Guardian
Nicholas Sparks will always be a forever favourite author of mine. But it is this book that really captured my heart. It's the dog lover in me!

If I Stay (If I Stay #1)
I'm sure if you've read this, it would be on your list as well. I consider Mia my book BFF!

Speak
Powerful yet heartbreaking. How I wish I had read this book in high school! But it will be one that I forever recommend!

It's so hard to narrow down from all of the books you've read. But when you think about those favourites, you can't help but notice those few that stick out the most. The ones that left you in awe. The ones that made you laugh or cry. Those books that you just can't live without!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Book Blogger Confessions

The name says it all, Book Blogger Confessions. We all have our vices, and when I come across other confession posts I am always left saying "I thought I was the only one!"

This is a sporadic post for me where I post my confessions, a rant, a what grinds my gears segment... anything! This space is going to be used to get it off my chest! Feel free to do up your own post, and if you want to share it, just link in the comments!

Want to join in? Feel free to comment below, post on my The Crazy Bookworm's Facebook or Tweet me @Cat_B87 or use the hashtag #bloggerconfessions

Audio books...Eek!

I want to like audio books soo badly! I am a regular at the gym, and I know they would come in so handy when I can't read a book while running. It would be grand to be able to listen to a book while driving, or outdoors catching some rays...But I just. Can't. Do. It!

I don't know if I have yet to find that audio book that draws me in. The audio books with the fabulous narrators that draw you in and make those emotions surface right out of you. Am I missing something? Is there something I should be on the lookout for when buying or downloading an audio book?

Fellow audio book listener's...HELP ME!




Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Anatomy of a Boyfriend by Daria Snadowsky

Anatomy of a Boyfriend (Anatomy, #1)
Release Date: September 3rd, 2008
Publisher: Ember: A Random House Imprint
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 272 Pages
Series: Anatomy #1
Format: Paperback
Source: From author
Reason: For review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon


Before this all happened, the closest I'd ever come to getting physical with a guy was playing the board game Operation. Okay, so maybe that sounds pathetic, but it's not like there were any guys at my high school who I cared to share more than three words with, let alone my body.

Then I met Wes, a track star senior from across town. Maybe it was his soulful blue eyes, or maybe my hormones just started raging. Either way, I was hooked. And after a while, he was too. I couldn't believe how intense my feelings became, or the fact that I was seeing—and touching—parts of the body I'd only read about in my Gray's Anatomy textbook. You could say Wes and I experienced a lot of firsts together that spring. It was scary. It was fun. It was love.

And then came the fall.


“How is it that mankind can engineer condoms to prevent pregnancy and STDs and not be able to invent some sort of emotional safeguard? Is it even possible to abstain from falling in love?” 

Hilarious! This book was full of so many laugh at loud moments, which is exactly what I was craving!

For some reason, during the Winter season I chose that time to read more of my "Heavier" books. Those novels with the heavier, sadder, more intense stories. I love a novel with a deep topic, but after so many in a row, I start to feel like I have a black cloud over my head! As soon as I started getting that feeling, I turned to Anatamy of a Boyfriend. "Okay, Daria Snadowsky, take me out of my funk!" And that she did! She penned a hilarious yet very realistic novel!

This book seems to be getting some negative feedback because it talks about Teen Sex...*Spoiler Alert* Teens have sex! Now that that's out of the way, lets talk about how truly awesome this book really was.

The characters: I saw so much of my personality in Dom. I always seemed to be the "one in the dark" when I was a teenager, while I had those friends that knew it all, and did it all.

It realistic! Like I said before, the author not only crafted realistic characters, but a very real storyline.  From the very beginning when Dom firsts lays eyes on Wes, to the very last page. I'm sure many of us can relate!

This book was everything I hoped it would be and more! It gave me the reading experience I was craving. I can't wait to devour it's sequel  Anatamy of a Single Girl.

Sum it up with a Song
 
I Knew You Were Trouble(Taylor Swift Cover) by Walk Off the Earth
 *Gotta support the Canadians!* 

 
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