Wednesday, January 29, 2014

It's Here!

The Fault in Our Stars Movie Trailer!

I know, I know! I'm sure this post will get lost in the blogosphere with all the raving and anticipating for the movie, but I just couldn't help but share it! 

My thoughts
I was a little unsure when I heard the cast choices for Hazel and Augustus, but after seeing this trailer, I think I was convinced by the end of it. It looks pretty darn good in my opinion. Of course, I will be going in with an open mind. No movie ever matches the magic of the book, so I am not going to go in with those expectations. I'm just looking forward to seeing the great story that John Green penned come alive.

What are your thoughts?

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Impossible Knife of Memory
Release Date: January 7th, 2014
Publisher: Penguin Canada | Viking
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 384 Pages
Series: None
Format: Hardcover
Source: From the Publisher
Reason: For Review | Personal interest
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book:  Amazon CA | Amazon

For the past five years, Hayley Kincaid and her father, Andy, have been on the road, never staying long in one place as he struggles to escape the demons that have tortured him since his return from Iraq. Now they are back in the town where he grew up so Hayley can attend school. Perhaps, for the first time, Hayley can have a normal life, put aside her own painful memories, even have a relationship with Finn, the hot guy who obviously likes her but is hiding secrets of his own.
Will being back home help Andy’s PTSD, or will his terrible memories drag him to the edge of hell, and drugs push him over?

“Leaning against my father, the sadness finally broke open inside me, hollowing out my heart and leaving me bleeding. My feet felt rooted in the dirt. There were more than two bodies buried here. Pieces of me that I didn’t even know were under the ground. Pieces of dad, too.”-- Hayley 

Oh boy! The Impossible Knife of Memory drove a knife right through my heart. What a heart wrenching novel. Laurie Halse Anderson can truly do no wrong. She knows how to pen those raw, realistic characters, and pairs them with realistic plots that can be haunting, and beautiful all at once.

Anderson delivers a compelling novel with a plot line shining light on a situation that is an issue in many homes: PTSD aka. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. You are hearing more and more on the news of brave soldiers returning home and then having to deal with PTSD. It's sad, but as Anderson has proven in her books, it's real. This actually happens. And families and kids have to deal with this just like Hayley herself had to do. It's devastating.

A simple writing style that has a lyrical flow makes Hayley's story bounce right off the pages and surround you. Delivered in such a way that makes you feel as if you are Hayley's dear friend, a confidant. What a privilege.

Realistic and raw. Heartbreaking and funny. This book was a genuinely beautiful experience!

In One Word
 Cover Love

The Impossible Knife of Memory inspired me to listen to:

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: My Reading Wishlist

My Reading Wishlist

A sequel to Beholding Bee
It doesn't need a sequel, and was absolutely beautiful the way that it was written. But I just LOVED the book so much

Please sir, I want s'more!
*British accent*

Stephanie Meyer to write/release Midnight Sun. I know, I know. I might be beating a dead horse here, but the Twihard in me wants this book, and she wants it NOW!

Read more. I know, not really that interesting, but I want to read more books from my personal TBR pile. Or maybe I should stop buying books until the others are read...Who am I kidding? That won't happen!

Finish all the Book Series' that I have only read the first or second book to. 
For example: The Hunger Games, The Infernal Devices series and about 8 gazillion more!

Read more classics. This was one of my previous reading goals and I have been getting there, but I still need to read more classics!

Start reading the classic children's books to my niece. She is approaching that perfect age to start Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little and more. I want to start reading them to her!

I would like more books to tackle Bullying. I am seeing more and more which is great! So we are on the right path :)

Read more of my 'middle grade' novels. You know, those books you wish you had read as a child?!

Carve out more time for reading! Like an actual reading hour or something. Rather than just dipping into a book whenever I have a spare moment...Although, that is great, too!

Finish Harry Potter

I know, I know...Say no more.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Author Spotlight: Sharon Biggs Waller

Sharon Biggs Waller, author of A Mad, Wicked Folly stops by The Crazy Bookworm!
Ever wonder what your favourite author might me up to? How the spend an entire day? Well, Sharon Biggs Waller helps with the suspense!

A Day in the Life of Sharon Biggs Waller

My days can vary depending on freelance work that’s coming in and the seasons, but since we are in deepest, darkest January, I’ll take you through a typical winter day. Because I live on a small farm, I’m up around 7 to take care of the morning chores.  I tidy up my bedroom, let out the two dogs, and then feed said dogs and the four cats. While I’m guarding the cats’ bowls from the dogs I listen to NPR news, check my email and Twitter, and make a cup of tea. 
 I drink a lot of tea in a day!  It’s a holdover from living in England for so long.  (When I first moved there we had builders replacing the windows in our house and they nearly went on strike because I wasn’t bringing cups of tea to them every hour on the hour!)  I love coffee but it makes me so hyper and anxious I can only drink a small cup, so I stick with tea, generally speaking.  After all that I go outside to let the chickens out of their coop, feed and water them, and check for eggs.  I open up my writing studio and start thinking about what’s on the agenda for the day.  Then it’s over to barn to take care of the horses, geese, and goats.  I always say good morning when I step into the yard and I’m always greeted with nickers, bleats, and honks.  It’s so funny and adorable. It’s truly my favorite time of the day.  I feed our three young goats grain and distribute hay to the four older goats and our two horses.  I let the geese out of their pen and watch them have a wing stretch and a little fly around the barnyard. I check all the water and clean the stalls.  Then I let everyone out into the barnyard and leave them to it. 

Back up at the house I have breakfast and check my email again.  Then I sit down to work in my studio (unless it’s too cold, in which case I work in the library in the house).  Unless I have a pressing deadline, an article or edits due, I always write fiction in the morning.  I’m usually too tired to write in the evening and for whatever reason I’m more inspired in the morning, so my story comes easier to me then.  I write for around two to three hours and then gather up the dogs for a walk.  I live on the edge of a national park and there is a four-mile walking path through the woods, so I try to walk there every day, weather permitting.  The nice thing about walking after writing is that I can turn plot ideas over in my head.  I listen to music on my iPhone while I’m walking and I usually have a soundtrack that I’ve made for my work in progress.  The music helps me imagine scenes and think about possible plotlines.  When I get home I jot down any ideas in my spiral bound journal (I collect these, one for each WIP).  Then I have lunch, answer any emails, have a shower, and start in on any non-fiction work, social media posts, blog posts, run errands, or go to appointments. In the evening my husband comes home and we do the evening barn chores together and then I make dinner and we watch a bit of television or read.  Sometimes I’ll go to a yoga class in the evening, but mostly I work on research for my work in progress or a book I’m thinking about.  I go to bed about ten, but I like to read in bed so I’m usually awake until midnight. So that’s it: the glamorous life of a novelist!

Glamorous indeed! Living on a small farm?! That has been my dream. I try not to be jealous of people but I have to say, I am totally envious! And from one Tea lover to another, isn't a good cup of tea and a book the solution to all problems? I swear the world would be a better place if everyone practiced that combination!

Thank you so much, Sharon! It was a pleasure having you!

You can read my fan girl rave review on A Mad, Wicked Folly HERE.

About Sharon

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Hi! I’m Sharon Biggs Waller. My debut young adult novel, A Mad, Wicked Folly, will be published by Viking/Penguin January 23rd, 2014.  It’s an Edwardian-era novel about a young artist finding her own way during the time of militant suffragettes.

I also write for magazines including Horse Illustrated, The Horse, Hobby Farms, Urban Farm, Hobby Farm Home, Chickens, and USDF Connection. I write a bi-monthly blog post called The Old Fashioned Way for The History Kitchen

I’ve written three non-fiction books:  Advanced English Riding (Bow Tie Press) and In One Arena: Top Dressage Experts Share their Knowledge through the Levels (Half Halt Press), and I’m the co-author of The Original Horse Bible (Bow Tie Press, co-author Moira C. Reeve).  

My husband, Mark, and I live on an organic farm in Northwest Indiana with a flock of chickens, a gaggle of geese, six dairy goats, two horses, a beehive, and multiple dogs and cats. Visit Sharon: Website | Twitter

A Mad, Wicked Folly hits shelves January 23rd. Don't miss out on this wicked novel!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller

A Mad, Wicked Folly
Release Date: January 28th, 2014
Publisher: Penguin | Viking Juvenile
Genre: Young Adult
Pages:448 Pages
Series: Stand Alone
Format: Hardcover
Source: From the Publisher
Reason: For Review | Blog Tour
Find the Author: Website | Facebook
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

Welcome to the world of the fabulously wealthy in London, 1909, where dresses and houses are overwhelmingly opulent, social class means everything, and women are taught to be nothing more than wives and mothers. Into this world comes seventeen-year-old Victoria Darling, who wants only to be an artist—a nearly impossible dream for a girl.        
After Vicky poses nude for her illicit art class, she is expelled from her French finishing school. Shamed and scandalized, her parents try to marry her off to the wealthy Edmund Carrick-Humphrey. But Vicky has other things on her mind: her clandestine application to the Royal College of Art; her participation in the suffragette movement; and her growing attraction to a working-class boy who may be her muse—or may be the love of her life. As the world of debutante balls, corsets, and high society obligations closes in around her, Vicky must figure out: just how much is she willing to sacrifice to pursue her dreams?

A Mad, Wicked Folly is one wicked powerhouse! Do not be fooled by this books hefty 448 pages. They will fly by quickly and you will be begging for more!

I absolutely loved every nook and cranny of this novel's package. Let's start with the stunning and influential characters; Victoria was a lovely character to read and watch grow. We are introduced to her as a young socialite pursuing her dreams in secret, to then becoming a strong independent and brave woman! It was an absolute pleasure to watch her transformation.

Waller crafted an outstanding portrait of 1900's London. It it quite a feat to paint such a vivid picture. Waller's bold writing style and world building gave me the opportunity to see and smell the London that lay inside these pages, and the beautiful artistic touches in between.

It has been a while since I have been so moved by a female main character. She made me want to jump up on my soapbox and give voice to my beliefs and opinions. She was so moving and so very inspiring.

I loved every single millisecond of this novel. The entire reading experience is a mad, wicked adventure!

In One Word
 Cover Love

A Mad, Wicked Folly inspired me to listen to:

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

Girl, Interrupted
Release date: April 19th, 1994
Publisher: Vintage | Random House Imprint
Genre: Memoir
Pages: 168
Series: None
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
Reason: Personal Interest
Find the Author: Goodreads
Buy the Book: Amazon

A memoir: In 1967, after a session with a psychiatrist she'd never seen before, eighteen year old Susanna Kaysen was put into a taxi and sent to McLean Hospital. She spent most of the next two years in the ward for teenage girls at a psychiatric hospital as renowned for it's famous clientele --Sylvia Plath, Robert Lowell, James Taylor, Ray Charles-- as for its progressive methods of treating those who can't afford its sanctuary.

"The only way to stay sane is to go a little crazy"-Susanna Kaysen

Why did I wait so long to read this? I adore the movie, so why oh why did I wait so freaking long to read the book? I finally checked this book out at the library when it was hugely recommended to me by a co-worker(who is awesomesauce BTW). She had completed it in a day, so needless to say, my expectations were high.

This book FAR exceeded those said expectations. I devoured this book, completing it in 2 days(darn life for getting in the way!) This is one of the most beautiful, most raw novels I think I have ever read. There is no fluff, no beating around the bush. Susanna gives a very real and vivid peek inside those 2 years at McLean hospital and some of the treasured and troubled souls she befriended. You can't help but wonder "Where are they now?"

A simple writing style that makes it feel as if Susanna is in the same room as you, retelling those acounts back in 1967, you can't help but be completely swallowed up by her stories.

A truly remarkable novel that will have you laughing, crying and shaking your head in awe. I think this is a novel that should be read by every Young women out there. Yes, the content may be crude at times, but the book as a total package is indescribable!

In One Word

Girl, Interrupted inspired me to listen to:

Monday, January 13, 2014

Keep Warm with this Epic Giveaway!

The winter months can be grueling! And it seems to be even more so this year with all this 'Polar Vortex" goodness going around! Well, the awesome folks at Simon and Schuster! have found the cure to break those Winter Blues. 

The Winter Survival Kit!

The Kit contains all of the awesome books below as well as other goodies to keep you warm and cozy during these Winter months!

    You'd be silly to not enter this contest! 
Head on over to to enter!

Happy Reading!

Friday, January 10, 2014

COVER REVEAL! The Cellar by Natasha Preston

I feel like this cover needs to be revealed with it's own theme song, or at least some sparkly fireworks. Isn't it wonderful! I love the mystery of it!

The Book the landed over 7 Million Views on Wattpad is now hitting the shelves! You are invited to read the Original Story here.

About the Book

Nothing ever happens in the town of Long Thorpe – that is, until sixteen-year-old Summer Robinson disappears without a trace.  No family or police investigation can track her down.  Spending months inside the cellar of her kidnapper with several other girls, Summer learns of Colin’s abusive past, and his thoughts of his victims being his family…his perfect, pure flowers.  But flowers can’t survive long cut off from the sun, and time is running out….

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Goals/Resolutions For 2014

Top Ten Goals/Resolutions for 2014(Bookish and Not)

My overall intention for this year is to be Positive, Happy and Healthy. Sounds simple, but it's easier said than done haha. I am going to really strive to appreciate the little things in life, and let go what doesn't serve me!

Now, some of my other Goals for this year:

Take Krav Maga. I would love to learn how to kick some butt!

Complete Yoga Teacher Training

Read 20 books from my personal library(meaning non-review books)

Continuing my Meditation Practice

Building bigger bookshelves
I'm running out of room!

Volunteer at at least 3 different places this year.

Do something bold and daring
But not bungee jumping or sky diving!

Go on a trip!

Teach a 'by donation' Yoga Class to raise money for a cause

Attend at least one Blogging/Author event!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Follow Friday

Happy New Year!

I am so reading to kick off 2014! How about you? Thank you all for your patience on that lack of posts while I enjoyed my holidays(and way too much food!)

Back to the grind this week!
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Q: What were your favourite reads of 2013?

I did a post on this right before Christmas, so I will just name my number one favourite book of 2013; And that was............drum roll.............

 Beholding Bee

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

It's that time again! The Crazy Bookworm Survey

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