Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

A Tale for the Time Being
Release Date: March 12th, 2013
Publisher: Viking Adult
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 432 Pages
Series: None
Format: Hardcover
Source: From the Library
Reason: Personal interest
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book:  Amazon | Amazon

Ruth Ozeki's third novel, shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2013. In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao plans to document the life of her great-grandmother, a Buddhist nun who’s lived more than a century. A diary is Nao’s only solace—and will touch lives in a ways she can scarcely imagine.
Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox—possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao’s drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future.
Full of Ozeki’s signature humour and deeply engaged with the relationship between writer and reader, past and present, fact and fiction, quantum physics, history, and myth, A Tale for the Time Being is a brilliantly inventive, beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home.

“The past is weird. I mean, does it really exist? It feels like it exists, but where is it? And if it did exist but doesn’t now, then where did it go?” 

Why oh why did I wait so long to read this beautiful tale? I'll tell you why: Because I can't seem to shake my "Judge a book by it's cover" habit yet! No, this cover is by no means unattractive, it is quite beautiful actually with bold, eye-popping colour. But, it is a cover that I wouldn't really look twice at. Yes, I see it, and then I move along. It didn't pull me in. Well, a co-worker of mine, who knows me well, assured me that I would love this book, so that very day I checked it out of the library...And the rest is history!

I lost a lot of time while devouring this book, and I don't regret one minute of it. What could have been more important than finishing this book? Nothing I tells ya, NOTHING! It was, in all sense of the word absolutely B-E-A-U-tiful(Shout out to Jim carry!) In all seriousness though, I am beating myself up for not reading this sooner.

Nao was a character that I immediately fell in love with. She is just so...Natural. She is a raw and at times foul-mouthed 16 year old. She does not sugar coat a thing and I absolutely loved her for that. Her Journal entries had me laughing out loud at times, and dabbing away the tears at others. Her story is a heart-breaking one. You will feel for not only Nao, but you will sympathize with every member of her family. Jiko also made herself a comfy place in my heart. A very inspiring, beautifully written character.

Although this book is written with two different narratives, not one voice merges with the other. Every single character has a strong voice and are all a very important piece to this ensemble. If one character was missing than this puzzle would have been incomplete. I loved what each character had to offer!

Please don't be a fool like I was and skip this novel another day! And don't let the size intimidate you, it will whisk you away and unfold a beautiful and at times heart-breaking story right in front of your eyes.

In One Word

Cover Love 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosch

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
Release Date: October 13th, 2013
Publisher: Simon and Schuster | Touchstone
Genre: Humour
Pages: 385 Pages
Series: None
Format: Paperback
Source: From the Publisher
Reason: Gift | Personal Interest
Find the Author: Hyperbole and a Half Blog
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

FROM THE AUTHOR: This is a book I wrote. Because I wrote it, I had to figure out what to put on the back cover to explain what it is. I tried to write a long, third-person summary that would imply how great the book is and also sound vaguely authoritative - like maybe someone who isn't me wrote it - but I soon discovered that I'm not sneaky enough to pull it off convincingly. So I decided to just make a list of things that are in the book:* Pictures* Words* Stories about things that happened to me* Stories about things that happened to other people because of me* Eight billion dollars** Stories about dogs* The secret to eternal happiness*
*These are lies. Perhaps I have underestimated my sneakiness!

“Dear other iterations of my past self, Thank you for not being so goddamn weird that I felt I had to address you personally in a letter from the future. I commend you.” 

I am still dabbing at the tears in my eyes, and the stomach cramps from laughing so hard. Never, in my life, have I laughed out loud so much while reading a book!

I am a newbie to Allie Brosh's blog, but as soon as I spent just a couple minutes on it, I was hooked. When I received this in the mail as a gift from Simon and Schuster, I was jumping for joy and dove in right away. I couldn't wait any longer to start reading!

I devoured Hyperbole and a Half. I laughed and I cried(only because I was laughing so hard). My fiance started donning glassy eyes because I kept reciting segments of this book to him; And because I would keep him up at night from my loud cackling laughter muffled giggles.

Go out and get this book now! Read it from cover to cover, and then keep it close by you for always. Whenever you need a laugh, grab it and open it to a random page. This book is a treasure to have on my bookshelves!

In One Word

Cover Love

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Last Call! The Book Thief Blu-Ray Giveaway ends TOMORROW


I hope you are all having a great day so far! How is the weather where you are? On Tuesday, I swear I could see, smell and touch Spring. It was so beautiful out. Went for a walk, and didn't need to bundle up under 8 gazzilion layers, and then WHAM, we get hit with a massive snowstorm yesterday and a bitter, crappy polar vortex wind chill today. I am ready for Spring!

Anyways, I just wanted to remind all my lovely readers that my giveaway for THE BOOK THIEF ON BLU-RAY ends TOMORROW at 12 am. You do not want to miss out on your chance to win this absolutely stunning film. 

For the official rules and to enter CLICK HERE

Happy Reading, Bookworms!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Book Thief Blu-Ray Giveaway!

Releases March 11th, 2014

Thanks to the wonderful crew at ThinkJam, I have one Blu-Ray copy of The Book Thief to giveaway away to one lucky winner!

Also, included for you below, is a fantastic Movie Discussion Guide!

Book Thief Film Discussion Guide

Giveaway Details

Giveaway open to U.S. and Canada only.
Must be 13 year of age or older to enter
Giveaway ends March 14th, 2014
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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Etched on Me by Jenn Crowell

Etched on Me
Release Date: February 4th, 2014
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 336 Pages
Series: Stand Alone
Format: Paperback
Source: From the Publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website
Author's other Books: Necessary Madness | Letting the Body Lead
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

On the surface, sixteen-year-old Lesley Holloway is just another bright new student at Hawthorn Hill, a posh all-girls prep school north of London. Little do her classmates know that she recently ran away from home, where her father had spent years sexually abusing her. Nor does anyone know that shes secretly cutting herself as a coping mechanism...until the day she goes too far and ends up in the hospital. 
Lesley spends the next two years in and out of psychiatric facilities, where she overcomes her traumatic memories and finds the support of a surrogate family. Eventually completing university and earning her degree, she is a social services success story until she becomes unexpectedly pregnant in her early twenties. Despite the overwhelming odds she has overcome, the same team that saved her as an adolescent will now question whether Lesley is fit to be a mother. And so she embarks upon her biggest battle yet: the fight for her unborn daughter.

What a raw and emotional story! I don't know how else to say it. I devoured this novel, but in no way was it an easy or a light read; It is heavy and heart-wrenching. A beautifully written story that will have you caring so deeply for a teenage girl named Lesley.

It has been a while since I had a book surface almost all the emotions a human can have in one reading experience. I laughed and I cried(more than once!). I got angry and at times disgusted(mostly at any mention of Lesley's father).  Crowell's writing style was superb. She delivered this beautifully haunting novel in such a simple way. No bells, no whistles; She just put Lesley's story to paper, and let the rest do it's job. 

As mentioned before, this is a novel that will not tread lightly on your heart. You will feel many things while reading this. There will be moments that will make you cringe, but there will also be a crack of sunshine along the way. This is my first novel by Jenn Crowell, but I am an instant fan!

In One Word

Cover Love

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Let's Talk: Book Quotes

Let's Talk is a feature that I want to start, and feature it on Saturdays. It gives us an opportunity to chat! 

What books did you read this week? 
See any movies? 
Anything you would recommend? 
Did you come across any cool new blogs this week that you think I need to check out? 
Did something hilarious happen to you that you just have to share? 

Book Quotes

We all have our favourite quotes! Books dog-eared or noted with much loved words and phrases. Some even keep a notebook or log with their favourites. I want to know what words, phrases, paragraphs really spoke to You; Which had an influence on your life?

Here are some of my forever favourites:

“The only thing worse than a boy who hates you: a boy that loves you.”
— Markus Zusak, The Book Thief
“There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.” 
― Sarah DessenThe Truth About Forever
“You don't love someone because they're perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they're not.” 
― Jodi PicoultMy Sister's Keeper
“I'm in love with you," he said quietly.
"Augustus," I said.
"I am," he said. He was staring at me, and I could see the corners of his eyes crinkling. "I'm in love with you, and I'm not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I'm in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we're all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we'll ever have, and I am in love with you.” 

― John GreenThe Fault in Our Stars
“What a slut time is. She screws everybody.” 

― John GreenThe Fault in Our Stars
“So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.” 
― John GreenLooking for Alaska
You can see more of my favourite quotes on my Goodreads Page
Comment or link below your favourite quotes. Let's get inspired!
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