Showing posts from June, 2015

This Book is Full of Spiders by David Wong

Good morning everyone. Last week I bought this book intend on putting it aside until I finished all other books on my shelf. Somehow I started reading the first chapter, just to see what it would be like, and 10 hours later the book was finished and I was feeling very tired.  So you may remember I did the review for John Dies at the End which is the first book in this series. The only reason I am doing the second book as a review is because it could also be a stand alone book, as is pointed out in the first chapter by the author.  But as much as you don't need to read the first book to understand this book I would still recommend it because there are reoccurring characters that make the book that much better. So let me try to give you an idea of what to expect when you start reading this book. Spiders. As the title suggests there are in fact spiders in this book even if they aren't exactly spiders. Instead think generally medium sized (small enough to fit into your mouth

Buying Books as a Gift

Morning everyone. I hope you are having a great week as always. Lately, with many Birthday's, celebrations and Holidays going by I thought that, as a book lover, buying a book for someone would be a great gift. I soon found out of course that it wasn't as easy as I thought.  There are many factors you must take into account if you are planning on buying a book for someone: 1. Do they read?: Of course everyone reads from time to time but if they aren't heavy readers they might not like getting a book for a gift because it will sit around for a long time. In this case it might be best to get them something else instead. 2. How well do you know them?: Picking a book out for yourself is easy. You already know what you like. But no matter how well you know someone it is hard to exactly what they might be looking for. If you don't know them well (say they are just an acquaintance) ask them what types of books they read and pick out a book that they are not likely to have

Kitty Hawk: The Hunt for Hemingway's Ghost

Hey everyone! So as you might remember a couple of weeks ago I read Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold. The author was kind enough to send me a few more books in the series (yay!) which I was very much looking forward to reading. I find Kitty to be almost like a modern day, Canadian, Nancy Drew.  Once again the dedication page, "dedicated to those who love Taylor Swift music as much as I do," made me laugh quite a bit. The author really does have a great sense of humour. As you all know that makes a book that much better to read.  While I normally don't do second books in my reviews to keep from ruining the first book for people I am making an exception here because it could be read as a standalone if needed. The characters are all new (save for a few letters to a character from the first book) and Kitty herself is not hard to pick up on. So let me tell you a bit about what this book is about. Kitty Hawk is setting off from her hometown in Western Canada o

When Buying a Book

Hey everyone. Lately I have been getting a lot of books to read and my shelf is really piling up. But as many people who buy books a lot know there are a lot of decisions to be made when you are choosing to buy a book. 1. The price: Books are getting more and more expensive and the ones with high ratings are often rated higher. If you are going to the store with no certain book in mind sometimes the choice between new book at $20 (as an example) should take back seat to a $10 book you can get in the discount section. When thinking like this you are saying that you are going to save your money this time, while still buying a book, and wait until that expensive book comes down in price. This in many cases is the best way to go because you will still have a book to read. 2. What condition you want the book: Sometimes when you go to the store you already know exactly what book you want. Maybe this is a new book that you have been waiting to come out fora while now. But when the price o

Under a Broken Sun by Kevin Sheridan

Good morning everyone and happy Monday. A couple weeks ago I won this book through the giveaway and was mailed a copy by the author. There was a note inside that he had written which was a great indication that he had a great sense of humour. As many of you might have noticed I am a huge fan of the apocalypse and post-apocalyptic society types of books whether they be zombies or natural disasters. So I was ecstatic when I found out I had won a copy of this book.  Let me tell you a bit about the book: Adam Dawson is the son of a famous astrophysicist who works for the President of the United States. He is coming back from a trip abroad when he gets a frantic phone call from his dad telling him that the end of the world as he knows it is coming and that he has to find him in Chicago as soon as possible. Not 15 minutes later all electronic devices fail. This might not have been such a big concern to Adam if he didn't happen to be in the middle of a crowded airpor

I'm Going to Do IT!

Good morning everyone! Just a quick pop in to say that I am going to take on one of the most painful, testing, and mind numbing tasks I may have ever faced. I am going to do a full day of reading! Alright, so you are probably thinking that this isn't that big a deal. But for me this sort of is. The plan is to, from the moment I wake up to the moment I go to sleep, spend an entire day reading book after book taking a break only to go to the bathroom and get more food. Since I haven't done much reading lately this should be my chance to get all my books I have on side done. When I read I tend to grind my teeth a lot (I don't know why) so normally by the end of the day my teeth are hurting pretty bad when I try to do this. In this time span I plan on getting AT LEAST three books done. Since I have the house to myself this weekend I see no reason not to go through with my plan. If you ever get a day to yourself you should try this as well. It is fun to do, although your bra

Alice's Adventure in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Hey everyone. I hope you are all having a great Monday (even if it just started). This week I read Alice in Wonderland, although to be completely honest I am not sure exactly what I read. It was a free book with the google play books on my phone and, it being a classic, I thought I should read it and see what it was all about. But it seemed very short and some of the things I was expecting to happen (based on the movie) didn't. But despite that I will give you my honest opinion on what I thought of the book. So basically Alice chases a rabbit down the rabbit hole as all of you know. When she stops falling, which takes forever, she finds herself in a strange new world with strange potions and creatures. It doesn't take Alice long to get herself in trouble with most of the creatures there by speaking her mind too plainly and causing a scene. Just like in the movie it seems no one really knows what to make of the girl who chased after the rabbit. Alice herself doesn't k

What to do with old books

Hello everyone. This week I decided to get this stupid little app called Pinterest. Don't mock me, I spend more time messing around with books than I do with websites but it was recommended to me so I thought I would give it a go. One thing I found, which horrified me, was that people have many pages on what to do with 'old books'. At first this intrigued me because I thought there might be possibility. But then I saw what people we doing! They were cutting up books that were perfectly usable to make flowers out of just because they didn't want to read them anymore! Holy crap people, do not do this. There is no acceptable time to rip up, burn, tear, or craft a book no matter what state it is in. When a book is so worn out that it becomes almost unreadable it is the owners job to fix it up or to give it to someone else who is up to the job. Books are an important resource in todays time that we can't afford to lose. I know that sounds stupid but it is true. The o

The Mist by Stephen King

Hey everyone so as you may have guessed I am not a huge fan of horror movies. So it might come to your surprise that this week I decided to read Stephen King’s The Mist. But to be honest I don’t know if I would call this horror. Maybe Thriller suits it better. I never watched the movie, because I really don’t like seeing those things, but I did read the synopsis of the movie online so I knew what was going to happen. I find that there has to be a very good writer behind the story of a horror or thriller genre to get the emotions flowing. That is why I sometimes like to take a break from teen and adult fiction to take a look at some horror writing. And what better author to look at than Stephen King when looking for horror? David, his wife, and their young son are living a peaceful life on the side of a large lake when a large storm blows in. This isn’t unusual for them as they have been getting storms like this for the last couple days. But this storm proves to be different