Sunday, May 17, 2015

Yes Please

Yes Please
By Amy Poehler
Published: October 28, 2014
Publisher: Dey St
Pages: 329
ISBN: 0062268341
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In Amy Poehler’s highly anticipated first book, Yes Please, she offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories, funny bits on sex and love and friendship and parenthood and real life advice (some useful, some not so much), like when to be funny and when to be serious. Powered by Amy’s charming and hilarious, biting yet wise voice, Yes Please is a book is full of words to live by.

My Review:
I listened to this as an audio book. My favorite part about it was that Amy narrated it and they would add little bits here and there, also there were other people friends and family of hers talking on the audio book. It was very enjoyable. The story itself was great, super funny but at the same time full of really good life advise. I think anyone who wants to read or listen to something enjoyable, funny and smart they should pick up this book.

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Maus Volume I 
By Art Spiegelman
Published: November 1, 1991
Publisher: Pantheon Books
Pages: 159

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A story of a Jewish survivor of Hitler's Europe and his son, a cartoonist who tries to come to terms with his father's story and history itself.

Maus Volume II
By Art Spiegelman
Published: Septemeber 1992
Publisher: Pantheon Books
Pages: 136
ISBN: 0679729771
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Acclaimed as a quiet triumph and a brutally moving work of art, the first volume of Art Spieglman's Maus introduced readers to Vladek Spiegleman, a Jewish survivor of Hitler's Europe, and his son, a cartoonist trying to come to terms with his father, his father's terrifying story, and History itself. Its form, the cartoon (the Nazis are cats, the Jews mice), succeeds perfectly in shocking us out of any lingering sense of familiararity with the events described, approaching, as it does, the unspeakable through the diminutive.

This second volume, subtitled And Here My Troubles Began, moves us from the barracks of Auschwitz to the bungalows of the Catskills. Genuinely tragic and comic by turns, it attains a complexity of theme and a precision of thought new to comics and rare in any medium. Maus ties together two powerful stories: Vladek's harrowing tale of survival against all odds, delineating the paradox of daily life in the death camps, and the author's account of his tortured relationship with his aging father. At every level this is the ultimate survivor's tale - and that too of the children who somehow survive even the survivors.

My Review:
Let me start off by saving I loved this graphic novel series. I loved the art style and the writing style. Art Spiegelman tells the story of the second world war, putting emphasis on the Holocaust, through the eyes of his father who is a survivor of the Holocaust. He portrays the different nationalities through different animals. The Jewish people being Mice, the German being Cats, the Polish being Pigs, the French being Frogs and the Americans being Dogs. I really liked the way this was done.  It shines a new light on the way we see how things were done, specifically the German with the Jews and the Americans with the Germans. Cats hunt mice, Dogs hunt cats. It was very educational while still being entertaining. At times I laughed and at times I cried. This series had strong emotions all the way through and a strong message. I may never fully understand what the people went through with the Holocaust but at least now I can stay I know more than I did. I recommend this series to anymore who likes history or just wants to understand the past a little bit more.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

An update on me

Tonight I will be writing a bunch of new reviews. The books I will be reviewing tonight will be:
Slammed full series
Yes Please
Maus full series
Animal Farm
Saga Vol 4

More reviews will be coming after this along with some non review post such as:
Summer TBR
My finished series
My unfinished series
Series I won't be finishing
Series I hope to start soon

I have less than a month left of school and I am so excited to jump full speed back into reading this summer. I also am trying to make a schedule  for when reviews and non review posts will be posted, that way my readers can know when they will be getting something new from me.

Also in other news I am definitely considering starting a YouTube channel beginning in June with a May Wrap up and June TBR.

If you have specific books you would like me to review on or posts you would like to see or any comments on what you think about the idea of me starting a YouTube channel tell me in the comments below. I always love to hear your thoughts and get your feedback.
XOXO Tayler

Monday, May 11, 2015

BoutofBook and Crush Your TBR readathon TBR

As most of you are aware Booutofbooks just started this morning at 12 am and will run until the 17th and 11:59 pm I believe. Also the crush your tbr readathon is going to be taking place from this Friday to Sunday. So I thought today I would share with you what I plan on reading in the next week and weekend. I don't know if I will stick to this TBR or if I will finish it, with work and school I am very busy. I am not apposed to giving up sleep to read though, so I have this going for me. 

Night World bind up #1. I will be reading book 3 Spellbinder, I have started this one and am about 80 pages into it so I should be able to get through this one fairly quickly it is rather short.

City of bones. I need to get a move on with this series. Enough said. kI have started this one as well and think I will be able to finish it this week. Hopefully

The pirates wish, I read the first book in this series and I loved it. I really want to finish it up and see what happens. I also plan on reading the novellas that go along with these novels this week.

No one else can have you, I know there is a lot of problems with this author because of the stocking situation but I am choosing to read this novel because I am going to only view it as a piece of work rather than just look at the author. I personally want to judge this book for what is written within it rather than who wrote it. Anyone who doesn't share my opinion I understand completely, this is your choice as a reader.

The iron trial has been sitting on my shelf for too long. I am really wanting to get to this one so I can finally say that I have read it. I love these authors and have no doubt this will be good.

The kiss of deception. I have been wanting to read this one since I got it and have no idea why it is still unread. I have heard great things about this book ad I think the next one will be coming out soon so I really want to read this one and be ready for the next one.

Attachments. I am currently listening to this as a audio book and I am really enjoying it. I will be continuing listening to it while I am driving at the gym or at work.

Unhinged. If I finish attachments this will be the next audio book I start. I am loving this series and cant wait to continue with it. I also plan on reading the novella I have for this series this week.

So there is my TBR I am hoping I get most of it done this week. They are in no order I am just going to grab what I feel like at that moment. Tell me in the comments what you plan on reading this week if you are taking part in the readathons or not. Also if you want reviews for any of these books let me know in the comments and I will be sure to get to them. During this readathon any time I may need a break I will be posting some reviews on here, I have so many I need to post, so be sure to check back for those (:
xo Tayler

Saturday, April 25, 2015

I know I went missing again

So these last few months I have been crazy busy with work and with school. Mostly school but I have finally finished a book, it seems odd to be happy to finish one book in two month but hey I'll take it. You can all expect a book review on this book by the end of the weekend. I still have some homework to finish up. Anyways if you have a book that you have been dying for me to read and want a review on leave it in the comments below and I will read them in the order that they come in. I also wont take two months to read it this time. (:

Happy Reading
xoxo Tayler

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

January Book Haul

Welcome Back,
Today I am going to show you all the book I got in January. Most of these were bought off bookoutlet,because they had so many amazing deals this month and the end of last month, and some where bought at Barnes and Nobel. By each picture will be a title and author of each book shown.

1. Ghost By Danielle Steel
2.Everyday By David Levithan
3. This song will save your life By Leila Sales
4.To all the boys Ive loved before By Jenny Han
5.The face on the milk carton By Caroline B. Cooney
6.What happened to Janie By Caroline B. Cooney
7.The Voice on the Radio By Caroline B. Cooney
8.Seige and Storm By Leigh Bardugo
9.The girl who Circumnavigatedfairyland in the ship of her own making By Catherynne M. Valente
10.The girl who fell beneath fairyland and led the revels there 11.By Catherynne M. Valente
12.City of Bones By Cassandra Clare
13.City of Glass By Cassandra Clare
14.City of lost souls By Cassandra Clare
15. Uwholly By Neal Shusterman
16.Chosen at Nightfall By C.C. Hunter
17. Before I Die By Jenny Downham
18.Plus One By Elizabeth Fama
19.Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close By Jonathan Safran Foer
20.Charm and Strange Stephanie Kuehn
21.FanGirl By Rainbow Rowell
22.How to be bad By E. Lockhart
23.Uglies By Scott Westerfeld
24.Pretties By Scott Westerfeld
25.Specials By Scott Westerfeld
26.Extras By Scott Westerfeld
27.Clockwork Prince By Cassandra Clare
28.Not a drop to drink By Mindy McGinnis
29.The kiss of deception By Mary E, Pearson
30.Outlander By Diana Gabaldon
31.Dragonfly in amber By Diana Gabaldon
32.Voyager By Diana Gabaldon
33.Drums of autumn By Diana Gabaldon
34.The fiery cross By Diana Gabaldon
35.A breathe of snow and ashes By Diana Gabaldon
36.An echo in the bone By Diana Gabaldon

If you see any you would like me to review or one that I should definitely be starting right away, leave me a comment down below. Hope everyone had a great reading month and check back soon for my January Wrap Up.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Me Earl and the Dying Girl By Jesse Andrews

Me Earl and the Dying Girl
By Jesse Andrews

Published: May 7,2013
Publisher: Amulet Paperbacks
Pages: 304

ISBN: 1419705326
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 Up until senior year, Greg has maintained total social invisibility. He only has one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time—when not playing video games and avoiding Earl’s terrifying brothers— making movies, their own versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics. Greg would be the first one to tell you his movies are f*@$ing terrible, but he and Earl don’t make them for other people. Until Rachel.
Rachel has leukemia, and Greg’s mom gets the genius idea that Greg should befriend her. Against his better judgment and despite his extreme awkwardness, he does. When Rachel decides to stop treatment, Greg and Earl must abandon invisibility and make a stand. It’s a hilarious, outrageous, and truthful look at death and high school by a prodigiously talented debut author.

My Review:
I really liked this book when I read it. The story was written really well and it was such a quick read. I read this last year and I can honestly say I don't remember much about it. This is going to be a short review but it is a good book and very enjoyable its just not a memorable book. I recommend it to anyone there is no reason not you to. You will end the book feeling pleased, it is also a great book for getting someone out of a reading slump.

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Why We Broke Up By Daniel Handler

Why We Broke Up
Written By Daniel Handler
Art By Maira Kalman

Published: December 3,2013
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 354
ISBN: 0316127264

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I'm telling you why we broke up, Ed. I'm writing it in this letter, the whole truth of why it happened.

Min Green and Ed Slaterton are breaking up, so Min is writing Ed a letter and giving him a box. Inside the box is why they broke up. Two bottle caps, a movie ticket, a folded note, a box of matches, a protractor, books, a toy truck, a pair of ugly earrings, a comb from a motel room, and every other item collected over the course of a giddy, intimate, heartbreaking relationship. Item after item is illustrated and accounted for, and then the box, like a girlfriend, will be dumped.

My Review:
I loved loved loved this book. It is so easy to relate to. If you have ever broken up with someone who deserved it then you basically have lived this book. I really enjoyed how all the illustrations  sent the reader deeper into the relationship that has unfolded. The book takes you from the very beginning and you fall in love with the relationship only to find out at the end what the point of the book was. It reminded me of a real relationship, while you are in it you don't know how, why or if it will end but when it does that's it, its over. Same with the book. Nothing bad to say, just a really fun fast read that everyone should enjoy.

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Unspoken & Untold By Sarah Rees Brennan

By Sarah Rees Brennan

Published: September 10,2013
Publisher: Ember
Pages; 400
ISBN: 0375871039

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Kami Glass loves someone she's never met . . . a boy she's talked to in her head ever since she was born. She didn't spend her childhood silent about her imaginary friend, and is thus a bit of an outsider in the sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale. Still, she has a best friend, runs the popular school newspaper, and is only occasionally caught talking to herself. Her life is in order, just the way she likes it, despite the voice in her head. 

But all that changes when the Lynburns return. . . .

By Sarah Rees Brennan

Published: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Ember
Pages: 367
ISBN: 0375871047

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A modern, magical twist on the Gothic romance and girl detective genres, the Lynburn Legacy books will appeal to fans of both Beautiful Creaturesand the Mortal Instruments series. Reviewers have praised the take-charge heroine and the spellbinding romance.

It’s time to choose sides. . . .

On the surface, Sorry-in-the-Vale is a sleepy little town. But Kami Glass knows the truth. Sorry-in-the-Vale is full of magic. In the old days, the Lynburn family ruled with fear, terrifying the people into submission by killing human sacrifices for blood and power. Now the Lynburns are back, and Rob Lynburn is gathering sorcerers so the town can return to the old ways.

But Rob and his followers aren’t the only sorcerers around. The town must make a decision: pay the blood sacrifice, or fight. For Kami, this means more than just choosing between good and evil. With her link to Jared Lynburn severed, she’s now free to love whomever she chooses. But who should that be?

My Review:
I didn't like this series one bit. There is another novel but I will not be buying or reading it. I read Unspoken last year and didn't enjoy it until the end of the novel and this year I tried Untold and just disliked it all over again. The characters are not easy to relate to and I just can't get into the story at all. I forced myself to read Unspoken but when it came to Untold I found I was asking myself "who cares?" while reading. I took this as a bad sign put the book down and moved on. I still have no remorse over not finishing this book or this series. Truth is i didn't care about the characters or the story. I think the main issue I have with this book is the characters. They are in high school and it being a YA novel I expect them to be young but the author just made them feel too young and I couldn't stand them. I think this review was more rant than review (sorry) but I can't really give a decent review, I didn't finish the book. I will say if you still want to try this series, despite everything I have written, read the first book and if you are bored or annoyed in anyway. Put the book down and call it a loss because it doesn't get better.

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Cinder By Marissa Meyer

By Marissa Meyer

Published: January 3, 2012
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 390
ISBN: 0312641893

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Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. 

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

My Review:
In this Cinderella retelling, our main character Cinder is a cyborg. I liked this retelling a lot. The characters are so easy to relate and get attached to. The only issue I had the story was that I found it really predictable. Although I was able to predict many of the big " oh wow" moments I still really enjoyed the story and seeing how these moments came to be. I am going to be reading Scarlet very soon and I can not wait to continue on with this series and see what everyone is raving about.

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The Program By Suzanne Young

The Program 
By Suzanne Young

Published:  March 4, 2014
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 432
ISBN: 1442445815

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Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane's parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they'll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who's been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. Hes promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it's getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in.

And The Program is coming for them.

My Review:
I really enjoyed reading this. I love the idea of the story line.  The whole time while reading this I was rooting for Sloane and James to beat the odds, that may be the best part about this novel is how gripping it is. The author had a brilliant way of sucking you into the story and making it feel as if it was your life and you were going through these hardships. From beginning to end the reader is enticed into the story and it is so hard to put down this novel. I recently just found out that this is a duology and I plan on reading not only the second novel but also the novellas that going along with it. I liked this novel that much.

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