Liebster Award!

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Eek! Excitement. So I’m scrolling through my emails and get one from WordPress telling me about a comment and then see that Inside the mind of a bibliophile nominated me for the Liebster Award. This is just so cool, to know that people are reading my posts and have actually gone to the effort of doing something like this. So I just want to say thank you to Chanice from Inside the mind of a bibliophile for nominating me. I’d never heard of this award until today, but it’s to give recognition to new or undiscovered blogs.

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So here are the questions that Chanice left for me:

1. What is your favorite thing about blogging?

I like to organize stuff, so making my blog look pretty and having everything in order is really fun for me.

2.If you could only read one book for the rest of your life which one would it be and why?

The Bible, because I’m a Christian and would never want to be without it.

3. What’s your favorite snack to eat while reading?

I don’t generally eat while I’m reading, but if I did it would be some sort of small chocolate thing, like minstrels or maltesers.

4. If you could be one fictional character for a day, who would you choose?

Macy from The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen.

5. What is your least favorite genre and why?

The classics aren’t really a genre but I almost always find them truly boring to read.

6. What is your favorite contemporary novel?

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

7. Who is your favorite book blogger? (Tag them)

8. Has a book ever changed your life or your perspective on certain things? If so, which book?

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman. This book gave me a really good sense of what it’s like to be a black person in a world of white, but the other way around. Things that never would have occurred to me as a white person really gave me something to think about when reading this book. Like how almost all plasters for sale are sold in a pinky beige colour that would completely stand out on a black person.  It just left me in a thought filled haze about how society works.

9. How many books have you read this year and how close are you to your yearly reading challenge goal?

I have read 97 books so far this year out of the 100 that I want to read, so I’m pretty close.

10. What is your favorite book that you’ve read in 2015 so far?

How they Met and Other Stories by David Levithan, this is a compilation of short story’s about love and is so cute and I absolutely loved it.

11. What is the worst book you’ve ever read?

Towering by Alex Flinn. Her other books were so good, but unfortunately this wasn’t.

11 Random Facts About Me:

1. When I was ten I broke both of my arms within two months of each other.

2. My best friends name is Sinead, we’ve known each other since we were three, but only really became friends when we were eight or nine.

3. I’m a vegetarian and have been for a year now.

4. I’m prone to scarfing a whole tub of Ben and Jerry’s even if it makes me sick.

5. I hated reading as a child with a passion.

6. Me and my sister order so often from Pizza Hut Delivery that the staff know us by face and our order off by heart. (Large pizza half peperoni, mince meet and onions,other half plain cheese). They got a new delivery boy, but we all know fantasy’s don’t come true.

7. I found out I was dyslexic when I was twelve.

8. My hair is currently purple and blue.

9. I currently work as a kitchen assistant at a Hostel in the next village over from mine.

10. I crave food and all things sweet.

11. I love to stop and stare at the world around me and just take in all the beauty that’s in it.

I nominate the following bloggers for the Liebster Award:

The Bibliotheque

The Paper Dragon

Ponderingink

A Daily Life Blog

Tea Bags and Books

High on Book Madness

The Book Venom

Enrico Reads

Welcome to Terabithia

Utopia World for Readers

It’s Only Three

Here are the eleven questions for my nominees to answer:

1. If you could spend one day in any fictional world, which one would it be and why?(Book, movie, TV show)

2. What is your favorite book?

3. What novel would you want to be made into a movie and who would play the lead character?

4. What is your favorite quote?

5. What format are you most comfortable reading in?(paperback, hardback, ebook, audiobook)

6. If money was no issue, where would you travel and why?

7. Ice cream or cake, and which flavor?

8. Biggest pet peeve?

9. Who would be your book boyfriend/girlfriend?

10. What book made you feel the most emotion?(Happiness, sadness, anger)

11. Why did you decide to start blogging?

Well that’s it. This was really fun and I hope you guys all go and check out the blogs that I’ve mentioned! For those that I’ve nominated, if you can’t get all of the rules then don’t worry. Between 5-11 bloggers is fine and if the blog has more than 200 followers no worries, if they’re a small blog and deserve it then that’s all that matters.

Happy reading 🙂

The Food of Love by Anthony Capella

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The Food of Love by Anthony Capella

Published January 1st 2004 by Plume

Genres: Adult, Romance

Pages: 320

Format: Hardback

Rating: 3/5 stars

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In Anthony Capella’s delicious debut novel, Laura, a twentysomething American, is on her first trip to Italy. She’s completely enamored of the art, beauty, and, of course, food that Rome has to offer. Soon she’s enamored of the handsome and charming Tommaso, who tells her he’s a chef at the famed Templi restaurant and begins to woo her with his gastronomic creations. But Tommaso hasen’t been entirely truthful he’s really just a waiter. The master chef behind the tantalizing meals is Tommaso’s talented but shy friend Bruno, who loves laura from afar. Thus begins a classic comedy of errors full of the culinary magic and the sensual atmosphere of Italy. The result is a romantic comedy in the tradition of Cyrano de Bergerac and Roxanne that tempts readers to devour it in one sitting. Evoking the sights, smells and flavors of Italy in sensuous prose, this lively book also features recipes for readers to create (or just dream about) Bruno’s food of amore

I really enjoyed reading this book. Although I only gave it 3 stars, I still found it really interesting and couldn’t put it down. It was so different from what I usually read, even though it was a romance novel it was like no other I have read. There was such a focus on food it was magnificent. It was like I was there experiencing the meals along with the characters. And don’t get me stated about the setting. It was just beautiful to read about Italy, the culture and the people that lived there. The descriptions were so vivid, it just brought this feeling of being on vacation, to the book, even though I was in my sitting room the entire time I was reading it. It just had this quality to it that was capable of taking me out of my world and transplanting me in Italy.

Reading from multiple POV’s wasn’t something I was expecting. I thought it would be all from Laura’s POV. I was very surprised when I started to read from the guys perspectives, and didn’t like it at first. But after a while I got used to it and was looking forward more to reading from Bruno than I was anyone else. I found myself starting to dislike Laura as the story progressed and was getting irritated at the actions that she was taking throughout the story. There wasn’t anything specific she did, but my disinterest grew as I continued reading. Bruno however was brilliant. He was such an enjoyable character to read about, with his obsession to make the perfect meal. The food that was described in this book sounded truly mouth-watering, I wouldn’t have been surprised if I’d found myself drooling at one point. I felt like Laura wasn’t worthy of him and all that he went through to make her happy.

The writing in this book was good, in the way that you didn’t notice it. By that I mean it wasn’t so terrible that it pulled you out of the story, but wasn’t amazingly beautiful either. It was the perfect in between that allowed for an intriguing story. There were moments though where things got a bit strange. Like in some of the sex scenes Laura started to make some freaky imagery about what she was doing and it was just straight up weird! From what I remember there was something about her riding a black stallion? Sometimes some of the actions that the characters took and their thoughts came across random, being thrown into the middle of such an exquisite book. But I suppose it all came together to create a true sense of Italy.

So basically what sold me on this book was the fact that it was set in Italy. Otherwise I wouldn’t have liked it as much as I did. I definitely want to read more books set in Italy, the culture and people were just so interesting to read about and were portrayed as I would imagine them to really be like. I absolutely loved reading about the food and how they cooked everything, the emotion that was connected to it all and how it made people feel differently.

I would recommend this book to food lovers with an urge to travel and experience new culture. This book is truly an experience on and of it’s own. This book is suitable for older readers.

Weekly Recommendations #6

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Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Published March 18th 2014 by Atria Books

Genres: New Adult, Romance

Pages: 385

Rating:4/5 stars

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I only recently read this book, but I absolutely loved it. It was just a perfect mix of romance, music and what it’s like to be young and in love. Colleen Hoover is like the new adult version of Sarah Dessen, and my next favorite author I’m pretty sure. I would recommend this to lovers of contemporary romance with swoon worthy musicians. This book is suitable for readers 15+.

Synopses:

At twenty-two years old, Sydney is enjoying a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers that Hunter is cheating on her—and she’s forced to decide what her next move should be.

Soon, Sydney finds herself captivated by her mysterious and attractive neighbor, Ridge. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either. They soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one.

A passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance, Maybe Someday will immerse readers in Sydney’s tumultuous world from the very first page.”

Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

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Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Published October 2nd 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Genres: Adult, Mystery

Pages: 288

Format: Ebook

Rating: 4/5 stars

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The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon away from life as a San Francisco web-design drone and into the aisles of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after a few days on the job, Clay discovers that the store is more curious than either its name or its gnomic owner might suggest. The customers are few, and they never seem to buy anything—instead, they “check out” large, obscure volumes from strange corners of the store. Suspicious, Clay engineers an analysis of the clientele’s behavior, seeking help from his variously talented friends. But when they bring their findings to Mr. Penumbra, they discover the bookstore’s secrets extend far beyond its walls. Rendered with irresistible brio and dazzling intelligence, Robin Sloan’s Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is exactly what it sounds like: an establishment you have to enter and will never want to leave.

I can’t remember exactly how I first found out about this book, but all I can say is I’m glad that I did. The whole concept intrigued me when I first heard about it. This book wouldn’t have been the usual type I would generally pick up, but lets say I’ve been branching out lately. However this book was on my TBR for quite a few months before I finally picked it up. And that was only because it fit the category for the read-a-thon I was doing. Otherwise I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t have been read any time soon. But in saying all that, I have read it and all I can say is that it was great.

The characters were created so well, I got a very clear sense of who they were. I really enjoyed reading about the customers that came into the bookstore and how Clay got to know them with each passing night. Each character had such distinct quirks about them, which made for an interesting and entertaining read. Reading from Clay’s perspective allowed me to experience the story and the events that unfolded through his eyes. I was just as much in the dark about the mystery of the bookstore as he was. It had me wondering, was this going to turn out to be a book about magic? A book about cults? I really had no idea at some points where it was going. This was a good thing though, because it kept me on my toes, interested to see what happened.

The whole mystery that shrouded the bookstore wasn’t what I was expecting. It was an interesting twist to the story, and wasn’t really something I had ever read about before. I think my favorite part was at the end was when Clay figured everything out. I just loved that scene where he gathered everyone together and revealed the secret that they had been trying to solve for centuries.

The overall world building within the story was done quite well I thought. The setting of the bookstore was interesting. It was written in such a way that I felt as if I were there. I got a clear sense of what it was like. The severe height of the shelves, towering over you. The film of dust coating every surface. How the night crept in and shrouded everything in shadows. The descriptions were so clear I felt like I was Clay, sitting behind that desk at night. It was really fun to read about Clay’s adventures, all the different places he went. New York, Google HQ, just him living in San Francisco was really intriguing to read about, since I’ve never been to any of these places myself.

I must say that I enjoyed this book and was often surprised at the events that unfolded. There were so many elements to this book. Mystery, comedy, romance, it was fantastic. And it’s always fun to read books that are set in bookstores.

I would recommend this to people who like nerdy narrators and books that are just a little out of the norm topic wise. This book is suitable for readers of all ages.

Weekly Recommendations #5

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Numbers by Rachel Ward

Published November 8th 2008 by The Chicken House

Genres:Young Adult, Sci-Fi

Pages: 285

Rating:5/5 stars

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This is literally the most unique amazing book I have ever read. I loved this story so much. The characters were very well developed, the whole concept was so interesting. This is one of my favorite books and I highly recommend it. This book is suitable for 15+.

Synopses:

Ever since she was child, Jem has kept a secret: Whenever she meets someone new, no matter who, as soon as she looks into their eyes, a number pops into her head. That number is a date: the date they will die. Burdened with such awful awareness, Jem avoids relationships. Until she meets Spider, another outsider, and takes a chance. The two plan a trip to the city. But while waiting to ride the Eye ferris wheel, Jem is terrified to see that all the other tourists in line flash the same number. Today’s number. Today’s date. Terrorists are going to attack London. Jem’s world is about to explode!”

Reading Slump

Okay, so I have literally just finished reading The Wrath And The Dawn and my mind is exploding. I just had to get my thoughts on it down pronto. Everyone has been talking about and reading this book recently, so obviously I picked it up. This was a freaking amazing book! I cannot convey how awesome I thought this book was, the characters, the plot, everything was just great. But seriously, that ending though! I will not be giving away any spoilers here, but if you have read the book you will know what I mean. All I’m going to say it that there is a whopper of a cliff hanger. So I was just going along reading happily and then right in the middle of the action the book ends. I am in agony. I HAVE TO WAIT A YEAR. A whole year for the next book. Give me the strength to get through this please.

Other than that I have not been reading as much as I would like to. I was busy helping out at a kids camp all of last week and had absolutely no time to read. Which was really difficult because a few days before it I started reading The Wrath And The Dawn, which was a completely consuming story and all I wanted to do was stay up all night reading it. But I couldn’t because I was just so tired, and had to get up early every morning.That meant that I hadn’t really read very much since the read-a-thon.I have only read two books since then which is not much at all. And sadly I won’t be getting much time any time soon to read because I will be working a lot over the next two weeks and then going abroad. But I will try my best.

I still have to put up one more review from the read-a-thon, which is Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. It’s in the works at the moment and I will try to get it up sometime during this week hopefully. I’m in the mood now to read a really quick contemporary romance or something because I feel like all the books I have been reading at the moment have been really intense. I need a break!

Lament by Maggie Stiefvater

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Lament by Maggie Stiefvater

Published October 8th 2008 by Flux

Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal,Fantasy, Romance

Pages: 325

Format: Paperback

Rating: 3/5 stars

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Sixteen-year-old Deirdre Monaghan is a painfully shy but prodigiously gifted musician. She’s about to find out she’s also a cloverhand—one who can see faeries. Deirdre finds herself infatuated with a mysterious boy who enters her ordinary suburban life, seemingly out of thin air. Trouble is, the enigmatic and gorgeous Luke turns out to be a gallowglass—a soulless faerie assassin. An equally hunky—and equally dangerous—dark faerie soldier named Aodhan is also stalking Deirdre. Sworn enemies, Luke and Aodhan each have a deadly assignment from the Faerie Queen. Namely, kill Deirdre before her music captures the attention of the Fae and threatens the Queen’s sovereignty. Caught in the crossfire with Deirdre is James, her wisecracking but loyal best friend. Deirdre had been wishing her life weren’t so dull, but getting trapped in the middle of a centuries-old faerie war isn’t exactly what she had in mind . . .

Lament is a dark faerie fantasy that features authentic Celtic faerie lore, plus cover art and interior illustrations by acclaimed faerie artist Julia Jeffrey.”

I personally didn’t think this book was very good. When I began reading it, it was almost like I had missed the start or something, because I had no idea what was going on. There was no setting the scene and a very quick character introduction, it left me feeling confused from the first page. There was also the fact of insta-love between Deirdre and Luke. There is no situation where I may find that acceptable. It came across very fake and was not done well, which was disappointing because Stiefvater has written some good books.

The writing was good but there wasn’t much character development. They were very much two dimensional and I never felt like there was anything interesting about them. Deirdre seemed very lost and didn’t know what she wanted. She was a very fragile character and was easily swayed with things. So trusting of Luke when she had never met him before. It never once occurred to me that Luke was actually going to kill her like it said in the synopses. He gave no inclination as to why he was following her, which I suppose was the point of the story but it came across quite random.

There were moments in the story where things just didn’t make sense. Like how it seemed that her mom was a single mother because there was never any mention what so ever of a father, then all of a sudden he just popped up out of nowhere. It was confusing and made the story difficult to get into when things like that happened.

I read this book quite quickly, but it wasn’t fast paced nor did much happen in the story. As I got closer to the end of the book I started to wonder how the story was going to end and be wrapped up well. There just didn’t seem to be enough pages to finish the story well with. The ending came across very random to me and it wasn’t something that I was expecting to happen. It seemed like the author just went, oh I think I’ll just change things around and make the book end the complete opposite to how it should. It just made no sense.

The whole aspect of magic in this book didn’t go very well. It wasn’t described well and I never really got what was going on. It’s made to seem like her being a cloverhand is a big thing when it’s really not. Also this character Aodhan isn’t in the story very much at all. The whole synopses is very misleading actually. Deirdre isn’t even “painfully shy” like it says either, she’s a completely normal teen, just quiet. But then again it’s hard to tell if she’s quiet because the book is set during the summer and there are like no interactions between her and other people.

Redeeming qualities, there wasn’t really any. I mean I suppose it would be an okay book to get you into the genre, but because I have read so many books like it, it fell a little flat for me. I was disappointed with it needless to say. Stiefvater has written some really good books that I have enjoyed immensely. Sadly this book was not one of them.

I would recommend this book for beginners of the YA fantasy genre, or just the YA genre in general. This book is suitable for teens of any age.