Book Talk: Bookish Goals for the Year!

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Hey bookworms I know I am about a month late for goals, but I guess you can say I am taking the time to really think about them. I don’t want to put any pressure on life goals this year, just want to put positive energy and thoughts out there and chase. Talking always at least holds me accountable (well at least that I have it in print)

I actually need a distraction today as the wind is wailing and my bones are aching. So I am gonna sit here talk to you, and get my mind off of everything, get comfy and let’s chat.

2020 Book Goals

1. Read More Print/Ebooks

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Now this is not a crack against my audio books at all because I love them and they are my saviors on commutes, but I need to pull myself back into the written. I want to write down quotes, inspire myself to write them down, and maybe write my own.

2. Read More Nonfiction/Memoirs

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I read one this year and I like hearing people’s voices in a whole new way and relating to things that actually happened. They are more easy to make you laugh out loud because you feel like you’re talking to a friend. A lot of time they make you feel less alone, plus the good ones have other books recommended in them.

3. Read More Graphic Novels/Comics/Manga

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I feel like I didn’t read that many last year and I really want to get lost in images, find an art style I love. These are the type of things I missed getting hooked on and just binging the heck out of them.

4. Read More Books from an Animals Perspective

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These were the books I enjoyed most over the last few years. I love the honesty of their perspectives and I hope I can find more of them, if anybody knows more please drop them in the comments.

5. More Magical Realism

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This is one of my FAVORITE genres EVER! I love the books that make me question what is true reality, or believing that magic can happen in every day life. I need more of these wonders in my life, whether it be YA or adult fiction.

6. Historical Fiction

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I am so very happy that I have fallen back in love with this genre. The few books I have read this year have taught me about wars or eras I didn’t know/ remember much about. I hope I even find different periods I didn’t even pick up.

7. Read Books Set in Somewhere other than the US

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There is a big wide world out there and even more to explore, and while I can’t afford to fly everywhere I wanna go, the library will let me travel for free.

9. Read More Books in Letter Format

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I find books in that format are the most authentic format, as it allows character to be the most raw.  This is where I find most authors thrive at making you feel the feels.

10. Read More Adaptations

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I know 20%-25% of what I read last year I read were adaptations, but I want to read more. Get to know deeper characters or a story line more. I have a few more on my goodreads TBR list that I want to see if the library has.

11. Read More Books of the Books I Already Own

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I know this is probably on a lot of people’s goals this year, but I want to read more of what covers my shelves. I also want to try and get braver in my review writing in both books and movies.

12. Read 85+ books

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Now I am probably going to increase how much I am reading later on in the year,  since I don’t know where the year will take me. I am hoping I can read at least 85 as that’s what I put on Goodreads. My goal and longing is more than 100 books! We’ll see what I get up to though.

Well that’s all for now bookworms, what are your goals? Please share them or any recommendations in the comments below. I hope you have a good reading year, good books to keep you company, and are stay warm! Happy Reading!

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Weekend Plans: From Watching to Reading

Hey bookworms! We haven’t talked in a bit, so I thought why not give you guys my plans for the weekend. No adventures out for me though because work forgot to include P (pay) in PTO. They plan to pay me on this check, but it ruins all the plans I had set. I am already eager to go back to Vancouver, 3.5 days was not enough.

I still want to go to Vancouver Island, go whale watching, maybe see the orchestra, go to the museum. Get a better place to stay next time for sure. My back is still aching from the beds. I didn’t take many pictures… I am the worst at that… I like to consider myself a live in the moment kind of girl. Commit to memory rather than pause to get the perfect shot if that makes sense?

Hopefully I have more to tell and show you next time, but know I was happy and content with my trip.

Watching

Anne with an E

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I am currently binging this on Netflix and loving it! It makes me want to explore the setting even more than before. The cast of children really bring the characters to life and it makes me want to continue reading the books. It is an amazing series! Can’t wait for season 2!

As for tomorrow I plan to have a movie day planned

A Lot Like Love

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Tomorrow is going to be a mushy day except for one movie on the list if you can’t tell and I love the friendship this movie starts out with and I think it is exactly what I need.

One Day

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Honestly one of my favorite movies and love stories and to me one of the most realistic (also one of my favorite books). When life gets a little rough it is one of the things that makes it easier is watching this.

Porco Rosso

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An adorable lesser known Studio Ghibli film. It is cute and funny definitely lift your spirits in a good way kind of movie if you’re needing a smile. Yes, I suck at summaries and honestly haven’t seen it in years XD

and end my night with

Lady and the Tramp

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What better way to get ready for a work week than to end your weekend with a disney classic? Always will be one of my favorites and it is one of the best love stories in history. At least in my opinion…

What I’ll be Reading 

Perfect by Cecelia Ahern

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My current audio book listen and I’m only a few minutes in so I don’t have thoughts yet, but I was really inspired by the first one. Needless to say I have high hopes for the sequel and I may be a bit biased because she is one of my favorite authors.

Moon Chosen by P.C. Cast

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I haven’t picked it up since before I left on my trip, but I feel it is a good time to pick it back up and I feel like it will keep me from getting lost in my own thoughts.

The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

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Because I think everyone should read children’s classics no matter how old they are. They can hold more more truth than that of adult fiction. I think I will read a few tales and see what I can learn..

Well bookworms I think that is all that is on my agenda this weekend and maybe an ebook if I decide to turn on my nook tonight. What is on your holiday weekend agenda? Any great books or movies? Let me know in the comments and I hope you all have fun! Happy Reading!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top 11 Movie Adaptions that I’ve Read and Loved (Yep I’m Addicted to Stories in All Forms)

Hey bookworms! I know I haven’t done a TTT in a while, but I needed a distraction from the stress of school work. I know this post probably won’t be up on a Tuesday, but the important part is I … Continue reading

Book Talk: Life Leading to a Reading Slump

Reading Slump and Why: Hey bookworms! I know I haven’t done my wrap-up for September nor a TBR for this month, and honestly I am in a slump. School going on in full swing now, having to deal with the … Continue reading

Book Retrospection: Once Upon a Time: Red’s Untold Tale by Wendy Toliver (My 1st ARC Review)

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Once Upon a Time: Red’s Untold Tale by Wendy Toliver

Publisher: Kingswell

Publishing Date: 6 October 2015

Format: Digital ARC Copy Received From Netgalley

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Opening Thoughts:

Hey bookworms! I finally did it! I got an ARC to review off of Netgalley! To make it even better it is based off of one of my biggest obsessions Once Upon a Time! I was more than excited to review this, but a little anxious as well because I’ve never reviewed an ARC before. That being said there will be as spoiler free as possible I say that because you can never truly be too careful. So I hope you enjoy and that my review makes sense. My review will start with what I enjoyed and then onto what threw me off when reading it that led to a 4 star review.

Reasons I Couldn’t Put it Down

  1. Satisfied a Craving: So going into this book I was more than excited to start especially because the show has been on hiatus. So this filled my craving for the show without needing to binge watch the show. Plus you get a peek into Ruby’s life at a younger age and seeing the bond between her and Granny in a whole new light!
  2. Characters Who Leapt from the Pages:The characters in this book were very strong and very well developed from Red to the little boy who begs her for cookies.
  3. Transported Me With Its World: Another strong point in this book was seeing into the story book world without it being Snow, Regina’s, castle. This book shows the life that makes this heroine what spurs her on for adventure. It helped me escape the stress of city life at school and transported me to not only a different time but a different place. I could practically smell the trees.
  4. Mystery and Magic: From the wolves, to Red’s Cloak, to the Wizard she found who was my favorite character. I loved the way it kept me turning the pages to find out more.
  5.  Anyone Can Enjoy It: Last but not least I liked the fact that you don’t have to be a Oncer fan to enjoy. You could simply be looking for a retelling on Red Riding Hood and still enjoy this book! Honestly when I have the money I am supporting this book by getting my own digital copy as well as the paper copy!

Things that Threw Me Off

Now I will admit I am not sure if I had issues with some of these things because it was an ARC copy and how it was formatted, so my thoughts may change when I get a real copy, so they aren’t major negative things.

  1. Point of View: So I wasn’t expecting it and it threw me off. This being a Once Upon a Time book I was hoping for more of a story telling narrative, but it was a first person narrative. It was a little jarring at first, but near the end I feel it was needed
  2. Dreams and Memories and Current Day Dates: I feel I can link this together quite easily because they all had the same effect of the story. They threw me out of it abruptly or disturbed the flow. There wasn’t really a break between the dreams and the memories when coming back to Red’s current world at times because they would just make an immediate slip back into the present. That being said her days that had dates came out of nowhere at times within the chapters. They were not chapters themselves but were in the chapters themselves which was confusing at times especially when I was torn between reading and sleeping. If they flowed better I would’ve gladly stayed awake to finish it off. That being said as I claimed above it could have just been the formatting of reading an ARC.

Wrapping It Up

Well bookworms I was glad to have started this as my first ARC. It was a content I already knew I loved and when not getting distracted by the issues above it went by quite fast. This book is more aimed at the younger audience but any age can truly enjoy this. If you’re curious about it but haven’t watched the show you can pick it up because there were no spoilers to the Once plots. That being said that’s it for now? Do you watch Once Upon A Time? Who is your favorite character? Which is your favorite fairytale? Did I convince you to pick it up? What was your first ARC you reviewed? Let me know down below and I’m always up for constructive Criticism! Happy Reading!

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Movie Monday: Top 5 Ghibli Films That Stole My Heart (with an Honorary Mention)

Hey Bookworms! It’s been a bit since I’ve done a Movie Monday post, but I saw a booktuber post a video I was totally inspired by, so I am springing off of her video. For those of you who don’t … Continue reading

30 Day Reading Challenge Day 19: Favorite Story to Flicker on the Screen

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Hey Bookworms! I am scheduling posts now and I know this one should’ve gone up yesterday, but I have been having a lazy streak. I am also sleepy as writing this, so this post will be on the short side. I hope you still enjoy because I will be talking about 2 of my favorite subjects: Books and movies so let’s begin!

Day 19: Favorite Book to Film

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

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I read this book in 11th grade, so being forced to read wasn’t my favorite. Now looking back I want to try and read it for pleasure. I remember the imagery and symbolism was amazing and let’s face it I was just too young to appreciate it. The adaption was just as beautiful and covered the key points very well. This book and movie takes you on journey and love its hints of magical realism. It makes you think and wonder which version is true. The movie is one of my favorites and one I wish I owned! Here is the trailer for you to enjoy. So Bookworms tell me what your favorite adaption is! Have you read this books or watched this movie? Happy Reading and Watching!

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30 Day Challenge Day 10: A Classic that Makes Me Want to Read It Again

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Hey Bookworms! It’s day 10! Yay I got through 10 day with 20 more to go! Honestly these posts are getting harder, but they are keeping me busy. So let’s get started.

Day 10: Favorite Classic

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

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Honestly this was my favorite ever required read! This book was laugh out loud humor. It was very slapstick and fun! I liked each character! It made me want to read more Oscar Wilde! Which I haven’t yet, but I plan to when I get the money! I also want to learn more about him. This is definitely the kind of play you pick up when you’re having a bad day. The main theme I love is: That people of any status or age are willing to make a fool of themselves for love. Not even the smartest people can avoid love. If you truly love someone you don’t mind being ridiculous for them just to prove it! What can i say I’m just a romantic at time. It also got turned into a movie! I will leave the trailer below, but I would adore seeing it in original play format! Maybe one day?

Well anywho Bookworms that is all I have to say for today! I hope I persuaded you to pick up this book by choice. You will enjoy it much more the second time if it is assigned. Happy reading!

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Movie Monday: Adaptions I’ve Watched that I Still Need to Read: Part 2

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Hey Bookworms this post might not get up on Monday, but I am starting Monday night so it counts! I needed to quite down my mind a bit, so I thought I’d do another one of my movie confession posts. This is a part 2 post of movie adaptions I have watched, but haven’t read yet either because I was too excited to see the movie or didn’t know it was a book! For Part 1 you can look if you want to see my how bad I am with the first 10! As for the links it will be the same as the last one the title will hold the goodreads link and below that will be the movie trailer. Hope you enjoy it! These are ones I can name off the top of my head.

1. The Secret Garden

This was a book always difficult when I was younger to finish because of it’s length. I am hoping that now that I am older I can fix that issue now that I have a better attention span

2. A Little Princess

The problem with this book it was a library book and school got in the way of reading when I was younger

3. Holes

This one was required reading when I was younger and every time I was required I rebelled. I do want to read this now though!

4. Charlotte’s Web

I remember being read part of this, but don’t think it was ever finished. So I count it as unread.

5. 101 Dalmatians

I didn’t know this was a movie till I was watching the movie one night! So definitely gonna buy it ASAP!

6. Kingsman: The Secret Service

I’m in love with this movie and want to read the comic as soon as I can!!!

7. Julie & Julia

This movie is inspirational especially the fact of how blogging helped her through her life. So I want to read this as soon as I can

8. Marley & Me

With this story the way the movie is narrated it makes me wonder if the articles have the same voice, so I need it as soon possible

9. Matilda

My favorite childhood movie, but until I got older I never knew it was a book, so I want it so bad!

10. Brideshead Revisited

This is one of my favorite movie period pieces, so I want to see how the film took from the words.

So that’s all for now bookworms! Started this post Monday, but finished on Tuesday. How are you when it comes to adaptions? How strict are you with watching films before reading. Sadly this list gets longer, but I do love most of the movies I watch. I love to live in the world of stories whether it’s a book, comic, movie, show, or game! Which of these that you’ve read or watched is your favorite? Which should I read first? Comment down below and let me know! Happy reading and watching!

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Movie Monday: Movie Adaptions I Still Need to Read: Part 1

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Hey Bookworms! Movie Monday is a feature on my blog where I talk about movies I have watched, adaptions, or just reviews. This post will talk about adaptions, but be I will be books of adaptions I still need to read! I know, I know horrible of me, but I don’t always know they are a book when I first see the movie, or I am too eager to see the movie to read before I get a chance to read the book. So in this post I will link the Goodreads in the and place the trailer below. Hopefully this will make it easier to find both!

1. Winter’s Tale

2. The Namesake

3. The Devil Wears Prada

4. Riding in Cars with Boys

5. The Longest Ride

6. A Walk to Remember

7. The Joy Luck Club

8. The Hundred Foot Journey

9. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

10. Coraline

Well bookworms I will leave you with these 10! Tell me if you would like me to do another one of these because shamefully I have more. If you read any of these I would love to know which one you think I should start first. Do you always read the book before the movie, or do you let it slide sometimes? Which ones have you let slide? Which of these movies are your favorites? Which of these do you still want to watch? Let me know in the comments! I am always up to talk! Happy reading and watching!

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