Friday Finds | June 10th 2016

Friday Finds
Hosted by: MizB at booksandabeat
Friday Finds showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

On my shelves:

 

End of Watch (Bill Hodges Trilogy, #3)
End  Of Watch by Stephen King

Synopsis: Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of the Mercedes Massacre, where eight people were killed and many more were badly injured, has been in the Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic for five years, in a vegetative state. According to his doctors, anything approaching a complete recovery is unlikely. But behind the drool and stare, Brady is awake, and in possession of deadly new powers that allow him to wreak unimaginable havoc without ever leaving his hospital room.

Retired police detective Bill Hodges, the unlikely hero of Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers, now runs an investigation agency with his partner, Holly Gibney, who delivered the blow to Hartsfield’s head that put him on the brain injury ward. Brady also remembers that. When Bill and Holly are called to a murder-suicide with ties to the Mercedes Massacre, they find themselves pulled into their most dangerous case yet, one that will put not only their lives at risk, but those of Hodges’s friend Jerome Robinson and his teenage sister, Barbara. Because Brady Hartsfield is back, and planning revenge not just on Bill Hodges and his friends, but on an entire city.

 

 

A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy
A Mother’s Reckoning: Living In The Aftermath Of Tragedy by Sue Klebold

Synopsis: On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold walked into Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Over the course of minutes, they would kill twelve students and a teacher and wound twenty-four others before taking their own lives.

For the last sixteen years, Sue Klebold, Dylan’s mother, has lived with the indescribable grief and shame of that day. How could her child, the promising young man she had loved and raised, be responsible for such horror? And how, as his mother, had she not known something was wrong? Were there subtle signs she had missed? What, if anything, could she have done differently?

These are questions that Klebold has grappled with every day since the Columbine tragedy. In A Mother’s Reckoning, she chronicles with unflinching honesty her journey as a mother trying to come to terms with the incomprehensible. In the hope that the insights and understanding she has gained may help other families recognize when a child is in distress, she tells her story in full, drawing upon her personal journals, the videos and writings that Dylan left behind, and on countless interviews with mental health experts.

 

 

Openly Straight (Openly Straight, #1)
Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg

Synopsis: Rafe is a normal teenager from Boulder, Colorado. He plays soccer. He’s won skiing prizes. He likes to write.

And, oh yeah, he’s gay. He’s been out since 8th grade, and he isn’t teased, and he goes to other high schools and talks about tolerance and stuff. And while that’s important, all Rafe really wants is to just be a regular guy. Not that GAY guy. To have it be a part of who he is, but not the headline, every single time.

So when he transfers to an all-boys’ boarding school in New England, he decides to keep his sexuality a secret — not so much going back in the closet as starting over with a clean slate. But then he sees a classmate break down. He meets a teacher who challenges him to write his story. And most of all, he falls in love with Ben . . . who doesn’t even know that love is possible.

 

T5W: Favorite Character Names

As always, topics for these entries are taken from the Top 5 Wednesday group on Goodreads . The group was created  Lainey. Now the group is under Samantha’s moderation, you can find her here.

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Character Names

So, for this one i tried to find names that i love because of the name more than just because i love the character who has it… (otherwise it would all had been GABRIEL GABRIEL GABRIEL GABRIEL and Adam).

  • Adam from The Raven Cycle.

The meaning of the name isThe Hebrew word for “man”. It could be ultimately derived from Hebrew אדם (‘adam) meaning “to be red”, referring to the ruddy colour of human skin, or from Akkadian adamu meaning “to make”.

This is my absolute favorite name ever. Most of my stuff is called Adam, i don’t know why, like this name obsesses me a lot. I’m not kidding in all my ideas for stories the main charactet is always an Adam, then while really thinking about it i mosty change the name since i cannot have all my maipn characters named the same but you can get the idea.

  • Penryn from Penryn And The End Of Days.

The meaning of the name is: Penryn is a Cornish word meaning ‘headland’.

Since i started reading these books i cannot take the name away from my mind. Like seriously, i always enjoy my weird and unique names and this one is particularly amazing.

  • Minnow from The Sacred Lies Of Minnow Bly.

The meaning of the name is:  a very small fish found in lakes and rivers

Whomever thought of using this one as a name for a person.., my congratulations. Like honestly, though it feels like a very particular name that not everyone could put up with, i simply adore it.

Argh! I feel like i’m going to repeat myself a lot, but it’s just that all these names obsess me so much, i could tattoo them on my arms or something.

  • Seth from More Than This.

 In Hebrew the meaning of the name is: Anointed; compensation. Seth was the third son of Adam and Eve. Eve considered him to be a replacement for her dead son, Abel.

In Biblical the meaning of the name is: Put, who puts, fixed.

In Egyptian the meaning of the name is: The god of deserts, storms, disorder, violence and foreingers.

Must be because of the meanings the name has, but i find this name to be so powerful, i love it. There isn’t much to say about it, i’m fascinated by Egyptian mythology and Seth is a very interesting god in my opinion.. I think that’s why i love the name so much.

  • Sophie/Sophia from My Name Is Memory.

The meaning of the name is:  “Wisdom” in Greek. This was the name of an early, probably mythical, saint who died of grief after her three daughters were martyred. Legends about her probably arose as a result of a medieval misunderstanding of the phrase Hagia Sophia “Holy Wisdom”, which was the name of a large basilica in Constantinople.

Aahmmm, don’t know. Whenever i hear the name i just imagine this adorable little girl with a lot of books sitting in a huge library and that’s a feeling i get when i’m in libraries, like i’m a little girl again and it makes me happy, so having that image when hearing the name makes me happy too, i guess.

Well guys, those are my favorite character names, now i invite you to share yours! Leave your comments and links to your posts in the comments section!

‘Til Next Time 😉

clems.

More Than This by Patrick Ness

More Than This More Than This by Patrick Ness

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary,  Glbt
Pages: 480
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd.
Rating: 4.5 stars

Synopsis: A boy drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments. He dies.

Then he wakes, naked and bruised and thirsty, but alive.

How can this be? And what is this strange deserted place?

As he struggles to understand what is happening, the boy dares to hope. Might this not be the end? Might there be more to this life, or perhaps this afterlife?

My opinion on the book:

Aha! I’ve been thinking a lot on how to approach this review. This is book was nothing like i thought it will be. SO, excuse me if this goes out of control.

The book narrates the story of Seth, a boy who just committed suicide and then he woke up in a weird desolated town. The town in which an incident changed his family’s life forever. As the story develops we get to see what happened in Seth life for him to kill himself, as we learn different things about what deciding to live really means, friendship and the importance of having hopes and really wanting things to happen.

The plot seems really simple, a boy died and now he finds himself in a town that is pretty much hell, abandoned and solitaire. As the story develops and we get to see what the place really is, Seth finds he isn’t really alone there and the place is nothing like he thought.

I find the idea the plot very unique, i gotta say i was not expecting many of the stuff that happens and that was a really fun ride.

The plot of the book centers on Seth’s experiences in life and death, how he grows to understand life much better and such, so most of the secondary characters i the book are much developed because they are more than anything there to move Seth’s plot forward. So don’t expect much development for most of the characters, although some of them get their shining time.

There’s something about the way the story is written. As i always say, Patrick Ness’ writing style and the way he describes emotions, feelings and situations, is amazing. Also the fact that even though Seth spends much time by himself, thinking, the thoughts of the character don’t repeat themselves, sure there are some that really bothered Seth, but that’s different.

The book talks about some hard topics, obviously since it starts with the main character dying. I think the way these topics were mostly on point, with the exception of one that felt a little weird to me (no spoilers). There was something beautiful in Seth’s way through his realization about life. Even a few day after i finished the book it still sticks with me.

As i said before, one of the things that felt a little less sharpened was the back-story of one of the secondary characters. Anyway, the topic wasn’t developed much.

Overall, it was a very interesting reading full of great moments and many quotes i took with me. The thing is, it made me think a lot about life and what actually matters while we are alive. I enjoyed reading it a lot. I really liked the characters, especially the ones in the “afterlife”.

I would recommend this book to everyone, unless suicide may be a trigger for you.

Have you read the book? What were your impressions on it?

And that’s all for now… hope you are reading some great books!

Happy Reading!

‘Til Next Time 😉

firma

 

 

Reminiscing Monday #10: Card Captor Sakura

Monday’s here, which means i’m bringing you once again this section, where i talk about Books, Shows and Movies i’ve read/seen a while ago but because of reasons i haven’t talked about them in the blog before.

Here i’ll review mostly from the feelings and impressions these left in me back in the day and what i can remember to this day.

And today, celebrating the news about it coming back with a new manga and anime (What a time to be alive!) I want to share with you one of my most beloved series ever!

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Card Captor Sakura by CLAMP

(C) Clamp Since i was 9 years old one of my biggest obsessions has been watching anime (although not so much these days…) and if there was one anime i was completely obsessed with it was Card Captor Sakura.

I remember the first day i saw the anime, it was the premiere in Argentina and i literally ran home so i would watch it from the very beginning.

Ever since that day i didn’t stop loving it.

Sure, there are other few anime that i love to pieces, but my love for Sakura is completely in another level.

In case you don’t know what this manga/anime is about let me tell you a little.

One day a 10 years old girl is alone at home when she suddenly hears a sound comming from the basement, when she goes down there to see what made the noise she finds a strange book opens it and accidentally releases the magical card within it. A weird ‘animal’, Kerberus (aka Kero), appears then and tell her he is the guardian of the cards. Now, because she released the cards and obviously has magical powers herself she has to collect all the cards before they destroy the world (mwahahaha).

So Sakura is set in a quest to find all the cards while they start making troubles in Tomoeda, the city where Sakura lives. As the story unfolds a new boy from Hong Kong,Syaoran, will appear saying he is the one that has to collect the cards since he is a relative of the sorcerer that created the cards. Both of them will have a hate-love relationship through the series.

Sakura x Syaoran forever ❤

Well, obviously Syaoran and Sakura aren’t the only ones in the show, … but they are OTP forever and i cannot get over it. (Also Touya x Yukito are OTP – the first shonen ai OTP i ever had – at the age of 9).

Well, the show is pretty much Sakura being followed by her best friend Tomoyo, Syaoran always trying to get the cards before Sakura and her brother always knowing when she is in trouble and her crush on her brother’s “best friend”.

The thing is i wanted so much to have magic because of this show, it was ridiculous. My sister used to look at me funny because i used to draw my own cards and tried to use them.. in time you’ll understand that this kind of things aren’t rare with me, i keep doing stuff like that to this day.

Also, this anime was the beginning of my love for CLAMP, the original creators of the manga … from then on i’ll watch every anime they made and such, even if they only designed the characters (like in Code Geass).

To this day i keep watching the anime from time to time even though i know it by heart. But it’s so incredible and it helps me to not growing up (…), like everytime i watch an episode of the show i go back to being that little girl that fell in love with the show in the first place.

Now, if you ask me exactly what i love about the show i will tell you that i love EVERYTHING, because i’m a complete mess when it comes to Sakura and her friends. There isn’t a thing i don’t like about the show, i would live in her world if i could. Like, seriously.

A while ago i started making these Kero Dolls, and they usually were all over the place in my room until i moved to my own place and my mom got rid of all of them em19 .. but never fear because i’m about to start a new collection of Keros (when i start i’ll be showing you the stuff).

Anyway, Sakura was a huge influence in my life… to be honest my first fanfictions were about her… Oh the shame. Also, because of her i made a few good friends at the time, and i would talk a lot about the show.

Man, i love it so much… it’s like, i can’t even explain it.

Well, i’m mumbling … so i guess i’ll leave it here for now.

Did you know the anime? Have you watched it? Let me know! I’ll be more than happy to find other fellow fans of this amazing anime!

‘Til Next Time 😉

firma

 

Random Post Sunday: The One In Which My Mind Is A Mess

I used to love writing. NO.

I used to write a lot. NO.

My mind is a mess.

Back in high school i was sure what i wanted to do with my life. Everybody knew i was about to be a writer. There was no doubt, i had a way with words, they just flowed through me to the paper, i was going to be a writer.

It’s been a while now since i finished high school, and even though it took me more than the average person because of illness, i never wrote a book.

It’s not like i wanted to be published or something, i just wanted to put my ideas on a paper and read them to myself. That’s all i really wanted.

But those days are gone now. (And i’m having a deja vu).

I remember having a clarity for words growing up, i knew how to arrange the words to give them the best use. I could develop one idea into a lot of pages, like in exams and stories.. words were part of me.

Then something happened. I don’t know what… but one day i just couldn’t keep seeing and telling the stuff i saw in my mind.

My mind became havoc one day and since then i’m pretty sure all i write have no sense whatsoever. I’m not quite sure anything that comes out of my mouth make any sense. Do people understand me? Am i talking right?

A while ago i commented on having a lot of thoughts through the day, so much i would wake up in the middle of the night to keep thinking. But nothing of that makes sense. And i’m not sure why my mind became such a mess.

Why am i even talking about this?

Well, i was writing a different post a few minutes ago, and when i checked it up it made no sense even to me. Which is weird, because i usually know myself enough to undertsand what i’m talking about. That was not the case thi time, and i started thinking, what if all the stuff in here makes no sense?

Things became suddenly complicated.

I feel like i usually mumble a lot and because of that when i’m around people iprefer not to speak.

The thing is i’m not sure if this is a self esteem issue or something else, and there’s no one i can talk about it with, because since i don’t speak i don’t have friends to go to… Anywya, it’s not like i would be able to explain to them any of this. Words wouldn’t come out my mouth if i was with them…

So i write. But i no longer write stories, because my mind is a complete mess and i don’t know how to interact with people any longer.

I write about books and the stuff i love, i write about it a lot, more than you actually see here, because even though my mind is mess and i don’t have people to talk to i still have a lot of thoughts that i need to take out of my mind.

I really have no idea what was the actual point of this post.

Maybe a little rumbling to clean my head a bit.

AVOID. AVOID. AVOID.

firma

 

 

 

Ruler Of Books Tag

Hey everybody! As you may or may not know it’s time for another Tag Saturday!

This time i found the tag while lurking on Youtube (as i always do). The Tag was originally created by Ariel Bissett, if you don’t know her, check her out she is amazing!

And now, let’s start with the tag for today

Ruler Of Books Tag

If you were the Ruler of Books…

1. What book would you make everyone read?

The Harry Potter series without doubt. Since i was little i’ve found only a few people that read the books, even if it sound weird (as i always say, i don’t have many readers in my surroundings) and i’d love to have a lot of people to talk about these amazing books. Think about you, you go down the streets and every few steps you hear references to Harry Potter, Harry Potter everywhere. It would be like it was christmas everyday tumblr_inline_n61q9gT5Qa1qhdusl.

2. What would you abolish in book construction?

Oh, that’s an easy one.. i’d abolish books with really small letters. I hate it so much, it hurts my eyes to try and read them.. then many times i cannot buy a book i really want because of itand i hate hate HATE it.

3. What author would you commission to write any book?

Patrick Ness. He writes so many different kinds of books and all of them are amazing.. so far there wasn’t one book by him i read that i didn’t love to pieces, like seriously, all his books are almost instantly a favorite.

4. What book would you demote to make room for new books?

Okay… so, here i’m going to talk about a very famous book that i truly don’t understand why people love so much, like honestly i had to read it for school and i felt like ripping my eyes off just so i could stop reading it. I’m talking about Don Quixote.

I don’t mean to offend anyone with my opinion, i just have to say it(?).

I understand the book changed so many things in literature at the time it was written and all, but honestly, it bored me a lot. Like, why do you have to push that book down the throats of young students that are not interested on it and that may get scared by it and never want to read a book again.

5. What cover artist would you commission to make a mural?

 

Adam S. Doyle, he is the artist behind The Raven Cycle covers and his are is absolutely breathtaking. I mean, look at these;

Cover of Blue Lily, Lily Blue made by Adam S. Doyle.
Art by Adam S. Doyle

It’s beautiful! Sometimes i just pick up one of The Raven Cycle books and stare at the cover for a while because i love them so freaking much! Sadly, after checking in the book he wasn’t credit for his work..

6. What character’s face would you put on a coin?

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I would put Albus Dumbledore in every coin and under his face will be the quote “Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!” just so everyone always remember the genius he was.

7. What book would you award the ‘Ruler of Books’ 2016 prize to?

Half Lost (The Half Bad Trilogy, #3)
My King Of Kings 2016

Half Lost is so far my favorite book of the year. For me it was so intense to read it, i cried so much and sometimes i still do,  i’m not over it. Without doubt this is one of my favorite books of all time and one of the best endings i’ve read. Oh, the tears were everywhere. I want to marry this book.

Haha! That’s it for this tag! I hope you like it and feel free to do it if you want, i honestly really enjoyed answering it :3

‘Til Next Time 😉

firma

Friday Finds | June 3rd 2016

Friday Finds
Hosted by: MizB at booksandabeat
Description: Friday Finds showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

On My TBR:

Bone Gap
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Synopsis: Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps—gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. After all, it wasn’t the first time that someone had slipped away and left Finn and Sean O’Sullivan on their own. Just a few years before, their mother had high-tailed it to Oregon for a brand new guy, a brand new life. That’s just how things go, the people said. Who are you going to blame?

Finn knows that’s not what happened with Roza. He knows she was kidnapped, ripped from the cornfields by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember. But the searches turned up nothing, and no one believes him anymore. Not even Sean, who has more reason to find Roza than anyone, and every reason to blame Finn for letting her go.

The Masked Truth
The Masked Truth by Kelley Armstrong

Synopsis: Riley Vasquez is haunted by the brutal murder of the couple she was babysitting for.

Max Cross is suffering under the shadow of a life-altering diagnosis he doesn’t dare reveal.

The last thing either of them wants is to spend a weekend away at a therapy camp alongside five other teens with “issues.” But that’s exactly where they are when three masked men burst in to take the group hostage.

The building has no windows. The exits are sealed shut. Their phones are gone. And their captors are on a killing spree.

Riley and Max know that if they can’t get out, they’ll be next—but they’re about to discover that even escape doesn’t equal freedom.

The Sudden Appearance of Hope
The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North

Synopsis: Listen.
All the world forgets me. First my face, then my voice, then the consequences of my deeds.
So listen. Remember me.

My name is Hope Arden, and you won’t know who I am. We’ve met before – a thousand times. But I am the girl the world forgets.

It started when I was sixteen years old. A slow declining, an isolation, one piece at a time.

A father forgetting to drive me to school. A mother setting the table for three, not four. A teacher who forgets to chase my missing homework. A friend who looks straight through me and sees a stranger.

No matter what I do, the words I say, the people I hurt, the crimes I commit – you will never remember who I am.

That makes my life tricky. But it also makes me dangerous . . .

 

On My Shelves:

This Ordinary Life
This Ordinary Life by Jennifer Walkup

Synopsis: Sometimes hope is the most extraordinary gift of all.
High-school radio host Jasmine Torres’s life is full of family dysfunction, but if she can score the internship of her dreams with a New York City radio station, she knows she can turn things around.

That is, until her brother Danny’s latest seizure forces her to miss the interview, and she’s back to the endless loop of missing school for his doctor appointments, picking up the pieces of her mother’s booze-soaked life, and stressing about Danny’s future.

Then she meets Wes. He’s the perfect combination of smart, cute, and funny. He also happens to have epilepsy like her brother. Wes is living a normal life despite his medical issues, which gives Jasmine hope for Danny. But memories of her cheating ex-boyfriend keep her from going on a real date with Wes, no matter how many times he asks her.

Jasmine can’t control everything. Not who wins the internship, not her mother’s addiction, not her brother’s health—not even where her heart will lead her. She wishes she could just have an ordinary life, but maybe what she already has is pretty extraordinary after all.

 

Openly Straight (Openly Straight, #1)
Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg

 Synopsis: Rafe is a normal teenager from Boulder, Colorado. He plays soccer. He’s won skiing prizes. He likes to write.

And, oh yeah, he’s gay. He’s been out since 8th grade, and he isn’t teased, and he goes to other high schools and talks about tolerance and stuff. And while that’s important, all Rafe really wants is to just be a regular guy. Not that GAY guy. To have it be a part of who he is, but not the headline, every single time.

So when he transfers to an all-boys’ boarding school in New England, he decides to keep his sexuality a secret — not so much going back in the closet as starting over with a clean slate. But then he sees a classmate break down. He meets a teacher who challenges him to write his story. And most of all, he falls in love with Ben . . . who doesn’t even know that love is possible.