January 2015 Wrap Up

Best books - bookish

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  1. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (A Graphic Novel) by Stevenson (Loved it. I wish it was longer! The
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  3. Falling Kingdoms (#1) by Morgan Rhodes (Amazing. I am currently listening to the audiobook of Gathering Darkness, the last book in the Falling Kingdoms trilogy)
  4. Rebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms #2) by Morgan Rhodes (This book is more action packed than the first book. No complaints!)
  5. Landline by Rainbow Rowell (I did not enjoy this book at all. The repetitiveness makes me dizzy. It makes me wonder if I am open to reading another one of her books).landline2
  6. The Transfer (Divergent, #0.1) by Veronica Roth (This was a sweet and simple read. I wanted to know more about Four and what made him who he is and I got a good dose of that).
  7. Positive by Paige Rowl (I recommend this book to everyone. I loved reading about how Paige made her disease (HIV) that she did not have any control over contracting into something positive that changed her life and those around her with the same illness and educating others).
  8. Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek by Mara VanWegenen (Good coming of age memoir)IMG_8993
  9. Snow Like Ashes (#1) by Sara Raasch (By far one the best books I read this year. I can’t wait for the second one to be released this fall). tumblr_static_snowlikeashes
  10. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (Don’t believe the hype! Not a terrible book. However, I wouldn’t have picked it up if I knew what it was about beforehand).
  11. Half Bad (#1) by Sally Green (Very good book. Also one of the best books I read so far this year. Definitely look out for the second book in March).
  12. Red Rising by Pierce Brown (I’m on the fence about this one. I didn’t hate it. I will be reading the next book, Golden Son).
  13. On The Inside by Kim Cano (A fictional look inside a woman’s prison from several points of view. I enjoyed this book. The story flowed well, the timing was great, and I couldn’t have asked for a better ending).

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I’d like to read these books along with a few others in February

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If you’ve read any of the books I read this month or any I plan to read next month, tell me what you thought about them!

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Book Review: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

I was able to finish Red Rising on yesterday and I couldn’t wait to publish a review! The book isRed Rising about a young man named Darrow who is a Red and lives on the planet Mars. You can think of his color Red being a social caste and his group is the lowest of the low. You may also be able to deduce that there are other colors that are higher than his. Events happen to Darrow and his family by means of the governing colors that influences him to change the social status of his people.

I must admit. When I first picked up this book and read a few pages, I wanted to put it down. I kept reading and became hooked to the storyline. The only thing that kind of turned me off about this book is that it is political, so I read it a bit slower than I normally read. This is not a book you would pick up for a quick read. It is dense and you will think while reading it. There’s a great deal of science fiction, romance, military strategy (including alliances and winning), philosophy, mystery, politics, action, and suspense in one book. So, you’re in for a soul depleting read! I don’t suggest reading it in one sitting. Take a break and read another book, then come back to it. It took me a couple of days to read.

The story reminds me of kings, queens, castles, armies, fighting for dominion, and winning the hearts of the people, but without the kings and queens. Picture all of that happening in space…without the aliens. Instead it is about a young man who came from a hard life working on the edge of Mars… a job that he could very well die from and rising to become powerful in his own right…sort of.

I liked how there were plenty of references to popular classic works such as The Odyssey by Homer and names of very popular individuals  in history and their ideology. Since philosophy is my favorite subject, I immediately loved that part about it.

Not to sound sexist, but this book is definitely testosterone infused. I’m not saying women shouldn’t read it but you will find the terminology used here is only popular with one sex. I describe the word usage as  “male locker room” lingo. That is the best way I can explain it! I’m not a huge fan of his writing style and word usage, but I do like the plot quite a bit. There’s also a lot of competitiveness between the male characters and with that comes with even more crude jokes. Just a heads up!

All in all, I gave this book 4 starts on Goodreads. The next book in the trilogy, Golden Son released this month and I do plan on reading it sometime before the year ends.

From My Bookshelf: “The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August”

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I’ve decided to pull a book from my bookshelf to read at least once a month and feature it on my blog. The first one I’ll be reading from my bookshelf this year is The Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North. I saw someone showing this off on YouTube and I decided to pick it up. Also, it reminds me a lot of Every day by David Levithan which I absolutely LOVED. I hope to love this one as well.

This book follows a man named Harry August. Every time he dies he goes back to a child. He goes back in time many times before he dies again, but this time it all changes. He finds a little girl by his bedside and she asks him to help her. She calls him doctor and she needs to send a message. Soon Harry tries to save a past he can’t change and a future he can’t allow to happen.

Can’t wait to get into the story!

Reading Update

I have been swamped by work and  personal issues that I haven’t had time to read as much as I’d like. I am now finding time to read once I get off from work and on the weekends. That will have to do until I am able to get another relatively long break. I have read 10 books this month so far.

I hope to finish Red Rising (60% done) and possibly Daughter of Smoke and Bone befIMG_9171ore the month is up which means I have until Friday to finish them. Red Rising is a pretty slow read for me. The book isn’t bad, but a lot of things happen and it’s very political, so I find myself thinking and reading at the same time which makes me read slower. Daughter of Smoke and Bone… I have faith that it will be a good book.

I picked up Her as well. I’m about 40% done with it. I don’t plan on finishing it this month. I started the audiobook of Gathering Darkness, the last book in the Falling Kingdoms trilogy. I don’t care for audiobooks, but my library only has it in audio form and I really want to finish the trilogy. I hope to finish it this month, too.

That is where I am currently with my reading this week.

Insurgent (Trailer)

The trailer for Insurgent, a movie based on the book Insurgent by Veronica Roth, has been released! I cannot wait for this movie to start showing in theaters. I watched Divergent (the first movie) not too long ago. The Divergent trilogy is very popular in the book community. However, I couldn’t get into reading the first book. I do like the the film adaptation better and I’m sure I will like Insurgent just as much. Hopefully, we will get to know a little more about Four in this movie!

In case you haven’t seen it already, I have provided the video of the “official trailer” down below for you to check it out.

10 Books I Want To Read In 2015

I’ve read a few books I wanted to read in 2015, but I won’t include them in this post because that would be considered cheating! The books I’m including are books I want to read this year and haven’t read or started reading already. Here’s 10 books I want to read this year (not in any order):

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  1. The Man Who Knew Infinity: In 1913, a young unschooled Indian clerk wrote a letter to G H Hardy, begging the preeminent English mathematician’s opinion on several ideas he had about numbers. Realizing the letter was the work of a genius, Hardy arranged for Srinivasa Ramanujan to come to England. Thus began one of the most improbable and productive collaborations ever chronicled.
  2. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock: 
    Today is Leonard Peacock’s birthday. It is also the day he will kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather’s P-38 pistol.
    Maybe one day he’ll believe that being different is okay, important even.
    But not today.
  3. The Assassin’s Curse: Ananna of the Tanarau abandons ship when her parents try to marry her off to an allying pirate clan: she wants to captain her own boat, not serve as second-in-command to her handsome yet clueless fiance. But her escape has dire consequences when she learns the scorned clan has sent an assassin after her.
  4. The Rosie Project: The art of love is never a science: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers.
  5. Noughts and Crosses: Callum is a naught, a second-class citizen in a society run by the ruling Crosses. Sephy is a Cross, and daughter of the man slated to become prime minister. In their world, white naughts and black Crosses simply don’t mix — and they certainly don’t fall in love. But that’s exactly what they’ve done.
  6. The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz: In the summer of 1944, Denis Avey was being held in a British POW labour camp, E715, near Auschwitz III. He had heard of the brutality meted out to the prisoners there and he was determined to witness what he could.
  7. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry: A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over–and see everything anew.
  8. Go Ask Alice: This powerful real-life diary of a teenager’s struggle with the seductive — often fatal — world of drugs and addiction tells the truth about drugs in strong and authentic voice. Tough and uncompromising, honest and disturbing — and even more poignant today — Go Ask Alice is page-turning and provocative reading.
  9. Gossamer: Where do dreams come from? What stealthy nighttime messengers are the guardians of our most deeply hidden hopes and our half-forgotten fears? Drawing on her rich imagination, two-time Newbery winner Lois Lowry confronts these questions and explores the conflicts between the gentle bits and pieces of the past that come to life in dream, and the darker horrors that find their form in nightmare.
  10. Geisha, A LifeGeisha, a Life is the first of its kind, as it delicately unfolds the fabric of a geisha’s development. Told with great wisdom and sensitivity, it is a true story of beauty and heroism, and of a time and culture rarely revealed to the Western world.

Goodreads Reading Challenge Update: 9 out of 100 books read so far!

Quick Change!

I recently changed the title of my blog from “franthebookie” to “Bold and Bookish.” I apologize for not telling you guys sooner… More like remembering, but same person, different name. 🙂 I hope I didn’t confuse anyone.

-Fran

Book Review: Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

falling kingdomsPrincess Cleo of Mytica confronts violence for the first time in her life when a shocking murder sets her kingdom on a path to collapse. Once a privileged royal, Cleo must now summon the strength to survive in this new world and fight for her rightful place as Queen.

The King of Limeros’s son, Magnus, must plan each footstep with shrewd, sharp guile if he is to earn his powerful father’s trust, while his sister, Lucia, discovers a terrifying secret about her heritage that will change everything.

Rebellious Jonas lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished—and finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Witches, if found, are put to death, and Watchers, immortal beings who take the shape of hawks to visit the human world, have been almost entirely forgotten. A vicious power struggle quickly escalates to war, and these four young people collide against each other and the rise of elementia, the magic that can topple kingdoms and crown a ruler in the same day. (Amazon)

I’ve read more fantasy books this month than I read last year (third one read this month). I didn’t know how to put this story into words, so I had to use the summary from Amazon. The story is very, very complex, but it’s a joy to read. 

The characters are well developed. Every character in this book is haunted by something. No one is safe! The whole time I was reading this book I was thinking about who is the most trustworthy character and I couldn’t give an answer. So many secrets. So many motives. Unbelievable!

What turned me off about this book was the story building in the beginning. The author gives you a lot of information on the conflicting kingdoms and what put them in their current position. I felt like I was reading a history book for the first couple of chapters. Once she gives you the background information, the story takes off from there and you’ll love it. However, there was an event that took place at the beginning as well that made me want to continue reading and I’m glad I did.

I recommend this book! I know many people don’t know about this trilogy/series and it’s such a shame. I plan to read the second book very soon.

 

Freshly Picked: Red Rising!

2015/01/img_9171.jpgI’ve been wanting to read Red Rising by Pierce Brown for sometime now and I finally bought my copy! This is another super hyped book in the book community and I hope it is all what they say it is. Golden Son, the second book in the trilogy was released last week with just as much excitement surrounding it as Red Rising.

I don’t know much about this book, but the part of the story that stands out to me is that it takes place on mars. Yes, mars, the planet. While this may seem a random place for the setting of the story, I can see where the author can go with this. Mr. Brown has full creative control over this story because not much is known about mars academically, so he can pretty much create a world there without much strife from the academic scholars and make it pretty believable as far as he can go with fiction.

There are so many books in my Kindle and on my bookshelf that I want to hopefully to, so I don’t know when I’ll start reading this book. If I get to it before the summer I’ll be surprised. It will get read before the year ends. That is a promise! And I’ll be sure to post a review.

Have any of you read this book? Tell me your thoughts!

Book Review: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

tumblr_static_snowlikeashesSixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend and future king, Mather—she would do anything to help Winter rise to power again.

I cannot begin to say how much I love this book. Sara Raasch’s creativity is nothing like I’ve ever seen before besides written in the timeless classics.  While reading the first couple of pages of this book, I was really intrigued by her creative use of words. I read words like Abril (April in Spanish) describing the capital of Spring. Jannuari (January) describing the capital of Winter and many more. Another thing I think is really interesting about this book is the kingdoms are different seasons. I cannot explain every part of this book to you I think is really clever, but if you read it you’ll know what I’m talking about! Everything about this book is perfection!

Meira. I love her. She was born in the kingdom of Winter, but became a refugee when Hannah, the queen of Winter was killed and her people were caught to work as slaves. Meira escaped as a baby with the help of Sir and his wife Alysson along with a few others including her good friend Mather, the king of Winter.

Meira’s fierceness, loyalty, and wittiness is what got me completely on her side. She is willing to do anything and everything for her place of birth. Meira talks her stuff and she’s able to back it up! That’s what I love about her character; plus she’s very likable.

I don’t want to say more about this book in fear of giving the story away. It’s so easy to do so. I do recommend this book! The story is very well written. Nothing written inside this book took away from the story. Even the flashbacks/dreams were well written in a way that added emotion to the storytelling while developing a rich and masterful unfolding of events.

If you love Fantasy, you will love this. A truly gripping tale of sacrifice and self-discovery and it is compared to The Game of Thrones. The second book will be released in the fall.