// Book Review // The Braxton Campus Mysteries :: Academic Curveball # 1 by: James J. Cudney

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The Braxton Campus Mysteries: Academic Curveball # 1 by: James J. Cudney
Published October 15, 2018 by Next Chapter
Fiction/Cozy Mystery

When Kellan Ayrwick returns home for his father’s retirement from Braxton College, he finds a dead body in Diamond Hall’s stairwell.

Unfortunately, Kellan has a connection to the victim, and so do several members of his family. Could one of them be guilty of murder? Soon after, the college’s athletic program receives mysterious donations, a nasty blog denounces his father and someone attempts to change students’ grades.

Someone is playing games on campus, but none of the facts add up. With the help of his eccentric and trouble-making nana, Kellan tries to stay out of the sheriff’s way. And if that wasn’t enough already, his own past comes spiraling back to change his life forever. Continue reading “// Book Review // The Braxton Campus Mysteries :: Academic Curveball # 1 by: James J. Cudney”

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// What Makes a Classic? // Discussion Post #ClassicReads #ClassicBooks

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I sort of took a week off, unintentionally, but I just got a new job and kind of have to transition from old to new. It was a necessary change, but the more the date approaches the more anxious I get. Anyway, I am back. I haven’t gone anywhere, but I’m still here.

I’ve done a little research on this particular question and also kind of got a few opinions from various people.

What makes what are known as classic books, classic?

For the most part, I’ve found and received the same kind of answer when asked this question. A classic book is a classic if it still pertains to life even to this day. I started to think about that and while I’ve not read a lot of classic books, I can see why this was a common answer.

One of my favorite classic books is The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

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The story is told by Ponyboy Curtis. He is what is considered a ‘Greaser’ which is considered a low class compared to the other group ‘Socs’ who are considered high class and more respectable (gag me). After he and his friend, Johnny, are jumped by the Socs one night, they flee out of the city because Johnny killed on of the Socs in self defense. In the end, the Socs and the Greasers are battling each other.

If you haven’t read this book or seen the movie, this should be required. I believe this book is still relevant to this day. For some reason, there are people who believe they are more privileged than the other and therefore are above all else, including the law. You don’t know everybody’s situation. All you see is outward appearance. Read the book.

Classics Are Relevant

I think I’m one of the few people that cannot get through a Jane Austen novel. I can understand why her books would be considered classics, but I can’t simply get through them. I can’t even watch the movies like Pride and Prejudice. 

I believe her novels and The Outsiders will always be considered classes. I also believe there are books that have been published like Harry Potter would be considered classics years later. I’ve not read To Kill a Mockingbird but even I know that book is still important to this day and honestly…how many times is a school going to try to ban this book? Read the book! Don’t be offended just to be offended. That’s a sad life to live.

There are classic books that I CANNOT read because of my sensitivity to plots – Lolita and A Clockwork Orange. I know what they are about but you cannot pay me enough to sit and read these two books or watch the movies. I just can’t.

Tell me what makes a classic a classic to you? What’s your favorite?

// Book Review // Turn the Paige by: Roseanne Beck #BookReview

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Turn the Paige by: Roseanne Beck
Published August 8, 2018
Romance/Contemporary

Paige has everything she thinks she wants.

Nick might be the one thing she really needs.

Sometimes the best dreams are the ones you didn’t know you had.

Dr. Paige Ellis has worked hard to make her dreams come true. But somewhere along the way, she lost something important–herself.

Luckily, her dead grandmother is still looking out for her.

When Paige returns home to fulfill her Nana’s last request, she comes face-to-face with an annoying blast from her past. Not only does Nick Collins know just which buttons to push to make Paige crazy, but he also might be the one thing Paige has convinced herself she doesn’t need.

Can Nana and Nick persuade an overachieving workaholic that love might be the best medicine after all? Continue reading “// Book Review // Turn the Paige by: Roseanne Beck #BookReview”

// Cover Reveal // The Shrike & The Shadows by: Chantal Gadoury & A.M. Write #CoverReveal #CoverLove

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I love cover reveals! This particular one I was happy to do since this was an author I’ve read several books, and she has partnered with another author for this Hansel and Gretel retelling, with a twist! I will post my review of this book soon. So, please read below and see the beautiful cover for this retelling story of Hansel and Gretel.

Continue reading “// Cover Reveal // The Shrike & The Shadows by: Chantal Gadoury & A.M. Write #CoverReveal #CoverLove”

// Audio Book Review // I Found You by: Lisa Jewell // SPOILER ALERT

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I Found You by: Lisa Jewell
Published April 25, 2017 by Atria Books
Mystery/Thriller/Fiction

‘How long have you been sitting out here?’
‘I got here yesterday.’
‘Where did you come from?’
‘I have no idea.’

East Yorkshire: Single mum Alice Lake finds a man on the beach outside her house. He has no name, no jacket, no idea what he is doing there. Against her better judgement she invites him in to her home.

Surrey: Twenty-one-year-old Lily Monrose has only been married for three weeks. When her new husband fails to come home from work one night she is left stranded in a new country where she knows no one. Then the police tell her that her husband never existed. Continue reading “// Audio Book Review // I Found You by: Lisa Jewell // SPOILER ALERT”

// Books Vs. Movies // Discussion Post #BookVsMovie

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Because I’m curious. You read this book. You loved this book. You cried while reading it, laughed while reading it, screamed at the characters for idiotic decisions, and cried when it was over. Then, you see that a movie was in the works for this very book and you’re suddenly met with…

Excitement?

Dread?

Don’t get me wrong! I’ve seen movies based on books that I’ve read and on some occasion they were pretty good, while others not so much. If I liked a book a lot and find that there is a movie being made, I will sometimes avoid it all together, because my expectations are just too high.

I remember finishing The Other Boleyn Girl by: Phillipa Gregory and then a movie was made. I didn’t agree with casting from the beginning and the story was so badly twisted that it no longer made sense. I wound up just absolutely hating the movie.

Would I hate it if I hadn’t read the book?

For me, it’s hard to separate the book from the movie, if I have read the book. There are rare occasions that I rather liked the film more than the book.

Best example of that was Secret Window by: Stephen King. I really liked the movie and actually agreed with how it ended than I did with the novella. But that’s a rare thing to happen.

I read Ready Player One and I actually don’t want to see the movie because my expectations are too high. Now, The Neverending Story is my absolute favorite book and I will always LOVE the movie! But here’s the thing, I grew up with that movie and didn’t know it was a book until I was older.

Does it make a big difference?

What about you? How do you feel about when movies are made from your favorite books? Are you willing to always see the movie? Hesitant? Refuse? Discuss!!

// August Wrap Up // September TBR #AugustWrapUp #TBR

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August was a bit of a challenging month for me. I only got to about four books and ARC that I have to wait until September to announce it. In retrospect, I had to find a new job. I did find one and it’s so much closer to where I live than my other one so I’m happy about that. I’m hoping that September will be much better – it has to be, it’s my birthday month. Anyway, on with the books I managed to get to during August. Continue reading “// August Wrap Up // September TBR #AugustWrapUp #TBR”