Showing posts from April, 2016

The Wrath & the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

So I am somewhat amazed that I hadn't heard of this book prior to last week. I found it while perusing Facebook and someone posted a picture of the novel talking about how they were so excited for the new book to come out. The cover looked pretty, and I knew I'd seen it before, but had never really looked into it, so I looked up the synopsis on Goodreads and I couldn't figure out how I hadn't already added it to my TBR list. It has quite a few things I look for in a book-fantasy, love, a little bit of magic, and it's a retelling of Arabian Nights (aka One Thousand and One Nights), which I've never read, but I do know the story of it. So I decided why not, I need a good love story right now, and boy did I get one!

Following the story line of Arabian Nights, The Wrath & the Dawn follows the story of Shahrzad, Shazi for those who know her well, who has volunteered to marry Khalid Ibn al-Rashid, the Caliph of Khorasan, the King of Kings. Although the title …

Oola: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World by Dr. Dave Braun & Dr. Troy Amdahl

Last March, Young Living sent out a notice that they were furthering their partnership with the Oola Guys and releasing new essential oils to help their customers achieve Oola while being oily. What is Oola? you ask. Simple.

oo-la: noun.That state of awesomeness. It is when your life is balanced and growing in the seven key areas of life; the 7 F's of Oola (fitness, finance, family, field, faith, friends, and fun). (p. 31)
I am always a person who looks into things before doing something, and I don't just jump in, I wade in. So I looked into Dr. Dave Braun (the Oola Seeker) and Dr. Troy Amdahl (the Oola Guru). The lucky thing for me is that they are both very active on Twitter. I searched their profiles to learn about this Oola thing. They post lots of things like this.

They make you feel really good about  yourself while also being very honest about what you need to do to get your stuff together.

So, yeah, last March. I was beginning to enter into a stage in my life when I nee…

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Recently I decided that there are some books that I want to re-read. Books from high school that I had to read for school and didn't appreciate, books that I might have been too  young to appreciate the first time I read them, books that mean more now that I'm older, and some just because they are good books and deserve to be read again. Speak is one of those books. I definitely understood it when I first read it sometime in my high school years, probably around 07-ish. But it had a bigger impact on me this time. I have known people who have been raped; I've been in situations where I was uncomfortable with a guy but didn't know what to say or do. Rape is a topic that is talked about in hushed tones and sparks a lot of controversy. It always seems to come back to if the girl (or guy) was "asking for it" because of what they were wearing or where they were. I am of the belief that it is always, 100% wrong. No one asks for it. This book does a brilliant job of …

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

My most recent read was The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I have been looking forward to reading this book for quite some time for a few reasons. One, I was told that I would love it because it is an adult version of Harry Potter. Two, the cover of it is beautiful and mysterious. Lastly, it has wonderful reviews, not only by people who I trust to give good reviews, but also by multitudes of other people.

I had started reading it just after Christmas, however, I just wasn't in the mindset for the book, so I shelved it to finish it later. When I started it this time, I felt much more ready to enter this intricate world. I must say, I wasn't disappointed. Morgenstern has done a brilliant job of painting this circus of black and white and shades of grey. Her detailed description of the acts, tents, and people make you feel like you are there watching everything happen. She pulls you in from the very beginning.

"The circus arrives with no warning. No announcements precede i…

How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

This book is full of swearing. This book references the female body and things that women experience, both internally and externally. Everything from puberty, to child birth, to sexism is discussed. If you are sensitive to harsh language, I am sorry. If you know that any of this will offend you, do not bother. Any hateful comments will be deleted and the user will be blocked.

For the month of April, Emma Watson chose How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran for the feminist book club Our Shared Shelf. I joined the group for a few reasons. I have always been a fan of Emma, not only as an actress, but as a human. The work she does outside of acting is an inspiration for me, and because she is only a year older than me, it makes me feel like I can accomplish just as much. Secondly, one of my goals this year was to read more books that I wouldn't usually read, and although I do identify with feminism, I hadn't read many books that I would classify as such. This group provides me the opportuni…

Requiem by Lauren Oliver

So after the disappointments of Delirium and Pandemonium, I was pleasantly surprised with Requiem. This is why I push through books when I'm not in love with them. I mean, there is a difference between hating the book and not liking it. I wouldn't waste my time on something I hated, but I never hated this series, I just never bonded with it-until this one. I feel like the series has ended on a very high note.

Requiem takes place from two points of view: Lena and Hana. Although it alternates every chapter, just like Pandemonium did, the fact that it was from two different people made it easier to follow.
Lena's Story
Lena's story starts 3 days after Pandemonium finished. Julian is still learning how to live this completely new lifestyle and Alex ignores Julian and Lena. The group is in the Wilds outside of New York, but they quickly learn that the Wilds are no longer safe. Regulators are canvassing the Wilds, killing Invalids as they find them, burning down the camps…