Bookmarks for book lovers!

Bookmarks for book lovers!

Did you know that I'm an artist? No? Well I am, and this year I started my own business. I'm super excited to be finally doing something I love. Creating art and design for those who love it and can't do it themselves. I offer graphic design services as well as fine art and illustration. I have a website over at www.twoeasels.com if you want to find out more. But for my awesome book blogger friends I decided to create these cute bookmarks. Because you can never have enough, right?

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REVIEW: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

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Take a trip across the universe with residents of Godspeed, a space ship that has been traveling to another planet for centuries.

I didn't know what to expect from this book, I haven't really heard anything about it before I read it. I had the third book at home, and I bought it because it was on sale, yea, I do that. Then I read the back of it and realized that it's the third in a series, so I ordered the first one and started reading. Well I listened to it while running. Either way it starts off with Amy and her parents getting ready to be cryogenically frozen, so that she can wake up in 300 years on a different planet, where her parents are going to help build a new life for people of earth (Because of course we have ruined our planet). Like any teenager she is scared and doesn't know what to do, should she go with her parents or should she stay and never see them again. She chooses to get frozen for 300 years, or so she thinks. When she wakes up she is in for a shock.

 

At first I didn't really care for Amy, she wasn't very whiny, she almost seemed too smart for a teenager. What teenager would want to save a whole ship and then teach them the ways of the earth. None, they're too busy doing whatever it is they do nowadays.

Now the ship is another thing all on it's own. It's huge, and by huge I mean gigantic, it has farms and cities and a lot of people, as well as the frozen people. And everyone talks so weird, "chutz"? That word bugged me so much I cringed every time I heard it. would the language and "race" change that much over that many years. Anywhere between 300-1000 years. I think, I can't really get it right since they never actually say how many years it has been.

Oh and Elder, what a big whiny baby, good thing Amy makes him realize what is going on by the end.

 

I wouldn't say it's predictable, I had other guesses, but I guess some people saw the ending coming. If you're a teenager read it, if not then maybe you should pass, because it is a bit immature.

REVIEW: IT by Stephen King

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I don't even know where to start with this book, I was expecting a lot, I thought it was going to be the greatest book I have ever read, but that didn't happen. At first I was totally lost, I didn't know who was who, there were so many characters and each of them was telling his or her own story that I couldn't figure it out. Then once I understood what was happening, what the plot was and who the characters were, I liked it a lot. I wanted to finish it quickly, but that all went downhill when my audio book ran out from the library and I actually had to read the book. And back to square one. Confusion. The story went from bad to good to bad and then to shocking gross and disturbing. Then back to confusing and boring.

I really want to like Stephen King, I do. I have many of his books, but this one was just not my cup of tea. When you write about 10 year old having sex (a girl with about 5 guys) you have lost my interest. Ever since I read that I was grossed out and really wanted to just give up on the book. But then I got the audio book again and listened to it while I was running, if it wasn't for that I would not have finished it.

The idea of the story was good, a group of kids want to catch the monster or "creature" that has been killing children in their town. They are haunted by this monster and they give it all to destroy it, and they think they do, but when they are older the monster is back, and they have to do it all over again. The majority of the book is about them when they are young, about 10-13 years old. And jumps back to current time when they are all middle aged and reunited to destroy IT.

I don't get it, is there some deeper meaning to this story, because I don't see it. All I see is a lot of imagination from King and not much sense to it all. If you read let me know what you thought.

I will only recommend it to someone who really likes Kings other creepy books.

 

REVIEW: Spells and Sleeping Bags by Sarah Mlynowski

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Like all the other books in this series, this is for young adults, I should say around 13-16 years old. But I wanted to step back in time and enjoy something that I would have loved when I was younger. This is the third book in the series so I won't go into too much detail, I loved this book. The first one was obviously good the second one was ok, but this one was my favorite. When I was young I always wanted to go to camp, but I couldn't since I had just moved to America from Poland and didn't really speak English for a little while and my parents sure didn't so I couldn't go to camp. I watched movies about camp and fantasied about being there. But no, never happened. And then this book came along and I was back to being a young teenager.

This book starts off right after the second one finished, a couple weeks maybe. And that's what I liked about all these books. There aren't any gaps in between the books that have to be filled in. Although the author does backtrack a bit and tell us what happens in the previous books, which I thought was a bit unnecessary. But I could live with it. It is for kids after all, they have short attention spans. Lol.

Rachel of course doesn't know how to control her powers and gets herself in a big mess. Another enemy, and her bf gets stolen from her. Ugh, the life of a teenager. But I'll let you read it and decide for yourself.

 

 

REVIEW: Remember Me by Sophie Kinsella

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What would you do if suddenly you didn't remember your life? Would you get depressed, believe everything everyone is telling you about your life or would you seek the truth and find yourself? I personally love stories about memory loss, amnesia and stuff like that, just the idea of not knowing who you are is hair-raising, and so bizarre to me that I can't get enough. Yes, I'm a weirdo. Although in this story the character looses a part of herself, she gains so much more.

The books follows Lexi when she wakes up in a hospital after an accident, and doesn't remember who she is. Rather, the last 4 years of her life. The most crucial ones. To her shock she has a totally different life, lives in a loft style home, married a rich guy and she's now the boss of the company she used to work for. Oh and all her friends hate her.

Who could she have done in only four years to change her life so drastically. We follow her as she tries to piece together the pieces and figure out why she's the way she is. Is she happy, does she love her husband or her new life?

I really enjoyed this book, this was my first ever Sophie Kinsella book and I am now a fan.

 

I liked the characters, they were well written and developed, I liked each one of them. Although Lexi's mom could have been focused on just a tiny bit more. I feel like I hater her but don't know exactly why. Maybe the way she seems so cold has something to do with Lexi's father, but we don't get enough of that information. I really hated the husband, what a duche, it's all about the money and keeping a clean house.

I like how the book flowed. It wasn't too cramped up with detail, and it's a fun read. So if you're expecting to learn some big life lesson pick something else. This is like watching the Lifetime Network. It's a feel good story. I recommend it.

10 Books I am thankful to have read

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  In in spirit of Thanksgiving I am making a list of all the books that I am thankful were written. Ones that I've read at least, who knows what other wonder will get written in the future.

These are not in any specific order of preference. Well except for the first one, Outlander you win. And not all of these books had a great impact on my life, they didn't change the world or won any awards. Some I'm just thankful to have read because they were good entertainment.

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I only have reviews for some of these, the ones I read before I started this blog are not reviewed, maybe someday.

1. Outlander (the whole series really)

I love these books, I read Outlander because I bought book 4 not knowing it was part of a series, once I found out, I had to read the first one. And that's how my obsession started.

2. Frankenstein

Oh Mary Shelly, you have quite the imagination. I love this book, even though I was forced to read it a couple time through out school. It has a deeper meaning to it, it's not just about the monster. It's about acceptance, differences and love.

3. Something Borrowed

I read this book back in college, and at that time my life, or at least part of it, was very similar to the book. You know, a boyfriend cheats on his girl with the girls best friend. yea, that's all I have to say.

4. The Shining

This is Stephen King at his best, I am reading IT right now and it's so disturbing and gross in some parts. The Shining was just spooky and scary.

5. The Bronze Horseman

Every girls dream is to fall in love with her prince, but when there's war there are challenges. The characters in this book are so beautiful, so passionate. They are only teenagers but they understand life more than most adults do. I highly recommend this book, especially to Outlander fans.

6. House of Tribes

This one was just fun, who thinks about the mice, the little critters that destroy our home, eat our food. But they don't eat our food for fun, they eat it to survive. This is just a fun story about a mouse, from the perspective of the mouse. We get a glimpse into the world of little animals and what it is that they do exactly. It's fiction, mostly for a younger audience.

7. A Child Called It

Everyone who has a child should read this, or maybe before you have a child, this is a book written based on the authors personal life. A memoir? He was abused and neglected when he was a child, by his mother, who would put his hand on a burning stove top when she felt like it. It's grouse and disturbing, but it's important to know that bad people like that do exist and we need to be more aware so we can stop them.

8. The Velveteen Rabbit

Just magical, I wish I was a kid, really, this book would be the best bed time story ever. It's loving and sad and happy at the same time, because to a kid his/hers toys really are alive. It's like Toy Story but so so sweet.

9. The Giver

I read this for school a couple of times, and then just had to buy a copy for myself. I love this concept, that somewhere in the future, in a utopia people will not remember all the hurt and pain that their ancestors have gone thought. All the wars and death. But little Jonah is responsible to remember for everyone. Read it. I now need to see the movie.

10. The Great Gatsby

What would you do for love, this guy does everything. It's a beautiful story or love and money. Money can't buy you happiness or love, but for some people money is more important than love and happiness. This is a great book, I read it a couple times and will read it again. The movie was great too. DiCaprio does and excellent job playing Gatsby.

 

What books are you thankful for?

REVIEW: Just What Kind of Mother Are You

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Image a perfect mom, someone who has everything under control, someone who is better than you. Now imagine being the person responsible for her daughters disappearance. Yikes!! The author does a terrific job with this story, it's not told from the perspective of the parents of the missing girl, or from the girl herself but from everyone else involved. It's not so much about her abduction, more about everyones lives and how they got affected by it. We get to see how the detective thinks, and the mother who is blamed for the disappearance, and the missing girls father, and we learn that he has a second family. Do any of these things have anything to do with her kidnapping. Because she isn't the only one that is gone. Or has she simply run away?

I really liked this book, I was constantly guessing what could have happened. Thinking everyone is a suspect, and never expecting the twist that the author throws at us. I guess some people could see it coming, guess what happened to the girl, but not me. It's not a huge book, I got through it pretty quickly, and it held my attention the whole time I was reading it. I think the characters were great, well developed and given that we only see glimpses of some they are still memorable.

I do recommend this book to others, I don't think this will be on my top favorite books of all time, but it was an enjoyable read and I'm glad I read it. So go pick up a copy and read it.

Outlander obsession!

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You might not know this but I am an Outlander fan, big time. I have read all 7 books, and currently reading the 8th book. I'm not far in but so far I LOVE IT! And I have a big urge to re-read all of them, or at least the first few. And I decided to give myself a couple Outlander presents recently.

 

 

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(click on image to go to the Etsy store where I bought it)

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I didn't even know there were hardcover copies of all the other books. Now I do. Love them.

REVIEW: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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I didn't really know what this book was about, I try not to read up a lot on books that I still haven't read. I just but them and then wait for the surprise. Since this book was so popular I just had to buy it, even though I ended up not reading it for a long time.I blame that on having a newborn at the time.

The book is about a missing girl, not a young girl, a married woman who goes missing, and her husband is trying to find her, he is devastated, and tries to uncover her past in order to help bring her back. And that's all I will say.

This book was great, definitely on my top list of books, it was dark creepy and gripping, I was constantly guessing what happened, and at one point I guessed right, but then changed my mind. Definitely kept me hooked. The characters were good enough where I wanted to find out more and more, but I think it's the story itself, the mystery that makes this book so great. The ending might make people angry or disappointed. But no matter how you think it could have ended, this is the only way. Any other ending wouldn't feel right.

I recommend this book to anyone who likes a little mystery, it's not a long book so you don't invest too much time in it if you hate it, but  I doubt you will. And yes, you are supposed to hate the characters.

If I had a time machine I would read these books again

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top10 I am joining  The Broke and the Bookish  for this weeks Top Ten Tuesday.

Since I don't re-read books, I just don't have the time, these are some of the books I would love to read again, if I had a time machine and went back in time to read them for the first time. The Bronze Horseman Trilogy Because Alexander is just so hot and Tatiana is such sweet girl. I fell in love with these characters from page one.

Little Women I know I loved this book, I think I might have tried to read it twice, it's been a long time, and I don't remember much about it. Maybe one day I will re-read it. Or watch the movie again.

Outlander Series Need I say more. I love this series, at least till book 4, it gets very boring in book 5, and then it picks up speed with the later books. Read my review of the book.

The Shining I love Stephen King and this is one of his best books, I read this when I was about 13 and loved it. Maybe I should read it again.

Great Gatsby I have already read this twice, both times for school. But it's such a great book. I even bought my own copy not too long ago.

The Giver Also read this for school, and loved it. The idea of a world without memories and feeling and love it just so sad.

The Secret Keeper Because of the twist at the end. Loved it.

Between Shades of Grey Such a sad yet inspiring story about WWII and the people of Lithuania. Check out my review of the book.

Atonement Beautiful story, love the twist ending. My review here.

The Glass Castle Made me want to cry. This is the kind of book every mother should read. So she can be a better one. Same goes for dads. Read my review of it here.

REVIEW: Animal Farm by George Orwell

Ahh a quiet life on a farm…..until animals unite and take over. Of course like most people I have heard of this book, many times. It has been sitting on my shelf for quite a while, but I just never picked it up, until now. I was looking for something short and this book took about 3-4 hours to finish.

The story is about a farm, where the animals aren't treated in the best way. As some farms are, but on this farm the animals rebel. They fight the humans and win, taking over the farm and running it themselves. The come up with a plan, rules and all, to make this farm the best farm around. And any human is forbidden from stepping foot on it They want to be free, to do as they please, to have some control over their own lives. At first it seems like they are happy, like they can achieve anything they set their little minds to. But soon we learn that when the pig is in charge, everyone else suffers.

The animals live in communism, the pigs are in charge and the other "less intelligent" animals just work for them. They build and make food, and when they rebel they are killed.

I really enjoyed this book, it was quick and well written. Of course Orwell is a genius, so no wonder there. But I though, as with most classics that it was going to be hard to understand and difficult to get through, but I flew through this book in just a few hours. It's a great story and I think everyone should read it. You might just learn something about our own society, and that those in charge aren't always right.

Frogs and French Kisses by Sarah Mlynowski

This is a sequel to Bras and Broomsticks which I loved, and yes I know it's for middle school kids or High School but I liked it, so there. I like witches, witchcraft anything that has to do with powers. So of course I loved this book. And of course like any series, the first one is the best, and eventually they aren't that good. The fire dies out and we are only left with a glimmer of what the story one was.Though hopefully not with these books.

The story picks up only a couple weeks after the first book finished, so we get to see how everything ended and what was happening after the big embarrassment Rachel got herself into. Well she didn't learn her lesson that's for sure, she still goes and makes her sister do magic, for her own benefit, which in turn backfires, almost every time. She accidentally made Will fall in love with her. Will is Raf's brother, and she is in love with Raf. And that's what the book is about. I won't say more in case you haven't read it, or don't want to spoil the rest of the series.

I liked this book, not as much as the first one, but enough to make me pick up the third one. Which I'm almost done with, and it's great, so check back soon for a review on that one.

REVIEW: The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

I didn't know what to expect of this book when I started reading it. I really didn't even know what it was about, I'm not sure I do now that I read it. But as much as I thought i would hate it in the beginning I grew to like it more and more towards the end. It's not a thriller and it doesn't keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat. But it slowly pulls you in, you find yourself caring about the characters, and wondering where life will take them, or why they are in the situation they are in. They go from stupid college students to smart grown people, and all you can do is smile. I wouldn't say this is anywhere close to being one of the best books I have read this year, and I'm not sure everyone would like it, I'm not sure why I like it. I usually prefer something with a kick, a good thriller, suspense, mystery, or just pure smutty romance. And this book falls somewhere between all of those. It's simply about life. I think it lacked a good climax, everything is on the same level of importance. The characters are well developed but not memorable. It's been only a couple weeks and I can't remember their names, or maybe it's just me and my memory sucks.

It's not a bad book, just not something I enjoy, and I would still recommend it to some people. But if you prefer a good page turner than this might not be for you.

Top 10 series I want to read!

top10 I haven't done the Top Ten Tuesdays hosted by The Broke and the Bookish for a while now, but this week I have something to share. I don't have a lot of series that are new, soI will include old series" that I still haven't read but want to. And I'm only listing the ones I own. Here it goes.

81y7jSoqeGLDivergent Yes I know it's been out for a while, a long while, but I just need to be in that distopian mood. And I fear it's similar to Hunger Games, which I did like, but I need a brake from those types of books.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

81EqJ7GFhzLHarry Potter I watched the first 2 or 3 movies, and loved them, so I got all the books and I'm really looking foreword to reading them all. But with a baby it will take me a very long time.

 

 

 

51CCHNULpjLAnne of Green Gables My mom keeps telling me these are great, a little adventure about a young girl. Maybe I'll give these a try too, they are sitting pretty on my shelf.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

51YZH4NSK4LThe Series of Unfortunate Events I already read the first book and loved it, can't wait to read more. It was a quick read and fun, even thought sad and depressing. It's weird you have to read to it know. Is the movie any good?

 

 

 

 

 

51NL8VCyZqLA Wrinkle In Time Never heard of these but they are classic, right. I see them recommended everywhere even to adults, so I bought all 5. Yey me, and if I don't like them maybe my doughtier will when she's older.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

61Y-vYqyqYLGame of Thrones I don't have HBO so I'm not too itchy to watch the series yet, I have finally collected all the books, so one of these months I will binge read.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

51nMbXWvFQLAcross the Universe I finally got into reading more YA, and this one I love, I listened to the first book about a week ago, and love it, already ordered the rest of the series. I wonder if there will be a movie based on this book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

51hFn4MuOLLAll Souls Trilogy For some reason I just love the idea of witches, so of course I got all the books from this trilogy. And can't wait to start. And the covers are gorgeous.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31A9zHJ8w3LPercy Jackson I watched the first movie, before I knew it was based on a book, so now that I know, I want to read the rest. I also used to love mythology, so I think I will like all the gods coming to life.

 

 

 

 

 

91XG+xArzxLClan of the Cave Bear I really don't know what these books are about, I guess gave men. It focuses on a girl and follows her life, but it's just a topic I never read about, cavemen. Hmmm. I already have three of the books. Let me know if any of you read these and if they are good.

ARC REVIEW: Urban Watercolor Sketching

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Are you interested in watercolor? Do you sketch? Then check out this awesome book.

I received this book from bloggingforbooks for review, this is my honest opinion.

For those of you who don't know I'm an artist, I work in a graphic design field, but I really prefer to paint and draw. I have been interested in getting into watercolor more, because it's such a difficult medium I have always been a little afraid of it. I own a lot of watercolor supplies, just like book, I also hoard art supplies. I requested this book to get a little inspired and learn more.

I like this book a lot, and it's not the type of book you read front to back and then review. I flipped through it, and read a little here and there. Mostly I looked at the art and go some inspiration, some ideas for what I want to paint. I like the way it's laid out, it's fun and creative. The book offers a lot of information on color, hue, technique and a little bit of history, of paint as well as art itself. Everything in this book is sketched, it really shows that the author is serious about what he does. Also the book itself is a good size, as soon as I opened it I was wowed.  I will definitely keep this book on my table andgo back to it when I need some info. I recommend it anyone who is a painter, and artist, looking for inspiration and education. Go check it out!

If you are interested you can check out my art

 

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REVIEW: Skip, Hop Dragon's on Top!

This is a funny little book for little kids to learn the concept of top and bottom. The illustrations are fun and the animals are cute. My baby liked to thumb through the pages, and she pointed to a few animals. But she's only 15 months so she didn't learn much yet. We'll try again in a couple months and see if she can understand a little more. Overall it's a great little book for kids, the only thing I would change, and I think this comes from the fact that I'm an artist myself, I would add some sort of background behind the animals. Maybe make them play in a meadow, or just add some trees behind them so it looks like they are in a place instead of a white background.

REVIEW: Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

See the characters spread their wings in this Shakespeare verse filled novel. The story is set in a fictional town of Barnwell, where the three sisters, Cordelia, Rose and Bianca, reunite back at home. Not under happy circumstances, their mother has cancer, and they all want to help a little. As well as run away from their problems but have no where else to go but home. From there we see how they struggle to put their lives back together while dealing with their sick mom.

I didn't really like this book, it had a poor plot and characters that I couldn't relate to on any term. I know that not every good book needs to have a climax, but the lack of it in this story really showed. There was nothing to look foreword to, and nothing to get excited about. The ending could have been predicted in the first few chapters. Also, the whole Shakespeare obsession, and their constant mentioning about how they love to read got old very quickly. I don't read Shakespeare, and most of the time I didn't know what the hell they were talking about. I thought I would like a book about book lovers, but they were just flat characters with too much free time.

The story is told from all of their point of views, as well as a narrator, as well as first and third person. It was weird. I don't even know how to explain it. But it was confusing and should not be done, ever.

Over all this story lacked a good story, the characters are developed but not memorable, or interesting. I don't think I will recommend this book to anyone, it's just not the type of story to keep you up at night.