Archive | March 2016

Seven ways we lie by Riley Redgate

4.5/5 stars

I think that this book is really down to earth. I love how the author makes real life problems presentable in this book, and the fact that she doesn’t sugar coated makes it even better.

Seven characters, with all 26240663their points of views,makes the book a little bit hard to keep up with; however, each one of them have a unique quality (or sin) that makes each one of them different. Seven ways we lie, is all about controlling ones emotion, and knowing that the real truth of our beings lies within us. Riley shows us that is always better to come clean, than not. I think that in this particular book many of the characters have qualities that we all posses–yet we are afraid to admit.

I met the author at Barnes & Noble the other day, and she’s wonderful. She has a great personality, and she’s down to earth. If you haven’t read this book, give it a try, is a really good read!

Me Before You By Jojo Moyes

5/5 stars
I have no words to describe the feelings I have for this book. Scratch that, I have too many. I mean why? There are some books that come to you and you forget their story as soon as you finish reading it; but there are books that when you are in the first page you just can’t let go, and when you are done the story stays with you forever. Me Before You was the exact same thing for me. I wish I’d never read it, but at the same time I couldn’t read it sooner. This is the type of story that I wish I haven’t read, but that I still can’t understand how did I take to long to start it. I read in one night, literally started at 12 am, and by 5 am I was done. Imagine my boss’ face when I got to work all red eyed and with dark circles under my eyes–he thought someone died–if only he knew.

Jojo Moyes is another author that I’ll keep under the heartbreaking category, along side with John Green, Veronica Roth, Markus Zusak,C. J. Roberts, Colleen Hoover, etc.

“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.” -Jojo Moyes.

When I started this book, I’d never expected it to be like this. Heartbreaking, devastating story, with a beautiful message. Will Traynor, a really complicated man, with a past life full of life, and a devastating future, has been in a wheelchair for two years now, he needs assistance. That’s where Louisa Clark, she’s his care giver. The women is a rainbow of colors, literally. Her clothes, her life, her family–everything about her is just so bright. The story is just unbelievably amazing, it only took 5 hours to break my heart, the characters were so powerful, their emotions seem real, and they got to transfer the power of what they were feeling really well.

“I will never, ever regret the things I’ve done. Because most days, all you have are places in your memory that you can go to.” -Jojo Moyes.

I can’t pretend like this book didn’t break my heart, because it did, and I’m the type of person that will wear my heart on my sleeve, I can’t hide my emotions well enough. So I went to work the next day, people were worried. How could I tell them what really happened? I just told them a close friend of mine died. I had to come up with something.

In overall, this book will make you laugh, cry, mad, sad, joyful, and many emotions that I have no time to describe. Give it a try, you will not regret it.

 

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.

This book has a really interesting story, I can’t help but each time feel more close to Finch. He’s such a peculiar character, and I can’t help but feel jealous of Violet as well. Finch is a character that has18460392 an interesting life style, a bit extreme and too much depression for me, but I loved his mind works. The way he speaks is amazing.

It was hard to actually move from my bed once i was done reading this book. Like, when I finished, I putt the book down on my bed and stared at the ceiling of my room for like 3 hours, silent tears running down my cheeks. I mean, I thought that Violet and Finch were perfect together, and I honestly thought that Violet was going to be enough for Finch. I was very angry with Finch at first, how could he? But then I felt sad, I felt terrible. I wanted nothing more than be there for him. I wish I would’ve been there for him, but he’s the one who got away.

“I know life well enough to know you can’t count on things staying around or standing still, no matter how much you want them to. You can’t stop people from dying. You can’t stop them from going away.You can’t stop from going away either…”- Finch.

“Sometimes, Ultraviolet, things feel true to us even if they’re not,” – Jennifer Niven

Many situations in this book made me forget about my own problems. It made me realize that in this life there are many people with problems bigger than mine, and if that I open myself  a little bit, just a little bit I can get to see a whole different world.

But then everything went wrong. I felt sorry, angry, sad, comprehensive, and many of those emotions that I’ve bottled up inside me came out. He just decided to–well–do what he did, when he knew what she’d been through. I think that was incredible selfish. However,  I can’t judge. I don’t know what he was going through, and it just makes me think that if anyone feels that way, please let me know. I’m glad to help. I know that words don’t mean much, but this stranger doesn’t mind. I went trough something similar, and I want to be there for you. So don’t hesitate, and  contact me.

Overall, this book was well written, the author did a good job describing the characters. Things don’t get confusing, and is a simple, beautiful, sad, and painful read. ENJOY!!!

Things we know by heart by Jessi Kirby

5 Stars

“The heart has its reasons, of which reasons knows nothing; we know this in countless ways.” -Blaise Pascal

Quinn is so fr17571215agile, looking for ways to comfort herself, to find that peace that she longs to get. And that’s why she writes the letters. Since her boyfriend died a year ago, her family has been giving her sh*t just because it’s been over a year. But when you lose someone you love, there’s no way you can get over it. Trent’s family decides to give the organs to people who needed them. Quinn has wrote letters to each one of them, and only one hasn’t answered, the one person who received his heart.

Colton Hayes is the receiver of the heart. She finds him, and between the two of them there’s a world full of discover, adventures, and lots of water (LOL). Colton is around Quinn’s age, and he’s  is beautiful. I fell in love as soon as I read him. They weren’t supposed to fall in love, especially since Quinn was still mourning Trent, but there’s always a reason why things happen–the quote in the beginning.

I loved how the story develops. I think that people underestimate the value of a heart, and that this book brings it back to life. For me a heart is more than an organ; that’s why I take care of it the most. Is the most vital organ for a human body, but also for a human soul.

“There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart. Pursue those,” -Michael Nolan.

“Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back,” -Plato.

“Write in your heart every day is the best day in the year. No man has learned anything rightly, until he know that  every day is Doomsday,” -Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much a heart can hold,” -Zelda Fitzgerald.

“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart… What looks inside awakes,” -Carl Young.

“One of the hardest things in life is having words in your heart that you can’t utter,”- James Eart Jones.

 

BN Events: Riley Redgate.

Hi there,

Um, so for all of you guys who don’t know who Riley Redgate is, she wrote Seven Ways We Lie, and the book is pretty great. She is coming to Barnes & Noble in North Carolina. I am hosting this event in the Winston-Salem store. Fun activities, a lot of questions, and great reads! Please join me to welcome this new young adult writer who has a great potential. The meeting is March 18th, at 7pm.

P.S. I’ll write a proper review of the book once I’m done interviewing her. I think it would be interesting if I also included the conversation, and part of the day on my review! Thank you guys.

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

“Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. Spoiler Alert: is everything.”

5 Stars.18692431
I think that the cover is beautiful. And the art displayed on this book is pretty cool! By the way, I have SPOILERS, like lots of them.

You see, the girl, the protagonist, Maddy, is sick, she’s really sick. Like if she goes outside, she dies kind of sick. Her life is normal and boring as a life can be, but that changes when she meets her new neighbor, Olly. They fall in love with each other, and her mom finds out about this and doesn’t let Maddy see Olly anymore, and then Maddy gets angry and runs away from the house with Olly, to Hawaii no less.

Over there things went so well that I was so scared to get to the part where everything goes wrong, so I stopped reading because I was afraid that the happy moment wasn’t going to last long; however after like two hours I took the book up again and finished reading the story.

It turns out that Maddy gets sick in Hawaii but not because of the disease her mother made Maddy believe she had, but because some other weird thing. And well Maddy finds out she’s never been sick, is more of her mother keeping her safe from the world in the room, because she lost her husband and son in accident. When Maddy and I found out about this, we went crazy, I mean she was locked up in her house for 18 years, is like putting a child in a jail for being alive.

The way Maddy took it, was to be honest really perfect, because I would’ve gone nuts!!! I would’ve scream to my mom, and then I would leave the house and never come back home, or at least I would go and then come back 18 years later, just to let her know how much it hurt, she took all her adolescent life away, without mentioning her childhood and everything else. But besides everything that went wrong in her life, she stayed with Olly. I was so happy when she went after him, like go get him girl!!

“THE LITTLE PRINCE BY ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPERY. Spoiler Alert: love is worth everything. Everything.”

“I’m alive and don’t want to be,” -Maddy.

“Love is a terrible thing and I want nothing to do with it,” -Maddy.

“Love can kill you and I’d  rather be alive than out there living,” -Maddy. 

Scrabble Thoughts Pt. 3

This is part 3 of my crazy thoughts. They are just some crazy things I come up while I am working, sometimes they pop-up in my head while I am walking, or even when I’m reading. But they usually come to me when I’m alone at work. They are like these  internal conversations that I have with myself, I call them  scrabble thoughts. They can be called quotes, sentences, poems, or anything that makes more sense to you. These are the one I came up with today:

  1. I want to go back to sleeping normal again.

  2. Are you scared? Or are you not ready? There’s a difference.

  3. I feel lost inside myself.

  4. What would it feel like to kill someone without feeling guilty? How about if that someone is me?

  5. Nothing, I feel nothing. And yet, I can’t help but notice everything.

  6. Why does being human hurts? I s like we are on an every day battle, fighting for survival.

  7. He didn’t smile. I don’t think he ever would again. I wish I could see his smile one more time. Just once more.

That’s is for today. Thank you for reading. Once again, please feel free to use these for anything you’ll like. Have a nice day.