May TBR

These are the books that I am hoping to read in the month of May. Most of them are part of the 2016 POP Sugar Reading Challenge and the others are free reads that I have been wanting to get my hands on.

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Scarlet, Cress and Winter all by Marissa Meyer. Two of these I am using for the 2016 Reading Challenge and the other one is just a free read.

Seeds Of Yesterday by V.C. Andrews. This is a reread for me and I am using it as a book for the challenge.

Wildflower by Drew Barrymore.

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. This is a book that I really want to read and that is on my challenge list but I’m finding it hard to get into so we will see what happens with this one. It might take me a while!

So that’s my May TBR. I’m doing well so far this year with the challenge. I hope everyone else is doing good as well.

Keep reading…Lola

 

Taylor Swift Book Tag

So because I liked the last tag I did so much I am doing another one. This one is the same as the Disney book tag but with Taylor Swift songs instead. Hope you like it…

1. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together-A book you thought you were in love with but then decided to break up with it.

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I chose Beckham by David Beckham. I read the first 60 pages and put it down because I just could not get into it. I am hoping to pick it up again one day and finish it though. I believe in second chances!
2. Red-Pick a book with red on the cover.

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I chose Welcome To My World by Johnny Weir. I love him, I love the cover of this book, and I love the story inside as well. Amazing figure skater, very talented writer. I could really hear his voice in this book.

3. The Best Day-A book that makes you feel nostalgic.

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I chose To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I read this book in high school and fell instantly in. Every time I see or read this book, it just takes me back to high school English and I remember why I fell in love with reading.
4. Love Story-Pick a book with forbidden love in it.

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For this I chose Cassie and Evan from The 5th Wave by Rick Lancey. I really do ship them as a couple no matter how it began.

5. I Knew You Were Trouble-Pick a bad character you can’t help but love.

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For this I again chose Silas from The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. I just love him even though he’s bad.
6. Innocent-A book that someone spoiled the end for.

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 For this I chose The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. I wanted to read the book before I watched the movie but one of my friends saw the movie and told me who it ended. I knew that there was no way they were going to change the ending of the movie so obviously I knew how the book was going to end. I still loved the book though as well as the movie.

7. Everything Has Changed-A character that has gone through extensive changes.

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I choice Caitlin Payne from The Vampire Journals Series by Morgan Rice. She starts out as a teenage girl and ends up a vampire. Can’t go though any more change than that!
8. You Belong With Me-Most anticipated release.

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Definitely The Last Star by Rick Lancey. It’s the last book in the 5th Wave series. Release date is May 24, 2016.
9. Forever And Always-Favorite book couple.

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I chose Allie and Noah from The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. The best love story I have read about so far in my life.

10. Come Back Be Here-A book you wouldn’t lend out.

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For this I chose The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger. I chose this one because I had a copy that I lent out and never got back so I had to get a new one. I probably wouldn’t lend any of my books out now for that reason.

11. Teardrops On My Guitar-A book that made you cry a lot.

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I chose The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks. Mr. Sparks never disappoints in making me cry but this one takes the cake. I am crying like a baby at the end.
12. Shake It Off-Book you love that you just shake off the haters.

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For this one I chose The Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer. I know a lot of people don’t like these books but I think they are fun and corny and perfect for young adults. They are also better than the movies.

That’s it for my Taylor Swift Book Tag. Definitely do one if you haven’t already.

Keep reading…Lola

Disney Book Tag

I thought this would be fun to do. The objective of the Disney Book Tag is that they give you the Disney movie and the theme and you pick a book that goes along with that theme. Here we go…

1. The Little Mermaid-A character that is out of their element/ fish out of water.

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I chose Noah from The Notebook By Nicholas Sparks. Noah is poor and he falls in love with a girl from a wealthy family who think that she deserves to be with someone more financially set.
2. Cinderella-A character who undergoes a major transformation.

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I chose Caitlin Payne from The Vampire Journals Series by Morgan Rice. In the first book, Caitlin is a teenage girl who finds out that she isn’t who she thought she was and then throughout the series she turns into a vampire and lives a crazy life, one that is completely different from what she thought it was going to be.
3. Snow White-A book with an eclectic group of characters.

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I chose The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares. I love this group of girls and what makes their friendship so great is that they are different from one another. Lena is artistic and shy, Bridget is athletic and a risk taker, Carmen is smart and sensitive with a bad temper and Tibby is a free spirit who feels like she is an outcast in her family so she comes off as a tough girl who hates everything.
4. Sleeping Beauty-A book that put you to sleep.

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I chose Lord Of The Flies by William Golding. I read this in high school and it just wasn’t my type of book. I found it slow at times and there were parts that were just boring. I had a hard time getting through this one.

5. The Lion King- A character that had something tragic happen to them in their childhood.

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For this one I chose Audrina from My Sweet Audrina by V.C. Andrews. She has a rough time as a child. She grows up in seclusion and she’s bullied by her cousin. Her parents want her to be like her older sister who was murdered and when Audrina gets to be 18 she learns the truth about her tragic past.

6. Beauty And The Beast-A beastly book you were first intimidated by, but then found the story to be very beautiful.

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For this one I wasnt sure if beastly meant an actual long book or just a book that maybe didn’t seem all that good. But for this one I chose Claude And Camille by Stephanie Cowell. It’s the story of the artist Claude Monet and his wife Camille. At first I thought it wasn’t going to be a good read just because I’ve read some art type books that I just couldn’t get into but from the first page I was hooked. I loved the story, I loved the romance, I loved the way they incorporated the art. It was a surprisingly amazing read.

7. Aladdin- A character who gets their wish granted for better or worse.

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For this one I chose Jamie Sullivan from A Walk To Remember by Nicholas Sparks. Jamie starts out as a loner with not many friends and then she falls in love with a boy who grants a lot of her wishes. I think the wishes being granted are for better and worse. Without spoiling anything (incase someone hasn’t read the book or seen the movie) it was for the best that they were granted but for the worse when it came to the granting of her number one wish.

8. Mulan-A character who is pretending to be something they are not.

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I chose Evan Walker from The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. I don’t want to give too much away but not everyone in this book is who they say they are.
9. Toy Story-A book which you wish the characters would come to life.

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I chose Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. The main reason for my choice is that I love Tinkerbell and would love to have a real fairy in my life.
10. Disney’s Descendants-Favorite villain or morally ambiguous character.

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I chose Silas from The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. I just love his character. He’s dark and mysterious. I love that Paul Bettany played him in the movie adaptation. I thought he was the perfect choice and when I reread the book that was how I imagined him. Silas is a villain that I love to hate.
So that’s my Disney book tag. I hope you liked it as much as I did and hope you all do it as well.

Keep reading…Lola

*All Disney pictures came from Google Images.

Book Review: Shutter Island (spoiler free)

Shutter Island is a psychological thriller/mystery written by Dennis Lehane. In 2010 a film adaptation starring Leonardo DiCaprio was released.

Summary:

In 1954 U.S. Marshal Teddy and his new partner Chuck are on a ferry going to Shutter Island, which is the home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the criminally insane to investigate the disappearance of a patient named Rachel Solando. Throughout the book, Teddy and Chuck interview patients and faculty to find out what happened the night Rachel disappeared. They follow clues that she has left behind in her room and explore the island as well as try to find out what happened to a patient that was kept in a locked cell on a desolate island with constant supervision.

The Story:

Edward “Teddy” Daniels goes to the Island to find a missing patient but also confides in Chuck that he also wants to avenge the death of his wife, Dolores who died two years prior at the hands of Andrew Laeddis, who is also an inmate at the hospital. While on the Island, a hurricane hits forcing Teddy and Chuck to take shelter for a few days. During this time, they investigate Ward C, which Teddy believes is where the government is experimenting with psychotropic drugs. While returning to the main hospital Teddy and Chuck are separated and Teddy discovers a cave, where a woman claiming to be a psychiatrist and Rachel Solando warns him about the other residents and tells him that the food and medication have been laced with psychotropic drugs. Upon returning to the hospital, he cannot find Chuck and is told that he had no partner. Teddy escapes and tries to rescue Chuck who he believes is at the lighthouse where the experiments are taking place. When Teddy gets to the lighthouse, he is confronted by doctors and the truth gets revealed.

The Characters:

The characters in Shutter Island are very mysterious and interesting. I don’t want to go into too many details with each one because I might give away too much but I will give a brief run down of the ones that I think are the most important.

Edward “Teddy” Daniels is a U.S. Marshal and widower. He goes to Shutter Island to investigate the disappearance of a female inmate and to also get revenge against his wife’s murderer, who is also an inmate at the hospital. He takes the trip with his new partner and soon discovers that everything is not what it seems.

Chuck Aule is Teddy’s new partner. While on the ferry he learns from Teddy that his wife died two years prior in a fire. After reaching the island, Teddy confides in Chuck that his wife’s murderer is a patient in the hospital and that he wants to find him.

Dr. John Cawley is the lead psychiatrist. He refuses to turn over medical records and tells Teddy and Chuck that Ward C is off limits. He also informs them that Rachel Solando’s doctor left to go on vacation right after her disappearance.

Dolores Chanal is Teddy’s dead wife. She was killed by a fire set by Andrew Laeddis, a patient at Ashecliff.

Rachel Solando is the female patient that went missing. She is at Ashecliffe Hospital because she drowned her three children. Before escaping the hospital she leaves codes in her room, which Teddy and Chuck find while investigating their first day on the island.

Andrew Laeddis is an arsonist who set a fire that killed Teddy’s wife, Dolores. He is an inmate at Ashecliffe and the reason that Teddy took the assignment in the first place.

The Writing/Author:

The writing of Shutter Island is amazing in my opinion. The characters are so dynamic and complex. The story moves along smoothly without anything thrown in that doesn’t need to be there. Everything is described and explained in detail but not to the point where it takes an entire page to describe what someone or something looks like. The book was mysterious, thrilling, sad, exciting, entertaining and surprising all at the same time. I love that the ending was a total shock to me. This is the first book that I have read by Dennis Lehane but it is definitely not the last.

Issues:

Surprisingly I didn’t have any issues with this book at all. I loved the writing and the characters. I loved the suspense and shock of everything that happened. I also watched the movie after reading the book and I didn’t have any issues with that either. I think they stayed true to the story and the characters. I loved them both.

Conclusion:

I loved this book. From beginning to end, it was a thrilling mystery with a shocking twist ending. I give it 5 stars and recommend everyone to read it if you haven’t already.

That’s my book review for Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane. I hope everyone liked it and goes out and picks it up.

Keep Reading…Lola

2016 Reading Challenge:March

These are the books that I read in March. I am listing the names of the books as well as the topic that it goes with.

Summer in the City by Candace Bushnell ~ A book and it’s prequel (Read the first one last month)
Learning to Swim by Sara J. Henry ~ Set in home state (Vermont)

Nightwork by Christine Schutt ~ Under 150 pages

A Cold and Lonely Place by Sara J. Henry ~ Murder mystery

Selected Poems by Robert Frost ~ Book of poetry

My Booky Wook by Russell Brand ~ Written by a comedian

Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane ~ Takes place on an island

Down The Rabbit Hole by Holly Madison ~ Book from the library

Carrie by Stephen King ~ First book you see in a bookstore

This was a good reading month for me. I took a big chunk out of the reading challenge so I am really excited about that. I hope everyone else is having just as much success.

Keep reading…Lola

 

TBR: April

These are the books that I want to read in April. I may not get the chance to read them all but I would like to. These books are all on my list for the 2016 reading challenge as well. Some of the books I am getting from the library so they may or may not be available this month.


The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (I just started this one of March 29th)

Paper Towns by John Green

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

Wildflower by Drew Barrymore

Utopia by Thomas More

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Good luck to anyone doing the challenge!

Keep reading…Lola