21 September 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #4 : Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Illustrated)


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. This is my first time participating in this meme, but I've seen it across so may different blogs I just had to participate. To participate all you have to do is spotlight upcoming publications you're eagerly anticipating. Keep reading to see what I have chosen for this week.


Of course I'm a big fan of Harry Potter so I definitely was going to get excited about the new illustrated version of the book coming out. I can't wait to see and purchase a copy to add to my collection. It's almost like I collect Harry Potter books because I have so many different editions. So this definitely will be one to add soon. : ) 


Expected Publication: October 4, 2016
# of Pages: 272
PublisherArthur A. Levine Books


The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he's packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.

And strike it does. For in Harry's second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockhart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls' bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley's younger sister, Ginny.

But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone -- or something -- starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects... Harry Potter himself?


20 September 2016

Top 10 Tuesday (well 5 haha) Audiobooks to Check Out



Hey everybody ! It's Tuesday so you know that means another Top 10 Tuesday hosted by the ladies over at the Broke and the Bookish. This weeks theme is all about audio so we could choose anything from our top 10 bands to our top 10 podcasts. This week I decided to go with audiobooks. Although there are not 10 titles that I can currently recommend, they have become a great way to keep myself occupied while driving to and from work. Let me know if you have any audiobooks you could recommend for me to check out! : )

Game of Thrones. Read by Roy Dotrice. Oh my gosh! This man has a gift and this audiobook was amazing. He clearly made a distinction between each character and these distinctions were impeccable. If you love audiobooks I definitely would give this one a try.







Confessions of A Shopaholic. Read by Emily Gray. She's just hilarious and she really brings Becky to life as a character. She makes you feel as though you really are listening to Becky talk about her life. 






Harry Potter. Read by Jim Dale. If you haven't listened to this you need to get on it. ASAP.











Will Grayson, Will Grayson. Read by Macleod Andrews & Nick Podehi. These two guys do an excellent job bringing this book to life. They were able to create different voices and they kept me laughing the entire time. 








Homegoing. Read by Dominic Hoffman. First of all this novel is amazing in it's own way. To add a narrator that could portray not only the characters, but also the various periods of time in which the novel took place was great. I can't give the author or the narrator enough praise. 

15 September 2016

Book Traveling Thursday #3 | A Book That Brings Warm Feelings

Book Traveling Thursdays 

So I found this group on Goodreads and it's about looking at different covers of a book based on the topics that are picked each week. The group his moderated by Danielle & Catia. Here's the link to the group if you're interested in checking the group out: Book Traveling Thursdays Goodreads Group

This Weeks Theme: A Book That Brings Warm Feelings
With fall coming right around the corner, this week's theme focuses on a book that brings us warm feelings. My first instinct was to go from The Girl of Fire and Thorns. It has become one of my favorites and I get a warm feeling somewhere in my stomach every time I think about it. 

Original Cover:

U.S. Cover

My Favorite Covers











The first cover is from France and I definitely think it embodies the what the story is surrounded around; however, it is a bit risque considered the female barely has anything covering her chest. haha The second cover is from Germany and although it isn't the most complex cover it does have the beautiful godstone taking up most of the cover and I love how the city is silhouetted in the background. 

Least Favorite Covers




The first cover is from Japan and I do not understand that cover at all. It seems as though it barely has anything to do with what the story is about. It just doesn't work in my eyes. The second cover is from Spain and once again I don't think it clearly or effectively exemplifies what the story is about. The last cover is Turkish and while I like the color this once again makes no sense and has nothing to do with the story. I just think these covers were done in a relatively lazy manner. 

If you participate in Book Traveling Thursday let me know in comment section below so I can check out what book covers you decide to choose. 

08 September 2016

Book Traveling Thursday #2 | Focus on Food, Cooking, or Eating

Book Traveling Thursdays 

So I found this group on Goodreads and it's about looking at different covers of a book based on the topics that are picked each week. The group his moderated by Danielle & Catia. Here's the link to the group if you're interested in checking the group out: Book Traveling Thursdays Goodreads Group

This Weeks Theme: Food, Cooking, and/or Eating 

So I definitely didn't have a hard time picking this one out. I read Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert a while ago and I think I mostly read it because I really wanted to see the movie; however, I really ended up enjoying both and this book definitely has a lot of cooking and eating as she travels the world in search of finding herself. It definitely contains a great number of cultural elements that I fully enjoyed. 

Original Cover:


U.S Cover / Movie Tie-In 



My Favorite Covers 

  
Okay so the first edition that you see is in Arabic and for some reason I just really like the all white background against the image. It's simplistic, but beautiful at the same time. The second like the third cover is from Germany. The second cover is the Kindle edition that Germany put out while the third cover is the actual paperback. I think both of these covers give a warm, tropical feel to them which is exactly what Elizabeth finds in her last two destinations. 

Least Favorite Covers


The first cover is from Bulgaria and I don't understand how it ties into the book at all. The string of beads don't make sense unless I missing something from the book. The second cover is from Russia and in my personal opinion it looks like someone went on a vacation and tried to Photoshop themselves into the over all theme of the book. It just doesn't look put together at all. The last cover is from Italy and to be honest I don't know what to say about this one because I have no idea what is going on. haha : ) 

If you participate in Book Traveling Thursday let me know in comment section below so I can check out what book covers you decide to choose. 

07 September 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #3, The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. This is my first time participating in this meme, but I've seen it across so may different blogs I just had to participate. To participate all you have to do is spotlight upcoming publications you're eagerly anticipating. Keep reading to see what I have chosen for this week.


If you did not know I'm a huge and I mean huge fan of Rick Riordan and I'm willing to read anything that man puts out including his grocery list lol. Anyway, Riordan is a genius at covering many different types of mythology and weaving them into fun and exciting stories for people of all ages. Just last year he started a new books series based in Norse mythology and I can't believe that the release date for the second book is almost here. Can you say excited?!? 


Expected Publication: October 4th, 2016 
# of Pages: N/A
Publisher: Disney Hyperion 


Thor's hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon--the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn't just lost, it has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can't retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer's return is the gods' worst enemy, Loki--and the price he wants is very high.

06 September 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Would Love to See As TV Shows

It's Tuesday so you know that means it's another Top Ten Tuesday hosted by the ladies over at the Broke and the Bookish. Today's topic surrounds TV shows so we could pick TV shows we want to binge watch, TV shows we already have binge watched, etc. I chose to list 10 books I would love to see as a TV show. Scroll down to see what decisions I made! : )
 


  • The Percy Jackson Series: Okay so I know that this has already been made into a movie, but in my personal opinion it wasn't done right. Next step should be a TV show series. 
  • Chew: Last time I heard this was actually being optioned to be an animated TV show series. 
  • Fables: I mean it's my favorite comic book series and I really think that it would nice to see it as a full length production on Starz, HBO, or Showtime. 
 

  • The Addicted Series: You guys have no idea how good this would be if it was turned into a soap opera haha. 
  • Reckoners Trilogy: It would be different than any super hero show or movie we've ever seen. 
  • The Girl of Fire & Thorns Trilogy: I think the female is bad ass and that definitely needs to be showcased on someone's television set. 


  • Falling Kingdoms Series: It's like Game of Thrones for young adults! How could I not ask for a TV show. 
  • Saga: I actually think that Sci-Fi would do a pretty decent adaptation of this comic book series. 
  • Mistborn: I just want to see this one on the big screen, but I almost feel like a TV show would be better because there is so much going on in the book.    

Alright guys so I know I only chose 9, but I couldn't think of a 10th choice and I didn't want to force it. What books would you like to see as TV show adaptations? 

05 September 2016

Discussion: Graphic Novels Vs. Comic Books

Okay guys so this is the first time that I've done a discussion post, but I really thought this would be a good topic to discuss on my blog. I've actually already done this as a video on YouTube if you want to check out! Be sure sure to leave your insight on what you think about the difference between graphic novels and comic books.

#1: Structure 
Graphic novels and comic books are both a different type of book that includes pictures; however, a graphic novel is bound up like a book where as a comic book is usually a single issues (20-40 pages) that is stapled together. In a lot instances you can find a lot of issues of a comic book turned collected in book format that is often called a trade paperback. 
#2: Storyline
Graphic novels are stories that contain a beginning, a middle, and an end. The story is written to a certain level of completeness. The reader not only figures out or learns about the characters and setting, but they also get the opportunity to learn about the plot from the rise, to the climax, and finally to the resolution. If an author or publisher decides to produce another addiction in a graphic novel series it too would have a middle, beginning, and end. A comic book is different in the sense that it only provides the reader with a glimpse of the story. There isn't a middle, beginning, and end. A lot of time comic books simply just give you a little bit of information that you continue to gain over the course of many issues. The world building and character development takes a bit longer than what you would typically see in a graphic novel. 

What is the same; however, is that both graphic novels and comic books contain beautiful artwork with their own distinct styles. Below you'll find some of my favorite graphic novels and comics. 

My Favorites: