Showing posts from May, 2017

What I'm Reading and Watching (Late May)

Well, since it's the last day of the month I figured I'd share what I've been reading and watching lately!


Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

This is a book I've wanted to read for a long time. I've always been fascinated by Mount Everest and I would love to do a trek to base camp (I'm terrified of heights so I wouldn't be able to attempt to climb it, sadly). I was familiar with the events of the 1996 Everest Disaster when I read the book so that helped me to keep up with the many people involved and the events. Krakauer does a great job of organizing the chapters and events in a way that's detailed and makes sense. The biggest part to me about the book was his honesty. He doesn't hold back, including the doubt and guilt he experienced about the role he played in the events. I'm usually not a memoir reader but this one is a must-read.

Ms. Marvel Vol. 1

I've heard such good things about this series and they're true. I loved the story and…

Book Blogger Hop 5/12/17

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer.

If you read a book you ended up hating, would you stay away from future books by that author, or would you give them a second chance?
It depends on why I hated the book. If the writing really sucked I would probably not read books by the author in the future. If I just didn't like the story I would give other books by the author a chance. It's rare I refuse to read an author. There's only a few I steer clear of because I know I don't like their writing (either the style or quality).

Top Ten Dark Book Covers

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week is a book cover freebie so I chose my top ten dark book covers. I chose book covers that were literally dark or reflected the dark or intense content of the book. I tried steer clear of horror novels because that would be too obvious (plus I'm a wimp and don't really read horror). 
1. The Lord of the Rings I'm incapable of doing a list without some Tolkien in it. This is one of the copies of The Lord of the Rings I have. 
2. Red Rising All three novels have the same format: an image on a black background. Interestingly, the newest novel is going to have a white background. 
3. Doctor Strange: The Last Days of Magic All of the covers in the series have had beautiful, dark, crazy covers. 
4. Sharp Objects This one's pretty obvious. 
5. The Poisonwood Bible  I stumbled on this chilling version of the cover (apologies to those who are afraid of snakes).
6. Frankenstein So Frankenstein is obvio…

American Gods and The Handmaid's Tale

I had a chance to get caught up on TV today. I watched the first three episodes of The Handmaid's Tale. I'll go ahead and say that I haven't read the novel. It's one of those that's been on my list for a long time but I haven't gotten to it. I still definitely intend to read it. The show is really good. And honestly disturbing with how timely it is. It's scary when you can see these sorts of things happening. A lot of articles I've read share this thought- it hits close to home. The show is powerful and overall very well-done. I'm looking forward to watching the rest of the series.

Anyone that knows me knows how excited I've been about American Gods. I'm a huge Neil Gaiman fan and I love the novel. The show is everything I hoped it would be. And it's only the first episode. We meet Shadow, Low Key, Bilquis, Technical Boy, Mad Sweeney, Mr. Wednesday, and Laura (briefly) and they're all amazingly cast. Like they stepped out of the nove…