Bookish Road Trip – Strand Bookstore, New York, NY

Just another place you should go if you love books.

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Last year, when we first started Thrice Read, Jenn went on a road trip and had and opportunity to check out several really exciting and well known book stores in the country.

This time though, it’s not Jenn doing the bookish road trip post, it’s me.

I had the opportunity to spend a couple of days in New York this week and what kind of book blogger would I have been if I didn’t make it to the infamous Strand bookstore.


The Strand 1

Let’s start with the size of Strand. To call it large would be a total and complete understatement. Strand is massive. It’s three stories — basement, ground level and second floor — and books fill nearly every space. It’s a book hoarder’s dream and I’m almost positive that even the most obscure books can be found here.

Once you get used to the size of the store and the…

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Cinder

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I just finished reading Cinder and I have to say…I absolutely loved it!!!

Cinder is a cyborg. One of the many that exist among humans. She lives with her stepmother and stepsisters after the Blue Plague took the life of her guardian. She works as mechanic where she one day hopes to be rid of her home forever. However, Cinder is more valuable than she realizes which puts her in the middle of an intergalactic fued as well as on a path of self-discovery.

This book is the first installment to the Lunar series. I’ve heard nothing but great things about this series and I was not disappointed. Each book is a twist on the classic fairy tale of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Repunzel, etc. I love Melissa Marr and her remaking of Cinderalla was very original. I also like how it is set in a different country instead of America. I also love how Cinder is not your typical Cinderella where she cleans, cooks and does housework. No, she has to work as a mechanic to earn her keep and I think that is so badass for a female character and it was a nice change. Unlike, the original Cinderella, she is not passive and speaks up for herself which was very refreshing. In addition, the book wasn’t too long and it was evenly paced with no uncessary scenes which was also refreshing. I was so engaged with this read that I finished it in two days! As I was reading, the beginning reminded me of a book I read called the Red Queen but only a small portion. It also reminding of the books by Alex Flinn which I also love.

Overall, I give it a 5/5!

I look forward to reading the next installment, Scarlet.

Possible read

In Her Blood: The Dagger Chronicles, Book #1 Janice Jones Published by: Amberjack Publishing, Publication date: May 1st 2015, Genres: New Adult, Romance, Supernatural – SYSNOPSIS: Alex Stone wants to pretend the supernatural doesn’t exist. As the owner of a hot new clothing line, the only thing she’s killing is her competition – until she […]

via In Her Blood: The Dagger Chronicles, Book #1 Janice Jones Book Tour with Excerpt and Giveaway — Lovely Loveday

This seems like a good read. And I am a fan of supernatural.

The Man with a Load if Mischief

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It’s time for another book review!

A few day ago I finished reading The Man with a Load of Mischief. It’s set in a village in England where multiple murders have been committed and it’s up to Richard Jury to solve the case. I don’t know why but books set in England are so fascinating to me. Maybe it’s because of the language or because it’s set in another county but I love them. This book wasn’t a gory true crime novel or particularly action packed and I didn’t expect it to be. There was one particular loose end about a certain character and his wife that I thought needed to cleared up. It should’ve been a quick read but it did take me about a week to read it. Overall I give it a 3/5. There is a whole series surround Richard Jury and his adventures and I intend to (attempt) to read them all.

The next books TBR are Cinder from the Lunar Chronicle and Four which is part of the Divergent series. To be honest I’m quite over the Divergent series but it was on my list from when the series was popular so I thought “what the hell?” However, I’m very excited to read Cinder. The first time I saw the book it was on the shelf at Target and it has taken me years to finally get to it. I heard it was a great book so, I will admit, I have high expectations about it.

Until next time!

The Blogger Stats book tag

The last three books you read?

The Handmaid’s Tale, FanGirl and Fahrenheit 451

Spoilers or spoiler free?
I hate spoilers and I hate when people flip to the back of the book to see the ending.

How long have you been book blogging?
I started in December of 2016, so I am still fairly new at this.

A book you read in one sitting?
To be honest I’m not sure if I have ever finished a book in one sitting. It takes me a while.

Your favorite genre?
Supernatural and as of right now true crime

Preferred book size? (novella, tome…etc.

I prefer books that aren’t too long. But if I happen to read a book that’s 400 pages long it better be interesting.

Amount of books on your TBR?
Over 30. I know that’s horrible.

A book you have DNF’d?

Hmmm….can’t remember

Recent awards or milestones?

As of right now I have over 50 followers. As I said I’m still a little new at this.

Best interaction with an author you enjoy?
In my English class we were given the option to buy the book Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn and she came to out school for the Poets and Writers festival. That was pretty neat!

Average number of books you read per month?
A few years ago, 3-4. Now it’s more like one or two.

Top three publishers?
Don’t have any

Social media sites your blog uses?
I use Facebook and Twitter

Average amount of time you spend networking?
I try to network with other bloggers but I’m too busy.

Most comfortable blogging position?
Anywhere as long as long as I have my phone.

Music or quiet when writing reviews?
I need quiet when I blog.

Can you sum up your blogging style in 5 words?
Books for the common reader!

A blog you looked up to starting out?
Jenn, Caitlyn and Eden @ThriceRead

The best book you have reviewed so far?

I’m not sure to be honest. I would say my best reviews are the ones where I compare the book to the movie.

Best piece of blogging advice?
Be patient and you shouldn’t be obligated to blog everyday.

Mockingjay part 2 and Allegiant

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Today I am going to do two movie reviews back to back since I saw both movies back to back. A few days ago I finally watched Mockyjay part 2 and Allegiant years after I read the books.

Mockingjay was the final installment to the Hunger Games franchise. At this point the new and reformed District 13 is preparing to take the Capitol and rid the world of President Snow once and for all. First off, Mockingjay was the least interesting book of the series in my opinion. It was slow and honestly it was a bit of a let down to the ending of the whole franchise. The movie, however, was action packed and I think the director/producer/ whoever made it that way to living it up a bit. On the other hand, I was confused at times. As I is said before, I read the book years ago but I was still able to determine which parts were in the book and which were not. Honestly the whole movie had me hella confused! That whole thing with Madam Coin and Plutarch wanting to film videos of Katniss fighting for the rebellion was annoying at times. And the scenes where Katniss, Gale and other soilders were traipsing through the Capitol did not make sense to me at all for some reason. The scene where Katniss confronts President Snow made no sense. Where were they? Who’s house was she in leading up to that confrontation because I’m pretty sure it wasn’t hers. Also, at the end Katniss killed Madam Coin and went into hiding in her old Capital home from Catching Fire (when her and Peeta were supposedly engaged). Then some time later Peers shows up and Katniss says “You’re home.” Like where the hell was he for the past few weeks? And wherever he was he just decided that he wanted to be with Katniss all of of sudden? As I said, the book was a bit of a let down and so was the movie. But I’m not surprised. That’s what happens when you split a movie into two parts unnecessarily.

Overall, 2/5

*Sigh* Well……what can I say about Allegiant (you can see my review of the book here)? I didn’t like the last book of the Divergent series at all. And the movie wasn’t any better. Long story short; some parts of the movie were in the book, some weren’t. The ending of the movie didn’t have the same twist ending as the book. In fact the ending to the movie was anticlimactic. Not to mention the plot was a little all over the place. Now, I was under the impression that just like Hunger Games and Twilight and Harry Potter, that Allegiant was going to be split into two parts. So throughout the entire movie I was waiting for the it to cut off at some point and leave us with a cliffhanger that will somewhat propel us into part 2. But that didn’t happen. I found out that the ratings were so low on this movie that they decided to make the next installment, Ascendent into a TV movie. Thank God!

Once again I give it a 2/5.

Until next time!

The Handmaid’s Tale

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I just finished reading The Handmaid’s Tale last night and I have to say it was a little anticlimactic.

The story revolves around a newly reformed America in which women have no rights and are essentially breeders, otherwise known as a Handmaids. Offred is the narrator of the story who herself is a Handmaid.

A friend recommened this book to me and I finally got around to reading it. I don’t think Margaret Atwood meant for the story to be extremely dramatic. It was more so of a…..read between the lines type of deal. I looked at the reviews for this story and a lot of women said it was disturbing and to be fair it was. But it was also interesting. Like Fahrenheit 451 I think you can apply this concept to modern day society. Even though women have come a long way there are still situations where woman are seen as less than or as objects.

On the other hand, the way the story was told was confusing. There were times where Offred was toggling back and forth between her past life and current life so abruptly. Plus a lot of the dialogue had no quotations so I wasn’t sure who was talking or where a character’s line ended. Although the plot is fascinating to think about the way it was told was somewhat dull.

Overall, 2-3/5.

Girl on the Train movie review

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So, I finally watched the movie Girl on the Train months after reading the book. You can read my review of it here.

Even though I gave the book an average rating I have to say the movie was pretty damn accurate. In my book review post I said I couldn’t see Rebecca Ferguson as Anna but after watching the movie my mind has been changed. However, I still have to say I didn’t like Justin Theroux playing Tom. Honestly, you can just tell that he might be up to something. And can I just say that Haley Bennett looks exactly like Jennifer Lawrence! Like they could be sisters! I think the movie was very well casted.

The character of Rachel is really pathetic and I think Emily Blunt did a great job of portraying that. One thing I have to say that I didn’t like was the fact that in the book the story was set in England but in the movie it was set in America. More specifically, New York I believe. But compared to other things that little mishap was very minor. The movie didn’t put me on the edge of my seat like Gone Girl (book and movie) but I still enjoyed watching it.

Accuracy wise: 5/5

Overall: 3.5-4/5

FanGirl

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After seeing FanGirl on the shelf at Barnes and Noble I knew I just had to read it. I finished it last night and I was not disappointed.

Catch Avery is a huge Simon Snow fan (a fictional story about the world of magic). She loves it so much that she creates fan fiction about the two main characters and has thousands of fans. At 18, Catch tries the juggle her story, college life, boys and a relationship with her sister Wren.

Catch is not really a social person and she prefers staying indoors and fantasizing about the world of magic. And I can totally relate to that! She also has a very close attachment to her twin sister Wren which could border on annoying which is totally me as well. I’m an only child but I prefer hanging out with my one friend than with others. Or if I make a new friend during class I’m more likely to hang out with them than make friends with anybody else. It’s a little sad actually. Anyway, when I was reading the entries about Simon Snow, the first thing that came to my mind was Harry Potter. Which I think may have been what Simon Snow was modeled after since Harry Potter was a huge success over the years. There are some issues with Cath’s mom which I think could’ve been touched on a little more. I also think the ending was a little off. I got to the end of the last chapter and thought “oh shit, that’s the end?!” That’s how drawn in I was!

Overall, I give the book a 5/5!

Until next time!