12/30/20

End of the Year Warp-up 2020

 



Books read this month: 





The Sun and her Flowers - I may not show it on this blog but, I do like poetry and this book is NOT poetry what so ever. I have written a rant that will be coming out soon. 

12/28/20

The Phantom of the Opera

Goodreads: The Phantom of the Opera

Author: Gaston Leroux

Genre: Dark Romanticism (gothic), Romance

POV: 1st person

Summary: Long ago strange events have happened at the Palais Garnier Opera house. Disembody voices heard singing and the crashing down of the chandelier on that dreadful night. To this very day it remains a mystery as to what happen regarding the phantom of the opera. 



cue the music: 






12/26/20

The Best books of 2020

My Year in Books
27,017
pages read
Marianna
113
books read

Click here to see my year in reading on GR. 

Click here to see my list of the top ten best movies I watch this year

 I going to do something different for this year. Instead of a top ten list I will be listing my favorite books I read this year. To be frank I read so many great books this year I can't narrow it down to ten. There will be three categories: graphic novels, middle grade, and fiction. I place teen and adult together because 1. I don't read a lot of teen (YA) books and 2. many adult books can have a teen appeal to them. Doesn't mean they are all fluff up they just have mature subject matter that most teens should be able to handle. 

Top 10 best movies of 2020



Unlike last year I have narrow down the best movies I watch this year to ten. This is not a rank list, their just movies I watch for the first time this that have become my favorite. 

Click here to see my list of the top ten books I read this year

btw If you want to see every movies I watch this year you will has to go through the monthly wrap-up posts. of the pass twelve months. 

Three more things, 1) I made a separate list for the animated movie just make it clear that not all these movies are live action 2) I not going to included any documentaries I had watch, and 3) I am not bothering putting up pictures of each movies. There just way too many. 

12/21/20

The Centerville Ghost Review and why its should be a Movie Adaptation


Author: Oscar Wilde

Genre: short story, Dark romanticism (gothic) 

Summary: The ghost has been haunting the Centerville mansion for centuries until an American family move in. No matter what tricks the ghost used they all back fire.

12/16/20

100 Cupboards

100 Cupboards 100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson

Author: N.D Wilson

Genre: Portal Fantasy

Age: MG

Format: audio book

Summary: Since his parents disappear Henry move into his Aunt and Uncial house. Up in his attic room he discovers cupboards pastor in the wall. Why were they pastor into the wall. What secrets lay inside? Lost treasure? A map to a lost city?

12/14/20

Cir Du Freak books 10,11,12 Plus review of whole series.

 Review book 10 The Lake of Souls:



Review:  This series is quite odd, to begin with, and now it gets stranger. First, I have to say that this book keeps it real with Darren grieving for Mr. Crepsley.

The world Darren and Harkat travel to this over worldly places. They do find out what the place is at the end and all I’m going to say is that it is interesting.

A lot of questions that have been building up in the previous book have finally been answered. However, lead to more questions.

Books 7,8, and 9 take a subplot line and stretch it into three books throws the story off a bit. Book ten makes up for that.

12/4/20

Two Year Blogaversary

Click here for 1st year Blogaversary post. 

I have survived 2020 and will live to blog another year. A lot has change in my reading and in the world. There is no hiding the fact that this year sucks (for the world that is). I am not going to recap the awful world events that happen this year. All I got to say is...

12/3/20

Yamasong March of the Hollows: movie review


Genre:
Sci-fic, drama, art house

Year of Release: 2017

Rated: PG

Director: Sam Koji Hale

Summary: An automated girl and tortoise warrior journey with a band of outlaws on an incredible quest. Their one hope is to find a legendary relic to defeat a sinister mechanized army and save the creatures of their world.

11/27/20

Logan's Run: movie review


Genre: Sci-Fic 

Rated: PG

Year of Release: 1976

Director: Michael Anderson

Summary: It's 2274, and on the surface, it all seems to be an idyllic society. Living in a city within an enclosed dome, there is little or no work for humans to perform, and inhabitants are free to pursue all of the pleasures of life. There is one catch however: your life is limited and when you reach thirty. Some, known as "runners", try to escape their fate when the time comes, and it's the job of Sandmen to track them down and kill them. Logan (Michael York) is such a man, and with several years before his own termination date, thinks nothing of the job he does. Soon after meeting a young woman, Jessica-6 (Jenny Agutter), he is ordered to become a runner and infiltrate a community outside the dome known as "Sanctuary" and to destroy it.

11/24/20

Courtney Crumrin Vol. 1 the Night Things and Vol. The Coven of Mystics


Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things by Ted Naifeh

Author and Artist: Ted Naifeh

Genre: Unban fantasy, fairies

Age: Teen

Summary: Courtney's parents have dragged her out to a high-to-do suburb to live with her creepy Great Uncle Aloysius in his spooky old house. She's not only the new kid in school, but she also discovers strange things lurking in the woods.

11/23/20

The Voyage of the Frog

The Voyage of the Frog The Voyage of the Frog by Gary Paulsen

Author: Gary Paulsen

Genre: Adventure, Sailing, Survival

Age: YA

POV: 3rd

Format: Audio

Summary: Fourteen-year-old David Alspeth intended only to fulfill his uncle's last wish when he set sail in the Frog, but when a savage storm slams the tiny sailboat, David is stranded. No wind. No radio. Little water. Seven cans of food. And the storm is just the first challenge David must face

11/16/20

Journey Through Fiction: Why buy books at used book sales



When I first join the book community, I notice all these books hauls where its almost always brand new books that are being brought. Rarely do I see a library or used book hauls.


I understand people can do what they want with their money. If you want to spin 10 dollars on one book at Burns and Noble by all means that is fine. B&N has a rewards program even. However, I rarely buy books at bookstores.


A bit of backstory is that as a kid my mom will take me to yard sales and used book sales. Schools, Churches, and Friends of the library will have these book sales. My mom is smart with her money and can get good deals with about everything. Somehow, I pick up on it and it has turned me into a deal searcher bloodhound.


As a young teen, I started buying used books for myself. I rarely buy books at a B&N or Books a Million. If I did go to one of the stores it will be BAM because you can acquire coupons easily. However, the sad thing is that the BAM near my house has recently closed down and the nearest one is now three hours away.

11/11/20

Mooncakes

Mooncakes Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker

Author: Suzanne Walker

Artist: Wendy Xu

Genre: Fantasy, F/F romance

Summary: Nova Huang knows more about magic than your average teen witch. She works at her grandmothers' bookshop, where she helps them loan out spell books and investigate any supernatural occurrences in their New England town. One fateful night, she follows reports of a white wolf into the woods, and she comes across the unexpected: her childhood crush, Tam Lang, battling a horse demon in the woods. As a werewolf, Tam has been wandering from place to place for years, unable to call any town home

11/9/20

The Girl in the Locked Room: A Ghost Story

The Girl in the Locked Room: A Ghost Story The Girl in the Locked Room: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn

Author: Mary Downing Hahn

Genre: Paranormal

POV: Switches between the 3rd person for the girl and 1st person for Jules.

Summary: family moves into an old, abandoned house. Jules's parents love the house, but Jules is frightened and feels a sense of foreboding. When she sees a pale face in an upstairs window, though, she can't stop wondering about the eerie presence on the top floor—in a room with a locked door. Could it be someone who lived in the house a century earlier? 

11/6/20

The Nightmare Before Christmas: movie review

 Genre: Musical, family

Rated: PG

Year Release: 1993

Director: Henry Selick 

Summary: Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloween Town, is bored with doing the same thing every year for Halloween. One day he stumbles into Christmas Town, and is so taken with the idea of Christmas that he tries to get the resident bats, ghouls, and goblins of Halloween Town to help him put on Christmas instead of Halloween -- but alas, they can't get it quite right.

11/4/20

Gulliver's Travels


 Author: Jonathan Swift

Genre: Fantasy

POV: 1st person

Format: read the first two parts then switch to audio

*Warning* for size-ist. Five inch people are not well represented, and giants are treated as the bad guy **gasp**.

None of that is true for what happens in the book. Life doesn’t have trigger warnings, so I don’t give trigger warnings. Only yahoos give trigger warnings.

Summary: This book begins the authors account of visiting remote regains of the world. Which first begin when he was cast away on an island fill with small people.

10/31/20

October Wrap-up 2020


 Books: 1

Audio books: 2

e-books: 2

Magas: 2

Total: 7


10/30/20

I'm Thinking of Ending Things: movie review...sort of


Genre:
Drama, Thriller

Year of Release: 2020

Rated:

Director: Charlie Kaufman

IDMb

Summary: A young woman travels with her new boyfriend to his parents' secluded farm. Upon arriving, she comes to question everything she thought she knew about him, and herself.

10/27/20

TTT #38 Halloween Freebie

 

Top ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Artsy Reader Girl. This weeks topic is last week's topic: is Halloween Freebie. 

My freebie is going to be scary books for kids that are better then the Goosebumps books series. Let's faces it Goosebumps are cheap in thrills. They get you with their twist endings for a few books and then dwindles in to cheapness. I understand why my mom didn't give me the Goosebumps books as a kid. Instead she give most of the books that are on this list. 

1. The Haunting of Drerek Stone series. 


Author: Tony Abbott

I like how the story takes place in New Orleans and has an interesting concept for ghost that is hard to explain in a few words. Also  the main character is over weight and is partly deaf in one ear. Knowing how you guys are that might grab your interest.

10/26/20

To All the Boys I've Loved Before

To All the Boys I've Loved Before To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

Genre: Contemporary, romance  

POV: 1st person 

Series: To All the Boys I Love Before book one

Age: Teen 

Format: Audio

Summary: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh.

10/22/20

A Man Called Ove

A Man Called Ove A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Author: Fredrik Backman

Genre: Contemporary

POV: 3rd person

Formant: Audio

Summary: Meet Ove. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him the bitter neighbor from hell. Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. 

10/16/20

The Dark Academia Book Tag

 


I love old things and learning. Dream of having my own study with a roll top deck, typewriter, and antique globe. In fact I have an antique globe so I can check that one off. Only this year have I heard of the aesthetic Dark Academia. This fits my intellectual style nicely. 

I find this tag on La Petite Muse and the Original is created by *emmie* over on book tube.  

10/15/20

The Asylum of Dr. Caligari

 
Autor: James Morrow

Genre: literary, magic realism, horror

POV: 1st person

Age: Adult

Summary: In 1914, the world teeters on the brink of the Great War. An American painter, Francis Wyndham, is hired to provide art therapy at a renowned European asylum, working under the auspices of its mysterious director, Alessandro Caligari. Francis is soon beguiled by his most talented student, Ilona Wessels, whose genius with a brush is matched only by the erotic intensity of her madness. Deep in his secret studio, Dr. Caligari, rumored to be a sorcerer, struggles to create Ecstatic Wisdom, an immense painting so hypnotic it can incite entire regiments to rush headlong into battle. 

10/9/20

movie review: A House with a Clock in its Walls

Genre: Family, fantasy

Rated: PG

Year of Release: 2018

Director: Eli Roth

Summary: A young orphan named Lewis Barnavelt aids his magical uncle in locating a clock with the power to bring about the end of the world.

10/7/20

Stacking the Shelves #2 & WWW

 


Note: For WWW Wednesday scroll down to the bottom. 

This weekend I went to my Friends of the library bookstore. Strangely enough its the only library bookstore that open and its been open since July. 


10/5/20

Cirque Du Freak books review of 7,8,9




Book 7: Hunters of the Dusk

Summary: Darren Shan, the Vampire Prince, leaves Vampire Mountain on a life or death mission. As part of an elite force, Darren searches the world for the Vampaneze Lord. But the road ahead is long and dangerous - and lined with the bodies of the damned.

9/30/20

Monthly Wrap-up September 2020

Books: 1

Luthiel' s Sone: Dreams of the Ringed Vale

Manga: 12

The Promise Neverland Vol. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12

E-book: 1

The Complete Book of Ghost

Total books read: 14

9/27/20

Luthiel's Song: Dreams of the Ringed Vale

Dreams of the Ringed Vale Dreams of the Ringed Vale by Robert Fanney

Author: Robert Marston Fanney

Genre: high fantasy

Age: Teen

POV: 3rd person

Summary: On Summer Eve Luthiel turns 15 and two dangerous surprise awaits her. First a Wyrd Stone gifted by her sister. That is said to have mysteries powers. The second is the Blade Dancer that comes to take her sister to the Vale of Mist. Instead Luthiel decides to go in her place.

Review: I have read this book two years ago. Looking back on my old review (down below) I feel that my views on this book have changed. I will be going back and forth from my old review to what I think about the book now.

9/21/20

The Promised Neverland, Vol. 1

The Promised Neverland, Vol. 1 The Promised Neverland, Vol. 1 by Kaiu Shirai

Author: Kaiu Shirai

Genre: Mystery

Age: Teen

Summary: Emma, Norman and Ray are the brightest kids at the Grace Field House orphanage. And under the care of the woman they refer to as “Mom,” all the kids have enjoyed a comfortable life. Good food, clean clothes and the perfect environment to learn—what more could an orphan ask for? One day, though, Emma and Norman uncover the dark truth of the outside world they are forbidden from seeing.

9/10/20

Journey Through Fiction: Who is Eva Ibbotson

Eva Ibbotson Chatterbooks activity pack | Reading Agency

 Bio: Born into a Jewish family in Vienna, Austria in 1925. Eva Ibbotson attended the University of Durham, intending to be a physiologist but was put off by the amount of animal testing that she had to do. Instead, She married and raised a family, returning to school to become a teacher in the 1960s. Ibbotson began writing with the TV drama ‘Linda Came Today’, in 1965. Ten years later she published her first novel, The Great Ghost Rescue.

Her books are imaginative and humorous, they offend feature magical creatures. Despite the fact she disliked thinking about the supernatural, Eva wanted to decrease her readers’ fear of such things. Eva Ibbotson’s antagonist in her stories will be greedy and have a lust for power.

Source: Goodreads

9/8/20

Stacking the Shelves #1


 


I don't usually do book haul. Since I buy a majority of my books used and maybe showing them will encourage others to buy second hand. Used books are cheaper and their environmentally friendly.

I got 14 books for an averages of one dollar each. At B&N you can only get one book for that price or maybe two if there a good deal.

9/7/20

Nothing to See Here

Nothing to See Here Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson

Author: Kevin Wilson

Genre: literary, magic realism

POV: 1st person

Summary: Lifelong friends Madison and Lillian have not talk since a scandal happen at their boarding school. Until years later Lillian receives a letter from Madison pleading for help. Madison wants Lillian to be the caretaker of her step-kids that are moving in. However, their a catch. When angry the kids spontaneously combust. 

8/31/20

August Wrap-up 2020

Books read: 2

Non-fiction: 2



The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black (NF)

Hidden Treasures: What Museums Can't or Won't Show You (NF)

8/30/20

Figment: Graphic Novel

Figment Figment by Jim Zub

Summary: beings the origin of Figment the dragon and Dreamfinder. Well the duo are exploring the realms of imagination back on Earth, a clockwork army assembles under the command of the frightening force known only as the Singular.  hen Clockwork Control invades London while the intrepid explorers are trapped within the Nightmare Nation, the only obstacles standing between the Singular and total domination are Dreamfinder, Figment and their newfound friends. 

8/29/20

Reading the World: Chinese Ghost Stories Curious Tales of the Supernatural

Chinese Ghost Stories: Curious Tales of the Supernatural

 Author: Lafcadio Hearn

 Summary: A collection of six Chinese ghost stories written down by Lafcadio Hearn. 

 Review: I In my ghost story collection, I have stories from China and Japan however, they are scattered throughout different anthologies. I have been wanting to bond up these stories in at least one book. Particularly Japanese ghost stories. Even these are Chines ghost stories, it's a start of what to look for.

8/24/20

The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes

The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes by Leonard Goldberg

Author: Leonard Goldberg

Genre: Mystery

Age:
Teen

POV: 1st person – told through the view of John Watson Jr.

Summary: Joanna Blalock’s keen mind and incredible insight lead her to become a highly skilled nurse, one of the few professions that allow her to use her finely tuned brain. But when she and her ten-year-old son witness a man fall to his death, apparently by suicide, they are visited by the elderly Dr. John Watson and his charming, handsome son, Dr. John Watson Jr. Impressed by her forensic skills, they invite her to become the third member of their investigative team.