Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry










Genre: Science Fiction Romance


Year Published: 2016


Number of Pages:
390 pages


Date Read:
4/23/2017   


Publisher: 
Razor Bill






“Love is giving the world away, and being loved is having the whole world to give.”

I must admit that I rarely read romance novels that deal with time traveling since time traveling stories tend to confuse me due to trying to figure out what events are going on in the present versus what events are going on in the future and sometimes, the line between past, present and future can be blurred in certain stories.  One such novel that I had read called “The Love That Split the World” by Emily Henry actually dealt with time travel and I have to tell you that it was one doozy of a read!



Natalie Cleary was your average high school student who is friends with her ex-boyfriend Matt Kincaid and Megan and lives in a happily adopted family with her siblings Jack and Coco and life was going well for Natalie.  One night however, Natalie meets up with a mysterious boy named Beau at her high school football game and the two instantly fell in love with each other.  But then, Natalie starts noticing some weird things going on around her small town in Kentucky, such as a preschool suddenly appearing where the garden store should have been and when the people in town suddenly disappear before her very eyes.  It was then that a mysterious old woman called “Grandmother” came to Natalie’s dreams and gave her a warning that she has three months to save someone she really cares about.  So, Natalie spends the majority of the book trying to find out who she is going to save while spending some time with Beau and trying to figure out these weird events happening around her town.



I have to admit that for a time traveling story, Emily Henry has definitely done a great job at putting a unique spin to the usual time traveling story as its core focus is the romance between Natalie and Beau and how they try to stay together throughout the different time rifts that goes on throughout their worlds.  I also enjoyed the relationships between the characters, especially between Megan and Natalie and Natalie and Beau.  I loved the fact that Natalie usually confides in Megan about her various visions that she has and how Megan is so understanding about Natalie’s “odd” dreams and visions as it is nice to have another character who knows about the main character’s secret abilities without having the reader go through the entire book wondering if the main character will ever reveal their secrets to anyone else.  I also enjoyed the relationship between Natalie and Beau, although I found it a bit too contrived at times that Natalie suddenly thinks that Beau is her true love upon their first meeting.  I loved the fact that Natalie and Beau truly love each other and I really like their cute little bantering with each other, despite the turbulent situation that they are stuck in.



The reason why I gave this book a three-and-a-half-star rating is because while the story had a strong start at the beginning, the story got a bit confusing once the time travel elements got introduced and I started to lose a bit of interest in the story due to being constantly confused about what is really going on with Natalie and Beau’s time traveling shenanigans.  I also got a bit annoyed with Natalie throughout certain parts of the story as it seems like all she does is whine and complain about how bad her life is and how she is indecisive about her feelings about Matt when it is obvious that she would rather be with Beau in pursuing her relationship.  Also, there were times where the pacing was a bit slow, especially during the scenes where the time traveling aspects were being explained in full detail and I was hoping for these scenes to be shorten so that we could get to the action sequences much faster.



Overall, “The Love that Split the World” may had had a strong start, but the story came apart once the time traveling aspect was introduced and it might be difficult for some fans of time traveling stories to get into.  However, it is an interesting read for anyone who is a fan of time traveling romances!








Book Photo Sundays #27: April 23, 2017



Hello everyone! Welcome to "Book Photo Sundays" where you get the chance to showcase photos of your books, bookshelves and book conventions you have gone to!  The goal of this book meme is to basically just post up a photo of the various books you have read or your book hauls on your blog and link back here so that way everyone can check out your wonderful book photos!  You can get your book photos through your Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, Iphone or any other account where you can get your photos!



#bookphotosundays



So let's get started!


Here's my April TBR set of books!

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
Looking for Alaska by John Green
All the Light We Cannot See
An Ember in the Ashes
Golden Son by Pierce Brown
The Shadow of the Wind




The Sunday Post Meme (83)




Hey everybody! I am participating in a book meme called the Sunday Post which is being hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer!The goal of this meme is to share news you have  on various books and things you’ve read or received and also talk about what is coming up for your blog! Book hauls can include library books, yard sale finds, arcs and bought books and you can share these finds with other book bloggers!

Hello everyone! As you've noticed, I haven't been posting that much this week since I was very busy during the week and I also had to work on Saturday, which threw off a lot of my online plans!  Also, you may have noticed that I didn't post a Sunday Post last week and that was because I was taking a small break from online activities due to it being Easter day.  We didn't really do much on Easter, but it was great just sitting around and relaxing for the day!  I hope everyone had a good weekend!




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Book Photo Sundays Meme!

 

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  Check out Rabid Reads' discussion on Bookfessional: What does that even mean, anyway?

☆ Check out Bookworm Brandee's discussion on Are We More Forgiving with Favorite Authors?

  Check out It Start at Midnight's discussion on How to Go Bookishly Bankrupt.

☆ Check out Feed Your Fiction Addiction's discussion on Graphs Make Me Happy! Let’s Discuss.




Well, that's the Sunday News for today and I will have more news for the various books I've read in the near future!



Posted on Sunday, April 23, 2017.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Caffeinated Clean Sweep ARC Reading Challenge May 2017 Sign Up!



Hello everyone! I'm going to participate in another reading challenge event which is hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer and I wanted to try this challenge since I may not be able to read some ARC books for April like I planned. So, here are the rules:

  • 1.  Link-up
  • 2.  Add button to your blog (optional)
  • 3. ARC’s must be read between May 1st, 2017 and May 31st, 2017
  • 4. Challenge starts and ends at midnight in your local time zone
  • 5. All ARCS/finished copies that were provided by publisher/author are eligible. They can be in any format (eBook, physical, audio)
  • 6. Post start-up post with goals. Be sure to link back to hosts.
  • 7. Tweet using hashtag #cleansweeparc
  • 8. You do not have to post a review on the blog during the month of May. Just give a link to Goodreads showing read May 1 to 31st with a two sentence review. Please friend us on Goodreads so that we can see your shelves: Kimba and Kristin
  • 9. Twitter Party Thursady, May 18th at 7:30 pm (EST) #CleanSweepARC
  • 10. Post Results -can be combined with start-up post
  • 11. The Participant Giveaway will include entries for books read (2 book entry a day allowed on giveaway), posting about the challenge, start up/results post (can be combined), having a button on your sidebar, participation in the Twitter party.
  • 12. Grand Prize- One winner will receive a new release of their choice (can be audible credit, novel or eBook) valued at up to 20.00 US dollars. Open internationally.
  • 13. The rafflecopter for Participant Giveaway will post on May 1st and will close on June 2, 2017.

Friday, April 21, 2017

☀Daily Book Chat #9: ☀ Sincere Diversity vs. Publicity Stunt Diversity



 Hello everyone! Welcome to my  ☀Daily Book Chat☀ where I do some SERIOUS discussions that fellow book fans will get a kick out of and relate their thoughts about the subject to other book fans!

Today's discussion question is"Sincere Diversity vs. Publicity Stunt Diversity."






I know, I know.  This is like the ONE MILLIONTH discussion post about Diversity in the literature world, but I felt that I need to give out my own opinions on the subject and how it's affecting literature (and comic books) as a whole.


I was actually inspired to make this discussion post when I saw this AWESTACULAR video that deals with how diversity is being handled in comics called "Diversity in Comics" which was done by Shoot the Breeze Comics.  I found the video to be really interesting and they made lots of valid points in the video about how diversity is being handled in the comics and what I got from that and wanted to discuss about was seeing the difference between "Sincere Diversity," which is diversity in a work that is done in a legitimate and natural way for the characters vs. "Publicity Stunt Diversity," which is diversity that is done to just sell a book.




Now, I am a HUGE ADVOCATE for diversity in literature and I am so glad that we are finally getting some good old diversity into our literature!  However, there are times where I feel like diversity is being shoehorned into certain works without giving the characters the proper development needed to make the whole thing work.  Just like any other work that involves character development, I would like diversity in literature  to be handled with care without being forced in for the sake of making sales for the book.  For example, say a long running book series like "The Hunger Games" or "Harry Potter" had suddenly decided to make an existing character homosexual or biracial without a proper development beforehand that would have clued the reader in about this person's true race or sexual orientation early on.  I think that this would actually confuse some readers about why this sudden change in a character's race, gender or sexual orientation had happened and would probably cause them to think that they just forced these characters to be diverse for the sake of making sales for the book.


There are TWO ways to introduce diversity into a story without making it shoehorned into a story that would ruin the enjoyment for the readers:


1.  DO RESEARCH ON THE BACKGROUNDS OF THE DIVERSE CHARACTERS :  This is SERIOUSLY the most important element you need to look out for in a book that features diverse characters.   You can automatically tell if diversity is being forced into a story if the diverse characters are being portrayed in a negative or stereotypical way that has nothing to do with their actual culture.  If you want diversity to shine through these works, you need to get your research on and actually research the histories and the cultures of these diverse characters in order to not only make the story enjoyable to read, but to make the diversity within the story AUTHENTIC!


2. GIVE OUT HINTS OR FORESHADOW THE CHARACTER'S TRUE GENDER, SEXUAL ORIENTATION OR RACE NEAR THE BEGINNING OF THE STORY:   If there's one thing that could prevent diversity from making their entrance into a story is if the change in the gender, race and sexual orientation of a character is suddenly brought into the story either midway through or towards the end without any proper foreshadowing beforehand that could help readers understand about how this person's diversity affects the story and expand more on how that person deals with their own culture and identity.  What makes reading diverse books so interesting is that you get to explore a different culture through this character's eyes and what would be more interesting than seeing this diverse character develop over the course of the story while accepting their own cultures or identities?  Now, if the story is about a character just finding out that they are of a different culture and they didn't know about it at the beginning, then I can accept that as long as it's written in a way that is not shoehorned in the story.


DIVERSITY is a wonderful thing to have in stories, but they must be handled with care in order for many readers to explore other cultures through books!


So what are your thoughts:  how do you think that diversity should be handled in a work?  Should they be developed naturally or should they be forced into the story?





Annnnnnddddd....as always everybody:


HAPPY READING, BOOK FANS!!!!









Book Blogger Hop #21: April 21st - April 27th




Hello everyone! I'm participating in another book meme called the Book Blogger Hop which is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer!  Basically, you just answer weekly questions and then post up your link on the question's page.


This week's question is : 

This week's question is submitted by Maria @ A Night's Dream of Books!


Would you stop reading a book if an element of the plot strongly clashed with your personal beliefs, or would you continue reading until you finished the book?


I usually try to continue reading the book, even if there is an element in the book that disturbs me or clashes with my personal beliefs.  I've read a dozen books that dealt with rape, child abuse and suggestive themes, but I still continued reading the book afterwards despite all that.  Usually, if the book was interesting, despite having all those themes, then I would still rate the book highly, although I would give out a warning about those themes. If the constant disturbing themes persist throughout the book and it ruined my enjoyment of the book, then I would rate the book low.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Love You Forever by Robert Munsch













Genre:  Family / Growth / Life / Childhood / Love

Year Published: 1986

Year Read:  2017

Publisher:  Firefly Books








I have another bookish confession to make:  Even though I have been reading many of Robert Munsch’s books when I was little, I had never once read his most highly acclaimed book “Love You Forever” and I am still kicking myself in the rear for not reading this book sooner!  “Love You Forever” is a heartwarming story written by Robert Munsch along with artwork by Sheila McGraw that is definitely worth checking out!


The story starts off with a mother holding her newborn baby boy in her arms and as she rocking the baby to sleep, she started singing a little song:

“I’ll love you forever,
I’ll like you for always,
As long as I’m living
My baby you’ll be.”

We are then treated to the little boy growing up throughout the story as he started out as a troublemaking toddler to a teenager who likes to listen to strange music to a full grown adult man who eventually moved out of his mother’s house.  One day however, the boy’s mother had gotten ill and…

What will the son do about this predicament and what will happen to the mother?

Read this book to find out!


Oh my gosh!  How in the world could I not have read this book when I was little?  I mean, I had read many of Robert Munsch’s other books including “The Paper Bag Princess” and “Stephanie’s Ponytail,” but this one seems to have fallen off the radar for me!  Robert Munsch did a fantastic job at writing this story as we get to see how a mother witnesses the growth of her son throughout the story and how she still loves her son no matter how different her son becomes through looks and personalities.  What made this book extremely unique in my eyes is how we get to see the positive and negative aspects of parenthood as while the boy occasionally got on his mother’s nerves whenever he got into trouble, we also see that the mother still loves her son no matter what the boy does and this aspect of the story made this book a truly heartwarming experience for me.  I also loved the message of this book as it proves the importance of love by showing that the mother has always cared about her son no matter how much older she got and I think that children should read books that deals with the true meaning of family and shows that your family will always care about you through thick and thin.  Sheila McGraw’s artwork is simply beautiful to look at as all the characters look realistic and I loved the images of both the mother and the little boy growing older with each progressive page.  Probably my most favorite image in this book is of the son as a toddler sitting on the bathroom floor with toilet paper littering the floor and the boy holding a watch over the toilet!




****SPOILER ALERT!!!!****

There is an infamous scene in this book where the mother ends up sneaking into her son’s house, who is at this point a full grown adult living on his own and this scene might be a bit unsettling for some readers to handle.   Now, I can understand how this scene would be upsetting to some readers as the idea of a grown woman sneaking inside her adult son’s house without him knowing about it would cause a lot of uncomfortable mental images such as what if the old woman was actually a burglar in disguised and the son had no way of knowing this because he was asleep the whole time?   For me personally, I was not really upset by this scene as I thought that it was an exaggerated show of affection that the mother shows her adult son and because these are fictional characters, I did not really take this scene that seriously. Now, if the mother sneaked into an unknown child’s bedroom late at night or someone got hurt in this scene, then I would have felt a bit differently about this scene.


****SPOILER ENDED!!!****

Overall, “Love You Forever” is a truly memorable and heartwarming book that children who wants to read books that shows the importance of love and family, will immediately enjoy!  I would recommend this book to children ages four and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book.




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