book blogger, book review, Books, books, Fiction, Literature, top 5

Top 5: Books to read for Halloween

Top 5: Books to read for Halloween!

Image result for halloween

Hello All

Happy spooktastic season! I am a lover of Halloween and all it entails. All the scares, jumps and almost pee your pants scary moments. Movies for the visual effects are obvious favourites during this season but I have been sufficiently spooked by a good book or two! Here I offer your 5 eerie reads that are hopeful to triggers all those fears in one’s mind! As always if you have any other bloodcurdling freaky reads I would love to hear from you!!!! So sit back, relax and enjoy these top 5 reads for Halloween!!! -(insert evil laugh from tales of the crypt keeper)

  1. A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay Goodreads 3.80

Image result for a head full of ghosts

First on the list is a ghost/ paranormal story! A Head Full of Ghosts follows a family in England as they try and navigate through their daughter’s mental health problems. The Barretts’ s 14 year old daughter faces schizophrenia issues and as per usual in these types of horror stories modern medicine fails her. The family turns to a Catholic priest for an exorcism. Sounds like the Exorcist right. The novel does stray in the storyline as the Barrett family allows a film crew to make a reality TV show of the exorcism. For the viewers what is real and what is fake TV? Fast forward 15 years and the sister if the ill daughter now does an all tell interview where the truth comes out!!!

  1. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving Goodreads 3.72

Image result for legend of sleepy hollow book

A classic gothic tale that has been made into many movies and TV shows. This novel follows the main character of Ichabod Crane who is an outsider in a Dutcvh settlement called Sleepy Hollow. Sleepy Hollow is known to be a haunted settlement. The most famous of their stories is that the ghost of a headless horseman, a previous Hessian soldier who lost his head in a canon accident rides around the area. Ichabod is a superstitious school teacher pining after the local Van Tessal daughter, as many other men are. One day at a party he gets turned down by Katrina. While riding home he encounters the headless horsemans who chases after him. The horseman then throws the severed head at Ichabod. The next morning Ichabod disappears. Is this a mystery of did the local man Brom scare him away?

  1. Caroline by Neil Gaiman Goodreads 4.05

Image result for caroline by neil gaiman

The famous author of American Gods brings to you this frightening dark fantasy novel. Caroline moves into a new complex of houses. She has neighbours all around her except there is an empty complex on the other side of her’s. She finds a bricked up door in between her complex and the empty one – strange dadada! She finds the new place very boring and decided to go and meet the neighbours. Mr. Babo has a circus full and mice and passes on a message from them, Caroline is warned not to go through the brick door. Don’t you love the crazy eccentric neighbours! After this ominous message of course the door would be open. Caroline goes through and finds the ‘Other world” which is exactly like hers but way more interesting. There is the Other Mother and Other Father that pepper her with love and affection- one weird thing- they have black buttons for eyes!!! This story takes a dark and spooky turn when the Other Mother turns out to be evil!

  1. Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe Goodreads 4.23

Image result for a tell tale heart book cover

One of Poe’s most famous short stories the tell-tale heart is sure to ensue nightmarish thoughts. It is told by an unknown narrator who is trying to convince the reader that he is in fact sane. Then he goes on to describe the murder her committed of this old man. He goes into great detail regarding the murder and reveals that he kid the body under the floorboard of his house. Of course this ‘sane’ person starts to go off his rocker. Whether it be from guilt or actual insanity the narrator think that he/she hears the beating heart of the old man under his floorboards- all over a period of time. Such a great and macabre short story it is sure to give you all the goose pimply feelings that accompany Halloween.

  1. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz Goodreads 4.06

Image result for scary stories to tell in the dark book

This has been made into a movie released August 9th of this year. I haven’t read then but have heard great things! They are a collection of 3 books consist of around 30 short stories. These stories have an urban legend Brothers Grimm feel. The stories are made to scare children and are said to be violent, habe controversial content and are sick and repulsive!! What more could you ask for in a Halloween book? Some short stories include: Old Woman All Skin and Bones, The Haunted House, Alligators, The BLack Dog, Deadman’s Brain.

Image result for halloween

So what do you all think of my creepy picks? For those of you that read them what do you think of the scare factors? I would love to hear from those of you that have read Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark! What did you all think of the short stories? I would love to hear any comment so please feel free to leave one below! I hope you all have a ghoulish holiday!

Happy Reading!

Happy Halloween!!

book blogger, book review, Books, books, Fiction, Literature, top 5

Top 5: Horror Novels

Top 5: Horror Novels

Image result for horror wallpaper

Hello All,

Happy October and happy horror month for those who love everything spooky and Halloween! Fall is my favourite time of year for so many reasons! I am a huge horror buff whether it be movies, T.V. or books, hence my favourite author is Stephen King. Now looking forward into this post I have decided to make a top 5 horror novel blog excluding King novels. Now I know for all of us King and Horror go hand in hand but if I included his books they would just take over and this would turn into another Stephen King favs- see my post on April 29 for my top 5 King books!. I have chosen novels that are also in the horror genre and also scared the bejeebers out of me. All of the following books promise to give the reader all the palpitations and scares of any good horror story! Enjoy!!

  1. Frankenstein by Mary Shelly Goodreads 3.78

Image result for frankenstein book cover

A super popular classic fiction novel Frankenstein was published in 1818!!! This story has been redone so many times in the cinema and theater it’s mind boggling. This thriller/horror novel follows main character Victor Frankenstien who is studying to become a doctor. He becomes obsessed with the meaning of life and death, more specifically the giving/origin of life. He decides to construct his own human being and give it life!!!! Totally disgusted in the monster he made he abandons the creature. Faceing extreme loneliness, betrayal, rejection and burning questions of why he was created the creature then goes on a blood soaked revenge. Haunting Victor’s entire future the struggle of deep emotions and life questions is the center to this novel. This novel and its concepts were way before its time!

  1. World War Z but Max Brooks

Image result for world war z book cover

World War Z was made popular in current society by Brad Pitt’s movie adaptation. P.S. novel is completely different than the movie. This story is an oral history of the zombie war in 2006- haha, hence the name. It follows main character Max Brooks… yep… who works for the United Nations. He journeys all over the world to get first hand experiences of survivors. The zombies in the novel are your typical slow moving flesh hungry undead. The POV however is what gives this novel a unique twist. Most zombie apocalypse books – even the movie- are focused on fighting the plague while this novel is told through stories and survival.

  1. The Exorcist by William Blatty Goodreads 4.16

Image result for the exorcist book cover

There should be a common theme popping up. Every book on this list has been made into a super famous movie! Being one of the scariest movies of all time this books does not disappoint! It was inspired by a true story of child possession in 1949 Blatty. The Exorcist was published in 1971!. Another oldie but goodie! The only difference that I found was the demon in the book was more touched on and discussed which gives the novel a way more scary feel! The descriptive language Blatty has almost outshines the visual effects of the movie. This a great read for all you satanic/ demonic groupies out there!

4, Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin Goodreads 3.99

Image result for rosemary's baby book covert

Here is another great Satanic cult horror novel for you! And yet again another great movie was made based on this book. Levin published this in 1967 and who knew it would develop such a great following. Not only was a movie made but more recently a TV show as well! A young married couple in New York rents an apartment. Guy is an actor and Rosemary wanted to start a family. They seem to have the perfect relationship. When they meet their eccentric and bizarre neighbours things start to change. Guy’s career picks up with some big acting parts and Rosemary gets pregnant, however this is not a normal pregnancy. Is Rosemary being paranoid or is there a more sinister plot a foot? What an awesome suspense/horror read with a crazy ending!

5. Interview With a Vampire by Anne Rice Goodreads 3.99

Image result for interview with a vampire book cover

Literary genius Anne Rice is the queen of witches, vampires and all things creatures! One of her more famous books, also a famous movie is such a thrilling and spooky read. Interview With a Vampire is full of scares, goore and of course vampires. It is the tale of Louis and follows him from being mortal to his immortal life as a vampire. He was turned by the blackhearted Lestate. Louis goes from historical city to historical city trying to come to terms with his new life. Having some spark of humanity and morals still in him this is a hard change. From meeting Claudia to seeing that there are many vampires throughout this world Louis’s tale is sure to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up in fear!!!

So who has read any of these and what did you all think? Do you have any horror books that are your favourite? I would love to hear from all you bookish ghouls out there! Stay tuned for my top 5 books to read for Halloween post coming in a few weeks!!!

Image result for horror wallpaper

Happy Spooky Reading!!!!!!!

book blogger, book review, Books, books, Fiction, inspiration, Literature, self development, top 5

Top 5: My Favourite Self Development Books

Top 5: My Favourite Self Development Books

Image result for self development

Hello All,

I hope everyone is having a great Thursday! I received such great responses from my last post on self development books I first off want to say a huge thank you. I appreciate all the love and support out there in the book blog community. I never could have imagined all the positive feedback and the number of views I received for Self Development Thursday! It is truly humbling to see and I am excited others enjoy these genre of books as much as I do. I have decided to continue on with the Self Development Thursday theme. I bring to you today my top 5 favourite self development books of all times. Each book in their own way has touched my soul and helped me reach my potential- even in areas I did not think possible. So without further adieu, here we go!

1. Girl Stop Apologizing by Rachel Holli

Image result for girl stop apologizing

What a great women powering book!! Rachel outlines that it is okay for women to have aspiring goals that go outside the family group. Rachel also gives lots of tips and tricks to help you stay motivated and reach your goals! Some of these include having daily practices such as a gratitude journal, writing your goals down every day and the 5 to Thrive! If you listen to the audio book it is read by Rachel herself so you can hear the enthusiasm which empowers you even more!

2.Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins

Image result for awaken the giant within

This wouldn’t be a top 5 self development book if there wasn’t a Tony Robbins shout out. The king of motivation and self development Tony Robbins has inspired and helped millions. This short read will be sure to motivate and inspire you to be the best version of yourself! My husband loves Tony Robbins. He has read a bunch of his books but highly recommends this one and I have to agree with him.

3.The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

Image result for the secret book

Probably one of the more famous books on this list most people have heard of The Secret. Maybe you’re more familiar with the movie but hey it’s actually a book. Not everyone may agree with the Laws of Attraction. Self development is the ability to take in knowledge and see what suits you the best. I enjoyed the Laws of Attraction for the main reason that it’s based in positive thinking. You get what you put out into the world!!

4.The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

Image result for the four agreements

Another oldie but a goodie on this list is the Four Agreements! It is a self powering book that increases self awareness. The 4 agreements with yourself include: be impeccable with your word, don’t take anything personally, don’t make assumptions, and always do your best. These seem so simple and we would already do these but hey it’s a lot harder than it appears. Don gives us tips and tricks to try and incorporate these into our everyday lives. All of these books sound like they promote daily habits – seems like my first Self Development Post!

5.The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

Image result for the power of now

This is a great book to learn to live in the moment and be present. It follows the mindfulness movement and outlines that our current emotional stresses are a result of our thoughts not who we actually are at the core. It’s a lot to wrap your mind around but its a super great and eye opening read. Worry and anxiety are a product of our thoughts and it’s our job to learn to live in the present moment and allows our thoughts to pass through our mind without reacting to them.

I hope these have opened your eyes to all the possibilities out there in book form to help you change your life- if this is what you are looking to do. If you have any self development books you would like to recommend I would love to hear from you. Also if you have read any of the above books please feel free to leave a comment below with your thoughts and feelings regarding the content!

Image result for self development

Happy Reading and Development!

book blogger, book review, book review, Books, books, fiction, Fiction, inspiration, Literature, top 5

Top 5: Movies that I didn’t know were based on books

Top 5: Movies that I didn’t know were based on books!

Image result for movies based on books memes

Hello All

Another top 5 for this week’s post. I thought since there are so many movie remakes coming out and a lot are based from books I would do a post that covered movies that I didn’t know were based from books. While researching for this blog I discovered way more that 5 movies but I narrowed them down to the ones I was most shocked over. Now you may have already known the following top 5 were taken from books but I didn’t so no judgment lol Also if you have any you would like to add please feel free to add a comment. I would love to add to the list. Also I would love to hear from you which ones if any shocked you the most!

  1. Jurassic Park – book by Micheal Crichton Good reads 4.01

Image result for jurassic park books

So I think this one I really lived under a rock for. The movie has to be one of my favourite movies ever so how did I not know that it was based on I book eludes me lol. Knowing this was one of my favs I read the book. Waaayyyy different than the movie and I have to say I’m split as to which one I like more. I think that if the movies were truly based on the book I would like the newer version of the movie more than the original. Saying that I still love the Spielburg version and will continue to re watch it as many times as I can. I just recently purchased the second novel – you guessed it – The Lost World and can not wait to see if it is as different from the movie version as the first in the series.

2. Forrest Gump – book by Winston Groom Goodreads 4.06

Image result for forrest gump book

Okay so many under a rock again but wow. One of the most famous movies in history is based on a book – many authors are way up there for original thinking!! So I have unfortunately not read this book yet so cannot compare it to the movie version. For anyone who has please I would love to hear your comparison! From what I could tell just why looking up the book versus the movie the character in the book is a bit different than the movie version. Which I think is kind of sad as I loved the movie for the Tom Hanks Forrest Gump portrayal!.

3. Die Hard – book ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’ by Roderick Thorp Goodreads 3.56

Image result for die hard book vs movie cover

So right off I want to say the movie was a movie adaptation which implies to my that it differs from the book a lot. I have not read Nothing Lasts Forever so once again I would love to hear from those who have. From what I could tell the book is a more somber version of the tale. The movie has all the fun lines that have made Bruce Willis so popular- .Yippee- ki-Yay Motherfucker!!!!! Nothing Lasts forever is the second book in a detective series. Also I know there are strong opinions out there by I do watch this movie around Christmas time lol.

4. Mrs. Doubtfire – book ‘Madame Doubtfire’ by Anne Fine GoodReads 3.65

Image result for Mr. Doubtfire vs Madame  Doubtfire

Oh Robin Williams, no matter how awesome the book version is I can’t help but love this movie more and all due to your amazing acting. This is one incidence where the movie is better than the book based on the actor! In my opinion no one could have made this character any better than Robin. Mrs. Doubtfire is a true classic straight from my childhood. I am glad they made this movie and I am making the choice not to read the book. I could not deal with the heartbreak of comparing the 2.

5. Clueless – book Emma by Jane Austen Goodreads 3.99

Image result for clueless vs Emma

Another movie adaptation Clueless was a breakthrough cult classic movie of its time. Clueless was loosely based on the famous Jane Austen’s Emma. Emma in her times is the queen bee of her setting. She is admired by all and is the ‘perfect’ wealthy girl. Emma than takes on a similar project to Cher making Tai popular. There are many character overlaps but Clueless was made for a ‘modern day’ audience. Love this book and love this movie for different reasons but no one can knock Jane Austen out of her social women powering pedestal. Ugh.. As if!!!

So what did you all think? Which ones shocked you and which ones did you already know. Did you like the movie better for some? Please feel free to comment!

Image result for book to movie memes

Happy Reading!!!!!

book blogger, book review, book review, Books, books, fiction, Fiction, inspiration, Literature, top 5

Top 5: Book vs Ebook

Top 5: Book vs Ebook

Image result for book vs ebook

Hello All!!

I bring to you one of the most controversial tops 5’s I have yet to publish. I know people have their preference when choosing the material they read with. I want to outline factors for each paper books and e books. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. If you don’t agree with anything that follows that a okay! I am by no means saying one is better than the other. Everything is personal preference I simply want to put out there the factors I consider when choosing which avenue to read through. If I have missed any factors please feel free to leave a comment! Also what one is your preference? Do you have different choices for different situations? I would love to hear from you!

  1. Convenience
Image result for book vs ebook

Ebook: they are easy to carry as they are light. You can put a whole library on them and not break your back or weight down your bag. They are my choice when I travel because they are lightweight and do not take up a lot of room in my suitcase or carry on. You can now also borrow most books in the e-book forum from the library. This makes it is convenient if you don’t have time to go pick up your book from the library. When you buy an ebook its downloaded directly to your device, no waiting for the mail to come.

Books: paper books are easier to borrow from your friends and family. It is also convenient to show off your collections if this is what your into. Also you can have the convenience of going anywhere and buying a paper book.

2. Experience

Image result for book vs ebook

Ebook: the new ereaders have awesome options from the colour of the paper, print size and awesome fun skins. They have great options for night and daytime reading which enhance the reading experience greatly!. You can stick to black and white book covers or some e-readers are colours now!

Book: The smell and feel of a paper book is something that no other experiences can compare to. I love the feel of physically turning the page. I also love the feel of a floppy paperback! The covers of paper books are spectacular as you can see all the textures some authors add to their books as well as cover inserts.

3. Price

Image result for book vs ebook

EBook: so relatively speaking e book prices are lower from the research I have done if not the same as books. I have found some amazing sites that offer free to super cheap books. Kobo has daily deals where you can find some great books for $2-5. They also offer some classics for free!. Bookbub sends you daily deals as well.

Books: We has all then there, when we are at our fav book store, we have a pile of books and have to put half back because the bill will be too expensive. Books do tend to be on the more expensive side. Now yes you can find great deals at places like the salvation army, book depository and others. Libraries are great for the people who are not wanting to spend money however the wait times tend to be longer for the more popular books.

4. Buying Experience

Image result for book vs ebook

EBooks: So the ebook buying experience has come a long way from when they initially came out. There are a great number of sites to purchase books from now! Even libraries like I have mentioned previously have jumped on the ebook trend and you can borrow online. This makes everything instantaneous and you do not have to wait to enjoy the book you want.

Books: One of my fav things is perusing a book store. I make it a date with my man or just a jaunt with my BFF. Looking through a book shelf after book shelf for my next read has a unique feel. It gives readers great joy to be able to physically look at something before buying it.

5. Different Generations Want Different Things

Image result for book vs ebook

EBook vs Books: so there is the most difficult part of my blog. I talked to a lot of people about their preferences. Younger people are torn because they like the look and feel of books but they like the convenience and ease of an ebook. The older generation was torn as well. Some find it hard to learn new technology but others like the challenge and like the instant access to magazines/ papers. They find going to the store harder for them than just clicking on a link and having things directly accessible!

So here are the factors I thought of when choosing a book over an ebook. For me it’s completely situational preference. Travelling and work I love my ebook. Curling up at home I do love me a book though. What do you all think? Have I missed anything when considering a book vs an ebook? Please tell me your preference and why!

Image result for book vs ebook

Happy Reading!!!!!!

book blogger, book review, Books, books, inspiration, Literature, self development, top 5

Top 5: Self Help books for Healthy Habits

Top 5: Self Development books for Healthy Habits!

Image result for healthy habits

Hello All

I know this does not look like a typical blog post and it’s not!!! I am so excited to roll out something new on Bookfestishsite! I love reading – ha! I love reading all kinds of books and self help/motivation books are right up there. I know my page has focused on fiction and non fiction mostly but I really want to bring to you posts that could help with your daily lives and be a healthy individual. So I invented ‘Self Help Thursdays!” The self help book trend is so big right now I hope to intrigue at least some of yo out there! If you are self help book guru or new to the genre I hope you find the information on my Self Help Thursday’s useful!.

For the new fall season, back to school and back into a routine I thought I would kick off the Self Help Thursdays with my top 5 books to help you develop healthy habits. I have read ⅗ of these books and the other 2 come with great recommendations and are now on my TBR or shall I say TBL (to be listened) to list. My preference for self help books is listening to them. My husband and I have an audible account and love it!!

  1. Atomic Habits by James Clear Goodreads 4.31
Image result for atomic habits

First on the list is a book called Atomic habits. This was one of the first books I listened to on habits. James covers how small daily habits that you don’t think really matter when practiced consistently make a huge difference in your future. He breaks down the importance of habits in order to live a happy successful life. He outlines how to make good habits and break bad ones. He takes a system approach that is easy to follow. After this book I started off making my bed every morning and doing the dishes before bed not thinking it would make a big difference. I can honestly say that now practicing this for 4 months these habits have given me a sense of calm and made my morning more enjoyable!. If you visit https://jamesclear.com/atomic-habit his website elaborates on his concept and offered printable worksheets that he discusses in his book! Run time is 4 hours, which is a shorter book on this list so great for those trying out personal development books for the first time!

  1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey Goodreads 4.09
Image result for 7 habits of highly effective people

This is a great read/listen! Both my husband and I have listened to the 7 habits and found this book extremely helpful! It has been a popular book for 30 years and people are still finding it relevant today! It is a lengthy listen 11hours in total but think of all the knowledge that you receive!!! It followed 3 major areas in life where we can develop great habits: independence, interdependence and continual improvement. The 7 habits outlines and elaborate each one which include: be productive, begin with the end in mind, put first things first, think win-win, seek first to understand then be understood, synergize, and sharpen the saw/growth!. The may seem abstract or too simple but with the explanation in this book it sets the reader up to be the most productive/successful version of themselves.

  1. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg Goodreads 4.08
Image result for the power of habits

The Power of Habit is one of the more popular books on this list. This book follows success stories of people building success from nothing. Charles explains how habits have helped all these stories end with a huge success! He takes a holistic approach to habits and how we can rewire our neuro state to develop healthy habits! It soo great that he gives examples of how these habits help successful people come to fruition. It also is a longer book 10 hours but pop those earbuds in and listen on your bus ride to school or your daily run!

  1. Rewire : Change your brain to break bad habits by Richard O’Connor Goodreads 3.8
Image result for rewire change your brain to break bad habits

I have not listened to this book yet but it’s definitely on my wish list on audible. I have just recently finished another rewire book – for anxiety- so I thought I would enjoy this one as well. Richard explains why bad habits are so hard to break. He then goes on to discuss how to ‘rewire’ your brain to break these and make new ones. I do believe this book is a bit more technical on the science and neurology side so great for the super nerds like me out there! Once again it is a run time of 10 hours. I know this can be daunting but hey I think you get the most for your money with audio books. I play them when I am cleaning or hook it up so I can play them on my long drives. My husband gets stuck in daily traffic so he loves these to pass the time over the radio!

  1. Make Your Bed: Little things that can change your life by William McRaven Goodreads 3.96
Image result for make your bed

A shorter book on this list with a run time of roughly 2 hours is great again for the readers newer to self development books. This one follows the basic principles as the others that small daily habits truly change your life for the better. Admiral McRaven outlines the 10 principles he learned while in training to be a Navy SEAL! He discusses his stories as well as others throughout the book covering healthy habits and change.

Image result for healthy habits

So what did all of you think about this new Self Development Thursday’s post? Yay or nay? If you like this and want more please please comment below so I know. I have a lot of ideas for future post! If you have any self development genres you want to know more about please also leave a comment below! I am open to great discussions. What are some of your healthy habits or even bad habits – no judgement here. A bad habit that I have and find hard to kick is definitely binge watching Netflix when I could be doing more productive things oh and too much screen time haha! Also if you have read any of these I would love to hear what you thought on the books!

Image result for healthy habit self development

Happy Reading!!!

book blogger, book review, Books, books, Fiction, inspiration, Literature, top 5

Top 5: Memoir Books

Top 5: Memoir Books

Image result for best memoir books

Here with another top 5 I bring you my fav memoir books that I have read over the years. Now I already know that some people will add the Micheal Obama’s book and Shoe Dog to this list. Unfortunately I have not read them yet but from what I have heard about their reviews they are amazing. I have just recently gotten into reading biographies and memoirs and I am finding I really enjoy them. It’s something about the awe inspiring life stories and the strong spirited people in this world that make for a great read. Some of the stories really put your life into perspective. I think it takes a lot of courage for the authors to put their lives on display for millions to read. Whatever feels you get from reading their stories I appreciate the work that goes into each book and hope by mentioning the books below you have a change to appreciate them as well.

  1. By Chance Alone by Max Eisen Good reads 4.51 stars
Image result for by chance alone book

This has to be my favourite memoir book! By Chance Alone puts the Holocaust both leading up to, during and afterwards into sickening reality. What Max and his family went through was unspeakably evil and hardships. Throughout the book we see that he was able to survive on the kindness of strangers and pure determinations. When the story is so dark it’s nice to see glimmers of light scattered throughout. I found it incredibly shocking how resilient the mind and body can be without breaking while still being about to live a ‘normal’ life after the events occurred. To see how trivial human life was treated and what other humans can do to each other was a real eye opener. We all learned about the Holocaust in high school but to read of first hand accounts puts things into a different perspective. The trial at the ends was another injustice for the survivors.

2. Educated by Tara Westover Goodreads 4.49 stars

Image result for educated

I got this gem for Christmas last year and what a great present it was. Tara shares her past with us and what it was like to grow up in a doomsday Mormon household. I found it baffling to read the hardships both mental and physical Tara and her brothers/sisters went through growing up on their farms. To the multiple car accidents to the many injuries sustained on the junk fields it’s crazy to think they all survived with minimal health care- in some cases none. To see Tara struggle in adulthood and the shear powers and determination to change was inspiring. To break habits and beliefs has to be one of the hardest things to accomplish. This an inspiring read of overcoming hardships in the quest for a better life and a life one truest to oneself.

3. A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindout and Sara Corbett Goodreads 4.22 stars

Image result for a house in the sky

This was the first memoir I has to opportunity to read and wow what an intro it was. A House in the Sky is the heart wrenching story of worst case scenarios. Amanda was kidnapped while doing journalism in Somalia for 460 days! The utter thought of being kidnapped is unthinkable but to add being tortured is unbelievable. They only way she survived is to take herself out of her body to the ‘house in the sky’. Even when all hope was lost that the government would step in Amanda was able to hang on to hope that one day she would be back home. Once again we see the resilience the mind and body exhibit when pushed to the limits.

4, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelo Goodreads 4.22 stars

Image result for i know why the caged bird sings

One of the more well known memoirs this was on Oprah’s book club list. To relate to modern day this is an older version of the Me Too movement. Maya is open with all her life hardships with poverty and racism. She tells of all the tragic events that take place but shows how her strong spirit prevails over all. If you are looking for a read when a woman can overcome all obstacles this is the book for you!!!

5. Mourning Has Broken by Erin Davis Goodreads 4.15 stars

Image result for mourning has broken erin davis

Mourning has Broken is the story of how Erin Davis (A Canadian radio host) lost her beloved daughter. Her journey through grief is revealed all the way through to its core. I may have cried a few times while reading her openness with death and tragedy. Erin’s real and raw emotions were so well told I felt her loss through the pages. It is refreshing for someone to say everyone grieves in their own way and it’s not wrong if you grieve different than what people expect of you. My takeaway is never tell someone who has lost a loved one an ‘at least’ statement. When in doubt say nothing!.

Image result for book stacks

I hope these have given you a great insight to how wonderful life stories can be. Whether you are reading a tragic life story or a story of overcoming hardships there is a lesson to learn in all of these authors’ courageous books. The resilience of everyday people is amazingly inspiring! If you have any other memoirs you enjoyed please comment below!!!

Happy Reading!!!!!

book blogger, book review, Books, books, Fiction, inspiration, Literature, top 5

Top 5: Fall Reads 2019

Top 5: Fall Reads 2019

Image result for fall reads

Oh wonderful fall my most favourite time of the year. From the beautiful colours, the cozy sweaters to pumpkin spices everything the only thing I do not like about fall is its too short 😦 This fall also promises to be a killer for anticipated reads. The following 5 are just a few on my not anticipated reads list. There are so many more! I would love to hear from you guys as well. Please comment on the books you are most looking forward to!

  1. The Testament by Margaret Atwood September 10, 2019
Image result for the testament margaret atwood

There is not too much information out in the book world. From what I could gather, it is a continuation of Margaret’s Handmaid’s Tale, a classic. This story takes place 15 years after Offered steps into the mysterious van on her way to an unknowing future. It follows the testaments of 3 females from Gilead. I cannot wait to read this book!! I loved the first book and I love the TV series. I will be so interesting to see if the TV series and the second book connect somehow.

Also by this author : The Handmaid’s Tale, Cat’s Eye, Oryx and Crake

2. Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell release September 10,2019

Image result for talking to strangers book cover

A nonfiction book for the conspiracy lovers!!! Malcolm Gladwell has a well known podcast called “ Revisionist History”. This novel covers the scandals from Fidel to Hilter and everything in between. He discusses about our true understanding of historical events. This guidebook covers how our understanding of these events may be riddled with doubt that is caused by our misguided way we interact with people. I think this will be such an interesting read even if your not into conspiracy theories.

Also by this author: Outliers, Blink, and What the Dog Saw

3. The Institute by Stephen King release September 10, 2019

Image result for the institute by stephen king

September 10 is a huge day for book releases and this one has to be my most anticipated read of 2019!!. This is a kid group orientated book that seems to be a mix of firestarter, It and the new mutant movie. It is set in Minneapolis and follows a by named Luke. One night his parents were killed and he is kidnapped. He wakes up at the Institute and his room looked identical to his own back home, except it has no window. There are lots of other rooms all that house kids. All these kids have special talents and the director Mrs. Sigsby tries to find the source of these powers. A group of kids band together with Luke and try not only yo find a way out but also try and stay out of the Back Half- kids go but never come back!!! Love love love it!

Also by this author: It, The Stand, The Shining, Green Mile

4. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo release October 1, 2019

Image result for ninth house leigh bardugo

Not my only fantasy novel on this list Ninth House deserves a look into! It follows a girl who drops out of school and makes one bad decision after another. After surviving a homicide she is in the hospital when some strange people come to give her a second chance. She must now go to Yale and watch the students of Yale in their secret societies. She finds out just how sinister they are and how far their read goes …magic!!! What a great twist on an old theme of secret cults.

Also by this author: Six of Crows series, Nikola Duology

5. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstein release November 5, 2019

Image result for the starless sea erin morgenstern

AAAAAA she has finally release another novel!!! I loved loved loved the night circus, so imaginative. (See my blog top 5 books that should be made into movies for a description of the Night Circus). This is another love story with a magical setting. Zachary reads a book with a story based on his childhood. He then goes on a quest to find out more. Along the way he uncovers a secret library hidden underground. It is a secret realm. Zachary and a guardian Mirabel somehow join together on this quest!! What a great fantasy mystery book.

Also by this author: The Night Circus

So which ones are you looking forward to. I would love to hear your picks and add to my ever expanding TBR.

Image result for fall reads

Happy Reading!!!!

book blogger, book review, Books, books, Fiction, inspiration, Literature, top 5

Top 5: Must Read Classics

                                                       Top 5: Must Read Classics

Image result for classic fiction

Hello All

So here is yet again another top 5. This top 5 will outline my favourite classic fiction. Classic fiction has stood the test of time for sooo many reasons. Whether the stories can be applied to present day, how beautiful the writing is or how mind blowing the stories are, classic are timeless!!! Now I know classics are not for everyone, especially the writing styles and language but if you can get through these struggles these authors are quite brilliant for their time. The following 5 books are my favourite must read classics which you may or may not enjoy, I hope you do though.

  1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte 1847 4.11 stars on good reads
Image result for Jane Eyre book cover

So this book was the first classic I picked up to read for leisure outside of school requirements. It was also one of my first big reads as the book is on the longer side. The book is set up in 5 phases of the main character Jane’s life: childhood, education, time as a governess at the Thornfields hall, time at the Moor house and the reunion with Edward Rochester. So not going to get into too many details but this book is full of drama, hardships, love, rejection and personal growth. This is also one of the best known love stories of all time along with anything Jane Austin writes.

2. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott 1868 4.06 stars are Goodreads

Image result for little women book cover

Probably one of the first women coming of age novels. Story focuses around four women which each have such different distinct personalities. They go through the trials and tribulations of leaving childhood and breach into adulthood. The story’s timeline is one year, Christmas to Christmas. I could compare this story to a modern day Judy Bloom story! It outlines a totally different view due to the era it was written. Not only do these girls go through changes but they face them in a hard financial war ridden time. The girls have to face life without their father for a year! The 2 eldest then have to work in order to make ends meet. Great story!!

3. 1984 by George Orwell 1949 4.17 Stars on Goodreads

Image result for 1984 book cover

This is one of the first dystopian novels published, way before Hunger Game times! It touches on the social issues such as the government’s reach into people’s everyday lives, repression, and how the government wants to control thoughts so no one has an original idea. George Orwell was a brilliant author with crazy insight for his time. It is set in an imagined future where civilization was damaged beyond repair by civil unrest. The leader Big Brother- the government- tries to control any individuality and the main character wants to be an individual. Great read for anyone not yet into classical fiction.

4. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte 1846 3.84 Stars on Goodreads

Image result for wuthering heights book cover

This is a newer classic read for me. My friends all have differing opinions on this book. I thought it was kind of similar to other tragic forbidden love story books of its era. However it is still an easier classical fiction read and makes my top 5 list. Main character falls in love with a difficult and rude man who does not initially love her back or shows he loves her. Heathcliff, the poor mannered gentleman, allows Lockwood to stay at this house after seeing the ghost of his lost love Catherine. He falls ill and the love story is told by the housekeeper. Catherine loves Heahtcliff but it would have degraded her to marry him. Heathcliff overhears this conversation and runs away from the manner. She ends up marrying someone else and is unhappy. The story unfolds with a whole slew of debauchery, betrayal, revenge and mixed matched relationships.

5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin 1813 4.25 stars on Goodreads

Image result for pride and prejudice book cover

This story follows 5 daughters of Mr. Bennet. He is trying to get at least one of them married off so they may inherit his house and estate as he has no sons. It follows Elizabeth Bennet and her love story. It outlines the issues of marrying for love or for wealth which surprisingly is still in the spotlight today. The story has it all, love, betrayal, loss and humor. A read all around read for anyone to enjoy. From balls to cottages the settings in this British novel are great! All you could want from a book set in this era!!!!

What are some of your favorite classic fiction. What makes you apprehensive to read them. The old language is something to get used to but the stories stand the test of time!!! Please feel free to comment on your favourites below. Or did you not like one of the ones I listed? I would love to hear why.

Image result for classic fiction

Happy Reading!!!!!

book blogger, book review, Books, books, Fiction, inspiration, Literature, top 5

Book Review: The Silence By Tim Lebbon

Book Review: The Silence By Tim Lebbon

Image result for the silence book cover

This is a creature feature apocalyptic book which is right up my alley! I first saw this on netflix as a movie – based on a book as always! I wanted to read the book before seeing the movie. Spoiler alert the book is better than the movie as most books to movies adaptations are. Interesting fact about Tim Lebbon he wrote a novel that connects the movie Alien to Aliens starring Riddley! Can’t wait to read that one! Other popular books by this author include : The Edge and Coldbrook! I went into this book with no expectations just what I saw on the netflix preview. I was quite surprised by the story even with the common theme of prehistoric creatures taking over the world. Lebbon puts a great twist on a timeless theme.

Image result for spoiler alert

So this story starts off with a news broadcast of a discovery in an uncharted cave system. The main family watching this discovery includes Ally who we find out is deaf. Throughout the story we learn that she was not born deaf but was in a car accident with her grandparents who died. She had to learn a totally new way of life. Ally showed resilience that will play a key factor in the family surviving throughout the story. The other members include a brother Jade, father Huw and mother Kelly, and Lynne Kelly’s mother. As they watch the horror of the new discovery unfold on the TV they see creatures from the dark rip apart everything on the screen. They soon realise it is not a stunt or prank but a real life episode.

Thinking they are safe as this cave system is all the way in Moldova they don’t take it so seriously in the beginning. However as time goes on they see that these reptilian creatures called Vesps hunt by sound and are spreading quickly over the continent. Lebbon really plays into the social media aspect here. It is interesting to think of how connected we are today and how if this really happened the speed in which we would all receive live data. We would be way more prepared to anticipate the ‘end of the world’ than say 20 years ago.

Image result for the silence Vesps

They also learn a lot of life saving information from others posting on social media, not so much the news. People post on Facebook and Twitter that Vesps hunt by sound, they lay eggs in the dead and this is how they spread which are both vital points for the family surviving the Vesp Plague. They decide along with Huw’s friend Glenn to move across the country side to where there is no noise, away from the cities. Live feeds show mass hysteria in the cities, fighting, looting, and people killing each other over supplies. This is a typical apocalyptic scene which I totally believe would happen in real life. It would start off as an every man for themselves attitude. What so you all think? Would humanity help out each other or have the cut throat survival attitude?

We see humanity break down as a man attempts to steal the family’s car and points a gun at Ally. This in turn forces Huw to steal a car in order to get to their destination. The suspense is building at this point as they are nowhere close to their destination and Ally is keeping track of where the Vesps are on social media. The time crunch is on!

Image result for the silence by tim Lebbon

As the pressure to get to safety sets in because Vesps are now in London a horrible turn of events happens. Glen rolls his SUV pinning him in. Moral dilemmas set as Huw and his family decide not to leave him even though the Vesps are almost upon them. They barricade Glen in the best they can and take shelter in their SUV. Ally gives her family a prep talk 101 on how to be silent, her forte now. Her experiences help them understand what to anticipate and how they are going to feel now being able to verbally communicate. As the Vesps descend upon them their dog Otis, who is Ally’s helper, starts to bark. Vesps swarm their SUV and try to break in. Glen can hear the commotion and in a shear act of selflessness he starts shooting his gun to attract the Vesps to him. This is the ultimate sacrifice that restores the readers faith in humanity for a while. Otis however keeps barking and Huw has to make the hard decision to kill their beloved family pet to save themselves. Turn on the tears! At this point they need to draw the Vesps away. Huw blows up Glen’s SUV and the family hightails it for the forest.

Image result for the silence netflix

The family comes across a farmhouse. The occupant tried to ward off the ‘intruders’ and ends up attracting Vesps and dying. Everyone finds shelter and safety in the house since the first broadcast of the cave discovery. Huw and Ally try and go to town to find supplies. Two major things happen while they are on their trip. 1. They find out the eggs do not hatch until they are stimulated by noise 2. They find out when it rains the rain disoriented the Vesps giving them a chance to get away. They are slowly finding the Vesp’s weaknesses which gives the reader hope they may defeat their enemy!

On the way back to the farm Huw and Ally meet a different kind of enemy: The Reverend. It is one of the themes in the post apocalyptic stories, the crazy religious cult who justifies what happened as a matter of judgement day. Huw and Ally see first hand the lengths the Reverend will go to survive, he cut his own tongue out!!!! The Reverend now wants Ally so she can teach them sign language, which is the best way to communicate in the silence!!! Huw of course says no and they go on their merry way.

Image result for the silence netflix the reverend

As night falls the Reverend attacks and throws ringing cell phones into the farmhouse. I thought this was a brilliant crisis causing event! How well thought out of Lebbon. Mayhem ensues as Vesps get in and each family member tries to fight them off. During the chaos the cult followers steal Ally away. Lynn, the reader having learned she has end stage cancer, also self sacrifices and tackles the attackers, screams and sends them all to their death to save Ally. The story ends with the family being on the road again to find their quiet place- haha . Winter is coming and hope is restored that the cold weather will kill off the Vesps.

The Silent was in some ways your typical creature feature but with a modern twist of silence and social media. I really enjoyed this book. Now the movie – meh. It was good, some deviations from the book. Not my most favourite book to movie adaptation but not the worst either. Have any of you read it? What are your thoughts? If you would like me to do a top 5 fav apocalyptic books please let me know!! Please feel free to leave any comments below !

Image result for apocalypse

Happy Reading!!!!!!!