Treasure Tuesday

It’s Tuesday! That means only three more days until the weekend.

1.  This past weekend my school raised over $70,000 in our Relay for Life to support the American Cancer Society.

2. read a book forget the world

3.  I am currently reading H.G. Wells “The Time Machine.”

4.  Test you knowledge of famous quotations from books with this Buzzfeed quiz.

5.  I guarantee you will laugh at this hilariously adorable video of a baby goat. ( It makes me bust out laughing every time I see it, and my roommate is kind of sick of hearing me laugh at it.)

6. There are good people in the world. Last week, I bought someone their coffee because they didn’t have enough money on their card.

Nice people are out there. I promise. 

Happy reading,
Kim

Cupcake Reading

Title: Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe
Author: Jenny Colgan
Genre: Fiction
Quotation: “Life was always easier, reflected Issy, when you were carrying a large Tupperware full of cakes. Everyone was happy to see you then.”
Would recommend to: someone who needs a book for the beach.


If you know anything about me personally, you know that I absolutely love to bake. When I was meandering through the aisles of Barnes and Noble after Christmas, I stumbled upon this book that had the word “cupcake” in large print on the bind. I immediately snatched it up. It was about cupcakes; could there be anything bad about it?

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(http://www.peekingbetweenthepages.com/2013/07/meet-me-at-the-cupcake-cafe-by-jenny-colgan.html)

First of all, the novel has recipes in it. This is the book of a baker’s dream. Most of these recipes are at the beginning of certain chapters and some include sarcastic remarks by the main character, Issy, or her grandfather, Gramps. These recipes add a sense of realism to the novel. I, personally, am really excited to try them out.

Apart from the baking aspect, which I immediately fell in love with, the novel stands strong on its own. It has a solid plotline with interwoven stories of various people in Issy’s life such as her best friend, her co-worker, her ex-boyfriend and boss, and her banker. There are twists and turns that never completely upset the story, but they keep it from being a boring, static novel.

The novel follows the life of a strong, independent woman, who hasn’t quite learned how strong and independent she is on her own. She is thrust into a world she didn’t yet know she wanted to be a part of and learns more about herself than she knew to be possible. Naturally, she finds love in an unexpected place but not without suffering from some terrible mistakes first.

Any young adult women can relate to this twisty-turny tale of self-appreciation, even if they have never cracked an egg or sifted flour. I would not suggest this book for the typical male due to its feminine nature, but I wouldn’t discourage a man from picking it either if baking and semi-romance novels intrigue him.  Anyone can learn a thing or two from Issy at the Cupcake Café.

Happy reading,
Kim

Treasure Tuesday

1.  It’s Earth Week! Celebrate by planting a tree, picking up your local park, or spending some time in the great outdoors.

2. I just started Amy Poehler’s “Yes Please!” on Friday, and I’m almost done. It’s that good, I promise.

3. There are only three weeks of classes left at my university, and at most I’m thinking a month and a half for most people.

4.travel and reading

5. Due to my most recent review of Harry Potter, please enjoy this Buzzfeed article highlighting Hermione in the books vs. the movies.

6. Check out this monkey selfie we talked about in my media law class on Monday.
creepy

Happy reading,
Kim

Potterheads Unite

harry potter books

   

  Title: Harry Potter series (7 books)
  Author: J.K. Rowling
  Genre: Fantasy, Teen
  Quotation: “People find it far easier to forgive people for              being wrong than being right.” -Dumbledore, “Harry Potter          and the Half-Blood Prince”
  Would recommend to: anyone — kids, teenagers and adults can find something in these books to connect with and love


If you haven’t heard of Harry Potter, you must be living under a rock. From best-selling books to award winning movies, Harry Potter is everywhere (he even has his own theme park).

In my humble opinion, these books are one of the best series of my generation.  They contain fantasy, mystery, knowledge, romance and glory. It’s a series that transcends time with its relatable characters and meaningful lessons. With a slew of characters ranging from heroes you love, villains you love to hate and evil-doers you want to hate but can’t help loving (Malfoy, anyone?), the Harry Potter series has a favorite for everyone.

When I’m in a bad mood, the first book I grab is from the Harry Potter series (typically the first or the sixth). All I want to do is read it from cover to cover. The story reminds me that I am not alone in my struggles, and I can overcome all obstacles thrown my way. Some people turn to the Bible or their friends in times of need; I turn to Harry.

For those of you who have not even read a page of these books or had the pleasure of being the friend of a “Potterhead” here is a general overview of the seven books:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Harry discovers he is a wizard and embarks on his first year of wizarding school at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He becomes best friends with Hermione Granger and Ronald Weasley. Harry uncovers the treasures of this magical world such as Quidditch, dragons, and charms. He learns the truth about his parents’ death, himself, and the evil Lord Voldemort, from whom he escaped and seemingly killed when he was only one year old with a backfired killing curse. But Lord Voldy may not be as gone as everyone seems to think.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: In his second year at Hogwarts, the evil descendent of Salazar Slytherin, an ancient wizard of Hogwarts, opens the Chamber of Secrets and begins to attack muggle-borns- students with magical abilities but non-magical parents. Harry, Ron and Hermione must find who is behind these attacks and put a stop to them or face the reality of the closing of Hogwarts for good.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: During this gripping book, Harry discovers the truth about who betrayed his parents and led them to their deaths on the night Harry survived. He must choose between avenging his mother and father’s deaths or learning about their history and friendships.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Harry is once again thrust into the experience of a lifetime when he is picked to participate in the Triwizard Tournament, a dangerous championship that requires skill and bravery. He must battle dragons, fight mermaids, and ultimately face his enemies one more time.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: In the fifth book of the series, Harry faces the problems of anger and rage that come with adolescence as he battles feelings of betrayal and figures out the person he wants to become. A new villain is introduced as the wizarding trio enter their final years of school.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: As the books come to a close, Harry begins to find out the truth about Voldemort and what happened on that fateful night when Harry survived the killing curse that backfired. He discovers a knack for potions from an unlikely friend and forges a unique bond with his headmaster as he battles his way through his sixth year at Hogwarts.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: In the final book of the series, the battle of Hogwarts rages. On a search to defeat Lord Voldemort, Harry, Ron, and Hermione discover more about themselves and their friendship than they expected. They battle witches, wizards, Death Eaters, curses and more on their quest. Harry also faces Voldemort for a final time and readers will never guess the outcome of the mind-boggling series.

Each of these books has a message that young adults can relate to. It’s not just the large battle of good versus evil or learning to fly on a broomstick. Author J.K. Rowling manages to incorporate the struggle of late nights spent on homework and unrequited love, as well.  As a young-adult grows up, Harry, Hermione, and Ron grow with them. These books have a message of family and love that no other books can touch, and they will remain popular well into their 50th year of circulation, in my opinion.

I strongly encourage you to pick up “The Sorcerer’s Stone” today and give it a chance. If you have already ready them, read them again. I always learn something new when re-reading a Harry Potter book due to the care and creativity Rowling employed when writing these books.

The lessons behind Harry Potter are never truly complete, and that’s the magic of it.

Happy reading,
Kim

Treasure Tuesday

Here’s what I have for you guys for your first ever Treasure Tuesday…

1. I’m currently reading the last book from the “House of Cards” series, “The Final Cut,” and preparing to finally watch the third season on Netflix.

2. “Game of Thrones” fifth season started on Sunday, and that means new episodes every week.

3. Figure out how many young adult books you’ve read by taking this Buzzfeed quiz. ( I’ve only read 20 out of 75, so I’m going to be adding some of these must-reads to my list.)

4. Here’s a video of munchkin kittens, because what cat lover doesn’t want to start their week snuggling a little munchkin kitty?

5. Rory is currently reading “Dead Souls” by Nikolai Gogol, and figuring out how to handle vice presidency with Paris. (Check out the “Gilmore Girls” reading list for more books Rory reads throughout the series.)

6. Good things are happening in the world everyday — my school raised over $180,000 for Duke’s Children’s Hospital this past weekend through our 24-hour dance marathon.

7.

 books can change us

Have a great Tuesday, and finish your week strong!

Happy reading,
Kim

Welcome to Neverland

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Hello Blogosphere,

My name is Kim, and I’m here to bring you all the news on books you never knew you needed. This is a blog that will be dedicated to all topics book related: reviews, previews, books-turned-movies, what I’m currently reading, book purchases, hidden treasures, suggestions and more.

I plan to post fun, inspirational messages on Tuesdays, called Treasure Tuesdays, to help everyone get through the week with a weekly review on Fridays.

If you ever want to see a book reviewed or hear my opinion on a book, feel free to let me know. You can contact me at knhoniball@gmail.com.

Happy reading,
Kim