The Book That Had Me at the Edge of My Seat

Title: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Author: Steig Larson
Genre: Fiction
Quotation: “Everyone has secrets. It’s just a matter of finding out what they are.”
Would recommend to: 
anyone who enjoys “Gone Girl” or a mystery to unravel

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Now I see why everyone raves about this book. Larsson did a phenomenal job of combining various plot lines and sub-stories into one novel that intertwined in the end.

I really enjoyed how every occurrence in the book connected in some way to the larger plot line, and I thought he did an amazing job of dividing the book to maintain order.

“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” isn’t really about a girl with a dragon tattoo in my mind — she’s just a really important character that furthers the story. It’s really about an investigative journalist who hits some rough water with a story and is almost forced to isolate himself on an island in Sweden with an entire family that he is investigating. A young member of the family was murdered over 30 years ago, or so it seems, and the head of the family wants Blomkvist (the investigative journalist) to figure out the mystery of the murder.

There’s actions, suspense, dark problems and more wrapped between the covers of this book.

I’m not sure yet if I will read the others in the series, but I can tell you this: Larsson’s writing in inspirational and compelling. He writes simply yet packs a punch with almost every sentence. Readers can tell that everything he writes has meaning and purpose.

I hope everyone can enjoy this suspenseful, powerful read.

Happy reading,
Kimberly

Top 5 Wednesday: Halloween!

Top 5 Wednesday

Since I just had a whole long list (10 to be exact) or Halloween book recommendation, I’m going to take a different spin on this weeks Top 5 Wednesday. Rather than recommend more books, I’m going to recommend some movies!

Silence of the Lambs

1. Silence of the Lambs
This is probably the only scary movie I’ve been able to watch by myself. It’s creepy and eerie and has you on the edge of your seat for the majority of the film. It’s definitely worth a watch.

Halloweentown

2. Halloweentown
It’s a classic!

The Nightmare Before Christmas

3. The Nightmare Before Christmas
This was my best friends favorite movie in high school. It’s all about a skeleton finding the world of Christmas and trying to blend it with Halloween.

Casper Meets Wendy

4. Casper Meets Wendy
An adorable baby Hilary Duff and a friendly ghost? I’m interested.

Double Double Toil and Trouble

5. Double, Double Toil and Trouble
Any Mary-Kate and Ashley movie is a good movie, and this one is perfect for Halloween. It’s just the right amount of scary and adorable.

Top 10 Tuesday: Scary Reads for Halloween

Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in 2010. It’s a fun way for bloggers all over the Internet to connect and post the things they love about books. Halloween is coming up, and we all know what that means! Breaking out your favorite Halloween read to get you in the mood for the holiday. Here’s my top 10 list of scary books for the season.

1. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
This is one of the creepier books I have read in my adult life. It kept me on the edge of my seat the entire read, and even though it’s not specifically a Halloween book, I think everyone can get an eerie vibe from it.

Sorcerer's Stone

2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
I recommend this book specifically for it’s amazing Halloween scene with the troll.

3. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
If you haven’t read this classic yet, it is perfect for the season. It’s pretty easy to follow along, and it’s extremely well written. I think every Halloween lover should drive into this book.

World War Z

4. World War Z by Max Brooks
This is the perfect zombie book for the dystopian-Halloween lover. Brooks’ writing style is absolutely captivating, and the ending has an amazing punch that will leave readers with a gaping mouth.

Twilight

5. Twilight by Stephenie Meyers
I mostly threw this in for giggles, but I do love to read Twilight every once in a while. Even though the vampires are comically glittery and it’s mostly a love story, I still think it’s a good book to cuddle up with on a windy, Halloween night.

6. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins
I’ve mentioned this before, but this is my favorite short story, and it’s probably the creepiest I’ve ever read. If you’re interested in mental illness and looking for a short read, I would consider Perkins’ work.

7. Beloved by Toni Morison
Also not a Halloween specific read, but as I’ve mentioned previously, still an eerie read involving a family and a not so ordinary visitor.

8. Edgar Allen Poe
Anything. Seriously. His stuff is amazing as well as completely terrifying.

coraline

9. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
If you’re looking for a book to creep you out in every sense of the word, Coraline is it. I was definitely not prepared to read this book in fourth grade, and I’m not prepared for it now. She enters an entirely new world where everyone has buttons for eyes!

It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

10. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown by Charles Schulz
It’s a classic. And if you don’t want to curl up with the book, at least watch the movie. I know that’s what I’ll be doing!

Leave me a comment below about your favorite Halloween read!

Happy reading,
Kimberly

Treasure Tuesday

Treasure Tuesday

  1. I am currently still reading “Subliminal” along with a lighter read for before bed “Friday Night Lights” by Buzz Bissinger.

2. Book Quote 26

3. This Wednesday I leave for Texas where I will spend three days learning all there is to learn about journalism and yearbook.

4. With Halloween on everyone’s mind, here’s a fun Buzzfeed quiz to get you in the mood. Try and guess the eerie read from just one line.

5. Sleeping Puppy

Let this sleeping puppy inspire you to find sleep in all moments of your life.

6. It’s Halloween on Saturday! Leave a comment below about what you’re planning to dress as! (Or if you’re planning to stay in a read, let me know what book you’re curling up with.)

Happy reading,
Kimberly

Opinions May Vary

Title: Side Effects May Vary
Author: Julie Murphy
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Quotation: “I don’t want the easy kind of love. I wanted the crazy love, the kind of love that created and destroyed all at the same time.”
Would recommend to: people who appreciate a different story.

Side Effects May Vary

This was my “young adult” choice of the past month, and I don’t have any regrets.

The book chronicles a girl’s life before and after she found out she was cancer free. You follow her through her acceptance of her cancer, how she copes with the news that her life may be coming to an end, and finally how all of her actions have shaped her life as it stands now.

I think it’s a really powerful story about life and how our actions stimulate a domino effect.

While I do like the overall story, I think the main character, Alice, is a bitch. She doesn’t really care about the people around her, and cancer doesn’t give you an excuse to be a terrible person in my book.

She also doesn’t redeem herself in my opinion. While she realizes that she messed up with the man of her dreams, she still doesn’t seem to get that she’s been a bad person. I wish there had been a more apparent attitude change.

I did really like the book though — it was an easy, entertaining read that kept my mind occupied.

If you’re into young adult reads and are looking for something with a twist, I would definitely suggest this book to you.

Happy reading,
Kimberly

Top 5 Wednesday: Authors

Top 5 Wednesday

This week is dedicated to those amazing author’s in your life that have changed your world. I’m supposed to stick to author’s I’ve discovered this year, but I’m going to branch out and include some other amazing writers, I hope you don’t mind.

1. George Orwell
Have I talked about how I love “1984” yet? Yes? Oops. I read “1984” last Christmas (so almost this year), and as you all know, it’s one of my favorite books and I recently reviewed “Animal Farm” because I also loved that book. I think he’s an amazing writer that writes simply enough for everyone to enjoy it but profoundly enough to inspire his readers.

Trilogy

2. Veronica Roth
I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned how amazing I think the Divergent series is, if not, you can read my review. I discovered her this past summer. Although she is a young adult writer, I really admire her captivating style and intuitive look at life.

Fight Club

3. Chuck Palahniuk
I read “Fight Club” last summer and absolutely loved it. But I’ve also read some of his other novels like “Rant” and reviewed them on this blog. I think he just has an amazing, unique style that packs a punch when you finally figure out what it all means.

The Hobbit

4. J. R. R. Tolkien
Although I have yet to read the acclaimed “Lord of the Rings,” I devoured “The Hobbit.” I read it this past summer and thought it was an amazing tale. I couldn’t have picked a better book to read on vacation.

5. Steig Larson
I just finished “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” and I am speechless. I’ll be putting out a review soon, so look out for it. But it was such a captivating book with an astonishing plot line, I suggest it to anyone who enjoyed “Gone Girl.”

Top 10 Tuesday: My Book Wishes

Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in 2010. It’s a fun way for bloggers all over the Internet to connect and post the things they love about books. This week’s topic explores my top 10 wishes I would want the book genie to grant me. Let’s get started!

1. Unlimited reading time one day of the week.
I would love to be able to just sit down and read for an entire day. Just one day where I have no other commitments other than to enjoy a book that I love.

speed reading

2. Faster reading abilities.
I am the slowest reader known to man…and I hate that. It takes me much longer to read than those around me, and I would pay money to be able to finish and enjoy books in the blink of an eye.

Beauty and the Beast Library

3. A secret library for my house.
House goals include a hidden library behind a staircase with a ladder that can glide across the room.

4. Unlimited access to Barnes and Noble.
I would never ever steal a book. But if I could just go into Barnes and Nobel under the cover of night and read books for hours on end with access to the Starbucks pastries, I wouldn’t complain.

The Bookshop

5. A map of all the amazing book stores in the world.
I’m a huge fan of used bookstores. Last spring break my friend and I took a road trip to my hometown and stopped along the way in Savannah and found an amazing store. They always have the best finds and the greatest stories. I would love to have a map that I could visit throughout my travels.

6. A summary for book series.
By this I mean, I wish book series had the same thing as TV series such as a “What Happened Last Time.” I always wait for a series to be finished before I read it because I always end up forgetting what happened in the previous books and have to re-read them. If I had a highlight reel of the past books that sums up all the important points, I wouldn’t run into these problems.

AY691M A selection of secondhand paperback books for sale

7. Paperbacks should come out way faster.
Seriously, I’m here waiting for a paperback copy of a book for like two years! What gives? There are two types of people in this world — people who read hardcover books and people who read paperback books, so please, help a sister out.

8. Give me the truth from J.K. Rowling.
I’m a huge fan of Harry Potter, and I’m a huge fan of J.K. Rowling for giving me Harry Potter. Now, I would love to meet her and get the actual truth about the world I grew up loving. She’s released a lot of information within the past couple of years, but I feel like they are publicity ploys to increase popularity of the book and though she may believe in what she is saying, I would just really love to sit down with her and maybe read her notes on the original stories.

9. Please let me be paid for this.
I decided I wanted to be a book editor when I was just beginning to think about college. If I could be paid to tell people I love their books, I would be a happy gal.

World of Books

10. Grant everyone the ability to read.
So many people in this world don’t have the ability to read due to lack of education or lack of resources. I would love it if everyone in the world were able to read and able to have access to amazing books. I would love to start a foundation one day that donates books to children all over the world.

What would be on your book wish list for the book genie? Leave a comment below!

Happy reading,
Kimberly

Treasure Tuesday

Treasure Tuesday

  1. I am currently reading “Subliminal” by Leonard Mlodinow.

2. Over fall break, I went to Bald Head Island with two of my roommates. I had an amazing time paddle-boarding and riding bikes all over the island.

3. Book Quote 25

4. Check out the longest domino chain made out of books. It was made in Seattle in 2013, and it’s really amazing!

5. Ever wondered if you would survive the Chamber of Secrets? Well, thanks to Buzzfeed, now you can find out. Apparently I would have barely made it out alive if it weren’t for my friends. Let me know what you get in the comments below.

Happy reading,
Kimberly

SORRY!

Hello my fellow readers,

I am SO SORRY for the lack of posts from Friday until the end of this week. This weekend was my fall break from school, so I had classes off until Tuesday. I ended up taking a trip with some friends and we were without Internet the entire time.

I am sorry I didn’t post about this sooner, but I was unaware that I would be without wifi. I promise to resume posting as usual next week.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts on next weeks topics!

If you’d like to request anything from me, leave a note in the comments below.

Happy reading,
Kimberly

Top 5 Wednesday: Kimberly Goes Rouge

Top 5 Wednesday

So here’s the thing… I didn’t really like this weeks topic (favorite graphic novels), so I decided to go with my own. This week I will talk about my favorite movies that are also books.

Mazerunner

1. Mazerunner

loved this movie, but guess what…I hated the book. I read it as an adult after seeing the movie, and Dylan O’Brien just doesn’t transfer onto paper. The writing wasn’t that well done to me and it seemed like it was written for a much younger audience. But I love the plot line and really recommend that older readers watch the movie rather than read the book. (This is probably the only time I will ever say this.)

2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

This book specifically was very well adapted into a movie. It’s the only screenplay that the characters are always wearing robes and wear their hats. It follows the plot line of the book spectacularly. And the kids are actually the right age. It’s pretty great.

Fight Club

3. Fight Club

I watched this movie before I read the book, and it helped me to understand the content of the book so much more. I think the movie traveled along with the book really well and I really enjoyed both formats of the story.

SLP

4. Silver Linings Playbook

This was an amazing movie and an even more amazing book. It delves into mental health issues and helps readers understand the thought that goes into actions when you struggle with your mental health. I definitely recommend this to anyone who has any interested in mental health.

5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower

This was one of the better done adaptations. I absolutely loved the character choices that were made and I thought it was very artfully created. I really love both this movie and book, and I think it’s very relatable for readers.

Do you have any favorite book-to-movie adaptations? Leave them in the comments below.

Happy reading,
Kimberly