Thursday, 2 November 2017

What I read and watched in October

I actually read a decent amount of books this month. Since starting this semester I feel like I have hardly read anything but this month I feel like I made a dent in the books that I brought with me and bought recently.



1. Tell me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum: 4 stars
What I enjoyed:
1. The emails, texts, and IMs
2.  The growth of the family unit
3. The friendships

This book is marketed as like a contemporary with a mystery twist. The mystery isn't really a mystery. I guessed who SN was within the first few chapters. It was nice though being able to see the main character go through the journey to figure out who SN is.
There were times where the book became slow but I still kept on reading because I was dying to see how she figured it out.

The one thing that I kept thinking the entire book was how he got her email. I don't think it was ever mentioned in the book how he got her email. Which I know to some isn't a big deal but it kinda is to me. I guess I just stress over the small stuff.

(If it turns out that this was mentioned in the book please let me know. Maybe I forgot...)

If you are looking for a cute contemporary I would recommend this.

2. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaimen: 3 stars

This book is a collection of stories about Norse Mythology and I thought it was okay. I started this book a couple months ago. I mainly listened to it when I was driving or walking to class.

If you are really interested in Norse Mythology I would recommend it  but if you are on the fence maybe borrow it from the library.

3. I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai



I am not going to rate this book because I don't like rating memoirs or biographies but I want to tell you that I love this book. I started and finished this book in a day. I borrowed the audiobook from the library app that I have and turned it on while I ate breakfast and ran errands. It is completely inspiring and tear jerking. I was in the frozen food section at Wal-Mart and I thought I was going to start crying.
I think that everyone should read this book.

(I am not going to give a summary for this book because I feel like the title gives an accurate summary of the book.)

4. Matilda by Roald Dahl: 4 stars
I had never read this book as a kid but I remember watching the movie all the time. I needed something to listen to so I borrowed this. I liked the book. I felt like it was a good book to movie adaptation. In a way I felt like I was watching the movie as I was listening. I could see the scenes while they were being told.

What the book is about:
Matilda's family doesn't pay attention to her. She stays at home during the day while her dad goes to work, her mom goes to bingo, and her brother goes to school. One day she found out about books and the library, which is where she spends most of her days. Matilda also finds out that she is telekinetic and things get kind of crazy from there.



5. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green: 4.5-5 stars

This book is great. I was super excited to read this when it was released. I read this in a matter of days. This book is emotional, intriguing, and addicting. I didn't want to stop reading this. I would recommend this to people but be warned if you have anxiety or compulsive tendencies you might not want to pick this up. The main character suffers from severe anxiety and she does some compulsive things to calm her anxiety.
It is very hard for me to decide if I want to rate this a 4.5 or a 5 stars. This book is going to stick with me for a long time just like TFIOS will. This book will probably be one of my favorites of the year. I just can't fully decide how I feel right now.

What this book is about:
Mr. Pickett, the owner of a huge company, has gone missing just days before the police were going to arrest him. Since Mr. Pickett has disappeared there is a money offer on the table to find out where he could be hiding. Daisy thinks that it is a good idea to get involved to try and find Mr. Pickett so she can get the reward. Daisy talks to her best friend Aza about it. Aza knew Mr. Pickett's son, Davis, when they were younger and Daisy thinks that Aza could help her find Mr. Pickett. Aza is apprehensive about helping Daisy. She doesn't want to get involved but she gets sucked in. Aza struggles daily with her thoughts of catching diseases that will kill her. She does things every day to help her ensure, in her mind, that she does not and will not get a disease and die.
While they investigate where Mr. Pickett might be hiding Aza reconnects with Davis. (The story takes off from there.)

Shows:

I started watching The Gifted this month and it looks like its going to be good. If you like superhero shows I would check this out.

I also started re-watching True Blood this month. I am on Season 5 right now. I forgot how funny this show can be. If you want a good vampire show I would recommend True Blood. Be advised it is not for children.

Let me know what you guys read or watched this month I would love to know.
Thanks for reading.
I hope you have a wonderful day!
~Mariah

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Books I read and TV Shows I've watched in September

Hey everyone!
Today I just want to chat about the book I read and the TV shows I watched in September.



The only book that I completed in September was Emma In The Night by Wendy Walker.

What this book is about:
Cass returns home after being gone for years. Her family didn't know what happened to her or her sister. They were kidnapped. Cass was able to escape this island that her and her sister Emma were trapped on. Cass has made it her mission now to go and rescue Emma.

I gave this a 4.5/5 stars. I really enjoyed this book. The reason that I gave the book a 4.5 instead of a 5 stars is because there are things in this book that lead me to guess the ending. I didn't guess all of the ending but parts.
I still think that this is still a book worth reading if you haven't already. This will probably be on my list of favorites for the year.


I watched:
1. I started and finished Sense8 on Netflix and I love it.
Took me only a few days to finish. You need to watch it. I am not going to tell you anything about this series. I went into it barely knowing anything and I loved trying to figure out how it all connected.

2. I finished American Horror Story Seasons 1-5 (season 6 isn't on Netflix).
I started watching American Horror Story in August I believe. I originally started watching the series when Hotel aired. My mom and siblings were raving about the show so I watched that season first. I wanted to start from the beginning because season 7 was coming out. (Its already out. I believe there are six episodes so far.) I am enjoying this season so far. Its interesting.
If I had to rank the seasons I think this is how I would rank them:
1. is a tie between Hotel and Murder House
2. Asylum
3. Freakshow
4. Coven
5. Roanoke (I didn't watch all of the episodes when it aired. Think I got 4-5 episodes before I stopped.)

If you have watched AHS how do you rank the seasons?

3. The Good Doctor
I just watched the pilot and I am impressed. This reminds me of a lighthearted version of House.



Thursday, 24 August 2017

What I have read in the month of July! (2017)

I cannot fully express how amazing it feels to be able to tell you what books I have read this past month (because that means I have finished something).

Hello everyone!

The first book that I completed this month is Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. (4 stars)




What this book is about:

This book is about a case of blackmail. Simon is being blackmailed by one of his classmates, Martin, so Martin can get close to Simons best friend Abby. If Simon does not do what Martin says then Martin is going to let everyone know that Simon is gay.
In this book you follow Simon throughout high school. He is trying to figure how to tell the ones he loves that he is gay.
You also get to see the relationship that is forming between Simon and Blue. Simon does not know who Blue really is. All Simon knows is that they both go to the same school.

If you are looking for a cute and suspenseful book that will constantly keep you guessing Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda is for you!
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This book blew me away. I listened to this book and that is how I think that everyone should experience this novel. The narrator is great. Every time I turned the book on I thought that the guy narrating it was Jesse Eisenberg, its not him, but I swear if you put the audiobook on you will think of Blu (the bird from Rio).

One thing that I love in books is if they include some type of other media, such as art, email, recipes, or text messages. This book includes email. At times I thought it might have been easier to read the physical copy of the book because of the emails. Sometimes listening to emails confuses me but with this book it wasn't confusing. 

I enjoyed the friendships in this book. I loved that this book was more friendship based, at least that is how I saw it. The book did develop a romance at the end but I just enjoyed that Simon and Blue had each other. I loved that Blue and Simon were friends on the internet. I enjoyed that they had each other to talk about things that they could not talk to other people about. 

This is just a feel good book that will keep you on your toes the whole time. I kept trying to guess who Blue was. I would think of things that would solidify my guess but I was wrong. 

I would definitely recommend this book to people. I also recently found out that it is going to a movie. If you haven't read this yet you need to before the movie comes out. 

The next book that I finished this month was You by Caroline Kepnes. (4 stars)

It took me a while to finish it, mainly because it is terrifying.
This book kept me interested in what was going to happen to these characters but it also gave me nightmares. I was afraid that I would meet someone like Joe and my life would just go to crap.

What the book is about:
Beck goes into a bookstore where she meets Joe. Joe becomes completely obsessed with Beck and bad things start happening to those who are trying to get in his way.

If you are looking for a good psychological thriller You is a good one!


The last book that I finished this month was The Giver by Lois Lowry. (4 stars)

I had to read The Giver for my middle school literature class and I hated it. This was my first run in with dystopian novels and I didn't understand it.

I couldn't grasp the concept of this world and why it was so foreign from our own. (This is a book that I was required to read before I became an avid reader. So reading this was a struggle for me back then.)

Dystopian novels were just hard for me to comprehend in middle school but I decided to give The Giver another shot to see if I would enjoy it the second time and I did.

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If you do not know what The Giver is about it takes place in a world where this is no independence or freedom. The government chooses your job and your children for you. One household can have one boy and one girl. The children are not biologically related to their parents because its someones job to have children for the community.
On the children's 12th birthday they get assigned what job they will have in the future. Jonas, the main character, gets chosen to be the next Receiver of Memory.
No one in this community has memories of what has happened in the past, before the community was formed. That job is the responsibility of the Receiver to take in the memories and to advise the council if they are unsure of what to do next.
Jonas soon finds out that their is more to the world than just what he was taught growing up.

Now that I have read the book I just want to watch the movie. I watched it a while ago when it first came out but I don't remember much.


Let me know what books you read this past month I would love to discuss them with you.

Thank you for reading.
I hope you have a great day!
~Mariah



Saturday, 1 July 2017

Currently Reading! (July 2017)

Hello everyone!

This past month for me has been crazy. I am working full time and I am trying to get ready for school in the fall.

I have tried, and failed, to finish a book this past month. I didn't read one book front to back for the month of June but I did start quite a few recently.


Here are all the books that I have started recently. Maybe talking about them today will make me want to pick them back up and finish them.



1. You by Caroline Kepnes: This book is great and terrifying. I had to put it down for a while because it was giving me nightmares. I do want to finish it this month though (213 pages in).

2. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon: I picked this up when I put down You. I needed something that was going to be lighthearted and cute (87 pages in).

3. Keep Me Posted by Liza Beasley: I put this down because of finals. I am enjoying it and I hope to get through it soon (40 pages in).

4. My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman: I am not sure why I set this one down. I was really enjoying it (30 pages in).

5. Monogram Murders by Agatha Christie and Sophia Hannah: I put this one down because I lost interest. I do want to finish it because one of the ladies at the library said that these books are great (42 pages in).

6. To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han: I have read this before and I started this book so that I can reread the first two books. Once I reread the first two books I can read the last one. I put it down because I got You (20 pages in).

7. A Court Of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas: This was another book I put down because of finals (20 pages in).

8. New York, Actually by Sarah Morgan: This is the book that I am picking up more often when I am in the mood to read a few pages. I am really enjoying this. I picked it up because the back said that the main character, Molly, is a advice columnist. I have never read a book about an advice columnist and it sounds like an interesting profession (79 pages in).

I think that is all the books that I am currently in the middle of. I don't know if I will finish all of them this month but I do want to try to get through some of them. If there are any in this pile that you really enjoyed please let me know. Maybe I'll pick that one up next.

Thank you for reading!
I hope you have a great day!
~Mariah

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

I've Bought More Books!

Hey guys I've bought more books and decided to share them with you on my YouTube Channel.



If you want to check it out here is the link: https://youtu.be/BDY3-llQTN0

I do plan on doing another book haul on here in a little bit. My mom recently cleared out her bookshelf and I took quite a few.

Also my April and May wrap up should be up in the next couple days.

Let me know what books you have got recently.

Thank you for reading/watching.
Hope you have a good day!
~Mariah

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Day off

This past month has been crazy.

I have been working a full time job, finished school, graduated with an Associates Degree, trying to find where to live when I am going to school in the fall, and trying to brain storm what to write on the blog.

Today is the one day that I have had off and I don't have classes or go to see an apartment. So today I thought that I would just write an updated post letting you know I have not fallen off the face of the Earth.

I do plan on posting a wrap up for April soon so look out for that.

Since I am off of work today and I am not obligated to go any where I am tempted to just sit outside on this beautiful day and read.


Let me know down below what book you are reading down below!

I hope you all have a great day!
Thank you for reading.
~Mariah

Sunday, 9 April 2017

March Wrap Up | 2017

Earlier today I posted my wrap up on my YouTube Channel.



If you want to check it out here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo8VUQmJP-rCzu3HiXEQJRw

I hope you have a good day!
Thank you for reading/watching.
~Mariah

What I read and watched in October

I actually read a decent amount of books this month. Since starting this semester I feel like I have hardly read anything but this month I f...