Happy Birthday Leo Tolstoy!!!!

Have you seen the Google Doodle today?

If not, go check it out.

Today is Leo Tolstoy’s 186th birthday!!! (Wow he’s old.) You know, the author who wrote War and Peace? That book I couldn’t make it through? xD

Well I’m going to try and pick it up again today in honor of his birthday and my mum may go for Anna Karenina. Let’s hope I can get through some more now. x.x

But click here for an interesting article about Leo Tolstoy from the Guardian.

So who else is gonna try to read this epic novel with me?

Any takes? Yes? No?….Thought not xD

(Google doodle moves; this is just a still picture. Go look!)

‘How Far Your Favorite Authors Went For Their Love Of Books’

Everyone does something stupid for a book. You continue to read it as you walk into a mall and walk face first into an automatic door (haven’t done that yet.) You walk around your house reading it and miscalculated a doorway, walking smack into a door (done that.) You stay up into a new day to try to finish the pages of your favorite book (been there and done that LOTS of times.)

But these authors, some of them, went a little bit beyond. Click here to find out just how far they went for their love of books.

The Art of War by Sun Tzu

Summary

“Listed in the Marine Corps Professional Reading Program, The Art of War has influenced military tactics since the being written around the 6th century B.C. by Sun Tzu. The book has been credits to tactics used by General Normal Schwarzkoph and General Colin Powell in the Persian Gulf War. The Art of War has also been linked to other military leaders such as Napoleon, Vo Nguyen Giap, ho Chin Minh, and Mao Zedong.

Although written by Sun Tzu as a military reference, The Art of War is full of advice that has helped people of all backgrounds to prepare for many of life’s battles. The teachings of Sun Tzu go beyond the traditional battlefields and have been used in the boardroom, in sports, and anywhere challenges need to be faced and overcome.”

-From the back flap of the 2010 edition by P.L Publications, translated from Chinese by Lionel Giles, M.A.

Review

This book…..I’m honestly still working on processing it.

The book, my version (there are TONS of translations) was only 73 pages, but in that small amount of time, a lot of information was thrown at you and it was REALLY deep stuff.

When I started reading this book, I kind of sat there like, “Why can’t the US Military follow these rules?” But then as you progress and you see the word “chariot” and words such like that. This book really doesn’t apply to modern warfare anymore as land battles can be won from the air with planes and drones now. But its the thought process that still can be applied. As it said on the back cover, it’s good to apply to life and you most definitely can do that.

This is an older read, just because younger people won’t understand it at all. I had a hard enough time with it. You were constantly re-reading points to make sure that you actually understood what was written.

I do recommend reading this book just because of some of the points in it. None of this I would ever use because I am not a soldier, but still, the though process which is suggested in some of the points in the book are interesting and can be applied to life’s challenges.

There isn’t much else to say about it. It’s a classic, and an ‘easy’ read so if you have some spare time, go and check it out.

Let me know what you think while you’re at it ^.^

Happy reading!

P.S. Unfortunately I can’t find the cover of MY version of the book, but I love it. It’s a guy holding a Katana with a sunset behind him. All you see are his arms grasping the weapon. And with my personal love of Katanas…I just had to xD.

A Secret Purchase ~ SHHHH!

I purchased Archangel’s Legion by Nalini Singh yesterday (read the review of the entire series here) and I’m SOOOOO excited.

I love this series so much and am slowly purchasing all the books so I can have the entire series. I only have Archangel’s Blade, which I’ve read 3 times, and now I have a second one (which is the last book in the series).

Maybe I should purchase the first one…o.o

But I’ll work at that.

Do you guys have any books that you just have to purchase the entire series (even if its massive) because you love it so much?

This is my series…because I’m literally in love.

Corvette C3 1968-1982: How to Build and Modify (Performance How-To)

Summary

“The vast majority of Corvettes built between 1975 and 1982 are affordable and plentiful, and are ideal for high-performance builds. Learn how to transform a mundane C3 into a standout, high-performance car.”

-From Amazon.com

Review

Well this book is definitely something different. I received this book through the mail as I had apparently requested it which I honestly don’t remember doing. I love vehicles and all, but a book like this is something that I really would never read.

And, as I should be truthful, I didn’t really read this book either (the way you don’t read a cookbook, but flip through). I mostly just flipped through it as a lot of it I don’t really understand or have any interest in.

I’m not really a Corvette girl, never have been and I don’t really know why, so I guess I wasn’t terribly motivated to read this book either, but I was asked to do a review and I will as it was, still, an interesting book.

First off, this book is in color and has LOTS of pictures. This is really different from other car manuals I’ve read. Most just have instructions or small drawings, at most black and white pictures. But this is in full color with step-by-step pictures which really is useful if you are looking to build and/or modify your vehicle. There are even brightly colored boxes here and there to warn you about different issues and also little tips.

There is also a lot of writing; how to do different things and explaining what different things are.

Honestly, I didn’t understand most of the book. I may love cars, but I am not a mechanic by any means and so didn’t understand how most of it worked. But if you are into cars and are looking to remodel, this is definitely a possibility.

I recommend that you check it out as it is really quite interesting to flip through, and if someone else knows more about vehicles and reads this book, let me know how you think it would hold up if you REALLY wanted to used it as a manual.

The company did release a few other manuals for other vehicles so check them out as well.

Thanks, and happy reading!

HAPPY 5 YEAR BLOGIVERSARY!!!!!!!!!

Wow…I can’t believe its already time.

5 years.

I can’t believe I’ve survived this long. There definitely have been a lot of ups and downs, especially with my lacking of posting recently but I’m bringing her back (her being the blog xD)

And this is the 5 year mark. It’s a nice round number and still can’t believe it.

Just a few stats for the blog over these 5 years

Total amount of views: 43,252
Total amount of comments: 332 (would LOVE to get this number up!)
Total amount of posts: 712
Total amount of pages: 7
Total number of follows: 73
Most popular post: The Lion by Roald Dahl
Total amount of author interviews: 5
Total amount of interviews: 9

Just a few numbers and of course I’d LOVE to bring those numbers up, but I can’t do it unless you guys, my readers, continue to help me. I hope that all of you continue to follow and support me and this blog.

Until next time, happy reading!

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Summary

“In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn’t make the cut–young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training. Ender’s skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers, Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister. Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender’s two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If the world survives, that is.”

-From Amazon.com

Review

This book was, just wow. Nothing like I thought it was going to be. I had had this book sitting on my shelf for quite some time now but when I got it, the reading level was way beyond me and I didn’t understand the book. It starts as if it is part of a series and that is what threw me off to start with. But now that I found out that there was a movie being made of it, I decided to do a little looking around and found out that it indeed was the first one of the series (only just found out that there is more than 1 book in the series.) So I started reading it.

This book is definitely off the wall. The writing style is very strange and sometimes quite confusing but you just have to push through it because eventually it all starts to make sense. This is not a book that you can just sit down and read. You really have to give yourself a little time to actually sit and think about it. Some books you can just pick up and read about 3 pages of and then come back some time later and continue reading. This you cannot. You have to really read a good bunch of pages or finish a chapter before you can put it down because otherwise when you come back it will not make any sense at all. But I have to say that it was extremely well written. It kept you thinking, wondering what would happen, and it kept surprising you with different things that happened. The characters were developed quite well as you got to understand Ender and how he acted and how he felt in different situations. You really got close to him and felt bad for him during many situations.

Honestly, there is not a whole lot you can say about this book without giving anything away as there were many details that can ruin the book for you.

I am also going to tell you that nothing it what it seems and that the end is going to be shocking and leave you sitting there with your mouth open (metaphorically – except in my case where it actually was).

But I am going to tell you this…please read this book before you see the movie because I have a feeling that the movie is going to be different. I am also going to say that you have to get into the book before it starts the flow. The beginning feels a little rough, but it will all start to make sense later on. Just dive in and get going.

Good luck, enjoy the book, and let me know what you think.

Update: There is a movie for this book out and I saw it and thought it was fabulous. It wasn’t exactly like the book…but I still defiantly recommend that you watch it. But read the book first, because after the movie, reading the book will be really difficult.

Guild Hunter Series by Nalini Singh

Okay. So this is going to be on MASSIVE post about the ENTIRE Guild Hunter Series by Nalini Singh because there were 7 books (not including the novellas which I still have to read) and I feel that one LARGE post would be good. Otherwise you will see 7 posts of me ABSOLUTELY FANGIRLING!!!!!!!!

I. AM. SO. IN. LOVE. WITH. THIS. SERIES.

I will say this now. This is a mature reader series as there is graphic violence and….quite graphic sex scenes so this is a 17/18 year old or older book…NOT YA AT ALL!

MATURE READERS ONLY!

So lets start with the books in the series. They are…..

  • Angels’ Blood
  • Archangel’s Kiss
  • Archangel’s Consort
  • Archangel’s Blade (side story with one of the main characters)
  • Archangel’s Storm (side story with another one of the main characters)
  • Archangel’s Legion
  • Archangel’s Shadows (comes out in November 2014!!!! Another side story)

Click here to see the covers and read the descriptions of the stories on Nalini Singhs website.

Okay ~ So now it is time for my serious fangirling review.

This is currently my favorite series out there by a LONGGGG way. I found this story on one of the romance shelves in B&N and I was interested so I bought it. I thought it would be stupid romance or something like that. Boy was I SOOOO wrong. This is one of the most detailed love stories I have read by a modern writer. The romance was a small part on the side. Well…it was a massive part of the story, but there was so much going on that it played only a small role in the overall story.

The character development in this story was absolutely massive. The characters developed drastically from book to book, or in the side books, over the course of the entire book. Some characters personalities flip-flop, or do 180’s…or even a 360. Most romance novels has the main female character fall for a man and it was just all head over heels after that.

This honestly catered to all the different types of tastes out there. There was romance, hatred, betrayal, violence and just so much going on.

I will say that the violence was very graphic though. It was like written, “The blood coated the walls.” It would have been something like, “The blood pattern on the walls indicated that there had been a massive fight, the crimson droplets adding a chilling quality to the already dull room. The corpse on the floor, which was mutilated beyond recognition, was the other indication that the fight had been brutal and someone had clearly lost.” (No duh, I was just making some junk up for this.)Now…it would have gone into detail about the corpse in great detail…so if you aren’t into violence and such like that..then this may not be for you because it was a very large part of the story.

Since this series is so long and complex, you really get attached to the characters really fast. Each character is connected to another one and they pop up here and there throughout each of the stories, with some of the minor characters in the main series of books, getting books to themselves (like Dimitri and Jason). I really liked that because you got to know the character as one type of person in one book, but in their individual novel, you saw who they truly were and it changed your perception on them as you understood where certain actions came from and why their personality was as it was.

Honestly I loved the series and I recommend that you read it but please over the age of 17/18 as otherwise it is quite inappropriate.

Otherwise happy reading!

“Sex in Books: My Pet Peeves!”

Now this post you HAVE to check out, but view discretion is advised! Bad language used.

As an older teen, about to leave the YA years, we branch out to romance novels (well girls do). Romance is a very GENERAL title. You have the regular mushy stuff which is harmless where the guy meets the girl, they fall in love, buy a house, and then happily ever after. But then you have a specific genre, mostly for adults, titled erotica. Unfortunately it seems that most books in Barnes and Nobles romance section…classify as this.

Ya’ know, what does it take to get a decent romance novel around here?

It’s just sex, sex, sex. And very graphic sex at that. Not saying all the writing is bad, but readers usually want something MORE than that.

And Nereyda @Mostly YA Book Obsessed went on a rant about this and kudos to her. I have had the same issues and annoyances that she has had due to reading erotica…sorry, “romance” novels, and I am so glad that she voiced them. I thought it was just me! Thank god I’m not the only one that wants something more than just “getting it on” with the typical firefighter or soldier.

So have a look-see at her rant (once again, viewer discretion is advised!) and let me know if you believe the same thing that I do. And while you’re at it, check her blog out because, honestly, I love it and am so happy I stumbled across it.

So comments? Thoughts? Opinions? We can’t be the only two who get annoyed by this. Let me know.

Until next time, happy reading!

Just Something Interesting

So I’ve been quiet for a little while (since my most recent post about being more active) as I was away in California at a summer institute. While I was there, I was given the opportunity to visit the FOX lot. It was Sunday, so it was dead quiet, but I still got to walk around, saw famous peoples parking spaces, fancy buildings, and different filming studios.

But that wasn’t what interested me the most (oddly enough). It was the ‘Give a Book, Get a Book’ (not the Disney Junior thing) stand by one of the buildings. I have come across this system in quite a few places before but seeing it here was…shocking. What it is, is there is a drop box, where you can go and get a book, read it, and then return it so others can read it. It saves time for someone to purchase a book that they may never read again. But one can also donate their own books into it so that other can read them when there are no uses for it anymore, instead of people throwing it away (yes…people throw books away and don’t DONATE them! Disgusting :( )

One book may pass through hundreds of hands!

It’s the perfect way for people to be motivated to read, but not have the pressure of having to buy a book and the guilt of purchasing a book and not reading it.

I honestly LOVE this idea and think that it should be implemented in more places. I see it happen more often in small communities and now on larger lots.

What do you, my readers, think of this type of idea? Do you think that it possibly may encourage reading or do you think that it would just be easier to go and purchase your own book and this type of thing is a waste of time? Be honest, I’m curious what people think.

But until then, happy reading!

Earth Day My Love For You, Sweet Earth by Fyodor Ivanovich Tyutchev

  For Earth Day some things to ponder.

A Poem My Love For You, Sweet Earth

My love for you, sweet Earth, my mother,
I cannot hide – I do not crave
The phantom pleasures of that other,
That spectral world beyond the grave.
O spring, the blessedness of Eden
Compared to yours as nothing is!
Love’s joys you bring us all unbidden,
And golden dreams, and light, and bliss.

What rapture to drink in the balmy,
Warm air of spring, to languor wed,
And watch the clouds drift slowly, calmly
High in the blueness overhead;
To wander happily and idly
Across a field and past a stream,
To catch the scent of blooming lilac
Or chance upon a radiant dream!..

by Fyodor Ivanovich Tyutchev

 

And some wonderful pictures of spring HERE. via HERE.

 

FunDay Friday ~ Revelation, a Visual Poem by sebastien montaz-rosset, Poem by Charlotte Davies

This is WONDERFUL!!!!!

Beyond wonderful.

Powerful words + Imagery = something almost indescribable.

The filmmaker Sebastien Montaz-Rosset has taken the words of Charlotte Davies and made magic.

HERE. (Make sure you have the sound on)

To learn more about the Sebastien Montaz-Rosset HERE and HERE.

And to read the words of the poem HERE.

Enjoy!