Book Review: Providence

I know it has been a while! I have been very busy with tests and projects as the end of the school year rolls around. I did somehow find time to fit in a book while I was trying to juggle everything. It is the second book in a series I had already reviewed in a previous post. I loved this book just as much as I loved the first one. So without further ado, here is my review of Providence by AR DeClarck.

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AR DeClarck does it again in her second book of the Mythical Madness Series. In her new book, Providence, DeClarck tells the story of Vinnie’s sister Sheridan, another goddess. The story picks up from Sheridan meeting Kai, the sexy pirate and mysterious Asenio. The two are instantly attracted to each other but Kai resists in fear of having to settle down. As their romance sparks, the two travel to the dangerous land of Asgard to investigate the closing of portals. They do this all with the pressure of time on their backs as they must make it back to Vinnie before the Desolation destroys her.

Just like I loved the first book, I instantly fell in love with Providence. DeClarck instantly transports you into the mythical world of gods and goddesses and the world of love. The romance that DeClarck creates in this book is sexy and attracting to the reader. Definitely check out DeClarck’s follow up of her amazing first book if you are looking for more romance, adventure, and magic as Sheridan and Kai do all they can to save their loved ones and each other. I am giving this book a 5 out of 5 stars. Well done DeClarck. Can’t wait to see what else is to come from this author and series.

As you can tell I definetly enjoyed this book from my review. Just curious, have any of you ever checked out any of the books I have reviewed on here? If you have I would love to hear about what you thought about them. My taste in books is varying but I’ve yet to be disappointed in the books I have chosen to review. As summer rolls around I’ll have more time to read and my goal this summer is to read more non-fiction books as I have started to this year due to the language class I am in. What are you planning to read this summer?

I hope you have enjoyed this post and would love to hear from you below in the comments.

Thanks for reading,

Your Fellow Bookworm

Right Weather

The gentle patter of rain on my window accompanied by a warm cup of tea have set the mood for me to both read and write today. I don’t think I am alone when I say that there has to be a certain mood around me in order for me to actually sit down and really be able to get into what I am reading.

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Weather has to do a lot with the mood for me personally. My favorite times to read are on days like today, when it is rainy and cloudy. There is a quiet mood to these types of days that make it the perfect time to curl up with a book. Another type of weather that is the perfect weather to read in is when there is a breeze blowing lightly in the air while the sun shines down on both my book and I. I love to read outside when the weather allows it.

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It’s kind of funny to think that weather can put me in the right mood to read. Now I’m not saying that the right book can’t do that either. We have all read those books that we just couldn’t even think about putting down! But it is the combination of the right weather and a good book that can make for the ideal reading mood and experience.

I hope you have liked this post. I would love to hear what puts you in the mood to read in the comments below!

Thanks for reading,

Your Fellow Bookworm

Is it really possible to have TOO many books?!

I read a recent blog post on The New York Review of Books by Tim Parks. In the blog post, Parks talks about the overproduction of reading material and how we just might have too much. Now I argue is that really possible? Parks brings up the rise of the internet and e-books and how both of those drastically changed the access of reading material that readers suddenly had.

“Just when we were already overwhelmed with paper books, often setting them aside after only a few pages in anxious search of something more satisfying, along came the Internet and the e-book so that, wonderfully, we now have access to hundreds of thousands of contemporary novels and poems from this very space into which I am writing.”

Parks continues to say that he now approaches the reading material that is everywhere today without much seriousness. He poses the question about how serious we would take our books if printing prices were higher, the computer and internet hadn’t increased access, and if there wasn’t all the paper used for some many books. I considered this and though my answer is yes, I think that people still take books seriously today. I see his point about how so many books can sometimes take away the uniqueness of a plot however, everybody has different reading preferences and I truly believe there is a book out there for everyone. I talked about a similar idea in an earlier post.

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In the number of books and stories that are floating around these days, there has to be some kind of reading material for each reader. So while Parks is not a big fan of the seemingly infinite number of books today, I say we need to embrace that number and continue to read in order to discover what it is exactly we like and just how amazing each book can be.

Later on in the post Parks does recognize that readers do come across books in this ‘age of overproduction’ that is just right for them.

“With gratitude for those rare occasions when we come across a book that speaks to us personally.” 

So if you feel that you are drowning from the number of books in today’s libraries and bookstores, just take a breath and keep reading. There is a book or genre out there for you. All it takes is some digging. And maybe we will have to read some generic books in order to find the right one for us because of the number of books and stories that are available to us today. But I believe once you find the right book for you, it will be all worth it.

I hope you have enjoyed this post. If you have any comments in response to the number of books we have available to us, I would love to hear from you below!

Thanks for reading,

Your Fellow Bookworm

World Book Day

I can’t believe I missed it. How could I miss such a glorious day?! Apparently yesterday was World Book Day. Who knew that an actual day dedicated to books existed? Because obviously I didn’t, however I think that is a pretty awesome that such a thing does exist!

There is even a website dedicated to the day. The website claims that “World Book Day is a celebration! It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.”

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To see that there are so many countries and people across the globe that choose to participate in a day that celebrates books and reading is an encouraging thing. It shows me that reading can bring different people together and that reading isn’t becoming a lost pass time.

If I had known that it was World Book Day yesterday, I would have made sure to not only have written this post earlier (oops) but to have also made time to read. I recently have been getting away from just sitting and reading for the enjoyment of it. Hopefully this celebration will remind me of the fun that can come from reading!

Another thing I like about the idea behind the celebration is that it is celebrating the many different aspects of reading and books alike. It mentioned celebrating the authors who even write the books for us to read in the first place, and illustrators who help provide images that can enhance readers reading experience. There are so many people and aspects that are involved in publishing a book that are forgotten by so many people.

I don’t know if any of you got involved or did anything to celebrate World Book Day yesterday but if so I would love to hear about what you read or if you posted about it on social media anywhere in the comments below. If you have never heard of the celebration before, don’t feel bad you aren’t alone! I will make sure to write this date down in my calendar for next year!

One final thing that I have to say regarding World Book Day is that celebrating reading and books doesn’t just have to happen once a year. Try to make time to read everyday. I know that won’t always happen but we shouldn’t have to wait around for one day a year to remind us why books are so great. So next time you go to pick up a book, remember both to celebrate the book itself and the work that went into making it!

Thanks for reading and thanks to everyone who helps make reading possible for readers all around the world!

Your Fellow Bookworm

MY FAVORITE SERIES IS BEING MADE INTO A TV SHOW

If you can’t tell by the title of this blog, I am VERY excited by the news that The Mortal Instruments: Shadowhunters is being made into a TV show. The Mortal Instruments series is by Cassandra Clare and I have talked about how it is my favorite post in many of my previous posts. City of Bones (the first book in the series) was originally made into a movie. I watched the movie and liked it! However, it did not do amazingly in the box office so they decided to re-vamp it as a TV show.

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ABC Family recently announced that they would be undertaking the project. So far the only things that have really been released about the project is that casting will be going underway very soon and that Ed Decter, creator of Helix, Unforgettable, and  The Client List will be executive producer. I am excited for more news to come and for the show to be underway!

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The idea of my favorite series becoming a TV show is pretty amazing. A TV series will allow for more detail to go into the story unlike the limited time that a movie has. It is a common thing for a book series to be made into a TV series. I just hope that the series is more successful than the movie was. Either way I will be supportive of it all!

Thanks for reading,

Your Fellow Bookworm & Excited Fan

The power of words

It always amazes me what different sequences of letters of an alphabet can do. By sequences I am referring to words. Words have so much power. They can break someone, they can change someone’s life, they can take you to somewhere you have never been before… Words can do a lot if you can’t tell. As a writer and reader myself, I don’t think we realize just how much power words hold.

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As I said in some scenarios words can hurt and break someone. The stupid saying about how words can never hurt you is one of the falsest things I have ever heard. All over the news you hear of bullying and social media fights that move people to do harmful things to themselves. People sometimes hide behind their words on the internet. You have to wonder after you read some of those horrendous comments people leave, would they have the guts to actually say that to someone’s face? I’m guessing not.

Now words obviously aren’t all bad! They can do some awesome things! Words can let someone know that they were accepted into their dream college or let someone know they won a million dollars (I could really use some words telling me I won some money right about now). I guess I am adding this part onto this blog because I think words have just become more known for being negative than positive. Something we all need to keep in mind when it comes to words is that the meanings and conitation behind them are what make them negative. We are the reasons why words get a bad reputation, not the actually word itself.

The final power that words have are that they are able to transport you to somewhere totally new. This most often occurs in books. One of my favorite things about books is that I can get transported to a totally different world all through a bunch of words put together. Maybe I explore mid-evil England one day and then a totally new dimension the next! Every time you pick up a book, you are preparing to go somewhere new through the words that you will read. I think it is so cool that an author can do that for their readers. They can create an escape for them and truly change someone’s day all through the words they write on a page. If you are looking for a book to escape in check out any one of Cassandra Clare’s work! She creates a totally different world that you are instantly sucked into.

So I guess what I’m trying to get at is that words can be pretty awesome and they can do some amazing things. Be mindful of what you are using your words for and enjoy what words can do for you through books! If you have any comments about books, words, or anything else, please feel free to leave them below! I would love to hear from you.

Thanks for reading,

Your Fellow Bookworm

Movie Review: The Longest Ride

As I said in an earlier post, I read The Longest Ride and planned to review the movie after I saw it. Well here it is! I saw the movie this weekend with some friends and I have to say I was surprised at how much I liked it.

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I have seen my fair share of Nicholas Spark novel adaptions and they have all seemed to woo me over. I am a sap for romance I admit. But there was something different about The Longest Ride. While it did have its romantic points throughout the movie, it felt more realistic and relatable than other Nicholas Sparks adaptions have been. The main actress Britt Robertson  did a nice job of making the main character, Sophia, very easy to relate to and Scott Eastwood played the male lead, Luke, as a guy that just about any girl would fall for.

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Now as far as the movie goes for aligning with the book, it wasn’t all that much. But I can understand why they changed the relationships and meetings of certain characters though. The movie did however maintain some of the vital parts of the book however which I admire. The same mood and romantic element transitioned well from the book to the movie. I always love when books are made into movies because it gives a face to the name. As I said earlier, the casting for The Longest Ride was perfect in my opinion.

Unlike other movie adaptions of Spark’s books, The Longest Ride didn’t have the usual sadness element that the other movies have. The movie did make me emotional and cause me to tear up at some parts but it was nowhere near the tears from other movies like The Notebook or The Last Song. The Longest Ride was just as good, if not better, as the rest of Spark’s movie adaptions however.

So while the movie didn’t follow the book to a T (not like the movies do anyways), I thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely be seeing it again. I recommend both the book and movie to anyone! Both have their own characteristics that make it great!

So the final thing I have to comment on is the question that is asked every time a book is made into a movie, which did you like better? The book or the movie? And I am going to be lame and say both! They each made me laugh and cry and were both extremely entertaining in their own way. Always give both the book and movie a chance before you pass judgment on what is better.

I hope you have enjoyed this review. As I said, make sure to check out both the book and movie of The Longest Ride. You won’t regret it! I am always amazed at what a movie can add the plot of a book. If you have any movies or books you think I should check out myself, please leave them in the comments below!

Thanks for reading,

Your Fellow Bookworm