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Just got to have the photos. ❤

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Books To Read in 2014

Today, being that it is the end of another year, I thought to share all the books that I haven’t read yet and plan to in 2014.

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  1. Bad Monkey by Carl Hiassen Get synopsis here. I am really excited about this one. It is a comedic mystery and yes, it does have a monkey in it.
  2. The Map of True Places by Brunonia Barry. Get synopsis here. I tried to read this once, but I was in a mood so I didn’t finish.  I have to try it at least once more before giving it away. I am truly hoping I do better with it this time.
  3. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet. Get Synopsis here. I got this for Christmas and it sounds great. I am really wanting to read this book soon.
  4. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling. Get synopsis here. Another book I had tried to read, but couldn’t get into at the time. It was pretty slow beginning and there are just sooo many people in this book to keep track of. But I have a rule that I have to try the book at least once more before giving away.
  5. Buried Prey by John Sanford. Get synopsis here. A mystery/suspense. I am happy to be getting more into these types of books. It has been awhile.
  6. Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger. Get synopsis here. I heard this book was pretty creepy and had to do with ghosts? So I am pretty thrilled. I loved The Time Traveler’s Wife so I am excited to see what this is all about. I am starting it today.
  7. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. Get synopsis here. Yes, this is YA. I bought this one before I had made the statement of not  buying more YA. You will also see two more YA book.
  8. Just One Day by Gayle Forman. Get Synopsis here.
  9. The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler. Get synopsis here. I started this book and then quit. I think I had a hard time with the writing style, but we will see if my opinion changes.
  10. The Bookseller by Mark Pryor. Get synopsis here. A mystery about a bookseller. I am super duper excited!
  11. Birdsong by Sebastion Faulk. Get Synopsis here. I had tried to get into this and I just don’t know if the story is for me so second round here we go.
  12. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. Get synopsis here. I am really happy to have this book in my possession. I have heard a lot of great things about it.
  13. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See. Get Synopsis here. I am very intrigued by this story line and I really hope that I like it.
  14. Evenfall by Liz Michalski. Get Synopsis here. Another try but fail. I am not sure what stopped me, but maybe it was the predictability that I felt coming off of it. We shall see if I feel the same this time round.
  15. The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. Get synopsis here.
  16. White Teeth by Zadie Smith. Get synopsis here. When I was bored with a book I was reading I went into this one. I felt myself disliking the comedy and the story. So I hope the break has helped in that way. I will finish the book no matter.
  17. Twenty Years  Later by Alexander Dumas. Get Synopsis here. I am super excited about this one. I have read The Three Musketeers and I am happy to get back into their story.
  18. Selected Poems by John Keats. Get Synopsis here. I have read a few poems here and there, but I want to go further and read all of them. I have no opinion yet.

This list does not include the seven books I have ordered from Barnes & Noble. I got a gift card and since I knew I could get more for my buck online I now have to wait until I get them for awhile. Although, I do believe I should be getting some of them in a few days since they are all in state.

 

So have you read any of these and what are your thoughts

Do you see any you are interested in?

What books do you still need to read?? Tell me. 🙂

The YA Syndrome

So have you noticed how the Young Adult Genre/Section feels all the same? When I was a teen, yes, I’d read YA. But for the most part I read adult fiction. Romance, sci-fi, and all other types. I eventually went pure adult, never reading YA. Then one day I went back and now I realized that subconsciously I knew that YA was just not my thing. I still read them, but I am sticking more and more to my adult section.

What I have to say about YA does not mean that YA does not have great books. Some of my favorites come from YA: Anne of Green Gables( and you all know this series is my dearest books ever), Eleanor & Park, The Book Thief. I am not saying that those who love YA has something wrong with them. I am not saying this to offend anyone. I am just saying this is why I won’t ever buy any more YA; unless I borrow one and love it enough that I would be willing to spend money on it. This has been a recent decision. I was reading The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and I realized that this book was pretty similar to every other book that is in the paranormal genre in YA. You have the predictable romance, the mysterious guy that is made to be almost stalker-ish, and the drama that seems to always get put on the back burner to the romance. Or you have dystopian and the worlds may seem different, but there are a lot of similarities. It always has to have a romance, always has to have mysterious guy, and the drama may be actually there but it doesn’t seem as important in the books as it should be. And this kind of thing seems to be the way it is for YA in all genres there is.

I am wondering if the author’s are looking at previous works and going: “Oh, look! This story is getting a lot of attention and people like it. I must do this too!” and they do. Maybe they tweak and make it seem different but all of the factors that I mentioned are there. The story can be completely different but completely the same. It is frustrating that authors just can’t be unique. They have to follow the formula. They seem afraid to try something new and different and just stop being followers. JUST WRITE WHAT YOU WANT, NOT WHAT EVERYONE ELSE IS!!!! That is what I’d love to say to them.

This is why I feel I can’t buy anymore YA. I love my adult. I feel you have space to go to all different places and there aren’t all the same. I don’t feel this formulaic thing going on there. There is good and bad in adult, yes, but for the most part I love it because there is so many different and unique things in it. I just can’t find many unique and different books in YA anymore.

 

So I am sorry to those who love YA, but this was something I had to get off my chest. And I will repeat there is books that I like from YA, but there is just too many things that I have come to dislike about it that, although I will keep reading them, I won’t ever buy.

DOES ANYONE ELSE FEEL THE SAME or DO YOU COMPLETELY DISAGREE? Or maybe you are somewhere in the middle? (Please don’t hate. :()

Winter Wonderland Tag

I am going to be doing the Winter Wonderland Tag. I should have done it before Christmas but I never got a chance. I found this on JackEatsBook  at Youtube.

1.. What book is so happy and sweet that it warms your heart?
DSCN5058This is one of my dearest books ever. I have to read this series at least once a year if I can and just going to see Anne and Gilbert, Marilla and Matthew and others is just so much. Every time I read these books my heart does burn with warmth. Just so wonderful.
2. What is your favorite book with a white cover?

DSCN5064This is a recent read this year and I absolutely love Rowell’s(pronounced like BOWL) writing and this story was amazing and realistic and I just loved E & P.
3. You’re sitting in a nice comfy chair, wearing a onesie, with a lovely warm hot chocolate but what MONSTER read are you reading?

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4. It started snowing so you decided to have a snowball fight! What fictional character would you love to have the snowball fight with?

I’d love to do teams and on my team it would be Anne & Gilbert & Diana and on the other team it would be Harry & Ron & Hermoine.
5. Sadly, your fire is beginning to go out. So what book would you tear the last few chapters out to throw into the fire?

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6. What book is so close to your heart that you would gift to someone this Christmas who hasn’t read before but wants to get into reading?

I think when coming to gifting books you should always try to find ones that will fit to that person’s taste, but if they haven’t read anything at all, I would have to say:

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Christmas Lights Eve

We went Christmas Lights driving(whatever you wanna call it). It is a tradition we’ve started for Christmas eve a couple years ago. I loved just looking at what people were capable of creating with lights and a few pieces of decorations. I didn’t get any pictures, for this was a family thing and I didn’t feel like taking time away from that by taking photos.

 

Also, I felt like I was the only one who did this in this town, but I did find one car doing the same thing so that was pretty cool and exciting to find.

Is this something you do or used to do?

I am now relaxin’ in bed with hot cocoa and catching up on youtube.

 

 

Tomorrow we will be gathering around the tree with White Christmas in the background and preparing Christmas dinner while openin’ presents.

 

What are some of your Christmas traditions?

Yosemite Trip

This is kind of a test. If you don’t like it I will just share it manually. It is just wordpress can be a pain in the butt when you want to do mass photos. I found I could narrate. Lol, I am pretty weird and lame but oh well. If that was too strange next time I will keep it to music only. 🙂