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Name: Marylou

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Hogwarts house themed covers

*sigh*

Great. Another Harry Potter cover.

Don't get me wrong. I'm a big fan. I worship these series. But the releasing of yet another cover? This has to stop at some point, right?

Wrong. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the first book, aka 'The Philosopher's Stone', will be released with a brand new cover featuring your favorite house.

Are you a Gryffindor, a Slytherin, a Ravenclaw or a Hufflepuff? 

According to Pottermore, the Gryffindor red on the covers is meant to signify military strength, a unicorn is for purity and courage, and the antlers are for strength and agility.

In the Hufflepuff crest, there are beech leaves to symbolize tolerance and a little lamb to show gentleness. In heraldry, gold or yellow is seen to represent generosity.

The crescent in the Slytherin crest represents glory and honour, and has been used in several coats of arms throughout history. Slytherin green is for endurance and the dragon-like cockatrice suggests Slytherins are fierce warriors.

Lastly, the Ravenclaw crest gets a parchment scroll to symbolise academic achievement, an owl for wisdom, a spearhead for sharpness of wit and a book for knowledge.

 

The idea is pretty neat to be honest - I am a proud Ravenclaw myself. BUT I hate having mixed editions of a series, and this one dominates my shelves: I have in greek the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th books (I was too young to read them in english) and the original UK edition of the 6th and 7th books. I had been looking online to complete my english collection- in first editions preferably, when Jim Kay started his gorgeous work.

 

Now I'm buyin' the illustrated ones which are truly breathtaking and they do add something new on the inside too (although if you have seen Jim Kay's work something is an understatement).

 

*mini rant*

I got the american  edition of "The Chamber of Secrets" by mistake, which doesn't match the english edition of book one - something that will bug until the end of time. So instead of a neat pair like the one above I now have this:

 

Look at the font difference for crying out loud! why would they do that? 

*end rant*

 

Now this is something I might consider:

as I don't own "The Cursed Child" (yet). Actually scratch that because google tells me that these are a part of a boxed set that is pretty expensive. I'll pass. I have to start saving for the 3rd illustrated edition anyways.

Source: http://www.pottermore.com/news/hogwarts-house-themed-covers-unveiled-for-philosophers-stone-20th-anniversary


Happy Valentine's Day!

Wishing a "Happy Valentine's Day" to my fellow book lovers! Click here to send some bookish love to your significant other! xxx

~M.



Descender vol. 1

Descender Volume 1: Tin Stars (Descender Tp) - Jeff Lemire, Dustin Nguyen, Dustin Nguyen

Descender, Vol. 1: Tin Stars has some exceptional artwork and the story is very engaging. I recently watched the series, "Westworld", sparking my interest in stories with androids. This series by the talented Jeff Lemire certainly doesn't disappoint. The main character is the cutest bot ever! Illustrated beautifully the first volume begins with TIM 21 embarking on a journey to find his human companion, Andy. Full of mystery this strange new world is very intriguing! Little bot, big universe, indeed.



Goodreads adds a reread feature!

This is fantastic news! It has already been showing up as a feature in my books and I have to say I really like it. Having correct reading dates on my books and not adding a different edition to account for a reread, made Goodreads a lot more appealing as my main book-catalog-keeping-tool.  

Now another requested feature is the half star rating (sidenote: both features are available here at BL). 



Heart of darkness free @audible

Written: Joseph Conrad

Narrated by: Kenneth Branagh

Length: 3 h 51mins

(Unabridged Audiobook)

Release Date:11-23-10

Prose that demands to be read aloud requires a special kind of narrator. For the Audible Signature Classics edition of Joseph Conrad’s atmospheric masterpiece, Heart of Darkness, we called upon four-time Academy Award nominee Kenneth Branagh.

Branagh’s performance is riveting because he reads as though he’s telling a ghost story by a campfire, capturing the story’s sense of claustrophobia, while hinting at the storyteller Marlow’s own creeping madness.

Heart of Darkness follows Captain Marlow into the colonial Congo where he searches for a mysterious ivory trader, Kurtz, and discovers an evil that will haunt him forever. With this landmark work, Conrad is credited with bringing the novel into the twentieth century; we think Branagh brings it into the twenty-first. Stay tuned for more one-of-a-kind performances from actors David Hyde Pierce, Leelee Sobieski, Tim Curry, and more, only from Audible Signature Classics.

Every month "Amazon whispesync" offers a classic title for free; this february it's "Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad. To get the deal first get this kindle version (for free) and then get the free audiobook here. There is also another narration for free once you get the kindle book; one narrated by Frederick Davidson. You can choose or get both!

Happy Listening!

~M.



Book haul

Two Days Gone: A Novel - Randall Silvis The River at Night - Erica Ferencik The Most Dangerous Place on Earth: A Novel - Lindsey Lee Johnson

Here is an overview of my recent purchases/library holds/pre-orders/arcs (man I spend a lot on books!)

cartoon by Sarah Andersen

Pre - orders:

#famous - Jilly GagnonLong May She Reign - Rhiannon ThomasNorse Mythology - Neil GaimanFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Read by Eddie Redmayne - J.K. Rowling,Newt Scamander,Eddie Redmayne,Pottermore from J.K. Rowling  

Purchases:

  Carve the Mark - Veronica RothThe Bear and the Nightingale: A Novel - Katherine ArdenThe Careful Undressing of Love - Corey Ann HayduThe Book Jumper - Mechthild GläserThe River at Night - Erica FerencikThe Most Dangerous Place on Earth: A Novel - Lindsey Lee JohnsonTwo Days Gone: A Novel - Randall SilvisFood, Health, and Happiness: 115 On-Point Recipes for Great Meals and a Better Life - Oprah Winfrey

 

✍ Library Loans:

Small Great Things - Jodi PicoultDad Is Fat - Jim GaffiganThe Last Kids on Earth - Doug Holgate,Max Brallier  

✍ Netgalley/First to read ARCS:

 Big Mushy Happy Lump: A Sarah's Scribbles Collection - Sarah AndersenThe List - Patricia FordeA Crown of Wishes - Roshani Chokshi





January Wrap-up

WOW...It has been ages since I did one of these..With the issues BL had and my personal life getting in the way I didn't blog enough (*cough* not at all) Soo, 2017 is a fresh start.

 

January was a good month and the theme of the month was "graphic novels". I couldn't find any interest to finish an actual book, but I did finish a couple of awesome comics, thus officially declaring January 2017 my graphic novel month

☕ I finished

 ◈ the American Vampire series (issues 3-8)

American Vampire #1 - Stephen King,Scott Snyder,Rafael Albuquerque  American Vampire, Vol. 2 - Scott Snyder,Mateus Santolouco,Rafael Albuquerque  American Vampire Vol. 3 by Snyder, Scott (2012) Paperback - Scott Snyder  American Vampire, Vol. 4 - Scott Snyder,Rafael Albuquerque,Jordi Bernet  American Vampire Vol. 5 - Scott Snyder,Rafael Albuquerque,Dustin Nguyen  American Vampire Vol. 6 - SCOTT SNYDER,RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE  American Vampire Vol. 7 - Scott Snyder,Rafael Albuquerque  American Vampire Vol. 8 - Scott Snyder,Rafael Albuquerque  

 ◈ and the "Abigail and the snowman" series (issues 2-4)

Abigail & The Snowman - Roger Langridge 

☕ I read the first issues of Sandman and Giant Days

Giant Days Vol. 1 - Whitney Cogar,Lissa Treiman,John Allison  The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes, Vol. #1 - Mike Dringenberg,Neil Gaiman  

☕ And some adorable kids books

It Came in the Mail - Ben Clanton,Ben Clanton Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation - Duncan Tonatiuh  

Total month tally: 13

 

Not bad. I do have a lot of "currently reading" books and tomorrow I'm continue with my "Harry potter chapter by chapter" review! Stay tuned!

~M.



Anna Karenina free @Tantor Media

Written: Leo Tolstoy

Narrated by: Lorna Raver

Length: 40 hrs

(Unabridged Audiobook)

Release Date:30-06-10

Vladimir Nabokov called Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina "one of the greatest love stories in world literature." Set in imperial Russia, Anna Karenina is a rich and complex meditation on passionate love and disastrous infidelity.

Married to a powerful government minister, Anna Karenina is a beautiful woman who falls deeply in love with a wealthy army officer, the elegant Count Vronsky. Desperate to find truth and meaning in her life, she rashly defies the conventions of Russian society and leaves her husband and son to live with her lover. Condemned and ostracized by her peers and prone to fits of jealousy that alienate Vronsky, Anna finds herself unable to escape an increasingly hopeless situation.

Set against this tragic affair is the story of Konstantin Levin, a melancholy landowner whom Tolstoy based largely on himself. While Anna looks for happiness through love, Levin embarks on his own search for spiritual fulfillment through marriage, family, and hard work. Surrounding these two central plot threads are dozens of characters whom Tolstoy seamlessly weaves together, creating a breathtaking tapestry of nineteenth-century Russian society.

From its famous opening sentence—"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way"—to its stunningly tragic conclusion, this enduring tale of marriage and adultery plumbs the very depths of the human soul.

I don't know about you but I am on a mission to get some classics on audio! Every month Tantor Media has a new title for free much like amazon is doing with their "whispesync" deal. For February it's Anna Karenina. I have the title on audible already but I think my version is from a different narrator. It's quite a long book but no matter I'd love to have this on my library!

Get the free audiobook here.

Happy Listening!

~M.



Reading Habits Tag

Hello my bookish friends!! I saw this tag being done by lots of you, so I thought I'd join too! (Thanks to Spooky's House of Books for starting this)

1. Do you have a certain place in your home for reading?

Yes - a super comfy chair. However, I don't have a favorite position...lol

 

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?

I mostly read on my kindle, so no physical bookmarks are involved. I just push the power button whenever I have to be pulled out from my latest virtual adventure. 

 

3. Can you  just stop reading or do you have to stop read after a chapter / certain number of pages?

There are two scenarios: a) I fall asleep reading - if I am lucky i don't accidentally skip ahead many pages when my nose/finger/whatever touches the screen before it goes into sleep mode, or b) life gets in the way - you know eating, talking to other people...etc. 

On the first scenario, it depends on my sleepiness level, but I usually will myself to read "just one more chapter". 

On the second scenario, I prefer to finish a chapter and then close the book. Or you know keep reading....

 

4. Do you eat or drink while read?

Drink. Coffee, or tea.

In case of a suspenseful novel: eat. My nails. 

 

5. Multitasking: music or TV while reading?

Neither. Okay, maybe music. Sometimes. But no singing. Usually I study with classical/instrumental music. I don't want to confuse my brain.

 

6. One book at a time or several at once?

Several. I rarely have one book at a time. However, I don't read many at the same genre.

7. Reading at home or everywhere?

Everywhere. True story.

 

8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?

Silently. Out loud is only for professionals I paid for when I bought the audiobook.

Or my mom.

 

9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

I used to read the ending when I got too anxious about the protagonists' fate. But now I don't do that anymore. I'm all grown up.

Sidenote: If the book is getting boring, I do skim and move forward.

 

10. Barking the spine or keeping it like new?

I rarely buy physical books anymore, so the precious few I actually bought in the last few months are like new. I am always super careful of my copies.

 

11. Do you write in your books?

Nope. I do make occasional notes on my virtual ones.

 

That's it!

This was fun!! Join in!

Do you want to read from other booklikes' members? Head over here.



Any westworld fans?

Hey everyone! I finished Westworld on Saturday and I have to say I'm impressed.

It was a solid journey through a dystopian future that raised valid and interesting questions about technology and humans; like for instance "Can we create consciousness?". The actors were really good and the overall production was up to the HBO's standard.

 

I liked the conclusion it had and I looked around to see in which book this was based on (usually when something is good on the screen, it's almost always based on a book). Unfortunately there is no Westworld book per se; only the script of the old film (yes this was also on the big screen). 

But there are out there books that have the technology theme and I have compiled an interesting list; I haven't read any of them but some were on my radar even before Westworld spiked my interest on androids. 

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Two more freebies!

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood - Trevor Noah The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing - Marie Kondō

I know I have mostly audible updates but I have been working on coming back to the website! *queue happy music*

 

I have two more promo codes that you have to redeem today! One is Trevor Noah's "Born a Crime" (use code: ACRIME1) and the other is a self help book called "Magic of Tidying Up" (use code: TIDYUP1). 

 

I want to read Trevor's memoir as I really enjoy his show at Comedy Central. Sidenote: his memoir as expected is narrated by him which is a nice touch. I'm not sure what the other book is about but hey, free audiobook! 

Be quick with both as the offer expires today (1/31/2017)!

Enjoy!!



A man called Ove offered free @audible!

A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman, George Newbern

This a fantastic bargain! I read the book and loved it and cannot wait to listen to this!

All you have to do is go "redeem a promo code" and type in " CALLEDOVE1" then claim your free copy!

The code will expire on 31st of january so hurry up!!!



2017 Dystopia Challenge Sign-Up post

Goal: Read/review 6 dystopian books - Rebel

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Bingo Card ✭



2017 Reading Assignment Challenge - Sign Up Post

In this challenge you make a list of all the books you WILL read in one year, depending on what level you pick (so 12 books is one book per month)

This challenge is hosted by Berls @ Fantasy is More Fun and Michelle @ Because Reading.

2017HW

Goal: 1 book per month from the list below - Level 1

(0%)
0 out of 12 predetermined books

 

Last year the challenge started okay but I failed in the end..Plus I never made it to upload the library card on time!

This year I am going for level 1, to make things easier for myself.

Here is my list of 12 books I pledge to read in the upcoming year:

 

The Couple Next Door - Shari LapenaThe Hunger Games - Suzanne CollinsThe Lie Tree - Frances HardingeRevenger - Alastair ReynoldsThe One-in-a-Million Boy - Monica WoodThe Heart of Henry Quantum - Pepper HardingThe Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes, Vol. #1 - Mike Dringenberg,Neil GaimanThe Book of Lost Things - John ConnollySix of Crows - Leigh BardugoA Darker Shade of Magic - Victoria SchwabThe Widow - Fiona BartonEcho - Pam Muñoz Ryan

 

The Rules:

◈The 2017 Reading Assignment Challenge runs from January 1st to December 31st 2017. You may sign up anytime between now and July 1st.

◈You may only participate for the months AFTER you sign up (so if you sign up in February, January doesn’t count)

◈Commit to reading 1, 2, 3, or 4 books a month and MAKE A LIST of the SPECIFIC books you will read in 2017. This is the point of the challenge: you’re committing to reading a set list of books and a certain number of them each month. It’s your chance to finally hold yourself accountable for those books you keep promising you’ll read!

◈You may read any genre or any format (i.e., eBook, Audiobook, Paperback, Hardcover). But they must be published before January 1, 2017 and they must be at least 100 pages.

◈Pick a level and make your list. REMEMBER: you’re committing to not just those books, but that number of books a month. You CANNOT read them all in one month. We’re doing away with the complicated and often confusing extra credit this year, but you’ll get a chance for a fresh start each quarter (details below)

◈At the end of each month, cross off the book(s) you read. We will have a link-up each quarter (hosted by Michelle in April, Berls in July, Michelle in September, Berls in January 2018) for you to link your progress. Details below, but… The link-up will be open for the first 7 days of the new quarter and we will randomly select a quarterly winner of a $5 gift card to Amazon. Giveway will be open Internationally.

◈Tweet your progress to #2017HW and keep an eye out for random tweets from us.

There will also be a grand prize drawing in January 2018. The number of entries you get in the grand prize giveaway will depend on how you perform in the quarterly Report Cards and what percentage of books you read from your list. The quarterly giveaways will be based on that quarter alone, so even if you can’t complete the challenge for the year, you will have plenty of opportunities to win!



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