Book Review: Greywalker (Greywalker #1) by: Kat Richardson

Greywalker (Greywalker #1)
By: Kat Richardson
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Fiction, Ghost, Mystery
Rating: 2.5 stars
Release: October 3rd 2006

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When Harper comes to in the hospital, she begins to feel a bit …strange. She sees things that can only be described as weird-shapes emerging from a foggy grey mist, snarling teeth, creatures roaring.But Harper’s not crazy. Her “death” has made her a Greywalker-able to move between our world and the mysterious, cross-over zone where things that go bump in the night exist. And her new gift (or curse) is about to drag her into that world of vampires and ghosts, magic and witches, necromancers and sinister artifacts. Whether she likes it or not.

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Book Review: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert


Eat, Pray, Love
By: Elizabeth Gilbert
Genre: Autobiography, Spiritual, Travel, Non-Fiction, Adult Contemporary
Rating: 4.2 stars
Release: January 30th 2007

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In her early thirties, Elizabeth Gilbert had everything a modern American woman was supposed to want–husband, country home, successful career–but instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she felt consumed by panic and confusion. This wise and rapturous book is the story of how she left behind all these outward marks of success, and of what she found in their place. Following a divorce and a crushing depression, Gilbert set out to examine three different aspects of her nature, set against the backdrop of three different cultures: pleasure in Italy, devotion in India, and on the Indonesian island of Bali, a balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence.

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Book Review: The Devil In The White City By: Erik Larson

This book just helped to secure my admiration and love for Erik Larson’s writing and impeccable attention to detail.


By: Erik Larson
Genre: Non-Fiction, Historical Fiction, Crime, True Crime, Mystery/Thriller, Biography, Architecture
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Release: February 10th 2004

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Author Erik Larson imbues the incredible events surrounding the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair with such drama that readers may find themselves checking the book’s categorization to be sure that ‘The Devil in the White City’ is not, in fact, a highly imaginative novel. Larson tells the stories of two men: Daniel H. Burnham, the architect responsible for the fair’s construction, and H.H. Holmes, a serial killer masquerading as a charming doctor.

Burnham’s challenge was immense. In a short period of time, he was forced to overcome the death of his partner and numerous other obstacles to construct the famous “White City” around which the fair was built. His efforts to complete the project, and the fair’s incredible success, are skillfully related along with entertaining appearances by such notables as Buffalo Bill Cody, Susan B. Anthony, Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison.

The activities of the sinister Dr. Holmes, who is believed to be responsible for scores of murders around the time of the fair, are equally remarkable. He devised and erected the World’s Fair Hotel, complete with crematorium and gas chamber, near the fairgrounds and used the event as well as his own charismatic personality to lure victims.

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Book Review: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) By Mindy Kaling

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

By Mindy Kaling

Genre: Humor, Autobiography, Writing, Essays, Funny, Non-Fiction

Rating: 4 stars

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Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”

Perhaps you want to know what Mindy thinks makes a great best friend (someone who will fill your prescription in the middle of the night), or what makes a great guy (one who is aware of all elderly people in any room at any time and acts accordingly), or what is the perfect amount of fame (so famous you can never get convicted of murder in a court of law), or how to maintain a trim figure (you will not find that information in these pages). If so, you’ve come to the right book, mostly!

In Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Mindy invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood, with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls. Mindy Kaling really is just a Girl Next Door—not so much literally anywhere in the continental United States, but definitely if you live in India or Sri Lanka.

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Let The 2016 (Reading) Challenges Begin

Happy New Year, Everyone!!

I hope you’ve all had a fantastical and memorable (mostly) ringing in of 2016! ^__^ And for those of you who don’t really remember much of the night, but had fun anyway? *high-five* 🙂

Now, in light of the New Year, I’ve decided to commit to a few reading challenges I’ve found to help encourage me to get through some books I’ve had, but I haven’t been able to get too. And what I like about the three challenges I’ve found is that they actually cover the mix of books I’ve wanted to read but have not been able to make time for.

Such as, ARCs (ebooks mostly), purchased books and a few audiobooks. I’ve listened to a few audiobooks before, but I’ve always preferred physical to audiobooks because I guess having someone else in my head telling a story freaks me out a bit? [Or at least that’s what the voices in my head tell me 😉 ]

In all seriousness, I’ve recently discovered the joy and comfort of audiobooks and the flexibility they offer. I’m reading screenplays nearly everyday (on a laptop) and just over this past year, I’ve noticed an increase of strain on my eyes. The discomfort is so intense sometimes that I can’t properly focus on reading actual physical copies of documents or books.

The audiobooks help to ease that strain on my eyes and allow me to still enjoy a book even when I need to rest my eyes. Now, for all the avid audiobookers out there, I’m sure this is in no way a monuments revelation to you, but give a girl a break here :-D.

With my rambling out of the way, let’s get to those challenges 🙂

The First, is Bookish Lifestlye‘s 5th Annul TBR Reading Challenge

My intended level for this challenge is: 11-20 A Friendly Hug My list is below, but it’s a random list that I might change later (as with the other lists as well):

  1. Thank You, Goodnight by Andy Abramowitz
  2. Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone
  3. The Other Son (Brinkmann Trilogy #2) by Alexander Soderberg
  4. Orient by Christopher Bollen
  5. It Started with Paris by Cathy Kelly
  6. I, Ripper by Stephen Hunter
  7. Hostile Takeover (John Lago Thriller #2) by Shane Kuhn
  8. Hard Love (Hacker #5) by: Meredith Wild
  9. Friction by Sandra Brown
  10. Demon Within (Silver Legacy #2) by Alex Westmore
  11. Deceptions (Cainsville #3) by Kelley Armstrong
  12. The Blessings by: Elise
  13. 3volve By: Josefina Gutierrez
  14. Mycroft Holmes by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse
  15. Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda By: Becky Albertalli
  16. The Shadow of Loss By: Josefina Gutierrez
  17. Half-Breed Queen (Skatia Narratives #1)By: L.A. Hendricks

The Second, is The YA Book Traveler’s RockmyTBR challenge:

Which will consist of TBR books I own/bought that were/will not be published in 2016, but haven’t gotten to yet:

  1. Greywalker (Greywalker #1) by Kat Richardson
  2. Eat, Pray, Love by: Elizabeth Gilbert
  3. Graceling (Graceling Realm #1) By Kristin Cashore
  4. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by: Mindy Kaling
  5. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, & Madness at the Fair that Changed America by: Erik Larson
  6. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of Lusitania by: Erik Larson


The Third, is The Book Nympho & Hot Listens’ Audiobooks Challenge:

The Book Nympho

Right now, I’m aiming for the Weekend Warrior (I’m getting the hang of this) level with 5-10 books.

  1. The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins
  2. X (Kinsey Millhone #24) by Sue Grafton
  3. Half-Resurrection Blues (Bone Street Rumba #1) by: Daniel Jose Older
  4. The Diviners series (1-2) by Libba Bray
  5. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  6. The Wrath and the Dawn (Book #1) by Renee Ahdieh
  7. The Dune Chronicles (1-5) by Frank Herbert
  8. The Queen of Tearling series (1-2) by Erika Johansen
  9. Soundless by: Richelle Mead
  10. Why Not Me? by: Mindy Kaling
  11. Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Oldr
  12. Obsidian (Lux #1) by: Jennifer L. Armentrout
  13. An Ember in the Ashes (book 1) by Sabaa Tahir
  14. The Law Of Moses (The Law Of Moses #1) by: Amy Harmon

Pheww! That’s a lot! 0_o  I know that most of these titles will change and I might not like some of them so I wanted to at least start off with a nice range and variety. What do you guys think? Are you started a reading challenge this year, too? If not and you’re interested in joining one of these I highly recommend it. 🙂

Happy Sunday, folks! And thanks so much for reading.

Until next time,