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I want you to think about your ideal reading experience. Think about the location. (Your bed? Favorite chair? The beach? Indoors or outdoors?). Think about the sounds. (Is there music playing? Happy children playing in the background? Utter silence?) Is there a snack or beverage nearby? Are you alone or with friends/family (presumably being quiet enough for you to read in peace)? What kind of lighting is there? Are you dressed in something ultra-comfy? What’s…

Another humorous book of essays by Mr Sedaris. I first read Sedaris's books in 2008 with his When You are Engulfed with Flames. He appears in the Best American Travel Writing series a lot, but reading one of his books is different altogether as you get immersed with his worldview and humor. This was my fourth or fifth of his books that I read, and I bought Me Talk Pretty One Day, but had to…

My second YA espionage novel in a little over a week! I thought this would be a good follow-up and foil to Ally Carter's series. I really enjoy Carriger's urban fantasy steampunk series The Parasol Protectorate. This is her new series called Finishing School. It is set in the same universe and set a few decades before the events. A couple of the tertiary characters in the PP series are in this one as well.…

I was apprehensive of this children's book mostly because I get very sad with animal stories. I remember watching Black Beauty (1994) as a kid, and being crying. I rarely cried during movies when I was younger, and even now, it's not that common for me. But animals are a soft spot for me, especially when they are exploited. I remember reading All Quiet on the Western Front and being appalled by the idea that…

Hello, everyone! It's the first long weekend of the summer, and I haven't done much. Poo. I went to a tulip photo spree on Tuesday. Usually, I do not take a lot of flower photos, but tulips are one of my favourite flowers and are omnipresent this time of year. May is one of my favourite months. This week, I read and watched War Horse (review up tomorrow). Today, I am going to read Gail…

What book(s) do you find yourself going back to? Beloved children’s classics? Favorites from college? Something that touched you and just makes you long to visit? (Because, doesn’t everybody have at least one book they would like to curl up with, even if they don’t make a habit of rereading books? Even if they maybe don’t even have the time to visit and just think back longingly?) - BTT Definitely those books that I read…

This was my third Muriel Spark book, and I continue to like her style and prose. There is something distinct and a bit strange about her writing. The characters seem both real and unreal at the same time. This does not have a memorable plot as The Driver's Seat, but I found its character even more formed than in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. The book takes place in London after the VE Day…

I only read this because I thought this was the last book in the series and. It isn't and I'm done with this series. It's not actually that bad, but I grew out of young adult contemporary fiction a long time ago. I really should have learned my lesson after The Princess Diaries series. This series is basically a Harry Potter for girls and instead of wizards, it's a school for spies. They even have…

The Second Classics Spin from the Classics Club. As with before, I must pick twenty books, then a random number will be selected and each of us must read the number listed at X number by July 1st 2013. These Spins are really useful because other challenges, reads, and activities have taken me away from the classics this year. I have mostly kept the same books as I did my first Classics Spin. My challenge…

Hello everyone! I did not post very much this week, but I read two books yesterday including Muriel Spark's The Girls of Slender Means and the reviews will be up for them this week. As usual, work and fitness have kept me busy. So much so that I realized that I haven't watched a new movie in two months. I've mostly been watching TV shows and rewatching other TV shows and movies such as Finding…