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This post will contain spoilers for the book and the movie. I generally do not do big spoilers, but the novel and the movie relies heavily on twists. Overall, while the book and movie were not perfect in terms of storytelling, they were still engaging and interesting. I think there is a lot of commentary on the media and bad romantic relationships in general. I would not necessarily recommend either of them to everyone though…

This has been on my TBR list for a little while. It is highly rated on GoodReads and by one of my good reading friends too. I am only recently getting back into reading book series. I find the good ones really help with my reading motivation. I am more picky as an adult on the book series I continue though, but I will continue with this one. While not exactly high fantasy, the uniqueness…

I have been waiting to read this for awhile and did make time for it this holiday season. I know this subject well. I was familiar with some of the studies and academics cited in this book. I read a lot of sociology apparently. On a more personal note, I have tried more than one online dating site, Tindr, and speed dating. I quit online dating a year ago. Due to some personal experiences, I…

This book is based on the authors work with hoarders and hoarding. I was actually hoping the work was more about the general relationship humans have with things and stuff. This one had more case studies about hoarders and hoarding behaviour. I did find it interesting because it is true that everyone knows at least one person with hoarding tendencies or variations of excessive materialism. The book educates you on how hoarding itself is different…

I have decided to challenge myself to read and use cookbooks from my vast collection. As of this writing, I have almost 45 cookbooks. Many that I have not properly read or used. This ongoing personal challenge will help me assess my collection, evaluate authors, and possibly, give/sell some away. I am going to make more of an effort on reviewing cookbooks. To help myself and anyone who reads these reviews, I have made some…

This was what I think most people call a beach read. It even featured the ocean. It had some decent prose, an interesting premise, characters with pasts they want to forget, lots of drama, and an overall, neat ending. I have read a couple of other Australian novels like this, and I suspect these kind of novels are what they are good at. This novel started off with a great hook, but then the narrative…

An actor friend of mine recommended this book to me. I am glad for the recommendation and I was going to read this book any way. The Princess Bride is one of my favourite movies. For any fan of the movie, some of the stories here about making the movie are not new or a surprise. However, it's still lovely to read the stories about this movie. It seemed like a great cast, crew, production,…

The latest installment and book #8 of the Temeraire series. I've had some ups and downs with this series, but I think this one was one of the better ones. It was long though and I ended up staying late trying to read some of it as well. It's separated in three parts with the first one being rather annoying as I tried to rush through it. An amnesia plot is used which is boring.…

This book was better than the last and much more to the speed of the earlier books. It had Temeraire and friends go to South America. That was particularly fascinating actually. There was a lot of action and a lot of death. The world building was fascinating. I have given up almost all hope of any romance in this series, but at least there were far less annoying characters. Need more dragons. Can't ever have…

I am generally not someone who makes new year's resolutions for personal goals; however, this is mostly a book blog. I'd be remiss to not at least attempt it since I measure book read by the Gregorian calendar. In 2015, I read 42 books which is a goal I modified in the autumn down from 52 books. I did achieve it which is one more than 2014. I use to read 60-80 books a year.…

Happy New Year! This was my least favourite of the novels so far. While this novel was still fine to read and not as boring as some other books I've read this year, it was not as interesting as the others in the series. Most of the book was spent in the wilds of Australia. Frankly, it was boring reading about the excursion. I do not enjoy reading about going thirsty in deserts. Usually, the…