Someday, Someday Maybe 

Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham 
☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Fiction 

Anyone can smile on their best day. I’d like to meet a man who can smile on his WORST.

I am a big fan of Lauren. Especially with her work in Gilmore Girls. When looking at her autobiography, I saw she wrote another book so I decided to give it a go.

Franny Banks is a young 27-something up and start actress on the rise. She moved to New York and made herself a deadline to make it big. Other than a few commercials, she has yet to hit the big screen. Running out of time, she finally scores herself an agent (and a beau) but life is filled with suprises. 

This one took longer to read than it should have. It wasn’t BAD but it was missing something. 99% of the book is Fanny flailing around like a guppy out of water than actually problem solving. She’s quite hard on herself as well. Overall it wasn’t too terrible. 

Not likely to reread.

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Warlock Holmes

Warlock Holmes: A Study in Brimstone by G.S. Denning (#1)
☆☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Scifi/Fantasy 

The fundemental basis of scientific thought is that an unobserved truth that undermines one’s understanding is yet the truth. If the observation is not flawed, one’s previous understanding must be. To the open mind, this is not a crisis: it is an oppurtunity  to form a new, more perfect understanding of the world. Did I ever abandon science for a belief in magic as some people accuse? Never. Rather, I included magic in my understanding of the physical phenomena that shape our world. Science is a path to knowledge- one that must include and explain every observable fact, embracing and rejecting none.

As most of you know, I am a raging Sherlock/Doyle fan girl. Sherlock Holmes was my Mr. Darcy growing up. It made for quite a few cold winter nights being swept away into the fantastic mind of one Sherlock Holmes. I came across this at random and am glad that I did.

Warlock Holmes is and idiot with supernatural ability. Doctor John H. Watson, fresh from being wounded in the Afghan war, uses his power of deduction and common sense to help Warlock with mysterious, supernatural cases. Assisted by Lestrade, a tiny brooding Romanian vampire and Throg, a troll like ogre, the game is afoot. Kinda. If only Moriarty would stop possessing Warlock to interject random soothsaying. Or if Watson can find where Warlock hid the piece of his gun. 

This book was right up my alley. It was brilliant and fun and written in the tone of classic Doyle, but with supernatural bits and having the unexplainable explained. I truly enjoyed this book and can’t wait for the next. It was built by a series of cases (per tradition) vs being one big story and many of the cases were familiar but used alternate means for the who-dun-it bit. And Watson was a strong lead which is unusual in these spin off tropes.

Highly recommend this book. Especially if you need a laugh.

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The Fall of the House of Cabal 

The Fall of the House of Cabal by Jonathan L Howard  (#5)
☆☆☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Scifi/Fantasy 

‘Minty, I’ve been alive and I’ve been dead. Being alive is better, believe me. When you return to life, you won’t remember any of this, but perhaps you’ll remember this much. To have a good life. It’s brief. It’s often troublesome but it’s a great deal better than the alternative. We’re all in the grave, we poor creatures. Make what you can of those years when the spark is in you.’

~Horst to Minty the ghost

All the tears. Hats off to Mr Howard at so thouroughly concluding the series and tying loose ends, so much to that I haven’t been this satisfied since Deathly Hollows

This one picks up right where the last one let’s off. Finally, the conclusion we’ve been waiting for as Johannes journey comes to an end. His quest is at the tips of his fingertips. But first, he needs a little help from his friends. Joined again by Horst, his thrice dead Vampire Brother; Ms Barrow, The Great Detective, and a few new faces, the Brothers Cabal face down their greatest nightmare in all the relms. The Red Queen. And search for the cure for death. Zombies, alternate universes, sexy spider lady, a ghost witch and a young ghost name Minty, are all wonderful additions to the series.

 
I absolutely ADORE this series as a whole. It’s funny, wordy, the author breaks the 4th wall continuously, and its absolutely hilarious, it gets my pick for series of the year. The last book was published in September. SERIOUSLY. YOU NEED TO READ THIS.

 
I will now sate my appetite with beautiful fan art and the novellas.

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Slaughter-house Five 

Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut 
☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Scifi/Classic

This was my first Vonnegut book and I have been told to read him by my roommate for awhile now. I asked him what his favorite was and he told me it was this one. 

I like hardcore scifi to an extent. This one was about a man, trapped in an endless time loop who gets abducted by aliens at some point in his life and he is forced to relive the destruction of Dresden, Germany during his stint in WWII. 

First off, I have a hard time with books that tend to jump around. My dyslexia has a hard time comprehending things on that level of nonsense. It took about 3/4 of the way through to kinda map it out and it ended well. I did enjoy it for the most part but I’m not likely to reread it. Maybe. 

Kurt comes highly recommend so I will continue with his works. 🙂

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Our Chemical Hearts

Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland 
☆☆☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: YA Fiction 

‘I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between shadow and soul.’

I spend alot of time reading YA books. Because I like them and the issues they present and I like to be up to date, so to speak. This one blew me away. 

Henry is a senior at high school and has been selected to be the editor of his HS paper. Alongside the mysterious new girl who takes his breath away and drives him to madness. Grace Town is dark. Mysterious. Gothic. And has secrets. Henry attempts to woo her and discovers that love it not eternal, that love at first sight does not exsist and that life is filled with disappointment. 
I really enjoyed this one because for once, it’s not the male being a dick and emotionally draining. It is through Henry’s perspective and is alot about his idea of love with Grace Town who is mourning her dead boy friend by wearing his clothes and being a genral nut case. To quote Perks:

‘We accept the love we think we deserve.’

This book does not have a happy ending where everything falls into place and everyone lives happily ever after. This is a book that is emotionally raw and true to what love is really like and built on totally believable circumstances and how your first love might not be your last. 

I highly recommend this one. Especially for those who were disappointed by The Fault in Our Stars like I was.

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The Collected Poems of Sylvia Plath 

The Collected Poems of Sylvia Plath 


☆☆☆/5
THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Non-fiction/Poetry


 
I read The Bell Jar recently and really did like it. So I decided to give Plath’s poetry a go because that is why she is most remembered and her legacy.

So it’s hard in general to read a book of poetry front to back and like it. Poems aren’t meant to be read in chronological order or any type of order. There were a few poems that stood out to me (Words in paticular) but I did happen to skim most of this one because I didn’t like how it was presented. 

Poetry is an aquired taste. 😄

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Thinking in Numbers

Thinking in Numbers by Daniel Tammet
☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: non fiction 

Human beings quest for meaning is perpetual; lack of meaning is offensive to the mind and whatever the scale of the problem, a solution is a thing of beauty.

This book is written by an Austistic man and how he relates the world of mathmatics to the world around us. Math is, as everyone knows, not my strong suit. I picked this one up for a bit of whimsical reading. 

Almost an autobiography, Daniel talks about the world around us and different thoughts and ideas and how it relates to the wonderful improbable world of numbers and formulas. He goes through different memories and how they shaped him into the person he is. 

The math was a bit much so I skipped over those parts. But I did enjoy reading his thoughts on life, the universe and everything. Can’t say I understood most of the math, but alas, it was an overall good read. I find that people with autism are wonderful individuals, filled with suprises. 

I recommend this book if you need an uplifting read.

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