15.1.17

#52wks52bks: Week Three Recommendations!

You may or may not know, but this year I am hosting a 2017 reading challenge! Every week for the whole year there are different themes and the idea is to read a book that fits the theme within that week! It will help you keep on track for your Goodreads Challenge as you will be at least thinking about a book for a whole week even if you don't quite get to it. 

But don't worry, if you don't finish a book or skip a week or start late, that's okay! This is just to make you think more about the types of books you are reading and to broaden your horizons.

If you didn't see the original post with all the challenges, click HERE.
If you are participating (or want to without checking, that's cool too), you can keep track of your reads with my Handy Dandy Charts.


This week's theme is...

ADULT SFF BOOK



I have included some books that I want to read but haven't yet read. I also am linking to a couple lists on Goodreads for where to find these books because there are SO many to choose from!


13.1.17

Science Fiction and Fantasy Fridays (2): Guest #Review of OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon

This instalment of Science Fiction and Fantasy Fridays is a review of OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon courtesy of Shannon from Shannon Reads! Check out her thoughts on the book and then check out her blog for other great reviews!

Breakdown for the month...


January's Theme: YA to Adult Crossover
January 6: 2016 Release Roundup
January 13: Review of OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon from Shannon @ Shannon Reads
January 20: YA to Adult SFF Recommendations
January 27: Review of THE ALCHEMISTS OF LOOM by Elise Kova

OUTLANDER

Author: Diana Gabaldon
Series: Outlander #1
Publisher: Dell Publishing Company
Publication Date: July 26, 2005
Rating: 2/5 stars

Summary:
The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord...1743.


Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
Purchase:
When I first read this back in April/May time last year, I ended up giving it 3.75 stars but after giving it months and months of thought - and after trying to watch the tv show -I have now dropped it down to two stars.

For me this book was not interesting at all, there was many times were I wanted to just put down the book and forget I ever read it but I some how pushed myself to the very end. Why I did that, I have no clue!

9.1.17

#Review: FLYING LESSONS AND OTHER STORIES edited by Ellen Oh

FLYING LESSONS AND OTHER STORIES

Author: edited by Ellen Oh
Series: N/A
Source: Purchased from Amazon
Publisher: Crown Books For Young Readers
Publication Date: January 3, 2017
Rating: 3.75/5 stars

Summary:
Whether it is basketball dreams, family fiascos, first crushes, or new neighborhoods, this bold anthology—written by the best children’s authors—celebrates the uniqueness and universality in all of us.

In a partnership with We Need Diverse Books, industry giants Kwame Alexander, Soman Chainani, Matt de la Peña, Tim Federle, Grace Lin, Meg Medina, Walter Dean Myers, Tim Tingle, and Jacqueline Woodson join newcomer Kelly J. Baptist in a story collection that is as humorous as it is heartfelt. This impressive group of authors has earned among them every major award in children’s publishing and popularity as New York Times bestsellers.


From these distinguished authors come ten distinct and vibrant stories. 
Purchase:
This was such a good anthology of stories and they were all diverse which makes them that much better. I have a love-hate relationship with anthologies in general because I feel like short stories sometimes try to do too much with the little bit of room they have and some of the stories fell prey to that. But I think this anthology is great and has some really fantastic short stories that everyone should read in it. I highly recommend it and am glad that I started my reading year off with this! 

8.1.17

#52wks52bks: Week Two Recommendations!

You may or may not know, but this year I am hosting a 2017 reading challenge! Every week for the whole year there are different themes and the idea is to read a book that fits the theme within that week! It will help you keep on track for your Goodreads Challenge as you will be at least thinking about a book for a whole week even if you don't quite get to it. 

But don't worry, if you don't finish a book or skip a week or start late, that's okay! This is just to make you think more about the types of books you are reading and to broaden your horizons.

If you didn't see the original post with all the challenges, click HERE.
If you are participating (or want to without checking, that's cool too), you can keep track of your reads with my Handy Dandy Charts.


This week's theme is...

SET IN LATIN AMERICA



I have included some books that fit the criteria, but you should know that it can be any book that is set in Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Falkland Islands, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela, but NOT Puerto Rico. Even though geographically it fits in the location, it is part of the United States and is NOT included.

Again, I have not read these, so I cannot say if they are either good or not problematic. These are just from looking on Goodreads at two specific lists. If you know of any others, please comment below!

I will be reading...

BRASYL

Author: Ian McDonald
Series: N/A
PublisherPyr
Publication Date: May 1, 2007

Summary:
Think Bladerunner in the tropics...

Be seduced, amazed, and shocked by one of the world's greatest and strangest nations. Past, present, and future Brazil, with all its color, passion, and shifting realities, come together in a novel that is part SF, part history, part mystery, and entirely enthralling.

Three separate stories follow three main characters:

--Edson is a self-made talent impressario one step up from the slums in a near future São Paulo of astonishing riches and poverty. A chance encounter draws Edson into the dangerous world of illegal quantum computing, but where can you run in a total surveillance society where every move, face, and centavo is constantly tracked?

--Marcelina is an ambitious Rio TV producer looking for that big reality TV hit to make her name. When her hot idea leads her on the track of a disgraced World Cup soccer goalkeeper, she becomes enmeshed in an ancient conspiracy that threatens not just her life, but her very soul. 

--Father Luis is a Jesuit missionary sent into the maelstrom of 18th-century Brazil to locate and punish a rogue priest who has strayed beyond the articles of his faith and set up a vast empire in the hinterland. In the company of a French geographer and spy, what he finds in the backwaters of the Amazon tries both his faith and the nature of reality itself to the breaking point.

Three characters, three stories, three Brazils, all linked together across time, space, and reality in a hugely ambitious story that will challenge the way you think about everything.
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What book are you reading for this week's theme?