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Book Sharing

I recently have been exploring the idea of some sort of book sharing program.

I bought two books, had them delivered to a couple of people, and the plan was to have them pass it on to the next reader when they were done with it.

There were/are a few problems with my plan…the first was I didn’t have a proper delivery method to get it from person A to B…but more importantly, I didn’t actually have a list of people to pass things on to!

The obvious answer to problem #1 is USPS flat rate shipping…but funny enough, with Amazon’s cheap book prices, and free shipping seven days a week, it’s actually simpler to buy a new book for each person (obviously this depends on the book).

The first two books I’ve sent out were polar opposites: Scrappy Little Nobody, Anna Kendricks’ autobiography; and 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher, recently turned into a Netflix show.

If you are interested in getting involved or want one of those first two books, feel free to reach out (you know…twitter, email, comment below) and join in on the reading fun!

The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon #Review

The Song Rising is the third book in a series by Samantha Shannon, which began with The Bone Season and The Mime Order, and is supposed to include seven books to reach its finale.

This series has taken an interesting journey to get to where it is, and I feel like with it we have seen the evolution of Samantha Shannon.

The Bone Season was jam packed with clairvoyance and terms, confusion and Æthers. By the time it was done, your mind was jumbled and mixed up in new terms.
Then came The Mime Order, where the confusion was a little less, but nonetheless featured brilliant fights involving spirits and mind jumping.
But now as we get through The Song Rising, spirits and the likes play a role in the background but don’t feature as much prominence in the main storyline.

The Song Rising follows our group of outcast voyants as they flee the government’s new “Senshield”, which is finally portable and hunting clairvoyants on the streets of London.
From wandering into warehouses to visiting the Archon, our group of heroes will venture across Western Europe in search of the power source that is keeping their people from freely wandering the streets.

Now it is entirely possible that her publisher told her to lay off on some of the harder/more confusing stuff in hopes of reaching a wider audience, but regardless the reasonings, it seems to have worked as the series has fallen into a mid-series smoothness, in which we flesh out the overall story, and see the continued evolution of Paige Mahoney.

If the series continues along this fascinating storyline, there is no doubt in my mind that it will pick up traction, and get the recognition it deserves, and the series’ film rights are owned by Andy Serkis (known for his work in “Planet of the Apes” and “Star Wars”).

This book gets a 9 out of 10.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Book and Movie #Review

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is the first JK Rowling spin-off movie, and also a screenplay book, similar to The Cursed Child.

The book and movie are both magically delicious, filled with all new magical creatures and seeing the wizarding geniuses of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp).

The tale is simple enough: Newt is coming to America to find a creature, as he tries to write his famous guide (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them). But when his bag gets switched with a no-maj’s (American muggles), some of his beasts escape, setting off a search across New York City in an effort to recover them.
All the while there is an unknown being wreaking havoc on the city, which the Magical Congress of the USA (MACUSA) is trying to get under control, whilst blaming Newt for the disturbances.

Redmayne is British and quirky, exactly like his character is supposed to be, while Katherine Waterston is his perfect counterpart to help him from within MACUSA.
Dan Fogler, Samantha Morton and Colin Farrell also star in this movie.

Both the book and movie are fantastic and get a 9 out of 10.

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

America’s dorkiest actress has written the dorkiest autobiography/memoir of 2016 and that equals sheer perfection.

Anna Kendrick is the teenager we all were, the adult we crave to be, and this book is full of stories we all had (or wish we would have had).

From her struggles moving from Maine to NYC to LA as well as living in subpar housing. Dorking her way through life was the way Anna wanted to do it, and she had the times of her life doing it.
From Camp to Twilight and Tony Award Nominations to the Golden Globes, she’s literally done it all. Singing…dancing…acting…there isn’t much she can’t do.

But Anna doesn’t hold back, making sure to highlight the ups and downs of stardom, and that everything isn’t always destined to be roses and rainbows.

One of the more interesting and entertaining autobiographies/memoirs that I’ve read in recent years, and highly recommend it for any Kendrick fans. This book gets an 8 out of 10.

Scrappy Little Nobody

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child #Review #NoSpoilers

Harry Potter’s birthday, as well as that of author J.K. Rowling, came and went this past Sunday, and with it the release of the newest book in the Harry Potter timeline.

We’ve had the 7-part series that has since been turned into movies, as well as a library collection of other books, one of which is coming to theaters this November (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them).

And now we have Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which takes place 19 years after we last saw Harry in the Deathly Hallows, but right where the epilogue left off.

This story is not your typical book, but rather a script, as seen on stage at the Palace Theatre in London. And while I was nervous that it would be difficult to read in this format, it couldn’t be further from the truth.

The book was simple and quick to read, one of the fastest reads that I’ve devoured in years.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is very different from the world we are used to, but enjoyable nonetheless and gets a 9 out of 10.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Zoo – James Patterson

I recently read Zoo by James Patterson, randomly picking it up off the shelf at the library, not realizing that it is now a TV show.

The premise is quite simple: The animals of the world are rising up against humans and starting to kill us off.

In the book, it starts out with a lion attack at the Los Angeles Zoo that sends Jackson Oz on a worldwide mission to prove that his long-time theory is correct, of an increase in mammal attacks on humans.
The TV show, airing in the summers on CBS, starts off with Jackson (James Wolk) as a safari guide in Botswana.

His partners in his search include Abe Kenyatta (Nonso Anozie), newspaper reporter Jamie Campbell (Kristen Connolly, House of Cards), scientist Mitch Morgan (Billy Burke, Twilight) and French Intelligence Analyst Chloe Tousignant (Nora Arnezeder, Mozart in the Jungle).

Zoo Cover

The book was really good, and even though the show changed the plot a bit it too is really good.

They both get a 8 out of 10.

Tom Clancy Duty and Honor

Tom Clancy Duty and Honor by Grant Blackwood is the latest installment of the Ryanverse, this time a Jack Ryan Jr. novel, and is coming out next Tuesday, June 14.

Jack Ryan Jr. is still on leave from Hendley Associates, and his time to decide on his future is coming close. Should he return to “analysis” or move on to something else?

But when he almost gets mugged on a seemingly regular trip to the supermarket, it sends him on a worldwide chase, without the help of The Campus, in search of why someone might want him dead.

This book as an 8 out of 10.

Tom Clancy Duty and Honor