Monthly Archives: June 2016

Book Review: Peter & Wendy

I am so proud of myself! This is the first ‘classic’ book I have read (and finished) since my required reading in college about three years ago. I had been wanting to read Peter Pan (and Wendy)250px-PeterAndWendy since I was in high school. I’ve honestly had a fascination with Peter Pan since the live action movie came out in 2003 (I was 13 at the time). I loved the idea about this boy who refused to grow old and die. It’s amazing to me how close that movie was to the book, but also, how much they romanticized Peter in the movie that was aimed towards kids.

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We all know that movies (especially Disney) changes the original drastically to make it more kid friendly, have you ever read the original Grimm fairy tales? People die in those, there is no ‘happily ever after’. Wendy and her brothers are living a decent life with their parents and then all of a sudden Peter shows up and whisks them away to Neverland (kidnapping?) where he puts them in more danger than they would have been at home. I admit, I had a huge crush on Peter Pan, forget all the fairy tale princes, give me Peter Pan! After reading the book through, I see that Peter actually has a ton of faults. He’s that cocky boyfriend you had in high school or college that acted like he didn’t need anyone.

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Gender Roles

Here’s what bothered me in the book… how all the Lost Boys assumed Wendy wanted to be their mother. At the time this book was first published, I know that was the norm. Little girls grew up watching their mother’s be housewives and stay at home mother’s, while the father was the bread winner. Wendy especially saw this and all she wanted to do was be someone’s mother. The problem was, Peter didn’t want to be the father like Wendy wanted him to be. Yet, Peter tells Wendy to come with him so she doesn’t have to worry about grown up things, but she does! She worries about caring for the Lost Boys!

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Movie VS Book

So which did I like better? The movie or the book? Of course I liked the movie better because the book gave off too much reality. Looking back, I wonder what made me possess such a crush on Peter Pan, hearing him say things like, “Oh, the cleverness of me.” should have been an eye opener on his cockiness and selfishness. The book was great though, if you haven’t read it and want to get into a classic, I totally recommend this one! If you have to read a book for an English paper or woman’s studies class, I think this one would be really good to check out. I can’t believe it took me so long to read this. If you haven’t seen the movie from 2003, watch it! I personally have never seen the Disney animated version, so I can’t give you a comparison on that.

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In the end, I feel sorry for Peter Pan. He’s spent his whole life thinking he wasn’t loved, so he tries to convince other boys that they weren’t loved either. He has this void in his life that he tries to fill with adventure and danger, instead of owning up to his issues and trying to solve his problems. He doesn’t get a happily ever after and I’m honestly not sure he deserved one either.

What do you think? Have you seen the movie? Read the book? Let me know!

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***Announcement***

For the month of July, I’ll only be doing one post a week and it will be on Sundays. I’m really wanting to work on my novel and I do best during Camp Nanowrimo. For my weekly blog posts, you can expect an update on my novel, a normal discussion or possibly a book review if I find the time to read. My blog will just have to take a backseat for a few weeks while I work on my novel. I’m also traveling to Alaska for 8 days, but I’ll be sure to schedule two blog posts to go up while I’m gone! Please stick around and bare with me! Summer is a busy time! Thank you to all of my followers so far!

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World Traveler: Book Tag

I just got back from my surprise Germany trip on Sunday, so I thought that I would do a fun travel themed book tag this week. I searched and surprisingly couldn’t find many book tags with a travel theme so I figured I would do my own.

(If you would like to see my pictures from Germany in a post, let me know!)

For this tag, I’ll list a handful of countries and then you can pick out a book for each one that reminds you of that country whether it’s the setting, heritage, atmosphere, whatever. I hope you enjoy! If you do this tag, let me know!

1.) United States of America:

Pretty much any summer time contemporary romance reminds me of the US (where I’m from!) I’ll go with Dear John by Nicholas Sparks for this, it’s a lovely story of a girl who loves a boy who is fighting for his country.

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2.) Germany:

This one is a toughy because I don’t recall reading anything set in Germany. So I’ll go non-fiction for this one and choose the Diary of Anne Frank. If you haven’t read this, you should!

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3.) United Kingdom:

Harry Potter of course!

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4.) Ireland:

Why I Let My Hair Grow Out is set in Ireland, when Morgan’s boyfriend dumps her, her parents decide a change of scenery would be best. They send her to Ireland for a bike ride across the country where she finally can do some growing up. I read this book way back, it’s very short, but so cute.

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5.) Korea:

To All the Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han, sticks out to me for this one because it’s one of the only books where I remember culture sticking out to me. Our main character talks about how her mother was Asian but her father is not, yet he still manages to keep the girls Asian heritage prominent in their lives even though their mother is deceased.

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6.) Australia:

Zac and Mia takes place in an Australian hospital where our two characters are handling their cancer diagnoses. This is by far one of my favorite books, if you enjoyed (or didn’t enjoy) TFIOS by John Green, you’ll enjoy this one. I think it’s way better!

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7.) Canada:

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake, I honestly wasn’t sure what to use for this so I just went to Google and typed in ‘YA books based in Canada’ and it gave me a link to Goodreads list of Canada books. Was this actually based in Canada? I can’t remember! But the book is super spooky and a good read!

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8.) France:

This one is easy, of course I’ll go with Anna and the French Kiss for obvious reasons. I don’t remember much of this plot, but I did enjoy the book.

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9.) Spain:

I’ve stumped myself, do you know of any good YA books set in Spain?

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10.) Italy:

I’ll go with New Moon because a portion of this novel happens in Italy. When I think of Italy, I immediately imagine Bella running through the festival there to prevent Edward from exposing the vampires in an attempt of vampire suicide.

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Young Adult Book Shaming

When I was in college, I found the wonderful genre that we know as young adult. I couldn’t believe that there was something between children’s books and adult reading that fit what I wanted to read. At first, I was really embarrassed about reading books that are targeted to girls (and guys sometimes) under the age of 18. I mean, I was in my late teens/early twenties (I’m almost 26 right now) and a lot of my classmates were reading Shakespeare and other classics. I felt like a naive child because I couldn’t get into the great works of literature.

It was about two or three years ago when I stopped being embarrassed about reading books that weren’t for my age group. When I started watching BookTubers who were all gushing over my favorite books, that’s when my mind started changing about what I read. I began to realize it doesn’t really matter, as  long as I’m reading and enjoying what I’m reading.

Finally coming to this realization has made me actually want to start reading some classics in between my YA books. I’m currently reading Peter Pan and loving it! I’m never again going to force myself to read something I don’t enjoy. Have you had this problem? Where someone asks you what you’re reading and you cover the cover or make up a book title?

Here’s some of my favorite YA books (that I’ve read) that might make you feel better about reading YA:

Here’s what matters most, you should never judge someone by what they read. In college I had someone literally scoff at me because I told them my favorite book was Twilight. They claimed that it wasn’t a ‘real’ book and that Game of Thrones was way better. This caused me to never have the urge or want to read or watch GoT. If you like reading high fantasy, read it. If you like reading erotica, read it. If you like reading children’s books, read them.

Stop book shaming.

 

 

 

Bookshelf (Library) Tour 2016

I didn’t realize until I started this post that my bookshelves are actually one huge hot mess. So this is a bit embarrassing but maybe we can just pretend that this is a before post and I’m going to do an after sometime this year. Surprisingly, my shelves are kind of organized. This is me and my husbands books combined but this isn’t even all of them. There are three large moving boxes filled with books in our garage that we need to clean. Yes, clean. My husbands aunt had a house fire and some of the books she was giving to him were in that fire. They’re covered in soot on the outside, but the inside is fine. We’re going to be needing a new shelf soon, so we’ll be making some room soon.

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Above is the overview of our ‘library’. The very top shelves hold misc items that just don’t fit anywhere in our house (Stu’s Star Wars legos, the model VW bug me and my dad made when I was younger, some of Stu’s notebooks from college and art supplies. I need to figure out what to do about these items. Whoops.

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The three above pictures are obviously most of my YOUNG ADULT books along with various knickknacks. My favorite of those shelves has to be my Sarah Dessen/Jenny Han/Other YA Contemporary books!

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The next bookshelf is our random shelf. It has all of Stu’s miniatures that he hand painted along with some SyFy books and historical non-fiction (those are some of the books from the fire). Only one of these books is actually mine, You by Caroline Kepnes.

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The above bookshelves are again mostly Stu’s SyFy books with some memoirs, biographies, self-help and horror mixed in. The bottom shelf is actually just some of our text books from college that we couldn’t bring ourselves to get rid of.

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Now we have my second favorite shelf above. It’s full of so much knowledge! Again, mostly Stu’s books, he’s the brains in this marriage. I like this book shelf because it’s where most of our books come together. We have our collection of bibles and books we consider classics. My favorite set of books has to be the pretty red and gold group of classics.

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The final bookshelf in our library has even more bibles and various old books. The gigantic ones are actually just German medical dictionaries I believe, but they just look cool!

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Ah, now to my favorites shelf. It’s ever changing. It contains some of my favorite books and some of my TBR books. I keep this one in our bedroom. The top shelf holds one of our wedding pictures and my jewelry, the next one just holds miscellaneous items like tissues, a bible and more jewelry. The middle shelf is favorites ending at Stolen and then my TBR starting at Enshadowed. The other books between those two are actually Stu’s TBR. The bottom shelf is where I keep my favorite comics/graphic novels, a copy of Stu’s series, my Twilight collection, another TBR book, a copy of The Odyssey (the first gift Stu got me) and some photo albums.

My goal for the rest of the year is to get our books better organized. How do you organize your books? By genre? Color? Author? Size?

Book Tag Tuesday: Book Savenger Tag

Book Tag Tuesday here again! As always, I’m never actually tagged in these, I just find one that seems interesting to me. If you have a book tag that you want me to do, let me know or tag me! All of the covers are the ones I actually have. Enjoy! -Breanna

  • Find an author’s name or title with the letter Z in it: Zac & Mia by AJ Betts, one of my favorite books by the way. 413L0hGv36L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_
  • Find a classic: I’m going to go with the current classic I’m reading, which it Peter and Wendy! I’m half way through and loving it. 250px-PeterAndWendy
  • Find a book with a key on it: Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen. It was actually the only Dessen book that I’ve read and didn’t like. lock and key.jpg
  • Find something on your bookshelf that’s not a book: I’m going to go with my adorable cat mug on my ‘favorites’ shelf! It’s super cute and I found it for less than $1, I keep pens in it because I don’t like drinking coffee or tea. image1 (1).jpg
  • Find the oldest book on your shelf: Geez, probably my old nursing rhyme book that I can’t find a cover for online.
  • Find a book with a girl on the cover: That’s easy because almost every book I have has a female on it. I’ll choose to use Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Clause blood and.jpg
  • Find a book with a boy on the cover: Take me There by Susane Colasanti 2085319
  • Find a book that has an animal in it: Lost at Sea by Bryan Lee O’Malley, so many cats!! lost at sea
  • Find a book with a male protagonist: Denton Little’s Deathdate by Lance Rubin 51+pPBSHilL._SX336_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg
  • Find a book with only words on it: When We Collided by Emery Lord, I haven’t read this one just yet! But I do own it! untitled
  • Find a book with illustrations in it: Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler, a book I purchased a long time ago, but didn’t read because I ended up not liking the illustrations. why we broke up.jpg
  • Find a book with gold lettering: Yellow and gold are almost the same color… My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick 12294652.jpg
  • Find a diary (true or false): Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, one of my least favorite books, yet there are two copies on my shelf. I have the movie cover copy and the original greenish yellow background copy. perks.jpg
  • Find a book written by someone with a common name (like smith): The Fault in our Stars by John Green 9780525426349.jpg
  • Find a book that has a close up of something on it: Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James,  it’s embarrassing but I do own the whole series. FIFTY.jpg
  • Find a book on your shelf that takes place in the earliest time period: The Bible. Boom. Win. This is the actual bible I have and it’s gorgeous. My husband bought it for me for Christmas our second year together. Here’s a link if you want to check it out. 41yhrEi-mRL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_
  • Find a hardcover book without a jacket: I have all my dust jackets on :p No naked books for me!
  • Find a teal/turquoise colored book: Where She Went by Gayle Forman where
  • Find a book with stars on it: I don’t have any books with stars on them!!! What?!
  • Find a non YA book: Can I Say by Travis Barker 51YFQa3pC1L._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg
  • Find the longest book you own: Probably my bible that I mentioned earlier.
  • Find the shortest book you own: My small catechism, it’s only ten pages.
  • Find a book with multiple PoVs: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvatershiver.jpg
  • Find a shiny book: Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson, the words on this book are super shiny! summer.jpg
  • Find a book with flowers on it: The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen, has one flower on it, that counts right? forever.jpg

 

 

Upcoming Posts:

Thursday: Bookshelf Tour

Sunday: Young Adult Book Shaming: Why Do People Frown Upon the YA Genre?

The Dream Thieves Book Review

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I finally finished The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater! Took me long enough didn’t it? I pretty much breezed through most of it while on my three day weekend at the lake house. As most of you know, I had the chance to go to Maggie’s book signing in early May. She asked me a question about her books: Did I cry while reading? My answer at the time was no, but boy did that change halfway through the second book in the Raven Cycle series.

Everyone has been going nuts over this series, and I was late to the party so to speak but I’m glad to be catching up without the delay of waiting for the next book to be published. I’m not going to lie, if I had to wait, I probably wouldn’t have finished this series. I’m not saying it’s a bad book series though, it’s actually very well written but it’s not my cup of tea as of right now. This series is plot driven and character driven to the tee! The only thing missing is my favorite troupe- love. Yes, there is love shadowing of sorts but not what I’m used to reading in other novels. If you’re looking for handholding, kissing, hugging and so on page after page, you won’t find it in this book. This book deals with friendship more than relationship love.

If you haven’t read this book/this series and you love paranormal young adult, I suggest you pick it up! In some places I lost interest, but Maggie does manage to pull you back in.

If you haven’t read this book, please close this window, spoilers ahead. Go ahead and subscribe to me for more book review, tags and discussions and once you’ve read the book, come back! Please! I want to bond together over books!

Spoilers

Remember when I mentioned I cried? I wasn’t lying. During the part where Noah and Blue are hanging out alone in Monmouth Manufacturing and then they kiss (he’s already dead, she can’t kill him), and they kiss and Blue tells us it’s her first and last kiss. Oh. My. God! That was probably my favorite scene of the entire series so far.

What I didn’t like was not getting to see Blue in this book as much. It was cool to finally see Ronan some more but I missed Blue. Blue as a character even notices that she’s being pushed away from the Raven Boys, they stop telling her things. Why? I also stopped enjoying Adam’s character in this book because he starts to harass Blue about kissing. Blue doesn’t need to justify why she won’t kiss him, but when it does come out and Blue says Adam isn’t her true love and Adam gets upset. That made me ever more upset with him, especially when he asks her to prove it. I really couldn’t feel any sympathy for Adam like I did in the first book.

Let’s talk about the ending: Ronan’s sexual preference came out of no where for me (or did it, I’m not really sure). I must be the most oblivious person because I figured it was Kavinsky who was questioning his own sexual preference and taking that out on Ronan. Not the other way. Kavinsky kept giving these snarky comments about Ronan being ‘gay’ and always following Gansey around (or Adam). I feel bad for not even thinking Ronan as gay. Am I the only one who didn’t think he was gay? I honestly didn’t believe it until I watched a few booktube reviews on the book. I figured Kavinsky was just being a jerk (boys will be boys, right?)

All I have to say is I can’t wait to see what happens with Blue and Gansey!

Overall, I’m giving this book 3 out of 5 stars. It was a well written book, there were a few amazing scenes but I wasn’t too pleased with most of it. I also didn’t like the weird relationship Maura is having with the Grey Man. What happened to Butternut? Are we over him? What makes Maura think it’s okay to date a hit man when there’s trouble brewing on the line!?

There won’t be a weekend discussion up this week due to my husband leaving for Germany in a few days. I want to spend as much time with him as possible so I’m not even opening my laptop and probably won’t open a book up either. We have a jammed packed weekend and I just want to enjoy it with him. We’ll be back to the normal post schedule on Book Tag Tuesday!