Book Review – I Am Maru by Mugumogo

February 9, 2012 Bonnie Book Reviews, Read in 2012 1 Comment

Book Review – I Am Maru by MugumogoI Am Maru by Mugumogo
Published by William Morrow on August 23, 2011
Pages: 96
Genres: Non-Fiction
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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four-stars

Meet Maru!

This round, adorable Scottish Fold cat may be an internet sensation, but he knows how to keep his celebrity status from going to his fluffy head . . . mostly. Maru and his owner, mugumogu, give readers a peek into the low-key life of the world’s most famous cat. See all his favorite hiding places—trash cans, cupboards, cereal boxes . . . if it’s cozy, he’s there—meet his treasured toys, and learn what it means to wield just the right amount of cat-titude.

 I had seen the Maru youtube video of this super cute cat running and sliding into a box but I had no idea it was this Maru cat I’ve heard so much about until this book. It was adorable and I loved it. Maru is a pretty cute cat, although I think my cats could give him a run for his money.

That’s Buns.

That’s Binky.

They’re sisters.

They like to cuddle. Bad camera angle… Binky isn’t that fat. Okay, maybe she is.

That’s Reindeer Buns.

That’s Santa Binky.
Binky REALLY hated her Santa suit. And it was a little small.

And see? My kitties like boxes too.
My kitties win.

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W…W…W… Wednesdays (6)

February 8, 2012 Bonnie Wednesday Posts 1 Comment



W…W…W… Wednesdays is hosted by Should be Reading. Each week 3 questions are answered: 
  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?
What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

I had a busy reading week and got a lot more finished than I anticipated! Go me. 🙂

What do you think you’ll read next? 
I always seem to go crazy when I go to the library and end up with way more books than I need… but I’ve gotten my pile down to only 2!
And if I have as good a reading week as I did last week then I’ll try and squeeze in a few more Netgalleys and ARCs that I need to read…

What are you Waiting on this Wednesday? Let me know! Feel free to leave your link in the comments section.

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Waiting on Wednesday (6)

February 8, 2012 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 1 Comment

Hi everybody! Thanks for stopping by. Today’s post is ‘Waiting on Wednesday’ which is a weekly blog feature hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re super excited about.


TitleThe Twelve: A Novel (The Passage #2)
Author: Justin Cronin
Expected Release Date: December 18th 2012 


Goodreads Summary

The epic story of THE PASSAGE continues. 
At the end of THE PASSAGE, the great viral plague had left a small group of survivors clinging to life amidst a world transformed into a nightmare. In the second volume of this epic trilogy, this same group of survivors, led by the mysterious, charismatic Amy, go on the attack, leading an insurrection against the virals: the first offensives of the Second Viral War. 

To do this, they must infiltrate a dozen hives, each presided over by one of the original Twelve. Their secret weapon: Alicia, transformed at the end of book one into a half human, half viral – but whose side, in the end, is she really on?


This book has been a long time coming. The Passage was an amazing book and I’ve been so looking forward to this second installment. The only consolation is I know that this will be well worth it; Justin Cronin can craft one amazing story.


What are you Waiting on this Wednesday? Let me know! Feel free to leave your link in the comments section.

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Short and Sweet Review – The Thief (The Queen’s Thief, #1) by Megan Whalen Turner

February 4, 2012 Bonnie Book Reviews, Read in 2012, YA 2 Comments

Short and Sweet Review – The Thief (The Queen’s Thief, #1) by Megan Whalen TurnerThe Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
Series: The Queen's Thief #1
Published by HarperCollins on September 10, 2009
Pages: 236
Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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three-stars

The king's scholar, the magus, believes he knows the site of an ancient treasure. To attain it for his king, he needs a skillful thief, and he selects Gen fro, the king's prison. The magus is interested only in the thief's abilities.

What Gen is interested in is anyone's guess. Their journey toward the treasure is both dangerous and difficult, lightened only imperceptibly by the tales they tell of the old gods and goddesses.

I thought long and hard about what I wanted to say in my review of this but after a full 24 hours I still don’t have much. I’ve heard wonderful reviews about this ‘series’, not this book in particular, so I was always interested in finally reading it and seeing what my personal thoughts were. Truthfully, I was pretty disappointed with this book and would have given it 2 stars if the writing wasn’t so engaging and continued to keep me interested.

Luckily, I’d say about 2/3 of the way through the book something finally starts happening. I’m not going to do my little blurb on the storyline because the Goodreads summary will suffice and I don’t want to give too much more away anyways. I’ll probably go back and update this after I’ve read more in the series since I’ve been advised to not give up if you were even slightly disappointed by this one.

Update: Oh yes, yes, yes. If you had the same issues as I had with The Thief, the rest of the series is an absolute gem and should not be missed out on.

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Graphic Novel Review – The Exile (Outlander #1.5) by Diana Gabaldon

February 4, 2012 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Read in 2012 2 Comments

Graphic Novel Review – The Exile (Outlander #1.5) by Diana GabaldonThe Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel by Diana Gabaldon
Series: Outlander #1.5
Published by Del Rey on September 21st 2010
Pages: 224
Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance, Time Travel
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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Also by this author: Written in My Own Heart's Blood

three-stars

Diana Gabaldon’s brilliant storytelling has captivated millions of readers in her bestselling and award-winning Outlander saga. Now, in her first-ever graphic novel, Gabaldon gives readers a fresh look at the events of the original Outlander: Jamie Fraser’s side of the story, gorgeously rendered by artist Hoang Nguyen.

After too long an absence, Jamie Fraser is coming home to Scotland—but not without great trepidation. Though his beloved godfather, Murtagh, promised Jamie’s late parents he’d watch over their brash son, making good on that vow will be no easy task. There’s already a fat bounty on the young exile’s head, courtesy of Captain Black Jack Randall, the sadistic British officer who’s crossed paths—and swords—with Jamie in the past. And in the court of the mighty MacKenzie clan, Jamie is a pawn in the power struggle between his uncles: aging chieftain Colum, who demands his nephew’s loyalty—or his life—and Dougal, war chieftain of Clan MacKenzie, who’d sooner see Jamie put to the sword than anointed Colum’s heir.

And then there is Claire Randall—mysterious, beautiful, and strong-willed, who appears in Jamie’s life to stir his compassion . . . and arouse his desire.

But even as Jamie’s heart draws him to Claire, Murtagh is certain she’s been sent by the Old Ones, and Captain Randall accuses her of being a spy. Claire clearly has something to hide, though Jamie can’t believe she could pose him any danger. Still, he knows she is torn between two choices—a life with him, and whatever it is that draws her thoughts so often elsewhere.

Step into the captivating, passionate, and suspenseful world of The Exile, and experience the storytelling magic of Diana Gabaldon as never before.

A shortened and condensed graphic novel version of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander novel told from the perspective of Jamie. I’ve been having some Outlander withdrawals lately and the book has been on my mind a lot. Before I resorted to going back and simply re-reading the series again (which I’m seriously contemplating doing now, especially after this little refresher) I decided to pick this up. I was left satisfied but wasn’t completely blown away by this. Considering the fact that Outlander is over 600 pages and The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel is a mere 200 there were some definite goodies left out.

I enjoyed the illustrations despite a few problems I had. Firstly? The character renditions were nothing like I had pictured this for some long in my head. And second, why did all of the woman have ENORMOUS boobs? Seriously. I felt like I had picked up Playboy a time or two. Was it a fun read though? Sure. But I was definitely left wanting the complete story.

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Follow Friday (7)

February 3, 2012 Bonnie Follow Friday 22 Comments

Parajunkee and Alison Can Read host ‘Follow Friday’ which helps everyone get their blog out there for others to love. If you want your blog to get more follower love, head on over to their websites to find out more about it!

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Q: Define what characteristics your favorite books share?
A: I don’t think there’s one single characteristic that is shared with all of my favorite books as they are all quite different. I can say that most of my favorite books have a strong storyline that I watch building as I turn the pages. Strong storylines help me get wrapped up in the story and feel like I’m actually there, living it. It’s also incredibly important for me to have not necessarily strong characters, but ones that definitely leave an impression with me and ones where I actually care whether they stick around in the land of the living or not. 


It can also really depend upon my mood what I end up loving ‘at the moment’. Sometimes I really need to read about some badass chick that can kick some serious ass and sometimes I just want to read about a girl that falls madly in love with the hero. 


Thanks everyone for visiting! What characteristics do your favorite books share? Leave me your link and I’ll be sure and come visit your post! 🙂
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Book Review – 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

February 2, 2012 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Read in 2012 0 Comments

Book Review – 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
Published by Penguin Books on September 1970
Pages: 97
Genres: Classics, Memoir, Non-Fiction
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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four-half-stars

 

It all began with a letter inquiring about second-hand books, written by Helene Hanff in New York, and posted to a bookshop at 84, Charing Cross Road in London. As Helene's sarcastic and witty letters are responded to by the stodgy and proper Frank Doel of 84, Charing Cross Road, a relationship blossoms into a warm and charming long-distance friendship lasting many years.

 

84, Charing Cross Road is a truly delightful true story of friendship retold through a series of letters that were written between 1949 and 1968. The friendship between Helene Hanff and Frank Doel developed after Helene had sent a request for a specific list of books to Marks & Co. in London. From there, the correspondence continued over the years between the two but also between the other employees of Mark & Co. and even with Frank’s family who were grateful to Helene for her kindness as she would send them food packs when they were dealing with rations in London. Their friendship was quite touching and I enjoyed watching as their letters developed more personal touches over the years.

“You see how it is, Frankie, you’re the only soul alive who understands me.”

Helene was always planning a trip to England to visit the people she had written to for a great many years; however, life forever got in the way and the trip simply never occurred. I loved Helene’s sense of humor; she was quite amusing and incredibly charming. Reading the last page of the book made me sigh with longing… contemplating a different ending; one where Helene would actually make it over to England.

“If you happen to pass by 84 Charing Cross Road, kiss it for me? I owe it so much.”

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Book Review – Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light by Amy Thomas

February 1, 2012 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Read in 2011 4 Comments

I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review – Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light by Amy ThomasParis, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (And Dark Chocolate) by Amy Thomas
Published by Sourcebooks on February 1st 2012
Pages: 305
Genres: Memoir, Non-Fiction
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
Amazon
Goodreads


five-stars

Part love letter to New York, part love letter to Paris, and total devotion to all things sweet. Paris, My Sweet is a personal and moveable feast that’s a treasure map for anyone who loves fresh cupcakes and fine chocolate, New York and Paris, and life in general. It’s about how the search for happiness can be as fleeting as a sliver of cheesecake and about how the life you’re meant to live doesn’t always taste like the one you envisioned. Organized into a baker’s dozen of delicacies (and the adventures they inspired) that will tempt readers’ appetites, Paris, My Sweet is something to savor.

*sigh*… Paris.

And pastries. 🙂

What could be better?

‘I guess it goes to show that you just never know where life will take you. You search for answers. You wonder what it all means. You stumble, and you soar. And, if you’re lucky, you make it to Paris for a while. Here’s what happened when I did.’

On top of tales of wonderful sweets, the author shares her own personal story about finding her way in a foreign place, gaining a new perspective on life and simply learning to be thankful for what life dishes out to you. It was quite a delightful surprise that I enjoyed immensely; am so glad that I requested this book.

Despite my attempts to read this only on a full stomach, I still ended up with one serious sweet tooth by the end of this book (or even by the end of each chapter…or page). The author describes in extreme detail the sweets she eats, and makes each and every one of them sound positively heavenly.

’…her signature pretzel-covered, sea-salted caramel that had crackly, salty pretzel bits coating the 66 percent cocoa shell and creamy caramel center.’

Oh… my… gosh. Who makes these and how can I buy some of these goodies? Apparently her name is Rachel Zoe Insler, owner of Bespoke Chocolates. I was drooling so heavily over the descriptions I went so far as to try and find her online… only to find that her business had actually closed earlier this year. I was one seriously sad puppy. (If I had simply kept reading I would have realized the author spoke of the business closure at the end of the chapter haha). At the end of each chapter, she also tells where to find some of the best cupcakes, macarons, truffles, etc. in New York and Paris. Definitely made me want to take note and write down more than a few for when I eventually make it to each city.

I found myself using Google Translate often and searching for Frenchie terms that I had no idea the meaning (Vélib’ is a bicycle sharing system, fish are sold at poissoneries, and there are twenty arrondissements (or districts) of Paris. I think normally this would have irritated me having to stop every few minutes to figure out what exactly I’m reading, but being that I personally have a crush on anything Paris and cannot wait to go there personally someday, having to search for unknown items and words was actually quite a fun experience for me.

I also quite enjoyed taking a look at the author’s two blogs Sweet Freak© and God, I love Paris. If she didn’t do a good enough job in her book describing all the delicious goodies, the pictures she posts on both blogs are bound to get you. Sure makes this gluten-free girl quite sad (but has me definitely contemplating getting off my butt and at least trying to find and modify recipes for goodies that I can eat too. Inspiration! :D)

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W…W…W… Wednesdays (5)

February 1, 2012 Bonnie Wednesday Posts 0 Comments



W…W…W… Wednesdays is hosted by Should be Reading. Each week 3 questions are answered: 
  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?
What are you currently reading?


What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next? 
I really need to read my library books that are due back real soon…
  


What are you Waiting on this Wednesday? Let me know! Feel free to leave your link in the comments section.
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Waiting on Wednesday (5)

February 1, 2012 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 1 Comment

Hi everybody! Thanks for stopping by. Today’s post is ‘Waiting on Wednesday’ which is a weekly blog feature hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re super excited about.


Title: Preloved
Author: Shirley Marr
Expected Release Date: April 1st 2012 


Goodreads Summary

If you had a second chance at love, would you do it all over again? 
Amy has enough to deal with for one lifetime. A superstitious Chinese mother. A best friend whose mood changes as dramatically as her hair colour. A reputation for being strange. The last thing she needs is to be haunted by someone only she can see. 
Logan is a ghost from the Eighties. He could be dangerous. He’s certainly annoying. 
He might also be Amy’s dream boy.


I don’t know about you, but I think this one sounds super fantastic. Here’s hoping that this one is easier to obtain than her debut novel Fury!


What are you Waiting on this Wednesday? Let me know! Feel free to leave your link in the comments section.

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