Bookshelf tour

Hello world! I come bearing never before seen pictures of… Drumroll please… my Bookshelf!! Now, before I start, I must state that my bookshelf is ever-changing. Sometimes when I’m bored, I arrange my books (how incredibly nerdy of me.) So, the way my bookshelf looks in these pictures will probably not be the way my bookshelf looks tomorrow. Just putting that put there.

But without further ado… My bookshelf at the moment!!

 

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Some books on top of my bookshelf.

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Next to my stack of books I have a handmade (not by me) miniature bistro set.

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The bistro set in front of art that my cousins gave me.

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Next to the bistro set I have this adorable wooden rabbit hutch + rabbit.

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My Selection collection!! I just need Happily Ever After ( I borrowed my friends HEA to read!)

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Last but not least  I have my Breyer collection!

So thats it for the top of my bookshelf! Now onto the actual books:

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These are a few of my series’.

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This may be my favorite part of my bookshelf! It features my music doll I got in Florida, and all of my pastel-colored books.

I ran out of room on my shelf so I have this stack of books next to it, with a doll on top.

 

My Harry Potter books (minus my second copy of THBP,) My hardcovers, and my Spiderwick chronicles books.

 

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The right half of my shelf.

 

And thats it! I somehow failed to get a picture of my whole shelf 0.o

But whateves. So, did you see any of your favorite books?

Happy reading!

~Lilah

 

 

This entry was posted on August 16, 2016. 7 Comments

My bookish summer

Hey guys! Sorry I haven’t posted all summerūüė¶ I don’t really have an excuse, I honestly didn’t feel like blogging. But, I am trying to break through this blogging slump, so hopefully I will be posting and commenting on posts frequently again from now on.

But, just because I haven’t been bogging doesn’t mean I haven’t been doing stuff!! I have acquired new books:

While I was on vacation I bought Miss Potter by Richard Maltby Jr. I enjoy reading biographies and this one was only  $4.00! I am looking forward to start it.

And ahh, Someone Stop Ivy Pocket by Caleb Krisp. Ivy Pocket is seriously the most bizarrely peculiar series to ever exist, and it has me completely smitten. I have started Somebody Stop Ivy Pocket, but I am not very far into it.

I’ll admit, I wasn’t sure about I Am Princess X since the title makes it sound like a children’s book, but I read the back and it sounds so good! Right off the bat it reminded me of The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin, which I enjoyed, so I can’t wait to start this. I’m really hoping I can use it for a literature class I’m taking in the fallūüėĄ.

I’m sure I’ve bought more books than that, but those are the ones that stand out to me. Aside from buying books, I’ve also been reading books. I actually started and finished a series…

THE SELECTION SERIES!!!! 

GUYS. IT IS SO AMAZING.

I was talking to my friend’s parents about books, and they mentioned a book that their daughter (my friend) liked, The Selection. I had always seen these books at bookstores, but never thought to pick them up! Well, my Mom and I rushed to Barnes and Nobles and bought the first book. My mom reads super quick and urged me to read it, but I was for some unknown reason I was hesitant, so my mom finished all six books before I started the Selection. But.. I finally overcame my stubbornness and made the best decision of my life, and started reading it. And, tbh, I didn’t really like it!! So I started some other books and blah blah, but once I really sat down to read it, I couldn’t put it down!! Like my Mom, I blew through the books and I am sad to announce that I am finished!! I read all six books, and the book of novellas, and I am officially out of selection reading material. Now all I have is selection instagram accounts to feed my need for America Singer.

Incase you are interested in this amazing series, here is the summary of The Selection.

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape a rigid caste system, live in a palace, and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her, and competing for a crown she doesn’t want.

Then America meets Prince Maxon‚ÄĒand realizes that the life she‚Äôs always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Do yourself a favor and read these.

I recently started Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and I am so conflicted! I want to read it so badly but then it will be over!! At least for this generation of Harry Potter anyway. But it is really good so far! I am only on page one hundred and there has already been two deaths!

 

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                  Harry Potter and Death.

Well anyway, thats what I’ve been up to. What have you been reading? Or what is on your fall TBR list? Leave me a comment, I’d love to know!

~Lilah‚̧

 

 

 

This entry was posted on August 15, 2016. 4 Comments

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince: Book VS. Movie

I am a terrible person. A horrendous, bad, downright horrible person. It’s been two months. Two months since I’ve last posted! But…

¬†I come bearing exciting news!! I finished Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince! And I also watched the movie… and boy are they different.

The Half Blood Prince book:

This book was so good. The Prisioner of Azkaban was my favorite book , but I think this ties with it. It was suspenseful, intriguing, heartwarming, and sad. Towards the end it was only with great difficulty that I put it down to do other stuff ¬†(yes, I do things other than read. Not always willingly, though.) ¬†But anyway… here is the book information:

Author: J.K Rowling

Main characters: Albus Dumbledore, Ron Weasely, Hermione Granger, and of course Harry Potter.

Page number: 652

Age: I would say 10-110 year olds can read this book!!

This will be a book that I re-read until I’m a ninety year old woman sitting in a rocking chair. The¬†best quality is the suspense. It starts off a bit slow, but then suddenly I couldn’t put it down. It also captivated me because it left on a bit of a cliffhanger, with a big looming mystery ahead, and because of this, I cannot wait to read the next book.

There were a few scary and sad scenes, which is why I wouldn’t recommend it¬†to younger children. There were zombies, which, in the book were called inferi, and the death of an important character. Surprisingly, my favorite scene was the inferi scene, even though I don’t¬†love scary things. But the eeriness and the suspense put together was perfection!

I really liked how Albus Dumbledore and Harry’s relationship grew in this book. Before, I honestly didn’t think that Albus was that great of a character. I mean, I didn’t dislike him or anything, but he just wasn’t that big a deal, however, in the Half Blood Prince, he is the star of the show.

Soooo… As i’m sure you’ve guessed by now, I give this book five stars!

RATING 5

 

But the movie however….

Flunked big time. And I was SO excited to watch this movie, because I loved the book so much. Much to my disappointment, it just didn’t make the mark.. let me correct that. It didn’t come within feet of the mark.

Where is the magic and beauty of Hogwarts?!?! Why do the Death Eaters fly around like Dementors? Why did it never explain Dumbledore’s blackened hand? Why is the whole movie so dark and depressing?! WHY ARE ALL THE MEMORIES IN THE PENSIVE GREEN?

Well as you can see, there are some cons to the movie. There are a few pros…

  1. I liked how Tom Riddle was portrayed and I think they chose a good actor.
  2. I also like the actress who played Lavender brown, she did a good job.

Here is a more detailed list of the cons:

  1. Like I said, it seems Hogwarts has lost all it’s beauty and magic. Everything was dark and dreary.
  2. There were a million forgotten scenes…
  3. And some added scenes… This is a SPOILER ALERT!! ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Guys, did the burrow burn down in the books? That confused me so much!
  4. PROFESSER SLUGHORN. NO. NO. NO. NO. HE WAS SUPOSSED TO BE FAT AND HAVE A GIANT MUSTACHE.

I could seriously go on and on.

So yeah, the movie was a bummer, but whats a bigger bummer is that it didn’t properly portray the book, which was just so good.

 

I give this movie 2 out of 5 stars. I considered giving it 1, but I figured since it (mostly) stayed true to the story, and since I am most likely going to watch it again (my love for Harry Potter is that great) I am giving it 2 stars. But it still didn’t meet my standards.

 

So now you know my opinion on Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince! The book is definitely worth reading, but the movie? Debatable.

Thank you so much for reading! Have you read the book? Watched the movie? What are  your thoughts?!?

Happy reading!

~Lilah

 

 

 

 

 

This entry was posted on July 14, 2016. 3 Comments

50 signs you might be a book worm.

  1. If you wish you could bottle the smell of old (or new!) books.
  2. If your dreams have fictional characters in them.
  3. If you’d rather read than watch T.V any day.
  4. If your constantly quoting books.
  5. If your book shelf is overflowing.
  6. If you have a collection of book related Funko ‘Pop’ vinyl figures.
  7. If your TBR list has more books on it then you can read in a lifetime.
  8. If your dream home has a library.
  9. If you sometimes worry that life is too short to read all the books.
  10. If you collect bookmarks.
  11. If you cry when fictional characters die.
  12. If you want to own a black dog named Sirius.
  13. If you go to the book store expecting to buy one book, and walk out with ten books.
  14. If books are what you want most for Christmas.
  15. If giving away books, even ones you didn’t like, is like putting a baby up for adoption.
  16. If you sit in front of your bookshelf and bask in its beauty.
  17. If you bring a book everywhere.
  18. If GoodReads is your favorite form of social media.
  19. If you read yourself to sleep.
  20. If you wish bookstores had shopping carts.
  21. If reading a spoiler ruins your day (or week…)
  22. If you spend countless hours pinning fandom stuff to Pinterest.
  23. If you love sharing your favorite books with other people…
  24. But you always panic, wondering if you’ll get them back.
  25. If you mope around for a few days (or weeks…) after finishing a series.
  26. If visiting Harry Potter world is your dream.
  27. If your still waiting for your Hogwarts acceptance letter.
  28. If you’ve ever dressed up as a book character for Halloween.
  29. If a book’s ever got you on the edge of your seat.
  30. If the suspense from a book has kept you up all night.
  31. If you mentally write alternative endings to your favorite books.
  32. If you spend hours in bookstores.
  33. If you balance books on your head.
  34. And if you’re constantly trying to break your record ^.
  35. If your perfect day consists of nothing but reading.
  36. If you stalk your favorite author’s Social Media pages.
  37. If, when you hear someone mention your favorite book, you casually eavesdrop.
  38. If you don’t have enough room for all your books.
  39. If you take pictures of your books.
  40. If you would watch a ten hour movie of your favorite book, if it included every scene, and stayed true to the story.
  41. If you wish you were a half-blood.
  42. If you wish you were a witch (Or wizard!)
  43. If you’ve read your favorite books countless times.
  44. If picking a favorite book is like picking a favorite child.
  45. If you think of characters as friends.
  46. If you loath Professor Umbridge more than you do Voldemort.
  47. If you know more random facts about a book than most people know about their own family.
  48. If, when you are close to finishing a book, you bring two books everywhere, so you will never be left book-less.
  49. If reading is your main source of happiness.
  50. Or, if you are reading this post.

So, tell me, are you a bookworm??

 

P.S. Do you like my new theme? My old one wasn’t working as well as it should have been, so I switched it, and I actually like this one a lot more!

Hello! I just wanted to let you know that I am fixing some things on my blog, so it will look a bit different for a little while. It will be back to normal soon!

~Lilah

Review of Taking Flight by Michaela DePrince

Hello book lovers!

I recently finished Taking Flight, an amazing auto biography by Michaela DePrice. This book was so good that I simply must share it with the world!

 

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This book is the true story of Michaela, or Mabinty Bangura (her African name) growing up in war torn Sierra Leone. The rebels killed her father and her mother died from sickness. She then moved into her uncle’s house, who then brought her to an orphanage. At the orphanage she was¬†tortured by the ‘aunties’ but, she also found a best friend. The majority of the story is set in the USA with the American family that adopted her. Michaela has suffered loss, and seen horrifying things, and America brings both hope and dance. She excels in ballet class, a soon becomes a professional ballerina, and one of the only black women in the art.

I really liked this book, but it is definitely a young adult book. There was one violent and graphic (and sad!) ¬†scene where I considered putting the book down and saving it for when I was older, but I decided to keep reading, and I’m glad I did. Because of the violence I would not recommend this book for anyone under thirteen.

Also, I am not a dancer, and towards the end of the book, when Michaela starts dancing professionally, there were a lot of dance moves and terms that I didn’t understand. That was a bit confusing, so I just skimmed the parts where Michaela explained her dance performances. This isn’t a ‘problem’ with the book, but I think reading the last couple of chapters might have been a bit more enjoyable for someone who knows dance.

Of course, that dozen’t change my opinion of this book. It was so good, and inspirational! I think that every teen should read it. It is a fairly easy book to read (It took me three days to finish.) And I don’t think I will ever forget it.

Now that I’ve finished the book, I can’t wait to re-watch the documentary First Position, which Michaela is featured in. I watched it a looooong time ago and I don’t even remember it! I do however remember liking it, and I think that I will like it even more this time since I’ve had a behind the scene experience.

Have you read Taking Flight? Is it on your TBR list?  (It should be!) Tell me in the comments!

Happy reading,

Lilah‚̧

RATING 5

 

 

This entry was posted on May 14, 2016. 4 Comments

Keeper of the Lost Cities: Exile by Shannon Messenger Review!

Eeekkk! Today I finished KOTLC Exile by Shannon Messenger.

Y’all, this book was good, like couldn’t fall asleep because I need to read one more chapter good. Had me on the edge of my seat good. Yeah, that good.

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                                  This is the synopsis:

Sophie Foster thought she was safe. Settled into her home at Havenfield, surrounded by friends, using her unique telepathic abilities to train Silveny – the first female alicorn ever seen in the Lost Cities- her life finally seems to be coming together.

But Sophie’s kidnappers are still out there. And when Sophie discovers new messages and clues from the mysterious Black Swan group, she’s forced to take a terrifying risk- one that puts everyone in incredible danger.

In this second book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, Sophie must uncover hidden memories as long-buried secrets rise to the surface, before someone close to her is lost forever…

Here is the book information:

Title: Keeper of the Lost Cities: Exile

Author: Shannon Messenger

Pages: 576

Age: 8-12 years. Although I sort of disagree with this. In my opinion some things in this book would be a bit heavy for an eight year old. I would say this book is for 9-14 year olds.

Publisher: Aladdin Simon & Schuster

And on to the review…

Okay, like I said, I really liked this book. The characters really came out in¬†this book, and they had much more personality.¬†The main characters are: Sophie and her friends Dex, Fitz, Biana and Keefe. Ovbiously all of the characters were in the book, but Sophie and Keefe were in the spotlight. I thought Keefe was kind of awesome in this book! I especially liked his realationship with Silvney. I now call my dog Glitter ButtūüėĄ (you’ll have to read the book to find out what I mean by that!)

This is a blessing¬†and a curse, but the story can get kind of complex, and some things I found a little confusing, and I forgot little details, but I also love how complex it is, because it is a really interesting story line.¬†There is one scene that is a bit¬†dark. I don’t want to spoil too much, but it deals with broken and shattered minds, and insanity, and while I could handle it, little kids might not be able to.

The writing isn’t great, and it is a quick read, so this book isn’t really counted towards my schooling (I’m homeschooled). ¬†I just read it for fun!

 

So…

If you like

  • Fantasy
  • Strong female main characters
  • Adventure
  • A touch of mystery
  • Middle grade novels

This book is for you!

Have any questions about this book? Comment, and I’ll do my best to answer!

Thank you for reading! This is my first ever book review, so sorry it’s not great. I hope I get better the more I do them!

Happy reading,

Lilah‚̧

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This entry was posted on May 9, 2016. 2 Comments