Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

I first came across Brian Selznick’s work last year one afternoon at work. I was browsing through the books at works to see which book caught my attention. I stopped in the “S” and the book Wonderstruck might attention. The spine of the book was huge and I wanted to see what the book was about. Okay let me fast forward and tell you, if you have not done some you definitely need to read Selznick’s books! Selznick’s writes beautiful young adult stories that transport us back in time and in the present. He has a unique way of storytelling. Plus, his illustrations are beautiful pages of artwork.



It’s been a few years since I have been meaning to read The Invention of Hugo Cabret, but for some reason or another, it simply had not happened until two weeks ago. I was not aware that Selznick wrote this book. The story is about an orphan, clock keeper, and thief, a young boy by the name of Hugo. Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. As to why he is living in the train station, well I will not ruin the story for you. I feel like this story is told through words and through the illustrations. So I recommend you take your time observing each page. Do I recommend this book? Absolutely. It took me about two days to finish the book. Don’t be intimidated by the size of the book. Once you read The Invention of Hugo Cabret read the other stories by Selznick. All his books are true masterpieces.

Book reviewed by Raisa

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things By Jenny Lawson

For this weeks book review, we thought we should do a joined review. We both read Furiously Happy A funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson. Both of us have been wanting to read this for some time now; so on our latest trip to Barnes and Noble, we decided we should finally pick it up. Now here on our blog, we're never going to spoil a book for you and we have reasons why.


Hey Everyone!
Paige here, I’m beyond excited for this review because this is our first joined review! Now, all of us struggle with something during our life at one point or another. In Furiously Happy Jenny Lawson shares her experiences battling with many diagnoses. While reading this you will say "WOW so I'm not the only one that has gone through something like this" well at least that is something that I said while reading through this book. I have to say this Is a must read for anyone but especially if you or someone you know suffers from anxiety, depression or anything else for that matter. Not only will learn you are not alone out there with whatever you are possibly going through but you also see there are ways you can deal with your personal battles and possibly later down the road laugh about what you have gone through. Just remember that no matter what it is you're going through it's going to make you a stronger person down the road. Do you love the Raccoon on the front cover or is it just me? I know when i first saw it I couldn't help but laugh plus there's a great story behind it!


Hey all,
This is Raisa and I am super excited for our first joined review! Okay, let me get to the review right away. Is it weird if I could relate to so many of the stories Jenny Lawson wrote about? I thought I was the only one who hid from people! Glad I’m not the only one. Seriously, this book tackles depression, anxiety, and life in a hilarious way. I read a few chapters of the book when I was in the waiting room at the dentist. What perfect time to be laughing out loud, when people are nervous about their tooth extraction and then there is this complete stranger laughing like a maniac! Gosh, makes for an interesting visit. Ha! Yes, I had a couple of funny stares.

I recommend this book to anyone who has suffered or is suffering from depression, anxiety and or any other mental illness. I also recommend this book to anyone who wants to better understand mental illness. Lawson writes about a topic that is not easy to write about because it is so personal, yet the way she writes about it, it is funny. Her stories are relatable! At this point, you should be ordering your copy or heading to your local library and start reading this book! Plus, it has some hilarious pictures. We all love hilarious pictures, right? Comment below and on our Instagram and let us know what you think!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Dare to be Kind by Lizzie Velasquez


A few month ago, I heard Lizzie Velasquez was releasing another book. I was super ecstatic and I could not wait to read her book. If you do not know who Lizzie Velasquez, I kindly invite you to watch this short thirteen-minute YouTube video.

Link: How do you define yourself?

So if you saw the video, you got to learn a bit about Lizzie.

I first heard about Lizzie Velasquez about three years ago. What quickly caught my attention is how Lizzie spoke about spreading kindness. Here was a young woman who was bullied online and how she chose to instead of allowing people to continue making fun of her, she turned it into something positive. She decided to stand up for herself and help others who are being bullied. In the book Dare to be Kind: How Extraordinary Compassion Can Transform Our World, Lizzie Velasquez discussed her experienced about being bullied as a child in school and online. Throughout, the book she discussed how everyday acts can create a more positive and friendly environment for children and adults alike. Furthermore, Velasquez mentions how the right attitude helps us overcome obstacles such as bullying, illness, and depression.

Two chapters particularly caught my attention. First, the chapter in which she talks about being officially given a name for her disorders after twenty-something years of not knowing. The other chapter that was of particular interest was the one in which Lizzie talks about her love life. I won’t spoil any of the chapters or the books for you.

Although, I knew part of her story at times I felt like certain parts were repetitive. I highly recommend this book to anyone that is experiencing any sort of bullying,
works with children or want to learn to see a difficult situation into something that can be a learning lesson.

If you read the book, please let us know your opinion!

Book reviewed by Raisa

Sunday, July 9, 2017

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

     I know I'm a little late in reading this book but I guess when the book is a classic it can never be too late. I’ve been hearing about this book for some time now, but I never thought of picking it up until recently. When I was reading through the introduction I couldn't help but find it really interesting. Here in America A Clockwork Orange the book only has seven chapters, but in other Countries, the book might have up to twenty chapters; if you're lucky you might accidentally stumble upon a rare copy that has the original twenty-one chapters. When I first decided to read this book I decided not to read any reviews that's mainly because I didn't want to go in already having other people's thoughts on this book clouding my mind.
     So now on with my review! This book is dark and if you’re like me I love dark books. There are many violent acts or should I say violent thoughts that appear throughout the entire book. I didn't want to book the book down because I always wanted to know what was going to happen. It took me a bit longer to actually finish the book but that's mainly because of my busy schedule at the time. Some of the language used was definitely different and sometimes hard to follow but the more I read the book the more I was able to decipher the language without a problem. There are many twists and turns that come with this particular novel, and if you haven’t read it yet I highly suggest that you do. This is actually going to be added into my must-reads list. After reading the book I'm very curious about how the movie is. Have any of you read the book or even seen the movie? Leave a comment down below we would love to read your thoughts.

Book reviewed by Paige

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Chemistry by Weike Wang

Who has not at some point in their life felt like everything was falling apart and life was a mess? I picked up Chemistry by Weike Wang because the brief preview on Book of the Month’s caught my attention. I thought the book was going to be humorous and even inspiring, but once I got to page 115 I kept wondering where is this story going? The narrator talks about her not being able to finish her Ph.D. I won’t spoil it, but something happens in the lab that made me say, “Oh yeah, I would do that too!” At first, I could relate it is hard trying to complete a master’s or a Ph.D, but then I felt she was playing the blame game. Using the excuse of having a difficult relationship with her parents, is really not an excuse to not having the enthusiasm of finishing school. Then to top it all off, her relationship with her boyfriend is just confusing.

I mean the book is good, but maybe not my cup of tea. My favorite quote in the book was “What J.K. Rowling said during a commencement speech: There is an expiry date on blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction; the moment you are old enough to take the wheel, responsibility lies with you”.  You can never go wrong with a J.K. Rowling quote!


So if you read the book, let us know what you think!

Book reviewed by Raisa

Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Zookeepers Wife by Diane Ackerman


I picked up this book while I was in LA visiting The Last Bookstore. When I saw it I just knew I had to buy it because the story takes place in Poland, which is where my family is from; plus I’ve always wanted to read books about Polish history.
    Let me just say reading this book which revolves around some Holocaust heroes absolutely is amazing. Not only do you see that no matter what the circumstances were at that time there were still people that wanted to help; even if this meant that there would be some serious consequences. One thing I really enjoyed about this book is that Polish terms were used throughout the entire book. Ackerman would not only just words expecting the readers to know the terms but she put the meaning either in parenthesis or she will explain the meaning of that particular word in a sentence.  Another amazing thing is that are pictures that are included that showed the life of Zabinski family while at their zoo.
    On top of many, great aspects of this book; Diane Ackerman did an amazing job writing this story. She also did a ton of research about Jan and Antonina Zabinski to make sure she got every aspect of this couple's amazing story down correctly. Reading this book has inspired me to pick up more books about Poland's history, this way I can learn more about the place my family comes from.


Book reviewed by Paige



Sunday, June 18, 2017

Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie



Let me just say this you can never ever go wrong by reading Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie work. Now let me just say this Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions is a definite must-read for feminists. Chimamanda touches on the core of what it means to be a feminist, “Being a feminist is like being pregnant. You either are or you are not. You either believe in the full equality of men and women or you do not”.

The book was originally written as a letter to a close friend who has just given birth to a daughter. Chimamanda’s friend has asked her to describe how to raise the daughter to be a feminist in Nigeria, a male-centered country. Trying to raise a girl in a male-centered country, does not only apply to Nigeria. Here in the United States women, especially women of color often face adverse circumstances in the workplace, school, outside of the home and even at home. Chimamanda spells out how to raise a feminist daughter in fifteen steps. You do not need to be a new mother to read this book, what Chimamanda is saying applies to all of us.

Not only is the book wonderful, it is a fairly easy read. Plus, some of Chimamanda’s quotes are priceless Can I just say this book is going to be a modern-day classic?


Book reviewed by Raisa