Top 10 Tuesday: Quotes that I Love from Books I Read this Year

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Broke and Bookish.
Like many people, I don't tend to highlight or commit memorable quotes in books to memory. However, with the wonderful power of Goodreads I can find any I want. So here are some interesting quotes from books that I read this year, brought to you by Goodreads.

"Only by being prepared for your death can you ever truly live."
- A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore

"Damn it all, you have been given a life on this beautiful planet! Get off your ass and do something!"
- Paddle Your Own Canoe by Nick Offerman 

“I can't wait till I have grandchildren. When I was younger, I had to walk to the rim of a crater. Uphill! In an EVA suit! On Mars, ya little shit! Ya hear me? Mars!” 
- The Martian by Andy Weir

“Remember that a fine education can be found in places other than the usual.” 
- The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

“Even the strongest blizzards start with a single snowflake.” 
- Snow Life Ashes by Sara Raasch

“There’s something disturbing about recalling a warm memory and feeling utterly cold.” 
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

“I think we should stop asking people in their twenties what they “want to do” and start asking them what they don’t want to do. Instead of asking students to “declare their major” we should ask students to “list what they will do anything to avoid.” It just makes a lot more sense.” 
- Yes, Please by Amy Poehler

“Usually it's when your guard is down that you find yourself saying the most dick sentences of your life.”
- Me and Earl and The Dying by Jesse Andrews

“Our belief is often strongest when it should be weakest. That is the nature of hope.” 
- The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

“Life is made of so many moments that mean nothing. Then one day, a single moment comes along to define every second that comes after. Such moments are tests of courage, of strength.” 
- An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Review: Paddle Your Own Canoe - Nick Offerman

Genre: Memoire, Humour, Nonfiction
Publication: 10/01/2013 by Dutton
Pages: 340 Pages
Source: Overdrive Audiobook
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
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Goodreads Summary:
Growing a perfect moustache, grilling red meat, wooing a woman—who better to deliver this tutelage than the always charming, always manly Nick Offerman, best known as Parks and Recreation’s Ron Swanson?  Combining his trademark comic voice and very real expertise in woodworking—he runs his own woodshop—Paddle Your Own Canoe features tales from Offerman’s childhood in small-town Minooka, Illinois—“I grew up literally in the middle of a cornfield”—to his theater days in Chicago, beginnings as a carpenter/actor and the hilarious and magnificent seduction of his now-wife Megan Mullally.   It also offers hard-bitten battle strategies in the arenas of manliness, love, style, religion, woodworking, and outdoor recreation, among many other savory entrees.

A mix of amusing anecdotes, opinionated lessons and rants, sprinkled with offbeat gaiety, Paddle Your Own Canoe will not only tickle readers pink but may also rouse them to put down their smart phones, study a few sycamore leaves, and maybe even hand craft (and paddle) their own canoes.

My Thoughts:
Why haven't I read this book sooner! Nick Offerman is such an amazing human, because he is a real ass human. He doesn't pretend to be anybody but himself and isn't scared to tell you his opinions or life events. I found a lot of what he talked about in the book to be super relatable. 

I honestly have a weird crush on Nick now. He's such a romantic human it's kind of hard not too. He talks about love a lot on this book and I really love, love. I love when people are in love, when they are falling in love and when they do adorable things together. Nick and Megan are too cute together. The part where they travel to Paris made me giggle like a crazy person. Me and My Boyfriend went on a similar trip to Paris & London which made it even better. 

The main reason I listened to this book on audiobook is because I love Parks and Rec. Nick Offerman plays Ron Swanson. There are a lot of parallels to Nick and Ron but Nick isn't Ron. I love hearing about the behind the scenes at Parks and Rec and I openly laughed in public while listening. If you are planning to read this book I highly recommend the audiobook. Nick reads it himself which is the best way to hear anyones memoirs. You also get to hear his hilariously amazing giggle which is awesome.

Conclusion: I am a Nick Offerman fan, so clearly this was always going to be well rated. I recommend to anyone who enjoyed Parks and Rec or just some hilarious mussing about the world.

Short and Sweet Reviews: Graphic Novel Edition {2}

Through The Woods 
By. Emily Carroll 

I read this one for Halloween, which is an awesome time for reading creepy graphic novels. This one was really nice to look at and the art was amazing. However, I didn't find any of the stories actually super scary. They are interesting and if you like creepy stories that play with your mind than this is an awesome graphic novel for you. However, if you are looking for straight up horror, this may not be it.

Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Ms. Marvel Vol 3: Crushed
By. B. Willow Wilson, Mark Waid and Takeshi Miyazawa... (et al.)

I am still in love with this graphic novel series. Kamala is so relatable even if she is a super hero. In this volume we start to get into the world of boys which I really really enjoyed. I did find it a bit predictable but it was still really exciting and awesome. Also, Loki is a special guest which is super cool. I like cameos in my comics, what can I say. If you haven't started this series, check it out!!

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars 

Chew Vol. 2: International Flavour 
By. John Layman & Rob Guillory 

This shit is dark and I love it. In this series,when Tony Chu eats anything he knows that happened to it before it died. Also, chicken is illegal. This series is just too awesome not to read and it has such awesome story lines. This volume wasn't as awesome as the first volume but I still has so much fun. I can't wait to see where this story goes. This one took place on an island and there is an introduction to am mysterious plant which I want to know more about! I am planning on grabbing volume 3 soon!

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars 

Top 10 Tuesday - Book to Movie Adaptations I Need to Watch

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Broke and Bookish.
When I am not reading, I absolutely LOVE to watch movies and TV. So I knew I had to do this weeks Top 10 Tuesday. Movies are so exciting and I tend to watch a lot of them. Therefore, I have seen A LOT of book to movie adaptations. This list will be the movies I still need to see or ones coming soon I will see.

1) The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
I have neither read the book or seen the movies but both are on the list. I have heard so many amazing things about this book that I need to read it ASAP. Winter is usually when I tend to read Historical Fiction so I plan to read it in the next few months. 

2) Insurgent - Veronica Roth
I read Insurgent years ago when it first came out and I enjoyed it at the time. I did enjoy the first Divergent movie enough, it wasn't the best movie ever but I didn't hate it. But when Insurgent came out I didn't bother. It wasn't getting great reviews and I just haven't gotten around to it.

3) The Scorch Trials - James Dashner
The reason why I didn't rush to this movies was that I am just not into this series anymore. I read the Scorch Trials and was kind of confused. I will watch this when it hits Netflix, likely.

4) Room - Emma Donoghue
So, this is probably cheating because I never read this book BUT this movie is getting Oscar buzz. I always try to see as many Oscar buzzing movies as I can so I am likely going to see this movie this week!

5) 50 Shades of Grey - E.L. James
I read the book to see what the fuss was all about, so I am just curious about the movie. Will it bother me as much as the book. Likely, but I am still curious. 

6) The Fifth Wave - Rick Yancy
I haven't read The 5th Wave yet but I am on a hold for it at the library. This one is coming out in January, which makes me seriously worried because if you know anything about release dates you know that all the worst movies come out in January. We shall see how this goes. 

7) Ready Player One
So this one is likely years away if it happens at all. But I has a release date of December 2017 and Steven Spielburg is currently created as the director. SPIELBURG people. This better happen because it will be amazing!

8) The Giver - Lois Lowry
I read The Giver to see the movie then I never saw the movie. I have heard the movie is quite slow and it didn't translate the best to film. I still fully plan on seeing this. Someday, someday.

9) Mockingjay Part II - Suzanne Collins
I honestly wasn't blown away by the book but I am excited to see how it translates to film. I really enjoyed the first part of Mockingjay more than I did the book. I think this series is translating very well to screen and I am excited to see this in a few weeks!

10) The Long Walk - Richard Bachman (aka Stephan King)
This one actually isn't a movie or even a movie in the works but I would absolutely kill to see this book on the big screen. It could be such a compelling movie and I could see it really being a hit with The Hunger Games audiences. Please movie people do this book, you can never go wrong with adapting Steven King. 

What I Have to Read for School

As many of you may know, I am a university student which means that I have to read a lot of things that I don't talk about on my blog. Currently, I am studying Forensic Sciences which means that I am reading a lot textbooks. This semester I don't have any actual novels that I am reading, but I decided to show you what I am reading when I am not reading for fun.

Class: Biological Anthropology 
This one is your classic textbook. Lots of words and diagrams. In this class we learn about where humans came from evolutionarily. This class gives some basics in biology, which was boring for me since I have my BSc in biology, we also learn a lot about primatology and what our last common ancestor with apes was. Honestly, I am usually bored out of my skull during this class and these readings tend to get neglected. 

Class: Introduction of Forensic Anthropology
This book is actually really fun to read. I don't see it as a typically textbook, and if you are interested in forensic science you might even enjoy reading this. It has a lot of case studies which are super interesting and help give lots of perspective to what we are learning. This class is about Forensic Anthropology which is used when they find a body which is skeletonized/partially skeletonized. 

Those the the 2 books I'm currently reading for school. I am in another course which is Intro to Forensic Sciences which doesn't have an assigned text (aka students dream). In this class we just learn about different approaches to forensic sciences, which is also an interesting course. 

Thanks for reading. If your a student let me know what your taking at school. I am super interested in what courses people are taking. 

Ho-Ho-Ho Readaton TBR

Ho-Ho-Ho Read-a-thon

Christmas is coming early in the blogosphere this year. The Ho-Ho-Ho Read-a-thon is being hosted by Kimberly @ Caffinated Book Reviewer and Jennifer @ BookShelfery. The read-a-thon runs from Nov. 12 - 17 and we will be reading Christmas or Wintery Reads.

What I Will Be Reading:

My True Love Gave To Me: 12 Holiday Stories (Various Authors)
Snowflakes on Silver Cove by Holly Martin

For this readathon I decided to grab a popular holiday novel from last year. My True Love Gave to Me was everywhere and I thought this would the perfect time to jump into it. I think this one would be a good pick for a readathon because it's a collection of short holiday stories so there will always be something different to read. My second choice is a Netgalley grab that looks absolutely adorable. I have been craving romance and Christmas can be a super romantic time. 

It's unlikely I'll get through both these books but I will do the best I can. The motivation from everyone else will likely keep me reading. If you are participating in this readathon let me know what you are reading and I hope you have a fantastic time!

November. 12/15 {Day 1} - I read 30% of My True Love Gave to Me. Which is the first 4 stories in the bind up. I loved the first one, I didn't understand the second one at all and the 3rd and 4th were pretty good. They are all kind of bittersweet, which is making me kind of sad. Not what I expected out of Holiday stories.

Sunday Post #7 - Is 2015 Over Yet?

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reader. This is a place where you can talk about news from your week, what you've been reading and what you expect to come up on your blog. To join in, check out the rules here.

It's been another hard week in my life. My doggie, Bones, died this week which absolutely broke my heart. He was 14 years old but it's always hard no matter how old. So I may or may not have gotten behind in my reading. Oh well, I'm not putting pressure on myself to read right now. I don't want to make something I love to do stressful.

Quick Reviews: Graphic Novel Edition #2 
What I Read for School
Ho-Ho-Ho Readathon TBR
Re-Read Review: A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore
Review: Paddle Your Own Canoe by Nick Offerman 
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Ms. Marvel Vol 3: Crushed
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore
Paddle Your Own Canoe by Nick Offerman 

I am currently working on A Dirty Job so as soon as I finish that I can check another off the list. Christmas break is coming and hopefully that allows for more reading.

Read: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
Read: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
Read: A Dirty Job & Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore
Read 3 Book off my Netgalley Shelf

Review: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

Genre: YA, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Publication: 03/24/2009 by Margret K. McElderry Books
Series: The Mortal Instruments #3
Pages: 541 Pages
Source: Overdrive Audiobook
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Goodreads Summary
To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters - never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family's past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he's willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City - whatever the cost?

My Thoughts: 
I am going to admit it now, I didn't want to like this book. I felt very meh about the first 2 books in the series and I didn't want to like this one so that I could just quit the series all together. But I actually really enjoyed this book. It was exciting and I actually started to connect with the characters. I can see why some people are very much obsessed with this series and I decided to continue on with the series. 

However, I do still have some issues with the series. I'm not a huge fan of Jace, I am not a fan of the tropes his character follows. He's not a guy I am attracted to so I don't get a strong connection to his character. The romance-ishness between Clary and his character made me want to facepalm in the first 2 books but in this book I bought into it for the first time. I saw the chemistry for the first time and I shipped it.

The only reason I am a little hesitant about continuing on with this series is that this book feels like the end of a trilogy. I know it was originally meant to be a trilogy so that's why I feel this way. I just don't know how the series is going to continue, which is what is making me want to continue. My library has the whole series on audio so that is probably how I am going to finish it. 

Conclusions: This one was much better than the first two books, it's seriously growing in me. It was fast paced and exciting. I am really digging the paranormal elements and if you are into those kind of things check out this series. 

October in Review

October wasn't actually a bad reading month considering how much I didn't feel like reading this month. I am actually super excited about what I did read or listened too. October was a bit of a crazy month for me but I had a good month.




Ms. Marvel Vol 2: Generation Why {4 out of 5 Stars}
The Martian - Andy Weir  { 4 out of 5 Stars }
Snow Like Ashes - Sara Raash  { 5 out of 5 Stars }
The Sword of Summer - Rick Riordan { 3.5 out of 5 Stars }
Through the Woods - Emily Carroll { 3 out of 5 Stars }

Favourite of the Month: Snow like Ashes by Sara Raash 
Least Favourite of the Month: Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
Overall Thoughts: Looking back I had an awesome month. I finished a few books I had been stuck on for weeks and I really enjoyed everything that I read. I didn't think I read this much, so I am very proud of myself for completing this many. It definitely helps that I listen to audiobooks. Very happy with this :) 

I swear this will the month that I read Ignite Me. I am planning on reading it next. I also pre-ordered Ice like Fire and Illuminae last month so I seriously plan on reading them this month. I also have Paddle Your Own Canoe on Overdrive and I am super excited to listen to this book. I am a serious Parks and Rec fan so I need to listen to Nick Offerman's story. Lastly, I ordered Throne of Glass from my library on a whim. So many people absolutely love this series so I am going to try it.  I also have a bunch of Graphic Novels coming in from the library too so look out for those.

Let me know how your October went in the comments. Happy reading in November :)