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text 2016-03-05 15:15
Book Tag- The Fifty Bookish Questions

I came across this tag on My Little Book Blog

I have linked each book I mentioned to their GoodReads page so you can check them out yourself!


1.) What was the last book you read?

The Compound by S.A. Bodeen


2.) Was it a good one?

It wasn't for me


3.) What made it good?

Well, I liked the idea of  the underground compound setting in the aftermath of a nuclear war. 


4.) Would you recommend it to other people?

It's not my go to recommendation


5.) How often do you read? 

Mostly everyday!


6.) Do you like to read?

I LOVE reading


7.) What was the last bad book you read?

The last absolutely horrible book I read was Storm by Donna Jo Napoli


8.) What made you dislike it?

I had really high hopes for it. Its a Noah's Ark retelling and I just could not get into the writing or any of the characters.


9.) Do you wish to be a writer?

Its something I have thought about, but then I think I have too many books to read to write my own. But sometimes i'll get a creative moment. 


10.) Has any book ever influenced you greatly?

Many, but only one comes to mind. By the Time You Read This I'll Be Dead by Julie Ann Peters Its about a girl who wants to commit suicide because of the way she is bullied. I read this when I was in high school and I think that's why it had an impact on me.


11.) Do you read fan fiction?



12.) Do you write fan fiction?



13.) What's your favorite book?

It changes. So far this year it's Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson The first in a trilogy. It made me want to travel. And its historical fiction!


14.) What's your least favorite book?

I know I have some but nothing comes to mind


15.) Do you prefer physical books or to read on a device (like kindle)?

Definitely physical books


16.) When did you learn to read?

Whatever age you normally learn to read at.


17.) What was your favorite book you had to read in school?

By far, The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank


18.) What is your favorite book series?

Always and forever, The Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder


19.) Who is your favorite author?

I cant pick


20.) What is your favorite genre?

I would have to say YA (and the branches that spring from that) and historical fiction. 


21.) Who is your favorite character in a book series?

At the moment, Lee Westfall from Walk on Earth a Stranger


22.) Has a book ever transported you somewhere else?

Every one.


23.) Wish book do you wish had a sequel?

I Think im going with Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell


24.) Which book do you wish didnt have a sequel?

The Compound by S.A. Bodeen


25.) How long does it take you to read a book?

Anywhere from two days to literally forever


26.) Do you like when books become movies?

yes, if I actually read it


27.) Which book was ruined by its movie adaptation?

I dont think any that I have seen


28.) Which movie has done a book justice?

cant say


29.) Do you read newspaper

I think I have only read one newspaper. I bought it from a flea market and its from 1942


30.) Do you read magazines?

I like them, but not usually


31.) Do you prefer newspaper or magazines?



32.) Do you read while in bed?

Thats where most of my reading is done


33.) Do you read while on the toilet? 

Im not going to say I never have.


34.) Do you read while in the car?

Yes but not often


35.) Do you read while in the bath

Id love to, but I dont have that kind of set up


36.) Are you a fast reader?



37.) Are you a slow reader?



38.) What is your favorite place to read?

Anywhere that it is sunny, warm, and has natural lighting.


39.) Is it hard for you to concentrate while you read?

not usually


40.) Do you need a room to be silent while you read?

Id prefer it, but not necessary. 


41.) Who gave you your love for reading?

Im not sure, I think my grandmother.


42.) What book is next on your list to read?

Sounds funny but, I bought it while in a Disney World gift shop. Disney After Dark by Ridley Pearson


43.) When did you start to read chapter books?

Whatever age you normally do


44.) Who is your favorite children's book author?

Barbra Park for sure


45.) Which author would you most want to interview?

Laura Ingalls Wilder


46.) Which author do you think you'd be friends with?

no idea


47.) What books have you reread the most?

I don't reread


48.) Which books do you consider "classics"?

I tend to refer to my childhood favorites as classics


49.) Which books do you think should be taught in every school?

Nothing in particular, but ones that make you reflect on your life or the world.


50.) Which books should be banned from all schools?

Nothing I can think of


And that's it! If you read through all of my answers I tag and thank you! 

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review 2016-03-04 02:59
Review of The Compound by S.A. Bodeen
The Compound - S.A. Bodeen



This book just really wasn't for me. 


Basically, Eli and his family have lived in an underground compound for six years. His dad built this compound in the event of a nuclear war. No luxury was forgotten. He built an underground mansion. Eventually, some problems occur with their "home" Eli begins to question his almighty father. Eli begins to wonder is his family really safer inside or out?


I had some problems with this book. First being the pacing. We have no concept of how much time passes between events. It felt rushed and awkward. I also did not feel attached to any of the characters. We didn't get to see very much of their personalities or see any emotion from anyone. 


There is a sequel to this book, however this concludes with an epilogue that ties things up. I don't really see the need for another. 

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review 2014-12-24 00:00
Beyond the Compound
Beyond the Compound - Claire Thompson BDSM sexual slavery fantasy lovers, this is the book for you. The Compound is a training ground fantasy come true for those who want to be trained full time in sexual submission. Hailey Davenport knew she was missing something in her life. She wanted that connection with a dominant through her submission. Tired of playing around, her acceptance to The Compound is the first step to finding a Master. The Compound not only trains a submissive, but finds a matching master. For Hailey, she's auctioned off to Ronan Wolfe and it is a dream come true.

First, let's be clear, this is straight up romantic fantasy for female submissives. For those who wish a training center exists and can match a submissive to the right dominant, this is the book for you. Second, even though this is romantic and quite the fantasy, the BDSM is so good. This is expected because Ms. Thompson pens erotically hawt BDSM scenes. Third, this plot is one which is pretty popular with a famous actor finding a match with a regular female. If this makes your roll your eyes, then pass on this book. Those who are still interested, the BDSM scenes will encourage a reader to require a little "alone-time" with a sex toy.

The plot in this book is simple and easy to follow. Is it predictable? Yes. This is good for those who want to sit down and enjoy a kinky book without angst or drama. The characters are likeable and relatable. Hailey is a down to earth female with submissive needs. Ronan may be a movie star, but he's level headed and considerate. Plus, he's serious about dominating. He's not in it just for a bit of slap, tickle and sex on demand. He enjoys the heady sensation when a woman wants to yield her control over to him.

This is a lovely piece of D/s with sensual erotic power exchange. These two are on the same page and their exploration together into the kinkier side of sex is a delicious fantasy. Whilst there are plenty of BDSM equipment described in Ronan's dungeon, the BDSM scenes stick to the standard tools. The focus is more on the D/s than it is on the SM. There is a decent amount of BD as Hailey is not a perfect submissive. This is nice to see how even trained submissives do struggle at times. It also is nice to see a dominant following through on punishment when a forbidden act is committed.

The conflict in this story is believable and the resolution works out smoothly. The ending of this story is as expected, a happily ever after with a bonus hawt piercing scene. Ms. Thompson leaves the story open ended so that if she wanted to write a story about a couple of the secondary characters, it is possible. If she does, slave Sam would be a lovely M/m story. This maledom fantasy is recommended for kinky readers who love romantic sexual slavery.

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review 2014-06-09 00:00
The Man with the Compound Eyes: A Novel
The Man with the Compound Eyes: A Novel - Wu Ming-Yi A beautifully written story about the sea, life and the environment. I look forward to more translations of his writting. It is a story of two different people dealing with their own losses and loves in our changing world. His descriptions of Atile'i's island bring the place to life for everyone who lives there. A Wonderfully written novel that makes it hard to step away from even after you have you read the last page.
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review 2014-05-20 03:54
The World Through Another's Eyes

I actually took advantage of a librarian perk and got ahold of some e-galleys from Edelweiss.  Unfortunately I didn't pay attention to publication dates, so I had to get on this book right away even though there were some other things I was burning to read...  But it's not so bad because this book was a fun read.


But a strange one.


I haven't read any translated Chinese books before, so I don't know if this novel is typical of Chinese literature or not, but it certainly had elements that I wasn't used to.  For instance, it seemed like a lot of the major events just sort of... end... without explicitly resolving anything.  Apparently things are resolved, seeing as how the characters move on with their lives.


Speaking of characters, the blurb for this book made it sound like the epic quest of an exiled Pacific Islander boy and a grieving Thai woman and their search for her missing family.  This is actually a very small portion of the story and only a fragment of the characters in this book.  Rather, the story follows many characters and through quirky, though sometimes tragic, arcs as people deal with trash-laden tsunamis and their aftermaths.  It's actually rather hard to explain what the book is about without detailing each step of the way.  I guess I'll just say that it's an interesting exploration of Thai culture and the interaction with indigenous populations and it also explores the power of the stories and myths and memories we create for ourselves.  It's a pleasure to meet the characters and explore their lives, even if the focus sometimes seems a little strange (I'm assuming this arises from cultural differences).


Pick this up if you enjoy surreal, quirky tales and a taste of other cultures.

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