Book Traveling Thursday // 09.07.17

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Hi, all! Sorry for the lack of posts within the last 2 – 3 months, but life has been crazy busy. First, I was studying for my NCLEX… which I then passed, meaning I am officially a Registered Nurse in the state of Florida!! Then, I went to Ireland for two weeks to celebrate graduating college and my new status as a nurse, before I started my new job in August, which I love although it has literally been sucking up all of my free time šŸ˜¦ I am so excited to get back into the swing of things – although it might be a while before I post again, because of a little devil headed my way named HURRICANE IRMA. Anyway, I hope to churn out a few posts before she hits; but I wanted to start back with a meme to get back into the swing of things.Ā This meme, Book Traveling Thursdays, was created by Catia (@The Girl Who Read Too Much) and Danielle (@Danielleā€™s Book Blog).

This weekā€™s challenge is: ā€œLabor Day was this past Monday. Pick a book where a character has your dream job!” Continue reading “Book Traveling Thursday // 09.07.17”

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Book Traveling Thursdays // 5.25.17

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Hi, all! This meme, Book Traveling Thursdays, was created by Catia (@The Girl Who Read Too Much) and Danielle (@Danielleā€™s Book Blog). This weekā€™s challenge is: “Freebie week. Today you can choose whatever you want either it is a book you’ve been wanting to talk for a long time or one of the previous themes.” I’m not really creative enough to come up with my own prompt and I’ve been pretty lazy with the posting this month, so I decided to steal one of the earlier themes: “May 18th – Choose a book that has originally a red cover.”

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Book Traveling Thursday // 3.30.17

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Hi, all! This meme, Book Traveling Thursdays, was created by Catia (@The Girl Who Read Too Much) and Danielle (@Danielleā€™s Book Blog). This weekā€™s challenge is: ā€œIt’s Take a Walk in the Park Day… choose a book that always relaxes you.”

To be honest, this one was a little difficult for me. I really like action-packed or mystery-filled books, so there’s few and far between that “relax” me, as I usually am looking for the suspense factor in every book that I read. Finally, I ended up choosing a piece that I’ve read just recently, but that I find myself continuously thinking about:Ā Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. My roommate actually bought this for me for Christmas, even though before I had expressed no interest in reading it. As much as I want to be, I’m not a huge fan of poetry, and I’m just now starting to enjoy short story compilations, so anything that isn’t one solid novel sometimes deters me. I think because I stretched out of my comfort zone in order to read this beautiful series of poems about the bitter and sweet parts of life, I enjoyed it even more. I found myself relating to more of the poems and stories within than I thought I was going to, and I even found myself really appreciating Kaur’s style and prose. Although there’s definitely some sad bits in there, I closed the book feeling full, feeling sweet – just like milk and honey.

Original (and my favorite) Cover

A simple explanation for a simple cover: This. Is. Beautiful.

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German Cover

Although I like the gold title, I really dislike when books plaster “New York Times bestseller” on the front. While this is undoubtedly a huge accomplishment for Kaur, I know for me as a reader, it doesn’t make me any more inclined to buy the book; in fact, it may make meĀ less inclined. I like my book covers simple and beautiful, and the more words that are on the cover, the less that is likely to happen. Additionally, I’m not sure what the “Lago” is in the bottom left hand corner; maybe it’s the publishing company? Either way, it really takes away from the cover as well.

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Book Traveling Thursday // 3.9.17

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Hi, all! This meme, Book Traveling Thursdays, was created by Catia (@The Girl Who Read Too Much) and Danielle (@Danielleā€™s Book Blog). I stumbled upon it a few weeks back but just got around to checking out theirĀ GoodreadsĀ book in order to join in on the fun, and Iā€™m super excited! This weekā€™s challenge is: ā€œYesterday was International Women’s Day. Choose a book with a strong female MC.”

The book that I’ve chosen to highlight is none other thanĀ Hidden FiguresĀ by Margot Lee Shetterly, which I’m sure most of you recognize as Ā the Oscar-nominated film of the same name starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae. Before the movie, however, it was a memoir that features not one, not two, not three but fourĀ women forgotten to history despite their large impact on it:Ā Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, all African American women who worked for NASA during the space race. All four were mathematician geniuses hired as “human computers” that completed complicated mathematic and engineering problems when the United States was competing with Russia to put a man on the moon, and they helped America get to that goal and go far beyond it.Ā Although it is beautiful to see the instances in which their “inferior” race or gender was forgotten in lieu of their superior intellect, the book also makes sure to make it clear that that wasn’t always the case, and even when these women helped put men into space, they were still looked down upon for both their race and their gender. It is a book that made me feel incredibly proud to be a woman, but also incredibly inspired toĀ make the necessary changes we still need in our society today to protect the differences of race, religion, culture, ethnicity, and so on that still plague our country to this day.

Favorite cover:

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Although it really bothers me that the picture of the women overlaps with the title, I like the subtle red, white, and blue colors used to indicate their patriotism, as well as the circles usually related to geometry.

Least favorite cover:

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I’m not a fan of when editors come out with different versions of books featuring the movie characters on the front. It upsets me that people are more likely to buy a book because it has someone famous on the cover rather than the actual person the story is about. Even besides this, the movie was not exactly like the book; Christine Darden is not even mentioned in the same book, as the specific tale they decided to chronicle in the movie took place before Christine arrived at NASA. Therefore, this cover completely forgoes Christine as a character, which is not a true testament to the story within.

Book Traveling Thursday // 3.2.17

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Hi, all! This meme, Book Traveling Thursdays, was created by Catia (@The Girl Who Read Too Much) and Danielle (@Danielleā€™s Book Blog). I stumbled upon it a few weeks back but just got around to checking out theirĀ GoodreadsĀ book in order to join in on the fun, and Iā€™m super excited to be doing my second week of this meme! This weekā€™s challenge is:Ā “It’s National Read Across America Day! Choose a book that you would recommend to everyone.”Ā The book that I’ve chosen to highlight isĀ The AlchemistĀ by Paulo Coelho. I debated for a long time as to which of my favorite books I wanted to share with the world, because a lot of them are ones I’ve previously reviewed (In the Woods, The Martian, Station Eleven, Book of Unknown Americans), or ones I wouldn’t necessarily recommend to those who aren’t heavy readers (Lord of the Rings, Catch 22, 11/22/63, Hamilton). So, eventually, I decided onĀ The Alchemist.

I originally readĀ The AlchemistĀ back in 2010, which seems so far away if you say “I read this seven years ago” – but I digress. I read it for a class in high school, and loved every second of the story and the conversations that followed. It is an incredibly poignant book about a boy named Santiago who leaves his home to find a treasure underneath the Egyptian pyramids, and is helped along the way by various characters to ensure his success, all the while finding unexpected treasures on his journey. Ā The book acts as a statement about humanity and about the treasure within oneself, and how you don’t need to look far to find beauty. There isn’t a lot of humor in it, but the content itself is very light; although there are some sad moments, nothing overtly tragic occurs. I think the general story is one that readers everywhere can connect to, and that is why it is one of my most recommended books. Pick it up if you haven’t read it yet! You won’t regret it.

Original cover:

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Favorite cover (Brazil/Portuguese):

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Least favoriteĀ cover (Dutch):

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