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Einstein's Beach House by Jacob M Appel

"A couple adopts a depressed hedgehog; a stranger shows up, claiming to be the father of a girl's imaginary friend; a woman kidnaps her ex-husband's turtle; a family is evicted from their home, but was it ever really theirs? Heartbreaking and hilarious, the eight stories of Einstein's Beach House examine how we deceive ourselves and others, all to arrive at something far more real." 
Average Rating: 4.36 Stars
My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars, Goodreads= 4/5
Pages:  179

**I received a free copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review**

As soon as I read the description of book, I knew it would be quirky and very entertaining. I was right. I gave this a four point five stars out of five stars because there were two stories I was not a huge fan of, which were Strings and Limerence. I feel like those two were not as good as the others, but were still likeable. On the other hand, I absolutely adored Hue and Cry, La Tristesse Des Herissons, and Einstein&#…

Mid February Update!!

Ello readers! How are you? I hope you are having a wonderful month! This month has been kind of exciting! Mostly because the blog looks different unless you didn't notice! :P

This month has been a good reading month for me. I finished a book series (The Mortal Instruments Series...amazing!), The Shinning by Stephen King, a short story, and a couple reviews books. Now I am currently working on finishing The Patmos Deception by Davis Bunn and Rising Tide: Dark Innocence by Claudette Melanson (author) and Daniel Chon (illustrator).

I hope to get a lot of reading done this week as I am on vacation and I am participating in two read-a-thons. I put up a late TBR that goes for both read-a-thons, which are currently happening. I will post a combined wrap up for both of them as well.

Lastly, I am working on writing reviews for Chestnuts and Einstein's Beach House.

I hope all of you have a good end to your month!
 -Ashley <3

Late Read-A-Thon TBRs! #ProjectTBR #TBRLove

Hi guys, girls, and everyone in between, I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day.

So it is kind of late to do a TBR for the TBR Love read-a-thon that runs from Valentine's day to the 20th and the Project TBR read-a-thon that runs from the 16th to the 22nd, but I'm going to do it anyway!

So I am currently reading The Patmos Deception by Davis Bunn (...yes I know... I am still reading it) and Rising Tide: Dark Innocence by Claudette Melanson and Daniel Chon. If I finish these then I am going to move onto the Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima. Then if I finish that I am going to start Novelty by Shann Hurst. So yeah, that is what I am going to read for those read-a-thons and I am not doing any challenges for the Project TBR read-a-thon.

If you are participating in any of these read-a-thons, then good luck and I wish everyone a good end to the month of February! Also I will be posting a mid-February update if anyone is interest!
 -Ashley <3

Warrior Lore by Ian Cumpstey

"Warrior Lore is the second collection of Scandinavian folk ballads translated into English verse by Ian Cumpstey, following Lord Peter and Little Kerstin. These narrative ballads were part of an oral tradition in Scandinavia, and were first written down around 1600. Included in this book are stories of heroes and fighters, Vikings, and trolls.

The legendary hero Widrick Waylandsson comes face to face with a troll in the forest. Thor resorts to cross-dressing in a bid to recover his stolen hammer. The daughter of the King of Sweden is abducted from a convent in the Swedish countryside. A young fighter has to show off his prowess in skiing and shooting for King Harald Hardrada. And more...

All the ballads included are:
Widrick Waylandsson's Fight with Long-Ben Reyser; Twelve Strong Fighters; Hilla-Lill; Sir Hjalmar; The Hammer Hunt; The Stablemates; Sven Swan-White; The Cloister Raid; Heming and the Mountain Troll; Heming and King Harald." -Goodreads

Average Rating: 3.95/…

February TBR and Bookish Updates!

Hi girls, boys and everyone in between! How are you? Did you have a good month? Any favorite books of the January? Are you reading anything good at the moment? Just curious :)

At the moment I am currently reading The Patmos Deception by Davis Bunn and City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare. For the Patmos Deception, I am about 65 pages in and it's interesting. I am also enjoying it. As for City of Lost Souls, I am on page 11 and I have been trying to read this for a while. Not that there is anything wrong with it. I just do not want to finish it, but at the same time I want to read it. I think this is due to the fact that it is the second to last book in the series and I do not want the series to end!

But anyway, I also finished The Shining by Stephen King this month as well as a few other works like Einstein's Beach House by Jacob M Appel, Bobo by Richard Schiver, and Chestnuts: A True Story about Being Bullied by Gilbert Ohanian. I will be reviewing Einstein's Beach House…

January Wrap Up!

I cannot believe that January is over and that it is February! It is simply mind boggling. But anyway, this month I finished one novel, read three novels, and read two graphic novels! (I also put up multiple reviews this month! So check them out if you are interested. Also for easier access, I have added an index of sorts that has the links to all the reviews I have written.)

I started the year off by finishing the Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink. I gave this novel a four out of five stars. I personally liked this novel, but there is a range of feelings on this novel. Some don't like it and some really like it like my mother! :D I personally thought it was really good, but it did have some flaws. I liked the plot line and the characters, but I actually hate a character named Leah because she is evil and ugh. My mom and I had a huge discussion on her character and about a big thing she does in the novel. :)
Average Rating: 3.57 Stars
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
Pages: 343

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