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Book Recommendations

10 Short Reads You Can Read this Leap Day!

It’s Leap day! For those who don’t know, every four years we gain an extra day in the year and that falls on February 29th.

So the dilemma is that you have an extra day! There are so many good thing about Today’s leap day. First and foremost, is that it falls on a Saturday. A day that most have when they work Monday-Friday. And secondly, is that the weather should be nice. At least in Southern California, it’s going to a day in the 60’s. A good day to lay in bed, on the couch, take a breathe, and relax My recommendation is to use that day to better yourself.Go to the gym, get a work out done, go the beach or head to the outdoors, and pick out a book!

I mean Bill Gates takes two whole weeks to himself to do nothing but read. I’m only suggesting that you read a whole day, which isn’t much compared to one of the richest man alive.

Here are recommendations on what to read this Leap day in one sitting along with a link to the ebook, because your time is precious and you need that book now!

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Pop Culture

35 Pictures of Celebrities Reading

There is a belief that if celebrities do it, you should too. If the cool kids are doing it, you should too. This is me telling you to follow the example of these celebrities.

This also me show casing rare pictures of celebrities reading, a sight you never see, but a sight you should see.

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Book Recommendations book review

☠ Crown of Midnight ☠ Book Review

Author: Sarah J. Maas
Originally Published: August 15, 2013
Series: Throne of Glass #2
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Young Adult Romance, Young Adult Adventure
My Rating: ★★★★★
Average Rating: 4.45★’s
Length: 420 Pages
Themes: Young love, friendship, good vs. evil, dealing with loss.

Where to find this book:

Synopsis:

Assassin Celaena Saradothein is told by the King for which she serves to, that she must kill a man. But what the king doesn’t know is that even though she’s a hired assassin, she does things her way. In this sequel we follow one mission that ends up threatening her and the lives around her.

In short: Imagine Game of Thrones, but the young adult version.

Synopsis from the publisher:

She is the greatest assassin her world has ever known.
But does she have the heart of a killer?

After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king’s contest to become the new royal assassin. But Calaena is far from loyal to the crown. Keeping up the charade – while pretending to do the king’s bidding – will test her skills in an entirely new way. And it certainly isn’t the only point of confusion for the young girl. Because though she’s made her choice between Dorian and Chaol, the ways of the heart are never simple…

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Spoilers Without Context:

Do I recommend this book?

Hell yes! This book had everything that I wanted: love scenes, adventure, magic.

Although the first book was not Sarah J. Maas best, this book made up for that. I can see why the first book was set up in that way and that was to set up the plot for the second book.

Before you read this book know:

  1. This is the second book to the series so before you read this, make sure you read the first one, Throne of Glass.
  2. This book is better than her first book in the series, and that’s a fact.
  3. Expect loss. People will die.
  4. There are love scenes. Not fifty shades of grey explicit, but enough for the imagination.

Favorite Quotes:

“The best lies were always mixed with truth.” 

“What does that mean?” he demanded. 

She smiled sadly. “You’ll figure it out. And when you do…” She shook her head, knowing she shouldn’t say it, but doing it anyway. “When you do, I want you to remember that it wouldn’t have made any difference to me. It’s never made any difference to me when it came to you. I’d still pick you. I’ll always pick you.”

“To escape death, she’d become death.” 

I’m keeping this non-spoiler review as dry as possible because I don’t want anything to be spoiled, it’s that good.

Read down below for a more detailed review, with spoilers. If you don’t mind spoilers or have already read this book: read below in the next page.

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Short Story Sunday

Short Story Sunday: “Sweat” by Zora Neale Hurston

It’s Black History month and as Latino and an American citizen, I believe it’s important that we embrace the work that African Americans bring to us and that includes this short story: Sweat.

The short story focuses on Delia, a wash-woman for White people, and her abusive husband Skyes. Delia is a hard working woman as she works hard for her household. She says, “Sweat, sweat, sweat! Work and sweat, cry and sweat, pray and sweat!” That all she does as she’s unappreciated by her husband who scares her with a wip, making Delia believe its a snake (something she’s highly fearful of), while she’s busy cleaning clothes. He mocks her, he makes fun of her, and is unfaithful to her. Yep, Skyes is a cheater.

The rest of the story talks about how nobody in the town like Skyes, how Skyes is always with his mistress Bertha and the whole plot goes down hill when Skyes brings in a rattlesnake into the house. Delia begs for Skyes to take it away and he responds with, “he’s gointer stay right heah tell he die. He wouldn’t bite me cause Ah knows how tuh handle ‘im. Nohow he wouldn’t risk breakin’ out his fangs ‘gin yo’ skinny laigs.” Until later in the story, the snake bites him in the neck and he’s crying for help, and Delia is outside minding her own business, waiting for him to die. Congrats Skyes! You played yourself. The end.

What I love about this story is how Zora Neale Hurston, uses African American dialect to tell a story. Hurston has the ability to show characterization through dialogue rather than narration. In the story, I was able to understand the type of woman Delia is by the way she stood up to her husband. I was able to understand the ignorance in Skyes voice when he talked to Delia.

This is a piece of work that must go unnoticed as Hurston is unapologetically herself and uses African American dialect to tell a story rather than “writing like a white woman.”

This short story talks about the perseverance of the black woman, biting the thorns that men give to her, and stand up on their own. Delia is a woman who sweats all day during work, beats to the drum of her own drum, who got the courage to her end her marriage, and let her husband die because he deserved it.

Favorite Quotes:

“Naw you won’t,” she panted, “that ole snaggle-toothed black woman you runnin’ with aint comin’ heah to pile up on mah sweat and blood. You aint paid for nothin’ on this place, and Ah’m gointer stay right heah till Ah’m toted out foot foremost.”

“He’s full uh frogs so he caint hardly move, thass how. Ah eased up on ‘m. But Ah’m a snake charmer an’ knows how tuh handle ’em. Shux, dat aint nothin’. Ah could ketch one eve’y day if Ah so wanted tuh

A surge of pity too strong to support bore her away from that eye that must, could not, fail to see the tubs. 

Read this 20 Minute short story here:

What are your favorite parts from this short story? Let’s start a conversation down below in the comments section!

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Book Club

February’s Book Club Pick: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

This is one of my favorite books of all time and I’m so happy to announce this months book club pick. Last month’s pick was Lolita and it was an interesting read, but many readers found it hard to connect with the text in the beginning. But this month, I wanted to choose a book that goes in theme with Valentine’s Day, but also a book that is more than just a romance book. This book talks about family dynamics, feminism, and about the theme of “money talks.” So please please please, join me this month in reading this classic.