Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Ronit and Jamil

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, February 20, 2017

YA Review: Ronit and Jamil

Ronit and Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin, February 21, 2017. 192 pages. Published by Katherine Tegen Books. Source: Publisher.
This beautiful and lyrical novel in verse delivers a fresh and captivating retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet that transports the star-crossed lovers to the modern-day Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Gaza.

Ronit, an Israeli girl, lives on one side of the barrier fence. Jamil, a Palestinian boy, lives on the other side. Only miles apart but separated by generations of conflict—much more than just the concrete blockade between them. Their fathers, however, work in a distrusting but mutually beneficial business arrangement, a relationship that brings Ronit and Jamil together. And lightning strikes. The kind of lightning that transcends barrier fences, war, and hatred. Ronit and Jamil fall desperately into the throes of forbidden love, one that would create an irreparable rift between their families if it were discovered. But a love this big can be kept secret for only so long. Soon, the teenage lovers must face the fateful choice to save their lives or their loves, as it may not be possible to save both. 

First Sentence

I go with him to work, my Abba
it's summer
a leech
an ulcer.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Spinning Pages (3): The Hound of the Baskervilles/Growl

Oftentimes, while I'm reading a song will pop into my head because the book makes me think of it; sometimes the reverse happens and a random song will make me think of a book I have readSpinning Pages is a combination of my love for books and music. More often than not, inspiration for these posts strikes while I have music thumping in my ears while exercising (kind of like how this feature came to be). 

After reading The Hound of the Baskervilles, I just knew that it would have to be paired with a song. The only question that remained was which song fit the book. A question that was answered quicker than I imagined possible. 

If you have read the book, then you might see the connection between the lyrics from EXO's Growl and my reasoning for pairing them with the fifth Sherlock Holmes novel.

Growl by EXO
I’m warning you just in case (listen carefully)
It’s dangerous now (so dangerous)
Stop provoking me (there’s going to be trouble)
I don’t even know myself

My breath keeps on stopping
You walk towards me
You smile at me
Maybe you’re attracted to me too

My sights become dark
When you stare at me
The sound of your breathing
You’re the one that makes me crazy
(translated lyrics from Kpop Lyrics)

To me, it fits the atmosphere of the The Hound of the Baskervilles as well as some of the hints that were laid out as to who or what was behind the deaths of the Baskervilles. It also makes me think of the final showdown that will either save Henry Baskerville or lead to the final heirs death. 

If you need another reason to read The Hound of the Baskervilles, then look no further as I reviewed it earlier this week. Trust me, between the witty banter between Sherlock and Watson, the atmospheric setting, and the mystery, you do NOT want to miss out on reading this one. 


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Review: The Catholic Catalogue

The Catholic Catalogue: A Field Guide to the Daily Acts That Make Up a Catholic Life  by  Melissa Musick, Anna Keating, February 23, 2016. 432 pages. Published by Image. Source: Publisher.
The popular mother-daughter team behind the hit website TheCatholicCatalogue.com helps readers to discover, rediscover, and embrace some of the smells and tastes, sounds and sensations, holidays and seasons of the Catholic life. This collection of prayers, crafts, devotionals and recipes will help readers make room in their busy lives for mystery and meaning, awe and joy.

This beautifully designed book will help readers celebrate Catholicism throughout the years, across daily practice and milestones. Like the most useful field guides, it is divided into user-friendly sections and covers such topics as the veneration of relics, blessing your house, discovering a vocation, raising teenagers, getting a Catholic tattoo, planting a Mary garden, finding a spiritual director, and exploring your own way in the tradition.

With more than 75 inspiring chapters, this book promises to be a resource that individuals and families will turn to again and again.

I had every intention of reviewing this book last year...like early last year. Unfortunately, I never got around to it as I could never find the right words to convey my thoughts on it.

  • This was such a wonderful resource! While there were many things I was familiar with, hello Catholic here, yet there were also things that were entirely new to me. Which is what made this a fascinating read; and one that would be beneficial to those new to the faith or to young families hoping to create traditions centered around our faith.
  • It may not sound like it, but this was a really fun read. One that I enjoyed reading *gasp* out of order. There were just so many sections that piqued my interest, that I would find myself browsing the list of content and randomly reading everything from "Getting a Catholic Tattoo" all the way to topics about "celebrating saint feast days". I liked that it covered things for the various walks of life, single and family, that the book spoke to. It had something for everyone no matter where they are in their spiritual journey.
  •  It was well laid out. If you read it in order, it takes you through the whole, well highlights, the liturgical year. The chapters are relatively short, and the author's do not waste any time in talking about things that are obviously near and dear to them; and answering some of the bigger, or should I say odd, questions that are bound to pop up.

Final Verdict: The Catholic Catalogue-  A thoughtfully and well put together book on the Catholic faith and how to live it. Definitely a resource I would recommend for those wanting to live their faith more fully (and not keeping it closed off to just your Sunday obligation). 

The Catholic Catalogue earns

A copy of this book was received in consideration for review. All thoughts are my own.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

I Want to Read It (44): A Study in Scarlet

I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the one's I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.

A Study in Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes, 1) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, June 10, 2003 (originally published 1887). Published by Modern Library. Source:
In 1887, a young Arthur Conan Doyle published A Study in Scarlet, creating an international icon in the quick-witted sleuth Sherlock Holmes. In this very first Holmes mystery, the detective introduces himself to Dr. John H. Watson with the puzzling line “You have been in Afghanistan, I perceive,” and so begins Watson’s, and the world’s, fascination with this enigmatic character. In A Study in Scarlet, Doyle presents two equally perplexing mysteries for Holmes to solve: one a murder that takes place in the shadowy outskirts of London, in a locked room where the haunting word Rache is written upon the wall, the other a kidnapping set in the American West. Picking up the “scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skein of life,” Holmes demonstrates his uncanny knack for finding the truth, tapping into powers of deduction that still captivate readers today.

I may already own a copy and have, most likely, already read it (pre-Goodreads probably), and yet I still want another edition of it. Simply because the one I have is a big, awkward hardback. 

Even though I have most likely already read it, I still am hoping to read it at some point this year. Simply because The Hound of the Baskervilles totally has me clamoring for more Sherlock Holmes. I'll tell you this, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, with each read of his books, is very quickly climbing my list of favorite authors. His ability to weave thrilling mysteries and eccentric, yet not annoying, characters is proving to be quite fascinating.

If you have not read his books, I seriously recommend giving them a chance. 

Have you read any of the Sherlock Holmes books? If so, which is your favorite one?
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