Monthly Archives: March 2017

Watch “Brooklyn’s Book Talk: Doctor Who: Decide Your Destiny: The Spaceship Graveyard by Colin Brake” on YouTube

Hey bookworms,

I posted a booktube booktalk, above you can find the link.

The book I discuss is “Doctor Who: Decide Your Destiny: The Spaceship Graveyard.” It was written by Colin Brake and published in 2007. 

3 stars out of 5.

What I like:

It was all the Canon to Ten and Martha, I could picture them reading their parts and doing the gestures, such as Ten dancing around the TARDIS trying to get it to start.

It was atmospheric and spooky, the title automatically attracted me to the book, and I was curious about it and what would be included in the story. It was definitely building tension at times and I felt like I was there right along with Martha and Ten.

What I didn’t like:

It was highly repetitive. I felt like I was constantly looping through, each page lead back to one I’d already read. It constantly happened. 

The ending was kinda underwhelming too. But all in all a solid read, hit the link to see my booktalk:) 

And that concludes my review, thanks for reading / watching. Happy reading,

Brooklyn:)

Goodreads Mondayย 

Hey guys,

It’s that time again for Goodreads Monday, a time where we pick a random book off our TBR and showcase it!

This week’s choice is:


Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city, a grisly metropolis where violence has begun to create real and deadly monsters.

All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the inhabitants pay for his protection. 

Augusta wants to be human, as good hearted as his own father, but his curse is to be what the humans fear. 

The thin truce that keeps the Harker and Flynn families at peace is crumbling, and an assassination attempt forces Kate and Flynn into a tenuous alliance. But how long will they survive in a city where no one is safe and monsters are real?

I say, I’m yet to read anything by VE Schwab but this and her Darker Shade of Magic Series are both on my anticipated read lists for the year. I definitely can’t wait to explore these book worlds. 

Say, if anyone here has read them, comment your thoughts? No spoilers please. 

And that concludes another Goodreads Monday, feel free to join in the fun then comment your choice ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy reading,

Brooklyn ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Book Review: The World is Full of Married Men by Jackie Collins

Published 1968 by Pan Books

Rating 5/5

My thoughts:

Okay, I confess this was a first read of this book for me. It was in fact Jackie Collins’ first book.

She’s one of my all time favourite authors, in fact. However when she passed away in 2015 after a secret battle with breast cancer, I was so devastated so much that I couldn’t pick up any of her books. I’d almost read all of them aside from I think maybe 4? But in fact she’s definitely one of my most re read authors. 

“The World is Full of Married Men” is typical Jackie Collins, full of rich, vain, shallow but fabulous characters full of witty lines and spontaneous activities. 

Claudia made me laugh, I admired her for her attitude towards marriage and not wanting to get tied down, especially for the times, and when women were likely expected to marry and have kids and what not.  I hope she makes an appearance in the follow up novel to this, “The World Is Full of Divorced Women”. 

The character I was cheering for most throughout this book was Linda. She is so lovely and put up with so much bullcrap from David, I’m glad she finally found happiness by the end of this book. 

David. The typical egomaniac cheating asshat of a character in a JC novel, but I didn’t hate him because oh gosh his last part in the book made me laugh a big “HA!” Serves him right, he sacrificed his cozy marriage to Linda only to put himself in a stickier and potentially problematic situation. 

This, like many other of this authors’ novels is fast paced and exciting and satisfying! Full of wit, wickedness and coziness, one can never go wrong with Jackie C! 

And that concludes my review, thank you for reading!

Brooklyn ๐Ÿ™‚


Book Review : All The Feels by Danika Stone

Published 2016 by Swoon Reads (accurate much) ๐Ÿ˜‰

Rating: 5/5

My thoughts:

Well this was literally all the cute. I cannot get over how amazing and cute this book is. 

I loved it! Everything about it!

I love books where the main character is devoted to fandom, who doesn’t love fangirling? Liv is so down to earth, quirky, natural, and awkward. Her character didn’t feel forced at all and I love her from the word go. Xander too, he is such a dear. I loved their friendship though I instantly shipped them. 

Arden, Xander’s girlfriend, wasn’t horrible, quite the opposite, but still I knew she and Xander weren’t as well matched as him and Liv were. Liv and Xander just bounced off one another perfectly and essentially balanced out the other.

I love how each chapter referenced a different fandom and had a quote from said fandom, such as:

“My Precious” (Lord of the Rings)

“I’d just as soon kiss a wookie” (Star Wars)

“Inconceivable” (The Princess Bride)

“This is my timey Wimey dectector. It goes ding when there’s stuff” (Doctor Who)

And so on, each of these chapter headings just made each chapter all the more fabulous. 

This book truly has everything, I felt so many different emotions. It truly is a book with All The Feels.

Liv goes through so many emotional rushes, and I felt those too; from adrenaline at rebooting her beloved fandom in the hope to bring back her beloved character (who here hasn’t mourned a characters’ death?) to devastation when things take a surprising turn when she meets a hero. 

All throughout, Xander is her constant support, her shoulder, and aah they are just so precious! 

I can’t rave about this book enough guys, Siriusly. ๐Ÿ˜‰

And that concludes my review, thanks for reading.

Brooklyn. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Book review: I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Rating: 5 out of 5

My thoughts:

This was such a delicious heart wrenching read, from beginning to end. I fell in love with the characters,  and I knew from right away that this was going to be a unique read. The characters were so precious and will definitely stay with me for a long time now.

Trying to purposely be vague here because everyone should get this book! 

From the first chapter, there was lots of anguish and our twins, the narrators,  Noah and Jude, were not as close as they had been, but it wasn’t truly until the jumps into the past began that we truly started to know why. My heart ached for these two, because it really showed, both in these jumps, and also in the present, how they would  constantly think of one another and try to look out for the other.

There was so much cute between Noah and Brian, I love any book with LGBT relationships! I definitely ship these two cupcakes and my heart loved their cute moments.

So from also the early stages, we definitely knew a family tragedy sort of split the twins, but as it unraveled within the past and present, things started falling into place and questions were answered. Resultions were reached from betrayal and oh gosh I was cheering that everything would be okay with these characters.

Jude and Noah have such a precious bond, it really shone throughout the book. I absolutely recommend this to everyone. It’s uplifting as it is hesrt wrenching.

And that concludes my review, thanks for reading.

Brooklyn.

Blogger recognition awardย 

I was nominated by the lovely Lauren over at https://literarywisdom.wordpress.com/ (thank you) ๐Ÿ˜˜

Rules

Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
Write a post to show your award.


Give a brief story of how your blog started.

I ended up starting a blog after some words of wisdom from my dear friend Lauren, and I couldn’t be happier that I started doing so. 

Ever since I was little I would always have my nose stuck in a book and there’s not a day that goes by where I’m not reading. Books are my love, and I love sharing my love and views for various books on my blog. I have found it to be a great platform for my love of all things bookish. 

Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers

1. Be yourself, if you be yourself, you’ve got nothing to worry about.

2. Post as regularly as you can. I try to post a few times a week, but whatever you’re comfortable with is great.

Select other bloggers you want to give this award to. 

Okay, so I nominate:

(Sonya) 

https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/47859859

(Krista)

https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/22973954

(Jazz)

https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/50349934

(Zee Zee)

https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/39344105

( A Book, A Thought)

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Okay, I essentially nominate all you wonderful book bloggers! Happy blogging all!

And happy reading,

Brooklyn ๐Ÿ™‚

Rosa Parks

Hey lovely people,

Okay. So I have decided to combine my book blog into making it also a history and feminist blog. Books, history and feminism are all very important to me and I’m passionate about it all so I would love it if you’d all stick with me here. ๐Ÿ™‚

So today I just want to talk about Rosa Parks. She’s inspiring to me in many ways.

The woman was a pioneer in activism. I love how she finally felt ‘enough is enough. I am tired, I will not stand up on this bus to give my seat up to someone white.’ 

This action here really kicked started protests against segregated seating. How amazing is that? The Montgomery Bus Boycott saw that African Americans protested segregation by refusing to ride local buses. It also launched a nationwide movement to end segregation in public places. Rosa was put in prison and foubd guilty of disorderly conduct, but she appealed this and challenged the legality of segregation as a whole. This bus boycott lasted 381 days, until the US Supreme Court ruled that the law was unconstitutional and the buses were then intergrated.

Rosa continued her commitment to activism, constantly challenging violence and oppression on all the scales. She wrote essays describing a time when she was almost raped by a white man:

“I would never yield to this white man’s beastiality. I was ready to die, but never..if he wanted to..rape a dead body, he was welcome, but he would have to kill me first.”

Rosa Parks earned a voting certificate in 1945, after trying to register three times.

She will always be remembered for not only giving up her seat on a bus to a white fella, but also for so many years being such a pioneer to lead the fight against racist hate and oppression.

Quotes:

“Each person must live their life as a model for others.”

“Knowing what must be done does away with fear.”

“I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free…so other people would be also free.”

And that concludes my first post. I hope you enjoyed it and found it illuminating ๐Ÿ™‚
Have a lovely day and rock on!

Brooklyn ๐Ÿ™‚

Random mini vent

Hey, 

Okay, so I know this is my book blog, I initially created it for books. Byt something happened today and I need to vent.

There’s a chap at my work, a volunteer. Let’s call him Gary, a pseudo name.

I was pulling books off the shelf when this Gary said to me

“I’m surprised to see you in a dress. I would’ve thought you were the type to only wear a dress if a you wanted to impress a man.”

I was instantly taken aback. What did he just say? And on International Women’s Day? So I instantly replied:

“Thats not a very feminist thing to say.” And then proceeded to tell him once again that I do not need to impress the opposite sex, I dress for myself. He instantly went back on his word and tried to deny everything and he said that wasn’t what he said. 

And then he had the audacity to say I misunderstood him? Uh hello, did I say anything about his pressed shirt? No!

It engrages me to the core that women can’t even go to work without being  commented on about their outfits.

It was a smart dress, very library suitable.

I’m a feminist so I just wanted to say Happy International Women’s Day, and we should not have to put up with this shite where we’re trolled from our clothes, but there you go.

See you soon,

Brooklyn. 

Book Review : Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Published in 2014 by Orion Books

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

My thoughts:

I definitely found this to be an enjoyable read. It was so cute and packed to the brim of feels, but there was rather a lot of intrigue given that there were time jumps from the past and present. 

Lots of angst too. All the angst and self conflict on Georgie’s part made for a heart wrenching read, and what with Rainbow Rowell’s writing, we are instantly lured into sharing Georgie’s angst. 

Georgie wants the best for her family, she loves her husband and two girls more than anything. But when they are supposed to visit Neal’s mother for Christmas, Georgie can’t go because there’s been a hiccup at the office. Although she knows Neal will be upset with her, she doesn’t think he’ll pack up and take their young daughters without her. 

The time jumps come into play when Georgie figures out she can communicate with Neal in the past. Not time travel per se, but she can’t ignore this opportunity.

I definitely felt like this was more of a character orientated novel than a plot driven one, the plot was constant and steady and the time jumps provided insight into their characteristics even further and their thinking patterns. Neal had his worries too, constantly thinking what if Georgie cheated on her with her work mate Seth? The phone calls between Neal and Georgie instantly proved the title significance to be rather potent, “landline” in fact was referenced throughout the book, as their relationship hung on by a phone cord as it were.

I enjoyed the supporting characters, though I found Georgie’s mum to be a bit frustrating at times. I grew to adore Heather, and I liked a lot how her and Georgie developed a bond throughout. Kendrick was funny, though I feel he didn’t do much at any given time but still he was great, I guess he was the representation of how Georgie’s mum married a younger guy, Kendrick, who in fact is only a few years older than Heather. But this brought out a dysfunctional family vibe which was great, because they’re always relatable.

I can’t fault this book, it truly had everything in it. Angst, love, feelings, happiness, sadness and inner conflict to name a few. I found this refreshing too because it was adult fiction rather than the usual YA I’m used to by this author. I adore her book “Fangirl” and rather liked “Eleanor and Park” too.

And that concludes another review, thank you for reading!

Brooklyn ๐Ÿ™‚

Book Review: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Originally published in 2014

Rating: 5/5

My thoughts:

Milk and honey is a collection of poetry about love, loss, trauma and longing as well as healing and femininity. Split into 4 parts, each chapter takes the reader through a different heartache and pain. 

And my gosh did it ever? 


I found each part equally breathtaking and heartbreaking. This poetry collection left me wanting more. Although it was accompanied by slightly what some might say, unnerving graphics, I found that they proved to be perfect symbolism for each poem. 

The writing was so rich, it just flowed perfectly and lifted my soul in some parts before crushing it shortly after. 

This book needs to be compulsory reading for everyone, it deals with pain we all go through in life and this is a book I’ll definitely be revisiting again. 

And I’m going to end it there, but gosh everyone do check this book out!

Happy reading,

Brooklyn ๐Ÿ™‚