Book Review: The Maze Runner Trilogy

maze runnerAnother trilogy done and done! My goal this year is to read 50 books. With a wedding and cross country move coming up, we’ll see how that goes..but that’s the goal!

I just finished the Maze Runner series, which for those of you who don’t know, the Maze Runner movie will be coming out sometime this year. Which left me a little like this.
Yeah. So without further ado:

Maze Runner: I felt this was the best of all the books – typical trilogy style, it’s tough to top #1. My favorite part of the book was discovering things along with the characters. Basically, there’s a bunch of boys in this Glade, with high walls and monsters outside. Oh, and their memories have been wiped, so they don’t know why they’re there, or how to escape. Enter Thomas, our hero, who seems to have some forgotten connection to the maze creators. The book moves fast and you get caught up in the character development quickly. Before you know it, you’re downloading the next one on amazon. Which brings us to;

The Scorch Trials: Not gonna lie, this one was a bit slow at times for me. The boys are out of the Glade, yet find themselves in another trial – this time in a desert wasteland. Some good plot twists happen at times, some deep betrayal and all. But overall this one seemed to just set up the final book.

The Death Cure: This on picked up again for sure. With characters understanding more and more, some even getting their full memories back, the remaining gladers must find a way to stop WICKED (read the book, you’ll get it) once and for all. But it turns darker than they could have thought, and there are some great and tragic surprises along the way.

Overall, I’d definitely recommend this series. The characters are well developed, showing both their strengths and weaknesses at times, which makes them more relatable.

That’s all for now!

xo. Brie

Book Review: The Widow File

widowI love those books that keep you on the edge of your seat. This is one of those books. I have to admit, when I first bought the book on Kindle, I was doubtful. I mean, for all I knew it was some romance thing where the wife died and everyone spends the book feeling sad and talking about her, and you want to kill yourself afterwards. Wrong! This book is about private espionage, the CIA, murder, cover-ups, assassins, the whole nine. I seriously couldn’t put it down.

My favorite part was the literary style the author uses. S. G. Redling switches voices between the heroin who is running for her life and trying to reveal the systeries of the company she worked for, and the assassin who was hired to kill her. They meet. You sit on the edge of your seat. Your roommate laughs at you for gasping at a book (no? That was just me? Whatever). Do yourself a favor. Read it. And then do what I did and look up her other works and read those too.

xo. Brie

Book Review: Reconstructing Amelia

ReconstructingAmelia_ps In the spirit of encouraging more reading, I’ve decided to add some book reviews of the books I’m reading. Yay book! Yay nerds!

…ok, I’m done.

So, Reconstructing Amelia, by Kimberly McCreight. Oh. My. Goodness. This book was good. It was one of those books where you don’t know what truly happened until the very last page…which drives you crazy in a way, but is really the best thing ever. Now stop! I know you want to go read the last page now, but don’t! It’s worth the read. I read it in about 4 days; Adora read it in two. To be fair, she has a longer attention span, but that’s how good it is.

The narration goes back and forth between Amelia in the past and her mother Kate in the present. And of course there’s the random letter or text conversation thrown in for good measure. It all keeps you guessing about what could have happened to Amelia, and how it all played out. It’s not a spoiler (maybe a tiny spoiler) to tell you, Amelia dies in the beginning. First chapter. But did she commit suicide? Or was she pushed? Or was she perhaps manipulated by…well, who? So. Many. Questions.

Secret clubs, murder or suicide, piecing together the past…just go read it. Definitely one of my top picks so far this year.

xo. Brie

Right now reading list

audrey_ps One of my resolutions for 2013 was to read 50 books. Now that we’ve hit July and are officially half-way through the year, I’m realizing that goals may have been a tiny bit…optimistic. So far I’ve finished 10 books. Good ones mind you, but still only 10. And the only reason I’ve made it to 10 is that I told my wonderful Mother about my 50 book goal, and for my birthday she sent me a kindle!
kindle_psI seriously love it, it’s always in my bag wherever I go. It’s amazing how fast you can get through a book when you read a few pages here and there on your down time. Seriously, get a kindle. Right now.

Now that I’m electronically equipped, the next 10 books I plan to read are:
1. Serena by Ron Rash
2. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
3. Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
4. The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort
5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
6. The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis
7. Daring Greatly by Dr. Brené Brown
8. The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo
9. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
10. Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris

Happy reading, lovelies!

xo. Brie

The Book Wall Project

So I was looking for a way to put some sort of decoration on my wall without actually painting, when I came across the idea of doing a book wall. I guess a more accurate description would be a book-page wall, because you literally cut the pages out of a book and basically glue them to a wall (disclaimer, some books did fall casualty to this art project. They will always be remembered).

I didn’t want to just glue straight only the wall, because I live in an apartment and when moving day inevitable comes, I didn’t feel like scraping glue and paper off a wall. So Adora and I came up with the plan to staple large pieces of white poster board to the wall and glue on to those. It worked perfectly!

Featured on the wall are the books Jane Eyre (my favorite book of all time), Pride & Prejudice, and two French books I found for a penny on Amazon whose names I can’t remember because, well, they’re in French,

Cut, staple, glue, repeat. It’s a little time consuming, but the result is exactly what I was going for (a sort of Parisian loft feel…a girl can dream).

xo. Brie

book wall half way 2
After we stapled the poster board to the wall, Adora and I started gluing on the pages working inward from the edges
book wall half way 1
The French book pages give it a certain, je ne sais quoi
book wall nearly done
Nearly done! Just one more hole to fill in
book wall tools
To keep it cheap and easy, I used Elmer’s school glue and a sponge to put the glue on the wall, then carefully laid each page on
book wall done
Finished book page wall!