My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s November 2016 Bookstagram Wrap Up

Welcome to Bookstagram, a hashtag based portion of Instagram occasionally referred to as Instabook, where bibliophiles around the world take and share book photos.

Pretty self-explanatory stuff.

My November additions to Bookstagram marked the beginning of my love affair with my new iPhone and my hate affair with the lack of natural sunlight while I’m home.

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My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s July 2016 Wrap Up

July 2016 Book Wrap Up

Dexter is Dead by Jeff Lindsay (★★★★☆)

I have finally finished the Dexter book series — not to be confused with the once good turned very bad television series — and blessedly it did not end with Dexter running away and becoming a lumberjack. While I found this book to be weaker compared to the other novels (minus that bizarre demons are real one), it was still nice to return to the world of my favorite sardonically sassy serial-killer.

The Shadow Hour by Melissa Grey (★★★★½)

The follow up to last year’s The Girl at Midnight, I found The Shadow Hour to be slightly stronger than its predecessor, although because of the mechanics of the plot there was a lot less world traveling and fewer light-hearted moments than in the first book. Regardless, Grey once again sucks readers into her fully realized fantasy world hidden slightly beneath our own, complete with magic, romance and a cast of amazing characters. [READ FULL REVIEW]

On Bowie by Rob Sheffield (★★★★½)

I’m going to be honest, this book destroyed me. I’m talking almost crying in public levels here. Part love letter to David Bowie, part biography, part music criticism, Sheffield’s book taught me even more about Ziggy Stardust, the Thin White Duke and all the iterations of David Jones in a mere 200 pages. Get ready to binge on Bowie tunes after reading! You know, more than usual.

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My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s July 2016 Bookstagram Wrap Up

Enjoy looking at book covers as much as you love what’s in between the pages?

Welcome to the world of Bookstagram/Instabook, a special portion of Instagram where bibliophiles share the books they’re reading, their shelfies, and pretty much anything book themed.

You can check out all my book photos from July below the jump!

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Bill ‘FUCKING’ Murray: Cassie-la Investigates ‘The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray’ by Robert Schnakenberg

The Big Bad Book of BIll MurrayThe Big Bad Book of Bill Murray: A Critical Appreciation of the World’s Finest Actor by Robert Schnakenberg (Advanced Reader Copy)
Release Date
: September 15, 2015
: Non-fiction, biography, film, everything you could ever want to know about Bill Murray and then some
Rating: 4.35 out of 5 stars

Summary: The man, the myth, the legend: Bill Murray. In addition to his classic films, the actor (who can only be reached on a secret 800 number) has entered the pop-culture pantheon for crashing funerals, bachelor parties, kickball games, college shindigs and almost every Wes Anderson project. Want to know everything there is to know about this Hollywood powerhouse? Read this A to Z compendium detailing the life and movies of the one, the only, Bill “Fucking” Murray.

The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray is an unauthorized biography about “The Murricane,” arguably the greatest actor (slash person) in the world, the people who love him and those who love to hate him. It also serves as a collection of film critiques, from his wacky comedy days to his later quirky dramas.

The book is presented in an A to Z format, covering people, places and movies and is interspersed with photos and random stories of Bill Murray’s antics.

Despite the formatting and the tendency to jump around through his career, The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray paints a vivid picture of the unpredictable actor, who is bad at communicating, prone to disappearing and sometimes shows up where you least expect him. Despite this, deep down he seems like a good guy who just wants to live his life on his own terms — even if that means wandering off a movie set.

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Hot Off the Proverbial Presses: March 4, 2014

The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare M.G. BuehrlenThe 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare by M.G. Buehrlen

For as long as 17-year-old Alex Wayfare can remember, she has had visions of the past. Visions that make her feel like she’s really on a ship bound for America, living in Jamestown during the Starving Time, or riding the original Ferris wheel at the World’s Fair.

But these brushes with history pull her from her daily life without warning, sometimes leaving her with strange lasting effects and wounds she can’t explain. Trying to excuse away the aftereffects has booked her more time in the principal’s office than in any of her classes and a permanent place at the bottom of the social hierarchy. Alex is desperate to find out what her visions mean and get rid of them.

It isn’t until she meets Porter, a stranger who knows more than should be possible about her, that she learns the truth: Her visions aren’t really visions. Alex is a Descender – capable of traveling back in time by accessing Limbo, the space between Life and Afterlife. Alex is one soul with fifty-six past lives, fifty-six histories.

Fifty-six lifetimes to explore: the prospect is irresistible to Alex, especially when the same mysterious boy with soulful blue eyes keeps showing up in each of them. But the more she descends, the more it becomes apparent that someone doesn’t want Alex to travel again. Ever.

And will stop at nothing to make this life her last.

WHY WE’RE EXCITED: Sounds like an intriguing new premise similar to David Levithan’s Every Day (although doubtfully as good) but with main character Alex being able to experience different lives throughout different time periods.

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