Review: The Miserable Mill (A Series of Unfortunate Events #4) – Lemony Snicket


The Miserable Mill (A Series of Unfortunate Events #4) – Lemony Snicket

The Miserable Mill (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #4)

Title: The Miserable Mill (A Series of Unfortunate Events #4)

Author: Lemony Snicket

Release Date: April 15, 2000

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

Format: ebook

Page Number: 208

Source: Overdrive

Dear Reader,

I hope, for your sake, that you have not chosen to read this book because you are in the mood for a pleasant experience. If this is the case, I advise you to put this book down instantaneously, because of all the books describing the unhappy lives of the Baudelaire orphans, THE MISERABLE MILL might be the unhappiest yet. Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire are sent to Paltryville to work in a lumbermill, and they find disaster and misfortune lurking behind every log.

The pages of this book, I’m sorry to inform you, contain such unpleasantries as a giant pincher machine, a bad casserole, a man with a cloud of smoke where his head should be, a hypnotist, a terrible accident resulting in injury, and coupons.

I have promised to write down the entire history of these three poor children, but you haven’t, so if you prefer stories that are more heartwarming, please feel free to make another selection.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket


3 out of 5 stars

This was the first book that I borrowed from Overdrive, and I highly recommend using that app if your library offers it! It’s so cool because you just borrow ebooks from the library as if it were a normal physical book. It’s quite cool. Anyway, the book.

The Miserable Mill is the fourth installment in the Series of Unfortunate Events books, and this series hasn’t been enthralling me. I have rated each of these books 3/5 stars, so this one was pretty average for me. I didn’t love it, I didn’t hate it.

I always forget how incredibly short these books are. I finished half of this book yesterday, so it was a very quick read. I enjoy Klaus the most from the siblings. He’s the bookish one who usually defines words, but he was hypnotized for most of this book from the eye doctor.

These books are quite strange in their nature because they’re pretty morbid. They are funny at some points because there are jokes that are for the adults reading to the kids. I thought that there were some funny parts.

This book was about the Baudelaire kids having to work at a wood mill, and of course come across Count Olaf eventually. This was slower than the first three, and there wasn’t as much action, but I look forward to reading more of this series.

Series:

The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1)

The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events #2)

The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events #3)

February Wrapup + March TBR


Read:

  1. November Snow (Bad Bloods #2) – Shannon A. Thompson *review*
  2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) – J. K. Rowling *review*
  3. A Mad, Wicked Folly – Sharon Biggs Waller *review*

TBR:

  1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Harry Potter #8) – John Tiffany
  2. Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy – Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman
  3. Perfect (Flawed #2) – Cecelia Ahern
  4. Hannah’s Moon (American Journey #5) – John A. Heldt
  5. Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #2) – Iain Reading

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Winter Biannual Bibliothon TBR – January 8-January 14


The Winter Biannual Bibliothon is a readathon set up by booktubers involving reading and video/post challenges. I will be participating in the reading challenges from January 8 until January 14.

The Challenges:

  1. Group Book: Stalking Jack the Ripper – Kerri Maniscalo
  2. Throwback – finish a series you already started
  3. 2016 Release
  4. BookTube Recommendation
  5. Book you were excited for, but never picked up
  6. Retelling
  7. Diverse Book

Two challenges can be combined for one book. I’m very excited for this because it’s been awhile since I’ve participated in a readathon!

TBR:

  1. Group Book: Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1) – Kerri Maniscalo
  2. Throwback – finish a series you already started, and a 2016 Release: Rebellion (The 100 #4) – Kass Morgan
  3. BookTube Recommendation, and Book you were excited for, but never picked up: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) – J. K. Rowling
  4. Retelling, and diverse book: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) – Marissa Meyer

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Bookish Podcast!


Hello, hey, hi.

So, I think I have something a lot of you would enjoy. What is that you may ask? A bookish podcast brought to you by yours truly and a bookish friend, Allison!

For our Journalism class, our teacher asked us to add something new to the social media side of things, so we created a podcast where we talk about books. We talk about what we’re reading, our favorite book characters, reading challenges, upcoming releases, and much more. We would really appreciate it if you could listen in to our podcast!

PODCAST LINK

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Aww, cute logo ;)

Again, we’d really love it if you listened in. You’d also get to hear what I sound like. Ooh, ahh.

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Review: Sword of Deaths (The Scythe Wielder’s Secret #2) – Christopher Mannino


Sword of Deaths (The Scythe Wielder’s Secret #2) – Christopher Mannino

Sword of Deaths (The Scythe Wielder's Secret, #2)

Title: Sword of Deaths (Scythe Wielder’s Secret #2)

Author: Christopher Mannino

Release Date: January 20, 2015

Publisher: Muse It Up Publishing

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 268

Source: Author

THE SCYTHE WIELDER’S SECRET CONTINUES

Susan Sarnio made a choice, and will spend the rest of her life as the only female Death. Last year she was bullied and ostracized. Now, to her complete bewilderment, four Deaths vie for her affection. Yet, something is terribly wrong at the College of Deaths. When a ship carrying scythe metal is attacked, many blame the newly-freed Elementals, but Susan knows the Elementals are innocent.

Shadows from the distant past come to light. Dragons circle the horizon, blood spills, and nothing is what it seems. Susan and her friends struggle to stop a war. They search for the fabled First Scythe, hoping to sway the balance, but who is the true enemy?


3 out of 5 stars

Huge thank you to Christopher Mannino for sending me this book!

This being the second in the series, I don’t want to give too much away, but I enjoyed this book. This more a 3.5/5 stars, but I don’t usually do half stars. Anyway, I love the idea behind this series. It’s unique and unlike anything I’ve read before. Suzie gets thrust into this world of male deaths in her early teenage years, and she doesn’t know what to do, but takes it day by day. In the first book Suzie becomes friends with Billy and Frank, and their friendship continues throughout the second book. Suzie, being the first female in a very long time, of course has to find a boyfriend, and she chooses Billy, so I’m happy with that. I kind of knew they were going to be a thing since the beginning of the first book, but it was nice to see them together.

This book was a transition book, so it was just leading to the big point in the next story. We did get to learn a little more about Boskery in this book; Boskery is the soccer/football-esque sport in the world of Deaths. Suzie, or Susan, also finds a bracelet in her special library that holds secrets from the past. She is intrigued by the bracelet, so she holds onto it and mysterious things begin to happen.

Near the end, Susan and Billy, or Will, get taken on a trek to find more material that the weapons are made of. Things go down, and years are taken, dragons appear, and people are taken. This book ends in a nice cliffhanger, so I’m anxious to read the next one!

Series:

School of Deaths (The Scythe Wielder’s Secret #1)

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Intimidating TBR


TBR.

To Be Read.

The intimidating pile of unread books.

Books, books, and huh. More books.

Now. The problem of having “too many books” isn’t really a big problem. Why would it be a big deal to have a variety to choose from? Hmmmm.

I am currently 7 books behind on my Goodreads goal, but I have about 200 books on my shelves that I’d love to read. How does this happen? I am going to blame my busy life and the school year coming to a close, but I also have a difficult time deciding on a book. The thing with me is that I impulsively start books even if I don’t want to just because I feel obligated to read them because I’ve read the first few in the series.

Shocking, but true. Why would you choose to read something you don’t want to, Aubrey? Idk man.

My TBR pile is extremely large, and it is my goal to read as many of the books on my shelves as I can this year. I’ve read 24 books this year, and I’m pretty proud of that, but I’m still behind on my Goodreads goal. *cough 7 books.* I find that I struggle with having a large TBR pile because I feel overwhelmed and obligated to read and finish books. Problem? Yes and no.

I think my plan for attacking my pile of unread books is to just read them in the order on my shelves. I have all of my books in a beautiful rainbow *with some overflow on the top* and I always look at them and am proud of the books I’ve read. So, I think it would be good for me to read them as they appear on my shelves.

I also think that I should finish the *way too* many series I’ve started. I haven’t read all the Harry Potter books. I know. I know. I’m reading them this summer. Pinky promise. I’ve not finished the Giver Quartet. I haven’t finished Percy Jackson, Vampire Academy, Twilight, A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Hundred, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Rebel Belle, The Wrath and the Dawn, Outlander, The Raven Cycle. The list literally just goes on and on and on and on. I think that I NEED to finish some of these series in order to feel better about myself and have some closure.

I have no idea how I’m going to read all my books, but my goal is to have all the books on my shelves read before I leave for college. I have one and a half full years.

I CAN DO IT.

Take down the intimidating TBR pile!

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Meeting Cassandra Clare!


Yesterday marked an amazing day that I had been waiting for since the beginning of the year… I got to meet Cassandra Clare! Here is a story of how the day went:

My mom and my friends, Maddie and Andi, and I met at 6:45 and drove the three and a half hour drive to Omaha, Nebraska. I drove the whole way in my silver Jeep Liberty named Luna (as in Luna Lovegood), and we get to the place the signing is going to be at. Alright. So we pull up to the middle school/library and we see about 100-150ish cars in the parking lot and absolutely NO SPOTS LEFT. We were freaking out. It was literally 10:30 am when we got there and the event started at 1:30… How were there so many people there already?!

We walk up to the entrance and talk to a doorman person and he tells us to go to a different door for the signing. Cool. We think that there will be a huge line. We wouldn’t get to meet her. She wouldn’t get to sign our books. Oh my gosh. NO! We came all this way, and we walk over to the door and there are seven girls. Seven. 7. Siete. We later find out that there is a church service happening during the morning. So we meet these girls and fangirl a little bit and talk about books and everything. They asked us how far we were in Lady Midnight. I was the furthest of the group *cough cough* not floating my own boat, but I’m amazing ;)

We sit down and hang out with them for a little while and then figure out we’re at the wrong door. Okay, so we walk over to the original door and sit down in the line that we started. There were about ten of us there until 11:30, and then EVERYONE and their mother started showing up. We were within the first ten people of a crowd of about 400 people. It paid off that we got there early! My mom and aunt (who lives in Omaha) brought us some pizza and bread sticks at 11:45ish and we sat down on the pavement and ate that. It was really great, actually. Props to Little Caesars.

Anywho. So we wait until 1:30, and they let us into the auditorium that the Q&A would be in. Since we were at the front of the line we got to sit in the front row. The event was scheduled to start at two, so by the time everyone was settled and in their seats it was 1:45ish. We all waited and waited for 2:00 to happen, and then there was an announcement saying that their tour bus was late.

It was 20 minutes late. I get that traffic is bad, but for real. Ugh. So we wait the extra 20 minutes. Then the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Cassandra Clare, Holly Black, and Sarah Rees Brennan all walk into the auditorium and everyone FREAKS out. Oh my gosh it was so great! The three took questions from the audience and answered them. We got some hope for a Malec book. Holly Black said that Will Herondale was her favorite character. Sarah Rees Brennan said that Julian was her favorite. Cassandra Clare didn’t say a favorite, but I think that it’s Jace.

After the Q&A there was the signing portion. We went out into the lobby and got our books signing. I have a book that Cassandra Clare wrote my name in for me! Ahh!

It was an amazing experience, and I highly suggest going to an author event no matter who the author is if you have the chance to! It was one of the best experiences of my life, honestly. My boyfriend, who didn’t go cause not a book nerd, finally witnessed my full fangirl mode. I FaceTimed him for an hour and a half and I’m pretty sure he got in about 15 maybe 20 words the whole time.

OH WELL!

GoSh It WaS sO gOoD!

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