Book Review: “Octopus! The Most Mysterious Creature in the Sea” by Katherine Harmon Courage

Hi guys!

I had gotten this book last year while at the National Aquarium in Baltimore and I only just finished reading it (I know…took long enough).

Synopsis from GoodReads:

No one understands the octopus. With eight arms, three hearts, camouflaging skin, and a disarmingly sentient look behind its highly evolved eyes, how could it appear anything but utterly alien? Octopuses have been captivating humans for as long as we have been catching them. Many cultures have octopus-centric creation myths, art, and, of course, cuisine. For all of our ancient fascination and millions of dollars’ worth of modern research, however, we still have not been able to get a firm grasp on these enigmatic creatures. Now, Katherine Harmon Courage, a veteran journalist and contributing editor for Scientific American, dives into the mystifying underwater world of the octopus. She reports from around the globe of her adventures in Spain, Greece, and even Brooklyn, inviting us to experience the scientific discoveries and deep cultural ties that connect us to the octopus. You’ll discover: The oldest known fossilized octopus is estimated to have lived 296 million years ago—even before the first dinosaurs emerged. Government agencies are funding research labs around the world to re-create the octopus’s naturally occurring camouflage techniques. About two thirds of an octopus’s brain capacity is spread throughout its eight arms, meaning each one literally has a mind of its own. Octopuses have aced numerous intelligence tests, including opening childproof bottles, solving mazes, and even recognizing individual people. The octopus can change colors and textures within milliseconds to vanish against its background—yet we have no evidence that it can see in color. Courage deftly interweaves personal narrative with interviews with leading octopus experts. The result is an entertaining yet scientifically grounded exploration of the octopus and its infinitely complex world.

 

I found this book to be very insightful of the octopus. There were some parts that I had to skip because of reasons, but I do highly recommend this book.

 

Until my next post,

Stephanie

Book Review: “It Ends With Us” by Colleen Hoover

Hey guys!

“It Ends With Us” by Colleen Hoover was the Monthly Book Discussion book for the month of June for the group I am in on GoodReads. I had bought this book back when it had come out and I was so excited that I had gotten to read it so soon – it was definitely one of my most anticipated reads for this year.

Synopsis:

Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most. Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true. Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place. As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

I cried a lot while reading this book. The amount of pain I felt for Lily was unbearable. This book shows a side of domestic violence that most people don’t have the heart to share. This book is definitely a must read for EVERYONE!

This book does have sexual content in it and, even though it does teach a valuable lesson for everybody of all ages, I do not recommend this book for anyone under the age of 18.

Until my next post,

Stephanie

June 2017 Book TBR

Hey everyone!

The books I plan on reading this month are:

  • “It Ends With Us” by Colleen Hoover (as part of a Monthly Topic Discussion for the group I am in on GoodReads)
  • “Nothing Can Keep Us Together” by Cecily von Ziegesar
  • “Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul on Love & Friendship” by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Kimberly Kirberger
  • “Silver Shadows”, “The Ruby Circle”, “Soundless”, and “The Glittering Court” by Richelle Mead
  • “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich” by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  • “Live Original” by Sadie Robertson
  • “Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell
  • “The Shadowhunter’s Codex” by Cassandra Clare and Joshua Lewis
  • “House of Night: The Beginning (Marked and Betrayed)”, “Chosen”, “Untamed”, and “Hunted” by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
  • “Shadow Falls: The Beginning (Born and Midnight & Awake at Dawn)”, “Shadow Falls: The Next Chapter (Taken at Dusk & Whispers at Moonrise)”, and “Chosen at Nightfall” by C.C. Hunter
  • “Biggest Flirts”, “Perfect Couple”, and “Most Likely to Succeed” by Jennifer Echols
  • “The Selection Stories”, “The Selection”, “The Elite”, “The One”, “Happily Ever After”, and “The Heir” by Kiera Cass
  • “‘Til the World Ends” by Karen Duvall, Ann Anguire, and Julie Kagawa
  • “The Immortal Rules” by Julie Kagawa
  • “Giving Up the V” by Serena Robar
  • “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” and “P.S. I Still Love You” by Jenny Han

May 2017 Book Wrap-Up

Hi guys!

Here are all of the books I have read in the month of May:

  • “Pierce Me” by Simone Sowood
  • “Thirteen Reasons Why” by Jay Asher
  • “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J.K. Rowling
  • “Apollo’s 11” by Anna Collins

I have read a total of 41 hours in the month of May.

I didn’t read as much as I would have liked, however, finals were horrible for me and I didn’t finish any of these books until AFTER finals ended. Since summer is upon us, I will definitely be reading more.

Until my next post,

Stephanie

 

May 2017 Book Haul

Hey guys!

Here are the books I got in the month of May (all of these books were sent to me by the authors (except the first bullet)).

  • “The Six-Month-Novel-Writing-Plan” by Marian Black.
  • “November Rain” and “November Snow” by Shannon Thompson
  • “Untamed” by Madeline Dyer
  • “Perdition” by Lindsey Ouimet

ARC Book Review: “Apollo’s 11” by Anna Collins

Hey everyone!

I received a free copy of “Apollo’s 11” by Anna Collins straight from the author herself in exchange for an honest review.

Overview from GoodReads:

The moment I saw Calista Cohen, I knew I was screwed. She looked so much like the girl on the painting. I had to find out more. I was so intrigued to meet the woman who had the nerve to say exactly what she thought of my manuscript that I had to see her in person. Her review was so insightful, as if she already knew me. It almost felt like a window to my soul. She should definitely be worth checking. Suddenly I find myself in her house and I am mesmerized by her sight. She looks divine and sexy as hell. And at that moment, I already know. I have to have her. Calista Cohen is going to be mine and there is no way around it. I am Apollo Irons and I always get what I want. But I have to be careful. No one must find out my most precious secret.  No one must find out about my son. I can’t risk losing him over anything.

At first glance, I thought this was going to be a normal Anna Collins book – sex scenes galore. But, it wasn’t. There weren’t very many sex scenes……and IT WAS SO GOOD!!!! I don’t know what possessed the author, but she did such an amazing job with this novel! The plot was excellent and well drawn out, the characters were completely developed, and the content was to die for. I seriously loved this book so much!