Ispydork reads

I love children's novels and pop culture coffee table books. I'm a fan of fantasy novels, self help, horror books and anthologies. Here I will be blogging about my favorites and reviewing them for you and for me.
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Book adaptations are popular and eagerly present in theaters and on the big screens, including those in Hollywood. Last year 11 movies based on or inspired by books were nominated to the Academy Awards. This year 13 movies based on literature received Oscar nominations. We know the winners! Let's see which books to grab before watching, and if you missed last year winners, we'll remind those too.


2014 Oscar winners



12 Years a Slave - Solomon Northup 


The Fish Place: Northup’s brief narrative of his years of slavery, a result of being sold even though he was born free, is compelling not so much for his writing style, but because he doesn’t hold back, at least not in the ways that one would think... read more


AmySea: I read this book last year, and it is without a doubt one of the best, most moving books I have ever read, and absolutely the best book that I have ever read about slavery in the United States.  I remember crying on the bus as I read parts of this book... read more



 The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald 


Lisa (Harmony): I think the biggest surprise about The Great Gatsby was what a pleasure it was to read; not what you expect of the "great" classics you are happy to not be required to read with your school days finished. It's fast paced, not long for a novel, with completely natural dialogue. The prose is gorgeous and memorable and leaves you with an indelible impression of the Jazz Age... read more


silverneurotic: Like many others, I read (or actually, reread) this novel in anticipation for the movie version that was released a month or so ago. Sadly I did not get an opportunity to see the movie but I was extremely glad for the opportunity to rediscover this novel... read more



The Snow Queen - Hans Christian Andersen 


Degrees of Affection...: This is an epic journey to save a loved one. It is full of magic, Faith, myth, friend, foe, and trust. It is the story of two children growing up but not growing apart. The tale is simple, yet beautiful and interesting to read... read more



 Have a glimpse into all 13 Oscar nominees which were based on reads in 2014:2014 oscars



And if you missed last year gala, we remind you 2013 winners: 


 Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History - Antonio Mendez, Matt Baglio


rameau's ramblings: I decided to write a comparative review right after I had finished reading the book, but then I saw the film and promptly lost the will to live. Hollywood did something right thirty years ago and then it ruined it. The book, however, kept me up reading late into the night... read more


Thewanderingjew: Mendez, a mild mannered and rather ordinary looking man, was a courageous and dedicated secret agent, not in the manner of James Bond, but in the manner of an operative who had to fade into the crowd so as not to be noticed, an operative dedicated and loyal to his country... read more



 Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln - Doris Kearns Goodwin 


Denise: This was a great biography of not only Abraham Lincoln but also of the men that made up his cabinet. Goodwin shows readers not only of the great accomplishments of Abraham Lincoln but also the men and events that helped shape his decisions. I really enjoyed reading this book; it was very informative without being too dry... read more


Book Thoughts: This is another one of my favorite history books. This book takes a look at Abraham Lincoln and his working and personal relationships with Edward Bates, William Seward, Salmon Chase, and Edwin Stanton. It follows each of their stories from childhood through the conclusion of the Civil War and assassination of the President. This book is extremely well written and flows as if it is a novel... read more



  The Silver Linings Playbook - Matthew Quick 


There's more to life than reading, but it's a good place to start 

Gotta say I loved it. For me, not an easy, fun and light hearted read as some reviewers have stated .... but an emotional and blackly comic journey as Pat searches for himself and the truth. Very touching... read more


CarrieJ: I liked how Pat view his life as a movie and most of the book take place during his apart time. He's working on bettering himself so he could have his silver lining. I think that is what kept me reading I wanted to see if Pat got his silver lining... read more



 Life of Pi - Yann Martel 


Sharon E. Cathcart: This is a fascinating philosophical look at the meaning of family, for a wide variety of reasons that I cannot reveal without delivering spoilers. It's also a story of courage and endurance, and of self-awareness... read more


Ali's Reading Mission: This story was pretty good it was a bit slow but it had some great moments in it. It had a lot of informal things, some intense moments, some weird, some right out disgusting, and some sad moments too... read more  



2013 Oscar winners

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Reading progress update: I've read 65 out of 222 pages.

Before You Leap: A Frog's-Eye View of Life's Greatest Lessons - Kermit the Frog

So far a hilarious and entertaining book from the insight of a Muppet favorite Kermit The Frog. I'm finding it thoroughly enjoyable and had difficulties putting it down.  

Book Smells from Epicreads!!

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Assouline Book Scented Candle; $49

Created by one of the world’s sensory experts, the light, extra-fine perfumes of this candle evoke the atmosphere of your fantasy library, and the pleasure of reading, through the enigmatic scent of paper.




Demeter Paperback Cologne Spray; $6––$39.50

A trip to your favorite library or used bookstore. Sweet and lovely with just a touch of the musty smell of aged paper, Demeter’s Paperback harnesses that scent with a sprinkling of violets and a dash of tasteful potpourri.




Edgar Allan Poe Library Fragrance Diffuser; $29

Paddywax’s Edgar Allan Poe room diffuser offers a soft warm woody fragrance of sandalwood and is enhanced by the earthy, sensual notes of patchouli and sweet aroma of absinthe.




New Book Smell; $28.99

Regardless of whether you download your e-books from the Kindle Store or Project Gutenberg, New Book Smell will bring back those long lost memories of your favorite local bookstore. With New Book Smell your friends will never know that you’re reading an e-book.



Paper Passion Parfum; $98

Paper Passion Perfume captures the unique bouquet of freshly printed books. Designed by boutique perfumer Geza Schoen in close consultation with Gerhard Steidl and in collaboration with Wallpaper* magazine, the perfume expresses that peculiar mix of paper and ink which gives a book its unmistakable aroma, along with the fresh scent which a book opened for the first time releases.



Sage & Walnut LIbrary Candle; $60

Deep, earthy and warm; a blend of walnut, green sage and chestnuts.


Ex Libris Candle; $48

Antiquated leather-bond volumes of handmade papers and parchment permeate and seduce the senses.


Ineke Scent Library; $22




Old Books — Book Lovers’ Scented Soy Candle; $15

The scent is an earthy, slightly sweet smell with a hint of must. (Not mildewy, rotten old books!) It’s cozy and will make you want to curl up with your favorite Classic.


True Grace Library Manor Candle; $120

This Library scented 4 wick candle is a smokey blend of wood with amber and the soft warmth of moss to give depth and mystery, a perfect aroma for any living area to relax and indulgence your senses.



In the Library; $13––$95

In the Library is a warm blend of English Novel, Russian & Moroccan Leather Bindings, Worn Cloth and a hint of Wood Polish.



32 Cool & Creative Bookshelves

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The 15 Most Anticipated YA Books Publishing in February from Epicreads

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(Most anticipated = most YA books added on Goodreads as of January 27th, 2014 when we collected the data. View the entire list and see how the rankings have changed here.)



1. Cress by Marissa Meyer

On sale February 4th




2. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

On sale February 4th




3. The Guard by Kiera Cass

The e-novella goes on sale February 4th




4. The Course of True Love by Cassandra Clare

This e-novella goes on sale February 18th




5. Fates by Lanie Bross

On sale February 11th




6. Split Second by Kasie West

On sale February 11




7. The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielsen




8. Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott

On sale February 25th




9. Killer Frost by Jennifer Estep

On sale February 25th




10. Landry Park by Bethany Hagen

On sale February 4th



11. Three by Kristen Simmons

On sale February 11th



12. Mistwalker by Saundra Mitchell

On sale February 4th




13. Insanity by Susan Vaught

On sale February 18th



14. Prince of Shadows by Rachel Caine

On sale February 4th




15. The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow

On sale February 25th




Also publishing in February:




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My review of Splendors and Glooms

Splendors and Glooms - Laura Amy Schlitz


Book Title:

Splendors and Glooms


Author: Laura Amy Schlitz

Book details: 384 pages Published August 28th 2012 by Candlewick

My review: This is a fantastic children's book with very dark subject matter that make reading it as an adult all the more amazing. Clara Wintermute  the daughter of a wealthy family is the only remaining child of a wealthy doctor and his wife. Originally there were at least 4 more kids but I believe they were accidentally given something to eat that was poison.  But I can't recall of the top of my head because I don't actually own the book. I borrowed it from the Library. Clara wants a puppet show to perform at her birthday party. So she invites  Gaspare Grisini and there two young assistants  Lizzie Rose and Parsefall. When Gaspare Grisini shows up after the performance is over and Clara goes missing. Her parents are struck with grief and  are desperate to find her at any cost.  Only for Parsefall to later discover that she had been turned into a puppet that resembles her. Heres the creepy part, she can not move on her own. Someone most pull the strings.
Lizzie Rose and Parsefall go on  journey to find a witch who promises them a fortune on her death bed and free Clara from her puppet body. With incredibly  dark subject matter and hints at things like pedophilia child abuse child abduction and child labor this is a fantastic edge of your seat. Heart pounding chiller of a book and I highly recommend it!

Survivor - Chuck Palahniuk
" “People don't want their lives fixed. Nobody wants their problems solved. Their dramas. their distractions. Their stories resolved. Their messes cleaned up. Because what would they have left? Just the big scary unknown.” "

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