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World War Z

DISCLAIMER: It’s not like the movie at all!

Thank you for joining me in the longest four day week ever! Having only a Wednesday off really is messing me up!

Once again, I apologize for the lack of posts, but with this post, I bring good news! I ACTUALLY read. Like, reading is becoming enjoyable again! Yay! You know what that means?! The medicine is getting better!

ANYWAY, sorry to go off track, but if you’ve read any posts of mine before, you know it just kind of happens. So, as you can tell from the title, this post is about World War Z.

Let me set the scene of my life when I read this novel:

  1. It was dark
  2. My fiancé was out of town
  3. I had just moved to the bottom floor apartment
  4. I read this during moving weekend – yes, I read all of it over moving weekend.

So, under all these circumstances, I am fully allowed to say IT WAS SCARY! Notice, I haven’t said whether I liked it or not? I loved it! If I’m feeling emotion about characters, that’s good writing! (This is how you know JK Rowling writes amazingly since everyone hates Professor Umbridge with a burning passion).

I know I’m late to the game with this novel, but I’m definitely glad I got around to it. It’s set up as a series of interviews of people who survived the War.

If you like zombies or being scared, don’t waste anymore time. Go get this book!

PS: If you want to see a picture of an adorable dog licking the book, check out my instagram: @kelso.gatz

Reason for My Absence.

*Note: This is not making excuses, nor is it about books directly. This is going to be pretty raw and pretty personal. Negative comments are not welcome. Thank you ahead of time.

So if you have been following me on this blog, you have probably noticed a disappearance of book reviews from your fellow BaaCS blogger.

Let me tell you that this is a very humbling moment, and I’ve wanted to write about it since my absence, but I was afraid of the judgement I would receive. today, I finally have the guts to post. Well, I’ll cut right to the chase: I’m bipolar.

Since moving, I hadn’t gotten the change to visit the psychiatrist because of the high demand. When I was finally able to get an appointment, it was February. The doctor looked at my chart, analyzed my symptoms, and didn’t like the medications I was previously on. So she changed them. When you change your medication, everything changes. You’re moody, exhausted, lose interest in things you love, can’t eat, can’t sleep, etc. So far since February, I have been on trial with 3-4 different medications. Some worked and I’m still on, others didn’t and caused me more anxiety than I could ever imagine.

I was too exhausted to read, let alone write. So much so that my fiancé noticed and asked me about it. It broke my heart to notice such a change. I was so apathetic toward reading, even though my heart longed for my literary time.

To my followers, I apologize for my disappearance, and thank you so much for sticking with me. It’s always nice to talk to people about things you both enjoy. I’m going to begin where I left off, so you’re going to see a post on Circe within the next few days.

Happy reading, folks!

With love,


A Conspiracy of Stars

Hello, folks! Happy Monday… is that an oxymoron? 🙂

So A Conspiracy of Stars is a… well, I’m not too sure what I would call this. I know it’s YA, but it’s kind of a dystopian, science fiction-y hybrid.

This is one of the novels I got from Uppercase, so it came with several goodies. I do enjoy Uppercase, since I receive books that I probably wouldn’t have picked up. Again, this is not a sponsored post; I just think it’s awesome!

This novel is about humans on another planet and everyone seems to be a scientist except like two people who are drivers. Now with science, things become corrupt and now Octavia, the main character, has to figure things out and try to fix everything. Octavia is different than her fellow humans – I won’t go into too much detail, but I will say that this difference is the reason she kind of knows the corruption.

Are you apprehensive to read this? I was. Was it good? It was okay. The thing that I didn’t like was how long it took for me to get back into the world, so reading the novel became laborious, since I was trying to jump back into this world. It was a very quick read, and I wish I hadn’t started and stopped so many times and just read it all in one sitting.Also, I’m almost positive that there is going to be a series which was a little disheartening, because that means this novel (not all novels that are series) didn’t have much closure. The ending was plotting their next move. I’m honestly not too sure if I’d read the sequel, well, never mind. I probably will since these non-ending endings bother me, and I’m too curious not to see how it ends.

I hope you guys have a fantastic Monday (once again, oxymoron?) and a great week! You’ll probably hear from me one more time than normal, since Valentine’s Day is Wednesday and I’ll be doing a special post! I will see you all on Wednesday! Oh, and if you’re a fan of Parks and Recreation, have a happy Galentine’s Day tomorrow! 😁

Alexander Hamilton: Graphic Novel

“The ten dollar founding father without a father got a lot farther by working a lot harder, by being a lot smarter, by being a self-starter…”

Any Hamilton fans?! One of my personal favorites – although my favorite character/historical figure isn’t Hamilton (yes, I know he’s done a lot great things! And he is great!); my favorite is Hercules Mulligan. When the story of Alexander Hamilton is told, Mulligan occasionally gets mentioned, but look him up! He was AWESOME! I could type an entire article about Mulligan, but the novel was about Hamilton.

Now, I don’t know where you are in your opinion of “is a graphic novel literature?” My vote is that it can be. There is a difference between a graphic novel and a comic book. One of the distinguishing features (remember, all of this is my opinion!) is colors; graphic novels are typically muted colors or even black and white. Comic books tend to have pretty bright colors. I wanted to point this out because I’ll probably be reading another graphic novel soon – seriously, if you have any suggestions, let me know!

After his musical came out, Alexander Hamilton has become all of the rage in historical figures, which is understandable since he created so. many. things. There have been many, many biographies about him lately, but when I saw that there was a graphic novel, I was so excited!

However, this novel was pretty confusing at times. The images of the characters aren’t very distinguishable; the author does way more telling than showing – what I mean by this is that the characters’ dialogue wasn’t necessary to read, and there were paragraphs of tiny text to fill you in on the history. The novel definitely should have been at least a hundred more pages – cramming an entire life into a graphic novel with less than 200 pages is insanity! So I guess my biggest complaint is that there weren’t enough pages… and I wouldn’t have minded more of Hamilton’s victories!

And Then There Were None

I know I’ve already praised the words of Agatha Christie, but I will praise her again and again (yes, so that means there’s another one of her novels coming up on the posts).

This one, although fantastic, was not one that is simple language – I say this because a lot of the things I read have a pretty low Lexile (can you tell I used to teach English?).

For those of you who haven’t read this classic, the story is based on a poem by Frank Green, “Ten Little Soldier Boys”. The poem has gone by many different names – several of them are pretty controversial. Ah, literature, one of the most historic controversial tools, but I digress. This poem is the outline of the novel. I’d say I’m giving things away, but 1. Agatha Christie already does that by putting the poem into the novel and 2. the way people die is still a matter of mystery, which is why you should definitely read it.

really enjoyed the ending, and, have I told you how picky I am about endings? It’s Kelsie approved!

I plan on reading a few more of her Novels, particularly the Hercule Poirot series. Did you see they are making another of his books a movie? Speaking of movies, Little Brown just announced Goldfinch is in the process of production for its movie! I will say that following publishing companies on Instagram is one of the better choices I’ve made recently. Speaking of Instagram, if you want to follow me on Instagram, it’s @kelsie.leeann – if you’re a dog person you’ll see my new puppy about four times. Try reading and writing with that goofball around!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Today turned out to be a snow day for me, so my afternoon will involve a blanket, tea, Netflix, and a book. Have a great Monday!

Manhattan Beach

Welcome, or welcome back, folks!

This book. I honestly don’t know how to feel about this book. The plot was so great in theory: a girl whose dad disappears out of nowhere and set during World War II. Both of these mentioned in the summary had me so excited for the book. The first, oh, 150 were pretty solid, and then, out of nowhere, the book slowly becomes just okay. Once again, I was very sad because of the promising plot.

I never really felt any certain way about the main character, Anna. She was likable, but I didn’t think she was lovable.

I’ll be honest; I have very high standards of two things: 1. Characterization (which is definitely from being an ex-English teacher) and 2. Ending.

Characterization was there, but not on a personal level.

Ending. Well ending is a different story. If you ask anyone remotely close to me how particular I am about endings, you’d get an eye roll and an irritated tone. (It took me a literal week to figure out how I felt about the ending of the newest Great Gatsby movie). So the ending: were things resolved? Yes. Were they to my satisfaction? Not really. And I honestly don’t know why because it’s not a “happy ever after” (zero spoiler!) which is what I like. But it was also a happy ever after. Basically, everything gets somewhat resolved. I just wasn’t a huge fan.

If you can’t tell, It’s been over a week since I’ve finished it, and I’m still going back and forth!

Honestly, I can’t recommend it or not recommend it. I gave it 3 stars on Goodreads (if we aren’t friends on Goodreads, let’s be friends!) and I’m sticking to staying right in the middle. This is a novel that you will have to read yourself to decide.

Murder on The Orient Express

I know most (and by most I mean all) of the books I talk about are fairly new releases, but I haven’t really experienced a lot of modern literature; there weren’t many classes for that at my university.

So I recently read my first Agatha Christie novel: Murder on The Orient Express. I know what I’m saying isn’t really new news, but goodness what an amazing writer!

I love the way she sets up this novel. And if you haven’t seen the new movie, it’s okay, but, as always, the book was better.

This year one of my goals as a reader is to experience way more genres than I’m use to. There’s many worlds out there, and if I’m picky, I might miss the best ones!