Notice for Review Requests

I receive review requests weekly. However, my personal schedule is hectic and I no longer review actively. (I also manage another blog called The Toronto Cafe and Food Blog). I do read every request sent but I apologize in advance that I do not reply to them all.

If I do take on a request, I will forewarn that it may take some time before I can review it. I am now looking to review adult fiction and self-help books instead of young adult fiction because I have grown out of it. If you are to request a review for either adult fiction or self-help, I will more likely to give it a shot.

In the meantime, Stop, Drop, and Read! serves as an archive book review blog. When I have the time, I may post a review. Thank you for understanding.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Watching on Wednesday: (500) Days of Summer

Title: (500) Days of Summer
Type: Movie
Age Group: Teens +
Release Year: 2009
My Rating: 5/5

Tom believes in true love. When Summer, the perfect girl, enters his life, everything seems to be complete. That is, until later on in their relationship Summer suddenly breaks it off with him. This is a story that starts from the very beginning, documenting Tom's life with Summer until the very end. In this very real love story, you will be captured by the bittersweet memories of Tom's life and the heartache he has to go through. 

I am so happy to have finally watched this movie. This is the perfect romance movie. Why? Because it shows that sometimes the love of your life at that moment may not be the one you end up with. Love is about going through the happy moments, the heartbreak, and the final closure. Sometimes, one may have to go through this more than once. This is what reality in terms of love is like. This is the story of where the main character has to go through a true heartbreak first before finding the right person. I greatly appreciated how romance was portrayed in here as you could see Tom and Summer being very close one day and then falling apart the next.

I love the acting for both Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel. They portrayed their characters perfectly. Joseph played Tom, a young man who truly believes in love and finding that happily ever after. While Zooey played Summer, a lovely young woman who doesn't believe love exists and it is a fantasy that people come up with. Together, they are perfect, but yet not perfect at the same time. You are able to watch the dynamics of two completely opposite people interact in a very real way.

I think any romantic would enjoy this movie regardless. It's fun, sad, and quirky all at the same time. And in a small way, it gives you hope.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

My Monday Mailbox (July 23/12): Swapping Edition

I went back through my archive and saw that I haven't made a MMM for almost a year! I have been receiving novels here and there throughout the year but it has been very sparse since I no longer review actively; which is why I don't do this meme anymore. However, this past Saturday I went to a swapping event where people traded in books, DVDs, and CDs! I brought in 32 picture books and came out exactly with 32 items. Since I do have a lot more books on hand, I will try to get through them some more!


Tub Ring - Fermi Paradox
Ahead of the Lions - Living Things
Meowingtons Hax 2k11 - deadmau5
Sweet Kisses - Jessica Simpson
Bye Bye Boyfriend - Fefe Dobson


17 Again
Down with Love
Will & Grace, Season 1, Disc 4 (Ep 18-22)


The Laughing Corpse by Laurell K. Hamilton
The Dead Room by Heather Graham
Deep Down by Karen Harper
Midnight Club by Christopher Pike
Hot Case by Patricia Rosemoor 
Exposed by Alex Kava

Young Adult

The Iron King, The Iron Daughter, The Iron Queen, The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa
The Agency: The Body and the Tower by Y.S. Lee
Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before by David Yoo

Romance/Chick Lit

The Single Life by Liz Wood
Sex and the City by Candace Bushnell
Hot Spot by Susan Johnson
Undone by Carly Phillips, Donna Kauffman, & Candace Schuler


Genes, Girls, and Gamow After the Double Helix by James D. Watson
The Autograph Man by Zadie Smith


Kamisama Kazoku vol. 1 by Tapari & Kuwushima
Neon Genesis Evangelion Angelic Days vol. 1, 6 by Fumino Hayashi
Guardian Hearts vol. 1 by Sae Amatsu
Junk: Record of the Last Hero vol. 4 by Kia Asamiya 
Shakugan no Shana vol. 3 by Yashichiro Takahashi, Ayato Sasakura, & Noizi Ito

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Short & Simple (10): Gothic Horror Special

I haven't been able to review as much this summer as I hoped because I ended up taking a summer class. But! It's an English course so I have been reading quite a bit of Gothic Horror for this past month. So I will give you a quick take of my opinions on the reads I had to do thus far! All these stories could be found online for free if Googled. :)

Title: Frankenstein
Author: Mary Shelley
Age Group: Adults
# of Pages: N/A (Read online edition)
My Rating: 4/5

Sentence Summary: Victor Frankenstein desire to create a man goes awry, leading to his downfall.

Speaking Straightly: Everyone who knows of Frankenstein but have yet to read the novel would be in for a surprise. Definitely a captivating read and one would much sympathize for the creature compared to what has been portrayed in Hollywood for years. It questions the morality of playing with life and death and as well as playing the role of God.


Title: The Picture of Dorian Gray
Author: Oscar Wilde
Age Group: Adults
# of Pages: 229 (Oxford World's Classics Edition)
My Rating: 4.5/5

Sentence Summary: A gorgeous man wishes to be young forever and it comes true, while a painting of him begins to age and decay with every corrupted deed.

Speaking Straightly: This is a brilliant and dark story that captures the Victorian's fascination with aestheticism and the corruption of the human mind. Wilde writes a very captivating plot and mindset of the protagonist, Dorian. I was able to chuckle in a couple of places here and there, something I wouldn't think I would be able to do for a 19th century lit. I admit though, towards the middle, it got slow for a couple of chapters. However, it picks up again. Definitely recommended.


Title: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Age Group: Adults
# of Pages: 200 (Broadview Literary Texts' Edition)
My Rating: 3/5

Sentence Summary: A respectable doctor is strangely associated with a brute with a mysterious background. For what reason may that be?

Speaking Straightly: Luckily this is a novella and it wasn't a very long read. However, I wasn't captured by this story compared to the first two. I guess maybe I more or less knew the end result? The content and writing weren't bad though and I can see why it's a classic, especially for its era. 

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