December Wrap Up

Better later than never, here ci bring you the December Wrap Up … all the books i read last month…

To be honest i expected to read more than i did, but i was feeling pretty bad the last two weeks of the month so i didn’t read much… Anyway, here it is!

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

♥♥♥ [and a half]

In a futuristic dystopian world were a terrible war left most places as a wasteland, only a few are sent to study in the university. But before they get there they are subjected to a lot of testingsto prove they are indeed made for the studies (or something). Many people say the book reminded them of the Hunger Games and at times i felt the same. Only in the Hunger Games Katniss really was better put together than Peeta, like, she knew better of how to survive and stuff but in this book i felt the male character was made dumb on purpose so the main feemale character will be the strong and wise one.. let’s put it this way, they are all the best and most intelligent peple their age in the country… why would he be such an idiot? at least in my opinion… Nevertheless, i enjoyed it more than expected, so i don’t really know what to say about it…


Endgame by Nancy Garden

♥♥♥ [and a half]

I wrote a complete review about this book, you can find it [HERE], so here i’ll just say that in my opinion and although i knew where the book was going i felt it should have been about bullying and just the bullying… the rest felt rushed and sort of out of place.. i don’t know…


How To Say I Love You Out Loud by Karole Cozzo

♥♥♥♥

I wrote a review for this book back in December, you can find it [HERE]. It was a lovely reading, it was so bittersweet, i enjoyed it very much.


Some short stories by Stephen King

[Also, The Dune]

♥♥♥[and a half]

Because i was feeling like i wasn’t reading enough i decided on reading a few short novellas by Stephen King… I’ll just say they weren’t the greatest reads of the year, the made the time pass by though, so i won’t complain, but yeah… i don’t know i expected a little more of these…


The extraordinary journey of the Fakir who got trapped in an Ikea wardrobe by Romain Puértolas

♥♥♥

Let me tell you that the name of the book says it all, that what the story is about… nothing less, nothing more… I started reading the book back in August but then i wasn’t into it, so i dropped it… the last days of the December i looked back on the books i started but didn’t finish in 2015 and when i looked at it i thought to myself, ‘it’s a little book, i can do it…’ so  i picked it up and read it. The last book i read in 2015.


And well, that was all! those were the last books i read in 2015! what a great year for reading! I enjoyed so many books… I hope 2016 is at least half as good!

‘Til Next Time 😉

 

 

 

Favorite Books | 2015

Yes! the year is ending soon, so i thought i could share my favorite readings of 2015, in case you didn’t read those and wanted some kind of opinion. This way, if you find you agree with my views, then maybe next year you can check out my recommendations and so… that’s what i do with the reviewers i follow at least, and it brought me incredible results. Although i read all these books in 2015 it doesn’t mean they were all published this year, i’m kind of catching up with a lot of books right now…[i’m trying my best here]..

So, without further comments, let’s start talking about my favorite books of the year!

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ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES by Jennifer Niven

This is by far the book i loved most this year. Maybe it’s my favorite book of all time, really. It’s been a long while since i got so attached to a character from a book. The way Jennifer wrote about so difficult topics, it really moved me. I mean, for me the characters, specially Finch and Violet, were so real and alive, i felt their happiness and their pain. I loved them  so much, and i cried a lot too. Mmm, at first i wasn’t sure if i wanted to read it because i knew it was a very emotional book, but when i saw it in the bookstore i knew i needed it. Oh my gosh… if i hadn’t read this book. Truth be told, the book talk about depression and other mental issues, it’s raw and truthful. It may break your heart once or twice,  but it’s such an incredible book the heart break it’s worth it. Yeah, i’m still having trouble breathing while remembering some parts of the book, but i think the ‘scar’ it left me it’s one of the best things to ever happen to me. It made me think so much about some things.. I love it, and i recommend it to all, okay, not to kids, but to all grown ups, even if you are not a ‘young adult’ anymore.

16068905FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell

If i have to pick a character in literature that remind me of myself, i’ll say hands down, the main character of this book, Cather. I’ve never really found a ‘me’ character in the books i read, and i have to admit that this made it so much funnier to read, it felt real. With characters really taken from an everyday life, this book will speak to all many young and not so young book lovers out there. I totally loved the fact that Cather is a bookish person herself, but not a hipster one, she is just one of the fangirls (obviously), one of those that get too attached to the characters and writes fanfiction on her free time (and sometimes not so free time). Also, the fact that this is not a book about a girl starting as a geek and then becoming super popular, she grows a lot in the book and develops better social skills, but it’s not like that. I think this book is very well written and handled, it’s funny and realistic. It gets the mind of a almost grown up discovering other sides life perfectly.

13262783EVERY DAY by David Levithan

A’, the main character of this book, is one of my favorite characters ever. Lacking a body, and perpetually waking every morning being another person, A’ isn’t just an interesting character, but a very complex one. The topics brought up in the book, about what makes us human, what do we really love in the other person, what can we be, what do we think we deserve and what we really deserve, are so powerful and they were well managed. I was incredibly touched by the wise words the author used so many times. I learnt a lot from this book, really. The companion to this book ‘Another Day’ was released this year, and i got the oportunity to meet the author when he was presenting the book in the UK, which was one of the highlights of my year. The man himself is as inspirational as his work, and you could see that he writes from the heart. It was amazing.

17347389THE DREAM THIEVES by Maggie Stiefvater

I really wanted to talk about the whole series, because i read the three books already available of The Raven Cycle, but then decided to highlight the one i liked the most, although obiviously i think they are all great books. This book is the second in the quartet, and it developed to places i didn’t think the books were heading to at all. When reading the first book, i liked it a lot, but because of the writing style of the author i wasn’t sure i would keep reading.. Anyway, the moment i got this one i knew i was in for good. The book focus a lot in my favorite character of the series, Ronan Lynch, and we get to such deep and personal places with him, it totally changed my opinion on his character, and made me love him a lot. Yeah, as i said before, i’m not sure the writing style is for everyone, but if you are willing to give it a shot, i’m pretty sure you won’t be disappointed. Also, the story is so original and simply amazing, i’m bitting my nails waiting for the last book to come out next year. A great reading indeed.

229109001THE REST OF US JUST LIVE HERE by Patrick Ness

With the idea that not all of us were born for ‘greatness’, this book shows us that we are actually heroes anyway, we are the heroes of our lives [cliche, i know but so real]. Yeah, we may not save the whole world from imminent destruction, but we can make our days count, not only for ourselves, but for the people around us.

20649195BECAUSE YOU’LL NEVER MEET ME by Leah Thomas

This book is about the friendship between two boys that only know each other by mail, one of them has a  sort of allergy of electricity and the other one is  blind.. Yeah, this may sound as your regular book about teenage angst, but the thing is… this book was so much more than i expected… I mean, it starts as a regular YA book but then develops to so much more than  that, i was very pleased with the way it  took

23058402 THE ART OF BEING NORMAL by Lisa Williamson

I’ll admit i’d never heard about this book up until the moment i went to an event in London where the author was presenting the book. And i wasn’t about to take it until she read a chapter of the book, if i remember it right it was chapter 23(which i found to be a very emotional one), when she finished i was tearing up pretty much, a lot. The book is about David, a 14-years old boy that feels he was born in the wrong body, and the new kid at school, Leo, who only wants to blend in. Life will (obviously) find a way for them to meet and a friendship will develop. I loved this book so much, i don’t really have words to explain why, but the two boys were so sweet and their pain felt so real to me. It was a great reading, I may or may not give up some activities while in London in order to keep reading it…

 A MONSTER CALLS by Patrick Ness

I already talk about in the November Wrap Up about how much i loved this book and the fact that i think every kid should read it, everyone should read it, really. This book talks about something we all go through, the loose of people we love. Colin’s mom is dying of cancer, his life in school is harsh because he is getting bullied and his grandma came to take care of him when his mom is in treatment. Colin’s also being visited by an old tree next to his house. The way the book manages to talk about the grief, the pain, the fear of losing people we love and having life changed forever is something that will stay with me forever.

 READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline

Everyone is using the virtual world of Oasis not only as a game but as a way of living, kids go to school there, people meet and make friends there, everything is possible there. When the creator of Oasis dies stating that all his money will go to the first person to find the easter egg he planted on the world, the biggest hunt in the world begins. Our hero Wade is on of the egg’s hunters and as we see him trying to find it, we also see how this world affects humans’ lives, what the world has become with this new technology out and more. I’m not a huge fan of this kind o narratives where everything or almost everything happens within the virtual world, but i have to admit the story was so engaging it was difficult to put the book down.

ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell

This sweet book about young love is so simple and yet,  it’s story will stay with you for a long time. I really love Rainbow’s style of writing, i think it has some sort of ‘magic’ to it. I enjoyed reading this book so much, mostly because the characters were so alive and so true. I don’t know how to really describe all the feelings that i went through when reading the book. It was just amazing, i totally recommend it.

9750937MY NAME IS MEMORY by Ann Brashares

The moment i started reading this book i knew i’ll love it. This is Daniel and Lucy’s love story, a love that goes beyond time and life. Daniel remember his past lives as if they were this one, and for ages he is being in love with Lucy’s soul (i guess) and in every life he looks for her, but things never go his way. The story goes back and forward between their meetings in their lives, each story is super sweet and lovely, i absolutely adored it. Daniel’s character was a sweetheart and i felt his hurt every time. Although many people said it ended unsatisfying and it was a little true, i think the story itself is worth it even with that ending. Anyway by any chance the author would write a sequel, i’ll be first in line to get the book.

17571564HYPERBOLE AND A HALF by Allie Brosh

OMG, this book was hillarious, i mean.. from the very begining it was such a fun reading, i loved it. True, it had some more serious topics brought up, like depression and such and i have to say it was too real..it was so well explained it felt very right for me. So, because this book was so real and such fun i totally adored it, so much. I even managed to convince my sister to read it, and she is loving it too. So, now i’m waiting for the author’s next book which will come out next year [and i forgot to add it to my RASAP (reading as soon as possible) list].

SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli

Wow, okay, this book was the sweetest and happiest thing i’ve read all year. Full of fun and easiness, the way Simon talks is one of my favorite things on the book. The romance is sweet but even then not too heavy, most of the time Simon and his love interest only talk by emails and he doesn’t know who Blue (the other boy) is. Oh, did i mention Simon is gay? Well, yeah… and the story begins when his secret is threatened by one of his peers. The story is not only about love, but friendship and family. I enjoyed every second of this reading and i’m looking forward to reread it next year. Also, i’m waiting for the next book the author will published, because i really liked her style and i’m planning on supotying her works as much  as possible.

 

Well people, that’s it for the moment … To be honest i wanted to bring 15 books but only managed 13 that really brought up all the feelings when i read them… well, actually more, because some of the books have sequels or companions that i read but felt a little redundant, but i really liked all The Raven Cycle books very much, Another Day (companion of every day) and Carry on (sort of spin off of Fangirl)…

Summing up, this was a great year, these are only the books i loved way too much for my own sanity (:p), but there were many excelent books i got to enjoyed… I hope  2016 will be at least this exciting!

‘Til Next Time 😉

Books read for school

Oh, who didn’t love Literature class back on high school? All the poetry and nonsense of trying to understand the bull**** all those poets were trying to say or no to say… All the books you had to read so you can not give your own opinion on them when tested on said book but write the ideas your teacher insisted were what the author meant to say…

I know, Literature class for many people was just crap, and many hated it even more than civic studies, which i never understand but passed without needing to because it was very simple to just remember things by heart and just go with it… also, it never teached me something useful for my civic duties now as a grown up, seriously, what a waste of time..

But i’m not here to talk about civic studies (is that even the name? is it civil studies? i don’t know… sorry…) i’m here to tak about all those books that schools believe you have to read to be prepared to life (yeah right… because reading Antigone will help me in anything…)

While watching some reviews booktubers do about books that changed their lives or books they didn’t expected to like so much as they did, i can’t help but find that they were given some interesting books to read while in school… this got me trying to remember what did i read when i was in school and i found a weird answer to that…

Apart of the fact that in my school we mostly were given poetry to study about (and bad poetry if i may say), we were only given some short stories wrote by national authors and two or three books that seem randomly chose by our teachers…

I find it sad honestly, while books read for school are mostly boring classics, i think we should have had more books to learn about. I know, i know, i wasn’t on an English Literature class, because there wasn’t one, but i would’ve loved it.

So, what books i did read for school?

Well, when i was on 4th gradeour language teacher knew kids didn’t like to read much so she came up with a great idea, she divided us into groups of four kids and give us one book, each day a kid will read a chapter and then make a little summary of it for the next kid, so we wouldn’t be reading as much [what kind of idea is that? help kids reading even less?!] … i got The Jungle Book that way, and not only i was about the thrid kid in the group to get it, the reviews were messy, also there was a snake on it [i hate/fear snakes with all my heart] and it described stuff very boringly, so i didn’t read it really… no one did, because after one try she changed her plan..

I commented already on the fact that the first book i enjoyed reading was The Secret Garden, and yes, that was the solution my teacher found, she let us choose our own book and each one read whatever we wanted, after that every month we will review the book we read and that was all…

I don’t remember all the books i read that year, i read a lot, i was the only one reading actually more than one book a month, i read about 3 books a week that year… it was awesome, although i don’t remember most of the books i read, i do remeber reading; The Prince and The Pauper, We Aren’t Unbreakable, My Sweet Orange Tree and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone [oh, and obviously The Secret Garden].

But those were books i decided to read by myself, while being instigated to do so, and those aren’t the boring books i’m talking about.

While i can’t remember the books [if there were even any] i was suppose to read on middle school, i do remember the ones i had to read in high school… i had three different classes about Literature, well, i had normal literature then English class and Spanish class …

While as i already said Literature class was mostly about nationalism, we did have to read some obligatory books that weren’t nationals but classics; Antigone, Anna Karenina and A Trumpet in the Wadi [of which i only read the first and last one, ii dropped out of high school before i had to read the second one].

I enjoyed reading Antigone, i liked it a lot, actually i liked it so much i ended up writing fanfiction about it … Yeah… i know, right? what the hell was i thinking?! and for a while i enjoyed writing stories in the way greek tragedies were written, with chorus and all, it was great… my mom was very surprised by my poetry back then…

I never liked A trumpet in the wadi, and to be honest i didn’t really need to read it, because my teachers [i studied the book twice] fomented the idea of watching the movie… [….REALLY!? you are a literature teacher, what were you thinking?!]

Anyway… for English class we only had one obligatory book, All My Sons, i loved it too, i loved it so freaking much, i read it many times that year.. but i was the only one who really read it because of enjoyment, each and everyone in my class hated it so we ended up watching a video of a stage performance and then were tested on the story …

In English class we also had to read some random books, like, ones we chose ourselves, again i was the only one picking up more than one book a month, that time i read some boring books, because our library was super shitty and i don’t remember all the books i read, but i remember reading Charlotte’s Web, A Judy Blume’s book and i also reviewed Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince because i read it that year, i will never forget the fact that i accidentally spoiled my teacher with that review […]

Spanish class was the worst, Spanish class was the best […] I like poetry, when i can give my own opinion on it, i like books when i can review them by myself, in Spanish literature there are some incredible authors, not many good teachers though…

I studied Don Quixote, Trees die standing and another book that is escaping me right now, and so much poetry; Neruda, Storni and Garcia Lorca being the ones i rememeber.  I enjoyed reading for that class but hated the class because the teacher was so stucked up she wouldn’t accept any other understandings of the subject we were studying… i got bored after a while and didn’t try anymore, but the good readings got stuck with me to this very day.

In conclusion, my Literature studies weren’t as awesome as they are in other countries, we didn’t get to read The Great Gatsby The Outsiders, Wuthering Heights, Dickens, Twain or Austen, … i did manage though and still do to get to those authors because i had the posibility to find written words. Truth i got to it because of books i found while reading out of obligation, but i love words so much, i believe i would find reading was my thing even without that “help”.

Because i would’ve enjoy words anyway i can remember liking many of the books i got for class, but many people don’t enjoy the books they are obligated to read and i think, if the books selection for class were more about the students, maybe some YA and such and not about ‘oh yeah, these books [random classics] will make you a better person’, if the books were meant to reach the readers, and i’m not saying classics aren’t good, i’m just saying some of them even if people say they are ‘ageless’ they are for some people, especially for young people.

If reading at school was about opening young people’s mind to other worlds and not about making them preppy or only for helping their vocabulary, more people would be readers, in my opinion.

Books are precious, but only if you find the books that really speak to you… maybe the idea of letting the kids read the books they choose is the best one, because that way they may find the right book, the one that will keep them reading forever…

‘Til Next Time! 😉

 

 

Winter Wonderland book tag

Booktag time! Yeah.. i know, i should find something better to update, i’m working on it. Anyway you can find the original tag [HERE] (apparently, i can’t enter the video for some reason…) , hope you enjoy it!

1. What book is so happy and sweet that it warms your heart?

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Simon vs the homo sapiens agenda by Becky Albertalli, this book is so sweet and funny, with a happy vibe all over the place, i think it may be one of the happiest books i’ve read in a very long time.

 

 

2. What is your favorite book with a white cover?

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My favorite book with a white cover will be one of these two, only i can’t make up my mind to decide which one, also i’m not quite sure if everything everything qualifies because it has so much color in it… either way, these two books, both amazing books, i recommend them to all.

 

3. You’re sitting in a nice comfy chair, wearing a onesie, with a lovely warm hot chocolate but what MONSTER read are you reading?
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)My baby, The Order Of The Phoenix, I love this book so much… well, i love all the Harry Potter books but the last four are just epic, not only because of the story but because they grew so much in comparison of the first three, so much more story to get into *0*

 

 

4. It started snowing so you decided to have a snowball fight! What fictional character would you love to have the snowball fight with?

Fred and George Weasley, of course.

5. Sadly, your fire is beginning to go out. So what book would you tear the last few chapters out to throw into the fire?

Haha, can i just throw a whole book? (okay, so this is my personal opinion, and i don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, i just didn’t like the book, no, its’s more like, i was disappointed by it)

Armada

Yeah.. maybe i was expecting too much from it after reading Ready Player One… but it was ah.. i didn’t enjoy it at all..

6. What book is so close to your heart that you would gift it to someone this Christmas who hasn’t read it but wants to get into reading?

That’s a difficult question, because not everyone is interested on the same things, but i guess i’ll give A Monster Calls to eveyrone if i could, because it’s a book about something we all go through in life, and we are never too old to read and understand it.

A Monster Calls

Oh man, if i would’ve thought about it earlier i could’ve get it for my sister… too bad… 😦

Well, that was all for now!

The rest of us just live here by Patrick Ness

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The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Genre: YA, Urban Fantasy, Contemporary
Pages: 352
Publisher: Walker Books
Rating: 5 stars

Summary: What if you aren’t the Chosen One?

The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions.

(summary taken from goodreads).

My opinion on the book:

I got to admit, i wasn’t very sure if i should pick the book or not, it’s not the first Patrick Ness’ book i try, a while ago i tried reading The Knife Of Never Letting Go but couldn’t go through it.

The setup on this book is completely different to the Chaos Walking trilogy setting though, more like the one we live on. In the book we get to see the story of the background characters of a much bigger story.

The main characters of the book are a group of friends that get to sort of watch from the outside what the ‘indie kids’ (the main characters of the bigger story) are doing but don’t get the bigger picture because they aren’t really a part of it. I really loved the fact that although the main characters of the ‘secondary’ storyline were not related to what the indie kids were doing they got in the middle of the fight between “good and evil” that was going on in town. Strange things kept happening but no one got to explain to them what was really going on and so they just kept up with their lives as if nothing happen, even though kids were dying, a lot.

From the very beginning you can see that the background characters had seen things that happened before, but no one really talks about the weird stuff that happens in town, especially not the grown ups, whom appear to be completely unaware of all the crazy stuff; vampires, soul-eating ghosts and so on.

Mikey as the main main character of the background story is a bit curious of all that’s going on but at the end of the day all  he wants is to get through high school without any complications, such as the fact that he is in love with one of his friends, his anxiety and the OCD he suffers from. This may sound as the ever endless angsty teenge story but it is so much more than that.

Because the ‘major’ storyline is happening without us seeing it, each ‘chapter’s title’ is actually a summary of what is happening with the indie kids. I found it to be a very clever way of not only guiding the reader through the story but also a way of demostrating how all the storyline in that kind of books look alike.

Another point i want to remark from the book is chapter 16, in this chapter Mikey goes to talk to his therapist. Before this happens Mikey realizes he is falling into these endless loops while trying to make things the right way so he can continue with life but when he sees he isn’t capable to do it himself he reaches out for help.

Normally, books dealing with some sort of mental illness are pretty much the same, person needs help, they get it, they start to feel better, stop taking the meds, relapses, needs help again but aren’t aware of it, other people see they need help, they do something about it, main character gets meds again, eveyryone is happy again, the end.

Now, this is not what happens in the book, not only Mike is able to see for himself that he needs help, the talk with the therapist feels very real, it was very moving actually (i was in tears the whole chapter), because the therapist explains what is happening and all wthout falling  in the so well known cliches of the mental illness, actually the talk sounded very much as the one i had with my last psychatrist.

I also really enjoyed the resolution of the book, i found it to be more realistic that the normal YA book, which is sort of refreshing to be honest.

In conclusion, although i’ve seen many people giving the book bad reviews, in my opinion  the book is a very realistic way of what really happens in our lives, when even though the lives of others seem to be so much more important and fullfilling than ours. The fact that others get to be so intense doesn’t mean our lives  aren’t full of important moments, each one of us gets to go through their own problems and the fact that ones’ are more ‘normal’ doesn’t mean they are less important or difficult to deal with.

We aren’t all meant for greatness, but we are all here to live the lives we got at their fullest, and i think this book caught that feeling at its best.

If i spoiled something from the book, even though i already said how much i hate that, i’m really sorry, but the part i mostly commented on was a very significant one for me and i needed to express it as much as  i could. I hope you can enjoy this book as much as i did.

Another book that goes right to my favorite bookshelf and list 🙂

‘Til next time!

 

 

The Slump Season

Apparently I’ve been competing with myself all year. For some reason i’ve been obsessing over how many books i am able to read. So far i’ve read ninty obe books and i really want to get to a hundred by the end of December. Which is totally plausible, counting of the fact that we are still in the first half of November, unless of course, a reading slump happens, you know what? Forget the ‘if’ because it has happened. Again.

It is really weird but since the beginning of the year every month i fall into a reading slump every first half of the month.. And let me tell you, it is incredibly frustrating, because it doesn’t matter how many books i try reading in those days i end up putting them aside, and i’m not sure i’ll be able to pick them up again, you know, because of the heavy feeling you had when trying to read them before (?).

So, i watch tv instead of reading and then get angry at myself for not reading more. And it happens over and over again.. I’m truly getting tired of it. I sit by my bookshelf, staring at my books trying to find something that would take away the slump but it’s still there, every time.

Another thing that doesn’t help much getting ride of a slump is the obsessing need of a book in particular at a very specific moment, i mean, i’ll be watching videos on youtube and a booktuber will recommend a book that sounds incredible, and then i’ll be needing to have the book in my hands that very moment or else. Obviously i live in a country where you can’t find the books you want unless you buy them online, and it takes time to get to you.. So, prepare to be waiting for weeks for the books to arrive, just in time for you not wanting them anymore. (!). I suppose this happens because there aren’t many English readers or just they aren’t crazy as i am …

I guess i could buy them for kindle (and sometimes i do), but who will i be kidding? even if i had the kindle version, if i really like the book i’ll need a physical copy anyway, and so, why bother ? like, i love books and all, but i’m not made of money.

And so, i spend my days making lists of the next books i want to read, normally none of those are already on my bookshelf, so again, I’m not doing any reading. Also, the lots of books i ordered and now sit on my bookshelves increases non stop and are left unread.

More often that i would like it becomes an eternal cycle, a boring one too, because the beauty of reading books is escaping my normal, boring, life, but then again i don’t feel in the mood to enter a new world right now, not even short stories as i tried the last few days. I get stucked in this boring real world we live in, not wanting to do anything, so basically it stucks me and saddens me even more, making even less interested on reading…

Yeah well, the freaking cycle.. Funny really how after it i can read about 3-4 books a week in the last half of the month, well, at least i could until now, who knows want can happen next…

’til next time! 😀

How I Read Tag

Apparently i have decided Saturdays are tag days! So, today i bring you a really cute and short tag that i enjoyed pretty much.
Please, if you know who is the creator of the tag, send me the information, because i’ve been looking for it for hours, but i can’t find it! Anyway, obviously, the intelectual propierty of the tag itself belongs to its creator, the only thing belonging to me are my answers!
Enjoy!
1. How do you find out about new books to read?
I watch a lot of booktubers, so i get many recommendations from them.. I also check readers, writers and lists on Goodreads.
2 How did you get into reading?
In my 4th grade class we had mandatory reading time, at the library there was a wonderful edition of “The Secret Garden” and i really wanted to read it. The moment i did, there wasn’t a way back.3. How has your taste change as you get older?
Mmm, i’m pretty sure it hasn’t much, apart of the fact that when i was younger i used to read more Classics than i do today, i still like middle school and ya books. Although, now i do read a bit more of  “adult” fiction, meaning books by writers like Stephen King and Haruki Murakami, not chick lit.

4. How often do you buy books?
I think i buy books every other week (?), i’m not totally sure, sometimes every week, it depends, because sometimes there’s a book i need ASAP and i have to run to the library or to amazon (kindle store) that very moment.

5. How did you get into BookTubing/Blogging?
Don’t know, i was just looking for a place to say all the stuff i think and share my opinions, because i don’t have any reader friends or acquaintances and so, because i have so manyn feeling i sort of felt it could be the right solution for my problem.

6. How do you react when you don’t like the end of a book?
Most of the time i will obsess about it for weeks, be mad, rant a lot and then i’ll act as if that ending didn’t happen..

7. How often have you taken a sneaky look at the last page of a book to see if it’s a happy ending?
I used to do it a lot, for i’m pproud to say the last time i did it was when the last Harry Potter book was released, i read the epilogue … i think it was the first thing i read on the book because i was so worrried about the golden trio.

The Unpopular Opinion Book Tag

Yeah! Today i’m bringing you another booktag, in this one i’ll be answering and revealing some unpopular opinions of mine.
if you want to watch the original video for this tag you can find it HERE

1. A Popular Book or series that you didn’t like.
Okay, i might as well get over with it, there are two series that i just can’t finish, doesn’t matter how hard i tried to read them, The Infernal Devices and Throne of Glass. It’s really weird that i just can’t finish TID, because i love the shadow world so much, and actually The Mortal Instruments are one of my favorite books ever, but there’s something about the three main characters, i just can’t stand reading about them. I may be the only one in the universe that read about Will Herondale and didn’t fall in love with him. I read the two first books, and tried to get around the third, but the ending of the second one made me want to die. Although i may one day read it, it’s the shadow world after all (if only there was more Magnus). About Throne of Glass, i picked it up because everyone was so excited about those books, but as soon as i started it didn’t feel right, i don’t like the main character, whom in my opinion is a Mary Sue, she can do everything and she is a lady and she is perfect, she is THE killer for excelence and she is only 18/19 years old… yeah, okay… you enjoy the books, i’ll be reading something else.

2. A Popular Book or series that every one else seems to hate but you love.
Well, i think i may be the only person to have loved the Castor Chronicles. I mean, whomever i check on booktube hasn’t even finished the series, which is sad, because that last book, damn it was good. I understand though that the second book wasn’t very good, but i love the characters so i pushed through it and enjoyed the rest very much. I mean… I think is one of my favorites … I love Ethan and Lena they are one of my OTPs. Though the movie wasn’t that good.

3. A Love Triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with (warn ppl for spoilers) OR an OTP that you don’t like.
I avoid love triangles like the plague, that’s the main reason i couldn’t finish reading TID, it’s just a no go for me. So, let’s talk about some NOTPs.
From the very beginning when i read The Mortal Instruments i couldn’t care less about Jace and Clary.. Yes, they are the main characters of the series, i know, but there are so many other, more interesting, characters to get invested in, it just worked out pitchie. So, no… I don’t ship them, although i like the actors in the tv show, so it may help me like them more (?)

I hope there’s good chemistry between them on the screen, the previous actors made me very skeptic about this pair, even more than the books themselves, but it may be because one of them i just can’t stand.

4. A popular book Genre that you hardly reach for.
I don’t know how popular of a genre it is, but i find it difficult to reach for steampunk books, there are many that sound like great stories, but i’ll always find my way around it and decide to read something different at the moment.

5. A popular or beloved character that you do not like.
Oh, the Herondales. I mean, really why is everyone just drooling over Will, I have no idea. I prefer Lightwoods over Herondales and Magnus Bane over anything else.

6. A popular author that you can’t seem to get into.
I might as well put myself on a stick and set me on fire(…). But I don’t like John Green’s books that much. I haven’t read them all, just The fault in our stars and Paper Towns (oh and Will Grayson, Will Grayson) and although tfios broke me i didn’t enjoy it as much as everyone seemed to. I do respect him as a person as i follow him on YouTube because i love him and Hank a lot, but i find all his characters pretty much the same so…

7. A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing. (examples “lost princess”, corrupt ruler, love triangles, etc.)
Oooh, as much as i love Once Upon a Time and retelling of fairy tales i can’t stand any Alice in Wonderland retelling anymore, just cannot.

8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading.
Mmm, i think the The Lunar Chronicles. I have them on my tbr list, and they are sitting at my local bookstore, i see them everytime i go check if they have brought something interesting and each time i see there isn’t something new i tell myself, we’ll i could just buy Cinder and then I’ll go… Naah, maybe next time(…) but that time never comes around.

9. The saying goes “The book is always better than the movie”, but what movie or T.V. show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?
Me & Earl & The Dying Girl, when i first read the book earlier this year i could totally see the book was meant to be a movie from the beginning and i have to say that the adaptation was great, i liked it way better than the book itself.

 

October wrap up

I’ve been expecting for it to be October a lot. Not only because October is the creepy month of the year, gosh i love Halloween so much!, but because many of the new releases i was waiting for this year were due October. Yeah, I had about 10 books in my tbr list that were to be published this month, and though i didn’t get through them all i managed to finish some and they were AMAZING!

Half Bad♥♥♥♥

Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world’s most terrifying and violent witch, Marcus. Nathan’s only hope for survival is to escape his captors, track down Marcus, and receive the three gifts that will bring him into his own magical powers—before it’s too late. But how can Nathan find his father when there is no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves? (summary taken from goodreads).

I picked up this book because a booktuber i follow recommended it very much and i have to say THANK YOU Esme from Fly like a butterfly for it.

So, i heard about this book many times but everytime i heard about the cage i was like “meh… maybe next time…” and never picked it up. I have to admit to being a idiot, because the moment i started this book i couldn’t stop reading.  The intricate life of the main character and many others it’s amazingly compelling. I enjoyed the reading very much, but i won’t be reading the second book until next year, when the final book is released too, so i don’t have to lose my mind while waiting for the next one (pretty much as i’m suffering right now while waiting for The Raven King, The Hidden Oracle and Lady Midnight).


Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer ♥♥♥♥♥

Magnus is a normal 16 years old, if you don’t count the fact that he is homeless and a runaway after the death of his mother two years prior the beginning of the story. Everything is pretty normal until one day he gets himself killed (this isn’t a spoiler, the name of the first chapter tells you he dies in it) and wen he wakes up he finds himself in a Valhalla hotel (yeah, the Nordic heaven for people who died in battle) where he discovers he is the son of a Nordic God and he has to find his father’s long lost sword (or re-find because he found it and lost it again when he died).
Oh, I love Rick Riordan world where all the mythos are true and all the Gods are still alive, I’ve been reading his books for years and he always manages to make the new adventures super fun and different from one another, which is amazing because he writes a lot of books of this kind. I find this sort of stories very appealing and this is one of the books i was eagerest to read, last year The Heroes of Olympus finished and i needed Demigods in my life ASAP. So, yeah, I enjoyed this book very much, i love the fact that Rick doesn’t need to add romance to his books for them to be amazing.


Nimona ♥♥♥♥

Who is the bad guy and who is the good guy? Nimona is the story about a girl that wants to be a villain’s sidekick. When she comes to Lord Ballister Blackheart and offers to work for him (she has the power to shapeshift as will) a weird relationship is born. I won’t comment much about the plot of the story, but i’ll say it makes you think much about good and evil in the world. I loved very much the fact that both science and magic where part of the story, which i found refreshing, really. I read it in a day because i liked it so much and i gotta say it left me with the need of more!  The story develops so freaking well, i enjoyed every second of the reading.


Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone ♥♥♥♥♥♥

Do i really have to explain what this book is about? … Harry Potter is an orphan boy that discovers he is a wizard the day he turns 11, when mysterious man gives him a letter from Hogwarts, school of witchcraft and wizardry. Obviously Harry goes to this school and finds himself surrounded by people who knew about him since childhood, after all when he was a baby he defeated the Dark Lord, Voldemort (recently announced to be said without the T at the end). Harry will find friends and enemies at school, also a few secrets and his destiny.

?? I never had to describe Harry Potter before, i mean, come on, who doesn’t know him? … So, this month is got bored and while looking in my bookshelf for something to read i saw my new Harry Potter book, the one i bought when in England sitting there, so i decided to reread it, this time in English, actually it was the first time i read the first book in English.  And obviously as any other time i read one of the Harry Potter’s books it was awesome!


Carry On ♥♥♥♥♥

This book is sort of a spin off of the book Fangirl, where an obsessed Simon Snow (a Harry Potter rip off) reader was writing this fanficion called “Carry On”, where Cath (the main character in Fangirl) presents the idea that Simon and Baz (main characters and enemies at school) are actually in love (sort of a Drarry fanfiction, but only sort of…) also, Baz is a vampire, man, that story was awesome.

The story is set on Simon’s last year at his magical school, while he is trying to defeat the Mages (witches, warlocks, wizards, magicians… whatever you’ll like to call them, people how have and do magic) greatest enemy.

Now, you may think “but it’s a total Harry Potter rip off, why would you read it?” and the beauty of the book it, yeah.. maybe the main idea is a rip off, but the story isn’t…it’s nothing like Harry Potter and i just read them one after the other…

I loved this book, i mean, i liked it so much, i need to read the previous -non existent – books, because i fell in love with the characters. Also, i want the read ending of the story, because this was just a “fanfiction” and now i NEED the real deal. I wonder if there’s already fanfiction of this book…

A spin off fan fiction of a non existent saga. This book is priceless.


Born To Endless Night ♥♥♥♥♥

Have i ever said I love The Mortal Instruments? Because i really, really, really do… even more than The Infernal Devices. This novella is part of an about to be book telling the story of Simon Lewis while preparing himself to ascend and be a shadowhunter (finally.. after being a mundane and a vampire…). Each story is about something happening at the school or a story told to the students. This time a blue baby warlock is abandoned in the entrance. Luckly Magnus Bane (my favorite character ever) is there, with his partner, Alec Lightwood, and they (my OTP above all my OTPs) take care of the baby… but will they keep him?

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah, MALEC, there’s so much Malec in this story i almost died while listening to it at work (i couldn’t wait to get home and read it.. so i purchased the audiobook.. i also purchased the ebook and read it later). Malec is my OTP as i said before, and so.. i can’t really be trusted to be objective about how amazing this novella was to be fair, but if you like them as i do, you’ll enjoy it soooooo much… really a great gift from Cassandra and Sarah for Malec’s fans.

Cassandra Clare owns my soul.


Welcome To Night Vale ♥♥♥

I’m a very big fan of the Welcome To Night Vale podcast, so when i found out this book was to be released i lost my s**t.

There isn’t much you can say about it without spoiling, so i’ll just say the story (as a whole) is about a weird, weird city on the desert called Night Vale. Weird things happen there all the time (although for the people there it’s totally normal).

What i do want to say about this book is;

You gotta get yourself the audiobook, it’s narrated by Cecil Baldwin, the voice of Night Vale, every person who likes WTNV, loves him and so in my opinion to get the whole experience of the book you have to hear it (too…).

To be completely honest, because i know how amazing the podcast is i was hoping for a little more from the book, so yeah it disappointed me a little.

Also, you don’t have to have heard the podcast to enjoy the book because it’s a complete different story, with new characters and all, i haven’t heard about a person who started with the book before hearing the podcast, but it’s pretty self explanatory so…


Wonder ♥♥♥♥♥

August Pullman was born with a craniofacial  anomaly that makes people pull away when looking at him.  When Auggie turns 10 his parents decide it’s time for him to go out to the world and start studying in a normal school instead of being home-schooled as he was until then. The book follows Auggie and other several characters on his first attending to school year.

Because i’ll be publishing a complete and through review of this book later this month, i hope, i’ll just say that, this book is a full of hope book that may or may not be completely truthful to what happens to people like August in real life, but it’s a very enjoyable and sweet book that will give lots and lots of hope and leave you with a warm and wonderful memory.


The Unfortunate Decision Of Dahlia Moss ♥♥♥

I received an ARC of this book a few months ago, but only now (when it was released) i got the time to read it (…) so i’ll be posting my review for the book later this month, i’m still working on it.

The story is about “private detective” Dahlia Moss, whom is hired by a gamer to find the thief who took from him a (virtual) blade, but things go south when the guy gets murdered and Dahlia finds herself not only looking for a thief but for a murderer.

Because i’ll be reviewing this book i’ll be quick here and i’ll say it a fun and fast reading, part mystery part comedy that everyone could enjoy.


Horrorstör ♥♥♥♥

Something weird is happening at the Cleveland’s Orsk furniture superstore (an Ikea rip off for the book), every morning employees open the store to find broken stuff and such ..but nothing is showing in the store cameras … so, one day three employees ‘volunteer’ to work a night shift to check the place out. The story develops to a haunted place story, a pretty nice one to be honest. I totally loved the fact that the book is in the form of a catalog with product illustrations and a map of the showroom.

The story is pretty simple, something weird is happening at the store, … is it ghosts? the employees that stay will discover it the hard way. At first it felt to me as if the story was going too slow, and i found it difficult to enter the mood of the story but there’s a moment it gets you and you are hooked with the book, when it happened i just couldn’t put it down.

The epilogue felt a bit weird to me, but it could just be me … i don’t know. It was a very enjoyable ‘scary story’ which i read in Halloween.


And so… another month was gone, pretty good reads i had this October,  i hope Novemeber will be at least this nice too :D.

‘Til Next Time!

A-Z booktag

So, being bored at work and without much to say i decided to answer this booktag, right now i can’t remember who the creator of the tag is, but the moment i have time i’ll post it!
It’s a long tag, so.. Hope you enjoy!

A: Author You’ve Read the Most Books From
I think it’s either Cassandra Clare or Rick Riordan i cannot remember
B: Best sequel ever
Okay, so if just the second book of a series, i think Catching Fire is the one i liked best, no wait.. The Scorch Trails, if a sequel of a series (aka a spin off) The Heroes Of Olympus i mean those books are the best!
C: Currently reading
Wonder and Welcome to Night Vale
D: Drink of choice while reading
I don’t drink while reading, but if i had to choose i’ll say tea

E: E-reader or physical book
Physical for aesthetic and hugging the books, ebooks for being able to read them as soon as published
F: Fictional character you probably would’ve dated in high school
G: Glad you gave this book a chance
After The Quake by Haruki Murakami
H: A hidden gem book
I: Important moment in your reading life
The release of the last Harry Potter books
J: Just finished
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
K: Kinds of books you won’t read
Erotica
L: Longest book you’ve ever read
Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix
M: Major book hangover because of
All The Bright Places
N: Number of bookcases you own
About 10
O: One book you’ve read multiple times
Daddy Long Legs
P: Preferred place to read
In bed
Q: Quote that inspires you or gives you all the feels
And if I’m alone in bed, I will go to the window, look up at the sky, and feel certain that loneliness is a lie, because the Universe is there to keep me company.
Paulo Coelho, Manuscript found in Accra.
R: Reading regret

The hunger but mostly deadly games … Waste of my time

S: Series that you’ve started and needed to finish
Harry Potter
T: Three of your all time favorite books
All The Bright Places
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Fangirl
U: Unapologetic fan girl for
The Mortal Instruments
V: Very excited for this release
Lady Midnight
W: Worst bookish habit
Getting too attached to the characters
X: X marks the spot pick the 27 book on your

13 reasons why

Y: Your latest book purchase
Outlander
Z: Zzz book that made you fall asleep

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho