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! 😉

 

 

ASAP reads of 2016

2015 is coming to an end, which means we are getting closer and closer to the 2016 books’ releases! since this year i started to experience the joy of reading the books the year they are actually released, i made my ASAP list for the books i have to read the moment they come out! [yeah, before 2015 i couldn’t afford the satisfaction of buying books online so i could get them when they were published in English.. never again!]

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So, i started reading the trilogy this year, and although i haven’t read yet the second book […] i know i’ll be reading this baby as soon as it sees the light of day, obviously i’ll catch up with the Half Wild still these last few days of the year or already in 2016, i’m not quite sure yet, i haven’t been reading this month so i don’t know what i’ll be doing until the end of the year … but yeah …

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New series by a favorite author of mine?! heck yeah! of course i’ll be reading any books uncle Rick will release until he doesn’t write anymore! This series (will it be a trilogy? will it have five books as the other greek’s books?) is about Apollo (my favorite greek god) as a young human, what is there not to love? I’m so psyched about this one, i can’t keep waiting anymore.

 

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If we’re talking about books by Rick Riordan, and if i said i’ll read anything and everything he writes, it’s pretty obvious that i’ll be reading the second book on the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series – The Hammer of Thor too, i loved the first book so much! this man knows how to write adventures!

 

 

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After reading the first three books of the quartet (?) this year, these books became an obsession of mine and they are of my favorite books ever, i’m waiting for this one last book with such intensity, it’s burning me inside out. Also, i love the covers of these books so much, they are so so so pretty, i want them tattooed on my skin, look how pretty this is! isn’t it?

 

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Since ‘The Mortal Instruments’ is one of my favorite series, i’ll be giving this trilogy (or at least i think it’s a trilogy) ‘The Dark Artifices’ a chance, although i didn’t enjoyed ‘The Infernal Devices’ as much as TMI, so i’m a little scared of this one… anyone, of course i’ll get it asap, even if only to say ‘there i tried’, … i think the characters that were presented on City of Heavenly Fire were pretty great, so i guess, there’s no reason for me not to love it, right?

 

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So, i haven’t read Darkest Minds(although i tried, i really did), so i decided i’ll start by this one, and then if i like the way the author writes, i’ll give it another chance to that trilogy, as i did with Patrick Ness and The Knife Of Never Letting Go.

 

 

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This book caught my eye the moment i started reading the description, it seems so interesting, i can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of it..

 

 

 

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While checking the lists of books coming out next year i spotted this baby, waiting for me… it seems to be a nice story, i hope it doesn’t breaks my heart at some point, i’m really scared of contemporary YAs, because they always do it, but i don’t know, the colors in the cover and the name of the book called me, i just really need to read this book..

 

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YES, my baby is back! (no, i don’t mean Stephen King, i mean Brady), after falling for the antagonist of the book in Mr.Mercedes, i’m so anxious to see how it all ends up in this book, i love the characters (all of them so much) and reading the first book of this trilogy got me into [planning on] reading Stephen King, although that’s a bit slow right now, i’ll do it. Eventually…

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I have no idea, this book just caught my eye, and now i know i have to read it… it’s just that… i just really need it.

 

 

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Okay, so i’ve been looking for this kind of book for ages, i thought about trying reading the Jodi Picoult book about the issue, Nineteen Minutes, but i wasn’t sure, and this one seems to be very interesting and on point (or at least it seems like it). I’ve already pre-ordered it.

 

Well, that’s all! these are the books i’m really hoping to read as soon as possible next year! I hope you check them out and maybe find one of your liking too 😀

The Ultimate Book Tag

It’s that time of the week, time for booktag! this one was originally answered by Chapter Chicks, and was made for them by their friend Megan from goodreads.
So, i’ll be answering this amazing questions, hope you enjoy it!

The ultimate Book Tag

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?
No, in fact I love reading when i’m on the road, wherever it’s in a car, a bus or a train, just won’t read while flying because i’m too scared to even breath normally.
2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?
I’ll say Haruki Murakami, his books are always so weird and compelling, like, i may not like the  characters or what they do but the story is so interesting i’ll keep reading..

3. Harry Potter or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer?
Harry Potter. ALWAYS.

  1. One of my favorite books from childhood and the one that made me fall in love with books.
  2. An incredibly detailed world, nothing is there for no reason.
  3. It has magic, I love magic, I enjoy books with magic. Magic is the best.

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it (besides books…)?
I have a notebook, in case i have some ideas for some story, some pens, my phone, my sister’s iPad (because i have some more books there, just in case), my phone’s charger, gum, my glasses.

5. Do you smell your books?
Not that i can recall..

6. Books with or without little illustrations?
I don’t really mind them not having illustrations, but when they do it’s a pleasant surprise.

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?
I won’t talk about that.

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood?
I used tor talk to them because i believed they have souls. Maybe that’s not funny actually, i don’t know what to say here.

9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and After Dark by Haruki Murakami.

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?
It’s either Under The Dome by Stephen King or 1q84 by Haruki Murakami, i’m too lazy to go check right now.

11. Do you write as well as you read? Do you see yourself in the future as an author?
No, i prefer reading, although i have some characters living in my mind, if someday you find weird BL stories, like, really weird ones, that will mean i might give it a chance..

12. When did you get in to reading?
Elementary school, literature class, 4th grade.

13. What is your favorite classic book?

I haven’t read many classics, but of those i read my favorite is Wuthering Heights.
14. In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?
Okay, in spite of sounding a bit arrogant, all subjects were my best, like, seriously, i was the best student at my school.
15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before hand and hated…what would you do?
It depends, if it’s a random someone that gave it to me, i’ll just shelf it somewhere out of sight, if it’s someone i appreciate i’ll may try rereading it…

16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or The Hunger Games?
Th0se are two very different  books, what the heck? mm, like Harry Potter i’ll say Septimus Heap by Angie Sage, because i haven’t seen people talking about those books for some reason… for dystopian i’ll say The Hunt trilogy by Andrew Fukuda, and i’ll also say it’s a shame, because those are some pretty awesome ‘vampires’, like, no it’s not as all the other vampires around the YA section (and yes, it’s still dystopian, you just have to read it, and i have to make a review of the trilogy)

17. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while blogging?
Dropping the drafts before finishing and never trying to end my thoughts, then deleting what i wrote.

18. What is your favorite word?
o-o, Avant Garde.

19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?
People tell me i’m a nerd … also a geek, so there you go..

20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?
I guess fairies, although i hate the ones from the Cassandra Clare’s books, i only like one (maybe two) Vampires and that’s all, but fairies are (regulary) nice and such, so … [i haven’t read the coldest girl in coldtown yet, so this may change]

21. Shapeshifters or angels? Why?
Mmm, I think shapeshifters, I find that to be super sexy for some reason o.0 ( i can’t believe i used the word sexy ).

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?
Werewolves, i love werewolves, they are my favorite supernatural creatures, so yeah… Werewolves.

23. Zombies or Vampires? Why?
I’ll say Vampires but only because i find Zombies to be boring and gross.

24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?
Forbidden love all the way, i hate hate love triangles, it’s so unrealistic when everyone find the same abnoxious person to be the most beautiful person ever, like, really, how do you even like someone that horrible.

25. AND FINALLY! Full on romance book or action-packed with a few loves scenes mixed in?

Action now and forever, i don’t like romance, i find romantic books boring mostly, i need the action, although i enjoy the ocasional YA romance.

In Real Life by Jessica Love

Review time! this is from an arc i got from NetGalley in exchange of my honest opinion, the book won’t be published until March next year, but by the time it’ll happen i’ll be reminding you about it, so … don’t worry

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In Real Life by Jessica Love

Genre: YA, Contemporary
Pages: 240
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Rating: 3.5 stars

Summary: Hannah Cho and Nick Cooper have been best friends since 8th grade. They talk for hours on the phone, regularly shower each other with presents, and know everything there is to know about one another.

There’s just one problem: Hannah and Nick have never actually met.

Hannah has spent her entire life doing what she’s supposed to, but when her senior year spring break plans get ruined by a rule-breaker, she decides to break a rule or two herself. She impulsively decides to road trip to Las Vegas, her older sister and BFF in tow, to surprise Nick and finally declare her more-than-friend feelings for him.

Hannah’s surprise romantic gesture backfires when she gets to Vegas and finds out that Nick has been keeping some major secrets. Hannah knows the real Nick can’t be that different from the online Nick she knows and loves, but now she only has night in Sin City to figure out what her feelings for Nick really are, all while discovering how life can change when you break the rules every now and then.

(summary taken from goodreads).

My opinion on the book:

I had very mixed feeling about this book all the time while i was reading, for one, i loved the two main characters, they felt pretty real to me, but they kept doing very annoying things and sometimes all i wanted was to step into the story and take them for  a walk so i could tell them what to do. The thing is, those mistakes are pretty real for people the age of the characters, so it wasn’t sure what to think of it.

The setting is one we all know pretty well, as the internet and other kinds of communication are so normal in our day the story is a plausible one.

Hannah and Nick meet each other thanks to each other’s siblings and they had been friends for years without having actually meet in real life. They tried to arrange a meeting once but didn’t work, so they sort of gave up on the idea.

Suddenly one day the opportunity pops up for Hannah to travel to Las Vegas, where Nick lives, and she, her sister Grace and best friend  Lo take the chance. When they get there things go to hell and the real story begins.

Because we are talking about a YA contemporary book there are some unavoidable cliches, but i think it’s part of the charm of these kind of books. Mistakes are made, insecurities and bad friendships are all put on the table and each character has to make their own moves, to better or worse.

Personally i liked Hannah, but all the other characters felt a little pale next to her. Most of them are there just to keep the story running, and they aren’t developed.

The fact is, because i wanted so badly to enter the story and talk to the characters i think i was very invested in the story itself. And yeah, the story is easy going, it runs nicely, it doesn’t deal with extremely heavy topics and it’s a fast reading.

In conclusion, if you are looking for a nice story with a happy ending, with a little spice in the middle, but really, suitable even for the ones that like me can’t deal very well with love struggles and such…

Hope you enjoy the reading!

Beware of the spoiler

There’s something really nice about reading a book when it is published, isn’t it? The time when you can still use the internet without being afraid of  getting huge spoilers on that new book you want to read/finish so much.

But well, nothing is perfect apparently, who hasn’t been spoiled about critic events about to happen on that book series you’d been reading for ages but had been too busy to pick up the book that was released last week and by the time you are about to get to it you get spoilers, spoilers everywhere.

Spoilers are the natural enemy of a reader, right next to the writers (i’ll be talking about that on an upcoming post of “confessions of a shipperholic).

For a reason that escapes me, people really enjoy throwing spoilers over the internet, ruinning so many plot twists, it almost hurts. I can’t tell you how many books i won’t be reading anytime soon because the internet has accidentally spoiled the most crucial point of it all.

Let me tell you something, you cannot accidentally throw the fact that an important character dies while randomly commenting on a book. You just don’t do it, because it may ruin the experience to many other readers..

Although i have to admit that spoilers have saved me for picking up books i wouldn’t enjoy, for the most part, spoilers are just a pain in the arse. Like, you seriously thought i wanted to know my favorite character dies in the next book?

Another incredibly annoying thing is avoiding a spoiler so obvious that ends up being a spoilers by omission. Of the books i haven’t heard any major spoilers there are some that are extremely obvious, even though i haven’t read them all.

Let’s talk about some of the books that have been ruinned for me without spoiling anything to other readers.

A few of the books i wanted to read but i got spoiled on are:

Looking for Alaska. I’m not the biggest John Green’s fan, as i already commented on my unpopular opinion booktag but i had huge hopes about this book until in a weird list of recommendations someone compared the book to another one i had read and the spoiler became too obvious for me to even try and read the book, thanks for nothing person whom wrote that list.

The Throne of Glass. This book is the classic “we aren’t saying any spoilers – and by it we are actually making it a spoiler” series. I started reading this book at the beginning of the year, but as i got into it too many hints were thrown at me by the writer and then by people recommending it. Also, it had a little too perfect main character (but that isn’t the point of this post).

Clockwork Princess. Oh, now this book and all these series are huge spoilers to one another. You cannot actually read first one and then the other series, unless you read them by the way these books were published you are going to get spoiled. Also, if you watch the movie before reading the first three books you are in for a massive spoiler, a very annoying one.

Okay, so those are the books i currently remember, i checked my goodreads account but apparenly i have erased all the otherbooks i wanted to read but got spoiled about, except for the ones that were rightfully spoiled.

Rightfully spoiled? and what would that be?

Well, sometimes for the sake of the readers you have to make some disclammers, when a book may contain triggers, i think my favorite book of all time have a massive “spoiler” in the way it is presented, because i’m sure i was waiting for the thing to happen all the time, and yet when it did come to it, i wasn’t prepared, and yes i still think about it and cry, like, a lot.

Anyway, please, when you are writing/commenting on a book/series/tv show/whatever , remember there are people that haven’t yet got to the same place you did, and so some of those comments may spoil many surprises for them.

As i said at the beginning, waiting for something it’s incredible and so, having a thing you’d been waiting for so long it’s a great bummer…

Well, that’s all now. ‘Til next time!;)

 

 

September Wrap Up

So, because i will (apparently) never truly review all the books i read, i decided on a better way to actually talk about all the books i read in a month. From now on every month i’ll be doing a wrap up of all the books i read on the month! yay! …

Let’s start with the books i read this September then…

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Actually for this one, i do have a review, so if you want to read it, you just have to click on the cover of the book.

I’ll just say here that this book was super enjoyable, like, i devoured it. This is the kind of books i’m always looking for, the ones unexpected. It left me with a great feeling when i finished it.


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This novella, can i call it a novella? It’s a short story, so i guess… Well, this one, was pretty weird to read. I mean… the premise of the story is intriguing… a single man realized stuff in his house has started to disappear so he puts a camera on the kitchen to find out what’s going on.

The story develops very slowly, which made me rethink a few times if i should finish it, but it was so short, i managed to stay put. For some reason even thought i knew it was based on real events i was waiting for something creepy and out of this world to happen, i don’t even know why. But nothing did. This story is plain narrative of a weird event that happen to some guy in Japan. Still, the story talks so much about loneliness, the man himself was such a lonely existence it got me thinking about my *not-so-bright-or-promising* future.

So, although this is a real event, and nothing supernatural happened it got me pretty scared for the rest of the week.


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Sick kids on *sickcamp* try to live a normal life even though they can’t (the book in a nutshell). 

This book is about kids suffering from a new kind of untreatable tuberculosis, because of this they are sent to sort of camp, where they are treated until they get better by themselves or they die.

In this wonderful place we meet our heroes, a group of ‘rebels’ who try to live life as if nothing is wrong… or maybe they are trying their best to do everything because, hey, Yolo and they are sort of dying anyway.

I wasn’t planning on reading this book, i just randomly chose it and went with it. Because of that i wasn’t really expecting anything from this book and yet it gave me so many feelings.

First, the fact that the kids were quarantined reminded me of my own time in the hospital. Sure, it was for different reasons, but since then i always felt like i have th the plague and people don’t want me close. Same as these kids who knew that if they did recover from the sickness, people would still be afraid of remission and getting the illness themselves. Obviously my own sickness isn’t contagious, but many people are ignorant.

Anyway, the story moved fast but also in a good rhythm, you don’t have time to get bored. Although at some points it was difficult to read, because of the memories of my own experiences, i find this book to be a great reading.


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This book is about a teenage girl finding out that she has a condition called Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (meaning that although her chromosomes are XY  her body can’t respond to the androgens) and how when this fact finds its way through all school people start being mean to her. We also get to see her coping with the news herself, not being sure if she is really a girl as her outside looks or a boy as her chromosomes says.

I really liked the book, mostly because the most important thing was Krisi (the main character) going through a self discovery journey, while learning how are  her true friends and who aren’t. Also, there’s a little of romance on the book, but it isn’t much. I mean, to my taste it was the exact amount.

This kind of book, a coming-of-age, are one of my favorites, because it makes you think a lot, even when you don’t have the same problems as the characters, there’s always something that can speak to you.

I think that’s why i loved the book so much, i’ve been trying to find myself for a very long time, and reaading this kind of books reminds me that i’m not alone, sure each one of us have their own personal problems, but we are all struggling to be our truest selves.

Long story short; I loved this book very very much.


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I’ve been meaning to read this book for ages and i mean AGES. I bought this book back in 2008 and since then i tried to read this book about 10 times. I could never finish it. Don’t gt me wrong, i LOVE this book, every time i read it i loved it and yet i couldn’t finish it.

Set during WWII, if follows Captain John Yossarian, a U.S. Army Air Forces B-25 bombardier and other soldiers on his squadron based on the island of Pianosa (and as they go about other places in Italy). The story is a satirical telling of the war and the absurd bts of the military.

To be honest, Yossarian is one of my favorite literary characters ever, for some reason his pov resonates with me a lot.

I think the thing i loved the most about this book is the way the author described many scenes, from Yossarian’s pov but still in third person, i mean, i never experienced war like him and yet i felt as if i was there. Also, i felt as if i were on his place i would feel the same exact way.

I suppose this book isn’t for everyone, but it was a long due for me. I’m sure i’ll reread it, from beginning to end a few more times in my life time.


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There’s a lot of hype about this book. Since last year i’ve been seeing it everywhere and now even more because the movie adaptation is around the corner (if it isn’t already out).

I bought this book because so many people where talking about it, but i wasn’t sure i’ll like it. I love space and science and fiction, but i don’t read much science fiction as a whole, but it was a pretty much down to earth (more like to Mars really) book, so i figured i could check it out.

So, an Astronaut gets stranded alone on Mars and has to do everything he can to survive until NASA can come back and save him. First of all, NASA has to know he is alive, really. This sets us on an adventure of a life time, a very accurate storytelling based on true facts about outer space and such.

Let’s be honest here, i love the fact that the author did a lot of research for the book, but could you give Mark (the astronaut) a break. I mean… it’s maybe because i read the book super fast, but i felt as if too many bad things were happening to the main character all the fricking time. I understand that in a book stuff needs to happen, so we have the will to keep reading, but as i read it i felt exhausted. Poor guy.

So, yeah, it is a great book, i liked it a lot, but i’m guessing not as much as most people… yet, again, if you didn’t read it yet i recommend it, even more before you go watch the movie! (a must do i believe).


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I’ve been wanting on reading this book since it came out on 2010. For some reason i felt i have to read it. What did i know? i was right.

The book is about a boy named Daniel, whom has been reincarnating and remembering his previous lives for centuries. On his first life he meet a girl a thing that marked him deeply. Since then he has been looking for her, as through the ages he felt in love with her.  The girl, Lucy, has no recollection of her previous lives, but feels an attraction for Daniel. As the story develops, we learn about an ancient evil that will try to keep them apart at any cost.

This book has a lot of topics i love, deep and eternal love (without the cheesiness of it), reincarnation, history and totally lovable characters.

Many people complain about the ending, but i think i can live with it, even putting the book as one of my favorites i read so far this year. There’s something very sweet on it i think. Obviously i don’t want to spoil it for anyone, but i’ll say many people were frustrated.

The problem i had with this book is that many aspects of the story i’ve already met on a book i read at the beginning of the year, “Every Day” by David Levithan, which is sort of awkward but at the same time great. I mean a certain ability by one of minor characters from both books are the same and they both use it for their own, not so pretty, purposes.

Anyway, a great book that i loved to pieces.


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This book is about a girl named Kat,  new in town falling for her neighbor, Daemon, a boy with a secret (shocking, right?). The thing is the boy, his sister and some other people from town are actually aliens. If i had to really describe it i’ll say it’s a lot like Twilight but with aliens instead of Vampires.

Okay, so i’ve already talked about this book before and how difficult was to finishe reading this book for me. So, i’m really not big on romance, i don’ like or enjoy it most of the time, but the first book of this series for some reason convinced me to read it ad i sort of liked it, so i decided to keep on going with it.

The second book, this one,  i thought i’d like too, but then the cheesiness was way too much for me and so i wanted to drop it most of the time. When i finally finished it, it took me the whole month to get through it and wasn’t sure if i should keep on reading and to be honest i still don’t know if i’ll keep reading the series, so … i’m not sure of anything right now.


And so, those are all the books i read on September! I hope October will be at least as good as this one!

Well, that’s all for now,

’til next time 🙂

To keep reading or not to keep reading, that’s the question

Recently i finished -thank god is over- a very cheesy book. To be honest i don’t like that kind, but for some reason i thought I’ll like this one particular series although most people got excited about it and said it was Twilight with aliens.
Okay, first of all, let’s get over with it from the beginning; in my teen years i read and reread and reread twilight a gazillion times, and i really liked it, which is odd, because i don’t like vampires at all (except the ones from Vampire Academy and that was a surprise for me too). And yeah… Since then I’ve read a lot more and found many books i love better than twilight, but at the time it felt the right thing to read so, i regret nothing. Also, my twilight book is the one that helps me to get out of most of my reading slumps, so…
The thing is, since my twilight phase I’ve grown tired of cheesy and lovey dovey stuff and such.
Basically what i am trying to say is, i have no idea why did i decided to read the first book on the Lux series, other than me liking the idea of aliens living among us, walking among us. I really like the Lorien Legacies series too, sue me.
Anyway, i started Obsidian not expecting much, i just wanted an easy read (i got tired of ending books in tears) something fun, i don’t know. And to be honest i liked the first book an honorable amount. Yeah, it got cheesy at times but i could handle it somehow.
So, seeing it was a fun reading i decided to give the second book a shot too, what could go wrong, right?
What was i thinking?

The second book got much cheesier than the first one, and all the time i was reading i wanted to drop it. But i figured, why not finish it, was already half way through… so i give it a chance…

I went on and off with the book for weeks, until i got the streight to finish it yesterday… when i started the last chapter i was feeling blessed, and so it was until the last few pages… the book ended on a weird sort of cliffhanger that would really bother me if i never know how it got resolved.

And so… now i don’t know what to do, should i read the next book or shouldn’t? I’m like, not sure if i could pull through another whole book, also if i read the third one maybe i should read the last two too, because otherwise that would be sort of foolish… or not…

Oh well, now i have something to think about at work while bored…

Another Day by David Levithan

I was really lucky to get an advanced copy of this book to read on NetGalley, in exchange of a truthful review, so, here we go!

Another Day

Genre: YA Contemporary
Pages:  300
Publisher: Random House Children’s
Rating: 5 stars

Summary: Every day is the same for Rhiannon. She has accepted her life, convinced herself that she deserves her distant, temperamental boyfriend, Justin, even established guidelines by which to live: Don’t be too needy. Avoid upsetting him. Never get your hopes up.

Until the morning everything changes. Justin seems to see her, to want to be with her for the first time, and they share a perfect day—a perfect day Justin doesn’t remember the next morning. Confused, depressed, and desperate for another day as great as that one, Rhiannon starts questioning everything. Then, one day, a stranger tells her that the Justin she spent that day with, the one who made her feel like a real person . . . wasn’t Justin at all.

My Opinion on the book:

I remember reading Every Day and I remember falling in love with A’.  This book did the same for me, but this time i fell in love with Rhiannon.

Very much as the writer explains at the beginning of the book this is a companion, not a sequel per se. This book is the retelling of what happened in Every Day from Rhiannon point of view. The book can be read even if you hadn’t read the previous one, you can first read this one and then Every Day, it’s really that simple, this book, as the previous one can be a stand alone, a Wonderful stand alone, or a Wonderful companion, you decide.

One of the things i loved the most about this book is how well presented are Rhiannon thoughts about all that’s happening, about A’, about what makes us really ourselves, about who you love, how you see others and how others see you. More than once i had to stop reading to think about what those words were actually saying.

Although many may be a little dissapointed by the fact that the story in the book is just the same one from another point of view, i think this makes it more relatable… I know most of us won’t be finding a person that inhabitats others’ bodies for a day, and so, but hearing the story told by a regular person, it kind of made it more palpable.

Personally i found the book very relatable because of the kind of person Rhiannon is, i mean, i could see myself thinking the way she was through the book. This fact made the whole experience even more enjoyable.

Also, it ended in a cliffhanger strong enough to make you believe it may get a sequel (i really hope so because it was such an incredible ending!).

In my personal opinion, this book is one of those that you can’t find many, because they are so special. One that have so many little wonderful things that will make you tear up, laugh a lot, get angry, get frustrated and get excited, all in 300 pages. This little Wonder made my days while i was reading it, and still makes me smile while remember it…

I recommend this book to all those who loved Every Day, to those who haven’t read it, and especially to those who always dreamt of something fantastic coming into their normal, regular lives (me being the first in line).

No doubt this was a heart warming reading, to read asap, it is totally worth it.

Great!

So, a little while ago, thanks to tumblr, I discovered this website called NetGalley, a website where you get to read yet to be published books in exchange of a review of them.

A few days ago i requested the book Another Day by David Levithan, because i loved the previous one Every Day, so much. Although i wasn’t expecting much of it, because normally i never get things i want, my request was accepted! And i’m very excited because of it!!

Now i’m trying to get hold of a tablet (someone must have one) where i’ll be able to read it (… my step father’s smartphone isn’t the best option… T_T). Maybe my sister will be nice (for once) and i’ll get to read the book asap!

So… Expect the review of the book coming soon ~~! And i mean as soon as possible! Because i’m dying to read it already :).