Favorite Books I Never Talk About

When i talk about books i love, i always talk about the same ones. I’ve realized this not long ago and because of that i wanted to get a shout out to the rest of the books i adore with all my heart and never give them the space they deserve. Obviously there are more books that may be on a favorite standard, but either i can recalled them this moment or i just talked about them before.

The Catcher in the Rye

Yes, i do realize having this book as a favorite is a cliche. Still, i remember reading it when i was in high school and really feeling connected to Holden. There was something different about him than any other character i’ve ever read about and so i used to call him my literary boyfriend, thinking on how we would run away together. It’s been a while since i last read the book and i can’t remember if he wanted to go east or west (i think east), but i used to write him letters every week.

Catch-22

This book changed my life and the way i write fiction. I remember the death of Snowden in the book as if i read it yeasterday. The way this book describes things, it just changed me forever. I loved the main character, and i loved the fact that his crewmate was dead in the tent and nobody cared. Like, honestly, what is this book. Can i tattoo everything on my skin, i wish i had this book on my body.

Fahrenheit 451

The book i wish i could remember by heart. If you know what i mean. At first i didn’t like this book, but by the end i was so engaged i couldn’t stop reading it. Such a remarkable book. I have scenes marked in my brain, i think i’ll never forget them.

1984

I own the same edition. I remember reading it in spanish for the first time, and how i started to talk the same way the characters did while i was reading it. I had many expectation for O’Brein, but i guess back then i wasn’t that good catching up what was gonna happen. Now it’s much easier. Another book i wish i could tattoo on my skin. Amazing book.

Flowers for Algernon

When i read this book i happened to meet a person with the same characteristics as the main character which made the experience even more interesting. Obviously the person i knew didn’t went through the treatment as the main character (Charlie) did, but he began in the same place as the person i met. It was interesting because i could see their behavior and understood more the story Charlie was going through, or so i felt.

Manuscript Found in Accra

I haven’t read much by Paulo Coelho, but this is my favorite book by him. By far the most eye opener of them all, i enjoy it so much, i love the quotes i took from it, i still think about them a lot. Still, not one of my favorite authors, i think he is pretty overrated. I know i’m being ridiculous because i keep reading his books after not liking them, but one was worth it, maybe there’s another gem out there.

I'm Thinking of Ending Things

Sometimes when i’m stressed out i like to repeat a song, a word, a phrase. I’m thinking of ending things is one of those lines i like to repeat to myself when i’m feeling anxiety. For some reason after a while it helps me get trhough the difficult time. Now, the book was the most unexpected book i’ve read in a very long time, and i adored it when i read it. Still one of my favorites.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Somedays i can’t stop myself from thinking about this book. It was just so eerie, i adored it. I don’t have muh to say about it, i just, felt to conected to the characters i couldn’t stop reading once i started i finished it in one sit. Remarkable and unforgettable, the story of these two sisters and what happens in this house will live with me forever.

That’s it! these are some of my favorite books, it’s a shame i don’t speak about them enough so i wanted you to know how much i love them! Do you have any books you really love but you feel like you don’t speak about them enough? Leave your comment down below!

Books Recently Added To My Favorites Ever!

I had to get inventive here, you see… we are in the beginning of February and i never talked to you about my favorite books of 2016, so i figured i could share my top 5 readings of last year disguising it as Books Recently Added To My Favorites Ever!

Am I clever or what?

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Symptoms of Being Human#5  Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

Synopsis [here].

The story is about Riley a gender fluid teenager that isn’t out yet to their parents, is new at school and is the child of a congressman. Now, all this come perfectly into one of the most interesting books i read in 2016, not only because it was the first time i read about a gender fluid character in a book but also because of the way the story was told and the plot itself.

I totally loved the fact that you are never told if Riley was born a boy or a gir, because that’s not the important thing about the character. The story is full of feelings and beautiful moments as well as pretty hard ones.

Obviously, i totally recommend it to everyone, it’s on my favorites after all.

The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4)#4.5 The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Synopsis [here].

I wasn’t about to add this book to the list really, that’s why it’s half a number. Don’t get me wrong i love The Raven Cycle quartet, i think it’s one of my favorite series, but really even though i really loved the way it ended there were some parts that when looking back i feel were a bit lacking. I still love it a lot and all but my favorite book remains The Dream Thieves.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle #4 We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson

Synopsis [here].

I read this book at the beginning of 2016 and i still remember every feeling it got me when reading it. It was written in such an incredible way i just loved it to pieces. Really, it is a gothic sort of story that will keep you wanting more even when you are still reading it.

 

More Than This #3 More Than This by Patrick Ness

Synopsis [here].

Patrick Ness never seizes to amaze me really. There isn’t a book i read by him i haven’t loved. Honestly, all of his books are in my favorites.

In this book, there was something that really was more than anything. I don’t know how to explain the way it made me feel, but i’ll say that from time to time when i think about all that happens in the book and especially about the end i’m awed.  Seriously this book was amazing and kept me guessing all the way through.

1984 #2 1984 by George Orwell

Synopsis [here].

Out of all the classics i read last year this one was the one that got me going ‘wow’ all the way. Honestly, i thought i could enjoy reading some classics but this one was in a completely different level because of everything. I loved it and enjoyed it so much. Sure, it took me a while to really enter the story but the moment i did, i was so hooked. It is incredible.

 

Half Lost (The Half Bad Trilogy, #3) #1 Half Lost by Sally Green

Synopsis [here].

Ok, this was my favorite book of 2016 by far, like honestly, i cried so much over this book, it reminds me of All The Bright Places (in the crying level). Well, i read Half Wild too in 2016 and loved it a lot too, but if i haveto choose between them both, Half Lost broke my heart so badly i just can’t ignore it. So yeah, this book was my favorite.

Well, you see… the Half Life trilogy is by far my favorite trilogy to this day and i believe it will take a lot for another trilogy for it to mean to me as much as this one does. I love the characters and the story so much, i don’t have he right words.

Oh man, this book broke my heart, and still i’m so glad i got to read this amazing trilogy. Like, i think everyone should give it a try at least because it felt really unique and super interesting, like the way it was written and the story itself. I just adore it, okay … i’m never getting over this.

And that’s all for now! Obviously, there’s another book that became an absolute favorite not long ago but it was in 2017 so i’ll be talking about that book when the time is right.

‘Til Next Time 😉

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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 😉

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!

 

 

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

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ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES

Genre: YA Contemporary
Pages:  388
Publisher: Knopf 
Format: Paperback
Rating: 5 stars

Summary: The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.
 
Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

My Review:

Before I say anything, two important things to know about all this,

  • Because from the very beginning it seemed to me as a sad story, i wasn’t really planning on reading this book, I saw many comments in tumblr about *cryings* and *feels* and stuff, so yeah, i said to myself i would not read it… But i just found it on a bookstore shelf one random day, as if it was waiting there for me, so i took it.
  • This is the first time I write a review about a book, it took me many weeks to finally be able to sit and write it, so please understand, i just felt as if I was in need to make justice to this book i loved so much, i needed to write for it a review, my first review ever.

So, here we go;

Romance, somehow i cannot run away from this topic in YA books, it’s always cheesy and I feel stupid reading that stuff, so i avoid it like the plague.

At first sight, this book it’s nothing but another regular YA book, boy meets girl, boy befriends girl, boy and girl fall in love, boy struggles with depression, more like a Bipolar Disorder, the boy’s world gets more and more difficult to handle…

Ok, so yeah, many books bring up topics like mental illness, and i gotta say that many of them don’t seem to know what they are talking about… (let’s not get there now…). In my opinion books about this kind of topic, where the writer clearly doesn’t understand what is it really it’s a big deal breaker, i hated many books because of this.

As a person suffering from a mental illness myself, and spending my teen years wanting to end it all, I felt as i could relate with Finch most of the time, many of his phrases echoed in my head as those i used to tell myself a few years ago, and sometimes even now.

“Is today a good day to die?”  – The character of Theodore Finch, is a clear image of a kid finchstruggling with life itself. He’s always thinking about ways to die, he spends many days on total shutdowns, which i believe were the depression episodes of his Bipolar Disorder, he feels as if he is *asleep* or *awake*, and most of the time is afraid of the “asleep” phase.

The story starts a few days after he woke up (again) and he meets Violet by accident. From there, Finch and his awaken self starts to do pretty much anything to see her, and slowly they fall in love while doing a Geography project together.

violetViolet (*UltraViolet*) was once as any other teenage girl, popular, had a cute boyfriend, life was great (and superficial) until one day she lost her sister. Now she is having a hard time getting over the loss, she is afraid of getting on cars (because her sister died in a car accident) and she isn’t herself anymore. She was part of the popular girls, and although they still talk to her, for her it just isn’t the same. Starting a friendship with Finch is, no doubt, an important change on her  life, not only Finch helps her cope with her problems, but she also learns how to do it by herself.

Yeah, it sounds like any other YA book ever, I know, and although there aren’t surprises along the way (at least i didn’t find anything unexpected…), this is a book that is worth the time reading it, not only because the story is very sweet and the characters feel real, but because it’s so beautifully written. I honestly don’t know how many times i had to put it down to think about the sentence i just read or because i just started crying.

This is a book i would recommend to any YA lit lover, who hadn’t read it yet. I think i ended it being a different person from the one i was when i started it. I still sit about sometimes and think of how beautiful and endearing the book was.

Anyhow, a wonderful story, lovely character and a great debut novel by Jennifer Niven, to whom i wanna thank because this book might have save my life.

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