August Wrap Up

This year is sort of running me over. So, August is gone, that’s WOW, i felt like the month passed too fast but at the same time it wouldn’t come to an end (??). It was sort of weird.

Anyway, another month of reading, .. it was a good month. I read some really interesting stuff i really loved and some others that were good too but i’m not sure i would reread them…

And now, let me show you the books i read this past month!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two by J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Cursed Child  by J.K. Rowling, Jack Throne, and John Tiffany ♥♥♥♥

Now that i realize, i totally forgot to write a review to this book/play… i hope i’ll get to it in September, though i don’t think there’s much i can say that wasn’t sad by others… maybe instead of a review i’ll publish an opinion on it and some other stuff happening in the Harry Potter universe this year…

It was a nice read, i really enjoyed Scorpion&Albus’s friendship/characters. I wish we could get some more reading material about them both.

I’m not a 100% sure it was in the same level as the other books, as it wasn’t written by the same person and if i could reread it. But, for the moment it was a fun read and i’m glad i read it. Anyway… review coming soon (enough).

La Misa del Diablo by Miguel Prenz The Black Mass/The Devil’s Mass by  Miguel Prenz ♥♥♥♥

This book was my fourth non-fiction reading this year, meaning i got to my goal of reading 4 non-fiction books in 2016.

The book is about the murder of a kid that happened in Argentina back on 2006. The actual murder was treated a satanic ritual perpetrated by Umbanda believers.

It tries to understand what really happened and who were the intellectual authors of the crime since the perpetrators say they are just patsies.

It’s a very interesting reading, since it starts with the murder of a child, but it turns to all the corruption happening in the province where it happened and honestly, apparently there were a lot more of people implicated that it seems. All very dark, creepy, and unsettling.

I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid ♥♥♥♥

The more i think about this book, the more i like it.

It’s the weird story of a couple traveling to meet the boyfriend’s parents in the country. The book is all dark and shady, most of the time you won’t understand what is actually happening, and it gives the book a more enjoyable touch.

I wrote a review for the book, you can find it HERE.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli ♥♥♥♥♥

This book was actually one of my favorite reads last year, so i decided to give myself a treat and read something that i knew i loved.

This is one of the sweetest books i’ve read, i had so much fun reading it again, pretty much like the first time i read it.

Since i jsut reread it, it’s pretty fresh in my mind and i haven’t reviewed the book yet, i’ll try my best to write the review for this in the next weeks. It’s a really great read and i totally recommend the book to everyone. Please stay tuned for the review coming up!

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare ♥♥♥♥(more like 4.5)

Another reread for me this month. Really enjoyed it. It totally reminded me why i love the series so much.

By far my favorite book from the second trilogy of The Mortal Instruments.

I talk about the TMI a lot, so i don’t think there’s much i need to say about it here, really…

Fan Art by Sarah Tregay Fan Art by Sarah Tregay ♥♥♥♥

The sweet story of a boy in love with his best friend, but is his best friend in love with him? Is Mason actually flirting with him? Is Jamie imagining this stuff?

A really fun and easy read, i recommend it to people that enjoyed Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda and ones that haven’t read that one, yet. I think i’ll be posting a review for this one too… man, i’m really behind with my reviews! i hope i get some inspiration soon to write them! i’ll try to post two reviews per week this month…

Unlocking Worlds by Sally  Allen Unlocking Worlds by Sally Allen ♥♥

A book for book lovers, the author talks about what is like to love reading books. I really liked the fact that it put into words my messsed up thoughts about reading and everything book related.

The second part of the book gives you recommendations of books according to the genre you like to read. There are some interesting recommendations there, it was a good read.

Poe Dameron #5 by Charles Soule Poe Dameron #5 by Charles Soule and Illustrations by Phil Noto ♥♥♥♥

Poe Dameron’s comic, August issue.

This one was pretty interesting, i’m still waiting for all the action to really begin, but it seems we are heading in the right way. Really looking forward for it to continue. I love Poe and i think there’s a lot of potental on his characters, I hope it lives to the hype.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury Classic of the month – Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury ♥♥♥♥♥

Man this freaking book. So a few months ago i read 1984 by George Orwell, and i thought no classic will get to its level (in my liking scale) but this book was freaking amazing. I enjoyed every single moment i was reading it, like seriously i just couldn’t get to the end fast enough, i was dying to know what will happen next.

I totally recommend this book to every book lover, i don’t know. I feel like everyone should at least give it a try. Like, okay, i’m just in love with it.

The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe  Classic of the monthThe Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe ♥♥♥

So, i read another classic this month, i did it because last month i didn’t read any… i decided on this one…. i don’t know why but i didn’t enjoyed it as much as i expect. May be because i already knew the endgame of it or something … Still, the way he chose the words was amazing, and that was an enjoyment by itself.

 

And that’s all for the wrap up! Pretty neat month 😀

Hope this September it’s a good reading month to everyone!

Happy Readings!

firma

January wrap up

The first month of the year is coming to an end…. it was a pretty good one, to be honest, i  managed to do some serious reading, a total of 8 books, 3 comic books and 2 novellas and a play.

So, let’s revisit it all.

Homeroom Diaries by James Patterson  Homeroom Diaries ♥♥

I’ve already talked about this book in the review i wrote about it at the beginning of the month, which you can find here [x]. So, to keep it short here, i’ll just say that when i saw it in the bookstore it booked so much fun but in the end i didn’t enjoy it much.

 

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp This Is Where It Ends ♥♥♥♥

When i decided to read this book i never expected to enjoy it as much as i actually did… i wrote a review for the book, you can find here [x]. This book is a little harsh, becuase of the topics it touches, butthey are incredibly handled, and because of that i think people should give it a chance, they are in for a great reading!

Star Wars by Alan Dean Foster Star Wars: The Force Awakens A Novel ♥♥♥♥

Well, the movie was great, and the novelization follows the same path. Practically it’s running the movie in your head for a little longer than 2 hours and having some deleted scenes,  feelings and thoughts that can’t be put in a movie. In the book we get a little more of Poe Dameron (thanks so much for this) like, how he survived the crash in Jakku and how he managed to come back to the resistence. It’s a pretty great book, i enjoyed it very much, mostly because i was so obsessed with the movie at the moment i couldn’t get it out of my system, it helped me to get through the difficult times.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets ♥♥♥♥

Last year i decided on rereading Harry Potter, so i just kept going with it. It’s been a while since i read the books, but i find it amazing to still remember little comments and a lot of minuscule things that happen on the books. It was, as always a fun read. Like, you’ll think that reading a book you read when you were 11 will feel dull after 14 years, but nope, that doesn’t happen with Harry Potter. Yeah, i may not have the excitment i had the first time i read the book, mostly because i know and rememebr what will happen, but there’s a different excitment, a good one in rereading a beloved book.

The Amazing Book is Not on Fire by Dan Howell The Amazing Book Is Not On Fire ♥♥♥♥

I wrote a complete review for this book, you can find it here [x]. The book is lovely, a complete piece of art. I think everyone can enjoy it, really. Also i checked out the audiobook after reading it, it’s even greater! These two guys totally made it with the book and audiobook, you should check it out!!!

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

Okay, so i wrote a review for the book, but it’s still waiting for publication, so i’ll talk a little bit about the book here.

This was so far the greatest book i read this year. It i sso dofferent from the style and kind of reading i do normally. I took it because i thought i could be a refreshing way of starting the year, reading something different and i completely fell in love with it. I loved the characters so much, especially Meericat and Constance. I don’t know how to describe the reasons i loved the book so much, it’s just that amazing. To my all time favorites.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban ♥♥♥♥

Continuing rereading Harry Potter chronologically, i love this book so much. I already talked about the idea of rereading the books, so here i’ll just say that i got so emotional when we finally get to meet Sirius. Oh Sirius, i love him so much. When i started reading the books this one was my favorite, and i totally understand why. I still remember i got it for my 12th birthday, and i was so incredibly happy. Oh man, i love Harry Potter, so much.

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly ♥♥♥♥

I’m like, wow.. i just finished reading this book and i want to write a review for it, so you stay put it’s coming.

The story is about a girl that was part of a cult, where her hands were cut off. Now, when the cult crashed and she faces some stuff she did in juvie we get to see the life she is learning to have and the one she did have before. Amazing and powerful storytelling. I’ll leave it there for now. Review coming soon.

 

Shattered Empire #1 of 4 by Greg Rucka Shattered Empire Volumens 1-3 ♥♥♥♥

The story of what happened after the end of episode VI. It’s pretty neat to have this to read, because it a little bridge between episodes VI and VII. I enjoyed it much, although i didn’t finished reading it, i still have volumen 4 waiting for me. The Damerons are in there! Oh oh! I love Poe’s parents, they are amazing.

Also, i want to say i totally loved art, it’s incredible. Like, you see Princess Leia as a comic character but it totally reminds you of the real actress without losing the comicish thing… amazing.

The Course of True Love [and First Dates] by Cassandra ClareBorn to Endless Night by Cassandra ClareShort Novellas – The Course of True Love (and First Dates) and Born to Endless Night ♥♥♥♥

These two were rereads, because all the Shadowhunter fuzz made me very happy and we’ll get to see my OTP together! yay! Malec is my favorite! So, i decided on rereading some happy moments of theirs. Good short stories for Malec’s fans.

Macbeth by William ShakespeareMacbeth – Classic of the month.

So, i can’t believe i managed to read a classic this month, but i did! Yeah! this was the first time i read a Shakespeare’s play and i gotta say i expected something different, like more commands or something. But the story is compelling, not for nothing it is still *alive* to this day. Anyway, he was a little b****, but a one that’s fun to read about. Now i wish it was a novel…did someone rewrote it as a novel? If not, does the universe want me to do it? I did it wit what happened previously to Antigone… yeah well, me and my fanfiction… what?!

 

‘Til Next Time ;).

C.

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 😉

 

 

 

Wrapping Up 2015

Another year is coming to an end, and oh wow, this was a heck of an year.

For started, back in the first week of the year i published here my first entry, then i didn’t even know what to do with this blog, i mean i had some ideas but i although i put some of them in words, my mind was pretty vague.

Any way, since then i started posting more frecuently and next year i hope will be even better. <fingers crossed>.

I started this year with only one goal, maybe two… I wanted to read 50 books, then i changed it for 100 when i saw i was in a good reading place, since then i managed this:tumblr_nveyloYHXu1uhggrro9_250 - עותק

Which is awesome, i read way more than i expected at first. Also, this year i found so many great books, new ones and a little older that i haven’t read, and it was incredible.

Somehow i managed to buy more than 100 books (obviously, because only in November i bought about 37), and i’m hoping i’ll get to many of them next year, meaning already tomorrow.

Sadly i didn’t get to some of the books i was planning to; The Ask and the Answer, Monsters of Men, The Magicians & We Are Completely Beside Ourselves. But really, i got to some of the best i’ve read anyway. It was real fun.

Apart of books […] i got to some really great stuff, back in August i got to travel to London all by myself, and it was epic, i visited so many places!

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Greenwich, museums, churches, Shakespeare’s Globe, a Lord of the dance show, i saw [finally!!] the change of guard at Buckingham Palace!, i went to an event where i got to meet in person David Levithan (one of my favorite authors!!), Lisa Williamson and Louise O’Neill!

I also visited The Making Of Harry Potter ! and travelled by train to Cardiff where i went to The Doctor Who Experience

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Man, i enjoyed every second of my visit to England. It was the best trip  ever [i’m already planning my next trip there].

IMG_6306Wow, i’m completely forgetting to talk about  the most important thing!! I adopted a beautiful dog back in March [like, how could i forget?! he is nagging me to go out right this moment!], my sister and I adopted this cutie we called Chobi, he was born in February and we got him from his mom’s owner, with whom we are still in touch.

Anyhow… let’s keep moving…

Oh! I almost forgot the Cirque Du Soleil! I saw the show in July and it was amazing, next year if they come i’ll be (again) in the first row to see them!

As for tv shows and anime watched; i started watching some great shows this year; Air Crash Investigation (XD), Sleepy Hollow, The Librarians, Tokyo Ghoul, Terror in Resonance, Sense8, Heroes (one of my favorite shows ever) Reborn, iZombie, Fresh Off The Boat, Mr. Robot… Digimon got back! (which reminds me i haven’t talked about it since March or April…) and the new Detective Conan movie !

Yep, i had a busy with nonsense year, also thin kabout the fact that Sleepy Hollow and The Librarians i saw twice, The Big Bang Theory got the same treat this year … isaw it all twice in a row. Currently i’m rewatching another of my favorites, The Office.

So, anyhow… although the past week was a difficult one i spent mostly in bed, most of the year was spent in a great capacity, for what concerns me.

Next year i’m looking forward to some really good looking books, my TBR list stands with about 372 books right now, the premiere of Shadowhunters (!) of which i’ll be talking about the moment it happens! the Cirque Du Soleil as i said before, some  book to movie adaptations, start my Biotechnology studies (i hope) and finding a  new (and better) job!

I hope your year was good and the next one even better! For all our dreams to come true, to have hope and believe in ourselves even more!

Thank you so much for everything,  for been there, for reading what i had to say and i hope to see you next year! I hope you all start 2016 the best way possible.

My best wishes to yo and all my love,

C.

 

November wrap up

Another month is over, and it’s time for me to wrap it up and review a little all the books i got to read in November, hope you enjoy it!

Hyperbole and a half ♥♥♥♥♥

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The moment i heard about this book i knew i wanted to read it, it took me a while to get my hands on it, but finally last month i saw it at my local bookstore and bought it without thinking twice. The book is a memoir of the author, Ally Brosch, whom has been publishing this stories on her blog for a while now. I enjoyed the stories she told, a lot, it was funny and very relatable. I laughed and tear up a bit. A great reading, really. Many people thought it is a kids’ book because of the drawing, but it’s not. It’s awesome, i recommend it a lot, seriously.


 

Sleepy Hollow ♥♥♥

93261Okay, so i decided on reading this short story because i started watching the show and thought it would be weird to not know the original story… to be honest, i wasn’t very impressed by it. Maybe i should have read it before i watched the show, i don’t know… anyway, now i know the original story and that’s all.

 


Life In Outer Space ♥♥♥

16119664New girl in town is awesome, everyone likes her, even the little group of outsiders that spend their time in the computers room. Camille may look like the coolest popular girl that came from NY back to Australia, but nothing prepares Sam for how much his life is going to change because of her. A romantic little YA novel, pretty sweet, with no plot twist, just life itself.

I bought this book by mistake, oh man, i think i forgot to count this book in my purchases this month… anyway, i wanted to read this book for a while now, but i have to say that it wasn’t what i was expecting.

I may have thought that there would be aliens, which are not, but even if it wouldn’t be that, at least i was expecting something less cliche that the story was.


 

Zeroes ♥♥♥♥

24885636All Ethan wanted was a ride home, but the night is going to take a wild jump and he’ll find himself on a wild wild ride. Set in our world or maybe a parallel one that is pretty much like ours, with the only difference is a group of teenagers that have ‘super’ powers. The story follows these teenagers in the events after that night.

I liked the story, although sometimes i found it hard and annoying to keep reading mostly because so many of the characters i didn’t like very much. This is the first book i read that was written by Scott Westerfeld, [and yeah, i know he co-written it with another two authors], and i have to say.. i wasn’t very impressed by it. So many people like his books and i’m not even sure… i have to think some more before deciding if i’ll be reading the next book when it is published.

Anyway, i give it a high score [4 out of 5 hearts] because the story is compelling, just some of the characters are annoying.


 

The Rest of Us Just Live Here ♥♥♥♥♥

229109001I already reviewed this book here, so i’ll just say that it was one of my favorite reads this year, i enjoyed the story very much… also, it really inspired me to read more books by Patrick Ness (you’ll see…)

 

 


 

 

In Real Life ♥♥♥

215259951I got an arc of this book from NetGalley and actually it’s being released only next year but i made a review of it already [x].

Hannah and Nick had been friends for years, only they don’t know each other in person, only online and by phone. When Hannah decides to go meet Nick (by surprise) she never expected what will become of her visit.

A good easy going reading, it’s pretty enjoyable, i only had a few problems with some actions by the characters [i explained it on the review], but yeah, it was a good read. I’ll be reminding all of this book when the release date approaches.


 

A Monster Calls ♥♥♥♥♥

8621462One night Connor wakes up to find a moster has come to him, but the monster isn’t at all what you’ll expect of a monster. This monster is ancient and wise. The mosnter has come to take the most personal thing from Connor.. Whom isn’t just dealing with this but with his mother’s illness, the bullying at school and so many other things.

This book left me speechless and also made me cry a lot. I think everyone should read this book, it is so simple and yet so powerfull. A few weeks ago a booktuber i really like [Clau Reads Books]  commented about this book and said she thinks this book should be an obligatory reading on school and although i’m against the idea of obligatory [anything] readings i agee with her on this. A book that won’t leave anyone untouched.


 

The Knife of Never Letting Go ♥♥♥♥♥

13083049To be honest, this was the first Patrick Ness’ book i tried reading, back in the beginning of the year but i couldn’t find myself in it so i put it away ffor a while. Second time around i found the book to be awesome.

Todd lives in Prentisstown, an all men town in an all men world, where everyone can hear everyone’s ‘noise’. Life seems pretty normal until one day he discovers a silent spot outside the town. From here on, Todd will have to start a journey he isn’t sure where will it take him, along with his dog Manchee and a girl from the skies, to discover the secrets from the new world and more.

This was an incredibly enjoyable reading, i was very surprised the second time i picked up the book and now i can’t wait to start reading the second book.

 

And those were all the books i read this month, when adding these to the pile of books i read from the beginning of the year i’m at 97/100 of my reading goal of the year!! great! Not to mention yesterday i finished reading The Testing which i started in November but i’ll count it as of December because of when i finished it… another 2 books until i reach my goal! Great Great Great!

‘Til Next Time 😉