Reading Habits Book Tag

Meet the Blogger, Tags

Hallo! I’m glad to be alive and writing this post today. On my last post I told you that hurricaine Irma would be passing near my country and it was a horrific day I’m forced to remember again because again we’re in hurricaine Maria’s path, so it continues…ย ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

But, anyway, I’m not here to talk about bad news, as you can see the title I decided to do a new tag. This one I saw it in the blog of the lovely Rachael here. Let’s start…

1. Do you have a certain place in home for reading?

I read in my room or in the couch. But specially on my bed with my fairy lights on ๐Ÿ™‚

2. Bookmark or a random piece of paper?

Who doesn’t prefer bookmarks?!

3. Can you stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/a certain amount of pages?

Well, I can stop reading, but I also have to stop at some times. For example if my mother comes to my room and want to talk exactly when I’m reading…ย ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

4. Do you eat or drink whilst reading?

I drink coffee most of the time, or it could be hot cocoa too ๐Ÿ˜‰

5. Multitasking: Music or TV whilst reading?

Soft Jazz or piano. NO TV…

6. One book at a time or several?

Just one. I need to focus on what I’m reading. I’ve tried to read more than one book at once but I had to stop it.

7. Reading at home or everywhere?

Everywhere! I always carry my current read wherever I go.

8. Read out loud or silently in your heard?

Silently in my head ๐Ÿ˜‰

9. Do you read ahead or skip pages?

Ahead.

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

Who in the name of God would break the spine of a book?! Really, does that happens?ย 

11. Do you write in your books?

I used to do it, but not now.

 

That was all from me peeps! Thanks for readingย โค

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August 2017 Wrap-Up

Author Interview, Book Review, Favorite Readings, Wrap-Up

Hallo! Welcome to my first Wrap-Up here in the blog. I’ve done this before on my IG account, but not in all of my captions.

I wanted to start doing Wrap-Ups since early this year, but I kept postponing it because I thought I was a very slow reader. Then I remembered “you don’t have to be a super reader and read 10 books in a month”. So I was thinking about to start next year, in January, but then I thought it was a long wait. And considering my blog is almost one year old, I decided to do it before… I mean right now!

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylorโ‡’โ‡’โ‡’โ‡’ย 3.5/5ย โ˜…

ย This was my first time reading Laini Taylor and I have to say I fell in love with her writing style. The world-building and the magic surrounding this story itโ€™s unique. But there were a few things that dissapointed me while reading this book. For a full review, please click here.

The book Reapers by Mark C. Kingโ‡’โ‡’โ‡’โ‡’ย ย 4.5/5ย โ˜…

Since I started reading The book Reapers I felt an inmediate connection with the main character and the victorian air surrounding the story. The story is amazing and touching. Click here to read my complete review and the author interview.

When Marnie was There by Joan G. Robinsonโ‡’โ‡’โ‡’โ‡’ย 5/5ย โ˜…

As a big fan of Studio Ghibli, when I first heard about โ€œWhen Marnie was thereโ€ it was because of the movie adaptation they made. At that moment, I did not know it was a book. So I spoiled myself because I already knew what was goint to happen in the end. Read my review here.

So that’s all, I just read these three books this month, but please don’t judge me, I’ve been sick and busy. I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Hurricaine Irma will be passing near the island tomorrow, so we’re under threat, please stay safe ๐Ÿ™‚

That was all from me peeps! Thanks for readingย โค

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The Vanishing of Katharina Linden Spoiler Free Review

Book Review, Unliked Books

Hallo! Happy Saturday! I bought a copy of this book in spanish a long time ago after reading the synopsis. I thought it was interesting and finally decided to read it this past week. I finished reading TVKL last night and it left me like WAT… What in the world I just read? Let’s start…

Goodreads Synopsis:

It isnโ€™t ten-year-old Piaโ€™s fault that her grandmother dies in a freak accident. But tell that to the citizens of Piaโ€™s little German hometown of Bad Mรผnstereifel, or to the classmates who shun her. The only one who still wants to be her friend is StinkStefan, the most unpopular child in school.

But then something else captures the communityโ€™s attention: the vanishing of Katharina Linden. Katharina was last seen on a float in a parade, dressed as Snow White. Then, like a character in a Grimmโ€™s fairy tale, she disappears. But, this being real life, she doesnโ€™t return.
Pia and Stefan suspect that Katharina has been spirited away by the supernatural. Their investigation is inspired by the instructiveโ€”and cautionaryโ€”local legends told to them by their elderly friend Herr Schiller, tales such as that of Unshockable Hans, visited by witches in the form of cats, or of the knight whose son is doomed to hunt forever.

Then another girl disappears, and Pia is plunged into a new and unnerving place, one far away from fairy talesโ€”and perilously close to adulthood.

My opinion.

I have a positive point about the plot. When I was reading I thought it was a really interesting story, with all the supernatural ambiace surrounding it. But then, just few pages ahead I started to feel dissapointed. The mistery of the beginning dissapeared, there was a lack of sense in the plot and the end was predictable.

My major conflict with the book was the protagonist, Pia Kolvenvach. She was inmature, stubborn, selfish? Yeah. Everything about the vanishing of Katharina Linden stopped to focuse on Pia’s life, leaving behind the urgency to find out what was going on.

The concept of the plot was good, interesting, I personally think it could have been an awesome book, if only the plot line was developped in another way.

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Rating.

2.5/5ย โ˜…

That was all from me peeps! Thanks for readingย โค

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When Marnie was there book impressions

Book Review, Favorite Readings, TBR

Hi there human beings! I decided to write a short review about this book because I thought it was too good to not write about it. Have you heard the title before? If not, then you have a new book to add to your TBR list.

Goodreads Synopsis.

Anna lives with foster parents, a misfit with no friends, always on the outside of things. Then she is sent to Norfolk to stay with old Mr and Mrs Pegg, where she runs wild on the sand dunes and around the water. There is a house, the Marsh House, which she feels she recognises – and she soon meets a strange little girl called Marnie, who becomes Anna’s first ever friend. Then one day, Marnie vanishes. A new family, the Lindsays, move into the Marsh House. Having learnt so much from Marnie about friendship, Anna makes firm friends with the Lindsays – and learns some strange truths about Marnie, who was not all she seemed…ย 

My opinion.

As a big fan of Studio Ghibli, when I first heard about “When Marnie was there” it was because of the movie adaptation they made. At that moment, I did not know it was a book. So I spoiled myself because I already knew what was goint to happen in the end.

This is a very beautiful story, not just the book, but the movie too. Hiromasa Yonebayashi captured the very strong points of the book, leaving just a few details behind. In my opinion, one of the best movies by Studio Ghibli, besides Miyazaki’s movies.

As for the book, I felt identified with Anna’s feelings of solitude. She excluded herself from the world, rejecting to show any type of emotions and thinking the worst about herself. I know it may sound familiar to some of us that sometimes feel the same way. But maybe it could be because of a distorted point of view of ourselves.

This book is one of my favorites from this year. I recommend to you all to take a look at this wonderful and touching story.IMG_20170827_093342_489[1]

Quote:

Yesterday’s gone, so has the day before. Don’t let’s waste today arguing about it.

Rating:

5/5ย โ˜…

That was all from me peeps! Thanks for readingย โค

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The book Reapers by Mark C. King (Spoiler Free Review) and Author Interview

Author Interview, Book Review, Favorite Readings

Howdy! How have you been?! Well I’ve been sick, but it doesn’t affect me to write a new review. This one is very special because the author sent me a copy in an exchange for an honest review aaaand he decided to answer a few questions for the blog, so YAY! Let’s begin then.ย 

Goodreads Synopsis:

Naomi Gladwyn is an awkward girl, who is uncomfortable in crowds, has more self-doubt than confidence, and would much rather sit quietly reading than attend the most lavish of celebrations. She is also aware of a frightening secret known only to a relative few โ€“ some books are very dangerous.

My opinion:

Since I started reading The book Reapers I felt an inmediate connection with the main character, Naomi. We all have experience the loss of a loved one, the feeling that we’re not worthy and not deserve kindness. Although, through all the story, someone keeps showing mercy and that feeling of protection we all need to feel, which made me think: “well, even when I can’t realize how valuable I am, there’s always a special one that will love me for who I am, leaving my past behind. It is good that someone makes you acknowledge that fact.

Then we have the story setting. I have to say It reminded me a lot of Sherlock Holmes and all that Victorian ambiance behind it was just incredible. The plot is captivating since the beginning until the end so I found myself unable to put it down. The cover art of the book is also stunning, and it attracted my attention at the moment I saw it.

I have to say this has been one of my 2017’s faves for the reasons above and more you will discover by reading it.

Author Interview.

1. What books have most influenced your life?

In a serious way, the Bible has been the biggest influence in my life. In a less serious way, I would say that Mysterious Island (Jules Verne) and the Sherlock Holmes stories (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) have really been influential to me. Mysterious Island, and most every story by Verne, helped grow my love of reading. Sherlock Holmes is not only incredibly enjoyable, but has given me a love of the location and time period. All my books (4 of them) have been set primarily around London in the Victorian era.ย 

2. Tell us about the protagonist, Naomi, was there a real life inspiration behind her?

Naomi is my wife’s name. I had included the names of some of my friends in my books, but wanted a really good character for her. The Book Reapers provided that. However, the Naomi of the story is really a combination of people. There there some things about the the fictional character that match my wife. There are some things that match me. However, a huge influence for the character was Bookstagram (collection of book lovers on instagram). Many of them are self-proclaimed book loving introverts and I wanted to capture that in my story.

3. Have you ever read a “Dark Book”?

I have had some people ask me this question and the answer is no. Dark Books are complete fiction (thank goodness). The origin of the idea however, is quite interesting. It primarily came from the movie Jaws (yep, the shark movie). It struck me that the movie was so tense, even if the shark was not there. Basically ย anytime there was a scene with the ocean, you cringe (and being that the movie takes place at a seaside town, the ocean is in a lot of the movie). I wanted to take the concept of taking a normal/common thing and making it ominous. Hence, books resting on a shelf could be Dark Books.

4. Did you learn anything from writing this book?

This was my first story in the first-person perspective. This approach had me thinking in a very different way than a third-person account. Not only is the viewpoint different, but the way the story develops is very different. Anything you want the reader to know has to be known by the character as well. I found it a bit difficult but fun at the same time.

5. What are your future projects?

I am currently working on a sequel to The Book Reapers. Naomi Gladwyn’s tale is not done yet (I’m roughly 20% done with the first draft). Beyond that, I have an idea for a Victorian adventure that I am looking forward to working on.
You learn more about Mark C. King on his goodreads Author page here
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Quotes:
“I slowly turned in a circle to take in all the books, all the unknown stories that surrounded me. I felt a kind of literary warmth, as if the books radiated a special heat known only to those who appreciated the written word”.ย 
“Is not that I do not like people, but in most instances, I preferred quiet and solitude. While some people garner energy from association, I need to be alone to rejuvenate mine”.
“Everyone has the right to try and choose better for themselves”.
“For writing can be considered an art, a release of creativity, like playing music or painting pictures, and only some people find it to be a satisfying way to express themselves”.

 

You underestimate the trials of life. It takes strength and courage to face the daily pressures that this world throws at us and to still come out with a sense of hope. So many individuals resign themselves to unhappiness; but not you. You rose above the relentless pull -the gravity, if you will- of this world.

“Our paths may go in unexpected, and even unsure ways, but with a little focus, our goals can be reached”.

“You will never regret fighting for the future you want”.

Rating:

4.5/5ย โ˜…

That was all from me peeps! Thanks for readingย โค

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Anything but books Tag.

Facts about me, Meet the Blogger, Tags

Hi guys I was watching Emilija last video on youtube, you may know her on instgram by the username @coffechatterย and she was tagged to the “Anything but Books” tag, I said Tag twice, OMG, and I keep saying it.

Aaaanyway I thought it would be fun, even If I wasn’t tagged by anyone, but surprise! I scrolled down and she tagged everyone who read the description of the video, so here I am doing my very first Tag of my entire life, which is not about books. Here we go…

1. Name a Cartoon that you love.

Well, I have a lot of cartoons that I love (I still watch Cartoons) so, mmm, Adventure time, Charlie Brown, Spongebob, Dexter’s Lab, Regular Show just to say something. When I’m not reading I’m laying down in my bed watching cartoons. Do I have to grow up?ย giphy-downsized.gif

2. What is your favorite song right now?

The holographic Principle from Epica. I’m a metalhead…

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3. What could you do for hours that isn’t reading?

Watch movies, worry about things that would never happen, write…

4. What is something you love to do that your followers would be surprised by?

I love cooking, but I don’t think everyone would get surprised by that, I love daydreaming too and sometimes I take people’s eyes out and imgine I fry them. I think you may be surprised by that… Mmm but I have a very active imagination and I can’t help it! Don’t be scared, it just happens on my mind, and guess what? I still have friends, so I’m not too Psychotic!

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5. What is your favorite unnecesarily specific thing to learn about?

Well, as Emilija said on her video ‘Conspiracy Theories’, we have that in common. I don’t believe it, but it is something that fascinates me.

6. What is something unusual that you know how to do?

I can twist my hand’s fingers in very unusual ways if that counts.

7. Name something you made in the last year and show us if you can.

I started a Blog! As you can see! hahaha

8. What is your most recent personal project?

I’m writing a fantasy book. But, shhh, it’s a secret.giphy-downsized (4).gif

9. Tell us something that you think about often.

Coffee, capuccino, latte, library (Oh wait, this is not about books), cats, landscapes, coffee… My friends safety, talking to my unicorn face bff.

10. Give us something that is your favorite.

Breakfast!

11. Say the first thing that pops into your head.

Stranger things S2 Trailer!

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Thanks for reading! See you soon with another book review or tag or blurb or rant or… Whatever. โค

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