How to get out from a reading slump

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Hi guys, I hope you’re doing fine. Me, well, I’m improving. I looking for ways to get out from the worst reading slump of my life, and I got the idea to post it here. You may think “What are you doing giving advices about how to get out from a reading slump when YOU can’t even  do it yourself?”. Ok, that’s true, but the thing here is that falling in a reading slump is totally fine. Is not the end of the world. It doesn’t makes you a bad reader, you’re fine, you will be fine.

I found many ideas to combat the worst menace every reader could face, so I decided to write my own top five:

1.Forget about your TBR. I mean, TBR’s are cool, it keeps you organized and you have an idea of what to read next. But when you’re in a reading slump it could make you feel very anxious and guilty not readin the books you planned to read.

2. Re-read your favorite book. It is always good to go back to a world you love, so why not when you’re totally lost and need some fiction to level you up?

3. Try some Classics. At the end of the day, Classics are always THE CLASSICS. What I’m trying to say is they’re good. Really good. Some people find it boring, but I think they just hasn’t connect with the right one yet.

4. Read a Thriller. There’s nothing like a mind-breaking thriller to make you feel back at reading again.

5. If you don’t feel like reading, just don’t do it. Try to write down your feelings, perhaps it helps you like it helps me.

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Little Update

Facts about me, Life Update

I am very sorry for my absence the past days. My life has been difficult lately and I lost all motivation to write and to read as well. As you can imagine, I’m in the worst reading slump ever imagined with no posibilities to get out. I’ve tried reading everything, even short books,  but nothing seems to catch my attention.

In other news, this site turns 1 year in a couple of days. I wanted to do something special, but life often happens, so I have no idea and no motivation at all. I was thinking about a 24 hour “readathon” and write down my progress here or maybe a funny tag, yet it requieres plannification… Again, I’m not in the mood.

Yesterday I decided to change the blog’s theme, though, I kinda like it, but let me know what you think. To comment you have to click on the post’s title in order to like it or comment.

I’m trying to read “Kill all Happies” now, but I’m not liking it, because it ridicules people with OCD in some parts and as a person with an OCD, I can’t tolerate it. Why does people think is funny to make jokes about those kind of conditions? I mean I know we have to take life on the funny side sometimes, but that is just intorelable.

Anyway, please let me know if you want me to do something special to celebrate my blog’s anniversary. Please feel free to give some ideas. Also let me know if you like the new theme.

Thanks For reading my sad post🖤 I hope to feel better soon…

 

Bird Box by Josh Malerman Review

Book Review, Favorite Readings, TBR

I had this book on my kindle for a few months ago and the other day I felt compelled to start reading it. I don’t regret…

Goodreads Synopsis:

Something is out there, something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse of it, and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.

Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remains, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now that the boy and girl are four, it’s time to go, but the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat–blindfolded–with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. Something is following them all the while, but is it man, animal, or monster?

My Opinion:

Ok, where to start? This book is such a mindblowing read. From the first sentence I felt attracted to the writing style. This book has the something that makes you feel you won’t be able to put it down until you finish it and then the end is going to break you. So it did. This psychological thriller plays with your mind in a magestic way. The end of each chapter leaves you with the hunger for more, indeed, you just can’t put it down. Every scene, character and plot line is a piece of art. I don’t know if you will agree with me, but please just add this book to your TBR list. It is a perfect option to read in autumn.

Quotes:

“It’s better to face madness with a plan than to sit still and let it take you in pieces.”

“Man is the creature he fears.”

Rating:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Coraline By Neil Gaiman

Book Review, Favorite Readings

Hi everyone, I hope you’re having a great week so far…

I don’t know how I’m going to do to complete my goodreads challenge this year. Maybe I should decrease the amount of books I set for this year’s challenge 🤔 Or try to read 30 books in two months 😂. I’ll figure it out. So the past week I was reading Coraline (which wasn’t part of my fall TBR) because I don’t have two of the books that are on my list, so… Let’s start.

Goodreads Synopsis:

The day after they moved in, Coraline went exploring….

In Coraline’s family’s new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close. 

The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own. 

Only it’s different. 

At first, things seem marvelous in the other flat. The food is better. The toy box is filled with wind-up angels that flutter around the bedroom, books whose pictures writhe and crawl and shimmer, little dinosaur skulls that chatter their teeth. But there’s another mother, and another father, and they want Coraline to stay with them and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go. 

Other children are trapped there as well, lost souls behind the mirrors. Coraline is their only hope of rescue. She will have to fight with all her wits and all the tools she can find if she is to save the lost children, her ordinary life, and herself. 

My opinion:

From the beginning til the end this story is frightening. Not just because of the spooky surroundings but for the ‘childhood ruining elements’. Yeah, if you want to get traumatized, just read Coraline, you won’t regret it. The illustrations are freaking terrifiying, for example…

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Meet Mr. Bobo.

It was past midnight when I saw that image, which is nothing compared to the Mister Bobinsky from the movie. With no doubt Dave Mckean has done a great job with the illustrations, because this is not the only disturbing picture of the book.

This book is awesome for this season if you want to enjoy a spooky story with a beautiful prose. If I had to chose between the movie or the book, I wouldn’t know which one to chose because both of them are masterpieces.

Quotes:

“Now, you people have names. That’s because you don’t know who you are. We know who we are, so we don’t need names”. (Can we take a second of our lives to appreciate this cat’s wisdom?)

Nobody is ever given more to shoulder than he or she can bear.

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Rating.

5/5⭐️

House of Furies by Madeleine Roux

Book Review, TBR, Unliked Books

Hello! It’s been a long time. Well not too long, though. I know what you might be thinking but, I wasn’t feeling good the past days and as a result I took me an eternity to read House of Furies. Now I’m back and hope to end reading all the books on my fall TBR. (If possible😳).

To start let me tell you what I liked about this book:

  1. The Gothic ambiance.
  2. Found some good quotes.
  3. Mr. Moningside.

Now that I told you what I liked, I’ll proceed with the review.

Despite of having a very good topic on the beggining and all the Gothic ambiance surroundings, this book,  for me, was too slow. The protagonist, Louisa Ditton, she made me upset, and yes, I hated her. It took me eons to finish this book but the main reason was when I started to read, I found it quite boring, but decided to give it a try.

After 100 pages, it caught my attention, but then, it started to be annoying. I don’t know if it was the slowness, but I was expecting more. It wasn’t terrifiying and I think it’s a book that can be read in any season of the year. So if you’re planning to read this “spooky” book for october, mmm, let me tell you is not that “spooky”. There is couple of disturbing images, but nothing so extraordinary.

Also I feel a little bit guilty because I’ve destroyed at least three books on this blog, and I’m not proud of myself. As an indie writer I know the struggle of writing a book and it is sad when someone doesn’t like what you wrote. But gosh! Is my opinion. My experience while reading a story, and I would be a liar if I say I loved the story when that doesn’t really happened! 🤷‍♀️

Anyway, here are the quotes: 

“Even when the world is crashing down around my ears, you find a way to make it easier.”

“Misfortune find us all. The only difference is when and how you resolve to face it.”

“The grim reality we must all face is that the dark and different and strange among us us face a kind of exile.”

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Rating:

2.5/5 ⭐️

In other news, this blog turns a year in november! WUT!! 😱 I think I have to do something special ☺️ to celebrate!

Murder is Easy (Short Spoiler free review).

Book Review, TBR

There are authors who have thousands of “Number one fans”; Agatha Christie is not the exception and I’m part of her big list of number one fans. What I like the most about her books is the atmosphere surrounding every story, which captures your attention and doesn’t make you put any of her books down. 

Goodreads Synopsis:

An elderly lady is on her way to Scotland Yard to report several murders in her village. “It is very easy to kill, so long as no one suspect you,” she tells the man she meets on the London train, retired policeman Luke Fitzwilliam. He ascribes it all to a vivid imagination and hopes they’ll let the old dear down lightly. That is, until let learns about two more suspicious deaths – one of which is the old lady’s.

My Opinion:

I loved this book from the first page to the end! Gosh this woman is amaizing! Not in vain she’s been called the Queen of Crime, and to earn such title you must be really good in what you do.

This book is suspenseful, captivating; perfect for a night read. The characters are fascinating, each one in their own way, which makes the book even more special besides the mystery you have to solve, because murder is easy and anyone could do it 😈.

I had a little conflict with the protagonist, Luke Fitzwilliam, because sometimes he was very dumb to be called a detective, but I think this was part of Christie’s plan. The girl power is also wonderful and it is imposible not to fall in love with some of them🤘.

I’m glad I included this book on my Autumn TBR… Anyway this was my short review for this Sunday. Up next, House of Furies.

Quotes:

“No one human being knows the full truth about another human being. Not even one’s nearest and dearest.” 

“Men have courage-one knows that…but they are more easily deceived than women.”

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Rating:

4.5/5★

That was all from me peeps! Thanks for reading ❤

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Books I want to Read this Fall

Favorite Readings, Life Update, TBR

Hallo! Autumn is in the air! It’s time to get cozy: grab your coffee mug, blanket and a book and get yourself comfortable… Oh, and don’t forget the socks!

I don’t know what has Fall to make people love it, but if you ask ‘What is your favorite season?’ Most of them is going to answer “FALL”, and I’m not the exception 😌.  Well, this time of the year is perfect for me, because I live in a tropical zone of the world (DR) and autumn for me it’s gratefully accepted- you don’t even imagine THE HEAT of whe whole year- so I appreciate this season with all my soul.

As you may know, some readers have a special TBR pile for these months, so do I. Let’s start…

 

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1. IT by Stephen King. This book is huuuge and I hope to read it before the season ends 😂.

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2. The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley. Despite of the bad comments I’ve read about this book. I decided to give it a try.

Synopsis: “If it had another name, I never knew, but the locals called it the Loney – that strange nowhere between the Wyre and the Lune where Hanny and I went every Easter time with Mummer, Farther, Mr and Mrs Belderboss and Father Wilfred, the parish priest.

It was impossible to truly know the place. It changed with each influx and retreat, and the neap tides would reveal the skeletons of those who thought they could escape its insidious currents. No one ever went near the water. No one apart from us, that is.

I suppose I always knew that what happened there wouldn’t stay hidden for ever, no matter how much I wanted it to. No matter how hard I tried to forget….”

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3. ThornHill by Pam Smy. What caught my attetion from this book was the cover. It has the typical creepy and dark house of a horror story I could enjoy.

Parallel stories set in different times, one told in prose and one in pictures, converge as Ella unravels the mystery of the girl next door. (Goodreads).

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4. The Grip of It by Jack Jemc. A chilling literary horror novel about a young couple who purchase and live in a haunted house. Jac Jemc’s The Grip of Ittells the eerie story of a young couple haunted by their new home. (Goodreads).

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5. House of Furies by Madeleine Roux. This book has been sitting on my TBR pile for a long time, so I guess it’s time to read it.

After escaping a harsh school where punishment was the lesson of the day, seventeen-year-old Louisa Ditton is thrilled to find employment as a maid at a boarding house. But soon after her arrival at Coldthistle House, Louisa begins to realize that the house’s mysterious owner, Mr. Morningside, is providing much more than lodging for his guests. Far from a place of rest, the house is a place of judgment, and Mr. Morningside and his unusual staff are meant to execute their own justice on those who are past being saved.

Louisa begins to fear for a young man named Lee who is not like the other guests. He is charismatic and kind, and Louisa knows that it may be up to her to save him from an untimely judgment. But in this house of distortions and lies, how can Louisa be sure whom to trust?

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6. Murder is Easy by Agatha Christie. I  bought a copy in spanish of this book a long time ago. The time to read it has finally arrived and with this one from The Queen, I completed my Fall TBR for this year

Well, wish me luck because I’m a slow reader sometimes and with “IT” on this list I’ll need it… 😳

Please let me know what books are you planning to read this fall 🙂

 

That was all from me peeps! Thanks for reading ❤

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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… 😬

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 🙂

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… 😬

4. Do you eat or drink whilst reading?

I drink coffee most of the time, or it could be hot cocoa too 😉

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 😉

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? 

11. Do you write in your books?

I used to do it, but not now.

 

That was all from me peeps! Thanks for reading ❤

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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 isn’t ten-year-old Pia’s fault that her grandmother dies in a freak accident. But tell that to the citizens of Pia’s little German hometown of Bad Münstereifel, 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 community’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 Grimm’s fairy tale, she disappears. But, this being real life, she doesn’t return.
Pia and Stefan suspect that Katharina has been spirited away by the supernatural. Their investigation is inspired by the instructive—and cautionary—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 tales—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.

2.5/5 ★

That was all from me peeps! Thanks for reading ❤

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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… 

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.

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Quote:

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

Rating:

5/5 ★

That was all from me peeps! Thanks for reading ❤

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