Hello there again. I can say Im proud of myself because I could finish my first book of the year, even if it took me over two weeks to do so. But hey, I did it! This story touched my soul, allow me to explain you why. But first…
Hello! As this year is coming quickly to and end, it is time to share with you the list of faves I had. It is not a secret that this year wasn’t the best in reading matter, but still I managed to enjoy some books.
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.
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.
From the beginning until 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…
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.
“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.
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:
- The Gothic ambiance.
- Found some good quotes.
- 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.”
In other news, this blog turns a year in november! WUT!! 😱 I think I have to do something special ☺️ to celebrate!
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…
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.
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.
That was all from me peeps! Thanks for reading ❤
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.
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…
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 going 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, because we may 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.
Yesterday’s gone, so has the day before. Don’t let’s waste today arguing about it.
That was all from me peeps! Thanks for reading ❤
Hello there humans of the earth! How’s it going with you today? Well, I’m doing fine, happy and excited because I’m going to show you my Unicorn Friend’s art. She’s such a wonderful artist and you can follow her drawings on her instagram @I.am.truenita She’s such a beautiful soul! She’s the BFF ❤ and I want to honor her by writing a post about her art. And want you to meet her too, so let’s go.
First we have this stunning Charizard’s poster which I’m in love with, because in case I haven’t told you, Charizard is my favorite Pokemon. He’s eating a smoked marsmallow XD and looks very Kawaii. Told you, she’s the best…
And last but not least we have this wonderful print of the universe in a fishbowl: Come on guys, this looks just beautiful and creative and nerd and I love it! This is my favorite one, all of her drawings have a very special place in my heart, beacause you know, we understand each other, I just have to think, she just have to draw it and there’s when the magic happens.
Go to her instagram page linked above to see some of her art. You will meet Mister Sugoi too, 😉 a very Kawaii and interesting character invented by her.
That was all from me today. Thanks for reading, and don’t forget to go to my instagram @anxiousbooklover if you want to watch the whole unpacking process on my story and how fun it was. Also don’t forget to check her account.
Fans of How to Survive Middle School will welcome the adventures of a contest-crazed seventh grader who uses his wits and way with words in hopes of winning a big cash prize to help his family avoid eviction.
Dear Royal-T Toilet Paper Company,
You guys make the best toilet paper. I realize that’s a weird thing for a seventh grader to say, but it’s true. I didn’t know how good I had it until the day it was replaced by scratchy (sand)paper.
Good toilet paper was the first thing to go. . . .
Benjamin is about to lose a whole lot more than good toilet paper. But even with his flair for clever slogans, will he be able to win a cash prize large enough to keep a promise he made to his dad before he died?
Ok, so you may think “What kind of title is that?!”, and believe me, that’s exactly what I thought. I was on a reading slump after I finished The Book Jumper past sunday, and I was like “What the heck I’m going to read now that I have time?” So I started to “surf” on my kindle. I had no idea I owned this book, so when I saw the title I said “Did I really purchased that book?” And i did!
But guys, it is not what you think it is. Well, it is full about funny facts involving Toilet paper and Toilets in general, but the story goes farther than just to be a funny read. While reading this book I couldn’t help but to remember my Dad passing away last year, because Ben, our main character, had to deal with a lot of feelings and “responsabilities” too great for a kid of just twelve years old.
I loved this story because I’ve learned a lot about toilet papers, facts I didn’t know they existed XD! But seriously, this story is about getting recovered from a family tragedy, how to deal with the loss and the sequels it leaves. I think that’s what Donna Gephart wanted readers to understand while writing this book. I really loved it and recommend it to all of you.
“Besides, motels cost money, and last time I checked, you’re not Donald Trump.” “Of course I’m not Donald Trump,” Zeyde says. “He has hair.” (This was really funny).
“You don’t need to take care of me anymore, honey. I’m okay now. I can take care of myself. And take care of you”.
Until next time…
Winter, 1945. Four teenagers. Four secrets.
Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies…and war.
As thousands of desperate refugees flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom.
Yet not all promises can be kept.
This is one of the books everyone should read. This story is breathtaking, touching, shocking, so real.
Every word written in this book has touched my soul. Some people says books can change lives, and I also believe that. This is my first time reading Ruta Sepetys, but she has become one of my favorite authors. I’m sure her other books will be as great as Salt to the Sea.
Although the story is narrated through four different points of view, the reader doesn’t gets lost at the end of every chapter, perhaps it is because the chapters are very short.
I fell in love with Ruta Sepetys writing style. I was checking her official website to see what inspired her to write this book and I saw a short video about herself and about Salt to the Sea. She said something that caught my attention at the end of the video: “Humanity can prevail even in the darkest of hours”. She wanted to give the victims of a tragedy a voice, to show the world their lives just weren’t buried in the graves of history.
This book made my cry, it touched my heart and soul. It made me think about all those people who died in World War II, and every war that has taken innocent lives.
YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK! It will change your life. Your tears will be Salt to the Sea…
“He would never agree with children not being taught reading, writing, and arithmetic. They had burned our books in the Polish language. But I had learned to read very young. They could never take that away from me”.
“The Nazis couldn’t stop the wind and the snow. The Russians couldn’t take the sun or the stars”.
“Killers aren’t always assasins. Sometimes they don’t even have blood on their hands”.
“I wept because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet”
“Sometimes living life is more instructive than studying it”.
Until next time…
- This is a story about that special someone: the one you trust, the one you can’t live without.
For Ted Flask, that someone special is his aging companion Lily, who happens to be a dog.
I’ve read good reviews about this book. I love the cover, it is simple, but when I saw it for the first time, It caught my attention. I hope it’s good.
2. Can we please take the time to appreciate this cover… Yes, I looove it. I read the Synopsis on goodreads and definitely I was interested in the story. So this wil be on my 2017’s TBR.
3. This book was on my december TBR but due to “circumstances” I couldn’t read it. I started it, but then I paused it to read another book, because I wasn’t getting in the story. I would love to finish what I started, so let’s see if this year I can do it.
4. The Inheritance Cycle has been sitting on my TBR pile for eons! I really want to discover this story. I love dragons and adventures and all the epic stuff. This world seems to be wonderful so I want to explore it.
5. I love Historical novels and this is one I’ve been looking forward to read so bad. The reviews I’ve read confirms that this book worths to be read.
There is a biiiig mountain of books to read in this year; the list is neverending. I wanted to share with you here some of the books I’m planning to read, because of course I have a book pile! But, I assure you these are included in this year reviews, so stay tuned…
For now I’m re-reading LOTR, and is more epic than ever! Tolkien’s world is magnificent and I always want to stay in the Middle Earth. Actually it is my favorite book world. And, what about you? What books do you want to read in 2017?
PS. All images were taken from goodreads.