August Book Haul

I bought three books in August and I feel like there isn’t really anything to say about why or how. They were all books I wanted to read a lot (two of them again actually) and so I went and got them.

I have been very much in the mood for reading and buying Neil Gaimans books, so I think you’ll be seeing a lot more of his books here in my hauls and wrap ups from now on, maybe reviews as well (if I don’t forget to write them).

1. ”Mees, kes teadis ussisõnu” by Andrus Kivirähk

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2. ”Neverwhere” by Neil Gaiman

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3. ”Coraline” by Neil Gaiman

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Book review: “Edith & Oliver”

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Title: ”Edith & Oliver”

Author: Michele Forbes

Published: 2017

Number of pages: 320

Format: paperback

Received for review from Hachette UK.

Blurb:

From the author of Ghost Moth, one of the most acclaimed debuts of 2014, a stunning second novel which will put Michèle Forbes in the league of Colm Toíbín, Anne Enright and Sebastian Barry.

Edith was born into a different world. But her rebellious nature brought her to the seedy glamour of the music hall, where she plays the piano by night.

Oliver is an illusionist of moderate repute. But he is a man of ambition. He wants to tour the world, to pioneer ground-breaking illusions.

History and fate have other ideas.

When Edith and Oliver meet they fall headlong in love. But their children arrive as the world begins to change, as cinemas crowd the high street and the draw of the music hall wanes. What follows is a struggle: against the entropy of marriage, against the march of time, and against Oliver’s flaws-flaws that may cost them everything.

Review:

This book ended up being a DNF for me, which is sad since it was a book I was so looking forward to reading. I am very thankful though, for having received this book from Hachette UK ❤

I am very sorry for taking so long with this review, I haven’t posted a review in months (I believe ._. ) and it is so hard to get back on track with everything. Someone should just hand me the award for worst blogger of all time. Seriously. I suck at doing this, big time.

Now onto the review!

The book itself has a very promising premise, from the blurb it sounds like something that I would normally enjoy a lot. But the thing with historical fiction (and me) is that it might sound good and it could even be good in the beginning, but it can end up being a total flop really fast. I am just very sensitive (is that the right word?) towards historical fiction and the novels that I like in the genre.

This book was one that I didn’t enjoy. I started reading it as soon as I had it out of the package it was sent in and read it for a couple of days, and then things went south. I put the book aside and in no way felt inclined to pick it up again and continue reading it. The same thing happened when I tried to read it again during my summer vacation, I started from the beginning and then got about a hundred pages in… and just didn’t feel like reading on. To be honest the feeling to stop came much sooner than that.

I think the very problem that kept me from finishing and enjoying this was the writing style. There were things about the way the novel was written that didn’t click with me and made the story lose value in my eyes. Everything progressed really fast in the book and was in a way so half-heartedly written that the story felt incomplete and unfinished, sort of like a draft.

Besides the writing, the characters in the book were also ones I didn’t sympathize with. I didn’t like the characters, and if possible I liked them less than the writing style. There was no real depth there and I just… feel like it could have been more special, you know?

There are reviews for this book that are really positive and say that it is really good and I think my mistake was to trust just those few reviews that I read. This book does sound good and I don’t doubt there being people who like it and who will like it, it just wasn’t for me and I will now just set this book aside for the time being (that being probably forever). But who knows, maybe one day I’ll need a book to read and then I can take this off my shelf again.

Check the book out on Goodreads here.

Top 5 Wednesday

This week the topic is Books from Before You Joined ________. I have chosen to with my favourite books from before Goodreads. So here are some of my favourites from before I joined Goodreads aka before the year 2015.

1. ”The Iron Butterfly” by Chanda Hahn

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This book doesn’t have a lot of good reviews, but it was one of the first fantasy trilogies I read back to back, and I absolutely loved it then. Now thinking about it…yeah, maybe it wasn’t the best, but it was entertaining and fast-paced.

2. ”City of Bones” by Cassandra Clare

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I believe I also read this, like, a year before joining Goodreads? I definitely loved this a lot and well the whole series is actually really good. I still like the series a lot and I am quite interested in reading the new books ”Lady Midnight” and ”Lord of Shadows”.

3. ”Etiquette & Espionage” by Gail Carriger

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I believe this was also a pre-Goodreads book for me. This is such a kick-ass series. I haven’t read the last two books though, but I will, just you watch. It was an enjoyable mix of fantasy and paranormal, also 19th century finishing school setting?! Yes, please.

4. ”The 5th Wave” by Rick Yancey

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I really loved this book when I read it, but I never read the sequel and probably never will. This was from the time when I was just getting into reading more books in English, back when I was young and impressionable…I loved everything the library had to offer.

5. ”Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell

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I think I read this one a bit before making my Goodreads account. A book I thoroughly enjoyed and loved. I read it through in one sitting as well, I believe, and I remember feeling quite proud of myself.

July Wrap Up

Let’s not pay attention to the fact that this was uploaded in the middle of August :’)

I read three books in July and I liked them all quite a lot. I am seriously hoping to get around to reading more in August, I have so many books that I am dying to read.


1. ”Geekerella” by Ashley Poston

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This was my pick for the Crush That TBR group’s July theme, which was Book with the most beautiful cover. I wrote a short review on what I thought and posted it a little while ago. Overall the book was a sweet take on Cinderella’s story and it was a great take on fandoms. I feel like this is a book that could become a big guilty pleasure read for me, one that would help me get out of reading slumps every now and then.

I gave this book 4 stars out of 5 on Goodreads.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. ”American Gods” by Neil Gaiman

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Holy goose, this book was amazing! I have the review drafted…still need to edit it and upload it. It’ll happen soon I swear! I need to get my feelings and opinions out there, because this book was just mind-blowing. I have always heard so many great things about Gaiman’s books for adults, but for some reason they have always intimidated me. I finally faced one of my fears…which was reading this book. I was so afraid that this would be too big a bite to take, but honestly, I am so proud of myself.

Had to give this one 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads, too good for words.

 

 

 

 

 

3. ”The Girl in 6E” by A. R. Torre

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This was a delightfully messed up story to read. Way too realistic and that is what made it even scarier. I have never been one to read thrillers, this was my first one, and now I am quite interested in reading more books like this one. I have the sequel for this book on my phone now and might read it in August to see what Deanna gets up to next.

Gave this book 4,25 stars on Goodreads.

 

July Book Haul

I bought four books in July and got one from my sister as a small gift 🙂 I have now read three of them and liked them very much.

My July book haul:


1. ”Geekerella” by Ashley Poston

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2. ”American Gods” by Neil Gaiman

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3. ”A Darker Shade of Magic” by V. E. Schwab

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4. ”Unconventional” by Maggie Harcourt

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5. ”The Girl in 6E” by A. R. Torre

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Top 5 Wednesday

So…I am finally uploading a T5W post…two days late, but still. I am horrible with blogging, like gosh, someone give me motivation or whatever it is I am lacking.

The last topic for July was Series that got better. I didn’t have too hard a time figuring out which series to mention here, so at least this went quick :’)

1. The Illuminae Files

The first book was amazing and the second one was even better. I cannot wait to read the third book when it comes out.

The format of the books is unique and really fun to read, the characters and the plot are absolutely superb. I love this sci-fi trilogy so much!

2. A Court of Thorns and Roses

Thr first book was okay, and I didn’t have high hopes for the next two, but the second one was so good as was the third one. Out of all three books the second one is my favourite.

3. Six of Crows

I liked the first book a lot and I honestly thought it couldn’t get any better than that, but the second book blew me away.

It was such an adventure reading it, I cried and laughed and clutched the book to my heart tightly…it was the ultimate roller coaster of feels.
4. His Fair Assassin

This historical fantasy trilogy is one of my favourites. I really love the characters and plot and the books definitely got better. Out of all three, the second one is the best just like with ACOTAR.

5. Lunar Chronicles

I think a lot of people agree with the fact that the Lunar Chronicle series got better with each book. I have yet to finish the last one though, but I have read half of it and it is action packed and funny just like all the other books.

Book review: “Geekerella”

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Book title: ”Geekerella”

Author: Ashley Poston

Publication year: 2017

Number of pages: 320

Format: paperback

Amount of stars I gave on Goodreads: 4☆

Blurb:

Anything can happen once upon a con…

When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her stepmother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all—not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true.

Teen actor Darien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year’s ExcelsiCon. He used to live for conventions, but now they’re nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the diehard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

Review:

I read this book for a group that I am a member of on Goodreads, called Crush that TBR.

The book, just like I thought it would be, was cute and adorable.I am a huge sucker for anything and everything that is a ”remake” of the Cinderella story. All the movies that have been made are honestly such guilty pleasure movies and when I first heard about this book I was more than excited to read it.

It was told from two POVs: that of Cinderella or Geekerella and the Prince.

The main character Elle was sassy and confident, but still doubted herself from time to time and it was really easy to actually like her. I found her quick friendship with Sage really endearing. They worked really well together and it was a really nice take on the Fairy Godmother situation.

“-Elle, we might not know much about each other, and I might not be there, and you might not be here, but I’m glad I share this sky with you.
-Maybe we should start looking up together, ah’blena” 

The ”prince” was a famous teen actor named Darien, and his point of view was entertaining to read. There were a few moments when the things he thought made me feel like skipping his chapters, but I made it through them and all of them were not as silly as I thought they would be.

The relationship between Darien and Elle was very instantaneous. I mean it was so in the Cinderella story as well, but I wished it had been dragged out a bit more or seemed a bit more special. But it was great that it wasn’t just one night and BAM! love. They texted first and that way it didn’t seem that unimaginable.

“My dad said that the impossible is only impossible if you don’t even try. So I want to try.”

The evil stepmother and sisters were, just as always, very unlikeable, although Cal did have a nice side and, her and Sage was a really nice twist in the story. The way the book was written was fun and easy to read, there were some great one-liners and overall I enjoyed the whole book a lot.

“She wears life like Elvis wore sequins, with no apology laced into the seams.” 

Because I myself am a crazy fangirl, then the whole atmosphere of the book and the emotions of the characters towards their beloved show was something I could relate to a lot.

“Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite.” 

This was a very short review on ”Geekerella” just to give an overview of my thoughts and to prove to everyone I am still alive and well 🙂 It might take me some time to get used to writing reviews again, I had such a hard time writing this, because I have been procrastinating like hell. I have some serious consistency problems, people.

Check the book out on Goodreads here.