T5W: Least Favorite Book in Your Favorite Series

Top 5 Wednesday (T5W) is a weekly book meme created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey who makes book related videos on YouTube. T5W group is on GoodReads and if you’re interested in learning more about the group or Laineys channel, please click on the links above.

This weeks topic is ‘5 of your least Favorite Book in Your Favorite Series’

allegiant

I read the Divergent series at the perfect time in my life and it’s probably why I loved it so much. When I think about it, I remember where I was and what I was doing. I think I read it in one go.

Y.A books are so easy to read and I love how fast I can read them.

When Allegiant came out, I was getting tired of Y.A and a little more critical of the books I was reading.

lola

It wasn’t my thing.

quintana of charyn

Took longer to read than the first two books.

pandemonium

This is on here because I don’t have many completed series-it isn’t really a favourite series. Pandemonium was a filler book. Nothing much happened except an unnecessary romance bloomed.

I’m torn between both of these. Neither of these were better than ‘The Raven Boys’ but they weren’t bad either. We got to learn more about these character and I love all of them.

Such well thought out characters.

 

 

Thoughts? What were your least favourite books in a series?

Thank you for reading and I hope you’re having a great day.

Alina

5 of my most loved reads & 5 of my most disappointing reads

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks theme is: 5 of my most loved reads & five of my most disappointing or 1 star reads.

 5 of my most loved reads

Between the World and Me

Amazing. I could relate to it in some sense. The audiobook is worth a listen. His voice is perfect for this. I want to read or listen to more books written by him.

Daytripper

Amazing art work and a story that makes you think.

Death note

I wish I would’ve thought of this. Love the idea.

How to Love

Very well written. Realistic characters.

Saga Vol.2

Another graphic novel with amazing art work. Loved the second volume more than the first.

5 of my most disappointing reads

Althea and Oliver

Not what I expected from reading the synopsis. Depressing.

Men Explain Things to Me

Basic feminism for every white, middle class, cis-gendered and able bodied woman.

Also, according to Solnit, a woman who wears a niqab/ hijab/ jilbab cannot be a feminist and should be treated like she doesn’t exist e.g. “I realized with astonishment that what I had taken for drapery or furniture was a fully veiled woman… Whatever all the arguments may be about veils and burkas, they make people literally disappear”.

Maybe someone (man or woman) should explain to her what literal means.

Everything, Everything

Thought it was a different kind of story of a unique situation for a character.

Outcast

Most of it didn’t make sense.

The Wrong side of Right

Made me feel angry for the protagonist. So many things seemed unresolved.

 

Have you read any books I’ve mentioned here? If so, how’d you feel about them?

Thank you for reading and I hope you’re having a great day.

Alina

‘Froi of the Exiles’ by Melina Marchetta (Lumatere Chronicles #2)

This review may include spoilers

5/5 |Scriber Rating
Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Adventure |Genre
607 pages |Kindle Edition
October 3rd 2011 |Published

Synopsis: GoodReads Link

My Review:

I know most people hate Froi from ‘Finnikin of the Rock’, but in the context of the story I thought the character’s actions made sense. If you evaluate a person and their upbringing and the kind of world they live in, it can help you to understand why they behave the way they do.

I don’t excuse what he does, I do think he needs psychological help.

Froi is different in this book. At first I thought he would speak in broken English (which I was looking forward to because it’s so cute), like he did in the first one (even though he hardly spoke). But no, he’s older and smarter and he’s trying to become someone who can be respected by the people he respects.

Quintana (his love interest) is hilarious. I love that she’s not described as ‘pretty’ or ‘beautiful’ or even clean, but Froi loves her the way she is.

It’s probably the first time I’ve read about a character who doesn’t ever wash themselves. And this is explained. Quintana is troubled and has been mistreated her entire life. She’s quite fragile and very strange.
They are very unique characters; Froi and Quintana.

Melina Marchetta is another author I’ve learned that can write very real characters. On top of that, her characters aren’t very likable and are very flawed but in the end you can’t help but like them.

Phaedra was that for me. I didn’t think much of her at first but then she really proves herself. I felt sorry for her, the more I got to learn about her.
Isaboe took a turn. I loved her in the first book but omg she’s so annoying, I really didn’t like her.

This book was much better than the first and I loved the first book. Everything makes so much sense. THIS IS AMAZING!
I understand this review doesn’t make much sense. It’s a terrible review for such a great book. If I was rating books, I’d give it a 5/5.

Thanks for reading and I hope you’re having a great day.

Alina

T5W: Books you DNF

Top 5 Wednesday (T5W) is a weekly book meme created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey who makes book related videos on YouTube. T5W group is on GoodReads and if you’re interested in learning more about the group or Laineys channel, please click on the links above.

This weeks topic is ‘Top 5 books you DNF’.

1

sea of tranquility

Omg how much I disliked the female protagonist. Her actions made no sense. Before this book, I never DNF’d a book.

2

kingdom of little wounds

Beautiful cover but very slow pacing. Reading 100 pages felt like forever. I still think I can finish it but I really don’t want to read it anymore.

3

retibution of mara dyer

The release for this got delayed and when it did come out, I lost interest. I did start it and I didn’t mind the writing. But then I got to this one chapter that I can’t get past.

4

ruin and rising

 I don’t know how I finished ‘Siege and Storm’, the second book in the trilogy. And I probably shouldn’t have started this. I can’t get used to the way this is written and it’s preventing me from enjoying the story or empathising with the characters.

5

cress

Seriously, I don’t understand the hype with this series. I somehow read ‘Cinder’, all the while not really loving the story but thinking there’s probably something wrong with me for not liking it as much. I couldn’t read ‘Scarlet’ either, I listened to it on my kindle, using kindle’s annoying robotic voice (which I’ve don’t mind so much anymore).

I do however like Thorne and Cress but it’s not enough to get me to finish this novel.

 

What I’ve learned from this is that, not all Y.A books are for me. I’m looking for more grown-up books. And when I don’t like something, I shouldn’t waste my time on it.

 

I hope I haven’t offended anyone with this list. Thank you for reading. I hope you’re having a great day.

Alina

Ten Books I Really Love But Feel Like I Haven’t Talked About Enough/In A While

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks theme is: Ten Books I Really Love But Feel Like I Haven’t Talked About Enough/In A While

I don’t think I’ve talked about most of these books here.

The Story of Layla and Majnun

Five years have past since I read this book. At the time I wasn’t aware of the different writing styles, I just knew I loved the way it was written. I know some people aren’t fans of prose, those people should give this book a chance.

This 12th century Persian ‘love’ story plays with your emotions in a way that you feel pity for the characters but also frustration and understanding. And no matter how much you hate the mistakes the characters make, it doesn’t make a novel bad. This story is still one of my favourite novels ever.

How to Love

Once in a while I like to pick up a contemporary romance novel and so many times I’ve been disappointed by it. ‘How to Love’ however was not what I thought it would be. I was expecting a fluffy romance novel but it really deals with some serious issues, which brought many of the characters and their relationships to life.

Froi of the Exiles

Froi, such a complicated character. I plan on reviewing this very soon.

The Winners Curse

Arin <3. Review already up.

Between the World and Me

Everyone should listen to the audiobook rather than reading this book.

The Great Gatsby

Hard for me to talk about this in one paragraph. A concise novel with so much depth.

Blankets

Amazing art style and an enthralling read.

Daytripper

Another art style I loved. Philosophical Graphic novel which makes you think.

The Raven Boys

Such great characters that the plot doesn’t even matter to me. I love reading about their lives. Impressed by the evil/menacing characters, they seem so real and like they could be a real threat.

My Life Next Door

Surprising read. The importance of family and parents are shown in this contemporary and not ignored.

 

I was surprised by this list. I didn’t think I liked romance in novels as much. What do you of this list? Do we share favourites? What are your favourites? Let me know down below.

I hope you’re having a great day and thanks for reading.

Alina

‘Isla and the Happily Ever After’ by Stephanie Perkins

This review may include spoilers

Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary |Genre
352 pages |Kindle Edition
August 14th 2014 |Published

Synopsis (GoodReads)
My Review:

When I saw the cover, I thought we (the readers) would be able to explore New York just like we did Paris in the first book. But no. It was so disappointing. Nothing about this book made me want to visit New York.

 

This book follows Josh (who was introduced in ‘Anna and the French Kiss’) and Isla (pronounced ‘eye-la’ was also in the first book). It starts off in New York, where Isla runs into Josh at a coffee shop. The encounter is cute and funny and I was instantly attached to the characters. I understood Isla in the beginning, I was also a shy teenager. It was nice to read about a character who reminds you of the person you used to be. And to know that you weren’t alone.

Josh and Isla’s relationship progresses quickly. It’s cute and it makes you feel happy but then you realise that you’re not even half way done with the book. I couldn’t even feel happy for them because I expected something bad to happen. I felt so uneasy because of that. Then when they kept on complimenting each other, it made me feel awkward. I felt too old to be reading this. I couldn’t relate to the Isla that is in a relationship, but I could with the Isla that’s alone.

What I related to was how Isla was feeling, her insecurities and her inability to take risks. This made me assess my actions. Maybe it would be better to take risks, than avoiding what you assume may or may not happen.

I liked Josh. I loved being able to learn about him and his perspective on everything that happened to him, through his graphic novel. This was a first for me, being able to understand what the character is thinking through the graphic novel he’s made of his life, being explained by the protagonist. I was able to understand how hurt he was when certain things happen to him. What was disappointing was learning that he didn’t really like Isla from his first year in SOAP but only when he had no friends around him, that’s when he truly liked her.

Later on, characters from the first two books appear. The friendship between St. Clair and Josh seems genuine and quite lovely to read about.

Stephanie Perkins writing style and story-telling is engaging and easy to read. What the author does is, show the ups and downs of a relationship. How being together isn’t the end of the story. How a persons insecurities can damage their relationships. And how we must constantly push ourselves to break out of our shells we’ve made for ourselves.

I kept comparing ‘Lola’ and ‘Isla’s’ books with ‘Anna’s’ and I’ve realised that writers/artists can’t recreate something. If she did, I would’ve been annoyed. I don’t want to read the same book with different characters. The characters have their own journeys. Nothing will be the same as Anna and the French Kiss, there might be similarities but it will definitely not be the same so books must be treated as a singular work of art. Judge it for what it is not ‘does it live up my standards’.

Thank you for reading, I hope you’re having a great day

Alina

TTT: Ten Books On My Spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks theme is: Ten Books On My Spring TBR.

This one is pretty easy for me, most of these I’m borrowing from Kindle and I’m desperate read them all in one go.

 

 

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Never read Gone Girl, even though I have it but I loved the movie. I regretted not having experienced reading the book before the movie. Even though I know the book and movie have different endings, I’m probably never going to read that.

Dark Places however sounds really interesting. It’s exactly the kind of thing I’m into though I never read mystery novels. I need to fix that. Then I can watch the movie.

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Never read a Vonnegut novel and really want to analyse his writing style and story-telling techniques. I’ve heard this ones a little weird. I’m defo up this one.

The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng

This was one of the books I borrowed from Kindle. I’ve lately been into reading books written in Asia or written by Asian authors. GR’s ratings are high, hopefully I’ll enjoy it.

How Europe Underdeveloped Africa Walter Rodney

This perfectly ties into the novel I’m writing. Hopefully I can learn a lot from this.

A Perfect Crime by A Yi

It sounds like nothing I’ve ever read. If it was a movie or T.V Show, I would have seen it by now. Can’t wait to get to this.

A Tale For the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

Currently reading this. It’s fairly easy read. Read over a hundred pages without realising. I’m not sure how I feel about it yet.

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Been waiting too long for this to release.

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

Looking to try something new. Haven’t read anything like this.

The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

Before ‘The Winner’s Kiss’ comes out, I want to read ‘The Winner’s Crime’. I wrote a review on ‘The Winner’s Curse‘ if you’re interested. I loved it btw.

 

That concludes my top ten list for the week. If anyone’s read these books, feel free to let me know if you liked it or not. And if you’ve never heard of them, click on the titles for the GoodReads link. Let me know if you’ve added any of the books from the list above to your TBR lists.

Thank you for reading and I hope you’re having a great day.

Alina

 

 

 

 

‘Lola and the Boy Next Door’ by Stephanie Perkins

This review may include spoilers

Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary |Genre
384 pages |Kindle Edition
September 28th 2011 |Published

Synopsis:
Life is pretty close to perfect for budding designer Lola Nolan, especially with her hot rocker boyfriend. That is, until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighbourhood and unearth a past of hurt that Lola thought was long buried. So when talented inventor Cricket steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally face up to a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door. Could the boy from Lola’s past be the love of her future?

My Review:

Before I began to read this, I was apprehensive. I didn’t expect to like this. I felt like I was too old to be reading this or that I won’t be able to connect with what the protagonist might be experiencing, which was true, I couldn’t really connect with Lola but I tried really hard to understand her.

Lola’s a year younger than Anna and not as mature as her either, which made it quite difficult for me to connect with her at first, but as I continued reading, I found that I could relate to Lola even more.

She and Cricket were enjoyable to read about and the book is actually wonderfully written.

I loved Stephanie Perkins writing and story-telling in Anna and the French Kiss and I was more interested in reading Isla and the Happily Ever After (the third book), but I thought it was necessary to read Lola and the Boy Next Door first because it might be necessary if I didn’t want to be confused whilst reading the third book.

This book just wasn’t for me. I didn’t have problems with the writing or the characters. I think I just liked Anna and the French Kiss way too much and I know the importance of not comparing an authors book with another book of theirs but I can’t help it.

 

Feel free to leave a comment below and let me know what you thought of the review or the book.
Thanks for reading 🙂

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Please read this post if you enjoy reading spoilers.

Synopsis:

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Review

I enjoy reading Y.A and I don’t want to stop but sometimes I think when I don’t enjoy a book, it’s my own fault. Maybe I need to read books that are written for my age group, maybe then I’d be a better judge of the story.

I think I might be missing something, this is what goes through my mind when a book has great reviews and I just didn’t enjoy it.
It was an easy book to read and I flew through it. The writing was great and I liked the protagonist (Madeline), she was nice, weird way to describe her but that’s all she was. I didn’t care too much for her because to me she seemed to be underdeveloped.

Oliver (love interest), I didn’t understand his interest in Madeline and what he loved about her (this probably has more to do with Madeline’s underdevelopment). His family situation isn’t anything new to me, I’ve read about it time and time again but those books have done a better job of explaining the effects it has on characters. Why wasn’t Madeline more concerned? Why wasn’t the police called when Madeline’s mother saw it happen? What about his sister, we learn nothing about her, except that she smokes. What really made the family leave because the reason given wasn’t good enough and I couldn’t understand it.

The romance bloomed too fast. It grew even before I had a chance to root for the characters to get together. I didn’t care too much for it. His interest in her was too much, too fast. Then the messaging was a little strange in the beginning. I knew that for her it was the first time being around someone, and being attracted to him. But for him, his feelings were unknown to me.

Some parts I really felt for her, she had no friends and she was just too nice about not being able to talk to Oliver or when Carla got fired. Yes, she felt sorry for her mother. I know what that’s like. But at 18, bring exposed to new and different things, I wouldn’t have been able to give up on those things. Maybe I was too stubborn for my own good, I found ways to get what I wanted because life feels short at that age.

What disappointed me was how this story went from a girl with an immune disease (SCID) to being a normal girl, I wish this story was a about someone with her condition. It was important. That’s why I read the book.

Did I miss something?

How did she find where Oliver had moved to? He didn’t say in an email.

Oh yeah, I cried when Carla got fired. Not something to cry about, I don’t know what came over me. Feeling a little emotional. Carla and her mum were the only people in Madeline’s life. She lost a friend. I couldn’t believe her mum didn’t see it that way. Plus Madeline was fine. She had no health issues, allow Carla to stay.

Have you read Everything, Everything? What did you think about the book?

Feel free to leave a comment below.

 

Hope you all are having a great day,

Alina

The Liebster Award

Thank you to the lovely Julia Slaughter for thinking of me for this award. Please check out her blog, follow her, maybe even leave her a comment.

Sorry about the delay Julia. It took me a lot longer than I thought it would to write this.

What I know about the Liebster Award is, it’s a tag passed on from blogger to blogger, for readers to be introduced to blogs, they may or may not be aware of.

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions your nominator gave you.
  3. Tag 11 bloggers with less than 1,000 readers.
  4. Think of 11 questions for the bloggers you have nominated.
  5. Let them know you have nominated them through social media or their blog.

 

Questions from Julia:

1- What’s your “go to” comfort food?

Pasta. It’s easy to make and it’s filling. I have to have salad with it. Salad makes everything taste better in my opinion.

2- If you won the lottery, what’s the first thing you would do when you got the money?

Buy a house in Spain. I’ve been hoping to move there for a couple of years now. Not sure when exactly I’ll be able to do that. Or I’d travel to east Asia and find a good place to live, temporarily.

Or, open my own business. I have been jotting down ideas for a restaurant I’d like to open for the past 8 years. I think I’ve figured out the location, but I don’t want to rush anything. If had enough money saved to open it myself, I would take a hiatus from writing.

3- What’s your favorite holiday and why?

National holiday? or holiday (going abroad)?

I don’t celebrate any national holidays (except maybe Bonfire Night, but I’m too old for that). I enjoy the atmosphere in November and December. Everyone seems happier. They look forward to Christmas and New Years. The Christmas lights are everywhere. When I was a kid, my dad used to take me and my siblings out to see the lights.

Holiday (going abroad). What I love about living in England, is the access to Europe and being able to visit so many countries. I have fond memories of visiting Denmark and Germany, and the drive to and from there.

One of the best holidays I remember having is spending my summer in Canada with my cousins. I remember having a lot of fun. We had many water fights, did a lot of touristy things and it was just the best.

4- Do you have any traditions that other people might think are unusual or interesting? If so, what are they?

The only thing I can think of, that other people have told me it’s weird is that I don’t like to eat cake on my birthday. It’s not interesting but maybe unusual. The thing is, it just doesn’t taste good. I’ll eat it anytime of the year but on my birthday, I’m never in the mood.

Instead I’d ask my mum to make Lasagna. So now I have Lasagna once a year, only on my birthday.

5- Do you know anything about your family history? Do you wish you knew more?

I know quite a bit about my family history, I would like to know more.

I know that Alexander the Great fought with an Indian Emperor (not too sure of the details), in the area where my father was born many, many years later.

My great, great, great (I don’t remember how many great) grand father was a scholar and adviser to the Mughal Emperor Akbar in India. And for his honesty, he was rewarded a large amount of land in Pakistan and he’s named after it. He also built a school, in which my cousin sister studied and graduated from.

I do wish I knew more, because everyone in my family looks different. No one looks like they’re from one ethnic group. E.g. my father looks Chinese and Arab and my mother looks Indonesian, Persian or Russian.

I think what I’d love to know is my genealogy and who were these people. I’d also like to visit those places that my ancestors are from and learn more about their lives. But I don’t think there’s much information out there for me to find.

6- Are you the kind of person that makes friends everywhere they go?

I love to meet new people. I don’t find it difficult to talk to people, but as I get older I don’t enjoy small talk.

Small talk gets in the way of making a proper connection with people, but it can sometimes be useful for getting to know more about a person. For me friendship comes through having real conversations with people.

I like deep conversations and being able to learn how to improve myself and help others in any way I can through conversation, that’s generally how I make friends, by learning about the person for who they are, how they think. I truly value all of my friends for their unique personalities.

As for making friends everywhere I go? I don’t know. Maybe. I’m not very shy in front of new people and most of the time I will talk first.

7- Is there a book you read in your childhood (or when you were younger) that you still like to revisit? If so what book and what brings you back to it? (If you’re not a reader, maybe a movie or TV show instead)

I wasn’t a reader as a kid. My mum used to read to me but I never wanted to read for myself. I like to watch Christmas movies, Robin Williams movies, or Matilda. But I only like to watch these with my sister. It’s not fun to watch on my own.

I don’t re read books, but one that I read I think 5 or 6 years ago was ‘The Story of Layla and Majnun’ I love the writing style and I read a few pages a month ago and I didn’t want to put it down. Unfortunately I have a large TBR pile and I always feel like I shouldn’t be re reading books when I have spent so much money on books I still haven’t read.

8- What fictional character (can be from any media) would you most like to have lunch with?

Fresh Prince is the first that came to mind, I think it’s because of the last question, got me feeling nostalgic. I think we’d have a laugh.

Arin from The Winner’s Curse because he’s kinda intense and I understand his pain more than Kestrel. We can have some good conversations that would force me to expand my world view. Maybe Gansey from The Raven Cycle can join us, I’d like to listen to him talk about things he’s learned.

I haven’t been able to relate to any female characters. Not a single one I’ve read about. I hope I can write a complex female character I can fully relate to.

I know this question isn’t about relatability, I’m just thinking about the type of people I’d like to have a conversation with and I wouldn’t feel uncomfortable if neither of us say a word. But when some one does speak, its something to think about.

Someone who’s not a fictional character, I’d like to have lunch with is Amy Poehler. She’s so supportive 0f women and really funny.

9- Is there something you like to splurge/treat yourself with? What is it?

I like to treat myself with things from Amazon. From art supplies to books. Anything really.

10- What’s your guilty pleasure?

I don’t think I have one anymore. I used to watch reality shows about rich privileged kids and I’d get really invested in their lives and then I realised I was preventing myself from making money or doing something useful with my time.

I’m not knocking anyone for watching them. I just don’t like how they make me feel.

11- Where do you stand on the “Fast Zombies” issue? (In other words, if there are zombies do you believe it’s possible for them to move crazy fast or more slow and shuffling?)

No, zombies will forever be slow. Their insides are rotting. How can they walk fast? Maybe if they have bionic legs. That would be pretty cool. Half zombie, half robot. But I can imagine the bionic legs tearing apart from the rotting zombie body.

Yup Zombies are slow.

 

People I’ve nominated:

I don’t spend a lot of time blogging. If ever I am, I’ll spend hours on here. The following people I’m nominating, I’d love to learn more about them. For anyone reading this, please check out these lovely peoples blogs. They all put a lot of time and effort into it and it shows.

1- Tasha, Head in the clouds, heart in the books

17, from Malaysia. A supportive and lovely person I’d like to know a little bit more better.

2- Joan, Fiddler Blue

Fellow K-pop lover. An inquisitive person with a great taste in lit and tv shows.

3- Regina, The Bibliothèque 

I love her blog. I’m so jealous.

4- Daniel, DanielWaltztwt

A published writer with a sunny personality.

5- Jessica, Mud and Stars

A hardworking book blogger, working in the publishing industry. And like me, Jessica is a 25 yr old Brit.

6- Erika, Erika in Bookventureland

Book lover with a great blog. I’ve noticed on GoodReads, we like and dislike similar books. I don’t meet many people I can share that with.

 

The Questions!

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. What/who inspires you?
  3. What do you love most about where you live?
  4. Where would you like to be in 5 years time?
  5. Movie or tv show seen recently? Did you like it?
  6. Recommend some music OR write your favourite type of music.
  7. If you could meet any ‘famous’ person, who would you want to meet and what would you talk about?
  8. Favourite place you’ve visited?
  9. What 3 words describe you best?
  10. Tell me something surprising about yourself. No pressure 😀
  11. Where is your happy place?

 

Thank you again to Julia, I am so happy to have been nominated by you.

 

Have a great day!

Alina

Plans for 2016

Plans, goals, resolutions? For the first 6 months of 2016. A year is a long time and in a couple of months I might not even care about some things or plans will change and I can’t do anything about that, except adapt.

These goals are the ones I can think of right now. I might write another post in July, with goals for the final months of the year.

Let’s get started with the list…

no.1- Work on novel.

I can’t say that I’d have a final copy of my novel in a couple of months. I have no idea how things will turn out and I’m a painfully slow writer. It pains me to write at a slow pace. If I could write fast, I’d love that. That would be the best thing ever.

So my goal is to ‘work on novel and be satisfied with the progress made’

2- Read 20 books within the next 6 months.

My GR goal is 80 books for the year, I’m not stuck on the number I just want to read the books I own that I’m sick of not having read yet.

3- Write more book reviews, tags and whatever. Basically, don’t go a month without posting anything

I have ideas and things I really want to talk about and maybe discuss but I don’t write down my thoughts and when it comes time to writing a post, I’ve forgotten everything.

4- Save money to visit South Korea

I’ve been dreaming of visiting S.K for a while now and this is the year I want to go. I’ve been teaching myself how to speak Korean, so that I can speak to the locals when I visit. I have to stop wasting money.

5- Practice speaking Korean.

My mum speaks Punjabi. She understands English perfectly and could speak it if she wanted to. She’s so shy that she doesn’t speak it ever and assumes people will laugh at her. I don’t want to be shy to speak in Korean. I want to learn.

6- Stop stressing out over the little things. Or when I can’t live up to my own standards.

This one is to remind me that I’m not very smart and my standards for myself are harsh. I live with a dull bully inside of me. It doesn’t annoy me all the time, only when things are bad. I have to remember that the bully is simple minded.

 

This list might seem a little superficial, I have other goals too, they’re a little more personal and not as fun to talk about.

 

Anyway, thanks for reading, hope you have a great day

Alina

 

 

 

NaNoWriMo and I suck at blogging

 NaNoWriMo 2015

So I lost Nanowrimo 2015 and my world didn’t shatter. Nano gave me the push I needed in 2014. I knew I would be crushed if I lost, winning was so important to me then, if I couldn’t do it then in my silly little mind I couldn’t be a writer.

Accomplishing 50k in 2014 made me feel validated so much that I barely wrote anything afterwards. 2015 however, was more about not burning out, writing daily rather than waiting for November to write.

I did write a little in November, I just didn’t update anyone on here.

My main priority this year is to write my novel, if I have time for another novel, I’d love to start fresh in November.

Blogging

I get overwhelmed by the smallest things and I usually need a time out. I go away and I come back then I’m overwhelmed again and I need to hide out until I feel better again. Which can last for a long time.

I’ve learned things about myself that I thought were laziness or procrastination but turns out I’m going through something else, which I don’t want to talk about just yet.

I’m not consistently posting on here and I’m no longer disappointed with myself. I guess this is my process.

I don’t have any plans for my blog, no schedule no nothing. Just that I will be posting whenever I have the time

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

Alina

NaNoWriMo: Day 8 (Stop being lazy Alina)

I understand a lot about the traditions and culture of the world. It’s making me see the characters as real people. I have a lot I need to think about but I think I need to focus on writing instead, if I don’t want to fall behind.

Youtube videos that discuss political systems and laws have been really useful. I’ve written quite a bit after watching them.

Didn’t quite meet my goal again. I think I haven’t been taking this seriously. I’m being lazy.

Writing hasn’t been my priority and I’m falling behind.

Word count: 12,976

NaNoWriMo: Day 7 (Trying to get back into writing)

6:30am It’s taking me awhile to get back into writing. I know I have to write something but I haven’t done it yet. I guess this is normal after taking a two day break.

6:45am I’ve been thinking about one of my characters and I feel really sorry for him. I kinda wanna try to change his outcome because I want him to have a happy ending but at the same time, it’s important for the story if I don’t go changing things because of how I feel.

It’s a strange feeling, I never understood why writers spoke about their characters like they were real people. I’m like that with horror movies too, I know it’s not real and it’s hard to find some things scary. They can be creepy but I always know it’s not real.

My character isn’t real but it’s still sad, even when you’re writing it.

I think I’m going to give him small victories, just to make myself feel better.

11pm I’m not sure where the day went. Read a little, then took a nap that turned into hours and hours of sleep. Then spent the evening with the family. Nov 5th was bonfire night but that was on a school night. My niece and nephew were over, it was mainly for them that we had a bonfire night.

It reminded me of something that I wanted to include in my story. Peoples traditions and festivities. What kind of things do the people in my fantasy setting believe in? What are their traditions? Do they care about their environment?

This I should have done before Nanowrimo. I failed to do the world building last year too and I changed my mind so much. I never did delete anything, but at the end of it when I went through the nano document. It was so painful to read and I understand first drafts are like that but nothing fit together. I didn’t understand how I wanted to tell the story. What to leave in and what to take out. It was hard to put the pieces together because I didn’t plan it out and I’d forgotten most of what I wanted to say.

Apparently I’m a planner, which you might have figured out on your own but I still don’t think it. I like to plan but too much planning drives me crazy, I need to write and see what happens. I think I’m both; planner and pantser.

Total word count (day 7): 11,154

I didn’t meet my goal today but I’m not upset about it. I know I can catch up because Nanowrimo has reminded me that writing isn’t scary and that I shouldn’t be critical of my work even before I’ve written it.

If anyone’s interested in adding me as a buddy on nano, heres my profile: AlinaRM19.

NaNoWriMo: Day 6 (Break cont. & Feeling re-charged)

I read a book today and it made me feel like I was accomplishing something even if I wasn’t writing.

Today’s goal was 10,000 and I’ve already gotten to that point, if I miss another day I’m going to fall behind.

Right now I feel content. The break was exactly what I needed. I’m looking forward to getting back to writing.

Alina

NaNoWriMo: Day 5 (Taking a break & poor health)

(Nov 5th) 12:34am Wrote 131 words. I need to get up and do something, I have to clean.

Today flew by. I didn’t write anything, but I’m not annoyed at myself for it. I did intend on taking a mental break from the story.

I felt like reading, but I was exhausted the whole day. Energy levels were low. I think I need to drink some orange juice (sometimes it makes me feel alert).

Not sure if I’m going to write anything again today. But I’m slowly starting to feel the urge to write, I don’t want to fall behind.

Word Count (Day 5): 10,386

NaNoWriMo: Day 4 (Hitting 10k mark and negative thoughts)

1:05am didn’t sleep. Listening to music and writing. At 6654 words right now. I feel like doing a 1k30. I’ll start that in 10 minutes, see what happens.

Oops got distracted.

3:40am Why am I still awake? Got the urge to write now, ideas are flowing. Forgot to write the number down, I think it was close to 700 words that I wrote. Then went to bed.

5:20pm I wrote a little, took a break, wrote again. Really felt like doing a 1k30, but I think I actually did a 1k40. I can’t believe I did it, I wrote more than 1000 words in 40 minutes, yaayyy! I am at 9,321 words. I want to get to 10,000 by the end of today. I have a friend coming over tomorrow and I’m not going to get any time to write.

8:40pm Took a break earlier, had dinner and loaded the dishwasher. I want to write a little bit more now and then start cleaning. Does anyone find it difficult to write when your house is messy? When my home is unclean it really bugs me, I can’t write.

11pm I’ve hit the 10,000 mark whooo!!!! Definitely doing a lot better than my previous years.

But I have a problem. Those negative thoughts are coming back. Already I’ve been wondering if I am ever going to get my book published if I continue to write rubbish, or ‘my story’s just too boring’.

TOTAL WORD COUNT (Day 4): 10,255

NaNoWriMo: Day 3 (Music is my inspiration)

I feel like crap today. No actually, I’m not too bad. The cold weather just makes me think that way. I’m great, chocolate works wonders.

3:30pm I didn’t start writing until now. Saw a youtube video-felt inspired and wrote 172 words

Its after 5:30pm and I’m on nano twitter. I scrolled down to the older tweets for word prompts. I wrote 344 words. I’m at 5,096 words. I want to write another 2000 words. I’m going to continue with the twitter word prompts and see what happens.

7:08pm I’m going to take a break now. 5449 words written. 869 words written today. One of the good things about Nano is the stats page on their website. When you update it, it shows you your progress. Being able to see it, makes me feel like I’m accomplishing something.

8pm listening to Adeles new song, I feel like writing a heartbreaking romance. I managed to write 155 words.

11pm been listening to Alicia Keys ‘songs in a minor’, whenever I listen to that album, I always feel so sad. At least it got me to write. nano word sprints haven’t been working for me today. 6,654 words written, not feeling like I’ve accomplished much. I’m already worrying about the next word target. I need tea, I’m not sleeping anytime soon, again I’ve messed up my sleep schedule.

WORD COUNT (DAY 3): 6654

Top Ten Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Sophomore Novel

Top Ten Tuesday (TTT) created by The Broke and the Bookish is an original feature/weekly meme in which any one who participates must talk about their top ten books. This weeks topic is ‘Top Ten Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Sophomore Novel’.

For anyone who wishes to participate in Top Ten Tuesday, click the link here to read the rules for participation.

It was really hard for me to come up with this one because I haven’t read many books from debut authors but the ones I have read, I’ve already read their Sophomore novels so I thought I could switch it up and count a trilogy or a quartet as a whole book from a debut author.

The authors on this is list are the debut authors who’s books I’ve enjoyed and I’m interested in reading what ever else they release.

  1. Laini Taylor

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I didn’t quite love ‘Daughter of Smoke and Bone’ but I loved Laini Taylors writing. The world she built is interesting and her writing style is very unique to me.

2. Stephanie Perkins

stephanie perkins

Her books are adorable, ‘Anna and the French Kiss’ definitely was. I never thought I’d like it as much as I did.

3. Marissa Meyer

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‘Cinder’ and ‘Scarlet’ are the only books I’ve read by her and even though I didn’t love them (they weren’t bad, just didn’t love them as much as other people). I’m still going to consider reading what ever else she releases.

4. Veronica Roth

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‘Divergent’ got me to love reading Y.A. I wasn’t a reader growing up and the only Y.A I had read was by Colleen Hoover. After ‘Divergent’, I couldn’t stop reading.

5. Huntley Fitzpatrick

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‘My life next door’ surprised me. It was a lot better than I expected. It was really good. Characters were well thought out. I envisioned all of them as real people.

6. Leigh Bardugo

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This was the first time I’d read a book where the main character had my name and she’s Russian-my ancestors were Russian. I felt connected to the character ‘Alina’ more so than any other character and I loved the world building. I really want to read ‘Six of crows’.

7. Tahereh Mafi

SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 05:  Writer Tahereh Mafi attends the Bold Ink Awards at the Eli and Edythe Broad Stage on November 5, 2012 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

Her writing style makes her stand out. Her next book is going to be ‘Middle Grade’ which I think is perfect for her style of writing.

8. Michelle Hodkin

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‘Mara Dyer’ trilogy, was fast paced and intriguing. I think I’d like what ever else she writes.

9. Veronica Rossi

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I haven’t read the trilogy yet, just the first book. The world building in was my favourite part of the story. She made it easier for me to envision the world she had created.

Didn’t quite get to ten this time. This was a hard list to do, but I wanted to write this regardless.

Thank you for reading and I hope you’re having a great day.

Alina

NaNoWriMo: Day 2 (Feeling positive)

Today I posted my Day 1 of NaNoWriMo. I was going to post my 2nd day writing update tomorrow but it’s almost midnight, I thought I should post this before I head off to bed.

Second day and I’m excited to get started. I think I know what I need to write. The story is heading in a direction I never thought of and I think I can meet today’s goal. No need for chocolates, water or tea this time. I feel confident.

2:46pm I’ve been sprinting with NaNo on twitter and the prompts are really useful. It’s the challenge that keeps me motivated. Having to write in 10 minutes, 20 or even 30 minutes, actually works. I’ve surpassed today’s goal of 3333 words and I’m at 4,332 words as of now. Less than 700 words away from meeting tomorrows goal.
If I wasn’t participating in NaNoWriMo and this was just a normal writing day. I would have been so critical of all ideas that popped into my head. I would have to think about it for a long time until that particular idea fit in well with everything else.
It feels so nice to not be so critical of my work and just be excited about the story. Even if it sucks right now.

00:08am Didn’t write many updates today. There wasn’t much I’d wanted to say.

I was hoping I could have written 5,000, but having written what I have is an accomplishment. I am very happy with the progress, especially because in the past two years, on my second day I was struggling a lot. I would be so stressed out.

I wonder if in two weeks I can’t write anymore. I really hope that doesn’t happen. That’s one of the reasons why I’m not stopping with meeting just today’s goal, I want to meet tomorrows and the day after tomorrows word limit.

Write as much as you can, when you’re feeling positive, you get more work done.

Day 2: 4,580 words

P.S. I hope this is a little motivational for whoever reads this. I’m not trying to make anyone feel bad if they haven’t reached their word limit. I’ve participated in nano before and my attitude this year is a lot different to the previous years. I’m not taking myself too seriously which is definitely helping. It doesn’t have to be ‘stress, stress, stress’ all the time.

Writing my thoughts helps me process my experiences better and I learn a lot from it. I hope this helps you in some way.

Alina

NaNoWriMo: Day 1 (The Beginning)

I thought I might write a little something about my experience participating in NaNoWriMo. This is going to be in the style of NaNo; unedited. Last year I kept myself away from the internet because I really wanted to win after I’d lost the previous year. But I’m not so afraid this year. I’m going to try to take it easy, not be critical of my story and just write whatever makes me happy and excited for this story.

First day of NaNoWriMo. I woke up late, lazily did my regular morning routine. It’s 11:38am and I’m about to write. I’ve got my glass of water and terry’s chocolates the orange ones.

The thing I didn’t do all week was work on the world building for my novel. I’d wanted to but I got busy doing other things that took up too much of my time.

Now I don’t really know or remember what my story is about.
I just have to read a few pages and I’m sure the story will come back to me.

What I feel like doing is listening to ‘Hotline Bling’, I can’t get it out of my head. I write 200 words listen to the song on repeat until I’m annoyed by it.

Write a little bit more and now I can’t help but think about the things that bother me. Feeling angry for no reason, just angered by things that have happened to me and my family. This always happens, when I’m trying to focus on writing, I get distracted by things that aren’t important. I don’t like feeling angry. I know it doesn’t serve a purpose for me, except just frustrate me and it makes me a negative person. Positivity is so important.
1448 words written, its 3:49pm and I’m starving, I missed my lunch. I am such a slow writer.
I’ve gotten to a point in the story that I don’t know where it’s heading. I need food.
But I want to write another 200 before I get up and make something to eat.
1708 words written. 4:05pm. I’m starving, I’m going to make myself some Kimchi noodles.

I didn’t go to eat. I checked on NaNoWriMo twitter and they’d tweeted to turn on your favourite piece of music and include it (or the feeling it invokes) in your story. And I did. For 12 minutes I wrote. I’m at 1950 words. My story took a different turn because of this. It’s heading in a direction that I never thought it could go but it makes perfect sense. I’m actually excited about what it could mean.
I don’t want to stop writing because the pressure for the day has passed. And if there is a day in this month that I don’t get an opportunity to write. I will have words written.

2227 words written by the end of day one. I wrote a little just before going to bed.

Posted: October

Hello all. I hope you all are having a great day. Alina here – to give you all a recap of what’s been happening on this blog in the month of October.

For the first three weeks of October I hadn’t posted anything thinking I have nothing to say. Last week I realised I have actual things I’d wanted to post. And when I get posting, I don’t want to stop.

When I restrict myself to posting something once or twice a week, I’ll end up missing a few weeks. I’m hoping I can post something everyday, but with NaNoWriMo, I’m sure I’m going to miss a few days.

Please feel free to click on the link below to view post.

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T5W: Top 5 Authors You Discovered This Year
Oct 21st

Hosted by GingerReadsLainey from BookTube.

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Project 10: Project 10 Fail and Book Haul
Oct 29th

My first book haul post.

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Book review: ‘Hopeless’ by Colleen Hoover
Oct 30th

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Writing: NaNoWriMo 2015
Oct 31st

Thank you for reading, I hope you’re having a great day. Feel free to leave a comment below.

Alina

NaNoWriMo 2015

Hi, I’m participating in NaNoWriMo this year.

If you don’t know what it is, National Novel Writing Month is a month long challenge to write at least 50,000 words in November. The event takes place every year and everyone is welcome to join.

http://nanowrimo.org/

Just click on the link and if you’d like to sign up, you can do so.

I think this site is a great resource for writers, if you take advantage of what is available for you.

You can read pep talks written by authors, connect with other writers from around the world. You can even get help writing a character or building your world.

When I tell people about this month, they always ask me ‘What do you win?’ I have to explain to them that it’s not about the prizes, it’s more about the challenge and getting yourself to write something you normally would’ve taken a year to write.

After a month long of writing, I felt calm. I had written every little detail that was in my mind, bugging me. When I tried to talk about it, I never knew what I was trying to say. I confused myself.

But after NaNoWriMo, I’d learned that, without this month pushing me to write, I wouldn’t have written as much otherwise.

Tell us more about your novel

I would love to, if I knew how. It’s so hard for me to explain what the story is about. The more I write it the more I understand but I’m still not sure I completely know what it is about.

All I can say is that it’s a High Fantasy Novel and that I was working on it last year. I’m going to rewrite it for NaNoWriMo this year.

What kind of help do you get to keep you writing?

Chocolate. I need to have chocolate. Only Cadbury’s.

Tea. I’ll drink between 2 to 3 cups a day. That might not be much for some people. But if I drink too much, it’ll mess up my sleeping schedule. (Yes I have a schedule. I love waking up early and getting to work when everyone’s asleep).

Water or orange juice. Water is very helpful. It makes me feel good, I can concentrate better. I really should drink more water daily.

Music. Only helps sometimes.

Reading. Last year I took a week long break from NaNoWriMo (not by choice. I didn’t know what to write) I read a book and felt recharged. I did have to double my writing limit for the rest of the month to catch up.

Fear and Loss

I was afraid of 50,000. But when I took part in 2014 and lost, the fear went away. I understood where I went wrong. I made mistakes with the plot. There just wasn’t much I could do with the story.

Another mistake I made was telling someone what I’m writing when my confidence was easy to shatter. It was the first time participating and I was very excited. I was so sure that it was a great novel and all I wanted to do was tell the people closest to me, thinking that they’d encourage me to write.

Eagerly, I described the story to someone. Except I told her that it was a movie I saw. When I was describing the story, her face was blank. It was clear to me that my story wasn’t as interesting as I thought.

I then told her it’s not a movie its the story I’m working on, she said ‘I know’. And that was it. I lost all confidence in my story and I lost my first time participating in NaNoWriMo.

So be weary of who you tell if you’re new to writing. Writers already have little confidence in their abilities. For me, I’ve learned to stop listening to negativity but I welcome critique.

If you’re participating this year, Congratulations! Good Luck!!

If you’d like to be my writing buddy, my username is: Alinarm19. Or you could leave a comment below letting me know your username and we can be writing buddies.

Have a nice day everyone.

Alina

‘Hopeless’ by Colleen Hoover

This review may include spoilers
3/5 |Rating
Romance, New Adult, Contemporary |Genre
488 pages |Kindle Edition
December 17th 2012 |Published

Synopsis:

Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.

My Review:

I didn’t have any expectations before reading this book. I was intrigued by the synopsis and I wanted to read another Colleen Hoover book as I’d read Slammed and loved that.

Sky’s behaviour worried me. She was too trusting and naive. I would like to think teenage girls have more sense than Sky. I don’t think I would have trusted Holder so easily. Attractive people are sickos too and maybe there could have been another way Colleen Hoover could have brought these two characters together instead of the way she did.

When I finally did learn about the secret, everything made sense. I understood why Holder behaved the way he did.

The story intensifies towards the end of the book. It kept me curious, so many secrets were being revealed but some parts of the story seemed unbelievable. I was expecting something better.

I think people are complex and they aren’t just good and evil. They should have reasons for their behaviour, which some characters did not.

To conclude Sky made some bad decisions. And ‘slammed’ was better.

Feel free to leave a comment below and let me know what you thought of the review or the book.

Thanks for reading 🙂

‘Anna and the French Kiss’ by Stephanie Perkins

This review does include spoilers

Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary |Genre
385 pages |Kindle Edition
January 1st 2014 (first published January 1st 2010) |Published

Synopsis:
Anna is less than thrilled to be shipped off to boarding school in Paris, leaving a fledgling romance behind – until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a girlfriend. But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with a longed-for French kiss?

Review:

What surprised me is how much I enjoyed this book. It’s far better than I expected it to be. It was cute and serious and not a typical teen read.

This book has a ton of praises, which is why I thought to read it. I thought it would be a cute, fluffy read but it was more than that. I didn’t expect heart breaking/serious moments the characters had to deal with. This made the characters real to me.
I loved the description of Paris Stephanie Perkins writes and it once again revived my dreams of exploring Paris for myself.

This book starts off with Anna being sent to Paris. She’s finally pleased with how her life is going in Atlanta and doesn’t want to leave. Even though Paris is a city most people would love to visit. I think Anna conveyed some real concerns about why she didn’t want to go.
Many places of the world have been glamorised by books and movies, but in this book Stephanie Perkins doesn’t start off by talking about how great Paris might be.

Anna doesn’t like being there, she’s alone in a new country, far away from her family and friends and has no choice in this matter. She’s afraid to step outside of her dorm room and explore Paris. She prefers to stay inside where she feels comfortable. I understand what it is like to feel distressed in a new environment and how I would rather choose to feel secure and relaxed than to go outside of my comfort zone.
In that sense, I could relate to the type of person Anna is.
There were parts of the book that were unfavourable of Etienne St. Clair, the love interest of Anna. He has a girlfriend, who he was supposedly in love with, but when he meets Anna, everything between him and his girlfriend changes. No love triangle formulates, but I think there was a lot of emotional cheating going on.

My concern was what if that happens to him again, because he ends up with Anna. At first I thought that maybe St. Clair was having problems in his relationship and that’s why when he met Anna, it got worse. But no, the problems started when he met Anna.
I thought less of him after that and its probably why I wasn’t swooning over this guy (which I rarely ever do anyway).
Another thing was his British accent. Maybe it’s because I’m British, but I find it hard to see a British person more attractive than any other person in the world. The British character trend is pretty annoying. It doesn’t make a person automatically attractive. I prefer it if writers show the characters personality.
Stephanie Perkins does actually show what type of person Etienne St. Clair is and eventually I did think he was alright.
To conclude, this is a cute, funny and serious book. I was invested in the character’s lives and the story has stuck with me. I’m waiting to forget what happens in the book so that I can read it again. I’m glad to have read this.
Feel free to leave a comment below and let me know what you thought of the review or the book.
Thanks for reading 🙂

Project 10 fail and Book Haul

I don’t know what went wrong. Everything was going great and then I couldn’t read anything. I would read a few pages and then I’d get tired or bored. The books I was reading weren’t particularly boring. I guess you’d call it a slump. I’ve been stressed and I’ve had very serious issues preoccupying my mental space so I can understand why I haven’t been in the mood.

I tired to force myself but that didn’t work.

It’s not that I haven’t been able to read in almost half a year, it’s that I’d read something really easy to finish. Some months I read one book. One month I read half a book.

It feels really weird. This isn’t normal for me because of how long I’ve been feeling like this.

Not being in the mood to read didn’t stop me from buying books.

Book haul that broke my Project 10

The sad thing about this list is that some of these were available to read online as they were written more than a century ago. My excuse for wasting money is, Amazon makes it too easy to buy eBooks. Seriously. I once accidentally pressed the buy button on a book I didn’t want. I didn’t even open the book but there was no way I could return it. eBooks cant be returned.

So here’s the list:

The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. Du Bois (GoodReads)

Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington (GoodReads)

Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass by Fredrick Douglass (GoodReads)

How Europe Underdeveloped Africa by Walter Rodney (GoodReads)

The Willie Lynch Letter and The Making of a Slave (GoodReads)

This is horrific. I wanted to read something that could get me in the mind set of someone truly evil (for a character of course) but it made me really angry and deeply upset that something like this ever happened, but then I did some research about this book and I’d read somewhere that it’s a hoax. http://www.ferris.edu/news/jimcrow/question/may04.htm This website explains how this letter is a hoax simply by analysing the language. Some of the words that Willie Lynch uses were invented after the year 1712 (when this letter supposedly had been written).

Amulet Boxset: Books 1-3 by Kazu Kibuishi (GoodReads for Amulet #1 only)

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami (GoodReads)

The Winners Crime by Marie Rutkoski (GoodReads)

Project 10

These are the books I read for project 10 #3:

20.  Sisters (Graphic Novel) by Raina Telemeier, May 13
21.  Daytripper (Graphic Novel) by Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon, May 15
22.  Bossypants (Audiobook) by Tina Fey, May 15
23.  Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta, May 16
24.  Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, May 20
25.  The Queens Army by Marissa Meyer, May 20
26.  P.S I Still Love You by Jenny Han, May 31

I don’t think I’m going to continue with this. It did help me at a time when I couldn’t control my spending. If I feel overwhelmed with my TBR shelf I might start this up again.

As for reading, I just hope my slump goes away. Winter is almost here and it’s the season that makes reading enjoyable and also makes me feel nostalgic after watching 90’s movies or Harry Potter.

Thanks for reading and I hope you’re having a good day.

Alina

T5W: Top 5 Authors You Discovered This Year

Top 5 Wednesday (T5W) is a weekly book meme created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey who makes book related videos on YouTube. T5W group is on GoodReads and if you’re interested in learning more about the group or Laineys channel, please click on the links above.

This weeks topic is ‘Top 5 Authors You Discovered This Year’.

Every year I try to read a book from an author I’ve never read anything by. Sometimes I regret buying the book and sometimes I’m pleasantly surprised. Below are authors that I’ve discovered can tell a story, greatly.

Revolver by Marcus Sedgewick

9527146This is a unique story and it was told in a way that I haven’t read before. I think I’ve learned of a new way to tell a story just by reading this.

Daytripper by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba.

8477057A fantastic graphic novel. Very philosophical. I remember liking the art style. Can’t say much else about this as it’s been a while since I’ve read it.

The Winners Curse by Marie Rutkoski

19415228I love this book. Not many authors can make me care so much about a character. I don’t remember the last time I cared this deeply for a character. I hope to read everything Marie Rutkoski has written.

SteelHeart by Brandon Sanderson

18245330I haven’t heard anyone say they don’t like Brandon Sanderson’s books so I expected to like this. It was fun and fast paced. When I try to envision the story, I see it as a cartoon. Like something I would have seen as a child.

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

8757361I really enjoyed reading this book. I love Melina Marchettas writing style. I hope to read all of her other books.

Thank you for reading, if you have anything to say please leave a comment below and also check out GingerReadsLainey on Youtube and her GoodReads group T5W.

I hope you’re having a great day

Alina

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Fall TBR

Top Ten Tuesday (TTT) created by The Broke and the Bookish is an original feature/weekly meme in which any one who participates must talk about their top ten books. This weeks topic is ‘Top Ten Books on my Fall or Autumn (for the Brits) TBR (To Be Read)’.

For anyone who wishes to participate in Top Ten Tuesday, click the link here to read the rules for participation.

On with the list….

1. Haruki Murakami book’s, Norwegian Wood and IQ84

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(Synopsis) Norwegian Wood

Technically this list will have 11 books but I’m counting this as one.

I haven’t read anything set in Tokyo and I want to explore more literature set in any part of East Asia. If you have any recommendations, please let me know.

2. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

6547258(Synopsis) I’ve picked up this book so many times and I haven’t gotten that far into it. Not that its bad, or boring, its the font that’s annoying. What a stupid reason, I know but when I’m reading, my mind wanders. I wish I’d bought this on Kindle.

3. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

9969571 (Synopsis) I bought this book years ago but never felt the urge to read it.  I want to know why people rave about it so much.

4. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

643750(Synopsis) I love stories like this. They’re so fun and exciting.

   5. More Than This by Patrick Ness

21969786                                                                               (Synopsis) The only Patrick Ness book I’ve read is ‘A Monster Call’s’ but even that wasn’t his original idea. I want to read something that’s entirely his own.

6. Vicious by V. E. Schwab

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I’ve heard people say its a good book and it sounds really cool too.

7. The Trial by Franz Kafka

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That cover makes my eyes hurt but its so strange that its got me intrigued.

I want to read something written by Kafka. Every year I try to read as many books as I can from as many authors as I can. And I’m reading glad to have done so, as I truly appreciate their styles of story telling and I’m learning so much. Its giving me confidence to write and reassurance that my style isn’t flawed, my story might be.

8. Red Rising by Pierce Brown

15839976(Synopsis) I think I’d really like this. Secrets, lies, taking down oppressors. More importantly its set on Mars.

9. SlaughterHouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut

6981415(Synopsis) Sounds really interesting.

10. Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata

3368978(Synopsis)  I love this idea so much, I wish I had written it.

Writing this list is making me wish I could read all of these in one sitting. Realistically I think I could read maybe three books within Autumn. Even though these are the books I’m most excited to read, sometimes I’m just not in the mood for that story.

Please comment below, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this list.

Anyway thank you for reading, hope you’re having a great day.

Alina