Top 5 Wednesday #8 : Worst of the Best !

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So today is Wednesday, this means that it is time for me to do another T5W.  It is a weekly feature created By Lainey @ Gingerreadslainey with a different theme each week. For more information, you can check the Goodreads group.

This week’s theme is: YOUR LEAST FAVORITE BOOK IN YOUR FAVORITE SERIES

P.s: The covers are direct links to the GoodReads pages.

So, I’m kind of annoyed ! I tried to do this post a butt-load of times and WordPress kept acting up (Thanks for that buddy !), telling me that the image format wasn’t supported, what the fuck ? It is the same format I use on all of my pictures dumbass! Whatever. It just drove me crazy before FINALLY wanting to work. My rant ends here haha. Let’s get on with the list :

5- VAMPIRE ACADEMY (#1) – VAMPIRE ACADEMY SERIES

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To be perfectly honest, I almost stopped reading the series with this one, I liked the premise but some parts of it were really predictable and it started pissing me off. Luckily it was summertime and I read one book a day or more so I decided to give book 2 a shot and I LOVED IT !

4- OUTPOST (#2) – RAZORLAND

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This series is PHENOMENAL. Or at least that’s how I remember it, because I read it more than 3 years ago. If I recall correctly, the main character was a bit winy in this one and that took a little bit off my enjoyment. Regardless, I really really loved it.

I am a little shocked that not many people I know talk about it because it is SO good, which reminds me: I need to re-read it. Plus, I saw on GoodReads that there was some kind of spin-off scheduled for Spring 2017 (Vanguard) so all the more reasons to dive back in.

3- CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS (#4) – THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS

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I hopped on the Shadowhunter train a little late, as I read this series in the beginning of this year, and enjoyed every last bit of it, including this book. The reason it is my least favorite is because it is a little slower than the rest and drags a little but on the other hand it focused on Simon. SIMON. And I adore him.

2- THIS MAN (#1) – THIS MAN TRILOGY

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My Oh My ! This series is the steamiest thing I’ve ever read in my life. The first book was the one I liked the least because it was too focused on the physical attractionwhich believe me when I say, it is HOT – rather than developing the bond. At some point, I needed more than it offered. It is okay though, the other two books made up for it.

1- HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN – HARRY POTTER

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Shocker ! Harry Potter made the list haha. Okay, it is no surprise either that it is at Number 1. I read this AGES ago, like a decade or something and I still get excited anytime there is something HP related. Since it was so long ago, I can’t remember why it is my least favorite one. All I know is that it was. Which means I need to re-read it ASAP. I scheduled it for a marathon  in the beginning of the summer, anyone to come along for the ride ?

By the way, I’m fangirling sooooo hard about the new covers right now. They are to die for.


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What is your least favorite book in your favorite series ?

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Award #3 : 28 Versatile Facts about Me

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I’m back again today with yet another award for which I’m immensely excited, it is The Versatile Blogger Award that I would gladly accept from 4 of my awesome fellow bloggers. I was nominated by IceBreaker694Jesalin @ JBelksBooks, Kamilah @ TheBookMirage, Beth @ ReadingEverynight. Thank you so much ! You guys ROCK !

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The rules:

  • Show the award on your blog.
  • Thank the person that has nominated you.
  • Share 7 different facts about yourself .
  • Nominate 15 blogs of your choice.
  • Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination.
Since I’ve been tagged 4 times, I’ll list 7 fact from 4 different categories which will give us a total of 28. (I know how to count, thank you very much)
The facts :
– Current Life :
  1. My Birthday is December 26th.
  2. I am around 5″8 .
  3. My favorite subject is Anatomy, the Human Body fascinates me, especially the brain.
  4. I LOVE sushis. So many varieties, I can never get enough.
  5. I have so many pet peeves, it is CRAZY : Chewing noises, repetitive patterns, people who keep touching me while talking and so on…
  6. My favorite season is Fall.
  7. I can fluently talk Arabic, Amazigh, French and English.
– Childhood :
  1. I was a chubby baby haha.
  2. My mom told me that I wanted to be a doctor before I could ever remember.
  3. I’ve always been bitchy even as a kid. Always strong-headed and sarcastic.abf63-7990096.gif
  4. My favorite cartoons were: SpongeBob (Which now I know is dirty heh!) , Martin Matin and Detective Conan.
  5. I hated sweets : Chocolate, candy, ice cream, cakes. Just no.17869587.gif
  6. I was a Daddy’s girl
  7. I was always top of my class (Take me baaaack 😦 )
– Hobbies :
  1. I love to workout. I do so 3 times a week. I weight-lift, boxe and do Step classes.tumblr_ni24ccRvna1qaon9po1_500.png
  2. Music is life. My favorite song at the moment is Castle is the Snow .
  3. My favorite Tv-shows are : Grey’s Anatomy, The Flash, Arrow, Once Upon a Time and two that are long over and that I grew up with are How I met your Mother (The ending though AGH! ) and One Tree Hill.
  4. I love to travel but the only place abroad I’ve been is France.
  5. My favorite place in Morocco would be the Sahara desert, it is just pure MAGIC. Here’s a picture of me, my mom and sister there:2014-08-24 20.24.58-1
  6. The places I want to go to the most : Greece, Italy, India, Thailand, Japan, Netherlands and the US. I think I’ll go on an exchange program to one of those next year.
  7. I am involved with caritative work, and I LOVE IT.
– Bookish :
  1. I seriously cannot remember what the first book I ever read was. I was SO young.
  2. My favorite genres are both Fantasy and Contemporary, I can’t choose.
  3. If I had to choose a favorite book it would be The Book Thief.
  4. I’m definitely a night reader. It’s not just that I like it, it’s also because I don’t have time the rest of the day.anigif_enhanced-buzz-21708-1376532363-6.gif
  5. Last year was a bad reading year. I was in a slump for most of it.
  6. I didn’t even know YA was a thing until probably 2 years ago. Shameonme.16051431.gif
  7. I’ve never listened to an Audiobook. Should I give it a try?
And I nominate :
Jonas @ OtherThings
Liam @ HeyAshers!
Isabella @ BookishYouth
Olivia @ LibroLiv
Raquel @ RakiOddBooks
Ps: If you’ve already done it or you just don’t feel like it, I’m sorry just ignore my tag hah.

That’s it until next time.

If you do the award, go ahead and leave the link in the comments so that I can check it out.

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My Rating and Reviewing Process

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The other day I went through my Read shelf on Goodreads and saw that my rating standards were way lower than they are right now and well … I changed the rating of most of my books but that’s besides the point, although it made me think of this post. Why don’t I talk to you, amazing people, about the way I rate and review the books I read.

I am fairly new to this whole reviewing thing because I started it with my blog and it is barely 2 months old but the rating part of it I’ve been doing for years which explains why my ratings were so high, they were based off of feelings and exclusively feelings which tend to fade and change with time, I also noticed that I used to give a butt-load of 5 stars ratings. tumblr_mpp0veAnGW1qfisvuo1_500

So, now that I review, I learned to dig deeper and to pay attention to other things than what the book made me feel right there and then. Plot, pace, writing, characters, world building etc… Which brings us to my first point :

How Do I Review ?

THE BEFORE :

First of all, I always have a notebook on my bed-side table. So that when I’m reading (Which usually happens in my bed) I can jolt down all the thoughts, ideas, and feelings that I have while I have them. To be honest, at the end, I find that some of them are unusable in a constructive review haha, as they often are What the fucks ? Oh my gods ! and such.

Then, once I’m done with my reading I put my first spontaneous rating on Goodreads and take a few days to reflect on what I read then I come back, see if the rating still stands and write my review.

THE ACTUAL REVIEW :

My first month of blogging was basically me trying to figure out the way of organizing my reviews that suits me the most which I finally came to 2 or 3 reviews ago. It is pretty basic actually. I don’t use rubrics whatsoever but I organize them into paragraphs in a precise order which is:

  1. My presumptions and where the book stands against my expectations.
  2. The writing.
  3. The plot/storyline and the pace.
  4. The world building if there’s any.
  5. The characters.
  6. My feelings.
THE AFTER :
There is not much to say here. I just go back and read it again a few times, correct any mistakes that slipped, make some changes if I feel the need for them, re-arrange the format and so on until I’m happy with the way it looks.

My Rating System :

Do keep in my mind that those ratings are strictly personal and would not necessarily apply to you. They’re based on my opinions and only mine.

One last thing, I do not rate books that I DNF. It just seems unfair as I didn’t finish the book and didn’t get the full effect.

1 star

Hated it. I couldn’t find anything about it that I liked.
1.5 stars
Didn’t like it, not even a bit. But the lonely star seems too harsh. (Because 1.5 is not haha)
2 stars
Didn’t like it as a whole but some rare parts of it were okay.
2.5 stars
It had potential but I didn’t like the way it was executed.
3 stars
It was enjoyable but I had quite a few issues with it.
3.5 stars
It was good, I had some issues. It is more than a 3 but doesn’t quite reach the 4.
4 stars
Great read. I loved it.
      4.5 stars
Wonderful read. I adored it.
5 starsAbsolutely MAGNIFICENT read.You and your dog and your neighbors should all read it NOW.

That’s it until next time.

How do you rate and review your books ?

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Me Before You – A red Dress, bumble bee ties and living life to the fullest

Jojo Moyes - Me Before YouTitle : Me Before You (Me Before You #1)

Author : Jojo Moyes

Publication date : December 31st 2012

Publisher : Pamela Dorman Books

Genre : Contemporary

Synopsis : Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.
What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.
Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.
What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.
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Rating : 2 stars

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“I kissed him, trying to bring him back. I kissed him and let my lips rest against his so that our breath mingled and the tears from my eyes became salt on his skin, and I told myself that, somewhere, tiny particles of him would become tiny particles of me, ingested, swallowed, alive, perpetual. I wanted to press every bit of me against him. I wanted to will something into him. I wanted to give him every bit of life I felt and force him to live.”

(No spoilers)

Review Edit (January 2017):

Throughout the year, I got more involved in the Twitter Book Community and as I started learning about accurate representation in books, this one came up more than once when talking about problematicness. Me Before You is an extremely ableist book and has hurt most -not to say all- disabled people in the community who have read it. It is a book that perpetuates stereotypes and harmful thinking like how a disability ends a person’s lifeand that death is a better alternative as well as the fact that it is using a disabled man’s life and experiences as a plot device and a wake up call for the main character to get her life together.

I know that some people do feel the way Will feels in the book but it was a mean to an end which isn’t acceptable especially when written by an able-bodied woman. I am not the best person to talk about this because I didn’t recognize the problems when I first read the book but for more in depth reviews from people who actually know what they are talking about, here are some links: (1) – (2)(3)


This book was nothing like I expected which was for the best, as what I got was better. Don’t get me wrong ! I knew it was going to be heartbreaking, because like everyone else who’s reading it right now, I saw the trailer for the upcoming movie and I got them feels ! But I expected a romance, and for it to be the main focus but that’s not what Me Before You is. It is about a beautiful friendship, hope (And it, being crushed eventually *sobs*) , family, depression and a lot more.

Let’s start as always with the writing. It is beautiful, really, just up my alley, the kind of word use I love to pieces, it is kind of poetic and funny at the same time. It is very british though, which was a bit of a problem to me at the beginning because, first, English is NOT my mother tongue and second, I’m kind of used to the more American style, if that makes any sense so I had to go look for the meaning of quite a few words and that was hella annoying, but a few chapters in, I picked up the slang and it became way easier to read and quicker to get through.

Onto the story now. In my opinion, if you’re looking for a romance, this is not the book for you, because that doesn’t happen for most of it, it is more about the journey leading to two completely different people – who wouldn’t have met otherwise- falling in love and most of all realizing it, with all the hardships, the joys and despairs. It deals with sensible subjects but mainly Eutanasia which is a pretty heavy matter and that, without all the taboos surrounding it, it was there, everywhere but it wasn’t thrown at me. On a lighter note, Moyes’ attention to detail is incredible if you ask me, those little everyday things that she adds help immensely with the realism of the novel and I honestly found myself smiling widely at a lot of things that are irrelevant to the story but add so much to it as a whole. For exemple, there was a neighbors’ fight with the husband cheating, the wife throwing clothes out the door and everything, it was hilarious. One last thing that made a difference to me is a chapter from Nathan‘s point of you. Nathan is Will’s carer and through his eyes we can see Lou and Will’s interactions, the little things that none of them pay attention to.

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The book is written in the first person from Lou’s point of view. Lou is so funny, optimistic and sometimes a tiny bit naive but I really liked her. She’s a caring, smart person but she lacked ambition for most of the story, she just settle for anything and everything. With her career, with her boyfriend -whom I hated, and with her life in general. That’s where Will comes in.

Will is the typical wealthy ex-bachelor who led a luxurious life that’s now diminished to next to nothing. He’s snarky, intelligent and mean. Though, as Lou breaks his shell he turns out to be very vulnerable, funny and thoughtful. As we see their friendship unfold, she stops tiptoeing around him like everybody else does and says things as they are, he starts motivating her,  challenging her because he wants her to live to her fullest potential and I really loved that about him.

As much as I loved this book, I don’t think I’ll be reading the sequel (Me After You). I think it’s unnecessary, Lou’s life updates could’ve been left to the reader’s imagination and we would’ve been just fine.


That’s it until next time.

Did you read Me Before You? If so, what did you think of it?

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Top 5 Wednesday #7 : Buzz Words !

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So today is Wednesday, this means that it is time for me to do another T5W.  It is a weekly feature created By Lainey @ Gingerreadslainey with a different theme each week. For more information, you can check the Goodreads group.

This week’s theme is: BOOKS YOU DNF

So, I only did not finish one book in my life which was The Man who Wanted to be Happy by Laurent Gounelle. The reasons I don’t DNF books are mainly :

  1. I’m pretty good at picking up books I know I’ll enjoy
  2. I’m very patient with books even when I don’t like them
Since, this is nothing even close to a list, I chose to revisit a theme that was done before I joined the meme, which is : BUZZ WORDS
“A buzz word is a word that, when you hear it used to describe a book, you can’t help but go running to get said book.”
5- WWII
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The Book Thief (Art: Rudy Steiner)
That period fascinates me so much. I could read about it endless amounts of times without ever getting tired or bored of it and that’s because so many things went down in that time and there are so many sides of the same stories that it is hardly ever the same thing.
4- TIME TRAVEL
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A Darker Shade of Magic (Art: Victoria Ying)
I think this is a universal one. There’s just something about time travel that pulls me like a magnet. Whenever I hear about a book with some sort of time-traveling in it, I mark is as to-read in Goodreads. That might be the reason why that shelf is growing exponentially, Oups?
3- SLOW BURN ROMANCE
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Fangirl (Art: ?)
Best-kind-of-love-stories you mean ? I love them so so so much, because if you ask me, those are the most realistic. We get to see and experience the different stages of the relationship from its very beginning, watching the characters get to know each other, fall in love with the little things as we fall in love along with them. Amazing experience.
2- RETELLING
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The Lunar Chronicles (Art : Anailui)
It could be any kind of retelling. Of any fairytale that exists out there. You name it, I want it. I gotta have it. I just love them so much because I am a fairytale junky and getting to read my favorite ones over and over and over again in different timelines, different places, with different characters is just the best thing in the world.
1- BROMANCE
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Main reason I fangirl about any book EVER. Haha. I’m a sucker for solid friendships but those between two boys make me swoooon *-*. It is just so endearing to see them care about each other so much and you can see it in their actions not necessarily in spoken words.

That’s it until next time.

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Tag #6 : The Playlist Shuffle Tag

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(WHAT ? A POST ? ON TUESDAY ?)

Yes, I’m here with a very quick tag. I am too lazy and exhausted to study today, so I have been laying in bed the whole damn afternoon. I decided to lift my butt up and get ahead of the tags I still have to do.

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Today’s tag involve 0 brain cells -which is GREAT considering the state I am in- since all I have to do is put my phone on shuffle and select the first 15 songs that come on.

I want to thank Icebreaker694 for tagging me.

My tastes in Music are pretty eclectic (Same as books actually) so here goes nothing:

MY SHUFFLE :

  1. Castle in the Snow – The Avener, Kadebostany  (I’m OBSESSED with this one)
  2. Here with me – Plumb
  3. Gravity – DJ Fresh feat. Ella Eyre
  4. BO$$ – Fifth Harmony
  5. Your Guardian Angel – The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus  (An oldie but a goodie)
  6. Open Season – Josef Salvat
  7. Elastic Heart – Sia
  8. Holdin On and Letting Go – Ross Copperman
  9. Be Okay – Oh Honey!
  10. It Will Rain – Bruno Mars
  11. You Won’t Feel a Thing – The Script  (This is my favorite band in the universe)
  12. Beau Malheur – Emmanuel Moire
  13. Not Letting Go – Tinie Tempah ft. Jesse Glynne
  14. Love me in the End – Jamie Graham
  15. Shatter Me – Lindsey Stirling ft Lzzy Hale
MY TAGS:

Franciska @ LifeisSweetinBooks

Larkin @ WonderfilledReads

Kamilah @ TheBookishMirage

Jorelene @ PageChronicles

And YOU if you want to do it, go ahead and leave a link, I’ll be happy to listen to some new music.

Ps: If you’ve already done it or you just don’t feel like it, I’m sorry just ignore my tag hah.


That’s it until next time.

What are some songs you have been listening to lately ? I’m looking to expand my playlist.

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16 Popular books I might never read

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Yes, it is time for another list because I really have fun writing these posts. Today, it is all about the books that I don’t think I’ll ever read. But even so, some of them I might change my mind about, never say never, right ?

BOOKS I WANT TO (2)

The series are going to count as one book because otherwise it’s not going to take long to fill the list haha!

P.s: The covers are direct links to the Goodreads pages. (Of the first book in case of a series)

1- MARA DYER – MICHELLE HODKIN

Michelle Hodkin - (#3) The retribution of Mara Dyer  Michelle Hodkin - (#2) The evolution of Mara Dyer  Michelle Hodkin - (#1) The unbecoming of Mara Dyer

Everyone has been talking about how the last book in this trilogy is a big drop from the books before so I don’t want to go through the trouble of reading it and maybe even loving it to be disappointed at the end.

2- THE MAZE RUNNER – JAMES DASHNER

James Dashner - (#1) The maze runner  James Dashner - (#2) The Scortch Trials  James Dashner - (#3) The Death Cure

Just because I watched the movies and they were okay, I’ll continue on with the next one but it just didn’t give me that urge to run for the books.

3- RED QUEEN – VICTORIA AVEYARD

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I know, I know that I’ve put it in my list of 16 series I want to start in 2016 but as the time went on, I haven’t heard great reviews about it and my excitement died down, but I might change my mind though, nothing is set in stone.

4- SHATTER ME – TAHEREH MAFI

Tahereh Mafi - (#1) Shatter Me  Tahereh Mafi - (#2) Unravel Me  Tahereh Mafi - (#3) Ignite Me

Okay, okay, hear me out ! I tried starting this one twice but I just couldn’t get into it. I did so when I was in a reading slump though, so that could be the problem because I hear it’s great and my little sister started it and she loved it which means I might give it another try.

5- PRECIOUS STONE – KERSTIN GIER

6            Kerstin Gier - (#1) Ruby Red  Kerstin Gier - (#2) Sapphire Blue  Kerstin Gier - (#3) Emerald Green

 

The exact same thing that happened with The Maze Runner happened here, so yeah, that’s that.

6- THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER – STEPHEN CHBOSKY

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Don’t kill me, please? Because I don’t have a real reason for this one, I am just not feeling it (Oups). I might end up reading it though.

7- A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE – GEORGE R. R. MARTIN

George R.R Martin - (#1) A Game of Thrones  George R.R Martin - (#2) A Clash of Kings  George R.R Martin - (#3) A Storm of Swords  George R.R Martin - (#4) A Feast for Crows  George R.R Martin - (#5) A Dance with Dragons  George R.R Martin - (#6) The Winds of Winter  George R.R Martin - (#7) A Dream of Spring

I’m a BIG fan of the Tv-show and I know it’s not the same thing but still. Those are chunky books for heaven’s sake and the author stopped writing the series before finishing it (I think? Correct me if I’m wrong!) so yeah, not putting myself through that pain.

Update : The author hasn’t stopped, he’s just really slow at releasing the books. (Big thanks to The Clockwork Millennial for the clarification)

8- SEVEN WAYS WE LIE – RILEY REDGATE

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It doesn’t sound like something I’d enjoy, that’s all there is to it sadly.

9- THE GRISHA – LEIGH BARDUGO

Leigh Bardugo - (#1) Shadow and Bone  Leigh Bardugo - (#2) Siege and Storm  Leigh Bardugo - (#3) Ruin and Rising

Another I have no real reason for because I’ve heard only great things about it. I’m a horrible person I know, but the blurb just didn’t attract me. This is another one I might reconsider in the future.

10- ALL JANE AUSTEN BOOKS

Jane Austen - Emma  Jane Austen - Persuasion  Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice  Jane Austen - Sense and Sensibility

I tried reading Pride and Prejudice a while back but the writing style just didn’t do it for me, it was too heavy for my taste and not because it’s a classic, there are some classics that I really love.

11- THE LORD OF THE RINGS – J. R. R. TOLKIEN

6            J. R. R. Tolkien - (#1) The Fellowship of The Ring  J. R. R. Tolkien - (#2) The Two Towers  J. R. R. Tolkien - (#3) The Return of the King

You have the right to throw rocks at me, I can take it. This is just one of those things that I feel is never going to happen. I haven’t watched the movies either but I promised a friend to marathon them with her as they are her favorite movies in the world. We’ll see how that goes.

12- THE HOBBIT – J. R. R. TOLKIEN

J. R. R. Tolkien - (#1) The Hobbit

It just doesn’t seem right to read this one without The Lord of the Rings.

13- THE HOST – STEPHENIE MEYER

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Watched the movie. Loved it. But as I went to read the book, it came to my attention that the author gave up on the series (Again, correct me if I’m wrong) so I’m doing just that.

14- THE DIVINERS – LIBBA BRAY

Libba Bray - (#1) The Diviners  Libba Bray - (#2) Lair of Dreams

Even though I heard amazing things about this series, the premise of it doesn’t pull me in so I’m not reading it. For now that is. A decision I’m sure I’m going to revisit in the future.

Side note : What the hell were they thinking with that cover change? The old one was pure gorgeousness.

15- IF I STAY – GAYLE FORMAN

Gayle Forman - (#1) If I Stay  Gayle Forman - (#2) Where She Went

The things I heard about this duology aren’t that good, so why waste time and money on it when I could be reading something I’m more likely to enjoy? SO MANY BOOKS OUT THERE.

16- FIFTY SHADES OF GREY – E. L. JAMES

E. L James - (#1) Fifty Shades of Grey  E. L James - (#2) Fifty Shades Darker  E. L James - (#3) Fifty Shades Freed

Because NO. Okay? Okay.


That’s it until next time.

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Cinder – Where a Cyborg became my Bestfriend

11235712Title : Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1)

Author : Marissa Meyer

Publication date : January 3rd 2012

Publisher : Feiwel & Friends

Genre : YA Sci-Fi

Synopsis : Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.
(From Goodreads)

Rating : 4 stars

Cinder

“Vanity is a factor, but it is more a question of control. It is easier to trick others into perceiving you as beautiful if you can convince yourself you are beautiful. But mirrors have an uncanny way of telling the truth.”

(No spoilers)

Oh my God ! Someone tell me why ? WHY did I wait so long to read this book ? *Banging head against nearest wall*

Okay, collecting thoughts ! Testing, testing… Ready to go.

I don’t know where to beginning quite frankly. Let’s start with the easy things, shall we? The writing style is easy to read, quick to fly through which could’ve been a bad thing, but there was so much world building that if it were more intricate, reading the book would’ve been draining and it would’ve sucked the fun out of it. So it was the perfect balance if you ask me.

Now to the world building. It was AMAZING. I didn’t even feel the burden of new information cramming my brain because it wasn’t all thrown at me at once to catch. Every bit of information is introduced when relevant to the plot. The plot. It is unlike anything I’ve read before, especially for a retelling. “Classic” retellings tend to stick to the outlines of the original story, but Meyer twisted it into fitting her own agenda, first introducing Cyborgs, WHO DOES THAT ? Then, making Queen Levana the opposite of the Evil Queen, appearance wise (She’s ugly tricking people into thinking she’s beautiful) and so many other things that I sometimes forgot that this was supposed to be a retelling of Cinderella with glimpses of Snow White who’s story  is a sequel that I yet have to read. One thing I really really enjoyed is that the book doesn’t have just one problem that needs solving, it has multiple ones: Letumosis (A deadly disease) , the imminent war between Earthens and Lunars, Cinder’s identity crisis and her own personal problems with her stepmother and all.

The pacing was pretty steady throughout the first half of the book, not fast but not slow either so that the reader can adjust to the story. But then, as I was minding my own business, the pace picked up and it became an emotional rollercoaster, it left me twirling, my head spinning because everything that could’ve possibly went wrong for Cinder went wrong, I swear, it was like a cascade of bad luck or something.

Cinder now, I really liked her. She’s brave and witty and I LOVE her sarcasm, she reminds me of myself in that way, plus she stands up for herself and that’s really refreshing. Also, she is an outcast, because of her cyborg parts and that kind of holds her back, because she thinks what society labelled her to be which is : A lesser person, not knowing that her cyborg features are her greatest asset. Actually, the main reason that she thinks she’s worthless is because of her step-family. Adri (Step-mom) and Pearl (Older step-sister) are horrible people, they’re the ones I hated the most, even MORE than Levana. Her other step-sister though, Peony, was so nice to her, her best human friend, a twist that I really appreciated.

Quick question: How is Peony pronounced ?

Iko is my favourite, she’s an android with a mind of her own and she’s HILARIOUS, I just hope Cinder finds a way to get her back 😦 . Dr. Erland I liked from his first appearance, kind of a mad scientist meets the fairy Godmother and he really cares and wants what’s best for her.

Queen Levana I REALLY admired. As despicable as she is, she is really smart and calculating. I wouldn’t go as far as saying that I liked or loved her but as a villain she’s prime quality haha.

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Prince Kaito is so sweet. Very humble, which we’re not that used to when it comes to love interests in YA. I liked who he was with Cinder, their relationship exempt from all the protocol, Kai allowed himself to be the boy not the prince nor the emperor around her. One thing that bothered me a little was how easily he opened up to her, even with the classified stuff, we didn’t get the trust building. On the other hand, I was grateful that the author didn’t let the romance overtake the storyline, it was lightly mentioned but enough so that we know that it is there.

I’m battling myself so hard right now not to pick up Scarlet which is the second book in the series, because I promised myself to read a book per series per month and I’m sticking to that so that I can enjoy the worlds longer and because I have A LOT of series I want to start.

The only thing that snatched the Fifth star from the book is that the big reveal that’s at the end of the book was predictable to me, I saw it coming from the start; but that didn’t prevent me from enjoying it.

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3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge 2.0 : Day III

Hello guys !

It’s time for the third and final quote of this challenge but I just can’t seem to get enough of this thing, it’s addicting (Can someone tag me again ? PEUH-LEAAASE !) . I am so grateful to BethReadingEveryNight for tagging me .Here are direct links to Day I and Day II.

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  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for three consecutive days.
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day.
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Today’s quote is all about Music, but not any music. The kind that makes you feel things. The kind that moves your soul. I love it. I live for it. And Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell has a quote that pictures that feeling perfectly. This book is quirky and real and the couple is really really cute. I read it a few years back, I think I should re-read it to see what I’ll think of it now !
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“There was something about the music on that tape. It felt different. Like, it set her lungs and her stomach on edge. There was something exciting about it, and something nervous. It made Eleanor feel like everything, like the world, wasn’t what she’d thought it was. And that was a good thing. That was the greatest thing.”  

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3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge 2.0 : Day II

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It’s time for the second quote of the second round of this challenge. You can find Day I here. I would like to thank once again  the lovely Beth @ ReadingEveryNight for allowing me to do this again.

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  • Nominate three new bloggers each day.
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Today’s book is Aristotle and Dante discover the Secret of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. This was my first LGBTQ+ read ever and I really enjoyed (Review), it contains some really beautiful Gems when it comes to quotes and Ari & Dante are the cutest couple ever FKDLGFQ FDLMQZA *-*. They’re just so quirky and awkward and I love that !
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“Sometimes, you do things and you do them not because you’re thinking but because you’re feeling. Because you’re feeling too much. And you can’t always control the things you do when you’re feeling too much.”  

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