Tag #15 : Mid-year Book Freak out Tag

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It’s been forever since I last did a tag *gasps* ALMOST 2 MONTHS. That list of tags awaiting isn’t getting any shorter, so what does a girl do as a remedy to that? She does a tag she wasn’t tagged for. That’s right people ! I’m rebellious like that.

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You know, they say that we’re more that half-way through 2016, but I don’t see it. I really don’t, is it February? Is it March? *Checks calendar and faints* LORD HAVE MERCY !! July is here and I can’t get over how fast this year has passed, it seems like the older I get the faster years go by and I am NOT ready to adult. Not now, not ever. So, in the midst of this -not so- mild freak-out, I decided to do a fitting tag, which is the Mid-year book freak out tag, for which, as I said previously, I wasn’t tagged but Lauren @ Wonderless reviews said that anyone can do it, so I jumped on the occasion because I am a good friend, I decided to fulfill her wish. This tag was created by Chami @ ReadLikeWildFire and Ely @ Ely Jayne. It’s where we look back at (and freak out over) the books we’ve read during the past six months. So let’s jump right into it :

Click on the book title to go to the Goodreads page.

Best book you’ve read so far in 2016

You know I can’t choose. If you’ve been following me for a while you know that there are 2 books I cannot for the life of me shut up about and those are I’ll Give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson (Review) and Wolf by Wolf (Review) by Ryan Graudin. READ THEM. I just can’t get over the both. I. CAN’T.

Best sequel you’ve read so far in  2016

A Gathering of Shadows Final

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E.Schwab. I’m still in the middle of it but I’m already in love (maybe by the time this post goes up I’ll be done with). I think I can eat up anything that woman writes, it is SO GOOD. And come on, it has Thief/Pirate/Smart-ass Lila in it and I can’t get enough of her witts.

New Release you haven’t read yet but you want to

There are two -again- that I cannot wait to read. One of which I already have and I plan to buddy read in a couple of weeks, it is And I Darken by Kiersten White. The other one, is one that I recently learnt about but that I cannot wait to get since, it is Juliet takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera.

Most Anticipated Books for the Second Half of the year

SO MANY. I’m trying to catch up on backlist titles more than keeping up with new releases, is it a wise thing to do? I don’t know ! Is it working for me? Yes ! Although I am finding it harder and harder to resist ALL THE BOOKS that are coming out. It is just too much for my grabby hands to behave. Here are some : When Michael Met Mina by Randa Abdel-Fattah, Labyrith Lost by Zoraida Cordova, Three Dark Crowns by Blake Kendare, Gemini by Sonya Mukherjee.

Ryan Graudin - (#2) Blood for Blood

But the mother of all anticipations is the one animating me for Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin which is the sequel to Wolf by Wolf, I get SO excited/nervous/dead just thinking about it. I NEED IT NOW.

Biggest Disappointment

Alwyn Hamilton - Rebel of the Sands

You’ve probably seen this one coming because my review for this book just went up a few days ago, it is Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. There was a time when I was very excited to read this book but as time went by and I started seeing negative reviews surging, my excitement for it went down as well as my hopes. And though I suspected I wouldn’t enjoy it, I still gave it a go and my suspicions became a reality.

Biggest Surprise

The girl in 6E

The Girl in 6E with no doubt. This is one sick, twisted, crazy book and I loved it. It made me doubt my sanity because I found myself rooting for a bloody murderer. I went into it with very low expectations because that is not what I normally read and it was a complete surprise when I enjoyed it so much. I hope to read the sequels soon.

Favorite New Author (Debut or new to you)

  • Ryan Graudin
  • Jandy Nelson
  • V.E Schwab

Newest Fictional Crush

Mmm … Let me think about it. Oh I KNOW ! Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles. I love him so so so much. He’s witty and hilarious and just perfect. I can’t help but giggle each time there’s a scene with him in it, even the most dramatic ones. Yep.

Newest Favorite Character

There’s Yael from Wolf by Wolf but I guess that one was at the beginning of the year so the most recent one is Lila from A Darker Shade of Magic. Oh boy ! She’s amazing. They both are actually, the two most kickass protagonists I’ve read about.

Book that made you cry

Jojo Moyes - Me Before You

Pft ! Obvious one. I teared up at the epilogue of Me Before you by Jojo Moyes because that letter was just my undoing. I just seem to have a soft spot for heart-wrenching letters like that because this is definitely not the first time something like that gets me. (The book that made me sob is I’ll Give you the Sun but I already used that one and I don’t want you to kill me, but I HAD to bring it up, didn’t I?)

Book that made you happy

Rainbow Rowell - Fangirl 2

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I’m late to the party I know, everyone, their mother and their dog read it a couple years ago, but hey, I just got back on track. That book made me so happy with all its quirkiness, fangirling and awkwardness.

Favorite Book to Movie Adaptation

I sadly haven’t watched any yet but I’ve made a list throughout the year and what a list indeed ! Summer has just began so I intend to catch up on them all and then decide which one I like best but for now, I have none to talk to you about.

Favorite Post you have done this year

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I think that it might be the one from Monday, “My diverse reading – Or lack there of” . It wasn’t only a post but also a shift in my own reading habits which makes it kind of very personal but I had to share it with you guys. And your responses have been wonderful with some of you relating, others giving advice, it just made me tremendously happy.

Most Beautiful Book You’ve bought this year

Claudia Gray -  (#1) A Thousand Pieces of You

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray. I’m seriously in love with that book’s cover and I can’t wait to dive into it. It’s been judging me for a couple months now waiting to be picked up but it’s just … SO MANY BOOKS.

What book do you need to read by the end of the year

Adam Silvera - More happy than not

You mean every book ever? Yeah that’s why I thought ! But one that I’ve been meaning to read for quite a while now and that I want to get to before the end of the year is More Happy than Not by Adam Silvera. I heard so many great things about it and I can’t wait to see for myself what it holds inside. Though I really need to get into every book on this list and start -almost- every series on this one.


I Tag :

Reg @ She Latitude

Shealea @ That Bookshelf Bitch

Astra @ A Stranger’s Guide to Novels

My Book File

Michelle @ The Writing Hufflepuff

And whoever wants to join the freak out party.

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


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

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Top 5 Wednesday #10 : No Taboos !

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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. It is hosted now by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes. For more information, you can check the Goodreads group.

This week’s theme is: BOOKS WITH HARD TOPICS

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

I don’t even know why some matters are considered as “taboos” and are rarely spoken about. Every topic should be tackled. Sure, some more delicately than others but either way, things have to be mentioned, discussed and acknowledged as non-negligible parts of today’s society. That being said, here’s the list of books that go beyond the boundaries that narrow minds set that I came up with:

5- ME BEFORE YOU – JOJO MOYES

Jojo Moyes - Me Before You

Yes, I know this book made last week’s list but, BUT I just had to mention it here too because most of people think this is a romance and that’s it, but no. Me Before You deals with life and how to live it to the fullest and the CHOICE of living it or not. To put it in fewer words it tackles with Eutanasia.

4- ELEVEN MINUTES – PAULO COELHO

Paulo Coelho - Eleven minutes

I read this a very long time ago, I was around 13, and I realize now that it was highly inappropriate for the barely-teenager that I was. It tackles Prostitution. It is the story of a prostitute, her daily life, her struggles and everything that comes with her train of life.

3- THE GIRL IN 6E – A.E TORRE

A. R. Torre - The girl in 6E

I went a little bit out of my comfort zone with this one. I expected to find myself in front of an erotica with a mystery around the main protagonist’s blood lust. But HELL NO ! The Girl in 6E is not that, it is Pedophilia my friends, and let me tell you, I had a blood lust of mine too.

2- WHAT WE SAW – AARON HARTZLER

Aaron Hartzler - What we saw

 

This is on my to-read list for 2016 and I yet have to get to it. I don’t know much about it other than it deals with Rape inside a high school and how people should speak out instead of feeling ashamed and labelling it as taboo.

1- FORBIDDEN – TABITHA SUZUMA

Tabitha Sazuma - Forbidden

I believe that this book is one of its kind. It talks about Incest. No sugar coating, no turning around the main issue, no nothing. It is heart-breaking, emotionally tiring and depressing BUT it is beautifully written and worth the read if you’re not too uncomfortable with the subject.


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Top 5 Wednesday #9 : It’s raining man !

Hello guys !T5W

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. It is hosted now by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes. For more information, you can check the Goodreads group.

This week’s theme is: RAINY DAY READS

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

In general, on days when the sky is pouring I like to read contemporary. Yep. That’s me. And not whatever contemporary I can get my hands on, mind you. It has to be on one of the extremes of the emotional scale. The book has to either leave me with warm fuzzy feelings inside or leave me heartbroken, snorting and ugly crying ’til the late hours of the night (Okay, I’m not a big crier, so I might be exaggerating, but you get the point). Here are some of the books that fit one of the descriptions above :

5 – THE STORYTELLER – ANTONIA MICHAELIS

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Oh man ! This book is so dark and twisted but it is SO good. It is mysterious, creepy and mostly tragic. I read it in the beginning of this years and I remember being so sad and depressed at the end of it. Perfect for those rainy days when your mood matches the sky.

4- SEVEN DAYS  FOR AN ETERNITY – MARK LEVY

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This is a  “Love conquers all” type thing. I read it in the perfect setting actually. It was a gloomy winter afternoon, I was buried in my bed under a ridiculous amount of blankets. And I liked it for what it was. A quick, easy, fun read.

3- ME BEFORE YOU – JOJO MOYES

Jojo Moyes - Me Before You

Need I explaining this one? Everyone knows it, everyone loves it. (almost? I yet have to read a negative review) It is a heartwarming/heartbreaking read. Yes, it does both. No, it doesn’t make the hard parts bearable. Yes, you are still going to cry. No, it’s not going to go easy on you. If you’ve been following me for more than 2 weeks then you already know my thoughts on it, if not here they are.

2- FANGIRL – RAINBOW ROWELL

Rainbow Rowell - Fangirl 2

AAAAGH ! I can’t keep myself from fangirling everytime I mention this book (More fangirling over here). It is just so frigging cute. It holds a really special spot in my heart and I don’t have a reason for it, it just does. Or do I ? Can Levi be enough of a reason ? Yes? Well I say that he can because I can do whatever I want.  *Sticking my tongue out like a mature person*

1- THE BOOK THIEF – MARKUS ZUSAK

Markus Suzak - The Book Thief

You were warned my friends ! I told you many many times that I am obsessed with this book and that it wasn’t the last time you were going to hear about it from me. If you haven’t read it, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ? Just go pick it up right now, for heaven’s sake or I’ll hunt you down. I will find you. And I will make you sit and read it.


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What are some books that you love to read on rainy days ?

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Little Peek #3 : March 2016

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I know this post is late *Internally scolding myself* but I have a perfectly understandable reason for it. The last three days were pretty eventful, we had an event in Uni. It was kind of a sport’s championship with football games, basketball games among other things, so I had some friends competing which was the ideal time for a fun little road trip. That’s what we did ! And I came back yesterday late at night which means, today id the earliest I’ve been able to write this post. (The other ones were pre-scheduled hehe !). Good news is we WON in football and girls’ 400m race. So YAY!

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Another BIG YAY that currently has me jumping up and down with joy is this :

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Wait. WHAAAAAAAT? Oh my god ! I know it might not seem like much but it is HUGE to me and I’m sooo happy I’ve gotten this far and it is all because of you guys ! And I’ll forever be grateful for this welcoming community.

Onto the actual wrap-up now. I’m not impressed with the amount I read this month. I read 6 books total. It is good, but not the best, I reviewed all of them but one though, so that’s great. Here are said books:

WOLF BY WOLF – RYAN GRAUDIN

Ryan Graudin - (#1) Wolf by WolfI can’t begin to express how much I loved this book ! It is my favorite read of 2016 so far and I suspect it is going to stay that way for the rest of the year because it will be really hard to top.

First it takes place after WWII and we all know how I feel about THAT. Second, it is an alternate fiction answering the question : What if Hitler won? Third, it has one of the most kick-ass, independant, strong female characters I’ve ever read about.

Okay I’ll stop here, for more raving, here’s my Review.

 

5 stars

“There was something electric about the colors that exploded in the sky, reminding Yael that not everything was gray ashfall, yellowing weeds, withered blue hands, crimson rivers of blood… There was still beauty in the world. And it was worth fighting for.”

CLOCKWORK ANGEL – CASSANDRA CLARE

Cassandra Clare - (#1) Clockwork AngelThis book almost put me in a reading slump. It’s not that I didn’t like it or anything. It just took me almost 2 weeks to finish. It is a good book and all but it was slow for most of it, the pace didn’t pick up until th last quarter or so. I still enjoyed it.

I’ll read the sequel this month and I’m sure it will be way faster, because the things that went down at the end of this one were CRAY-CRAY. Meanwhile, here’s the review.

 

 

3.5 stars

“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”

CINDERMARISSA MEYER

11235712This was a strong start, to what I hope will be a wondeful series.

I loved everything about it despite the little predictability that lays at the end of it, I think that it lived up to the hype without exceeding it, which luckily leaves room for the rest of the series to progress and flourish into something even more amazing than this is.

Here’s my review for it, if you want an insight.

 

4 stars

“We have the ability to love each other, no matter our differences. To help each other, no matter our weaknesses.”

ME BEFORE YOU – JOJO MOYES

Jojo Moyes - Me Before YouMy oh my ! My heart, my soul and my eyes were on fire after finishing this.

No, just NO. Don’t give me hope of a happy ending like that to leave me in tears afterwards. It is too fucking CRUEL.

I loved every. single. thing. aboout this. The characters, the story, the face, the relationships, the authenticity etc…

Just go read it, for heaven’s sake. Before doing so, here’s the review.

 

4.5 stars

“Some mistakes… Just have greater consequences than others. But you don’t have to let the result of one mistake be the thing that defines you. You, Clark, have the choice not to let that happen.”

 OBSIDIAN – JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT

12578077Oh boy ! I had so many things to say about this book. Not all great. To be honest, the good things were like gems.

Okay I’m being a nasty person here haha. I know that a lot of people like this but it didn’t do it for me, not for a bit.

I must confess that the bitch in me had a LOT of fun writing this review. I guess she was inspired by all the ridiculousness that went down (I’m sorry if I offended anyone by the way).

 

 

2.5 stars

“But no matter where I went, what I was running from would still be with me—Kat. She wasn’t just back in the house, in that bed. She was with me now, inside me. And there was no outrunning that.”

I AM MALALA – MALALA YOUSAFZAI

Malala - I am Malala

This was such an eyes opening read. I obviously know about the things that go down in the Middle East and in Pakistan more particularly, but reading from the perspective of someone who lived under the Taliban’s savage ways is all the more striking.

I learned so much from this and I went through all kinds of emotions: Sadness, pity but mostly anger. What the fuck is wrong with those people doing whatever suits them and pretending to be “real muslims”? Just no.

I recommend this book to every single soul on earth. I already admired Malala before, but now, WOW ! I just reached a new level.

4 stars

“Once I had asked God for one or two extra inches in height, but instead he made me as tall as the sky, so high that I could not measure myself.”


Here’s a summary of this month’s post, other than the reviews:

Top 5 Wednesdays :

Tags and Awards :

Other Ramblings :


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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.
  (Goodreads)

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.


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

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