It’s All About Books

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It’s all about books.. Well, at least books have an important role of my life. They form a way to escape reality; for me to enter a different world. A place where everything is possible, only limited by the imagination of its writer. Like someone famous once said: ‘Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body‘.

I’ve been reading ever since I was three years old, devouring books by dozens at my hometown library. I continued reading all the way through high school, and later decided to study Spanish Language And Culture and read some more. A few years ago I started travelling, and that’s when the idea came up to start keeping track of the books I’ve read… Hence this blog It’s All About Books was born, with reviews of all the books I’ve been reading since November 2012.

Before I leave I would like to say that I’m always looking for new books to add to my TBR list, and I would love any recommendations you might think of. I’m trying to broaden my literary horizon, so I’m open to practically any literary genre… :)

Listing The Reading

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Below you can find a complete list of the books I’ve been reading since November 2012 in reading order… Some found at the library, others found on the internet and a few preciously owned by my own person. Please note that I’m in the process of improving my blog and reviews, and only reviews with link and rating are to be considered up-to-standard. I’m hoping to finish the improvements this month…

>>>For easy browsing, also check out the lists of reviews by
AUTHOR, RATING and TITLE.<<<

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Why I’ve Been Gone

No, I haven’t disappeared from the face of the earth… I have been busy getting paint spatters all over myself while I am painting my home with my hubby. We started last Thursday and have been preparing and painting ever since; our stuff, including computer, stored away while we work at our place. No computer means no easy access to WordPress and no chance of posting my pending reviews and other book memes… Windows Phone and WordPress just don’t go together. We will be trying to finish before the end of the weekend, so hopefully I will be back by next Monday. Until then, happy reading and have a great week you all! I’m sure yours won’t be as tiring as mine haha. :D

P.S. Two of our walls are now Caribbean blue (similar to the bottom one in the picture)! I’m absolutely loving the color! :D

Friday Finds – December 12th

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FRIDAY FINDS is originally featured at Should Be Reading and showcases the most interesting books I’ve encountered during the last week and have added to my neverending TBR list on Goodreads. I haven’t had much reading time this week and I won’t be having any at all the next few days as I will be painting and redecorating my home with my hubby. I found a bunch of interesting reads this week anyway, some added to my virtual TBR, others already owned. Below a selection:

My finds:

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BOOK REVIEW: Kiera’s Moon – by Lizzy Ford

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Title: Kiera’s Moon
(The Anshan Saga #1)
Author: Lizzy Ford
Genre: Science Fiction, Romance, Fantasy
First published: August 8th 2011
Finished reading: December 5th 2014
Pages: 260
Rating 2

“To his surprise, she was grinning, her multi-hued eyes glowing. He hadn’t thought she would be so eager, given her skill at avoiding all her regular nishani duties.”

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I’m not sure whether me and this book just were not ment to be or if it really is that bad, but I just couldn’t enjoy it. It seemed to be more like a cheesy romance novel than an actual science fiction work, and I couldn’t be bothered by the whole situation of the Anshan planet where the story takes place. The characters in Kiera’s Moon for me lacked dept or were just plain annoying… The way A’Ran and Kiera meet totally unbelievable, and the fact that this dominant warrior and independant woman are ment to be soulmates just a step too far on the cliche scale. I also refuse to believe that the strongwilled Kiera so easily forgives her friend for transporting her to an alien planet where women are treated like property. Or that her friend fell in love and married an alien and consented to go to his planet in the first place. To be short, I found this to be a rather unbelievable cheesy romance story with a little pinch of aliens thrown in, rather than a genuine science fiction story… And without doubt something I wouldn’t be recommending to anybody.

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Kiera’s best friend Evelyn is going to marry her boyfriend Romas after only knowing him for three months. Evelyn tries to convince Kiera to visit them as they go live in  Romas’ home far away. When Kiera refuses, they basically abduct her and take her to Romas’ planet. Romas turns out to be an alien and one of the Qatwals who are at war with the Anshans. When Kiera finds out they plan to marry her to one of Romas’ brothers even without her consent (women don’t have free will), she desperately tries to escape.

The King of Ashan, A’Ran, is held prisoner by the Qatwals when he meets Kiera by accident. He instantly knows she is his nishani, his soulmate and the woman he needs to rescue his planet. He takes great risk to ‘abduct’ her and bring her back to his base. He had never asked Kiera to be his nishani, and she definitely doesn’t agree with her new role. Slowly both A’Ran and Kiera are trying to adapt themselves to the new situation. The Qatwals are furious that A’Ran took Kiera away from them and launch more attacks than ever…

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Like I said before, this was a story filled with cliches and unbelievable from the beginning. The characters were either annoying or felt wrong and the storyline itself wasn’t much better. This book could have been so much better… The idea wasn’t that bad, but I felt it was just poorly executed. As you might guess, I wouldn’t recommend reading this one!

WWW Wednesdays – December 10th

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Originally featured at Should Be Reading… WWW WEDNESDAYS is all about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

twelveyearsaslaveI’m still reading Twelve Years A Slave by Solomon Northup, a story about a free man who was forced into slavery during twelve years. I could have finished this one sooner, but somehow I find it easier to read e-books right now and I have been neglecting this poor paperback. Maybe today or tomorrow I will manage to continue this intriguing story…

 

  • What did you recently finish reading?

kiera'smoonthedarkwindI finished Kiera’s Moon last weekend and I’m in the process of writing my review. It won’t be a positive one, since I couldn’t enjoy what turned out to be a cheesy romance novel rather than a science fiction story. I’ve also finished The Dark Wind by Tony Hillerman today, which I enjoyed better than my last read. An interesting mystery story involving a drug exchange gone wrong… And Navajo chief Chee is trying to figure out what really happened. Review coming soon!

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

16139704I’m about to start The Racketeer by John Grisham, a book that I need to fill one of the last squares of the Bookish Bingo challenge. I was going to read another book for the Birds On Cover square, but when I decided to use my TBR cup to choose my first read after completing the Bookish Bingo challenge, this one got selected out of over 80! titles. So I guess it was just ment to be…

BOOK REVIEW: Eating Animals – by Jonathan Safran Foer

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Title: Eating Animals
Author: Jonathan Safran Foer
Genre: Non Fiction, Philosophy, Health, Food
First published: 2009
Finished reading: December 4th 2014
Pages: 341
Rating 4,5

“Isn’t it strange how upset people get about a few dozen baseball players taking growth hormones, when we’re doing what were doing to our food animals and feeding them to our children?”

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This is not a book about vegetarianism like the title Eating Animals might suggest. Nor am I are vegetarian or will I ever be; I enjoy eating meat too much to give it up all together. But this non fiction book by Jonathan Safran Foer sure left me thinking about my choices when buying and eating meat. In Eating Animals, he tells us about his three year investigation of what is REALLY going on in the meat industry. Safran Foer decided to investigate after his son was born; he wanted to make sure he was making the right choices for his kid. And after what he found out, he became a vegetarian. Says enough about the results, right? Safran Foer mixes facts with parts of his memoir focused on food, and is able to show us perfectly why he decided to stop eating meat all together. I respect his decision and I will definitely be more careful when buying meat. Eating Animals is what you call a ‘heavy’ read with a strong message, but definitely worth reading! The investigation is focused on the US meat industry, but without doubt the results apply to other countries as well.

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Safran Foer starts his story by explaining to us why he wanted to start his investigation in the first place. Food has always been important in his family. He already had some vegetarian experiences during college, but when his son was born he started to ask himself more and more why we do eat animals. We associate food with certain memories, and while he has some precious memories involving meat, he wanted to make sure including meat in the memories of his child would be the right thing.

The meat industry isn’t the same as a hundred years ago. Before, animals were raised and cared for at family farms, and in general had a relatively good life at those farms. But with the population and the meat demand increasing over the years, things changed. The so-called factory farms were born, and animals were treated more and more like mere objects. Torture, genetical manipulation, cruelty…The chickens, pigs, cows and other animals of today in general don’t have a happy life at all. Deprived of all basic humane living standards, those poor creatures in general suffer ever single day of their short life at factory farms. And the situation at slaughterhouses is not much better. Unnecessary cruelty during slaughter is a thing so common that even family farms that don’t want their animals to suffer have a hard time finding ‘proper’ slaughterhouses. Animals at factory farms are injected with hormones and are genetically manipulated so they grow faster while eating less. Hormones we later ingest when we eat their meat… And that is only the start of possible health risks and consequences of the current meat industry.

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Eating Animals is without doubt an interesting read that really makes you think about where your food really comes from. It is not a light read and people with a weak stomach might not enjoy it. Otherwise it is definitely recommendable to both vegetarians and those who enjoy their meat like me, but want to know how to make better choices when buying and eating animal products.

Teaser Tuesdays – December 9th: The Dark Wind

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TEASER TUESDAYS is a weekly book meme originally featured at Should Be Reading. To participate, just open the book you are currently reading to a random page, and choose two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page. (no spoilers!)

I’ve been away for the long weekend, but now I’m back! Although I probably won’t be around much during the next weekend either, since I will be painting my home with my hubby… So I guess I won’t be getting a lot of reading done. I’ve started The Dark Wind by Tony Hillerman the other day to fill the Native American MC square in the Bookish Bingo challenge, and I’m still reading Twelve Years A Slave as well. I guess I’m finding it easier to read e-books these days, so it will probably take me a while to finish my paperback copy of the story by Solomon Northup. The Dark Wind on the other hand is part of a series I’ve read a book of before, and it is an ok read so far.

thedarkwind“They walked along the narrow strip of shade cast by the almost vertical wall of the wash. Beyond this shadow, the sunlight glittered from the gray-yellow surface of the arroyo bottom. Heat waves shimmered from the flatness and the only sound was boot soles in the sand.”

 

What are you reading right now?