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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Top Ten Tuesday: October 21st: Top New Series I Want To Start

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The Broke And The Bookish presents us every week a new top ten with a different theme. And this Tuesday’s theme is the Top New Series I Want To Start. There are quite a few series I still have to start on my TBR, but these are the ones I want to start reading soon. In no particular order:

Teaser Tuesdays – October 21st: One Day

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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 know it seems like I have fallen of the radar for the last week or so… Life has been busy lately and with that reading time is reduced to the minimum; blogging time being almost non existent. I have been able to finish two books though, and I’m currently reading the third: One Day by David Nicholls. It’s nothing like my typical reads and quite refreshing… It’s about what happens to the two main characters Emma and Dexter on each July 15th during twenty years. The way their lives and friendship evolve makes it an interesting read, although the fact that they have the friends-who-are-sexually-attracted-to-each-other thing going on makes the story a bit cliche. I’ve read about 150 pages so far, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

7020181“Dexter adjusted his face into an expression of larky self-deprecation and marched on past he pavement taverna, eyes fixed forward, ignoring the wolf-whistles. They headed into the town, and coming up a narrow alley they suddenly found themselves facing the couple from the beach, red-faced with booze and sun, clinging to each other drunkenly as they tottered down the steps towards the harbour. They stared, bemused, at Dexter’s blue sacking mini-skirt.”

What are you reading right now?

Black Roses – by Jane Thynne

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Title: Black Roses
(Berlin Series #1)
Author: Jane Thynne
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery
First published: February 2013
Finished reading: October 14th 2014
Pages: 471
Rating 1,5

“Perhaps, he thought, there was some strange satisfaction to be derived from confining savage animals here, given that the savagery outside this place was the kind that couldn’t be confined.”

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I am SO disappointed with Black Roses. I even came to the point that I was about to DNF it, and I practically NEVER leave a book unfinished. I guess I probably decided to continue because the book was a gift and it just didn’t feel right not finishing it. But it sure felt like a waste of time. I normally love historical fiction novels. Especially when they are set during or between WWI and WWII. But this novel by Jane Thynne just couldn’t convince me. Sure, it shows she investigated the topic thoroughly and I don’t think she got the facts wrong. But the characters were so cliche and boring that I just couldn’t be bothered with what happened with them. And that for an English girl who is spying on the German female Nazi elite. Not recommended, unless you need an alternative for sleeping pills…

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The story is set in the Berlin of the year 1933, and Hitler is gaining power and influence. People around Europe are becoming worried and so is the English government. The young English actress Clara Vine is not aware of the dangers of Berlin. She decides to escape to Germany to follow her acting dream and unwillingly gets involved with some of the elite Nazi wives. Among them is Magda Goebbels, and she seems to fully trust Clara. Just as the English actress doesn’t want to continue seeing the Nazi wives, she meets an undercover agent working for British intelligence. Leo sees the true potential of her ‘friendship’ with Magda and the others, and asks her to become a spy.

Clara is not convinced at all, since it will not only ask for all of her acting skills, but also means that she will have to continue dating the Nazi Officer Muller. But when she finds out that her grandmother is actually a Jew, she is determined to do whatever she can to help the British intelligence. Soon she is in more trouble than both Leo and herself would have hoped as Magda Goebbles reveals an enormous secret… Magda asks for her help, and even though Clara knows that was is asked of her is extremely dangerous, she agrees to do it. And those actions do have consequences…

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Like I said before, I expected so much more of Black Roses. The entire novel has been a huge disappointment, and I definitely don’t recommend it. There are a lot of great historical fiction novels out there, and this is not one of them. It is such a shame, since the story had so much potential…

WWW Wednesdays – October 15th

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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?

hopesrebellionamatterofhonourI have started Hope’s Rebellion and since it doesn’t have that many pages and it’s good, I will probably finish it soon. It’s an ARC written by Jade Varden. I’m also reading A Matter Of Honour by Jeffrey Archer, mostly because I have to finish it before next week…

 

  • What did you recently finish reading?

divinefallblackrosesOf Divine Fall I have already uploaded my review. Like I said before, this novel by Kathryn Knight is surely an entertaining read and definitely worth it if you like paranormal/fantasy romance novels. I’ve also finished Black Roses by Jane Thynne yesterday, and it was a huge disappointment. A full rant/review will be posted tommorrow.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

11573479309Probably The Dead Zone by Stephen King or Naked In Death by J.D. Robb… I’m in need of a good horror/thriller/mystery story, and either of the two seem a good choice. I will probably go with The Dead Zone though, just because I know Stephen King mostly delivers with his stories.

Teaser Tuesdays – October 14th: Hope’s Rebellion

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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!)

The book I’m currently reading is Hope’s Rebellion by Jade Varden. This book is another ARC and part of the Guest Reviewer Program at Ethereal Book Reviews… And so far so good.

hopesrebellion“Even the sky looked dry and cracked, like the dirt beneath their feet. Their last summer as children was upon them, hotter and dryer than any they could remember.”

 

 

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ARC: Divine Fall – by Kathryn Knight

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Title: Divine Fall
Author: Kathryn Knight
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance
First published: July 23rd 2014
Finished reading: October 8th 2014
Pages: 240
Rating 3,5

“Loving someone is a risk. But if you don’t take a few risks in life, well, that’s not really living, is it?”

*** A copy of this book was kindly given to me by the author through Ethereal Book Reviews in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
(Guest Reviewer Program) ***

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When I was first contacted about Divine Fall, I couldn’t exactly decipher from the cover what the story was about. What looks like a contemporary romance story at the first glance actually turned out to be a paranormal romance story involving angels! I’m glad I decided to read this novel by Kathryn Knight in the end, as the story is easy to read and quite entertaining. The main characters Jamie and Dothan are on the verge of being too cliche at some points and the way Dothan was trying to hide his secret didn’t convince me. The handsome and mysterious stable hand falling in love with a social outcast… Sounds pretty cliche to me, although I do love the fact that Jamie works in an antique shop full with old and interesting books. I didn’t see the truth about her grandfather coming and it was a nice plot twist, as well as the ending. All in all a nice read for a pleasant afternoon of easy reading, and recommended to those who enjoy paranormal romance stories.

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The life of Jamie has been turned upside down after the events of last year, and she has become an outcast. She is determined to leave her hometown as soon as she finishes school and until then she spends most of her time with her horse Beau and her only true friend. Things change when a mysterious and very attractive stable hand shows up at her barn. Jamie is intrigued by him and determined to find out more about him.

Dothan has a secret he cannot share with the world though; he is the last of the Nephilims and an half-angel. He arrived at Jamie’s hometown looking for the murderer of his father, but he is weaker than full-blooded angels and he needs the help of an ancient weapon to try and get his revenge. Knowledge that is hidden in the books located at the antique store of Jamie’s grandfather… And he seems to try use Jamie to get to that information. Dothan and Jamie start hanging out together more, but Dothan cannot seem to touch a human without sending out an electric current… And sooner or later Jamie finds out about his secret and more. She is now in danger, and Dothan is forced to work together with her grandfather to save her…

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Like I said before: while some parts of the story might be on the verge of cliche, the story in general delivers and is quite entertaining. It is an easy read an perfect for a nice afternoon of light reading… It has the right dose of action and fantasy and will appeal to those who enjoy reading paranormal romance or fantasy stories in general.

Friday Finds – October 10th

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FRIDAY FINDS is originally featured at Should Be Reading and showcases the most interesting books I’ve encountered during, in this case, the last two weeks and have added to my neverending TBR list on Goodreads. You can find a selection of my newest additions below:

My finds:

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