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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Friday Finds – September 19th

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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. You can find a selection of my newest additions below:

My finds:

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WWW Wednesdays – September 17th

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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?

cityofbonesI’m currently reading City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare, the first book in The Mortal Instruments series. It’s a book that has been on my list for a while, and I finally came around reading it. I’m not far enough into the story yet to give a proper opinion, but until now I’m positive.

 

 

  • What did you recently finish reading?

mysoulimmortalthe cuckoo's callingI have recently finished both My Soul Immortal by Jen Printy (an ARC and the first book in the Fated Eternals series) & The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (first book in the Cormoran Strike series). Full reviews of both books have already been posted…

 

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

mrmercedeshpandtheprisonerofazkabanI’m not sure what I will read next… I should read the third Harry Potter: The Prisoner Of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling along with The Not A Book Club Club at Goodreads. I also want to read Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King… I’m in need of a creepy horror story. :D

Top Ten Tuesday – September 16th: Top Authors I NEED To Read More

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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 Authors I’ve Only Read One Book From But NEED To Read More. There are quite a few authors I would like to read more books of… Some are authors of series I need to continue. Of others I’ve enjoyed my first experience with their work and would like to read more. They are listed below in no particular order:

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  • Leigh Bardugo: I´ve read Shadow And Bone of the The Grisha series and absolutely loved it. I really need to start reading the other two books soon… (I actually own a copy of Siege And Storm, but it is in Spanish and I prefer trying to get the English version first before I start reading… I prefer reading books in the original language they were written in.)
  • James Dashner: I’ve read The Maze Runner, and even though I didn’t enjoy it as much as I would have thought before reading, I still want to read the first of the series. Plus, I already own a copy of book number two and three, so there is no holding back… Except for the fact that my copy of The Scorch Trials is in Spanish, and I prefer reading it in English as I explained above.
  • Sarah J. Maas: I’ve read Throne Of Glass en I enjoyed it. Since the last book just came out, I really need to read book number two and three soon… I have Crown Of Midnight already, but it is in Spanish… (This is getting repititive, I know.)

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  • Patrick Rothfuss: I’ve read and loved The Name Of The Wind, and now I want to get my hands on book number two as soon as possible… Although the wait for Rothfuss to finish the third book will probably become unbearable.
  • Ian McEwan: I’ve heard many great things about this author, but I’ve only read Atonement so far. I really need to buy more of his books (like Saturday and Sweet Tooth) soon…
  • Rainbow Rowell: I’ve finally read Eleanor & Park not so long ago, and I really have to check out more of her work! Landline, Fangirl, Attachments… They all sound interesting.

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  • Jonathan Safran Foer: I’ve read Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and liked his writing style… I’m looking forward to read more of his work. (Like Everything Is Illuminated.)
  • Jeannette Walls: I´ve read The Glass Castle and was truly impressed by it. Now I would like to read Half Broke Horses and The Silver Star to continue reading about Jeannette and her family…
  • Lee Childs: I’ve read Killing Floor and even though it’s a bit too Rambo/Die Hard for me, I would like to see how the main character develops.
  • Ismael Beah: I’ve read A Long Way Gone some time ago and it is really an impressive memoir… I would like to read Radiance Of Tomorrow as well.

 

Teaser Tuesdays – September 16th: City Of Bones

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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 City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare. I’ve been wanting to start reading some of her work for ages now, and I finally came around picking up City of Bones. There are very mixed reviews of this first book of The Mortal Instruments series, and I’m glad I’m finally finding out myself what this book is like.

cityofbones“Clary wanted to tell him that she didn’t need to hide behind him, but the words wouldn’t come. She could taste the terror she’d felt when she’d first seen the Ravener. The taste was sharp and coppery on her tongue like old pennies.”

 

What are you reading right now?

ARC: My Soul Immortal – by Jen Printy

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Title: My Soul Immortal
(Fated Eternals Series #1)
Author: Jen Printy
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Fantasy
First published: February 15th 2014
Finished reading: September 14th 2014
Pages: 310
Rating 4

“He implied he would return. But when? Tomorrow or one hundred years from tomorrow? What’s soon to an immortal?”

*** 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 My Soul ImmortalI was immediately intrigued by the cover and excerpt provided. Crossing my fingers that the story wouldn’t turn out to be a full-blown romance story with a just a hint of the fantasy/paranormal genre sprinkled on top (which, in my case, is a bad thing), I immediately decided to accept and read this ARC. I will start with saying I had some problems with certain parts of the book. If you would have asked me about my opinion halfway down the book, I wouldn’t have been as positive as I am now that I’ve finished My Soul Immortal. I know romance is not my favorite genre and this could have influenced my opinion in a bad way, but I found he relationship of the main immortal! character Jack and his ‘soulmate’ Leah is on the verge of tacky at some points in the story. Sure, Leah’s soul remembers Jack after all those years and even though Leah hasn’t actually met Jack in person before, they fall hopelessly in love. Jack doesn’t hesitate saving her life by trying to sacrifice himself for his true love… And having a daughter of Death named Vita (life in Latin) chasing them made my eyebrows raise real high as well. But I have to admit I didn’t see the end coming and it definitely made up for all the little annoyances I’ve encountered in My Soul Immortal. The story ended with a cliffhanger and surely left me wanting for more! I hope Jen Printy will be able to finish the second book of the Fated Eternals series soon, as I would love to find out how the story continues.

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Jack has two problems in his life. He is still hopelessly in love with the long deceased Lydia AND he turns out to be immortal. Already a hundred and seventy years old and counting, he has tried to die numerous times before in attempt to join his Lydia in the afterlife. Unfortunately (or fortunately) for him, he has never succeeded and even lethal wounds conflicted always heal within a couple of minutes. He is forced to live on the border of society, hiding his ‘gift’ from others and moving around a lot so nobody will realize he never ages. When faith brings him to his next destination, he would never have guessed his life would change forever. He bumps into a girl on the street and when he sees her face, he thinks he is seeing ghosts. She looks exactly like Lydia!

The girl is not a ghost, but nothing other than a soul immortal. Leah Winters has the soul of the late Lydia, and they both soon realize the mutual attraction between the two of them. But the appearance of Jack doesn’t seem as unfamiliar to Leah as he originally thinks… And when a mysterious man called Artagan shows interest in them, things get complicated. Leah and Jack are forced to leave the town where they met, and flee to York where her brother is studying. But one of the daughters of Death and another immortal called Vita is now after them, and they never seem safe… And Death may be waiting for Leah around every corner. Can Jack save her on time?

The Cuckoo’s Calling – by Robert Galbraith

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Title: The Cuckoo’s Calling
(Cormoran Strike Series #1)
Author: Robert Galbraith
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Crime
First published: 2013
Finished reading: September 12th 2014
Pages: 464
Rating 3

“Nillness, thought Strike, for a second distracted. He had slept badly. Nillness, that was where Lula Landry had gone, and where all of them, he and Rochelle included, were headed. Sometimes illness turned slowly to nillness, as was happening to Bristow’s mother… sometimes nillness rose to meet you out of nowhere, like a concrete road slamming your skull apart.”

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I guess I am one of the many people who only heard about The Cuckoo’s Calling only after it leaked out that Robert Galbraith actually is a pseudonym used by J.K. Rowling to avoid people comparing the book with her previous work. I can understand where she was going with that and I will respect her pseudonym by using this name during the rest of my review.  Unfortunately this book has been seriously ‘overhyped’ since Rowling came into the picture, and I cannot say it lives up to the hype now I’ve read it.  Sure, the story itself was quite intriguing and Galbraith threw some nice plot twists in so you are kept guessing about if Lula was really murdered and who would have wanted to kill her until the end. The writing was interesting in general, but I had serious problems with how Galbraith makes his characters express themselves. It just doesn’t sound natural at all; either too antiquated or too many ‘fuck’ included to be able to take it seriously. I mean, an ‘how do you do’ for a 35-year-old ex-military and detective like Cormoran Strike just doesn’t do it for me… The writing style and cliche moments in the story made me give The Cuckoo’s Calling only three out of five stars. It’s a nice read, but nothing too exciting. Recommended to those who enjoy the whole mystery/whodunit genre.

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After Cormoran Strike loses his leg while serving in Afghanistan, he is forced to retire and he becomes a private investigator. Things go downwards from there. His girlfriend kicks him out, he now has to live in his office and he is in serious depts. Just as a new temporary secretary (Robin) he cannot afford starts working, a client finally shows up after a long stretch of very slow business. A famous model called Lula died three months ago, presumably suicide, but her brother John Bristow thinks someone murdered her. He asks Cormoran to investigate the dead of his wealthy sister, and Cormoran simply cannot refuse the money John offers him. The police had ruled out foul play already, but Cormoran still has some important contacts left over from the old days. He starts calling in favors, but the investigation is not as easy as it seems.

His secretary Robin is actually a great asset to the case, and she helps him dig up more and more information about the circumstances around the death of the model. It turns out she had a fight with her on/off rockstar boyfriend, she was looking for her birth father and she had invited someone to her house around the time she died… But there still is no trace of the killer or any proof if it was an actual murder. Cormoran soon seems to suspect her death was all about money and goes looking for a will. And in the process, he finds out some other interesting and shocking details. Was Lula murdered after all?

Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets – by J.K. Rowling

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Title: Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets
(Harry Potter Series #2)
Author: J.K. Rowling
Genre: YA, Fantasy
First published: July 2nd 1998
Finished reading: September 9th 2014
Pages: 366
Rating 4

“However,’ said Dumbledore, speaking very slowly and clearly so that none of them could miss a word, ‘you will find that I will only truly have left this school when none here are loyal to me. You will also find that help will be given at Hogwarts to those who ask for it.”

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As some might already know, I’m currently rereading the whole Harry Potter Series along with The Not A Book Club Club at Goodreads. I’m definitely enjoying myself while reading the magical adventures of Harry Potter again… It brings back great memories! Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets has never been one of my favorites though, mostly because I seriously can’t stand professor Lockhart. Being the annoying and pretentious wizard he is, I can say straight on he solely caused the one star deduction on my otherwise perfect rating. I do not say this book is perfect. The writing may have some flaws, but I cannot deny the influence this book and the whole series had on my childhood. Harry, Ron and Hermione belong to my favorite childhood characters I would have loved to either be o be friends with… And I have to thank Rowling for those hours I was able to submerge myself in the magical world of Harry Potter and forget about the real one. This series is must read for anyone who enjoys fantasy, and will appeal to both young and old!

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After a magical first year at Hogwarts, Harry is still forced to spend the summer with his Muggle aunt and uncle. And the worst part is that everyone seems to have forgotten him; even on his birthday he doesn’t receive a letter from his friends. The truth is revealed soon after when Dobby the house elf makes his appearance, and explains that Harry must not go back to Hogwarts because it’s not safe. Dobby nearly succeeds when he makes the Ministery Of Magic believe Harry used magic against the rules… But the Weasleys save him from his ‘prison’ and take him in a flying car to their home. Things improve while he lives with the Weasleys, but when the time comes to go back to school, something strange happens. Both Harry and Ron cannot get through to board the Hogwarts Express, and are forced to use the flying car to reach the castle. They were seen by Muggles and nearly expelled before the schoolyear even started.

Luckily for them, they were only given detention… And professor Lockhart shows us more and more the pretentious and self adoring wizard he really is. (Someone please hit him!) There are other important and dark things happening at Hogwarts though; tragic things. After rumours, it turns out the chamber of secrets has been opened… With in it a creature that has killed a girl fifty years ago. The Heir of Slytherin (the house where all the dark wizards belonged to) is setting out this monster again against all of those who aren’t ‘pure of blood’. And soon victims start to appear, and Harry is determained to find who is the new Heir of Slytherin. Will they find the chamber and stop the Heir on time?!