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…  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 as soon as possible…

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

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WWW Wednesdays #29 – March 4th

wwwwednesdaysOriginally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

thecoldwifeI’ve just started The Cold Wife by Ruth Ann Nordin yesterday, so I cannot say too much about the story yet. I didn’t realize this one is actually a sequel, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed it won’t be a problem. It’s supposed to be a historical fiction and romance novel, but I am afraid this one will end up being too much of a cheesy romance for me to handle… I guess I will find out soon enough when I have more free time to read.

 

  • What did you recently finish reading?

nakedindeaththehitchhikersguidethroughgalaxyI’ve finished Naked In Death by J.D. Robb yesterday and I must say the plot is definitely interesting. It is a crime/mystery novel set in the future, and that makes it stand out from other novels in that genre. I liked the main characters Eve and Roarke, although I’m not a fan of the romance scenes… A full review will be posted later this week. I also finished The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams a few days ago, but unfortunately I didn’t like that one that much. I know a lot of people seem to love this classic, but I just couldn’t get into the story. Maybe a case of not-for-me?

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

gardensofthemoonirobotI’m going to keep repeating myself and keep Gardens Of The Moon by Steven Erikson as my next read… Maybe I should just kick myself and finally read it, because this one has been on the top of my TBR pile for way too long now.  Although I might read I, Robot by Isaac Asimov first…

BOOK REVIEW: Doctor Sleep – by Stephen King

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Title: Doctor Sleep
(The Shining Series #2)
Author: Stephen King
Genre: Thriller, Horror, Paranormal
First published: 2013
Finished reading: February 26th 2015
Pages: 560
Rating 5

“I changed it. I had to. Do you know why?” She studied him, her eyes grave. “Because that was then and this is now. Because the past is gone, even though it defines the present.”

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I absolutely loved reading The Shining last August, so when I found I actually had a copy of the sequel that Stephen King had written many years later I just HAD to bump it to the top of my TBR list. Why I ended up waiting so long before reading it is still a mystery… Anyhow, I always enjoy the thriller/horror genre, especially when they are scary enough not to be read home alone and at night. So I had high hopes for Doctor Sleep after having experienced just that with The Shining. Now I’ve read the sequel, I cannot say anything else than that it definitely lived up to my expectations. Being able to see Danny, one of my favorite horror characters, all grown up was just as good as I thought it was (even though I didn’t like him in the beginning of the sequel). The new main character, Abra, is even more awesome than Danny in The Shining, and the True Knot bunch are definitely scary enough to be King-worthy. The fast pace, plot and prose just make you want to keep on reading and I couldn’t get enough of it. In short, this is definitely a must read if you enjoy reading thrillers or horror stories!

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Dan Torrance is now all grown up and his life after surviving the Overlook Hotel disaster hasn’t been easy. Living with his special gift, the shining, isn’t easy and against his will he ended up following his father’s footsteps… Alcoholism and violence slowly destroying him. When he decides to settle down in a New Hampshire town because it felt right, he slowly starts to rebuild his life. His new boss introduces him to the AA community, and his shining helps the people at his job in a nursing home find peace when they are dying. Aided by a very special cat who tells the other employees the end of a patient is near, they soon start to call him Doctor Sleep

Trouble is waiting around the corner as the True Knot tribe is slowly killing off children with the shining…They live on the steam that those children produce when they are slowly tortured to death, and they are always hunting for more. Dan always knew at some point he would be guiding someone else with the shining, and that someone turns out to be Abra Stone. She is more powerful than he ever was and has been able to reach him for years without Dan knowing her true identity. When they finally meet and find out her life is in danger, they are determined to join their powers and fight those monsters… But Dan has his own demons to fight as well. Will they be able to stop the True Knot before it’s too late?

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This is a typical story where the good guys have to fight against evil, but Doctor Sleep doesn’t get cliche. The kick ass main characters, fast pace, brilliant plot and healthy dose of horror makes this book turn into one of my favorite reads this year and one of my favorite King novels so far. I’ll stop fangirling now, but not before repeating that this sequel is definitely a must read for those who enjoy the genre! I guess Doctor Sleep can be read without reading The Shining first, but since both are really good my suggestion would be to read them in order. You won’t regret it.

Teaser Tuesdays #32: March 3rd – Naked In Death

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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’m finally reading the first book of the In Death series by J.D. Robb.  It’s a mystery/crime series set in the future where the main character lieutenant Eve Dallas is hunting a serial killer who is after prostitutes. Naked In Death has quite a high dose of romance for my taste, but so far the story is interesting enough to make me forget my distaste for that genre. Fingers crossed it stays that way!

nakedindeath“They had reconstructed it almost too perfectly, using her own report, visuals of the site, and the mirror of her memory they’d lifted in the scan. Eve didn’t bother to curse them, but held back her hate, her grief, and sent herself racing up the stairs and back into her nightmare. ”

 

What are you reading right now?

March 2015 TBR

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I’ve way too many books on my TBR pile waiting to be read and it’s getting hard to keep track of all the different titles that are currently unread. I’ve decided to make a TBR list this month so hopefully it will be easier to choose what to read next… I’ve picked eight titles that have been on my TBR pile for a while now and I’m looking forward to be finally reading. Some will also help me complete my reading challenges if I decide to read them… Sticking to TBR lists hasn’t always been easy, especially if I’m in the mood for different genres than those on the list. We’ll see what this March brings! ;)

>>> Find a complete list of the books of books owned and waiting to be read here and my full TBR list at Goodreads here <<<

# REREADS #

  • Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling (652 pages)

# TBR #

  • crownofmidnightgardensofthemoonNaked In Death by J.D. Robb (320 pages)  currently reading
  • A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (489 pages)
  • Crown Of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (448 pages)
  • Gardens Of The Moon by Steven Erikson (666 pages)
  • darkwitchthecoldwifeDark Witch by Nora Roberts (342 pages)
  • I, Robot by Isaac Asimov (249 pages)
  • The Cold Wife by Ruth Ann Nordin (304 pages)
  • The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult (480 pages)

 

Have you read any of these and/or do you recommend them?

Month In Review: February 2015

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When I woke up today I suddenly realized it was already March! Time is truly flying and the summer is about to end… The weather today seemed to agree and welcomed the third month of 2015 with a thunderstorm and a lot of rain. Boo! On the plus side, I was able to finish my current read and start a new one nestled in my favorite chair with a cup of steaming coffee… Something I will be enjoying a lot during the winter months for sure. Also, it’s time to officially wrap up February! Somehow this month is always too short, but I was able to read a fair amount of books anyway and reach one of my highest page counts so far. Yay! On to some quick numbers:

  • Number of books read in February: 9
  • Total number of books read this year: 17
  • Total number of pages read in February: 4.062
  • Total number of pages read this year: 6.990

Nine books with an extra book finished today is not too bad for this short February month! And the page count is actually over 4.000 which is probably a first… I guess I did have quite a lot of reading time after all, but I was also lucky with my reading choices. Below you can find a list of the books I’ve read so far this year going from favorite to least favorite. One review is still in the process of being written…

Like I said last month, I’m going to do things slightly different this year and include an update for the different challenges I’m participating in as well. That way I won’t be having a dozen update posts wandering around. I’m currently participating in five all-year reading challenges and I’m still trying to fill the gaps in my own challenge as well. I’ve made some progress in most challenges, although I’m still far away from completing any of them… But since all of them run until December, I’m not worrying too much just yet.

# CHALLENGES #

Goodreads Reading Challenge: 17/60
The Official 2015 TBR Pile Challenge: 4/10
Dusting Of The Shelf Reading Challenge: 4/10
Bookish Bingo 2015: 17/45
2015 When Are You Reading? Challenge: 5/12
Reading Through The Centuries Challenge: 4/10

With the other reading and blogging goals I’ve set myself this year I’m less succesful. While I managed to bring down by physical TBR pile a bit, it’s still nowhere close to the 50 mark… So I guess I will try to maintain the book buying ban for now. I still have to start reading books in Spanish and while I came close to the 800 page mark (796!), the fifth HP book wasn’t enough to actually cross off this goal. As far as the blogging goals go, I’ve started updating older reviews, but I still have to finish those I’ve never posted. Fingers crossed I will do better in March!

# OTHER READING/BLOGGING GOALS #

  • Read at least 5 classics: 3/5
  • Finish rereading the Harry Potter series 5/7
  • Complete at least 5 series: 2/5 (The Infernal Devices Trilogy/ Divergent Trilogy)
  • Bring my physical TBR pile below 50 books: 72/50
  • Read at least one book over 800 pages: 0/1 (highest amount: 796 pages)
  • Read at least 5 books in Spanish: 0/5
  • Join at least 5 challenges during the year
  • Finish older reviews that haven’t been posted yet: 0/10
  • Update older reviews to new format: 5/32

 

Happy March and Happy Reading! :D

Friday Finds #25 – February 27th

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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’m still on a book buying ban, but I cannot help adding new titles to my virtual TBR list anyway!

My finds:

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BOOK REVIEW: The Secret Garden – by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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Title: The Secret Garden
Author: Frances Hodgson Burnett
Genre: Classics, Children, Fiction
First published: 1910
Finished reading: February 22nd 2015
Pages: 358
Rating 4

“At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope it can be done, then they see it can be done–then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago.”

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The Secret Garden is one of those books I’ve been wanting to read for ages, but never made it to the top of my TBR pile. The TBR Pile Challenge made me finally pick up a copy of this classic written by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and I’m glad I did. It’s an endearing story about two lonely and spoiled children who slowly discover how much better life can be if they decide to explore the gardens. Dickon is an adorable character with his love for animals and even though I had some difficulties understanding the Yorkshire accent at some points, I still enjoyed reading it. A great story for children that will hopefully inspire them to explore the world outside!

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Mary Lennox grew up in India to be a lonely, ugly and spoiled child with a temper so bad not even her parents wants to see her. An outbreak of cholera leaves her an orphan, and she is sent to her uncle’s house on the Yorkshire Moors. Slowly Mary comes to understand Yorkshire is very much different from India, and she has to start doing things on her own. She starts exploring the house and the gardens, but both are full of secrets… Her uncle keeps himself locked up after his wife died, and a lot of the nearly one hundred rooms in the mansion are locked up as well. And at night she sometimes hears the sound of another child crying… Who is making that sound? And why is one of the gardens locked?

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The Secret Garden is an interesting novel where we see the different characters slowly change and behave like better children. I enjoyed the natural element in the story where the flowers and plants in the secret garden are helping them grow stronger as well. Definitely recommended for both young and old, and who knows, it might even stimulate children to play outside more…