Teaser Tuesdays #13 – September 23rd: The Dance Of The Spirits

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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 The Dance Of The Spirits by Catherine Aerie. This book has been kindly provided to me by the author in exchange for a review, and I’m highly enjoying this novel about the Korean war until now.

thedanceofthespirits““Little King was not just a dog. He was part of Jasmine’s childhood; he was a little brother, a dear faithful friend, and an indiscriminate companion to all the humans in the Garden Of Melody, whether they were noble or humble, whether they were rich or poor.”

 

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Banned Books Week 2014

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After reading Mrs. Holpepper Bookworm‘s post about this year’s Banned Books Week, I decided to investigate some more. And to be honest, I was shocked by some of the books that were either challenged or directly banned from reading. I have been lucky growing up in a place liberal enough for books not to be banned (at least not in public). My literature teacher maybe wasn’t happy with some of my reading choices, but nobody has ever forbidden me to read a book. It is terrible that book banning is still tolerated in 2014, and some of the titles really surprised me. You can check out the full lists yourself right here if you want to…

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Below I’ve highlighted the books I have either already enjoyed myself or books that are written by authors I’ve enjoyed before. Some of the titles were mentioned in various lists, but I’ve decided to name each one only once. The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Brave New World, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Kite Runner, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest… They easily belong to the list of favorite books of all time!

Books banned or challenged in 2013-2014

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  • The Pillars Of The Earth, by Ken Follet
  • Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman
  • Looking For Alaska, by John Green
  • Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell
  • The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

 

Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

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21. To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
36. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
49. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey
50. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
74. The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold

 

100 most frequently challenged books: 1990–1999

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50. James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl
68. Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
81. Carrie, by Stephen King
82. The Dead Zone, by Stephen King
83. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain

 

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What about you? Have you read any of these books mentioned above? What do you think about the act of banning books in general? Feel free to link me to your own posts about the Banned Books Week!

Friday Finds #10 – 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 #10 – September 17th

wwwwednesdays 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. 😀

Top Ten Tuesday #7 – 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 #12 – 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.”

 

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ARC REVIEW: 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.

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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?

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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. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!