Teaser Tuesdays #49 – June 30th: The 100

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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 needed a book that a TV series was based on for my Bookish Bingo challenge, so I decided to read The 100 by Kass Morgan before starting with The 5th Wave. I’ve only just started reading it, but so far it looks promising. Fingers crossed the low goodreads rating isn’t a sign that this one will turn out to be a disappointment!

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My teaser (3%):

“She heard voices everywhere. They called to her from the corners of her dark cell. They filled the silence between her heartbeats. They screamed from the deepest recesses of her mind. It wasn’t death she craved, but if that was the only way to silence the voices, then she was prepared to die.”

 

What are you reading right now?

BOOK REVIEW: The Perfect Storm – by Sebastian Junger

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Title: The Perfect Storm
Author: Sebastian Junger
Genre: Non Fiction, History, Adventure
First published: 1997
Finished reading: June 17th 2015
Pages: 248
Rating 3

“How do men act on a sinking ship? Do they hold each other? Do they pass around the whisky? Do they cry?”

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I know that Sebastian Junger wrote The Perfect Storm as a non fiction story and he wanted to incorporate as many facts as possible. I really appreciate his effort and I can’t deny the story is interesting, but with all the different facts about fishing it was hard to stay focused on the main story. It took quite some effort to keep reading all those details about fishing boats; while it is interesting, it can get a bit monotone. I did appreciate the many historical facts in The Perfect Storm, but the story itself didn’t seem to have a logical order and that made it quite hard to read. The prose is solid and it shows that Sebastian Junger really made an effort in trying to make the story more readable. It is quite an interesting story, but I guess someone who is really interested in fishing and history would probably enjoy this book a lot better than I did.

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This non fiction story will tell you all about the history of sea fishing and what went wrong during the trip of the Andrea Gail back in October 1991. Working on the fishing boats has never been an easy or safe job, and a lot of fishermen have lost their lives to the sea. Mother nature can be cruel and the sea can have a tremendous force that is beyond anyone’s control… And a storm can arrive when you least expect it. The crew of the Andrea Gail will soon find out just that… As the author relates what happened before and during those last days at sea.

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It’s not like The Perfect Storm isn’t an interesting story and I enjoyed reading part of it, but after a while it became repetitive and it was hard to stay focused. I know it’s a non fiction story and I normally enjoy reading that genre, but I guess it didn’t help I’m not all that interested in sea fishing. Maybe if the story would have been told chronologically it would have been easier to stay focused… For now it was a struggle to reach the final page. If you are interested in fishing and sea adventures, you will probably like this one. If not, the movie might be a good alternative… I haven’t seen it myself, but I’ve heard good things about it.

BOOK REVIEW: Trust Me, I’m Lying – by Mary Elizabeth Summer

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Title: Trust Me, I’m Lying
(Trust Me #1)
Author: Mary Elizabeth Summer
Genre: YA, Mystery, Romance
First published: October 14th 2014
Finished reading: June 20th 2015
Pages: 336
Rating 2,5

“Coincidences are like unicorns.you can believe in them all you want,but that doesn’t make them real.”

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I was really looking forward to this read and the first part of Trust Me, I’m Lying was really promising. Unfortunately things soon went downhill from there. What started out as a great mystery/thriller read turned into a cheesy romantic mystery story before I reached the halfway mark. The main character Julep is the daughter of a master con artist and she is quite skilled herself as well. But as soon as she falls for the school’s hottest guy Tyler she seems to have forgotten all about her skills… And I’m not even mentioning the love triangle Mary Elizabeth Summer thought was necessary to spice up the story. Le sigh. The fact that Julep is supposed to be a great con artist and is constantly messing up while trying to find and rescue her father is not believable at all. I mean, she is supposed to be able to deceive even the best, but it seems that in the end she is relying more on luck than skill. And the fact that there is too much cheesy romance included in this story was a mayor disappointment as well. In short, I don’t think I would recommend this read unless you don’t mind unnecessary love triangles and a not quite believable plot.

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Julep Dupree is a con artist and master of disguise, and she has learned from the best. Her father has included her in his jobs ever since she was little, but it seems that a job has gone terribly wrong this time. When Julep comes home one day, her father is missing and their appartment is trashed. She is determined to find her father and has to take care of herself at the same time. Julep earns her own money running scams at her high school and she is trying to get into Yale in the process. But finding her father without undermining her plans to get a scholarship for Yale is not as easy. Even if she has her best friend Sam and another very unlikely candidate helping her. Is Julep really the only one not telling the truth and hiding facts?

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I loved the beginning of Trust Me, I’m Lying and I was already thinking this could end up being one of my favorite reads this year. The main character Julep started strong and I liked the prose, but things changed for the worse as I continued reading. The cliche ‘hottest guy of the school’ Tyler is introduced and then we have the ‘best friend who falls in love’ Sam… And another freaking love triangle. Why o why?! I seriously don’t understand why most YA authors seem to think their stories need a love triangle. Both Julep and her actions became less believable after that and I struggled to read the last part of the story, which is strange because it’s the part with the most action in it. And I’m not even talking about the end… I like cheese, but only as long as I can eat it.

Series I Want To Read ASAP: Part 2

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Last week I published the first set of series on my TBR list that I still have to start reading, but I there are a lot more than just ten series I want to read… So here is part two. These series below are either ongoing series with only one or two books already published or series I only own the first copy of. I still want to read them ASAP, but not as much as the first ten on my list. 😉 For a more complete list of the series I want to read, have started or actually completed, check out this post.

On to the series… Here are the second ten I want to start soon in no particular order:

11. A Darker Shade Of Magic
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I love LOVE the cover and blurb!! But since only the first book is already published and the second one will be published only in 2016, I’m not sure whether it would be better to wait until the publish date for the sequel isn’t so far away…

12. The Queen Of The Tearling
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I already own a copy of the first book and the sequel has been published this month, but it is an ongoing series so I might prefer to wait until at least the publish date for the third book is revealed.

13. Reboot
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I already own a copy of both so I will probably try to read them soon. 

14. The Sweet Trilogy
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I’m still not sure if I would like this series and I don’t like the covers at all, but it has been recommended to me a couple of times so I’m curious now.

15. Talon
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There has been quite a hype around both books and they sound really good! Since it’s an ongoing series I might wait for a bit, but not too long because I’m really looking forward to these. I still have to get a copy of Rogue though…

16. Fire And Thorns
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This series has been recommended to me and it sounds interesting… At least it seems to be a finished series, although I only own a copy of the first book.

17. Mara Dyer
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I like the sound of this series and already own a copy of the first book, so I will probably give it a go soon. 

18. Outlander
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I have been wanting to start this series for ages! I only own a copy of the first book though and there are a lot of books in this series, but I think I will start reading them soon anyway.

19. Chaos Walking Trilogy
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Why haven’t I started this series?! I have been wanting to read the first book for ages now, and I have to get copies of the second and third book ASAP.

20. The Iron Fey
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It looks like an interesting series, although I’m afraid there will be too much romance involved. I only own a copy of the first book, so we’ll see if I pick up my copy soon. 

 

Have you read any of these series already? Would you recommend them? Or do you have any on your TBR as well?

I hope everybody is having a great weekend! 😀

Friday Finds #42 – June 26th

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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. This week again a mix of books that have already been published and still unpublished titles; click on the book descriptions to go to its Goodreads page! 😀

My finds:

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Have A Break, Have A…

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No, this post isn’t about chocolate, although browsing for KitKat pics made me crave chocolate… Yum… This post is actually about me going away for the long weekend and coming back next Monday. 😀 I will be out of town but not out of touch, because I still have a few posts scheduled for the next few days… Although I’m not sure if I will have much internet access before Monday. Yay for recharging batteries!

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I hope everybody is having a great week and an even better weekend!

WWW Wednesdays #45 – June 24th

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?

cinderwhatlieswithinI started Cinder by Marissa Meyer the other day and I while I love Cinder, Iko and their story so far, I wasn’t really in the mood for a fantasy read. So I decided to read What Lies Within by James Morris first; a mystery/thriller read about a girl who finds out she is adopted, has a brother who then dies just after repeating various times she is in danger. Really good so far!

  • What did you recently finish reading?

trustmeimlyingthedivinersI finished Trust Me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer the other day and I was really disappointed by it. It started off as an awesome read but things soon went downhill from there and I ended up being seriously frustrated by it. With The Diviners by Libba Bray it was the other way around; it started off a bit slow, but it actually turned out to be an exciting read and I loved the 1920s setting!

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

the5thwavethekingsofcoolMy next TBR jar pick is The Kings Of Cool by Don Winslow. It sounds like an interesting read, but I’m not sure I will be in the mood for it. I might read The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey first; I have been wanting to read this one for ages and it sounds like such a good read! 

BOOK REVIEW: Frankenstein – by Mary Shelley

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Title: Frankenstein
Author: Mary Shelley
Genre: Classics, Fiction, Horror
First published: 1818
Finished reading: June 16th 2015
Pages: 273
Rating 4

“If our impulses were confined to hunger, thirst, and desire, we might be nearly free; but now we are moved by every wind that blows and a chance word or scene that that word may convey to us.”

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I haven’t been too lucky with my choices in classics lately, but Frankenstein surely is an exception. I really enjoyed this classic horror story written by Mary Shelley back in 1818. The prose is beautifully written and I like the way she described the psychological reactions of both Dr. Frankenstein and his creation. It shows that the creature has a conscience as well and wants to be accepted like any other human being… Sure, his feelings and actions are extreme, but it is easy to understand the hidden meaning behind this story. I don’t know why I haven’t read this classic before, but I will definitely revisit this story by Mary Shelley at some point in the future. Definitely better than some modern Frankenstein adaptations!

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Victor Frankenstein has loved science ever since he was little, and he is currently obsessed by discovering how to generate life and animate lifeless matter. His father and college professors alike think he is wasting his time, but Victor never gives up on his experiments. Frankenstein starts putting a human being together from stolen body parts. His creature is bigger than a normal human being to make his work easier and he turns out to be quite hideous. When Frankenstein actually succeeds in bringing his creation to life, he recoils from it and the creature escapes. At first this creature doesn’t understand his own existence, but he slowly learns more about it and is starting to feel tormented by his loneliness. He blames his creator Frankenstein and starts looking for revenge…

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Frankenstein is not just another classic; it’s a brilliant horror story where Mary Shelley uses her characters to show the deeper meaning of life, creation and the necessity of belonging somewhere. It reads easily even though it was written almost two centuries ago and the questions the novel raises are still relevant today. Definitely recommended if you like a good horror story!

Teaser Tuesdays #48 – June 23rd: What Lies Within

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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 was sent a review copy of What Lies Within by the author James Morris the other day, and since I was in the mood for a good mystery/thriller read I decided to start reading it straight away. I’m not too far into the story yet, but so far it is definitely interesting!

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My teaser (18%):

“She wondered what kind of life he led, his taste in music and movies, what his dreams were – dreams that would never come true. And to think, all her life he’d been so close. Just a care ride away, a few hours; that’s all that had separated them.”

 

What are you reading right now?

The Reader Problems Tag

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I have been wanting to do this tag for ages, but somehow it got lost between all my other unpublished posts. Sara @ SARA LETOURNEAU’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE & BLOG actually tagged me a month and a half ago, oops! Thanks again for tagging me, I haven’t forgotten! 😀 On to the questions about ‘problems’ readers might experience… 

Q: You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

tbrcupI guess this is a problem most of us have to deal with… I have over 200 titles on my TBR pile waiting to be read and it is getting seriously difficult to decide what to read next. I have been using my TBR jar a lot lately to pick my next reads, and joining challenges helps as well. Especially the Bookish Bingo challenges are really helpful because they give especific indications. I mostly read what I’m in the mood for though and have quite a few titles on my ‘need to read ASAP’ list. So many books, so little time…

Q: You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or commit?

It’s really hard for me to DNF a book, especially if I’m already halfway through it. I tend to give myself 50 pages or so to decide if I really don’t like it, but afterwards I normally force myself to finish it. I do tend to read other books in between so I don’t end up in a reading slump.

Q: The end of the year is coming and you’re so close yet so far away on your GoodReads challenge. Do you quit or commit?

I have been setting my Goodreads goals way too low during the last two years, so I normally don’t have that problem haha. But if I would have a similar situation, I would probably try hard to reach that goal. Although I wouldn’t be too upset if I didn’t reach it… I prefer enjoying my reads and not push myself too much.

Q: The covers of a series you love DO. NOT. MATCH. How do you cope?

I prefer having matching covers, but I have become more relaxed when it comes to book covers. Before I just HAD to have matching ones, now I will buy different covers if there is no other option.

Q: Everyone and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

I guess that until now I’ve always found at least one other person with the same thoughts… But even if I’m the only one with a negative opinion I wouldn’t change it. Some books just aren’t for everybody.

Q: You’re reading a book and you’re about start crying in public. How do you deal?

I don’t think that will ever happen, because I hardly cry when I read and I don’t think I ever cried in public before. And no, my heart is not made of stone; I just show my emotions in a different way. 😉

Q: A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a summary on GoodReads? Cry in frustration?

It depends of how much I’ve forgotten and how long ago I read the previous book. If I remember most of it I will probably reread my review or a summary, if not I will most likely end up rereading the book. That doesn’t happen often though.

Q: You don’t want ANYONE borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people “nope” when they ask?

I don’t like borrowing my books, mostly because people always seem to ‘forget’ to return them and I have to keep asking about them. I don’t mind books in a condition that shows that they have been read (I love secondhand books!), but I do mind if they disappear completely. 😉

Q: You’ve picked up and put down five different books in the past month. How do you get over the reading slump?

If I’m in a reading slump and don’t like what I’m reading, I normally put all current reads on hold and try to find a book I really want to read (normally short and easy). If not, I reread one of my favorite books.

Q: There are so many new books coming out that you are dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

I try to refrain myself from buying too many new titles at the same time, but it is hard to resist… I will probably try to wait until I read at least a few book reviews, but I always end up giving in anyway.

Q: After you’ve bought a new book you want to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf until you actually read them?

That really depends on what mood I’m in and what I’m reading at the moment. Sometimes I read new books straight away, and sometimes they are left on my TBR shelves for a loooong time… It’s not that I’m not excited about them, but I have so many books I want to read as soon as possible that most end up collecting dust for months. Oops!

Nomination Time!

And I nominate… YOU!!! If you haven’t done this one and want to participate, feel free to do so! 😀

Have a great week everyone! ❤