WWW Wednesdays #70 – December 23rd

wwwwednesdaysWWW WEDNESDAYS is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below. But first: Happy Holidays!!! I hope everyone will have a wonderful time.

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  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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I have started reading The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson the other day and so far it’s just as good as I’ll Give You The Sun. The story is a bit sad though; not exactly the right mood just before Christmas. That’s probably why I’m going to try and finish Let It Snow by John Green today or tomorrow as well.

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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Four books finished since last week, although two of them were short and quick reads…
* The first book I finished is The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. It’s not a terrible read, but somehow this project would have been more interesting if it was about someone with a less privileged life and more interesting goals… I don’t mind the author wanting to be happier, but she did come over as a tad arrogant.
* I then picked up my last pending ARC of 2015: Rough Roads With Reckless Drivers by Lara Pass. A short read, which was probably the only reason why I actually finished it because it wasn’t good at all. More details in the upcoming review…
* I also finished Memories by Lang Leav; a collection of poems and thoughts that wasn’t necessarily bad, but I just couldn’t relate to the sad broken relationship poems…
* The last book I finally finished is The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, a book I have been wanting to read for too long now. I really enjoyed it and it’s definitely a lot better than the Wolves Of Mercy Falls series, but I did have some minor issues with it.

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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I want to try and read My True Love Gave To Me before the Holidays are over, and I have been wanting to read The Young Elites by Marie Lu as well. I might pick up The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury as well and Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman is still my latest TBR jar pick.

Teaser Tuesdays #73 – December 22nd: The Sky Is Everywhere

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TEASER TUESDAYS is a weekly book meme originally featured at A Daily Rhythm. 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’ve started another book on my December TBR the other day: The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. I haven’t been having a lot of spare time to read because of the upcoming Holidays, but hopefully I will be able to find time soon! I really loved her other novel I’ll Give You The Sun, so I’m looking forward to continue this one.

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My teaser (14%):

“I’m in self-imposed exile, cradled between split branches, in my favorite tree in the woods behind school. I’ve been coming her every day at lunch, hiding out until the bell right, whittling words into the branches with my pen, allowing my heart to break in private.”

What are you reading right now?

When Are You Reading? Challenge COMPLETED!

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Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words is hosting the When Are You Reading? Challenge this year, a challenge that is all about reading more books that either travel to different eras or are actually written in different times. There are twelve eras in total, and by finishing Hamlet and My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century last week I was finally able to complete the challenge! 😀 😀

For an (almost) complete list of the books I’ve read by era, check out this post here. I have to admit I haven’t updated my TimeToast timeline in months, but I have taken the time to make a shiny timeline of my own. With no less than 180! titles finished this year, I haven’t added all of them to the timeline below; I have only added one per year and picked the most important ones. Books have been divided by publish date and by setting, and in those cases the setting is not specified or is roughly the same as the publish date, I have used this color.

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Thank you Sam for hosting this excellent challenge! Make sure to visit her blog if you haven’t already… 

BOOK REVIEW: November 9 – by Colleen Hoover

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Title: November 9
Author: Colleen Hoover
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
First published: November 10th 2015
Finished reading: December 10th 2015
Pages: 320
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“When you find love, you take it. You grab it with both hands and you do everything in your power not to let it go. You can’t just walk away from it and expect it to linger until you’re ready for it.”

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Those who follow my blog already know I’m not a big romance fan and I normally tend to stay away from the genre. But since I was in a increasing reading slump at the time I picked up this novel, I tried beating it with by stepping out of my comfort zone. And Colleen Hoover‘s magic worked! I already knew her work was good since people kept recommending it to me and I really enjoyed her writing style in the novellas Never Never Part One and Two. But November 9 is simply brilliant. The character development is perfectly done and I absolutely LOVED the prose. Trust me, romance is really not my thing, but Colleen Hoover was able to even make the romance scenes entertaining for me. And that dirty book talk: YES!!! I think every book blogger will be able to connect to a story after seeing the vocabulary used:

“Don’t stop” I tease in a seductive voice. ” Give me more, Ben. Did you read eBooks or…” I run my finger slowly down his chest.”Hardbacks?”
He pulls his hands behind his head and a smug look washes over his face. “Oh, they were hardbacks, all right. And I’m not sure if you’re ready for this, but…I have my own TBR pile. You should read it, Fallon. It’s huge.

Yes, this is a sexy scene and it didn’t even bother me because of the book talk. A miracle! A minor flaw is that part of the plot and plot twists is not that original, but to be honest I just didn’t care. Colleen Hoover has personally proven to me I can enjoy a genre I normally don’t like and I will definitely start reading more of her work soon!

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When Fallon meets her father for lunch before she travels to New York the next day to start a new life, a stranger steps in when her father keeps talking down on her. Ben, an aspiring novelist, poses as her boyfriend and gives him a lesson. After Fallon’s father leaves the restaurant, Ben also convinces Fallon to spend the day with him. They both know it’s Fallon’s last day in L.A. and Fallon doesn’t want to fall in love until she is 23… Still, it soon shows that they are attracted to each other even though they have just met. Both decide to not give up their individual dreams and agree to meet each other exactly one year from now in the same restaurant they first met. November 9 is now their new tradition, where the two will meet again each year even without having exchanged phone numbers or email. Will they be able to put their feelings on hold for this long? And will they be able to meet again and again until Fallon feels old enough to have a relationship?

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I loved the plot, the character development of the main characters and especially the prose. Colleen Hoover has a way of writing that simply sucks you into the story and makes you forget all around you. November 9 is entertaining, well written and has just the right dose of humor, drama and romance. Before saying no to this novel, remember that I normally don’t like romance either! Colleen Hoover is a welcome exception and I thank her for letting me enjoy yet another genre.

Sunday Post #8 – December 20th

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Today is Sunday, which means it’s time for another installment of my Sunday Post where I will share a summary of my blogging week and other random facts… Here we go!


# CURRENTLY READING

I’m feeling really bad because I’m actually really enjoying this book, but I still haven’t been able to finish The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. Hopefully I will find time to finish it before Christmas! At least I HAVE been able to finish a bunch of other short reads.

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# LATEST ADDITION TO MY SHELVES

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I’ve heard a lot of great things about this one, so I’m excited to finally have a copy of The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows! Hopefully I will be able to get to it early next year.

# OTHER (BOOK) NEWS

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Last Monday we went on a short trip to the capital, and look what I found at the hostel’s book exchange! 😀 Four new FREE books to look pretty on my shelves, yay! I’ve actually already read Paper Towns by John Green earlier this year on my kindle, but I never complain when I see a free paperback copy. 😉 And I finished reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin the other day as well; unfortunately not as interesting as I would have hoped. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver has been on my wishlist for a while now and Eve by Iris Johansen sounds interesting as well! Looks like I got myself an early Christmas present. ❤

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Also, I finally finished making these colorful balloon lights for the garden! 😀 Since it’s summer here in Argentina, we will be having our Holiday dinners outside and now we have these pretty lights to cheer up the dinner area.

# WHAT’S NEW ON IT’S ALL ABOUT BOOKS


That’s all for this Sunday Post… I hope everyone is having a great Sunday!

BOOK REVIEW: Paperweight – by Meg Haston

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Title: Paperweight
Author: Meg Haston
Genre: YA. Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
First published: July 7th 2015
Finished reading: December 7th 2015
Pages: 304
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“The thing was, I needed to be owned. I needed someone to say, This girl is mine. That´s what family is for, but mine was almost gone. There was no one to claim me but Eden and my sickness. So I gave myself to both.”

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Paperweight has been recommended to me various times in the past and I think I have seen only positive reviews so far. The story without doubt isn’t a happy one, but I can totally agree that Meg Haston is able to make the main characters’ fight with an eating disorder feel really realistic. I’m still not sure if I actually liked the main character Stevie or some of the other patients at the eating disorder treatment center for that matter, but I wasn’t that bothered by it because they felt real. The plot is interesting with a few plot twists and the character development is really well done. The pace is quite fast and I enjoyed the prose even though it is actually quite a difficult story to read because of the theme. Still, I would not doubt in recommending this book if you enjoy reading realistic contemporary fiction and don’t mind reading about mental ilness/eating disorders. I haven’t read many books about the theme nor do I know anyone with an eating disorder, but I still think Meg Haston did more than a good job describing the emotions and struggle of the patients.

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Stevie has been struggling with her life and body ever since her mother left; she feels both trapped inside her body and in life. After her brother Josh died she made a promise to herself not to live past the first anniversary of his death… Slowly starving herself to end her life. Her father forces Stevie to go to an eating disorder treatment center tucked away in the New Mexico desert. Stevie doesn’t want to cooperate with the nurses and therapists because she feels they are messing up her promise to her dead brother, but someone always seem to be watching her and challenge her to eat the foods she’s worked so hard to avoid. She is supposed to stay for a minimum of sixty days of treatment, but Stevie isn’t planning on holding on more than the twenty-seven days that separate her from the anniversary of Josh’s death… Will the nurses and therapists be able to change her mind on time?

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Paperweight is full of emotions and very realistic. It’s not the easiest book to read because of the theme, but it is very well written and definitely leaves you thinking about what a horrible disease an eating disorder really is. I will definitely look out for any future Meg Haston YA novels! More that recommended if you like the genre and want to read about how an eating disorder can affect someone’s life.

Friday Finds #65 – December 18th

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FRIDAY FINDS is originally featured at A Daily Rhythm and showcases the most interesting books I’ve encountered during the last week and have added to my neverending TBR list on Goodreads. Below a selection of my newest additions; click on the book descriptions to go to its Goodreads page! 😀

My finds:

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WWW Wednesdays #69 – December 16th

wwwwednesdaysWWW WEDNESDAYS is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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I have started Rough Roads With Reckless Drivers by Lara Pass yesterday evening since it’s my only pending ARC… I’m not too far into the story yet, but hopefully I will be able to finish it today. I’m also about halfway through The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, a book I picked up at a hostel book exchange during our trip to the capital… And I’m still trying to finish The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater as well. Let It Snow by John Green I’ve put on hold for now because the first story is just too sappy… Hopefully I will be in the mood to continue soon.

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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December is a difficult month to actually read! Still, three books isn’t that bad considering I was away for two days.
* The first book I finished is November 9 by Colleen Hoover, which I absolutely loved even though I’m not into the genre.
* I then picked up My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris solely to help complete the When Are You Reading? challenge. Which is probably why I actually finished it, because I didn’t like it at all.
* The last book I was able to finish is Hamlet by William Shakespeare, which means I was able to finally complete the When Are You Reading? challenge! 😀

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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I want to read Memories by Lang Leav next, a collection of poems and one of the last two titles I need to complete the full BINGO of the Bookish Bingo 2015 challenge. I will probably try to read My True Love Gave To Me at some point before Christmas as well.. And if I’m in the mood for fantasy, I’m going to try and pick up either The Young Elites by Marie Lu or Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (latest TBR jar pick).

Teaser Tuesdays #72 – December 15th: The Raven Boys

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TEASER TUESDAYS is a weekly book meme originally featured at A Daily Rhythm. 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 still reading The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater… I haven’t had a lot of time to read during the last few days so I’m not really far into the story yet, but so far it’s more than promising. Fingers crossed I will find some time to read later today!

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My teaser (6%):

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve, Blue. Either you’re his true love,” Neeve said, “or you killed him.”

What are you reading right now?