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.

 

BOOK REVIEW: Eleanor & Park – by Rainbow Rowell

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Title: Eleanor & Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary
First published: April 12th 2012
Finished reading: August 23rd 2014
Pages: 325
Rating 4

“Eleanor was right: She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”

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When I first heard about Eleanor & Park, a book where Rainbow Rowell explores the first love between two not-so-normal teenagers, I was not sure whether this book would be for me. I’m normally not a sucker for romance; to be honest I detest anything too cheesy in general. But after reading Eleanor & Park, I cannot do anything but agree with just about everyone that this is an adorable little story. And that the end left me wanting for more, thinking both life and the ending Rowell left us with are JUST NOT FAIR. Rowell switches constantly between the POV of Eleanor and Park, but instead of it distracting from the storyline, it only adds more dept to the story. You cannot help feeling for the main characters, and crossing your fingers everything will work out in the end… And keep your tissues closeby if you are sensible to sadness. In short, if you like YA and romance in general, this book is definitely for you!

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Poor Eleanor has everything against her… Red hair that cannot be controlled, a not-so-normal wardrobe, chubbiness, a personality that gets her into frequent trouble, a poor family AND an evil stepfather. (Maybe I can relate to her so well because of my own high school experience; somehow being a fat, shy teenager wearing glasses and having high marks means instant bullying…) When she is about to start her first day at a new school, she is the target of bullying the moment she enters the school bus. A Korean guy named Park saves her from the full embarrassment and lets her sit down next to him on the bus to school… Although he doesn’t seem too happy about it. He is a bit of an outcast himself, only left alone because he used to hang out with the ‘cool guys’. Eleanor doesn’t get away that easily though, and she only keeps going to school because at home things are even worse. Her stepfather is a horrible man, who had already kicked her out of her house once, and she tries to be as invisible as possible around him. Her younger siblings are also suffering, sleeping all together in the same small room, but not the way she does.

Park has something closer to a ‘model family’, although they have their own problems. He slowly starts to warm up to Eleanor, and starts lending her comic books and making her tapes with his music on them. Park is afraid what others will say about him hanging out with someone like Eleanor… But he soon realizes he doesn’t care anymore. Slowly their affection increases, but they never seem to be completely alone, and the bullies are still tormenting Eleanor. And we are not even talking about her stepfather, who will probably kill both her and Park when he finds out about their blossoming relationship… Will they succeed being together in the end?

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I won’t go further in discussing what happens next in Eleanor & Park to not spoil the fun for those who haven’t read it yet. But what I can say is that I wish I would have had an experience like than in high school… Unconditional love is not an easy thing to find (although I can say I have found it now with my hubby!), and makes reading about this love between two ‘misfits’ adorable. The ending probably took away the fifth star of this review, as well as some of the more cliche moments of this book did. But that doesn’t take away that Eleanor & Park is definitely recommendable, and I’m glad I finally came around reading it.

Top Ten Tuesday #1 – June 17th: Winter TBR

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Originally featured at The Broke And The Bookish, every week a new top ten with a different theme. And this Tuesday I will post my Top Ten Books On My Summer Winter TBR list! I know that officially it’s suppost to be the Summer TBR list, but since I’m living in Argentina and will be facing winter instead of summer, I made this little adaption. During winter I love to curl up somewhere warm, with a good book in my hands and a cup of steaming tea/hot chocolate nearby. These ten books below I think would be perfect to help me survive those cold and dark winter nights. In no particular order and with short descriptions copied from Goodreads:

  • The Name Of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss: “…the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.”

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  • The Shining by Stephen King: “Danny … was a ‘shiner’, aglow with psychic voltage. When his father became caretaker of the Overlook Hotel his visions grew frighteningly out of control.” 

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  • And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini: “…novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.”

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  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell: “Slowly, steadily, through late-night conversations and an ever-growing stack of mix tapes, Eleanor and Park fall for each other. They fall in love the way you do the first time, when you’re young, and you feel as if you have nothing and everything to lose.”

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  • The Boy In The Striped Pajamas by John Boyne: “…Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different to his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.”

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  • Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi: “Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days. The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal.”

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  • The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith: “A brilliant debut mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel’s suicide.”

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  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman: “After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.”

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  • Black Roses by Jane Thynne: “Clara Vine is young and ambitious, and determined to succeed as an actress. A chance meeting at a party in London leads her to Berlin…into an uneasy circle of Nazi wives…Then Clara meets Leo Quinn who is undercover, working for British intelligence. Leo sees in Clara the perfect recruit..”

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  • Winter In Madrid by C.J. Sansom: “…this tale follows the fortunes of three young men, navigating the tumultous world of 1940s Spain. As the Second World war begins, one is sent to spy on another and the ramifications of a tragic love story will haunt them all.”

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