It`s Wednesday and this means it is another time of the week for a Top 5 Wednesday and this week`s is banned books I`ve read. This weekly meme is created by gingerreadslaineyand hereis the goodreads group.
Before Joining the book blogging community on WordPress I never thought that books would be banned and I`ve never heard of a banned book. This shocked me because books can`t be banned not matter what. They`re my soul and heart put together and without them I don`t where I would be toady. Anyway surprisingly when I looked at the list of banned books I realised that I have actually read some. Lets get to the books…
1. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
Now I had to actually read this for school as part of an English course and before I went into it I thought it would be one of those hard classics that are boring. However when I got into the book I found it was quite easy to read and I know that many people didn`t like the ending and it caused a few tears, but for me I didn`t really feel anything. Although it is a good book and many people should read it.
2. The Giver, by Lois Lowry
Now I really liked this book because it was a different dystopian book to those I have read.I found the society the book was set in was really interesting, I also didn`t have any difficulties when reading the book. I really recommend this book to book lovers who love dystopian and are looking for a another read.
3. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
Many people love this book because of the themes of the book and the way certain things are portrayed in the book. However I read this book for my own pleasure reading, so I didn`t studied it and bled the book dry to analyse the language, but I still enjoyed it. This book is actually one I need to read again so that I can understand the law part of the book and the real meaning.
Today I`m going to do another post in my bookish- tea- timecategory where everything that doesn`t have a categories here on book blogging world is placed. Now for today`s post I am going to be talking about re-reading books.
I don`t know about you but I used to have this thing about re-reading books where I just couldn`t do it. The reason may be because I already know the plot and so the element of surprise isn`t there. However when I talking to someone about watching a film over and over again, the person said that it`s good to watch films again because you see some things that you may have missed the first time. Then it suddenly dawned on me that maybe I should read books more than once so that I would get the best out of the book.
Taking it back to earlier this year I first read Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell, which is one of my favourite book, and a few months after reading it for the first time I read again. The second time round I didn`t have any troubles reading it, and although I knew the plot, it didn`t bother me and I loved the book the second time around just like the first. If you`re wondering, yes I did cry- it`s so heart wrenching.
It`s time for Celaena to get back to Ardarlan to destroy the King and to save to people who had suffered from his evilness. However when she gets back there are so many things she needs to do before she can carry out her own task. Without any doubt this is the hardest time for Celaena and her somewhat compainions.
I think one of the reasons why I love reading book series and especially this series is because of the character development that intertwines with the story but also how real the characters are. I love the fact that Mass takes her time with the characters to show who they really are and their traits and weaknesses. You don`t feel like you are missing out on anything in this book. You get to feel and be the characters whilst you read the book because all the characters get their part to tell their story. I also felt Celaena has grown up so much in this book and we don`t see her as the eighteen year old she is but we actually see her as a leader, a queen.
From my own experiences I found that the books go better. Heir of Fire was my favourite book before I read this book, although now I would have to say it`s Queen of Shadows. The book itself is around 600 odd pages but I read it in 2 days! When you pick it up you feel like you`re in a trance and you can`t just stop reading. As much as the third book having a lot of twist and turns, the plot in this book gets better! Everything comes to place in this book and you see what happens to previous characters and events come together to create a big picture. As well as a lit if action happening in this book there is also some parts of Celaena`s past which breaks my heart when I read it. The plot was not expected and I don`t think you could guess what was going to happen- this is a good thing because I`ve seen so many things in YA that I could easily guess a book`s plot.
As you can see from the title I am going to make another recommendation post because I feel like you guys enjoy this the most. Today I am going to be recommending YA fantasy, which is my favourite genre. The books I`m going to be recommending are for YA lovers who want to get started with fantasy but they don`t know where to start or readers who have started reading fantasy and want more to read. There is one adult book but all of them are YA books.
For people who have read so many fantasy books that they feel like they`re all the same, this book is for you. It`s a really different book compare to any other book and although this book may not be strictly YA, it reads like YA and overs themes that YA book covers. This book is about a Princess who was brought up in isolation and now since she is nineteen she is needed to go back to her home and to rule as Queen. However she may be dead within a week.
I feel like I always talk about this series and Sarah J. Maas and I`m always posting pictures of these magnificent books on tumblr. But I just can`t help it. I read this series this summer and I just can`t stop sharing my love for these books and I can`t believe that I have to wait another year for the next book to come out!
Throne of Glass (the first book) evolves around Celaena Sordothian who is an assassin. When we first see her she is offered to become the King`s Champion or stay imprisoned in the salt mines in Endovie. She takes the choice that guarantees her freedom but weeks into the competition other competitor are being found dead by something unknown…
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Speaking about the Queen of YA fantasy I can`t help but mention this book. The book isn`t part of the Throne of Glass series but it is a new, well not so new now, trilogy. A Court of Thorns ans Roses is a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast and I found this quite interesting and it is written by Sarah J. Maas so of course I immediately wanted to read it. ACOTAR is amazing so please pick it up! You will not be disappointed.
Trial By Fire by Josephine Angelini
This was one of my most favourite read of 2014 and the reason for this was because of how thrilling and captiviating the book was. It`s about alternate worlds where in one world Lily is a normal teenager but in the next she is the complete opposite. The characters are just so wonderful and I really can`t say anymore otherwise I`ll spoil the book.
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I`ve been blogging for over a year now. I first started blogging over at tumblr but as the months of blogging went by I found that tumblr wasn`t the best platform for blogging about books. Therefore this year I decided to move to wordpress to continue blogging about my reading journey and I found it was the best platform because every book blog was doing the same thing as me and this gave me more ideas and motivated me to continue blogging. Although I do still have my tumblr and I love posting photos on there.
It`s Wednesday and this means it is another time of the week for a Top 5 Wednesday and this week`s is books with mental health/illness. Now this subject isn`t something to take on lightly and I really appreciate it when an author has done the book justice.
So to start off we have All the Bright Places by Jenifer Niven. If you haven`t read or heard of this book you have been living under a rock. There, I said it. The book deserves all the hype it gets because it`s a real eye opener to this topic and I realised when I read it that you need to value every moment you have because time doesn`t wait for anyone.
Then we have We were liars by E. Lockhart. This was one of my most favourite book of 2014 because it not only deals with having a mental illness well but it deals with the past and the present and most books don`t talk about the past much. It`s mainly just very brief.
The fault in our stars by John Green.What else can I say about this book other than the fact that everyone much have heard about it and it`s pretty much a YA book that everyone should read. I think that with this book the metaphors really get you going and everyone who reads it normally loves it. This is actually my most favourite John Green book.
In this book we continue Celaena`s story of travelling to Wendlyn where Chaol sent her to keep her safe away from the King of Ardarlan. From magic to long lost cousins and witched to beasts. The stakes are high and everyone must work together to protect and to destroy the King, but he is growing and he has a new source of power.
When I finished this book I was mind blown, I couldn`t believe what happened and how it happened. I wasn`t expecting anything like this to happen and Heir of Fire surely lived up to my expectations. Every book gets better, how is this possible.
If you didn`t know Heir of Fire is the third book in the Throne of Glass series and it takes place after Crown of Midnight. I really like the cover of this book and it`s probably my favourite cover of this series so far.
In this book new characters are introduced and this makes the plot even more complex than it already is. My favourite character in this book would have to be Rowan because he is so mysterious and strong, basically perfect. He is also genuine and wants Celaena to succeed and what I love is just how he and Celaena get along so easily, I definitely ship them now. I found Choal really annoying in this book along with Dorian. Choal was making the wrong choices and not thing about them thoroughly and Dorian was just being reckless and acting like a spoilt prince. There is also a new perspective added in this book-witches. As exciting as it sounds it not really that exiting, I found their part of the books very confusing and quite boring.
Today I have an exiting post today and hopefully you`ll end up with some books you want to read, as the purpose of today`s post is to recommend some contemporary books! Whether you want to start reading some YA contemporary or you are looking for some more contemporaries to read, I`m sure there`s a book for you.
Now the genre contemporary is a genre that is typically set in today`s modern day world. This means that it is realistic and there isn`t no made up element, such as magical creautre, and of course it is still fiction.
To the books:
The impossible knife of memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
This book hasn`t received as much representation as I would have liked because this book deserves to be talked about. It follows Hayley who has never stopped moving and her father who came back from war and know has PTSD. The book goes through the family`s struggle and how much Hayley wants to have a normal life and live like a normal teen but the horrors of war has become a barrier for that. This is definitely a tearjerker so carry some tissues.
If you found me by Emily Murdoch
This book is none like any other YA because it deals with themes that most writers don`t talk about and most readers don`t read. Carey is abandoned by her mother many times with her sister and there are times when she doesn`t come back for weeks. Although this isn`t all the story, where she is abandoned isn`t near civilization but it is in the woods. When her long lost father finds her it seems as though she can start all over again and live the normal life, but she encounters the past and relives to all the horrors of her past.
Despite the cover of my copy slightly putting me off when I picked this book up I was happy that I did. This isn`t such a known contemporary but it does deserve a little shout out. The reason for this is because it took me by surprised and I didn`t know what to expect when I first started. I think that you should go into this book blind because it just make the whole reading experience much more better and I wished I went into the book knowing completely nothing.
It`s time for another post because it`s the weekend and I normally post on the weekend, due to my very chaotic scheduled. Hi to my new readers, my name is Franciska and I run this blog and today I have a book tag! This is my first book tag and even though it`s the end of summer where I live, I was tagged by Olivia at bibliomad and I didn`t want to give up the opportunity to do this tag before winter actually begins.
1) Show a book with a summary cover
Look how summery this book looks like, it makes me wish I was on holiday right now sitting in the sun with sun rays giving me a tingling feeling on my face. I have not yet read a Morgan Matson book but I would love to! I feel like I`m missing a lot from YA contemporaries I would love to read some more.
2) Pick one fictional place that would be the perfect destination for a Summer vacation!
Even though Hogwarts would be closed for the summer holidays, you can never go wrong with Hogwarts. Think of all the magic, spells, magical creatures and unicorns there will be.
3) YOU’RE ABOUT TO GO ON A FLIGHT TO YOUR SUMMER VACATION, BUT YOU WANT TO READ A BOOK THAT LASTS FOR THE WHOLE FLIGHT, WHAT NOVELLA DO YOU CHOOSE?
I think this is an obvious choice that many people will choose but this book is just something I need to read to find more about Celaena and how she came to be an assassin. This book has the novellas that takes place before Throne of Glass and I think that it`s suggested you should read this after you finish the first book, so this means that I need to read it right away, although I don`t think I`m ready for the heartbreak yet. It has also such a pretty cover with my favourite colours on it- blue and purple.
4. You have a case of Summertime Sadness. What happy book do you pick up to shine a smile on your face?
I think that many people will chose this book but there`s a reason for this. This book is such a cute contemporary that will pour your heart out and you will reading this book for endless days and nights. I haven`t read Lola and the Boy next door yet (the second/companion book) because I`m not sure if it`ll live up to Anna and the French kiss.
Hello fellow bookworms and avid readers it`s the end of August and the start of September so school is back and this essentially means I will be reading less, due to the masses of work that needs to be done. 😦 However I did enjoy August because it was the month that I felt I had achieved more blogging-wise and I read a few books that I love.
Anyway lets get into the books. I read 6 books in August:
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. This was a re-read for me as I`ve already read this book but I wanted to read it again because I forgot the plot and I felt it was the right time to. I actually did enjoy the book and wrote a review.
I then went immediately on to the second book of this massive six books installment- Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas. Unfortunately I didn`t enjoy this book as I enjoyed the first book and I felt that nothing happened until at the end where everything was just thrown in. Here is my review.
Finally I went onto reading Heir of Fire also by Sarah J. Maas. Originally I wanted to read this book very slowly so that I could read the book for what it`s worth and so I would finish the book in time for Queen of Shadows. So that was the plan but as I got into the book the pages where turning faster and time was going slower, in other words, the plan failed. I was so engrossed in the book that I forgot to pace myself and now I would have to wait.
To the endless wait and guilt of finishing Heir of Fire very quick I decided to read a well known book that I`ve heard lots of good things about. I read Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. Trying not to make anyone angry or sad, I didn`t like this book as much as many people did. I found that it was bit of a cliché at times and some of the plot was quite obvious. However the plot twist wasn`t obvious and I was surprised.
The Queen of the Tearling by Erica Johnasan. This has become my favoruite book and it`s just… I don`t know… words can`t describe how much I love this book. Just go and pick it up! Here is my review.
The Sin Eater`s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury. This was another re-read because I remember loving this book and I just wanted to relive the story.