The inspiration that books give

Whether you`re reading a fiction book or an non-fiction book, books will always have the power to inspire you. The inspiration could be taking up a new hobby or it could be encouraging you to see the better side of people.  In my opinion there is no better reason to read a book because ultimately (I believe) the inspiration to take an action will enable people to become a better version of themselves.

I have reading for a long time and in that period I have read hundreds of books. I remember reading Matilda by Roald Dahl and this book inspired me to keep on reading because reading will only give you the power of knowledge. A few years ago I read the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. This book did not only made me want to take up archery, but I also inspired me to stand up for what I believe is right. Over the years I have come across many characters that have made me want to do something that would have a positive impact on my life.Read More »

Books I want to read during Summer 2016

Hello,

I know it`s already a few weeks into summer, but I desperately wanted to make this post, as it might encourage me to actually read the books. 

Summer is a season where there is no school and many people will be holdiay, this means that I will have a lot of time to read. However, sadly, I won`t be reading on the beach aka the ideal place to read during the summer. Although this doesn`t mean I won`l be out in the sun- I definitely have to get that vitamin D. 🙂 

The books:

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First of I want to finish reading the Percy Jackson series, because I have been enjoying them so far and I can`t believe I have been putting off reading it. I wished I read it when I was younger because it is a series that I know I would have enjoyed, but alas! We can`t turn back time, therefore I want to read it asap. I am also loving Camp HalfBlood and it`s a place that is on my fictional to visit places!Read More »

The Entertainer Blogger Award

Hello guys today I have another exiting award post and it`s The Entertainer Blogger Award! I haven`t heard of this specific award before but I`m sure it`s one of those awards where bloggers nominate others. I love these types of post because it just shows how loving the blogging community is and it shows people appreciate the content your making by nominating you.

Anyway lets get to the award and I was nominated by the lovely May @sunsetsandbookfests and you should all  check out her blog!!! Thank you for nominating me and I feel really special (which I never do)!

The Rules:

  • Write a post with the award picture.
  • Nominate 12 other bloggers who are funny, inspiring, and, most important of all, ENTERTAINING!
  • Add these rules to the post.
  • Thank the person who nominated you and leave a link to their blog!
  • Also, answer these questions down below!

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Pretty Book Covers #2

Hello guys,

Today I`d thought I would make another pretty book cover post because I`ve only noticed that I own quite a few “pretty books” and so I thought I would share them with you. Here is a link to my first post of this series.

This post is part of my  bookish- tea- time category where anything that doesn`t have a category here in book blogging world is placed.

I know as book lovers we shouldn`t judge a book by it`s cover, but sometimes a pretty and beautiful cover just brightens your day and it also makes you shelves look much more aesthetically pleasing. 

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First we have Queen of Shadows which is my most favourite cover at the moment. The white cover makes the book look clean and Celaena just looks like so strong. Sometimes I hate when there`s a person on the book cover because it can make the book look cheap and tacky, although I think having a drawing of the characters is better. In addition if there is a picture of the character on the cover it`s easier to imagine what they would look like.  Here is my review if you want to read more about it.Read More »

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare Spolier Free Review


 

Publisher: Simone and Schuster (8 Mar. 2016)

Format: Paperback (688 pages)

Source: Library copy

Synopsis:

It`s been five years since the Dark War and Emma`s parents’ death. The Clave told her that Sebastian Morgenstern killed her parents but Emma believes someone else did and she is going to find out. However, as she gets closer to the truth, she finds herself in a difficult situation with her parabatai. No matter what parabatai must not fall in love: “the Law is hard, but it is the Law”.

Review:

First of I have no idea how to start this review! I have such mixed feelings about this book and one of the main reasons for this is because the emotions I went through.

Lady Midnight is Clare`s new book in The Dark Artifices series. It takes part five years after City of Heavenly Fire following Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn. When they are offered Mark to come back in return to find out the killer of 12 notorious without blinking they take the chance. However, the task is harder than seems.

One of my favourite thing about this book is the diversity it has. There are different characters that have different sexual orientation and different races. Clare isn`t afraid to include diversity in her books and she breaks the stereotypical ice that is immediately thought of when you think of YA books.

Moreover, I found it quite lifting when Emma was the main character because in her other series the main female protagonist was normally the one being introduced into the Shadowhunter world and they weren`t necessary strong. On the other hand, you have Emma who is one of the best young shadowhunters like Jace (from the Mortal Instruments series). I just love it when we have a strong female protagonist because it inspires you to be strong like them and to not relies on people.

Then we have Julian Blackthorn who I kind of see as a Will Herondale because of the eyes and hair, but anyway let’s not get off track, he is such a strong willed character who has done so much for his family and we will continue to do anything for them, you immediately fall in love with him and his story.Read More »

Book Haul

I feel like I haven`t been buying books lately, however I was completely wrong when I made a pile of the new books I owned. Therefore I thought it would be quite nice to make a book haul post and just to let you know, most of these books are blue (apart from one) and isn`t that strange? Well blue is my favourite colour and so I can`t really complain.


Anyway the books:

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Glass Sword and The Sleeping Prince were two books that I was looking towards to. I really enjoyed The Sin Eater`s Daughter but it was left on a cliff hanger so I was obviously dying for the second book. As you might all know, I didn`t enjoy Red Queen but I had the urge to read the second book because sometimes the second book is better than the first, so I took the daring risk and I can say Glass Sword is much more better then Red Queen!

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I was walking through a bookshop one day like any book lover out there and I found myself looking at the Harry Potter shelves. I looked at the books and I realised that I haven`t read The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Immediately I thought I needed to fixed this massive problem and I brought the book.

Carrying on in this Harry Potter theme Carry On was one of the books I was desperate to get my hands on and I was quite intrigues because I know that Rainbow Rowell tends to write contemporary books like Eleanor and Park (which is my favourite book) and so when I heard that she was writing a fantasy book I thought I would see what her writing would be like.Read More »

Top Ten Tuesday:Books To Read If You Are In The Mood For Fantasy

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

I feel like I haven`t done a top ten Tuesday post in a long time so here we are.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the team over at The Broke and The Bookish. This weeks TTT is my favourite fantasy books a.k.a my favourite genre and my go-to reads. I love reading fantasy books and so I thought I might recommend some because I know all these books are amazing!!!


First of I need to start with the one and only Throne of Glass series. These books will leave you wanting for more and I have seriously been in a little reading slump since reading Queen of Shadows. I sure you will LOVE this series if you haven`t reading read it.

Harry Potter is another series I love. Magic and wizards and more magic, what more can you ask for. The characters in this series are also very diverse and so I think this would be a great series to read/reread if you are looking for some diverse characters.

The Sin Eater`s Daughter series is a newbie on the list. Recently I read the second book (my review will be up very soon) and I absolutely loved it. This book is like Shatter Me but in a fantasy world rather than a dystopian world.

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Now for a little controversial book: Red Queen. Yes I know many of you love this book, although I personally didn`t, however I am currently reading the second book and I am actually enjoying it. Therefore I need to include the first book because we all know we should always read the first book before the second.

The Queen of The Tearling is to die for! I love how this book is slow paced and interesting at the same time. The main character of this book has such a strong voice and she empowers the idea of a strong independent female character that can do anything! Read More »

The Coffee Book Tag

First I would like to apologize for not posting frequently this week. The main and obvious reason for my absence is work and exams and lots and lots of studying! Therefore I  haven`t been reading as much as I would have liked to. However we must not dwell on the past (like a magnificent wizard said), so today I am coming back with a BANG or more realistic: a book tag!

The lovely Jess @onceuponabookreview13 kindly nominated me for the Coffee Book Tag so thank you!!! Also you should all go and check her blog out as it is lovely just like she it!


BLACK: A SERIES THAT’S TOUGH TO GET INTO BUT HAS HARDCORE FANS.

For this series I think it would have to be The Mortal Instruments series because I know many people who find the series very hard to get into but the end result it amazing! Although I personally found this series really easy to read at first but I find rereading this series really hard!

PEPPERMINT MOCHA: A BOOK THAT GETS MORE POPULAR DURING THE WINTER OR A FESTIVE TIME OF YEAR.

The book I mention here I cheekily copied from Jess` post only because it`s so obvious: Harry Potter! I think the reason why the Harry Potter books gets more popular during the winter season is because Christmas/ winter at Hogwarts is just the best!

HOT CHOCOLATE: FAVOURITE CHILDREN`S BOOK.

I remember loving the Spiderwick Chronicles when I was little and at one point I believed that the book was actually real! Nowadays I`m more grown up (or I`d like to think my self as).

DOUBLE SHOT OF ESPRESSO: A BOOK THAT KEPT YOU ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT FROM START TO FINISH.

The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas! I love every book in this series and the books just keep on getting better! I cannot wait for the 5th book to be released this year!!!

STARBUCKS: A BOOK YOU SEE EVERYWHERE

At the moment I see The Martian, Room and Me before You a lot! I think the main reason for this is because  of the adaptations and we all know (as avid readers) that we should read the books before we watch the films, although I have yet to read any of these books.

THAT HIPSTER COFFEE SHOP: A BOOK BY AN INDIE AUTHOR (A SHOUT OUT)

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The pressure to read “popular books”

When I first got into blogging I would be reading reviews and monthly wrap ups where I would constantly see new published books being named and they would keep popping up. This then made me feel pressured to read the books that I had seen a lot and books that had a lot of hype. As a result, I wouldn`t read the books I originally want to read and my TBR pile would just pile up.

Overall I think this is a huge problem for me and many other readers because we all feel we should read books that everyone is talking about and we shouldn`t read underrated books. In a way this makes me sad because I feel like I am neglecting books that I would love if I gave them a chance. However I want to read the new books that have a lot of hype because I want to see what all the hype was about.

On the other hand this then contradicts that whole purpose of blogging- we need to spread the love of books and recommend books. Maybe this is just me, but I think that it is maybe time for me a shift away from only reading YA and read different genres that will enable me to see what I actually like in a book.Read More »

A reflection on my reading life

Hello readers,

I hope you are having a restful weekend that it full of reading!

Recently as a 2016 resolution I was thinking of embedding my life into my blog and so I have created this meme or monthly post where I will be taking about my reading life.

Therefore Reflection of My Reading Life is a new monthly post here on Life is Sweet in Books where I will be reflecting and telling you about what I have recently read and my reading experiences.

I hope you all will enjoy this post. I have decided to something like this rather than doing monthly wrap ups and TBRs (to be read) because I feel like those posts will restrict me to the content I add on my blog. I am just basically tying make my blog more about me and personalising it.


The books I have read recently are:

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin.

I went into this book only knowing it was a historical fiction novel. Now I am not the biggest historical fiction fan and I never read these particular books because I don`t like history and I find it very boring. When I finished the book I didn`t like it and this was not a let down because I kind of knew I wouldn`t like the book in the first place. I don`t know why because there was a fantasy element to it but I think it is just me being very mean and picky.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I then chose to read a fantasy book because I wanted to be in my comfort zone and read a book that I knew I would enjoy. When I read a few pages I started to get really confused of the world the book was set in and I felt like all the characters where being introduced too quickly. However half-way through I finally got what was going on and the main plot of the book. I did enjoy this book mainly because of the characters and the way there were many POVs (point of views). The POVs made the book more interesting and I got to find out the background of the characters and what they are like.

Magnus Chase and The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

This was the first Rick Riordan book that I had read so I came into this book with high expectations and I was not disappointed. I think the main reason why I enjoyed this book was because of how realistic the characters where and so I would be able to connect to some of them. I will definitely be reading more books by Riordan in the future and here is my review. Read More »