Review: Windwitch

 

Windwitch by Susan Dennard

Rating: 3.7 / 5 stars


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Readathon Wrap Up

Yesterday was the final day of my first readathon. (!!!) Before, I was convinced it would be easy to meet my goals and even easily surpass them maybe. But life gets in the way of your plans sometimes, and though I did not meet my personal goals completely, I think I did pretty well anyway. 

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The Goals:

The original readathon goal is simple. I just had to read 15 hours in 5 days, so on average 3 hours per day. I believed I could easily manage this, so I wanted to go for a total of 20 hours. Boy, was I wrong…  I only happened to read 15.5 hours in total. I read most of the books I wanted to, though, and that’s great, I guess… Next time, I’ll strive for more achievable goals.

Books Read: 

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  • The Power by Naomi Alderman – 4 / 5 stars
  • The Men Who Stare At Goats by Ron Jonson – 3.9 / 5 stars
  • A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking – 3 / 5 stars
  • A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab – 4.5 / 5 stars

Books I started and am still currently reading: 

  • Forever by Maggie Stiefvater – currently on page 61 / 386
  • A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab – currently on page 242 / 561 and loving it omg this book!

 

Readathon in July! [05.07-09.07]

Today, I’m here to tell you all about this readathon I read about on Instagram. 

I’m usually not a huge fan of readathon’s because my life is rarely compatible with them. I can’t read for 24 or 48 hours. (I’ve recently learned there are also monthly readathons, apparently, but as I’ve yet to come across one, I’m going to think about it later). 

This readathon was appealing to me because it’s about reading 15 hours in 5 days. The host, or the person who decided to do this, is Cátia @booksturnyouon (it’s on bookstagram btw). Finally, I’ve found a readathon that’s compatible with my life. I might do more of these in the future, or even host one maybe? (Let’s see how this one goes first…)

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My Goal: 

I fully intend on acing the 15-hour goal, and surpassing it! (Maybe 20 hours?) I will be at my grandmother’s house for three of the five days but still, I think I’ll manage to read at least 3 to 4 hours every day. I’m thinking of maybe timing myself / using the chronometer to register just how many hours exactly I’ll be reading. 

The Books: 

 

20180702_125012I’ve always had trouble setting doable goals, so I’m only setting a goal of four books (all of them from my Summer TBR list) but I’d like to read more if possible. That being said, I didn’t choose only short books, though I could. I choose books that I really want to read but am feeling a bit reluctant about. 

  • A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
  • The Power by Naomi Alderman
  • A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
  • Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

(*Now, this is what I plan to read at the moment that I am writing this post but knowing myself, I’ll probably not stick to this list.) 

 

 

Intimidating Book Series

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I had the idea to write this post a few days ago when I was considering finishing my reread of A Game of Thrones (which I started back in November) before continuing the A Song of Ice and Fire series. I thought it would be interesting to share.

(If you don’t know, A Song of Ice and Fire books are essentially five volumes, divided into seven books, all of which have 600 to 900+ pages… and you know, it’s Game of Thrones… It’s intimidating.)

Ok so, let’s talk about why certain book series (or tv series, or movies, or anything really) can be intimidating!

  • The popularity, or in other words, the hype: Sometimes it’s hard to pick up a really hyped book. People either love them, or hate them, or worse, think they’re mediocre. We unintentionally build these expectations about / have a certain attitude towards hyped books that just isn’t the same with non-hyped (unhyped?) books.

In my case, it’s usually because they’re so hyped that I’m almost scared of getting into all of that. It took me a while to read The Raven Boys after I first got it, for example, but I instantly adored it. And with The Secret History. I was also really sure I’d love the Percy Jackson books since I loved the movies… but boy was I wrong. ( I don’t hate them, I just… don’t like them very much…)

  • The fandom: Personally, this doesn’t bother me because I usually don’t interact that much unless I really love that thing. The expression used above fits this point really well: …getting into all that. I’m obviously not talking about the lovely fandoms in which people are all incredibly supportive of each other and their fan works. Some fandoms, more than others, can have really nasty, obsessive assholes (you know who they are).

Just the other day, I saw an artist getting criticized because her fan art of a female character had slightly darker hair…. do I need to say more? (And then, when she replied saying they could just unfollow her if they didn’t like her art, people said she was being rude…… (Am I the only one who finds this funny because of how ridiculous it is?)

  • The number of pages: Big books, like the Inheritance books, aren’t as practical as small paperbacks, for instance, and they’re certainly not as heavy in content or suffering (both the characters’ and the readers’ am I right).
  • The number of books in a series: In this case, people might find the amount of money they’ll spend intimidating. And some people like to buy the whole series, especially if it’s a trilogy or a duology, if they’re going to read it. (I’ve done this before and I think that to do this, you’ve got to have a pretty good sense of what books you like /will like. )

When I first started City of Bones, I had no idea how many books there were in The Mortal Instruments series – which at the time were four and are now six? Four or six books might not be intimidating, but if you look at that universe (The Shadowhunter Chronicles), though, there’s more than 12 (which is how many I own, by the way).

Although it’s not exactly the same thing, I’ve seen people decide not to watch an anime series or tv show because of how many episodes/seasons it has. Take One Piece, for example. If you don’t know it: One Piece is one of the oldest running anime of all time, probably the oldest besides Pokemon and Dragon Ball, and it currently has 841 episodes and probably a hundred more manga chapters than that. I love it, I’ve watched most of it, but damn, that is intimidating. (It’s cool, it’s about pirates, check it out. The earlier episodes’ animation isn’t as… appealing?… as some recent episodes because it’s from 1999, but it’s worth your time! … I kind of feel like starting from the beginning now… even though I’m still at episode 794…. Yes, it is that good!)

Still, what I say to all of these reasons is: Try it. (Whether it’s a book, anime, or whatever). If you like, you’ll probably be happy it has that much content/popularity/etc. If you dislike it, you can just stop watching/reading it. Just try it. It seems like pretty basic advice right, but some people are still not convinced.

None of these reasons are good reasons not to read a book ( /etc… )


So, have you ever delayed reading/watching something because of any of these reasons?

Summer Movies I’m Looking Forward to!

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I’m a huge film enthusiast (though, who isn’t right), though I usually don’t like summer movies all that much (unless they’re Marvel movies which I’m a huge fan of). I prefer to watch new movies in theatres, usually, if I’m really interested in them. Now, all of the movies from this list are going to premiere in Portugal over the course of this summer (in this case, from June to August, or this post would be even bigger than it already is). (I’m basing this on the release calendar for my country on IMDB, by the way.)

I have a pretty eccletic taste in movies, so you might find that you’re looking forward to some of these as well and find others you’ll never ever watch in your life. Anyway, let’s get started!

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