Rapid Book Fire Tag

 

Ebook or Physical book? Definitelly physical books. I’ve read ebooks before, of course but I usually only read ebooks if (I find lots of them free on the internet 😉 ) I’m  really not that sure or interested in buying a certain book.

Paperback or Hardback? I only own five hardbacks, to be honest. I’d love to have more but paperbacks are cheaper, smaller and easier to carry around. (Plus, my I don’t think my shelves could handle it if only bought hardbacks). 

Online or In-store book shopping? In-store book shopping! (Sadly, the local bookstores don’t own most of the books I want so I just shop at Book Depository now.)

Trilogies or Series? I guess it depends on the books. for example, I love The Young Elites trilogy as it is, though if Marie Lu ever decided to make it bigger I would gladly read it. 

Heroes or Villains? Mostly heroes (I’m a huge MCU fan btw), but I’ve always had a soft spot for villains (it depends, of course). 

A book you want everyone to read? I think everyone should read The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller because it’s a wonderful, endearing book, beautifully-written with lgbt characters, greek mythology and a legendary love! (+ lots of beautiful fanart!!)  

Recommend an underrated book? Hunger by Melvin Burgess. This was the only book to ever give me the chills. (It’s supposed to be horror but it’s not that scary.) I really liked the villain in this one! 

The last book you finished? A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (review coming soon). LOVED THIS BOOK

The last book you bought? My last book order was of 8 books, but the last ones I payed for were The Raven King and The King’s Men by Nora Sakavic. 

Weirdest thing you’ve used as bookmark? I use pretty normal things as bookmarks. The weirdest things are probably receipts. 

Used books: Yes or No? I have a handful but it’s a no for me. I just preferred them new. 

Top 3 favorite genres? Fantasy, Scifi & Countemporary

Borrow or Buy? BUY! I’d borrow more if the local library had anything interesting to read that I haven’t already read. 

Characters or Plot? Usually characters. Even if a story has a weak plot, I’ll probably still like it if it has great characters (like Suicide Squad).

Long or Short books? Around 500 pages (and give or take another 100) is just perfect for me. 

Long or Short chapters? How about medium? I remember having to read a book for school whose chapters ranged between 50-70 pages and that was looong! So 50 or less!

Name the first three books  you can think of….

The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic

Drown by Esther Dalseno

Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward

Books that make you laugh or books that make you cry? BOTH! 

Our World or Fictional Worlds? Fictional Worlds definitely OR Our World if it’s got some supernatural aspect. 

Audiobooks: Yes or No? No. The experience isn’t the same. 

Do you ever judge a book by its cover? ALL THE TIME – however, I don’t decide whether I want to buy a book or not by its cover. (Basically I just judge whoever decided on that cover especially if it’s bad). 

Book to movie or book to TV adaptation? It really depends on the tv adaptation: I love Game of Thrones but Shadowhunters is terrible and I much prefer the movie (which still has some problems). 

A movie or TV show you preferred to its book? Eragon! (Which was a bad movie but an even worse book.)

Series or Stand-alones? Series!!! (I rarely read stand-alones though I can see the appeal.)


I’ve been seeing this book tag around recently and I thought I’d do it! Why not, right? (It’s much longer than any other book tags I’ve seen though). I’m not going to tag anyone in particular, but if you’d like to do it just go ahead!

Review: Rebel Of The Sands

Rebel of The Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

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  • First book of the series
  • Read :  April 19 – 20, 2017
  • Rating :  5 / 5 stars

[Goodreads] :

She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him… or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

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Expectations & Hype

The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines hype as: promotional publicity of an extravagant or contrived kind. 

The truth is that at some point we have all read hyped books, sometimes even over-hyped books that we didn’t find interesting at all. I believe the expectations we consciously or subconsciously build are neither good or bad, in general. The problem is when we cannot separate our hopes for a book from our own unrealistic expectations. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a book though, people create expectations on pretty much anything. (Although having expectations about a book or a movie, is harmless compared to having expectations about other people. I strongly advise against it and am trying to follow that advice myself. )

For example, until two days ago I was eagerly! awaiting my copy of A Court of Wings and Ruin to arrive and my expectations were through the roof. Now, this was partially because lots of people who have already read it have claimed it was amazing – but it’s mainly because my expectations were also high for the previous books in this series and they met them, surpassed them and punched them in the gut. (So you could say I’ve been suffering from anticipation since the previous book came out last year.)

Personally, I prefer to read fantasy (though I also read other things, especially sub-genres of fantasy because clearly, I like to get out of my comfort zone). I mostly decide if I want to read / buy a book

  • if I think the synopsis seems interesting
  • if I know the author’s previous works (and liked them and/or think they have potential)
  • if someone I know recommend it to me
  • if someone who likes the same books as I do liked it
  • or if I read a review and find it interesting

I’m sure these are common methods (if they can even be called methods – I mean, it’s very basic). I read hyped books and even over-hyped books sometimes too, though I’m not usually happy when it turns out to be the latter. For me, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children is an over-hyped book (as some of you might know if they read any comment I made about that book series and movie at all). Basically, I think it’s a great concept and fantasy world; and I like the characters, but I dislike the writing and pacing a lot.

The problem with hyped books though is that sometimes you can’t tell why you wanted to read them in the first place. Is it because everyone loves it? Is it because you find it interesting? Can you even remember when was the first time you found out about that book?  

It’s even harder when you’re almost certain you’ll love that book but have this small voice inside you that doubts that certainty. At some point, if you’re like me, you’ll even be scared of reading a book because it’s so hyped and you’re just so sure about it – but at the same time – what if it’s not that good, what if you don’t like it? (I currently kind of feel this way about The Raven Cycle. I even have a pdf version of The Raven Boys but I’m still scared to read it – I’ve only gotten as far as the second chapter, I think. But I really want to read it (and buy a physical copy) nevertheless).  

If you want to talk about any books you feel are under-hyped, over-hyped, or expectations in general (or anything, really), just comment below!

The idea for this post came to me a few days ago, though I dismissed it at first, it came to me today again. It’s just something I wanted to share. It’s not exactly an in depth analysis of the causes and consequences of expectations but I thought it was something interesting to think about.

 

 

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

This is a meme I picked up from A Book. A Thought. It’s basically about sharing with others what you’re currently reading and maybe add another book to you’re never ending TBR list! 

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This month is hectic but I’ve already managed to finish 3 books and now onto my fourth, the book I’m currently (re)reading:

A Court of Thorns and Roses

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For those of you who don’t know, the third book of this series came out last week and as I wait for my copy to arrive (hopefully, later this week) I decided to reread the first and second book of the series. 

This is one of my favorite book series and I thought the second book couldn’t possibly be better than the first – but I was wrong and now I’m just looking forward to the third book with that in mind.

[Goodreads]

 

 

 

Review: Dark Matter

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch 

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  • stand-alone novel
  • Read:  March 7 – 21, 2017
  • Rating: 4 stars

[Goodreads] :

“Are you happy with your life?”
Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.
Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.
Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”
In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.
Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.

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April Wrap Up !

We have come to the end of yet another month. April didn’t go as I expected at all, if I’m being honest but I wouldn’t say I’m disappointed or frustrated with myself for not meeting my goals. It was still a great month in many aspects and I felt better than I did in March, both emotionally and physically. 

First of all, I read:

  1. The Love That Split The World by Emily Henry ( 4 stars
  2. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch ( 4 stars )
  3. Rebel of The Sands by Alwyn Hamilton ( 5 stars

Rebel of The Sands was definitely my favorite of the month, though The Love That Split The World is close. Both of them surpassed my expectations by a long shot. They were unpredictable, funny, heartwarming, with strong, intelligent female characters. Rebel of The Sands was exciting and magical and so unpredictable. I loved the characters, the universe, the concepts and mythology…. I loved everything about it! (Full review to come soon!)

Secondly, in regards to my writing – I didn’t write nearly as much as I wanted, but the thing is I did write. I hadn’t done that in a really long time, and I think I hadn’t realized how much I missed it. The problem with writing isn’t really that I don’t know what to write, or that I don’t want to write, but starting is really hard for me. I’ve always been very self-conscious and insecure about it, I guess, and sometimes I need to give myself a little motivation to get over myself and just do what I love. (Silly, right?) 

Thirdly, relaxing and resting is very important to me. (Yes, I would say that I’m lazy but this isn’t about that.) I’ve never been one to pull an all-nighter to study – or for anything else. My mind doesn’t work the same way when I’m stressed or sleep-deprived and although I do manage to get a lot of writing done at night, I’m definitely a morning person who likes to sleep at least 8 hours a night. Easter Holiday was really good for me, as you can imagine, since I mostly slept more than that and I didn’t really have much to worry about as this wasn’t a month with a lot of school work. Also, I’ve been listening to EXO and BTS a lot and I’m loving them, and their rythms, and the music videos…

So, maybe I didn’t read or write a lot and I watched a lot of tv or took naps, but I still feel good about April. 

Regarding Reviews & Writing

I’ve really come to enjoy writing reviews in these past few months since I created this blog. I  really like reading reviews before I buy certain books I’m not sure I’ll like. So, I like to share my views on the books I read and I always try to mention the main aspects, such as characters, plot, writing, ending and the general feel I got from the book. Sometimes I focus more on one aspect than the other, depending on the book, and even I feel like my reviews of books I love sometimes are a bit chaotic – or at least the first draft since I tend to edit those even more to try to make them look  like they were written by a person who has actual coherent thoughts.  (To be honest,  at this point in my life as reader I think I’ve already developed a sort of sixth sense when it comes to books. It’s been a long time since I’ve actually bought a book that I didn’t like. I think the last book I regret buying was Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children. I didn’t hate it but I regret buying it when I could’ve used that money to buy a better book.) 

I’ve been studying English since I was around 8 years old and I’ve always been good at it – possibly because unlike my native language there aren’t at least seven different ways of conjugating a verb. I know that I’ll probably never be as good at it as a native (though as we can all tell from the internet, there are some natives who don’t speak their own language very well but that’s something that happens in every language, of course, it’s not specific to English.) It doesn’t really bother me that much that I’ll never get to that stage because I speak three languages fluently ( well, french only semi-fluently) and I’ currently learning Japanese (and I might also try to learn Spanish because it’s pretty similar to Portuguese and most Portuguese people can understand if not speak it without taking classes). However, it still bothers me sometimes when I read other people’s reviews and creative writing and I see some expressions or words that I know but don’t use often that could have made my own writing better. In a way, I think this blog can also help me improve little by little. I’m always trying to improve my writing (mostly in terms of creative writing) and whenever I look back at my old stuff I always think it’s really bad – and it scares me to think that maybe one day I’ll look back and think the same about my current writing. There’s always room to improve and learn new things and I’m still young (I mean I’m 19 – turning 20 in June). (So I need to stop being so hard on myself sometimes – also because I have other things going on and don’t always have time to write). 

What I guess I’m trying to do with this post is  to remind myself that I (and everyone else for that matter) need to stop comparing myself and my writing to others because we’re all different people with different cultural backgrounds and life stories. [I used to think it was ridiculous when people mixed their, there and they’re – and now I think that maybe that person’s native language isn’t English – maybe it’s a language with a completely different writing system like Korean; or maybe they are native speakers and they have serious real life problems going on and just don’t care about grammar because it’s not that important. ]

T5W: Authors I Want To Read More From

I haven’t done a Top 5 Wednesday in a while, mostly because the themes haven’t interested me and I didn’t want to post simply to post something. This week’s theme however is about a theme that I rarely find in these sort of weekly memes – authors. I only ever see people listing their favorite authors, but not talking about authors they want to see more of, or about a certain author’s writing style (etc). That being said, I’m really looking forward to seeing other people’s posts and reading about authors they want to read more from! (It’s a great way to meet new authors!)

In the mean time, let me tell you about the Authors I Want To Read More From:  

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I was first introduced to John Green’s books four years ago when two of my friends did an assignment about him. I started with Looking for Alaska – one of my favorite books of all time, one that I’ve read many times; and by now I’ve read all of his other books. 

My reason for choosing John Green for this list is not only because I love all of his books and have no doubt that I would love anything he wrote – but also, I think that he is a great writer and someone who could write about some sensitive topics, important themes and include diversity (which he has done before) – and I think he could do it well.  

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I accidentally found out about Jay Kristoff when I ordered Illuminae and I just had a feeling about him – and guess what, I was right. I have loved every book I’ve read of his and I’ve found that in every one of them I feel like he just throws a bunch of random concepts together and a wonderful book comes out! Like Stormdancer, that is set in a sort of steampunk, feudal Japan where mythological creatures are very real (and amazing!). (I’ve seen lots of people criticizing it and though I don’t think it’s perfect, I think it’s a wonderful book and everyone should give it a chance). So, go check out Jay Kristoff’s book because they are unpredictable and are full of original, unique ideas!

  • Sarah J. Maas

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The truth is that I (and everyone else apparently) have a few conflicting thoughts about SJM. I haven’t read all of her books yet, but from what I’m told they lack in diversity quite a lot. From what I read in ACOTAR, ACOMAF and TOG, I can say that this is true. However, I love these three books. I love the characters, the plot, the worlds, etc…  So, I guess what I’m trying to say is despite her flaws, I still really want to read more of SJM’s books because from what I can tell, I’m probably going to love them (and suffer).


The list goes on… pretty much every one of my favorite authors is in this list, but I chose the ones that are at the top. 

Would you like to read more from these authors? No? What authors would you like to read more from?