Saturday, 18 November 2017

Stacking the Shelves: Netgalley Book Haul

Stacking the Shelves is a meme co-hosted by Reading Reality and Tynga's Reviews. Each week bloggers share the books they got. These are the books I got from Netgalley this semester. I've gotten a lot of pdf files in the beginning and some more now as well and I have to say that I have a lot of trouble reading those. Which is why I am behind on my Netgalley ratio. My ratio is now about 63%. I've been incredibly busy with my teaching practice lately and it seems it will only get worse. I barely have the time to read, let alone blogging... Can't wait for Christmas to have a break (break meaning time to study for exams).

1. Waking Gods (Themis Files #2) by Sylvain Neuvel 

Pdf file, sooo I still need to read it. If it had in another format, I would have read it already.

2. Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel by Mariah Marsden and Brenna Thummler

This graphic novel was wonderful! You can find my review here5 stars! And Brenna Thummler actually tweeted me back twice! 

3. The Ghost of Gaudi by El Torres

I love Gaudí, so when I saw this graphic novel on Netgalley, I just had to read it! 3 stars. You can find my review here.

4. Taproot by Keezy Young

3 stars, you can find my review here.

5. Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert's Story by Debbie Tung 

Loved this graphic novel! 4 stars! Highly recommend it! You can read my review here.

6. How to Be Perfectly Unhappy by Matthew Inman

Hmm, still not sure about my rating... Check out my thoughts here.

7. Disney Manga: Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas by Jun Asuka

Love the movie, hope to read the manga soon!

8. The Little Red Wolf by Amélie Fléchais

Really excited to read this one! The illustrations look gorgeous!

Which books did you recently get? Have you read any of the ones mentioned above or are you planning to? Leave your thoughts down below!

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Saturday, 4 November 2017

October Book Haul

Stacking the Shelves is a meme co-hosted by Reading Reality and Tynga's Reviews. Each week bloggers share the books they got. These are the books I got in October! 

1. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brönte

This is my third copy of Jane Eyre!

3. Hunted by Meagan Spooner

I heard really good things about this one! Can't wait to read it!

4. Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) by Robin LaFevers

5. The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo and illustrated by Sara Kipin

These are stories set in the Grisha universe, which I love! Can't wait to read this!

6. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress #1) by Julie C. Dao 

I'm currently reading this one!

7. A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell #1) by Deanna Raybourn 

I have already read this one! 

8. The first four novels in the Bridgertons series by Julia Quinn

The Duke and I, The Viscount Who Loved Me, An Offer From a Gentleman and Romancing Mister Bridgerton. I've already read the first two books in the series. They are not special but have the ability to relax me in very stressful moments.

Which books did you recently get? Have you read any of the ones mentioned above or are you planning to? Leave your thoughts down below!

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Friday, 3 November 2017

Review: The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh.

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I got this book from my Broke and Bookish Secret Santa last year, so first of all I want to thank her again for this wonderful gift!

I didn't know more than the blurb at the back of the book when I picked it up and I believe that's the best way to read it. On Goodreads it's classified as horror and I really don't care for horror movies or books so I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I wouldn't describe it as horror at all but it's definitely a thriller. 

We follow Melanie, a very smart 10-year-old, who was just a fantastic protagonist. We do get a lot more perspectives than hers alone. All the characters are well developed and relatable to some degree (some more than others). I understood the drive and meaning of every character even though I couldn't stand some of them. It makes this science fiction story very realistic.

The world was crafted really well. Carey uses a lot of scientific explanations to describe the world and the changes which occurred. This gives it depth and once more makes the story more believable. 

I don't want to give any spoilers and since it's best to read it without knowing too much, I'm going to say more. Just read it!

The only remark I might have is that the ending felt quite sudden to me and I just wanted more!

I highly recommend this novel! If you are expecting a real horror book, you might be disappointed but if you read it as a science fiction thriller, you won't be disappointed! 5 stars!

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Wednesday, 1 November 2017

October Wrap Up

These are the books I read in October!

1. Warcross (Warcross, #1) by Marie Lu 

I started this at the end of September and finished last month. I really enjoyed this book! Probably my favourite Marie Lu book, highly recommend it! 5 stars!

2. How to Be Perfectly Unhappy by Matthew Inman

I got an arc of this comic/graphic novel from Netgalley and I would like to thank the publishers for this opportunity. You can read my review here. 3 stars.

3. The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

This book was amazing! I loved every single page! Can't wait to read the next one! 5 stars! Highly, highly recommend! My absolute favourite read this month! 

4. Faking It (Losing It, #2) by Cora Carmack

4 stars. Nice romance story.

5. A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell, #1) by Deanna Raybourn 

3 stars. Mystery was okay but I felt there was something missing throughout the whole story. Veronica is a good character but did annoy me at times.

6. Death Note, Vol. 2: Confluence (Death Note, #2) by Tsugumi Ohba

4 stars. Really enjoying this manga series! I have to pay my library 3 euros for each volume, so I'm considering buying the boxset. What do you guys think?

7. Death Note, Vol. 3: Hard Run (Death Note, #3) by Tsugumi Ohba

4 stars!

8. The Duke and I (With 2nd Epilogue) (Bridgertons, #1) by Julia Quinn

3 stars. There is one scene in this book which I really hated, otherwise I would have given it a higher rating. In addition, I didn't feel like the second epilogue added anything special. It spoil some of the following books as Daphne is visited by her brother and his wife. But romances are usually predictable in that regard, so you might be fine with that.

9. The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgertons, #2) by Julia Quinn 

3 stars.

10. Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist, #1) by Renee Ahdieh 

3 stars. I really enjoyed most of the book but I do have some problems with the writing style and I had trouble to connect with the characters. Ultimately, I didn't like the ending at all, so much so that I'm in doubt to whether I'll read the sequel. I think the vibe of the second book will be completely different and the atmosphere of Flame in the Mist and Black Clan members were my favourite things of the book.

11. The Young Elites (The Young Elites, #1) by Marie Lu

I started this after finishing The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue but I struggled so much I had to put it down for a while. At the end of the month, I pushed myself to finish it instead of not finishing it all. I'm glad I did because the end is original and the best thing about The Young Elites. It actually made me interested in picking up the rest of the series but because of my lack of interest before and my struggles to finish it, I have to give this book 2 stars.

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Tuesday, 31 October 2017

November TBR

First of all, I want to apologize for not posting for the last two weeks due to illness and a crazy teaching practice schedule. The latter will only get worse in November, so I hope to blog more but we'll see. These are the books I want to read in November:

1. The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

Currently reading this one! I got this from my wonderful Broke and Bookish Secret Santa last year and I've been saving this book for Halloween! I started it today but I'll continue in November! Really intriguing so far!

2. The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo

This book is gorgeous! Can't wait to read it! 

3. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress #1) by Julie C. Dao

I read some good reviews about this one, so I'm excited to get to it!

4. Hunted by Meagan Spooner 

I've been wanting to read this one for so long! The wait is finally over!

Which books are you planning to read this month? Have you read any of the books mentioned above or are you planning to? Leave your thoughts down below!

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Saturday, 14 October 2017

Review: How to Be Perfectly Unhappy by Matthew Inman, The Oatmeal

Matthew Inman—Eisner Award-winning creator of The Oatmeal and #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You—serves yet another helping of thoughtful hilarity in this charming, illustrated gift book for anyone who is irked by the question: "Are you happy?"

In How To Be Perfectly Unhappy, Inman explores the surprising benefits of forgetting about “happiness,” and embracing instead the meaningful activities that keep us busy and interested and fascinated.

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I want to thank Netgalley and the publishers for providing me with an arc in exchange for an honest review.

This is a difficult book to review for me as it's very short but I'll do my best.
I'm not familiar with the author and his style but the title and the cover drew me in. 

The art style is awesome! Simple, funny and cartoonish. How to Be Perfectly Unhappy tries to formulate what the concept of happiness is. I feel this is quite a large question to answer is a 50-page comic. That's probably why it felt rushed to me and I don't think it entirely succeeds in what it sets out to do. 

That said, I still thought this was a fun comic about the author's personal thoughts about the subject but don't expect a life changing read.

I don't really know how to sum up my feelings in a coherent way, so I'm just going to end this review by saying that the comic is fun but too short. I gave it 3 stars. I really enjoyed the illustrations and I will check out more of The Oatmeal's work when I get the chance.

Have you read How to be Perfectly Unhappy or are you planning to? Leave your thoughts down below!

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Review: Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert's Story by Debbie Tung

Sweet, funny, and quietly poignant, Debbie Tung’s comics reveal the ups and downs of coming of age as an introvert.

This illustrated gift book of short comics illuminates author Debbie Tung's experience as an introvert in an extrovert’s world. Presented in a loose narrative style that can be read front to back or dipped into at one’s leisure, the book spans three years of Debbie's life, from the end of college to the present day. In these early years of adulthood, Debbie slowly but finally discovers there is a name for her lifelong need to be alone: she’s an introvert.

The first half of the book traces Debbie’s final year in college: socializing with peers, dating, falling in love (with an extrovert!), moving in, getting married, meeting new people, and simply trying to fit in. The second half looks at her life after graduation: finding a job, learning to live with her new husband, trying to understand social obligations when it comes to the in-laws, and navigating office life. Ultimately, Quiet Girl sends a positive, pro-introvert message: our heroine learns to embrace her introversion and finds ways to thrive in the world while fulfilling her need for quiet.

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First of all, I want to thank the publishers and Netgalley for providing me with an arc copy of Quiet Girl in a Noisy World.

I identify myself as an introvert and that's the main reason I wanted to pick this book up. My uncle recently said at a family gathering that his daughter is an introvert and he wishes she weren't. That rubbed me the wrong way. Being an introvert is in no way inferior to being extravert. That's the other reason I read this graphic novel.

Quiet Girl in a Noisy World reads like a graphic novel memoir about Debbie Tung's experiences as an introvert. Her illustrations of a "social battery" perfectly portray how I feel about socializing and needing some alone time. Tung is able to explain how introverts experience things in a simple way while still keeping this a personal account of own.

I really liked Debbie Tung's art style, it's simple with mostly grey colours and the illustrations are beautiful.

The comic is made up of short chapters which are only a page or two long. I didn't mind this as it did follow a complete storyline throughout the comic.

I gave Quiet Girl in a Noisy World 4 stars! I identified with a couple of things but definitely not everything. I think this gives a well-rounded view on being an introvert and I highly recommend it to everyone!