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text 2016-07-03 20:13
June Wrap-Up

In June I finished one book I started in May, did I decided to dnf a book and read two novels (which one of them I technically finished today but that's okay) and one little black classic. These are the books I'm talking about:

- In The Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken (The Darkest Minds #3) 2/5★ review

- Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 4/5★ review

- The Gate Of A Hundred Sorrows (short story collection) by Rudyard Kipling 2/5★ review

- Gunfight at the Oldlake Canal by GB Hope (dnf'ed it halfway through)

- Percy Jackson and the Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3) by Rick Riordan 4.5★ review

 

The author was being weird while I was reading Gunfight at the Oldlake Canal and because I didn't love it that much I decided to dnf it. If an author acts weird and not that kind, I can't seperate the book from the author. Maybe I'll pick it up in the future and finish it, but at the moment I have no desire to do so. 

 

You also might be wondering why I still haven't picked up A Court Of Thornes and Roses, but I decided to allow myself to read only one series at a time instead of two. This because I read so slowly atm and I want to remember everytime much more which means finishing a series faster than I did before. I want to start that series after I've finished Percy Jackson and the Olympians. 

 

I read a bit more than in the months before, but in my opinion still not that much (that's also because of tv shows like OINTB and because of a happy personal reason). However, I finally have a future again when it comes to school/work but that'll start in September, so I have now much time to read because I don't have to worry about anything anymore atm. Next month I hope to read The Kite Runner, To Kill A Mockingbird, Along for the Ride, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and much more, but we shall see. 

 

What did you read in June?

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review 2016-06-15 10:29
Review: In The Afterlight (The Darkest Minds #3) by Alexandra Bracken
In the Afterlight - Alexandra Bracken

Summary:

Because this is the third and final book in this trilogy, I won't show you the summary of this book. Click here for the summary of the first book and my review of the first book. Click here for my review of the second book. 

 

My opinion:

I don't know why, but I didn't like this book and this series so much. I gave the first book 3 stars, the second one 3.5 stars and the third one aka this one 2. Even though I really like the premise and the storyline, I just wasn't hooked. It took me again way too long to read it and when I put it down I wasn't thinking about it. Maybe it's because I'm done with YA dystopian (I have nothing against YA in general, but I think it's because I've read too many dystopians already and because I've also already read some classic dystopians), because I like more culture stories and this series hasn't much culture in it.. I don't know. I'm a bit sad about the fact that I didn't like this series as much, but I know many people do so if you want to pick up this series, don't let this review hold you back. It's not bad at all, just not my cup of tea anymore. 

 

What is your opinion about In The Afterlight/The Darkest Minds trilogy?

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text 2016-03-25 16:19
Bookhaul #25

What can I say... I bought books.. again haha. I bought quite a lot, but let's say I blame the stress when it comes to school and they were cheap. Anyhow, these are the books: 

Oorlogswinter is a Dutch classic which I've never read, so when I heard it was only 1 euro, I had to buy it. It's about a winter in World War II. Of course I had to buy In The Afterlight, because it's the third book in The Darkest Minds trilogy. I gave away my copy of The Martian to a friend, because she will (is liking) it more than I do and she gave me Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, because I really want to read it and she doesn't want to anymore. 

Heuh, Penguin Little Black classics? But Vienna, you already own them al?! That's what I thought as well! These are new ones Penguin came out with in March, but this time I decided to buy only the few ones I really want (I want three of four more, trust me). I bought the one by Lewis Carroll, Oscar Wilde, Virginia Woolf and Charlotte Brontë. I've read other works by these authors and loved them all, so of course I had to buy these four first. 

My next goal is to make complete collections of authors that I already own some books of. I already had Sense and Sensibility, Emma and Pride and Prejudice, but now I own all of her novels. Sadly enough not in the same style (Northanger Abbey and Mansfield Park are a bit different) and I had to buy Persuasion secondhand and it's a bit colour damaged, but it's complete! The short story collection is also on my way. Jane Austen isn't my favorite author (I've only liked Emma so far), but when I do like/love a book by her, I will also buy a different edition. I really want Emma in the Word Cloud edition, so yea. The edition I have now is very cheap, so then I don't mind.

 

What books have you bought recently? 

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review 2016-02-18 00:00
In the Afterlight
In the Afterlight - Alexandra Bracken This review was originally posted on Bookish Things & More

Review


This book is definitely intense.  Not only in character development, but also in how these characters deal with situations they are thrown in.

 

I have always loved Ruby. She's fierce, and she has no issue doing whatever has to be done in order to have a favorable outcome.  She does question a lot of her past actions in this book.  She struggles with the morality of some of those choices, and fears she could be more like Clancy than she wishes.

 

In the Afterlight has so many twists and turns.  I found myself holding my breath to hear what the outcome was going to be.  There's also a lot of sibling rivalry going on with Liam and Cole.  They each have their methods of getting things done, and it causes a ton of arguments.

 

There's this one scene that made me tear up because it's absolutely beautiful in how it's portrayed and the message it sends is amazing.  But I can't tell you what that is because you know spoilers.  But it has really stuck with me after reading it.

 

I'm definitely going to miss this series, but it will be one that I go back to read again.  It's dark, hopeful, and has you cheering for these kids and what they stand for.

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text 2016-02-08 12:07
First half of 2016 Wishlist

I love making lists, so also wishlists. I usually plan out a lot (what I want to buy and read) and because I've already planned out what I want to by 'till July, I want to show that list with you guys.

In the Afterlight - Alexandra BrackenThe Jungle Book (Word Cloud Classics)Catch-22 - Joseph Heller,Howard JacobsonThe Crown (The Selection) - Kiera CassA Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses) - Sarah J. MaasDreamland - Sarah DessenThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Vintage Classics) - Mark TwainUncle Tom's Cabin - Harriet Beecher Stowe

So these are the ones I really want to buy and read. I'm someone who can really stick to what she wants to buy and read, so I'm hoping this as well. "Till July I don't plane to buy any other books, but maybe I'll add one, who knows. That depends how much I can read in the upcoming months. There are also some Penguin Little Black classics coming out that I really want, to we shall see. 

 

What is on your to-be-buy list?

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