it’s been almost a year and I don’t even know how to start this. I remember when I took a break in March because I really needed some time for myself, some quality time. Unfortunately, COVID 19 took all my free time, and I felt very stressed and nervous. I was afraid of what could happen to all of us. And all that, unfortunately, had an effect on my reading goal for this year. My goal for 2020 was to read 100 books. I know it’s a huge thing, but I really thought I could do it this year. I usually read around 70 books per year, so it was not impossible thing for me. However, the Corona virus affected my reading goal. I was unable to read anything for the past 8 or 9 months. I tried reading but my mind wandered. I couldn’t focus on what I was reading. I started reading like at least 10 books, but none of them I finished. I have read about this problem. Many readers had this thing, too. On the other side, some readers experienced completely opposite thing. All they could do was to read books. It is different for each one of us. How do you cope with pandemic? Did it affect your reading goal? Tell me about it.
I will never forget those slow, languid days, warm and balmy. The sun was a pomegranate red, ripe, and full of promise, painting the pink sky. We stayed in a Grecian-style villa, overlooking the shoreline, watching the waves crash onto the lazy stretch of sand below. The daylight sunk into starlight like a slow transition, as we lost track of time altogether. My skin grew luminous and shone from the inside, glowed like a lantern. White crescent moons appeared at the bottom of my fingernails. My hair grew thicker, wilder. We were feasting on exotic fruits and midnight conversations that drifted into the sea salt breeze. We slept. We woke up in the half-light to watch the sun come up. We didn’t write a single word. Mischievous monkeys scampered across our balcony. Frogs hopped in our path and out of sight again, the sound of their croaking ever-present. Tiny birds darted in and out of our line of vision like thoughts. The half-moon yawned when we waved goodbye to another moment, lost to memory. The walls learned our secrets like how you like your coffee black and I like mine with cream and sugar. We left something of ourselves behind. He feels like the culmination of every good deed I’ve ever done.
From: Love Looks Pretty on You by Lang Leav
As you can see, this is another post about the last book I read called Love Looks Pretty on You. I like the author’s word choice and the emotions that the author gave us are wonderful. There is some soft vibe in the book that makes you feel emotional and I think only a few authors can achieve it. Lang Leav was successful in her language to show us all these emotions. To describe how you feel is quite complex task to do because there is always this variety of emotions. Everyone fights their own battle and there are always the good and the bad feelings inside of us. Happiness versus sorrow. Peace versus anger. It’s up to you to decide how you feel and how your life is going to look like. You just have to understand your feelings.
Also, the author’s descriptions are marvelous. They are the upper level of the language and it’s something that will always attract me. As you can see, Lang Leav did an amazing job at this point and I want to read such descriptions all the time. The book Love Looks Pretty on You is full of these amazing descriptions and I highly recommend you to read it. Do check it out!
In my previous I left you the Amazon link, so you can order it if you want.
Happy December, friends! This is my first post in this month and this time I will not be complaining about not posting earlier because guess what I’m getting married! And I think this is a good reason for not writing quite often. Yes, I’m beyond excited about everything and I had like a billion things to do, but somehow I managed to remain calm. My wedding preps are almost done, every single detail is planned and all I have to do now is to stay calm and wait for my wedding day. The wedding will take place in one of the hotels in my city, on December 21st. I know it’s like two weeks from now and even though I look calm outside, I swear I’m screaming inside. I have everything – my wedding dress, my bridesmaids, and decoration. Everything’s here and I hope I will have control over these things. Huh, now putting these thoughts into words gave that strong feeling of anxiety. I guess it’s normal thing. Anyway, I’m really happy and I can’t wait to get married.
On the other hand, previous two months were quite hectic for me and I didn’t manage to read anything. I really had so many things to do and I mentioned all of them in my previous posts. I was so busy and I missed reading so much. I hope I will read at least one or two books before the year ends. I think I will go for some light read, maybe some good holiday book. Unfortunately, I really have no idea what to read and your book suggetstions are very welcome at the moment. I want to read something romantic, snowy, and christmasy. Speaking of the holiday romance, have you guys seen the movie Let It Snow? I remeber four years ago I read this book by Maureen Johnson, John Green, and Lauren Myracle and I really loved it. I was so happy when I heard that they are making the movie based on this book and I even downloaded it. I just couldn’t find the time to see it. For those of you who have seen the movie, what do you think about it?
I kind of realized that the last two months are all about my personal things and it’s less book oriented, but it’s because we get busy sometimes and we barely have the time for anything. I didn’t give up on reading and I will never do that. Reading has a really special place in my heart and it’s something that makes me happy. I hope you understand me now.
A little “thank you” that you will say to someone for a “little favour” shown to you is a key to unlock the doors that hide unseen “greater favours”. Learn to say “thank you” and why not?
Happy Thanksgiving, friends! I hope you will have an amazing day with your loved ones. Today I decided to do The Thanksgiving Book Tag because it sounds super fun. This tag is originally created by Erin & Becca so do check out their page and give some love.
Bread: What book is purely fluff, and has no real plot line?
Let’s make it crystal clear – I just love Twilight, I enjoyed this series so much but this is the first book that comes to my mind when I think of pure fluff. Cliche, right?!
Turkey: What book made you want to fall asleep?
I know that many people adore this book, but I find it quite boring unfortunately. It was a lot of magic for me and I only read it because it was so popular among book community. This book is not for me.
Gravy: What book makes the whole series worth reading?
For me it’s definitely To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. I love this series so much and I plan on rereading it very soon. It’s so good and I highly recommend it!
Stuffing: What book is stuffed full of action scenes?
Divergent is one of these books that grabbed my attention from the moment I opened it. There are so many events and unexpected scenes and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
Mashed Potatoes: What book looked good, and then wasn’t?
I was so excited to read Again, but Better by Christine Riccio because she is one of my favorite booktubers. I literally couldn’t wait to put my hands on this book, but it was disappointing. I feel like I outgrew this book and its plot is too simple.
Cranberries: What book has the sweetest romance?
I Heart Hollywood by Lindsey Kelk. I adore this book and every other book in this series. It’s so good and full of romance and humor, I highly recommend it!
Corn: What’s the corniest book you’ve ever read?
The Notebook is it! I actually find all Nicholas Sparks books to be corny and I still can’t decide if I absolutely love or hate them.
Green Beans: What book is too long and needs to be shortened?
848 pages! I mean come oooonn.. I have heard so many great things about this book and I know it’s a good one, but its 848 pages tell me that I’m not ready for it. Not yet..
Pumpkin Pie: What book do you read to get out of a reading slump?
For now it’s The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. John Green is my favorite author and I adore all his books, but this one is just so, so good and heartbreaking.
Dog/Cat: What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food that you would steal from the table?
It’s an apple pie. I love it and I could picture myself eating it everyday. I can’t get tired of it, I swear!
I tag everyone who wants to do the Thanksgiving Book Tag. Consider yourself tagged and once again Happy Thanksgiving!
Danger doesn’t lurk at every corner. It’s just hanging out, waiting for fear and horror to show up.
Hello readers, I have been inactive for the past two weeks and I almost missed the whole month of writing. I barely posted anything during this month and I’m truly sad because of that. October is one of my favorite months of the year and I can’t believe I didn’t post more often. However, many things had happened over this month, the good and the bad ones. I think I will start with the bad things because I would like to end this post in a positive tone. First of all, my first neighbor passed away two days ago. It was shocking news for everyone because he wasn’t sick at all. To make things worse – he was only 40. I’m still sad and I can’t believe that he’s gone. But, eh.. That’s called life. You exist in one second and then in the other you don’t. You disappear. Just like that. What I can’t stress enough, here, is that we worry too much. We are almost never satisfied with our lives. We long for material things, which is wrong sometimes. We forget that we all die and we will be forgotten so easily. Love hard. Respect others. Respect yourself. That’s what matters.Secondly, I had a really important exam this month. I studied every day and I still don’t know my results. It was difficult, but I hope for the best. It was the exam from the Syntax and I really hate that subject, but I can’t complain. I need to pass it. On the other hand, I spent a lot of time with my boyfriend. We are still buying new things for our new home, but things got easier this month. We bought all the furniture and it finally looks like home now. I’m so happy and I can’t wait to move in! Also, we spent a lot of time in cinema this month. We watched some horrors because if not now, when? First we watched IT Chapter Two and it was really scary, I loved it. It’s probably the best movie I watched this month. It’s based on Stephen King’s novel and it’s so good and I give it 5 out of 5 stars.
Secondly, we saw Polaroid, which is also horror. A high school student, Bird, is given an old Polaroid camera. Being a huge fan of photography, she starts taking photos of her friends. However, she notices the weird, dark shadow standing behind her friends. It gets creepy when her friends, one by one, die after being followed by the shadow in the pictures. To understand her next move, Bird needs to study the past. I really liked this movie, but it’s not my favorite because in some moments I thought that its plot is too simple and predictable. I give it 3 out of five stars.
Lastly, we saw Countdown which is also horror. I must say that I’ve been dying to see this movie since I saw its trailer. Basically it’s about a phone app that can tell you the exact moment of your death. It all starts as a joke until this app proves to be correct for some people. When a nurse downloads this app, it tells her that she has only three days to live. She is extremely nervous and upset, but being followed by a scary figure in reality, she simply must find a way to survive. I liked this movie because it grabs your attention from the first moment. It’s super scary and I like the touch of the modern technology. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.
And that was it for this month. I know it’s two days from Halloween, but I think I’m done with watching horrors for this year. I must admit day I have seen more movies than I have read books in this month. I somehow gave myself a well-deserved break from reading because I read many books in September. I am pretty much satisfied with my activities during this month. October was a really good month for me and I am so excited for November!
Hello bookworms! If you are following me on Goodreads, you probably noticed that my average rating is 3.78 which means that I usually rate the books I have read with three stars. Okay, now you can say two things: a three-star rating is a good rating, or it’s an okay rating (with its negative meaning). For me a three-star rating is quite good one and I don’t find it bad at all. If I don’t like a book at all, then I will give it one or two stars. Three stars means that the book is good, but there are some things that I would change. Now, let me elaborate on this:
― I will give three stars to a book that has slow and boring plot, but its characters are well-developed. That book can be so boring, but the characters are the ones that make it interesting.
― If it takes a lot of time to get into the book, then I will probably give it three stars. For me it’s very important to find the beginning of the book interesting. Many authors tend to write powerful endings, but in my opinion beginnings are also important. Nobody wants to read 150 boring pages, trust me. It’s such a waste of time.
― I will give three stars to a book that doesn’t make me feel anything. I think this is the worst kind of feeling. The book can make you happy or sad or angry, or anything! But when you don’t have any thoughts on that book – then it’s a huge problem. What’s interesting here is that some authors feel relief when their reviewers say they don’t feel anything about the book. Trust me, not liking your book is still better than not having feelings at all.
― Giving three stars to the book also means that I liked the plot, but I’ve already read something like that. Basically, it’s nothing new.
In other words, a three-star rating is a neutral one and it’s good that something like this exists. There are some books that will make you rate them a three-star read, not because they are good or bad, but because you don’t have anything else to say about them.
Happy September, friends! I just can’t believe that August is over and we are one step closer to Autumn. I’m so excited and I am ready to enjoy in sweaters, hot chocolate, and cool, rainy days. I can’t wait to see the nature changing its colors from green to yellow. Ah, lovely, right?
Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple.
J. K. Rowling
As you probably know, earlier in August I created the August TBR list and I promised to do my best to achieve that goal. I am quite ashamed to announce that I failed this time, which isn’t surprising. As a mood reader, it is difficult for me to stick with any kind of schedule, but it is important that I tried, right? I have read three books out of five that I picked for that month. I think I would read four of them, but one of the books hasn’t arrived yet. I’m still waiting for it. Firstly, I have read Commute by Erin Williams and I really enjoyed reading it – it’s probably my favorite book of the month. I’m not used to reading graphic novels, but this one blew me away! I really loved it and I will definitely read more of Erin’s books. Also, later that month I have read The Art of Breaking Things by Laura Sibson and it was good, enjoyable read. It is something that I will definitely remember and gladly reread in the future. Lastly, I have read This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura and it was good. I didn’t enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed in the first two books, but maybe someday I will get back to it. I feel like I didn’t fully understand the book and rereading it would be a good idea.
I would probably read the fourth book Just Get Up: And Manifest Your Inner Genius by Isaac Samuel Miller, but the problem is that the book hasn’t arrived yet and I really wanted to read it. I hope it will arrive soon, I was really excited to read this one because I just love self-help books and August was all about self-help. It was so refreshing and now I am ready to enjoy in September. However, I will not make any reading list for this month because as you can see I am very bad at it. One thing is sure – for this month I will choose something autumn associated and I will probably read some poetry collections. I have something in my mind, but I will not reveal it now. Instead, I will write book reviews and some book-related posts on this blog.
If you are following me on Instagram, then you probably know that I am such a mood reader and it’s hard for me to stick with any tbr list. Earlier this month, I made that August tbr list and I am proud to say that I am on my third book. I don’t think I’ve ever gone this far with my tbr list. However, it is really diffcult for me to say what dictates my mood – sometimes it’s just about how I feel, or I noticed that I like to associate my reading with the current season. And this topic has been for far too long in my mind and I decided to finally talk about it.
As a huge mood reader, I struggle to pick up a book I want to read. There are times when I change 654236 books just to find the one that will match with my mood. I get so mad when I can’t decide what to read because I don’t want it to happen. Why can’t I just stick with my tbr list?! Ugggh.. When I was younger I thought that there is some problem with me because sometimes I spend days, even weeks just to find the right book. Later, I discovered that it is called being a mood reader. Yay…If the book I’m currently reading doesn’t match my mood, the chances of ending up in a reading slump are huge.
Any sort of schedule is just a huge mess! I can’t follow my book reviewing schedule because what I want to read today, might not be the thing what I want to read tomorrow or the day after tomorrow. That’s why I tend to post at least one review in one week. So yeah, I suck at planning and sticking with my plans.
Deadlines are my worst enemies. Even when I was a student, deadlines were so depressing for me and I was afraid of them. I just feel so much pressure and my work cannot be done properly.
The most important think is that even though there is just too much pressure, I like being a mood reader. With every new season, I get so excited about the books I want to read and honestly, I wouldn’t change a thing about it. I read what I want and life is too short to be dictated by people or any tbr list.
Hello bookworms, It is Thursday and I felt like I need to write something here, so I decided to do the update on reading. As you probably know, last week I created an August TBR list and decided to stick with it. So far I have finished Commute by Erin Williams and I enjoyed reading it. While I was reading the book, I had the feeling that every woman needs to read this book. It is about women – learning that their voice is equally important and how it should be heard. It is full of feminism and I liked how the author carefully chose her words.
Commute contains some brilliant illustrations and you cannot run away from this book – it grabs your attention the moment you open it. The illustrations are personalized as the woman portrayed in the book looks very much like the author herself. I think it’s beautiful! Speaking of the illustrations – there’s some exciting news: the final version will be printed in colour. Yay! I will have to order it. I must have it.
Also, Commute is definitely something written for the adult reader because it contains some explicit content. You might not want to recommend it to the young readers. This book deals with some serious issues such as alcoholism, recovery, and addiction. We learn about the author’s battles and the ending carries such a strong message. I know I said that I wanted some light reads this summer, but from time to time we must read something that will rack our brains, right?
The second part of this post I wanted to dedicate to the book I’m currently reading. It is called The Art of Breaking Things by Laura Sibson. I’m halfway through it and I just love it. It’s a moving story about the young girl Skye who goes through so much trouble. It breaks my heart!It is a really sad story and it also deals with some dark stuff like family abuse, drugs, and alcoholism. From the beginning of the book, I suspected that something is terribly wrong with Skye’s relationship with her mother’s boyfriend. And I was right!
All I want is to hug Skye and tell her that she’s not alone in this world. She puts on her brave smile every day, but I know that she needs somebody who will tell her that it is going to be alright. In this moment, I hate her Mother because she simply doesn’t care about Skye and her sister Emma. The only important thing for Skye’s Mother is to have a full bottle of vine. It’s just so, so wrong… I hope she will open her eyes and finally see the truth.
And that’s it. I hope to finish The Art of Breaking Things by the end of this week. Also, I will write the book review on Commute but it will probably happen sometime later in this month because I want to read the rest of my August TBR list, and then I will decide about my opinion and ratings.
Happy August, book fellas! I still cannot believe that July is behind us – time flies indeed. In my previous post, I was talking about the books I read in July. Some of them I really liked and some of them I wish I hadn’t read at all. All in all, July was quite interesting and enjoyable.
Now, it’s time for me to make my August TBR pile. I must admit that I am horrible at planning and everytime I plan on doing something – I fail. It’s like the Universe doesn’t want me to schedule anything, uggh! I am also worried a little bit because I will have some very important events this month (at least two of them) and both of them are happening in the last two weeks of the month.The important thing is that this time I will try my best and hopefully by the end of the month I will say: Yes, I have made it! But, we shall see…
Considering the fact that it’s summer, I will read some light reads and some of them will be self-help books. I am that type of reader who depends on seasons – during summer I tend to read something light (romance, contemporary YA), and during winter I like to read some other things.
✦ Commute by Erin Williams This graphic novel is going to be my first August reads and I am beyond excited about it. It’s the first graphic novel that I’m reading and I just know I’m going to love it! Or maybe hate it. I checked it out and it seems to be that there are only two types of readers – the ones who loved the book and the others who hated this book. I hope I will be in the first group. Anyway, I’ll let you know.
An intimate, clever, and ultimately gut-wrenching graphic memoir about the daily decision women must make between being sexualized or being invisible.
From its covers
✦ The Art of Breaking Things by Laura Sibson I started reading this one in the last week of July, but somehow I didn’t get to finish it. I’m like maybe four chapters into it and it’s very interesting. It’s about the teenage girl, Skye, who doesn’t want to live in Dodge. She feels like she had enough and all she wants is to move out. The only thing that can save her is her art school that has already accepted her. Now, all she needs is to survive one more year without causing any major problem. It seems easy, but her secret from the past could change everything.
✦ This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura I must be honest about this one, I only picked it up because I found it somewhere on somebody’s list of recommendation. Plus, its plot sounds intriguing, so why not to give it a try! Basically it’s about a seventeen-year-old girl, CJ, who is not sure about what to do with her life. Her Mother has it all – and she knows what’s the best for her daughter. However, CJ feels like a failure and she doesn’t live up to her mother’s expectations. She finds herself a hobby- flowers arranging. CJ helps her aunt Hannah, but she doesn’t agree with her about the meaning of flowers. Everything is just almost perfect until her mother decides to sell the shop.
✦ Something Like Gravity by Amber Smith I am so excited about this one – I saw its covers and that was it. I just had to buy it. I can’t wait to read it because it sounds like a great story. It’s about a transgender who fell in love for the first time and it tells about the way it changes them. You see what I’m talking about? WE LOVE IT ALREADY, RIGHT? I will (hopefully?) tell you more about it in one of my following posts.
✦ Just get up: And Manifest Your Inner Genius by Isaac Samuel Miller This book is supposed to be an ARC and I hooope that it will arrive sometime in August. As far as I know, it’s is some kind of biography/self-help because it talks about the author itself. It shows up the way he fights his way out of a life of crime, drugs, mediocrity, and poverty. It sounds great to me and I would like to read this book. Also, I will always support budding authors, I have huge respect for them.
These books found its place on my August shelf and I will try so hard to read them all. That would be great! What is on your August TBR?