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Book Review: The Art of Breaking Things by Laura Sibson

In the tradition of Laurie Halse Anderson and Sara Zarr, one girl embraces the power of her voice: rules are meant to be broken and she won’t stay silent.

About The Art of Breaking Things

✦ SYNOPSIS ✦
Seventeen-year-old Skye has her sights set on one thing: getting the heck out of Dodge. Art school is her ticket out and she’s already been accepted to her first choice, MICA. All she has to do is survive her senior year, not get too drunk at parties, and be there for her little sister, Emma. Sure, she’s usually battling a hangover when she drives to pick Emma up, but she has everything under control. Until he returns.

When her mom’s ex boyfriend slithers his way back into her family, it’s all Skye can do to keep the walls of her world from crumbling. Her family has no idea Skye has been guarding a dark secret about her past – about him – and she never thought she would have to face him again. She knows she has to get away from him at all costs. But how can she abandon Emma?

Skye’s heart is torn between escaping the man who hurt her years ago and protecting her loved ones from the monster in their midst. Running away from her fears isn’t an option. To save her sister – and herself – she’ll have to break all the rules.

✦ SEXUAL ASSAULT, PEDOPHILIA, DRUG ABUSE ✦
Skye is an art student in high school and she works hard to get her scholarship at an art school. Her Mother and little sister are everything in her life. She loves them, but because of her secret – she can’t truly express her love for them. When she was twelve, Mother’s boyfriend, Dan molested her. Because of that, Skye hides herself in drugs – she drinks every night, she smokes joints, and she hits on the random guys.

The truth is that nobody knows how she feels. Even Sky herself don’t know what to do. She realizes that it is not natural that Dan touched her the way he did, but she can’t search for help when even her Mother doesn’t believe her. She’s on her own. Skye’s Mother is an alcoholic – she drinks every night and she is often moody. Because of that, it is difficult for Skye and Emma to have any kind of healthy relationship with their Mother.

Ben is a friend of Skye and she has a crush on him. He plays in a band and he does drugs at parties. Once he crosses the line, Ben’s parents send him to a rehabilitation centre expecting him to be clean after some time. They think Skye is the bad influence and they won’t let her get in touch with Ben. In some way, we realize that Ben is the one who badly influences Skye, because she just follows the pattern.


✦ ART AS A MEANS OF COMMUNICATION ✦
In this book, Skye uses art to express her thoughts and feelings. She has tried so many times to tell her Mother what Dan did that night, but somehow she couldn’t. She was scared and she thought that her Mother won’t believe her. She has tried once to tell her what happened, but she was too drunk to believe it. Skye sees her rescue in painting. Once, she starts working on that big, mosaic project – the truth comes out.

✦ CHARACTERS ✦
Skye is a brilliant and really strong character. Well, her only option is to be strong because she has to protect her little sister. She doesn’t want Emma to suffer the way Skye does. She is protective, but sometimes it cannot be seen because Skye shows her love towards Emma and her Mother in a wrong way. I think that’s because they, as a family, never had a healthy relationships. They could never talk about their feelings and secrets. There was no time for such things.

The little Emma is so smart and energetic character. She is amazing and even though she is only twelve, she knows how to deal with problems. I think she was forced to mature early. There are times when their Mother cannot take care of them just because she is drunk. Their Mother is the weakest character and her miserable life destroyed the perfect childhood.

‘There’s no such thing as perfect, Lu,’ I say softly.
‘Because we’re all a little fucked-up.’ I poke her in the arm and she looks at me,unsmiling. ‘That’s what makes us interesting.’

The Art of Breaking Things, Laura Sibson

✦ OVERALL ✦
This is a glorious book and I am so happy I got the chance to read it. It was emotional and I wanted to hug Skye and give her some love, she really deserves it. It broke my heart that she went through so many things alone. I love the strength in her and she will always be my hero, my super woman.
On the other hand, I hate Dan and I think the ending isn’t so strong. I don’t like how he just vanishes into a thin air. I think the ending could be a bid different and I felt like the book is unfinished.
To sum it up, I quite enjoyed reading this book and I will definitely read more of Laura Sibson books.

My rating: 3.5/5⭐

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Book Review: Commute by Erin Williams

An intimate and powerful visual exploration of the blurred lines between yes and no, consent and assault, and the daily decisions women must make between being sexualized or being invisible

About Commute

Thank you to Abrams ComicArts for giving me a free ARC in exchange for an honest review!

✦ ABOUT THE AUTHOR✦
Erin Williams is a writer, illustrator, and researcher living in New York. She’s the coauthor of The Big Fat Activity Book for Pregnant People and The Big Activity Book for Anxious People.

✦ SYNOPSIS✦
In Commute, we follow author and illustrator Erin Williams on her daily commute to and from work, puncuated by recollections of sexual encounters as well as memories of her battle with alcoholism, addiction, and recovery. As she moves through the world navigating banal, familiar, and sometimes uncomfortable interactions with the familiar-faced stranger she sees daily, Williams weaves together a riveting collection of flashbacks.
Her recollections highlight the indefinable moments when lines are crossed and a woman must ask herself if the only way to avoid being objectified is to simply cease to draw any attention to her physical being. She delves into the gray space that lives between consent and assault and tenderly explores the complexity of the shame, guilt, vulnerability, and the responsibility attached to both.

✦ THE FEMALE FACE OF SHAME ✦
In her book, Erin talks about an uncomfortable reality and the way she accepted the truth about herself. Erin represents many women who have experienced exactly the same thing. Almost every woman has been taken advantage of by some guy and after she felt shame. And now, Erin ecourages these women to talk freely about that subject. She tells us that it is natural to feel this way, but she also says that we should stand up for ourselves. There is something intriguing about the power of women that makes them so unique.

✦ SEXUAL OBJECTIFICATION OF WOMEN ✦
There is one big, ugly truth. Men view women as sex objects. No matter how much we try to reject that fact, it just exists. It’s our reality and the author of this book shows us that. Erin tells us her story about relationships with guys. Each one of them saw her as a sex object. This sexual objectification reflects on her self image in a way that she was constantly searching for male approval. She invites guy to come over her place, but she doesn’t feel anything.

✦ IT IS OKAY TO STAND UP FOR YOURSELF ✦
Many women do not talk about female shame or any kind of abuse. Women are raped, treated badly, or were neglected and some of them just remain silent about that. They think it is something natural – the way it should be. The truth is that it is NOT natural and it should NEVER be like that. They deserve much, much better things and Commute is all about that. The author wants us women to be united and always support each other.

✦ OVERALL ✦
I really enjoyed reading this book and it was so emotional experience for me. Just the way Erin talks about her battles freely is so uncomfortable for me, and I admire her for her strength. It takes a lot of courage to talk about your life openly, especially when you have been through so much.
I also loved the illustration in the book and I can’t wait to order the final copy – it will be printed in color and I am beyond excited! Also, this book is not for young readers because there is some explicit content. I definitely recommend this book to adult readers who like to read self-help books.

My rating: 4/5 ⭐
Expected publication: October 8th 2019 by Abrams ComicArts

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Reading Update: Commute by E. Williams and The Art of Breaking Things by L. Sibson

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.

What are you reading this week?

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August 2019 TBR Pile

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.

That cover tho! It’s gorgeous

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?

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What I Read: July 2019

Yaay we have made it! It’s 30th of July which means it’s time for monthly highlights and I’m so excited. It has been quite rough for me and I was in a reading slump twice this month – which is really bad and I hate when it happens. I have read five books and most of them I liked very much. However, this is my July reading list:

Dark Soul Experiments by Bre Hall
I received an ARC of this book at the beginning of this month and I was super excited to read it because it was my very first physical ARC *screaming loudly*. It’s basically about the girl, Ren, who gets transported in the past when a guy gives her a charm bracelet. She finds it so confusing and thoughout the book, she has to make sense out of these stories. I left the full review on my blog, so if you want to read it – just scroll down. I really find this book very special – the plot is unique and its characters are brilliant.

I Heart Hawaii by Lindsey Kelk
This is the book that I got in my mail and I just couldn’t believe it. I ordered this book like months ago, but I somehow forgot about it – it took two long months to arrive here, huh.. So yes, I was really happy and of course I had to read it immediately. This book is the last one in the I Heart series and it just blew me away. It is about Angela who accepts her friend’s job offer and they go to Hawaii. There, she spends her time watching silky sunsets while having fun at the beach. However, she realizes that even Hawaii cannot make her problems disapper – they won’t go away just like that. I wrote full review on my blog, so feel free to scroll down and read it. I’m so happy about this book, but also very sad that this series has come to the end.

Again, but Better by Christine Riccio
I have also read this one somewhere at the beginning of this month but somehow I didn’t write about it. It’s just that I was so excited to read it because Christine is one of my favorite booktubers and she’s awesome – but somehow I didn’t enjoy reading this book. Shane is a shy girl who has no friends and she feels that she did so many mistakes just because she is an introvert. All of sudden – she is off to London where she signs up for a semester abroad. There she meets Pilot, a guy she likes immediately. However, Pilot has a girlfriend and Shane isn’t sure what to feel any longer. I saw Bookstagram going crazy about it – many people absolutely loved it. However, I found it quite boring and predictable. There was nothing special about its characters and they were so poor in sense of developing.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown
This book was recommended to me so many times, but my tbr list was just too long to pick this one up. However, I’m very glad I did read it because I find Red Rising brilliant! It was so amazing and even though I don’t usually pick up sci-fi, I really enjoyed in this one. Pierce Brown is an amazing author and I definitely want to read the entire series. Also, I want to mention that the fifth book in this series, Dark Age COMES OUT TODAY! How amazing is that? Red Rising is all about space – Darrow is a helldiver from Mars whose wife Eo is hanged. Now, Darrow is turned from a Red into a Gold. He is changed completely – so strong – and he passes all his tests. And guess what? He is picked by the House Mars to fight against other houses. Who will win? The plot is extraordinary and the author is so talented – well done!

Love and Hate by Lara Wilde
Another good book this summer comes from the talented Lara Wilde. I recieved an eARC this month and I knew I was going to like it. It is a cute love story between Leonor and Manel. They fell in love when they were teenagers, but one summer night Manel gets very jealous and breaks up with Leonor. She gets desperate, she calls him every night but he never responds. In the end, Leonor decides to forget about him and just to focus on her career. Everything changes one day in their future when they bump into each other. The plot is set in Portugal and its descriptions are everything. They are so beautiful and I fell in love with them. It is a light, sunny read and it’s perfect for this month.

Annnd that’s it! These are the books I read this month and I’m quite satisfied with them. I hope I can manage to read more books in August. How many books have you read this month?

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Summer Recommendations

Our July is slowly ending which means that the first half of this summer is already behind us. And to be honest, I don’t know how to feel about it. I really like summer and sometimes I don’t want it to end, but I’m also in love with autumn and everything that comes with it.

But, let’s not be sad – we have the entire August for our summer reading and in this post I want to share my favorite light reads. If you are looking for something to read at the beach while drinking your lemonade, then here are some suggestions for you.

  1. I Heart Hawaii by Lindsey Kelk
  2. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
  3. Going La La by Alexandra Potter
  4. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  5. The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
  6. Cherry Red Summer by Carina Bartsch
  7. Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
  8. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  9. I Heart Paris by Lindsey Kelk
  10. Love and Hate by Lara Wilde

These are some of my favorite books and I think we should read them during summer. Most of them contain some romantic story and they have brilliant descriptions, you will never get tired of them.

What are some of your favorite summer reads?

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Book Review: Love and Hate by Lara Wilde

Sometimes love turns into hate and hate can sometimes turn into love.

Love and Hate, Lara Wilde

✦ ABOUT LARA WILDE ✦
Lara Wilde is a young lawyer, surfer and most of all she is a Romance author with a great passion for true love stories and feelings inherent to the human nature. Lara grew up in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro and also in Virginia, USA. At a point in her life she decided to follow her childhood dream of being a writer and explore the world.

As an avid observer passionate for people’s behavior, she immersed herself in different places and cultures. A thing Lara realized though, was that no matter where she was or the culture she was involved in, humans have the same basic emotions. The everyday dramas and stories of love thend to repeat within different scenarion.

Currently based on the contient of Europe, Lara loves the good wine, weather and history that feeds her inspiration to write good stories.

✦ SUMMARY ✦
Love and Hate is a novella that takes place in Portugal (Porto,Cascais, and Lisbon). It is a love story about Leonor and Manel, two teenagers who fall in love at first sight. Leonor is a young, smart girl who has a very strict parents. However, it does not mean that Leonor should stay at home every night.

Manel is a young, cute boy who takes Leonor to the parties. They dance, swim and sing at the beaches of Portugal. It was all great until Leonor meets a young member of the band who is immediately attracted to Leonor. Of course, Manel gets very angry and all jealous and he breaks up with Leonor and goes to study medicine in Porto.

Leonor is broken-hearted. She calls him everyday, but Manel never responds. She is desperate and even starts hating him a little bit. After all, she decides that they simply weren’t meant for each other. Who knows? Maybe it’s better that way because they will never see each other again. The story gets complicated when Leonor comes back to Porto and runs into Manel.

Leonor finds herself questioning about her feelings.

✦ SUMMER AND BEACH LIFE ✦
This book is a good summer read and I am glad that I read it now, during summer because all of Lara’s descriptions got me daydreaming about those stunning beaches of Portugal. You just can’t read it without wishing to be right there.

She stepped out of the car and took in the sight of her new work place. The building was gorgeous. It was a white three-story building with pink flowered vines running up each side of the entrance way. The smell of salt was in the air from the sea and with it being such a warm day, she could still feel the cool ocean breeze. Which she had always loved

Love and Hate, Lara Wilde

I think I’m in love with these descriptions because they are just what I need. There were too many descriptions like this one and it was hard for me to choose which one to post here. I really want to go to Portugal now.

She smiled in return and sipped at the rosé. It was refreshing and sweet, and in the evening sunlight, it perfectly matched the dreamy view. The fading warmth of the sun mixing with the cool ocean breeze stirred that part of her once more.

Love and Hate, Lara Wilde

✦ BARBIE AND KEN ✦
The love story between Leonor and Manel is so romantic and cute and ugggh.. It made me emotional so many times. I was sad at the beginning of the book because Manel was kind of stubborn and he did not want to hear what Leonor has to say. On the other hand, I understand him somehow. He is deeply in love with her, and just seeing her talking to that random guy was just.. painful, I would say.

I loved how Leonor was strong enough to move on with her life without him. She is a successful architect and she has it all. Also, I noticed how she changes once Manel leaves her. But, she had no choice! Of course that she would go on with her life and do her best. She deserves only the greatest things!

But, I repeat, the romance between them two is the cutest! I can’t get enough of it.

‘You know what I realized that day?’
His voice was so low, she was afraid the sea would swallow his words.
‘What?’ She prompted breathlessly, her heart hammering in her chest.
‘How much I wanted to kiss you,’ he whispered.

Love and Hate, Lara Wilde

✦ OVERALL ✦
To sum it up, I quite enjoyed reading this book. Lara Wilde is an author that will always be special to me because she writes good things, but her work is unrecognized. She is brilliant and the world should know her and her books. Love and Hate is a perfect light, summer read and I can see myself bringing this book with me on holiday. The plot was cute and easy to follow. The characters are cool and I felt like I could relax together with them. There is no need to get into a deep observation of them. All you need is to sit back and enjoy yourselves.

If you want to read something that will relax you, then I suggest picking up this book, you might enjoy it.

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THE FIFTY BOOKISH QUESTIONS TAG

This is my first book tag on my blog, but I did some of them on my Instagram page, so feel free to check it out. I found this on Adventures of a Bookish Girl and I want to thank her. Also, if you want to do this tag yourself, consider yourself tagged by me.

  1. What was the last book you read? Yesterday, I finished The Burden of Trust by Tabitha Young. I posted the review in my previous post.
  2. Was it a good one? It was quite good, actually. I liked the plot and characters were very interesting and well-developed.
  3. What made it good? Like I said, the plot and its characters were really good. It was so easy to follow the plot and it was gripping from the beginning.
  4. Would you recommend it to other people? Oh, yes I would! If you like romance and moving stories, this one is definitely for you.
  5. How often do you read? I read almost every day. I say almost because I’m having chronic headaches and reading isn’t the best option in such times. However, when I feel better, I tend to read as much as I can.
  6. Do you like to read? What kind of question is this? Come on…
  7. What was the last bad book you read? Again, but Better by Christine Riccio. I read it last week and uggh! It was so bad for me, I couldn’t wait to finish it and just forget about everything in that book.
  8. What made you dislike it? Well, the plot was ordinary and predictable – it was nothing special to me. Also, I couldn’t trust its characters. They are weird.
  9. Do you wish to be a writer? Sure, but I have zero talent.
  10. Has any book ever infuenced you greatly? Yes, and I’m glad it did. It was The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. The first time I read it, I was going through a difficult times. I was a teenager and I reached that point in my life when everything seemed so pointless. This book made me change my views on life and I felt that I’m not alone in this world. The Alchemist saved my life.
  11. Do you read fan fiction? I don’t. I’m not very much interested in it.
  12. Do you write fan fiction? Not really, but in my mind I have at least billion scenes that don’t exist in my favorite reads.
  13. What’s your favorite book? You can’t ask me that question! You just can’t… I don’t have favorite book – I have favorite bookS. One book that I like to reread over and over is definitely Alice in Wonderland.
  14. What’s your least favorite book? Again – too many. I remember disliking The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. His books are definitely not for me. I find them boring and predictive.
  15. Do you prefer physical books or read on a device? I prefer physical books. There’s nothing better than holding a real book. However, physical books are way too expensive here, so I usually read on my kindle.
  16. When did you learn to read? I’m not sure, I was too young haha. But I know it was too early, maybe at age 5. I loved spending time with my grandma, we usually watched soap operas, and that’s when I learnt how to read. That’s what I was told haha. Also, it’s interesting to mention that firstly I learned Serbian Cyrillic alphabet, even though it’s not my native language. (I watched soap operas in Serbian Cyrillic)
  17. What is your favorite book you had to read in school? The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales. It was my fist book that I had to read in my elementary school and I was so excited, I think that was the key moment in my life. Right then I discovered joy of reading. I wrote on this topic in one of my previous posts.
  18. What is your favorite book series? How can I pick only one? It’s impossible! The series I usually recommend because I like them very much are The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, I Heart series by Lindsey Kelk, and ACOTAR by Sarah J Maas.
  19. Who is your favorite author? I really like Leigh Bardugo, Cassandra Clare, Stephanie Garber, Lindsey Kelk, and Pierce Brown. There are many more worth mentioning, but these are my top 5.
  20. What is your favorite genre? I have to go with fantasy and YA.
  21. Who is your favorite character in a book series? Hmm, let’s see.. I liked Jace from The Mortal Instruments, he is amazing. I also liked Alex from the I Heart series, Hermione from Harry Potter.. these are great characters.
  22. Has a book ever transported you somewhere else? Every book that I have read transported me somewhere else. I have been to many, many places because of books that I read. I liked being on the planet Mars in Red Rising by Pierce Brown. That book is brilliant!
  23. Which book you wish had a sequel? The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I loved that book, it was so magical.
  24. Which book you wish DIDN’T have a sequel? The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman. I really liked the first book in this series, but I couldn’t get into the second book, it was all too much for me.
  25. How long does it take you to read a book? It depends on many factors. If I really like a book, then I finish it in two days. However, on days when I get busy and barely have time to read – it usually takes a week or so.
  26. Do you like when books become movies? I don’t. It’s really bad if you read a book and then it becomes a movie. They always leave out some (important to readers) scenes and it can change the entire story. That’s not what we want, right?
  27. Which book was ruined by its movie adaptation? Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. The book is amazing, but I felt like the concept of the story is missunderstood by watching the movie. They send us two different messages.
  28. Which movie has done a book justice? The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. It is so. so. sooo. good! I highly recommend it!
  29. Do you read newspapers? Yes. There’s always something interesting going on.
  30. Do you read magazines? I used to. When I was teenager, I was obsessed with them.
  31. Do you prefer newspapers or magazines? Newspapers.
  32. Do you read while in bed? Yes, I love reading in my bed, especially in the evening. It’s my favorite place to read. It’s so comfy and relaxing.
  33. Do you read while on the toilet? Sometimes yes. If the book is really interesting, I won’t go even to the toilet without bringing my book with me.
  34. Do you read while in the car? I wish! I get too dizzy.
  35. Do you read while in the bath? Not really.
  36. Are you a fast reader? I would say so. Yes.
  37. Are you a slow reader? Nope..
  38. Where is your favorite place to read? At my home in my bed. It’s super comfortable and peaceful.
  39. Is it hard for you to concentrate when you read? If I read something good, then it isn’t difficult at all. However, reading something boring takes a lot of time and it’s very difficult to concentrate.
  40. Do you need a room to be silent while you read? My family is quite big and our home is everything but silent. I learned how to read in a room full of people who are talking constantly.
  41. Who gave you your love for reading? My grandpa. He used to read and write every day. Even now, after his death I saved one of his Harry Potter notebooks. I love it so much.
  42. What book is next on your reading list? I’m not sure.. I finished Red Rising by Pierce Brown and I really want to read the second book. But I have some mandatory readings for the rest of July, so we will see.. I will keep you updated.
  43. When did you start to read chapter books? I’m not sure about that one. Probably it was in my elementary school.
  44. Who is your favorite children’s book author? The brothers Grimm – they made me fall in love with reading and I will be forever thankful.
  45. Which author would you most want to interview? Lindsey Kelk – I follow her on Instagram and she always posts about interesting stuff. She is a great person!
  46. Which author do you think you’d be friends with? Again, Lindsey Kelk. But I also want to be friends with Leigh Bardugo and Sarah J Maas.
  47. What book have you reread the most? The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I pick it up whenever I feel down. There’s always something new to learn from it.
  48. Which books do you consider ‘classics’? Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, and many more.
  49. Which books do you think should be taught in every school? Ugh, there are way too many books on my list! First of all, it is very important to include almost all genres (yes, here I’m talking about fantasy, YA, sci-fi…) I would give them Harry Potter to read, because everybody fall in love with this series. Also, I would let children choose what they want to read in most cases. It’s important for them to find what they like. Not all children love all genres.
  50. Which books should be banned from all schools? I don’t think there is such thing. Every piece of work matters and we should respect it just like everything else.

And that’s it. I answered all of them and if you’re still reading this – thank you!
Happy reading!

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Book Review: The Burden of Trust by Tabitha Young

Sometimes, the heart exacts more than we want to pay

Te Burden of Trust, Tabitha Young

✦ SYNOPSIS ✦  
Faced with a decision that would change her life forever, Katerine ‘Kate’ Woods took the route that seemed best with the circumstances. Only time would tell whether or not she had made the right choice. Her own family required more than a bit of finesse. From being an on-demand aunt for her niece when her sister checked out on them to dealing with her mother’s peculiarities, she just needed some solitude to get her life back on track.

Chris Cody – sexy, arrogant, and in need of of a serious attitude adjustment – enters Kate’s life in nothing less than the dramatic way known as second nature to the very handsome movie star. Armed with his own issues and in need of a good friend, Chris lands on Kate’s doorstep with a proposal to shock them both.

From New York to Florida to California, the two find themselves in a situation that is not ‘ripped from the headlines’ but makes the headlines in all the ways that Kate does not want. The bonds of love and friendship are truly tested in this moving tale about relationships, families, and life’s surprises.

✦ LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT KATE AND CHRIS ✦
Kate is that type of person who has too much going on in her crazy life. She is torn between her past and present and all she wants is to escape it. However, Chris Coddy (read the sexiest man alive) enters her life in a dramatic way and that is the moment when everything changes for Kate. Kate is a brilliant and well-developed character. She is caring and I think there’s no better person than her. She is going to kill us all with her kindness.

On the other hand, there is Chris. He is an amazing character – so strong and I loved the way he helps Kate to heal and I wouldn’t say that he made her happy. It is more that he helps Kate to learn how to be happy. I want to have Chris in my life because he would be the greatest motivational speaker. There is so,so much to learn from him, if you ask me.

✦ FRIENDS AND FAMILY ARE EVERYTHING ✦
I really liked friendship in this book, it’s so good. I loved Kate’s friends because they are really helpful and they made her feel she is not alone in this. I want Kate’s friends. Can they be my friends too? Moreover, they are very protective but it does not necessarily mean that it’s something good. There’s a fine line between protectiveness and possessiveness. And this book is great example if you look the Becky-Kate-Cris relationship.

Also, I liked Chris and his friends – they are great, but let’s say I liked them 1-2% less than Kate’s friends. They are so strong secondary characters and they kept the plot interesting.

✦ OVERALL ✦
Overall, this book was very enjoyable. I loved reading about Kate and Chris – it was really great! Even though the plot was characters were quite predictable but believable, I found the plot easy to follow. It was so easy to get into the book and everything. I also liked the small fragments of drama that kept me wide awake.

I loved how emotional and interesting this book is! I cried, I laughed – and more importantly – I learnt from it. I recommend it if you like romance.
3.5/5 ★

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Movie Review: Sweet Home Alabama (2002)

‘The truth is I gave my heart away a long time ago, my whole heart, and I never really got it back.’

Melanie

✦ CAST ✦
Reese Witherspoon as Melanie Smooter
Josh Lucas as Jake Perry
Patrick Dempsey as Andrew Hennings
Candice Bergen as Mayor Kate Hennings
Mary Kay Place as Pearl Smooter

✦ DIRECTOR ✦
Andy Tennant

✦ REVIEW ✦
Sweet Home Alabama is American romantic comedy and it was released in 2002. The movie begins with 10-year-old Jake and Melanie inspecting the results of sands struck by lighting. Jake tells Melanie that he will marry Melanie once they are old enough for it. Now, Melanie is a successful woman who works as a fashion desinger. She loves her job, and more importantly, she adores her fiancé, Andrew. He knows nothing about her past, but he is determined to marry Melanie. However, Melanie is ashamed of her poor roots and she has adopted the surname ‘Charmichael’ thatno one knows of.


The problem pops up once she realizes that she cannot marry Andrew until she divorces Jake, the young man whom she married long ago. They are strangers now. Melanie comes back to her village after seven years to find her husband and finally to see her parents. Moreover, Jake is not happy to hear the news. He doesn’t want to divorce her because he thinks that Melanie’s new life changed her as a person.


At the same time, Kate, Andrew’s mother, suspects that Melanie is not the right person for her son, so she sends people to spy on her. Andrew comes to surprise his fiance, but he discovers that Melanie was hiding him so many things. Despite everything, he still wants to marry her.


Just then, Melanie must make the right choice. Who will win her heart? Andrew or Jake

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✦  OVERALL ✦ 
Ah, I loved this movie so much! It is one cute love-story that needs to be seen at least once in life. I will definitely rewatch it soon. I am not that erson who prefers watching romantic movies, but this one was really nice. It contains all necessary elements, and the cast is amazing! I liked Melanie and I admire her for all her strength to start a new life. She works hard to get everything she wants.

However, sometimes you need to be careful what you wish for. There are times when you get something and realize it isn’t something you want. That happened to Melanie. I also really liked Jake, but if I have to choose between Jake and Andrew, I would probably go for Andrew. He is so kind and understanding. He was ready to give up on everything for her. I love the way he respects Melanie. He is really perfect!

What I didn’t like in this movie was the mother role. Melanie’s mother is quite distant and she wants all best things for her daughter. She wants her to marry Andrew only to be rich. She thinks this way Melanie will have better life. The only thing I liked about this woman was that she had taught Melanie how to be a successful woman and how to fight for her dreams. On the other side, there is Andrew’s mother and she wants her son to marry someone who will bring her new political votes. She doesn’t understand feelings, she sees only facts and that’s what matters.

‘You are just like your father. One minute you are brilliant and you are controlled, the next thing you are throwing it away on some piece of ass!’

Mayor Katherine Hennings

To sum it up, I really liked this love story, it is super cute and I highly recommend it. You will not regret watching it!

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★★★★ (4/5)