Summer TBR

This school semester has officially ended for me which means that I’ll be able to read a lot more books. As of right now I don’t have any big plans for the summer therefore I am hoping to read at least 15 books which for me is a lot (not including the books for school). Not quite sure if I am actually going to be able to do that as I don’t know how many books I have to read for school. I know that I’ll have to read some of Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories for English and I have a list of books for my Latvian literature class though I haven’t  read through it carefully yet. From the first glance I can tell that there are about 5 books.

Here is my summer TBR (not in any particular order):

  1. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  2. Cell by Stephen King
  3. The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
  4. It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
  5. The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde
  6. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
  7. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
  8. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
  9. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  10. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
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Book Review: Butterfly Islands by Chris Seabranch (spoiler free)

Butterly Islands was written during a project Chris Seabranch is doing called Six Books In Six Months. Here is a link where you can get more information about the books and the project: Six books In Six Months
The story starts with the main character, 15 year old girl named Casey, getting ready to marry the Governor’s son, a ruthless and perverted man twice her own age, only because her stepfather had arranged the wedding. Just minutes before, encouraged by her mother, she escapes the wedding and runs in the direction of the jungle. She eventually meets a group of women pirates called 21 Butterflies.

I started this book without knowing a lot about it, except that it is about pirates, so I won’t give out a lot of things 🙂

Butterfly Islands are written in a third person view point. This book was jammed with exciting adventures right from the beginning, including a lot of fighting, I never felt bored while reading this book. The author introduced a lot of fascinating characters though sometimes I was confused about who is who (that actually happens  lot with me). Casey, the main character, at first seemed as someone really basic and simple though throughout the book she uncovered and revealed a lot more of her unusual characteristics and surprised me with her courage. The world was set exceptionally well, it was easy for me to imagine it all  happening in my head. The setting, as you would imagine for a pirate book, was really captivating and it kind of reminded me of Assassin’s Creed video games that I used to be obsessed with. The reason why I took one star off my rating was because at times I found this book to be a little bit cheesy and usually I try to steer clear of cheesy books, but in this case it happened relatively rarely and it didn’t bother me that much. There was also a little bit of romance happening that was a nice addition to the fast going story line though I wish the author had expanded a little more on that. The ending was great and I can see how this story will get more and more epic with the time. All in all, I really enjoyed this book and I recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy books.

Butterly Islands by Chris Seabranch on Amazon
Thank you so much for reading and have a great day :))

Book Review: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (spoiler free)

Goodreads synopsis: 

the cold

Grace has spent years watching the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf – her wolf – watches back. He feels deeply familiar to her, but she doesn’t know why.
the heat.

Sam has lived two lives. As a wolf, he keeps the silent company of the girl he loves. And then, for a short time each year, he is human, never daring to talk to Grace… until now.
the shiver.

For Grace and Sam, love has always been kept at a distance. But once it’s spoken, it cannot be denied. Sam must fight to stay human – and Grace must fight to keep him – even if it means taking on the scars of the past, the fragility of the present, and the impossibility of the future.

My rating: 2/5 stars

Shiver is the first book of Maggie Stiefvater’s I’ve read. The reason why I picked it up was because I’ve heard wonderful things about her books and I had seen Shiver and Linger (second book in the series) multiple times in bookstore for only like 2 euros each but I always found something a bit more interesting to buy. Though, then one time i found both of them together for 2 euros so I couldn’t resist such an amazing deal. Unfortunately it was a big disappointment. So finally here is what I didn’t like about it.

1.Nothing happened through out the whole book

I was bored most of the time because it seemed like the main problem was keeping Sam warm. So rarely was I actually interested in what was happening that I just wanted to stop reading it but the fact that I had already bought the second book ceased me from doing so. Yeah, there were some minor problems (and I say minor only because the two main characters weren’t so bothered by them) like Jack going all crazy and Isabel trying to understand what’s happening, but as I said it before, they really didn’t pay enough attention to these problems that it would compensate the everything else. I also tried listening to the audio book but that didn’t speed up the plot.

2. The romance

I just couldn’t believe in their love, there was just obsession. I mean I understand that the love supposedly grew throughout the years when Sam was just a werewolf creeping around Grace’s house but that just wasn’t enough for me. As a reader I felt so skeptical about their mutual affection and how it started. I can understand Sam a little bit, he was just obsessed with Grace because he knew that he could never have her but the fact that Grace fell in love with a wolf seemed crazy to me. Maybe the problem for me was the fact that the love was introduced so early in the book and the confusion from the beginning dragged with me throughout the whole book. At a few times I also cringed because of how cheesy some moments in the book were (and I am not a big fan of cheesy).

3. Just in general characters

I never was able to connect to either of the main character so I guess it is understandable why I didn’t like the whole story. There was nothing to Grace except her obsession with wolfs. She simply seemed boring to me and the fact that she didn’t care about her friends most of the book really bothered me. She seemed really ignorant. Sam was a little bit more intriguing. The parts where he remembered his pack and his past seemed the best parts of the book. It kind of gave me a background information about him which always helps me understand the characters. On the other hand Isabel was a lot better. There was a little bit more to her as a character. I understood her love for her brother and that she would try everything to help him.
Now talking about the audiobook I listened to, hoping that it would make it better
I had a problem with the people who recorded this book. Grace sounded like a ten year old girl who just cares about her hair looking good and Sam sounded like the most grown up teenager ever, which I guess works. Though, the fact that there was such an age gap between the voices made the whole story a bit creepy (and not in a good way) and the audiobook  definitely didn’t help the story.
All in all, I didn’t like the book. The only reason why I gave it two stars was because of the few moments where Sam thought about his past. The possibility of me picking up Linger is really close to none but because I have it standing on my shelf, there still is a slight chance. As for the rest of Maggie Stiefvater’s books, I’ll probably try reading another one because I think that judging an author by just one of her books is a bit harsh.
Thank you for reading my first review, hopefully you enjoyed it! 🙂
Next time I’ll try to write a review for a book I actually like.

Late 2016 Reading Goals

It is almost half way through February and I have finally decided to come up with some reading goals for 2016. I started reading larger  amounts of books only in Autumn 2014 though only YA. As I was new to the book community (that I have noticed mostly focuses on YA) I wasn’t really aware of the fact that there are more great genres and reads out there. I spent the year 2015 reading LOTS of YA so for me to be able to step out of my comfort zone I need some kind of motivation and hopefully this post will be it. 🙂

 So finally here are the challenges:
A book based on a fairy tale
A National Book Award winner
A book that’s under 150 pages
A book at least 100 years older than me
A New York Times bestseller
A book I can finish in a day
A book about business
A book that is becoming a movie this year
A book that takes place on an island
A banned book

And here are some specific books I would like to get my hands on:
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
The Ruins by Scott Smith
The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort
The Revenant by Michael Punke
Wild by Cheryl Trail

 

Not sure if I’ll be able to actually do them all but hopefully I can do at least half of them 🙂

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Book Covers: UK vs. US

Hi,
for my first book blog ever I decided to compare UK and US book covers. All of the books I own are the UK covers because those are the only ones available in the bookstores around me though I wish some of them were the US editions.

So here are the covers of few of my favorite books

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass, #4)

Throne of Glass series are my all time favorite! Even though the third book “Heir of Fire” I liked just a little bit better, the fourth installment’s covers are absolutely gorgeous! The UK editions have got this clean and fancy look to them but the US ones are just straight up BADASS! And, I am a sucker for these kinds of book covers. All in all, they are not really that different at all but I simply enjoy the red color                                 in the background a little bit                                     more.

 

 

Slammed by Colleen Hoover

None of these cover editions reflect how amazing this book actually is. I sadly have to say that I hate the US edition with the girl. I understand that it’s supposed to represent the stage on which they performed the slam poetry but the original one with just the stool (hopefully I found the right information about the covers, which one’s which) in my opinion is so much better. None of these three covers attracts the readers but I guess that an author like Colleen Hoover who has got the most amazing writing style, doesn’t also need breathtaking book covers, it is just another bonus. After I read the book I finally understood both of the covers, US older one (on the right) and the Point of Retreat book cover with the butterfly on it and only then I could appreciate them. For me the UK cover is just too simple. There is nothing really special about it so again the US covers wins! 🙂

Bird Box by Josh Malerman


Thank you for reading this blog post! Hopefully you were at least a little bit entertained 🙂  Both of these covers give a creepy vibe that perfectly fits with the story. It was super hard to decide which one I liked better but I guess I have to go with the US cover again. Though only because it is just a little bit more creepy than the UK cover 😀 Also I prefer it when the author’s name is written at the end of the page.