A-Z Book Tag

Hey guys, I’ve never done a book tag before and I got really excited when I stumbled upon this one from mudandstars even though I haven’t been tagged, I just wanna play along cause it seems really fun and interesting lol. Here we go:

Author you’ve read the most books from: That’s Stephen King, of course. I don’t keep track of the number but I might have reached 14 books written by him. One of my reading goals is to read all of his books, wish me luck!

Best sequel: Glass Sword, Victoria Aveyard. I’m in love so far with the series and I was really surprised by how awesome the sequel was.

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Currently reading: I’ve been reading Papillon by Henri Charriere but I just abandoned it cause it wasn’t really my style at all. I tried tho. Right now I started Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers.

Drink of choice while reading: I enjoy drinking a cup of tea from time to time because I feel sick from coffee but I won’t ever refuse hot chocolate.

Ereader or physical: Ereader. I love my kindle so much and since I travel a lot it’s pretty hard to carry all the books with me and maybe I won’t be in the mood to read any of the books I brought with me so if I have them all on my kindle it’s super convenient. I love reading actual books too especially if they’re graphic novels but my every day buddy is the kindle. I don’t really get all the hate thrown at ereaders and why some of the people feel superior just because they only read physical books and don’t “degrade” themselves to technology. A book is a book no matter what form it has.

Fictional character you probably would’ve dated in highschool: My number one choice right now is Will from Slammed by Colleen Hoover. I loved him. I used to swoon over Finn from All the Bright Places but I don’t think I would’ve been able to deal with a suicidal guy. WILL IS THE COOLEST ANYWAYSSSS.

Glad you gave this book a chance: Jane Eyre. I’m not a fan of classics and I hardly get myself to read one but Jane Eyre together with Wuthering Heights made me be more open to classics and appreciate them more. Jane Eyre is one of my favorite classics.

Hidden gem book: The Three O’clock in the Morning Sessions by Angie Martin. I don’t actually know how hidden this one is but I know it’s far from popular tho it deserves some more popularity. It’s a poetry book and it was awesome how she combined poetry with short stories and you won’t be disappointed by her writing style either. It’s pretty deep and it just made me read it in one sitting. I got it for free on the amazon kindle store.

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Important moment in your reading life: Probably when I got my kindle. It made it so easier for me to read all the books that I wanted and get them so quickly! It’s also a birthday present from my friends and I still have it for 3 years and I hope I won’t ever have to get rid of it. I moved to USA since then and I miss them a lot and now I appreciate it so much more than I used to when I was still at home.

Just finished: Point of Retreat, Colleen Hoover. I was too obsessed with Lake and Will from the first book so I couldn’t get over it until I’ve read the second one and soon I’m gonna start reading the third one.

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Kind of books you won’t read: Fantasy and biographies (except a few of them but generally I get bored easily).

Longest book you’ve read: Stephen King’s IT (click the title for the review). Very happy it wasn’t shorter.

Major book hangover because of: I have to decide between two Colleen Hoover books (lol I mention her so often). It’s either It Ends With Us or Slammed. Can I just blame the hangovers on Colleen Hoover in general?

Number of bookcases you own: None yet since I just moved into a new place. I keep buying books but I’m gonna build as many as I need with a little help from my husband. Can’t wait! I might post updates on it when we start working on it.

One book you have read multiple times: George Orwell’s 1984. The first book that turned me into this book ape that I am now.

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Preferred  place to read: My bed. All cozy.

Quote that gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read: I actually have a notebook where I write all the quotes I stumble upon in my books so this is a pretty hard decision to just choose one but I’m gonna share the first one that I thought of right now: “Stay gold, Pony Boy, stay gold.”

Gotta love The Outsiders.

Reading Regret: Sometimes I regret that I can’t get myself into reading more serious books like philosophy and researches and stuff like that.

Series you started and need to finish: THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS!! I have only one book left of it so it’s not that bad but besides this series I have a few more that I have to deal with. I like to complete the series but I don’t know if I can finish everything that I started especially when a long time passed by and I don’t even remember what happened in the previous book(s). But The Mortal Instruments it’s my top priority.

Three all time faves: George Orwell’s 1984, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover (take a shot every time I mention her).

Unapologetic fangirl for: Harry Potter. House Hufflepuff (Pottermore said that so it must be true).

Very excited for this release more than all others: The sequel of Caraval called Legendary by Stephanie Garber. May 2018 can’t come soon enough.

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Worst bookish habit: Reading in bed and falling asleep no matter what time of day it is. I hate that.

Your latest book purchase: The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy, The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials and Divergent.

Zzz-snatcher book (a book that kept you up really late): One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey. Once you pick it up it’s done, you don’t leave it until you finish it.

Alright so this is my first book tag that I’ve done and I’ve had fun doing this. I can’t wait until the next one! Hope you guys enjoyed it and discovered some books you didn’t know through this.

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“I’ll take the Lake”

I thought I’m gonna have a heart attack or faint or something. THAT’S HOW MUCH I LOVE COLLEEN HOOVER’S BOOKS.

Slammed.

Rating: 20/5.

I think it is pretty clear, since this is a Colleen Hoover book, that I’ve read it in a few hours. I found myself in the same situation as “I don’t know what to read, I’m gonna get myself a cup of Colleen Hoover” which turned into 2 cups cause I HAD to read the next one too because I didn’t calm down with it.

I love both Layken and Will. I love Will more though, he kinda reminds me of Jim Halpert’s character from The Office. Always funny and cute and smart.

I was impressed by the idea of slamming. I didn’t know that it is actually a thing, initially I thought Colleen came up with the idea but afterwards I found out that people are actually doing it. And I love it. Also, I think it was awesome that Colleen actually wrote the slams the characters performed and I loooved theeeem!

Colleen has some really awesome ideas, like the glass vase full of life tips stars to help them when they need it the most when they won’t have anyone else besides them and their brothers (and Will’s grandparents).

By the end of the book my chest was aching. Literally. And then I couldn’t stop thinking about them. And then I’ve read the second book. Review to come.

As a conclusion, YES GO READ IT!!

Oddities and darkness.

This wasn’t my first encounter with David Levithan, but by far this one is the most unfortunate one. I’m talking about Every You, Every Me.

Rating: 2.5/5

I’ve had a few thoughts of rating it 3/5 but I just couldn’t. There was too much teenage angst squeezed in it and it’s too morbid for my taste.

The plot itself wasn’t the most horrible ever or stuff like that but David kinda killed it with too many striked-through words and ugly photographs. I love photography and one of the reasons why I chose this book is because I knew it has photography in it. Man but the photos…

UGLIEST PHOTOS IN THE WORLD. I have no idea who took those photos but it should be illegal for that person to hold any device that has a camera.

It kinda felt like he was just exercising writing and he was getting photos to write stuff inspired by them and then…oh well…let’s print a book.

The main character is the most depressive person ever and he makes you cut your wrists. But still, the plot wasn’t very bad, otherwise I wouldn’t have thought of giving it a rating of 3 at one point.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9972838-every-you-every-me

Just keep swimming.

Colleen Hoover just became one of my favorite writers after I’ve read It Ends With Us. I think this has been one of the most beautiful books I have ever read with its happy and sad parts you can’t doubt its beauty. You will smile, you will cry, you will rage and you will be happy again.

Rating: 5/5

I didn’t know what book I should choose so I just decided to go with this one because I could’ve bet I can’t go wrong with Colleen Hoover. But I didn’t expect it to be THIS great. I didn’t even want to go to sleep because I just needed more of it. Even though I did, the second I woke up I got back at it because I just kept thinking about it and it was my perfect company.

The characters are mature in their way of dealing with life and that makes the book even better especially when you have some expectations…I mean…Colleen Hoover raised the standard. To me, the characters in this book are unique and I’ve read enough contemporary romance books to make the difference.

You’re gonna see how smart Colleen is when it comes to the subject of abuse, it gave me the impression that it was something different than other books…or maybe the plot is just written on point. Anyways, you won’t be able to ignore your feelings.

I can’t really tell you about the plot because I don’t really know what to say about it but it was an emotional rollercoaster and sometimes I found myself very high and happy and the next few chapters I was instantly sad.

Totally recommend. If you want a good Colleen Hoover start just go on with Confess or this one. If you want to read only one book this year, let it be this one.

For summary: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27362503-it-ends-with-us

18 years of solitude.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon owns my heart momentarily.

Rating: 4/5.

When you start reading it be ready to drown in cuteness. I love Madeline! I love how she deals with her “sickness” and her way of being generally. I love the conversations between Olly and her and I love her courage.

All the adventures they have actually made me want to be there too and do the same things. I think they’re one of my favorite couples in the YA world. They both have to deal with stuff but their personalities make up for any trouble they have.

What do I think of what her mom did?

That was just cruel.

I’m glad they found out she needs some treatment and a psychiatrist because I just couldn’t believe that she is serious tho’ I was glad this book can give you a glimpse of what trauma can actually do to a person. Her intention was pure but it was the wrong way of protecting everything she has left which is Madeline. Yes I was angry at her when I found out what was going on and yes I came to my senses and I began to understand her.

Carla is just awesome. She’s the type of person anyone needs in their life. So trustworthy and kind and serious about everything she does, I just loved her.

The illustrations in it are so adorable sometimes I just wanted to take a picture of them and instagram it or something. They’re the cherry on the cake.

Yes, I pretty much loved every character in this book because they’re just beautifully constructed.

I totally recommend it even if you’re gonna watch the movie or not. You HAVE to read it. Did I mention the cute illustrations in it?

summary: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18692431-everything-everything

 

Long live king Tiberias

The moment you read the first book in the series you feel like Victoria Aveyard just got you used to awesome writing, crazy plots and unexpected types of characters and shocking events and LIFE LESSON: SHE NEVER DISAPPOINTS! So don’t talk shit about my dear Victoria because she wrote (and still writes, come on baby with the 4th book) one of the best series ever! And I should really consider buying the coloring book.

Rating: 4/5.

King’s Cage actually worried me because I haven’t seen any hope for Mare. I could not imagine any means to escape him. He’s a controlled psycho. He doesn’t really want to do all the stuff he does but he can’t help it and he just needs to be saved from himself. I know Cal’s plan is to help his brother and he actually expected Mare to follow but…oh man…I would’ve shocked Cal a little for that (I’m more of an every-man-for-himself kind of person).

Mare is one of the strongest book characters I’ve met. I admire her from every point of view and I don’t know what I would do if I would be in her place. She’s strong, capable, smart, mature and young. Too young to deal with all of this but look at her still kicking ass and that should be empowering for every girl. She does what she has to do and she is doing it well.

If you have read the first 2 books this is your sign to get this book and read it as soon as possible! You can’t possibly live with the action from the second book so I’m telling you you must read this madness.

I kinda wished this one had more of a typical ending (which isn’t something that happens often) but I just love Mare so I thought that she deserves so much better than to be left again tho’ I tried to understand Cal too.

In the end, everybody stands for what they believe.

Summary: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30226723-king-s-cage

“Oh I’d love to wear a rainbow everyday…”

Probably you didn’t even read the title, you just sang it. I’m a big fan of Johnny Cash and of course I couldn’t skip his autobiography, Cash.

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He’s a very appreciated man. I don’t think any other (country) musician can reach the Cash level. Whenever I’m talking to someone about him, all I hear are nice words about his music and himself.

I personally love his signature of being “the man in black” especially after I listened to the song. He was something (and still is) that the music industry needed.

I don’t really have a lot of words to say about his autobiography but I consider it a must-read for every Johnny Cash fan and I’m sure even his testimony about God will reach anyone’s heart.

Rating: 4/5

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35488.Cash?ac=1&from_search=true

3 o’clock blues

I’m not a huge fan of modern poetry but I give it a shot sometimes when I’m in the mood and I couldn’t have chosen a better book than The three o’clock in the morning sessions by Angie Martin.

I was scrolling on Amazon Kindle’s free poetry books and the title, let’s face it, it’s pretty catchy. So I downloaded it and I’ve made myself cozy and started reading it and soon enough I finished it.

There’s so much beauty in it, you have to check it out. It’s like a collection of ballads and every poem gives you a certain feeling. They’re short but Angie has the right words to share whatever she felt at that moment. You can feel that she’s really pouring out her soul and feelings. You feel her sadness and you can also relate to those poems.

What made this book better than some others are the short narrations. You’re gonna find 2  great short stories as deep as those poems are but embrace yourself for the last one. I wanted more of it.

Totally recommended!

Rating: 4/5

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21873689-the-three-o-clock-in-the-morning-sessions?ac=1&from_search=true