I finally decided to do a Top 5 Wednesday!! This is a great prompt for me, because I tend to read a book from one author, like it a lot, think a lot about reading more books by that author and then I always end up delaying it to read other books by other authors I didn’t yet had the opportunity to read… And with this, lets start!
Last summer I had the awesome idea and opportunity to buy the boxed set of the Mistborn trilogy. So I marathoned the 3 books and IT WAS THE BEST READING EXPERIENCE I’VE EVER HAD. Since then I’ve been wanting to read more by Brandon Sanderson, particularly The Stormlight Archive series… And it still did not happen. I have high hopes for this summer, tho.
Well, this is a special case. The last book I read in 2016 was The Name of the Wind and I loved it (ofc), but… Well, no one ready knows when the 3rd book will come out so I’ve been delaying reading The Wise Man’s Fear. But I really don’t think I can wait much longer. On the other hand my plan B for this situation is to read the 2nd book and then re-read the 2 books when I start to really miss the 3rd one 😂
I’ve read the portuguese editions of Timeline and Pirate Latitudes and I really liked the first one more than the other (but on the other hand… pirates). I don’ know how I still haven’t read Jurassic Park!!
Have you ever deep down know that you just gonna love some books? Well, this happened to me with Brandon Sanderson and more recently with Victoria Schwab! In March I read A Darker Shade of Magic (in english but this is now published in portuguese!!) and I loved the magical writing style and how magical the story was. I’m pretty sure I can just buy the rest of the Shades of Magic series as well as The Archived and the Monsters of Verity duology!
I’ve only read Old Man’s War by him, but I truly think I’ll really like his other books. The fun and light way he writes “”space sci-fi”” is something I need more in my life!
And what are the authors you need to read more from? I’d love to know! 😊
Kell is one of the last Travelers—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes—as such, he can choose where he lands. There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, ruled by a mad King George. Then there’s Red London, where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne—a place where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London… but no one speaks of that now. Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see—a dangerous hobby, and one that has set him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations, first robs him, then saves him from a dangerous enemy, and then forces him to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.
But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive—and that is proving trickier than they hoped.
Little side note: Well well well… Do you ever get that gut feeling when you hear about a book/trilogy/series/author and you just knowthat you’re going to love it so you better just buy all the books? Well, that first happened to me with the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. I had that gut feeling telling me I was going to love it, so I bought the boxed set and I LOVED IT. I have the same feeling with… well, all Victoria Schwab’s books, but I ended up only buying A Darker Shade of Magic on ebook right before A Conjuring of Light came out because it was really cheap. Won’t make that mistake twice! I am now ready to buy ALL HER BOOKS. And with this, lets move on to the review!
The only thing I knew about this book was that its setting involved 4 different Londons from parallel universes: Black London, White London, Red London and Grey London, and that it also involved magic. Some Londons had more of it than others, some were more ruthless than others and one of them was no more. Parallel worlds? Better: parallel Londons? SIGN ME IN. And I have to tell you, I loved this concept from the begining… Just the idea of it! And I also have to tell you, it was wonderfully accomplished. It was so complex, full of mystery and intriguing. We have these worlds, each of them so unique that it wasn’t hard to keep up about which London our characters were in. I could easily keep reading about the world building. The way of traveling between them was also something I loved, aswell as the different languages spoken in each world and how the magic system worked. Here I am, still aching to know more about it, to keep being submerged in these alternative Londons.
About the characters… I don’t really want to tell much about them, let this adventure guide you to them and find it for yourself, I really think you’ll have a better reading experience this way (*fingers crossed* I truly hope you do). I loved the dinamics between the main ones, how the friendship between Kell and Lila evolved, although I’d like to see more of Kell and Rhy’s (Kell’s adoptive brother) friendship, and I also liked how we were able to see some situations from the point of view of some minor ones (very few, though), because I liked knowing that there were also important things happening somewhere the main characters were not. How the characters from the different Londons perceived magic and how they thought it should be “handled” was also very interesting. Although I would like to get to know more about the characters, I’m fairly sure the next books will give me that.
I liked how the plot flowed and unfolded, the way we got to the situation that started this dangerous adventure to save the worlds (oh, the smuggling), the problems that the characters found along the way and how their perspectives were challenged by each other. But… I hoped there was a bit more to the ending, because I felt that, did I not know it was a trilogy, I would think it could very possible be a standalone.
I can not finish this without saying how Schwab’s writing is so, SO amazing! There where times when not much was happening but it was very hard for me to stop reading because the writing style was so compelling and I was appreciating the wording and how well it all fitted together. English is not my first language (I’m portuguese), but most times, while I was reading, I felt like it was (even though I didn’t know some words, but that’s what dictionaries are made for!), it played so smoothly and beautifully in my head.
(Rating) 4,25 stars. Why? BECAUSE I NEEDED MORE PAGES 😭 I really loved it, but I also really need a bit more of this world(s) and this story. I 100% recommend this to anyone who likes fantasy (especially magic), parallel universes, very special characters and a magical writing.
I’m really happy this is going to be translated to portuguese so I can push it on all my friends and recommend it to everyone!
Hi! Here it is The Late Late February Wrap-Up! February ended up being a surprising good reading month! I finish reading the book I started in January and read 3 more books. (I hope the rest of the year will be like this 😂)
I started Nevernight by Jay Kristoff in January but I didn’t have time to finish it. Although I found the plot quite interesting there were things I disliked about it, specially the fact that it is a problematic book. You can read my (short) review here, where I link up a very important post that talks about its problems. But, once again I have to say it: this cover is stuning!! (2 out of 5 stars)
I’m an anthropology student at college and I’ve been recomended to read Raça e História (the original is in french but it translates to english directly as Race and History) by Claude Lévi-Strauss, by a last semester professor, so I finally picked it up! It’s a really short book (about 100 pages with big font) and although I was expecting something a little more mind-blowing, I liked it. (3 out of 5 stars)
I have had The Gunslinger by Stephen King on my shelves for about 2 or 3 years, but 2017 will be the year I will read it, aswell as the second book in the Dark Tower series. Buuut…… It’s a strange fantasy book. It’s a western fantasy and although I haven’t yet watched Westworld I know it’s amazing and mind-blowing and because of it I was really into reading a western fantasy by Stephen King! I kind of DNFed it at page 60, but I’m going back to it during March and, hopefully, finish reading and liking it.
To All The Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han was the cute, light and fun read I was looking for after putting The Gunslinger aside! Sometimes it was painfully funny (in the sense that it was indeed funny but I would die if something like that happened to me) and sometimes I didn’t agree with her (lack) of reactions, but overall I liked it and I really want to read the next books!! (3,5 out of 5 stars)
I read amazing reviews about The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin and that was what made me pick it up instead of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. And, oh boy, I’m so happy I ended up choosing this instead! It’s such an increadible story about what happens… well, when life happens. And I won’t kid anyone: the fact that it was about a guy that owned a bookstore on a small island AND LIVED ABOVE IT played a great part in how much I liked the book. And the ending… It hit hard. It really is a beautiful story. (4 out of 5 stars)
Note to my future self: Remember to post the wrap-ups sooner 😌
I feel like I’m running against time to request books from my university’s library and that’s why some of the books featured in this wrap-up have a white tag. This library has so many books I want to read but that I’m not sure I’ll like them enough to spend money buying a physical copy or that I really want to read but can’t afford right now. Libraries speak to my soul 💖
I wanted to try doing a wrap-up for quite some time, but it was only more recently that I started to read more each month (a year ago I would probably only read a book a month). Sooo I think I’m ready to try this out now!
I’m very happy with myself for starting this new year with an accomplishment of 3 books read and 1 other book started!
I read The Pale Dreamer by Samantha Shannon right away in the first day of the month because it was a novella and only had about 70 pages. I really liked it! I read The Bone Season in November 2016 and really enjoyed it. The Pale Dreamer allowed me to go back to that world before I was able to get The Mime Order (which arrived yesterday 😁). I was very curious and wanted to know more about how Page started her life in the clairvoyant underworld and this prequel gave me what I was looking for, I only wish it was longer… (4 out of 5 stars)
Next I finished read The Amber Project by J. N. Chaney and you can find my review here. I definitely liked the second part way more than the first one, but I understand we (kinda) needed the world building that was done in that part. But the second part of the book was exactly what I was looking for! Very sci-fi-ish and post-apocalyptic!! I really liked how ponderate our main character was and the friendship he and his friends shared. Although I guessed some things I really enjoyed it and would have bought the second e-book (I initially thought it was a trilogy but it seems it’s going to have more books) right away if it wasn’t only available on Kindle (because I have a Kobo). (4 out of 5 stars)
I also read a portuguese classic named O Mandarim by Eça de Queirós. It was a nice story about a man who is offered a lot of money if he rings a bell that kills the previous owner of the money (not in a bloody way though, he would just… die). And I mean “nice” because it is also a story with a moral to learn: be careful with what you wish for, your conscience may never leave it alone! (3 out of 5 stars)
And lastly, I started Nevernight by Jay Kristoff but didn’t have the time to finish it.
I know, I have to admit that I kinda cheated because 2 of the 3 books I read were really short (O Mandarim has about 150 pages) and the other one I had started last year (but I still had about 250 pages to read), buuuut it was also THE month of my college exams so I think it’s quite fair 😂
I hope you guys have a good reading month! What was your favourite read? 😊
So… I’ve been struggling on how to write this review in the light of what I’ve been reading recently about this… I have mixed feelings about the book, I liked some things and disliked several others. And I really don’t think this is for a general YA audience, but for a more mature YA audience, it has several graphic scenes of violence and sex aswell as mature (or rough?? I don’t really know what to call it) language.
Despite the content of the book itself I really want to say that I loveeeeed the art work by Kerby Rosanes! This was what really made me want to have this book (and in hardcover). I already followed his work through social media and… It’s just really amazing!! So astonishing!!
And now to a very important topic.
After I read a blog post by Anjulie I really didn’t want to highlight my level of enjoyment of the book/plot, because that post made me reflect on the issues this book have and, because of that, what I want to highlight in my review are the fact that those issues exist and I think it’s very important to be aware to not only think about own context/perspetive. I obviously am not fit to talk about this, as a white (and european) person, so I’ll leave here the blog post I read:
From a storytelling perspective, the fundamental issue with using this trope(aside from it being racist)is that it only works if the readership truly believes in the inherent superiority of anyone (fictional or real) who resembles colonial Western European cultures/people. Whether they’re high elves or steampunk air balloon pirates, the framing of them being the “civilized” heroes and anyone coming from any culture, be they orcs or indigenous brown people, as lesser or “primitive.” These tropes and ideas are rooted in colonialism, racism, and genocide. It is dishonest for anyone to deny that fact.
I think that if you care and want to be a more informed person, you should read the post I mentioned. And If you don’t care, you should read it to start caring. I think this is very eye opening, or at least it was for me!
I was really looking for a post-apocalyptic story that was not about zombies or vampires (really not my kind of post-apocalyptic stuff, I’m always looking for Revolution and The 100 kind of stuff), when I came across this on InstaFreebie and then I did some research and also found it in the author’s website!
The Amber Project is the first book in a saga set in a post-apocalyptic future. Here’s the Goodreads synopsis:
In 2157, a mysterious gas known as Variant spreads across the globe, killing or mutating most organic life. The surviving humans take refuge in an underground city, determined to return home. But after generations of failures and botched attempts, hope is beginning to dwindle. That is, until a young scientist makes a unique discovery—and everything changes. Suddenly, there’s reason to hope again, and it rests within a group of genetically engineered children that are both human and Variant.
Terry is one of these children, modified and trained to endure the harsh conditions of a planet he cannot begin to understand. After years of preparation, Terry thinks he knows what to expect. But the reality is far stranger than anything he can imagine—and what he will become is far more dangerous.
So… now on to my opinion.
I have a lot of thoughts on this, specially about the first part because I had some problems with it. To begin with, we are given dates in the begining of chapters and sometimes there were fashbacks and sometimes they were the dates of the present time. I got really confused several times and had to go back and forth to know if it was a scene from the past, or if had past some days, months or years. So, as we follow Terry, sometimes I didn’t think his reactions were the ones of a kid his age, it seemed like he was older (although there’s the whole genetically engineered thing, so they’re not 100% “normal” kids and not treated as such), but I wasn’t ever certain of his age (or the other kid’s).
I really did not like a male character, a professor, that is introduced to us a few pages after the begining. He’s just awful to the kids. On one hand I kind of get why he was like that, but it doesn’t change my overall opinion, being like that is several types of wrong.
The politcs play a great deal in the first part of the book and I understand that was necessary to set up the context and all of that. It wasn’t totally boring, but didn’t get me very invested either.
There were also a little diversity represented, but I had a hard time noticing it, although I’ll admit english is not my first language and some descriptions are hard do grasp, so it could just be my fault I didn’t pick it up sooner. (I’m working on this!)
But the second part (literally after 50%) I really enjoyed! I won’t get into detail, but my problem with the dates and even the professor were almost totally gone. It was what I was looking for since I began reading it! I also really liked the setting, it was totally what I wanted for a world that had to endure such a change, and also how the plot went after they got to the surface.
I reallyyyy liked how Terry reflected on the things that were going on and made ponderate choices, as well as the relationship with his friends. For a moment I thought that it was heading to a miscommunication type of plot (and that really annoys me), but it didn’t! For me there were not made stupid decisions just so they would run to danger or to have some “””plot twist””” and I realy liked that. I was like “yes, that makes sense”. There were just two things I found predictable, but it didn’t bother me a lot, just a little bit, so I’ll leave it be and blame it on the naivety of their age and lacking experience of… Life, I guess (although they have quite a training and conditioning… Mixed feelings).
So, I really liked it, especially the second part, but I can’t ignore the first one. I think J. N. Chaney did a really good job in this sci-fi post-apocalyptic book and it gave me the vibes of Fragment by Warren Fahy (this was the book that got me into sci-fi, but that’s a story for another day).
It took me forever to write this review because I couldn’t decide about the rating. So… I’m gonna go with what was a 3,5 star reading, but I’ll now round it up and give it 4 stars! As I said before, I got the ebook from free, but I was when I noticed that the ebooks are only available on Kindle because I have a Kobo… I would really like to continue with The Variant Saga, I’m just not sure on how or when, but I really recomend it!
Have you read The Amber Project, another book in the trilogy or have you read them all? I would love to hear about it, so leave a comment below! 😄
Olá! Ao longo da última semana, há medida que foram começando a aparecer posts/videos sobre objetivos para 2017, decidi que seria boa ideia começar também a pensar em como gostava que 2017 corresse em termos literários. Certamente que deixei passar algo, mas lá acabei por compilar uma lista com objetivos que espero cumprir durante o próximo ano. A maioria tem uma lista de possibilidades e os livros podem aparecer em mais do que uma categoria.
Completar o mínimo do desafio #BeatTheBacklist (ou seja, ler os 10 livros que tenho há mais tempo na minha estante)
Escrever uma review sobre todos os livros que leia (aqui ou no Goodreads, etc) de forma critica e reflexiva, mesmo que só tenha 6 linhas
Tentei construir esta lista de modo a ter as coisas que eu quis ler não só este ano, mas também há já algum tempo. Não é uma lista set in stone, porque não consigo prever com 100% de precisão tudo o que me vai apetecer ler ao longo do ano, mas vou tentar lembrar-me de ver esta lista regularmente porque acabo sempre por voltar a estes livros e a pensar que já lhes devia ter dado uma oportunidade.
Inicialmente tinha pensado em definir o meu Goodreads Challenge para 16, mas acabei por decidir por 30 porque, apesar da pressão que sei que vou sentir, é mesmo a quantidade de livros que quero ler em 2017 e espero que ajude a não ceder à tentação de ver séries durante grande parte do tempo 😂 Não é apenas uma questão simples de quantidade, de poder dizer que li X livros no ano, é um objetivo pessoal mais importante do que isso. Cada vez que vejo a minha To-Read list no Goodreads percebo a quantidade (que continua a aumentar) de livros que quero mesmo ler e que me provocam uma curiosidade singular acerca da forma como me podem marcar e como podem ser mesmo o que eu preciso de ler em algum momento da minha vida, portanto isto também tem de exigir um esforço da minha parte 🙂
Ler 30 livros vai ser mesmo um desafio e por causa disso decidi não participar em desafios (incrivelmente interessantes e importantes!) como o #DiversityBingo2017 (Resumidamente: consiste em preencher este cartão de Bingo ao longo do ano e foca em livros #ownvoices e na diversidade. Vi 2 videos muito bons sobre a importância deste assunto que recomendo: What is #ownvoices and Why Is It Important? do canal WhittyNovels e #OWNVOICES | DISCUSSION & RECOMENDATIONS do canal Aprilius Maximus, bem como utilizar a hashtag #ownvoices no Twitter). No entanto, não podia deixar de o incluir, mas numa escala muito menor (😥), nos meus objetivos. Também adorava fazer o Around The World in 52 Books, mas… 52 livros… So, yeah.
Hi there! I’m trying this for the first time and this week’s topic is Top Ten Best Books Of 2016. The following are in no specific order:
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
I finished this not so long ago and, although it took me about 50 pages to really grab me and understand what was going on, I liked it soooo much! I loved this world and the types of clairvoyance it introduces us, this were all new elements of fantasy to me and I found it very unique. I’m sad I don’t have the next one so I could start it right away, but I got a Kobo for Christmas and the first thing I bought was On The Merits of Unnaturalness (which I already had a fun time reading!) and The Pale Dreamer (which I can’t wait to read!) also by Samantha Shannon.
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Oh boy… This book is quite something! I don’t believe I read 1984 last year and took forever to get my hands on this one, even though my friends higly recommended it to me. Although it’s very short, it contains a very strong message and I also found it quite “relatable” in some way, because sometimes I was just like “THIS IS SO TRUE”.
Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
I love sci-fi but I guess I wasn’t a true fan until I finally read a space opera 😂 It was an easy read, fast paced and fun. I did not expect to keep thinking about it since I read it back in October because I’ve been told that, although this is a series, you can read this first book as a stand alone, but oh god no, I really need to get the next one!
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
This was the birthday gift from my best friend and it was the beeeest. I’m not the fastest reader (I usually take one and a half week to read a book), but I read this in 3 days! It was light, fun and super cute, exactly what I needed in the moment. I’m not sure about other Rainbow Rowell’s books, because I’ve been getting my eye on some mixed reviews, but I’m really curious about Kindred Spirits.
The Mistborn Trilogy (The Final Empire, The Well of Ascension and The Hero of Ages) by Brandon Sanderson
The Mistborn Trilogy took over my whole world. No, but really. For a month and a half during this summer, I was stuck in Luthadel with Kelsier’s crew and I did not want to leave. This was so amazing. I found about it through booktube (PeruseProject and Connor O’Brien) and I had a feeling I was gonna like it, but I never thought I WOULD LIKE IT SO MUCH! It’s fantasy and it’s dark and it’s epic and it has thieves that mess around with metals that give them special habilities and they wanna fix what’s wrong and gain something while doing that. I think I didn’t really ever had an “auto-buy author”, but I surely have one now.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
I’ve been wanting to read a Jane Austen book for quite some time, but always found another classic to read instead. This summer I finally read it and I liked it so much more than I thought I would! It was very entertaining and I could hardy put it down. Aaaand I finally get all the Mr. Darcy references!
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
I usually don’t read historical fiction, but once again, influenced by booktube, I decided it was something I should read more. My tastes have been changing a bit and I thought this could be something I was now into. Fantasy and sci-fi are still my favorite genres, but this book did me a solid and I really want to read more historical ficition. It was a story wonderfully told, but was also a painful one, my inner self needs more awareness that books like this can give.
Timeline by Michael Crichton
Since I started watching Doctor Who in 2014 (💙) I became a fan of time travel and because of that is obvious I also wanted to read about time travel. My mom had this book for some years and one day I found it in her shelves, but I wasn’t sure I would like it and because it has about 500 pages it took me some time to finally pick it up. But I eventually did, in the beginning of the year, and I’m just sad I had an exam in a few days when I decided to started the book! It was amazing, I really liked Crichton’s writestyle (but let’s not forget I read a translated edition) and the story really grabed me! I can’t wait to read Jurassic Park, I’m very curious about that one.
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
Yes, I found booktube this year and it may have influenced my reading choices. And still because I wanted to read more time travel books I saw an opportunity and decided to read this. Although is a diferent kind of time travel, I really liked it! Maybe it was because it was so diferent that I liked it so much. It was diferent, but made sense.
The Name of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Sooooo… I’m still reading this, but I can assure you, it already won a place in this top 10 best books of 2016 because IT’S AMAZING. It’s one of those books that when you stop reading you’re like “how the hell did I already read 50 pages?!?!?”. Time does not exist for me while I’m reading this book, only Kvothe’s story does.
I decided to participate in the 2017 Beat The Backlist Reading Challenge created by Novel Knight! You can find all about it in the original post righthere. You really should check it out as well as her other posts!
This seems like a fun (and long) challenge that will certainly be very useful since everytime I look at my shelves and see its oldest residents that haven’t yet served their purpose I realise that I haven’t been doing a good job of picking them up… So this is basically the purpose of the challenge: knock off your TBR list that keeps growing because of new releases throughout 2017.
And there’s also a mini-challenge included: Hogwarts House Cup! I’ll be playing for Ravenclaw! I confess I went to pottermore just to find out my House for this challenge. I was planning on doing that only when I finally read all the HP books (I have only read the 3rd because for some reason is the only one my sister bought), although I had a feeling Ravenclaw would probably be my House 😊
Without more delay, here’s my long-time-waiting-TBR list at a random order (all the unread books I have on my shelves/future-Kobo):
Para dizer a verdade não pude aderir à loucura do Pokémon Go porque, infelizmente, não é compatível com o meu telemóvel. Contudo, Pokémon foi basicamente (para não dizer exclusivamente) a minha infância. Ainda tenho comigo o Pokémon Red 100% funcional, bem como umas outras cassetes e um GameBoy SP personalizado com o Kyogre (my pride and joy). E é por isto que só vi razões para fazer esta book tag quando a vi no blog Estante de Livros (originalmente criada por Read At Midnight, as imagens utilizadas não foram criadas por mim, foram retiradas do post original).
Tenho algumas memórias de quando era mesmo pequena estar sempre a chatear a minha mãe para me comprar as pequenas bandas desenhadas do Tio Patinhas e de mais tarde me agarrar à coleção Uma Aventura, de Ana Maria Magalhães e Isabel Alçada, com as suas histórias infindáveis e adaptação à televisão.
Sem dúvida o Admirável Mundo Novo, de Aldous Huxley. Li-o há uns 3 anos e ainda penso nele frequentemente, continua a surpreender-me a forma como Huxley conseguiu visionar aquela sociedade no tempo em que escreveu o livro (e também ainda acho que não é uma ideia assim tão estranha se refletirmos um bocado no assunto).
Tudo, Tudo… e Nós, da Nicola Yoon. Desde que foi traduzido para português vejo-o em todo o lado.
Hush Hush, da Becca Fitzpatrick. É o clássico “good girl meets a mysterious guy that turns out to be kind of a good guy”, maaas gostei mesmo muito quando o li na altura (já se passaram uns bons anos) e foi a primeira saga completa que comprei.
Resgate no Tempo, de Michael Crichton. Quando peguei nele e o comecei a ler não estava a gostar tanto como gostei! Pensei que ia demorar um bom tempo a lê-lo por ter mais de 500 páginas, mas afinal só não o consegui ler mais rápido porque tinha de estudar para exames.