Hello there fellow book lovers or just people who read my blog. =)
I hope you are all well and enjoying the fabulous summer unless it’s winter where you are.
So it’s been a while since I’ve posted and i apologise for the delay- I’ve been away. I’ll tell you all about my shenanigans in another post. =P
Anyhew…so since it’s summer..naturally i’ve been reading books. =D
Currently I’m reading: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare- the fourth book in The Mortal Instruments Series
But i shall be reviewing quite a few books. before that though I’d like to just praise the Kindle…
Now previously i have been opposed to e-readers and e-books but when i went away the Kindle was a comfort. it’s especially wonderful for travelling!!!
Why I Like The Kindle:
1) it has a built-in dictionary so you just click on the word and the definition will pop up!
2) you can highlight and tweet quotes or bits!!! so awesome.
3) you can download samples of books you would like to buy/read
4) has lots of free books
5) buy Kindle books and get them quickly depending on connection
The thing is, it’s supposed to have 3G and free internet access worldwide but it depends on which countries have Kindle services etc.
and if you don’t know what a kindle looks like- no it’s not a book. it’s SUPPOSEDLY a book but not really. Plus you need the light to read in the dark.
it’s not touch screen either- if you want that you’ll have to get an iPad. 😉
Onto the reviews:
Onion Tears by Shubnum Khan
So she has a twitter account if you want to follow her: http://twitter.com/#!/ShubnumKhan
and a fb page: http://www.facebook.com/oniontearsnovel
So anyways she’s a wonderful South African author and this is her first novel. She had lots of help with it as it’s her MA in Creative Writing. I’m sure that it. But it’s still a good book. =P
It’s a novel about three women in the South African Indian Muslim community struggling to find a lace in this world and getting to grips with family issues and growing up.
it’s written from three POV: Khadeejah (the grandmother), Summaya (mother) and Aneesa (daughter). So you can see the age difference nd difference in generations and ideas.
Khadeejah is very conservative and conventional and likes to stick to traditions and loves to cook whereas her daughter Summaya is rather rebellious and prefers to not stick with traditions- she works in a travel agency not in medicine or law. Aneesa is the youngest and she is trying to discover who she is and why her mum is always so sad because there’s lots of secrets in this book and young minds are always curious for adventure and just to uncover the truth.
Overall i enjoyed the book…it started of really good and it had lots of potential but then in the middle it lost its essence and felt flat and OVERDONE…like…she tried too hard but then towards the end of the novel it picked up its pace and wasn’t too bad. at times i was like ‘where is this going?’ and ‘can something happen already?!’ but Good Things Come To Those Who Wait so yeah it’s a good novel.
For more information here’s an interview with the author: http://muslimahmediawatch.org/2010/08/interview-with-author-shubnum-khan/
Next is Looking For Alaska by John Green:
Now being the avid reader that i am and especially loving Young Adult Fiction i of course know about John Green. But the first book i read was Paper Towns and that i loved!!!!
So i’ve heard so much about this novel and i just didn’t want to expect too much but of course i had my expectations and sadly they weren’t meant.
The book is about Miles who goes to boarding school to find ‘the Great Perhaps’ and meets a bunch of teenagers who are quite insane but give his life purpose and adventure. Of course he befriends Alaska along with Colonel, Takumi and Lara. So they pull pranks and live their lives and everything is going fine until Miles falls for Alaska but she has a boyfriend. No…it’s not ‘typical’ . it’s far from ‘typical’.
The book is separated into two sections ‘Before’ and ‘After’ . once you start the novel it doesn’t take long to figure out why.
I’d just like to say that I KNEW…I HAD A FEELING THAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN!!! and it did. but i was still a bit confuzzled along with the rest of the characters but eventually they uncovered what they thought was the truth and that was that. It started of tremendously funny and i had lots of laughs throughout but during the middle i just…it kind of deflated and i got a bit annoyed but it ended on a brilliant note:
“Thomas Edison’s last words were ‘It’s very beautiful over there’. I don’t know where there is, but I believe it’s somewhere, and I hope it’s beautiful.” John Green
Then again this is his debut novel so i find that most authors improve as they write more. =)
i read a sample of An Abundance of Katherines and it looks hilarious because this guy only dates girls names Katherine spelt exactly like that. =D
His latest book The Fault in our Stars which is coming out in January 2012 he promises to sign everyone who pre-orders his books. So i suggest you pre-order it whether it’s a day before the release date or now. 😉
Next comes The Princess Bride: S Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure abridged by William Goldman.
Now you see- of course i have heard of this book and how its so incredible and everything and while looking and TV listings the film airs a lot especially during the holidays but i vowed to myself that i will read the book before i watch the film. So en route to my holiday destination i started reading it. i could not put it down. i read it the whole plane journey and finished it at Cairo Airport (no i didn’t go to Egypt, i was changing flights).
The book is NOT WRITTEN BY WILLIAM GOLDMAN as i previously thought but in the introduction it is all explained.
The original novel is over 1000 words i think and written by the ‘Florinese literary superstar, S Morgenstern’and is a wonderfully beautifully captivating ‘spoof’ fairytale. It’s just so great you have to read it.
Okay so Buttercup- The most beautiful woman in the world…and Westley- the garden boy who keeps her horses and has loved her from the first day.
You know, i went through a rollercoaster of emotions while reading this book. One minute i was laughing hysterically and the next i wanted to scream in horror. and there were plenty of times where i just sat there sobbing trying to read but the tears blurred my vision and i was on the plane so i had to try and silently sob…not an easy thing to do when such horrific things take place. =(
William Goldman shortens the original text and adds snippets like his reactions to this part when his father read it to him etc. which i found refreshing and quite funny.
Now after reading this tale of adventure and woe and love and beauty i can’t wait to watch the film. =D
Yes it’s a love story. but it’s not your average love story- no, no one is a mythical creature!!! But i swear…it’s just mesmerising and beautifully crafted and so compelling IT’S A MUST READ TO EVERY BOOK LOVER.
The ending though- i was appalled…how could he just end it like that?!
i was so nervous and excited throughout the whole book, occasionally covering my face or massaging my head or biting my fingers and fidgeting in anxiety because I DON’T KNOW WHAT’S GING TO HAPPEN.
This book is not for girls or boys it’s for EVERYONE. If you’ve seen the movie and haven’t read the book i suggest you read the book took and LOVE IT. =)
If you know what’s good for you then read it.
So upon gobbling the novel i decided it’s my Third Favourite Book.
“Do I love you? My God, if your love were a grain of sand, mine would be a universe of beaches.” William Goldman
“Who says life is fair, where is that written?” William Goldman
My first is: The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende- it has everything you could want in a book apart from aliens. =P i’ve heard there’s also a movie but i will not watch it for fear i should be scarred for life and never be happy again
The Second is: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak- i cannot praise this book enough!!! yes it’s depressing but it’s also has its funny moments and it’s just too damn beautiful not to read.
Moving on to some more YA Fiction:
Now this series i’ve heard a lot about this in the YA book blogger world. and it deserves all the praise it gets because it is SO DAMN AWESOME.
I’ve missed the world of fey/faeries since finishing Tithe by Holly black and the Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr so it was wonderful to return back to such a magical world.
Meghan Chase is invisible to all at school and even at home sometimes and that’s because she’s half fey. Her father is King Oberon, King of the Summer Court. yes the same Oberon in A Midsummer Nights Dream.
The Iron King kidnaps her brother Ethan knowing she will try to find him and return him safely home. Of course that is what happens but it’s not easy trying to find The Iron King if no one in faery land knows that he even exists!!!
Then there’s a talking cat whom I LOVE!!! he guides her and disappears at the first sign of danger only to be found minutes later in a tree. hehe. He’s too cute but he’d hate if you said that to him.
Of course there’s some love in this series: Puck (the infamous Puck) who’s her trusted friend and Prince Ash- the enigmatic son of Queen Mab- the Winter court- enemies of the Summer court so of course a relationship with him would be scandalous and forbidden.
It sounds SO TYPICAL but it’s not. at least i don’t find it typical. it’s well written, funny, brilliant plot and kick ass action and Meghan isn’t so annoying. Usually i find a lot fo female protagonists frustratingly annoying throughout the novel until the end but Meghan is feisty and isn’t a weakling. She thinks about the greater good and tries to do her best- she wants to save her brother and even her enemies. she’s pretty darn cool.
The third novel The Iron Queen is already out in the US but it only comes out in the UK in October when the 4th book, The Iron Knight will be released. postage is too expensive to order it from Amazon.com so i guess i’ll just have to wait. ;/
But of course i read a sample from Kindle…and WOW. JUST WOW…SO EXCITED TO READ IT. =D
So if you love supernatural stuff and faeries then you must definitely read this. =)
Oh and yeah…i’m so in love with Prince Ash. though i love Puck too. and no it’s not a whole Twilight thing with Teams or anything like that- i like both of them and they’re both awesome faeries but even though i try to deny it i still fall for that ‘moody, brooding, enigmatic dude’…EVERY TIME. In the fictional world i mean. not in reality. ;/
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“Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.” P.J. O’Rourke
“To sit alone in the lamplight with a book spread out before you, and hold intimate converse with men of unseen generations – such is a pleasure beyond compare.” Kenko Yoshida
“These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves. From each of them goes out its own voice… and just as the touch of a button on our set will fill the room with music, so by taking down one of these volumes and opening it, one can call into range the voice of a man far distant in time and space, and hear him speaking to us, mind to mind, heart to heart.” Gilbert Highet
“I love books, by the way, way more than movies. Movies tell you what to think. A good book lets you choose a few thoughts for yourself. Movies show you the pink house. A good book tells you there’s a pink house and lets you paint some of the finishing touches, maybe choose the roof style,park your own car out front. My imagination has always topped anything a movie could come up with.” Karen Marie Moning
“To read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage which gives a view over wide terrains of history, human variety, ideas, shared experience and the fruits of many inquiries.” A C Grayling
“A book is the most effective weapon against intolerance and ignorance.” Lyndon Baines Johnson
PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D