How art thou?
apologies for being AWOL i’ve been busy revising and writing exams and OMG I AM ACTUALLY DONE WITH MY FIRST YEAR OF UNIVERSITY WHAT EVEN. more on that later.
this post is all about…you guessed it BOOKS. WOOP.
so let’s get down to business! you ready? SPOILERS ALERT!
The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness
okay so i was really excited to read this book because PATRICK NESS WROTE THE CHAOS WALKING TRILOGY AND OMG THAT TRILOGY IS JUST LIKE .KDHGLJFDHLSKCJFS;KGHL yeah. so i’ve heard good things. this is his first adult novel i think…so yeah. i didn’t really know what to expect BUT I TREATED MYSELF AND GOT IT IN HARDBACK I KNOW I PAID £14 for it what.
it wasn’t like AMAZING. it was good…very interesting…i liked it. i didn’t realise it was based on a japanese folklore (how stupid i know)…so at first was like meh hopefully it’ll get better. well kumiko is kinda interesting character didn’t see THAT coming. but when i finished i don’t really know if anything was real…
okay so it’s about this guy who like finds a crane is his garden in the middle of the night…weird right. the next day at work this woman comes in and idk he like falls in love with her n she makes these amazing art pieces and yeah it’s basically about george and kumiko and his daughter and her life.
and stuff about a crane, a cloud and a volcano. very abstract. a bit too abstract for me i think.
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
so my mum has been trying to get me to read Amy Tan for ages and i finally read this and i have to say i thoroughly enjoyed it. it was just fascinating about Chinese Americans and mothers who’ve had to leave China in different circumstances and their lives in America etc
and how much they’ve sacrificed and done for their families. and daughters and how they treated their mothers and how some have become mothers. it’s a collection of stories, mixed narrative so it can be hard to follow at first but you get used to it as you get more into the novel and the lives and it’s just a rich novel. the history and culture is just so vivid and the superstitions.
i definitely recommend it if you love learning about other cultures. if you’re interested in mother/daughter relationships or just want a really good story then yeah try this.
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
so. i finally read this book. you know i’ve seen this quote: “Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.”
so i was like hmm LET ME READ THIS BOOK NOW. so i did.
in all honesty i enjoyed it. it’s mixed narrative again. different people telling different stories about love and friendship, about loss and love of literature. of history and persecution. it’s a novel full of emotion.
so it’s a BOOK WITHIN A BOOK. i know right…so the history of love is a book written by one of the characters…i don’t really know how to describe this book other than incredibly thought-provoking and quite and pondersome (that’s not a word but it’s very reflective book)
THE ENDING THOUGH…
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
so i was given this by Spinebreakers and they pitched it as ‘john green for adults’ so i was intrigued. i have to say it was incredibly quick and easy to read because the protagonist has like a mild form of aspergers or something i don’t really know but the way he talks is very technical and precise. it was quite funny as well.
so basically this guy decided he should get married soon so is looking for the ‘perfect’ wife so sets up the wife project which is basically a questionnaire. and like he doesn’t like things like smoking or whatever so if you smoke then he’ll just ignore your application.
ANYWAYS…rosie comes along and he finds he enjoys spending time with her even tho she is totally unsuitable according to the questionnaire but alas sometimes you can’t help who you fall in love with. and so…yeah…he’s surprised he’s fallen for rosie.
it’s a cute, fun, quick read so if you like romance and humour then this is the book for you. =)
p.s yes i DO have a criteria in that: future husband MUST be able to cook and clean and be independent, no smoking or drinking has to be Muslim or if not then willing to convert to Islam (not because of me but because it is the right thing to do), must love animals and books/reading and be able to make me laugh. so basically it is incredibly unlikely that i will EVER marry Josh Hutcherson but i shall keep on dreaming…because
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
so seriously everyone and their dog was going on about this book. so i got it from Spinebreakers and i just think it’s overrated.
i enjoyed it. don’t get me wrong it was a good read. but i don’t know if i love it enough to wait for the sequel and actually BUY it or whatever.
so it’s like ALIENS woooaahhhh
so you can’t really tell
so it reminded me of the host and i was like nope the host is waayyy better but then i gave this book a chance but OMG SHE HAD TO FALL FOR THE ALIEN GUY LIKE I MEAN DUH
urgh and then obviously her crush ended up being a life surprise surprise
i love her little brother though.
well this book is about staying alive and finding her brother sammy and about humanity. what makes US different from THEM. how to TRUST people in times like that…where you’re like ARE YOU EVEN HUMAN. CAN I TRUST YOU? OR DO I JUST KILL YOU?
meh kinda overrated and like seriously people are RAVING about this book but im like okay yes it is good BUT PLEASE DO NOT PITCH THIS AS THE NEXT FRICKIN HUNGER GAMES COZ NO JUST NO.
ah. we have come to the last 3 books. OH AND HOW I HAVE SAVED THE BEST FOR LAST. =D
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
ah this was another Spinebreakers book BUT I WAS EAGERLY ANTICIPATING ITS ARRIVAL because i read Between Shades of gray which is really enjoyed.
so this book is about a girl WHO IS NAMED AFTER A FRICKIN PROSTITUTE and she like works at a prostitute house OMG she cleans for them but omg it’s so interesting because like you know not everyone CHOOSES to become a prostitute like one of them is doing it to pay of her debt or to pay medical bills and stuff. anyways she actually works in a bookstore but is friend’s with the Madam so yeah.
i love this book because when i was reading it IT WAS ALL I COULD THINK ABOUT AND EVEN AFTER i was like omg kdfhjgkdjfh i wanna finish it but savour it at the same time
and i swear JESSIE…just reminded me of
also patrick omg he is so sweet and funny and I KNEW IT ALL ALONG! haha
and josie the main character is really sweet and she’s just trying to escape her reality because her mum gets mixed up in some shady stuff and it’s dodgy and stuff but she loves reading and books are her solace. talking of solace i wrote a poem based on the book. =P
anyways if you enjoy historical fiction, romance and just a good story then READ THIS. it;s just so cute and who DOESN’T want to learn about prostitution in New Orleans in the 1950s?
so yes READ THIS BOOK I HOPE YOU WON’T REGRET IT!!!
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
this book…how do i begin to describe this book?
okay let me try and put into words how incredible this book is. like my mum has been telling me to read it for ages and i finally did and OMG WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG BUT OMG THIS BOOK IS STUNNING.
mystery. romance. humour. history.
what narrative. a story within a story. THE CEMETERY OF FORGOTTEN BOOKS I NEED TO GOT HERE IF ONLY IT WERE REAL.
so this boy daniel discovers this RARE book and he wants to find out more about the author but ALAS NONE OF HIS OTHER BOOKS ARE AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY’VE ALL BEEN DESTROYED BUT THIS WEIRDO…and so he sets on a journey to find out the truth about the author julian carax and his books and it’s just a book about friendship, family, love and books…
oh the characters are so richly diverse from fermin to julian carax to daniel’s father i just love this book so much and i can’t wait to read the next 2 books.
PENELOPE AND JULIAN…
anyways i just have a lot of emotions over this book because it is so beautifully written. here are some quotes to persuade you:
“Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens.” Carlos Ruiz Zafón,
“Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.” Carlos Ruiz Zafón,
“A story is a letter that the author writes to himself, to tell himself things that he would be unable to discover otherwise.” Carlos Ruiz Zafón,
yeah GO READ IT PLEASE IF YOU LOVE BOOKS AND HISTORY AND MYSTERY AND JUST IF YOU WANT A GRIPPING READ THEN JUST GO READ IT!!!
last. but. not. least.
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
and so let us begin
TESSA IS SO ANNOYING LIKE URGH JUST STOP BEING SUCH A LITTLE WHINY BIATCH
although she redeemed herself as a bamf in the end but still she annoyed me for the most part.
MAGNUS BANE IS THE BEST
what a boss seriously tho love him.
Will Herondale. awww but like urgh as well. like in the first 2 books i shipped tessa and will but in this book i just fell in love with jem so much. but will is funny and sweet and i love his sense of humour and love for books and the way he looks out for his sister but the way he obsesses over tessa is unhealthy.
Jem Carstairs. omg jem wkejgfkjhdgfjhdgflv
because so many feels laskhfkdjg i knew he wasn’t gonna make it but STILL i knew he’d become a silent brother BUT STILL
the worst thing
the PARABATAI BOND BREAKING
IT WAS TOO MUCH CASSIE CLARE I COULDN’T COPE
the whole day i spent going JEM. OMG. JEM. ASDFGHJKL;\’LGFKDYJTGLUYSVJDHFGYERDGZKSJ;ER MY CREYS
yeah i was an emotional wreck.
the action was good i just really loved how tessa saved everyone
OMG GIDEON AND SOPHIE THOUGH
THEY WERE SO FRICKIN ADORABLE.
so. it was a fantastic conclusion to a wonderful trilogy. i didn’t think it was AMAZING but it was so good and YAY CLOSURE.
but most of all
IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE INFERNAL DEVICES TRILOGY OR THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS SERIES I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT.
alas that is all for now. i am currently reading: The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen which i shall review soon and i cannot wait to read the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan because i love the world of the demigods. plenty more reviews along the way hopefully LOTS OF SUMMER READING.
till the next time
The Book Guru
p.s my goodreads
“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
p.s no need to thank me for the excellent book recommendations.