Tuesday, November 21

Ten of My Favorite Books I've Never Reviewed


Hello friends! Do you know the feeling when you are so totally in love with a book that you are left speechless? Or, rather, not really speechless, because you keep freaking out, screaming and flailing all at once, but you are far from being able to write a coherent review? Now THAT was me after finishing each of these books - no matter how much I wanted to and actually sat down and tried, I could NOT write a review for any of these books, because I found that my words couldn't do justice to how good these books are. 

But it simply doesn't do that I don't mention all these fantastic books here, SO I decided to make a post - maybe a series of posts?? - about some of the books I absolutely adore, but didn't review. 

Also, on a side note - THIS is my Top Ten Tuesday (weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) post for today, because I don't like the original topic.


Saturday, November 18

CLARE MADE ME READ IT: Dating Sarah Cooper by Siera Maley



“And I didn't realize it then, as Sarah and I left the parking lot and sped down the road in her little four-door, but I think that by the end of that very first school day I'd already fallen a bit in love with her.”


Katie Hammontree and Sarah Cooper have been best friends since the 2nd grade. Katie's welcoming, tight-knit family is a convenient substitute for Sarah when her distant parents aren't around, and Sarah's abrasive, goal-oriented personality gels well with Katie's more laid-back approach to life.

But when a misunderstanding leads to the two of them being mistaken for a couple and Sarah uses the situation to her advantage, Katie finds herself on a roller coaster ride of ambiguous sexuality and confusing feelings. How far will Sarah go to keep up the charade, and why does kissing her make Katie feel more alive than kissing her ex-boyfriend Austin ever did? And how will their new circle of gay friends react when the truth comes out?





Tuesday, November 14

Ten Truly Exceptional Books *Everyone* Should Read


Hello everyone! Today marks the day when I'm back with a Top Ten Tuesday (a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish) post after not doing any for a few weeks. And y'all, I am so excited for today's topic! It's about books I'd make my future children or other relations read, but I twisted it up a bit, and will be listing ten books EVERYONE should read, because they are just so damn good

*click on the covers for Goodreads!*

Sunday, November 12

Interview with Emily Suvada, Author of THIS MORTAL COIL + INT giveaway


Hello everyone! I'm super-excited to present a sort of 'different' post than the usual - an AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Emily Suvada, author of This Mortal Coil, ONE OF MY MOST AWAITED BOOKS! 

                                                            

First, let me showcase what this beautiful book is about: 


Catarina Agatta is a hacker. She can cripple mainframes and crash through firewalls, but that’s not what makes her special. In Cat’s world, people are implanted with technology to recode their DNA, allowing them to change their bodies in any way they want. And Cat happens to be a gene-hacking genius.

That’s no surprise, since Cat’s father is Dr. Lachlan Agatta, a legendary geneticist who may be the last hope for defeating a plague that has brought humanity to the brink of extinction. But during the outbreak, Lachlan was kidnapped by a shadowy organization called Cartaxus, leaving Cat to survive the last two years on her own.

When a Cartaxus soldier, Cole, arrives with news that her father has been killed, Cat’s instincts tell her it’s just another Cartaxus lie. But Cole also brings a message: before Lachlan died, he managed to create a vaccine, and Cole needs Cat’s help to release it and save the human race.

Now Cat must decide who she can trust: The soldier with secrets of his own? The father who made her promise to hide from Cartaxus at all costs? In a world where nature itself can be rewritten, how much can she even trust herself?


Wednesday, November 8

Classics Mini Reviews featuring Books By Daniel Defoe and Shirley Jackson

‘I grew as impudent a Thief, and as dexterous as ever Moll Cut-Purse was’ Born and abandoned in Newgate Prison, Moll Flanders is forced to make her own way in life. She duly embarks on a career that includes husband-hunting, incest, bigamy, prostitution and pick-pocketing, until her crimes eventually catch up with her. One of the earliest and most vivid female narrators in the history of the English novel, Moll recounts her adventures with irresistible wit and candour—and enough guile that the reader is left uncertain whether she is ultimately a redeemed sinner or a successful opportunist. Based on the first edition of 1722, this volume includes a chronology, notes on currency and maps of London and Virginia in the late seventeenth century.

Goodreads

Honestly, Moll Flanders was so very bad lmfao. We had a totally unconventional female lead here, who 1) tricks men into marrying her despite her being poor, 2) doesn't give a shit about the rules, and 3) becomes a criminal. Umm, does that not sound great??? Welp, I thought so, but, unfortunately, from the very first page, Moll Flanders was a tremendous disappointment. 

Thursday, November 2

10 Notable November Releases You Should Look Out For


So far this autumn the theme was "spend all that you can afford on books", because there were so many new releases in both September and October. November, however, does not follow in the footsteps of the first two fall seasons. I'm only interested in four new releases, whilst Ruzi is excited for six books altogether. A lot less than the previous two months, huh? Anyhow, we ARE super-duper excited for these few titles at least, so let's get right into them! 

Wednesday, November 1

October Recap With Lots of Fangirling, Some Scary-ish Movies and Not So Fantastic Books


Hello everyone!! This is my second official recap in the blog, and, first of all - thank you all for the great feedback on my September Recap! I love doing these, so the fact that y'all seem to enjoy them makes me super-happy. 

Anyhow, October was a rather disappointing month, to tell you the truth. I don't think I did a lot of stuff, to be honest. Partly, because I've been trying to concentrate on my studies with more or less success. Also, with the weather turning colder and colder each week, I've had very little desire to leave the house and meet people. I just cannot stand the cold at all, AND IT IS ONLY THE BEGINNING OF NOVEMBER. *shivers* Speaking of November - THAT IS MY BIRTHDAY MONTH, so, obviously, I am pumped to start the new month.

With that, let us jump into this massive post about the books I read, the shows I watched, the music I listened to & lots of other things I did or heard about this past month. 

Tuesday, October 31

Survival of the Fittest


Hello, you beautiful human beans! Today we reach the end of Spooky October, and to commemorate this, Vera came up with a unique idea for a post- as the name suggests, we'll be pitting two characters against each other and then deciding who would win and who would die if they were ever to fight. Fun, right? We think so too! 


For those of you who already got the gist of this- please bear with us as we go through what happens briefly, and for those of you who know neither head nor tail of this, here's what it's all about! First we will put a bunch of character names in a bowl/ jar/ whatever- both male and female- and then pull out two names. Next we let the other person decide the fate of each character in the likeliness of a tussle between them. Simple, huh? 


Vera and I chose 10 character names and drew out couples for each other. We each then made the oh-so-fun decision of who lives and who dies. So. Much. Fun. *rubs hands together* Without further ado, put your hands together for...

Thursday, October 26

Rose-Tinted Glasses, Graveyards. and Lots and Lots of Tea in A Place Called Perfect by Helena Duggan


Violet never wanted to move to Perfect.

Who wants to live in a town where everyone has to wear glasses to stop them going blind? And who wants to be neat and tidy and perfectly behaved all the time?

But Violet quickly discovers there's something weird going on – she keeps hearing noises in the night, her mum is acting strange and her dad has disappeared.

When she meets Boy she realizes that her dad is not the only person to have been stolen away...and that the mysterious Watchers are guarding a perfectly creepy secret!