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Review: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger

Goodreads summary:

"The Catcher in the Rye" is J . D. Salinger's world-famous novel of disaffected youth. Holden Caulfield is a seventeen- year-old dropout who has just been kicked out of his fourth school. Navigating his way through the challenges of growing up, Holden dissects the 'phony' aspects of society, and the 'phonies' themselves: the headmaster whose affability depends on the wealth of the parents, his roommate who scores with girls using sickly-sweet affection. Written with the clarity of a boy leaving childhood behind, "The Catcher in the Rye" explores the world with disarming frankness and a warm, affecting charisma which has made this novel a universally loved classic of twentieth-century literature.


My opinion:

I surprisingly really liked this novel. It was a bit slow at the beginning, because Holden is very moody etc., but the writing style kept me going and I ended up really liking this novel. I do understand why this is a classic that most people in USA are required to read in school (I didn't read in school, so I picked it up because I wanted to), because you can learn something from it (or even realize something about life and/or society) and it's (I think) relatable to most teenagers as well. Everybody feels kinda depressed one in a while and thinks about dropping school. This is also a very accessible classic, because it's very easy and quick to read and feels like you're reading just a YA novel. And another reason why I think it's so relatable is because Salinger made the characters so very realistic (which I really loved). Oh and I personally also really liked Holden as a character (which is a very unpopular opinion I think?), even though he could be sometimes annoying to other characters. Those part where even funny to me. So if you like to read YA novels and want to try a classic: read this one! You can also read it if you usually don't read YA; this book is just for everybody. I personally really, really liked it and I'm glad I gave it a shot.


What is your opinion about this novel? Did you have to read this one for school or not?

Review: James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

James and the Giant Peach - Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake

Goodreads summary:

James Henry Trotter lives with two ghastly hags. Aunt Sponge is enormously fat with a face that looks boiled and Aunt Spiker is bony and screeching. He's very lonely until one day something peculiar happens. At the end of the garden a peach starts to grow and GROW AND GROW. Inside that peach are seven very unusual insects - all waiting to take James on a magical adventure. But where will they go in their GIANT PEACH and what will happen to the horrible aunts if they stand in their way? There's only one way to find out . .


My opinion:

I really liked this story (obviously) and his aunts were so awful damn! I've never read it before nor have I seen the movie, so when I finished the book I watched the movie as well. The 1996 adaptation was okay; there were loads of things that were left out and added that didn't make sense. In the movie there's a transition between James as a real life person and an animation version of him. There are also more song in the movie than in the book, the cloud-men and the rainbow were left out in the movie and the ending was also different. Also; in the movie James talked a lot about New York and dreams and stuff, but in the book he doesn't talk about it, he just wants to ge out of his aunt's house and be free. The last thing that I noticed was the animation style; they animated the insects quite creepy and it was a bit weird how they put the animation together. However, I still enjoyed it, but it isn't my favorite Roald Dahl adaption. The book was much, much better.


What is your opinion about the book and movie?

Review: The Twits by Roald Dahl

The Twits - Roald Dahl

Goodreads summary:

How do you outwit a Twit? Mr. and Mrs. Twit are the smelliest, ugliest people in the world. They hate everything -- except playing mean jokes on each other, catching innocent birds to put in their Bird Pies, and making their caged monkeys, the Muggle-Wumps, stand on their heads all day. But the Muggle-Wumps have had enough. They don't just want out, they want revenge.
My opinion:
Oh I really, really like this novel! It has only 87 pages, with big text and loads of images, so it's a really fast read and exactly what I needed right now. The story itself is also brilliant, unique and makes you laugh as well. I think this one was also unique from Roald Dahl's point, because this tale is a tale from the perspective of adults and there are no children in this story whatsoever, however you can still read it when you're a child (and of course also when you're an adult). 
If you haven't read this one by Roald Dahl I highly recommend checking this one out! 
What is your opinion about The Twits?

Bookhaul #33

My last post was also a bookhaul, but I haven't even had the time to read books, let alone reviewing them. But my vacation has started today, so this means finally more time to read! I love this semester and everything, but I can't read when I'm tired so yea. Anyway, these are the books I got since my last bookhaul:

I finally bought this amazing boxset! I've been wanting to get his children's books for a few years now, but they were too expensive or I wanted to get other books as well. I've read The BFG and The Witches this year and last year on my IPad, but now I finally have a copy. I've also watched the movie adaptations of those two and also of Charlie (I don't remember anything about Matilda), but I don't know nothing at all about the other books so I cannot wait to read them all! 


What is your favorite children's classic by Roald Dahl?

Bookhaul #32

In my last bookhaul I told you guys that I was planning on going to a huge booksale thing, so here's my bookhaul! I would too many books in my opinion, but I really want to read them all and I paid less than 20 euros in total for like 8 books, so yay! I also ordered two books and they came in the mail today, so I thought it would be the perfect time to finally show them. 

As you can see, all above are classics. Those are the ones I bought for less than 20 euros. I'm so excited to read all of them (I've already read Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, but I wanted to get his entire collection) and some of them are on the Rory Gilmore list as well. Which one of these are you most looking forward to seeing a review?

I've been wanting to collect (almost) every book of both of these authors so I thought it was about time to get them. The only book I now need to get of Adichie is We Should All Be Feminists (but I already watched her speech on TedTalks so not sure if it's worth to buy it). I also bought This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. First I wanted to wait until this entire series is out, but because I want to get all her books in hardcover I decided to buy them once in a while. My plan is to buy A Darker Shade of Magic and the second book in that series too, because the third and final book in that trilogy will be coming out in February. I also cannot wait to read more by these authors!


What is your latest book purchase?

Review: Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me - Tahereh MafiUnravel Me - Tahereh MafiIgnite Me - Tahereh MafiUnite Me - Tahereh Mafi      

Goodreads summary:

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.


My opinion:

I really, really liked this series. After I saw some reviews I wasn't sure if it would be worth it to buy it, so I borrowed it from a friend (I'm glad I can haha!), but it was really good! I don't think I will reread it though, because then I wouldn't be as hooked as I was now and the things that happen will stay with you.


There were only two parts in this series that were slow for me and also not that great: the beginning of the second novella (2.5, called Fracture Me), because that was just a recap of the last part of the second book, but then in a different point of few and it seemed pointless to me. However, I liked the 1.5 novella and the last part of 2.5 is still really important, so if you're going to read this series I highly suggest to read the novellas and even read them in between the novels (just as they'e supposed to). If you don't read them you will miss out a lot in the upcoming novels.

The second part I didn't like that much was the first third in the second novel. That part was really slow and a bit annoying, but after that it got much better.


While I was watching some reviews I saw that some weren't that found of Juliette, but I really liked her character development oh and that Adam vs Warner thing: why do readers still choose between a triangle in a dystopian series? That's not the most important thing that happen in dystopian series haha. Ps. I liked that part of Juliette as well. 


Overall this was a great and unique dystopian trilogy and if you haven't read this one yet but still want to read a dystopian series: please read this one! I love the unique aspects and plottwists a lot (and the writing style, I can't even!). 


Now I'm not so sure which dystopian series I'm going to pick up next (whenever I'm in the mood to read one), because I've read all of these: The Hunger Games, Divergent, Chaos Walking, The Darkest Minds (didn't like TDM that much) and this one and I have no idea what to read next. I'm not that interested in The Maze Runner or Uglies (convince me if you think I should). 


What is your opinion about the Shatter Me trilogy?

Bookhaul #31

Since my last bookhaul I only bought one book (yes self control hahah) and I got one (my boyfriend's dad got rid of it and asked if I wanted to have it), but because it's been already quite a few weeks since I've posted a bookhaul, I decided to just show these two books. Next weekend I'm going to a booksale that's once a year (you can go different places in the country, so it's basically throughout the entire year) so I think (hope) I will pick up some really nice books (and they're really cheap so yea). Anyways, here are the books:

The Catcher in the Rye is the one I got from my boyfriend's dad and I'm so excited to read it! I love children's classics and I didn't own a copy of this one yet and it's on the Rory Gilmore reading list so yay!


I wasn't planning on buying Iluminae anytime soon (I'd like to read series when all books are already out), but it was so cheap on and the next book comes out in October (and that one is very cheap as well, considering those are hardcovers) so I decided to buy it. I also cannot wait to read this one!


Ps. I also haven't been posting that many reviews lately, but that's because I'm reading a series and I wanted to do a full review when I'm done with it. I'm currently reading the Shatter Me trilogy and today I started the last book in that trilogy (Ignite Me), so a review will be up in two weeks I think. 


What are you recent purchases? 

Review: The Tinderbox (Penguin Little Black Classic #23) by Hans Christian Andersen

The Tinder Box (Little Black Classics #23) - Hans Christian Andersen

Goodreads summary:

Though criticised for their anarchic immorality when first published, Hans Christian Andersen's tales made him an international star, taken to the hearts of children and adults for their beauty, sorrow and strangeness. Included here are 'The Steadfast Tin Soldier' and 'Big Claus and Little Claus'.

My opinion:

There are six fairy tales in this collection: The Tinderbox, Little Claus and Big Claus, The Princess on the Pea, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, The Nightingale and The Red Shoes. Out of those fairy tales I liked The Tinderbox and The Steadfast Tin Soldier the most. I just wished they would have included his most famous fairy tale: The Little Mermaid. However, this is a great collection if you don't know where to start with his work and are not sure yet if you want to read all his fairy tales. 


What is your opinion about Andersen? What is your favorite fairy tale by him?

Review + why I decided to dnf Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe

Goodreads summary:

'I walk'd about on the shore, lifting up my hands, and my whole being, as I may say, wrapt up in the contemplation of my deliverance ... reflecting upon all my comrades that were drown'd, and that there should not be one soul sav'd but my self ... '

Who has not dreamed of life on an exotic isle, far away from civilization? Here is the novel which has inspired countless imitations by lesser writers, none of which equal the power and originality of Defoe's famous book. Robinson Crusoe, set ashore on an island after a terrible storm at sea, is forced to make do with only a knife, some tobacco, and a pipe. He learns how to build a canoe, make bread, and endure endless solitude. That is, until, twenty-four years later, when he confronts another human being. First published in 1719, Robinson Crusoe has been praised by such writers as James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and Samuel Johnson as one of the greatest novels in the English language.


My opinion:

I saw the famous movie adaptation when I had philosophy class (a few years ago) and I loved it back then, so I decided to buy the book and read it. Honestly I was disappointed. The book is so different than the movie (usually I don't mind it that much); the plot was totally different. Even the writing style and story was super boring to read. I compare it to The Martian, so if you loved that one, you might enjoy this one too. But it's less funny (much less funny) and just meh in my opinion. I got one third through and decided to def it. If you liked The Martian I would give it a try, but if not than is that not worth to try.


What is your opinion about Robinson Crusoe? Should I continue or not?

Review: A Nervous Breakdown (Penguin Little Black Classic #111) by Anton Chekhov

A Nervous Breakdown (Penguin Little Black Classics) - Anton Chekhov

There are three short stories in this collection and this time I decided to show you a really short summary of each one, with my short opinion about and after that my opinion about the entire collection. 


I love the first story (A Nervous Breakdown)! This story is written so beautifully and I love the moral in this one!  about a man called Vasilyev. His two friends bring him to a famous prostitute street, but all he can see is how disgusting and wrong that business is. He thinks about it all the time and doesn't understand why this is still a thing and would love to stop it (like why could men think it's okay and see women as animals?), 'cuz he only wants to be in love with a woman. He tries to think of a plan to stop this business, but then gets all mad and gets a nervous breakdown. His friends try to help him but also think he's kinda crazy. 


The second story is called The Blank Monk, which is about a man who is bored with life and gets kinda crazy (a black monk ''comes by'' and gives him all the answers about life in general and how to be happy). I really liked this story, the only that bothered me though is why we never get to know what was in the letter at the beginning of this short story. I think that would have made the story even better, if it was explained (even if it was just a little).


The last story, called Anne Round Your Neck was awesome too. It's about an eighteen year old girl marries a fifty-two year old man, just because of his money, but she realizes that money shouldn't be the only thing to marry a man..


Again I loved all of the short stories. Penguin has done a great job when it comes to Anton Chekhov so I highly recommend his both little black classics. It made me want to read more by him now. 


Have you ever heard of Anton Chekhov and if yes: have you read something by him? What is your opinion about his works?

Top 3 authors I would like to buy and read their entire collection from

I always like to read an entire collection from an author, if I know he or she has published quite a few (famous) novels. I like to see their motives and how their writing style has developed etc. etc. so usually I read their bibliography from their start to finish. I already have (almost) the entire collection by a few authors, but haven't completed reading them yet, for example George Orwell (still need to get a non fiction book by him), Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, Jane Austen, Khaled Hosseini and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. But I also have some books by a certain author and I really would like to get all the books from. Here's my top 3:


Louisa May Alcott

After reading Little Women and Good Wives I would like to get her entire collection. I only own that book (which has the Little Women and Good Wives in one edition) so I have a long way to go. These are the ones (also in this edition) that I have to get to ''complete'' (she has written more than I know off I think) the collection:

Little Men - Louisa May AlcottJo's Boys - Louisa May AlcottThe Inheritance - Louisa May Alcott,Joel Myerson,Daniel ShealyWork: A Story of Experience (Penguin Classics) - Louisa May Alcott

Anton Chekhov

After reading some short stories by him that are part of the Penguin little black classic edition, I really want to get to (most) of his work. He has a ton of short stories, but I don't think I will get to those anytime soon. But he also has written some short novels and plays, so here are the books I would like to buy and read soon:

The Complete Short Novels (Everyman's Library Classics, #277) - Anton Chekhov,Richard Pevear,Larissa Volokhonsky The Essential Tales of Chekhov - Anton Chekhov,Constance Garnett,Richard Ford The Complete Plays - Anton Chekhov   

The Bronte Sisters 

After reading Jane Eyre I want to get to all of the novels by the Brontë sisters. I have Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and Shirley (only read Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights so far), which I still have to get a few. These are the ones:

 Villette - Charlotte BrontëAgnes Grey - Angeline Goreau,Anne BrontëThe Professor - Charlotte Brontë,Heather GlenTales of Angria - Charlotte Brontë,Heather Glen     

There are also some other authors I would like to buy their entire collection or atleast some of their books from, like Sarah Waters (need to buy the last four books), Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Charles Dickens, but those aren't at the moment not high on my list. Some authors I haven't read anything by yet and maybe would like to get are Thomas Hardy (I only own Far From The Madding Crowd by him but haven't read it yet), Edith Wharton and Daphne Du Maurier, but we shall see. There are even more authors out their that I don't own anything from yet and would like to get to at some point haha (the list is endless). 


Do you like to read everything by one author? If so which ones are your favorites and which ones would you like to get/read soon?

Review: Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson and the Olympians 5 Book Paperback Boxed Set (New Covers W/Poster)[PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS][Paperback] - RickRiordan

Goodreads summary:

Because the summary of the last book (Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian) will give you spoilers, I decided to give you all the links of my reviews of the previous books in this series. In my review of the first book you'll see a summary too. Here are all the links:

#1: click

#2: click

#3: click

#4: click


My opinion:

I like the conclusion to this series, but that's all I can see about my opinion. (If I could still rate in in comparison to the rest of my ratings of this series I would give the last book 3.5 stars). This series is just a series that you either love or just appreciate, and I ''just'' appreciate it. I admire Rick Riordan as an author and he has done an excellent job creating this world, especially with all the mythology in it, but it was sadly enough my cup of tea (anymore). I know it's middle grade and mostly I don't mind reading books when a character is much younger than me, but I honestly think that this series really is for middle grade readers (I know older reader love it too though, but sadly enough not me). The thing for me was that I just don't like fantasy stories that much anymore (which I already knew, but I still wanted to read it). I still recommend it to everyone who (still) likes to read fantasy and/or about mythology. I just wished I read it when I was a lot younger. 


What is your opinion about this series?

Bookhaul #30

This is again a bookhaul with three books, but I am going to (try atleast) stop buying books for a while, so I just wanted to show you these before I'm going on a ban. These are my latest book purchases:

Every since Karina E on Booktube talked about The Sandman I wanted to read it. My plan was to read it in senior year of high school for my German class, but I never did it (because I choose other books). Now that it's out in English and in this edition I decided to finally pick it up. The Queen of Spades sounded also interesting and because I saw these little black classics in a super cool bookstore (so I could look through all of them) and because they were the same price as online, I decided to pick up that one too.


The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is a book that has been on my wishlist ever since I read Jane Eyre (because I want to read all of all the Brontë's works) and a few booktubers have been reading it this year as well (which made me want to read it even more). Most of the time this book was a bit more expensive than the regular english libraries, but now it was a lot cheaper so I couldn't resist.


I cannot wait to read all three of them! This will be the last bookhaul for quite a while though, because I feel overwhelmed with all the unread books I own (I own around 50 excluding all the penguin little black classics), because I want to read all of them so badly and the pile just keeps getting bigger and bigger...


What books have you recently bought?

Review: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

Goodreads summary:

The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.

Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior - to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.


My opinion:

I know the summary doesn't say too much about the story, but first I have to say that I absolutely loved this book and for the exact reasons it says in the summary. This book has become one of my favorites!


To Kill a Mockingbird is a classic that I think everyone should read at least once in their lifetime because:

- The language is very easy to follow

- It talks about racism

- It talks about prejudices and that you can understand someone only if you try to stand in their shoes (which is why we love to read, right guys?)

- Even though it's a classic, it's still accurate today

- It talks about culture and human behavior; which are my favorite subjects in books

- Even if you don't like law stuff or anything like that that you've learned in school or think that subject is boring; I'm telling you this: even I liked that object in this book

- It's a coming of age story and has some aspects like Jane Eyre (only that becoming of age part to, as far as I could get from it).


Things I didn't like about this novel:

- Towards the middle of the book was not that appealing in my opinion and sometimes even boring. 

- The trial was going on way too long in my opinion

- The ending had some vague parts


I still really recommend it to everyone and if you haven't read it yet: please do! I'm also thinking about watching the movie (I watched like ten minutes or so), but I'm so not used to black and white movies (that's not an excuse, I know) and I have no idea if it's as good as the book, but I don't want my opinion about the story to change after I've watch the movie adaption. 


What is your opinion about To Kill a Mockingbird? Should I watch the movie adaptation or not? 

Why I'm going to stop rating books and doing all the wrap-ups

Just a few minutes ago I realized something: why do we even rate books? How can we compare totally different stories and say we give the other one a higher rating, even though the other one was much more fun or important? Did you ever look at the books you read a few years ago and realized how much your taste have changed and that maybe those ratings aren't even ''correct'' anymore? Those are some questions that I have and those are the reason why I want to stop rating books. Also, when you read a book and you tell your friend or a relative about it, you don't say oh I gave it four stars, but you just explain why you liked it and why you recommend it or not. So from now on I'm going to stop rating books. I wanted to tell you this because it will be a big change in my reviews and also on Goodreads.


I also want to stop making wrap-ups. I mean, why are they there? Just to be proud or ashamed of how many or less books you've read in a month? Reading is for fun and that's how it should be. I don't want to make a pile of those books I read in a month and show it off and see how ''less'' I read (I think this also happened because I want to read all the unread books I own and I feel overwhelmed when I see how many (just 50) unread I own and want to get to them so badly, but I just don't get to them because I read so ''less). I just want to review the books I read and tell you guys if I recommend it or not, just like I would do to a friend. So I will only show hauls and reviews here, so I can look back to the two things that are most important to me when it comes to reading. 


I hope that with these changes I can have more fun with reading again and that I don't have to think about ratings or to how many books I can get to in a month (with that I mean being disappointed in myself because I want to read all the books I own or when I didn't stick to my tbr plan). 


- Vienna

July wrap-up + currently reading

In July I read 3,5 books. Not that much, but I enjoyed all of them so it was still a good reading month. These are all the books I read:

- Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen 5/5 ★ review

- Hamlet by William Shakespeare 4/5 ★ review

- Percy Jackson and the Battle of Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4) 3/5 ★ review

- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (I got halfway through in Juli so I will be finishing it in August)


What did you read in July and which one was your favorite read?

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2017 Reading Challenge

2017 Reading Challenge
Vienna has completed her goal of reading 17 books in 2017!

2016 Reading Challenge

2016 Reading Challenge
Vienna has read 0 books toward her goal of 50 books.

2015 Reading Challenge

2015 Reading Challenge
Vienna has read 1 book toward her goal of 52 books.