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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?


Bookhaul #29

Since last bookhaul I bought only three books, but I finally got one and in the edition that I've been looking for over a year! These are the books I got:

Because I got accepted to a new school (I'm going to study Media Design! Which is all about coding, editing, photoshop, etc. etc.) I decided to pick up a book about a special art form: popism. POPism seems really interesting, so I cannot wait to read it.

 

The Secret Garden is one that has always been interesting to me, so I picked it up (also because the Vintage Children's Classics are just really beautiful and I want to expand that collection). 

 

Dreamland by Sarah Dessen was one of the only ones that I had to get (and wanted) in the old edition, so now I have all books from That Summer 'till Lock and Key in the same edition. I don't mind if her newer ones will be (because I already own Along for the Ride in the new edition) in the new edition, but I really wanted her old ones to match. I've been looking for over a year for Dreamland in this edition and now I finally have it. It's secondhand and a bit damaged, but for only 4,55 euros I can't complain.

 

What have you recently bought?


Review: Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4) by Rick Riordan

The Battle of the Labyrinth - Rick Riordan

Goodreads summary:

This summary has some spoilers in it from the previous books, so that's why I'm not showing it to you guys.

 

My opinion:

While reading it I had a feeling between liking it and really liking it, but I wasn't obsessed. It took me more than ten days to read a book that only has 360 pages, so that says something. This is why I give this novel 3,5 stars. I still really appreciate this series and recommend it. I cant't say much more because it'll spoil the previous books too. If you like Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, I'm sure you'll like this book in this series too. Unfortunately that was/is my least favorite book (I still like all Harry Potter books, of course, but I've never been a fan of tournaments and sports events), because there were quite a few elements that were similar.  

 

What is your opinion about this book?


Review: Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Hamlet - William Shakespeare

Goodreads summary:

Among Shakespeare's plays, "Hamlet" is considered by many his masterpiece. Among actors, the role of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, is considered the jewel in the crown of a triumphant theatrical career. Now Kenneth Branagh plays the leading role and co-directs a brillant ensemble performance. Three generations of legendary leading actors, many of whom first assembled for the Oscar-winning film "Henry" V, gather here to perform the rarely heard complete version of the play. This clear, subtly nuanced, stunning dramatization, presented by The Renaissance Theatre Company in association with "Bbc" Broadcasting, features such luminaries as Sir John Gielgud, Derek Jacobi, Emma Thompson and Christopher Ravenscroft. It combines a full cast with stirring music and sound effects to bring this magnificent Shakespearen classic vividly to life. Revealing new riches with each listening, this production of "Hamlet" is an invaluable aid for students, teachers and all true lovers of Shakespeare -- a recording to be treasured for decades to come.

 

My opinion:

I really liked this play and especially Hamlet. While I was reading this edition, I found out that there's a modern version on Sparknotes, so I decided to read that one instead. It's so much easier to read and understand and those are the reasons that it also reads a lot faster. I also like the morals like you're not going to marry twice and especially not so soon after the first husband dies, it deals with de choices and decisions about being human and also about revenge (of course). Those are the reasons why I don't think this play is over the top or overdramatic (like Romeo and Juliet is compared to a bad mtv tv show) so I really liked this one! I just can't give it 4.5 or 5 stars because I wasn't hooked or blown away by it. Still really liked it and I also highly recommend this one! 

 

What is your opinion about Hamlet?


Review: Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Along for the Ride - Sarah Dessen

Goodreads summary:

Up all night.

Nights have always been Auden's time, her chance to escape everything that's going on around her.

Then she meets Eli, a fellow insomniac, and he becomes her nocturnal tour guide.

Now, with an endless supply of summer nights between them, almost anything can happen...

 

My opinion:

I loved it! It's so relatable to everyone I think (especially to me, except for the divorce thing) and everyone will have something that happened in this book that they can relate too. It was also fast paced and cute and easy to read (it got me out of my reading slumb). The characters were all really awesome as well. I can't see much more, because it'll spoil you. If you want to read an awesome summer read: pick up this one!

 

What is your opinion about Along for the Ride and which one is your favorite Dessen book?


June Wrap-Up

In June I finished one book I started in May, did I decided to dnf a book and read two novels (which one of them I technically finished today but that's okay) and one little black classic. These are the books I'm talking about:

- In The Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken (The Darkest Minds #3) 2/5★ review

- Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 4/5★ review

- The Gate Of A Hundred Sorrows (short story collection) by Rudyard Kipling 2/5★ review

- Gunfight at the Oldlake Canal by GB Hope (dnf'ed it halfway through)

- Percy Jackson and the Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3) by Rick Riordan 4.5★ review

 

The author was being weird while I was reading Gunfight at the Oldlake Canal and because I didn't love it that much I decided to dnf it. If an author acts weird and not that kind, I can't seperate the book from the author. Maybe I'll pick it up in the future and finish it, but at the moment I have no desire to do so. 

 

You also might be wondering why I still haven't picked up A Court Of Thornes and Roses, but I decided to allow myself to read only one series at a time instead of two. This because I read so slowly atm and I want to remember everytime much more which means finishing a series faster than I did before. I want to start that series after I've finished Percy Jackson and the Olympians. 

 

I read a bit more than in the months before, but in my opinion still not that much (that's also because of tv shows like OINTB and because of a happy personal reason). However, I finally have a future again when it comes to school/work but that'll start in September, so I have now much time to read because I don't have to worry about anything anymore atm. Next month I hope to read The Kite Runner, To Kill A Mockingbird, Along for the Ride, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and much more, but we shall see. 

 

What did you read in June?


Review: Percy Jackson and the Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3) by Rick Riordan

The Titan's Curse  - Rick Riordan

Goodreads summary:

IT'S NOT EVERYDAY YOU FIND YOURSELF IN COMBAT WITH A HALF-LION, HALF-HUMAN.

But when you're the son of a Greek god, it happens. And now my friend Annabeth is missing, a goddess is in chains and only five half-blood heroes can join the quest to defeat the doomsday monster.

Oh and guess what. The Oracle has predicted that not all of us will survive...

 

My opinion:

I really liked this book (for some reason, I don't know why) more than the first two books in this series and I appreciate it more and more. The story is just so complex, because there are so many storylines and mythology background that is linked with each other. I also love the friendship moral in this one (even though this also happens in the first two books). I'm glad I picked it up after all. 

 

What is your opinion about the third book in this series?


Bookhaul #28

For upcoming month I only bought 2 books and one of them is a Little Black Classic. I want to tackle down my tbr so this means not buying many books. These are the ones I bought:

- Shirley by Charlotte Brontë

- A Nervous Breakdown by Anton Chekhov

- Along for the ride by Sarah Dessen

 

I wanted Shirley because I want to read something else by Charlotte Brontë and this edition will be out of print soon, so I ordered it before it was too late. 

After I read the other short story collection by Anton Chekhov I wanted to read something else by him, before I bought the entire collection. 

Because I have so many unread classics and not so many light reads, I decided to pick up a Sarah Dessen book. I already own almost all of them (I still need to buy 3 of her ya novels and her adult one) so of course I bought a new book by her. This one seems really cute.

 

What books have you bought recently?


Review: The Gate of the Hundred Sorrows (Penguin Little Black Classic #24) by Rudyard Kipling

The Gate of the Hundred Sorrows (Little Black Classics #24) - Rudyard Kipling

Goodreads summary:

'Mind you, it was a pukka, respectable opium-house, and not one of those stifling, sweltering chandoo-khanas that you can find all over the City.'

Kipling first became famous for his pungent, harsh and shocking stories of northwest India, where he grew up. This is just a small selection from his inexhaustibly contentious and various early work.

 

My opinion:

There are six stories in this bindup and here's my rating for each story:
1. Thrown Away 3 stars
2. False Dawn 3 stars
3. In the House of Suddhoo 1 star
4. The Bisara of Pooree 2 stars
5. The Gate if the Hundred Sorrows 2 stars
6. The Story of Muhammed Din 1 star.

 

Sadly enough not one story stood out for me or blew me away.. so this bindup it's okay. I think it's because of the subject and because they are just random stories, so I wasn't that interested. I recommend starting with The Jungle Books. 

 

What is your opinion about this short story collection?


Review: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Goodreads summary:

From the award-winning author of ‘Half of a Yellow Sun,’ a powerful story of love, race and identity.

As teenagers in Lagos, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are fleeing the country if they can. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America. There she suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London.

Thirteen years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a blogger. But after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face?

Fearless, gripping, spanning three continents and numerous lives, ‘Americanah’ is a richly told story of love and expectation set in today’s globalized world.

 

My opinion:

I really liked it, but I had some problems. One thing is that it was very slowly. The second thing that bothered me was that the topics were discussed over and over again. That much that in the end I was kind of tired about it. The ending was also kind of obvious. Most people also wished that there was more character development and a plot; I agree only a little bit. I wasn't bothered with it so much. I still highly recommend this book, because I do like the blog aspect, some of the topics that were discussed, the love story and that it's about a Nigerian who moves to America. But if you haven't read anything by Adichie yet, I recommend to read Purple Hibiscus first. I still haven't read Half of The Yellow Sun yet, so I can't say which of hers is my favorite (but I think it's going to be Purple Hibiscus). 

 

What is your opinion about Americanah?


Review: In The Afterlight (The Darkest Minds #3) by Alexandra Bracken

In the Afterlight - Alexandra Bracken

Summary:

Because this is the third and final book in this trilogy, I won't show you the summary of this book. Click here for the summary of the first book and my review of the first book. Click here for my review of the second book. 

 

My opinion:

I don't know why, but I didn't like this book and this series so much. I gave the first book 3 stars, the second one 3.5 stars and the third one aka this one 2. Even though I really like the premise and the storyline, I just wasn't hooked. It took me again way too long to read it and when I put it down I wasn't thinking about it. Maybe it's because I'm done with YA dystopian (I have nothing against YA in general, but I think it's because I've read too many dystopians already and because I've also already read some classic dystopians), because I like more culture stories and this series hasn't much culture in it.. I don't know. I'm a bit sad about the fact that I didn't like this series as much, but I know many people do so if you want to pick up this series, don't let this review hold you back. It's not bad at all, just not my cup of tea anymore. 

 

What is your opinion about In The Afterlight/The Darkest Minds trilogy?


June tbr

I know that I everytime I do a tbr post or whatever, I can never read all of the books that I wanted, but hey I don't want to stop trying. These are the ones I hope to read in June:

I'm not going to read all of the novels by Orwell, but I really want to read 1984. I also need to read Americanah, The Kite Runner and A Court Of Thornes And Roses. If I don't get to those this month I'll be really upset with myself. The other ones are the ones that I'd like to read, but I will be okay if that doesn't happen. 

 

What is on your tbr for June?


May Wrap-Up

In May I read 3 awesome books and 2 not so (ahum) awesome. I don't know why, but the Darkest Minds trilogy reads so slowly and even though I like the story in general, I most of the time just don't care. Anyways, these are the books I read in May:

- Never Fade (The Darkest Minds #2) by Alexandra Bracken (read only the last half of it in May) 3.5/5 ★ review

- Affinity by Sarah Waters 4.5/5 ★ review

- Aristotle and Dante discovering the secrets of the universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz 5/5 ★ review

- The Kiss, The Two Volodyas and Gooseberries by Anton Chekhov 5/5 ★ review

- In The Afterlight (The Darkest Minds #3) by Alexandra Bracken

 

I got to page 334 out of 535 of In The Afterlight, but I think I'm going to put it down for a while because this series is putting me in a slump. I want to finish it someday though.

 

When it comes to tv series: I watched a lot. Sadly enough were Faking It and Nashville canceled so very suddenly, but I also discovered a new series : Life Unexpected. I'm kinda hooked to it (only have 4 episodes left ha). Click here for the trailer if you're curious. 

 

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


Review: The Kiss, The Two Volodyas and Gooseberries by Anton Chekhov (Penguin Little Black Classic #34)

Gooseberries (Little Black Classics #34) - Anton Chekhov

Summary:

The Kiss is about hope in love etc. 

The Two Volodyas is about a woman who rethinks her marriage and feels she married him for money instead of love and goes kinda crazy.

Gooseberries is about finding happiness and about hope and freedom.

 

My opinion:

This is what I think every Little Black Classic should be like. I loved all of the stories and I cannot wait to read more by this author (which is also not good because now I want to buy more books ha). I can't see which one my favorite story is, but if I have to choose I'll choose Gooseberries, because it has not only Russian themes in it, but also themes that are still relevant today. If you want to buy a little black classic, i highly recommend this one.

 

Have you read anything by Anton Chekhov and if so what is your opinion about his work/any recommendations?

 


Bookhaul #27

This is a small bookhaul, but since I'm not going to buy more anytime soon I still wanted to post it (that'll also happen for the next 2 hauls, because I want to buy only 2 in July and 1 in August). These are books I got for June 9It's not even June yet, I know but since I buy some books to read in June etc.):

I received Gunfight At The Old Canal by the author himself, in return for an honest review, which was really generous of him! It's about terror attach in European cities and natual disasters etc. even though it's fiction (it's also about a boy who love freerunnin and is dating an Indonesian girl), it's really relevant so I cannot wait to read it. 

 

Khaled Hosseini is one of those authors I've been really interesting in and because I want to read all of his noels (eventually), I decided to buy this boxset. Not a huge fan of the covers though (I still like them, but I like the other more) but I thought there wasn't a boxset of that one so yea. I still really like them and also how they feel (we're all weird like that, right?) and I cannot wait to read them. Not sure if I'll start with The Kite Runner or A Thousend Splended Suns, but I think I'm just going to read them in chronological order so I'll start with The Kite Runner.

 

What books have you bought recently?


Review: Aristotle And Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe - Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Goodreads summary:

Dante can swim. Ari can't. Dante is articulate and self-assured. Ari has a hard time with words and suffers from self-doubt. Dante gets lost in poetry and art. Ari gets lost in thoughts of his older brother who is in prison. Dante is fair skinned. Ari's features are much darker. It seems that a boy like Dante, with his open and unique perspective on life, would be the last person to break down the walls that Ari has built around himself.

But against all odds, when Ari and Dante meet, they develop a special bond that will teach them the most important truths of their lives, and help define the people they want to be. But there are big hurdles in their way, and only by believing in each other―and the power of their friendship―can Ari and Dante emerge stronger on the other side

 

My opinion:

I love this book so much! This is one of the cutest and realistic (love) story I've ever read. It's also a coming of age/teenage story which we can all relate to, but I especially love this one because of the topic and the time the story took place. It has also some darker themes, so it's not a light hearted ya. I think if you love classics, you'll love this one too (only this one reads much faster in my opinion. There's nothing more to say (or else I'll spoil you), but just read it if you haven't already.

 

What is your opinion about Aristotle And Dante Discovering The Secrets Of The Universe?

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