Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Top 10 Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Bringing Me | Top Ten Tuesday (written on Wednesday, because why not?)

 Top Ten Tuesday was creacted by lovely The Broke and the Bookish (thank you, ladies) and this week's theme was calling to me. So why not start with it?

1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles: Art & Design

Yeah... I always put this book back on my Wish List when I'm buying books, but I still want it!!! 

I love the Hobbit and this gorgeous book is a gem for me (wish it was a little cheaper though...).

Oh, and here you can watch the video of some lovely person leafing-through this awesomeness (in case you haven't seen or own this book already).

2. The Encyclopedia of Early Earth.

 Every since I saw this book for the first time I added it to my To-buy List. But it's too expansive for me at the moment. Santa?

3. An astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

Blue is the Warmest ColorI just want this book, Okay? Okay. (Wow! High five to Dr John).

4. Blue is the Warmest Color 

This graphic novel is gorgeous! And I'd love to see it under my Christmas tree... Please.

5. House of Leaves
House of LeavesI'm intrigued by the premise of this book and really like to know if I be creeped out by it. :)

6. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas Magic: 101 Holiday Tales of Inspiration, Love, and Wonder

Maybe Santa will bring me this Christmas book? (*.*)
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas Magic: 101 Holiday Tales of Inspiration, Love, and Wonder

7. Wonderstruck
Just like Hugo! I'd like to see it on my shelf near the first Selznick's diamond.

8. Relish: My Life in the Kitchen
Well, I've heard only good things about it and also "yay!" to graphic memoirs! I would be quick and easy read during the holiday season. :)
Relish: My Life in the Kitchen 

9. The Thorn and the Blossom: A Two-Sided Love Story
Beautiful book is beautiful. Right? And I love-love-love the typography!
(photo sourse)

And the final one
10. Letters from Father Christmas
I've already read this book as an audiobook (and loved it), but I'd love to re-read it every year in a Christmas period.
Letters from Father Christmas

Yes, that's my first TTT. Not really bad, I think.:)

Hope you're doing great and received all the books you've wanted. Keep reading and DFTBA!

Oh, and what book(s) do you want for Christmas? If you posted your list I'd love to see it, so links!

P.S. I haven't include new Harry Potter box set despite the fact that I really want it, because a) it's expensive, b) it's heavy! And I don't want to hurt Santa in any way (kids need him more than me!!!).

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate!!! Have a wonderful year!

Thoughts on not finishing books (with examples) | Bla-bla-bla

 O.K., 2013 can officialy become The Year og Unfinished Books and Series for me. I've never put aside as many books before... 
Let's talk about "why have this happened?"

 I have some thoughts on this subject:
1. I start too many books at the same time. 
 Yes, this is definetely a problem. My reading mood changes almost everyday and I can't help myself and start a lot of new books. Then they're just piling up at my bedside and collecting dust. I know, I know... It's horrible. 
 But I'm to change this thing. One of my goal for 2014 is reading maximum 2 books at the same time. And also, not buying whole series, before I read the first book. And not buying the physical copy until I read a sample online.
 My TBR is already huge, so I don't think that following this simple rules will be a problem.
2. Plots/writing/characters don't meet my expectations.
 Well, I don't think I have to explain that. It's one of the top reasons why I don't finish books (this happened with Outlander, Graceling, Gourmet Rhapsody, etc., etc.) and I don't think it's just me. I cherish my time and don't want to waste in on books that I don't like when there're some many more great ones around. Because even when I give such books another go, it just isn't working out. And I think the worst thing is reading a book that takes a lot of your time when you don't care about it at all.
3. I just don't feeling this book at the moment, but will finish it when I'm in the right mood. 
 It happens less frequent, but still happens, like with Life of Pi, The Host, Infinite Sky, 100-year old man that... and some more.
 Sometimes you're reading awesome book, that you can appreciate and know you'll love it at the end, but still you don't want to read it right now, at this exact moment. Well, at least that's my case, because I can't tell from multiple perspectives. I really liked the beginnings of all those books mentioned above, but stuff happened. And I just put them aside for a while. I remember those plots very well, so I don't think it's a huge problem. 
 And also, I'm not soo many pages inside those books, so I can re-read them if I need it.
4. (Rare one) When I started a book on my e-reader as a sample, or someone else's and just forgot about it, or can't buy it right now (libraries and used books stores are the option in my city, because the selection in firsts are awful and we don't have seconds in my city, like at all... I know, it's weird).
 That can be my excuse, but not that often. It happened a few times, but (as the title suggest) I forgot about those books...

Yeah... It's not a good thing, but it's true. Some of my books will stay unread/unfinished or will be gifted to someone or donated to library, or sold. We'll see.

What do you think about not finishing books? How often do you put your read aside? Some tips on "How to finish this bastard?" :)
(Hope my thoughts weren't too boring). 

Have a great day! Keep reading and DFTBA!

Destination: Ooo. Land of Ooo in Under 20 Snails a Day by Jake Black and Shane L. Johnson | Short Book Review

Destination: Ooo: Land of Ooo in Under 20 Snails a Day (Adventure Time) - Jake Black
Mathematical journey to the Land of Ooo! I really enjoyed this short look inside the world of one of my all time favorite shows. 
This guide will be a great read to each and every Adventure Time lover, but may also interest people who have never seen the show, so they'll want to check this bunch of awesomeness out *fingers crossed* ;)
Hope you're intrigued. What time is it? Adventure Time!

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Outlander. Pt.1 by Diana Gabaldon | Unfinished-book Review

 Sooo, I guess that Outlander series is not working for me. This book made me add "I just can't" shelf here (my DNF/leafed-through-to-finish shelf).

I've expected something more than this when I bought first 3 books (I'll never do it again!), and you should know that ib those Russian editins each book is devided into 2 volumes, soooo... I've basically bought 6 books...:(

Main character, Claire, hasn't met my expectations. I thought I'll get some kick-ass nurse that travelled from post WWII time and will be all that experienced in medicine and maybe teach someone from the past (maybe it'll happen in future, but I just can't make myself reading this book any more) and also be smarter than the one in book. But... She's that type of woman, don't really know how to explain, stereotypical I guess, that ruins the image of modern women. 
She's cheating on her husband and it's not a big deal, her decisions are more often I just don't understand, all the things she's doing are only leading to her escape and she doesn't care about anyone else. O.k. I don't like this character. 
And for me, if I don't like the main character, like at all, and don't care if someone will kill her that's a point, where I don't want to read this book any more. Maybe someday in future, but not now.

As for Jamie, her love interest ot whatever, yes, I can understand his all cool and hot-hot-hot, but for some reason I just don't really like him as well... He's just O.K. for me. Maybe, if I meet someone like him in real life I'd change my opinion, or maybe if I'd continue with this series I'll sympathize him more, but right now I got what I got...

It started really promising, but simply fell from the cliff for me. I've read 394 pages out of 544 and putting this book back on my shelf. For some time.
And yes, I know that lots of you, guys, LOVE Outlander series, but as for me, I realised that historical fiction that revolves around romance only (with only sex-sex-sex) isn't for me.

Hope everyone is having a great day! Keep reading and DFTBA!

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Sunday, 15 December 2013

Reading Updates | A Quick Bookish Survey # 2

I've been too lazy to write blog post these couple of months. Also I've read or started a lot of meh books in October-November, so there wasn't a lot to write about. But I want to change that. So I started my new bookish blog in Russian (here it is, if someone's interested) and planning to keep writing here in English as well. More than in last 2 months. -fingers crossed-

O.k., here are some updates.

1/ Currently reading

Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata (for International Reads book club). 
 I've read 65 pages out of 220 so far, but I'm not really enjoying it. I've read only 1 asian novel before ("A Pale View of Hills" by Kadzuo Ishiguro, didn't like it as well), so I'm not an expert. But I'll finish it and let you know what I think).
 I'm reading it in Russian, on my sister's e-reader and on my HTC.

Gourmet Rhapsody by Muriel Barbery
 Another meh read. Not liking it, but it's only 160 pages long, so I wanna finish this book (just for the sake of Goodreads chakkenge...:)).
 My copy of this book is also in Russian.

2/ The last book I've finished
 Odd and the Frost Giants (audiobook), written and narrated by Mr Neil Gaiman. 

Neil's voice.... (crush, crush, crush). As for story, this drawing by IslaDelCoco summes everything up perfectly! (AMAZING drawing, by the way!)

3/ The next book I want to read
 Well, I'm not 100% sure, but I think it's time to finish Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. I'm half way through, liking it but for some reason too slow to finish this book. 

4/ The last book I bought 
Londoners by Craig Taylor.

 Looking forward to read this book as soon as it comes in my mailbox.

5/ Next book I'm planning to buy (I'm usually buying my books myself (well, I know I'll get one particular book for New Year/Christmas), so I changed this category a little)
 Not that my TBR is tinee-tiny, but you know, plans...

I want to lay may hands on Tokyo on Foot: Travels in the City's Most Colorful Neighborhoods by Florent Chavouet. I've heard a lot of amazing things about it from lovely Estelle @ Audham EnTha and I really really want to read this graphic memoir!!!

 Just look at this picture!!! And it's only one of them, and there're hundreds. Plus the memoir itself. Want, want, want!


 O.k., peeps, hope you're having an amazing day. Keep reading and DFTBA!

Friday, 15 November 2013

Le Premier Jour (The First Day/Первый день) by Marc Levy | Book Review

End line. Finish. Done.
2-2,5 stars maximum.
The premise was sooo promising. But I think that this kind of stories should be created by sci-fi/fantasy writers, and not by contemporary/romance ones. Because otherwise everything just falls apart and the unravelling of "beginning of everything" mystery turns into "oh, we have to sleep in the same tent *blushes, blushes, blushes*, that's indecent!"... Gush, is this really so important right now???

I stopped caring about the characters on a halfway point (that tells something, right?). All those Rome-Paris-London-Paris-Moscow-London-Addis-Ababa-Rome jumps were pretty cool during first 100 pages, but then... Only anger and frustration were evoked. No proper mystery, no point in actions, each step closer to solving a problem caused murder of every person, who can help. Stupid, like some detective story parody. "Oh, I know the answer. It's..." *Shot!*
O.K. I'll stop this rant. I just didn't like it at all. And won't recommend it to my fellow readers. 

Hope you're reading your next favorite book now. Have a great day!

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About my copy:
- In Russian (3rd cover)
- Hardback, published by "Inostranka", 448 pages.
- Own (Damn! I wish I could borrow it back then. And why? WHY? did I buy the 2nd book??? :( )
- Short story >> I've been reading it for about 1,5 years... Jeeez.
Covers in this post are taken from this awesome site.

Friday, 18 October 2013

Life on the Refrigerator Door by Alice Kuipers | Book Review

 Told in form of tiny notes on the fridge this book told story of mother and daugther living their simple suburban life until terrible news hit and change everything forever.

Such and amazing page-turner! I just couldn't stop reading and in the end - waterfall of tears...
This book just took my heart and smashed!smashed!smashed! it... And once again this book proved to me, that it doesn't have to be 500 pages long and have 1000 words per page to be close to a readers heart.
Stunning! Go and read it! It's unique!
This book won the Grand Prix de Viarmes, the Livrentête Prize, the Redbridge Teenage Book Award in 2008 and the Saskatchewan First Book Award in 2007. [from Wiki article]

The See-Through Leopard by Sibel Hodge | Book Review

First posted hereI requested this e-book from author owing to Read to Review programme from YA Book Reviewers group in exchange for my honest review. And it will be honest indeed.

I had hard times with this book. After page 30 I've almost DNFed it, because it didn't grab my interest too much. It took me 3 weeks to finally finish it. And I leafed-through most of the book, reading here and there to understand what's going on. At first I've blamed myself (not in mood and stuff), but then I understood what was the reason.

While The See-Through Leopard was written with great purpose of turning our eyes on fighting against poaching and wild animals' protection, which, by the way were the best parts of this book, well-done and straight to the point, all the YA content were out of place...
Our main character Jazz, ordinary teenage girl dealing with horrible consequences of car crash, that took a life of her mother and left Jazz with awful scars. She's struggling, because she missed her mom sooo much, all her friend turned their back on her and lots of jerks in school started calling her bad names because of scars, and all that is really sad. You're starting to root for Jazz from the first page and thinking of how terrible are those who judge people only by their appearance. 
But then her father decides that it's time for some changes and he took her to Kenya (Jazz even have no choice, which I didn't understand at all. She has aunt! Why her aunt didn't want Jazz at her home? Ridiculous!). There, in Kenya, her dad will work as a vet, and she HAVE TO work as a maid... At first day some stupid rich girl insulted her and she ran away into the wild where she found a little newbourn leopard cub (aawww) and from this point this story really started to appeal to me, because reading all those sad parts made me deppressed.
But, also, here's where all the YA clichés sprang out... Of course, she'll fall in love with one a only freaking hot and super wise guy (he's like Make Yourself A Person+Be Strong self-improvement book), in perfectly fitting age (what a miracle!) and awesome in everything. She'll feel uncomfortable and worried around him but Asha the Leopard will help. Dang..I hoped that I'll avoid all those mooshy-gooshy parts, but no-no-no. Well, like a hopeless romantic I like romance in books, but sometimes there're too much of it. 
There're some more clichés, but I can't tell you abount them without spoilers, so I'll stop here...

As a HUGE animal lover I really enjoyed everything connected to them in this book and now I want to work in wildlife reserve even more. We can change something, it begins with small things. Animals need our help, care and protection, especially the wild ones. And people shouldn't forget the they leave marks by everythings they do, whether it good or bad.
But as for YA parts, they felt underworked: the endings of most of the chapters were just abruptly terminated, like you're reading, reading - *WALL!*, also there were too many love-me-kiss-me stuff and I even caught myself rolling eyes.
Overall, I gave this book 7/10 stars (wish Goodreads can allow that). Animal lovers and those, who search quick read will enjoy it. But for me it was just O.K.
I'll finish (my review is already humonguos) with amazing quote from this book:
"When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money."

P.S. At the end of the book you can find a lot of useful links, which will help you to know more about current situation in the world of animal protection.

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Thursday, 5 September 2013

About The Last Sacrifice and Vampire Academy Series in few words | Spoiler Book Review

“Ah, my daughter,ʺ he said. ʺEighteen, and already youʹve been accused of murder, aided felons, and acquired a death count higher than most guardians will ever see.ʺ He paused. ʺI couldnʹt be prouder.” 

 YES! I finished Vampire Academy series! (I can say for sure, because I also read 2 novellas - The Meeting and Homecoming. They were goog, if you wanna know. I'm done :)).

 As lots of you can agree, there're some feels, before the finish line, and you don't want series to end. But...I was really happy to finally cross this line and finish this 2-years long journey with VA. 

 I wanted to do a full series review, but I changed my mind, So, about this particular book in few words (+some thoughts on stuff in previous books, just for better picture). 
 This was an awesome conclusion to a good and well-loved series. I started reading VA back in 2011 and devoured first 4 books in 2 weeks (it's still an awesome speed for me). But then I stuck on the 5th one for 2 years...As I told before, I decided to finish this series back in May (2013) and all the roads (long and twisted) led to August, when I finally crossed a finish line and said "bye-bye!" to VA.
 The first half of the 6th book was slow and I started worring that it will take me another two years to finish it (and I couldn't efford that! No! No! NO!). So I gathered all the strenght I have and powered through with book. Once I've passed a halfway mark, things started getting better: more action, passion, evil-and-not-really plans, intrigues and all that stuff. So it was easy to accomplish my goal.
 I was more than happy with the ending [I love me some HAPPY ENDINGS!]:
-- One of my top fictional crushes survived all this bad stuff and remained sexier than ever :) / Dimitri! Dimitri! Dimitri!/  
-- My favorite character - Abe! - was super awesome, as always.
"Sometimes the greatest tests of our strengths are situations that don’t seem so obviously dangerous. Sometimes surviving is the hardest thing of all.". Ah...he's perfect! :)
-- My #2 favorite character - Sydney - got her own spin-off series, which I'm planning to read some time in future (not very soon, because I need to relax from vampire novels)
-- My top love/hate character - YES, ROSE, IT'S YOU - stayed cool and got everything she wanted (to be honest, I liked her more in previous books. She still kickes all asses, but...her selfish behavior made me want to punch her in the face in lots of parts (especiall, speaking of Jill... >:-[ )

 And, since ending made me smile (dreamy) I gave this book 5/5 stars (maybe it's too high, but whatever). Overall, I'd rate this series 4/5 stars. Good read, but not the most favourite series of all times. 
 I've read all the books in Russian on my Pocketbook IQ 701 e-reader and the Last Sacrifice+2 novellas on my sister's e-reader.

Hope you're having a great day! Keep reading and DFTBA!

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

To Kill A Mockingbird | Book Review

 "Mockingbirds don’t do one thing except make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corn cribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” 

 SUCH AN AMAZING BOOK, guys! I'm glad I've finally read it.

 Well, I'm sure that you all know this story, but, just in case, I'll give you a description from Goodreads:

 Firstly, I want to point out the fact, that I haven't read such a Feel-Like-Home book in a loooong time. All those nature descriptions brought back my childhood memories of summers spent in my grandparents' village house. This warm and cosy feeling inside...aaarrrww. It felt like a time travel in my head, and it was magical!

 About my copy of a book in a few words, it's:
-- in Russian
-- I've read a first half of a book in hardback, omnibus that includes the "Dandelion Wine" by Ray Bradbury, "The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Sainger and, of course, "To Kill A Mockingsbird" by Harper Lee. And then I stopeed for a few month (finals in University made me), and after that "pause" I finished it on 2 e-readers (my sister's and mine). Yeah, it's really complicated :)
-- total page count: 421 (159 pages of a physical book and 269 pages on e-books :)). Well, it's important to me to know this, because I want to know my Total Pages Read in 2013 Count. [blame it on Goodreads :)]
-- got it from my mum's library (that's where all this awesome book buying came from...:))
 I really enjoyed following Scout (Jean Louise, our narrator and protagonist), Jem (Jeremy, her older brother) and Dill (Charles, their best friend, that comes to Maycomb every summer) in their growing up and learning life lessons journey, because I think nothing is as charming as getting to know some stories through kids' eyes and from their point of view. It's sooo sweet, that I couldn't help myself and just smiled when Scout made her own conclusions, even when they were based on someone else's.
 Well, I was so smily not all the time, though. This book is not all rainbows and unicorns. I had some troubles with racism in this book, and it's a huge part of it (which I'm sure you know about (or if you don't, I think you should know, just in case)]. I'm agains racism in any form and it's hard for me (yes, heart-breakingly hard) to read about it. Usually, I'm not reading books that include violence and insults because I'm tooo emotional about it. I empathise A LOT and could come close to a nervouse breakdown cliff [CONFESSION TIME].'s a problem, I know.
 But I really wanted to finish this book, I loved the writing (I've also checked it in English, for having a full picture, as the saying goes). Sooo, I rallied and kept reading, taking those parts as historical detailes, that I can't change (well, fow now, since I can't travel in time) and understood that my worries won't help in this case.

 This book coveres some of the major life topics such as importance of family, our place in the world, acting with respect to one another, living in times of the Great Depression and many others.
 One of the main themes of "To Kill a Mockingbird" is how to be humans in the first place, stop dividing people by skin colours (jeez, it's only melanin, guys!), stop putting ourselves above the other people, because we're all humans, we're the same (Well, almost all. There're still a bunch of terrible people, who's actions have no excuse...). And this books has some lines told by Atticus that made me think a lot about this subject:

 “Atticus, he was real nice."
 "Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them."
  “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”

 We shouldn't forget that we are humans. Because more often you could see that wild animals are kinder than us. 
 Atticus is an amazing character! He's a dream father. Kind and caring, wise, a truth-seeker (which is important for a good lawyer, I think:)) He quickly became one of my Top Favourite Secondary Characters (I'll make a list soon, The Broke and The Bookish (with their Top Ten Tuesdays) are great inspirers!). I'd follow a man like him in real life with no regrets. Wish there were more Atticus'.
 I'll finish my review with one his words about courage, because they sank deep into my head:

 “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what."

 Guys, guys, GUYS! Please, read this book (if you haven't yet). I waited many years to finally got to it, and, honestly, no regrets! Because I think I understood it better than I could before, in younger age. This masterpiece deserves all the love and I hope you feel the same. Wish Harper Lee could write one more book like this...
 Have a great reading, good start of studying and DFTBA!

 P.S. If you wanna discuss this book, it'll be absolutely awesome! 
 P.S.P.S. I think I'll check the "Uncle Tom's Cabin" soon...(yeeeah, haven't read it yet).

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I've first published this review on my Booklikes page.

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Awesome Barnes&Noble E-Book Deals

First published here.

 I've got this in newsletter and want to share with you. Maybe you'll find (well, I'm sure you'll find) somethings for you here. I'll link some of them and full list of deals below.  Images are links to those e-books. All books are $2,99 and less.

[I had some posting problems, so you can see prices on actual B&N page. Sorry for that. I'll try to improve my skills]


Bright Young Things Cover

 Here are the links to both full e-books lists. There're a LOT of awesome books. Check it out!

P.S. I don't own this photos. I used a Google Search to show you the covers.

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl | Book Review

From my Booklikes Page to you. (again)

“If after reading this book you come to my home and brutally murder me, I do not blame you.” - Greg.

Absolutely F***ING AMAZING!!! This book is definitely a contemporary masterpiece! I even think, that you don't have to put a YA/contemporary or other genre stamp on it, because I'm sure that people of all ages will enjoy how super-duper zingy it is:) (word flood is coming)

First time I've heard of this book from Raeleen from padfootandprongs07 Top 12 of 2012 video ( Little later I found her review video and it made me wanna read this book even more. ( So thank you VERY-VERY much, Raeleen, for your raving with love opinion, it really helped me and made me eventually buy&read this awesome book! 

O.K. Thoughts.
Despite the fact, that it contains the girl dying from leukemia (and it's not funny at all no matter how you'll put this. I'm a medical student so I'm taking this stuff more serious), but this book is freaking hilarious! I've literally laughed my ass off and now it lives it's own life somewhere near Fiji and sending me some strange postcards from there. Oh my...:) 
Jesse Andrews's writing style is outstanding! His characters are guys and girls just like us, and even when they do/say some weird stuff you can find more similarities than you think you would. And it's great, 'cos we can learn some lessons depending on this. Greg don't stop telling that he writes a shitty book, but even this detail makes it unique and corky. And all those stuff that he said about Rachel at the end is so true...sometimes I have thoughts like this about cheer up movies, too (but I don't wanna spoil the plot for you, so I will fasten my little review up). You'll see what I mean when you'll check this book out. 
I liked reading from Earl's perspective. He's weird and stupid sometimes, but at the same time he's really kind and motivated to do good stuff (even when he don't wanna show it, or even when all his kindness is deeeeeeep inside)). And Earl. Earl, Earl, Earl. I really didn't expact that he's such a cool guy! Realization of this particular fact came to me in the end of the book, after his speach adressed to Greg. Good-hearted and understanding dude (Even with all his dumbass moments). True story:)

Now, for sure, "Me and Earl and the Dying girl" became 1 of my top-read-in-2013-books this year so far (and I'm absolutely positive, that from now on this book is one of my most favourite books ever read!!!)

Yeah, I can prattle a lot about this book, but neither of you will handle this talk-flow-thing. In sum, I just want all of you awesome fellows to read this book. You won't regret, I promise!
Have a great reads!!! 

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DIVERGENT | Book Review

At first, I've postet this review on my Booklikes Page.

“We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.”

 I just don't want to stop reading it and I don't want this book to stop. I want to read Insurgent right now, like immediately!!! So that's what I'll do:)
Thank you, Ms. Roth! Just THANK YOU! (this world building, this characters, each of them is real hero for me (well, good ones indeed).
  I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book! Amazed me page after page. 
 Tris is strong (and the fact that she's cute and tiny shouldn't confuse you. She's stronger and braver than it seems), she gives us hope, shows us how to fight for what you love and believe in. And even her love thoughts, that sometimes felt out of place, didn't change my final opinion ('cos, people, she's 16!!! I think I thought and reasoned the same, if not more childishly:))). Amazing character! I felt stronger myself (braver side of mine. Yeah!!!) after reading this book. I even want to punch someone (bad one) IN THE FACE! and learn some martial arts:)
  And...Four...Tobias...Gush..........( words could describe it...nuuuh)) I want this fictional guy....what's wrong with me??? Nothing! 'Cos he's amazing! :)
His story, his character, his strength...jeez! He's a MAN! (Automatically in my Top Male Characters List, forever!:))

If you haven't read it yet, what you waiting for, man??? 
O.K. I'm running to pick up Insurgent! 
Be strong and DFTBA!

P.S. I'm reading one good book after another. It's AWESOME! And Oh Man! I recieve a present with super-mega-sexy guy in every dystopian novel I'm reading...Now, how am I supposed to find guys like them here??? Aaaaaaaaah. *dreamy sighs*

P.S.P.S. I'm really excited and looking forward for movie to come!!! I like the cast, for me it's perfect !(Theo James...(*__*) (He's Four, just look at him!!!), Shailene Woodley (hope! She's cute and strong. I think she'll be amazing Tris), Kate Winslet (dang! I don't know how I'll feel about it in future...her chacacter is such a b***h in book...), Ashley Judd, Maggie Q and many-many other. YaY! O.K. I'll stop ranting. Cheers!

“Becoming fearless isn't the point. That's impossible. It's learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.”

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Breakfast at Tiffany's | Boor Review

 Posted at first on my Booklikes page

Capote's most loved and well-known novella, first published in November, 1958, tells us about Holly, Holly Golightly (yes, I think that this woman might have been awesome James Bond, if she had been alive:) - exceptional woman with mazy past, outstanding present and you-won't-know-it future, through eyes and words of unnamed writer, who was her neighbor and friend. Once in NY...

 “It may be normal, darling; but I'd rather be natural.” 

  really liked this novella! It was quick and fun read, full of captivating writing and characters, that made this book a treasure for me. About my copy in few words:
* it's in Russian
* movie poster hardback
* has 160 pages
* adorable (*.*)

  Holly is SOMETHING! Very extraordinary character, multi-faceted, with story absolutely amazing personality.
  Until now, I've decided not to hang those "And now THIS is my favourite classic" or "Move, Gatsby!" labels on classic books, especially since I've not read a lot of classic in past, and every newly read good one can become my next "I love it!" one.
  Chic! This book is posh! Short, but such a significant story! Magnifique!
  Holly Golightly is a young woman, with heart of girl and mind of lion. She had a difficult past, that made her become a woman from an early age (well, for me it's early, but I won't tell you the age, spoiler free territory here), withstand different situations, fight for her future (believe me, I'm not over-dramatizing here, it's short part of the book, but turn up logic&imagination and you'll see, what I mean) and made herself a name in middle 40's NY society, that tells a lot about a small-town girl. OK, I really don't want to spoil the book and it seems like I'm starting to do it...So I'll stop here.
  I'll simply give you some quotes, that can pull a curtain for you a little:

"If I could find a real-life place that made me feel like Tiffany's, then I'd buy some furniture and give the cat a name.”

 “Leave it to me: I'm always top banana in the shock department.”

 “The blues are because you're getting fat or maybe it's been raining too long. You're sad, that's all. But the mean reds are horrible. You're afraid and you sweat like hell, but you don't know what you're afraid of. Except something bad is going to happen, only you don't know what it is.” 

 “You’re wrong. She is a phony. But on the other hand you’re right. She isn’t a phony because she’s a real phony. She believes all this crap she believes. You can’t talk her out of it.”  

  The storyteller himself wasn't a big deal for me. He's actually a dull spot, comparing to Holly, more like a background or messenger. But Capote's writing gave him a favor, so you can imagine yourself sitting with him in some bar in NY and listening to story, that you won't forget. And in the end, you'll wish you could know that woman in person.

As always, when it comes to a good book, READ IT! I'm sure you'll enjoy this pure gold of classic literature.

Keep reading and DFTBA!

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