Women power.

Thank you NetGalley for the ARC.

When I selected Wild Nights: Heart Wisdom from Five Women Poets I expected a book that contains contemporary poetry collected from 5 women that are not that known. Kinda like promoting local artists thing.

I was not disappointed tho’.

Rating: 2/5

I just gave this book this low rating because, in my opinion, the selection was not that good. It was pretty random.

It started with some greek poems written in old english, some mythology here and there, but they had some nice verses. I don’t say those are awful but they’re just not my taste.

The next part was my favorite, Emily Dickinson. Of course I devoured this to the last letter and I just felt accomplished reading Dickinson again.

There were other 2 writers that were pretty irrelevant for me. I don’t have any opinion on them. I enjoyed their poems but nothing stood out.

The one that had an impact, if I can call it that, was Sara Teasdale. Never heard of her before but I’m so glad I found her! I can actually say that I loved her part more than Emily Dickinson’s. Her poems felt real. I really enjoyed every verse and I’m gonna share one of them with you:

After Parting

Oh, I have sown my love so wide

That he will find it everywhere;

It will awake him in the night,

It will enfold him in the air.

I set my shadow in his sight

And I have winged it with desire,

That it may be a cloud by day,

And in the night a shaft of fire.

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Milk and Honey.

DISAPPOINTED!

Rating: 2/5.

I’m sorry I started this review that bad but man I felt kinda frustrated for not liking it as much as I thought I would. I mean, I’ve seen it everywhere and I love the cover and I was really excited to read it and love it and quote it everywhere, you know what I’m saying? I declared it in my heart my favorite contemporary poetry book before I opened it and man, I should’ve held my horses I guess.

That wasn’t even poetry. Those were phrases written in separate lines with no rhyme or that feeling you get when you read poetry and you know that’s a poem and you read it with a special tone (Thanks Lang Leav for showing me what contemporary poetry is). I loved 2 writings maybe? but that’s all I can say about it.

Sorry, Rupi Kaur. Maybe the next one will be for me.

 

Apartheid Wonder.

Some time a go, a good friend of mine sent me Trevor Noah’s biography called Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood. He told me to read at least 20 pages and let him know what I think cause he believes this is my type of nonfiction book.

Rating?

5/5.  Yes, I had to underline this because it’s not something that happens frequently especially when it comes to biographies and nonfiction.

Before this book was recommended to me, I really didn’t know who Trevor Noah is. I knew his face and his name but I had nooo idea what’s going on with this Trevor guy so my friend just told me a little bit about him and then I watched a short video extracted from his show and I was like “hmmm ok I think I might like his book.”

After weeks of me ignoring it my friend started nagging me about it and I finally said okaaaay fine I’ll read those 20 pages.

What can I say, I didn’t know what happened but I only texted him when I was on page 40. I swear this book destroys your notion of timing.

He’s such an awesome story-teller! And he explains stuff so easily to comprehend, I wish he was my teacher in school. He knows how to explain the apartheid and the racism he had to face and all the crisis in South Africa. He lived a life that just leaves you speechless. I know for sure it left me.

From having to live in hiding and not being able to hang out with his dad in public (because he was born “colored” which means his parents weren’t both black. His dad was a swiss white guy) to copying CDs and becoming the coolest DJ around, to befriend Hitler and go to 3 different churches every sunday, to see his mom at the hospital with bullet wounds but miraculously well, you won’t ever want to finish it.

I consider him a warrior and I know most of us nowadays wouldn’t be able to do half of what he did in that time. And everything he went through. And I look at him and I know he could’ve turned bad. He had the chance. But no, he continued to be a decent human being and loving himself and I feel proud of him now. After imagining having to live all that and then see him having millions of followers and winning Grammys on MTV it’s just amazing.

I recommend it to everyone!

 

Legend and a Game.

You might have heard of this one and if you didn’t then I don’t know where you’ve been. Caraval, Stephanie Garber.

Rating: 4/5.

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It was pretty hard to believe that this one’s her debut novel… like… wait WHAAAAT?! You know talent, hard work and lots of creativity when you see it. That’s what made Caraval. Just like The Night Circus the game happens only at night but what happens during the day, you just have to brace yourself.

I was pretty obsessed with it and any minute I had free I had to come to this book. You just can’t be ready for all the twists and turns and it has stuff that you just can’t figure out no matter what. Stephanie knows how to play. Get ready to meet charming characters, well developed that will stick with you for some time.

This is the only book I really wished for to have a happy ending. I couldn’t take any other ending for how rich it is and entertaining, mysterious and catchy.
The idea was unique and awesome. The thing that didn’t let me give it a 5/5 was the clues of the game. They seemed pretty random and I just couldn’t figure out what sense they have, they just seemed illogical. And I don’t think they only seemed illogical. They actually were. “Surprisingly”, she figured them out somehow and I was like …uhm… alright then… as long as it worked.

I’m super curious about what Tella owes Legend. I can’t even think of something because everything that happened was magical and insane. I’m so pumped for the series!

I really recommend it.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27883214-caraval?ac=1&from_search=true

One of the worst.

Wasp Factory.
Ew. I’m writing this review just because I avoid writing reviews about the books that I hate but you gotta do it sometimes, you know…
Don’t touch this one, don’t look at it, don’t smell the pages, don’t even consider it. That’s how weird it is. And gross.

Rating: 1/5.

I know I ask this a lot but WHAT WAS WRONG WITH IAIN BANKS??

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I just finished it cause I was bored and actually I was going through a time when I actually gave second chances and thought I could find the beauty in it. I didn’t. Thank God it was pretty short cause otherwise I would’ve abandoned it.

If you don’t have the stomach for animal torture and heavy stuff like murdering children, then you really shouldn’t read it (pretty much you shouldn’t read it if you’re a normal person I guess). It was difficult to read and I’ve read some weird creepy things but this is just disgusting. 16 year old murderer going through a phase and if by going through a phase means you murder your relatives, no thanks.

I don’t think I have to mention that I don’t recommend it to anyone. EVER. EVER EVER. EVER EVER EVER.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/567678.The_Wasp_Factory?ac=1&from_search=true

Miss Marple strikes again

A Murder is Announced.

I love me some Agatha Christie from time to time, she’s always been special and always will be. You can recognize her out of 1000. This wasn’t my favorite nor a book that I would read again but it was an Agatha Christie book so that gives it value.

Rating: 2/5.

If I would have to choose between miss Marple and Poirot, I would go with the lovely lady Marple. She’s unique and her understanding of human character does a great
job when finding the murderer.
Agatha always knows how to play with the reader. I think everyone that reads a “whodunit” type of book tries to guess who the murderer is or sometimes even who the victim actually is and you just can’t guess it. After a while when you learn that you know nothing you just give up and go with the flow. You can’t win. The same goes for
this book, of course.

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I didn’t really like it a lot but I have a second reading goal (besides the first one which is to read all the Stephen King books), and that is to read all the Agatha Christie books so eventually I had to read this one too. It seemed interesting at the beginning, something I haven’t seen before. A murder was actually announced in the papers. Let’s face it, you don’t see that a lot in crime books. So that’s something that caught me and pushed me into reading it but the thing that didn’t let me enjoy it so much is all the dizzying twists and turns and rabbits out of the hat and too much talking that just didn’t let me make sense of them anymore probably because I’ve read better like And Then There Were None or Murder on the Orient Express, now those are favorites.

This one was just something to read because I was in the mood for a classic so I ran to Agatha cause I also want to complete my goal duh (tho I have a long long way to run).

I don’t really recommend this one, if you can read something else from her go for it but who knows, maybe you’ll like it. I’ve seen many people rating it a 5/5, it
depends on each and everyone’s taste.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16298.A_Murder_Is_Announced?ac=1&from_search=true

Murderous breakfast club

I was casually scrolling on Goodreads through my “asap” bookshelf and I saw this book that seemed interesting and I completely forgot why it was there in the first place. Turns out it got me at the first 3 words of the description which were “The breakfast club”. Apparently it’s a combination between the breakfast club and pretty little liars. I never watched PLL but I know it’s popular… does that count? So anyways I thought that if it has common elements with The breakfast club it should be good. And man it was awesome.

One of Us is Lying by Karen K. McManus.

rating: 4/5.

The story is pretty messed up and confusing at times but I really liked it. I can actually say it was addicting. The idea of the detention, again we have a few teenagers that weren’t even friends but they end up sticking together when there’s a tragic event (one of them died right in front of them). You can’t escape the love story, of course, between the rebel and the sweetheart which is pretty cool. Better than I expected actually.

One thing that I appreciated and I have to mention is that even though it’s a YA book, at times it really doesn’t feel like it. It seems to be a legit thriller/crime book that happens to involve teenagers. They’re all mature and know how to deal with the accusations and the drama revolving around them and that just makes me think of all the things I wouldn’t be able to do because social anxiety and fear of phone calls heh.
Anyways, a good idea would be to squeeze a TV show out of this. I think it would be really cool. It is complex enough and it wouldn’t even need a lot of seasons. Even
a single one but good would be enough to include the whole plot in it.
I can tell you that you won’t regret reading it if you’re into this kind of stuff (or if you liked The Breakfast Club which everybody does).

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32571395-one-of-us-is-lying?ac=1&from_search=true

“I’ll take the Lake”

I thought I’m gonna have a heart attack or faint or something. THAT’S HOW MUCH I LOVE COLLEEN HOOVER’S BOOKS.

Slammed.

Rating: 20/5.

I think it is pretty clear, since this is a Colleen Hoover book, that I’ve read it in a few hours. I found myself in the same situation as “I don’t know what to read, I’m gonna get myself a cup of Colleen Hoover” which turned into 2 cups cause I HAD to read the next one too because I didn’t calm down with it.

I love both Layken and Will. I love Will more though, he kinda reminds me of Jim Halpert’s character from The Office. Always funny and cute and smart.

I was impressed by the idea of slamming. I didn’t know that it is actually a thing, initially I thought Colleen came up with the idea but afterwards I found out that people are actually doing it. And I love it. Also, I think it was awesome that Colleen actually wrote the slams the characters performed and I loooved theeeem!

Colleen has some really awesome ideas, like the glass vase full of life tips stars to help them when they need it the most when they won’t have anyone else besides them and their brothers (and Will’s grandparents).

By the end of the book my chest was aching. Literally. And then I couldn’t stop thinking about them. And then I’ve read the second book. Review to come.

As a conclusion, YES GO READ IT!!

🎈You’ll float too🎈

Alright I guess I don’t need any special introduction for this after you’ve read the title since it’s been everywhere and suddenly everyone wants It. I’m looking at you, weird psychotic clown lovers.

Rating: 5/5.

If you’re in the mood for a long good read, try It. Hehe. No, seriously, I’ve read a long Stephen King book before (like 800 pages) and it was really good (11/22/63). This time, I really wanted to skip the movie and read the book before I actually watch it tho I was pretty scared to watch it so I wait for it to come on DVD.

Stephen King’s It is over 1000 pages long and every page is awesome. I recommended it to every friend I talked to about it.

I find horror a difficult genre. If I would have to write a horror book I don’t know if I could do it. It’s hard to write something to actually creep out the reader but I can vote this one as the first book that gave me the creeps. I was literally mouthing “man that’s creepy” when reading a few scenes so get ready for some crazy stuff. I question King’s sanity.

BUT THE KIDS MAN! THOSE KIDS ARE THE COOLEST KIDS IN LITERATURE. I loved them as a group and individually too but when they were together they just made me think of the gang in Stranger Things. I’m glad Finn Wolfhard actually plays in both of them. He fits perfectly.

I loved the turtle idea that protects them and I loved their ambition to get rid of Pennywise once and for all.

I really hope the movie is good because the one from the ’90s was extremely lame and I don’t wanna think about it again.

Anyways, if you think about reading it, I can only say YYYEEESSSSS. 100% recommended.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/644173.It

Jane Eyre… but gothic.

As a classic cinematography lover, I’ve watched the movie The Birds (and read the book), of course. It’s a combo when Alfred Hitcock is the director and the author of the novel is Daphne du Maurier. Same goes for Rebecca. 

Rating: 4/5.

Besides the fact that I’ve had the book in my kindle for a while now I’ve also heard the song “Rebecca” sung in its musical (yes there’s also a musical based on it). You have no idea how bad it got stuck in my mind.

So I gave the book a try.

At first there’s nothing very impressive about it. It kinda feels like nothing is happening so you might be tempted to abandon it but I went on with it for the sake of the song (don’t ask me what’s up with that because I don’t know, it just hit me).

Daphne du Maurier is building the mystery step by step basically. She doesn’t throw you in a complicated full of suspense action but she knows how to involve you with every chapter. She sprinkles the plot with some plot twists and from a story of 2 lovers becomes a serious act of desperation and murder.

If you’ve read Jane Eyre you might find some common elements: there’s an older rich man, a manor and 2 wives but the spirit of the deceased one is lurking around. The dark and sinister tone of it can surely grab your attention.

As for the characters, I don’t like any of them but the author knew how to build the characters to be disliked but at the same time you are interested in what happens to them.

Last night I also watched the movie. It’s a classic ’40s Hitchcock, how can I not?

I’m gonna say the typical thing that any book reader is saying: the book was better. It really was better. It’s not one of my favorite Hitchcock movies but since I’ve read the book my expectations were…higher than they should’ve been probably. Even though I’m saying this I’m not discouraging anyone to watch it. Do watch it cause it’s a pretty good one. I really liked the guy that played as Mr de Winter and also the role of Ms Danvers was awesome. She nailed it!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17899948-rebecca