We’re all blind here.

Blindness by Jose Saramago.

Rating: 4/5.

This is one of that type of books whose images get stuck in your mind and you know you will never forget them. They’re disturbing and they’re interesting and they sometimes make us realize that we wouldn’t have thought of that, wow. The concept of the book is really good. Blindness, as a sickness, is a pretty delicate subject in my point of view but Saramago knew how to do it right.

At first, you’re gonna stumble upon a weird writing technique. I don’t know if he writes all of his books the same way but you have to get used to it. It was pretty difficult at the beginning but that was not an impediment because the book is really good from the first pages and it won’t let you leave it unfinished.
The thought of the whole population going blind is so unpleasing that it is almost painful to read this book and see their struggles and how hard it is to even go from your bed to the door, to wash yourself or to find a scrap of food to eat and in the end famine, water and electricity crisis installs in the world.
Saramago held no barriers upon approaching this subject. He throws everything he has in it. I hope you don’t have a weak stomach and I sure hope you’re not very sensitive.

What I really loved about this book was the perfect addition of that ONE person who is able to see while the rest of the population isn’t and she is also a female. I consider her one of the strongest (female) characters I have encountered so far in books.

Another awesome thing about it was the happy ending it had that balanced the frustration and sadness the characters depicted.

I also have good news, there’s also a sequel called Seeing that I can’t wait to read!

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January Favorite

It’s time to announce my favorite book of January and that is 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (click on the title to read a full review).

Even though that was not a 5 star book, I do have a weakness for Murakami. I didn’t really love all of his books and this one was a little above average. It was full of creativity and it also had a complex plot. I’m sure I will never read a book similar to this one, even though it left me with many unanswered questions and the ending was kinda disappointing.

I also picked this one because 98% of the books I have read in January were pretty bad and this was the best option.

 

Time travels

Personally, I’m not necessarily a Sci-Fi fan. I’m not a Sci-Fi fan at all but I still gave this one a shot. I have a friend that usually recommends me really good books so I followed his advice when he told me that I HAVE to read this one.

One of the best literary choices I have ever made was picking up Dark Matter by Blake Crouch.

Rating: 5/5.

If you want to know a page-turner, this is the one. I literally had to have some self control and not read it too fast. I had to slow down and read only like a few chapters a day, but that didn’t work as expected… I passed my limit… a lot of times.

*takes a deep breath*

You know from the beginning that this is going to be an awesome experience. It makes a statement from the first pages and you don’t forget it very easily. I’ve never read a book that involved time travelling before and I would start with this one all over again if I could. This was one of the cases when I wished I could delete the memory of a book and then reread it.

I would also like to bring out the fact that Blake is really smart and you can clearly see that by the way he organized the plot and his writing. The plot has tangles and twists and turns but you will never feel like that. He knows how to make the readers UNDERSTAND, and that’s super important since many times a good book can leave the reader unsatisfied because by the end you still can’t get anything that happened in it.

As a conclusion, yes, go read it. It’s a must.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27833670-dark-matter

Thriller/ Crime/ Mystery Recommendations

JUST TO LET YOU KNOW, I don’t read only romance and YA. I also read detective novels, crime, thrillers and mystery and I’m gonna recommend you some of my favorites. Only 5 and 4 star ratings!

  1. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. Nothing you have ever read prepared you for what you’re about to go through. It has time travel, a very smart plot and I don’t think that any writer could have written this tangled book but still make the reader understand what is going on. GO READ IT NOW!
  2. Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie. There are no mystery/ crime book lists without at least one Agatha Christie book so I thought of skipping the most popular And Then There Were None and recommend you Murder at the Vicarage. This one has been one of my first Agatha Christie books and it just made me realize how awesome Agatha was. Also, it was my first encounter with Miss Marple and she is totally one of my favorite book characters of all time!
  3. Angels & Demons by Dan Brown. This is the book that will begin the Robert Langdon series, a must-read in my opinion. Angels & Demons so far has been the best book in this series (although I haven’t read The Lost Symbol and Origin yet). It’s a really good start and a pretty interesting concept behind it.
  4. Red Dragon by Thomas Harris. Should I even mention the Hannibal Lecter series?? It’s sooo good! Hannibal is one of my favorite villains ever. So smart and insane and unpredictable! If you like smart psychos, this one will be for you.
  5. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. I had to involve a non-fiction book in this list and In Cold Blood is the best option for me. I didn’t really know at first that this was based on a true story, I only found out by the end of it so you can imagine my shock! It’s moving, crazy and I can assure you that you won’t find any true crime book like this one. I actually searched for pictures of the family and the murder scene on crimearchives.net, don’t judge me. I had to see the real persons and that changed my perspective because I imagined them differently. I recommend you to search for them too! It’s a really interesting feeling that it gives you right after you finish it.
  6. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. If I added Miss Marple to this list, I have to add Hercule Poirot as well! You can’t have one without the other. I’m aware that this book got more popular since the movie came out and I kinda feel more attached to it after watching the movie, because the movie was perfect! The cinematography and the cast was sooo on point! And now back to the book, Hercule Poirot never ceases to impress and I barely put this book down. If you want a dash of andrenaline, go ahead and start reading this one.
  7. The Collector by John Fowles. This one’s that kind of book that gives you goosebumps. Frederick (the main character) is so sick minded, you can’t even comprehend it. Totally one of the creepiest books out there!
  8. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith ( J K Rowling). I’ve posted the review for this one already but come on I have to mention again that you have to give it a try! Cormoran is one of the coolest detectives and Robin and him make one of the best combos in the literature I have read so far!
  9. Psycho by Robert Bloch. Ah, good ole’ Norman Bates. Cool in Hitchcock’s movie and he is just as cool in the book. Again, one of my favorite villains. After watching the movie I’ve read the book but Bloch’s writing is so good that I felt like I didn’t even know what the story is about and I can say that I was amazed again by the plot twist. You don’t find this happening with any book that inspires movies.
  10. The Green Mile by Stephen King. Ain’t no thriller without the King. This one might be one of my favorite books written by him because I did not find this much emotion in any of his other books that I have read. I was NOT ready for it. It’s really worth it!

I hope I helped some of you find something to read. I really enjoyed all of these so I hope you will enjoy them too!

Has any of you already read one of these? Which one? What is your opinion?

Starlight Nights

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As I promised on the post where I presented the PageHabit January box, here’s the review for the book that came with it: Starlight Nights by Stacey Kade.

From the moment I’ve seen the cover of this book I was pretty sure I’m gonna enjoy it.

Rating: 3.5/5

I loved how well Stacey Kate built the characters. You can see how both Calista and Eric begin as being weak persons but throughout the story it gets obvious how much they change, how strong they become and how mature they end up to be. They both know they’re flawed and they both accept each other the way they are instead of trying to change one another based on “how it should be”.

Their parents are horrible persons from the beginning to end and I believe that’s the antithesis this book needed: Eric and Calista vs Rowley and Lori.

I loved how well Stacey depicted the Hollywood ideas through Calista’s mother. It was shocking to think that the fictive life of Calista actually takes place in reality, behind the scenes of some of the celebrities we admire.

Back to our intriguing love story, Calista and Eric are those type of people that are beautiful together even if they are not a couple, if that makes any sense. There could be a crowd of people and I would still ship them. It was obvious they’re ending up together but hey, you never know how surprising an author can be (thank you, Stacey, for not ruining this for us). It was awesome the way their love story developed from beginning to end with an obvious chemistry at a perfect pace.

Starlight Nights contains everything you might expect: addiction, cliches, bad choices, character development, hollywood life and a messy but beautiful and unique love story.

Favorite bookish gadgets

I’m on a hunt for good bookish gadgets for myself so I thought I should share with you my favorite finds! Click on each title to open the amazon page where you can buy them.

THE ENGLISH DICTIONARY BOOKMARK

I just discovered this and I fell in love with it instantly. You also have over 30 thousand of definitions!! That’s so exciting and helpful!

A FOLDED LED BOOK LIGHT

This one’s a pretty impressive addition to any bookworm’s room. It also gives a special effect in pictures for your bookstagram. Can’t wait to get it!

DUAL RECHARGEABLE BOOK LIGHT

I already have this one and I totally recommend it. You can change the brightness of it and it’s so much easier to read now in the dark because it has 2 lights to cover both pages. Less frustrating and more innovative!

THUMB PAGE HOLDER

You know how annoying it is when the book keeps folding, well the guys from Thumb Thing came up with a good idea: a page holder for your thumb.

LED LIGHT MAGNIFYING GLASS FOR BOOKS

If your eyesight is not in the best condition (just like mine), some small fonts could really mess up your reading time, so this magnifying glass could come in handy, especially because it has LED too!

FINGER POINTER BOOKMARK

It’s cool to have a bookmark to know what’s the last page you read but it’s even cooler for that bookmark to have a finger, to indicate even the last row you have read.

POPSLATE E READER PHONE CASE

This is basically a kindle on the back of your phone. It is a pretty interesting concept in my opinion.

IRISCAN WIRELESS BOOK SCANNER

You can have a digital copy of any book you read!

I hope I have been of help with improving your reading life.

PageHabit January Box

As of January, something pretty important happened to me: I became a moderator for the PageHabit romance boxes!

I take part in an awesome team and I’m happy to show you the romance box for January. Also, you can find the book review in the PageHabit book club on Facebook.

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As you can see, you can get plenty of goodies!

My favorite ones are the sheet face masks. They were the first sheet masks I have tried and it was also the first time I tried any korean beauty items (yes, they were made in Korea). I definitely recommend them! I think I’m gonna get some more because they’re worth it. My face was so moisturized and clean, I could not believe it.

Another cool thing found in this box are the tree friendly pencils, what’s cool about them is that there is sandpaper attached where you can sharpen them, they’re so unique! I haven’t seen them before!

Of course, you can’t have a bookish subscription box without a cool bookmark, this time there is a HARRY POTTER ONE! It’s my first HP bookmark so I was pretty excited! Talking about bookmarks, you get a second bookmark which is too cool! You attach it to the page of the book (you can see that I attached it to Starlight Nights). It looks kinda vintage and there’s a picture of many books in it. It’s my favorite bookmark I have so far.

In every PageHabit box you also get a booklet, it’s a mini book with a short story in it. Very cute and entertaining!

And now last but not least, the Starlight Nights book along with Stacie Kade’s autograph, a hand-written letter and annotations throughout the book. We’re gonna talk about that book soon, I can tell you that I enjoyed it! I trust them when they pick the books and they did an awesome job choosing this one. Also, the annotations in it makes it feel so personal, like the book was written just for you. Review to be posted.

I hope you liked my “unboxing” and maybe I made you think about subscribing to PageHabit, it’s definitely worth it!

If you liked the picture, feel free to follow my bookstagram: http://www.instagram.com/bookspottings

Thank you!

 

Strike and Robin to the rescue!

Did somebody mention J K Rowling? Did somebody say she wrote a crime detective series under a pseudonym?

Yes, all of that is true and we’re talking about Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike #1) by Robert Galbraith *wink*.

Rating: 4/5.

This just became one of my favorite things that happened in the bookish world. I had this book “tucked” somewhere on my kindle completely forgetting anything about it. After a little research on Goodreads, I’ve seen that it’s been written by J K Rowling, so of course, I had some expectations.

First of all, Cormoran Strike has a cool name. It just gives you that mysterious vibe of a detective and I could not write this review without mentioning that I love his name, okay? At first he seemed to me like being clumsy and not that smart. Through all the events in his life he was able to stand up and do his job, not letting his private life interfere with his business. He knew what he had to do and he did not hesitate. I felt like to the world he just looked cool like he got his life together, but nobody expected him to live in his office, wearing a prosthetic leg after he lost his leg in Afghanistan, and all the pain he had to endure and the lack of money.

Second of all, his secretary couldn’t be better, for him and for the whole plot. She’s hard working, smart, intriguing and man she has some guts! I loved her! And when you see them on the scene together they’re the definition of a power couple. I hope they will end up together, I don’t care how and when but I need to know that they are together… some time… in the future.

What I didn’t like about this was the length of the book. It could’ve been a great book even if it would have been shorter but at the same time I liked the fact that it was pretty long because I got to attach myself to the characters and it was easier to make the difference between them and all the twists and turns (which many times is hard to keep up with).

It was interesting to see how everything connected in the end, that’s the best part of these books. I feel some kind of a relief every time the plot is untangled.

I recommend it if you’re a fan of detectives and mystery.

 

 

Review Policies

GENERAL INFO

I am currently accepting Young Adult, New Adult, Crime, Romance, Contemporaries, Graphic Novels and more. See below all the genres. You can contact me at bookspottingsite@gmail.com.

I accept print ARCs, finished copies, Ebooks (.mobi, pdf, .epub). If the book you send is a part of a series, I might need the previous one(s), unless it is a stand-alone.

I AM NOT accepting audiobooks. 

GENRES

I accept fiction in the following genres:

Young Adult/ Young Adult Romance

•Romance/ Contemporary Romance/ Paranormal Romance

•Thriller/ Crime/ Detective Stories

•Dystopia

•Chick-Lit

•Drama

•Comics/ Graphic Novels/ Manga

•Mythology

•New Adult

•Poetry

•Psychological anything

Fantasy/ Urban Fantasy

Paranormal

I accept nonfiction in the following genre:

•Poetry

 If your book is a part of my tbr, asap or maybe-will-read shelf, please feel free to send it. 

I DO NOT accept the following genres:

•Biographies

•Memoirs

•Political

•Short Stories compilations

•Free Verse novels

•Preachy religious (but I do accept books that encourage christian values).

ACCEPTING BOOKS

I guarantee a review for every book I accept

I’m a fast reader and I will do my best to finish the book until the release date or until a specific date the author requires. I prefer to receive the book 2 months prior to the release date but I accept any time frame if I know I can make it.

REVIEWS

I am gonna write a review for every book regarding if I finished it or I decided to abandon it (I’m gonna state in my review why I stopped reading it).

I am gonna post many of my reviews on Goodreads, Amazon and my blog, but I might not post on all of them. Also, some of them might be modified.

My reviews are written in a relaxed manner. I am not a literary critic. I will review the books in such a way that every reader will understand my point of view.

All my reviews are honest. I write positive reviews and also negative reviews. If I do not enjoy the book I will clearly state that. I also explain why I do not like it.

With that said, I will NOT write a bad commentary about the author.

REVIEW STRUCTURE

All my reviews will contain the following:

Covert Art

Star Rating (click to see what every rating means)

•Where I received the book 

•Actual review

My star reviews are based on my personal enjoyment. If I rate a thriller and a YA with a 5 star rating it does not mean that they’re equal. It just means that I loved them.

 

 

Bookstagram Favorites

As you might know, lately in the bookish community we assist to the rise of the bookstagramers (I recently became one too, of course).

♦What is a bookstagram?

Bookstagram is basically an instagram profile that consists of only literature related pictures. You can find there bookish giveaways, book hauls, book challenges, unboxings, reviews, anything you can think of.

You might be at the beginning of this so I thought I would share my favorite bookstagramers so far. I follow them for a really long time even though I started having my own recently.

Rusticpages  has such a beautiful feed! I love her theme.

Amberafterglowreads is a bookstagram that has everything! I love all the decor she uses in the pictures!

Nikkiinwonderland this theme is goals. I’m proud of her work.

Lifeandliterature those colors are perfect for a bookish theme.

Myriadinklings if you love stationery just like me, this is your feed!

Freckledredfox her theme is to die for, and should I even mention how beautiful she is?!

Thereaderandthechef …I’m speechless. Just check her theme out and then you’ll understand.

Elathebookworm I mean, who wouldn’t follow such a beautiful, modern theme? You need it in your feed to give it a fresh look!

Acciolibrary This one was my first bookstagram that I followed and I love it as much as I did the first time I found it. 

Iammissmistake I don’t think I have any words left to describe this feed. The first time I found it I just scrolled through every picture. So inspiring!

I hope I could help some of you finding your favorite bookstagram. They’re all awesome and deserve all the recognition for the work and time they consume for the bookish community.