Hey guys I’m sorry for my lack of posts, I just needed some time to recharge and now I will definitely try to get back on track… again!
Lately I fell in love with the Heist Society series by Ally Carter. I’m not gonna write about each book separately but I will give a review for them as a whole.
Overall rating: 4/5.
You know how you always judge books by their covers? Well this is exactly why I didn’t wanna read this series but they still kinda made me curious. I mean… look at this cover:
You just can’t be attracted to a book that looks like this. And this is just the cover for the first book, I don’t think anyone needs any more details.
So because I can give second chances and a benefit of a doubt, I started reading the first one and could not stop. I love the characters and I love how mature they are. I forget they’re like 15-16 years old! Like how can a 15 year old rob a super safe and secured museum making up a really good plan in a super short time? Most of the 15 year olds play Fortnite so that was not very realistic.
I’m trying to keep this as much spoiler-free as I can but there’s also like a huge drama happening (of course) that might endanger Kat’s dad’s life (Kat is the main character). Of course she solves everything in the end with her squad and there’s a love story starting to sparkle between her and W. W. Hale, the rich and cool one.
In the second book Kat has been conned which was really dangerous because it involves the Cleopatra emerald, she basically steals it for the wrong people and she has to get it back from them but they know any tactic they could approach so it was pretty stressful for everyone (even myself). Long story short, there’s drama between Kat and Hale and a lot of suspense and them being smarter than everybody and we don’t know what Hale’s W. W. stand for!! I love how Kat is always trying to guess them.
Anyways, moving forward, Perfect Scoundrels (book 3) was SO GOOD!!!!This time it has to do with Hale’s family and there’s drama between Hale and Kat again because of course she wants to keep him out of it?! I didn’t like that part. It’s his family and he has all the right to know what’s going on, dear. Now they also have to rob the Henley (the museum from the first book which is even more secured) and a huge bank! I like that they make it a little bit more realistic involving the Interpol and all the travelling and talking about art just adds the perfect details. It involved a lot more complications and the most suspense so far. It has plot twists and a much more developed love story and now there’s family involved too! I think it had all the things I wanted like emotions, plot twists, love story, action and cool characters.
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.
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.
I haven’t read a lot of books in december but even if I did, I don’t think I would pick a better one than Trevor’s biography.
I promise you will fall in love with it. You don’t even have to know him or be a huge fan (I know I wasn’t… I didn’t even know who he is) but that book is one of my favorite nonfiction books.
Totally recommend. To read my review, click on the title of the book.
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.
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.
Ok so this is the final post and frankly, I’m gonna miss doing this. I had a lot of fun and it made me think of so many things that I could write, I consider it really helpful. I know I messed up a little in the days when I was too busy (I swear I was super busy!) and I missed writing on that day but it’s alright, I resumed it. Thank you for understanding, lol.
So here is the final challenge:
Your favorite book of all time
I don’t even know what I should pick. Of course the first thing I thought of was 1984 by George Orwell but I would like to avoid writing about the same books twice in a challenge so I think I’m gonna go with another one of my favorites, TRAINSPOTTING!!!
I’m a huge fan of Trainspotting and I could rewatch the movies constantly. The second one was the perfect addition and I was crazy obsessed with it.
The book was awesome too. It deserves all the fame and even though I only read it after I watched the first movie, I think of all of them being equally amazing.
I didn’t have to think too much about which one it is since I remember how destroyed I felt, I’m looking at you, We Were Liars!!
I still remember laying in bed on one side and my tears were falling on my pillow and I was just amazed and in love with it but super dramatic too. I went downstairs and grabbed a piece of toast with jam and I just ate it and thought about it for a long time lol. It’s funny now when I think about it but back then it was the shock of the shocks of the shocks I guess. Loved it.
It’s the 5th so I have to choose my favorite book of the previous month. I put a lot of thought into this and I think as an overview, I didn’t read many great books in november but the best one of them is The Anatomical Shape of a Heart.
I might leave a review for it at one point but I seriously needed an easy to read book. This was fun and entertaining. I love young adult books so of course I had to read it. The title of it was what caught my attention and made it a priority. I didn’t regret it. At all.
The following quote is from an awesome book I would recommend, The Collector by John Fowles. I miss the vibe I got from it whenever I read it and I’m looking for it in other books but I just can’t find it. It was such a twisted beautiful book despite its ending, I want that even more.
“Power corrupts, a teacher I had always said. And money is power.”
Since I started reading I’ve bought a small pink flowery notebook that I wanted to hold all the quotes I love in the books I read or just some random quotes/ poems I see and don’t want to forget. Maybe some of them will inspire you.
I go through its pages from time to time and I’m still in love with everything I read and I don’t think I will ever get tired of it so the next step I decided to take is to share it with people. Every saturday (or even sunday too, it depends on what I feel like doing) I’m gonna share a quote and maybe state my opinion on it (if I would have anything else to add which I usually don’t). The first quote I picked to initiate it is from The Color Purple by Alice Walker.
“…long as I can spell G-O-D I got somebody along.”
October’s winner is totally Colleen Hoover’s Slammed. It was everything I wanted in a romance book. The characters are awesome and he reminded me of Jim Halpert from The Office lol.
The story line was catchy and as usual Colleen added original ideas to it and she always knows how to build the conversations and make the reader get attached to the characters no matter how important they are. I literally had a major hangover over it especially after her mom died and I actually felt so sad like I knew her (I know it sounds crazy but when I read, I’m all heart and soul especially if the book is good).
If you’re into this kind of books please start reading it and check out some more of her books like It Ends With Us, Confess or November 9. Let me know what you think of any of them.