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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30 Days Book Challenge: Day 26

A book that changed your opinion about something

I’ve read a book about introverts and their character traits and studies (because obviously I’m a professional introvert and I thought this book would be helpful). It’s called Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. I learned that it’s ok to be quiet and it’s ok not to be involved in everything possible and it’s ok to take time off to recharge. Don’t let people make you feel like being an introvert is a sickness. You’re good!

30 Days Book Challenge: Day 13.

Your favorite writer

This one’s difficult. My top favorite writers in no particular order are Lang Leav, Colleen Hoover, Stephen King and Haruki Murakami. Now if you’ve read any of their books (or more) you would understand why I’m so indecisive.

Lang Leav inspires me to write my own poems and she’s the only one that got to my heart through a few words and never forget her and also her books have the cutest covers ever.

Colleen Hoover illuminated me and I realised I love the new adult genre (tho I haven’t read many new adult books). She’s just something else for me and if I’m in the mood for a couple to die for and a great love story she’s my first option.

I love Stephen King for being the only one to give me the creeps. I love that he writes a lot and you always have something to read from him. His horror books are so well balanced that no matter how long they are you won’t ever get bored because he knows how to write so the reader is entertained constantly.

Now Haruki Murakami will always have a special place in my heart for his literature. I’ve read almost all of his books (I’m missing Pinball 1973 and the 1q84 series)but if you want something different and I really mean different. Different like super unique and creative that you have never thought about, go for it. Go read Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World or Kafka on the Shore for starters. I still am extremely impressed by him and I miss reading one of his books cause it always gave me such a nice vibe that I only found in his books. By saying this I might even consider jumping on the 1q84 next.

30 Days Book Challenge: Day 8

Most overrated book.

Frankenstein. I hated it and I didn’t even give it a second thought when I had to choose one. This book is the definition of an overrated book that’s boring and it sucks the whole life out of you cause it’s SO BORING.

Do you imagine it being creepy? Well it ain’t. Not one bit.

You can read my review here.

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

Rating system.

Just in case some of you don’t have a Goodreads account, I thought I might give you some information on my rating system since it’s similar to the one on Goodreads. I’ve seen many bloggers do this and I think that it’s not a bad idea. It will be easier for all of you to actually acknowledge my opinion on them.

I don’t give a rating of 5 very often but when I do, I do it cause the book totally deserves all my recognition and even though I don’t mention that I recommend it, it goes without saying that you should go read it. Those are one of the beautiful things that make me happy.

4 means yeah it was really awesome, I could recommend it but not all of them that are rated 4. I usually rate those that have a potential to be awesome but they didn’t reach that level. I liked them a lot but not enough to be the top best ones.

3 is like mediocre. Yeah it wasn’t bad but I’m not dying over it either. A casual read that didn’t suck.

I give 2 when the book is kinda bad but I still liked something about it and it won’t let me give it a 1. It’s just not that low as the ones I rate 1 but it’s not mediocre either. The writing could be awesome but the plot could be bad or the other way.

1 is just garbage that I don’t even know how I finished.

Alright this is extremely simple to get and I don’t think that I need to say a lot more about it. I just thought some of you might like to know.

Have an awesome day!

A-Z Book Tag

Hey guys, I’ve never done a book tag before and I got really excited when I stumbled upon this one from mudandstars even though I haven’t been tagged, I just wanna play along cause it seems really fun and interesting lol. Here we go:

Author you’ve read the most books from: That’s Stephen King, of course. I don’t keep track of the number but I might have reached 14 books written by him. One of my reading goals is to read all of his books, wish me luck!

Best sequel: Glass Sword, Victoria Aveyard. I’m in love so far with the series and I was really surprised by how awesome the sequel was.

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Currently reading: I’ve been reading Papillon by Henri Charriere but I just abandoned it cause it wasn’t really my style at all. I tried tho. Right now I started Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers.

Drink of choice while reading: I enjoy drinking a cup of tea from time to time because I feel sick from coffee but I won’t ever refuse hot chocolate.

Ereader or physical: Ereader. I love my kindle so much and since I travel a lot it’s pretty hard to carry all the books with me and maybe I won’t be in the mood to read any of the books I brought with me so if I have them all on my kindle it’s super convenient. I love reading actual books too especially if they’re graphic novels but my every day buddy is the kindle. I don’t really get all the hate thrown at ereaders and why some of the people feel superior just because they only read physical books and don’t “degrade” themselves to technology. A book is a book no matter what form it has.

Fictional character you probably would’ve dated in highschool: My number one choice right now is Will from Slammed by Colleen Hoover. I loved him. I used to swoon over Finn from All the Bright Places but I don’t think I would’ve been able to deal with a suicidal guy. WILL IS THE COOLEST ANYWAYSSSS.

Glad you gave this book a chance: Jane Eyre. I’m not a fan of classics and I hardly get myself to read one but Jane Eyre together with Wuthering Heights made me be more open to classics and appreciate them more. Jane Eyre is one of my favorite classics.

Hidden gem book: The Three O’clock in the Morning Sessions by Angie Martin. I don’t actually know how hidden this one is but I know it’s far from popular tho it deserves some more popularity. It’s a poetry book and it was awesome how she combined poetry with short stories and you won’t be disappointed by her writing style either. It’s pretty deep and it just made me read it in one sitting. I got it for free on the amazon kindle store.

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Important moment in your reading life: Probably when I got my kindle. It made it so easier for me to read all the books that I wanted and get them so quickly! It’s also a birthday present from my friends and I still have it for 3 years and I hope I won’t ever have to get rid of it. I moved to USA since then and I miss them a lot and now I appreciate it so much more than I used to when I was still at home.

Just finished: Point of Retreat, Colleen Hoover. I was too obsessed with Lake and Will from the first book so I couldn’t get over it until I’ve read the second one and soon I’m gonna start reading the third one.

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Kind of books you won’t read: Fantasy and biographies (except a few of them but generally I get bored easily).

Longest book you’ve read: Stephen King’s IT (click the title for the review). Very happy it wasn’t shorter.

Major book hangover because of: I have to decide between two Colleen Hoover books (lol I mention her so often). It’s either It Ends With Us or Slammed. Can I just blame the hangovers on Colleen Hoover in general?

Number of bookcases you own: None yet since I just moved into a new place. I keep buying books but I’m gonna build as many as I need with a little help from my husband. Can’t wait! I might post updates on it when we start working on it.

One book you have read multiple times: George Orwell’s 1984. The first book that turned me into this book ape that I am now.

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Preferred  place to read: My bed. All cozy.

Quote that gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read: I actually have a notebook where I write all the quotes I stumble upon in my books so this is a pretty hard decision to just choose one but I’m gonna share the first one that I thought of right now: “Stay gold, Pony Boy, stay gold.”

Gotta love The Outsiders.

Reading Regret: Sometimes I regret that I can’t get myself into reading more serious books like philosophy and researches and stuff like that.

Series you started and need to finish: THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS!! I have only one book left of it so it’s not that bad but besides this series I have a few more that I have to deal with. I like to complete the series but I don’t know if I can finish everything that I started especially when a long time passed by and I don’t even remember what happened in the previous book(s). But The Mortal Instruments it’s my top priority.

Three all time faves: George Orwell’s 1984, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover (take a shot every time I mention her).

Unapologetic fangirl for: Harry Potter. House Hufflepuff (Pottermore said that so it must be true).

Very excited for this release more than all others: The sequel of Caraval called Legendary by Stephanie Garber. May 2018 can’t come soon enough.

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Worst bookish habit: Reading in bed and falling asleep no matter what time of day it is. I hate that.

Your latest book purchase: The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy, The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials and Divergent.

Zzz-snatcher book (a book that kept you up really late): One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey. Once you pick it up it’s done, you don’t leave it until you finish it.

Alright so this is my first book tag that I’ve done and I’ve had fun doing this. I can’t wait until the next one! Hope you guys enjoyed it and discovered some books you didn’t know through this.

Reading hue

I just ordered 2 kindles for my 2 11 year old cousins. I couldn’t have imagined that it’s a little bit of struggle finding some books that suits that age when they’re between the children book genre and young adult genre. But should it be like that? 

I wasn’t really reading a lot at that age besides typical things that I had to read for school so I started from there in this case but further than that I had to do some research cause it’s pretty hard to find something more mature than 5 year olds books but yet cleaner and more childish than…let’s say The Mortal Instruments. 

I don’t doubt that the books that fit their age should be clean and I totally picked out some Huckleberry Finn and Tolkien and Around the World in 80 Days and also the Harry Potter series (had to) but seriously I feel like I have to introduce them to some contemporary awesomeness and I don’t even know what I could pick for them since I try to avoid the “my mom doesn’t allow me to read that” phase.

I think everyone should read anything. With some limits for the kids, of course. But I just get so annoyed when I hear parents not letting their kids read Harry Potter because of magic and witchcraft but they haven’t even read it to see that there is so much more to it. 

Parents, let your kids read. If you don’t let them read that now, someday they will do it anyways. And I’m not talking about letting a 10 year old read 50 Shades or something. I’m talking about something silly like the Harry Potter situation which is the most common one. I’m so thankful my parents let me read whatever I wanted when I was small. Let them read the back of the book, search online to see what it actually is about, don’t just disapprove of them to touch the book. They read, they put it back on the shelf and they go on with their day. 

Many kids have some reading abilities that allows them to read books for kids older than them, others for the same age, others more childish ones, to each their own. But just let the reading be like a color hue. Slowly slide from one genre to the other. Let them enjoy it, it won’t do any harm. 

Also, if anyone knows any books for 11 year olds, let me know.