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A to Z Bookish Survey Tag

Originally posted on 11th June 2016

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Hello, book pandas

The blogs I keep track of are making tags that I want to do at a later stage. But when I saw this one on Габриела Николова‘s blog, I was interested in it and I decided to try, although my collection and the experience with the books are not very big. Perhaps it will become a uniform XD

I tag everyone who wants to make this tag, because it’s actually quite fun and enjoyable. I think I’ll re-enact June to “the month in which all teachers decide to experience and leave no time for life,” and that’s one of the reasons I give you this tag. Enjoy reading 🙂

Author you’ve read the most books from:

I guess L.J.Smith wins here. I have eight books from The Vampire Diaries series.

Best Sequel Ever:

I don’t think I can say which one is the best. Perhaps Girl of Nightmares because I didn’t expect it to have a sequel, and when I saw it in the bookstore I just couldn’t help buying it.

Currently Reading:

I still read “The Picture of Dorian Gray”. With 10-15 weeks of testing and testing I don’t have time and I forgot where exactly I left the book … -.-

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Definitely coffee. I can’t live without coffee. But hot chocolate happens if it’s three o’clock in the morning and there’s no way I can make coffee without quarreling.

Ereader or Physical Book?

Like every book rat, I prefer to hold the book in my hands, browse the pages and feel its scent. Ebooks do not have these benefits.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

OMG Adrian ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ Adrian Ivashkov from Vampire Academy. He is my favorite character. I love everything in him. No one can replace Adrian. He will always be my best of all. And always on such a question I first think of him. Well, I won’t complain on Rhage or Zsadis from The Black Dagger Brotherhood. Any of the brothers in general. Heheheh. And, of course, to mention my first book love, Damon’s image in The Vampire Diaries. An incredible hero with an interesting past and essence.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Hidden Gem Book:

I don’t know.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

In my opinion, the most important moment in a reader’s life is when he finds it. Not everyone likes reading and so on. And it is a very valuable and important moment when you understand that you are keen on reading that your books are like drugs. This is a moment when you discover a part of yourself. My moment was when a friend, knowing I liked The Vampire Diaries show, gave me the first book in the series. My reader’s adventure began with it.

Just Finished:

None at the moment.

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

I read everything that grabs me. But I prefer to avoid romance and science fiction. They’re just not my type.

Longest Book You’ve Read:

Harry Potter and the order of the phoenix – 856 pages

Major book hangover because of:

It was one from The Vampire Diaries series. I can’t remember exactly which one. Fifth or Sixth, I’ll lie. As I was reading, especially the second half, I did not know where I was and what happened to me. I could not control my emotions and feelings. I think I was completely lost in that book.

Number of Bookcases You Own:

Once a friend made me take pictures of all the books I have, I realized that they are much more than I think. I just have never read them, and I will hardly ever read them.

So, the books don’t have an official library. They’re just scattered on different shelves, making seven shelves, I think. One, of which double (41 books), and one very long (and it around 40). Others are 7-10. Depends on the thickness.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

Half of the books I own (I personally own around 20).

Preferred Place To Read:

The bed and the armchair most often. Then where I was given the opportunity to read. Bus, school, somewhere outside.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

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Reading Regret:

I regret nothing!

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):

The series that starts with Eragon. I don’t know its name. It is complete and I want to read it. And many others, of course. In my list are mostly sequences.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

That’s the hardest thing in my life. Okay. 1. The perks of being a wallflower. 2. Anna dressed in blood. 3. I don’t know. Can’t choose.

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

Male heroes mostly. Fantasy and Horror. Embossed covers. *whispers in the back – Harry Potter, Kpop and fanfics*

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others

I don’t have.

Worst Bookish Habit:

I kept the books intact. It irritates me even if one corner is crushed, not to mention if there is some ink defect somewhere, or when a fool has blurred the letters while he was reading.

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

Most shelves in my room are small and do not reach 27, but I will combine a few aaaaand…. The Alchemyst by Michael Scott. Book one of The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series. The book is one of the few that I have in English.

Your latest book purchase:

A bulgarian prose book.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

Eternal Lover. I didn’t leave her until I read it. I do not know why, but I didn’t sit late to read The Picture of Dorian Gray.

5 star books · Rewiews

Nothing is strange by Mike Russell

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I’m sorry I’m so slow at writing the reviews. I had a lot of obstacles at the beginning of the month, and to confess, I just a little dare to write and read. Last week I barely got to see the new episodes of Game of Thrones. The new ones! That’s from monday to monday. I’m addicted to one drama that I’ll probably tell you more about in the end of the month and on top of that BigHit won’t stop playing with my heart daily. (I know that you have no idea what i’m talking about, don’t worry, it’s better this way) But enough about that. It’s time to talk about books.

Nothing is strange is a book I won from Giveaway at least two months ago and read one. Why I write the review now? Don’t ask.

The book arrived with a small poster and two badges.The poster is in a prominent place, and I wear the badge with the top hat with pleasure. onestly, I like the design too much. And for a person who doesn’t get and win books often, the Congratulations!” Is very nice to read.

 

 

20 mind-expanding short stories.

Inspiring, liberating, otherworldly, magical, surreal, bizzarre, funny, disturbing, unique…

All of these words have been used to describe the stories of Mike Russell so put on your tophat, open your third eye and enjoy: Nothing is strange.

I do not know what the original annotation is and if there is one. I have copied this from the back cover of a book because I think it can’t be better summarized.

“Everything that is not a thing is a thing in The Warehouse.”

To be honest, I liked not all stories (which is only normal), but the most of them were good. Eight of them are my favorite and one I didn’t understand but that’s not so important.

Stories are really weird and unusual. Actually, I’m sad I don’t know better words to describe them. Some of them leave you confused, other sad and feeling sympathy. The style is simple, unlike the stories themselves. Fast and easy to read, but leaving strong feelings. To give a valuable opinion on a collection of stories, especially as the stories are short, it is very difficult for me. I can not see what I’m looking for and what I run to the author, but I would definitely give him a chance with some other book. I gave this one 5 stars after all.

Dunce is one of my favorite stories. It is strange but also pleasant. If I say what the story is about, I will reveal the whole story, and I do not want that. But you can find out by reading it on the publisher’s  and the author’s website- https://strangebooks.com/

“I think we cry because we don’t understand what is going on. Maybe if we understood what is really going on we wouldn’t cry at all, ever.” 

In one of the other stories, Mike shows us a different view of what love is. (And I like it because I find some strange logic)

“Between then, on the bed, is their love. It is beautiful, colourful, soft in places, hard in others, glowing, pulsating, tentacles waving, petals and wings opening. They touch it, feeling its cavities and protrusions. A perfume emanates from it, both strange and intoxicating. It makes a sound like music. They cuddle it and stroke it and fondle it and kiss it.”

And as we talked about love, The Meeting is a strange and unusual love story, which made me feel impressed.

I generally bow to the author. The stories came to me in a strange and unusual way. Ideas are so unusual and can be interpreted in many different ways, and what better than going into the world of theories and mysteries?

(Of course, the book goes with a signature from the author^^)

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BookTube-A-Thon – Results!

Hello, book pandas 🐼

2017-07-29 03.22.58 1.jpgI know it’s kinda too late for this but I still wanna do it. I had a few problems and other things so I had no time to write or read so much. But however, now i’m here.

As always, the book marathon ended with a thunder and a bang. Of all seven categories for which I had planned three books, I only finished one. ONE!

2017-07-29 02.jpgI have read The perks of being a wallfoler entirely outside. I tried to read it for a day, but alas, my possibilities are weak. Perhaps if I had begun it earlier, not at 2 in the evening … but however.

I started Clockwork Angel and read more than 200 pages within the marathon.

The first day I watched the Twitter events, but the phone constantly distracted me and gave up. Obviously, to participate in such a thing, you have to have plenty of free time and 0% side life. No, seriously. I took a loot at a few people’s reading lists. How do you read a heavy book, and at least for me, a heavy book in less than a day? HOW??2017-07-25 09.49.07 1.jpg

These people are amazing in their abilities, but the more I look at them, the more I appreciate and enjoy my own slow reading.

What do you think about fast reading?

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July Wrap Up

 

Hello, book pandas 🐼

This is my favorite time of the month because I can see the wrap up of my favorite bloggers and to write one myself. I don’t know which is more pleasant, but it doesn’t matter. July was a long month. I could’ve been better but I don’t regret my choces.

The book could have been more. I hoped to finish all I was reading at the time, but you know, it never is as you plan it. However, this time I’m satisfied of the book I read. And the best is that I love 4 of them.

1. Animal Farm – ★★★★☆ REVIEW

I don’t know what to say. It was nice to read and quite … enlightening? I definitely enjoyed the development and changes that followed. And the happy? ending.

2. The Initiation – ★☆☆☆☆ REVIEW

I have nothing more to say

3. Nothing is Strange – ★★★★★ REVIEW (soon)

I have a lot to say, but it’s better to read the review (but first, i have to sit on my butt and write it)

4. The Perks of being a Wallflower – ★★★★★ REVIEW (soon)

Again I have a lot to say, but it’s better to read the review.

5. Clockwork Angel– ★★★★★ REVIEW (soon)

okay, fine. I will admit that I lost a bit of a sense of time and this book is added as the last edit before publishing. I thought yesterday we were August 1st, and for that I read it calmly. After all, it turned out that I had the last few hours before the end of the month and although I did not finish the book until the end of the marathon, I read it with great pleasure and interest. But you will find out more about the experience in the review, which I hope will be written soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I spent my time in so many different ways that I do not even know how to summarize it. Fortunately, this month I’ve done 300+ photos, which is great. If next month it is so productive (and even more) it will be in the seventh heaven ^^

In fact, I made quite nice pictures, especially the books, but they will appear in front of you in time hye

How did you spend your month?

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Cheating at BookTube-A-Thon?

C9OCWLnWsAMdsreThat’s right! I’m going to cheat on this book thing and I’m not ashamed of that.

Hello, little book pandas 🐼

Today I’m here to show you my plans for this great thing called BookTube-A-Thon. It’s the first time I hear about it, but I want to try join in. For me it’s all for fun and for reading books for pleasure, not for competition and some kind of prises. But there’s one small problem.

I can’t do it.

Whenever I try to do something like that, I fail miserebly. It’s for fun but I also want to succseed. So I decided to make it in a different way.

There are seven categories:

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For me it’s impossible to do the last one, so they are six now. For those six categorie/challanges I prepared three books.

  1. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
  2. The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
  3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

I know I post this in the last moment but I hope It will be a fun week full of books 🙂

 

4 star books · Rewiews

Animal Farm

– George Orwell

 

Hello, pandas 🐼

After all, I decided to write something about this book. Something, because I do not think that’s going to be just like a review, but rather like my opinion on the book.

As ferociously fresh as it was more than a half century ago, this remarkable allegory of a downtrodden society of overworked, mistreated animals, and their quest to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality is one of the most scathing satires ever published. As we witness the rise and bloody fall of the revolutionary animals, we begin to recognize the seeds of totalitarianism in the most idealistic organization; and in our most charismatic leaders, the souls of our cruelest oppressors.

 

To be honest, this is not my type of books at all. I do not know the genre and I do not know what to look for. I do not know what is good and what is not. I just read it for pleasure and from interest.

What is it about? Simply, the animals in a farm decide to rise to rebellion. They manage to evict people and start to look after themselves for their own farm. At first everything is great and they are equal, but with time things start to change.

It was interesting to track the development of story. How it all started with good goals and guidelines, but some individuals began to take power, little by little until things started to change. Farm animals are presented as mildly foolish so they do not notice the changes in power and accept everything as good, failing to see how their memories and even their thoughts are being manipulated and modeled at the will of the leader.

One of the characters who made an impression to me, so to speak, was Boxer. He may not have been one of the smartest animals on the farm, but he was definitely dedicated to the cause and working much harder than the rest.

Sometimes on the slope leading to the top of the quarry, when he braced his muscles against yhe weight of some vast boulder, it seemed that nothing kept him on his feet except the will to continue.

I was very nasty when I knew what was going on. Although animals were cleverly misled by power, I still believe the inscription on the truck that took the Boxer.

” ‘Alfred Simmonds, Horse Slaughterer and Glue Boiler, Willington. Dealer in Hides and Bone-Meal Kennels Supplied’ Do you not understnd what that means? They are taking Boxer to the knacker’s!”

And while at the beginning Animal Farm was governed by 7 rules that said equality and unity of all animals, finally there was only one rule nobody dared to hinder.

ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL.

 BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THE OTHERS 

The book is nice, but it’s not for everyone’s taste. I gave her 4 stars because I liked it and did not regret reading it.

1 star books · Rewiews

The Initiation

The Secret Circle series by L. J. Smith

Book one – The Initiation

The review contains a pale revelation of the story!

Hello, pandas 🐼

I know I created this blog and disappeared from the world, but don’t be mad. Finally, I’m here with a review and I promise there will be a lot more from now on.

But let’s move to the main topic.

During the years, I’ve watched many series. Some good, some bad. The secret circle was one of the good ones, but obviously most of the people are not a big fan of the witches and it has only one season. (but it was so good T.T). Naturally, when I found it’s based on a book series, the books went into my wishlist. And now, a few years later, I decided to read the first book, pretending not to care about its “e-” form. Now I’m happy I didn’t spend money for something that doesn’t worth reading it.

 

Cassie is initiated into her hometown’s coven of witches but her love for the coven leader’s boyfriend could prove deadly.

(this summary is from Goodreads, just to say)


 

First of all, the book and the series have so many differences, that I can’t believe it. Somehow, it’s normal. I’m used, especially after reading The Vampire Diaries, but here the situation is much more tragic. While Smith’s other series was filled with twists, mysteries, dramas, and all sorts of supernatural creatures, this one was pretty simple. The magic is tucked in here and there, but nothing really happens almost to the end of the book. The rest of the time simply portrays the life of a shy girl who is forced to leave her beloved city and move to a new place where she does not belong. Everyone avoids it and harasses her, at least until there is an event that turns everything upside down.

 

I think everything is a bit rushed and hasty. Most of the descriptions are short and pale, there are some nice moments, but there are not enough. The action unfolds quickly, you jump from one thing to another. They hint at some things that will probably clear up, but they still don’t sound as mysterious as they need, and at least I don’t want to understand them right away.

Another thing, that made me a bad impression, is the characters. In the beginning, we meet Cassie and a few more characters, but the next time she moves to New Salem, new and new characters are starting to appear, and they do not have a specific purpose (at least until we meet the circle) and is a bit confusing. I like the crafted Fay image, which is pretty close to the one in the series, but from the beginning I did not like Cassie’s image. I think she is of this kind of weak heroines. She is constricted, uncertain, letting the others harass and use her. There is no drive, there is no stronger emotion, wishes, etc., and she is expected to use the dark forces. And maybe that’s the purpose of using them, to crush her.

However, I’m not good at writing books I don’t like. That’s why the review may not seem very good to you. In short, the book can be read quickly. There are 16 relatively short chapters, 8 of which I read for a few hours after I got some free time. The style is very simple and unloading, but the story isn’t worth it. Whoever wishes to make and understand for themselves whether they like it or not, but I do not recommend it to you, especially if you liked the show. But if you are not, you may like it. Who knows…😃

-V♥

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