The Bookish Booklover Tag

Hello Everyone,

and welcome to another Bookish Tag. This tag was created by @Shantellemary, and I thought it would be fun to answer all these questions, so here we go!


What books are you currently reading? Since school is starting on Monday, and I already have a couple of readings due, I started reading La Storia, Five Centuries of the Italian American Experience, by Jerre Mangione and Ben Morreale. I am also reading A Room of One’s Own, by Virginia Woolf, and I am excited to see what she has to say about women writers.

What’s the last book you finished? I have just finished The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë, and it is no surprise that I absolutely loved it.

Favorite book you read this year? ACOMAF-coverGosh, this is such a hard questions. Since I have read so many different books from so many different genres, it is hard to point out. Amongst my favorites there are: The Invasion of the Tearling, by Erika Johansen, A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.

What genre have you read most this year? I would say definitely Fantasy, but I also read some really good classics.

What genre have you read least this year? Horror. I never read horror, except for last year, but that was a one time thing. My imagination runs too wild, and if I read horror I would have nightmares for a month, so no thank you!

What genre do you want to read more of? I would really like to get more into thrillers, which is the only genre I have not fully explored. The last time I read a thriller was a couple of years  ago when I read Shutter Island by Denis Lehane.

How many books have you read this year, and what’s your goal? So far I have read 46 books, and I am planning to read at least 50. I should be able to achieve my goal soon.torch

What’s the last book you bought? Other than textbooks, I just pre-ordered A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir and Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas. I am extremely excited to read them, and I cannot wait to write a full review.

What book are you saving up to buy next? I am definitely saving up to buy Charlotte Brontë: A Life by Claire Harman, and I also really want to read The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearsen. I have hear such good things about this series!

How many books did you check out last library visit? Unfortunately I am a spoilt reader, therefore I never go to the library. I collect books, thus it makes sense for me to buy them, trying to find the cheapest options ever.

What’s a book you can’t wait to read? I can’t wait to read The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen, the final installment in the trilogy. I just think this trilogy is extremely interesting from a socio-political point of view and I cannot wait to read it. I also can’t wait to read Empire of Storms51FEhUEvwLL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_ but it comes out in a little more than a week and I am really excited!

What’s a series you’d recommend to everyone? Other than the obvious Harry Potter Series I would recommend the A Court of Thorns and Roses Series. Other than being extremely fun and steamy it also deals with very important matters that most times are not mentioned in fantasy books. Completely worth it.

Who’s an author you’re hoping writes more? I would love for Carlos Ruiz Zafon to release more books. I love his writing style, and his novels are always so detailed in the description of the landscape that it is just a pleasure to read.

A few books your heart adores? Definitely too many. If I had to choose a couple from this bottomless list they would be: Wuthering Heights, Clockwork Princess, A Thousand Splendid Suns and The Sect of Assassins.

What series’ coming conclusion makes you sad? Certainly the Tearling series and the ACOTAR series.

What books are on your wish-list? Once again, too many. If I could buy an entire library, that would be it!

Tag time! Jasmine @How Useful It Is and @apieceofparadis


Thank you so much for reading, and let me know some of your answers to these questions in the comments.

Until next time,

Keky

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BR: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Author: J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany anf Jack Thorne

Genre: Fantasy in play format

Published: 2016

Pages: 343

My Rating: 4/5 stars

 


Synopsis from Goodreads:

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.


Hello Everyone,

and welcome to my review of the most anticipated Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the script of the play that recounts the story 19 years after the war against Voldemort. Much has been said about this book, some good and some bad. I went into it having no expectations, and having read many plays before, I was not thrown off by the style. anyway, I gave it 4/5 and not 3/5 because the feels were there, and because I enjoyed diving once again in the most beautiful magical world of all.

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  • Plot: there is not much I can say about the plot without spoiling it. However, it is the story of Harry and Ginny’s son, and his experience at Hogwarts. The plot was overall well developed, even though at times too obvious. In this case, the fact that Rowling did not write it alone is more noticeable.
  • Characters: some characters were well developed, others kept true to themselves – like Ron and Hermione – while others, like Harry, said things and did things that at times threw me off. However, I really liked the figures of Draco and Scorpius Malfoy, which I think undertook an impressive development in such few pages.
  • Writing: the fact that this is a play obviously renders it more dry and, at times, too fast. This however, is also its perk: it is a fast read, and the character of the people shines through their words.

These are my spoiler-free thoughts. Being a fairly short read, and being plot-driven, I cannot say much more without spoiling it all. So please read it and let me know what you thought about it.

Until next time,

Keky

**SPOILER ALERT** – Do not read further if you do not want to be spoiled!

One thing I cannot agree with, the line where Harry tells Albus he wishes he was not his son. I understand it was said in a moment of rage, but I did not recognize Harry in these words; instead, I felt like it was a 15-year old Harry, angry with the world, isolated and misunderstood. It did not sound right, especially coming from him, who is a sensitive person and has suffered so much because of his loveless childhood. I did not and won’t agree with the main motive that makes the time-changing part of the plot start.

On the other hand, I really liked Hermione, who is always herself, as well as Scorpius, who is a sweet and intelligent child. I still do not know how to feel about Delphi: is it really true that Voldemort had her with Bellatrix? I knew she was sickly in love with him, but at the same time, did Voldemort want to have a child? And where was she during the Battle of Hogwarts? There are too questions unanswered.

July Wrap-Up

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Hello Everyone,

and welcome back to another monthly wrap-up. I have travelled a lot in July up until now, and even though we are already well into August it doesn’t seem real. In less than a week I will be back in Chicago for my senior year of college, and I have to say that I am really excited. In July, I managed to read five novels and a poetry book, and here they are:

  • Beautiful Chaos, by R. M. Drake. 23434371This is a new-age poetry collection. You can read it in one sitting, and what I like about Drake’s poetry is that it is very easy to understand. It sounds more like aphorisms than real poetry, and some of the pages contain somewhat fast and almost superficial lines, but others are very enjoyable and true. I gave it 3/5 stars.
  • The Fifth Wave, by Rick Yancey. I listened to this on audiobook, and I think that if I had not the opportunity to do so, I probably would have not finished it. I found it somewhat tedious and dragging at times, even though the idea is extremely intriguing and yes, terrifying. I gave it 3/5 stars.
  • an-ember-in-the-ashes-coverAn Ember in the Ashes, by Sabaa Tahir. I really enjoyed this book. It took me some time to get used to the present tense narrative style; however, the two stories presented are beautifully woven to one another. I am definitely excited to continue on with the series. I gave it 4/5 stars.
  • Senza Sangue (Without Blood), by Alessandro Baricco. I have read several books by this Italian author, and two of those are among my all-time favorites. However, this one I did not like. I found it without a purpose, and with very little detail about the story. It seemed to me that the author gave a summary of a woman’s life without providing the depth the story ought to have. I gave it 2/5 stars.
  • Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë. janeeyreThis novel is a true masterpiece. I think every man should read it merely for the fact that it portrays the life of an independent women in the 1800s. Charlotte is an amazing writer, the depth she gives to her characters is intriguing and real. I loved it! Obviously a 5/5 stars read.
  • The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern. This was one of the most interesting reads I have had this year. I have seldom read a novel with magical realism, and I enjoyed it very much. The idea of a night circus that is the battle ground for a magic war is something I have not read anywhere else. I gave it 4/5 stars.

These are all the books that I read in the month of July. As you can see, there were some that I loved, and some that were mediocre, but overall, it was a pretty good month. I now want to read all the novels written by the Brontë sisters, since Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights are two of my favorite books of all times. Let me know if you have read any of these and comment down below what you thought of them!

Until next time,

Keky