The Wine Book Tag

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I am so excited to have been tagged for this particular Book Tag because guess what… I love wine. Being Italian and an English major that is a given. I was tagged by How Useful It Is and her blog is amazing, you should go and check it out! Without any further ado, let’s get into the book tag!


Box Wine – a book people will judge you for liking but you like it anyway!

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Looking back, probably Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer. Yes, I tried reading it again and could not get through it. But when I was fourteen I loved it.

Organic Wine – a book that doesn’t have any added crap in it and is just written perfectly.

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I could go with Harry Potter, however, that’s a pretty obvious one and it could be an answer for anything. So I’ll go with The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. This book is definitely not a light read, but there is absolutely no crap in it and I think everyone should read it.

Gluehwein – a really spicy, Wintry read.

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Chronicles of the Emerged World by Licia Troisi. I love to read this trilogy in winter.

Sauvignon Blanc – a really sharp and aggressive read that you couldn’t put down.

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For this one I’ll go with Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. I am about to finish the second book of the trilogy and I cannot wait to pick up the third. Amazing.

Pinot Noir – a book you didn’t expect much from but ended up getting blown away.

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I have to admit, A Court of Mist and Fury, by Sarah J. Maas. I liked ACOTAR but did now love it, so my expectations were not super high expectation and it literally blew me away. It is my favorite Maas book along with Heir of Fire.

Chardonnay – a good summer read that was super zesty.

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Since you’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. Light and fast.

Rose – a book that has a little bit of everything in it.

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For this one I will go with The Queen of the Tearling trilogy by Erika Johansen. This is one of my favorite trilogies of all time, and I cannot wait for the third and final book to come out in November. There is romance, action, politics, psychology, in other word, truly a little bit of everything.

Shiraz – a full-bodied book that is dark and juicy.

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Definitely the Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare. The Victorian setting, the romance and the demons are a perfect recipe for success.

Merlot – a smooth, easy read with a soft finish.

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. There is nothing smoother I ‘m afraid.

Champagne – your favorite book.

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Wuthering Heights. No surprise here, huh?

So these are all the books that I have thought about for this book tag. Let me know in the comments below if you have read any of these and what you thought about them!

Until next time,

Keky

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Keky Recommends: Halloween Reads

brand-thunder-halloween-backgroundHello Everyone,

and welcome back to another ‘Keky Recommends’ post. Since we already are in the middle of October, I thought I would share with you five books that could be considered creepy reads and might be able to get us in the Halloween mood. As a disclaimer, I do not read nor like horror books, I have a very fervent imagination, and suffer from bad nightmares, so I try not to feed my mind with too much eerie stuff. That said, these are the books that came to my mind when thinking about creepy reads.

  • Marina, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. marinaThis book is so creepy. It is a modern Gothic novel set in Barcelona, and it follows Oscar as he develops a strange friendship with a girl named Marina. Together, they will have to uncover certain mysteries surrounding the city, and let me tell you, this book gives you chills. The setting, the whimsical and eloquent writing, and the evocative language will make you want to hide under your blankets.
  • Dracula, Bram Stoker. This is a well-known classic Gothic novel. I read it when I was fifteen, and I really want to read it again, because I enjoyed it so very much. I am sure you know this is the story of Count Dracula, a Vampire. The story is told in journal entries, and you really get into the mind of the narrator. Completely worth the read.
  • miss-peregrines-home-peculiar_book-coverMiss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs. I have read this very recently, and I quite enjoyed it. It’s a young adult read, so do not expect extremely scary and gory stuff. However, since it deals with mental illness – or at least the outer perception of it – it is creepy and interesting. Also, this text is a mixture of prose narration and vintage pictures, and it is amazing how much your reading experience will be improved by them! You can find my review here.
  • The Infernal Devices Trilogy, by Cassandra Clare. CA_cover_repackaged-267x400 I chose this trilogy mainly because of the setting, which is Victorian London (one of my all-time favorite literary and historical periods) and it has to do with demons and monsters. This is a great trilogy which deals with very important themes, it has a nice pace and a lot of actions. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes dramatic, sometimes melancholic, you will enjoy it for sure. You can find my review of the first book here.
  • Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte. There cannot be a ‘Keky Recommends’ without me mentioning at least once this beautiful masterpiece. This is one of my favorite books of all time, it is violent, creepy, sad, and the line between good and evil is stretched so thin that sometimes you have a hard seeing it. Set in the Yorkshire moorland in a desolate and misanthropic setting, this is the perfect read if you want to get a Halloween vibe.

These are the books that came to my mind when I thought the word ‘Halloween’. If you have any other suggestions, please let me know down below! What is your costume going to be this year? I am still thinking about it.

Until next time,

Keky

BR: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Children #1)

Author: Ransom Riggs

Genre: Supernatural Fantasy

Published: 2011

Pages: 352

My rating: 3.5/5 stars


Synopsis from Goodreads:

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.
A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.


Hello Everyone,

and welcome to my review of Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs. Since the movie came out, and I would like to watch it, I figured I would read the book first. And I did not regret it. This series has been talked a lot about lately, and I have to say that this is a very interesting story, told in a very interesting format. Here is my review.

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  • Plot: the plot in this novel was very interesting. At times creepy, at times whimsical, I really enjoyed going on this journey with Jacob. One thing i very much appreciated was the fact that mental illness was talked about in this novel. Living in a society very much ‘normalized’ and defined by many boundaries, it is very interesting to see how people who claim to see/experience the supernatural would be treated. The plot came about beautifully at the end, and I am definitely eager to pick up the next book. I have to admit, I was able to predict most that happened in the plot though.
  • Characters: I very much liked Jacob’s character – the one we see most of – and how he struggles between self-perception and outer-perception. This is a topic that has always interested me, and it was interesting to see the characterization of the protagonist having to do with this theme for at least 75% of the novel. The struggle he is torn by is a mixture of what people think of him and what he thinks of himself, and I think that was very interesting to read about. There was not much else characterization done, and I am looking forward to see more of it.
  • Writing: the novel is told in the first person narrative, and the reader gets much insight in Jacob’d head, learning about the world along with him. It was sassy, dramatic and mysterious, a recipe for success. I did think it was quite slow in the beginning however, and that is why I did not give it a full 4 stars in the end. Also the lack of more depth in other characters’ characterization – I apologize for the tautology here – was a factor that influenced my decision.

Here is my non-spoiler review of Miss Peregrine’s. If you  have read it and are eager to talk about it, please comment down below, and I will be more than happy to discuss it. Let me know if you think the movie is worth watching as well!

Until next time,

Keky

 

BR: Mistborn, Brandon Sanderson

mistborntrilogyTitle: Mistborn (Mistborn Trilogy #1)

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Genre: High Fantasy

Published: 2006

Pages: 659

My rating: 5/5 stars


Synopsis from Goodreads:

Once, a hero rose to save the world. He failed.
For a thousand years since, the world has been a wasteland of ash and mist ruled by the immortal emperor known as the Lord Ruler. Every revolt has failed miserably.
Yet somehow, hope survives. Hope that dares to dream of ending the empire and defeating the Lord Ruler. A new kind of uprising is being planned—one that depends on the cunning of a brilliant criminal mastermind and the determination of an unlikely heroine: a teenage street urchin named Vin.
Once, a hero rose to save the world and failed. This time, can a young heroine succeed?


Hello Everyone,

and welcome to my review of Mistborn, the Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. I know I am late in the game, but, as they say better late than never right? This is the first book in a high fantasy trilogy that is quite popular, and let me tell you that it is popular for a reason. Brandon Sanderson is one of the best fantasy writers. So, without further ado, let’s get into the review.

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  • Plot: the plot in this book is amazingly woven. Sanderson masters each small piece in order to fit it together in the end, and it works perfectly. I loved seeing the history unfold, little by little. The story is definitely mysterious: the reader learns the most through Vin’s perspective, who does not know much about the political and economic intrigues of her land, because she has been forced to live in the shadows for most of her life. The plot twist at the end I was not expecting; it tore my heart to pieces. I definitely did not see it coming.
  • Characters: the characters is what made me fall in love with this book so much. They are all so beautifully flawed, and seem so human. It was the first time in a long time that I felt so much for them, especially the protagonists. I could laugh with them, and cry with them, and the way Sanderson built their characterization is wonderful.
  • Writing: the writing is beautiful. Not always fast paced, but  when it is, you’re glued to your sit until you finish the book. I definitely think the main strength of this book is dialogue: each character has a particular way of expressing him or herself, and that is so  difficult to achieve in writing. I think here it was done very well. The only thing that I did not love were the battle scenes, due to the type of magic system; don’t get me wrong, I love the magic system, however, I think that when battle scenes come around it slows down the pace a bit.

These are all my non-spoilery thoughts about Mistborn. If you have not read it yet, do it, you will not regret it. Please let me know in the comments if you have read it and what you thought about it. I would love to discuss it!

Until next time,

Keky

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There is not much to say that I have not already said before, however, I want to talk about how much I like Kelsier’s character. I really like him because sometimes I hated him. He is flawed, sometimes arrogant, hilarious and a great fighter. He really does care, you know. And what I loved the most is that when he seemed to go overboard and just bash at the nobility out of pure hatred, and Vin talked to him, he really listened, humbled, and was ready to question his own beliefs. When he was killed I was shocked. I did not see it coming, and it destroyed me. He will always be one of my favorite characters of all time I think.

I have now started the second book, Elend is more present in it. However, I really liked his character in the first book. Naive but full of curiosity and ambition, and I really admired it. He loves reading political and socio-economic treaties because he dreams for a better world. And not only he dreams about it, but he actually wants to do something about it too, which is great.

And the Crew. The crew was awesome. I love each and everyone of them, Breeze cracks me up, and Sazed is so cool. I love the idea of Keepers and Feruchemy, and I think we will learn some more about it in the next books. I also really enjoyed the world-building and could picture it very well in my mind. Overall, great, great book.

August and September Wrap-Up

Hello Everyone,

and welcome back to my August and September wrap-up. I did not write one in August just because, with the fact that in the middle of the month I moved back to Chicago and I had a lot of things to do, I ended up reading only two books. That’s okay though, because in September I read a total of seven things, and almost finished Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson – which I plan to finish today – and let me tell you, it’s a pretty huge book. So without further ado, here are the things I read in the past two months.

AUGUST

  • Harry_Potter_and_the_Cursed_Child_Special_Rehearsal_Edition_Book_CoverHarry Potter and the Cursed Child, by J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne. As I am sure most of you know, this is the script of a play that is going on in the West End in London, which features the story of Harry and his friends 19 years after the battle of Hogwarts. I initially gave it 4/5 stars, however I have lowered the rating to 3/5 stars recently. If you want to read my full review you can find it here.
  • The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall, by Anne Brontë. This is an amazing novel. Set and written in Victorian England, it recounts the story of a woman who has a secret, and because of this secret she becomes the victim of prejudice. In reality she is the victim of an abusive relationship, and writing about such matters in the 1800s was not very common. I love the Brontes, and plan on writing a guide on how to approach their novels. Let me know if you are interested in it. 5/5 stars.

SEPTEMBER

  • A Torch Against the Night, by Sabaa Tahir. torchThis is the second book in the Ember in the Ashes series. It is a very fast paced novel – sometimes too fast paced – but definitely worth the read. The turn it took definitely took me by surprise and I would have never expected it, so that is a plus. I also like where the series is going and am excited to read the sequel. You can find my review here.
  • Prufrock and Other Poems, by T.S. Eliot. This was a required reading for my TS Eliot honors class. Being Italian sometimes it is difficult for me to completely grasp the meaning of poetry especially modernist poetry. I have read Milton and the Romantics before, and I did not find them as difficult. I gave this collection a 3/5 stars, because certain poems I loved, but others I did not like as much. I would still recommend them though.
  • A Room of One’s Own, by Virginia Woolf. Another required reading for my Women in Literature class, I think this should be a required reading for everyone and anyone. This is a series of lecture Woolf gave in the 1920s at a girls college, and I thik it is a perfect way of getting to know both Woolf’s literature but also feminism in itself. I will definitely re-read this multiple times, 5/5 stars.
  • 51FEhUEvwLL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Empire of Storms, by Sarah J. Maas. This was one of my anticipated reads of 2016, and even though a couple of things did not resonate with me, it was still amazing and I gave it 5/5 stars. This is the fifth book in the Throne of Glass series, and I am so excited to see where this series will end. You can find a full review here.
  • In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens, by Alice Walker. I read this for my Women in Literature class as well, and I found it extremely interesting. Walker explores the same themes that Woolf did, however she sheds a different light to the whole matter and sometimes comes to different conclusions. I think it is really important to read this in order to understand African-American feminism. 5/5 stars.
  • Peter Pan, by J.M. Barrie. 51gm5rp3wl-_ac_ul320_sr236320_My lovely roommate got me a beautiful copy of this book, which is her favorite book, for my birthday. I loved this novel so much, and I was not expecting it. I really want to take a class on it, because I think there is so much to say about the world that Barrie built; the ending was heart-wrenching to me, and even though I knew how it would end, it still caught me by surprise. I will definitely read this to my kids one day. 5/5 stars.
  • The Waste Land, by T.S. Eliot. As you might guess, once again this was a required reading, and I have to say, I really enjoyed it. I think it is a very interesting take on modern society and how society reacted to the horrors of the Second World War. Eliot definitely was extremely well-rounded in his education and I highly admire that. I gave it 5/5 stars.

These are all the things that I read in the past two months! Please let me know if you have read any of them and what you thought about them. Have a lovely weekend.

Until next time,

Keky