October Wrap-Up

Hello Everyone,

and welcome to my October wrap up! It was a good reading month, and between reading things both for school and for fun, I read a total of 9 books. Some of these were great, some a little less great, but without further ado, here are the things I read in October. As per usual, they are in the chronological order I read them.

  • mistborntrilogyMistborn: The Final Empire, by Brandon Sanderson. I finally gave in and decided to dive in this world. The Mistborn Trilogy is one of the most famous adult high fantasy series and for a good reason. Sanderson is a master at world building and characterization, and I throughly enjoyed this first installment. It wrenched my heart, and I could not wait to read the second one. 5/5 stars no doubt.
  • La Storia, by Jerre Mangione and Ben Morreale. This is a non-fiction survey of the Italian American Experience, from before the great migration of the 1880s. This book was well written even though a bit repetitive, and it gave a good overview of both the history and the culture surrounding the Italian American community in the US. I gave it 3/5 stars.
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Childrenby Ransom Riggs. miss-peregrines-home-peculiar_book-coverI finally read this, and it did not disappoint. I enjoyed this YA book, and I am planning on picking up the sequel in the future. I felt that there was not a well developed characterization of the people featured in the story, however, I heard it gets better! I gave it 3.5/5 stars.
  • Rosa: The Life of an Italian Immigrant, by Marie Hall. This book is the biography of a woman, from her childhood in Italy until she dies in Chicago after migrating in the country. This was a heart-wrenching tale of hardships and hope, and I wold advise anyone to read it. I gave it 4/5 stars.
  • 9780765385505_custom-f5a6896c76bab91434bb389e0c5eae3ff2599afb-s300-c85Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire. I was so excited to pick this one up, because it had been in my TBR since it came out. However, unfortunately I was disappointed, and I think the reason why was the length. This is a short book, and for the topic it explores, I felt like it was a bit superficial. I did really enjoy the writing though. I gave it 2.5/5 stars.
  • The Well of Ascension, by Brandon Sanderson. This is the second installment in the Mistborn Trilogy. There is not much to say, except that I loved it. 5/5 stars.
  • Goblin Market, by Christina Rossetti. I loved this poem. Other than the fact that Christina Rossetti in an extremely intriguing figure, her writing and ideas were revolutionary for the Victorian period she lived in. This poem talks about desire and the role of women in society, and it was extremely fascinating. Definitely 5/5 stars, and I am excited to read more by her.
  • A Great and Terrible Beauty, by Libba Bray. libbabraybeautyI had such high expectations for this one, and unfortunately I did not like it. The narration was superficial, the characters were really unlikeable, the historical setting and the language were not accurate to the time period. I might be over-critical about this because I am a sucker for anything Victorian, however this was not that good. 1.5/stars.
  • Ottoman Empire and Islamic Tradition, by Norman Itzkowitz. And finally, another non-fiction read. This text was a very good overview of Ottoman history, it was precise but not overly-conceptual. It was a good read for anyone interested to know more about the history of one of the biggest empires ever existed. 3.5/5 stars.

These are all the books that I read in the month of October. Please let me know if you have read any of these, and comment down below, so we can discuss it. As usual, any reviews that I have done are going to be linked to the title. Thank you for reading!

Until next time,

Keky

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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

I Tag:

abooknation, geekybooklr, TheCalicoBooks, Girl Who Reads

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

3 Quotes, 3 Days Tag (3)

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Hello everyone,

here we go with the last quote.

“There is… this rage.” she said “This despair and hatred and rage that lives and breathes inside me. There’s not sanity to it, no gentleness. It is a monster dwelling under my skin. For the past ten years, I have worked every day, every hour, to keep that monster locked up. And the moment I talk about those two days, and what happened before and after, that monster is going to break loose, and there will be no accounting for what I do.”

Celaena Sardothien

Heir of Fire, Sarah J. Maas

Tag:

Once Upon a Bookshelf

First Edition Book Babies

Literature and Lattes

3 Days, 3 Quotes Tag

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Today I will do something a little different: a tag! I was nominated by @icebreaker694, thank you so much for tagging me!

Quote:

“It is vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquillity; they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it […] Women are supposed to be very calm generally; but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties, and a field for their efforts, as much as their brothers do; […] it is narrow-minded in their more privileged fellow-creatures to say that they ought to confine themselves.”

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.

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Clockwork Bibliophile

Heart Full of Books

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