April Book Haul

I managed to stick to my book buying ban on March, but I went right back into the book buying trap in April, the latest being the month of my birthday. Great excuse to spend money, isn’t it? 

OOOOThe first two books are from that secondhand bookshop I keep talking about, Renaissance. I paid 6$ for the two books which is simply amazing. I have yet to read them, but I will get onto it. Some day

OOOOThe six other books are from Amazon and Bookoutlet
I have had my eyes on graphic novels for a while now but I was unsure wether I should buy some or not.
Now I haven’t picked up a comic since I was a kid
(apart for Calvin and Hobbes); and even then I much prefered novels. In my head I was absolutely certain that I didn’t like graphic novels because 1/ I love words way too much and 2/ there is just not enough text in it to be worth my money. Well, I take it back, they are worth my money and I will buy some more in a very near futur. I have found myself enjoying reading them so much more than I expected; I enjoyed the art just as much as the story itself and I am now addicted. I am sure I will soon be in a novel reading slump because I only want to pick up graphic novels at the moment. Not only is it very enjoyable to go through a graphic novel quickly (meaning reading it in one go and not being sleep depraved) but it also is very enjoyable to read again later because you can spot details you missed the first time. Now I do enjoy re-reading a book (ahem! Harry Potter) but it sometimes can be a bit boring when you know the story very well. With a graphic novel however, it is always nice to have a look inside, if only to admire the drawings. And I love it; that’s it, I’m converted.
(I realize now there’s a bit of a blue theme going on here)

What books have you bought this month? 

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Wicked by Gregory McGuire | The Selection by  Kiera Cass
Rat Queens Volume 1 by Kurtis J Wiebe | Peter Pan By J.M Barrie
In Real Life by Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang | Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol  Delilah Dirk by Tony Cliff | The Odyssey by Gareth Kind 

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Last minute edit: I said I wouldn’t buy anymore books this month… and I failed. 
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OOOOOLa nuit des temps by Barjavel | The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

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The Book Courtship Tag

I wasn’t tagged to do this by anyone, but, who cares? I really like the tag, I find it to be very funny. So, here I go. 

Phase 1Initial Attraction: A book that you bought because of the cover?

OOOOThat would be the Puffin Chalk Edition of Peter Pan, by JM Barrie. I’ve had read this book already, but the cover was too pretty not to buy it. I mean, look at it… just look at it! And the pages are all cut in that beautiful shape. I think it’s on trend at the moment, but I don’t care, it’s beautiful

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Phase 2First Impressions: A book that you got because of the summary?

OOOOI would pick The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. It took me months to pick it up, which is a sin. But I read it and loved it from beginning to end. Has for the summary:
OOOOThe circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices plastered on lampposts and billborads. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within these noctural black-and-white-striped tents awaitsand utterly unique experience, a feast for senses, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, meander thourgha lush garder made of ice, stare in wonderment as the tattooed contortionist folds herself into a small glass box, and become deliciously tipsy from the scents of caramel and cinnamon that waft through the air. 
OOOOOOWelcome to Le Cirque des Rêves. 

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Phase 3Sweet Talk: A book with great writing?

OOOOThe Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Beside the fact that it is amazingly well writen, the story itself is fatastic. Every booklover would love it; it is a book about books. I have read it many times and still love it, like every other Zafon’s books. Zafon has a very peculiar style; he uses quit a lot of description, and all of his stories have a hint of fantasy. Or at least, something a little inexplicable. This particular book is a story about books, and what they could represent for those who read them. It is very sweet. I highly recommend it.

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Phase 4First Date: A first book of a series which made you want to pick up the rest of the series?

OOOOI would pick The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. I have had heard a lot of good things about the book before reading it and I was very surprised of how much I loved it. It was amazing. I cannot say how much I loved it. There’s action, and romance, and friendship. And the sequel was just as good, now I can’t wait for the thrid book to come out (and I know I’ll be just as impatiente for the fourth/fifth etc). Which won’t be for a long while now, unfortunately. 

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Phase 5Late Night Phone Calls:A book that kept you up all night?

OOOOAllegiant by Veronica Roth, definitely. I was SO impatient to read it. I couldn’t put it down until I was done with it.But then again, I read the entire trilogy + Four short stories in three days. That’s how obsessed I was with it. I won’t say anything in case anyone has yet to read it, but urgh, the ending. 

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Phase 6Always on my mind: A book you could not stop thinking about?

OOOOThe Odyssey by Homer. This is my ultimate old time favorite story. I have read it many, many times. In many different editions and styles. I had to read it for the first time when I was 11 and I kept picking this up everytime I have the chance since then. I recently bought a graphic novel of the Odyssey that I have yet to read but I know I will love it. 

IMG_20150413_141308Phase 7Getting Physical: A book which you love the way it feels?

OOOOHarry Potter, Wizardry Film. The book comes with all these goodies you can take out and read and just admire because they are beautiful. It takes a lot of self control  not to read the whole book at once. But even when I’ll be done reading it, I will still enjoy flipping through it because it is gorgeous. 

DSCN2281Phase 8Meeting the parents: A book which you would recomend to your family and friends?

OOOOThe Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I just love it. But if I really have to pick another book, I would choose Ce que le jour doit à la nuit by Yasmina Khadra (I believe the english title is What the Day owes to the Night, but I’m not sure). The story is heartbreaking, and sweet, and funny at the same time. 

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Phase 9Thinking about the future: A book or series you know you will re read many times in the future?

OOOOWithout a second’s hesitation: the Harry Potter series. 
It is just too good. There’s not much else to say. It’s a gigantic piece of my childhood that I know I will go back to for the rest of my life. And I will read it to my children; and if they don’t like it, I’ll had them adopted (of course, that is a joke). 

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Phase 10Share the love: Who do you tag?

Anyone who wishes to do it is invited to. I haven’t been tagged so… Just take the right to do it and tag me in it so I can see what books you chose! 

The Hunger Games

I quite suppose you all are familliar with the Hunger Games trilogy wether it is by the books or the movies. Guess no one could have get past the phenomenon, right? Well, praise yourself, because I did. I am the girl who never read nor watch anything Hunger Games related and although I have heard of it (suppose I couldn’t escape it, could I?) I have no idea what actually happens in the story. 

Now, there is a reason why I chose not to read the books/watch the movies, reason being that I’ve always said a similar story already existed: Battle Royale. I couldn’t understand why people would get so existed about a story that was so close to something already existant. And then years past and I kept hearing and reading about the Hunger Games trilogy and so so many people seem to be deeply in the story and yet I simply couldn’t bring myself to change my mind and give it a try. I can be bloody stubborn when I want to.

But one day as I was wandering around a secondhand bookshop I spotted a hardcover of the third book of the trilogy in perfect condition for2$ and thought « hell with that, I’m gonna buy it, at least the book is pretty« . And there you go, I had one of the three books. Weeks later, going back to that bookshop I found the first one, hardcover, perfect condition, 2$. And I got it, which seemed legit. And then, a few days ago, I went to yet another secondhand bookshop, not planning on buying anything really (even I am not convinced) and found the second and final book I was missing to complete the trilogy for 3,50$. Just like that, I had in my possession the complete Hunger Games Trilogy. 

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They are now standing in my bookshelf, all very beautiful and waiting to be picked up. Which I guess I’ll be doing in a very near futur since I have a week off from uni. So yeah, the girl who hasn’t read the so very well known and loved Hunger Games trilogy, will soon join the rest of the gang. Better late than never they say; now if you will excuse me, I have a little black book waiting for me to dive into its pages. 

Is there any book(s)/trilogy/series that you have yet to dive into?

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January Wrap-up and 2015 reading challenge

A month as passed already, and it is time for a bookish wrap-up. 
I’ve said it before, but 2015 is definitely a year for reading and I started pretty well I believe. I set my reading goal on goodread to 40 books; I didn’t want to st the bar too high to be sure I will succeed and I am 7 books ahead already (yeah me!). I want to read more and I want to diverse my readings, this is mostly the reason why I choose to attempt ehe 2015 reading challenge: it’ll force me to step out of my comfort zone and pick up books I would probably didn’t glance at normaly. I haven’t necessarely done it yet because I was in a fantasy mood this month, but I will, promise! Anyways, let’s get into that wrap-up shall we? 

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon OO★★★★★
I read it in two sittings, this is how much I loved it. I have found the characters and story to be very well written and so enjoyable. Surprisingly I find myself really excited about the second book that I will most probably buy some time soon. This book will count for A book written by someone under 30 and A book set in a different country.

♦  The Magician’s Nephew by C.S LewisOO★★★★★
I am ashamed to say I’ve never read the Chronicles of Narnia before. I’ve watched the adaptations, loved them, but I never picked up any of the books. I found the bookset for 9$ in a thrifted bookshop and couldn’t resist. It was such a good opportunity to finalle read them. This book will count for A book with nonhuman characters.

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire NorthOO★★☆☆☆
Saddly I didn’t like this book. I was very excited to read it because of the many good reviews I’ve seen on the Internet, but I just couldn’t get into the story. Not that the story is bad, it is not. I simply found it to be a little to slow and had a hard time relating to the characters. This boon will count as A book written for An author you’ve never read before

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy KalingOO★★★★☆
Loved it. Simply loved it. Mindy is such a funny and refreshing woman. I usually am not into this kind of books (remember how I hated Not That Kind of Girl?) because women tend to talk about diet, about feeling bad in their skins and heartbreaks and bad experiences and I found it so tirring to read about other people tiny problems. Of course people can relate because these things happen to all of us at some point of our lives, but why making it so dramatic? Mindy, indeed, talked about her childhood, her past boyfriends, her friendships and sometimes bad things happened to her to, but she wrote about it in a very funny way and said « ok, that wasn’t nice when it happened, but f*ck that, I feel fine now so let’s laugh about it! » and THAT is what I loved. She never complained, never pitied her past self; she saw the funny parts in everything it felt good. 
So, without any doubt, this book will count for A funny book.

Oroonoko by Aphra BehnOO★★☆☆☆
This novel (that actually is a novella, but never mind) is the very first english novel AND was written by a woman. No, no, the first english novel wasn’t Robinson Crusoe. It was published in 1791, more than a hundred years after Oroonoko that was published in 1688. Anyways, I had to read it for uni and ended up liking it. It was complicated to follow from time to time, mostly because english isn’t my first language, but interesting none of the less. This book will count for A book written for A book by a female author.

Rome & Juliet by William ShakespearOO★★★★☆
Not much to say about it, it is a classic and I hadn’t read it yet; I liked it. 
This book will count for A play.

Frankenstein by Mary ShelleyOO★★★★☆
Another classic that I’ve never read and had to for uni. It was much much easier to read than Oroonoko, but then again, it was written so long after that it couldn’t possibly be harder. I loved discovering the real story of Viktor Frankenstein and his creature. This book will count for A book more than 100 years old.

City of Bones by Cassandra ClareOO★★☆☆☆
Such a disappointment. I can’t say much about it because there isn’t much to say really. The story was still enjoyable, I didn’t struggle to finish the book or anything, but it was so (so) predictable that I almost thought about putting the book down and never read the end. The story line has been used countless of times in other stories and the characters were, well, mundane (see what I did there?). I will probably read the rest of the series but will certainly not hurry to do so. It took me a long time to finally start it and it will take me at least the same aount of time to finish it, althoug I heard the Clockwork trilogy is far better, maybe I’ll give it a go? This book will count for A book that became a movie (movie I will surely not watch). 

The lion, the witch and the wardrobe by C.S LewisOO★★★★★
Not much surprises there because I knew the story already but it was a real pleasure to read it and visit Narnia again. I won’t use this book for any of the challenges because I used the first one of the series already and I’d wish to read a book per challenge to read as much as possible.

Last minute edit:

City of Ashes by Cassandra ClareOO★★☆☆☆
I said I wouldn’t read the rest of the series anytime soon because I didn’t like the first book that much, but I was in a huge reading slump after that. And I didn’t know what else to read, so the easier way for me to keep reading was to stick to something I already knew. I then picked up the second book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy. Nothing much to say, it left me with the same feeling: unfinished characters, not much actions, the story is slow and nothing much happens. We’ll see the rest. 

All of this gives me 1 books read and 8/50 challenges done. 

What were your reads this month?

« The New Harry Potter

The title being confusing I feel like I should tell what exactly I am talking about. It obviously is a book that has been compared to the Harry Potter series many many times over the past few months; and it is The Bone Season By Samantha Shannon. For those of you who haven’t read or heard about this book, here is the synopsis: 

« IT IS THE YEAR 2059. SEVERAL MAJOR WORLD CITIES ARE UNDER THE CONTROL OF A SECURITY FORCE CALLED SCION. PAIGE MAHONEY WORKS IN THE CRIMINAL UNDERWORLD OF SCION LONDON, PART OF A SECRET CELL KNOWN AS THE SEVEN SEALS. THE WORK SHE DOES IS UNUSUAL: SCOUTING FOR INFORMATION BY BREAKING INTO OTHERS’ MINDS. PAIGE IS A DREAMWALKER, A RARE KIND OF CLAIRVOYANT, AND IN THIS WORLD, THE VOYANTS COMMIT TREASON SIMPLY BY BREATHING.
BUT WHEN PAIGE IS CAPTURED AND ARRESTED, SHE ENCOUNTERS A POWER MORE SINISTER EVEN THAN SCION. THE VOYANT PRISON IS A SEPARATE CITY—OXFORD, ERASED FROM THE MAP TWO CENTURIES AGO AND NOW CONTROLLED BY A POWERFUL, OTHERWORLDLY RACE. THESE CREATURES, THE REPHAIM, VALUE THE VOYANTS HIGHLY—AS SOLDIERS IN THEIR ARMY.
PAIGE IS ASSIGNED TO A REPHAITE KEEPER,WARDEN, WHO WILL BE IN CHARGE OF HER CARE AND TRAINING. HE IS HER MASTER. HER NATURAL ENEMY. BUT IF SHE WANTS TO REGAIN HER FREEDOM, PAIGE WILL HAVE TO LEARN SOMETHING OF HIS MIND AND HIS OWN MYSTERIOUS MOTIVES.
THE BONE SEASON INTRODUCES A COMPELLING HEROINE—A YOUNG WOMAN LEARNING TO HARNESS HER POWERS IN A WORLD WHERE EVERYTHING HAS BEEN TAKEN FROM HER. IT ALSO INTRODUCES AN EXTRAORDINARY YOUNG WRITER, WITH HUGE AMBITION AND A TEEMING IMAGINATION. SAMANTHA SHANNON HAS CREATED A BOLD NEW REALITY IN THIS RIVETING DEBUT. »

Now I must tell you right away that I do not agree with the latter statement on many levels. First of all,  I believe there is nothing like Harry Potter (you Potterheads out there know how strongly one can feel toward this series). How dare they compare the two? Not that The Bone Season isn’t good, because, damn, it is. Second, neither the plot nor the characters of the Samantha Shannon’s book ressemble those of J.K Rowling’s. Lastely, beside the fact that both stories are set in England (or in the UK more generally when it comes to Harry Potter), they really have not much in common. To begin with, the main character is a female in The Bone Season and, for me, it makes all the difference in the world.

But I’m rambling, let me get into the real subject.
The Bone Season; I have ab-so-lu-te-ly loved you. Loved loved loved you. I have heard countless of things about this book and read just how much amazing reviews of it that when I found the novel for 5$ at Chapter-Indigo… I couldn’t resist. It was destiny. I knew from the start I was gonna love the story but I had no idea I would fell IN LOVE with it. It was love from page one, and I devored my way through the book. I picked it up one night and two days later I finished it and was left with a mixture of joy, saddness and anticipation. Now I am desperately waiting for the second book of the serie to come out on January 27th (if I am not mistaken). The Bone Season is the first book in a series of 7 I believe, the sequel being entitled The Mime Order. I must say I haven’t felt that much excitement at the perspective of a book coming out since, well, Harry Potter. I quite guess this is what all of those comparing the two series think about: The Bone Season brings back the excitement, the anticipation and the desire for time to simply fly over and bring us the next book. 

IF YOU HAVE YET TO READ IT, I HIGHLY RECOMMAND THAT YOU DO PICK IT FOR I AM 100% SUREYOU WILL LOVE IT.
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