Thursday, 23 March 2017

Spring TBR

Spring is here. For many this is good news. For me, who suffers from hay-fever, this is not good news. Anyhow, let’s talk about books. A few months back I decided to stop making monthly TBRs altogether because I was horrible at sticking to the books I planned to read; instead though I’m gonna start doing seasonal TBRs. I find them easier to follow and it gives me a wide timeframe to get to them. I want to read more than this (if possible) but from now on, and with every new season, I’ll pick 5 books from my shelves and attempt to read them before the end of the season.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Book Review | Nina is Not OK by Shappi Khorsandi

Nina is Not OK by Shappi Khorsandi {Goodreads}
Published by Ebury Press in 2017
Paperback edition; 352 pages {BookDepository}

Nina is not OK is a coming of age story about Nina, a 17-year-old in her last year of college and about to do her A-levels who likes drinking – maybe a little bit too much; a lot actually. So much that most of the time she has troubles remembering what she does during those crazy nights and that’s how we meet her: after she’s been thrown out of a nightclub after being caught in a sexual activity. The next morning she’s not sure of either what she did and what she didn’t and the shame she feels is overwhelming. She promises herself she will never drink again but that is easy said than done. Shappi Khorsandi tackles the difficult topic that is addiction through the experiences of an alcoholic teenager.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Book Review | Idaho by Emily Ruskovich

Idaho by Emily Ruskovich {Goodreads}
Published by Random House in 2017
Paperback edition; 305 pages {BookDepository}

Idaho, Emily Ruskovich’s debut novel, deals with the repercussions of an accident – involving the mother and an axe – that happened to a family many years ago. I don’t want to give much away because I feel like it is better to go in not knowing the full details although most of it is revealed very early on. The consequences of this event are what the novel focuses on.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Book Review | Otared by Mohammad Rabie

Otared by Mohammad Rabie; translated by Robin Moger {Goodreads}
Published by Hoopoe Fiction in 2016
Paperback edition; 352 pages {BookDepository}

Otared is a difficult book to review. It is a good book but not the right one for me. It was different from everything I’ve read before but ultimately, too brutal, at times way too slow and if I’m honest I don’t think I completely understood the idea Mohammad Rabie was trying to convey.

Friday, 12 August 2016

Holiday Reads 2016

Two weeks. The countryside. And a very ambitious to be read pile. However, I tend to read a lot at my grandma’s village. It is super quiet there and if hay fever allows me – I really hope by this time now all the pollen has decreased a lot – I’ll be reading outside, surrounded by trees. It is also the perfect place to take a lot of pictures and although I won’t have the greatest internet connection I’ll try to post some on Instagram whenever I can. There are also going to be a lot of festivities and almost all the family is coming and I cannot wait to see them. Last year we had a blast and we intend to make this year even better.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Book Haul | August 2016

We aren't even halfway through August and I did say I was on a book buying ban but my birthday last month sent that out of the window. I got a few vouchers and so here are the books I got for myself besides the ones I was gifted with.

In a month time I'll be in London because my parents got me and my sisters tickets for the Harry Potter Studios and althought it will be a quick visit I think I'll manage to visit some bookshops - Persephone Books is a priority - so let's test once again my will power as to not buy anymore books until that trip happens.

Anyways, here are the books I got:

Monday, 8 August 2016

Discussion // Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The world went crazy when a new Harry Potter adventure was announced, myself included. When I learnt it was gonna be a play, I felt a little bit disappointed because not everybody could afford to go to London to watch it but still felt some hope when they said the script was gonna be released because at least I would be able to read the story, right? Now that I’ve read it, I wish I hadn’t. Harsh, I know, but I’m insanely disappointed in this new adventure. Why? It makes no sense. I wanted to write a review without spoiling but it seems impossible when there are so many issues to talk about and not revealing certain aspects of the plot would be impossible. So, there will be spoilers ahead. You’ve been warned. This discussion might be all over the place: I have so much to talk about but I don’t want this to be very long, which will probably be. Apologies in advance for both the length and my being all over the place.