An extremely long book: The goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Warning: This review will contain excessive gloating over the fact that I finished this book. BECAUSE ITS FUCKING HUGE. It’s loooong. It’s massive. And I finished it. I fucking finished it. And I will keep repeating it.

So essentially, this book is a coming of age story of a boy named Theo, who, in a terrorist bombing, loses his mother, his brain and his common sense, steals a painting, lives the rest of his life in his own stewed pot of sadness, disaster and drugs. Lots of that. (me being me, extremely enjoyed the drug parts).

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Am I too afraid I’m not an intellectual? Ghost world by Daniel Clowes

Read me fake being one!

62953Ghost World has become a cultural and generational touchstone, and continues to enthrall and inspire readers over a decade after its original release as a graphic novel. Originally serialized in the pages of the seminal comic book Eightball throughout the mid-1990s, this quasi-autobiographical story (the name of one of the protagonists is famously an anagram of the author’s name) follows the adventures of two teenage girls, Enid and Becky, two best friends facing the prospect of growing up, and more importantly, apart. Daniel Clowes is one of the most respected cartoonists of his generation, and Ghost World is his magnum opus.

I started this graphic novel a while back; I read half and then I never got to finishing it. Yesterday I finally did. And I don’t think this is on my particularly-liked list.

The reason for that is that while there were things that were not usual and things I liked, in the end, this graphic novel dwindled down to some very petty things. It’s a story about two best friends, after high school and the inevitability of the changes in their friendship. And, it was good in the way that it portrayed this in-between state and both the girls didn’t do anything concrete except just back-slap ideas. I liked this because i felt like it depicted normal life in a way. Just the state of existing and the throw of companionship; I liked it.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books n’ Tunes

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Sometimes, as it happens, you’re listening to a song. And that song paints a lovely picture in your head. And sometimes, it happens to fit perfectly with the picture a book puts in your head. And then, ta-da, you get the song and the book married off!

I have wanted to do this type of a post for a while now. When a song fits for me, I have an intense need to tell people about it. Intense.
So, beware, for this post will be intense and, will not follow the first T5W rule (i.e. It’ll be above 5). Let’s bang on:

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Beez’s Friday finds

Friday Finds is a meme hosted by Books and a Beat. It was created to showcase all the books we’ve added to our TBR piles in the past week.

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I’m going to let you in on all the books I’ve added on my TBR pile and reasons for hence. Be cautioned- I am bizarre and I like philosophy.

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#1 The killer next door by Alex Marwood

Beez: If you live in Dubai, and don’t know about the following piece of information, this is going to be your lucky day. Some metro stations allow you to borrow books and that’s amazing. So this is one book I picked up because well, it sounded hella interesting and creepy.

#2 The age of genius: The 17th century and the birth of the modern mind by A. C. Grayling

Beez: Basically, I’m interested in the evolution of human intelligence. And I also met this author and was extremely interested and flabbergasted by what he said. So there. Also, a book actually about the evolution of human intelligence is The dragons of Eden by Carl Sagan!

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First Line Fridays: 8th of April

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First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (or your current read) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

Peter Wyoming didn’t shake hands with people, he hit them with his presence like a rock fired from a slingshot.

Read on to find out which book this extract is from…

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China Lake by Meg Gardiner

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Blurb: Evan Delaney is shocked to learn that her ex-sister-in-law, Tabitha, has joined the Remnant, a religion with a dangerous and fanatical following. What is more alarming is that the unstable young mother plans to regain custody of her son and disappear with him into the fold of the church. She has the Remnant on her side, and they’ll do anything it takes, including murder, to get what they want. But it’s another member of the Remnant who’s killed, and when Evan’s brother becomes a suspect, Evan is dragged even deeper into the nightmare.

We haven’t read this book yet but we’ve heard many things about it and look forward to reading it.

What are you guys reading? Tell us in the comments below!

This is Raven and Beez,

Signing out~

 

Top 5 Wednesday: Rainy Day Reads

It’s a gloomy, rainy day and you’re life source has been sucked out. The only thing that can help you now is a good cup of tea and a great book. So here we are, as usual, helping you out. Here is a list of 5 books that we believe are perfect reads for a rainy day:

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#1 Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Raven: This is such a relaxing and sweet read. Neal will warm you up, paint on your walls and cook delicious food for you. What more do you need right?

Beez: Landline will make your heart go loosey-goosey and Neal will warm your socks all the way up your heart. I’ve read this book twice and I am never going to stop reading this. It’s the perfect book to clutch close to your heart and get trapped into. And the ending will get you trembling with happiness.

#2 The terrible thing that happened to Barnaby Brocket by John Boyne

Raven: Barnaby Brocket is adorable! His journey is refreshing and the people he meets make you want to travel the world.

Beez: Oh this book is wonderful. It’ll warm your insides with Barnaby’s quirky journey and the amazing characters he meets on his way and you’ll smile like there’s sunshine in this world.

#3 Giant Days by John Allison

Raven: This graphic novel will make you laugh a LOT! It’s perfect for rainy days. You can finish it all really fast and you will never be satisfied because you will keep craving for more of these wonderful characters. This book is like being on drugs. (The series is ongoing)

Beez: Another book with so many wonderful and fun characters and hilarious parts that will very much thaw your heart (and also an actual line in the book). This book is a graphic novel so you have art to go along with it. It’ll make you laugh till tears well up in your eyes.

#4 Between the lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer

Raven: The most sweetest and adorablest (I made that word from scratch) book in the whole world. I remember waking up and finishing it off in an hour! So good. Oliver will make you smile.

Beez: What’s better than a fairy tale on a rainy day? With illustrations. And an adorable prince and a girl protagonist full of agency (that she uses) and wonderfulness.

#5 Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Raven: I haven’t read this yet but it sounds like something I would read on a gloomy day.

Beez: Stargirl is like a magical book without any actual magic. It’s beautifully refreshing and it’s perfect for a rainy day.

Tell us yours in the comment below or paste a link of your post for us to check it out AND PLEASE TELL US YOUR FAVORITE KIND OF TEA!

P.S. My (Beez) favorite tea at the moment is Peach tea. I love fruit teas. Raven isn’t big on tea but due to my persistence in asking she has revealed it to be black tea- I don’t like black tea *frown*.

This is Raven and Beez,

Signing out~

[Top 5 Wednesday was created by Booktuber named Lainey at Gingerreadslainey and you can find other T5W-ers, the topics and guidelines on the Top 5 Wednesday Goodreads Group.]

Sid Red Rim by Haley Kate

Sid red rimPublication Date: October 7, 2015

Publisher: Book Worm

Pages: 97 (Kindle pages)

Targeted Audience: ALL ages

Genre: Middle grade/ Horror/ Supernatural

Link to Amazon: Sid Red Rim eBook

Blurb: Sid is a boy far older than his years. A curse from a witch has had unnatural side effects including the ability to converse with the dead. Fortunately for him, the cure to all his ailments lies in the memory of two ghosts. Two ghosts he is determined to find, for Sid has NEVER slept.

This is a short story about a boy named Sid who has never slept. Ever. He was born normal but his mother was not too happy about her infant sleeping all day so she decided to go to a witch and get her to do something about this “problem”. Needless to say, she cursed him. Now Sid could NEVER sleep.

In this fantastic world that Haley Kate created, normal people liked to be, well… normal. Any person that deviated in the slightest was cast out and these unfortunate people gradually made their way to the clan of Tweed. A place where cast-outs lived a normal life, safe from all the judgemental eyes. Sid came in to this little sanctuary like every other individual who had got there, he floated on the river in a wicker basket.

This story is beautifully written. The world building is fantastic and I absolutely loved all the characters. Mo and Mindy were amazing foster parents to Sid. Cara was such a friendly character who showed Sid that not all normals were bad. And the hilarious ghosts and Brownies (tiny little beings) were great supernatural characters.

Since Sid can’t sleep at all, he has red rimmed eyes (hence the name) but the thing I loved the most about this book was how Haley Kate has explored the consequences of not being able to sleep. The physical ailments of Sid were something I had completely overlooked when I read the blurb but it inserted a sort of urgency to the whole situation.

We know that Sid NEEDS someone to undo his curse and when he hears about the Candy Brothers, legendary story tellers who were able to put anyone to sleep, Sid knew he HAD to find them. Only problem, they were dead.

But Sid can see and listen to ghosts, unlike Mo (Sid’s foster father) who can only hear them and Mindy (his dwarf foster mother) who can’t do either. So that’s how we end up going on a journey to the Candy Brothers castle, hoping that their ghosts would at least be able to undo the curse.

I love how creative and imaginative the book was. I guess it could be a little scary for very young readers but I would highly recommend people to read it. There were no dull moments or moments where I felt the book was dragging. Since it was short everything happened at a good pace.

The book even ended so beautifully that I cried a little. It has been a long time since I’ve cried at a happy ending but it’s not the kind of happy you are thinking so you’ve got to read it to find out.

I would just like to say how much I adored this story. It was very hard for me to put it down. Every time I had a few minutes to myself I read this book. I would recommend this book for people of ALL ages.

Copy of Review bannerWhy should you pick this book? If boys who can’t sleep, treasure hunting girls, funny ghosts, kelpies, tiny warriors and heart warming stories interest you, then this book is a must read.

One of my favourite quotes from the book is:

“For outcasts, you certainly are judgemental!” he scolded. “Cara knew about me seeing ghosts and found it fascinating.” 

“Children are different,” Mo tried.

“Then maybe we should all be a little more like children!” Sid said.

Ratings: 5/5 Loved it!

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5 cupcakes for this beautiful book

Lots of love,

Raven

Top 5 Wednesday: Least favourite book from our favourite series

There are so many series out there that we love as a whole but to be honest there is always that one book from your favourite series that was not as good as you would have liked it to be.

This is a list of 5 books from our favourite series that we didn’t like the most.

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#1 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets from The Harry Potter series

Raven: This was a good book too I mean, I love ALL of Harry Potter but if I HAD to choose then this will be the one.

Beez: Yeah same as Raven. I think one of the reasons is that we didn’t know a lot about what it was building to, and we learnt about the significance later on. But it was still good.

#2 The Sea of Monsters from Percy Jackson and the Olympians series

Raven: Just like Harry Potter, I loved ALL of Percy Jackson but yeah…

Beez: I can’t remember what happened… I’m growing old.

#3 None from The Raven Cycle

Raven: Don’t question us.

Beez: Maggie Stiefvater is god.

#4 Crocodile Tears from Alex Rider series

Raven: I haven’t read the entire series yet.

Beez: I didn’t enjoy this book quite as much. I don’t remember it so clearly but I remember not being so attached while reading it.

#5 Mockingjay from The Hunger Games series

Raven: I loved Hunger games and Catching fire because there was so much going on! And I loved the ending of Mockingjay but the beginning felt sooo slow. That’s the only reason I chose this.

Beez: The starting of this book was getting nowhere. I still liked it very much but in comparison to the action packed blind racing other parts, this pales. The end was brilliant though.

That concludes our list of books we did not like as much as compared to the rest of the fabulous series. Tell us yours in the comment below or leave a link to your post so we can check it out!

This is Raven and Beez,

Signing out~

[Top 5 Wednesday was created by Booktuber named Lainey at Gingerreadslainey and you can find other T5W-ers, the topics and guidelines on the Top 5 Wednesday Goodreads Group.]

Carry on by Rainbow Rowell

Carry onPublication date: October 8, 2015

Publisher: Macmillan

Pages: 517

Targeted Audience: Young Adult

Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal

Blurb: Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest, and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savor anything.

In the beginning, I won’t lie, this book was giving off serious Harry Potter vibes. Simon reminded me of Harry, Penny as Hermione, her family was like the Weasleys, Baz reminded me of Draco and Watford reminded me so strongly of Hogwarts (which brought about a serious feels attack).

But there are a few differences as well. Their spells are phrases and not words, the magick (this is how it’s spelled) has a ‘feeling’, a ‘reserve’. They play football in their school and NOT quidditch, the mage is nothing like Dumbledore and the villain who is named the Humdrum is nothing like Voldemort.

Now the story is about Simon who is attending his last year at Watford. They have been terrorized by a being named the Humdrum, who sucks magick out of a place. This Humdrum is hell bent on killing Simon, who is the chosen one, who is destined to save the magickal world. Then we have Baz who is “supposedly” out to kill Simon, and Penny who is Simon’s best friend.

The book takes some time to pick up speed but once Baz appears everything becomes interesting (x10). Needless to say I love Baz’s POV. He is very snarky and cynical and just fabulous.

The romance between Simon and Baz didn’t really interest me. It was cute but that’s about all I felt. Their romance actually reminded me of all the Drarry fanfics out there.

The Humdrum was a very interesting villian. He was one of the reasons why I kept reading in the beginning because I needed to know what he was all about. And in no way did he disappoint me. I think Rainbow Rowell has done a fabulous job on making this character so unique and different.

This book is actually more like a mystery book set in a fantasy world. But the problem I had with this book was that it felt like it was going nowhere in the beginning. I mean, I picked it up because:

1. It’s a Rainbow Rowell book.

2. It’s fantasy.

But this book had way too much romance and I just don’t really prefer reading romance. You see the problem here? This book had so much Simon and Baz romance that it felt a little random to me. Which is probably why I like the ending the most because there is some really good action and mystery reveal happening.

I guess the fact that we were just catapulted into Simon’s last year at Watford was also another reason why I was a little on the sidelines with the whole inside joke/revenge thing that had been going on.

I did not love this book but neither did I hate it. It was just okay. I didn’t FEEL anything for any of the characters. And the entire time I felt disconnected from the Watford world. I just couldn’t imagine it looking any different from Hogwarts.

I guess you could say that by the end, this book did not remind me of Harry Potter. It was similar yes, but also very different (if that makes any sense).

Recommendation: I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a light fantasy read and also a good mystery and a lot of fantasy romance.

Ratings: 3/5 not one of the best books I’ve read by Rainbow Rowell.

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Lots of love and Pasta,

Raven

The TBR Book Tag

We were tagged by Milou from Simplyabookdrunkardblog to do the TBR (To Be Read) Book Tag. Do go and check out her fabulous blog because she is just amazing!

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1. How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

Raven: Most of the time it’s Goodreads but when I go to bookstores and see books that I’m interested in but don’t want to buy without any prior research, will be included in my phone as a ‘Note’. 

Beez: I also use Goodreads and I usually take pictures of the books I want to read when I go to a bookstore. And then those pictures are forgotten…

2. Is your TBR mostly print or eBook?

Raven: It’s mostly eBook since I don’t technically have a shelf and I don’t like spending the little money that I have on books that I’m not sure I’ll like.

Beez: I’m in the same boat as Raven. Hella broke.

3. A book that has been on your TBR pile the longest

Raven: Blue is for Nightmares by Laurie Faria Stolarz. I added this book on November 12, 2013… and I don’t think I am ever going to read it because it just doesn’t sound like something I’ll be interested in. It just shows how much my likes and dislikes have changed over the years.

Beez: I have wanted to read The Outsiders S. E. Hinton by since forever. We both came across it in Fangirl and since then I’ve wanted to read it. (I read it when I was 13 and I LOVED IT SO MUCH!)

4. A book you recently added to your TBR pile

Raven: I added The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner on March 20, 2016. I decided to add it to my TBR after reading Yourdaughtersbookshelf amazing review on it.

Beez: Just today, I put Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh in my tbr (in my head) because I read an interview with the author and it sounded amazing.

5. A book in your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover

Raven: I don’t ever decide to read a book ONLY because of it’s cover so I’m just going to mention a book on my TBR that has the most beautiful cover (according to me) and that book is ‘A natural history of dragons’ by Marie Brennan. I love it so much! It is one of those very rare books that I saw on a Booktubers (Sanaa from InkBoneBooks) shelf and went “Oh my god! What book is that?” 

Beez: I’m going to pick We have always lived in the castle by Shirley Jackson. On a funny note, I used to want to read The ghost and the goth series by Stacey Kade because the cover looked completely hilarious to me. I never read it and I think it’s because the start wasn’t really that good. Also, This is where it ends by Marieke Nijkamp

6. A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading

Raven: Again, this would be Blue is for nightmare.

Beez: Black Beauty by Anna Sewell because it’s good but I still won’t read it… Also One day by David Nicholls because I just can’t.

7. An unpublished book on your TBR that you are excited for

Raven: That would be THE RAVEN KING by Maggie Stiefvater!! It is the final book to the Raven Cycle series and it is releasing next month and I’m sooooo excited I can’t control myself.

Beez: SAME AS RAVEN!

8. A book on your TBR that basically everyone’s read but you

Raven: That’s going to be a LOT of books because I always avoid books that are being hyped about on all kinds of social media. I DON’T KNOW WHY I DO IT! I just do and I hate it! But since I have to mention one I’m going to say Legend by Marie Lu. I own a physical copy of this book but I’ve yet to read it.

Beez:  I hang my head in shame- House of Hades by Rick Riordan.

9. A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you

Raven: A darker shade of magic by V.E.Schwab… AGAIN! I am for some weird reason avoiding it when the hype is on it’s peak. I HATE myself.

Beez: The girl with the dragon tattoo by Stieg Larsson. I own a physical copy of it but I still haven’t read it and I plan to correct that soon.

10. A book on your TBR that you are dying to read

Raven: The Martian by Andy Weir. I’ve heard so many good things about it and I really want to read it but I want to own a physical copy of it so… that’s gonna be some time since I’m so broke.

Beez: I’ve heard terribly nice things about Why we broke up by Daniel Handler and I really really want to read it. And also the book Raven mentioned.


 

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This is Raven and Beez,

Signing out~