Top 5 Wednesday: Authors we look up to for inspiration!

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As hardcore bookworms we always come across great books. But how often is it that we come across many books by the same author that are equally amazing? And the authors also tend to be super cool people? The answer (for us at least) is “rarely” but that doesn’t mean there aren’t enough to be put into a top 5 category.

So here’s our list of authors we look up to. Because if we can write stories like them, our life would be set!*

*Completely ignores the fact that just writing really good books doesn’t mean fame because the publishing industry is a fire maze.

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Top 10 Tuesday: If our future kids don’t read these books we’ll disown them!

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You know how sometimes you read a book and you just know that this book will forever hold a special place in your heart? It’s such a strong feeling that being the loners that we are we also vow to make everyone read it including our unborn children. And so this Tuesday we would like to share with you, a list of 10 books that we would definitely be making our kids read.

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Steelheart by Mr. Cutie a.k.a Brandon Sanderson

17727802Joint review!!! We haven’t done one in such a long time, we almost don’t remember how to do it. Haha! Kidding, we don’t remember at all…

Beez: This is my first Sanderson book. My other half (read: Raven), adores Sanderson to a large (understatement) extent and has so many of his books! In fact she gave me one because she had two copies?

Raven: To be clear, there was a HUGE sale on his books and I got so excited that I accidentally bought two copies of the same book (Book Two part one of the Way of Kings I think). It’s a mistake I don’t fully regret.

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Mini Comics/Manga Reviews #1

latest.pngAvatar: The Last Airbender – The Rift by Gene Luen Yang

Illustrator:  Gurihiru

Publication Date:  February 11, 2015

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

Targeted Audience: Young Adult

Genre: Fantasy/Adventure

I loved this book! I have been a HUGE ATLA fan and reading these graphic novels always brings back the feels in huge waves.

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This book in particular gave us an insight into Aang and how he tries to rekindle the past by bringing his new Air Acolytes to a festival in honour of Yangchen, the previous Air Avatar. When they arrive, however, they find that the sacred meadow has been replaced by a factory co-owned by Toph’s father.

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Volunteering at the Emirates Litfest 2016

litfestThe Emirates Airline Festival of Literature or EAFOL for short, is a yearly event that happens in Dubai for a week. It’s the perfect place to attend sessions where famous or upcoming authors of both English and Arabic language come to talk about their book and also sign them (it’s the latter that we’re most interested in but anyway).

We volunteered at this fabulous event this year. Note that we had never gone to this event (despite this being the 8th year because we always had finals during that week) and we had never ever volunteered anywhere before.

This was all so new to us! We had no idea what to expect and I (Raven) couldn’t even sleep the night before because I was soo nervous for absolutely no reason.

{The event began on the 5th of March and ended on the 12th.}

Raven: I volunteered at the event on the 10th, 11th and 12th as Room Crew and honestly… It was one of the best days of my life! I made sooo many great friends who loved books of so many different genres. I ate free food (cause volunteer duh!), I attended sessions by different authors, I watched little kids read books and run out of sessions screaming that they wanted to buy that authors book AND get it signed, and I got MY books signed too!

I felt so glad to have been a part of that fabulous event that everyone had worked so hard to put together. I loved watching kids waiting in lines, clutching their books and constantly jumping because they were so excited to finally meet their favourite author. I felt so happy when after a session got over, I would open the doors and watch a horde of kids running to the author panel to get their books signed. It was just amazing.

I met so many authors too. I met Lauren Child (the creator of one of my favourite cartoons Charlie and Lola), I met Chris Haughton (the author of A bit lost), Ian Rankin (a very well known British crime fiction writer), Anthony Horowitz (the writer of the Alex Rider series), Darren Shan (the cirque du freak and the Demonata series) AND I met Brandon Adorable Freaking Sanderson!!! (author of the fabulous Mistborn series and many more).

I attended loads of sessions but two of them really stuck with me. One was by Jonathan Meres, author of ‘The world of Norm’ series because it was soooo entertaining. I don’t think I’ll be reading his book because it’s too kiddish for me but I definitely loved that session and I bet the kids who attended it loved it too because I’ve never seen that many kids go cuckoo before.

The other session was by Anthony Horowitz. He was talking about his book Trigger Mortis (which I’m definitely going to read) and how violence that is doctored for kids should always talk about the after affects of such violence on the characters, which I thought was a very interesting topic to debate about. He also showed us an exclusive first look at the trailer for his upcoming T.V. show called New Blood and it just looks fabulous.

On another note, I didn’t get a signature from a lot of authors but I did get some of my favourite authors books signed. It felt so good to finally meet the creators of such wonderful books. To talk to them, take pictures with them and even discuss about the book (which I didn’t do much cause I was a nervous wreak).

One of the things that was really sad was that I had to stand at the end of the line for the author signing no matter how many people came behind me! It was my duty as volunteer apparently and I was so pissy about it because I almost lost my chance to meet Brandon Sanderson. I was behind two other people (also volunteers) when we were told to leave because Brandon (yes we are on first name basis) had to go for another session. But we almost cried and the panel manager let us stay and when I gave him my book to sign the first thing I said was “Thank you so much!” I did not say anything, just that. *so embarassed* and he was so sweet! Ugh I love that man.

Beez: I volunteered for only 2 shifts and yet I had loads of fun! Since I was room crew, I got to attend almost all the sessions that took place in the room I was in and I was so darn enlightened. Just like Raven, I met the writers of amazing books and got tons signed. And since I’ve never actually had signed books before, you bet I was happy.

I met Joe Wicks of the body coach, who was all muscle and fanfare. This is only my opinion but I didn’t get anything much from his session but some deep pocket filling plan. But I will admit that he is a pretty piece of ass (I smell sexist) and is very good a what he does (it just doesn’t cater to me).

Next I met Carol Ann Duffy and John Sampson and although I didn’t get to attend the entirety of their session, the two poems I heard were quite funny and good.

The next session I attended turned out to be my favorite one. It had John McHugo, author of ‘A concise history of the Arabs’, and John Man, author of ‘Gengis Khan: Life, Death and resurrection’. Their session was about Arab history and common misconceptions and amazing things that I had no idea off. I was extremely enlightened and amazed and I loved every minute of it.

The next day, I had a session with A. C. Grayling (The 17th century and the birth of the modern mind) which was wonderful because the man started talking and did not stop in the slightest for an hour. He talked all about philosophy and history and the birth of the thinking age and it was amazing.

Then I attended an Alex Rider session with Anthony Horowitz and even though it was catered towards kids, I enjoyed it. Then I got to hear Jacqueline Wilson talk so wonderfully about her journey to becoming an author and creating characters and their place in her heart. And finally, I got to attend a Darren Shan session which was highly entertaining and has made me want to read his books.

All in all, volunteering at EAFOL was epic and sparked an awakening of love for history in me. I also loved the process of volunteering. I don’t know about Raven, but I’d do it over and over again. I loved having the authority and the view into the behind-the-scenes. It was fun and I met loads of interesting people and I even got a taste of taking responsibility on. Very very good.

I don’t think I’m sad about even one thing except maybe not volunteering more and attending more sessions and not going to a Brandon Sanderson session.

I got 5 of my books signed and Raven got me an adorable card signed by Brandon Sanderson which she refuses to give to me (such a good friend!) (I’m sorry, but the selfish side of me wants to smell it forever). I loved meeting the authors. I was in awe all the time. Aargh, they’re such wonderful people. And Brandon Sanderson is such a cutie-pie with his red cheeks. Anthony Horowitz and Darren Shan were dope too. And so were all of them.

In conclusion, I’ll be going for volunteering next time, even more enthusiastically.

This is Raven and Beez,

Signing out~

The Final Empire: Mistborn #1 by Brandon Sanderson

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Publication date: October 1, 2009

Publisher: Gollancz

Pages: 647

Targeted Audience: Young Adult/Adult

Genre: Epic/High Fantasy

In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with colour once more?
In Brandon Sanderson’s intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage— Allomancy, a magic of the metals.

This book! How on earth have I not read this book earlier?? It’s absolutely fabulous. It has ZERO dull parts. Yes, you read that right (at least according to me). Let me start with the plot.

Mistborn: The Final Empire is about a world where the good guy lost the battle against evil and now the world is forced to live under the cruelty of the bad guy, who in this book is the Lord Ruler.

It follows the story of a thief named Kelsier, who was caught by the Lord Ruler and was sentenced to death at the pits of Hathsin. But he escaped the mines and decided to form a band of other thieves to overthrow the cruel Lord Ruler who tortured the Skaa and always preferred the nobility.

The Skaa and the Nobles- this was how society was divided under the Lord Rulers command and this was what Kelsier and his crew of mistings wanted to put an end to. The discrimination.

We also follow the life of a street urchin who steals to survive. She has powers that she is not aware of.

She is Mistborn. Someone who can ingest different metals and then “burn” them to give oneself different types of powers as compared to a Misting, who can only burn one particular metal. This ability to burn metals is called Allomancy. The ability is hereditary and is only “given” to the nobility.

I don’t even need to say anything more because don’t you see that this plot is so darn unique??

The best thing about this book is how the world building is done so beautifully. I understand everything that I should be understanding. And after a long time I have finally found another world I really want to live in, as a Mistborn of course.

And unlike a few other fantasy books, The Final Empire sucks you into its world in the first few pages.

Brandon Sandersons writing is very different to what I usually read. It’s different in an amazing way. The sentences had this flow that made it difficult for me to stop reading it but in the beginning I did stop a lot because the world that I was learning about required so much attention that I would be exhausted after 10-15 pages.

I say this as a good thing because I love reading about a world that the author describes with such detail because it kind of tells me that if he/she is telling me so much right now I bet there is even more I could learn about this amazing world in his/her next book.

The best part about Sandersons writing is the way he describes his action scenes. They are SO GOOD! From throwing glass knives to jumping off of window latches, I was on edge every time I read an action packed scene. Whenever I would think ‘Okay I should stop reading for today’ I would encounter a para where the character starts fighting and then its just, goodbye sleep! Later on I started to stop reading just before I thought there was going to be an action scene because I did NOT want to be interrupted in the middle of that.

The characters on the other hand, are life-like. I want them to be real. They have their flaws but I love them so much that I just overlook them. You have Kelsier and Vin as the main protagonists and Elend, Dockson, Breeze, Ham, Yeden, Clubs and Sazed as important side characters.

Kelsier is the crew leader and my favourite character. He is the one who brought everyone together to bring down the Lord Ruler. He has a reputation that he is proud of. He is egoistic at times and really loves all the attention and gossip that surrounds him. But he is also funny and witty when the entire situation of the characters depresses you, he knows his responsibility as a leader and he has the quality of a leader in him. And trust me when I say that Kelsier grows on you. This little shit is so charming that you can’t help but love him.

Vin is someone who has been betrayed so many times that she finds it difficult to trust people. I love her character development because she has been given such a long time to become friendly and trusting that it doesn’t seem forced. She grows from this unconfident and apprehensive girl to a brave rebel leader.

I also loved how we got to see the nobility up close through her, so it wasn’t just about the oppressed Skaa. We got to see the politics among the nobles and we see Vin form her own opinion of the nobles despite the people around her categorizing all nobles as cruel.

I love how Kelsier and Vin developed a very trusting father-daughter bond which made a “certain” scene very heartbreaking and I so wished that it hadn’t happened but it did and the worst part is that I get why it happened! It is totally justified and I hate it!

Lord Elend is every girls dream boy, I mean who wouldn’t love a rich heir who reads at balls? And I totally ship Elend with Vin. They have such cute and adorable moments in the book that made me smile and giggle like an idiot.

And I love the constant banter between Ham and Breeze. Ham is such a philosopher and Breeze just doesn’t care about almost everything which makes conversations between these two hilarious.

I guess my favourite side character would be Sazed. He is always reading and he is Vin’s go to guy whenever she wants to talk about something important. He reminds me of JARVIS from Iron man because Sazed is always logical and he provides you with all the right information. He is a badass but also super composed like a sensei. If I ever have the choice to select a badass side kick it would definitely be Sazed.

Now by the end I couldn’t stop reading this book, it kept pulling me in. The book is very unpredictable, which I loved. I loved how things were not as they seemed. I loved how they overcame their problems. And I loved how the book ended. I also cried multiple times around the end of this amazing book.

I guess you could read this as a standalone novel but WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO DO THAT?? I can’t wait to read more of Brandon Sanderson and I can’t wait to meet him at the Emirates Litfest this year in Dubai. I’ll probably make a mess of myself if I’m ever given the chance to meet him but I just want to stroke his face… Or maybe not.

Recommendation: To anyone who wants that escape from reality into a world that will make you cry and laugh. And also to those who want an immersive read.

Ratings: All the adorable things that I can possibly give it.

Lots of love and pasta,

Raven.

Our Valentine is fictional… and are many.

This Valentine’s day we have zero plans to go out and have some fun with someone we love because our boyfriends/husbands live in our house, within the pages of books we so dearly love.

Today we talk about our book boyfriends… /husbands.

:Characters we love (in no particular order):

1. Neal Grafton from Landline by Rainbow Rowell

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Did someone say Mark Ruffalo as Neal??

 

Raven: HUSBAND! And why wouldn’t he be? He is a stay at home dad who supports his wife through almost everything. And he painted the house! I mean I don’t know about you but this man… I need him in my house.

Beez: Neal Grafton is mine. He stole my heart and even though he also stole Georgie’s, Neal will always have this place in my heart which will forever need him. And whenever I read Landline again, I’ll go back to wanting him more. I love each and everything about him, even his heart beat and his ears.

2. Will Traynor from Me before you by Jojo Moyes

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I know that in the movies Sam Claflin plays Will but we always wanted Hugh Dancy to play him

Raven: Will Traynor is the kind of guy that one would see on the front cover of a business magazine and think ‘Hmm he must be a rich prat’ but then when you talk to him you would be like ‘yep I was right’ but this character grows on you and once you get to know him you would just want to hug him because you don’t him to be sad anymore. *cries because remembers the ending of the book*

Beez: Well, I disagree with Raven. I think Will Traynor is definitely that rich prat but he’s got so many layers and he’s real and he’s an alive living human and his circumstances sort of puts him in a twisted situation. And, he’s pretty.

Raven: I’m not saying he is a bad guy, I’m just saying that he is not the kind of person you would fall in love with right away. It takes time to get close to him because he is very reserved and bossy.

3. Levi from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Beez: Come on, Everyone wants a Levi. You can want nothing more.

Raven: Levi is the sweet guy I always dream about falling in love with. He is just a big ball of sunshine and rainbows who would go to every extent possible just to make their loved ones happy and just the thought of someone being so sweet makes me crazy with love.

4. Levi from Attack on Titan by Isayama Hajime

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Alright guys, move for the sexy cleaner

Beez: This Levi, is hilarious – because he flies on his fart! And he’s extremely hot and his sound track is amazing and he fights like he’s after my heart (har har).

Raven: Levi is a short, sadist cleaner… That is literally all I can think about him right now. I’m not exactly sure how to describe why I love him, maybe it’s because he looks SO HOOOOT! I’m sorry but someone who looks that good and kills titans like he is been doing it since he was born just looks super attractive to me.

5. Leo Valdez and Percy Jackson from Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

Raven: DO I EVEN NEED TO MENTION WHY I LOVE THESE LITTLE BABIES??? THEY MAKE ME LAUGH AND CRY THAT’S WHY!

Beez: I like these babies cause they’re small and tiny and fabulous and funny and who wouldn’t love them??

6. All of the Raven Boys from the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

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Beez: These boys got a huge residence in my heart and it’s because of the myriad of reasons that are them.

Raven: The review about the Raven boys that we posted makes it pretty clear how much in love we are with Ronan, Gansey, Noah and Adam.

7. Jem Carstairs from the Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

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Jem and Church by Taratja

Beez: Well, do I need to say anything?

Raven: Jem is the nice guy of the book and I always fall for the nice guys. Also, Jem is chinese AND EXPRESSES HIS LOVE IN CHINESE!!! AAAAAAH! *whispers* I love him soo much.

8. Hector “Jesse” de Silva from the Mediator series by Meg Cabot

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Beez: I’ve always wanted to marry him?

Raven: Jesse is such a gentleman. He is super nice, super sweet and also super hot! So yeah… Beez says there are new Mediator books are out, can’t wait to read them.

9. Peeta Mellark and Finnick Odair from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Beez: FINNNNNNNICCKKK

Raven: Who doesn’t love Finnick and his sugar cubes? I mean the guy fights with a trident!! And who can possibly hate the most adorable bread in the world? The bread who went through so much yet still helped Katniss fight on.

10. Fred and George Weasley from the Harry Potter series by J.K.Rowling

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Raven: This power couple was one of the best things that had happened to me when I read Harry Potter. I love the idea of them and even though I don’t dream about getting married to them I love them a lot and *sniffles* they will always be with me. *wailing*

Beez: I don’t imagine marrying Fred and George but I so badly want to be a team with them.

11. Chaol Westfall from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maass

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Beez: He’s so distant and brooding and mysterious that you kinda want to frickle frackle with him.*Go eat dirt Celaena!*

Raven: Chaol is not romantic and that is why I am madly in love with him. He has trouble expressing his love verbally which for some reason makes him so desirable?? I don’t understand how my brain works really. I love him so much that I don’t ship him with anyone but me AND NO BEEZ, NO ONE FRICKLE FRACKLES WITH MY BABY BUT ME!

12. Oliver from Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer

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Beez:  YYYYYYAAAAS!!!!

Raven: A lovely dragon slaying prince literally taken out of a story book? Two words: Hell yes!

 

13. Kelsier and Lord Elend Venture from Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Raven: (Beez hasn’t read the book but I still have to mention these precious souls!!) Kelsier is just perfect in every way. I have this weird problem where I fall in love with men who act as father figures… Why you ask? I DON’T KNOW!! And Lord Elend is a nobleman who reads books at balls!!! *flails spaghetti noodle arms* Isn’t that reason enough??

14. Mori Senpai a.k.a Takashi Morinozuka from Ouran High School Host Club by Bisco Hatori

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Beez: He is the guy of my dreams.

Raven: Another character who is mysterious and brooding… I want to ride on his shoulders like how Honey Senpai does…

~Special mentions!~

1. Guys from Sarah Dessen books…

Raven: Almost every guy from Sarah Dessen’s books is on my “summer flings I want to have” list.

Beez: Um, no. You haven’t read all Sarah Dessen books Raven so don’t speak. But I have, so yeah, most (most) of them are boyfriend worthy (ELI)

Raven: Alright, okay all the boys from her books I have read so far, specially Eli.

2. Rudy Steiner from the Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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The little shit who broke our heart

Beez: I’ve got a huge soft spot for Rudy. I can’t imagine him as boyfriend/husband but i love him nonetheless.

Raven: Yes, we know he is just a kid but COME ON! YOU KNOW HE WOULD MAKE AN AMAZING HUSBAND!! I mean he is the kind of kid who you fall in love with because he is just super sweet. I love him like my little brother. *cries*

3. Glenn from The Walking Dead

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Raven: Umm… excuse me but my little jelly baby is PRECIOUS!!! His character development was so good! (Also I CAN’T WAIT TO FINALLY WATCH IT AGAIN. Who else is excited for tonight’s episode??)

4. Rory Williams from Doctor Who (There are DW books so it’s acceptable)

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Beez: Rory is adorable.

Raven: I’m sorry but I can’t hear you over the sound of MY LITTLE CENTURION WAITING AND PROTECTING THE LOVE OF HIS LIFE FOR 1,894 YEARS!!

 

5. All the guys of S.H.I.E.L.D. except Ward

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Beez: This might be a post about book boyfriends and husbands, but I’m going to be straight up honest here and just say that currently, I am married to Leo Fitz or the real life version, Iain De Caestecker. And you know, every other guy from SHIELD except for Ward. Go back to being dead with crushed ribs Ward. Also, the Coulson I marry, wears glasses.

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Raven: Like the Raven boys I love every guy who appears in this brilliant T.V. show! Fitz, Coulson, Hunter, Mack, Lincoln and Triplett *tries to keep self together despite overwhelming feels*. Fitz is this adorable science nerd who has a super sexy accent and Coulson is this hilarious guy who acts like an amazing father figure to Sky and I have already mentioned my problem with falling in love with father figure guys. Hunter is a British cute butt, Mack is absolutely amazing, Lincoln is asadagfzbj and TRIPLETT IS MY SWEET LITTLE CHOCOLATE PIE!

And these are the people we spend our Valentine’s with. Go ahead and tell us if you agree with us or if you have someone else in mind.

This is Raven and Beez,

Signing out~

Books we are psyched to read this year

We are not ones to make plans for the new year.

New year, new you – that’s the kind of crap we don’t engage ourselves in. We are more of a when-the-epiphany-comes type of people.

But-but, another year means more books and more tbr* piles to go through- and here are the books we’re psyched to read in 2016!

*To those who are new to the reading community, it means To Be Read.

~~~Special mentions come first~~~

~The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Releasing on April 26, 2016

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The fourth and final installment in the spellbinding series from the irrepressible, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.

All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

In a starred review for Blue Lily, Lily Blue, Kirkus Reviews declared: “Expect this truly one-of-a-kind series to come to a thundering close.”

Beez: This book is my reason for surviving- I need to read this before I die so I need to be alive for it. Because it’s Maggie, I have no doubt it’ll be amazawonderful and it’ll blow me to bits and end up killing me and if that’s the way I have to go, I couldn’t be gladder (is that even a word?).

Raven: I agree with Beez. We have been waiting for this book for so long! (The third book was released on October 21, 2014! That is an eternity ago) This is the last and final book in the Raven Cycle series so we want to read it to know how it ends but we also don’t want to read it because then it will be the end… you get me?

~Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The sword of summer by Rick Riordan

Released on October 6, 2015

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Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

Raven: I can’t wait to read more of Rick Riordan. I love Loki… so that’s one of the reasons for me being pumped about this Norse Mythology series. I have heard that Magnus is sassier than the sass master a.k.a Percy which is really hard to believe but then again it’s Rick Riordan we are talking about here.

Beez: Apart from being a Rick Riordan book, I want to read this book because it’s the start of another Rick Riordan story. I loved how the Percy Jackson series started and I remember all those moments where Percy was such a baby and he had no idea what was going on and he was all like pen-is-sword-i-am-halfblood-whut. Need. This. Book.

~~~Standalones~~~

1. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

Released on September 12, 2000

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Toru, a quiet and preternaturally serious young college student in Tokyo, is devoted to Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman, but their mutual passion is marked by the tragic death of their best friend years before.  Toru begins to adapt to campus life and the loneliness and isolation he faces there, but Naoko finds the pressures and responsibilities of life unbearable.  As she retreats further into her own world, Toru finds himself reaching out to others and drawn to a fiercely independent and sexually liberated young woman.

A poignant story of one college student’s romantic coming-of-age, Norwegian Wood takes us to that distant place of a young man’s first, hopeless, and heroic love.

Raven: This will be our first Haruki Murakami book ever. We have heard a lot about this author and after doing some research and asking some of you amazing people (our followers are imaginary) about which book we should begin with to embark on a beautiful Murakami journey, we have been suggested to read Norwegian Wood. I can’t wait to watch the movie after reading the book. My hopes on this book are so high that a part of me is afraid that I might dislike his writing or just the book in general. I don’t want it to be one of those books that has a lot of hype and fans and you go in wondering how much you are going to love it but then end up being deeply disappointed (looks at tfios and the maze runner).

Beez:  It’s about time we read Haruki Murakami and Raven says everyone says to read this one first, so that’s what we gonna do. I can’t wait. I wonder if I’ll like it, love it, meh it or hate it. Basically everything Raven said.

2. We all looked up by Tommy Wallach

Released on March 26, 2015

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Before the asteroid we let ourselves be defined by labels:
The athlete, the outcast, the slacker, the overachiever.

But then we all looked up and everything changed.

They said it would be here in two months. That gave us two months to leave our labels behind. Two months to become something bigger than what we’d been, something that would last even after the end.

Two months to really live.

Beez: I have high hopes about this book!! I love the premise and even though it’s very cliche, it’s that type of cliche if it’s written well, it could be amazing. And I like the title.

Raven: I don’t really know what to expect from this book. Beez is the one who is really excited to read it. All I can say is that the blurb sounds interesting.

3. The picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Released on June 1, 1998

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The Picture of Dorian Gray was a succès de scandale*. Early readers were shocked by its hints at unspeakable sins and the book was later used as evidence against Wilde at the Old Bailey in 1895. Enthralled by his own exquisite portrait, Dorian Gray sells his soul in exchange for eternal youth and beauty. Under the influence of Lord Henry Wotton, he is drawn into a corrupt double life, where he is able to indulge his desires while remaining a gentleman in the eyes of polite society. Only Dorian’s picture bears the traces of his decadence. A knowing account of a secret life and an analysis of the darker side of late Victorian society. The Picture of Dorian Gray offers a disturbing portrait of an individual coming face to face with the reality of his soul.

*Something that gained popularity due to its scandalous nature.

Beez: This is one of my all time favorite books – it has a special place in my heart. I love this book so much since the 4th grade and now I’m not in school anymore(!)- and I have never completed it. Obviously, it’s time to change that.

Raven: Of course, we had to add a classic to our list of books for this year. This is the only novel that Oscar Wilde ever published. I have read his short story ‘Canterville Ghost’ and absolutely loved it. I do realize that this will be very different but I look forward to it nonetheless.

4. The rest of us just live here by Patrick Ness

Released on August 27, 2015

TROUJLH

What if you aren’t the Chosen One?

The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions.

Beez: *drumroll* Another YA book with an interesting blurb. I want to read this partly because of my obsession with ordinary people and extraordinary things and partly because of this Epic Reads video . Like Raven, my last Patrick Ness book (also More than this) was a miss but I’m willing to wait after this book to set my opinion in stone on his writing.

Raven: I tried reading ‘More Than This’ by Patrick Ness and didn’t really enjoy the writing style and the plot BUT THIS BOOK SOUNDS SO GOOD! I really hope I like it. 

5. 1984 by George Orwell

Released on July 1, 1950

1984

‘It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.’

Winston Smith works for the Ministry of truth in London, chief city of Airstrip One. Big Brother stares out from every poster, the Thought Police uncover every act of betrayal. When Winston finds love with Julia, he discovers that life does not have to be dull and deadening, and awakens to new possibilities. Despite the police helicopters that hover and circle overhead, Winston and Julia begin to question the Party; they are drawn towards conspiracy. Yet Big Brother will not tolerate dissent – even in the mind. For those with original thoughts they invented Room 101 . . .

Raven: THIS BOOK! I can’t wait to read this book. It is so old but so good (at least that’s what I think by reading the blurb) These days when people talk about Government Surveillance and how internet privacy has been breached, people often refer to Big Brother from this book. *SUPER EXCITED TO READ IT*

Beez: A dystopian novel written in 1950? Count me in.

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1. Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

Released on August 7, 2012

TOG

Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly.
Destined for greatness.

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

Beez: This book promises badass-ery and it is for that reason that I must read it.

Raven: This is a book that has been on my tbr for the past year and this year I finally plan to read it. I feel ashamed to say that I haven’t even started the series even though it sounds very promising.

2. Cinder – The Lunar Chronicles #1 by Marissa Meyer

Released on January 3, 2012

Cinder

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Beez: I really like fairy tale retellings and I’m super excited to read this one, especially since I’ve heard only magical things about it. And it has the added advantage of having sci-fi, which is always a plus, and with the fairy tale, extremely interesting. 

Raven: I have heard so many good things about this series. I have never read a fairy tale retelling before so I can’t wait to dive in.

3. Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Released on June 7, 2011

MPHFPC

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.

Raven: We have already read Miss Peregrine’s home for Peculiar Children but we still included it in the list because we hope to finish the other two books in the series. I absolutely loved the first book.

Beez: The ending of the first book was literally- rowing off in a boat into the horizon. To know further…read the next book. I guess I’ll be doing that then.

4. Legend Series by Marie Lu

Released on November 29, 2011

Legend

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Beez: You can’t name a book Legend and have a minimalist cover and have a name like Marie Lu and not expect me to think badass. And since I love badass stuff, you can’t expect me not to read it. And also because Raven has bought the entire series, there is no way I am not reading it. *best friend privileges*

Raven: I bought this whole series at once (something I’ve never done before) which is why I was worried that I might end up being disappointed. So I cheated a little and read the first page of Legend and thankfully I really like the writing style and it starts off very interestingly. Again, looking forward to reading this too.

5a. The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson

Released on September 16, 2008

TGWTDT

Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch—and there’s always a catch—is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues. Little is as it seems in Larsson’s novel, but there is at least one constant: you really don’t want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo.

Beez: I’m not going to mention bad ass here because i already have way too many times. But this book sounds very interesting and thriller-like and I really want to read it. Not to mention the fact that the first book is just sitting on my shelf, staring at me….

Raven: I have already read this series but Beez insisted we include this series in the list. I still haven’t read Spider’s web cause I am very skeptical about it being written by someone else but then I really want more Lisbeth. The last book ended with so many possibilities.

5b. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

Released on October 1, 2009

TFE

In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with colour once more?
In Brandon Sanderson’s intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage – Allomancy, a magic of the metals.

Raven: Brandon Sanderson will be coming to the Emirates Lit Fest this year in March and I NEED to finish this series before meeting him. And I have forced Beez to read it too. (Also the 5th point was divided into a and b because of Beez. She really wanted it to just be 10 in total with only 2 special mentions. Her brain works in mysterious ways.)

Beez: Sometimes (or all the times), you got to do what your best friend a.k.a mother tells you.

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This is the list of all the books that we definitely want to read before the end of this year. Honestly, our tbr is the only thing we prepare beforehand, we just wing everything else in life.

Make no mistake, these are NOT the ONLY books we will be reading this year. There are lots of other books that are either going to be released or have been on our tbr for god knows how long. We hope you keep looking forward to our never-ending reviews.

This is Raven and Beez,
signing out~