Why I read classics + Why you don’t need to

Hello readers!

Most of us have books in our to-read lists that we feel we should have read by now. Some books that everyone knows a bit of the story already and a lot of people pretend they’ve read because it’s almost embarrassing not to. That kind of book we call classic. Or, as Mark Twain puts it:

‘Classic’ is a book that people praise and don’t read. – Mark Twain

The other day I was going through my to-read list with the spirit of Let’s Get This Organized and realized that most of the books I deleted from it were classics. It got me wondering why it was that I seemed to have put so many classics on my list that I clearly didn’t want to read, and why I didn’t seem to be so attracted to classics in general.

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I came to the following conclusions:

  1. The blatant racism, misogyny and ableism which are very common in such books bother me a lot. Putting the stories in the context in which they were written only works so far for me – I lack patience and excel at being critical. Which means I have to put myself in a very particularly lenient mood to read a classic.
  2. Most of those stories I know by now, including how they end. There are movies, discussions, articles everywhere, and it feels a bit useless to read I book whose story I already know.
  3. I find many classics’ writing style boring. Too many rely on far too much description and introspection, meaning not all that much happens. Which is ok for most of them, I just need to be in the mood for that.
  4. Some of those I felt like I “needed to read” to complement my literary education. Nowadays I don’t think I need to read anything in particular, especially if I don’t want to.

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Review: Uprooted, by Naomi Novik

Uprooted Naomi Novik

Rating: ★★★★☆

Recommend: Yes

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance

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I don’t know why it took me so long to read this book – it is probably the fantasy novel that has been the longest on my to-read list, I keep hearing about it from time to time, and I haven’t really met a person who didn’t wholeheartedly love it.


Goodreads Synopsis:

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Continue reading

Review: Arena (Arena #1), by Pavan Lewis

Arena by Pavan Lewis

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Genres: Horror, Dystopia, Young Adult, LGBTQ+

[THIS BOOK IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT]

I have received a free copy of Arena from the author of this book. This in no way affects the opinions reflected on this review.

When seventeen-year-old Tasa Strong is ‘taken’ by the dreaded Iron Cart, she finds herself in a vast arena filled with wild animals and grotesque killers. In order to survive, and save her beloved friend Valeria, Tasa must work with eleven other children to find a way forward – even as she comes to understand that many of them cannot be trusted, and may also be a danger to her life. As they struggle to survive, and compete, they are forced to make horrifying life and death decisions; voting on which in their company should be killed. This act threatens to tear any potential alliances apart; and factions form within their group. Yet still Tasa must struggle forward, led by a boy who seems to want to save her and her friend: yet also clearly has his own secret reasons and brutal abilities – until at last she faces a final and terrifying round of dangers that will reveal the most unexpected and shocking betrayal, and potential reward… Continue reading

Review: Flame in the Mist, by Renee Ahdieh

Flame in the Mist

Rating: ★★★★★

Recommended: Yes

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance

Add it to your TBR: GoodreadsSkoob

This book got intensively hyped up in the bookish community, and I was so very curious about a retelling of Mulan set in a fantasy Japan. I simply had to see what the fuss was about. All I have to say is – I’m addicted. Okay, that’s not all I have to say, but it does sum up my feelings pretty well. Now that I am done with Flame in the Mist, I can’t believe I didn’t read it slower, and I am so happy it’s a series. Continue reading

Fight Like a YA Girl Tag

I saw this tag at Moonshine’s corner and thought it so cool that I tagged myself. Do check her answers to this tag, they’re really interesting! Some characters will be repeated a few times in my answers, because I don’t read exclusively YA, which means I don’t read so much of it to make this list more varied, but I tried to put the same books in no more than 2 categories.

Kristi from YA and Wine has created this tag, and it’s really nice to see strong girls and women being represented in fiction (and non-fiction) more and more, and specially YA does SUCH a good job in providing varied, independent, strong characters. Congratulations to Kristi for her creativity and for putting on the spot these inspiring characters!

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who tagged you.
  • Mention the creator Krysti at YA and Wine
  • Match at least one YA girl with each of the themes below.
  • Tag as many people as you like!

1.WARRIOR GIRLS:

Linda from The Warrior Heir. I know the story is told mainly from Jack’s point of view, but Linda was the first girl I have seen represented as a fighter, and I loved it!

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Review: Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley

Brave New World Huxley

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Recommended: Yes

Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopia, Classic Fiction

Add it to your TBR: Goodreads, Skoob

This is one of the most well-loved classics of all time, and most people I follow on Goodreads gave either 4 or 5 stars to it, and it belongs in many people’s Favorites shelves. Many people have actually recommended it to me (Hi, Bia!), but I should have listened to my boyfriend when he said that, although he had really enjoyed the book, I wouldn’t like it all that much. So hold tight, this might be a rant-view. I’ve held back from making my points too long, but still it’s quite an epic rant. Continue reading

ARC Review: See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

See What I have done Sarah Schmidt

Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Crime, Historical Fiction

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I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

If you are a fan of true crime, this book is for you. It tells the story of the ax murders of Andrew and Abby Borden, which today completes 125 years. See What I Have Done got me on the edge of my seat during the whole time, although I already knew the story previous to reading the book. It is so gripping and it sent a chill down my spine every time I thought the story it’s based on was real. Honestly, it felt like reading all the articles about the case, plus filling the blank spaces our imaginations tend to try and fill out. What goes through the head of someone who commits a crime like that? See What I Have Done tells you. Continue reading

Review: What If? by Randall Munroe

What If Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions Randall Munroe

Rating: ★★★★☆

Recommended: Yes

Genres: Non-fiction, Humor, Science

Add it to your TBR: Goodreads, Skoob

I don’t normally read non-fiction, which is a hole in my shelf I am trying to slowly fill. I’ve got a bit of prejudice towards non-fiction writing, which I think tends to be too dry for my taste, even if the story is wonderful, interesting and with the appeal of being real. But I am making an effort now to find the books that will prove me wrong! So, when I saw this one in a bookstore last year, I knew I had to have it (thank you, Birgit, for the gift!). Continue reading

Books coming out August/2017 I’m dying to read

Hello readers!

This August is a really good month for book publishing! Below are some of the books coming out throughout the month and that I really want to read. What are you guys excitedly waiting for in August?


29749085I just know I have to read Wonder Woman: Warbringer. The beautiful the cover, the amazing the story, it’s just so much goodness into one book. I must confess I am not familiarized yet with Leigh Bardugo’s work, I have Six of Crows staring at me on my TBR pile but I have other books to read before that one. I normally don’t put many books by the same author on my TBR but… just look at this!

Goodreads synopsis excerpt: She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .

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