The Sunday Snuggle Week 45 2018

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Hello readers!

I had a week-long vacation and spend a few days in Berlin. I went to English bookstores and basically threw a party there, as you will see from the list of books I bought… and I have no regrets! I knew I was going to get a lot of new books, so I put extra effort on my OWNtober challenge. I was very much in a poetry mood, it seems.

From Edelweiss:

pride prejudice and other flavors sonali dev

I’m so excited for this one! I have only liked one Pride and Prejudice retelling from those I’ve read, but I have high hopes for this one.

From Netgalley:

the girl who smiled beads clemantine wamariya the only woman in the room marie benedict the outlaw and the upstart king the paper wasp lauren acampora

Books I bought:

women who run with wolves clarissa pinkola estes selected poems of emily dickinson worlds of you beau taplin the trial franz kafka the magic mountain thomas mann all about love bell hooks ariel sylvia plath shadow of the wind carlos ruiz zafron the silence of the girls pat barker bitter orange claire fuller rosewater tade thompson

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My Readings These Last Two Weeks

an unkindness of ghosts rivers solomon

I did read An Unkindness of Ghosts a bit more, but I just can’t connect with the book. I have it in Audible, and will keep it there for a while, because I want to re-read it and give it a fair chance. The story is so cool, but I don’t quite connect with it… so maybe if I just listen to it on a couple sittings, instead of going little by little like I’m doing. So I’m DNF-ing it… for now.

the guernsey literary and potato peel pie society mary ann shaffer annie barrows

I picked up The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society as an audiobook! My gosh, this was so charming and delightful to read! I am addicted to it, its wonderful story, its touching letters. I loved this and I want a physical copy. Thanks, mom, for yet another wonderful book recommendation!

catwoman sarah j maas

I finally read Catwoman! This was on my Summer TBR, but I had so much to read back then that I didn’t feel like buying this book and adding yet another to my pile of unread books… but now that I had it anyway, I was attracted to the grey anti-heroine that I’ve always liked so much as a teen. This was super fun, but I have a few reservations, which I discuss a bit more (with no spoilers) on my Goodreads review. 4 stars!

Hunting Prince Dracula Kerri Maniscalco

I then picked up Hunting Prince Dracula, which was such a perfect read for October 31st! This book is gothic, dark and really good! It’s a bit slow paced, but nothing to its detriment – it’s nice to pick it up and enjoy a few chapters, then continue reading later.

the poet x elizabeth acevedo

The Poet X was a book I wanted to read for a while, and after seeing a review (I don’t remember in whose blog), I decided to go for an Audiobook. And I think it was the right decision! This is quite a wonderful read, and about 3h30 on 1x speed, so it made me company during a trip and made it so much better. I liked this book a LOT, it’s emotional, poetic, touching. 4 stars!

women who run with wolves clarissa pinkola estes

I also picked up Women Who Run with the Wolves, which is a bit different from what I expected. It tells and psychologically analyzes myths with the “wild woman” archetype, but sometimes it feels almost… a bit esoteric. I’m not sure how to explain. This was a great read, but definitely one you need to go to with an open mind.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Ken Kesey

I also read One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest as an audiobook, which I think didn’t particularly add to the story, but it was fine. This has lots of racism and misogyny, so I am considering writing a post of books I recommend instead of this one. What do you guys think?

salt to the sea ruta sepetys

After my disappointment with the book above, I read Salt to the Sea! It tells the story of the tragedy that took the lives of over 9 thousand people that were in the Wilhelm Gustloff ship during WWII. Most of them refugees. This book broke my heart and I couldn’t sleep much because I kept thinking and replaying some scenes in my head. This is a solid 5 stars for me.

matchmaking for beginners maddie dawson

I got Matchmaking for Beginners on Amazon Unlimited as an audiobook. It’s a nice romance and quite a contrast to Salt to the Sea, so it was lovely to listen to and make me feel light and happy.

the dragons of nova elise kova

I am CRAZY about this series, so I was super excited to pick up Dragons of Nova. So good!! Also I love the covers and I decidedly spend too much time staring at them lovingly in between chapters. Although having a bit of a slow pace (sophomores tend to be, I think), it builds up to such intense chapters in the end. This goddamn BROKE MY HEART. 5 stars.

after i do taylor jenkins reid

I also listened to After I do, which was a terrible idea. I was listening to this in the bus, at the gym, on my way to work and then the book got really emotional and I was getting emotional. But by now my co-workers aren’t all that surprised about my bookish emotional roller coasters anymore. In fact, they suggest me sad movies to watch so that I become a total hot mess. But joke’s on them, I don’t have time to watch movies because my TBR overwhelms my free time. #sendhelp ANYWAY, this book is great; I do prefer Evelyn Hugo a lot more, but this was a powerful story about love and marriage, and if you like watching people suffer, this is it! 4 emotional stars.

worlds of you beau taplin

I finally picked Worlds of You, which is a collections of poems and short prose. I loved some of these poems so much. Poetry has a way to touch the heart that fiction doesn’t always do so easily. It feel like a universal language to me. Although a lot of them poems didn’t quite resonate with me, and most of the prose neither, I did enjoy the book a lot and have a couple new favorite poems, so I gave it 4 stars!

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 How was your week? What did you read? Did you read any cool bookish news?

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24 thoughts on “The Sunday Snuggle Week 45 2018

  1. Oooh, so glad you liked Salt to the Sea! Did you know the movie for the earlier book in the series (centering around one of the MC’s cousins, I believe) is coming out in January I think?

    And also thank you so much for linking up my review! So glad you enjoyed hearing my thoughts on GIRLS OF PAPER AND FIRE! ❤

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    • I saw that they were making a movie, but I didn’t see any of the cast choices or so!! January already!!! I’m watching that for sure! I loved Between Shades of Grey!

      You’re welcome, I love your blog, Vicky!!

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  2. The Poet X has been on my radar for a while now, but I still haven’t bought a copy. I’m TRYING to resist but.. the temptation is starting to get real since I only hear good things about it?
    Have to agree on Hunting Prince Dracula. It has such an eerie, dark vibe that’s perfect for October / Fall in general! I should really pick up Escaping from Houdini soon, now the weather’s still all fitting.. 😛

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