The Sunday Snuggle Week 46 2018

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Hello readers!

The picture above has nothing to do with the books I actually read this week, but I took it when I bought All about love, and I like the photo. The beer was pretty good. So I got quite a few audible books because I’ve cancelled my Scribd subscription, and I am going through them quite quickly.

On Netgalley I got approved for:

miracle creek angie kim

On Audible I got:

jar of hearts jennifer hillier the feather thief kirk w johnson based on a true story delphine de vigan maybe in another life taylor jenkins reid spinning silver naomi novik the last command timothy zahn

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Read, Rewrite or Burn Book Tag

Hello readers!

I was tagged by Laura @ The Book Corps to do this really fun tag, which I have seen around and it’s always so fun to read what people answer! It took me literally half a year to answer the tag, but here I am!

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The Rules

  • Randomly choose 3 books
  • For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread
  • Repeat until you’ve completed six rounds (or however many rounds you want to do)

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Round 1

Watch Me Jody Gehrman The Immortalists Chloe Benjamin pestilence laura thalassa

Burn: This is an easy one! PESTILENCE.

Rewrite: The Immortalists. I loved this book, actually, so I suppose I would change it just a little. I’d love to have more magic in it, not just that little sprinkling of magical realism.

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eARC Review: Pride, by Ibi Zoboi

pride ibi zoboiRating: ★★★☆☆

Genres: Contemporary, Retelling

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

This was among my most anticipated books of 2018, a Pride and Prejudice retelling with gentrification, black main characters, and this gorgeous, gorgeous cover.

Pride tells the story of Zuri Benitez,who grew up in Bushwick and wants to stop the rapidly gentrification of her neighborhood. When a rich black family moves into the big house across her street, she does not expect to like them; in fact, the younger son, tall and brooding Darius, is quite insufferable. Still, she finds herself asking if what she feels for him is really hate. Continue reading

Review: The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins

The Woman in White Wilkie Collins

Rating: ★★★★☆

Genre: Classics, Gothic, Mystery

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I am not sure what compelled me to start reading this book, really! I have a personal mission to read as many classics as I care to do, since they interest me much in terms of understanding the society of that time and exploring different writing styles, and also because I like to start drawing similarities/differences between modern literature and classics of the genres. So maybe that’s why?

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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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Immersive and Atmospheric Books to Read on Rainy Days

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Hello readers!

It’s almost end of Fall! Meaning we’ll be getting rain for sure (at least where I live), and a cool, rainy weather always puts me in the mood to go under the covers and read all day. So here are some suggestions of books that are…

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Immersive and Atmospheric

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a little life hanya yanagihara Night Circus Erin Morgenstern Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
This book is an epic, and both immersive in a way that will suck you into the story so that you can’t stop reading, and simultaneously difficult to read. The four men who are the center of this story are bound by friendship and love, which changes throughout the years.
Trigger Warning for depression, self-harm, pedophilia, mental and physical abuse.
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Review: To the Lighthouse, by Virginia Woolf

To The Lighthouse Virginia WoolfRating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Classics

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This is not a book you can plunge into without knowing what to expect – if you love a good story, with a fast-paced plot, you’ll probably hate this book. This is far more a marriage of philosophy and fiction, full of flowing thoughts of the characters, their emotions spilled all over the internal monologues.

It’s unfair to give this book a simple synopsis, but here it is: To the Lighthouse is about the Ramsays, their eight children and a few friends staying over the Isle of Skye one Summer, and then the book progresses for 10 years, examining the relationship between the characters. Still, I suggest you read it if you love thoughtful, philosophical explorations of the experience of those characters, how they deal with loss, love, marriage, society expectations and so on. For the plot itself it’s hard to recommend the book.

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Book Recommendations If You Liked “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Hello bookworms!

If you have read or watched The Handmaid’s Tale, you are probably still a bit shocked and seething with anger, or deep in thought. Either way, maybe you craved something different, like an empowering story, or wondered what that would look like the other way around with women being the oppressors, or simply want to read a bit more stories around women and their struggles in society – if that is the case, I have some recommendations for you! I will be suggesting from fantasy to other classics, so you have a wide variety of books about women’s struggles to choose from!

I will be referring to The Handmaid’s Tale as THT so that I don’t repeat myself too much throughout the descriptions.

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If you liked…

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…then read:

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Books I Loved But I Will Never Recommend

Hello bookworms!

Do you have this book that you read, fall in love with, want to scream about to the whole world but you just KNOW most people won’t feel the same way? Maybe it’s a book you feel is deeply underhyped or underrated, or maybe it’s a book that means something so personal to you that you know other people won’t relate to it as much as you… whatever the reason, you don’t go around recommending it.

Here are mine!

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a little life hanya yanagihara

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

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Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows

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Rating: ★★★★★

Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance, World War II

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First of all, I’d like to address the title and the cover of this book. As of the title: it sounds whimsical, but the story isn’t whimsical, although it’s quite witty! And as for the cover: there is romance, but the story is mostly not about the romance.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is one of the most charming books I’ve ever read. I was absolutely enchanted by it already in the first chapters: this tells the story of Juliet Ashton, a writer from London. She has written a lighthearted column during World War II to keep the spirits of her readers up during that horrific time, but now she wishes to leave that behind her and start writing serious stories. When she finds out that one of her books is in the hands of a man who’s part of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Juliet is intrigued by the funny name of the society and also by its creation during the war as an alibi for breaking curfew. Continue reading