Friday, 25 July 2014

Recommendations: 10 Books to Read if You’re New to (Modern) Classics


A while ago, Lesley from WordsofaReader posted a video on her YouTube channel about how to start reading classics, where she made some relevant points. I personally think it’s sad that some people shy away from classics in their free time because they didn’t like the ones they read in school,  they think they generally wouldn’t enjoy them or because they’re intimidated by the “outdated language” they’re written in.
When a book has been around for centuries and is still getting reprinted, that’s remarkable, and it usually happens for a reason. Classics are timeless stories that deal with issues still relevant today, and they often feature outstanding characters that several generations of readers have rooted for, or have loved to hate. Sometimes they make us see how the views, morality and mentality of society evolved and changed over time, or they teach us important life lessons. Books from all kinds of genres can become classics, so I’m quite positive that, by investing some time, everyone can find classics that are appealing to one’s personal reading tastes.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Book Review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

BASIC FACTS 

Author: Markus Zusak
First published by Picador in 2005
Genre: historical fiction [young adult]
ISBN: 9780552773898
Pages: 554
 

SYNOPSIS

“1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier.
Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall.

Some important information: This novel is narrated by Death. It’s a small story, about: a girl, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist fighter, and quite a lot of thievery.”
[From the blurb on the book, as I thought it was a fairly appropriate description.]

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Preordered Books & Comics of 2014

I’ve been away for a few days because my internet access got fried due to lightning damage. So now I’m hoping to catch up with your comments and all the stuff that I might’ve missed.
I won’t be posting a lot in July because of my chunky books TBR. Let’s just say that my plan hasn’t come to fruition (just yet), and I really need to catch up.

Anyways, today I’d like to share my preordered books and comics for the rest of 2014 with you. Sequels and conclusions to some of my favourite series are going to be released later this year, so naturally, I’m very excited!
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Tuesday, 8 July 2014

A Book Lover’s Problems — Real World vs. Fictional Adventures

After releasing the A Book Lover’s Wardrobe blog post, I decided to turn this into an ongoing feature with the title ‘Life of a Bibliophile’, wherein I talk about problems, dreams,  habits and other issues concerning book lovers!


It’s the release day of the final installment in your favourite book series of all time.
Your preferred book seller has had the epiphanic realisation that people preorder novels because they are anticipating their publication so much they actually wish to read them the minute they come out. And for a change, the local postman decides not to deliver the post for your street last of all, only to notice that he doesn’t get around to it at all before his finishing time.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Book Review: Noble Conflict by Malorie Blackman

BASIC FACTS

Author: Malorie Blackman
Published by Doubleday Childrens on 6th June 2013
Genre: dystopia, science fiction [young adult]
ISBN: 9780385610421
Pages: 368
Source: I was kindly sent a digital copy by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!

SYNOPSIS

Set in a future society, there are two groups of people: The expansionist Crusaders and the peaceful Alliance.
By triggering nuclear explosives within the earth in order to shift the tectonic plates and to expand their territory, the Crusaders had destroyed large areas of land, causing most of their people to die. The survivors were forced to live as nomads on the volcanic wasteland they had created.
After their population number has recovered 200 years later, the Crusaders form a group of fighters called the Insurgents to forcefully take the land of the Alliance.

Kaspar Wilding is a graduate of the Guardian Academy, whose job it is to protect the citizens of the Alliance from terrorist attacks of the Insurgents with the use of non-lethal weapons. All his life, he has thought that he was fighting for a good cause, until he meets an Insurgent named Rhea, who saves his life and causes him to question his beliefs.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

July TBR: Chunky Books!


I have the annoying habit of buying big books and then neglecting them. I could read two or three shorter novels in the amount of time that it takes me to read a bigger one, so I usually reach for books with less than 500 pages. Am I the only one who does that, or does anyone else have this problem, too?
I’d very much like to kick this habit in July, thus my plan is to read as many books with 500+ pages as possible! And as you might know if you’ve read my Biannual Recap, I also want to diversify my reading, therefore my TBR includes a classic and an adult fiction novel! Yey.