Reading condition

I had a conversation with a friend of mine. She logically claimed that I could never find the time and actually read all the books I want to read.

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I choose to ignore her oh so very reasonable deduction and not think about it in such a negative way. I refuse to accept the reality she is offering.

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No, seriously, I love books and reading them is a form of happy therapy for me. It makes me get as close to zen state as I think I am capable of getting.

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I try to keep my TBR monster under leash.

Problem is I keep finding out about new books I would like to read, own, reread, possess, get my hands on, know everything about, cuddle with, have a smart conversation about, have a laugh at loud moment while reading them, cry my soul out over, fangirl on a lead character, become a greatest fan of a supporting character, defend a book to someone who did not like it, make someone else read the book I loved,…

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Books are not something I really want to be humble and controlled about.98b0a516e621ff1b0dd328a39a117cdc

I want them all!

Not just the books I have time for.

Not just the books I have on my shelf already.

Not just the books I can afford.

Adding a new book to my TBR pile is like making a wish. After reading the book I added the wish comes true.

I feel sense of accomplishment after reading I book. None of the other aspects of my life grant me this high. Good grades, getting a diploma, getting a job – none of these things compare with the feeling I get while reading and finishing a book.

Reading has become like breathing or sleeping.

I’m not myself and get really frustrated without a good story and a book.

This is a condition I am happy suffering from.

 

 

 

The Blood of Olympus – Book Review

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Finished reading:

The Blood of Olympus (Heroes of Olympus book 5) by Rick Riordan ★★★★

Expectation:

This was the last book in Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. For those who are not familiar with these stories here is a small guide:

First there was a Percy Jackson series of books.

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It had five books and the first two have been made into movies. Compared to the books first movie was so bad that even recasting and filling in the plot gaps with second movie did not help much. But I must say that cast for the second movie was so much better that I felt even worse thinking how; if they only did that for the first movie; all the books could have been turned into movies. Instead they ended up like Eragon book series.b508c1f579946ea06930c12b4532e735

After the five Percy Jackson books comes the next five books called Heroes of Olympus series.

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The Heroes of Olympus expands the Percy Jackson’s world and continues to follow Percy and few other demigods POV.  This last book promised epic battles and lots of action!

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Summary

Blood of Olympus sure delivered! It was fun fast paced 450+ pages filled with deadly adventures and battle action. This book series is one of the rare books I’ve read that are so “politically correct” that covers every possible territory.  Rich, poor, white, black and all American minority in between, Hispanic, Native American, Asian,…

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But what really impressed me is how the gay character was introduced trough the books. From early teens to almost grown up, we see battles with gods, monsters and humans. These characters grow and take the readers along for the ride.

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Reading these books I met some really amazing characters who stole my heart and brought on “FAN GIRL MODE”. And yes it was embarrassing at times but I regret nothing!

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Conclusion

I am glad I read these books. The more I read the more convinced I was that these books need a TV series of some kind, even if Disney has to make a cartoon series for it! I will continue to follow next books in the Percy Jackson universe.  Can’t wait for the next one! This one is about Norse mythology!

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Books that changed me – Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge

One of the books that changed me is a manga with an English title The Wallflower by author Tomoko Hayakawa. Japanese title is Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge which roughly translates as “Perfect Girl Evolution”.

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This manga also has an anime version and drama series version.

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This manga was something I shared with my childhood friend. We were two girls who would rather stay indoors and play video games than go out. Playstation and the two of us at her place. We used to spend summers this way.

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I used to buy this manga and she liked it. Soon we were reading it together and buying it together. We shared it by having half of the series at her house and at my house.

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The story and the little drawings through out the manga we enjoyed together. Something about the emo main character and all the pathos made us feel lees awkward in our teenage years.

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As things do in life some things happened. I was going trough a rough period where my life teared apart. I was counting on her support. She was to busy to be there for me. I never could forgive her that. For months while my life reached the bottom her absence wounded me. It went on that way until I snapped and made a scene. I don’t think it as an excuse for all the bad stuff I did to myself while I used some horrible words on her birthday. The real truth is that for the most part I was under the influence and can’t remember exactly what happened.

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She naturally got offended and all I could hear at the time was the pain echoing inside me. The hurt that she couldn’t see that I needed her and she let me down. After a while I used ignoring her in public as a way to hurt myself.

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Few years back she approached me in public. But I was not ready to make peace. Seeing her reminded me how badly hurt I was. She used to be a big part of my life. And she got swept away in my life storm. I am still recovering from how self-destructive I was.tumblr_lyetm9h4Vu1rn3s3zo1_500I has been almost a decade since I lost my friend. As a sad reminder I have half of the manga series on my shelf. Volumes 11. to 17. She got the first ten. I used to move them to the back of my closet so that I don’t have to look at a reminder of a friend I lost. I still have them in the back row of one of my bookshelves. Just slightly out of sight so that I don’t have to think about how I miss my friend.

 

The Rosie Effect – Book Review

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Finished reading:

The Rosie Effect (Don Tillman book 2 ) by Greame Simsion ★★★★

Expectation

I loved the first book The Rosie Project quite a bit. When I heard there is going to be a second book I could not wait to get my hands on it! I was not the only one who loved the first book. Apparently Bill Gates liked it so much that the author gave him a copy of a sequel to be read before it came out for the rest of us mortals! It is not every romantic comedy book that someone like Bill Gates called funniest book to read.

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Summary 

The first book tells a story of a socially challenged genetics professor Don Tillman. From the first book we find out that he might be suffering from Asperger’s syndrome.

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My first reaction was: Woow this character reminds me of Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory with his meticulous ways of describing the world around them.

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Watching Don’s life moving to places unexpected was like watching a train wreck. I could not stop reading it even if I wanted to. I have fretted and got teary eyed more than once. The sheer amount of human vulnerability in this book made me slightly depressed. I am amazed at how much emotional I got for a character who is considered so uniquely emotionally challenged.

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I liked it as much I liked the first book. There are plans to make the first book into a movie (Awesome!). So far Jennifer Lawrence will be playing Rosie.

Here is my favorite quote from this book:

“After the most basic physical requirements are satisfied, human happiness is almost independent of wealth.” – Don Tillman (The Rosie Effect)

Läsarna i Broken Wheel rekommenderar – Book review

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Finished reading: 

Läsarna i Broken Wheel rekommenderar by Katarina Bivald

Expectation:

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This is one of the newer books we got in the bookstore I work in. I read the Croatian translation. English title is Readers of Broken Wheel recommend. The first thing that annoyed me was the title translation: Croatian title is something like a Reader in search of a happy ending.

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It is a story about a woman from Sweden that travels to a little American town in the middle of nowhere – Broken Wheel, Iowa, USA.  She used to work in a bookstore in a shopping center but lost the job when it closed. Her pen friend from America invites her for a visit.

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The pen friend aside, I had a strange tragedy-comedy relationship with this book. For one; I work in a bookstore in a shopping center. Most of the banter and jokes in the book were only meant to be understood by passionate book lovers. There is this one part where the main character asks for sad books to have a warning on them like cigarettes and alcohol have.

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This was my light read book for the Summer! It is a light book depicting a world much lighter than our own, has a romance feel to it and for those who needed provides a few more serious questions on life, relationships and existence. I had a few laughs and some parts made me want to drink myself silly.

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Challenged July

I was very happy more than a year ago when I managed to get myself on reading sprees with around twenty books per month. This year I was trying to get back to that pace. That was what last month reading challenge was all about.

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What I wanted was to make a change and what I ended up with is a change in attitude – I’m more aware of the rest of my life besides reading. This came out of universe conspiring against me last month.

Every aspect of my life had a little shakedown. Work, family, boyfriend, friends, weather, technology…

These are not the things I could have controlled. Even with all of these I gave it a try to make the best from my challenge.

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Here is how I did:

RL Bookclub assignments:

1# The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Book 1) by Douglas Adams

2# Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

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Continuation of book series:

1# Night Broken (Mercy Thompson book 8) by Patricia Briggs  ✔

2# Shattered (Iron Druid Chronicles book 7) by Kevin Hearne – NOT READ

3# A Shiver of Light (Merry Gentry book 9) by Laurell K. Hamilton ✔

4# Red and Her Wolf (Kingdom series book 3) by Marie Hall – STARTED ON

5# The Blood of Olympus (Heroes of Olympus book 5) by Rick Riordan – STARTED ON

6#A Perfect Blood (The Hollows book 10) by Kim Harrison – NOT READ

7# Opal (Lux book 3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – NOT READ

I was amazed of how good it was to finish the two series I managed to read. I need to remember that feeling more.

Finishing books from June:

1# Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades book 2) by E.L. James

2# Les Contes de Grimm by Marc Girard

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I had issues with reading Fifty Shades Darker. I found it exhausting. And the mere thought of reading Les Contes de Grimm made me feel tired last month.

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Library Wild Card:

The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker

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Books I want to add to July reading:

Finishing Buffy and Angel graphic novels I have on my shelf

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Did not even get to reading Buffy and Angel graphic novels off my shelf!

Personal reading challenge – July 2015

1# Read three books that belong to a three different book series I already own! ✔

Two of the book series were in paperback edition and one was kindle.

2# Read all the books for the RL bookclub ✔

One small victory here!

3#Make time to read at least 50 pages every day – X

There were days when this was not possible. 

4#Read 15 or more books in July – X

Complete fail!

5#Finish a book series or bring it up to date ✔

One small victory here!

6#Make at least 5 book reviews for the blog – X

I managed to do four out of five.

7#Finish all the reading in progress books by the end of the month! -X

I even added more to the already big pile of reading in progress books!

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Monthly reading review – July 2015

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Monthly reading review – July 2015

This July I have read:

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy( Book 1) by Douglas Adams ★★★
Night Broken (Mercy Thomson book 8) by Patricia Briggs ★★★★
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad ★★
Shiver of Light (Merry Gentry book 9) by Laurell K. Hamilton ★★★★
Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker ★★

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1. How many books you’ve read last month? Are you happy with the amount you read?

This July I have read 5 books. I’m not happy with the amount but I am happy with the books I read.

2. What was the best of all the books you’ve read in June? Any scenes or character that made a lasting impression?

The best book I read in July holds a tie between Night Broken and A Shiver of Light.

3. Were there any not so good books for you last month? What made it hard or not enjoyable to read?

I have to say that the worst book of July for me was Bram Stoker’s Lair of the White Worm. Not only I did not enjoy the book but it also made me think less of the author as well.

4. How did the books you were reading last month fit in your reading plans if you had any?

I had failed to do achieve my reading plan for July. I was very motivated for making it happen but in July some things beyond my control started to take my life for a spin. Only positive thing I can say for my plan is that I did all of the RL bookclub reading!

5. Any updates on the series you are reading or are you starting any new series?

This is one of the things I feel good about for July reading. I managed to do get two book series up to date and one new series started!

6. Would you like to recommend any books or authors you’ve been reading this last month?

I recommend going back to book series that make the reader feel good. For me this July those were Mercy Thompson series and last book from Merry Gentry series.

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I finished this month with six books I’m in the middle of reading!

Les Contes de Grimm by Marc Girard
Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades of Grey book 2) by E.L. James
Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
The Blood of Olympus (Heroes of Olympus book 5) by Rick Riordan
Duchess War (Brothers Sinister book 1) by Courtney Milan
Red and Her Wolf (Kingdoms book 3) by Marie Hall