Monthly Reading Review – December 2015

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Monthly Reading Review – December 2015

This December I have read:

Once Upon a Winter’s Eve (Spindle Cove book 1.5 ) by Tessa Dare ★★
Maurice by E.M. Forester ★★★
Ally Hughes Has Sex Sometimes by Jules Moulin ★★★★★
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabriele Zevin ★★★★
The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: Book 1) by Rick Riordan ★★★★★
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley ★★
Batman: Harley Quinn by Paul Dini ★★★★

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

I’ve read seven books in December. Last two weeks were a total bust for reading. The work took it’s toll and I didn’t have the time to get down with a book the way I wanted to. At the end of the month I’m tired and a bit disappointed with my reading statistics for December. I’m glad I managed to squeeze in one graphic novel with short stories and different authors take on the character of Harley Quinn.

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

I loved Sword of Summer Magnus Chase book! The book won me over so much that I wanted to buy it in hardcover and keep buying them in hardcover as they come out. 


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

Brave New World kinda killed the holiday mood for me and Once Upon a Winter’s Eve novella was predictable and annoying. 

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

I’ve read all that was required for my RL book club but some of the books I wanted to read in my spare time were missed out on. 

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

This December I was on a hiatus form book series as it seems. I have started one new books series with Magnus Chase and only other book series that was on my reading menu was one little novella I did not like.

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

All my recommendations can be seen in my reviews in December

The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: Book 1) by Rick Riordan REVIEW HERE

Ally Hughes Has Sex Sometimes by Jules Moulin REVIEW HERE

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabriele Zevin REVIEW HERE

I also must recommend Batman Harley Quinn by Paul Dini and various authors and artists

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I’m finishing December with three books reading in progress:

Neuromancer (Sprawl Trilogy book 1) by William Gibson
The Laughing Corpse (Anita Blake book 2) by Laurell K. Hamilton
La Liste de mes Envies by Gregorie Delacourt

The Sword of Summer – Book Review

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Finished reading:

The Sword of Summer

(Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: Book 1)

by Rick Riordan ★★★★★

Expectation

I expected it to be as fun as the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series and with a touch of cool since here we have Norse gods. I love these books and the positively fun style they are written in. These are adventure books that make my inner child happy and my grumpy adult more bearable to live with.

Most important thing have names…

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Summary

Wrongly chosen, wrongly slain

A hero Valhalla cannot contain

Nine days hence must go East

Ere Sword of Summer unbinds The Beast

In this book main hero is around sixteen year old unlike the Percy whose story starts when he is twelve. The storytelling is funny and fast paced. The characters don’t get to slack around and their adventures are a non-stop merry go round.

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I went to find breakfast and kill it with my sword…

The viking feel to the story is present and the Norse mythology is revealed in a new light. In the light of more known Norse gods like Thor, Odin and Loki it was a pleasure to learn about other less known entities.

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Whenever I’m tempted to hug a dwarf, that’s usually a sign I need to move along…

Again I was amazed at how the author takes some mundane teen troubles and explaines them with a twist on the supernatural. There are some really deep and serious backstories throught the book and some of them thought me a great respect for Rick Riordan.

“Elves.” Blitz shrugged. “They have a low tolerance for anything that isn’t perfect – music, art appearances. Their own children.”

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Sword of Summer appeared in my hands. It’s blade purred  like a demented cat.

There were so many funny quotes in this book and I can’t post them all. If I were more Photoshop savy I would have made some cool quote pictures alas I’m not.

…most powerful paradoxes in the Nine Worlds – Wi-Fi with no lag, a politicians sincerity, a printer that prints, healthy deep fried food and an interesting grammar lecture.

There were some places like Hotel Valhalla that were so nicely descripted I was daydreaming on a TV show to put it to life.

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Conclusion

This book has restored my faith in Christmas this year. Waiting on the next book is going to be pure torture! I will love it and fangirl over it! I might even give Kane Chronicles a second chance next year!

The only limits on your magic are your strength and your imagination…

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry – Book Review

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Finished reading:

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabriele Zevin ★★★★

Expectation

I put this book on my TBR list when it came out in 2014. I loved the idea of a sweet bookstore and a main character who is so passionate about being a bookstore owner and his love for books. I honestly had no plans of when I was going to read it or how I was going to acquire a copy to read. Fate had it this book came out in Croatian translation recently and seeing it made me pick it up right away!

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Summary

Every chapter starts with a little review on a story. The sheer amount of footnotes and notes about many other books and author information was gratifying to read trough. This is one of those books about books I love so much.securedownload

I work in a bookstore and seeing the main character A.J. in action in his bookstore was a real thrill. He’s got his bookish standards and his tastes. He is a man of character and knows what books to recommend.

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There are so many moments in this book that made me happy and emotional. The book and quote choices were spot on. It gave me a few ideas for RL book club meetings and organisation.

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Conclusion

This book was emotional experience for me in more than one way. There were tears! I do not reread books often but this one might be an exception. The way it ended gave me a completely new perspective on the whole book and the book quotes and recommendations are something I will definitely need to come back to!

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Ally Hughes Has Sex Sometimes – Book Review

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Finished reading:

Ally Hughes Has Sex Sometimes by Jules Moulin ★★★★★

Expectation:

Lately I’ve made a habit of adding some new arrivals to the bookstores on my reading list. This title was one of those spur of the moment picks. I wanted something light and funny. I needed the funny!

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Summary:

Lets start with the title of this book: the word sometimes here means every decade or so. This book has a few sex scenes but they are incredibly steamy and the romance part is dangerously heart melting for any woman in her thirties.

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The main plot revolves around a woman who gets to have sex with a ten years younger man. It makes a case for people who lead very conventional and also very unhappy lives and the fear to give happiness a chance when it comes in a slightly unconventional package. I must elaborate here that by conventional I mean traditional gender and age differences that most of us are taught to keep up with. I must point out that the main heroine of this book is strongly immersed in this traditional view. At one point I found it frightening and self abusive how she thought about the whole thing.

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I like the way this topic of older woman and younger man was explained. This story also has certain fairytale quality and the edition I had had some Sleeping Beauty references for promotional purposes.

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The moral of the story is delightful and it comes in a funny package of a book:

Don’t let the fear and the stereotypes stand between you and happiness!

Conclusion:

I loved this book and how it made me feel. It made me laugh and left me with a happy feeling and a little bit more belief in dreams and

SPOILER ALERT!

happy endings 🙂

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P.S. The sex scenes were really awesome!

Reading in progress December 2015

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Last month I started with three books I’ve been lugging for months. I actually finished two out of those three and started again (!) the third one. The one that I’m having problems with is:

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Neuromancer (Sprawl Trilogy book 1) by William Gibson

5 out of 228 pages

After being glad that I’ve gotten over two out of three books that were giving me grief for months I immediately jumped in and started reading an assortment of another three books!

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The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: Book 1)

by Rick Riordan

I have high expectations from this one!

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Ally Hughes Has Sex Sometimes by Jules Moulin

This was a random pick but I’m loving it so much that I’m already one third trough it!

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Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

This is a RL book club assignment and I dislike it already….It is very similar to Neuromancer in genre and I have some serious thoughts on making it a first RL book club book I skip intentionaly…

For the rest of the month I have planned catching up and finishing some challenges and do more pleasure reading – two things I keep trying to combine. I’m focusing more on reading books I like since I don’t like making bad reviews. Reading a meh book does not inspire me to make a post on it either. Therefore I will be looking for more weird books that tend to make a better impression!

Also I’m hopping to finish a year in double digits…

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Monthly reading review – November 2015

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Monthly reading review – November 2015

This November I have read:

A Perfect Blood (The Hollows book 10) by Kim Harrison ★★★★
Dropsie Avenue (The Contract with God Trilogy book 3) by Will Eisner ★★★
The Great Gatsby by Scott F. Fitzgerald ★★★
The Plot: The Secret Story of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion by Will Eisner ★★★★
A Night to Surrender (Spindle Cove book 1) by Tessa Dare ★★★★
Contes de Grimm by Marc Girard ★★★
The Warrior’s Apprentice (Miles Vorkosigan Saga book 3) by Lois McMaster Bujold ★★★

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

In November I’ve read only seven books. Lately I’ve been reading less than I wanted.

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

Finally finished A Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison and it makes me wonder why it took me so long to do it since I enjoyed it as I enjoyed all the books in The Hollows series! I’m happy to report that I’ve read a great graphic novel by Will Eisner in November and also found a good historical romance series Spindle Cove by Tessa Dare.

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

The not so good book I’m reading still and will be finishing in December is a Spindle Cove novella I’m not really enjoying Once Upon a Winter’s Eve (Spindle Cove book 1.5 ) by Tessa Dare. The only other not so good comment I have on the books I’ve read in November is that some of them could have been better.

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

Once again I’ve done all the required reading for the RL bookclub – The Great Gatsby and The Warrior’s Apprentice. For some reason I’ve stopped challenging myself in my personal reading. I wanted to put in some more books I already own but I missed out on it…

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

Got The Hollows series up to date, discovered a new historical romance series Spindle Cove and continuing Miles Vorkosigan series that I’ve been meaning to do for a few years now!

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

I’m still thinking and reevaluating the books I’ve finished this November. I expected more from some of them and will refrain from any recommendations. Instead I will just brag about the newest book I bought for my December reading!

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