Book a Day – The Shadow of The Wind

Book a Day I read because of my reading club – August 2018

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When I first saw how long ago has past since I’ve read The Shadow of The Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón I was a bit surprised. It turned out this was a book we choose to read back in April 2016. I belong to more than one book club group and sometimes when I look back on all the books we read together I’m not sure of the date unless I check for sure.

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Before this book was picked out for the book club reading I read few other books by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. I liked his Niebla trilogy for young adults. I liked the poetic writing style and how the author knows his audience as a book loving group of readers. We were all pleased by this choice of author and book. Usually we try to avoid book series and only sometimes try a first book from a series like this one.

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This was definitely one of the books that caters to book lovers in general. I never wrote a review on it and how it left me feeling content. The storytelling was excellent and the mystery of the book was intriguing.  For some reason I decided not to pick up other books from this series.

Book series I started…

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I love book series of all kinds. There are historical romance book series I enjoy. There are urban fantasy book series I cant get enough of. I have a few favorite manga and graphic novel series as well. It was only after I tried to keep track of the book series I started but for some reason never continued after reading only the first book did I realize how many of them are on my reading lists. It took whole two pages just to write the titles of the firsts books of the series I started reading. Now that I look at them all I see some I’ve totally forgotten about and some I keep meaning to continue but never actually do. I managed to put them all in three rough categories:

#1 First books of a series that I will not continue

#2 First books of a series I even forgot about

#3 First books of a series I want to continue

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First I had to weed out many of the historical romances I read out of order and had no desire to follow from the beginning. There were also quite the number of graphic novel series I tried out because I wanted to learn an origin story of this or that character and never actually meaning to continue reading them. Also there were a few first books of a series I read and then switched to some prequel first book series and then everything got complicated and I just let them go. Those above mentioned I’m keeping totally out of this discussion.

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#1 First books of a series that I will not continue

These are the books that for some reason did not appeal to me enough to consider to continue reading the rest of the series. As happened with Anne Bishop Ephemera book series. I expected to like the enough to continue reading and bought first two books right away. It has been years since I read the first and will probably never read the second. Demonica series from Larissa Ione was a sort of gamble when I bought it. For some reason it did not blew me away and I did not feel like buying or reading the rest of the series. On Dublin Street book series I just joined in on the hype on the first book when it was translated to Croatian. I never felt motivated enough to read beyond that first book.

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Some of them I did not like and was disappointed after reading them. My biggest disappointment was by far Hellsing manga by Khota Hirano. I loved anime adaptations and had high expectations from the original manga. I even felt cheated on it and was later glad I did not start buying the whole series. Wrinkle in Time I read this year as a book club assignment and was not impressed at all. Beautiful Disaster was one of those books in the YA genre everybody was suddenly talking about. I found it to be shallow and boring.

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And then there were some book series in this category that I just decided they were not for me and just made a decision not to continue reading the rest of the books in the series. How to Train your Dragon and The Penderwicks were both funny and lovely but I could feel they were intended for much younger audience. I’m glad I’ve read them both but will not be reading the rest. Homeland by R.A. Salvatore is the most famous Dungeons and Dragons novelization and first book in a very long book series about the legendary elf drow Drizzt. I tried it out since I was curious about the character and since I’m an avid RPG player. After reading the first book I realized that the author had decided to keep the PG rating for the mostly American market and availability. I am not a fan of books where author ends a scene with a simple curtains down and a morning after routine. I decided to give it up altogether for lack of sex scenes. I find it hypocritical how violence is OK but sex is not OK for the readers. The last book series in this segment is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. The violence and brutality of the book kept me on edge most of the reading. I decided to let it go since it bothered me too much. With the book series I even stopped watching the TV show. Now I’m having second thoughts and I’m continuing watching the TV show so I might go back to the books as well

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There are a few I was happy about reading and did not feel the need to continue it as a series. One of the books I was impressed with and was actually surprised at how much I liked it was Foundation by Isaac Asimov. After reading it and getting the general feel to the ideas behind the book I did not feel like reading the other books from the series. Same was with the Wallbanger series by Alice Clayton. I enjoyed the book and even bought it as a present for other but never felt the need to read the rest of the books from the series. The Shadow of the Wind was a book club reading assignment. I enjoyed the writing style and have read few other books by Carlos Ruiz Zafon before. The story for me felt complete enough and I haven’t searched out the rest of the books from the series

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#2 First books of a series I even forgot about

These books I read long ago and I forgot about reading them. With Blake Crouch‘s Wayward Pines thriller I was intrigued and picked it up even though it was not my favorite genre. I remember being immersed in the book. I even watched the TV show and enjoyed it. And I seem to forgot about it later on. I enjoyed reading YA novel Matched by Ally Condie. I even liked the book covers for all three books and how they actually made sense with the plot of the books. I never continued the series though…

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Some books and series were not actually memorable and nothing about them set them apart from similar books in their genre. I found Julia Quinn‘s Bridgertons book series not particularly memorable. The plot and the characters just seemed to blend in with many others I’ve read at the time. Down to You by M. Leighton also got lost in the sea of other similar books in the genre. I remember plot having potential but not actually delivering more than simple erotic fiction. One for the Money by Janet Evanovich is a first in a rather long book series that even got a movie. I remember enjoying the funny parts of the book. After watching the movie I was confused about the stupid plot holes that came over from the book and just forgot about the rest of the series altogether.

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When I first read these series I did not have other books of the series available for reading. Later on I just simply forgot about them. Love is Darkness was a freebie first book from Valerie Dearborn book series on Kindle. I enjoyed it quite a bit. At the time I was unsure weather to buy the other books or not. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was another book club assignment. In Croatian translation all five books are hard to come by since they are mostly sold out. I have a first one from my boyfriend and I for some reason I did not want to read the library copies.

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#3 First books of a series I want to continue

Here I have sorted book series that I want to continue and have the books ready. All I need is to start reading them, but for some reason I hesitate. Interview with the Vampire I’ve read only recently. While I have most of the other books in this series available I still hesitate to read them. I think I want to like them and have a feeling I won’t. Howl’s Moving Castle was a book I was hyped about. I loved both of the anime versions – Japanese and English voiceovers. I expected the book to blow me away but it did not. I’m still hoping to read other books of the series and keep them close by. I liked all the books by Cassandra Clare I’ve read so far. Earlier this year I’ve read Clockwork Angel. I like it despite its steampunkish traits. While the characters are quite charming I feel a bit apprehensive toward reading next books from this series. Of Saints and Shadows is an older UF book from the Shadow Saga book series by Christopher Golden. I remember it being creepy and downright scary. I always thought of picking it up again one day. I have next tree books already waiting. I think since it has been years I’ve read the first book that I might have some problems into getting into the second one now.

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And for the end I have books that I want to read but have problems with getting the actual books from the series. Some like Log Horizon manga I have issues with identifying the second volume manga edition. I keep coming up with light novelization and I’m not interested in those at all. supposedly the author Mamare Touno had some legal issues and even the anime series has stopped. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness was an absolute pleasure to read. I really loved Croatian translation edition in hardcover. I’m thinking on getting a hardcover copy for sure. Not sure yet will it be in English or Croatian though.The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams was a part of a reading challenge from my boyfriend. It is one of his favorite book series. He used to have them and borrowed them to someone who never returned them. I’m planing to get the whole series for him someday in a nice package with the new books coming out this year.

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It has been a while since I made a post this long. Hopefully you did not find it too boring.

Monthly reading review – April 2016

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Monthly reading review – April 2016

This April I have read:

La sombra del viento  (El cementerio de los libros olvidados #1) by Carlos Ruiz Zafón ★★★★

Dead Heat (Alpha & Omega #4) by Patricia Briggs ★★★

Mad About the Boy (Bridget Jones, #3) by Helen Fielding ★

Half Bad (The Half Bad Trilogy, #1) by Sally Green  ★★★★★

Half Wild (The Half Bad Trilogy, #2) by Sally Green  ★★★★

Half Lost (The Half Bad Trilogy, #3) by Sally Green  ★★★★

The Mean Seasons (Fables, Vol. 5) by Bill Willingham ★★★★

And the Mountains Echoed by  Khaled Hosseini ★★★

Drawn Together by Z.A. Maxfield ★★★★

My American Duchess by Eloisa James ★★★★

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

I have finally reached the double digit monthly score that I’ve been trying to since last year. I’ve read 10 books up to making this post. Even though I’ve finished My American Duchess just am hour ago I’m counting it to April reading! This calls for some happy dancing 🙂

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

The only book I’ve rated with five stars in April was Half Bad by Sally Green. I’ve made the review on it and quickly went on a reading spree trough the whole trilogy! I enjoyed it immensely. Nathan was a compelling character and I loved reading his slightly removed perspective. I also loved reading Shadow of the Wind for RL bookclub. 

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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?

Mad about the boy was a real let down. The book was frustrating and at times insulting. I could not understand what author wanted to convey with the book and the main character was completely aggravating. 

On the side note Dead Heat was OK but I expected more from a long time favorite author and UF genre series. I still rated it with three stars and adore the concept and art.

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

I had no grand plans for April and just went with what I felt like reading mostly. I think it helped that I now have one one RL book club assignment per month and I’ve read ahead with And the Mountains Echoed by  Khaled Hosseini which is due at the start of May actually. That took some presure off and gave me a bit more leeway in my reading plans and posting in May.

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

I actually started and finished a whole series in April and that felt really good to achieve. I finished all the borrowed graphic novels with Fables vol 5. I have closed the chapter with last Bridget Jones novel and hope to never venture that way again. I will probably not continue The Cemetery of Forgotten Books series by Carlos Ruiz Zafón even though I liked it. I even got a Patricia Briggs Alpha & Omega series up to date!

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

I would love to recommend Half Bad trilogy and I’m adding it to my wishlist. It is a book series I would like to own and read again sometime in the future. I’m also interested in two available novellas. Eloisa James was a great author to finish April with and to start May! 

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Final thoughts on April reading:

There were more than enough happy reading moments in April and I think I will have to go back and make more posts in May! With more reading done I’m having much more happy reading moments and it gives me more to write about! I’m satisfied with my April reading and hope to show it with more posting in May.