T5W: Favorite non-written novels

The topic of this week’s Wednesday is favorite non-written novels, so graphic novels, comics, manga, audiobooks, etc. I do not listen to audiobooks but I read the other types mentioned above so here are my choices.

  • Yumi’s Cells

This is a very cute webtoon about a girl’s life and the brain cells that keep her moving. It’s a sweet and funny story that you should give a try if you’re looking for some “non-written” novels.

  • Space Boy

This is also a webtoon. It’s about a girl whose family is forced to go back to Earth after her father was fired from his job in a mining Planet. Back to Earth she’ll meet people and learn things but most importantly she’ll befriend a mysterious guy who can’t tell if the world he’s living is real or just a friction of his imagination, a nothing.

  • Dragon Ball/ Dragon Ball Z


Ok. You have probably heard about this one, but it is one my favorite mangas and animes so I had to include it. It’s full of fights, silly jokes and has a great art. 

  • Gangsta


Gangsta is a manga about two handyman who do the dirty chores given by the people and sometimes the police of a town that is shady and unsafe. The people are divided into humans and twilights, who are people with enhanced abilities earned from the usage of a drug named Celebrer. It contains mature content and can get violent at times. 

I was recommended this by two guys at a bookstore to whom I am thankful. Right now the manga is on hiatus because of the mangaka’s (artist’s) health.

  • V for Vendetta


“Remember, remember. The 5th of November.”

This one is a powerful graphic novel about a rebel, a justice warrior, an anarchist who wants to revolutionize the world and regain the freedom and identity lost in a totalitarian world. 

What are your favorite non-written novels? Comment your choices or links down below. I’d love to know! 🙂  

Book Buying Ban Going Strong

In the last days of 2016 I decided to reorganize my bookshelves, which I am ashamed to admit that I had not paid attention to for quite a long time. It took me a week to put everything into place and the realisation of how many unread books I had hit me full force. All those lovely books I had forgotten about. I obviously had to do something about them.

So now I am in a book buying ban and it is going perfectly well. The number of books I’ve bought for myself in January is zero. Woo hoo! As I might have mentioned before though I have taken part in some exchanges: Owlcrate Secret Santa and Classic Book Exchange.

Aside from those two, my mother also got me a bunch of books back in November which I only got recently so apparently I still got new additions to the shelves but that’s not a ban breaker, is it?

Classic Book Exchange

This exchange was organized for the purpose of giving each other our favorite classic and a handwritten letter. The following picture is my gift from lovely lady, Cricket.

Book: Five Novels by Mark Twain

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Amazon’s November Purchase

  1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  2. Gangsta 7 by Kohske
  3. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows
  4. Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige
  5. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  6. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

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Owlcrate Secret Santa

Book: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Book review: Three Dark Crowns

“Three dark queens
Are born in a glen,
Sweet little triplets
Will never be friends

Three dark sisters
All fair to be seen,
Two to devour
And one to be Queen”

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I have the last one from these covers, my favorite is the second but by heart I’d go with the third, lol. Anyway, this book was a gift from my first secret santa ever, Sara N. ❤

Summary

Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella, an elemental. Katharine, a poisoner. Arsinoe, a naturalist. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it to the death and the last queen standing gets the crown, but unfortunately it isn’t that easy because Katharine can’t handle a single poison, Arsinoe can’t bloom a single rose and Mirabella can never imagine of killing her sisters.

Opinion

The premise of the book was amazing, but sadly it fell flat. We were supposed to get three 16-year-old girls who are ruthless but instead we get three girls who are used as nothing but some stupid pawns. They are fucking queens but they get mistreated to the point where I want to jump into the book and beat the shit of all of these stupid characters. It was kind of boring at times and I hardly cared about some of them; like Jules, Joseph or Katharine. I am rooting for Mirabella so far. She deserves the throne.

We were given many hints so the ending was not really a surprise to me. I am going to avoid giving more details because even though I don’t mind spoilers at all but I know many people do so I am not risking ruining someone’s day. The ending made this book seem like a way too long prologue to what is coming next and to be honest I’m eager to know.

Will I continue the series? Yes.

Will I recommend it to anyone? No.

T5W: Book trends you are tired of

This week’s topic for the Top 5 Wednesday is to talk about book trends you are tired of like cover designs, tropes, etc. Surprisingly I had to think a lot to come up with this list, but here it is.

  • Fairytale retellings

The amount of Beauty and the Beast retellings that have been and are being released is ridiculous and this is being said by a huge B&tB lover. I mean how many of those should be released before the originality is completely gone if it hasn’t already? The retellings are going out of control. The following chart is just a small fraction of all of these.

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  • Bodies and faces on the cover

From all the beautiful designs you can create based on that title and synopsis you have to take the easy way out and just put an unrelated face to the cover?

  • Over protective love interest

No. No. No. No. Don’t try to tell me these dude who gets jealous over nothing and wants to know every step you make is the one and that I should swoon over him because I’d actually run for the hills. And you should probably do that too!

  • Trilogies and series

Can’t we have a beautiful, well-written stand alone or even duology if that’s too much to ask for? Most of the time the second book sucks or is completely unnecessary.

  • Love triangles that are way to obvious

No. I am not saying the usual “stick to one guy” thing. Instead I’m gonna say make it a love square or a hexagon, but don’t make the choice so obvious and let me cheer for someone without knowing the result for certain. I love a goodly made triangle or square or whatever number of people you decide to include in it.

  • Blushing girls

Why? Whyyyy? Whyyyyyy? It makes me cringe. She is a fucking hunter/assassin/killer and she blushes when brushing hands with a guy. Please.

 

January Wrap Up

Hey, hey!

Look who’s back in the reading world after a whole year of a horrible slump. My 2017 challenge is 50 books, not including manga and graphic novels. It is a small amount but considering how slow and easily distracted I’ve become this is an exciting one.

January passed by so fast and I have yet to catch up with many things, like school and social life. I have fallen a little behind on my studies and the exams are coming closer each day, while I have not found enough time to contact my friends and see how they’re doing. Despite all that, I have read. It is not a good thing to prioritize this right now but I have and it has been deeply enjoyable. 6 books off my TBR.

  1. Everyone Worth Knowing by Lauren Weisberger  ***
  2. The Sign Of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ****
  3. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ****
  4. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead ***
  5. Reeds In The Wind by Grazia Deledda ***
  6. Vampire Academy: Frostbite by Richelle Mead ****

Reread: 

  1. Ignite Me by Taheren Mafi
  2. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Currently reading:

  1. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

My first impression on this book was: slow and boring, but thankfully it is picking up.

I am also following this challenge to see how many can I manage to tick by the end of the year.

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