Monday, September 17, 2018

Fraterfest Readathon

 It is time to to celebrate love of horror, suspense, thrillers, the paranormal and more together with Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. This is going to be a fun easy readathon with very little requirements to participate. See rules below.

 Official Rules 

  •     Linkup
  •     Spread the Word Grab the button and/or use social media to share the signup post
  •     Read or Listen Between Midnight October 11th and ending at 11:59 pm October 16th read or listen to thrillers, mysteries, paranormal, horror, supernatural, witchy, ghostly, fantasy, or serial killer novels and novellas. (to clarify..these can be cozies and include romance. No need to sleep with the lights on if you don’t fancy a good scare!)
  •    Share your progress on Twitter or Instagram using #FraterfestRAT
  •    Participate in at least one challenge.
  •    Create a shelf on Goodreads  (or blog post) marked FraterfestRAT to share your progress
  •    Win, Have Fun, Discuss Books and Make New Friends

Monday, June 11, 2018

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Author: George Orwell
Original title: Animal Farm
Pages: 95
Edition Language: English
Series: no
Format: Paperback
Genres: Classics

    Mr. Jones of Manor Farm is so lazy and drunken that one day he forgets to feed his livestock. The ensuing rebellion under the leadership of the pigs Napoleon and Snowball leads to the animals taking over the farm. Vowing to eliminate the terrible inequities of the farmyard, the renamed Animal Farm is organized to benefit all who walk on four legs. But as time passes, the ideals of the rebellion are corrupted, then forgotten. And something new and unexpected emerges...
My thoughts: 
      This book sounds like a children's tale: all of his animals on the Manor Farm meet in the big barn at the request of old Major, an old pig. Major delivers a political speech about the evils inflicted upon them by their human keepers and their need to rebel against the tyranny of humans. Shortly after, when Jones forgets to feed the animals, the revolution occurs, and Jones and his men are chased off the farm. Manor Farm is renamed Animal Farm, and the Seven Commandments of Animalism are painted on the barn wall
     But this is not a children's tale at all. That's some very heavy stuff. The book reflects events leading up to the Russian Revolution of 1917 and then on into the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union. It felt as I was reading the history of the USSR in a nutshell and this experience is terrifying. I read a chapter every second or third day as the writing was dense; and with every event in the book I had a lot of other information occurring in the head making connection to reality out of Orwell's metaphors.
     George Orwell created the brilliant analogy to the October 1917 Bolshevik Revolution and the development and establishment of the USSR and his ability to keep it short is purely amazing. My only regret was that he did not write the rest of the history of "Aminal Farm" and how it ended. I liked that the book was written in the politically neutral voice without painting black and white, which made this book unique as, though the idea is based on Russian history, I could not help but thinking that the scenario of Aminal Farm is applicable to any revolution. It is actually terrifying how universally applicable it is. History is repeating itself, people are driven by money, profit and power; and Aminal Farm is revealing the history of humankind on this planet. 
"All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."
    In conclusion, Animal Farm is a novel that completely shook and terrified me and one of the few books that I think everyone should read at some point in their lives.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

June 2018 TBR

My May TBR did not work out completely as I pictured it, but still I am optimistic and will continue with publishing TBRs. Even if I will read two books out of the whole list it still be a success.
    This month I want to concentrate on books which will help me to cover as many PopSugar Reading Challenge prompts as possible.
1. Number 4. A book involving a heist - Headhunters by Jo Nesbø
2. Number 5. Nordic noir - Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbø  
3. Number 11. A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym - The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
4. Number 12. A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist - Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
5. Number 13. A book that is also a stage play or musical - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
6. Number 21. A book with your favorite color in the title - Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
7. Number 28. A book with song lyrics in the title - The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (Tim Burton's Corpse Bride main song - Remains of the Day)

Of course I will not be able read all those books, but I can at least start some and see maybe I will find my new favorite.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Sunday Post #35, Hockey is over

The Sunday Post is hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer.  It’s a chance to share news, a post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things received, and share news about what is coming up on the blog for the week ahead. To get in on the Sunday fun, see the rules here: Sunday Post Meme. 

Outside the Blog
      This week was all about hockey. It seems I watched all the important matches and there were quite a lot of surprises. But the level of the competitions still very high and Switzerland, who not many believed in, are playing in the final with last year champion Sweden and let me say what game it is!
   Bookwise it was not so great, I did not finish a single book and DNFed A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James. I did not like the book from the beginning, but was trying to get into the plot, but the book has most of my triggers altogether, and thought with enough devotion I might have finished the book, but I did not enjoy it. Why to do it to yourself, even if the book is a Booker winner. 

 Last on the Blog
Next on the Blog
  • I will publish WWW Wednesday and Library Loot
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • Vicious by V.E. Schwab
  • Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo
  • The Birds and Other Stories by Daphne du Maurier
  Newcomers on my Shelf
 I got Looking for Alaska by John Green. This is my first book by this author. I will see if I will get his other books.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Dr. March's Four Sons by Brigitte Aubert

Author: Brigitte Aubert
Original title: Les Quatre Fils du Dr. March
Pages: 240
Edition Language: Russian
Series: no
Format: e-book
Genres: Crime

   "Les 4 Fils du Dr. March" involves an assassin who kills women for the sport of it. The murderer is one of 4 sons, and he writes his diary in the 3rd person so that anyone who might read it won't know which one of the sons is the murderer. Jeanie, the maid happens to find the diary one day and begins to read it. She also starts to write diary entries of her own, and trying to find out which of the four sons is the murderer.
My thoughts: 
     The entire mystery consists of alternating journal entries from the assassin, who learns Jeanie is reading his journal, and Jeanie. I am not certain about my feelings about this book. I was recommended this book as a great mystery/thriller, but I was not mystified or thrilled. Though, to be honest, I did not guess the killer and the mystery was there, I could not feel the atmosphere of the book. 
     Jeanie is the unsympathetic unreliable narrator who drinks a lot and has a previous conviction. All four brothers seem quite nice and respectable. So it is difficult to sympathize Jeanie and root for her in her investigation. The murder descriptions are gruesome, but seems a bit forced, so altogether I was not impressed by the book, though the ending was ok.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany and Jack Thorne

Author: Jack Thorne
Original title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two
Pages: 337
Edition Language: English
Series: Harry Potter #8
Format: Paperback
Genres: Fantasy, YA

   Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage.   
         While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

My thoughts: 
   I have heard only bad stuff about the book. Maybe it was because I had no expectations about this going in but I really loved this. The first thing is that this is a play, not a novel and therefore I don't believe it should be judged as a book. And if you are lacking experience in reading those, the book can be really dull and  pointless. I am not the biggest play lover, but I can imagine a lot of stuff in the absence of long descriptions and explanations. So the text was not dry and plain for me, I had a nice coming of age story in front of me with childhood favorites. Reading this script made me so badly want to see the play live.  
     I enjoyed the story, the new and old characters, the echoes of the past and just everything about this story.  I completely respect that people disliked this, the story is lacking a lot; it is not so much of the canonical Harry Potter and not overwhelming, so I can easily imagine how a Harry Potter fan be disappointed with the book.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

WWW Wednesday and Library Loot, May 16nd

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. A similar meme, This Week in Books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found.
Description: WWW Wednesday is a weekly event where you share answers Below questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
I am currently reading 3 books:

1. I have almost finished The Last Quarter of the Moon by Chi Zijian
2. I have just started A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
3. I am half way through Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling 

I have finished:
1. Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
2. The Unbound by Victoria Schwab
3. The Hidden Light of Objects by Mai Al-Nakib 

I am planning to start with the following books:
1. Saturnin by Zdeněk Jirotka
2. Animal Farm by George Orwell
3. Beartown by Fredrik Backman

Hosted by: The Captive Reader and Silly Little Mischief
Description: Library Loot is a weekly event that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.

I got 1 books from the library this week, which I have already finished:

1. The Unbound by Victoria Schwab