Friday, October 20, 2017

Goodnight June by Sarah Jio

Author: Sarah Jio
Original title: Goodnight June
Pages: 384
Edition Language: Russian
Series: no 
Format: e-book
Genres: Chick Lit, Romance

June Andersen is professionally successful, but her personal life is marred by unhappiness. Unexpectedly, she is called to settle her great-aunt Ruby’s estate and determine the fate of Bluebird Books, the children’s bookstore Ruby founded in the 1940s. Amidst the store’s papers, June stumbles upon letters between her great-aunt and the late Margaret Wise Brown—and steps into the pages of American literature.

My thoughts: 
      This was my first time reading this author. I heard about her quite a lot and was wondering if I might like her books. It turned out no. I was aware that this book is a romantic story and I did not expect it to be very intellectual read, but it turned out to be just rubbish. I have read a lot of love romance and this one was not a good one. Every character was as flat as paper, and predictable as a 5 o'clock tea. I cannot find any positive scene in the book: Seattle seemed like a village with three houses, the main love interest too perfect and eager to marry after 2 days, even the situation with a cancer and hospital seems so forced, just to paint the book less pink. I forced myself to finish it and was skipping especially boring passages. I will not venture to read another book by this author.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Love Virtually (Gut gegen Nordwind #1) by Daniel Glattauer

Author: Daniel Glattauer
Original title: Gut gegen Nordwind
Pages: 287
Edition Language: Russian
Series: Gut gegen Nordwind #1
Format: Paperback 
Genres: Contemporary, Romance

    It's a virtual romance that begins by chance. When Leo mistakenly receives e-mails from a stranger named Emmi, he replies--and Emmi writes back. Soon, secrets are shared, sparks fly, and erotic tension simmers. Even though Emmi is married, it seems only a matter of time till they meet. But will their feelings survive a real-life encounter? And, if so-what then? Funny and fast-paced, Love Virtually offers plenty of twists, turns, and satisfaction.

My thoughts: 
      I liked the book, but it did not seem funny to me, not a bit. Frankly, I find rather dramatic and depressive. Something that started as an innocent chat about nothing turned out into a passion that on the one hand healed and on the other hand destroyed a family and friendship.
The book is written in the form of e-mails and we do not see the author's attitude in the description of the characters. We picture the Leo and Emmi from their letters and those portraits changing as changing their relationship.
I found out that this book has a sequel but I most definitely will not read it as the first book somehow destroyed me. I was thinking it over almost for half of the night imagining different What If's and possible solution of the situation. And I am afraid that a sequel might be rather bleak and disappointing.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Eight Children and a Truck by Anne-Cath. Vestly

Author: Anne-Cath. Vestly
Original title: Åtte små, to store og en lastebil
Pages: 175
Edition Language: Russian
Series: Eight Children #1
Format: Hardcover
Genres: Childrens

    Eight Children and a Truck concerns a family with eight children living in a small apartment in Oslo and their adventures.

My thoughts: 
      It was a lovely children's book, worthy of Lindgren. It was so fun, warm and moving. The whole book is full of kindness and sincerity. The huge family with limited financial resources find joy and pleasure and magic in the small, everyday things like a pirate party, painting the floor, going into the forest or riding in a tram. Even unpleasant and disagreeable people are not so bad when it comes to life tests. In this book such values as kindness, sincerity, family ties and even forgiveness are shown in such a simple and accessible way, what I have no doubt that a child will get it. And grown-ups will be left with a warm cozy feeling of something light and heartwarming coming in their life.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sunday Post #18, Sun is Back

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 Outside the Blog
   I finally got back into audio books and listened to The Diviners by Libba Bray. It is funny but I grade the narration 5 stars and the story itself 3 stars. I have my doubts to continue with the series as I was quite bored through this book.
   I am not able to resume movie watching, I already have quite a queue, but do not have inspiration to start from anything. I would say TV and Movie slump.
   After a couple of weeks of rainy and cold weather the sun is finally coming back and temperature is rising to 22 degrees. The best weather to enjoy the autumn colours.

   Last on the Blog
Next on the Blog
  • I will review The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman
  • I will review Eight Children and a Truck by Anne-Cath. Vestly
  • I will publish September 2017 Wrap up
  • I will review Love Virtually by Daniel Glattauer
  • I will review Goodnight June by Sarah Jio
Newcomers on my Shelf
      I am trying to finish Pop Sugar Reading Challenge till the end of the year and got two following books to cover 5 and 37 requirement.
1. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
2. The Circle by Dave Eggers

Saturday, October 14, 2017

August 2017 Wrap up

Read books: 
read: 6/ listen: 0/ pages: 2364/ hours listened: 0
1. The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman p.296
2. The Son by Jo Nesbø p.527 - my review
3. The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith p. 509 - my review
4. Blood Ties by Samantha Hayes p. 543 - my review
5. The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare p. 273 -  my review
6. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness p. 216 - my review

Movie watched: 
None this month due to the broken PC.

Challenges overview:
Goodreads Reading Challenge: 39/50
Pages Read Challenge: 11048/12000
Audiobook Challenge: 6/15
Russian Literature: 2/30
World of Literature: 9/50
Booker Prize Project: 3
Classics Club: 1/50

Friday, October 13, 2017

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Author: Patrick Ness
Original title: A Monster Calls
Pages: 216
Edition Language: English
Format: Paperback
Genres: YA, Fantasy

An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor.

My thoughts: 
      I have read this book on the advice of the Booktube. I guess if 60% of the bloggers that I am following did not raved so much about it, I most probably would just watch a movie. Because of all the hype, I put too much expectations on the book and forgot that it is YA. So at the end it almost left me untouched. Do not get me wrong, I liked it, I liked the poetic writing, I liked the fairy tale structure and the topic is very sensitive and deep; it just all this did not make me think about the book afterwards. It was like: yeh, touching, close the book, what is next on the shelf.
      I believe that if I were younger, I would appreciate the book more, after all it is really good story and greatly told. It deals with grief handling and shows the agony the child goes through with a sick parent. That was a really interesting point of view I never considered and understood before.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

Author: Victoria Schwab
Original title: The Archived
Pages: 384
Edition Language: Russian
Series: The Archived #1
Format: e-book
Genres: YA, Contemporary

      Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books. Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.
     Mac has grown into a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves. In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hard-won redemption.

My thoughts: 
      What can I say? This is my first acquaintance with Victoria Schwab and unfortunately not a happy one. I hear about this author almost on every book channel that I watched and decided to read something by her. I do not know why I have chosen this book, but I did not like it at all. I have so many issues with it: firstly I was greatly bored by the narration - it was rather slow, secondly, I was terribly irritated by main characters Mac and this other Keeper, and finally, I was disappointed by the author style.
     As for the first point slowness, by the time there was some action I was already half way through the book and utterly bored. As for the main characters...I think Mac should be kicked out of her job straight away. Being on a dangerous job the best thing she does is not telling her supervisors about abnormalities. If she would behave as a normal employee behaves in an unknown hazardous situation, this book would not happen. And the rest of her decision making has been just so poor that I kept rolling my eyes. And finally the style: the story is terribly repetitive, we have description of everything all over and over again: his eyes were underlined, the walls were vibrating, the key hole was lightened and all those tiny details repeating again and again...I guess it could be twice shorter.
    What I liked is the idea itself: our memories in the shape of our body stored like a book in a library, but I am not sure I want to continue with the series.