2016/02/28

BOOK HAUL: FEBRUARY

So! February is over! Sooo many things have happened this month, but as you may have noticed, the posts on this blog has been few and far between. Usually, I post every day, but this month everything has just been up in the air - I've moved, I've been on a lovely, but active vacation, I've had the flu and the book I decided to pick up in the beginning of February was War and Peace, so things have just been eating away at the time. But next month will be better, I promise!

Anyways, one always has time to get some new books... so here they are!














I'm veeery excited to finish War and Peace, so I can devour some of these shorter books!
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2016/02/21

BOOKSHELF ORGANISATION

I have finally moved into my new place, and of course, I had to put my books in place!



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2016/02/19

2016/02/17

BOOK REVIEW:
NORWEGIAN WOOD BY HARUKI MURAKAMI

Title: Norwegian Wood
Author: Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator)
Published: 1987
Language: English (translated from Japanese)
Pages: 296
Rating: 3/5


Summary:
A poignant coming-of-age story of a college student in Tokyo dealing with his first love.


Review:
I'm really pleased I have finally read my first Murakami book, and it definitely won't be the last.

This is a strange book. For me, if I'm to enjoy any kind of romance, it has to be something special, and this definitely is. The love story is fascinating and I especially loved the main characters in this book. There's a darkness to the whole story that quite appeals to me.

However, I did read this during a very stressful time, so I think that took some enjoyment from it and it felt like I spent ages finishing this. There are parts in this that I found boring and yet others that were uttrely entrancing, and those parts make me want to read more of his works.

Definitely not a book for everyone, but if you like the weird ones, here you go.

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2016/02/16

TOP 5:
BIG BOOKS I WANT TO READ

Sometimes, trying to read as many books as I can, I avoid longer and bigger books, but I want to try and read some more of those this year, so I thought I would share five with you that are on the top of my never-ending to-be-read list.


War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy


I am actually currently reading this and I picked it up for three reasons: it's supposed to be brilliant, it will be cool to say "Yep, I've read that" aaand I really want to watch the new TV series. So, I have started this beast and am qyite enjoying it.

A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth


This is a magnificent love story set the 1950's in India and involves many different families. Sounds fantastic!

Middlemarch by George Eliot


Because everyone tells me I will love it.

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes


I've actually read parts of Don Quixote, but never the whole thing cover to cover. But it's supposedly fantastic and I liked what I read back in the day.

Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson


Set in South-East Asia and America, this book is filled with spies and secrets. 


Do you have any big books you want to read soon?

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2016/02/14

BOOKSTAGRAM SPOTLIGHT:
@LOTTELIKESBOOKS

I have another fantastic Instagram account I want to share with you today, this time @lottelikesbooks!

I love the style of her Instagram and I my TBR grows often when I see her on my feed.







Go follow!

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2016/02/13

JANUARY BOOK HAUL

In case you wanted to see it in video format!


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2016/02/12

2016/02/09

TOP 5:
POETRY BOOKS I WANT TO READ IV

One of my favorite genres, as you may know, is poetry, so here are another five poetry books I want to read!


The Floating Man by Katherine Towers


This is apparently a poetry collection with much emotion, and a wonderful cover, so I have to try it!

Poems New and Collected by Wislawa Szymborska


By recommendation from a reader of this blog, I've added this to my TBR. Szymborska is a Polish poet and since I'm also trying to read more translated works, this is perfect.

Unicorn by Angela Carter


As I've quite enjoyed everything I've read from Angela Carter, I thought it would be interesting to read some of her poetry!

Stolen Air by Osip Mandelstam


Another translated work, Mandelstam is a Russian author, perhaps the most important of the twentieth century. He was even arrested by the communists for a poem he wrote, so this is bound to be fascinating.

Newspaper Blackout by Austin Kleon


This author has created poetry by taking ordinary newspaper pages and blacked out most of the words. The remaining create poetry. Isn't that fantastic?

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2016/02/07

2016/02/05

2016/02/02

UPCOMING RELEASES: FEBRUARY

It's the second month of the year, and there are more cool books coming our way!

The Maker of Swans by Paraic O'Donnell

11th

Honestly, I can't quite figure out what this book is really about, but from what I can gather, it's about a man with an extraordinary gift...


Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

2nd

This is a collection of short stories from the Lunar Chronicle universe. I quite enjoy these books, though I have yet to read Winter, so I'm really excited about this!


The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

23rd

This is, as far as I can tell, an Aladdin retelling, told from the viewpoint of a female Jinni. Does that not sound amazing?!


Yellow by Megan Jacobsen

1st

This is a young adult mystery novel with a supernatural edge, and this cover is gorgeous!


The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel

2nd

This is a historical fiction novel about a man who discovers a diary that might lead to an artifact that will redefine history completely.


What books are you most excited about this month?

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