Monday, 26 March 2018

Spring TBR || 2018



Even though in some parts of Italy it's snowing (not in Rome, though) spring has come and I am here with my spring TBR. If anyone didn't know what TBR means, it stands for To Be Read, as you can read in the header.

I am hoping I am finally finishing the series I still have to complete from 2017 (yeah, I know) this spring. I am tryng so hard to read them and a moment later I don't feel like I want to.



Series I have to complete because they are watching me and threatening me:

Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater.

Technically, the series ended with Forever, but still.

Pros: MAGGIE STIFVATER; my baby Cole; my shippp and did I say this is Maggie Stiefvater?

Cons: sometimes you just want to start new things, and yeah, I am lazy.










The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #3)

Pros: I will finally finish this series; I'm kinda curious of what will happen.

Cons: Reading this will be the death of me *cough* *cough* 470 pages. Not to mention that I have to read it in English. I have a strange relationship with the characters of this series?? I don't like the MC and the male protagonist is just meh as well as minor characters, but guess who's a masochist?







P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before #2)

Pros: my OTP finally togetherrr; another fluffy contemporary; FOOD; I do have high hopes okay?

Cons: read the plot afraid this is going to be part of the second books club. I mean, I don't want it to be all cliché and worse than the first one (that I loved).









Inferno (Blood for Blood #2)

Pros: LUCA FALCONE ok; know there is going to be action (at least, I hope so); I am so curious to see what will happenn; this has Italian culture, so I can feel home.

Cons: just the thought it could be a bad book terrifies me.












These are not all the books in the series I still have to read, but let's be reasonable and listen the ones I probably try to read. If you want to see the others, here you are.

Other books I am hoping to read:


Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables #1)

Not going to lie, I want to watch the TV serie, but first, I have to read the book. Of course. Going to borrow it at the library soon, so I can read it.













Autoboyography.

Bought it in Liverpool. It's the first time I read something with LGBT contenent that it's also considered under the religious point of view too, so #yass

Can we talk about this beautiful cover?!












The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by amazing Maggie Stiefvater.

This is the book I am most exicted to read. Think I will read it in May, just as the last year, my first time. Then I'll read the second book again and read the books I haven't read yet in the series. Anyone who wants to buddy read or something? Let me know!

*whispering to the book* Children, here I am.










Chasing the Omega (Small Town #1)

I received free copies of the entire trilogy ages ago and I haven't read them yet... I feel so bad. Trying to read them soon.















Gold Shadow (Bronze Rebellion #1)  

The free copy was given to me by the author and I hope to read it soon!














Obviously I'll read something else too -hoping to- so this TBR is an open one. I'd like to read more classics, what do you guys recommend to me? Maybe something like Jane Eyre would be perfect.

Have you read these books or want to? Write down your spring TBR and let me know what you think about that Raven Cycle buddy read! Thanks for reading <3

Thursday, 22 March 2018

The Seven Deadly Sins Book Tag || Lovely Book Tags


Hi, guys! I am here with another book tag because I found it on internet and I had to do it. Just read the name! Here you can find the original tag.

I say we can start and I hope this isn't going to be as long as I think.


-Greed- What is your most inexpensive book? What is your most expensive book?

About my most inexpensive book I'd rather say it's Incarceron by Catherine Fisher.



Bought it at only 4 (about $4.94) on THE BEACH. Yes, you didn't read anything wrong. Was it worth it? I enjoyed it, but didn't love it, so we can say it was worth that price. The book talks about Finn, a prisoner where the prison is a living -and dangerous- creature that doesn't want its prisoners to escape. Obviously he has to meet The Girl, that in this case happens to be a princess named Claudia. With his old friend and her new one (not Claudia, another girl), he tries to escape. I loved the concept and the fact that the prison is a living creature -just wow. But, once again, a great premise was ruined by how the author developed the novel. I came really disappointed by that because with all the things you could continue this novel with, the author chose the worst ones.

My most expensive one is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. It's a hardcover, bought the day after its release and in English: € 22,89 because it's £ 20. Was it worth it? Kind of. I have no doubts I loved it, buuut I should have never bought a book with that price. 

-Wrath- Which author do you have a love/hate relationship with?

Uhm, for this one I would say Maggie Stiefvater. Nor that I hate her, of course, but at first I didn't like her book a lot. I am talking about Shiver. Long story, but not so long one: I wanted to read The Raven Boys because the plot intrigued me the most, but my bookstore didn't have that, therefore I ended up buying Shiver. Oh boy, how I was disappointed by that book. Don't get me wrong, I liked it, just my expectations ruined it.



And that's when the love part begins. I gave Stiefvater a second chance and I am so happy I did. I loved The Raven Boys so much.


*couldn't find the source, but credit to the owner.


-Gluttony- What book have you deliciously devoured over and over with no shame whatsoever?

*cough* *cough* 


The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater. Seriously, every time someone mentions that book or the book series I just can't help but be the fangirl of the situation.



I think I have read this book after school ended, in summer, so I was way ready to read it all. The characters are my babies, each one of them. Really, I can't be exicted when I am talking about this series, my hands are shaking and I'm about to re-read them now.

-Sloth- Which book have you neglected reading due to laziness?

A lot. Especially loooong, infinity books. Sometimes I just feel like 'okay a book has to be long, but I am not going to read that amount of pages'.



Just some examples:




-Pride- Which book do you most talk about in order to sound like a very intellectual reader?

Okay, this one deals with a pretty true topic: reading classics and telling everyone about it because you're a smart kid now.







These ones are the classics I am always referring to when I am talking to my non-reader friend and want to brag myself. Yeah, sorry you had to know that.


-Lust- What attributes do you find most attractive in male or female characters?

Oh oh, we are getting specific here. I love when male characters are adorable geeks, but I don't mind bad boys either. So, as long as they are fictional, #gimme.

-Envy- Which books would you most like to receive as a gift?


Too bad my mum can't speak English because this could have been useful to her. I would love to receive:




The list could be endless, so I can say we can stop at these ones.
Let me know what are your answers below! Another thing: if I made a mistake, don't hesistate to signal it! Thank you.

Friday, 16 March 2018

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda || The movie is out today!



Title: Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda.

Author: Becky Albertalli.

My rating: 3/5 stars.

Release date: April 7, 2015.











So, I have been a little bit absent recently, as you may have noticed, because I was on a school trip. We went to Barcelona and it was awesome! I fell in love with the food (paella and chorizo forever in my heart), the sea, the people, the weather and the city. 



*source

In the meanwhile, I brought myself a book to read because, you know, readers are always preparated when it comes to leaving our place and having nothing to read. I have to admit I was seriously exicted to finally start this book and, yes, Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda was the chosen one for this journey.

The movie comes out today in the U.S., while in Italy in the summer. Yeah, I am wondering the reason why too, my friend. Don’t ask me why, but I was so sure it would have come out in April, so.

Let’s finally get into the review. I know you are dying from knowing if I liked this book or not, aren’t you? Yeah, I’m sarcastic, guys.


“People really are like house with vast rooms and tiny windows. And maybe it's a good thing, the way we never stop surprising each other.”


What I liked:
 It could be predicted, but the LGBT+ representation in this book is gold. We have two gays and one bisexual boy. Plus, because having a LGBT+ character doesn’t make it already ‘a good representation’, I do think Albertally did a great job talking about, indeed, their sexuality; how they feel and surely about the coming out thing.
 Not only the representation connected with the sexuality occurs, but also there are some black people in the book, which is always something important to point it out.
✔ I just loved Simon’s bond with his family, but especially with his sisters. I always get so exicted when families are an important presence in a book.
 The main thing is its fluffiness. This book is so cute and delicate, it is perfect for summer or just when you want to read something light.
✔ It was so funny, oh boy. I liked a lot Becky Albertally’s writing style and I am sure this book won’t be the last I’ll read by her.
✔ My favourite character is, without a doubt, Leah. I related so much to her that it’s natural she is my favourite. I am so happy Albertally is releasing another book about her in April. She deserves to because I’d really like to get to know her a little more.

Now you are going to discover my dark side reading my dislikes:
 I cannot say this is a great book because otherwise I will tell lies. From my point of view, this novel is a really cute one, but not as special as it felt to others. Apart from the great representation, I can’t see a solid plot, nor that his sexulaity couldn’t be a real plot, but I wanted more action. The book talks only about that and I simply expected it to be told in a different way. Okay, maybe I am a little bit disappointed. Just a little, though. I am okay with the fact that this book only felt okay to me, okay?? John Green would be proud, but Blue wouldn’t.
✘ I didn’t like at all how things turned out at some point. I can’t really tell you anything because of spoilers, but a big something happened and I wasn’t nor surprised nor happy. It sounded like the author was trying to make things differently to write a great plot twist, but she didn’t make it. It all felt too forced and completely non-sense to me. So, of course, I was disappointed.
✘ The characters were just okay. Apart from Simon and Leah, I didn’t enjoy how the other characters were designed. Too cliché and flat for me. I wanted more characterization and a little bit more of originality. If they weren’t so cliché, they wouldn’t be predictable as they apprently resulted.

Have you read this book or going to? Going to watch the movie first and then read the book or the contrary? I always try to read the book first, it's sort of my motto when it comes to this situation. The million dollars question: do you think they are going to change other things expect for the name? Let me know!

Sunday, 11 March 2018

January Wrap up || 2018


Even though it's March and I started this blog in february, I wanted to do a January wrap up. So here we are!

During January I managed to read 5 books. Yeah, I know, not so many. But considering the fact we were supposed to do a lot of homework because of our teachers don't consider students as humans, I can say I went okay. 

Let's get into the books: 

Author: Agatha Christie.
My rating: 3/5 stars.

I would have never figured the solution out, it was such a GREAT plot twist.

Despite everything, it was pretty much boring.

MEHH. Disappointed by the writing.

I am aganist the author who throws a lot of characters at the beginning of the book. It's a cruelty!

TitleThe Boy in the Striped Pajamas.
Author: John Boyne.
My rating: 3/5 stars.

✔ I have never read anything told by a nine-year-old. But a book about holocaust told by a nine-year-old?? YEAH.

 Despite I liked the writing style, it was much more repetitive and questions are not answered.

 I DIDN'T CRY. EXCUSE ME, I have never seen this movie without crying, but the book?? Just no...

 Too short and I couldn't let myself care so much for the characters.


TitleLa Belle Sauvage.
Author: Philip Pullman.
My rating: 4/5 stars.

More books about His Dark Materials universe (or I'd rather say universes?), of course it was amazing!

Let me repeat slowly: Philip Pullman is back with another book! Gorgeous writing included.

I just loved Malcom and Lyra's bond! Malcom is my new cinnamon roll, if you didn't know. Kind, nice and lovely.

 Not so magical as Philip Pullman's previously ones, though.


Review on the blog.

TitleVoiceless.
Author: E.G. Wilson.
My rating: 2/5 stars.

 Confuuusing. A lot. Yeah, and boring too.

 Weak characters, plus flat protagonist.

No love interest finally! The book didn't need it. 

Unique setting (New Zealand).

Loved the message "I am not my illness" that this book contains.


TitleVendetta.
Author: Catherine Doyle.
My rating: 4/5 stars.

✔ Such a refreshing topic to write a contemporary YA about: mafia!

✔ Give me a Luca Falcone because I CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT HIM.

✔ Woah, Italian.

 Woah, Italian written not so correctly and weird names (surely not Italian).

We are doneee! You can read the detailed reviews on my Goodreads (even if I am planning to post some on the blog too). 

Which books have you read in January? Have you read these books? What do you think? I'm leaving you guys with this photo taken from my bullet journal, hope you read a lot of great books in March!



*photo from my first attempt of a bullet journal. If you can't read my handwriting then you are completely normal.

Friday, 9 March 2018

Best Female Fictional Characters || Happy (Late) International Women's Day!!



Hello everybody and happy international women's day to all these beautiful ladies who are reading this post! I decided to do something for this day that occurred March 8th, even though it's late.

Before getting into the list I prepared, can we take a moment to appreciate women in general? We are amazing, independent, essential! Really, what would society and the world be without us?? White, black, catholic, muslim, Italian, American who cares! We need to be together and respect each other, we have the same gender in common after all.

Now that I said what I had to, let me tell you my favourite female fictional characters:

1) I have just finished reading this book -which I recommend to you- that talks about two strong women that I have found to be an example for me, Laila and Mariam from A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.

Laila and Mariam, even though are pretty different characters, are still similar. They want freedom and peace. Something that we -people who live in countries in where there are not wars- take for granted. Despite all these terrible things happening to them, they hope for the best and endure. Complex, real, Mariam and Laila are the kind of woman I want to become, strong and kind at the same time. 

“Each snowflake was a sigh heard by an aggrieved woman somewhere in the world. All the sighs drifted up the sky, gathered into clouds, then broke into tiny pieces that fell silently on the people below. As a reminder of how women suffer.”
2) Let's talk about Blue Sargent now! The female protagonist of The Raven Cycle.


At first glance, she could be thought of a weird and nothing-else-girl, but when we learn to know her, we realize how wrong we were. Blue Sargent and all the women in 300 Fox Way are magical and interesting. Blue in particular is the kind of girl that isn't afraid to say what she has to and the kind of girl who knows who herself is and shows it to the others too. We could call her original? The sentence 'be who you are' gets finally a meaning with her.

"Today, Blue thought, is the day I stop listening to the future and start living it instead."

3) Celaena Sardothien (no one is suprised, I know) from Throne of Glass series.


She (I am always afraid to spell her name wrongg) is the classic example of the assassin who wants to be femenine. I liked this aspect a lot. Look, I know that women don't need clothes, hair and make up to be called women, but this feminity I found in Throne of Glass makes me feel related to the main character. Plus, Celeana's outfits are in my dreams.

"My name is Celaena Sardothien," she whispered, "and I will not be afraid."

4) This seems a little bit cliché, but Hermione Granger from Harry Potter series!


I always found myself in her bookworm-ness (?) and study aspect. She is not the prettiest girl, always reading, come on. Many girls can relate to her so much, I am sure of it. She represents a lot of young girls and I am so glad such a great author as J.K. Rowling created her. 

"But from that moment on, Hermione Granger became their friend. Because there are somethings you can't go through in life and become friends, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them."

5) Jane Eyre from the book of the same name by Charlotte Brontë!


Jane, Jane, Jane. I could mention a billion reasons why she has to be on this list. She is basically who I want to be: passionate about freedom, intelligent, mature and perfectly being able to fall in love and maintain her indipendence. 

“Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! - I have as much soul as you, - and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you!”
6) Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy series.


Rose is sarcastic, reckless, kick-ass heroine that deserves to be mentioned! 

"By the way, my name's Rose Hathaway. I'm seventeen years old, training to protect and kill vampires, in love with a completely unsuitable guy, and have a best friend whose weird magic could drive her crazy.Hey, no one said high school was easy." 
7) Claire from The Son (The Giver #4).


I don't hear talking about The Giver so much and I am sorry for it. These books are really great and even more great are their characters: Claire, in particular, taught me the sacrificies a mother has to make for her son. This book is so pure and so is she! 

"Alys told her that it was the way of women, to tote a newborn and then adjust as it grew until by the time the child was plump and heavy, the weight seemed naught."
8) Tris from Divergent series.


Tris is the example of how a girl could be brave and altruistic at the same time. She is the symbol of the sacrifice and that makes me so glad fictional characters like her exist.

"And I'm the kind of person who does not let inconsequential things like boys and near death experiences stop her."
9) Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games.


I just love the way she is. Stubborn and fearless. 

"If he wants me broken, then I will have to be whole."

10) Annabeth Chase from Percy Jackson series.


Annabeth is intelligent, funny (duhh) and surely a great example.

"I learned a long time ago: Never bet against Annabeth."
What are your favourite female characters? Do you like some of mine? What do you think of women in literature? Comment with your answers below!

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

New upcoming YA releases || Spring 2018




All right, people! The moment™ has come. That one in which we readers are going to realize how many books are about to coming out in the following months: spring months so March, April and May. I already hear my wallet crying and my TBR yelling at me, but let's get started because there are so many books I can totally drown in the amount of it.



MARCH 6TH, don't know why, but publishers love this day and decided to publish 10 books at the same time (they were more, but I couldn't obviously include them all).


Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi: More books about Warner, Juliette and Kenji?! Oh God, the best thing could ever happen to us! If you haven't read this series yet, what are you doing?? Go read the first book 'Shatter Me'. Super recommended if you need great writing style, amazing character development and a villain you can't help but love (like most of them).

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi: Dark magic and west African- inspired! Did you even have to say more?

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo: Reading the plot, it made me think a lot of The Little Mermaid, but cooler and darker. 

Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton: Haven't read the first one in the series, but I put this third book here in case anyone was interested. Anyway, I heard great things about this series!




The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw: Dead witches return to seek their revenge?! I'm in!

Pacifica by Kristen Simmons: A YA book about pirates. I repeat: pirates!

More Than We can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer: There is nothing to say if not: read this book. I had the privilege to read it as an ARC and even if you haven't read the other book set in the same universe (Letters to The Lost) which I haven't either at that time, you can still read it. You will have minor spoilers, but nothing that could ruin your experience of reading it, in my point of view.

In Search Of Us by Ava Dellaira: This seemes a cute and heartbreaking contemporary at the same time. So exicted!


Mapping the Bones by Jane Yolen: Historical fiction book about World War II and a couple of Polish twins. #youhadmeathistorical

The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk: This is about three people bonded by grief and music. There will be a band and this seems like a cute book.

MARCH 13TH:

 
Obsidio by Amie Kaufman: Most people maybe have already marked this date to their calendar, but this is a reminder (also to me to read the first book)!

Twelve Steps to Normal by Farrah Penn: Contemporary book with a complex plot. Hope it won't disappoint.

MARCH 20TH:


Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles: I am so happy other authors decided to treat the #BlackLivesMatter subject. I think it could be the next The Hate U Give or Dear Martin

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan: Wow, the plot of this book makes me want to read it now!

The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco: Once again haven't read the first one in the series yet, but I really want to.

Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen: A Jewish girl turned into a spy to hear secrets from a Nazi boarding school?! Woah.

MARCH 27TH:


The Beloved Wild by Melissa Ostrom: You had me at Pride and Prejudice meets Cold Mountain.

And She Was by Jessica Verdi: Dealing such delicate subject as transgender topic could lead this book to two things: success or hate.

In Her Skin by Kim Savage: The premise really looks good! YA mistery in which a homeless girl pretending to be the missing (now found) girl of a wealthy family. 

We are done with March! Let's discover April ones:


APRIL 3RD:


As She Fades by Abbi Glines: We are reaching 'sweet and heartbreaking contemporary for spring/summer' mood with this book.

Defy the Worlds by Claudia Gray: Another sequel of a series I haven't read yet.

APRIL 10TH:



Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody: Author of Daughter of Burning City (which I haven't read, but heard only great things about) returns with a new book!

Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert: I bet this one is going to be an interesting read, full of secrets to discover!

Sam & Ilsa's Last Hurrah by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. The plot sounds cute and not so cliche (which is good).

Beyond a Darkened Shore by Jessica LeakeIrish mythology, Norse mythology, Vikings and Fae allert!

The Fates Divide by Veronica Roth: Sequel of Carve The Mark, book that I haven't read yet (how many times did I tipe this?).

APRIL 17TH:


Suitors and Sabotage by Cindy Anstey: Historical Fiction is enough to get me interested!

APRIL 24TH:



Love Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington: Summer comes early with this cute romance book!

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian: This looks like a dark royal fantasy. Give me!

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli: Spin-off about Simon's from Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda best friend!


Inferno by Julie Kagawa: Finale of The Talon Saga!

Here we go, May!


MAY 1ST:




May 1st ist the new March 6, apprently.

Ship It by Britta Lundin: This sounds weird and confusing, but I like it. Girl who loves a particular show and ships a gay one meets the cast of this show. Turns out that the actor and the character isn't gay or doesn't want to have anything to do with LGBT+ community. Claire is hired to help the show with this.

Bookish Boyfriends by Tiffany Schmidt: It is described as a book about a girl whose classic literary crushes manifest in real life. I am s-p-e-e-c-h-l-e-s-s.

Royals by Rachel Hawkins: Basically, this is a contemporary about -you couldn't even guessed- princes and it seems so cute.


Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne: THAT'S an interesting release!

The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green: The author of The Half Bad trilogy returns with a new series!

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas: A new novella by Sarah J. Maas!

The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan: Just a reminder for those who wants to read this third book in The Trials of Apollo series!

Dating Disasters of Emma Nash by Chloe Seager: Since my dating life is inexistent, reading about people ones is pretty interesting and funny.

MAY 8TH:
   

Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson: Please, read the plot because THIS IS SO AMAZING, OH.

Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Lynch: New book for the author of Love & Gelato. This time guess what? It's set in Ireland. I haven't read her other book about Italy yet, but I saw a video-review in which an Italian reader was complaining about how she described Italy. So I'm a little bit scared about that book.

We'll Fly Away by Bryan Bliss: Just some words about it: Teenager in jail explains why he is there. Woah. Definitely a hard, but captivating subject.

The Handsome Girl & Her Beautiful Boy by B.T. Gottfred: Something about this book -the fact it's treated a delicate topic- makes me realize this book is going to be a well-written book or a terrible one. 

MAY 15TH:


War Storm by Victoria Aveyard: The final installment of the Red Queen series!!

Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett: DRAGONSSSS. Deadly flightless dragons.

Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake:  Contemporary novel about twins. I heard great things about it.

Airports, Exes, and Other Things I'm Over by Shani Petroff: Contemporary book in which a girl has to wait in an airport with a hot stranger (yeah, that's what Goodreads says) and her ex.

Love and Other Carnivorous Plants by Florence Gonsalves: Don't know why it's shelved as a young adult, if it talks about college, buuuuut sometimes books that talk about college (like Fangirl) are perfect for YA lovers, so.

My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma: I already know because of the title (I am hoping to, at least), this one will be refreshing and cute!

MAY 22TH:



The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde: Contemporary about a teen rockstar!

Furyborn by Claire Legrand: The plot is complicated, but this is so hyped and #fantasy.

Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley: Cute contemporary about a girl who always after stopping dating someone, that someone finally finds the love of their lives.

MAY 29TH:


LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff: Author of Illuminae files and The Neverhight Chronicle returns with a new bookkkkk.

Legendary by Stephanie Garber: The sequel of the hyped book Caraval!

We are done, folks! It took really a while, but I am glad to share these amazing new releases with you. What are you going to buy? Are you exicted for a book in particular? I'd love to know!

July Wrap Up || 2018

Now, let me explain. I should have planned a lot of posts because I was on vacation and I had all the intentions to do it . Unfortun...