Tuesday, 14 August 2018

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. Unfortunately, right the day I was supposed to schedule my posts, I got a terrible stomach ache -I actually feared I was going to the hospital, but it all went fine-. The day after I left home and I had nothing to post, so I just tried writing something there. It was a diffuclt task, because after some days alone, I made friends and I just hadn't thought of it. Not at all. Anyways, it was nice not using the computer and my phone not as much as I had been doing before.


But, hey, now I am back, fresh as ever. Hoping to start blogging again and even more than before.






In July I posted as much as June and, since I was proud of posting that much back in June, I am proud now too. 

What I posted in July

Book reviews:






Book memes:





Book tags:



How Tos:






The Books I Read In July:




The Truth About Lies by Tracy Darnton




  • The premise is interesting. I haven't heard of this disease until I read the book.
  • I liked the MC. Jess was pretty cool, let’s say it. I liked how the author decided to design her character.
  • I enjoyed the writing style.



  • The book has lack of action. I have found myself pretty much annoyed for more than half of the book, but fortunately it was faster at the end. 
  • The characters were just okay.
  • The romance felt rushed. 
  • Many things were unsolved and that really frustrated me. The ending was the most unsatisfing thing in the novel.


Final rating: 3 stars







Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan






  • It was damn funny!!
  • So interesting and educational
  • Perfect also for people who are not fan of Percy Jackson, actually.




  • I didn't like all the short stories, actually. I found a few of them a little bit boring.

Final rating: 4 stars







Homeless by Maria Claudia Sarritzu


I am not going tell you anything, just that I loved this one. The reason why is due to the fact this book is not published in English and this blog is written in this language, so I find kind of useless listing the likes and dislikes. Just so you know, if someone wants to learn Italian or if there are some Italians reading this, make sure to check this book out, it's worth it!


Final rating: 4 stars







Gold Shadow by L.C. Perry

I thank the lovely author again for sending her own book in exchange for an honest review!





  • The fact that the author designed a HUGE cast of characters and they are all well characterized and well written. 
  • It's been a while since I haven't read such good dystopian! The atmosphere definitely fits the genre: a corrupted government and the rebels who are going to change the situation, fighting for their rights. 
  • The writing style is lovely! 
  • Along with main characters, the side characters were pretty good designed as well!



  • I think a character that features in the first chapter is completely useless. I just don’t get why you should put a character, make him as a “maybe important character for the story” and then just leave him.
  • The book is a slow going one. It's such a pity, because without that, I would have rated the book much higher than this.

Final rating: 3.75 stars







A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews


I am going to talk about this book more, once I'll post the review. Stay tuned!




  • The writing style is absolutely amazing! I had high hopes for Cait's book, and I wasn't disappointed at all.
  • The characters are all so precious and well-designed.
  • There is cake!! And dogs. 
  • The message of the book is so deep and beautiful.

Final rating: 5 stars








Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

Click HERE to read the detailed review!




  • Lara Jean being so mature! It's actually why I love this book so much and why it's my favourite in the series.
  • Once again, family has an important role in the book and this just makes me die of joy.
  • I related to the MC so much in this book!
  • Peter being cute as ever just melted my heart.
  • I felt so close to Lara Jean also because this book talks about colleges a lot and I'll leave for it in two years.
  • Of course it contained baking and food.


Final rating: 5 stars






Heart of Darkness and Other Tales by Joseph Conrad





I actually DNFed this one, mostly because it bored me to death. I loved some short stories, but others really made me want to sleep.


Final rating: 2 stars





Tell me your favourite book(s) from July! I am so curious.

Sunday, 29 July 2018

27 Thoughts I Had While Reading Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han And Why It's My Favourite In The Trilogy



If you missed my blog post about the first book in the series, To All The Boys I've Loved Before, plus my reaction to the trailer, just click HERE.


The movie is coming and of course I had to finish the trilogy right before that.






Before listing my thoughts, I just want to say that this is my first time doing this sort of thing and that I have been inspired by other people of course, who have done this. 






This was so fun to do, so expect to find more reviews like that! 






Author: Jenny Han

My rating: 5/5 stars

Release date: May 2nd, 2017.



 I didn't even know how much I missed this series! It's so sweet and heart whelming

● Again, Jenny Han doesn't fail to make me hungry #iwantthosecookies

● Lara Jean wanting to stay home, baking in her pajamas, instead of going to a party is MY AESTHETIC #sorelatable

● All these “I’m Asian and I am proud of it” situations just make this book nicer! Such a great message. Yay for diversity!

● Lara Jean and Peter being in love is the sweetest thing <3

● Kitty being embarrassed because her sister noticed she now has a bra it's such #growingupwithasister (I tell that to my sis all the time, lol)

● Harry Potter references give me LIFE

● It's nice knowing something more about American culture and how seniors handle their last year of school (someone should do that with Italian school, so people would know we are so much boring)#IWantToTakeATripToNewYorkInsteadOfThisShit

● How much cute is Peter Kavinsky and Lara Jean who loves watching him, when he isn't looking??! Relationship goals!#IWillBeForeverAlone

● Lara Jean being so aesthetic, it just feels like she and Gansey would get so well along, lol

● Everyone saying Peter is hot is THE BEST

● Lara Jean not focusing so much on “things young people do” it's the best thing I could have ever asked for

● Lara Jean and Peter watching every kind of film together is my jam!

● This book is so sweet, but also so sad, my feelingsss

● Lara Jean wearing vintage clothes just makes her the queen of Pinterest and the aesthetic

● Lara Jean being friends with Chris it's just so nice and I like Chris a lot! I think it's good for her, having a friend like that.

● I am happy I am reading this book now and not earlier actually! I have two more years before graduation, but I am obviously thinking of college. This book is full of this college atmosphere, I am nearly changing my mind about high school (which is, ugh, something I only consider as temporary and not as beautiful as every adult says)

● Peter Kavinsky is a precious cinnamon roll , who needs to be protected!!

● Again, this series is so focused on family. Which is the nicest thing! YAs need to be like that.

● I am crying. Again. I might like this third book more than the others? Lara Jean is so grown up and I think it's great I decided to end the series a year after I started it, or something like that. I am around her age and I feel her changing too. Gosh, this is so real and relatable!

● I am also feeling more feminine? I know you could care less about my clothes habit, but this year I am liking dresses more. I feel more close to Lara Jean now.

● The perfect ending!! It's so sad that I have finished the series now, I just want to reread the first *starts sobbing*

● Don’t know why, but last books in series are the ones I am liking the most, first The Raven King and now this one.

● I love this one more than the others because Lara Jean feels older, mature, and a little bit like me, too.

● The first part of the book is just drama-less and a chilling one, but I LOVED IT ANYWAY. It wasn't boring or something like that, it was just perfect!

● The second part was more “hey, let’s get some drama, readers have to suffer”, but it was a worth-suffering-for.

● I adored every bit of it and even more!! Can’t wait to start the Summer trilogy.





Let me know if you like this kind of review, so I can post more of them! Have you read this series? Are you excited for the movie?

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater || Great books ft Welsh kings, friendship, characters that you can't help but love




How does one begin to express their infinity love for something, when we all know love is an irrational, beautiful, complicated feeling?


Enough being philosophical, people. I’ll try to explain my love for this series by this review.


WARNING: it may contains (no wait, it definitely does) fangirling, freaking out and me saying “rEAd tHIs seRIes nOw” all the way long. I warned you. Enjoy.








Again, Maggie Stiefvater’s writing style is something so beautiful, so magical, you can't actually explain with words. (But that is exActly what I am going to ddo so yeah). I could read everything she writes and that would be still as great. The atmosphere of the novels is such a detailed, lovely one. The dialogues fit the characters perfectly, they never bore you and they are very realistic.




Let’s just say: the plot isn’t the strong point of the novels, but it’s good. Really good. Unique and interesting. One girl who has always been told that if she kisses her true love, he dies. Then she meets him and his friends, who are apparently doing what other normal teenagers do aka searching for dead Welsh kings and she joins them. Book by book, the plot becomes more than this and everything is connected and, oh my God, Maggie Stiefvater is a fucking genious.





EXCUSE ME. These characters, oh my. They are completely real, so realistic and relatable, well designed and just PERFECT. I fell in love with them. These are the type of characters you just can’t help but remember, even after years you have read the books. The type of characters will always stay in my heart. Forever. Am I being too emotional? Definitely. But that is what these characters made me feel. So so emotional. 
Let me just introduce them to you: Blue Sargent, a badass girl who has been living in a house full of physic women for her whole life and that completely melts when she acknowledges the type of the bond Gansey and his friends have. Blue, we feel you. Who doesn't want friends like those?? 
Gansey is the type of kid who does everything for The Aesthetic, which is way he is my favourite (even though I love them all, but choosing a favourite one is so so hard!). He is looking for this Welsh king, and obviously his friends help him. He is so passionate and definitely something more, than he just shows. I liked the “multiple faces thing”. It feels so real, because I behave in different ways following the situation myself, and it was nice seeing that on a book character. 
Ronan Lynch is one Gansey’s friends, you could say the irrational and emotional one. The kind of guy that swears a lot and likes punching people, but he will do everything for his beloved ones. 
Adam, another Gansey’s friend, is a poor guy who isn’t exactly the kind of guy you many expect from The Raven Boys, which are the members of the Aglionby (the private school in Henrietta). Adam Parrish is the one that looked more real in my opinion. I related to him so much, his desire to leave his home and become someone important. His “I have to study hard to enter a good college”, his “I have to make sacrifices myself, if no one is making them for me”, his “hey, I just want to be loved”. Maybe I am crying right now. Maybe. 
Noah is my precious cinnamon roll, the last member of the gangsey (yeah, we Raven Cycle fans are very funny and creative). He is sweet, funny, and very important in the story.


The are more characters, like amazing side ones, but if I'll list them all, the review will definitely be too long, so just know they are in the books and they are great.






My favourite part of the novels, thank youFriendship in these novels is a theme way more well considered than romance. Which is one of reasons why I love The Raven Cycle so much. After finishing this series, you’ll just have the immense desire to have a group of friends just like them. A family. No, I am not crying again. 









● Great writing style, that will just leave you speechless. I am currently wondering if Maggie Stiefvater is a human or a goddess of the writing.

● If you are looking for a book based on a friendship, read this ones.

● The characters are simply amazing and you will definitely love them, trust me.

● The story is intriguing and interesting!

● *whispers* do it




Have you read these books or want to? What do you think?

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Mystery Blogger Award || Bookish Tag


I am extremely flattered for being tagged by this amazing person and blogger, Tessa @ Crazy for YA, to do this bookish tag. 

I am new in book blogging, so when I saw that I was tagged, I literally screamed in surprise. Thank you so much, Tessa! You made my day, you are such a cutie <3






The creator of this lovely tag is Okoto Enigmas Blog, whose original post you can see by clicking on the name :)





Rules





  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  • Share a link to your best post(s)





  • Three Facts About Myself

    • I love learning new languages! I think that is a great way to keep your mind open and to discover something about a new culture as well. Plus, being able to travel and talk properly, without being a gesticulating monkey -what we Italians are most known of, I'd say- it's a nice thing. You can express yourself in another language even BETTER. For example, I think evetything sounds better in English. Sometimes I just think in English and not in my native language, and it fits completely. It's complicated to explain, but learning another language gives you that kind of freedom. If you missed my post about how to read books in another language, just click HERE.





    • I am a pretty stubborn and focused-on-my-goal person. If I want to complete a thing, I'll do it. No matter how hard it is or how much time it's going to take. It could be a quality, or a flaw, actually. It depends. At school, it's definitely a quality. I am always competitive and I think that's the only Slytherin thing I own. That's why I prefer referring to myself as a Slytherin and a Ravenclaw. I love learning, but my stubborness it's definitely a Slytherin trait. That is another reason why I hate DNF books. I am going to read the whole thing, even though I am going to suffer from it. Yeah, I know, pretty sadistic, but that's the way I am.





    • I love cleaning. I love seeing that everything is at its place and everything is where it's supposed to be. To realx, sometimes, I dust my room or my sheleves and seeing everything smells nice and it's clean, I just love it. I don't like being in my pijamas, unless I am very very sick, I demand myself to look okay, even when I am at home. I can't stand people who smell: I think it's very rude to not wash yourself, if you are going to stay in an enclose space with lots of people like school or at work, do it because you are in a public space and there is a thing called respect. Okay, ranting time has finished :')



    Tessa's questions:



    1. What is your favorite thing about your blog? (Don't be afraid to do a little bit of bragging!)


    My favourite thing about my blog is the language in which it's written. I love writing in English, because as I said above, it makes everything better. It's a way of challenging myself too, which is a nice thing to do :)


    2. If there was one book that you could rewrite the ending of which book would it be, why, and how would you change it?


    Allegiant by Veronica Roth and you know why *starts sobbing* I would not do that to that character -the struggle of not spoiling, folks- because it seemed a little bit abrupt and it was not cute. But, anyway, that choice made sense because of the nature of that character. 

    I really hope you guys understood what I wanted to say, because that was hard to explain without spoiling.

    3. What is one book that everyone should read in their lifetime?


    I actually written a post about it and you can find it HERE. To mention a book, and since some days ago it's been 100 years since the year Nelson Mandela was born, I am going to say The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

    4. What accomplishment are you the most proud of so far this year?


    This year, I worked and studied hard for school and I was at the top of my class. It was nice seeing that! I don't like studying all the subjects of course *cough* maths *cough*, but it's good for my future, since I'd like to become a doctor, I have to study hard.

    5. Who is your favorite music artist? What is your favorite song?


    I love 5 Seconds Of Summer and I think I know their new album, Youngblood, by heart now :')

    Other artists I like are: Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Shawn Mendes, Ed Sheeran, Halsey.

    At the moment, my favourite song is "Sober" by Demi Lovato <3





    Nominees








    My Questions


    • If you could choose one author to spend a day with, which author would you choose and why? What would you say to them?
    • Why and when did you start blogging?
    • What book got you into reading?
    • There is a fire in the library! You can only save 5 books, which ones and why?
    • Best book to movie/tv series adaptation?



    Thank you everyone for reading and thanks again to Tessa for mentioning me! <3

    July Wrap Up || 2018

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