Anticipated releases of November

Here are some of my anticipated November releases. I don’t know if I can buy them all in November but hopefully I get to read then soon!

 

  1. Black City by Elizabeth Richards
2. Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier
3. The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
4. A Thousand Pieces Of You by Claudia Gray

What are the books you are waiting to be released on November? Which one of these do you think I should buy when it’s released?

Some sort of an book buying ban

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I feel like everybody is going or is on some kind of a book buying ban. I decided to have one at the beginning of next year. The beginning of next year because i have my birthday in November and then there’s Christmas so I want to be able to buy some books then. At the beginning of January I start if not an book buying ban, at least a book buying limit. Rules of the limit are:

1. I can buy 1 book after I have read 25 books from my tbr-pile

This is to make sure that I actually read books from my tbr-pile. There are some restrictions though. I do not count rereads or library books towards to book count so that way I just can’t go and borrow books from my library (as I have done now).

2. I can’t just go and borrow all the books from the library

I decided that to keep me reading my own books I can’t really borrow a lot of books from the library. So I can borrow books that are on hold for me or if they are part of the series I am reading.

3. This will last till I have read at least most of the books I own. 

Hopefully I do not give up too soon on this because I have lots of interesting books waiting to be read. I’ll also post regular updates on how many books I have read. Would you be interested in how many books I actually own that are on my tbr-pile? I could do a small post about that before the end of this year.

Are you going on a book buying ban/limit? How do you do it? Please leave me comments down below. 🙂

Discussion: on reviews, my opinions

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There has been some debate around the booktube and twitter these past couple weeks. I f you aren’t aware about what has happened I’ll explain shortly. First Kathleen Hale published an article in the Guardian about how she stalked a blogger because of a one star review she gave her book in Goodreads. People, especially bloggers and booktubers, have talked how this is unacceptable and how some of them are now afraid to post review’s. About a week after that twitter exploded when couple pretty famous booktubers were discussing reviews and how, if your review isn’t critical, it’s worthless. There was lot of a debate around this, people tweeting and making videos which I think is good because these things need to be discussed.

First I want to say that it is unacceptable for an author to act that way. In Finland from the moment kids start to learn how to use computer they are taught that they shouldn’t give any real, personal information about yourself on internet. Because it is full of crazy people that might use that information against yourself and stalk you or even something worse. I thought that this was how most of people acted, to ensure their own safety.

The other thing I wanted to say is that you shouldn’t stop posting reviews of books because of other people. It’s not for other people to decide what you say in reviews or how you say it. I myself try to give more critical reviews from now on but that doesn’t mean that you should start doing it that way.

There has been many great videos about both of these things and many great things has been said. I don’t know if I can give anything new to the discussion but I wanted to share my opinions too. Even though I am really new at book blogging, I want to be true to myself and give honest reviews here. The idea behind this blog was after all give critical reviews on the books I have read as well as to use my English skills. I can understand that it’s easier to go with the ‘pack mentality’ especially if it’s something that everyone else has liked. I have done that too some times. From now on I’ll try more to be honest about how I feel about books I read/ series I watch.

Horns by Joe Hill review – Spoilers

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By: Joe Hill
Published 2010 by Gollancz 

Goodreads synopsis: Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with one hell of a hangover, a raging headache . . . and a pair of horns growing from his temples.

Once, Ig lived the life of the blessed: born into privilege, the second son of a renowned American musician, and the younger brother of a rising late-night TV star, Ig had security and wealth and a place in his community. Ig had it all, and more – he had the love of Merrin Williams, a love founded on shared daydreams, mutual daring, and unlikely midsummer magic.
Then beautiful, vivacious Merrin was gone – raped and murdered, under inexplicable circumstances – with Ig the only suspect. He was never tried for the crime, but in the court of public opinion, Ig was and always would be guilty.

Now Ig is possessed with a terrible new power – with just a touch he can see peoples’ darkest desires – to go with his terrible new look, and he means to use it to find the man who killed Merrin and destroyed his life. Being good and praying for the best got him nowhere. It’s time for a little revenge; it’s time the devil had his due.

Be warned this book had adult themes in it, e.g. rape, violence and drug abuse. So if these things aren’t your thing maybe you should stay away from it.

Some people has categorized this book as horror. I can understand why but I have to disagree with that. It’s not at least classical fantasy like Frankenstein or Dracula. In my opinion this is more realism with a touch of fantasy. Half of the time I was disgusted with the things happening in this book and the other half I spent wanting to know what happened next. I gave this four out of five stars because it’s a great book even though it ruffled me time to time.

The main characters had great depth to them. Ig having these horns that make everybody confess his/hers darkest, deepest desires to him and finding out that there is indeed something fishy about his girlfriends death is driven to be Satan in this book. Joe Hill contemplates in the book that is the devil after all the bad guy or is he actually working alongside God? He explores this and other themes around religion. I can’t start to imagine how Ig felt after his family basically tells him that they are disgusted with him and doesn’t want to see him.

Other characters that I think were well constructed in the book were Merrin, Ig’s girlfriend and Lee, his best friend. We get to see Merrin only from the memories from the other characters because she has died a year ago. They had been high school love birds with Ig and years after that till Merrin announces that she wants to brake up and see other people. The same night she is killed and raped brutally in the woods. Lee at first seems like the good guy: he believes in God, is everybody’s friend and helps all the time. Slowly we get to see that there’s actually a darker side to him.

I feel that even though the book had pretty dark themes surrounding, it still got the “happy ending”. Maybe not a happy ending you might anticipate but happy nonetheless. After this book I certainly will check Joe Hill’s other books out. I actually bought recently Heart-Shaped Box by him which I will read hopefully in the near future.

Have you read Horns or Joe Hill’s other books? What were your thoughts? Please leave your thoughts about the book down in the comments.

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading. To participate you just need to answer these three following questions:

1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think you’ll read next?


1. What are you currently reading? 

I am currently reading Night Film by Marisha Pessl. I picked this up because Regan from Peruse Project is reading it and tweeted that it’s really scary. So I decided it to be a good read for October, with Halloween coming and all that.

2. What did you recently finish reading?

 Today I finished In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang. This was by first graphic novel by them and enjoyed it a lot. It’s about this girl that starts to game and how she handles different problems arising from the game.

3. What do you think you’ll read next? 

I’ll be either reading The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch or Varistyttö (The Crow Girl in English) by Erik Axl Sund. I don’t really know which one to read next Lynch’s book is a 1st book in a fantasy series and Varistyttö is a psycological crime novel I think. You can leave me a comment and tell me what do you think which one I should pick up next.

What are your WWW’s? Tell me down in the comments!

Top 10 Tuesday | New series I want to start

Top Ten Tuesday is weekly feature/meme organized by The Broke and the Bookish. It’s for all of those people who love lists and want to share them to other people! Every week they have a different feature posted on their site which you can answer with your own list. This weeks feature is the top 10 new series that I can’t wait to start.

 1. The Mortal Instruments – series by Cassandra Clare

Yes, I haven’t started this series yet. I own the books 1, 3 and 4 and I actually don’t have any good reason for why I haven’t started it yet. I’ll start this soon so I can share the feelings.

2. The Selection – series by Kiera Cass

I own the first book from this series too and I don’t know why I haven’t read it yet. Other books got ahead?

3. Pretty Little Liars – series by Sara Shepard

I have read some books in Sara Shepard’s other series The Lying Games and I liked those so I would like to read this series too. Also I want to see the tv-show based on the books but to do that I need to read the books first.

4. The Stormlight Archive – series by Brandon Sanderson

I have read Brandon Sanderson’s first book in The Mistborn – series and liked it a lot. Also this series has gotten a lot of hype around the booktube and bookblogs so I would like to read it. One day perhaps.

5. Rebel Belle – series by Rachel Hawkins 

I don’t really know much about this series, actually nothing, but I have seen it mentioned and praised so many times that I want to see what’s it about. Also I love the cover. It’s so pretty.

6. Alienated – series by Melissa Landers

I stumbled across this book couple weeks ago and I decided that I would like to read it. I haven’t read many alien YA – books and I feel they are becoming the next hype. The plot in this book seemed interesting and I like the cover which also made me want to read this.

7. The Winner’s trilogy – series by Marie Rutkoski

First things first, the cover is gorgeous. That alone makes me want to read this book. Also I have heard great things about this book so I can’t wait to start reading it.

8. Throne of Glass – series by Sarah J. Maas

Again really popular series that I haven’t gotten around to read. But this will change soon! I ordered the first book last week, so it should come soon. Hopefully I get to read it before the end of the year.

9. Mara Dyer – series by Michelle Hodkin

As you can see, I am really bad at reading the most popular books. This is again series that I have heard so many great things but haven’t gotten around to read it. The final book is released this month so maybe finally I get to read this series. I might marathon it in the future.

10. The Grisha – trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

This trilogy also has been one that I have meant to read but never gotten really around. I have heard great things about this too, so I might marathon these books soon.

This was my top 10 Tuesday post, have you read any of the series? Any series I must start reading? Tell me what series you haven’t started yet but want to start soon?

Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon | Wrap Up

Now it’s over – the 24 hour read-a-thon. I had a great time, meeting new people and reading books. I finished 3 books and 1½ graphic novels. I didn’t get to my reading goal but I don’t feel too bad about it because I wanted to have that many books to have some variety when selecting the next book to read.

The first book I finished was John Steinbeck’s Travels With Charley. In this book Steinbeck describes how he travels around the USA with his dog. He wanted to do this road trip because he felt that he couldn’t write anymore about the America because he didn’t know it. It’s only 200 page book but still this took most of my time to read, about six hours in total. I really liked it though, it was really beautifully written and how Steinbeck described the places and people he met, it almost was like I was there, seeing everything he could see. Also there were many beautiful sentences in this book that I would love to citate. I gave it 4 stars in Goodreads.

The second book I read was Witch Finder by Ruth Warburton. It’s a YA, fantasy book and 374 pages long. I read this one lot faster than Steinbeck’s book. I think it was because fantasy is more familiar genre to me so I’m used to reading it and also it being YA it didn’t have difficult sentences. Witch Finder is about Luke who wants to become a witch hunter because a black witch killed his parents. To become one he has to kill a witch. And he choose to kill Rosa Greenwood. Rosa is trying to save her family from losing their home when she meets Luke. Luke has only two weeks to kill her but can he do it? This was a nicely written book but it didn’t really surprise me any way. Even though there was a small cliffhanger at the end of the book, it doesn’t really want to make me read the next book. I gave this 3 stars in Goodreads.

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After these two books I wanted to read something different and decided to pick up Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. This is a graphic novel about Marjane herself when she was a kid in Iran. There is war and Islamic revolution and Marjane had to grew up in the middle of this changes. It was a really good read, I got to know a lot about history of Iran that I didn’t know. I’ll be definitely going to read the second graphic novel soon. I gave this 5 stars in Goodreads.

At this time the clock was already over 2 am in Finland. I decided to read couple chapters from Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters before going to sleep. I slept for about seven hours and woke around 11 am. My boyfriend was still asleep so I decided to stay in bed and finish my book, hoping that I wouldn’t wake him up. I finished it one hour before the end of the readathon. I think most of you what Percy Jackson is, but the book I was reading is the second book in the series. Percy is half blood which means that he’s father is Poseidon the god of sea. In the Sea of Monsters someone has poisoned the tree that protects the summer camp where Percy goes and only way to save it is to find the Golden Fleece. But nobody has seen it in hundreds of years. I gave this book 5 stars in Goodreads because it was just that good.

Then I had only about hour to left of the read-a-thon. I decided to start reading Maus 1 and got it about half way through. It’s about WW2 when Germans did bad things to Jews. The mouse in the book are Jews and the cats are Germans and with this Maus shows us how brutally Jews were treated. Based on what I have read, I feel it’s a great and sad story and I probably give it 4 or 5 stars in Goodreads.

End of Event Meme:

Which hour was most daunting for you?  

18th because that was the hour I first woke up but decided to sleep still.

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Maus by Art Spiegelman

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

No, this really great and I am so glad that I participated!

What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

The cheerleaders did a great job in twitter and I think the Goodreads group was a great idea, now I could go there and meet new people before the read-a-thon started.

How many books did you read?

3 books and 1½ graphic novels.

What were the names of the books you read?

Travels With Charlie
Witch Finder
Persepolis
Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters
Maus 1

Which book did you enjoy most?

Persepolis.

Which did you enjoy least?

Witch Finder.

How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

I’ll definitely participate next time too. I would like to be a cheerleader next time if I have enough time.

I want to thank you to people who organized this, everyone who participated, cheered for me or just commented on my tweets, thank you so much, without you I wouldn’t have made it! Thank you also for the door prize I won! Hopefully I see you again, at least on the next read-a-thon!

Dewey’s Read-a-Thon | Opening Meme

It’s the last hour before the Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon begins and to past this time, the lovely people hosting this read-a-thon posted an opening meme. If you have time in your hands this weekend you should check out and participate here!

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1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

I am from Finland.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

This is a hard question. I think Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore or one of the graphic novels, Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. Bitterblue because I loved the first book Graceling and even though the second book wasn’t as good as the first one, I still want to see what happens next. I picked Persepolis because I haven’t really read many graphic novels before and I have seen many people talk about this so I decided to give it a go.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Chocolate!

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I love reading! That didn’t come as a surprise though, I think. What else? I’m at the moment in university, studying international business and actually two months ago I came back from Japan where I was doing my exchange year.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

I didn’t participate last time, I am rather new in the book blogging/vlogging community, so I didn’t know about this read-a-thon before. I am most looking forward to meeting new people, discussing about books and of course all the reading I’ll be doing!