What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

what happened to goodbyeWhat Happened to Goodbye
Sarah Dessen
Published 2013 by Speak
4.5 stars

Goodreads synopsis: A new day. A new place. A new life.

In the past few years, Mclean has pretended to be so many different people that she hardly remembers who she really is anymore.

The adorable guy next door might be able to help her figure it out.

But is she ready for it?

When I started reading this book, I didn’t realize I was going to like it that much. I thought it would be a cute, romance story but actually there wasn’t that much of a romance and more of Mclean’s growth story. I loved reading about how she bonded with people from her school. Only thing I really couldn’t understand was Mclean’s name. Mclean Sweet, really? .D

I could relate well with Mclean and how she felt after the divorce. My own parents also divorced right before I started in senior high school and I thought for a while about changing my personality for a little while.

Because of the romance was only a small part of the book, there wasn’t that much about the love interest, Dave. I liked him but I could have read more about them too because now it just felt a bit sudden when they started dating. Overall this book was really cute and fast to read.

The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett

the colour of magicThe Colour of Magic
By Terry Pratchett
Published 1985 by Corgi Books
4 stars

Goodreads synopsis: On a world supported on the back of a giant turtle (sex unknown), a gleeful, explosive, wickedly eccentric expedition sets out. There’s an avaricious buy inept wizard, a NAIVE tourist whose luggage moves on hundreds of dear little legs, dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and of course THE EDGE of the planet..

I don’t know why I haven’t picked up this series before. I have heard only fantastic things about it, most of the books are in my local library and are short and fun reads. Still I hadn’t picked them up before this year. I’m glad I finally decided to read this because it’s everything it promises.

I loved the world building, it was so bizarre and interesting. There was a lot of it but it never really bothered me because the story was so well written. I was surprised a little bit that the book was more like an collection of short stories than a one, whole story. That didn’t bother me for long and I really enjoyed reading these different stories of Twoflower’s and Rincewind’s adventures.

Week in Review | Start of #RYBSAT

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Hi everyone! This week I actually didn’t do as much reading as last week, mostly because I kept watching Friends (I’m watching the 5th season atm). I don’t feel that bad about not reading more because I read lot last week on Bout of Book Read-A-Long and last Friday RYBSAT or Read Your Book Shelves-A-Thon so I needed a short break from reading between them.

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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness | The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness | Just One Year by Gayle Forman | Where She Went by Gayle Forman | The Archived by Victoria Schwab | Amulett: Stenväktaren by Kazu Kibushi |

I got some great library books this week. I still have over 20 books from library and some times I feel like I wont ever finish reading them but all of them seem so awesome that I can’t just return them back without reading them. I have already read Amulett by Kazu Kibushi and liked it a lot. If you are wondering why there’s second T at the end of Amulett, it’s because it’s in Swedish. I had a little bit hard time reading it because of it but I still want to continue reading it because the art style was beautiful and this could be a good way for me to practice my Swedish.

Other books I finished this week were The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks and Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. I liked both of these a lot, they were action packed and  had great characters and the plots! I’ll be talking more on both of those on their own reviews but I’m really waiting to read the continuation for both of these books.

Are you taking part on #RYBSAT? What books did you read this week? Let’s chat on the comments!

#RYBSAT Round 4

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Hi everyone! I wanted to tell you about this great read-a-thon that starts tomorrow! It’s called Read Your Bookshelf-A-Thon which is organized by Miranda from BooKss101. Click here if you want to see her intro video for it. The idea behind this read-a-thon is to pick a spot from your bookshelf and read as many books as you can from that point onward. I’ll be starting with Amulett (it’s a Swedish version of Amulet) and continue to read as many books as I can. Hopefully I can read at least till The Jewel or so before the weeks over. If you want to participate, you can tweet about it in Twitter with hash tag #RYBSAT or you can make your own blog post/video of your tbr. I’ll be mostly updating my progress on Twitter, @tittareading.

Ps. I’ve been also thinking about taking part on 2nd Annual 24 Hour Read-A-Thon! Are you taking part on these read-a-thons? Tell me down on the comments!

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

thegoldfinchThe Goldfinch
By Donna Tartt
Published 2013 by Little, Brown
3.5 stars

Goodreads synopsis: It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don’t know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love-and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.

The Goldfinch is a novel of shocking narrative energy and power. It combines unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and breathtaking suspense, while plumbing with a philosopher’s calm the deepest mysteries of love, identity, and art. It is a beautiful, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.

This book is really hard for me to review. I liked it a lot but it took me so much time to read (or it felt to me as a long time). I think that I have recently read so many short and fast paced books that a book that takes a little bit longer time to read weird’s me out. Definitely going to work on that because it shouldn’t matter that how long the book is if it’s well written and interesting. And this definitely was that.

The writing style in this book was really beautiful and the way Tartt writes her characters made them feel so alive and genuine, like I was supporting Theo at one point and then hating him for the choices he makes throughout the book. At points the book was bit slow, for example when Theo is at Las Vegas it felt so slow but after that it picked up again and the ending was full of action. The side characters also were really interesting. Like Theo’s love interest, Pippa, we actually do not get to know so well because most of the time she is away and Theo’s just pining for her. Still Tartt’s writing makes Pippa seem really alive and interesting person. This is what made me like the book while reading it, the way Donna Tartt describes people and their flaws felt so real that I couldn’t stop reading this book.

Have you read The Goldfinch or her other books? Which should I read next?

Week in Review | Week 2 and Bout of Books Wrap Up

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Hi everyone! How’s your week been? Did you participate on Bout of Books 12 that was happening throughout this week? I did and it was so much fun! I met new people, read lots of great books(!) and participated on at least two of the challenges!

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Soo, I read a few books this week. As in 8 books. Four of them were graphic novels but that’s still a lot! And all of them were such an awesome reads! I think that the smallest rating I gave this week was 4. So that’s that. I’ll be talking more about them on their own reviews but wow, just wow, how good the books were!boutofbookswrapup

1. What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen 4.5 stars
2. Saga Vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughan 5 stars
3. The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey 4.5 stars
4. Blankets by Craig Thompson 4 stars
5. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion 4 stars
6. The Walking Dead Vol. 3 by Robert Kirkman 4 stars
7. Sin City: The Yellow Bastard by Frank Miller 5 stars
8. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler 4 stars

I was also actually reading a 9th book, The Stories of Ibis by Hiroshi Yamatomo and I liked the beginning but after a reading a while I didn’t feel like reading at all. Today after thinking about it I decided to DNF it but I might try to read it in future again if I feel like it because I really liked the stories at the beginning.

I didn’t have that many goals for this than to read as much as I can, participate on the twitter chats, update what I was reading and participate on some of the challenges. I feel that I did really well on all of these because even though I ended up DNF:ing one book, I had so many other great books, I met some awesome people on both of the chats I participated and I took part on at least two of the challenges. If you are interested in seeing what I read each day, you can see it here.

This is all for me this week! I hopefully start posting reviews for the books I have read next week. I also heard that there’s a review-a-thon happening at the end of this month that I might take part in. How was your week? Did you participate on Bout of Books and if you did how did it go?

SCARLET!!!!

Ps. I also got me a new book this week. I actually I bought this before Christmas but Book Depository took it’s time and delivered it only this week. I really can’t wait to read this!

Saturday Trailers | Iron Sky: The Coming Race

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Hi everyone! I haven’t posted a lot this week because I have been participating on Bout of Books but from next week onward’s I hopefully start to post reviews on the books I have read till now. If you are interested in seeing how I am doing in Bout of Books, check out my update – post here!

This week I want to share with you a trailer for Iron Sky: The Coming Race. It’s continuation for Iron Sky which was a big hit in Finland (part of it might be because the movie was written and directed by Finnish). I really liked the first movie and can’t wait to see the second one! It looks like it’s going to be a crazy one!

Have you seen Iron Sky? Are you waiting for the 2nd part to come out? Tell me down on the comments!

The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson

the alloy of lawThe Alloy of Law
By Brandon Sanderson
Published 2011 by Gollancz
3.5 stars

Goodreads synopsis: The Mistborn trilogy has become a firm favourite with fantasy fans the world over. The imagination that Sanderson brought to the series and his skill at marshalling epic storylines and dramatic action, his ability to create vivid characters made him a natural choice to complete Robert Jordan’s epic wheel of time sequence. But with Mistborn, his standalone fantasies and his new series, The Stormlight Archive, Sanderson has shown his bountiful talents in his own fiction. Now he returns to the series that made his name with a new story set years after the events of Hero of Ages. In a world recovering only slowly from evil, a world where allomancers wield immense power through their ability to unleash the magic bound up in common metals someone who can burn metals that no-one has burned before can tip the balance…Sanderson has the knack of giving the epic fantasy reader exactly what they want. This ability has thrown him to the forefront of the genre and the dramatic story within The Alloy of Law shows off this skill to its very best.

I really wanted to love this book. I loved the first trilogy on the Mistborn-series and I really wanted my love to continue to this book too. Don’t get me wrong, I liked this book but it just wasn’t as good as the other three. I think that the biggest and maybe only reason that I didn’t feel as strongly of The Alloy of Law was because it reminded me so much of western fiction. Western fiction is one of the genres that I just don’t connect with and even though this had lot of fantastical elements too I just didn’t connect with it so much.

There were also so much things that I loved reading about. Like Wax and Wayne and their relationship. It was such a pleasure to see them talking together and I can imagine them becoming and awesome detective trio with Marasi. These three were the reason I liked reading this book along with seeing what had happened after the first trilogy. I’m really interested seeing what happens with Steris and the other three in the future. It was also interesting to read from the bad guys view point because he wasn’t just your typical bad guy, his reasoning’s for the things he did actually sounded pretty solid. And like Wax thought at one point, 300 years before the bad guy might have been viewed as a hero, not villain.

Even though I didn’t like this book so much I still want to read the next books because I liked the characters in this book so much. Have you read The Alloy of Law? What are your thoughts on it?

Bout of Books Updates

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I’ll be posting here my reading stats for every day of Bout of Books. I thought that this would be the easiest way to keep you updated on what I have read on this read-a-thon!

Monday

Pages read: 639
Books read: 
What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen 402 pages | Saga Vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughan 144 pages
Currently reading: The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey p. 40  | The Stories of Ibis by Hiroshi Yamamoto p. 54  

Tuesday

Pages read: 372
Books read: 0
Currently reading: The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey p. 188 | Blankets by Craig Thompson p. 224 | The Stories of Ibis by Hiroshi Yamamoto p. 86
Total page count: 1011

Wednesday

Pages read: 215
Books read: The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
Currently reading: Blankets by Craig Thompson p. 224 | The Stories of Ibis by Hiroshi Yamamoto p. 86
Total page count: 1226

General update: The beginning of the Bout of Books Read-A-Thon has gone very well. Yesterday I didn’t read as much as the other days but I went around and commented on other people’s blogs, chatted on Twitter and so on. So I count is as a productive day.

Thursday

Pages read: 518
Books read: Blankets by Craig Thompson 
Currently reading: The Stories of Ibis by Hiroshi Yamamoto p. 152 | The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion p. 84
Total page count: 1744

Friday

Pages read: 386
Books read:
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Currently reading: The Stories of Ibis by Hiroshi Yamamoto p. 152 | The Walking Dead Book 3 p. 144 | We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler p. 28
Total page count: 2130

I also participated in the describe a book with pictures challenge. Had lots of fun while doing it and finished one of my goals which was to participate in at least two of the challenges.

Saturday

Pages read: 270
Books read: The Walking Dead Book 3
Currently reading: The Stories of Ibis by Hiroshi Yamamoto p. 152 | We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler p.154
Total page count: 2400

I didn’t read as much as I could have yesterday but I participated on the last Twitter chat and had lots of fun there. I also did the Literary Quote Challenge. I hope your last day of Bout of Books goes well!

Sunday

Pages read: 383
Books read:
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves | Sin City: The Yellow Bastard 
Total page count: 2783

Bout of Books | Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt

Hi everyone! It’s my first update on Bout of Books and also first challenge! At the moment I have read one book, What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen. It was so good! I actually cried a little bit at the end because of how it made me feel. Next I think I will continue with some graphic novels before deciding which book I will read next.

To continue on the challenge, it’s organized by Stefani at Caught Read Handed and you might have guessed from the title already, it’s bookshelf scavenger hunt! There’s 8 different criteria and you find a book for each of them!

bookshelf scavenger hunt

1. Find an author with same initials as you. 

I didn’t find any authors with same initials as me ;__;

2. Find a book with color yellow on it. 

Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

3. Find an author’s name with letter “S” on it. 

Silmätyksin by Bjorn Sortland

4. Find a book with a female protagonist.

Entangled by Cat Clarke

5. Find the longest book you own.

The Collected Novels of The Brontë Sisters

6. Find a book with a map in it or on it.

A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin

7. Find a book with face on it (photograph or illustrated).

Steampunk by various authors

Bonus: Find something on your shelf that isn’t a book. 

My lovely figure of Yuki Nagato. I just love this figure and it’s actually been in some of my earlier posts too!

Are you participating on Bout of Books? How is it going?