Showing posts with label Books. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Books. Show all posts

Thursday, 12 March 2020

MPOV: Six of Crows (The Six of Crows Duology #1)

My rating: 4/5
Goodreads rating: 4.46/5
Published: September 29, 2015
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy Fiction

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . . .

A convict with a thirst for revenge

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager

A runaway with a privileged past

A spy known as the Wraith

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes

Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

The above taken from Goodreads.

3) Read a children's book OR a YA book that's been on your TBR

This book has been on my TBR pile for ages so when I saw this challenge, I just had to go with this after pondering it for a few days. Oh boy, it's definitely worth it as I was taken into a new world, a magical universe that I was so into it!

Kaz aka Dirtyhands recruited a small crew to handle an impossible job in favour for a huge payout which will make all of  them rich beyond their wildest dreams. The crew accepted it without much qualms as they have faith in Kaz. Also being able to pay off their respective debts and be free is the key motivation for Jasper, Nina and Inej. Matthias wants his pardon and out of jail card. Wylan, on the other hand, just wanted to belong somewhere. Each with their own delectable skills, albeit some doubts about the job, they managed to get through it all as a team and not forgetting their ruthless impossible journey!

I loved how the story progresses with each character building and Leigh Bardugo has planned the plots so seamlessly that everything felt so real! Though Kaz is the protagonist, the story was told in 6 different viewpoints, each reliving their true background with more depth that I was impartial to them. The way she has written it was so easily understood, without much confusing flair. I can so imagined it overall especially Kaz whom I thought Jared Leto would fit easily. Also Zoe Kravitz would be the perfect Inej. Dave Bautista would be an excellent Matthias!

It did started of kinda slow but slowly in building up the momentum and there were many highs after that. If you enjoy fantasy with such unique characters, this is one you should not miss. I've not read Leigh's famous Grishaverse novels i.e. Shadow and Bone trilogy but now I'm intrigued and curious of her other books. I can't wait to start on Crooked Kingdom, the second and final book for this duology.

Some notable quotes:
It's time to pay your debts, Kaz. You never get something for nothing.

Brick by brick, I will destroy you!

The heart is an arrow. It demands aim to land true.

Trickery is not my native tongue, but I may learn to speak it yet.

I have been made to protect you. Only in death will I be kept from this oath.

When they took everything from you, you found a way to make something from nothing.

Thursday, 27 February 2020

MPOV: Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey

My rating: 4/5
Goodreads rating: 4.48/5
Published: May 26, 2020
Author: Abigail Wilson
Genre: Historical fiction, mystery, regency romance

In this new Regency romance, Elizabeth knows she must protect her heart from the charm of her new husband, Lord Torrington. She is not, however, prepared to protect her life.When the widowed Lord Torrington agreed to spy for the crown, he never planned to impersonate a highwayman, let alone rob the wrong carriage. Stranded on the road with an unconscious young woman, he is forced to propose marriage to protect his identity and her reputation, as well as his dangerous mission.

Trapped not only by her duty to her country but also by her limited options as an unwed mother, Miss Elizabeth Cantrell and her infant son are whisked away to Middlecrest Abbey by none other than the elder brother of her son's absent father. There she is met by Torrington's beautiful grown daughters, a vicious murderer, and an urgent hunt for the missing intelligence that could turn the war with France. Meanwhile she must convince everyone that her marriage is a genuine love match if her new husband has any hope of uncovering the enemy.

Determined to keep her son's true identity a secret, Elizabeth will need to remain one step ahead of her fragile heart, her uncertain future, and the relentless fiend bent on her new family's ruin.

The above taken from Goodreads.
Thanks to Netgalley for this e-ARC in return for my honest review.

An interesting plot where a forced marriage of convenience took place between Adrian and Elizabeth. When a murder happens at Middlecrest Abbey, Adrian and Elizabeth spent lots of time together trying to solve it to find the murderer. With lots of enthralling adventure together, the masquerade eventually turns into a reality with both Adrian and Elizabeth falling in love!

The adventure, the mystery, the treachery... I'm surprised to find such exciting plots in this historical romance! I honestly loved the way it was written with much gusto and yet paced accordingly. Abigail Wilson is truly a wonderful author, able to get me on my toes and have my full attention until the end! It's a sex-less romance book too so it caught me by surprise as it's still as romantic and engaging! A sexy yet elegant read at that.

From the start, I'm not sure even why but I have Liam Neeson in mind as Adrian. The way he speaks and behave just had me there as Adrian and the whole book seems more realistic, imagining Liam plotting through the story LOL! Adrian is so endearing and understanding (not forgetting very handsome as it was repeatedly mentioned by Elizabeth) that I was so annoyed with Elizabeth for thinking too much!!!

This is the only part I wasn't completely happy about, Elizabeth's doubtful mind! Most of the time, I felt like shouting at her, telling her to move on and be honest with Adrian! Gosh, it sure tires me to even just think of it! I know, it's just part of the story, LOL! I rarely get so emotional reading a book but this definitely riled me up! So it's that good ya...

All in all, it's a wonderful love story worth my time reading it and totally enjoyed it to the tee! Here are a couple of excerpts...

*Adding Abigail Wilson into my favourite author list*

Monday, 24 February 2020

MPOV: The Sea

My rating: 4/5
Goodreads rating: 4/5
Published: February 14th, 2020
Author: Sophie Jupillat Posey
Genre: Short story, novella, fiction

Forty-year-old Amos Heinig avoids family, society, and emotional conflicts. People bring far too much drama, as if he doesn't have enough of his own. The ultra-realistic nightmares he's been having for as long as he can remember have made his isolationist existence nearly unbearable. After each bizarre, visionary dream in which the wild, untamed ocean rises up and destroys humanity, he wakes in his bed, drenched in seawater. All he wants is to forget the dreams and avoid the sea at all costs.

Surprising himself, he attends his nephew's birthday party and reconnects with his relatives. During the party, he learns that his sister not only knows about his strange visions, but that the gift runs in the family. In his worst nightmare, Amos discovers his own unique legacy as the lines between dream and reality become muddled. He alone recognizes the dire omens for humanity. Amos’s empathy is tested in the most terrifying way possible and a new, urgent purpose catapults him into action.

Can a force of nature, subject only to time and the tides, ever be patient, persuaded, let alone subdued? Or will Amos's efforts only delay the inevitable desolation and ruin of the entire human race?

The above taken from Goodreads.
I've received this e-ARC from BookSirens in return for my honest review.

This was an unexpected short read for me. It turns out that this novella is more about saving the earth with a hero in direct liaison with Mother earth. He's trying to convince her not to destroy the human race as humans have been destroying the earth slowly but surely.

I was attracted to the cover hence the requisition and here I thought a novella, short and sweet. Well, I was wrong to assume as although it was short and sweet, it did carry some important messages especially with regards to saving the earth.

Overall, it was well written, well expressed with a melancholy feel. It's well rounded with a good intent which I've enjoyed. Having able to relate to it since it's also our current global warming issue, I think most of us can resonate with this.

Some notable quotes which you can gauge of the novella:

Friday, 21 February 2020

MPOV: The Princess Bride

My rating: 4/5
Goodreads rating: 4.26/5
Published: 1973
Author: William Goldman
Genre: Romance, fantasy, adventure fiction

What happens when the most beautiful girl in the world marries the handsomest prince of all time and he turns out to be...well...a lot less than the man of her dreams?

As a boy, William Goldman claims, he loved to hear his father read the S. Morgenstern classic, The Princess Bride. But as a grown-up he discovered that the boring parts were left out of good old Dad's recitation, and only the "good parts" reached his ears.

Now Goldman does Dad one better. He's reconstructed the "Good Parts Version" to delight wise kids and wide-eyed grownups everywhere.

What's it about? Fencing. Fighting. True Love. Strong Hate. Harsh Revenge. A Few Giants. Lots of Bad Men. Lots of Good Men. Five or Six Beautiful Women. Beasties Monstrous and Gentle. Some Swell Escapes and Captures. Death, Lies, Truth, Miracles, and a Little Sex.

In short, it's about everything.

The above taken from Goodreads.

2) Buddy-read a love story OR a book about redemption
Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.
OMG, this 2 phrases were repeated non-stop! It actually made the book more funny and not annoying at all LOL! It's such an endearing read that truly had me engaged from the start until the end. I've not watched the movie so I had no idea what it was all about but I've heard many rave reviews from the book club I'm in. Also, this month's #tbntbookchallenge is to buddy-read a love story so I jumped on the Romance Book Discussion's bandwagon since it is their featured book for discussion.

This book is a summarized version of S. Morgenstern's The Princess Bride. According to William Goldman, it's filled with lots of unnecessary fillers which will bore any readers to death. His father read to him when he was young and he was so intrigued by it so he decided to gift the same book to his son. However, his son was so bored with it that he did not finished it. William found out why later on... unknowingly, his father had actually read all the good parts and left out all the boring ones.This has prompted him to recollect it all, only the good parts, and compiled it into this book.

The book started off with William's discovery of the good parts and what the book actually consisted that leads to this reconstruction. Interestingly, he has clearly summarized and explained in detail of what actually went on in the original classic part by part. He stayed true to the original story and only add in his thoughts, his narration so to speak, which was so quirky yet funny!

The story itself was predictable for some parts like who's the man in black and who hired the trios to kidnap Buttercup. I just couldn't fathom some parts like when the man in black rescued Buttercup, why couldn't she recognized the voice as Westley's. Also, Westley is the captain of his ship and he's not been back to his ship for so long so how come the pirates didn't come looking for him or sailed away? There were some mind nibbling here and there but then I guess it's just a story after all!

Some classified it as a love story but overall, it has everything! From adventure to sci-fi to thriller, it has every genre in bite size to fill everyone's palette. The ending though, I think some current authors have followed such satirical ending which I didn't like. It's open-ended, hanging, without a closure. Other than that, I've enjoyed this book tremendously!

Some notable quotes:

Monday, 17 February 2020

MPOV: Chasing Cassandra (The Ravenels #6)

My rating 4/5
Goodreads rating: 4.18/5
Published: February 18, 2020
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Genre: Historical romance

Everything has a price...

Railway magnate Tom Severin is wealthy and powerful enough to satisfy any desire as soon as it arises. Anything—or anyone—is his for the asking. It should be simple to find the perfect wife—and from his first glimpse of Lady Cassandra Ravenel, he’s determined to have her. But the beautiful and quick-witted Cassandra is equally determined to marry for love—the one thing he can’t give.

Everything except her...

Severin is the most compelling and attractive man Cassandra has ever met, even if his heart is frozen. But she has no interest in living in the fast-paced world of a ruthless man who always plays to win.

When a newfound enemy nearly destroys Cassandra’s reputation, Severin seizes the opportunity he’s been waiting for. As always, he gets what he wants—or does he? There’s one lesson Tom Severin has yet to learn from his new bride:

Never underestimate a Ravenel.

The chase for Cassandra’s hand may be over. But the chase for her heart has only just begun...

The above taken from Goodreads.
I've received this e-ARC from Edelweiss in return for my honest review.

OMG! My first Lisa Kleypas and it has blown me away! Albeit a Ravenels no 6! Totally standalone and I could pick up the plots easily. I would say 80% was enthralling, 20% was a little slow especially during the wedding and honeymoon. Overall, it was engaging and exciting! Now I need to look up for more Lisa Kleypas and the previous Ravenels!!!

This book did reminds me of Fifty Shades of Grey LOL! Tom sure did feels like Christian but in a more humanly way. Cassandra is definitely more vivacious compared to Anastasia. It's a case of opposites attract and the attraction had many obstacles which made the novel more interesting. I'm in awe with all the scientific/mathematics included in a romance novel! This truly had me at wow!

I've enjoyed how it was written, plotted and paced. Lisa is definitely at her element and I can safely say that she's been added to my 'favourite romance author' list :-) It's her way with words, so naturally yet truly engaging. Had me wanting to finish it sooner but then life still has to go on LOL! I can imagine it while reading which is a plus point for me! And yes, Man of Steel's Henry Cavill was my Tom Severin LOL!!!

Some notable quotes:

Overall, I've totally liked that there were many references to famous authors and novels during then. Such awesomeness that it has been incorporated in which I felt the relevance of it and so realistic too. Definitely a novel worth reading!

Friday, 14 February 2020

International Book Giving Day and Happy Valentine's Day

It is International Book Giving Day today! Not forgetting it's Valentine's Day too! So kill 2 birds with 1 stone by gifting a book to your loved one today!

In view of this special day, there is a book giveaway to a lucky commenter on Nyc Nat Nook's Instagram! It will be picked by using a Random Number Generator! This giveaway ends on 29th February 2020 and the winner will be announced on 3rd March!

So go ahead and try your luck here but make sure to read the T&C first:

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

MPOV: The Noodle Maker

My rating: 3/5
Goodreads rating: 3.41/5
First published: 1990
Author: Ma Jian
Translator: Flora Drew
Genre: Satirical fiction, Asian literature, Short story

1) Read a book by a Chinese author or a red book

From Ma Jian, the highly acclaimed Chinese dissident, comes a satirical novel about the absurdities of life in a post-Tiananmen China.

Two men meet for dinner each week. Over the course of one of these drunken evenings, the writer recounts the stories he would write, had he the courage: a young man buys an old kiln and opens a private crematorium, delighting in his ability to harass the corpses of police officers and Party secretaries, while swooning to banned Western music; a heartbroken actress performs a public suicide by stepping into the jaws of a wild tiger, watched nonchalantly by her ex-lover. Extraordinary characters inspire him, their lives pulled and pummeled by fate and politics, as if they are balls of dough in the hands of an all-powerful noodle maker.

Ma Jian's satirical masterpiece allows us a humorous, yet profound, glimpse of those struggling to survive under a system that dictates their every move.From Ma Jian, the highly acclaimed Chinese dissident, comes a satirical novel about the absurdities of life in a post-Tiananmen China.

Two men meet for dinner each week. Over the course of one of these drunken evenings, the writer recounts the stories he would write, had he the courage: a young man buys an old kiln and opens a private crematorium, delighting in his ability to harass the corpses of police officers and Party secretaries, while swooning to banned Western music; a heartbroken actress performs a public suicide by stepping into the jaws of a wild tiger, watched nonchalantly by her ex-lover. Extraordinary characters inspire him, their lives pulled and pummeled by fate and politics, as if they are balls of dough in the hands of an all-powerful noodle maker.

Ma Jian's satirical masterpiece allows us a humorous, yet profound, glimpse of those struggling to survive under a system that dictates their every move.

The above taken from Goodreads.

To be honest, this book did not grasped me as much hence I took quite a while to finish it even though it's a novella. Being not as engaging, I tend to read others in between but I had to force finish it so that I can proceed with the next #tbntbookchallenge! Not forgetting I do have a few e-ARC's to read and review in queue!

Each chapter holds a different short story though it's inter-related to each other, especially to the 2 main protagonists i.e. The Professional Writer (TPW) and The Professional Blood Donor (TPBD). As these different short stories were TPW's stories in which he hoped he could write, he can only tell it to TPBD as he's afraid of The Party. Most of these short stories ended with gruesome deaths, if not with bad endings. It sure wasn't as attractive to me since I never liked gory stuffs!

Translation wise, it seemed to be fluidly done as I didn't get lost in translation. I was able to understand the gist of it and was hoping for a much engaging story line. I guessed such satirical stories are not my cup of tea. As it is, I kept cringing at the gory parts LOL! The plots were different, as if being told of actual China in a novella way. Having said that, I did enjoy the last few stories which were quite enthralling.

Apologies for the out of focus pics, I was too sleepy to redo it LOL! Anyway, I did liked how the author has named it's content, straightforward and relatable to the relevant stories, a good introduction if you asked me.
Some of the notable quotes:

All in all, it truly was a unique yet dark read with lots of reference to death. The cover did piqued my interest but the title was somehow not so in sync. If you like gothic kinda story, then this novella is for you.

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

MPOV: The Relic Spell (Book 1 of the Phyrian War Chronicles)

My rating: 4/5
Goodreads rating: 4.67/5
Published: December 17, 2019
Author: Jimena I. Novaro
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy Fiction

Magic rolls through Orion Tamura’s history classroom like a tidal wave of golden light that only he can see. The spell is deadly, and Orion has no idea who cast it or what they want.

Answers are scarce—all of Port Monica’s sorcerers vanished fourteen years before, including Orion’s father. Armed with his limited knowledge of magic, Orion is the only one left in the city who is strong enough to investigate the origins of the spell.

But the city’s leaders will stop at nothing to censor and sabotage anyone who gets close to the truth. Invisible otherworlders watch every move Orion and his friends make, and a mysterious sorcerer who knows the answers haunts Orion’s dreams.

The above taken from Goodreads.

Thanks to BookSirens for this e-ARC in return for my honest review.

This book definitely reminds me of The Sorcerer's Apprentice. I kept imagining Jay Baruchel as Orion LOL! Filled with lots of actions that I've lost the plot a few times! Honestly, I had to reread it many a times to grasp the terror which had definitely slowed down my reading progress.

A book about sorcerers and demons, Orion is a young sorcerer who has been catching demons with his friend, Max. He has been trained by his mother who is apparently quite ill. Both his father and Max's parents have disappeared 14 years ago including all of Port Monica's sorcerers without a trace leaving Orion the only sorcerer left to defend his city... well apparently not. With a deadly relic spell reenacted after 14 years and a new sorcerer in town, Orion has to find out the origin of the spell to try to stop it and also stop this new sorcerer!

I truly applaud Jimena for having written this so well! It's action-packed with loads of fighting scenes and yet she could translate it onto paper neatly! I do enjoy her nicely paced prose and was entertained from the start.

Somehow the overall premise did sounds like Twilight + The Mortal Instruments + Xena LOL! It seems to have borrowed scenes from all over, compressed and refined to become The Relic Spell. I guess this is just me thinking too much whilst reading this with my mind actively envisioning this, imagining that. Hence the comparison started when a scene sounds familiar or a part created similarly like this or that.

All in all, it's YA through and through with much sorcery and bravery plus a little love. It does carry some weight of the current social stigma which is difficult to comprehend with their current self. So relevant and on point, hopefully it will indirectly guide the youngsters accordingly with topics like trying to fit in with the cool kids, proving themselves worthy to others and bullying. Also as there's reference to Orion's love for Max, I wonder if it'll developed in the next few books or so. I liked how this book ends, at least it's not a cliffhanger and leave me hanging much LOL! With so much going on, I wonder how book 2 would fare...

Thursday, 16 January 2020

MPOV: The Arrangement

My rating: 3/5
Goodreads rating: 4.08/5
Publishing: January 28, 2020
Authors: Sylvia Day, Minerva Spencer and Kristin Vayden
Genre: Romance, Regency, Fiction

Thanks to Netgalley and Kensington Books for this e-ARC in return for my honest review.

Just so you know, I had a hard time trying to read this on my Kobo Touch as the format size was so small! The fonts were so tiny and when I tried to zoom in, it was hard to scroll as the function was not user-friendly. In the end, luckily there's Adobe Digital Editions so I could read it on my Apple instead.

Anyway, this novel is a collection of 3 historical romance by 3 different authors. I've only read Sylvia Day's so I did expect some hardcore stuff. All in all, I didn't expect it to be a little over the top since it's historical romance. Well, being exposed to historical romance at a young age, I guess I'm kinda old fashion so a little susceptible to adapt to such new concepts LOL!
Mischief and the Marquess by Sylvia Day - Available for the first time since 2007! 
Justin, the Marquess of Fontaine, and Lady Sophie Milton-Riley, are completely ill-suited to one another. But they will have to prove it in order to end to their mothers' insistence that they should marry. Yet the more they attempt to demonstrate how wrong their union would be, the more surprisingly, irresistibly right things feel...
The first novella is Sylvia Day's Mischief and the Marquess. As usual, she writes pretty well, adapting to the historical aspect but not as fluently. The story itself was fine but the head-on crude sex does not jive which made it seemed a little over board. It just didn't suit the genre for me and it turned me off. If it's written as current day romance, it would definitely had been a good read for me! Some snippets to share...

The Duke's Treasure by Minerva Spencer - First time in print! 
Plain, prickly Josephine Loman has loved Beaumont Halliwell, the Fifth Duke of Wroxton, since the first time she saw him. But the most beautiful man she's ever met had eyes only for Jo's erstwhile friend, who betrayed Beau's trust by marrying his brother. Beau hasn't been home in years, but when his brother dies in an accident, he must marry to save the impoverished dukedom. And Jo is the overlooked heiress who will turn his world upside down...
The same goes for this second novella, Minerva Spencer's The Duke's Treasure. This was totally a modern take hence I totally forgot it's regency romance so it fared much better. I've not read Minerva Spencer's books so it was quite refreshing for me with the Duke supposedly more chauvinistic but became more humanly due to his new wife. Interestingly, it still reflects the historical aspect at a minimum so I still kept thinking it's modern day romance. Some snippets to share with interesting choice of words /  sentences...

The Inconvenient Countess by Kristin Vayden - First time in print! 
As the eldest in a poverty-stricken family of daughters, Miss Diana Katherine Lambson's only option is a marriage of convenience. Her only prospect is a rogue with a miserable reputation. Her only true desire: freedom. And that is exactly what Charles Brook, Earl of Barrington, is willing to offer, in return for the respectability their union will give him. He will even provide Diana with a contract. But does she dare entrust her future to a scoundrel? Does she dare not to?
This final novella actually hits home! Well written prose without overdoing the sex part and keeping it historically seducing! I actually enjoyed this one a lot with all the teasing and fun bantering! Kristin totally killed it with the right pace, right prose with the right amount of sex so appreciating the historical aspects of it all. I've enjoyed being in Diana's and Brook's company from the start to the end! A snippet which I loved... so seductively sweet...

Overall, it has the same plot where the Duke was forced to marry the unintended bride, eventually both fell in love and lived happily ever after. All has the same epilogue where the duchess is pregnant and the duke is happily in love LOL! So if you are looking for a light read, this is the one. I would have finished it sooner if not for my initial hiccup!

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

MPOV: Circe

My rating: 5/5
Goodreads rating: 4.28/5
First published: April 10, 2018
Author: Madeline Miller
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy Fiction, Historical Fiction

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.

But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

The above taken from Goodreads.

This book is about Circe, a goddess who has been in shadows all her life until she was banished to an island for revealing she has magic. In Aiaia, she's the queen, the witch, the ruler of her own destiny. This book tells the story of her life's journey, of her hardship, the torments she has to endure to survive and eventually writing her own destiny.

I've come across many rave reviews of this book but I assumed it's overrated. How wrong I was!!! From the first chapter, I was engulfed in a well written, well paced story. So beautifully written that I savour every single word and did not speed read even though I was anxious to know the ending! It may be slow to some but it was magically right for me! Though I've not read The Martian by Andy Weir, I have watched the movie and somehow Circe reminded me of that.

I was able to envision Circe from the day she was born, how she survived being ridiculed and abandoned, when she has to endure all those vital moments. So poignant yet relatable in every walks of life. I could so feel her hostility and her heartaches but yet, she's strong-willed, unwilling to bow down when she knows she's right. I truly loved her attitude in life. I never knew I would enjoy Greek mythology as much.

I applaud Madeline Miller for actually writing such a life journey, a sort of memoir for Circe. I have not read her other novel, The Song of Achilles but now I'm intrigued. She's able to tell Circe's point of view with such angst and I truly feel for her! Maybe it's the feminist side but I guess her being a teacher also did helped to be more accurate and more wordy LOL!
“But in a solitary life, there are rare moments when another soul dips near yours, as stars once a year brush the earth. Such a constellation was he to me.”
“Circe, he says, it will be all right.
It is not the saying of an oracle or a prophet. ... He does not mean that it does not hurt. He does not mean that we are not frightened. Only that: we are here. This is what it means to swim in the tide, to walk the earth and feel it touch your feet. This is what is means to be alive.”
For all that she has to endure, Circe has remained as positive as she could. She did not give up easily and her pursuit in life just lived on without hesitation. She stood for what she believes in even though the hurdles were much higher. She truly dare to be different and preached for what she believes in. She's so amazing, definitely a woman of her own destiny.

Friday, 3 January 2020

2019: My Year in Books

Every year, I'll share my year in books, tabulated by Goodreads. Goodreads is an app tracking almost everything about books which is a Godsend! This time around, I've set my 2019 Reading Challenge at 38 books which, unfortunately, is short by 4. So as not to over stress my reading pace, I've reduced it to 30 for this year.

Below are the screenshots of it:

In summary, my highest rated books on Goodreads are:-
5 stars:
Diane Chamberlain's Big Lies in a Small Town

4 stars:
1. Agatha Christie's The Murder at the Vicarage
2. Sun-Mi Hwang's The Dog Who Dared to Dream
3. Alan Paton's Cry, The Beloved Country
4. Anna Bradley's For the Sake of a Scottish Rake

So do share your Goodreads year in books if you are using the app and also your highest rated ones :-)


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