Books I Plan To Reread

I started this blog on May 15th 2015. Since then I’ve read a lot of books. Like a lot. 118 to be exact.  I read a lot of wonderful books( it was like discovering magic). Many became my favourites.

When I wrote a post on books I loved the year I started blogging, I realised I didn’t remember the story of half of them!

Like literally nothing! Plot? nothing! Characters? I couldn’t even remember their names!

I mean, yes, I have a bad memory. Unless I love the book, I usually forget everything about it. But these are books I loved!

So I decided I’m going to reread some of my favourites which I haven’t read in a long time. I’ve chosen five books/series and I want to read it all by…say April 2018?

It would also be fun to find how my opinions have changed about these books!

Also, don’t worry! I will remember everything this time. EVERYTHING.

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Mini Reviews: Wonder

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Title: Wonder

Author: R.J. Palacio

Publisher: Knopf

Publication Date:  February 14th 2012

About The Book

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I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.
August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?
R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels.

Summary from Goodreads

My Thoughts

Wonder is the most adorable book I’ve read in 2017. I just wanted to hug the book and lay on my bed ( with that silly smile I had after reading it).

So Wonder is about Auggie ( who has facial deformity) who is starting 5th grade. He was homeschooled and had never studied in a mainstream school. Wonder follows Auggie’s journey through 5th grade.

What blew me away was how well all the characters’ POV chapters worked together. There are multiple POVs. So many POVs. It’s a recipe for disaster. It’s not supposed to work! But it does!

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TTT: Books I Loved The Year I Started Blogging

Top ten tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

I started this blog on May 15th 2015. I had just completed 10th standard and it was summer vacation. It was a long vacation (very long). I had nothing to do.Except reading (obviously). I read a lot that summer. A LOT. I read 20-30 books in those 2 months. I had a lot of time, plus I’m a super fast reader.

Anyway, I kind of rediscovered my love for reading, joined Goodreads and discovered book blogging. I looked fun, so I made one of my own. Boredom can make you take really great decisions.

I’ve been in love with book blogging ever since. I read many books that year (than I had never before). I found some amazing books that year.

So here are some books (series) I loved the year I started blogging.

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TTT: Books I Struggled With

Top ten tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Another Tuesday, Another TTT. This week I’m going to list 10 books I struggled with.

Reading is hard okay? Sure, there are amazing books that you just gobble up, but those are hard to find. Usually you’re left with books that takes a while to love. So you’ll have to trudge through it.

So here are some books I struggled with.

 

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Reviews: Everything Everything

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Title: Everything Everything

Author: Nicola Yoon

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

 

About The Book

Summary from Goodreads:

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am
certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.
My Thoughts

If I’m being honest, I didn’t have high hopes for Everything Everything. I remember being excited when I first added it to my TBR 2 years ago. But now, the blurb just didn’t draw me in. So I think the main reason I didn’t like it is because it’s not really my kind of book.

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Mini Reviews: The Iron Butterfly

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Title: The Iron Butterfly

Author: Chanda Hahn

Publisher: Word Circus

About The Book

The Iron Butterfly

Summary from Goodreads:

Imprisoned, starved and left with no memories, Thalia awakens to find herself at the mercy of an evil cult known as the Septori. Their leader has chosen Thalia as the test subject for a torture device of untold power, designed to change and twist her into something that is neither human nor Denai.

Escaping, Thalia finds an unwilling warrior to protect her and an unlikely Denai to befriend her. After finding a home at the Citadel as a servant, Thalia’s worst nightmare comes to life and she begins to show signs of power. Scared and unable to control her gifts, she tries to hide her past to fit in among the Denai. But the Septori want their latest test subject back and will stop at nothing to retrieve her, dead or alive.

My Thoughts

“Down in this hell, silence was more than golden; it was the difference between life and death.”

Chanda Hahn is one of my favourite authors and I adore her ‘An Unfortunate Fairytale’ series. So I was really looking forward to reading The Iron Butterfly, which unfortunately didn’t win my heart.

The Iron Butterfly follows Thalia’s journey after she escapes torture and imprisonment by a mysterious group called the Septori.

I felt the first few chapters were the best part. The world Hahn creates is both new and captivating. I enjoyed Thalia’s journey to the the Citadel, along with Joss and his uncle.

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T5W- Hold On, It Gets Better

Top 5 wednesday

Top Five Wednesday is a meme hosted by youtuber Lainey. Check out the Goodreads group here.

You all know that famous old saying right? Don’t judge a book by its movie… There is another lesser known one – Don’t judge a series by its first installment.

I’m sure all of us have a favourite series, which is amazing except for one tiny flaw – the first book is not that good. So, many abandon it which kind of breaks your heart. You may recommend it to your friends who may just don’t see what the big deal is.

But it is a big deal! Sometimes the characters, the world building and adventure develops only in subsequent books. Sometimes the best book is like fifth in the series! And all you want for them is to read the whole series so you can fangirl together.

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For this Top 5 Wednesday, I’ll be listing out 5 series I think you should not give up on,  even if you didn’t like the first installment.

I know most of these are quite popular but I find that people give up on hyped series easily if it doesn’t meet their expectations (which is usually very high). The thing is it takes more than one book for the magic to happen. Do check out Beth’s interesting discussion on managing expectations for hyped books over here.

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