BOOK TALKS

Read in March 2017

Hi guys,

another month, another reading list. This month I managed to read 6 books and even got to full-review a few (aka 4). Got to read Outlander, which had like 1100 pages and made me doubt if I’d be able to finish it in March, but I did it – yay! Let’s have a look at the list.

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1. Paris for One by Jojo Moyes

2. The Lady with the Dog by Anton Chekhov

3. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (Full Review)

4. Strungballs by Mike Russell (Full Review)

5. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (Full Review)

6. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (Full Review)


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Paris for One by Jojo Moyes
Genre: Fiction, Romance
4 out of 5 stars
Buy here on Amazon.

Paris for One by Jojo Moyes is a short story about a 26 year old woman called Nell spending a weekend alone in Paris. She got stood up by her boyfriend right before departure and decides to make the best of it by exploring the city she has never been to the fullest way possible.

It’s been a cute short story, very upbeaten and Jojo Moyes-like. Showing that you don’t need company to have fun (well at first) and just an undiscovered city that needs to be discovered, it makes a lot of good stories.


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The Lady with the Dog by Anton Chekhov
Genre: Fiction
3 out of 5 stars
Buy here on Amazon.

Since I couldn’t really remember the story anymore, Goodreads and my past self had to help me. Summary by Goodreads, opinion (as always) by me.

After a fortnight in Yalta, Dmitri Dmitritch Gurov has grown tired of the seaside. He is looking for a more interesting way to pass his vacation when a woman with a Pomeranian catches his eye. Gurov loathes his wife, and has spent his marriage chasing women, even though the affairs always end in disappointment. But Anna Sergeyevna will be different. For the first time in his life, Gurov will know love—and he will find it a very harsh mistress.

It’s been a decent story, short story, which reminded me lots of Anna Karenina (thank you past self for elaborating so much. But hey, I really remember now that the writing has been similar to Anna Karenina, same as the atmosphere the book had).

 


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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Romance
3 out of 5 stars
Read the full review here.
Buy here on Amazon.

This young adult novel is about a girl called Maddie who hasn’t left her house for her whole life. She has a sickness that makes her unable to leave the house, since everything from the outside could trigger her sickness and make her very sick. When one day new neighbors move next to the girl, who’s later becoming friends with the boy of the family, not leaving the house doesn’t seem a option anymore.

I’ve fully reviewed Everything, Everything and I am still less than happy about the outcoming of this story. It was a bit too cheesy for me (very YA), and the plot made me think of a really bad joke. Like it was so “REALLY?!” that it couldn’t get any better than that. A lot of questions made sense after that big reveal but still, it was weird.

 


 

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Strungballs by Mike Russell
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Distopia
4 out of 5 stars
Read the full review here.|Buy here on Amazon.

Strungballs is a story about 10 year old Sidney who is undertaken an operation which takes away a cube of flesh out of his chest to put in a Strungball. He leaves in a flat of a very long corridor with his parents. That very long corrdior is a city and this city is protected by a skin made of the donated flesh by the people of the city. But when Sidney finds out the whole truth about his city, things get really weird.

Personally it’s taken me a bit to get into the story. It has been a 90 pages short story, so there hasn’t been much time for me to get into the story, yet after some time, it got easier. If you’re willing to see and acknowledge the parallels between other books, the book becomes better because you start to ask questions about it to find out more about Sidney and the background of the city. Wondering why things are like they are and why the hell people decided to undergo surgeries to get cut out cubes of flesh to put a Strungball in it. Really?


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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Genre: Fiction, Historical, Romance, Fantasy;
4 out of 5 stars
Read the full review here.|Buy here on Amazon.

Outlander is a story about Claire Randall who travels with her husband Frank to Scotland for their honeymoon. When watching a ritual at Craigh Na Dun, said magic stones similar to Stonehenge, Claire sees a herb she wants to get back to the next day. As she touches a stone at Craigh Na Dun, the woman suddenly finds herself in the year of 1768, attacked by a red coat looking very similar to her husband Frank. Rescued by Scots, she meets Jaime Fraser, a man she slowly starts to like.

I still don’t know what to really think about this book. At once, I really want to read all the sequels right now, then I am like: “Well, do I really want to read about a character I don’t really like?” By that character, I mean Jamie. He’s really a controversial character for me who seems like a really good person at one moment and in the other he’s a rough…wildling? I don’t know how to better describe this. Claire, being an emancipated 20th century woman should know better though, just saying. Can’t take it.


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Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Genre: Fiction, Historical, Classic, Romance
4 out of 5 stars
Read the full review here.|Buy here on Amazon.

Wuthering Heights is about a man called Heathcliff, found as a foundling by Mr.Earnshaw, a husband and father of two children, Cathrine and Hindley. Heathcliff grows up with nothing but hatred towards him except for Cathrine. When he learns that Cathrine fancies someone other than him, Heathcliff runs away, coming back as a rich and posh man, nothing but cold revenge planned in his mind.

I couldn’t really enjoy reading Wuthering Heights since it has been a really cruel book with really cruel, mean characters and an unforgiving storyline. Which doesn’t mean it hasn’t been a good book, which is had been considering everything written and planned in Wuthering Heights. But how am I supposed to enjoy a story when I can’t stand their characters? (It is a really tough rating choice when decisions like these have to be made).


It’s the current Reading Challenge status after March right now and I’m not behind my Goodreads challenge, so all is well at the moment 🙂

Popsugar Reading Challenge: 12/30
Popsugar Reading Challenge Advanced: 3/12
Personal Challenge: 3/13
Goodreads Challenge: 16/60

How has been your March considering books? How many have you read/have you read so far? Which books have you read that you would recommend? Let me know!

xo Annina

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| Covers are from Goodreads |

(i) The Amazon Links are affiliated Links. I guessed this was the easiest way to establish a store where you can go and buy a book if you are interested in it plus it makes me literally just some cents, which would be awesome. Yes I got greedy and I would love to bath in my 10 times 5 cent pieces. You’re welcome.

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