Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sunday Post #18, Sun is Back

The Sunday Post is hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer.  It’s a chance to share news, a post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things received, and share news about what is coming up on the blog for the week ahead. To get in on the Sunday fun, see the rules here: Sunday Post Meme.

 Outside the Blog
   I finally got back into audio books and listened to The Diviners by Libba Bray. It is funny but I grade the narration 5 stars and the story itself 3 stars. I have my doubts to continue with the series as I was quite bored through this book.
   I am not able to resume movie watching, I already have quite a queue, but do not have inspiration to start from anything. I would say TV and Movie slump.
   After a couple of weeks of rainy and cold weather the sun is finally coming back and temperature is rising to 22 degrees. The best weather to enjoy the autumn colours.

   Last on the Blog
Next on the Blog
  • I will review The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman
  • I will review Eight Children and a Truck by Anne-Cath. Vestly
  • I will publish September 2017 Wrap up
  • I will review Love Virtually by Daniel Glattauer
  • I will review Goodnight June by Sarah Jio
Newcomers on my Shelf
      I am trying to finish Pop Sugar Reading Challenge till the end of the year and got two following books to cover 5 and 37 requirement.
1. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
2. The Circle by Dave Eggers

Saturday, October 14, 2017

August 2017 Wrap up

Read books: 
read: 6/ listen: 0/ pages: 2364/ hours listened: 0
1. The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman p.296
2. The Son by Jo Nesbø p.527 - my review
3. The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith p. 509 - my review
4. Blood Ties by Samantha Hayes p. 543 - my review
5. The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare p. 273 -  my review
6. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness p. 216 - my review

Movie watched: 
None this month due to the broken PC.

Challenges overview:
Goodreads Reading Challenge: 39/50
Pages Read Challenge: 11048/12000
Audiobook Challenge: 6/15
Russian Literature: 2/30
World of Literature: 9/50
Booker Prize Project: 3
Classics Club: 1/50

Friday, October 13, 2017

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Author: Patrick Ness
Original title: A Monster Calls
Pages: 216
Edition Language: English
Format: Paperback
Genres: YA, Fantasy

An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor.

My thoughts: 
      I have read this book on the advice of the Booktube. I guess if 60% of the bloggers that I am following did not raved so much about it, I most probably would just watch a movie. Because of all the hype, I put too much expectations on the book and forgot that it is YA. So at the end it almost left me untouched. Do not get me wrong, I liked it, I liked the poetic writing, I liked the fairy tale structure and the topic is very sensitive and deep; it just all this did not make me think about the book afterwards. It was like: yeh, touching, close the book, what is next on the shelf.
      I believe that if I were younger, I would appreciate the book more, after all it is really good story and greatly told. It deals with grief handling and shows the agony the child goes through with a sick parent. That was a really interesting point of view I never considered and understood before.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

Author: Victoria Schwab
Original title: The Archived
Pages: 384
Edition Language: Russian
Series: The Archived #1
Format: e-book
Genres: YA, Contemporary

      Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books. Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.
     Mac has grown into a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves. In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hard-won redemption.

My thoughts: 
      What can I say? This is my first acquaintance with Victoria Schwab and unfortunately not a happy one. I hear about this author almost on every book channel that I watched and decided to read something by her. I do not know why I have chosen this book, but I did not like it at all. I have so many issues with it: firstly I was greatly bored by the narration - it was rather slow, secondly, I was terribly irritated by main characters Mac and this other Keeper, and finally, I was disappointed by the author style.
     As for the first point slowness, by the time there was some action I was already half way through the book and utterly bored. As for the main characters...I think Mac should be kicked out of her job straight away. Being on a dangerous job the best thing she does is not telling her supervisors about abnormalities. If she would behave as a normal employee behaves in an unknown hazardous situation, this book would not happen. And the rest of her decision making has been just so poor that I kept rolling my eyes. And finally the style: the story is terribly repetitive, we have description of everything all over and over again: his eyes were underlined, the walls were vibrating, the key hole was lightened and all those tiny details repeating again and again...I guess it could be twice shorter.
    What I liked is the idea itself: our memories in the shape of our body stored like a book in a library, but I am not sure I want to continue with the series.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Author: Neil Gaiman
Original title:The Graveyard Book
Pages: 543
Edition Language: English
Series: no 
Format: Paperback 
Genres: YA, Fantasy

    Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts.
    There are dangers and adventures for Bod in the graveyard. But it is in the land of the living that real danger lurks for it is there that the man Jack lives and he has already killed Bod's family.

My thoughts: 
      I found this story rather amusing. Every chapter is reads as a separate short story with a common plot line: life of Nobody Owens in a graveyard. You can meet a bunch of ghosts which are mostly nice and charming. But some other strange creatures are not so charming and sometimes terribly dangerous. I liked the story altogether and think it might be rather spooky for a young reader, but still I have some dis-satisfactory places in the book which interfered my enjoyment. To my mind the theme of Jacks is not thoroughly worked through, it leaves too many questions: where they came from, what is their purpose, their methods and so on. Maybe it is described in some other Gaiman's book, don't know. And Silas, Bod's guardian is also left in a obscurity. We see him only in action but do not get too much about him as a person or creature if you like and about his history. I find the book without those explanation not a full one.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Arsène Lupin, Gentleman-Thief by Maurice Leblanc

Author: Maurice Leblanc
Original title: Arsène Lupin, gentleman-cambrioleur
Pages: 254
Edition Language: Russian
Series: Arsène Lupin #1
Format: Paperback 
Genres: Classics, Mystery

   Created by Maurice LeBlanc during the early twentieth century, Arsene Lupin is a witty confidence man and burglar, the Sherlock Holmes of crime. The poor and innocent have nothing to fear from him; often they profit from his spontaneous generosity. The rich and powerful, and the detective who tries to spoil his fun, however, must beware. They are the target of Arsene’s mischief and tomfoolery.  Sparkling with amusing banter, these stories—the best of the Lupin series—are outrageous, melodramatic, and literate.

My thoughts: 
      I have never heard about this Sherlock Holmes of crime, and I happy to read this book. It is not I am now a fan of Arsene Lupin and will read all the books, but really enjoyed the book and found it an easy and funny read. The book is full of style and  high society demeanor. You can feel the book was written at the beginning of the 20th century by the author style: it is so calm, full of dignity and manners. Unfortunately, the characters and adventure seem a bit out of date and someone who is just getting into the series must not expect mind-blowing events and action, but a cozy and enjoyable read.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Sunday Post #17, October blues

The Sunday Post is hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer.  It’s a chance to share news, a post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things received, and share news about what is coming up on the blog for the week ahead. To get in on the Sunday fun, see the rules here: Sunday Post Meme.  
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    I skipped some of the Sunday post due to good weather. I was just not able to write anything on the weekend since it was so nice outside that we walked in the parks most of the free time at weekends.
There is so much going on in October, but I decided to stick to the plan to clean my shelves of some quite old TBRs. But if you would like some challenges there is some ideas what to read in October:
1. Victober - one of the host's video- Where we will be reading Victorian Literature in the month of October.
2. Mercedes' from MercysBookishMusings Autumn Readathon 22.10-28.10.2017
3. Kingtober with Alex's Fiction Addiction

   Last on the Blog
Next on the Blog
  • I will review Arsène Lupin, Gentleman-Thief by Maurice Leblanc
  • I will review The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • I will publish August 2017 Wrap up
  • I will review A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  • I will review The Archived by Victoria Schwab
Newcomers on my Shelf
       I have bought some books these weeks:
1. The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories by Susanna Clarke
2. The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon
3. The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike, #2) by Robert Galbraith
4. Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3) by Robert Galbraith