May 2016 Updates : On blog improvements and currently reading

I have not been the most faithful of bloggers these past months. Nor the most faithful reader. Though I fell ill and had to stop running for a while, my time is consumed yet by the acquisition of the language in the Lower lands. As well as new adventures in my occupation. But I’ve been reading everyday since my body decided I needed a rest. And I have to say Pandora’s Star is starting to make sense. Though it took me long to get to where I am actually enjoying it, I wonder if I will be able to take on the rest of the following books. As each book consist of over 600 pages and I am eager to read other stories. However, I am sure I will return to the Commonwealth’s Saga universe after I am done with a couple of books I’ve been intending to read. Specially The Last Star by Rick Yancey!

This reminds me of the time back in my school days where I was devouring the Dune Saga book after book and later to be disappointed that Frank Herbert died without finalizing it. Leaving his son to take on the final manuscripts and reading how it was obviously not Frank Herbert anymore.

In the meanwhile I decided to make some adjustments to the blog and bring it back to life. I won’t spend so much time on in as other bloggers. However, I do intent to write a bit more often than not. I just wish my photo camera was not stolen so I could have taken beautiful imagery from my reading moments. (I am not in possession of the latest mobile phone with great photo camera. But more on that later.)

PS: I can't believe I've been reading this book for 3 months now...

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April updates: Learning to fly and one book at a time.

I have not reviewed in a while. Nor have I finished the book I am currently reading. It is taking longer than expected as I enjoy my days. I travel to work and learn some dutch. I work and learn confidence in my capabilities. I travel home and though I try to read my eyes just refuse to do so. I am home and I love my home and my plants. And then I learn to run. I will be joining a 10K run this summer for the first time. So yes, the over 1000 pages book is becoming a challenge. Yet, I am still enjoying the book. I am still reading, just slower. And that is my update of April.

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Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

a book review

“Maven lies as easily as he breathes, 

and his mother holds his leash but not his heart.”

I was not planning to continue this series. As much as I loved the previous one, I am too familiar with such dystopian stories to figure out what is next.

I did found it, and compulsively bought it. I read it, though slow at first, it managed to hold my attention. I was not thrilled, but entertained. I was not sad, but upset with her. At first with her monologues. The, at her and her endless mean and selfish ways. At her and her selfish heart blinded to those around her, disguised in courage and pride.

I wished with every single page that Maven did cared about her in the end, just being manipulated by his evil mother. In the end my hopes crumbled. The void filled with uncertainty about whether or not I will read the final instalment. Wondering whether I should care or not whether she lives or not. At this point, I would not mind the last.
Read the review of the first book here.

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The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

a book review

“Some things exist in our lives for but a brief moment.
And we must let them go on to light another sky.”

I purchased this book some time ago. Though I've been holding before reading it, I am glad for the wait. For the taste was that much sweeter and satisfying after the vanishing of the propaganda. I knew I would enjoy the premise. I did not know if I would enjoy a so called love triangle once more. As I often do not. But this story contained the one element of a love triangle I truly do enjoy, loyalty and honesty. Specially from the female counterpart.

Shahrzad is a strong character from the start. And the fact that she never hesitates, does not lie for her own sake, and is able to fight her battles with her gifted words is what made her a very likeable and admirable character. I often dread stories where the heroine is illogically strong and stubborn. As if the sole purpose of the book is to display acts of strength and stupidity with no plot in thought. In Shazi's case, she was just a very strong woman in a male dominated world and this stirred all the hearts. It reminded me of Pride and Prejudice in a way. Which, by the way, will always remain a favorite.

Khalid however, was the opposite. Heartbreakingly beautiful. Here I refer to his soul. Considered a monster who once was loved, but having known love, did not desist in his hope for it. I do not know of any soul good enough who would not fall for him and his disgrace. Wishing to do anything in their power to bring a smile upon his sun-kissed sleepless face.

Light was brought upon darkness. Regardless of all that is blood, I am glad our heroine stays true to her heart no matter the odds. This makes sense, as a strong character has to have high emotional intelligence. I dreaded to read about her confusion between loving Khalid and Tariq. I was rejoice to read she had no doubt that one love gave way to the other and she had no doubt in her mind that she would do anything to stop the suffering of this new love. This determination is what made me love this story so much.

Do go buy it. Enjoy it in one go. It is simple to read and you won't regret it. Love and light versus vengeance and darkness. Two equals found each other in order to bring balance to their kingdom. And I can absolutely say I am static in the waits of the upcoming sequel this May. Happy as well, it is only a story two books long, if written for adults, it would have been just one.

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Books I Read in 2015

In 2015 I read 24 books.
♥ My favorite book was Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.
♥ The most disappointing book was Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley.
♥ There is no goal for 2016. But I might read more during my train commute.

I find it funny to look at this list and see 2015 in my mind like a film. Music used to trigger my memories. Now books do that instead. Cheers to a new year with hopefully more books to read and more posts to share them with you.

I do not promise the beautiful pictures as before due to lack of proper camera at the moment. But I promise just as much love for the stories as always.

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