2016’s goodies – the books I fell in love with

Looking back at my favorite reads from this year I have to say I’m rather surprised. Most of the books on that special shelf were from Fantasy genre and now I’ve got surprisingly many Sci-Fi novels. And it seems I’ve discovered a new love for cozy mysteries, especially by one author :D.

I wanted to make this list a “top-something” list (and surprisingly I’ve got 10 books to present, so it might’ve worked), but I can’t decide on the order, so instead I’ll just show off the few super-awesome books that really grabbed me this year and only this year – no re-reads.

A bit of a warning – this post is all about positive thoughts! There will be no whining, complaining, etc 😉

lightLight by Rob Cham
graphic novel, fantasy, children book, adventure

An adorable and lovely graphic novel without words and yet with a complete story and cute characters. I still want plushies of both characters! I should learn to sew… Continue reading “2016’s goodies – the books I fell in love with”

Romance, strange planet and survival

These Broken StarsThese Broken Stars (Starbound #1)
by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner

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I might’ve mentioned some of my initial thoughts on my monthly summary post, so I’ll just put a reasonable shortcut here since I think they’re kind of fitting 😉

The book that was started as a random and bought pretty much due to the cover (and some fantastic reviews) almost fell off my TBR shelf after the first chapter. Not that I didn’t like it, but it had two things that bother me. First – it concentrates on romance. Second – it was love at first sight. Plus there’s this forbidden love factor, but it’s not always so bad and most of the time I don’t mind.

What kept me reading? After the first chapter – only that I was too far and yet too close to home to start another one. And second – magical writing of Amy Kaufman. She caught me with “Illuminae” and now she got me on this one. And yes, I know she’s a co-writer, but since both of these stories got me I’m blaming her ;).

After the third chapter, I was already hooked! Continue reading “Romance, strange planet and survival”

Top 5 Wednesday – Favorite First Sentences

imgresHi, guys! I know it’s been over a week since my last post, but I thought I’d have a bit more time to write during vacations. Actually, I thought I’ll have any time at all, but, let’s face it, I was too busy relaxing and having fun :P.

Anyway, I hope you liked the interview and today I have just a quick Top 5 Wednesday to get back to writing. Today’s topic is all about the first lines, the thing is I really remember only one first line that I adore and it’s from a short story (it will be at the first place). For the other four places, I had to go through my library (paper only) and check out few of my favorite books.  The thing is, I haven’t found anything fantastic that would blow my mind. There are a few curious ones though, and I’m pretty sure all of the Witcher books have great first lines :D.

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Nine days. Beneficent God, I beg you, let it be the day I die!

There were few things that made me read “Throne of the Crescent” Moon by Saladin Ahmed and that first line was one of them. In the end, I didn’t find the book as good as some people said it way, but it’s still an enjoyable read.

Continue reading “Top 5 Wednesday – Favorite First Sentences”

Wednesday update and short reviews

I’ve been trying to write something since Monday… I’m so not in a mood for it. I’ve skipped the second T5W and I’m not even sorry 😛

I’m trying to read 5 books now. The progress is slow because I can’t really decide which one I want to read and if I want to finish any of them. I guess you could call it a slump…

To make up for it I’ll write two short reviews of two of my recent reads today – Illuminae and The City of Wizards. Two stories that are different in pretty much every aspect. Illuminae is a great sci-fi, fantastically written with complex characters, exciting world, and great format. City of Wizards is a much shorter story that rather disappointed me, was short and lacked a bit of a world/character development elements. Continue reading “Wednesday update and short reviews”