Sunday, 8 October 2017

Study Leave


Hello, guys! This post comes probably pretty late, but since I haven't posted in a while because I barely have free time since uni started and my exams are kind of around the corner, I'm writing this quick post because I've decided I am going to take until Christmas for myself and my studies. I'll go back to blogging when exams end. I'm so sorry for this late notice, but let's face it -we all know I'm more of a seasonal blogger! 

I'll still be on Twitter at @W_Literature, and I'll update my Goodreads page every so often. Hope to see you guys there!

Happy reading!

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Series Review | To All the Boys I've Loved Before trilogy, Jenny Han


                            

Hello, guys! And welcome to this series review. This time it's turn for the known contemporary, YA trilogy by Jenny Han, To All the Boys I've Loved Before trilogy. It was originally going to be a standalone, then a duology, and finally it's come to be a trilogy. It says in the acknowledgments of the third book that there will be no more books in this series, so that's as far as Lara Jean's story gets. I've reviewed both To All the Books I've Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You in the past, so I thought it would be nice to review the last book in the series (Always and Forever Lara Jean) in relation to the previous two - what is commonly called a Book Series Review, right? I guess?

The series follows a teenage girl named Lara Jean who comes from a multi-racial family - her mum has a Corean origin and her dad is a white American. Lara Jean has a habit of writing letters to the boys she loved once she stops loving them, but she never sends them. One day, the letters get mysteriously sent out to the boys, who one by one come to her to ask for an explanation she doesn't want to give.

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Summer Book Haul!



Hello, guys! It's been quite a while since I last posted a book haul, and since then I have become the proud new owner of more than a few literary works. As summer is about to end, with school just around the corner, I thought why not write a post including all the books that have come to live in my shelves during this summer.

If you follow me on Twitter you'll know I've been traveling quite a lot around Europe this summer. First I went to Rome with my family as a surprise birthday present; a few weeks later I went to the UK for a university course at Newcastle and then to London for a few days with some of my friends; I then went to Pamplona (Spain) for San Fermines festivities; two weeks later I went to Paris with my sister; and last but not least I went to Mallorca for the weekend (the past weekend). This is A LOT for anyone, but it feels huge for me because I usually don't travel much, and for some reason it has come all at the same time. The thing is, I love buying books when I travel instead of the usual souvenir, so some of the mountains of books I bought this summer came from my travels. The rest, you'll find out about as you read along!

Without further ado, let's see how big my family has grown! 

The following books are in chronological order of purchase. I've included all my purchases from the day my summer started back in May.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Top 5 Wednesday 8 | Books from Before I Started Blogging


Hello, everyone! It's been a while since I last posted because I went on a trip to Mallorca with my friends from school. It was awesome catching up, but unfortunately I did not plan ahead, so I missed some post over here!

Top 5 Wednesday is a Goodreads group created by Lainey and now managed by Sam in which members a given a different literary topic each Wednesday of which we have to state our top 5 about. This week's topic is...

Books from Before I joined ...  

I chose to write about my top 5 of the books from before I started my blog :) I started my blog 2 years ago, but before that, there had been some years in which my reading habits had become somewhat hindered by the more overwhelming stuff going on in my life - moving to a whole new country with different living schedules, the discovery of TV shows, etc. Thus, some of the books in this list will be those I read when I was 12 to 15 - which, let's face it, were the years when I was most successful with the books I chose to read... There are also 

It's genuinely been really hard to choose only 5! In fact, I think this has been the hardest T5W I've written so far... Let's not forget I've only been blogging for 2 years, but I've been able to read for so much longer than that!

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Cova Reviews | Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan | 2017 Diverse Reads Challenge

Hello, everybody! As you may know from my previous posts, I haven't been doing well about the 2017 Diverse Reads Challenge - I had a very detailed plan, but I haven't managed to follow it through so far, so I am a few months behind schedule. Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan is the book I was meant to read in July, but because I swapped the book I planned to read for the month of June to a different one, and the topic was the same for both June and July, I ended up reading it for the month of June (although I read it in July). I am getting back on track, though. When this post goes live I will probably have read the book for the month of July as well (and maybe even August, who knows :P).

Anyway, Two Boys Kissing is a contemporary YA about homosexuality, about transsexualism, about finding oneself, about love, about friendship, about achieving one's goals, ... This book covers so many important topics it's hard not to tell people to read it just for that. But let's see what else it has to offer ;)

In case you haven't noticed, the topic for the month of June was:

Sexuality and Gender Identity
"New York Times  bestselling author David Levithan tells the based-on-true-events story of Harry and Craig, two 17-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record—all of which is narrated by a Greek Chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS. 
While the two increasingly dehydrated and sleep-deprived boys are locking lips, they become a focal point in the lives of other teen boys dealing with languishing long-term relationships, coming out, navigating gender identity, and falling deeper into the digital rabbit hole of gay hookup sites—all while the kissing former couple tries to figure out their own feelings for each other." (Goodreads)

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Top 5 Wednesday 7 | Book Covers You'd Live In




Hello one Wednesday more! I am probably flying to Paris as you read this (or at least as this is posted), which is SO exciting! I am going to be there for six days with my sister :) We'll surely be doing a lot of touristic things, but I also plan to do some book-related stuff (aka book buying 😎). I'll keep you guys updated via Twitter

Anyway, let's get to the bookish stuff. Top 5 Wednesday is a Goodreads meme created by Lainy and now hosted by Sam in which we are given a topic every Wednesday for us to write out top 5 of :) This week's topic is:

Book covers you'd live in

Passenger - Alexandra Bracken

This cover is just too beautiful not to include it in this list! I'd love to live in that mini city inside the glass bottle that travels everywhere! I have not read Passenger, but I've heard it is about a girl who discovers that her bloodline (and thus herself) can travel through time. Apparently this book also follows the story of a boy, and both their lives intertwine somehow. As you can see, I don't really know much about this book, but I've been wanting to read it for a while now - and I am not gonna lie, the cover had a lot to do with me wanting to read it because I didn't even know what the book was about before writing this post! 


The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Oh, Carlos Ruiz Zafón! I will not get tired of saying he is one of my all-time favourite authors. I read The Shadow of the Wind a long time ago, and I absolutely loved it. It is a historical fiction novel set in Barcelona in 1945 - just in the aftermath of the Spanish civil war, and it follows a boy named Daniel who is the son of an antiquarian book dealer. Daniel is therefore a huge fan of reading, and he particularly loves this book by Julian Carax called The Shadow of the Wind, but discovers something weird is going on with this author and his book. Honestly, I read it so long ago I didn't even remember what exactly it was about, but it is one of my favourite books, so I got a new copy just yesterday as the fourth and last book in the series was published last October. My plan is to read them all again in preparation, so I will be reading it pretty soon! 

I'd love to be inside this book cover because it reminds me of the great time I had reading it, and I love the time it represents and the story it contains. Also, I chose the Spanish edition of the book because I think it is pretty poetic how the boy and the father are the only two people represented in the picture, and their clothing pretty accurately represent Spain's past. I just love it :)

A Thousand Pieces of You -  Claudia Gray


This cover is just freaking beautiful! I love the design, how colourful it is, and the fact that it represents part of the story in it - because this book is all about dimension travelling. Wouldn't you want to live in a book cover that pictures two different places in one?! It's awesome! A Thousand Pieces of You is a fantasy YA about a girl named Marguerite whose parents, two renown scientists, invent a small machine that allows people to travel to different versions of the world. One day, her father is murdered by one of his trusted assistants, who escapes to a different dimension. I wrote a full review of this book, which you can find here :)

The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman


I love this book cover since I was in middle school, which is when I read this wonderful fantasy book by Neil Gaiman. I even drew a graphite copy of it which got printed in the school's magazine! It is about a boy whose parents were murdered by The Man Jack when he was just a baby, so the good people of the graveyard took him in as one of their own. I'd love to be in The Graveyard Book's cover because I love the story behind it, and would really like to talk to the ghosts living in that graveyard :)

Wintersong - S. Jae-Jones

Wintersong is another book I have not read and don't know what it is about but it's still in my TBR just because of its absolutely beautiful cover. I guess this cover is not exactly a nice place to be - inside a snowball with a white rose? But it's just so beautiful! I'd love to be... around it? 😁 All I know is it is a historical fiction, YA, and I've read a lot of not-so-good reviews on it, so I guess it will stay in my TBR for quite some time until/if I decide to pick it up.


And that is my T5W for this week! Would love to know what you guys are talking about in your T5W posts, so you can definitely leave me a link to yours down below for me to check out :)


Happy reading!


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Sunday, 30 July 2017

Cova Reviews | Ronit & Jamil, by Pamela L. Laskin | 2017 Diverse Reads Challenge



Hello, everyone! And welcome to this review of lyrical narration Ronit and Jamil, by Pamela L. Laskin. I picked up this book for 2017 Diverse Reads Challenge for the month of May (it's July, I know - but I only managed to read it this month!). The topic for the month of May was:

Religious Diversity

and this book fits perfectly as it is a retelling of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in a Palestinian-Israeli setting. 

"Ronit, an Israeli girl, lives on one side of the barrier fence. Jamil, a Palestinian boy, lives on the other side. Only miles apart but separated by generations of conflict—much more than just the concrete blockade between them. Their fathers, however, work in a distrusting but mutually beneficial business arrangement, a relationship that brings Ronit and Jamil together. And lightning strikes. The kind of lightning that transcends barrier fences, war, and hatred. Ronit and Jamil fall desperately into the throes of forbidden love, one that would create an irreparable rift between their families if it were discovered. But a love this big can be kept secret for only so long. Soon, the teenage lovers must face the fateful choice to save their lives or their loves, as it may not be possible to save both." (Goodreads)

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Top 5 Wednesday 6 | Series that got worse with each book/season



Hello, guys! It's Wednesday again, which means a new T5W post must be written. Top 5 Wednesday is a Goodreads meme created by Lainey and now managed by Sam in which there is a different topic each Wednesday for us to write out top 5 about.

Last week I decided to write about a topic that I had missed because I wasn't able to write about the one I was supposed to write about. Well, it might be becoming somewhat a thing now? This week I'm going to do the same - I was meant to make a post about book series that got better with each book, series you had to push through the first few books to get to the good stuff, but, honestly, I can't think of that many because although I am kind of a masochist in the way I make myself finish books I don't really like that much in case they get better at the end (I am trying to quit, believe me), if I finish a book I haven't really enjoyed I won't get the next one. It's a fact. So I thought I'd look for the opposite topic in the group's archive, and I found it! It was the topic for the 14th December 2016 :) I'm a mastermind!

Therefore this week's topic is:


Series that got worse with each book/season

Let's dive right in!

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Cova Reviews | All the Bright Places, Jeniffer Niven | 2017 Diverse Reads


Hello, everyone! I hope you're all doing as well as I was the morning after I finished reading this book. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven left my poor, fragile heart broken to pieces, but it was so freaking beautiful. As you may have notised, it is the read I was supposed to complete for the 2017 Diverse Reads Challenge for the month of April, but because of the number of ARCs I had to read and because I hadn't gotten around to reading the one for March, I only read it during the last half of June. I am going back on track now, though! I am so glad I chose this book for the challenge - I don't think I would have read it anytime soon otherwise. It is a YA contemporary about mental health (the topic for the month of April was mental health), love and moving forward. I loved it!

"Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

This is an intense, gripping novel perfect for fans of Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Gayle Forman, and Jenny Downham from a talented new voice in YA, Jennifer Niven." (Goodreads)

Friday, 21 July 2017

The Comment Challenge | August 2017


Hello, everyone! I just wanted to make a quick announcement today and say that I am participating in The Comment Challenge - summer edition, hosted by Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense and Lonna @ FLYLēF. This post is meant to be for my participation during the month of August, although I am truly ashamed to admit I am also participating in this month's challenge but I forgot to write a blog post about it! I'm so, so sorry, girls! D:

It's easy! You sign up for the challenge in either host's page and they pair you with another blogger according to the type of books you read more often and the number of posts you plan to write during the month. Once you are paired, you just have to comment on your partner's blog posts, and they will comment on yours! It's a win-win, and a great way to connect with fellow bookworms and bloggers.  

Hope you guys decide to join in on the fun!


Happy reading!



Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Top 5 Wednesday 5 | Books Without Romance



Hello one Wednesday more! It's Top 5 Wednesday time and, although this week's topic is "Books That Aren't Set In/Inspired By The Western World", I am going to write a post about the topic of two Wednesdays ago because I've come to the astonishing realisation that I can only talk about three books that I've read that aren't set in the Western World - thus those would be my top 3, but also my least favourite 3! These are all the books I've ever read that are not set in or inspired by the Western World:

       The Wrath & the Dawn                         Arena Roja                              Ronit & Jamil
                                                         

So while I put a solution to this literary whole of mine, I will write a blog post about the T5W topic of the 5th July, which I missed:

Books Without Romance

This post is going to be hard too because I do love books with at least a romantic side-story to spice them up... But let's do this!