Sunday, 9 October 2016

September Bookhaul!

Hello, hello!

So I'm hear once again to talk about books and books and books! (which, if you are reading this, we all know you too love ;) ). So this month -which I wasn't planning on buying any books- I ended up buying 4! Which is pretty good, if you ask me :P

I bought the first three because they had been on my TBR list for quite a long time now, and I finally found them on sale - which was certainly not to be missed. And the third one, I had to buy for a voluntary project for one of my subjects at university - and I actually think it seems pretty interesting. Honestly, I have no idea what each of them is about, but I have heard a lot of good things about them, and I found the stories interesting at the time, though I have forgotten by now. I prefer it like this, really. That way it's a mystery what I will find :)

Let's get to it!

Sunday, 25 September 2016

10 Books I Loved but Sadly don't Own :(

Hello there! In this week's post I will ramble on about book I have read and I have loved but unfortunately I still don't own. By "not own" I include books I checked out from the library and books I've been lent, but I also include e-book editions as, even though I do technically own them, if I REALLY liked a book I like having its printed version (plus hardcover if possible! hehe).

The books listed here are in no particular order - I wrote them down as I remembered about them :) If you click on the picture of each cover, you'll be taken to the Goodreads page for the book.

1. Forbidden, by Tabitha Suzuma 

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Detrás de Mi Música - Israel Moreno

Detrás de Mi Música is a young adult, contemporary novel by Spanish author Israel Moreno. Just as so many others of the books by Spanish authors I'm reading lately, it has only been published in this language, so you can use the Translate button at the top of the right sidebar if you need it :)

Detrás de Mi Música sigue la trayectoria musical de un grupo de estudiantes en su último año de bachillerato en el año 1999. Son un grupo de tres amigos que, viendo el verano que se les viene encima y con los rumores de la llegada del fin del mundo, deciden dos cosas: UNO crearán una banda de música con la que podrán expresarse y conocer nuevas chicas. DOS antes del día 11 de agosto (día predicho para la llegada del fin del mundo) perderán su virginidad.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Shameful August Wrap-Up :(

Hello there! This post will be a summary of the books I've read during the month of August :) August is supposed to be a time when I read a LOT, but for some reason this year hasn't been this way :/ Since it was the end of summer (yes, I'm back at uni now! :( ), I think I focused on going out more and doing more of the things I cannot do throughout the school year. Such is the case, that I was only able to finish 2 books! :O Which, by the way, were two very good reads!

The Graveyard Book is a middle school, fantasy read written by the great Neil Gaiman! It's one of my favourite books from when I was younger and I re-read it at the beginning of  he month. It follows a little boy called Nobody Owens (because he looks like nobody except himself) who, as a toddler, managed to escape the man who killed both his parents on the same night - the man Jack. Since then he lives at the local graveyard, in which he has been granted the Freedom of the Graveyard, and so he is able to see the ghosts that live in it (including his adoptive parents) and also do some of their tricks. I love this book! It is so well written, and the story is so original. The characters are very interesting (most of them are ghosts!) and with very defined personalities. There are lots and lots of them. It is true, however, than it might feel a bit heavy towards the middle of the book, but I think it's the rest of it which remains. I love how Neil Gaiman has written this book! I think it's definitely a must :)

Ready Player One has definitely been my favourite read of the month AND of the summer. It's a young adult, science-fiction novel by Ernest Cline. It is set in the 2040s, in a time where the energy crisis has changed absolutely everything. The living conditions are terrible, and everyone kind of lives inside a virtual reality called the OASIS, in which people have businesses, can go to school or just travel to different worlds. Wade is one of these people - he lives with his aunt with who he doesn't get along, and he spend most of his waking hours in the OASIS. So the thing is that one day, the multibillionaire videogame designer who made this virtual reality dies, and a video is released in which he explains that he has programmed the videogame to hide an Easter egg, which is hidden under three doors which can be opened with three keys that can be found deciphering three different hints - the first of which is given by the own creator. I really enjoyed reading this book! I thought it was super original. And the writing is great! :D I have a full review of it here :)

And that's it. SHAME ON ME! I still can't believe I only managed to read two books... However, in my defense I have to say that I started reading the fifth book in the Mortal Instruments series, City of Lost Souls, which is a big one. I am still like half-way through though, and I am not enjoying it as much, so I guess that is also part of the reason I got to read so few books :( And now I am back in college, so I don't know how much I will be able to read in the up-coming months! *cries*

Anyway... I'll do my best!

Happy reading!

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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline

I HAVE FINALLY GOTTEN AROUND TO READ THIS BOOK! Ever since I first heard about it I've been wanting to read it! (just thought you should know about my excitement haha).

As an introductory introduction, Ready Player One is a young adult, science-fiction, dystopian novel by Ernest Cline. It is his first novel and... Holy crap. 

It follows our main character Wade Watts, who lives in the year 2044, in which technology has gone through great changes, but the energy crisis makes the world not a very nice place to live in. Both his parents are dead, and so he lives with his aunt, who steals away his food rations as a payment method for letting him live at her place. The odd thing about the year 2044 is that everyone seems to live inside the OASIS, a virtual reality created by the greatest videogame designer James Halliday. In the OASIS, you can go to school, make your own business, visit thousands of planets and basically do whatever it is you can think of. The thing is now, Halliday dies at age sixty-seven with no-one to leave his insane fortune to, so at the time of his death, a video is released in which he says he's set up a contest inside the OASIS: the first person to find the Easter egg he's hidden somewhere inside the virtual empire will inherit everything he owns. 5 years after the first clue was released by the multibillionaire, after almost everyone had given up, a name appears at the top of the scoreboard.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

5 Book Series of my Childhood

Hello there! Today I thought I'd do a slightly different post. As the post title tells, I'll be making a recap of the books I'd recommend everybody when I was younger (and by that, I mean up until middle school). They aren't necessarily specific for middle-school readers, as I was an avid reader and a fan of YA since early in my reading life :) You'll find that most of them are trilogies. I remember thinking that good books must be made into trilogies because stand alones were just not enough, and book series were just stories stretched too far. Of course, I don't think that way anymore, but it was a good theory! ;)

The following books are in order of my reading - that is, the first books are the ones I read first, and the lasts ones are those I read last. Of course, I didn't use to keep a record of the books I read, but I will try to be as close to reality as my memory allows me to. 

Geronimo Stilton series

Sunday, 7 August 2016

July Wrap-up

Hello, hello! I'm sure if you've been in the blogging community for a while now you already know what this type of posts is about - a simple compilation of the reads I've accomplished throughout the month. In this case, July - month of heat and beach ;) I've gotten to read a total of 5 books this past month, which is an OK amount. 

So, without further ado, let's get right into it :)

The first book I read last month was... Arena Roja, by Gema Bonnín. 

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes

Hello there! Today's post will be a review of the super famous novel Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes. It is a contemporary romance about family, love and overcoming hard situations. 

"Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time." (Goodreads)

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Happy 1st Birthday!

Happy birthday to you!
Happy birthday to you!
Happy birthday, dear WL!
Happy birthday to you!

Today is the day! Today, 28th July, Wonderful Literature is 1 year old! Still a small baby, but undoubtedly growing :) 
I want to thank everyone who reads my posts and reviews for making of this year such a Wonderful one <3 This blog has helped me reach a great community of people with my same interests and hobbies, who have in some way contributed to this blog too! I am forever thankful to them :D

Let's hope this coming year is at least good as the first, filled with amazing reads - and even better readers. 
Happy Birthday, Wonderful Literature!

And happy reading!

Most read book review of this 1st year...

Monday, 25 July 2016

Arena Roja - Gema Bonnín

Hello everyone! Here I bring to you Arena Roja, the new young adult book by Gema Bonnín, a great young author who also happens to be my friend! But don't worry, my review won't be affected by it in any way =) As the book has so far been originally published in Spanish, that's the language I'm going to use for this post. As always, click the Translate button on the top, right sidebar if you need any help translating :)

Su objetivo es averiguar por qué su madre y las demás mujeres del vecindario se inquietan tanto cuando alguien las visita.

Su objetivo es superar la academia de gladiadores a la que la han vendido por un crimen imperdonable.

Ahora cuenta con un único objetivo: venganza" (Goodreads)

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon

Hello, hello! I've been wanting to read this book since before I even knew what it was about. Yes -sometimes I do judge books by their cover OK...? Just take a moment to appreciate this beauty. Honestly. Who wouldn't just go the first book shop they find just to get this piece of art? :P

Everything, Everything is a young adult, contemporary, stand-alone novel written by Nicola Yoon. It is about an 18-year-old girl named Maddy who suffers from SCID or "bubble baby disease" - which basically means she is "allergic to the world" and so she can't leave the safety of her house, with its air filtres and constant check-ups. In fact, she hasn't done so in the past 17 years. One day, a new family comes to live next door. Through her window, she meets Olly, who keeps trying to make contact with her. And so they become online friends.

Saturday, 9 July 2016

May/June Bookhaul :D

Hello there! As you probably figured out by the title already, I bought and received quite a large amount of books recently - so that I decided to write a whole new post about it. Some I've read already, some are still in my TBR list. Whatever I know about each of them, I will tell you :) 

Sunday, 3 July 2016

The Lake House, by Kate Morton


Well then, so this one is a different type of read from the ones I'm used to, but I certainly did enjoy it nonetheless :) The Lake House is a Historical Fiction, mystery novel set in England in different timesets between the 1910s and 2004.

"An abandoned house...
June 1933, and sixteen-year-old Alice Edevane is preparing for her family's Midsummer Eve party at their country home, Loeanneth. But by the time midnight strikes and fireworks light up the night skies, the Edevane family will have suffered a loss so great that they leave Loeanneth forever.

A missing child...
Seventy years later, after a particularly troubling case, Detective Sadie Sparrow retreats to her beloved grandfather's cottage in Cornwall. Once there, she stumbles upon an abandoned house, and learns the story of a baby boy who disappeared without a trace.

An unsolved mystery...
Meanwhile, in her elegant Hampstead home, the formidable Alice Edevane, now an old lady, leads a life as neatly plotted as the bestselling detective novels she writes. Until a young police detective starts asking questions about her family's past, seeking to resurrect the complex tangle of secrets Alice has spent her life trying to escape..." (Goodreads)

Sunday, 26 June 2016

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Michelle Hodkin)

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin is one of those books I look forward to rereading every time. I have done so 3 times already, and I love it every single time. It is a Young Adult, kind of fantasy, kind of mystery novel about love, friendship and mental health (which I personally find fascinating). It's the first novel to the Mara Dyer Series.

"Mara Dyer believes life can't get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed. 

There is.

She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love. 

She's wrong." (Goodreads)

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Forbidden - Tabitha Suzuma


Forbidden by British author Tabitha Suzuma is a young adult, contemporary novel  about two siblings who fall in love. I directly tell you it is an outstanding read.

"She is pretty and talented - sweet sixteen and never been kissed. He is seventeen; gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future. And now they have fallen in love. But... they are brother and sister." (modified from Goodreads)